Rigoberta Menchú Tum

On Monday, November 5, 2018 Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance at the Art Kamangar Center at Merced Theater in downtown Merced. The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner was the 12th recipient of this UC Merced Prize.

Rigoberta’s presentation was informal, touching, and profound.

 

She sat for a book signing, and I photographed her with the intention of drawing her freehand in my iPad Pro in the Sketch Club app.

Rigoberta Menchú (click on image to enlarge)

Sketch Club has a cool technical feature that summarizes the drawing/painting statistics:

Studying the G Street Revolution

Lately, I’ve been enjoying the sounds of G Street Revolution whenever I have a chance. A few of the musicians are colleagues of my wife at UC Merced. Check’em Out on Facebook or here.

At the Merced County Fairgrounds:

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At Vista Ranch and Cellars:

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Just a snippet at Five Ten Bistro:

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Pretty sure all these were done in Sketch Club and iColorama.

“Beginnings,” A Commissioned Digital Drawing of a Sculpture on the Campus of UC Merced

Several months ago I was commissioned to render a digital drawing of the “Beginnings” sculpture situated prominently on the UC Merced campus. The image was printed on fine paper, matted, framed, and presented as a gift. “Beginnings,” was conceived by noted American sculptor Aris Demetrios, and according to the official website “consists of two gently curving, vertical stainless steel arms, each about 40 feet high, rising from a large circular base.” (Click here for further details)

Digital image in Procreate on an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil:

Video display (effects in iColorama):

Celebrating Soil Chemistry and More: Professor Samuel J. Traina

What a unique, April 9, 2016 event! A combination 60th birthday celebration, soil chemistry symposium, and dinner…all in one! A couple of Professor Traina’s former graduate students, along with a handful of local helpers, organized the surprise event to celebrate his academic career (to date). Currently, Sam is Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development at U.C. Merced. Additional former graduate students, a former professor, and several colleagues from around the country and beyond traveled in and joined a small cohort of Sam’s administrative colleagues at U.C. Merced along with a few family members and friends for preprandials, prepared talks, poster presentations, and, of course, ample roasting in the California Room on the campus of U.C. Merced.

I wasn’t carrying my iPad, but I did have with me what I call my Whiteberry, a leather index card and ink pen holder, which I used to produce this:
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When I got home, I inserted a photo of that image into Procreate on my iPad Pro, and with the help of another photo import, my Apple Pencil, and iColorama, I generated this graphic record of such a heart warming event:
soil conservation & 60 year