Finally, new work.This is a self portrait I took last week when I was visiting Savannah College of Art and Design. I absolutely fell in love with the city and the school there. Seeing the vast beach at night made me feel like I could walk out into that endless space forever.To address my long absence here:I’ve spent the past three months or so without a working camera or computer, which has been recently resolved. I’m back to shooting on the regular, and I hope to branch out more and explore how I can grow and change while still maintaining a style.
Warnings: mention of bullying, implied smut (very very light)
Word Count: 2200ish
A/N: This is 1 out of my 13 entries for @mamapeterson / @mrs-squirrel-chester’s Album Fanfiction Challenge where I chose the album “Smoke and Mirrors” by Imagine Dragons. The song prompt for this fic is: Summer
I could share some thoughts with you I had pre writing this fic, but I’d rather let you read it and form your own opinions and maybe share my thought process later if any of you should be interested.
You had been tossing and turning all night long. Usually this day of the year was spent crying your eyes out, knowing that you would hardly see him again until next summer, but this year you had spend it thinking about the life you had and the life you could have.
Jensen Ackles had been your friend and protector all through life. In middle school you were the girl that liked to sit and draw rather than go play sports with your classmates. In high school you prefered to sit alone in the cafeteria in listening to music, sketching in your notebook, while he was the boy that was always surrounded by a huge group of people. He was a popular kid, but not mean because of it.
Actually, you were sure he was the sole reason why you got through your school years without ever really being bullied. Having him wink at you as he passed your table, where you always sat drawing and listening to music, keeping away from the noise that was high school. He stopped and talked to you by your lockers or teamed up with you in the classes you were in together whenever the teacher demanded you to do group work. You weren’t sure if he knew what he was doing, keeping you safe by interacting with you, or if it was simply just who he was.
I am coming to YOU! Monday, I’ll be on campus visiting classes, reviewing portfolios, and giving a presentation followed up by a Q&A along with fellow alums Lauren Aptekar and Christopher Nance. Can’t wait to see/hear from you!
I am excited to finally be able to present my SCAD senior film “Vagabond”.
This film was very close to never being made. There were a lot of complications along the way and I remember wanting to quit on it a thousand times. After hearing so many encouraging words I pushed through and I am so glad that I did. Seeing my film on the big screen at the SCAD Animation Juried Showcase was one of the best feelings I could have had. To have it play next to incredible films and hear the audience’s reaction made me overjoyed and I hope that everyone who worked on it felt the same pride as I did.
This whole year has been an incredible journey and I would be nothing without the wonderful people who helped me bring this film to life. I hope you all enjoy it!!
During my freshman year there was a blood moon sighting that everybody went nuts over. There was a bridge that bonded two freshman dorms with each other, and there were so many people coming out to try and see the blood moon.
One of my roommates came running in and was like, “THERE’S A GIRL DOING A SATANIC RITUAL DOWN AT SMOKER’S BRIDGE HOLY FUCK.”
The next morning I walked down and there was actually a summoning circle drawn with red chalk on the bridge, along with melted chunks of candles.
I teach animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and today’s a special day: 11:59pm (less than 10 min now) is the deadline for students to submit films for consideration in the school’s end-of-year 2017 showcase.
I know my students have been working hard–I’m proud of all of you!
At the 2016 showcase, I had the honor of giving Jess Marfisi (@jessdrawz) an award for her film Scan the Horizon. Check it out!
All the films from last year’s juried showcase are on vimeo here. (Disclaimer: some of the films are very family-friendly… others less so.)
Last year’s students worked hard on their films, and I hope all our followers enjoy them. And for current students… best of luck!
By popular request, here is how I approach watercolor!
Some points I also want to mention:
PAPERS: The main one I use is hot press which is great for artists who work more with crisp shapes and lines. If you like using more washes and texture in your work, go with cold press! I prefer buying papers no less than 140 lb, it’ll warp horribly if you don’t stretch it! (I hate stretching watercolor paper so I don’t mind spending a few bucks more).
How I paint with watercolors is fairly similar to gouache, so this tutorial can also work with that medium as well.
I have ink listed as my materials because it’s great to mix with other paints to get a darker color while keeping it a pigmented liquid.
White watercolor can also be substituted by white gouache as well since they are practically the same thing.
I highly recommend keeping your leftover paints on the palette when you’re done. It looks dirty, but the beauty of watercolor is that it’s so easy to rehydrate with beautiful pigments! Plus you can save money by using less of the tube, hooray!