Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What I should do more of....

Circa late 2008-2009.
Final year of Graphic Design BVAD.


I SHOULD really make time to do more personal, self initiated work. Made an attempt to properly archive my Mac and came across these past (yet favourite) pieces of mine.


"Spring is Calling" - Lauren Hernandez, digital graphic art, 2008.

Method/Approach:
This black and white image was actually torn out of an old V Magazine I found ages ago when I did a short course at Whitehouse. Stashed it my drawer, then one day during spring, I heard the birds calling and Mother Nature requesting an assembly. I made the ink textures myself and scanned them in.

Unexpectedly, it got chosen to be featured in Curvy's 2009's annual book - I was pretty darn excited! (more like estatic!) For those who don't know what Curvy is, it is an all-girl art book produced by Yen Magazine, showcasing the work of female international artists from all around the globe. They only choose 100 to be featured, and if I remember correctly there were over 1,600 applicants last year! All chosen artists were featured in the paperback edition and showcased in an accompanying exhibition that toured nationally.

Here are a few snaps from the opening night:



With that, Curvy also offered all artists the opportunity to showcase 2 more of their own works. I submitted "Supercalifraglisticrazy" and "Sophia". More details below.


"Supercalifraglisticrazy" - Lauren Hernandez, digital graphic art, 2008.

Method/Approach:
Playing on Mary Poppins' infamous "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" song, sometimes Mary herself can get a little bit tongue-tied. Here I put pen to paper and worked my hand in type illustration. Using both Illustrator and Photoshop, I brought the 34 lettered word to life. According to the 1964 Walt Disney film, "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is defined as 'something to say when you have nothing to say'. What happened to an awkward silence instead? ;)


"Cyberphobia" - Lauren Hernandez, digital graphic art, 2008.

Method/Approach:
A page from a book I made for uni called "...And you thought you were weird?" - an exploration of 4 unique yet interesting phobias that any normal person would consider utterly peculiar. This one focuses on "Cyberphobia" - the fear of electronic technology and Internet communications. Here you see everyday computer names/data types like gif, megabyte, cookie and the ever so technical Windows Excel terrorize the city landscape.


"Sophia" - Lauren Hernandez, mix media on canvas, 2009.

Method/Approach:
I made this piece especially for the Curvy exhibition. Inspired by Sophia Loren, I stepped away from the computer screen and went for a more tactile 'hands on' approach. (excuse the pun!) Yes, I got all my art and craft boxes out and started collaging, layering, painting, drawing and sewing. It took me 3 good, solid nights to do the sewing, but it was therapeutic so I'm not complaining. The old magazine tear-outs are actually pages from old Women's Day magazines from the 1940s. Thought it would be an interesting reference, since the exhibition was largely female driven - GIRL POWER, YES!!


"And there she was..." - Lauren Hernandez, digital graphic art, 2007.

Method/Approach:
This is one of my first ever personal works that I've done. Experimenting with different textures/prints and patterns, I steered away from the visible illustrative line, 'and there she was..."




I didn't get a chance to enter 2010's Curvy, but will definitely go the opening night for it later in October - one of the most inspirational exhibitions I've been to, hands down.

x Your Only Blackswan

*note to self* - must do MORE of these!

24 comments :

  1. These are seriously amazing!!!

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  2. that first picture is INCREDIBLE x

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  3. Great works of art and well done!!! Curvy sounds really good to, i'm going to have to look it up!
    xxxxxx

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  5. ..WOW ..THAT IS AMAZING ..CONGRATS : ) I can imagine your happiness : ))))

    ..the picture is amazing , so fresh , so dynamic , I love the b&w and colour mix ..

    ..how did you do that ? I am so bad with computers ..I think I need some special program for collages ..then I can use manual - my own drawings and also fashion pictures etc ..I am lost with that ..

    Ellinelle xxx

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  6. nice images, i love it!

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  7. I really love these. I especially like "Sophia." It is really beautiful.

    Sincerely, Sarah Margeurite

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  8. That first one is especially amazing!

    Love Grace.

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  9. Your artwork is so amazing! And being included in in Curvy is quite the accomplishment!

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  10. Wow. Astonishing! Great work!
    I have to follow you and I'm excited to see more.

    www.overdivity-fashion.blogspot.com

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  11. i LOVE "sophia"!! such a beautiful piece! very talented. :)

    xx

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  12. WOW!!!!
    Absolutely amazing.
    Following!

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  13. hey this is like the most beautiful piece of digital art i've ever seen.
    saw your comment at mode republic blog.

    followed your blog! lovin it.

    xoxo
    poisepolish.

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  14. Yes - you absolutely must do more of them, you are talented!

    sharon xx

    http://sundayschooltime.blogspot.com/

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  15. These are so amazing!! Good job, I wish I could of been there to see everything up close. You have a talent! :) Lovely blog miss, hope you have a great weekend. x

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  16. You are so talented. I agree, you should do more of them. Lovely stuff.

    And thanks for following my blog.
    x

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  17. Hey great blog you have here :)
    Thank you for lovely comments! I appreciate it!!

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  18. These images are so interesting!
    Vanilah xx

    www.vanilah.blogspot.com

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  19. These are amazing and very inspiring. Thankyou for following my blog, I am now following you and can't wait to see more of your great work.

    :)

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  20. your touch of art is magnificent. definitely looking forward to seeing more from you.

    ANDWHATELSEISTHERE

    SHOP

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  21. You should be extremely proud, this is amazing! Well done :) I quite like Cyperphobia and Supercalifragilisticrazy (sp?). Well done!

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