The International Space Station (ISS) is a fantastic viewpoint for our planet. Astronaut Karen Nyberg caught this fantastic shot of the Zagros mountains and posted it on twitter. It clearly demonstrates the crumpled mountain ranges of southwest Iran, bordering the Persian gulf. The Zagros mountains are formed from the collision of the Arabian and Eurasian continental plates, as discussed previously on The Earth Story. The black spots seen on these corrugated mountain ranges are salt domes pushing up through the crust.
Image: Karen Nyberg’s photo of the Zagros Mountains from the ISS, NASA.
The lake in the foreground is Alikes salt lake, and the land behind it is Kos Island, Greece. If you click on the image and focus, there’s not just a sunset here…you also can make out the movement trails of 3 planets; Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury (left to right), along with a single star, taken in a long series of exposures as the sun set. It’s probably difficult to see those trails if you don’t expand the image, so if you zoom in, thanks and I hope you enjoy.
Image credit: Chris K., reproduced here with permission and available here: www.greeksky.gr
I was just wondering, was it hard for you to develop your own style? The biggest problem with my art right now is that I have like 50 different styles, and since your art is fucking A++ every time, any advice would be super helpful!
Hello! Thank you for your question! Style is something that a lot of artists struggle with. It can be hard to find something you like. To me, style represents how an artist interprets real-life. How they draw lines and colour and things like that! Every artist has a different style and a different way of doing things! I didn’t have a hard time with my style at first-because I wasn’t really thinking about it? I drew pictures and that was it! But when I really wanted to start improving, that was when ‘style’ really came into play.
Here’s an example of some very early art of mine.
And here’s a drawing about a year later, after I started trying to improve by studying real life and other people art!
I think it was some pretty decent improvement!
No matter what you draw, or how you draw, you will always have your own style. Developing it will differ from person to person. I started developing my style by studying other artists! I copied what I liked about their style, and I tried to mimic it in my art. If I liked how an artist drew their noses, I would try it their way. Or their lighting, or colour! But most of all, I started to study more from real-life models. I found that really helped me the most. I had all kinds of influences from other artists, and it eventually all melted together into what I draw now. I still take inspiration from another artists style from time to time, while adding in my own take on things. And even though I do have a semi-consistent style, it’s still not something i’m entirely satisfied with. I’m still improving and still learning! I really want to stress learning from life-models or real objects. Even if it sounds boring, it might have more of an impact than you think!
No matter what, you really just have to keep trying and keep drawing. Your style will always be unique to you, no matter what. If you aren’t happy with it, that’s okay too. Try to stay inspired! Only you can create your art. If you have a blank canvas, and you put something on it, that is enough. Please keep drawing, and good luck!
For this week’s #FashionFriday and #PageFrights, we indulge your superstitious side with a side of romantic advice, brought to you by the Morton Salt Company. Don’t dare throw salt over your right shoulder (it must be thrown over the left), else bad luck will surely follow!
Pam 98.233, The Story of Salt, produced for Chicago’s 1933-1934 World’s Fair, from Hagley’s Published Collections.
And don’t forget to join us
for Food From the Archives, 6-8pm, October 27 at the Free Library of Philadelphia. At this Archives Month Philly event, we’ll be displaying salty items like this from our collections, alongside a lot of other great Philadelphia-area institutions. Read more about the event here.
i saw a post about age gaps in parents/lovers on ur blog and my parents had a 13 years difference in age and guess what? 0 abuse ever because my dad was a Cool Dude (havent met anybody as chill since he kicked it). so rly, they had a pretty healthy run and if antis think that somehow a big age difference will end up in abuse, they're wrong. my mum was like 18 when they started to date too. so tbh each time i see these arguments i'm like... wow look at ur parents, chances are they're similar.
I agree. Like I mean age honestly has nothing to do with how abusive a person is. Granted there is an age that’s too young to date but once you hit 18 in the eyes of the law you are an adult and it’s ok to behave like one and date other adults.
your late teens is when you begin to really mature and start your life. Plus, I mean, a lot of people who date in the same age range end up with more abuse then people with age gaps. Everyone I’ve ever dated close to my age range abused me in some way where the age gaps were usually better with one exception, and that had nothing to do with age.
How a person is raised and what they are taught is the largest factor and age, literally doesn’t mean shit.
Your Dad sounds like he was amazing and I’m sorry for your loss!
But yeah..age is…literally 0% of why there’s abuse out there.