A couple months ago, I picked up the habit of drawing two note cards everyday. I use an app that tracks whether I complete this daily goal (among others) or not, and this gives me some reinforcement to keep it up. I've also been archiving these drawings on a secret Instagram account. This has helped me realize that not every drawing will be good, but that's ok. The main purpose is that it eventually becomes a lot easier to get started on something when you have to do it daily. You start to build up a new confidence rather quickly. What I like about working at a small scale is that it's almost impossible to overwork it. Even the more detailed note cards only take me about 15 minutes to finish. Simplicity is not easy for me, so this practice has helped me with that. The sketchbook drawing above is definitely more detailed, but it includes some of the characters born from the note cards.
There is also something to be said for doing purposeless art. I had a roommate in college who always asked me "what is that for?" when I was working on something. I would always tell him, "for myself." He would just look blankly at me. I might not have been the best student, but I really believe that keeping a sketchbook has helped me stay curious about art and about life. :)
I was driving alone from Memphis to New Orleans. It can be a long and boring drive, and I had a way to watch videos on my phone, so I put on Star Trek: Next Generation and set the phone on the speedometer so it was visible through the steering wheel. I wasn't really watching it but listening to the audio and taking a glance every now and then. Really, I just put it on to keep me company. Eventually, I started daydreaming that the phone was a window into the engine of the car. I imagined that the people on the bridge of the spaceship were little car operators! It was a funny idea. Maybe they thought they were in control of the car and they were unaware of me. Then, something weird happened. The story synced up with my reality. In the episode, they were approaching some kind of space storm. It was a massive cloud that was somehow very dangerous. They were preparing a plan, trying to decide if they could go through it or not. At the exact same time I was approaching a bad thunderstorm. It was uncanny, hearing them talk about the storm right in front of me. It was like we were all getting ready for it. Eventually I had to turn off the video and concentrate on driving through the storm. It was so bad that I pulled off to the side of the interstate with a lot of other cars to wait it out.
So late to update this blog~ I'm working on editing a video that we shot of the sequins moving in the wind. Fun fact: There are over 7,000 sequins that make up the two birds. I have to give a big shout out to my long-time pal, Chris Owen who spent a day helping me install it. I learned a lot from the experience, how to use a hammer drill and what to do to make the installation much easier next time.
I really enjoy collaborating on large scale projects like these. Kong Wee and I put our heads together to come up with the design, and then the client had a lot of input as well. I think that's important when it's something that's going to be out in the world.
We have some ideas for a similar project, but we'll need to find a big wall where the bottom of the art is out of reach. Humans like to grab at shiny things, as it turns out.
Recently I started to draw directly in Flash with a wacom tablet. I've found it to be a very fast way of getting a color sketch out in a short amount of time. I did these in about a half hour each. Just figured out how to import them into Illustrator. This might be a better way for me to set up my screenprints. I plan to start doing these a little more regularly.