Friday, February 25, 2011

Videos about Art: "Sand Animation," by Kseniya Simonova.

Undoubtedly one of the more beautiful avenues for artistic expression that I've encountered. This right here, is a prime example of what art should be (captivating), and what artists should strive for (the creation of pieces that compel, in some shape or form, one's inner being).

And just in case you're wondering about the path she took on her way towards becoming a "Sand artist"...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Illustration Class Project: Design Your Own Tattoo...

So slowly but surely, the academic side of life is picking up now that we are well into a month of school. Our first major assignment in my illustration class was to design a tattoo, and using photo-shop, spot color it.

Creating the tattoo was the easy part (my design was based on the notion of duality); using photo-shop...well, that was another story. While I like my tattoo and my spot coloring (looks very modernish), in terms of the assignment, I don't think I was too effective.

I think I just have to spend some quality time with photo-shop. Maybe a candle lit dinner, some wine, some chocolate...then maybe, she'll open up and reveal her wonderful lil secrets to me, lol. Anyway, here is my tat, from start to finish...

Original tattoo drawing.

Tattoo drawing following clean-up in Photo-shop.

Tattoo drawing with Spot color (variations of pink) added.

Ohh and something weird, but cool, that happened when I initially tried to convert my photoshopped tattoo from a tiff. file to a jpeg. file...

This could honestly only happen by way of an accident because frankly, I am way to ignorant of photo-shop to have actually purposely done this, which is actually kinda sad when I think about

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tin Tin!!!!

So I just recently discovered that one of my most favorite childhood heroes will be coming back in a big way, via the big screen in...

"The Adventures of Tin-Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn."

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is the first in the series of 3D motion capture films based on the iconic character created by the Belgian artist Georges RĂ©mi, better known to the world by his pen name Herge.

The film will depict Tintin’s (Jamie Bell) first encounter with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the discovery of a clue to the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. They set out to find it with protection from a prison escapee who tried to get the treasure as well as Detectives Thomson (Nick Frost) and Thompson (Simon Pegg).

...and the fact that the movie is under the directorial supervision of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson makes this all the more, because, I know it will turn out good, haha.

Anyway, here are some more awesome stills from the movie, which is rendered in CGI btw, (click images to enlarge).


Tin Tin pointing a gun at either Thomson or Thompson...

Haddock and Tin Tin...

The movie is set for release in theaters in December (23rd) of 2011. Can't wait!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Videos about Art: "Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop."

I was lucky enough to watch this movie for free just recently on HULU.

Unfortunately, free viewing was for a limited time basis and alas, the movie is no longer available.

Still though, I think it's a great feature that is worth checking out. A wonderful, comedic critique of the underground (or so some would like to think) genre of Street Art, its creators, and its consumers. Enjoy!!!

Is it possible to fall in Love with someone who never "existed"?

Delacriox's, "Orphan girl at the Cemetery."

Simply enchanting...

Where I have been, and where I am going...

In hindsight, I think my blog name was the most fitting title for anything and everything involving me. Where in the world am I, It is a long story, sure you want to hear it? lol

Well I am still still in academia, still studying...still learning...although now, the instruments and tools with which I am dissecting the world are no longer under the field of study known as science. This time around, I am approaching the world from the other side of the court; this time around, Art is the teacher.

They say that the universe is written in the language of math (and science). After five years studying math (but moreso science), I've come to the realize that true understanding is best achieved when one learns to view a matter of interest from queer vantage points, through wholly unfamiliar lenses. In other words, the universe is more than math and science.

The universe--our very own world, even--is written in color, form, texture, feeling, etc. These are things you don't learn in math class or science class. These are things that also matter, so much so that they underpin transmitted culture all over the world.

The universe, the world, is complex and the key to unraveling the complexity can be found in nature (the greatest teacher). This is because there is truth in nature-- absolute truth; and within absolute truth, there is supreme understanding.

I have begun a journey with the intent of finding, assimilating, and understanding Truth in its purest form; Truth, free of all institutional and cultural prejudice. The Truth of the world, that is the world, and the Truth that is the Universe.

To achieve said Truth, I intend to engage life and the world via all manner of schools of thought. Science, Math, Philosophy, the Arts, etc--these will be the tools at my disposal as I journey toward this Truth.

Presently, at this very moment, the Arts are my tools of choice. This is where I am in the World. The previous two years have been somewhat of a transition geared towards bringing me to this very moment.

Life is beautiful from where I am standing. Life is full of promise.

I am a nomad journeying toward Truth and absolute understanding.