Sunday, June 8, 2008

Back from the Trek and KUNG FU

I got back from the farthest reaches and coldest corners of Wyoming yesterday. Despite the weather, the Trek was an incredible experience and I'm glad I had the opportunity to join my ward on a strong spiritual experience for the last time. It's weird being graduated, as I may never see the people that I've grown really close to again.  I'm going to miss all the kids in my ward that I've known since elementary school. Growing up is tough stuff. 
I did have a sketch adventure (as Anthony would call it) while on the trek. Armed with my trusty Moleskin sketchbook, several pens, and a Prismacolor marker, I tried to keep a record of what I did. Unfortunately, I didn't draw as much as I would've liked, as the weather was rainy and windy enough to rip my sketches from my hands. But I will post what I did draw. 

My mind was on Kung Fu Panda that whole bus ride up, as I knew I would be missing it when it premiered the next day. So I drew up my own panda for fun.

Observational sketching was great on the bus ride up, because nobody really paid any attention to me sketching them. The bus ride back was so entertaining, as the younger kids and I sketched and hung out the entire way back.
This was my favorite sketch I did. It's my friend and her dad, who had been riding on the bus together because she'd become sick. They napped together sharing a pillow and I thought it was so sweet. Sorry for the vertical layout, I couldn't upload it horizontal as it is originally sketched!

I drew this as we all huddled together in the pavilion, trying to escape a sudden fierce windstorm that had hit us. 

We got back at about nine yesterday, and a bunch of us went and saw Kung Fu Panda immediately after that (and after a nice shower from the 3 days of no bathing whatsoever. Nasty!) That movie was BRILLIANT! I loved it, especially the 2D animated opening sequence. The story was really good, and the characters were my favorite part. They were really well designed, and I'm very impressed with Nicolas Marlet's artwork on the characters. I was laughing hard at Po and loving him more with every second, and even became teary-eyed at parts. It was one of the best animated films I've seen in a long time, and I had a fun time just watching it, which is what makes me love a movie. 
EDIT: Sorry, guys. The pictures are really small. This is due to the fact that I don't know how to work Blogger as well as I would like!


koryface said...

Very nice stuff here! And the design of your blog overall is... amazing. Mine is so boring. Keep it up Claire, you are WAY ahead of the game.

Cori & Jeff said...

Those sketches are awesome. The one of the dad and girl sleeping is my favorite, too, although the panda is adorable! I want to see Kung Fu Panda so bad! Jeff thinks it looks boring, but oh well. One day I will see it!