Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I have no idea...one would think now that I am in college getting a degree...well I just don't know. I don't want to end up working my way up as a 40 year old in an animation studio, where I will be able to start doing what I want to do by the age of 60?
So I have to be really good at it, like the best animator ever and that is just not going to happen ...
Right now I have this dream of becoming a Yoga teacher, teaching Yoga at the beach and owning my own coffee shop where I can display my art and hang out with my cool artsy friends while we drink tea, coffee eat yummy cakes, talk politics...
I want to finish my children's book...
So as of right now, like today, this moment
I want to finish school, then take a year off, well not really take off, but focus on becoming a yoga teacher and finishing my book, getting it published then start some free lancing animation and illustration stuff...
I am all over the place again.
So what got this craziness started again was this picture on my friends myspace...she just came back from Poland and went to this cute coffee shop.
I keep you updated on my continues journey of what or who I want to be when I grow up...
Friday, August 17, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
A lot of people asked me about Smart Cars ( well enough to make me post this)...so here is the good old Wikipedia definition, but you can definitely find out more about them on line.
It is definitely a car for smart people :) but that's not why it is called that, ..well not the only reason at least!
Here we go!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
smart (formerly MCC smart) is a brand of microcars and superminis based in Böblingen, Germany. It is marketed as the "smart" in all lower case, as in the logo. The current smart brand logo denotes a C for "Compact" and an arrow for "forward thinking".
The name of the company, part of DaimlerChrysler, was changed from Micro Compact Car GmbH to Smart GmbH in September 2002. It was merged with Mercedes-Benz Group in 2006.
The original idea behind the very short "smart car" is that the vehicle is easy to park. It is short enough to allow it to be parked "nose-in" where a conventionally sized car would have to parallel park. Its length of 2.5 metres (98.4 in) equals the width of a truck or a regular parking slot, allowing two or three smarts to park in the same space as one normal car if parked side-on to the usual parking direction.
Smart Fortwo cabriolet
The project idea was originally supported by Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch, and was nicknamed the "Swatchmobile". The name SMART is an acronym for Swatch Mercedes ART. The car was supposed to use innovative features (such as a hybrid engine) and to be an affordable car for young people. Similar to the objective for the Citroën 2CV in the 1940s, its purpose was to "transport two people and a case of beer".
Being inexperienced in automobiles, Swatch CEO Nicolas Hayek sought an established car maker to produce his Swatch car, and found a partner in Volkswagen. Plans never reached a final stage so Swatch teamed up with Daimler-Benz. The purpose-built factory complex Smartville in Hambach, Lorraine, France, was established in 1994 as a joint-venture of Daimler-Benz and Swatch.
An Australian dealer web site provides the following summary of the beginnings of the product:
"How everything begun: In 1993 Mercedes-Benz started a feasibility study on a subcompact car. Together with the Swatch Group Ltd. they founded the Micro Compact Car AG in 1994. The smart city-coupé celebrates its world première at the IAA in Frankfurt (Germany) in 1997 and is one year successfully launched in nine European countries. By now, the smart is available in 25 countries all over the world and was sold over 750.000 times."
The final car design proved to be far from Hayek's expectations: its engine technology was more expensive than many small 4 and 5 seater cars sold in Europe. The joint venture experienced heavy losses and Swatch pulled out.
In 2005, DaimlerChrysler decided against purchasing a 50% share in the Dutch NedCar plant used to manufacture the Forfour supermini. DC also halted development on the Formore and decided to discontinue production of the Roadster.
In 2006, after dwindling sales smart GmbH was liquidated and its operations transferred with the Mercedes-Benz group. It was later revealed that smart GmbH took nearly 4 billion euros of losses in the period from 2003 to 2006. 
In the same year, DaimlerChrysler announced that it would also cancel the Forfour and redesign the Fortwo to debut in Europe in 2007.
Main article: Smart EV
An electric, rechargeable version is being released in the UK, by a separate company, as a lease vehicle on a limited basis. At the Smart Car Brooklands event  in July 2007, a Smart EV was on display within "MercedesWorld" and a representative stated that the car would be for sale in the UK in 2010.
Apart from the original short smart Fortwo, a sporty smart Roadster and a supermini smart Forfour were also offered. These have now been discontinued. There were also plans to introduce a small off-roader called the Formore but development of this was cancelled as a result of spending cutbacks.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
thank God it's done, and now off to the next :)
I thought I could just take the weekend off after this stressful week of midterms projects, but the workload continues...
I have to finish my Smart car model, write a paper for Art History (again) and draw for 2 new projects in 2D Animation (walk cycle for my Diva and an expression change).
Here my almost done smart car...still needs some tweaking, texture and lighting.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
this is what we are working with right now!