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Apr. 3rd, 2017

We watched Logan yesterday for my nephew's birthday. Now, I'm not a huge X-Men fan, I don't really care that much about these movies. SpoilersCollapse )

Anyway, we're supposed to have some pretty severe weather today. We'll see! I really enjoy thunderstorms but I'd rather not have the hail or super duper high winds.

So last Friday we had our installed critique for our projects in graphic design. Two professors critiqued me; the ceramics professor (also the head of the art department) and the art history professor (also the museum director). It was a mixed bag! The major points ended up being:

Ceramics Professor: He basically made the suggestion that I'm not knowledgeable enough about the zodiac to do this project justice. He also questioned why I made Taurus a girl since Taurus is symbolized by a bull and bulls are male. HOWEVER, today my graphic design professor told me not to worry about that, to not worry about these kinds of gender absolutions. Also, she seemed to appreciate that I didn't take his criticism to heart; honestly I don't respect his opinion very much so I wasn't too bothered by why he said, haha.

Art History Professor: She was so, so enthused. She wanted me to add a border around the posters so they can be more easily framed. She wants me to finish the set and write some kind of narrative (she specifically mentioned a graphic novel/manga). She also told me to look into making figurines (!!!) of the characters. She loved my color palettes and was just really supportive and awesome.

SO YEAH. A mixed bag but the ceramics professor is a toolbag - one of my classmates made oil candles and he ruined one by turned it upside down and shaking it, which made her cry - so I'm absolutely going to listen to the art history professor, since she is so supportive and crazy smart and just awesome.

I've done some research into making figurines and wow, is that expensive. I also thought about creating dolls using Dollfie Plus dolls (the ones about the size of Barbies) but apparently those are no longer produced???? But then I thought about making plush dolls, which would be, in theory, a lot easier to do. I'm going to try making one and see how it goes; it might go pretty well.

Both art history professor and graphic design professor would like me to expand this so that it can be my capstone; so the posters, the cards, the figurines/plushies, apparel, stickers/buttons, stuff like that. I'm pretty excited!

the display for my zodiac project

Here's my display in the retail space! There's a spotlight on it so photos don't look so great, haha. The posters will be for sale but I need to redo the cards, since they're not really cut very well; plus it's only half and there's no reason to sell a half a deck of cards.

April 1st

My college had their April Fool's Day edition of the newspaper and it was pretty great. Instituting uniforms? Taylor Swift coming to perform? Changing our mascot from a lion to a squirrel? Dang, I love it. I'll be walking into work prepared today because I work with a bunch of bullshitters and they'll be bullshitting extra hard.

Also, Camp NaNo starts today! Good luck to all who participate!
The Zodiac project is done! (at least the first half, which was all I needed for the project) Critique is tomorrow but it's already been installed in it's location in the the store on campus. I'll definitely take a picture of the display. :3

And with that, a huge, huge load is off my shoulders. Aaah, thank god. What a killer project. I don't know what's next in this class but it can't possibly be as rough as that was. And when I get off work, there's nothing waiting for me! There's nothing that has to be done right now! :D

Camp starts this Saturday! I'm reasonably excited; I think I signed up for 900 minutes for the month of April. I really like measuring it by time rather than word count. It doesn't seem as intimidating.

so sleepy

I'm going to be anxious and stressed out until this semester ends and that's pretty much all there is to it. :\ At least the current project for graphic design is almost finished.

I've officially signed up for Camp! My project is here. :3 I signed up for 900 minutes for the month, which comes out to 30 minutes a day. That should be very doable but we'll see.

beauty and the best novel
I bought the Beauty and the Beast movie novelization. I am very weak.

creeper inked
Finally inked the creeper! The background has been painted, along with the words, but I don't have a photo of that yet. It's fun; at least I'm able to work on fun things at home, haha.

That was easy

Well piss, a random stranger in the NaNo facebook group managed to talk me into doing the April camp. XD I'm going to sign up for time durations rather than word counts. I'm thinking fifteen hours? That's a half hour of writing a day. :\a

Anyway, I dunno what I want to focus on, probably this magical realism piece that I need to write for English class. Who wants to read about a novice druid learning about his True Sight? XD
I am still dead this morning and instead of spreading germs (like oh, I dunno, my advisor, the head the the art department, my graphic design professor, other students) I'm going to be responsible and courteous and stay home with my sickness. It's a terrible time because there are so many things due next week but I don't know, guys, I just can't find it within me to care.

I made a 94/100 on my introduction speech in public speaking. My only downfall was that I said "uhm" too many times, haha. I hope that my entertaining speech does as well (my topic was "Top Five TV Detectives (And Their Sidekicks) and in no particular order, I talked about: Shawn and Gus from Pysch, Adrian Monk from Monk, Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote, Munch and Fin from Law and Order: SVU, and of course, Sherlock and John from Sherlock. It was a pretty big hit with the class, I got some laughs and a lot of discussion afterwards, so that's nice.

Today's going to be spent catching up on DW (sorry I've been so absent, guys) and listening to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack (I bought the deluxe edition, it has something like 52 tracks and they're all wonderful). Maybe, just maybe, I'll get a little something written for one or two of the super short prompt communities I'm a member of.
I spent most of the day with a slight fever, a major headache, and an upset stomach. I'm now pretty dang familiar with the inside of the toilet bowl, let me tell you. :\

short term art/fic plans

I've seen a few people on my reading page talking about things they want to work on in the next few months and I figured, hey, why not make a list of my own. :D

I guess I want to work on the next six of the zodiac series. It really doesn't make any sense that I only have six and since I have the design elements down, it's just the actual illustrations that I need to work on. That's not...too difficult, haha. I still need Libra, Virgo, Cancer, Capricorn, Scorpio, and Gemini.

The creepster line art that I shared in a previous post! I want to paint it. I don't really have a color scheme in mind right now though.

I want a large painting of Sherlock! Watercolors probably. Playing the violin in front of the window at 221b Baker Street. Night time scene, blues and purples. It's gonna be great.

Speaking of which, I was really excited for what I thought was a soulmates big bang community but is actually an exchange community but then I was like well if I want to write Sherlock/John soulmates fic, I should just do it. I don't know if it's going to be the names/phrases written on skin or everything grey until they meet each other but! It'll be something, haha.

I'm planning on participating in Camp NaNo in July, which I'm pretty sure I've mentioned recently. It'll be the non-devout Muslim girl attending a Catholic school story because I'm still really digging that. I should draw the characters! But that'll be further down the line.

I also have to write a magical realism piece for creative writing but eeeehhh.
At this point, with these classes, I just really feel like I'm wasting my time and I hate wasting my time on things I don't enjoy. :\ So yeah, definitely not happy about getting up and heading out this morning.
Watched Beauty and the Beast with my mom, we both may have cried a bit. It was so good. Also the theater was filled with children and their reactions really just added to the whole thing. ♥

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