What was your most successful project this season?
I would say my final work was my most successful or maybe that is an overstatement, because I feel equally about all my work. I am proud of each one, and I believe I was extremely successful in each one, but I did enjoy my final work the most...It gave me the chance to work with someone I admire quite a lot. It is also a very free work, and what I mean by that is: I could have taken any road I wanted. There was no exact final destination in my mind. I made it out of pure imagination, literally the brush I used was just flying around and the paint was landing wherever it wanted. It was freedom at it's finest.
I had a really fun time making this piece, therefore, I shall call it the most successful.
What is a media that you enjoyed working with this season?
The media I enjoyed the most was wood burning. I enjoyed mainly for the smell, it brings back memories of when I would go camping with my family, the smell of the burning log. Okay okay, let's get to the actual reason I enjoy wood burning so much, precision. It's simple as that. Wood burning, especially with the minor details, it requires a lot of focus and time. For one reason this was okay with me and that is because the piece was for a special person, Jackie. Now we're done with that story let us get back to the point, wood burning is like the ultimate dish for a perfectionist, I'll tell you what...one small shake or misdirection and your piece or this piece, for that matter, would have been done for. Having each line and small detail just as I initially planned was the base for this whole work, one mess up and I would have wanted to start-over. Fortunately for me the why behind creating this piece motivated me to keep a long sense of hyper-focus.
It was an amazing experience, and I would definitely recommend anyone to try it for themselves. Plus being in hyper-focus mode is just really cool alone.
In some of the projects you worked on this season you had a lot of choice about what direction to take and what materials to use. Explain your thoughts on how effective this was (or if it was not) for you.
Throughout my season in the studio each project we worked on, we had freedom with which medium we wanted to take, it was never really concrete. I believe that having the choice to choose what you want to make and how you want to make it: Is the base to art. Art is subjective, right? What I see as a beautiful masterpiece, you may not. Now connect that with creating a work, if you tell someone to make something with a specific medium: You're distorting art, the imagination, and creativity of the creator. That is no longer a piece, but a product.
I would highly advise anyone to allow their pupils to create freely, of course you can have a theme but allow them to decide how to make it. Allow for their creativity to bloom, and their imagination to run. I can assure you they will appreciate the experience very much.
Alright alright, the end of the season is here. It's time to hang up the brushes, store the paints, and showcase my final works. Hey, listen, there is no point for me to have my head low. I had a marvelous time. Seriously, I did! I never thought of myself, ever, investing so much time into this form of art, I always focused on photography and filmmaking and those two things and everything that go into them are the wonders of my life, they are what my ultimate dreams are based around. However, Life has it's up's and down's. Moments of frustration, anger, and malarkey. This form of art I took on, during this season, was a form to channel my energy into creations of peace in mind and spirit. I really appreciate my instructor pushing me and motivating me to create and explore because everything I learned while in the studio I used outside with daily situations: I found a creative way to dodge conflict, to avoid anger, and most of all how to just enjoy every moment that air is coming in & out of my lungs. I got to say, I am happier than ever with my family, my friends, my business, and the world.
As my final words, I want to say "Thank you" to my instructor and everyone who played a part in my creations.
Alright, let's talk about what you will need. Are you ready? Okay, let's go.
1: A beautiful girl
2: Various color paints
3: A Brush or two
4: A Tarp
5: An Open Mind
6: A quote
7: And a canvas
Now that we have that out of the way, let's get to the process, yeah?
It is really quite simple or is it? Hmmm...no really it is. Trust me.
Step 1: Grab the canvas!
Step 2: Paint a base layer. (use the colors you wish or stay white: it is all up to you.)
Step 3: Cover the area, in which you're painting, with the tarp.
Step 4: Grab a ton of colors and have them close by. You're about to let that brush fly.
Step 5: Let that brush swing, flip, spin, flick, splat, and fling. DON'T HOLD BACK!
Step 6: Let it dry. You must!
Step 7: Get your beautiful girl, paint her hand (color of choice) and ask her to put it where ever SHE wants.
Step 8: Have a laugh with her. Make that moment part of the work.
Step 9: Do the same with your hand, and put it where you want.
Step 10: Paint your quote in the area you want, or spread it out like me.
Pretty simple, huh? Yeah! It really just takes all of the seven things mentioned at the top.
I hope you enjoyed it and made each moment count!
Take it easy fam!
Where did my idea come from, eh? Well let me tell you. It all started with a talk I was having with a good friend of mine, Casey. Casey has a look to things that goes something like this: "If you can't buy, then make it.". So I made something I can't really buy, and I made it myself! Cool huh? However that is not where the story ends...I have another and he goes by "Life is too short to stay stock". He is mainly referring to cars and how if you're a proud car owner "you better upgrade it in each way possible...at least the rims for god's sake.", but I brought that thought over to my board. I don't want the stock paint job/design, grip tape, and wood stain.
I would say that sums up the reason why I did what you see here.
You're probably wondering how I made such thing. Hmm...well pick up a notebook and take notes!
1st: The obvious, find/get a board.
2nd: Get yourself some sand paper.
3rd: Sand the bottom side of the board (the side you will paint).
4th: Remove the grip tape.
5th: Remove grip tape glue residue. (suggest using an eraser, take long but results are exceptional).
6th: Sand both sides one more time, this time with a lighter grit. (this is to reach maximum smoothness).
7th: Choose your colour scheme/design.
8th: Go ahead and paint the bottom layer.
9th: You could either stain the top side with colour of choice or re-apply grip tape once bottom side is dry.
10t: Re-install trucks, wheels, and whatever else you need and start shredding some gnar!
Well hopefully after reading this and looking at my creations, and those of others you don't decide to continue stock! Remember life is too short to stay stock! Have fun!
Take it easy fam!
This piece which I have designed did not meet its ending. However, the process of creating and planning such a beast of work is exhausting or at least very bothersome.
Alright, the first step I took was removing the grip tape in order to have two smooth surfaces and give the final product a nice red wood look. Once I removed the grip tape I quickly noticed that the board still contained glue residue from the tape.
So, that leads me into step two I first tried to scrape the residue off with a razor blade, then a palette knife/workers spatula, but finally what gave me the result I desired without damaging the original red stain was an eraser. I constantly rubbed it back and forth across the board until the glue was completely off. Very good!
Step three, I first just started by thinking of flowers, and at this point the piece was just something else I would create. After several hours of thinking I decided to not only create something amazing but make an amazing gift to someone special to me, hence the name of the piece "familiae semper" meaning "always family". That not only gave the piece a purpose rather than being another piece, but it gave me motivation to truly invest thought and time into how the piece as a final would turn out.
Step four, there is none. I would have likely polished the piece and set-up the wheels and tripod head. Those last two pieces would have made the piece truly functional.
Well folks that is it. Have a good one.
What has Miguel made now? That I ask myself, yes. I don't know what I have done. You see when I initially planned out my art piece; everything was supposed to build off each other, I did not get that to work. SO...I switched paths mid-project. I ended up with a skinny little figurine. It's not very colorful or 100% aesthetically pleasing, but hey one thing is for sure: "I liked it."
NOW! You are all probably curious to how I created such a masterpiece, yes? or Am I to proud of myself? Regardless, let's get to it. I started with, what is known as the marvelous, copper wire. Three 18 inch pieces, to be accurate. I worked on the pieces separately, to make each individual piece of copper straight as possible. Second, in the process I found a thinner copper wire that was tinted with a green shell. What I did with this wire was first; wrap it around the three main pieces of copper wire. Second; I bent the pieces of copper wire stick out of the green copper wire wrap into the dog/wolf formation. Third; I wrapped the neck area of the figurine like I did with the three main pieces. After that I did I special twirl technique with another piece of green copper wire over the initial wrap of green copper wire.
Well folks, that is all I did. Sounds simple, huh? Yeah, it is.
My artwork represents that of which we do not know. As humans we know the sky is above us, and that beyond the sky the solar system and so on. Planets which we have not yet explored. Things we have not yet truly seen. With this came the thought of a cartoon movie I saw where there was a whole other society living under the asphalt and dirt of the streets. That's why I drew the planets under the mountain like figures in the second to the left piece. The way I created this piece was constantly adding multiple layers of paint. You can tell that in the third piece I added quite an amount of layers. I would say I over did it but I managed to work with it. Apart from having layers I sprayed different areas with different colors. In order to create the circular planet shape I had to use the spray paint bottle caps. Although I did at some points to use something with a bigger diameter. The final touch included speckles of gray and light pink. I expected my final product to come out better, I would have liked to give it more detail and a realistic feel/look. I learned though, and that's what matters to me the most.
My name is Miguel Fuentes. What's poppin? I can't say I'm the greatest with my hands in terms of art. I personally prefer photography, and film-making in the sense of art. Although, I believe stepping outside the regular can always be exhilarating. Well, I hope you find some inspiration or at least some form of admiration in my art. Deuces!