July 30th, 2017

Chalkfest 2017 – Eau Claire, WI

First, I haven’t posted anything for a while, but I am still creating! It’s harder and harder to find time to sit down at the computer and type anything up. Smartphones are too convenient. If anyone is looking for more current content, I’ve been posting semi-regularly on my Instagram @arclarkart.

Second, I am thankful that Volume One & UW-Eau Claire continue to put together an amazing event for local artists and community to join together and create and view sidewalk art for the day!

Let me tell you a little about our time at Chalkfest.
Saturday, July 29, 2017. In the beginning, there are composition sketches.
It’s easiest to work through sketches in the same room as your partner, but Kim and I had to send concepts and sketches through the ol’ text-machine since we are no longer in the same city. As an adult, it becomes a logistical nightmare to get two people in the same room at the same time and digital communication was our friend. End result of combined sketches, brainstorming and Photoshop Magic below:

The munchkins, posing in front of their Minecraft square, are the same talented models that helped us with reference material:

Mid-Process #1 with myself; smudging some shadows on to the “pages”:

Mid-Process #2 with Kim; time to let everyone know what number we are:

Dirty chalkwater and paintbrushes. I love using water to start blocking out and painting in big blocks of color. Less of the sidewalk shows through if you can saturate the area with chalk+water (Kim is more of a blend-until-your-skin-is-in-the-cement.) Both methods produce similar results, but I think the brush is quicker.

Mid-Process #3 with some eyes still missing. Shadows and highlights are still a work-in-progress at this point. We worked very quickly in the morning as the threat of sun started to get more and more real. Due to the fast pace, there wasn’t time for much process documentation.

Finished square! Kids, Yog-Sothoth and Nyarlathotep.

Audience Choice Award!!! <3<3<3 Thank you from #113!
winners

December 7th, 2013

Sneak Peaks

mural
A little mural action. Keepin’ the details on the DL until the Christmas time is over.

August 4th, 2013

Chalkfest 2013 – The Squirrel II

sketches
We combined our initial sketches into Photoshop to play around with the idea. This is the game plan that resulted from tinkering.

Beginning Squirrel

Starting out the morning by mapping in the big chunks of color. Some people like to use grids, I think that is an extra, time-consuming step so I choose to avoid it. We eyeball in this house.

Squirrel Progress
A bit of time elapsed from the first picture to here. No time to dilly dally with cameras.

Adult group winner
Bragging rights! All thanks to my lovely partner Carrie Sood and not possible without the efforts of Volume One. For more pictures check out my facebook page. For more info about the event check out Volume One! Also, feel free to check out last year’s epic squirrel saga.

August 4th, 2012

Chalkfest Eau Claire

The local Eau Claire magazine, Volume One, sponsors a sweet time called Chalkfest. This is the story of a couple participants. Behold!

squirrel thumbs
Thumbnail, pre-plan time.

process
A few phases of the decided-upon game plan.

the squirrel
A tale of The Squirrel, riddles-in-the-dark style.

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