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Flashback 2017 Calico

Calico is a relic of the old west. Not only is it a fun place to visit for everyday Americans, but also for any foreign students or friends you may have. The rock formations are also a wonder unto themselves.

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New projects coming up

So I’m pretty excited about some projects I have lined up for my winter break:

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  • Web comic/developing other stories
  • new DSLR camera for photography
  • new streaming camera for streaming my traditional art

I’m stoked to be able to dive back into my creative pursuits after a long semester of teaching!

 

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Jane Eyre (1996)

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This movie is my favorite adaptation of my favorite novel.  For those unfamiliar with the novel, it is written by one of the Bronte sisters (basically the Gothic cousins of Jane Austen). It is set in the 1800s in England, where poor little orphan Jane Eyre is just trying to make her way in a world that wants to crush her willful, wild spirit. After her family dies of a terrible disease she goes to live with her aunt and her children and they all are absolutely terrible to her and mistreat her.  So they send her off to boarding school, namely, an extremely hard-nosed, straight-laced boarding school with a penchant for telling little girls they are going to roast in hell for minor character flaws. Jane Eyre survives 10 years in this place and seeks out employment at the mysterious Mr. Rochester’s mansion to be a governess to an adorable little girl named Adele. Jane Eyre begins to develop feelings for the very dark and brooding Mr. Rochester and of course he has a dark secret hidden away.

This adaptation is my favorite mainly because of the casting. The young Jane Eyre is played by a young Anna Paquin, and she definitely captures the young punk attitude of the young and wild Jane Eyre before she has to keep her feelings bottled up inside herself. Jane Eyre is never described as beautiful in the book, she is described as plain and almost bird like. Neither is Mr. Rochester described as handsome.  I thought William Hurt did an excellent job of portraying him.

The script is wonderful and includes the important parts in the beginning of Jane’s life that are very important to understanding her character. Other film adaptations skip over her childhood trauma to get to the romance parts. While I liked the 2011 adaptation, the actors were too beautiful (looking at you, Fassbender) and blonde (?!) and so it was hard to see that Jane felt ugly and unwanted as opposed to the 1996 version, with the beautiful mirror shots in several parts of the movie. The 2011 adaptation definitely highlighted the gothic/horror elements of the novel, which I do wish was more in the 1996 version.

Ultimately, though, the 1996 adaptation of Jane Eyre is my favorite! I recommend everyone to watch it if you’re into tortured souls trying to find love despite circumstances and their duty obligations.

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Expensive hobbies

I just bought a new DSLR camera and it arrived early! I can’t wait to start taking pictures and posting them to the blog. I watched a documentary about Jack Cardiff in my storyboarding class, and now I’m all excited to learn about photography.

First, I have to finish up the semester, get all my grading done, and hope to hell I don’t get the common teacher sickness on the first day of break.

Ugh, I swear all of my money is going to my expensive art hobbies.

Updated: 2018 Photography:

Oxnard, CA – Wildlife Cruise to Anacapa Islands (June 25, 2018)

JPL – June 10th, 2018

CSUF Graduation 2018

KS Fitness Fight Night – March 3, 2018

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Flashback 2017 Costume Figure Drawing nights at Fullerton College

One of my favorite things this year was costumed figure drawing night at Fullerton College. The highlight was getting captured in cartoon form by one of the other artists! She definitely captured my concentrating face!