Yashica Vintage Camera

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So here’s where I’ve been for the month! …Restoring old Yashica vintage cameras.
Cleaning up at my parent’s house I found two Yashica vintage cameras. My mom owns the Yashica FX-3 and my dad owns the Yashica Electro GSN. I gladly took the cameras off their hands.
The cameras weren’t in working condition when I found them but they work now! I spent quite some time cleaning and replacing the old light sealing to get rid of the light leaks.
I’ve been taking photos with my digital cameras for quite some time so using film camera took some getting use to. I do recommend any photography enthusiast to give film cameras a try at least once. It really teaches you patience and forces you to really analyze the subject and composition of the photo you’re trying to take.
When searching for parts, I found ebay to be a great source. I also found that most vintage film cameras are relatively cheap so if anyone wanted to get into film photography, getting a hold of a cheap vintage film camera wouldn’t be hard. I’d love to get my hands on a vintage Leica but for now that’ll have to be another time ;)

Dreaming of water

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I found this drawing I did for a class when I was cleaning up my shelf. This drawing was inspired by an old dream of fish coming out of the faucets in my bathroom. Most my drawings are based and inspired by my dreams. It’s been so long since I’ve had one of those dreams that just shakes you up and leaves you in complete and utter awe and confusion.
Have you ever had a dream like that?
I use to get them every night. They horrifically beautiful dreams. I say that because the nature of them are completely volatile. One minute I’m immersed in the most gorgeous scenery I’ve ever seen and then thrown into the darkest pit of hell the next minute.
Maybe I’m working too hard, or maybe I’ve lost sight of the path I’m meant to travel. It’s probably why I haven’t drawn in so long. I just sleep like…well like normal sleep? Instead of nothing, I’d like to be dreaming of water again.

Digital Painting: Search

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Finally got around to digital painting my search sketch that I did for Illustration Friday back in January.
Painted digitally in Paint tool SAI.
I originally thought I lost the program when I gave my computer to my mom. I’m glad I finally found the program key. I find this program to be the most forgiving and closer to painting traditionally then Adobe Photoshop. It’s kind of why I haven’t been painting all year. I just prefer to paint in more traditional ways since learning oil paints. SAI does mimic oil painting which is why I like this program so much. Hopefully I’ll be painting more now that I have SAI again.

Longboard Painting

It’s been a while. Life has been busy and changing jobs is not easy but I’m hanging in there. I picked up longboarding since I last posted and now I have my own longboard. I dived at the chance to paint it and here’s what I came up with! I’d like to do more longboard painting in the future.

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I haven’t gotten a chance to ride my new board yet. So far I’ve just been cruising around on my friend’s board. Purchased blank board at The Longboard Store.

Nature Photography: Yosemite

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Been to Yosemite twice in June and here are the pictures from both trips. There was a lot of nature photography opportunities in Yosemite, but only if you want a group of people in it. I loved all the nature and wilderness Yosemite had to offer, but being with family I was only able to go to the tourist spots. The pictures may feel like I’m lost in wilderness but I was surrounded by packs of people at a time. Honestly all the people really took from the experience of the wilderness in my opinion. I may have to plan another trip near off season and further out from the tourist spots.

Jewelry designing

I haven’t been drawing much for the past month mainly because I’ve been using my creative energies and mind power in jewelry designing!
Just like most of my paintings, I draw my inspiration from dreams, the night, and sleep for my designs.
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I plan on taking jewelry smith classes in the future, but for now I’m still getting down the basics of jewelry design. Currently to make my jewelry, create 3D models of my concepts with various 3D modeling programs and then upload them to Shapeways for 3D printing.
My current collection or shop for my jewelry will be named “Born as I Die” (you can click on the link to go to my Shapeways shop). I got the name for my collection through the concept of sleeping and dreaming. I have more designs I’m working on and I’ll probably post them up when I have them finalized.

Nature Photography: Saltpoint State park

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I apologize for being M.I.A.
There has been a lot of things going on in my life…new job, my birthday, everyone else’s birthdays >_>.
It was nice to go to Saltpoint State Park on the weekend of my birthday. I realized I really like being out away from the city so you’ll probably see more nature photography from me. Hopefully.
Enjoy the pictures!

Watercolor color play

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Decided to play with watercolors and letting different colors bleed in and mix together. I need to be more adventurous and brave when using colors. It’s hard to get down the right colors without making it ridiculous or muddy. I hope all the years of color theory have taught me something :B