My Process So Far — Project 2

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Here is my design so far. I’m really still drawing and making elements in my composition.  His body is either going to be dropping nuts into a hole or clutching them to his chest.  I haven’t really decided yet.

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My Process So Far — Project 2

Morley’s Art

“Forgive Someone”

Morley is a graffiti artist and screen printer.  He started his career in 2011.  His goal is to remind social climbers and capitalists of the things that really matter in life. His messages are about life and love and specifically how you shouldn’t beat yourself up too much. Morley often includes his own portrait in his picture.  He says that he doesn’t want his art to be mysterious, he wants people to know exactly who did it, and if the police catch him he’ll just apologize.

“Time Machine”

He is a member of an art collective called The Outsiders.  The group is made up of various artist that use many different mediums.

“Part of the Plan”

I really like the audacity and the messaging in his prints and graffiti.  Making illegal graffiti in urban areas is really bold and when combined with the strength of his messages it is really impressive.   He isn’t worried about getting caught. His pieces literally have his face on them almost like in every piece he is caught creating his image by the viewer.  You tell he care about both his message and his viewer.

“Divorce (Yellow)”
Morley’s Art

Michael Michael Motorcycle — Screen Printer

“Portals” Romance and grief; another print from the 2007-2009 “Blood” series

Michael Motorcycle is a screen printer, painter, and illustrator.  His artwork contains the themes of the misuse of power, the human environment, and love.  Michael believes in the importance and he includes it as a main theme in a lot of his work. He often includes the themes of the exploitation of the defenseless.  He was abused as a child so feels like it is important to portray the issue in his art.  Blood is often included when he contemplates the misuse of power.  It represents grief and life force. Lastly, he looks at the human environment and the way civilization uses up the resources of our planet.  he often reflects on the mistakes made during the industrial revolution in his art.

He is inspired by the things he collects such as animal skulls, beautiful bugs, musical instruments, art noveau, art deco, French Pachoir prints, and fashion magazines.

I really love his artwork because of the illustrative quality to it.  The color pallet often includes bright colors, particularly red, and organic lines and shapes.  His work has an emotional quality to it and I find that I really enjoy looking at it.  I feel like his work gave me some new ideas about color usage in my next print, which I am pretty excited about.  His prints have this really cool, almost symbolic, quality to them, and that is something that I really find appealing.  I can definitely see the before mentioned themes present in his subject matter and color usage.

Michael Michael Motorcycle — Screen Printer

First Project (Party Animal)

I am fascinated with how people apply human words and characteristics to animals. We often associate animals with words like clever or lazy, and sometimes we apply animalistic characteristics to ourselves or our daily habits. Animals have their own set of behavioral patterns that are needed for survival. They don’t do things just because, nor are they frivolous in their behaviors. I find it kind of comical and that we do this, so in the images I will be pointing towards the humor of that concept.photo (1)

My images will focus on one animal at a time and will either address a concept or characteristic that could or is contributed to that animal or a phrase that alludes to animals that applies to humans. An example would be squirrels hoarding nuts. Squirrels are really just saving nuts for the winter; a survival instinct that would save them from starving to death in a harsher environment. Hoarding is a word that is akin to greed. Meaning that you are collecting excess amounts of things you don’t need and won’t need in the future. When compared to the squirrels natural survival instinct, it is something much less noble.

My first print, Party Animal, is meant to point back to this concept.  A wolf doesn’t party but they are associated with being wild even though they are organized and intelligent predators.  I feel like it captures my series.

My print series will focus on drawing out all those little comments that we make about ourselves and animals that don’t quite make any sense. In the end, the series should lightheartedly point out our own silliness. Near the end of the process I would like to print the resulting images on t-shirts for my final portfolio.

First Project (Party Animal)

Knowing a Variety of Screen Printing Techniques

Knowing different stencil making techniques is important because it gives the artist flexibility.  it is useful for the purposes of problem solving.  If one of your screens goes wrong knowledge of different methods of doing or fixing something can be the difference between a failed project and a successful one.

For instance, if part of your screen was removed in a place were you wanted no ink to show you could use screen painting fluid.  You could also use it to quickly create a new screen/ layer for your work.

Each method also has a different look.  Some stencils create a more painterly effect.  Others appear to be more clean-cut.  By layer stencils made using different methods, the artist can create a piece that looks very different when compared with a similar piece using only one method.  I think that in order to really bring out the full potential of screen printing it is important to look at other ways of doing things.

Knowing a Variety of Screen Printing Techniques

Drive by Press

Drive by Press is a group of artists and designers that create prints.  They believe that the process is just as important as the product.  They like to create their designs using wood block printing as their method which is an 800 year old method. A wood block is carved out for each design, and then ink is rolled on to the wood.  They then use a press to transfer the design to the shirt.  The process is seems very tedious but still rewarding.  The artists at Drive by Press are the only t-shirt printers that use this method, making them very unique. Two artists began Drive By Press is 2005, so their business is 10 years old.  The artist names are Gregory Nanney and Joseph Velasquez. They went to graduate school together and decided that they wanted to create a company and share the art of printmaking.  Drive by Press is based in New York, NY and Austin, Texas.

I think that the process through which they create their work is beautiful.  It’s not easy and it take a lot of effort.  It took a lot of effort just to get their company started.  I really wonder if there is a deference in the texture of the design because of the wood block press method.  I would think that there is because of the pressure of the roller.  The process reminds me of a carving and pressing method that we learned in 2-d foundations.

Drive by Press

“Art as Prayer” January 30th Tobi Khan

The artist Tobi Khan presented on his body of work and his process of creation January 30th.  Khan is a Jewish American whose family survived the holocaust.  As a result his artwork has great religious undertones.  He also often creates memorials for tragedies and icons for churches, religious institutions, and schools.

He emphasized in his presentation that he wants his pieces to express their messages regardless of any inconveniences or mistakes that might have happened along the way.  He also talked about how the number of obstacles often make the piece more beautiful.

As a result of his background he is a very spiritual person.  He believes that he is only the facilitator for art and that there is something greater working through him.  He believes that to be an artist is to have a gift of expression, and that art is something that is taken on with seriousness.  It is not something that you choose to do but something that you were born to do.  This really connects closely to screen printing.  The majority of screen printing is just getting ready to screenprint but we can forget that the process is also art in a way.

His subject mater when he paints is really organic. For one series he focused entirely on sky and water.  Later, they used that particular room of the museum as a yoga classroom. Another interesting project he did was a mediation room for the religious leaders that were meeting with victims of 9/11.  All the colors were very mellow and relaxing.  The chairs in the room were made of soft foam that would leave an imprint when you got up.  He said that he made it this way because “when you leave the space your soul is still present” for a few minutes.

“Art as Prayer” January 30th Tobi Khan