georgie and kate

Sorry, can there just be one more post about the royal family?
And can it be mine?

And can it just be about this article I read about the amazingness that is Kate and her post baby belly?

“In a couple of minutes on the steps of the Lindo Wing, Kate has done more for new mums’ self-esteem than any other role model.
 Sadly too many celebrities often have ultra fast tummy tucks or strap themselves down to emerge in tiny size 6 jeans, leaving everyone else feeling inadequate. Kate shows what a real mum looks like—and natural is beautiful.
 Undoubtedly over the coming weeks the Duchess will work hard to regain her figure, but on her first appearance as a new mum she’s proved herself a healthy role model for real mums around the world.”

I love how brave and honest she is
because I spend way to much time comparing my preggo body to these hobos

And that is just really isn't fair.


story time

I think the last time I posted any of my artwork was the very very beginning of 2012. And I've been going to school year round since then. How sad am I? I think my problem is that I don't want to post anything until it's 100% perfect, and it never is, so I don't bother. But now that I'm about to graduate I figure now is as good a time as any to show off my stuffs.

So here we are, end of July and I'm finishing up my last real semester. I say real because I still have some online classes to finish up before I can officially graduate from BYU, but this is the last time I'll be taking any studio classes. I'm a little sad, but also thrilled that I won't have any huge assignments looming over my head anymore. Unless, you know I get a job or something crazy like that.

I took an Entertainment Illustration class this semester. We came up with story ideas, designed characters, sculpted maquettes, drew storyboards and then adapted our stories into quickie animatics.

^^5 point turn-a-round of my main character, Max.

My story goes something like this:

Max is an amateur magician, new to this particular circus. He is eager to impress the other circus performers but he lacks confidence. During one performance he is struggling to amaze the crowd so he goes out on a limb and performs a new trick that he's never tried before, but to his utter horror the trick goes terribly wrong and he turns the entire crowd into rabbits. The rabbits immediately escape the tent and Max does everything he can to round them up before the other circus performers notice what has happened. Eventually he gets all of the rabbits back into the tent and is able to transform them back into humans. The audience leaves the tent- dizzy and confused- and the other circus performers accredit the audience's dazedness to Max's amazing magical skill. They are impressed and congratulate Max on his fantastic show, and Max is elated to be accepted by his co-workers. 

^^Supporting cast: Gabriel the Strongman, Marcus the Angry Clown, and Harriet the Bearded Lady.

^^This is a 'maquette' that I sculpted using wire, tinfoil, lots of glue, and a putty called 'super sculpy'. I baked it overnight and spray painted it gray (which totally ruined it btw. It was a super cute pink color before.)

So this story is set to be an animated short- maybe a few minutes long- with no dialogue. And I wanted it to look somewhat vintage. Set in the early 1900's.

^^a really horrible photograph of the latter 25 of my 50 panels of storyboard.

This video below is my animatic. When an artist is pitching an idea to a bunch of producers, or whoever is going to be making their video, they will often present their story idea using something called an animatic- which is basically a story board in video format. Very rough. The point is to get a skeleton of the idea across. It is not supposed to be refined.

We had about a week to do this last assignment. So yeah, there is sloppiness, there is poor timing, there are awkward pauses, but I FINISHED IT ON TIME AND I AM SO DOGGONE PROUD OF MYSELF.

I don't know what else to say except this was an awesomely fun project that made for an exhausting semester. I feel like we were sprinting through each one of these but I had fun and I learned lots.

AND THERE. I posted some art. Happy now?



There is a reason that every single one of my naughty pregnancy dreams stars Marcus Mumford.
It's become an understanding between me and Andy. And sorry but I'm not sorry.
Marcus Mumford is #1 on my celebrity list. You know, the list of celebs that you are allowed to do with complete immunity. Andy has one too.

Mumford and Sons album came out last year, but they just released this new music video.
Marcus in all his glory.
Watch it in full screen dummy.


stress test

Right now I'm taking this ridiculous health and fitness class.

I say ridiculous because I get two credits for sitting in a classroom for two hours a week, listening to a fat guy blab about facts that I could more easily find on buzzfeed.

"10 tips for a balanced plate of food" was one lecture that lasted the entire hour.
Plus everything is self graded, including the final.
Silly BYUI.

Anyway, last week he had us take a stress test based on life events.
He listed off a bunch of events, and each event had a certain amount of points assigned to it.
We were supposed to add up the points based on the events that had occurred in the past 12-15 months of our lives.

So we get started.
"If you've gotten married, that's 95 points"
Yep. That's me. Okay.
"If any of your parents has been hospitalized, that's 50 points"
Yeah, Andy's dad had a heart attack. That sucked.
"For each time you moved homes/apartments, that's 30 points."
Okay, I moved in with Andy, and then we moved up here. Two times moved.
"If your social life has changed dramatically, that's 40 points."
Yeah, I moved to Idaho where I didn't know anybody. Lame.
"If the amount of family get-togethers has changed dramatically. 60 points."
Wow, jeez. Yep my family moved across the country last August. Have only seen them once since.
"For each member of your family that has left home for a certain amount of time, like on a mission or to the army, that's 25 points"
Ha. Both Becca and Jordan left on missions in the last year.
"If your family has gone through a big change of their financial state, 30 points"
Yep. Family lost their money and moved to Virginia. Is he just mocking me? What is this?
"If you have become pregnant or have given birth, that's 50 points."
"If you've changed schools"
"If you lost your job"
"If you've started work at a new job"
"If your spouse has been hospitalized"
"If you've been pulled over"
"If you've been on vacation"

So finally at the very end, he says that if you have under 150 points, you are unlikely to get very sick in the coming year. But if you have over 300, then you have an extremely high chance of illness because you are too gosh darn stressed.

I looked down at my total.


I'm not really sure what to do with this.

I guess if I die from some plague in the next year, there is no need to be surprised.

Can't say I didn't warn you........ehhhhhhh....


near death experience

This last saturday, Andy picked me up from work at about 7:00p and I told him that all I wanted in the world was a cheeseburger and please please please can we go get one. Being the kind, supportive, slightly terrified husband that he is we immediately drove to Wendy's and we got me some food (two cheeseburgers in fact. Never in my life have I eaten two burgers in one sitting. Gross). Anyway, on the way home we were behind this small nasty truck emitting a gross amount of smoke. I was halfway through my first burger and I had to put it down because the smell was so horrible. The truck turned a corner and we kept driving but the smell was getting stronger. Oh it was so awful, and my pregnant nose amplified it by a million. Suddenly I noticed that my butt was smoking. Literally, smoking. And I reacted quite calmly. AHHHHH ANDY I'M DYING WHAT IS THAT OH MY SHIZ PULL OVER THE CAR IS ON FIRE HOLY CRAP WHAT IS HAPPENING ANDY STOP THE CAR I'M SERIOUS SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING HOLY SHIZ HOLY SHIZ. You know, real graceful-like. I pulled out the source and Andy immediately yanked it from the outlet.

It was an adapter for my iphone I had bought for $5 off amazon. It had burned my seat and my purse. AND IT STUNK TERRIBLY. But it finally stopped glowing (yes it was glowing orange) and the smoke disappeared. But I was still yelling. So Andy pulled over and I jumped out of the car. He almost tossed it in the trash but I wanted to keep it as proof that we almost died. Kind of. But really. I kept thinking about how I used to keep that adapter plugged in in our apartment, and at Great Harvest when I was at work and what if it caught on fire there and burned down a whole building? What if? WHAT IF? Who can I sue?

Anyway, I still had a burger and a half to eat so we left the car with the windows rolled down and finished our Wendy's on a bench on main street. Turned out to be a nice dinner for the both of us. But still. NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE. We could be dead people.

"I have a new appreciation for life!" as Ross from Friends would say.

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