it’s been too long since a post. i’ve gotten into my acrylics this week. (thanks again “drawing methods” class.) it was somewhat liberating, though the other side of me wants to keep learning actionscript… there’s never enough time to do it all. anyway, thought i’d share this lovely pollockyesque image.
Above is a detail of a recently completed oil painting depicting my cousin Christopher and his wife Jill’s wedding bouquet. I had a local New York florist recreate the bouquet using a photograph taken at the ceremony and a list of flowers provided by the original New Hampshire florist. This new bouquet was placed in the sconce that held them on the dock the day they were married. The flowers were thus painted from life. The background I slipped in later using photos, sketches and memory as reference. It depicts the view one would see from the dock on Cotton Cove, Squam Lake, Holderness, NH. This painting is a belated wedding present to them. Click on the detail to view the entire image.
Last week I created this illo for The Wall Street Journal Online of the new Fed chairman Ben Bernanke trying to impress upon reporters and economist’s what kind of tough chairman he’ll be.
as i sit here thinking about my thesis show and the ideas of games and play… i decided to draw the long lost toys of my youth.
I have an illustration in Tuesday’s Science section of The New York Times (2/13/06). The story was written by a Parkinson’s patient, who suffers from “audio illusions” as a side effect of his medication (or perhaps just because of the Parkinson’s). A woman laughing too loud in a restaurant is transformed into a neighing horse, and a man with a booming voice becomes a circus ringleader with a megaphone.
This was strange, fascinating story to draw. I chose not to feature the primary ‘illusion’ of the story, Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President”, though it probably would have gone with the headline more. The author experiences illusions that his brain creates after hearing real sounds, which I felt was best represented by the more surreal laughing horse-lady and ringleader in the restaurant. I’m most satisfied with the composition, as I really wanted the shape of the room to appear as ‘sound waves’ focusing in on his ear…
Also, my palette for this was fully inspired by the electric gouache paintings of the master Lou Romano.
the 2 inch show is finally up and online. i hope these books will inspire you as they have me. i have been given many compliments on the show. thanks to everyone (over 50 people!) who participated.
see all the books/prints here and here are a few pictures of the books on display at the university of the arts
I’ve just finished up a pair of sketchbooks, and I’ve posted them on my sketchbooks gallery on my website. These books are roughly from 2005 to present, and I felt very good wrapping them up. I am now moved into my new handmade book, and the paper is so much better than these Moleskines. I love the form of the Moleskines, but the paper is just crap. Watercolor fights to be absorbed, and ultimately fails. That is why there is such a lack of color in these books.
LINK: Jon Keegan’s Sketchbook Gallery
Living in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, one of the biggest issues hanging over our community is the specter of Bruce Ratner’s planned “Atlantic Yards” development. By dangling the prospect of a glitzy new Frank Gehry-designed stadium (to be occupied by Ratner’s own New Jersey Nets), the pro-stadium minions have largely succeeded at convincing Brooklynites that it will be nothing but good for the community, and everyone should rally behind it. However, the stadium is just a small part of the whole plan, and this brings me to why you are seeing a post about this on invisibleman.
As a resident who will directly feel the impact of the development surrounding my home, I haven’t felt that I have seen an accurate portrayal of the sheer scale of this project, in the context of the existing neighborhood. Enter Google Earth.
I have been majorly geeking out over this amazing program for a few weeks now (as has my brother) , since they released a beta of the Mac version. One of the things you can do is place image overlays on top of the satellite imagery (like the PDF I used), and then draw polygons to extrude your own 3D buildings, knowing their heights (requires the use of the ‘Plus’ version, which is now available for both Mac and PC).
So I set up a placemark that will allow people to see this proposed development, to approximate scale (using the developers’ own figures), in context with the existing buildings. Also, make sure you check the “Buildings” checkbox below the viewer to see the heights of the existing buildings in grey.
So if you haven’t downloaded Google Earth yet you can do so here (both PC and Mac): DOWNLOAD GOOGLE EARTH.
Once you have that set up, you can download my Atlantic Yards placemark below…NOTE: if you click on the following link and get a garble of letters, just go back and right-click (control-click on the Mac) on the link, and save the file to your Desktop, then just double-click on the downloaded file.
DOWNLOAD THE ATLANTIC YARDS PLACEMARK