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What makes a monster.

‘The gravity of the earth is pulling me down.’, Swamp Thing.

‘The best place to lay eggs?’ The slimy creature thinks as it watches you skipping rocks. ‘A host to houses my eggs, something warm and tasty.’ Swamp thing thinks as it silently slips into the cold dry air. Looking down at reflections in still eye. She smiles at you after your breath is gone, ‘What a happy nest this will make. I’m such a good mom.’ She smiles as you’re dragged under.

Kinda grossing myself out with this one.

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What makes a monster.

The werewolf haunts the countryside unable to find home. Between the villages and the trees family on both sides of the divide, but unable to join.

Lots of stories about the werewolf as a way to understand the natural world. Other stories of a rabid animal who wants to destroy the world.

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What makes a monster.

Next monster is Frankenstein’s creation, making something that can’t be predicted. Who will be the lucky one, the survivors.

There is a lot to take apart, like why is a reanimated biological entity scary? Why do we fear it?

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What makes a monster.

The Dracula, a force of mystery and seduction. It’s a undead force with a cunning mind, that plots and is vengeful. It is the teeth that we associate with power, a vehicle for the blood that it needs.

This drawing done with the app Paper53, on the iPhone 5s, and with my finger, Alex Feliciano, 10/2017

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SCARECROW HARVEST Festival

SCARECROW HARVEST

September 30, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Milton Avenue

Alpharetta, GA

Website

This event is rain or shine

Alpharetta’s downtown streets will be lined with over 100 scarecrows to celebrate its fall spirit.  Join in on the free family entertainment that includes groovy country music, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, yummy festival food and engaging inflatables.

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Tuesday night’s figure drawing event, look at (iPad and Paper53) work.

woman sitting on a large chair by alex feliciano

Tuesday’s bi-monthly Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group.

This week was destiny came to model for us. I was teaching my Street Art class till 7:30 so showed up a bit late. I missed the one minute warm-up poses. Great lighting as always and the snacks are good although right now i’m working on my heath so no cookies.

 

I got there just in time for the last two five minute poses.

Red pen, woman stretches with hands forward by alex feliciano

Line drawing in Red ink of Destiny stretching with hands forward. Five minute pose.

Red pen, woman hunched and resting by alex feliciano

Hunched and resting, line drawing with red ink of Destiny, five minute pose.

arch of a woman's back, by Alex Feliciano

One leg forward, sitting on a large black cushion, Painting with shapes using the roller tool in Paper 53 in pink and mauve tones. Destiny, ten minute pose.

woman leaning back on one hand by Alex Feliciano

This painting of Destiny resting on one hand, using orange tones, last ten minute pose.

 

woman sitting on a large chair by alex feliciano

Painting with purple tones, while Destiny sits in a large chair.

woman resting on pillows by alex feliciano

Painting with red pillow, a twenty minute pose while Destiny naps.

 

drawing of a woman resting feet up by alex feliciano

Last Pose of the night, a purple toned painting of destiny while she rests with her feet up.

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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook (iPad and Paper53) look.

alex feliciano at figure drawing group, drawing scott

I brought an iPad to the bi-monthly Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group.

The Group brought in Scott to pose he’s the first male model in a long time and it’s the first time using my iPad at a life drawing event. Tonights sketches all posted below. We started, like most sessions, with one Minute poses.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

I took a minutes to make a quick pallet. As the night went on i added a pink and yellow.5 minute figure drawing group, Alex Feliciano

Big fills with ‘Roller’ tool.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

I’m using #Paper53 to do the drawings. The ‘Roller’ tool is my favorite!

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Still just doing one minute drawings I feel a bit clumsy with the iPad, new media is always funny at first.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Scott is throwing down great one min poses.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

 

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Legs, one minute drawing.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Nope, jump to a new page.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Better, this is the last one minute figure drawing.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Ok five minute figure drawing are flowing better. I and able to break out shapes and show some structure.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

More of Scott as captured by Alex Feliciano and his magic tablet.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Getting a bit easier now. More colors added to the pallet.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Nice hands in this one.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Hard pose, I was really trying to capture tention might go back and rework this at a later time.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

More great hands, thanks Scott

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

working on the iPad is tuff but the ease of switching colors makes up for it, I’m using Paper53 on an iPad Pro and Apple pencil,

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Now we venture into the 10 minute poses. Hello Detail, can this thing do it?

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Yes it can, Another 10 minute figure draw by Alex Feliciano with Paper 53.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

10 minutes  adding yellow to the pallet.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Fingers, nope, next page please.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

Fingers, Better, figure drawing of Scott with pole extension.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

P.S. Scott has a light beard and because I don’t get many dudes modeling for me and none with beards I’m like WTF.

Alpharetta Drawing group, male figure, drawing on iPad with Alex Feliciano

20 Minutes, I’m switching to a pencil tool on the iPad.

And the last figure drawing of the night, 20 minutes, Thank you Scott.

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More Post-it note fun

I have been using these little yellow squares like crack, little doodle yellow scraps of sticky paper.
Loving the ‘Stabilo’ point 88 markers.

Doodling while kids are at karate. alway carry markers.

I might make a Block, for printing out of this one. I have never done a multiple print block print, But…

Expanding ‘There’ and ‘Their’ to Oscar (6) while in the middle of a monster doodle fight.

Having a great day and doodling it in small moments of time.

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drawing from Youtube?

Looking around on YouTube and found online figure drawing videos. Very neat stuff, I felt a little clumsy with the remote, iPad, Apple Pencil, and sitting on the couch. The videos are timed and the lighting is nice.

Stay tuned for more drawings

 

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Street art class makes Prints

Stickers, you wanna’ make stickers… Ok, what do you know about a printing press?

So we selected some sketches, tried them out using thick makers on paper (Draw thick lines to cut thick lines). The students worked out the composition on paper then transferred it over to the rubber printing blocks. Then the scary part KNIFES you can’t make cool stuff without them. After a quick safety lesson including graphic descriptions of possible wounds I passed out the block cutting knifes, happy to report no injuries. HURRAY! They cut thin then cut thick ribbions out of the rubber block, soon they could see the block taking shape. In the end very few revisions where needed. Now a lesson on rollers, ink, and the printing press, they were like fish to water and after a demo, they quietly worked in turns one would be inking their block while the other was pressing. I couldn’t have hoped for better.

The happiness of making tangible items in such a tactile way was expressed in their quiet smiles and the care put into storing away the work.

 

cutting rubber blocks for printingWorking on cleaning up the block after a test print.

Alien head cut into a rubber stamp

Lots of work goes into a single image, many sketches are done before the block is made.

inking the block

Getting and even layer of ink.

printing

Printing and inking

The Alien

The Dude

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Bear Head Is On The Move

cardboard bear head on graffiti wall background

This weekend update:

I packed up the minivan with tons of painting supplies, lots of cardboard, glue guns, and two kids and headed to Sis and Moons to start an large installation (still in progress). The kids Helped me unpack boxes of paint and odds and ends, in the process earned some choice pieces of cardboard, and settled in the back to work on their totem pole (thanks Chris).
Below is a picture of one canvas we use in the ‘Street Art‘ class and my new wall.

The bear head strapped to the top of the van, lots of cardboard and a minivan full of paint.

I started by cutting and trimming down the Bear Head costume. The shoulder pads, chest plate, and back panels where removed. I also removed some underlying structure inside the head. I pulled out the glue guns and started adding new support structures  and prepping it for a flat wall.

I took a few minutes to add some color. On the right you can see the back of the bear head and some body panels that were removed and on the floor,

I moved the head to the table for more trim and paint. I also started a border around the head.

Four hours of me working on the bear and the wall.

 

After the border around the bearhead was done I measured the wall to plan out where the bear was going to go, getting late on a saturday 1 maybe 2 am and then I started painting.

Bear head almost in place. All the parts starting to come together.