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Dec092016

Message To Investors: I Only Have Eyes For You

Wednesday
Nov302016

"Seeing comes before words." - John Berger

Link to a pdf version of the book, Ways of Seeing.

'Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. 'But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.' - Ways of Seeing by John Berger, 1972

Tuesday
Oct042016

Secret Knowledge

In this video, based on the book by the same name, published in 2001, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, David Hockney does a convincing job at explaining how things are always the way they seem. By connecting a timeline to the discovery of such tools as curved mirrors and camera lucida we see how it is possible that the famed artists of the renaissance may have used the same “cheats” many artists use today. 

Tuesday
Oct042016

How to recognize Baroque art.

Another good video and lesson from SmART History.

Once referred to as a deformed pearl, “baroque” was used to disparage the artists who reformed the lessons of the renaissance. By adding dramatic realism, bold light and dark contrasts (chiaroscuro), and physical and emotional immediacy, baroque art comes to life.

The list of artists associated with period speaks for itself; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer. Historically these artists raised the bar of craftsmanship that stills moves us today.

Saturday
Apr302016

Moche Culture, Pottery, and Ear Lobe Stretching before it was cool

I once had to do a report on Moche pottery which included six colored pencil illustrations, 19" × 24" on Bristol board. I drew an owl vessel, a portrait vessel, a house vessel, a vessel that depicted a sexual act, a squash vessel, and a vessel that was titled, "hallucination vessel," which meant that archeologist don't understand the symbols, but it looks like an exploded monster face. Because of the size I only had two scanned professionally, the rest are buried in a box of old drawings. The Moche inhabited the North Coast of Peru between about 200 and 850 AD. They preceded the Inca and produced many beautiful ceramics.

 

The illustrations have been heavily rotated through various design projects.

 

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