Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lucia di Lammermoor

Another trip to the MN opera, and It was amazing as usual. these are the only sketches that turned out at all, it seems to happen the same every time; as the night goes on, I become less able to draw whats going on onstage, and more interested in just watching the action.

But go see it if you have the opportunity. It's always an amazing performance, and this one was no exception.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Silent Night

This blog is becoming more and more about the opera. This is an excellent thing, but the reasons are twofold: one, the opera is giving us more opportunities to draw during their shows (yay!) and two, I'm using this blog less and less. the second reason isn't totally a bad one though, I've never really liked the way blogger works, it just doesn't play that well with artists, but I used it begrudgingly, as no one else really fit the bill.

until tumblr.

Not that I plan on dropping this blog, but if you want to watch me update more often, definitely go here.

But back to the opera.

the MN Opera is awesome (said that already, but it is!) they're debuting a new show titled "Silent Night" about the soldiers who crossed the line during the Christmas of 1914 to share the holiday with the men who they'd been killing and being killed by just the day before. This has always been one of my favorite bits of millitary history, it's proof that the common man doesn't really desire to kill other men (or women, sorry but war's been a sausage fest until just recently really, trust me ladies, you weren't missing out.), It's the powers that be and their pissing contests that decide when and where it's people die. More importantly, left on their own, people would rather share a drink with his enemy right after he's shot your best friend than shoot back.

So how was the Opera? Best. Sets. EVER. Seriously, if you have the ability to go see this one, do it, and failing that try and find a recording of it, it's astounding. the costumes were fantastic, and the musical arrangement was epic in it's scope. If I were to nitpick (just to try and find something to say to prove it wasn't total perfection) it's that there was one story thread (in the three or four it was juggling) that wasn't resolved as tightly as it could have been. and there were one or two moments early on were the music was reaching an amazing crescendo that didn't totally meet up with the on stage action.

So two little nitpicks. how does it compare to the other operas I've seen? Still the best. Treat yourself to this one.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Opera part three

Ok, first things first. Obviously this blog is on it's last leg. I need an art blog, but blogger has never filled that need very well. I've been playing with tumblr for the past month, and am in love. so in addition to my Deviantart and Furaffinity accounts, I'll be posting any of my regular junk to my tumblr.

As for the future of this one, I have no idea. there seem to be some new options I have yet to dig into, but I doubt highly they can compare to the networking tumblr's been showing me. so we'll see.

Secondly, the opera!

once again tempo invited us to the Minnesota Opera to see Cosi fan Tutte, an -excelent- show. I've posted the sketches we got to do below, but don't take my ink for it, go see it, it's well worth it.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Opera Night Pt.II

This post is massively overdue, not just becasue I would have liked to post earlier, but I owed the wonderful folk at Tempo and the MN opera for once again letting us come and draw them once again.

I'm swamped. there is no other real reason for lack of posts, and my time management stinks. But the opera was awesome, the costumes were great, and the show was a ton of fun, I found myself watching as much as drawing just like last time.

Really hope we get the chance to do it again.

In the meantime, getting ready for springcon...hope to have my 2 more comic done by then, as well as some re-colored older stuff i was rather fond of... biting off more than i can chew, as usual... either way, I'm looking forward to it, that sort of mad dread is starting to settle in, and that's always good for motivation.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Night at the Opera

I notice that the time between posts is decreasing. I'm down from two years between posts to only a year, so following this formula, It'll only be six months before my next post...

Have to work on that. Anyway, at lest I've been keeping busy. Did a comic, working on 2 more, and started my webcomic (finally). More on that later, I'm sure. I've also taken on a slew of freelance commissions, nothing too serious ( and i say this not to be modest but because they don't really pay that well...grumble...) but really, the expose is what I'm after with those.

Though you can die of exposure.

Enough! the opera! the Kind folks at Tempo set up an amazing night last week, we got to see a free showing of Mary, Queen of Scots at the Minnesota Opera house, and all we had to do in return was draw it. Yeah I know, we made off like bandits, but you you don't say anything neither will I.

Either way, I've got the sum total of that nigh all posted below, It was awesome, I really hope we get a chance to do this again sometime. In the meantime though, I'll be (ha ha) -trying- to post here more often. I've got webcomic and commission sketching to show all y'all and a few new comics I'm trying to get up and in the air for springcon, so keep an eye out.

Till then, go check out the Opera...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oh yeah, i DO have a blog...

This is the reason I'm always so hesitant about blogs and online journals. It's tentative at first, there are the nervous glances and the embarrassed looks away, he formal introductions foll0owed by the honeymoon and the wild passionate whirlwind of posting for a few months. then the passion fades and the fighting starts, the blame game, the insults the forgotten passwords and we just drift apart, wonder what it was we saw in each other in the first place.

I kid, but it's not so funny from here, connectivity is the lifeblood of success and i am anemic.

I ment to post after i returned from south Dakota this summer, i spent almost a month and a half on the road from late july to the end of august drawing charicatures at county fairs, swap meets and even sturgis bike week (no joke!). but at teh end of it, i was so done with the whole ordeel i just wanted to forget about the whole thing. (bad bussines, sleeping on the streets, broken down car, and at the end of it, a dead boss...)

enough. this is and art blog (theoretically) so then art. I'm going to be at the new and improved spring con in a few months as well as nakamacon, and after that? well, one thing at a time.

oh yeah, almost forgot...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

No special title for the first post of the new year

Just playing this week, need to get a few things done before I start the hunt for freelance in earnest. Still scrambling to consolidate my student loans, they're starting to go after my parents for money, and that's not cool.

So just a quick post to keep myself honest, more to follow.