Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Big Brother...


Yesterday my brother, Mike, came to visit.  We went out to dinner and had a nice time catching up.  It was the first time just he and I had hung out in a while.  We talked about him graduating in May and then he brought up the idea that he doesn't feel like he's 22. He was talking about how he used to think anyone that was 20 was ancient... and then I told him about how I wrote about this a few days ago.  We went to the Foundations show and looked around... laughing the entire time because he is probably the funniest person I know.   He still wants to stay in Philly after graduating, that is if he doesn't get offered to play basketball somewhere else over seas.  I know he would really like that, but I'm glad he went to college and has a backup plan.  Plus if he stays that means I'll be able to see him a lot more. Call me a little selfish, but I still want to be able to go home for holidays, see my brother and sister, play our traditional 2 am games of sequence, and continue our 3 am frosty runs to Wendy's.  But then again, I guess if he did go somewhere else chances are he'd do everything he could to get home when he could. 

Anyways... Off to English in about an hour.  Followed by editing for 3D and then possibly an all nighter studying for my Art History midterm. Yikes!!!!!!! Not looking forward to it. The thought of not studying at all and then just leaving every answer blank has crossed through my mind, but then I see my mom and her glaring look of disapproval and shame and I can't help but disregard the idea completely.  Go figure, I leave for college and the Catholic guilt she's instilled in my over these past 18 years manages to still follow here.  Well... here's to hoping God's on my side tomorrow morning!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Knobels....


Today I was thinking how much I miss our trip to Knobels last summer right before we headed off to school.  It was a nice little mixture of my larger group of friends.  I really do miss all the 717-ers and their crazy shenanigans.   I especially miss Ally... who I became closer with this past summer through Ellen and Sarah.  Ally seems to know exactly when I need some positivity in my life and sends it in the form of e-mail, texts, or facebook.  For that, I am forever grateful.  This summer hopefully we'll go back to Knobels... the same group + those that couldn't make it last time; and we'll all have a wonderful time riding all the old time rides and paying with tickets! And eating all kinds of crazy foods, like pickle-on-a-stick and chicken fries! It's like I can almost feel my arteries clogging already! 

Photo of Ally and I: Riding partners. =]

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Narcolepsy....



Today I have confirmed my Narcolepsy...
Also... I thought I should point out that I literally just woke up.  I slept all day.   In fact, I'm still writing this post while sitting in my bed. It's 6pm.... hahaha. Hello college. Hello going to bed at 4 am. Hello crazy sleep patterns...I'm UP I'm UP! 







Photo of Caitlin and I doing what we do best: taking naps.

2D Show...



The 2D Foundations show has been up for a few weeks now.  It features excerpts from the spring spreads from everyone in first year.
1,584 pages a week... more or less.  Sorry I missed taking pictures of the drawing show. It went up and down in like a week! But the actual foundation show is up..... so hopefully I'll get some pictures of that.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I <3 NY...




Today my Art History class and I took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I have only been to NY a total of about 4 times now, but I have to say that with each visit... I love it more and more.  

I don't know what it is about the place, but something just feels right.  Even though I was completely lost and had no idea where I was there was something really exciting about exploring the different side streets and alleys.  I could definitely see myself living there if the opportunity ever presented itself.  So here's to hopping.  And here's to a wonderful day spent with art and NYC.

While at the Met, Allison and I explored all the different exhibits... she really liked a particular one on American realism painters that specialized in landscapes.

I was a little more drawn to some of the Italian paintings. And I couldn't get over these armored horses for some reason. They are so ridiculously cool and intricate and detailed!

We walked around a little bit until we finally found a nice little Chinese-Italian Deli near 60th street I think.  I ordered a Turkey Club and it was pretty good... I don't know about $10 worth of good... but as far as the whole scheme of New York City goes... I'd say that's pretty good.

We finished walking around basically in a huge rectangle from 82nd to 60th back up to 86th and finally stopping off back at the Met. Pigeons were in abundance. As was the sun, which was such a nice surprise and change of events from the rain we had/are currently experiencing in Philadelphia. I will most certainly be going back... hopefully this summer with my sister. 

Friday, March 27, 2009

Styrofoam Shoes...


Today I've spent the better part of the day walking around main campus in an oversized pair of blue styrofoam shoes.  Apart from the occasional cat-call... it has been a pretty humorous experience.  Everyone on main campus seems to stare at me either in a puzzled look or else they just laugh hysterically.  I think my favorite part though had to be when the fire truck stopped right next to me, sirens a blazing, and the one fireman seemed completely lost as to what to make of my fly kicks.  Any who... I've taken over 200 pictures for my 3D project and I'm thinking I'm starting to near the end of my documentation phase.  Next up.... editing in the tech center!

Can I get an order of Crazy with a side of Mayhem to Go Please...

I only had one meal today because I'm lame and slept in and worked late.  That being said, we walked all the way back to the dorm only to decide we, (and by we I mean me), were starving.  So Dee being the good friend that she is walked ALL THE WAY across campus, back near Tyler to get some Chinese.  And let me tell you, if I wasn't afraid of getting accosted by drunk college students... I would have documented the nonsense that was occurring inside...
Not only were there numerous drunk guys in Temple Star, but Dee also happened to be the only girl.  Upon walking in someone yells, "Yo where all my Temple Ho's be at tonight?!" We met a not-so-famous rapper. A drunk man making sweet love to a mac machine. I was told I'm a prodigy for having red hair, which as I was also informed by said mac lover, is a recessive gene.  Needless to say, we took our food to go and ate in the study lounge of our dorm.  Sweet and Sour chicken combo with two egg rolls and a pepsi. Keep in mind it's 3am at this point... 

Who Watches the Watchmen...

I found some white chalk in the studio... need I say more?  Actually... I probably should--I have yet to read this book or see the new movie for that matter. So the whole experience is probably lost on me, but as we were walking out of Tyler Dee wanted me to write this really badly, so I did.  Then a police man drove by and we stopped and walked away at a brisk pace until we realized it's just chalk and will wash off... dumb. Either way, Dee seemed to appreciate it.



Studio Shoes...



So tonight I did some more work in the studio on my next 3D project.  I'm making these huge foam shoes that I'm going to use in this stop motion animation I'll be filming tomorrow. 

Dee came and kept me company... telling me all about her night and offering advice on my project.  We even discovered the lights could be adjusted and I forced her to get her picture taken in order to document our new discovery... even though it wasn't really that hard to get her to get her picture take. =] Then I cleaned up the studio. Dee watched... and and we walked home with our friend Ang. I was happy I finished the shoes, I'll upload a picture later.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A little Over My Head...


Ok--So I may be getting a little over my head in the amount of work that I have to do over the next week or so.  And I can't help but think about how all I want to do is sleep... I have been working really hard and seem to have lost all of the free time, while it wasn't much before, that I had last semester.  I need to come up with a new strategy for time management... because this not sleeping process really isn't working for me anymore.  In the meantime here's a list of things I have to do before next Wednesday. (Maybe if I put them on here I'll be more inclined to get them done in a timelier fashion. Who knows, It could happen?)

Self Portrait 2008. Pastels.

To Do:
Thursday: 
1. Go in to 3D to see if I can book the projector and cut a piece of mirror.
2. English Class... (Possibly write quiz)
3. Most likely pull an all nighter getting 6 8''x10'' drawings done.... IN PASTEL!!! ughhh slow....
Friday:
4. Drawing... 5 hour class. (Yeah... I know I know...longgg...)
Saturday: 
5. Trip to the Met in NYC for art history... (hopefully ill bring back pictures to post...)
Sunday: (Work Day)
6. Do Indigo Sketchbook for 2D...
7. Make Note Cards for Art History...
8. Film/Hopefully Edit 3d Project...

Wednesday: 
9. Art History Test!!! (Shoot Me Now....)
10. 3D Stop animation video project due....

Wish me luck.... Definitely gonna need it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rotoscoping....


AHH! Here's the music video I completed at CASA last year and a little over winter break this year...
It's a stop motion animation that utilizes rotoscoping in order to get the figure to move and appear as though she's an actual video.
Hope you enjoy it. Youtube gave me the hardest time for uploading it and citing that it was possible copyright infringement.... 
So this is me going on record that I have no intention of hurting the music industry or receiving any personal gain from this and have 
claimed the use of this music to be part of the fair use doctrine. It was made in an educational facility for educational purposes... 
Thank you and I hope you enjoy it...

3am Stroll...


I think that 3am is my favorite time not only at Tyler, but on all of main campus too.  This semester I have gotten into the habit of working incredibly late on certain nights. But I'm kind of glad I have... Because I have to say that it is probably the most peaceful time I have at school.

I find something really soothing walking back the entire length of my pretty large campus to my dorm and not seeing a single sole along the way.  The calm silence is something that would normally freak me out but has an all together different effect on me...

I don't know what it is but I really like walking through spaces that I know to be unbearably crowded during the day and yet, at the time in which I choose to pass by they seem empty and deserted.  And then I look towards Broad street and still see cars whizzing past...

By far walking through Main Campus is my favorite thing to do at 3am after a long night in the studio.  And I'm sure I'll probably keep this little tradition going at least a few more times while I'm here. But now, I really have to go to bed--Art Histor at 8!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TEDIOUS!

video
This is a short animation on 16mm film that I completed at CASA (The Capital Area School for the Arts) in Harrisburg, PA.  

-I really wanted to upload another video that was a stop animation music video using rotoscoping instead but it wasn't working..... later on when I get back to my dorm I'll tell you guys about the amazing lecture I went to before coming to the tech center....
This is a stop motion animation of the song For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic Paramore.

Drawing Hmwrk: Moving Self Portrait

This was one of my drawing homework assignments a few weeks ago.
It's a self portrait-esque still life...
You drew for 20 minutes...
Then moved to another spot and drew on top of it...
Piecing them all together in the end.


Monday, March 23, 2009

I think I may be a little obsessed...


So I have recently become a little obsessed with this couple from NYC that blog.  My friend Caitlin sent me the link after I made fun of her mercilessly for talking nonstop during lunch the other day about them.  Needless to say... I was sucked in too and now here I am being hypocritical and mildly embarrassed.  I feel as though my life isn't interesting or full of life, fun, and happiness in the way that theirs is, so I kinda feel as though I'm living vicariously through them, which I don't think is very healthy. Hahaha.  Thing is though... we aren't alone... her blog has a HUGE following.  Not to mention that they have been written about by numerous bloggers and writers, all of whom speak of how they can't seem to get over how cute this couple is and how they wish they were friends with them.  So I'm sure you're wondering where it is you too can find this notoriously insane blog, well look no further because I'm going to post the link at the bottom of this post.

Also... I hate to admit it, but looking through pages upon pages and spending countless hours reading about what it's like to be a newlywed married couple in NYC has inspired me to document my life experiences a little more closely too.... hopefully. 

So here it is... but don't say I didn't warn you... it is very addicting.
(I would suggest the wedding photos or the search for the best NY burger photos)....

photo of Caitlin and I circa summer of '07

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring Break: Central PA Style


So it's been a little while since I posted last.  I'm still trying to figure out how this whole thing works.  That and I have such a short term memory I couldn't remember my password and which e-mail account I had used.  But thats besides the point.  The point is, I'm back, I have it figured out... for now... and that's good enough for me.

Im currently on spring break from school and have been for approximately 2 1/2 days now.  My dad picked a friend and I up from school... drove two hours home... only to make the trip back to Philly the very next day for my brother's championship basketball game.  (He won.)  It was actually really exciting... he's a senior in college and I can't even to begin to comprehend how mind boggling that is to me.  He is sooo old!

Fun Fact: I have this weird thought process that even though I'm in college now I don't feel as though I've been getting any older.  I'm still stuck in thinking I'm in the 7th grade and my sister, (who is currently a high school junior... cray-zay!) is still in 5th grade... looking back throughout my life, while it's been a relatively short life, I look at things such as high school as a huge blur. And the only person in my life that seems to be aging is my brother and his friends... I guess I just always looked at them as being sooo much older and more mature than I was. I don't really know why, he's only three years older than me... and in the grand scheme of things thats really not that big of a difference at all now is it? 

But there it is.... I feel as though I shouldn't have all the responsibilities that I have.  Not because I'm not capable of handling them or following through with them... but rather because deep down I don't feel like an adult at all. In reality I'm still a teenager... but I'm at school... away from my family. Away from middle school. High school. My horrible summer job at subway.  I'm stuck in this little bubble inside my head... I think it started when I saw the Truman Show.  That movie most definitely has left an impression on my life.  I'm more neurotic. Paranoid. Sarcastic and skeptical... I am also a little narcissistic because of it too... I mean who really is that obsessed with themselves to think that cameras are watching there every move?  I for one will be the first to admit that I hardly believe my life is interesting enough to captivate millions of television viewers... maybe more like 100 or so.  

All this talk about responsibility and growing up is kind of been swirling around my head recently because of something that happened not too long ago.  It happened Saturday night when I was at my brother's basketball game.  A bunch of my friends went to our local diner to catch up before a few of them headed back to school the next day.  Well needless to say shit hit the fan when two of my friends discovered they had both been seeing our other friend that I'll call "J" for amenity purposes.  No-- you know what-- screw that, he's an ass... his name is Jonas... and he really really messed up.  You see apparently he's been going out with two of my friends for a few months now.  And... my friends... unaware of each other's relationship with Jon-ass.... subsequently had sex with him... and became invested...  Well... needless to say, when Jonas showed up to the diner with a third unknown girl all hell broke loose.  It was then that everyone at the table found out that Jonas was having sex with both my friends days apart and really really just not thinking about possible repercussions.

I guess the part that gets me is that I actually really liked Jonas.  He was always very nice to me. I didn't know him that well... but he always seemed to be one of those do-gooders.  I think that's why it came to be such a shock when I found out about it.  That and the fact that this same scenario occurred a few years ago with my aunt and uncle. Where we found out he had been secretly seeing another woman in Ohio and helping to support her daughter along with my aunt and cousins.  

I guess I just can't fathom how someone could do that to another human being.... or multiple human beings? Especially people that they say they care about?! It just doesn't make sense to me... 
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On a lighter note: 
I may be going to visit my friend Tyler at his school in Pittsburgh this week. It all depends if Ann (mom) gives me the go ahead or not.

My puppy has gotten soooo fat.  And while he continues to remain a terror for the rest of my family he actually listens remarkably well to me. Who knew... I'm the dog whisperer.

I didn't realize how much I missed my sister and how well we get along until i came home.  She is honestly probably my best friend... and that's saying something because I don't really consider myself to ever have had an "actual" best friend before... just A LOT of really close friends you know?

I am dreading finding a summer job.... and petrified I'm going to be forced to go back to working for Mr. Bob at Subway again.

That was a weird little section of what's been going through my mind lately....
I'll upload some pictures of some of my work from the studio classes I've been taking in a little.
And I'll keep you posted on how the rest of spring break in Pennsylvania goes.  Tomorrow we are apparently having a pasta party for my sister's basketball team... I'm technically not invited... I was told to take the dog and go somewhere else till it's over... but let's be honest... I'm not going to skip out on the free food! Till next time - James