Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Reasons Why I'm Dreading

Yeah, I'm trying to dreadlock my hair. Why? Well, I have about a thousand reasons! Allow me to enlighten you~

  1. I've always wanted to. So there's one check off my bucket list!
  2. I think I'd look good with dreads!
  3. I hate brushing my long ass hair 8 times per day or more.
  4. I have babies. Babies pull hair.
  5. I don't want to cut my hair off. But it's either short hair or dreads.
  6. I think dreads are beautiful (depending on the wearer/caretaker).
  7. My healthy, thick hair knots itself ridiculously on a regular basis making it virtually impossible to comb out but really easy to dread.
  8. I feel like I look better with crazy hair.
  9. I also feel like I have more creative freedom with hair expression if I have dreads. 
  10. I don't have an employer who could care if I have dreads and I probably won't any time in the near future.
  11. I think I will have a better and closer relationship with my hair if I have dreads to care for. (As it stands now, my hair just makes me mad every day. I know most people would hate me for that because I have nice hair. But it's the somber truth.)
  12. I want to experience the "dreadlock journey" as so many dreadies call it.
  13. Just because I'm me and the me I know and love would try wearing dreads at some point in life.
  14. And also because I finally don't care what other people think of me or my hair! I'm me, with dreads or without them. 

So there is a pretty solid list of some pretty solid reasons. I am about 3 days in, slowly adding more dreads as life will allow. I got about half of my hair down and I'm using the twist and rip method. I like thin dreads and I feel as though backcombing makes dreads too fat. Also, you lose a lot of hair length. So far my hair is relatively the same length, maybe a few inches shorter. I'm going all natural (no, I am not using the "Neglect" method, that just seems gross to me) so I am not using dread wax or any of that B.S.

I did a LOT of research for this. So I will be keeping my dreads nice and clean and I know how to take care of my dreads in a natural, healthy way. Hopefully in a couple of months' time I will have pretty dreadlocks! :)

My Model Creation Experience

First thing I want to say about MCR: I loved this class!!!!

The first project was a garage scene which we had to fill up with props. So in the above image, all of the lighter grey objects were created by me. Here is a close up:

The second project was a cafe scene, and for this one, I modeled everything except for the building and anything in it/on it.

That is a lot of stuff!!! I made some extra little props for the table that weren't part of the minimum requirements. (I did not make the creme puff thing on the plate though.) Here is a close up:

The third project was a quick one. We were just learning how to map out UVs on models. Basically UVs are just little maps on the surface of your models which tell your textures where to lay on the model. For some reason this is the modeler's job and not the texturer's so we had to learn that this month. It's nothing too special to show, but it can be tricky. It takes some critical thinking sometimes. But once you get a feel for it, it's easy stuff.

Lastly, we had to recreate an entire scene based off of a photograph! This project was SUPER fun for me. I loved modeling everything like all the little trinkets. Here is the reference photo that we had to use. (There were several options for this project, I just liked the look of this office.)

I am so going to try modeling my scene version of this after I master texturing! :) I am currently taking my Shading and lighting class. So by the end of the month I may be able to even better recreate this photo! I hope anyways. My grade for MCR? 97%! Yeah, baby!

End of Art 2

So I know it's been a long time since I posted on my blog. But I do want to catch up. So! Art 2...months ago. Above is a picture of my character creation! We had to do a front, back and side view (with proportion lines, which I turned off for this picture) as well as a demographic change. That's what the little powerpuff-looking girl is there. A demographic change is basically a version of your character which is more geared to a different audience than your current character. I chose to do a demo change for a younger audience. Underneath is my original concept for the character.

We also had to do an environmental concept to match the character. The point of this is because we ended up doing a whole storyboard with our environment and character. Above is my environment concept, which was deeply inspired by the Secret of Kells. Really good movie, phenomenal animation.

My rough storyboard:

My final storyboard:

So there you have it! The final product of my Art 2 experience! And my final grade was 98.94% Yay me! Overall, I enjoyed the class, though the storyboard was very challenging with the time constraints.