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[personal profile] mirabile, I received your Get Well Soon flowers -- thank you so much! They cheered me up a lot today on my last day of recuperating at home, and will continue to do so at night.



(Feel free to click the thumbnail.)

Also, y'all, I love this show, especially this season: Killjoys up to & including 3x04 ''The Lion, The Witch, and the Warlords'' )

PEDTM: Day 25

Jul. 25th, 2017 21:55
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At last, a fairly quiet day! Had a nice early morning with Webster, then off to spend a few hours with Mother. We mostly sat and talked, though around noon I took her to the independent living part of her assisted living facility, to the cafe there. She had a chocolate milkshake and I had a bowl of (very good) tomato soup. Then we rolled around visiting places I hoped she would remember: the library she used to work in and the gift shop she used to keep the books for. She seemed to come in and out of the memories. Then we went to look at the door of her original apartment, where she lived for her first eleven years, and on a whim knocked on the door of her oldest friend, who was there. So we had a nice chat and plan to get together for lunch in a couple of weeks.

After we returned to her apartment and sat for a bit longer, I came home where I collapsed for a while. Never did practice my ukulele but I did play piano for about thirty minutes, and we worked in the yard despite the heat. When the sun went down enough we jumped in the pool to cool off.

Tomorrow the electrician is supposed to be here; fingers crossed.

Right now: sleep. I can barely keep my eyes open.

FMK #18: Writers of Color

Jul. 25th, 2017 19:11
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Last week's F win was a tie between The Dragon and the George and Goblin Quest. I am waffling over which one to pick. Goblin Quest had discussion in the comments, but on the other hand, reading it would break my unbroken streak of not having read any of the many Hines novels I own.

K winner was the Callahan. I am going to keep Callahan's Crosstime Saloon but this may be the nudge I needed to just drop the rest.


Anyway, this week's FMK theme is SF by Anglophone Writers of Color. We will pretend the reason it was tough to get a set of ten together for this is that when I get one of these it doesn't linger as long on the to-read pile. (Actually, it was tougher than I expected because finding out race for a lot of SF writers - especially older and more obscure ones - is not simple. There does not seem to be an easily accessible and accurate masterlist of SF Writers of Color out there. And at some point, for some of then, I found myself thinking that if they aren't interested in making their ancestry part of their public bio, I need to not be looking this hard. I never did figure out if Philip Jose Farmer is actually in any way Hispanic.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Butler, Delany, Hamilton, Hurston, Martinez, Mosley, Reynolds, Takei, White, Wilson )

FMK: Discount Armageddon

Jul. 25th, 2017 19:25
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Poll post coming soon! But first, I have finished Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire!

It was fun! I enjoyed it! The characters were great! Much like the other McGuire I have read, I felt like the more I thought about it, the less there there was there! (I can't think of a single piece of internal evidence other than Verity's word that it took place in Manhattan instead of, like, Columbus, Ohio. The Price-vs.-Covenant thing really doesn't work with the logistics that are set up in the book. Verity's main character note is that ballroom dance is the most important thing to her, she tells us this at least every fifth page, and yet at no point does she ballroom dance, even as practice. Etc.)

And I did really like the variety of cryptids and the cryptid community, but the "cryptozoologist" thing still bothers me, in that a cryptozoologist is a very specific thing situated in a very specific time and culture - it is not something like "witch" that has enough meanings with enough history you can basically go with whatever - and I would really really love to read an urban fantasy about cryptozoologists - and Verity Price is really really not one. (I mean, you could make a cool backstory about how the Prices and allies adopted the terminology ironically in the 60s to further distinguish themselves from the Covenant - or that Sanderson got himself in WAY over his head with a Price girl at some point and came out very confused, which is a fanfic I would definitely read - but she does not seem to be doing that.)

But! It is a urban fantasy in which ALL OF THE SEX IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY AND EXPLICITLY CONSENSUAL, and I didn't even know that was a thing that existed, so I will forgive it A LOT for being that. (I would also enjoy the fanfic about how Price family sex education includes a unit about how part of their mission is to introduce the urban fantasy community to the idea of "affirmative consent" which it had previously lacked entirely.)

I have Down Among The Sticks and Bones on its way from the library, but I have learned it is NOT about the Skeleton Girl (with that title how is it not about the Skeleton Girl?) so I find I am not that excited about it coming.
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Because my wife purchased it after watching the movie trailer, I too read the book, mostly in waiting rooms: A Wrinkle In Time )

I may pass on the follow-up books of the quartet (the ones I haven't read already), but I'm definitely looking forward to the movie, which looks visually stunning and well-cast.

Summer gratitudes

Jul. 25th, 2017 17:12
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1. I am making a new cucumber salad recipe, courtesy of an issue of Cook's Country that came to my hands. I think the trick of seeding and pre-slicing the cucumbers and letting them rest on a paper towel in the fridge for 20 minutes will indeed help keep the cucumbers crisp, and I flavored the salad with mint from my one garden bed. \o/!

2. One giant load of wash is in the dryer, another load of towels is in the wash, hallelujah.

3. I'm going to oven-roast salmon tonight, glazed with soy-sesame-miso-ginger-garlic and a smidge of maple syrup.

4. I had a morning of self-care (therapy followed by massage). My friendly neighborhood massage therapist tells me that she encounters a lot of people's necks and that they are not supposed to feel like corded steel cable. Well okay then. :-)

5. I got to have lunch with [personal profile] squirrelhaven, and will get to have dinner with [personal profile] sanj and [personal profile] kouredios. What a delightful day. :-)

How are y'all?

Der Bahnsteig

Jul. 25th, 2017 16:06
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After todays painting I will have to take another break, unfortunately, from my daily painting routine. I have to travel again, to sort out my late parents estate. A task I have been prolongating for far too long and for which every distraction was welcome.
But now is the time to make a start.

I hope to see you soon again.

Yours sincerely,
Edward

Nach dem heutigem Bild werde ich wieder eine Pause von meiner täglichen Arbeit einlegen müssen. Wieder werde ich verreisen, um mich um die Angelegenheiten meiner verstorbenen Eltern zu kümmern. Eine Aufgabe die ich lang vor mir hergeschoben habe, jede Verzögerung war recht. Aber nun ist die Zeit gekommen damit anzufangen.

Bis hoffentlich bald,

herzlichst,
Ihr Edward


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 email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale July 26th 2017 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 26. Juli 2017 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

Recs! Humor and Heartbreak

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:11
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I spent a good bit of time last Saturday writing this rec list up in Semagic. Sunday morning I did a last sweep and some final edits before calling it complete. Then opened a new file that I made some changes to and hit save-- which promptly saved over top of my completed rec list. Semagic has a weird save quirk that makes this possible when hopping between different files but I never remember that when I need to and I'll let you imgaine the swearing and clawing at face that proceeded, especially after I tried an immediate salvage of the file autosave and failed. So I then spent a good chunk of Sunday rewriting it from the scraps of memory. This time in Notepad ++ as all future posts will be drafted. *glares at Semagic icon*

ANYWAY, before all that excitement, when I first called up my rec tag shortlist, I realized I had over a dozen that were either Avengers/Captain America or Wonder Woman related (or, in one case, both), so I decided to run with those and give them their own list. These are heavy on the Steve, Bucky, and Diana, not surprisingly, along with two from Antiope's POV. They also feature significant appearances by Peggy, Tony, Pepper, Pietro, Wanda, Steve [Trevor], Donna Noble, and Bruce Wayne. Mostly fics as usual but one exceptional vid and a serendipitous art experiment also made their way in. There's 14 recs all together and the rec notes were written in order but you can, of course, pick and choose as you like. <3

ETA: The first couple of recs had a missing div coding error so they looked like one rec with the wrong title/link/author. That's been fixed now. :)

Onward to the Recs! )
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Now is the time to call your Senators. Yes, certain GOP senators are particularly critical, but honestly, call yours no matter who you are or where you live. This is about protecting Medicaid, the general healthcare infrastructure in this country, and also denying Trump a win so that GOP feels more compelled to boot him out. On every level, GOP attempts to repeal ACA must be fought.

And yes, even if you called before - call again.

Tom Kegler's Niagara

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:40
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Posted by James Gurney

Landscape painter Thomas Kegler recently completed a three-year project to paint a panorama of Niagara Falls. He documented the process on an instructional video with a running time of more than 8 hours. 

Thomas Kegler’s painting “Niagara, Psalms 84:11”

It's a big painting, more than 8 feet wide, and the video covers everything from the concept sketches to building the frame. Kegler produced it all, and he took time out to answer a few of my questions. 

J.G. What feelings went through you when you got close to Niagara Falls?

Thomas Kegler:
Having grown up near Niagara Falls and experienced it many times, I frankly was often turned off due to the commercialization and touristy atmosphere. As I embarked on this quest, I began to look at the Falls differently – through the lens of an artist. Once I was able to filter out the human distractions and focus on the majesty of this natural wonder, I was in utter awe. This especially hit home when I began the long-duration drawing and field paintings and got up close and personal with the Niagara River. The sounds, smells and sensations transfer you into a trance when you just sit and watch.



J.G. Do you think those feelings are different from those of someone 100 or 200 years ago?
T.K.  I think the feelings and emotions that Niagara can evoke are likely the same as they were back when the Hudson River School painters visited in the mid 1800s. In our modern society we are conditioned for immediate gratification sustained with a rapid paced life. Thus, it may take a bit more effort on our part to slow down and really experience what the Falls has to offer.


J.G. How did you deal with the precedent of Frederic Church's famous paintings of Niagara?
T.K.  Church had set the bar very high and I certainly was influenced by what he was able to capture. There was a part of me that at first was reluctant to take on this challenge. I intentionally chose a very different vantage, time of day, and emotional charge. This helped me design the painting with a fresh approach.



J.G. How did you decide on the length of the video?
T.K.  The amount of raw footage I had to work with was over 130 hours. My initial goal was to edit this down into a 5 hour video. Half way through the editing I realized that in order to convey all I intended, I did not want to limit the length of the film and jeopardize any pertinent information.

J.G. Were there aspects of the video-making process that turned out to be more difficult than you had anticipated?
T.K.  Since I self-produced the video, my most significant hurdle was to balance the emotional and spontaneous aspect of painting, along with the necessity of managing 4 running cameras. This meant that I would need to adjust each camera every 10 minutes as I moved across the canvas while painting. This took a great deal of diligence and patience to interrupt the creative act to deal with the cameras, and then get right back into it. I did hire some talented videographers to help occasionally, but the majority of the camera operation was overseen by me as I painted.

J.G. Thanks for mentioning me on disc 2! What did you make your maquette out of?
T.K.  The Maquette was made from foam, plaster gauze and acrylic paint.

J.G. You mentioned that you were inspired by Ruskin's view of God as manifest in nature, and you quote scripture in the title. Is the spirit of the divine that you experience when painting landscape distinct from the spiritual life that you encounter in church or when reading scripture?
T.K.  My faith and spirituality are manifested in my everyday life and my work and I try to not separate them. I look at my paintings as devotional works that celebrate creation. Having said that, the spirit I experience when painting is different and often more tangible than when reading. I invite the spirit to bless my hands and work through me. Often I feel my works seem to paint themselves.

J.G. In your timeline you indicated that it took about 1000 days to do the whole project—preparation, painting, frame, and video. How do you feel now looking back on the scale of the project?
T.K.  The first reaction when the final cut was delivered for duplication was a big exhale. I still see aspects that I would change or do differently, but overall I am pleased with the final result. I knew from the start this would be a long term endeavor, and thus I did not plan a final deadline initially. I wanted it to be just right. Nevertheless, it took twice as long as I anticipated.


J.G. Was it emotionally and financially rewarding? Do you want to keep doing other big projects?
T.K.  This project was by far the most challenging and rewarding endeavor I have attempted. The challenges were profound - both from the standpoint of the sustained focus for such a long time, as well as the expenses involved in funding your own publication. Emotionally, I am very gratified. I trust that the financial success of the video will be evident in the long term.

J.G. What will be the fate of the painting? Will it be in a private collection, or will it be visible in future exhibitions?

T.K.  The painting is currently on exhibit at the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of the Niagara University along with about 15 other works related to Niagara Falls. This exhibition runs until January of 2018. There is discussion of evolving this into a traveling exhibition to other Museums. I would like the final resting place for this work to be in a public space...ideally the Castellani Museum itself. We are currently seeking a patron to purchase the painting for the Museum. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Buffalo Niagara River Keeper organization and the Western New York Land Conservancy.
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Castellani Art Museum: "Painting Niagara: Thomas Kegler"
Thomas Kegler's website
"Painting Niagara" Instructional video, purchase or watch previews

The Best of Both Worlds

Jul. 25th, 2017 06:00
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Posted by Julian Totino Tedesco

-By Julian Totino Tedesco


Hey everybody! I'm super excited to become a small part of the MC family. As many of you, I've been visiting the site on daily basis since its beginning, so i'm very happy and proud of being able to contribute.

This Meme sums up pretty well how I feel here at MC, among such amazing artists.

In my first post, I'd like to share a method that has proven to be very effective for me to achieve a more organic and traditional feel in my digital paintings.

The truth is that, when it comes to traditional mediums, I'm not as skilled as I'd like to be. Given time - a lot of time - I might be able to come up with something decent (or barely decent). But even having time on my hands, I'm never able to control the final outcome.

Don't get me wrong, I strongly believe that vertigo and uncertainty, in moderate amounts, are wonderful things, but having absolutely no control over what you're doing is no good when you're a pro working under a deadline.

Mixing traditional mediums with digital tools can be an efficient way to get the control and speed that comes with digital tools, and the texture and organic feel of traditional mediums. This is a method you can use, even if you aren't a skilled traditional painter.

Pencils for the cover of "Web Warriors" #4. Marvel Comics 2016.

I usually start with a traditional pencil drawing. The size and type of paper tend to vary according to my needs, but I usually work with a 11"x17" Bristol board.

Once I have the pencil ready and scanned, I print it out on a 9"x12", 300 gm aquarelle paper. I've printed it on a smaller size here because I wanted to work fast, and I wasn't looking for definition or detail at this stage.

Before I start painting (I'll use acrylics), I apply a layer of acrylic gloss medium & varnish covering the whole sheet. The varnish creates a sort of thin plastic coat, impeding the paint from penetrating the paper completely, letting the paint flow freely and reacting in unexpected ways, which is part of the organic feel we're looking at this point.

It doesn't matter how bad you're with acrylics, this is a stage you can still handle. And it doesn't matter how tight your deadline is, this is a step that can be done very fast.

I've used a very old brush with hard bristle to apply the varnish (a cheap, dirty, old brush), so it can leave a texture that I can shape at will, but you can use all sort of different tools like a sponge, a crumpled piece of paper, etc, and get different textures.


For the painting, I'm using Acrylics. You don't have to be picky with the brand here because it won't be a final piece, and the coloring will be handled in Photoshop.

I'll just loosely set the lighter and darker tones using just a few different tubes of paint. The whole point of this proccess is creating a sort of underlayer to work on top later in Photoshop. This is the stage where you bring the texture, the brush strokes, the chaos! Go wild, and don't worry much about details, you'll take care of that at the digital stage.

Now that you have your painting done, we are ready to jump into the digital stage.

With tools like Hue/Saturation and Selective Colors, you can add adjustments layers and start building your color scheme. The painting will change dramatically, but the texture and brush strokes will remain.


Once you're happy with your color scheme , you can start with the actual digital brush work: Adding accents of shadows, glazings , working on details, etc. Try to keep your layers semi transparent at first, so you won't cover the textures, but feel confident to add some opaque accents here and there for the end, where it corresponds.

"Web Warriors" #4. Marvel Comics 2016.

It's not about fooling anybody into thinking this is a traditional painting. It's about bringing some organic elements to your digital work.



There's a lot of great brushes out there, to get "painterly" results, but sometimes it's easier to just paint something very basic and work from there.

Cover for "Thunderbolts" #2. Marvel Comics 2012.

You can see the three steps in the image above: The pencil stage, to the left, the acrylic underlayer, in the middle, and the digital stage, to the right. Notice how the acrylic layer is very basic and raw and, still, was enough to give the digital work a nice organic feel.



Cover for "Agents of SHIELD" #7. Marvel Comics 2014.
Digital and final step.

Corel Painter offers a great tool called Blender. As indicated by the name, it allows you to blend the painting and mix the colors in a very efficient way. Like and advance version of the Smudge Tool in Photoshop. I use it very often, but have in mind that you need to have your layers flattened for a better result.

In this detail you can see the result of mixing your edges with the Blender tool.

Just a fast and loose layer of painting should work to get you some nice texture, but you can go as far as you want/can with your painting, before jumping into the digital stage.


Cover for "Black Knight" #4. Marvel Comics 2015.

Last tip: You can emphasize the texture by using one of the Sharpen filters in Photoshop, during the process, or once the image is finished. I use it a lot. Have in mind that the printed work will probably look less sharp than what you see in the screen, so don't be afraid to push it a bit. By using a mask, you can apply the Sharpen filter to specific areas, instead of the whole image.

Have fun!
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Title: Excalibur
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Characters/Pairings: Arthur Pendragon (with Excalibur)
Content Notes: This one's a pencil sketch. My choice of object was inspired by this gif set on Tumblr. I had to make up certain parts of the sword for both perspective drawings, and found this YouTube vid really helpful as a starting point: How to draw a sword in perspective.

Preview:

(Click for larger image at my journal)

Art (Merlin)

Jul. 24th, 2017 22:39
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[personal profile] goss
Title: Excalibur
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Characters/Pairings: Arthur Pendragon (with Excalibur)
Content Notes: Pencil sketch created for the [community profile] drawesome Weekly Challenge #4: One Object, Two Perspectives.

My choice of object was inspired by this gif set on Tumblr. I had to make up certain parts of the sword for both perspective drawings, and found this YouTube vid really helpful as a starting point: How to draw a sword in perspective.

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )
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Don't mind me; I needed a place to put my Cap-IM Bingo fics. These have all been previously posted.

Card and story list under cut... )

Ta-da!

PEDTM: Day 24

Jul. 24th, 2017 18:39
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Another difficult day. In fact, I just told Webster: I have hit the wall. I need to curl up and just be for a while, you know? He knew.

Today we saw the neurologist our primary care physician recommended. She was a bit chillier than I would have liked, but she did seem to listen. The issues are several, according to her. Biggest is that neurology no longer recommends any narcotics for migraine pain. Which is, imo, stupid as shit, but hey. My doctorate is in literature so what do I know. Anyway, she has referred Webster to a pain management specialist (he used to be a surgeon according to his bio), whom she says will write the Rx for pain meds. She repeated several times that she does not believe he will refuse Webster the demerol, because he has used it successfully for almost twenty years now.

However -- and we have no issue with this -- her goal is to find a prophylactic that will prevent the migraines and therefore obviate any need for pain meds. Unfortunately the very first choice is something Webster tried years ago and hated (Topomax). She still wrote him a Rx for it because it's now time-released, but he has decided not to even try it. I'm a little hesitant about that decision, but it's his life and his health so I'll support him.

It turns out she is a big believer in Botox for migraines. Has anyone tried that? She says most insurance companies are hesitant to approve it because it's expensive, but she is going to start working on them. Webster is interested in trying it, so that's good. We have another appointment with her in about three weeks so he'll tell her about his decision then, and we should hear about our insurance company's decision at the same time.

Best of all she says something new is coming out in January that she is really excited about. I knew immediately what she was referring to: Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP). I've been reading about it for years. So even if the Botox doesn't work (and apparently it takes nine months before you know if it does) there's something new to try.

Theoretically the pain management people will call us in a day or two to set up an appointment. We are both very very nervous about that. We've had so many bad experiences with doctors over the years. Kaiser Permanente was a god-send and leaving it was the hardest thing about moving here. Why the shit Kaiser isn't everywhere I cannot understand, but it isn't so we're stuck for a while. The stories I could tell you about our pre-Kaiser doctor experiences would, I assure you, freak. You. Out. So I won't because I don't like remembering them.

The best thing about today was that it rained! Really rained, a nice steady rain. The air smells wonderful. No more rain in the forecast for a while, so I'm glad we were driving around in it.

In a few minutes I'm going to pour myself a small glass of pinot grigio and listen to the latest My Favorite Murder podcast. I don't feel ready for another Mother's day tomorrow so I need to get some rest.

Links! I have two today. First, via Jason Kottke, a ten hour (TEN HOUR!) Youtube of wonderful nature sounds -- I'm listening to the ocean. God, I miss the ocean. There are others, too; you can read about them here.

Also via Kottke, a series of very short stories concerning how you knew you'd found your person. I found some of them charming, some of them sad. And of course they made me think about my relationship with Webster, which is, I think, a good solid relationship but I'm not sure I believe in having a person in the sense the author meant. Do you?

Finally, not a link but thoughts I've been having a lot lately: how much I miss home. I love our house and I love being so close to Mother, but I miss the west coast. Achingly so. I miss the ocean. I miss how near Yosemite was. I miss our vacations in the eastern Sierra. I miss my friends. I miss the fog. I miss the wine country rituals. I miss Kaiser. I miss how Democrat it is! I miss it all so so much.

And while thinking that I realized that I also miss my mother. The woman I spend so much time with is of course my mother, but she's not the woman I grew up with, who owned two business and traveled the world and played golf and cards and had parties. She's gone forever.

Okay, now I've made myself cry. I think I better get that wine. You all have a good night, okay?
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1. I went to see Cursed Child the other week! I had very few expectations going in, other than that the staging would be fantastic (which it was), but friends, I loved it. I mean, I'm sure there are criticisms to be made of it? But I just enjoyed it so much. (Not least because I went to see it with [personal profile] raven, so we got to talk about our reactions and take photos of each other with our respective house banners. ♥) I laughed, I cried, I never knew what was going to happen, it was excellent. I'm torn between "I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN" and "I don't want to risk diluting this wonderful experience". I do want to read the script, though, which I haven't yet done.

2a. STAR TREK DISCO NEW TRAILER AHHHHH WHAT IF IT'S GOOD

2b. I saw Star Trek Beyond a year ago yesterday, so have now been at Peak Star Trek Joy for a whole year and it's been amazing.

3. THIRTEEN. I didn't really know who Jodie Whittaker was, so it took a moment to sink in, but then I watched the teaser and suddenly had all these emotions in my eyes. And she looks so Doctorish! A little weird and otherworldly and mischievous. I can't wait. It's a shame that we still have a white actor playing the Doctor (my top picks for Fourteen: Meera Syal, Indira Varma, Josette Simon), but this means so much to me even so, not least because I was so sure it was going to be yet another white dude. Also, I watched a few episodes last season for Bill, who is wonderful, and I'm crossing my fingers that she'll be Thirteen's companion, whilst also resigning myself to the likelihood that we'll get a solo boy companion instead.

4. Character announcements for Young Justice season three! I've always found Young Justice a bit hit and miss (I still haven't seen the last three episodes), but with enough hits to keep me more or less on board. ALSO. don't think this is really a spoiler, but just to be on the safe side ) I'm also holding out a teeny tiny bit of hope that now they're free of the constraints of whatever network they were on before, they might be able to include queer characters, as originally planned.
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Posted by theothermurdockpapers@gmail.com

Hey guys! I hope all is well with you. Well, it’s been a pretty exciting weekend with a new trailer for The Defenders, the panel at San Diego Comic Con and even a couple of clips. Not to mention a truckload of cast interviews, and reactions from people who got to see the first episode when it was shown at the panel.

We’re now also beginning to see reviews for the first four episodes after they’ve been released to select news sites.Brett White’s for Decider.com is free of spoilers and covers the first four episodes. An here’s an equally spoiler-free review of the first episode, by Rhiannon at the MCU Exchange. That site is also collecting links and quotes from other reviews, if you’re interested.

When it comes to the actual panel… there’s really not all that much to say. I’m sure many of you have seen it for yourselves already (you can watch it in the embedded video below if you haven’t), but for those of us watching from home – and thus not being able to see the first episode – it didn’t really add much in terms of news. Jeph Loeb spends too much time on a lengthy introduction and then each person on stage has time for one short brief statement. It’s still great to see all these actors on stage though.

What we did learn from the panel was that there’s going to be a second season of Iron Fist. Given that reviewers have mostly been kind to how the first four episodes of The Defenders handle the character, I think there’s good reason to be hopeful that his characterization – what I considered the biggest weak spot of his first outing – will fare better in a second season.

Showrunner Marco Ramirez described the show as “probably the most challenging writing assignment I’ve had in my life.” It’s clear that much time and energy has been spent balancing the characters against each other and making them all fit. We learned from Elodie Yung, who plays Elektra, that her character has amnesia after being raised from the dead, and is being trained by Alexandra to be a weapon (we get a better glimpse of their interplay in the new trailer). Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Karen, was also on stage and shared some of the challenges of shooting more than one show at the same time, as she also appears in The Punisher.

The second trailer adds a little more context to some of the scenes we saw in the first trailer. We get to see the relationship between Elektra and Alexandra, and we also see Matt following (stalking?) Jessica, which I found interesting since I always expected the roles between the two of them to be reversed. There’s also more glimpses of the many supporting characters from the four different shows, and many more moments of character interaction. People who’ve been longing for the Daredevil costume should find more to like in this trailer, and there’s also quite a bit of humor here that I’m a big fan of.

When characters are trying to be funny in the wrong places, the effects can be pretty jarring, but humor that follows naturally from genuine and lifelike relationships is definitely something I enjoy to see on screen, and it echoes the dynamics of my own friendships. One of my favorit little moments of this trailer is actually an obviously hung-over Jessica wrestling with a set of elevator doors while holding a cup of coffee. There’s also a great moment in the Chinese restaurant where Matt’s making sensible use of his senses. And we all know that I’m a big fan of that.

Have a look at all the videos I’ve mentioned (and more) below. What did you guys think of the trailer and what are your hopes and fears for this show? Let the rest of us know in the comments!

Videos

Trailer #2 (the one released on Friday)

The full Defenders panel at SDCC

Cast interview with Entertainment Tonight

Bleeding Cool interview with Charlie Cox

Clip from episode one, featuring Madame Gao and Alexandra

Clip from episode one, featuring Matt Murdock in confession (posted on Twitter)

For the best source of Daredevil/Defenders news around the Internet, I happily refer you to the news section at ManWithoutFear.com. Kuljit always has you covered. 😉

monday list

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:28
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Things to do today:
  • make granola
  • take a shower
  • read Star Trek fic
Things I already did:
  • made appointment for eyeballs!
  • ate breakfast!
Things I probably won't do:
  • figure out how to finish this fic
  • work with me here Rodney
  • you've had three years
  • stop mooning around on the sidewalk
  • and end this
  • or I swear to god I'll set fire to everything you love
  • I'll do it
  • fire is much easier to write than a happy ending
  • ask anyone

so much kale!

Jul. 24th, 2017 13:14
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I signed up for a local farm CSA at the end of June, which I’ve always wanted to do. My sister said, “Oh, you must be one of those people who enjoys figuring out what to cook based on what you have,” but I don’t think I am: I like cooking based on what recipes look intriguing. But I’m so enjoying getting my box every week! It’s akin to the feeling I had as a kid when I dumped out my trick-or-treat haul on Halloween night.

I like most vegetables: more now than I did as a kid, but even then I would eat most of them. So far there’s been a lot of zucchini, which I love and already use in several favorite recipes. I’m not sure what to do with all the green peppers, but I can always slice them for the freezer and use them in omelets or fajitas. I really should turn all the kale (SO MUCH KALE) into kale chips, which my husband and I discovered we enjoy after he grew kale in our backyard. (Why did he decide to grow kale when neither of us really liked it? Why does anyone do anything?) I’ve also received green onions, cherry tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn, turnips, popcorn, fresh dill, sugar snap peas, small red and new potatoes, and a single rutabaga! Not sure what to do with the rutabaga, but something will come to me.

Our backyard raspberry bushes are not doing very well this year. Last summer we got bags and bags of fruit; I still have some in the freezer. I think it might be the extra-hot and dry summer we’ve been having, but my husband’s the gardener, not I, so who knows? Maybe it’s just that the raspberries miss him as much as I do.

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I cried my way through Gifted on Saturday, and I can only hope CEvans decides to do a sideline in loving dad roles going forward because it's a good look for him. Needed more Octavia Spencer, though.

And yesterday, I watched Orphan Black: Gag and Throttle
spoilers )

In SDCC news:

+ the Black Panther stuff all looks AMAZING
+ Thor: Ragnarok looks delightfully charming
+ Infinity War looks like a hot mess but features beardy Steve in a black stealth suit and Bucky with a new arm, so I'll get over Natasha's blonde hair, I guess. The ability of any movie to service so many characters, otoh...
+ Justice League looks like two separate movies being smooshed into one - I am into Wonder Woman and Aquaman, as well as Alfred and Jim Gordon, but skeptical of everything else. is this a spoiler? )
+ The Star Wars books in the lead up to The Last Jedi look like fun (CHEWIE AND THE PORGS! Legends of Luke Skywalker! A 16yo Princess Leia book! A Canterbury Tales-like anthology! With authors like Ken Liu and Elizabeth Wein and Saladin Ahmed in addition to Claudia Gray and Chuck Wendig!) I am excite!
+ I like that Captain Marvel is going to be set in the 90s - it explains why they cast someone so young as Carol, though I wonder if that means they'll recast for present-day Carol or what. And Nick Fury will be there! And maybe we could get a Peggy Carter cameo!

I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting atm, but work keeps interrupting. Sigh.

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Sleeping Pigs

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:39
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Posted by James Gurney


These young pigs know how to pass a summer day, sleeping through the heat on the barn floor.
I'm using a graphite pencil with a Niji water brush filled with gray ink for the mottled coloration.

Don't miss the my latest YouTube video "Painting Animals from Life: 7 Tips for Success"

Orphan Black 5.07.

Jul. 24th, 2017 14:22
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In which there's pay off for severa storylines, hooray! And flashbacks.

Who are you? )

New Members!

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:00
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Posted by Muddy Colors

In an effort to keep things fresh, informative, and as relevant as possible, we are always adding new members to our Muddy Colors roster. We are extremely proud to say that in the next few days and weeks, you will be seeing the first posts of several new contributors.

We are just as excited as you are to see what they will be bringing to the blog. So please join us in welcoming these amazing artists to our Muddy Colors Family...



Charles Vess


Charles graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked in commercial animation for Candy Apple Productions in Richmond, VA before moving to New York City in 1976. It was there that he became a freelance illustrator, working for many publications, including Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, Epic Comics and National Lampoon.

Charles' art has been featured in several gallery and museum exhibitions across the nation including two exhibitions in New York City: "Modern Fairy Tales" with Michael Kaluta at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators. In Europe he has shown in Paris, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK.

Charles' awards include the Ink Pot, three World Fantasies, the Mythopoeic, two Spectrum Annuals - a Gold and a Silver, two Chesleys, Locus (Best Artist), and two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.




Julian Totino Tedesco


Julian was born in 1982, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he currently lives.

Julian got his start doing concept art for commercials and painted backgrounds for animated movies. But in 2009, Julian began doing comic covers for Boom! Studios, and has never looked back. For the past several years, he has been doing covers for companies like Marvel, DC, DarkHorse, BOOM! Studios and Valiant Comics, making one of the most recognized talents in the field.




Heather Theurer



Heather’s paintings are the product of decades of observation of people, environments, animals and textiles. Although she was not able to obtain a formal education in art, all her studies of the natural world in addition to the works of great artists including the renaissance masters, the pre-raphaelites of the late 19th century and modern masters have influenced her work in a way she couldn’t imagine getting in a classroom.

Themes in her work include religious symbolism, fantasy realism, equine and wildlife, and bold reworking of Disney characters. Her process in painting is constantly morphing as she applies new techniques, but most often consist of a multitude layers of paint and glazes (as many as 20 or so in some cases) to reach the desired depth and detail that dominates her work.

Shared and collected around the world, Heather Theurer’s paintings are constructed in the midst of a bustling family with five children in Las Vegas, Nevada. Regardless of the challenges, her art has gone on to get the attention of USA Today and the LA Times, garnered contracts with Disney Fine Art and Fantasy Con, and received recognition and awards from respected organizations such as Art Renewal Center, Artist’s Magazine and Spectrum, among others.





Jeff Miracola


Jeff began his career in 1993 as a freelance illustrator for many role-playing/collectible card game companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Upper Deck, Blizzard and White Wolf. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and his art and tutorials featured in publications such as: Advanced Photoshop, Expose, and ImagineFX magazines.

Jeff is a Silver Medal Winner in Spectrum: the Best in Fantastic Art and was the 2011 Guest of Honor at GenCon, the longest running gaming convention in the world.

Jeff is very passionate about sharing his knowledge of art techniques through his popular YouTube channel, which currently boasts more than 31,000 subscribers and 1.5 million views. His feature-length art instruction DVD series for Fantasy Art Workshop received rave reviews from ImagineFX Magazine, Video Librarian, and more.

When Jeff isn’t creating art for himself or clients, he loves to travel and work out with his wife, with whom he has three children.

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