Monday, November 30, 2009

Interpret This Truth (BITCHES!)

I am no athlete, but just like someone who waits for the gun to fire before a race my heart pumps furiously right before a critique. Normally I come prepared, or at least think that there is some merit in what has been created. This was the case with the above illustration meant to show a relationship. However when trying to address the compositional problems of the first (which I didn't completely agree with) and place in color everything came crashing down. Won't go into detail with all the circumstances that produced the monstrosity below because you all have eyes of your own and thus own judgments.

But the worst part is having to show my very talented class and knowledgable teacher what I had done. It was awful. I dreaded it so much that my dreams the night before were filled with chastisement and suffocating shame that would crush even the strongest of backs.

So look upon the soft black and white version as the true image, and the color as only a shallow unnatural abberation of something that deserved more.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Many a Turkey have walked these roads.

I went to Canal Street today to get lenses put in my new glasses and since It would take an hour I did a little exploring of the marketplace there. There were all these piles of dried mushrooms and miscellaneous roots and blue clawed crabs trying to escape. Noticed a woman picking these blackish figures out of a barrel. Upon closer inspection I saw that it was an entire pile of live toads the size of dinner plates.

It was so mesmerizing! At first you thought there was just the top layer of frogs, but the barrel was deep and every once in awhile another green bulging face would surface and push the others aside in an attempt for freedom. The Woman purchasing the toads kept flipping them over and trading out hers for better specimens. I asked her "How do you know which ones are the good ones?" She looked at me, smiled, and kind of did a series of mini bows before scuffling off leaving me quite perplexed.

The urge to reach in and stroke their slick knobbly skin was making my fingertips tingle, but the image of one of thing swallowing my arm in their bottomless gaping mouth deterred me from following through, dangit!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

VIKING (Its the braids, swear to god!)

Story Time! So while doing this illustration late last night (late due to my own inability to self motivate) I kept trying to figure out why it looked funny. "why does this look funny?" I asked myself, holding it at arms length, putting it on the floor and tacking it to the wall and taking a few steps back. "SOMETHING IS WRONG!" 

Then of course the moment the teacher looks at it he goes on the second rant of the class about how we need to master perspective. Somehow in my stupor I had aligned the tiles incorrectly, and somehow skewed the wall so that it creates this crazy triangular room... where the walls will never connect haha, whoops.  Also got burned for the hands, which I didn't really care about because that was more of a stylistic choice than practical, but will have to keep in mind that others may think it's a mistake.

Buut, the ultra upside is that while talking about a classmates work, the Professor was like "YA'LL ARE AFRAID" (not exact words mind you) but then he gestured toward me and said something about not being afraid. Guys I've never been called any kind of brave in my entire life. On the contrary, I always wanna puke when the class gets to critiquing my work. Thus am surfing on a little self-esteem wave at the moment. However am all too aware of how said wave can disappear. Now feel a bit of pressure not disappoint anybody. OH MY am total weenie.

My life revolves around school at the moment, so sorry if you get tired of hearing about the same class. Will try to give you something a bit more fulfilling for the next post :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Knock knock, anybody home?

Look how cool we are with our thrifted threads and moleskin notebooks!

For some reason people really like this page...

I am very worried about how I totally fetishize breasts, even partially lopsided ones, i don't mean to!

Sketches from the Natural History Museum, which i loved beyond words. These moose are so huge you would never believe it, but even though they're supposed to be battling to the death they still look so polite!

I Swear we're not lost.

This was a sequential project for my storytelling class where we were asked to adapt La Boheme to six different illustrations to bind into a book. Got permission to do more of a comic oriented idea, and like always i veered a bit off course when it came to sticking to the original, oh well! The entire process of making something that has to tell a story really opened my eyes to my own shortcomings as well as pointing out how much work something like this takes, KUDOS TO MY COMIC MAJOR BRETHREN! holla. Anyway Hope you all enjoy this!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Second Mix.

Its getting colder, the sun is taking longer to roll out of bed and it feels like another mini season has passed here in the city, ANOTHER MUSICAL SEASON THAT IS! Most of these songs are what I've been listening to while walking around and being smooshed up against folks on the subway, while a few just deal with applicable themes popping up lately. Anyway, hopefully you all enjoy this, despite the awful order I've strung them together in and the slacker cover art :D (oh, and I have much art to show you so stay tuned!)

Two: in transit
===Track List===

                             1) Inni Mer syngur vitleysingur - Sigur Ros
                             2) Rum Hee - Shugo Tokumaru
                             3) Daylight - Matt & Kim
                             4) Wake Up - Arcade Fire
                             5) Don't Slow Down - Matt & Kim
                             6) Embrace The Martiant - KiD CuDi
                             7) Why Didn't You Get A Haircut - Math the Band
                             8) Karte - Shugo Tokumaru
                             9) Fascination - La Roux
                            10) Tour De Friends - Math the Band
                            11) Seventeen - Marina and The Diamonds
                            12) Nicht Plus Ultra - Misty Roses
                            13) White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
                            14) Up&Over - Shenandoah Davis
                            15) Star of Wonder - Sufjan Stevens