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My Beautiful Best Friend-Scratch that, SISTER…

Sarah-Typography Portait This is another typography portrait of my best friend Sarah. She is more like a sister to me, than a friend.  The entire portrait is made using only her name written over and over.  She took this on the beach, and I wanted to capture her just like this.  This is actually one of my favorite projects.

SuperUvvy!!

SuperUvvy

This is SuperUvvy (pronounced SUPER-UHVEE). My son came up with the idea based on a stuffed monkey he has had since he was an infant. When he was little, he had trouble saying the word “lovey”, and that is where “Uvvy” came from.  He named his monkey “Uvvy Monkey”, and to this day has this monkey.  I had to do this project for a class in school.  The assignment was to create, and draw (in Adobe Illustrator) a super hero.  So my son, and I came up with this.  His weapon is a bananaray gun to shoot his enemies.  Keep in mind that my son is only 10, but I liked the idea enough to use it for class, and I did get an “A”, so I am certainly NOT complaining.  Still, this is one of my very early digital art works, so there are still several errors, and places where I need to improve.  For this assignment, we were only allowed to use the Pen Tool, and Shape Tools in the program, and I have to admit, those constraints did hinder my development more than I realized that they would.  This is mainly because the Pen Tool and I are not the best of friends, yet.

Riddle Me This….

Explain to me how I can so easily find the words to write a lengthy rant, a sonnet that earned me a 100% grade for English class, poetry that was published in a compilation, and letters that evoke emotion from their readers, yet when I want to speak, I can no longer find the words that so easily flow to the paper.  What happens in the speaking process that renders me a mute, completely void of any vocabulary whatsoever?

Is this a common problem for artists, or writers?  Does the change in the medium somehow limit my ability to make proper use of it?  It’s not like I have a problem with public speaking, or anything like that.  In fact, delivering a speech is something I find rather simple.  I do not fear speaking.  Maybe because I have the ability to write my speech prior to opening my mouth to deliver it, it is a less threatening method of communication.  Who knows.

I do know that in a desperate attempt to relay some very personal thoughts, and feelings that I have been struggling with for quite some time to someone very important to me, someone that I love very much, I am unable to speak one single word.  Conversations about the weather, today’s football game, or a day at work are not a problem.  I can even explain, in great detail, what types of projects I am working on for class, or for my personal collections.  Feelings, however, that is a whole new ballgame.

I can’t remember having this problem when I was younger.  It must have come with age.  I could write it all down, rather eloquently, but handing it to the person for their eyes to scan, and for their brain to absorb seems almost impossible.  In fact, I have attempted to write some of these things down many times for the past year.  The end result?  An envelope filled with letters that have never been seen by eyes other than mine.

How does one go from an extremely articulate person to a wide-eyed, trembling mess who is unable to utter one syllable pertaining to something that is a constant weight upon shoulders that no longer want to carry it?  Perhaps my resolution this year should have been more about my ability to speak, and less about the writing that I have pushed to the side for so many years.

In the beginning…

My first attempt at creating ANYTHING in digital format. A project for my first design class, Principles of Design.

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My first attempt at creating ANYTHING in digital format. A project for my first design class, Principles of Design.

This project was my first effort at using the Adobe software to create digital art.  I also learned how to “trace” using the pen tool in the Illustrator program, and successfully traced the following 2 pictures:

Caterpillar Trace Cheshire Cat Trace

Considering that prior to the class, I couldn’t do ANYTHING in these programs, I am pretty satisfied with the results!

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

This is a poster I created for a project in one of my classes. It uses some techniques layering one photograph over another, and the point was to send a message about something. This was something really close to home for me, hope you guys like it.

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Gia~A Portrait in Type

Gia~A Portrait in Type

This is a typography portrait of Angelina Jolie from the movie, “Gia”. This was done using only the words in some of the quotes from the movie. It was one of my favorite beginner projects, and I did it around August, when I first started learning how to navigate the Adobe Creative software.

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Stephy

Stephy

My friend Stephy drawn in Manga using Photoshop.