Archive | July, 2011

An Electrifying Idea – A Pig Story

26 Jul

Black Pen on Velum Paper Mounted on Foam Core and Black Board

This electrifying idea was part of an assignment to create 50 icon drawings of random things.  We were then to take those 50 drawings and  choose 10 and then concept a story and show it in a creative way.  I choose my pig, fish, snake, toaster, apartment building, city scape, sun, a brain, a tree and flowers.

My Initials Illustration

25 Jul

Initials Project – Illustrative Concept Design

This project was a part of my illustrative concept design class work.  It is pencil on white board and the originals are 4×6.  The assignment was to take our initials and give them action.  R is being rolled, L is lazing down the river, and P is popping out of a cake.  We assembled our drawings into a little book of initials, and we bound it ourselves.  This was my first experience in applied drawing.  My professors always say I have a quirky and unique vision in my illustrations.

A Fruit Story

22 Jul

This is something I created for a class called concept design.  We were given a series of words, and we had to concept a story and use pencil to draw 5 postcard size illustrations to tell our story using a pear and an apple.  This is…

A Fruit Story

A Fruit Story - Robin Paddock (c) 2011

Gill Sans Lecture Series Poster

21 Jul

This is a poster I created in Art School.  We were instructed to create a poster for a lecture series on a font of our choosing.

I really like the look of Gill Sans, a lovely serif font, easy to read, and good and visible from a distance.  I chose the colors because they are bold, and very eye catching.  Blue and green are both cool colors, and go very well together, the white is used as an accent to help pop and draw the eye to the most important information on the poster.

The grid system was used to draw the eye, from the top of the poster, through the information, and down to the internet address which would guide the viewer to find more information about the series.

Metal Art Moves 7 Ways

19 Jul

Project to Create something that moves 7 ways

This is a metal piece I did for a class on form and space.  Our objective was to create anything that moved 7 ways.  I went to home depot and picked out some interesting (and inexpensive) pieces and parts, took them home and created this.  The 7 moveable parts are a bit hard to point out, but the (1) chain on the front left moved freely around the two nuts it is mounted on. The (2) large circle washer on the chain swung back and forth.  The (3) “L” bracket is attached to the long crane like arm and swung like a boot.  The (4) smaller washers that are wound on the spiral metal move up and along the spirals. The (5) chains hanging underneath the main square platform swing from side to side.  The (6) nuts on the main platform move up and down the screws the are mounted on.  Lastly, (7) the main crane like arm, moved up and down to lower its payload.

I like the idea that when  was putting this together I had just moved to California and I was enthralled by the mechanical and metal of the city.  I had spent the prior 10 years of my life living on a farm and life in the “faster” lane was feeling pretty harsh.

Grace Kelly and Typography

18 Jul

This is a project I did with the instruction to create a design in which only type is used.

This is my creation… GRACE KELLY, most beautiful even in words.

Typography Design of Grace Kelly

Donna Martin Graduates! Donna Martin Graduates!

15 Jul

It was eviction night on Big Brother 13 tonight.  It was a great show last night including shinning moments such as; contestant Adam answering Julie Chen’s Question on his Favorite TV show of All time Beverly Hills 90210 (which is also my favorite show of all time), the eviction of Keith who was totally not expecting it, and the playing and winning of the HOH competition by Jordon.  I’ll tell you, I am bias and I think that Jeff and Jordon are the most real people in reality TV.

Reality TV, I have been watching it since its birth, which for me was the opening words from the MTV series The Real World which featured a number of people, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped, and see what happens when things get real.   The reality was questioned then by many, and I question the reality of all reality shows with every show I see.

The products or “reality stars” that come out of these programs end up showing their true colors, and a good majority of them seem to only want fame, and place its value over the prizes offered to the “winner” of each show.  The people who have their 15 minutes of fame on these programs usually fade away from the huge popularity of the finale day and you don’t hear from them again until you see a familiar face on TMZ, or Inside Edition.  Of course the concept of all-stars seasons have made the ability to resurrect the TV persona that was developed in the first appearance on any show, and that has helped perpetuate some of the more “real” people who just happen into a shot at reality TV stardom.

Speaking of which, Big Brother 13 week, 2 Head of household contest was played last night on Live TV and Won!  Here is a bit of a graphic I made with a screen capture from the live feed broadcasts.  I think Jeff & Jordon are a fine example of two real people who found themselves involved in Big Brother 11, and have stayed true to themselves.  I admire that in a world where people feel they must conform to the plastic world that reality TV has helped to proliferate.

Jeff and Jordon The Sweethearts of Big Brother 11, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother 13!

More Thoughts on Big Brother 13

13 Jul

Been watching Big Brother 13 live feeds this season, and so far I’m not too impressed with the casting.  All but a couple of  the cast members are wannabe actors/actresses/famous persons, and it shows.  This factor makes for some very unlikable characters in the house, however I think that might be a draw for viewership for CBS.

I long for the days of Big Brother 1, back when Chicken George and Brittney and all the other house guests, had to earn money for food, and take care of the house.  They actually had to negotiate and decide as a group what was necessary and what was decided was luxury and not important enough to spend precious budget on.  They had to “live” with no contact with the outside world except for Big Brother himself.  Learning to tolerate others habits, and behaviors, deciding who would be evicted each week by each individuals social behaviors.

Undoubtedly the most fun for the viewers of the AOL free live feeds (back then it was free with a paid AOL account) were the banner planes that were carrying messages to the secluded house guests about the backstabbing and nasty actions of un-liked house guests.  These messages were fan funded through donation and would be written to get as much information to favorites about the game.  These were so much fun to write, watch and send!  It made the viewer feel  like they were part of the action.  I think Big Brother needs to capture that feeling back somehow.  The differences really make the show something special, not just a money-maker or fame production tank.

Cassie missed out on Head of Household weekly photos because she took an hour and a half (really!?) putting on makeup. You missed the boat Cassie!

I do think it takes a certain kind of ego to put yourself out there like the house guests on Big Brother do.  But they want the Hollywood dream of the 2011’s.  Get on a show, get famous, get publicity… stop……The Walk of Fame….. or is that shame?

So readers, tune in Wednesday July 14th on CBS to watch the few real people on Big Brother 13.  While it’s not as good as it used to be, it’s still my favorite program of the summer, and its bound to get more exciting and drama filled as each long day passes.