Point of Exquisite Suspension

Thoughts & life experiences of a Chicago area graphic artist

01 April 2015

Gallery/Patron Interactions

 
 I shot this photo some time ago while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. It's a cropped view of a wider shot. I enjoy watching the interactions of Art gallery patrons with the works on display. In this photo, the gallery visitors are intensely focused on the information plaques for the sculpture. As a composition, the photo has some interesting features. For example, the head of the man on the left echoes the head of the sculpture. Things like that are fun to observe.



20 March 2015

Find Bosco!


Click the above image to view larger version of this "Find Bosco" puzzle I created in the 90s during the "Find Waldo" craze. This was published in an Aussie-themed student activity booklet.
It's actually fairly simple compared to the "Waldo" puzzles. But I had a lot of fun creating it.

11 March 2015

Day 5 of my 5 Day Art Post Challenge



For today's post on Day 5 of my 5 Day challenge (prompted by artist Matthew Sargent), I feature art from a very recent project: Dragon Camp. I am providing illustrations for the upcoming Young Adult book of that name written by Psychologist and Author Cate Shepherd. Her previous book, Emotional Orphans is a riveting memoir that relates her experiences as a counselor in the California Juvenile Detention services. The Dragon Camp novel is about troubled young dragons learning how to overcome life's setbacks in an oasis of second chances. Check out the Dragon Camp blog for more details and art samples.
© 2015 by O. Douglas Jennings

05 March 2015

5 Day Art Post Challenge Day 4



For today's post on Day 4 of my 5 Day challenge (prompted by artist Matthew Sargent), I am featuring puppet designs I made for Vacation Bible School programs published by Regular Baptist Press (scroll down on linked page to find my designs). Although the puppets were manufactured by an outside production company, I was responsible for their look and design for which I made sketches to send to the puppet vendor. Left to right is Tracker, Feathers and Astro. 

This is my fourth year in serving as RBP VBS Puppet Designer. I wish I could show my most recent design for 2016 but I'm not allowed to unveil details for our VBS Program for that year until late Fall of 2015.


Designs by Doug Jennings © 2015 by Regular Baptist Press

04 March 2015

5 Day Art Post Challenge Day 3



For today's post on Day 3 of my 5 Day challenge (prompted by artist Matthew Sargent), I am featuring illustrations I made for Bible Timeline Collector Cards published by Regular Baptist Press. At top is a scene from the story of Esther.  The lower left card features Isaac. And the lower right is the warrior king David. There are 55 cards in all. The project took three years to complete because the back of each card has another illustration or map as well as a timeline and additional info on each character. Many thanks to my editors Alex Bauman and Deb Lew.They did tons of research and provided input on each illustration.
Art by Doug Jennings © 2015 by Regular Baptist Press

03 March 2015

5 Day Art Post Challenge Day 2


For today's post on Day 2 of my 5 Day challenge (prompted by artist Matthew Sargent), I am featuring cartoon characters I've developed for different clients. At top is a snow mobile character I created for a bearings manufacturer. It was used on promotional calendars. Lower left is a lightning bug I proposted for an online photography service. They ended up not using it but I have grown rather fond of the little critter. Lower right is a "spokes person" face I developed for practice. It's the only one that was not client driven. I enjoy creating such characters and will be showing more in future posts.
All art © 2015 by O. Douglas Jennings.