Monthly Archives: September 2013
I wanted to practice taking a picture and trying to sketch out what I saw. What better model then Halo?
This one started off just practicing with the line tool and I created two vanishing points. I then just started playing around with the circle tool and then this bird guy came out of no where.
More practice with perspective and a vanishing point. Practicing with the ruler tool and color.
Practicing from my art book.
This was my very first drawing with my Wacom Sketch pad. I started with no intention and just started drawing shapes. The right ear was just a shape and I saw this catlike creature come out of it. I love to start drawing with no clue what I am going to draw and let the creation come to life on its own. It is really great to be back into drawing again.
Got my final grades for Art History, yep you guessed it, another A+! I really enjoyed this class and this was an example of wishing we had a little more time to focus on learning about the past great artists. It felt like we were a shell skipping across the water just barely scratching the surface. Each skip representing a different time period of art. I defiantly plan on doing my own research and continuing to go to museums and get inspiration from other artists. Other then the 77% I got in this class I am very happy with my grades and still proud of myself for rocking that 4.0 GPA!
I am very excited that I finally got to pick up my Wacom Tablet and my first art book for my art classes. This thing is AWESOME and is going to make me a much better artist. I was going crazy last month watching all the “Full-Time” students getting theirs and bringing them to class while I had to sit and just droll at them. I can not wait to start posting my art that I create with it.
Steve Jobs, An American Icon
Today in Art History we got to create again! I am so happy I am getting to use my art skills to create things instead of just studying and remembering things or writing papers. I am very proud of this. I had to follow the rules of what we were doing and submit that but then I came home and worked on it a little more to make it more the way I wanted it to look. Its not much different then the assignment just some extras added to it to make it mine.
Art History has been a very fun class so far. We have crammed 35,000 years of art into 4 weeks! I know sounds it impossible and it really is, but I have loved every day of class. We get to look at all different forms of art that are considered very important from Prehistoric to modern art. Some I completely enjoy and some I look at and say “WHY?” We started off with Prehistoric cave drawings and my teacher recommended this really cool Documentary on Netflix called Cave of Forgotten Dreams which is this awesome movie about these French explorers that found the oldest known artwork in history and they found it in 1995 in the south of France. Worth watching as it is very interesting. We then moved through the ages stopping at the Egyptian, Mediaeval, Renaissance, and Bourque time periods. All these time periods had some very interesting works. It’s not until we get into the modern art time period when I start to question what “art” really is. for example:
Marcel Duchamp “Fountain”
This is considered “Art” and is displayed in many different museums. So basically this artist in 1917 decided to be avant-garde or just a Smart-A$$ (not sure which) and submitted this Urinal to the Society of Independent Artists but was rejected, yet this piece has since become considered a work of art. All he did was sign his name to it, so if you are looking at it, like I did, wondering where the “Art” aspect of it is, stop looking!
Then we did get to my favorite artist…
Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL my whole life I was blessed to have the Salvador Dalí Museum right in downtown St. Pete and have visited many times. He was a Surrealist painter who had such a crazy yet amazing mind. Every time I do research on him I learn something new about him or find a piece he did that I hadn’t seen before. Nothing beats going to his museum in person and seeing his most famous pieces right in front of you. I could spend hours there staring at each piece and finding something new each time to study.
These are just a few of his pieces that I find interesting.
We did get to do a field trip this month in Art History class. We got to go to the Orlando Museum of Art
I had a great time here and we even got to do a scavenger hunt for the museum. They gave us a sheet with clues on it and we had to find 14 different art pieces based on the clues and write down the name of the piece and the artist. I enjoyed seeing all different genres of art that was on display but we had to pick out our favorite and write a paper about the artist. I had a strong liking to a Japanese artist named Honda Syoryu who does basket weaving art. I know that sounds a little boring, but take a look at these. Very amazing!
One of the best parts of the Art History class is we have finally gotten into using our PhotoShop and making some art. Now I understand most people haven’t used PhotoShop, but I have been self-taught so I was a little past most of the students in class and they had to have us do very simple projects to get used to it. I spent most of my time just helping the students seated around me making sure they knew where things were and were on the same page as everyone else. The first was our cave painting. We had to simulate a cave painting using PhotoShop to give the impression of it being a painting that was found and here is mine.
I choose to draw a Rhino for many different reasons. One as you may or may not know the Rhino is one of my favorite animals. Second I was surprised to find out that the prehistoric man drew rhinos in the caves in southern France. So this was my simple Rhino cave drawing I did.
Then we got to do a Tiled Mosaic painting from an image we found online. You guessed it… I did a Rhino again!
So I know this has been a lot and I will try to keep you updated on a more regular basis so there isn’t a ton of stuff to tell you, but things get pretty crazy around Full Sail. I am already looking forward to my next class 3D Fundamentals of Art 1 which I really hope is when I get my Wacom Tablet for drawing. Thanks for reading about my past few weeks.
First off, I have to say this was the largest event I have attended to date at Full Sail.
They were lined out the door almost 200 strong to see Barry Hawkins!
With that said, I knew this was going to be a great event to attend. Barry was one of the most articulate speakers I have seen come through Full Sail’s doors, since I have started. He brought the business side of the video game world in his speech that he prepared. It was nice to hear about the nitty-gritty business side of the video game world and not just the glitz and glamour that a lot only speak about. Coming from my business background, I could tell a lot of stuff he was speaking about might have been going over some of these kids heads, but I was soaking it all in like a dried out sponge. He spoke a lot about how a video game studios, like Riot Games, operates and their structure. My favorite part was the Riot Games Manifesto;
1. Player Experience First 2. Challenge Convention 3. Focus on Talent and Team
4. Take Play Seriously 5. Stay Hungry, Stay Humble
It is nice to know some companies still worry about the user’s experience before profits. I hope to work for a company that is like this when I graduate.
Yet again, I am blown away by how much my school works to get these amazing people, in our industry, down to speak with us. These guys take time out of their schedules to come down to give us n00bs a fresh and honest perspective of what we can expect when we graduate. BIG thanks also goes to Rob Coble for putting these events together. I get the feeling that he is the main reason most of these people come on down to Full Sail.
I am so glad I choose Full Sail as my college, because I KNOW there is no way I would have had this much networking opportunities at any other school.
I Just Can NOT Stop 🙂
A+ After A+ After A+!
I am soo proud of myself for making such great grades in college. This just proves to me that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to. I just got my final grade in English Composition and my final project grade. I got a 100% on my final project Comic Strip that I worked so hard on. I ended up with a 97.5% in the class… and that is before my extra credit assignments are added. Turns out, they weren’t even needed, but I wanted to make sure I gave myself the best possible chance of getting a 4.0 GPA. Hard work pays off!
This English class was a fun yet challenging class. Not with the work that needed to be done just the fact that I had to do my very best to impress my teacher who has probably seen it all. I tried to go above and beyond expectations each time I turned in an assignment and in the end it showed. I did learn a lot about writing and know this class will stick with me for years to come. I know it will help me once I am in the gaming industry.
Tell Me What You Think
I am finally finished with my final project in English Composition class and my assignment was to take my Personal Narrative Project and turn it into a comic strip. I made this from scratch on my computer and worked very hard on it for most of the month. Please give me your best critique. Please read the Personal Narrative after you read the comic to see if I got the core of the story into my comic. I have until midnight September 1st to turn it in. So, if you see something that should be changed, Please feel free to let me know. I greatly appreciate you taking a look! Oh, and wish me luck for an A+ on it.
Please click on the comic and view it in full size for best reading.