Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Hand In Nature

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Studies and Body Parts

Here includes a few studies of current creatures, images of old Hellbat concepts that retain a lot of the current design, a small study of tardigrade anatomy, and documentation on six of the creature's respective tails, ears, eyes, appendages, and mouths.

Appendages pt.1

Appendages pt.2 and Creature Studies


Eyes and Tails

First Hellbat Concept

Most Recent Hellbat Concept

Tardigrade Study
Beginnings of "Rat King" Concept

Monday, September 18, 2017

alienation (short summary) & some sketch images

Using alien and outer space visuals to explore the theme of isolation, I'll be creating cohesive images linked by color palettes and geometric elements. This exploration will conclude in a series of designs for a brand, called 'alienation', and will be printed on to various surfaces such as posters, t-shirts, etc.

A few rough sketches below:

I'd like to create a more detailed rendition of the jacket image in the near future,

This was a small sketch in my sketchbook so I apologize for quality

I would like to explore the use of speech bubbles in more depth, as I tend to use them in many of my sketches

Banana transformation stages

                                    Stamping study with cut up banana pieces as transformed.

Rotting stages of banana 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Alienation (updated thesis)

For my project, I will be working to design and create a brand, called alienation, focusing on extraterrestrial and outer-space themed work. I will be developing a series of images following this theme for use on products such as posters, T-shirts, stickers, stationary, etc. I will be using limited color palettes and geometric forms to establish a cohesive body of work. The imagery, as well as brand name, revolves around the exploration of personal feelings of isolation, or "alienation", in different aspects of my life. I plan to explore this through alien and space imagery because the subject matter is intriguing to me, and I also feel like the theme will be able to reach a broader audience, as many people have similar feelings at times in their own lives, and what better way to represent that common feeling than with designs literally "from another world"? My initial goal for this semester is to create a broad and diverse range of sketches upon which I can choose the best designs from later in the year to develop into final products. I plan to also explore color palettes and recurring elements I want to include in the designs at this time. I am also in the process of exploring if I want to have more symbolic or allegorical-type imagery, or more purely design-based work.

more reminders

thesis revisions and 140-character summaries
We need thesis proposals/statements that are current, reflect where you are now in terms of thinking, theme, the work itself.

We also need 140-character (tweet length) summaries, and titles for each project.

Nothing is written in stone; we just need the language to match current realities. Bring on Tuesday, or — better — e-mail ahead.

blog posts
We need to see things. Minimum one blog post per week.
If you are posting a link, provide information about that link, and why you are pointing us to it. Why should we look at it? Why is it important to you? How does it relate to your work or your thinking?
Title the post.

blog posts, p.s.
It is much, much easier to see sketches posted on the blog, from the large monitor, than it is to look at a piece of 8.5x11 paper on table or wall.

note-taking, a reminder

reminder, that we are taking notes on discussions of our colleagues' work, on a revolving basis from week to week. You are to e-mail those notes to the respective student (and to me), within 24 hours of the discussion. Ordinarily, this will be one record per week; on occasion, we might discuss a student's work on both days — where that happens, you will take and provide notes for both of those discussions.

The responsibilities for the seminar meetings to date (and for the next two weeks) are listed below. Names in red are those from whom notes have not been received.

September 5 and 7
by : for
Coral : Gabrielle
Gabrielle : Morgan
Morgan : Jeremy
Jeremy : Jade
Jade : Courtney
Courtney : Liam
Liam : Harrison
Harrison : Coral

September 12 and 14
by : for
Coral : Morgan
Gabrielle : Jeremy
Morgan : Jade
Jeremy : Courtney
Jade : Liam
Courtney : Harrison
Liam : Coral
Harrison : Gabrielle

September 19 and 21
by : for
Coral : Jeremy
Gabrielle : Jade
Morgan : Courtney
Jeremy : Liam
Jade : Harrison
Courtney : Coral
Liam : Gabrielle
Harrison : Morgan

September 26 and 28
by : for
Coral : Jade
Gabrielle : Courtney
Morgan : Liam
Jeremy : Harrison
Jade : Coral
Courtney : Gabrielle
Liam : Morgan
Harrison : Jeremy

Note-taking is one factor upon which grades are determined

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gabrielle Burgess, reference

Zsuzsanna (Varga Szegedi)
experimental videos (2009 - 2011)

in particular, tidal drawing (artist's website)

catalogue to ABSENT | PRESENT performance/installation
Kate Gilmore and Zsuzsanna Szegedi
Montserrat College of Art, January 25 - March 30, 2013

all posts by Zsuzsanna at SAIC.

edited by jm


creating & dreaming

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Transformation and Repetitive Matter- Starting Point, the Banana

A banana can be broken down in many ways, cut, dried out, burned, smashed, etc. How to transform this in the most successful ways. These bananas may be photographed as they breakdown from a certain location over a period of time, they may also be put under black light, as spots on bananas due to the degradation of chlorophyllglow in UV light and may be a visually appealing element to this design. When painted, and or stamped for the repetitive matter, the colors may be used based upon what is seen under light. Ultimately i think that each fruit element when chosen, will have multiple outcomes aspects to its piece.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Another Art History Lesson

An exploration of cosmetic history and culture. An application of the findings today to create artful looks to photograph and possibly assemble all into a book.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Art in Symphonia

As of late I am working in the realm of music; a passion of mine from a very young age. Through this I am going to create an album/ collection of music with visual discoveries of color & abstracted forms present in my written music through means of synesthesia studies.

Synesthesia will be a part of my research as well as looking into the studies of Joseph Schillinger.

Through these two sources of inspiration I plan on writing music that explores different genres of music; playing with pitch and tone in order to find different colors and forms found in the music I will write. I want to create both visual & melodic pieces of art through means of music exploration.

Forms of Nautre

I want to focus on the raw emotional attachment to nature that nature has both with itself and with everyone. I want to be empathetic towards the idea of mother nature as true beauty, hoping to invoke the viewer with joy. I want to commemorate and celebrate nature as it exists. I want to associate nature as a perfect state and try and associate that with words of inspiration. I believe in this organic unspoken joy based out of purity, removed of all toxins causing it pain. I want to focus on all things positive. The words integrity and self worth come into play when I think of what i want someone looking at my work to feel. I want to celebrate the rawness and reality of different places, and I do not want humanity to forget nature as being a real form of joy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

No Elysium

Right now the project is in a developmental phase. It will challenge viewers to see the current state of affairs in our world for what they are, not for how we think they are. For example, there is a predispositioned picture in our brain when we think of global warming but, is a polar bear on a shrinking iceberg really what that looks like? Is that really the extent of human impact, or is it more sinister than that? How deep do the consequences of us living here really sink, and is it too late for us to redeem ourselves? If you asked if humans deserved a chance of redemption, I would say that redemption isn't the goal but our only option. It's time to become aware now more than ever.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Midscape Short Stories

Short Story: Valdi

Short(er) Story: Oum

Transformation and Repetitive Matter

I want to focus on the present moment and the art, as matter exists in present time. I want to transform each of my objects that will be chosen to work on for specific times. I will manipulate and rearrange them in as many ways as i can. Looking for patterns in proposed fruits that i choose for my objects. I will reproduce these as photos, paintings done in stamps of repetitive values, for the fine arts realm that i am aiming for, and then also vectorize each for visual representation. These fruits, as current possible variables to focus on, will be both subjects and raw materials used. The use of texture, illustration, photo, and also typography, where found necessary, will create my visuals as a whole.

Midscape Bestiary

I am creating a bestiary with creatures based in the world I am building; the Midscape. This world is an area in the (fictitious) afterlife and the creatures are hellbeasts of my own design. Their biology and existence has deep roots in the world and I am hoping to express that through their designs. The creatures are hellbeasts and will include satanic and pagan  symbolism in their designs. I will be studying the creation and origin of bestiaries in order to design my own with my own content. I also plan to do 3-D studies in sculpey and make the book itself interactive (see Dragonology for reference). This is going to be a study in biology in history all tied together in a book of designed spreads including spot illustrations, text, and other elements.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



All seminar projects should have a title (always subject to change), and a 140-character (tweet length) summary (also may be changed). Optional: three or four #tags, possibly worked into that tweet-length summary, that help orient the work to larger (social, thematic, political etc) concerns.

For Tuesday: Have titles and 140-character summaries; do the readings; discuss current movements in your projects/initiatives.

This post is tagged with everyone's tag (or "label"), so you can see your name in the "posts by" list on main blog page, right column.


The two readings I assigned are these

Cameron Tonkinwise
design thinking, yet again, because, maybe, it could actually be useful, perhaps even necessary, given every thing
June 12, 2017

Christina Wodtke
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Design Thinking
August 26, 2017

Cameron Tonkinwise is a smart, energetic and prolific writer about design (sustainability design, transition design). I monitor his writing and links to others' writing via @camerontw.
he is also at