Last night we had a girls night out and made this rad exquisit corpse drawing.
Last night we had a girls night out and made this rad exquisit corpse drawing.
This December Timothy Karpinski will be presenting a new collection of works at one of my favorite SF gallery/boutiques called Rare Device. Timothy’s work is often a combination of drawings, paintings, paper cutouts, sewing, wood carvings, installation and a dash of sugar and spice. I scavenged to find some sketches from his sketchbook and came across some really great concepts. Maybe we will see some of these in his show although there’s only one way to find out…so I hope to see you at the opening!
Timothy J. Karpinski grew up near the Appalachian Trail in the woods of New Jersey. As a child he was obsessed with building forts and damming streams. As time passed, skateboarding and art entered the picture. To this day, Karpinski still spends much of his time building forts, damming streams, skateboarding and making art. Inspiration also comes from his love of music, typography, gardening, children’s books, graffiti, and his love of nature and science. All of these elements are reflected in his work. Karpinski is that rare combo of ‘dreamer’ and ‘doer’. Many encompass one of these traits, seldom both. He is a master of wit, a lover of folk and owner of one of the finest art reference libraries this side of the Mississippi. Karpinski is currently living the dream in Portland, OR where he runs Together Gallery, holds down both a fort and a sailboat… and somehow still finds time to make some art and dam some streams.
- Andrew Hosner – Thinkspace Gallery
“From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.” – Karpinski
Also check out his new print sold here!
Last week I went to the opening of Bad Dads An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Wes Anderson at LoPo Gallery and was thoroughly impressed by the artist exhibited especially Rich Pellegrino‘s portraits from Darjeeling Limited. Rich Pellegrino is an illustrator and artist currently working in Warwick, Rhode Island. His colorful portraits emphasize a dynamic composition in each character which is both illustrative and painterly. Pellegrino’s use and combination of mediums such as gouache, watercolor, acrylic and ink on paper brings the viewer to a world where skin can and is every color of the rainbow transcending the idea of race or lack there of. After browsing through his website I came across some of his sketches which shed some light on his process. Click on the image to enlarge, scroll through and enjoy.
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Eli Harris is an illustrator based out of Oakland, CA and an instructor at the Academy of Art University. His sketch books have always inspired me, so when I visited his studio I could not resist the leather bound stacks of them. I took the opportunity to explore the artists documentation of his days wondering though the streets, buses and cafes of the Bay Area. These sketchbooks, which must amount to at least 50 by now, are filled with drawings, paintings and scribbles inspired by his everyday life.
Eli Harris was recently invited to do some work in the Sketchtravel sketchbook. Since October 2006, the concept of the project has been to bring 60 artists, from all around the world, of all age and culture, to shared a sketchbook . Each artist has one page to express his art and personality. After each book is filled it is auctioned off and all the proceeds go to a charity selected by the contributing artists.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Andrea Wan went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design where she received a degree in Film, Video and Integrated Media. With a strong passion in storytelling and image making, she went on to study illustration and design at Designskolen Kolding, Denmark. Andrea is currently working as an illustrator and visual artist in Vancouver, BC.
Here’s a look inside the sketchbook of this emerging artist.
Since her first solo show in San Francisco at Gallery Six, Charmaine Olivia has captured the attention of art enthusiasts both locally and nationally. I’ve watched her experiment with different concepts, materials and techniques although never got the low down straight form the source. That is until now!
Gallery Hijinks: Tell me about the source of inspiration for your Tattooed women works.
Charmaine Olivia: The inspiration came from my own desire of having tattoos. As most of my paintings are some sort of reflection of me, this is me living vicariously through them. This is my way of getting tattoos without having to commit to it just yet. Sort of experimenting until I figure out exactly what I want. It’s also a fun way for me to combine both my worlds of painting and drawing, to make a portrait more than just skin and hair, but to tell a story. I was also very inspired by a book I once read, The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, only his tattoos moved and told stories on their own, mind don’t do that (yet).
GH: I love “NAUTICA,” and read that the quote tattooed on her ribs says “fair winds and following seas.” Do you have personal connections to the nautical world?
CO: The sea it has always been a source of inspiration and comfort to me, knowing it’s the one place I can look and not see houses or cars. I’m a bit of a dreamer, so I’ve definitely spent a decent amount of my time pretending to be a mermaid when playing in the waves. Something about the feeling of being underwater is very magical, there’s nothing quite like it. Sometimes I wish I had gills.
GH: On your blog you said one could consider your [painting] technique more like “finger painting.” Can you describe this process to me?
CO: I like to go for a more realistic effect when I paint skin and I find that the best way for me to eliminate brush strokes it to blend the color with my finger. I don’t always do this, but sometimes it works really well. Plus, I like getting my hands dirty.
GH: How do you feel technological advancements in the art world have helped/hindered your processes of creation?
CO: For me, I think it has helped. I didn’t always use photoshop for conceptualizing, but I have found it to the best way to really get my ideas out before they flit away. With digital sketching I find it’s much easier to make changes, play with colors, themes, images, without having to really commit to anything. Even with a pencil sketch, if you erase a line, there’s always remnants. Whereas digitally, I’m not afraid to make a mistake or afraid to try anything drastic, I can always click “undo” or erase it. Once I’m happy with the sketch, then I start on the piece. I do like my final image to be done traditionally, as I love the rawness of real paint and ink, and that is where I allow myself to make mistakes, that’s what I count on.
GH: What are some of your favorite artists, right now, or in the past? Are there any that you consider to influence your works?
CO: Dr. Lakra and Brian Viveros, for sure. Although I didn’t really discover them until very recently, after I started doing my tattooed ladies. Viveros and I seem to share the same love of sleepy-eyed ladies with black hair. I’m in such awe of his talent, it’s what keeps me going.
GH: What kinds of projects would you like to do in the future? Is there any direction you would like to see yourself moving in?
CO: I do have plans in the future to release a book of my drawings. I have one too many projects I’m working on right now, but when I get some downtime I really want to get that going. I’ve also been dying to finish my 50 States collection, but I had to put that on hold for the summer.
Olivia first learned to oil paints as a child when her aunt would take her plein-air painting by the ocean. More recently she’s ditched the landscapes and canvases and prefers to paint in a less-traditional fashion while still respecting the old ways of the masters. Look how cute she was back then!
I recently caught my eye on an artist that I used to avidly follow, and remembered why I thought he was such a genius. If you haven’t seen the many videos from street artist extraordinaire, BLU, you are missing out (check them out here). Aside from the animation and art direction that has set him apart from the rest, I would also suggest taking a look at his artist sketchbook. You could send quite a bit of time on his website so for now here’s a preview of some drawings features on his web site, blublu.org.