Monday, September 27, 2010

What I've been doing lately instead of sleeping.

I love Joe Denaro's class. He encourages us to be free and loose and inventive. He loves fashion and attitude and emphasizes knowing trends. I get a certain relaxed high in his class. It's a great way to end the week.

Bil Donovan's class is very different. We are learning concept, composition, value studies, etc. I feel like I am really learning how to improve the things I struggled with in my first year. We're getting assignments and have to come up with finished illustrations complete with smart composition, concept, and rendering. In this piece I had to illustrate for a review of a ballet where the dancers were becoming a little too flirty with the audience as opposed to graceful and poised.

Bil Donovan also recently released a new book on fashion illustration. My very cool anatomy professor, Karen Santry, raves about it every week. She told us it took him eleven years to write. Anyway...I accidentally found the book wandering uptown one day...and I bought it!

Textile design is very time consuming because it requires perfect technical skill. For our first project we are designing a print of an everyday object. I chose an ipod. I had to draw each one a about three million times with a ruler to get it "perfect" enough. My professor tells me this project is the tightest, most "perfect" painting we will have to do. I hope so. My A.D.D. cannot handle this very well...especially at night. Anyway, it is a work in progress and I hope it turns out nicely. Our next project is floral prints. I'm very excited to do that. It sounds like it will be more artistic and organic. To prepare, I will have to start collecting bulb catalogues, books on flowers, and gardening magazines for references, sketchings, and even just learning the anatomy of a flower.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010




It's THIRD SEMESTER. That means I'm GETTIN' my associates degree this year. I'm gonna have to pick a BFA program. I'm gonna have to build a website and a portfolio and start doin' work all day errryday.

So to prepare for this-
I'm drawing EVERYDAY in my sketchbook!
I'm going to get a REAL website!
I'm taking 20 credits (33 hrs of CLASS)!
Making my own coffee in the morning!
Trying my best on assignments and projects!
Yeaaaah. This is going to be awesome.

I have some really excellent professors this semester. They are like greek gods to me. Two new professors that I've admired since I was in the high school illustration program at FIT are Bil Donovan and Karen Santry. They have both opened my eyes and inspired my drawings and it has only been 3.5 weeks of class. I am also super excited to have the lovely Joe Denaro again.
I have been looking into Textile/Surface design at FIT as an alternative to the General Illustration BFA program. It really interests me because there seems to be a lot of options and variety of work and it is sort of...illustration's cousin. I believe there is a blurry line between art and fashion and I always wanted to live in the middle of that blurriness. That is why fashion illustration was such a great experience for me. I wish it had its own BFA program. Oh well...Next yeat is time to learn something new and grow!

Anyway, back to Textile Design. I'm exploring it. I joined the TSD club at FIT and the students are super informative and welcoming to me and my situation. The TSD club wants to go to a lot of trips to Philly, Boston, etc. to see different textile mills, museums, studios, etc. I'm also taking a night class in surface design. It is 2 nights a week, 3 hours a night. I have to is the most demanding class I am taking this semester...and it's not even my program! I get a lot of homework and I have to practice drawing slowly and perfectly and small and tight. This is SOOOOOOOO opposite of what I'm used to. My professor is very encouraging though. She said the first project we are currently doing is the tightest and hardest and after that I will enjoy it more.

So textile design is fun to explore. But it doesn't beat the high I get from drawing a model...

When it is not the middle of the night, I'll post some of the stuff I've been doing lately.