Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Still Going Strong

I have a special fondness for Pixar and their movies just like the majority of the public, but I have to admit, the idea of Cars 2 did not sparkle with magic the way all of Pixar's previous works did. Although, due to their history of amazing films, I think the critics, deservedly so, had extremely high expectations for Cars 2. And because this extremely high expectation wasn't met, the critics were extra harsh in their critique and rating of the movie.

Despite this, I think Pixar has proven its record in the past and will continue to do so. If you even have the slightest doubt that Pixar still has it, which you shouldn't, check out the new teaser of their next film, Brave.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dare to Creep

I was privileged enough to visit the Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA this past weekend! I wasn't too sure what to expect from seeing his body of work since his style is a lot more dark and creepy then I'm used to but, I actually learned quite a bit. It was pretty cool seeing his progress and development from his early high school days to his present masterpieces. I got to see what art looks like when the artist is completely confident in his style. Burton definitely defies all rules of traditional shape and looks and that's what makes his stuff so unique. If I was to draw a head, it would be circular, but Burton would probably draw an upside down trapezoid shape. One could learn the mentality that artists have the freedom to define their own rules.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is still my all-time favorite Burton film :)

Inspiring and provoking. I wish I could've taken some pictures of the exhibit though...
The exhibit runs through October 31st

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Scan In Style

Saw this article and thought it was a beautiful blending of design and business. Art sometimes is criticized as not having practicality and purpose. I think it all comes down to what your definition of practicality or purpose is. A little design and creativity never hurt anyone, right? I thought this was a great implementation of art in everyday life. I especially like the beer belly design on the right.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fruits Of My Labor

I fulfilled a life dream last semester by taking my very first official art class at a local college. Although my interests lie in more computer generated art and design, this fundamental art and composition course was really something I needed to start off with. It wasn't always what I wanted to learn or draw, but it opened my eyes to a lot of new mediums and styles. I also doubled my knowledge of art supplies. I spent my fair share of time walking up and down Michael's, trying to figure out what a tortillion was. Below are some of the fruits of the last semester for Art 102 Drawing and Composition I.

Bora Bora: Oil Pastel

Taipei Night Market: Prisma Color Pencils

James Dean Portrait: Pencil

Paul Newman Portrait: Charcoal

Facial Study: Pencil