Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Final Pieces for Show

These three drawings serve as a break from the Chocolate Self Portrait Series. They will be in the same room, but on a separate wall. Still on the romantic inspiration trail, these are appropriations of beautifully lavished Marie Antoinette oil paintings. These are colored pencil drawings on blue Bugra paper. I have replaced Marie in these compositions with the idea of creating a false, rich ancestor that is African American decorated as an object of desire. There is no male presence of course, but she is constantly looking off the canvas, perhaps seeing and meeting a special someone in secret......

This was the first drawing. I'm almost finished, though I do wish I didn't make the arms so long. That is hard to fix and erase, Bugra is too thin a paper to keep layering and attempting to erase. Plus, I press hard on the colored pencils. I just need to add the ears, fix the hands, and darken other areas.

This drawing is my favorite because of the red dress. It is provocative as well as the other ones. Well, back them the bosoms had to be pushed up, lol. I would like to add something to the plain purple background and I'm thinking of golden roses. Just something pretty and patterned would add more romantic flair to the round frame of this drawing. I will finish the hair piece, which includes adding more flowers and feathers. I guess Marie really enjoyed those kinds of fashion. It is kind of a sophisticated glamour, right?
I wonder if she attracted any birds and bugs with her elaborate head decor. Ha!

This one needs the most finishing up. The Braids as well as the big feather hair ornaments. The dress is going to look very elaborate. It looks plain now, but by night's end it will become a splendid, ostentatious masterpiece, lol! :D
OMg! Did I sound too optimistic and just a little too confident for my liking......?
After the drawings are done, I will be layering them with a thin coat of turpentine to give them that painterly finish. Prismacolors are awesome for that particular reason! Then I will be checking out nice golden frames for them. :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Throwback Photo/Article Taken June 5, 2008

I found this goodie today! For two years I've tried to open up the email my friend Jerri sent me from Pamela Dillion, a Dayton Daily Newspaper writer. All of this time, I could have opened it up at school on the Mac instead of struggling to open it on the PC. Hmmmmmmm.......

Artist Profile

By Pamela Dillon
Contributing Writer

Janyce Glasper

(937) 838-1999

Current News
The 24-year-old artist will be teaching a workshop at K12 Gallery for Young People this summer. In Self Portraits and Hollywood Collages, students will paint a bust-sized self portrait in acrylic paints and oil pastels. Participants will also create a collage of their favorite Hollywood actor. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 7-11 at 510 E. Third Street. Bring a lunch. Cost is $160 for members of K12, and $225 for non-members. Call the gallery at (937) 461-5149 to register.

Arts Education
At 15, Glasper started art classes at K12 during an after-school program while attending Colonel White High School for the Arts. She graduated from K12’s artist-in-training program, and then completed a few classes at Sinclair Community College in 2003. For the past two years, she has majored in illustration at The Art Academy of Cincinnati.

“An art teacher friend, Carol Rogers from Colonel White, introduced Janyce to me when she was 15,” said K12 founder and director Jerri Stanard. “Not only was she a very talented artist, she had an incredible sense of humor. I love to see her maturing into this beautiful young lady who is also a great friend.”

Art Awards/Scholarships
Glasper won a National Scholastic silver award in 2002 for a drawing. She received a $5,000 renewable portfolio scholarship to attend The Art Academy of Cincinnati. She loves to write; she recently acquired a one-time $1,250 Bertha Langhorst Werner scholarship award for an essay she wrote.

She exhibited 7 large-scale paintings at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court as a Colonel White senior. By the time she graduated, she had sold more than $1,200 in artwork. She was part of a group of K12 artists who created the National City Second Street Market mural in November of 2003. She has sold artwork to RTA, Montgomery County Courts and Time Warner Cable. She has shown work at the Know Theatre in Cincinnati. She recently had a solo exhibit at K12.

Future Plans
“I’m hoping to transfer to Parsons School for Design in New York by spring semester. I want to travel. I really enjoy art history, and hopefully that would nurture my work.”

And lol, my future plans didn't exactly pan out! That sucks!!!!! :(

Friday, March 19, 2010

Soap Opera Digest: The Drawing Version

I was making litho crayon drawings from two different Days of Our Lives centered covers a few weeks ago from the Soap Opera Digest lot that I bought from eBay last month. It was quite fun and I was actually laughing a lot as I created these. Someone even said that my rendering style is very interesting, that these could easily transform into comic books based on fictional Salem. I inserted myself as this character, Harlottamen who starts trouble between couples and it's funny that I pick the ones who are currently not together (but should be!). She is a feisty, very cutesy cupid, so to speak. She is at the right of the couple, not in the middle because she is not trying to get in between them. She just wants to help.

EJ (James Scott) and Samantha (Alison Sweeney) are my favorite non-couple that should be a couple on the show!!!! Then Harlottamen is off to the side smiling with excitement. Actually all three of them are looking pretty happy!
This is actually going to be a Litho print for my printmaking class. I will draw out the letters on the bottom which says "DAYS DRAMA" in caps and "Harlottamen Causes Trouble for EJ and Sami!" in lower case underneath. Soap Opera Digest will be xeroxed on the litho stone.
I am planning on framing two individual prints and giving them as gifts to Ali and James when I meet them both in L.A. June 3rd.

This is Hope (Kristian Alfonso), Bo (Peter Reckell) and Harlottamen. She is once again off to the side looking conspicuous. None of these folks are smiling, but there is something humorous about the look in Bo's face and how Hope's lips are wanting to turn up. Do they even know where their story goes?
If I have any time, I would probably want to make a stone print out of this one as well or at least start the comic book idea! that could be fun!!!! :D

Thursday, March 18, 2010

This is the prologue for a novel I'm writing called, "Nobody."

Ma got upset sometimes.
A lot actually.
I just told myself that she didn’t realize what she was saying to me, that her words could be so nasty. Maybe she just didn't know. That's a possibility, right?
And her usual pretty hazel eyes transformed into a sickly green when she spewed her toxic acid.
I would myself she had been in an evil catatonic state, brainwashed by someone who hated me very much.
One particular school morning lays deep in my memory.
“You’re so ugly,” she had viciously spat at me as I passed her bedroom door. "Why did I wind up with a daughter that looks like you?"
That was the door no one ever wanted to pass if she was in vile mood. If the door was opened, she could see and scream the first insult her dark soul could muster. This only happened a few times out of each month; so my young heart tried not to take any of these things seriously.
But the stubborn tears would streak my cheeks at her cruel belittlements, especially the ones she served me with that morning.
I was used to such harsh taunts anyway.
Kids at school called me names and made me feel just like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I was simply too unfitting to join in the games at recess or engage in conversation with my classmates.
The only friend I truly had was Tilda who was only at my side, sitting next to me on the bright yellow school bus or eating an energy infused breakfast of warm doughnuts, orange juice, and milk. But since we were in different grades; classes and lunchtimes had caused separation anxiety for me.
I was so utterly alone.
My teachers had looked at me with such concern and compassion.
It was so humiliating, so unbearable inside that they could truly see the isolation and the treatment my peers constantly gave me. I was the quiet child, the docile crybaby; exiled from all who saw me.
I could always be seen standing amongst the trees staring with watery, blurred eyes at the other children at play, longing enviously to be one of them.
The teachers labeled me special, meek, and mild. I had to take all these adjectives with a grain of salt; thinking that this was simply pity and that being on Honor Roll every quarter was a penance, not a reward for intelligence.
The older I got, the more I realized how hard it was to talk to people. Communication was a terrifying, very cruel master that I could not obey properly.
My voice would crack and mutter so incoherently that people perceived me to be dumb and ignorant; especially since I also don’t have good eye contact. I was afraid that they would find out what I lacked.
But they probably already found out the cold, hard, shockingly honest truth.
I wielded no great beauty, no abundant knowledge, or astounding significance.
I was a Nobody.
A Nobody!

Almost Finished Part II

I have finally decided what I would love to do for this show. It took a while, but I'm there. I wish I could say the same for my group members, but I'm sure we'll all come together eventually!
On display, in the Chidlaw Gallery, will be six oil pastel on Bugra paper self-portraits with chocolate syrup strategically placed on them. In a corner a cluster of 1,200 empty chocolate wrappers will be ornately stacked. I'm pondering whether or not that rubber ducks should be included. There's only one yellow duck in each drawing. Would it make sense to have several in person? Probably not.
I also purchased a chocolate scented fragrance on eBay. I'm using it to lightly scent the gallery with it as often as I can to retain the sweet essence.
Chocolates also happen to be on the reception menu as well.

Take it Like a Champion is about engaging in the act of reading the romance novel, placing myself under the quintessential spell of the writer's sophisticated use of language and knowledge of how one feels when they are falling in love. It is as if the reader is also feeling magnetic emotion for the illustrated story. The title has mixed connotations because there are many things one could "take like a champion." But what is important to me is revealing the secret passion for these sultry novels and taking the potential criticism of this particular genre with a brave face.
In this drawing, I just need to fix the fingers on this as well as sculpt out the knees. One of the faculty members said that it reminded her of boobs!!! I have to clear that up right away!!!
I actually don't like the wrappers underneath this one, lol!!!!

Bite the Braid is still continuing on the theme of honest revelation. These romance novels are heavily predictable, especially in the emotional terms of sensuality, provocativeness, and undeniable lust. It would make sense that the reader looks to be enraptured by some heated words and uses that frustration by chewing, gnawing almost on anything. She's likely out of chocolates, but she has this head full of braids. Why not sink her teeth into one? After all, they are calorie and fat free!

Lustful Glance is about the act of watching romance playing out on the TV screen. She looks to be caught unawares, her chocolate smeared fingers at her mouth, her body movement still. Originally, she was facing the viewer, but I changed the eye position with this one because I wanted her to be looking at a TV screen. I did the drawing of the screen, which of course is a scene from Days of Our Lives that I've inserted myself into it, but I think I will leave it out of the show.

This is just the close up of the face which I absolutely enjoy. I tried to make TV light, but it is quite difficult to render perfectly. Still, I think the drawing is successful because of the way the shades of various browns work with yellows, oranges, blues, and reds. Plus the sheen of the chocolate is quite nice,. It gives the drawing an extra bit of texture. :)

The biggest question I face is not why the teddy bear is in the drawing, but why the duck? And what does this mean to me on a personal level? I cannot wait to answer it.