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05/02/2013, 8:08 AM PST
The arena design with a photo of myself on the scoreboard is simply a re-design of the Sacramento arena design. Recent headlines suggest the Kings will remain in Sacramento. The team of people (mayor Kevin Johnson plus potential owners) lobbying the NBA to keep the Kings in Sacramento recently released drawings of the planned downtown arena from architectural firm AECOM. Click here to view them.
Somehow the release of those drawings made me realize that I should design an arena that is more "me." By more "me" I mean one that ultimately embodies my design personality: simple black and white color palatte, modern, versatile, efficient, and larger than life. I am also taking this opportunity to correct some of the flaws in my previous design, which I will elaborate on later. This is a work in progress and I am so far pleased with the results.
03/03/2013, 11:27 PM PST
In my previous post I promised, "the last reason will be addressed in the next blog post." After re-reading that sentence I realize that statement may cause some confusion. To clear up the confusion, I will state that I did not refer to the lack of information regarding my marketing background as that particular last reason; I meant to say that I had one more reason for updating the site and that the reason would be discussed in the next blog post. Sorry, I have not been in an English writing course in years so bare with me...I mean bear with me! No really, there is more below this line so please scroll down.
Anyway, the aforementioned, well, not yet mentioned last reason this site needed an update is that it represented a self-limiting psychological barrier of which many artists and designers fall victim. The previous version of the site represented what I believed I could do on my own based on my abilities. As I mature as an artist and even as a marketer I realize that pushing the boundaries of creativity is most effectively achieved by not allowing your skill level to dictate your output. Rather, you should spend time figuring out what you want no matter what level of skill it takes to achieve it, and then worry about your knowledge and skill level later.
Using this website as an example, I grew tired of the boring layout so I searched the internet for cool looking websites. I came across some good ones and some not so good ones. After gaining some great ideas from the better sites and combining them with my own design taste (I like black and white with clean fonts if you cannot already tell) I decided to build the look of my new site in a design program and then later worry about how to actually construct the sites with web design codes. Before the redesign I had a basic enough understanding of HTML and CSS to build simple websites. But my new design required me to educate myself with much more advanced HTML and CSS, particularly on the coding required to create the fixed menu-title-social networking bar at the top (the bar alone required three of the four days of the site redesign).
To digress, my point is that whether you are an artist, a designer, a marketer, or in countless other fields, you will gain the most from an experience in which you discover a problem that you may not immediately have the skill or knowledge to fix, but you figure out how to solve the problem by educating yourself. You will impress yourself by discovering your ability to find creative solutions to problems. Too often in the marketing world I hear, "we cannot do that because we don't know how." My math background taught me that even if I do not currently know the solution to a problem; chances are that I have enough of a base to build upon to eventually find the solution.
03/01/2013, 7:48 AM PST
I know what you're thinking...finally! I share that feeling, especially after four days of seemingly endless HTML and CSS coding. This site needed a complete overhaul for several reasons: most pages required too many clicks to find and I am all about efficiency; the look and feel was boring and as an artist it no longer adequatly represented my art and design skill level; the site had no information regarding my marketing background; the last reason will be addressed in the next blog post.
Though the site will always be a work in progress like the rest of my portfolio, the site does address the issues above. Other issues I am currently working on include building upon the navigation progress of this overhaul and of course the obvious lack of material on the page.
*At this point you are probably tired of reading notes, so I will direct you here if you want to look at my modeling photos before I upload them to this site.
Like most artists, I began with traditional art (i.e. drawing, painting). Since becoming an art student in 2008, I've explored many different mediums. At Sacramento City College I focused on traditional art but transformed into much more of a digital artist since transferring 80 miles southwest on I-80 to UC Berkeley, ironically a school more known for its theoretical approach to traditional art than digital art.
My artistic inspirations include astrophysics, philosophy, mathematics, physics, architecture, psychology, and history in no particular order, though I have recently focused on architecture. In fact I majored in both mathematics and psychology at different periods of my academic career and took upper division and graduate level courses in architecture. If I could begin college all over I would triple major in astrophysics, philosophy, and art practice so I could gain extensive knowledge of the multiverse while expressing the different levels of my interpretations of it through illustration. Architectural design fulfills my need to illustrate my ideological utopias. Psychology is an interest I have yet to strongly incorporate into any work.
In the months following my graduation from college I developed a taste for business, particularly in technology. But I am no engineer despite my math background, ability to troubleshoot electronics during my childhood, or the fact that I basically hand coded this site from scratch. Within the business world I am a marketer, particularly at the social level (social media and networking). Marketing allows me to apply art and design to the business world, creating the important marriage between design and technology often ignored by organizations who focus too much on just one.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, would like to see a particular piece of work, or want to hire me for a project then feel free to contact me below or follow me on my social network pages since I'm everywhere on the internet. Thank you.