How are you all doing? This is tech week for the play I'm in, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. So as you might imagine, that's taking up a lot of my attention these days. If you're in the area, the show will be May 3, 4, and 5 at 8pm. Reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love it if you could make it! The show centers around the night Thoreau spent in jail for not paying his taxes. There are lots of flashbacks to various other times in his life, and even a "Goya-esque walpurgisnacht" thrown in for good measure (that's from the stage directions... don't ask).
I was in the dining hall the other day with my friend Molly, and she saw the churros while we were talking about Thoreau. The result?
Another good one:
It's actually quite a story, how Churro ended up in jail. He was just a lowly Churro being sold on a cart at Disneyland. But one day he decided to run away from the magical land because he didn't want his seven dollar purchase price to go to a company that perpetuated stereotypical representations of gender and race. But he was caught and spent the night in jail. I just looked up Disneyland jail to see if there were any rides that made references to jail, so I could say that he went there, but all I got was people asking whether there really is a "Disneyland Jail". Apparently a lot of people theorize that there is a huge underground network of jail cells in Disneyland.
Oh, I also wanted to talk about a really cool opportunity I had a little while ago. There's a local charter school in Northfield called ARTech, and they regularly bring in visiting artists, including students from St. Olaf and Carleton. So my drawing professor from last term recommended me and I was able to go be a visiting artist at ARTech! The kids were really fun and engaging; within seconds they noticed the Pinkie Pie button on my Button Jacket, and then it was pretty much smooth sailing.
Reposting the pic from when I just talked about my button jacket. The Pinkie Pie Button was made by my little brother.
I gave a demonstration about comics that I thought was pretty cool: I sourced a few random words from the class, then made a comic using those words. While I was drawing the comic, I described different aspects of comics, like how the flow of time is affected by the size of panels and by the distribution of text. And then we all did a comic based on a new set of random words. It went really well and it was a lot of fun!
In other news, my game, burd, which I have been talking about over the last few posts, is now available for download! Unfortunately, it's PC only right now. But if you get the chance, try it out! It's a fun little thingy, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with Photoshop painting for it. I've been working on making games for as long as I can remember and it was very satisfying to sort of finish a project, even if it's a very small project. Most of the time, I shoot too high and just get lost in the complexity because I'm trying to make it fully extensible. So for this project, I just began with very modest goals, and I think I've fulfilled them.
The title screen
Alrighty, I am quite busy, so I'm going to post this now. Hope your week is going well, and catch you later!