For this year's Summer Camp, the theme was "sword" that is based on Hebrews 4:12, emphasizing the importance of sola Scriptura. Compared to the last four years I've attended as staff, this year was much different—I've had the privilege of designing the team name tags this year! All of it was done in Adobe Illustrator.
This camp was also different as we were short on staff and I got to put together the slideshow. Personally, the week was very exhausting as the emotions were out of control and I wasn't getting a lot of rest, but God was (and still is) faithful to help me get through the week as well as minister to the girls I was able to talk to. The nights were rough as I worked on the Summer Camp slideshow, but it also reminded me what a joy it is to serve Him as I thought of what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:15: I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.
In 2011 for Halloween, I wanted to be the house from Up and asked my mom to help me make this costume. I saw a picture of a girl who did this idea, and I thought it was really cute how she attached the balloons to her head and wore the house as a necklace—and props to my mom making the house.
Since I've been collecting tsum tsums, they FINALLY came out with tsums from Up! I've been wanting to do a stop motion with them because I still kept the house my mom made 6 years ago. The animation is kinda sloppy because I literally took the pictures, photoshopped, and edit everything today. But it was still fun to do, I apologize for the messy bits.
For my Physics of Animation class, we had an assignment on creating a stop-motion character animation. Like my last stop-motion, I wanted to use my Tsum Tsums. However, for this animation I wanted to make to create my own story. I also wanted to challenge myself on not having any dialogue and try to have the Tsums communicate with their bodies and add sound effects to it. I had an idea of the Tsum Tsums wanting a snack, but they couldn't get it because of a bigger Tsum Tsum. They then devise a successful plan in distracting the bigger Tsum Tsum, yet there's a twist at the end. The Tsums I decided to use were Mickey Mouse and his pals, along with a bigger Pluto Tsum. I even added "mean eyebrows" on the big Pluto Tsum to show that it's not only his size the mini Tsum Tsums are afraid of him.
In creating this, I used a DSLR camera to take the pictures, used Adobe Photoshop to edit them, and Adobe Premiere to make the video. Compared to the last stop-motion, I had a harder time working on this due to the number of characters I had—which lead to more movement—and the weather conditions that was happening during the weekend. Other than that, I enjoyed making this!!
Finally got to see Beauty and the Beast on Monday! Honestly, I really enjoyed it. There were some things that I felt skeptical about, but that's only because I love the animated version way too much. I did enjoy the new songs that were played, especially "Evermore"—I guess you can say that is my new favorite song at the moment lol. After watching it, I was inspired to do a drawing I've been wanting to do for about four years now.
“why is it always the woman who has to see past the beast in the man? why does she always have to clean his wounds, even after he has damaged her beyond repair? why is it always the man who is worthy of forgiveness for being a monster? I want to see the beast in the beauty. the half smile, half snarl. the unapologetic anger. I would like to see the man forgive the monster. to see her, blood and all, and love her anyway.” —Caitlyn Siehl
According to iTunes, I've been listening to Royal Teeth's cover of "Heartbeats" 256 times. The first time I've heard of Royal Teeth was when they were opening for Rooney with Swimm on December 13th, 2016. Since then, I haven't stopped listening to this song. I also loved their EP album cover that I wanted to do some animation to it—a simple animation that illustrates the complications within a relationship as the girl keeps hiding from the guy whenever he comes into view.
If you want to listen to the song, this is them live!