Friday, October 28

Boboblin Adventures: Pumpkin Problems

Happy Halloween!
Poor thing got himself stuck.

Wednesday, October 26

The Robots Speak the Truth About the Game Industry

When I saw William Gibbon's So You Want to Work in the Video Game Industry video about two robots talking about the game industry and what it's really like, I couldn't stop laughing.

Watch the video here:

This is so true and I just sat there thinking to myself, "This is the stuff they don't teach you in college." It's the kind of information that I wish I would have known about as an artist as well. My professors always talked about the "art" of video games and how awesome it is to be a part of something grand, but at the same time I could have benefited from learning about the corporate side of things instead of learning first hand without any warning at all.

As mentioned in the video, GAMES ARE PRODUCTS, nothing more to the publishers and suits that are selling them. It truly is about money and what sells. So having to deal with that as a developer can be quite challenging at times. I am reminded of when Infinity Ward wanted to make a game called Modern Warfare and all the executives fought it tooth and nail because WWII games were what sold, and they just wanted more of the same. Of course we all know how that went down. Very well indeed.

It's the developers and the individual employees that have to fight for those changes, so of course that can wear one down and put a lot of stress on the team to try to make things work despite all of the craziness. Because at the end of the day the people with the money win. Not the artist with a vision, the designer with an amazing idea, the programmer with awesome code, or the writer with a fantastic story.

I noticed that there are a lot of negative comments on the video, such as, "You're crushing young people's hopes and dreams." I'm assuming that most of those are coming from gamers and not industry professionals, because as stated previously, the points made are valid and it's just to inform others about what they might be unaware of.

I would never trade in my video game experience for the world, but I was one of those artists that went in with higher expectations than I should have. It would have been nice to know more about the business side of things to help me prepare for what was in store. That goes for anyone on the team, not just artists; producers, programmers, designers, writers, testers, etc.


Monday, October 24

Forks Over Knives

 "Either you can or you can't." - Fortune Cookie

I was super excited when Matthew Brown, a fellow artist on Deviant Art, mentioned this awesome film called Forks Over Knives that I have never heard of before. That same night I queued it on Netflix and watched it after dinner. Of course I found it to be fascinating and wanted to pass it along to anyone that hasn't seen it yet. Basically it's a "Claudia Documentary", meaning, it's about the amazing power of a wholefoods plant-based diet. It even convinced me to change up my breakfast a bit. Now only one turkey bacon strip instead of two, and more veggies or homemade juice in the mornings. Just to cut back a little more. I still eat meat, just very small portions.

One thing that stood out to me as well is how scientists are finding that you can easily turn on and off your genes just by what you eat.

Eat Processed Foods: You will get fat and diseased. 
Eat Good Wholefoods: Turn off those genes and live a long happy life. 

I quote a lady from the documentary that says, "If you go through life thinking what happens to you from a health perspective is based on your genes, you're a helpless victim." Your health is in your hands. That same lady comes from an obese family, where she is the only member that is slim and healthy. Showing that you as an individual can make a difference in your health. You are what you eat.

Watch the trailer here:

Happy movie watching!

Friday, October 21

Boulder Creek

Photography from my fantastic trip to Boulder Creek in Colorado. 

Also check out the Boulder Creek Photography Video here:

Thursday, October 20

I'm Back from Vacation

Going on vacation to CO is always awesome. For me, it's mandatory to take time off and I needed to unwind a little, so I felt that the invitation came at a perfect time. It was just long enough for me to clear my head and relax for a bit. I got to see my family, walk through a wonderful corn maze, dress up in silly costumes, carve pumpkins, watch old Halloween movies, and drink lots of hot apple cider. It was a time to remember!

Twisting the camera with a long exposure in the corn maze under a full moon.

The hottest chicks in town (Carin, Carla, Claudia).

Hurray for pumpkins.

I even got to go up into the Rocky Mountains for a bit to explore around Boulder Creek. It's so beautiful up there and I was able to capture some of the autumn colors in my photography. So I'm excited to share those with you. I just have to pick out the best ones. 

♡ Claudia

Friday, October 7

Favorite Bagged Tea

It's getting cold out isn't it? Brrrrrr! That means it's tea time, and there's nothing better than snuggling inside under a warm blanket with a hot cup of tea. It's so relaxing and I love it. Then of course there are all of the health benefits of tea, like antioxidants and the detoxifying effect it has on the body. It's also a great way to get your daily dose of water; which is important to help flush out impurities and keep the body hydrated. These days I prefer white, green (all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis), and herbals (tisanes) just because in recent years I've learned that caffeine can exacerbate acne. So I save the dark fermented black and oolongs for a special treat. That, and I don't want to stain my teeth.

Tea gurus will tell you that loose leaf tea is best because the large tea leaves have room to expand in the pot releasing all of the plant's true flavor (depending on your tea's grade, the taste will vary). But what do you do when you're in a rush or just can't tell the difference between the taste? Choose a bagged tea of course!

Here are some of my favorites right now:

Celestial Seasonings - Sleepytime Vanilla Herbal Tea 

Pros: A flavorful tea with a sweet aroma, it's herbal so there is no caffeine, no individual packaging to throw out, and it makes about 4 cups if you prefer your tea very light like I do.

Cons: It's not certified organic or fair trade, the bag consists mostly of dust & fannings so flavor might vary, and it's not sold in large bulk for saving on packaging for eco reasons.

Trader Joe's - Organic Mint Melange Tea

Pros: A wonderful tea with a fresh minty flavor, herbal so there is no caffeine, organic, and this one is a bit darker so I can get about 6 cups out of it.

Cons: It has a ton of wasted individual packaging including plastic wrapping, not fair trade, consists mostly of dust & fannings again, and it's not sold in large bulk.

 Archer Farms - Organic Fair Trade Green Tea

Pros: A potent green tea because the bag is large enough to let the leaves uncurl, a tiny bit of caffeine (green tends to have less than blacks because of steeping time), organic, fair trade, and it makes about 4 cups if you prefer your tea light.

Cons: Wasteful individual plastic packaging (even though the box boasts about it being plant-based plastic, the process of making the plastic is still unclean), and it's not sold in large bulk.

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.

Wednesday, October 5

Photoshop Effects: Burnt and Aged Edges

Learn how to make burnt or aged edge effects for your paintings, drawings, or photography using Photoshop.

Photoshop Effects: Burnt and Aged Edges
Level: Intermediate

For more information, please read the YouTube info box.

Content, editing, and compositing by Claudia Sutton.
Music composed by Alvin Muolic.


Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

♡ Claudia

Tuesday, October 4

Look of the Month :: Fall 2011 :: October

My how time flies! It's been exactly one year since I started doing my monthly makeup face charts. So what better way to celebrate the anniversary than with another crazy vampire look based on the artwork that I did for White Wolf's Vampire: The Requiem titled "The French Lady." This would be an awesome look to rock for a Halloween party or vampire cosplay. Don't worry about keeping this one neat, the not-so-perfect look will give you a sexy but alarming allure. Also, the striking contrast between beauty and gore is very disturbing; it's always been one of my favorite pieces of artwork because of that. So if you do try it, please send me some photos. I would love to see them.

"Ventrue are regal vampires who value power and dominion to the point of obsession, self-styled 'lords of the night' they represent vampirism as a metaphor for maddening power." - Vampire: The Requiem

The current look is:
O C T O B E R  2 0 1 1

Color inspiration:
Crimson, cream, pale yellow, black, and gold

Current motivation for the look:
Vampire: The Requiem - The Ventrue Clan

Previous Looks this Year:

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.


Monday, October 3

APE Con 2011

APE Con was awesome. I had a wonderful first experience. It was so nice to see old friends, meet some new ones, and appreciate art of all sorts. The show was bigger than I expected, but still small enough to see in one day. Also, I'm glad I didn't get a table this year, being that it was my first time. I was able to explore and talk to all the artists, which I couldn't have done if I had a table. Perhaps I'll get one in the future though. We'll see.

Another highlight of the con was that I got to chat with Tim Schafer. He was just standing there in the hallway playing with a yo-yo and I was like, "Hey there's Tim Schafer." *continue walking by... pause* "No wait, that's Tim Schafer... I'm going to go say hello. Yeah!" So I did and he's pretty cool. Sadly, I forgot to ask him what working with Cookie Monster was like. That would have made for a wonderful conversation.

So yes, I had a blast and will definitely consider going back next year. 

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