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23 April 2012 @ 05:41 pm
Summer, you can't come soon enough for me.  
I am so very ready for school to be out. This semester was a bit of a work load, but catching a serious case of apathy sometime after spring break ended made it far worse. Or maybe it's just that.. the classes I have should be really great, and I thought that I was going to get a lot more out of them than I did. This especially true for sculpture, we've done 3 out of the 4 projects and I honestly don't think I would re-show any of them. It's just kind of disappointing since I was so excited about this class because of the projects.

I was kinda prepared to not get much out of Life Drawing, and I think I got about what I expected there. I've actually been doing a lot better recently in that class since he started letting use colored pencil and markers (only on certain days during class, but we can use them any time now for sketchbook assignments).

I feel like I could be getting more out of painting if I wasn't just so apathetic right now. I think my final project will still come out okay, but, I have a feeling it will be a case of I could have done better. I may not necessarily be a painter anymore, but since I like mixed media and Martin is so open about everything it should have been a good class for me to get work from.

I just really didn't get enough time off from winter break and wasn't entirely prepared for this semester so now I'm just really tired and ready for it to be over with.

Though, despite my wanting to be done with school so very very badly I still plan on actually doing art this summer (Melly doing art on her own time!? What!?) drawing with the pencil tool in PS is actually a lot of fun, so I'll be doing that as well as working on some stuff for the show with Jamie and Agnes next semester. As it would turn out, doing art on my terms rather than for an assignment is considerably more appealing, who'd have thought? I'll be playing Sword and Sworcery, Fez and of course, the Sims 2 this summer as well. Because seriously, summer doesn't really start until I've been simming until 3:00 AM.
 
 
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kcharkkchark on April 23rd, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Well at least you only have a couple of weeks left! This summer should be fun, and I hope that you get a lot of good work done. Working on personal projects can be a lot more fulfilling, but it can also be difficult to motivate yourself to actually do them (at least for me).

What kind of projects did you do for your sculpture class, and why aren't you satisfied with them? I'm a big fan of your sculptural work, but I haven't seen anything that you've done this semester I don't think. :)
Melly: Soubi - starspandaxdoll on April 24th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
I didn't realize how close I was to the end until recently...! I'm excited to be done soon.

The thing about personal projects is that they don't always get finished, I start a lot of stuff, but it doesn't always end as a finished piece. With school work, I'm forced to complete it. Though, most of things end up being really forced are just as bad as incomplete work for me.

We did the altered book project, in which I took a bunch of books from a banned book list (mostly very popular novels) and bolted them shut as well as censoring out the author's names. Then we did the sound project, mine is partially a performance.. and I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. Then, there was the motion project in which we teamed up with the people from PlantBot Genetics (I'm not sure if Jamie told you about them, but they came to our school and did an artist talk and also did demos for my sculpture class). I made a remote-controlled driving fern, which, I mean is very silly and entertaining to me but not something I would say is a great example of my work. Really, there just not very representative of what I think to be my work, they don't have a message or aesthetic that I really like. They feel more like.. practice pieces, mostly. It's kind of an odd thing.
kchark: Sherlockkchark on April 24th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
I like the sound of the altered books project! You know, I kind of like books. It sounds like a relatively simple process to make the pieces but also very effective at getting the message across. You're right though, none of those sound like the kind of work you would normally do. I guess that's kind of what school is for, to make you do things that you normally wouldn't to see if you may enjoy them. I suppose that's how you discovered how much you liked sculpture in the first place, but the process of being forced to do new things just isn't a super success every time.
Jeff Grit: DC - Jaime: Uh Hi Everyonekihanna on April 24th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Man I am so with you on needing this semester to be done and the whole not making anything worthwhile. Being my last semester with 15 hours makes it especially necessary to be over haha. Spring break killed me too. I stated this after it happened with other students too, Thanksgiving break is so much better in that it's nearly at the end. If my brain just shuts off it's not a big deal.

I hope you at least get something out of Life Drawing 2. Will you be able to avoid Lawler? I am so glad I have somehow avoided having a class with that man. Tudor can be difficult to deal with, but he genuinely cares about his students.

It's really a shame with Martin. It's so weird because I feel the same about Advanced Drawing too (although they're better than my painting ones). Like, you'd think we'd be able to get great work done through him, but just nothing came out. I DON'T KNOOOOWWWW....

LET'S MAKE UP FOR IT ALL BY MAKING SOME KICKASS STUFF THIS SUMMER WOOOOO YEEEAAAHHH!!
Melly: Blue Beetle - secret identitypandaxdoll on April 25th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
Yeeeeah, I wish spring break just came a little bit later in the year, I mean, it wouldn't have solved everything, but might have helped a little bit!

Oh goodness, you should be so very grateful you could avoid him..! I feel like I should have improved so much more than I ended up doing. I'm looking forward to Life Drawing II with Tudor, I think it'll go a lot better.

Yeah, it's kinda weird with Martin's class.. I mean, the stuff I did was okay, it just wasn't amazing. I dunno, I feel like it's just a really off semester.

FUCK YEAH! WE'LL MAKE ALL THE SUPER COOL ART!
itpost_hummus on April 27th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
I still can't believe school will be out in two weeks for you guys. SO CLOSE TO FREEDOMMMMM!

Sorry to hear about your disappointment with some of the classes this semester. It sounds like the workload you had probably didn't help with your apathetic stance either...may have even been the cause of it! If anything though, hopefully this will just inspire you to make your own stuff during the summer. Create things you actually want to create.

I'm really excited for your show next semester! It's so cool that you're able to have one with Jamie and Agnes, and that it's based around one of your pieces!

I've missed reading your updates! I'm always curious about what's going on in Melly Land. ♥
Melly: cinnamorollpandaxdoll on April 27th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it either..! ALMOST THERE!

I wouldn't say that it alone was the cause, I know it certainly made it worse though. I would like to create nice things though and it will happen..! Just.. won't be for a grade.

I've been wanting to have a show for a while now so I am SUPER excited about thing happening! *-* Shoooooooows.

Awww, I'll try to update more often! I always mean to and then end up not doing it because I feel like I don't have much worth talking about or much that anyone cares to hear about.