Thursday, June 15, 2006

doughy cake

Ice Cream Monster inspired me a few weeks ago when she published something that didn't quite turn out. She's a master graphic artist and a great illustrator, but was not too proud to publish a soggy cake. Just as Mok, my Chinese calligraphy teacher said, you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your successes.

I keep thinking about the Old Testament reading from Sunday. I'm not a Judeo-Christian. However, those stories just fascinate me to no end, probably because I grew up in a religion-free household.

I tried to draw this five times, but it won't capture my excitement and magical feeling. So in honor of Ice Cream Monster, I'll publish my unsuccessful execution in hopes that I'll learn from studying it.

The sandals are key in the story. God tells Moses to remove them. I think the sandals in my drawing capture Moses' awe better than any part. I decided in the end not to include the burning bush in the drawing. It seemed kind of sacreligious, and better left to the imagination. Anyway, the effect of the fire and voice was more interesting than the bush itself.

For the sake of composition, I wanted to publish the whole doughy cake, but it comes out really fuzzy -- not too much fun to look at. Anyway, Blogger is refusing to publish it now. It seems to be on the blink again. I'll publish it this afternoon.


Blogger Alina Chau said...

Thank you very much for dedicate this posting to my blog. :) I am flattered. You may not be satisfy with these drawings, but I find them very expressive and tell good story. :) To me, that's a nice piece of arts!! :)

10:02 PM  
Blogger melba said...

You say you visualize your first paycheck. Does that mean you got the job you were interviewing for? I was thinking about you and wanted to ask, but then thought I would wait until you posted something about it.

What kind of paper do you use for drawing? Do You keep all your papers together. Did you make a little studio in your house. I would love to see pictures.

Many people who have blogger host their pictures on Flicker. I just recently started looking around at flicker. I don't have my photos there because they need to be resized.

Did you ever read that book Your Money or Your Life?
I mentioned it on my blog. I think you would like it.

I hope it is sunny and a lovely day by you!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Thanks Alina and Melba. I needed some buddyship today.

Alina, your notion that art is about telling stories is useful.

Melba, thanks for the tip on Flickr. I'm looking at it today. I liked all of your questions. I think I'm going to blog my answers tomorrow, just as an exercise in knowing myself. .

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