Sketchy Pencil Point: Fashion Final


My fashion drawing instructor at the AAU always emphasized that spontaneity was the key to fashion illustration. At least, that’s what I think he said. With that in mind, I mindlessly slapped on all kinds of materials for my mixed-media final project. Fortunately, it seemed like my mindful spontaneity, or rather, mindlessness resulted in a decent fashion illustration.

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Winners, Losers, and Survivors: A Crime Blog [Dredd]

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I will look at a film very dear to me for the finale of underrated crime classics. Dredd is Pete Travis’ hardcore dystopian sci-fi flick based on the long running comic, Judge Dredd by John Wagner. Dredd is one of my two favorite comic book (not superhero) movies. Dredd came out in 2012, when a lot of highly anticipated comic book movies were being released such as: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider Man. Dredd kicked all of their asses in terms of quality, but sadly failed at the box office. Continue reading

Hot Topics: Goodbye


Hello, readers! Well, hello and goodbye. That’s right, this column is (choking back tears as I write) coming to an end. Although our time has been brief, I can happily say that we’ve had some laughs, we’ve had some tears, and we’ve had some pop culture analysis (emphasis on the last one). Continue reading

Drawing on Form : Visual Reports from The Vessel XII Controversy

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As a way to interact with ‘Antiprism: Exploring the Vessel XII Controversy‘ at The de Young Museum, on-site columnists in the Sunset Media Wave program were invited to create two-dimensional interpretations of several sculptural forms within the installation.  Students were encouraged to draw inspiration from the basic architecture, color and qualities of an antiprism by utilizing tape to stencil off and emphasize the distinct planes of objects they drafted with various mark making techniques.  The results came out great, and I was pleased with how focused and intrigued the Wavers were with their pieces.  The project provided them with a direct way to experience and add to the ongoing story of the installation. Continue reading

Thrifty Business: Treasure Island Flea Market

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Spring Break. It feels as if it happened ages ago. I fantasized about how I was going to spend the break taking adventurous trips around the city with my closest friends, but in the end, work stopped me in my tracks. Luckily I was able to sneak away from work for a day to visit the Treasure Island Flea Market. This flea market is held on the last weekend of every month, and is well known for its fun festivities and food. Continue reading

Monovlogs: ‘Awkward’ Rant Video

Hi friends, welcome back to Monovlogs! Guess what I’ve made? I’ve made a rant video! I’ve been wanting to make one of these since, basically, the start of my existence after idolizing so many amazing youtubers and vloggers that shaped who I am today. As cliché as that sounded, it is completely true. My sense of humor and the morals that I have today are influenced by the things that I have loved as a child. Every movie, youtuber, actor, story, and so on have affected who I am as a human being. Take that into consideration before you have your little sister memorize “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot at an influential age or else they’ll probably end up like me. I have grown up watching these witty youtubers (ShaneDawsonTv, Bubbiosity, CommunityChannel, Danisnotonfire, Smosh etc) and they’ve always looked so simple to make. Simple edits, a few cuts here and there, and a whole bunch of improv, right? No, that is not the case at all. This simple video has taken me a good month to create, taking a few days to write maybe a ten minute script.

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