Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A New Skill Gained...

I just finished up teaching a summer 'digital design' program for ten high school kids; it went really well, but the thing is I'm still learning what seem like really basic PS skills my own self. To wit: The above image is a charcoal drawing, and I just found out how to color such things in dramatic (if not quite convincing) fashion. Hip hip hoorah.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Jahnavi's Room

A very busy period indeed. We're moved into the new house ( paradise), and I'm about to finish up the summer design session I'm teaching. In between, I managed to get Jahnavi's mural up; Joseph's room is up next. Then I begin a really thrilling project, which I'll document and upload as it progresses.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More Color Episodes From Sisyphus' Journey...

It seems like an irregular loop for me: I work on the computer, I work in traditional media, and sometimes I push it all into a corner and write folk songs. Well, these are evidence of my continuing dedication to the Sisyphus book --- anyone know a good agent?

Monday, May 12, 2008

More Drawings...

Some Uncolored Things...

This post and the one above it are sketches that grew into drawings, which themselves may very well ripen into finished pieces. That said, I rather like them at this stage.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Lowell Elementary: The small one.

So Jahnavi goes to this great public school on Capitol Hill, and I wanted to offer something to the community there. It turned out that they have a 2-flight stairwell that currently looks like a concrete-block Stalag, and when I saw the space, I knew what needed to be done.
However, that kind of work needs to happen in the summer, when kids aren't continuously streaming through. The PTA, however, saw some of my proposal drawings and became very enthusiastic, asking if I could bide my time by creating a smaller mural for the front stairwell. No problem says I; here's a watercolor version of it. I'm installing the full size, 4'x8' this week and will post the pic as soon as I get it. Taken, that is.

BTW: Yes, you're not imagining a "bridge" theme going on here. Although it may seem strange, there is no overt connection between my studio moniker and these bridges --- at least, none I'm consciously aware of. I've become interested in Ukiyo-e (Japanese for Floating World, and no, this is not borrowed either. Just, very, very synchronistic), or classical Japanese woodcuts. In some cases I've adapted the compositions plainly; other times I'm merely trying to hook into the sensibility while creating altogether new compositions.

Another View...

This shot gives a better idea of the scale... not enormous, but nothing to sneeze at, either.

The Polyclinic Mural, Part 1

Seattle's Polyclinic commissioned Artworks, a local non-profit organization working with at-risk youth and kids already in the Corrections system, to create murals which will be installed over the next few years on a fence surrounding some undeveloped property adjacent to their HQ. I had the opportunity to design the first two of these pieces, each 8 feet by 16 feet. The project has been very gratifying, not least due to the really wonderful skills brought to bear by the team --- Johnny, Nat, DesireƩ, and Duq. The next component will be installed later in May (It turned out amazingly well; I'll post it when it's up).
Incidentally, I plan to hire one of the participants to help me on a very large project in the works for Lowell Elementary, my daughter Jahnavi's school.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Risen From the Sea, Looking to the Sky

This is another part of the world Sisyphus is exploring. In fact, I'm beginning to think of many different strands drawn together by a common world or universe to which they collectively belong --- different ideas I have, that is.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sisyphus' Vacation

The first image in the fantastic new picture-story of the same name, this image represents my first foray into digital coloring. Next up: Our man tires of his occupation.