Monday, May 12, 2008

Casey Nugent Senior Show

Mark and I drove to Menomonie to see Casey's Senior Show at the University of Wisconsin Stout on Friday. Casey is going to school for Industrial Design. He has one more class to go next Semester. Casey is hoping to get an internship for the Summer or Fall. Anyone interested?... plug from Mom.

His senior project was a compressed air engine. Casey designed and built everything shown including the display stand.

I enjoyed seeing all of the other students projects. The Senior Shows for Interior Design and Graphic Arts were also included.

The white colored models of the engine and car were actually printed from a computer program. Pretty amazing!

The last car is a clay model.

I'm quite proud of him! Makes me want to go back to school.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rearing Haflinger

"Rearing Haflinger" is the name of this monoprint. A Haflinger is a breed of horse with similiar coloring and body style as my print. The background is similiar to ones used for some of my chameleons. I found an image of a horse in the background and developed it by accentuating images that went with the horse theme. I love how this horse emerged from the background. I would have never thought to make one in this pose and style simply starting with a piece of white paper with the idea of making a horse.

Raven Monoprints

I recently finished these two Ravens. They are from a series of 7 monoprints. They were printed from the inked plate after several stencils had been made first. The backgrounds are opposites. One printed with images on an inked plate, the other printed with images removed from the inked plate. I cut out shapes, used feathers and string. The backgrounds were made without anything specific in mind. I had drawn a crow using the same technique as the chameleon. I chose these backgrounds simply because I had used feathers on them. It was really interesting how they seemed to fall into place with the design of the crow. Because of their placement I decided to make it look like the crow had it's feet on them. I then used colored pencils to to color in the crow and bring out and hide features in the background. In future posts I will show how my other crow monoprints developed using different backgrounds and stencils. This process shows a great depth of layers.