Friday, March 29, 2013

A Dragon and a Griffin


The kids I instruct have been really responding to fantasy art lately, so we've been drawing dragons and griffins!  Here are two models I composed to teach from, emphasizing wings (which kids often love to draw, but get baffled over how to construct).  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Things I've Been Called Since I Turned Thirty


Nine months ago I turned thirty.  Here's a list, in no particular order, of things I've been called since then.

hipster
hippie
Woodstock
independent
creative
asshole
bitch
jerk
sweet
sweetie
sweetheart
Smokey Joe
the most normal person I've ever met
baby
drunky
stoner
gay
faggot
slut
just like my grandma
girlfriend
good
smart
brilliant
a brilliant writer
genius
clever
teacher
not a real teacher
quick
too slow
evil
gross
fat
heavy
sexy
funny
hilarious
beautiful
filthy
dirty
fucked up
kinky
doofus
awesome
cool
my friend
my favorite daughter
my only valentine
lazy
noisy
too loud
my evangelist
the best person ever
dork

Some of those are dead on accurate, while I'd certainly debate others.  Some of the phrases and names actually come from unexpected sources, for example it was my father, and not my boyfriend, who called me "my only valentine" (he's in his seventies, currently going through chemotherapy, and I found that kind of sweet and sad).  What I like about making a list like this is that I can observe how the spectrum of perception, particularly how people view me, varies at times so widely that there are flat out contradictions in the list along with some pretty twisted curve balls.  Everyone has their own unique truth.  I might be somebody's sweetheart, but for some other guy I'll forever be "that asshole".  Who we "really" are, and what kind of person we struggle to be, may be another thing entirely.  Kind of neat to think about.