|Self Portrait, Digital. 2009|
Saturday, December 3, 2011
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
|Sword in The Stone / Tools of the Last Embryo, 2011|
Graphite + Digital Color
35 cm x 60 cm
Here's the process I went through:
This was the first composition I tried using. I was fond of how I had the anvil splitting below the sword, and was basically trying to 'plunk' in stuff around it to make a picture. The dead guy was fucking it up the most. Eventually I admitted to myself that the stuff that I liked just wasn't working, and I drew it all out again. The symmetry of the split-anvil-sword combo contrasted really poorly with any asymmetrical elements I tried putting in, and the whole scene seemed too far away, like I was witnessing this event in my front yard from my bedroom window. I was also having difficulty adjusting the horizon line from the ultra-trad horizontal plane without making it look 'wacky'.
I decided to draw the split-anvil-sword concept over and over until I figured out how to remove the symmetry. By drawing it out of balance, it became much easier to then stagger the weight of the composition. The sword is heightened on the left, then the anvil on the right, then the arches of the wall on the left along with the wall itself on the right. I liked how the dead guy before kind of introduced a passage into the anvil with his feet, but the notion of just seeing a dead guy's feet was too 'Clue' for me, and so I used roots instead for the same effect. I still wanted a personage in there, so I carved statues into the wall. I had seen a documentary by PBS on fractals some time before, and while fractals are ultimately too psychedelic for anyone to enjoy properly, the observations the documentary had on trees really helped me on getting the limbs of a tree to split correctly. My intention was to populate the setting with yew trees, but they're short and squat, so I went with the good old generic fantasy tree.
Here is the finished linework, drawn on a piece of laser printer paper I found, with an office supply pencil named 'IBM Electrographic'. It feels like a 3B. The laser paper was dumpy.
I then scanned in my drawing and flatted it, a fact that is boring but true. Random but easily distinguishable colors.
Then I tried finding the values I wanted, but I was never totally satisfied with the outcome. What should be made dark? What should be made light? I envisioned an overcast autumn day, before noon, with dry weather. Directional shadows are almost totally lost in overcast weather, but I also wanted to keep up with the 'arcade-style' direction I had taken so far with the image, so I started making shit up. Which is a terrible idea, if your aim is verism.
And here is the colors. I colored exclusively in yellow-violet complimentary colors, in true arcade fashion. At this point some things came to light. First was that my linework was extremely thin and diagrammatical. It would have been better, I think, to have drawn in most of the values in pencil, so that I would have better 'containers' for my fields of color, rather than trying to trick the fuck out of my photoshop brushes and textures making it look natural. Maybe i'll change my tune once I figure out how to paint grass. Second was that my values, as pleasant as they seemed to be, were messing with what I wanted in terms of focus. Framing the sword against the overcast sky really sucked the life out of it. Overcast weather is basically just a gray container brimming with light. Half the time it's too bright to look at directly. How can a little old blade compete with that? I considered included some flashy shadow on the sword, but I'm someone who usually works in subtleties and my brain couldn't handle the flashiness of it. I guess I couldn't take arcade style to the very end.
My 'finishing touches' were some light textures applied overall and a few gradients. I also added a layer of violet at a 1% opacity to the whole image to unify the colors.
Posted by cameron hawkey at 10:37 AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Dear Everybody on The Planet,
i'm in a group show at the brand-flabbin'-new
SO HI TEK Gallery
it is a yo yo show
with plenty of yo yos
and drink and song, et al
THURSDAY OCTOBER 6
6 PM to 9 PM
NW 6th Street (between Everett and Flanders)
Cameron of Wyoming, Son of James, Son of George
Posted by cameron hawkey at 7:10 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
To The Seven Continents,
Who is this guy, and why does he like my shirt so much?
He told me it was because it made his dumpy ass jeans look cooler.
Because, you know, something on your body has to carry the day,
and your Nordstrom rack jeans aren't going to be there forever.
My shirt, however, will hug you and never let you go-
don't forget that, my eternal friends, and vote now.
King Prince Cameron, CEO
Amalgamated Sugar Co.
Posted by cameron hawkey at 11:13 AM
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
THE YELLOWY MAN
the storm inside my soul
el tough guy putting his face to the news,
w/ vein tank doing the threaten
newports and nike
matches and mongols
TIME AND FORTUNE
two v.big deals in everybody's opinion
also cleaning your teeth
and two eyeball men who are ON
top of celebrating prosperity in a spoon
oh it's all a game anna rolla the dice
just a life in the day of the yellowy man
also check kinoko's out
Posted by cameron hawkey at 10:38 PM