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Ben michael mathews
Current Residence: Shinjuku, Tokyo
Favourite style of art: I am fond of my fragmented style

been awhile since I posted here.
First and foremost, for those of you organising or going to Nom Con, I wish you the very best! I hope you enjoy it and I hope it is a great success!
Unfortunately, I will not be going. I still live here in Germany, and believe it or not, while I have had no classes for the last few months, I have work starting again on Monday, so really can't take it off as a holiday.

In other news I think I should mention the recent passing of visionary director Satoshi Kon. Kon directed such classics as Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, and Paprika. I particularly admire Kon for making films that go beyond what is typically considered the realm of animation. They have a quality that distinguishes them from most anime - extreme mental states, psychological suspense, confusion about the blurring lines between reality and fantasy. I believe his works stand tall not only as anime masterpieces, but as masterpieces of film.

To end this journal entry I guess I will talk a little bit about what is going on with me, where the hell have I gone? Have I stopped making art?
To answer the latter answer first, no, far from it. I have been working on a number of large projects, but they are not finished and perhaps not suitable for DA. For one I am working on a new animated film, just over four and a half minutes of animation done another 25 to go. The screenplay is in both English and German, but it will be recorded in German first.
I am also due to start teaching life drawing toward the end of October - so I have also been preparing for that - doing a bit of life drawing, reading several books, learning the relevant German vocabulary, making sure I can translate the exercises into German. Also, although its with the local community college and they do some advertising, I will really need to do a bit of advertising myself to make sure it takes off, so I made some posters and have given a couple out - but its not always easy to get a shop to advertise for you and I don't really know the legalities of just putting up posters around town on empty buildings etc. Still there are a few out there - and hopefully they will get noticed and get people signing up.

I hope all is well for all of you. I look at your deviations and I am very impressed with them.
Keep up the good work!

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MachineMistress Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Just wanna say happy early birthday!
Berry-licious Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Hurro Ben, hope Christmas New Years was happy and safe fer ya : )
MichaelMathews Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
thanks, and the same to you. how goes it with you tree?
Berry-licious Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Ah here and there, but that's neither here or there tbh.

;3 Back in college and having fun there though.
iamanastronaut Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
hey! do you have the noise machine documentary up anywhere on the net?

XEllyChanX Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Just realised i never added you to my DA watch! D8

oh well...fixed now haha
benitogallego Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Many thanx for adding me to your WATCH!
Erin Go Bragh!
peannlui Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
Just stumbled across your account! How are you? :D
MichaelMathews Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Heya Leeann! Thanks for the message :D Just checked out your page again. Hurray for family guy! I guess life is good but I'm a little 'meh' today :P. Going through one of those transition periods in life - loadsa change - been avoiding posting deviant art because, although I have being doing some art projects, I am still at a kind of plateau that I need to surpass. Was even putting myself in danger minding/work as a security guard in an abandoned hospital and taking photos when I could :P Probably should have posted some of that on DA but felt that the photos themselves were not of the quality I would like them to be... that and DA did not lend itself to the way I wanted to present the project.

Aw well, I'll keep at it. I'll put the necessary time in and get passed this plateau soon - starting a new job in a new town in a new country next week - once I'm there there I will give it the best shot I can.

How are things with you?
peannlui Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
If you need help art-wise, don't be afraid to ask me. ;) I'm currently living in Wales, doing a year in college here for a Bachelor's Degree in graphic design. It's been cool here, the town I live in is quite working class but vibrant and friendly. :) I've been getting to travel out to London and Cardiff so far for college reasons, we even have a class trip planned to New York next March for St. Patrick's week! :D As this is the final and third year, we need our heads down and asses up for the projects/dissertation we have to do. D: No moping for me! :lol:
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