Pageant of the Masters – 2013

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My wife and I were given tickets to The Pageant of the Masters for our anniversary. Our tickets were for July 29th (yes, I know this post is a little late). In all my years growing up in Southern California I have never seen the show. I must say that it was absolutely fantastic. The orchestra and the “live person” recreation of famous works of art was a sight to be seen and heard. When I saw the first piece (a sculpture), my initial thought was “wow, they did a great job remaking that”… That was until, the lights went off around it and you saw the dark shadow of the sculpture move and for lack of a better phrase, walk away. Our seats were next to a few other sculpture recreations, and the attention to detail in the costumes was amazing. Its not everyday that you get to see a “sculpture” blink.

I really enjoyed the break down and explanation of the recreation process with the live actors. The use of fore, middle and background elements along with the placement of the actors into the scene was interesting. The forced and distorted perspective to make the images work at a large scale and yet still appear like the original paintings on stage was an effective optical trick for the audience.

If you’ve never seen the show before, I recommend going. It really is an inspirational experience that must be seen in person.  I know am already looking forward to attending The Pageant of the Masters again next year to witness another feat of creativity.

jamminART Business Cards

I wanted to bring some personal business cards to the Gnomon event a few weeks back. Thankfully I was able to get them designed and printed just in time for the event. A big thanks to Mike Shepherd, and his business Design Pros Inc. for getting them printed out with such short notice. Figure I might as well share the design here on the blog.

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Eigooo

A while back my brother Peter decided to start a business called Eigooo, designed to help people learn English. He asked me to design him a logo and some business cards. After some design reviews and revisions we were able to come up with a final design for the logo and the business cards. With some help from my friend, Mike Shepherd, and his business Design Pros Inc. we got the cards printed and shipped over to Japan.  Eigooo_Business-Card_Pic

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.

Video Games and Classical Music

Having grown up playing video games, it is always interesting to see how different aspects of the “art” have grown. I heard an NPR broadcast on video games music being interpreted into more classical themes. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up purchasing the music album that was being discussed. Hearing the Tetris theme performed by a string quartet is pretty amazing.
Enjoy!

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/10/166875717/a-classical-musicians-game-theory