This weekend we had a great day out at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum. The museum features works of Noah Purifoy (1917–2004), an assemblage sculpture artist who worked in LA and Joshua Tree, California. Recently, LACMA has displayed some of the sculptures as part of a retrospective which brought interest to this body of work (this article by KCET is an interesting read if you want to learn more).
This week, we went on a hunt for reference images! In my opinion, having a strong library of resources is one of the best thing you can do as an artist, designer or illustrator. It could be a library of fonts if you’re a designer, or in my case, it’s reference photos I can use later when working on an illustration. Animators and fine artists have a history of using reference images in their work, so you can say I took a page from their books – here is one of my favorite examples from Norman Rockwell.
Let me just say, I love instant photos. I take my mini Instax camera everywhere when I travel – I’ve taken it to Hawaii, to Seoul, and many other undisclosed locations. My love for instant photos goes back to my childhood when my mom and dad would snap us on vacations. Even though my dad had a camera and occasionally turned our bathroom into a darkroom, it wasn’t easy to do with two little kids running around so instant photos/Polaroids was the way to go. But while my parents shared the photos with family (who else has a million cousins?), I’ve been hoarding my photos in unorganized piles (I hope I’m not the only one who does this). Then, I moved to a studio with walls that were begging for art and off to Pinterest I went.
Since I couldn’t paint the walls, I decided to decorate them with many memories instead. To protect the photos, I got an Instax Mini Frame Set from MochiThings (they have a ton of different accessories for Instax photos, even stickers!). I attached the frames to the wall with glue dots. You can use double stick tape but I found it needed something a little stronger. Display the photos however you like – on a string, close together, even overlap them. I went with rows/columns with about 1″ in between each frame. The end result was a polished presentation, with room to grow (see below).
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