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A short film by New York Visual Artist Merrill Kazanjian of Merrillk****. Plot- The Art Gallery Alpha Males get bored watching Doctor Who on BBC and decide to travel across the country to Los Angeles, California to attend the Jen Heaslip opening at the Art Slave Gallery. (This is a very funny movie and series) Francois Pinault, Larry Gagosian , Sir Nicholas Serota, Glenn D Lowry, Samuel Keller, Eli Broad, Charles Saatchi, Matthew Slotover, Amanda Sharp, Frieze magazine and art fair, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Brett Gorvy, Amy Cappellazzo, Christie's, Robert Storr, Iwan Wirth, Zwirner & Wirth, Marian Goodman, David Zwirner, Gerhard Richter, Marc Glimcher, Jay Jopling, Mike Kelley, Paul Schimmel, chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, Andreas Gursky, Cheyenne Westphal, Tobias Meyer, Barbara Gladstone, Thelma Golden, Studio Museum, New York, Victoria Miro, London, Dakis Joannou, Richard Prince, Don and Mera Rubell, Donna de Salvo, Shamim, Momin, Chrissie Iles, Whitney Museum of American Art, Daniel Birnbaum, Portikus Gallery, Frankfurt, Steven A Cohen, Michael Govan, Simon de Pury, Phillips de Pury auction house, Sadie Coles, Robert Gober, Eugenio Lopez, Bruno Brunnet, Nicole Hackert, Philipp Haverkampf, Francesca von Habsburg, Jeffrey Deitch, Nicholas Logsdail, Lisson Gallery, Thomas Hirschhorn, Iwona Blazwick, Whitechapel art gallery, London, The Wrong Gallery, New York, Jeff Wall, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine gallery, Ingvild Goetz, Pierre Huyghe, Tracey Emin, Gilbert and George, artists, collector and gallerist, Dominique Levy, Robert Mnuchin, Harry Blain and Graham Southern, Roberta Smith, New York Times, art critic, Herzog & de Meuron, Swiss architects, Jerry Saltz, Village Voice, Frank Gehry, Javier Peres, Christine Macel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Eileen Norton, Los Angeles collector, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery, Max Hetzler, Berlin-based gallerist, Miuccia Prada, fashion designer, Neo Rauch, Gerd Harry Lybke, Carsten Holler, Maureen Paley, Zach Feuer, Ai Weiwei, Antoine de Galbert, Richard Serra, sculptor, Paul McCarthy, Okwui Enwezor, William Acquavella, Matthew Marks, Michael Ringier, media magnate, James Lingwood, Michael Morris, Artangel, Thomas Krens, Lisa Dennison, Matthew Higgs, White Columns, Lorenz Helbling, David Adjaye, Anita, Poju Zabludowicz, Hou Hanru, Gavin Brown, Lynne Cooke, Dia Art Foundation, Anselm Kiefer, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Matthew Barney, Rem Koolhaas, Ann Philbin, Hammer Museum, Anish Kapoor, agnes b.,Luc Tuymans, Joao Oliveira Rendiero, Lisbon's Banco Privado Portugues, Takashi Murakami, Cai Guo-Qiang, edgy, contemporary, vogue, Artforum, Artnews, Soho, Chelsea, Germany, German, Japanese, Chinese, painter, painting, animation, kinetic sculpture, Queens, Brooklyn, artsy. Artist, gallery. Hobbyist, goer
  • 26 Oct 2012
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Its time for YOU to draw Beyonce. All that you will need is a pencil with an eraser, a blending stump or Q-Tip and a large index card. Be sure to stop the video at the end of each step and look at the reference picture on the computer screen. No drawing experience? Doesnt matter. You are gonna surprise yourself! Step 1- Make a rainbow shape at the top of your large index card. Notice that the top of the rainbow is at the very top of the card. Then make the oval Notice that the bottom of the oval is more pointed than the top. Step 2- Continue the line at the end of the rainbow down to the mid point of the card and then curve it upwards to the bottom of the oval. Do this on both sides. Step 3- Try to match the two lines that I just added. Use the sides of the index card to gage their accuracy. Step 4- Use your observation skills to draw the two lines that I just added. This will eventually be the bottom of Beyonce's left arm. Step 5- Do the same for the top of her left arm. Step 6- Now, create the top of her forearm. Hint, notice the shape that is formed in the background, think of this shape as a puzzle piece and use it to tweak the shapes around it. Step 7- Create the V shape on her dress. Notice that the bottom of the V ends at the mid point of the shape that was formed in the previous step. Step 8- I slightly changed the shape at the bottom of the hair on the left and created a neck. I also made another shape within the hair. Step 9- I created another shape within the hair. Step 10- I changed the side of her hair. I made 7 wild curls at the bottom with a wave above it. Step 11- Take a second to observe and draw the shapes that I just drew on the other side of her hair. Step 12- I exposed the neck some more by curling up the bottom of the hair on the left side of her head. Step 13- I put a line for the shadow under her breasts Step 14- I added an earring Step 15- I added a belt Step 16- I added two ovals on the face for the eye sockets. These will be broken down in to smaller shapes. Step 17- I added a shape for the shadow on the right side of Beyonce's nose. Put this in very lightly Step 18- I added Beyonces top lip. The shape is similar to a flattened McDonalds arch. Step 19- I added Beyonce's bottom lip. Notice that it is wider than the top lip and has a shadow at the bottom. Step 20- I added the eyebrows at the top of the eye socket Step 21- I added her eyes. In this picture she is wearing a lot of eye liner, so the lines at the top and bottom of the eye could be similar in width.
  • 21 Apr 2011
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This video shows my process for making an illustration (non tradigital). I use illustration markers (usually prismacolor) and color pencils (usually prisma once again) and a wax blending stick. I make my illustrations in two steps. Step 1- I observe my reference drawings or photos and try to see what lies beneath. There is no way to blend markers in the same way that one can blend paint (ironically even with a marker blender) so I lie down the base tones with markers (the first layer). Step 2- Is created with color pencils. Color pencils are mixable / blendable and I mix the color pencils directly above my marker drawing. I use the wax stick to finish the surface and tie everything together. Achromatic- Black, white and greys. Artwork that is executed without color. Acrylic- Thicker and stronger than tempera or watercolor paint, Acrylic is a water-based "plastic" paint. Albumen Print- This printing process is used in photography printing processes. Egg whites are used in the emulsion. Alternative Process- This photography term covers approximately 35 different processes for the final unconventional effect. Armature- A structure used beneath something else for support. For example, a sculptor might create a clay sculpture with a wood or wire armature beneath it as support. Think about the frame of a house being constructed before all of the brick or siding is built on top. Artists Proof- A small group of outstanding prints for the artists use which have been set aside from the edition prints. Basic color principles- All color theory is based on the principle that 'color is light'. An object that we see as red contains pigmentation which absorbs all of the colored rays of white light except the red color, which it reflects. White pigment absorbs none of the colored rays, and black absorbs all of the colors of the spectrum. Balance-An art and design principle concerned with the arrangement of one or more elements in a work of art so that they appear symmetrical (even) or asymmetrical (uneven) in design and proportion. Batik- Parrafin or beeswax is used to resist paint or dye on fabric or paper. Designs and patterns are produced on the unwaxed areas. Bisque- When clay has its first firing in a kiln, it is called bisque ware. At this point, the clay has changed composition and can no longer have water added to it and turned back into a useable material. Black- The complete absence of light. Because of impurities, you can not create black with pigments. In most black pigments, the is a slight blue trace. A black surface absorbs all light. Brayer- In printmaking, a Brayer is a roller which is used to apply ink to printing surfaces. Brushes- Brush styles are designated by a letter following a series number. Some basic brushes to meet your needs: F- Flats, square edge, long bristle B- Brights, flat, square-edged, long sable R - Rounds, pointed bristle L- Longs, flat, square-edge, long sable Filberts- Flat, oval edge, long fibre Canvas- Fabrics that are prepared for painting. Available in panels, stretched on frames, or obtained by the yard. Ceramics- Used to describe the shaping, finishing and firing of clay. Charcoal and Conte Crayon- In stick form, both give you a very strong, dark line. A disadvantage to these crayons is that they break easily and tend to smudge. Can be found is stick form as well. Chop- An impression made by the artist, or by the printer seal. Chroma- This is the intensity, or strength, or purity of a color. Squeezing paint directly from the tube to the palette is 'full chroma'. Cibachrome- A process where a photographic print can be made directly from a color transparency. Coil method in clay- As one of the oldest methods used in the formation of pottery, long strands of clay are laid on top of one another, joined by blending the coils together. Collage- Collage is from the French meaning "paste up". The combination of pieces of cloth, magazines and other found objects to create artwork. Collograph- This name is derived from the word 'collage'. It is an image built up with glue and other materials. Color- When light is reflected off an object, color is what the eye sees. The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are orange, purple and green. Complementary Colors- Complementary colors are those which appear opposite to one another on a color wheel. The complimentary colors are red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and purple. Composition The arrangement of lines, colors and form. Conte The modern pencil lead invented by Nicolas Conte. It is a black, red or brown chalk.
  • 14 Nov 2010
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Today, I am going to show you how to paint a puppy dog. I made this video for beginner to intermediate level artists, who wish to learn about traditional painting...I will try to show you how to paint. step by step. While I can imagine that painting a realistic looking puppy is intimidating for someone new to art, I will try to make my instruction as clear as possible, so that you can get in to great habits for the future. Once you are in good habits, you will progress very quickly. I split this lesson in to four parts. 1.) Part one will cover what you need to know before you paint. 2.) Part two will give you an effective strategy for painting realistically The mentality of rendering (aka drawing what you see) 3.) Part three will walk you through the process of painting and I will give you tips while I paint. The process of "sculpting" a painting 4.) Part four will actually be a separate video and it will discuss glazing...a great finishing strategy. Glazing: Finishing a painting (Covered in another video) Part 1.) I have two points to go over in Part 1- 1-1- First, pick a surface to work on. When I was learning painting, I would use cardboard in place of canvas to save money. Ten years later my original oil paintings are still in good shape. However, this would not be the case if I didn't prime the cardboard with layers of Gesso. Without getting over technical, gesso gives your surface a protective layer that will prevent the oil from being over absorbed. Try to remember this silly saying, "Paint with cream, not with butter or milk!" No, im not saying that you should break out the dairy prodicts.....I am referring to the consistency of the paint. Cream is not a solid like butter .....and is not watery like milk. When you apply paint to a surface it should be creamy in texture. You can make the paint creamy by adding about three to four drops of painting medium to the paint that is sitting on your palette. The object in my hand right now is called a palette knife. I used it to mix the paint with the painting medium. For a long time, I considered this step trivial, but it makes a difference! 1-2 Oil Painters use mineral spirits to clean off their brushes and to thin out a paint mixture. Mineral Spirits is also known commercially as paint thinner and sold as an art supply called turpenoid for quadruple the price. You will only need a SMALL amount of Mineral Spirits because its very powerful. Use it sparingly when you wish to thin out your paint; because too much will make the paint runny and "milk-like" in consistency. Here is a great tip to remember when cleaning your brushes.....WIPE-DIP-WIPE. As silly as that sounds, commit it to memory....In other words..... wipe your brush with a paper towel.....Then dip it in to the mineral spirits and swish it around....followed by another wipe with the paper towel to take the extra spirits off your brush. The last wipe is especially important to prevent the excess mineral spirits from thinning out your paint too much Part 2 Now you will learn a great strategy to help you paint what you see. I call this strategy, "jigsaw puzzle observation" because it is similar to putting a jigsaw puzzle together. Jigsaw puzzles are fun because you fit shapes together to create an image.........I want you to think the same way when you paint. Try to see and identify shapes and then put them together like a puzzle. Painters sculpt and manipulate the paint on the surface of a painting until the shapes fit together as a recognizable image. Here....let me show you what I mean.....When you try this, I recommend that you get in the habit of looking at your reference image at least once for every five seconds; and then paint what you observed. After you get the bigger shapes in.....work your way down to the smaller shapes........ If you feel that you cant work the paint any more. Let it dry and repeat this step on top of the dried paint. You have an advantage by using paint because it is opaque and it can cover over any mistake...... Take your time with this step. Skyscrapers cant be erected without solid supports and good paintings cannot be made without careful placement. Supply List - Titanium White (paint) - Raw Sienna (paint) - Ultramarine Blue (paint) - Ultramarine Purple (paint) - Lamp Black (paint) - Painting Medium (my favorite is called Liquin) - Palette, Wax Paper or Aluminum foil (to mix the paint on) - Mineral Spirits - Canvas or Cardboard - Gesso (white or clear) - Paint Brushes (several sizes, tips, and softnesses......based on your preference) - Cups for Mineral Spirits and Paint Medium
  • 2 Jun 2010
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The Art Gallery Alpha Males rock it out in the New York Subway. Kunst recites a poem that he made about MFA's or Masters in Fine Art. This is also meant to be a critique of early twenty first century "Art World" culture. Mentioned are the artists Damian Hirst and Andres Serrano. A short film by Merrill Kazanjian Merrillk****. I sampled the fantastic U2 track, “Desire”from Rattle and Hum, in this four minute fifty second movie. The Art Gallery Alpha Males are meant to be a parody of New York City Art Gallery culture; which is often referred to as, the “Art World”. Also mentioned in this film is Adolf Hitler. Kazanjian wryly penned that Adolf Hitler was a MFA- A “Megalomaniac From Austria”, even though he was rejected from art school and became a dictator who murdered millions of innocent people. Kazanjian criticizes that there is a market for his work (Hitler art sold for over 200,000 dollars in 2006).
  • 17 Apr 2010
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Today, YOU are going to draw Kobe Bryant. It doesn't matter if you have prior art training or not. This video will break the process down in to simple steps so that anyone can do it. Grab a pencil and paper and let me show you what I mean. Remember to pause the video when you need to. Here we go. Step 1: Draw an oval shape for Kobe's head. Notice that the bottom of the oval looks like an upside down trapezoid while the top of the oval shape is rounded. Step 2: Make four horizontal lines. The top line MUST intersect the midway point of the oval shape. The lowest line should be placed at the bottom of the chin. After drawing the top and bottom lines, add two EVENLY SPACED lines between the top and bottom line. At the end of step two, you should have THREE evenly spaced segments between the top and bottom lines (refer to the picture). Step 3: Observe the six dots that I added. The top four map out the corners of Kobe's eyes, while the bottom two map out the corners of his mouth. Lets look at their relationship. Notice that these dots are leaning towards the right side of the oval. This is due to the fact that Kobe's head is slightly turned. Also, take a second to notice the distance in between the two eyes is equal to one eye length. Finally, notice that the middle part of the space designated for each eye, will line up with the outer corners of the mouth. Now, draw in the six dots. Step 4: Draw in the eyes....The upper eyelid as a rainbow shape and the bottom lid is close to a straight line. Notice that the iris is partially blocked by the upper eyelid. Step 5: Encapsulate the eye in the oval shape that I just added. Step 6: In this step, make the bottom of the nose by drawing three connected, upside down arches. Do not worry about the bridge of the nose yet. After you make the bottom of the nose, draw the shape for the upper lip...... The upper lip looks like a squished McDonalds logo (picture the golden arches squished). Step 7: Add the bottom lip. It is similar to a banana shape. Notice that the bottom lip is thicker than the top lip. Now that we have the eyes and part of the mouth done, take a second to notice the perfect square that is formed when you connect the points from the middle of the eye and the corners of the mouth. Make adjustments if you do not have this perfect square. Step 8: Draw in the two shapes between the eyes and nose. Like the bottom lip, these shapes are very similar to banana shapes. They will help us shade the nose later. Step 9: Now add in the ears. Due to the fact that Kobe's head is turned; it appears that his left ear is smaller than his right. This, of course is not the case, but draw what you see. Step 10: Draw in the lines, stemming from the chin, as well as Kobe's dimple lines. Step 11: Draw in Kobe's hairline. Again, due to the turn of his head, you will see more hair on the right side. Step 12: Erase the construction lines Now, I will show you how to shade your drawing. Don't worry, this too, will be easy! You have three options to learn shading. Option one- click the link in the video description to go to a webpage that I made for this video..... on my website, merrillk****. You will see a series of 17 steps with picture references and words. You will also see a free downloadable resource that you can print. Option two is to watch a shading demonstration in the second part of this video; and option three is a separate video; where I will demonstrate how I shaded Kobe at a slower pace. Please take advantage of all of these options. I am confident that they will help. Special thanks to Rico Shen for use of his photograph via Creative Commons.
  • 25 Mar 2010
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For those of you who dont know.....EMO's are the dudes known for their melancholy dress code, morbid body language, sad facial expressions and their taste in music.....but most of all, EMO's are famous for their super floppy, vision impairing hair! Oh look! Heres a fine specimen!....This leads us to a question that perplexes the universe.....Is an EMO still an EMO if he loses his hair? I want to hear your opinion......Post your answers to this question as a text comment or a video response, to enter yourself in this contest. All responses will be judged on humor and originality. Please don't post anything offensive because we want to make EMO's smile, not cry! The prize is an illustration of the winner be me, Merrill Kazanjian. As always I will document the process on video and give you a copy for your channel. The deadline for this contest is March 1st, 2010 and the winner will be chosen on March 2nd.......Anyway, heres how I drew the Balding Emo. Here are the steps that I took to create the "Balding Emo" artwork: Step 1.) Pencil Step 2.) Illustration Marker- Prismacolor and Chartpak Ad markers Step 3.) Color Pencil Step 4.) Scan with Epson Scanner Step 5.) Digital Collage using Paint Shop Pro 9 Step 6.) Print with Hewlett Packard Printer Step 7.) Color Pencil Step 8.) Scan with Epson Scanner Step 9.) Finishing Touches with Paint Shop Pro 9
  • 1 Jan 2010
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Prior to 2008, I had never ventured outside of the medium of oil paint. Life got HECTIC and I was forced to reconsider my approach. Here (below) is the story. For the past eight years, I have taught art in schools in Harlem and the South Bronx and my technique was created out of a need that arose in my classroom. Forty five minute periods is not enough time to teach painting. So I switched my painting supplies from traditional supplies, to paint markers to eliminate the set up and clean up. After witnessing the success that my students were having, I decided to push the technique even further, while working in my studio. I learned that mixing color pencils with a "blender" (on top of the opaque layers of the paint markers) marker allows an artist to mimic the effects of glazed oil paint. I incorporated media "cut outs" and printed images in my work. And I found that paint markers were ideal to tie everything together. Finally I learned that scanning my images on to a computer will allow me to edit my "characters" and add crazy effects such as juxtaposing images on top of my creations. The computer also enables me to use the medium that I am most familiar with; oil paint. I usually print my compositions on canvas ( I order an non varnished giclee print) and lay down the finishing touches in oil paint.
  • 1 Dec 2009
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An instructional video by tradigital artist Merrill Kazanjian Step 1- Scan the image Step 2- Open the scanned image in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop and cut out your favorite part. In this instance I chose the head of the closest character. I liked the face that I drew but I decided to change the hairstyle. I always liked NBA all star Ben Wallace's hair so I will use the digital scissor to cut it out. Step 3- Print Step 4- I use illustration markers and color pencils to give my old drawing a new look. For this image, I have combined traditional and digital media over an old pencil sketch. The sketchbook that it was in was taking up space in my studio and I hadn't looked at it for years. I wasnt in the mood to start a new drawing today so I decided to experiment and give new life to an old drawing. Jackson Pollock said over 50 years ago- New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. I feel that more artists should try tradigital art. (That is, art that uses both traditional and digital media). I have witnessed many artists who are threatened by technology but the truth is that computers have created more possibilities for artists. Step 5- Finish the figure digitally (more)(
  • 24 Nov 2009
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Kunst discusses his disdain for baseball and declares that Mr. Met, the New York Mets Mascot, is really infamous terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. Kunst then describes his experiences playing baseball and the evil baseball coach who made Kunst turn to art. Kunst and Art Geek’s conversation was overheard by a hippie who uses a tranquilizer dart to kidnap Kunst and Art Geek and bring them to Woodstock, to heal from their negative athletic experiences. On the drive up to Woodstock, Kunst has a revelation from American Painter Bob Ross (From the Joy of Painting series on public television) and it is revealed that Kunst must, make a big decision in the near future. Art Geek dreams of his days as a football (soccer) player in England and eventually gets a ball kicked through his head by the Scottish “Rod Stewart Monster” (Yes im sober while writing this). Once they awaken, the hippie explains that he had a vision of his own from Bob Ross, inspired partially from the Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones movie “Field of Dreams”. The hippie says that Bob Ross instructed him to kidnap Kunst and Art Geek in order to witness a future revelation. The two heroes then fall in love with the hippies daughter, (the beautiful) Moonbeam and forgive the hippie for kidnapping them. The hippy and Kunst and Art Geek then discuss their dreams, visions and revelations and decide to visit the Varga Gallery, 130 Tinker Street in Woodstock New York where Kunst confronts Coach. A short film by Merrill Kazanjian
  • 6 Nov 2009
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Hint number 1 is to see things as shapes. I like to analogize drawing with assembling a jigsaw puzzle because in both you look for shapes to fit together Hint number 2 is to pay close attention to the edges of what you are drawing. Light and shadows can do funny things and in almost anything that you draw you will see a disparity between the qualities of each edge. Hint number three is to develop your drawing like a Polaroid photograph. Polaroid was the company that innovated instant photography. After pushing the shutter button the photograph would come out of the camera and develop before your eyes. What I want you to know about this is that every part of the photo would develop at the same rate and that is how I want you to try to draw next time. In other words, move the drawing tool around, dont get stuck in a favorite spot. Alright, lets slow it down. What you are seeing me do here is pay close attention to the form and the proportions. In other words, I am comparing the sizes of the different shapes and making sure that the placement of each line is correct. I am using vine charcoal a HB pencil and an eraser. I started out with the vine charcoal because it is easy to erase and move around. You will see later in this video that after I am satisfied with the placement of the charcoal, I will hatch over it with a pencil to keep it undisturbed. I am also trying to be aware of the edges of my shapes and I am especially cognizant of the highlight on the top because that will require me shading the areas around it and using the white of the page as a representation of the strong light. Now when I look back at my reference, I notice that the tone of the background is much darker than the white of the page. I use the side of the charcoal to darken the mid tone of my drawing. This step will make it easy to draw in the highlights with an eraser a little bit later. Now I am folding a piece of paper towel to smudge in the charcoal. You will get a very similar result with a blending stump (also known as a tortillion) but the towel will smudge the charcoal more quickly. To be perfectly honest, many teachers that I have had have told me not to use a blending stump, fingers or anything that comes in to contact with the surface of the paper. I partially agree. Oil from fingers when combined with pencil or charcoal leaves a stain that is tough to work around. Notice that my hand is resting on a sheet of paper. Artists call these slip sheets, but it is just a sheet of computer paper. I like working with the blending stump and the paper and this process works for my needs. It would be dishonest if I changed my process for the sake of making a video. Before, I mentioned the term hatching. Hatching is the short name for the drawing technique of cross hatching. It is simply putting a series of lines next to one another with a drawing tool. These lines usually follow the shape of the object that is being drawn. Once I am done adding pencil marks, I take the blending stub to burnish over my hatch marks. This gives my drawing a more smudged look and possibly my former art teachers a heart attack. I like to smudge the pencil and charcoal because it also gives me a surface that is smooth in tone. Hatching can be layered and I usually stop using the blending stump after the second layer. I once did ten layers of hatching in a pencil drawing. Lets recap and take this to the end of part 1. My focus, over the course of any drawing that I do from observation, is to see a simple pattern of shapes on my reference and to accurately render these shapes, on to the piece of paper that I am drawing. After I get the shapes aligned correctly, I attempt to build up tones with charcoal and pencil. When I am building the tones, I am very aware of the nuances of the edges of each shape, because they are usually different. My focus is also on building the tones of my drawing in a similar manner to how a Polaroid photograph develops. In part 2, I will teach you a way to add color to any pencil drawing. Thanks for watching the video and please let me know if this helped.
  • 19 Jul 2009
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What happens when the faces of three dictators are merged? Megazord and the Power Rangers have nothing on "Hugmadenijong ill". Check out this video to see some tradigital artwork by artist Merrill Kazanjian. It is done in time lapse (2 hours in to 2 minutes). I started out with the computer program Paint Shop Pro 8 (a stone age version of Photoshop) to cut and arrange a photomontage. Next, I printed on thick paper. After that, I tied it together with a layer of color pencil. Finally, I put the finishing touches on with oil paint. The method that I use is called Tradigital Art. It combines traditional media (paint, pencil) with digital media (computer applications and digital photography).
  • 8 Jul 2009
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A funny animated (stop motion) movie about alien hats trying to take over a middle school in Harlem, New York. When the teachers are overmatched by the hats, the students fight back and save the day. Collaboratively written by Merrill Kazanjian and his students.
  • 7 Jun 2009
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Speed Draw / Time lapse artwork of “Punk Rock Girl” by Merrill Kazanjian. This artwork was created in the tradigital method (A method that combines traditional art materials with computer possibilities). I used acrylic paint, pencil, illustration markers, color pencils, a digital camera, a scanner, a printer and the computer program Paint Shop Pro to create this artwork. It was inspired by the old, “Dead Milkmen” song, “Punk Rock Girl”. The steps are highlighted in this video. Please comment and rate if you like it (or even if you don’t). I would love some feedback. Visit my website Merrillk**** to download a free twelve step guide on how to draw a punk rocker. In the search box in the upper left hand corner, type in punk rock and save it on your computer.
  • 1 Jun 2009
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This video is a stop motion animation of me drawing / sculpting / assembling Homer J. Sompson with various beans, chocolate chips and sunflower seeds. It took me about two hours to create this and it is all fit in less than two minutes in this video. I have been watching the show since I have been in middle school; so this is my tribute. Marge Ned Flanders, Lisa, Maggie, Bart, Moe, Apu, Groundskeeper Willie, Principal Skinner, Chief Wiggum, Nelson, Millhouse (Milhaus?), Barney, Mr. Burns and Mr. Smithers to come? Please rate this video and comment to let me know! Thanks. Merrill Kazanjian *******merrillk**** quotes cartoon James L. Brooks, Fox , Krusty the clown, Nancy Cartwright Patty and Selma,
  • 28 May 2009
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Artist Merrill Kazanjian breaks down the process of drawing from a photograph and simplifies it in to three steps. A time lapse demonstration is done at the end. Kazanjian's videotaped himself drawing a pencil portrait over the course of an hour. Kazanjian narrates as the hour-long drawing is sped up in to three fact filled minutes. It is a great video to see if you want to impove your portrait drawing skills. This video covers, contour drawing, drawing from observation, crosshatching, tones, breaking drawings in to shapes to simplify the drawing process and drawing the features of the human face. It is an instructional, traditional drawing, video. For more drawing tips from Merrill Kazanjian or to see his art, contact him through his website; merrillk**** (more)
  • 17 May 2009
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Today, I am going to demonstrate a new artistic technique. I am going to merge the best qualities of two artistic mediums; oil painting and color pencil. What you are now watching is a time lapse of me building up layers of illustration marker and color pencil over a pencil drawing. In about a minute, I will slow the video down to show you that color pencils can be blended by using mineral spirits and a paint brush. I am doing this artwork on 110 lb. bond paper and please note that this method will not work as well on simple 20 lb. printer paper. This drawing was done as a tribute to Manhattanville Colleges iconic History Professor- Mr. Lawson Bowling. Professor Bowling is a mentor and friend of mine. He just completed his 25th year of service at Manhattanville College. It is an honor to give him this drawing and possibly turn him in to an internet celebrity. The best quality of oil painting is that you can 1.) Blend while the paint is wet and 2.) Add multiple layers of new paint after the previous layer dries. The greatest nuance of color pencil drawing is the accuracy that is attained by using the very fine point at the tip of the pencil. I dip the paintbrush in to the mineral spirits and then dab it on a paper towel; then I drag the brush over my drawing. The mineral spirits quickly break down the thick cake of color pencil. The soft tip of the paint brush allows me to move and blend the pigment from the color pencil in a manner that is similar to the process of painting. It takes only a few minutes for the mineral spirits and pencil to dryAfter the mineral spirits dry, you can add more layers of color pencil. I have actually finished an oil painting with color pencil and an oil paint medium called liquin before, but to save time, I built up the flesh tones today with markers and color pencil. by Merrill Kazanjian *******merrillk****
  • 10 May 2009
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Love him or hate him, Allen Iverson plays the game of basketball with a lot of heart. I remember him when he first came in to the NBA from Georgetown University and I followed his career through Philadelphia (76ers), Denver (Nuggets) and now the Detroit Pistons. Hes known for his killer cross over dribble and his tenacious drives to the basket, despite his small frame. He has not won a championship as of yet but reached the finals when he was with the Sixers- Practically carrying that team on his back. There are plenty of highlight / mix tapes out there so my tribute comes in the form of a drawing. I documented the different steps that I took: 1.) Pencil Drawing 2.) Markers 3.) Color Pencils and you can download a print version that shows you step by step how to draw AI at my website merrillk****. The first part is stop motion with a scanner and the second part is a time lapse. Hopefully its a slam dunk. Please rate and comment! Merrill Kazanjian
  • 15 Apr 2009
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