For this video project I decided to film an average day at the mountain bike trails, with my dog Clover. I hadn’t shot any film for the class, so i decided to grab a Go-pro, and create a short narrative. I thought the idea would make for an entertaining edit, and knew I would enjoy creating it.
Mountain biking is a major passion in my life. I have been riding for almost fifteen years and was lucky enough to race at a professional level for a couple of them. Its the way I connect with nature and blow off steam. Clover is my loving puppy, who i enjoy sharing my time on the trails with. Nothing makes her happier than chasing bikes down the trail. We usually go out riding once or twice a week. She gets pretty worked up if she doesn’t get her weekly trail time.
I hope that everyone enjoys the video as much as Clover and I enjoyed making it.
I knew wanted include painting into my project somehow, but wasn’t sure exactly how to do it. At first I had the idea of doing a series of paintings to represent the power of five. After some thought I decided I wanted to do a quick tutorial. I have used a lot of tutorials over time to help improve my painting skills and develop new ideas about how to create a painting. I know many people are intimidated or confused about how to create a painting, especially a landscape style painting. I am someone who likes to make things as simple ass possible , so i thought it would be nice to share a very simplified version of what i do. Painting is a big part of my life and gives me a lot of joy, i think its very important to share what you love. If you can simplify your passion in a way that other people can share and enjoy, I think its a great thing.
I chose to read lyrics from a song called Trillium.I helped write the song with the band Motae a few years ago. I felt that using some sort of poetry to go along with one of my digital paintings would have a nice effect. Having words to go along with an artist vision is always interesting and may give you more insight into what the artist may have been thinking during the process. I figured what better than to merge a landscape visual with some landscape inspired imagery. The song is about are relationship with nature, and how small we really are in the grand scheme of things. The picture I used is one of my personal digital paintings. Art and music are what move me through life and I feel combining the two is really a beautiful thing. I liked the simplicity of the audacity program, even for a technical failure such as myself it was fairly straightforward to navigate.
I chose to showcase and talk about Noah Bradley’s Blog. You can find his blog here – Noah’s art. Noah Bradley is an environment illustrator and concept artist. He primarily works with digital images, but has a history in traditional mediums.
I first came across Noah’s art when i was searching youtube.com for tutorials. I was very impressed with his work, but what really struck me were the things he spoke about that weren’t directly art related. He talks a lot about what it takes to be a professional in the industry , and some of the big does and don’ts for concept artist. He expressed a strong opinion about the work ethic behind starting a professional career, and the fact that an expensive degree will not get you a job.
I found his humble approach to teaching, and his honest explanation of the job and its expectations to be very insightful. It truly gave me a fresh prospective on the career I hope to move into soon. His personal blog has a lot of interesting information from technique to career. He even has his own online class that you can enter, and take part in, called Noah’s art camp. I think that anyone looking to move into a similar field should check his work out.
The Scavenger Hunt was interesting to say the least. It was a good opportunity to get more familiar with the school, and I was lucky enough to have a great group of classmates to “hunt” with.
My name is Alan Thompson. I am pursuing a career in concept art, and illustration. I focus primarily on landscape, or environments. I have used traditional mediums for many years, and just recently started working with some of the digital painting programs, and Photoshop.
my love of nature has a lot to do with my subject matter. I grew up in the small town of Lyons, thirty miles south-east of Salem. My family and I lived on the river, and I spent most of my childhood exploring the woods a water. Now that I live in town, I often find myself wanting to escape back to my roots. Though this isn’t always possible, I have found the next best thing is to loose myself in a landscape painting.