Disclaimer: Everything written in this mini blog is the personal opinion of the writer and should not be taken as fact, although occasionally facts are stated. This mini blog was created as a coding exercise, but it's kind of fun so the writer kept it around.
- The reviews are in
- This month I went over 1, 2, 3, and 4 point perspective with all my classes. 1-3 are commonly covered in art class, but 4 point is quite rare. Here are my students' overall feelings about each one:
1 point: Boring, awful, terrible, make it stop, I could do this so much more easily a different way
2 point: Wow, this is super cool-looking, way better than 1 point
3 point: This is even cooler! also did I do this wrong?! What's happening??
4 point: CURVES?!?! NOOOOOOOOO!!
I'd say 2 and 3 point were best received. 4 point is when it starts getting a little out there with curvilinear guides. Good thing I didn't have to do 5 point!
- 01/31/2018 @ 7:33pm MST (America/Denver)
- 2018 Site Redesign
- I have redesigned my site yet again! Of course, I chose to upload the front-facing portion before I started work on my admin section (aka the CMS, or content management system). That meant I couldn't actually write a blog entry until now because I hadn't built the miniblog submission page. I chose to overhaul my code structure so files were named reasonably, as before it was a wild guessing game what page did what function since I built it piecemeal over time.
This takes me to my main conclusion here: ORGANIZE EVERYTHING! Make your naming conventions consistent! You need to be OCD to be a coder, seriously.
In the previous admin section, I had very limited ability to edit or delete various content. Now, after several days of laboring, I can add, edit, and delete pretty much everything. Perhaps the most complicated was the project admin section, which required some care because I had to link up both the projects themselves and the items contained within.
I ended up removing the writing section entirely. I swear I'll get published one day! It's one of my new goals. That section was always a bit sad. I write a ton but I can't exactly throw it out there. Licensing issues and stuff. At least my art is out there!
- 01/13/2018 @ 5:51pm MST (America/Denver)
- Trials of Teaching Art
- Since becoming a part-time art teacher at a rec center, I've learned a number of interesting things.
1) Younger artists are more likely to whine when something is hard
2) They may come for the drawing, but they stay for the friendships they make
3) Some kids are hopelessly obnoxious and guess what, rec center teachers don't have to deal with that!
4) Older students often pay their own way via part-time jobs, and most have better things to spend their cash on than drawing lessons
5) I wish I could teach adults
6) Kids these days have so much homework and don't get enough sleep, and the standardized tests they take just mean less time for learning interesting things. Even 12 year olds know how useless standardized tests are!
It's usually better to teach to the child's interests and sneak in 'real' stuff every now and then. Most of the younger ones don't understand the connection between realism and the cartoons they love just yet, but one day they will.
- 11/18/2017 @ 3:52pm MST (America/Denver)
- February Flowers
- I just uploaded a bunch of orchid photos to the photography section. These are from the Denver Botanic Gardens orchid showcase, which is basically a showcase of tropical plants in the middle of winter in Denver. The botanists are miracle workers!
They have an instagram photo contest going on as well. Winner gets an orchid. I've submitted a few photos. We'll see what happens!
- 02/19/2017 @ 4:36pm MST (America/Denver)
- What could I do
- She wept, not out of sadness or fear, but out of self-recrimination, for she thought feeling fear at all meant she was a coward. This could not be further from the truth.
- 12/02/2016 @ 3:51pm MST (America/Denver)
- An Unexpected Good-bye
- One of my aunts died very suddenly yesterday.
- 10/08/2016 @ 9:14am MDT (America/Denver)
- In other news...
- For some reason there's an extra slash by my apostrophes here. I'm not entirely sure why that's happening. Most likely it's an issue with my host's latest MySQL update.
Several years later (2018): I finally managed to fix the extra slashes! But only after my hosting company fixed their MySQL issues. :)
- 09/29/2016 @ 2:04pm MDT (America/Denver)
- Not another site design!
- Hey, it's a hobby.
I chose to keep this one simple and did a bit of streamlining. This blog is no longer on the front page - instead, it's in the extras section, because I'm fairly sure the images are the most important thing here.
- 09/29/2016 @ 1:58pm MDT (America/Denver)
- Still drawing along
- As with many past Olympics, I'm sighing over the gendered sports. The male gymnasts never have to dance or have music. That's so boring! Make them dance on their floor routines. Rate them on artistry. Have a male rhythmic gymnastics category. If you refuse to do that, let the women do strength exercises instead of pirouettes.
I'm personally voting for male artistry, though. We've already got weight-lifting so there's no need for strength demos in gymnastics.
- 08/15/2016 @ 11:06am MDT (America/Denver)
- Check out the Extras section to see my Pokemon Go stat card generator!
- 07/22/2016 @ 2:31pm MDT (America/Denver)
- The struggle
- Pokemon Go or drawing?
- 07/12/2016 @ 11:50am MDT (America/Denver)
- Shark Week
- This year, shows feature sharks being eaten or murdered by orcas.
Next year: Shark Week changed to Orca Week.
- 06/29/2016 @ 12:34pm MDT (America/Denver)
- Podcast Ep. 36
- Liberary has been updated! Find all episodes ever in the Extras section of the site.
- 06/27/2016 @ 3:47pm MDT (America/Denver)
- World news
- So it seems like the UK is not so united anymore. I hear the pound has taken a pounding already!
...I'll see myself out.
(Well, we'll see what happens in the next few years. Good luck, and sorry to the Brits who are upset about it!)
- 06/24/2016 @ 9:52am MDT (America/Denver)
- Mom advice
- Showed my mom the sketch of the coloring book illustration I'm trying to do...
Mom: Don't make it too scary.
I would NEVER! *draws someone being eaten*
- 06/17/2016 @ 10:20am MDT (America/Denver)
- I don't like brunch
- I've been having Serious Conversations(TM) with relatives regarding my dislike of brunch. I never used to feel this strongly about it, but that all changed when I got bored and signed up for Bumble (BFF) to look for friends. Turns out 98% of all lady users on the app likes brunch (along with margaritas, craft beers, wine, drinking on the patio, sunny days, Netflix, and often Game of Thrones). They're also mostly blonde and recent transplants, but that is something else entirely.
Who are all these clones who like brunch so much? I don't know. What I do know is that I don't like walking into a restaurant at noon to get lunch, only to be handed a brunch menu with limited (and expensive) options, because brunch in practice completely eliminates lunch unless you eat after 1pm. I don't want your damn mimosas, I want your lunch menu. You know, it's like your dinner menu, but less expensive. Stop trying to sell me on eggs benedict and toast after 11:30am.
Needless to say, the same restaurants that offer this type of brunch often fill their dining areas with distressed wood tables and alternative modern style decor. Their food offerings are also the type of creative gastronomical fare you'd sort of expect to see on an episode of Masterchef, where dishes look like paradise and the ingredients list smells like invention born of desperation.
My relatives also like brunch a lot, but it seems to be a generational thing. What's interesting is that, while it only appears to be an inconsequential activity done for fun, when you challenge it, people come alive to defend it as though it's firmly entrenched in their identity. BFF, Brunch Friends Forever.
Oh well. The search for friends continues!
- 06/16/2016 @ 12:18am MDT (America/Denver)
- A new layout
- The front page is all my latest updates! If you want more, you have to use the navigation at the top.
This time around I decided to create a miniblog. It's relatively simple to make, but now I have to make myself learn how to make editable entries. Right now, aside from creating one, all editing or deletion requires manual work in the database table.
- 06/14/2016 @ 10:28am MDT (America/Denver)
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