next art fair

Meet Abigail! She’s the third of the four romanceable girls in my next project.

She’s a cow, which I honestly kind of resisted at first because she’s kind of a country girl and it felt a bit on the nose, but as I was drawing it I just felt like she was too cute this way and so it kinda stuck.

I don’t have colors here so I just have to inform you that she has pink hair.


updated with some more examples of character portraits!

it’s that time of year again! i gotta pay bills ‘til i find a stable part time job to keep my head above the water for a while. i have regular commissions open, which you can check out here, or you can hit me up for a new thing i’m doing this year: character waist-up portraits for $15. please consider asking for one of these, or two, or an actual commission! this is also a great chance for me to practice styles.

send me an ask, dm me, or hit me up at my email ( with whichever character you’re thinking of (from whatever you want). my paypal itself is the same email ( i’d really appreciate any and all help, as i have to make around $300 per month to keep from dipping into my student account. 

Writing Secular American Jewish Characters

shim-raya asked:

Hi! I’m writing a story where one of my characters is a secular american jew, but neither he or his family still really believe in it anymore. However, I’d still like them to have some traditions or celebrations coming from their jewish heritage. So what do I need to research or focus on? And on the other side, can they have picked up some other traditions from the people around them, like Christmas? (But not in a religious kind of way of course) Thanks :)

Some customs secular, non-observant Jewish people still care about despite lack of religious observance:

  • Eating latkes on Chanukah (for those who don’t know: potato pancakes; common toppings are sour cream or apple sauce)
  • Other food traditions; depending on whether they’re Ashkenazi or Sephardic or what (links are to Wiki pages on each cuisine, which should give you some names of dishes to get started with further research.) Some fun videos to watch in Yiddish with English subtitles are here, so you can see what some Ashkie foods look like during preparation. New York deli food is largely based on secular American Ashkenazi stuff: the Reuben, after all, is Jewish while being extremely unkosher (because it combines meat and dairy.)
  • Having random Judaica around the house like how we all seem to have random dreidls or those big compilation books of Jewish humor. This can include family heirlooms like someone’s grandmother’s kiddush cup from Back in the Day.
  • Using Yiddish words for your body part euphemisms (tuchus for butt, for example.)
  • Caring about Jewish representation like Magneto, Rugrats, or whether or not some character on a contemporary comedy was a stereotype

Can they have picked up some other traditions from the people around them, like Christmas? (But not in a religious kind of way of course)

Looking at food specifically, Jewish people in the diaspora are already doing this. That’s why “Jewish cuisine” is as diverse as Polish elements + Iraqi elements etc. So, yes: but I’d feel kinda awkward about Christmas being included in this! I mean, sure, there are some secular Jews who get into it, but the dynamic has subtleties I’d feel awkward about a Gentile writing.

What about stuff that’s just an ordinary part of the local secular culture? BBQ and college football in the South, hippie/organic stuff on the West Coast, dry humor in the Midwest, baseball in the Northeast, etc. Nerd stuff like major sci-fi and superhero movie franchises and beloved fantasy novel series. Pop culture stuff like those reality shows with contestants and dancing or cooking or clothing design that everyone at work seems to be talking about the next day. Art fairs, rock concerts, community cleanup, community gardens. Black Lives Matter or women’s rights protests. Pride parades. etc.

Remember: non-religious people from a Jewish background may have, in many cases, a different relationship with Jewishness than non-religious people from a Christian background have with Christianity.


anonymous asked:

just a passing thought... Henry as the Woodsman is really hard to draw without him looking like some sort of redheaded coat stand with a bunch of gloves on it. I just imagine one of the triplets drawing him in school and getting super frustrated over it because nobody can figure it out on their own.

Acacia, that wag, does this tongue in cheek for her next art assignment.

(to be fair, getting an assignment like “Draw your family!” was vague and a little uninspired in her opinion. She knew this was ninth grade art but come on, give them some credit)

Art Chicago | Next Art Fair

The Renaissance Society will be involved in the 2011 Art Chicago | Next Art Fair in a variety of ways:

In Our Own Backyard
Saturday, April 30, 3-4pm, 12th Floor

Chicago curators Susanne Ghez, Director of The Renaissance Society, Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator at The Renaissance Society, Tricia Van Eck, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago will discuss the growth of support for regional artists, and its significance. Arts institutions in Chicago have a long record of providing support for regional artists, and of playing an important role in launching international careers. The panel members represent major institutions that have a record of providing exhibition opportunities to artists living and working in the Chicago area. 

New Insight
An exhibition of top MFA students from some of the country’s most influential graduate art programs, New Insight is curated by Susanne Ghez, director of The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. A platform for new talent and innovative ideas, New Insight provides the opportunity to view work by some of the brightest young minds working in diverse graduate programs across the country. 

The work of 18 students from 10 institutions will be exhibited in the 2011 edition of New Insight.  

Katherine Nichols, James Southard, Genesis Belanger and Irgin Sena, Martha Mysko, John Andrew McNeil, Katie Bell, Jennifer Cawley, Michael Mergen, and Elizabeth, Oren Lukatz and Rebekah Miller, Antonia Gurovska, Jonathan Apgar and Roxy Farhat, Gideon Barnett, Nancy Lupo, and Soyoung Park.

The Renaissance Society Publication Booth
The Renaissance Society will have a publications table on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart.  We will be selling publications and handing out posters from past exhibitions.  Stop by the check out our most recent exhibition catalog from Scott Short’s 2007 solo exhibition.