For this one I went to the December lights event in Balboa Park which only occurs for 2 days per year. The entire event was a mass amalgamation of different cultures akin to a world’s fair (specifically through their food and dances) and holiday themes, not to mention the fact that all of the museums become free for these two days. my biggest gripe was the parking problem that always happens whenever this event comes around (I’d also say the presence of bible crammers was also a negative). taking advantage of the free museum entries, I went to two of them: the museums of both photography and art [note no photos were allowed].
Museum of Photographic Art: as the name implies, this one revolves around art through photography, though for some reason many of the photos featured weren’t very interesting to me (with some exception to the urban decay ones). another negative for the photos featured was the fact that all of them were black and white rather than color (it states that you get more shadows and highlights this way, but nature is also known for its colors too). what i did take away from this is that some hobbies can be extremely expensive (seriously, the camera used had an estimated cost of 1500+)
Museum of Art: This museum prominently features European art with a side of Asiatic art as well. though my parents who were with me breezed through the entire museum without giving me a chance to look at the mounted placards, I was able to piece together the history of the medium itself (well for European paintings at least). a great deal of the paintings were restricted to religious idioms due to the constant presence of the church at the time, restricting creativity for a time. eventually, the Renaissance occurs and the focus was altered to that of man rather than god. as a side note, many of the paintings relied heavily on earth tones and even used egg as a basis for the white, hence why many of the paintings had a paled yellow look.
Vector self portrait resized
for some reason my pattern fill loads differently when outside illustrator…..
for this one, I went to the Museum of Contemporary Arts in La Jolla to check out the Janet Cardiff exhibition for my sound design class. Humorously enough, if you’re under the age of 25, you can get in for free. of all the odd stuff she had that produced sounds two stuck in my head: the killing machine and the box theater. as the name implies, the box theater is literally a miniature movie theater set into a wooden box. when you put on the headphones however, it actually sounds like you are in an actual movie theater complete with the annoying whisperers that sound like they are behind you. the other set, aptly called the killing machine, was rather unsettling. featuring a dentists bed and various medical tools while being set in a bare iron girder box, the sounds that thing emanated brought back some childhood nightmares concerning hospitals. my only gripe isn’t the exhibit pieces themselves, but rather the layout (it took me 30 minutes to figure out the entire place and find the killing machine which was in the “basement”).
one art event I went to was at school and it was a contemporary dance event called Constructing the Instant (or something similar). Though I usually don’t have any interest in dance in general, this was a requirement for my dance appreciation class, not to mention that contemporary dances tend to be less boring for me. there were a few things that caught my attention: the entire dance was improvised, meaning that there was barely a script to run on and how ridiculous the composition can be for the human body (the dancers began to breathe heavily as the dance carried on. my only criticism is that the dance lasted for too long (about one hour). if there’s one thing i did learn, it’s that when in doubt, improvise and adapt much like the dancers did.
The good layout is the Game Informer Cover, mostly because it doesn’t over spam text usage (they only used two from what i see). it also maintains a good sense of placement and alignment (if you look at the G and the B, their both aligned to each other).
The really bad one right below it makes me scream out “HOLY CRAMMING PROBLEM BATMAN!” On top of the rather questionable layout is the way the actual text is used (different sizes and terrible alignment all over). also the bar code seems out of place….
Fruit Crate Label
Based off the nonsensical logic of Team Fortress 2 and the Ironic Advertisements seen in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas….now with fewer isotopes and irradiated material.
Rolling Gradient Mesh
…………..Do you believe in magic?
Genre Gig Poster
As far as history goes, the style I made use of is part of a massive sub-culture known as Anime (manga for the comic book adaptions). Though normally regulated to both “nerds” and Japanese commercial notoriety, Anime and Manga are technically Japan’s version of American Pop Art (like how DC and Marvel comics are here in America) and have been around since the late 1980′s, initially as short movies and shows to compensate for the economic slump Japan was going through at the time. As time moved on, popularity for art style grew more popular in Japan and, eventually, the US forming an official subculture akin to the Steam punk subculture. interestingly enough, it has a much larger base here in the US than its origin, Japan, but that’s a different story. To this date, the subculture and its art has interwoven itself within most of Japan through mass media, especially considering how there’s an entire district of Tokyo devoted to the subculture called Akihabara district. By my guesstimates, Takashi Murakami is basically like Liechtenstein as they both took their respective pop culture styles (Takashi=anime, Liechtenstein=American comics) and brought them to the art world even further.