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‘Can’t wait till I have a full dog sled team!’

Murph stopped by yesterday He added the red one to his collection, then set me this picture. He now owns three dog heads, more info about them here. Seven heads were cast in the first run, Five have been painted, one is in LA, one is in my living room and Murph has the rest. Congratulations!

From Murph’s instagram:
mowsecafe Drooling over the latest addition to my art collection. Here we have sculptures of the wee doggie Clem (red version is the new one). Was lucky enough to spend some time with the artist and found we had some real parallels in our history, while both being very different. I’m often captivated by other artists and how they operate and manage their workflow. Work by Alex F. The short of it is, that, I’m an artist as well as a collector. If I can afford to collect and support artists; there’s no doubt, that you can too!!

Murph is a painter and collector, check out this FB and keep up with his instagram

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Finshed this sketch book

I wrapped up this ‘moleskin, cassette’ book, full of unlined writing/journal pages, good for markers and pens but curled a bit with watercolors.

Hanging out with ‘P’. Notice the sweet adidas jacket, I will post the painting I did from this sketch later. 
Clem like to lay still while she gets her portrait done.


The boys watching ‘The princess bride’ with mom.

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Working on new Dog Head, update.

With the outer shell done (plaster around pink silicone) I made the first casting. The gary head is the plastic casting (copy), the white one is the original sculpted (modeling clay) head, and the pink is the silicone negative.
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This is my first pour, I need to practice, a few thin spots and air bubbles.

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Clem was happy with the likeness.

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A little vanilla sky, Clem style.

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New installation at Sis&Moon

Spicing up the gallery. I am moving to a new space, same building, and thought it would be worth a saturday. I thought about it for a minute and started with brown butcher paper for visual structure.

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Then an aqua and beige landscape under it, with a little white line for more structure.

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Then some paintings on top.

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Update, “The lines Attack” show at the Hive, LA

Working and getting excited about this new, in-progress, body of work (5×7 collage drawings, done with paper, paint and ink.) will be shown at the Hive Gallery in May for “The Lines Attack” show.

I have been attempting to illustrate a narrative that until now only lived in my sketchbooks, it’s a fractured series of vignettes that record my musings as I commute around the planet. Some of which, “A study on animal development in responds to auto injuries (in fast forward)”, and A rumination on advances in facial hair despite contrary marketing.

Alex Feliciano drawing and collage, 16 pieses displayed in a 4 by 4 grid of collaged images.

16, 5×7 inch paper drawings, Alex Feliciano 2014, for “The Lines Attack” show in May .

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Natural responds to trauma, as seen in fast forward (less bones).

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Wind blown beard and striped suit.

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A look at the save button icon (3.24 floppy disk).

The Save icon and what it means.

I have mixed feelings about whether to use an icon or a button with the word “save” on it. I didn’t think about touching this issue in a meaning full way until I read this article from PJ Onori on Branch.com. On one hand you have the word “save” and you can change it for different nuances. Like “archive”, “done”, “save draft”, “post” and more. The words are nice and clear. I only down side is having to translate them for international use. The 3.5 floppy disk has been the standard icon for a long time.

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 10.14.32 AM To be obtuse… “Save to a 3.5 floppy disk I don’t think this computer even has one?”.

Now the icon a shinning champion of group think. When you see the 3.5 floppy icon in the menu bar you know that you will be saving. That is the intent and has remained the default for decades, the latest “MS word” still shows a 3.5 floppy disk as “save”. The big question is does the 3.5 disk become an abstract icon that transcends it original meaning and become a symbol for “save”, or does this icon need an update. I think that I have found a few examples. Here are some designers who are thinking about this and are reacting to recent changes in the “Save/store” paradigm and I would like to share them with you, they are in no particular order, enjoy.

 

Save Icons by Máximo Gavete
Save Icons by Máximo Gavete

Màximo is using a minimalistic skeuomorph design to represent an inbox. The inbox is so removed (from the world of bytes and data) that it becomes abstract container for the arrow. But it is the arrows that are driving the meaning. The theme of in/out/ok are a common in these designs.

 

Save Icons by Justin Nurse
Save Icons by Justin Nurse

Justin has updated his storage device from the 3.5 to a hard drive. This updates the 3.5 floppy, but it doesn’t create a lasting metaphor. It will or may already becomes a victim of out dating. The arrow drive the action, they say, “To Here”.

 

Save Icon Redesign Concept by Joni Marttinen
Save Icon Redesign Concept by Joni Marttinen

I really like what Joni is trying to do here, almost there. The first two icons provide some nice feedback to the user. The last two are fine but the whole set gets dragged down when we get to “Open file”. It feels like Joni got tired at the end.

 

Save Piggy Bank by Jordan Jung
Save Piggy Bank by Jordan Jung

This was added tongue and cheek but it could have legs. It is a safe and says, “your files are safe”.

 

A new Save icon by Idan Arbesman
A new Save icon by Idan Arbesman

Unfortunately without the word “SAVE” the icon fails. With the word “SAVE” the icon is just a graphic.

 

Rebound - Floppy Disk Boycott by Jesse Wallace
Rebound – Floppy Disk Boycott by Jesse Wallace

Ha! This will show that 3.5 floppy disk what a real floppy disk is. This skeuomorph disk is again so far removed from present day saving techniques that we can considerate  it an abstraction of the save idea. Some would say, “No one will know what it means”. I can’t disagree with that, but the historical significance does lend it an air of authority.

 

Keep button by Jas Jassal
Keep button by Jas Jassal

This is where words win over icons, the subtlety of the meaning can be expressed. A second win for colors. Although I’m not feeling the archive icon.

 

Energizer by Artission
Energizer by Artission

This one one stood out because it’s using a lock instead of and arrow to show “your changes are secured”, kinda like the safe it makes a strong statment. Albeit this was not Artission’s intent,  I submit it to you as a counter to the arrow.

 

Save Icon Concept by Adam Hunter Peck
Save Icon Concept by Adam Hunter Peck

More Arrows, Adam is using the arrow most successfully to show where your data goes, “It goes somewhere (map/directional arrow), and it’s safe (three walls/container)”. Artfully done.

 

Save Changes by Chris Armstrong
Save Changes by Chris Armstrong

Very similar to Jas (above), but Chris is talking to the feedback loop users enjoy.

 

Save Icon by Maximilian Larsson
Save Icon by Maximilian Larsson

I have seen this icon a lot and I think it’s good try, but does take the user into account. Please compare this one to Adam’s continuous arrow ( 2 up). Maximilian is showing two lines converging into a single point, or maybe the thought was a deposit into a persistent timeline. This icon might be better suited to version control where merging is often done or FB’s add to timeline.

 

Rethinking the save symbol  by Sanid Jusić
Rethinking the save symbol by Sanid Jusić

This is a very nice take on the feedback idea, The icon is a bit vague but one could learn to like it.

 

CodePen Icons by Josh Puckett
CodePen Icons by Josh Puckett

4. The double fork for forking and or branching easy to understand,
5. The floppy for save is the classic we are talking about in this post and in context works well
6. The export also easy to understand.
It is the context that matters here. If i just had a save button I wouldn’t be sure how it was going to act with the other icons I can make the leap and understand what to expect.
PS I love CODEPEN

 

Save Icon Set by Tyler Murphy
Save Icon Set by Tyler Murphy

Tyler is using the arrow to show “where to”. It’s the “where to” that we are addressing, with the 3.5 floppy, if the technology changes does the icon change.

 

Save icon by Ramotion
Save icon by Ramotion

Now we are talking skeuomorphism! Ramotion is cramming an entire story into his icon. If this is the route you take, An entire icon language could be created to solve the subtleties of the “Save” event. I think this also opens the question, “What is save?” and “How do we want to depict it”. I am sure Ramotion would have a lot to say about it.

I would like to put Josh Puckett and Ramotion in a room and have them work something out.

 

Save icon by Máximo Gavete
Save icon by Máximo Gavete

Màximo is visiting the area of user feed back, the Icon is still a bit vague, but i like the direction.

 

closing thoughts…

  • Should the icon be reflexive and give feedback to the user?
  • What is the expectation of the feedback (savable, saving, save complete or error statement)?
  • Should the icon be a universal, and the context dictated it’s meaning?
  • Should an icon set be created to address the language of save (save it, version it, archive it, cloud upload, local storage, shared file editing, fork, branch, merge, done for now…).
  • What is the intent  (local-document: create/open, local-document: edit/write, and then local-document: save).
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4 New masks before Halloween… a cardboard challenge.

Update: Dog Head is Done…

Final paint job and some minor fabrications to the base, it is now wall mountable.

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Below is a picture from the Back of Sis and Moon’s gallery, with Rachel Graham and Wendy Vogt, the dog head is almost done.

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The second Mask is done… meet the Sugar Skull.

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Here is the Sugar Skull hanging up at Sis and Moon Gallery in Alpharetta, GA.

The first Mask is done… meet the Thunder Lizard.

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Damien with the Thunder Lizard. 50+ cardboard tiles cover the head eyes and jaw. hand painted and now on sale at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta GA.

 

Hello, 4 new masks started Thursday night (October 3rd, 2013) at Sis and Moon Gallery. I am working on a cardboard Dog head, alligator Thunder lizard (done), Skull (human), and a Bird mask. Saturday I will be back at the studio to begin painting them. Wish me luck…

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Saturday
Started the base coat on all four masks and begin prepping the Thunder lizard. It got a set of hand carved teeth screwed into some cardboard mounts, more tiles and eyes, next step COLOR. I will be updating throughout the process or till Halloween which ever comes first.

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Thunder Lizard, Alex Feliciano, Mask, green Aztec style

So last night Tuesday (day three oct 8th, 2013), I put the kids to bed and then started working on the Thunder lizard (picture to the right). I painting the tiles, added highlight, added even more tiles and made a bottom jaw. I’m going for a Aztec ish look. This is a picture of me wearing the Thunder lizard this morning, very tired, trying on the mask helped keep me going.

  1. Seeing out of the mouth, is good.
  2. Add more fins to the sides.
  3. Behind the head is open, easy on easy off.
  4. Well balances.

Three more masks to go. Below is a larger image.

IMG_2687Tuesday night / Wednesday morning, Larger Image from you can see the jaw tapper under the teeth, and the jaw hinge.

Wednesday night / thursday morning, Boom, a Thunder Lizard. It is at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta, Ga. It’s about 32 x 32 inches (ish), made out of cardboard, glue, acrylic paint, wood screws and some wood for the teeth. It took four day to get here: build, fabrication, paint and assemble. Ha, just fun with glue and cardboard. I was going for something that spoke to an fun Aztec design. My kids helped paint the Thunder lizard tiles and had lots of ideas about what colors we should use. They are very excited to see it finished but not happy to see it go to the gallery. They said, “Please don’t sell it, we’ll buy it.” I had to explain to them that if we kept everything we made there would be no place to sit down and their mom would kick me out, kisses honey.

2014, Thunder Lizard, by Alex feliciano

Thunder lizard, done. now head down to Sis and Moon and buy it.
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Damien wearing the Thunder Lizard, he made lots of scary noises, like, ” Raw Ew Uh! and Rorrhra!.
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When it was Oscar turn he must have had “what does the fox say” on the brain and started to chitter, “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow” and “a-hee-ahee ha-hee!”.

 

Sugar Skull
The Feliciano brothers rocking a sugar skull and bird style mask, these are the blank prototypes! Oscar in the bird mask and Damien in the white skull.
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Thursday (Oct 10, 2013), Sugar Skull

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Saturday and Sunday, worked on a bottom jaw and the sides. the jaw will be double hinged and screwed to the head. I’ll wrap it up tonight. Pictures in the morning.

Sugar Skull is done, good morning.

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The next morning after a late night finishing the jaw. The blue Diamond Sugar Skull is a nod to my time in LA. I am very excited to make more skulls.

Dog head Started…

I wrapped up the Sugar Skull and now I’m going to start the Dog Head.  I worked up this head and painted it a few weeks ago, I am going to shorten the neck and add a lot of detail panels for painting mini vignettes on the panels.

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Trying new tricks with the Dog Head (I need to come up with a better name). The eyes and nose are made out of Crayola Model Magic. Not sure about the paint job, wish me luck.

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Going with a gold theme, maybe, I need to focus and figure out what it (the masks) wants.

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Had to skip Thursday at the studio so I snuck in a Saturday afternoon to worked on the dog head. I am thinking about sending them to LA for the Hive. This is the Hive’s 5th year of it esteemed Sculpture show, celebrating sculpture of all types and styles. Postcard

Post card of the Hive Gallery's, Master Blasters of Sculpture 5
Hive Gallery’s, Master Blasters of Sculpture 5

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New lighting in the studio

My space is a bit dark, so I have added some lights. I think I need to put a spot lights on the masks, maybe a blinking light. Today is “Lunch Truck Thursday” I hope someone takes home the Thunder Lizard. If not I’m going to send it to the Hive in LA, see what those guy can do with it.

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