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Inform. Inspire. Infect. [Oct. 4th, 2010|02:19 pm]
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Okay, so I really love the magazine Coilhouse and have been really inspired/impressed by the creative ladies who founded it, Nadya Lev, Zoetica Ebb and Meredith Yayanos.

So, naturally, I decided to personify the magazine's slogan (Inform. Inspire. Infect) with illustrations of the three founders.

Inform. Inspire. Infect.

The far left is Nadya being Inform, with her quill and carrier pigeon sending out information. Middle is Zoetica, being Inspire, as shown with a sprouting seedling, since ideas start small and grow from there. Meredith is Infect, with her legion of mosquitos spreading the infection of ideas.

Inform.
Inform

I was kinda stuck on what sort of pattern to use on her outfit until Matt suggested I use the vane of the feather as a design element. Brilliant!

Inspire.
Inspire

They wound up looking more like cracks, but I was trying to emulate roots on Inspire's dress, to go along with the sprouting seedling.

Infect.
Infect.

It's really, really hard to come up with a symbol for infect that isn't totally gross. Sorry, Meredith, this is not a reflection on your character! But yeah, I decided to go with mosquitos since they were less of an abstract concept than molecules of a disease or something. Note how I also worked them into the design on her dress! Oh, and the wings of the mosquitos are leaf skeletons that I bought from a scrapbooking store.

Inform. Inspire. Infect. -detail


I was afraid of bogging this entry down with the CASCADE of process and detail shots I took of these guys, so here they are as icons that you can click on to see bigger.


And here's some straight-up scans, which are not as 'warm' feeling as the photos but I think they show off the details better.

Inform. Inspire. Infect


To cap it all off, here's a time-lapse video I did during most of the production. I am not actually left-handed, it is just hilariously mirrored because that is what PhotoBooth does and I do not know how to fix that on their movies.

Inform. Inspire. Infect from Erika Moen on Vimeo.



I got the idea for this in July, started it around August, got most of the work done (off and on) during September and finally f'reals finished them last night. So nice to have these pieces fully assembled and off my work table! Now they can go join the rest of my finished pieces that I'm amassing for an art show in December.
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[User Picture]From: maelie
2010-10-04 10:06 pm (UTC)

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I love that you're constantly branching out into different types of art forms, not just 2D drawings but also mixed media, sculpting, etc. You're a big inspiration, Erika!
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:22 pm (UTC)

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Haha, thank you! I would call that ADD but I'll take "inspiration"! ;)
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[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:24 pm (UTC)

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Aw, thank you! They are really stimulating for me to make; I know mostly what I want in the beginning, but the longer I work on it the more it morphs into something new and turns into a really elaborate puzzle. With glue.
[User Picture]From: shingkhor
2010-10-04 10:29 pm (UTC)

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whoa, this is super cool! love the progress pictures too - thanks for sharing them!
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:24 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: sabresister42
2010-10-05 12:55 am (UTC)

Pretty!!

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These are SO BEAUTIFUL!! And the time lapse video you posted on twitter is adorable! :) A wonderful job as always, Erika!
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Pretty!!

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: madfishmonger
2010-10-05 04:21 am (UTC)

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These are incredible. I don't know what else to say.
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:29 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: dracoangelica
2010-10-05 05:09 am (UTC)

Ooooh.

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Verra pretty art! I love the medieval design to them. I like how your scribe has a leaf vein thing going with her clothes and your 'inspire' lady has the root thing going. Very, very classy!
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Ooooh.

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Thank you! Religious, medieval, iconic paintings have been a really big influence for me /:)
[User Picture]From: ellahitsgerald
2010-10-05 06:27 am (UTC)

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you're a beast!
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:30 pm (UTC)

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A gold-leafing beast!
[User Picture]From: becjasketch
2010-10-05 01:53 pm (UTC)

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Time lapsed making of videos make me the happiest panda.
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:30 pm (UTC)

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Yay!
[User Picture]From: misangela
2010-10-05 02:07 pm (UTC)

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You can fix the mirror effect in PhotoBooth by going into the settings and turning on AutoFlip Photos. The reason it's mirrored? Because that's the way we see ourselves and it's generally more appealing to us. :)
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 03:31 pm (UTC)

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It only fixes the photos =/ I enabled it ages ago and it's fine for the still pictures but it does nothing for the movies, nor can I figure out how to flip them in in iMovie (which is what I use to edit my little films)
[User Picture]From: misangela
2010-10-05 03:55 pm (UTC)

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Hmm. Curious. I'll ask Nick if he knows how to fix it!
[User Picture]From: misangela
2010-10-05 04:04 pm (UTC)

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Found it! Here is an article on eHow: http://www.ehow.com/how_5028824_flip-videos-imovie.html

:-D
[User Picture]From: erikamoen
2010-10-05 04:04 pm (UTC)

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Oh jeez, thank you!
From: marzipanmoon
2010-10-05 08:14 pm (UTC)

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Wow, I love these. I'm in love with the way you've been doing your recent paintings, they really stand out. The symbolism is nice too: you make "infect" look so beautiful and natural, where most people would have a hard time portraying it in that way. Also discovered a new awesome website. Score. :D Thank you Miss Erika. xD
From: aristophane
2010-10-06 02:34 am (UTC)

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Have you received feedback from the Coilhouse ladies? I bet they would be flattered. I wasn't aware of this gorgeous magazine. Thanks for the link!
[User Picture]From: terlogo
2010-10-08 03:26 am (UTC)

Congrats!

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I just saw you on Oregon Art Beat! Congratulations, that was so cool! I'm totally gonna try and make it to the Periscope exhibit.
[User Picture]From: prolixe
2010-10-10 07:56 am (UTC)

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I love this sooooooooooooo freakin much!