Here’s a short little review comic I did about Prismacolor colored pencils, and how sad it makes me that they’ve been declining in quality over the years! I’ve mostly switched over to Polychromos by now (and will be 100% converted by the next ATCF chapter break), and they’re definitely great pencils, but I think I’m always going to miss the old Berol Prismacolors I got to draw with as a little kid.
Incidentally, one of the reasons I decided to draw this comic is because I’ve heard Prismacolor sometimes used my work in promotional presentations they give at comic cons. I don’t mind them doing it too much (I *did* use their products for many years!), but just want to set the record straight that I don’t use their pencils anymore, and don’t recommend them to other artists :/
Also, if anyone’s interested in seeing my mom’s colored pencil work (which I mentioned in this comic), she’s still an active artist and art teacher out in California: http://artof2sisters.com
It seems to me that it’s getting harder to find high quality art supplies. So many companies get bought out and start nickel-and-diming away at their flagship products until everything is “student quality” (despite claims to the contrary) that reviews like this can be a lifesaver.
Happy Halloween! I don’t often get dressed up but this year I decided to make a costume based on my favourite prototype development board, the arduino :) It was a lot of fun and it elicited a lot of bewildered stares but my techie friends loved it and so do I!
It’s hard to tell in the first photo but the outfit is covered in puff-paint traces - all up and down the arms and over the back. It was a lot of work but it looks really cool. The lights down the side blink to a pattern I programmed and are powered by the arduino around my neck. The wires along the side were glow sticks and represent the tangled mess that any arduino project is in its first stages.
My favourite part is probably the fascinator which has a second microcontroller and a little blinky thing. This was my first time soldering “free” wires and 8/8 of the LEDs worked, which I’m very proud of because the wires go alllll the way down the side and alllll the way back up the shirt.
Derek’s gotta see this.
Three Versions of Judith Beheading Holofernes:
Valentine de Boulogne (1591-1632)
Artemisa Gentileschi (1593-1653)
i want to point out that the Gentileschi version(s, she did two) are the only ones in which Judith looks like she’s something other than a detached model, and also the only ones in which she looks like she and her maid have actual physical strength which they are using effectively to subdue a large and struggling man. also the only version of the painting in which she could conceivably be using a sword with the proper direction and force to cut through a neck: fist anchored in hair/beard, using the full force of her body to cut away from herself, as opposed to the other paintings in which the judiths are daintily trying to saw towards themselves. i am not sure she’d be able to get through the spinal column even like that but it’s better than the other two. the top caravaggio is especially bad, while the boulogne at least has the possibility of being a landed, full-armed swing.
artemisia’s father, Orazio, did another dumb version of the other popular scene from this story, where they conceal the head and escape together:
what are they looking for? aliens? is this the renaissance equivalent of smell the fart acting?
here’s artemisia’s bitchin version where judith slings her damn sword over her shoulder like a badass
oh also another thing? artemisia used herself as the model for judith, and her own rapist as the model for holofernes. ~no scrubs~
Something else I noticed: What’s the brightest highlighted area on Judith’s body?
Caravaggio: Her boobs
Valentine de Boulogne: Her boobs
Artemisa Gentileschi: Her arms
THE BEST COOKIE RECIPES :D
can I eat all of them at once please
reblogging for future reference omfg
I’m so happy
This Campbell’s soup product wants you to know that it’s a ball-bustin’ sausage fest. Or something.
Men Skin Undertones #men #skintone #skin tone #undertone #colortheory
(And… not unrelated to the commentary in the previous post.)
Rarely has a comics page symbolized everything I dislike about comic art so succinctly as this one, spotlighting two upcoming covers, from the X-men: Curse of the Mutants Spotlight.
Here we have two characters. One male, standing straight and facing the camera confidently, in full costume, clothed from head to toe.
The alternate cover is of a female figure, in this case, Pixie. A character, lest we forget, who is a minor. (15 years old, according to the character’s creators and Skottie Young when he drew her in New X-men.) Of course, in case we forget this detail, the artist has helpfully included hints, like a freaking teddy bear at the girl’s feet and her hair done up into pigtails.
She’s dressed in stockings, tiny shorts and is leaning over in a top that clearly displays she’s not wearing a bra, getting as close to a topless shot as the artist obviously felt they could get away with while still supposedly being clothed - ridiculously exposed. She’s got her fingers to her lips in a conspiratorial ‘don’t tell anyone’ pose - a typical cheesecake look that just seems all the more uncomfortable from a sexualized minor.
In short, this is really fucking gross.
That’s supposed to be a fifteen-year-old girl? Like a 10th-grader? Seriously? Because somebody needs to take the porn goggles off.
Fifteen-year-olds only look like that when they’re being portrayed by 20something actresses.
I wonder if some kind of cultural collateral damage is done by generally having adult actresses depict teenage girls in movies and TV. If young teens are expected to physically be fully-developed adults, I guess it gets a lot easier to sexually objectify them without any distracting qualms getting in the way.