Powerful Self-Portraits Reveal Artist’s Descent Into Alzheimer’s Disease
n 1995, at the age of 61, American artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In response to the illness, the London-based artist immediately began to paint an ambitious series of self-portraits. From the time of his diagnosis to 2000, when he was admitted to a nursing home, Utermohlen created a powerful documentation of his painful descent into dementia as a way to try to better understand his condition.
I have a small question I hope you don’t get mad at me for asking but, how do you draw chibi´s? I can’t get the cheeks as I wanted them to look like, I use the technique of using circles, and do you have a technique I could use? I hope it dint bother you with me question ^_^
My tip for drawing chibi, I guess I has only one, the Ratio.
You should choose a right ratio to make them cute.
Ratio of the face and the whole body too. Usually they’re 1/3 or ½ for the body, I suggest the ½ if you’re the beginner because 1/3 chibi comes with more detail.
Basically Chibi art is aiming for making the the character as cute as possible. Focus more in the face, eyes (usually big wide eyes) and concise a lots of detail of the body. Practice a lot will help your hand get used to the ratio as long as how to choose keeping or throwing away the details.
Here is an example of a ½. I just made one ZoSan ♥
Last summer I received an email from an amazing person who had an awesome story to tell me. For the last few years, Kat DeVaney has been writing down and documenting every single thing that her husband, Ed, says in his sleep.
Now, talking in your sleep isn’t necessarily a rarity, but these aren’t just little 2 or 3-word incoherent thoughts. They aren’t mumbled made-up words either. These are full reflections of the most absurd things.They are completed stories of nonsensical hilarity. They are brilliant musings that absolutely must be shared with the world. They may not all make sense, but they are so perfect for what I do, and Kat and I agreed that each and everyone one of Ed’s mid-night out-pours needed to be documented with artwork.
I should ad that Ed also has what is probably the most amazing beard in the history of the world so I created a little character based on it. He’s also a very talented musician and he and Kat own a music store in Washington. Here are Ed’s thoughts on plaid. (I will be sharing many more very soon)
Buzzfeed tells the story about Erin Nations, a 33-year-old and FTM transgender artist from Portland, Oregon.
His Instagram and Tumblr is filled with doodles that confront the anxiety of living with gender dysphoria, the feelings of discomfort people experience when the gender they were assigned at birth does not match up with their gender identity.
Today I went exploring with my dad and sister to this cave called “The Vault”. The Vault is 61m deep and 3m high, except there’s two passages and the left one goes on for longer than that. It was tunnelled out by Rocky Mountain Vaults & Archives in 1969 at the height of the Cold War. If there was a nuclear attack, they would have stored important documents and artwork in this cave, which we found out by reading Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide. Once we got there we found out that The Vault was a lot bigger than we thought it would be, and it turns out there’s a lot of graffiti in there. Some of it was pretty creepy; all the outlines of people reminded me of a crime scene, and the red face looked kinda devilish. Plus we saw some metallic pieces in the rock when our flashlights reflected off of them and it turned out to be a bunch of candles that people had put in the rock wall. At one point we all turned our lights off to see if there would be any light from outside, but since the tunnel curved a few times it was pitch black in there. Anyway, thought you’d find this as interesting and spooky as I did!
I don’t want to knock anyone’s personal growth in the art form. Sticker. Tag. Throwies. Pieces. It’s all a means of pushing a name. A feeling. I exist. I’m here. Fuck you. Whatever. But the thing I’m getting a little annoyed at is all the hype around permission walls and the whole huge mural trend with cherry pickers and going big and post it to Instagram and wow look what I did?! I would get more hyped if I saw that someone wrote on the side of a bus then if I see one more giant side of a building painted somewhere. It’s just getting played out and soft. Maybe I’m just old and… I would just love a little bit more raw expression.
I think for me it’s more of an age thing. I’ve seen the transitions of documentation of artwork because of the internet. And it’s almost amazing that something that I would totally be thrilled at seeing before, like a person going for broke and blazing a giant wall in NY has become blasé. Maybe I’ve just been around it too much. It’s like a big deal to do shit in NY. I guess. With the internet you can do it anywhere now, really. My thing is I’m more annoyed at people considering that graffiti or street art. Wtf is street art? Isn’t it just sign painting or muralist work? It does not feel like real graffiti. Maybe it’s just me.
It seems that young artists think that the road to an art career is doing things on the street, getting as many murals as you can and participating in as many group shows as you can get into. Post it on Instagram, if you’re lucky do a video. Oh, but at the same time try to stay enigmatic. I’ve seen people hand this out as advice over the last few years.
I feel like I’m fucking up now all of a sudden if I’m not doing any of the that. WTF is that? Comparison is a shitty thing. I’m not used to having to ask someone permission to make art. Hey is this ok? Are you okay with this creative content? If I wanted to do that I would have worked in advertising or something. Which is the way it all seems to be now. One big advertisement for your art.
Either way I don’t feel like that is really doing graffiti. Am I wrong? I just miss the old days. For me, back then, it was more about pushing a name. Getting up whether people wanted you to or not. -cosbe Brooklyn NY. Aug, 31, 2014
A peek into the Museum archives: “Girls from P.S. 94, drawing artifacts on exhibit in Southwest Indian Hall” photographed by Julius Kirschner in 1916.
There is a long history of Museum objects serving as fodder for artists of all ages. Just recently the Museum’s Spring Drawing Class completed their course, and photographer Craig Chesek documented the artworks they produced. Take a look at the Museum-inspired masterpieces.
So, I have been in touch regularly with Jess Anderson, the artist of the Runnin Bare cards, and brought up the possibility of doing a book or a project to document his artwork and the QSL craze of the 70s.
He’s willing to tell and share anything I need for the book, but he’s convinced no one cares and doesn’t want to look like an old fool. He has original artwork, catalogs and photos and I have the complete Runnin Bare collection.
I think these things are great and am thinking of a Kickstarter or something to get his story told. Is there any interest?