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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Accidental Show

The Accidental Show is here! One night only at Scrummage University Gallery!!! Tons of my friends have art in the show, Kristina, Jeff, Andrew, Kat, Derek, Lee, Matt, and so many others so everyone in detroit saturday night should come and party. I have two pieces in the show.

this is mine on accidental oil spills.

It's a really bad picture and I'll update when i have scans. My other piece about zebra mussels I haven't scanned yet and also i'm not very happy with it.

So come and have fun!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fashion Illustration

In my fashion class we had to do an illustration of three figures. This is what I came up with :) I used the magazine Flaunt for inspiration.

Also here's a quick peek at my polar bear painting, I'm still working out some tweaks in it.

I'm also working on three other paintings that I'll post the progress on. Two are for the Accidental Show, one on Zebra Mussels and another on Oil Spills, and my other painting is a personal one. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day!

Today is blog action day and for my input on the enviroment I decided to discuss what I read in a small article in Newsweek about how many countries like the U.S. and Russia are trying to lay claim to parts of the Arctic Circle so that when the ice melts they will be able to get all the benefits of the oil, gas and diamonds below the ice shelf. So now I start my probably incoherent ramble.

Russia has already put their flag underneath the ice claiming a section and also they are trying to prove the arctic is the'rs by which continental shelf it's on.

"This territory claimed by Russia submitted to the UN Committee that administers UNCLOS is said to contain substantial hydrocarbon reserves, on the Arctic seabed:

The 1982 International Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) establishes a 12 mile zone for territorial waters and a larger 200 mile economic zone in which a country has exclusive drilling rights for hydrocarbon and other resources.

Russia claims that the entire swath of Arctic seabed in the triangle that ends at the North Pole belongs to Russia, but the United Nations Committee that administers the Law of the Sea Convention has so far refused to recognize Russia’s claim to the entire Arctic seabed.

In order to legally claim that Russia’s economic zone in the Arctic extends far beyond the 200 mile zone, it is necessary to present viable scientific evidence showing that the Arctic Ocean’s sea shelf to the north of Russian shores is a continuation of the Siberian continental platform. In 2001, Russia submitted documents to the UN commission on the limits of the continental shelf seeking to push Russia's maritime borders beyond the 200 mile zone. It was rejected.

Now Russian scientists assert there is new evidence that Russia’s northern Arctic region is directly linked to the North Pole via an underwater shelf. Last week a group of Russian geologists returned from a six-week voyage to the Lomonosov Ridge, an underwater shelf in Russia's remote eastern Arctic Ocean. They claimed the ridge was linked to Russian Federation territory, boosting Russia's claim over the oil- and gas-rich triangle.

The latest findings are likely to prompt Russia to lodge another bid at the UN to secure its rights over the Arctic sea shelf. If no other power challenges Russia’s claim, it will likely go through unchallenged. (See Vladimir Frolov, Global Research, July 2007)

Russia is basing its claim on the grounds that this portion of the Arctic sea shelf is connected to Russia's continental shelf, through the 2000 km long underwater Lomonosov ridge. "According to Russian media, the physical connection to the Russian intercontinental shelf means that the ridge is technically a part of Russia, and therefore open to exploitation."


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According to an agreement between the US and Canada, US troops can go through the US/Canada border if there is a terrorist threat (because terrorist's do not respect borders). With Russia laying claim to most of the Arctic shelf the fear is that the US will try and control the rest of the shelf because of potential threat, and therefor be able to exploit the materials in the ground.

Canada though is fighting back setting up more military posts on their arctic border to try to protect it from the possiblitly of countries trying to lay claim to the land. It's a modern gold rush.

The Arctic ice shelf is shrinking 13,00 sq. miles a year. And at this point it seems that the countries with the most power over the Arctic are almost excited for the ice to melt, so they can get the economic profit of the natural resources that have been protected by the ice. This excitement over the possible economic growth under the ice is causing governments to look the other way when the UN discusses Global Warming and the extintion of species that will result in the ice cap melting.

As said in a few years many project this struggle to get worse and for more countries to claim land in the Arctic ice shelf. As the ice melts the rush for the natural resources will grow, and with many government's minds only on economic growth our future on this planet will greatly reduce and many other species of plants and animals will suffer, all because of our current leaders greed.

I'm done, now I will step off my soapbox. And please, this subject is all over the newspapers, go inform yourself over the Arctic ice shelf struggle.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

This makes me happy

After a frustrating day it's great to just sit back and listen to wonderful happy music. "I'm from Barcelona" makes me happy, cause it's a 29 person band from Sweden... singing happy music. Love it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blog Action Day coming up!

On October 15th thousands of bloggers reaching millions of readers will post on a single topic, the environment. I think everyone needs to do this and be a part of this. Right now there are so many thing going on and we are neglecting the earth which made us all. It's sad that we are looking at the end, like an old sci-fi. I just hope as many people do this as possible, all you have to do is just talk, or teach, or rant. Everyone can do that once. So blog! Go to the website and register to be on the blog link list and on Oct. 15 discuss the topic. Also it's a wonderful way to maybe read new blogs that are also participating.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Zebra Mussels

I decided for the Lollybot 'Accidental' show to enter a piece about the introduction of zebra mussels into lake st claire and subsequently into all the great lakes in I think 1986. Zebra Mussels grow rapidly and cover other native clams, killing them. They also are bad for power plants and water systems clogging drain pipes and so on. The one good thing zebra mussels have is that they are excellent water purifiers, that's one reason why the great lakes have become much cleaner in the past 20 years, but the great lakes are supposed to be more murky water, and the natural species that should act as a filter are the marsh land grasses which people have destroyed for subdivisions and sprawl along the coastlines.

I don't think that shopping cart will be used anymore.
Where zebra mussels are now prevalent and intrusive.
Also I thought this picture was cute, explaining global warming in a lighter sense.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Today's Sketches

Today Syd Mead came to our school to chat with us. He did all the design for the movie 'Blade Runner' and multiple other projects, he's the father of Sci-Fi movie design. He use to teach at CCS so he comes back often to discuss his art. So during the presentation I was sketching out the people around me.

My next project I'm workng on is going to be a poster of the Polar Bear and it's soon Extinction. I think this image would also be good on shirts. This is a sketch of my idea with some basic color put on in Photoshop.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Oh Ottawa

So last weekend, (over a week ago, I know I'm late on posting) I went to the Ottawa Animation Film festival. It was amazing, except for me having a little cold and riding a bus for 9 hours. I met so many incredible people there and saw amazing films. My favorite was the music video "Umo" by OOIOO, a japanese girl band that conects to nature through their music. The stop motion animation was by Shoji Goto, he was so nice, my friend Hilary and I talked to him for awhile at the animators picnic.
Scene from "Umo" by OOIOO

There was also this movie "Madame Tutli Putli" by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski which was an incredible stop motion. It was beautiful and so well done. The filming of it was incredible and how they achieved the look just baffles me. I'm still trying to grasp the metaphysical meaning behind it.
Scene from "Madame Tutli Putli"

Another favorite I had was "Milk Teeth" by Tibor Banoczki. It was a mix between paper and 3-D.
Scene from "Milk Teeth"

Also "L'eau Life" by Jeff Scher was pure visual enjoyment. It's a short made for the internet (look it up and view!), it's rotoscoped watercolor animation, which he did 2,141 paintings for... It's gorgeous.
Scene from "L'eau Life"

The Animators picnic was crazy, there were so many people there and I got so many business cards, now I need to start sorting through them and getting in touch with people. Everyone was so pleasent there. I'm so excited to get into contact with the people I met and just build up a relationship and get their opinions on my art.

I loved Ottawa, it's such a beautiful city, and I loved the movies. I don't know what else to say. Other than wonderful weekend, I wouldn't give it up for anything.

Pretty Ottawa