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Art Rantings and Musings Tuesday At Work

So I am slow at work and I have been thinking about what personal art projects to work on when I have some time off. Since I am going to focus a lot of my time to learning modo I should pick a project that will utilize modo the most. The many moons project seems like a good place to start.. Also I stop the world and melt with you is a good ZBrush Project.


Many Moons

I need to get some Moon Textures and download some of those Nasa Models.

Melt With You

This is a zbrush project that I would like to use those interesting spheres modeling technique.

Ring of Fire

This project is redoing one of my first paintings and one of my most memorable Acid Trips. I can see this project as being a VR experience one day. For now it will be great to just start it as a Modo, ZBrush, Houdini, RenderMan project


Calder’s Hulla Girl

I have always been obsessed with Hula Girls and Calder’s Circus. I have had a vision of a Hula Girl ala Calders Circus style scene. I am not exactly sure how I will do this.. But I think that trying to use.. some of the Groboto mesh bots items might be very cool.

Heavy Soul Train ( MashUp Pieter Bruegel the Elder and  Chris Burden  )

I have a sketch of this somewhere. The main structure is a lot like the Tower of Babylon. Trains and train like structures wind all around and into it. Again this could be a vr thing at some point.. For now.. its just a 3d project.


Very interestingly I learned about a Chris Burden peice that I did not know about. Dropping I Beams into Concrete.. Actually Very Interesting..









Ranting and Musing On a Sunday In the Kitchen

I was thinking a little bit about the idea of Symbols. What symbols are or have been important to me.


Graphic Symbols

  • My Kung Fu
  • Skull and CrossBones
  • My Indian Chief and Indian Princess Glyphs
  • D4
  • 4
  • $
  • YingYang
  • LA
  • SF
  • The Clock
  • LIttle Wing
  • Little Reaper
  • Sickle
  • SpiderWeb
  • Spider
  • Fly

Metaphorical Symbols

  • Indian Chief
  • Pirate
  • Death ( Reaper )
  • Bear
  • Eagle
  • Spider
  • Fly
  • Ants
  • Lone Mountain (i.e. Killimanjaro, Shasta, Fuji )
  • Hula Girl
  • Surfer Getting Barrelled
  • Pirate Ship
  • Dali and his Mustache
  • Chairs and Thrones
  • Classic Cars
  • Dogs
  • Rock Stars
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Sharks
  • Raccoons
  • Chimps
  • Crows
  • Ravens
  • The Open Desert
  • Tropical Islands
  • Beaches
  • Sunsets
  • Deep Forest
  • Mountain Vistas
  • RidgeLines
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Open Road
  • Small Towns
  • Ghost Towns
  • Harbors
  • Cities
  • Robots



Well I am sure if I continued to think about it longer I could come up with more ideas… But that is some of them.

Rantings and Musing

Its nice that I have a place to Rant and Muse.

I have meant to add a blog to my site for a while. I have been wrestling with inspiration and motivation lately. Working and commuting over 10 hours a day does not leave a lot of personal time for Art or Art Development. I do use public transportation and have some time on the train for sketching, reading, meditating and thinking. Still I am not putting enough time to my trade. I want to become a Fine Digital Artist. Currently I am a production Fx artist working mainly in houdini and doing Fx. I specialize in things not done by hand. I have become very inspired by a few artist recently. Disney, Dali, James Jean, and Andriod Jones.

Dali was always a top favorite of mine. Always amazed at his creativity and brush work. I recently saw an exhibit that put Dali and Disney together and my appreciation of Disney increased a ton. His worlds border on the sureal but as children we just get cuaght up in the entire production. Still the classic disney films like Bambi, Dumbo, Snow White are just classically beuatiful and artfully done.


Themes Research

So I have decided to do a little research on Themes in Art.

I found an interesting PDF DavisThemesInArt.

This PDF describes a number of interesting ideas. First there are Human Commonalities.

We All:

  • Experience the Life Cycles ( Birth, Growth, Death )
  • Work ( Work is universal. Everyone produces and consumes )
  • Use Symbols ( All people use symbols to express feelings and ideas )
  • Know Time and Space ( All people have the miraculous capacity to recall the past and anticipate the futre )
  • Search for a Larger Purpose ( All people try to give spiritual meaning and connection to our lives )
  • Have an Aesthetic Response ( All people respond to the aesthetic )
  • Seek Social Bonding ( All people are members of groups or institutions that consequently shape their lives )
  • Have a Connection to Nature ( All people are connected to the ecology of nature )


The Davis PDF goes on to suggest exploring the following:

Enduring Ideas

  • Identity
  • Survival
  • Conflict
  • Spirituality
  • Fantasy
  • Power
  • Rites of Passage
  • Change
  • Ritual
  • Celebration
  • Heroes
  • Ancestry


Another Site  offers an Exhaustive List of Ideas for Themes.


What I really want to do is focus down to a really good list of 4 strong ideas.




Rants and Musings On a Saturday At Work

I have not had a lot of time to myself. I spend a lot of hours at work and I am lucky that I do enjoy my work. I am trying to learn Modo at Home and do some more sketching.

I am having a hard time trying to learn or be personally productive during downtime at work. I am not using the downtime that well. Honestly I need to let my mind chill while I have downtime.

I can’t slam another side project into work. But I do know that I could do a few things.


I need to organize my photos. I need to get a scanner for my sketches.
I am at least starting to use this blog and my other wikis.


I Should start trying to work on some Themes


What 4 themes are the most important to me.  How do I want to be inspired and inspire people is the big question. Big questions? Do I really think I have answers. I am mostly tired.


Ok lets do some research on themes in art and sees what hits us..