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February 29, 2008

Laura Sketchbook Post #6

Here's a neat little animation I found. It's pretty sweet, but at the same time...annoying as hell.

Marian Bantjes Lecture


Walker Art Center
Tuesday, March 4, 7:00pm
http://calendar.walkerart.org/event.wac?id=4257

"After a decade working as a book designer and typesetter in Vancouver, British Columbia, Marian Bantjes decided to chuck it all and reinvent her practice. Widely hailed in the recent resurgence of ornamentation in graphic design, her connection to that tradition draws on her 20 years of work in painting and printmaking. Now a self-proclaimed “graphic artist,? Bantjes produces designs of intricate craft, elaborate patterning, and complex ornamentation. Her work has been widely acclaimed and her projects include commissions for a limited-edition cover for Wallpaper magazine, catalogues and bags for Saks Fifth Avenue, illustrations for such publications as Yale Alumni Magazine, Wired, and Print. "

Her website: www.bantjes.com/

Ellie Drotning- Post #6

Here's the hand-drawn animation I found. It's from youtube, and it's just a very simple, short animation of a woman in a skirt twirling. It's not complicated and doesn't even have any plot, but there's still something about it that I really like. It's very fluid and graceful, despite having choppy animation. I just really like how simple, yet beautiful and enjoyable it is. So take a look!


February 28, 2008

Whitney-Sketchbook #5

So I was looking today and realized that my post from last weekend wasn't up (but my artist was..hmm) so I figured I'd repost it. It's a funny video I found on youtube about how to make a zine. He doesn't make it the same way we are, his is only 8 pages, but I thought it was still interesting and funny. It is ridiculously ridiculous and it made me laugh. And I thought it was very relevant at this point in time. I can't remember how to post the actual video on the blog so I'm posting the link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1W15BWCUk

Chip Kidd Lecture-Natalie Olbrantz


Hey guys, I went to see Chip Kidd last night at the library downtown. He was hilarious and I'm surprised I didn't see more people from our class! Anyways, It was awesome, I got free cookies, AND I encourage you to buy his book called, "The Learners". You can check out my write-up if you download the file below.

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February 27, 2008

Ron Brown Hip-Hop Illustrator


If you would like to see more of his work visit http://www.hellominneapolis.com/art/ronbrown.cfm
If you are interested in hearing some of his music visit http://www.myspace.com/denzelwatchmeson

Chelsey: Post 5: Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey has influenced allot of many of the movies, themes, and illustration styles that we have all become familiar with. He is one of my favorite, FAVORITE illustrators, and I'd like to just take this opportunity to say, "DIBS!
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D. SHRIG!!!

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If you'd like to check out more morbid artwork, here's where you can do that: www.davidshrigley.com

February 26, 2008

Ellen Weinstein

Ellen Weinstein is an illustrator who works mainly with collage and illustrates today for many well-known publications such as Time magazine, Washington Post, LA Times newspaper, Forbes magazine, Billboard magazine, and many others. She is currently based out of New York City. Check out her website: http://www.ellenweinstein.com

David Rausch Post 5

Like the dove commercial, but this one is a little bit more disturbing. Makes me wonder if I've ever thought a guy was hot without knowing it was a guy. If you think that comment was weird, watch the video. That idea scares me.


Revolution - A Response To Dove Evolution - For more amazing video clips, click here

February 25, 2008

matt Wenger - Post#5

Here is a great little animation short that I've been enjoying as a break from homework. This is only half of the video, but if you like this then it's easy to see the second part on youtube, under "danish poet 2/2". This animation short won last year's "short animation film" award at the Oscars. It's not hard to see why when you watch it.

So, I decided to save you the trouble of looking up the second half of the video, it is now right here on our very own blog!

Ellie Drotning- Post #5

Duh Ellie... if the scanner is broken, use your digital camera. Thanks Heba.

Clarissa Post5: Its All Happenin at the Zoo

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So for my zine I'm working on Illustrating the great works of Simon and Garfunkel. I kind of just want it to be fun and light so I thought I would use my favorite songs and try to portray and illustrate how great they are. So for my cover I'm using a silhouette of them because Garfunkel's hair was definitely a trademark. I'm pretty excited for my final outcome

meher-sketchbook post #5

my zine, as some of you know already, is about being sneaky. it's something that i've always excelled at, and it's usually unintentional. but it happens a lot anyway. well, i've been thinking of ways to incorporate my own personal sneaking experiences into my zine, but it seems that the sneaking i do is on a small scale. relatively. i mean, most people don't sneak as much as me, but if i were to make a zine about it, i kind of feel like it should be epic sneaking. anyway, i've been checking out images of sneaking and thinking of sneaky scenarios to include.

there's different levels of sneaking that can be conveyed in an image. for instance, there's the actual act of sneaking, that could look something like this:

then, you have the "i got caught sneaking":

(and really, who better to illustrate that than britney spears?)

and also, we have conceptual sneaking. i know a guy named peter, and he has a van. it's name is sneaky pete. in fact, "sneaky pete" is written on the side of it. i don't know, it seems that you can't get any sneakier (or shadier) than a salmon and cream-colored van with no windows in the back that's named sneaky pete. by the way i'm totally serious. i have pictures. but my point is, without the concept of being a sneaky van, it probably couldn't possibly have been sneaky, ever, in it's life, because nothing could stick out more.

that brings me to another point. there is a difference between being sneaky and being creepy.

i'm still working on incorporating different styles of sneaking into my zine illustrations, but i seem to be getting better at it. if i ever get a chance to use a scanner, i will put up some of my illustrations so far.

sincerely,
meher


Kaitlin-Post (slightly irrelevant) #5

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Who loves paper dolls? Me. Only, I forgot about how much I love them until today. I used to play with my grandma's old mini collection when I was little. Then one day, I went to jr high and was introduced to the wonderful world of cheap nailpolish, The Backstreet Boys and Nintendo 64. Oh, glory days.
But no fear, tweeners in jr high have their own virtual paper doll website now. It's so scary. At stardoll.com you can dress celebrity 'paper' dolls, fictional characters, and even yourself if, you sign up to be a member.
I spent about 15 minutes changing Simon Cowell's clothes and finding a head shape that resembled my own. Then I got bored.
The whole thing reminded me of collage, and zines, and my grandma's paper doll. So all I really want to do now is make my own actual paper dolls. Like the one above. Or not. Future project? I hope so.

Eduardo Post5: zin.

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So this is one of the sketches for my zin. Its is a screen print i did a long time ago and thought i could use it in a different way but it will be obviously black and white when I make the copies. My zin is about defining the diferent styles of electronic music or like most people call it "techno". i'll have images that represent each style of electronc music as well as some examples of songs (text). The sketch posted here will probably represent one of the styles of music which is psytrance. it is all crazy and whatnot just like the music. anyways this is just an example. drawings wont be so similar its going to be kind of random but in a way that it unifies the whole zin.


February 24, 2008

Emily Graupner


Hello. My original idea was to create a music play list and illustrate what I visualize when I listen to it. However, my images hardly depict the actual meaning of the songs, so I thought I’d just continue to use my music as stimulus for my drawings; listening to music is a great way for me to get creative. Now I’m focusing my zine on a series of character profiles of deviant or quirky behavior. I plan on doing a collage in the background of my black and white images. I would really appreciate if anyone had any suggestions to solidify this concept. (I'm not finished with is drawing either; note the wonky hands, etc.)

Charles O. Sketchbook Post #5

These are 5 of the 15 sketches in my barbershop zine!

Zine-Natalie Olbrantz

Okay, so here are a few sketches of my final zine. I'm almost done with ten for tuesday! I'm just trying to get the best ideas for the color of orange because there are so many things! Thanks for the awesome feedback, and if anyone knows where a reasonable place to print color would be LET ME KNOW! :-)

Sigafoos5

Hi guys, here's a taste of what several of my pages look like. The zine will open upwards like a sketch book, and the cover will bear the title, "You know you're a designer when..." as well as sketches and other designerly elements.

All the pages will have the grid paper as the background and will be collaged and hand drawn. I've had a lot of fun deciding what kind of scenarios to depict for each of the page and collecting the appropriate imagery.

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The zine that I have decided on is a literal interpretation of facebook. I have taken images from facebook and put them in the backround of each page to add depth to the zine. I am going to do my illustrations over these images. Things that will be in there are the basic vocabulary of facebook; poke, tag, wall, etc. The definition of each word will be in the text bubbles on each page.

February 23, 2008

Paul Sketchbook #5

So I think I've solidified the style for the illustrations for the zine. Just so you know, this book is going to look like its an instructional booklet for a new bike owner, only all of the information is completely wrong.

For example, the guy on the cover is from the "When riding in traffic, offer everyone high fives" page.

Now I just need to churn out the rest of the drawings...

Micki Post 5: My Zine update


These are my new drawings from thursday, and I wanted to share them with the rest of the class. I have set up the order of how my zine will go and titled all my pages. I plan on using ballpoint black pen for most of my pages-hopefully it will look good. the picture isn't perfect so sorry about that but hopefully you can get an idea as to what I will be doing. TAZ will be traveling through 3 worlds (Looney Tunes, Dr. Seuss & Where The Wild Things Are) and then come back home before sunrise. I plan on adding some text on the pages where TAZ is about to move on to the next world, in order to help guide the reader/viewer along. any suggestions would be great if u have any! thanks :)

February 21, 2008

Laura Sketchbook Post #5

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I thought I'd share my experience here because it reminded me of the Urban Explorers Infiltration zine Heba mentioned a while ago. They were the people who break in to off-limits places for one reason or another, and document it.
Well, for my photography class, our current assignment is called "Sense of Place" where we document photographically a place that we find interesting. I chose the Guthrie theater since it is totally amazing. Anyway, I pretty much exhausted all the possible pictures of public lobby areas (the only places where you are able to take pictures) but I was looking for more. I enlisted the help of one of my roommates who is a BFA theater major. They have class at the Guthrie sometimes and therefore have special access to special areas. So Danice and I covertly snuck around (my camera concealed under my coat) to snap a few pictures of the trap doors and back hallways. When we made it in to the McGuire Proscenium it was soooo hard to secretly take pictures since someone was always on stage plus people were doing sound checks and stuff. I had no opportunity to actually set up my tripod and use a correct shutter speed for these dark areas. So we left, and I had bad pictures.
So then I thought, how would I be able to be allowed into these theaters to take pictures without jumping through hoops for permission and whatnot? I wrote myself a permission letter "signed" by the director of education and community programs, Sheila Livingston. I even made my own Guthrie stationary. Because really, I'm sure she would have said it was okay anyway, I just...uh…saved her the hassle.
So yesterday is when this all went down. I approach one of the usher/information people with my request flashing the letter pf approval. He's like "Uh, I need to get my manager." Hmmm, okay. I'm already pretty nervous at this point, visions of arrest are running through my head. Mr. Manager comes over and takes my letter and request as being legitimate. Sa-weet. But then he says "I have to double check with MY manager." We're talking, the big guy, in charge of all the employees, blah blah. Great. Should I bail? No. Mr. Super Manager comes by, reads my letter and starts making small talk about Sheila, the lady who I never actually met. So I bs my way through a short conversation. "Oh yeah, ha, Sheila. Heh." After many tense moments, I am ALLOWED in to the Wurtle Thrust Stage to take beautiful photographs at my will. I can't believe it worked. Now keep in mind, I don't really think I did anything wrong. It would be against the law for me to sell the pictures or whatever, but it was for educational purposes. Or maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better. Anyway, I got some neat shots (and nearly a heart attack) out of the whole ordeal.

The things we do for art.

Victor Moscoso

The artist I chose for my presentation is Victor Moscoso. He's pretty cool, as you will see later today in class. Here is his website, which includes a sampling of his artwork. CHECK IT!

www.victormoscoso.com


February 20, 2008

Grandma Wisdom from YOU!!

Hey everyone-
As you might know, my zine is a sort of etiquette/advice book as told by a funny old grandma character. I'm including some funny tidbits of grandma-like wisdom from my own Grandmother, but I also got some great grandma-tips from my group members today, so I thought I'd extend the question to the whole class. What's a piece of advice, cooking tip, cleaning tip, proper manners tip, or other bit of grandma-like wisdom you got from your grandma? I've heard things like; ladies cross their ankles, not their knees, food should be cooked with butter and love, fashionably late is seven minutes, tang orange juice crystals can clean a sink, don't scowl because it'll give you wrinkles.... ect, ect. If any of you have any great little jems of wisdom from your grandmothers, I'd love to hear them and put them in my zine, I think it would be really neat to have info from members of my class, instead of just ones I find on the internet. Thanks Guys!

-Ellie


February 19, 2008

Erik Brandt Lecture

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MCAD LECTURE SERIES - ERIK BRANDT

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD
2501 Stevens Avenue
Auditorium 150
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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MCAD Assistant Professor Erik Brandt discusses the impact of globalization on international visual communication systems with specific focus on cross-cultural "viruses"—non-native graphic and typographic forms that disrupt, overwhelm or otherwise affect native environments. What drives these viruses? Pure petro-cool capitalism, cynical marketing/consumption, or simply the survival of the fittest (and those with the most resources to project)? If the role of the modern worker is to produce, as Mieke Gerritzen has said, not new product but new ways to consume, have we lost anything? Or have we generously simplified and opened our aesthetic needs, broadening them in favor of an appreciation of the democratization of visual communication (YouTube, etc.)?

New to MCAD, Erik Brandt has been active in university education for eight years, most recently teaching typography and visual communication in Doha, Qatar. He began his career as a magazine editor in Japan, and he maintains a small graphic design studio, tÿpøgrafika. Educated internationally, Brandt's research interests focus on issues of globalization that affect and drive the complexities of intercultural visual communication systems.

Spark Festival

Alright all you graffiti fans, the Graffiti Research Lab is going to be in town next week for the Spark Festival. They will give a talk on Wednesday Feb 27th at 12:30 at the Regis Center for Art, Influx Space and will then be going on a bike outing around town at 5pm for those of you who want to join! http://spark.cla.umn.edu/schedule.html

There is a lot of other really cool stuff going on, I would highly recommend checking them out!

Here is info about Spark:

Spark Festival of Electronic
Music and Arts 2008
February 26 - March 2, 2008
University of Minnesota
http://spark.cla.umn.edu/index.html

"For one week each year, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul (USA) to showcase their work to the public.

Spark celebrates all uses of new technologies for artistic expression, including music, video, theater, dance, plastic artworks, and more. Centered around Minneapolis’ west bank theater district and the adjoining University of Minnesota West Bank Arts Quarter, Spark presents a wide variety of performances, workshops, discussions, and scholarly lectures. Nearly all Spark events are free, and all Spark events are open to the general public."

February 18, 2008

Volvo Ocean Race stopover in July 2006. from Eduardo Cortes

So one of the videos posted in this blog a while ago that was about laser graffiti on a huge building or whatever reminded me of an event that happened in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was during the Volvo Ocean Race which is a huge sailboat race for competitors around the world. Anyways, on one of the nights DJ Tiesto played on a sailboat in front of thousands of people and I was actually there with my friends! So I want to share this video so that you guys can see how creative organizers of this race-concert can be. I wonder how long it took them to design this whole event and what they did to prevent any mistakes since they could not afford to make a single one.

Here is a better description:
During the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in July 2006, DJ Tiesto held a unique outdoor concert in the harbor of Rotterdam. While playing in front of 150.000 people, all equipment was controlled wireless. In this video you see video, audio, laser, fireworks, fire and all communications were controlled wireless.
Tiesto itself floated on a racing boat, with above him the LED screen of U2, but shaped as a sail. Dutch based company Sonic One took care of all showcontrol and wireless connections, while XPLO Events took care of the total production.

Whitney - Sketchbook Post #4

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Hey Guys.. So the idea for my zine is random facts of life, but I'm only using non-cliché, lesser heard, humorous ones. The picture is the cover of the zine, (the quote is actually an original from my grandpa-hehe) and the rest of the zine will contain facts that are just as ridiculous. I don't want to list the quotes on here and lose the surprise. The sketches will be very whimsical and mostly cartoonish.

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I have a lot of ideas going through my head about this project but the one that I included sketches of is a favorite meal of mine. It's what I like to call mac-n-beans and its mac and cheese with baked beans. I wanted to do a zine of what mac-n-beans is, how to make it and how to eat it.

Some other ideas i have are a roommate zine...with different types of roommates you can have. For example I was thinking "the messy roommate" "the invisible roommate" and others. I was thinking of calling this zine, What's Your Brand?

Clarissa-Sketchbook Post #4

I think I'm sold on an idea for my zine. but input on it would be fantastic. So my idea was to take some of my favorite songs, and pick out my favorite lines from them and illustrate kind of what they mean to me or what I think about when I hear the lines. I'm sure this goes for everyone but I'm pretty into music and I guess the main part I like is the lyrics as opposed to the "beats" so I thought it would be a cool and collective way to express myself.

Charles' Sketchbook Post #4

The idea behind my zine is not yet final, but my goal is to find someway to link the lifestyle of a barber or something else...I am open to any ideas!

Emily SB4

Chelsey:Zine

Question: what's more conceptual than time travel?
answer: nothing!
This idea sprung from a debate with my boyfriend over what was more conceptual: time travel or Star Trek. Time travel won.
I also decided to name my zine after my blog so that if i decide that zines are the love of my life and I just need to make more, they might bring more traffic to my blog.

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David Rausch - Sketch 4 Zine Idea

My idea is illustrating parkour aka freestyle walking. I believe it was started in France by a guy named David Belle. The objective of freestlye walking is to get from point A to point B in as straight a line as possible. If something is in your way you climb over it rather than go around it. It's pretty simple, but some of these guys are absolutely amazing adding flips and Jacki Chan moves to it. My idea is to use a figure (I'm thinking the And1 guy) and show him on a journey through a city climbing up things and jumping over things. I think it could be really cool and informative. There a quite a few videos out there so if you're interested check them out!

Zine Idea-Natalie Olbrantz


Alright! So my idea for my zine is to do "things that are the color of orange". I have a pretty big list and if you guys can think of anything unique that is orange let me know! I'm thinking about illustrating all of it in black and white, and after printing it all off I'm going to go through and scribble an orange highlighter across everything. I think it'll be pretty funny when it's done, but let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas! I'm pretty open to anything! Also, I posted just a few sketches of things that are orange...ex: finding nemo, ernie, carrots (on fire!), etc.

Matt Wenger - Post#4

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Hello.
For my Zine I'm going draw what the music I listen to looks like. So it will be very much like a "visual mixtape" in a sense. This is a quick little sketch I drew and it's based off of a song by Jib Kidder, called "The Return". The song sounds very hip-hop heavy, but is also like a mash-up. On top of this hip-hop like beat there are choppy cuts thrown in of Phil Collins yelling or screaming (or singing, maybe). But, I think it's from a Tarzan song he was singing so that explains the gorilla with a confused muttering look on his face. Then there is some childish dialogue that comes in and out of the song as well, so thats the reasoning for the girl holding the mic up to the gorilla. The rest is just meant to look hip-hop-ish.

Paul Sketchbook #4

So for my Zine I plan on basing it around complete misinformation on a wide range of topics. This idea came from watching the BBC mini-show "Look Around You", wherein a seemingly real edutainment video completely lies to your face. The Look Around Yous are so well done that I think it would be a great idea to try and pull something like it off in Zine form.

As for the illustrations, I was thinking about creating the entire thing as if it were an airline safety manual. So it would just be really simple people with blank smiles on their faces, taking part in completely misleading tutorials on everything.

February 17, 2008

Laura Sketchbook Post #4

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I've always prided myself on being able to find joy in simple pleasures. I believe it is not necessary to spend oodles of money just to have fun. The concept for my Zine is: Fun things you can do with 99 cents. The point of it is not only to give ideas of something to do, but hopefully inspire people to try something new and create memories with others while engaging in silly little activities. I figure this Zine will jive well with Minneapolis because this city is full of broke college students and poor homeless people, who all need to have a little fun.

Some of my ideas are:
-Try a unique fruit: at your local grocery store, check out the produce section for something that looks unfamiliar. Purchase, explore, enjoy.
-Give money (99 cents) to a street musician: scope out the city for your favorite guitar player, trumpet blower of overturned-bucket beater.
-Get a (temporary) tattoo: since tattoos are totally bad-ass, and real ones cost a lot, try one out for yourself, test out your inner punk, then wash it off later.
-Buy a lottery ticket: hey it could happen, but even if it doesn’t, see who you can fool with an over-the-top reaction

My Zine will feature a small illustration of each idea. In addition to that, one of the relevant key words will be pulled out of the description and turned in to an illustration also. That’s what the sketches above are of.

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"YOU KNOW YOU'RE A DESIGNER WHEN...."

...you refuse to purchase products that have poorly designed packaging.


Hi guys, for my zine I am doing a collage/illustrated piece called "You know you're a designer when..."

Each page will present the reader with a one liner and visual depiction of a particular something that designers are known for, or characterized by. Because there will be over a dozen of these scenarios, each page will have a different look and feel. I plan on using a combination of hand-written and printed text as well as collaged photos and illustrations.

Feel free to shoot me some good ones if they come to mind!

Kaitlin-Post #4

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I was digging around for something I saw at the Nash Gallery, and instead found a goldmine of zine inspiration. It is a digital gallery of Public Health awareness posters from 1919-my topic is germs-it all comes together. What I found most interesting is the contrast between posters aimed at men and posters aimed at women. They are not unlike advertisements today as far as sex and gender roles.
But all the information is so blatant and dated, that it seems satirical. I was shocked at some of the poster stated, SHOCKED I tell you.
What I like the best about the posters is the graphic style/layout and illustrations, I'm going to soak some of that in, zine it up a bit, and relate it to rhinovirus instead of gonorrhea.

Also, my roomate loaned me some books on microbiology. So, public health propaganda posters from 1919 plus modern day microbiology textbook minus antibacterial handsoap multiplied by preschool= my zine.

http://special.lib.umn.edu/swha/exhibits/hygiene/index.htm

February 16, 2008

Ellie Drotning- Post #4

Hey everyone- These are some initial sketches for the charter/narrator of my zine. Then genreal concept of my zine is a sort of etiquette/advice book from a sassy grandma character that is loosely based on my own grandmother. It's going to have little domesticity tidbits like how to set a table, how to get out stains, a couple recipes, and cooking tips all provided by a very funny, but very snotty old woman who's stuck in the time when the woman's place was in kitchen. She's the kind of old lady who says things like (and this is straight from the lips of my grandma), "You don't know the difference between a dish towel and hand towel?!? Who were you raised by? WOLVES!?!", and "The best kinds of salads are made with jello and cool whip.", "Get your elbows off the table or I'll SMACK 'EM OFF!" It's almost going to be an Emily Post-type etiquette book with a humorous twist. That's the idea anyway. Since the grandma is such an important element in the zine, I want to make sure she fits the part, so these are some sketches of how she might look. My favorite is definitely the upper left-hand sketch, she'll probably end up looking very close to that. Take a look and let me know what you think! Thanks everyone!


meher-sketchbook post #4

i'm really excited about zines! REALLY EXCITED! as it so happens, just last week a friend of mine recommended a zine to me, and then went ahead and brought me a copy to read. it's called "doris" and is by a woman who used to live in minnesota. i read issue #12, and there were some exciting references to minneapolis in it. this particular zine seems to focus on issues of sexual abuse and women's rights. i was given issue #12 because it's not as focused on politics, as my friend says. but it was still a lot of fun to read.

i found the doris zine creator's website (www.dorisdorisdoris.com) if you'd like to take a gander at some of the covers, which i think are spectacular. there are also some links to other zines of interest on there, and you can buy a doris zine too. i'm really interested in looking at some different zines now, with different subject matter. it seems that while a lot of them follow a kind of booklet format, every one is different in presentation of material.

Micki Sketchbook #4: My Zine idea

I have my idea picked out already and the first photo you see is my cover page. It will be about my brother's doll TAZ sneaking out of his bedroom and going on an adventure through 3 unreal worlds. The worlds are LOONEY TUNES, DR. SEUSS, and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. that is what the second photo consists of. The 2nd and 3rd pages are drawn out. the 2nd page is on the bottom of TAZ sneaking out the bedroom and the 3rd page is above that and it shows TAZ contemplating where he will be going (almost like he were playing a board game) I don't know if I want to add text into some of the images, but rather just draw/paste certain images on each page and let the reader think of what is going on in each image. give me any suggestions that you think would benefit my idea. thanks!

February 14, 2008

Robert "Banksy" Banks

Hey Guys- I posted the website for Banksy and a couple pictures to look at. His website is really cool so I would suggest taking a peak at it. Also, there are a couple interesting videos on there too.

Here's the Banksy Website! Check it out!

Nikki Anderson's Artist Presentation

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Kathe Kollwitz, was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor. She drew her inspiration from real life and depicted everything she saw in all reality. She empathized for the poor and depicted those victimized by poverty, hunger and war through her drawing, etching, lithography and woodcuts. Her work is very dark but communicates a clear message to the viewer and universally understood.

Project #2: Zine

Here is the assignment sheet:
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February 12, 2008

are you serious?!

dear everybody,

today, i was toting my work for the portrait with me on the bus, and a guy. came. and SAT on my paper!!! can you BELIEVE that?! luckily i was able to pull it out before any real harm was done, but still. what a jerk. i was so horrified and concerned, and it all happened so fast, that i didn't even have time to yell at him like i would have. all i could do was stare at him incredulously. just wanted to let everyone know...

-meher

February 11, 2008

“Open 24 Hours?

Meher found this show as a possibility for your write-ups....

“Open 24 Hours?, an exhibition of work by Dan Havel

Icebox Gallery
1500 Jackson St. NE #443 Minneapolis, MN 55413
Show runs through March 6

http://www.iceboxminnesota.com/Havel/Havel_info.html

Zine Resources

ZINE WEBSITES:
Punk Zine Archive; http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/archivespage.html
Giant Robot Magazine: www.giantrobot.com
Maximum Rocknroll: www.maximumrocknroll.com
University of Iowa Library (great old sci fi archive!): www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll search "fanzine"
Infiltration (Urban Explorers): http:www.infiltration.org/zine.html
DIY Culture: http://www.somethingilearnedtoday.org/introduction4.html
Zinewiki: http://zinewiki.com
Zinebook: http://zinebook.com/
Zinelibrary.net: http://zinelibrary.net
Papercut Zine Library: www.papercutzinelibrary.org (Resources page)
Midwest Zine Collective: http://www.midwestzines.org
Fall of Autumn: http://www.fallofautumn.com/
Microcosm Publishing: http://www.microcosmpublishing.com/ (a big distro)

ZINE CREATION:
How to Publish a Fanzine: http://www.zinebook.com/resource/fanzine.pdf
Template: http://caption.org/2002/minicomics/
Instructional Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1W15BWCUk
Reproduction Guide: Download file


LOCAL RESOURCES:

Arise! Bookstore: www.arisebookstore.org
Extreme Noise Records: www.extremenoise.com
May Day Books: www.maydaybookstore.org
Bat Annex Library: www.belfrycenter.wetpaint.com
Steven Square Center for the Arts: www.stevensarts.org
Dreamhaven Books: www.dreamhavenbooks.com
Minnesota Center for Book Arts: www.mnbookarts.org/

ZINE DISTROS:
http://www.thegreenguide.org
http://www.undergroundpress.org/distros.html
www.fallofautumn.com
http://grrrlzines.net

Magnus SkB3

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This is an illustration by Will Eisner, a comic illustrator/writer who helped popularize graphic novels. I had to use his work as inspiration in designing a poster for COMP APP class. He has some pretty interesting stuff. Check it out at www.willeisner.com

Clarissa 's Sketchbook Post #3

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These are some images that some people might have seen before. Its a graffiti wall that exists on 26th Ave and Franklin Ave here in Minneapolis. I thought that the work was really interesting and creative. I had talked to a few people who are from the Minneapolis area about it and they told me that because the building was abandoned an art group got the okay from the city to go ahead and tag the area. Its a pretty sweet culmination of different artists' work. I also thought it was cool how each area of the wall has a different message. I would definitely say its something to go see.

Whitney - Sketchbook Post #3

As far as my project goes, I'm set on incorporating fish, birds, and the moon into the two scrolls on the outside. They'll be done in a collage as well like the main figure. So as far as my post goes this week, I'm working on choosing an Artist for my presentation next week. I've narrowed it down to two and maybe just looking for some feedback on which one people would like to hear about? The first is a graphic designer, David Carson, who works a lot with type. Some examples:

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The other, is an illustrator, Ellen Weinstein. She has done a lot of work with magazines and newspapers and advertising. Some examples:

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As you can tell, they both seem to work with collage, which is something I enjoy. So any feedback on who you all want to hear/learn about would be great, since I can't decide. Thanks!

David Sketchbook -3 Dove Commercial

This is a dove commercial where they take an average person and through make-up artists and photoshop they make her into a model in under a minute in quick-time. So this has been around for a while but I figured if anyone hasn't seen it yet it is something they should really watch. I knew that they did this but it is really neat to actually see them do it. Its weird thinking how designers/artists can have so much control and impact, if given the power, on how a person can really be perceived in the real world.

Emily Graupner SB3

I’m going to do my artist presentation on Ralph Steadman. I really like his work; it’s satirical and a little dark. Here’s a You Tube slide of some of his work. The song accompanying this video is ridiculous; I don’t know why they chose that.


Santos D. by Eduardo Cortes

Ok. So this is my drawing of Santos D. (18?? - 1856), who was in the inner circle of Progressives and intellectuals next to Benito Juarez (president of Mexico). He was a general, state governor of Jalisco, then minister of war and marine and also a poet. He later became a leading figure in the anticlerical movement whose goal was to clip the Church's wings in La Guerra de Reforma (War of Reform). In 1856 he was taken prisoner and killed.
In the drawing there is Santos D's "bust" and what I want to do is to show not just his political, military, etc. side but also his intellectual side. He was also a poet and a scribe and steeped himself in the works of some French philosophers like Voltaire and others. He also left behind a cultural monument: Guadalajara's famus Degollado Theatre.
Anyways, I want to add next to him the coat of arms of Guadalajara which is a pair of lions protecting a pine tree (leaves rather than needles). The Lions represent the warrior’s determination and discipline, and the solitary pine symbolizes noble ideals.
I think this would represent his two sides very good.
*Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and Santos D was the governor.
It looks like an easy drawing but it was a lot of work and took me a very looong time. I used a sharpie paint pen which has a thin point. its not like regular ones. I used this because the ink is very thick so it makes it pitch black.
I am still working on the coat of arms on another piece of paper and i will later attach it next to the bust. I will post that later on hopefully tonight but this is what i got for now. Other than that I don't know if I should draw a background and if I do I really don't know what.

I really really need some feedback since this is the first time I post it and it hasn't been critiqued.


Paul SB3: Graffiti Research Lab L.A.S.E.R Tag

Sort of in the same vein as Projection bombing is Graffiti Research Lab's Laster Tag. These guys set up a camera that reads where their really powerful green laser is showing, then projects that back on the building with a high power projector. This is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen not only because I think graffiti is awesome, but because I'm a huge nerd.

http://graffitiresearchlab.com/?page_id=76

February 10, 2008

Chelsey SB3-Projection Bombing

Projection Art has been catching my eye for the last couple of years, and I think its relevant to graphic design students because it explores the new and interesting ways of advertisement that are still under the radar. Here's a link that instructs amateurs how to become a part of the new Projection Bombing craze. Also, Below is a video about a company, Deepvisual, who has made it the business to project ads and logos on to buildings.

http://www.instructables.com/id/PROJECTION-BOMBING

Nikki SB3-Sidewalk Art

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Julian Beever is an artist who does very elaborate sidewalk drawings. He's an English artist who has drawn on pavement in England, France, German, USA, Australia, and Belgium. His drawinsg are anamorphic illusions drawn in a way in which he distorts them to create a 3D illusion. He has a photograph taken of it at the exact angle that creates the illusion. I included a photograph of a photo taken at a different angle so you can get more of an idea. I didn't chose him as my artist but I was very intrigued by his work and thought others might enjoy it too.

Matt Wenger - Post#3

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Hello there, so this is masterpiece (in progress) of drawing. It's King Tut, in case you don't recognize. I've drawn it on sand paper and i'm considered laying some glossy gold over top of the sand paper, but just for the face of the mummy tomb side. I've been throwing that idea around and the only concern is that it would distract to much from the rest of the drawing. Unless, the hands seem to be to much of a distraction, in which case, the gold coloring would help liven up the king tut figure. Any thoughts on that?
The hands symbolize the ancient Egyptian religion, which King Tut played a hand in in bringing that religion back to the Egypt. Well, actually, the hands symbolize diversity, since the ancient Egyptian religion involves adopting a wide array of ideas and adapting various thoughts and beliefs into their particular line of existing religion. This sort of outlook made me think of diversity and hands coming together is a pretty well established symbol of accepting and celebrating diversity. I'm not sure if i like the hands as you see now, or if they would look better with some detail, even just fingernails? maybe? Then another decision i have to make is whether to expand the hand design into the entire background or to keep them just behind the boyhood image of King Tut....? Hieroglyphics are an interest for the rest of the background if not the hands. Oh, and one more thing, What would coloring in the negative space around the hands do to the piece? good idea or bad idea?

Laura Sketchbook Post #3

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Hey kids. So here's my portrait that we didn't get to really talk about on Thursday. First off, Stradivari being an amazingly accomplished lutier, I wanted to show him with one of his violins. I drew the violin true to the times he made it in: no chin rest, and inlay around the edge. Stradivari is depicted in his old age, the time when he created his best violins (they say because the best wood was available.) He has tired eyes, as if he's been working long hours by lantern light. The background is a collage of blueprints for the violins. The violin is based off the circle shape so it may just look like a bunch of circles not anything in particular if you just glance. The words written on the paper are the contemporary names given to the surviving instruments (I only included a few names but there are over 650 in all.) I like how this emphasizes his legacy. The music around the edge shows that Stradivari played violin too. The piece is a Paganini caprice. Paganini played a Strad too. Neat connection. Whew. I think that's it.

February 9, 2008

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Hey guys, my post this week is what I had done Thursday at critique (since we ran out of time). If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it. ;) Thanks!

P.S. The birchbark going around the left side is kind of rough and slapped on right now since I don't want it to get dirty when I do more charcoal work. Also the Native American patterns on the left are silver and black, but the black patterns are hard to see from this angle.

meher's post #3:rejected artists

i've already chosen which artist to do my up-coming presentation on (and it's a secret!). one of the artists i was considering is michael thorsby, a.k.a PMKFA. i stumbled across his website last semester in my graphic studio class while looking for inspiration. the most prominent thing i noticed in his work is a line called "it's our thing," which is printed onto t-shirts and sweatshirts and is accompanied by a few different images. here is one of the more simple designs, but the others are just as fantastic.

he has also done c.d. covers, flyers, and my personal favorite, walldrawings:

although i decided not to do my presentation on PMKFA, i encourage you to check out his website. he's got really interesting style and ideas.

www.pmkfa.com

Kaitlin-Post #3

I love the New York Times on Sunday. It comes with a magazine. It is one of my graphic-design-inspirational-cesspools for visual and written discourse. My favorite section was discontinued, True Life Tales, which was always an engaging narrative paired with an appropriate illustraion. Why it is gone, I don't know. However, NYT Sunday Magazine still comes with interesting articles, photos and illuatrations. The specialty issues are particularily fantastic, and usually relate to every design field and beyond-from architecture to fashion; travel to sustainablility. I subscribe, save, and share them.

For graphic design students, the clean fresh layouts and iconography, as well as illustraions are handy study tools-to see how the pros are doing it out there among to general American public, (outside of the design and art world, I mean). I could do without the lame advertisements-which look like fecal matter scattered among egyptian cotton bed sheets. But the magazine would probably cost $30 bucks a pop without them.

This drawing was from one of my favorite articles ever written "Guns and Yoga" by Patton Oswald. I think it's a refreshing and whimsical picture-very simple and clear as to the theme of the article. It is a lovely example of 'less is more'.
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Micki Artist Interest: Damien Hirst

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I have been searching around for possible artists' to talk about and Damien Hirst was one that I randomly found and when I viewed some of his work, it was something I had never seen before. He was born in Bristol in 1965. He grew up in Leeds with his mother, Mary Brennan, and his stepfather. He is best known for a series of works where dead animals are presented as memento mori in forms ironically appropriated from the museum of natural history rather than of art. These are his most controversial and most famous, but his other work also consists of sculptures, spot paintings and spin paintings. His way of using the natural world in his work is very fascinating. I won't go any further, but if you would like to learn more about him or check out some of his work, the links are below his photo.

February 8, 2008

Ellie Drotning- Post #3

Hey everyone- here's a photo of my drawing since there wasn't quite enough time to get to it in class. It's Eleanor of Aquitaine, and she was a queen of France, Spain and her own Duchy of Aquitaine as well. She led a band of 300 women in the Crusades, and once I finish the drawing there will be a line of the woman she led standing in the background. She was a very powerful and strong woman, so I tried to depict her as such. The animal she's holding is supposed to be a lion cub, and yes, baby lions have some spots, but I just can't seem to get it to look like a lion. Even before I added the spots it didn't look right, so I'm still working on that. I chose to include the lion cub as a sort of symbolism. Her son is Richard the Lionheart, and the lion is a symbol of England. Please give me any suggestions/critiques you might think of. Thanks so much everyone!!

Robert "Banksy" Banks


My artist for my presentation on February 14th is Robert "Banksy" Banks. He was an English graffiti artist from Yate (near Bristol, England). He was born in 1974, and was the son of a photocopier engineer. Banks was originally trained as a butcher, but then later got into graffiti art in the 1980's. His work is usually filled with satire and focuses on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics.

February 6, 2008

Malcolm Sutherland

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Check out The Tourists, a brilliant short animated film about humans on a beach by Malcolm Sutherland.

To see his galleries of animations, drawings, sketches, and abstract art go to:
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February 5, 2008

Laura Artist Presentation: Keith Haring

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For my presentation I chose the artist Keith Haring. Though I've seen his recognizable images before, it wasn't until very recently that I learned of his art and its history and meaning. Haring was a young artist that dealt with many social issues including homosexuality and AIDS. He was diagnosed with AIDS and died two years later from related complications. During that time, he used his art to promote awareness and acceptance for the AIDS cause. He also started the Keith Foundation that benefits AIDS-related charities as well as other children's charities.

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Keith's art has a very distinct style with bold lines and bright colors. He uses motifs that he creates to make complex surface patterns. Much of what Haring creates is either marker on paper or acrylic on canvas, lending itself to the clear, defined lines. I love the movement in his art. You eye can't stop moving. How cool is it that these simple little outlined people can look so alive, and in many cases, convey an important message.

Clarissa Kramer Post #2

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So this is my basic idea for my composition. I did sketch a picture of Anne Boleyn however my scanner is having some issues. Basically, the background was the flag for Henry VIII, and its rearrangement is a cross, to represent the separation from the Roman Catholic Church. I thought for the final composition I would make the fabric of the background ratty and torn to drive the point home.
Concerning the portrait I played with the angles of Anne Boleyn's posture and ended up deciding on keeping her entirely profile

February 4, 2008

Charles O. Sketchbook Post #2

The look and feel of this mural is the idea for my final project. I am planning on creating a mural of Tupac Amaru II as it would look if done by the people of his hometown.

Ellie Drotning- Post #2

After much bouncing back and forth about my drawing, and probably 40 thumbnails sketches... here's sketches of the last two I've narrowed it down to. I also have posted a scan of the two papers I bought- I haven't decided which, or both to use yet.

February 3, 2008

Nikki Anderson-SB2

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I have decided to show the portrait of Deborah Samson with a somewhat femine figure, with wider hips and more curves, contrasting with a much larger broad shouldered silhouette. I am going to have the text of the other image fill the silhouette. The text is a letter that was written by Paul Revere about Deborah.

Chelsey Johnson-SB2

I'm debating between a composite of images of her or a single seen, but I've had problems loading these. I've gotten all my ink, paper and fabric to make this into a convincing 10th century scroll. I'm excited to put this all together.

February 2, 2008

meher-sketchbook post #2

yesterday, i had an adventure. i really wanted to go to wet paint to find a specific kind of paper for this project, so i glanced at some bus routes and decided to take the 3 over to st. paul. bad idea. i got so lost it's not even funny. thankfully, i got some help from friendly people who pointed me in the right direction, and made it to wet paint and got an AMAZING piece of paper. it cost me like 3 dollars! but i think it will be worth it.

it's opalux vellum, and it's somewhat transparent, but not completely. it's also kind of thick. i was worried because my plan is to put acrylic paint on it, and after feeling it's texture i could just see the acrylic peeling right off of it like a sticker. the guy working at the counter (who is super super knowledgeable about this stuff, by the way) said that it's not the best medium to put on there, but it would work, and it would help if i stretched the paper. i might do that, but i might also do charcoal instead. it seems like it would take a little better. in either case, i hope i don't ruin my expensive paper.

my plan is to have a background layer of a henna design, and then my opalux vellum on top, with an image of mehr-unissa on it. i don't want to do a very accurate representation of a person for this one. because she was an intelligent and capable woman in a time when women mostly faded into the background, or conversely, were known only for their looks, i want to do this in a more modern style. there will be an image of just her torso and part of her face (to de-emphasize her looks). this way i can show her jewelry and clothes that signified her status as an empress. also, i want this image of her to be somewhat like a high contrast black and white photo; i only plan on including the black parts of the image on the vellum. also, she will most probably be holding either a crown or a coin, because her name was on currency. so that's what i've got so far.

by the way, i made friends with a bus guy on the way back to minneapolis, how exciting!

David Rausch-SB2

So I forgot how bad scanning can make drawings look until after I scanned it. Sorry. Um...I haven't chosen an idea yet. The drawing on the top left is Genghis Khan falling off of his horse with a skeleton face of death as his shadow on the ground because it is believed he may have died from falling off of his horse. In the background is a city he has captured and lit on fire and there are little people on horses in the background. The picture on the right is a map of the Asian area at the time with Genghis Khan's face filling the area of where he conquered. Within the face are rivers and cities and names of the countries. The bottom pic is just Khan on a horse with a city being burned to the ground. I'm prolly going to do one of the top two but I"m not sure yet. I'm planning on using pencil and paper.

Magnus SB#2

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Some sketches of Stede Bonnett. These served to give me some ideas for portraits as well as some ideas as to how I'd make Mr. Bonnet look. The finished portrait will incorporate elements from these sketches as well as some new ideas.

Laura Sketchbook Post #2

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To portray Stradivari, I wanted to emphasize the three characteristics that I came up with in that exercise we did. They were: dedicated, genius, and craftsman. For the dedicated part I’ll draw ‘ol Antonio with very weary eyes, tired form late nights straining by lantern light finishing up work. The genius part comes in with Stradivarius holding up one of his finished violins (which are genius, no doubt). Lastly, to portray the craftsman part, he’ll be wearing a dirty apron and have rough, workman’s hands.

This drawing will be charcoal on a rough paper. In addition to that, I want to incorporate some plans of the instruments with their measurements etc. drawn on tissue paper and overlaid on parts of the drawing.

The sketches I had of his face etc. didn’t make the trip back home from McNeal. Now that it’s late, and I lack a car, retrieving them wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do. Meh…

Micki Benson-SB2

Here is my rough sketch for my idea of Michel Nostradamus. I know it's not very detailed and not begin it's final process just yet, but I will make it as great as possible for you guys when we meet on Tuesday. He was a physician and an astrologist and I wanted to incorporate more of his physician side but also include his prophecies in the background. Nostradamus is well known for his prophecies. The images are of the the 911 attacks, the swastika symbol to represent the Holocaust that supposedly Nostradamus predicted in one of his prophecies, and same goes for the 911 attacks and the challenger shuttle disaster that you see to the right. Nostradamus is in the middle contemplating how to cure the plague because he did end up making a medicine that would help ease the suffering of the plague for many people. I'm not sure if this is where he will be placed exactly, because I should probably show a little more of his face since I do have a good idea of what I want him to look like. The writings below him are from his prophecies book and the first one relates to Hitler and that's why I chose to draw the swastika. the second one goes with the the challenger space shuttle and the last saying goes with the 911 attacks. I was thinking that I would use white charcoal for the words on the floor and then darken the background and put a sort of spotlight on him at his table as well as the 3 images above as if he were thinking of them. Almost as if he were floating. Let me know if you have anything that would work better with my ideas. Thanks! :)

Emily Graupner-SB2

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This is still pretty underdeveloped, but I want to portray a battle scene for my warrior princess, Zenobia. I'm having a difficult time finding tack and clothing from the 3rd century to provide accuracy for my scene. Other elements of the illustration will include a map of the Palmyrene Empire and possibly the opposing Roman prefect.

Matt Wenger - Post#2

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This is closer to how I want to portray king tut, revealing both the king and kid aspect, as well as the cause of death (knee). I'm having a hard time figuring out what to do with the background, I know i want to use the hieroglyphics that resemble king tut's name, so this is what I have now. I'm thinking about making them bigger and possibly shading quite a bit of the background and having them be white on the dark background. I plan to use some textured sand colored paper, with the drawing of king tut on a different type of paper, a smoother paper most likely. Then paste him over top. I tried to reveal his eye showing out from under the tomb as well to move the eye around more and not have so much of a focus on the knee. I'm still working with blending the tomb and the human form as well, so that it looks smooth as well as unified.

Kaitlin Reiss-sketchbook 2

My picture situation has plummeted beyond less than favorable. SO, I will attempt to be descriptive until I can post something visual.

I found out that Lat used to be a king, but was kicked out because he was anti-colonization/anti railroad. Even some native habitants favored the colonizers. Lat did not have the power to fight and defeat the French, but fought them anyway-and his own people ( he wasn't alone in the revolt, he did have suport.) Nobody else's resistance was as strong as Lat's, that is why he is an icon. But he was killed in battle, along with his sons.

The most important part of this story is the struggle. Trying to save a nation's identity-language-culture is a tough job. I want to show this. I will be drawing with black and white conte on top of gray. I pland to show the fall of Lat, and him being supported by hands of his followers-but still in a fierce position of pride, to show he fought to the death. The finall portrait may be a bit dark, pehaps appear pessimistic, but It is a tragedy. I'm going to try to play up the perseverance and honor lat symbolizes as much as I can through the gestures of figures.

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(I've included the laying shot so that more of the charcoal pencil details can be seen.)

Here is my rendition of Pocahontas. My concept is that from the time she 11 until she died at 22, Pocahontas was a link of goodwill between the Algonquian Indians and the English colonists. After marrying Englishman John Rolfe, being baptized and renamed Rebecca, she became a well respected, yet non-traditional English socialite. My narrative is to convey how she quite literally "wove" together and reflected, two very distinct and powerful cultures, "colored and white" you could say. I am striving to show the contrast of culture and yet maintain her native ethnicity on both sides.

I've chosen to "frame" the right side in order to convey a sense of how the English culture made her appear confined and traditional even though her ethinicity wasn't. Also I've chosen to render text from the Europeanized paintings of Pocahontas that exist. On the left side I will also be incorporating Algonquian patterns.

I collected birchbark, wove it together, and chose to incorporate it for two reasons. One being the Algonquians used the bark for everything, from canoes, homes, to jewelry. What's more, the women were mostly in charge of such weaving. Secondly, birchbark represents her tribe and when weaved together, solidifies my narrative and concept.

Paul Carroll - Sketchbook 2

So for my final composition I decided to stick with the depiction of Dimitri Pisarev in the foreground, with Saint Basil's Cathedral in the background. After the activity we did last Tuesday I realized that a simple way to symbolize one person caring for another would be interlocked hands, lifting someone up. Since my figure was all about the well being of his fellow Russians, I think that the interlocked hands symbolize this connection pretty well.

For the final drawing I plan on putting each element (The guys, the cathedral, the sky) on slightly different types of textured paper that might look weathered in a way. I think the combination old looking weathered paper and darkened corners/edges will give the final project the feel of an old timey photograph.

February 1, 2008

Chip Kidd Lecture


Chip Kidd: graphic designer, writer
Wednesday, February 27th, 7pm
Minneapolis Central Library


Award-winning graphic design pioneer Chip Kidd is credited with changing the way modern books are packaged. Having designed more than 1,500 book covers and counting, Kidd has been called him "the closest thing to a rock star" in graphic design today by USA Today. His work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, The New Republic, Time, The New York Times, Graphis, ID magazine, and countless other publications. With The Learners, the fascinating follow-up to his national bestselling debut The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd again shows that his writing is every bit as original and memorable as his celebrated book jackets. This time, Kidd conjures up a remarkable story about advertising, electro-shock torture, suicide, a giant dog, potato chips, and the Holocaust. Written in sharp, witty prose, and peppered with absorbing ruminations on the presence—and importance—of graphic design in our everyday lives, The Learners, is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.

video interview: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1358321491?bctid=1361620150l

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series at the Minneapolis Central Library exploring contemporary literature and culture. Readings are held at the Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

The programs are free with open seating to the public. Book sale and signing follow presentations. Call 612-630-6174 for more info.

Whitney Bestor - Sketchbook Post #2

I hope I'm not the only one who can't find "Sketchbook Posts 2".....

So I've been contemplating for awhile and I've decided to leave Xi Shi's face blank. Since her actual physical beauty is never described, I figured I would let the viewer see her as whatever they say is beautiful. I do plan on using a lot of value in the face to help enhance the actual shape of her face ever though it won't have eyes, nose, mouth, etc. I plan on showing about 3/4 of her body so that her clothes can help tell who she is. I plan on putting the xi shi bridge in the background but I don't want that to be the focal point. I then plan on incorporating chinese symbols in an almost collage sort of way by painting them over the top of the image (but not over her face) in a different medium, like clear or light gray paint. So that's kind of what I've got going on right now....any input would be great!

Natalie Olbrantz-Sketchbook Post #2

This is the start to my drawing of Lucy Terry Prince. I am using pencil on white drawing paper. The concept of this design is the idea of identity. Lucy Terry was (like mentioned before) stolen from African and moved to the United States therefore I am portraying her both in America, and in Africa. She is looking at a reflection of herself as the person she would have been in Africa.