I did a few series of artist trading cards and wound up grouping them together in one .jpg for display. I like to put my work online but a series is a lot of images to scroll through one by one. Having them separate dos not demonstrate the series as a coherent group very well. I went back to the old art school trick where students put related works together on one slide, usually for PowerPoint. If the professor told you you could show 12 slides, we figured out that did not necessarily mean 12 works of art, only 12 images with whatever art we wanted put in each one. I usually go with some shade of gray for the background. White and black backgrounds are really stark and done too often. I just drop a layer in Photoshop and bucket tool the whole thing. I went with a bluish-red with the Dia de los Muertos series to make it more interesting. I cheated with that one and just put a red piece of paper behind the cards on the scanner, which is why the art in the other images are a lot straighter.
If you are reading this because you are trying to learn something about a Gateway SX2110-UB25 PC, put that thing back in the box and return it to where you bought it right now! This PC and Windows 8 are garbage. The Gateway Gateway SX2110-UB25 Windows 8 PC does not have wireless internet. (It has a port for an ethernet cable. How very 1990s!) I spent many hours trying to help someone access the internet since her service is wireless and she bought this computer.
Even better, Windows 8 was not working with various USB wireless adaptors (aftermarket devices sold separately) and kept kicking the USB wifi offline. Windows 8 would not, no matter what I did, recognize the PCI Express card I installed internally. Best Buy was a total misery, refusing to take back the PC because it was 2 days past the 15 days allowable for the return, a screw was missing from the back of the tower and there was a small dent in the bar between the break-out sections for the slots including the slot for PCI Express wireless card that did not work. The manager was a real dick about our complaints regarding the system’s problems and the bottom line is that Best Buy takes your money, only takes your money, and will only take your money. I personally would neither give any money to either Gateway or Best Buy myself, and sadly the person I was helping who only wanted an affordable PC is now stuck with this lemon.
Laser etched leather looks beautiful and it is easy to do. I am so excited with today’s results for a book cover. Here are some tips on how to get good results. I had a photo album that was cheaply made and fell apart to recycle. The leather was nice but the glue holding the plastic pages inside was really weak and the whole interior ripped out. I saved it to re-purpose as an art book using scans of 17th Century art reproduced inside of the old printed Yale “blue books” set of Shakespeare. This book cover will go back to Pam Batista to bind and hold printed copies of the Hamlet cosplay, public performance and social media art piece she created. I think it will work well as an art book with accordion folded pages cut from a larger sheet and joined together for as many pages as is needed.
I took antique art work from two different pages from the Yale volume and fit them together in Photoshop for the size and shape of the cover. Etching was done on an Epilog 30W Mini 24 at raster setting: 100% speed and 45% power because the tan suede is very thin. I also took a safety step to prevent the book cover from slipping inside of the laser printer by taping down the edges with packing tape. I also cheated on the digital image design, taking a 300 dpi .jpg saved from Photoshop and dropping into Corel Draw 6 which allows me etch the image without having laser etch from a vector graphic. (Photoshop = fast. Vector drawing = slowww.) I am just thrilled with the results. Here is the .jpgs of the art I etched and the source material for you to enjoy; they are cleaned up to high contrast black and white images and 300 dpi.
Robot Peacock by Shellie Lewis; marker, watercolour, battery, LED and conductive paint on paper, 11″ x 17″.
I joined a group building project at Pumping Station: One to make circuits on paper using conductive paint. I wanted my paper circuit board to be a drawing, so I combined media to make it an art work. Bare Paint conductive paint pulls the simple circuit together; the positive and negative paths wrap around the neck and wings of the bird. Bare Paint handles a lot fabric puff paint from a squeeze tube. I will probably do this drawing over again since I was rushing to get things pulled together in the class. My favourite part is the LED which switches colours.
From nature documentaries, including the pending USA release of Winged Planet, to the action sequence above, drones are the new hotness in video. Drone cameras have far more mobility than boom cameras of the past, the footage is very stable, average people are buying and renting them. Some companies and factory farms are getting busted for a major environmental violations when they get caught on camera dumping waste or polluting water sources.
Example of the general design: multiple copter arms and a RC movable camera.
This is amazing! Also, ThisIsColossal.com is an amazing blog to follow; they have blogged a free-form 3D printing pen that uses a single plastic filament like robotic 3D printers.
Forget those pesky 3D printers that require software and the knowledge of 3D modeling and behold the 3Doodler, the world’s first pen that draws in three dimensions in real time. Imagine holding a pen and waving it through the air, only the line your pen creates stays frozen, suspended and permanent in 3D space. Sound like magic? Well it certainly looks like it, watch the video above to see the thing in action. The 3Doodler was designed by Boston-based company WobbleWorks who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to sell the miraculous little devices that utilizes a special plastic which is heated and instantly cooled to form solid structures as you draw.
At this time there are 25 days left on the Kickstarter fundraiser for this invention. They placed a goal of $30,000 and are holding at $1,936,802. This is the best Kickstarter I’ve seen since Ze Frank went to re-start A Show. If the MIT grad is carrying any student loans these days, those are history.
Okay, I’m an idiot! ☺ I did not think to Google image search the negative I bought of the Mobster Looking Guy: it is Bruce Willis! My friend Pam Batista actually stopped and looked it up online and found the movie: Last Man Standing in 1996. I was laughing my head off. Pam said, “You have a production photo from this movie!” Well, actually, it’s a negative. Here is the good photo:
Here is my digital clean up on the blurry negative:
This has zero open source, public domain usage but a higher Cool Factor now. I have a negative for a film and it’s Bruce Willis! Or it’s a duplicate someone over exposed when copying. Yippeekiyay motherfucker.
UPDATE: My HBBF: texted me “I told you about Last Man Standing“! But Pam actually looked it up. Sorry former film major, the credit goes to Pam. Duly noted that you did say that.
In my ferreting around for interesting antique postcards, I branched into buying some etchings, photographs and other ephemera. I made an odd acquisition of a negative. I think it may be a celluloid or plastic-like material copy taken from a glass plate original. Looking at the negative made me want to see the photograph it was of because the mobster looking guy also kind of resembles Bruce Willis. I found all of these thoughts entertaining and wanted the challenge of converting the negative.
Part of why I wonder if this was a copy made from a glass plate is that the image on the transparent material is kind of crooked. The other reason is that there are speckles all over the negative; maybe dust and debris was ruining a glass negative and a copy was made. The photograph was pretty blurry, so I ran a few filters to sharpen the photograph.
Converting the image and sharpening it was easy. I decided I did not like all the speckles and spots, so I went and hand edited them out. I was not going for perfection, just enough of an improvement that the dusty stuff was not a distraction.
It may not be fair of me to imagine that this portrait is of some mobster looking guy. He could be a car salesman or someone’s hard working father. Is it my fault that the greater culture for has reduced Fedora hats to an emblem of organized crime, even though countless men wore them? I don’t know, but if the FBI comes around inquiring after Bugsy Lawless, I’ll play it safe and tell them he’s out for the day.
My HBBF was recently touched by a Google homepage that honored Frank Zamboni’s memory by putting a custom game up featuring a Zamboni truck. We both agreed it was cool. I said “I wish I worked for Google!” They do things like create games and different designs even though could just leave the homepage the same day after day and still get the same traffic. Today’s design honored MLK is also great.
I am adding a new Mail Art category to the blog for non-artist trading card items. The mail art community is so huge and diverse with a wide array of gifted and traded items including inchies, twinchies, rinchies, altered Rolodex art, journal pages, artist post cards and more. I greatly enjoyed my collage trade and will be a small painting trade later this month. Meanwhile, a broad request is being sent out for a hurricane loss of a post card collection:
Can you help a friend of a friend out who lives in Brant Beach? One of the things that she lost, which can never truly be replaced but had a lot of meaning to her, was her extensive postcard collection from all over the world. Here is her message… For all of you who have asked me: “what can I do?” I finally thought of something! It may seem silly in the face of so much devastation and believe me, I count my blessings over and over. One of the things I lost was an extensive collection of postcards sent to me over a lifetime from every continent (including Antarctica!) maybe no monetary value, but they were written with love, some by people who have passed on that I will never hear from again. In the spirit of starting over and rebuilding, I ask that you send me a postcard (please no virtual ones, I’m talking with a stamp and postmark) my address is Laura Maschal 4603 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Eventually there will be postal service again and I will receive it. Thank you! Feel free to share this post
Please spare a minute and a stamp to send a post card.
Meanwhile, I had been thinking about the loss of my antique post card collection. Many years ago, I was feeding this teenage crack head who lived in the apartment above me. She was not old enough to drive, had pale skin bordering on translucent, badly dyed blonde hair and pale cornflower blue eyes. She would have looked pretty if it weren’t for the dark circles under her eyes and her gaunt frame. I checked in with a patrol officer for my ‘hood and he told me the gang member that pimped her out was the real deal and would put a bullet through my head if I interfered. I held out some hope for her and fed her a skeletal self good number of sandwiches and leftovers. She was headed for a real cold place in the morgue and no one was looking out for her well-being. No good deed goes unpunished, and I suspect it was she who robbed my place. I lost all my gold jewelry and my antique post cards. They were probably fenced on Water Street in Wilmington, Illinois. I found the above post card, the century old Halloween greeting, in between the pages of a large art book. It had been my last purchase before the crackhead girl robbed me and I used it as a temporary book mark. My current apartment storage unit was robbed this October and I lost all my tables, chairs, steel cooler and tent foot tent for outdoor art fairs. It was a terrible loss.
I was sad and angry over the recent robbery and was further reminded of the lost antique post cards from the prior robbery. Those items were unique and irreplaceable. Close to a decade has gone by since the post card loss and I stuck my nose into an antiques shop to learn that the tanked economy and lack of interest has rock bottomed the price of post cards. I feel a lot better about these two hardships because I started a new collection this month. Instead of just mourning the loss, I have moved on and made some great buys.
This also will be your benefit, since I am going to drop high resolution scans of the antique post cards I buy in this new category. I cannot assure everything or anything is Public Domain; use them at your own discretion. Please download them for digital designs, print them out and use them in collage art or make new post cards to send to someone.