Happy Halloween!!!! Tien and I are on a scary movie binge tonight. A lot of films were missing from the video rental shelf. The ones I really wanted to watch were classics like Freddy Krueger, Casper, Addams Family and such. We're watching "Friday the 13th," the first "Halloween," "Twitches" ( a cute Tia and Tamara Mowry film), and "Goosebumps." It's a mixture of the terrifying, frightening, and humorous fun. No candy or costume. I guess that's next year for me. I'm definitely going to be a duck.
So..... I've decided on making a "Days of Our Lives Bites" cereal commercial for the Bonnie Hunt contest. My friend Alex is going to help me with editing. Lord knows I'm so bad at that. So the premise is simple- very cheesy and bright. First it opens in a seemingly empty art studio with the cheesy music of "Days of Our Lives." Cheerios is pushed aside, slamming to the ground as the box of "Days of Our Lives Bites" is brought into focus. "Oh, the studio is my home away from home! Yeah! I eat my breakfast here as well as make art," exclaims the lonely artist, hungry for breakfast. The camera pans towards the decorated desk that contains an odd bowl of cereal that contains marshmallow hourglasses, a plate of toast, and a glass of orange juice. The woman looks at the box, exclaiming her excitement over the new cereal, "Days of Our Lives Bites," a non-nutritional cereal high in sugar and calories. The slogan says, "it can be your best friend or your worst enemy that you've ever poured into a bowl." It even comes with a free cardboard, shirtless hunk guaranteed to make anyone's day even more pleasant than the rest of their lives. The box also features fun filled Days facts on the back! Enough to make the biggest Days fan feel empowered in the morning. She reads out some of the fun facts about Days. After one bite of cereal, the empty studio transforms into a "Days of Our Lives" shrine. Our woman is suddenly munching on her cereal while proudly showing off her Days watching from her laptop!!!! "Darn baby switch!" She keeps screaming, obviously amped on a sugar high from her cereal. She starts going through hallways, bouncing up and down in complete induced joy. And then she interviews faculty at random, discussing the cereal and asking them how would they feel if she made art about her love for the TV Show. The woman is back in her studio screaming in delight as she finds the shirtless cardboard hunk. "Another James!" She beams excitedly. She puts her new "toy" next to to other five cutouts of James. The announcer says, "Days of Our Lives Bites is almost as good as sands through the hourglass...."
This is the original novel. It's So in Love by Karen Ranney. There's that insinuation that it is more than a man simply putting on a necklace for a woman. He is shirtless and though she is fully clothed, the decolletage is happily displayed!!!! She is sensuously blissful and expecting the inevitable. He is honing in on her, close and breathing in the intoxication of her scent, her femininity. Yep, they're about to....... I read this twice by the way, lol!!!! I guess I'm showing some kind of appreciation.
These are almost finished!!!! I'm so proud!!!!!! I mean, I feel like I have accomplished something with these drawings/paintings that the others didn't. They're not realistic, but they are rendered to my satisfaction. I realize that I can't impress everyone at school, especially the ones who want art to be in a classically, masterful skill. The first, I have to finish polishing up her braided hairstyle, the fabric of her dress, and I'm still trying to figure out if it needs text. Tien says that it works with out it, but I really like the idea. I'm sticking with it. The second one, I just started yesterday morning. I was having fun with the thought of priest and nun. These romance novels are always about innocent, white women trying to ignore their desire for a dominant male figure. Of course, they always fail towards the middle of the story. Wouldn't be a true romance novel if they didn't right? So I thought why not make these African-Americans pure too. Like in a literal sense. The caption is going to say something like...." what is she willing to give up for love?" Hahahaha, cheesy as heck!!!! I'm anxious to do more. I am actually gesso-ing over the other two paintings to do the same process. The blowing up and tracing the cover is so much easier. It's faster, convenient, and much more fun!!!!
I'm making new celebrity portraits tonight!!!! Taking a small break from the historical romance appropriation. I think it's confusing me so much, these hurtful comments about rendering. I don't have a classical technique or have such precise attention to detail. In fact, I'm bad at this as I keep saying, but it's what I got out of the special Hank Willis Thomas critique today. The visiting artist said that the drawings were more successful than the paintings due to their boxiness, harshness, and brutality. That the line work was strong and angular which in turn added to the texture. Then he mentioned that perhaps I should explore other materials, especially color ones on the textured paper as opposed to canvas. The weaknesses were of course the rendering (romance novels are traditionally successfully realistic and very glossy), to clarify what I want the audience to feel (is it humorous, celebratory, or loneliness?), that the background takes away, and that the content needs to be pushed. Good feedback, I know, but I'll go back to the drawing board. I'll stick to what I love- which is painting portraits! I'm already set in motion who I would like to paint- Dorothy Dandridge, Ossie Davis, and Michael Jackson. I'm very interested in idealizing them. Yet I don't know if I want to use their imagery by appropriating famous paintings or doing Warhol inspired blowups with incorporated text. Hmmm...... we'll see what happens.
Crit was so damn horrible today. And I had two of them. One for my Figuration class and one for Advanced Tutorial. My school definitely loves to stress the academic part of its name. I am not the best rendering artist in the world and my drawing isn't classically correct. It's stylized and expressionistic which I don't like to keep stressing over and over again. I hate critiques anyways. I don't like to talk about art at all. I'm sorry. I just don't. Heck, from my badly written "art" papers, I can't even comprehend the language of articulating what my work is about. Geeeeesssss!!!!!! I feel so much doubt right now, so in the dumps. I think I may have to take up painting celebrity portraits again! I am almost wanting to quit. I hate having to suffer through harshness. Sure, I do get some positive feedback, but it just isn't enough. I feel like my heart is not into this semester at all. I'm not going to be surprised by what grades I'll be receiving at midterms. I better step up my game or face some bad, bad consequences. :(
It was the best birthday yet!!!! It started off with a great interview at Artworks, a nonprofit arts organization. I got the internship! I'm very excited about it because I get to do all sorts of things like deinstallation, prep work, helping my new boss Amanda put up the big SecretArtworks Show, and I get to see what goes on in Monday meetings as well as help Artworks move into their new offices very close by the Art Academy. I think this may aide me into figuring out what I want to do after graduation which is a big blank at this point. Of course I took a nap. Birthday girls deserve naps. Tien left his shop early to pamper me, lol!!!! We had dinner at Shanghai Mama's sharing vegetarian potstickers and vegan spinach raviolis. I had the fried rice with added broccoli and Tien had chicken pad thai. Yummy yum yum!!!! We played a quick game of Trivial Pursuit. LOL!!!! Umm.... we really don't know much alright!!!!! I was surprised with Bob Evans pumpkin bread!!!! (Now, I gotta call my mom back and tell her not to buy me that chocolate-chocolate cake) OMG!!!! This is definitely the "cake" I prefer every year from now on, heeeheeeee!!!! Inside of a bag of chocolates (studio candy!!! yay!!!) was a store bought card, but Tien personalized and adorned it with all kinds of sweetness. From Muppet cutouts, to Meano stickers, and a Michael Jackson tribute, I was nearly moved to tears. The best gift out of the bunch I must say.
Here are just some of the awesome things received from the best bf in the city!!!!!!
We didn't get to watch it last night, but super psyched that it's in my movie collection!!!!
This is so freaking cute!!!! Tien knows how much I love the Muppets, especially Miss P. :) Buffy #29 just so happened to be released today!!!! Thanks Joss Whedon. :) Hogwarts Express Bookends. That was surprising yet cool!!!! :D
Last, but certainly not least- web cam!!!!! Yay!!!!!! I'm super, super geeked to try it out!!!!
The presents were nice, but there's nothing like spending the day with the ones you love and I love everyone else for calling or giving shoutouts on Facebook. Quite a lovely birthday indeed.
We had some fun times together. Remember? How could I forget? 25 was a helluva ride!!!!!
1.) We had Mexican and margaritas the night we met on October 7th of last year. 2.) That Thanksgiving was even the first with no relatives. Just us and Tien on November 20th. 3.) That Christmas, Tien still used the same snow penguin wrapping paper on almost every treasured present we got, lol!!! 4.) We watched the ball drop for 2009 at Tien's house! 5.) We didn't get the million (or thirty) snow days that I wanted in January and February. 6.) But we did travel to Paris from March 5th to the 10th in our first plane ride ever!!!!! 7.) Going to the Louvre on March 9th was just an amazing, awe-inducing experience! 8.) April 16, we signed up as ejsami77 on Forbidden Love website to support the best soap couple in ages- EJ Dimera and Samantha Brady! 9.) We skipped the last day of class to see Britney's "Circus" concert in Columbus!!!! So awesome!!!! 10.) We had our last conversation with Mike on May 2nd on the number 2 bus. 11.) We moved in with Tien for the first time on a rainy May 3oth. 12.) We got our first taste of James Scott when he chatted in a special Forbidden Love Members only chat on June 3rd. 13.) We ate bowls of fruity ice cream with Tien, his delightful niece Anna, and Tien's friend Shane Money on top of the roof on July 3rd. 14.) We toured Times Square in New York City on July 10th. 15.) Grandma sadly passed away a day after her 77th birthday on July 24th. 16.) Yet on her funeral, met people that we hadn't seen in years and found out the names of Grandma's birth parents and added them to the family heritage tree. 17.) We met Emma Caulfield from Buffy the Vampire Slayer on August 8th. 18.) Thanks to me, we all missed Bryan and Tashi's Colorado August 15th wedding because I wanted to go to the Days of Our Lives Charity Event. 19.) We nearly passed out and fainted when we met James Scott and other Days of Our Lives actors in Boston on a nice afternoon on the 22nd of August. 20.) My younger brother, Eric may have turned the same age on September 13th, but my cute little, Winnie-the-Pooh obsessed (okay more like his parents- Robert and Ashley!) nephew Jamari Jaydin Glasper was born on September 11th. 21.) At the start of the school year, we finally figured out a good art project that pertains to my life. I almost have the concept figured out right. Never had I had such high hopes for my work until now. 22.) Jels- the one of the best, most inspiring artistic gals in the world presented us with the newly and adorably decorated Sugary Gingersnap on September 29th!!!! And boy I cannot ever stop singing her praises!!!! This blogsite is wonderful!!!! 23.) Starting October 1, the stupid baby swap storyline on Days of Our Lives is finally going underway. James's wonderful portrayal of EJ these past few days has been addicting to watch, lol. 24.) I loved being a quarter of a century!!!! It's cool to be a quarter or 1/4. Heehee. 25.) But today as we prepare for our last photo shoot. I think fondly on our 365 good and bad days together. It was great, I tell ya!!!! Great!!!!
You were a great friend and spirit, 25. I'll miss you always. :)
So The Bonnie Hunt Show is having a colossal competition. They are looking for the biggest Days of Our Lives Fan!!!! The winner will receive two tickets to L.A., including round trip airline tickets, hotel accommodations, food (lol!!!!) and a chance to mingle with ALL of the cast members at the "Day of Days" event as well as interview them for Bonnie's show as a special correspondent!!!!!! All I would have to do is...... "Send us a video...no more than 2 minutes long explaining why you are the biggest fan of "Days Of Our Lives." We also want to see if you have any reporter skills. Show us how you would interview your favorite soap star from "Days." And you need to show-off your vast knowledge of "Days of Our Lives." You can tell us about the story lines, maybe dress up as a character or have a friend dress-up as one and you interview them...these are just ideas! Have fun with it!" Videos are judged on creativity, enthusiasm, humor, and knowledge of the soap opera!!!!! I got 25 days to come up with something!!!!!! OMG!!!!! OMG!!!!! I have to enter this!!!!!! I don't know why I'm wasting my time, but I have to do it. My heart is telling this for a reason!!!!
This is my first large scale litho crayon drawing from my series. It's about 20" by 24" or something like that. I'll have to measure it later, lol. This is an Afrocentric woman all ready to be in the throes of love with her shirtless beau. I'm still working on this one, wanting to push the values even more and wanting to figure out how to incorporate text. One person suggested that I take the actual novels and cross out words like "pale white skin," "rosy apple cheeks," and other phases. But how would that correlate with the drawings? Most people favor the drawings when comparing them to the paintings. I think its due to the textural quality of the Arches paper. The format reminds them of novel pages. My instructor and another student agreed that the drawing seems much more thought out and organized. I'm looking and researching the Marie Antoinette period (heck no! I'm not watching the Kirsten Dunst film at all) to inspire the fashions of my characters. The ostentatiously rich, Rococo seems like the ideal place to start.
This is unfinished obviously. Here is this beautiful woman with these flowing dreadlocks anticipating the kiss of her handsome African soldier. My hands were growing tired with the litho crayon at this point. The pencils go down way too fast. Unpeeling the paper to uncover more pencil was getting extremely tedious, especially when the lead just falls right out. Keep in mind that it was almost midnight and I was also doing this drawing right after that first one. Hahahaha!!!! Look, that picture of me and James is up on my studio wall. On some days, by looking at it gives me inspiration when I'm feeling blue, defeated or at a loss. :D Painting number one is very colorful, but in desperate need of a lot of work. Her knee looks to be way too long. Hahahahahaha!!!!! It was so funny when my instructor said that her breasts were going out of the wrong direction in her extremely tight corset. My man's hand is crippled, but I swear it'll be repaired. I'm not good with hands so I asked a drawing teacher's advice. She said that I could give the girl a hanky and have the man put his hands in his pockets. Wow! I think I should definitely do that.
I hate this painting!!!!! Grr!!!!!! It didn't come out the way I had hoped and prayed for. Not that I was doing this as I painted. Yet I could have since I had no easel and this was propped against the floor. Then again, I did all of these artworks on the floor. It's the best place for me to work! No one seemed to like this one either. The first one was applauded for the color usage. This one not so much. It needs a lot of surgery. That's for sure. I loved the hairstyle I was trying to create though. She has this dreadlock updo with feathers in there. The man's face and his left shoulder are also the most interesting aspects of the painting. Other than that, a total bomb.
This is the most successful painting so far. I'm enjoying this one the most. Blowing up the novel cover and tracing it was much better and less time consuming than freehanded painting. I look at the other two, dreading to go back to fix all of the inaccuracies. With this painting, I'm having her have a large, regal braided hairstyle with lots of flowers woven in the do. Unfortunately, I ran out of brown and black paint, but I will darken up his skin, create more fuzzy texture in his hair, and finish the background. And I had better finish these five pieces plus another drawing by next Thursday's small group critique. That is the outrageous goal I have set for myself. And I don't think I'll have sleep until winter break starts. Sigh! Six weeks down. Nine more to go.