I’ve worked hard in order to make myself at home in my new room. Leaving the house I grew up in to live with my mother at my aunt’s home was a big step for me. But my mom’s helped me make this cubby as much my room as I can. Sure, it’s about a third the size of my old room, but it’s Yellow Ochre and I can’t ask for much more than that.
So let’s break this down shall we??
This is my desk!!! WEE! My room has oneTINY window (and if you know me, you know how much I love natural light…), and no way to install a ceiling light, so I had to string Christmas lights around the entire room to get a halfway decent light source.
I put ticket stubs/playbills/postcards from all the cool things I’ve done in front of me so I keep motivated to be successful.
Some postcards I got in Paris. Love me my french art. And Mucha. LOVE Mucha.
I’ve got lots of little trinkets!! Gandalf, Batman, The Coon, Mysterion, and Mr. Slave. On the shelf below that is my Catwoman Shrine (That Adam Hughes statue took me forever to get… sometimes I touch her butt). Then small gifts from friends, and finally right below that, Batfamily pint glasses!
I work on a 13" Macbook (which is falling apart) and a Medium Wacom Intuos5 (which fell apart and cost me a butt-ton to fix… Spent solely on shipping it to Washington…Thanks a lot Wacom..) And I use Adobe Photoshop CS5!
This night I had Bob’s Burgers on (I LOVE BOB’S) but I almost always have some animated show or another on. Archer, Batman Beyond (just watched all three seasons, and now I’m sad), Justice League Unlimited, OR most importantly: South Park (I won’t tell you how many times I’ve watched all 15 seasons..) I love watching Netflix while I work, because I have tinnitus so having a constant noise source makes it easier to ignore the ringing that I hear 24/7. I also have a picture of my little man… he used to keep me company while I worked.. I miss him.
….are the absolute bane of my existence. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m miserable when I’m forced to work on something for longer than a few days. This leads to procrastination, which leads to stress, which leads to an emotional beakdown… which means fun times all around! This brings me to the subject of my Senior Thesis.
The project I am working on is an illustrated cocktail recipe book:
It all starts with sketches. I decided to have 5 sections of the book, and each section would have 6 drinks. I filled up half a sketchbook with a lot of different ideas for each of the drinks I had picked out for each section.
I then put all the sketches I liked most onto a layout I had set up for each individual drink. Tried to figure out my colors and buckled in for the ride.
I keep a folder of drinks that I have unfinished.
And then keep a folder for all the drinks I have done.
Each drink is about 113 layers of organized chaos. (My most intricate piece is 227 layers before I merged some of them).
I work really fast, and I’ve also been kind of settling in into my style over the past… four years. But it’s kind of just clicking now. Because of that, this project becomes that much more frustrating, because anything I got done earlier on doesn’t feel as good as what I’m doing now.
The amount of times that I’ve gone in and reworked the pieces I had finished so far is probably better to not repeat out loud..
However, I’m nearing the end now, with the review being next week. And in my usual fashion it’s going to be a race to the finish. Fortunately, when it comes to getting things done on time, I have all the confidence in the world.