July 12th, 2012

Setting the Stage.

Just a little peek into the beginning phase of a digital painting. So far I am just laying in what I think will be an interesting background and setting a light source. Not many layers at this point.  Used a textured brush to get a “wash” down and then worked in a few little details with a smaller, round, pressure sensitive brush.

water panther progress
Progress. The creature is on a separate layer until I am confident about it. This makes the erasure of an entire limb that just took place far simpler than if the layers had been merged. I have been predominately using the brush tool, eyedropper and navigator. This is the basic pattern of things once I get into a good rhythm, along with Ctrl+[ or ] to decrease or increase my brush size, respectively.

Annnnddd then I completely switched over to Illustrator:

June 28th, 2012

Palette Variance

palette mash up

Recently, I was inspired to investigate my current palette selections. While there are some slight differences, I must admit that my palette does not seem to change significantly between paintings, only the amount of paint I go through per tube. Also, I might just be a bit of a color whore.

May 28th, 2012

A Step by Step Mural

mountain wall
Photos courtesy of LexiXD Photography.

House Wall
Photos courtesy of LexiXD Photography.

The goal of this project was to create a soothing environment for the clients at Northwest Journey Counseling and Treatment Clinic. One of the therapeutic tools set into motion in the mural is the bridge. The planks contain words like hate, anger, denial, help, forgiveness. Clients can reflect on which of these words best describes what they are feeling and from there, they can try to develop a way to progress to the most positive state. Some other calming elements include looking for hidden animals and investigating the natural surroundings.

Below is a step by step progression:

final wall

This mural was a collaboration with Dan Nesseth. More photos also available at ARClark Art Facebook Page

May 23rd, 2012

Owl Bear

owl bear
According to several experts, this is the elusive Owl Bear. Possibly intoxicated.

May 18th, 2012

Blue Skull

A little bit of pastel and charcoal paper + some creative props in life drawing.

May 18th, 2012

Capital Idea.

capital punishment
I can not say that I agree with ending another person’s life but I was assigned pro capital punishment as my political agenda for a life drawing and sometimes you just have to go with it. The best argument that I could accept is that people committing crimes heinous enough to be in line for capital punishment are deemed “monsters” and should be contained and subdued. The second argument for capital punishment is that as a society, lethal injection (in this case, a three part system of Pentobarbital, Pancuronium bromide and Potassium chloride if anyone is curios about the top third of the painting) seems to have advanced the applications of  humane death. It sure beats out boiling alive, stoning, flaying and beheading, to name a few. Granted, I’m sure there are still harsh and brutal death penalties, but compared to the alternatives, lethal injection seems tame. The whole life-ending process boils down to a medicinal and sterile setting that is easier to cope with for those not seeking revenge.

May 3rd, 2012

Seize the Seas! Swipe the Sketches!

Being a creeper myself, I always enjoy peeking inside other people’s sketchbooks. In return, I present to you a fraction of my thumbnail sketches I drew up in preparation for the 11″x14″ full drawings for Shapeshifters and Imitators. Not depicted are the scrawled notes I write to myself to stay focused or the many pages of reference photos I print out.

April 30th, 2012

From Our Perspective. 2012 BFA Show – My Perspective!

Front Half
From the beginning…

Back Half

To the end.

Balance and Calculation

Logo Branding Arclark

A little bit of honesty – “Hidden Failure”

Booklet Shapeshifters and Imitators
Final product. The other 5 pictures on the wall are the original images in this booklet.

And also, my artist statement if anyone is interesting in having a read:

Mockery of Self-Confidence

In this series, I have brought together my personal guidelines for success, relevant in the business of art and in the larger scheme of life. The first phase of triumph over the adversarial blank canvas begins with a construction of guidelines, backed by and teeming with hours of Balance+Calculation that will stand as a flexible framework for images further down the line. Ultimately, this is more of a conceptual time.

Branding+Identity. With great ideas come great responsibilities. One of those responsibilities, according to most major brands, is investing in a visible, recognizable persona. The logo created is not just a façade, it is a way of life.  ARClark® results in a final product guaranteed to live up to rigorous standards that can only enhance with time and experience.

Failure is unavoidable, necessary and essential. The upside to failure is that the traces of mistakes are meticulously siphoned off from the end product by way of learning and molding oversights and half-slow or half-fast efforts into something successful.

Execution is the only outcome that is really observed in the end, and only for a moment. It is a small victory when some project goes according to plan. In this case, my final series has come together in five images and a booklet that explores only a fraction of the diversity of nature. And even with this small victory, it is only a matter of time before the cycle repeats.

Angela R. Clark

March 8th, 2012

Hello, Snow.

snow sculpture
18 inches of snow with a flat surface on one side plus a stockpile of concrete tools and a broom equals…

snow carving face
Why, hello there little feller!

house angle
That’s my parents house in the picture for scale. While this snow sculpture is no masterpiece, it was insanely amazing and fun to carve into snow. I started to consider how valuable knowledge of woodcarving or lino print experience would have been.

February 9th, 2012

Start THIS

Starting my senior project. It is essentially of my own choosing so that could have been a disaster, but I am taking a natural science approach. Monsters are fun, but I have to represent the real inspirations for characters once in a while. In the end, I will have five spreads of weird animals. The first one, as you can tell from my three lines, is a Mimic Octopus. More to come by tonight.

Mimic Octopus
Progress! Only 4 more to go.

To see the rest of the finished pages: ARClark Art Facebook Page

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