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    DAILY UPDATE: Another Month of Abstract Exercises

    Last edited by armando; June 4th, 2014 at 11:00 PM.
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    "Beliefs are rules for action"
    "Knowledge is proven in action."
    "It's use is it's meaning."
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    Alright Armando, good start!

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    Last edited by RomanRiot; May 6th, 2014 at 02:04 PM.
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    Sketchbook

    "Beliefs are rules for action"
    "Knowledge is proven in action."
    "It's use is it's meaning."
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    quantity not quality

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    1.Slave one entering docking bay.
    2.two suited goons entering dark room
    3.close up of alien's hands, praying to it's bizzare god
    4.inside of a warehouse, some windows and boards
    5.cactus
    6.guy trying to leave room while avoiding his boss
    7.kung fu guy jumping through the air
    8.two old women, possibly witches, either reading or cooking
    9.cars seen through passenger side window
    10.pong
    11.guy about to dunk
    12.guy completing dunk


    imagine this is a recording of these squares being perpetually rearranged
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    Sketchbook

    "Beliefs are rules for action"
    "Knowledge is proven in action."
    "It's use is it's meaning."
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    UPDATE: My interpretations of Armando's 12 blocks...

    1. About to catch a football
    2. Two cows, one dead (white space)
    3. Giant monster eating ship as it shoots into its mouth
    4. Potted flower delivery
    5. Stop! Thief!
    6. Up close face, chewing something sour
    7. (This one was hard to re-interpret) Cave, collapsing
    8. Goblin, smoking hookah
    9. Close-up, face yawning
    10. Broken wall plug
    11. "ESC"
    12. Guy litters in the park.
    Okay, I'm cheating a bit here, but I really liked the exercise with 12 8 x 8's as a starting point. I figure one sheet of those is worth two other exercises, right?
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    1.Lone Hiker
    2.Tardis in Space
    3.keyboard, monitor, coffee
    4.cafe for two
    5.Unlocking the door
    6.weather patterns
    7.going downstairs
    8.rear facing arrow
    9.dresser drawers, from the vantage of the floor
    10.two trees in the park
    11.simple math
    12.starry night

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    Funny stuff, never would have seen tardis in space. Reinterpret the grids, I reinterpret yours, you reinterpret mine, it takes extra effort after someone has given it a context, see many possibilities.

    1.guy with bad vision reading a book with it right against his nose.
    2.Darth boarding the ship framed by storm troopers
    3.picnic basket
    4.amusing clown face
    5.close up of guy taking pill
    6.people going down escalator in bus station
    7.altar of a church
    8.tail end of a plane
    9.garage
    10.2 upside down guys chatting
    11.guy at the bank making a withdrawal
    12.close up of the napkin from the picnic basket in #3


    Use the full page, get used to making all kinds of marks and shapes.

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    1.ballerina doing stretches
    2.depressed prisoner sitting on his bunk bed, other prisoner seen at bottom right
    3.guy painting over graffiti, his head visible at bottom left
    4.leg cross scene from basic instinct
    5.greenish mossy stairs in a decrepit tower
    6.at at walker
    7.close up hands about to shake
    8.overpass collapsing on truck
    9.isolated house in the woods, by the well and rock
    10.good night kiss
    11.interior, a room with dark wooden floors and walls, light coming from open door on the left
    12.go cart race, they're heading straight towards the camera

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    I'm enjoying watching this.

    I hope I don't sound totally ignorant when I ask -- what's the purpose of these? Do they help you learn composition or something? Or are they for the hell of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umbravita View Post
    I'm enjoying watching this.

    I hope I don't sound totally ignorant when I ask -- what's the purpose of these? Do they help you learn composition or something? Or are they for the hell of it?
    It's been fun. And to answer your question, it's mainly the former, with a dash of the latter, lol.

    Armando,

    1. Dog poo on foot while playing in the grass
    2. Dromedary camel, ready for journey rider at bottom right
    3. Man and woman on date, at foot level
    4. (Still laughing at yours, Armando!)Man tackling another off of top of stairs
    5. 2 old wells, one covered, one filled with rock
    6. Speed skater from behind
    7. Cat in mid-jump down stairwell
    8. Man with straw hat, face diagonal, yelling
    9. Mature inch worm, juvenile, and egg
    10. Cult Priest watching Solar eclipse
    11. Dog licks its owners foot
    12. People in pool, doing the backstroke (right to left)

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    1. Don't play with axes on the stairs
    2. Floor Plan, Master with Bath
    3. Batman descending on unsuspecting chicken
    4. Frankenstein falls backwards
    5. Father and son at diner
    6. Titanic's mistake
    7. Horse and Pony Show
    8. Wrong Move
    9. Bad Time to jump
    10. Old linoleum, New kitchen
    11. "LOL"
    12. Don't bother me, I'm...sitting

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    1.school cafeteria, jock at his table top right, depressed goth girl bottom right, nerd bottom middle
    2.super market, shopping cart bottom right
    3.top down view of executive at his desk, lights from windows pass diagonally across his back, paper and things spread out before him
    4.extreme close up of Frankenstein with a quizzical look on his face
    5.dark building with one light, dark rain clouds above, someone at right foreground walks towards it
    6.3 boys heads peeking above fence into someone else's back yard
    7.silhouetted warrior bottom left, frozen, as wizard, silhouetted in white just above him, summons dark forces
    8.fancily dressed man from 1920's waits for bus, bags bottom right
    9.someone drowning as life guard swims towards them, from bottom right to top left
    10.many cars travelling at a diagonal through the bustling city
    11.extreme close up of a cowboy with a protruding chin aiming his rifle, framing his son watching in the background
    12.extremely obese woman, her tiny head at top, her stomach takes up almost the whole picture, belly button at center


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    1."All hail the rabbit!"
    2.vampire gets a crucifix to his face
    3.an army recruit's push up hazing
    4.four people having a discussion underneath some pictures
    5.student's eye view: looking through the classroom window out into the unknown world
    6.close up of begging bum, stringy hair hanging in front of his face
    7.two girls play hop scotch
    8.three eyed alien version of Bart Simpson raising his hand
    9.the annoying, hard to paint area behind a toilet
    10.the lone adventurer approaches the entrance to the ancient place, it's as though it had been waiting for him
    11.bus racing down hills of sf
    12.3 grave stones, someone's shadow is cast on the ground

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    Armando,
    1. Rapa Nui at night
    2. Picketers picketing near picket fence
    3. Old fashioned rocket ship about to take off, close up
    4. Candle, illuminating far off stairs
    5. Rebar of dilapidated building
    6. Busty woman with side braid at Renaissance Festival, seen from top
    7. Hash tag IS a sentence
    8. Frankenstein walking through the library
    9. (Nice, Armando!) The scene before man gets stung in the face by a scorpion, Animal Planet
    10. Man sizing-up extra large helmet
    11. Who left a banana peel at the top of the stairs!?
    12. Centipede fight, top is the winner

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    1. Drinking fountains always go up your nose
    2. Snake about to leave home
    3. Scuba diver opening underwater treasure chest
    4. Man on hover craft, flying over city ruins
    5. Old man on boat watching waves lap against the side
    6. Quick, the rooster escaped!
    7. Stairs from the Capitol Building
    8. Date night at the movies, house left
    9. Burnt bus shell in Aleppo
    10. Masked man reaching towards viewer
    11. Submarine avoiding concussion grenades
    12. Duckling alone in pond, something watches from the reeds

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    I'm feelin' your reinterpretation of #6. That would make a good picture.

    1. a fantastic adobe dwelling, with a spiral staircase, the home of some elf like beings
    2. close up of tough, angry looking biker with a horseshoe mustache, the viewer has just knocked over his beer
    3. las vegas penny slots, many old people, very noisy
    4. early design for mickey mouse, he was way more intense
    5. a crowd of people on the right viewing the thinker statue on the left, it's a lot smaller than they imagined
    6. profile of the greatest pinball who ever lived, about to set the highscore on some obscure game, the hushed audience watches in silence in the background
    7. a makeshift ward filled with injured people, many rows of beds lead back into the picture, top down lighting, sleep is the cousin of death
    8. a design for a folded paper toy robot, has one oversized arm raised in the air, red eyes, grey body
    9. baby monkey riding on the back of adult, the background is done with a simple green pastel treatment
    10. the bones of a t-rex in a layer of rock, all twisted up, head at bottom right
    11.close up of reggae mc, dreads flying all over the place
    12. a tank, man sitting at turret, parts of hull obscured by dust, out in the desert and it's very hot


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    A little more detail and color in the descriptions. Sometimes be vague, sometimes be detailed, but don't force something that wants to remain vague to be detailed, and don't be vague about something that should be detailed.

    1. an old motor design from the 17th century, it's covered in layers of old grease and oil, its pitch black
    2. a man walks in on his cheating wife, his arm hanging from the top of the picture tells the story, he has dropped his coat which was established in the preceding shot, his arm also blocks the x-rated details from view
    3. space craft hurtles to earth, smoke and debris everywhere, clear blue sky, the contrast heightens the horror
    4. a school stairwell, an individual sitting on the steps, the walls are a sort of hospital green
    5. an old couple at the movies, the husband is taking his seat as his wife nags
    6. a huddle of people, something important is being written on the ground, it is silent and the wind is still
    7. two thugs hide in the shadows, there faces barely visible
    8. an individual by the name of Prateek is on a small boat headed toward the viewer, shimmering wake
    9. back view of a mysterious man in a hat
    10. the defendant waits to hear the verdict, the podium towers above him
    11. faces of the thugs from #7 revealed in light
    12. scene with voice over "view of the city as we approach"

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    Take the grids and develop them in a horizontal and vertical frame measuring 8x12. It is most convenient to fit 9 pictures on a page, if you want to do all twelve go ahead and use an extra paper but it's just extra scanning time. Stay loose but start to develop the image, use your vocabulary from the non objective images. Learn to talk in pictures.

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    Last edited by armando; May 9th, 2014 at 06:51 PM.
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    Thank you for inviting me into this thread. This is exactly what I needed! First time, so I hope I do alright...

    For the grids

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    1. Two kids climbing around on one of those playground big toys. (have to kind of turn it)
    2. Someone kneeling down to pet their dog.
    3. A horse and rider walking towards a castle (have to turn it upside down)
    4. Factories emitting large clouds of smog.
    5. The scene in Jurassic Park where that character was up in the tree and saw aw long-neck.
    6. A submarine moving through the ocean. (have to turn it)
    7. A robed man walking down the aisle toward a would-be follower. He is about to induct the person into the cult.
    8. Temple ruins that were once lost in the jungle.
    9. A man working on an invention (have to turn it upside down)
    10. Football players passing the ball.
    11. A ship on the sea during a cloudy day.
    12. A horse walking through the desert with cacti (have to turn it)



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    1. The dungeon from either Metroid or super Mario---with the moving elevators that go up and down and the things that fall from the ceiling.
    2. A horse rearing up with a rider on top ready to go to battle with a sword.
    3. E.T's hand.
    4. 1950s hair style. The bun in the back of the head that rolls up and around the ear.
    5. Two jets flying into formation.
    6. A ballroom couple dancing the waltz. Or a king and queen looking down upon their audience.
    7. Someone tossing a ball up and down. Maybe a baseball player.
    8. The face of a happy alien.
    9. Someone sitting on the stairs.
    10. A dog looking at a tree.
    11. Star Wars laser gun fighting.
    12. A volcano erupting.

    And then, of course, my own

    1. Man swimming (turn on side)
    2. a writer at a table
    3. Some guy using a really big hammer.
    4. Diagram of the Intestines.
    5. Female snoopy smoking a cigar (have to turn)
    6. Doorway leading out of a haunted house.
    7. Looking down on a restaurant as customers come and go.
    8. Women bending over to pick up something (turn)
    9. Fingers coming together.
    10. Bow and arrow.
    11. Monster coming to eat you
    12. Robot Overlord.

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    1. Man swimming (turn on side)
    2. a writer at a table
    3. Some guy using a really big hammer.
    4. Diagram of the Intestines.
    5. Female snoopy smoking a cigar (have to turn)
    6. Doorway leading out of a haunted house.
    7. Looking down on a restaurant as customers come and go.
    8. Women bending over to pick up something (turn)
    9. Fingers coming together.
    10. Bow and arrow.
    11. Monster coming to eat you
    12. Robot Overlord.

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    Armando,

    1. Old woman sitting on porch, the lights are on in the house, but she is bathed in darkness, except her side, illuminated by the moon
    2. African woman, baby tied to back, her eyes look defiantly forward, even though the odds are stacked against her,
    3. An emaciated hand reaching down, long fingers and pale skin show European descent, maybe chipped manicure still evident
    4. Man's foot, he's wearing a business suit that is hanging low at the hem, shoe doesn't match the pant, mud on toe, lace untied. Paper's edge evident as he drops papers, he's in a hurry
    5. Two sunbathers: the lone survivor and his friend Wilson. ( read right to left)
    6. Man looks at his image from dock above wavering pond water
    7. Bleached bony hands reach out desperately for a beautiful red jewel, pitch black bg
    8. "5 foot 2, eyes of blue" Woman in furs, 1920's, stands in front of seemingly adoring crowd, one has a gun
    9. Disheveled mob boss sits on a large chair, one knee up, head buried in his hands, glistening tears catch the light
    10. Little grey bird gazing up in wonder at vivid pink flamingo
    11. Close up shot of couple laying on sheets, ears touching, but heads point opposite directions
    12. Silver tinged Gorilla holding skull in his hand

    Anjyil,

    1. Man going up elevator, dark creature underneath him
    2. close-up of fractured face, deep sunk-in eye glares out
    3. old red barn house, broken window, there's something inside
    4. crash-test dummy, at initial impact
    5. mish-mash city, different colored stucco, windows on building all different sizes
    6. Ogre dragging bloody bag up steps to open door. party going on in lit door way. Who has he come to claim?
    7. A factory conveyor belt, dropping off boxes
    8. A poodle and a bulldog, out on a walk, eye level with the dogs
    9. Crowd of youth, looking too cool for school
    10. Forgotten chandelier, hangs uncovered in the dark. Beautiful, but eerie, cobwebs hang and dust is thick on its surface.
    11. Turn head to the left, on diagonal, man and woman about to kiss
    12. Two people precariously balance a rainbow sprinkled doughnut on their upper lips. The winner doesn't eat the other side of the doughnut...

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    1. Black lab stares knowingly at the viewer, someone's foot to the left
    2. Mom pushing baby on teeter-totter, kids on slide in back ground. Something out of place, saturated colors
    3. Cold winter day in downtown office building, but tree to the left is burned and black, not just dormant
    4. Decapitated dragon pushed off cliff, warrior holds its head
    5. Jolly Roger, close up
    6. Old man's hand as he places coin in box. The wood is lacquered, his hands are dirty.
    7. Alien sizing up prey, standing in bg
    8. Woman in black dress bends over, knocks drink out of man's hand
    9. Herd of elephants, about to enter the forest, ruins stick out telling deeper story
    10. Tilt head to the right, dog excited to see owner, barks over fence
    11. Grieving old woman at cemetery
    12. Yogi levitating in secret, boy looks around corner, wonder on his face.

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    no rotating grids, you wouldn't hang a picture upside down and expect people to stand on their heads

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    1. a woman's hand picking up earrings in a small black box, pinky raised in a dainty fashion
    2. face of a tourist upper left, taking a picture, his family cropped at the right
    3. frat party, guy or girl drinking from beer bong, the white squares are the grins of the other revelers laughing
    4. the tourist from #2 is having trouble working his camera, scratching his head, the screen has gone black
    5. street scene in the future, raining... yes, another blade runner rip off
    6. professor cropped off left of picture, their pointer aimed at a complicated diagram on the old blackboard
    7. back view of seated big guy leaning against wall, friend seen in profile with their hand on his back consoling him
    8. interior in 1 point perspective, door center, Eastlake style built in cabinets left, table bottom right, elaborate Persian style carpet, white walls with a row of small paintings tightly arranged
    9. rows of computer servers
    10. desolate, cavernous... close up of a wall being manipulated by nanotech into the grotesque cackling face of AM
    11. full moon lighting clouds
    12. clogged overflowing toilet in a rest area stall, all kinds of filth is scrawled on the walls, the stark silhouette treatment suits the frankness of the picture

    romanriot

    1. angry squid face wizard, writhing face tentacles, with hand raised about to cast a spell
    2. huge flames, dark black boiling clouds of smoke, silhouette of someone with their head hanging, possible photo for newspaper article
    3. woman with a classical greek profile, elaborately styled blond/brown curls and braids, a blue flower at the left, kind of looks like something by Botticelli
    4. back view of a cowboy, riding a horse, at twilight, a purple and yellow gradation of color, large cactus on right
    5. guy in his parents basement reclining in his chair bottom right, exhaling smoke, his hallucinations visible to the left, gumby, gonzo, a goomba
    6. old woman on the right, librarian with mouse like features, returns to shelve more books and notices that one has been knocked on the floor, but no one else is supposed to be there
    7. boring picture of cheap table fan
    8. shaman dressed in bear skins center, surrounded by others of the clan, dancing around a fire
    9. scene in old mexico, bandit wearing pancho with green and red zig zag pattern, robs a clerk at gunpoint
    10. small bald old guy, with a back pack, riding on a strange four footed animal with a bull dog like face
    11. cropped head of a monk from behind, with a shaved and tattoed head, dark robes, frames a cross to which he directs his prayers
    12. distant view of a city, lavender hued buildings with diagonal tops, some bubble domed, low horizontal clouds, a funny looking space ship flys in from the top right heading towards it

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    1. 3 kids realize they are lost in a cave, fear is on their faces as darkness closes in
    2. one steroid guy beats down another steroid guy
    3. scene from an exercism, two priests in the corner reading from a bible, the body begins to levitate
    4. break dancer in a freeze, wearing a black adidas warm up suit
    5. gangsta rap album cover, cropped face of guy wearing locs sun glasses, throwing up some gang sign, name of album at bottom
    6. climbers seen from a distance, howling wind
    7. a physician at work reaching for a scalpelwhich is being handed to him by one of the other doctors, blood splatter can be seen on the patients sheets
    8. figure in foreground watches boat in the distance
    9. a blank white wall is suddenly perforated by bullets
    10. a student throwing things in the air on the last day of school
    11. a guy with one arm balancing a chair on his chin with another guy on it
    12. a boxer has just gotten knocked out, his red gloves are up in the air, as his head bangs against the canvas

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    Romanriot---I love the ideas of number 6 and 10 For yours.


    1. A woman taking out rollers from her hair and pulling too hard
    2. Two dogs at thanksgiving planning how to get the stuff on the table above them.
    3. A long-neck dinosaur eating from a tree.
    4. Priest standing before a crowd of people on the street preaching.
    5. Someone running away from something.
    6. Homeless man among barrels
    7. A hand pushing a button that releases a catapult.
    8. A waterwheel carrying water in buckets up to a tray to dump down into the mill.
    9. Man in top-hat walking into a fancy place.
    10. Coach blowing a whistle during practice.
    11. Singer with a microphone.
    12. Face of a zombie.

    Armando: Ah okay. Sorry. I was just thinking of how some people start their drawings upside down then turn them upright upon completion ^_^; I have to fix mine a bit now

    By the way that last one cracked me up

    1. Man hanging upside down while woman leans in to kiss him.
    2. A set of stairs leading up to a deck surrounded by dark shadows.
    3. Two guards approaching a prisoner who is cowering in fear because they are about to be beheaded.
    4. Leaning Windmill of Pisa.
    5. A lion chasing a zebra.
    6. Three people rushing together only to confirm that they could not find their fourth member.
    7. A man with something stuck in his teeth.
    8. Dancer in final pose with one arm extended behind her.
    9. Two planets rotation around each other being observed through a telescope.
    10. Walk like an Egyptian dancer.
    11. A pair of jugglers tossing pins towards each other.
    12. Third star to the right and straight on till morning. ^_^

    Okay, up for mine. I am starting to see how you guys are filling in the blanks on some parts. I will have to do that more. My husband is fixing the scanner tomorrow so I can do better than photos then.

    1. Horned demon
    2. Skeleton putting on a crown.
    3. Units of an army heading out to battle.
    4. Someone whispering in another person's ear, listener is cropped off.
    5. *fixed* Alien juggernaut carrying a death ray.
    6. Rock pillars (like in China)
    7. *fixed* A face materializing out of the darkness, laughing manically.
    8. *fixed* Man trying to will back a wall that is slowly moving closer to him. He is too terrified to touch it.
    9. Two fish kissing (didn't need to fix this one
    10. Clockwork gears closeup.
    11. A man eating a burrito while his dog looks on, begging.
    12. Surprised man looking at the computer screen.

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    1. Horned demon
    2. Skeleton putting on a crown.
    3. Units of an army heading out to battle.
    4. Someone whispering in another person's ear, listener is cropped off.
    5. *fixed* Alien juggernaut carrying a death ray.
    6. Rock pillars (like in China)
    7. *fixed* A face materializing out of the darkness, laughing manically.
    8. *fixed* Man trying to will back a wall that is slowly moving closer to him. He is too terrified to touch it.
    9. Two fish kissing (didn't need to fix this one
    10. Clockwork gears closeup.
    11. A man eating a burrito while his dog looks on, begging.
    12. Surprised man looking at the computer screen.

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    More elaborate description, color too, stretch your imagination and give the image a direction.

    1. Aztec boy king, with large elaborate golden helmet with eagle and snake imagery, holding his mothers hand who is off screen, walking through the royal garden past the canals
    2. close up of ginger boy making faces
    3. bunch of bats flying out of cave, creamy yellow background
    4. formation of a funnel cloud
    5. the weight section in an old boxing gym, looking down at a single dumbbell lying on old peeling gray pads, the place smells like a gym
    6. Atari graphics, green trees, yellow background, black square is elliot...unreleased sequel to ET
    7. large creature made out of eyes, two legs, no arms, lumbering about
    8. Aztec king with triangular helmet decorated with plumes and complicated line, eagle snake and skull imagery, a robe worn over one of his wide shoulders, he's looking to his right, a powerful arm hangs at a diagonal as he turns
    9. surreal image, a woman painted in a pattern that blends into the background, the bottom squares are the large cuffs of her sleeves
    10. African warrior holding a spear at a diagonal, large shield resting on the ground, his left hand gesturing in a way that says he's surveying the land
    11. the face of an adorable pug dog, has a dog mole on his chin with a bunch of whiskers (I like the use of space in your version)
    12. orthodox jewish man seen in profile, payots moving in the wind, a modern new York seen in the background, a contrast between old and new


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    1. still life of a skull, lit from the left, red background
    2. rich woman wearing a large hat, stiff collared turtle neck, dark fur coat
    3. warrior with large pauldrons and gauntlets, holding the chain/leash to some large animal
    4. scared kid cowering under a blue blanket, tear streams down his cheek
    5. genie emerging from a lamp
    6. short table in front of a recliner on which an old guy sits, wearing a silk robe, drinking morning coffee
    7. robot maid dusting, wearing a baby blue apron with flower print
    8. black woman in near future, sleek dark blue dress, bracelets dangling from wrist
    9. 1 point perspective of a stadium, with parking lot in foreground
    10. renaissance styled aristocrat, with a big hat and ruffled collar, turning to his right, lit from the right
    11. pirate lounging in a bar, parrot on shoulder, lit from right
    12. a warrior lit from the left, holding a shield, leather belt

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    Tried waiting for RomanRiot, but my day is almost over now so it is either now or never. Makes me wonder what time zones you guys are in ^_^

    Armando--

    1. Mermaid breaking free of the surface, tossing her hair back in the sunset.
    2. very large factory with the lights on in only some of the windows.
    3. A lone house in the desert with a super nova exploding in the night sky behind them.
    4. An obese person reaching for a box of chocolates.
    5. Far right corner is the silhouette of a man about to sit down on some steps. He seems very lost in thought and somber.
    6. An exotic bird in flight
    7. Snake rising up to look over an obstruction.
    8. The face of a crying woman
    9. Two women sitting at a table clinking their drinks together "Cheers!"
    10. Clerk hiding under their desk hoping the terrorist doesn't find them.
    11. From the waist up, woman cropped off to the right with her arm extended out dramatically like she is pulling out her weapon. She is ready to kick some arse.
    12. A person sitting on the shore of a pond with clouds in the sky be hind them. They are staring thoughtfully at their own reflection.

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    1. Miko (shinto priestess) striking her staff on the ground.
    2. Muscle man showing off for a sexy beach girl (she is flirting with him, too)
    3.Clear-cut land.
    4. Entrance to a large temple ruin.
    5. young couple watching fireworks.
    6. Bird's eye-view of man falling into a pit. There are spectators at the top and the people who pushed him into the pit near the bottom.
    7. A woman walking up to a window. Victorian theme.
    8. Roman pillar with steps leading up to it.
    9. dog sniffing at a kitten who is about to swat him.
    10. Family photo gone wrong! big sis jumps into place with a funny face.
    11. Dragons landing on cliffs.
    12. A witch closing her hands around power.
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    Sorry team,
    Missed out on a day as I am in the "Married with children, full-time job" timezone with Mother's Day piggy backing on too...So again, sorry, back on track now.

    Armando,
    1. Scene of man with his cow, the landscape is barren, dry cracked ground hints at dust bowl
    2. Man leaning against a vending machine, pockets turned inside out, candy bar stuck
    3. Slave in rags crawling across desert, sun bright, occludes him,
    4. Young girl runs across night scene illuminated by stars, she looks back over her shoulder
    5. Sniper in future garb sets up his post, getting into position
    6. Strange winged creature, taken from old monk's illuminations, illustration quality
    7. Large-nosed man plays a flute, pied piper calling?
    8. An ogre chases a terrified rabbit, the monster lunges with his mouth open, hoping to catch it
    9. Close-up view of huge guy wearing a hoody, from almost directly underneath him
    10. Beaten-up fishing trawler about to land a giant fish
    11. Father lifts son up, on mountain, witch looks on with hunger in her eyes from below
    12. Full-house in Russian ballet, Man does traditional dance


    Anjyil,
    1. Man buried up to chin on the riverbed lets out last breath
    2. Golden chicken genuflected by man
    3. Two soldiers images reflected on wet pavement, tendril of blood leaches in from right
    4. White sphinx
    5. VATS Head shot
    6. Discovery Science special, the moment after inception
    7. Man in wheelchair watches Tv show, a team hiking mountains
    8. Two fish like creatures look at each other in the dark ocean, bio-luminescence
    9. dragon versus Mario in Mario cart
    10. Catastrophe at the box stacking plant
    11. Old man eats a peach under the shade of a tree.
    12. Reflection of priest on rippling silver pool

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    1. Crowd at hockey game, watching Zamboni
    2. Streets of NY, pedestrians, bikes, taxis
    3. Cow walking through supermarket
    4. smoke stacks of industrial complex, smog
    5. Old woman caring for her bed-ridden husband
    6. Anaconda ensnares victim near the marsh (upper left)
    7. Close-up of strangely shaven man
    8. Fat man balances on the stairs
    9. Close-up of bearded man walks through alley (right)
    10. Poodle performs as dog show
    11. Eagle shadow falls over cactus
    12. Flying ship, pilot in rear

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    I don't know about you, but I feel like I've learned, in this amount of time, what would normally have taken me a month... hell, two months.

    anjyil: You've got some good action in some of those ex. family portrait.

    1. koala holding a stalk of bamboo
    2. high up in the trees, orangutan standing on branch, holding on to another branch picking around for bugs, nice subtle contrast of orange and green
    3. chinese syncro divers winning the gold
    4. vacuming spiderwebs from photos on the wall
    5. ...tweens watching scary movie, jump scare, popcorn flies all over the place
    6. view of earth from space, it messes with one's sense of depth and orientation
    7. woman with a funny profile, short nose, rasta hat, really big stretched earlobes, smoking a joint
    8. changing the flat, asphalt street stained with oil
    9. a routine traffic stop turns into a shoot out, 1970's blue monte carlo
    10.inside of a bomb, transformers and wires, which to cut?
    11. morning, middle aged man in tan and gray outfit, in his back yard, cold, behind him: exposed boards of the staircase he built
    12. Napoleon in a grandiose portrait, impressive red and gold regalia

    RomanRiot: Good use of details ex. pockets turned inside out

    1. maid vacuuming in seedy motel at Tijuana border, really lame paintings hang on the wall
    2. sf bay to breakers marathon, guy on right wearing red short shorts, guy on left dressed in banana costume
    3. jousting rider just knocked off, green knight won
    4. giant robot in foreground holding techno battle axe, squaring off against another in the background, facing into the sun, really cool halo effect
    5. profile view, smaller guy with dark hair stands up to bully with blonde hair who has a surprised look on his face
    6. top down, mini forklift driving though narrow passage in warehouse
    7. top down view of old buggy car, trunk is open
    8. mothra riding on the back of Godzilla
    9. two hot air ballons with festive red and orange patches, the earth far below has a bluish purplish hue
    10. texture of deep green trees recedes in space back to blocky pyramid, hidden away for hundreds of years in a forgotten valley
    11. cartoony hands typing very fast
    12. cartoony face with a big unibrow, raising brow in a comical expression

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    Stay close to the dark and light scheme in the grids.

    1. two steamer ships, rolling foaming waves, a hand waves adieu (I didn't know what the hand was doing until just now)
    2. shadow of crack head, walking behind ally to shoot up, urine stains on the floor against the wall
    3. nosferatu posing outside of his layer, face hidden in darkness
    4. a life drawing pose, observe the overlapping forms
    5. cowboy chilling outside of a brothel, red kerchief, his hat covers his face, partly cropped wanted sign with a reward for his capture
    6. black chevy nova peeling out, smoke going everywhere
    7. people staring into grave, a clump of dirt goes dropping in
    8. guy with binoculars watching nuclear explosion
    9. two people on a train, watching the changing country side, amorous potentiality
    10. Godzilla destroying a city
    11. the year 2950, robo car hop with little robo dog, bringing out shakes to hover car, pink outfit, haloed by neon lights
    12. huge weight lifter lifting even huger weight

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    Armando-- Yes. A million times yes! I can not even explain how much has changed just mentally. I never new I could put my staring at walls to good use in art (I mean that seriously). And I really am looking at the world around me differently.

    1. Dead body laying sprawled on the floor, blood from an open gash in his head and the murder weapon lying off to the side.
    2. Colossal rock giant walking towards a city.
    3. A slinky going down the stairs.
    4. Man hunched over a drink in a restaurant. He has been waiting two hours for his date. He knows she won't come, but he is too depressed to leave.
    5. Rambo walking through the jungle after a killing spree. He is covered in blood and looks like he is still looking for someone to kill.
    6. Woman showing off her engagement ring, pointing out all the little details and different expensive stones with delight.
    7. House built by a crazy person. The pattern is designed to confuse ghosts, with stairs going no where and rooms that have no meaning (yes like that place)
    8. Close up of tango dancers, their heads are mostly out of the frame as the camera slowly zooms out to match their movements.
    9. Woman with short hair cut straight at the jaw, leaning back and looking over her shoulder.
    10. Rope-way car going up the mountain, seen from the side.
    11. A young goddess watches in dismay as her child topples from a whole in the sky down to earth. She reaches for him, but it is too late. Can he ever return?
    12. gigantic palace seen from a distance, lighting up the night sky with its own stars of window lights. It sits nestled in the middle of a huge lake.

    RomanRiot: Man...I totally forgot mother's day was going on then! It was my Monday so it was all over ^_^ No apologies. I just get curious whenever I interact with people online.
    1. SNES FFXI Team walking around Castle Figaro
    2. Kid throwing a karate punch at a practice beam.
    3. Wounded prince stumbling towards the fallen princess.
    4. Man pushing glasses back into place. Closeup.
    5. Bird coming to rest on its perch.
    6. Batman standing before the city of Gotham.
    7. Queen sitting upon her thrown, head propped by her hand.
    8. Closeup of a woman's fancy weird hat
    9. Woman reclining in a chair holding a long cigarette as she listens, bemusedly, to someone.
    10. Movie Poster: in the background in a man in a cape. They stand behind a futuristic city set upon a harbor.
    11. Underdog boxer just knocks out the champ.
    12. Gangsta holding a bat (bottom right) walking towards a really expensive car.

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    1. Jedi and Sith in a light saber fight.
    2. A priestess worshiping an engraved idol in a closed room.
    3. 3 Royal concubines in an entourage.
    4. A horse eating hay.
    5. A door opening into a dark room and meeting the light of a window.
    6. A frog putting on a kimono.
    7. A man suspended by wires doing a woman's hair.
    8. A woman leading two children who are carrying something...
    9. Seen from above--four acrobats practicing a cross routine.
    10. Crabs claw being cracked open.
    11. Warrior in spiked armor. Waist up.
    12. Muscular farmer guy carrying barrels of hay.

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    Lol, anjyil, no worries. Armando, I feel like I'm back in school doing these exercises, but it's nice to stretch some mental muscles I may not have been using.

    Also Armando,
    1. Nuclear silos, grey and cold. they are oppressively large and force the viewer to feel small.
    2. Clown at the circus. Even underneath the white and black make up, his coarse stubble pokes through, and his eyes are yellow with jaundice. Cigarette ash clings to his lapels like dander.
    3. A man and a woman in the shape of a heart bodies pointing opposite, up and down, Negative space in black/white shows overlap of their shapes
    4. Engorged elephant seals fight for dominance. Fish entrails and other foreign material crowds the shore at there feet.
    5. A majestic gazelle stares at the viewer. Right near the edge of the piece however, a trail of blood and sutures tells us it's actually a taxidermist's conquest
    6. Excavation of 15th century monastery reveals more than the archaeologists hoped for, but their camp is deserted. Tools and odd objects lie forgotten near the site's entrance. Something hides behind the cross.
    7. Contortionist plies her trade, wrapped only in a cloth covering, one leg extends into the air. Coins overflow near her arm, disgust paints itself across her face.
    8. Mutated tortoise mosies along the forest floor. Other strange animles glint out from the shade of the bushes
    9. Close-up of man with Pancho Villa mustache as he chews a mouthful of food. Grease oozes from the corners of his mouth. His shirt collar has the stain of a kiss on it, but who would want to get so close to him?
    10. Pine forest, a man prepares to zip line from the top
    11. Man in full military kit stops, his face shows his disappointment, bandage on leg and a chain of dog tags tells the rest.
    12. Maharaj's palatial estate seen through two columns. Long shallow pond reflects ambient light. The princess is off to the side, waiting for someone.

    Anjyil,

    1. Dark monks carry a relic between them through a tunnel. The hero watches from on high, hand resting on his dagger.
    2. Expectant mother holds her belly, contractions have started, she looks at the picture on the wall of her husband, in his dress blues, and an urn.
    3. An old oscillating fan, dust sits on it now. Broken tines and a missing blade point to more.
    4. A giant broken question mark.
    5. The foot of a child's bed, a shadow looms over it. Toys on the ground and window behind with full moon as back drop.
    6. Man walks into his bedroom to find everything thrown over, gone through. Someone was here
    7. In white, young girl feeds a face on the side of a tree
    8. Upside down scene, snow falling, sun shines
    9. A door opens and reveals space. Battle commences from ships waiting outside
    10. Sign of the times. A cross through a picture of a gun
    11. Close up, a disused cage in the back of a forgotten science lab glints suddenly, more than the shine of the flashlight on the metal bars. It was he flash of light hitting retinas, red, and green. How could something still be alive!?
    12. A cruel mask about to be laid onto the viewers face, claustrophobia

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    1. man being interrogated, lit from single light bulb hanging from ceiling, blood seeping from wound on head, profile of tough guy peering into his face at right
    2. frightened caterpillar about to be grabbed by bird
    3. giant hand of a golem, has just been brought to life, red power jewel in it's palm
    4. knocked over ink bottle, luckily missed drawing on the right
    5. mega man 2, quick man stage, the drop that leads to the lasers
    6. tree with thick branches, single apple hangs at top, snake at upper right, man and woman huddled in corner
    7. diagram of a machine gun, some parts in exploded format
    8. cartoon, trio of kids walking along, word balloon from one in middle
    9. a ringing bell in slow motion, visible sound waves
    10. magician pulling multiple colored handkerchiefs from audience members mouth
    11. "I will pay attention in class." "I will pay attention in class" a hundred times
    12. two cars park face to face, snowing, a meeting of important mobsters


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    Fill in 3 or 4 8x12 grids(wasn't thinking when I said 9!), using horizontal or vertical arrangement on alternating days. Provide description. Do a "developed composition" from it, but post it on the following day. Other members develop a comp according to the description provided.


    1. 3 men, in an empty stadium hatching a plan, guy top right sitting on bleachers, guy on left has foot up on step gesturing with his hands, the other two listen
    2. soldier running up a hill silhouetted by sparkling rockets, whistling and crackling sound effects
    3. the hallway in an abandoned hospital, tiled floor, flickering fluorescent lights lead down the hallway to darkness, afraid to go on but it's as though it's pulling you towards it

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    Armando...I am beginning to think you might be the devil in disguise (in a good way) That tempo exercise is evil! (again, in a good way lol) But a good workout, too ^_^ I am jealous that I can not fill my boxes in cleanly.

    Armando, here is the developed concept of your suggestions. If I am doing this wrong or not supposed to post this yet, please correct me.

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    Okay, up next, my grids:

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    1. A fat man (right) and young rouge discuss plans to infiltrate the Imperial palace. They have a good view of it from their window of the nameless inn where they are meeting. The fat man is drinking an alcoholic beverage.
    2. A forest after a devastating fire. A small rabbit approaches the ruined stump and fallen debris of a burnt tree that was once its home. Crows and vultures fly in the sky in search of corpses.
    3. Three dancers on a stage practicing their routine. Thick red curtains hang on the sides and the stage lights shine brightly from above as the technicians work out the lighting.


    And my tempo study---this is literally the best I could do. I hope I see more improvement in this. It is at least better than my first four attempts. ^_^
    I settled on my 4B pencil because it had the better value range. Ran at 60 BPM for 8 and 4 because 50 was too quick for me ^_^;

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    And the value abstract. THIS was fun
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    You know what...I am an idiot. I can't believe it. This is my idiot week online and IRL. I apologize. I know I did the exercise wrong---god knows why I confused beats and measures. Le Sigh. I sincerely apologize to both of you. Just, you know, disregard most of what I say and do until it starts looking more intelligent

    Have a great day guys. I am off to sleep.

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    Anjyil,
    1. Close-up of ugly face
    2. Guy chases after thief
    3. Prisoners of war in chain gang, walking through building, visible through walkway

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    Armando,
    1. Woman rests face on hands
    2. Looking up through ruined biosphere
    3. Witch about to enter cave

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    The value studies: the slow one's take about 40 seconds but no longer than 60, the fast one's take around 20 seconds but no longer than 30.

    Development of anjyil's comps
    The thieves one was a really good idea. Scribble around in the grid using what you've learned from the scribble drawings and fill it in just the same, finding the spots that feel right then bringing them out.

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    1. looking up at enormous, awesome, elephant as it sprays itself with water from the river
    2. late 17th century, America, a procession of angry villagers led by a man with a smoking torch
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    3. canons explode in the air as the space ship narrowly escapes
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    Thanks. ^_^ But I am going to ask a stupid question--is that 20-30 seconds per square, or just the whole line in general. I would rather ask a stupid question and do it right then not ask and do it wrong. Just how I am.

    Short break. Get do to this all later tonight

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    Server maintenance responsible for hiatus. Typical wrench in the spokes.


    Each rectangle takes 20ish seconds or 40ish seconds.
    I made a dumb mistake on the thieves image, the horizontal and vertical lines were supposed to be the window, I would have noticed that if I had scribbled around in the white area, would have noticed that it was open space or glass, as opposed to reasoning that there was a small hole through very thick walls.

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    Pick three from this sets:

    1.A cornfield, smells like morning, leaves with the gesture of a hanged man, three characters approaching a lifeless scarecrow, left to right: Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man
    2. Ruins of an ancient temple, death worshippers, where there was once an open space for the congregation of worshippers is now covered over with rubble from the walls and ceiling
    3.Looking slightly upward at sun priestess, morning, near the ruins of a temple that looks greekish, she casts of her robe in honor of the morning
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    1. Looking through jagged tree branches towards the sky which is midnight blue with a pattern of white stars, the dappled image of a forest giant
    2. A Japanese scientist(horizontal) falling through a time vortex, glowing blue energy whirls around him, ringing sound effects, there is a look of exhilaration on his foreshortened face
    3. somewhere, a small empty room with concrete floors and white walls, an electric chair, two female technicians are buckling a man in, his eyes are blindfolded and his mouth is covered
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    On another world, in a desert beneath a red sky, a low hum from somewhere, in the distance an ancient looking fortress, there are 3 paths leading up to it: one goes through the front gate, one goes through the back, and one goes over the wall... all look dangerous
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    Lightning bolt striking a rock, which explodes and reveals the magic sword
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    a collection of strange faces, on the left a skull in profile with zygomatic arches which reach forward to grab empty eyes that don't see, next two sets of mysterious eyes, next an Egyptian jackal, on the right a mandrill with bright red streak down it's face warning of streaming blood, furrows in it's muzzle in a perpetual snarl, strange glow surrounds the group
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    Wow, I didn't think that maintenance/migration thing would ever finish! Well, at least I am ahead now

    Okay, Armando---Looks like you and I were waiting like hawks hehe. I don't think should worry about downloading everything we did over the last few days. Better to be ahead anyways and no sense in overwhelming ourselves Here are yours from prior to the hiatus. As for the thieves, I like how it turned out anyway. I think the positioning made sense.

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    Still waiting on Romanriot's description of his boxes. ^_^ I love what he did with the others, though.


    Here are my tempo studies. I did it at the 30sec (etc) per square. Glad to hear that I was doing it right the last four days---looks like my stupid days are over ;D Though, I admit, what I did before is also a good exercise in tool efficiency and pacing. ^_^ This is my
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    My abstract value:
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    And my compositions of my own pieces. I think from now on, I am going to use the tempo study as the theme for the values of the developed composition as well.

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    Here are my new ones!
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    1. A cloaked figure on a cliff, the wind blowing wildly around them and the sun shining brightly. They are overlooking the land below, a river raging in the foreground surrounded by forests.

    2. An alien figure is sitting at a desk. They are round-headed with a tube-like protrusion coming from the center of their head and a round, protruding mouth like the octopus spitters in mario or Zelda. The alien is working diligently at the computer. In the background are other cubicles with various creatures at work.

    3. Looking from above, we see a figure (top) who has fallen to the ground. The crowd parts in surprise, then gathers around curiously, murmurs of worry and uncertainty rippling through the by-standers.

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