Friday, April 26, 2013

Some New Work


I always feel a bit discouraged when I see how long it's been since I updated my blog. Life, you know? Mine is really busy. But the important thing is that I have been making time for my artwork, and I have a few pieces that I want to show you.

For starters, I've added a new wolf mask to my collection. I've been letting friends borrow the ones from my BFA portfolio show to use for photo shoots and props for photo booths at weddings. They're pretty sturdy, but I figure it won't be long before I start needing new ones. Plus, they're really fun to make! 

I start with a base of aluminum foil, then cover it with masking tape which forms a kind of skin. Then I paint it with acrylic paint and add fur details with ink. I usually attach an elastic string to the back so it will stay on my face, but I haven't gotten around to that with this mask, so I have to hold it in place. 

And of course, here is a fake-old-timey photo of me modeling my creation.

Next is a portrait of my niece Eliza. This was done with ink and watercolor. I've started experimenting with watercolor, since I've never really used it before and I feel it's important to keep exploring new mediums. Obviously this is a very minimal use of watercolor, still very much within my comfort zone of pen and ink drawing. Baby steps, right?

This happened when I sat down with some charcoal. I drew the girl first. She was just floating there, and I wasn't sure what she was doing, so I panicked and drew an elephant under her. It ended up being one of my favorite drawings I've done in a while.

This is the artistic manifestation of my recent obsession with succulents. I included the root systems as a nod to the scientific botanical illustrations where I got a lot of my inspiration. Also, look at me using watercolors for real this time!!! 

I have a few more pieces in the making, so keep an eye out for more from me soon! 
-Anna Coleman

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Self Portraits

In my imagination.

In the mirror.

Self portraits are difficult. When I was taking my very first drawing class at Flagler, I remember my teacher looking over my shoulder at a self portrait I was struggling through, and him saying, "Whatever you're doing, just stop." Normally he was impressed with my abilities in a drawing 101 class, but apparently I had some pre-conceived notions of what my face looked like that were not...realistic? I guess I knew I had big eyes, so I would always end up over-exagerating them. I think we all kind of do that, walk around with a picture of what we look like in our minds. It was only when I sat down and really examined my face as lines and shapes that I realized how embellished my mental image of myself was.

 Basically in my mind I resemble an anime character.

So, I've been making a conscious effort to not give up on self portraits. The first one is a doodle I made in church today (shhhhhh.....) of my hand. Creating magic or whatever. The second is an honest to goodness shot at recreating my face.

 Zac says he knows I was drawing from a mirror because that's my "mirror expression" and also my bangs are parted the wrong way. 

Well, Bye!
Anna Coleman

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Just a Doodle.

Fun Fact: I was watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when i drew this.  No real connection.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 Resolution

Happy New Year everyone!

2012 was pretty crazy and VERY busy for me. And i proved once again that i am terrible at keeping up with a blog.

But i have a 2013 resolution to write a new post bi-weekly. We'll see how this goes. I have also added a couple new pages. I now have a Commissions page to show you the kinds of things i've been making for people in the past year or so. I've also added a Services & Contact page to clearly spell out what you can expect from my artwork, what services i provide, and how to contact me! I figure, if i fail again at posting regularly, i can at least use this blog as a host for my portfolio and a jumping-off point for my freelance career.

And now for something completely different :

A late Christmas family photo featuring me, my husband, and the ever-patient Bridget.
Happy Monday!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Birds for Aria

My niece Aria Joy was born in October. I made a painting for her using her nursery colors (sage and lavender), and swallows perched in whimsical trees.

Anthro Menagerie

So a lot has happened since i graduated from Flagler College. Got married (I'm Anna Coleman now), moved to Deland, started working at Rifle Paper Co., and still finding time for my art.
I'm notorious for starting blogs, making a couple posts, then totally forgetting about them. But i figured that it was time to revisit Anna's paper bird and give an update on some stuff i've been making.

Here is a look at Anthro Menagerie, a two-part exhibition for my BFA portfolio show:

Animal masks made from (what else) masking tape!

Viewers were encouraged to try on the masks and look at themselves in the mirrors, making them a participating part of the installation.

The other half of Anthro Menagerie had anthropomorphized characters interacting with organic shapes. They were painted on various wood surfaces with acrylic paint, and details were articulated with ink.

It was a fun show, yet it was bitter-sweet because it marked the end of my time in school at Flagler. I couldn't think of a better note to end it on. A show this awesome left me pumped and ready to create more on my own!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Assignment for Sculpture II

The Finch Collection
Assignment for Sculpture II