The Saturday Special: Bogdan Seredyak

Welcome to the latest edition of the Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special. This occasional weekend feature offers information about the Creative Commons artists from Flickr and YouTube who appear on this site. I hope you enjoy reading about these talented individuals and encourage you to visit their websites and see more of their work.

 

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Bogdan Seredyak

Artist Profile: Bogdan Seredyak

 

Name:  Bogdan Seredyak

Where to find Bogdan: flickr.com/holes

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Bogdan SeredyakLovelorn Poets Featured Message:
Missed Connections in Jersey Shore, NJ: At Wawa Stealing Your Friend’s Truck

Duration: I started taking photos as hobby a few years ago. Kinda grew on me. Learned everything I could by myself and continue to do so. First shot on digital video camera then got myself DSLR. With time I learned that I prefer the quality of film, so I switched to it, and now only use digital for more experimental purposes.

 

Work: Starving artist.
Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Bogdan Seredyak
Influences:Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, Bill Henson, Yasumasa Yonehara, Terry Richardson, Marc Lagrange, Jeffrey David Luker and others.

Preferred Work Environment: Under the cover of night.

What is your creative philosophy? This quote from Hunter S. Thompson, “No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind.
Buy the ticket, take the ride…
and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…
maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion:
Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Bogdan SeredyakThank you, Bogdan, for licensing your work through Flickr Creative Commons and sharing your words and photographs with the Lovelorn Poets. Your choice of the HS Thompson quote makes an important point; there are times when life gets hairy, crazy, overwhelming, or flat-out abysmal but throwing in the towel at that particular time is a sure recipe for regret.  Relish the ride and you’ll come out on the other side a changed person. Cheers!

 

The Saturday Special: Jamie Noguchi

Welcome to the latest edition of the Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special. This occasional weekend feature offers information about the Creative Commons artists from Flickr and YouTube who appear on this site. I hope you enjoy reading about these talented individuals and encourage you to visit their websites and see more of their work.

 

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile Jamie Noguchi

Artist Profile Jamie Noguchi

Name: Jamie Noguchi

Where to Find Me: ypcomic.com

Lovelorn Poets Featured Message:
Missed Connections in New Haven, CT: Alternate Universe Saturday Afternoon

Work: By day, web editor/designer. By night, cartoonist.

Education: I’m a self-taught cartoonist.

Duration: I’ve been publishing comics on the web since 2000. I started my current comic, an Asian American office romance comedy called Yellow Peril, in February of 2010. It’s taken me a few years to figure out what I want to do with my comics, but I think I finally found my calling with YP.

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile Jamie Noguchi

lurva mucha

Influences: My art influences are pretty disparate. I draw inspiration from manga creators like Hiroaki Samura, Osamu Tezuka, Naoki Urasawa, Yukito Kishiro, Junji Ito. I’m also influenced by Western comic creators like Frank Cho, Travis Charest, Adam Hughes, Stan Sakai, Sean Galloway, Adrian Tomine, Derek Kirk Kim, Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya, Craig Thompson, Danielle Corsetto, and Neil Gaiman.

Preferred Work Environment: I work traditionally and digitally. I enjoy both mediums, but as I grow older, I find myself gravitating to more traditional work. I really enjoy using a brush to ink my pencil work. I’d love to try some oil painting. I took a few classes in college and had a lot of fun with it, but I just haven’t found the time to get back to it.

As for space, I have room in my house that I’m setting up as a little studio. I’ve got my drafting table right next to my computer work station. I’m hoping to get some shelves in there so I’ll a place for all my comics and art books. I like a well lit space so I’ve got a bright desk lamp as well as some bright white LED lamps. The more light, the better.

I tend to do my writing on my ride to and from work. Since I write an office romance comedy, the commute tends to get me in the mood I need to work out some proper office humor.

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile Jamie Noguchi

Harley and Croc Play Chess by Jamie Noguchi

I listen to the radio a lot when I work, usually old time radio crime dramas on the internet.

Philosophy: ABC, Always Be Comicking. I eat, live, and breathe comics. I love making them, I love reading them. My hope is that I’ll live long enough to tell all the stories I have in my little brain meats. Not sure if that’s a philosophy, but it tends to drive me to draw whenever I have a spare moment.

Thank you, Jamie, for licensing your work through Flickr Creative Commons and sharing your thoughts with the Lovelorn Poets. Your “ABC” philosophy is an important one for all of us to remember – always be doing what you love to do! Whether that’s comicking or some other creative pursuit, stop making excusing for why you don’t have time and just start doing it. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you do. :-)

 

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Jamie Noguchi

Yellow Peril: The-View-From-Bellow

 

 

The Saturday Special: Janine

Welcome to the latest edition of the Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special. This occasional weekend feature offers information about the artists from Flickr and YouTube who appear on this site. I hope you enjoy reading about these talented individuals and encourage you to visit their websites and see more of their work.

 

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Janine

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Janine

Name: Janine

Where to Find Me: www.flickr.com/photos/pinkcotton/

Lovelorn Poets Featured Messages:
Missed Connections in Philadelphia, PA: I Let My Mind Wander Around You
and
Missed Connections in Ithaca, NY: Repeating the Resonation (Frere Jaques, Domaine)

Work: I’m a physical therapist.

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Janine

211/365: There will come a day when you won't know my name

 

Duration: I’m basically a self-taught photographer. I started fiddling around with photoshop in the 90s, while I was in high school. This was before I even got involved with the camera. At around 2008, I finally bought my own camera, a sony point-and-shoot. The following year, I started project 365 and went into self-portrait, which really helped me work on my camera techniques and photoshop skills. I got better cameras, but I’m really still a novice at this photography business, and I try to learn more through online tutorials and practice.

Influences: I have been inspired to take better photos by photographers I met in flickr. Photographers like Katie Lee (www.flickr.com/photos/katielee/), Anna Gay (www.flickr.com/photos/annagaycoan/), Miss Aniela (www.flickr.com/people/ndybisz/), and other self-photographers out there.

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Janine

Dear Prudence

Preferred Work Environment: I prefer taking photos under the natural light. I love using a lot of light. But I usually do my editing at home.

Philosophy: I usually take self-portraits to convey emotions, or to to “say” things I want to share. You’ll know my current state of mind by looking at how dark or light my photos are.  I like to experiment a lot. See a picture I like, then figure out a way to takes something like it. I don’t think there’s any more original ideas out there, just different takes on it (which is not to say it’s never been done before). Does this sound like a fragmented run-on sentences? Yes, I do that a lot too. This is why some days, I’d just rather take a photo and let people figure out what I want to say. Of course, other days, photos are just for fun.

Thank you, Janine, for licensing your work through Flickr Creative Commons and sharing your work with the Lovelorn Poets. Your dedication to Project 365 is inspiring and captures a very important principle – to improve your creative process and technical skills, one must commit to regular practice. Not always an easy thing to do after a long day at work, but the results and growth seen over time can become a motivating factor.

Dear Readers, now I challenge you! With 2012 right around the corner will you resolve to add more creativity to your life in the new year? Whether it’s writing, photography, painting, cooking, sewing, crafting, making videos… pick something and give yourself a little time to work on it every day. You’ll be amazed at what you can do!

 

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Janine

Everywhere And Nowhere At Once

 

 

The Saturday Special: Jenny Downing

Welcome to the latest edition of the Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special. This occasional weekend feature offers information about the artists from Flickr and YouTube who appear on this site. I hope you enjoy reading about these talented individuals and encourage you to visit their websites and see more of their work.

 

Artist Profile: Jenny Dowling

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Jenny Downing

Name: Jenny Downing

Where to Find Me: Here mostly www.flickr.com/photos/jenny-pics/ although I have just begun to write a photography blog thelensbabes.blogspot.com/ in which I chart the progress of a 2-year project that I am doing with a friend. I am also a classroom blogger, my most recent one (begun in September) being class1b-pregny.blogspot.com/

Lovelorn Poets Featured Message: Missed Connections in Philadelphia, PA: Hibernation (A Snow-globe)

Work: Not sure I could use the word ‘photographer’ to describe myself whilst keeping a straight face – it doesn’t pay the bills (although it did buy me a nice new lens with one lucky click). In real life I am the teacher of small people in an international school in Europe.

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Jenny Downing

snow-globe

Duration: Began ‘dabbling’ in photography as a teen with something cheap and probably Russian. Moved, during my twenties, through a Pentax SLR to Canon, the brand I now swear by (and occasionally at). Having fought against switching from the purity of film, via a little Canon P&S to what I use now, a fancy-schmancy 5D Mark ii, I am well and truly converted. The freedom to take a hundred photos when in the past I would have waited for the ‘perfect’ shot and perhaps have pressed the shutter only once or twice, has been liberating – not to mention a severe drain on my hard drive.

Influences: It’s all in the light; when it’s ‘right’ I grab my gear!

Preferred Work Environment:Outdoors

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Jenny Downing

saffron

Philosophy: I struggle to see the ‘bigger picture’; instead I peer at the world with one eye closed and see bokeh sparkles in the bottom of my wineglass…..but that might just be an alcoholic haze!

Thank you, Jenny, for licensing your work through Creative Commons and sharing your work with the Lovelorn Poets. Considering how time-consuming being a “teacher of small people” can be, your energy and passion for photography is an inspiration for all of us who have to battle the couch-potato trap at the end of the work day! Your 100smallhappinesses blog (2 cameras – 100 photographic challenges – 1 a week – or at least that’s the plan!) is a great idea for anyone looking to make time for creativity and collaborating with a friend only adds to the fun. Hmmmm… may have to give that one a try with a few writer friends… :-)

 

Lovelorn Poets Artist Profile: Jenny Downing

verdigris

 

 

 

The Saturday Special: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

Welcome to the latest edition of the Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special.  This occasional weekend feature offers information about the artists from Flickr and YouTube whose work appears on this site. I hope you enjoy reading about these talented individuals and visit their websites to see more of their work!

Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

Zoraida de Torres Burgos

Name: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

Where to Find You:
www.flickr.com/photos/arsaytoma-zoraida/

Lovelorn Poets Featured Message:
Missed Connections in Fargo, ND: Vegan Pepperoni

Work:
Free-lance literary translator

Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

cistell i verdures

Duration: I’ve loved to draw since I was a child. As an adult I used to paint just occasionally, but two years ago I joined Flickr and my activity became much more regular.

Education:
I have a degree in Philosophy and another one in Translation and Interpretation. I have no artistic training, at least for the moment.

Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

María Zambrano

Influences: I’m inspired by naïf art, traditional art, comics, illustration, children drawings… More than by technical mastery, I’m moved by spontaneity and expressivity, the power of color, the graphic qualities of a piece, the capacity to say a lot with the simplest means.

In Flickr I’ve discovered artists that I admire a lot (as Margarita Pérez García or Patrícia Brasil, to name just two who have been particularly influential), and I’ve also found inspiring and supportive groups as Julia Kay’s Portrait Party.

Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

Buttons McTavish / Amy Lehr Miller

Preferred Work Environment:I like to draw at home, sitting at the same desk where I do my translations, or more comfortably on the living room coach. On buses or public places I make quick sketches on my phone. I like to use acrylics, watercolor or pen on paper, and drawing software on a graphics tablet or more recently an iPad.

Philosophy: I’m not sure to have a philosophy besides “live and let live”. I draw or paint in a very intuitive way, not intellectual at all. The first subject of interest for me is people, and the second one, the small objects of everyday life. I adore portraits and I think that human eyes contain all the world.

Links to people and groups named:
Margarita Pérez García – www.flickr.com/photos/margaperez/
Patrícia Brasil – www.flickr.com/photos/patricia_brasil/ (or the link to an interview I did with her: juliakaysportraitparty.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-brazilian-artist.html )
Julia Kay’s Portrait Party: www.flickr.com/groups/portraitparty/

Lovelorn Poets Saturday Special: Zoraida de Torres Burgos

The favorite of Mr. Avi, Lovelorn Poet's "cat-in-residence"

Thank you, Zoraida, for licensing your work through Creative Commons and sharing your work with the Lovelorn Poets! As someone without formal art training, I find your work in both traditional and technology-driven formats inspiring. Key lessons learned? (Applicable to any field, I suppose.) Create regularly, find others to admire and share with, and show your work!