Monday, January 31, 2011

you are cordially ORDERED TO ATTEND

hey team

our semester-long ordeal is drawing to a close, and everybody's term book projects are going on display in February. That means my art book of Yiddish curses will be on display along with everybody else's contributions to the Ostracon show, as curated by my homeslice Viktor Koen.
There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, February 15th from 6 to 8 pm. All members of my team in the New York area must either attend or
"may you be married to the daughter of the angel of death"
or whichever other Yiddish curse(s) from the book may be applied to you should you fail to appear

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

a Yiddish curse

my firm deadline for the book of Yiddish curses is in two weeks, so soon I will wash my hands of the accursed Yiddish curses.

Monday, January 24, 2011

ya never know what they are going to like

The bigwigs at SVA have updated the MFAI website to include some images from our class.
The one they chose for me I find to be a dubious choice, but in this business one never can tell what people are going to like

Friday, January 21, 2011


Hey team
so, a slow week for posting. sorry about that, but another week another nude.
this week in painting studio we had that same dreamboat model from last week, only this time I had a better vantage point without his legs coming directly at me, so I think it came out much better. (I'm not going to bother to link to the post im referring to, because it's sitting right there underneath this post. do it yourself.)
And I have decided to conclude the toning experiment with the result: green is the best if it ain't broke don't fix it. no more wacky underpaintings.
As usual, this one is for sale. But its going to cost you. There hasn't been a lot of product moving on the Etsy lately, and I once heard a professor say that art galleries operate in an upside down logic, and when nothing is selling, you don't lower prices, you raise them.
So this puppy will be posted for 50, not for 20. That should give it the gravitas it deserves.
Because I don't want to starve. I'm kind of hungry I think I'm going to go have something to eat right now actually . . .

Friday, January 14, 2011

happy nude year

ah yes,
the first naked dude of a new year.the legs were coming right at me with some extreme foreshortening, which took me a bit longer to draw accurately than is usual. As a result, at the end of the evening I ran out of time so there isn't as much detail in the face as I might have preferred, and the blue folds in the lower right hand corner were totally phoned-in.
If anybody still cares about the toning experiment, this one was toned in dark burgundy. A sort of cranberry, if you will.
Now lets get something straight, team: I frequently post things that are perhaps controversial or that are supposed to be a secret, and I always think twice before doing it and then remind myself nobody reads this blog.
but that's not really true, is it?
my homeslice Tony D told me that when he ran a google analytics on his website he found that 1/5 of his hits were routed from here, from the link in the blogroll to the left, or perhaps the link from this post. Turns out my traffic stats lately have been very good (although no actual jobs or money have resulted from those stats yet).
Now, team, I know I'm allawesomeandshit, but if I had to guess what would be driving all the traffic on the AEKierenBlog, given the time of year . . . it's probably prospective grad students fretting about application deadlines, considering the program here at SVA, googling it, and finding this silly blog.
So to all you illustration weenies out there who are dreaming of partying with Marshall, you should message me. I know things. I got myself into this program, perhaps I could help you get in too.
In fact, I have an audacious proposal for you. Why not buy this weeks naked dood from my Etsy, lie about its origins, and use it as a portfolio piece when you apply!

(Please don't actually do that. It would be in very poor taste. But you should buy it nevertheless)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

my travels in miniature

is the reader familiar with tilt-shift photography? it makes real life appear miniature.
like this:

or this:

of course, true tilt shift must be done in-camera, but there's a web-generated poor man's version and it can be faked in photoshop.
I tried it with some of my travel shots
Atami, Japan, December 2008:Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, June 2010:
Croagh Padraic, Ireland, June 2010
Inismor, Ireland, June 2010:
fun, right?