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Magnitude

I needed a quick dose of color. LOTS of color.

Magnitude K Cole

 

I had some free time after dinner. There are too many planets in this one, but I liked the one in the corner and I liked the big one…I just couldn’t pick one.

The thought occurred to me to call this piece “Magnitude.” As soon as I decided this, though, all I could hear was Vector (of Despicable Me) saying “I go by the name of Vector. It’s a mathematical term, represented by an arrow with both direction and magnitude. Vector! That’s me, because I commit crimes with both direction and magnituide. OH YEAH.”

Tha’s my brain for you.

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3, 2, 1…DRAW

More years ago than I care to recount (mainly because I have no idea) I acquired and subsequently lost my only USB cable. Every now and then when I need to transfer files from here to there I search for this minuscule MIA cable. Today marks my 93rd search, I’d say, but this sly cable still eludes me. I find this mildly infuriating. On my search and retrieve attempt this evening, though, I stumbled upon some stuff that (almost) makes up for the fact that what I actually set out to find still appears to be totally outside my grasp.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing. Nothing in particular, just drawing. It’s just what I did. This particular creative drive is what led me to decide to earn my degree for graphic design (which had an ironic yet delightful conclusion that I won’t get into now, but it’s kind of awesome I swear). A lot of the stuff that I used to draw when I was a kid was lost, but teenage me hardly ever threw her drawings away (unless they sucked, if I’m being honest) so I still have a bunch. I kept them in my purple, plastic folder, in two categories: “Don’t like,” kept in one pocket, and “Damn I’m amazing at this” in the other (there really was no in between for me, now that I think about it). I also managed to hang on to a handful of the stuff I did on assignment for my various high school and college classes. I wish I had had the patience to actually make my work look as great as I thought it could be. But I still like some of the stuff that managed to tumble out of the tumult in my head and through my shaky hands. Here’s a handful of my inadvertent findings:

Childhood drawing ea1701 Karissa C

I don’t draw nearly as much as I used to. It’s kind of sad when I think about it. But every once in a great while I get some kind of idea that I’m able to see through. And sometimes, actually, I do get commisioned for something. Back in September I was asked to make an inspirational-type poster for a local school. I sketched it all out by hand first:

Dream BIG Sketch

I’ve got this thing about sketching in my math notebooks for some reason… This is what I ended up with:

Dream Big Poster by Karissa C 2014

Dream Big Closeup

Closeup of the poster. The blond girl is my favorite of the chibis :)

 

It was a big hit. Can’t say I wasn’t a little pleased :)

And recently I was hired to make a few posters for some kids’ bedrooms. This is one of them:

Giraffe poster by Karissa C 2014

A giraffe was requested for this one, so I first sketched it out on paper. (I did this right before bed one night and I’m blaming the horrendous sketch on the exhaustion I must have been suffering from.) A little tweaking in Photoshop the next day and things were much better. The next poster in the series is a couple of penguins. Hopefully I can work on that this weekend. (Penguins are so bodacious.)

I definitely don’t draw anywhere near as much as I used to, and not in the same way. One of the nasty side-effects of being an adult. Time was never an issue when I was younger; I never didn’t have enough of it. Wish that were the case these days. But I guess that’s the way it goes. Just trying to make the best of the time I do have. There are just so many awesome things out there to do. Sometimes I think that’s why I don’t spend a lot of extra time polishing my stuff; I always want to be off on my next creative idea :)

 

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Reaching Out For

 

Reaching Out mini draft 1 by Karissa Cole 2014

I actually had a spare moment on the computer tonight so decided to give this a whirl. I am sooo out of practice. Spoot.

Long Distance

Somehow, despite all the crazy scheduling of extra hours and rearranging tutor dates that inevitably comes with the end of the semester, I ended up with a free minute or two yesterday afternoon and decided to spend it in Photoshop. It’s always nice to get back to that. This really didn’t turn out like I had planned, but then, when do they ever?

"Long Distance" by Karissa Cole 2014

I think I quite like it.

On a completely unrelated note, last night I dreamed about Fifth and Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1 and am now dying to watch Unnatural Selection and Gemini. Honest, the last thing I thought about before bed was “I should make tea tomorrow” and somehow that turned into a bout of scifi dreaming. Not mad.

Intense

Occasionally I just get this surge of I MUST CREATE SOMETHING and I manage to sit down and do something I enjoy. This happened last week when I made this:

Intensity by ea1701 2014

Through the fog of still being in dire need of deep sleep I sat down Saturday or Sunday last weekend and made a spacescape, one of my first loves. I think it came out pretty nice. And as always, it felt nice to do something creative.

 

Calm Me

Calm Me by Karissa Cole 2014

My mission was to create an image that I thought of as peaceful, calming. The base of this piece is a photo of a Rock Beach Gorge from Lee Orr’s stock collection on deviantART. It morphed considerably from there. The original size is 2250 x 3225. It looks much better and has a lot less distortion than this wee version I’ve noticed…

Infrequently do I attempt terrapsace style art. Over the past four years this is probably my third try. Naturally it’s not a well honed skill of mine, yet. This one ended up having a painterly kind of look, I think (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing). There are some parts of this picture that I think came out pretty good. And at least the idea is a good one, IMO :)

It looks quiet here. It looks like there would be no one around, and I could just sit in the sand or on a flat rock and watch the sky. That to me sounds infinitely peaceful.

Paperwork

I love my job. I really do. I get to spend my days guiding people, and I think there is nothing more purely satisfying than being part of helping someone understand something that had before eluded them. And getting paid to get lost in math equations? Doesn’t get much better than that. It really is an awesome job, and every day I feel lucky to have it. There is, of course, one downside to this ideal job of mine: paperwork. Every two weeks I have to submit a few dozen forms detailing work completed with students for the particular period. This is not something I especially enjoy. Earlier this week I had the perfect opportunity to get a jump on the papers that would be due in by noon today. But, instead of trudging through the seemingly endless forms and check boxes, I grabbed a dull no.2 pencil from my bag and started scribbling in the corner of my math book. With paperwork on the brain it seemed only natural that that ended up being the subject of my doodling attempt.

The original the sketch as it was in my battered and beaten notebook:

Original Sketch 1

(I had been working on graphing circles with a student earlier in the morning…)

The finished Photoshop-altered illustration:

the Joy of Paper work by Karissa Cole 2014

It’s a fairly simple thing. I’m still not settled on the colors I chose, so I might end up changing that at some point (along with the way-too-small hand I only just noticed…) Nevermind that. Today (3/1) I decided to fuss with the original a bit. Version two:

the Joy of Paper work by Karissa Cole 2014 v2

Still subject to change I suppose. But all in all it’s not too bad. I used to draw all the time. I wish it came that easy to me now. It’s been a few years since I’ve really done any drawing. Those were good days, less complicated. I miss them, and remember them well. Anyway, this is the first thing I’ve really drawn since my Super Lazy picture. Despite being a bit rusty I’m a might pleased with the way this came out. It feels good to at least try to draw again.

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