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Unfinished and Abandoned

I had a idea for a project incorporating writing and text for my painting class. That is until I talked it thoroughly with my professor who convinced me to look in a different direction. So now it’s been abandoned.

I still like the concept of it though.

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It’s a very small canvas. Probably 3 ” by 3 “.

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Used a tablet* for the first time at Comic-Con of all places. I was so awkward with the stylus, it was as though I was learning how to draw for the very first time.

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I even attempted coloring it. Why did I do that. I don’t know. I was sitting next to a pro who was drawing Deadpool like no one’s business so I panicked and went for it.

Needless to say: worst drawing ever.

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*Mike bought me a tablet a long, long time but I never picked it up and experimented even when I should’ve. X:

I took a contemporary art class last semester where I got to work on various interesting projects such as stop motion animation. This post is dedicated to the projects I WASN’T able to finish because of the lack of time and level of difficulty: the Axe and Bowl.

For the axe project, I had to work in both the wood and metal shops that required me to use dangerously sharp and noisy saws. I sweated through my protective gear on my first day when I had to cut my tiny 1.5″ by 6″ sheet metal into a blade shape while struggling not to saw my own fingers off and getting hit by hundreds of tiny hot sparks.

And for my bowl project, my eyes were tearing up painfully because the wind kept randomly blowing smoke in my direction before I could move away in time. I was also suffering in the heat outside and cowered in my tiny shadowy corner as I stoked the fire like a hermit.

I’m still proud of what I learned in the process, I just wish I was able to finish it on time.

How it would connect once I've tied it.

How it would connect once I’ve tied it.

A closer look at the sheet metal blade.

A closer look at the sheet metal blade.

The separate parts of the wooden axe handle and sheet metal blade.

The separate parts of the wooden axe handle and sheet metal blade.

Here's a cool photo of me in the metal shop. I'm dressed in protective gear which includes the leather jacket and goggles.

Here’s a cool photo of me in the metal shop. I’m dressed in protective gear which includes the leather jacket and goggles.

Listening to instructions alongside classmates.

Listening to instructions alongside classmates.

Oiling up the handle in the wood shop.

Oiling up the handle in the wood shop.

My bowl, or what could've been had I had more time and patience. I drew a circle in the center of a slab of apple wood that is being burned through with hot charcoal blocks and wood scraps/kindling. I had to stoke the fire and spray the sides with water to maintain the shape and progress.

My bowl, or what could’ve been had I had more time and patience. I drew a circle in the center of a slab of apple wood that was then burned through with hot charcoal blocks and wood scraps/kindling. I had to stoke the fire and spray the sides with water to maintain the shape and progress.

My other classmates and their bowls outside the studio.

My other classmates and their bowls outside the studio.

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I've been busy drawing the initial concepts of a project my boyfriend Mike will be working on. They're nuggets of ideas for a seductive, kick-ass female assassin character: what she might look like, etc. I took a lot of inspiration from comic artist J. Scott Campbell; Google images of “hot female assassins,” guns and Chinese weaponry; and Bond Girls. I was drawing things out of my element and took them as a great practice on figure-drawing and creating action scenes.

I didn’t realize how proud of them I was until I showed them to my mom. She’s been worried about me since I decided to take a break from college. I understand what she must have been feeling seeing me cooped up in my room all day and night, staring at the computer screen. It didn’t look like I was doing much.

But after she’d seen these, she’s been a lot more relaxed and enthusiastic about the artsy stuff I dream of doing. Makes me really glad I accepted Mike’s encouragement to get creative (Thanks again, sweetie).

My big sketchbook couldn’t fit into the scanner, haha, so I hope these iPhone photos will suffice:

First image I drew. I really love the curls of her hair.

^Yes, I know, it hardly looks like a gun. The pose came from this stock image.

You can tell how much I struggled with drawing her feet. Darn you, appendages!

My favorite one. I tried fixing her eyes a number of times but they never did come out well.

^The way her hand is holding the gun came from this screenshot of Emily Mortimer.

Action scene!

^I was influenced by this J. Scott Campbell image.

The spear is really a not-too-subtle phallic metaphor.

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