I’ve been feeling down in the doldrums lately so I wanted to share with you some things that make me giggle. I have a folder entitled “LOL” on my desktop and Youtube specifically for when I need cheering up and they usually include content such as this that makes me laugh, go “awww” or “ooooo!”
I do not want to spend my life being entertained by TV instead of actively bring imagination to life.
I am concerned that we are being encouraged to become lazy – that more people invest too much of their happiness on external things – on being in on a cool show or hobby to make them happy because of the attention they get from others to be exact. Then, when that thing is over (the person leaves or the series is finished) they realized that they are still drowning and are scrambling at twigs to keep them afloat. We swim in an ocean where thousands of branches float around us but few are investing the patience and fortitude to fashion even a schooner.
That said there are a growing number of television series with a great writer or writing team and I am so happy because it shows that it is not just up to the actors being attractive. It is important to know how to develop a body of work, not just have a fancy idea. That is also not to say I hate watching TV (I enjoy Numb3rs, The Flash, Doctor Who, Flashpoint, Arrow, Dream High, Coffee Prince, and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho among many others) only that when I find myself starting to binge I feel the desire to be outside become stronger. I have a long list somewhere on my computer of series I still want to watch more of – but I am painstakingly pacing myself because enjoying all the TV series of the world is not my life priority.
With the amount of video content output we have now and the peer encouragement, shall we say, to watch this or that series we could literally do such a thing as spend our lives watching TV. I am extra sure of this because for a point in my life I worked for an international media market research company where I developed online brand assessment content – which broken down to the bare bones basics meant I watched a lot of TV and wrote surveys. Hold on, before you reprimand me and flourish about what a cool thing it would be to get paid to watch TV let me tell you this: I did not get a choice on what I had to watch. Some of you must know the teeth-grinding pain of having to sit through an entire show you did not like and give it your entire active attention from beginning to end. What did I have to do with all that attention? I had to pull every single shown brand in the show and break it down into a survey question incorporating content to assess viewer recall for placement of a company’s brand. Too much of that brainwashing awareness nonsense and I felt my brain starting to slosh.
It is probably because of the time holding that position that I’m acutely aware of what I allow myself to ingest visually and how much of it I’m exposed to. I spent a lot of my early childhood running around with cousins, on the swing in the backyard, or tobogganing down the park hills. Imagination became one of my favorite hobbies and fortes between all the time entertaining myself or my younger sister. I bare TV I watched was creative in nature, featuring Neil Buchanan in Art Attack. By the time I was allowed to watch TV I preferred the sizzle my brain received from reading and self-learning.
Then again with all these distractions we’ll be able to see more prominently the difference between class, money, and the people who really want something and are willing to work for it versus the ones who say and rarely do. We’ll also become more attuned to the core of what makes a well developed series.
Perhaps I also miss making the time to read. Have a lovely weekend my dears and smile. We can find way to make the time to do the things we want to.
This artist feature originates from Deviant Art and focuses on sharing original characters. I do these occasionally as a comment-and-feature or as a raffle. Come see some interesting characters and click the image to be taken to the original and learn more about the creator!
Sleyf – I have been reading Sleyf and Inkyrose’s Alverdale Tangle series for a while and Henri de Reveille is actually the first character that caught my eye. Henri belongs to Sleyf and he’s an adorable young man who is roped into shenanigans by his companions. However, though he tends to be soft spoken and reluctant to confrontation he has an honorable heart. He is still a bit of a mystery to me and I can’t wait to catch up and read more about this handsome Frenchman!
Dakaido – First of all, yay winter clothes!!! That said, Nathaniel was orphaned at the age of six and the brief paragraph about him indicates that he can change into two forms and is part of tokotas which from context sounds like a wolf pack. I’m curious as to how Nathaniel survived and how he met the tokotas – or if his family knew them and they rose up to the task of raising the orphaned boy.
G0ttam – So, G0ttam and I joined a role playing group and from their first year it looked like they had great activity. Entering in the group’s ‘second school year’ we were excited to expand our OCs. Unfortunately the group fell apart a few months into play and before the first major event – as did the RPs. However, this German girl started out as a pretty snazzy geek and was fun to play along with. Hopefully another worthwhile RP pops up.
Muramia – Cotton Carnival is probably one of the creepiest characters I’ve been interested in in a long time – I just can’t stop wondering what Carnival is all about. She makes me think of a clown crossed with a raptor and imagining meeting her makes me twitchy as she is 6’3″ at the shoulder when on all fours – but she can stand on her hind legs for a period of time which puts her over 11′. The length of her tongue reminds me of a sweet purebred great dane I knew for a period of time (when she slept, her tongue stuck out of her mouth like so). What makes me the most curious is the black substance leaking from her split tail – and what keeps her tail floating behind her? Some kind of magnetism?
AymsterSilver – Hahaha, I can’t wait to find out more about the charming Morchesso Vandessa! The picture below is the first one I found of this guy and it made me smile right off the bat as well as raised a few questions – all great aspects of an initial illustration. I believe Amyster has at least a 3 book series planned for this guy and I don’t know much about him other than he’s involved with science, chemicals, and can swim deep underwater. Also, his wardrobe looks like fun.
Darkenmarr – First of all I need to say that I very much admire Darken’s art flow. There’s something about the combination of form, lines, and color that I just love looking at both for study and enjoyment. I still have to stalk poke around her gallery but in the time I first started talking to Darken to now I’m still very intrigued by Zapper! Darken’s had this morphing, fire powered, pneumatic puppet for a long time and paired with OC Sandy he makes a fun tag-a-long. I think what draws me in the most about him is both his search for his ‘lost someone’ and the childlike mischief and glee in his expressions.
RatPrince – Although Felix Thakur is a street rat but he has some interesting abilities and the fashion in which he uses these per his experiences keeps making me want to learn more. It’s all in his eyes. Rat Prince has a great way with expression and bone structure. I can tell he’s strong willed and I’m guessing he would have a tendency for courage when the moment arises – or for taking action in the very least. There’s a haunting there with the dark and pink tinting under the eyes and more than two piercings is to me indicative of some kind of pain (at least in characters). He also has great taste in wardrobe – may I borrow the black coat he’s designed with?
Have a great weekend my dears!
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So technically I owe you an artist feature blog today but due to extenuating circumstances which are clustering a little more in my life than I appreciate right now kept me from completing it to my satisfaction. Instead enjoy these things I am building for a wall of positivity while I finish preparations.
Decide that you will have a good weekend, and do it my dears. Happy Saturday~