Wednesday, December 14, 2011

doodle mashups

I drew Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid today. Best drawing I've ever done.

You know it!

I drew Raiden from MGS for the first time too. His face is hard to draw.

I also drew Harry Potter.

Friday, November 25, 2011

more zelda sketches

Link has pretty quickly become one of the most fun characters to draw for me.

A new favorite thing: Link harassing Navi and chickens. To celebrate, there are some concept sketches or whatever for ideas how to draw Link Harassing Navi and Chickens. ...and chickens harassing Link.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

zelda doodles

I felt like trying to draw Link from the Legend of Zelda games the other day, and here's part of what I've got so far.

Monday, November 14, 2011

color, continued

I'm continuing to play with color film, and I'm not entirely sure I like it. This is partly because I don't feel like I know what I'm doing, honestly, but we'll see what happens. I got attached to black and white film very, very quickly.

While I'm not entirely pleased with using color, the photos I'm getting are giving me ideas for photos to take with B&W.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fun with color

I wound up in some online photography class, where we have weekly assignments to upload a roll (or two, if you unluckily got a 24-shot roll) to Facebook. When asked, the prof. politely insisted that I use not B&W, but color for all of the assignments. BIG SAD FACE. In short: I don't know what I'm doing with color, so I'm teaching myself.

So here are photos of me learning what the hell I'm doing with color film!

Note: each photo is from a set of three; I take three shots of each object, so each photo following is 1/3 of a set. I picked my favorites.

without a filter...
...and with an orange filter. 
Also with an orange filter.


Shadow Hoses?! IT CAN'T BE.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

bottle stoppers

I loved the shape of these bottle stoppers, which I saw at the early October SocorroFest in Socorro, NM.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

cigar in hand

Not sure that I like this nearly enough to consider putting in a portfolio, but I like it enough to put up here so you can see what random things I've been fiddling with.

Friday, October 14, 2011

smoking cigars

This is essentially a test print, the current results of fighting with a particular negative.

Overblown (hah) a bit, but I like it, though more in a "I'll keep this at my house and enjoy it and not put it in a portfolio" sort of way, not unless it's much improved.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

cigar tubes

Photo of cigar tubes taken at Primo Cigar Shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Line in the image courtesy a scratch running the length of the whole roll. Hey, I think it looks cool.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

color contact sheets

When I first got Maxwell (the Ricoh KR-5 Super II) earlier this summer, I loaded it with color film to see what would happen. The following are, essentially, the result of me derping around. I won't say which my favorites are.

These are the first color contact sheets I've ever seen; I'm very excited about that. I didn't do them, though. Obviously, since these are from a contact sheet and the photos were taken in different lighting, some that are darker can be made lighter and vice versa.

Please tell me which ones you think might make good prints-- specifically, good prints people might purchase.

Darker or lighter?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

an Ocarina of Time true story: in color, sort of

The grey I used for the hair started to die after one panel, but I milked that marker for all it was worth.

I haven't done any coloring for a long time, and decided to try something slightly different.

Hands still elude me. FFUUUU

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Windows 3: Jean-Cocteau Theater

Glass block windows from the Jean-Cocteau Theater near downtown Santa Fe, NM.

I may or may not redo this with some split filtering; we'll see. I like it as it is, but it might need some playing with.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

glass lightning

This is one of the only shots I've ever set up. I rather like how it turned out, and I'm sure there will be more playing around with this sort of thing.

Tilt it all kinds of ways-- it still looks cool!

Do you want a print of this? Yes you do.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

思出す/to remember

There was once a 13-year-old kid who had never heard of something called "the World Trade Center," and could not understand why one of the older students was crying inconsolably.

"A plane flew into the World Trade Center!"
"...the whats?"

This kid's following thought was How could you possibly not miss a building? You are flying a plane. The entire school, which had been hosted at a National Guard building, was sent home.

A combination of confused and redundant news reports and a lack of information regarding what are the Twin Towers?? resulted in, perhaps unsurprisingly, near indifference. How much should I care? This is bad, yeah, but what is all this? Should I care? What's even going on?

The following weeks and months and years were, to this particular 13-year-old, a mix of annoyance and a deep sadness and acknowledgement of what happened-- the sort of thing that sits in you, without adequate verbal expression, taking a little while to be a little better understood-- the understanding that something very big and very terrible had happened, but the only real impact it seemed to really have was inconvenience.

A particularly memorable memory was that, after 9/11/01, each school day for the next year began with an armed National Guardsman walking up and down the aisle of the school bus. Some other kids joked "Maybe we should get towels and wrap them up like turbans on our heads, hahaha" and the 13-year-old we are concerned with was disgusted with the classmates' sarcasm.

Some things have changed, of course, but that's how it was. I certainly care more, and less because of the inconveniences.

You should listen to these-- some of the recordings from that day. They are, to me, more "catching" than the endless clips of buildings falling into themselves. You don't quite hear, but know, people walked out of this world and into the next. Frankly? That's still pretty weird for me.

by Mr. Hipp