Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snowbasin & The Name of the Wind

This evening I'm flying to Utah for a 3 - day ski trip to Snowbasin in Utah. It's going to be an awesome experience, my first big-mountain ski (although Sunday River is pretty big)! I've never done the kind of skiing I'll get to do there, I've never done any powder skiing! I'm very excited, I'm sure I'll get lots of great pictures!

I finished my Violet Baudelaire interpretation from The Wide Window, so I'll post that sometime after I get back!

On March 16, I'm going to go to Boston to meet Patrick Rothfuss and get a signed copy of The Wise Man's Fear, sequel to his incredible first book, The Name of the Wind. His first book is probably second in line as my favorite, behind only the Harry Potter series. I've bought quite a few comics and books lately, so I'll post about others soon!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Violet Baudelaire

"what does VFD really stand for?"
I love A Series of Unfortunate Events. I read them throughout elementary and middle school, but I would read them again now. In fact, I might re-read the series this year! I love the sense of complete mystery it creates, it makes you feel like you couldn't possibly understand what's going on, that there's more to life than you think. Anyway, since I'm feeling a little stuck with my AP concentration lately, I decided to work on a breadth piece, so I am painting a portrait of Violet Baudelaire, my version of her. I used the the artist of the series, Brett Helquist, version of her, along with some picture references of features, but I'm not going for a realistic look. It's been fun painting a big face like this!


Snow Girl

I finished this last month, but I finally have a picture of it finished! It's one of my favorites I've ever done, I love how it turned out. I think it's a huge improvement from my original Snow Girl. I enjoyed using acrylics rather than colored pencils on this one. I like how the arches that showed the progression turned out as well!

There's a strangest excitement today...

...if you're awake then you're welcome to hear..

..I've got a gift and it blew me away, from the far eastern sea straight to here...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

That's Entertainment

The Butlers Did It
I took a trip down to Worcester's That's Entertainment and C.C. Lowell earlier today. At That's Entertainment They had some used Deathnote's that were in perfect condition, and I bought 5-10 for only $20! Now I only need 3, 4 and the recent 11,12, and 13 to complete my collection. I also bought a Sherlock Holmes  comic, a Dynamite Entertainment rendition that got great reviews. I highly recommend it! I am also currently reading the incredible original stories by A. Conan Doyle, and am currently in the middle of "The Sign of Four." At C.C. Lowell, I decided to get to colour shaper tools, I think those could be really useful for detail, and I'm excited to give them a try. I also stocked up on some white and black colored pencils, and a new paintbrush!
Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
Deathnote 11
Handy colour shapers!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Deathnote relations

Deathnote 10

I'm still having fun reading the Deathnote series, I'm currently on number 10. I re-read the first two the other day, because those are the ones I own. It's cool to remember where it all started when you know what has happened since then! Such a complicated plot, and such cool artwork!

It would be cool to do some kind of artwork inspired by the series, but I don't want to try to attempt to copy the characters, they couldn't come out so great! Anyway, these two works could relate in some sense:
  ->>>In Deception the girl standing in front of the mirror has a humane front, but her true self, shown in her reflection, is scheming and guilty, as emphasized by the lyrics. This relates to the false front that Light Yagami put on, he pretends to be for the justice of killing Kira, but really he's for justice through acting as Kira and killing criminals.. which is not justice.
  ->>>In Thou Art Gone (not a work I was enthusiastic to do, it was for English and based on an artwork described in Huck) is reading some sort of note. Now, I like to think she is crying because she holds power through a page from the death note, and is saddened by that power. Clearly not the original intent...

Thou Art Gone

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


In visual communications class, I have to create a storyboard of photographs. After some thought, I decided to create a story to go along with Blink 182's "Alien's Exist." Tim Burton has a character called Stainboy, which my sister has an action figure of. Stainboy will be my main character, who is being followed by aliens, and the it will be his story of overcoming his  fear of them. So, I planned out thumbnail sketches, and I have begun to photograph it! I will post it when complete

Hey mom, there's something in the back room
I hope it's not the creatures from above
You used to read me stories.. as if my dreams were boring

Up all night long, and there's something very wrong

Been best friends and will be till we die

I know the CIA would say, what you hear is all hearsay

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Do you believe in hallucinations? Silly dreams, or imaginations?

I'm finally done with college stuff: applications, supplements, portfolios, css and fafsa!
Now I just have to do a bunch of scholarships!
  I found out that I won two honorable mentions through the Scholastic art awards! The awards were for the two pieces below: Measuring Marbles, which I did in acrylics as a summer assignment, and Deserted, an in class project and my first time using oil paints:

Measuring Marbles (acrylics)

Deserted (oils)