Beyond Reality and Fiction

1. Things stranger than fiction lie.
2. Frontiers are always exciting.
3. Despite everything, Art lopes on.
4. A quotation would make this more exciting.

Oh well.
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dxisybuchanan:

just a reminder that some of the most positive people are the ones that have faced true negativity.

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(none of the pictures or gifs are mine)

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shortformblog:

Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source

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Wow

THIS IS AMAZINGGGG

I love nature

THE EARTH IS SO AMAZING IT KNOWS THAT WE’RE FUCKING IT UP AND EVEN THEN INSTEAD OF GIVING US AN APOCALYPSE IT GOES AND GIVES US A SOLUTION TO HELP US FIX WHAT WE FUCKED UP BLESS

amazing fact of the day

Wow!!!

I just got the mental image of mossy hills of fungi where all the trash used to be and it gave me chills.  What if that fungi created a tree-friendly environment?  If the result was incredibly fertile soil where plastic used to be?

WHAT if, within fifty years, all our landfills and dredged floating trash piles were just piles of forest and jungle?  

Fantastic news….gives me a bit of relief.

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creaturesfromdreams:

Another series of amazingly beautiful creatures created by Oukamiyoukai45

You MUST check out her page and support her art so that we can continue to appreciate her illustrations!

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On role models

So often people talk about what terrible role models Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are, and what great role models Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are. To which I have to say…really?

Taylor Swift writes most of her songs about men she’s dated. She is cunning and saavy, especially when it comes to manipulating the media, but she hides that in order to maintain her sweet, “all-American” image. Selena Gomez is most famous for her relationship with Justin Beiber. 

Rihanna has long maintained that she does not want to be a role model. She is young and living her life, and she owns her mistakes. She is unapologetic about her success. Nicki Minaj, whether on Twitter or in interviews, constantly reminds girls to succeed in school. She has made it clear that she is first and foremost a businesswoman looking after her family. After being betrayed and raped by ex-boyfriends, she has remained single for the past ten years. She started writing rhymes and rapping as a means to cope with her life, and she was eventually discovered when she posted her music on MySpace. Her life story is one of resilience and perseverance despite the odds. 

The problem isn’t that Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are role models. The problem is that we don’t allow women to be complex. We don’t allow different women with different life stories to be considered role models because we fear that complexity. God forbid they define their lives in terms other than men. 

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  • Zeus: im gonna put my dick in it
  • Everyone: dont put ur dick in it
  • Zeus: toO LaTE

thedisnerd:

▣ Tangled (2010) character designs

Who is Eugene Fitzherbert?! It’s no secret that Tangled (previously known as Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Unbraided) went through several story changes before it hit the silver screen in 2010. Vince Bastion Flynn Rider Eugene was no stranger to change himself. Check out some of the previous looks for Mr. Fitzherbert. 

thedisnerd:

▣ Frozen (2013) character design, the road to Elsa

Asker stormlet Asks:
Noelle! you were just reminiscing on twitter about old assignments you did and liked. would it be weird or taxing for you if i asked for a list of the neat/fun/hardest assignments you did in school? i'm trying to figure comicing out by myself but i always run into that 'blank canvas' wall where i need direction or challenge. thanks! :3
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gingerhaze:

OH MAN. Memory lane. Let’s do it.

Assignments are both the best and worst thing about art school. They can be really cool and really spark your imagination sometimes, or they can be a real drag - so basically it’s like being a real illustrator but you probably get more cool assignments. I think the trick is to find a way to make it interesting for yourself even if the assignment itself isn’t interesting.

My most challenging assignment in general was probably my doppelgänger piece:

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Our assignment was just one word: doppelgänger. The reason it was hard for me is, I’M SUPER INTERESTED IN THE CONCEPT OF DOPPELGÄNGERS. You know on Project Runway when there’s that one designer who has a thing and keeps trying to make their thing fit into the challenge? And then they get a challenge that’s exactly about that thing, and you think they’ll do great but they crack under the pressure and freak out? That’s how this assignment was for me. I spent all day researching everything I could about doppelgängers, reading every article, and trying to do sketches, and just couldn’t get the creepy feeling that I wanted in my sketches. It’s a hard concept to get across. I ended up staying up all night and eventually becoming so legitimately afraid of my own reflection in the mirror that I refused to go to my bedroom to sleep until it was light out (I lived alone at this time). I ended up skipping class. But I got it done in the end.

The piece that took the most labor, though, was this one:

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This one was a pretty fun assignment: we had to take a cocktail drink name and illustrate it in a way that communicated the “essence” of the drink. I chose fish house punch, which has a story behind it of some fishermen inviting over a bunch of women and mixing up this drink for them. Then I shot myself in the foot by turning in a super complicated sketch that I didn’t even know how to execute and it got picked. This one took me like 25-30 hours to finish, but I did it somehow. I’m not even sure I could replicate the style I used for this piece if I tried.

Another fun assignment:

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This one came easy. We were supposed to choose four words that started with the same letter and make an illustration from it. My phrase was “Violent Victorians Vibrating Vodka” which is a really stupid phrase and doesn’t make any sense but I don’t think the piece is half bad considering I was a sophomore at the time. I think this was one of my first digital pieces. 

Sometimes you get an assignment that just doesn’t inspire you and you have to kind of be a snarky little shit about it in order to make it interesting to you:

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(full view) This one was supposed to be an illustrated map. It could be a map of anything. I hate drawing maps and I was really uninspired, so I turned in a sketch that wasn’t very good, then when I got home I was like “screw that I’m doing something else entirely” and made this. Which is - not really a map. But I got away with it. (Clearly I tend to default to violence to make illustrations cool to me) 

Sometimes you get an assignment that wants you to do one thing but is suitably vague about the parameters and you’re gonna want to push those as far as you can, if you can get away with it.

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I was taking a concept art class and the teacher really only wanted video game concept art that was painted and rendered, which I just…don’t do. At all. Ever. It’s not interesting to me. So we were assigned a group project (with a pretty cool assignment, actually): we were supposed to choose from a list of classic stories and work together to reinterpret it as another genre (which we chose from another list). There was a lot of post-apocalyptic muted colors going on in that class, like…it was SUPER mainstream videogamey, to the point where my team and I chose to interpret The Three Musketeers as an 80s genderbent high school romantic comedy about roller derby girls. 

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I ended up being really proud of it, even though that class established that video game concept art was not a world I was interested in.

Sometimes it just works out for you:

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This one was a tarot card design, based on the tarot deck that Light Grey Art Lab did. We drew tarot cards randomly and then re-illustrated them, and I drew the knight of swords. This was one that just fell into place, as I am all about knights/swords. Goodness, there are a lot of stabbings in this post. 

Sometimes you’ll have to make an illustration based on a dry or uninteresting concept:

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This was based on a magazine article about being an introvert, and it wasn’t one I felt that I could twist the parameters to include pirates or stabbing. It didn’t seem like there were a lot of options for me to make this one interesting but in the end I was still able to figure out stuff to make it interesting for me to draw. Like oh, I like drawing sweaters, I like drawing fashionable girls and parties, and I was still able to make it something that was fun to draw.

Other suggestions to find ways to motivate yourself:

- look up contemporary illustration galleries that do themed shows (like Light Grey Art Lab) and challenge yourself to make an illustration as if it were for that show (even if the deadline is past or you don’t intend to enter the piece). The doppelgänger and tarot card pieces were based on prompts from Nobrow Magazine and LGAL, respectively.

- Make a list of things you like, and everything you like to draw. (I like to go through all my Tumblr likes to find inspiration sometimes). Then mash something together. Do you like cats and 50s greasers? Hey. Guess what. CAT GREASERS

- Read read read as much as you can and look at as many different illustrators as you can. Figure out what kind of stories and art you like and what kind of stories and art you’d like to see exist in the world.

- Comicswise? Find text that already exists and interpret into a comic as practice. That was one of my assignments for a comic class, and I ended up doing a sci-fi cowboy comic based on the lyrics from a Devil Makes Three song.

ajacquelineofalltrades:

I’m not an artist, but I have more than a few friends who are, so I thought this might be a good thing to post. 

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Hey, all. This is a comic I started on 24 Hour Comic Day, but I only managed to complete 12 pages on that day. That makes it a technical failure, but I decided it was worth finishing regardless of that.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
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