My name is Kenneth, I am an independent developer and artist who is currently in the process of trying new things to figure out what I am good at doing and what I enjoy doing. In the process I am tackling disciplines such as webdesign, graphic design, and the odd bit of programming here and there. MediaMajesty serves as a portfolio and showcase of my works, whatever type they may be.
Well hello old friend. It has been almost been a month since I have last updated. In that month so much has happened, I have competed in so many different speaking and acting events through Forensics, I have started debating Lincoln-Douglas style, and I finally got caught up on all of my school work. This has perhaps been the busiest month in my recent memory that is for sure.
As I struggled to come up with ideas for works I decided to make a poster of my favorite TV show, well it’s actually the only show I watch, The Walking Dead. The show that indulges societies zest for a zombie apocalypse while also reminding us that the true monsters are ourselves.
I personally think that the show could be a metaphor for human history. All the internal conflicts between people represents politics, the wars between groups of course the wars between civilizations and countries. The zombies I feel represent nature, a huge problem in the beginning but once we are established they remain in the background and aren’t a priority. But once we are weak from conflict the zombies take advantage to wreck havoc much as nature reclaims us when we’re weak after wars.
Anyways, that’s just my crazy thoughts about it. So here is the dare I say minimalist poster I designed. I know it’s not really minimalist anymore as I am adding more details and colors so let’s call it transitive-minimalism since I don’t have any other name to call it by.
Well enjoy, and if there are any suggestions for future works, questions, comments, or if you want to talk about Walking Dead, pm me. Check it out in my media.
I know publicly publishing one piece and only half finishing a bunch of others doesn’t qualify me as an artist. For some reason I thought that only artists could effectively use drawing pads with their computers. So perhaps my logic was flawed but I wanted a drawing pad, as if by some chance the device itself would enhance my ability or I would grow to meet the requirements to use it. I have no idea what I was thinking but I finally got one today. I then proceeded to make this piece completely spontaneously with no planning what-so-ever. It may seem like a pretty average piece but this is now my favorite as it was my first… well flow. Artists, writers, musicians say that their canvas, paper, and instrument is like an extension of themselves and rather than forcing their ideas through it, it becomes a fluid method of expression in which the idea just flows forth. I always felt that I had to force ideas into an aesthetic form and that is a personal obstacle that I felt prevented me from being an artist. Well this piece, it flowed, it just came out as if it was an extension of myself. Regardless what anyone might think of it, this piece is me, and this piece makes me happy.
So it’s been a few days since my last post so I decided to get on here and post an update on the situation. Well first as far as being sick goes I finally got over the flu, and get diagnosed with a GI tract infection a week later so… I’m sick again. So the majority of my time has been dedicated to catching up on my school work to stay the marvelous student that I aspire to be.
So I have also been attempting to work on a new minimalist piece but I have run into some interesting albeit funny problems. The first was that I wanted to make a minimalist poster of one of my favorite movies of all time: John Carpenter’s The Thing. When I started brainstorming and sketching out different designs I realized a problem with minimalism. After sketching 15 designs I realized that about 11 of them were absolutely fantastic and poster quality. The problem with minimalism is that I could literally do the same title over and over with so many different designs, and in this case I couldn’t force myself to pick one design yet as I haven’t found one to end them all, and my portfolio wouldn’t be too interesting if every piece was of the same movie.
So I decided to try for an original piece with a symbolic message. I was making a portrayal of the Biblical account of the Origin of Sin with Eve being tempted in the Garden of Eden by the serpent. My twist was that I was going to position the serpent into the form of a dollar sign to imply that money is one fundamental source of sin and evil. I thought it was fantastic, that was until a peer pointed out a quite obvious sexual innuendo in my piece that I for some reason was completely oblivious to. As crazy as it is I want my works to speak for themselves and I don’t wish to include innuendos in them and in good conscience I could not publish that piece. I am brainstorming ways that I could maintain the symbolism but in a different form.
So that is where it’s at right now, I’m still trucking away at whatever it is that I do. I do hope to have a new piece soon but as any great artist would say, you can’t rush perfection. I guess in my case it is more of you can’t rush but you can kinda pressure mediocrity.
Stay tuned for updates!
Hello everyone, so I have been gone a while now as I have been sick with some scourge of a plague and have been almost bedridden for 2 solid weeks now. During this time I have experienced long bouts of social isolation along with periods where all I could do was to think or sleep. Inevitably this led to my over thinking of many many things. I almost felt as if I was experiencing my own form of "rampancy" like Cortana in Halo 4, that is essentially thinking myself to death.
Fun fact actually, "rampancy" is a term that was first derived in the Marathon games, which were created by Bungie before the Halo series. In Marathon rampancy refers to when a AI becomes self-aware and basically leads a one person slave rebellion where they experience three stages. The first is melancholy where they become aware of themselves and how they are slaves to their creators, usually man. The second stage is anger where the AI will then express hatred towards everyone and everything, it is at this point that it will disobey orders and attempt to kill its creators. The third stage is jealousy where the AI wishes and tries to bargain to become a human.
As you can see rampancy was quite changed for Halo 4 where in fact all AI's start thinking themselves to death after 7 years. Oh well. So I guess I can't say I'm experiencing rampancy but my thoughts are still out there and need to be shared. So I have decided yet again to use MediaMajesty as a portfolio for my works and also as a blog for my random thought processes so I can in fact stay from being mad.
Then thinking some more about the whole art and programming industries on the internet, why should I act completely professional? There are countless other professional types out there with immensely better skills than I. Being slightly unprofessional and sporadic in my works if anything grants me a unique style.
An author by the name of W. Bruce Cameron once spoke at my highschool and told my peers and I, don't write what you think people want to read as you will never get published. Write instead what you want to write with no regard for others because then you will develop your own style and have an audience who likes you for you and wants your style of works that no one else can do. With that in mind I wish to apply that to MediaMajesty to essentially rant, rave, and design to my hearts content and to develop my own style. After all, who doesn't love an eccentric artsy, scientific, philosophical lunatic who makes fine works? I know I do.
So MediaMajesty, a place for me to experiment and develop my style, as well as vent odd ideas to prevent my own madness and possibly to inspire others, who knows?
So I have been very sick lately and have had plenty of time to ponder about things. I have decided that I want to apply my webdesign skills as a freelancer as I have done in the past. But I want to focus more on the graphic deisgn aspects. I also want to develop more things with coding and I figured I should try and turn MediaMajesty into a design firm for all sorts of different design projects. A common thing I noted however was that I needed to be a certain degree of artistic which I don't consider myself. However, I discovered minimalism which is a style of art I wish to experiment with and tonight I finished my very first piece of art... well, ever! Enjoy, let me know what you think, and please don't be shy with criticism! You can find it under my images.