Partial Eclipse

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:57 pm
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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. :)

Beach | Eclipse | The Defenders

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:41 am
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  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\

    Marvel/DC ship

    Aug. 16th, 2017 08:35 pm
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    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.

    Make That Change

    Aug. 16th, 2017 12:45 pm
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    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.
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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 [ 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...

    Art (Teen Wolf)

    Aug. 13th, 2017 01:40 pm
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    Title: Triskele
    Artist: [personal profile] goss
    Rating: G
    Fandom: Teen Wolf
    Characters/Pairings: Derek Hale
    Content Notes: Created for the [community profile] drawesome Weekly Challenge #5: Squiggle No.2 (Spiral). For me, the spiral shape immediately brought to mind one Derek Hale. I thought charcoal pencils would work nicely for a little torso study. I included some pics from the process as well. :)


    Click here for entire artwork and WiP pics )


    Aug. 12th, 2017 10:36 am
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    This month, I'm reccing Captain America fanart at [community profile] fanart_recs, but with different crossover fandoms. I absolutely *LOVE* all the Wonder Woman/Captain America mash-ups I've been seeing floating around Tumblr since the WW came out especially. Sadly, like 80% of them were lacking in links to the original artists, so I had to do a fair amount of detective work to track all of these back to their original sources. But glad I was successful! \o/

    These ones listed are all drawn art (and SFW), but there are some wonderful Peggy & Diana manips out there in fandomland. You know, I don't know if I want Diana to be bigger bros with Bucky or with Steve. *g* Or like, now I kind of want to ship Diana *with* Steve.

    Wonder Woman/Captain America Fanart:
    1. Peggy Carter and Diana by [ profile] baneme
    2. Wonder Woman and Captain America by [ profile] lyndraws
    3. Yours a self-sacrificing idiots too? by [ profile] lightningstrikes-art
    4. If your name is Steve... by [ profile] rizurin
    5. Nice Shield! by [ profile] mintmintdoodles
    6. Commission of Cap and WW by Gerald Parel
    7. Cap's Wonder Kiss Commission by [ profile] despop
    8. Captain America and Wonder Woman against nazi army by [ profile] hamletroman
    9. America's Secret Weapon by [ profile] theamat
    10. Avengers at Halloween by [ profile] dilfosaur

    These are all amazing, one way or the other. I am having a hard time choosing one to rec. Which one do you think I should go with?
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    Finished my artwork for The Defenders Big Bang ([ profile] defendersbang) just in the nick of time, late last night, and published it on AO3 this morning. I selected [ profile] 221Browncoat to collaborate with as soon as I saw the crossover in the summary. You guys know how much I love mash-ups. :D

    Here's her finished fic:
    Daredevil Issue #4: The Man Without Fear Joins the Avengers! by [ profile] 221Browncoat
    Gen | Daredevil/Avengers crossover | Rated Teen | 14401 words


    And here's my artwork (at AO3), which is based on the above fic:

    Title: Fan Art - Aww, Daredevil no by [ profile] goss
    Fandom: Daredevil (TV), Hawkeye (Comics), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
    Rating: Teen
    Characters: Matt Murdock, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Kate Bishop, Steve Rogers

    Notes for Artwork #1:
    The first one is a digital drawing of Matt Murdock. I thought it would be cool to draw the Daredevil tv show character in the style of Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye comics. Trying to pare down a character's features to just a couple broad marker strokes is *way* harder than expected.

    Notes for Artwork #2 and #3:
    I liked how the first one turned out, and since the Daredevil/Avengers fic featured characters from Fraction's Hawkeye, I decided to try my hand at emulating a comicbook style page based on scenes from the fic, resulting in the two comicbook pages below. The visuals in about half of the images were referenced from Fraction's Hawkeye comic, and then modified to suit the story, and the other half are adapted from Daredevil and Avengers screencaps, and pics of Hell's Kitchen. They were all drawn with a black marker, and then scanned, with the colour and text added digitally.

    Thanks to [ profile] 221Browncoat for working with me on this Big Bang. I had a lot of fun with our collaboration. :D


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