Tuesday 9 February 2010

Art Tuesday: group effort

A while ago, I asked Flying Trilobite readers for help choosing a quote for a school project. The winner was from Matt Ridley's, Genome: the autobiography of a species in 23 chapters.

"The word transformed the land surface of the planet from a dusty hell to a verdant paradise."

In class, we were partnered with another student based on our names in alphabetical order. Luckily, I was paired with Michelle Kim, another representational artist. Her quote had to do with life being like a spiral. Here's some pics of the end result.

Detail 1: Detail 2:

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**My apologies for missing Art Monday! I was too sick to post.

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traumador said...

hope you get better dude!

these pics look awesome. i love the way the plant is painted ubber realistic, but metaphoric bits are crisp and cartoony. nice stuff on both your parts!

me and bond are building towards some major artistic stuff (we just can't get over how busy things have been around here!)

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Traumador. The stomach flu is on the mend, the 56% lung capacity is still ever-so exciting.

It really was a collaborative piece. Even the ground was done by both of us, and we consulted each other on colour choices and composition. The professor described it as jamming, and I think we did very well. Mainly, I did the grassy mossy "word" and most of the ground and plant, and my partner did the red ribbon and girls.

It's a very mixed media piece, including mulberry paper, acrylic, india ink, sepia and sanguine brush markers, coarse-ground pumice in acrylic medium, and chalk pastel.

Glendon Mellow said...

(Can't wait to see what you and Bond have been up to either...wish I was there!)

Marco Meredith said...
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Marco Meredith said...

This is such a beautiful peice! i love the fairy tale sort of narration thats going on, i bet it looks even better in real life, such great amounts of detail coupled with a really nice use of space.

a great example of what can be acheived in collaboration.


Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Marco! The class is for fine arts, but the narrative and children's book feel really comes out. I don't know the grade yet, but the crit-class went well.

More importantly, I'm pretty happy with it. The idea of working with someone you've just met can be daunting, but proved rewarding. Michelle Kim was serious and had clear ideas.

Glendon Mellow said...

Went to class today.

Michelle Kim and I got an A.

Marco Meredith said...


collaboration has alot going for it, as you say so long as the person you team up with isnt messing about its always very interesting to see the results. often you learn a few things as well as realising what brings out the better side of your own style.


Glendon Mellow said...

Very true (and thank you) Marco. I think my style pushed itself to be less graphic and more umm, swampy, than usual while playing off of my classmate's style.

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