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Have a Heart

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2009 by katievautour

This piece is not quite as successful (I think) but in the same vein as the Christmas skeleton. The shadow and light worked out better in the first one, but I can work with this.

This guy looked quite pitiful and lovelorn until I added the top hat and bow tie. Now he’s a cocky bourgeois capitalist who’s trying to win his love’s heart with glittery jewelry and a box of chocolates.

You can decide if he’s sincere or not.

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I Heart Dragons

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by katievautour

Grr! That was my frustration, not the dragon. Usually when I really plan out a piece, like this one, it doesn’t work out as well as more spontaneous drawings. Which doesn’t make sense.

…I am glad I gave the blue/purple combo a whirl, that, to me, is probably the only redeeming aesthetic aspect about this.

This did get me thinking though: dragons have¬† existed as a mythological creature for thousands of years. With all the technology today (I’m specifically considering video games here) providing us with “realistic” representations of dragons, I think we’ve paradoxically gotten farther than ever from the core idea behind dragons; that is, imagination. Dragons aren’t monstrous, treasure-hoarding abominations you slay for XP points and virtual gold. They’re powerful symbols of the human mind being able to articulate the world in ways beyond our direct, physical existence.

I think we’re losing that.

A Pigeon in a Puddle

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by katievautour

As it turns out, the best time to find birds is the worst time to draw…that is, in pouring rain. This fellow is enjoying his time in a misty puddle, probably because he’s silently laughing at me as I am drenched, due to my lack of water-repellent feathers.

I wonder if they think humans are giants…

Merry Christmas! Santa?

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by katievautour

Hallelujah! For it is Christmas, the epitome of consumer culture. If I buy many things, decorate my house in offensively glittering lights and kill trees for pure aesthetic pleasure, I will be laden with the joy of the season.

Am I missing the point?

Pigeon!

Posted in Art, Drawing, painting with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by katievautour

Pigeon Portrait

This is one section from an assortment of drawings on a large sheet of paper, none of which progressed any further.

But I almost like this one.

Black and White Self Portrait

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2009 by katievautour

Widescreen Self

It’s been a while since I made a self portrait so I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot again. I tried a tight composition to make it interesting, and to keep me from feeling completely self-absorbed while working on the piece. Personally, I think it reflects both the composition of a widescreen film close up and the glamorous comic book panel women of Warhol’s prints.

But take what you will from it. It’s only a drawing.

52″ x 26″. Pencil, oil, charcoal and spray paint on paper.

Pink Pigeon Print (Alliteration Included)

Posted in Art, Drawing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by katievautour

Pink Pigeon

Pigeons are fascinating counterparts to humans. They inhabit the landscapes we’ve created, building their nests in crooks and holes of architecture.¬† They ingeniously arrange their routine around our own lunch schedule, perfectly reflecting our own frantic scramble for sustenance. Despite this, pigeons are still regarded as ugly, dimwitted pests. It’s high time we give these shiny intelligent birds the attention they deserve.

36″ x 36″. Ink, charcoal, acrylic, oil and pencil on paper.