|Here I sit… Sipping on a glass of milk with a high contrast screen full of characters staring back at me. I watch the lines flow throughout the characters, thick to thin, perfectly representing their capabilities, feelings, intentions. At first glance, still life. Then I look again, and realize they’re all alive. They were captured in the moment. Thinking, turning, daydreaming, wondering, seducing. They’re not still at all. They’re planning their next move.|
|One of my favorite things about these Kyle T. Webster (KTW) figures is that none of them are “finished”, in the traditional sense of the word. Not one body is fully encased by pen strokes, yet we still recognize them as complete. What we see are the only lines necessary to complete each character’s definition; even when the faces are masked or unclear, the posture of the body alone is enough to relay the emotions.|
|KTW has drawn out each curve and angle with precision. Where one would normally consider a figure as incomplete, the occasional swirls and loops naturally blend the “unfinished” area with the rest of the body. There are no cut-off points, leaving the characters free to expression. Kyle T. Webster states on his blog that each character is completely imaginative; no models or reference materials are used, meaning each curve and line is the pure result of creativity. He did mention that he was planning on testing his skills on capturing the essence of a few celebrities as a side project. M.J. was one of the first (pictured below).|
|Throughout the year, Kyle posts his latest work on his blog “The Daily Figure”, all with relevant captions on how the character is feeling on that day of the week; past examples give us Monday in Motion, Tuesday Triumphs, The Weight of Wednesday, Thursday Chills, Friday Forgot, and the Weekend of Waiting. Providing for numerous clients, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, L.A. Times, The Washington Post, and even DC Comics, Kyle T. Webster’s projects are on display nationwide. Be sure to check out The Daily Figure blog as well as his portfolio at kyletwebster.com for a full dose of creativity.|
This article features media from The Daily Figure | Designs by Illustrator Kyle T. Webster.
November 22, 2010
|I remember at age 5, I learned how to make origami cat faces in school. Once I started, no one could stop me; I was a cat-face-making machine. Every piece of paper I could find laying around the house, I would morph into a cat face. This didn’t go over too well with the family, and neither did the hundreds of mini paper springs I would make out of straw wrappers; regardless, it amazed me that I could take any piece of paper and essentially redefine it’s existence. Can you imagine what happened when I discovered paper planes? Though I’ve since grown out of that phase, I can still appreciate the overall concept of taking something plain, and using our creativity to turn it into art. With a few simple folds of a one dollar bill, it can become invaluable.|
|Origami has been around for 400 years, yet the results of it’s mastery are timeless. The art originated in the Japanese culture with the challenge to fold paper into various designs, capturing the still form of it’s subject; many of us have seen it in it’s various forms, but it is not so well known that traditionally it was required that no tools were allowed for assistance. This may not seem an issue, since many of us use only hands to create these works of art, but knowing that it was actually a requirement to avoid tools at all costs makes this form of expression even more special. No cutting, no tearing, no glue, no tape. It was purely a result of creativity, imagination, delicacy and focus; there are few things left in the world today that remain this natural.|
|More recently, the art of folding currency has been introduced, otherwise known as “Orikane”. The results are similar to that of Origami, as it plays by the same rules of folding and sculpting. However, the mindset is different. Would you take any amount of money and fold it into a design, with no plans on spending it? $1? $20? How about $100? At what point does the money lose worth to the art? If someone gave me a $1000 dollar bill in the form of an intricate design they had created for me, I can honestly say that I’m not sure I’d take it apart to spend it. If anything, I’d feel that I owe them.|
|It is becoming more common for people to specialize in Orikane; often, it is created as a gift for someone close, as an expression of love or friendship. Sometimes, it symbolizes patience or respect. Intention aside, the art of Origami will remain one of the most delicate forms of expression in the world.|
This article features media from debt management and transform your money blogs | Designs from Orikame artists worldwide. Thank you all.
November 22, 2010