Recently I have been exploring graphics. I am learning how to use Inkscape an open source vector graphics software package. This page documents my journey into the world of graphic as I learn and evolve. One of my friends always says: “the best way to learn is by doing”.
The Stoic Series
“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature” Zeno of Citium (c.332-265 BCE)
I like the stoic philosophy. In that school of thought there are 4 main virtues, Wisdom, Courage, Justice and Temperance. This is a series of prints I designed to put up on my home office wall. It’s always good to have them around as visual reminders.
If you are interested in knowing a bit more of the Stoic philosophy you can visit Ryan Holiday’s site: https://dailystoic.com/. Ryan is a modern day stoic writer and puts out lots of practical ways to apply the ideas of stoicism to modern daily life.
Wisdom the ability to define what is good, what is not good, and what is indifferent.
“wisdom they define as the knowledge of things good and evil and of what is neither good nor evil…knowledge of what we ought to choose, what we ought to beware of, and what is indifferent.”— Diogenes of Sinope(c.404-323 BCE)
Courage the ability to retain strength of character and morals in the face of fear. Not the absence of fear but the strength to face fear.
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage” — Lucius Seneca (c. 4 BCE- 65 CE)
Justice our duty to fellow man, to society. The morality behind how we act. Justice guides all other virtues; it is the moral compass. Focuses actions towards the betterment of the whole, rather than just the self.
“Justice is the crowning glory of the virtues.” — Cicero (106 – 43 BCE)
“And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Which means: thought and action resulting in the common good. What you were born to do.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.31
Temperance or moderation. Self restraint, self discipline and self control. The ability to choose long term well-being over short term satisfaction.
“Curb your desire — don’t set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need.” — Epictetus (c. 50 – 135 CE)
“You ask what is the proper limit to a person’s wealth? First, having what is essential, and second, having what is enough.” — Lucius Seneca (c. 4 BCE- 65 CE)
Recently I started to run again after not running for a while. It was around this time I came across Jeff Galloway’s interval training method of run walk run. I immediately liked this methodology because it’s much easier to get started and also to complete long distances with out to much stress on the body. It just so happens that a friend of mine had also started to train with a running group using this same method. He has gone to complete four half marathons this past year and is currently training to complete a marathon early next year. I wanted a better way to describe the method. A way that would be descriptive of the activity and catchy, perhaps even a bit funny. This is when I came up with the word runker (runner + walker). You see, I like to make up words, you can say its a hobby of mine. Since then I have printed the logo on some t-shirts, shared one with my friend. The logo features a simple pictorial for the activity (run, walk, run) the dots underneath represent the interval time, in this case a 3/1 pace. I would love to see new communities of runkers starting up around the world.
Perhaps you like to start running but find it to difficult or just want to be more active check out Jeff’s site: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/run-walk/ its full of information to help you get started. He also has written a book on the subject. Or if you need a bit more support join a local running (runker) group like my friend did.
Runk (ˈrən-k) verb A modality of exercise that combine running with walking. A type of interval training.
Runker (ˈrən-ker) noun A person who runks.
GTM-01 Toro y Meninas
The inspiration for this series comes from two of my favorite Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, but they are not the only ones that influenced its creation. It is my interpretation in the cubist style of the Iconic Osborn Bull, created by Manual Prieto. The bull has become an iconic symbol of Spain. The bull stands tall over surrealistic landscape in which several abstracted figures of Diego Velazquez’s Meninas make their way through the terrain.
The abstract figures of las Meninas have been popularized by modern artist such as Antonio Azzato and Manolo Valdez. Azzato has created life size Meninas that have become a Madrid Icon. https://www.esmadrid.com/en/meninas-madrid-icon
GLC-01 La Corrida
La Corrida is the second in the series of Toro y Meninas. It is reminiscent of a typical Spanish corrida de toros (bull fight). In my version the bull emerges victories, Toro Invicto, as las meninas look on to the arena.
GWRU-1 Woman with he Red Umbrella
GITG-1 In The Garden
GPOS-1 Portrait of Self
The portrait of self is an introspective and multidimensional view of what it means to be human. The piece was influence by the later works of the Cuban painter Rafael Soriano. https://rafaelsorianofoundation.org/
I love all things space. I grew up during the space age and followed the Apollo missions. NASA’s Artemis (Apollo’s twin) program plans to return to the moon to establish a permanent lunar base. This is the first step toward the exploration of Mars and beyond. This time around, NASA will be landing the first woman astronaut. The poster shows how her hair has manage to fall and cover her right eye, a funny reminder of the perils of space exploration, where simple mishaps can actually become big deals. The poster aims for a retro feel while still looking forward toward the future. The red space suit and helmet incorporate elements of the 1968 film, 2001 a space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. I also included a more colorful version of the LEM Lunar Excursion Module used in the Apollo Program. The earth in the background is reminiscent of the picture, Earth Rise taken by Apollo 8 astronaut, Bill Anders.
To learn more of NASA’s Artemis program visit their official site: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/
GNWS-1 To Nowhere Special
This is an attempt to recreate a graphic that my son created using a stencil and hand painted on a t-shirt. That t-shirt and stencil are long gone but the image lived in my mind. I really liked it. He came up with the concept of a bus stop sign with the destination “to nowhere special”. In my attempt to reproduce the image I took a picture of an actual bus sign and reworked it a bit.
An ongoing series of personalized badges.