a portrait in art and anecdote

Matriarch Chabine Famsendor. Ink on bristol board and digital color. 20 in. x 29 in. 

I am working on a fiction and art project that is essentially a historian’s journal from the distant future collecting snippets of significant events, anecdotes, biographical details of important figures from his time. It’s a 20-30 page project that is mostly a world-building exercise for me. The primary locale is Famsendor, a matriarchal empire set 1,000 years from now in the Southeastern US. This particular painting is also a study of the self-portrait of the neoclassical artist Marie-Gabrielle Capet.

anonymous asked:

hi!! quick question, how'd you learn to paint? :)

Hi there! I’m afraid this question doesn’t have a quick and easy answer. ಠ~ಠ Here’s what I think has MOST helped me to do the art you see on this blog:

- USING REFERENCES. Capital letters because it’s the most important!! My favorites are classical paintings. I also use a ton of photos to understand different elements of a piece. How do I draw a jawline from below? What does leather look like? How does light even work? References references references.

- Building on experience with traditional media. This includes oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, etc. I don’t use them much anymore, but I paint digitally how I painted traditionally. I’ve been doing digital art since late 2015, but I’ve been doing all kinds of art since I was young.

- Practicing. A lot. I hate this advice. But here is a short anecdote to prove my point: I felt like my work hadn’t improved much in the last year or so, then I started doing portrait commissions. Since February I’ve painted almost 25 now, and just looking back at the first portraits versus the most recent ones, I’ve gotten way better at painting skin. Check it out:

Crazy, right? That’s only three months! I’m admittedly working really hard, but it’s totally possible to see substantial improvement in a short amount of time. And it’s super motivational when you do!

- Paint things you don’t want to paint. I am the worst at this. But my motto is that I will at least TRY to paint something before I assume it’s going to turn out horribly. And it usually doesn’t! Don’t get stuck painting the same faces, and avoiding hands, and never doing backgrounds. (I know I’ve posted only portrait paintings for months, but I genuinely believe this!)

- Sticking with it. If you’re starting from scratch, be realistic about how long it takes to learn a skill. I’m 25 now. I’ve been painting “seriously” since I was 14 or so. That is 11 years of practice and I have a loooong way to go.

I hope that was somewhat helpful? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Based off otpprompts’s prompt:

Imagine Person A introducing Person B to their family for the first time and Person A’s parents/siblings telling a lot of silly anecdotes, along with Person B asking to see baby pictures, much to A’s embarassment. Person A’s parent/sibling consoles them by saying “I wish someone was half as in love with me as B is with you.”

FP ships baked alaska so much 


All Hail Tiberius, Least Media-Savvy of the Roman Emperors

Tiberius was proclaimed Roman emperor on September 17 in AD 14, exactly 2,000 years ago.

He was also a bit idiosyncratic. “He was the least media-savvy emperor you could imagine,” says curator David Saunders, who has been in charge of this bronze portrait of Tiberius which leaves us on September 22. He point to this description found in the writings of Cassius Dio:

Tiberius was a patrician of good education, but he had a most peculiar nature. He never let what he desired appear in his conversation, and what he said he wanted he usually did not desire at all. On the contrary, his words indicated the exact opposite of his real purpose; he denied all interest in what he longed for, and urged the claims of what he hated. He would exhibit anger over matters that were far from arousing his wrath, and make a show of affability where he was most vexed…In short, he thought it bad policy for the sovereign to reveal his thoughts; this was often the cause, he said, of great failures, whereas by the opposite course, far more and greater successes were attained.

Moreover, David tells us, “Tiberius’s accession itself was a farrago: Tiberius sort-of feigning reluctance, the Senate bullying him, he being all, ‘Well, if-I-have-to,’ and in the end—according to Suetonius—saying he’ll do it as long as he can retire.”

Suetonius is full of great, albeit spurious, anecdotes about poor old Tiberius, David reports. “When someone addressed him as 'My Lord,’ it is said, Tiberius gave warning that no such insult should ever again be thrown at him.”

Happy accession, My Lord!

Portrait Head of Tiberius (“The Lansdowne Tiberius”), early 1st century A.D., Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Statue of Tiberius (detail), Roman, A.D. 37, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro. Currently on view at the Getty Villa following conservation and study.