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Archive for November 2008

Too distracting

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

On Monday, I showed my professor my perspective and elevation for my studio apartment project. I was afraid that the view of Paris from the windows might be a bit much. Or that she would say that it was distracting.

But she loved it! I haven't worked much with rendering in Photoshop until this project. My professor had encouraged me to use Photoshop for last year's restaurant project, but I told her that Photoshop scared me. I can now say that I have gotten over my Photoshop fears! And to top it off, my professor told me that I was doing great with Photoshop! She really like my glowing chandelier and table lamp, and she wanted ME to show HER how to make lights glow in Photoshop. I taught myself how to do it by watching a video, so I emailed her the video.

Sometimes I get nervous about adding details to my projects because I'm afraid my professors will say that it's "too distracting." Last year, I took a class where we learned about National Kitchen and Bath Association rules. The first kitchen I designed had to include elevations of every wall so that the pretend client could visualize the space. Did you catch that part: so THE CLIENT could visualize the space.

My favorite part of design is drawing elevations. I love them! And I like to add a few details. Here are two of the elevations for my first kitchen project. These are elevations of the two islands in the kitchen. The first one is the secondary sink and second dishwasher and the next elevation is the French cooktop and hood.




Notice the details: the Kitchen Aid mixer, the jars on the counter. I think adding details like these help the client visualize themselves in the space. What did my professor say? "It's too distracting. You would never show mixers or jars in construction drawings."

Excuse me?? What? Construction drawings? Those elevations were supposed to be for the client!

And that's how I got my first "C". By adding details that were distracting. So what do you think about my kitchen? Is it too much? Or do you like the details?

I am on my way home!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

By the time you are reading this, I will be on my way home to Alabama. Yay for scheduled posts which keep me connected to my computer even when I'm not at my computer! I'm so glad for Thanksgiving break!

I saw this fun post on Ashley's blog, and I knew that I had to take the quiz too. Here are my results:

You Are a Grace!


You are a Grace -- "I need to understand the world."

Graces have a need for knowledge and are introverted, curious, analytical, and insightful.

How to Get Along with Me
* Be independent, not clingy
* Speak in a straightforward and brief manner
* I need time alone to process my feelings and thoughts
* Remember that If I seem aloof, distant, or arrogant, it may be that I am feeling uncomfortable
* Make me feel welcome, but not too intensely, or I might doubt your sincerity
* If I become irritated when I have to repeat things, it may be because it was such an effort to get my thoughts out in the first place
* don't come on like a bulldozer
* Help me to avoid my pet peeves: big parties, other people's loud music, overdone emotions, and intrusions on my privacy

What I Like About Being a Grace
* standing back and viewing life objectively
* coming to a thorough understanding; perceiving causes and effects
* my sense of integrity: doing what I think is right and not being influenced by social pressure
* not being caught up in material possessions and status * being calm in a crisis

What's Hard About Being a Grace
* being slow to put my knowledge and insights out in the world
* feeling bad when I act defensive or like a know-it-all
* being pressured to be with people when I don't want to be
* watching others with better social skills, but less intelligence or technical skill, do better professionally

Graces as Children Often
* spend a lot of time alone reading, making collections, and so on
* have a few special friends rather than many
* are very bright and curious and do well in school
* have independent minds and often question their parents and teachers
* watch events from a detached point of view, gathering information
* assume a poker face in order not to look afraid
* are sensitive; avoid interpersonal conflict
* feel intruded upon and controlled and/or ignored and neglected

Graces as Parents
* are often kind, perceptive, and devoted
* are sometimes authoritarian and demanding
* may expect more intellectual achievement than is developmentally appropriate
* may be intolerant of their children expressing strong emotions

So what do you think? Do I sound like a Grace? Want to find out if you're a Grace? Then go here and take the quiz too.

Merry Christmas to me

Monday, November 24, 2008

I didn't mention this in my last post, but my Get-Everything-Done-Now-itis has extended to other parts of my life besides school. The past weekend, I completed all my Christmas shopping! Thank you Internet shopping.

I decided that since I have been working so hard that I would treat myself to some Christmas presents. One of my classmates works at an interior designer showroom/furniture store and whenever I need to whine about school I go visit my friend at work. Right now they have some super cute bags, and when they finally went on sale I just had to get one. The best part? They're made from 100% recycled plastic.


Several of my friends have had Premier Jewelry parties, so I treated myself to Christmas present number two. The tutti frutti necklace. And guess what? Since I bought something, I was entered into a drawing for a free necklace, and I won! So I got two necklaces for the price of one.


It's not a great picture, but it's the only one I could find. I would take a picture myself, but my camera is broken. I emailed Santa Claus last week (also known as my dad) and I told him I want this:


Hopefully I'll be seeing it soon under the tree!

No senioritis here

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm not sure what I have, but it's the opposite of senioritis. Maybe I should call it Get-Everything-Done-Now-itis. A long title, but it fits me right now. I've never been a procrastinator, but I'm not usually the type of person who gets things done early. But I am now!

In this post I mentioned that I had to finish my perspective because it was due the next day. And then I posted the drawing and rendering. It turns out I was the ONLY person who had finished the perspective and no one else had even STARTED on any renderings. I have finished three out of the five renderings. FINISHED! And no one else has even started. The perspective rendering is due tomorrow. Then we have to do two maquette models. (You can see an example of a maquette model here. I did one for my last project.) I'm nearly done with both of them, and they aren't due until after Thanksgiving. I also had a Spanish paper on Spanish Baroque architecture, which I finished a week early! And my last interior design project (see the maquette model link above) I completed two days early even though my partner abandoned me and went to Arkansas.

I hope my Get-Everything-Done-Now-itis stays until the end of the school year. I like getting things done early.

Progress

Friday, November 21, 2008

Here's how the perspective drawing of my bedroom turned out. I'm pretty proud of it.

I know this is hard to believe, but drawing the boxes is the hardest part. The furniture has to be drawn to its exact measurements, which means I have to figure out how high 36 inches is on a grid. It's hard, just trust me.

My boxes now look like real furniture.

Here is the drawing rendered in Photoshop. I'm still not done. I'd like to make a few changes and play with the shadows some more. My favorite part is definitely the chandelier. I love the glowing crystals.



One Point Perspective

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Last year I took a very intense class called Color Rendering. Did I mention that it was intense? I have never worked so hard in my life! Whenever I would talk about my projects in that class, my lips would go numb and my neck would break out in hives. I had never broken out in hives before that semester. The class was all about drawing things in realistically in perspective and then coloring them with really expensive markers and colored pencils. We had assignments like render brick, draw and color marble, render a commercial space (I picked the Hilton), and then the final three projects were rendering room perspectives.

I spend a very difficult semester learning how to render anything and everything, and I think I got pretty good at it. Now I'm learning how to render perspectives on the computer. I'm not a fan of computer perspectives. I spent a semester learning how to draw by hand and I want to keep doing it by hand!

Somehow I have to figure out how to get these boxes:

To look like this furniture:




And it's due tomorrow!

Christmas Door

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two weeks ago my roommate and I decorated for Christmas. Yes, that's right: TWO WEEKS ago. I didn't post about this earlier because I was a little embarrassed to announce my Christmas obsession to the world.

Thankfully I have an understanding roommate who has put up with my Christmas music that has been playing since October and was even willing to pay for the wrapping paper for our door. We were definitely the first ones in our building who have decorated for Christmas, but yesterday someone downstairs joined in the early Christmas celebration and decorated their door too.

These pictures aren't that great because my camera just broke and I was borrowing a friend's camera to take these. I haven't figured out how to work it yet.





Photoshop Love

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I didn't realize it had been such a long time since my last post. I've been busy, busy!

  • I've been blowing my budget for my studio apartment project. Our original budget was $15,000 but it was increased to $45,000. Last time I checked I had spent around $71,000. I'm just going to pretend that I don't have a budget. It's not really working for me with the time period I have. One of my class mates suggested I do an extra elevation drawing. That way I can get bonus points for the extra drawing, which will make up for the points I'll lose for going over budget.

  • Yesterday my student chapter of American Society of Interior Designers had a fundraiser. We sold ornaments and Christmas cards at the Holiday Market, which is an outdoor craft fair.

  • I've been learning how to make digital boards in Photoshop. I know I've said before that I don't like Photoshop, but I've changed my mind now. Photoshop is great.

  • Speaking of Photoshop, I've been editing some head shots for a friend. She got an art student here to take the photos. The student charged her $50 for taking the photos, but here's the thing: the student didn't even have her own camera! I think $50 would be a fair price for a student who had her own SLR camera and was going to edit a few of the photos. I definitely think that student was taking advantage of my friend, plus she was very unprofessional. I will definitely be spreading the word to never use that student as a photographer.

  • Shawn and I have discussed me visiting him for Christmas! I'm so excited! Now we just have to figure out the dates.

  • I've been going on a lot of photo shoots for my photography class. And I thought I would share some of my favorites:








  • Now I'm off to edit the photos from the lastest photo shoot I went on, which was a portrait session. I worked with three great models. Hope everyone has a great week!


    A lesson on french baroque

    Thursday, November 6, 2008


    My latest project is incredibly frustrating. I'm designing (this is all pretend, not a real client this time) a studio apartment in Paris for an artist. I think I'm going to name my artist Francoise. Since the apartment is in Paris, we're using the metric system for the first time. Using the metric system is very confusing, but that's not the frustrating part. The hardest part of this project is that the apartment is based on a time period. We each wrote down our favorite historical style and then we drew out of a hat. No one got their favorite style, and I drew the Louis XIV period.


    Let me tell you a little about Louis XIV style. It's also known as French Baroque. French Baroque is a very theatrical style, known for large scale details: heavy carvings, extremely decorated surfaces, and furniture covered in gold. Think masculine colors and big furniture.

    Baroque paintings often used dark backgrounds and theatrical lighting.


    Unfortunately French Baroque isn't really popular right now, and it's very difficult to find furniture for my apartment. And I can't afford antiques because my budget is $15,000 (that includes everything: doors, drawer pulls, flooring, furniture, kitchen cabinets, appliances, etc). I could spend my entire budget on ONE coffee table. I've done search after search and most of the things I find look like this:

    This is not French Baroque. They are wrong, wrong, wrong! Way too many people think that French Baroque and Rococo are the same. They're not. This chair is Rococo.

    Rococo furniture is ornate, heavy ornamentation, S-shaped curves, shell shapes, light and pastel colors. Rococo is similar to baroque, but it's a bit daintier and has lighter colors

    Baroque is also ornate with heavy ornamentation, but it's even more weighty and over the top than rococo. The baroque period used theatrical colors and extravagant materials (lots of dark, wood carvings).

    Now the picture below is a French Baroque chair. It has a high back, heavy gold carvings and stretchers (the support at the bottom of the chair). Maybe it's only noticeable to me, but there is a HUGE difference between these two chairs. People should really do more research before selling their "Baroque" chair on the Internet. And that chair pictured above shouldn't just be called French Rococo because it has a name! That chair is a fauteuil chair. The open arms give that away. And don't even get me started on the different between fauteuil and bergere!!!
    Fauteuil chair = open arms
    Bergere = closed arms
     People get those wrong all the time too. Enough about that.


    Right now French country and Rococo is in, and French Baroque is not. The cheaper big furniture stores just don't sell stuff that's similar to French Baroque. So what am I supposed to do? Pick out expensive furniture that is similar to my time period and blow my budget? Or pick out cheaper furniture that's within my budget, but not stay true to the French Baroque style?

    What I have done is find all the cheap stuff possible like the cheapest cabinets and appliances that home depot offers. I have some expensive period pieces, but I've tried to balance it with inexpensive lamps and end tables. Yesterday, I added everything up. What to guess how much I'm spending so far?

    $36,893.34! That doesn't include some major items like window treatments, built-ins and counter tops. I'm way, WAY over my budget of $15,000 and I still have more stuff to add. What am I going to do!?