Wednesday, December 1, 2010

24 Pyramid




Redesign of a Droid mathematical game. The object of the game is to use up all the numbers and symbols to get to 24. While this is supposedly a childrens game, I think a game like this caters to an older audience, which is why I prefer option two over one.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Woodblock Final : Metamorphosis







Just finished the series. I've got to love that residue--and although translating vector drawings in to woodblocks in difficult I love the texture it achieves. Perhaps I will revisit this medium some time in the future, after my hands have had a chance to rest a bit.

Monday, November 22, 2010

SALE SALE SALE

Sale Sale Sale
The MCAD Art Sale is over and I sold a lot, my woodblocks did particularly well which surprised me a bit. Still I've got some prints left over and I don't like multiples so I'm pretty much giving them away at a discounted price. Email me at hello@alexathoen.com if you would like to purchase something.



Organic Forms Woodblock $10



Untitled Woodblock $10



Wood Tones Woodblock $10




C Screenprint $20



Eco Bombs Screenprint $20



CC Screenprint $10



Inuit Screenprint $10



Blue Blood $40




Visual Drone $10




Bad Romantic $10



Bon Voyage $10

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sushigraphic



An infographic dealing with the ratios of ingredients in sushi. Made it a while ago but haven't gotten around to posting it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Organic Forms Woodblock



Still working on conquering this medium. This is a redo of the last woodblock print I posted, a meeting of organic and human forms; I think that the layers and colors work slightly better in this version.

Also, Dunian. He cuts up what appears to be Cocteau Twins in this track and for that he is my hero.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Selective Memory



My entry to the all school project this year, a show dealing with Memory. This piece in particular deals with the obscured nature of memory that is selective, almost as if it is a crumbled note in the brain.

Baths is rocking my world right now, this kind of music is the best working music

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wood Tones Wood Block



Such an imprecise medium, still I love it. This project is a follow up to the last piece involving the integration of human circulatory and ecosystem.

No Age provides the soundtrack to my life right now.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Untitled Woodblock One



I've been listening to Baroness as of late and am making some metal-inspired art. Loosely based around the concept of a human burning bush.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

MCAD Welcome Screens













Sequential slides for announcements before MCAD lectures.

All School Project Poster: Memory





*Pictures of posters in environment soon to come

Monday, May 3, 2010

Final Screen Print One



Gigantic scale, four color, copies available for sale if anyone is interested.

Listening to The National's "Lemon World".



Sunday, April 18, 2010

Neurosis: Hysteria



As a joint final project in illustration seminar and screen printing, I am creating a series of abstract representational screen prints based on neuroses--hysteria, obsessive compulsion, and pyromania (which oddly enough, it its own category). I want to explore the combination of organic and geometric elements in order to portray a psychological state. The palette is going to change and there might be another layer of base color for the screen print.

Edit: with final color scheme

Friday, April 2, 2010

Crystal Castles CMYK Screenprint



Experimenting with the screen printing process that mimics what a printer does. Can't say that I'm a fan, but it was an interesting learning experience nonetheless. It is just that the photo ends up dull and pixelated and I think that it would be a challenge to work that in to the process of layering flats that I am fond of, but who knows.

I love Crystal Castles so it was great to have a chance to make something promoting them.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

C



Finally finished this, been working on it since winter break. The character is the visual representation of the Copyright, which I decided to make after reading numerous William Gibson novels, in with artificial intelligences and other non-form based objects are treated as characters. 90% of this illustration is also made out of Helvetica letterforms--I like the idea of taking something almost completely characterless and making it into a character.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

You Are My Favorite Commodity



According to the humble observations of this artist our use and discard mentality as a society extends to more than just the consumption of goods. Second part of the previous post, same blue palette, size, but different feel completely. Wish I could say more but it is meant to be a pretty quick read.

Muse is the choice music for working in this style, perfectly dramatic. Despite their widespread popularity Muse has retained a lot of their integrity, and they make superb music on almost every album they come out with. Matthew Bellamy's voice is operatic.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blue Blood




I broke my resolution to be more economical with my line work. The modern aristocracy has all of the coke and this illustration is basically exploring that idea. I tried my hardest to get this done in time for merits, alas, it didn't pan out. I'm going to probably make a large color kip print of this anyway, as it was illustrated to be printed huge.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Green Bombs Screenprint



Here is the final screenprint on the subject of green bombs--bombs that reduce carbon emissions. I decided on the shape to represent more of an explosion and ditch the small text. Overall I'm happy with the message it conveys, as it remains observant and neutral rather than too confrontational. Can no longer feel my feet, I did this eight layer screenprint in two days. Had to expedite my process because of an upcoming interview and merit scholarships. Overall a great success in comparision to my first couple of screenprints.

Also Fischerspooner covering Wire <3

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Screenprints




This is what has been occupying my time lately, I fear that I have fallen in love with screenprinting. These are a couple of preliminary trials. The bird is an inuit pattern that I carved out by hand and the circle is an illustration following up the last dealing with the acquired desire of cute animals. Much more to come. I am looking to sell a couple of these prints so if you are interested message me @ hello@alexathoen.info :).

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pack



It feels good to finally draw something by hand, at least it did until I finished inking it, long periods of digital illustrating lead to thumb atrophy. Subject is on the pack mentality, a desire to conform that I believe is an innate desire or compulsion depending on your particular set of beliefs. My friend Courtney was leaving her job one day to find herself amongst a throng of nearly identical teenagers in blue plaid shirts and long black hair, who proceeded eye her with disdain. Courtney has been wearing plaid since grunge.

If I don't go dancing this weekend I am going to bust some kneecaps. Kneecaps will be busted. If I get to dance to this dance porn then I might even be able to stave off busting kneecaps for another couple of weeks.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Visual Drone



This is a follow up piece to the last post. I used this opportunity to explore the ways darks can be used as the lights functioned in the previous piece. The piece started out as a portrait of the electroclash band Ladytron and ended up as a piece representing electronically influenced music in general. Again, mostly an experiment in color and effects, cyan and yellow to complement the magenta of Lady Gaga. Strangely, this is one of the most intensive illustrator projects that I have worked on, the line count is huge. I will gladly cross the finish line of this waterfall project.

Also, I have come upon a wealth of new music at ISO50 (designer/musician Scott Hansen/Tycho's blog) This is just one of the many finds, I like the direction this kind of pop music is going.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bad Romantic



If you do not know who this is, you need to crawl out of the culture-proof refuge you are hiding in. When asked to do a waterfall-themed illustration, I thought of "making rain" (throwing money), then auras of affluence, and finally arrived at this image of Lady Gaga. I enjoy Lady Gaga because she is in to trash culture and fashion, which I think arrives closer to the essence of pop music than the bubblegum image that was popular when I was going to high school. Lady Gaga's voice is slightly less than mediocre, her lyrics are terrible, but her presence is gargantuan and her songs are catchy--so I guess that would make me a Gaga supporter, whoo Bad Romance.
On a completely separate note I think that this is the most beautiful thing I have heard since I first listened to Slowdive's When The Sun Hits. I blame all the Gregg Araki movies I was watching over break, every soundtrack is shoegaze and industrial-infused gold. This band out of Lima made the best shoegaze album of the year two years ago, and I can tell why.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fatality



I know that we have all puzzled over this question at least one time during our lives. What happens when a bear luchador cyborg meets a wolve luchador cyborg? A fatality, a fatality happens. Happy birthday Emily, it is only a few months late.