Please excuse my ignorance, I seem to be following you not long enough. Why are you in a wheelchair?
I was born 12 weeks early, had a brain hemorrhage and as a result of that I have CP, which for me mostly means I can’t control my muscles as well as I’d like. (Mostly on my left side) The issue is with the signal that my brain givews to my muscles (like with ALS, it just doesn’t translate. Except, mine isn’t progressive like ALS is).
As a result, I have a lot of trouble walking and using the general left side of my body, though there’s also an effect on my right side.
Oh, I feel that, since you guys have been so encouraging and involved from the start of this, I should tell you that I finished my physical rehabilitation cycle a couple of weeks ago.
I’m back to walking inside my house, with some assistance of a quad cane. Still taking my wheelchair to work for now because it’s hard to get into the building without it. Thinking of buying another quad cane to keep at the office so I can use it once I get in, but they’re pricey.
I’m still doing physical therapy and fitness once a week, but around the corner from me instead of, you know, further away in the rehab-place.
I’m definitely more aware of my limits, which makes it easier to push them, but it has also made me more aware of the fact that everything costs me a lot of energy and that I sometimes would rather choose my chair over walking so I won’t be so exhausted that I can’t do my fun things anymore.
Anyway, thank you guys for being here for me. It means a lot.
HOW ARE YOU SO TALENTED? I ERASE FOR STICK FIGURES AND YOU JUST LIKE BAM A PERSON ON PAPER WITH COLORS AND LINES AND LIKE WHAT
I don’t know, at one point my dad brought home a wacom tablet when I was 13 and I wasn’t interested, and then I was nineteen and I thought: “Let’s try this again,” and it was a match made in heaven. I didn’t even like drawing before that. Maybe because I liked things I was good at and I had no idea I had a talent for drawing.
This was submitted to my blog, by a girl who I’m pretty sure would like to stay anonymous, so I removed her name. I’m going to treat it as an anonymous ask:
I am 11. I like girls. I didn’t dare to ask you in public. I want to ask if you have any tips about how to come out of the closet.
I’m sorry if I misunderstood you about that, but i read your blogs and you seem alike me. I like to draw like you do but I’m not good yet. I wan to go to art school some day but I dont think my parents want me to.
First of all I would like to say that I’m not gay, so I’ve never had to come out to my parents. I’ve also never been in a relationship and yet people tend to ask me for advice. So I’m going to try.
You’re very young. To know yourself that well at your age is incredible. I think at your age, you’re just at the start of a lot of changes, both emotionally, and physically. It’s a good time to talk to your parents (especially your mom, though I don’t know what your relationship to her is), about sexuality in general. I would start a conversation about that generally. I remember asking my mom about first relationships and all that and just having a girly chat with a cuppa tea. She’ll at one point ask you why you’re curious about that, most likely. I would tell her that way, if it were me, first breach the subject in general and then just be honest about it. Just say that you think you like girls, and not boys. She’ll probably ask you if you’re sure, and you can tell her that you are.
I have a really good relationship with my mom and religion plays no part in our lives, though my parents (my dad especially) are fairly traditional. I don’t know about yours. So that makes it hard to give you very good advice.
Maybe you have a really good friend that you trust enough to tell it to first? Sometimes friends make it a lot easier. Are there any shows that you watch that feature a lesbian relationship? If your friend watches those and feels comfortable with those, it’s more likely she will be comfortable with you, too.
Again, I don’t have any experience… This is just how I would do it…
Hope that helps.
As for artschool, I never went there either. My dad would have been against it, but now that he knows I’m fairly good at art, he says he would’ve eventually understood. But, as my example proves, you don’t need to go to artschool to become a good artist.
hi! i love your work and have a question- in your process gifs there's always a stage where you seem to overlay a painting you did previously and warp it? can you talk a bit about that step, the thought process and why you do it? :) looking forward to seeing what you do next ^_^
Thanks for the question.
If I’m working on a painting and have already drawn out my composition - filling the drawing with color, texture and value can be quite daunting. Through the years I’ve used many techniques to get rid of a white canvas, mainly by filling it in manually by coloring within the lines. This process takes a bit of time and planning because you have to pick original color, and attempt to make nice texture as well.
My most recent process involves collaging old paintings to get rid of a white canvas - http://youtu.be/94OcJCRgLwM
This is awesome because it takes the personality of my previous portfolio work in small ways, such as dramatic value choices within a previous composition or the sense of my personal brushstroke style. Also if I warp the images I can create depth as seen in this video demo - http://youtu.be/0sSOd52_PRM
Now I’ve got my drawing - plus a unique texture - time to start cleaning up the collage to create a new original painting.
All in all, the reason I do it is for speed. But in the end - I take much of the design from a tasteful collage, making the entire painting smooth sailing and full of life if you set yourself up for success. It took many failures before learning what was good and bad collaging, I think I’m getting the hang of it ~~
I was tagged by channybee to do the accent challenge. First of all, I hate hearing my voice because I feel it does not reflect who I am very well. My disability influences it greatly. It makes me sound nasal and like a six year old. I have very little control over my muscles, so that includes vocal-cords and stuff. But here we go. I tag almost-a-class-act, bjartaarts and alexpatties. Sorry I keep tagging you.
If you don’t enjoy them just ignore them.
1. What is your name and/or username?
2. Where are you from?
3. Pronounce the following words:
theatre, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, new orleans, furniture, both, again, probably, alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, caught, naturally, envelope, twitter, new york, crayon, tumblr
4. What would you call a sale of unwanted items on your porch, in your yard, etc.?
5. What do you call your grandparents?
6. What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?
7. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
8. Be a wizard or a vampire?
9. How old are you?
10. What colour are your eyes?
11. What was the last thing you drank?
12. Would you rather: Have a million dollars or a million friends?
I was tagged by the lovely channybee to list 16 things that make me happy, so here’s that list. It’s going to be a challenge!
Wacom tablets. They changed my life. No joke.
Questions or comments in my askbox. As a perpetually lonely person, I crave attention, and Tumblr’s askbox is a good one for that.
Getting to send my art to people on print. I fangirl a little about my own art when I do that. It feels strangely like I’m holding someone else’s art, but it’s still really mine and sometimes that amazes me.
The fact that Zayn got my art and that his auntie sent me a photo of that moment. It makes the fact that my huge One Direction artbook never got anywhere and got lost after Karen Payne got it (presumably, I’m guessing, because I don’t like the idea that she doesn’t care enough to let me know she got it), slightly less painful.