Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On Being A Perceived "A" Student...


So sometimes I attend special presentations that Will Terry gives. And he notices me in the audience, and then he talks about education, and how grades aren't important and how it's all about the experience and the learning and the marrow, you know, MY philosophy now, so I totally dig it.

And then he says, "Just ask Lee over there, she's one of my A students."

And I'm like, Will Terry, you just think I'm an A student.

And I'm okay with him just thinking that and not actually giving me an A, because that means he perceives me as hard-working and engaged. I'm okay with pulling a B- in Will Terry's class. It's purely because I'm missing class, or turning in comps on time, or whatever, due to sucking the marrow out of life. I have gotten so much out of his class that I'm totally okay with the grade, because I'm LEARNING so much from him.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

On Final Projects at Christmastime...

Finals are over! This semester seemed like such a drudgery and I felt brain-dead through half of it. A lot of my peers were extremely sleep-deprived, sicknesses ran rampant through the halls, I was struggling with unfamiliar mediums. And all of a sudden it's over. It feels like I haven't prepared for Christmas or even given it a second thought, and then, wait, it's December 15th? Ten days until Christmas and I haven't considered it. No decorations, no tree, just a break-neck race to the finish line of finals. I suppose I will feel more Christmasy when we get to my parents' in AZ, with their music and decorations and goodwill and whatnot. I much prefer doing finals in the spring and having the luxury of relaxing enough
during the winter to prepare for Christmas.

Anyway, here is my digital final:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On The last day of class...

... and how quickly it comes.

So when the semester first starts, I think, "This is going to take forever." And then here we are, at the end in the last class period before finals. No more random eighties videos, no more rants about ... whatever by Peter. No more getting up at dawn to go to class.

Here's the last speed paint, based on the phrase: Santa Defender:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On Surreal Art...

So I'm a big fan of surrealist art. I wish I had time to create more of it. It's not really something we're doing in Children's Book, and it's absolutely against the law in Painting the Human Head. So the only time I get to do it is in Digital Painting for Illustration. I did something a little surreal for the speed paint today, but it's not too out there. Peter gave us the trigger phrase: "The world is planted in pennies."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Back to class...

Here is the speed paint from today. Trigger word: Castle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

On Digital Painting Progress...

Here's the progress I printed for Peter's class. Still a WIP, but I like it.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Thanksgiving speed paints:

"Zombie turkey"

"Steampunk pilgrim"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On Pooh...

So I love Winnie the Pooh. I feel like he's a zen-master. Here is a speedpaint from yesterday. It was inspired by the trigger phrase: "The bear and the bees." I used watercolor effects in Painter, trying to get the look of the original illustrations from AA Milne's stories:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

On Oz...

So I really love L. Frank Baum's work. I don't think that I can do it justice with this medium, not yet. I have been able to capture my vision for a reimagining of Oz. You can see it here.

Here is my second painting in the digital painting Oz project. I think it's better than the first one, but Peter didn't say that in critique. He did say it specific others though. And then he said at the end, "For the most part, everyone is improving." Maybe I'm one of those that make up the least part. But I'm probably being too sensitive. It was chosen by the class to go up on the board with the top four paintings. So that's nice. Although it didn't hold a candle to the other pieces.

This scene depicts when the heroes of Oz meet the kalidahs (blood-thirsty tiger-bears) and have to run away. In the book, they have to cross a vast canyon and the kalidahs are behind them. The Scarecrow hatches a plan, the Lion pushes a giant tr

ee so the trunk falls across the crevasse, then they cross. As the kalidahs begin to cross behind them, the Tinman chops the trunk away on their side and the kalidahs fall to their death.

I wanted to create a little different situation with the fallen bridge. The Tinman is buying them time to escape as he faces the kalidahs with his axe. It's a little reminiscent of a later scene, where the Tinman kills forty wolves that are sent to kill them by the Wicked Witch of the West.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On Musings...

Sometimes I just want to sit and think. My brain is going all the time anyway, but wouldn't it be nice for the body to stop and the brain to have the leisure to just drift over musings? Sometimes referred to as meditation or contemplation or having two seconds to just STOP.

So I just wrote a whole paragraph complaining about how I have no time. But why would I sit here and do that? I am instead going to write a list of things over which I would like to muse:

Papasan sofas
Original works of fiction
Undersea life
My son's laugh
What happened to George Lucas
Reflected light
The movement of planets

And now,

to bed.

Friday, November 4, 2011

On Speed Painting...

So I never really knew what speed-painting was. In oil, a painting in one sitting is called alla prima, and I've done that before. But I wasn't familiar with the term speed-paint. Now I do speed paints all the time. Not that they're that good, but I really like them. Even if I can't create exactly the textures and mood I would if I were an expert, it's nice to be able to convey the basic idea.

Here are some speed paints from Peter's class. They're supposed to be one hour, but they're more like 45 to 50 minutes, because we sift through reference photos once Peter gives us our trigger word or phrase.

Peter said, "Paint something Halloweenie."

"Tree portrait" -

"Flower-bot" - Peter said, "Looks like someone's been reading too much Oz."

"Turtle" - penguin mixed with anything is rad.

"Saint George and the Dragon" - I like the idea of storytime with a dragon.

"Fish Out of Water" - Denise goes, "What...?" I said, "I dunno."

Monday, October 31, 2011

On the Three Little Pigs...

Will Terry's next assignment was a storybook illustration of The three Little Pigs. He said we could do what's called a fractured fairy tale if we wanted to, so that was my first choice. I suppose it's the three little pigs with a twist. The twist being anthropomorphic astronaut pigs in space. I chose to do this one in digital, which was crazy of me (Denise agrees), but I had a vision.

Of course, my vision was less than fulfilled, but maybe if I worked twenty more hours on it, it would be amazing.

The class agreed it read the best for value contrast at a distance. But other than that, there were a lot of thing that needed changing. I would like to finish this one too. As Geary would say, "Things aren't done, they're just due."

Here's the speed paint for Peter's class. The trigger word was "pumpkin-man":

Sunday, October 30, 2011

On Halloween...

And how GREAT it is. I love Halloween. LOVE. You can find my feelings on costuming here.

In my other life, I used to start thinking about Halloween costumes in March. After Valentine's Day is over, right around the time people are getting ready for Easter, I start making notes on possible costumes based on things I already own or can easily acquire, my current interests in fantasy and sci-fi and possible trends. Last year, even though I knew Halloween was coming, I didn't really have the mental space for planning. So I just wore stuff I had in the closet. Tyler doesn't have that much of an interest in Halloween, but I think it's growing on him. I made him an awesome Shaun of the Dead costume that he wore two years in a row because he loved it so much. I can't blame him, it had an actual cricket bat.

So this year, while I didn't have much mental space in the fall, I did in the summer. So by the time school started, things were already rolling. I decided we should do steampunk. Kenna said that steampunk couldn't be black and white, but after she saw the finished products, she was convinced. The main pieces (Ty's coat and my corset) I found on Etsy and the rest of it was gleaned from various places.

Will Terry makes fun of us when we leave him for the week. "What movies are you guys gonna see this weekend? How much fun are you going to have?" But really Will Terry, while we do spend most of our time WORKING, we do have to spend time doing a little bit of soul-filling activity, don't you think? Maybe costuming for me is like hiking for you. :P

Anyway, here they are, our 2011 Halloween costumes. And I think they're RAD.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Semester Long Projects...

A while back, I rendered a semester-long pose of the model in Patrick Devonas' class. It was nice to be able to take a piece as absolutely far as my abilities would let me. We don't have that luxury this semester.

So in Digital Painting for Illustration, we are to create four portfolio pieces based on a story of our choosing. I chose The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I love this book and its fantastic imagery. So here's my vision: Dorothy, a young girl living on a colony ship en route to a newly terraformed planet. She gets sucked out of the ship by a wormhole to an alien planet where she has a series of adventures before she can return to her family.

Here's the first painting. This is in the series of moments after they've met the lion and gained a new companion. The trees are burned, since they are travelling through a landscape until recently ruled by an evil witch. Dorothy has goggles on because she's used to living on a spaceship and the sunlight strains her eyes.

I wanted to create a flat, more traditional look, stylized with black outlines. I wanted to do something with the watercolor effects in Painter, but Peter, being unfamiliar with the tools, couldn't advise me. I really don't know what my style is in digital yet. I have things that I like in other people's work, but I don't know the technique for creating those things yet.

It did poorly in critique. Of course, it didn't meet my expectations either. Maybe I'll try to repaint this ten years from now, when I'm much better at digital painting.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On old dogs...

... learning new tricks.

Denise and I sit next to each other in Peter's digital painting class. I tell her that I feel like an old dog. She knows what I mean. Both of us have experienced the grief and rage accompanying the arbitrary crashing of Painter on our home computers. We both struggle to remember what different tools do, and how to accomplish what we want with this medium. OLD DOGS.

Every day, Peter shows us concept artist blogs so that we can get to know new names and find inspiration. Sometimes I look at what they're doing and think, "I should just give up." But most of the time, the blogs he shows us have the desired effect, and I think, "I could do this... or even something better!"

In the end, I will keep sitting up (painting), hoping to get a treat (a good critique) and hopefully learning some new tricks.

One hour speed paint - master copy

One hour speed paint - master copy.

One hour speed paint - master copy.

Four hour master copy - Sargent.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

On Digital Painting...

... and how difficult it is. Sometimes when I'm working on art, I don't feel like an artist. I feel like a person who doesn't know how to make art pretending to be an artist.

Most of my time is spent fighting the software (Painter 12 has a tendency to crash at the most inopportune moments) and undoing inadvertent things. There are specific things I want to do with digital painting, but I don't know how to do any of them yet.

Here are some digital paintings, some are speed paints, some are master copies done for homework.

black and white value study - Landscape speed paint

Sargent master copy - black and white value study

duotone master copy

Master copy

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

On Dogs...

... in planes. I like painting dogs. I do it a lot. You can see them here. So our next assignment for Will's class was "three animals traveling". I did an acrylic on canvas painting that I have titled:


I know. But it makes me laugh. So here it is:

It didn't do that well in critique, but it's hard to create finished products with the demands of our schedules. I want to complete all of these paintings after the term is over.

Monday, September 19, 2011

On Storybook Illustration...

... and its gurus.

Like Will Terry. I find Children's Book to be my favorite class. I get to choose my medium, and get to paint things that are CUTE. And I learn a ton from this class. We get all sorts of practical lectures on composition, design, color theory, marketing and dealing with clients and publishers.

So here's the first assignment in Will's class:

An illustration for this poem:

I like bugs.
Black bugs.
Green bugs.
Bad bugs,
Mean bugs,
Any kind of bug.

A bug in a rug,
A bug in the grass,
A bug on the sidewalk,
A bug in a glass -
I like bugs.

Round bugs,
Shiny bugs,
Fat bugs,
Buggy bugs,
Big bugs,
Lady bugs,
I like bugs.

- Margaret Wise Brown

Critique went rather well. I like the butterfly.

Monday, September 5, 2011

On Heads...


So this isn't easy. In fact it's pretty dang hard. I started painting heads. As part of the 48 paintings from outside of class due at the end of the semester.

I don't know how to paint heads. Not in flesh tones. I don't know how to mix flesh tones. I don't know how to paint heads. I brought this up to Amy in class.

Me: "So you want us to start painting before we know what we're doing?"

Amy Davis: "Yes."

Me: "So we're just going to start on these paintings without any knowledge of technique whatsoever." (I am of course referring to the techniques involved in painting human heads in accurately color alla prima.)

Amy Davis: "Yes."


Ty gave me a lecture, cuz I complain so much. The whole put in 10,000 hours, you have to do the work to make progress, you'll learn by doing, aren't you grateful you have the Illustration program at UVU lecture. I agree with him. But I still complain. I guess I'll just consider these practice. Like doing scales. Maybe I'll feel better about them once they start getting BETTER.

So here are two I did this weekend:

I'm not even going to post the first one I did. Soooo ugly. As if these aren't.

They can only get better, right?

On New Toys...

Friday, September 2

I have had new toys in the past. Some of my favorite toys have been:

My Little Pony Dream Castle - Yes. This was my all-time favorite for many years. JD Hawkins would laugh if he knew this.

Various My Little Ponies such as Sky Dancer.

Spuda Fett - This is Mr. Potato Head as Boba Fett. I know. Amazing.

The Wacom Intuos 2. I wasn't pursuing a profession in art when I received this from a friend. So it was a toy.

And now I have a new toy... er, tool.
It's a Wacom Intuos 4 and it came in the FedEX today. It's so awesome that I'm kind of afraid of it. I mean, look at this thing.

So now I have professional tools. And Corel Painter 12. And Photoshop CS5.

I feel like Rod Serling is going to walk into the frame any moment and start talking about how I'm about to enter The Twilight Zone.

On Really Being There...

For a while I had a hard time being there. Being here. In my life. I was so caught up in the past, or worried about the future, that I couldn't be in the present. I have learned how to be in the present, but sometimes I still struggle with it.

Thursday, September 1st

ARTH2780 -

I come ready to take a quiz. Perry doesn't end up giving one. Instead we meet in a new classroom, with desks enough for all of us. We have an introductory lecture, about the origins of art, the importance of art and the Dark Ages.

Again, I'm really angry at the Holy Roman Church for making that happen. Great job, guys, for plunging us into an age of ignorance and such. Took about a thousand years for us to recover from it.

I don't have my peeps surrounding me in this class. But there's Ginny :) and Ty, along with Adam Munoa and Nate Call, both of whom I enjoy.

ART328R -

I come prepared to paint, with my paint box. Complete with cup holders. You know the one, you've seen me carrying it around. Denise always makes fun of me. But it has CUP HOLDERS. I'm going to take pictures of it one day and post them here so you can all laugh at me. But how many of you have cup holders on your paint boxes, huh? None, I bet. Ha.

We are doing a wipe-out with burnt or raw umber. I only have burnt umber. As I feel burnt and raw umber are virtually the same, I never bought raw. Sorry Don! ;) All we need are an umber, rags and turpentine or some medium. I like doing wipe-outs. I learned them in Don's Illustrative media tech class. Of course, we did a saber tooth cat skull or something. This is a head. Oh. A HUMAN head. ;)

We are supposed to toning our grounds. I take a long time to set up. We are supposed to start wiping, I am toning my ground. People are starting to use paintbrushes. I start wiping. I'm thinking, as I do in every art class: They're going to find out. They're going to know. I'm an imposter. A spy from the English department. "You're not an artist," they'll say. "You're a writer. Get back down to LA." Of course, I always think the same thing in English classes: They'll figure it out. They're going to know I'm not a writer.

Practice practice practice. That's what it takes to stay in the present. Finally I start painting (wiping out). I block in the main shapes, save details for later. Amy comes by: "The forehead is a little to far forward." Which I knew, but it's good to be reminded of what needs changing. After that, I get no feedback from her other than, "Looks good."

Here is the result:

You can see Denise's behind mine. I liked hers too. So this turned out better than I thought it would. I wasn't expecting it to turn out looking anything like the model. Or a human head for that matter. But it's kind of soft, with a nice sense of serenity. This model was Sabrina. She had a nice face.

Maybe I AM an artist... ?

Thus ends the first week of classes!

On Being Prepared...

I like to be prepared. Remember how prepared I was before I started this whole be-an-art-student-at-UVU thing? I got my books the week before. Walked around campus to orient myself and make sure I knew where classes were. Wrote everything down in a planner.

Well I've got my planner.

Wednesday 8/31

ART2260 -

Wednesday morning, I went to the lab to check out a Wacom, like Peter told us to do. "We don't have any," they told me. As I'm heading out of the lab, Micah's heading in. "Got your tablet?" he asks. "They don't have any," I say. Oh noes! We head back to the classroom, GT539 (how do I only have one class in GT413 this semester? SO WEIRD) and Rani comes in. "You guys got your tablets?" We tell her the bad news.

So 95% of the class didn't bring tablets, planning to check one out from the lab. So we watched Peter do a demo instead. Here is the demo image. So Peter's really good with Corel Painter. REALLY GOOD. You can see. You recognize that painting. He did that in about an hour and a half. I know. Think I'll ever be that good? I keep asking myself that.

Maybe when my tablet comes, I'll be rarin' to go. More likely I'll be paralyzed by fear and unable to use it until the last minute. I should actually be sitting here with my tablet, getting used to the tools, downloading the brushes I need. But no. This is easier. How is it easier to sit here thinking about how hard it will be than to sit there figuring it out and reassuring myself that it's not really that hard?

ART324R -

I have a five hour break between my morning and evening classes. As Cyndal says, "That's a long recess. I wish I had a recess that long." I spend the hours downloading programs, running errands and drawing thumbnails for Will's class.

I leave early enough to get to class on time, but I have to stop by the school post office to send out some prints sold on Etsy. Of course, they take forever to process my envelopes. I have two going international. Finally they're done and Ty drops me off at the top of GT so I can run down to class seven minutes late. I interrupt Will's presentation/lecture about publishing. Darn it all! "I'm so sorry, Will Terry," I say. "It's okay. I'll put you on the roll," he says. I say, "Thank you for your mercy." He says, "You're assuming a lot." Yikes! ;)

We talk about publishing and he shares important lessons he learned through his publishing experiences. It's nice to learn from other's mistakes, isn't it? I go last to get my thumbnails approved. "Which ones do you feel strongly about?" he asks. "Meh," I say, "none of them really I guess." He says, "In my experience, when you don't feel strongly enough about one of them, you haven't done enough of them." Great.

So we need to have a sketch for next time.

I show Will Terry a bunch of picture books I brought with me. I'm trying to gauge what he's looking for in this class. He has assured me that any style is allowable, in almost any medium (except photography) as long as it's a finished illustration. Nice. I think I'd like to experiment again with this class. Maybe some digital too? Depends on how confident I feel with it I suppose.

Full steam ahead!

On Workloads...

Tuesday 8/30 - Second day of school, first day of T/R classes

11:30am - 12:45am - ARTH2780 - History of Illustration

Perry Stewart paces back and forth in front of the classroom. We are packed into GT 516A, an art lab, not a lecture hall. The vents above us make a lot of noise, but we feel none of the cool air. I sit next to Ginny and we fan ourselves with some cardboard mailer envelopes.

I ran up from the outer LA parking lot. Ty walked next to me. "I'm going to be late," I said. "I know," he said. "That's what I told you a few minutes ago." I walked faster, "I can't be late." Tyler said, "It's fine. It's the first day of class." I said, "I know. But it's PERRY."

Here's my history with Perry. Actually, I don't need to expand on the history. Let's just say that he scares me. Of course, everyone who's taken a class from him tells me, "Perry is great! You'll love him." I'm sure I will. But I'm also sure that he will make me cry. At some point, in an art class, his critique will cause me to shed actual tears in class. I know this because I've heard it happen to others. Several others. And since I'm such a crybaby, I know it will happen to me.

(For those of you who don't know, I cry at the drop of a hat. When I'm happy, when I'm sad. I cry at Pixar movies, Hallmark commercials, Campbell's soup ads and just thinking about my kids. I cried when I heard Stewart was having a baby. I cried when I met Stewart's baby. I cry when I'm scared, when I'm anxious, when I'm tired and when I can't stop laughing. I cried once in Don's class. Kenna was there. It was the day we discovered we were average.)

So I've decided that I will take a HISTORY class with Perry first, to ease my way in. He calls roll. "Alisha VanNoy," he calls. "Present," I say. "And it's Lee." He marks his roll with a smile, "Yeah, I know sweetie." (HOW does he know?)

He tells us there will be a quiz every day, that there is an illustration project due at the end of the semester. (We can either do an illustration project or write a 30 page paper... hmm... which one will I do?)

A girl comes into class, sits down and then gets up again five minutes later and walks out. Perry gives the door a look that makes us laugh. Another girl opens the door and then shuts it again. "Sorry," she says. Perry calls after her, "You're gonna be." This gets another laugh. He tells us to look up the name of the guy who got credit for inventing movable type. I'm thinking, Gutenberg. He says, "You'll be quizzed on his middle name." I'm thinking, Gutenberg had a middle name? Turns out he does: Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg. (I looked it up later.)

Afterward, I tell Perry I'm looking forward to the class. He says, "This is the history class I always wanted to take." We talk about artists we like and those who inspired the illustration world. I tell Perry that I might miss classes for writing workshops. "Just let me know beforehand," he says. "I'm not worried about you ditching class. I know you'll work hard." (Again, HOW does he know?) It reminds me of the reputation I somehow built in the English department. Karin Anderson telling me, "I've been looking forward to working with you." WHAT?

We shake hands before we part. So far, so good.

2:30pm - 5:20pm - ART328R - Painting the Human Head

It's a funny title. When non-art people ask me what classes I'm taking and I say, "Painting the human head," they laugh. Like they think the fact that the head is human should be a given. I guess they don't think about all the other types of heads we have to paint as illustrators.

This class is being taught by Amy Davis. She seems busy, somewhat harried and serious. I don't know that she'll have an appreciation for my weird sense of humor. By the time we're done with the introductory lecture, I decide that I'm just going to keep my head down and paint as well as I can. I don't want to get on her bad side. I'll write more about her maybe once I get to know her better.

We will paint from a model every day in class. We will have 48 paintings due at the end of the semester. These 48 paintings will be painted outside of class. The paintings we create in class will have no effect on our grade. If we show improvement in the 48 paintings from beginning to end, we will get an A. The paintings are to be two hours each, in oils. Alla prima. That's four paintings a week, outside of class. *sigh* Oils are not my favorite, as Kenna will tell you.

Everyone in the class seems friendly enough.

So . . . 48 paintings outside of class, a painting for every day inside of class: that's 66 oil paintings. Plus the five for Will Terry's class, plus the 30ish paintings for Peter's class and Perry's illustration project. That 's a grand total of over 100 paintings to do this fall.

Whoa. Gotta run.

On A New School Year...

Monday 8/29, first day of school.

8am to 11am - ART2260 - Digital Painting for Illustration

Peter Sakievich is teaching this class. I had Peter for rendering the human head. He is a very good artist. See here. Actually, if you follow this link, you will have access to a seemingly unlimited amount of information and resources and you can follow along with the class.

On the first day, he taught us how to download Corel Painter, told us which tablet we needed and went over his class policies. The thing I like about Peter is that he knows his business. He's very good at what he does and very professional as well.

While I find the Corel Painter program quite intimidating -- there's such a wealth of options with this tool, it seems impossible to learn them all -- I am looking forward to gaining some proficiency with it. When I first owned (borrowed then owned) a Wacom Intuos 2 tablet, I did a lot of digital drawing with it and enjoyed it very much. Then it broke (maybe just the pen broke, I don't know), and my life fell apart for a while and I got out of the habit of digital drawing/painting. When I lost PS3, it got even worse. Then I didn't even have a program to use for digital painting! Now, I have Corel Painter 12 and a Wacom Intuos 4 on the way. We'll see how it goes!

5pm - 8pm - ART324R - Children's Book Illustration

Will Terry is teaching this class. You all know how much I think of Will Terry. He's very personable, as well as a very good teacher. You can see his work here. He's become a mentor for me and I feel very privileged to work with him.

We will have five projects due, creating fully rendered illustrations for specific subjects or passages. I'm excited. I haven't done much art this summer, except for business, and I'm looking forward to getting back into the more creative stuff.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

On the end of August...

... and all it has in store. Or all it has said goodbye to. I'm not sure which.

My summer was a roller coaster of experiences and emotions. I am SO glad I didn't take summer school. SO GLAD. Did I mention how glad I am that I didn't take summer school?

Anyway, fall semester starts tomorrow! So this blog will be back in the swing of things. Or at least it will be regularly posted on.

My first class starts at 8am. I know. Believe me, this isn't my favorite time to start class. Parking shouldn't be too bad though. I hope...

My next class tomorrow starts at 5pm. Yes. It's true. As Cyndal would say: "That's a long recess."

And since I must get up earlier tomorrow than I have all summer, goodnight.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Dorothy...

So an illustration club that I belong to had a FanArt theme this month. I created this piece based on that theme and on the theme, Poppies, for another group I'm involved with. Killing two birds with one stone! This is Dorothy Among The Poppies, based on L. Frank Baum's character, Dorothy Gale.

11x14, oil pastel on canvas board. I wanted a folk art feel.

During The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions become stranded in a field of poppies. Since opium is derived from poppies (I knew this as a child), I found the idea of a young girl under the spell of this plant to be pretty disturbing. I suppose this is a piece portraying Dorothy, the opium addict.

Friday, May 6, 2011

On Being Slightly Above Average...

You would think with all my new-found enlightenment that the B+ wouldn't bother me.

Well, it doesn't!

I'm amazing at taking four hour art history essay tests. Track down Doctor Courtney Davis and ask her. Good luck with that, btw, she doesn't share her personal information and she's not on FB. Ha!

Just trying not to get burned out.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

On Final Projects...

I had two of them to do this semester. Well, actually, I had a paper to write in ARTH 2710, but I didn't write it. Can you believe that? ME, deciding not to kill myself over a paper. Deciding that mental health is better.... wow. Anyway, ARTH 3070: I had to turn in a museum project. Basically this is just a hypothetical art show, curated, planned and thoroughly described in six or more pages. So I did my own art. There have been a few students in the past that have done this like JD Hawkins, who I have had classes with and miss since he graduated. So I wrote a paper about me and my art. It was very strange to write about myself in the third person. I talked about my influences, my style, my techniques. Weird.

In ART 2240, our final project was a nine hour painting of a head and a hand. Mine turned out to be something like fourteen hours. I call it Shaman:

12x16 inches, acrylic on canvas. I like it. I will submit it to Warp&Weave someday. Here is the reference photo. I am so impressed with this stock photographer. I think if I had the time and the money, I would be a stock photographer on dA. wOOt.

Friday, April 22, 2011

On Endings...

Photos from the last day in Illustrative Media & Techniques II:

Waiting for Ty to take the picture...

Stoo slums it in GT 413...

The other side of the room!

Ginny: master of illustration

Denise perfects her Eric Robin Hood!

James Paoi's Superman...
Hard at work...

Endings... and beginnings. This phenomenon sort of fascinates me. I've had lots of them. Only a few major ones. Maybe I've had a million major ones. But I feel like there's only been a few. Anyway, the semester is ending and the summer is beginning. I am not taking school this summer. I took two classes last summer and I swore I would NEVER do it again.

Our last assignment before the final project in Illus. Media Tech was to do a six hour portrait (one face) in a limited palette of two analogous colors. I chose blue and purple, because... well, why break the trend of blue people I've had going this semester? Here it is:

You know, looking at everyone's paintings up on the wall during critique, I realize that we have some awesome painters in our Illustration program. We have been applying ourselves and getting better and better. I don't just mean my peeps, I mean people who sit on the other side of the room too... ;) Like Cyndi, Alex, Adam, Micah, and others. Great job, gang!

Things I look forward to this summer:

Going to AZ and seeing my kids and my parents and my brother and his wife and my besties Karla and Diane and Steph and their nice husbands.

Warm weather

Going to Yellowstone on a photosafari with my parents-in-law

Finishing my book!

WIFYR - which means seeing Shar and Christian and Carol and meeting AE Cannon.