Wednesday, April 29, 2009


So grades were posted today. I got all As and Bs, with a semester GPA of 3.55, which is pretty decent I think. In Public Speaking and Intermediate Life Drawing I got As, which is nice--probably the two classes I stressed the most over through the semester. Oddly enough (or maybe not so much) the classes I was less stressed over are the ones that I didn't get the As in. Ah well--I'm not complaining. I'm just glad the semester is over.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Another List

So I think I like lists. Or, rather, I like the idea of lists. I am definitely a person who isn't particularly Organized, and lists carry with them the idea of organization with a fraction of the effort. And the benefit, but yanno, you get what you pay for. Or... well, you know what I mean.

So here is another list, for your amusement.

Responses to the statement "I'm An Illustration Major":
-Oh, you're in the artist apartment!
-I... didn't know that was a major.
-Oh, thats cool. I'm in *insert intellectual sounding math-or-sciense-based major here*
-Like, for kids books?
-I know. (nod toward notebook margin, which is filled with doodles.)
-Thats, like, art, isn't it?
-What is that, exactly?
-My (*obscure relative*) wrote a book, you should do the pictures!
-Thats awesome, I really need a logo for this business you're trying to start.

Can anyone think of more that could be on the list? (Artist people, I'm looking at you specifically.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Summer Reading List

I've done this in summers past and I've been interested to see what I actually do end up reading--no, I don't expect to actually be able to read all of these, but I like to have some in mind so I don't have a big crisis over what to pick up next.

This list is in No Particular Order and Subject To Change. That said, if you have something to say about any of these titles (either to bump it up or push it down or add it), please comment!

To Be Read summer 2009:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Because I LOVE the new movie and for some strange reason I haven't read this book yet. And I have decided that this deficiency MUST BE CURED.
The Book Thief, by Marcus Zuzak. For Shanelle. And Lots Of Others who say it is good.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Everybody else is doing it! I'll give in to peer pressure! However, I've glanced through a few pages and it looks like its in present tense. I am most definitely and unashamedly PREJUDICED AGAINST BOOKS WRITTEN IN PRESENT TENSE. I've tried a few, got impatient with all of them and stopped reading.
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, because I've Heard Good Things.
Dandelion Wine by ray Bradbury because apparently it is Excellent.
I think I'd like to try some Patrick O'Brien, see if I prefer it to Horatio Hornblower, which was fun but didn't thrill me.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, because I don't know how many people have told me to read this, I've just never happened to pick it up. yet.
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, for Annilyn. Though I think I might try the book on CD route for this one, since I'll be working on a computer at work and I might as well hear a story while I draw, right?
Anna Karinena by Leo Tolstoy, while we're on the subject of Very Long Classics, and lets throw on a couple more for Good Measure.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens, because I believe I need to read More Dickens and apparently this is a Good One.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, because I started reading this in three times and got bored, but haven't tried again since middle school. Time for another try, I think.
Ben Hur by Lewis Wallace, because, well, why not?
The Once and Future King by T. H. White, because I've decided I am Not Knowledgeable Enough about Arthurian Ledgends
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, because I think I've put Too Many Very Long Classics on this list
I think I'd like to at least try some of Kenneth Oppel's books, maybe the Airborn books.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, because it looked like it might be fun
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier because pretty sure Vermeer was a cool dude. And I'd like to see the movie, but only after reading the book.
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, because apparently it is Made Of Awesome.
More Diana Wynne Jones in general, because she is awesome, I think I will try The Game
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor looked like it might be interesting, and I happen to have an ARC of the third book, so...
Savvy, The Underneath, and A Curse Dark As Gold, because I think I'd like to keep up with those ALA awards. I'd also like to start chipping away at that Newbery list, and eventually at least try reading all of them, Kira, Kira, The Westing Game and A Single Shard are a few that look interesting.
I'd like to read some more graphic novels, because this medium is seriously growing on me (I mean, long picture books with compex [ish] plots and cool artwork? I am so there!) I'm not quite sure where to go for these, but I think I'd like to try the Bone books, I'll have to look around for others that look interesting too. I think I've heard that there are Nausicaa graphic novels? Maybe I could find me some of those...
(Some more I've thought of:)
Til We Have Faces by C S Lewis
Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
the Lord Peter Whimsey Books
Some Terry Prachett, though I'm not entirely sure where to start with him

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman, because its hilarious
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, dunno whether I'll actually get around to this tome, but it is a funny one
The Chosen and/or My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
Harry Potters 2-6 before the movie comes out

I plan to come back and edit this list later, but these are the titles that are coming to mind at the moment.



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Finals are almost over--I just need to turn in my projects for Illustration and Computer Applications and I'll be done. Finished! Its so good to have them almost finished.

Just don't look at the time that this is being posted. Because, well, I had to reward myself somehow. And I wanted to watch Jane Eyre one more time before I might possibly be going where I won't have access to it anymore (still haven't heard back about that job yet... gah) and its seriously like my new favorite movie... and its a very long movie and I watched all of it. While fixing up my Illustration pieces. And now I shall sleep.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Public Speaking, Dance, and Typography done.

Life Drawing, D&C, Illustration and Computer Applications to go.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Everyone says that blue skies are the prettiest, but it is my personal belief that they aren't half as pretty without some nice fluffy clouds.


I made it into the BFA PROGRAM!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The Illustration Portfolio is turned in and is being looked at RIGHT NOW.
What if they dont like it? What if I didn't see some horrible flaw in one of my pieces? What if its just not as good as everyone elses? Only fifteen are going to be accepted... aaaagh.

We'll find out the results April 20th. Which I'm glad about, because its not far off and we know which day it is. I'm glad that the Illustration People aren't like the media arts people...

Monday, April 13, 2009


It has become rather clear to me in the last couple days that over the last week or so I have been becoming increasingly short tempered. I have responded less than kindly to roommates, family, and acquaintences when they have done nothing wrong. I am sorry. I wish that I had the time to call and tell everyone individually how sorry I am, but the very reason I am short tempered makes that completely out of the question. (In fact, I really should be doing something other than writing up this blog entry right now...)

Saturday, April 11, 2009


1 Down (Public Speaking)
6 To Go (Illustration, D&C, Social Dance, Life Drawing, Typography, Computer Applications)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hello! I AM ALIVE.

Still living, still breathing, still insantely busy. But the end is in sight! Just hang in there, Sarah Lu!

Just got back from a job interview. The job is illustrating for Independent Study Courses. I feel that the interview went pretty well. I won't find out whether I got the job for another week or more, and I won't deny that I have high hopes, but we'll have to see.

On a completely different note, we watched this video in typography the other day and I thought it was extremely clever/nerdy/hilarious. There are a couple swear words, unfortunately, but very clever all the same. Get with the times, New Roman!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I love clouds. and i love that I can blog about them as I walk to class.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm at FHE right now, and We're dying easter eggs! Here are mine... I did a bunny, an egg (on an egg!) and a baby chick. Crayons are awesome.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I'm trying out this thing I found--blogging by text message! Lets see how this turns out...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Art Blog

Some of you may have noticed that I deleted all the posts from my Art Blog ( a few days ago. I have just got some new posts up with some of my most recent figure drawings along with some past paintings. I'll work on scanning and putting more images up over the next couple weeks. I hope that I will also be motivated to keep the blog updated. You can help by proving to me that people look at it by commenting there or following or something ;-).