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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 08:41 pm
Once again I'm waiting for a new page to illustrate, so instead I sat down and finally made a Christmas version of my Münster postcard.

I'm hoping to unload a bunch of those in December when our city is swarming with tourists.

I've caught an infernal cold, so these past two days I was actually glad I didn't have any pressing work on my desk. Instead I've been watching hours of Warehouse 13. And I started on Alli Snow's 100 k sequel to White Blank Page which I've been saving up for a rainy week just like this. (Rainy in the metaphorical sense, anyway. :)

I'm just annoyed that this interfered with the Taiji class I planned to sign up for. But the next one starts in two months, so I hope I can get into that one instead. The class is part of the university program, hence students get first pick.

Technical question: The other day I spilled some water on my keyboard and since then, the right shift key produces only x's. Like, A becomes xa. I'm writing on my backup for now, but it's a pain in the ass since the broken keyboard is an ergonomic one (Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro). A discontinued model at that: hard to replace. Before I throw it out, does anyone know of a layman's way to fix the broken key?
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Saturday, April 13th, 2013 11:28 am
my bookmarks are overflowing...

Starting at 1:40 in this Wire gag reel, there's a funny (and rather lyrical, heh) composition of characters cursing. Speaking of Fuck: Shut the fuck up!

THE WIRE - 100 Greatest Quotes (spoilers)
I just finished another rewatch of the show... since with that show, you can't rewatch just one episode, you have to view at least an entire season. And it actually gets better with each viewing, because of the sheer complexity. The writing is so tight. The acting is so good. (The acting is so good that there was a moment of dissonance when I saw them out of character in the gag reel...)

fandom meta: For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud
Talks about hostility towards female characters, possible reasons, possible ways to change this. An astute analysis, I thought. It's long, but worth the read.

excellent short film: This little girl explains autism creatively.

[livejournal.com profile] megatexas wrote a snarky, entertaining article about public art in Austin: But is it art? “Moments,” by Carl Trominski

20 Amazing Examples of Owl Camouflage

And on cakewrecks, belatedly: Jen Tells An Easter Story... which I'm mostly linking for the last two pics. :)
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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 04:00 pm
All this thinking about 3d illustrative art reminded me of a set of dioramas I did a few years ago.

My second failed attempt at photographing them... here's one of the cases )

Tricky to convey at least some of the spatiality. (Bit better to see on this version.)

This photo didn't turn out too bad but the other pictures were unusable. I have to figure out the correct lighting conditions so I won't get so many reflections. Would be easier if I could take the glass out but they're solid.

I have to figure out what to do with them. I have so much accumulated art lying around here, maybe I can try to market at least some of that stuff.
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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 09:18 pm
Here's an extremely well done animated trailer for a YA book. Looks fascinating:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - book trailer

And I just read that the book was written after an idea by Siobhan Dowd, who wrote The London Eye Mystery which is just a wonderful book! I'd been meaning to rec it here, too. Dowd sadly died recently, before she could finish this book. (If anybody read A Monster Calls, don't spoil me; I plan to read it.)

and a climbing clip:
Awesome Ninja Warrior Bedroom
Sometimes I regret I no longer live in a room with a slanted ceiling. It would've been just perfect for a home bouldering wall.
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 12:02 am
18 Homes That Belong In A Fairytale

I could lose myself in those pictures. I believe at least some of these are actual homes people live in.
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Monday, December 3rd, 2012 07:31 pm
This is all kinds of cool: The Hawkeye Initiative redraws absurd superheroine poses with Hawkeye.

art by curseofthefanartlords on tumblr

I hope some comics artists out there take a look at those, do some quality introspection, and remember them next time they set out to draw a comic panel with a woman in it...

Link to the Hawkeye Initiative's tumblr, with many more spine-breaking poses.
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Monday, November 12th, 2012 12:15 pm
Today's xkcd is awesome: Up Goer Five. A blueprint of a rocket ship, explained using only the thousand most common words in the English language. ('Computer' is one of them while 'thousand' isn't. Huh.)

via [community profile] disobey_gravity: Interview with Tomoko Ogawa, first woman to boulder 8B+. At the bottom of the article there's a video clip of her climb. Hardcore! At some point it looks like she's hanging from the cave ceiling by just pinching a tiny bit of rock between her fingers.
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 02:22 pm
Stained Glass Window Style Fantasy Illustrations by Jian Guo

So intricate. So COOL. You can stare at them and lose yourself in the details. He has one for The Avengers, too.

The site gave me an error message when I tried it yesterday, so check it out while the link works.
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 10:43 pm
A few art recs today...
Just popped up on my friends list: Preview of Avengers #1 with art by Jerome Opeña... Only pencils so far; looks good!

Featured on [livejournal.com profile] kidpix today: How to Find Flower Fairies with art by Cicely Mary Barker
A pop-up book so pretty, I went straight to Amazon and ordered one for myself. *
(Here's a link to the English version on Amazon.com

(*I want to create a pop-up book myself and books like this one are a great inspiration. I have an idea and a plot all ready to go; I'm planning to take time off to work on the concept, once my current projects are done.)

Also seen on [livejournal.com profile] kidpix: Scans from "The Art of How to Train Your Dragon". A lot of scans! Looks like they scanned half the book. Interesting concept art in various styles.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 01:32 pm
Yesterday's xkcd is downright epic: Click and Drag

Enable javascript, start clicking, dragging and exploring.
I explored only a tiny part of the world and then I resorted to this cheat map. The world is huge, man. :)

(note: These links, especially the second one, need some healthy RAM and a decent web connection.)
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 12:05 am
Alright, it's June 10th in my timezone which means I can finally post my art for [livejournal.com profile] casestory. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. :)

Made for a Batman fic featuring Batman and the Riddler, which is going to be posted a week from now. I'll make sure to link it once it's up. (I would've recced the fic even if I hadn't been the illustrator.)

Fandom: Batman
Fic title: Riddle me this
Author(s): [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58
Genre: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Medium: artist pens and black marker/watercolor
art behind the cut )
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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 12:04 pm
I just found out via [livejournal.com profile] tinnny that the new scrapbook did some unwanted changes to some of the settings in the transfer: pics that were locked to a custom group are now private. (Other than that, I'm actually very happy with the changes for once. Scrapbook is much more user friendly than before.)

I've started to go through the files and took the opportunity to make them public; these were locked at the time because the books in question weren't in the catalogues yet. Some kids book illustrations under the cut )

The sweetest word in the German language: Steuerrückerstattung (tax refund). :O)
I found it interesting how much longer it took to get my tax assessment notice, the one time they actually owed me money and not vice versa.

If you want to see Scarlett Johansson calling a journalist on a sexist question: Youtube link
She had to do that a lot over the course of the interviews and I'm glad she's up to the task. It can't be fun and she's handling it with style, and maybe one or two of these journalists will take it to heart and *think* the next time they do an interview. It's so annoying (not suprising but still disappointing) to see her collegues being asked questions about their character's inner journey, while she gets questions about diets and underwear. WTF, Hollywood.
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Friday, April 6th, 2012 12:00 pm
Looking at the art of Ivan Bilibin I feeling inspired. I was experimenting with a more decorative style of illustration in art school and I felt it was really up my alley, just it never fits with the projects I work on so I lost sight of it over the years.

But I really want to try to experiment with my style more. I don't want my art to grow stale.
I scanned a few pages from the days of yore... Read more... )

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Thursday, March 15th, 2012 06:48 pm
Digital Illustration Tutorial by [deviantart.com profile] jdillon82 (17 pages, pdf for download)
I'm still trying to get the hang of digital illustration and this tutorial, on first readthrough, seems to offer a lot of useful advice.

last-minute addendum, because in honor of the Hermione/Leslie race [personal profile] thingswithwings wrote crossover fic.
In which Leslie is the first female president of the US and Hermione is her liaison to the wizard world.
Diplomatic Relations (Parks and Recreation/Harry Potter)
Leslie/Hermione; rating: M for makeouts; 4459 words
Summary: Five days after her inauguration, President Knope receives a visitor.

FMM finale: Leslie Knope vs Donna Noble \o/
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Monday, March 5th, 2012 06:47 pm
art: Vineyard of leyend by [deviantart.com profile] Dumaker

This is a cool piece of art - a photo of some dry, gnarly wood with just a few parts painted over, to result in what is unmistakably a scene from Don Quijote. The transition from painting to photo is so smooth that you can't tell. And it looks gorgeous.
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Monday, February 20th, 2012 12:35 pm
[deviantart.com profile] toerning wrote an interesting post about DA's Insular Taste Phenomenon and the development of an artist's taste along with their artistic abilities.

The thing is, I have yet to see a "Draw This Again!" meme that makes any notable changes to composition, content, or impact of the work. Is a person's ability to draw more convincing clothing folds or a more roguish grin evidence of what they have accomplished in their last two+ years of artistic development? This is a matter of taste, and we are limiting ourselves.
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Saturday, February 11th, 2012 01:04 am
for [livejournal.com profile] simboo's prompt: Ronon in Ancient Greek Battle Dress/War Uniform. larger images behind the cut )


Looks like I'm not getting all my lj-notifications. How annoying.
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Friday, February 10th, 2012 11:44 pm
Mandelbulber Gallery
A gallery of 3D fractal landscapes that take my imagination onto some distant planet. Totally fascinating and really beautiful - there are structures that look like they're grown organically, and highly technical ones, and planetscapes that look like they're made of molten metal. I bookmarked that site in case I ever need inspiration for some alien background scenery. :)

I have no idea how exactly that program works. (I mean, in theory I know how fractals work but looking at these pics I find it hard to imagine that these bizarre structures can be the result of mathematical calculations!) Anyway, Mandelbulber is open source; available for download at the link above. No idea how much computer power it needs though.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 11:31 pm
fanart: Chell and GLaDOS by azure-star (Portal 2)

Very atmospheric art, beautiful composition and lighting.

I love the fashion history meme. I'm having fun and at the same time learning much more about fashion history than by just studying books.

And I now have an idea for the next square on Fight Bingo. :) Prolly start sketching that while it's still fresh in my mind.