I’m a 20-something design graduate who’s finally getting back into drawing after a four year long depression hiatus. Eventually I’d like to go to grad school for either fashion or illustration, and knowing myself I’ll probably wind up doing both. You can check out My art here!
I’m still learning how to sew, and am trying out new techniques on cosplay and costumes before I start with for real-real apparel. I’ve learned a lot, though, so if you have any questions about something, feel free to ask! If I don’t know the answer, I definitely know people who do.
If I don’t pattern out the sleeves for this costume tomorrow, I want you to come to my apartment and punch me in the mouth.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your nanogarden grow?
Harvard engineer Wim Noorduin has a green thumb. Only his thumb is only a few microns wide. By carefully controlling gradients of chemicals, he guided the construction of flower-like crystal structures to match their larger biological forms. It’s certainly art, but it also demonstrates a masterful manipulation of chemistry on the nano scale.
Just how small are they? As NPR reports, these flowers could fit in the lapel of the tiny Abraham Lincoln statue on the back of a penny (back when pennies had the Lincoln Memorial on them, anyway). These electron microscope images are false colored to recreate fantastic flowers, and these manipulations will one day help control the construction of useful microstructures.
If you’re seriously engineering-inclined, here’s the original research as it appears in Science.
This makes me super happy for some reason. ;u;
mary totally came up with all of these, i contributed the spray paint fumes
I’M WEEPING WITH LAUGHTER
Except costume satin makes me shudder in the worst way. Yelch.
AINT NO LIE (about the tweets or the cosplay satin *shudder*)
- love yourself like kanye loves himself
- believe in yourself like kanye believes in himself
- know you’re the shit like kanye knows he’s the shit
This is actually really great because Kanye West has fought depression and suicide this sort of confidence worked for him and wow Kanye West. Anyone who is depressed, believe you are the Kanye Best.
I feel so emotionally ill that it’s manifesting itself into physical illness.
Like, I just want to throw my computer, and then myself, out of the window.
Okay so I followed this video about foreshortening and…
Sycra. I love you so much for making this video.
YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING SHITTING ME
This is so helpful! I would have never thought to draw out the orbits (the only way I can put it, really,) that a limb would travel on when foreshortening.
Sculptures carved from egg shells by Chinese artist Wen Fuliang
So I can’t work in the field I’m super passionate about because I’m so scared of not being good enough. This fear paralyzes me and makes it extremely challenging to dry at all. I’m always trying to “just do it.” That doesn’t always work so well. Does anyone have any advice on how to overcome fears of failure as an artist?
I think… just be aware that “failure” is relative. No one succeeds at every single thing all the time, there are always setbacks, but it isn’t the end of the world when it happens. Failing happens, but it doesn’t make you a failure. I was so scared of failing when I was starting out, and I had a lot of rejection from clients and a lot of illustrations that didn’t work out and classwork I just could not get my head around. But looking back, I’m realizing that despite what I thought were crippling failures, despite the mistakes I thought I’d made, it wasn’t those mistakes and failures that defined me. They happened, I had a good cry, and then I kept going. Eventually (after several years) I went from “not good enough” to finally being hired by the companies I wanted to work with, because I kept on with it (often out of sheer stubbornness) even when it was scary and I didn’t think I’d make it. Deep down I knew that art was something I really wanted to do, even if I could only do it in my free time after work.
Speaking of which, there is no shame in needing a day job and not being able to do art as a fulltime job. That in NO way makes someone a failure. A ton of people have day jobs to support their art. It actually can really help, because it means you have a little more stability in terms of income, and it can keep you from getting too burned out drawing all day long. There are so many paths to success, so many different definitions of success, so many different ways to make a contribution in your field. You don’t have to have X job at Y company to be an artist or to find fulfillment or to make your own way. A lot of industry people tend to act like if you don’t hit the same benchmarks that they did and follow their exact path, you’ll never succeed, but that’s BS. You don’t have to measure yourself against anyone’s yardstick but your own, and you aren’t a failure if your career path doesn’t look exactly like someone else’s. Failures and setbacks happen to everyone, but they don’t define you. It’s okay and totally normal to be afraid of failing, but if art is something you really want to do, don’t let that fear keep you from trying. As long as you keep working and putting work out there, no matter where you go with your art, you will never be a failure.
Lord knows I feel this way a lot. Keep at it, everyone!
10 actual Indian actors who could’ve played Khan Noonien Singh instead of Benedict Cumberbatch: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Naveen Andrews, Sacha Dhawan, Kal Penn, John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Aamir Khan, Kabir Bedi (who should’ve been the original Khan anyway)