Oct 31, 2008
It's (drumroll please). . . HALLOWEEN! Ta da!
Here's a mixed media piece to celebrate my favorite holiday of the year. I've always loved Victorian scrolls and banner style, but thought it would be interesting to substitute certain artistic elements with insect legs and bone fragments--it's subtle, but gory. Buahhaha! This was done in pen/ink, then scanned and colored/manipulated in Photoshop.View Larger Image.
As with all my projects, I do loads of research beforehand--trying to get into the core of the product, theme, or event. I notice that Voodoo (or Vudon/ Vodoun) is something that scares a lot of people in the Western world because of what has been portrayed in horror movies and the media (as with Wiccan beliefs). Researching it made me understand that it's a valid religion not particularly associated with darkness, but with all things, there are a few bad apples along the way. More info here. It's a cliche, but knowledge is power--to understand differences and realize similarities. As an artist, I find that researching unfamiliar topics broadens my creative vision and style.
In the voodoo research, chickens are used in religious ceremonies. The black chicken is used to absorb evil spirits, while the white chicken is used to cleanse the spirit. Influenced by this, I did a little creative licensing. In my artwork, the body of the chicken houses spirits, while it's plucking away at savory little eyeballs. The drawing was first created in pencil, then cleaned up, and digitally colored and texturized. View Larger Image.
Designed this while I was on the cruise to Mexico: View Here. Precursor to my Halloween e-card.
Oct 23, 2008
Old school hip hop and my interest in breakdancing (as a spectator) were main influences for this apparel design.
Oct 2, 2008
Nearly a year has passed since I've started the site design to my personal site: www.shaireproductions.com--a daunting task with a Flash-based 100-page interactive book, Downloads, and Merchandise section. I've always heard that the hardest creative project was designing for yourself--your own brand. To condense who you are in one logo, one site, one image was quite a challenge. The site is a constant work-in-progress, but I'm pretty happy with it. I've become quite involved in Creative Commons licensing, mostly through my encounters with Flickr. It became important to me to provide a space for free art, art resources and photos. As artists, we're influenced by one another. Seeing others' interpretation of what you've created is inspiration in itself because you get to peek into another's creative mind, thereby pushing your own creativity into new arenas. Anyways, check it out!