the passage

Just finished reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, which is a post-apocalyptic novel about how the human race has almost died out due to a virus that turns you into a scary, iridescent monster. This is a mock book cover of a “viral” from the novel.

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In Progress

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new projects/hanging out in NYC

I’m starting a new series of pieces to beef up my portfolio. When I was in school, we had something like a thesis in our junior and senior years. For mine, I did a series on illustrating poetry. I really enjoy reading poetry–I feel that it is a very similar art form as illustration, just with words instead of pictures.

Anyway, I didn’t particularly enjoy the pieces that I came up with for my thesis project back in school. I’d like to do the words more justice, so I’m taking another stab at it. I’ve started by re-illustrating a poem by William Butler Yeats. My goal is to have a new piece of illustrated poetry every couple of weeks.

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

I really like this piece of writing. I enjoy the way words are paired together in poetry (probably because that’s a skill I lack).

Other cool stuff that happened in NYC: my uncle Tim is a designer for Stedila Design, and he had an opening with Desiron on Saturday, which showcased two pieces of furniture that he designed.

A desk:

And a sweet bench:

The furniture looked awesome. However, despite the fact that the event was showcasing these works of art, people decided it would alright to eat hors d’oeuvres or place open bottles of beer and glasses of wine on the furniture. My uncle Tim was about to have a heart attack when a woman actually climbed (climbed!) on top of his bench with her food and started texting. He went over to her and said “Are you kidding me?!?”

Overall the event was great and I was glad I could attend. It’s not often I see my family in NYC.

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NYC and the Society of Illustrators

I just got back from an awesome 4-day trip to New York City to attend the opening reception of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition and visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin.

The place was packed–with people and tons of great art all over the walls. Every piece was amazing, and I’m honored to be a part of it all. Congratulations to my MassArt buddies who got pieces into the show, too–Amanda Lo and Rob Martin.

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Seeing all of those incredible pieces was overwhelming, and having a piece of mine hanging on the wall with them was surreal.

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My uncle, designer Tim Button, attended the event, too. (My family tends to have a lot of nouns for last names.)

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And my cousin and aunt, Kyra and Nia Button, came, too! It was an awesome night! Thanks to my boyfriend, Andrew, for taking all these pictures!

Sometimes I feel that I’m at a deficit, not living in New York City. The city is obviously a place where things are happening in the art landscape — it’s like every inspiration and so many artists are gathered so densely in one place. I think it will be super important for me to network, and to visit often and get to know the art community there.

I decided to try to go to the city about once a month (or as often as I can) and make dates with people to talk to them about career stuff. My uncle has offered me a bedroom while I’m there, and it would also give me an opportunity to go to museums. This time, Andrew and I went to the Cindy Sherman exhibit at MOMA. It was spectacular. I wish I could have taken pictures, but they had photo police everywhere.

We visited the World Trade Center Memorial. What a moving monument, with the empty space that represents the footprint of one of the towers. I felt very sad and reflective, but was surprised to see lots of visitors laughing and taking group photos–this baffled me. I understand the children who might be too  young to understand the import of the event, but some of the adults–I found that bewildering.

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Zombies!

I’ve been working on a new piece–it’s inspired by a book I read a while back called The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell. It’s about a young girl trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic America overcome by a zombie plague. It’s a dark and subtle book, and beautifully written.

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I also just felt like drawing zombies.

I’ve been trying to experiment some more with implementing different media into my pieces. For this piece I used my usual pen and ink drawing. This is it after some tweaking:

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Then I also had a separate drawing of the feathers, done in pencil:

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This layer may have taken a while.

I’m pleased with the result. It’s nice to take a stab at a new project when I’ve been in a slump for a while.

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Cool news! Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition and CMYK 52!!!

Cool news! One of my pieces was accepted into the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition! Sweet!

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Overpopulated Animals

It’s an honor to be a part of this competition and to be shown alongside so many talented, wonderful artists.

I’m also thrilled to share that two of my friends from MassArt also got pieces into the show! My friends Amanda Lo and Rob Martin were both accepted. You go guys!

I also wanted to say thank you to my professor, Scott Bakal. I know this sounds cheesy, but he played an integral part in making me the artist I am today. Thanks a lot, Scott!

More cool news! I also had two pieces accepted into CMYK Magazine’s “Top 100 New Creatives” #52! Awesome!

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The 8th Deadly Sin

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Two Brothers

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