Friday, July 23, 2010

A Giant Octopus This morning I tried out spray paint for the first time! I had red, black, and gold. Because I thought they would be good basic practicing colors, but the gold was weird. Metallic, but it looks kind of like a shiny white...O_O

My mom decided to let me spray paint-ify the yellow fences (heck yeah, built in highlights!) around our backyard, since I don't live in a city and there's no public place to practice. I wonder where other people practice. Or if they practice at all. Hmmm...well...something to think about.

At first, I tried doing this model's face, but proportioning was difficult and the whole right side of her face was full of random sketchy marks. It like an ink spill, because guess what? it was. So I took a chance with my subject choosing skills and decided to paint a giant red octopus attacking her face. =D

I drew each tentacle one an a time. I wonder if it would have been more efficient to draw outline the whole thing in black first. I've never seen anyone do it, which would be really helpful. So I'm going to go on YouTube and wade through shaky visual and bad sound quality. I shaded with the black and red. And left the yellow of the fence for highlights. I want to continue working on my giant octopus, but I ran out of black.

A couple of times, I held the can the wrong way and covered my hands in red paint. Looked like BLOOOOOOD. =]

Note to self: the side with the little white thing is where the paint comes out.

Also, if there's a slight breeze going perpendicular to you, you might waste some paint, but the lovely toxic smells gets blown into your neighbors yard instead of hanging around your working area.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


On Monday, I started to learn how to use Illustrator. So many possibilities! Illustrator has the weirdest, awesomest tools ever.

And my Graphic Design teacher has great funny quotes, which as scrawled all over my sketchbook. Not only after my notes, but in the margins and between the holes where the spiral goes, and on the inside of the back cover. It's insane.

To my teacher, I probably look like a good student, taking lots of notes, but really I'm drawing his face, sketching people's feet, and writing down things like:

*Illustrator tools*
"pucker, bloat, pucker...the person who made this must have been on drugs..."

"Dr. Suess on steroids..."

"where is everyone? Probably that heat wave we aren't having..."

*answering phone*
"hi. I'm teaching."

"This is not Dr. Phil. This is fill."

"in Illustrator, you can blow something up to billboard size and there's no fuzzy!"

"okay? okay? Anyone awake? Good morning."

"press esc....from no man's land"

"weird stuff's like when you got to the mall and get girly earrings. it's a girly earrings tool."

"funky stuff tool"

"keep puckering around, guys!"

"you can make sushi and Dr. Seuss-y kinds of images"

"see that meshy thing there?"

"imagine how much fun Picasso would have with this."

*editing a map of the US*
"I just gave you a tributary. it flooded."

"I moved a mountain."

"Cry me a riverrrrrrrr...hey look mom, I moved Wyoming"

"the black arrow. bumbumbumbummmmm."

*additive color mixing*
"What happens when you add RGB? Come on! what do you see when you die?"
TA: "They haven't died yet."

"shut up. eat your spinach"

*trying to lecture over the HUGE computer screens in the room*
"where are my low water stilts?"

"in this class, we gonna do a lotta copyin' cuttin' and pastin'.

"I have electric bunnies now---green bunnies! blue bunnies! Oh!"

"you guys are like molasses running up a hill!"

"happiness is goodness and goodness is everywhereeeeee"

*points to himself*
"Stupid when I was young."

"which came first? the chicken or the egg? you choose!"
*explaining different methods of changing values on Photoshop*

*narrating our thoughts*
"Yes, Joe. We're with you. We wanna go home have slushies!*

*using the scale tool*
"Look mom, my tree is growing bigger and bigger!"

"pigs can fly."

"Look mom! I'm making layers!"

"Just gonna spray on my field of flowers..."

*about Illustrator*
"it's like Peter Pan. A bit of stardust and you can play for dayssssss!"

"pentagon. sexagon. oh, hexagon."

*paths and such*
"the biter tool"

"it took a star bite. it's like Christmas. The grinch stole the star."

*narrating our thoughts*
"what the hell are you going so fast for, Joe?"

*rotating tool*
"now my birds are dive bombing"

"can you see me behind this box of nightmares?"

"I'll call this file...Joe Demo. Like JOE DEH-MOH. it rhymes."


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fifth Grade

Listening to: The Way We Move ~Innerpartysystem <3

So. Right before my high school graduation, my elementary school had a reunion. Seeing my 5th grade teachers surprised me because I felt like they got younger. >>

I guess this is because when you're little, you can't judge age as well. When I was a high school TA at an elementary summer school math intervention program, second graders repeatedly asked me questions like, "How many kids do you have?" and "Are you married?"

I remember playing "poor people" with my cousin Roseanne. Being super shy, I finally worked up the courage to ask her how old she was. Nine. In my head, I remember thinking, "WOAH! THAT'S SOOOO OLDDDDD!" I also remember shyly asking my cousin, Geraint, how old he was while he gave me a piggy-back ride. Fourteen. Again, "WOAH! SOOOO OLDDDD!"

Yeah, just thought I'd share how it weirded me out that all my elementary school teachers seemed to have gotten younger.

And this has to do with art fourth and fifth grade teacher, Ms. Rumwell, went to CCA too! when it was still CCAC. And now she does a lot of jewelry.

It was in fifth grade with Ms. Rumwell when I first did the styrofoam printmaking things and learned what a brayer (sp?) is and fell in LOVE with the sticky stick sticky stick sound of perfectly rolled out printing ink, ya know? =)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Art School, Art Stalking, and Art Goals

Art School

Okay, so appearantly I can't spell appearently.

In the fall, I will be leaving home. Traveling from Palo Alto to a far far far far away place called......Oakland. Yeah. To go to California College of the Arts! :D I'm really excited to be surrounded by a high concentration of artists (oh, I miss CSSSA!), to live with roommates, to eat Ramen like in the movies (you know what I mean, right?), to watch visiting artist lectures, to sit through long critiques, to stare at lovely old paintings, and to absorb inspiration from everyone and everything.

Art Stalking

I'm going to tell YOU a secret. One of my favorite things to do EVER is art stalking. Naturally, it originated on Facebook. I basically go on my friends' profiles and click on photos. Then I search for that wonderful album called Art <3 or Doodles <3 or Paintings and Drawings <3 or Random Stuff. And I look at their art!

Yeah, that's it. :D

I'm also reading the blog of Marci Washington and Deth P. Sun because I really like their work. And boy am I glad I read their blog. Because a few weeks ago, I read they were going to be in an art exhibition. My first thoughts were, "Watch it be in L.A. I'm not going to see it." Except, it is at the Palo Alto Art Center! which is where I go for figure drawing! so happy! =DDDDDD

So I did see the exhibition. Twice. My mom looked at it once and waited for me outside. Afterward, I went outside too and took some pictures of her feet. I think I'm going to do a watercolor of my mom's feet within the next week.....which brings me toooooooooo

Art Goal for the Summer

12 completed art work pieces....sigh.

So far, I have a half, a quarter, a half, a half, and a great deal of thumbnail sketches. Oh, and half a oil painting from a class I'm taking at the local community college.

I'm also taking Graphic Design. And Intermediate Tennis. I will learn how to use Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, and everything else on these Mac computers...=D

I create. Ducks waddle. Quack.

So I finally got around to making an art website! But it still has some weird glitches in it. Like some thumbnails don't show up, depending on what browser the viewer uses. =(

At first, I tried to read the Dreamweaver tutorials. Then my dad helped me read the tutorials and I had no clue what was going on. I knew how to bold-ify words (learned it from facebook! ;D) and that was about it. So I tried something easier first--Sea Monkey. Which was a really good introduction to website making thing.

By the way, aren't sea monkeys...brine shrimp? :D I used to keep those as pets.

I create. Ducks waddle. Quack. <3