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Saturday, April 9th, 2016
11:16 pm
Back from your regularly scheduled rando russian hacking for a coupon site o.O
Heeey thank to dreamshade for the heads up on shit getting compromised. That was weird >.> If you want to see my arts I primarily post it at http://gygart.tumblr.com now~ for more day to day stuff I'm generally around on facebook.
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
1:50 am
Not only am I still alive, I actually remembered my LJ password on the first try. Off to go pay some more bills, clear off the desk, and paint.
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
12:39 am
Coach, I want Rudy to take my spot in the game.
The Newsroom this week was really impressive. As some of you have probably gathered, protest, representation, and a belief that a person should be able to speak on a level ground about their needs from government regardless of barely scraping by, or making $20m a day. The Newsroom fictionalizes the stories and contexts of important news events that we have built to as a society at home and globally. But the events are what matters. I appreciate that Aaron Sorkin's team is working on a cool show about news and providing a personal drama and connection point for viewers to engage with, even if it has shortcomings, it's ok that not all fiction is perfect, and it's better to admit the imperfections even if you do enjoy it.

But there are people literally doing this work on a daily basis. Places like www.democracynow.org strive to provide context and accurate ethical information on a daily basis. I'm very grateful to my professor, John Brumfield for telling me about Amy Goodman and the team at Democracy now when I took a course with him years ago. It's important to stay informed. I love to fuck around, I play video games, I go out dancing, look at dozens of cute animal pictures, and troll my friends with silly gifs of people doing insane shit. But I also take a few minutes or an hour in my day to read what is happening, and look at it with a critical eye. I don't trust news organizations that I can't find anything to back it up on, and if something important is happening I try and find multiple sources and apply my own critical thinking to get a coherent picture of what is going on.

Propaganda isn't hard. It would take you a days reading to get through an introductory book that is a fun and simple read to start recognizing the handful of common tactics that people present information to you in an incomplete way to try and make you believe it. It happens nonstop, I bought Cheetos today at a grocery store because there was a sale on an endcap. That's propaganda, the Gettysburg Address is propaganda. Any speech a politician ever gives you is probably propaganda. And anything that is a press release and isn't from a strictly academic institution (and probably even then) is propaganda. That doesn't mean it's nothing but lies, it means that everyone can't always be responsible for presenting a complete picture of the context around each piece of information.

I tear up watching pretty much any moment designed to be sappy in entertainment, I get indignant when fiction pushes me to that response, but what riles my emotions just about the highest are the kinds of important things being pushed behind my back and your back. I'm not in the worst place on earth, I have a lot of debt from student loans, to have gone through a very high caliber university, I live in a bad situation for another week, and I wish I had health coverage, or a safety net in case something terrible happens. But I have a tremendously supportive wife, I have a loving family on both sides that would bend over backwards to make sure I personally would not be ruined when something happened, and that is a tremendous privilege. I will never want for a book, comic, game, or movie that features a character that looks like me, came from a background like mine, or deals with the kind of problems I've had to deal with.

Not everyone has that privilege, and that upsets me. We fight in a war as a nation on foreign soil with robots that bomb mostly what they're aimed at, with some major civilian casualties, when our soldiers come back to US soil, they frequently don't have homes to come back to, jobs to work, or the care they need to deal with lost limbs, major psychological traumas, and sacrifices they will live with their whole lives. When women serve in the military the likelihood that they will be sexually assaulted or raped by the men they are serving with is drastically higher than if they remained civilians, just as the likelihood that those responsible will suffer a meaningful consequence is dramatically lower. Our prisons fill with nonviolent offenders for petty drug crimes that we push as major offenses as we turn over control of these prisons to for profit organizations and incarcerate our own citizens at a far higher rate than comparable nations, and punish those who come from a less economically privileged background. We have tell the world that Democracy is the most important thing to us, and the people we get to choose from to run the country tear at each other for points instead of working together to function and achieve great things. Money is not speech, and when you see a news agency ask what Occupiers are protesting, this is what we are protesting. I voted for Obama, and will again in 2012, he's not the president I could have wished for, his administrations policies toward intellectual property and speech leave me with much to be desired. He's also much more of a Centrist than I hoped for, he's much more interested in trying to bridge a gap between ideologies where one side says "How much more do I need to compromise before you'll budge?" and the other side says "When you've run out of concessions I'll see if that's enough." Anyone that expects you to believe there is parity and balance in this obstinate behavior is trying to get you to feel resigned to a belief that the system is beyond fixing, and that your voice does not matter. It does, and whether or not I agree with another Occupier that weed should be legal, or that every possible use of GMO foods is immoral, or that Ron Paul is a great thing for America, I agree with them on one core thing. It is vital that everyone be heard. That Citizen's United not continue to allow Koch Brothers and other billionares to command more representation in government than any other voter. That Glass-Stegal be reinstated so that organization that you trust with your money isn't trying to sell you what is best for their money instead of your money. And that when the Tea Party wants to go out and protest that they do not believe in abortion or hate having a Black President, that they can. And that when my friends who were told the only way we would be anything is to spend our lives and borrow heavily from our futures with the only non-discharagable lending tool want to stand up and ask where our jobs are, where the opportunities that taking all the right steps were supposed to open up for us went. When that happens, they should have a voice too.

So we've had politicians, labor movements, civil rights movements, and protestors over the years that I am so grateful for. People have laid down lives, risked their jobs, themselves, their ability to support their families, all to maintain our freedoms, and earn us things like weekends, a now seemingly mythical 40 hour work week, and time with our families, and wages that let us live without a constant worry about how we'll feed our families, that sometimes let us actually do preventative care to ourselves, our means of transport, etc. That afford us the opportunity to build a world better than the one we were given. I am an environmentalist, someone who demands social equality in spaces where I can control that, and strives for it in larger spaces where I cannot, a feminist, a protester, and on occasion an Occupier. I will not stand by as the things I value are trampled by money, subverted behind closed doors, and lied about to anyone I can provide more accurate information and context to. I appreciate deeply that many of you actually glance at the deluge of images and politics I throw up on here, and I know a lot of it paints a picture about what I've been doing online and in life, but I wanted to take a few minutes to express personally what and why I do these things. I will pick fights with my family about politics, and with friends, because I love them, and I know they are good people who want to make the world a better place too.

Disney animation has a concept, a verb really, of plussing things. The idea is that when you're part of an art pipeline, and a layout artist for example sketches something up and hands it off to a background painter, as the background painter not only do you do justice to the sketch, but using your own ingenuity and taste you add another layer of quality and value to it. Then the next person that touches it does that too, all the way down the line til it's a great movie they can be proud to release. Make the time to plus the things that matter in your life. Contact your representatives and ask that they make sure to represent you as their constituents and if they don't, at the next opportunity elect someone that will. If you see something wrong happening, call it out, and try and stop it. Think, critically about what your enjoy, what you do, what you are told and what you read. Then once you have, take action. Thinking through the picture gets you into the game, it's what you do once you're there that makes you a winner.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, May 6th, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 05-05-2011

  • 02:37:32: RT @theMirai: Without the fantastic art, this wouldn't work.RT @cantfakethefunk: http://bit.ly/e27uwW Historically accurate outfits for ...

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Thursday, May 5th, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 05-04-2011

  • 14:05:06: @elenielstorm @tuesdayeveryday have either of you ever dyed 100% poly fabric? If yes, how???
  • 20:40:32: @tuesdayeveryday did they actually stool resemble fabric afterwards our just like painted canvas? Considering trying copic ink too

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 05-03-2011

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Monday, May 2nd, 2011
2:10 am
From Twitter 05-01-2011

  • 04:53:17: @GamepadDojo simple geometric shapes are your friend, use then to block out what space the chair will occupy and detail visible parts later
  • 05:11:08: @Naminational holy crap happy birth day nami!

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
2:09 am
From Twitter 04-25-2011

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Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
2:07 am
From Twitter 04-22-2011

  • 10:27:12: Well next painting came a lot easier, maybe momentum is back on my side
  • 10:31:41: Painting a concept piece that is largely a purple/yellow complimentary palette while rocking out to Metallica oh hey Easter palette =O
  • 13:41:27: Dear exteranl hard drive. I would really appreciate if you stopped acting like an ass and just let the computre talk to you.
  • 22:09:17: @Falterdan bc? Very similar to seattle but with great public transit. It's a pretty kick ass place
  • 22:26:11: @artsangel no matter how many useful tricks I learn in ps, I still come across great new time savers and workflows

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 04-21-2011

  • 20:18:00: This painting is my foe and I shall conqueror it! #deadlines

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011
2:19 am
From Twitter 04-09-2011

  • 12:39:27: RT @timoreilly: i had hoped better of Paul Ryan. All we get is political grandstanding, no real grappling with deficit. http://nyti.ms/h ...
  • 13:00:10: @KimSellentin I share this longing fir self cleaning laundry
  • 13:03:35: @skottieyoung tangents are a tool of inadvertent evil. They are high up on my mental checklist of common mistakes I check my work for

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Saturday, April 9th, 2011
2:09 am
From Twitter 04-08-2011

  • 09:45:14: RT @maddow: 46% of GOP voters in Mississippi say govt should make interracial marriage illegal: (pdf) http://is.gd/OABA2g #BigGovtConser ...
  • 10:15:26: RT @ZerlinaMaxwell: I have to say that three dudes in a room negotiating women's rights in order to avoid a government shutdown does not ...
  • 10:21:24: RT @aidosaur: Hmm, Mass Effect is being made into an anime? Crossing my fingers that it'll look like Joy Ang's designs. http://tinyurl ...
  • 10:31:24: RT @JoelBurgess: GDC Vault has posted audio from #LDinaDay 2011. Feast your ears on all 247 uncut minutes. http://bit.ly/dEN3ND
  • 10:41:14: @DinobotTwit Big changes covered in your contract? go with that. Otherwise just do it, maintain professional rep and fix future contracts
  • 10:43:48: @LadyGrahn Welcome to twitter fellow concept artist reporting in
  • 10:48:14: @charliebowater congrats your work totally merits that
  • 10:59:17: RT @smuu: Mark Oakley hacks himself a cintiq (pretty entertaining stuff): http://iboxpublishing.com/wp_newsmaster/?p=66
  • 11:01:03: RT @jamisonfoser: If Dems hadn't caved on federal funding for abortion long ago, we wouldn't be fighting to save funding for cancer scre ...
  • 11:06:18: RT @StephenCWebster: Totally, totally epic: Oregon lawmakers unite in stealthy 'Rick Roll' of entire legislature. http://bit.ly/epEYmk
  • 11:21:13: RT @elenielstorm: Seriously, read this. It perfectly describes why I love DA2 and then some http://t.co/nble7aX
  • 11:30:47: @dinobotTwit totally get that, want to work in a studio myself, one of my first freelance gigs totally bit me on the ass with revision hell
  • 11:31:37: @DinobotTwit so now even if it's not a totally formal contract and something really small, I at least try and layout expectations right away
  • 12:47:59: @gunthera1 think enslaved went on sale for $15 or $30 at gamestop
  • 13:19:36: @zerodean Phillippe's is in the Chinatown area of LA, 1001 N Alameda St, LA, CA 90012

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Friday, April 8th, 2011
2:09 am
From Twitter 04-07-2011

  • 08:54:41: RT @cuppy: We are hiring an Executive Producer/GM to make social games w/ ZipZapPlay in SF! - http://bit.ly/ijkzjZ #gamejobs
  • 09:11:24: @victoriaying I like to work more back to front and from more middle values and slowly push contrast. I treat acrylic much like digital.
  • 09:13:10: @dresdencodak you're passionate enough to keep going when that happens though and that is way more important to finishing something good
  • 09:44:05: RT @LATherocomplex: Moebius on his art, fading eyesight and legend: ‘I am like a unicorn’ http://lat.ms/eORZ4m
  • 10:04:38: RT @tomoakiyama: NHK telling Eastcoast Tohoku residents to go away from coastline RT @martyn_williams: Tsunami warning details from JMA ...
  • 10:04:46: RT @RepWeiner: Lets stop saying the differences are small. The GOP refuses to deal unless we defund Planned Parenthood. #womenunderatt ...
  • 10:07:12: @BarackObama I'd rather not have a budget then abandon vital institutions to our society like the gop wants
  • 10:22:54: RT @OpenCongress: Here's the real reason Congress can't agree on how to fund the government: http://bit.ly/hh4yWj
  • 14:01:02: RT @ScottMadin: Dear Democrats: remember how in 1995 the government shutdown got hung around Gingrich's neck & ended up hurting the GOP? ...
  • 14:01:20: RT @mistyclifton: GOP is holding gov't hostage b/c it wants to defund healthcare for low income & uninsured people & to gut Clean Air A ...
  • 14:01:49: @skottieyoung that sketch is wonderful
  • 17:08:44: @zerodean assuming you like meat, you totally can't miss eating at Phillippe's while you're in my neck of the woods. Fantastic french dips
  • 17:10:31: @LackadaisyCats congrats and good luck, your work is stellar.
  • 17:20:35: @theMirai Figured given the original tweet you could use something lighthearted ^_^

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Thursday, April 7th, 2011
2:09 am
From Twitter 04-06-2011

  • 10:00:00: RT @andreagrimes: I looked for alternatives to Planned Parenthood in Dallas. I found: none. http://bit.ly/fqcBqE #standwithpp #thanksppfa

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 04-05-2011

  • 09:51:49: Hi hi #ims211 I've worked on some indie games as a concept artist and will be finishing my BFA degree for illustration this summer.
  • 10:25:51: RT @ibogost: RT @michelmcbride: Life and Death and Middle Pair: Go, Poker and the Sublime, @flantz's GDC talk. Watch this. http://bit.ly ...
  • 10:30:46: RT @SirKenRobinson: Lessons for Washington from Easter Island. Good piece on testing and education from Yong Zhao: http://bit.ly/ibx4Vd
  • 10:37:57: RT @KillScreenMag TODAY ON KS: What does Minecraft have to with the Hudson River School of landscape painting? http://bit.ly/fOhQne
  • 10:43:16: @scott_343 that sounds like a viable foil for the brotagonist of an epic story
  • 15:01:40: RT @bobbychiu: heard through the grape vine that Pixar is looking for a sketch artist. Apply here http://bit.ly/ffpbi7

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 04-04-2011

  • 02:56:25: @anniespjs @wombat1974 Pssst: use version control, your lives will be so much better
  • 22:07:56: RT @AlexPham: Madden Football creator, Trip Hawkins, disputes lawsuit against Electronic Arts http://t.co/YRWSjlO
  • 22:10:50: Ugh so out of it I can't even scroll through twitter w/o mistakenly rt'ing random shit. To sleep I go, insomnia please fuck off

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Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
2:07 am
From Twitter 04-01-2011

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Friday, April 1st, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 03-31-2011

  • 09:53:51: @Capy_Nathan ooo thanks for this Kilian Eng link, these pieces are lovely
  • 09:59:19: Sending my wishes that all the now ex SOE employees are swiftly picked up at companies they'll love to work
  • 13:24:45: @tuesdayeveryday we need to hang out and go sketching sometime esp now that the weather is nice again.

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Thursday, March 31st, 2011
2:08 am
From Twitter 03-30-2011

  • 07:21:29: @zhiwiller I try and tell people this, especially at art school, and invariably get glossy black double sided cards
  • 07:52:35: @gunthera1 I think it suffers from TBH still (at least feeling) like a fairly small community that also keeps in touch via twitter a lot
  • 07:52:52: @gunthera1 but therer were some added things in your recent article that I hadn't known that just made me facepalm more
  • 08:04:45: @gunthera1 there's also a different level of engagement with critical writing and the banal release dates and scored reviews of games too
  • 10:20:30: @jinkwell really happy with my boxwave capactive stylus for sketching.
  • 10:22:26: @victoriaying My housemate Bryan Wong should be kicking around the studio with @art_center 's Graphic Design for Entertainment Class today
  • 10:41:00: @winsher notes send me your notes
  • 10:51:46: @winsher character design
  • 11:16:07: @jinkwell let me know how you like the nomad vs the boxwave, I haven't tried that one yet
  • 11:17:05: @kjdawson80 you can do it! I really liked a pixar saying I learned about the other day "Going from suck to nonsuck" and it's soo true about
  • 11:17:48: @kjdawson80 any piece that I'm working, so much of my process is troubleshooting what isn't working and editing down to only working bits
  • 11:22:21: @Jkooza @plushapo that qualifies him as "International TV Sensation Jake Kazdal" now though =O
  • 11:25:11: @kjdawson80 observational drawing is super key, helps you establish a solidity and a taste for proportions that informs other work
  • 14:13:38: @kjdawson80 do life drawing then, still lives, street scenes, go to local pet store/humane society and draw animals, sketch people in public

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
2:09 am
From Twitter 03-29-2011

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