Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Welcome to RISD!

I'm finally updating my poor, neglected blog. Here's a huge update for everyone who has been wondering "What the hell is Jessica doing at RISD?!!"

The first weekend of school was Welcome Week, a three-day event sponsored by the school to get students acquainted with the school and with one another. Some of the activities were lame, but I'll spare you the boring details and get right to the fun stuff.

There was a block party held on Benefit St. where all of the school clubs tried to recruit new students. There were also several food vendors, 'sumo wrestling', and kangaroo and panda.

Also present was RISD's bizzare school mascot, Scrotie. I took these pics especially for you, Echo. :)

There were two people doing free screenprinting for the students too. I got a shirt from H&M and had it printed.

Artist's Ball was fun as hell. I had four shots of rum, dressed up in a turntable costume, and danced my ass off. The DJ freaked out when he saw me, came down from the DJ booth, and took his picture with me.

The workload here at RISD is pretty intense. The majority of the students here are competitive, highly opinionated, and very self-motivated. It's good to work among more intense artists; they really motivate me to push myself. RISD is more of an 'idea school', so some majors focus less on technical education and more on developing concepts, especially in the junior and senior year. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on the student.

Lately, I have been working furiously on final projects for animation, painting, and video. I am really getting into DJing, VJing, and creating music videos as a career option lately.

More pics and info soon!

Monday, September 04, 2006


I have been listening to records nonstop afeter I got my DJ equipment in the mail over the weekend. The experience of listening to music on vinyl as opposed to CD or Mp3 is, in my opinion, far superior. Some great things about vinyl are that you can manipulate the pitch, start easily from anywhere in a track, and best of all, SCRATCH!

I have been practicing slip-cueing a lot, since I haven't recieved my second deck and mixer yet. Slip cueing involves scratching over the first beat of a track so that it starts right on beat. The most difficult thing about slip cueing isn't getting it on the beat, but getting an instant start. It sound really shitty when a record is started so that the vocals seem to 'bend'--it sounds a bit likte the audio on a old video tape.

I got the most amazing pair of Technics headphones. They have ridiculously broad frequency range--5 Hz to an ear-bleeding 30,000 Hz. They make everything sound as if you're in a stadium hearing the music. I will definitely be using these in video editing and sound classes!

Only a few days left until school! I am so excited about the opportunities I will have there to improve as an artist and work my way to a great job! I can't wait for the freedom and not having to ride the stupid bus to class anymore!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

You can get it on EBAY!

This weekend I finally decided enough was enough--I HAD to get some freaking DJ equipment before school started or I was going to explode! I have been bidding like crazy on Ebay for all the equipment I'll need, and the prices are really reasonable.
I also bought a ton of new records, including some from Pendulum, London Elektricity, and Klute.

While on the subject of Ebay, I am selling four pieces of my artwork--three drawings and a sculpture--in a few auctions! Please feel free to check it out! Search 'Jessica Taylor' and you should find all four. Better get them cheap now before I'm famous ;)!

Here are some more figure drawings from last Tuesday. Drawing was difficult again due to the lack of decent lighting.

Here is a drawing I did in Mike Manley's figure drawing class at DCAD. I decided to clean up the pencils and I'm going to finish it this week and ink it.
I bought a copy of "The Art of Comic Book Inking" and it has helped me understand
the inking process better.

Monday, August 21, 2006

More Summer Figure Drawings

Here are more figure drawings from Tuesday's drawing session. I tried more challenging poses this time.

These 20 minute poses were tough, so I didn't have the chance to fill in everything in the drawings. I'm still not happy with my work; something about it looks unattractive for some reason.

I missed Saturday's painting to go to Providence, RI with my parents. They hadn't seen the campus, and I hadn't seen the dorms I will be staying in, yet. Everything was very nice, and I'm glad my dorm is more apartment-style than traditional barracks-style!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Summer Figure Drawings

Here is some work I have been doing over the summer. I have been attending an open figure drawing session every Wednesday for the past few weeks, and I think its starting to show in my drawings. It would be nice if the sessions were held three times a week instead of one.

Hopefully I will get to try my hand at painting this Saturday!

Friday, June 30, 2006

Artistic Constipation

I am very excited that RISD has accepted more of my DCAD credits; now I will be able to attend this fall as a junior instead of a a sophomore. That makes things much more affordable. I can't wait to have more time to make art, no more commuting, and live in a cool artsy town. I think it will be a great experience for me.

Strangely, at the same time I am feeling some artistic constipation. Recently I haven't had any desire to draw; the act of sitting down to draw is stressing me out! I doesn't make any sense! I have always loved to draw!

Everytime I think about drawing, I think about long nights with painfully brief amounts of sleep, being too broke to buy anything, and the horrible taste of too many ramen noodles. Especially figure drawing.

I feel really torn right now. I keep squeezing myself into a restricted, regimented little box when it comes to art-- "Draw 10 figures every night, in pencil, only in the sketchbook, and not from your imagination!" I think there is a prudish old schoolmarm in my head.

To be honest, I feel like doing some fashion illustration, design, and a little sewing too. I have had ideas for clothing and accessories lately that would be really fun to make and wear. I want to make some collages and experiment with color, and make some fun sculptures. To be honest, I don't want to do much of anything that I did at DCAD until its time to go back to school. I'm just worried that following that impulse will land me far behind everyone else skills-wise and the other animator's work will kick my work's ass.

What do I do!?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

It's over...It's ALL OVER!!!!!!

I am finally graduating from DCAD! Time to party! Actually, time to work on making money for the next two years of school.

My final animation project "Going Nuts" turned out well. It features a birdwatcher's overkill attmepts to get rid of a pesky squirrel. Unfortunately, I didn't get giant killer robot scene in time for the critique. Hopefully it will be done in time for the graduate student show.

I think the sets are the best aspect of the project.

Some still images from the animation.

I can't wait to finally get my bachelor's degree and get into the job market, hopefully doing this type of work for a living.