ONLINE ART PORTFOLIO OF ANDREW PRAISEWORTHY

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Opening picture: Andrew Praiseworthy. After Hours
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2009, July 6. All rights reserved



INTRODUCTION OF 2008

        Art is not my permanent activity. Though nothing in my life cost me fewer efforts and brought me more praise then art, I had quitted my exercises in... the year when the very first of the presented images was done1.
         Then in about 1999 I started to publish my first websites, and since then I worked on digital art pretty often. I returned to common graphics accidentally through... the digital one! In 2001 when I was "fooling around," with graphic system, I had drawn on the screen "Missing" right by the mouse. Since then, I am returning to common graphics once in a while. I had drawn some illustrations with pencil. Then I learned, by my own, pen and ink2.
        Currently, I have pretty bad conditions for painting. So, I played mostly with colored pencils. Eventually this brought me, also accidentally, to several pictures that I liked and which were done right on the margins of the poetry, while... working on poem.
        I have started acrylics, at last, on March 15 of 2009. I like it very much.
        I am not sure should I say about this or not... But, surprisingly I had found that despite I almost didn't draw from 1974 to 20053, I had some progress even over these break years. But in fact, I am returning to graphics several times per year only now. I can do it every day with the employment. I think, I had used not more than 20%-25% of my performance potential4, assuming that 100% would be achieved under condition of regular work in a couple of months.

Andrew Praiseworthy

Toronto, Ontario                                                                                      October 29, 2008; comments from May 2, 2012



INTRODUCTION OF 2011

        I am looking for a job in graphics related area. I have multidimensional education and several talents in 3-4 areas of art. I am fluent with North American, Western European and Eastern European cultures. I am good in drawing with dip nib pen and ink, graphite and colored pencils; I can do watercolor and ink washes, and I am also competent and inventive in painting with acrylics. So, I can do hand drawn graphic design or animation. I am also an excellent photographer. Then, I used to work as software developer of computer graphics before, and I am comfortable with many graphic packages now, I am able to work with new software learning it on the fly. So I may be extraordinary good in graphic design, including digital graphic design, animation and art directing. Besides, though I am not advancing this idea, because my situation is not totally common, I still assume that I could be an incredible value in art administration. I am leaving to an employer an opportunity to estimate this statement after reading my Curriculum Vitae (available on request from AndriyPo@Gmail.com).
        In graphic design my best options would be • Magazine design • Annual report design • Book design • Package design, and also • Branding. Then I am very good in • Photography digital editing • Routine drawing and painting. But I always remain open for wider tasks.
        As an animator I consider such areas as • Video commercials: completely digital or using visual effect • Animated music videos: digital or hand drawn • Digital animated features • Game design • Visual effects for feature movies • Flash, JavaScript design for the World Wide Web • Storyboarding.
        And in art directing I would be happy to work with • Advertising for TV, billboards, magazines, Web; I can also do • Illustration • Copywriting and anything you think may follows from my Art Portfolio. (Despite it is considered “simplified” because of several reasons.)
        Though I believe I have strong talent and I know many technical tricks, from creation of even margins with rubber glue to washes and trituration of solid ink, because I assisted in complete set of architectural university course projects to somebody else, my professional experience in graphic design mostly relies on my own projects. They were executed for my corporation’s fashion Web magazine, fashion online shop and as a personal freelance activity, mostly in publishing. So, with an employer demanding immediate results I am ready to start from: associate designer/production artist in graphic design; I could start as assistant animator or background artist in animation (I also can begin as inbetweener considering switch to assistant animator in near future); and positions of junior or assistant art director, junior or assistant copywriter are also acceptable for me in the area of advertisement.
        But for an employer thinking in terms of “talented employee is not 10%, not 20% better than an average one, but he is in hundred times better than average” 5   and, because of awareness about this, is ready to wait for a couple of months until I will smooth the corners of current absence of advanced home computer system and general conditions very distant from inspiration of creativity, I would recommend intermediate or even senior positions from the very beginning.

Andrew Praiseworthy

Toronto, Ontario                                                                                                       May 31, 2011; edited on May 2, 2012

1,3  – Now, on May 2, 2012, I think that “I had quitted my exercises” in early 1980s.
2  – In fact, I had been using metal nib dip pen and ink, including manually triturated solid ink, yet in the middle 1970s-early 1980s.
4 – Now I would rather write “5%-10%.
5  – I picked up this marvellous formula from the Web; I did not think in the moment that I will use it, so I did not memorize the source.




GENERAL HAND & DIGITAL DRAWING, & PAINTING


 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, April 12, 2009.
Woman at a Theatre: Developing Pointillism-2. Acrylics, ink, brushes, dip pen on paper, April 12, 2009, 24 x 18 cm. Sketch. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Pointillism is a branch of Impressionism invented by George Seurat.)  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, April 7, 2009.
Right or Wrong? Acrylics, ink, brushes, dip pen on paper, April 7, 2009, 14.5 x 20 cm. This is a sketch. By the way, first time Andrew had drawn similar setup on… the edge of 1970s and 1980s. (Thus, the date of the “quitting Andrew’s exercises” mentioned in the first paragraph of the “Introduction of 2008” must be pushed forward for another 6-7 years.) This version is already the fifth approach. (If count an attempt of March 31 as the third and the fourth.) So, this is a kind of Andrew Praiseworthy’s “standard.”
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, March 31, 2009.
"Pique Dame." Color pencils, March 31, 2009. This is a sketch only. It is also an interpretation of the same ink drawing done yet in Europe. This particular sketch was made on March 31 of 2009 in Toronto's Davenport.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, April 10, 2009.
Developing Pointillism. Acrylics, April 10, 2009. Sketch. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 1974.
Blue Rock, Kara-Dag. Watercolour and "liquid chalk" on paper, 1974, 39 x 29 cm. Picture painted by memory in the capital of Ukraine in the fall of 1974. They say that the rock’s silhouette resembles the profile of Kiev born poet and artist Maximilian Voloshin known also for hiding at his villa “the reds” from “the whites”, and “the whites” from “the reds” during the civil war in the USSR (1918-1920).  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2009, May 27.
The Flower. Colored pencils, paper appliqué, May 2009, 17 x 22 cm. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, March 29, 2009.
Arrest of an Innocent Man. Color pencils, March 29, 2009. This is a fragment of the sketch of a bigger painting of the Socrates’ life episode. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2008.



Man with a Box. (Fragment.) Graphite pencil on paper, 2008, 5 x 8.5 cm.
This is the fragment of the imaginary portrait of a dock worker. The drawing was done in the summer of 2008 in Toronto's Davenport.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2001, 2009: March 15.
Oraculum, “Post Untitled 2” Acrylics, brush, quality canvas panel, March 15, 2009. 51 x 61 cm. This is relaxed repetition of Untitled 2 of 2001 in other colours, on white background. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2008.
Blue Horse. Colored pencils on paper, 2008, 11 x 14 cm. This is the sample of the “drawings on the margin of poetry.” Actually, this one was done on a separate small piece of paper, but in the same situation. It is drawn in the summer of 2008 in Toronto's Davenport.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praisewothy, 2001.
Missing. Digital with mouse, 2001, original - 433 x 469 px. This was Andrew’s first, nearly unconscious, attempt to draw on the screen right by mouse. It was made in 2001 in Toronto's Etobicoke.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2001.
Untitled 3. Digital, 2001, original - 379 x 360 px. This was done with Bézier curves in 2001 in Toronto's Etobicoke.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2001.
Untitled 2. Digital, 2001, original - 420 x 460 px. This was drawn by mouse in 2001 in Toronto's Etobicoke.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, April 10, 2009.
Abstract Composition in One Colour. Acrylics, April 10, 2009, 20 x 27 cm. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2008.
Star Clock (fragment). Colored pencils on paper, 2008, original - 21.5 x 28 cm. It was sketched in 2008 in Toronto's Davenport.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2008.
Star.  Colored pencils on paper, 2008, 8 x 9 cm.This is the real piece of the poetry manuscript. It was sketched on July 4 of 2008 in Toronto's Davenport.

© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2009, July 6.
Andrew Praiseworthy. After Hours. Digital copy, paper appliqué, July 6 of 2009, 530 x 190 px. This image is created as a paper appliqué of nine watches...

          All the watches are showing the same time.
           But what if it is just one watch in different hours of the day?
           Will you decide that the watch is broken or that something had happened
           with the flow of time?

Here the image is redone as twelve watches for an educational course as a digital banner.


APPLIED: PUBLISHING, ADVERTISING, & POTENTIAL ANIMATION


 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseword, Anonymous, 1970, 2005.
CD Quantum Music: Label in Design. Digital, 2005, 250 x 248 px. This is the CD label in the process of design in Toronto's Etobicoke. Original photography is taken in Kiev's Pechersk in about... 1970!


For the sake of clarity.There are two other guys—they were members of a Pechersk school rock band at the complete photograph--while the fourth one (this was four member band) was taking a picture by his own initiative. Then he gave a copy of the picture to everyone. Andrew was the only band member from other city district, other school. Because of some reasons, until May 2012, Andrew missed the fact, that the person who took the photograph probably should give Andrew the permission to use it.
Andrew, at his best knowledge, was sure that he shares the copyright as the photographed person; Issue of difference of tradition and political detail: before the end of the USSR era, such situation would be, at Andrew’s best assumption, treated as acceptable—this was kind of internal chronicle photograph.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseword, 2005.


(continuation) Just imagine: you have your portrait in your family photo-album, and the portrait was taken 15 years ago by one of the guests during a birthday party. Then you saved the planet and they sent a reporter to write your bio. The reporter had asked you about this particular photograph to illustrate the article… How will you search the photographer, if you had immigrated to the other side of the planet and
CD Quantum Music. 2005. This is the CD Quantum Music with the label. It is finished and pictured in 2005 in Toronto's Etobicoke.

(continuation) culture, and you, at the very least, lost all connections with your former pals? And at the very end, the reporter said this is the only, photo he is interested in (this picture with a bass really is the only picture of Andrew with electric guitar in hands even now).
So Andrew is making up his mind what to do with all this, meanwhile keeping the piece in the gallery because he thinks, taking into consideration that the album did not bring Andrew any sales, and did incurred pretty BIG EXPENCES—this is about music recording (!)--the author of the picture would not mind against this under normal circumstances (coercion against which still is possible looking back to the Andrew’s sales history, but this is not a place for further discussion of this topic). If the album will bring any revenue—Andrew will try to find the person unconditionally.

                    This comment was first posted
                    here on May 9, 2012.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2011: January 29 - May 3.
Find It in a Book. Two different inks, dip pen, colored pencils on card stock paper. January 29 - May 3, 2011, 27.9 x 21.6 cm.
This is an illustration to the Andrew's unpublished yet song lyrics. It was started on January 29, 2011 and finished on May 3, 2011; one in more than 10 short and not too short sessions with pile of sketches left; first published on the World Wide Web on May 5, 2011. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2007.
Angels. Illustration for a book. Graphite pencil on paper, 2007, 11 x 9 cm. This is the illustration for a book of poetry. It was done in September 2007 in Toronto's Davenport.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseword, 2008.
Personal Logo (Andrew Praiseworthy’s personal logo). Digital, 2008, 50 x 50 px. This is Andrew Praiseworthy’s “image signature.” It was done in February of 2008 in Toronto's Davenport.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, May 2008, August, October 2010.
Admirer of Beauty. Colored pencils, digital appliqué on paper, May 2008, August, October 2010, 13.9 x 21.6 cm (the page itself). First front page of the two paged book cover (left) and its magnified fragment (right). Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, May 2008, August 2010.
Admirer of Beauty. Colored pencils, ink, May 2008, August 2010, 13.9 x 21.6 cm (the page itself). Fragment of hand drawing before partial digitizing, covered by semitransparent paper. The same first front page of the two paged book cover. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, Bruno Petrozza, 2002.
Models: Banner for a website. Digital photo collage, 2002, 468 x 60 px. This was created in the fall of 2002 in Toronto's Etobicoke. Andrew had used a pile of pictures; beside his own, several files were provided by a second party. The graphic design, combining of the images is Andrew’s personal work.

© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy, 2002.
Liberty Grand. Digital photo collage, 2002, original - 468 x 93 px. Liberty Grand is never called "palace" at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. Andrew took the picture of its Eastern side in the evening of the fall of 2002. He had used digital camera laid right on the ground (it took several seconds in late evening). “Recomposition” was done in the in Toronto's Etobicoke.


MORE ACRYLICS ON CANVAS


 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy 2001, 2009: March 15.
Composition of Three Colours. Acrylics, brush, quality canvas panel, 2009, 51 x 61 cm. This is sequel of Andrew’s very first art-work created after about 30 years of “silence,” in 2001 right on the computer screen with a mouse only. The presented painting of 2009 is made totally manually and with other set of colours. Andrew thinks It may be the very first work in the history of fine arts migrated from computer technique back to canvas.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy circa 1980, 2009: March 31, April 18.
Woman at a Theatre. Acrylics, waterproof ink, brushes, dip pen, canvas, 2009, 49 x 59 cm. This painting of 2009 is interpretation of Andrew Praiseworthy’s work performed in ink yet in the beginning of 1980s in Europe.
 
© Copyright Andrew Praiseworthy circa 1980, 2009: March 31, April 18 - May 24.
Woman at a Theatre-2 or Allegory of Intellectualism. Acrylics, waterproof ink, brushes, dip pen, canvas, 2009, 49 x 59 cm. This is further development of Woman at a Theatre.

          Why “at a theatre”?
          —In the author’s young years a habit of visiting of a theatre
          was a sign of advanced personality.
          He also thinks that “intellectualist” must have two features:
          she/he must be culturally advanced and she/he must be “good”—kind and honest.


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Published in parts from October 29 to November 7, 2008
Updated on August 22, 2012
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