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Saturday, November 19, 2016

October 15 abstract finished!

Finally finished this abstract drawing!


At the moment, i am calling it, "October 15 abstract".
11x14", india ink on bristol. I used markers, technical  pens, dip pens, and brushes for boath the broad lines and small detail.

To reiterate my last post,  each of these abstract drawings is organic and spontaneous in design and concept. This series examines the shape,  physically, mentally and spiritually, of the metropolis and its relation to the individual city dweller and the industrial/technological past, present and future. Each drawing is an abstract meditation on these concepts.


JTP/MNR

Saturday, October 29, 2016

New abstract drawing, work in progress!

I felt it was time to get started on a new abstract drawing!

Keith Haring is a big influence in my art. Ive been told by viewers that they see his artistic influence in my work! While this is great, I always strive to bring my own perspective to the idea of stark, cartoonlike, glyph-like art!

My process
I may have mentioned before,  my abstract artwork is not planned. Each piece is an experiment in following the shapes and symbols. each stage of the piece is a choice, a decision in time, like a binary tree filled with decisions. My work is metitative and mathematical in its own way; since each line is a decision taking me down one path, what would happen if in that point of time rhat the line is made, i chose to put another symbol in its place? With this line of thinking, one drawing, in alternate decision pathways, has the potential to be a slightly different drawing, yielding an  infinite number of designs.

Unfortunately, i dont have infinite time to contemplate these designs nor create them,  which makes the designs i do discover and create much more unique. Fun, huh?

Jtp/Mnr

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wings - Oil on Canvas, Abstract, beginning of the series

Untitled, 8 x 5.5", ink and colored pencil on paper.
Justin (MNR) Phillips


This is the image that started my current series of abstract linework!
It was a 'doodle' in my sketchbook that happened to look great enough for me to put some color on. This is why you keep your sketchbook pictures! This was created a few years ago, and inspired dozens of paintings and drawings!

I'm always putting together new ideas to see how far I can take this series of paintings and drawings.

My painting, Wings, came as a result of this drawing and was the first of this series.

Wings, 16x20", oil on canvas 
Justin (MNR) Phillips
At first, I used this drawing as a direct guide for how to paint this painting, then I diverged from it and only used some of the design elements from the drawing. I have trouble creating the same exact piece over and over again! D; In the end, I just 'let the brush guide me'. I essentially make up each abstract piece spontaneously, finding a rhythm and harmony in each mark on the page, and then creating other marks that make sense.


-Justin Phillips/MNR

Friday, October 7, 2016

Abstract Landscape Village Drawing

This abstract/figurative landscape was created earlier this year. It is 11"x14", and drawn with india ink. Made by me, Justin (MNR) Phillips, 2016.



Like most of my ink drawings nowadays, I didn't plan this one.
Prints and merchandise of this piece are available on my Society6 page, here: https://society6.com/product/abstract-ink-village_print

This was rather a fun creation, I hope to make a series of this. In creating this, I was considering a book called 'Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions' by Edwin A Abbot. The gist of it is there are shape people who live on a 2 dimensional plane. The reader learns the culture and lifestyle of these 2D people, and basically how their villages are constructed. To us, the villages would look something like an architectural floor layout plan. Anyone in the '3rd' dimension would be able to see within the houses and within the bodies of the shape people.

Early video games, often called 2D sidescrollers, take on this principle, but a different variation of it. The "north-south" direction is where gravity acts upon everything, and most objects are solid, and have to either be destroyed or jumped over for a player character to progress.

Think: Super Mario Maker, Spelunky, early Rayman, and early Castlevania, if you are a gamer.

I look forward to playing with this design in the future!


-JTP/MNR

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pattern: Shells and V's Crochet Edging

I found this picture here on LaceForStudy.co.uk. Great website for all sorts of handmade and machine made vintage and antique lace.
Here is the link to the original lace. http://www.laceforstudy.org.uk/archives/purpose/16167/2193-english-domestic-crochet-edging/

Replicating antique and vintage crochet patterns is one of my hobbies, I really like antique lace, and would like to share this one here with you.

 Here is the pattern, please comment if you find any errors.
My Version of the Pattern:



Ch: chain
Sk: skip
**: repeat instructions between
Dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
V stitch: hdc, ch 2, hdc


US crochet terms. Hook and thread of whatever suitable size.
  1. Ch 27, skip 4ch, *4dc, ch2, 4dc in next space, sk 4 ch*, repeat instructions between * twice more. Ch 3, sk 4 ch, dc in 4th chains, ch 2, sk 3 chains, dc in 3rd, ch 2, sk 3 chains, dc in last chain.
  2. Ch 5, turn, hdc, ch 2, hdc (V stitch made), ch 3, V stitch, ch 3, V stitch.
  3. Ch 3, sk 4 ch, dc in 4th chains, ch 2, sk 3 chains, dc in 3rd, ch 2, sk 3 chains, dc in last chain.
  4. Repeat from 2nd row.


I reserve the right to tweak the pattern if needed.
Here is the picture of the lace, borrowed from the website (and hosted here on my blogger). I created the pattern from the image.


-JTP/MNR

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tiny Scallops Edging

An edging that I improvised.  Great for using up scrap yarn/thread

Tiny Scallops Crochet Edging


  • Size 10 thread, 
  • size 5 1.9mm hook.
  • US terms.


You will always have the flat part of the edging facing away from you.


Chain 5
Two Dc in 5th chain from the hook.
Repeat these two lines for the required length.

If desired:
Now to make the top edge:
Chain 5, *Sc in the middle of the horizontal dc of finished braid, chain 4, sc in the base of the horizontal dc of finished braid.*

Repeat instructions within * till the end.



-JTP/MNR