Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Plaid Peacock Installation Preproduction and Production

Back in November I offered to be the first artist to create a window display for our local consignment shop, the Plaid Peacock. I signed up for the month of February thinking that this would give me some time after the holidays to work on my idea.
I knew that I really wanted to make a large paper cut to hang in the window but I wasn't sure how it was all going to work so I made a small 8.5 x 11 mock up of my idea.
The window is around 71 inches high and about 85 inches wide with another smaller window to one side. The first thing I did was to cut butcher paper the size of the window and so I could see how large my peacock needed to be. (Oliver really liked helping me with this part.) I quickly realized I would not be able to easily obtain a sheet of paper large enough to make the peacock out of one piece.
So I came up with a new plan to cut the peacock into three parts. In an ideal hanging situation, each part would be spaced just a little behind the other giving it some dimension. In the end though, we ended up hanging everything from one large curtain rod.
Using tracing paper I started to refine my bigger shapes and add more detail.
I transfered the pencil from the tracing paper onto the final white paper and started cutting out the shapes. I chose a two ply white paper which is very strong and flexible but it was not easy to cut.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

2012 ServiceMaster by Harris Christmas Card

This is the Christmas card I created for ServiceMaster by Harris this past december. I used cut paper, markers, and colored pencils to render the office.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2012 Christmas Card

Happy New year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I have a very good feeling about 2013, and I already have some projects in the works. In the meantime, there are couple of things left over from December I can share with you. 
This is the Christmas Card I designed for myself this year.  It is a mixed media illustration, rendered with markers, colored pencils, and cut paper. I am constantly trying to push my work towards the paradox of being both flat and dimensional and I think this piece is close to the effect I'm tying to achieve, but I can't quite decide. Also, while I was working on this card I had a brief moment where I wanted to quit my life as I know it and go buy a herd of reindeer. I think that moment has passed, for now :)