Sunday, September 13, 2009

Welcome (Back) to the Jungle!

*insert obligatory apology for a long silent period here*

Well, I'm back at school! After the first week of settling in, we really hit the ground running once classes started. I haven't become overwhelmed yet, and I don't intend on allowing that to happen! This semester, I'm signed up for Sculpture II, Figurative Painting, Printmaking II, Life Drawing, Abstract Painting, and my one liberal arts class: Film Art/Critique.

At this point in the semester, I'm most excited about Printmaking. Last class, I did a number of quick and easy monoprints of a sketch from my sketchbook using a sheet of acetate and ink. The volume of work somebody can produce in that class is amazing. I'll have pictures of the monoprints, which I'll use as a springboard for more complicated prints, in another blog post.

Overall this semester, we seem to be pushing toward an open, abstract body of work. I'm not a particularly big fan of abstract art, but I'll take this opportunity to really let myself go before things tighten up next year. The amount of freedom we have this semester compared to last is almost overwhelming. Expect some posts with cool artwork in the future!

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I've gotten a lot of requests for pictures of my massive three-person dorm room, so for all those wanting to see...

This is taken from the dooway. My roommates' wardrobes stand in a fairly long hall.
Turn the corner and you see the path to the living area. Bathroom door to the right, eating area to the left, and kitchen is a little further down.
Peek inside the bathroom! Toilet has a stall door type thing, which is great, and the shower is huge!
The kitchen. Typically cleaner, but our sink is leaking like crazy, keeping us occupied. We have lots of cabinets, too.
Dining Room!
Big, open living area. My nook isn't pictured.
Home entertainment system! 22-inch TV, PS3, and lots of Rock Band! If you do a 180, then directly behind you...Is my corner! My desk is crammed in there, but it's really nice and cozy. I'll take more pics later.

We're planning on adding more stuff, like a functioning lamp and some wall decorations. In about 3 weeks, we'll probably have the coolest pad in the dorm.

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Finally, some artwork! This past week, the Fine Arts students started up a free Life Drawing session from 6-9 on Friday nights. It's awesome because it's totally student-run and we're free to do whatever we want, which is liberating to say the least. Because I love to draw portraits, I spent most of my 40-minute stay drawing the model's face. Here are two I did with a charcoal pencil:



Both were done in about 10 minutes. I'm trying to speed up that drawing hand a bit by cutting out the under-drawing phase (circles, proportion lines, etc.). The likeness may not be the greatest, but I'm hoping to iron that out along the way.

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That about sums it up! I've also taken up crocheting as a side hobby, but I haven't touched my crochet hook in a week or so. I plan on posting pics of work as I get stuff done, so keep an eye out on my Twitter for updates! Or just check back every few days!

-Wishing Helvetica was a selectable font for Blogspot,
J

2 comments:

Sai said...

Your room is so awesome. So the living area and the beadrooms are all connected without doors? That seems so awesome. My apartment has a living area and there a door that connects to the hallway which has all the beadroom doors. Seems like a hassle but it's ok.

Keep the posts coming.

KawaiiBakadesu88 said...

Yeah, the openness of the room was a turn-off initially, but it's actually turned out to be great. You wouldn't be able to hear anyone at the door otherwise.