Search Complete! Matboard Bulk Order Success

Search Complete! Matboard Bulk Order Success

Cost Effective and Aesthetically Pleasing

After weeks of trial and error searching for the most cost effective AND aesthetically pleasing matboard, the final result arrived to black/cream core and black/black core mattes from matboardplus.com

5x7 Matte 4x6 Artwork

8x10 Matte 5x7 Artwork

Why a Black Matte?

My first bulk buy was a bright white matboard. That was a big fat NO. Maybe the typical buyer won’t notice the difference in shades of white. BUT to me, the stark contrast of whites made me cringe.
So, black mattes was a smart direction to go for a bulk order. The shades of white no longer battle each-other.

Limited Edition Prints

For the LE prints I am going with a black/black core. This is clean, no hassle, and by default focuses the eye to the piece while popping the ink from the drawing.

I ordered several samples of shades of white to match to my paper types. Thankfully matboardplus.com provides a shade that is not so bad. So in the end, in my next bulk order, I will chose the right white, providing two options.

Thesis

Thesis

Thesis has begun! After a semester of research honing in on an odd pairing to examine further, the thesis will focus on the celebrity and the paparazzi.

Thesis advisers: Peter Culley and Micah Rutenberg
Woodbury University

The Glamour Machine
A Sublimation of Celebrity Image Valuation

LA’s relentless network of billboards conditions subconscious modes of valuation within the urban environment. How can this strata of detached floating spaces, visually authoritative yet physically inaccessible, be transformed into a high value place of habitable exposure?

The Chateau Marmont, whose cultural significance is measured in high profile indulgency and tragedy, straddles a unique arrangement of billboards.  Some meet the ground, others tower, and one hovers above the villas of the Chateau itself.  This cluster of billboards has the potential for an architecture of permeation; while the image is surveyed, advertised, and disseminated.

The Glamour Machine uses the site’s artificial elevation to both expose and hide the ‘untouchable’ A-list celebrity, providing programs that reveal the persona but privatize the person.  The strategic harnessing of image valuation results in an architectural sublimation.  The visual encounter conditions a way of seeing by rechanneling our desire into an enhanced association with prestige.

 

 

Milestone 1

Milestone 1

 

Interface

Intervening the existing

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Form Finding

Interface

An abstract suggestion of form and space. Ambiguity allows for finding moments to investigate further.

 

material testing - mock-up model

material testing – mock-up model

model space to sketch space

model space to sketch space

 

Street Art Experiment

Street Art Experiment

An Urban Sketch Art Experiment on the streets of Barcelona

In late April 2014 I set out for a “street art experiment”.

The idea was to do what I do normally… urban sketch anywhere and everywhere I desire,

but while showcasing printed post card size sketches attached to the inside of my messenger bag.

Sure, why not?

Add a 3 euro sign on there as well, let’s see what happens.

After skating about El Barrio Gotico of Barcelona, this spot “felt” right. The sounds, the smells, the pedestrian clamor, and of course the perspective I was about to spend a few hours admiring. After about four plus hours of laying out the lines in pencil…

…yes, 4 HOURS just for the PENCIL portion?

Why so long you wonder?

I was interrupted by many, many, passer-bys that asked about my works, myself, and many people became fully invested into what I was doing for quite a while. So, YES, the experiment was a success.

I made enough euro to eat for the next two weeks.

That was the beginning of a very fruitful and prosperous months that followed.

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A Self Taught Sketch Lesson on Learning Proportions

A Self Taught Sketch Lesson on Learning Proportions

Arc de Triomf – Barcelona, Spain

 

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

It was an active Saturday afternoon with vibrant life all around coming from clamor on the fair grounds.

This made for quite the experiential urban sketch…

I began this sketch with a certain framework in mind –

Layers of proportions and symmetrical observations.

As soon as the bones were laid-out on paper, it was ready for shadows, color, and LIFE.

Process:

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

The Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, Spain

Ink and Shadows

Ink and Shadows

First layer of color highlighting the most important object

First layer of color highlighting the most important object

Layering color and finishing touches of darkening shadows and sky color

Layering color and finishing touches of darkening shadows and sky color

Fin

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