Week 2: Activity


I sketched out a few tests and filled them in with some thick markers I had laying around. This one was my favorite so I decided to use it as a template. IMG_4766   I duplicated the marker sketch in spray paint on cardboard. I decided to switch up the ‘M’ but looking at it now, I prefer the original. IMG_4768   During the process I did a lot of experimentation with the medium, since it was my first experience with spray paint. To create the speckled effect, I pulled back on the nozzle and pressed it down as lightly as I could. I wish I had got more colors of paint so that I could have used the speckling to create some more depth. IMG_4770   Another technique I tried was to flip the paint can upside down and press the nozzle into the cardboard. This caused these stripe effects. IMG_4771

As you may have noticed, I used a green market to draw the letters out first. It wasn’t until this point that I noticed that I hadn’t covered it all. One thing that became apparent to me was that the order and methodology of graffiti is integral in making a clean cohesive piece. Usually when drawing letters with pen an paper, I draw the letters first, and then add in the 3D effects afterwards. With spray paint, however, this can lead to sloppy edges to the letters. From some videos I watched, it is very common for the artist to lay down the shadows first, then color in the letters, and finally the last step is drawing the borders of the letters.IMG_4772   I wasn’t sure I liked the stripe effects and I wanted something to fill out the space around the letters. I also want to incorporate the dripping paint look. In hindsight it would have looked better do do this first to keep it behind the lettering. This goes back to the idea of planning out the whole process ahead of time. Doing so keeps the layers in the correct order and aids in the illusion of depth.IMG_4778   I feel like I learned a lot about graffiti art during this experimenting. I’m looking forward to exploring the medium further in the future.


Week 2: Artist Interview

Maccabee ShelleyIMG_4750

“Such an everyday object that has been so important throughout history.” – Shelley, discussing his medium, glass bottles

When I talked with Mac, he pointed out some interesting things that I would never have noticed. First off he led me over to one of his pieces and asked if I saw anything different about it. I took a while to look it over and offered a few guesses, then he pointed out a small white rectangle on the surface and asked, “what do you think that is.” I had no idea. I turned out to be a label from a coke bottle. He described how awesome it was that in all of the randomness and chaos of his process, that one of the few pieces with a label on it happened to find its way to the outer surface to be seen in the final product.

“It’s intriguing to think about the story of each individual piece.”

There were a few pieces very similar to this one, maybe even cut from the same source. What I found puzzling about these pieces is the dark green, almost black, glass that is oozing from the cracks. I didn’t get a chance to ask Maccabee about it, but I can only assume that these areas were not completely cooled when this section was cut. To me this occurrence is interesting as it would seem impossible to manufacture this willfully. How would one monitor the internal temperature of a solid piece of glass? What made these sections different from the surrounding glass? These are the questions that kept me staring into this amalgamation, pondering the process that led to its unique features.


This is another piece that was quite unique. I seemed to mimic, in its colors and form, a slab of cracked ice. The shards of glass looked like pieces of a broken up sheet of ice.

IMG_4739Maccabee finished of our talk by saying that CSULB is “probably the most exciting place on the west coast for ceramics.” After seeing his amazing work, I would definitely agree.