Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Glass Castle

Recently for my mask making class we had to make masks based on stories from our heritage. After making the mask we would then photograph it and collage it into a final illustration. I researched my Polish background and found very little, but I did come up with one story: The Glass Castle. This is the story of a princess who lives in a castle on top of a mountain of glass. Many knights try and reach the top, but all fail to climb the mountain or are devoured by a giant eagle who watches over the castle. Finally a young, unpretentious man climbs up the mountain, grabs onto the eagles feet and flies to the top of the mountain. In the courtyard of the castle he encounters a tree the grows golden apples, fruit which wards off the dragon who gaurds the castle. Finally he makes it to the princess who he marries and they live happily ever after atop a glass mountain.

Here's the sketch for the mask:

Then I built the mask/headpiece out of wire, masking tape and plaster gauze, and painted it with acrylic paint. The glass mountain was built out of watercolor paper.

Then I photographed myself wearing the mask.

I painted individual pieces in watercolor to scan into the computer
and collage digitally.

Finally I took the whole thing into Photoshop and pulled it all together.
I think the end result is kinda unsettling.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bark Fur Art: Benefit for the Boston MSPCA

On Thursday, April 28 (from 6-9), I will be participating with several pieces in the Bark Fur Art event, which benefits the Boston's MSPCA. Half the proceeds will go to the MSPCA, so come out and support animals in need! My cohorts Amanda Lo and Kerrian White will also be featuring their art for the animals.

More details at the Facebook event:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mailers, Mailers, Mailers

In the past two months time has been moving outrageously quickly and graduation looms on the horizon. Meanwhile in my portfolio class I'm working on getting ready to be an illustrator in the real world. Part of this phase is making postcard mailers and business cards to hand out to art directors and other professionals. Here are mine:

Also, with all this career building comes a somewhat more professional website, which is now available here: