stuff and things

So, I’ve kinda started a new project that currently has no name–well, I’m kinda referring to it as Project Transparency, but that seems kinda pretentious–and it’s a vlogging project so–yay?

I made the first entry today:

And–I ended up with me saying something ableist, and I’m sorry.  I’m working to eradicate that sort of oppressive language (that totally encourages my own internalized ableism towards myself) from my usage.  I messed up; I’m still working on it.

I was really trying to wait to start this project until I had a better video camera but who knows when that will be,  so instead, I decided to just jump in with all tentacles.

But, yeah, the idea is to make the art-making process transparent for non-artists.  Maybe even do some more of the stand-and-stir arting (with a fuckton more editing because, omg, those were awkward) or process vids.

Are there things that y’all would like to see done?

I mean, I’ve been doing some digital painting and procreate has this neat function where you can export the history of your piece as a video.  Here’s a playlist of them thus far.

They’re kinda neat to watch.

(NB:  Gnome and ‘Lain are discussing putting my time-lapse art vids to music.  That’s exciting.)

(By-the-by, I’m still trying to be brave enough to put commission prices up other than in that one post I did–what can I say, I’m kinda scared.  Is there interest?  Because, if there is, I’m likely to be, well, I still be scared like whoa, but at least, I’ll know I’m not annoying anyone with it.)

saint ravenstag
2014
digital painting
‘trie blasingame

So, I’m not going to put a whole lot of  the new sketch-a-days in this post because it’s already getting ridiculously long, but again, if you’d like to see the sketch-a-days in their entirety, either check out my #studiosquid or #sketchaday Tumblr tags (since I’ve kinda been doing Pacific Rim and Hannibal sketches for the last couple of weeks).

Also, it’s really easy to just duck into my sketch-a-day Flickr set.

But, I’ve actually managed to complete a conceptual, mixed media piece so–yay!

gilded hive
2014
found object, aluminum mesh, spray paint
‘trie blasingame

And, on a side note with More Information Forthcoming, I’m going to be participating in Definitely DePere again this year.

(It’s also my birthday today.)

Courage.

stuff and things and other things

So, the real post is going to happen soon.  I’ve been digging about on Caprica (one of my externals) looking for a Humanities lecture I did awhile back so that it can be updated for next week.

Don’t y’all wish that you were having this much fun?

Honestly, the lecture’s always fun (I essentially do “Why the 20th and 21st Centuries Went Collectively Wiggy and How Contemporary and Modern Conceptual Art Reflect That Wigginess.”  Yeah, it’s a bit of a wordy idea.), but the putting it all together and deciding which artists and art to talk about while balancing the idea of thinking critically about art and what constitutes art is always a horror.

…maybe, I should do it as a Prezi this year.  Give everyone motion sickness.

So, I shall leave y’all with this:  images from The Cell, one of the strangest, visually stunning, and oddly interesting movies about serial killers I think I have ever seen.

It was on this morning (great time for it to air, right?), so it’s kinda been rattling about in my head all day.

Beautiful and gory and visceral.  Oh, happiness.  <–I’m like the only visual artist in the universe that actually enjoys horror movies; an entire Art Department thought I was weird because of this.  I’m not kidding.

If the aesthetic seems familiar to y’all, it might be because Tarsem Singh directed it, and he also directed REM’s music video “Losing My Religion” and was also influenced by Mark Romanek‘s Nine Inch Nail’s videos for “Closer” and “Perfect Drug.”

“Losing My Religion” REM

Tarsem’s influences can be seen to cross years and genres here.  Not only does this scene have some of the feeling of Caravaggio, but it also has influences from prayer cards and Mexican art.  Catherine becomes a saint, an almost-Joan-of-Arc image crossed with Saint George killing the dragon.  Or even Saint Michael with his fiery sword.

Nine Inch Nails: Closer (Uncensored) (1994) from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

“Perfect Drug” Nine Inch Nails

Dawn by Odd Nerdrum

The costume design is magnificent and designed by Eiko Ishioka, who died earlier this year.  *SAD*  She also designed the costumes for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which is another one of those movies that I absolutely love.

Mother and Child Divided by Damien Hirst

It almost seems like cheating to riff off of Damien Hirst.  *shrugs*

Okay, I’m off.  They’ll be something more than “Hey, look at the pretty, creepy pictures that totally influence my art in a assbackwards kind of way if you know where to squint” post here soon.  Take heart.

Courage.