28 Jul 2013

Back to it!

Hello everyone!
I went back to University this week and it was pretty fun. It's weird that a teenager would find learning fun, but I do. I'm doing courses on Modern Art, the practical side of Archaeology, History of the Supernatural and Global History (otherwise known as Big History). I also hope to pick up a sport to do for some physical activity. Look, running everywhere is great and all, but I'm not built to run for more than 400m. So I'm looking at Capoeira, it's a Brazilian martial arts that combines music, acrobatics and dance.
Anyway, I've done some work with Photoshop today and thought I'd post what I did. It's a small series that I am calling 'Schooling'. The cage comes from Google, because for the likes of me I have yet to draw a decent one.

Primary School

High School

My Gap Year. Despite the image, I was not wild and crazy. At least I hope I wasn't...


And all together now!

Anyway, hope you all have a wonderful day! Dad is calling that it's dinner time.

13 Jul 2013

Something old, something new...

And a lack of anything blue (except for the wrapping paper).
Hello all! So recently I just turned 19 ("old" according to my grandma) and after a huge fiasco about the present situation, I got a few gifts. Some new clothes, a create-your-own-monster-doll kit (from family friends), an IOU for a TV (although it has been bought), a trowel, a notebook and a wacon tablet. So I need to get really good at drawing directly onto the computer really, really fast. We went out for lunch to a place called 'Pitchforks' and Mum's cousin (and her family) along with four family friends came over for snacks. We kids, 19 and under, played the board game Cranium. It as a fantastic day!

So here's my first picture using the new tablet. I messed up some of the anatomy, but it's pretty decent.

Anyway, have a wonderful day everyone!

2 Jul 2013

Catching up on everything on the internet

 I seriously need someone on my shoulder to manage my timetable (for reasons I will not get into as I have spent the last 2 weeks getting over the situation).

Where was I? Oh yeah.

Hello everyone! How are you all going? Happy Canada Day to all Canadians!

My first semester of University has ended and the next will begin sometime soon. Here is a list of things I learnt;
1) When taking a Creative Writing course, they really don't mean write creatively. They really mean "We want you to write about the nitty-gritty reality and make it feel real". I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but I don't have a great grip on reality. Or rather I do have a good grip, then like a bored child I throw it out and create a much more interesting one.
Like one with an mute assassin who can and will slice you up eight different ways for threatening his friend (not his lover despite what everyone claims would make a 'better' story). Also 'nitty-gritty' reality is just another way to say 'write a story about drug addicts, whores, and lowlifes'. So... Never. Ever. Again. 

2) Someone needs to make sure that the people at the Student Services actually know directions (or at least point to the place on a map)
Actually, those misdirections led me to met some new friends. Funny how life plays out huh?

3) I'm actually pretty decent at writing University essays! But I should still try to increase my word count so that I'm not relying on the '±10%'.

4) Never again will I roll my eyes at a Vocaloid song (unless it's one of those creepy ones. To which I must delete my browsing history). I realised that I have a problem when in the space of 24 hours, my playlist jumped from 1 to 43.

So... I've done a few different things this semester.
I went on a volunteer dig site at Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane to recover gravestones used as fill. I had to walk to the cemetery because there were no buses. But it was great fun! Oh! No human remains were disturbed during the dig.

This was the dig site.

This guy/gravestone took 6 people and 2 hours to uncover and flip

This was the first that I found, so of course I took a photo for the memory!

The hole

I also regularly visit the Museum on South Bank to look around and draw some artifacts for practice.

The bird has been cut off because it is a horrible drawing. The drum looks good though!
And something I went to... A pop-up exhibition on the Roman festival of Lemeria: A festival of death. It was really cool and my Rise of Ancient Greece tutor gave a talk about the tradition. I didn't take any pictures of the event (because I didn't know if I was allowed to), but a woman that I met there was part of something called The Good Guide and was there to write about the event. So here's a link to that article. Among the pictures, you might notice something with Mum's distinct touch. I had to take off my mask when I was out in public because I gave some poor person a (near) heart-attack. I also gave an elderly man a scare at the event when I exited the display room (which had little lighting to heighten the mood) so it looked like skull just emerged from the shadows. The two men he was with laughed their heads off once they heard me talk (first thing out of my mouth was "I'm so sorry! Are you alright?"). The man himself laughed and said he liked the teeth after he got over the shock.

A fun activity from the event was this set up and you get your photo taken!

And to show that I haven't been completely lazy with my drawing (after the whole Creative Writing fiasco, I haven't written anything for over a month now), here's some art!

This was to practice drawing the Oracle characters and their friendship groups. This group is 'Ash and her boys' - including the cat who is a shape-shifter. I just didn't know where to put him so I plopped him in cat form on top of his brother.

Moselle got redone, although the hair is similar to her original, it's shorter and neater. She also started sporting some new clothes.

This was the result of a Creative Writing lecture which was a guest speaker talking about his writing process. So... Everyone, met Coal (or Sekitan because you can't have an assassin named Coal). There's a really good picture of him in another book, but I need to find it.

Does anyone remember Sal and Faith? I was testing drawing the same sized clothes on different bodies but screwed up on the vest. Not sure if my writing is legible but it says 'Different sized clothes (demo with Sal's)' and down the bottom 'Same shoe size'. It made Mum laugh.

And this is the last thing. A 'short' comic I'm working on which has been forming at the back of my mind, but then when I listened to a Vocaloid (see, it was totally relevant) song I decided to start working out what I wanted to do.
Anyway, this is a long post so I'll let you go now (that's if you managed to stick around). I've been trying to get Mum to do some art for the mast few weeks but she just doesn't have the time right now. Maybe in the future.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

P.S. Yes. I draw one eye in when I draw people. Because most of my drawings are sketches/drafts I only draw in one eye to get a rough idea. If it's a complicated drawing then I draw both of them.