Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Old man winter? Please die.

Ha ha, take that, global warming!




Wednesday, February 20, 2008

So, when I said offensive...

I apologize for nothing!



It's based off of this doodle that I did almost 2 years ago. I figure, if the idea hasn't soured on me two years later, it must be worth finishing.

I think I've spent my entire school career trying to jam myself into some kind of weird, preconceived mold. I finally feel like it's okay to enjoy illustration and fine art and cheesy paintings of wizards and want to pursue them all at once. I don't think I was meant for one stream; I should be so lucky to have that kind of attention span.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Thy Kingdom Come

This is the third go at the wee bastard. Hopefully it'll be the last.

Trying to make a push for some kind of coherence as of late. Probably failing.
I think I was meant to be the artistic equivalent of a nudist.
Free! Unrestrained! Potentially offensive to the eyes!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sometimes I paint with real paints!






Mostly watercolour, with some gouache or acrylic.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Goose poop year round! Winning combo!

Went down to the lakeshore and took some photos today, and then what do you know, I happened to them.



Really now. It's early february, and the lake was just FULL of geese. If migration patterns are any indication, the world is doomed.

Waiting....waaaaaaiiitting......




Some sketches from extra life and Union Station.


I also threw down the portfolio link on the side. Until I work up the will to suck less at web design and make a personalized site, you can find it at kniivila.carbonmade.com

Friday, February 1, 2008

10^8 experience points until the next level

The most recent project for interpretive class:




It deals with collecting a lifetime's worth of experience.

Clemente gave us the exercise of coming up with three words that we would like our work to embody, and the words that I chose were subtle, surreal (moreso in a Magritte fashion than Dali), and emotive. I think that consciously thinking about what direction I wanted to go in helped me be satisfied with an interpretive project for, possibly the first time so far in my time at school.

I've been highly influenced by the illustrations of Shout and Emiliano Ponzi for the last little while. I think that they both embody a really beautiful and quiet sophistication which makes them stand out. That, and they're both Italian!
I don't know if they've just got a long history of living in beautiful cities with beautiful landscape and beautiful fashion, but Italians seem to have this really refined aesthetic sense. I'd love to make it out there and soak a little bit of it up, someday.