Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In-Browser Compositions

Recently I was introduced to an extremely handy online tool called the "image layering tool" located at the awkwardly named url bon.gs. This is a very powerful image making device, as you can create compositions out of any images you find online, and the site outputs not a standalone website, but an editable url. This is difficult to explain, so I recommend checking out a few of my own compositions and trying your own. PROTIP: transparent PNGs and GIFS are highly recommended. If the site appears to stay the same from one url to the other, just refresh the page.

tell me ur dream

That's So Steampunk

Pizza's Here


Abstract Vortex

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New URL!

Hi everyone,

I just purchased hypothete.com! The blog should redirect there in a couple of days once registration is complete. Your bookmarks will still work. :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Panorama Glitch

Also made a fun credit card mockup yesterday.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

More KidPix Art

Guess who can animate in KidPix!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

What's Next

Sweet Pix

I now possess a copy of KidPix!

Ha! The last one's not mine, but I've always liked this guy from Skifree.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Merde a la Youtube

Working on a new Youtube video:


Friday, June 18, 2010

I've had my coffee now, and I feel great!

I was working on my morning coffee when I noticed a comment from reader K. Gill on my last post. My response kept ballooning, so I thought that maybe I should share it with you. Here's what Ms. Gill said, followed by my response:

I've enjoyed all kinds of weird stuff online for years (probably since you were a kid, since you're 21, right?). How do digital artists feel that their practice will overtake traditional media like painting? It's not like ebooks taking over paper books (which I don't think will happen either). How are artists supposed to make a living with digital art? It's even less stable than video art.

My personal interest in art lies not just in what I find visually pleasing, but what I find to be aesthetically pleasing. I like visual art that surprises my brain when I contemplate it as well as when I look at it. That said, I find that digital art has a potency about it that painting can never attain. This is because digital art can be copied infinitely, remixed, networked, multiplayer, self-modifying, and a host of other reasons. It's kind of like the difference between frescoes and paintings on canvases. Canvases changed commodification and thus subject matter; they also drove down the cost of materials, so more people could afford to paint. (I'm using the Marxist definition of a commodity, BTW. Oh, art rhetoric.) Digital art is the next step, where the cost of making a work is effectively zero, the work takes up an infinitesimally small space, and lots of people already have the tools in their home. It's democratic.

One aspect of digital art that makes it very distinct from the physical arts is the near impossibility of commodification. You can't (really) sell a GIF, because once someone's made a copy, it's out of your hands and spread across the network. This quandary is just like what the music industry is facing with MP3s right now, only artists selling images for 99 cents probably wouldn't work. Artists DO make money off of digital art through performative work (like visualizations at concerts, for instance) and converting the work to an analog form (printed photos, etc.). This is still in its exploration phase; as you said, it is less stable than video art! I find that exciting.

The most interesting quality of digital art that I fell in love with is its referrential abilities, or lack thereof. Digital art is free (when it wants to be) from the burden of the Art Historical Narrative from which paintings cannot exist separately. What I mean by that is when you make a painting, you are choosing that way of expressing yourself. Painting is a old thing to do, as image-making has been superseded in quality, depth and ease by photography, film, digital art, etc. This does not mean it is a worthless excercise, but it does mean that when you paint, you're going out of your way to take part in a historical practice, and thus your painting enters the Art Historical Narrative of Painting - your work must be compared to other painters from other times, your work is considered "postmodern," your work is evaluated within the context of the status quo. Because digital art is new, and lives and thrives off of the network and its ambiguities, there is no master narrative, and there probably won't ever be in the same sense. It's too dense and too experiential to narrate.

A lot of people are really turned off by this - they need that structure! But some of us, and I'm going to vainly include myself here, are obsessed with the new and the ubiquity of the digital and its incedentals that we can't help but work in this medium, because it has so many new things to say about humans and the experiences we find interesting and appealing.

EDIT: Post 150!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Freelance Work

The Spring issue of the Southwestern University Magazine debuted this week with the illustrations that I produced for them in February! You can check it out here (it's the first article.)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Black & White Sparkle (Epilepsy Warning)

You aren't experiencing this piece until you view it in full and can see the pixels, so click once to open it and again to zoom in. This is black and white only.