Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mural-sort of

Here's another short post. Sorry. My room feels all empty and junk all the time, so I'm starting what I think will be a streak of murals in my room. Unfortunately there's not enough paint so I haven't started painting. Here's the mural i made around my mirror.

I changed a lot of the qualities and stuff in iphoto so you can see it, so i look a little weird in the mirror.

Not a bad start though, right?

More to come later,

-Michael Stamos

Monday, October 25, 2010

John Lennon and another mime.

Ok. So I have a thing for mimes. It's old news. But this is new:
Well who doesn't love a pouty mime smoking a cigarette anyways?

Ok, here's something that you should watch. It's an interview with john lennon that a 14-year-old got by sneaking into his hotel room in 1969. But the video itself is an artwork submitted to a youtube-guggenheim video art competition. It's super trippy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I need to post more.

Sorry. I guess I forgot for a few weeks. I'm posting again, that's all that matters.

You can create art anywhere. Everything can be a canvas.

This is old, but it expresses that point. I drew this on a suede cushion. You may or may not be able to see it very well, but it's a funky looking person with a goatee/mustache and a bowler hat. I'm a kool kat, I know.

Chocolate mousse: My life. So good. Learning how to make it was a death sentence from the start. Now that I can make this all the time, It's slowly fattening me up with all it's chocolatey goodness. It's worth it though.

My room wasn't lively enough. So, I found some directions online for how to hollow out a lightbulb. I stuffed it with dirt and planted a basil plant in it. And now I'm not the only living thing in my room.

Strange? yes. Awesome? completely.

Hopefully I won't forget to post for another 3-week period.
More to come later!

-Michael Stamos

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Very Creepy Mime Mask

Blame boredom. I made a mime mask this week. It creeps me out and I think it may come alive and kill me in my sleep.
I started with a basic mould for a face mask. I added clay to certain parts where I wanted the features to be more prominent; the nose and the cheeks. Then I paper mached it over a layer of plastic rap. After putting a layer of vinyl spackle over the paper mache, it looked like this:

Not too shabby. Still needed to paint the makeup features of a mime. Ended up looking like this after a short painting session:
So, creepiness aside, it was a pretty successful boredom project. Now on to paper mache leg.

-Michael Stamos

Sunday, September 19, 2010


    I hate to only post one drawing, but sadly it's all I had to show for my whole weekend. Beach days by the bonfire take a surprising amount of energy out of you.

    I was thinking of simple things that I'd want to put into a mural on one of the walls in my room, and I wondered if Orchids would be something cool to look at. Unfortunately I'd never really drawn them before, but not to worry, there's always a time to start.

    After browsing google images for inspiration, I picked one picture to serve as the anatomy example for all the key components. Afterwards, I just drew keeping those components in mind. Here's what I ended up with.

    The image quality is pretty bad. It's certainly not a Georgia O'keefe, but I think that for a first swing it's not too shabby.

More to come later!

-Michael Stamos

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Holding Hands

I only have one drawing for today, didn't have any old ones that I wanted to put up right now.

Hands are pretty hard to draw, it's hard to get the proportions and perfect basic shapes that make it recognizeable as a hand. I decided to draw holding hands to experiment with two hands and how to proportion both hands without being able to see some parts of either. Here's what I drew (based on a picture I found on google.)

I'm probably going to add to this post in the future, but right now this is a post with one lonely picture. More to come later!

-Michael Stamos

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some old ones, and one new one

The first three are sketches I did in San Francisco in july. When your parents are out shopping, and all your brother wants to do is watch nfl network and throw shit at you, you have a lot of time to do sketches out of what you see from the massive window in your hotel room.

The upside was that it had a great view.

Alcatraz and surroundings:

Coit tower (I think) and background:

A church (idk the name):

A rose:

A pretty old drawing, but i wanted to put it up

This is my sad attempt at a fully-clothed figure drawing based on a statuette thingey in my room, it's supposed to be lady justice i think, I didn't have time for the head, and changed some of the positioning, and added a scale in her hand.

More to come later, 

-Michael Stamos