perevision: (bookgirl)
I've been following [personal profile] petronia's reading/watching meme for a while now, and between that and Film Crit Hulk I've been inspired to catch up on movies, series and books.

Movies finished:
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - my mouth watered the entire time, and so will yours, but that's an irrelevant detail. This has so much in common with my favourite documentary, Bill Cunningham New York: it's inspiring and very humbling to watch these men perform their craft with such skill. I wanted to say their skill was effortless but it's not true--like a kata, constant repetition makes every movement smooth and light. I have never been so mesmerised watching someone pinch nigiri together. Also charmed by food critic Masuhiro Yamamoto, who serves as a guide to Jiro's genius. Loved his breakdown of the three criteria for the Michelin stars: quality, originality and consistency. This one's going in the Artist Handbook.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - ahahaha this actually showed in London while I was there. I enjoyed the hell out of this film; I'm sad I didn't see it in the theatre.

Books finished:
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee - I am so ashamed that I hadn't read this yet! Of course I loved it, but I can't really process my feelings until I read it a few more times, detached from everything that's already been said about it.
Do the Work, Steven Pressfield - a little gung-ho for my taste, but good for motivation.
Blood and Gold, Anne Rice (reread) - Short version: vampires are assholes, but they're fascinating assholes.
Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury - Another one for the Artist's Handbook, but also just fun to read.

Still reading/watching:
The Fall - about 1/3 of the way through and enchanted. Although that might be more the two leads than anything else; I am super weak for Lee Pace.
Sunshine Cleaning - I honestly thought this would be way more engaging and funny?
Elementary - now watching 'M'.

Venice Is A Fish, Tiziano Scarpia - ♥
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler - Lemony Snicket's turns of phrase are just as amazing when he is not being Lemony Snicket. And I feel even more for his characters.
Stuff White People Like, Christian Lander - Sometimes I read so many sad things, I just need a bathroom book.

Just acquired:
Hannibal, ep 1
Da Vinci's Demons, ep 1 - SO EXCITED.

Diary of a Dictator, William Rempel - Ferdinand Marcos's diary. I honestly have no idea what to expect.
The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story, Peter Lefcourt - apparently an LGBT love story about baseball NOT written by Steve Kluger. Recommended on the podcast Slash Report.
The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff - because I am obsessed, not with Channing Tatum, but with trying to remember the title of this one children's book I read, which was also about the dying days of Roman Britain and featured a teenage protagonist called Marcus who meets a Celtic boy. In the book Marcus, whose family is about to leave for Tuscany, gets to witness the ritual of the Horned God and exchanges his toga for a fur pelt. Also Rosemary Sutcliff.
Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self, Marina Warner - I love this lady.
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EDIT: Forgot to link to Part 1.

Ok, so it took me forever to post Part 2 because I was going back and forth about just how much I wanted to reveal. Suffice it to say this is the condensed version, to spare all of us, and it does really get back to the TL;DR VAMPIRES GAH part.

When I was in my first year of art school in London, I met this boy. )

OK, we're back to vampires, you can look now. )
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Sorry, this is going to be really, really long. It's been a while since I unburdened myself online. You might want to skip all the feelings and just click the links before the cut, you'll enjoy them.

So I gave up reading fanfic for Lent but then got addicted to Steve Rogers' American Captain, which is part Harvey Pekar pastiche, part Avengers fancomic, and all Steve Rogers feels all the time.

And through a link to an extra-large comic I was led to the artist's DeviantArt page, and her comic called Therapy with the Vampire, which is about Anne Rice's Louis and Lestat and their compelling, twisted relationship. And that reminded me that I still had my uncle's Vampire Lestat graphic novel that I first read at fourteen. So I cracked it open for the first time in more than a decade...and like cracking an egg, a gooey mess came spilling out. And in the process of cleaning it all up I suddenly understood several blind spots in my real life past, not to mention my fandom tendencies.

The thing that's wrong with these vampires is the thing that's always been wrong with vampires. )

Part Two
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So I've been writing a Little Mermaid retelling in which the mermaid is male, the Sea Witch is also male (and in love with him) and instead of being set in pseudo-medieval England, it's set in pseudo-medieval Moorish Spain.

Anyway, have some wistful angst and pretty boys in flowy robes. Pentel brush pen and Caran D'Ache aquarelle pencils.

sketch below )

agh stop it

Mar. 1st, 2013 07:01 pm
perevision: (this sucks)
So in between doing the Book Project this week, I have also been compiling my portfolio, which is pretty much guaranteed to fill me with horror and shame.

Note to self: DO NOT look at other illustration blogs while sorting out your portfolio. Here is a tiny sampling of people who usually make me happy but today just made me depressed:

http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/
http://www.teeshamoore.com/
http://www.teeteringbulb.com/
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/
http://www.rikiblanco.net/portfolio/
http://www.yannascimbene.com/
http://tir-ri.tumblr.com/
http://hhhwei.deviantart.com/gallery/
http://phobs.deviantart.com/

On the bright side, these people really are awesome, so go check them out!
perevision: (working)
So in between doing the Book Project this week, I have also been compiling my portfolio, which is pretty much guaranteed to fill me with horror and shame.

Note to self: DO NOT look at other illustration blogs while sorting out your portfolio. Here is a tiny sampling of people who usually make me happy but today just made me depressed:

http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/
http://www.teeshamoore.com/
http://www.teeteringbulb.com/
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/
http://www.rikiblanco.net/portfolio/
http://www.yannascimbene.com/
http://tir-ri.tumblr.com/
http://hhhwei.deviantart.com/gallery/
http://phobs.deviantart.com/

On the bright side, these people really are awesome, so go check them out!
perevision: Wonder Woman gets ready to lay a beatdown (bitch)
Of course as soon as I gave up reading fanfic for a month, I get hit by the biggest plotbunny ever.

Hi, I'm a Marvel--and I'm a DC. )

agh, Lent

Feb. 17th, 2013 10:45 am
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Ok, this is going to be super hard, given that I have never given up anything for Lent before and I barely even consider myself Catholic these days.

I am giving up fanfic for Lent.

I'm still going to be listening to the podfic I already have, as well as fandom podcasts, but I am not allowing myself to read, download, or look for fanfic for the next 40 days (ohgod). The reason for this is nothing to do with fanfic itself. It's because I am an addictive personality who spends nearly 6 hours a day on it, hours I really need to be doing stuff like preparing my portfolio for moving to the UK, earning some money now that I've quit my job, and working on the book project I'm doing with a local children's publisher.

I spend more hours on AO3 than I do on LJ & Dreamwidth (posting included), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest combined. So that needs to go...just for a while. At least I'm not swearing off the Internet altogether.

Well...maybe on Fridays. :) I doubt it, though.
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Thank you for the thank you card, [personal profile] petronia! In my fantasy London you would be able to skate down Piccadilly and round Eros ♥
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I used to collect rubber stamping and scrapbooking manuals like a good little addict. Somerset Studios, Visual Chronicles, Rubber Stamp Journal...I loved them. But after a while these 'manuals' started to frustrate me.

I live in a small town, in a country with no Target or Michael's or giant craft store. Where I live you can't just dash out and pick up a hand press (a mythical item I've never even seen in real life), a bone folder, or a heating pad. There are no star-shaped punches or gilt frame stickers to be found, no Mod Podge, no ink pads in jewel colours, no....I'll stop now, before my blood pressure goes any higher.

Solutions )
perevision: (paints)

I used to collect rubber stamping and scrapbooking manuals like a good little addict. Somerset Studios, Visual Chronicles, Rubber Stamp Journal...I loved them. But after a while these 'manuals' started to frustrate me.

I live in a small town, in a country with no Target or Michael's or giant craft store. Where I live you can't just dash out and pick up a hand press (a mythical item I've never even seen in real life), a bone folder, or a heating pad. There are no star-shaped punches or gilt frame stickers to be found, no ink pads in jewel colours, no....I'll stop now, before my blood pressure goes any higher.

Solutions )

what

Nov. 26th, 2012 11:39 am
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Soooooooo I feel like I'm falling back into CLAMP fandom because of this one fic they recced on [community profile] slashreport. I'm still sore about losing my production artbook of Magic Knight Rayearth, I don't need to do this to myseeeeeelffffff. *bangs head on desk*

Makeup

Oct. 11th, 2012 10:11 am
perevision: magnifying lens illustration (examine)
It's my cousin's wedding and in my family, that means the grand pre-dressing hair and makeup ritual.

in which someone who knows nothing about makeup drones on and on about it. Is there geekery? Of course there is. )

Makeup

Oct. 10th, 2012 06:29 pm
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It's my cousin's wedding and in my family, that means the grand pre-dressing hair and makeup ritual.

in which someone who knows nothing about makeup drones on and on about it. Is there geekery? Of course there is. )
perevision: (bookgirl)
Happy birthday [personal profile] tessercat!!! May your special day be full of only A-grade smut and feels. ♥ ♥ ♥
perevision: (arthur gqmf 2)
I just, I start drawing fanart, and then I can't stop. And I haven't drawn this much fanart for a fandom since the Bats, I mean, what? There's just something about the romance and the dichotomy of Arthur and Eames that gets to me. And ever since DKR Arthur is now synonymous in my head with Tim Drake, another super-efficient second that kills himself with work because he thinks being the best at what he does is how anyone will ever love him.

Arthur & Eames = Tim & Kon. This is my headcanon now. And it doesn't help when people go around drawing Kon with Tom Hardy lips.

babbling aside, have some workaholic reversebang fanart! )

fluff!

Sep. 17th, 2012 08:50 pm
perevision: (arthur tell me)
The Inception fluff memes are open again! I handed this in:

love is knowing just what you need )
perevision: (ben cuppa)
I am gutted that people are being wonderful on LJ and I'm too ill to enjoy it.

Thanks, you lovely lovely people. Be right with you.

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