eXtra Loud Volume? Xander Lacks Valor? Xocotl Looks Venerable? Xylophones Lead to Victory?
How are you doing? I've been doing okay. I just got my first Shakespeare test back and, well... let's just say that it was a comedy of errors. Perhaps I should do much more noting before the next test, so that my love's labours won't be lost. But I'm sure it was difficult for everyone; we're all bright students, but this test served as a taming of the shrewd. I just hope I can do better on the next one; that would be a mid-Fall knight's dream. But I came to terms with the fact that this class would be hard before I took it, so my spirit wasn't tempestuous. Anyhow, all's well that ends well. I'm sure it will be fine.
In other news, I've gotten a few things in the mail recently. One was this huge packet from my insurance company, but you aren't interested in that, are you? One of the others (a while back) was a Raphael Kolinsky Sable brush. I got it for inking comics and it's made from the Winter's tail of a weasel. I've been using it to ink my current project, Nobody Here, which was meant to be a quick small project but is actually fairly large. I've been releasing it in 3 page sections in each issue Carleton Graphic. Of course, it's less than ideal to release this kind of story in chunks like that, but it's all I can manage right now. Kolinsky Sables are pretty widely considered to be some of the best brushes, but also pretty tempermental. Some people just buy several at a time, and will pick only a couple that they actually like. It's really kind of stressful, actually, but there are some things you can do with a good brush that you really just can't do any other way.
The last thing I got was Adobe's CS5.5 Design Standard, which is basically Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I've been using these programs a lot for work and Carleton Graphic and so it's great to have them on my own computer. I've probably said this, but this is the first time I've had my own computer at Carleton, and it's been really fun. I've talked before about how it's totally possible to go to college without your own computer, and I did that for two years. But it is really nice sometimes to have your own. Here's to hoping it'll last a long time!
Okay this is the part where I show you things that you might find cool. First, check out the new Carleton Arts site. There's a lot of cool info, and a blog about current events. I've been to one of the Shakespeare on Film nights at the Weitz center, and will probably go to a few more. Also, the little icon for art student organizations is a Carleton Graphic Cover!
My friend Mac Melto is an awesome electronic musician and he recently updated his site with some new songs, and you can find more on Facebook and iTunes. You may remember that his brother and I have done the cover art for a couple of his albums, since I mentioned that a while ago. So go check him out, like him on FB, because I want him to keep working on stuff!
Oh and I recently put together an online portfolio of some of my web/graphic design-related stuff, so that's kind of interesting to look at. I was here working at Carleton for part of the summer and it was really quite nice to just be able to work, cook food, read, and hang out with friends. You can see what I did this summer on the bottom left of my portfolio!
One last thing. My brother showed me this, which is a call for submissions to a Final Fantasy 9-themed zine. I would really like to submit something, but I've never really done fan-art, and I don't know if I want to. I'll need to come up with a really good idea, so we'll see if I do. Final Fantasy 9 is probably my favorite game for many numerous reasons. Maybe I will talk about that in a later post, or maybe that will bore you to death. But also check out that guy's web comic, Magical Game Time. He does these really beautiful, animated, video-game inspired comics. Really neat.
Kay I'll leave you with that.