SIGGRAPH 2013

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I have the pleasure of attending SIGGRAPH with a full conference pass this year, thanks to a colleague of mine at work. We’ll see how many days I actually get to go based upon workload at work. But I’m not going to think about that right now… Looking forward to a lot of learning and checking out what people all over the world have been doing within the field of computer graphics, visual effects and interactive content.

Day 1 will be spent taking a Unity class. I’ve been learning Unity on my own for a little while now. Between online tutorials and trial and error, I’d say I’ve figured out a lot on my own. Having an instructor lead class will hopefully bring a lot of that knowledge together.

More updates to come…

New Media Academy

For the past 6+ months I’ve had the pleasure of being a business partner for Valley High School’s New Media Academy in Santa Anna. The other week they put on an appreciation celebration for the business partners, where we got to hear from faculty and students how our involvement had a positive affect on the students, program and campus in general. I have always enjoyed being able to give back to the arts. This experience has once again shown me that even a little bit of time can make a big difference to others.

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Gnomon Live – April 2013

I’m up, bright and early so I can make my way up to Hollywood to attend a 2 day workshop hosted by Gnomon School of VFX (Gnomon Live!). It’s going to have 10 instructors and be full of all sorts of awesome learning and inspiration. Looking forward to hearing so many talented folks talk about their work and process while being surrounded by like minded artist and maybe a few new friends.

I’m sure there will be more updates and pictures to follow over the next few days.

LMU & ARTSmart

10 years ago while I was an undergraduate at LMU I was involved in a community arts program called ARTSmart, that helped bring art eduction to local schools. It is so exciting to see that the program is still going strong and bringing the joy of art to local school children.
ARTSsmart Celebrates 10 Years at Loyola Marymount

One of the years I mentored, I had the privilege of working alongside fellow mentor Kate Micucci.
ARTsmart’s 10 Years of Art With Kids

The 3 P’s

Came across a great post on a blog, Muddy Colors
The post was by Gregory Manchess, and it talked about the 3 P’s, perfection, procrastination and paralysis. I know that I have encountered those P’s many times. It was encouraging to read  about the 10 ways to push yourself past those roadblocks. Hope I can continue to remember those 10 things.

http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/05/10-things-i-rememberabout.html

Figure Drawing

So its been about 7 years since I’ve been in a studio for some serious figure drawing. That drought ended today with a 6 hour session at Golden West Community College. Yes, 6 hours of drawing… broken up into two 3 hour sessions. Wow… I’ve forgotten how much fun drawing all day can be. I’ve also forgotten how exhausting it can be. Standing at my easel for 3 hours at a time, looking, observing and trying to make the marks on my paper represent what I see, really is physically and mentally draining. There is going to be another session next month, I think I’m going to sign up and give it a shot again. In the mean time, I need to make sure that I’m drawing a lot more. All of the time I spend working on a computer really takes away from the fun and joy of creating art with physical media. Spending the day with people who are creating with you was also very refreshing. Just a great day over all.