Sunday, February 12, 2017

Grace Hopper

grace hopper

In honor of the naming of the Grace Hopper College at Yale.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Online Printing Resources and more: Notes and Links

Online Printing Resources for Artists

Last week for Creative Arts Workshop: Artists Portfolios for the Web, we talked about print solutions to go along with your website.

Business Cards and Postcards

I discussed moo.com for small and regular business cards, I love moo because I can pick up to 100 different images rather than settling on one. It is always fun to see which ones visitors prefer to take at Open Studios. It gives you feedback about what work people like without necessarily putting them or you on the spot.

You can use moo.com with your flickr.com photo sharing account or upload images directly.

I mentioned Modern Postcard too, as a quality shop to get an affordable and larger run of postcards or business cards.

Printed Artists Portfolios and Books

We looked at a few sample printed portfolio books that Ken Lovell made. Chatbooks makes cool books from Instagram and Facebook feeds. They are square and well-made and inexpensive. $8 a paperback. Sweet!

Speaking of Instagram- it is a photo sharing service which you mainly upload from your mobile device so take that into account when figuring out images for your book.

We saw examples from Lulu and Blurb also. More variety, and you can upload your own pdf and sell online, even offer your book through Amazon!

These are great proof-in-concept places, because it is so affordable to print just one copy and have the book online if you need more, or if you want to shop your book around for wider publishing or to use as a gift in your Kickstarter.

Artists Funding

Speaking of Kickstarter, and we did, we looked at how different individuals and teams use Kickstarter to fund projects or goals. There are also sites like GoFundMe and Indigogo that I forgot to mention. Browse through and see if there is a site and a format that would fit your particular project or needs. You could Kickstart a book or give supporters handmade work to fund a studio renovation. We touched briefly on Patreon as an artist's tip jar as well.

Video 

If you end up creating an appeal for funding, you probably end up needing to make a little video telling the story of your project. Upload it to Youtube or Vimeo.

Questions

If you have any other suggestions or questions about these services, leave a comment.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Heath Commons

heath commons

Sometimes I am just amazed at what a beautiful campus it is at the school where I am teaching. In the Commons, one looks out at a panoramic view of West Rock, East Rock, all the buildings of downtown New Haven, and over to a little sliver of Long Island Sound. All this in the late afternoon light that makes everything so dramatic. That light has a name, I recently found out, alpenglow:
  1. the rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Creative Arts Workshop Daily Drawing Class

This wintersession at Creative Arts Workshop, I am teaching Daily Drawing which is a class geared towards artists of all kinds making the habit to carve out a little time each and every day for their artwork. This is a class for beginners and for practicing artists, anyone who wants to set themselves the challenge of making art a priority in their daily life in 2017.

A really good way to set yourself up for success with this goal to have

  1. materials at hand
  2. an idea of what you want to draw (this is where the list of daily prompts comes in)
  3. time, really 5 minutes to 30 minutes is all you need daily to set this in motion, if you have more time and can use, that is wonderful too but not necessary. 

 For the class you do not need much in the way of art supplies: a small sketchbook that you can fit in your backpack, purse, or coat pocket, maybe a slightly larger one to keep at home, or even just bond paper and a pencil is all you need. If you want more, a travel watercolor kit, markers, colored pencils, whatever media you want to explore in this journey, because it is all about you, and what you respond to naturally and want to explore more.

 For what to draw, we work from a set of daily prompts and this is one that I found online. I am resharing it here and now because it is a good list. If you are a New Years Relolution type of person, you may want to go ahead and start this journey BEFORE our class begins, by starting with the list and working in sequence. If you do not care to start before our class, we'll start with the actually days on the list as listed. Do one drawing a day. If the prompt speaks to you, answer the prompt. If something else strikes you as visually interesting, do that instead. Your goal is ONE a day, so try to do it that way, rather than all seven the night before class because we are building this as a habit and a practice, not an obligation. OKAY. Have fun.

 Here is a link to the list of prompts we will be using, it has a full year of prompts to keep you in this habit before, during and after class. 365 Prompts

Since you are doing these drawings outside of class, class time will be spent sharing the weeks work with each other, and the remainder of class time will be spent in a longer drawing project each session, focusing on non-traditional and traditional perceptual drawing skills, as way of an introduction to skill-building for new artists and a refresher for practicing artists.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Preview of Paintings for the Armory

Preview of some small paintings I am showing at the Armory this weekend. They are small watercolors and gouache paintings mounted on wood, several full moon paintings if you want a reasonably priced souvenir from tonight's sky. ;) Poem Blocks

Monday, October 10, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

inktober

inktobercollage#inktober

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Homework of the day

comic028 Comic homework of the day, creating a simple character with a setting and some objects and actions. It is basically younger me, though I doubt any aged me would be mowing, and younger me would not be grilling. I was pretty good at reading and drawing and laying in my raft at the lake. :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Day 6 Comic Strip Homework

Day 6 Comic strip Homework This was a harder challenge than I thought. I feel like I went in a lot of different directions in these panels, thematically.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dogs of Winnett Street Comic Panel #5

comic 5 5th in the week's 4 panel comic strip homework...there are more dogs I should have added to this list: Sammy, and the terrier whose name I forget, and Zeus, may he rest in peace, in the Elysian fields...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Day 4 of 4 panel comic homework

Day 4 of my 4 panel comic homework A staycation postcard from Fort Hale, New Haven, CT...bocce anyone?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Homework Day 3 comic

comic0024 Today, a diary in water...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Comic: Some Animals of Connecticut

some animals of connecticut Day 2 of my 4 panel strip homework...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cartooning homework

comic020 First of six 4-panel strips...Brunetti says that I don't have to try to make this set funny, so here we go...it is more autobiographical, I suppose...bear with me...

Cartooning homework

homework in sequencing

Yesterday's Cartooning Homework, an exercise in sequencing...or how any four random things strung together can become a narrative...really...try it...it's true...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Comic

comic007
My third Single Panel comic for Brunetti homework, cheating a bit with the split view...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Comic

Comic
This is another panel from the Brunetti homework. I am not sure about this one. Some are going to be less interesting than others. And that might be an understatement. We shall see. I guess the point is to work through it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Comic

Comic

It is summer and I am working my way through Ivan Brunetti's Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice book. It is a bit like doing Couch to 5K, and I am picking up where I left off. I feel determined to get through it, especially in light of comments he made about certain weeks being tell-tale stumbling blocks for people. Sink or swim sort of times. This one surprised me by being a little darker and stranger than I intended to be.

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