I was thinking about the matter today, physical matter, how it is reflected around us and how we can influence it - by touch, by breathe, by the initial concept of living. We can change the substance we`re made from with our own will, with the touch of the hand - with the mind, which rules the hand…
I think I`m going to upoald more on this topic soon:)
A lot of times you sit down to journal and you just can’t think of what to create, here’s a list of things that inspire me to journal-
Sometimes an outfit, advert, celebrity, animal or quote catches my eye and inspires me, you could cut them out and make a page with that as the main focus
If I find a particular colour I like I’ll just find all the things that are the same colour and stick them all down, pens, ribbons, parts of magazines etc. are all included if they’re the right colour. Colour swatches from the paint section in DIY shops make a great addition to colour themed pages- and you can get an array and have loads of different themes.
• Quote:- I find quotes on tumblr, in books I’ve read, fortune cookies and from the newspaper and just go with it. I might doodle around it, try different styles to write it out in or just have it on a page and decorate the border.
• Poems:- kind of the same as quotes, I find something that inspires me or I love and journal around it.
• Packaging:- the colours and images on packaging for food or bags really inspire me. I also love using clothes tags, you can document what you’ve bought or just collect ones that are pretty.
• Lists:- these are great because you can make them on all sorts of topics and illustrate them or just write them out. Favourite books, foods, films, what you’d take to a deserted island or what you’d like to do before you die are all ideas you can start with.
What's wrong with society's perception of science?
quite a lot, unfortunately
the societal perception of science is complicated, but to the primary issues are that it’s seen as 1) inaccessible, 2) untrustworthy, and 3) dangerous
i place them in that order because they feed into each other (inaccessibility breeds mistrust which breeds speculation on danger) but to briefly touch on each as a separate entity, let’s start with inaccessibility.
the general perception of science is that it is something difficult, almost untouchable – something only certain people can participate in. and i won’t deny that there are barriers to getting involved in STEM fields (the gender inequality rampant in them comes to mind, as does the general inaccessibilty of research), but that is obviously something that should be remedied. in any case, science is built up as something only accessible to prodigies – a problem visible in places like the entertainment industry, where the “genius” trope pervades in portrayals of science, and mirrored by the rest of society. which is a major issue, since science should be something everyone can have an understanding of and participate in, be it through proper science reporting and media, citizen science programs and volunteer opportunities, or simply good communication to break down the walls between scientists and the public
it makes sense that this problem would fuel mistrust, because we have a natural tendency to be suspicious of what we don’t understand. because science is locked up behind walls, people start to question it. look at any highly contested area of scientific reseach (GMOs, climate change, vaccines, etc.) and you’ll see a huge gap between the public opinion and what scientists are actually saying. society viewing science as untrustworthy leads to the doubting of information directly from the people investigating it which, again, is a major problem
and then, of course, there’s the fact that this mistrust at its core comes from a fear that science is actually overall dangerous. that’s the “why” in why people don’t trust scientists. there’s a field of thought (which i subscribe to) that suggests the continuous portrayal of scientists as out-of-control and compromising their morals (look at where we get the term “faustian bargain”) in the public eye as contributing to this. as fun as fictional “mad scientists” can be, the extremely negative connotations the victor frankensteins among them contribute are very possibly dangerous towards societal perceptions of whether science can be trusted or not. and of course, science is not a morally flawless field and never has been – but when people begin to doubt the trustworthiness of genuinely helpful advances and imperative issues, despite the progress science has proven it can bring, something has gone wrong
needless to say, there’s fault to go around. scientists are definitely responsible for some of this image, the media for a significant portion as well, and the lack of research (which of course can be partially attributed to poor accessibility and reporting, tying back to the last two) done by the public another part. essentially everyone has a role in cultivating this poor image of science. i tend to fixate on the scientists’ role as a scientist (…in progress) myself, and am very passionate about trying to break down some of the walls discussed. but i hope i’ve answered your question sufficiently, and maybe even brought attention to one of the issues i’m most passionate about
Jokes aside, so far the way I’ve been approaching self-teaching is to create specific goals for myself to achieve in a timely manner, kind of as if I were giving myself homework assignments. So for example, in the Alice in Wonderland portfolio project I uploaded recently, I came up with the concept and gave myself the task of executing it within a couple of weeks, drawing whenever I had free time. For coming up with assignments and projects for myself, I’ve been looking a lot at the portfolios of illustration and visdev majors and trying to dissect what it is that they do in school and what they choose to include in their portfolios.
From my own observation, visdev majors usually have their portfolio consist of a single visdev project that shows the execution of a story idea from character design, prop design, to color scripting and illustration of scenes. Meanwhile, illustration majors will usually have a collection of illustrations on various topics, often organized into categories like “Business Editorial” or “Children’s Editorial” if they want to highlight their versatility with different publications.
If you’re not looking to self-teach for professional purposes, then giving yourself assignments still works! But maybe they will be more technique driven, like practicing how to use color or working on your anatomy. In any case, the most important thing is to set specific goals for yourself to drive your improvement, because practice alone isn’t enough to improve in a short period of time- you need to practice with a certain intent and focus so that you don’t rely on your habits or your comfort zone.
yo have I mentioned how simplified these illustrations are? Because they are very simplified. Could more people transitioning to a more plant-based diet help reduce global carbon emissions and slow global warming? You read some research and you decide.
these illustrations are part of an ongoing freelance gig. Visit this tag to see the completed set so far!
“The Moth Princess” for Illustration Friday’s topic “metamorphosis.”
Most days I have a “doodle painting” that I work on as a morning warmup/lunch break/when I get worn out with regular work. It helps keep me fresh and creative, and lets me get out whatever I’m mulling over without it affecting my professional work.
La Razaanthology a collaborative art zine celebrating Latinx culture is now seeking comics, illustrations & personal essays! Topics for work can include (but not limited to): Assimilation, racism, experience with your culture, trips to countries, family stories, pop culture ¡Etc! ¡Etc! ¡Etc!
We’re seeking 1st draft/summaries of submission by June 19th. For comics we will need a total number of pages; for illustrations note how many pieces you are submitting.
Final work will be accepted by July 31st!
Please submit everything to LaRazaAnthology@gmail.com
- The anthology will be printed in 8.5" x 11" format
- Resolution: at least 300 dpi
- B&W + Color accepted
- Files must be in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf.
-English/Spanish/Bilingual works are all accepted!
You are more than welcome to submit multiple submissions!
All contributors will receive copies of the anthology in addition to having their work displayed at a nyc gallery during Latin American & Hispanic Heritage month in September!
Let’s all unite with our experiences & push further for more Latinx representation! :)
People asked me if I use references when I color and where I learned to use markers.
Long time friends who have been following me for years, know that I’m not a fan of coloring and that I have only recently started coloring traditionally.
I use references but not when I’m working on an illustration.
Like all other topics of art (gesture, posing, clothes, BG art), I do studies from life, photos or other artists’ works to learn new things and build up my artist’s library in my head. When you see an artist drawing/painting something from their head perfectly, it must be coming from the library in which all things they previously/constantly drawn or closely observed are stored.
I am a noob in traditional coloring and I have a hard time picking colors (in both mediums), so I do quick studies of background elements and shading techniques on the side from time to time, and with time, god willing, I’ll develop both skill and style in coloring.
Doodling, sketching with colors, experimenting and trying out new and different tools without hesitation is the best way to learn and get better with a unique voice of your own.