Monday, June 29, 2009

The Other Indiana

I visited Emily in Indiana, Pa on Saturday. It was a nice drive that was accidentally twice as long as necessary... nevertheless, it was a pleasant drive up and an even better time there. We took a hike in the woods after laughing and giggling in her kitchen making stuffed shells. Em showed me around the town- the place where her grandparents live, her dad grew up and her parents met. Now, Emily is a third generation legacy at IUP, and I can't wait until her fall semester starts and she gets to meet some new people and not be in that big ol' apartment of hers alone.

After we both crashed after the hike, it was date night! hahah... We had dinner at Benjamin's a cute place not far from her apt. that served high class fare. Then! O my! The Drive-In to see UP!!!! IT WAS AWESOME. The whole experience was like a blast from the past. I quoted Grease and we were in constant chuckle over the dated recording telling us to visit the refreshment stand.

The best part of the whole experience was just spending time with Emily. I don't think we ever really had alone time together to talk about things. At least not this ample amount. I spilled a lot about Harrison which started to piss me off. I hate talking about it because I feel like a dumb bitch essentially. Well... enough of that!

This week the office is closed but I'll still put in two days. The others are for finally kicking ass on my projects. Hopefully I'll finish two book designs and maybe hopefully definitely possibly digitizing my font. EEGADS!!

PS- UP is amazing. Go see it. Emily and I cried. Skip Land of the Lost.

Friday, June 26, 2009

City Shark

Jaws has a special place in my heart. I've watched it way too many times while on vacation at the beach. The iconic music adds a great flare to this video by Eric Ku of his interactive public installation in New York called City Shark*:

there are a lot of really interesting other projects that Ku has done as part of his Mission Redefinition. Also, making a literal chair out of the forms of the letters in chair? so cool.

*Knock Knock

Who's there?

Land Shark...uh I mean, mailman.

Oh, come on in!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

St. Brendan & Mantyhose!

here are some pictures of the comic about the life of St. Brendan I worked on with Lowry. I did more panels, even full color heaven, but I didn't take pictures of them for some reason. It was an interesting project. I had to assume the conventions that Lowry instituted when she began drawing, but of course, you can tell my hand from hers.

Angel showing St. Brendan a holy island top right double panel

Fertile island where sheep are the size of ox top left double panel

Holy monster battles evil monster top triple panel

Golden eagle with giant grapes top left double panel & St. Brendan approaches an island high atop columns bottom right double panel

St. Brendan meets Judas top and bottom left double panels

Leaving Hell bottom right double panel

So, my mom loves to watch The Bonnie Hunt Show. Remember the blonde woman from Jumanji? I like her a lot too- especially her wit. Today was a repeat where she talked about mantyhose. Oh yes... you heard right. Here's the website. I love the how-to on putting pantyhose on. It seems way too detailed, but I guess I've been wearing pantyhose since I was probably a baby.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day Etc

so, I've been anti-internet lately. I really am sorta bored of pretending that it's extremely important that I update all my social networking constantly and such and such. So, I'm hoping to redirect my blog once again to carry mostly just projects I work on and cut out a lot of the girly ranting about things, unless of course they are something too awesome not to share. Honestly, half the time I feel like I don't even really tell the truth. Ok, enough of the shit...

I don't know if friends of poor artsy folks enjoy all the artwork they get as gifts or somehow resent that we don't spend $ on them like they might on us. I know my dad will enjoy this. It's better than a card, and he's a sap to begin with.

No Doubt= Awesome Nostalgia
Black Dice= Awesome Sweaty

Winning the STANLEY effin' CUP= MY BRAIN EXPLODING fuck detroit and especially fuck Hossa! We got the cup! We got the cup! City of Champions! Pittsburgh ROCKS!

(^ lame I know.)

I bought two Saturday tickets to ATP at Kutshers in Monticello. Happy Birthday, Harrison. Happy 1st Animal Collective & 5th Deerhunter Concert, Me! Emily said she's gonna look into coming which would be incredible.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer of Insecurities/LETS GO PENS!

My slab serif is coming along. I have the capitals drawn- they might/definitely will need some tweeking once I trace them in Illustrator and start playing around with associations. I've made it extremely standardized which is interesting to see how the different forms of the letters adjust to the angles and bar lines, but I'll have to see how it effects readability. I think the weirdest letters are the C and G. They might just be too similar.

At graduation last night (my dudes are all grown up!), I sketched out the lowercase. They're relations will be a little more difficult since I need to not only make them work together but with the capitals in harmony. The big question is- to serif or not to serif, how tall will the bowls be? how wide will the letters be? fuck!

Speaking of graduation-- Jes and I went to McGrogan's and had two drinks to get a nice little buzz before the ceremony... well, we got to our wretched alma mater and found that we had to stand in a line that snaked all the way into the old hallways... what a bummer. We got to chat with Ian Sulk for a little while but he had to go since he was going to graduate in like... 20 minutes. Jes and I lost our buzz but got seats in the gym in the back corner. Breck, Justin and Phil showed up (Jason with his parents), and we started picking out who was who and what we were going to yell at them when they got their diploma.

Graytock: YEAH DUDE!
Duncan: BAILIN' DUDE? (he proceeded to chest bump the principal)
Ian: SULK SULK SULK (go joey!)

We tried to text Ian Aq so he could add to his presidential speech- "Above all, be excellent to each other and PARTY ON, DUDES!" We idolize Bill & Ted a little too much sometimes.

After seeing the kids, Jes and I bolted out of the high school and found ourselves under one umbrella in a torential downpour. I was soaking wet.

Work has been fine. I'm actually going too quickly at scanning the huge pile of EOBs... I hope I don't lose hours because I did all the work in the office too efficiently. If so, I'm fucked. I need to make $$$ this summer to save up for grad school and living in Pittsburgh next year. Also... concerts. I need concert money. fuck.

I've been working out in the mornings before work and it feels good... but for some reason, I've been snacking myself silly at night and feeling obscenely bloated. Well, I have a good idea why for the latter. Nevertheless, I'm really sick and tired of being out of shape. If I had to run away from a fucking zombie, I'd be toast. I just want to feel confident and healthy above all. So, no food after 10, dammit.

Guy and I finally were able to talk on Wednesday. It felt so good to hear his voice. It reaffirmed how I feel- I love him. I love him. I love him. However, I'm not cut out to be with someone if I can't actually be with them. It's just too hard. All I want to do is have an amazing time with him when he's here in July, then be amazing friends who are living their lives to the fullest.

This summer has become the summer of insecurities.

I also got to talk to MARIA on skype!!! Oh man, it was so good to talk to her. She's just as feisty and hilarious as ever. Man, I miss my German sister.

Tonight is the final game in the Stanely Cup series. I'm getting really nervous about the whole thing. I want us to win, but we've proven ourselves pretty lousy at doing so in Detroit. Hopefully, we can pull through and give a beautiful karmic reversal of last year.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I had a weird conversation with Emily Saturday. I was being kind of douchy about her staying in Indiana to study and chill out instead of coming out as planned for Missy's birthday celebration. She made me realize that I have been pretty abrasive lately when I confront people with my opinions/advice. Granted, our convo was over IM and important things like tone are completely lost. However, I have felt antagonistic lately. A little harsh... Part of me really enjoys it since I usually tip-toe around people's feelings and give them a little more of what they want and less of what I actually feel. I always have played devil's advocate though but that's not exactly what is the deal here. I'm feeling a little quick tempered and inclined towards a more hostile tone than usual. I don't know why or how I suddenly changed. I need to find a happy medium and my zen again.

This summer is such a time of flux for me that I don't want to come out of it as a bitch.

I need to figure out what is going on with Guy. I know that when I see him, I'm going to feel, say and act a lot differently than how I am now. I love him dearly and I wish we could be together, but I'm 21. I have a life to explore and craft. I don't want either of us to struggle through a relationship when we could find something more fulfilling close to home. Nor ultimately make a decision to move to another country for the sake of a relationship with someone we only see on short visits and talk to online from time to time.

que sera sera, whatever will be will be. the future's not ours to see.

This is the weird part. Harrison. I still am all weird about it. He's been text messaging me (an odd thing for someone who didn't like having a cellphone) about how he misses me and all this stuff.

I just need to stop assuming/expecting/projecting.

Today, I think I'll work on either my font or one of my book designs. Either way, I need to start getting shit done and work out a formal schedule so I'll make myself workout and compile my portfolio.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Home Again

Well, I'm back in the good ol' CBG. I'm working at Dentica for the Goldsmiths again- four days a week 10-4. Not much but it'll be enough so that I can work on my portfolio. So far, I've been having tons of fun with my lovely friends... just look!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Senior Week Fotos

I had a good time lounging around. I was freaking out a little bit about people leaving. I'm especially going to miss Harry. I spent so much time getting the house cleaned up while Adam was decorating the other house. Whatever... Let's just look at some of the good times...