Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LA Plein Air Festival Exhibit, Artwalk, and Man vs. Snake

The LA Plein Air Exhibit was last Thursday, during LA Artwalk. LA is pretty happening during this time. I didn't get to look at all the Artwalk happenings there, but I did stop by the Plein Air Exhibit to check out the exhibit, and to pick up my paintings after it was over.

My paintings are now hanging on my wall at my apartment.  The exhibit was pretty fun. They don't give out free wine at the Artwalk in downtown LA, I noticed, compared to the ones in OC.  Perhaps it could be because there is more of a homeless issue here and maybe they want to avoid public drunkenness.

Well, here are some photos from the exhibit:

My paintings are the two small ones on the bottom

My painting is the middle bottom one.


I recently just got my Blu-Ray player on Amazon and it's now plugged in to my TV.  I don't technically have a smart tv, but my Blu-Ray player has the internet capability, which pretty much means I can more freely watch Netflix on TV instead of transferring from my computer monitor.

I watched some good movies on Netflix recently. One of the recent one was a documentary called "Man vs. Snake", which like "King of Kong", was about an 80's video game competitive player who reached the highest score ever...for a time.  This was about a guy who reached 8 billion points on a game called "Nibbler", which is a snake game where you play as a snake that gets longer as you feed yourself through a maze without hitting your own tail.  It takes approximately 72 hours to reach a billion points, so the player in this case would go through some serious mental and physical stress trying to stay awake and not go to the bathroom too much.  Pretty intense.  As I told my coworkers, this film is both "sad and funny."  I found it rather inspiring. There are probably many things, like entertainment, some may categorize as "wasting your time."  However, entertainment is art...and art is communication.  People connect through them.  Relationships are built around them.  Relationships are what's important, but these outlets are what allows that to flourish.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Los Angeles Plein Air Festival 2016

This past weekend was the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival  which I heard about from a friend from Meetup. It is a five day festival (Oct.5-9) of outdoor painting and urban sketching, with Los Angeles as its muse.

Here's a definition on Wikipedia on what "Plein Air" means:

En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called Frenchpeinture sur le motif ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. En plein air can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment

In progress..

Piece #1

I was able to attend on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Most of the artists gathered around at the Historical Spring Arcade in LA, which has a nice shade and some nifty restaurants. I drank some Novellum Chardonnay from Crepes Sans Frontieres, ate crepe, and sketch-painted.

Ultimately, artists would then submit their drawings for the Thursday Exhibit and Awards Presentation held at Rowan Lofts (157 W. 5th Street) during the Downtown Artwalk.  The art pieces are also sold there.  I submitted three pieces (with various prices, mostly to test how visitors are willing to spend their money on an art piece).

In Progress...

Piece #2

Piece #3 

Just sketching on my journal...

A nice full weekend. It should be fun to walking around in LA on Thursday and look at all the art pieces... I haven't been to an art exhibit that I've participated in in a long time, given that I usually do digital work. This could be fun... might have wine there.

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Photo Entry: Historic Spring Arcade #sketchbook #pleinairfestival #losangeles #Twitter #ninjasonmotorcycles #reference

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Creating Junkrat head on Zbrush - part 3

More of the video of me sculpting Junkrat on Zbrush.  This time, I'm starting to add a bit of color.  I don't go too far here, but for a head, it gets the job done.  Normally, for something like this, I would sculpt the body as well... but a head is not bad.  There's still sound problems on the video, but hey, it's more about the visuals anyway.

The link to the video is here: https://www.twitch.tv/d_art_twitch/v/92494157