If you've been here before, you'll know that my wife died last month after a long illness. (Thanks again to all those who left kind, comforting and supportive comments here or at IMAO.)
Little Worlds - Tribute.
I'll try to make a few comments on that in the body of this post, but only as it relates to the works I completed this month. If I seem detached, forgive me, but I'm still dealing with some things on the personal side. Here I want to focus on the art.
Update: IMAO Link of the Day: Audience participation experiment
|Final 4 - Round 2 - Air vs. Earth - Air Wins, 11 to 7. 5/01/14|
I changed the rules this year in that each design narrows down to an inner core of 18 triangular blocks, so that the scoring would be simpler.
If you look closely you might notice a coffee stain on this page, (Air vs. Earth) but I was able to cover it up pretty well, so I just went ahead and finished the design as is. If you were cheering for earth to win like it did last year, sorry, but the stain had no effect on the ultimate results of this contest! (so say the judges - me, myself, and I!)
PS: here's Final 4, Round 1 again -
|Final 4, 1st Round, Fire vs. Water, Water Wins, 13 to 5. 4/28/14|
|Air vs. Water - Final 4 - Final Round - Air Wins, 14 to 4. 5/06/14|
Anyway, I wasn't in the mood to start anything new for a couple of days, but I had one old, unfinished piece I'd been saving in the same drawing pad I've gotten the paper from for the last 3 episodes of Kevin Koastie, so I finished that to give me something to do while I was waiting to do the other things I had to do. It's small, (9" x 6") like the cartoons, so I can show it 'full-sized'.
|8 point, 8 color Zig-Zag Net, Mostly Orange. 5/8/14|
As I've mentioned before, drawing helps me cope because it remains a tiny corner of my life that I can retreat to when everything around me seems out of control. Of course, since I also depend on Randomness to make my designs interesting, it turns out I'm not entirely in control even when I'm drawing. That was the case when I decided to create a tribute design for Mary. The first attempt was a challenge to draw, but impossible to read.
|Hidden Tribute: Born - 8-24-51, Died - 5-6-14, Loved - Forever. 5/13/14|
|Tribute: Born - 8:24:51, Died - 5:6:14, Loved - Forever. 5/16/14|
|Life Goes On. 5/22/14|
|Flying Castle 2.0. 5/28/14|
So I finished the month by designing a flag for IMAO!
|IMAO Flag. 5/30/14|
|...and that's how "scientific consensus" works!|
A while back I received a suggestion that one way of making money from my art would be to create an adult coloring book. No, not an adult-themed coloring book (although.... hmmm.... Naaah!) but a book of black and white drawings, suitable for coloring in by bored but technically skilled adults and older adolescents. So I made a Xerox copy of one of the drawings I did this month, before I colored it in. So, if you want to - copy, print and see how you do at coloring my design. Please note; this is Not a contest - no judging, no prizes. Heck, it's not really even an experiment. Just let me know if you actually took the time to print out this design to color yourself, or to give to someone else to color. Thank you. You can use pencils, magic markers, glitter and glue, whatever floats your boats, kids!
|Black and White Test #1|
Update: And while we're at it, maybe you'd like to take a stab at the IMAO Flag idea as well?
|Black and White Test #2|