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April 12th, 2009

Made some changes to the site today. Mainly I fixed up the layout, cleaned up the layout image and reworked some transparent gifts into transparent pngs. Re did all the links because dreamweaver and me don't quite get along. I don't always understand how to set up the site definitions and what not. I always end up redoing it 85 million times.

In addition to that, I am working on a version of the site that uses mootool's morph. That way the site doesn't have to constantly reload and possibly slow down older internets. However, that is proving to be a giant clusterfuck. I can get it to give me a failure message but I can't get it to suceed. So I've submitted the code to my instructor to look at while I work on cleaning up the non-moo tools version which I might just keep.

I'm glad I did this layout. I really am. I love it. The drawing is very much like what I do and I love french greys. It breaks my heart that all these pretty warm, taupe greys appear as blue greys on my laptop. I know a lot of people feel that this site is too busy but honestly.. It's not. It's one simple image. It's not even colored. If it was colored, the colors would be very pastel, muted and flat with a smidgen of gradient shading. Very Mucha. I'd have nothing else during this time period why I'm obsessed with him. I also decided to go with the sketch because right now my line-art skills are not where I'd like them to be so for now it will remain a sketch. Not my best but I like it. A lot.

I'm happy with it.

Now if I could just get my iPod back from Adam...


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April 6th, 2009

Alphonse Mucha. My favorite artist of the couple of centuries.

Alphonse Mucha was a Czech artist and he is most known for his decorative posters, especially of Sarah Berndhart.

I love his work. I love the deocrative elements, the frames, the way the background comes in and cuts through behind the figures. I love the way their hair curls in perfect circles and how his women are beautiful and yet very raw. I love the thick outlines that make up the outer-most lines of his figures, frames and other decorative elements while all the insie lineart is clean and crisp. If you compare one of his sketches to a final peice, you see just how embedded his linework was. He had the thick and thin varations even in his sketches, often looking like he ran the then-equvalient of a sharpie over the outeredges. I love just how pretty his peices are. I feel as if there is no hidden agenda, or if there is, it is not obvious. I feel as if he made these posters and prints to be looked at and admired; not analyzed until the artist's true meaning is lost in a sea of overly-sexual interpretations.

Personally I'm happy that I've yet to come across anyone sexualizing Mucha's work. That was far too common in my Art of the 19th Century class.

When it comes to his prints, I aodre how flat his colors are and yet there is so much volumn in the fabric, the women, their hair, or the jewelery that adorns them. And his lighting... it's gorgeous. The man knew his colors.

Mucha's style is my current strongest influence. I find myself wanting to capture his ability to pose dramatically and I want to make it more dramatic, more actiony. I want to frame my peices in a similiar manner, learn how to draw such lovely flowers and jewelery. His mastery of fabric is wonderful.

His fonts are pretty awesome too :3


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