TEDxYDL is Tonight and you can Watch Online!

IT'S HERE!! Tonight from 7-9pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time (-04:00 GMT), I'll be part of the 2017 TEDxYDL event! If you'd like to watch LIVE, you can (so cool!!): 

TEDxYDL LIVE STREAM


I'll talk about art, science, and my life in medical illustration and I hear I'm to speak 2nd-to-last, so, probably closer to 8:30-8:45pm EST, I wager. I'd love to know if you tune in!

Further, if you're IN the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor/Detroit area, there will be a viewing party at Riverside Art Gallery (I was in an art show there last summer) with an afterparty afterward!

A little preview - I created this time lapse for the talk - enjoy and wish me luck!

A blue eye with freckles done in mixed media by yours truly (over the course of about 3 hours) on April 5, 2017. The final is about 6x6"; watercolor, pencil, carbon dust, white chalk, and ink.

So... Next Month I'm Giving a TEDx Talk About Art & Science??

Yep - You read that right. SOMEHOW, I was chosen as one of 9 folks who will be speaking at the April 13th TEDxYDL event here in Ypsilanti, MI @ Eastern Michigan University's Halle Library. Fun fact: Tickets sold out in less than an hour! O.o

My talk is still very much in development, but I can share part of my proposal from my application with you:

I would like to talk about the human eye - what’s incredible about it (structurally/functionally - my PhD research was in the eye), why I have drawn them obsessively for 30+ years (as a medical illustrator and fine artist), and how studying them can bring a deeper appreciation of not only the interdependence of art and science, but also how that can been applied to how we relate to each other and our world. An overarching theme of my work is appreciating the commonplace - a practice that leads to more understanding/thoughtfulness of how we are all connected.

It's gonna some press in the Detroit Metro Times and there's a brief write-up on the Ypsilanti District Library's website.

SOoooo... yeah, that's garnering a ton of my attention right now. It's a massive thing (to my mind, at least) and to say it's not scary would be, well, fibbing to the extreme. Scary, but also tremendously exciting, I should say! It's been awhile since I've been up in front of folks and I really do thrive there - even if it's terrifying. :)

My profile page is here and afterword, my talk will be available on YouTube and I'll definitely share that with you. 

In other news, new art:

EYES! One is Soooo 80s & One is a Tiny Modern Lover's Eye Prototype

...I'm not the best at titles. I AM good at drawing eyes, tho. Here ya go!

Wanna know more about lovers' eyes? Try the Salon's article: The Secret History of Lovers Eyes

I'm Developing a New Technique (Samples Inside!)

Hoooo boy! Just typing that title makes my heart race a bit. EXCITING!

Above & below are some big-time "mixed media" drawings/paintings... by "big-time", I mean, take virtually everything I've used as a medium over the years and throw it together and voila! Here we are and I'm preliminarily calling them "water carbons".

I've done all of these in the last few days, that's how electrified this has me (and there's a 5th at the sketch stage as I type this, even - see below for a peek). I'm really interested to hear what you think, if you could leave a comment (or a heart), that'd be swell. #moreart 

How I do.

How I do.

A Slideshow from Hanging My Art Prize 2016 Entry!

My entry, "How to Draw the Human Eye", is up and ready for your eyeballs at Women's City Club's gallery (254 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI - just up the street from the BOB, where I was last year)! It's part of a stunning group of work... it's really worth a look!

Art Prize begins officially on Sept 21st (next Wed) and runs through Oct 9th. First round voting to determine the finalists is only during the first week, so, if you're interested in that, that's my best intel (you have to be IN Grand Rapids to vote, btw). To vote for my entry, my ID# is 62588. It's also displayed by my piece, as you can see.  If you go see my work, comment below! I wanna know! Bonus points for a picture of you with it :D

8 More Eye Portraits for Art Prize 8!

All are about 6x6" on smooth bristol, all are done in pencil. There is some ink in the first three as well. It's a really interesting addition to my drawings and I'm really glad I've been giving myself the space to experiment with it. 

If you're interested in attending Art Prize and seeing my piece (which will also include video) - I'll be showing at Women's City Club near the city center in Grand Rapids. It runs from September 21st to October 9th. My artist number (for voting) is 62588.

All of the artwork has a page of its own HERE.

Switching Gears Toward Art Prize

No rest for the wicked! I have a bear of an Art Prize piece to finish, so, I've hit the ground running with a new eye drawing (upper left, below). I haven't posted many of these to my newsfeed, so, here's a little gallery of all eleven that I have done, so far. I'm hoping to complete 100 when the proverbial fat lady sings:

Third Eye Drawing - Experiments That Worked!

Pencil, Sharpie & ball point pen

Pencil, Sharpie & ball point pen

So, I was really keen to work on a non-caucasian skin tone AND eye shape, so here we are! I toned the paper first and "built" the portrait on top (with some erasing). As I was working, I realized that my pencil arsenal did not have the range to get the deep darks I wanted (sorry, 4B).

So, what did I do? I gingerly grabbed a sharpie and filled in the iris and pupil. Then, I got a black Bic pen and enhanced the skin folds - it gave a nice depth of tone that wasn't as bold as the sharpie, but darker than the pencils. At the end, I REALLY pressed my luck and used Sharpie veeeeeery lightly in the upper eye creases and the corners of the eye.

So, what do you think? I'm calling it a great first try... for now. :)

First Drawings for ArtPrize 2016!

Holy cow, I'm doing a lot of art stuff this year! ...I love it! Hooray!

It's ArtPrize artist registration time again and I'm all signed up and ready to connect with a venue. That phase starts next week, so, I'm keen to get some drawings done to attract a great potential partner. Here are two... pencil drawings (old skool!).

I've described my ArtPrize idea this way:

After the incredible response to my entry last year (Rob, see video below), where I displayed a large realistic drawing and included time lapse video of how it was created, I’ve been inspired to work in that realm again. This work will focus solely on the human eye and all of its magnificent detail. Is it the “window to the soul”? What can you see with your OWN eyes when you study another’s? And finally, how were they created? I’m interested in letting non-drawers (and NEW drawers!) inside my creative process with this piece. Thank you!
— me

Fingers crossed that venues are as keen on my idea as they were last year - maybe even MORE so! I'll post about it all once it starts. In the meantime, drawdrawdraw...

Progress of an Eye - From Base Tones to Detail

Thought this would be interesting to look at. Some times I think something is way further along than it is. So, I took 'before' and 'after' pictures (with a camera better than my iPhone's) to see how much an area of a drawing can change in a short amount of time.

I hope you find it interesting too.

Rose-Colored Sasses' left eye: before (left) and after (right). Carbon dust.