shake_the_shell: (Waterhouse 2)
2010-10-14 12:16 am

Bare naked ladies


(I've already said much on this subejct at DA, but...aye.)

I have to wonder, as a professional artist who painted many a nude woman, what dear Waterhouse (wave at the avatar) would have thought about the images you find in the 'Artistic Nudes' catagory on deviantART.
I am in no way a prude, but it took a strong disposition at times to look through without grimacing in horror at the photographs being tagged as "artistic" of all things. Most of the images are what you'd imagine young horned-up couples sending to each other after posing in the mirror - that infamous photo of Vanessa Hudgens comes to mind. And this is just the mild stuff. Others are more blatant, and in reality are nothing more than soft porn. Why not call it what it is, instead of sending it out in such a mask?

It's that very reason that made me dubious about uploading a certain photograph. It is what it is - an artistic nude. Nothing explicit, carefully taken & mulled over. It became a harder decision because the subject was myself - I hesitated at having a photo of me amongst the tripe masquerading as something else.

Nevertheless, I did - those genuinely interested in its artistic merit can find it here. It's a self portrait, taken digitally *gasp* and edited with a texture layer in CS2. Highly unusual for me.

Unsurprisingly, it got comments within seconds of it being there, and of course, favourites without comments. It proved to me what I had jokingly knew would happen - if you want attention, get your kit off. There isn't anyone out there, even the most prudish of us, that isn't interested in at least having a peek at some naked flesh.
shake_the_shell: (Waterhouse 1)
2010-06-01 02:52 am

Swell...

Psh, been nearly a month...

Long story short: I fucked up my Photography interview by being, oh ho, too tired to see straight, and my portfolio turning out less than favourably because of lack of time. So understandably I didn't get in, as we all know the high standards they keep. However 3 hours, a piece of toast and a bottle of water later, I rocked my Art interview, resulting in unconditional acceptance into the course the day after, so I'm a happy bunny. Life goes on, yadda yadda.



I will tag this later, after I have eaten Italian nougat I purcased earlier today, and had a long sleep & read of Robin Hobb's "Shaman's Crossing".
shake_the_shell: (Waterhouse 1)
2010-05-01 02:48 am

Croak croak croak


It says it on my mug.

Like my last post, this boderlines a "real life" moan type thing. I recieved the date for my Uni interviews and, joy of joys, they are on the same day. Wednesday 5th May. Yippee...

So that means that from today, I've to do the shitatstic task of gathering together pieces of my work for two seperate portfolios. Art won't be too hard, it's bascally just a repeat of last year, omitting a few pieces and including new ones in their sted. Not too hard. However, for the photography one, I have to start from scratch. Get a folder, card for mounting, pick photos, print photos, in the darkroom as well as from my pc, arrange it all & finally stick it all down. The best part about all that is, for Photography, I have no idea in hell what I'm doing. I've done the Art interview before. Photography I haven't, so I'm winging it.
Hopefully friend & fellow applicant shall get back to my email by tomorrow and give me some pointers, as he's in the lucky position of having a tutor to help him.

Sooo. Just for a larf, here's one of the potential images that shall be present in said portfolio.




Bricks and stuff. Whether it'll be adequate enough to wow them, however...OH MY GOD I am so fucking not ready for this shit >.< Bleh, I said it. I shall now go to hide in the safety of my bed with my doggles to cuddle.
shake_the_shell: (Dearest Bosie)
2010-04-08 02:33 am

WTF

I am peeved. The font I was using must have been scrapped, as it had suddenly changed upon visiting here, and won't work for me anymore. And neither would the other 6 I tried & like. GRRR. So "Berling Antiqua" it is for now. Though I can't get it the size I want in the right places (sounds dirty).

It also occured to me recently that I really need to take moar photies. Mainly because I applied 2 weeks ago for a Photography course in my local Uni, aaaand well eventually portfolio, they will wish to see one. And I do have many photos indeed, however I've been slacking in my personal project type thing, of 40 Steps. So I went up a few days ago & took some more pictures with my Olympus Pen EE-3. I'm in the process of scanning the little buggers in now. I've got 4 ok shots from the first strip of 12, and 5 more strips waiting to scan. It'll take a few days, but some of them are quite nice.

I focused a little more on the cottage this time, seeing as it's an integral part of that whole 40 Steps experience, and all that jazz. So there's a lot of brick and wall to be seen. A little share of one of my fave shots so far...



It looks a bit hazy to me, upon reflection, as do a few others. Not as crisp. Could be the Fomapan 100 film I used, but it's ridiculously crisp, I know from experience. I'm not sure if it's something I've done in CS2 or if it is indeed on the actual negative, but the only way to find out is in the darkroom. It's been a while since I've been in there, but I'm planning on doing so soon. There's no comparison to a darkroom print. There's just a certain aura to them, one I love.

I'm just hoping that 40 Steps makes sense as a "theme". Apparently, in interviews, the Photography peoples like to see sets, based around ideas for a series, instead of random great shots. Makes sense, I suppose, but how do I explain 40 Steps away? "Oh it's this wee place I walk around occasionally, it's purdy." It's hardly an intelligent, coherant idea. Bleh. Maybe I worry too much. Hell, I know I do.

Rambling ramble is over.