Was December just two months ago? Seriously?! It feels like another lifetime that I went to school.
|Northern Illinois University Graduating Class of December, 2013|
I'm the one that turned around just as the photo was taken.
|Me, with my BFA in Illustration!|
3.45 GPA overall | 4.0 GPA since I went back!
I've been productive in those two months, just not on the art side of life. My son and I moved out of the apartment and lived at the Motel 6 for a month → it sounds bad, but was a blessing because at the end of the month I moved into MY NEW HOME! I can't even begin to express how amazing it feels to clean my own floor, cook on my own stove, and paint walls in a COLOR other than white! The finished basement will be my very own studio!
The most blessed thing of all is that everyone in my family has done some hard work. Each of us has looked deeply into our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures. The black hole that we entered two years ago has brought us to a new and better place. We have learned and are moving forward together. People have shown us who they are, their true nature has been revealed → some for better and for worse and those lessons will not be lost.
We are moving in slowly after we each caught the cold going around town. While I haven't been doing outside work as much or as often, I have been doing some pretty cool things with my co-workers. We got together and decided to try to recreate the movie poster for Star Trek: Into Darkness. That way we could work on our lighting, typography, and special effects skills. Here is the progression:
|ORIGINAL PHOTOS ON GREEN SCREEN / TYPOGRAPHY RECREATED|
|FINAL: AFTER SPECIAL EFFECTS ARE ADDED|
Personally I was really pleased with the results. FSA currently serves as the um FSA currently serves as the umbrella for a variety of essential community programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Advocacy Center, Center for Counseling, and Senior Services. They serve as a “hub” of services, organizing the efforts of many local agencies to provide the best care possible to every generation found within my community. I love that I was able to assist such a worthy cause. Here is the before and after website screenshots:
|Family Service Agency Website: Left = Before | Right = After|
|Ad for Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery in Egg Harbor, Door County, WI|