Monday, June 18, 2007

Thoughts on Drawing

Drawing has been my primary focus for the past year or so and I have found it to be very rewarding. I like the more immeadiate results you get from drawing. Unlike painting, with oil at least, I do not have to wait for layers to dry. I can begin to see the image emerge as soon as I put pencil to paper. I have many more self-portrait ideas and they seem to be coming much faster than I can actually make the work.
I am starting a series of emotions which will be a series of 30-40 small scale self portraits arranged in a grid, all individually framed. Each portrait will convey a different emotion. Both the facial expression and the style in which the portrait is drawn will convey the emotion. Example: Fierce slashing markmaking will better convey the emotion anger and soft fragile marks will better depict the feeling of serenity or peace.

Image: The Trophy, pencil on paper, 22x30", 2007

MX Design Conference 2007

I recently got a paper accepted entitled "Design Thinking: Idea Development" to the 2007 MX Design Conference in Mexico City, Mexico
from October 29th-31th. I am thrilled to be accepted among the other international designers and look forward to presenting my paper. This has been a goal of mine for some time. Check out the link to the conference here.
MX Design Conference

Friday, June 01, 2007

Summer is Here!

My classes ended yesterday and I am getting geared up for a long roadtrip home. I am going to visit family and friends for a week in Indiana. When I get back I am going to get my studio organized to get started on a few new bodies of work. I want to complete a series of portraits in graphite and continue my thought paintings. My summer reading list consists of Harry Potter, A Whole New Mind, and lots of reasearch on design thinking, critical thinking, and idea development for my research paper presentation in Mexico City in the MX International Design Conference.