Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ty Carter holiday art giveaway

Just thought I'd mention, Ty Carter is having an art giveaway and it's really easy to enter and you could win really awesome free prints!
I went to his workshop at CTN, and wrote down the highlights of his panel in my last blog entry. He was really nice and took the time to talk to me later that day. If you don't enter the contest, at least check out his work at

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Back from the Abyss: CTN 2012

Wow, it's been forever since I made a post. I Just got back from CTN this last weekend. I'm going to do my best to start updating this blog more because I really need to get in the habit of drawing and developing my skill every day. I realized this past weekend that I'm not at the skill level I need to be at AND I don't work enough on a consistent basis to improve to level I want to reach.

Here are my personal take-aways from CTN 2012:

  • Invest in a Cintiq
  • Make a unique short film, especially if you want to stand out
  • Work on your branding
  • Draw more. Draw everyday.
  • Be more observant (for acting in animation)
  • Have more acting in my animation reel
  • Have a separate 2D and 3D animation reel 
    • some studios will turn you away if you only have 2D
  • Start applying now for jobs and internships
  • Don’t be afraid to show your work to anybody. Network as much as possible.
Glen Keane doing a demo at CTN

Brittney Lee doing a demo at CTN

Fix it Felix Jr at CTN

The machine actually looked old and worn

 I went to several panels at CTN. This one in particular, had several personal impacts on me. Here are some take-aways from a lecture called "Being a Professional Student" given by Ty Carter:

  • Don’t become a complete nerd, keep at least part of your social life
  • Act, don’t react
    • Always be proactive
    • Don’t act like you’re being forced to do something
    • Don’t wait to do things at the last minute
  • Organize yourself  before you make your portfolio
    • Get your life to the point where you’re at peace
    • If you organize, you’ll be ahead of everyone else
  • Dig deep and find out what you believe in, what inspires you
  • Activity vs. Efficacy: don’t waste your energy walking in place. Go somewhere!
  • Pay attention to how you use your time
  • Publicity pays off
    • Make yourself (and your work) look more important than you actually are
  • If you think you’re a student, you’ll be stuck as a student
    • Be a pro today, that’s all you have to do
  • Be a little bit selfish
    • Sometimes you’ll have to be a bit cut throat to get the job
    • Do things for you
    • Put yourself out there
    • Make some sacrifices

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sherwood Fantasy Faire Costumes

I went to the Sherwood Fantasy Faire yesterday. Here's some photos for costume reference.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The scary equivalent to museums

So about a month ago I was out at a bar for happy hour with some guys from work when they decided they wanted to go to a strip club. I had been dropped off that night after a dance class and was going to bum a ride home, so naturally I followed suit and went with them because one guy offered to pay everyone's cover charge. When we arrived, I sat awkwardly at one of the back tables with the two other guys who were about as out of their element as I was.
But isn't it rude to stare?
The rest of the gang either chatted it up with some of the ladies or took to sitting in front of the stage. The bartender was more scantily clad than some of her coworkers, though I had to remind myself they would dispose of their clothes sooner or later. She seemed a little snide compared to the average waitress, but I don't blame her for the crap she probably has to put up with every day. As a rule of thumb, I usually don't have a drink at bars unless it is bought for me (because I'm cheap). Tonight I decided to buy a drink.
She seemed less than pleased with my order, as if my order made me even more out of place than I already was wearing a long skirt and a headband with a bow. It was about fifteen minutes before my drink came and it didn't quite taste right. I was never asked if I wanted a refill.

I spent them trying to listen to a conversation at the next table over the bad club remixes of rap and hip hop. I futilely tried to look anywhere but the stage. Problem is, there are mirrors everywhere so I eventually gave up and watched the dancers. I will readily admit they are very skilled and unusually flexible women, but I would get just about as much enjoyment out of them if they left their clothes on. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally comfortable with the human figure. I'm an art student and have to draw nude figures nearly every week. What bothers me is the way the men stare blankly at the women dancing closely enough to them to feel the heat emanating from their perfectly waxed genitalia.

In all honesty, I spent most of the night pointing out which of the dancers had fake boobs against those who had the real deal. It was at this time we also realized there was a TV showing Star Trek: The Next Generation across the room.

At one point, the same guy who had paid our cover bought two of his friends lap dances from, in my opinion, the prettiest girls there. One guy came back looking like a kid who just got an Xbox for his birthday.
no seriously, they'll probably be checking his ID until he's 40.  He's really a sweet guy though, he's the one who gave me a ride home that night.
The other guy disappeared for some time afterward. We joked that he was probably in the bathroom taking care of business. We were wrong. 

Eventually I got dragged up to brave enough to sit in front of the stage. Admittedly its quite different being a foot away from the lady at work then across the room. I spent most of my time either blushing or trying to watch TNG behind the center pole.
she was literally wearing ONLY leg warmers and a pair of ginormous heels with a bumper sticker on one.
When the guys decided they had their fill of raw sexual entertainment for the night I went up to the bar to close my tab.
Note to self: Don't buy drinks at a strip club. It's expensive.
For a while afterward I ran through a conundrum of thoughts trying to understand and justify why a woman would want to have the sort of job that exploited her body/physical looks in such a manner.

. . .
I wasn't really sure what to think in the end.
Needless to say I won't be able to go to a strip club again without thinking about TNG or not think about strippers whenever I hear Rihanna's "Only Girl" because it was the song that was playing while I was sitting at the center stage. Additionally, I decided that working retail to get myself through college isn't so bad. At least this way I know I'll have an unblemished resume and a job after after I'm Thirty.

In conclusion, it's an interesting experience to visit a strip club. Something worth trying once I suppose. It's just like taking a trip to a museum: look but don't touch (or the security will kick you out).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My adventures in retail: Black Friday

So anyone who works retail knows that Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Personally I didn't even know it existed until about two years ago when I started working at my current job. Why people shop on Black Friday is beyond me. Whoever thought it up can go die in a fire.

A week or two beforehand, it seemed like every customer was asking what was going to be on sale. At first, I just answered with the simple truth.
And so began the tedious spiral of the kick off holiday season filled with premature Christmas music and people's never ending curiosity for the Black Friday add.

Answering the same question over and over quickly became very aggravating and it became more difficult to not be annoyed with every customer who walked into the store.

Eventually, my frustration began to show and I started pointing out other ways people could find out what was in the Black Friday add without bothering the poor lowly sales associate trying to do her job.

By this time, I was pissed off because the customers were still asking the same question. I had known what was in the add on Saturday the week before Thanksgiving by way of internet and was disappointed that other people couldn't seem to figure out the same strategy.
Eventually I started responding with condescending exaggerated sarcasm in the hopes that people would just cut me a break. It didn't end well...