My midterm assignment for rendering is "Charlie's Room", a child's bedroom drawn according to technical rules of perspective. Everything from the edges of the objects to the cast shadows line up with the vanishing points. Our sketches need to be transferred onto coquille paper and then shaded appropriately to match the ambient lighting from the tall window in the room. Not hard work necessarily, but extremely tedious.
My midterm for Typography was a test, which I got 93% on. However, there is also a "typography treasure hunt" that will require lots of time and research, also due Monday. We need to identify different the 5 font types (slab, sans serif, old style, transitional, and modern) and various font faces in print, meaning I have to essentially compile a collage from newspaper and magazine clippings and throw it all into a neatly labeled binder. The precise measuring enforced by the teacher has helped me improve my craftsmanship and generally devote more time to my projects (well, for his class anyway). I am a very, very messy artist, and a lot of the time it's more crippling than expressive.
My art history midterm is tonight at 6pm. I'm not sure how I'll do. I keep wavering back and forth between studying ("studying") and becoming distracted. I meant to work on my projects much more over the weekend, but Ray came to visit and I was preoccupied trying to find some way to celebrate Halloween. He took me to see Paranormal Activity 3 which was so-so in comparison to the other films (the original remains my favorite). We couldn't find anything to do on Saturday night so we just stayed at my dorm. I did get my homework done that was due Monday, but I didn't work on any additional assignments. I needed graphite paper to transfer my rendering assignment and didn't have any, so I didn't work on it at all. Sunday we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific and walked around the lighthouse. It was really pleasant to get out and walk around, especially with the weather so nice. In four years of living on campus and going to school in Long Beach, I hadn't visited the aquarium because I had no one to go with. It was nice to finally see it. We pet all kinds of creatures: jellies, rays, sharks, and lorikeets. We caught the shark feeding right as we came out of the lorikeet forest, which was good timing on our part considering they're only fed once a day.
Anatomy class is supposed to go until 9:45pm but she let us out early to go celebrate Halloween. I stayed longer than most to work on my skeletons more, then finally went back to my dorm. I ate candy by myself in my room, played what I consider to be Halloween music (a bunch of villain songs), then went to bed. Happy fucking Halloween. AGAIN. And next year, Halloween will be on a Wednesday!> Even worse. I hope I'll at least have a costume next year. Halloween is my favorite Holiday and I haven't been able to celebrate it properly since I was a teenager. I counted maybe six people who had costumes on my entire campus, and only two of them were full costumes. The rest were just silly wigs, mishmashes of clothing, or painting whiskers on their faces and saying they were a cat. Fuck that.
Aside from my usual setbacks of anxiety from my self-professed Hamlet syndrome, life is pretty dandy. What I really, really, really want to focus on this winter break is learning to drive. It's been so long that my permit actually expired, meaning I have to go back to the DMV with all my stupid documents and re-take the written test. Yuck. I need more practice at the wheel before I try the driving test to get my license. My mom signed me and my brother up for classes, but we're supposed to do practice driving in between the lessons (which we never got around to doing, since we needed a licensed driver over 25 with us in the car). Ray offered to help me too, which will be really nice. I'm thinking of asking my friend Nick as well, since I know he's really kind and patient. It's 5PM now so I'd better get back to studying. Here's hoping I don't completely fuck up on this exam.