random acts of art

Trying Something New by scotland symons

So I decided to try something new and invest a ton of time into video and try and figure out how that all works and as a way to show off some of my other stuff I do and put together between art projects. I have been wanting to get into video for a while and have been working on teaching myself the full process of lighting, acting, video, and editing you know in my free time. :D

I am experimenting with different styles and flows trying to figure out what works so it will be a little bit before I get a regular video upload schedule. But until then check out my new channel and the work I have been doing.

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The Black Lute by scotland symons

Thanks to a friend this past summer I became the owner of a broken Lute left by a rubbish bin in an alley. It was in sad shape with broken and missing frets warped and damaged wood it had seen better days. I didn't know what to do with it but this past week I got an idea to goth it out. I started with striping it down to basics and repairing the damaged wood cutting, replacing, and reshaping its look.

fixing the inlay as well as reshaping the flow of the neck and head. Also so much sanding along with more sanding.

With all that completed I gave it a new black enamel coat and let it sit for 3 days to cure. Today started with sanding for another few hours along with creating an all new distressed wash on the front face. From there I went on to burnish the entire piece before hand drawing patterns all over the front face. concluding with hand applied candle wax finish and polishing followed by waxing.

The pattern I wanted to keep simplistic and I went for designs I used to draw in my books in high school to really get the angsty goth feel. It ends up blending really well with the sanded enamel wash on the front face. 

So far it sounds really wonderful and has a really interesting sound, tomorrow I am going to tweak the pickup a bit more and see if I can refine the sound and upload a video.

lvl23 Studios Art show (photos) by scotland symons

A few weeks ago the artists in my building (including me) had opened their studios up to visitors who will have a chance to see art in progress or completed. There was painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media arts, fashion design and metal arts and glass arts. 

It was an awesome event and I am really happy that everyone got a chance to come, it was a blast seeing everyone. I managed to take some photos during the day and also managed to get some 30sec portraits. 

Thanks again you all are the reason I keep doing and making!

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Update: Wizards and Beyond! by scotland symons

After I kicked off this project I felt like this project could be much larger so I am making some changes and looking to expand the project! I am also looking at adding multiple cites and extending out the dates as well as this turing into a full photo book! As the weeks roll on I am hoping to possible get some interesting locations and partners that might be joining this adventure. 

From the projects subsite:

I want to extend this out to what ever nerdy interest that you have because this project is really about showing self expression and how you want to represent it. This really isn't about costumes or Cosplay but more about how you would visualize and express yourself as a character or a love of of that nerdy thing.

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