Friday, September 27, 2013

Arisia 2014

I just got an email from Arisia again. They invited me to participate in the Student Art Show again for next Year's convention taking place January 17-20. I signed up for it again!

For those of you who don't know, I had taken part in this Science-Fiction/Fantasy convention in Boston last year. I brought 4 pieces of artwork and numerous prints to be sold. This year I might have more artwork, but I am going to simplify things for myself. I will get them printed and matted in a cheaper/easily transportable format so that I am not driven insane. That may also go for the prints to be sold separately as well.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Anime Boston 2013 Video

I have finally managed to finish this video about Anime Boston 2013! I have also pretty much finished the three Connecticon videos, but those won't be available until next week.

As you can see, the video explains itself. I couldn't get as much footage as I would have liked because I had a vendor's table and I didn't have a press badge. However, I got quite a bit as it is. I managed to include a lot of information about this convention with the help of the program guide.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Zheph Skyre: Page 108 Finished, Page 109 Uploaded in Black & White

I uploaded both pages 108 and 109 of my web comic Zheph Skyre. Page 109 still requires text and color, but page 108 is fully finished. I have been busier than I thought I would be these days.

Here is page 108 of Zheph Skyre. Our hero, Zheph, is now surrounded by the gang he has been dodging for quite some time. Unlike before, Zheph is now out of means of escaping without possibly killing someone, and as stated before, Zheph will not resort to that. Jacques makes his appearance, and the two of them share some banter back and forth. Then Luther makes the scene with his knights, but Jacques is hardly intimidated as his men carry better weapons and he has Jahovac though his eyesight is currently lost at the moment. Then another makes the scene...

Monday, September 23, 2013

"Measure For Measure"at Hovey Players

Last Saturday I went with some friends who I work with to watch one of our other friends in the performance Measure for Measure at the Hovey Players Theater in Waltham. It is a Shakespearean comedy about a young man being condemned to be hanged for impregnating a certain woman, his sister who is a devote nun that tries to get the deputy to free him, and the duke who goes in disguise as a monk. Our friend had only a few lines, but she did her part very well nonetheless.

The play was funny and everyone did enjoy it. The actors wore more modern day clothes which helps the audience relate to them more, but it sometimes seems a bit odd that they are speaking Shakespearean in such outfits. The theater is also quite nice.

Before we went to the play, we went to a sushi restaurant called Sake Hana along the way in Westborough. I had a Groupon, and it was a Groupon well spent! The food was delicious and the Groupon helped us get quite a meal. The atmosphere was also quite nice.

Friday, September 20, 2013

[remastered] Opening Party at WAM

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Tonight was the opening party for the reopened galleries at the Worcester Art Museum. I went to it with friends and family after I played Magic the Gathering.
For the most part, the artwork that is hanging in these galleries has been rearranged into a more interesting way. Instead of hanging the artwork flat on the walls, the artwork is now leaning forward from the wall, and some of it is now located higher so that viewers look up at the artwork. I like it, and as a guard it gives me some relief to know people won't be able to touch half the artwork in these galleries. I would complain that there are open spaces on the walls where artwork used to be, but it might just be cluttered in certain cases.
There was a lot of good live music playing tonight. In the galleries there were violin players, outside there was a one man band playing with a instrument made out of a soup box. and in the Renaissance Court there was a band playing music with old fashianed type writers which my dad thought was a riot.
I didn't try any of the food that was being sold outside, but I did have a drink inside, and dispite the high prices at the bar, it was a good drink.
I had a good time tonight, and I highly reccomend checking out these galleries.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pacific Rim

I finally saw the movie Pacific Rim today. It is still showing at West Boylston Cinemas for a low price of $4, which is awesome, but it is only showing at 4:00 each day.

 The movie itself was quite an enjoyable action movie. Even though most of the action was computer animated, it was really awesome to watch. Numerous giant monsters fighting numerous giant robots, and each one has unique abilities was a cool concept. Everything looked awesome. I thought is seemed weird when I saw the trailers that the fight scenes took place at night in rain storms mostly and that there were glowing lights everywhere, including from the monsters themselves, but it actually really helped to show what we were looking at. The dialogue sometimes was predictable, but there were some humorous parts that I didn't predict. All in all, this reminds me of some Godzilla movies and Anime shows that I have scene, but they couldn't ever get the funds to make something like this!

How it Should Have Ended brought up some funny things about the movie, just as usual...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blog Post 400: Page 107 of Zheph Skyre in Color and 108 in Black and White

I have finished page 107 of Zheph Skyre in color. Page 108 has no color or text yet, but hopefully I can get that done soon.

On page 107, Zheph manages to spray Jahovac in the face with his own invented version of mace. Of coarse he has to use his tail, which manages to surprise and distract Jahovac. Zheph then uses this opportunity to trip Jahovac. Unfortunately, it seems the Scar have managed to find him. How will Zheph deal with this situation?

Friday, September 13, 2013

In a World

I hadn't heard of this movie until my friends brought it up to me after we tried to get together to see the movie "Museum Hours," which I was unsure about seeing. So when they told me they wanted to see this movie, I decided to watch the trailer. I thought the trailer was funny, so I was hyped up to see "In a World."

This movie is pretty much about a woman who is trying to get into the business of narrating for movie trailers. It has at least three of the actors and actresses from the live action show on Cartoon Network "Children's Hospital." Demetri Martin is also in this movie and I really loved his stand up performances.

This movie was funny, not nearly as funny as other comedies I have seen, but it had some cute humor. This movie did also have some good drama, and it had some realistic aspects within it like how certain characters treat each other and why certain things in life play out the way they do.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Skadi, a Web Comic

I have been recently reading a web comic I found through Twitter called Skadi. It is a comedic web comic series by Katie Rice and Luke Cormican about a female barbarian who is on a quest to eat the meat of every single animal.

I am really enjoying this web comic, even though I am only on the third year in the archives. It is a simple story with two main characters and a few other minor characters that appear here and there. The artistic style and the humor remind me of Ren and Stimpy, which is awesome! I could totally see this becoming a cartoon series on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. It would be far better than quite a few shows they have on as it is.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11th Drawing Club Sketch at WAM

It has been a while since I saw the Free Drawing Club at the Worcester Art Museum. Today I was working in the Mid 20th to 21th Century Gallery, and the table was there. Unfortunately, there weren't that many participants in the club today. I however took part in sketching a piece of artwork.

Here, you can see my sketch of one of the oil paintings from that gallery. It is an untitled piece by Alexander Ross. I believe he sculpted these figures out of clay before painting them.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Zheph Skyre, Page 106 is Finished and 107 is in Black and White

I have uploaded both page 106 and 107 of Zheph Skyre. Page 106 is in color and page 107 is still in black and white.

Here on page 106, Zheph finds out how much of a better fighter Jahovac is. Jahovac can swing this lighter sword faster than Zheph can swing his weapon.

This is what I was talking about last time. Characters in Anime don't require humungous swords comparable to the size of the person wielding it. There have been large swords used where the wielder can grip a section of the blade past the cross guard. It allows the wielder the ability to swing the weapon faster and more easily at close range. With this type of sword, both the blade and the pommel can be used to inflict damage. The pommel may only be capable of inflicting bludgeoning damage, but it is still effective.

Zheph now faces a more capable foe, and he knew this by examining the sword and recalling the events with this foe in their previous encounter.

Friday, September 6, 2013

New things at WAM

Here are some new things at the Worcester Art Museum that have appeared recently.

There is the new exhibit of photographs in the P.D.P. gallery. It is called "Winogrand's Women Are Beautiful." It is a gallery of photographs of women from Garry Winogrand's published Women Are Beautiful.

There is also some new items in the center display case in the Chinese Jades and pottery gallery. One is a tiger hat for a boy, and the other is a pin with a phoenix and a bat on it.

There is also going to be a party on the 20th for the reopening of three galleries on the second floor in the European galleries. It is called [remastered], and the party will be free to attend.

The faculty's artwork is also on display currently in the education wing. There are quite a few very well done oil paintings.

 These are two pieces below are done by a good friend of mine, Elizabeth Swallow. She works as a gallery attendant and as a teacher in the education department teaching fashion design. She is a very creative and hard-working individual who I am proud to know.

I was amazed at the quality of these latex heads. Honestly, this person should compete on the Sci-fi Channel's Face-Off.

Here is a mixed media painting done by illustrator and teacher, Andy Fish.

I highly recommend checking out the rest of the artwork in that area!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Page 105 of Zheph Skyre in Black & White and Internship!

I have uploaded page 105 of Zheph Skyre in black and white. As much as I would have liked to get this in color in time, I just couldn't manage with my really busy schedule. I just hope at some point I can speed up this process. Unfortunately, my schedule seems to be staying quite busy.

I have started an internship at WCCA 13. I am still volunteering at HCTV 11 though now it won't be as much. I am hoping that both of these experiences will lead somewhere for me.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Page 105 of Zheph Skyre is Finished

I have finished coloring page 105 of my web comic Zheph Skyre. The next page seems to be a bit detailed, but it is still coming along. It helped that it was a rainy Labor Day today!

Here we see Jahovac's preferable sword. If you look closely, it is indeed a long sword, but there is a section on the blade where it is not as sharp. This was a common design among swords in years past as it allows the weapon to be swung for wide swings that would generally take down a rider's horse by the legs, yet it would also allow the weapon to have some closer combative uses as well. I just wanted to make that a clear point as to one of the reasons why a huge sword doesn't need to be really bulky! There are some practical designs, and you might see how on the next page, and Zheph scenes something bad even as he gets out his own weapon...

One of the down points of inventing a retractable, folding weapon that generates large amounts of heat to create burning blades is that it takes a while for the heat to build up, and Zheph knows that!