Perhaps it seems like such a simple thing to be researching Dr. SEUSS for a high level painting class; but if so, who cares!
Since I was a young kid I have always loved the delicate linework and brilliant colors of in his artwork. Perhaps my favorite art was the triad of colors used in some of his illustrations for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which I have just realized I may have been subconsciously channeling in some of my pieces for Red Handed Ralph.
Another suggestion from an instructor was Richard Price’s ‘Nurse’ series; mainly because some of the pieces that I’ve been working on have a similar style to them.
I’m referring specifically to my Super You series where I’ve taken close friends and re-imagined them as their favorite super heroes or villains. Many of my pieces feature built up, washy layers and some have begun to incorporate text as well.
I enjoy these pieces specifically for their use of text that feels a little bit like a comic book character was just clocked in the head: ie it’s very shaky but still purposefully so. I’m working to find a space for text in my own work, but in a more playful and interactive way.
"The Syphilis of Sisyphus" 2011.
Mary Reid Kelly and Patrick Kelly.
I’ve been trying to remember this artist for the entire semester and I finally remembered their names. I am in love with their work.
So these artists make moving drawings. By that I mean that they design costumes, makeup, and sets to bring their drawings to life. It’s amazing stuff.
So I chose Disney’s 101 Dalmatians to be the movie I respond to for this week’s blog assignment.
As I previously mentioned this is my favorite Disney film from an artistic standpoint. The colors in this movie are just…perfect. there’s something about the way that the characters interact with the background while being separated from it from a color standpoint that is really beautiful. I also love the attention to detail and the character development in terms of clothing/personality/habitat.
So this piece was based off a prompt assigned to me by one of my professors. The idea was to update a work from highschool in some way, and most of my highschool work consisted of still life paintings.
The updated version is work for my Red Handed Ralph character development.
So I was finally able to look at Raymond Pettibon’s work and I’m absolutely in love with it.
He is actually the artist I chose to try and borrow from in terms of level of finish in the piece: it has exactly the right amount of negative space vs action in the work.
The left is Ray Pettibon and the right is one of my own. “Ralph is Threatened”
An instructor of mine recently introduced me to Joyce Pensato’s work: suggesting that I work I on the soft transitions she is able to accomplish within each piece while still making energetic marks.
Although I appreciate the aesthetic in her work, I don’t find it to be necessary quality in my own. My work is more about how layers of each interact to make up the whole image and less about a display of technical skill within that.
Artist Name: Justin
Artist Name: Justin