All-Star Artist/Athlete: Jeremy Evans

Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz set out to defend his 2012 Slam-Dunk title this past weekend in a most creative manner.  For his second dunk Evans, 25 (Western Kentucky), leaped over an easel to do spectacular windmill dunk.  Upon finishing the Dunk Evans went over to unveil a painting of himself doing the same exact dunk he had just completed.  Evans whipped out a sharpie and signed the painting.  What was lost on the fans and commentators was that Jeremy Evans was the artist of the painting.  Unknown outside of the Utah fan base, Evans spends much of his free time creating artwork.  According to reports he had spent the previous two weeks working on his painting for the dunk contest and it was not finished until the night before when he finally found out what the basketball he would be using would look like.  

Not to use…

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Problem Machine

Guernica

What do we owe reality?

It’s an interesting question for artists of all sorts: How important is reality to our art, how far can we warp it before we lose relevance and begin to disappear up our own asses? This question tends to define peoples’ and  cultures’ relationship with art, and perhaps has done so for as long as art has existed– and how did art come to exist? Was it invented? I think the history of art has been one of interpretation as much as one of creation. My own personal interpretation of the term prefers the inclusive: Anything that people call art is art, and can be judged as such. It sounds like a wishy-washy-hippie definition, but I don’t think it really is.

The labels that we give things matter– to a degree that is sometimes distressing.

When we label something as art, that is a cue to…

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Pass the Brush

When I was in first year university, I was assigned a project to make a pop art painting of myself, or someone I knew. Upon completion of the project, I was quite happy with the result. Although there are a few imperfections with the copying, I think the painting turned out nice. I had a lot of fun making this pop art self portrait, and I was able to better my skills with grid transfers and detail painting. Below is a tutorial on how to make a pop art painting from start to finish.

Photoshop tutorial pop art

What you will need:

  • Four canvases that are the same size – I used flat canvases that I purchased in a pack from Michaels
  • Paint – Make sure you have white and black paint to create the variations in tone
  • Brushes
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Photo
  • Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Instructions:

  1. Open Photoshop or Photoshop Elements…

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