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I Really Want a Dog

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Walking Dog

Ever since I was little, I always lived with a dog! When I was living in the dorms and apartments at University, I didn’t have a dog there. I always got to see my dogs at home though! Now, living in San Francisco, my dogs are so far away in Florida! It seems like everyone has a dog in San Francisco. I want a dog by… next summer! Life without a dog is lonely!! Anyway, this animation isn’t finished, but I figured I’d post it.

私は子供の時から、いつも犬と住んでいました!大学生時、ドーミトリーとかアパートに住んでいました。だから犬がありませんですが、私の犬といつも会いました!今、あたしはサンフランシスコに住んで、私のフロリダに住んでの犬はこっちから遠いですね!!サンフランシスコに皆さんが犬が飼ってと思います!来年の夏前に、私も犬が欲しいなー。本当に。犬のいない生活寂しいですね!!とにかく、このアニメーションまだ終わりませんでしたけど、ポストしたかったです!

Salted Caramel and Stickers

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SaltedCaramel

I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve been obsessed with salted caramel. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, as a topping, it’s all delicious! It’s even amazing in bubble tea.

最近私はなんとなく塩キャラメル大好きになりました。アイスクリーム、フローズンヨーグルト、トッピングって、全て美味しいと思いますよ!タピオカティに入っても大好きです。

Anyway, lately I’ve been working on a Facebook Messenger app sticker concept using my favorite Gori character. I definitely think making sticker sets is a great character study. I will probably make another with the Panda character. It would be amazing to actually see my stickers on the app!

とにかく、最近Facebook Messengerのアプリスタンプコンセプトを作りました。私の好きなゴリラのキャラクタを作りましたよ!スタンプを作るのことが良い練習と思います!パンダキャラクタのスタンプも作りたいですよ。私のスタンプが本当のアプリに見たいです!

“Self Direction”

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Education

At the University of Florida, I had a professor who hated grades. He basically said that grading and the grading system is what ruins education and limits what we do, not only as art majors, but as students in general. From the student perspective, at first I was like, “What? You don’t care about grades? But how am I supposed to know how I’m doing?!” Looking back at it now, and even a few months into my first semester with that professor, I’m thinking: wow, isn’t that sad! Is that all education is about? Getting good grades and getting through the semester? No way, it shouldn’t be.

So where did this even come from? I’m no expert on education, I’ve never been employed at a school or anything like that. I am a student. Yeah, I graduated from university already, but I’m never going to be done learning. No one should ever consider themselves done with their education just because they are no longer receiving a score for it. In my opinion, the simplified explanation for this way of thinking comes from this idea that students need something in order to be motivated to learn, and we have to “know” all of these things in order to be functioning adults with general knowledge in society. I remember the first time I was given an open-ended art project assignment with no parameters set for materials, style, medium… anything. I was scared and confused as to how I was supposed to come up with something without any sense of direction. Looking back at it now, how was I not?! Jack Stenner was right, of course. I was able to “self-direct” my education and did the research on my own. And you know what?! It felt great. I wouldn’t trade my Fine Arts education for anything.

Jens Peter de Pedro posted a link to this article on his Twitter account today. The timing is awesome because I was just thinking about a project I want to get started on. Amy Harrington says, “Our goal for learning should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake… True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.” She talks about how the education system should be giving children the tools to explore the world for themselves and think critically about things on their own, to create. What would a classroom look like if a child was given this freedom? What would the teacher do? Does there have to be a classroom?

When I was little, I used to spend hours playing “teacher” to my class of stuffed animals sitting on the staircase. I’d make up lessons, staple together little notebooks for them, and take the time to meticulously sharpen pencils that were too short for me to use at school anymore. As I got older, that focus turned to thinking about what the animals were eating during their school day. I would buy yarn and cotton pom poms to make pretend pasta for school lunch. Older still, I started focusing my attention on the way the students dressed. I’d sew little uniforms and backpacks for them. I am thankful to my parents for never stopping me from doing this. I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to play like I used to. I miss sending my stuffed animals to “Oakie Oaks Elementary School” or letting my Barbies have random adventures on their vacation. I am grateful that my parents allowed me to borrow their digital camera for hours on end just to hold photo shoots for my Barbie dolls or my dogs.

I think there need to be more and more open-ended, sandbox-like games/toys/apps that allow children to play as they would like to. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. The project I’d like to get started on involves the way I used to play (mentioned above). I guess part of the desire comes from wanting to be able to simulate that play, but without all the stuffed animals and the paper… but it’s bigger than that. I think there’s something important that could be learned from allowing a child to set up their ideal scenario in a classroom. I haven’t fully gotten a concept together for this yet, but I am really looking into this. Thinking about what I said above, the staircase was my classroom and I was in charge. What do you think? Should children be put in charge of their own education? If you’ve read any interesting articles on this, please send me the links!

Let’s Go Swimming!

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Swimming

Ya know what? I have not gone swimming this summer! I wanted to know how his swimming would look, so here it is! I think I’ll try this one again. I’m really having fun working with this character!

知りますか?今夏、私は泳ぎに行ったことありません!彼の泳ぎこと見たかったですので、どうぞ!このgifをまだ作りたいと尾見ます。このキャラクターを使うことがすごく楽しいです!

Thinking About Apps

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Games Mockup

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about apps and design. As you can probably tell from just a quick glance at this blog, I really love this gorilla character. I would like to get back to the original concept I thought of for my Savimals project: to raise awareness for endangered animals. I think an app would be great for this! I am working on that idea now.

最近、アプリとデザインを考えています。私はこのゴリラキャラクターが大好きですよ!オリジナルコンセプトにまだ勉強したいです。それは絶滅危惧種の関心を高めるためにですね。アプリは良いと思います!

From the Inside

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InsideToday, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how this character should move and act. I spent hours thinking about it… but then I realized, I need to spend more time thinking about him, from the inside. Be on the lookout for more about this one!

今日は、このキャラクターについて一日中考えていました。何時間も過ごしました。彼の性格について考えて見たいですよ。

Boba? Bubble Tea? Tapioca?

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Panda Boba

What name do you like? In Japanese, boba is called “tapioca tea.” I remember when I tried talking to my friend about boba. I was shocked when she said she didn’t know what boba was! Turns out, she only knew it as tapioca tea. Anyway, I love bubble tea and so does my Savimals Panda! I am really enjoying this animation practice.

何の名前が好きですか?日本語でbobaは”タピオカティ”と言います。最近、友達とbobaを話していました。彼女はbobaのこと知らなかった時、本当にびっくりしましたよ!実は、”タピオカティ”って言うこと知りました!とにかく、私はタピオカティ大好き。そして、私のSavimalsのパンダちゃんもタピオカティ大好きです!このアニメーションの練習することが本当に楽しいです!

Munching and Practicing

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Munch MunchFood and animation, respectively. If you haven’t seen this gorilla before, he comes from my Savimals concept project, here.  I love him, so I wanted to bring him to life! I am working on an animation with this guy, so I’ll be making these gifs to test out certain movements.

食べ物とアニメーションってこと。このゴリラ見たことなかったら、私のSavimalsのコンセプトプロジェクトから来ました、どうぞ。彼のことが大好きだから、彼に活気を与えたかったですよ!彼のアニメーションを作っていますので、gifを作りますよ。