Vector Portrait   Leave a comment

Here is the original photo, which I posterized in Photoshop before tracing with the pen tool:

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Posted December 15, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380

Text Heavy Poster   Leave a comment

Posted December 8, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380

Rolling Hills   Leave a comment

Posted December 8, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380

Bottles   Leave a comment

Posted December 5, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380

Masking a Mask (or two)   Leave a comment

Posted December 1, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380

Art Event #4: A Century of Lithography   Leave a comment

November 28, Art Exhibit, San Diego Museum of Art

 After viewing the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit, I went upstairs to Gallery 20 to see the “A Century of Lithography” exhibit.  I was really surprised at how small the collection was- maybe twenty pieces in total, most of them small works in black and white or grayscale.  I guess after the Toulouse exhibit I was expecting an equally grand showcase of lithography from other well-known artists, so I was a bit disappointed.  It’s a little hard to write a one-page report on something that was for the most part uninteresting.

 One of the pieces that drew my attention was “Angélique” by Albert Belleroche.  It looked more like a pencil sketch than a lithograph.  It had a really interesting composition- there was a lady in a bright dress in the foreground, with heavy shadows surrounding her.  The contrast of shadows and light helped accentuate her elegant figure.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture of this piece online, so I only have my blurry camera photo to show as an example.

The other piece I was interested in was a large color poster depicting the four “quarter hours.”  There were four brightly colored nymph figures smiling in front of a large clock face.  I don’t remember the title, but it looked like a poster for a French play or show.  It definitely stood out from the rest of the exhibit because of its size and color.

 It was hard to learn anything from such a small collection of images.  I guess I could say I learned that lithography produces all shapes and sizes of works, both tiny sketch-like drawings and large multicolor posters.  It makes me want to learn more about this artistic process.  There was a bit of explanation of lithography in the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit, but I still can’t wrap my head around the process.

 The main issue I had with this exhibit was the small collection of pieces.  If I didn’t know they were all lithographs, I would have seen twenty or so random images that didn’t seem to have a connection to each other.  Also, many of the pieces were just visually uninteresting- again, this could have been since I just came out of the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit.

 This was a collection of works from several different artists, so I don’t think I was able to learn enough about the artists to develop an immense respect for them.  I’m sure they’re all talented people; otherwise they wouldn’t be in this museum’s collection.  I was most interested in the “Angélique” piece, so I am curious to learn more about the artist, Albert Belleroche.

Posted December 1, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380

Art Event #3: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris   Leave a comment

November 28, Art Exhibit, San Diego Museum of Art

 I think the most memorable part of the exhibit was the nostalgic feel.  There was a large map of Paris at the beginning of the exhibit, plus a few signs explaining the events that inspired Toulouse and his fellow Parisian artists in the late nineteenth century.  In each room of the gallery, there was a piece of decoration that subtly hinted at this glamorous setting- a thick red curtain for example, or a large glass chandelier.  I was fortunate enough to visit Paris six years ago on a school trip, and gazing at the maps of Paris in this exhibit brought back many memories.  I visited the Montmarte district and saw the Moulin Rouge in person, so this exhibit had a very personal connection for me.

 I think Toulouse’s simplistic use of lines in his works was very inspiring.  For example, in this poster of May Milton on the left, a woman’s white dress was given only a curving outline and a few long vertical lines within- it suggested a large, flowing gown without giving too much detail.  Without those lines, however, it would simply be a giant white blotch on the poster.

 I’ve always admired Toulouse’s work, especially his posters, but I had never realized these posters were made using lithography.  It made me appreciate his artwork even more, given the amount of time and effort invested to make the lithograph.  I also learned that lithography was used by the artist to fit the low-cost, high-volume production needs of his clients, such as magazines and advertisers.

 I think the exhibit was pretty good overall, but I would have liked to see more of Toulouse’s posters, specifically the ones for the Moulin Rouge, and less of the small sketches and doodles.  That’s just a personal preference- when I hear the name Toulouse Lautrec I automatically think of vividly colored can-can dancers depicted in mid-kick.

 I learned a few things about the process of lithography, such as the limited number of colors used.  Most of the posters in this exhibit were made using only three or four colors, while the more detailed ones used six to seven.  I thought that was just Toulouse’s style, but now I see the lithographs also forced such a limited color palette.

 As previously mentioned, I’m a big fan of Toulouse’s work.  I do feel respect for him outside of this exhibit.  Many artists don’t live long enough to see their works appreciated by the masses, but Toulouse gained success and fame in the art world after his first poster was published.  His use of line, shape and color, though a bit bizarre at times, are certainly still appreciated by the masses today.

Posted November 30, 2010 by danielleriley in VPA 380