Jail Break

This work was created for my Art 314 class as my final project.  It was difficult to complete the rig, but practice makes perfect.  Next time I will be sure to give it another go and maybe it will come out even better.  This work was created in Maya 2016 and is sadly only a playblast, but I will be sure to upload the full rendered video soon.

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Artist Statement

I consider myself to be a digital artist and create work on my computer. I work mainly with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, but I am beginning to expand into the animation software Maya. I find it freeing to work in a 2D and 3D workspace, I am able anything and everything. My work tends to be more expressionistic due to my main focus on exploring myself. I tend to use the same images and techniques in my works because of the meaning they hold. I use keys and the idea of spirals in almost all of my works.

With my many medical conditions I use the imagery of keys as a way to illustrate how I am unlocking new things within myself. The spirals are a way for the viewer to find a focal point and also serve as a path from point to another. My work is meant to be healing and to also be a mirror into myself. With every work I make I find something new about myself and I find this to be very meditative.

Originally my work was therapeutic, but with time I used my feelings as inspirations for finding myself. One artist I really look to for inspiration is Joseph Beuys. He like myself dealt with hardships that changed his life and how he created work. He also uses the same materials over and over again to link it with his past. I also look to Jackson Pollock because of his amazing work with expressionism. I love the amount of emotion he puts into each work.

In today’s world society believes that we should all be superficial and my work tries to bring the emotional vulnerable side back into play. I think that it is important for people to dig deep within themselves instead of caring what others will think of you. I hope that my work can someday inspire people to think beyond the superficial.

Silly Symphony #4 Hell’s Bells

Hello all!  As promised here are my thoughts on the fourth Silly Symphony cartoon Hell’s Bells, made in 1929.  This cartoon is very different from the last three cartoons.  The mood is completely different, along with the music featured in the background.  It has a very dark connotation underlying throughout the whole cartoon.

As I said, the music is much more dark and hits the audience the second the cartoon starts.  It is a very powerful entry for a cartoon.  Elements of fire and demons are also present.  I see this cartoon as a depiction of the artists idea of what would look like and how it operates.  Humor is still present, but with a dark undertone to it.  The cartoon is still enjoyable, but I can’t help but find it hard for children of that time period to watch.  It is a little creepy with the way the creatures and demons stories play out.  There is a lot of death and consumption of others throughout the cartoon, which can be off putting.  Aside from that, it is still a great piece of animation and I find the depiction of hell to be quite creative.

Silly Symphony #3 Springtime

Springtime is the third Silly Symphony cartoon, made in 1929.  Just like the last two posts on Silly Symphonies both the Skeleton Dance and El Terrible Toreador, were all made within months of each other in the same year.  The background information for the time period is still the same.  This cartoon is also in black and white and heavily uses the background music to carry the movement of events taking place on screen.

This cartoon, in my opinion, is different due to the content.  The animals and insects are demonstrating the circle of life.  Smaller animals get eaten by bigger animals and the cycle goes on.  Now of course the cartoon makes it much less blunt than this.  There is a humorous tone to the way this all happens throughout the cartoon.  I have to admit, I found this cartoon to be rather cute and clever due to the way the animation moves the characters along the screen.  It is in a very comical way that they move and slightly joyous because of the music featured in the background.  Overall I loved the execution of the whole cartoon!

As always feel free to write your thoughts on the cartoon!  Stay tuned for the next post about Hell’s Bells the fourth Silly Symphony cartoon!

Tis the Season for Art

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the long wait, I have been swamped with school work. Now that the semester is over I want to reflect on what this holiday season has brought me.
Before the break started, I presented an art history presentation on Marcel Duchamp, which I will attached to this post. Studying Marcel Duchamp was a challenge for me because of his overall attitude towards the art industry. Once you look beyond that, there are some important things that I took inspiration from, especially his courage to create pieces that were shocking not caring what others would say. I think everyone, especially artists should create work that makes show what they believe needs to be shown despite what society will think.
After the semester ended, I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I have working nonstop the whole semester and finally given the opportunity to relax I wasn’t sure what to do other than reflect. I found that this year has been one of the best for me! I have been given the opportunity to be graphic designer for my college campus event flyers and social media pages. I was also gifted with meeting some of the most amazing people I have ever met. They are the reason I believe in myself even more than I thought possible! This holiday season, I urge everyone to be with those who make you feel invincible because they are the ones that mean the most!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday!!!

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