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Catriarchy Calls

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I tried to start a comic last summer titled Catriarchy when we’d just moved to Toronto, but didn’t get very far (at all). I think I may try again soon. Based on true stories!

You can tell I was experimenting quite a lot to try to get a feel for a style. Sticking to one way of drawing/colouring is incredibly difficult (see also: nearly impossible) for me to do. Also, all the steps it took to get to a finished comic were too many for my patience. But hey, I’m expecting a new tablet any day now, which would eliminate many of those steps!

p.s. I have no clue what’s up with the first image. I keep saving it as a png to eliminate the background clutter, but it keeps showing it anyhow once it’s uploaded. And I shrug.

Multiple Exposure Me

I’ve felt like experimenting with multiple exposures for a while now, and have finally gotten around to it. The top photograph actually has three images fused together. Two of the photos are of mine and Phil’s skyline view, but from different evenings/weather conditions. The bottom photograph is of myself and a wild flower bush. Editing multiple exposures is simultaneously challenging yet completely fun. There are just so many directions they can be taken in. I don’t know how I feel about the “finished” outcomes, but getting the hang of editing multiple exposures is a process.

I hav never written about my personal life on this blog, but I think the time is ripe for a little update. Life has been swell of late for a couple key reasons. My career prospects have improved drastically, for one. After a long three interview/over a month process, I have been hired by MAC Cosmetics! The position begins as on call, but after three months I can apply for a contract/permanent position…which I fully intend to do! I still work at Starbucks part time, mainly because I need their amazing health/dental coverage, but now I can at least see my time with them ending in the not-so-distant future.

Another reason life has been looking up is that I’ve felt the motivation to get back in touch with my creative side. Not a day goes by that I don’t either draw or take photographs or practice playing my guitar and ukulele. I have also been reading loads more, thanks to my new kobo. Some days are more productive than others, but I am trying and succeeding in keeping up with it.

Lastly, over the past several months I have discovered that I have a growing fascination/obsession with astronomy. I have pretty much watched every documentary space-related, and have been reading books on the topic as well. I have decided that eventually I plan to go back to school to major or minor in astro physics. This is a long term goal, and I need to be more financially stable and acquire a ton of mathematics to get there first. Math has always been a subject that I’ve exceeded at when I had the proper concentration/tutelage/motivation. So as scary as it seems to me right now, I have faith that once I’m back in it, I will probably appreciate and even enjoy it.

I never thought I’d be the scientific type, but I am elated to know that my interests are capable of growing outside of the arts. In a sense, it has taught me a lot about human behavior. We are all changing and evolving, maybe some more than others, but no one is set in concrete. Not just in interests, but in personalities and beliefs. A person is not who they were a year, a month, a day, an hour ago. Not just psychologically, but physiologically. This realization has opened my eyes to the way I interact and interpret people for the better, I’d like to think.

Beatrix Potter Studies

Just started a new moleskine sketchbook which I’ve designated as my messy sketchbook. I plan to experiment with all sorts of media in there, and most stuff will be done on a two-page spread. To start, some Beatrix Potter studies. When I’m in a rut, I find that going back to what I loved most in my childhood helps. I love how bottom-heavy so many of her characters are.

A Week of Sketches

this program is a mess!wanna makeout?

I’ve begun sketching again and it feels great. Silly nonsensical wonderful sketches. Materials used: Purple col-erase, red bic ballpoint pen, microns, promarkers and prismacolor markers. Not sure why my scanner is being dopey and blurring so much of it up, but oh well.

Ahh hah. Disa-bearing still gets me.

Montreal Cats

During our vacation in Montreal last week, Phil and I had the pleasure of staying at multiple friends’ homes. Everyone we stayed with owned cats, so our trip was full of cute! Here are some photos of them all.null
Dutchess and Toulouse, Jenn’s roomate’s cats.
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First Ten Days of Monochrome

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The first ten days of my month of monochrome challenge! Some days I took less, others more. Enjoy!

Place of work.

I wanted to take this little kitten home so bad. read more »

Month of Monochrome

Happy new year everyone! To kick off 2012 I’ve decided to challenge myself to a month of shooting monochrome. This doesn’t mean that I will be excluding colour photography altogether, but that I must take at least one monochromatic photograph each day. I will try to update once every week with the fruitions of my efforts. For today, though, I thought I’d start easy with my most willing models. That last photo cracks me up every time I look at it, heh.

Furthermore, I want to get on top of being proactive in other art departments. I fervently miss painting and drawing and plan on delving into that world once again. I’d call it my new years resolution, but really, I’ve been planning on immersing myself in it once again for a while now. Here’s to hoping that I can keep to that plan!

Portrait of an Author

A few months ago I was approached by my friend, Kim Fu, to shoot the inside portrait for her first novel, For Today I Am a Boy. Published by HarperCollins, it is slated for early 2013, and I know that Phil and myself are very excited to read it! Luckily for Kim and I, she had book related business to tend to in Toronto, and was able to stay with us for a few days. I’d never given much thought to the photographs of authors in their books before I had to shoot one for myself, so I started doing some research. The results were a little horrifying; boy oh boy, there a lot of bad author portraits out there! In this case, though, I could not have been luckier. The fact that Kim is already beautiful, combined with a 50mm lens, gorgeous sunlight, and some choice locations (on or around my apartment building) made the photo shoot failsafe.

I thought it’d be interesting to display some of the outtakes that we enjoyed on this blog. In terms of lighting, expression, and composition for the purpose of this shoot, the top left photograph won out by a long shot, though, and is the official author photograph. I’m curious to hear comments/critiques if you’ve got any for me!

Up High, Down Below

Just thought I’d share some silly end-of-the-roll photographs from my Ricoh. They are nitty-gritty, and not at all glamourous. I like that about them, that they’re so honest. These were taken in August-September, and my oh my has Elizabeth ever grown since then!

Two Green Doors

Just wanted to pop in and say hello! I have not abandoned this blog, even though it may seem like it with the infrequency of my entries. Conversely, I have been thinking about it a ton, and I have so many ideas for content I’d like to share. Sadly I just haven’t had the time to execute these ideas. Honestly, I don’t understand how some bloggers manage to tend to their blogs so diligently. It blows my mind!

Apologies for the lame update about updating. How meta of me. Real content to come soon!