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The Semester is Finally Over

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Wednesday was the last day of my classes for this semester. It went pretty well since all we had to do was turn in our portfolio in intaglio to be graded and collect our trade portfolio in which we made a print for everyone in the class including our teacher and the TA. Last week, we went to my relief teacher’s house to do our final critique and potluck. I ended up making a pi√Īata out of some test prints that I printed on newsprint for one of my 5 variable multiples that we needed to do for our final. We ended up hanging it outside and a few people were able to smack the crap out of it. I think we all had a good time. I wish I could post some pictures of it but I was only able to take some film photos and not digital since my phone was freaking out on me. Luckily my teacher did take some photos so here they are:

Lookin’ like a goofball.

Our relief class along with our teacher Sandra Fernandez and our TA.


I will be heading back home for a week but when I come back to Austin I will take photos of my prints and post them on here later. Bye for now!


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May 11, 2013 at 12:49 am

Two Weeks

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Throughout this Spring semester I’ve been trying to get myself to post onto this blog but surprisingly I’ve spent most of my time at school trying to make tons of prints and such. I stupidly decided that it would be awesome to take four studio classes at the same time (three printmaking and one painting class) and it was the worst idea ever. (Also, I decided to do that again for NEXT semester, hooray!) I have about two more weeks until classes end and I’m racking my brain with projects and trying to catch up on deadlines. Most of my things are due this week and it’s killing me. I’m honestly scared that I’m not going to pass any of my classes but none of my teachers have told me I’m failing or anything.

I actually had a really bad individual critique the other day in intaglio and it really tore me apart. Apparently I don’t have enough work and it didn’t seem like I put too much effort into it. After that critique I went to the 4th floor deck and had a mental breakdown. If only my teacher knew how many hours I spent in the studio outside of class and how much more time I put into intaglio than I do to any of my other classes. I know I’m a lot better in relief but my heart is (or now was) in intaglio.

I’ll be posting some of my work soon from the fall semester and this current semester. Soon I will be starting to put my senior portfolio together. Which by the way, I got a scholarship! All I need to do is send my acceptance letter and I’m hopefully getting $1,200 to use towards said portfolio. And you know what that means? NEW PRINTMAKING TOOLS! ūüėÄ

Hopefully this summer I will be able to get some serious sketches going on for the coming fall semester. I want to have some more serious work and I really love what I’m doing. Printmaking is absolutely wonderful and I hope I can continue with it after I graduate in December (if all goes well).

Here’s hoping for a better tomorrow.

Written by Monklin

April 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Quick Thoughts on Art and Critiques

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One thing I’ve always loved about my art classes is critique days. Many people dread it but I honestly find it¬†invigorating even though sometimes there are some people who absolutely nothing good to say about your work. Sometimes it is even hard to even hear certain things because they may be true.

My artwork always tends to be personal because I know myself better than anyone, and when someone notices that and actually appreciates it, it really makes me feel good about myself even if some of the subject matter is about something negative. Most of my art teachers tell me that they like that my work is personal and not generic.

I believe that sometimes artwork shouldn’t have a message of some sort but should just appeal to your own self. When I make artwork about my life or even about my thoughts I feel like I’m allowing someone to see things through my own eyes. Sometimes people forget how others can¬†perceive¬†things differently and how different a person’s lifestyle is from their own.

I don’t know.. just some quick thoughts.

Note to self: write about Warped Tour, the Sketchbook Project, David Byrne & St. Vincent, and Motion City Soundtrack.

Written by Monklin

November 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

T-Minus Two Weeks

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There are two more weeks left in this school year for me. Part of me doesn’t want to the semester to end because it will mean that I have about a year left to complete my bachelor’s degree. But the other part of me just wants a big break to see my old friends and family back home and hopefully I will be traveling around in June. My sister has a conference (or something of the sort) in Dallas in June for her job so my family and I will be there for about a week. Hopefully we’ll be able to go see some art museums and the zoo. And if we have time and the universe allows us to, we are also planning on going to the beach.

Today while conversing with my mother, I was able to convince her into giving me her record player if I could get it to work and could replace the needle. Though the only problem with that is that I have to examine the contraption in person to figure out with needle it needs and since I am an impatient child when it comes to something that I want, it will feel like an eternity before I can claim it as my own.

Also, today while conversing with a stranger over instagram, I learned that there is a place where they develop black and white film at a good price here in Austin. Since I don’t have the tools and a dark room to develop my own film, I haven’t been using my lovely SLR camera. But now with this news, I plan on taking tons of photos over the summer.

¬†I have about two months that I’m going to be off from school then I will be back in Austin in July to take an art history class for the second summer session. Here’s to hoping that I will get to do most, if not all, the things I want to do. But before I can even think of those things, I need to survive these next two weeks and get all my projects done by this upcoming weekend. Wish me luck.

Written by Monklin

April 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm

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As of late, I’ve been trying to get myself out of the apartment and enjoy all the art and music events that are going on around Austin. Last week I went to the VAC’s opening, a few days ago I went to a lecture series by some art critiques, and today I went to the Blanton Museum’s SoundSpace event which was in celebration of John Cage’s 100th Birthday (even though I think his birthday is in September) in which they performed John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS. According to the program they gave us MUSICIRCUS was first performed in 1967 and it is “a cacophony of concurrent performances, determined by chance distribution.”

If you don’t know what chance music is, then I suggest that you read up on it as soon as possible. Honestly, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but just in case you don’t have time to read or have no idea what I am talking about, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Aleatoric¬†music¬†(also¬†aleatory music¬†or¬†chance music; from the¬†Latin¬†word¬†alea, meaning “dice“) is¬†music¬†in which some¬†element of the composition¬†is left to¬†chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work’s realization is left to the determination of its performer(s). The term is most often associated with procedures in which the chance element involves a relatively limited number of possibilities.”¬†

John Cage¬†was a¬†music theorist, writer, philosopher, artist, and one of the most¬†influential¬†American composers of the 20th century. He was known for his experimental music and for his creation of the prepared piano (and of course several other things). One of his most famous and most¬†controversial¬†pieces was entitled 4’33” (pronounced “four minutes, thirty-three seconds”). Since there is no video of him performing this piece, here is someone else playing it.

A good piece that you can see John Cage perform in is in his performance of Water Walk which was aired on television back in the day.

John Cage was such a strange individual and many people don’t understand why he was and still is such an¬†influential¬†composer. I think it just takes a very open mind in order to enjoy his pieces. In all honesty, I enjoy listening to his stuff on occasion and absolutely enjoy reading about him and his work. I’m pretty sure John Cage would be my perfect match.

I wanted to record some video of today’s performances but my camera on my phone was acting funny so I was only able to take some pictures. But here’s a video of someone else, just to show which piece opened and closed today’s performance. It’s entitled Suite for Toy Piano, by John Cage.

Anyways, here are some photos from the event:

At this point of the performance they started talking about moustaches and this guy (above) put on a fake moustache. After that, they all began chanting “moustache.”

Also, here’s one of my favorite art pieces at the Blanton.

Honestly, it was such an entertaining event, I wish they would do this again.

Austin, you’re weird, but I like you that way.


Goodbye 2011!

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2011 was a very difficult year for me due to some unfortunate events but honestly, it was also a very productive year for me! In January, I got my design book into the student art show at my local community college. I also joined a class where we designed and repainted famous artworks onto trashcans for our campus (which I am very proud of and that you can see here). The art¬†fraternity¬†I was in also went on a trip to San Antonio to go to the McNay Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art, which turned out to be a very fun trip. Even took a trip to Austin with my mother to see the Sketchbook Project exhibition that I was part of (which you can see here too). I also got accepted into the University of Texas, moved four hours away from my hometown, and successfully passed my first semester there. I even got some artwork displayed and received some¬†positive¬†critiques. All in all, it was a very busy year. It had it’s ups and downs, but you know what? I survived! 2012 actually seems like a good year for me. A good year to expand, learn new things, and see things in a different light. I’m honestly hoping that things will continue to go well for me and for my friends and family (so cheesy, but true). I guess this post was mainly for me to put my thoughts out and release the old stuff to make room for the new!¬†2011, nice knowing you.

Why hello there, 2012!

Oh, yeah! Did I mention that I got an iMac as a Christmas&Birthday gift? I will probably be posting some digital artwork now that I have photoshop and a large space to use.

Hope you all had an amazing year and are also looking forward to 2012 like I am.


Written by Monklin

January 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

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Overview of the Past Half Year!

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So today I finally finished my first semester at the University of Texas and I must say it was quite an experience. I meet some new people, hung out with old friends, and even exchanged ideas with other artists. I know I have posted in a long time and it’s mostly due to being loaded with homework and the fact that I couldn’t access my flickr account so I could upload photos for the blog. So here’s a basic quick overview of what went on the past few months.

My classes were interesting to say the least. All of my teachers were unique in their own way and had a lot to talk about certain subjects and even included their own opinions which I didn’t see as much as my past professors in my hometown. Though out of those four classes, two of them were always a delight to attend, and of course they were both about art.

My art history class was always very interesting due to the fact art is already interesting enough but also because my professor was such a unique individual. He was always energetic, optimistic, and very entertaining. Even our TA who taught our discussion class was very passionate about art history and was also very optimistic. I must say that I’m going to miss that class a lot.

But the of course, one class that I will terribly miss will be my digital art class. I seriously had the most fun and was the most stressed because of ¬†this class. I’m glad to say that I actually learned a lot about many different programs such as¬†Premiere,¬† Illustrator, and AfterEffects. I even got some artwork displayed in one of the hallways in the¬†ART building at UT, so I’m actually very proud of that. Plus, Neal is such a cool guy so his class was very enjoyable.

I also went to Wizard World Comic Con here in Austin with my friend Javi a few weeks ago so that was kind of fun! We even got to meet some cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here are a few pictures from that event:

Thor called me a mortal!

I even made a TARDIS bag for the event!

One thing I’ve been doing a lot since I moved here to Austin is baking and actually cooking meals from scratch. No idea where ¬†I got this inspiration to cook from but I’m glad I’m actually being productive in some way. So of course, here are a few things I’ve cooked and baked:

And I even got to make a sugar skull for¬†Dia de los Muertos with a $1 skull mold I found at Michael’s:

I went back to my hometown last week for the Thanksgiving break and I must say that I really missed my family. Next weekend I’ll probably be back in my hometown for about five weeks then it’s back to school again.