Sunday, May 22, 2011

M and M

I still don't know what exactly I want to do with the background of this piece. They are conjoined twins. Their names are Miriam and Mirabelle. My whole idea was that they both are in love with different people.

I want to do a drawing inspired by the showtime show that I've been so into watching lately "The Borgias". I don't often watch tv(if I do its usually history channel or something nerdy on discovery, I wish I had national geographic channel...)but this show has captured my attention. I love things historically based, even if much of it is loosely based. The costumes are amazing and lush. I wish that when I went with my parents to Italy that I hadn't been sick when we were in Rome. I was basically confined to a bed for nearly 3 days while my family visited the Vatican and the Sistine chapel. I had just take an extensive class on art history at the Academy of art and was so bummed that I missed out on seeing stuff like that, not to mention the Baldacchino.
I did get to see a bit on my last day which was good and then later we traveled to Venice and Florence. Florence was my favorite by far.
All this talk of history makes me want to draw a Borgia character...
Perhaps Lucrezia Borgia
or King Charles VII

one of these two.

Monday, May 16, 2011


This is Hettie Kauffmann. Shes actually based off of a drawing of a character of the same name by one of my favorite odd artists Henry Darger. At the bookstore I work at one of the used book buyers got a wonderful Darger book in a buy. I had to look it over since I fell in love his his work some years ago in art class upon watching the documentary on him called 'In the Realms of the Unreal'. Towards the very back of the book was the drawing of Hettie. She is a girl general and a girl scout.

I thought she would make a great drawing, I wanted to change her costume a bit. The feathers around her neck of her coat seemed more to denote a flier in my eyes. So I gave her an aviators under cap from WW I.
One of my greatest museum experiences was when I was in NYC with my mom before I moved there for my very short stint. The Folk museum was having a Darger Exhibit and my mom and I went. His stuff is just spectacular in person. So much larger then you'd imagine reading one of the art books on him.
I really need to invest eventually in owning an art book on Darger. His stuff is just so fantastical.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

stone cottage

My mom is coming up for a short visit today and this is what I made her for mothers day. She told me months and months ago that she wanted a drawing of her with a stone house. My mom has always wanted to live in a stone cottage, her favorite is one we sometimes take a side trip in Cambria to see. I hope she forgot that she asked me to draw it so she will be a bit surprised. I still need to do some laundry though!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!