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1  My recent RAW show- tons of pictures~~ in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by _trains__derail on: November 16, 2014 09:48:00 PM
Hi everyone! I recently participated in a RAW showcase and thought I'd share some photos of the work I did for the show.

If you haven't heard of RAW, it's basically an organization that promotes local artists and gives them opportunities to show some of their work and sell a few things/make some connections. I was scouted and booked for the showcase less than a month before it was to take place, so I had a lot of work ahead of me... each artist gets 6ft of space, and the planning stage included lots of on-the-floor 6'x6' layouts of pieces i had done already and what i still PLANNED to do. When I was first booked, I only had the two biggest canvases in the photo below completed, so this layout progress photo was taken a few days into it. i planned to do lots of little things and bring prints of my larger works to sell.

I ended up with this layout that actually turned out to be 12'x6'. RAW contacted me two days before the show and decided to double my space because I had mostly large works, but i have a feeling it was more because someone had backed out so there was an extra spot and i had also gotten a big feature on their site so i was one of the headliners. I used this opportunity to bring two more large works and also to space out the smaller ones I had worked on. as you can see, i moved this step out to the driveway to accommodate everything!

Here's a video of me talking about my work, and there are shots of the layout that I unfortunately didn't get still photos of... click if you're interested!

I have some closeups of the things I made specifically for the showcase, so i'd like to share them with you Smiley they're all relatively small and i apologize that some of the photos are crooked and much less than professional, but i really just wanted to document my work at the time.

here we go!
the following canvases are 6"x6"

these are 4"x4"

these are 5"x7"

this one is 4"x6"

and these last few are all 9"x12"

phewww okay that's all for now! i think i need a nap after that. anyway, if you'd like to read the interview i did with raw for my featured headline on the site you can find it here Grin

thanks for looking!!
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2  A few ball-jointed doll inspired cards~ in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by _trains__derail on: February 19, 2014 11:59:48 AM
Hi everyone, hope all is well. I've been sick for about 6 months now & quite honestly have not been able to bring myself to paint or draw anything, perhaps also partially because I'm in a quarter life crisis after graduating college, because school was my LIFE & I loved it. It's been tough. Anyway, a while back I made some cut out cards:

..so I thought I'd give some more a try. Lately I've been really into looking at different ball-jointed dolls & I think they're really cool, so they inspired me to make a few cards. Two of them have cutouts like the ones I've made before, & for the other two I filled the frame with hair... just because I love hair in the least creepy way possible, lol. I think you can probably tell when you look at some of my other work as well.

Anyway, these are all inktense pencils on acrylic paper. I like the inktense because they're easy to use & i'm just not up for getting all of my paints out & setting everything up... this way I can still achieve the look I like.

"Brown eyed girl"



"Sea Foam"

They're actually in the reverse order of the order I did them in, so the bottom one was first & the top was last. I'm planning on buying some more inktense pencils because I only have 12 right now so I'm a little limited. Hope you enjoy!
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3  Japanese & Chinese cutout cards in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by _trains__derail on: August 07, 2013 12:48:44 PM
Hi guys, here are my latest two cards. My boss really liked the fish cards I made with the inktense pencils she gave me, so she gave me this metallic gold paper to try some stuff out on. It's a little difficult to paint on but I like it. I've made these two cards so far with acrylic paint:

& some deets

"Maneki Neko"

I tried to get some different angles to convey the texture/sheen of the paper

"Shanghai Streets"

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4  Another batch of fish cutout cards! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by _trains__derail on: July 26, 2013 03:11:16 PM
Hi everyone! My boss is more like a mom to me & buys me presents sometimes, so recently she bought me a set of inktense pencils. Neither of us had ever used them before, but one of her student assistants uses them frequently and highly recommended them. For anyone who hasn't used them before either, you can use them like you would watercolor pencils- they're made from watersoluble ink & are really vibrant. You can either leave them as they are or use water with them to drag the colors around & paint with them. Last night I decided to try them out & I really like them! I made a few more of those fish cards using those pencils & water.

& some close-ups

"Wear Moor Black"

"Something Fancy"

"Icy Hot"

"Calico Cat Bait"

Thanks for looking!
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5  Two new fish cutout ACEOS in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by _trains__derail on: July 02, 2013 06:05:29 PM
I hadn't made any of these in a while, so I decided to take a crack at it the other night. Enjoy!

"Sleeping with the Fishes"
acrylic on bamboo paper

"Thinking of You Pondly"
acrylic on bamboo paper
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6  "Tide" acrylic painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by _trains__derail on: June 26, 2013 01:21:23 PM
Hi everyone! I'm back with another painting. I've been trying to use my time productively since graduation. I've put a website together with some of my work it doesn't have a whole lot on it yet, buuuut i'm trying to make it look nice and (relatively) ~professional~ by only putting what I reeeally think should go there. I haven't gone through my older work yet, so there are only the latest projects up there. I still have to post my resume & things like that, but there's an exhibitions list if you're curious.

Anyway, onto the painting!

acrylic on canvas
36" x 48"

& a detail
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7  "Peonies" acrylic painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by _trains__derail on: June 17, 2013 08:43:24 PM
Hi everyone, hope all is well. I just wanted to share one of my most recent paintings.. my first after finishing college! Ah! I submitted it to my university's alumni show, so we'll see how it goes.

36" x 48"

& two detail shots. I've actually never painted flowers before, so I was a little hesitant, but I like how these came out.

Thanks for looking!
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8  North Korean Propaganda **PHOTO + VIDEO ADDED APRIL 24 2013** in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by _trains__derail on: April 13, 2013 08:49:12 PM
hi everyone! hope you're all well. these paintings are from my undergrad thesis show. i painted north korean propaganda posters, each one dealing with an different aspect of north korean life. they do exactly the opposite of what actual propaganda does- they show things as they are. yanno, it's really strange.. when i started these, it was because people knew very little about north korea and the situation. by the time i finished them, though, there was something about north korea on the news every single day.
anyway. all the paintings are acrylic, at about 36in x 48in (i think. i don't have the measurements with me, sorry!)




nuclear warfare



i took a photo of what everything looked like hung up!

& for anyone who might be interested, here's a link to the video of me talking about my work on thesis night. my dad recorded it for me, haha!

hopefully i didn't sound too much like a fool! there were probably over 150 people there so i was a little nervous, lol
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9  Small 3D portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by _trains__derail on: May 31, 2012 09:57:29 AM
One of my little portraits! Not quite as small as the ATCs I've been doing, but not much bigger. The background layer is 3.5" x 4.75", & the fish layer is 4.75" across. It's about .5" above the background.

acrylic on watercolor paper
(natural light)

(artificial light)


Thanks for looking! Smiley
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10  Two new ACEOs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by _trains__derail on: May 22, 2012 01:57:25 PM
Here are my two newest ACEOs..

"I'm just tired"
acrylic on canvas paper
(natural light)

(artificial lighting)

"What if?"
acrylic on canvas paper
(natural lighting, a little brighter than the actual card)

(artificial lighting)

Thanks for looking!
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