inspiration

Feeling the Holiday Vibes

Unlike my past Christmases, I decided to decorate my work station with Christmas lights earlier this year. I also plan on buying a small Christmas tree for my desk, but I wonder if I even have space for it. Haha.

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Today was a weirdly calm and productive sort of day. I was able to do some typography using watercolors and acrylics, and used a sketchbook which has been around for more than a year (but barely drawn on). That’s for another post though.

Christmas is only 38 days away, and I’m feeling it so much already!

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The Sea Down Under

Shipwrecks and the notion that mermaids have caused some of them have always been fascinating to me. As a mystery-lover, I do what I can to know how these notions were formed and how they have become more or less influential in these modern times where almost everything can be explained.

For this entry/challenge/homework, we were given two photos/artworks to choose to write about, and I chose an artwork by David Wyatt:

 Before I decided on my topic, I asked myself, “What do you see?” Well, there’s the obvious: jellyfish floating around, a few people by the entrance of the shipwreck, the rays of light from above and of course, the wreckage itself.

Another striking detail about this artwork is the fact that if this is really an underwater wreck, those people by the entrance should be having a hard time keeping their feet on the ground. Though an argument about its being in a cave of some sort may also be valid for a few reasons, the floating jellyfish contradict it.

But no one’s really interested in what they see. Most people long to know what is going on behind the scenes. As for this image, I wanted to cook up a story about the goings-on inside the shipwreck – if there are bodies, gold, hints of its past grandeur, and most importantly, if there are creatures who have made it their fortress. However, the story I have in mind isn’t short, and it would probably take me a week just to edit the first two chapters.

So, I just made a drawing to explain my thoughts on what lurks inside the ship.

Yes. Mermaids are so cliché. But what can you do about it? It was the first creature that popped into my head when I saw the the shipwreck, and the presence of those people by the entrance inspired her pose and placement. I’ve always thought of mermaids as confident and beautiful creatures of the sea, but this time, I wanted to contradict it somehow. How awesome would it be to know that mermaids (or “mer-people” to be less gender-biased) were actually afraid of humans?

Now that I mention fear, is it true that what we fear the most is what we actually long to learn more about? Take the mermaids for example. If it is true that they are feared by sailors, would our interest in them lessen if it was vice-versa? Would we want to know about mermaids if they were afraid of us? How about sharks? Would we really be interested in placing them on the cover of magazines (like The National Geographic) if we weren’t concerned enough about what they could do to us?

Going back to the artwork, I can think of a few more things to point out, but doing so would lead me into a longer post – and that is plainly going against my plans for this challenge. :)

Until next time, dear readers.

ENGS002 #4: A Dark Reminder

Random thoughts:

It’s rare for someone to forget a childhood filled with laughter, and encouragement, but when one does, where does he/she go from there? What if that person remembers the past, but only connects with the dark moments of infancy?

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Memories are harder to bear than the reminder of scars left from painful experiences. A single word can trigger a train of memories carefully hidden at the back of the mind, accessible only when one chooses to evaluate his/her life.

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“Furries” are the creeps. They wait until one is at his/her weakest and when the moment comes, they put their plan into action, unleashing destruction (such as messing up the floor and finding relief just outside the door) in all places possible. They force their owners to care for them, when somewhere in a different wavelength and dimension, they are laughing at the humans’ gullibility.

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“Screw the rules, I have money!” ~Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged

We are at our darkest moments. Times when speaking nonsense and cursing at people for no reason is acceptable. Days when stealing from a neighbor is okay but borrowing money is something shameful. How did we come to this? Is it truly the natural evolution of man? Are we destined to become *diots even if we try not to be one?

It’s like saying, “Screw the government, I’m bored.”

(Though I much prefer this statement from the first one.)

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Embrace childhood like you would a stuffed toy. Care for it like you would fragile china, but let it go as soon as your hands become too rough to touch it.

Prompt/Inspiration from here.

Robot: Flame

I was soo inspired by Toe (recommended/inspiration-source from our English prof.) that I didn’t know what came over me and made me draw a robot. A pink one, yes. The color scheme was expected. :)

Did this in about 6 hours, and I still can’t get it all clean like the professional artists do! hahaha. Oh well. I’m not a professional yet, so I AM excused, right? :)

I was planning to draw this with a girl at the bottom right, but then got lazy and stopped here. Tomorrow though, I’ll have to finish this drawing!

Good night!