last November i spent a few days with students of The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens GA. Professor Alex Murawski spearheaded my visit and helped facilitate the workshop
i was honored and humbled to receive the Jack Davis Distinguished Artist Award. the list of names that preceded me are folks i never thought i could be listed next to.
that evening i realized the role Mr. Davis playing in my early development. growing up in rural Indiana, art wasn't a staple in my daily life. However, inside my mother's buffet record player was a Johnny Cash LP with a Jack Davis drawing that i spent many hours pouring over the details. i along with many illustrators owe a debt to the shear breadth of work by Mr. Davis.
a handful of students participated in my ‘Rotational Shadow’ workshop over the weekend. each student was assigned a letter and had pick a noun that started with the same letter. they then had to assemble found objects in a way to create a silhouette of the noun and then when the assemblage is rotated 90 degrees it had to reveal the letterform.
after each project was completed we then compiled them to spell out Lamar Dodd Arts.
i consider this workshop a foundations type of workshop, its not a portfolio piece but it is an exercise that incorporates many aspects of what i consider in my work on a daily basis.
including character design, hands on manipulation and assemblage of found objects, 2D - 3D spacial relations, composing visual elements in camera, lighting, photography, controlling audience point of view, etc.