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Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

More figure drawing. I skipped into the figure drawing event today, like a kid going to get ice cream. The model was super and the lighting was challenging (in a good way).

The short 3 and 5 minute poses came first, then a cookie break and then back to drawing with some longer poses.

This time I didn’t forget to note the times for each drawing.

A three minute pose.

Getting into the 3 Minute thing, But I miss my blue pencil.

This one was super awesome, the model was doing a scary ‘ROAR’ pose but kept laughing. Looking at again I think I was able to get that in the drawing.

More three’s

Now some five minute drawings, the light is good on this one. going from 3 min to 5 min feels decadent.

The model has a pole, really focusing in on the hands and fingers.

Another pole 5 minute pole.

A 10 minute pose and I didn’t know what to do with myself, I spent the extra time on the hair.

Toes are very important. I continued working on the head (on the next page) after i ran out of space


Head hair and face, part of the previous 10 minute.

A twenty minute drawing, up went the hair. A had lots of time to think and see shadows.

The model picked up a guitar and I couldn’t resist working on the feet. They very rarely sit still. 20 min to be continued on the next page.
A quick Fun Fact: When I was in school our teacher, Mr Wyroba, had us draw 50 hands and 50 feet. At the time was was perplexed at the breath of such an undertaking. I remember the Michelangelo hand drawings and photocopies out of the ‘Anatomy for the Artist’ hands being passed around like they where cheat sheets. There were also the empty threats to do all fifty as middle finger salutes. I am so grateful for the support of my classmates and that lesson. I talk about the importance of hands and feet as a form of expression when ever I get the chance.

With 5 minutes-ish left I wanted to work on her hand holding the guitar.

Back to the feet for the last minute.

With this 20 minute I wanted to map some color. The light was taunting me with blue shadows.

Yes that is a giant guitar, very flat and it was hard to change my paradigm so I wrote it in.

A nice outline.

The last 15 minute, I think the model fell asleep on this one, I was able to focus on the face here.

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Fly go by

woman flinging her top like a rubber band

Fly go by

Buzz buzz a nasty thing woke me from a sun filled dream. I saw a Fly go by, so I took my top off and sent it high. I pulled and pulled till the strings went twang then I launched at that tiny thing. It took a sec I used my eye aiming carefully down the line. The Fly saw me cocking back and almost had a heart attack. With a bit of a huff the fly began to fuss. “Me!” it said, “Oh no, why would you go semi-nude, just to swat this awesome dude”.

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This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Fields of Flowers

 Fields of flowers

Fields of flowers first pink and blue, I bought a suit that will sneak me through. Then today purple and yellow. I have been waiting all week things are on schedule. I bought this suit weeks ago to match a landscape, I’m not allowed to go. The bunnies will be playing ball, I will creep softly among them all. They will not see me. ‘Shh’, is what I think as one comes near. I hold my breath with hope and fear. It’s little nose sniffs the air. I feel so happy then I see… they are all staring at me. All at once they charge my way. I jump but i’m too slow. They tickle me from head to toe. I guess they just want to play.

This is one of  the “sketches of spring” I will be attempting to make one a day, enjoy and share.

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Portfolio advice

I was poking around looking for some website inspiration and came across ‘design portfolio packs punch‘. I just wanted to add a few things… Like in the ‘Select your projects’ and ‘Look to the future’ part it talks about picking Items to show in your portfolio. I would encourage you to focus on picking projects you enjoyed working on. Most likely will want to work on more of them in the future. If you offer up the one’s that match your prospective clients, or that seem to be the shiniest you might find yourself doing work, rather than enjoying your work. That could lead to a portfolio full of stuff you don’t enjoy ( yuck ).

‘Demonstrate critical thinking’ and ‘Use context’ areas are about your relationship to the project. How and why did you ‘grid’, ‘responsive’, or ‘interaction’. Most projects aren’t done in a vacuum and I would encourage you to touch on the collaborative effort that went into those projects. Highlight how well you work with others. If you have good interaction with teams and/or clients your future clients will want that goodness.

I have mixed feelings about the ‘Choose the right platform’ idea. I encourage you to explore a bit and see what works for you. I am old enough to remember when portfolios had to be mail out with return postage. Some of the packages that came in where as creative as the work inside. That is rarely the rule but a pleasant surprise when it did happen. There is no reason not to have a ‘safe’ portfolio and something more ‘exploratory’ The web has shifted the ‘barrier to entry’ in your favor.

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baby H’s new room

The babys room…
I envision a forest or tree scape with woodland creatures. It should be grayscale, neutral, mono toned, or silhouette. Please put together some images that help shape the end product.

I love this one…

from the hospital in Seattle’s children’s unit.

Now for some purple, these color schemes can be tuned in any directions.

Mountain passage in purple.

Winter theme…

Sea side in blue.
I love the squirrel riding a beaver.

More…

Great slicing into the wall.

This illustrator makes me smile… nice 1950’s vibe going on.

Some handpainted job, check out their site.

This is neat.
And now for something very different… I could see this happening, chalkboard background, and this on top.

Decals…
Supplement your background with these small add on’s, or do the whole thing as one big picture…

This is a wall graphic from etsy.

More decals…

55″ x 35″ Children’s Cabin in Woods Forest Tree House Wallpaper Leaves Nursery Wall Decal Art Bedroom Wall Paper Pink Light Grey
nice lines, and monochromatic-ish palette.

This Pinterest page is a bit redundant but covers lots of ground lots of trees here.

Grey with a splash of color

Something Different

This room is rad… link to the album..

Beautiful room, who knew blue and brown could sing.

Different!
Huge decal measures 72″w x 54″h

If we don’t want to paint…

light waves!

This site has a few simple ones.

A lot of folks like this mural thing, I love making and designing murals. When you change your visual space you change the expectation of the room. I hope you have fun!

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The show, shop.

Something Happened.
Alex’s works for this show are slice of a complex and vibrant moment inside of what is often a mundane piece of reality.. Each piece is an effort to extract a cross-section from a commonplace experiences and show their wonder. His theme, “Something happened”, is an effort to illustrate the idea that we are all part of a bigger stories. Each piece is a slice out of these moments, moments we all share.

In the end I made 16, 5×7 collages. They are a fractured series of vignettes. I start by creating geometric patterns onto a 5×7 piece of paper, this serves as the foundation for the college. The collage is made up of colored paper and Ink layered between matte media. I cut small shapes, hands, heads, jaws, teeth, hair and beards out of colored paper. I spend a few days making patterns, and pieces, like stage settings. The narratives start to manifest at this point and decisions are made. Pieces are mounted and drawing embellishes are added between the layers of matte media. Some where before the final coat I attach it to a block of birch wood. The materials are simple and  I enjoy the process of building them up to create an effect of depth and atmosphere.

No.5 of 16, “Remember Me as I Was”. This illustrates the moment my dog first saw me after I shaved off my beard. Stepping into the kitchen, clean shaven and smelling like product, I startled her. She, for a moment, did not know who I was and readied herself for trouble. 

Ok now to the shop part….

“Now with sprinkles” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

Responsibility” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00 Sold
painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“El Tio Gio” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Surviving rabbits” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“What the dog sees” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Snow wizard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Response to trauma” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Suit wearing a beard” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Rub for luck” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Facial hair on the wind” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Sniffing the new hand shake” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Nothing up this sleeve” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Lucky friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Friends sniff friends” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Reflection of self” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch

 

“Remember me as I was” Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch. $200.00




painting by Alex feliciano 5’x7′ collage on birch