Xu is another mtg artist that has a very distinctive style. He creates a sense of realism with more muted tones with very accurate lighting and backgrounds, but contrasts this realism with fantastical imagery that creates very powerful artwork.
Terese Nielsen is a very popular artist for Magic the Gathering cards, and has a very distinctive style of work, using bold colors and unique lighting to create very dreamlike imagery. I love a lot of her work and thought she would be an appropriate conclusion artist for the end of the year.
A few shots from a continuation of an assignment I started a while ago. The whole concept started with trying to make a sculpture that imitated fire or energy emerging from a shoulder that has been torn open. I did the cast of my should a while ago, and recently completed the project. The piece is less successful because it's intention is not obvious at first, nor did it really satisfy my desires for the assignment, but it was very time consuming and worth at least mentioning in that respect
This was a small side project that I did alongside the Compassion piece. I found an old mask from a middle school art project and improved on it. I'm pretty satisfied with the result given the spontaneity of the idea
Process for the Candlesmoke piece. This piece took a lot of planning and time to ensure that everything connected properly, but the final result was very satisfying
The nature of artwork is to be interpreted by those people that perceive it. In that way, the context within which artwork is both creative and observed is highly influential to people's perception of it. Regardless of this context however, I think that there is always some level of commentary being asserted by a piece of artwork. One of the reasons for this is that it's virtually impossible for something that is created to not be impacted by the things going on around it, and that basic relationship, regardless of the creator's intent, will always be reflected in people observing that artwork.
First of all, I didn't like his work just because his intentions seemed to be entirely separate from the potential impact these public works would provide, but I think this reinforces the idea that art is inherently commentary on something at some level. Even when discussing the idea of a "second life" for the houses in Detroit, there was a level of political commentary about the decay of society being provided by these works. This is important because there is implicit meaning in the act of creation, even when there is no explicit intention on the part of the artist.
The nature of this relationship is positive as well. People and culture and society ought to be influenced by creators and products of the context that they are produced within. It helps to keep society changing and improving. Even when there is a propaganda aspect, or an element of political activism or couterculturalism, art serves as a mechanism for societal reflection and a deeper understanding of how we as humans exist. To describe my own work, which is an exploration of color and form using both sculptural and 2 dimensional elements can serve as commentary on the nature of visual stimuli, or my struggle with traditional media. We need art to evolve as a society, and this can only come from art influencing us through its innate commentary.
Going to the Art Depot let me look at the culminating projects that different people do in different forms of arts. What was really interesting to me is the almost complete lack of traditional art forms at the exhibit. Beyond the one very large painting in the back room, all of the other works pushed the envelope to some degree of what art is. One thing I noticed was consistent throughout the works was an intense level of detail and size. None of the work was anything that could be considered simple, and makes me look at my own artwork and see potential for just massive levels of scale and complexity.
Zazac Namoo actually primarily publishes his artwork on Facebook and YouTube, which is kind of interesting. Seeing the level of detail and preparation that goes into some of his work is extremely impressive, and the style of work that he does is very cool. The bright colors and imaginary feel makes for a really fantastical mood and body of work
i found Jan Ditlev's work just looking through the Internet, and I really appreciated the level of realism the artist uses in creating these beautiful works of science fiction and fantasy. There is also a very really attention to scale and composition that makes the work particularly enojyable to look at, along with very natural and earthy color schemes used throughout he body of work.
I made the shoulder piece for my home project this week. I didn't actually realize how small the scale would be, but it is probably a good thing to have a smaller scale final product anyway.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.