Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Today I spent the day constructing a light box and taking pictures. This was a simple project and there are many different ways to construct a inexpensive light box. I am going to run through the how-to of how I built mine.
Clear Rubbermaid type Box
Work Lights (the ones with the rims on them and clamp) -2 to 3 lights
Step 1: Light Diffusing
The purpose of the light box is to diffuse the light to take the glare off of the object of your photography, and light up the item from all sides. I taped tissue paper on all sides of the clear rubbermaid type box so that there was more for the light to filter through. And so that when I take the picture of my item you cannot see any of the objects through the box.
Step 2: Light Location
I placed one light directly above the box, and another along one side. The store I bought my lamps from only had two, when I have a chance I will go back to pick up one more lamp to place on the other side of the box, so I have light coming from 3 directions. I used 100 watt bulbs. You don't want to shine the light straight onto the object as that completely negates the purpose of diffusing the light.
Step 3: Take picture
I like to use a tripod. Setting my camera at macro, and non flash I use the 2 second delay and take several shots from different angles.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
What defines us? Is it our experiences? The things we have done or the things done to us? Maybe it pertains to our accomplishments or misfortunes: a college degree, marriage, divorce, procreation, wealth, bankruptcy. I have a college degree. I’m married, have kids, been divorced; does that define who I am. Not hardly. Perhaps it’s your title. I’m a wife, a Mother, a Woman, a Student, a Writer, an Artist. Sure, these are all things that describe me but these titles do not define me.
How about the furnishings in our homes, is that what defines us? Our clothes? Our jewelry. What about our skills?
Does any of this truly define who a person is?
After much thought, I’ve come to the simple conclusion. Defining who you are is not the same as describing who you are. The character is what defines a person. But the character is an enigma. It is ever changing. As you grow, so does it. As you meander through the experiences in life both good and bad, those experiences are what shape your character. Not in the experiences themselves, but in our reactions to those experiences. That is what defines our character, and that is what defines us.
Think of your character as a large unrefined piece of marble. Every experience in life, every choice you make chisels off pieces of that marble. Sure choices, the ones made with conviction and resolve fall like sure strokes upon the marbles face, each landing in the perfect spot taking away just enough to gain a glimpse of the masterpiece beneath. The strokes of the hammer upon the stone refines the marble, refines your character. From that first stroke, that piece of marble has changed. Never can it go back to what it was before, it can only move forward with what it has. And if the artist makes mistakes, just as mistakes happen in life, the design is not lost it is just redefined.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
But the rain stirs my mind and I have a chance to produce. With yesterdays rain I had a chance to finish the second stage of the Mermaid Collection. First stage was the pencil sketches I posted before. The second stage was the line art done in ink. A painstakingly long task using various widths of ink. I think I used up at least four pens drawing the lines.
As much as I would like to begin stage three, adding color, I think I will spend majority of the day revising Soul of the Lost, and writing a paper for school. Stage three of the Mermaid Collection may begin this evening or tomorrow. Either way I have high expectations for the day. Lots of coffee and tons accomplished.
Stage 2 of Mermaid Collection:
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The sketches are done! I spent better part of my day getting these cute mermaid sketches finished. A friend of mine wanted some line art done for her daughter for her birthday. Her daughter has Autism and loves to follow lines on maps. After seeing works like the Jellyfish one to the left she thought her daughter would love my line art.
So here are the four sketches I have come up with. Behind the sketches I will put the water like what is above in the Jellyfish picture. I am excited to get them started!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Class is beginning again on Saturday. I have a article summary due that same day. My first day of first grade observations is on Thursday and I have some mermaid sketches to do for a friend who wants to purchase some line drawings for her daughter's birthday by the end of the month.
Revisions are going slow. As soon as I think I have one chapter done I realize there was something I missed. First time I read through I am looking at the content. Does everything add up. Does the chapter make sense. Is there a plot point I need to add. Dialogue I need to fix. After I have read through I make note of words I have used again and again. "Slowly, and quickly" seemed to be my favorites in chapter 1 & 2. Not to mention my love of adverbs. So many have already been cut or changed to stronger verbs. Then I get to the dreaded passive voice.... UGH!
I know all this hard work will pay off, especially when I go to write the sequel and I remember not to use so many adverbs and to avoid passive voice like the plague! No matter what this is a learning experience. If I make my deadline that is great and I can enter Soul of the Lost in the competition. As much as I want to enter it into the competition I worry about it too. Once it is entered you can't submit it for representation anywhere else. So from January 24 till the end of June (if it were to go that far in the competition) I could do nothing else with it.
For now I will just keep plugging along and we will see where the chips fall.
Monday, January 3, 2011
And now that I have wasted a good hour of my day staring out the window and writing about it, it is time to get back to work. I have pages and pages to revise and a house desperately needing some TLC, not to mention a deep clean. My goal today is to get through at least two chapters of revisions.