I have been taping into my graphic designer lately and thought I would share some of it. For my resume, I created a personal logo because I thought it would help me stand out when applying for internships in art museums. Then I had the opportunity to design the MHSA shirt logo, which is based of the traditional museum temple sign design. And finally I made some business cards for my Best Friends Portraits mini business. It was nice to be creative in the middle of all the papers and tests!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
As well as the forest piece, I am entering another exhibition at the Buddy Holly center in Lubbock for Día de los Muertos. This small painting is dedicated to my uncle that passed a few years ago. It was a difficult time for me because I was nearing the end of my undergrad and needed to decide what I wanted to do after graduation. I had been battling between going for an MFA or apply to Texas Tech for the Museum Studies program, a completely new career path. In traditional BriAnna format I flipped a coin and it landed heads for Tech six times. I felt like my uncle, who I always looked to for advice, was pointing me in the right direction. That is why the eyes are quarters and the butterflies in the hat are for soul and change. I am very pleased with this piece and all of the other artists that contributed to a wonderful exhibition.
I missed some progress shots, but the forest dream painting is now complete! If it had not been for a local art show it may have never been finished, ha. I am very pleased with how it came out and will be entering it in the National Arts Program exhibit at the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center.
I debated for a while whether or not to add the falling figure, but I think it makes the painting now. The figure is cut out of mat board, mounted on foam core to create a shadow, and then attached to the panel frame with nails so that it can be taken off if needed. The colors are much darker than I normally work, creating the night and glowing feel. Now I would like to start a new painting that steps away from my usual dream theme. All that I need now is inspiration!
Painting from home has been difficult with lack of space and money since starting grad school. But that just means that I need to try out other ways of making art! So I decided to give digital art a shot. At first I tried manipulating photos to create dreamscapes as seen in the first two images below. Then I found this amazing tutorial from illustrator Teagan White on painting print-like drawings in Photoshop and had a lot of fun recreating an image that previously failed in real print form. I hope to give this another try after this semester over.
Tutorial link: http://teaganwhite.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/&offset=24#/d4nhyl7