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Alexandra
01-06-2011, 09:31 AM
I wanted to post my works some time ago already but the only camera I have is very old and takes low quality photograghs. I kept putting this off so long because I was hoping to find a better solution, like a scanning service or something similar but no luck. So I decided to post the potographs.

I feel a slightly nervous right now because I never uploaded anything on the Internet or showed to people other than my mom, particularly my older pieces. Well, what else could I say? I'm a self-learner and until a few months ago I never attended any art classes. Enough and to the point, I posted most of these works in an oldest to newest order. So here they are:



http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/68507708.jpg
Gala Whip
I was listening to the song of the same name on loop when I was sketching this still from The Death of Salvador Dali.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/45837809.jpg
A gift for my grandfather. I always paint or sketch landscapes for people who aren't too close to me, because I don't get sad once I have to give the works away to them.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/89653537.jpg
This was also a gift, for a classmate.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/49069356.jpg
Melancholia
I still haven't finished this one even though it's been a year since I started it. I had the most trouble with the light on the floor and eventually I gave up.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/81463840.jpg
Small, random sketch of an erotic art photograph.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/72407501.jpg
The female body is currently my favorite subject.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/56207962.jpg
This one was supposed to be my visualization of one scene in Philip K. Dick's Ubik, where Joe Chip is starting to die and his only hope is the mysterious spray can containing Ubik.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/26220523.jpg
I came across a vintage photograph of a woman with strange facial features and an even stranger head accessory. Also unfinished.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/66767811.jpg
Marilyn (sadly without Manson)
I wanted to paint B&W portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson and hang them in my room, but once I finished the first I got too lazy to paint the second.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/69102156-1.jpg
One of my favorite notebook doodles and my most recent one.

Alexandra
01-06-2011, 09:35 AM
In November I started attending art classes for the first time. At first, I was almost ridiculously happy and excited about them but I quickly started disliking the idea and stopped going at all after the third class (they were once a week on Saturdays).
I did like finally getting constructive criticism from someone, in this case my teacher, but the truth is that I didn't learn anything new. We were simply given subects to paint and that's all. And I really didn't like the 27" x 20" format that we had to paint on because it was too intimidating for me - those sheets of paper pinned to the easel were almost half my size! But what I hated the most was the time pressure. We had 4 hours for a still life painting and the next 4 hours for a sketch of a model and I never managed to complete any work in that time, so it was pointless. Plus, painting has always been a very intimate experiene for me, so I didn't feel comfortable being surrounded by other students in the same room and having the teacher walk around us every now and then.
After taking these classes I started questioning myself whether I really want to "study" fine arts.

Anyway, here are my best out of the unfinished works from the classes (I also added thumbnails of bigger photos with better details):



http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/1727x20.jpg
I really don't like still life.

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/8906/17br.th.jpg (http://img835.imageshack.us/i/17br.jpg/)http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/3192/17cq.th.jpg (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/17cq.jpg/)

http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/2027x20.jpg
Mr. Adam

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/4654/20cr.th.jpg (http://img341.imageshack.us/i/20cr.jpg/)

http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/2127x20.jpg
Mr. I'll-just-keep-wiggling-around-and-not-give-damn-that-you're-all-trying-to-sketch-me

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8567/21aw.th.jpg (http://img526.imageshack.us/i/21aw.jpg/)

http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/2227x20.jpg
This one was our homework and I think it's my best work to date. At least I'm most proud of it. And it took me well over 10 hours to complete it.

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/2463/19avd.th.jpg (http://img718.imageshack.us/i/19avd.jpg/)



And this is basically everything I have. Or should I say everything that I hadn't scrapped.
Constructive criticism is more than welcome. :)


P.S. I want to add this scan also, just for fun:
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/68965824-1.jpg
This made me chuckle so much when I found it. I was one or two at the time.
Actually, this is my all time favorite work. ;)

ThreeEyedGod
01-06-2011, 10:55 AM
Wow, wow, wow! Fucking fantastic work! I would only say that some of the pieces could greatly benefit from some more contrast, but otherwise these are all fabulous. Your shading on the seated figure reading a book makes the figure well-rounded and love how you left the contour lines. This has inspired me to put up my work.

Alexandra
01-06-2011, 11:25 AM
I haven't noticed this myself but yes, I agree with the contrast, especially when it comes to the older ones. As for the contour lines, (I'm assuming you mean the trousers) I'm planning to fill out those spaces with shading as well, just like the rest of the figure.

Thank you so much and I'm happy this inspired you! Please upload some of your works, I'm looking forward to seeing them :)

Ich_Bin_Du
01-06-2011, 11:42 AM
Wow, your work is really great! :o I'm impressed. Favourites are Mr. I'll-just-keep-wiggling-around-and-not-give-damn-that-you're-all-trying-to-sketch-me and Melancholia, though it's not finished. Keep up your work! :)

303
01-06-2011, 11:56 AM
excellent, really good stuff.

Shangri-LIE
01-06-2011, 12:10 PM
I am so thrilled that you decided to create this gallery. You are truly a talented young lady, and I think that the deans of any art school that you apply to, as we've discussed, would be fist fighting eachother to get you to attend their institute. I can't say that I have a favorite because the overall panorama of the peices that you've shared in here are just fucking fantastic. Keep it up!

Alexandra
01-06-2011, 12:22 PM
Thank you so much everyone and especially you, Derek. After all, I probably still woudn't have uploaded these if you didn't encourage me to do so. Thank you!

:D

Dysmorphia
01-07-2011, 03:16 AM
Wow, these are great, Alexandra! I am so happy that you have started this thread, it is wonderful to finally see your work!
My favourite piece is Mr. I'll-just-keep-wiggling-around-and-not-give-damn-that-you're-all-trying-to-sketch-me. I agree with ThreeEyedGod, the contour lines of the legs look really effective and I love how you have brought the figure to life with shading.
I also really like Melancholia, you certainly have a talent for casting light, the light upon the figure is so haunting and beautiful. You said that the lighting on the floor was causing you problems but to me it looks quite good. What I would suggest is to focus on the positioning of the window, it seems a little too close to the foreground. *I hope that sounded constructive :/*

Can't wait to see more of your art!

Alexandra
01-07-2011, 12:23 PM
Wow, these are great, Alexandra! I am so happy that you have started this thread, it is wonderful to finally see your work!
My favourite piece is Mr. I'll-just-keep-wiggling-around-and-not-give-damn-that-you're-all-trying-to-sketch-me. I agree with ThreeEyedGod, the contour lines of the legs look really effective and I love how you have brought the figure to life with shading.

Thank you! ^^


I also really like Melancholia, you certainly have a talent for casting light, the light upon the figure is so haunting and beautiful. You said that the lighting on the floor was causing you problems but to me it looks quite good. What I would suggest is to focus on the positioning of the window, it seems a little too close to the foreground. *I hope that sounded constructive :/*

Can't wait to see more of your art!

After giving it a thought, I agree with the position of the window. I knew there was something wrong the perspective, I just couldn't put my finger on it, so thank you. :) And please, Dysmorphia, don't worry. That was construcive! :P

Dysmorphia
01-07-2011, 06:42 PM
After giving it a thought, I agree with the position of the window. I knew there was something wrong the perspective, I just couldn't put my finger on it, so thank you. :) And please, Dysmorphia, don't worry. That was construcive! :P

Oh good, I was worried it might have not sounded very nice. I hope you finish Melancholia soon! :)

Allycat
01-08-2011, 05:59 AM
I loved the snowy pines. I actually saved the image!

Alexandra
01-10-2011, 03:27 PM
I'm so excited after last weekend, because I painted three paintings in merely three days! I don't remember being this creative and "productive" ever before. :)



http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/DSC00128.jpg
Try Walking In My Shoes

On Friday night I decided to pay tribute to one Depeche Mode song, Try Walking In My Shoes, which is, together with Coma White, the most important and dearest song to me.
The figure I painted is what I like to call The Bird Lady (created by the amazing artist Anton Corbijn) and was projected during the Devotional Tour in the 90's as well as featured in DM's music video for the aforementioned song.

I like to joke to myself that I have a "Bird Lady fetish" because it has been arousing me in a strange way ever since I was 8, which when first saw this weird, disturbing figure projected on the screens behind Dave during the live performance of this song from the Devotional VHS.



http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/2b.jpg
Coma White, but not really

On Saturday I thought about painting something inspired by Coma White, my other all time favorite song. Initially, I wanted to paint a woman dressed in a long white dress falling down from a window of a tall building. She was supposed to have closed eyes and have a calm expression on her face. I wanted the point of view to be from the top, as if the we were leaning out of the window and looking down at the woman. I was also planning to keep the colors in greenish and bluish hues, similarly to the music video itself.

But! as you can see, this work is far from what I wanted it to be. I was having trouble painting the dress and imagining how the textile should look like in that situation and angle without having any photograph for reference, so out of frustration I started smearing the paint and before I even noticed, I ended up with my first abstract painting. And I quite like it, especially because of the "story" it's hiding. :)



http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/DSC00093.jpg
A Planet Inside

Finally, on Sunday I got tempted to paint the amazing photograph that I'm sure everyone here is familiar with. I was really curious if it's possible to get that glowing effect with normal paint, so that itself was a fun challenge but as for the portrait, it was quite stressful. I'm always a bit nervous with those because I'm worried that I might mess up people's faces. Thankfully I think I pulled off this portrait pretty well... I hope! If not, then sorry Manson. ;)



I loved the snowy pines. I actually saved the image!

Aw, that made my day! ^^

Shangri-LIE
01-10-2011, 03:44 PM
Oh ... My ....God :)

Celiny-O
01-10-2011, 06:00 PM
Your work is spectacular! Simply beautiful.
For some reason, I want to reach out and touch my computer screen in awe.

Alexandra
01-11-2011, 08:15 AM
Thank you both, seeing that some people like my work makes me feel even happier! :)

Alexandra
01-21-2011, 12:52 AM
I decided to paint a self-portrait a few hours ago and this is how it's looking so far:

http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/DSC00100-1.jpg

It's still kind of in a "sketch mode" - without eyes and such, so it looks a bit creepy, hehe. :)

Dysmorphia
01-21-2011, 01:11 AM
^ That's beautiful, Alexandra. It reminds me of the mask from Phantom of the Opera.

Alexandra
01-21-2011, 01:35 AM
Oh, that's a nice observation, I haven't thought about it. Thank you! :)

Fav
01-21-2011, 08:12 PM
Wow, Alexandra! You're amazing! I think you capture the human body really well, and I was most impressed with these two pieces:

http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/2127x20.jpg
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/72407501.jpg

You did an incredible job capturing that man's face and his hair, and the small curves/fat areas on the woman's body are those only a skilled eye could notice or appreciate. Give yourself a pat on the back, this misanthrope just slobbered over your work. ;-)

Alexandra
01-23-2011, 01:37 PM
^ Haha, thank you Favenris! Your last sentence actually gave me a quite amusing visual ;)


Well, I finally finished my self-portrait :) The painting is still wet in a few places which is visible on the photo. I couldn't get a good shot without the light reflections, so this will have to do.


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/DSC00112-1.jpg

Acrylic on canvas, just like the last three paintings I posted before.

ShelfLife
01-23-2011, 02:06 PM
^Oh my...

I've been meaning to post a message to you on this thread for ages, but I've never known how to communicate what your pictures make me feel. But it ultimately boils down to the one thing - YOU ARE AMAZING! Especially for someone who is primarily self-taught, you have an incredible talent for capturing textures and dealing with light. You handle your paint beautifully and confidently, and your depictions of the human body are absolutely beautiful!

I'm really excited to see what you come up with next, because what I've seen so far has blown me away, and I know you're only going to get better! :D

Alexandra
01-23-2011, 02:37 PM
Gee, Natalie, thank you so much for the kind words! :D

I used to be quite shy about my works, so it means so much to me to see that you guys are liking them. :) It makes me feel so excited myself!

Procrastinator
01-23-2011, 03:44 PM
Dear Alexandra,

There is an extraordinairy feel and vibe I find in your work, as well as a great potential in you. Whatever it is that you need to do to reach your dreams, do it NOW and do not let what's in your heart and mind that you want to share with the world get wasted under any circumstances! Sorry if I sound a bit forceful or weird, but I have my reasons that don't need to become public.

Anyway, I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing more from you. :)

Alexandra
01-23-2011, 05:53 PM
Wow, thank you, Procrastinator. For your comment and especially your advice; I appreciate it. You struck me with it, but in a very positive way and I didn't find it to be forceful. Thank you once again. :)

P.S. I really like your new signature. :)

Dysmorphia
01-24-2011, 01:49 AM
Wow, Alexandra this is beautiful! I can't get over the way you capture light, it is magical. I totally agree with Procrastinator, go for it!

Doppelgänger
02-05-2011, 10:02 AM
you got some fucking talent, wow.

^lol this looks really sarcastic reading it back. it's not meant to be, you're very good.

Alexandra
04-26-2011, 02:03 PM
you got some fucking talent, wow.

^lol this looks really sarcastic reading it back. it's not meant to be, you're very good.

Thanks! And sorry for the late reply, I haven't been here since January...



Okay, so as I already mentioned in The Love Thread, just before the holiday break started, I got commissioned by a classmate to paint a portrait of his niece and since it was my first commission ever, I got so hyper-excited about it that I also asked three other friends whether they'd like me to paint them something (one of them actually said a few months ago that she'd love to get a painting from me) and so I ended up with four commissions. Which I thought I'd manage to complete by now.

There's a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, a portrait of a toddler (the niece I mentioned above) along with a cover of Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls and finally a portrait of my friend with her boyfriend.

But out of the four commissions I received, I managed to complete only one. Which itself is frustrating enough, but in addition I'm less than happy about how it turned out. Even my mother didn't like it much, but the good news is that at least I won't be sad to give it away. Here's a scan:


http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/MarekiKlaudiapopoprawkach-1-1-1.jpg

42 x 30 cm
acrylics on canvas

When I was looking at this one, I couldn't help thinking that I have a rather "childish" painting style, mainly because of how I always (unconsciously) keep trying to make all the lines uber neat. Perhaps it's my pedantry that causes that? Yet I personally admire people who can make sloppy stains of paint take shape when observed from a distance because that, in a way, is magic to me...

ShelfLife
05-30-2011, 12:40 AM
Try to let go of the lines, especially in painting. Painting is all about colour and texture (which is why I'm a horrible painter - I obsess over the lines myself). The above artwork is really lovely and intimate, it just looks a little flat. If you want to continue working on it, try to put some details in the ear, or a bit of shadow under the cheekbone. Don't be afraid to leave a bit of texture in the paint. Otherwise, just leave it be and move on to your next work!

And I do love your signature in the corner there. :)

Try different painting styles, even if you hate them. Experiment about with expressionist styles, abstract styles, surrealist styles. Just anything you can think of, give it a try. Try a Mondrian style, try a van Gogh, try a Monet, try a Velasquez. Even if it comes out rubbish, keep going, because every experiment will bring you closer to a new epiphany.

And then, you can go back to what you feel most comfortable doing, and practice the hell out of it! Just make sure you keep loose! You'll be painting like Gottfried Helnwein in no time! :D

Alexandra
05-30-2011, 11:10 AM
Try to let go of the lines, especially in painting. Painting is all about colour and texture (which is why I'm a horrible painter - I obsess over the lines myself). The above artwork is really lovely and intimate, it just looks a little flat. If you want to continue working on it, try to put some details in the ear, or a bit of shadow under the cheekbone. Don't be afraid to leave a bit of texture in the paint. Otherwise, just leave it be and move on to your next work!

I entirely agree about the flatness and that's something I've been struggling to improve on, but when it comes to this particular painting, I already gave it, so I'll just keep that in mind when working on some upcoming commissions.


Try different painting styles, even if you hate them. Experiment about with expressionist styles, abstract styles, surrealist styles. Just anything you can think of, give it a try. Try a Mondrian style, try a van Gogh, try a Monet, try a Velasquez. Even if it comes out rubbish, keep going, because every experiment will bring you closer to a new epiphany.

And then, you can go back to what you feel most comfortable doing, and practice the hell out of it! Just make sure you keep loose!

Thankyouthankyouthankyou! :D That's such a simple idea yet so brilliant-- and why the hell haven't I thought about it myself?! I'll make sure to try that out in the nearest future and if I'll get some satisfying results, I'll post some new works. :)


You'll be painting like Gottfried Helnwein in no time! :D

Careful there, lol ;D

Barbarella
09-15-2011, 12:24 AM
Alexandra, I don't look at this part of the forum as much I should but I've gotta say I love your work. It makes me slightly green with envy as my drawings are kinda lame and I'd never have the nerve to share them publicly.

You've got a proper talent for this so keep it up.

twiggysrabies
09-19-2011, 11:58 AM
Just now looking at this part of the forum, and I must say Melancholia is my favourite. It's very subtle.

Seven
09-19-2011, 03:45 PM
Holy crap, these are superb! I have to congratulate you, there is such a flow to your work and the detail is exquisite. It looks effortless and that is what makes them so good.

Alexandra
09-21-2011, 02:25 PM
Since I haven't been posting here for quite a while now, your replies were unexpected, which makes them two times more appreciated. :3 Thank you very, very much for all the kind words Barbarella, twiggysrabies and Seven. :)

Alexandra
02-11-2014, 02:04 AM
I can't believe this thread is three years old and the number of drawings/paintings I ever did increased by... a couple of pieces? I feel so fucking ashamed of myself.

Anyway. These are four pieces I completed for CUNY's Creative Challenge for architecture. I'm waiting for responses from three best architecture schools in NY (Pratt Institute, Cooper Union and CUNY) and they'll let me know if I got accepted in April. Until then, I'll be sitting on a ticking bomb. If I get rejected just like last year, I swear I'm going to flip out and fuck college all together.
(Probably not, but the following months will be taken out of my life because of sadness and disappointment with myself)

1. Depict a path to or from your place of residence.
This is the way my child's mind visualized the subway back when I was obsessed by the transit system. You couldn't ride the subway with me without having me drag you all the way to the front of the platform (so I could happily watch the tracks in the dark tunnels) Each tube and color represent a different, existing line and I tried to be as faithful as possible with the hues. The light green is Sir Awkward G, purple is Miss 7, yellow is for Slow N and My Love Q and so on. I only left out L because it's depicted in the sub with the color gray and it wouldn't work well with the background. And yes, I love the subway :)
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/img004_zps48075af1.jpg

2. Represent an object in two scales simultaneously.
I still have no idea how to approach this one and I'm not sure if I played it right. I was worried that they might have phrased a simple request (draw a small and a big apple) in an overly sophisticated manner and I'm just digging too deep. But the "simultaneously" word is what I had a problem with. Oh well, can't change anything now anyway.
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/img003_zps30ed358e.jpg

3. Represent something moving in time.
The Hearst Tower is fucking cool. I tell you. It is a landmark that could not be demolished, so Mr. Greedy Guy (owner, landlord, whatever) found a way to build a skyscraper without tearing down the building. The new building "grows out of" the old building. It's cool, but it still saddens me that almost nothing in New York can be truly preserved. I'll never forgive the fuckers responsible for demolishing Pennsylvania Station in order to build Madison Square Garden (look up "old penn station")
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/img001_zpsb3158789.jpg

4. Record yourself in the act of creating.
I placed glass on my dismantled desk, placed the camera underneath the glass, took photos of myself leaning over spilled paint and then in Photoshop I played around with smudge tool and tried to see how I could draw melting skin so it'd look real. And finally, I had to draw this. I'm not confident with this one because the hair looks awkward, couldn't get it right, and the paint puddle doesn't look like, well, a paint puddle. It's like a white void. I was planning to fill it out but I was afraid I'd ruin the sketch so I left it blank and hoped that I'd surprise the comity and leave them wondering what it is (in a positive way) Maybe this tactic will work.
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/img002_zps9d6b769f.jpg

And last but not least, I really want to start sewing dresses and making fashion accessories (I sometimes work at photo shoots as a stylist/assistant, so I need these things for the shoots, not just for my own pleasure)
This is a dress I made from scratch for my 20's themed 20th birthday party back in July. I made the scarf as well.
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/IMG_8739e_zpsb25e2502.jpg
I forgot to suck my stomach in! :D

Alterkaker66
02-11-2014, 09:57 AM
Geez, I hate the figure out the question and then answer it approach. Are you supposed to be logical, philosophical or just plain literal? I really like the way you answered 1 and 4. The dress and the photo itself are beautiful.

Alexandra
02-11-2014, 01:21 PM
Thank you! I don't know exactly, that's the problem and asking them anything related to challenge is forbidden. So you have to make wild guesses. I tried to be less literal since I wanted to stand out from the crowd. Imagine being one of the staff and having 237 applicants draw almost the same thing; not too exciting, right?

I've noticed that artsy ass schools of NY are far more open minded and look for creativity in applicants rather than skills and technique. So I don't think they will mind a wild and/or metaphorical approach. In contrast, Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts (to which I also applied in previous years) was extremely old fashioned and strict, so what you needed to include in your portfolio were HUGE 40" x 30" sketches of still life, models and at least one huge face portrait (yeah, you had to stretch a face to fit into that gigantic sheet of paper) And there was no "going wild" with them. They don't let you be creative before your third year there, because the first two are strictly technique-related. And, they also expect you to already have great skills to begin with, which is why it's considered a good school in Europe.

Here are a few pieces of the works I did for the Academy (it phisycally hurts your hand to work on a big surface like that, it took me a while to adjust. It's like jacking off for 6 hours straight)
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/b93d9877-f91a-438a-bd0e-7ddc6d5d5f231280x1280_zps643b518b.jpg
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/7d213b3a-9b5f-4a25-b08d-d46d40df49ad1280x1280_zpsc7a4f9ab.jpg
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/9ce5d552-1dde-46d5-a0ed-47ddc0aade111280x1280_zps417f7216.jpg
http://i786.photobucket.com/albums/yy149/photobutcher/3ae6a1c5-f61b-44ed-a04d-5b77e1e0865c1280x1280_zps1a38a9aa.jpg

Allycat
02-12-2014, 03:53 AM
Wow, so much talent! What a gift. I loved the fanciful subway...a child's imagination is just incredible and conjures up the wildest imagery...

Loved the sepia toned photo of yourself in that lovely gown.

Seven
02-12-2014, 06:54 AM
These are all beautiful. I love the idea of the 'answer the question' pieces. How interesting it would be to see how different artists 'answered' those! It seems like a good way to force someone to try new things too.

The drawings are so natural and unpretentious that it is endearing.

Norsefire
02-12-2014, 04:29 PM
I can't view the images in the second post, they're just broken links for me.

Seven
02-12-2014, 05:12 PM
I can't view the images in the second post, they're just broken links for me.


They are showing fine for me.

Alexandra
02-12-2014, 06:29 PM
Wow, so much talent! What a gift. I loved the fanciful subway...a child's imagination is just incredible and conjures up the wildest imagery...

Loved the sepia toned photo of yourself in that lovely gown.

Thank you so much! I try to cherish my inner child as much as possible and never forget how I perceived the world back then. :)


These are all beautiful. I love the idea of the 'answer the question' pieces. How interesting it would be to see how different artists 'answered' those! It seems like a good way to force someone to try new things too.

The drawings are so natural and unpretentious that it is endearing.

Oh yes, I'd love to know how other people approached these problems as well. And these types of tasks definitely kick your creativity's ass and force it to wake up. :P And thank you! :)


I can't view the images in the second post, they're just broken links for me.

I edited the post and added different links of the same pieces; it should work now. :)

Alterkaker66
02-13-2014, 10:11 AM
The large sketches are also wonderful. I remember having one art 'teacher' who insited that you couldn't draw anything with your imagination until you could draw it accurately first- i.e. the human body. I gave her the finger and left. Of course, all of my art teachers were nuts. One had taken a brick to the head, another got sick of cute so he brought in roadkill to draw. I'm obviously not an artist! heheheh

Alexandra
02-13-2014, 04:49 PM
The large sketches are also wonderful. I remember having one art 'teacher' who insited that you couldn't draw anything with your imagination until you could draw it accurately first- i.e. the human body. I gave her the finger and left.

Thanks! I've heard that way too many times as well, though I understand their point. Most famous artists that "couldn't draw a proper stick figure" like Picasso, were actually extremely talented. At 17, if I remember correctly, he painted this:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_W1k68067q3g/SwQKqeDhdvI/AAAAAAAAAMA/NWw6sGxNWWA/s1600/early.jpg

Here's a great quote explaining why all these teachers keep bringing us down :P
"It was only after learning the rules that he could find ways to break them. And what he did shook up the art world; no one had never seen anything quite like it before."

But! I do believe that there are as many artists like Picasso (with a great, solid artistic background) as there are those, who rebelled against this notion and developed their own distinctive styles, without necessarily mastering realism. :)


Of course, all of my art teachers were nuts. One had taken a brick to the head, another got sick of cute so he brought in roadkill to draw. I'm obviously not an artist! heheheh

A roadkill?! That's fucking mad! I love that idea, though! :D Who would've thought to stop by a poor dead animal and drag it to their art classes for students to draw?

Alterkaker66
02-13-2014, 07:41 PM
A roadkill?! That's fucking mad! I love that idea, though! :D Who would've thought to stop by a poor dead animal and drag it to their art classes for students to draw?
Yeah, this guy was one of the better ones. He was a blocked genius. He kept one of his slashed canvases on the class wall. He also brought in dead pigeons and crow claws. I wish I'd been in a better place so I'd learned more from him. He did have his days- always accusing us of doing obscene things with missing supplies. "You guys sniffing the powdered ink again?" etc. -If he only knew about the cocaine inspired found object (trash from the parking lot) wall canvas. -Not mine!- And the industrial stapler fights....maybe I helped... Did I say I was definitely not an artist? lol -Talk about wandering off the point. I really hope your entries do well. An all-around education in art theory is a help for anything you want to pursue!

Alexandra
02-13-2014, 11:02 PM
"You guys sniffing the powdered ink again?" etc. -If he only knew about the cocaine inspired found object (trash from the parking lot) wall canvas. -Not mine!- And the industrial stapler fights....maybe I helped... Did I say I was definitely not an artist? lol -Talk about wandering off the point. I really hope your entries do well. An all-around education in art theory is a help for anything you want to pursue!

You know, I'm not fond of the word artist, actually. Who's a god damn artist to begin with? Art is such a vague term that anyone and nobody can be considered artists. :) And that is precisely why I love "art". There as many definitions of it as there are people on this planet and nothing in this world is less black and white than art.

But the man sounds lovely, in his own very special way. I admire eccentric and quirky people and it's actually that type of teachers that I have most interesting memories with, though not as interesting as yours! And thank you, I absolutely agree on that one. :)