So, in my last real journal entry, I made it sound like I was going to start being active here again and resume regularly posting work related to my projects. As you may have noticed, that has not really been the case! I've posted a few things, sure, but I really haven't done anything related to any of my ongoing projects, nor have I made much progress at all on the couple of stories that I've been working on for the past months. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, I revised a couple of illustrations for my earlier large illustration job, and then did a few more related to that project. But, more recently, my instruction at The Art Department.org [link]
has begun! It's been going for a few weeks now, and it is quite intense. I've had a few moments of overwhelmedly asking "What have I gotten myself into??", but on the whole the experience has been extraordinarily positive so far. There's a great sense of immersion, my fellow students are friendly and talented, and the teachers are kind and wise. I went into the program thinking that I was somebody who knew something, yet it became immediately clear that there are unseen and unimagined depths to this great sea called art, and that I have barely begun to snorkel.
With the amount of time I've been putting into my TAD work, I've been spending most of my non-art, non-work time surfing and spending time with family and friends, rather than spending time commenting, replying, and giving critiques on the computer. There are only so many hours in the day. No offense to you all! On the plus side, though my online art gallery life has been suffering, things out in the real world are going pretty well. The surf has been pretty good and consistent, I've been meeting up with an actual local sketch group, and I've been doing some tabletop Pathfinder roleplaying. It's been about a decade since I did any tabletop gaming, and I'm having a great time with that.
In other news, I finally finished "The Mote in God's Eye." It was a good book, but it wasn't until over halfway through that the actual conflict went underway and it truly captured my interest. If anyone else has read this book, I'd be happy to discuss it in the comments. I've started reading "The Silmarillion" again. I started reading this in early high school, but didn't get much farther than the creation of the dwarves; the language Tolkien uses was just too...biblical
to make for fun and easy reading. My older and wiser brain is enjoying it this time around, though. I love that there is such a depth of history (and prehistory) to Middle Earth that is barely hinted at in the "Lord of the Rings" novels.
If you've been to the movies recently, you probably have learned a few things. Firstly, Inception is awesome. Second, Inception's soundtrack is awesome. Man, what a movie. I've chatted with one or two of you about my thoughts on plot and storytelling. There are few things I hate more in a story than anticlimax; that's one of the reasons I've quit reading Stephen King. I live for a movie or a book in which the payoff at the end adequately lives up to the action that lead up to it. So, it's high praise for me when I say that the escalation and climax of Inception is one of the most satisfying I've ever seen in film. There was a wonderful sense of depth, of delving ever deeper into the Abyss. Most of the ingredients that I look for in a good story wre present. I loved the pants off of it. Also, the soundtrack, as I've already mentioned, is wonderful. If pure power where incarnated in sound, it would sound something like the soundtrack to Inception.
Toy Story 3 was pretty darn good as well. It was funny, and everyone already knows that it yanked on the old heartstrings at the end, but there wre also moments of surprising drama and intensity. There was one scene that was quite literally scary; I loved it! It's the darkest and probably most profound Pixar film to date.
I visited the lovely miss Rylee [link]
recently. She's been talking for a while now, but, for the first time, I can actually understand a large portion of what she's saying. She can say things like "Way we, Rory!" (Play with me, Cory) "Ay, ool hat!" (Hey, cool hat) and "Daddy ol dodo" (Daddy's an old doggy dog). She's imagining and pretending now, too. It's amazing how much she knows and understands!
And, um...I think that's it. Hopefully some of that will interest you. I'll be posting my TAD work, and hopefully some personal stuff, soon.