My project for the first week of 2013 was to make some collages. Because my printer is out of ink, I decided that I was going to have to work only with the fashion magazines I had at home. This made things quite challenging since I had a limited palette of images to work with instead of the entire internet. But I suppose this was good because it forced me to be creative and also made me think about all the things I will probably print out and use in future collages.
These collages definitely turned out a little weird, though. Have you made any weird art recently? Feel free to share links.
On Friday night I made this little doodle collage with a picture of George Washington I had cut out of an old newspaper. Before I started doodling, I couldn’t figure out what to make and Jim suggested that I make something about the cherry tree myth. Excellent idea!
Tonight, I made this rather random pumpkin head bird trainer guy. This piece came about as I was looking through a free booklet of photography I got at one of the museums in Barcelona. There was a picture of a bird trainer in it, which I thought was already kind of weird. I decided it would be fun to make it weirder.
My friend Brandon somehow got subscribed to some trucker magazines, which he’s really not interested in reading, so I ended up getting a few issues to use as raw materials for my projects. Thanks Brandon!
Possibly motivated by the apocalyptic-sounding wind storm going on outside my window, tonight I did a paper collage of a meteor shower. Even though it looks simple, it took a lot of patience and gluey fingers. I’m happy with the results, though. Actually, I kinda love it!
I did a fun little project tonight with my scanner. First, I cut out shapes from a magazine, pasted them on a white piece of paper, and drew some black lines. Then, I put the paper on the scanner and pulled it up an down and scooted it around a little to add texture. After, I used Picasa to up the saturation and contrast and change the colors around. Yay!
For some reason, this little doodle inspired me to make a collage with white paper on a dark background tonight. Because I have a girl crush on Rose Byrne, I make the collage of her. Considering I didn’t sketch her face out in advance, I’m pretty content with how it turned out. It almost looks like her.
I did a call on Facebook a few weeks ago for ideas on what to make for my blog, and my friend Kat suggested I make a collage. Since I hadn’t made a collage since grade school, I figured my Presidents’ Day holiday would be perfect for investing a bit of time in it. I like the results! The vintage Chicago photo that I used is credited to Charles Cushman, an Indiana University alum that donated 14,500 kodachrome color slides to the school. Check out this slideshow to see samples of his work.
Oh, and I took the photo of the deer during a walk on the North Branch Trail yesterday.
Finally, if you have any suggestions of things I should make, let me know in the comments!