Friday, February 24, 2012

Brave Scene

As most of you know I don't get too excited about very many movies. There are a few that I want to see, but I only go to the theater if it works out. Rarely do I MAKE time to go to see a film. However anything by Pixar automatically is a "Make Time" film, and this summer they are releasing what people are calling their first "Princess" film. Brave is no ordinary "Princess film" however, as it is set in ancient Scotland. From what I've seen, the film looks amazing. The thing that strikes me every time is Merida's hair. It has got to be the most amazing hair in any film ever.

Pixar just released their latest trailer for Brave, and it's not so much a trailer as it is an entire scene from the movie. Watching this makes me want to see it even more.

 I've gotten so excited for this film that I did something I haven't done since Tim Burton released his version of Alice In Wonderland - Used a promotional image as my desktop background!

Second only to her hair, I LOVE her horse!

June 22 can't get here soon enough!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Last Two Paintings

These last two paintings took me the longest to do because I put so much detail into them. First I will show you the whole painting, then the details so you can better see what all is in them.

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For this first painting the assignment was to paint a surrealist painting, so I decided to do a seascape where the birds were swimming, and the fish were flying, with a few other backwards details thrown in for good measure.

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Such as an octopus climbing a tree and seahorses hanging like bats.

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Flying Jellyfish

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And flying penguins. :)

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I also did a forest of sharks. :)

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For the birds, I did cardinals in coral,

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Along with Canada Geese and Ostriches

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And probably my favorite part, a Barn Owl. :)

Our final painting was to be based on a famous painting, but we were to give it a modern twist. I chose “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.


And for my “Modern Twist, I made it into a parody of the Apple Advertisements that have a silhouette against a solid colored background, with almost no other detail besides the iPod and ear buds.

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As you can see I added some iPads as well.

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I moved all the animals so that I could paint them better. It’s difficult to show two silhouettes if one is in front of another.

I remedied that here though.

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And that concludes my paintings from last semester. Hopefully I’ll get this semester’s up a bit sooner… :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fall Semester Paintings

So I am FINALLY getting around to posting the paintings I did in Painting one. I will post most of them in this post, but I have two others that I painted that were very detailed, and I want to do some close up shots of some of those details. So I will save those for a later post. For now, here are the rest of my painting from last semester.

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Let’s just get the horror over with. We HAD to do a self portrait. I HATE doing them! The only GOOD thing about this painting was the clothes. :) *Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb. :) The rest is awful. I could not for the life of me get the skin tone right. I look like I have leprosy. Want an extreme close up, to fully grasp the grotesqueness of my hideously pale face?

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SCREE! SCREE! SCREE!!! *Horror Movie Music*

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This one is not so good. I painted it completely out of my head with no reference picture, and it shows. Always use a reference picture.

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Of course, there’s an exception to every rule, I also did this one out of my head. It is watercolor though, so it works better than if I’d tried to do the same thing with acrylic.

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Our still life assignment. I was pleased with how the vase turned out. It’s hard to tell, but there are some lighter flowers to the left of the yellow ones. I think if you click the picture you might be able to see a larger version.

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Finally, the painting that I was most proud of, besides my final, (Coming next post) was this one, based on a photograph I took last year, right after I got my new camera. It’s also a picture I entered in the fair, so you may remember seeing it. If not, I will link to a post that contains it HERE.

And that’s all for now. Stay tuned, I hope to get the last two paintings up soon. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

So Much Stuff…

I have been neglecting my blog lately. I have quite a bit I’ve been meaning to write about but school has gotten in the way. My Design 2 class has kept me very busy working on my Beanie Baby project that I showed you a glimpse of the other day. I finished that project and turned it in today, so I hope to get that on my blog soon. In my Digital Drawing class I haven’t been quite as busy, mainly because I’ve gotten everything done in class. I will have to export a few of those files into publishable pictures so you can see what I have made there as well. Aside from my Beanie Baby project, the class that has kept me the most busy has been my online graphic Design class. There are so many projects in there that it’s kind of ridiculous. They are all pretty fun though, so it’s not like I’m miserable doing them, it’s just kind of hard to juggle everything sometimes. One of these days when I get some free time I’ll make all those files into images so I can share them here as well. My last class is my Painting 2 class, and of course I’m having fun with that. I have some sketches that I will scan into my computer to share one of these times, but the paintings themselves will have to wait until I get them back at the end of the semester.

Speaking of paintings… I have not yet shared the ones I did LAST semester! Today I finally got them all out and took pictures of them, so as soon as I get them ready I will be sharing them on my blog. For now I will share a couple of the early ones with you, and hopefully I’ll get the rest up by tomorrow. We’ll see what happens with my Graphic Design class. I still have a lot to work on for that one.

These were the first “Two” paintings I did. They are color studies of an orange and a stool. You may have seen the orange already, as I took a picture of it the week after I painted it.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Art History Brush

I have discovered that the Art History brush tool in Photoshop actually has a use! I could never figure out what good it was when I tried it out, but I came across a video online that told me how to use it. It's basic function is to create painted effects. To try it out for myself, I took a picture of one of my old Beanie Babies, (This is for a school project, more on that in a future post) and I started playing with it.

This was my original picture.

The first thing I had to do was clean it up for my project for school.

After I had it looking good enough for my assignment, I saved it and started playing around with the Art History Brush. This was my result.

I had no idea I could do this before! It looks like a watercolor painting or something, and that's only one of the many, many possibilities with that brush! I can't wait to see what else I can do!

Saturday, February 4, 2012


I am rather aggravated at the moment. I'm trying to find a suitable blog editing program for my mac. I want something that I can easily use when I don't have my PC around to use Windows Live Writer. There is no software that can even come close to doing what Windows Live Writer can do. So far NONE of the programs I have tried even have easy-access formatting tools! You have to access them from a drop down menu, or a separate window. It's just rubbish! I am not the only one who feels this way either. As I searched the internet I found hundreds of comments everywhere from people looking for a program for their Mac that would even do half what Windows Live Writer does. Right now I am using a program called MarsEdit. The description for it in the App Store claims that it is similar to Windows Live Writer. To that I say, "What a bunch of Bull Honkey." (Homestar Runner reference) :p This is not even slightly close to touching Windows Live Writer's capabilities. It serves its purpose, but if I want to use it beyond the trial time, I have to shell out 40 bucks for it, and this puny little program isn't even worth half that. Someday I hope to sever all ties with my PC, but until someone steps up and developed a suitable blogging program for the Mac, I'm stuck with my PC. If anyone out there has any good ideas let me know!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Facebook Friends #5

It has been so long since my last Facebook Friends post! Over a month now! School has been taking up so much of my time that I haven’t had time to just sit down and write anything for fun. I’ve actually been working on this post since before I wrote the holiday one, but with school taking up most of my “Free” time, I haven’t gotten around to finishing it. I try to get around 20 statuses per post, so it can take awhile. Last night I decided that I would finish this one off, so I sat down and came up with the last few statuses I needed, and in the process I came up with a couple new characters. Enjoy. :)

Joyful Exclamations How’s everyone’s day? Mine has been amazing!
Lurking Liker Likes This

Rainbow Sunshine Yes, it has been a good day so far. I think I’m going to make some coffee. :)
Joyful Exclamations COFFEE!!!! I’m comin’ over to your place!!!! :D

Nosey NellieDoes NE1 know who that guy was that Lindsey was with?! Sum1 txt me!!!
Vaguely McDramaPants That was her cousin.
Nosey Nellie Whaat?? That is so not juicy. :(
Nosey Nellie NE1 hav NE GOOD gossip?

Frankie Sportsfreak
I think I just had a deeply spiritual moment! This is just so beautiful!

Fanny LuvSports Likes This
Fanny LuvSports It’s just so inspiring! Tears! :’)

T. M. InfoWHHOOOOIEEEE!!! NObody go into the bathroom at McDonalds! I was just in there. You may not get out alive!
Mrs. Info OH MY HEAVENS! THOMAS MICHAEL! Please excuse my son! I tried and tried to teach him manners as a child. I bought multiple etiquette books, but he built a bike ramp out of them, flew 20 feet, and hit his head. After that it was useless.

Ima Bean

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Ima Bean Mwa ha ha!!! MWA HA HA!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*High-Pitched Screaming Cackle* MWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:D

Lorie LuvvieI miss my Sweetie Muffie Wuffie Googly-Pie SO SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!
David Duvvie I miss my Puddin’ Patch Cookie Crumbsie Wumbsie more than a three legged puppy misses his tummy rubs when his owner leaves for a four week vacation which turns into three months because he loved it so much in the Bahamas that he just decided to stay there and forgot all about that poor puppy who is lying alone and friendless in his dog house, weeping softly to himself!
Lorenzo Literate Wow. This just reached a new level of creepy weird for all of us.

Ferdie Foodie
7 Quarter Pounders WITH fries in less than 5 minutes? I totally did! My life is complete!
Gloom Lyrical The voices of the innocent cattle cry out from beyond the grave, “Why? Why must we perish for the gluttony of one?”
Ferdie Foodie Cause they taste awesome! Lets eat more cows everyone!
Gloom Lyrical The vegan lifestyle is the only way one can ever achieve harmony with nature. My heart breaks for the needless slaughter of all the beautiful creatures on earth.
Ferdie Foodie. Well MY heart breaks for all the poor people like you who will never know the joy of a fresh, meaty, charcoal-grilled steak! Wait, no it doesn’t! MORE BEEF FOR ME! :D

Mitch Morebuff
Muscles rule! I love them! I feel so bad for whoever doesn’t have any! Like, Pretty much everyone else reading this!
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Marty McMacho Dude! I SO know what you mean! If my muscles were girls, I would SO date them.
Lorenzo Literate Wow. Not even gonna touch that one.

Mamma Frazzled
Does anyone have any tips on removing tie-dye, ketchup, blue toilet bowl cleaner, oil paints, and something green and chunky from a 400 year old heirloom wedding dress?
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Lorenzo Literate
A flame thrower.
Grammie Happy Oh No! Not my Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother Beatrice the Second, High Queen of Grand Slovikistan’s custom designed royal wedding gown! Oh, well. Kids will be kids. I  photo Heart-1_zps3ea61900.png them SO much! :)

Katie Catlover Today I was petting one of my long-haired purr-babies for the longest time, and she was so well behaved! She just sat beside me and didn’t move at all! I decided to pick her up for a cuddle and I realized that all this time she was just an armrest on my couch! LOL! Time to get out the lint roller!
Lorenzo Literate I have only one word. Nay, one syllable. Ew.

Sally Sharitall Shared “I Totally Just made this random facebook page for no reason whatsoever’s photo.

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Izzy Illiterate BAHAHAHAHA!!! luv Ths!!!!

Whiney McDramaPantsI ate beans!!!!! it tha best! Chees is too!!!
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Roxy Repost
Dose anyone actually reads my posts? Let's see who reads this entirely...leave me a one-word comment describing me that starts with the third to last letter of your first name- it can only be one word. then copy this to your wall so I can leave a word for you and don't just post a word and not copy!!! Do it!!!! my incredibly fragile self esteem depends on this!!!!! if you don’t, I will spiral into a deep depression from which there is no hope of escape!!!
Lorenzo Literate Needy. And no, I will not be reposting.
Ima Bean Five Hundred Forty Seven!!! And a half!!!!!
Izzy Illiterate O wow! so hard because im a z!!! I don’t know what to do! I’ll just do my last name instead because then im a!!! and yor awsum!!!! And ill repost for U!!!

Izzy Illiterate
Dose anyone actually reads my posts? Let's see who reads this entirely...leave me a one-word comment describing me that starts with the third to last letter of your first name- it can only be one word. then copy this to your wall so I can leave a word for you and don't just post a word and not copy!!! Do it!!!! my incredibly fragile self esteem depends on this!!!!! if you don’t, I will spiral into a deep depression from which there is no hope of escape!!!
Roxy Repost Opulent! I don’t know what it meens, but it sounds so nice! And your so nice!
Ima Bean PORK RINDS!!!!!
Lorenzo Literate Nonplussed
Izzy Illiterate HA HA! Tht so TRU!!! I am so bad at math!
Lorenzo Literate Thank you for proving my point.
Izzy Illiterate Wut? U dont mak any cence sumtims.

G. O. Pachyderm
So few good candidates left. The left sure made short work of them. By November I’m sure we’ll be stuck voting for yet another RINO.
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R. W. Republicrazy So true! We need to make sure to spread the word that Amy Colton is the best and that our country is DOOMED if she doesn’t get in!!!!!
Lefty T. Parrot Amy Colton is the biggest idiot the world has ever seen! If she gets in, the entire country will die of stupid!!!!
Rabid Liberal It won’t die of stupid. We’ll just have four years of belly laughs at how stupid she is! She’s so dumb she’d make a head of cabbage look intelligent!
R. W. Republicrazy This proves how brainwashed you liberals are! She’s positively brilliant! She could eat old “Goat Beard” for breakfast in a debate!
R. W. Republicrazy Wow! It took you two whole posts to play the race card!Bravo! Such constraint!
Lefty T. Parrot YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Vaguely McDramaPants
Lurking Liker and Ima Bean Like This
Vaguely McDramaPants This is a notice for Gavin McDramaPants. Prepare for certain death.
Whiney McDramaPants hehehe dont leev yor fasebok oppin!!!
Vaguely McDramaPants You should talk, he got you too.

Whiney McDramaPants WHAT!? NO! I didn’t rite that! I spel way better then that! GAVIN!!!!! STAY OFFF MY COMPUTER!!!!!

BB Tween
Marty McMacho You LIKE Jason Weiner? He sounds like a toddler with laryngitis. He’s like the worst singer in the history of bad singers.
BB Tween Shut up, Marty. Go sniff a protein shake.
Gloom Lyrical If you want actual GOOD music, you should listen to the Morose Ravens. Their poetic lyrics just speak directly to my soul, and I just want to weep every time I hear them. So beautiful!
BB Tween They make me want to weep too! Weep from the pain they cause my ears!!! They’re only the most depressing band in history!!! EW!!!
Gloom Lyrical They’re just too deep for your kind.
BB Tween They’re not deep enough! Someone get a backhoe and bury them deeper!

Winston Q. Eyeglasses
How DARE Luke Georgia re-re-release The Chronicles of Space Wars in 3D!!!! The Original was the sacred holy grail of all space opera! This updated special effects version is a complete sellout and makes mockery of all that was awesome about the original!!! BOYCOTT ALL 3D MOVIES!!!!

Joy Lyrical
I can’t wait to be old! :D

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Grammy Happy Hey! I resemble that remark! :)
Gladys Grizzle I’m not sure if I should be offended or not…
Joyful Exclamations Take it as a complement, Gladys! You’re awesome!
Gladys Grizzle Thanks, Dear. :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lindsey Does it Again!

Lindsey Stirling has managed to TOP her Legend of Zelda video. This time she made a Lord of the Rings medley, and actually went to New Zealand to film it! As usual, Devin Graham filmed it, and as always, his cinematography is outstanding. It is too good for me to spend any more time trying to describe, so just go ahead and watch it. It’s amazing.