Fastest and slowest semester already!

It’s Midterms in just a two weeks now and I really can’t believe it.

It feels like just yesterday i met my new roommate Gabriella and I can still remember last semester so clearly.  I decided to try being a vegetarian this semester and I really can’t believe I’ve managed it without a hitch this long. The worst part of the fast semester though is as far as Art goes.  I only have 1 piece in sculpture! and it’s still not finished!
I’m still chugging away at those fish. I’ve got their masks and bodies lined up to be fin-ed but I wish I had double.  Not sure how it’ll turn out.

Then I’ve got to cut and colour them which shouldn’t be too hard except I plan on giving up the internet for Lent so I’ll have to watch something I have on DVD while I cut them.  Yeah, I’m not going to cut that many holes without something to distract my brain.

finally comes their tails which I’m still working on at least 5 different prototypes but I feel clothe will still be fastest.  Crochet might look cool but it’d take way too long.

Once I’m done with that I still have a my Junior review in front of everyone only a week or two into next month! YIKES! I better drudge up all my old pieces!
 Time also flew as far as Printmaking goes, and frankly I’m ashamed of myself. After my Astronomy quiz tonight I need to go cut my paper and make all the registration marks so that I can start printing my green plate tomorrow.
I mixed up my ink yesterday and let me tell you  I went through hell getting it right.  The colour was fine but getting the transparency and then understanding that printing inks’ transparencies don’t work like photoshop threw me for a real loop.  urgh
Isn’t my green so pretty though?

I’m starting with one of my simpler plates though and I’ll probably do my brown one last. I’ve always loved how the cuts look on the plate~
I’ve got the plans for my next two prints finished, which is good and they’re going to be a lot simpler.  I’ve got a etching in ancient egyptian hieroglyphs of a cat silhouette and some grains that I plan to have kinda messy looking with a combination of etching lines and woodblock flat colour sections.  I’ve still got to run them by the professor but they should fly.
So in that respect the semester has flown but it’s also stagnated in several respects.
Our garbage disposal has broken at least 3 times.  It feels like it’s been broken all semester.  The roach problem feels like it’s been an eternity.  My nightmares about the nasty little bugs from the first week feels like a million years ago. Astronomy feels like a never ending class with horrendous painful labs and too much math.  I guess I did to astronomy what non-art majors do to ceramics: underestimated it.  Only difference, Ceramics doesn’t make you do anything you’re not expecting.  Astronomy is a deceptive little booger.

Regardless, Midterms are coming. Tomorrow’s ash Wednesday and Lent’s beginning which means it’s almost Easter.  Last Easter feels like an eternity ago.  The Easter Before that is almost out of my mind! I think I finallly beat Final Fantasy XII two easters ago! I almost fainted in mass that year, I remember that much. Last easter I was human figure drawing class and-well.  Art supplies aren’t coming with my on break anymore.  just my sketchbook. (no, I didn’t bring naked people with me, if that thought crossed your mind.  It would have been epic to see people’s faces if I had done that)

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Japan, Korea or America? Where to turn my comic eye?


In My youth I was a huge Manga fan.  Give me Kenshin, Inuyasha, Tokyo Mew Mew, FMA, you name it and I was on it like white on rice.  Then I discovered Korean Drama and it was all Iljimae, Boys over Flowers, 100 days with mr arrogant, you name it.  There was a brief period of thailand and main land dramas in which I’m still eagerly awaiting the completion of any translation to butterfly lovers.  But that era slowly drew to a close a year ago and I started looking into American comics.  Wonder woman, Batman, Xmen swiftly followed with Smallville and other american comic based series.

Well, I’m still trying to figure this industry out but I’m making it.  It’s much harder to enter into American comics than asian ones.  they’re long with parallel universes and you don’t need to start back on issue 1. (which I totally did when trying to get into Xmen and let me tell you comic styles are different now.)  There’s no logical place to begin so I just dove in with some basic sum-you-up type series. The superman movie where he flies around the world, the batman animated series, batman beyond, xmn evolution, wolverine and the xmen, the wonder woman animated movie, and of course my handy dandy google search.  So I can’t argue you out of a paper bag yet as for why something happens a particular way or what the logic is behind charles getting paralyzed by an alien but I know how harley met joker, what inspired wonder woman’s costume design, how john stuart got his ring, that martian man hunter is practically a deus ex machina, that Wally West’s a ginger, and that hawk woman is totally someone worth researching into.

A lot of the series I’ve watched give you a quick shallow once over basic plot lines that have been repeated and developed over years and years which is really helpful when trying to get into any other real series.  So unless you have a tutor for American comics that’ll show you the right direction and answer all your questions without giving away the magic of the suspense, don’t be a snob over the stupid series.  Now I’m by no means advocating sitting down at watching them intently.  Your brains might slide out your ears. But when you’re alone and chilling out put them on like music and pay half an attention and things’ll just start falling into place. I always watched batman while cooking lunch and Wolverine and the xmen was always on while mixing up new batches of paper clay.

While I still know nothing about The Flash, Hawkman, Martian man hunter, Thor, Ironman, The Hulk, Spiderman,  Black Widow, and more than half of the other characters on the marvel and DC  character posters I know a lot more than most others my age.
So if you’re in my shoes and trying to see what the hype is about these american heroes but can’t figure out where to start I’ll point you in some of the directions that helped me get started.


As far as Xmen goes the 90’s series is Gold.  Evolution has excellent  character design and an interesting plot while wolverine and the xmen drives it all home.  Avoid the earlier movies all together.  They barely even do fanservice.  Except Origins:wolverine. That was some excellent fanservice.  But Try First Class.  Alright, so first class is not cannon but we’re not starting with it so hopefully it can just drive home some characters love and I’m assuming you’re smart enough to google afterwards.  While I haven’t read it yet myself due to my aversion to reading things on the computer, I’ve heard the uncanny xmen is supposed to be pretty good.

My wonder woman knowledge is almost all based on The 2009 animated movie and Justice League.  but it spells out what kind of character she is pretty well between the two.  Plus her Relationship with Batman is too cute to overlook (warning: DC comics crossover! American comics like doing that.  I kinda feel like their writers all started on fanfic.net or something sometimes)

Batman for me started with The Dark Knight and then filled it all in with the Animated Series. I then accidentally watched Batman and Robin and while Arnold was laughable and Ivy face-palmable it solidified knowledge in my head pretty well. While I’m still don’t a big fan of the bats that dang womanizing Bruce managed to steal my heart.

An excelent into into the main DC characters in General has to be Justice League which of course then leads you to the increased cast of Justice League Of America and eventually Young Justice. Thanks to JL I’m now a big fan or Black Canary now.

Other series that seemed to have gotten the eye of the public like Iron man, Spiderman, and fantastic four just never seemed to get my attention  Others, like Flash, hawkman, and Superman I’m just looking for outlets. (alright so I know a bit of superman but that’s just stuff you get growing up.  It kills me in Astronomy class though when the professor asks about the colour of our sun and I’m just dying to tell him that if it wasn’t yellow superman wouldn’t get to be super)

So My knowledge of Marvel is Waning.  I’ve only been looking into them for a few months now.  give me a while and let me get back to normal society then I’ll have tons of favorite marvel teams. Doesn’t hurt that the media loves DC at the moment (sans avengers, but c’mon? Captain America and no Crimson Witch?)

If you’re not into comics at all at the moment just dive in and get your feet wet with something.  I read all of tokyo mew mew backwards randomly in a bookstore when I got into manga and still own my first DVD of gallaxy angels (yeah, wouldn’t have bought that if I hadn’t been so excited to find an anime in walmart). Japanese and Korean stuff are going to be possibly shorter with a single conclusion and no crossover  and generally aren’t super hero themed.  Art styles vary enormously but don’t let a more childish style put you off.  Onc Peice is one of the best written works out there! American stuff is mostly super heroes unless you look outside of DC and Marvel (but I don’t see much of that floating around where I live.)

Any recommendations for something I should read or follow? I’m still in that honeymoon stage with the American stuff where I’m checking almost anything out.  Manga thought, much more selective. Plus I’m dying to find some written- er- drawn stuff.

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is it karma that my roommates always out when I watch something scary?

Oh dear goodness time has just FLOWN by.  It seemed just last week that I was procrastinating buying textbooks and now its almost midterms.  Which speaking of which, is making my day horrendous. Today marked my first tests of the semester.  Both non art classes have their tests today: American Civilization II and Astronomy (I don’t dislike being at a liberal arts school at all sometimes [/sarcasm])
Lets walk through my least favorite weekend to date.
Saturday:
I wake up around 10 and start cooking my beans.  I bought black beans and had them soaking over night and I’m super excited.  I’ve never made beans before! I don’t think I’ve even bought them canned before.  I’m not a bean virgin though.  So the question calls to be asked, “how have I never made beans before?!”.  I still haven’t solved this problem but  here’s what i learned about beans, well black beans to be specific:

1. I like them alot

2. They make a really nice indigo cloth dye.  I used my boiled bean water to dye some white hot pads and they just need to be washed proper now to see how well it stains.
3.  The insides are white and crunchy like radishes before they’re cooked. Apparently they’re dangerous in this state though . . .  so why do we use beans in preschool craft projects? I mean, I stuck a pebble up my nose during reading time in Pre-K, so what’s to keep a kid from gulping down beans? My solution is not to take the beans away though, but to make the classes smaller.  I never stuck pebbles up my nose when my mom was watching me.  Only during reading time.
4. Beans do nothing.   I keep waiting for them to blow up or grow or something fun like that but they just sit there and dye their water until you can’t see them at the bottom of the pot.  This realization really depressed me.

5. There’s a sweet spot to boil them to.  Mine are best for mushing in refried beans, but they’re still okay for freezing and eating with pasta.
6. don’t freeze in a tubber ware tub.  Yeah, this is a duh, but I wanted to rush off to the art villiage and just froze the suckers. Now I’ve got a large bean cube that I just sculpt off a chunk cook.

Well, concluding my bean episode I rush on over to the art village to finally make some prints.  I mix up my inks and work hard to get the texture I want and then slowly figure out the thickness I actually need.  Well when all this is done and figured out I’m too tired to cut my paper and make everything for ensuring it lines up with the other plates.  So I wrap up my ink in some plastic wrap and put it away for another day.
 My ink is kind of this colour
Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE this colour, but It’s wrong.
>:| I need this colour
see my problem? Well I’m going to make some tweaks to it when I get the chance, but I might just ha

ve to sacrifice for the colour I love more.  No loss really.  I’m not much of a stickler on this project, or most 2D works I’ve ever made.  Except for my Dragon mosaic.  I was annoyingly anal about that.

Well, I walk out of the studio, totally pooped and ready to curl up (in the fetal position) with my Astronomy notes back in my apt.

ITS RAINING.

I bolt through the rain to the painting building

ITS LOCKED

running through the art village my shoes get muddy and soaked, as well as the rest of me.  But I made it. From the main building I dart across campus back to my apartment that’s conveniently located on the furthest possible end of campus from the art village. They rationalize that this is the better location for housing because it’s closer to the church and the Science and English buildings.  Meanwhile all the housing on the other side of campus where the cool people hang out is getting closed down.  I’d rather live next to the theatre than the science building any day of the week.

I open the door to my apartment and  there’s a tea party going on.  My roommate Hannah notices me coming in and promptly informs me I will be unable to sit as every chair in the apartment is crowded around the coloring table. Well what’s a girl to do? Put her wet stuff down and pick up some crayons, that’s what!



I made ariel blonde! It was fun, I colored for and hour, hour and a half, give or take.  Once all the girls had gone i decided it was aptly time to start studying.

I compiled all my notes and all the quizzes and study guides into a condensed 11 page  study guide! It took me until 1:30 to finish it and I totally didn’t get distracted at all by my friend Matt Bryan when he came to study with me.  Well, I go to sleep sunday morning and wake up around 10:30 ish?
but we’ve gotten to sunday!

SUNDAY:

So, 10:30, yeah, too late to be going to 11:00 mass so I decide to go to the Snoozers, Boozers, Losers mass at 7 . . . forgetting there’s a night sky review session then. FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU-

Well I start studying for History.  Luckily all I have to do is refresh myself with the terms because once I remember exactly what Plessy vs Fergeson was about all the rest of the affiliated info came flowing into my head.  This is why I strive for perfect attendance and take anal notes during class.  If I remember it al then and work hard every day studying is a breeze. Unfortunately it still takes time.  And I totally didn’t watch 2 movies at the same time and distract myself with some cheesy bean and corn pasta. (just imagine Winnie the Poo with his honey here)

Now maybe it was a gut reaction to using 11 pages for the astronomy review but I squeezed my entire history review on one page. See? Just-don’t.  I have no idea why it made sense to me to do this. (just ignore the crappy drawing.  it looks a lot better if you lay on the ground and look at it from an angle)

 

around 5 in the afternoon I finish up this list and laydown to relax for a moment.  Alright, relaxing time done.  Time to get ready for mass! Shower, makeup (oh no, running out of eyeliner! time to find a girlfriend who wants to go out shopping!), hair, humidity, clothes, shoes! Well I make it there only to find my friend who normally goes to mass at 9:15 is doing snoozers boozers with me! I have a mass friend today! Lovely~
I skip the liquid nitrogen ice cream social due to MASSIVE lines.  It’s kind of pathetic the number of people who sit by the exit so they can book it out for ice cream every sunday.  Always reminds me about what father said the other sunday about how Catholics love to eat. But it’s true.  Almost every church I’ve gone to has doughnuts after mass for everyone to congregate around and talk and then everyone I know either has or goes to brunch afterwards without fail. (waiting for the sausages to cook sunday morning is torture when you’re starving because you’ve fasted an hour before mass already! MAn cannot live on a cup of tea alone!).  That’s probably why we have so many times to fast.


Interesting fact.  Spaniards tried to get the pope to declare the capybara fish so they could eat it on Fridays way back when.  This made me laugh so much when I heard it.  Some men are just desperate for meat.

Well to get to my title, I decided to conclude the night with this movie called “The Roommate”.  I had no idea what I was getting into.  The freaky psycho roommate killed the cute little kitten! I couldn’t watch! I had to skip ahead! That night no one seemed to come home.  3 roommates and no one was home.  I went to bed at 1! you’d think someone would be in the apt somewhere on a sunday night at 1, but no.  This always happens to me that when I watch something scary my roommate is gone. Last semester it was when I re-watched  season 1 of supernatural (yeah I’m a coward) and freshmen year I was in my mirror clad dorm room after watching something about bloody mary.  This luck of mine sucks.

Hand study: Then and Now

My first time sculpting a hand was junior year of high School.  I made a metal frame that I built up with clay.  After getting the hand how I wanted it I asked the teacher if I could kiln it, well surprise surprise . . .  no.  Because there was metal in it she said it wasn’t possible to bisque it.  Plus I’m pretty sure that with the knowledge I have now it wouldn’t have worked out being and solid and thick as it was. So I covered in in plaster instead and painted it up.  My experience with this project and a few others in those years as inspired me to try and teach art in the future maybe and impart as much knowledge about as vast a number of techniques as I possibly can. because as much fun as learning on your own is, learning and making something properly and well is even better.


Well that hand has been sitting in my parent’s house for a few years now, scaring the neighbors (since my mom has it sitting half in a bowl of popuri).  Now, three years later I decided to try again.  I was thinking about going into animation with modeling so I told my sculpture professor I wanted to try the craft out.  He hands me a big box of plasticine and a plaster cast of someone’s hand.  “Alex,” he tells me, “you make a big ball like this, roll out some fingers and stick them on, smooth it out and add the details.  use calipers to gauge the thickness.” Well . . .  I never got any calipers but I did have a stick and some string. After some off and on toiling for a week or two out pops a nice brown plasticine hand like the one below.  I make a mould of that and cast a few resin copies, which the one below is one of.

alright so it was a long time between hand one and hand 2 but there’s a big difference.  I’m actually kinda shocked that I managed to improve that much without actually practicing any modeling between the 2 studies.  I chalk it up to a few things.

1. a better understanding of anatomy in general.  When I sculpted that first hand I drew people like the picture on the left, and I could tell that I was stretching a few things out but not even half as much as I actually saw I was.  I thought the neck was just a little long, not giraffe levels.  And that was one of my few drawings that looked person-like.  When I made the second hand my people sketches had evolved to something more like the drawing on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now part of that improvement is practice but half of it is from my classes at college.  For the first time in my life I’ve had formal drawing lessons.  More than human figure class, what actually helped most was Basic Drawing I.  Meaning still lives, boxes and tedious studies of sticks and laundry baskets.  That class taught me how to sight measure with my pencil and thumb.  THE MOST HELPFUL SKILL I’VE EVER LEARNED. I swear, thus I put it in caps. 4srs.  When I actually got to human figure I really really really wish we did more with muscles.  We did so much skeleton! And sure, skeleton is important for proportions but without a muscle study I saw on the internet my people would all have straight line arms unless they’re from DBZ. (if which case they’ll look like a poorly drawn Bane from Batman)

2. the ability to see something wrong.  Seriously you don’t realize this until you gain it but you just can’t see things.  They just look right.  Just like how I didn’t realize my stained glass woman’s hands were . . . wrong.
Oh the horror. it was a bad year for hands. (oh yeah and, look, no muscles)
 Alright well I just realized what angle is missing from the second hand collage.  The side shot.  The wrist on the first was was flat and not rounded and that carried over to the back of the hand being too flat.  I just couldn’t see it. I think I saw something was wrong but couldn’t figure out what. That was one of the last things i fixed on my second hand.  I think the professor thought I couldn’t see it because I didn’t fix it for so long until, surprise! I did!

3.  Materials. Not so much, but plasticine: much easier to work with than clay. Not sculpy clay or something but the legit stuff that drys out and breaks and has to be put in a 1600 degree kiln to bisque.  Yeah, that’s what I was working with. I didn’t risk the fingers falling off with the plasticine since it was such a flexible medium.

4. Practice.  Speaks for itself.  Drawing hands regularly helped me to understand how they work much better so that I remember more when  sculpting it the second time.

5. I don’t know how legit it is but when I get frustrated with a boss battle I’ve lost 7 times I put down the controller and turn off the console and do something else for a month. (yeah I deal with it well).  When I pick it back up easily peazy! I don’t understand this phenomena but it holds true for so many other things.  Sometimes I need one of two warm up sketches but the next one’s always better. It bewilders me.

Curious about my older works, well I re-found them all on my old art blog!
http://vonterschart.blogspot.com/

I said it before but I’ll say it again, seeing your improvement is awesome.  Even when you’re intimidated by Mucha or Da Vinci and think you’ll never get that good, you look back to what you were doing just a little while ago and you know as long as you keep working at it’s a total possibility.  You just need patience and can’t give up~ <3

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COCKROACHES!

I was going to start with a nasty little roachy at the top, but their little faces just give me shivers!
Having lived in GA for a while I know my problem isn’t as bad as it could be but it’s pretty bad.  So imagine you’re living in cement apartments where you’re layered like a cake: dudes, chicks, dudes, chicks and then left to right: dude, chicks, dudes, chicks.  The Girls, we’re decently clean.  We cooks, clean, vacuum, then pick up all the crumbs that dropped behind us as we cleaned with a cookie in hand.  The boys . . . there’s a disaster story.  So While we’re in theses apartments there’s dirt from the 60’s probably still deep in the carpet.

Yes, they put wall to wall carpets in college student apartments.

Is it any wonder that while we’re clean and the boys next door have empty booze bottles probably laying about, that cockroaches are attracted in?

Well, we’d done a pretty good job for a while of keeping them out but then IT RAINED. Oh dear, we probably had 2 days or rain.  What I wouldn’t give to go back to scorching texas summer instead.

The roaches came running in in hoards those days and it was terrifying.   The first one to come to my attention was the worst and the most scarring.

it’s midnight and I decide to go to sleep but my roomie is still awake studying science (some complex form with lots of math, I don’t know).  Well, I’d been asleep for almost an hour when I’m awoken by a screech of “ALEX!”
Worst way to wake up, but it gets worse.  I ask her what’s wrong and she points to my yarn pile and tells me that she heard the plastic bags next to them crinkle.
. . . . . . Seriously? you woke me up for that?
I was mad. she then explains that she thinks there’s a roach in there, making the crinkling noises. I lay back down and tell her to move my chair and rustle the bag with it.  So she does.
OUT–IT–RUNS! WE SCREAM BLOODY MURDER. no one comes.

And, let me mention.  it was a Godzilla Roach.  Huge!

“Kill it! kill it!” she screams.  Well I guess the adrenaline rush is enough to get my out of bed.  So off I hop (and literally I hop.  My bed is some 5 feet in the air) and grab a shoe.
By this point the monster is on my dresser and I’m not having any of this.  Wielding my shoe like a sword I fend him to the ground and stomp on him. Now I want you to think of when Westly kills the ROUS in princess bride here.  The final few stops on the  shoe that’s on him have that very same dramatic music.  I swear.
Now that’s done I clamber back into bed and go to sleep and at some point during the night my roomie gets a boy to make sure it’s dead and dispose of the body.

That was the first roach but then I had roach-nightmares! There’s a bruise literally 6 inches across on my leg from hitting the bed post as I just out of bed at 3 AM hallucinating there’s a roach on my wall.  Clearly I’m handling this problem in a healthy way. The next night I spot another baby Godzilla roach strolling out of the bathroom like he owned it.  I run for a shoe. The following few hours in the living room are torture as I’m sure there has to be a roach in every the corner.

Three nights this continues.  Dreams about roaches (to which my roomie who freaked out so bad she had to wake me up tells me to promptly shut up and go back to sleep when I wake up with nightmares about them), killing them in the hall and shower, checking the toilet bowl thoroughly before sitting down.  It’s terrible.

Yesterday a surprise exterminator come to the door.  It was a dream come true.  Thank you school, you’ve done one good thing in the 2 1/2 years I’d attended you!

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Gold Star for Organization!

I’ve been living in my first college apartment now for just over a semester and while I’m OCD about keeping track of what I bought you still sometimes forget which of the tubs of peter pan crunchy peanut butter of the 5 is yours. That’s why I was so ecstatic when My Roomie Hannah brought up an idea that her friend’s use in their apartment of 5 girls. (which is too many for a two bedroom for me! I don’t know how they do it!)

Here’s how it works,
You buy one of those $1.88 packs of star stickers they have at walmart.


As long as you don’t have more than 5 roommates this sheet’ll work fine because each roommate will be assigned with  one colour

I’m Green C:

You then label all your things with your colour sticker.  That Gross stuff in the fridge? yeah I know whose that is.  The ice cream in the back of the freezer? Yeah I know that was mine now.

Then we organized things on their respective shelves.  4 shelves: 4 girls.
It was heavenly, shelves of matching organized stars.

 See my motherload of Grits? Yeah, I need to get my little sister Christina down here to eat them.  It’ll take me until graduation to finish it all!

It’s such an obvious system but sometimes those are the best ones.

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laurenslatest’s Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread


Does this picture not just make you salivate even if you’re not hungry?

Saturday morning I wake up with the full intention of  doing some paper mache but it’s too cold out so I make bread instead.  I’d had my eye on Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread for a while now and decided it’d a perfect morning to try it!

Honestly, I haven’t had much luck with yeast so I wasn’t expecting it to work but it did, and quite well.  Thus, I have no pictures.  (It was gobbled up quite quickly)

I made a few changes that turned out very nicely too.

1. I couldn’t get all the flour in the recipe into my dough.  It calls for 3 cups I think I only put about 2 1/4-1/2.
2. It was all hand done, since I have come to dislike electric kitchen appliances and tools so nothing was done with a beater. I kneaded my dough myself, but since I don’t quite know how bakers do it I did it like a ceramicist. So I guess my dough was wedged, if that really makes a difference.
3. I didn’t have garlic butter or a mixer so I minced about half a clove and used two knives to whip it into about 3/4 cup of stick butter. Then I set the metal bowl on the pre-heating oven and it was melted by the time I needed it.  Since it had cloves I used a basting brush and a spoon to make sure I got some minced garlic in all the slits. I also made sure there was minced garlic on the top which browned and was a flavorful crunch.
4. I used Sharp Cheddar which added a nice kick and then ate it with hot sauce. mmmm, tapatios <3

I’m definitely going to try making this again and maybe I’ll be able to have it for longer than a single day too. In my defense I shared it with 5 girls though and totally didn’t eat the largest quantity myself. >____>

My goal next time I make it: Aesthetics.  I need to improve how I twist the bread and get the cheese on there better.  Investing in a bread knife might help too.
I’m thinking this one would be fun, I already have a few similar ones in paring and chef’s so it would match up lovely~

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Its time overdue to make a 2011 improvement sheet

While I still need to work on compiling my work from the past year into 12 pretty good examples of my progress I finished up a progress meme that’s pretty telling.  Nothing makes you feel better when you’re sitting in art history staring up at amazing classics than looking back at your own work and realizing how much better you’ve gotten and how much better you’re going to get.

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It’s that stressful time of Year Again, New Art Projects

The semester starts and you need a new Project in every class, but fear not! I already have an Idea for sculpture

After some preliminary sketches over the Christmas Break I think I’m going to go with my fish idea from last semester.  Now the trick is, once I’ve got the idea all panned out to make them big enough that they have a presence but not take so long to make that I can only have 3.  The first hurtle I have to gap is the body, which I’d really like to be made out of metal.  After some pounding on a thin piece of aluminum I jumped on the internet to see how other people have made spheres and the like.  I found this!

Tomorrow afternoon I’m going to try out this, it’s almost exactly what I was doing, but the shapes and extra pieces that weld together are eye opening enough to help me go “Derp! you don’t need 50 triangles or one piece of metal that’s a perfect fit!”  Funny how it’s hard to get your mind out of that silly little box, eh?

I also just started my first print in Print making.  He said Bring in an image so I brought in a revamp of my DA ID

Fingers crossed it turns out well!

I got the resin sand off my metal poured crochet pieces finally too <3  Still have to figure out what to do with them too.

On the not class related front, I started my new Afghan and it’s coming along smashingly! I finally picked out all my own colours and they’re all some of my favorites! Once I’m further in on this and have worked some on my knit cable scarf I’ll make some sunflowers to hang up in my app.  I need to make a tutorial for them too since of the few sunflower patterns I found on Ravelry no one made one like mine, which is pretty exciting!

oh, and if you’re interested, my yarn collection is getting pretty Dreamy <3 There’s just a few more colours I’d love to have in stock if I need them but I haven’t frogged anything yet so maybe that’ll be my next venture~

and there appears to be a sneak afghan bit in that pile. I’m not sure what to do with him.  My mom made him but she doesn’t have enough yarn for me to finish it, plus it’s super itchy. >_o
I don’t really want to unravel it since she made it.  Maybe it’ll just be a strange zig zag scarf? or I can hang it above my App window?

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