Remember Sketchbook Saturday?

I never do.

Below is a drawing from my sketchbook made during a Hammonton Arts Center board meeting. My skecthbook and I are still inseperable. Unfortunately, Twitpic seems to see more of its contents than this blog does.

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Sleepy Nude

I’ve worked with a lot of models in my life. The one thing they’ve all had in common is they were tired. Something about staying in one position over an extended period of time makes the body shut down. It makes sense. Below are some drawings of a nude falling asleep. The majority of his poses were ten minutes long, some shorter.

Stop the Objectification of Giraffes

I drew a giraffe.

My Eyes Are Up Here. Ink on cotton paper. 5″x5″ (12.7cm x12.7cm).

Unframed: $100.00

Facebook with a J

I affectionately present the first half of the J’s. The drawings below are my Facebook friends whose first names fall between J-Je.

Second half of the J’s coming soon.

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Facebook friends A, B, C, D, E-I.

Eee I Eee I Oh

So far, I have drawn and tagged 114 of my Facebook friends. Posted below are my friends E through I.

I am quite surprised by the overwhelmingly positive way my Facebook portraits have been received. It is not that I didn’t realize people liked being drawn, but it is important to remember I have not asked permission to draw them. The responses have been encouraging, complementary, and over all very excited. The most frequent comment is people asking me to jump ahead to their letter.

A small sampling of the comments made on the images:

“Hey stranger Internet friend. Thank for drawing me.” -Adam

“Wow! I really like this idea, can I do it?” -Jess

“Thats about right.” -Brendan

“Thanks. I am wasted holding a shot with a paper crown on. :)” -Cassandra

“Wow, you should go to Disney World and be that person who sits under the umbrella and draws people 🙂 Very nicely done! Hope you are well.” -Courtney

“Jennifer you drew this?? I LOVE IT!!! OMG!” -David

“omg i love my picture!!! haha it’s so cute!!” -Heather

“well look at that” -Gary

The only negative feedback received wasn’t feedback at all. Two people have untagged themselves. They did not tell me why or comment on the photos.

At least four people have made my drawing their profile picture. Part of the point of this project is that once an image is posted on the internet, it is impossible to control or monitor what happens to it. I am doing what I can to keep track of the life of these images, but it is ultimately futile.

I’ve received quite a few friend requests from strangers since posting the drawings. One woman sent a note with her requesting stating she saw my portraits and hopes to be included when I get to the “L”s. Of course she will be.

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Facebook friends A, B, C, and D.

Facebook Friends “A”

The internet is a big place. Social networking is a phenomenon. Everyone has a Facebook page. Friends, family, and strangers upload photos of each other with no regard for the individual’s rights to privacy. Once you post a picture on the internet, it is no longer yours. It is everyone’s.

Photos posted on Facebook can and will be used for every possible purpose: from keeping one from getting a desired job to prosecuting under aged drinkers to stalking. You do not know who is looking at your Facebook page right now. The internet is not private.

Please do not get me wrong. I am not opposed to social networking or having my photo posted online. I love twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Facebook. It’s just, I know I have no control over any  image I upload to a website. I understand the dangers involved in posting information on the internet. I do not like these dangers, but I am aware of and accept them.

I am not sure every person posting pictures and comments on Facebook understands the implications. There is no privacy; there is no control.  That is the main theme to my next body of work.

I am going to draw every “friend” I have on Facebook.  Many of these people I haven’t seen in years. Some I’ve never met. While I am doing my best to draw flattering portraits, I have not asked permission to draw these people.

The drawings will be made strictly from photographs I have found on Facebook. Every drawing will be tagged initially. Should the subjects of the drawing choose to untag themselves, that is their right. The point is, I drew them. Without the subject’s knowledge, I spent time looking at his/her photographs. Then, I thoroughly analyzed and drew his/her face. All while he/she was off living life.  An image posted simply to entertain was used in a way never intended. That photo is now a part of my art. It is now mine.

Enough jabber. Here is every Facebook friend I have whose name begins with the letter “A”.

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Master’s Studies

A conte crayon value study of Peter Paul Rubens’s Venus as depicted in Venus and Adonis.

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The Wizard of Oz

Recently I designed and created the Wizard of Oz’s head for a theater company in Philadelphia. It was a simple over head projection, but it turned out nice.

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ozpeople

The company is the Theater Company of Port Richmond. The production was stellar.

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Finished the Oil Painting

This is the first in a series of oil paintings I hope to apply to galleries with. It is currently not for sale. It is based on a dream I had about standing up. The last image is to give you the idea of its size.

It is painted improperly on top of a painting of my sister screaming I made in college.

So, in many years a

large screaming face will become visable in the space including the back of the chair and directly behind

the emerging white face.

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