Seeking Definition

Holy hell, the last time I posted on here was March 2nd 2015!! Man, even WordPress has a totally new (and improved?) user interface that I was completely unaware of. It’ so …blue. What do these buttons even do? YES, there’s a word count 🙂

Anyway, I was just reflecting on how I was telling Kat that I felt really good and thought I should document this occasion and update this blog thing. I used to blog all the time about why I felt good, or if I had an interesting thought or if I wanted to start some new routine in my life. I used to LIVE on this blog. Yep, we shared some good times this blog and I… I was actually just thinking recently that I might need to delete this thing and start fresh, it’s got a lot of history on it. It’s sad that I would debate clearing it out for professional continuity.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah; so today is Monday and it’s about 11:00pm. As a little update to my life, I’m in my third year of the Bachelor of Interaction Design program at Sheridan and it’s almost Internship time! We’re just finishing up this semester and I’ve had to make my portfolio website to shoot out to unsuspecting (potential) future employers. Partially why I’m writing this post is because I’ve had to reflect on how far I’ve come as a ‘designer’ and what kind of work I’ve loved, and also hated. In my Interaction Design portfolio there is a surprising lack of ‘interactive’ projects. Which leads me reflect on how I originally set out to be a Graphic Designer and somehow began coding, and making physical computing prototypes and user experience wireframes… it’s been weird, but I’m liking where I am.

AND that is why I’m writing this blog post today. I like where I am.

It’s a simple but powerful thing to be able to tell yourself. Not just professionally but personally, spiritually, or whatever. Liking where you are goes a long way to liking who you are and who you wanna be. Making my portfolio I got to see my life work in front of me and I like it. On the side I’m making my yearly playlist of best albums of 2015 currently, and I’m listening to great music and critiquing it’s relevance on the year. I’m confident about my new tattoo design (yes it’s vain but it’s these small personal things that you should appreciate). And most importantly I’ve been slapped in the face with the idea that I need to treat myself a little better and take care of myself, no matter how tough school/life gets. A few of these I would have never figured out if it wasn’t for Kat. She’s pretty solid at helping me squeeze the most out of life.

It’s reflecting on these things that help me feel defined. I think definition can bring out the best in people; I think it leads to growth. And man am I ever anxious to grow.

I think that’s all for now… 500 words. Bam.

L8r.

December 18th – 2013: Royal Canoe – Hold On To The Metal

Hello peoples,

It’s about noon on Wednesday the 18th, and I am finally finished the first semester of my new program! I’m giving the first record by Haim another listen because apparently it’s the new coolest thing… honestly I feel like I’m missing something because I don’t really get it. They sound like a more collective Florence Welch, but I know I didn’t ask for that, so I’m wondering who did.

Anyway, I just wanted to make an update on this blog because the last thing I posted was my very first website design and now looking back, it’s kinda lame.  That’s the best part about studying design, that even weeks later the piece you loved now seems insignificant.  Growth is absolute! As you can tell I’m in a fairly great mood; no snarky posts (Except for the Haim thing), no complaining on a large scale and no out-of-control-rants that I would indefinitely regret later on.

You should be happy, a few weeks ago when I was writing my final English paper (which I got a 90% on, not to toot my own horn or anything – I think I’m actually gonna post that paper on here because I think it’s pretty interesting) I was about to post a huge rant about “being greater than yourself” or something along those lines.  Sounds self-righteous to you? That’s because it was.  A good buddie of mine set me straight and I now see that I really did have my head up my own ass. Hopefully I’ll be better with that kind of thing, but alas, here we are.

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION: Cut out the self-righteousness and stop spending every penny at the bar every weekend.

My first semester is done, and my stress level has all but depleted.  Had some good times, and some not so good times, but it’s over and I have three weeks off to do absolutely nothing.  I might play some video games (was thinking about picking up WoW again – I rolled a Paladin and I’ma melt some faces, but that’s a topic for… Geek Alert!)

Ah crap, I have a gig poster I have to do… whoops.  But other than that I’m just happy to have some free time.  Kim and I are heading to a Cage the Elephant show in Toronto tomorrow and I am beyond hyped! I finally get to see them play! I’ll be going early today to hang with a few friends and then she’ll meet me in Toronto and have the best time ever!

Shaping up to be a fine Christmas vacation.

Anyway, I think that’s all I want to say for now and hopefully I write a few more posts this break before the new semester starts and maybe I’ll explain my program and what it means to me, because people seem to have no idea what I’m studying.  OH! and I’ll be compiling my list of best albums of the year again this year, and posting a playlist with the favourite songs before my break is over! I also want to get some more of my art up here so stay, tuned(?) for that. And I think that’s it.

Later! Oh here’s a quick tune that I recommend.  They are called Royal Canoe and they are wicked interesting.  Also, if you live in the Greater Toronto Area listen to Indie88… all the time, they have so much great tunage and they just started about 7 weeks ago.  They play one tune by these guys called Exodus of the Year, but I’m posting my favourite called Hold On To The Metal.  Enjoy!

The Art and How It Came To Be: Studio Number One

Okay, so over the course of a few days I will be posting the art that I have produced in my last semester of Grade 12. I really like how they turned out and I put a great deal of thought into the design and the concept of each of the pieces. So without further Adieu, I present to you, my three studios and each of their statements that followed.

PS. My first statement and piece are kind of lackluster in every department. So bear with me through the first one and on to the ones I actually enjoy 🙂

Artist Reflection, number one.

The title I chose to give my first studio is Only Silence Remains. I chose this title because I think it reflects the question I was trying to ask. The media I used was a combination of black ink and coloured inks, with various paint brushes and an ink pen for the portraits.

My theme for this first studio was the silencing of freedom of speech or the censorship of speech. I hold social activists in very high regards and respect the voices and the opinions that they possess. These voices ether speak for the people or a cause that they feel strongly about or even connected to in some way. They stand up for what they believe in, so I took the chance to honour them and ask why these greats voices speaking for the people needed to be silenced. My piece incorporated this theme by using the portraits of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and even John Lennon as voices that changed the way we think and voices that have been ended for speaking for what they believe in.

At first I decided that I was going to do this piece in mixed media, using many different styles that I thought would reflect that many messages that went along with it. But after experimenting with different materials I had chose to switch to using just ink. And I think that choice benefited my piece positively. I chose to make a variety of images that all connected together, which in turn connected the ideas that I was trying to portray. I placed the three portraits in the top left corner of the page because I felt it was the most important part of the piece. I wanted them to be the first thing you noticed and saw and, after you would connect the other images to the portraits. The main colour I chose was a shade of gold because of the fact that I do hold these people in such high regards, kind of like a tribute to them. Even though the question I ask and the message I try to send is of negative subject matter – killing great voices and opinions – I chose to make the piece brighter and more appealing to the eye, so that its not as intrusive.

For the most part I am happy with my choices and the way it turned out but there are a few changes I would like to make if I were to do it over again a second time. The biggest thing I would change is that I would add a few more images that I had in mind in my preliminary sketches that just didn’t make in onto the final studio. I felt that the entirety of the piece felt more or less empty and that wasn’t something that I had wanted to happen. It just turned out that way. I also really wanted more contributions from the portraits of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, such as more connections to the rest of my images and ideas, like the Podium. I wanted each portrait to tell their own part of my message, like I had with John Lennon speaking about peace with the doves out of the megaphone. As I stands now its as if the other portraits are just not included in the entirety of the piece.

My next idea for studio #2 derives from the media and the affect it has on our everyday outlook on the rest of the world. Such as the stereotypes that surround us and everyone else. I want to incorporate traveling to dissolve these stereotypes as well, but I will need to play around with some more ideas.