Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chrissy: the Princess and the Frog

I meant to blog about this right after I saw it.
Alas, I was busy until now.
So, Disney's The Princess and the Frog.
First, I unfortunately was not able to go with my family.
It would've been delightful to watch it with my younger siblings
especially my 7 year old sister.
Instead my art, and slightly more critical, friends took me.

I've been waiting since 11th grade for this movie,
when I heard a rumor about Disney creating a Black princess.
Hand drawn animation is THE BEST EVER!
The character design was simply brilliant as were the set designs.
This movie had so much color and flavor.
Tiana, the main character, is such a strong addition to the Disney Princess collection.
The Prince was funny and charming and the villain was dynamic and entertaining.

I think the only problem I had with the movie was that Tiana looked too much like Mulan.
It seems like almost every ethnic Disney princess is cut out of the same mold.
It was a beautiful film.

Below are some concept paintings done for the movie.

I want this book so badly!
If anyone wants to buy it for me for my birthday I'd be delighted!
Ah well, it was worth a try.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Chrissy: Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas all!
I hope you've had a good one.
I wanted to share with you one Christmas tradition my family has had for a while.
Each year, two days before Christmas, my family always makes
Then, on Christmas Eve we deliver them to the families who asked for them.
On Christmas day we eat some ourselves for dinner.
The reason we do Tamales is because of what they can symbolize.
For my family we like to think of them as gifts.
Because you have to unwrap the corn husk before you can eat it.
This year I believe we made over 6 dozen tamales!
Lots of work.
But definitely worth it!
p.s. This is my new hair cut! Bangs (across the cut bangs, as I like to call them), layers, a trim, and some badly needed thinning out.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chrissy: Of course I get sick...

On Christmas Eve!
I made some shoes.
For some one's boyfriend in Georgia.
His favorite color is yelloooooow o.O
so I did what I could.

Above: both shoes
below: the back+cora

My signature.
Don't ask me how I get 18 letters to be that small.

In other news:
I went to my cousin's graduation dinner last night, at Carabas.
It was sooo good! But. I realized something while I was eating.
I was the only one there who wasn't married and had a child.
Should have brought a date!
Ah well.
At least I didn't have to share my creme brulee with anyone (though I must say i didn't like it very much....).
I cut my hair. I just don't have any good pictures of it to put up yet.
But it's not short! I just got some bangs and some layers.
So nary you mind.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chrissy: Ahaha

Found this on one of the presents Corala wrapped for our grandpa.
I would be worried about the way she spelled "clan"
But with her being half mexican and all
it's rather unlikely that she's part of the kkk :P

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chrissy: I have a gift

I have the amazing ability of
making people think that I've changed my hair dramatically
without changing it at all.
That's a gift.
I'm getting my hair cut this week.
We'll see how it goes!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chrissy: hmm

When you want to be my friend for reals this time
call me.
Meanwhile Rachel and I
will be making 5 step plans to snare us some
_. _ ._'s
(girl you know what I mean).
With our winter hats, we are unstoppable.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chrissy: Letter

Dearest Future Husband,
I'm writing this for the future.
So that when I meet you I can send you this link.
And then you'll really have to learn to love me.
My roommates told me
to tell you
that I get super aggressive when I clean.
You may think it's play aggressiveness.
I assure you it's not.
So sorry, darling.
(p.s. I really don't HATE cleaning. There's just something about 409, pine-sol, and comet that makes me really mean...)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chrissy: 2D Portfolio

Above: Bonsai and fishbowl
Below: Initials
Women (collage)
me in 4 values
which is your favorite?

Chrissy: The Dinosaur Piece

Since I felt I had to include an explanation...
Why I hate it:
1. It's not my style.
2. I don't know what is good and what is not when it comes to abstract.
3. It hurts my head.
Why I like it:
1. It made me stretch my imagination.
2. Never have I used those colors together.
3. I found a way to still be me even with abstract art.
4. Spending time around the Paleontology Museum was really interesting!
Why I included it in my portfolio:
1. My teacher really liked it. Like REALLY liked it.
2. It's always good to show variety when putting together a portfolio.
3. Hopefully it will appeal to the reviewers who get that kind of thing.
And so we have the Dinosaur Piece.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Chrissy: My Drawing Portfolio

Above: Abstract dinosaurs, nupastel
Below: Sweater tree, Micron pen
Below: ASLAN, nupastel
Below: Prometheus, nupastel
Self portrait, graphite
I sent this little portfolio to the graders on Wednesday.
I'll show you the 2d one later.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chrissy: Untitled.

Once upon a time...
Girl named Chrisanne died.
And she gave all her money in her piggy bank to Rachel.
And her water color painting cup to the other Rachel.
And then pirates ransacked the rest of her stuff.
(picture taken after I passed out that one time that I gave blood, but never blogged about it... eheh. This is the non photoshopped version of the pic.)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chrissy: Self portrait take 2

In hindsight... not owning any sweaters or long sleeve shirts is not a good way to survive Utah weather...
This is my second self portrait.
While I loved the watercolor one for what it taught me
It just wasn't up to par for my final portfolio.
So I did this instead. It would be a lot better if I had more time to work on it.
Unfortunately, I don't. I hope the graders aren't too harsh with it.
Graphite on Stonehenge paper. 15" x 24"

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chrissy: FAILURE!!!!

You know you're an epic failure
when you score a 68% on your bowling test.
*head desk*

Monday, December 7, 2009

Chrissy: My hands

You can tell I'm an artist of some sorts
when you look at my hands.
They're always dirty with some sort of artistic medium.
And this is, of course, the only logical reason why guys never hold my hand ;)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Chrissy: >:(

(caution: the picture you are about to see below may frighten younger children... and teenagers... and probably some adults too.)
Because paying $6 for a blasted piece of paper
makes me angry.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Chrissy: Who am I???

By the way...
I'm actually Queen Amidala.
Oh oh and Pocahontas
Er... the Sultan?
...A bear maybe (I'm sure my roomies think so sometimes)?
I find myself not liking who I am.
And I try to change.
Hah, you guys my poor hair is dead from dying it to make me look like a different person.
Its hard for me to appreciate who I am when the world tells me I'm not enough.
I laugh too loud, I'm too shy around strangers, and I don't speak as eloquently as I would like.
But then I step back and see that I have a lot of positive attributes as well.
I can make people laugh, I can tell great stories, and I am just a super dramatic "cray-cray" girl who enjoys life!
I don't need to be anyone else.
Just Chrisanne, the Insane ;)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chrissy: Look at me

Look at me being all Homey and Mexican!
I made tacos last night!
Well... Michele was there, guiding me through the steps. But still!
Basically I did it all by myself!
Be proud!
The tacos. I know that they LOOK nasty, but really they were good!
Michele enjoying hers.
And me, looking insane, but still enjoying mine :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chrissy: I make my own happiness.

These past few months have been great.
Really, they have been.
But they've also been hard.
I don't adjust well to change. It's not an easy thing for me.
Consequently learning how to live without the fam has been a struggle.
I tend to linger on the past, or look to the future.
And unfortunately I forget to appreciate the present.
This week has not been a very good one,
and I found myself wishing either to be back at home or to be done with college, married, and working.
It seemed as if my brain had hardwired itself to think the my happiness depended on things I couldn't control.
As I complained about this to my roommate she told me, "Chrisanne! Just go distract yourself. Go do something good."
So I started a self portrait.
I found it made me happy. And from my foul mood came something beautiful.
I thought of using it for my final project in my 2-D design class, but the background is too ridiculous to turn in.
But still. I feel like this painting of myself kind of taught me how to brew happiness.
I can make my own happiness by just doing what I love.
I don't have to let the way I feel be controlled by outside forces.
The discovery is rather liberating!

First time with watercolor in a LONG time.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chrissy: Santa Baby...

Traditionally two days after Thanksgiving my mother's side of the family
holds its annual Christmas Party.
This year Santa came.
I sat on his lap and he asked me what I wanted for Christmas.
I told him Jacob Black.
He told me I'd have to wait for a real New Moon before that would ever happen.