Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Geekery






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I've listened to that song at least 30 times. Since yesterday. Expect Tron fan art after Tron Night tomorrow. I am such a lost cause.
Currently being a geek has been a bit of a downer- mostly in the fact that when you're a geek you invest so much obsession in a very specific idea or concept that if someone doesn't "get it" you're instantly shot down. Cue angels.

That there be fallen angels, Lucifer front left. My geekery over angels in the past year or so has led to a very specific idea of what angels really are. Introduce a teacher who's critiquing the piece and doesn't know the entire realm of angelic beings you've created and get ready for a downfall. Teacher's impression: winged robot women. So teacher would like to see more elegant figures, less bulky, more flowing wings.....

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...........!!!!!!!

I don't know where this is going but the project for this class shifted to my other line work piece:

Still a few things that need tweaking but it'll be entertaining. But GRR. I think it's time to get serious on this angel realm stuff and GET IT TOGETHER. Time to change that chick with wings mindset. Trick is finding the spare time but that's an entirely different can of worms. The most immediate result from this all is be less attached I suppose. Play nice, finish the school work as best as I can and work on portfolio work that I feel matters (and no, that does not mean my portfolio will only consist of angels.) Sculpture and Digital will be on the rise in Apartment R. Along with movie watching. I've really been slacking on that front and while a lot view movies as simple leisure, they're so much more. Hopefully these influences will narrow down my career ideas.
But this has wound down into another rant and a lack of art. Apologies for that :) Will have to attempt a post again tomorrow with more work, less talk.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Daily? NONSENSE!

I only say nonsense because I'm cheating to a degree here. These little pieces were done as part of a process for my Design for Illus class last earlier this week- that post a little while back, with the guy I wanted to use, and vacation? That's this.
Petra! Cool place, would love to go someday.Someplace in the autumn. Trees and stuff. Yeah. The house is going to get kicked out though to be replaced by a canoe.My least favorite. Going to have the beach continue across the image slightly downwards and swooping across.
Got in the groove of painting digitally for once, so this one's cool in my book.

So what the teacher and I determined in class was to take the mountain one and develop it more graphically like the autumn leaves one. Progress thus far:

I guess the end product is going to something along the lines of a calendar page? Not exciting but it's something I suppose.
And just as a heads up, more angels and creatures in next post.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Onwards!

Ok, here we are again in the same week. Now that I'm thinking about it I would really like to update daily but I'm not dedicating myself to something like that yet. If I manage to pull it cool, if not, ok. Either way, current angel progress:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Regularity?


(toys are awesome. that is all.)

cue actual blog post:


Well regularity's a pretty simple goal at any rate so we'll see if I can keep this up. So annoying nagging realizations aside from the last post, personal projects are on the rise. Giant goal for the year- apply for several internships for this summer. With luck I'll get one but I know that I will be far from a quality portfolio if I rely only on school work. Not like logos and graphic design can't be fun, but....um, yeah.
(ok ok, I do like this logo and how it's turning out but my concentration is definitely in other areas at the moment.)



Illustration is where we're headed. Kind of. I think. But moving along with artwork at any rate.

Ok, this is the first figure drawing I've done this year that I've kind of liked. (Lookit those planes!)
and figure drawing this week continued with more planes- more specifically hands, feet, and faces. The foot was the only one I really finished.
This was a portrait done in my Illustrations Methods class a couple of weeks ago, approx. 20 min.
Don't know why I'm shading things more graphically but it's working well so far so we'll see where it goes.And a little more illustration methods work- in class we had to come up with 5 verbs and 5 nouns, then combine a pair to make an illustration. Interesting to say the least- the two words I chose were "doorknob" and "yell". A gate to hell was the only logical things to do anyway. Working in acrylics is an interesting process- the last time I seriously worked with them was senior year in high school so getting back into the swing of things has been pretty difficult. Things have been improving but it's been slow.
And time for work not related to school- this first one was actually for a project I'm doing for Design for Illustration but the teacher felt it was too far of a leap from the original four part process she's having us tie into the final piece. Long story short- we were given different catalyst words (mine was vacation) and we have to do 4/5 separate pieces each using something different (texture, pattern, decoration, etc.) I was doing 4/5 different "typical" vacation spots then for the final "real life application" have a poster/album cover with this poor guy being forced to watch vacation spots on stacks of tvs. But I was told it was too far off, to save this idea for future use, etc. But I'm working on him now because I like him. Did notice when editing his photo that he's a bit too straight and rigid- will fix him up asap.
Continuing on into the realm of personal projects however I've had this painting drawn out for a while now (this is only a part of it) but I really want to start painting again soon when I get the chance. So hopefully there'll be a small update on this guy in my next post.

Recent sketchbook doodling has found me back at the familiar things- skull people and angels. I actually feel like I'm getting closer to a final "set" of angels though so I'm continuing with them almost all the time now to get everything sorted out.

And our final distraction from school- a sculpture. Still a ways to go yet but I'm liking him so far (please excuse that god-awful full-length leg and very rough neck/head though). He's loosely based on a sketch I did a few months back.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

LOOK MA!

The epitome of art school, right here:

Yep kids, you pay tens of thousands of dollars for a resulting image such as the one above. Masterpiece.
Originally wasn't sure where I was going to take this post but snarkiness seems to have revealed a path for me here so I'm taking it. Paying ridiculous amounts of money to "learn" art. On a whole I'm really ok with that. School actually pushes me into doing things so as a consequence there is some actual learning involved. However, this year I've a few bones to pick with ccad. Advertising courses. Yeah, ok, I definitely understand how important and useful fonts are/can be for your art. I actually (gasp) rather like font and using it. Most of the time I end up getting pissed off at it but that's another story. But really? Why are these courses year-long?? What. The. Hell. We're almost half way through the first semester sure but I really haven't learned anything new. These two classes are now at the lowest end of my priority list. Sculpture's a really chill class- not quite what I was expecting but still learning a lot so it's all good there. Electronic Illustration- maybe if we weren't spending the vast majority of our time doing tutorials for people who STILL don't know how to use basic tools in various Adobe programs (currently Illustrator) we'd learn something. Not getting much out of that class really.

Giving up on bitching now- my two class priorities have turned out this year to be Illustration Methods and Screenwriting. Illustration Methods- holy fuck we're actually doing illustrative work since we're illustration majors- imagine that!! Out of ALL my classes this is the only one that I'm considering pulling pieces from to use in my portfolio thus far. And screenwriting. Hmm. Well it's definitely become a priority in my mind although I'm not sure why. All I can deduce at this point in time is because I love movies. Writing a script is part of the goals of this class- at least the first 30 pages, before the class is over (December). Mine's getting there, definitely going to be working on it a lot this weekend and I might post some of it here just for the hell of it.

Speaking of this weekend, I need to finish up (hopefully!) two Tron designs for the Threadless Tron Legacy Competition. http://www.threadless.com/loves/tronlegacy So get that stuff done up and posted. And my hell painting for Ill. Methods needs to progress a lot.

What a great blog post. Just a lot of ranting and "gonnas". Will update with more pics less talk next time, promise.