Personality Shift

I’m a bit late with this update, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way sometimes.

Last year, I was invited to participate in Light Grey Art Lab’s Great Personality show. LGAL has quickly become one of my favorite galleries to produce work for; they always have incredibly creative ideas that I would be surprised to see elsewhere. This is the third show of theirs I’ve had the honor of participating in (the first two being the Macro & Micro and GIRLS: Fact + Fiction shows), and this one was a doozy! The artwork for the show was all done with one goal in mind- to be used later in a series of four interactive dating games inspired by the Meyers-Briggs personality types.

For the games, I had the chance to provide two background locations; a classroom, and a theatre prop room.

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In order to save myself from some massive headaches later, I did both scenes in black ink to make a greyscale image first, then scanned them and added color later on Photoshop. I think working like that made it easier for me to find cohesive color palettes for images with so many little bits and pieces and stuff going on.

I was a bit worried about how the backgrounds would gel with the characters painted by other artists, but the team at LGAL did a wonderful job both with the plotting of the story and with matching characters to scenery.

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All in all, it was a great experience to work on such a cool project. Here’s a link to the first of the four games put out; I highly recommend you take a look and play it for a while, it’s a very engrossing choose your own adventure style game! Just remember to save every once in a while so you can go back and explore other endings.

Fertile Ground

It’s been over a month, hasn’t it? Geez.

Anyway, I can finally share the paintings I finished a little while back! The first is this guy:

Clarkson_FertileGroundsmallFertile Ground, in acrylic ink and gouache, for Light Grey Art Lab’s Macro & Micro show, where all the work fits into a category; animal, vegetable, mineral, or other. The show opens tomorrow night in Minneapolis, and if you can make it, I’m jealous! I remember visiting the MCAD campus as a teenager, and if I knew such a cool gallery would be right across the street from campus, I maybe would have given it more consideration! C’est la vie.

The second, I’ve already shared.

IMG_0767This little guy (a mere 6×6″!) will be for sale at the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery in Lauderhill, Florida at their starter art show. Personally, I love starter art shows; who doesn’t like scooping up cute little affordable pieces of art?

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Anyway, I regret not having a more substantial update, but over the next couple of days I hope to have more to share!

 

Killer Rabbits

Because it’s October, it’s naturally time to start thinking about scary things. Like ghosts, Frankenstein’s monster, my upcoming show deadlines, and the fact that my retail job will be insufferable from November to January.

I was asked a few weeks ago to participate in a gallery show near Halloween, so of course it was somewhat horror themed. But instead of giving the artists free range, the theme was a bit more polished- things that scared us as children. After quite a bit of thought (I have a terrible memory, so remembering things that scared me as a kid isn’t very easy), I suddenly remembered a movie I had seen as a child that had managed to follow me into adulthood: Night of the Lepus.

The movie isn’t the most terrifying, but it certainly made an impression on young me. One scene in particular, featuring killer rabbits leaping onto a herd of horses from the top of a canyon, stuck with me. I’m not sure how I managed to see the movie as a kid, and when I asked my parents about it a few years ago, they had no memory of even watching the movie in the first place. After a few interesting google searches in college, I found the movie, quickly rented it, and fell in love. And who knows? Maybe this is where my love for cheesy old genre films began. With sneaking a peek at this movie as a little kid.

No wait, that’s absolutely terrifying.

I quickly decided that I needed to pay tribute to this film.

You guys, I love it.

The gallery show opens this Saturday, October 6th, at Meltdown Comic in Los Angeles, and stays up until the 19th. Here’s all the info you need.

Another one of my pieces, “The Abhorsen’s House,” will be at the Hive Gallery in downtown LA, also opening on the 6th and running until the 27th. And there’s another project I’ve been working on, but details will have to wait until next month.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

Van Gogh and Millet crackers from the Korean grocery (mysteriously named Zion Market) near my apartment:

I’ll have to remember to buy some the next time I’m grocery shopping…

Anyway, the piece I posted an in-progress shot of (here) a few days ago is going to be in a show at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles! The show is titled “Price…less” because nearly all of the works featured are available to purchase for $250 or less. Which is a great idea, really, making art much more affordable around the holiday season.

Here’s how my painting turned out, but the scan didn’t do justice to the richness of the colors.

Birds featured: gold finch, pine grosebeak, zebra finch, Chinese phesant, long-billed corella, Mandarin duck, ibis, wood pigeon, scarlett rosella.

Here’s all the information you need about the show:

I’d love it if some of you SoCal residents could make it out! If you do stop by, be sure to say hi- I’ll be the girl sitting in the corner, nursing a beer, making awkward conversation.