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13Dec

blog: blôg

{Verb} Add new material to or regularly update a blog
{Noun} A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.

That is it. I have had enough. I need to start with more regular posts.

I hear again and again how someone my age is out in the design or fine art world and making national recognition due to the content and idea for their blog. Meaning, illustrious people like Andrew Gibbs with his daily package design blog called The DieLine, Jessica Hische with her Daily DropCap or the oh-so popular Daily Monster illustration blog by Stefan G. Bucher. All of these young designers picked an idea they were drawn to and made it into a blog empire. They have grown throughout the course of making their blogs. You can see if literally over time, and I want so badly to learn from them and follow in their footsteps.

The Daily Monster Stephan Bucher

Stefan used his passion for illustration as a way to generate content for his blog and have fun. He starts by spilling liquid ink on to his drawing surface. Then he manipulates the ink by blowing on it through a straw. He forms these awesome abstract shapes that he then uses to build his drawing of a monster.
You can see more of his process in videos on his YouTube page at YouTube.com/user/StefanGBucher

So I am going to do the same and start blogging more often and pick a focus for a daily or weekly post. (For better or for worse). Picking the idea is going to be the hard part but physically posting should not be that hard with a camera, spell check and the wordpress app on my phone right? (Hopefully). I plan to pick a subject I like and run with it.

Here are the ideas I have had so far :

  • Expanding my feet photography series: that you can see here, to a daily photograph
  • Doing a weekly redesign project: Showing a before and after of a design refresh
  • Daily Student highlight – Highlight student’s work each day I find online or in person
  • Daily art history / modern comparison – Try to compare a classic with a modern piece
  • Weekly Painting Vector Make Over – I live on InDesign and Photoshop most days. I do not get to play in Illustrator as much as I would like. I would love to use this opportunity to convert my paintings into vectored illustrative prints. It would not give you a live-traced look, but a new spin on my older paintings.

I like all of these concepts and I wonder if there is even a need to narrow it down.
Either way look forward for more content and more fun to be happening at denanord.com/blog.

18Jan

Since November I have been working on a sketchbook for “The Sketchbook Project” being organized by the Chicago Artist Coalition. I have had a great time thanks to my friend Johnna Calvillo’s suggestion to be a part of this awesome project.

To learn more check out:
The Sketchbook Project: 2011

I will be sending it off tomorrow to go join all the other sketchbooks that will go on a tour of the country. It will later be permanently in the Brooklyn library and digitally online.

Here is a sneak peak.

22Nov

In 2005 I started an on going photography / self-portrait series.
This is one of my most recent contact pages from the project.

I take a photo looking down at my feet, at the same angle, every time I find I am in a new place.
Whether that be physical or mental.

I never really liked (or was good at) painting self portraits, but I was still drawn to the idea of a self portrait. The first picture I took in this series was the last day of high school in 2005 in Cary, IL. I had my feet at the end of a fallen tree on a hike in one of my favorite parks with one of my favorite people. I find the image of my feet { the physical thing that got me to the location } and the scene helped capture the moment better then my facial expressions. The picture represented so much for me, I kept taking them and still take them to this day. I have a shot in front of the Eiffel tower, the Sears tower, the hoover damn and I plan on keeping the series going until my feet are old and wrinkled.

Not sure if everyone will think it is gross, interesting or weird. Hope you enjoy.

Feet Project : 2

Feet Project : 1Feet Project : 3

 

08Oct

Just spent a night collaborating with my boyfriend on this sweet display case for selling some prints on the upcoming gallery show!