August 21, 2015

ICAD, or I Can't; Your Choice

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As you know if you watch E! entertainment television, or visit TMZ on a regular basis to find out who's smokin' hot, you know that Tammy Garcia hosts an annual project each summer, called the Index Card A Day Challenge, known fondly as ICAD.  Because it's much shorter.

I decided that I would join in again!  Isn't that cool? 

Each day for two months, those of us who are busy, over-committed, or just committed to an institution of one type or other, can take a few moments to keep their art mojo by creating a small work of art on an index card. 

No, not on a napkin.  Think about it called the Napkin A Day Challenge?  No. 

And no!  Not on a canvas!  Stop it!  Each day, you make something on an index card!!

Okay, if you insist on asking if you can use a business card, a rolodex card, a credit card, or the facial tissue you wadded up and were just about to toss out, I'm going to start to get irritated.  As you know, I'm patient, but I'm not THAT patient.

Speaking of not being patient, let's get on with it.

Here are the better of my cards.  I realize that's MY judgment, not yours.  But if I show you all of them you may go off your porridge.

Every year I try to create using a theme.  This year's theme was black and white.  I started with some Crayola crayons, and then I realized those were in color. 

(I'm telling you--this challenge is not for the faint of heart.)

After having to tear up a few designs with color on them, I was able to concentrate enough to start making them with black art markers. 

Thank you for your...patience.

As I was creating the cards, day by day I would put them up at my office.  Because they're all black and white, I think they looked really cool all together.  Now they are in a plastic photo journal type book.  I'll show you that later.

Next up:  Chris finds out the there is no cash prize in this year's ICAD, after which she is not responsible for her actions.

August 17, 2015

Whattup, Bitches?!

I'm officially old.  I think that's absolutely fine, except that there are people older than I am who tell me I'm not old.  It's enough to make a person upset.

Here I am, waiting for these ladies to get in so I can take them somewhere.

You know when you have an accomplishment to share, and someone else shares their accomplishment in a way in which it might appear that their accomplishment is better but it actually sucks?  So, when I brag about being old, don't tell me that I'm not old just because you happen to keep falling over and not getting up again without assistance.  In fact, if you're so awesome, just stay down there.

But let's get to the point of this post, which is not really to talk about how old I am.  The reason I brought it up to begin with is none of your business, which is why it's included here.

Nothing to see.  
Move along.

I'm in such a good and not-cranky mood for a change!  You're welcome!
How are you? 

Okay, so here's the deal:  I've been working on something for over a year.  The first 10 months I just thought about it, with varying degrees of dread and regret.  Then, I gathered materials and images for a month.  Then I started drawing and designing for a month, and now I'm actually almost halfway done with it.  Not that it will ever be finished, but at least it will be pretty far along before I toss it onto the bonfire and say, 'I'm done with you.'

Before this happens, I thought I'd share.  yay!  I can't share on instagram or twitter because the person I'm making it for follows me there.  (She's tried to unfollow me, but I contacted the authorities.)

Dial HM for heavens to Mergatroid.

However, she wouldn't read my blog if her very life depended on it.  Blogs are so turn of the century.  What could possibly be on a blog that could be worth the time to link to it, read it, comment on it, and then delete it from your bookmarks?  Nothing.

That's why I found it valuable enough to share here.
Don't tell me I don't love you guys!!

(Is she still talking?)

Here are the doggies I have chosen to draw:

This is Cindy and Myf.  Their human, BJ, is an Instagram friend who lives in Australia.  I obviously
could not draw the pups from life, so I picked out a photo from her feed and decided that this would be the one I could do the least damage to.  Aren't they CUTE?!

In the intervening months between my decision to create an artwork based on these babies and actually starting to do so, BJ acquired a kitten.  As if I weren't under enough pressure.

I decided to incorporate Kitten Lancey into the piece, and after some thought, and given the expressions on these fabulous doggies' faces, I decided to do a take on the epic Where's Waldo idea, which idea I will not take the time to ascribe to the person who should get the credit.

Here's the resulting layout:

And this is the piece at its current stage:

This photo was taken at night, and is off from the actual colors,
but it's just a progress photo!  When final, it will be pure perfection.

Cindy and Myf are colored using Copic and Prismacolor alcohol-based markers.  The background is colored using Derwent Inktense color blocks and Staedtler watercolor crayons.  Then, the trusty Pigma Microns were used for line work and details.  These supplies will continue to contribute until they become too exhausted to live, or until the thing is done, whichever happens first.

I'm not sure whether Kitten Lancey will remain cartoonish-looking, or if I will attempt to replicate her intricate details and colors:

Either way, I think it could work out as a conversation piece, if it happens to make it to Australia, which it probably won't unless I change my mind and decide to include postage.

Thank you for listening, viewing, applauding, throwing roses, waiting in the interminable concession line, purchasing souvenirs from the promoters, and trying to get your car out of the quagmire that is the trademark of all L.A. performance parking lots.

Next up:  In a single post, Chris shares all 48 cards created in the Index Card A Day challenge, and Blogger asks her politely to 'step off'.

April 2, 2015

Check Out the Show!

Seth Apter has posted The Pulse Project sale page for this month's exhibition! 
The rich variety of works on display just floors me.
Of course, I'm honored to be among the artists.
Here again are the works I have in the show:
High Tide

Industrial Revolutions

Mass Transit

Sub Urban

And Seth was kind enough to send me a photo of the installation of my work, with the name plates.  It's so... official!!

Jump over there and see all the goodies!  You may just want to buy something before it's spoken for!

March 19, 2015

Sketchbook Project Pages

Yes, I am once again submitting to The Sketchbook Project.  I just love the whole idea of creating a big project and then letting it go.  However, I kind of miss it when it's gone.  So, I may keep this one.  But I probably won't. 

This is the kind of hard-hitting journalism you've come to expect from this site.  And, you're welcome.

The sad part about the sketchbook project account I created is that it's under my previous blog title, Prismtrail.  So if anyone wants to search by Parabolic Muse they won't find it.  However, maybe I'm listed under my name, Hortensia Miramontes.  Now I can't remember, but that's probably best.

Basically, if you want to see my sketchbook during The Sketchbook Project Tour, you're out of luck.

In the meantime, I am showing some pages from the journal as it is so far.  All of these are works in progress (WIP), so I may re-post them when they are done.  You can't be sure, however, so you should come back here every day of your life until you are sure they just aren't going to be posted.  I make this a habit for all the sites I visit.  I've been visiting Elizabeth Taylor's website every day since she was in National Velvet and I wanted to tell her she was riding my horse and I wanted it back.  However, she never responded to my comment.  (Her blog was very primitive then.)  But eventually, they told me to stop checking the site because they were only keeping it up for me, out of politeness.  So, see?  You can make a (certain kind of) impact by visiting blogs daily.

Anyway, here is what I have done in the sketchbook so far.  Unlike some of you who are successful professionals, I like doing a lot of pages in a half-assed manner while watching old episodes of America's Most Wanted.  So I'm very happy with these!


Next up:  The Sketchbook Project team sends back my book with a polite note that is at the same time NSFW.