Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Team

from Natalie Portman and I

Sunday, December 19, 2010

a Christmas commission

a little something I did for a nice young couple in Ohio that found me on my Etsy.
what's that you say? you like it and want one of your own? well then contact me, fools. I'm desperate and will do almost anything for some bloody income here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

purdy radials for no reason

I'm not a fan of digital. Everyone knows this. But illustrator is fun for building pretty decorative things, like these radials I made yesterday for no good reason.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

gryphon and dodo

well look at me. posting digital stuff again. never thought I'd live to see the day. I was forced to do it for a class, though. And I drew it in real life and then assembled and tweeked it in illustrator. just listen to me trying to justify it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

my studio as gallery

this week is scholarship review over here at MFA illustration. We all had to clean up our studios and dress the walls with everything we have done this semester.I remember when my senior wall went up for graduation at CCS, it was kinduva bummer to see $120,000 boiled down to six feet of wall space. This time, it is the opposite. Instead of money spent, these walls represent the possibility of money to come, depending on how the faculty reviews go.

Ordinarily I would tell you to check back to learn how it went, but since scholarships amounts are awarded arbitrarily, we are forbidden to ever speak of how much we got or didn't get. So, team, you will never know if or how much of a scholarship I got. Therefore, you should assume the worst and go to my Etsy shop and buy something RIGHT NOW so I can buy this claybord stuff that the Titolo is making us work on this week.

Friday, December 3, 2010

nude of the week- Mr. Clean

this week in painting studio our model was sanitation spokesmascot Mr. Clean!

for those of you keeping score on the toning experiment, this one was toned in green again. I realize that that is somewhat of a betrayal of the experiment, since I paint on green all the time and I know it works, but I had splurged on a fancy-shmancy 15 x 30 canvas and I didn't want to eff it up like that time I tried toning it in pink. Barf.
per usual, this one is for sale, and it's a good one. The tall narrow format makes it perfect for placing above a toilet in a cramped bathroom or the like. Also thanks to that carefully placed foot it's suitably G-rated. Perfect for your dentist's waiting rooms and whathaveyou.
Need I remind you that by purchasing you help keep me fed and watered. I'm wasting away to nothing here, team.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


hey team
like I told you a while back, the Titolo had us make homage pieces about someone who influenced us. I did Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi.
Since the Titolo is very into mixed media (and so am I), I figured this project was a decent enough time to try things I had often been curious about but never done.
Like mosaic. Gaudi incorporated mosaic into a lot of his designs, and for my part, I have been saving broken china for years with the intention of eventually making mosaics with them. Though until now I had made nary a single mosaic, and all my troves of broken pottery were in my mom's basement back in Michigan. As luck would have it, my sister and brother-in-law came to NYC to visit over thanksgiving weekend, so my mom packed up all the blue and green pottery and sent it with them.
Another element to Gaudi's body of work was his incorporation of landscaping and plant life into his structures. I got to thinking, what if I actually put living plants growing out of the painting?
I said to myself
then I did it anyway.
This is the finishand this is the final assignment with the type incorporated
The physical art weighs rather a lot, and when I placed the mini-cacti into their pot doohickeys I got some dirt in the still-wet oil paint.
Oops. Hopefully it can be swept off when the paint drys.
Please go see the solutions of some of the 'mates.
Joana Avillez
Cecilia Ruiz