Jeff is reclaiming his unique digital identity with a sense of clarity.

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http://january2013scanphotographartetc.shutterfly.com/

http://january2013scanphotographartetc.shutterfly.com/ – link to a little bundle of pics I uploaded to shutterfly tonight. Most of them are ancient sketchbooks from the late 1990s, but the acrylic paintings, encaustic paintings and photos are very recent stuff.

I might crop some of them and put them here on the blog later. Some of them are multiples of the same image because I like to shoot several pics of one work and pick the best of them with fewest blurs, bad contrast, etc. for various things. I’m not sure – I may have scans of some of these somewhere in the blog already?… Oh well, multiple images of the same thing isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Lighting was not very good on many of these… I was using interior lighting and that’s never good for shooting art. It’s too cold to go outside, and I don’t trust the wind outside when shooting photos of artwork on paper since paper tends to catch in the wind too easily. A few years back (a couple of months before we moved out of Boonville) I did try to shoot a bunch of artwork outside and a lot of it got caught in a big gust of wind. The same day a wind gust knocked over the tripod and busted the screw connector at the bottom of the camera that was on the tripod at the time. That poor camera finally died on me about a month ago or so… it’s had a hard life. I haven’t thrown it out yet in hopes that maybe it will get some life again someday… (I think something’s gone wrong with the battery connection or something).

Shooting photos of art is much faster than trying to scan them. I also scanned a bunch of my ‘morning pages’ today from the last year or so. I have not consistently done that every day, but there’s still a heck of a pile of paper. I probably won’t publish that to the public since there’s a lot of private thoughts on it… but might upload it somewhere secure for a backup like in email or google docs. Scanning those is not super time consuming since I’m going on very low resolution of 100 dpi or so for the scans since there isn’t any real big drawing/painting to it even if there’s a sketch or two here and there from dream scapes I tried to outline the architecture of, etc. Many of my dreams have a very architectural feel for them… various locations tie in together in various ways with hallways, placements of architectural elements, etc. It can sometimes get intricate in how I try to detail my ‘morning pages’/diary or whatever you want to call it because of that… Jung had archetypes. I have archetypes and architecture that those archetypes act in. All the world’s a stage…

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working on folio

Slowly working on portfolio website (see link on right). This weekend I put together a few of the pages over there. So far the Charcoal and Ball Point Pen sections are starting to shape up.

I have not put together the other sections yet completely since those require shooting digital photos of my works. Not being the greatest photographer in the world doesn’t make getting the quality that I like out of the camera the easiest thing in the world. Also, it does not help much that I’m shooting outside when I do the shots, and it’s been fairly windy the last several days. The other day I shot some of my brother’s old artwork from highschool and the tripod fell over with the wind while I was swapping drawings with others in the house. The part of the camera that attaches to the tripod flew off of the camera when it hit the pavement. I luckily got it back together, but have not tried to attach it back to the tripod since then. Note to self – add weights of some sort to tripod the next time I try to use it.

The ball point pen drawings are mostly some of the mall small scans I took. I tried to limit it to about 30 or so images for each section. That way a nice little navigation bar table fits well in most browsers. It’s still a little too wide for the smallest screen settings, but I really don’t think most folks use the smallest screen settings usually. If so, sorry folks… I am trying to get this thing looking good, not optimized for your super low res screens… It’s tricky using the floating navigation bars I’m using because Internet Explorer is tricky. If you don’t put the dtd type up at the top of the html, it doesn’t float the css navbars where they belong, and just sticks them at the top of the page where they scroll with the rest of it.

It’s slowly coming together. I’ve been doing some cleaning around the house this weekend since we’ll likely be moving before too long… found a bunch of ol floppy disks and that reminded me that the last time I tried to put together an online web portfolio like this I was doing it on floppy and zip disks on Campus because it was like the year 2002 and I was using the free modem pool that the University of Missouri had back then… a whopping speed of 28k! No wonder I got frustrated and quit putting together the website last time, lol.

This time, things are coming together a lot smoother, and hopefully this blog will help make things work out a little better. I’ll add more to the website as I get more images put together and organized. I really like this click the image to get a bigger copy of it idea. I also like the floating nav bars with transparent backgrounds that makes it nice, clean, and easy to maneuver around in.

Got any pointers, tips, or ideas on how I can improve portfolio? Shoot away and give me some comments. I like listening to what people have to say. 🙂 😉


mallsmall #96 drawing

Mall Small #96 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #96 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall96

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mallsmall #95 drawing

Mall Small #95 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #95 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall95

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, cartoon, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media, illustrate, illustration, figure, figure drawing, study, cafepress, face, figure, figure drawing, woman, girl


mallsmall #94 drawing

Mall Small #94 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #94 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall94

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media, girl, woman, illustrate, illustration, study


mallsmall #93 drawing

Mall Small #93 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #93 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall93

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media


mallsmall 91 drawing

Mall Small #91 ©  1999 Jeff Thomann
Mall Small #91 Drawing© 1999 Jeff Thomann
Media: Ink

Status: Original is Not for Sale at this time. However, many various items with this image on it can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/mallsmall91

Primary Themes: 1999, CARTOONS, art, artfolio, cartoon, character, drawing, painting, jeff, art, thomann, doodle, sketch, sketchbook, portrait, composition, study, Head, artist, gallery, ink, ballpoint, pen, ballpoint pen, pencil, rendering, render, nose, eye, imagination, mall small, jeff thomann, media