Renaissance

The Renaissance was probably my favorite topic to learn about in my AP European History class, only slightly beating World War 1 & 2. The Renaissance, if you did not know, started in the late 1300’s and ended around the 1500’s, mostly in Italy. The word actually means “rebirth,” referring to the rise of Greco Romanian Art, Philosophy, Music, Architecture and so on. Don’t quote me on this, I learned this in High School and they’ll only tell you what they want to tell you, so if you have any questions about the Renaissance, use your favorite search engine and search to your little heart’s content.

Why the Renaissance? Isn’t that like, old people art, ya know, for old people? Of course not! A lot of paintings that are still admired today are from the Renaissance. For instance, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, also known as Michelangelo, was recorded as one of the best artists of his time. He was a painter, poet, , sculptor, and the one who engineered the High Renaissance.  He was the one who sculpted this bad boy:

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo’s David

(note: David is actually suppose to be a little boy, but the culture valued the body of man and made them more muscular than they needed to be. Either way, it’s perfection)

And this:

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

If you didn’t know that, congrats, you’re learning a little from this silly blog.

Do you recognize this painting?

The School of Athens by Raffaello

The School of Athens by Raffaello

This painting was done by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, also known as Raphael. He, along with Michelangelo, helped to shape the Renaissance during his time. (do a little research on this painting if you would like to find out more. Its highly interesting and the people in this painting make sense. If you look to the far right, next to the man with the glob in his hand, you will see that Raphael even put himself in the painting!)

How about this one?

The Last Supper by Leonardo

The Last Supper by Leonardo

Or this lovely lady?

Mona Lisa by Leonardo

Mona Lisa by Leonardo

How about this journal entry?

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo

Yes, these were done by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci, or the man of the Renaissance. Da Vinci was a Polymath, which means he studies in more than one subject. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer! Can you believe that?

These 3 men were the geniuses of the Renaissance and helped other artists like Sandro Botticelli, Titan, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Caravaggio (one of my favorites), Paolo Veronese, Giotto and many more.

-Ashton

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I Apologize

Normally, I would post everyday, but I’m sick and tired of looking for good Templates for sites and not knowing what the heck all those numbers, letters and symbols mean.

So yes, I’m learning how to code. HTML, CSS, PHP, stuff like that. I’ve gotten the hang of HTML so soon I will be learning PHP language and soon enough be designing my own templates. I realized after about 6 days, that Coding can count as a type of art. It’s like… Computer Culture! If that exists.

Hopefully my new skill can cooperate with my love for art and digital design. Only thing getting in my way are funds for good programs. But for now, I’ll stick with Notepad++ and code for free and as long as I feel necessary.  And also, hopefully my new skill can “bring home the bacon” (I learned about this quote in a How To Make Your Own Bacon video and where the actual phrase came from. Pretty interesting… and weird.)

 

-Ashton

Bubble Guppies

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Anyone know that kid show Bubble Guppies? If not, might not want to start watching it. You’ll get sucked in to the adorable madness!

Ahem. Why this kid show you ask? Well I got bored and did a few random searches and came across this show. I looked at the images ( on Google of course) and I noticed a few people who drew the characters in their own perspective. God, they weren’t horrible, it’s just that they were either trying too hard or it looked like a 5 year old drew it (I checked to make sure it wasn’t some little kid who drew it. If it was a little kid, I would say Kudos Kiddo!). So I thought I could give it a try and draw them as teenagers. I tried it, and realized that my favorite characters came out good looking (Gil, Deema and Nonny. Blue hair, Yellow hair and Orange hair.) and my not so favorite came out… Eh. Goby, my second to last least favorite character ( Dark purple haired boy) turned out pretty handsome. As for Molly and Oona (Pink hair and Purple haired girl), not really. I guess I’m good when it comes to drawing men, but I know nothing about their anatomy… I wish I did. All my guy characters would be muscular.

Anyway, I’ll finish the picture, colour it, and post it as soon as I can. Then you guys can tell me what you think.

-Ashton

More Ink, Less Booty

Drawn by Moi.

Drawn by Moi.

One of my late nice sketches. I watched the movie called 10,000 B.C. on Netflix (good movie if you haven’t seen it) and Netflix gave me a little “Suggested Titles” sort of thing, and all 3 titles it gave me were Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I’m not sure what a pirate fantasy movie has to do with the first humans and woolly mammoths but I guess if you can find a way they can relate, then so be it.

Anyway, the pirates made me think about the kids who would play in their backyards with wooden swords and fake eye patches. So, I drew one of my own little scurvy dogs (ba-dum tisss). For some reason, I imagined him as a little elf boy and gave him a pointed ear. The entire drawing was  drawn in Sharpie permanent marker (I refuse to use my ball point pen) and it left me with a terrible after taste at the end of the night. Yuck.

Yes, his hat does say “Arrg!” Yes, it is made out of bones. No, I did not forget the H at the end of “Arrg!” It was a simple suggestion that I ended up liking (I didn’t want to make a lower case H out of bones. So much work, haha).

As some of may be able to tell, my sketching style does in fact come from Anime/Manga. I’m a huge Manga reader (If you don’t believe me, read my post A Pinch Of Me).

So yes, so much ink and no booty to spare for our little elf pirate. Now he must sail the seas in the My Art gallery.

-Ashton

Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

I guess this quote explains itself. No one can tell you that you cannot paint. Because you can, literally. Don’t let criticism silence you. You are the controller of your paintbrush. Pick it up and paint with what your mama gave you (heeheeharhar). When I think of Van Gogh, and this quote, I think about how his ear was gone. He could only hear half of the people criticizing him. Maybe we should cut off an ear. Or maybe both.

I kid.

I’m one of those people who have to listen to criticism in order to get better. Negative criticism is always the best criticism.

-Ashton

Bad After

Done by Moi.

Done by Moi.

First, tell me what you think when you see this picture. Second, what do you notice different. Third, ask, who the heck is this guy?

Well folks, this lovely man is Christofer Drew Ingle from the one man band, Never Shout Never. If you’ve never heard of him, you’re probably learning of him a little too late. Although loved by many young listeners, most refuse to believe he is a changed man. I beg to differ. Drew is 22, apparently is a member of, not one, but 4 bands, and is covered in tattoos. I guess when people say “People change,” they weren’t considering a bad change.

I’m not a hater, I’m just giving a widely accepted opinion. The new Drew is scary to be honest. Here, let me let you read an old song of his. This is one of my personal favorites.

Lyrics to First Dance

Well, it started with your hips

So I moved up to your lips

To take a chance, ask for a dance

‘Cause you’re the cutest thing

On this side of the world

We call our homes, yet I feel so all alone

Half of the time we gotta live

With what we got and I got nothin’

So I pray you take my hand

So we can conjure up somethin’ rad

And you could move on with your life

Just like you do, just like you shooby do do do

But you could make everything alright and I want you to

Because ever since the first dance

All I thought about was lovin’ on you

So I moved to the dance floor

With instincts and nothing more

I had ants in my pants, I did the boogie dance

And there was nothing to do but laugh

So I took another leap

Hoping to sweep you off your feet

I said, “Baby, maybe we could bust this joint

And see if my place is open to chill”

And you could move on with your life

Just like you do, just like you shooby do do do

But you could make everything alright and I want you to

Because ever since the first dance

All I thought about was lovin’ on you

And you could move on with your life

Just like you do, just like you shooby do do do

But you could make everything alright and I want you to

Because ever since the first dance

All I thought about was lovin’ on you

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Sweet right? Okay, now lets read a song from another one of his bands, Eatmewhileimhot.

Lyrics to Get Up and Die

You are a couch potato
And you know what we do with couch potatoes
We make them get up and die
(die, die, die)

Get off your sorry behind
And do something with your pathetic life
You have become a parasite
Get up and die

Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die

Now that you have woken from your slumber
What do you have to say for yourself?
Doesn’t you feel cool?
(cool, cool, cool)

Getting up off your sorry behind
And doing something with your life
Is something everyone should do
(do, do, do)

Get up and die

Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die

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Notice a difference? Maybe reading it is not enough for you. Maybe hearing it will be better. Click the two links below and listen to the difference in his voice.

First Dance

Get Up and Die

Now do you notice a difference?

So tell me, which do you prefer? I guess it depends on your musical tastes and such, but many would agree that the old Drew was better. New listeners and fans of his know nothing about the greatness he use to produce. Others will say “He is who he is, he sounds the freaking same!” Yeah, okay.

-Ashton

Breaking Apart

Done by Moi.

Done by Moi.

I’m certified in Photoshop CS5, but not in CS6, at least, not yet. I do a few things on Photoshop, especially photo manipulation (if you want to see some of my other Photoshop pieces, click the My Art tab above).

This is a breaking apart photo. I looked up a few tutorials on YouTube and had to learn how to do this from a Spanish guy (for the record, I don’t speak a hint of Spanish). The hardest part about  this type of manipulation is the fact that you more than likely have to pull each and every piece out manually. Yes, each of those pieces where taken by the Lasso tool. Its not that it’s hard, it’s just. So. Very. Time Consuming. Something else that was time consuming was finding a stock image that would peak my interest. This woman has a nice little smirk, so I imagined her as the wife of Sandman, a villain in the Marvel series Spider Man (to be honest, the smirk was a mistake. When I preformed a red overlay on her lips and masked part of it out, I sort of chopped off the top of her lip. But hey, it turned out nice, no?). I preformed a number of Overlays for the Eyes, Lips and Skin and only used 2 different textures, Rusty and Cracked Surface.

I think it turned out good for a first timer. I’m sure if I watched a tutorial in English, it probably would have not taken up so much of my time. Then again, I’m on summer vacation. What time do I need?

-Ashton

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