I just want to make a little announcement, featuring a wonderful artist and good friend Hannah Christenson. Earlier this year she submitted a piece in the Society of Illustrator student show. Last year she submitted a piece and won an award, but this year she won THE award! Top prize peeps! It's a very big deal! Beat that other art schools! BYU-Idaho's art program is legit! So I just want to hollar at my girl! Congrats! You can see her piece here. Way to go Hannah! You make me proud to be an art student here *tear*.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Today we happen to walk into Lisa Jone's book arts class to find them marbling paper. For those of you who may not know what marbled paper is, this is what the lovely thing is.
What a beauty, right? So we joined in on the fun. Of course it was messy and kind of smelly, but fun nonetheless. The first and last time I did marbling was in high school, so this definitely brought me back to my high school art class days. Check it out!
The fun fun marbling process.
The finished product. What fun!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Today was my bakery final and boy oh boy how stressful it was. I had to make pastry cream, flaky pie crust and an eight inch round cake. I had to have the mixing method for each product memorized because when my teacher hands me the formula I should know exactly how to make it. Oh, and it make it harder, I had no idea what cake I was going to make until I stepped into class. Did I mention that each cake has a different mixing method? Oh and did I tell you that I suck a math and because I suck as math I suck at baking. I became an art major to avoid math, but somehow it snuck back into my life. So that's where the big disaster came in, math. I was stressing and stressing about the cake because I was doing a yellow cake with a two stage mixing method and I could not, for the life of me, memorize that method. So I just go for it. I get the batter made, throw it in the oven (not literally because that's not profes baking), and 30 minutes later.....
Delicious huh? No biggie, my profes said that I wouldn't get much points deducted because she didn't catch my math error. Honestly and truly, her words, "I want you to succeed. It's my fault." So my final went well...did great on the pastry cream, good on the pie crust, and my profes saved my butt on my science experiment of a cake. Literally a science experience because I put in 10 times the baking powder when I was suppose to decrease the amount for altitude. Who knew that 3.1 oz instead of .31 oz would be such a disaster.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Final projects are in process! For sculpture, I have three things going on at once. Insane! So here what's been going on.
Sculpting from a live model! I was freaking out about because this was my first time and I still doubt my sculpting skills. Then, I got into it and I found that I love the human anatomy! Art is amazing that way. Not only are you learning about the muscles and bones, but you're learning about the design of the muscle and bones and why they're designed that way. Pretty profound. So check it...
The final final project is for us to decide and we are to work on it on our own time. I was actually inspired by my previous stalkee, Rachel Denny and I'll be doing a taxidermy sculpture, combining my love for book arts and sculpture into one. Funny story, or more like awkward moment, I wen to a hardware store for the first time and I discovered, very soon after walking in, that I did NOT belong there. Here I was wearing my fashion boots and peacoat and clean while the men around me had their thick, dirty, hardworking boots, with dirty hands ready to work in the outdoors. Oh and I had no idea what I was doing. I just follow the kind old man around answering yes to everything he asked because all the products he would hand to me were foreign to me and I just assume they were what I needed. I was completely out of my element, but surprisingly it made me feel more of an arts.
Two things I've never used before: a hot knife that melts/cuts styrofoam an giant glue gun.
Fun blue insulation foam.
Melting styrofoam smells horrific.
I have two more weeks of the semester left and this is only one class of work. I gots me a lot of hard working to do.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Happy St. Patrick's Day peeps. Today is a windy rainy day in Rexburg. Today, my dear friend Kim came to visit! So today Cassi, Kim, and I are spending the day indoors doing art. Doing art while watching The Holiday. Yes, a splendid movie and such a great companion to art.
dream house. yes, please.
jude law. yes, please. what a dream boat!
Kim working on her plate and I'm sculpting. Yup, an art filled day.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Last night was the opening for the Student Art Show. Two of my pieces was accepted into the show and I won the Merit Award for Illustration! I was quite surprised, but what's even more surprising was the award was for my Haus print.
Why surprised? Because of all my prints I think this is the worst. I love the illustration, yes, but (being the artist that I am) I hate how unsuccessful my printing technique was. BUT it won the award AND last month when I had my work critique by Pixar animator Neil Helm, he said he loved this print! I'm crazy right? Yeah, crazy.
So speaking for not being so hard on yourself, check out this new read!
It's an amazing book for artist, but especially for the new-be's. Let me just give you a taste of this sucker.
"Making art now means working in the face of uncertainty; it means living with doubt and contradiction, and for which there may be neither audience nor reward"
"In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive."
"Quitting is fundamentally different from stopping. The latter happens all the time. Quitting happens once. Quitting means not starting again- and art is all about starting again."
Yummy stuff huh?! Now go be inspired and create!