I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’ve been pouring my heart into work at DoctorBase which has been good. I speak with doctors all day and help them with their marketing efforts and secure patient messaging – it’s a sweet gig and it comes in at about 10-12 hours a day and tons of screentime. Anybody who works in software and says it is easy is either a liar or an enchanted person. Occasionally I am enchanted, but not often enough! The people who live next to me must think of me as the lady who yells “TRY USING GOOGLE CHROME” and “HIPAA COMPLIANCE” at her computer, deep, deep into the night.
Computers, code, and marketing goals rule the world around me, so I try to stay grounded yet free with art every now and then. I often think that software and computers, though driven by math and rules, offer the most flexible forms of information around us, while art, though often thought of as ephemeral, is truly eternal. One thousand years from now, our descendants will not happen across Netscape Navigator, but they might happen across a buried stone carving of Netscape Navigator if we artists can keep it together.
So here is what I have been working on lately.
One of the images that has helped keep me focused is this still from Aladdin below. I return to this image often and used to post it on Facebook about once a year. (I know, I know)
I redrew this image to keep it in mind. The moment is eternal, Aladdin has just passed through riches galore, yet he managed to focus on his goal and obtain only the modest-looking lamp. The lamp looks simple and dull, yet it turns out to be more powerful than all the gold in the world. Whenever I feel like I have my priorities wrong I just go back to this image.
Watched a documentary with Marco lately about arcades in Japan, and how they’re available publicly within 5 minutes of most people’s homes. Pretty sure it was this documentary, but we watch a ton of documentaries. Also we watched this documentary about all video game music. It was really charming. Some of the music from more underground games was great, and it’s fun to see how a Japanese lady now in her 40s ended up influencing 8-bit artists in New York.
I’ve gotten into looking at Atari games as the ultimate nostalgic fun that a contemporary audience would find endlessly annoying. Most people can’t even take the stress of Majora’s Mask, or some poor dev somewhere making a minor change to game mechanics, so I wonder what most people would do if they were dumped in a rest home with nothing to play but Barnstorming.
I find I still want to draw about the four basic themes of video games, romance, parties and the human spirit.
^^^ This one turned out weird and I don’t think anyone liked it that much. I sourced it from a photo of spring break partiers. All the black made it look sinister.
This one is sourced from GTA San Andreas, where you can plop CJ on a bike for several hours until he becomes super buff. The grind process was so meta. Pushing a button to make a guy ride a bike.
I’m not a fan of guns but when making the above drawing, I had this photo of Edward Abbey in mind. Old Ed Abbey had the right idea about a lot of things.
Every now and then I source drawings from Youtube videos – this one I took from a video of David Guetta at Ultra Music Miami 2014. Partiers are great to draw because you get to map down a range of otherwise impossible facial expressions. Plus people wearing fur rainbow cloaks. You can’t get this kind of experience in art school.
Aside from drawing attractive people and things that pertain to Kirby’s Dream Land, it is good to draw a banker or financial advisor once in a while. Everything ends with a bank anyways.