Thursday, March 21, 2013

Loosening Up


Today in class Chris Thornock had us do an exercise inspired by the thoughts of Jillian Tamaki, who believes that one of the best ways to improve professional work is to use personal time to experiment with art. She believes sketchbooks and personal work should be a safe place to experiment and make mistakes. If you don't worry about who's going to see your work, your mind is freed up to try out ideas and take risks it wouldn't under pressure.  Now every week we have an hour to experiment and just make what we will, with no expectations to meet.  Afterward, we can apply the new ideas we found through experimentation to higher pressure projects.

The image above was my experiment for today.  I forgot my paints so instead I played in photoshop lol :)   For our last assignment I had scanned some paintstrokes and textures, so I mixed those in new ways and pulled in some old reference photography I had shot for intro to 3d Animation a couple of years ago.  It was kind of fun, so I spent some time afterward as well.  I'm excited to see what future sessions bring, though I may or may not post them here.

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  1. This looks pretty cool!

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    1. Thanks Tayler! It was a fun one. BTW I ran into Justin last night!

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  2. Holy cow, now I need to start following your blog!! :D Hi Josh, it's Lindsay (former Sister Crandall). I love praying mantises anyway, they're great subject material. BTW I really liked the snippet of the documentary you sent me, thanks for letting me be a part of it!

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    1. Thanks Lindsay, I'm glad you liked it! If you're interested, I also have a blog that focuses on LDS artwork at http://dust-speak.blogspot.com/

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