(in the style of) Franz Marc


Photos of Matilda my greyhound and Bird of Paradise flower photos were arranged in a grid on cartridge paper providing a basis for this initial painting. I placed the paper onto a window and traced the photographs with a pencil. Using a ruler I drew the random directional lines (that I see in the photos) throughout the drawing, fracturing and segmenting the shapes. Examples; the directions of where Matilda’s eyes look, continuations of the lounge chair arm edges, lines where walls and floors meet.

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Justice Framed

My comic book and animation will explore ideas surrounding a corrupt and incompetent justice system. Follows a summary of the opening article from an issue of ‘Law Text Culture’ analysing the ways comics imagine and depict law. Full reference below.

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1. The red bleeding lettering represents the angry, bitter speech of the Joker, Batman’s enemy.
Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1. The red bleeding lettering represents the angry, bitter speech of the Joker, Batman’s enemy.

In the digital age comics are everywhere, being published globally in many languages, ranging from mainstream American superheroes to small independent works, covering many genres. Continue reading Justice Framed

The Hero, the Villain and Archetypes

Carl Jung introduced the term archetype in 1919 to explain themes he identified among dreams, waking imagery, private ideas, myths, religious symbolism, occult disciplines and tribal lore.

He proposed archetypes were underlying templates that shape perception, imagination and understanding. That transcend cultures and time. That cause people to apprehend and respond to the world in a distinctly human way.

Jung put forward the term ‘collective unconscious’ to describe these psychological motifs as the accumulated experience of humanity within individuals. Archetypes are revealed through dreams, fantasies and aesthetic creations.

Archetypes include:
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Cartoons, Caricatures, Comic Books and Graphic Novels

‘… are capable of expressing complex aesthetic and intellectual ideas…’

A summary of an article from American Art, reference below.

Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #50
Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #50

Comic art is being exhibited at museums and galleries, acknowledging its cultural influence.

Past major American exhibitions include Masters of American Comics (shown 2005-6, surveyed American comic art history during the 20th century), Comic Abstractions (shown 2007, focused on contemporary artists at MoMA), and Cartoon America (shown 2006-7, presented an overview of the extensive comic art held by the Library of Congress). Individual artists are featured through solo exhibitions.

American universities offer courses in comic art history, with the majority through english and literature departments. The rich visual aspect of comic art is studied less. Some exceptions include Will Eisner and Scott McCloud who wrote studies analysing the formal properties and structure of comics. However it is hard to find analysis of cartoons and comics within art history.

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