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Hey guys!

First off, happy birthday to [ profile] asatira , [ profile] the_flowergirl  and [ profile] earthstar_moon ! Sorry for not having sketches you guys! Things got busy over here and I haven't drawn much. I'm distracted by major amounts or paperwork, teeth pain and people. Next week will be quieter. I shall draw then.

In other news, I really need to make a to-do list. I'm having trouble making heads and tails of what I gotta do. C'mon Isa. You are more organized then this! I think i've been pushing back the making of the list being seeing all my tasks lined up is a little scary.

Among the things on that list, I wish to include the acquiring of new skills. For starters, I want to learn how to use Illustrator. Second, I want to learn to draw with a graphic tablet, in Photoshop. Not just color. Draw. I also want to learning how to use new inking tools, like calligraphic pens. Art is beginning to take up more and more of my time. I think I may wanna look into getting a part-time job next year or something. Need to start saving money :D

Last post, [ profile] novabat  drew this.

Here is my reply.

Yep. Take that. :D Have a cuddly griffin!

This morning, on deviant art, I saw a fantastic fanart of Namesake by Hyacinth-Zofia. It's Ben, Emma and Elaine. I love how they all look in this. Especially Ben. Way to be badass.

Yesterday, I went to a conference about using the internet to promote yourself as an illustrator with a friend called Fanie. It was good. It was mostly stuff we knew already, but it was nice to see it all organized in bullet format. There was a lot of older illustrators though, that asked... good questions I guess, but about really basic internet stuff (so it kinda felt like I was back at work at that point. A the joys of working tech support). So we left to eat sushi. Oddly enough, I learned that Fanie as not seen Tangled or Beauty and the Beast. Clearly, I need to inflict these movies upon her.

After that, I got home, crashed on the couch with Link. He had started to watch a movie, so I joined him. The movie was called "The Blindness" and it promptly proceeded to violate my brain. No, really.

Tho take the resume from Tv tropes : "In an unnamed large city, an unexplainable and sudden outbreak of instant blindness is affecting people rapidly. In an attempt to prevent the epidemic from growing out of control, those suffering this are taken away and forced into a derelict mental asylum and held there until further notice. But the military guarding the place becomes increasingly hostile to the inmates, keeping them in at gunpoint. The government refuses to allow in basic medicines, so the hygiene and living conditions degrade horrifically within a short time.The protagonist is the wife of an eye doctor, who was among the first people to go blind. Because she is mysteriously immune to whatever is causing the blindness, she acts as a leader of her ward and tries to keep control over a situation which is rapidly deteriorating. It gets worse. Much, much worse."

This movie is TERRIFYING. Everything is realistic. You know people react this way. And that's scary. The wife, the only one who can still see, goes from a cute housewife to an amazing, badass leader. The movie ends on an uplifting note, which kinda makes me forgive it slightly for scaring the nervous system out of my brain. It's honestly a good movie, but it's not relaxing.

Looks like I got a cold now. I was freezing during the whole movie. I didn't notice the window was open. I guess I got a cold as a consequence. Nooooo! I don't have time to be sick!!

- Isa

Date: 2011-04-13 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No worries, you know what I asked for my birthday, but there's no need to rush. ^_~ It gives me something to look forward to later on.

Learning to use a tablet is one of the things I would like to do, it's just finding the time and the money is the tricky part. I hope you feel better soon.

Date: 2011-04-13 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hope it's not a bad cold! That movie sounds cool, what's the name o it?

Sweet fan art! (That's when you know your stuff is good is when folks make you fan art! =D)

Good luck on your list and all things art improving!

Date: 2011-04-14 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Once you get used to your hands being in one place, and your eyes looking in another, it's not so bad using a tablet. At least, if it's a good tablet. I'm actually really happy with the basic Bamboo Fun since it has a "paper" feel to it, so I have slight resistance when drawing. When I used a tablet without anything to rid me of the "plastic on plastic" feel, I hated the thing with a passion!

Anyway, it is worth doing. I really ought to do more, but my art has decided fabrics are more interesting at the moment.

(If she's the gryphon master, what on earth am I? What are these things surrounding me? What is this little red oddity waiting to go home to you? Huh? Huh?) ;)

Date: 2011-04-14 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the movie is actually the adaptation of a book called ensaio sobre a ceguera ( essay on blindness) by jose saramago, a portuguese writer who won the nobel prize. They filmed in sao paolo brazil so that the regular movie goer wouldnt recognize the shape of the city adding to the feel of lost. It loses a lot on the power issues... the book is much better + there is a sequel called ensaio sobre a lucidez ( essay on lucidity) where the people from the city where the and the government fear and loath the seeing woman.

Date: 2011-04-14 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the info! I saw on the internet earlier today that it was based on an award winning novel... Though I also read that it got filmed in Ontario, Canada? The Asylum where they are quarantine is a building in Ghelph, Ontario.

Date: 2011-04-14 12:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-14 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Those tablets are a pain! I had to use one when I took a 2D animation class and it was like learning to draw all over again! I compromised by drawing my stuff on real paper and then scanning them into the animation program. Using the scanner took twice as long; but at least my assignment didn't look like a 4-year-old did it for me.

Oddly enough, I learned that Fanie as not seen Tangled or Beauty and the Beast. Clearly, I need to inflict these movies upon her.

Tangled I understand (since it's new). But how does anyone get through childhood without seeing Beauty and the Beast? O_O

Date: 2011-04-14 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I constantly find myself saying "yeah, I'll learn Illustrator tomorrow"
and I never do D:

Date: 2011-04-16 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
EEEEEEEE, cute fanart! I wonder if I should post it on the fan community...

And I hope your cold doesn't incapacitate you too badly. I can't afford to get sick myself. used up all of my personal time for my vacation...


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