Friday, May 6, 2011

Big Idea Crit

My big idea supposed to be a fully poseable, full-range motion robotic hand. But once again, I chose a project too big to get done. I only managed to get a finger done. My major is computer animation and I plan to do 3D animation and I know I proved that I know how to make something in 3D and actually make it work. I also proved that I can make a whole hand.

I was told that I should finish the hand for BFA. Dispite the lack of applause, questions, and overall seeming lack of interest from most, not all, most of the class, I think I built a well made project.


As a group, we worked togethether fairly well. JP bought all the plastic, iorned alot of plastic and provided ideas. Donovan also provided ideas, solutions, and did some cutting and iorning. Trey provided ideas and solutions and iorned alot of plastic. I cut and measured virutually all of the plastic and provided many ideas and solutions. We all took the leadership role when it was needed. No one argued, just debated. Overall, I say we did pretty well since we only worked on it a few days before it was due and even came up with the idea of making the thumb war with less people than the other groups.

Friday, April 29, 2011


What is your favorite color?


How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?

new car: very

underwear: very

tv set: very

winter coat: very

What is your 2nd favorite color?


"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"

(or whatever the kind that requires skill)

"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"

(DaVinci all up in here)

Which of the following statements applies to you more?

"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I focus on whether or not I like the piece"

Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?

older objects

"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"

wild animals

domestic animals

"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"

I want a good painting

Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?

I want a good painting

Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?


Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?

I want a good painting.

Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to religion?

Whichever looks better

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

"Paintings should ideally serve some higher goal, such as challenging their viewers to think about art or life in a different way than they normally do."

"Paintings don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."

A bit of both

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

"I prefer paintings that are realistic-looking: the more they resemble a photograph, the better"

"I prefer paintings that are different-looking if they're very realistic, I might as well be looking at a photography"

I tend to go for the realistic look. Real or imaginary, as long as it looks real.

"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?"

"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"
The one that requires skill.

Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?
Sexy angles

"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"
Don't care

"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?"
I want sexy strokes. Not that messy kind that any kid can do. Ew.

Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?
Depends where its required. But you have to do it well, yo

"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?"
Personally, I like deep, rich colors. But in art, its whatever works best

"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"

"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?"
I don't want a freaking line across the canvas. The hell is that crap?

How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?

larger- Lots of work, hell yea, you deserve praise (if its good)

smaller- Still, lots of work painting in a small area. (if its good)

"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings."
Don't care, make it look good.

"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?"
Don't care, make it look good. (who the hell compares Jesus to Lincoln?)

"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?"
I don't care, make it look good.

"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?"
I just know that the ones I liked look good.

"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"
The one that looks better.

"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?"
I don't care,

If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose?

Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting?

the size of the piece

the fame of the artist

the medium, such as oil or watercolor

the degree to which you like the painting <-this one

whether you think it will increase in value

What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like?

"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."

Pablo Picasso- Famous name

Norman Rockwell

Jackson Pollock

Salvador Dali


Claude Monet


Andy Warhol- famous name

Georgia O'Keefe- famous name

"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?"
Someone who's not stuck up about being famous and just wants to enjoy a good dinner like a normal person

"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all?
How many times did our class go?

The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:

1. there is not an art museum in my area: minor

2. I do not have enough spare time: major n

3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art: major

4. the cost of admission is too expensive: depends

5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art: not a reason

Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts?
As long was we get some cool shit to look at

Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public?
Somewhat. I just don't want a ball of scraps being called art and put out for everyone to see. Like, what is that, really?

"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?"
Which ever I feel is right.

Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes?
65,000-80,000 and higher.
I dunno, that's what they tell me. I know we make much MUCH more.

What is your gender?
I'ma dude, yo. A dudely dude.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Big Idea: Robot Hand

I got one joint done as a "proof of concept" piece.

Construction of the piece.
The joint allows 185 degrees of rotation.

 The 3 pieces that make up the joint.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Big Idea Proposal Sketches

Sketch #1 Robot Hand
Angle view and side profile of a finger
Thumb joint

Details of palm-to-finger joint and cross section of piston
Palm-to-finger joint allows full range of movement

Cross-section of piston (not fully developed)

 Sktech # 2 WASH Projects
The idea here is to finish my projects and combine them into one piece

Sketch #3 Black Light Gun
This "gun" will fire a laser that has the same effect that a black light has
The page

Trigger assembly (went through many versions of this to simplify and streamline assembly)

Basic layout of parts

Monday, April 18, 2011

Big Idea

1. A poseable hand made out of cardboard just for the hell of it.
2. A laser made out of cardboard. Because I like lasers.
3. A model of a plane because I like planes.
4. Finish all my previous projects and combine them into one big piece.
5. A life size battlefield.
6. Make a house showing the different layers of a house from the frame, sheetrock, paint, etc. Because I help out my dad with things of that nature.
7. An array of various sound making devices timed right so that they produce a melody or better yet, a segment from a song.

Color Project

Original image
 Phase 1
 Phase 2
 Phase 3
All together now!