Archive for the ‘Grad school’ Category

Lyonel Feininger

April 14, 2011

 

While doing research for grad school I stumbled upon a couple of books on Lyonel Feininger. The odd thing was that when I saw them on the self of the college library in the painting section I thought, I recognize that name, but as a turn-of-the-last century cartoonist, not as a painter. Whadda ya know, he was both. (Funny too that books on his painting tend to barely mention his cartooning, and visa versa.)

Feininger was an American who lived most of his life in Germany and did work for many of the humor magazines of the day. He also did two short-lived Sunday comics strips The Kin-der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie’s World, for the Chicago Tribune. Then he became a painter and one of the first instructors of the Bauhaus.

In one of the books, I found this below photo of figurines he made of his comics characters.

 

Kovaleski and Son

April 13, 2011

For grad school, I’ve been doing some drawing with my 9-month-old son. Last semester, right after he was born, I did drawings of him almost every day in a sketchbook. This semester I started doing that again but it wasn’t working out. Truthfully, he just moves too much. So I started having him scribble on the page (I hold on to the pencil just in case) then I’d make it into something. (See below.) This has gone on for a few weeks but it’s tough to find a figurative element in the scrawlings, so I’ve started to add to it in a pure mark making way, much like my son is doing anyway.

 

How to train your dragon

May 11, 2010

This is a drawing I did for my grad school cohort Katie Loncke for her wonderful blog Klonke.com. The thought behind this is to ease the pain and/or obsession of your blog stats – how many people visit your blog each day. Believe me, I’ve been there.

The Unbound Stairway Project – Pages #2

April 28, 2010

"priestly roles"

"ranks the dummy"

The Unbound Stairway Project – Pages #1

April 27, 2010

"effect of pushing"

"eliminate magic"

The Unbound Stairway Project continues

April 26, 2010

The second “banner” of my grad school project is up. (To find out what the hell I’m talking about, click here.) I’ll post some specific pages in the next few days.

The day before this installation the first banner fell down. It seems that the support wire had worked its way under the adhesive of the Velcro. (Plus the climate of the stairwell can vary quite a bit.) In my head I was going through a number of possible solutions of how to make the wire less “cutty” (wind tape around it, wrap it in cardboard) when I stumbled upon it – drinking straws. So off to the cafeteria I went. (I also used more Velcro and stapled it to the pages.)

My favorite part of the process is still figuring out which page with follow which page. I attempted to not use the most obvious pairings. An example: I noticed I use a lot of animal imagery so I tried not to bunch them all in one group. And I was a little worried that I’d use all the easy-to-understand object oriented pages first of and end up with the conceptual ones and no way to tie them together.

The hanging was actually easier because of the drinking straws. After attaching the top pages around the straw I was able to position it on the wire by sliding it back and forth.

Unbound poster

March 16, 2010

This is the poster that I whipped up for the ongoing installation I’m doing in library of Gettysburg College. So, if you’re thinking, “Man, I’d sure like to see some cartoons hanging in long strips four stories high and maybe take in some Civil War reenactors” feel free to stop by.

Installation pages – 4

March 15, 2010

OK, just one more batch of close-ups of my favorite pages that make up this installation I’m doing at Gettysburg College. (The caption is the words on the page – circled in red – that inspired the drawing.)

"minor signs"

"mother tongue"

"quasi-experiments"

"save face"

"connects the wings"

Installation pages – 2

March 9, 2010

Here’s the second batch of close-ups of my favorite pages that make up this installation I’m doing at Gettysburg College. (The caption is the words on the page – circled in red – that inspired the drawing.)

"see the hell"

"two or more utter(ances)"

"an end"

"painful limb"

"saw themselves"

Installation pages – 1

March 8, 2010

For the next few days I’ll be posting close-ups of my favorite pages that  make up this installation I’m doing at Gettysburg College. (The caption is the words on the page – circled in red – that inspired the drawing.)

"all too rare"

"basic keyboard"

"interviews in pairs"

"loss of photographs"

"overall collegiate"