Sometimes I worry that I will never feel as alive and inspired as I do being in art school. I am constantly surrounded by intelligent & self-assured artists who encourage me in every way, and I’m afraid I’ll never get that again after I graduate. Because of this, I’m happy that I still have a year left of school. I am in no way ready to leave yet. I love my teachers and I love each different school of thought they offer.
Today has been a really really great day, I think maybe because I chugged a bunch of coffee before I left for class (which magnifies any emotion I have, in this case happiness) and also my last class was cancelled but really the one class I had, my painting class (which is my favorite) was extra extra awesome today. My professor, Bruce, got off track as usual and started talking about his life and how being an artist is something that you have to protect but nobody can ever take it away from you. He talked about how he went through times having no money and being a pizza boy and a house painter but he was always AND AN ARTIST. He always saved time to work in his studio, he always made sure to HAVE a studio space, he always made sure he was making something. And that’s all you can do, really. Keep the creativity inside of you alive for your whole life and do it forever, no matter what else you’re doing and no matter who tells you it’s not worth it. It is worth it. Sometimes I feel unsure about choosing the art field as a career but I am more and more sure with each passing day that it was the right choice. I can always do something else afterwards if it’s not enough but I will always have the beautiful knowledge of everything I have learned being here and doing this. I feel really happy.
Today is a great day.
Click on that link and it’ll open a new page to a PDF of the poster I’ve been designing for one of my classes lately. The theme was “Critical Views,” so I chose to create a poster about how people should stop being disgusting and spreading their germs around everywhere because that’s one of my biggest pet peeves, haha. We’re also making postcard versions of our posters and getting them printed at a printing press, which is pretty exciting!
That picture i posted of the Biggie piece inspired me to try something like that on my own. I really let go because i knew i was just messing around and trying things out and for that reason i enjoyed it so much more. It ended up looking a lot more like my friend Anna than it does me which is weird, but cool i guess.
I’m taking a painting class right now that I absolutely love. It’s my favorite class, I think. Except these awful weekly assignments my professor gives us. He knows we hate them. He knows they are awful. He said that if he was in college and he was his professor he would hate himself. And then he said, but they are good for you and you will thank me later. I CANNOT STAND THESE ASSIGNMENTS. I dread doing them every week. On Wednesday he gives us the theme, this week was “something shiny,” and we have to set up a still life that fits the theme and paint it for two hours, no less, no more. When the two hours are up you put your paintbrush down, wherever you are, and you’re done. They are due every monday. Sounds easy. Right?
For me, WRONG. I don’t know if it’s the timed aspect, the painting from real life aspect, or.. what, but I cannot seem to produce a halfway decent painting out of these assignments. I get so frustrated at an hour that I usually can’t even make it to two hours. This time I went an hour and fifteen minutes and then I hated it so much that I painted a fart bubble coming out of the toaster. My professor said that if something is ever really awful that you should just draw a fart coming out of it and then it will be better.
I just don’t get it though, I can paint things pretty well if I’m drawing from photos! Maybe I just freak myself out. Maybe I am only good at copying things. Anyway here is a picture of what I did, you can see for yourself that it is awful and disproportional and totally wrong in every way. Am I being too mean to myself? Should I not critique my work this much? Ugh. Whatever. It actually looks a lot better in a photo than it did before. Hmm. Maybe it’s not THAT bad. See what I do to myself!?!!?
I absolutely love the color scheme, the way highlights are formed on the face, the red scribbly halo in the background, and the loud text in the foreground. A gorgeous piece.
I’m currently working on a painting that I’m really liking so far. I’d say it’s only about 50-60% done but I’m super proud of how it’s coming along. What do you think?
I wrote this last Tuesday after seeing this awesome documentary…
I just got home from the screening of Ai Weiwei’s “Never Sorry” documentary at my university. I loved it. It brought to surface so many emotions for me- sadness, disbelief, inspiration, hilarity, pride, thankfulness… the list goes on. The documentary is about a Chinese man, Ai Weiwei who basically says, “fuck you” to China’s political system through art, social media, and documentaries. This is an extremely dangerous thing in China and this man is incredibly brave for standing up and doing what he has done. It is a truly amazing film and I encourage anyone to see it. It’s not just a weird documentary for “art people,” anyone can understand it and appreciate Ai’s personality and attitude. WATCH IT AND BE INSPIRED! Also be thankful that we live in the United States and for the most part this sort of thing wouldn’t have to be fought for.
You can watch the trailer & learn more about the movie here.
I suppose I will introduce this one by saying that I had already made this blog like 2 years ago and it was filled with sappy teenage angst type of stuff so I DELETED EVERYTHING and recycled the URL! Aren’t I green?
Anyway, I figure that in heading for the graphic design career I have reached the point where I need to start networking with social media. Also I like blogging and I want to share my work with my friends and family and hopefully future bosses and stuff like that. And it would be nice to have a record of all the stuff I’m working on! Because I am a relatively emotional and outspoken person, there will be probably be #personal posts as well. Yolo.