"New Revolution" Collage, 2012

"New Revolution" Collage, 2012

"Vindication" Collage, Gesso and Inks, 2012

"Vindication" Collage, Gesso and Inks, 2012

"The Abstract Architect" Collage and Gesso, 2012

"The Abstract Architect" Collage and Gesso, 2012

"Macbeth" 

Poster illustration for the last Ringling Underground event this year. 

Originally supposed to be an all out realistic painting, unfortunately it never worked out like that. So I scanned the ruined painting, and finished off the rest digitally. 

More abstract portraits. 

More abstract portraits. 

Rococo 

Rococo 

More scan collages

More scan collages

Abstract imagery

Abstract imagery

On Sketchbooks

Here are a few pages from my sketch/notebook. I usually have two sketchbooks at hand at all times. One is for the sake of drawing from life, sketch, and experiment. The second book is a more personal journey into ideas, research, concepts and things i generally find interesting. Its a process-heavy book with many notes on artists, intellectual property, appropriated collage. The purpose of this book is to expand my visual vocabulary, learn, research and experiment with ideation. My long-term goal with these books are to provide a visual timeline of my state of mind. What I was interested in, what I like, What scientific fact distracted me. I even use it to catalogue any dream I remember. The reason why I am posting this here on tumblr is for two reasons.

One is just to share something to someone.

The other is to provide a point of view that can be taken into consideration.

Being an artist is to be a researcher. It’s not an occupation, but a lifestyle that demands that one researches other academic subjects. And why not? The more you know the better. Having a sketchbook where I can research, ideate, synergize and experiment helped me immensely in many ways. Looking back at these pages help me understand my state of mind, and expanded my general understand of visual design and science.

A personal sketchbook, information book and a scrap file of notes, images, collages and non-sequiturs. The very fact that its in a book gives it some substance. As artists we should keep such books, a mess of ideas, intellectual property, quotes, research notes and design exercises all leading towards the goal of personal development.

A few things running through my mind at this time…..


Be Hungry

Reunion

Reunion

Repeating Mistakes. 

Repeating Mistakes. 

Friends, Monsters, Friends, Monsters. 

Friends, Monsters, Friends, Monsters. 

"Unformed II"
Photo collage and too much noiseee

"Unformed II"

Photo collage and too much noiseee

Cuts

I scan my negatives through an Epson Scanner. i also do collage, i used these random negatives and cut them out and re scanned them at high resolution. the results are beautiful. im gonna play with these more. 

(i will be releasing a little written statement for each piece for my thesis)
Bipolar Disorder
To start the first image of the series, I needed to establish a process I would use through the entire project. Each project started with the written word. I researched what I could about Bipolar Disorder just to understand its symptoms and to inspire ideas. Instead of writing down paragraphs or statements, I wrote words, letters, ideas from my research and interviewed a friend who suffers with this disorder. After soaking in enough information about this subject, I started making symbols out of my work lists. These symbols would translate into shapes, the shapes are given form to become volumetric illustrations that contain both a concept and a narrative.
Because the brain is the center of the nervous system, it generates all of the nervous functions including the idea of the mind. However this disorder creates duality of being either manic or depressive. Relative to the science, I used the idea of ying and yang or black and white. In this case, manic is represented by something warm, breezy, alive and bright. Whereas depressive represented something sterile and cool. The function of this design was to present a strong duality in just seeing the emotions of each face. The Manic face on the left represents optimism, happiness and euphoria. The left face represents sadness, hopelessness and pessimism. The process was complicated, exhaustive and involved a bit of note taking and academic research. However all that was towards reaching a better understanding of my topic. The image was rendered on Bristol and then transferred onto watercolor paper, each face was painted separately and then collaged digitally. 

The idea was to get involved and really deep into the process, but then step back and create something that was simple enough to produce a simple idea. 

(i will be releasing a little written statement for each piece for my thesis)

Bipolar Disorder

To start the first image of the series, I needed to establish a process I would use through the entire project. Each project started with the written word. I researched what I could about Bipolar Disorder just to understand its symptoms and to inspire ideas. Instead of writing down paragraphs or statements, I wrote words, letters, ideas from my research and interviewed a friend who suffers with this disorder. After soaking in enough information about this subject, I started making symbols out of my work lists. These symbols would translate into shapes, the shapes are given form to become volumetric illustrations that contain both a concept and a narrative.

Because the brain is the center of the nervous system, it generates all of the nervous functions including the idea of the mind. However this disorder creates duality of being either manic or depressive. Relative to the science, I used the idea of ying and yang or black and white. In this case, manic is represented by something warm, breezy, alive and bright. Whereas depressive represented something sterile and cool. The function of this design was to present a strong duality in just seeing the emotions of each face. The Manic face on the left represents optimism, happiness and euphoria. The left face represents sadness, hopelessness and pessimism. The process was complicated, exhaustive and involved a bit of note taking and academic research. However all that was towards reaching a better understanding of my topic. The image was rendered on Bristol and then transferred onto watercolor paper, each face was painted separately and then collaged digitally. 

The idea was to get involved and really deep into the process, but then step back and create something that was simple enough to produce a simple idea.