Friday, December 19, 2008

Nature Sketchings

Sketching the Earliest Views of the New World

The Smithsonian Institute's website has a collection of early watercolor sketches of from the first European explorers of the New World.

"John White wasn't the most exacting painter that 16th-century England had to offer, or so his watercolors of the New World suggest. His diamondback terrapin has six toes instead of five; one of his native women, the wife of a powerful chief, has two right feet; his study of a scorpion looks cramped and rushed. In historical context, though, these quibbles seem unimportant: no Englishman had ever painted America before. White was burdened with unveiling a whole new realm."

Fascinating view of Enlightenment Age attempts at categorizing and representing the natural world as they saw it, especially when you consider what an alien realm the Americas must have seemed to these first invaders.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I am continuing to practice my computer coloring, so while each of these works is done digitally, I will admit, they are fairly amateur. After deciding that I wanted to illustrate in color, I looked towards the machine, not because I believe in some sorta "the computer will conquer all" view of art, but, it was way cheaper and less messier for me than paint. I will admit, that I miss some aspect of painting, but using dangerous chemicals like mineral oil, I won't shed a tear over.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rarely do I link as a post

But, for some reason, this site just surprised me.

As one commentator put it, this site reminded me of the Folk Art Museum, next to the MOMA in New York City. There's something very folksy about DIY gamer maps in a way I can't describe. Like making your own chessboards and chess pieces.

Also, on a personal note, the images smack of a nostalgia for a simpler time, when computer games just could not match a 13 year old's imagination and some pen and paper. Its not to say that computer games have caught up with our imaginations. I just think our imaginations have melted away that much.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008