22 August 2017 @ 02:56 pm
This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Orphan Black and its Clone Club, legal issues with celebrity avatars in virtual reality, and more: https://goo.gl/8e7Wbb
 
 
22 August 2017 @ 05:28 pm
I guess I could finally post this 4 month old draft?? I guess.

Title: Infinity
Fandom: No Man's Sky
Music: Sun by Sleeping At Last
Length: 04:00
Summary: That we may fall in love every time we open up our eyes.
Content notes: bright flashes, footage of a large but friendly spider-like creature
made for [personal profile] jetpack_monkey during Spring Equinox Vid Exchange 2017

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Credits for mods & Steam workshop resources:
Chromatic Aberration + Vignetting + Scan Lines Removal by Atari
Darc Flight by darconizer
No Pirates + No Random Sentinels by Mjjstral
Slightly More Common Rare Creatures by gtdcarthage
Cheat Engine tables one and two by deadendthrills
Cheat Engine table by Squall8 (see link for further credits)
Aurora by TooCrispy
The Farm by Murashi
Green planet with huge dinosaurs by NeedRed
Path Finder Hub by Hello Games
Waveform Station by Eli
 
 
21 August 2017 @ 04:57 pm
I took this photo at 3:53pm today:



From my house, this is as covered as the sun got during the solar eclipse. My dad has a special sun filter that he uses for surveying, so I took a bunch of video and pics during the event today. Though not a total eclipse, it was really cool to look up in the sky and see this in real time. :)
 
 
Current Mood: enthralled
 
 
21 August 2017 @ 09:41 am
  1. Beach

    Since my mom's abroad right now, I took my dad to the beach this weekend, with a couple other relatives for company. Saturday was a wonderful, sunny day, driving through the rainforest mountain. I was a bit worried during the week, since a tropical storm was headed to the Caribbean and there'd been a landslide on road along the coastline. But luckily, the storm missed us entirely and went further north. Also the effects of the landslide were mostly taken care of, so the road was clear.

    Here's a pic I took on Saturday, of the view from the house. As you can see, we got lovely, clear skies.



    And at nightfall it was just amazing to see thousands of stars per square inch in the sky. I mean, I know they're always there, but where I live we never see them all, due to the bright lights.

    On Sunday, the weather was a bit more overcast, but it was nice being warm and dry, while still having that lovely view despite the rain. I did a little bit of sketching of the rain falling on the deck. It was oddly mesmerizing watching the raindrops making circular patterns in the pool.

    Pencil Sketch: Raindrops )

    Glad the skies cleared up in the afternoon for the long drive in our return journey back home. Here's one more pic of the coastline on that part of the island. Gorgeous as usual. *___* Photo )

  2. Eclipse

    Hey, I hear there's gonna be a complete solar eclipse over the U.S. today. I think here in the Caribbean we'll be able to see a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm, a few hours from now. So I'm looking forward to that. :)

  3. The Defenders

    EEE! I didn't realised the series came out over the weekend. I see everyone on Tumblr and DW seems to have seen in. EVen my own *brother* has seen it. Where was I? At the beach. lol. Need to watch before I get spoiled somehow. /o\
     
     
    20 August 2017 @ 02:53 pm
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    20 August 2017 @ 07:41 pm
    Title: Daredevil  (on my AO3)
    Artist: [personal profile] mific 
    Rating:  Gen
    Fandom:  Daredevil (and the Defenders)
    Character:  Matt Murdock
    Content Notes: No AO3 warnings apply. Pencil drawing, colored in photoshop, with a digitally painted background. 



     
     
    So I made the coloured background for In Space a reality last night. It went quicker than expected! I also made some WIP shots which I put in the post in my journal.

    I'd like to thank everyone participating in this community for all the encouragement and inspiration. You guys have really been jumpstarting my creativity in a big way - via your own art and/or comments!

    Title: Spiral Galaxy (=In Space background for later)
    Artist: [personal profile] mekare
    Rating: G
    Fandom: none
    Characters/Pairings: none (yet)
    Content Notes: pastels!

    Preview:

    finished spiral galaxy
     
     
    18 August 2017 @ 11:36 pm

    Reminder: Drawing Challenge #6 - Word Prompt: Heat

    This Week:

    Drawing Challenge #6 is on right now, and continues into next week.

    Change in Due Date
    Community members have suggested extending the length of time between drawing challenges from one week to two weeks. As such, the Round Up post for this drawing challenge will now take place on Sunday 27th August.

    Hope you find the extended time helpful. :)

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    18 August 2017 @ 06:35 pm
    Title: Heat
    Artist: [personal profile] mekare
    Rating: G
    Fandom: MCU/Marvel
    Characters: Bucky Barnes
    Content Notes: nudity and skimpy shorts (is that safe for work? Idk), pencil drawing

    Bucky sunbathing

    Bigger format and internal headcanon for the drawing at my journal.
     
     
     
    16 August 2017 @ 08:35 pm
    So I had this weird, random dream the other night. A college AU, featuring Deadpool and...Harley Quinn.

    Deadpool and Harley Quinn, you guys! ♥

    The more I think about it, the more I feel like they would be PERFECT together. Screw Joker, man. Deadpool's brand of insanity is a way better (healthier?) fit for Harley.

    And now I want, like, all the shippy fic and fanart. I wonder what their portmanteau would be? Dead...ley? Hee.

    But seriously, can we make this a thing? For real? I NEED IT TO HAPPEN.
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    16 August 2017 @ 12:45 pm
    In these dark times, what can we do that will have the most positive impact?

    Someone on my flist posted about feeling like they're not doing enough. But they were speaking with family and friends and trying to understand their views.

    I actually think this is the MOST IMPORTANT THING that we can do.

    It's sometimes the hardest thing to do, but I strongly believe it's the one thing that will have the most impact in the long run.

    I have found that being courageous and speaking up when you are around relatives and loved ones who make racist, sexist, fear-driven comments - creating a dialogue about the issue, reasoning with them, challenging them, correcting inaccurate beliefs, etc. - that's the key.

    Do not sit silently by and let their way of thinking go unchecked.

    Sure, it's the easier thing to excuse it, or to not want to make a scene at a family gathering. It's safer and more comfortable to reblog your opinions in a virtual environment of strangers, but it will never make as much impact as confronting your own near and dear ones, and trying to effect change from the home, you know?

    I now call out my father's sexist thinking, my mother's racial prejudices, my friends' sometimes off-colour, gossipy comments. If you don't do it, who will? You will be amazed how your intolerance of this sort of thing can make them think twice about what comes out of their mouths. Maybe even question their own bigotry and open their eyes to another way of thinking.
     
     
    I am currently in the process of transferring the biggest, best-quality versions I have of all my vids to an archive on a portable hard drive (which means pulling the really old files off DVDs) and OH MY LORD I had forgotten how many of these are terrible quality and tiny frame size. Like, I remember what a big deal it was to work with shiny DVD source when I made "Come On" and "Superstar" (though I also remember how stressful it was because my computer could JUST BARELY handle those files and kept crashing all the time), but I had forgotten just HOW bad the horrible downloads I was using before were. Squinty-vision! Tiny pixellated frames! It's good that I no longer care very much about those early vids. I am kind of tempted to delete them, but on days when I feel like a hack who will never make anything interesting again, it's good to have them out there to remind me that a) I have gotten better at this stupid hobby, and b) I got better mostly by showing up and doing it; making what amounts to the same vid five times may seem ridiculous now, even to me, but it was an important part of that showing-up-and-doing-it process.

    In other not-very-surprising news, I kind of want to remake "Cat Scan Hist'ry" with Bluray source. I don't need to, but I want to. It was my watershed vid! It should be shiny! I think I am too lazy to actually do it, though, which is probably a good thing.

    In conclusion, YAY FOR ACCESS TO SHINY SOURCE. My last four vids have all been made with fantastic high-def source, and my computer has never once choked on it. We're living in the future and I LOVE IT.
     
     
    15 August 2017 @ 08:25 pm
    So I can make tailored signs for all the damn protests.

    I am not a protest person. I hate it. I don't get energized; I get tired. I don't like shouting slogans, I feel ridiculous. I don't like talking to strangers.

    But if not me, who? So, I go.

    Next one's Saturday.
     
     
    15 August 2017 @ 03:09 pm
    This Week in Fandom

    This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more: https://goo.gl/ehCxxZ
     
     
    This poem is my reminder to myself that when there is so much to push against we need the little victories too.


    I Have This Way of Being

    I have this, and this isn’t a mouth
              full of the names of odd flowers

    I’ve grown in secret.
              I know none of these by name

    but have this garden now,
              and pastel somethings bloom

    near the others and others.
              I have this trowel, these overalls,

    this ridiculous hat now.
              This isn’t a lung full of air.

    Not a fist full of weeds that rise
              yellow then white then windswept.

    This is little more than a way
              to kneel and fill gloves with sweat,

    so that the trowel in my hand
              will have something to push against,

    rather, something to push
              against that it knows will bend

    and give and return as sprout
              and petal and sepal and bloom.


    — Jamaal May
    Found via poets.org
     
     
    14 August 2017 @ 06:04 pm
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    1. Through Time and Space

      I just saw my mom off at the airport. Right now she's on her way to London - 11 hour flight. But she's so happy and excited to visit her brother. She loves travelling abroad, and she also loves all that girly stuff (that I'm not too into). I indulged in her trying on every single item from her closet, and spent time helping her choose and put together outfits for her trip. I could see the years dropping from her face as she started packing her suitcase, getting her hair done, nails etc. It feels so good to see her looking ten years younger and youthfully enthusiastic, throwing off the ever-present stress of daily living. Makes it worth every penny. <3

    2. Fanart Rec

      For my Captain America/Wonder Woman fanart rec at [community profile] fanart_recs, I ended up going with the Captain America and Wonder Woman against nazi army by [deviantart.com profile] hamletroman out of all the choices. Thought it was wonderfully (and sadly) apt, especially with the goings on of this week.

    3. Drawing: Quantity vs. Quality

      Weekly Challenges at [community profile] drawesome are coming along nicely. I'm trying to develop a routine of taking an hour or so for drawing over the weekend, the same way I might use an hour for relaxing watching tv. The trick though is to exercise my creativity, but not stress too much over the results. Not as easy as it sounds. Being a perfectionist, I'm having to undo YEARS of firm believe in outputting something at 100% effort or not at all. I've come to realise though, that with art, quantity might actually be the key to eventual quality. And sometimes that quality isn't even the point of art. :b

      Case in point, for last week's challenge, I did a simple torso study (Teen Wolf, Derek Hale, G) and enjoyed it immensely, even while knowing there were a lot of things I would go over and correct or change given the chance. But it was incredibly satisfying, just spending time messing around with charcoal, which I haven't done in ages, and actually getting something out on paper.

      Looking back at 2016, I *CANNOT* fathom how I went almost a whole entire year without producing any fanart/art. I remember at the time it seemed like such an insurmountable task to get going. I have no idea why I was waiting for some sort of perfect moment or for Inspiration To Strike. Setting goals and "homework" is in no way romantic, but surprisingly it's been working wonders for my artistic creativity. :)

      This week's challenge is a Word Prompt: HEAT. I'm thinking fire, flames, anger, passion maybe? We'll see how that one goes...
     
     
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