Piece of Cake

Posted in food on March 1st, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on Piece of Cake

“The icing on the cake is when other people enjoy your
vision and support what you do.” – Cise Star

For my birthday this year, I took a break from my struggles with drawing right now to make myself a Queen of Assholes-themed birthday cake. I really need to drag my ass into a Wilton cake-decorating class one of these days to learn proper frosting techniques, instead of constantly winging it, but the finished cake is close to my original vision. The crown is representative of the poster-board and glitter crown I made for my Queen of Assholes video, the grass and flowers are representative of Como Park (where I make much of my footage) and the BLOOM video, and the top hat is obvious, but also representative of the JENNY video. If you are wondering what became of the cake afterward, I ate so much extra cookies, cake, and frosting during the process of making it, that after my documentation was done I cut and gave most of it away.

Queen of Assholes Birthday Cake

Almost every time I work on a video feature, I learn something new, which I find incredibly addictive. In this instance, I finally got the hang of the subtitles function. I have also been experimenting more with multiple layers and tracks of audio and video. I know there are ongoing issues with the capture quality, but especially in my kitchen, space is limited and the lighting is very poor.

My birthday cake took approximately thirty hours to make over the course of three nights, including prep work. I recorded the whole process, and edited it down to slightly over one hour, with some portions of playback up to 5x-15x actual speed. The full video, below, also includes my failed attempt at making hard candy, during which I earned myself a (potentially second-degree) burn on my drawing hand when I dripped 300°F hot melted sugar on it. Once the cooked skin sloughed off, the wound was nearly a full 1/16th of an inch deep, with a perfect edge. My inner child found that to be cool and interesting.

I also edited a “highlights” copy to show the progression of the cake creation with only music, for the benefit of anyone that wants to see the construction and individual components without watching the long, detailed version.

You can see more of my edible creations at JinsKitchen.com.

[VIDEO BLOG] Happy birthday to me!

Posted in video on February 18th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Happy birthday to me!

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Monthly Spotlight: Ben Cooper

Posted in spotlight on February 5th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on Monthly Spotlight: Ben Cooper

“Monthly spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where once per month, I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This month’s spotlight is on friend Ben Cooper. In Ben’s own words…

“Photography is a lifelong passion for me. It gives me new perspectives on the world around me, and allows me to chronicle moments in time. It’s what I love to do.”

“While I enjoy photographing anything interesting, I am especially fascinated by rediscovering the world immediately around me. I grew up in the Twin Cities area and have lived in Minnesota for most of my life. (It’s Gray Duck!) I feel fortunate to live here: close to incredible arts, architecture, professional sports and city life, but still within reach of beautiful lakes, wildlife and nature. It’s this world near to me that comprises much of what I photograph. I started using my camera to preserve and capture some of the places and moments that are special about Minnesota, as well as discovering new ones. In the process I’ve gained amazing new perspectives on things close to me but often overlooked or taken for granted.”

Island Near Horseshoe Bay by Ben Cooper

“I try to learn something every time I use my camera, in terms of photography and the place or subject I’m shooting. Whether it’s long-exposure photography involving physical filters, old-school film photography, or creative lighting for a portrait shoot, I’m always trying to learn or perfect something and challenge myself. I try to capture what it is about a subject that fascinates me, so I can preserve and share it through photography. I love the idea that at some point after I’m gone, some of what I’ve created will live on.”

Twin Cities After Sunset by Ben Cooper

“I sell my work online through my website, shop.benrcooper.com, but I also do a lot of shows in the spring, summer and fall. I love doing indoor events like the St. Paul Art Crawl and Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl, but typically do several outdoor shows as well. Outdoor shows can be extremely challenging, especially when factoring in the weather elements, but it’s a great way to gain exposure and meet new people and prospective buyers. Currently, I’m gearing up for a more ambitious, somewhat abstract, film photography project with the goal of a possible grant and a future solo show.”

North Shore Sunrise by Ben Cooper

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[VIDEO BLOG] Break the Chains

Posted in video on February 4th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Break the Chains

Motivating myself through motivating others.

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Posted in video, work on January 28th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] SNOWMAGEDDON

Dawn is complete and 2019 is off to a FANTASTIC start!

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A Samsung Galaxy tablet donated to MN Pocket Pet Rescue. I am hopeful and enthusiastic for the opportunity to volunteer with their organization engaging in local community outreach, and education about rats as pets.

MN Pocket Pet Rescue

If you have ever wondered why it takes me weeks, months, or even years to finish anything, the image below is the main reason why. I could easily have done a dozen or more revisions of this piece if I did not force myself to stop. What should have been a three to four hour project ended up taking most of three days, and that is only because I was limited by a publishing deadline. I should have scanned the pencils and inked it digitally. I do better in “sketchy” styles when I can edit and redraw on the fly. I did not have time to go balls-out inking this, though I would have, if I could stay on task.

Lance and Jin Sketches

I am desperately trusting the ADHD specialist and/or therapist will be able to help me in March. It feels like my brain is in a fog about 75% of the time I am trying to do anything that requires extended focus or concentration. My day jobs have all been very active and fast-paced, so I perform well there. This is my last major obstacle to making any further significant forward momentum, and I am beyond frustrated. I have been self-medicating, with some success, using caffeine pills to finish the Dawn piece, but even that is slow.