I made this sketch of Norman when the movie first came out, I never really did anything with it, so thought Id’e touch it up and see how my old art looks with how I color and animate now. Also wanted to sneak in my other favorite character from the movie. This was an experiment to try and combine painterly strokes from sai with flash animation.
ParaNorman was produced by Laika
Highly recommend seeing their other amazing stop motion films.
the Norman kings of Sicily, the island became a prosperous and influential
Mediterranean superpower. The coexistence of western,
Islamic and Byzantine cultures on Sicily created a multilingual state. In
Palermo, the messages on public monuments were frequently in two or three
languages. This funerary inscription was set up by Grisandus, a Christian
priest, for his mother Anna in AD 1149. Her eulogy is written in Judaeo-Arabic
(Arabic written in Hebrew script) on top, Latin on the left, Greek on the right,
and Arabic below.
Learn more about this cultural centre of the
ancient and medieval world in our exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest(21 April – 14 August 2016).
Sponsored by Julius Baer In collaboration with Regione Siciliana
Castle Roche (“Castleroche”) is a Norman castle located some 10 km (7 miles) north-west of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. It was the seat of the De Verdun family (also spelt De Verdon), who built the castle in 1236 AD.
Architecture in Norman Sicily: the Palatine Chapel
Normans, Christian descendants of the Vikings, left France for southern Italy
around AD 1000. Pilgrims and mercenaries soon became conquerors and rulers. The
Norman mercenary Count Roger de Hauteville founded a dynasty that reigned over
Sicily for a century. During that time the island became a prosperous and
influential Mediterranean superpower.
Roger’s son, Roger II, Sicily was characterised by an unusual, but fragile,
religious tolerance. Jews, Muslims, Orthodox Greek Byzantines, Christian
Normans and Italians lived together in one multi-ethnic kingdom. Roger welcomed
scholars of all races and faiths to his court and a new art and architecture
emerged from the mixture of influences, centred on the king’s court at the
Norman Palace in Palermo.
At the heart of the palace,
the Palatine Chapel (Cappella Palatina) was the jewel in the crown of Roger’s
architectural achievements. It
was consecrated on Palm Sunday, 28 April, in 1140, although its decorations
were not entirely completed at this time. It combined a church with a hall for
royal audiences, complete with platform and throne. Byzantine mosaic artists
adapted their skills for western church architecture. Southern Italian artisans
made the inlaid marble floor. Most impressive, however, was the ceiling created
by Fatimid woodworkers and painters from North Africa. Star-and-cross patterns framed by ‘honeycomb’ vaulting
created a complex stalactite structure. Every inch was plastered and painted
with Arabic inscriptions and scenes from Roger’s court, which was based on that
of the Fatimids in Egypt.
In this video Exhibition Curator Dirk Booms gives a quick introduction to the chapel and its impressive decoration.
Learn more about
Norman Sicily and its unique art and architecture in our exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest(21
April – 14 August 2016).
I am just not done talking about this Norman Reedus picture this yet.
First of all, it’s just visually stunning. The combo of a frilly feminine shirt next to that perfect muscled arm is just a visual overload.
But the other thing that is so beautiful here are the thoughts that must be going on behind it. Why? Why put that shirt on and why take this pic? And why post it everywhere?
Because Norman Reedus is just simply an amazing human being. He’s not afraid to be himself. He’s this intoxicating combination of utter confidence and self-described awkwardness.
He’s this motorcycle riding bad-ass that has a brand new show coming up. And he is still not afraid to do something like this. Is there more to it? Is it a shoutout of support for the transgendered community in the midst of the current national dialogue? Maybe. Probably. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned about this man in the million interviews I’ve seen with him, it’s that he loves people. And he has a huge heart. And he has an insanely kind and affectionate soul.
He is one of those people that just makes this whole planet a better place just be being here. I hope he knows the profound impact he’s had on so many people just by simply being himself.