Archive | June, 2013

No chance.

30 Jun

Better late than never! Sorry I totally missed the mark for June.

Been doing a lot of work for this best internship nonsense though, so that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Currently sweltering in the muggy summer humidity of an Indiana forest! Who would have thought that I’d ever end up here. And also, that I’d get service out here.

Anyway, this guy lost his dog and he’s having a little trouble finding it. His chances of finding the elusive animal may be slimmer than they once were. Ballpoint pen on notepad (doodled in the middle of a really boring conference).Image

What Are the Chances?

30 Jun

Chance

Can I just say that I didn’t even think about creating art based on some sort of random chance, and I must say I’m very impressed by both Laura and Michelle’s pieces so far. Also, here’s my drawing. I didn’t spend as much time on it as I should perhaps, but hey. We could say that I GAMBLED on the fact that I’d produce something good, eh? Eh? Also, my photos often upload in different color schemes than I expect (the green on the backdrop was much more olive-y, but it kinda works for this one), so does anyone know what that’s about? Probably just something I don’t know about colors and computers and all that RGB CMYK whatall.

 

Chance: The Rainbow Rejection

30 Jun

So, first I got a piece of staff paper, some crayons and a hair dryer and made this:ImageThen I translated those splotches and blotches into parts based on each color of the rainbow, basing durations and pitches on the size and placement of the marks.ImageImageImageand here’s what it’s supposed to sound like!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XHIU-cbYxs&feature=youtu.be

There’s also an additional chance element in live performance where the lead player rolls a die in between to determine what order the stanzas are played in.  Also the parts can be played by any instrument in any clef.

Chance

30 Jun

I had a few chance-related ideas at the start of the month, but none that I was particularly excited to draw. So, in a moment of procrastination-fueled inspiration, I decided to take a more conceptual approach to this month’s prompt and leave it to chance (to a certain degree) what I’d draw.

chance score sheet

So I made a game! First, fill out the five categories with possible physical descriptors, occupations, personality traits, hopes and dreams, and backstories that your characters might have. (Or feel free to use all or some of what I came up with, though I expect some credit if you ever have a successful sitcom featuring a sassy ex-con nail-polish-name-consultant with an anachronistic haircut) Then, roll the dice and see what combinations you get. Like in Yahtzee, you get two chances to re-roll whichever dice you want if your character isn’t quite working out. Here’s what I came up with…

chance characters

On left with the coffee pot is Janice, a struggling writer who’s taken on a string of jobs (notably a lion tamer for a Czech circus troupe five years ago) to provide inspiration and cash flow as she builds her body of work. The diner has been her longest-held gig thus far, going on three years, and she hopes this isn’t a sign that she’s stagnating. She hasn’t done too much writing lately, though her internal monologue is an undyingly witty, never-ending stream of snark for her customers.

In the center booth are Quincy and Rosemary, two recent graduates of a nearby art school, both specializing in conceptualism. Thought they have similar upbringings, they couldn’t be more different in their approaches to art and life. Quincy is completely open and unself-conscious (even about his misspelled neck tattoo featuring a narwhal). His work is large-scale and participatory, and he has a talent for getting people involved who wouldn’t otherwise care about art, much less conceptual art. Rosemary’s work is less obtrusive and usually based around puns and wordplay (much of her critiques are mostly comprised of her attempting to explain her work, to varying degrees of success). This past year, especially while working on her thesis, she’s had severe doubts about what she wants to do with her life. She’s moving to New York next month, and she hasn’t told anyone that she hopes to join not the art world, but the comedy scene.

Occupying a booth by himself (along with an impressive collection of long and intimidating books) is Thelonious, one of the diner regulars. He’s very smart and knows it, and has very specific, arrogant beliefs about the world and how he will fix it. There’s something dangerous, unsettling about him, even though he has the best of intentions. Janice, however, despite her contempt for the majority of her customers, can’t help but find him endearing, what with his combination of naïveté, bookishness, misanthropy and good tipping.

There you have it! Let me know if you use my game to come up with anything cool or know any other good drawing game/prompt ideas. I hope everyone’s summer adventuring is off to a good start!

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June:Chance

1 Jun

June:Chance

a : something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause
b : the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings : luck
c : the fortuitous or incalculable element in existence : contingency
2
: a situation favoring some purpose : opportunity
3
: a fielding opportunity in baseball
4
a : the possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain situation; also : the degree of likelihood of such an outcome
b plural : the more likely indications
5
a : risk
b : a raffle ticket
— chance adjective
— by chance
: in the haphazard course of events

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dream tour

1 Jun

dream tour

for my business of music class we had to do imagine our fiscal lives from July 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013. The year had to include gigs, private lessons and a tour including three stops and a plane flight. I went a little overboard and planned my dream tour. I hoped to evoke the places the tour was headed in this collage