Thursday, 30 January 2014

My cardboard + duct tape sculpture

Bearbot the Robobear is finished.  The bear of the future.  And I finally have the photos to prove it.

He's very photogenic. Click this link for the slideshow:


He's come a long way from being some cardboard boxes from Home Depot.
As you can see in the slideshow, he even has a "mystery compartment."  
(As do all bears of the future, I'm sure.)
The only problem is, he needs a new home.
He is very light, but also very sturdy.    Unlike most bears, he is great for just being there to throw your coat on, or a sandwich.
Let me know if you are interested, or have any suggestions as to where he should end up...

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

get to work!!!

My head is too full of too many things.  it is about to explode. 
I started this blog as an outlet to get said things out of my head.

But at this point, I have half a hundred things, half-ready, to half-post.

So there's a bottle neck in this process somewhere...

When I figure it out, I'll let you know...

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sometimes I doodle on styrofoam cups. And so should you.

Wherever there are styrofoam cups, there is boredom.   

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Saturday, 11 January 2014

From my last Art Show...

New Monsters. Future People. ..was the title of this series of illustrations, from the last art show I participated in.    

The theme of the show was, "Drawing Tomorrow", so naturally I drew these...

And the inspiration for it all is this sketch I did which I hope to turn into a rather large painting someday soon.   So presumably this answers the question, "How do I feel about the future?"

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Friday, 3 January 2014

Photographic Magic

Digital arts.  Here are SOME of the results of my recent explorations of what can happen when I use just light as my paintbrush.   I had taken a bunch of photos of lights a few years back that I started messing with.  Mostly Christmas tree lights.  The original photos themselves were rather fun.   But I started flipping, reversing, and combining them together, and I think I see a great deal of potential here...

I had some comments about what I see in some of these, but I'd rather hear your interpretation- leave me a comment!

Like a Rorschach test- what do you see?

For some reason the style of this one reminds me of Bjork's Vespertine album...

Why put a bird on it when you can add a tree?
(Also, I have bunch of photos of trees and branches I've been doing stuff with... to be posted later )

(And this is the one you may have seen in my blog's background.)

The bad news is that I was working from photos off an old camera with a pretty low file size,  so I'm not sure how big of prints I could get from these without doing some pretty creative upscaling.  But I'm excited to see what I can do with the equipment I have now.

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen

Thursday, 2 January 2014

And then there were these...

Although most of these are also from a while back, they are among my more recent work.  Of the literally severals of dozens of ideas for works that I have conceived and even sketched out, these are the few that I managed to make time for over the last 5 years.   But this is just the beginning.   The arts pump has been primed.  Arts time will be made.  Art will march on.  I shall call it Artsmarch.

Art Imitates Art and other surprises, 36x30, acyrlic

 Hot Pink (the hazards of painting), 36x36, acrylic and graphite 

Release, 36x24, acrylic

Blue Jesus Playing a Green Sitar, 18x24, acrylic

All images © 2014 James Alfred Friesen