New Moleskine Page

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Inky Moleskine page.

Acrylic ink, ink pen and found image.

Gramophone image is from The Old Design Shop 

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Art Assignment: Collaborate with Son Lux

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A Collaboration with Son Lux – mixed media (acrylic ink, ink pen, paint, brown paper print) on acrylic board,14.8 x 21 cm

My Art Assignment submission, this piece was very much inspired by the ideas of audio processes and audio remixing. In the video, Ryan/Son Lux discusses the creation of his music and his exploration of digital signal processing in acoustic sounds. When talking about the potential for collaboration he also mentioned musicians possibly remixing the audio.

I wanted to play with the idea of the visual representation of audio, remixing and layers of (art) processes creating a final art piece that both remixes and embellishes my own initial interpretations and reaction to the audio.

Each image shows the stages and layers of the piece:

Stage 1

  • Acrylic board was prepped and masked off with masking tape in various sections
  • Ink was applied to the board while listening to the audio for the first time

Stage 2

  • The ink was left to dry and the masking tape was peeled off the board
  • The pieces of inky tape were put aside for a later layer

Stage 3

  • I printed the waveform of the audio onto a scrap of brown paper
  • While again listening to the audio I sliced the waveform into small sections with a blade

Stage 4

  • I rearranged the inked masking tape pieces onto the board over the existing ink forms on the board
  • I took various slices of the waveform and arranged them over the board and masking tape
  • These things were done while listening to the audio on loop

Stage 5

  • For the final layer I wanted to add some drawing detail that would contrast the highly digitally created audio

I found that the masking tape was a great way for my to ‘remix’ my ink interpretation of the music along with visually cropping and editing the waveform of the audio.

For the drawing I decided on two of my favourite analogue recording devices- a reel to reel machine and a cassette tape. Both of these use a magnetic tape format which allow audio to be stored, mixed and edited and of course were popular before the dawn of everything digital. Cassette tapes are also synonymous with mix tapes and it was a medium I played around with a lot as a kid.

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New Artwork: The Only Thing I Know

The Only Thing I Know artwork

The Only Thing I Know, acrylic ink on paper, 15x10cm

The next piece in my Gotye Project.

For this piece I wanted to reflect the loneliness referenced in the lyrics of the song. The lonely corner of a room synonymous with a lonely corner of the mind.

The song The Only Think I Know is on the international release of the album Like Drawing Blood, it is a newer version of the song originally on the Boardfacealbum in 2003. On the Australian release this is replaced by A Distinctive Sound– the artwork for that is here. 

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See other artworks in this series here.

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New Artwork: Sanctuary

Sanctuary art piece

Sanctuary, mixed media on card, 14.5 x 21cm

This artwork is inspired by a doll/lamp in grav3yardgirl‘s latest antique haul video.

The sketches and planning for this piece are here if you’re interested in seeing some of the process.

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Moleskine sketches and planning

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Sketches and mixed media planning for an art piece in my Moleskine. This piece is inspired by a doll/lamp in grav3yardgirl‘s latest antique hall video.

I mainly wanted to experiment with texture, collage and media that would reflect the condition and eerie charm of the doll and see what would work in the final piece.

I’m very much looking forward to starting this artwork.

 

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Illustration Friday- Strong

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Illustration Friday- Strong

My submission for this week’s Illustration Friday topic Strong.

This is a mixed media piece- tissue paper, acrylic ink, pen, oil pastel and cut text.

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New Artwork: Illustration Friday- Reflection

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I did something a little fun for this week’s Illustration Friday themeReflection.

I had this bizarre idea on the way back from Birmingham. There were some cherry pickers parked near the motorway- a couple were orange with brown spots (possibly rust, I don’t know) and I thought it resembled the marking on a giraffe.

Ink, watercolour, ink stamps on paper.

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