Still Around

I apologize to those of you that follow me and are finding me lacking in interesting posts lately. Actually in posting at all, nevermind anything interesting. Life is pretty busy right now. I was in Las Vegas last week for a Microsoft conference, it was a whirlwind of sessions, with lots to learn and too tired at night to do much of anything other than walk around a bit... and lose a little cash, man that place is noisy. I tell ya, Las Vegas people are a different class of people from anywhere else I've seen. And lots of the young ladies there (even not so young ones), sure do leave nothing to the imagination. It was really really hard to not get all out of sorts. I felt like a overweight country bumpkin compared to the majority of the ladies there. Well mostly at night, during they day, normal people were out and about... well almost all were normal... there were still some pretty interesting people out during the day.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Rundown: Gary Oldman (and interestingly, Benedict Cumberbatch) in an adapation of John LeCarre's classic spy novel, previously adapted with Alec Guiness. Reason to Believe: LeCarre novels generally adapt very well and are treated with an industry leading level of source material respect. Reason to Sigh: The Russia House.

Do people Really listen?

I tell people "when you get home treat her like a puppy, don't give her free run of the house, don't trust her. She doesn't know where she is, this isn't home yet and won't be for at least 30 days. Yes, she is housebroken but she may still have accidents until she knows where the door is and what your routine is". I get a phone call the next day "We got home and let her run the house to see everything and she pooped in the kitchen when we weren't in there". Oh did she really! No way. I honestly want to say "You are a idiot. I told you not to do that!" But I don't... I re-explain everything I told them the day before... Do people ever grow up? Do they ever listen? I am tired of explaining the same thing over and over again to adults. As I am writing this I am thinking of all the dogs that are purchased from a pet store or money grubbing assholes.. sorry I mean breeder (the bad ones). I am thinking they don't tell the people anything about the dog, they just take money and send on their way. they don't check on the dog, they don't even care what happens when it leaves their possession. Those poor dogs... Oh wait, then I remember... I end up with them but I don't mind! 

Why Rent a Car?

The reasons for which you can turn to a rent-a-car company are of the most varied, from utility to convenience. For example, car rental Bucharest is a useful company if your car is damaged, if you need just one time a car that is more spacious or if you're in another city and you wish to relocate conveniently without depending on the fixed hours or conditions of the public transportation. The convenience of such services is given by the fact that all cars available in the car fleet are completely endowed and equipped so that you won't miss anything when you take to the road, either it is a short ride or a trip. Depending on what you need, you may opt for a car accompanied by a driver in case you don't know how to drive, or you don't know the city or you don't hold a licence but still you wish for a comfortable and elegant trip.
Car rental Opel Astra

Special Needs

A week and half ago I went to my local pound and took out a dog that no one could get near. She wanted nothing to do with anyone. If you reached into the kennel she would snap at you and try to bite you. In order to get her out of the cage the dog warden had to put a lasso around her neck and tug her out of the cage. She walked fine once out but don't dare reach down to pick her up. When I sat on the floor in the office of the dog pound she came up to me and wagged her tail and let me pet her but as soon as I tried to pick her up it was kill me time! She wasn't having it. I was only able to get her in my car by basically picking her up by the leash. Poor thing. When I got home she wouldn't come out of the crate so I had to 'dump' her out of it. I settled her in a large crate in my garage and the next day my mom was able to get her out and bring her in the house. My mom and dad who both live with me were able to gain her trust.

And she loves them. They can do anything to her, me not so much. She hates me... Well she definetly needed some medical attention but I had to wait until I was able to schedule to have her fixed. I didn't want to tramatize her and I was afraid she would bite the vet. So, when she went to the vet to get fixed (5 days after I got her from the pound), I had them fix her feet. Poor thing. should couldn't really walk. Now that her feet look a little better she is still having a hard time walking, I think it might be out of habit.. I really hope she still isn't in pain. Not that I can get near her. She hates me. Well then today I received a message from a local no kill shelter. They have a special needs female JRT who is afraid of men and hands. She fear bites, just like the other little one above. So on Sunday my mom and I are going to go get her and hopefully we will be able to help. Figured if I got one living in the house, what is two! Wish me luck!

Fallen Comrades

So today I did something I do when days, weeks, months, or even years go by between posts here - violent coughing and hacking from dust kicked up from the cobweb-shrouded mummified corpses of former readers in my waiting room - I go through the blogroll and see who’s still around. A good 25% of the links there have been taken over by cyber-squatters and spamblogs. I wonder if the, what is it, two or three or seven or nineteen various blogs I’ve abandoned have turned into something similar… okay, let’s be accurate here, been similarly hijacked by suckers who just wasted their money on a communitycollege "how to make money on teh intarnetz" class... there, I said it.

Of Shapes and Lines

Recently, one of my mentees sent me some sketches for a assignment I gave to her. Yep, she was gutsy enough to ask me for assignments that she could work on. In the email that accompanied the assignment, I explained that I wanted to see roughs so that we could discuss composition first, and then do detailed sketches later. When she sent me the sketches she made the comment that composition wasn't her strong suit. No worries... a lot of folks have that problem. I tell my wife that I can compose anything... as long as there are three or fewer elements involved. Lisa is one of those folks that specialize in being able to juggle a million things in a composition, well... the more the merrier. I hate her a little for that... Anyway, the exercise my mentee was undertaking gave rise to a few exercises that I employ when I'm evaluating art for composition (whether my own or others). First, let's find an unwitting participant... Mathias Kollros and his "Gotta Have a Hook" entry are the winners! Remember this image? My evaluation process has two steps:

#1 Blocking. I this step I take the image into photoshop or lay a sheet of tracing paper over the image and block in the major elements of the composition. I'm not looking to be pretty or super accurate (good thing since I'm trying to draw with my laptop pad). I just want to block in the shapes roughly and see how the shapes relate to each other and the coloring pages. There are a couple of things you can notice right off the bat: There is overlap of the objects. A good way to create depth in the image; The shapes interact with each other and with the frame. Creates tension and movement; An interesting negative space is created by the shapes. Creates visual impact and good reads; There is framing and visual lines created with the shapes. This helps us move the viewers eye around the image. More on this in a second... As you can see, this image has a lot of things going for it even when it is blocked out. When I look at it in this way, I might have suggested a slight shift to the right to help with the crop/negative space, but overall it is a very solid "blocking".

#2 Sight Lines. The next thing I'll do is look at the sight lines in a piece. I'm trying to figure out where the eye might be going in the image. I'll draw in lines that indicate where the eye might be drawn to look. I'm looking for leading lines, shapes that show movement, where things are looking, and just about anything else that makes my eye move or stop. One thing that Mathias doesn't have a lot of in his images is hard tangents. I like to indicate them with a circle - to indicate spaces where my eye will stop. As you can see, there's a lot of movement going on here. The nice thing about the composition that Mathias has going on here - is that the lines are leading us around the image space, and then back into the major tension area. If you have lines that are all leading willy-nilly all over your image, or all running off in a single direction, you might have a situation that you need to deal with. Funny, I knew that I had really enjoyed Mathais' piece, but I hadn't realized how well he had hit the compositional elements until I started mapping this exercise out. I originally picked this just because we had been talking about it at work yesterday, and it jumped into my brain when I decided I needed an image to use as an example piece. Now that you have a tool to play with. Snag a few images and give them the test and see how they stack up to the ArtOrder compositional test.