Classes have begun! My first assignment was to do a portrait in colored pencil using Corel painter. One of the specs of the assignment was to use lines following the contours of the shapes. We were told they would turn out somewhat werewolf looking. This was my first time using Corel Painter.
These illustrations were part of an assignment for my Videography class at BCC. We needed to use vector illustrations so that we could make the image appear to change size without losing any quality. I need to make some changes to the shadow of the skateboard. I originally had a white background so the shadow made more sense but the black background makes the wheels pop and they fade away on a white background.
I finished last semester with "A's" in all my classes. Drawing One was the most fun but I learned alot in all my classes. In Art History I studied some of the amazing greats of the past, Michelangelo, Bernini, Da Vinci and up to the impressionist painters. Seeing all of their great work has really made me want to enroll for BCC's study abroad program this summer. Due to the expense I don't think I will be doing it this year, but what a great trip it would be.
Principles in Design was taught by Bob Canger. He is the main Graphics Professor at Melbourne BCC campus. This semester I have him for three classes. The homework load this semester seems greater than last semester and I am taking one less course. The classes are much more intense. I keep coming back to illustration. Making a blank piece of paper, canvas or computer screen come to life is such a great feeling. I really am glad to have taken Drawing and Art History last semester. Drawing gave me some more skills and tools and Art History inspired me in many ways. Seeing the works of Master Artists pushes me to keep learning and growing as an artist and helped me to see art from different perspectives and genres. Check out my portfolio page for some new illustrations.
For the final project I had to create a series of 3 drawings. The choices of style of drawing and drawing mediums were left up to me. Since I enjoyed working with Conte crayon on dark paper previously I knew what I would use for this project. Coming up with something interesting to draw was the difficult part. In class we worked on drawing reflective surfaces and I thought that was challenging. A friend gave me this wonderful glass container. So I decided to create 3 still life's using the container and other objects. I started by creating a table on top of my bed covered with a white sheet. To eliminate distractions in the background I draped a portion of the sheet from the ceiling. The container needed something inside it, so I filled it with various things to create an pleasing composition. (Although looking at them now I might have not centered the container but instead placed it off center to either side) I pointed a bright lamp directly at the objects to create some interesting shadows and reflections.
Drawing I has begun! It took me a little while to get loosened up. Ms. Hilburn is really good at getting you to loosen up. We have done several drawing exercises to get us going. This is the first assignment I had to turn in other than showing my sketch book regularly. I have drawn this boat from several different positions. I can just about draw every detail from memory.
Last week my children started school. I have children in daycare, Elementary, Middle and High School this year and I am attending Brevard Community College. So far I have been managing to get everyone to school on time which as you can imagine is no small feat.
Homework has been keeping us all busy. The children like their new teachers and I have been enjoying my time this week at BCC. There are some great teachers out there and I am grateful that we are all fortunate enough to have some of the good ones. I am looking forward to all the new things I am learning especially the math prep class I am taking. I might actually be able to help my kids with their homework. Life is funny.
Yes it's true, I confess I watch way too much TV. Lately I have found that the reality shows I usually enjoy are boring. "American Idol", I quit watching halfway through and now "Big Brother" leaves me wondering if I really want to watch. I mean haven't we seen it all before? I am recording the new season of "Design Star". But we will see if that can hold my attention. Lately I have been getting into some of the series on Showtime. I watched a full season of "United States of Tara", a show about a woman with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). Tara is played by Toni Collette who does an amazing job transforming into all of Tara's other personalities. Then of course there is Showtime's "Dexter", which is about a man who hunts down serial killers and than murders them. I've also watched "Weeds" and "The Big C".
I really need to get out more.
Today my mom, Bailey, Tommy and I went to the Orlando Science Center. We got tickets for the kids for the guitar clinic since they are both learning to play guitar. My mom and I did not join them at first thinking we needed a ticket to attend. We later realized that the ticket was free and was issued simply to reserve your seat. So we went into the show about half way into it. It seemed kind of thrown together and not planned all that well and there was some technical difficulties. But overall I was entertained. I missed the "clinic" portion of the show but did get to see them jam out some classics with a very talented 11 year old boy named Kei Bland on drums. Check him out http://www.youtube.com/user/srqkb#p/a/u/1/nwXGlPWkYkM
Just thought I would plug Dave Dugdale and his website, www.learningdslrvideo.com. He has great tips and videos on learning how to shoot HD Video with a DSLR. This is something that interests me very much. I have no experience but Dave has a great site full of information. Check it out!
My name is Margaret Carrella.(AKA Margee) I am a freelance Graphic Artist in Melbourne, Florida. Keep checking my portfolio page for new work and general discussion about design and other areas of interest.