Sometimes people don’t feel like reading, and prefer to just watch a video. Haven’t made a video in a while because I haven’t had software to do it with. I can just do a basic video with my new software,  but I wanted to try just talking about a piece (not reading anything) and adding images. It’s HD, but I could have started with larger images. Next time I’ll size them for the final proportions of the video.

9 replies on “Monster Maiden #2 Video

  1. Potential for an alien boob army. Chapmanesque. Like the talk – not quite how I imagined your voice.
    What works about this stuff is that you’re using software normally used for games and films. Stick a nasty head on something and it’s always going to have people going ‘ whaoh! what’s going on here?’


    1. Right. I get the Chapman reference. I actually did some stuff in Photoshop similar to some of their output, I think before they started doing their stuff. Y’know, putting body parts where they don’t belong. I’m not a real fan of theirs, and I suppose it’s because it seems like they are out to offend or shock, and I’m not going to be really shocked or really offended by their work. They have their KKK, and Nazi stuff, and men’s adult organs coming out of little girl’s faces. I’m much more shocked by Pasolini’s movies, especially Salo, which when I first saw it made me really angry (at the perpetrators). What is the difference between Pasolini and the Chapman brothers? What’s the difference between Francis Bacon and Paul McCarthy? I think it has to do with the former people being grounded, and how much one is disturbed is relative to ones humanity. With the latter types, you are shocked in relation to your sense of decorum or just squeamishness. There’s no tragedy and no compassion. I suppose one could also compare Ed and Nancy Keinholz to the Chapman bros. But, I do see the comparison, and in terms of the contemporary art world, it’s probably favorable for me if people make that connection between their work and mine.

      Yeah, my voice is a bit odd in the video because I’m not used to talking into a voice recorder, so it’s a artificial and stilted. But I find that I can’t read my writing and it sound normal either, so it may be better to just wing it. I’ll have to do several more before it comes out more naturally.


      1. It could be said that McCarthy and the Chapmans make gratuitousness their subject matter. I quite like the video of the crazed Santas screeching ‘De Kooning’ while squirting ketchup and smearing chocolate spread. Yet once I stop laughing I’m not sure what I’m left with beyond the echoes of that laughter. The Chapmans, for me, present schlock with disgust and enjoyment, which is how the world is. Their manufacturing process is also that. A pity that they don’t question the ethics to factories for celebrities. Wouldn’t that be contemporary too?

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  2. thanks for the video eric, very interesting.i work in a high school and often use your work as an example of what is achievable in digital painting.students ask me how you achieve your impasto and i admit i am you create your own photoshop brushes? you say in the video that each stroke is about 3 layers-do you emboss or apply other filters?it must take you ages!keep up the good work, including art criticism

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    1. Hi Galen. I very pleased that HS students are being exposed to my work, and that an educator would think it worthy to share. My technique for digital impasto is kinda of a secret, though there’s more than one way to do it using more than one program. I have pages of notes I have to consult to keep track of all the various tools and settings I use. I used to do everything in Photoshop, but now I’ve integrated ArtRage and Painter as well.

      I’m not sure the technique is worth the effort unless one’s really into it.

      Oh, yes, embossing is one way of doing part of it.

      Now I’m quite into integrating 3D programs as well. Initially I got into the 3D programs because I thought I could do better impasto using them, but instead I really go interested in using them for modelling.

      Glad you also may enjoy some of my art criticism.

      Good luck with your classes.


    1. Bosch is rather fascinating. Kippenberger? I haven’t given him much thought. I sort of like some of his paintings, though he’s got a deliberately bad thing going on that may not be the best way of achieving “good”. He might not be to my tastes, but I’d like to see a show of his paintings in person. I tend to like aesthetics in and of themselves, and so I want paintings to be beautiful, though the subject matter need not be (ex., Francs Bacon has some of the most beautiful canvases of the 20th century, in my opinion). But Kippenberger seems interesting. I’ll keep my eye out for him.


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