Some #aceo studies of some older ideas. Brushstrokes inspired by @emmagineering #alcoholink #acrylicpaint #mixedmedia #livestock #romegaartist #floydcoartist
I finished the design element for the Livestock halo and began putting together the halo. It will contain various elements including a crucifix (born and raised Baptist), the vagina inspired triangle design, spires from Gothic Cathedrals, emanating light rays and some as yet undecided elements.
In the later hours, I picked at about 20-30 ACEOs adding in a mix of "grays." Not sure where I want any of them to go but needed to do something with them.
'lissa and I watched about half of John Frankenheimer's Birdman of Alcatraz starring Burt Lancaster. Pretty solid effort that I'll need to finish some day. It's beautifully shot with some strong acting performances by Mr. Lancaster and Karl Malden.
Figure drawing night again. Corina was our model and it was the first time she has modeled in years. She did a pretty solid job and offered us our first 30-minute pose. Can't say I did much with what she provided us, though. For the bulk of the night, I didn't feel comfortable with my marks, my media nor my newsprint. Every effort seemed off. This mark was too heavy. That mark was too light. This paper was deflecting my 3B graphite marks. It's deflecting my willow charcoal marks. Am I drawing on poster board?
The only time things felt right was when 'lissa let me bum one of her charcoal sticks. It was for the final drawing of the night. The 30-minute one. It made marks that reacted to the paper. That ground itself in to it. I could finally feel what I was drawing. No longer was I floating on paper. A little too little. A little too late. But. Always good to end on a high note.
I also picked at my design for the Livestock series. Its close to what I want but still has a bit of a ways to go as I try to resolve some of the problems I'm having with my choice of line weight.
I also watched a couple movies, Religulous and Justice League: Doom.
I watched Larry Charles' Religulous featuring Bill Maher.
In it, "Maher interviews some of religion's oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers' Chapel. (Sign outside: "Jesus love you.") He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews. Maher finds the unlikeliest of believers and, in a certain Vatican priest, he even finds an unlikely skeptic." Summary by J. Spurlin.
Maher is hit or miss with me on many subjects but I enjoyed this film that poses many questions and little to no answers. It's worth a view just for the exchange of dialogue about religion from both the believer and non-believer sides.
Also watched was Lauren Montgomery's Justice League: Doom. Batman's contingency plans for how to immobilize the other members of the Justice League are stolen by Mirror Master and used by Vandal Savage in his plot to take over the world. Over the top comic book madness - well voiced and animated! Highly recommend!
I was able to work on a decorative element for my developing Livestock series, which will feature nude female figures blended with elements of livestock (dogs, horses, cows, etc.) and sanctity. The series refers to the Merriam Webster definition for livestock: animals kept or raised for use or pleasure; especially : farm animals kept for use and profit. The pieces will share how we have viewed women over the years, as something to be kept for use or pleasure, and, subsequently, discarded. Their halos will represent how we idolize these same women.
The concept in progress below will be used as an element on the halo.
I viewed Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 for the first time last night. Having seen the other two, I'll have to say this is the best of the Raimi series of Spider-Man movies and contains my favorite of the Spidey villains, Doctor Octopus. Too bad I waited so long to see it because a lot of the CG looks nice but is certainly dated, in particular, the end battle sequence between Spidey and Doc Ock. Fun view, though.
Eric was conceived in the silence of a simple hand gesture and born in January of ‘78. He grew up interested in simple doodles of flowers and big trucks, photos of shadows and dark faces and maps, and old men with fake hair. Since, his studies have narrowed to a focus on papier-mache sculpting, acrylic painting and ink drawing. The grounds he works on vary from paper to wood to canvas.