Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dream Archetypes

So after a long, long weekend of painting, I have finally completed my set of tarot cards. In my previous post I put up the Femme Fatale, or the shadow, of the two. Next to do was the contrasting archetype, the Virgin. Here are the two works together:

The Femme Fatale is described as a woman with "highly refined skills at manipulating men both sexually and financially without investing personal emotion". Other ways to describe a femme fatale are "black widow", "flirt", "siren", etc. I depicted her in cold and dark colours to emphasize the evil nature. She has skulls and a spider in her hair because she is "deadly".

The Virgin is associated with purity and innocence. The ego of the set is done in bright warm colours to send the message of "goodness". She has lilies in her hair because they are a symbol of femininity and purity.

The faces of the women are the same, just mirrored. Allowing the two portraits to depict the same person draws the conclusion that one person is capable of holding qualities of both the femme fatale and virgin.

I'm very pleased with how these came out.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Femme Fatale

Metaphor, Image and Process called for dream archetype tarot cards. We are required to do 2, the ego and the shadow. The following painting is my shadow, the femme fatale. I'm not 100% sure this is done yet.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Acid baths and lino cutters

Today was a pretty productive day. I was able to etch and do a proof print of my insect project for my intaglio class. Since I hate insects, the beetle was given is small and hidden in the mass of hair. Portraits are prettier than bugs anyway. This can be seen here:

Next up is my relief project. This is the first layer of a 3 colour reduction print. All the darker parts will be printed in white, then I'll go back to the block and cut more away. The black lines are just from where I was marking my cutting. It's going to be a print of Medusa, since I have this crazy fascination with female monsters right now.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Love and Birthdays!

For Media Studio, we had to use the gouache-ink resistance technique I used in one of the pieces in my last post to illustrate love. We were required to include 6 images. I chose to do one image with smaller elements in it. The work contains a rose, the figure of a woman, physical love and fertility, blowing a kiss, hearts, doves, a figure being shot by cupid's arrow with arrows floating around, fireworks. All symbols of love. Also, apparently triangles are also a symbol of love? Who knows.

Happy Birthday. I made this as a card/drawing for one of my friends/roommates for his birthday. I thought it was neat and was really my first time working with coloured pencils. I doubt I'll use them again.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Semester

So begins a new semester. I just finished two minimal projects for Metaphor, Image and Process (Drawing) and Media Studio (Illustration). For the drawing class, we had to create a dream object. I chose this funny looking representation of a heart because I often dream about my mom and her illnesses.

For the illustration class, we had to experiment with the gouache-ink resistance technique. This image is the last one I did of 3, and I am quite pleased with it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sylvia Ji and ink

This piece I did at the end of my first year of school. I was really interested in the work of Sylvia Ji when I started doing all these types of pieces. The hair in this almost killed me.


Last semester I got really into painting portraits. The first piece shown is a portrait of Megan Fox, and the second is of some model I found in one of my friends magazines. I quite enjoy the painterly style these were done in.

Ouch! zine

I made this zine about tattoos and the process using women. Girls with tattoos are fun. This includes a self portrait.

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The back cover is probably my favorite :)