Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I live in a constant state of regression. At least it's fun!

Download the Pokeleidescope here. (~2.5 MB unzipped)

Update: I'm working with a friend on testing the functionality of this program on other systems. If the game doesn't look like the above image, first try downloading it again (as I've updated it a couple of times), then if that doesn't work, zip me an email with your screen resolution. Thanks!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Halloween!

It's a nerd joke. Octal 31 = Decimal 25.

As a Christmas gift, here's a beta of my seekrit-no-more project, the "Still Life Generator!"


Send me what you make with it, and I'll post your images!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Seraphs - The Visit

Epileptics might want to watch out on this one. I haven't figured out After Effects' sound stuff yet, but that will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Wayne's World

I almost only like the Flaming Lips around Christmas, but when I do, I really like them.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More skulls

Another shot from my seekrit project. It's not going to be all skulls, but it sure is fun!

UPDATE: Here's a newer screenshot with some other objects. I am officially screwed up.

Memento Mori

I'm starting a new project, my first big one that I want to complete after graduation. I'm not going to explain the concept yet (loose lips sink projects!), but I will say that I'm building it in Game Maker, which by now you should realize that I heartily recommend. It's not really a game like some of my last projects in GM7 have been; rather it's more like a simple engine or working environment. This image is of a first success with some image manipulation ideas that I've had.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2AM Op Art

So I'd love to know why one of my most relaxing distractions and unfortunate fallbacks is optical art. I love making op art in a digital context, there's just so much more room to play.

For this first one, I'd recommend setting it as a tiled wallpaper for a minute, just to get the full effect that it provides. The second is my first attempt at making my GIFs become more complex than simple color changes for motion in areas. I'll link to more of what I mean sometime, but good examples are few and far apart.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Motion Study

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mosh Your Christmas Lights

I challenge you.

Friday, November 27, 2009


I had a wonderful meeting with Professor Neal Daugherty from UT on Tuesday. Prof. Daugherty is a practicing and teaching multimedia artist, and our work overlaps both conceptually and technically in some areas. By the request of my painting professor, he visited the studios to critique my work and suggest what plans I might make for the future/grad school. We spent THREE HOURS going over my work, and every minute of it was packed full of useful information.

One of Prof. Daugherty's suggestions was that I branch out into using sound in my installations, and he suggested that I familiarize myself with the medium by making sound collages. I've been using Audacity for what sound work I've done on my own already, and so after downloading some Creative Commons-licensed recordings from freesound.org, I made 4 decent, weird clips for you to enjoy. You can get the whole pack right here. Pretty fun; we'll see where this takes me!

EDIT: This is post 100! I'm a real blogger now! :D

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Afternoon sketch

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Scraping for Ideas

These latest pics all exude a kind of "PARTY MODE" aesthetic, and I have no idea why. Weird.

Anyway, I'm finishing up arrangements for the show, and should start setting things up next Monday! Cool!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Just wanted to share this interview


Cory is one of the brightest minds in my field right now.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The affect of GIF animation

I'm struggling on my current painting concept, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be GIF related. Here are a few tests from this evening utilizing my new tablet!

EDIT: I also wanted to add that I'm currently in the process for preparing my first show! It's a joint exhibition with a friend who's also graduating early, so we're in the process of getting the info on the show out into the aether. I'm preparing a small landing page for a mass emailing we're planning. You can see it here.

Artifacts Part 2 and some GIFs

Received a free Wacom tablet from work yesterday! It's 6x8", and unlike my previous one it's compatible for the most part with The GIMP, my main art tool.

Speaking of which, I think that it's time that digital artists claim a verb for what they do. I personally like the programming term "blitting," which means drawing something to the screen. Any ideas?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bad art at 1:30 AM

There is a time and a place for these things, and it is right now. Should I really be venting here?
Regardless, here is a collage made from my "really bad color layers that I will never post" file, and a clone stamp extravaganza made from a computer-averaged female face.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A doodle from yesterday

Click for the full size. Grumpy from the critique today. Oh well.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Host - In Full

Let's see how the critique goes.


Thursday, November 5, 2009


Yay! Host is as done as it will get. Does anyone else have some paintings that never conclude? This one reached a point where further work felt like it would be over-polishing, and so I stopped. I plan on testing the interactive portion either tonight or tomorrow night, so a video will be up then.

Also, here's a GIF just for fun that I thought up this morning while trying to not spill my coffee.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sharing discourse

As evidenced by its inclusion in the list to the right, Paddy Johnson's Art Fag City is a critical contemporary examination of art and the "art scene." Recently, an essay on the function and characteristics of the digital in art sparked considerable debate. I myself chimed in, but I still think that there's more to be discussed with regards to the medium and what artist Seth Price describes in his essay, Teen Image. I'd love to hear what you think.

More images soon, maybe by Friday. I have a few new sketches to post, and I think that my painting Host will be complete by tomorrow.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Andy Warhol's 'Red Disaster' as a GIF

12 frames, all taken as mechanically as possible from his silk screen. Part of a research paper I'm working on. Notice anything interesting?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Doodle from last night

This one's kind of a weird one; I've been thinking a lot about the idea of bodily presence in visual art lately, especially with regards to my ongoing painting, Host. I tend to perceive particular shapes as having a living presence sometimes, and so with this I was trying to point out which towers/prisms were reading as lifeforms by adding synecdoche via eyes (eyeball art, lol). I also was thinking a lot about James Rizzi, a pop artist I recently discovered via the music videos for the Tom Tom Club. Though he was not involved, the animators were working from his style, kind of like a backwards Peter Max/Yellow Submarine situation. Also, this week Nam June Paik is my hero. Pardon the Russian.

To add a few more thoughts, I recently found out that my favorite webcomic Cat and Girl has not only a four-page discussion of the effects of digital photography on society here, but also a short discussion on my current obsession, the atomization of culture.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Illusions

If you're visiting the site to see my example videos mentioned in my King Creativity Grant application, please scroll to the post below this one. Thanks!

This week has been fairly productive for me, especially for the development of my current painting, Landscape Piece (4th from the top). Outside of that, I've been really into optical effects pertaining to 3D lately, as evidenced by the tilt-GIF bee below.

The op-art pastiche painting at the bottom of this post is part of a test that incorporates anaglyph-like 3D into a painted surface via flashing colored lights. I can't test it right now because there are critiques in the studio all afternoon and evening, but maybe tonight I'll have a chance to give it a shot. Other than that, enjoy the doodles and keep watching this space!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Complete Projection Painting Videos

Below are three full videos of my first projection paintings. The colors are difficult to capture on video, but these clips give the general impression. I hope you enjoy them, and feel free to leave any comments you might have.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Links? OH NO

I'm turning into one of "those" blogs.

Below is a collection of links to artists that fascinate me right now, just in case anyone's interested. Not everything is in the "art scene," but it is all very visual and contemporary.

Lucy Lou: Comic artist, blogger, cat owner. Love the line work and subtle use of color.

Ambergris Comics! The Underground Comix of tomorrow, TODAY!

Panayiotis Terzis: Similar.

Tom Moody: Artist and writer, one of the thinkers at the forefront of confronting the use of digital imagery in art.

Cory Arcangel is one of the big names in multimedia art these days. Known for his unorthodox visual art, I would argue that he seems to be leaning more musical these days.

A weird fashion website I discovered a few nights ago. Interesting concepts for shirt collars, otherwise just hipster, but fun to peruse. NSFW.

Recent Sketches

As always, these are best viewed at their actual resolution.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gif Piece: Hallucination 3

This is Hallucination 3, a GIF I must have missed when I was uploading my earlier Hallucinations series. I'm in the process of meshing it with the physical - a new painting. Below are pics and a video of how it's progressing. I'll write in more details about the philosophy behind this one sometime when it's not 2 AM, but basically I'm confronting the momentary time aspect that the digital affords and binding it to a painting.

Monday, September 21, 2009