So my Senior seminar course is basically my capstone for my Art major. The course requires a thesis paper and a presentation about myself as an artist and what my influences are. It also happens to be Spring Break next week.
So I’m basically using this as an excuse to watch all the movies and read all the books so that I can get an idea of what I’m going to do.
I’m watching MirrorMask now for some Gaiman/McKean and I’ve already watched Labyrinth.
I watched A Beautiful Mind the other day as a precursor to John Nash and Game Theory, which put me in the mood to read Benoit Mandelbrot’s “Fractal Geometry of Nature” later.
I’ve also started reading Promethea which is probably going to lead me down the path of everything Alan Moore.
I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions because I’m a cynic, but I figured I’d try this year.
Though I don’t think I’ll set any lofty goals as I think they’re unreasonable and they go against the principal of trying to be a better person. To me, being a better person means cultivating a sense of willpower that allows you to be adaptable, not arbitrarily setting goals that one doesn’t have the means to reach. By doing little things, one can boost their confidence, which in turn just makes the next step on the ladder that much easier to climb. Essentially the crawl, walk, run philosophy.
Not really a revolutionary concept, but it’s not quite something that comes easily to people I think. It seems obvious, yet it takes effort to implement.
So my two resolutions are:
1) Clean my room and organize my materials
2) Create a “Cats” style wig
I chose these because cleaning my room is something that always needs to be done, it takes time, but it’s hardly a monumental goal. If I can not be lazy enough to organize my room, I’m sure I can be not lazy enough to do those slightly harder tasks that may come up.
Making a cats wig is like cleaning a room, but it represents my motivational problems as an artist. It’s something that’s fun to make, creative and I need it for some projects, but it’s also something that requires process and steps. If I can discipline myself enough to run the process and make the wig, I’m sure I can motivate myself to work on those lingering inspirational ideas I have that never come to fruition because I don’t know where to start.
Plus, both can be finished in two weeks, and it will make me feel better before going back to Uni.
I can’t wait for Halloween!!!!!!!!! I’m working on a sort of Black Swan/Bird creature costume and I’m borrowing inspiration from “Bedtime Stories” and Howl’s Moving Castle.
I’ve successfully made and applied prosthetics before and I even sculpted a beak once but the silicone I cast it out of was far to heavy. I’m pretty confident I can pull off the above look but it’s going to be hard.
I have a lot of interests and hobbies and it’s hard to say sometimes when exactly I started to like something, or what got me started along a particular path, but I definitely remember when I was first introduced to FX makeup and costuming.
I LOVE watching movies the way that some people love music and I was lucky growing up to have access to tons of movies. When I first saw the show “Movie Magic” premiere on the Discovery channel I was blown away by the sudden obvious realization that people actually MAKE the things I see in movies and it’s actually a job. I’ve been hooked ever since.
As an added bonus, the episodes were shot around the time when Hocus Pocus was being filmed so you often see the show reference the effects of that movie.