Oleg Kozak

May. 4th, 2015 15:03
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Posted by Charley Parker

Oleg Kozak, watercolor
Oleg Kozak is a painter from Lviv, Ukraine who paints bright, crisp watercolors of landscapes and portraits.

Throughout his landscapes runs a fascination with the play of light and shadow; with dappled light, in particular, theatrically spotlighting key elements while others recede into darkness.

I’m especially fond of his portrayals of smaller, more intimate portions of the landscape, in which he focusses on small areas of flowers or foliage, revealing them to be as rich and fascinating as any sweeping vista.

Kozak’s website is in Ukrainian, but easy enough to navigate. There are links to several galleries of watercolors in the right column, and links to related websites in the main column under the introductory image, including this Watercolor Blog article, in which you will find some of his images reproduced larger.

Avengers Age of Ultron thoughts

May. 3rd, 2015 21:56
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OK, I saw it tonight! Massive spoilers here under the cut-tags! I had a reasonably good time at the movie, but, er, you probably can't tell by the relative volumes of what's under the cuts? My main reaction was, it was fine, I didn't have a bad time watching, it kept flowing nicely, but I just didn't care much about it the whole time.

the rather long ranty bit )

the happy bit )
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Posted by James Gurney

I like trying out new ideas when I'm drawing on location. One approach that I tried many years ago is the on-the-spot character study.

For this one, I was sitting in a barber shop while a customer was getting a haircut. 

I told them what I was doing, and they didn't pay much attention to me after that. I used whatever elements of the scene helped to support the story, such as those odd head forms mounted on the barber chairs. 

The customer didn't have a mop of hair and beard like that. I kind of made that up, and I exaggerated the barber, too. But I used real details from the scene, like the comb in the barber's back pocket.

I drew the picture with a brush and India ink over a pencil underdrawing, about 11 x 14 inches. I was inspired by the caricature illustration of Al Dorne, Norman Rockwell, and Mort Drucker. 

Further reading
I intended this sketch for The Artist's Guide to Sketching, but it never made it into the book. A book that inspired this thinking is Humorous Illustration by Nick Meglin. Also, check out the more recent books: MAD's Greatest Artists: Mort Drucker: Five Decades of His Finest Works and Albert Dorne: Master Illustrator
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Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Minerva McGonagall/Poppy Pomphrey
Content Notes/Warnings: bathing suits (possibly NSFW)
Medium: Colored pencil on watercolor paper
Artist on DW/LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shadowycat
Artist Website/Gallery: shadowycat on deviantart

Why this piece is awesome: This is lovely and bright and charming and has such a summery feeling to it. Love their smiles and how they are so comfortable with each other.

Link: By the Sea, You and Me.

Old Fashioned

May. 4th, 2015 05:30
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Posted by Arnie Fenner

by Arnie Fenner

One of the responsibilities of my current job is to identify and suggest a certain number of properties for consideration as calendars. The ideas get pitched to a committee of editors and sales reps: sometimes I get a hit, most times I strike out. The reasoning behind a rejection can be clear-cut ("Already being done by a competitor"), financial ("They want too much money"), a matter of function ("Doesn't lend itself to the format"), market awareness ("I don't get it: why would someone buy this and how do we reach them?"), or differences in taste ("Sloths creep me out"). I've heard all manner of justifications to say "no" through the years, but there's one that always sticks in my craw:

"It's too old fashioned."

I'm often suggesting art-focused calendars (duh) and, though I won't mention them, you'd be flabbergasted if I told you the names of some of those so blithely rejected by the committee.

When I hear the "too old fashioned" comment (and I've heard it numerous times from different people of all ages during my tenure as an art director) the thought balloon over my head is always the same. Those of you that have read my past MC posts know what my favorite word is, so you can fill in the blank. (I know Lauren already has because I learned it from her…no, I kid. Not really. My favorite word predates our friendship. F##kwad is actually the word Lauren taught me.)

Above: Okay: Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, and Frank Frazetta. Two were working nonstop in comics during the early 1960s, one was not. By the standards of 1961, which of the above artists was considered "too old fashioned" and couldn't get hired? If you guessed Frazetta, ding ding ding, you're right. "I couldn't get work anywhere!" Frank said. "I could've done anything they asked, but they told me I was too old fashioned and wouldn't give me a chance." Frazetta, of course, eventually had the last laugh.

Why is it that when these…oh, nincompoops, ding-dongs, boobs, philistines…trot out that casual dismissal do I get my shorts in a bunch? Simple.

It's because they're wrong.

Well…at least in my opinion. My view is that art is never "old fashioned." Not the technique, not the colors, not the style, not the subject. Art is art and there is always an appropriate use, an exciting application (speaking commercially) that can make any art fit with the times; sometimes it just takes a little thought and a little imagination to make it work.

Above: An artist named "Stan" created these fake vintage VHS boxes for contemporary TV shows. Hold on, let me sit down; I'm having flashbacks.

It's design (which includes layout, typography, and, yes, art direction) that sets a tone and can cause works to either feel "new" or make art seem out-of-date and dusty. Design by it's nature is purposely of it's time; fresh, "hip," cool, or "swaggalicious," reflecting current tastes and trends. And naturally, tastes and trends go out of—and sometimes right back into—fashion PDQ. "Retro chic" is a term batted around these days for art that was once deemed "old" or quaint but is now embraced as cutting edge (think Charley Harper). Typography, too, also tends to date quickly, but in the right hands it can be turned on its head and take on an entirely different look, feel, and personality.

Above: Ah, Helvetica. So classic (i.e. old) and yet so goddamn fresh when used right. No matter what anyone says, no matter how much it might be derided, no one can deny that it simply works for an infinite number of uses—and has for nearly 50 years. This funny piece by Rami Niemi was created for the Art Directors Club.

But art? Good art? I think it's timeless—and, again speaking from a commercial art perspective—can always be current and fresh when in the hands of a skilled designer and art director.

Above: Chip Kidd is a master of using "vintage" images to create contemporary and incredibly vibrant book covers. And he makes it look so easy, too, dammit. There oughta be a law.

Am I all wet thinking that way? Oh, I'm sure there are those who think so. My job as an artist, designer, and art director is to create (or direct the creation of) work that is plugged into the sensibilities of a contemporary audience. But "new" is merely a matter of interpretation—and everything is new, everything has its place, if you view it with a new perspective, if you provide a new context, understanding, or appreciation. To me, nothing is "old fashioned" when looked at from a different angle with a fresh set of eyes.

Old fashioned attitudes? Well, those are something else entirely.

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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Tayuya
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] driimr
Why this piece is awesome: I love the colours and the textures the artist used, and Tayuya's expression is great too.
Link: on tumblr (if the link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)

Penny Dreadful 2.01

May. 4th, 2015 08:47
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It's back!

Read more... )

Avengers, argh

May. 3rd, 2015 23:15
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Ok, having just seen Avengers: Age of Ultron with a pile of fannish feminists, I can say that this is pretty much the most accurate & funniest summary of the movie you could hope for.

Also, the trailers before the movie made me despair for the future of humanity.

But on the other hand I got to convince multiple people to read Station Eleven. So that's something.
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Every time I read Georgette Heyer, I get hit all over again by the fact she's actually really good at the Regency format in the generic sense, so good I don't really feel like it's generic no matter how paint by numbers it would be in any other author's hands. She just gets it right, and I know better--I do--but every time, I start sliding her into the Austen mode and then re-read something like Black Sheep and screech to a halt when the plot meticulously and properly goes from 'Regency standard but adorable shenanigans' to 'what the fuck just happened?'

It shouldn't happen anymore, and yet.

the black sheep and other shenanigans )

Georgette Heyer's works, ladies and gentlemen: sometimes, I think she basically chose a career of trolling the Regency genre just to see if anyone noticed.

post Age of Ultron fanfic recs

May. 4th, 2015 07:31
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Rewatched Age of Ultron with friends who saw it for the first time, still liked what I had liked during the first watching, warmed up to the twins to the degree that when I went looking for fanfic afterward, a great deal of what I read was about Wanda, and generally enjoyed the fannish experience of being with people who just plain loved it. Which can be incredibly relaxing.

Since the couple of post-movie tales I found and liked are spoileryfor the movie by descriptions, all my recs shall be hidden under a cut.

Read more... )

Beta needed

May. 3rd, 2015 19:47
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Anyone out there willing to do a quickie beta on my cap_ironman reverse big bang fic? My posting deadline is the 19th, so it's a bit short notice, but then again the story is only about 6K words of lightweight crack. It really needs an extra pair of eyes, though.
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Joanne K. Rowling:
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• Anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts Commemoration Post: Concept Sketches for upcoming art from the Battle of Hogwarts at Pottermore.

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Schedule of Upcoming Events from May 3 through 9 at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from April 26 to May 2.
Media References to Fanfiction for the week ending May 2.

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• AO3, the fanfiction Archive Of Our Own, is asking for donations. AO3 is run by the Organisation for Transformative Works (OTW). You can donate here.

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iud tmi

May. 3rd, 2015 14:39
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Uterused People of the internet!

My periods have become ridiculous, so in the interest of Shutting That Down, my new doctor who is adorable suggested an IUD. The hormonal birth control pills I've tried gave me a terrible, constant headache, but she says an IUD has a fraction of the hormones, so, theoretically there should be fewer side effects. On the other hand, it's progesterone only and won't reduce PMS symptoms, of which I also have an agonizing boatload. I'm tempted by the simplicity, but I don't like the idea of anything being installed up there because I have weird reactions to things, and I'm an inveterate worrier, so I don't know if it's worth it. Does anyone want to share their experiences with IUDs? This is one of those things I absolutely refuse to google.

and he lays off the slider

May. 3rd, 2015 15:45
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bits and bobs:

= How Captain America Made Chris Evans a True Movie Hero

= Exclusive: Spoilery MCU details on Civil War, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man & more. I don't know how true any of the stuff in this article is, but I will cut for potential Civil War movie spoilers (I don't care about Ant-Man or Doctor Strange so I won't be discussing those).

potential spoilers )


spoilers )

Tangentially related, I enjoyed the Rangers-Caps game, but my god, Ovechkin is terrifying on the ice sometimes. I really did say, "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him!" unironically when he scored that goal. Jesus. Hopefully the Rangers will just score more. *hands* I wouldn't mind seeing Ovechkin lift the Cup, but not at the expense of my team.

Orphan Black
spoilers )


I've slept poorly all weekend and I'm just meh right now. Sigh.

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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Party Poison / Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] zaki-mizer / [tumblr.com profile] subtlelifelines

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a fabulously creepy and colourful work. The premise feels so right for the Killjoys universe.

Link: killjoy/solo gerard concept (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)

Gallery weekend 2

May. 3rd, 2015 18:22
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After so much art and everything, one just needs a rest….

Nach soviel Kunst und allem andern braucht man einfach eine Pause…

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 May 4th, 2015 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 4. Mai 2015 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

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So I recently wrote up a guide to home insemination for a friend who may be going down this path, and it turns out other people were interested. So here it is, with some edits and expansions.

Soh, uh, okay, here is LGI's guide to getting knocked up without either (a) having intercourse with a dude; or (b) involving a fertility clinic. Collated from personal experience and information from the many, many people I talked to beforehand. There is a long and noble tradition, here, it turns out!

Full disclosure: This is not how I got pregnant, ultimately, but that's a whole other story, and this does absolutely work for lots of people. And if you're going to do it, it's worth doing well.

I think this is worth talking about not just because it's interesting, but also because getting pregnant this way is, to many, a radical act. And in parts of the United States, a criminalized one. Yes, for real, people have been threatened with prosecution for family-building by inseminating themselves even though going out to a bar and picking up a guy to have unprotected sex with is not a crime. Public officials claim this is about public health; it clearly is not about that, but instead about regulating queer families.

Uh, this is going to be . . . graphic.

Step-by-step instructions )

There you go.

This is, btw, skipping all the preliminary stuff about how you should absolutely, no excuses, no question, ask the gentleman in question for STI test records. No matter how well you know him. No matter how much you trust him. Even when it's awkward. You owe it to yourself, your partner, and your baby.
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The Meissonier / Mackay Scandal

May. 3rd, 2015 10:02
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Posted by James Gurney

A scandal about a displeased portrait client damaged the career of the most famous painter of his day, Ernest Meissonier (French 1815-1891), and ended with the portrait thrown onto a fire.

Ernest Meissonier, Self Portrait
Despite his celebrity and the vast sums paid for his work, Meissonier had painted few images of women, and few portrait likenesses. This commission came in the last decade of his life and at the pinnacle of his international success.

The sitter was Mrs. J. W. Mackay, of California. After seeing the portrait nearly finished, she rejected it [Edit: she asked for it to be finished to her satisfaction.] A bill was sent, and at first her husband refused to pay for it. The price was vast for 1884, estimated between ten and twenty-five thousand dollars. Meissonier responded by vowing to keep the painting and he put it on exhibition, where the public would be the judge. 

In his view he had simply painted a picture that was too accurate. In her view he had made her look coarse, and made up like a painted doll.

"It seems that after Meissonier had painted the portrait, Mrs. Mackay criticised it a little and wanted it just a little more finished. It was not finished then when she went into the country, and she wrote him she would come up anytime he wanted to finish it."

"He never said a word, but finished the hands from a model of a big, coarse woman with ugly hands, and made the cheeks and lips powdered and painted frightfully, and left the neck yellow, just because he was so angry that she should dare to criticise such a great master as himself."

"Now Mrs. Mackay thought, with good reason I think, that she ought to have been the model to her own portrait, and that she could ask at least for a faint resemblance, especially as she would have to pay $15,000 for the picture."

"Without informing Mrs. Mackay as to his intentions or asking her consent, he simply sent the picture to the exhibition, where her friends saw it and told her of it. She wrote and asked for the picture, and at the close of the exhibition it was sent to her, with a bill."

"Mr. Mackay was so provoked that he wanted to make a fuss about it, but his friends persuaded him to pay it and say nothing more about it. This he did, and threw the picture in the fire. But on the same day Mr. Mackay left for America the papers: came out with the story, abusing Mrs. Mackay, and the French artists are to meet and have an indignation meeting that a canvas immortalized by Meissonier should be burned by a vulgar American."

The debate about who was in the right was taken up in all the papers on both sides of the Atlantic. An early writer about the incident said that "Meissonier, by the haughtiness of his manner, his artistic independence, and, most of all, by his unpardonable success, had been sowing dragons teeth for half a century. And now armed enemies sprang up, and sided with the woman from California. They made it an international episode: less excuses have involved nations in war in days agone....The tide of Meissonier's prosperity began to ebb: prospective buyers kept away; those who had given commissions canceled them."


America is so fucking broken

May. 3rd, 2015 10:20
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F.E.C. Can’t Curb 2016 Election Abuse, Commission Chief Says
The leader of the Federal Election Commission, the agency charged with regulating the way political money is raised and spent, says she has largely given up hope of reining in abuses in the 2016 presidential campaign, which could generate a record $10 billion in spending.

“The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” Ann M. Ravel, the chairwoman, said in an interview. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the F.E.C. is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.”

Her unusually frank assessment reflects a worsening stalemate among the agency’s six commissioners. They are perpetually locked in 3-to-3 ties along party lines on key votes because of a fundamental disagreement over the mandate of the commission, which was created 40 years ago in response to the political corruption of Watergate.

Some commissioners are barely on speaking terms, cross-aisle negotiations are infrequent, and with no consensus on which rules to enforce, the caseload against violators has plummeted.

The F.E.C.’s paralysis comes at a particularly critical time because of the sea change brought about by the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010 in the Citizens United case, which freed corporations and unions to spend unlimited funds in support of political candidates. Billionaire donors and “super PACs” are already gaining an outsize role in the 2016 campaign, and the lines have become increasingly stretched and blurred over what presidential candidates and political groups are allowed to do.

Watchdog groups have gone to the F.E.C. with complaints that probable presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley are skirting finance laws by raising millions without officially declaring that they are considering running....

These days, the six commissioners hardly ever rule unanimously on major cases, or even on some of the most minor matters. Last month at an event commemorating the commission’s 40th anniversary, even the ceremony proved controversial. Democrats and Republicans skirmished over where to hold it, whom to include and even whether to serve bagels or doughnuts. In a rare compromise, they ended up serving both.

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