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Android Jones: the “Apocalyptic Art Shaman”

February 8th, 2011 by Nate
From Andrew's bio: "His work is a hybrid of academic training, emerging technology and the mystical experience, bringing together a mixture of archetypal mythology and spirituality... In Andrew's live painting he searches to capture the invisible energetic elements of life that no photo or video camera are capable of reflecting."

I first saw Andrew “Android” Jones‘ work while I was browsing the art booths at Wakarusa 2010. Being a digital artist myself, I was really drawn to his signature style, which I would describe as a fusion of light, shapes, patterns, portraits, and environments into a chaotic but very cohesive whole with dark, mystical, and deeply personal undertones. Many, if not all of the portraits in his pieces are hand-painted digitally, and I love the way their eyes are often the center of attention (they’re the window to the soul, are they not?). One of the coolest things I immediately noticed was that the prints he was displaying weren’t just prints, they were lenticular holograms. One piece would have a remarkable depth to it, while the piece next to it would have several artworks in one image that morphed between each other based on your viewing angle. Very cool.

He’s one of the only arists I know that use Corel Painter for a majority of work, which just goes to show that Photoshop isn’t the only player in the game. I tried using Corel Painter awhile back and it just seemed quite a bit less polished and intuitive than I was used to. Granted, it caters to a bit different audience. He also uses Zbrush for 3d figures and manipulation. One of his signature techniques seems to be

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TOYS Exhibit at Gallery 924

December 8th, 2010 by Nate

This past Friday, I had the opportunity and privilege to display a new piece in the Primary Colours invitational holiday art exhibition TOYS. The exhibition of 20 artists was held at the new Gallery 924 at the Arts Council. They really have a nice space over there – nice vibe and flow throughout. We were free to interpret the theme “TOYS” however we chose, so it was really fun to have that freedom. The diversity of pieces reflected many different interpretations, some more abstract than others.

Final digital piece

Since I’ve been exploring origami lately, I wanted to do a photography piece that incorporated an origami prop of some sort. One of the reasons I like paperfolding is that you start with one square of paper and wind up with something incredibly different and more complex. You can really create anything out of nothing. Before I even knew exactly what I was going to create, I had decided to title the piece “Imagination” to reflect this quality. You can create anything in your mind using your imagination, and it really is the best “toy” a person can have.

Initially, my idea was to fold a paper boat that was floating in a puddle. I actually went through the process of hand-making the double-sided tissue folding paper (really nice to work with) and folding the model to use. I liked the model, but part of me wanted…

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Photography workflows

November 29th, 2010 by Nate
Every photographer has his or her own workflow, some more efficient than others. Proper organization and redundancy can save a lot of time in the long run, and it doesn't have to be complicated.

A good organizational system is unobtrusive, fast, and easy to use. It fits in so well that it becomes habit and provides grounds for further process improvement. I’ve always been on the hunt for the magic bullet when it comes to file organization on my machine… Unfortunately, that probably doesn’t exist. But it has led me to continuously improve and refine my own workflow to a point where I have a set system in place every time I come back from a photoshoot.

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