Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fun with 3D Programs

I approached digital drawing in an attempt to cut out the unnecessary labor involved with traditional media. The main issue so far has been the convincing rendering of perspective for hexagons. The hexagon being a recurring figure in Borges' The Library of Babel, yet another story that has obsessed me recently.  It's this need to enhance the believability of my dreamscapes that led me to explore 3D rendering software to build these ephemeral structures.  So far my program of choice is Google SketchUp. The forgiving nature of the program and its intuitive interface allow me to create/sketch multiple structures in a day, as opposed to the time, money, and uncertainty of a physical model. These basic structures are then fully realized in Photoshop where I apply the tools of illusion to render my haunting temples.
The images here are the beginning of a series I wish to explore further. The idea behind it all is to create a series of prints of fictional temples that have become more beautiful with the passage of time.  This is something I would like to expand on once I organize my thoughts more.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Some progress on digital work

 For the time being the piece above is untitled. It began as a simple exercise to improve my Photoshop "draftsmanship". It eventually became something of a tableau melding a hypercube with the architecture influenced by the Colombian Palace of Justice.  The latter did not become an influence until very recently when I was listening to the audio book Killing Pablo and watched the documentary Sins of My Father as I was working on this drawing.

The pieces below are a continuation on the drawings influenced by the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges and the exciting states of mind referred to as hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations.  The first and last began as hypnopompic hallucinations and were refined to present different points of views of the same dream paradise, at least to me.  The middle piece was more consciously composed in an attempt to recreate the ruins inhabited by the wizard of the Circular Ruins.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

 This is some progress on a series based on the short story by Borges "The Library of Babel." I am basing it on a half remembered dream, a hypnogogic state, while spending a week at Squam Lake. Prior to this vision I had been working on ideas to illustrate the above mentioned text. Early one morning I saw this image but decided not to record it. Since then I have been trying to recreate it...this is the best I can do to communicate it. It seems to draw from some of Renato Nicolodi and Piranesi. My problem in rendering this image is deciding the proper place to straddle the dream world and the real world. Or in other words, how to communicate this phantom to an audience.
Since I'm on a kick of not leaving an image to exist by its lonesome self (i.e. keep doing goddamn diptychs and trilogies) I decided to make this image to accompany the hypnogogic one. There is another one, not shown, that accompanies these two. It is based on the Colombian justice palace.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

In Progress. "Hypnagogia and Borges."

Continuing with the idea of trying to illustrate the works of authors like Borges and Rushdie, this composition came to me in a half wake state, not quite hypnagogia but close enough. Failing to sketching it when it was fresh in my mind I've had to struggle with recapturing the spirit of the dream. The image is loosely based on Borges' "Library of Babel" and "Circular Ruins".

Recent Work

 "Beneath the Feet"
The images are presented in semi-chronological order. Although they began in the order presented, there has been a lot of jumping back and forth from one to the other. Each is presented with a working title, or not. "Enchantment" was influenced by Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence. An interesting read when accompanied by Assassin's Creed 2. "Beneath..." was inspired by Rushdie's Ground Beneath Her Feet.  In it paths diverge and appear to come back together as the reality shakes apart. The last piece is still in progress and based on Borges' short stories. Not sure which ones or where it's going. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some Works in progress, I would like some feed back...

This is a very rough sketch for a stone idea, I can't seem to resolve the bottom half though...

This is a prep sketch for a stone litho. It's going to be in color, I just haven't thought that far ahead...

This image was inspired by the novel Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie. It is a combination of photocollage and digital drawing. I'm not to sure if I wan to keep that section at the lower right hand side.