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I heard Wacom's Bamboo Ink was out and decided to try it out. It BLOWS away the Surface Pen, in terms of EVERYTHING. Best $70 I've spent in a while. 

Haven't sketched/drawn in six months. It feels GOOD to sketch again. I'm a bit rusty tho. It took me forever to get into the flow of sketching again. Which may explain why I sketched this asshole, Mitch McConnell waaay better looking than he deserves to be. I should've made him bald with super big eyes and a super small mouth.

No worries, I'll do better next time.

Watch out Paul Ryan. I'll be sketching you next.
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Framing and matting is hard. I have to frame my stuff for the student show. I'm done with six out of seven. The only reason why I'm not done is because I accidentally bent one of my mats. So now I have to recut a 16"x20" mat.

UGH!!

At least I have extra mat board to cut. It does help that I have a mat cutter.
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I learned Staples' print center is awesome! My prints look awesome! And they were only like $1.19 to print on cardstock.
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I'm trying to avoid watching the news. I do not want to see that Cheeto shit stain smiling and celebrating amongst his people (by people I mean the morons who voted for him). Man, when did I become so bitter and angry? I really REALLY wished moving to Mars was an option.

It's very apparent that we are a deeply divided nation. Some conservatives claim they "endured" Obama for 8 years and we should do the same. BULLSHIT! They have done EVERYTHING they possibly could to undermine his presidency. FUCK those backward assholes. Guess what fuckers Cheeto shit stain will NEVER be my president. See how I get just thinking about him?

Many are teeming with anger...and it's not going away. I see a fracture coming and it's not going to be pretty.

Completed

May. 27th, 2015 03:17 am
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So I had a to-do list a mile long the last two weeks. Thankfully as of today the list has dramatically shortened. Getting everything done/set-up before my surgery has been a bit stressful.

Unfortunately letting go/moving out of my studio was part of the to-do list. Sometimes in order to advance you just have to sacrifice things. It was a difficult decision, but I know deep in my heart it was the right one. I know God has something better for me in the future.
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RCC what happened? Where did all your talented students go? Wasn't anyone who could draw above a 3rd grade level available?

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Around 2008/2009 I took a few art courses at RCC. There I met an arrogant and highly unprofessional "teacher" whose resume at the time looked impressive. Having worked at Disney as a character designer and animator somewhat gave his arrogance an air of legitimacy. Admittedly, back then I admired his work and even, in a very brief lapse of judgement, aspired to emulate his work. What a difference seven years make.

Looking at his stuff now from a fresh and experienced perspective I can't help but feel most, if not all his work is average at best. I'm not saying he's not talented or the work is bad, it's just not as awe-inspiring as he portrayed it to be. It certainly doesn't help that most of his featured work is from his glory days at Disney. According to his resume he left Disney in 2001, so in 2008, he was seven years removed from Disney and today he's 14 years removed. How much longer is he going to continue pimping out his time at Disney? Surely such a talented genius of the arts can come up with some new stuff. Or maybe, just maybe he's not the artistic genius that he wants everyone to believe he is. I wonder...will he still be living off his Disney past in another seven years?

His sad delusional state is a warning to me. As an inspiring artist in a highly competitive field stagnation equals career death. Unlike Mr. Disney, I don't have the luxury of living off my past. I can only live in the present.
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YES! I got this for $30 on ebay! It looks like it, it's only worth about $50, but you know how retail jacks up the prices. It retails anywhere from $129 to $150. Insane right? I will put this in my art studio :)

Can't Sleep

Jan. 8th, 2014 04:31 am
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I'm bored and can't sleep. Soo I thought I would update this thing from my phone.

Sold my old 22" monitor. I can't believe it has been seven years since I bought it. 2007 feels like a lifetime ago for so many different reasons. I sold it using Craigslist, home of the flakies mcFlakesers. First potential buyer flaked on me twice, then I said screw him, moved on to the second person. Second person NOT a flake, made deal got my monies! Mr. Flake missed out on a great deal. Too bad for him >:)

Still looking for an affordable art studio. Since I cant move out completely, thought I would get the next best thing.

EDD is still being the slow inefficient slugs that they are. I've resorted to writing to my state rep. Yeah, lets see how that goes.

RateMyProfessor.com is a joke. They deleted my very honest review of the monstrous she-demon. I guess her art groupies flagged my review along with others. I suppose they couldn't have their she-demon queen disrespected LOLOLOL. Meh. It was up long enough to do its job--to warn others of her beastly ways.

I can't think of anything else to share.
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The days of using my Toshiba 17" laptop as my primary computing machine are coming to an end. I've decided to buy a high-end desktop + monitor for my design work and downsize to a 10" to 13" tablet/hybrid for school/general mobility.  I'll probably end up selling my laptop to help finance this upgrade. A few things I've noticed since my search for the right equipment began--price and design. Considering the PC industry is struggling, I find it a bit tough to swallow a price of $900 to $1500 for a high-end desktop. If HP and Asus want to move PC units, then why not discount them? I can see laptops/Ultrabooks with high-end specs going for that much, but considering the lack of demand for desktops I can't see anyone really buying these things. Oh well, I'm sure if I keep looking/waiting I'll find a great deal.

Another thing that brothers me when I'm looking for desktop towers is design. I know desktops with high-end specs are generally marketed toward the hardcore gamer crowd and they definitely have their uh..."unique" design aesthetic to say the very least LOL, but do manufacturers have to make them so darn UGLY?! Outside of the Asus M51 and HP Pavillion lines, I've encountered designs that look like they were made by a 16-year old Star Trek:TNG fanboy from 1998 (I'm looking at you iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Alienware/Dell). Pure ugliness/trackiness. FYI, adding neon colored lights, bold angular shapes and tons of mesh/vent holes do not make your designs look futuristic/cool, instead it makes them look like infantile/out-dated crap.

Anyways that was my computer rant for the day. I've listed a few computer systems, monitors and tablets I have my eye on:

Monitors

  • Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" Monitor $1,129.99 - Too expensive, too grainy

  • Dell UltraSharp U2711 27" Monitor $629.99 - Too expensive, too grainy

  • Viewsonic VP2365 23" Monitor $245.99 - Great price and reviews. Smaller, but affordable. 2nd choice.

  • Viewsonic VX2770SMH-LED 27" Monitor $279.99 - Large size, 100% sRGB calibration. 1st choice

  • AOC i2367Fh 23" Monitor $159.99 Beautiful, but color calibration could be an issue without a quality HDMI cable.

Desktops

  • Asus M51AC $869.99 - Pricey but has awesome specs

  • HP Pavilion HPE h8-1210 $710 - For about $160 more I can get the Asus M51 with a better video card and more expandable memory.

  • I could build my own...but...I have no drive to do it and plus I'm sure it'll be cheaper if I just bought a nice discounted one :)

Tablets/Hybrids

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 10.6" 128GB - $999+ - Very pricey, the type cover is an additional $150. 1024 Pressure of sensitivity Wacom digitizer!!!! A bit on the small side. If I do decide to get it, it will be off of Craigslist or eBay.

  • Asus Eee Slate EP121 64 GB - $500. Older. Only 512 pressure of sensitivity :\ Wacom digitizer.

  • Wacom's mysterious "mobile tablet" I hope it's Windows 8 and NOT Android. Gotta be able to load Photoshop and Illustrator...

Desktop/Dedicated Tablets

  • Wacom Cintiq 21UX 21"  $1,500 - Yeah it's been discounted but it's one of the more cheaper Cintiq's compared to the newer versions. I've seen them as low as $1000 on Craigslist.

  • Wacom Cintiq 22HD 22" - $2,000 - Bleh. Get's more expensive.

  • Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch 22" - $2,500 :( Touch = more monies

  • Wacom Cintiq 24HD Touch 24" - $3,699 TOO EXPENSIVE!!!

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I'm bored...so I decided to troll the internets. What is that you say? Shouldn't you be finishing up your final projects????

Yeah. But I don't wanna!

Anyways I stumbled upon *Krissy's portfolio. *Krissy is an old foe, nemesis, art rival, etc., from my early days at RCC. It's a long and stupid story as to why we didn't like each other. My dislike for her has considerably diminished since 2008, ok it has entirely disappeared. So when I discuss her portfolio know that it's coming from a professional opinion, not one of animosity.

I must say for someone who has spent the last five years at Art Center, I was expecting great things...really great things when I looked at her portfolio. Unfortunately for her, what I saw was uninspired junk, not fitting for someone about to graduate from of one of the most selective and prestigious art schools in the world. What the heck happened Krissy?! While I disliked her, I always respected her ability to create decent art. But what I saw was utter crap that was on the level of a mediocre community college student.

WHAT THE HECK?!

Did the much older **Donald finally mold her into a poor man's extension of himself? I see his footprints all over her work, and not in a good way. I feel like tracking her down slapping the heck out of her all-the-while shouting "Wake the F up girl!" She's too good to waste her talent on someone's else's vision.

For her sake I hope she wakes up in time to salvage her artistic and professional vision. And I sincerely hope her questionable May-December relationship with **Donald works out, but it's been my experience with him that he has a special fondness for chicks of a certain complexion and features dissimilar to hers--and I'll just leave it at that.

*Not her real name
**Not his real name

Sigh

Apr. 28th, 2013 02:51 am
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I've come to the realization that my portfolio sucks. If I want a fighting chance to get an industry job then I have to retool my portfolio.
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I finally made contact with my father.

*sigh*

Let's just say I have mixed emotions about it. I know he will never change. So the big question is: should I just cut him out of my life, the way I had to cut so many other family members? I don't at this point, but it's something I need to really think about.

Excited!

Aug. 7th, 2012 11:41 pm
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I finally got a real response from my Craigslist posts! Basically I got offered a freelance graphic artistic position. Hopefully we can work out the details we all can be happy about.
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Spring 2012 semester is OVER!!!! I made it!!! I MADE IT!!! 

*whew*

This was one of the most demanding and challenging semesters to date. There were many times where I wanted to give-up, but God gave me the strength and grace to tough it out. He also orchestrated some much needed breaks along the way. For instance I was very relieved my ART-2 teacher allowed us to write notes on an index card, without that I don't know if I had it in me to get a decent grade on the final. Another example would be receiving participation credit in light of me forgetting to turn-in the participation paper for COM-9, and I could go on and on. The bottom line: I couldn't have pulled this semester off without God's helping hand. This is just confirmation to me I'm heading in the right path.

Final Grades:

ART-24: A
ART-26: A/B
ART-2: A/B
COM-9: B

Not bad considering the challenges I faced this semester :)
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Now that this semester is over, I have new challenges and situations that I must address. Such as:

1) Job/Money situation. While I do freelance art, I need more steady income. I'm currently in the market for a job.
2) Figure out my housing situation--fast. I'll be attending CSULB in the fall and I really REALLY don't want to drive out there. So cal freeways are almost always a mess. 
3) I'm sure there are more, I just can't think of any right now...hehehe...this semester has fried my brain.


Venting

Apr. 18th, 2012 10:52 am
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Instead of doing a self-check regarding my new year's resolutions, I prefer to vent about school.

School has been incredibly stressful. I attribute the stress from my serial procasination, the subject matters and on-going personal issues. One class in particular is just taking up most of my time and that class is beginning painting. I want to say I hate it and it's the teacher's fault for going too fast, but I can't. Surprisely I'm actually starting to like it, it just took me a while to get used to working with arcylic paint. I got behind doing the color chart and now I'm stuck trying to finish the collage that was due weeks ago.

UGH.

I wanted to give up and drop, but this is my LAST semester before transferring so these classes are quite critical. Why should I give up now when I put so much work and effort in? Not to mention the amount of money I spent on the supplies. I'll finish up the collage today and see what the teacher says tomorrow.

Speaking of transferring and school, CSULB is being incredibly SLOW giving us transfers their decisions. Most if not all other CSUs have already let freshman AND transfers know months ago. Just yesterday CSULB FINALLY released the first wave of decisions, and of course I wasn't included. Just as well. I should just relax and concentrate on the work I need to complete for my painting class.

I can't wait until this semester and this annoying waiting game with CSULB is over.

At least I'm doing good in all my other classes :)
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So I'm jonsing for some Copic markers. Unfortunately for me they are quite expensive, so I placed them on my wishlist. I hate asking for hand-outs so I made it into a barter type thing. Basically in-turn for buying stuff off of my wishlist I will create custom artwork. Everyone wins! I get the stuff I want + decent company promotion, and the person gets some awesome artwork :) Now if only people start buying...
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School
Taking Flash and InDesign online. RCC canceled it's Flash class, and didn't offer it online so I'm taking it at Cerro Coso Community College online. I haven't taken a class there in over 3 or so years lol. But for the most part it is going well :)

Financial Aid has been painfully slow, but that is ok. It will just take longer for it to get resolved.

Relationship
I'm quickly approaching the 4 month mark of my relationship :D...time flies when you are happy and in love :D

Job
Still no luck :( I still have hope though :)

Misc
I feel somewhat bad I'm not creating any new art right now. Perhaps something will inspire me :)

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