Happy New Year since this is my first post of the year. A lot has happened since my last post. I got a new camera body which I will be using mainly for videos. It’s called the Panasonic GH2. I’m still renovating my apartment and the above images are of my room unfurnished. I still shoot product photography at work. I’ve finally gone through a lot of images from Spring/Summer 2013 and got it down to roughly under 400 images that I like. I’ll try and categorize the images when I do post them. I’m in an independent short film which might continue production next winter. I’ll post more information when we’re finished filming. ENJOY!
I did some work at work which ended up in the Toronto Star on August 15,2013. Here’s a photograph I took of the newsprint. I shot the Quiksilver shirts, the Lazypants a while back, the Levis Jean jacket with the shirt within it, the stack of The North Face sweaters and the colored denim. Here’s the actual image they use on the website which is in high resolution. All images are copyrighted by Sporting Life. By the way I photograph clothes at work :P.
It’s been a few busy months. Last time I wrote I remember saying I had 2 rooms left and some minor fixing up to do within my home. Now I got 1 room left and more than a little minor things to fix. Anyways… I’ve had these images that I’ve posted for quite some time, but they were just unedited. They are from my Life Drawing class I had with Peter Mah at OCAD. Here is a link to Peter’s work: http://www.kinsmanrobinson.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp?ArtworkID=436 . You can use the left arrow or the right arrow to view more of his work, but I feel this exact URL describes what the class was all about.
Our grading was broken down into several categories and that can give you a good idea as to what we learned in class. I had no homework for this class by the way :)
2 minute gestures 10%
5 – 10 minute gestures 10%
Monotone and shape 5%
Use of 2 tones 5%
Use of 3 tones 10%
Proportion & directional lines 10%
Multiple planes 15%
Contrast and gradation used to define spatial reference:
sustained drawing using gradation 15%
Contrast defining volume and form 20%
Finished with a 72%(B) at the end of the semester and believe me, he gives everyone 60’s.
I haven’t posted anything in four months and I assure you it’s not because I am lazy. I’ve just been busy handling some personal issues. I’m also renovating my home and I’ve only got 2 rooms and some minor fixing up to do until I can throw in the white towel and call it quits.
I just wanted to post a painting that I did of Jake Gyllenhaal. I’ve decided to show the process. One of my final assignments for Painting Studio: Observation with Lorne Toews was to paint in the manner of another painter and a few other options to choose from. I chose to paint in the manner of John Singer Sargent and I chose his painting of Field Marshal Viscount Allenby. I obviously didn’t succeed at painting in his manner, but the painting was a great experience. Although I couldn’t paint in his style and manipulate the paint as well as he does I had so much fun doing this assignment I didn’t care. My teacher suggested I go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) and look at John Singer Sargent’s paintings in person. “You’re not a bad painter Patrick,” Lorne would tell me, “You just don’t know a whole lot. Go to the MET and look at some good painters.” I will do very soon. Enjoy!
I finished reading another Graphic Novel not too long ago. It goes by the name “STIGMATA”. If anyone has not read it you are definitely in for a ride and it is not a smooth one at the very least. This book covers a lot of different topics: religion, redemption, reincarnation, sin, good vs. evil, and above all love.
One thing I definitely enjoyed about this novel was the drawing style. It consists of intense line work which I believe illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti (http://www.mattotti.com/) captures and shows the pain of the main character through the thick and at times obscure line work. It seems the obscurity of the line work resembles the obscurity of his life. At times it seems the illustrator doesn’t know what he is doing when it comes to his drawing capabilities, - his consistency and draftsmanship - but I assure you it’s done intentionally and so effortless that the pictures are organic and simply more beautiful. I was sucked into this book right away as I pulled the first page resembling a vacuum cleaner picking up dust.. From the opening page the main character is tossed onto earth and he is fired like a cannibal into this dark world filled with wounds, humiliation, and a hunger for something new. From losing a few loved ones, to being an outcast, and finding peace through some sort of god, one is taken on a steamroller and this steam doesn’t fully evaporate until you reach the last page. I am very new to graphic novels and if all of them are even close to this novel sign me up to the nearest book club.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the weird plot/story. It definitely made me feel like I was watching a movie hence the many books that have turned into films. Things seem to foreshadow events in the novel and twists seem to take you down a spiral which you’d thought would never happen. If one hasn’t experienced what the main character is going through – which I hope you haven’t - you will be given a colorless picture that resembles the aftermath of a fire - lost memories with a hopeless new beginning.
Fortunately I don’t want to give away too much information on the book. I don’t like spoilers so I won’t do it to anyone who intendeds to read the novel. Thankfully the novel is a quick read and can be read entirely within a few days at the maximum or a few hours if one reads swiftly.
The images above were chosen not because of their drawing quality but because they enhance some of the ideas within the novel very well. All images rightfully copyrighted by and belong to Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piessanti which is published by Fantagraphics Books. Special thanks to Kim Thompson at Fantagraphics Books for allowing me to reproduce these images and post them on the blog. Enjoy!