Art School, Semester 2, Week 3

Hi again everyone, and welcome to the weekly post of the art student rapidly losing his mind as the homework takes over his world.


Let’s get started on the week in review…

Art History

Another week, another lecture. This one was about portraiture. Why it’s done, what it means, and so on.

We also have a writing assignment due in two weeks that is based on an exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I need to get cracking on that, but…


The linocut is coming along. I’ve done a test print, made a revision to the plate, done another test print, made another revisions, and now I need to test print that, then (assuming I am happy with it) print a series of three editions from that plate. Then — ahem — the instructor has two suggestions for things that may improve the print, so I get to make one of those changes, test print, and if I like it, print the series again. And then I can make another change to the plate, test print, and possibly print the series again. This is *hours* of work. It’s due in two weeks, and I need to get on that, but…


The metal sculpture is coming along. I don’t even recall what I said in the last post, but my maquette has been revised now. The new version is definitely something I can create with the tools we have, so I got my metal and cut the pieces up. Then I polished the edges and put them off into my locker. Where they’ve sat for several days now, and some got dinged by the locker door. (I can fix that!) I really need to spend some time in the shop and get moving on finishing the sculpture, since it’s due in two weeks or so, but…


The cubist drawing I did was a hit. I got full marks for it, and she kept it to display it somewhere (in building B, apparently) at some point. Nice. Here’s what the final drawing looks like:

After The Party, a cubist drawing in the style of Bottles and Knife, by Juan Gris

That drawing took a minimum of 14 hours. Those are the hours I can directly account for. There may be more, but I wasn’t keeping close track of them.

And of course every drawing class comes with new homework. This week we’ve been told to draw at least five eggs, using only light values. We also have to create some thumbnails as we explore possible compositions, and write something short about why we are doing this. That’s all due on Thursday morning, and I really need to get that started, but…


The first media project — a collage done in Photoshop, and based (in my case) on a work by Duchamp — is due on Friday morning. I’ve got many hours into it, and I’m not at all sure I like how it is going, but it’s going. The file — so far — is 644MB in memory. That’s right, folks. I’m currently working with an image file that is 3/4 of a Gigabyte in memory, and nearly half a Gig on disk. Bill Gates (of the infamous “640KB should be enough for anyone” comment) was clearly off the mark, by a factor of 1000 in this case, and then some since that only accounts for the file itself, not the operating system, the application, or anything else running. Whee.

There are several more hours on this that I need to spend to get it done. Assuming I don’t throw my hands up in despair and start over, after finding a totally different approach to things.

Other Stuff

That’s class this week. It’s all been in the rain — since that is what it does in Vancouver — so I’ve had wet feet and clothing a lot as well. And wet dogs.

Apparently the US government has shut down. That’s par for the course these days, I guess. And the recriminations continue. I did have a laugh this morning, though. I got one of those scam phone calls claiming that there are four legal filings proceeding against me for our taxes, and I should call the (anonymous) office back to resolve them before I am arrested. In response I thought:

  1. The government has shut down. No one could be coming after me.
  2. I’m in Canada. Extradite me, suckers.
  3. Oh, and the entire thing is a scam. The IRS doesn’t call or threaten anyone this way.

So I deleted the messages, blocked the number, and moved on with life. But it was a laugh, which have been a bit far between this past week.


I honestly haven’t read much worth sharing in the last week, and no one has sent me anything. Well, not entirely true. Ducky sent me a link to an article about AI and art, but I haven’t read it yet, so I don’t know if I should share it or not. Oh… wait. It’s from Ducky. Sure. I should share it. Here is a link to the 30 page PDF. Medium wanted to display it inline. I figured a link was better.

And here is the usual list of links to other articles in this series:

Dog Pictures

I have one for you. (Ahem… Nicki… this is for you.)

Tinkerbelle, waiting for the picture to be done so she can do something fun!

Short update this week. Sorry. I suspect you know why given the above.

But please do tell me about typos. I’m in a rush, and am not doing the usual level of proof reading. (And the usual level often misses them anyway, so this piece is probably infested with them!)

Sculptor/Artist. Former programmer. Former volunteer firefighter. Former fencer. Weirdest resume on the planet, I suspect.