Friday, 15 January 2010

Valerio Carrubba

Anatomica Delights by Valerio Carrubba

This Italian artist also relates to my chosen theme and way of working, this image is particually fascinating as I did work today that was very similar, I used old anatomical diagrams that I found in an old book from the library and overlapped it with sketches I have made of my housemates faces. Then I later tried making their faces using other objects and used the anatomical diagrams as templates.

His subjects are literally having their flesh peeled away by what I guess can only be the hand of God or some other me-levant being. I love seeing the insides of bodies and Valerio Carrubba makes it especially gruesome showing bone and an array of vital organs, muscles blood and guts. Very well detailed drawings and a double painting technique and overlapping of brushstrokes.

Vania Zouraliov

Vania Zouraliov is freaking illustration god.. This Russian artist's illustrations are exquisite and so detailed, and layered with symbolism. So much so that I've stared at this image now for about an hour and still amazed. I'm using this child prodigy in my artist research as I love how some of his images shows chunks of the characters bodies missing. I'm really interested in this at the moment and have considered doing something similar for my subculture drawing approaches brief. I'm still looking at my housemates and what makes them unique and individual, my plan is to make large (ish) portraits that represent both the physical and the metaphorical sides to each person. Have parts of their insides showing, and at first glance they just look like organs but as the viewer looks deeper they will realise that the organs are made up from other objects. Constructed through associations I make between the subject and particular objects and symbols.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Bits and Bobs

Hair Eye Balls

This took me a ridiculously long time to complete but now that I have I'm quite happy with it. Although I don't know how I'm going to use this in my work, I just like drawing eye balls and tiny detailed lines.

I was working out new ways of drawing someone's face and I remembered the scene from the Labyrinth where Sarah walks through the wrong door that leads to certain death, but is caught by the helping hands. I love this scene.

Drawing Approaches

Drawing Approaches

I am currently working on experimenting with different drawing tools, methods and techniques. The theme I'm working on is Subcultures. I was initially drawn to looking at quirky subcultures all over the work such as the Bills, Rolingas and the Zapatistas. It's interesting learning about their fashions, slang and the history behind it all. I loved the Zapatistas, most people know of them because of their leader, Sub Comandante Marcos, smoked a pipe while wearing a ski mask. They are an anti globalization revolutionary militia that appeared in the 1994 as a response in NAFTA.

The project took on a new direction a
s I started researching Fetishes, the best
website I found was torture garden, loads of crazy cool images of folks dressed up in gimp suits, corsets, uniforms, bondage, and being hung from the ceiling by their nipples. however the clubs require you to join a membership before you can go, it was too expensive just to go for primary research so I had to go back to one of my original ideas.

I am living with 4 other girls and 2 guys and noticed how we all have our own unique styles, musical influences and slang we've picked up from all over the country. I started wondering how much of this information you could get from just looking at their faces. This lead me to some observational drawings of each of them, by including any scars, piercing. jewelry and hairstyles I started captioning who they are.

This is an etching I made from the observational drawing of my housemate James. I feel it works quite well and it was included in the final piece which was displayed in the Illustration exhibition before Christmas in a beach hut. I experimented with scratching into plastic the faces of my other house mates.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

just a little history

I am studying at the Art University College and Bournemouth, just finished my first term of the first year and things are going well so far. I would be more than happy to help out anyone with any kind of creative project if they feel they can utilize any of my skills.