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jimthenickel
25 June 2008 @ 01:26 pm
So I woke up this morning with an overwhelming urge to paint. So I sat down, squeezed out some colors (I need to get more yellow and white), turned on that Air France EP and just kinda painted. It was the first time I've painted in months, and it was really therapeutic to just mix colors and experiment. So yeah.

Anyway, I did some quick color tests on the narwhal that'll end up in one of my show pieces, but that was highly frustrating when I discovered I have no idea how to convey slick, shiny whale-skin without having it look terrible. So I just started making random brushstrokes with a lot of the brown i had leftover, and realized one of the strokes looked like a tortilla, which reminded me of rachaeljack's entry a while back about the octopus burrito. So I got to work and started painting and, unlike the highly frustrating narwhal, this one was highly fun and experimental. So I figured I'd show you guys. I might make this a fullsize thing for the show because the concept appeals to me somehow. Anyway, check it. I've got work in like half an hour.

 
 
Current Music: unirionically listening to Kelly Clarkson.
 
 
jimthenickel
13 June 2008 @ 04:43 pm
I just got done watching The Incredible Hulk.

It is amazing.

Go see it at your earliest convenience.

:edit: Three days till my birthday.
 
 
jimthenickel
09 June 2008 @ 02:33 pm
one week till my birthday = one week to get a job

geep
 
 
jimthenickel
09 June 2008 @ 01:11 am



They make me smile.

In other news, I am taking up the ukelele.
 
 
 
jimthenickel
05 June 2008 @ 12:40 am
This is one of the first times in the past few days (definitely since the record listenin' party) that I feel pretty happy. And I'm happy about the reason I feel happy: I finally have a solid idea about what I'm doing for my first painting. I don't know why, but I decided to sit down and get some definite sketches done, and two ideas just suddenly came together perfectly. I have a really good feeling about where it's headed, the only thing now is making the canvas match what's in my head. Which can be pretty annoying.

Still though, it's these moments: between the process of brainstorming and the frustration of making the medium work for you, when you're so super pumped about your idea, and can see it laid out perfectly... that I absolutely live for and love.

Just felt the need to share.
 
 
 
jimthenickel
24 April 2008 @ 05:08 pm
Blerg.

If not for Cassie, Andy, Alf, and Bunny (and Brandon and Shaina), I would hate going to work.

None of those people are here right now, unfortunately. Welp.
 
 
jimthenickel
13 April 2008 @ 11:54 pm
I forgot how much work doing 3-d stuff is. Why why why should we have to make sculptures of crap in TYPOGRAPHY?
 
 
jimthenickel
10 April 2008 @ 03:22 pm
I've been reading Erik Spiekermann's SpiekerBlog in preparation for my presentation on Tuesday, and it's incredibly fascinating. For those who don't know, he's one of the most influential type designers ever, and he still owns a design firm in Germany at the age of 60.

http://www.spiekermann.com/mten/2008/01/

I'm only going to work for two hours tonight, because it's ThinkFast tonight, and I intend to win me some money. Sadly, this will cause me to miss  all the new stuff coming on tonight (30 Rock, The Office, Scrubs). Nobody spoil anything for me.