Search for Symbolic Clarity

Most of my time is spent producing projects, not talking about them. To pause, and take a step back, is a wise thing to do. Sharing means committing to a perspective.  From experience, I work best when I jump around between several projects. Each time I take a break and work on something else, I am able to go back to the first project with a clarity that propels the finish. Working on much more than I can publish, here are three current postings that reflect some of my creative directions:

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• CLIENT ILLUSTRATION

Series of explanatory diagrams on dental solutions for Dr. Arnold Chernoff, DDS. Created for web site pages. I present some of the most recent:
A Softer Style: Illustration Series for Dr. Chernoff.”
Design from Inside Out by Liane Sebastian
Say More with Less by Liane Sebastian

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• INFORMATION GRAPHICS

To prepare a Family Book from genealogy research, I participate in Facebook groups. Everyone doing family history investigation has “brick walls.” I have isolated an individual in Germany that drops off the information records in the mid-1700’s. So this is a test to see if anyone in the network can offer assistance. I prepared a simple graphic to attract the eye versus just pose the question, and composed a blog entry with more detail. “Search for Sebastian Surname” explains the research so far.

Different Similarities icon by Liane

• THEME ILLUSTRATION

Composing photographic collages is not something new. What is new is using composed images (much like setting up still lifes), capturing the change within the scene imposed by time and weather variations, is my series on time. “Anticipating Change” expresses my thought-process on the seasonal entry.

What all the projects have in common is the challenge of symbolism. From a diagram to an expressive composition, the single visual must grab. It has to instantly tell a story. It may invite the viewer to know more, but it must give them a reason.

—Always inspired, Liane

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

BLOG: http://www.publishingpioneer.wordpress.com

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Anticipating Change

Different Similarities Three-Liane Sebastian

For gardeners, spring has to be the favorite time of year. As the light changes, the days may be cold, but the hope for warmth is on the horizon—viewed from the comfort of indoors. This image reminds me of early spring when the grass becomes green again, but not much else. It has the feeling of waiting for something to happen, something which is guaranteed.

This series advances the seasons from the balcony—a single perspective of passing time. Change is both inevitable and seasonal, a reminder that human control is limited. We can build the balcony from which to observe.

—Always inspired, Liane

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

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Romantic Rush

Feb-World of Two by LianeSebastian
February needed help. Calendar designers were kind to make it the shortest month. Coming out of the deep winter of January, by the time February comes, patience with winter has grown thin. The cold has done its job of cleaning up gardens and woods. Wearing sweaters, scarves, and cuddly coats and hats has gotten old. Brisk walks on a sunny day after a big snowfall (and after neighbors have shoveled the walks) is no longer so charming.

So some visionary holiday-seekers chose February to make a romantic month. Demographically, more babies are born in the fall after a hard winter, so this must work. November is month that populates society with ample Scorpios. (Personally, I pefer that couples are romantic in January to provide more Virgos in September.)

Most romantic visual art is saccharin. There are iconic exceptions that jump to mind like Gustav Klimpt’s “The Kiss,” which inspires an encompassing passion within a rich visual feast. It is hard to beat for tasteful sensuality.

But I can try. In “Alone Together,” I have tried to capture the alone together feeling of romance—that there is someone so understanding and transparent and balancing, that they complete your world. Anyone to find such a bond is lucky, as love is probably the biggest high in life. Among the many kinds of love, romantic is the most thrilling. —Always inspired, Liane

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

PORTFOLIO: http://www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/liane.sebastian

LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian

EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

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Enduring Change

image by Liane Sebastian

Winter arrived late this year. For the last few days, snow drifts cascade over the dried leaves. Fortunately, not everything freezes. I’ve used two versions of this tree composition—one to express a warm sunset amongst the chilly overcast days, and the other to convey a bit of daylight breaking through. The light and weather may change, but the waterfall continues on. Affected more by years than by seasons the streams carve the rock as trees grow. Conditions change the exterior, but never the essence.

2015 was a year of continuance and appreciating what lasts. Trying to refine my many projects, I am reluctant to start anything new until finishing what I have going. Why is the creative mind always pulling like horses at the gate of a race? Looking at the New Year, I hope to find many finishes to what I have started!

Happy New Year! I hope you find many continuances and completions, while appreciating the foundation of what is worth building upon. Always inspired, Liane

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

PORTFOLIO: http://www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/liane.sebastian

LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian

EMAIL: lianesebastian9@gmail.com

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Harvest Celebration

Flickering Fall by Liane Sebastian

One of the best aspects of fall is the colors. Flickering, scattering, and shifting, color paints the trees with an airbrush of bright tones. Golds, oranges, and reds are focal, as trees that just turn brown and drop their leaves act as a backdrop.

Lower light intensifies the gold. At sunset, the warm tones glow. No two days are ever the same in the garden. But at harvest, there is a sense of accomplishment, and of ending. There is preparation for when the next cycle begins. There is enjoying and celebrating the results of hard work.

The rustle and crunch of dried leaves under feet can’t be conveyed in a work of art, but only suggested. The expression is to represent all the days spent in the golden light and to celebrate harvest.

On this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for all these things. To live a creative life, to express a suggestion of how fall feels, and to honor the beauty of the changing days, are enhanced when shared.

 

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

PORTFOLIO: http://www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/liane.sebastian

LINKEDIN: www.linkedin.com/in/lianesebastian

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Celebrating Fears

Not sure why Halloween has such popularity, I am delighted that it is so visual. It is dramatic. It also steps out of restrained good behavior. The macabre becomes mainstream! Perhaps its greatest power is to make what is frightening humorous. Goblins and ghosts are welcomed! When else could my neighbor legitimately place tombstones and dead bodies around their yards?

Facing fears is usually a good idea. So I asked myself: what is scary to me? Being in a dark woods where the trees come alive and threaten to entangle. They all look alike. The only refuge is a haunted house, which seems more threatening than the forest. Hopefully the nightmare has a happy ending.

Haunted Escape photo collage by Liane Sebastian

This collage expresses that there are many ways to get lost and to perceive threats. Nightmares may be different, but they all have the same results. In this tangle of trees, I find balance in an unsettling composition, a solution in “Haunted Escape.” I hope you enjoy it. And I hope that you face your fears aesthetically! —always inspired, Liane

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

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A Rinn Beginning

Never backing down from a graphic challenge, I more than met my match this time!  In this search for roots, I embarked on answering a family riddle. Recovering from one of the hardest visual tasks in my career, I shake my head at the genealogical complexities.

Fortunately I learned to chart with less complex family branches, only to learn that the conventional tree formation design confuses. Best to throw out preconceptions of structure and start all over. The mysterious clue that I wished to unravel was that my grandmother’s two grandmothers were Rinn cousins. Going back in time, I discovered that I am descended from four branches of the Rinn family, due in large part to the Thirty Years’ War.

To unlock the mystery, I researched the surname “Rinn,” working backwards to the earliest records. Compiling 400 years of data, I edited it down just to the direct line ancestors who’s marriages contributed to ancestor loss. Continually simplifying, even these origins, which I show here, are complex. The Illustrated Glossary of Genealogical Terms (see the Album release) that I authored comes in handy! The “Rinn Beginning” chart demonstrates the reality interlinking relationships in past centuries.

Rinn Beginning-Liane Sebastian

The earliest record of the name Rinn is from 1470 in Giessen, where members demonstrated variations like Rinner, Rhin, Rinne, Renner, and Rynner. Hans Rhinne was a “host of the wine.” Then, the more independent-minded Seip Rinn moved to the smaller community of nearby Heuchelheim around 1570. Most likely, he was motivated by financial considerations, as it seems the family in Giessen was quite large. They were also Protestants, a minority religion. And, Heuchelheim might have been rather isolated, for there is little mixture with the surrounding region, other than Geissen which may have been the major market place for their farm products.

Seip, his son Ludwig, and his grandsons Johann and Caspar, prospered in Heuchelheim. Each owned land and grew their farming operations. When the Thirty Years War broke out in 1618, the Rinns were flourishing. Johann and Caspar each had two sons that married women from old Heuchelheim families and had young children when violence met them. The records show that around 1640, many of the men and almost all of the elders perished. Post-war devastation reports were made by survivors and are public record. Where most families only had one surviving male member, the Rinns had five. They agreed at that time to standardize the family to the spelling Rinn. If they were not one of the prominent Heuchelheim families before the war, they certainly were after, and remain so to this day.

This chart demonstrates the beginning of the story that results in an intricate lattice structure. The two arrows indicate that descendants marry cousins and add more complexity later. More of this chart is currently in the works.

Hopefully my designs begin to make the complex understandable. Perhaps I am even expressing what was too complex for the ancestors themselves to describe! My grandmother threw up her hands after the general declaration of “cousins.” But like a good detective, I am following the bread crumbs of evidence.

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Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.

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