Monday, March 9, 2009

Continuous Line Drawing of a Philodendron

line drawing of a plantI did this drawing with a black gel pen and the goal was to do the entire drawing without breaking the pen line. I would put a post-it on the paper to remind me where I left off and the only way to move backwards was to trace over the existing line (hence the heavier line weight in areas). This is a fun little exercise that would be interesting for figure drawing since you really need to concentrate on composition and line.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Found Alphabet Letter Made From 2 Paintings

red K with black textured paintings on sides

I used two different textured paintings to make a K. You can use almost any medium to make an alphabet—photos of buildings, tree branches, found objects, or even illustration.

The paintings are from a series of 9 that are grouped in the dining room. I took 6" square canvases and gessoed different objects to them and then painted everything black. The red is the cover of an Ikea storage box.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Typography Trivia

What is the small dot over a lower case i or j called? It's a tittle.

If trivia makes you go If trivia makes you go If trivia makes you go If trivia makes you go $&@#!, those symbols are called a grawlixes.

Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey, gave profanity a new name in his book The Lexicon of Comicana.

Agitrons are wiggly lines indicating that something is shaking
Briffits are clouds of dust indicating that a character left in a rush.
Emanata are straight lines rising from around a character's head indicating surprise
Plewds are drops of sweat indicating that a character is hot or stressed
Squeans are asterisks with an empty center indicating drunkenness or dizziness
Solrads are radiating lines drawn from something luminous like a light bulb or the sun.
Waftaroms are wavy lines rising from something indicating a strong smell or heat.