media arts class

Being an artist, a writer, a musician, a comedian, etc. these things… aren’t luxuries lol, these things are just as impactful on society as most anything else. Humans have been creating music and art for hundreds of thousands of years, I’m not saying being an artist and creating art is a luxury. 

Doing what you love shouldn’t be a luxury, that’s the thing I’m trying to say. Communists wouldn’t consider you making music doing something luxurious and unnecessary, that’s literally a capitalist thing.

Capitalism views art as a luxury only for the rich, capitalism views music as a luxury only the rich can produce or have proper equipment and education to create it. 

Art should be for all, and all who wish to do art should be allowed resources for that, and education if they so need. No matter the sort of art.

fuck if i know how shadows work im just trying to learn not to be scared of colors.  anyway have more nicos and mat hanging out on the couch :)


Five untitled works by John Chamberlain (from top):

  • brown paper, brown resin, pennies; approximately 7 inches in diameter; sold at auction for $18,750.
  • painted aluminum foil; approximately 12 inches in diameter; sold at auction for $40,000.
  • urethane foam, cord; approximately 6 inches in diameter; sold at auction for $11,875.
  • brown paper, dark brown resin; approximately 6 inches in diameter; sold at auction for $26,250.
  • silver foil, brown paper; approximately 6 inches in diameter; sold at auction for $25,000.

I’ve posted before about my struggle to reconcile the money spent on what are, to me (I’m something of a philistine, admittedly), questionable works of art (see here and here, for example). I’m conflicted in the same way about these pieces.

On the one hand, I respect a lot of John Chamberlain’s work and have posted some of his pieces before (see here, here, here, and here). And in looking over the body of his work I can kinda see the relevance of these works, the continuity of his aesthetic carried through by them.

But on the other hand my philistine brain looks at them and sees five wadded up pieces of garbage that might have been found as-is in a skip at a building site. And when I think about what could be done for the poor with the $121,875 that was paid for them it troubles me. A lot.

The problem as I see it is this: there are millions of Americans (not to mention billions across the globe) for whom finding $20 in a jeans pocket is a serious windfall, and there are a few thousand Americans (and others) who think nothing of dropping a thousand or two thousand times that amount on a six-inch piece of wadded up garbage. I just can’t get my mind around that.

I mean, art in all its forms is very important indeed, central to what makes us human, but when so many are struggling just to find food is it moral to participate in the thriving market for artworks like these? I’m not smart enough to answer my own question, but I can’t help but feel that we as a culture need to conduct a serious review of our priorities and carry out a major overhaul of how wealth is distributed in first-world society, so that everyone gets fed and housed and educated and seen by a doctor before money gets spent on luxury bits of trash like these.

End of sermon.


Aka I-despise-you-and-now-we’re-stuck-in-an-elevator-together Bellarke AU.

I wrote to this prompt (“Put two people who hate each other in an elevator for 12 hours. What happens?”) a while back and realized that with a few tweaks, it could totally work for Bellarke. The original version is here.

So here it is! Featuring punkrock!bellamy and artTA!clarke. It’s got some slightly OOC moments, but most AUs do right? Hope you enjoy!


“Hold the door!”

Clarke slipped into the elevator just as the doors slid closed, huffing a sigh and muttering a quiet “thanks” over the monotone electronic voice informing her that they were in fact “going up.” She was already late for her weekly meeting with the other teaching assistants for Professor Kane’s Art and Media class, but there was nothing to do about it now. All she could do was stare at the dial above the door, its arm swinging in an aggravatingly slow arch from floor one to two.

“Come on, come on,” she hissed under her breath. The art department was on level six and Clarke was never late. She hated being late.

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imaginethestars  asked:

Can you please give me tips on how to draw proper body proportions? I'm sick of drawing faces and always end up ruining the whole art by drawing the neck downwards 😭

  • Start to draw bodies now.
  • In my media classes, the art teacher taught us about this, i just redrew a version for you, it’s pretty easy to follow though:( you can go with 7 heads or 6,5 heads, etc - that’s up to the characters)

  • I have an anatomy tag and a poses tag in my resource blog, they will help you.
  • Check out this video (and the channel as well) about body proportions.
  • Good luck!