Art

Exposing My Innards

It is 1:00 a.m. and I am going to regret this so much in the morning, but I had to get out of bed to post these thoughts here tonight because they are driving my brain insane.   Okay. So this whole thing started off with my henna art, which, as I've mentioned before, is something I do on the side. Back in November, I decided to go formal with this art as a side business. I...

My Second Love

The past couple of weeks have been extremely whirlwindy with so many writing projects, so much research, so many revisions in addition to my regular to-do list, but the moment I hit that submit button on my last assignment of the semester I felt a wave of relief wash over me, man. Yesterday evening I watched a whopping three entire television episodes with my daughter, and today I decided to pull out my old pencils...

Lines and Relief

I stumbled upon a new art medium last week and have been happily experimenting in it during my very limited free time.   It's called metal embossing and it combines everything I love about pen-and-ink drawing: bold lines, high contrast, intricate patterns, angles and curves, but it ends up looking so dramatic and stately! If you want to learn more about it, watch this video from Elitia Hart. I have ordered some actual metal sheets and official metal embossing tools,...

Of Paper, Lines, and Machines

A couple of days ago, I stopped by a local bookstore called Deep Vellum Books. I'd heard of it and been curious about it but had never made the time to visit. I'm so glad I finally did. The very first book I laid my eyes on, sitting right there in the window like a fresh apple strudel, was Witness, written by Robert Rient and translated from Polish by a friend of mine named Frank Garrett (who...