Wednesday, November 17, 2010


When looking at light reflection in art/ interior spaces online I came across Kazue Taguchi, a Japanese artist who uses reflective materials and surfaces within spaces to play off of natural light. For my project that I'm in the process of making my goal is very similar, however I'm using paper as my main material to shadow places and let light through others. I thought about using mirrors or shiny surfaced material but I changed my mind. I love her work though it is really simple but powerful. Here are a few more examples:

These next two are just photos I liked that were taken underwater showing light coming through. They show how water starts to distort things in a beautiful way and the organic, ever-morphing shapes that have inspired my luminaire concept.

General inspiration "collage" of images I really enjoy right now...

Sources from top to bottom: Yayoi Kusama, "Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field (Floor Show)" (1965-98),  The Jimi Hendrix Experience taken from, Inside Maximilla Lukacs and Guy Blakeslee's home from, personal, and the last is from

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Obeservational Sketchbooks

This is a drawing that I did of light reflecting off of water. I think it was my most successful of the light through water series. It captured the abstract shapes that are created in the movement of both the water and the light. 

This is actually unfinished at the moment but I think it it my most successful self portrait so far. I am not as confident in drawing faces, especially my own, but I think I did a good job with technique. It was a lot easier to get my face closer to accurate because of the shadowing and hatching. When this is finished contrast will be very important.

This last drawing from my sketchbook is of my wood system. I think I did a good job showing detail.

This is a drawing out of Alex Pokas' sketchbook. It was my favorite of her self portraits. She did a really good job capturing the expression in her face which is not easy to do. I can tell it's her, and there is a minimal amount of lines or shading on the page.

This is a drawing from Adrienne Boyea's sketchbook. I liked the technique she used here. She creates dark shadowing with different line weights and messy strokes with her pencil. It gives you a good sense of the bark on the twigs.
Check out more work from both of my classmates on their own personal blogs: