folksie

Look, Marvel, you want Steve Rogers to be an incorruptible bastion of moral pureness? Fine. And I don’t mean that sarcastically! Movie!Steve has actually managed to be interesting with this characterization.

But for the love of god, stop with this “his simple 40s politics are a stark contrast to the modern day” bullshit. While I’ll grant you the comics ran too far in the other direction on this in a lot of times, there is a balance to be struck. Steve no more needs to represent 40s-as-a-social-justice-nightmare than he needs to represent 40s-as-a-folksy-utopia. Use nuance. Please.

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I went back down south recently for a couple of days to catch up with people and go places I don’t often get to go anymore.  I’ve lived up in the north a good while now, and more and more friends are moving away from places I used to know and have less reason to visit.

Brighton is one of those places.  For people outside the UK, Brighton is known for being a bit bohemian and having a big LGBT population/being a day trip spot for Londoners.

As a queer teenager I loved Brighton and wanted to move there.  Once I went to pride and spent the night clubbing then sat on the beach all night with friends watching the sun come up around a bonfire and I was in love with the place.  It was so creative and vibrant and I loved visiting.  But going back it somehow seems very unchanged, almost like it’s stuck in a late 90’s - early 2000s world of “Don’t worry be happy” smiley face posters, “No one knows I’m a lesbian” t-shirts and neon fluffy bags.  It just seems a bit worn around the edges.

I loved Brighton’s creativity, but going there now I was shocked to find the handmade shops stocking mostly work from people I know in Yorkshire (!), Donna Wilson (who is rad, but everywhere nowadays!  And good on her!) and pseudo-handmade shabby chic things.  I walked around enjoying the place on a nostalgic level, but lamenting the lack of locally made work, which is what I love to see in cities.

I went to Snoopers Paradise, a fantastic sprawling second hand shop full of absolutely anything you could want.  I’ve spent so many hours in that shop, but now being a northern expat, northern second hand shops are so cheap in comparison!

I went upstairs and found where Brighton’s local creatives are hiding, Snoopers Attic!  If you’ve been to Wilderness or Secret Garden Party and enjoyed it you’ll feel right at home.  (I definitely was!  I spent last year decorating SGP and felt like I was back there!) It has that wonderfully faux-folksy, outdoorsy festival vibe of a Pinterest garden party board.  That may sound like I’m being sarcastic, but I’m not!  It’s wonderful!  It’s beautifully decorated and stocked by local highly talented designers.  There’s sustainable clothing, collars, taxidermy, terrariums, jewellery, all sorts!  All handmade, all in Brighton, and not things I’d seen before!  And it all works so well together.  Even the stairs up to it are beautifully decorated with dried flowers, bunting, the people who decorated this know what their doing.  

I would recommend if going to Brighton you go their first, and explore the rest later!  And if you’re going to a festival this year, get your outfit here!

More of this kind of thing please =]

There were a few other good crafty things in Brighton, but more on that soon!

Talking about how the cultural associations of accent are basically arbitrary, came up with the alternate universe in which US politicians affect a Northern California accent (rather than, in our world, a southern accent) to seem folksy and down-to-earth:

"My fellow Americans, I am hella stoked to be running for President of these totally awesome United States. You need a dude who can grok your issues and I am toooootally that dude."

Whoomp there it is

December’s a cop-out because I’m bogged down this month. May and June were primarily thesis and freelance art months, so those thumbnails don’t really make sense.

This year I learned:

  • how to cut back on lens flare after my professors called me “J.J. Abrams Junior”
  • how to cut back on orange and pink color palettes (sort of) (not really)
  • how to be comfortable with digital sketching and lineart
  • how to better fill the canvas instead of cropping to save the composition

Next year I want to work on:

  • not drawing terribly boring poses, stock expressions, and big meaty fingers
  • letting go of my Factory-Clean OSHA-Approved Lineart, being okay with messy stuff
  • getting better at digital, but also getting better at different types of traditional
  • actually working in a sketchbook every day! I want cool sketchbooks.

The greatest songs are those that fit any situation. Whatever emotion you’re feeling in whatever season you’re experiencing, Fleet Foxes' 2008 hit, White Winter Hymnal, is guaranteed to fit. Whether it’s the band’s haunting harmonies, or the beautiful instrumentation, White Winter Hymnal is sure to fill your soul with life (and maybe your head with lumberjack fantasies).

Amazed that I have never featured this song here! One of my all time favorites. And what better song to start off the best month of the year with!

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