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There are cooperative arts made by combinations of Marina Greeno-Mcneil, Matt Reynolds, Jesse Blount and myself, Jesse Black. The paper gets folded so that each artist does their bit without having seen the rest of the bits. Marina instigated this whole initiative. Keep it up!
Found this extraordinary piece of humanity lying on someone’s front lawn this afternoon off of King Street in Stoney Creek. I certainly hope whoever was meant to receive this did.
In case you can’t read it (click for hi-res!) I have taken the liberty to translate it into a cleaner version of the same language:
“I call upon the spirit of the snake. I call upon the primal and healing forces you carry. I call on your intuition and heightened senses. Help me remain pressed close to the present, so I might experience this existence directly. Make me aware of stability and open to change. Sensual and fertile spirit, I ask of you for transformation. Help me shed that which I have outgrown. Clear my eyes so that I might slide free of the past and into a newly formed now. Coil your power, speed, and precision within me, so that I might harmonize with the invisible and swallow whole the wisdom I seek.“
This was a collaborative effort with “Frenchy Pink.” We decided to go eco-friendly this year and decorate something we had around the apartment rather than wasting a perfectly good tree. That or we’re just too lazy to go out a buy a tree… a fake tree, of course. BTW, this is a 10 foot aluminum ladder. Makes for a great Christmas centre piece.
Pardon me sir, but do you have the time? Yes I do, it is art time.
I don’t do real hand drawn art very often, so I thought I’d post these two items. They aren’t at all recent, but hey they’re new to you so who cares. These pieces were drawn with regular ball-point pens on letter size paper. It’s a lot of ink and takes a damn long time.
The idea for this originated from random doodling with black pen during a class many years ago, and I decided to keep it going and eventually filled the whole page. A few months later I started a new one with blue ink and eventually finished that one too. Feel free to psychologically interpret my sanity based on these drawings:
“A psychedelic, multi-coloured version of one of these would look amazing.” – Rob Nagy
“…I agree with Mr. Nagy on the rainbow action.” – Matthew Reynolds
Challenge accepted… Twice!
After some digital modifications I came up with these two images:
P.S. With these two additions, this post now officially qualifies for the “unicorns” category.
Imaging a world where Bill Cosby is the powerful leader of a large country.
What would the currency look like? Probably something like this:
When Cosbucks were established as the currency for his country, Bill Cosby historically declared that one Cosbuck shall be equal in value to one Pudding Pop.
So what would it look like to have a lot of money? This, I assume:
That’s a lot of Pudding Pops.
Cosbucks were originally created as cash for my character who was scripted to carry around a case full of “acquired” money in an 80′s themed murder-mystery party, hosted by Rob Nagy and “frenchypink”, of art-time fame. The intention was for a splash of mildly clever comedy at a party rather than the creation of a quality art piece… but some of you might enjoy it anyway.
The Bill Cosby image was extracted out of it’s original and a second layer was added for the hands to extend over top of the oval, which I think I drew in powerpoint. Multiple copies of the One Hundred Cosbuck bill surface were printed as well as a few pages full of horizontal lines which were created with powerpoint… (because that’s the best I have for vector type art at the moment). The stacks were built from large cardboard blocks that were originally received as packaging protection for a recent online purchase and had to be crudely cut down to size with a rusty, dull, hand saw. Cosbuck surfaces were taped on the carboard blocks and the printed line paper was taped to the sides to cheaply simulate the appearance of stacks of paper. Blue paper was cut, wrapped, and taped around the blocks to look like those bands that hold stacks of real money together.
The resulting stacks were very rough and imperfect, but considering the one-time minor use of the Cosbucks, that was plenty enough time investment for it’s purpose.
Oh hello, this is my first official art-time submission! My name is Travis, and I like to ruin other people’s art or photos. In other words, I play with photoshop to transmute a thing or combination of things into something else, sometimes something completely different. You may already be familiar with my ruined version of Tom Nagy’s “No Go Solo” painting, but now I’m here officially, muahaha.
Guess what, it’s Rob’s birthday… so for my first submission I’ve decided to ruin his art! (Alright, so it was a week ago but I was ready on time. I just didn’t have the user rank to upload and post images until today.) I enjoy Rob’s infamous Awkbird™ painting, which to me is a perfect example of classic Rob Nagy artistic styling that I remember from many years ago.
So here’s what I did with Awkbird, it’s called “Mother Awkbird“:
Mother Awkbird found hungry baby birds and she’s feeding them with a regurgitated rainbow, the spew of choice for awkward animals. Clearly not the same species, but Mother Awkbird doesn’t mind because her maternal instincts have kicked in. She has also provided honorary baby party hats for the baby birds so that she doesn’t feel weird being the only one wearing a party hat.
why Travis, why?!
Awkbird reminded me of how awkward baby birds look in their nest when they’re eating regurgitated food from their mother. They’ve got long necks with chicken skin-like textures that they stretch as high as they can, with beaks open wide like a snake, with their lack of significant feathers, squawking away in unison.
I’ve seen a drawing or three of animals puking out rainbows, notably a unicorn, and I’ve found that it makes them look awkward and awesome at the same time. So the idea came to me that it would be fun to draw baby birds in their nest being fed by a bird spewing out a rainbow, and no better bird than Awkbird is up to this task. (despite being wingless)
- Awkbird was extracted, tilted, feet were redrawn and tilted, lower beak was extracted and tilted to open the mouth, party hat was distorted because I didn’t have enough vertical space at the top and also to look like it’s going backwards to add depth. Some lighting/shadowing and colour retouching was added to Awkbird for depth.
- Baby birds were extracted, edges were hand-modified, and a few layers were involved to get the overlapping that I wanted.
- Background nest image was enhanced and the front part of the nest was extracted to a new layer so that the babies could be placed inside. Many parts of the front nest were hand-made transparent to be more real. (Babies visible through gaps in the nest material.
- Baby party hats were created from the top portion of the original hat, color modified, base formed by hand, shape heavily distorted to fit their heads. Baby hat tassels added.
- The rainbow is from a fill gradient using a modified version of the default rainbow gradient, circle gradient was used, cropped to an arc, stretched and distorted to follow a suitable path and then fan out as it leaves the insides of Awkbird.
- There were I think 13 separate layers used to accomplish this image.
optional options that were optional
Even larger resolution than the linked high res image is available on request. Modifications are also possible without much difficulty.
My alternative idea for the nest was to go even weirder and use the Bird’s Nest Stadium from the Summer Olympics in Beijing, which would then make the birds giants. I was also considering using a heavily modified Awkbird to create the babies, or twiggy looking stick figure baby birds, but I decided to go with real baby birds. Another crazy option was to give the babies velociraptor heads, but that might have been enough awesomeness to cause injury to viewers so I didn’t want any potential lawsuits.
I know this first painting was done by Esther Yoo because I was present during it’s creation, but I’m not sure about the rest of ‘em. Feel free to claim your rights to these arts in the comments section so I can then edit the post and add your name in there or something.
Finally got around to posting this. This illustration/painting is what I managed to come up with during the first art jam session. It wasn’t exactly what I was going for… in fact, it turned out to be nothing like what I had in mind when I started it. Regardless, I’m fairly satisfied with the results. This is what happens when you try to make art while watching Christmas on Mars.
I apologize for the poor photo quality. You should just come and see it sometime.
The inspiration for this piece was revealed to me from shade cast by the foliage of a Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii), a tree far from common in our area. Among the objects seen in this include an axe handle, a dog’s head, an arrowhead, a facial profile, and a man leaning against a wall.
Every one, tricked
Do not be foiled
With fathomed obligations
And a scientific diet
Sense the art of our lords
That is all around and us
Here, on this land
Maybe one day
Will still be at peace
And people in cities
is it so wrong?
i think she’s beautiful when she cries
liquid seeping through her eyes,
to eyelash starfish
and it scares me;
to feel nothing;
when i know i’m about to run;
but i’m so uncontrollably distracted
by her face
in the unforgiving bathroom light.