Boise State

Last night, Boise State beat Louisiana Tech, 49-20.

At one point during the highlights on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter, one of the talking heads reminded the audience that Kirk Herbstreit had said during pregame analysis of this contest that Boise State needed to “win with style.” In College Football Speak, this means “blow them out.” This reminder came after a highlight of the kickoff return fumble that gave Louisiana Tech an opportunity to cut the score to 28-20 in the third quarter.

The Broncos beat a team by 29 points and are criticized for not winning by more. However, had they “won with style” and defeated Louisiana Tech by, say, a margin of 70-0, it also would’ve been used against them to illustrate the weakness of their schedule in defense of keeping them out of the BCS.

Even in a four-touchdown victory, Boise State can’t win.

Post Mortem: Oct. 25, 2010 sketch diary

In an effort to get back on track with my sketch diary and to actually work toward making sure things are consistently improving, I’m going to start doing a series of brief post mortems here after the Tumblr posts go up to recap what went well and what I still need to improve.

• Monday, Oct. 25, 2010
GOOD
– cake turned out well. I tried to go for quick and cute. Could’ve put more effort into the flowers on the side; I’ll do better there next time.

– I’m reasonably happy with Mel’s hair.

BAD
– Melissa still looks exactly like me, with different hair and a bigger mouth. I need to do a bunch of sketchbook work to polish her character design. I’m not remotely happy with it yet.

– as always, proportions are a disaster. Table is about a foot too high, I still can’t draw hands, she’s got a monster neck, etc. Practice, practice, practice.

OTHER NEWS
I found a website last night that has some low-res versions of eBooks that have figure drawing models. The high-res photos would be nice, but I think there’s more than enough in the low-res versions to get me started. I’m just struggling to find a good entry point; drawing skeletal armatures isn’t quite enough — even though I know full well the lack of fundamental skill in areas like that is a huge part of the reason I’m so terrible at this…

A whole new kind of Monday

Today was the first Monday since 2008 that didn’t involve an update to the countdown clock for the opening of the Bemidji Regional Event Center. The building opened this past Friday with two BSU hockey games – the women lost to No. 1 Mercyhurst in an afternoon game while the men lost to No. 2 North Dakota in the evening finale.

Having this building open feels like a giant weight has been lifted from the entire campus. Over the last few months, particularly since the end of this past school year, everyone involved in the project — myself included — has been wound pretty tight. It’s been months of deadlines, huge projects that need to be finished RIGHT NOW and a constant game of trying to guess what we had forgotten to consider.

I’m glad it’s over. The building is beautiful, and all of our hard work paid off. Now, we’re just tweaking processes and playing games. It’s a far better situation. I posted last night on Facebook that I hoped now we would all be at a point where attitudes, personalities and relationships can get back to normal. It’s been a grueling process, but we all deserve to celebrate now that we’ve survived.

Other things that should return to normal now that the building is open – posts to this blog, and my sketch diary. I’ve let the sketch diary slide for a week, and I need to get it going again. I miss it. Other things combined and conspired to keep me away from the sketch diary last week; it wasn’t just the final crush to get into the building. But I was so worn out by work that it made it easy to accept distractions.

My hope for a return to normalcy is relatively all-encompassing at this point. I hope it happens.

Grrr

Damn you, new talent trees and pre-expansion goodness.

Sketch diary is behind; since Sunday I’ve been goofing around in World of Warcraft instead of drawing. I’d draw before I started playing, but I’ve been messing around with the kids while Mel plays.

This is a big part of the reason I quit the first time (…and the second time, and the third time) — it gets in the way of other stuff I want to do. I’m actually a little pissed at myself this morning now that I realize I’m two days behind on my sketch diary. I’ve got ideas for some things to draw to catch up; I’ll try to do one over lunch today and then kick out two tonight.

The next three days will be crazy for me — my first-ever studio night tomorrow as I try to learn how to paint from our friend Kristin; two hockey games on Friday; and Mel and I have tickets to hockey on Saturday. Should be really fun.