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“Man, this blog basically became the “Goku & Krillin Defense Platform”…”

Who needs it more though, Goku or Krillin (or Gohan who low-key still needs it)?

In my experience? Krillin.

Goku and Gohan both still have people who stick by them and defend them, get a ton of love in the fan works department too. Art, fics, etc. Often of the NSFW variety to boot. No major shortage of love for them even despite the BS.

Krillin… not so much. Guy is one of the universal punching bags, often having people who like him but won’t admit it for fear of being mocked or harassed for it. Hence why I typically focus on him more than anyone.

Though honestly, the character I think might need it THE most (but I personally SEE less of it) is Chi-Chi.

Finally gathered the courage this morning to talk to our head designer about a position in our art department (after both her and another coworker kept asking me about my design background from school) which would be a great chance for me and allow me to do a lot more.

Yet all that excitement came crashing down when I find out at the end of the day from the designer that another coworker is possibly lying to our boss about me not knowing how to do anything or use Adobe programs (she’s already spread lies to other workers about me) to keep me from getting the position. I don’t know rather to laugh or cry right now because I just…seriously?!? 🙃🙃🙃

Immortals, Long Cons, and the Building Fury of the Art History Department

I’ve mentioned my favorite art history professor to @systlin a few times, but there’s one story of him that stays with me. So for you, Plant Aunt, I’ve crafted a tale of one immortal spitefully making sure another immortal finally gets his:


The running joke among David’s students is that our beloved professor is clearly an immortal. How else could we explain his small office crammed with illuminated manuscripts, Scythian and Mongolian bows, 3rd cent. Roman gladii, near-Eastern rugs and ancient swords? The way he sighed wistfully in class and told us how beautiful the Parthenon was when it was new and, “not just a damn tourist attraction”? It wasn’t uncommon for us to see him hefting a sword over his shoulder, leather trench coat flapping in the wind, flipping off the head of security who really should have stopped trying by now.

It was also a running joke that our favorite immortal just did not get technology. I worked at our Help Desk for all four years of college, and David would always request one of his students to come and fix his computer. 

“This computer isn’t fast enough,” he told me once, polishing an enameled chalice. Google maps was still loading on the page, trying to parse the coordinates he entered. It was likely looking ten centuries too late. “It needs more of that RAM. Really. I could be soaring over ancient Rome like a bird!”

After repeat requests, he got a brand-new Macbook Pro, which he promptly abandoned for his antique slide projector. 

“I just don’t get the new technology,” he shrugged. “You can’t get the feel of things.” 

That was the only sentiment he shared with his nemesis. 

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Did you say cheesy? Cheesy is one of the words banned in my world. I’m tired of sincerity being something we have to be afraid of doing. It’s been like that for 20 years, that the entertainment and art world has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they feel they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like. We have to do real stories now. The world is in crisis.

I wanted to tell a story about a hero who believes in love, who is filled with love, who believe in change and the betterment of mankind. I believe in it. It’s terrible when it makes so many artists afraid to be sincere and truthful and emotional, and relegates them to the too-cool-for-school department. Art is supposed to bring beauty to the world.

—  Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman
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‘‘I wanted to tell a story about a hero who believes in love, who is filled with love, who believes in change and the betterment of mankind. I believe in it. It’s terrible when it makes so many artists afraid to be sincere and truthful and emotional, and relegates them to the too-cool-for-school department. Art is supposed to bring beauty to the world.’’ - Patty Jenkins 

So the head of the art department has been subbing in for my Portfolio and Campaign class because our regular prof had spinal surgery and now has six million follow-up appointments, but the point is, she thinks I’m a Responsible Adult for some reason, and since it’s a studio day, she asked me to put on something “Seasonally Appropriate”

KLEZMER MARIACHI IS TOTALLY SEASONALLY APPROPRIATE.
HANUKKAH COMES FIRST THIS YEAR ANYWAY.

Anyway, that’s set off a game of “Music that’s ‘Seasonally Appropriate but not actually Christmas carols” and let me tell you I’ve never had the cass agree on a playlist before, nor have I seen somebody embody the “I don’t know what I expected” meme as hard as my Department Head is right now.

So far we’ve had:

-Celtic solstice music, very pretty.
-Kwanza music (BALLER, will try to get the name of the band after class)
-Trans- Siberian orchestra’s Carol of the Bells, which is technically a carol but fuck you it’s awesome and it’s welcome here.
-MORE KLEZMER
-Heavy metal Cellos version of “Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy”
-Weird Al’s “The Night Santa Went Crazy”

…and Kati’s queing up the barking dog version of jingle bells. One moment i need to prevent a riot.

I had an Experience today folks

I walk into a coworker’s office to get some flyers printed for an upcoming event. As they are being printed at an agonizingly slow pace, she turns to me and asks “Hey Taylor? Are you friends with any artists?” I respond yes, I know some people, what exactly are you looking for? She begins to tell me a story about how she met a student a few years ago who gave her some drawing samples and said she could illustrate a book. This student has 3 jobs and a full coursework load- definitely not enough time to do commissions. 

“But her artwork is so beautiful!” my coworker laments as she takes out a sketchbook the student gave to her years ago. Now, I do not know what I expected to see. What I do know is that I did not expect to see manga-style furry artwork. Like, the exact style you would have seen on Deviantart back in 2009, complete with pencil smudges? Lovingly scanned using a library printer? And a caption that would read “XD Smexi~~~”? Something vaguely like this:

You get the point. Anyways, I smile and ask what her book is about- attempting to hide the fact that I am frantically trying to figure out at exactly what moment I had left the administrative office of the history department of my high-level research university and crossed over into the Twilight Zone. A Twilight Zone where grandmothers in university administrative positions hand you the ghost of deviantart regrets past. She looks me dead in the eyes and says “Fornification. I am going to teach the young people about fornification.”

At this point I’m rapidly losing my grip on reality. But that was okay because she launched into a 45 minute lecture about why she wants to write the book. Her lecture she gives spins a rather confusing web- linking the history of anti-black racism in Europe with Chinese politics in less than a 3 minute span. I am still holding a pencil drawing of a catgirl in my hands. My flyers are still printing. 

I am almost dissociating by the time she tells me she is going to make Christianity the framework of her book. That’s it, I think, I’ve lost it. I grip my keychain, a gift from my boss, in my hand as if it is my last possession from a former life. I am vaguely congnizant of the fact that she asserted that there is not a single person on the planet who does not believe in a god- and those who are not Christians are just afraid of accepting the existence of Jesus. I don’t argue, I am too tired. I am a broken woman already. I am still gripping a catgirl and my keychain. 

She says she wants to teach the young people about all of this so we can all unlock a better future together (with Jesus). She says she know she will be effective because she can see the gears turning and switches flipping in my head. She’s wrong, I’m actually fairly busy astral projecting into the beach scene painting behind her desk. But she wants the illustrations because she wants the book to be fun for the young people to read. 

I tell her she should contact some people in the art department. 

Bright Premieres Today!

A movie I spent a good piece of time working on a year ago is out on Netflix today. It’s called Bright, and it stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. It’s an urban fantasy set in modern LA in a world that has a lot of fantasy beings, and has had them for quite some time (e.g. orcs, elves, centaurs, fairies, etc.). I was hired to create two languages for the film—a language for the Elves, called Övüsi, and a language for the Orcs called Bodzvokhan—along with their writing systems. The movie’s pretty wild, and I recommend it.

Bright filmed primarily ta LA Center Studios, which is about 30-40 minutes (depending on traffic) from my house. As a result, I worked with the actors in person both leading up to shooting, and then all during principal photography, from October of 2016 to February of 2017. It was a tremendous experience, and I’m really happy with the results, for the most part. I did want to mention a couple of specific things, though.

On the very first day of shooting, we filmed a scene with Chris Browning, who plays a human. I didn’t expect to ever work with him, because generally humans don’t speak the languages I created in the movie, but the director, David Ayer, thought it would be cool to translate a huge chunk of his dialogue into Orcish about a week before shooting. Mind, the other actors had been working on this stuff for like a month, plus had the foreknowledge that they were going to be performing in a created language well before that. Chris got all that a week before—and it was a HUGE chunk of dialogue. Plus, Orcish is much tougher to pronounce than Elvish, imo. He worked his butt off, though, and on the day of, while he didn’t nail every take, most of them were excellent. It was a tremendous piece of work, and he earned my respect. Guy is awesome.

I also wanted to give a shout out to Brad William Henke. He plays Dorghu, and has the most Orcish dialogue. He had a lot to learn, and no real familiarity with learning/using languages other than English, but he worked his tail off, and he killed it. He even started asking me to translate some of his English lines so he could throw in Orcish words/phrases as a change up. Dude’s awesome—and big as a house.

Also I just want to recognize Lucy Fry. I’ve never worked with an actor who learned their conlang lines so exactly, and so effortlessly. Like, I don’t even get it. She basically heard the line once and then evidently had it forever, and also never messed up when performing. I was there for onset dialect coaching, but when it was just her performing, I basically showed up and chilled (and ate too much junk food). She was automatic.

I had a great time working with all the actors, but don’t have pictures with all of them (and embarrassingly kept confusing Joel Edgerton and his stand in, since they were both wearing masks), I’m now realizing, lol, including Noomi Rapace, whom I spent the most time with because David Ayer kept writing new lines for her that I had to translate and she had to learn overnight. She had the hardest job—and the best costumes.

Finally, the art department are my heroes. They really got it when it came to how to use these scripts, and they did some awesome stuff that you have to freeze frame to see:

This movie was a labor of love, and a lot of the work we did didn’t make it into the final film—including the subtitles being changed on some of my lines in post. Compared to other edits that happened, though (including entire characters/actors being cut in post), the conlang dialogue came out pretty good.

Also, even though I didn’t really have cause to work with him directly, Will Smith is awesome. He was always smiling and always happy to chat with whoever was about. He really livened up some long, long shoots.

This movie’s a weird one, and I hope you like it! Whether you do or don’t, though, this is one I’m happy to have worked on, and I know it’s a movie that David Ayer is proud of. This entire script, and everything that happened that wasn’t scripted (which was most stuff), was all him—no crazy oversight/outside input like on Suicide Squad, and no input at all from the original writer, who I never saw or heard from. This is his thing, and I think he did a great job with it.

Thanks for reading! I’m going to have to follow up posts today on the two languages themselves. <3

Cheesy is one of the words banned in my world. I’m tired of sincerity being something we have to be afraid of doing. It’s been like that for 20 years, that the entertainment and art world has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they feel they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like. We have to do the real stories now. The world is in crisis.

I wanted to tell a story about a hero who believes in love, who is filled with love, who believes in change and the betterment of mankind. I believe in it. It’s terrible when it makes so many artists afraid to be sincere and truthful and emotional, and relegates them to the too-cool-for-school department. Art is supposed to bring beauty to the world.

Director Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman

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Hey folks!

I’ll post some of the design work I did on “SING!” at Illumination Mac Guff between 2013 and 2016. In fact, I worked there as a storyboard artist most of the time but I got to help a bit the art department as well. I did mostly costume design and a bit of character development.

Here are some researches on Buster, Eddy and some Buster declinaisons and costumes (some of them unused in the final film)

(last image: costume designs based on 3D models by Fredus)


im gonna need blizzard to leak akande’s real canon design right now immediately because terry crews’ celebrity status overriding the role he might be voiceacting is really going to fuck with me if im going to be having to see doomreaper art of gabriel reyes commander of the blackwatch operatives making out with and cuddling with Science Fiction AU Terry Crews, Terry Crews as designed by the Blizzard™ Art Department