The Poverty of Digital Art

Sometimes I look back over the multitude of projects I have worked on over my relatively brief career as a designer, and it makes me tired. Half of the time I don’t even remember working on this design or that animation, and after time they begin to blend together. Most of them I remember with a bit of a cringe, while at best my favorites elicit a “oh, that was kind of cool.” At the beginning of...

How To Be An Art Thief

If one is involved in any sort of artistic or design related endeavor, it won’t be long before one is met with this perennial justification for lifting someone else’s work: “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Ostensibly dripping forth from the lips of Picasso, the essence of the idea is that sometimes great art or great design (depending on which one is engaged in) will at times involve...

Design is Not Art (And That’s a Good Thing)

When I first started in design I was a very insecure designer. I didn’t yet have much experience and was still very rough around the edges as far as my technique and skills were concerned. It was difficult to feel confident about anything that I was doing. But even deeper I always seemed to struggle with trying to justify my then nascent profession. When people would ask what I did for a living...

Variable Width Write-On Text

If you’ve ever wanted to animate the write-on of any text, you know that it can be tricky. It’s even more difficult when the text has a variable width; for example, a lot of brush or script fonts. This technique uses one shape layer with multiple paths to give you fine-tuned control over your text write-on, and helps you achieve a more natural and organic look. As a bonus...

The Blasphemy of the Cliché

I am always indignant with poor artists when I see our Lord himself painted with an ugly form, and I am afraid that I may find myself in the same position if I dare to set out such a beautiful theme in rude and contemptible language.[1. St. Anselm, Cur Deus Homo] With these words St. Anselm prefaces his work Cur Deus Homo– Why God Became Man. In what follows he will attempt to expound the...

Always Beautiful

I recently wrote an article for entitled Always Beautiful. This particular post is the latest in a sort of running series I have going there dealing with the philosophical and theological underpinnings of art and beauty. In Always Beautiful I briefly look at the concept of the beautiful as explored in a passage from Dionysius the Areopagite and as it relates to the beautiful in...

Art and Theology

I do not worship matter, but the Creator of matter, who for my sake became material and deigned to dwell in matter, who through matter effected my salvation… —St. John of Damascus And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – St. John Human societies, as diverse as...

2 Year Anniversary

Today Megan and celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary, and I have to say that it has been the best two years of my life. Even though it’s been full of lots of challenges and struggles that we could never have seen coming, I wouldn’t change it for anything and would have made the same decision in a heartbeat. I made up this art piece based on a song I wrote for Megan a few weeks...

Merry Christmas

Megan and I had a craft night a few days ago, and decided to make up some handmade Christmas cards.
I decided to riff off another card I had tried my hand at, but this time with a more tangible aspect. It was fun and I think turned out quite well.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Acrylic on canvas with some magazine and book cutouts.
The quotes were dug out randomly from a book I’ve never read I found lying on a shelf in our apartment, and I thought they captured a sort of tension between the carefree and the task of grappling with some of the most essential aspects of existence.
Plus, the deer make a nice touch.
Detail and full image below the jump.


I created this piece after thinking about the seeming impossibility of flight. Yes, I realize there is a lot of physics involved which allows this to be a possibility. Nevertheless, it’s still a little disconcerting to think that I might be riding in a 500 ton aluminum cage that is hurtling through the air at 500 mph (with no way to stop) 35,000 feet above the ground. Which is why I...

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