Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The sketchbook challenge will resume, but have taken a break to finish some other projects.

Improving my Chest

I purchased this chest from Craigslist last summer. The seller claimed it was "very old," though the fabric clearly dated it as mid-1970's.
Here it is after being stripped, sanded and refinished in a warm pecan stain. It's end destination is my campus apartment.
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Home is Where the Heart Is

This is what my garage wall looked like. Dark and ugly. Sure, it is only a garage, but nearly everyone enters the house through this door. One of my summer projects was to do something to make the entry more appealing.

First the wall was primed. Then I wallpapered old road maps in a random pattern. My favorite places are featured; Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Maine, and Hawaii. Pittsburgh is behind the door. 

I have run out of maps, but will take donations to complete my wall. 

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Working in my Pajamas

I made this cute nighty from a sheet I bought for $1 at the thrift store. The pattern is a lengthened western-peasant shirt, vintage 1980s, from my stash.

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The Great Outdoors

Now that my foot is just about healed, I have been doing a lot of hiking in Plum Creek and Whipp's Ledges with Trixie.

My new-to-me bike, Nelly, for cruising around town & campus.


My lungs have been getting a work-out on my flute. Wallace and I will be playing our first gig in August at the wedding of the beautiful Raichel H.

Only a couple more weeks until school starts again... still time for more fun and games!



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge – Week 3

Day 15: A Family Portrait
 
Ground-Hog!”


Day 16: Inspiration
 
The Muse is a myth.  It’s called Art-WORK, not  art-maybe-if-I-feel-like-it.


Days 17 & 18: Favorite Plant /  “Just a Doodle”

It worries me deeply that these drawings look like something by the “Painter of Light.”
Wallace: “What would you do if a friend gave you a painting by Thomas Kincaid?”
Me: “A FRIEND wouldn’t give me a painting by Thomas Kincaid.

Day 19: Something New

Day 20: Something Orange


Day 21 & 22: Something You Want / Something You Miss
 

I will achieve my goals!




Monday, July 8, 2013

Sketchbook Challange - Week 2


Day 8: Favorite Animated Character

What if Snoopy was real? Poor little beagle is chained up, with only a little yellow bird for company.

Not only it is unoriginal to just copy another artist’s style, it is infringement of copyright to copy another’s character. Yes, it’s only a sketchbook exercise, but it was much more fun to do my own interpretation.

Day 9: Favorite TV Show

A PRIZE to the first person who correctly identifies the location of this sketch. Street, City and State required.

Day 10: Most Recent Achievement.

Last year I did the drawings above.  In February I was awarded tenure.

Yes, I realize this makes me an ass.

Day 11  Favorite Candy
Day 12: A Turning Point in Your Life

These sketches are either mundane or very personal, so they are not posted here.

Day 13: A Comic (of a Comic)
 
Why do blondes talk so slow? So MEN can understand.
Badump-bump. Cymbal Crash!

Day 14: Favorite Fairy Tail
 
Spelling matters.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge

This is my sketchbook.  The book was schwag from Mohawk Papers at an AIGA conference. The cover has been covered with clear adhesive and pages are falling out, as evidence to its heavy use.

A little over a week ago I began a 30-Day Drawing Challenge, which I found on Pinterest.  I apologize to the owner-creator that cannot find the original source of this sketch-note. These sketches all took less than 20 minutes and are not intended to be finished illustrations, but rather creative exercises. In most cases there was a great deal of reinterpretation of the original concept.

Day 1: A Self-Portrait

I’ve done a lot of self-portraits…so many that last April I gave a talk at The University of Findlay about Artist’s Self Portraits (let me know if you want a link to the research). This one, drawn from memory-not a mirror, isn’t one of my best. Something about it looks a little toon-ified, but I tried to be honest in showing the bags under my eyes.

The one I drew specifically for the challenge isn’t very interesting. I like this one better.


Day 2: Favorite Animal

Yes, I’m a little obsessed with vizslas. You can follow my Red Dog board on Pinterest.  I don’t typically draw animals and, since Trixie rarely stops moving, this really was a challenge.


Day 3: Favorite Food

I like pie.

Day 4: Favorite Place

This isn’t a real place, but my favorite place none-the-less.  I’ve been having a lot of doubts in my faith lately, mostly centered on the nature of heaven. I’m seriously afraid that if heaven does exist, I’ll be spending eternity floating on a cloud. This is what I am hoping heaven is like.


Day 5: Best Friend

Wallace Hooper is the funniest guy I know. Funny Ha-Ha, and Funny Peculiar.

Day 6: Favorite Book

The Man Who Didn’t Wash His Dishes.
I loved this story as a child, and the lesson was ingrained into me. Wallace was washing the dishes as I sat down with my sketchbook.

My favorite book is actually To Kill a Mockingbird, but the imagery from book covers to the movie is so iconic, it left no room for interpretation.


Day 7: Favorite Movie

I'd unravel any riddle

For any individ'le

In trouble or in pain

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I would not be just a nuffin'

My head all full of stuffin'

My heart all full of pain

I would dance and be merry

Life would be a ding-a-derry

If I only had a brain


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Back to the Future

It has been over a year since my experiment to delete my Facebook account. The first few months were difficult—I suffered online withdrawal—which proved to me how seriously addicted I was. After a while I began to sense an incredible liberation from the yolk of connectivity.  That summer was wonderful and free. When school started back up, I realized the necessity Facebook as a way to make information available to students and communicate within our Graphic Design Club. I have no friends (don't be offended), but do use the site to post internships, articles and follow several professional organizations. With accounts on LinkedIn and Twitter, networking is possible without drama and with minimal wasted time. Pinterest is a nice place to spend time for inspiration and when I am feeling self indulgent.

For a while I seriously contemplated making “At The Art of It” a full-fledged activity, but several things kept me from stepping it up. I realize the time required to making regular posts isn’t something I want to commit to. But more acutely is that every blogger becomes subject to commenters who thrive on tearing down the author, usually anonymously. My ego is too fragile for that!

This week I am finally working on a re-designed of BeekmanStudios.com. My previous website was sorely outdated, with many broken links and use of old “tables” coding.  I am set on learning Adobe Muse and using it to build the site which will serve primarily as an online portfolio. A launch date of July 15th is set!

There are other creative endeavors underway, so while I do plan to return to my blogging, it will be simply a way for family, friends and associates to check out my artwork and projects. No ads, no proselytizing, just sharing some of my prouder creations.

“Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more news and entertainment.”