Excerpts from The Act of Drawing

Discovered a great book at the shared house for itinerant artists at the Hui No’Eau center: Edward Laning’s The Act of Drawing Here are some excerpts and some of my commentary below them. From The Act of Drawing, by Edward Laning p9. Artistic potential is develpoed and perfected only by practice, initially in close association with a respected master, and by frequent and studious visits to the musuem. These…

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Thanks from Leela and Tom

Dear supporters and curious readers, We want to thank you for all of your support – your words, cards, notes, and sometimes food and always your love- during this painful time. As many of you know, Leela and I lost our precious, amazing, awe-inspiring, life-giving daughter, Rosalie Lightning Corman Hart, earlier this month. We are bereft and devastated. We plan on spending most of December visiting loved ones and…

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Afternoon with Derek Ballard

Leela took a mini-break from Unterzakhn and Tom took a break from you-don’t-want-to-know-what, and we spent the afternoon with Gainesville’s Derek Ballard, (aka The Line Tamer) and looked at his book-in-progress, whose title I forget but the layout comes from those little Peanuts hardcovers you’d get in the 70s. Anyway. His super stylized way of drawing is fascinating. A contrast of angular and cold lines and shapes with robotic/sci-fi…

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John Porcellino’s Wildlife Paintings

John P’s wildlife paintings came in this week and if you’re luck enough to have pledged enough during our fundraiser  receive this reward, you can expect one of these in the next few weeks. If you’re one of the 6 or 7 and would prefer a certain one, let us know FAST, as they’re going out next week. Thanks John! And check out the classes page to find out…

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Keith Mayerson article

Been hard at work writing this article about one of SVA’s favorite teachers, Keith Mayerson. Here’s an early bit as I hack through the transcript “I’m on the ‘Have my cake and eat it too’ plan, where you can have content, make work that’s about something, but unlike post-modernity where they were worried that beauty would seduce you to put your brains in a bag and not think about…

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Visiting Dash Shaw in the studio

Stephanie was dispatched this week over to interview Dash Shaw for Seriously, Comics. Not sure what they discussed, but she sent some pics. This is a good time to remind you all of Dash and John Cameron Mitchell’s kickstarter for the animation project that is hinted at in these pics and can be learned about here: http://www.kickstarter.com/e/Jwbmj/projects/999818113/the-ruined-cast-an-animated-feature-by-dash-shaw-0

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Visting Keith Mayerson in the studio

One thing I wanted to do before leaving New York City was visit Keith Mayerson’s studio and bother him long enough to tease more of his approaches to art making out of him. Since I started teaching at SVA in 2001, Keith has always been a welcoming mentor and friend. He is open to every student’s ideas, and like me, believes that the more people can access their inner…

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