In 4th grade I won artist of the month with some other girl. I won it for a clay sculpture I made that my mom still has. I worked in the art room in all my recess time for like, 2 weeks to get it done. Which is some serious dedication for a 9-year-old. Also it was February, because I remember we were wearing pink for Valentine’s Day reasons. That sculpture was literally the last time I worked with legit clay, and that fact makes me sad.

In 4th grade I won artist of the month with some other girl. I won it for a clay sculpture I made that my mom still has. I worked in the art room in all my recess time for like, 2 weeks to get it done. Which is some serious dedication for a 9-year-old. Also it was February, because I remember we were wearing pink for Valentine’s Day reasons. That sculpture was literally the last time I worked with legit clay, and that fact makes me sad.

Aug 29. 1 Notes.

iamyourwhathaveidone:

notenoughtosurvive:

unamusedsloth:

Nude Portraits series by photographer Trevor Christensen

This is my new favorite thing

brilliant

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thegodofmischiefmanaged:

future me after college

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devonwhalen:

Series of 3 black and white pieces involving ghosts, possession and the occult. My entries for this quarter’s Illustrators of the Future contest. If you like these, check out the rest of my portfolio here. :)

I reposted the full series of these on my portfolio blog, but I’m really proud of them, and thus want them on my personal, too. :3

Aug 29. 2 Notes.

tinymediaempire:

"I’d been thinking about Robin Williams a bit recently. His manager Larry Bresner told me that when Robin was asked by a German journalist on a press junket why the Germans had a reputation for humourlessness that Williams replied, “Because you killed all the funny people.”

Robin Williams was exciting to me because he seemed to be sat upon a geyser of comedy. Like he didn’t manufacture it laboriously within but had only to open a valve and it would come bursting through in effervescent jets. He was plugged into the mains of comedy.

I was aware too that this burbling and manic man-child that I watched on the box on my Nan’s front room floor with a Mork action figure (I wish I still had that, he came in a plastic egg) struggled with mental illness and addiction. The chaotic clarity that lashed like an electric cable, that razzed and sparked with amoral, puckish wonder was in fact harvested madness. A refinement of an energy that could turn as easily to destruction as creativity.

He spoke candidly about his mental illness and addiction, how he felt often on a precipice of self-destruction, whether through substance misuse or some act of more certain finality. I thought that this articulate acknowledgement amounted to a kind of vaccine against the return of such diseased thinking, which has proven to be hopelessly naive.

When someone gets to 63 I imagined, hoped, I suppose, that maturity would grant an immunity to adolescent notions of suicide but today I read that suicide isn’t exclusively a young man’s game. Robin Williams at 63 still hadn’t come to terms with being Robin Williams.

Now I am incapable of looking back at my fleeting meeting with him with any kind of objectivity, I am bound to apply, with hindsight, some special significance to his fragility, meekness and humility. Hidden behind his beard and kindness and compliments was a kind of awkwardness, like he was in the wrong context or element, a fallen bird on a hard floor.

It seems that Robin Williams could not find a context. Is that what drug use is? An attempt to anaesthetise against a reality that constantly knocks against your nerves, like tinfoil on an old school filling, the pang an urgent message to a dormant, truer you.

Is it melancholy to think that a world that Robin Williams can’t live in must be broken? To tie this sad event to the overarching misery of our times? No academic would co-sign a theory in which the tumult of our fractured and unhappy planet is causing the inherently hilarious to end their lives, though I did read that suicide among the middle-aged increased inexplicably in 1999 and has been rising ever since. Is it a condition of our era?

Poor Robin Williams, briefly enduring that lonely moment of morbid certainty where it didn’t matter how funny he was or who loved him or how many lachrymose obituaries would be written. I feel bad now that I was unduly and unbefittingly snooty about that handful of his films that were adjudged unsophisticated and sentimental. He obviously dealt with a pain that was impossible to render and ultimately insurmountable, the sentimentality perhaps an accompaniment to his childlike brilliance.

We sort of accept that the price for that free-flowing, fast-paced, inexplicable comic genius is a counterweight of solitary misery. That there is an invisible inner economy that demands a high price for breathtaking talent. For me genius is defined by that irrationality; how can he talk like that? Play like that? Kick a ball like that? A talent that was not sculpted and schooled, educated and polished but bursts through the portal, raw and vulgar. Always mischievous, always on the brink of going wrong, dangerous and fun, like drugs.

Robin Williams could have tapped anyone in the western world on the shoulder and told them he felt down and they would have told him not to worry, that he was great, that they loved him. He must have known that. He must have known his wife and kids loved him, that his mates all thought he was great, that millions of strangers the world over held him in their hearts, a hilarious stranger that we could rely on to anarchically interrupt, the all-encompassing sadness of the world. Today Robin Williams is part of the sad narrative that we used to turn to him to disrupt.

What platitudes then can we fling along with the listless, insufficient wreaths at the stillness that was once so animated and wired, the silence where the laughter was? That fame and accolades are no defense against mental illness and addiction? That we live in a world that has become so negligent of human values that our brightest lights are extinguishing themselves? That we must be more vigilant, more aware, more grateful, more mindful? That we can’t tarnish this tiny slice of awareness that we share on this sphere amidst the infinite blackness with conflict and hate?

That we must reach inward and outward to the light that is inside all of us? That all around us people are suffering behind masks less interesting than the one Robin Williams wore? Do you have time to tune in to Fox News, to cement your angry views to calcify the certain misery?

What I might do is watch Mrs Doubtfire. Or Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting and I might be nice to people, mindful today how fragile we all are, how delicate we are, even when fizzing with divine madness that seems like it will never expire.”

-Russell Brand

I just got to reading this. It’s gorgeous and really upsetting. Read it. It’s worth it.

daisypod:

i think these were my favorites

daisypod:

i think these were my favorites

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slenbee:

katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.STOP. STOP NOW.DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?So now.Support beekeepers.Support bees.buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

Reblogging for my bee brethren!

slenbee:

katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.

STOP. STOP NOW.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?

Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.

I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. 
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. 
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?

So now.
Support beekeepers.
Support bees.

buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

Reblogging for my bee brethren!

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gabracadabra said: Once you get this you must share five random facts about yourself. Then pass this on to your 10 favourite followers (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

I’m one of your favorite followers!? I’m so happy. :’)

Okay, here goes!

1. I’m supposed to be doing my Art History reading right now, but instead I’m on Tumblr updating my comics blog. And answering facts about myself.

2. I really like the way my own handwriting looks. And I usually hand-write papers and essays and stuff before I type them.

3. I have a 2-week-old baby sister. She’s cute and squidgy and it’s really weird because I’ve gone my whole life as an only child and now I’m not? I’m excited for her to be a little older so she can react more to me talking to her.

4. I completely missed a step outside of one of the academic buildings yesterday morning, and thus shredded my knee and it really hurt. I did a similar thing to the opposite knee while it was raining on Miami’s campus last year.

5. I’ve probably read more fanfiction in that past like, three months, than I read from ages 12-14 (my prime fanfic reading and writing years.) I’m maybe vaguely embarrassed by this, but mostly I don’t care. Because it’s super fun to read.

Aug 29. 2 Notes.

homosexual-titan:

how i imagine good artists colour their drawings

image

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tinypantsbishounen:

*stirs coffee with a lit cigarette and then drops it in* have you ever heard of the smiths

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