Tuesday, May 31

To Master a Skill

"It's a good time to finish up old tasks." - Fortune Cookie

We live in an era where we want it all, and we want it all right now. Even one of my most frequently asked questions is "How did you get where you are today? How did you master your skill?" Well I'm far from being a master at any of my skills, and I look forward to learning plenty more in the years to come. On the other hand, I recently learned about the "10,000 Hour Rule," from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. This rule claims that one must spend a total of around 10,000 hours practicing to become successful in any field.

That's a long time! Meaning that would be roughly equivalent to 10 years. So according to that definition, one can easily "master" the skills that they seek through practice alone; myself included. Take art as the most apparent example: Have I been drawing and painting for over ten years? Yes, for way longer than that. I've been doing it my whole life. So it's about practice, not talent. Talent can only take you so far.

Let's break it down further:

1. What Do You Want to Learn? When I was little I knew what I wanted to do, and that was art. There was no other thing that made me that happy and I decide, probably without even realizing the future significance, that I wanted to be an artist. So what is it that makes you happy? Go with your gut. What is it that you would like to master? Define it, and stick with it. 

2. Stepping Stones. Again, using art as an example, I knew that I couldn't just become a professional artist overnight. There had to be what I like to call "stepping stones" along the way.  Perhaps practicing a certain technique or medium until I felt confident with it. Reading a ton of books or watching videos on the subject. Taking lots of art classes. Learning from a mentor, in my case, my talented mother. Starting a traditional or online portfolio of my work. Researching how to get a job. The list can go on and on, but one day all of those stepping stones will take you to your desired destination. 

3. Practice Makes Perfect. 10,000 hours! I cannot stress how important this is. If you want to get good at something: Do it, and then do it again, and again. There is no easy way to achieve something. It is all about the time and dedication that one puts into their craft.

4. Never Stop Learning. Does the wise man tell you that he's a master? Definitely not. Life is a journey, constantly in motion, and there will always be something new to learn or improve. It's exciting to dream, but implementation is key!

If you're interested in learning more about art, make sure to check out my YouTube channel: ClaudiaMSutton

Here's to learning!
♡ Claudia

Monday, May 30

Fanime 2011

Once again Fanime has come and gone. It always seems to go by so fast, but I had a fantastic time. Thanks again to all of the wonderful people that I met. You truly inspire me. So without further ado, here are some of the costumes that I enjoyed this year:

Kamui Gakupo | Auron | Big Daddy & Halo Spartan Armor
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

 Blue Power Ranger | Steampunk Girls | Old Spice Guy
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

   Seychelles & France | Temari & Gaara | Ganondorf
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

Cecil Harvey | Harley Quinn | Sazh Katzroy & Snow Villiers
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

  Bayonetta | Queen Esther | Alucard

Also, check out Ackson's YouTube Channel. He's a pretty cool dude and his videos make me happy. It was nice to finally chat with him and see some of the raw footage he had collected over the weekend. 

See you there next year.

Friday, May 27

Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - Oh my! Oh Yes!

This new trailer makes me happy beyond what anyone could possibly imagine. That is, Ocarina of Time really shaped my childhood and I'm happy to see this new footage for the revamped new 3D version. I remember the way I felt as a teen while playing the original game. It was magic; everything about it was just perfect to me. I wanted to be in that world of Hyrule, and experience all of those adventures over and over again. I can't even guess how many hours I spent in that universe. Perhaps that's why I love and yearn for adventure in my real life. It's all Zelda's doing. (That, and later Final Fantasies) It's one of the main reasons I'm involved in the video game industry today as well.

So Nintendo you better not screw this up! You're messing with my childhood. Kidding, kidding (only kinda)! One thing I did noticed from the trailer was that the secondary characters (like Sheik and the Great Fairy) don't look as polished as Link. That inconsistency is a bit disappointing already, because I thought that there was going to be an overhaul on everything.

Here's the First Japanese Trailer:

Look out for it on June 19th.

What's interesting to me though, is that I still don't want to buy a 3DS. They are so expensive, and I just don't need to own one. I wish I could just borrow it from the library or something. Or perhaps I could just borrow it from someone that's willing to let me keep it for some time.

Best and happy gaming,

Thursday, May 26

Alice for Nina

Painted in Photoshop.
Happy Birthday Nina.

All characters are properties of their respective companies.
This image copyright © 2011 Claudia Sutton.
Please do not reproduce without permission.

Friday, May 20

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides FTW!

I just got back from the theater and oh boy was this film fuuunnnnn! I loved it so much, and I'm so happy now. Argg! Claudia wants to be a pirate. Swashbuckle-buckle!

The movie was everything I hoped for but wasn't expecting. It felt very much like the first film, so if you liked that one On Stranger Tides is definitely worth your time. It's solid, and I'm not just saying that because lately I've been deprived of silver screen pirates. Everything about it was wonderful: directing, acting, stunts, costumes, makeup, art direction, music, locations, etc. Brilliant, all of it! Can you tell I'm excited? Even the fact that the experience was more about the characters and the journey, instead of how much CG could be crammed on screen, meant a lot to me. It was a great ride. Speaking of rides, now I want to go back to Disneyland again! Wouldn't that be fun?

So go see it! Take your family, friends, partner, dog, cat, whomever.

Happy movie watching!
☠ Claudia

Monday, May 9

A Wonderful Little Organic Restaurant in South Park

A few weeks back my friends and I got together in SF to chill and have some food. Still til this day, I love that there is always something new to discover in this city, despite the fact that I have lived here for so long. I find it rather whimsical how often it happens too, and South Park is a perfect example that.

I never even knew it was there! And was very excited as I followed my frolicking friend (yes, she frolics, and it's awesome) down the sidewalk, as we arrived at our destination. Nestled quietly between Second, Third, Bryant, and Brannan streets, it's a beautiful little grove full of fun things to do: shops, a play area for children and pets, restaurants, etc.

We were there for something very specific though: The Butler & The Chef Bistro. An authentic french cafe that our friends were just dying to take us to. This is why I love the city! Everything about the experience was just fantastic; the kind waitress even tried teaching me a bit of French. Isn't learning fun.

So I highly recommend this place if any of you have some time to spend in San Francisco. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is delightful, and the people are so kind. Take a few good hours to just enjoy the experience.

"All of our dishes are made fresh daily using the finest fresh, local, organic,
and/or imported ingredients money can buy."

Cheers and here's to good food!

Sunday, May 8

LOL... Captain Jack Sparrow

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope that you are all enjoying your lovely spring weekend.

Here's something that will make you smile:

I first heard this song yesterday, but the video debuted last night, which makes it oh so much better. By the way, yes, I am excited about the new Pirates film, even though I don't have high hopes for it. It will be fun, and I'm not about to break my opening day viewing streak. So I'll be at the theater first thing on the 20th.

Cheers and a pirate's life for us!

Wednesday, May 4

Eat Pray Love

I watched Eat Pray Love over the weekend and found it to be rather intriguing; even though I've heard a lot of people didn't like it and said that the book was better. The main reason I liked it was because I related to the main character Liz.

I have an insatiable urge to travel and explore different cultures. It's kind of been my new dream. I want to see the world, and sometimes I feel like I am just stuck at home. What makes it even worst, is that my friends are very well traveled, and return to tell me all of their wonderful stories. Of course, I am very excited for them and love to hear about their adventures. It's just that I want those experiences as well. As an artist, it would help me grow in ways that I probably can't even imagine.

Unlike the main character, I'm not wealthy and can't just buy three tickets to run away for a year. I've heard stories about how some people saw this movie, got inspired, broke the bank paying for a similar trip only to come back to problems and debt. I'm not like that. If I don't have it, I don't spend it. So instead, I'm stuck on the couch watching movies or documentaries about these places; just dreaming about the day I'll be able to go.

However, in the meantime, I believe that one can enjoy what they have around their home and the little adventures we go on every day. For instance, I had some mini adventures today. I got to see one of the Alameda bridges go up for the very first time, to let a lovely sailboat pass underneath it. I also saved a birdie from being killed by a cat. It was cornered on my patio, and I had no intention for letting nature run it's course this time. The cat was well fed and would probably kill it just for fun. So that birdie got away today, and it felt good.

So overall, yes, the movie is worth watching if you think that you would relate to it. I did, and sure had a lot to reflect upon after seeing it.

Happy movie watching!

Tuesday, May 3

Look of the Month :: Spring 2011 :: May

I <3 spring. It feels so good to go outside again and run around in nature without getting too cold! I still miss my trees though. Every time I go into the garden I think of them. Oh well. It's time for new life and renewal. There is even a mommy robin that made her nest right outside our door. I wonder how she's doing, and if her little family is doing well. I'm always amused by her tiny head peeping out over the nest. She's very cautious, so of course I watch from afar.

All of this and more is reflected in the current makeup for this month. The barely-there look is perfect for this time of year and very low maintenance, so it won't take long to do. Leaving you with plenty of time to go play and enjoy yourself!

The current look is:
M A Y  2 0 1 1

Color trends for this month:
Light pink, red, light denim, white, and gold

Current motivation for the look:
Nature, late walks at sunset, and white wine with good conversation

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.


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