Saturday, March 31, 2018
Half way through the 100 Elephants. I was again struggling to figure out where to go. I had drawn the frogephant and while waiting for a movie to start, I came up with this idea.
I thought I should mention where I got this idea as well. This last summer I was searching different programs and came across a show called The New Creatives on BYU TV. I would highly recommend watching it.
The first feature was on Jake Parker, and Illustrator and Animator and the creator of Inktober. He had challenged himself to create 100 robots. I was impressed with the idea and the creative challenge that this presented. I incorporated it into my Visual Arts Seminar class and I challenged myself to do it as well.
I see creativity as a muscle that needs to be exercised on a regular basis in order for it to be strengthened. I was so impressed with what my students did.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
At this point I feel like I was falling into a pattern. I was coming up with something original then mixing another animal with the elephant. Still interesting, but not as creative.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
With 3 47 I went back to the idea of combining other animals with elephants, and thus the Chickephant was born.
Monday, March 26, 2018
This was another breakthrough. I particularly enjoyed the resolution for the trunk and making it look like a vacuum. There are more robots to come.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Another foray into the mixing and matching of animals. I found this one funny because the manatee is actually closely related to the elephant.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
After completing this one, I thought was a creative breakthrough. Then a student of mine told me it looked a lot like Salvador Dali's elephants. First, I was impressed that they recognized that. Second, I again realized that we are influenced by all that we see. I was not thinking about Dali's surreal work when I did this.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
After the creative spark of the slinkyphant, I went back to more tried and true ideas and created the elephant superhero. This is a theme I have played with before, just a different iteration. I again realized there is a process to creativity. Although, I enjoy this one, it is not one of my more creative creations, But I needed to do this to get to other new ideas.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tonight I will be exhibiting my process of writing and illustrating in preparation for sending a book to publishers. The reception starts at 6 pm in the Quimby Gallery with a presentation at 7:30 in the Burke Mountain Room on the Lyndon State College Campus.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
I found this is a process that ebbs and flows. At times you are stuck, or falling back on past themes just to get tot he next level of creative out burst. Here I went back to transforming animals into elephants. After the full 100 were completed, I recognized that this is a necessary step to get to something truly different. It isn't a bad idea, it just isn't as creative as others, but it is a necessary step.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
I will admit this idea has been dancing around my head and in my sketch books for some time. I could just never get it right. Here I feel as if I finally made a break through.
On another note, the Quimby Gallery had the closing reception for the itty-bitty 2x3.5 inch exhibit last night. It was a wonderful event. The gallery had 802 2x3.5 images on the walls. 100 of them were this elephant series. It is a beautiful sight to see and so exciting for me as an artist and a gallery director to see the participation and the incredible work. I was also able to sell a large number of the original images from this series. This one is still available.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Number 37 found me trying a caricature of an individual. The challenge was how do I get the individual look like an elephant and make the recognizable. In this instance, I selected the president of Lyndon State College where I teach.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018
This one was inspired by the Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. In it there was a group of creatures with one leg. They were also invisible. It was a challenge to depict a one-legged elephant that could be seen.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
I not only saved the strongest of the chess pieces for last, I delayed creating her to give me time to figure out how to work a bow tie that was more appropriate for a traditional queen.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I was really enjoying the design of these chess pieces, so I took them to our 3D modeling class at Lyndon State College to see if students could recreate them. This is the first draft of the King. some of the pieces have broken off. I am looking forward to seeing them finished someday.