If you walk to the edge of Leoti, Kansas you can look out to a flat forever. Western Kansas isn't known for it's geographic diversity - pretty much wheat, corn and an eternal flat horizon. Being raised in the mountains of Utah, whenever we would go out to visit my Grandpa, and check out the... Continue Reading →
What is it about drawing?
"Dad - how do you draw an eye?" In about 30 seconds he whipped out a pen and drew a perfect half face with two eyes, balanced and proportional, and with a couple flourishes that brought some personality to the sketch. He then went on to explain some of the fundamental issues with the face... Continue Reading →
Does the place make the person, or does the person make the place?
Anthony loved to squirt water – on all of us. My brother's job was to keep mom awake as she drove our little Volkswagen bug across the baking Nevada desert on our way to a place called Alpine – that was surrounded by a place called Utah. We had packed up our home in... Continue Reading →
Continuing this idea of the importance of looking back, I wanted to reflect on some of the teachers that played such an important role in my creative development. On occasion my students will ask me if it's really worth it to get a college degree - why can't I just go out there and make... Continue Reading →
Inspiration comes in so many forms, from my sketchbook, to a Rembrandt self-portrait, to student work from one of my classes, to the design of the objects we use every day. There is so much to see and learn from. This blog is to help record those things that inspire and engage me both visually,... Continue Reading →
To Those Who Came Before
My first foray into this blog is a look back. Back at my father, Michael Clane Graves, who had such a profound influence upon me in so many ways it is difficult to even sit down and write this. It has been important for me to look back, because his influence as a good man... Continue Reading →