Today would gave been Andy Warhol’s 85th Birthday. It always makes me wonder how he would have embraced new technology like iPhones and iPads, as well as social media. I am certain that he would have had active Twitter and Instagram accounts. He would have taken it to a whole new level.
Selfie with Campbell’s Soup Can Shirt
The Campbell’s Soup Can imagery is still going strong. The image on the top is an iPhone photo of some special edition soup cans that came out last year. My shirt is from Uniqlo.
My favorite Warhol images are his portraits. Which Warhol images do you think are his most iconic?
To Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Andy Warhol’s artwork 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans Campbell’s has put out limited edition cans of their condensed Tomato Soup. The cans come in four different color schemes and are only sold at Target. Each can features a different Warhol Quote. I love the pop art colors.
iPad painting of Edie Sedgewick using Inkpad and ArtRage on iPad
One of my favorite apps right now is Inkpad, a vector based drawing app for the iPad. This app was developed by Steve Sprang who also gave us the amazing Brushes app. I am not familiar at all with vector drawing programs so I am learning as I go along. I found some great tutorials on the Digital Drawer blog, especially this one on creating a neon effect.
I’ve been doing a lot of drawings of retro “bombshells” or iconic movie stars from the 50’s and 60’s because they seem to lend themselves to the more graphic style of Inkpad. I’ve also been experimenting with combining the Inkpad drawing with other apps such as ArtRage and PicGrunger to give more texture to the drawings and give them more of a collage feeling. Which version do you like best?
I recently posted a “Screen Test” to the MoMA site for their Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures Exhibit. MoMA invited people to make a 90 second screen test and submit it to their Flickr group. I used the iPhone app 8mm to make the video because I liked the way you could give the video a retro grainy look. One of the requirements was that you sit completely still for 90 seconds which was more difficult than you would think. I’m looking forward to going to see the exhibit at the MoMA to see some of my favorite screen tests of Lou or Edie. There is no permanent link to each video so you have to go to “view all” to see each individual screen test. Here is my video as posted to Flickr.
I went to the Dr. Sketchy does Warhol’s Factory event last night in Brooklyn. It was a wonderful evening of art, music and interesting snacks.
I was fortunate enough to win the door prize which was a beautiful Moleskines watercolor pad. When I first read that Moleskines pads were to be given out to the first 20 people I expected a pocket-sized book, but was happily surprised to find that the book was quite large (12 by 16.5 inches). Except for a couple of 5 minute sketches in the beginning I used the Moleskines pad the whole night.
The models were dressed as various Warhol/Factory characters such as Edie, Ultraviolet, Basquiat, Grace Jones, and two Marilyns (a canary yellow haired Marilyn and a platinum blond Marilyn). The models did various poses together on stage and around the venue.
We tried some of the snacks and my favorite were the handmade caffeinated marshmallows. They were very light an fluffy and were supposed to have the same amount of caffein as a Redbull. Sam really like the macaroons.
The music was one of the highlights of the evening for me. Kim Boekbinder performing some of her songs from her album “The Impossible Girl“. She was visually stunning with her pink hair and sparkling eyes. I’ve seen her videos online but but it was great to see her perform the songs live. She used a recording pedal to create backing vocals and rhythms while she played the songs, which Sam said reminded him of Les Paul. Another highlight was the playlist for the evening which included a lot of David Bowie, Velvet Underground and solo Lou Reed. I heard one of the songs from Lou Reed’s “Songs for Drella” which brought back great memories of seeing Lou Reed perform the album in its entirety as BAM.
So altogether a pretty interesting, fun and productive night, drawing wise for me. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos on the Sketchy blog when they are posted. I’m still in the process of scanning everything in but here are two five minute sketches I did in the beginning of the evening:
A 5 minute drawing of the model channeling Bianca Jagger.
In August I attended an Andy Warhol themed Dr. Sketchy at the Brooklyn Museum and wrote about it here. The photos from that session were just posted on the Dr. Sketchy site and the models and museum setting are even more beautiful than I remembered.
Here is a photo taken from the Dr. Sketchy site by Justin Lussier:
I am in the bottom left corner and Dame Cuchifrita is posing as Bianca Jagger and Delysia La Chatte is posing as one of Warhol’s Super stars.
Here is another photo from the Dr. Sketchy site by Justin Lussier of Dame Cuchifrita with what I like to call “Mick on a Stick”.
This is a 5 Minute drawing of Madame Cuchifrita with Mick. In between poses Molly Crabapple was talking about figure drawing and said to “Embrace your fail” which I wrote on the drawing.
A drawing of Delysia La Chatte as one of Andy Warhol’s Superstars.
I took part in the Creative Art Making program held in the sun drenched Rubin Glass Pavillion. The models, Dame Cuchifrita and Delysia La Chatte, channelled Andy Warhol’s Superstars. The models posed separately on two stages and the artists sat around the stages, creating a theater in the round atmosphere. It was perhaps one of the most visually striking atmospheres I have drawn in. Molly Crabapple drew at an easel and demonstrated some of her techniques during the breaks. They played some of my favorite music, including David Bowie, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground.
After the drawing session I took a quick look at the Andy Warhol Exhibit. The exhibit focused on his later work. One of the highlights for me was the Last Supper painting which I’ve only seen in print. There was also a wall of Interview magazine covers which brought back memories of college and cutting out the pictures to decorate our dorm room.
I exited the exhibit into the obligatory gift shop. From the gift shop I could hear what sounded like a huge crowd of people. As I walked out I saw that the crowd was there for the Work of Art exhibit for the winner Abdi Farah. As I scanned the crowd I noticed several of the cast members/Artists in attendance. I took a quick walk around the crowd and then headed toward the elevator. I took the elevator down to the first floor with one of the artists from the show, and wanted to ask him what he thought of the whole experience, but chickened out.
Upon leaving the museum I reflected on the irony of the various events going on at the same time, Andy and the whole 15 minutes of fame during this digital age. What would he have thought of Work of Art and their process for picking a winner?
Through the Lava Lamp features the artwork of Rita Flores created using cutting edge technology such as the iPad and iPhone, as well as more traditional work such as drawing and acrylic painting. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to add comments or ask questions about my techniques.