I’ve been working as an illustrator for almost 10 years, and I can’t count the number of times people admit to not being able to draw, yet seem to wish they could. Perhaps, as most claim, I don’t understand why people who want to draw just don’t do it because it comes so naturally to me. But, I’ve come to the opinion that even if you think you can’t draw, you should.
I love getting drawings from others. My bedroom wall has my favourite manga drawings from my summer students who take my “Learn to Draw Manga” JSANO School of the Arts program. And don’t we all love getting drawings from those we love, too, even if it’s not “good”? I try to persuade my family, my friends, and my boyfriend to draw something for me, every once in a while. The reason? I love looking at something someone has created and seeing a glimpse of their thinking. It’s really interesting to me to see how people are solving creative problems and how their using their imagination.
I encourage you to draw. Don’t be scared. Don’t worry about making “mistakes” or what it ends up looking like. Just doodle away! Keep making more and more. Draw anything!
And send it to me!
By anonymous Mayhew family member
I can’t believe someone who calls themselves an artist would advocate making rules on how people express themselves using art. It made me angry! So I MADE ART in protest! GEEKY ART! (well, at least geeky enough that you’ve seen The Reichenbach Fall…)
Go ahead and make your own “fake” jewelry, because no one has the right to not be offended. (Especially at conferences centered around free-thought and critical thinking.)
Of course, this “Saramic” necklace is digital; but you still don’t need a kiln to make your own real fake!
My boyfriend informed me of a game they play using Wikipedia they call “6 Clicks to Hitler”. I found it hilarious. The game is simple:
- Start with a random wiki page.
- Click any link within the articles.
- Get to Hilter‘s wiki page in six clicks or less.
I tried it out myself.
Söderköping Process > European Union > East Germany > Poland > Nazi Germany > HITLER!
5 Clicks to Hitler!
Let’s try again…
Random page is: 1931–32 Palestine League
1931–32 Palestine League > British Police > United Kingdom > German Empire > Adolf Hitler
FOUR clicks to Hitler!
Try it yourself!
David Bowie has a condition called anisocoria, which is the medical term for unequal pupils. In 1962, aged 14, he got punched in the eye by his schoolfriend George Underwood, during an argument over a girl named Carol Goldsmith. George’s fingernail caught David’s eye and dislodged something. David was admitted to Farnborough Hospital, where it was found that the sphincter muscles of his left eye were badly torn and he
underwent two eye operations. He has an enlarged pupil that remains permanently open, giving them an unusual appearance. Contrary to popular belief David doesn’t have two different coloured eyes – they are both the same colour. The enlarged pupil only gives the “effect” of two different coloured eyes.
Thought this was a neat bit of info and a lovely picture of the man.
Check out my post over at Skeptic North for all my new holiday art in one place!