The First Post of 2021
Welcome to the first post of 2021, as well as the first body of new art works for the year. It all begins with a series of digital illustrations made from my own photography and Adobe Dimension. I have been meaning to dig into this application for about a year now so Im happy to start off 2021 with these new illustrations. They are surely surreal and “otherworldly” but the last 9 months is a reflection of just that, certainly surreal, isolating and otherworldly…and then-some. 2021 will be a year of deep investigation and experimenting with digital 3D design, 3D software and a jump further with 3D animation and motion graphics.
Im beyond excited! Hope you enjoy these first iterations, much more to come! Happy 2021!
“The Egg-Shaped Visitation”, 2021, Digital Illustration
“The Visitations”, 2021, Digital Illustration
“The Pill-Shaped Visitation”, 2021, Digital Illustration
“The Return of the Monolith Visitations”, 2021, Digital Illustration
Evening Strolls, 2020, Animated GIF
“Zoom Accessed Out”
2020, Animated GIF
No Captions, No Access. Fix it.
“The Endless Strum to an Endlessly Soundless Song”, 2020, Animated GIF
“An Evening Stroll with Variation”
2020, Animated GIF (A 3 version series)
Which one is your fav?
“A Loop Through the Neighborhood”
2020, Animated GIF
Two friends walk through their neighborhood together, they walk silently and reflect upon their day. As dusk sets in, the colorful urban background of buildings seem to flow past hastily as the characters bob up and down giving the impression of movement. A place where nothing is ever static.
Grateful and Inspired.
“Metaphoric Tactical Displacements”, 2020, Digital Illustration
Two 3D generated figures dressed in special ops / tactical gear are placed into an art gallery. The viewer of the image is provoked to ponder what the circumstances are that brought together this “situation?” The frame is in mid-sequence appearing to be paused from its motion as we observe a seemingly ceaselessness of the characters. The art work on the wall is subjective, yet colorful, energetic and benevolent. It appears to be resembling a character from an animated film or a video game. It is familiar yet not completely objective. Is it the art work itself that is displaced in this image? Or is the image as a whole a representation or a reflection of something much closer to present day reality?
Add your response below.
“Our Brain’s Really Like, Likes..” 2020, Animated GIF
An animated GIF of a graphic image of human brain vibrates infinitely on and on as it pulsates inside of a social media “likes” chat bubble..
Portrait Riffin’ for GIF the Portrait Project
A Project Prep for the Fall 2020 Edition
Its that time of the semester again. The time where I introduce how to make animated GIFS to my students and fellow humans… OK, Im lying big, I teach this all semester long, how can I not, I mean.. GIFS! There are myriads of fun projects out there for us folks to participate in GIF wise. Did you know that? Through GIFS, we can make new friends! Explore and learn about cultural and historical events, fragments, objects, fashion, foods and so much more. GIFITUP 2020 closes its submissions this coming week, and I advise that you check it out, but let me reintroduce you to another ol’ classic, the GIF the Portrait Project is BACK! The project started on a tumblr back in 1963… another LIE! Sorry, it started back in November of 2013 and was created specifically for the project. The idea is, and remains simple: “animate a portrait”.
The best place to start when viewing the current submissions is right here on the project’s archives page <– this allows for viewers to see a more expansive timeline of works as well all digest the inspiration as you begin to feel propelled into GIF making action. GIF the Portrait will be receiving submissions from students at CUNY BMCC, York College & NYIT this semester. The second part of this introduction to the project and assignment will share a series of “how-to” and step by step tutorials to get you started. In the mean time, I got started on my examples below. Thats right, I participate in every assignment that I give! Im on this team too! The image / GIF above is the final outcome from my contribution (RAD right?!!) and that outcome consists of a stacked series of the individual images that you can now scroll through below. I had a blast making these and they are all inspired by Andy Warhol! I mixed together a series of both digital and print media to create each piece. More to come!
(a studio installation above, you know, for context..)