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Interesting-looking link I ran across on Tumblr: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/06/30/10-little-known-natural-home-remedies-from-ancient-greece/

and then

2. Tomatoes For Prostate Cancer Prevention
The ancient Greeks believed that eating a tomato a day would lessen the chances of men developing prostate cancer.


Since tomatoes come from the Americas, I ... no. Unless 1700 is "ancient Greece" now. Somehow this makes me a smidge skeptical about the whole list.

Salzgitter Revisited

Jun. 30th, 2016 17:41
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Very proud and exited to announce: the Salzgitter AG project continues. So I put on my safety boots, my high visibility jacket and my helmet to meet old friends again…

Ich bin sehr stolz mitteilen zu können das das Salzgitter AG Projekt weiter geht. So habe ich meine Sicherheitsschuhe wieder angezogen, meine Leuchtweste und Helm aus dem Schrank geholt, und mich auf die Suche nach alten Freunden gemacht…


5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by

Popcorn and Churro Vendor

Jun. 30th, 2016 12:19
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Posted by James Gurney


Last night I painted a popcorn vendor in Montréal using gouache—mostly transparently. 

I knew the light would rapidly change as dusk settled, so I tried to anticipate where it was headed, and pick an ideal moment when the scene was saturated in cool twilight, with the popcorn and churro box lights rising in contrast.

I'm here for the Syn Studio "Gathering of Masters," a group-taught workshop on concept art.

Gumroad Tutorial: Gouache in the Wild

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Arrgh! yet again I am literally seven pages from the end of my book and my commute ended before I was able to read them! And I now have way more thoughts I probably won't be able to articulate than I did yesterday about the book. *hands*

Last night, L. and I went out for a spur of the moment dinner at Landmarc since it's right near my office (I was working late), and I had never been there. The burgers and fries were good (though I was hoping for a more shoestring style fry, personally), but the appetizer was excellent - mozzarella and ricotta fritters. I am always up for fried cheese, and this was a particularly good variation on the theme. And we had a really nice bottle of wine - White Haven Sauvignon Blanc. Very citrusy, which I like in my sauv blanc. And not too terribly overpriced, I guess, considering it cost the same as four glasses of sangria would have.

I have two graduation parties this weekend, so I'll be out on the island, and I don't know yet if I'll get to come home Sunday night (unlikely but possible) or if I have to wait for Monday morning. Personally I prefer not to travel on actual holidays, but Easter wasn't terrible on the LIRR, so hopefully the Fourth will be okay too. It's just taking up my whole holiday weekend, which I am of course grumpy about. Sigh.

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A formal complaint

Jun. 30th, 2016 15:53
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Let's face it, the producers/headwriters of this show called "British Politics" have finally lost it. They suck. There's such a thing as shades of grey characterisation and flawed characters, sure, but they still need to be believable. Look, we'd have gotten the point about how that lame Francis Urquart wannabe, Boris Johnson, just was after power already. But leading a breaking Europe campaign so he could be PM, with the plan being that the vote doesn't actually go through, that's already over the top. Now his face at the first public appearance when the vote actually went Breaking Europe, that said it all, that was good tv. However, him quitting the resulting Tory leadership contest because he really doesn't want to deal with the resulting mess, that's just too much of a caricature.

Speaking of caricatures: what's with the Michael Gove characterisation? He already was set up to defy belief with his stanning for World War I and blaming WWI's bad public image on Blackadder, while being minister for education, no less. Did we really need that "we don't need no stinking experts" appearance? That's just a lame imitation of the main villain in the overseas spin-off. Cut it down, please.

But where the show has really lost the plot is this: downer episodes of apocalyptic dimensions are all very well, but then we need someone to rally. Where's the subsequent episode where the Labour people use the golden opportunity to denounce the government party who is responsible for the unholy mess? Where's the part where one of them, preferably the head of the party, uses departing villain Cameron's first appearance in Parliament after the Brexitocalypse to eviscerate him and the party he represents verbally? Instead, you give us Labour busy eviscarating itself, all of them screaming at each other how vile they were, no one giving an airtime minute of criticism directed at the Tories. And when Cameron - CAMERON - tells the supposed head of the good guys that he needs to quit, there's not even the teensiest weensiest reminder on the part of our hero that if Cameron had quit ages ago and had devoted himself to the joys of necroporkophilia in private, the current mess might not be happening at all. Nor does anyone else point this is out. Too busy with the infighting. I suspect the scriptwriter of this episode to be a secret Tory itching to spread the incompetent leftists stereotype, except for the part where the conservatives are made to look just as incompetent, and craven to boot. (Again: Boris' disappearance act.)

In conclusion: fire those writers and producers. And the cast as well. This show needs a complete overhaul.
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Fandom: The Eagle of the Ninth
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus and Esca
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: SeanHe gallery on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Sneaking in one last "Eagle" artwork as it's still June in many places around the globe. This is a great painting of them both, on horseback. I love the light and the storm clouds in the sky, how Marcus is wrapped around Esca, probably keeping each other warm, and how happy they both look. This pic is a reblog on one of Sean He's friend's tumblrs - tried to find it elsewhere, but no luck. Click through a couple of times to see it full size - it's well worth it. Above is a link to SeanHe's gallery on deviantart where there's another nice Marcus & Esca pic in a different style. 
Link: Marcus and Esca
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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling comments on Ilvermorny & Hogwarts Houses, Sorting polls available now.
• J.K. Rowling reveals her North America's Ilvermorny school House after sorting.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
•Tom Felton Gemma Chan in first trailer for action thriller 'Stratton'.
•Daniel Radcliffe in new poster for 'Imperium', in U.S. theaters August 19.
•James & Oliver Phelps attending Harry Potter: The Exhibition opening in Brussels.
•Matt Lewis and Dobby, Happy Birthday!.
•Daniel Radcliffe would consider return to Harry Potter depending 'on the script'. (Also brought to our attention by [personal profile] germankitty)

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
•J.K. Rowling & Eddie Redmayne to attend 'Fantastic Beasts' Lumos screening in NYC.
•David Yates, Katherine Waterston & Alison Sudol discuss 'Fantastic Beasts' casting.
• David Yates says second 'Fantastic Beasts' story done, JK Rowling has ideas for third.

Pottermore News:
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren offers to teach at Ilvermorny.
Ilvermorny Sorting Ceremony on Pottermore!.
The Founding of Ilvermorny.

Communities:
[profile] hp_darkarts posted Mod Post: Upcoming Fest and Leviosa Roundtable.
[personal profile] severus_snape posted Posting Delay.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[personal profile] hprarefest posted the 2016 Anonymous Masterlist.
[personal profile] severus_snape posted the 2016 Summer of Severus Comment Fest, Week 1 Round-Up.

Fandom Recs:
[profile] too_dle_oo recced two Severus/Hermione fics (PG-13 & M).
[profile] jax_withoutmoon recced one Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[personal profile] gracerene recced Multi-ships art & fics.
[profile] carpemermaid recced one Sirius/Remus/Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[profile] melodyssister recced one Severus, Lily fic (PG-13).
[profile] westkitsune recced one Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[personal profile] madeleone recced one Severus/Hermione fic (NC-17).

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet posted Sunday 26th June 2016.
[personal profile] smirkingcat posted Monday Resources VIII.
[community profile] hd_prophet posted Wednesday, 29 June 2016.

General Fandom News:
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Call for Leviosa fashion show participants.
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Posting flyers at Leviosa - ONLY IN COMMON ROOM.
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SnitchSeeker's 'Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault' book global giveaway!
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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling comments on Ilvermorny & Hogwarts Houses, Sorting polls available now.
• J.K. Rowling reveals her North America's Ilvermorny school House after sorting.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
•Tom Felton Gemma Chan in first trailer for action thriller 'Stratton'.
•Daniel Radcliffe in new poster for 'Imperium', in U.S. theaters August 19.
•James & Oliver Phelps attending Harry Potter: The Exhibition opening in Brussels.
•Matt Lewis and Dobby, Happy Birthday!.
•Daniel Radcliffe would consider return to Harry Potter depending 'on the script'. (Also brought to our attention by [personal profile] germankitty

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
•J.K. Rowling & Eddie Redmayne to attend 'Fantastic Beasts' Lumos screening in NYC.
•David Yates, Katherine Waterston & Alison Sudol discuss 'Fantastic Beasts' casting.
• David Yates says second 'Fantastic Beasts' story done, JK Rowling has ideas for third.

Pottermore News:
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren offers to teach at Ilvermorny.
Ilvermorny Sorting Ceremony on Pottermore!.
The Founding of Ilvermorny.

Communities:
[profile] hp_darkarts posted Mod Post: Upcoming Fest and Leviosa Roundtable.
[personal profile] severus_snape posted Posting Delay.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[personal profile] hprarefest posted the 2016 Anonymous Masterlist.
[personal profile] severus_snape posted the 2016 Summer of Severus Comment Fest, Week 1 Round-Up.

Fandom Recs:
[profile] too_dle_oo recced two Severus/Hermione fics (PG-13 & M).
[profile] jax_withoutmoon recced one Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[personal profile] gracerene recced Multi-ships art & fics.
[profile] carpemermaid recced one Sirius/Remus/Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[profile] melodyssister recced one
Severus, Lily
fic (PG-13).
[profile] westkitsune recced one Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[personal profile] madeleone recced one Severus/Hermione fic (NC-17).

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet posted Sunday 26th June 2016.
[personal profile] smirkingcat posted Monday Resources VIII.
[community profile] hd_prophet posted Wednesday, 29 June 2016.

General Fandom News:
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Call for Leviosa fashion show participants.
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Posting flyers at Leviosa - ONLY IN COMMON ROOM.
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Literacy programs at Leviosa, Henderson Library.
SnitchSeeker's 'Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault' book global giveaway!
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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling comments on Ilvermorny & Hogwarts Houses, Sorting polls available now.
• J.K. Rowling reveals her North America's Ilvermorny school House after sorting.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
•Tom Felton Gemma Chan in first trailer for action thriller 'Stratton'.
•Daniel Radcliffe in new poster for 'Imperium', in U.S. theaters August 19.
•James & Oliver Phelps attending Harry Potter: The Exhibition opening in Brussels.
•Matt Lewis and Dobby, Happy Birthday!.
•Daniel Radcliffe would consider return to Harry Potter depending 'on the script'. (Also brought to our attention by [personal profile] germankitty

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
•J.K. Rowling & Eddie Redmayne to attend 'Fantastic Beasts' Lumos screening in NYC.
•David Yates, Katherine Waterston & Alison Sudol discuss 'Fantastic Beasts' casting.
• David Yates says second 'Fantastic Beasts' story done, JK Rowling has ideas for third.

Pottermore News:
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren offers to teach at Ilvermorny.
Ilvermorny Sorting Ceremony on Pottermore!.
The Founding of Ilvermorny.

Communities:
[profile] hp_darkarts posted Mod Post: Upcoming Fest and Leviosa Roundtable.
[personal profile] severus_snape posted Posting Delay.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[Unknown site tag] posted the 2016 Anonymous Masterlist.
[personal profile] severus_snape posted the 2016 Summer of Severus Comment Fest, Week 1 Round-Up.

Fandom Recs:
[profile] too_dle_oo recced two Severus/Hermione fics (PG-13 & M).
[profile] jax_withoutmoon recced one Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[personal profile] gracerene recced Multi-ships art & fics.
[profile] carpemermaid recced one Sirius/Remus/Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[profile] melodyssister recced one
Severus, Lily
fic (PG-13).
[profile] westkitsune recced one Harry/Draco fic (NC-17).
[personal profile] madeleone recced one Severus/Hermione fic (NC-17).

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet posted Sunday 26th June 2016.
[personal profile] smirkingcat posted Monday Resources VIII.
[community profile] hd_prophet posted Wednesday, 29 June 2016.

General Fandom News:
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Call for Leviosa fashion show participants.
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Posting flyers at Leviosa - ONLY IN COMMON ROOM.
[profile] leviosa2016 posted Literacy programs at Leviosa, Henderson Library.
SnitchSeeker's 'Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault' book global giveaway!
.


Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

San Diego Comic-Con

Jun. 30th, 2016 00:00
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Posted by Donato

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 (Allen William's booth to the right)
by Donato

The San Diego Comic-Con International is coming up in three weeks and the summer/fall convention season is beginning to gather steam.  From San Diego you can move onto GenCon, WorldCon (World Science Fiction Con), DragonCon, IlluxCon, New York ComicCon and World Fantasy - just to name a few of the heavy hitters.  You are guaranteed to run into scores of professionals, artists and art directors alike at any of these events as well as hang with serious fans of the genres numbering into the thousands.

Stephan Martiniere's walls are blank because he sold all of his large framed prints!
Over the years I have met and made friends with a wide range of attendees, and created deep lasting bonds with fellow professionals like Stephan Martiniere, Cathy and Arnie Fenner, Dylan Cole, Greg Hildebrandt, and Kirk Thatcher to name but a few.  Others I have been lucky enough to shake their hands and begin to know them better - John Howe, Roger Dean, Joe Haldeman, Moebius and George R.R. Martin.  The list is huge, and all began because I attend these events first and foremost as a fan.

Signing the 2015 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar with George R.R. Martin in San Diego
Being sincere about what you are interested in and love will trump any need to be a completely 'successful' professional to engage in compelling conversation before the eyes of other professionals.  I know I would much rather talk with an excited and educated fan or young talent than feel the pressure to look at someones work, pro or amateur, who is trying too hard to 'make it' at that event.  There is so much more to a convention than just making sales/acquiring work in the moment.


Here are a few thoughts on how I approach a show like San Diego Comic-Con, which will be my 18th straight appearance this July.


I typically bring a wide range of materials to a convention/tournament event.  This includes not only artwork and items for sales, but images which I feel are major, recent pieces and offer insight into my aesthetics and direction where I am proceeding in my art.  

Booth at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
I avoid bringing weak pieces to an event, as these impact negatively on the perception of my body of work.  Not to say I never miss the mark, but I prefer not to have that work out in a public forum.  With that in mind, I do not attend events to only focus upon sales/recouping my expenses.  I look at a convention as a gallery exhibition, I am there to make a statement, to show accomplishments and themes with the art.  

Justin Sweet at IlluxCon in Allentown
I am also at a convention to socialize and make myself available to other fans, professionals and artists. I tend to not focus upon sales and intensive sketching, locking me into place, seated, disengaged.  I prefer to keep open and be willing to engaged in discussion on various topics and enjoying the moment.  Check out Justin Sweet here and how he is painting so he can face outward and engage anyone who comes by his booth.  Brilliant!

To facilitate open discussions, I often have an assistant at events like the San Diego Comic-Con, Spectrum Live, and Illuxcon.  As you can imagine this is wonderful help for sales, as assistants can handle a transaction while I am in heated conversation. But they can over cover my back side so much – most fans would prefer my signature than my assistants’! 

2015 IlluxCon in Allentown Art Museum

As for specifics, my booth involves numerous logistics beginning with a complex back exhibition wall, display structures, print racks, tables, and signage typically taking 2-3 hours to set up. Items for sale at this coming Comic-Con convention ranged from $5 oversized Magic Print Cards (set of three),  to $25 - $60 giclee prints, $30 books, $45 DVD's,  $100-$1200 original drawings, and lastly $750 - $9,000 original framed oil paintings.  I offer something at nearly any price point, and I have numerous free postcards and brochures for even the cashless attendee.  I make sure that if you like my art, you can take home an experience with it, or with me.

Bob Self's Baby Tattoo at San Diego Comic-Con

linkspam enjoys working from home

Jun. 29th, 2016 21:05
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[personal profile] cofax7
I love this story: a woman just won one of the most badass endurance races around.

The Atlantic has been doing some great work on reproductive justice recently. Here is a thread of women telling their stories about abortions and miscarriages. The takeaway: people are different, their circumstances are different, and women should be able to make these decisions for themselves.

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We should not listen to people who promise to make Mars safe for human habitation, until we have seen them make Oakland safe for human habitation. We should be skeptical of promises to revolutionize transportation from people who can't fix BART, or have never taken BART. And if Google offers to make us immortal, we should check first to make sure we'll have someplace to live. Maciej Ceglowski, aka that guy who founded Pinboard, at the Society for the Advancement of SocioEconomics annual meeting.

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The NYT asked Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie to write a story for the election. Oh, so she did. Wow.

So how many nicknames do we have for The Donald? He, Trump (Charlie Pierce); The Vulgar Talking Yam (also Charlie Pierce, I think?); the Tangerine Demagogue; Cheeto Jesus; Orange Julius Caesar… what else?

OK, this is beyond belief. Seriously?

If you want to keep your eye on the endgame, the 538 forecast tool is up.

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Somewhere in the Scullyfic archives is my epic rant about the movie Cliffhanger (ptuie!). This article here tells the true story behind that movie. Oh, so 1970s.

Just because Free State of Jones is based on a true story doesn't mean it's not another White Savior Narrative.

Speaking of movies, remember the way Steve Rogers first met Sam Wilson? Yeah, it makes no sense at all. Heh.

JKR's identified the location of Ilvermorny School -- "high" atop Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. Which is amusing, because Mt Greylock just ain't that tall. But it is in a lovely part of the state. I am prepared to be entertained by how it will be portrayed in the new movie. (Or, frankly, in the new story: there are no "surrounding mountains" near Plymouth, Massachusetts! Sigh.)

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You've probably already seen this, but Carvell Wallace's essay about the Green Book over on the Toast is also about history and family and home and gentrification and the loss of the past. (And also about how awesome local historians are.)

I'm really sad about the departure of The Toast, even though I only ever commented a few times. I hope the Toasties find each other in other, safe, communities. I will certainly miss Two Monks and Women in Art History!

I'm back

18 Jun. 29th, 2016 19:16
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Jun. 29th, 2016 18:04
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1. So that was A Month And A Half. It was mostly fun, but hopefully I can start getting back into a sort of a routine that involves not being behind on nearly everything. Except that two staff members - 20% of the total staff - are leaving my workplace, so *work* will not be back to routine anytime soon. Sigh. Also I have four con-txt panels to prep for and I want to maybe sell crafts and do some easy cosplays too? We shall see.

2. Part of that Month And A Half is that there are cats here now! I have been trying to post a-cat-a-day at [tumblr.com profile] thingskittiesdontneed - they are mostly crappy phone shots, but hey, kitties.

3. Also I finished another original story! In very early draft, still haven't revised anything, etc. etc. but now I have finished the three stories I started last year thinking they'd each be a simple 5000 words! This latest one is about librarians who fight evil by increasing access to information, because you should write the stories you want to see in the world, right? It is currently 14,000 words. Out of a planned 5000. (NEVER make a monkey's paw wish that you could write longer stories. just sayin'.)

4. In good news, I am really improving in my cardio workout, who needs Zombies, Run! when you can just turn on NPR for the same effect, amirite.

5. So when I just want to read some nice, comforting slash fic and don't really care what, I turn to Pinboard's popular-with-fandom pages. Not as good as the old Del.icio.us popular pages, but serviceable as long as you aren't picky.

Pinboard's page is filtered by people who voluntarily ID as fans, rather than by tag, though, so you often get non-fannish stuff on there. Mostly net-wide-trending longreads and web industry stuff (because pinboard's main demographic is infotech professionals.) Sometimes I skim down the page and get the two kinds of links mixed up, though, so here for your enjoyment are the current non-fic pinboard links that really should be fic:

"On The Moral Economy of Tech"
(probably a Tony Stark story lbr)

"The Reluctant Memoirist"
(Could be any fandom but I'm leaning toward Harry/Draco.)

"Life as a Robot"
(This is probably a hockey AU? I'm honestly surprised there aren't AO3 results for this already.)

"anime.js"
(Weeaboo AU, pick your fandom.)

"My Four Months As A Private Prison Guard"
(This is either shameless porn or it's a post-CA:CW longfic...or both)

"Type Anything"
(Could be any fandom really! Probably a juggernaut pairing feelgood AU.)

"Hamburger Menus and Hidden Navigation"
(DEFINITELY road trip fic, not sure what fandom though.)

"MarkSheet: a free HTML and CSS tutorial"
(Old Social Network porn that somehow floated back up to the top.)

"How To Build A Word Counter App"
(Probably dirty talk pwp? Probably PoI?)

"Medium’s team did everything”
(Not actually sure so this is probably a small fandom I've never read before.)

"Getting Started With Raspberry Pi"
(Probably Check Please! Might be about Bitty and the frogs rather than slashfic though.)

"The Feynman Technique"
(IDK, probably scientist slash in some super-geeky SF fandom. Pac Rim? The Martian?)

"how to cheer up a grumpy hedgehog"
(hi there Sherlock fandom it's been awhile)

"How to Steal An Election"
(I think I may be currently writing this fic...)

"Casual Sex: Everyone is Doing It"
(hahah. um. Avengers teamfic, you think? Probably Avengers teamfic, pic your pairings, but definitely a lot of snarky Cap.)
turlough: the Doctor looking thoughtful, the First Doctor adventure 'The Gunfighters' ((dr who) in the beginning)
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Master (Roger Delgado)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: oil pastels?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] jossujb / [tumblr.com profile] jossujb

Why this piece is awesome: I love this portrait of the best Master of them all in an unusually thoughtful mood. It's so strong and expressive.

Link: Coffee break Master (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
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Attention Harry Potter fans! [personal profile] kouredios, who lives in the town where Mount Greylock is located (you know, the place where JK Rowling has now located Ilvermorny, the North American school of Witchcraft and Wizardry), has posted a terrific post full of things to know about that place, in case anyone wants to, oh, I don't know, write fic set there or something. ::grin::
musesfool: "You think you know Nightwing. You don't know Dick." (you don't know dick)
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Ugh. Work. My 'vacation' this summer is a week dad-sitting while my brother and his family go to Hilton Head, and part of me is annoyed about it (though less so now with the specter of moving possibly not hovering over me and waking me up in a panic at 4 am) and part of me is pining for a week of not being here dealing with picayune bullshit caused because people don't understand how a mail merge works. I mean, at least Dom has a pool in the backyard and decent wifi. *hands*

Anyway! Reading!

What I've just finished
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer, which I definitely enjoyed even though I had a hard time keeping track of the various jihadi groups that splintered and renamed themselves etc. The one thing I wish it had included was pictures of the manuscripts. And more detailed maps. You can never have too many maps in a book, imo. I am just saying.

Darth Vader #22, which, aside from the Aphra stuff, I don't think I understood at all? Idek.

Grayson Annual #3. Oh Dick. This was fun - I especially liked Harley's part - but I docked it at least 1/2 a star because ugh, Azrael. Why? WHY?

In other comics news, [personal profile] newredshoes linked to this article on Comics Alliance about the current differences between comics creators and the influx of new fans created by the movies etc.: Where Have All The Good Men Gone And Where Are All The Gods? Reflections On The Rifts In Superhero Fandom by Andrew Wheeler. (I guess he wanted to earworm everyone. Heh.) It's a good read.

What I'm reading now
Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angélica Gorodischer (translated by Ursula K. Le Guin), which is beautifully written (translated?) and a joy to read in the sense that the sentences are beautifully constructed and the stories are interesting, but I'm not sure I'm getting what the point is? I don't know. Also, possibly I am a terrible person, but I keep hearing the Jane the Virgin Latin Lover Narrator as the storyteller (even though the storytellers are not the same in each story). Maybe I just want Anthony Mendez to read everything to me! You don't know me! Ahem.

What I'm reading next
*hands* I did just get The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passan for $1.99 for kindle, so maybe that? I don't know. Given the Mets' recent troubles, it seems timely.

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Posted by James Gurney

Charley Parker Lines and Colors reviewed Portraits in the Wild yesterday. Here's an excerpt:
"His latest instructional video takes on the rarely mentioned but important concept of painting Portraits in the Wild. While it may seem to be a specialized approach, in that sketching people on location is more common than creating paintings of people on location, the subject has broader applications than are evident at first glance. 
Gurney’s instructional videos are often multi-leveled — conveying information about painting and the artistic process in ways both overt and subtle. What is on the surface a specific challenge of painting people on location carries insights into materials, techniques and artistic decision making that is applicable to a much broader range of subjects.”
Read the whole review on Lines and Colors
All the DVDs direct from the manufacturer's warehouse

Sky-Dragon

Jun. 29th, 2016 06:46
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Posted by Ejsing

-By Jesper Ejsing


Here is a dragon painting I did together with Even Mehl Amundsen.   It is for packaging of Protective sleeves by Arcane Tinmen. This is only the first of many dragons Even and I did for them.

The process was quite fun, and not very organized. I did a rough sketch of a dragon gliding through the air. My idea for this one was a dragon that never lands. The legs are small and almost gone. The wings neck and especially the tail is long and aero dynamic. I gave it a huge fin-like ridge, to make the mind think of a sail fish gliding in the water.

thumb sketch

Then Even took over and refined the sketch. He added values and details and cleared up all the rough unclear areas where I, to be honest had no idea what was happening, and then he gave it back. I was surprised with the more scale-like face, almost like a bone/dinosaur face. In my mind the dragon had a slick skin, like  a dolphin, but even apparently saw something else. It is great to be put out of your ideas and have to go with the ideas of someone else. I pushed the smile of the mouth and added loose skin and texture. To be able to be used for packaging the image needed a whole lot of background: Even if the actual front is only the cropped dragon face and wings, the wrap around of the box forced us to do a lot of sky and clouds.

roughed in cloudscape

I wanted to jump some fences here and slashed down some clouds with a cloud brush. It dawned on me that I would have to render these clouds a lot and it would take forever. I tied to do a Radial Blur of the sky just to blur it up before rendering, but was really surprised at how much motion it gave to the flying of the dragon, AND the background seemed almost done. A couple of more minutes of rendering and it was done. because of the big empty area of sky we suggested to the Arcane Tinmen that they should perhaps consider doing this image, and the rest to follow, as playmats also. They were super happy about the idea and we only noticed late rthat this would ofcause mean a lot more work for us...dammit.

But the pictures are better that way. "So Jesper, Stop complaining and do some dragons."
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And two movies in French:

Nous Trois Our Rien, directed by Kheiron: autobiographical movie about the director's father and mother, in which he also acts and plays his father, Hibat, who first was an activist against the Shah - which got him 7 years in prison and plenty of torture -, and then against Khomeini & Co., at which point he and his wife Fereshteh left the country. They end up in the Parisian Banlieues in which they manage, through a decade of hard social work, turn one of the most dangerous and neglected suburbs into a thriving multicultural community (which posts of the fewest votes for Front National anywhere in the department, as the director told us in the Q & A later.

Despite being set in Persia/Iran for two thirds, the movie is entirely in French, and while I'm shamefully rusty, I got some of the jokes before the subtitles told me. This movie manages to include some deadly serious subjects (oppression in two different regimes, resistance, torture, exile) and yet be a really funny comedy without belittling the enormity of what happens. It's also a family story, and Habit's wife, Fereshtre, is the opposite of the looking-in-fear-at-her-man cliché of wifes of rebels (who aren't depicted as gun-totting warriors). (She also gets a job as a social worker before he does. For that matter, Habit is also the opposite of a lot of clichés about rebels and revolutionaries. He's not angry and ranting and smashing things in frustration, but soft spoken, witty yet unrelenting. When he refuses to eat the cake the prisoners are offered at the Shah's birthday, which gets him months of isolation cell and beatings, he does so without big rethorical fanfares. He just does it. (Incidentally, the Shah shows up in this movie, as a comedy dictator. Khomeini, otoh, is presented via newsclips instead of being played by an actor.) And when Habit and Fereshtre have crossed the mountains from Iran to Turkey and turn around to look at their country for the last time, it's a big moment, but not because there is a speech; Kheiron as an actor trusts himself and his fellow actress Leila Bekhti to get across what they feel.

Because of the anti-immigration, anti-multicultural feeling on the rise in so many countries in and out of Europe right now, such a film - which ends, among other things, as an example of what the papers deem "successful integration"; Habit and Fereshtre have become part of a new community, which itself consists of many immigrants or descendants of same, of Arab and Morrocan origin - is more than timely, as one woman in the audience observed when during the Q & A she stood up to thank the director for this. But even in a better time, it would be a film worth watching. The humor and the affection the characters have for each other pulls you through the hardships, and the result is something I definitely hope will be released soon over here.

La Mort de Louis XIV, directed by Albert Serra: this, otoh, is a movie I probably won't watch again. Not because it was bad, mind: it was superbly photographed and acted, and I get the philosophical point: the process of dying in old age, which hits the most powerful man of his era just the same (only not, as a poor man would not get dozens of doctors and servants), the fantastic palace he built for himself reduced to a chamber that starts to stink of his gangrene leg. Legendary French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud returned to the screen for this movie, and there is that meta dimension you always get when an old man and living legend who could die at any point plays an old man dying (who also was legendary in a different way). But still, this draaaaaaags so much. Which is part of the point, I get it. But it doesn't make it easier to watch for me. I love my share of "slow" movies. This isn't one of them.

Maybe it's also a matter of wrong expectations: after the short summary in the program, I expected to see scheming courtiers while Louis is dying, and scheming courtiers in Versailles usually are very entertaining. But no; you only have some rivalries between doctors (and the main doctor, Fagon, versus the main valet who seems to never get to sleep as he has to be on call for Louis through the agonizingly slow days of dying all the time), but no power plays, and very little verbal fencing. (In fact I can remember only one such exchange. "As for the Doctors of the Sorbonne, I think Monsieur de Moliere has described them perfectly." "This is not the time to quote Molier, Dr. Fagon!") Verbally, it's more a competition between different actors of in how many different intonations - pleading, cajoling, pitying, fearing, etc. - the word "Sire" can be pronounced. Which is great for half an hour, but not two. The one point which got my imagination going was when Louis ordered papers from his father's day burned after having looked at them one last time. Clearly, these were letters between Aramis and his mother proving Louis' paternity.

One more, I get the point about death. But, you know: I Claudius, the tv version, did it more elegantly in five minutes, in the death of Augustus sequence, with Brian Blessed doing probably his finest acting entirely silent, the camera unrelentingly staying on his face while Livia tells him, off screen but very present through her voice, her version of the truth for the first time.

In conclusion: maybe watch it on a long intercontinental flight when you need to fall a sleep in a very cultural way.
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rose Quartz
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Watercolor
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] neonetta

Why this piece is awesome: A solemn, gorgeous Rose. The detailing and subtle color blending on the curls is lovely. Very old-school manga.

Link: Rose Quartz
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Temple Fusion
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital painting
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] JoanaTiago

Why this piece is awesome: A serious rendering of the rescue described in Historical Friction. The composition is intense -- you can practically feel the crashing of the ocean -- and the rendering of the Temple fusion is appropriately epic.

Link: The Giant woman will save the day

Squee!

Jun. 28th, 2016 15:32
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The Kickstarter is funded, with a week to go yet! Yesterday's update (with pictures of cover progress) and today's update. Thank you to everyone here who's backed me and signal-boosted the project; I'm so thrilled. :D (And also relieved, because I had been nervously fretting at the beginning that I set the goal too high, so actually managing to HIT the goal is the biggest relief you can imagine!)

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