WHY DOES THIS MAKE ME SO HAPPY EVERYTIME I SEE IT
WHY DOES THIS MAKE ME SO HAPPY EVERYTIME I SEE IT
Pop-Up Exhibit Features Art Inspired by Singer Amanda Palmer [NSFW]: LAist no We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/82586520/via/capuccinoxoxo
Album art I painted for Amanda Palmer’s new album.
Making of it here:
I bought this shirt! ahah…ha.
"Vc é um tesão! Boa noite"
Goddamn Paulistas. <3
Because so much of fantasy takes place in settings that in no way resemble the real world, featuring species that in no way resemble human, fantasy writers often have trouble dealing with regular people. This is something that, I think, isn’t as much of a problem for mainstream writers, because they can simply describe the world around them and come up with a reasonably accurate representation of humanity. They can also fall back on the plethora of real-world terms used to describe human beings, racially and otherwise. But using these terms makes no sense if you’re dealing with a world that doesn’t share our political/cultural context. You can’t call someone “African American” if your world has no Africa, no America, and has never gone through a colonial phase in which people of disparate cultures were forcibly brought together, thus necessitating the term in the first place.
That said, it’s equally illogical to populate your fantasy world with only one flavor of human being, which is what far too many fantasy stories default to. Granted, many fantasies take place in confined cultural spaces — a single small kingdom in a Europeanish milieu, maybe a single city or castle within that city. (But how did that castle get its spices for the royal table, or that lady her silks? What enemy are the knights training to fight? Even in the most monochromatic parts of the real Ye Olde Englande, I can guarantee you there were some Asian traders, Sephardic or Ashkenazic Jewish merchants, Spanish diplomats or nobles partly descended from black Moors, and so on.) I get that lots of countries on Earth are racially homogeneous, so it makes perfect sense that some fantasy settings would be too. But whiteness is the default in our thinking for Earth-specific cultural/political reasons. So while it’s logical for fantasy realms to be homogeneous, it’s not logical for so many of them to be homogeneously white. Something besides logic is causing that.
So. It’s a good idea for all fantasy writers to learn how to describe characters of color. And I think it’s a good idea to learn how to describe those characters in subtle ways, since they can’t always rely on Earth terminology. Now, doing subtle description increases the chance that the reader might misidentify the character racially — and to a degree, I think there’s nothing you can do about that. You’re working against a lifetime of baggage in the reader’s mind. But you can still insert enough cues so that when combined, they’ll get the idea across.”
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Soon I’ll be done with school. Like, for real done. As in, the real world awaits done. This study abroad program, interestingly enough, has been more of an exercise in realizing who I am as a person and who I want to be in the future. I mean, I can carry a conversation in Portuguese too. I…
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Just because someone desires you, does not mean that they value you.
Read it over.
Let those words resonate in your mind.
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You can order this KABUKI statue now from CSMoore Studios. I’m looking forward to seeing this KABUKI cosplay by @StellaChuuuuu at conventions this year! http://drdavidmrmack.tumblr.com/post/80205640608/im-looking-forward-to-seeing-this-kabuki-cosplay Featuring this KABUKI mask you can order as a wearable mask http://www.csmoorestudio.com/David_Mack_s_Kabuki_Wearable_Mask_p/csms1171.htm from @csmoorestudio
From sculptor Clayburn Moore! His newest interpretation of KABUKI available for order now!
This was a fun experiment… the story behind this is that on all of the KABUKI sculpts that Clay creates, I am handing him so many notes, about how to keep the character in a very specific athletic physique… (and Clay always came through with an incredible realism and feel of the character), and here Clay wanted to have a sculpt that he gets to be more artistically expressive… he wanted to be more whimsical and curvy, perhaps more like the KABUKI on NOH TV animations may look, and I felt that made sense, that the character was deep enough for multiple interpretations and that Clay deserved to have his own take on a more expressive and whimsical approach after so many more realistic versions that he did from my drawings, and having to deal with my notes I’m really happy with his expressive and whimsical interpretation. I view it as a version of the character that the NOH TV would present in cartoons, with a different version of the character presented for different demographics… (this one is maybe more in style of the Bruce Tim Batman Begins approach to Batman rather than the Chris Nolan Dark Knight version).