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  1. Droid in Progress (12/5/2020) - It might remind you of a jumping spider, a cuttlefish, or a Cylon ship, because it reminds me of all those things. This is just the main structure — OK, think of a head — plus a few of it’s extra apparatuses (eyes, guns, and ailerons]. It will get more weapons, a grill of sorts,…
  2. Projects and Tutorials Update (12/4/2020) - There’s something special about Blender tutorials. Even more than digital painting tutorials, you really get into the instructor’s minds, and learn their workflows. Part of the difference is that digital painting has a lot more to do with the physical process of drawing, whereas in Blender the computer handles most the mechanics of representation, and…
  3. Robot in Progress (11/29/2020) - A glass head! That’s the one idea I had before starting, and a vague notion that I wanted to go retro. OK, to be fair, it’s not really glass, but rather some super sturdy, shatterproof, glass-like substance, of course. It’s an excuse for me to put lights in there and who knows what else. The…
  4. Finished the Course: Blender 2.8 Complete Training (11/26/2020) - Course evaluation of Blender 2.8 Complete Training by Julien Deville. This adorable robot is not my design. Anyone who completed the course would have produced something very similar, along with a bunch of other small projects. [Never fear, dear readers, in order to retain the skills we learned, I’ll create my own original robot next.]…
  5. Tricking Americans into Hating Each Other for Profit and Political Gain (11/10/2020) - I vowed on September 26th not to say anything on my blog about politics until the election was over. I succeeded, and it’s a lot harder to NOT speak out than it is to vent. The election lingers, but the voting is over. I just have a small observation or two. The vast majority of…
  6. Finally, I get to paint in 3d (11/3/2020) - No, this gawdawful mess is not my “art”! It’s a stage in a tutorial course, where I’m experimenting with how to paint on a model. I’ve done hundreds of hours of tutorials, and finally I get to some of the bits that for me are the real fun part. I mean, the main reason I…
  7. The Art Documentaries of Waldemar Januszczak in HD on YouTube (10/21/2020) - Waldemar (gotta’ love that name] has been growing on me. I mean, I disagree with him quite a lot, not only in his assessments of art and artists, but just in terms of how he describes what we are looking at. He might declare a painting morose that I find quite chipper. But after initially…
  8. Final Vintage School Desk in Blender, 2 versions (10/20/2020) - The first version is essentially all Blender, and the second incorporates using Photoshop to show one desk as mostly wire-frame, and the other partially so. The concept addresses the theme of “modern learning”, and I was commissioned to create something along those lines for a forthcoming publication. My idea, because I am so busy learning…
  9. Making a Vintage School Desk in Blender: Part 2, Materials (10/14/2020) - A possible downside of creating this vintage desk in Blender is that now I want one, and can’t have it. Even if I could track down one of the extant remaining models, and have it shipped out to SE Asia, not only would I have no place to put it, but it wouldn’t be my…
  10. Making a Vintage School Desk in Blender: In Progress (10/11/2020) - I’m doing a little side project, or what would be if I weren’t involved in it (you’ll see why]. And when I say “would be” I’m referring to “little”. I’m making something for a publication on the topic of “modern learning”, and my idea was to use a vintage desk and make a gradient where…
  11. Of Still Lifes, Blender, and Tutorials (10/7/2020) - In 2020 you can make traditional fine-art still lifes using the free 3D modeling program, Blender. Above is the result of my going through an online tutorial by Zach Reinhardt, with CG Boost. It’s one of several tutorials I’ve been doing simultaneously. I added the bananas, changed the materials on the knife, and did my…
  12. Wayne Vs. Cattelan: Blender for Contemprary Art (10/4/2020) - Long term followers of my blog know I’m not a huge fan of Maurizio Cattelan’s banana duct-taped to a wall stunt. Some might even say that I was one of its most outstanding critics [see: Is Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Brilliant Art or Bullshit on a Platter? and A Moment of Solipsism Triggered by Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana.]…
  13. I Made a Banana in Blender (10/3/2020) - My obsession with Blender continues, and I’ve been doing a bunch of tutorials and courses simultaneously. One has you make a basketfull of apples. After learning how to make the apple with the provided resources, I thought I’d practice what I’d learned on another fruit. First you sculpt your banana, which was more challenging than…
  14. Ain’t Sayin’ Squat ‘Til After the Election (9/26/2020) - At least until after the election, folks. The political atmosphere has been in the red for months, and as election time gets closer, it’s likely to spill over into an eruption of anger and lashing out. Well, that’s if the last election is anything to go by. And there are still people I’ve had no…
  15. Digital Donuts and Coffee (9/24/2020) - Got carried away with the tutorials. Let me just show you what the instructor’s piece looked like next to mine. The reason my canvas is square is he had us make them 1080 by 1080, and I went with the challenge. The reason his is no longer square here is … you got me. I…
  16. Digital Donuts (9/19/2020) - This donut is made from pure math. I fashioned this donut in Blender by following along with a famous tutorial series by Blender Guru. So, no credit goes to me for conceiving it. All I did was what I was told to do by the tutorial, and I managed to get through it, along with…
  17. My Blender Enterprise in Space (9/15/2020) - The Enterprise has finally left on its maiden voyage into space, where it’s zooming along at warp speed 6. And that just reveals that I’ve been watching some Star Trek TS on Netflix above and beyond what was necessary to get screen shots of the ship at various angles. Above you can see the model,…
  18. My Enterprise is Finished (9/7/2020) - Thought I’d knock this out in a day as practice, but I never intended to do the small lights, logos, lettering, or any of the more intense details. But once I stuck my toe in, I sunk waist deep, and then soon I was up to my eyeballs. In the end I took it as…
  19. The Orb Descends Into a Canyon (9/4/2020) - Reflections in water — perhaps my very favorite visual phenomenon — are possible to create out of the computational ether in Blender. I didn’t need a clincher to persuade me that working in 3D might be the next avenue of my artistic exploration. I’d already said that Blender is God’s free gift to visual artists,…
  20. Our Orb Comes to Land in a Snowy Forest (9/1/2020) - If you missed the introduction of the tree orb in my last post, here’s a gallery: I kinda’ surprised myself here. I didn’t intend to create these images, or make a sequence out of them. I just woke up this morning and wanted to try combining a few different Blender files I’d produced. After rendering…
  21. The Metal Tree Orb (8/31/2020) - Taking a break from the Enterprise, and having fun with Blender. Here’s a rusty, traveling, metal, tree orb with circular glass on both sides. An amazing thing about working this way — and I’m just doing somewhat rudimentary experiments here — is how many images I can generate. I made the orb in a tutorial,…
  22. The Enterprise, Ongoing (8/31/2020) - I’ve been adding a bunch of little lights. It hasn’t been easy, at all. I won’t bore you with the process, but there’s gotta’ be a better way of doing it than the two methods I use. Nevertheless it’s good practice doing it the crude way. The main disc is DONE! All the little lights,…
  23. The Greater Lesson of Jane Eliot’s Sadistic “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Experiment” on School Children. (8/30/2020) - Russel called me names, and I hit him. Hit him in the gut. What did he call you? Brown eyes. I’m sure you’ve heard about Jane Eliot’s infamous Blue eyes/Brown eyes Experiment, hearkening back to a time when we were permitted as a society to conduct social experiments on students for the greater good of…
  24. One Day Beach Escape (8/27/2020) - OK, it was a day and a half. Enough to burn my skin on one day — despite applying a generous amount of thick, white, sunscreen — and wear a baseball cap in the Andaman sea the next to protect my delicate nose. By some inexplicable miracle, Thailand has been spared the worse of COVID-19,…
  25. My Continuing 3D Voyage with the Enterprise (8/25/2020) - Making the star ship Enterprise in Blender.
  26. Attempting the Enterprise in Blender (v. 2.83.3) (8/22/2020) - Taking a break from my tutorials and practicing the fledgling skills I’ve picked up so far. Can I pull off the enterprise? I THINK I can. Worth a try. First thing was finding some blueprints. I cut them out in Photoshop, and then arranged them in Blender. They form a hollow rectangle, but it doesn’t…
  27. Making a Simple Mech in Blender & Painting with Virtual Reality (8/18/2020) - Above is a mech I made in Blender (v2.83.3). This was fun and compulsive, much like playing a mech war computer game I got into recently, before cutting myself off for wasting too much time on it. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the program, and this creation was my version of a beginner tutorial…
  28. Runaway Rant: Why everything is backwards. (8/10/2020) - Everything I was taught as a child was good is now bad. America is bad. The pilgrims are bad. The founding fathers are bad. Cowboys are bad. Christianity is bad. Christopher Columbus is bad. The police are bad. The free market is bad. White people are bad. Men are bad. The nuclear family is bad. Heterosexuality is bad. Individuality is bad. Independence is bad. Rational thought is bad. In the art world painting is bad. Originality is bad. The old masters are bad. Skill is bad. Beauty is bad.
  29. Basic alien with UFO in Blender 2.83.3 (8/7/2020) - The alien required a flying saucer in the background. If you missed my last post, I’m just doing some practice using beginner techniques in Blender. I do a tutorial or two, take a break, and apply what I’ve learned. It’s a good combo. Instead of getting sick of doing tuts, after messing around on my…
  30. Basic Alien in Blender 2.83.3 (8/6/2020) - Took a break from the rank beginner tutorials to have some fun being creative with the basic building blocks. I’m always going to make aliens, and I’ve been doing it for more than a quarter century. Aliens, robots, cyborgs, and monsters. Green is also my favorite color. I’ve always loved ’em. This one’s greeting us,…
  31. Blender: God’s Free Gift to Visual Artists (8/4/2020) - Blender is a completely FREE powerhouse of a digital sculpting and animating program. It downloads and installs so fast it’s a miracle. That lets you know that somehow, this software that can do so much — you can even make animated movies with it — is lean and clean. For me the biggest blessing is…
  32. Hyper-moralization & the art world (8/1/2020) - We live in a time of extraordinary moralizing. You may have noticed a no-holds-barred competition to see who is the most morally pure, and who isn’t, either by birthright or by belief. There’s always some of that going on. When I was growing up it issued from the religious right. Nancy Reagan famously advised to…
  33. New Art: Stick Girl’s Epiphany (7/30/2020) - And that’s about as far as I could take her. if you’ve followed the development of this piece on my blog you know it was an exercise in technique, and based loosely on a tutorial. It’s evolved into something a bit more, and I’d consider it part of my portfolio. Along the way I discovered…
  34. We can’t agree about anything because… (7/27/2020) - These days everything is controversial and there’s little certainty about anything. Take for example the endless battles over what constitutes a healthy diet [consider Jordan Peterson and his daughter only consume beef, salt, and water]. A big part of this is, I suspect, because somewhere along the line people stopped believing that it is essential…
  35. No Country for White Artists? (7/16/2020) - Museum Curator forced to resign over "toxic white supremacist beliefs"!
  36. Fish & Plant Pots (7/13/2020) - A little something different today. One of my hobbies when I’m more settled is keeping fish and plants. Plants I’m not so good at, and I am perpetually overwatering or underwatering them, and when they start to suffer and I look up what’s wrong with them, it’s always that I’m over or under watering: one…
  37. WIP: Adding Texture (7/12/2020) - I’m not that big of a fan of photo-bashing. That’s a technique where you take photos and superimpose them on your digital painting in order to achieve textural effects. It can be a cheap cheat that looks cheesy, or it can be a sophisticated process that when done right can really add something. Here I’ve…
  38. Transfixion The Truth Shall Not Be Spoken (7/10/2020) - Last month I made a pact with myself to not write or comment publicly about things which are happening in the world right now. Part of my rationale was to spare myself getting involved in the toxic miasma, both in terms of time, energy, and mental well-being. But there’s something darker lurking. It is not…
  39. WIP: Update on Stick Woman (7/8/2020) - She’s coming along. Since my last post I’ve painted some large branches in the middle background, and some lighting and shading. There’s lots more to do, including adding texture to the branches to make them more convincing. Near the end I paint over whatever I want, and however I want, but right now I’m working…
  40. WIP: Adding Local Color (7/6/2020) - It’s a bit muted right now because I haven’t added any lighting or shading. There’s only a line drawing, with flat color under it. I made it more complex by varying the colors of the sticks that make up our stick figure. That helps to delineate which sticks or branches are which. Incidentally, the ability…
  41. WIP: Line Drawing Phase (7/4/2020) - This is another exercise in lighting, shading, modeling, anatomy, perspective, work-flow, and when working from the imagination. I also intended it as a work of art, but working within certain parameters, and with a given objective in mind. My followers know I like to compare digital painting to MMA, in which case in order to…
  42. Practicing with Profile Sketches in Photoshop (7/2/2020) - Quietly, and virtually unrecognized by the art world at large, there’s a renaissance of figurative artwork being created on the computer. Rather unexpectedly, digital painting has revitalized the practice of traditional drawing and painting skills. It’s a bit like how people started writing letters again after the arrival of email, and subsequent to letter writing…
  43. New Art: Bat Girl Bites Back (6/24/2020) - This started out as an exercise in lighting, shading, and workflow, but it ended up being an artwork I’m proud of. A lot of the techniques and procedures I employed I got from a digital painting course by veteran Disney animator, Aaron Blaise. The initial drawing and the character design are all my own. If…
  44. WIP: B&W Sneak Preview (6/23/2020) - Almost finished. It finally occurred to me to look at the image in B&W to see how my lighting and modeling is without the distraction of color. Not bad. It looks more like a digital sculpture than a drawing, which is what it is. I’ve still got some detailing to do, and other modifications. Should…
  45. WIP: The Eyes are Testing my Metal (6/19/2020) - The eyes have been really difficult. I changed the colors, the shape, added veins, a highlight, and ridges on the bottom lids. What makes them so hard is largely the ornate bat nose which bisects one eye. I want partially obscured eye’s pupil to show, but getting it to line up with the other eye…
  46. WIP: Adding Rim Lighting (6/14/2020) - The rim lighting is difficult for me, and almost seems perfunctory. It’s a sort of cheap trick often used in comics. But it is also a really effective way to articulate form in shadow, which works for this sort of subject. Note that I’m not an expert at this, I’m learning it as an exercise,…
  47. WIP: Adding Texture (6/10/2020) - This stage is all Photoshop. I’d almost consider it cheating if it weren’t such a pain in the ass to pull off; if I weren’t going to paint over it; if I hadn’t done everything by hand under it; and if this weren’t an exercise using professional digital painting for illustration techniques. Here, one has…
  48. WIP: Adding Rough Shading (6/8/2020) - The much more clever way to do shading is to make a 3D model, and then move the light around to find the perfect angle. But doing it the clumsy, old fashioned way is good practice, and this piece is just about honing my skills. The shading made the bat lady more 3D, but it…
  49. WIP: Adding local color (6/6/2020) - Think I’m gonna’ go for blue skin with pink details, yellow-orange irises, and a dark red/purple ball of the eye. It’s a bit saturated right now, but after I add modeling, lighting, shading, and texture, it should be pretty cool. The gif animation has nothing to do with it. It’s just a snappy way of…
  50. WIP: Bat Lady’s Back (6/4/2020) - After taking nearly two months off this piece in order to finally finish my SFAU series of 36 images, I finished the line drawing stage. I used my orignal, front on, concept sketch to create a 3D version. The hardest part was the weird, ornate nose. Very difficult to place it so it comes out…
  51. New Art: SFAU # 36 (6/1/2020) - If you missed SFAU#35, see below: If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app, FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually…
  52. New Art: SFAU # 35 (5/22/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  53. The “Spiritual” in Art for the Intellectually Rigorous (5/20/2020) - [This is a re-post of an article from two-years ago which I’d forgotten I’d written, but rediscovered while looking for one of the images in it. I defend the notion of the spiritual in art in a hardball, rational and reasoned, fashion with no reliance on superstition, religion, or any variety of feel-good, wish-washy, wishful…
  54. New Art: SFAU # 34 (5/15/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  55. SFAU 30 & 33 morphed, and why I’m a profoundly unpopular artist (5/12/2020) - SFAU #33 was based on #30, as you can see in this morph. I’m hoping sharing morph pairs helps people get into the series, though usually I’ll share them on IG rather than here. Just a little thing I can do to help people get into my work. That’s all. Unless you’re interested in some…
  56. New Art: SFAU # 33 (5/8/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  57. The Post-Apocalyptic Dinosaur Paintings of Michael Kerbow (5/6/2020) - An examination of Michael Kerbow's dinosaur paintings in his "Late Capitalism" series.
  58. New Art: SFAU # 32 (4/27/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app Faceapp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  59. Robert Williams and the Art Documentary, “Mr. Bitchin'” (4/25/2020) - I’m not accepted as a blue-chip artist, and there’s every indication I never will be. ~ Robert Williams. The best thing about Robert Willams is his paintings, but he’s also a likable fellow if you aren’t predisposed to dislike his type as much as the blue-chip art world turns its nose up at his art.…
  60. Stanislaw Szukalski: The Master Who Fell Through the Cracks. (4/17/2020) - An obscure artist was discovered, and quickly shelved. These days most people in the established art world see art through the lens of politics, social issues, obtuse philosophy, rarefied art theory, and radical ideology. It took outsider, underground types of artists, cartoonists, and collectors — the variety the contemporary art cognoscenti turn their noses up…
  61. Dangerous Crackpot Covid-19 Conspiracy Crap [with custom graphic] (4/14/2020) - “There is no covid-19” ~ David Icke These days we all have to deal with conspiracy wackos, some merely eccentric, and then there’s the ones that call you “sheeple”, tell you that you “believe everything your government tells you”, and “you don’t know the truth”. We learn to avoid certain topics: the shape of the…
  62. The Long-legged, Big-footed, Headless Giants of Steven Beercock (4/9/2020) - I am the least constant, most confused person outside my safe rectangle of canvas. Safe because it is mine, my world, my rules, my flat Earth. ~ Steven Beercock. Seeing his work is like finding your uncle’s paintings in a shed; then noticing how weird they are and how eccentric he is; and then slowly…
  63. Bat Woman in Progress (4/7/2020) - In my last post I shared a method for brainstorming ideas for creatures, and my theme was bat people. I’d made 9 thumbnail sketches, which you can see again below. I combined these to make 7 new variants, and then narrowed it down to the following four: I’d decided that the bat people I saw…
  64. How to come up with more creative creatures (4/5/2020) - I’m working on developing a bat-person for the next of my more illustrational images, like my Ant Man. Normally, at least up until recently, I’d only do one drawing, and just have at it until I was finished. There’d be tons of editing, tweaking it out, and learning from mistakes, trial and error. But I’d…
  65. New Art: That Time Mr. Bat got the Human Flu. (4/2/2020) - Poor Mr. Bat. This was intended as a quick experiment in my ongoing exploration of digital impasto. To my knowledge I have the unique, and completely unrecognized distinction of being a pioneer in achieving digital impasto effects. I’ve used several different programs and combinations thereof to accomplish the results, and it’s usually not in a…
  66. New Art: Ant Man Goes AWOL (3/27/2020) - Finally completed, and it was as much of a battle creating him as he looks like he’s a veteran of. I used lots of new techniques which I’ve learned from professional illustrators, and incorporated into my own arsenal of digital and painting techniques. This is as far as I could take the image with my…
  67. 25 of my Best Images: #21 – Dr. Cataract (3/23/2020) - #21 – Dr. Cataract #21 is the twenty-fifth portrait in a series of 31 self-portraits as other versions of myself in different lives. This one took a sci-fi direction. The result is a unique, surrealist, sci-fi, mutrant man, perhaps a victim of his own medical or scientific experiments gone awry. I made this one shortly…
  68. My Appendectomy Experience (in SE Asia) (3/21/2020) - ‘It is my bad luck that this happened to me.’ No, you should rather say: ‘It is my good luck that, although this has happened to me, I can bear it without pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearful of the future.’ ~ Marcus Aurelius, before AD 180. [Note: I made the imagery for…
  69. Freedom and Independence Versus Free will (3/13/2020) - More thoughts after days of ruminating on this topic, and various challenges to my arguments on my blog and elsewhere. Note that if you disagree with me, or have in the past, that’s perfectly fine. I’m more interested in understanding reality than I am in being right. If I were to suddenly switch my pro-free…
  70. WIP: Adding the Power of Rim Lighting (3/8/2020) - What a difference rim lighting can make in a hyper-realist image. This is the first time I’ve really attempted this technique, and it took a lot of tinkering to get a result I was satisfied with. Rim lighting is a technique illustrators and other artists borrow from cinema. You have your main light source —…
  71. 25 of my Best Images: #22 – The End Came Swiftly (3/6/2020) - #22 – The End Came Swiftly   A sci-fi digital impasto painting reinterpreting the end of The War of the Worlds, when the Martian ships fall because of exposure to the bacteria in the Earth’s atmosphere. The image falls between representation, traditional oil painting, and abstraction. The atmosphere, textures, composition, and feel are more important…
  72. Bubbly Monster Skin (2/29/2020) - In the continued creation of a hyper-realistic monster, I reached the stage where one overlays textures onto the body. For my fellow Photoshop nerds, you take a picture of a texture, put it on its own layer, lower the opacity to around 30%, and tweak out the exposure so the texture looks like it’s on…
  73. Consciousness, Free Will, and Art (2/28/2020) - “I want to be a machine.” ~ Andy Warhol [Repost: updated with edits. The topic of free will has come up a lot lately, and my pro-free-will stance and my belief in anthropogenic global warming are the topics where I get the most devil’s advocates and friendly challenges. This article is one of my classics,…
  74. Runaway Rant: 2020 a Wake-up Call! (2/26/2020) - We humans are really flubbing this new decade. It’s moving a little beyond just being insulting and enervating. Now it’s starting to hurt. Above you can see the prognosis for the next 5 days in terms of pollution where I live, juxtaposed with a close-up of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. The…
  75. WIP: Bubble Head, further along (2/23/2020) - It’s over 10 days since my last update on this piece in progress, and it might not look like it’s that different, but I logged in over 20 hours of work on small changes. The deal is that I’m improving my skills at realism while executing this, so there are areas I keep working over…
  76. Runaway Rant: Our True Nature (2/17/2020) - It is precisely the things that science cannot prove about us, and which allow autonomy, independent thought and action, which define our true nature. There are two things that are objectively impossible, but subjectively undeniable. One is consciousness, and the other is free will. Science, as hard as it has tried, and is trying, can’t…
  77. How Postmodernism Has Worked Against Us. (2/13/2020) - What is postmodernism, what are its shortcomings, and how has it negatively impacted the art world and contemporary culture? [repost with updates] Every student of art needs to grapple with Postmodernism at some point, either climb aboard, reject it, or integrate it. In order to come to terms with it, one needs to be able…
  78. WIP Monster, with more shading (2/12/2020) - Here he is again, and more rounded out. The initial line drawing (see below) has completely disappeared, and now all the shapes are defined via shading. I made his flesh more uniformly grey green, and I’m liking the deeper orange for the irises (the eyes are definitely not done). I’m NOT done with shading, highlights,…
  79. WIP: Early Stages, Line Drawing & Local Color Study (2/2/2020) - Some people make their digital paintings in very logical stages. That has tended to not be me, except on some occasion. I’m, or have been, much more the artist that just starts experimenting, sees what happens, and rides the wave in. But, uh, to get to some next level shit, sometimes an artist has to…
  80. Runaway Rant: Incompetence + Corruption in a Post Truth World. (1/31/2020) - [I wote this yesterday morning when the power was out. My info on the Wuhan-flu is thus a little behind in numbers, but otherwise still relevant.] Within a minute of waking up this morning the power went out. Turns out something happened to a power cable by the superstore around the corner. That might have…
  81. Learning from Aaron Blaise (1/24/2020) - Can you guess which one is my version? Have a look, and you can find out if you were right down below. If you don’t know already, I have a contemporary art / fine art background, and have been making digital art starting around 20 years ago. I’ve given up on the contemporary art world,…
  82. Runaway Rant: Justice, Caring, the Golden Rule, and the Social Contract. (1/24/2020) - Suddenly I realized how ridiculous it is to expect people to care. People are too subsumed in their own lives, responsibilities, worries, and so on to be expected to even have the wherewithal to care about you or me or this or that person, or group of people. Asking people to care is like asking…
  83. Runaway Rant: Mo Pollution Blues (1/21/2020) - Gotta’ love me some pollution! I’m an expat who’s lived in Asia for about 15 years, and in some of the more polluted parts. I’m also rather health conscious and trying to level up my diet and exercise regimen. I feel like I’ve got some obstacles that might be making that a bit more of…
  84. Differences between illustration, fine art, modern art, and contemporary art (1/13/2020) - Broad Outlines This is intended as a useful device for a very general categorization of visual-based art. The idea is to simplify something that is already hopelessly convoluted. There are inevitably grotesque omissions, outstanding hybrids, uncategorizable outliers, and genres I don’t address (such as folk art, outsider art, and comics…). But it’s worth thinking about…
  85. Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art (1/7/2020) - Lots of people hate conceptual art. It’s really quite remarkable, and possibly unfortunate. Ostensibly, artists make art to engage, entertain, and inform people, in which case hatred is an extreme response. Though it does occur to me that the kind of art that is most disliked might be the variety that tries to “challenge” the…
  86. How to make and use realistic water drop brushes in Photoshop. (12/31/2019) - In digital imaging, there’s always a way. All the rain drops in the pic above are fakes, courtesy of yours truly. I could have been more persnickity about it, but this was for a tutorital. I tried to figure this out last night, but there was a sticking point I couldn’t get past. After sleeping…
  87. My Custom Psychedelic Flower Brush (12/30/2019) - If you know how to use brushes in Photoshop, this one’s ready to go. It’s just something I stumbled on while experimenting with all the different options and capacities of Photoshop’s extremely powerful brush machine. Making custom brushes is now part of my arsenal of available techniques, and it’s phenomenal what you can do with…
  88. Anniversary of Van Gogh Severing His Ear. (12/24/2019) - On this day in 1888, which is 130 years ago, Vincent Van Gogh cut of a piece of his right ear in a bout of anguish brought on by his fight with Paul Gauguin, who was leaving Arles and their shared yellow house. Earlier in the evening Gauguin had threatened Vincent with a saber, and…
  89. RADICAL NEW BORING SHIT #26 (12/20/2019) - To see more about this series, go to this explanatory post. Of course I put the artist and the text around the banana. Are you getting bored by being shocked by just how boring shocking art is? If so, this series is for you. The least we can ask of shocking, revolutionary art is that…
  90. The Harrowing Figurative Paintings of Suzzan Blac (12/16/2019) - “The paintings I created were intended for my eyes only. I felt I couldn’t exhibit them because they were so visceral, horrifying, and disturbing. I knew that I would be stigmatized.” ~ Suzzan Blac. A Savage Painting “During my teens, teachers would berate me for my ‘dark’ drawings and persuade me to draw ‘pretty’ things.”…
  91. I AM NOT A BRAND! (12/15/2019) - I used to work in the marketing department of a computer memory company. One day on the sales floor a giant banner appeared that read, “HAVE THE KILLER INSTINCT!” I had an idea what that meant, and it had something to do with knowing when to close a deal. But the metaphor was horrible. I…
  92. Can You Like the Art Without the Artist Liking You? (12/13/2019) - Apparently I’m the first person to ask this question, or type it up and publish it online. At least a Google search turns up nothing. What everyone asks is, and I’m pretty sure you’ve heard it, “Can you like the art without liking the artist”? And by “without liking” they mean hating, or shunning, or…
  93. A Moment of Solipsism Triggered by Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana (12/11/2019) - I was about to take a shower. I stood nude before the mirror in my bathroom and realized that my entire perspective on art is anathema to the contemporary art world. The people who are in the inner circle, who are rich, along with the big art institutions, and even the art critics are in…
  94. Is Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Brilliant Art or Bullshit on a Platter? (12/7/2019) - “Maurizio is a pure genius… I see the magic happen on various occasions.”~ Emmanuel Perrotin, of Galerie Perrotin. The same artist who gave us the golden toilet has now affixed a banana to the wall, in an edition of three, at Art Basel Miami Beach. It used to be that you were considered stupid if…
  95. What Do We Do About Art Museums Containing Over 85% Male Art (12/7/2019) - More moral quandaries Recently I wrote an article which was critical of the Baltimore Museum’s plan to only buy and primarily exhibit women’s art in 20/20. I objected on moral grounds, because while it is ostensibly rectifying past ostensible sexual discrimination, it is undeniably applying absolute sexual discrimination in the very present. Two wrongs don’t…
  96. Baltimore Museum Embraces Biological Determinism and Discrimination (12/5/2019) - In 2020 you can’t define people by their biology and call it progress. The Baltimore Museum revises art history, aesthetics, and its collection with an ideological sledgehammer. Some people think nostalgia (especially for discredited scientific theories) is sentimental at best, and pathological at worse, but without even suffering cognitive dissonance some of us can excavate…
  97. My Sci-Fi Drawings From When I Was a Kid (12/1/2019) - These are just curiosities for entertainment, folks. You aren’t meant to assess them as serious works. They’re my kid stuff! When I was growing up my favorite things were sci-fi shows I could see on TV, frogs and lizards, and drawing (not to mention girls). Fortunately, I had the foresight to document most my early…
  98. Brain Scans Vindicate Visual Art (11/27/2019) - I watched a mini-documentary “Beauty: Explained” on Netflix, and a few pieces fell into place regarding how art is considered today. Before I connect the dots and introduce what the new science suggests, I will need to review what the dots are, and what they signify.  If you already know your contemporary art history, you…
  99. Flat Earthers, Contemporary Art, and Optimism (11/21/2019) - What do Flat-Earthers have to do with contemporary art? I was watching the 2018 documentary Behind the Curve, which is about the Flat Earth movement and some of the people involved in it. Two things hit me in quick succession. One was that the paintings and models of the Flat Earth were conceptual art, and…
  100. MoMA Reopens Woke AF and Decades Behind (11/2/2019) - The New MoMA aspires to reconstruct art history through the lens of a revolutionary political agenda, but in the process sacrifices both art and justice. MoMA, along with the art world in general, has by hyjacked by a revolutionary political movement. The new MoMA happily subordinates art to postmodernist philosophy and social justice, which, while…

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