I launched my website several months ago, but it's high time that I explain my purpose and rationalize its name. First off, I hope it better represents the more employable aspects of my design sensibilities. And please feel free to comment on the design and flow of the site- also, there's new work up!
So why Pony Expressed? I have always been enamored with the concept of the Pony Express, and a recent binge on Westerns only enriched this sentiment- but there's more to it than that.
To me the Pony Express stands as a prime example of the importance of communication between humans. The messengers that delivered packages across the nation in the early days of the postal service did so at great risk to their self. That commitment inherently imbued the words scrawled on personal notes or business communications with gravity and vitality. Today communication technologies are ubiquitous, and we deliver ideas to one another effortlessly and instantly. My goal with Pony Expressed is to imbue the messages I craft in various media with the same import and clarity that those first envelopes galloping across the plains had, but with the efficiency afforded us by digital methods.
I think that communication is best achieved when an author is careful in choosing the most apt medium for his or her concept. A message may be best translated through a piece of fine art, a layout, a video or animation, or a simple hand-written note. For me, the important thing is to never feel limited by, or tied to, a single means of expression. This philosophy accounts for the diversity of media in the portfolio you'll find at Pony Expressed.
But I mean, I also just think that Pony Expressed is a damn cool idea.
And now, ladies and gents, I give you: Pony Expressed.
I should also note that for now my old URL (http://declanvanwelie.com/) also directs you to the Pony Expressed site, although I would like to eventually make a separate page for fine art work.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I pursued several iterations of this piece. I was trying to develop a work strategy combining various traditional media together with digital layering. It actually predates the last two illustrations posted on this blog by a long while—I began it around Christmas last year. I was unsatisfied with it for a long time, but found some of the in-process print-outs in a pile recently and decided to finally push on for a finalized version. Below is the result. Accompanying the finish are watercolor versions, the original charcoal sketch, ink and gouache drawing, pencil line-work, and ink-on-acetate touch-up.