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November 30, 2011

Strange Rain by Erik Loyer

Strange Rain Preview from Erik Loyer on Vimeo.

Strange Rain turns the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch into a photorealistic portable skylight on a rainy day, with three play modes that combine touchscreen play with interactive storytelling.

More info:

November 29, 2011

Digital Image Transfer onto Tactile Media

So many people are getting into image transfer techniques, you will need to take care to push your image-making, or it may end up looking like a creative memories scrapbook or an Instagram filter. Keep pushing your image content, especially when using crafty materials and popular techniques!
Remember: if a 3 year old can do it on an iphone, or your aunt makes scrapbooks that look like it... you're not really challenging yourself as an artist.

There are many tutorials and techniques online:
Note in each tutorial... What kind of print do they use (Laser or Inkjet? It matters!)

I like this technique, it uses inkjet transparency film to transfer the image quite quickly:

Heat transfer onto wood using Laserjet print (NOT LAZERTRAN):

In this video tutorial, Nick Tobier shows step-by-step how to create an inkjet transfer.

Some techniques using gel medium require you to rub the paper surface away to reveal the transfer image...

A mixed media tutorial on Gel Transfers by Darlene Olivia McElroy:

This one uses DASS SuperSauce Concentrate (special products you must buy online):


November 28, 2011

Guest Lecture: Paul Andrew Wandless

2011 Visual Culture Lecture Series: Paul Andrew Wandless
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Visual Lecture Series
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Mont 70 Montague Hall (MonH)

Paul Andrew Wandless is an artist, educator and author whose work is distinguished by its combination of clay and printmaking. Wandless will be in residence at UMD November 29-30, 2011 as the first guest of the Glenn C. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series. Glenn Nelson was the founder of the UMD ceramics program in the 1960s and the original source of the ceramics collection at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wandless creates large ceramic tiles with narrative imagery as well as three-dimensional sculptural figures that reveal additional surfaces with applied images. The story lines that underlie his use of imagery are based on both personal experience and myth.

For extra credit, please post your reflection on this lecture to this entry!

"My accumulated observations and personalized philosophies manifest themselves as narratives, anecdotes, myths and characters... Some clay prints are one-of-a-kind pieces, whereas others belong to suites. All tell stories and share insights with the viewer. Working sculpturally, the figure serves as a point of departure and is used as canvas for images, symbols and text. Working this way allows me to apply a metaphorical face to personal concerns, beliefs, fears, ideologies and philosophies." -Paul Andrew Wandless

A passionate advocate for the hybrid print-clay medium, Paul Andrew Wandless is the author of Image Transfer On Clay (Lark Books, 2006). He has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada conducting workshops about clay-print techniques, which include screening, stenciling, mono-printing, cutting linoleum blocks, solar plating, and applying decals.

As an independent curator, Wandless gravitates toward artists who also combine print and ceramic processes and uses on-line presentations to increase their visibility. In 1999 and 2006 he co-founded the website www.culturalvisions.org, and the on-line magazine www.terracottamag.com.

A significant group of clay-print artists, including Wandless, are represented by the Charlie Cummings Gallery of Gainesville, Florida. UMD Art + Design Department Head and ceramics professor James Klueg also produces sculptural ceramics with narrative imagery. Klueg's work has been exhibited with Wandless' and other members of the clay-print group.
Paul Andrew Wandless: Clay + Print is featured at the Tweed Museum of Art, November 8, 2011- January 9, 2012

Motion Design

"Motion Plus Design" Center : "What is Motion Design ?" from Motion Plus Design on Vimeo.

November 23, 2011

Storytelling evolves

In this TED talk, iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad.

More fun with food

Happy Thanksgiving, safe travels to all.

ELEMENTOS | CREACION from Juan Pablo Zaramella on Vimeo.

Spot hecho en stop motion utilizando alimentos. Producción realizada entre Can Can Club y JPZtudio para la feria Tecnópolis, a traves del Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA).

November 19, 2011

Greek Myth / Machinima

This is part 5 of THE BIG BANG (WHY IS THERE SOMETHING?)an inauguration show of the opening of The Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. Concept and directed by Saskia Boddeke. Text by Peter Greenaway. The story of the beginning of the Universe, the triumph of the human mind and the search for answers. This is the Greek Myth, trying to explain Susa Bubble why we are here.
- Music by: Dionys Breukers, - Secondlife Art-work by: Toxic Menges, Werner Kurosawa,Rose Borchovski, Alpha Tribe.

November 17, 2011

Open Source Links

Digital Artists Handbook

Working with Processing
Working with Blender / 3D Modeling + Animation

Working with Digital Video

Open Source Software for Artists

Free Software Directory


November 16, 2011


Re-enchantment trailer from Film Art Media on Vimeo.

Northern Spark events

Northern Spark 2011 - trailer from Northern Spark on Vimeo.

Again, All people. All arts. All night. A free, participatory public art festival from dusk to dawn on June 9-10, 2012.

November 15, 2011

Psychedelic Posters @ Tweed Museum

Psychedelic Signatures:
Rock Posters from the Andrew and Victoria Olson Collection
Poster Show in the Activity Gallery

November 9, 2011


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Thanks to Brittenany G. and Austin B. for their work on this poster!

Hope to see you at the Mosaic Exhibit Opening this Friday in MPAC lobby.
The Department of Art and Design at UMD is joining the "Land of Plenty" event with an art exhibition that will include artworks from faculty and students. The title of the exhibition is: "Mosaic: How Did We Come to Be Here?" The exhibit opening will be held in the lobby of MPAC from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Friday, November 11, 2011.

"Land of Plenty" PERFORMANCE: starts at 7:30pm on Nov 11 and Nov 12.
Tickets for the performance are $5 suggested donation for Students
Tickets are available at the UMD Multicultural Center, UMD Kirby Info Desk, At Sara's Table, and online or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

November 6, 2011

Word as Image

Project by Ji Lee
Typography / Motion Graphics examples

see book: Word as Image Ji Lee (Author)

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts

Interactive Public Art / Toronto Nuit Blanche

Scotiabank FLUXe at Nuit Blanche
Part of Toronto's Nuit Blanche event, people from all over the world participated in a magical interactive art experience...


Steve Di Lorenzo - Toronto, Canada

FLUXe is an imaginative collaboration of strangers and artists coming together to create on a large digital canvas - a 100 foot x 33 foot LED screen suspended on the north side of Scotia Plaza. In this interactive digital art installation, you'll have the opportunity to transform the urban back drop of Scotia Plaza with your own creative vision in collaboration with one of nine featured artists.