Wednesday, October 21, 2009

daily sketchbook, six


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

artist's bio

here is the brief bio for my hypothetical website. i wanted to write it in third person at first, but when i did it sounded very stupid.

i hatched in saint petersburg, russia and migrated to the great lakes eight years later. in 2010, i graduated from the maryland institute college of art with a BFA in illustration.

sometimes i get overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful things in the world. a few of my favorites are world exploration, dashing historical men, good grammar, fancy urns, books, elephants, persian portraiture, folklore, japanese things, limericks, elaborate textiles, napoleon bonaparte, silent cinema, russian ballet, and mysterious circumstances.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

daily sketchbook, five

the daily sketchbook hasn't been very daily lately, but i'm trying to stay on top of it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

my new love

vera kholodnaya, russian silent film star, 1893-1919.

Monday, October 5, 2009

nepalese manuscript cover

our latest assignment for the class "arts of asia," is to go the walters art museum and find an asian object that has some religious association, and then write an essay about it and submit a little sketch. i chose a beautiful 11th century wooden manuscript cover from nepal. above is my drawing. "the four outer figures on each side are kings of the primary and intermediate directions of the compass." in the middle is the linga, or "sign" of shiva. to its left are vishnu and his consort lakshmi, and to the right, brahma and saraswati.

sometimes, it's ok

i gave up. i dropped the basic photography class. i don't like to give up and so i was not giving myself permission to leave it because i told myself to hold on, it will get better. but everything that could go wrong keeps going wrong every single time. i fixed problems, and immediately new ones came up. when i noticed that i barely sleep, frequently walk around stressed and misty-eyed, convinced that the gods of photography are telling me "go away, stick to what you know," and most importantly that my thesis - which should be the center of my universe right now - is being neglected, i decided to put my foot down. i still have access to the photography department's equipment for the rest of the semester and will take and develop photographs that are funny and imperfect - just the way i like them - on my own time.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

11 second exposure, 2.5 filter

it took me all class period and many, many test strips, but here it is: my first baby. happy october!