Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Instagram & Persimmons

I recently downloaded the Instagram app to my phone (late to the party, I know) and have begun tinkering with it. Thus far, I am a little on the fence about it. While, yes, it DOES put some neat filters on my photos and, yes, I DO love that it squarifies the aspect ratio, I'm still not entirely convinced. I will say that it's incredibly easy to use, accessible, and does yield some appealing results. Time will tell. As a side note: there was a recent article in Wired about the "Instagram Effect" on mobile photography, and it's influence on the average photographic eye.

These shots were taken in my back yard in the middle of a late-autumnal yard work session, where I was clearing the remainder of the overripe persimmons off our tree. As it was our first year harvesting these succulent fruits, there was a bit of a learning curve. I think that next year we'll be better prepared and know when the right time to pick is. Because if you wait too long... KER-SPLOOSH!!!

The below shot was not Instagrammed, because all the filters were diminishing the explosive, gooey feel of overripe persimmons and would have done the shot no justice.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012: A Return

It has been nearly a year and a half since posting to this blog. I won't make excuses, but I can say, that the pens and pencils were still busy in that time. Maybe I will share some of that, maybe I won't. What's important is that I'm back. I won't be making any unrealistic promises of posting something every day, but I expect the content to flow more frequently than not.

2011 saw a few big changes (License! House!) and so far 2012 is proving to be another eventful year (Dog! Banjo!). My personal challenge continues to be the effort of fitting everything that I am interested in and care about into my days, nights and weekends and still remain coherent and sane - but perhaps a little incoherence and insanity is good for us all.

Sooner or later, the structure of my blogs will be updated to meet the needs of the content that I am planning, but for the moment, I want to just get right back into the thick of it. First up is a formal drawing extrapolated from a gestural scribble. This style of sketch continues to evolve through my personal sketchbooks and is a refinement of graphic expressions that I have been toying with for a long time.