I just completed a figurative sculpture workshop at UALR. Sculpting from a live model is something I've never done, so I was eager to try it, and I think the results were fairly satisfying for me. The workshop was taught by Kevin Chambers, who it turns out is a damn good sculptor.
I don't know that this is something I'll do again anytime soon, but as always, good to have the experience.
Well, my work wasn't accepted for the Delta Exhibition. But I took the largest of the three and submitted it for the Student Competitive show at UALR and it was accepted, along with the mosaic I have mentioned in earlier posts. The mosaic was the biggest challenge I've had in art and I learned a lot from it. Mostly I learned that this is the wrong way to create a mosaic. But a lot of people respond positively to the fact that it is made from shredded pornographic magazines, so I guess there's that. The amount of work that went into it meant that I have to ask a very high price for it, though some might say I should ask for more....
I submitted three drawings for the 60th annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. I've been wanting to submit for the Delta for the past two years, but missed the deadline both times. This year, I stayed on top of the info and made sure to get the maximum of three entries submitted. Two were drawings I had already completed, and the third was one I did specifically for the exhibition. I'm hoping that my drawings will be accepted for the exhibition. It'll be a good experience.
I am now represented by Matt McLeod Gallery in Little Rock. I have drawings on exhibit in the gallery now, and will soon be adding some of my woodcut prints.
At the end of the Fall semester, I started this drawing. It's another graphite drawing, on 38"x50" paper. I quickly got a bit caught up with other work that caused me to stop working on it for a while. Also, I was very unhappy with the hair I originally drew. The hair was perfectly straight as in the original photo, but I decided to improvise something different.
When drawing from life, it is important to draw what you see, not what you know. With photos it is often the opposite; draw what you know instead of what you see.
I am eager to get this one done by this weekend so I can use this board for a new drawing. I'm trying to take a more expressive direction with my drawings now, and this one isn't quite expressive enough.
The model's name is Emma Simpson, a model from Bethesda, Maryland, who was 16 at the time of the photo.
This weekend, I've managed to make some good progress on my mosaic of Kateryna. Now that I can see her neck and added some length to her hair, she's starting to look like the actual model and a bit more of her personality is coming out.
The question has come up about the statement I'm making by shredding porn to create art. But the fact is, I'm not making an intentional statement, though the viewer is of course welcome to take their own meaning from this work. I chose these particular magazines for the simple utilitarian fact that they contain a hell of a lot of flesh-toned paper.
I've decided to try my hand at creating a mosaic, gluing shredded paper. The paper I'm using is mostly pages from adult magazines run through a paper shredder, creating small confetti. The surface is a 42"x60" sheet off a roll of Strathmore drawing paper. The work is slow going, using glue sticks and tweezers, but it is satisfying to see the progress, considering this is my first attempt at mosaic work. I will try to update the image as often as I can.