Picasso at VMFA

April 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm (art) (, , , , , , , )

 

Painting of Dora Maar

I went to Picasso for my birthday this past weekend at the Virginia Art Museum more commonly called the VMFA. They had so much of his art. It was ridiculous! Of course with this amount of Picasso on the weekend hundreds of people showed up to look at his art too. Some of those halls had me absolutely claustrophobic.¬† I’m usually never claustrophobic but if I hadn’t wanted to see those paintings I woulda been outta there. Not to mention that my family totally left me so I was alone in the sea of people. Yeah I was really taking my time. I came out of the exhibit a full 15 minutes after them and I would have taken longer if I could take the crowd. They tired me out.

I’m planning to go back on a week day. I have a membership so I can go free whenever I want. ūüôā Although I would like to go back with someone else with a membership so I don’t have to go in by myself…but I’ll probably be left by them as well…sigh

Did you go to see Picasso? What did you think about the exhibit?

Kagehime

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Drawn This Way

April 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm (art) (, , , , , , , )

Born This Way Pic

Lady Gaga

When drawing Lady Gaga for V Magazines Drawn This way contest I drew Gaga multiple times…so many times that I ended up drawing her during crunch time- I was finishing the pic in the last hour it was due.¬† Which one do you like best?¬† I decided to send in the one at the bottom.

Kagehime

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VCU’s coming for you Butler!

March 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm (cartoons, comics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

VCU vs. ButlerKagehime

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Pop Mirror

March 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm (art, cartoons, comics, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There’s a reason I haven’t been writing posts. I’ve been working on a website called Pop Mirror.¬† I’ve been doing a lot of art for the site.¬† Pop Mirror’s not made yet but you can get a taste of it on its facebook page.¬† http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej Its fame and pop culture shown through pop art.

Like the facebook page to see cartoons of celebs like Charlie Sheen and to say other ones you want to see.

Charlie Sheen winninging onTiger's Blood

And Previews of comics like Snow that will be on the site. Snow is a modern retelling of Snow White.¬† In this version Snow’s got more attitude than the Disney version. She’s¬† trying to just get through high school, but being who she is, she is surrounded by fameballs and the jealous eye of her stepmother

The cover of the Comic snowYou can ask for cartoons you want to see either at http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej or on twitter @Popmirror.

Tell me what you think.

Kagehime

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Born this Way Friday

February 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week I’ve been trying to keep occupied while waiting for Born this Way.¬† Don’t want to be a total monster right? Just a little one. The hype to Born this Way is building.¬† The lyrics were released then Gaga said that she was releasing the song two days early.¬† Originally it was going to be released on the same day as the Grammys. Now we’ll get it in time to sing along, well some people will be able to.¬† I might be a able to tumble along.¬† And then there’s her cover art for the album.¬† She’s got an old glam look from the 70s + monsterness. Alot of people have noted she looks like Ke$ha on the cover, but I’ll say she looks the way Ke$ha wishes she could and tries to look like so whatevs to that.¬† And everyone seems to think all blonde females look the same. And Little Monsters have been keeping BornThisWayFriday a trending topic¬† on Twitter all this week.¬† I’ve never seen this much hype over one song which makes it the most exciting song release of my time and its got to be as good or better than the hype. I’ve never heard a bad Lady Gaga song.¬† Just ones that wouldn’t necessarily get played on the radio.

In the meantime I’ve been imaging what Born this Way will sound like.¬† Will it be a dance song? I’m sure it has to be. But when she sang a snippet it was definitely a ballad.¬†¬† What’s Gaga got in store for us this time? Ellen showed off her imaginings and got James Blunt and Justin Bieber to help her out. Who else has been imagining the song while awaiting Born this Way Friday?

Kagehime

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Phone App Bubble?

February 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Remember the .com bubble that burst after the 90s? Investors were just throwing their money at dotcom startups, but not all of them were good.¬† This created a bubble that eventually burst. Of course in the 90s it seems like everyone had money and then afterwards…not so much…

I’m hoping that doesn’t happen with phone apps. Everyone’s jumping on that band wagon like flies to sweat.¬† Every company’s getting their own app and then we’ve got ones like Instagram and Picpiz¬† that are turning into legit or at least semilegit businesses. Both of¬† these apps are edit photos and are bringing in the bucks from investors. I don’t mean to pick on photo apps but I’m not sure how profitable they are, especially if they’re free.

What do you think? Are we creating a phone app bubble that will eventually burst or are apps a new way of doing business?

Kagehime

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Is it truly 1984?

February 7, 2011 at 12:13 am (commercial, technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In 1984, Apple had a commercial played at the Super bowl that made commercial history.

Years later, at the Super bowl, this Motorola Xoom commercial makes obvious reference to the 1984 commercial.¬† While its awesome I can’t say I’m going to go out and get a Xoom.¬† I kinda still want an ipad, even if that will leave me in the sea of sameness that is 1984. And too bad Motorola isn’t the only company making digs at Apple commercials right now. Tmobile got there first with the I’m a mac and pc campaign they’ve been on.

How do you like this Motorola commercial? Thing Apple turned into the bad guys from 1984 with its dominance over the mp3 and tablet markets? In 1984 Apple was the challenger that brought change to the market. Today who doesn’t refer to an mp3 as an ipod?¬† Or refers to a tablet as an ipad? Is it truly 1984 and can Motorola do what Apple did in 1984?

Kagehime

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What is Tasty Labs?

February 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What is Tasty Labs? Tasty Labs sounds like a food tasting factory of sorts.¬† That would be kinda cool, but its supposed to be better than that, what ever it is.¬† They claim to be putting the useful back in social software.¬† You can look at this stealth but tasty sounding company’s¬† fledgling site which tells you what they are not and what they aim to be.¬† With more than one guy working on Tasty Labs and some $3 million dollars from Delicious, I’m wondering if these guys aren’t just hungry.

Kagehime

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Metropolis Today

December 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm (anime, fashion, movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I find it amazing the effect a single silent film from the 1920s continues to have today on pop culture.¬† I only recently saw the movie, but before seeing it I knew every reason I should watch it. Many of my favorite people were influenced by it.¬† I didn’t need any other reason to watch it.

Osamu Tezuka, “The God of Manga” drew a comic called Metropolis based on the film. Later in 2001 a movie based on this manga was made. It is one of the few animes I’ve watched over and over. The others belong to Miyazaki. Its got great music (Ray Charles anyone?) and the visuals are astounding, but of course they would be. The visuals for the silent film are still amazing¬† to me and¬† living in the 21 century. I’m still wondering how heck they did all that in the 20s. True it ended up being the most expensive silent film ever made and if you add for inflation it is still one of the most expensive, but they just didn’t have technology like we do today so how’d they do those city scenes for one?

If you haven’t seen the vid for Queen’s Radio Gaga¬†you should and if you haven’t heard the song know that it is awesome and you’re missing out. They used real¬†footage from the silent film which I hadn’t realized until I watched it, because it just looks like its black and white, not that old kind of black and white that really sux, but just black and white. Of course not all of the vid is from Metropolis, but it is hard to tell the difference.

Then there’s Lady Gaga who got her name from Radio Gaga. She did a series of photos with the photagrapher¬†David LaChapelle.¬†

There are more people influenced by this movie such as Janelle Monae, but I’ve got to listen more to her music before I include her in the list of favorite people.¬†Looks like she’s fairly cool to me and her music isn’t bad¬†From looking at her album covers really connected to the idea of the film.¬† Thierry Mugler robotic outfits very much like the robot in the film, but I don’t know if he watched this or not.

Hmm I could just be obsessed with robots…but I think there is something more here. If you’ve got anything anything influenced by this film please share.

Kagehime

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Thinking Man in a Dunce Cap

December 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm (rant, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I found the thinking man wearing a dunce cap. The image¬†shows me¬†in class exactly.¬† Well maybe not exact, I’m not a man, but ¬†I think really hard and yet it just leads to the dunce cap which means I end up feeling stupid no matter how hard I think out the problem.¬†

I might fail out¬†actually….because ultimately the thinking man can think as long as he wants, but if he never comes up with something interesting or good it doesn’t matter. In advertising if its not a sellable idea then what’s the point? Its a brutal business.

Sorry for the low res.¬† My cell’s camera is not always so reliable, but it gets the job down. So ever feel like the thinking man in a dunce cap?

Kagehime

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