Friday, December 8, 2006

It's that time again.

I must complete several projects in before monday or I'm doomed to repeat the same 2 classes. Most of the hard work is done, like conceptualizing them and getting them blown up on illustration board, but painting can take a bit of time. I went to sleep at 11:30 pm and woke up at 6 am with this horrible nagging feeling, "Get up and work! Get up and work!..." So after rolling around in bed for another 50 minutes, I give in and cleaned up my work space to finish my first painted illustration. After this gets done, I'll be moving on to my next piece. Luckily, it's not supposed to be realistic, but it's the only one that hasn't been enlarged onto illustration board. By far it's the easiest to do. Still time consuming, so I should get on doing it right away.

The piece I'm saving for last is an illustration done in pencil, ink, and india ink wash. Not a very easy medium to work with, as the ink is very rich, and it takes time to water it down to get the right shade. There's no correcting a mistake if the ink's too dark. I'll have to be very careful with this last piece. I'm glad I've taken a painting class this semester; at least I'm a bit more comfortable with putting paint to paper.

I will admit that I had to sacrifice a good grade in my painting class to get good grades in my required illustration classes. I know for sure I can't finish my last oil painting, which was supposed to be a self portrait of sorts. Unfortunately, the instructor made that assignment a nice big chunk of the grade. Maybe one day I will finish it on my own. Until then, I have to face the music when confronting my instructor next week (or this week if I see him around the Humanities building).

But I'm relieved nonetheless. I feel I have just enough time to get everything completed and turned in, and all I'll have left is one more class. And that's all I'll be taking Spring semester; no more taking electives for me. The one required class is all I can afford, and quite frankly, I'm done with paying out-of-pocket. I don't make enough money to keep supplementing the financial aid I managed to get these past few semesters. That and I want to get out there into the business and creative worlds and do my own thing. A.A.S. Graphic Communications degree, here I come. :D

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