25 June 2017 @ 10:50 am
[community profile] drawesome is ready for launch. :D

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Current Mood: hopeful
24 June 2017 @ 02:02 pm
Thanks to everyone for the support and suggestions in the last two posts. You guys gave me the push I needed to get this going. ^___^

Drawesome on DW
[community profile] drawesome: A Drawing Community for Fan-Artists

Also, thanks to [personal profile] mific for volunteering to co-mod the comm. :)

I have a little bit of free time this weekend to plan out some introductory activities. And then the next step will be to signal boost the comm. Exciting! *___*
23 June 2017 @ 09:44 pm
So, looking back at my previous post, I was really delighted that fellow fan-artists indicated an interest in having a community for practicing drawing skills, be it digital or traditional media.

I'm sitting here brainstorming community names. Basic names like Art, Artists, Draw, Drawing, Drawings, Drawn are already taken. Anyway, this is the kind of stuff I'm coming up with:

drawpaint, drawnow, drawit, drawthis, idrewthis, idraw, drawnbyhand, drawntoart, readysetdraw, drawingskills, wedraw, groupdraw, drawingtogether, drawingroup, drawyes, drawesome, drawpaintgrow, drawyay, yaydrawing, drawn2art, drawn2fanart, 123draw, quickdraw, lovetodraw, drawsomething, drawingroom, drawmore.

I...kinda like drawmore, wedraw, or drawthis. IDK.

What are you guys partial to? Got any other suggests?
20 June 2017 @ 11:29 am
I've been wanting to join a Fan-Artists community for quite some time, but haven't come across what I'm seeking. What I want is a place where fan-artists (of traditional media) can challenge and motivate each other, a place for collaborating and posting, for getting feedback and advice.

On LJ, I loved being part of [livejournal.com profile] drawmelot, a community for traditional artists in the Merlin fandom. I especially always enjoyed their collaborative projects, eg. Tarot cards, Zodiac signs, Celtic animals.

I was wondering if there's anything like that out there on DW, fandom-specific or multi-fandom? And if not, would any other fan-artists be interesting in using such a comm?

Anyone wanna help me get something like that started?
19 June 2017 @ 03:21 pm
Government just declared All Schools cancelled for tomorrow! \o/

ETA: It's official - Tropical Storm "Bret". Sounds so...douchebro. LOL.

All banks closed tomorrow too. So the bro and I *both* get a day off. \o/
19 June 2017 @ 11:27 am
From where I'm standing, weather is being deceptively pleasant. Sun is shining, birds are singing. Gorgeous day on the island.

From another perspective though:

AHHHHHHHH. So this was taken an hour or two ago. Guess what's at our doorstep... /o\

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin: "The Met office is advising that citizens adopt all measures to preserve life and property." O_O
16 June 2017 @ 09:11 pm
1. I just whiled away an hour amusing myself playing Pictionary with a neural network: Quick, Draw!. I'm there drawing my masterpiece Pig and it guesses "the Great Wall of China". *dies laughing*

2. Fic Rec! I have a major weakness for Angel/Demon AUs, and this series certainly delivers. *___*

Pater Noster by [archiveofourown.org profile] manic_intent
Mycroft/Lestrade (BBC Sherlock) | Good Omens AU | Explicit | 26,551 words

3. I had Moonlight sitting in my laptop for quite a few months now, and was working up to watching it. I finally did this evening. I'd also seen two other queer-themed films this week, Pride and Handsome Devil, both of which I enjoyed and found pretty upbeat with uplifting endings.

I knew Moonlight would have a whole different tone and braced myself for it going in. Poor child. It was heartbreaking. The ending felt abrupt. I still don't know how I feel about it, but am glad that it was made, and that these kind of stories are being told, and getting recognition by the film industry.
Today's the day for posting! [personal profile] mific selected my artwork as inspiration, for the 2017 Captain America Reverse Big Bang challenge. Which resulted in the following awesome fic:

Summer Captain, Winter Soldier by [archiveofourown.org profile] mific
Steve/Bucky | Fantasy AU | Rated M | 19,556 words

Here's my artwork:

Fan Art - Rook and Knight by [archiveofourown.org profile] goss
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes

Click below to view the full image at AO3:

Notes: Artwork painted using watercolours. Additional graphics include eight fic dividers, drawn with ink pen.

Thanks to [personal profile] mific for developing such a wonderful fantasy AU. I was really delighted to see how the concepts and details in the artwork were given life in your fic. ^___^
Current Mood: bouncy
15 June 2017 @ 04:32 pm
Republicans are still plotting to repeal ACA - except they know their bill will be so horrendously unpopular (apparently, phasing out Medicaid expansions, deregulating insurance even for employer-provided plans, raising premiums) that they are working in secret to design it, with a plan to essentially only reveal it 2 hours before the vote, without any hearings or time for public commentary. They aim to get it passed by the end of June.

It's truly a nightmare. Everyone needs to call their Senator - Democratic or Republican. [personal profile] morgandawn has been posting calling scripts and other details here (for people with Dem senators specifically) and here (for everyone).

I know calls can be difficult for some people, so if you're only capable of emailing that's better than silence, but in general, people with knowledge of Congress say that the impact of emails is limited and calls have a much much better chance of getting politicians' attention. So calls are preferred if you can manage them at all.
15 June 2017 @ 01:00 pm
Does everyone know that the Xena episode The Prodigal is sort of a bastardized retelling of the Jane Fonda movie Cat Ballou?

Because I'm rewatching Xena after seeing Wonder Woman (naturally), and it occurs to me that this obvious fact may not in fact be obvious to everyone.

But it's very much a deliberate reference - much like, say, approximately twenty zillion TV shows (including Buffy) had a "Die Hard"-like episode after Die Hard came out. Or like men jumping from high cliffs into water is meant to emulate Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It's a deliberate homage.
15 June 2017 @ 06:13 am
1. Corpus Christi

Public Holiday today, YAY! Thanks to multi-cultural diversity, the island ranks amongst countries with the highest number of public holidays. Usually it's around 18 days. And as a teacher, thank goodness for that - we live for every day off, *way* more than the students. *g*

2. Wonder Woman

After work yesterday, I went with a bunch of my teacher pals to see the Wonder Woman movie at the cinema. With all the spoilery gifs and stuff every which way online, I'd decided to check it out via DL over the weekend, and so this was really my second viewing. It was EVEN BETTER this time. All that WOMAN POWER in big screen. The fight scenes were MAJESTIC. MAGNIFICIENT. MAGICAL. And every other awesome M word. Gal Gadot is ethereal. I can see it becoming one of those movies that you grow even more fond of with every viewing. ♥_____♥

The preview for Justice League had me :D :D :D. Cannot wait!!

3. Chocolate Company Logo

I also DLed the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but mainly so my cousin and I could have something to watch while I played around with designing and sketching out the logo for her chocolate company. We eventually settled on a fancy version of a letter 'K', rather than any one picture or graphic. I told her this would be better, since we would obviously want to change up packaging over time (using tropical themes, pictures of cocoa pods/flowers, etc.), but would want a company logo to hold up for all the years to come, and be flexible in its look to go with any colour, design or graphic around it.

4. Online Flight Booking

Bought my mother a plane ticket to London to visit her brother. That morning, she mentioned thinking about visiting him, since he's over 80 and won't be travelling here anymore, and I thought it was a wonderful idea. Before she could talk herself out of it, since she tends to waffle on these things a lot, I just took charge, went on the British Airways website, found a direct flight and booked it. Paid with my credit card, and voila! I can't believe how easy the process was, doing it yourself online.

The look on her face when I presented her with a print-out of her travel itinerary, all paid for, just one hour after she mentioned it, was priceless. She hugged me so hard, with shining eyes, incredulous, and just so happy. Parents. *___*

5. Summer Job

Last night a tiny bit of good news. A couple weeks ago, I sent in an application to mark National Exam papers for Visual Arts over the summer vacation, and have been accepted. \o/ Even though it will take up 2 weeks out of summer vacation, it will be valuable experience to gain as a teacher of the subject, and also I could do with a bit of extra money. Hey, maybe it will help pay that huge credit card bill I just racked up. :b