Sunday, September 5, 2010

First 2 weeks

I've just finished the first two weeks of my first semester in grad school and it's been a pretty intense time. It's been an big adjustment going from setting my own schedule as a freelance artist/designer to adhering to one that requires me to be in class 5 days a week and there late most nights of the week.

The exciting thing is that I am learning alot of new stuff. One project involves creating an installation that incorporates my printmaking work into the concept. This is quite a challenge since I've worked in 2D for most of my career with the exception of a few package design projects that came up here and there. My attempt to be an installation artist will be interesting, to say the least. I'll post pictures once the installation is up.

I'm also working on stencil, trace and watercolor monotypes. It's not the way I usually approach monotyping and perhaps it will launch new ideas and change the usual way that I work. So far it's been a bit challenging since I wasn't ever really attracted to these monotype methods before.

Lastly, I'm taking lithography for the first time. It's a lot to take in since we are starting with stone lithography which I understand requires more steps than plate lithography. But since I am an etcher and I embrace the process of working on a plate in many different states, I can appreciate the nuances to the steps required to prepare a lithographic stone. We'll see how the one I'm currently working on comes out.

So that's my update on what's been happening of late. Once I really get going with my work, I plan to post images and help chart my progress that way.