Follow the Leader

Oil on Hanji

This is an oil painting on hanji.  It was completed in Seoul, Korea 2009.  If you look closely at the ice cube there is a tiny bit of sky with birds and clouds.

Tell me what you think!!!  Have questions?  I’d love to know!


10 thoughts on “Follow the Leader

  1. I said I would so here it goes 😉 ….
    I really enjoy your color palette, it’s so rich and with great contrast. You have a good sense of direction however, I would like to see stronger hierarchy. I’m not sure what elements you intended to be viewed first.
    The face on the fish is beautiful! It seems to become more human than the girl with the suggestion of eyes. I read in your “about” that you prefer to stray away from eyes focusing more on other facial features. Do you find that it is hard to express more uplifting emotions without the eyes as opposed to more somber expressions? Personally, I can’t help but jump to feelings of alienation. Btw, it’s exciting to see that you are still producing art!

    My 2 cents,
    – Sarah

    • Hey Sarah!

      Thanks for the comment. I have been experimenting with colors and I’ve started using brighter ones. If you remember from hs, my paintings were pretty dark…but then again that was hs, haha. I’ve tried closing eyes, having them just be empty, and covering them with goggles or glasses…I’m not really sure which one I like the best, but I’m still experimenting. I don’t want it to be creepy…but I don’t want it to be boring, either…hmm…it’s difficult. As for hierarchy, well, that’s difficult to say. I like having a variety of focal points so you can start from anywhere…but then again, that might be a little confusing.

      Have you been continuing with your art? Thanks again for the input!

      • Welcome! I love discussing art. 🙂 High school was a dark time…haha. I actually think my stuff is much darker now – darker or more graphic. I wouldn’t say your painting are creepy by any means but, there is a haunting element which I actually quite enjoy – very surrealist.

        I’m actually studying Graphic Design right now so my stuff tends to be more commercial oriented or vector based but I do still sketch a lot and I’m taking a painting class right now which it getting me back into oils. I recently took my site down to revamp it but when it’s back up I’ll let you know.

    • Are you doing gradschool? I was thinking about going for graphic design since it seems you have to know it these days…but I’m not certain. I didn’t take art during college other than as a few side classes. Can you give me some advice? Where are you studying? Do you enjoy your work?

      Actually my paintings tend towards simplistic backgrounds and singular figures b/c of some influences from advertisements. It’s kind of hard to not be influenced by them. But, I do like how surreal some layouts can be 😀 I can’t wait to see your art!

  2. I can totally see the advertisement influence now that you mention it. It does make the figure more prominent.
    I’m still an undergraduate 😦 but I am planning on going to grad school. Just gotta save up enough dough.

    I am working as a production and design assistant at a print shop though and I love it for the most part. It’s not as creative as I would like but definitely a foot in the door. Plus I’ve learned a great deal about software, materials and production of course. I’m still looking into different grad programs at the moment however, UCLA, Art Center and SVA have amazing programs ranging from more environmental/industrial design to personal exploration.What are you interested in? Are you looking to work as an artist? We gotta meet up in Vegas next opportunity!

    • Money is always the problem…boo. I need to get my foot in somewhere…but since I didn’t focus on art in college, I’m a little lost as to how to get started. At least I finally put up some artwork. I’d love to keep painting, but that really is all I know. I would love to work as an artist…but yeah…

      Vegas! We need to hang out, definitely 🙂

  3. The arts are hard to break into. I think Graphic Design is soo immensely applicable to the world. There are just so many avenues to travel down. Illustrations, curating, production, also good places to build a career while working on personal work – plus they can lead to connections. I feel that one of the biggest things fine artist lack is marketing skills. You’re work may be great but, if nobody knows about it, it’s not going to go anywhere. I’m sure you could get a gallery show, that would be a great place to start! I have some work on my fb, it’s mostly class stuff or little drawings but feel free to critique.

    • Hey lady! I like your site! It looks pretty awesome so far, and I can’t wait to see everything once it’s all up.

      I completely agree with you about the lack of marketing skills…I know I lack in that area as well. But hey, that’s why I’m trying now to put something online, right?

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