Bad Moon Rising

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Animation study. Slow transition 5 frames. Wolfman
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Animation study. Slow transition 5 frames. Jackie

I see it.

There are many back-logged posts and sketches to get out, (remember #inktober ?!) but tonight, I’m motivated share these early animation studies I drew back in my college days. These have been part of a collection of old drawings I have been hanging onto since I made them, but in an ongoing effort to decrease my worldly possessions they are on deck for destruction. I’ve taken it upon myself as I’m culling my final portfolios, to digitize and blog these artifacts to somehow ensure they have more longevity than the paper and ink they were rendered on. We’ll see how that goes.

The study here, if I remember correctly was simply to show some action, over 5 frames. These were to be rendered in ink, in a 3×4 format, and turned in on a clean card stock, with no eraser lines, no torn edges and no coffee stains. It was about telling a compelling story in combination with meticulous craftsmanship. And now they are animated GIFs.

My energy over the next couple of weeks is turning to both Halloween, drawing, and much more, which in part have inspired this post. I hope to share more drawings here, as I pick up on #inktober, and further ‘art decluttering’. There is no space for fear, as much as conditions may call for it, best to just dive in.

 

 

Scary stories of Second Life, circa 2007

Well this is happening.

The Little (work)Shop of Horrors, is coming up October 28th, and I am STOKED about what the planning team and our Centre for Digital Media (CDM) collaborators have been able to put together in such a short period of time.  Of particular note, are the keynote and plenary speakers. Audrey Watters will be kicking things off with some scary stories of her own all related to the monsters in educational technology. Closing our day will be CDM resident Patrick Pennefather, who promises some highly interactive experiences which will build from the rubble of our experiments and failures.

Which brings me to the theme and the idea behind “fail tales”, or sharing stories when things did not go well. A few years ago I attended one of the annual “Failure Wakes” held by the RADIUS Innovation lab, and was struck by the openness of the contributors, and how these innovators embraced their failures as “..fertile soil in which new ventures grow.” When the topic came up as a possible theme for the EdTech communities fall workshop, I was in full support. “What could go wrong?!” Well for some reason I couldn’t get behind asking others to share instances that may put themselves, in a vulnerable position. Unless I was ready to do so myself! In the spirit of camaraderie and the notion that our failures are the key to growth, I have decided to shere one of the worst EdTech fails I can think of in my relatively lengthly career in this area. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but a huge shout out to Duane Woods for putting this together so quick and off the cuff.

Look forward to seeing you on October 28th!

Drawtober… or whatever. Day 1,2,3

OK truth be told I was not fully aware about “inktober” when I declared my goal of doing a drawing a day for the month of october. I mean I’d heard about it, but didnt realize it was in the month of October, or maybe I didn’t realize I was *in* the month October. Regardless, I’m not trying to start my own thing with the #drawtober hashtag with so much going on this month in terms of my practice I needed an outlet to capture it all. There is also the Opus Practice Challenge event going on right now, which offers yet another daily prompt and tag. All this to say you can look forward to me over hashtagging this month and I apologize in advance for it! ###

OK so my round up for Day 1 and 2 #DRAWTOBER was astounding.

DAY 1

First I dove head first into a full day, city wide drawing event, The Big Draw (Vancouver edition) and got my first weeks of drawings done at once! (I’ll still do the daily though.)

First up was the amazing Kat Thorsen who uses drawing and creativity to create a “culture of care”, among many many other things. She showed us how to draw owls (the instructions for which I recorded for future reference.) and was MUCH more helpful than the tongue in cheek MEME I included at the top of this post.

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It was not the last time I would see this face today, I loved it! but was really going for the wheatpasting demo which did not happen due to…. rules! Digging through Kats blog and extensive projects in the community she deploys her street art with equal force. Looking forward to more of this!

Next up was the Contemporary Art Gallery which challenged us to the joys of the blind contour exercise, with the added twist of drawing the portrait of the person drawing you! We got to leave a thought along with our drawing for the gallery, a nice personal touch. =)

A line connects them. #drawtober

Finally I hit the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Mechanical Marks workshop, which as I supposed was exactly like the Doodle bots I worked with this summer! I have SO much more to post about Doodle bots to be honest, but the highlight of these bots was the “makelangelo” bot from Dan Royer at Marginally Clever. Besides the fact that this guy foresees his bots building habitation on the moon autonomously, (and wants to teach your kids how to do it) it also made this perfect image just before I left for the day.  Mind blown.

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DAY 2

Couldn’t ask for a better 2nd day but will have to write these ones quick so I have time to do my daily drawing today. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas was closing out his exhibition “The Seriousness of Play” at the Bill Reid gallery which I was grateful to catch.  He had set up a collaborative mural for us all to draw on throughout the afternoon and I can’t tell how nice it was to color with a room full of people. Very nice.  I’ve seen his TedX talk and am very intrigued with how he is doing art collaborations.

And FINALLY, if you can believe I coudl top of a weekend like this.  Well the only thing that could do it would be The fine folks at Dr. Sketchy.  Firstly at my favorite venue for this type of thing, The Emerald in the golden beating heart of China town district. Maybe it was the fact that there were THREE models or that was ending the biggest drawing weekends I can remember but things did start to get a little blurry.

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DAY 3

Is today, and I have yet to do my drawing but know exactly what I intend to do.  I will not post to this blog daily, but will try to write recaps here as needed.  You  may catch me on my flickr account, instagram, or tumblr, I’m not sure I will be consistent.

OK Lets draw!