Archive for June, 2006

Vector Illustration Contest

Pure LaughterSo there is an illustration contest going on at Illustrator World. Voting begins July 1 and ends July 4 on the forums. I have submitted this image of my sister, Marissa. The original picture is below it.

Basically, what Adobe Illustrator is…it’s a program that lets you create vector images. So you could make something the size of a stamp, and scale it to be the size of a billboard and it would maintain its quality. Unlike in Adobe Photoshop, where images would be pixelated and low-quality and where filters are used. I’m a huge fan of Illustrator, myself. It’s good for things like logos, where you need multiple sizes of it. Easy to do. You use shapes and tools to create the image you want. After learning Illustrator my second semester of Freshman year, I ended up looking at most things as shapesOriginal picture within shapes rather than just objects. With this image of Marissa, I placed shapes upon shapes, gradient meshes within shapes, and layer arrangement to make it work out. It’s not the best one submitted in the contest, but I am fairly happy with the end result.

You may need to create an account to vote, I’m not sure. But I suggest you go to the site and check out everyone’s submissions and vote for the one or multiple ones that you like best. It’s pretty cool so check it out! Here’s the link to the contest. See the full size of my portrait and other submissions by professional and student artists!

Welcome to my Crib(age) – get it?

Our humble abode Kyra and I are officially moved in and decorated! Our apartment is two stories. Main floor: kitchen, bathroom, sink area, my room, guest room. Second floor: living room, bathroom, sink are, Kyra’s room, door to balcony. It’s pretty sweet. Check it out!

Here are some things that I find enjoyable about our apartment:
(I like lists and they are easy to read)

  • We have a dishwasher. (Its name is Kyra. Haha, just kidding. We really do.)
  • The fact that there’s an upstairs.
  • Our own bathrooms.
  • Low rent.
  • Wireless internet and digital cable.
  • A guest room with pull-out loveseat and recliner.
  • Mailbox.
  • It costs $0.25 to dry your clothes.
  • Running water.
  • As many outlets as one could dream.
  • Closet space, galore.
  • Eye hole in the doors.
  • The balcony.
  • My roommate. Awwwh.
  • Indoor plumbing.
  • Locks.

My bathroomYep, ladies and gentlemen…I have it made. Except…

Here are some things that I find unenjoyable about our apartment:

  • Buying toilet paper.
  • Loud and intoxicated neighbors.
  • We don’t have forwarding addresses for the previous residents.
  • Sometimes you have to dry things twice, like jeans or towels.
  • I’m scared to look through the eyehole.
  • Mail doesn’t come until 2:00.
  • My landlord is super old and talks for too long.
  • My keys hit the door frame when I lock/unlock it.

So as it turns out…the good outweighs the horrific.

Happy 1/2 Year!

Play-doh rules the world!

Happy 6-month anniversary, Miles. :) Thanks for calling.

I made this with Play-doh at work.

Back to Boji

Holy firecrackersHere are some things I experienced this weekend that I have never encountered before at camp:

– I spent almost an entire day in front of a computer. I created a disc golf course map.

– I ate meatloaf. They were having a family reunion.

– I didn’t remember the words to some songs. “I will magnify the….who?”

– Trespassers set off firecrackers. Idiots. Check out the left overs in the picture.

– I was put in the sleeper hold. Luke was practicing what he’d do when he found the trespassers.

– I set Deb up with a blog at Blogger. Find it here.

– I almost ran over a turtle on the way there. I almost ran over a turtle at the same spot on the way back. Haji was in the car both times.

– I reinacted a scene from Tommy Boy. I’m a maniac…maniac on the floor.

– In a stretch of 10 miles on the road, I saw 12 ground squirrels. None of which where dead.

– I conducted a photo shoot of Mandy Shew really late at night. We were all drunk.

OK, so we weren’t drunk. But it was really late. And you should check them out because some of them are kind of funny. Most of them were taken on the verge of laughter…so it’s the best photo shoot ever.

I’m watching Family Guy right now. Congratulations to my brother Adam and Cari on their recent engagement! Also, congratulations to Miles’s brother Bryce and Lindsey on their recent engagement! It’s a happy time! Up next time, pictures from my apartment!

Come home soon, Miles!!! And tell your dad hello.

A Whole Lotta Stuff

T-shirt IdeaMiles and I submitted a T-shirt idea for Campus Progressive, a political conference thing for college-aged students. This is what we submitted. Who knows if it will win anything. The coolest thing of all is that David Cross (Tobias from Arrested Development) is one of the judges!

I’ve been doing work for Larry Noble, an Iowa Senate candidate that my brother works for. I don’t want to put anything online with that, for the sake of his campaign. I made a fundraiser invitation and am now making another graphic for the campaign.

I’m helping a friend make some graphics for a website he is creating for a South Dakota organization. So far, I’ve made a new logo for them that seems to be accepted well.

Haji2 Miles and the rest of his family are currently on their way to France. I’m taking care of Haji. They’ll be gone until June 23rd. I went to Big Stone with him Friday, and they left for the cities on Saturday. We’ll maybe get to talk next week on our 6 month anniversary. Otherwise, I’ll be getting letters/postcards and hopefully email will be a good source. It’s lonely here in Brookings, since I don’t know anyone…so now that I won’t be talking on the phone with him for the next two weeks, I’ve got to find ways to keep myself busy. Tonight’s not going so well. If you’re bored in the next few weeks, please feel free to call and chat. :)

But last night, after a quick conversation with camp friend Bryan I made the 2 hour trip to Sioux City to meet up with 7 friends. Bryan, Debra, Luke, Deb, Ben, Doug, and Liz. I brought Haji. We ate at Red Robin and then went to Luke and Deb’s place to play lots of video games. If you know me and video games, it usually results in me standing up, yelling a lot, and twisting and turning my body. This video game consisted of purposely crashing your car and seeing how much damage in $ you make. But I was racing. And it was a long race. I got a head ache. Then I went to sleep in Haji’s designated room. When we woke up, we ate at Panera where we saw a man with a kilt. Then I left, shopped in Sioux Falls, and returned to Brookings. But I’m glad I got blessed with a very non-lonely night. I return to camp at Okoboji on Thursday night to help out for the weekend. So that is something to look forward to. I think Haji’s pooped out.

Bonne nuit! Good night!