splitbeak (splitbeak) wrote,

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Struggling Artist

Today I finally fit the role of the struggling artist. Normally I'm just artistic, but today I went all the way. I was working in the bone lab for my zooarchaeology class (that's the animal bones found at an archaeological site). My current task is to create a manual of all the different teeth. It's one of those tasks that takes a lot of effort and concentration and pays off very little. The problem with teeth is that they look awful while you're drawing them, but great when you're done. It's like when an adult is missing a tooth you want to look away.

So it takes five/six hours to make one pig mouth look complete. In the meantime, it's Saturday. I'm in a deserted multi-story building on a deserted university campus, and it's about 40 degrees outside. The custodians turned the heat off at 5:00. You try drawing for hours when your fingers are frozen. Another problem with this lab is that I don't have a key and the door locks behind you. Therefore, no bathroom breaks and no food breaks. The cafeterias close at 6:00 (that's a commuter school for you). So I'm freezing, starving, and oh yeah, the light bulbs blew out on me, thus leaving me trying to draw in the dark.

But it was soo worth it to get the damn pig over with. Pig teeth are complicated little buggers. They have the most compact teeth-- basically they have what looks like three or four piled on top of each other. It took me twice as long to draw the pig as the cow, and the cow is a lot bigger (I'm drawing them to scale).
Tags: art, school, whining (aka real life)
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