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.
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.
Full Sail Orientation days are in the books. 5 days of pretty intense information. Lots of stuff to try to remember, but I am sure I will be able to find any info that I might need. We got to hear a lot more good info of stuff that we will need to know. I met a few new people today and have been working on networking a lot. Hope to have some of these people in classes.
I snapped these two pics because I hope one day to have my art or something that I worked on in that show case. This is many different items from alumni who have worked on some of the biggest Movies, Music, and Games in the entertainment industry. People send back things from the set, or gold albums, or movie scripts to put in this showcase to show that the results of hard work will happen. Pretty amazing to look at all the stuff in there knowing these people probably walked these hallways before me.
After my last Orientation Workshop I choose to go see Matthew Eng from EA Tiburon located here in Orlando. He is a Concept Artist and he was hosting a seminar to explain what he does at EA and how he got into the field. It was very awesome to see someone doing what I want to do come to the school on his own time and let people know it is possible to get into this field. He also did a Photoshop demonstration which was awesome to see him start from nothing and end up with an amazing finished product. Sorry about this pics, but i was sitting kinda near the back.
Here here is a better shot of the final result. It just blew me away that he started with a blank canvas so to speak and started with one simple black object and then created this all off the top of his head.
Tomorrow is the BIG day! Tomorrow at 1:15pm will be my first class (Digital Literacy). I can not believe it is here already and just amazing how fast this dream has turned to reality. It just goes to show you that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything. I did what it took to make it happen and with the help of my mother we got everything done.
Wish me luck!