Life Chasing the White Rabbit

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The World Without Art

This is my post today.

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Flippin Project

Well, one of the projects I’ve been working on is about to be revealed. I saw this sign

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If you’re curious, George Flipping was the first black football player at UNL. I feel proud to be a part if this as I do all my other projects. I must say, my professors really know how to help their students here.

Global Gateway/ London and Paris Trip Show

Worked on setting up a small exhibit of work after our London/Paris trip. Here is some of the work, the bottom two are of my pieces: “Choices” and “Worth it Later”.
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The show is up now; the opening is Friday 9/2.

Looking Ahead to Summer

So, I think it’s about time I actually do something useful with my summer. I think I’ll open up for commissions. Starting June 6th I think I’ll start accepting commissions. “Summer?!” you may ask. I know, I know it’s barely Spring and it most certainly doesn’t look like it where we’re at, but I have to prepare far in advance since April and May don’t look like I’ll be able to get much time for planning for the summer.

As for April and May, those months will be swallowed up by award ceremonies, signing up for housing, moving people in/out, preparing for a trip to London and Paris, making/finishing more art, and simply trying not to collapse with exhaustion. This is where I’d include pics of what I’ve been doing but, as you may well know, I’m notoriously bad at uploading things. So, here’s just some sketches I’m working on.

"It'll be worth it later..."

The White Rabbit Redone–Updated

Ok…So, critique in the creative world can be a great way to get you on track, motivate you or help you see things in your work that you don’t see. After this past critique, folks really were bothered by the fact that a few of my characters in “onesies” too closely Max (is that his name?) from Where the Wild Things Are. I have never seen the movie and I have not read the book recently enough for the artwork there to influence me–in fact that last time I even thought about that story was when it was read to me sometime in early elementary school. This isn’t the first time someone has brought this up, but being that I can be a stubborn person, I quickly mentally ruled it out, believing that, if folks would pay attention to the messages that my work carries, they would forget about Where the Wild Things Are and step into the world my characters inhabit. No, not so. I must admit that this has caused me a bit of frustration; at times, I feel that my work is not always taken as seriously as it should be simply because I don’t feature dark brooding characters that invoke the (at times) heavy things I reference or talk about. It’s quite possible that the folks critiquing my work are simply the wrong audience. I don’t aim to please other artists because it is near impossible to please them amd I don’t believe in the elitist attitude that the general public is too ignorant to know what is “fine” or good art and what is not.

However, this time, I took everyone’s comments to heart. I am now going through and changing a few of my characters. I already put Alyce through a dramatic change seen here:

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Before: Old Version of Alyce where she looked more adult and displayed a heavy anime/manga influence.

After: Alyce more childlike and gained features that made her look distinctively African American along with other specific features.

The White Rabbit, was next in line to be changed. In this first new version, it took the opposite route of Alyce becoming a darker figure. Previously, it was commonly shown as an androgynous child but turned into a faceless entity seen here:

Old version of the White Rabbit

White Rabbit, a darker more foreboding figure, but still androgynous

However, I believe that The White Rabbit now has become too different from the rest of the cast. I am considering making it more childlike with that mask, but the idea of Time (which The Rabbit stands for) as this tall, silent, faceless figure who towers over anyone it approaches is great. Time would do just that; it would make you aware of it’s constant but silent presence… Still, I will keep working on the idea…

However, something to remember is that The White Rabbit is not a hostile entity. It’s job is only to keep track of what happens chronologically in life. It makes sure that time keeps going forward. Nobody can see it or is even aware of its presence. Occasionally, it will do benevolent things for the grieved or sick. It takes a liking to Alyce, acting as a gentle reminder to keep going on when Alyce gets knocked unconscious and  (believing it is a dream) sees it standing beside her.

However, while The White Rabbit is harmless character, it has a darker acquaintance: Death. As of now, Death, The White Rabbit’s uncle with whom he is on uneasy terms, is not written into the story nor is it even mentioned, but as a time keeper, the White Rabbit notifies Death when any living thing’s time has run out.

However, unlike its parents Father Time and Mother Nature, The White Rabbit is not an unfeeling entity that does its job without compassion for the creatures it affects. This job does take its toll on the poor Rabbit. From outside of the time stream, it sees how time affects those within the stream and feels for them. It has watched many things come and go, yet it is still so difficult to see things come to an end…

The City of Babble

City of Babble--In Progress

Here is an in-progress drawing of what could possible be a cover for a comic idea I have. Here, Alyce sits atop a building that was built right over her little  hovel. In just a matter of months, The Fringes–the blighted neighborhood she once called home–was transformed into the hustling and bustling business district of Reville–all thanks to the Queen. It is in this moment that Alyce realizes that she now has no home anywhere in the queendom of Reville.

This new year is like a blank canvas, waiting for me to fill it with my story. So it begins…

While, I may be a little late compared to some bloggers with the whole New Year’s Blog thing, I don’t really have anything profound to say about 2010. Indeed, it was probably one of the most difficult, interesting, and fulfilling years I’ve had: My first gallery experience, my first large works (5×6 ft), finding a renewal in my belief in my artwork, creating work for others. I’ve finally come to grips with the idea that I’m an artist! But, with that being said, I don’t have some grand retrospective of 2010. I don’t like to look to the past.

What I’m really here for is to make a promise to myself, under the witness of any random internet passerby who is nice enough to stay and read this. I think,if I just put this in writing, I’ll be more likely to stick to it. Yep, that’s right, like many people out there, I’m making a New Year’s Resolution! This year, I’m gonna stay true to myself, make art, and surround myself with things and people who inspire me. That’s not to say that I’ll be casting anybody out–I’m not like that. I’ll just look harder to find the beauty in things and in life. That’s it. No big plans to lose 50 lbs this year or whatever (even though that is an ongoing resolution). I just want to make me happy so that I can do what I do better.

So, speaking of finding things that inspire me, my advisor has been awesome and pointed me to an artist that I instantly fell in love with: Mark Ryden!

I love the way he uses color and his backgrounds are lush and detailed; They can be  just a hair’s breadth away from being nightmarishly cute if not crossing the line, but that’s why I love him! 

The connection between nature and the girls he commonly depicts is really what intrigues me. Women are commonly associated with nature, especially in art, but these are just girls. They seem to interact with nature in an innocent and curious way–like they’re somewhat unaware of their connection to to nature except for the fact they can talk to trees or possible be eaten by them!Ryden’s strange sense of humor is also something that adds to the sheer perfection of his work too. While I love seriously beautiful work, I don’t like work that takes itself too seriously. =)

But that’s all about that for now. I could talk all day about this guy, but seriously, just Google image search “Mark Ryden” and look for yourself.

But, I do want to thank all the friends and family who have supported me all throughout 2010 and all my life before I sign off. The yellow rose  is a symbol of friendship. This is sort of like a small thank you for all you’ve done for me. Thanks Everyone!

So, I’m signing off now. Thanks for letting me ramble. Keep an eye out for periodic updates. Happy New Year and may this year be everything you hope for and more. =D