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Skellie II

Spent two more hours on my little skeleton today. I’m having a hard time with the hip because it’s just slightly tilted away from my viewing point. All of this is done on ebony/hb pencils – 6B.

After 1 hour

After 2 hours

We start new projects on Wednesday so I’m hoping to get at least this sketch done by then (along with two others that I haven’t even started yet!).

My professor, Anne, also went over some interesting artists that I would love to share with you.

Cindy Sherman: A photographer who focuses on the role of women in the traditional space

Cindy Sherman: A photographer who focuses on the role of women in the traditional space

More Cindy Sherman

More Cindy Sherman

Kiki Smith: Focuses on humans as sacks of bodily fluids, focuses on deconstructing the body

Kitaj: Combines line and solid form

Kitaj: Combines line and solid form


More Kitaj

Howardena Pindell: African-American abstract mixed media artist

Magdalena Abakanowicz: Sculptor focused on WWII and oppression, using repetition to highlight how people can be perceived as non-people



2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 60 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 196 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 220mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 29th with 74 views. The most popular post that day was The Top 10 Things I Learned at the Princeton Conference.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bill mcdermott princeton, female ghost, how to create a vector out of a raster image in cs5, and how do i turn a rasta image into a vector image in illustrator cs5.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Top 10 Things I Learned at the Princeton Conference November 2010


The Final Project October 2010
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Porn in My Valentine (perhaps NSFW) October 2010


The (Top 10 of the) Top 50 Online Design Magazines September 2010


What is this place? September 2010

Final Reflection: The Movie, The Ghosts, The Semester

One of my favorite things to do during the open house on Thursday was watch visitors’ reaction to The Hunted Movie Trailer. People would spook just from watching it, which was definitely the intention. It was definitely an experience taking something sugary sappy sweet–like children playing–and changing it into something horrifying. Overall, I think the final product came out well. Though the movie wasn’t in the time limit, I found that most movie trailers–even teaser trailers–last only 30 to 60 seconds; I believe that I was well within the means of my genre.

As for the ghosts, I really which that I had more time to work on this project. I really wanted to hand draw the images like Naka, but knowing my personal and time limitations, I had to redirect my process. The ghosts communicated as they intended; they are haunting, daunting, but passive unless approached. They are not necessarily friendly, but also not necessarily harmful. These in-betweens–just like the use of opacity and lighting–I think is what makes this final composition work. Had I had more time with them, I would have wanted to add more to the series. However, as of now I think that the four images look great together.

The course–Art 250 that is–proved to be a learning experience in a variety of ways. First, it confirmed that I definitely have a passion for digital design and that I could actually have a future in the digital design industry. The course also confirmed that I have a long way to go. There is so much that I have to learn before probably even qualifying for grad school. I am always really nervous about my artwork, so the positive feedback from the class about both my creativity and for the final products meant the world to me. The constructive criticism and work of others led me to alter my work to be more aesthetically pleasing and strategically deep. I wish that I could have more time to build my portfolio. As of now, I am hoping for year five to do so.


The Top 10 Things I Learned at the Princeton Conference

As Nell had me write a reflection after missing half a class to see my Dad, I’m going to cover my behind and justify missing all of Monday’s class. While on the plane home from NYC to Atlanta, I drafted out the ten things I learned while attending Business Today’s International Business Conference, a highly-selective program run out of Princeton University. I was supposedly surrounded by the game-changers of Generation Y. Many of them started non-profits as early as middle school, and just as many are already CEOs. To be upfront, I have done neither of these things. That’s probably a good thing, because attending the conference became a learning experience.

The original format of this blog post

The original format of this blog post

Without further ado, the top 10 things I learned at the Princeton Conference were:

  1. Stand out. Will Ethridge, the CEO of the North American division of Pearson, could not stress this enough. There is no way that somebody can climb to the top if s/he just blends in, even if s/he is doing phenomenal work.
  2. Networking isn’t just about who you know. It’s about who they know, how well you know them, and how far they are willing to go for you. Of the 150 attendees of this conference, I friended about 50 of them on Facebook. Of those 50, I intend to keep in touch or follow the careers of 20. These relationships are extremely valuable, and I don’t intend to lose them.
  3. Comedy has power. I asked a feminist question to SAP CEO Bill Mcdermott that I prompted with humor, and intended to follow up with a real question. My prompt was a joke about women changing their names when they got married (Mcdermott had just closed his keynote on personal branding). Though I was cut off from the rest of my question with an uproar of laughs from the smartest people in my generation (were they laughing with me or at me, I’ll never know…), many individuals sought me out afterwords to talk feminism. Had I alienated myself with my  following question (how come SAP only has one woman on their executive board and how is SAP encouraging gender diversity), I don’t think I would have been as interesting to so many people.
  4. Be beautiful. Not only was everyone at this conference intelligent and accomplished, but they were beautiful too. Most of the men were tall and gorgeous, and the women were slender and well-polished. I don’t think that this was a coincidence. As much as I don’t want to believe it, personal appearance, in my experience, may have a direct correlation with success.
  5. Make passion into your business, not the other way around. There is no way to achieve happiness if you do not love your job; of your average week you spend 35% of total awake hours at work. I refuse to throw that time away! Also, of the CEOs that I talked to, a majority of them were more successful when focusing on their passions. If business becomes one’s passion, be prepared to lose friends, family time, and personal life.
  6. Invest, in yourself, in businesses, and in other people. Unlike many people in the business world, I view my goal in life to continue living a happy life, not getting rich. Invest in what makes you happy. However, in order to make these personal investments, it’s best to have some capital to do so. Venture capital, as I had known previously and as this conference has proven, is a phenomenal way to make money. Finally, invest in other people, which includes…
  7. Check In. Networking can only go so far. Checking in is a great way to maintain relationships and all the effort one puts into networking. Send holiday cards, write on people’s Facebook walls, do not let them forget you!
  8. Agnes ScottLiberal arts doesn’t matter as much as we think it does. I found this to be a sad truth of the business world. Most of my successful colleagues were business and finance majors; even the economics majors had some troubles finding a job for next year. That being said, knowing how to think can help network and stand out.
  9. Brand Matters. Your personal brand that is. If people are naturally attracted to you, figure out why and capitalize on those traits. Go as far as picking out “your colors.” You want to do everything you can to convince people to have warm feelings towards you.
  10. You can talk to anyone. Without realizing it, I met people who make far more than $5 million a year, people from Ivy Leagues around the US and equivalents from around the world, and celebrities. It was no harder to talk to them than it was to talk to fellow Scotties. As of now, any inferiority complex that I may have had is now gone. People are people, not to be idolized, and not to be forgotten.

Proposal for How to End the Year

The end of the year project is going to be a lot of fun I think. First I want to finish my short film by the end of Thanksgiving break, preferably before then. Though I’ve made a lot of progress, I’ve thought of new ideas and now have a genuine vision for how I want my movie to look.

For a final project, I want to explore Naka’s work, which I have previously listed in “Interesting Finds.” I love his use of the sublime; it really reminds me of the kind of imagery that Wordsworth tries to convey in his poetry. I would love to do something fantastical like the imagery he uses with his stag and whale, but make it my own. I will start this project by hunting down the scenery that I’m most interested in–Atlanta in the fall doesn’t make this difficult. Then I will work with Mia and Nell to break down how he makes his animals. I may end up having to hand-draw them. Either way, I will definitely learn by doing, which has, in the past, been the most effective way of learning for me.

Depending on how difficult it is to make one image, I would prefer to have a series, but would be contented with one final piece as well.


Inspiration: Naka

The strange thing about this artist is that I don’t know anything about him. His “Info” section on his website is blank. I love how surreal all of his work is, especially with his use of Asian-influenced style. More than anything, I love that he uses real images of nature and embeds fantasy into them. Absolutely wonderful.

How to Turn a Raster into a Vector Image Using CS5

Step 1: Pick a picture you want to vectorcize! Play with it in photoshop if you want. Remember, this image starts out as a raster.

Original Picture

Original Picture in Photoshop

Step 2: Open Adobe Illustrator and make a blank document the size of your choosing.

Adobe Illustrator New Document

Adobe Illustrator New Document

Step 3: Open File, select “Place,” and choose your raster image.

Select Image

Select Image

Step 4: Once placed, click the arrow to the right of live trace. You have many different options for how you want to vectorcize your image!

Options for Vectorization

Options for Vectorization

Step 5: Once you are content with your selection, click expand to alter the image. Et voila! C’est complete! (In this example, I used Color 6).

Vector Puppy

Vector Puppy

Cute, huh? 🙂

Final Pup

Final Pup

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