Updates and Life and Stuff

1) Kickstarter Project:

I have everything done and ready for submission except the video. I was going to film over the weekend, but we had to go back to the drawing board. I feel kind of bad about it, like I should just do it – but it’s kind of the most important piece and I want to take my time making it as perfect as I can get it, because that’s what I want to do (and try to do) for the web-show I’m asking money for. I need to stop being my own worst enemy here, and feeling guilty for taking the time necessary to make it awesome.

2) Direction:

Every few months or so, I have this thing, where I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing or if it’s even worth anything. Occasionally, within those moments, I have enough clarity to actually think about what I want to do with my life (after I’ve decided that living the way I want to, on my terms, and letting my heart and intuition guide me is worth it after all) and make some kind of weird this-is-where-I-want-to-be-one-year-from-now note in my art journal. Writing important truths and epiphanies in ink is an important part of my process. If I want something to stick, I write it down, physically – this somehow cements the idea/goal/vision/plan/hope/dream in my mind, so I don’t have to look it up all the time; it becomes etched and as permanent as a tattoo for as long as I need it to be or until it’s accomplished.

Big picture aside (currently secret, because I see it clearly but I’m not feeling brave enough to say it out loud until like, more than a day has passed since dreaming it up, I guess) these are the most prominent bullet points of my plan:

  • learn photoshop
  • draw every day, no exceptions
  • post a comic regularly

Unrelated to secret-dream-goal, I’m also intending on working out every-other-day for actually this time. Today, so far, has been a success in both areas.

3) Details:

I’m learning photoshop at the moment through CG Cookie. I guess I’m actually learning more about concept design than photoshop at this point. I need a THIS IS THAT THING, HERE’S HOW YOU USE IT tutorial so I can open it without feeling like crying when I can’t find the pour tool or a basic brush.

I’m going to make myself use photoshop every day this week, for several hours – even if all the art I make on it is crap (I’ve felt that way about all my art lately, it’s a thing, I guess it’s a good sign) I’ll at least be better at it by Friday than I was today, right?

My subject this week, is Tendo Choi from Pacific Rim. If you haven’t seen my other Pacific Rim comic, check it out.

In which I buy lots more makeup

We’ve been working on preproduction for Hendstrom a lot lately – I’ve drawn out some costume alterations, put together a list of costume thingies I need – and, as you can see in the last post, started trying crazy stuff with eyeliner. I’ve decided to invest in tattoo pens instead, because 10 minutes in the sink isn’t as fun as it sounds. Tonight, we braved the cold and quelled our stir craziness and stopped by Target so I could pick up some more makeup to experiment with.

I ended up with 2 kinds of mascara (well 4, but 2 tubes), eyeliner pen, face primer, foundation that is (hopefully) lighter than my skin tone, and makeup remover cloths – all for $22 because E.L.F. is the best ever and I don’t feel bad buying loads of makeup – because it’s good makeup and way less expensive; perfect for low/no-budget filming and preproduction!

Our notebooks are filling up with pictures and plot lines and rough set designs. Earlier this month, we started a vlog tumblr (vlogblr?) of our preproduction process and what we’ve been working on – we’ll be releasing another one later this week, so if you’re keen, follow hendstrom.tumblr.com because documenting is fun!

Work is ending soon which will give me time to expel some of this creative energy into doing ALL THE SEWING. I’m looking forward to it, honestly. And playing with face makeup. I have a book I’d like to order along with the tattoo pens that should hopefully help with the makeup-artistry.

Interesting thing about being a very very indie filmmaker, is that you have to balance everything that goes into a film yourselves. You have to build the world, write the world, fill the world, film the world, light the world, and dress the world all by yourself with whatever resources you have or can hack together. It makes you realize why exactly there are so many departments on movies: art teams, painting teams, makeup, costume, lighting, DP’s, AD’s, sound, noms, everything. Because it’s hard enough balancing all that for a handful of people, let alone hundreds.

Thing is though, this is an all encompassing art form, and I love it; that’s why I vlog, and draw, and pour everything into preproduction, and act, and watch Alex edit it all together.

Cleaning Psycho-ness

Occasionally I get this weird thing, where I feel like I should get rid of everything. It’s probably good, it’s like a mini minimalist kick and it’s usually localized (closets, drawers, objects, specific rooms). This time it was centered on my living room. I wasn’t feeling well and all I saw was a ton of crap all over my living room. That’s not all there was, there’s furniture too…but yeah, it was annoying me but I didn’t have any energy to do anything about it. So today, I finally felt human again and decided to tackle all of our random paper and documents and stuff that just sort of pile into a hideous mess of crap that we don’t need. The smart thing to do would be to scan and shred, but I don’t have a shredder, so I just re-organized everything important and trashed everything that we didn’t need.

That one magazine box I made in 2010…it’s gone now. I still have magazines in a cardboard box (the one I used to put gloves and hats in, I should move them into a drawer instead of my laundry basket…which I use for clothes because we have a very small dresser that’s very hard to share and it’s storing out of season clothes right now) but the quantity of magazines is half of what it was, and it’s only ones that are interesting. ^.^

Magazine Box

I also went through all of our files in my (one) file box and organized them, labeled the last two year’s folders of tax documents and put all of the ones for this year, so far, in a manilla envelope (I really need to get another file box thing one of these days), I cleaned out both night stand drawers (one is holding our tv and one is in our bedroom) and all the random papers that were just around. Everything now is squished in it’s folder, pictures are in a box, and the red side table that used to house the heavy magazine box is finally moved to the middle of the room, which Alex thinks adds a nice little bit of modern-ness to the room (which is awesome).

Table in the middle

In my dreams, I would have a modernly decorated home with a bohemian master bedroom. I think design wise this year, I’m going to be trying to incorporate those (now that I have a direction, ha!) as much as I can with what I have…and maybe this year, I’ll actually make it back to ikea. ;)

I also found a home for Darth Vader.

Darth Vader

Eventide

Evening, night, dusk, twilight, eventide – my creativity ignites when the moon rises and the stars glisten hello. My best writing and musing takes place, ideas, inspiration, and lately second winds that send me into mad sewing escapades. So when Creative Every Day mentioned that February’s theme was night, two things happened: my inner night owl was pleased, and I finally realized how I was going to finish the painting in my bedroom (and tie in the plum hues).

Plum Stars

Plum stars. Magical, flowy, windswept plum stars that tie the plum fabric in with a whimsical-wanna-be-bohemian-hug.

Plum

 

Purple Space

I painted my white space purple. The painting looks “textured”, with multiple hues of reds and purple with shots of cerulean and in the corner, in white, I wrote “love” and called it good. I might add some more plum elements just to pull in the curtains more overtly, but at the moment, even with less plum, it ties things in rather nicely.

Room (redesigned) with painted canvas I haven’t done anything to the bedroom since, but I did give my bookshelf and The Flux some attention. I took down my animal/fairy display from the bookshelf so I could put more books on it.

Book Shelf, now with more books!

So, then I moved my awesome animal and fairy display into The Flux. I put the three cardboard boxes that I was keeping (after I got rid of a ton of others earlier) to use and covered them with some leftover cloak material and made myself a little corner.

A Kiery Corner

I also moved the desk off the green screen so we can use it again, and moved my sewing machine to floor so we can actually use the desk (currently, prop-making). Eventually, we’ll need to get another desk…