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Holy Grails

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors.  6" x 6"
Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut clear plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors. 6″ x 6″

I was pleasantly surprised with how well this piece came out, given that symmetry isn’t typically my strongest suit. One thing that’s not readily apparent in the picture is the reflectivity of the Gelly Roll Stardust ink, which flickers like glitter as the viewer moves from one perspective to another. The subject matter was inspired by the aptly named Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which happened to be on TV recently. (Note that this isn’t the carpenter’s cup. Heh.)

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Interference Pattern

Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Laser-cut acrylic frame with aluminum anchors. 4
Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Acrylic frame with aluminum post mounts. 4″x6″

This is one of my older pieces, but it’s still one of my favorites. I’m very pleased with how the color balance came out, and the dark blue curves from the Glaze pen really set off the shapes made with Metallic and Stardust beautifully. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort.

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Squares and Strange Places

 

Squares and Strange Places. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Smooth Bristol paper. 12
Squares and Strange Places. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Smooth Bristol paper. 12″x12″
 I really enjoyed working on this piece, and I’m satisfied with how it came out. I incorporated some tesselations around a square theme, and also referenced the terrible slaughter of Cecil the lion, shown here strolling across the grasslands of Zimbabwe. I added a few more details and nuances than usual, while trying not to make it look too dense, and I think I succeeded. 

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Abstractalons

Abstractalons. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut acrylic frame with aluminum anchors. 11
Abstractalons. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut acrylic frame with aluminum anchors. 11″x6″
 
This is a series I did a few months back, and which is presently hanging in my office. The one on the right is gravity-neutral, and leverages white space for effect. The one on the left is more detail-oriented, and references a cardiological scare in the family. 

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Strange Waves

Strange Waves. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6
Strange Waves. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

I’m pretty pleased with how this came out, which is surprising even to me, as I almost threw it away after about a third of it was done. I wasn’t happy with the way some parts were developing (particularly the eye and checkerboard pattern), but I managed to work through the problems and finish with something satisfactory. I’d have liked to put a little more time into this one, but I have another larger piece I’m preparing for a show, and I need to ensure it’s done in a timely fashion. Perhaps I’ll come back to it at some point in the future.

Update: I forgot to mention that the robot and rocket are a reference to the time I spent at MakerFaire Detroit this year. Man was that fun!

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Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes. Micron pens on Strathmore Bristol 300 Series Artist Tiles. 6
Stars and Stripes. Micron pens on Strathmore Bristol 300 Series Artist Tiles. 6″x6″ 
This piece was surprisingly labor-intensive for its size, mostly due to the finicky level of detail I decided to put into it. I’m very pleased with how it came out, though there are a few things I would have liked to have done a little differently. It’s gravity-neutral, and incorporates some aspects of things occurring in my life around this time, notably teaching fiber arts at the Detroit MakerFaire.

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Floral Arrangement

Floral Arrangement. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Vellum. 6
Floral Arrangement. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Vellum. 6″x6″

This piece was a meditation on a theme, based on a technique I picked up and modified slightly in which the pen is drawn from a single point to another edge of a bounding shape (in this case, a flower petal.)

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Stained Glass Menagerie

 

Stained Glass Menagerie. Micron, Gelly Roll Glaze, and Gelly Roll Metallic pens  on Strathmore Series 300 Artist Tiles. 6
Stained Glass Menagerie. Micron, Gelly Roll Glaze, and Gelly Roll Metallic pens on Strathmore Series 300 Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

 

This piece was a surprising amount of work, and was inspired by the unique look that the Glaze pens give to paper.

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Perspectives

Perspectives. Micron Pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Paper. 8
Perspectives. Micron Pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Paper. 8″x12″
Perspectives was around twenty-four hours of work, and incorporates a variety of three-dimensional objects that blend into one another at various scales.

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Crazy Contraption

Crazy Contraption. Micron pens on Strathmore Bristol 300 Series Artist Tile. 6
Crazy Contraption. Micron pens on Strathmore Bristol 300 Series Artist Tiles. 6″x6″
This is a recent ‘going-to-bed’ piece; I’d work on it just before falling asleep. I had it in my head to create a crazy and convoluted device of unknown intent, then fill in around it with abstract elements.