Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Through the Veil at NCAC art auction

 My recent small acrylic painting, "Through the Veil" is featured in the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) virtual benefit auction, to coincide with their virtual annual benefit on November 11 (coincidentally my birthday). The auction is open for viewing now (October 21-27) and bidding goes from October 28-November 13, 2020. 

Here is the link to my page: http://vugalleries.com/product/william-ayton/

Here is the auction main page link: http://vugalleries.com/ncac-auction-home/

Through the Veil, 2020, acrylic on panel, 10" x 8"


Friday, September 18, 2020

Project for an AR sculpture gallery

 This is an early version of a projected AR installation. More info will be posted as it (hopefully) develops.

Project for an AR sculpture gallery


Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Unlikely Vehicle (test)

 This was just a test where I was playing around in Blender with cuboid shapes, loop cuts & the extrude option. Then I remeshed it & started sculpting it. This may be a better way to create figures than starting with a sphere, which can be quite long & tedious. I'll try it out & post the results here if they're worthwhile.

The Unlikely Vehicle, 2020, digital sculpture in Blender

The Unlikely Vehicle, 2020, digital sculpture in Blender

The Unlikely Vehicle, 2020, digital sculpture in Blender


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Psyche Sleeps and Psyche Dreams

 This could be the final piece of the Psyche series...but probably not.

Psyche Sleeps and Psyche Dreams, 2020, acrylic on plywood, 14" x 11".


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Over the Hills and Far Away

Probably the best thing about Unity's terrain toolbox is the ability to easily & quite rapidly create very large environments (in which to place one's digital sculptures). See below:

Over the Hills and Far Away, 2020, digital image
 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Narcissus in the Desert

 Just playing around with the terrain generator in Unity, with one of my Blender (3D modeling) pieces.

Narcissus in the Desert, 2020, digital image
Narcissus in the Desert, 2020, digital image
Narcissus in the Desert, 2020, digital image


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Domain of Psyche

 Another new monochrome painting in the Psyche series.

The Domain of Psyche, 2020, acrylic on plywood, 14" x 11"


Thought Worlds of Psyche

 A continuation of the Psyche series, this is a small monochrome acrylic painting that opened up some new avenues of artistic exploration, I think.

Thought Worlds of Psyche, 2020, acrylic on plywood, 14" x 11"


Psyche Gold video

 This is a short screen capture video (no sound) from Unity to show the Psyche sculpture animated with particle effects. This is intended to be used as an AR installation, ultimately.

Psyche Gold, 2020, screen capture from Unity


Friday, August 14, 2020

Psyche—Planetary Eye version

 I painted the acrylic piece below specifically to try & use as a texture in Blender on the Manna From Psyche variation also below. Not too bad. I will probably try some more variations...

Planetary Eye, 2020, acrylic on plywood, 14" x 11"

Psyche (planetary eye version), 2020, digital image


More Psyche

 Here are a couple more new pieces. The first one is a painting of the 2 Psyches (goddess & asteroid) -- I want the digital & traditional work to complement & feed off of each other, & it's getting easier to switch between the two. The other image is a Blender rendering with the painting inserted as a texture within a frame. The idea partly comes from Max Ernst, who used his bird avatar, Loplop, to introduce various things (Loplop introduces the surrealists, even Loplop introduces Loplop...)

Manna from Psyce -- painted
Manna from Psyche, 2020, acrylic on plywood, 14" x 11"
Psyche presents Manna from Psyche, 2020, digital image


Thursday, August 06, 2020

Pscyhe: and now in metallic finish

I was experimenting with the preset materials in Blender (3D software) & realized that Psyche the asteroid/planetary core is probably/possibly metallic in origin, hence this version in a reddish metallic finish. I also realize that in space, iron does not rust & turn reddish, but this still seemed appropriate & visually appealing...



Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Manna from Psyche revisited

Manna from Psyche is/was the AR installation I created (with the help of ASU's Meteor Studio) for the Emerge Festival scheduled for Mesa, Arizona in the spring, which was unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic. We did manage to launch the installation (it should still be available on the App & Play stores), but it was a last-minute fix & some features were rushed, etc. So, now that I have more time (& appropriate skills in better shape), I'm revisiting the idea. You can see some early new prototype ideas below...




Friday, July 31, 2020

A Trio of Heads

These are 3 separate paintings of heads in monochrome that make a good combination together. It's not technically a triptych, but they fit together very well.

A Trio of Heads, 2020, acrylic on board

Details (left to right):
1. Destiny Unraveling, 2020, acrylic on board, 16" x 12"
2. Growing in the Dark, 2020, acrylic on board, 14" x 11"
3. The Persistence of Fate, 2020, acrylic on board, 14" x 11"

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lost Soul(s)

Another 3D sculpture in Blender of a head. Maybe it needs a bit more work, but it's a little raw & maybe that's best. Montage of different views.

Lost Soul (multiple views), 2020, digital image