Well, It has been a little bit since I have updated you. Art II was a BEAST of a class. Art I was a Beast as well, just in a different way. Art II was a lot more detailed work, plus we had to cram a 4 week class into 3 weeks due to the holidays. I did get an A so I am still rocking the straight A’s!! WOOHOO!!
I am so honored to have one of my pieces on the wall!
In Art I, I had 4 of my pieces of art chosen to be featured on the walls of the art building. This was a HUGE honor for me because I remember walking around Full Sail on my Behind the Scenes Tour and seeing the art work on the walls and being amazed and intimidated at the same time. I remember wondering if I had the talent to ever be as good as the other students who got their work featured. In 6 short months, I DID IT! During Art II, I walked in one day and this is what I saw. Hopefully my other pieces will show up soon.
Gladiator Robot Snow Man
My final piece for Art II was we had to design a character from scratch based on “Winter Themed” We had to draw a charter sheet to help figure out all the details of what your final charter will look like when we sculpt them. After that the sculpting began. It was a very fun yet challenging assignment. I was even not happy with how he was turning out in the beginning, but I kept pushing forward and making changes. After a few days he really started looking pretty cool. We used Sculpy, which is awesome because we could cook it right in the oven and was much easier to work with over ceramic clay. After baking him, we could paint our character for some extra credit, so of course I started laying down some paint. I felt the paint job is what pushed my piece over the edge and I was honored again, he was chosen to be put into the halls of the art building. I can not believe that so much of my art has been chosen to be shown off to everyone who walks the halls. I know there will be someone looking at my art work when they are on their Behind the Scenes Tour and I hope it will inspire them just as I was.
I had a GREAT Christmas and a Happy New year. But I just had to share what I got for Christmas!
My first day of MCR Model Creation was AWESOME! I am excited to get back on the computer and working with Maya. We will be doing some amazing looking things from what I have seen from some of my friends who have taken this class already. I am so excited to get started and will be trying to make sure I update you with everything I will be working on. The cool part from day one was the Lab… This class room was so amazing I remember it from my Behind the Scenes Tour because we have Dual Screen Macs to work on. It feels so professional and feels like I have a job in the industry already.
Glad to see my friends too!
I am so proud of this piece! I went a little crazy on it but that’s just how I do when doing something. Gotta give it my all. Our assignment was we needed to choose a scene from our favorite movie and create a Sin City style Noir Black & White High Contrast picture. We could only use a black ink pen. Obviously Aliens is my favorite movie of all time and I have always thought the Alien was just an amazing looking scary as hell creation. I wanted to try to get that effect while getting that high contrast.
Here is the timeline process of how this piece came to life.
Yesterday was a BIG day in my Full Sail Journey! I started my first “Major” Class, 3D Foundations. Let me tell you, this is going to be AWESOME! We got a $7,000.00 program called Maya to work with and it is so much fun. We are of course learning the basics and this is the industry standard for what I will be working on. Every Movie, Video Game, Commercial, TV Show that you have seen in the past 10 years has probably had some Maya in it. I am really loving learning all these new software programs. They can be very intimidating when you first open them and see a thousand buttons, thankfully the Full Sail staff does a great job walking us through it. We will be making a 6 second video, made from scratch, of a character doing some sort of action and build it all in Maya. The whole month-long class builds on itself all coming to a head with our final project. I can not wait to shine on this one and I will be pushing to have the best looking project.
Here is our first project, just to help us familiarize ourself with the program. It was very fun! We had to construct Frosty the Snow Man like a jigsaw puzzle to teach us how to navigate in Maya. All the pieces were scattered all over and different sizes. We had to locate each piece and place them in the proper spot and resize pieces that were needed.
Pretty cool huh? I will be posting a bunch of stuff from this class for sure.
In a few short weeks I will be getting my MacBook Pro for school. Part of the Tuition is that I get a brand new upgraded MacBook Pro fully loaded with the latest and greatest software that is industry standard. I wanted to trick mine out a bit while protecting it, so I ordered a Skin that goes on the back of the laptop to protect the outer shell with the Apple logo cut out. I searched for days looking for a pre-made one I liked but then decided why would I want something someone else has in the world, so I made my own. I used Photoshop CS6 and designed this image below.
Please click on the image so you can see it in full size to truly appreciate what it will look like.
It is funny how the little things get you excited when endeavoring on such a huge journey. My mom came home from the grocery store the day I signed up for Full Sail and she brought me a present. A pack of #2 Pencils! Now this does not seem like a big deal, but my mom LOVES a fresh pack of pencils! She always has. Even from when she was in grade school herself. Plus the symbolism of my new start in a pack of pencils meant everything to me. I then realized I will need a back pack. Which is something I haven’t needed for 20+ years. Of course I had to go pick out the coolest one I could find, so I am styling on my first day of school. Gotta make a great impression on my first day! I also realized I need to get back to drawing like I did when I was a kid. I purchased my first sketch pad in the same amount of years. On our tour, one of the professors said “You will need to be drawing at least 10 hours a week before you get started, because if you can’t draw 10 hours a week, how can you expect to draw for 40 hours a week.” I better get to filling up this sketch pad!