Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And Today...Foliage!


Mmm...shrubbery...

This is a rough composition for my opening shot in Flicker. The forest and foliage will definitely be used, but there's going to be more of it - if that makes sense. And yeah, the ground is a temporary surface, so if it looks weird to you, that's because it is.

Also, I'm voracious. I think it's time to grab a bite or two.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Titles!


I've been pretty productive today! Thus far I've finished fixing a scene that had some hangdog problems in Flash, and I designed the opening titles for Flicker. The image I posted shows a piece of the title design. I love racking focus, and being playful with darkness and light - it communicates something very primal and yet cultivated to me. Now back to work!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

F is for Fabric...

I'm really excited about a purse I've been making off and on for about a year now (sad, but true...some projects take me forever). It's aquarium-themed and with some embroidery and hand-painted business on the silk. I'll be sure to post it when I'm done.

But this post is about my newest object of fascination - Twitter - and how it led me in a roundabout way to a contest for free (adorable) fabric. A day or two within joining the Twitter community and following a couple of blogs (Wowinsider and Craftzine) that I also keep tabs on with my Kindle, I've picked up a few followers. Some of these followers are entirely random, but quite a few are craft and/or Warcraft related. So I have Twitter to thank for finding the gorgeous fabrics from This And That From Japan, and This and That to thank for finding The Crafty Crow. Oh what a tangled (inter)web we weave!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Black and White




These photos were taken by Brian Kunz a month ago. I messed with them in Photoshop afterwards.

I love the simple poetry of black and white - how everything complicated can be pared down into hard edges and angles and shadows. I also have a secret love of power lines - dirty, sharp, and magnificent - power lines are ubiquitous, important, and mysterious all at once. Their presence can be linked to disease and industry. Their hum is nasal, constant, and something like a prayer.

I could go on a while about them. :P

Friday, May 15, 2009

Flicker is Coming!


I'll be screening the film I've been working on, entitled "Flicker," this year at UCLA's Festival of Animation. It'll happen on June 6th, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Here's a link for RSVPs and further information - hope to see you there!

The above image is a still from my film, which is a very experimental piece. If that's not your cup of tea, don't worry - there's tons of narrative pieces screening this year too. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

And Now I Twitter...

I just joined Twitter today. To follow me (or let me follow you) look for spasticsnap. See you there!

Oh yeah - you may have noticed I've changed my blog around a bit. I like the new color scheme a lot, and am still mulling around the subscript in the header a bit. Lemme know whatcha think - constructive criticism is good. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Where Did the Myspace Go?



Just to let my friends and family know that I cancelled my myspace account, so it should be slowly melting (or abruptly falling? or violently crashing?) off the internet fairly soon. I've always loathed the ugliness of myspace, and I'm thinking of taking up facebook instead within the next month or so.

As part of the spring cleaning extravaganza going on in my life, I'm going to (finally) tackle a new blog banner, finish up this hunky dory computer film I'm working on so I can move onto my thesis (and find work - yay!), and start working on a new novel! I have a few different ideas for novels, so I really want to find one that will not only be interesting to me for the next few months and/or years of my life, but will have a nice firm structure I can pick at. I have notebooks full of notes for each of my novel ideas (I couldn't resist the pun...really, no, I couldn't), so each venue is fairly fleshed out already. Let the adventure begin!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Spring Cleaning!


I don't know if my cleaning is early or late, but I was working at school on cleaning up some lines on the above image and thinking about how this week is all about cleaning! I want to give my apartment a good scrub-down - bathroom floor and all, and clean up my schedule so that I get more stuff done in the period of a week, and clean up the desk at home to finally find my renegade Wacom tablet pen (please come home if you're reading this, pen, I miss you very much!).

So bust out the ammonia and rubber gloves! It's time to get squeaky!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The Yard Tub


There's a house not too far from where I live where they keep a bathtub in the front yard filled with water. To top off the ambiance there's a doll floating in the tub, solemnly proclaiming the moral of bathing children in any yard tubs screened by vegetation. Apparently the sheer swampy nature of the situation either led to crazy hijinks (so the kid lost their dolly in the shuffle), or something far more sinister...

I've doctored this image to bring out the extra creep. Copyright retained by the fabulous Lopes!