Tuesday, January 29, 2008

So I guess I have a few things to say ~

First off, yay drawings that don't involve people, haha.. they are somewhat randomly from photos with my own touches or whatever, don't ask. :x
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This past weekend I saw Rambo... that Stallone guy is a beast, basically. I actually feel manly after seeing that movie, and I'm a girl! Haha.. it was really cool. Sylvester Stallone holds a special place in my heart also because for some reason I always thought he looked like my dad, but I think now that might be because when they had long hair? Or something? Maybe it's the mouth, I dunno' hahaha.. (for those that don't know I'm half white, by the way).

Also, when I was in the bathroom the other day fixing my hair, I was thinking about WOW and *what if* one day their servers all went down... for like a month?! How many lives would that change? Would there be suicides? Anxiety attacks and emotional breakdowns from those that play it so hardcore? Haha, random.

Today in class we had to show progress on our projects and I had a bunch of character designs n' small thumbs of environments to show. The class was near silent, and it seemed everyone did their own thing while people were talking about their stuff. The teacher spent a long while going over some people's stuff, like the editorial illustrations, and real world issues, etc etc. Then when he came around to mine and Feng's stuff, who do concept art mostly, he had no input creatively to our progress. No interest in the stories, subjects, characters... only, "the anatomy, the composition etc.." which, granted, is very important, but on mine I had no illustrations, as right now that's not part of my initial stages. So needless to say I was done in 46 or so seconds.

- Ordinarily this might upset me really bad, what am I doing wrong, what can I do to please him, should I just do editorial illustrations instead of concept art because I know I won't get much feedback creatively? Oh noooooooes! Then a second later I think, what the hell have I been drawing and gaming and digital painting at home so much for? No one put a gun to my head and said to do it. So I trudge on, swatting at the insecurities of being in a now random environment (though it's my senior year yes), knowing that there are better schools out there for what I want to do, teaching first hand n' all, much better than what I am doing to teach myself... So! What keeps me going? That's another conversation for another day. ~

8 comments:

David Sweck said...

Rambo IS a beast. Because of that flick I'm doing my editorial stuff on Burma. And I think I know what you mean; have you checked out the Entertainment Design curriculum for Art Center College of Design? It made me want to cry, lol! Would like to hear what keeps you goin too...

Masha Pantyukhina said...

Hey Naomi...
sorry about the silence in the class. I suppose I was a part of it. But I don't think anybody meant it personally. This was the first time we had critique, and since it isn't like we're all working on the same project, I think it would have been a challenge to say anything about anybody's work. None of us are very sure what the other's are doing. I took it as a presentation of our interests. Once we all understand a little better what everybody is doing I think there will be place for helpful critique.
I, for one, am not a gamer, so it's not easy to understand what's even important in game design and what are the considerations, unless you explain it. So it's hard to know if I have anything relevant to say though I am always very impressed with your life drawings and their energy and gobble over the hatching. :) I mean I am sure that saying something looks "cool" wouldn't satisfy you, but I would like to know what else a character need to be for a shooter. and Why does it have to be anything other than just cool-looking. Let me know what you think...

SalamunicArt said...

damn....not so nice to diss vcu like that.....have you maybe asked yourself whether the fact that not much was talked baout the "concept"....is due to the lack of "concept"?.....

Tim Sinclair said...

ah, but silence shouldn't be an answer in academia. that kind of silence isn't worth thousands of dollars. if there's no concept, definitely one should be made aware of it. guessing games leave doubts as to a certain party contributing what they are supposed to contribute. but i have learned at VCU that if you want to know something asking questions doesn't hurt. in fact, it may be the only way to get answers that aren't forthcoming. that's the give and take of it and should never be one-sided. it's good that you're not satisfied, though. it spurs you on to greater acheivement and critical understanding of what you're doing and where you're going. and such scrutiny shouldn't stop at yourself. you are always right to question your environment and those with whom you interact.

oh yeah, and RAMBO? screw that guy. brutality as entertainment, especially with such real world parallels, is a sad commentary on our place within global military violence. and for David above, Myanmar hasn't been called Burma since 1989 but hasn't been recognized by the U.S. (or U.K.) as such: a political move. remember that when you're doing your research for your editorial stuff.

David Sweck said...

maybe not technically/legally speaking, but it is definitely called 'Burma' by a huge amount around the world. I def agree with your comment about VCU also.

Crawdad Jones said...

The level of "teachers" at VCU is definitely questionable, but the "students" are worse! Have you ever met any of those "people"?

shou' said...

Rambo looks like an excellent rental for me. Glad to hear confirmations of how exciting it should be watching on a comfy sofa ;)

What kind of class was this Naomi? What were the specific guidelines for the project and the topics of discussion for that day?

Susannah said...

You write very well.