Thursday, December 15, 2011
Happy Holidays to you!
Busy, busy, busy. I've been keeping myself busy this fall. For the past month, I've been working on my Birthstones project.
I wanted to do 12 illustrations that represent the months of the year. I considered BBW frilly Lolita zodiacs at first but, that idea didn't stick with me. First reason, the Greek Zodiac signs have been done before, THOUSANDS of times. If you put Aries into deviantART, all the illustrations can be similar. Aries with huge horns plus an outfit that goes in the direction they were looking for. It's not a bad thing but, I wanted to do something different. So, my next thought went to birthstones. I have this book, similar to an address book but it holds dates for birthdays and anniversaries. It's so cute with the cupcakes on the cover. This simple little book has lists for everything; Greek and Chinese Zodiac, Birthday colors, anniversary symbols and much more. Following the list for birthstones, I started my research and sketches. I felt really good when I finished because it's one of the largest single illustration-like projects I've created for myself and finished. You can see them all in detail on my DeviantART account here http://dgamm562.deviantart.com/gallery/34206705
Now to the meh news but, I promise to end on a good note. I'm still unemployed with even smaller chances of graduating from my school of choice. Sometimes, I don't think it's the lack of jobs out there that's limiting my chances of one. I really think it's me. I mean, I've been applying since I was 16, and the only REAL job, I've gotten was as a cashier at "BevMo!" last holiday season. I don't know HOW I got it but, I'm blessed and appreciate that I did. I do have unpaid internship experience but, now I feel like that was just away for CERTAIN employers to get free help. I appreciate the experience but I can't pay back student loans in experience. Now on to school! School, school, school. This semester, I took off. I didn't want to take on loans and it was too late to enroll in any classes anywhere. In early October, I applied to 3 CSU's with hope that my nearly 72 units from the Academy of Art would be transferable. They weren't and I expected that but, hoped for something different. That leaves me with a few decisions. 1. Start over: Take 5 years to earn GE's and transfer 2. Continue with AAU: Work hard to earn money and take on loans and graduate in 3 years at PT status or 3. Drop out: Teach myself what I can and get by with odd jobs and work on my portfolio. I've been clinging to option 2 for the past 3 years now. Most people, I've meet are either about to graduate or have changed schools too. And that saddens me but, oh well. Even though my hopes of graduating from AAU are shrinking, my hopes of being an animator are growing! I feel so strongly about this career choice, I will hard extremely tough to get my foot in the door and my portfolio noticed. See, I ended on a good note!
Thank you for reading or skimming! Much appreciated!
Posted by Dominique Gammage