Internet Travel Guide: 4/24/2014

“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”
-Thoreau

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17 Shades of Purple | Honestly WTF (via Pinterest)

I am loving this rainbow hair trend that I keep seeing on Pinterest. If the time ever comes when I don’t have a desk job my hair will absolutely be a super-unnatural color for a little bit. I had a pink streak in college and it was AWESOME and I want MOAR COLOR and I don’t care if it is ridiculous. Although hey, I could totally get away with this right now:

Hidden Hues | The Beauty Department (via Pinterest)

I’ve also been thinking about giving henna hair dye a try for a while; I like being a redhead, and I might as well go Full Hippie since I’ve got such a good start. This lady’s got basically my hair color….

DIY Dyeing with Henna | Two Bobbins Later (via Pinterest)

 

Around the Interwebs:

I like this description for people who have a hard time getting their thoughts from their brains to their mouths (like yours truly) – we’ve got a long runway!

How did humans evolve to deal with city crowds? Apparently by creating tiny rural villages with the **Power of Imagination** (we tune out everyone except for an “inner circle” of 150-ish people).

Somebody had to invent cartography, and it was probably a couple of monks, and it probably went down exactly like this. (From – you guessed it – The Toast)

Vid o’ the Week:

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

So if you* have great taste, that’s probably why your work is disappointing – because you can tell it’s not great, even if other people like it. That’s discouraging, but if you have the discipline to keep going and push your skills and produce a bunch of art or words or video or whatnot, your skills will start catching up to your taste. From what I’ve heard from professionals… your skills never actually catch up all the way. You still can’t look too closely at your work without finding flaws. But maybe you can glance at the things you’ve made and feel proud of them? You can at least feel proud of your quantity of work. That’s encouraging.

*I don’t know about you, you. “You” in this case is definitely me, though. As far as the disappointing/frustrating part. I don’t know if I actually have “killer” taste or just terrible self-esteem.

Houses and Wizards

We looked at two houses after work today with a Realtor, like Adults. The first one was pretty nice. The second one was like if someone cut a pretty crappy apartment out of the third floor of an apartment building and stuck it on the ground and gave it a really small backyard. Then we went to dinner at a restaurant like Adults in a Relationship which was wonderful.

Then we got home pretty late and then I showered and putzed around and so there will not be a real post tonight.

But here’s a little wizard on an adventure that I drew yesterday:

Lil' Wizard Girl

 

You know how I was saying the other day that sometimes I doodle things on a whim that I end up loving and wanting to tell their stories? This is one of those, except it’s on actual Art Paper, which is a bonus. I think this is a little wizard who just made it through Wizard School or whatever, and was like “Okay I’m a wizard now! So what do I do?” And then she found out her job as a wizard was to wander around doing magic to things, and maybe she’ll stumble across an Epic Quest for the Fate of the Realm that she can help with. So now she’s doing that.

(This is what I’ve always wondered about Gandalf. He’s basically immortal, right? I’m pretty sure he was around in the time of Isildur. And Sauron was taking a little nap for like thousands of years between his defeat by Isildur and his return in glowy-eye form. So… what was Gandalf doing that whole time? Apart from Bilbo’s journey, of course. Gandalf doesn’t seem to have a home, or a job, or anything like that. Was he literally like, crashing on his friends couches, practicing fireworks, smoking a ton of “pipe-weed” and blowing really good smoke rings? What a life, man. No wonder all the hobbit kids think he’s awesome.)

Edit: I gotta do something with this wizard kid, she is burning a hole in my brain. Possibly a good choice for an ongoing webcomic? I’ve been planning a sci-fi comic for a while but it’s a complete story with an end, so I think I’ve decided it should really be a graphic novel/word-novel because I don’t want to plan something all out beforehand and then release it serially for my first foray into Big-Girl Storytelling. But I could do The Ongoing Adventures of Adorable Little Wizard Girl* and plan out open-ended arcs very generally but make up the details & introduce characters as I go, like they do with TV series.

Stay tuned for a lot of character design, worldbuilding, and plot outlines that may or may not eventually turn into something.

*Working title. 

Internet Travel Guide (1/30/2014)

So there was a fun Twitter thing going on this week where people were drawing their “witchsona” and posting it. This is what I came up with:

Orbs are a fun party trick

I did it pretty quick in Manga Studio 4, which I’m not super familiar with yet, so I’m pretty proud of it. I guess if I had Witch Magic I would just use it to hover in the air and play with orbs? That actually sounds about right.

There are worse things to do with Witch Magic, I suppose.

 

I’ve got a thing for quotes; I’m really fascinated by the way little snippets of someone can proliferate and last, and be helpful or interesting even generations later. I tend to collect them automatically, so I think I’ll do a Quote of the Week so they at least serve a purpose. This week:

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius

This is a cool thing: a photographer named Chino Otsuka collected photos from her childhood, and digitally inserted her current self. The results are perfect; serene and ever-so-creepy. I love stuff like that.

I don’t get political about a lot of stuff, but the women’s health debate hits pretty close to home for me, especially since I live in Texas. Rachel Held Evans wrote a wonderful piece on the topic from the perspective of someone who considers herself pro-life, but supports lowering the abortion rate through widely available contraception rather than legislation. I would love to see our country take an approach that supports struggling families, instead of punishing them.

On a lighter note, here’s a falcon* that’s really #winning.

*Or something. I’m not an ornithologist.