Thursday, May 13, 2010

More Human Than Human

This is the trailer for Blade Runner, one of my favorite movies.

I thought I'd just end the semester with it. It was fun!

- Salem

Corey Rausch

I wish I was really good at printmaking, this would totally be my print for our motion theme.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

End of Semester

I can't believe this semester is already over! I absolutely loved it, and am sad to see it go away. I have learned quite a bit not only about the applications, but about myself as well. Screenprinting really helped me stay focused on certain tasks and get things done, no matter how wrong it may go. It kept me pushing myself and forward, and then with a finished product, it just makes me feel that much better! I had a great time getting to know each of you, and can't wait for Thursday!!! As Susie suggested...dinner and drinks after class?! :)

Brooke Gluszek

"Advertising Age"

Comical but logical article about running an advertising agency:

Brooke Gluszek

RGB wallpaper by Carnovsky

Its amazing the effect of the lights have on this art work. There are just three separate patterns printed over each other but by shining red, green, or blue light on them, you can isolate and hide the different images.

Brooke Gluszek


Disregard if this posts twice...I'm horrible at posting things correctly on here!

This link..
goes to a magazine that a company took works of favorite artits and writers and combined work with unknown new talent and made a magazine in 48 hours. It is really intersting idea-the link talks more about it as well as a copy of the 60 page magazine.

Brooke Gluszek

Printmaking Unite! :)

This website is a collection of printmaking shops/ printmaking artists all listed on this webpage with individual links.

Brooke Gluszek

Propaganda Posters

Thought these posters were fun and creative. Each poster doesnt have too many colors and I think that plays off of it well:

Brooke Gluszek

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art Nouveau - Paris Mairs (14)

So this is Art Nouveau. It's kind of a movement that permeates everything. It's pretty timeless and to me, it's like... crazy amazing. There's Art Nouveau furniture, architecture, sculpture, design, jewelry, and paintings... it's a wonderful world to explore. Here's some great illustrations of it on this website:

- Paris Mairs

F.L.W., My Second Love - Paris Mairs (13)

Frank Lloyd Wright is my favorite architect of all time, hands down. He designed both of the houses in these pictures. The top is the house he designed in Wichita, KS called the Allen-Lambe House. The next image is his most famous house generally referred to as Falling Water, which was actually designed to rest over running water. He also designed the Tokyo Hotel (below). His style is clearly influenced by Japanese culture and places specific emphasis on nature. For some reason he's stuck with our family. I grew up just a few blocks away from his Allen-Lambe house and my father was raised in a house designed by one of his students. (Which makes me wonder if he wasn't named after the Allen-Lambe House?) If you're interested in a tour you can contact the Allen-Lambe House Foundation at their website:

- Paris Mairs

My Favorite Painter - Paris Mairs (12)

^ Not the entire thing. That's huge! ^

In high school, I went on a trip to New York City with my father. He insisted we go see the MoMA. There I found my favorite painter. Claude Monet. I fell in love with the Water Lilies. I think what I like about them is that they're so ethereal, and so very different from my usual tendency towards the clean cut.

- Paris Mairs

DEWmocracy Designs - Paris Mairs (11)

Unbeknownst to me, the designs for the 3 new choices for Mountain Dew flavors (Typhoon, White Out and Distortion) were chosen from amongst the artists of the general public. The winning designers were Shanea Wisler, Ben Stone, and Andre Zottolo. Here's the link: Click on the "The Designs" Tab on the left side of the page.

- Paris Mairs

Tim Burton Does More Than Movies - Paris Mairs (10)

At the Museum of Modern Art in New York City there was an Exhibit of Tim Burton's work from his movies and private collections. Really makes you wish you could go...

- Paris Mairs

Graffiti Art - Paris Mairs (9)

I enjoy urban artwork a lot and sometimes I like to drive around downtown and in back alleys just to look at the graffiti and study it. I like the stuff that used to be on the side of the Electrik Chair Tattoo building and in other places around town. Here's an article I found..

- Paris Mairs

What Is My Style? - Paris Mairs (8)

As this is my first semester in the art department (I switched from Aerospace Engineering to Graphic Design) I'm thinking my style is definitely going to be computer based. I'm such a perfectionist that I find myself frustrated with other mediums and with the lack of an undo button. So far this is all I have discovered about myself this semester and over the summer, hopefully, I'll find out more.

- Paris Mairs

Iron Man 2 (No Spoilers!) - Paris Mairs (7)

In case you haven't yet seen Iron Man 2, I'll keep this post pretty vague. You may have noticed a brief shot of a poster in the movie that spoofed the famous blue and red print of Obama for Hope. I read here that the print was a spoof set up by the production designer and authorized by Mr. Shepard Fairey. Fairey goes on to state:
I did not personally design the image, nor was I paid for it. All of the Obama HOPE spoofs, positive or negative, are a reminder of the power and importance of grassroots activism to affect things. Additionally, neither is it possible to copyright a style, nor would I want to restrict visual dialog by discouraging others from paying tribute to styles I have used.
- Shepard

Obey what? - Paris Mairs (6)

Recently I've noticed images that look like this on stickers stuck on sidewalk lights, stairs, and spray painted on concrete. It had me puzzled at first because I had no idea what it was. Then, I found a shirt I really liked at a store called Zoomiez that had the same label on it. Obey. Did a little research and found out the artist's name is Shepard Fairey, and I've quickly become a big fan. :D His website is

-Paris Mairs

Looking for a tablet! - Paris Mairs (5)

So I'm looking for a tablet for recreational use. Primarily something inexpensive and durable that I can learn on. I also don't have any software to use. Any recommendations?

-Paris Mairs

Light Up Shirts - Paris Mairs (4)

So this goes along the same lines as my last post. Some people at my work showed up with some shirts like this! I thought they were way cool, but they bought them in L.A.

-Paris Mairs

Who doesn't want theme music? - Paris Mairs (3)

I don't think a single one of you hasn't once considered having theme music as you walk around town, but this salesman has done something about it! I give you the 'singing saree!' It plays music while you walk around wearing it! Here's a link:

-Paris Mairs

Chalk Art! - Paris Mairs (2)

So the other day I was downtown near the Old Town Warren and there were these kids near the fountains hanging out and drawing in chalk. They were doing some pretty interesting underwater themed stuff, but it reminded me of some chalk art I saw on the internet which looked pretty realistic! Here's a webpage that I found with some of the images I saw. Too bad chalk art washes away in the rain. :(

-Paris Mairs

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Never create anything

“Never create anything, It will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.”

That is a quote taken from my favorite songwriter, Bob Dylan. To me, this quote is very depressing and dark, but at the same time, I can relate to it. For some reason, I have been running in to a lot of old friends from High School and such recently. When they see me, they always ask about my art. Or say things like, "you always were the artist", or, "you are so artsy". Don't get me wrong, it's not that I want to not be seen as an artist, its just that I think there is more to everyone than just one aspect. I think that what Dylan was saying there is that when you create something, people will tend to only expect that one great thing from you, and when you try to change, they won't let you and you will only be known for that one thing. I don't know where to go with this, but it has just been on my mind recently.

-Aaron Rivera


In my opinion, photoshop is just a way to make an artwork look better. I don't think that I'd actually use it to create a drawing, but this summer I'm going to be in a class where we do such things as that. I don't think my opinion will change about photoshop, but I've been proven wrong before so I guess I'll see what happens. I don't have a strong dislike for it or anything, I just see it as a way to make a few touch-ups in an art piece. I like drawing the "old fashioned" way; with simply a piece of paper and a pencil. But let's see if I like this better, as they say "don't knock it til you've tried it".

Lee Jones

Great Semester

The semester is almost over. For me, this semester, especially this class, is very valuable because I almost find my style. It doesn't establish, but by watching classmates works, seeing blog, listening opinions at critiques, I can see what I want my works to be roughly. So, I'm glad that I have same class with you!!!
And I'm really looking forward to see your final pieces and keep those!!!

Ichie Kawasumi

Saturday, May 8, 2010

what do you like best?

Now that our intro to printmaking class is almost over, I wondered what was everyone's favorite process? I liked everything, but found some processes harder than others, but the harder the process, the cooler the end result was. One thing that is really cool about printmaking, and scary too, is that you don't have complete control of how the final product ends up. It is a trial and error experience. This was really true during the etching assigment for me. Etch and proof, etch and proof, but I learned so much from the experience and can't wait to do it again. I learned a lot from everyone in class as well, probably my favorite part of the class. Seeing the creative inner workings of such talented artists was inspiring. Thanks to all for everything. ann

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Art Facts

I really don't know what to say, I'm kind of out of it tonight. Everyone loves to learn new information about art, here are some facts I found somewhat interesting. You might too!

Corey Rausch

Another cool silkscreener

I love how this printer is using a different approaching to color and space. Her use of lines in the at first seemingly simple background create a depth and interest that i find very refresing. Looking at different methods of printmaking and the creative ways different people use the same methods is very inspiring for me!

Another printer i love!-Katie B.

well, i'm a deviantat fanatic and i am really loving silkscreening so i'm always searching for examples to inspire and encourage myself with. This artist i just found and i love how much depth and interest she can make with just one layer of color!

Fun art website-Katie Brown

this website updates all the time and is mostly photography and typography stuffs. Its got a lot of cool designs i'd love to silkscreen onto some t-shirts...and i find it cute and fun and whimsical!

Funny Stuff!

Well Monika just came by and said we had to post about something art-related...OK check this shit out!!

Corey Rausch

HUH i wonder???

I was just thinking and wondering.. What do tigers dream of when they take a little tiger snooze? Do they dream of mauling zebrs? Or Halle Berry in her birthday suit? Who could answer such a speculated question?

Getting Caught Up

Yeah, I've gotten a little behind on this Blogging. We're working on our last print and everybodys idea that I've looked at so far looks really good! Mine should be ok too. (me being more positive)Well Peace i guess
Corey Rausch

Monday, May 3, 2010

Box Art

I don't have a whole lot to say today. Except that I wish I still had my Super Nintendo. I'm feeling sort of low today.

Anyway, there's some box art from one of my favorite games, Earthworm Jim. I guess this one falls into that same category of being incredibly realistic cartoon art. It's also just a little bit creepy.

But maybe that's why I love it so much.


Shinya Yamamoto... and other musings

So I started experimenting with watercolors recently - I bought a piece of $9 watercolor paper for my final Life Drawing project and figured I'd try it out. So what did I discover? Something unexpectedly AWESOME. At this very moment I've been hit by a resurgence of inspiration, all thanks to watercolors. Painting the figure with watercolor is something completely new to me but the way watercolor flows onto the paper yields beautiful results. So, with that, just a couple of days ago I stumbled upon an artist who a friend had mentioned, Shinya Yamamoto. I tried googling him(?) and it's hard to find much about the work. But my friend had a handful of images of his work that rendered the figure through watercolors. I love his use of vivid color, and unexpected combinations of shades that accents the human shape in a gorgeous way. Here are some of his pieces:


Anyway, as this semester winds down I have to say how surprised I am at how much I've enjoyed my time in printmaking. It's been frustrating and has definitely tried my patience, but it opened up an entirely new way of thinking about creating. Most of the time the process of each type of print contributes greatly towards the message conveyed as the final print rolls through the press. You're forced to spend so much time with each piece - working it, reworking it, tweaking it to fit your imagination - it's almost as if you're having a conversation with your piece, and once it's finished you own it so much more. Sometimes you want to punch it in the face and with others sometimes you're eager to embrace the beauty of the final print. It's been uncomfortable and challenging and exciting - everything art should be.

Hannah S.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Final Friday and a fun link- Emily Ritter

This Final Friday was probably one of the best so far this year. The WSU sculpture guild show at the Diver's Studio was fantastic. I was so impressed with how well it was put together. Tangent Lab, Shift Space, and the Fiber Studio were also fantastic. I love how Ash's work was mixed with paintings/drawings directly on the wall, and 3D pieces hanging from the ceiling and in the center of the gallery. Jack Wilson, David Murano, and Peg Bicker were some of the artists that I fell in love with Friday night.

Now for a fun art link!

Life Drawing

One type of drawing subject matter I have come to be interested in is life drawing. Life drawing contains, well....drawing people in the nude, but this is not the only reason I'm interested in life drawing. I like drawing the human anatomy or really just people in general. I especially like drawing people in a illustration style of drawing; drawing people to give them sort of a comic book look to them. I want to do illustrations, but I don't want them to look cartoony, I want them to look as if they were actual people. Not that anime look, but more like a look as if I didn't just make up this person, but it's as if I made this character from an actual person type of deal. I know it sounds confusing, but in my head it makes sense. I especially like drawing my friends or family members in sort of a illustration style. Hopefully I can get to the point where I have practiced so much on drawing the human body that I will be able to just create a person without having to use a reference.

Lee Jones

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mind Boggling Art

I thought this website was real interesting. This is one of the pieces that I thought was AMAZING!!!! It messes with your head for real.

-Susie McHugh

final friday

Last night I went to see the Maize Senior Student Art Exhibit. My favorite artist, Ellen Louise Cary, had six art pieces displayed, one accordian book, two photographs, and three ceramic pieces. She had a wonderful ceramic tree displayed in the front window. It was gnalry, twisted, and even though there were no leaves on it, it teemed with life and movement. Besides Ellie's work, the caliber of some of the student artists was amazing. There were some other ceramic pieces that were incredibly crafted, fluid, and imaginary. Some of the art was rendered by special needs students, but if you didn't know that up front, you wouldn't know looking at their artwork. That's one of the coolest things about art for me, that art is visual communication about how an artist sees the world. Art is a great equalizer in many ways because even people who may have trouble navagating the world in an ordinary manner can, through their art, sing freely with self expression that rivals normal people's abilities. ann