I’ll be at AVAM this Friday with a TON of cigar boxes, ready to help bring new Dioramas into the world!
I’ll be doing another workshop (or several) in 2017! Stay tuned, and come make some art!
The multiplane camera is a special motion picture camera used in the traditional animation process that moves a number of pieces of artwork past the camera at various speeds and at various distances from one another. This creates a three-dimensional, stereoscopic and parallax effects. The first multiplane camera, using four layers of flat artwork before a […]
Here is a Bogen camera stand, which is used mostly for stop motion animation. It’s lovely. The nice thing about the Bogen is how easy it is to raise and lower the camera. The less good thing is, it’s expensive. This is a simple camera stand which can be also used for stop motion animation. […]
I attended a lecture at Loyola University by Paul Johnson last Thursday. I heard about Paul from my book artist colleagues, Jenny O’Grady and Jodi Hoover. From the Loyola site: “Paul Johnson is a successful pop-up book artist with work in such collections as the Tate Gallery, London; the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; and the National […]
Following up on the idea of making action figures and monsters from other toys, I have been experimenting with scanning my figures and then printing copies of them. To start with, Leezle and I downloaded a MakerBot project from Thingverse. We printed it. Someone at Thingverse commented that it’s “Sad that it’s such a lo-poly […]
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, blueprints. The process uses two chemicals, mixes in equal parts: ammonium iron(III) citrate [20% solution] and potassium ferricyanide [8.1% (w/v) solution]. These are available […]
Continuing from last year’s STEM project, Leezle and I used the remaining neck from the guitar roller coaster project to make a sound projecting instrument. The main requirement was we could only use stuff we already had on hand – nothing could be purchased. Leezle is passionate about cello, and if I may say so, has […]
Here’s a closer look at the Dioramas I took to Diorama-rama II. To address the theme of “March Madness,” I thought I’d ignore the sportsball and explore the strange, strange energy that Springtime brings: How weird I think Easter is as a “holiday,” which combines egg laying bunnies and people rising from the dead (z o m […]
And I quote: “Wonder Commons presents Diorama-Rama Deux, a celebration of creative storytelling inside the box. Join us in our second year as we compete for awards and celebrate what can be seen through the miniature. Introductory Diorama demonstration by artist Jim Doran.” So, I set some of my work out and talked with folks […]
Art heals. I have watched Art transform people when I worked as an expressive therapist. I know it from my own life, too. I’m in an exhibition at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts that opened last night. Here’s the introductory blurb for this exhibit: “The definition of alchemy […]
For years, I’ve been bringing dead raccoons home to bury them in a makeshift pet cemetery. It is a nice thing to do for them, and it provides a safe way for me to interact with them. I recently started a new taxidermy experiment. I’m not so interested in stuffing them at this point (although I would […]