Guitar Wrap Illustration Time Lapse Part 2 by Kevin Rosebrook

Here is Part 2 of a time-lapse illustration I made for a recent guitar wrap project with detail shots. About 35 hours compressed to 20 mins, this is a portion of that.

Music Credits:

"Conversations Between" By Wildlight

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Wildlight/Hers_Was_As_Thunder/Wildlight_-_Hers_Was_As_Thunder_-_02_Conversations_Between_1371

"Spirits Cradle feat. Worth Leah Song of Rising Appalachia" by SaQi

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/saQi/Quests_End/10_Spirits_Cradle_feat_Worth__Leah_Song_of_Rising_Appalachia

From the Free Music Archive
http://freemusicarchive.org/

 

CC BY-NC-SA
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Guitar Wrap Illustration Timelapse Part 1 by Kevin Rosebrook

Here is Part 1 of a time-lapse illustration I made for a recent guitar wrap project just completed. About 35 hours compressed to 20 mins, this is a portion of that. Posting Part 2 soon!

Music Credits:

"Conversations Between" By Wildlight
http://freemusicarchive.org/…/Wildlight_-_Hers_Was_As_Thund…

"Saturn Feat. The Human Experience" by SaQi
http://freemusicarchive.org/…/4_Saturn_feat_The_Human_Exper…

From the Free Music Archive
http://freemusicarchive.org/

CC BY-NC-SA
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Mastery/Meta-Learning/Skill Development by Kevin Rosebrook

Progress shot from two images from 2015 to 2005. 

Progress shot from two images from 2015 to 2005. 

Finally updating this neglected blog, have been focusing on other things as of late. Since the break, I’ve been able to take an actual vacation and visit family in Ohio. It’s been over 3 years since I’ve been home. After the vacation, I’ve been working on getting the print store open.  Almost complete with all my necessary tasks to launch the store, if everything goes according to plan I’ll be launching November 22nd.  Other than that, I’ve been getting back into art training and expanding into some non-art related skill sets, which leads me to the topic of what I wanted to discuss for this blog post, learning and building skills.

Over the past few years I’ve made a focus to find ways of doing things more efficiently and to be flexible in my thinking, to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. It was during this time when I slowed down with focusing most of my energy into art and decided to give myself more of a balance and to look at life more broadly. During this time I decided to look at my habits, my time management, planning and everything for that matter. Three major things that I’ve found that has been the most important factor in my growth in general. First would be mindset, second would be journal/note taking and reflection and lastly building recommend book lists (both fiction and non-fiction).

I say mindset first as this dictates how you see and experience the world. We now know through many years of research in child development and psychology that having the proper mindset is central to developing new skills, relationships, parenting and learning in general. Highly recommend the book “Mindset the New Psychology of Success” by Carols S. Dweck, PHD. Over on the brainpickings.com blog, Maria Popova writes a great overview on growth vs fixed mindsets.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/

Another great book that touches on the same aspect of learning and developing skills is Robert Greene’s book “Mastery”. Highly recommend, Greene gives a whole new view on how we develop “Mastery” in a discipline or the mixtures of disciplines to innovate and come up with new mixtures of skills. Green follows and researches many different experts in their chosen fields. Shows the actual patterns and process of what it means to develop and grow. Here is a great little overview of the book at:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/11/13/robert-greene-how-to-become-the-master-of-any-skill/

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Mastery

Additionally the last few books I highly recommend on Meta learning/skill development are:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

http://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446527737&sr=8-1&keywords=the+war+of+art

The 4- hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss

http://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Anywhere-Expanded-Updated/dp/0307465357/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446527580&sr=8-1&keywords=4hour+work+week

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Learning-Journey-Optimal-Performance/dp/0743277465/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446527624&sr=8-1&keywords=josh+waitzkin+the+art+of+learning

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Surprising-Truth-About-Motivates/dp/1594484805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446527845&sr=8-1&keywords=daniel+pink

Daily Rituals: How Artist Work by Mason Currey

http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Rituals-How-Artists-Work/dp/0307273601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446527929&sr=8-1&keywords=rituals+book

As you can see with the book lists, I’ve gotten into the habit on expanding lists, especially if you’re focusing on a specific line of research or skill acquisition. I’ve heard that it helps not to read more than one non-fiction book at a time, manly for retention of ideas and concepts. This goes hand and hand with my number 2 factor of growth in note taking/journaling/reflection as the process of physically writing down helps with remembering then simply typing or trying to mentally remember something. The process of organizing my ideas down, my to do’s, schedules is having the structure laid out for me.  Also this forces me to really find out where my time goes, what my priorities are etc.  Also makes me more accountable on my daily actives and goals.  Time to cut this post short for now but hopefully some of these resources will be helpful for anyone trying to grow and expand their learning and habits.

Thanks for reading and look forward to some new art posts and store news shortly.

Sincerely,

Kevin

Contact with Carl Sagan Illustration by Kevin Rosebrook

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Can view gallery and detail shots here

"To the makers of music – all worlds, all times" –Timothy Ferris
(Quote inscribed on the Voyager Record)

    Here is a new illustration piece! Finally, after many many months of work I can release it. This illustration is my attempt to pay tribute to the astronomer, astrophysicist, and writer Carl Sagan. He was one of my childhood hero’s and someone who has been a big inspiration to me. Carl, his many books and the original Cosmos TV show started my interest in science growing up. To anyone who isn’t familiar with Carl’s work, he worked closely with NASA on many probe missions, in particular the Pioneer and Voyager missions back in the 1970’s. He is best known for his scientific research on extraterrestrial life as well as his support of the SETI program. Sagan and his team helped assemble the first physical messages sent to space, the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Records. These messages were designed so that they could be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. Additionally Sagan wrote many books on both science and fiction.  His most popular books were Pale Blue Dot and Contact, which was later adapted to film of the same name.

    For this piece, I wanted to combine multiple symbolism's and metaphor's on Carl and his work. I figured what would be best than to tie in his passion for intelligent life and his work on the Voyager Record. To date the Voyager 1 probe and golden record is currently on the outer edge of our solar system. The record contains greetings from 55 different languages, an array of natural sounds from earth, and a great selection of music throughout history. The probe and record is the furthest man made objects; it is our first real baby steps to really explore the universe.   

    There is a great love story behind the golden record that I highly recommend. You can listen to a great podcast interview with Carl Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan (who also worked on the Voyager missions) at the following links:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91520-space/

http://www.npr.org/2010/02/12/123534818/carl-sagan-and-ann-druyans-ultimate-mix-tape

Additional info on the Voyager Missions and Record, can be found here:
http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html

Golden record playlists can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contents_of_the_Voyager_Golden_Record

Hope you like, please let me know what you think. In the coming weeks I'll be launching the store with a limited print run of prints of this piece if anyone is interested. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Carl.
 

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”  – Carl Sagan

Take care,

- Kevin

Welcome to the site and blog, also an Introduction! by Kevin Rosebrook

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Lorenzo ( Host of the Psychedelic Salon Podcast)  and me at a recent Art, Music and Conservation Festival.  

   

               Hi internet land! Welcome to the blog and site!  After months of planning, building and testing I can finally release the site.  Shortly, I will be launching the online shop as well.  Since this is a new site and most aren’t familiar with who I am and what the focus of this site is, let me give a short introduction. 

                From 2005 to 2011 I had the singular focus on building my art portfolio to break into the film and gaming industry. I had a vague idea of what I enjoyed doing (at least I thought I did) and I was in the constant loop of art studies and training without really realizing what I wanted to say. Toward the end of 2011, I had the realization that this singular focus lost its appeal to me. I realized I wasn’t really living fully here and now and was constantly striving for the future, always thinking about the next thing and or project.  I was out of balance in life; I was letting other areas in my life fall away such as my social life, health, and maintaining a curiosity about topics I felt I was ignorant of.  Everyone does this at times throughout life. The ego tells us that we will have well being and happiness if only I obtain this skill level or I get this job or have this material possession.  You’re constantly trapped in the future and/or the past- never fully present in today. Or even worse you reach the destination but realized once you got it, how long until you move on to something else?  It wasn’t that I lost the appeal of doing art; it was really the means and reasons of why I was doing it. For me, the art I enjoyed the most are ones with a story behind it or something that connected with me emotionally and/or mentally.

                I took a step back from art at this point and decided to explore other interests. I also focused on expanding friendships and created a balance with my mind and body. On the body aspect, I delved deep on how I can maximize my health and nutrition, to really get into fitness.  On the mind aspect, I started to explore more books, podcasts, and audio books on topics I was passionate about and even new topics I knew nothing about but soon grew to enjoy.

                After some time of exploring  other interests, I thought to myself "Why not just simply merge doing art with the other interests I have? Also, why not focus on building personal projects which I can then create into paintings, prints, books and other services to help support myself?"  More importantly than that, my journey now at least on the art front, is to be of service to others, to inspire others,  to make art that matters about important topics that I believe in. Making art more than just for entertainment’s sake (not that there is anything wrong with that) but to create awareness, action, thought, and emotion- to make this world a slightly better place, as it sure needs it right now.

                Some of the topics I’m merging with my art are philosophy, especially eastern philosophies, as well as exploring the crossing of science and spirituality. Other areas of interest are on social and political topics such as how we can change society and its systems for the better. Even though a lot of these topics are considered serious, I look to inject humor and entertainment aspects to these topics as well. The core focus of the site is to express my thoughts on a wide range of issues that I believe in and to express these issues within my art. Also, I would like to bring you along my journey through my art process and also share knowledge and helpful resources be it art related or otherwise. In the next few posts I’ll be showing some new artwork as well as the back story behind it. I will also be posting up my thoughts on art and business as well as the concept of mastery and flow to name a few so stay tuned!

I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite philosophers Alan Watts.

“…tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live.” - Alan Watts.

Take care,

Kevin