Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Thanksgiving Break is go.

I am so exhausted, it's not even funny. Okay, well, it's a little funny, considering I'm going to school to learn how to draw pretty pictures and it's already taking a toll on me. The end of the semester is drawing near, which means that class registration is something on all our minds. If I don't get the classes I want, I may have to kill someone. And by "someone", I mean "the first small mammal that I see". And yes, that includes human children.

That said, I have been enjoying some noticeable improvements. After a few failed attempts with conte, I finally managed to find a method that I like. What I do is work with one of those white Magic Erasers while I'm using conte. What a lot of people don't like about conte is that it smudges more than it erases. I've learned to use that to my advantage by just making the entire thing muddy. That way, when I lift highlights, it doesn't look too weird. Anyway, here are some of my recent in-class pieces from Life Drawing.

FD In-Class.

FD Portrait.

And I also did this piece in Life Drawing, but it was just me doodling between breaks, right on my massive drawing board. I did a huge paper on Gustav Klimt for Modernism & After, my art history class, so some of his imagery has been lingering on my brain. If you only know Klimt from "The Kiss", be sure to take a look at some of his earlier work. So much better. Anyway, this is "KLIMT FTW", or "Klimt For The Win". I don't know, I was bored.

Klimt FTW.

In other news, the cover of my sketchbook has come off completely and the stack of pages has broken into two. Boo. BOO, I SAY.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I finished the Joss Whedon assignment that I detailed here ("Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so").

This is what the piece looked like once I had finalized cutting. This was all done by hand, by the way. I know it would be a hell of a lot easier if I just pen tool'd my sketch into Illustrator and toted the file into the Print Lab and had the laser cutter take care of the stencil, but I find it a lot more satisfying cutting stencils by myself. I'm bringing this torture on myself, I know. There's no room for improvisation once it's taken to the laser cutter, though. Anyway, here's the final cut, propped against my giant drawing board:

Gown Final Cut.

And this is the final sprayed piece. My final can of black spraypaint crapped out halfway through, and since all the work goes into the stencil itself and spraying only occurs at the very last minute, I didn't have time to get a new can. I think I'll have to re-do the job, even though I've already submitted this piece for class. Whatever.

Gown Finished Piece.

Since it'll be relatively easy for me to reproduce this piece, I think I'm going to do a limited run of sprayed "prints" of this. If you're interested, drop me an e-mail at awu [at] mica [dot] edu. I promise I'll get a new can of spraypaint before doing these. Yup. Cheers.

I would like to thank my five bottles of Mountain Dew, handy X-Acto knife, Venture Bros. Season 2, low-quality downloads of Asylum, and David Devant & His Spirit Wife for getting me through this assignment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Yeah, see what I did there?

Illustration I assignment: Illustrate quote from Wired Magazine's 6-word short stories. I was assigned Joss Whedon's "Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so." So, I'm doing a creepy hooded figure drawing a "cut here" line along the woman's neck as he loosely cuts open her dress with a pair of scissors. Ooh. Ahh.

Whedon Work in Progress.

I spent about a week and a half trying to figure out what medium I wanted to use. Acrylic on masonite? Digital? Conte? It wasn't until late last night that I realized I should go along with the cutting/chopping theme and go back to my love of doing stencils. During Freshmen year, I did a LOT of stencil/spraypaint work. It feels to go back to it. There's something really comforting and meditative about spending hours and hours with a tiny X-Acto knife, a new blade, a giant piece of Bristol board, and British comedy DVDs playing in the background. However, mistakes with stencil-cutting are not easily forgiven. I'm taking lots of in-progress shots so that I have something to show my teacher when everything inevitably goes to hell.

Here's the original sketch I did in my sketchbook...

And if you're interested in my not-so-secret weapons for art school, here they are. Ben & Jerry's for my stress eating, Mountain Dew to keep me awake for all-nighters, and black nail polish to hide the fact that there's charcoal dust and oil paint permanently under my nails. Keep it classy and pretentious with Chanel Black Satin.