17 10 / 2014

All ready for CTN!
I’ll be carrying some copies of my portfolio to give out. Yay can’t wait!

All ready for CTN!

I’ll be carrying some copies of my portfolio to give out. Yay can’t wait!

17 10 / 2014

bakerstreetbabes:

lyndsayfaye:

What would Effie Munro’s daughter Lucy from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Yellow Face” have looked like in adulthood?  And what would have happened to her?

The hard truth is that very few options existed in the 19th century for women of color, and almost none as regarded what we would today call a “career.”  Those who worked inside the home were most often domestics or cooks in other people’s households, or else did sewing, crafts, or laundry within their own homes. But Effie Munro’s daughter had tremendous advantages, so let’s consider rather further.  She had a well-traveled white mother who practically merited the term “adventuress,” one with her own money and prospects, and she had a white father pledged to love and protect her.  The family must have faced terrible social pressures, but they were strong and affluent and committed and brave.  So what might have become of her?

Marriage.  Well to do women seldom, let us remember, sought work at all.  One of the most likely lives Lucy would have found is marriage to a prosperous man of color—but remember, Effie married a black gentleman, and her new husband saw no issue with interracial marriage.  Therefore, provided the groom was suitably courageous, kind, and generally awesome, I have no problem believing Effie’s daughter could have married whomever she damn well pleased!

—Education.  Lucy came from two highly intelligent and resourceful parents, and ones with no fear of flouting social convention.  If Effie’s daughter developed an interest in the sciences or the humanities, she would most likely have used the knowledge for teaching, possibly even in a school dedicated to educating people of color.

—Small Business Ownership.  It was extremely uncommon for women to own their own businesses, but it was just barely possible.  Lucy had no need of her own income; however, if she had a love of hospitality, hats, printing, what have you, she could have owned a restaurant, millinery, or small press, for example.

The Arts.  Lucy must have experienced myriad disappointments and snobberies even growing up with such a badass parent and step-parent.  She would have a lot to express, and since money was no object, I personally like to think that she could have chosen to tell her story through music, painting, or some other medium.  This is my headcanon.

—Social Justice.  Times, they were hard in the 19th century, especially for people of color; it would come as no surprise to me if Lucy became a revolutionary, a crusader for civil rights during the early days of the suffragette movement—in fact, if she wasn’t a suffragette, I’ll eat my hat.

Whatever became of Lucy Munro, I hope she had a full and happy life.  Not only were her parents behind her, but so were Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself—a pretty formidable cheer team if I ever saw one.

Daily history dose. :)

10 10 / 2014

#WednesdayAddams for #sketch_dailies

#WednesdayAddams for #sketch_dailies

30 9 / 2014

gingerhaze:

boomstudios:

Sleepy Hollow #1 NYCC Exclusive Cover by Noelle Stevenson.

gingerhaze:

boomstudios:

Sleepy Hollow #1 NYCC Exclusive Cover by Noelle Stevenson.

(via tessfowler)

23 9 / 2014

sky-art-and-design:

Here is a picture after my 1 year mark of embracing my curly textured. After begging my sister @skyhairdesigns for some months she had finally added color to the tips of my hair. She’s a certified hair stylist and she wants to make my hair stays healthy and that I’m taking care of it.
Ever since I started my curly hair journey and taking my it works goal hair, skin and nails product, my hair has become a lot fuller, thicker and healthier.
I just wanted to share my growth with you all. I’m having so much fun learning and embracing my curlybhair, I used to hate my hair so much but things have gotten a lot better now that I have a better understanding of my natural texture😄 #naturalhairrock #naturalhair #naturallycurly #naturalcurls #curlygirl #teamnatural

sky-art-and-design:

Here is a picture after my 1 year mark of embracing my curly textured. After begging my sister @skyhairdesigns for some months she had finally added color to the tips of my hair. She’s a certified hair stylist and she wants to make my hair stays healthy and that I’m taking care of it.

Ever since I started my curly hair journey and taking my it works goal hair, skin and nails product, my hair has become a lot fuller, thicker and healthier.

I just wanted to share my growth with you all. I’m having so much fun learning and embracing my curlybhair, I used to hate my hair so much but things have gotten a lot better now that I have a better understanding of my natural texture😄
#naturalhairrock #naturalhair #naturallycurly #naturalcurls #curlygirl #teamnatural

21 9 / 2014

"

“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.

If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

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Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via bakcwadrs)

a couple of other quotes from the article i really like:

According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace

and

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.

(via mercy-misrule)

(via svetlania)

19 9 / 2014

(Source: nbga, via thetarrpit)

19 9 / 2014

fayeyong:

Saw this #babyme tag floating around on Ross’s tumblr… which made me think back to my own childhood. I often hear of other artists who say stuff like “I was born with a crayon in my hand” or “Ever since I was a tiny little kid, I was always drawing and drawing and drawing/ I displayed artistic talent since I was a child”, or the super dramatic “I’ve always wanted to be an artist”. Looking back at my wee years, I remember it being very mundane and low key. I don’t recall feeling any particular passion towards any hobby, and I don’t think there was any super talent that manifested itself.
There was a stint at about 9-12 where I started drawing a lot of bad, half abandoned, legless (literally) Sailormoon fan-comics, but I think that was more out of extreme Sailor Moon fandom rather than any actual love for drawing.
In secondary school I started drawing manga (always abandoned) and half scribbled comics about my classmates, but to be honest I think maybe 40% of that was artistic interest, and 60% of that was my awkward way of fitting in, because my friends found those comics funny. (I wasn’t the super smart kid, I wasn’t the athetic kid, I wasn’t the pretty+popular kid, so hey I could be the art comic!) That, and I was also pretty interested in digital technology in creating art.
My discovery of my love of art didn’t manifest really, until I got to university (ostensibly to study something practical like Multimedia Design) and ended up picking a load of Illustration modules…  and the rest is downhill from there. :P
Ultimately, I don’t believe that I’m one of those “born with talent” artistic geniuses, I very much think that where I am today is a result of 10% initial interest in art, and 90% practice practice practice. It would be NICE to be born with bucketloads of natural talent, but I guess one can indeed get by with a lot of hard work, balanced self criticism and more hard work. 
So if you want to do something new, I don’t think it’s too late to start. You just have to be prepared to put aside any preconceived adult ego of how things should be, and just do it. Stumbles and falls aplenty (when you see 12 year olds on Deviantart who can out-draw you blindfolded), but like any other skill, if you want it you gotta work for it. :)

fayeyong:

Saw this #babyme tag floating around on Ross’s tumblr… which made me think back to my own childhood. 

I often hear of other artists who say stuff like “I was born with a crayon in my hand” or “Ever since I was a tiny little kid, I was always drawing and drawing and drawing/ I displayed artistic talent since I was a child”, or the super dramatic “I’ve always wanted to be an artist”. Looking back at my wee years, I remember it being very mundane and low key. I don’t recall feeling any particular passion towards any hobby, and I don’t think there was any super talent that manifested itself.

There was a stint at about 9-12 where I started drawing a lot of bad, half abandoned, legless (literally) Sailormoon fan-comics, but I think that was more out of extreme Sailor Moon fandom rather than any actual love for drawing.

In secondary school I started drawing manga (always abandoned) and half scribbled comics about my classmates, but to be honest I think maybe 40% of that was artistic interest, and 60% of that was my awkward way of fitting in, because my friends found those comics funny. (I wasn’t the super smart kid, I wasn’t the athetic kid, I wasn’t the pretty+popular kid, so hey I could be the art comic!) That, and I was also pretty interested in digital technology in creating art.

My discovery of my love of art didn’t manifest really, until I got to university (ostensibly to study something practical like Multimedia Design) and ended up picking a load of Illustration modules…  and the rest is downhill from there. :P

Ultimately, I don’t believe that I’m one of those “born with talent” artistic geniuses, I very much think that where I am today is a result of 10% initial interest in art, and 90% practice practice practice. It would be NICE to be born with bucketloads of natural talent, but I guess one can indeed get by with a lot of hard work, balanced self criticism and more hard work. 

So if you want to do something new, I don’t think it’s too late to start. You just have to be prepared to put aside any preconceived adult ego of how things should be, and just do it. Stumbles and falls aplenty (when you see 12 year olds on Deviantart who can out-draw you blindfolded), but like any other skill, if you want it you gotta work for it. :)

17 9 / 2014

#BabyMe for #sketch_dailies.

#BabyMe for #sketch_dailies.

17 9 / 2014

ornamentedbeing:

COLLECTION:  Comédie-Française

RÔLE:  Diana

DESCRIPTIF COSTUME:  Costume de style empire. Robe à taille haute en moire rose pâle, manches ballons avec rangs de perles et broderies dans le bas de la robe. Manteau de cour avec traîne en velours rouge brodé or.

DATE DE PRODUCTION:  1996-05-25

LIEU DE PRODUCTION:  Comédie-Française, Paris (Salle Richelieu)

(Source: cncs.skin-web.org, via voxapocrypha)