Monday, March 26, 2012
One of the loves of my life was a pit bull named Monday. She's maybe going to be the main character is my next assignment which is to write a short children's story and illustrate it. The other dog is a quick drawing I did based off of a deaf pit bull named Ice who was shot and killed in his front yard by an incredibly ignorant and (enter a more crude and offensive word for jerk here) police officer.
I just finished watching the first and second season of Downton Abbey. I just cannot seem to focus on my work at the moment so I decided to do some good old fashion fan art! I am trying to play around with different styles and techniques so this was an experiment at best.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I have been given a second chance to finish my alphabet! For a class assignment we are actually to do an alphabet, surprisingly, and I now I am ahead of the game. These are also my first paintings that were done completely digitally thanks to my new Cintiq (and wonderful grandparents).
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
For the New Yorker piece I was trying out a more graphic cartoony style. I am getting a Cintiq from my amazing grandparents and am so excited to use it- I am hoping it will enable me to do more simple finished sketches and studies. I am finally done with my Momotaro series.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Last week was my Spring Break- and it was the busiest Spring Break I've ever had! I traveled to the insanely-different-from-NYC, LA. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot native creative thinkers! I visited JAKKS Pacific and CDI in Santa Monica, Maker Studios on Rodeo Dr, 6 Point Harness in Hollywood, Cartoon Network in Burbank, and Cookie Jar Entertainment in Burbank. I received amazing advice and words of wisdom from people in the animation business as well as the consumer products business. I met some incredibly gracious people who I hope to meet again some day!
As terrific as all of my 'interviewing/information gathering' went- this post is about my adventures in Venice Beach. After a crazy day of interviews and driving around (getting lost and stuck in traffic, although thank goodness for the carpool lane!) my father and I decided to visit the beach. I live on the beach essentially in NJ so I did not know what to expect. We drove along the coast hoping to find some place interesting to stop- we found Venice Beach. I am sure most people know all about the 'rif raf' as my father calls it. I was surprised at how similar it is to Seaside heights actually. Aside from that, it was the people who truly inspired me- specifically the homeless- I was so inspired that hours before we had to return our rental car I begged my father to lend some one dollar bills so I could ask the homeless (I use this term loosely because I am not sure HOW homeless these people are) if I could take pictures of them and the dogs (and cat) they live with. I think the result is pretty inspiring.
Dotty & Basil
Piggly Wiggly, Dotty & Basil
Sarah & Ladybug
Mike & Baldwin
Paul & Angelica the Cat
Paul & Angelica the Cat
Aphgan & MaryJane
Josiah & Ronnin
Dog & (no name)
Dog & (no name)
Scotty, Cody, Crooked-dog, & Ladybird
Cesar Millan says that he believes the homeless take better care of their pets than some millionaires. These animals are with their 'pack' 24/7. Most of them were in good condition and their owners all seemed to love them very much. I truly hope they all love them for them and not because they use them in the hopes of getting money from tourists. From the ones I spoke to, I do not think this is the case. One man- John just above, threw my money back at me when he thought I was taking pictures of his dog to try and get it a better home! To me thats a man who loves his dog- and dog who loves his man.
Monday, March 5, 2012
I finished the second painting in my Series Assignment and my first New Yorker cover. I am some what pleased with both. Spring Break is less than a week away- and I need it! I need some down time and more time to think about my after graduation plans. But most of all I miss my town, my family and of course Mr. Kiba!