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My ears have recently gained a healthy new obsession, Laura Marling. Very talented, driven, young woman. Excited to hear she’s got a new album in the works to be released (next month?). Felt I should include her in my Smokin’ Sirens series - this time with a bit of colour!

My ears have recently gained a healthy new obsession, Laura Marling. Very talented, driven, young woman. Excited to hear she’s got a new album in the works to be released (next month?). Felt I should include her in my Smokin’ Sirens series - this time with a bit of colour!

Sage Smoke & Sunlight

Sage Smoke & Sunlight

Three years ago I ventured out into the cold Canadian winter air with my little video camera, day after day, over a period of two weeks, I capture the shots for “TIMES POWER”. Thankfully the clouds, mostly, cooperated. 

Song is “Our Breath Shall Intermix” by the talented Kasson Crooker of Symbion Project.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Here’s a photograph I took the other day. 
From 2:00pm till 4:30pm, the sun shines beautifully through my window, just above my alter with my peace fountain and precious things. I have my every-so-quickly growing crystal collection placed on my windowsill and they cast wonderful rainbows all across my room. 
I enjoy the scent and the effect that burning white sage has on the area around me. It’s a traditional ritual done in many cultures to remove negative energies from the surroundings, or even yourself. The smoke adds to the truly magical and enlightening time. I thought I’d attempt to capture it alongside a dreamcatcher I made.
Perfect size for the use of a desktop background. 

Here’s a photograph I took the other day. 

From 2:00pm till 4:30pm, the sun shines beautifully through my window, just above my alter with my peace fountain and precious things. I have my every-so-quickly growing crystal collection placed on my windowsill and they cast wonderful rainbows all across my room. 

I enjoy the scent and the effect that burning white sage has on the area around me. It’s a traditional ritual done in many cultures to remove negative energies from the surroundings, or even yourself. The smoke adds to the truly magical and enlightening time. I thought I’d attempt to capture it alongside a dreamcatcher I made.

Perfect size for the use of a desktop background. 

Here it is! What I’ve been working on all month. Why my hands are full of calluses, the reason my back is stiff, and why my eyes, may permanently, only see computer-length in front of me. 

This is a music video for The Crickets Sing for AnaMaria by Universal Hall Pass. A video contest run over the month of August. One of my all time favourite bands covered one of my all time favourite childhood songs, how could I resist!? 

I hand drew the images, then animated them in Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro.

I would talk more about this right now, but I’m at the local library since my internet connection at home is kurfluffed, and my time is running out. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been working on. It’s been a long couple of weeks for my hands; drawing & editing, non-stop. It’s always a learning experience working with animations. Fun discovering new tricks! 
I hope to be doing the final touches this weekend. 

Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been working on. It’s been a long couple of weeks for my hands; drawing & editing, non-stop. It’s always a learning experience working with animations. Fun discovering new tricks! 

I hope to be doing the final touches this weekend. 

My design for Smokin’ Siren number one featuring my muse, Tina Dico, could become part of her tour poster! This really would be a dream come true for me! So how could you help out? Click the link below, hit “like” for my design through Facebook, and share this with your friends. 
It’s for a great cause too! All proceeds from the poster sales will be going to Red Cross.
So what are you waiting for? Vote for me!
https://www.facebook.com/tinadico/app_322556574495694

My design for Smokin’ Siren number one featuring my muse, Tina Dico, could become part of her tour poster! This really would be a dream come true for me! So how could you help out? Click the link below, hit “like” for my design through Facebook, and share this with your friends. 

It’s for a great cause too! All proceeds from the poster sales will be going to Red Cross.

So what are you waiting for? Vote for me!

https://www.facebook.com/tinadico/app_322556574495694

Here’s something I’ve had in my head for quite some time now. 
It’s inspired by the poem “Love’s Deity” by John Donne, and if you have any music taste what-so-ever you will have heard it on Stereo Alchemy’s album “God of Love” as the title track. Vocals by the wonderful Melissa Kaplan of Universal Hall Pass.
"I long to talk with some old lover’s ghost
Who died before the god of love was bornI cannot think that he, who then loved mostSunk so low as to love one which did scornBut since this god produced a destinyAnd that vice-nature, custom, let it beI must love her that loves not me
But every god of love will now extendHis vast prerogative as far aboveTo reach, to lust, to fight, to defendThe territory of this god of loveO! were we waken’d by this tyrannyUngod this child again it would not beI should love her, who loves not me
I long to talk I long to feel loveI sank so low to love her scornTo reach, to lust, to fight to defendTo die before this god was born”
So I have this music video concept in my head, right down to every beat, every action… But I don’t yet have the resources to bring it to life. I’m experimenting with some things.
So for now, I threw together an idea of what I see in my head in photoshop. When I see something so clear in my mind, I can’t think of anything else until it’s brought into reality. I so deeply want to make this happen, it’s almost a need. One day.

Here’s something I’ve had in my head for quite some time now. 

It’s inspired by the poem “Love’s Deity” by John Donne, and if you have any music taste what-so-ever you will have heard it on Stereo Alchemy’s album “God of Love” as the title track. Vocals by the wonderful Melissa Kaplan of Universal Hall Pass.

"I long to talk with some old lover’s ghost

Who died before the god of love was born
I cannot think that he, who then loved most
Sunk so low as to love one which did scorn
But since this god produced a destiny
And that vice-nature, custom, let it be
I must love her that loves not me

But every god of love will now extend
His vast prerogative as far above
To reach, to lust, to fight, to defend
The territory of this god of love
O! were we waken’d by this tyranny
Ungod this child again it would not be
I should love her, who loves not me

I long to talk I long to feel love
I sank so low to love her scorn
To reach, to lust, to fight to defend
To die before this god was born”

So I have this music video concept in my head, right down to every beat, every action… But I don’t yet have the resources to bring it to life. I’m experimenting with some things.

So for now, I threw together an idea of what I see in my head in photoshop. When I see something so clear in my mind, I can’t think of anything else until it’s brought into reality. I so deeply want to make this happen, it’s almost a need. One day.

This was a title sequence I was attempting to animated in 3D.
For now, just for fun, as I am just scraping the tip of the iceberg in three-dimensional animation. 

This was a title sequence I was attempting to animated in 3D.

For now, just for fun, as I am just scraping the tip of the iceberg in three-dimensional animation. 

www.whitedoves.me
I was an extra and an art production assistant/set dresser on this music video for Young Empires “White Doves”. Check it out at the link above! Its the first ever interactive music video. 
I painted that giant logo the two characters in the video run over (pictured above).
It was probably my best experience on set as of yet. Even though it was November, freezing cold Canadian temperatures, and long days. I really enjoyed myself!

www.whitedoves.me

I was an extra and an art production assistant/set dresser on this music video for Young Empires “White Doves”. Check it out at the link above! Its the first ever interactive music video. 

I painted that giant logo the two characters in the video run over (pictured above).

It was probably my best experience on set as of yet. Even though it was November, freezing cold Canadian temperatures, and long days. I really enjoyed myself!


So. Janelle Monáe was my last “Smokin’ Siren” piece. Scroll on down to check out the rest!There are many more I’d love to include, but as mentioned before, I can’t find their picture online [Melissa R. Kaplan of Universal Hall Pass], and I feel it’s time to move onto a new project. 
Not sure what direction I’m going to head, whether it’ll be more photo manipulations, mood boards, animation, or actual film - wherever my imagination takes me, I’ll post my progress here. 

So. Janelle Monáe was my last “Smokin’ Siren” piece. 
Scroll on down to check out the rest!

There are many more I’d love to include, but as mentioned before, I can’t find their picture online [Melissa R. Kaplan of Universal Hall Pass], and I feel it’s time to move onto a new project. 

Not sure what direction I’m going to head, whether it’ll be more photo manipulations, mood boards, animation, or actual film - wherever my imagination takes me, I’ll post my progress here. 

This is the last, number nine, of my “Smokin’ Sirens” series. 
Featuring Janelle Monáe (www.jmonae.com). She’s so amazing! 
She actually inspired me to do a documentary on myself back in second year of my Film & Television Production Program. When I saw her video for “Cold War”, it really hit me hard. Especially the lyrics “I was made to believe there was something wrong with me”, powerful stuff! Then, when I was led to her video for “Tightrope”, I instantly had the craving to take up tap dancing again. Something inside me sparked at that moment. The documentary never got green lit because I wasn’t allowed to be the subject for this assignment, but I got great feedback from pitching it, which was nice. 
When I listen to Janelle’s album, “The Archandriod”, it’s an experience. You can’t get away with skipping any songs. It’s like a movie for your ears, it takes you through a journey, an adventure. I recommend giving it a listen. Sit with some nice headphones in, or listen to it on a loud stereo system, undisturbed. 

This is the last, number nine, of my “Smokin’ Sirens” series. 

Featuring Janelle Monáe (www.jmonae.com). She’s so amazing! 

She actually inspired me to do a documentary on myself back in second year of my Film & Television Production Program. When I saw her video for “Cold War”, it really hit me hard. Especially the lyrics “I was made to believe there was something wrong with me”, powerful stuff! Then, when I was led to her video for “Tightrope”, I instantly had the craving to take up tap dancing again. Something inside me sparked at that moment. The documentary never got green lit because I wasn’t allowed to be the subject for this assignment, but I got great feedback from pitching it, which was nice. 

When I listen to Janelle’s album, “The Archandriod”, it’s an experience. You can’t get away with skipping any songs. It’s like a movie for your ears, it takes you through a journey, an adventure. I recommend giving it a listen. Sit with some nice headphones in, or listen to it on a loud stereo system, undisturbed. 

Smokin’ Siren number eight of the series, Meiko!
Meiko (www.meikomusic.com) is a young, up-and-coming singer/songwriter. She’s just released her sophomore album “The Bright Side”, and yes, it’s a great listen! 
She’s got a unique voice, and cute sound. Her emotions come through strong in her music.
Meiko was one of the musicians who inspired me to pick up the guitar. I dream of the day I get to play her song “Hawaii” on a beach, in Hawaii of course. One day, one day… 
I’m almost done this series. Of course, I can’t include all my favourite female singer/songwriters since some of mine aren’t so well known and googling pictures of them is near impossible. Waiting for that spark of inspiration for my next series/project. For now, I’ve got one more coming… 

Smokin’ Siren number eight of the series, Meiko!

Meiko (www.meikomusic.com) is a young, up-and-coming singer/songwriter. She’s just released her sophomore album “The Bright Side”, and yes, it’s a great listen! 

She’s got a unique voice, and cute sound. Her emotions come through strong in her music.

Meiko was one of the musicians who inspired me to pick up the guitar. I dream of the day I get to play her song “Hawaii” on a beach, in Hawaii of course. One day, one day… 

I’m almost done this series. Of course, I can’t include all my favourite female singer/songwriters since some of mine aren’t so well known and googling pictures of them is near impossible. Waiting for that spark of inspiration for my next series/project. For now, I’ve got one more coming… 

"Smokin’ Sirens" number seven, LIGHTS.
LIGHTS (www.music.iamlights.com) is a fellow Torontonian, a hot sic-fi nerd, and inspiring musician. I’ve been following this girl’s ever-growing career since she’s had less than 100 friends on myspace. Her newest album “Siberia” is straight-up awesome! 
She’s a pop artist that I can respect because she produces a catchy, upbeat, tune without the typical subject matter, that every other pop track uses, like “you broke my heart” or “baby, i need you, eff me, I’m hot” etc, etc… Her lyrics are mainly inspired by video games, and she plays a lot of fantasy RPG’s so, they’re pretty unique. 
And she’s Canadian, so that’s 100 points right off the bat. 
Seen her in concert a couple times now, and she always makes a memorable performance. 

"Smokin’ Sirens" number seven, LIGHTS.

LIGHTS (www.music.iamlights.com) is a fellow Torontonian, a hot sic-fi nerd, and inspiring musician. I’ve been following this girl’s ever-growing career since she’s had less than 100 friends on myspace. Her newest album “Siberia” is straight-up awesome! 

She’s a pop artist that I can respect because she produces a catchy, upbeat, tune without the typical subject matter, that every other pop track uses, like “you broke my heart” or “baby, i need you, eff me, I’m hot” etc, etc… Her lyrics are mainly inspired by video games, and she plays a lot of fantasy RPG’s so, they’re pretty unique. 

And she’s Canadian, so that’s 100 points right off the bat. 

Seen her in concert a couple times now, and she always makes a memorable performance.