Monday, October 11, 2010

Boy Meets World

I realize that I ask a lot of questions on this blog, a lot more questions than I have the answers to. I ask questions to engage you as the reader to come up with your own answers, but I also ask questions because I am truly interested in all the possibilities of the subject at hand. Most of my posts are just things that run through my mind on any given day. Whether the answers are conspicuous or nonexistent I can't help but be equally intrigued. The world is fascinating to me and I have always been extremely inquisitive. I've always wanted to know as much as possible about everything possible. Even the smallest details can fulfill your life in ways you could never have imagined. As an artist, you should never stop expanding your horizons, learning to truly understand and draw one thing well will lead you to draw others better.

If you ask an artist what interests them, I believe there should only be one answer.


The Power of Imagination Makes Us Infinite
11x14 inches

Friday, August 27, 2010

I'm Feeling Rather Pixelated Today.

Among all the things in this world, the idea of life itself, seems to raise the most questions. However, even with all this speculation, it still manages to yield the least amount of conclusive answers. Who are we? and why are we here?, always seem to be in the back of your mind and you think about them from time to time, but that's all they really are, speculation.

Regardless of your religion, or what you believe or don't believe, for the most part, we can usually all agree on one thing. We as human beings, in a physical sense, are real and we can think and act under our own free will.

What if we turned this idea upside down?

What if we, and everything around us, aren't real. What if our lives are one giant simulation? What if our creator is an avid Sims player and controls every aspect of our lives through his insatiable gaming addiction? Sure it seems trivial, but it might not be impossible. Every action in our lives could be all be all played out by someone else, just like we were in the Sims, and we would never even know. We might think that every idea, every action, every thought is ours, but what if they belonged to someone else first?

Is it crazy? Perhaps. Could it be possible? Maybe.
Without definitive answers, anything could be possible.

I'm not saying this is the answer and I am also not saying that it's not. I'm just saying that it is fun to ponder about these things from time to time, since there are no right or wrong answers. Feel free to come up with your own ideas, because wondering about our lives, is what makes life fun and interesting. There will always be room for faith or whatever you may believe in and religion will always fill in the gaps in our knowlege. However, I dont think we should ever
stop speculating.

India Ink
Watercolor Paper

Friday, July 30, 2010

Inanimate Objects

Do you think that its possible for inanimate objects to feel things? Sure maybe not in the same sense that we as humans do, but we are all made of the same molecules, so why not? Just because something cannot speak or move does not mean that it cannot feel or express emotion. Objects can be far more expressive than we think, especially in the art world.
We usually don't empathize with lifeless objects, perhaps due to a lack of reciprocity. However, it seems I know exactly how a used battery, a run down car, or the countless broken household appliances we have ever thrown away, feels.


5 x 7 inches

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scenes From a Sketchbook: Volume 2

Recently I took a trip to the doctors office. While patiently waiting (pun intended) in the examination room for the doctor to see me, I couldn't help noticing all my old friends staring back at me. Lined on the walls and set all over the counter tops were all the products that I used to mindlessly put into bins when I used to work at a health supply company. Since the doctor always takes forever, I decided to get out my sketchbook and draw some portraits of my old pals.

Examination Tools

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Depth Relationships on a 2 Dimensional Surface

It governs everything around us.
It tells us how we see the world.
Even blind people have the ability to see it.
Since it can transcend the eye, everyone can see it differently.
It has a place in art as well as our conscience.
It weighs upon us.
It can shift and change.
It is a master of illusion.
It can be first, second, or third person, or any number of points.
As we grow older we gain more of it.
Sometimes we look to the past to gain a better view of it on our future.
It's the intangible manifestation of one's ideas.
It has laws, but all laws can broken.
But most importantly,
Without it the world as we know it would not exist.


Perspective is everywhere, it can even change when you put on a cool pair of sunglasses.
Antique Sunglasses
5 x 7 inches

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Endangered Species

Why do we love the things we love? Why do we attach ourselves so strongly to things or ideas even when we cannot explain why we do it? Is it possible to love something too much? And in the process, do we knowingly or unknowingly, set ourselves up for our own destruction? Our physiology presents us with these questions we cannot answer beyond the realm of instinct or reason. If history has taught us anything, it is that what we do not understand, we tend to destroy. Maybe it is the misunderstanding of ourselves that causes us to do the things we do or make the choices we make.
Life flies by with meandering intentions and no matter how cruel or unusual they may seem, they happened for a reason. You just have to believe that everything will work out in the end, because it usually does. Someday, all things in life must come to an end, but while one thing withers, there's always another beginning to bloom.

Until it comes, I'll patiently wait for my time to bloom once again.

These are some quick sketches that I sketched the other day at the Field Museum.

Tiger and Rhino

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

You're Beautiful, I love how asymmetrical your face is.

How many times have you actually heard anyone use those words in a sentence? Unless you live in a vanity free world, I'm guessing never. If there is anything that the media machine has taught us, it's that perfection is beauty. Could you imagine your favorite actress with both of her eyes on one side of her head or having three ears instead of two? The sad truth is, the only place she would be starring, is in a sideshow at a carnival. Symmetry runs our physical world, from our ideals of beauty to our everyday dependence on things working the way they should. However, in the art world, it's quite the contrary, symmetry is boring. The first rule of composition 101 is to stick to odd numbers, and avoid equilibrium at all costs. It is one of an artist's most useful tools, and it is how some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring works of art are engineered. Asymmetrical compositions create tension, heighten drama and above all else, they're just interesting to look at.
It's fascinating to think that two polar opposite views on aesthetic can rule their respective worlds, yet coexist harmoniously. What if art really did imitate life or vice versa? How would our views on the world around us change? Would our society still be in a seemingly never ending endeavor to achieve perfection? Would cash and materialism still fuel the media machine?

"Asymmetry is Beautiful"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scenes From a Sketchbook: Volume 1

So I guess since I'm going to be a professional artist I have to start doing things professionals do, like actually writing in this blog. With that said, I am going to try to write in this thing on a more consistent basis.

Spring is here and the weather is following suit here in Chicago. I was lucky enough to find the time the other day, when one of my classes was cancelled, to get outside and enjoy the world in something other than an Eskimo outfit. Lately I have been trying to rekindle my love for drawing architecture and with a myriad of influences all around you, the city is the place to be. Sitting in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Millennium Park, I managed to sketch this.
The Bean

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Nutcrackers. And no, I'm not referring to a group of angry feminists...

So, the holidays came and went. Not to mention, along with it my svelte figure thanks to an overload of holiday eating. But, thats neither here nor there. The holidays bring with them a lot of traditions that we all participate in, even if we're not sure why or where they came from. I have always wondered about how certain things become synonymous with a holiday or event.
My mom has an army of nutcrackers lined up on the mantle above the fireplace every Christmas. I have no idea of their origin or why my mother loves them so, but I do know they have been the staple of our fireplace decoration for as long as I can remember. The history of the nutcracker is a mystery to me, and so is how they became attached to Christmas. I'm sure I will be compelled to research them later, but for now, I just like to ponder about them. Have you ever really looked at a nutcracker? Yes, I know you've seen one, but I'm talking about actually looked at one without all your preconceptions. I don't know about you, but if you ask me, they are extremely goofy looking. Crazy 1970's Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka hairdo, teeth that would give a dentist nightmares, and not to mention those mustaches. Ok, well maybe those mustaches are pretty cool. Do you think anyone actually uses nutcrackers for what they're actually supposed to be used for? They seem more an aesthetic since I have never seen anyone actually use one. I guess one wouldn't need to since you can buy already shelled nuts. Unless, the nut factories employ thousands of these nutcrackers to shell all the nuts they sell. That could be a definite possibility. A little food for thought.

"Her Majesties Secret Service"
watercolor on watercolor paper