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Saturday, February 9, 2013

I just re-read my last post it kind of makes me seem like I've been slacking off on designing versus taking pictures of random things. Any good portfolio needs time to accumulate work before it makes fiscal sense to release it. Things that I've been working on will be posted soon. However many of the things that I want in my portfolio I don't yet have the knowledge of how to create it. After hitting several roadblocks on my way to learn on my own I've decided to go back to school to learn programming so I can make some badass business websites.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Photography Time!

I've been trying to get back into the swing of writing scripts in python every day for practice. I gave myself the challenge "One script a day" but then totally failed on the third day when I had trouble grasping how object oriented programming worked.

I'll keep working on it, but in the mean time I've also taken to hobbyist photography. I just got a camera that lets me manually set aperture speed, f-stop, zoom, and focus, though it's all digital so it's kind of a pain in the butt to fine tune, but there are a lot of features on the camera that make up for it.

I really can't wait to take this camera out for a spin on the town and get some really interesting pictures of places, but for now here's what I have from Christmas Day:



(Make sure you check out the descriptions for additional context for the photos!)

— Ty

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Job Rocks

This job is so much fun and it's a fine place to start my career. I get to work in Sketchup and Photoshop for almost all day and occasionally get to run a large printer. For some reason that's my favorite thing to do, printing. I guess printing really left an impression on me after my time with Off the Wall Signs.

I've made some really cool things. I've got some pictures of them, but not on this computer. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share one thing yet either. Next week I'll be able to post it.

Something that I'm particularly proud of is that I started a tradition of recycling materials like matte board. We're able to reuse stands that take time and material to make. I would post some of the things that I've done in particular but I shouldn't until about a month from now and after the particular event has happened.

I just realized how vague this entire post sounds but I'll honestly have some pics in a few weeks, just you wait!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

I've been promoted!

On the week of 5/18 I was asked into one of my boss's offices. We had a short meeting about what I wanted to do, how I was feeling with the company, and where I saw myself going. They told me that I might get an opportunity in the near future do work in the art department in the coming months.

On 5/25 some things happened that I can't discuss, but they asked me to bring back some renderings of a candelabra on Monday. I gave them this:



As of tomorrow thanks to those events and my awesome renders I'll be a salaried employee with By-Dzign in their Art department. I just realized what an interesting opportunity this is yesterday and how I can now be much more flexible when trying to prove my worth (though I always could have been, but I did only now realize it).

Sunday, May 13, 2012

It's already May!

So the plan in my previous post to increase my productivity had some unforeseen ramifications. I realized that after my relaxation habits changed due to my normal relaxation activities being removed that my inability to satisfy my career goals was not due to being distracted. It was instead due to being unfocused. I have so many productive and unproductive hours in the day. I've actually heard recently that there was a measurable drop in blood glucose whenever you use your brain actively. Anyway if I can be more focused with my productive time then I can make better use of it.

Currently I have 3 activities that seem to properly use my productive time. Working (at By-Dzign), Life Drawing, and Ice Skating.

Ice Skating:

I'm actually getting really good at ice skating (by my own standards). I'm constantly challenging myself to feel comfortable doing different and new things. I've only been skating about 12 times or so and it has been on a weekly basis for the past 3 months. Having it be consistently on the weekends seems to really help how quickly I improve.

Life Drawing:

I'm feeling more and more proud of my drawings the more I do them. Kevin always talked about getting in that 10,000 hours of practice. The more weekly Life Drawing sessions I go to the better I've been feeling lately about my skills. It's also really enjoyable to have this focused time practice.
The imgur album is of the life drawing drawings that I've done. Just a highlight of a few of my favorite. I was going to share the rest of the drawings too but Photoshop is not being very cooperative tonight so I'm going to give it a rest for now.

Work (By-Dzign):
Lately I've been feeling more productive, and actually I've been enjoying my work as of late.
I think the important thing that all of these activites have is that they all happen on a regular basis at the same time every day/week. So if I can manage my focus time and my relax time well I can work better toward my goals!

I like being my own science experiment sometimes. Right now I'm wondering how long it will take me to get back to being someone who is always at his computer again. I kind of don't think I ever will, because when my relaxation habits changed I feel like I became a lot more mature, and now that I feel more comfortable being more social I'll always go out and seek socialization. But who knows what will happen.

— Ty

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Updating business card

Since my business card is using an old logo I decided it should be pertinent to use a new design. My plain white business cards of yore are kind of boring so I wanted to tie it in with my website. Here's what I've come up with so far



I first designed it in the traditional landscape style. A friend suggested trying a portrait design which I'm really liking a lot more than the landscape design. She also suggested I get rid of Photoshop specialist. Perhaps I should just find some Photoshop work to do for fun and let that speak for itself.

There are a lot of things going into my living room model now, but I still need more! So over the next week I'll be drawing lamps, an end table, a printer, a monitor, a bookshelf, and some other knick knacks to throw into the scene. It's going to be fun on a bun!

I'm going to sleep on this business card design for now

— Ty

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Working hard

So I haven't updated lately but that doesn't mean I'm not doing anything! I'm modeling the furniture all separate of the scene so a bunch of models in nothingness would be boring to render pictures of them. I've got a handful of models going and I've been reading a book on lighting and rendering that will hopefully help give me a lot of good ideas on how to best light my scene.

I currently intend for it to be a night time scene with mostly interior lamp lighting. I'm hoping that I can make a successfully lit scene with just that.

Today I sent out my resume to a handful of companies. I'm really hoping to get someone's attention and make a good impression.

Anyway hopefully by next week I'll have a something layout-wise to share. But for now that's all.

— Ty