As you know, I am on an illustrator engorged time…with new brushes, new symbols, new swatches, and new tricks galore…that sometimes inbetween illos, I toss off a few of these patterny doodles just for fun. So, in celebration of a long week behind us, here is a doodle for yooudle to toast the beginning of the weekend and the progress of the week.
Friday! Goodness, where did the week go. Its a bit frosty here…enough to have a dusting of icy flakes, but not enough to run for under the bed to hide.
Todays picture was inspired by folk art, the magic of my new tool, and the forms of artist Elie Nadelman (118-1946). I have always loved Nadelman’s forms —their simplicity and whimsey that he endows his forms. There is a lot of love, of happiness in his work which delights every time I view his work. So a bow to him, combined with a floral arrangement fraktur fused with candy corn.
“We are star dust in the highest exaulted way…”
“The universe itself exists within us…”
Neil DeGrasse TysonDay
Five! Here is a little candy coated dream for you…with twisted marshmallow trees topped with candy corn stars, a cozy little cottage and the holiday mandala of shopping swirled with candy and calories and the insane energy we all need to put behind making special holidays for the people we love. Is the part of the Christmas world
I am spinning in my head, a kawaii world of candy and color, sugar and spice and everything nice…and a whole lot of confusion (that’s there for me). It is a world that is filled with ideas that are really out there, a space of freefall and floating, a space of stars and sky, nature and artiface.
I have been so, so taken with these amazing video poems made by the group Symphony of Science. I have been watching them as I wake up in the morning and am touched and delighted by their simple and profound messages that are delivered by scientists and physicists, and now thanks to PBS, Mr. Rogers, Julia Childs and Bob Ross (the “fire in the mountains” painter) speaking about happy little clouds. I suggest these videos as a little sugarplum…and as a little peek into some of my motivations these days….Such happy stuff.
“We are Star Dust” : Symphony of Science
“The Quantum World”: Symphony of Science
“Onward to the Edge: Symphony of Science
“Bob Ross Remixed: Happy Little Clouds: Symphony of Science for PBS Digital Studios
“Mr Rogers Remixed: Garden of your Mind”: Symphony of Science for PBS Digital Studios
Here is another fantasy house—one that could not stand up nor support the candy it is weighed down with. Nonetheless, it is a little advent window for you.
As I progress in this study, I am really prodded along by a lot of learning I am doing with my tools, my thinking and the desire to keep encrusting these poor layouts with more and more stuff. Obsessively so…that this illustration still feels remarkably parsimonious and too spare for my liking but there is a limit right now for how far I can go…but maybe as we proceed, these things will get junkier and more stuffed with color and texture, pattern and form.
I am getting a bit more adept with brushes/symbols/ swatches and my new favorite tool “make with top shape” in the collection of warp tools. I wish I could take that concept of “make with top shape” and wrap it around my brain to see what odd and lovely thing would pop up in front of me. I am being entertained by the stuff that I can do that is now driving crazy illustrations and ideas. So it is technology and technique informing content and content coming back to push on technique and form to answer a need but open a door as well. Curiouser and curiouser.
Today we have a big Farmers Market meeting to review and brainstorm the past and future. Rob is still enjoying the pleasures of NYC with lots of work, meetings and grown up presentations. Our littles are still toiling at their work, studies and the ongoing personal friendships and sometimes dramas that college will present them. I am surrounded by the court of honor (2 grey cats, a half blind white cat, and a stinky big black dog) in charge of watering, feeding and taking them out. Had a nice meeting with Richie Stearns and sweet Rosie about an illustration of a tractor for an upcoming album. Am all over it. Finished a ginger illustration for the upcoming Ginger Vodka for Myer Farm Distillery. More special projects happening daily.
Gotta get to the vectors or they might run away.