On Hiatus II

Moving! I’ll update once I’m not buried in cardboard and crumpled newspaper. In the meantime, ignore my secretary and have fun checking out all my sites (more than 50 pictures on this blog!)

~Eliza

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My CurateNYC Entry: “Bodybuilder”

Bodybuilder

Bodybuilder

So this is my entry for CurateNYC, an exhibition that will be seen in four locations throughout the city from Oct. 21-31. You could submit only one 5×6″ postcard-size image.

I wanted to call my picture “Unnnngggh!” but I went with the more conventional “Bodybuilder” and in fact it’s a portrait of my bodybuildin’ friend Mephy, drawn as she dead-lifted a 225 lb. barbell. Months later, I thought she looked like a Japanese demon, which she would enjoy, being a huge lover of Japan and its culture. But I wouldn’t know for sure, because I lost her new phone number and it’s difficult to find her on the Internet. So if you’re out there, I hope this grants at least one of your wishes, to live forever as an oni that’s totally diesel!

Illustration Friday: “Acrobat”

Next time we shall return to your regularly scheduled black outlines, but today I double-challenged myself with watercolors and painting from a photograph (my boyfriend, I think he’s part orangutan). It felt good to use watercolor on its own, instead of mixed with a dozen other things like I’m used to. I think it loosened me up (but not enough to do this).

Illustration Friday: “Germs”

Formication
Formication

30-minute digital sketch

Formication┬áis the sensation that there are insects or “bugs” crawling on or under the skin. It can be caused by drugs, mental problems, or both. It’s a lot like what I’ve heard from the small number of germophobes I’ve had a chance to talk to: they see the germs as little bugs everywhere, especially on “hotspots” like doorknobs. That’s one psychosomatic vision I don’t have to deal with, thankfully. Instead, I like to spend my time imagining what it’s like to have it! That’s why this week’s IF word just felt mundane: I already waste too much time drawing bugs, microbes, and assorted tiny creatures that we prefer not to think about because we can’t see them, yet they outnumber us at least a billion to one.

But Halloween is coming up, and I already feel especially creepy-crawly. Here is my photo that the sketch was based on:

Formication (original photo)
Formication (original photo)

This is the blurriest picture from a series of 20 or 30 that I took as concept stills for a stop-motion animation that I’m starting. I like making digital sketches from blurry photos because then I don’t feel as tight when I try to draw freehand with a mouse.

Here’s the same photo in reverse (I think it’s creepier):

Formication (in reverse)
Formication (in reverse)