n. a kind of psychological exoskeleton that can protect you from pain and contain your anxieties, but always ends up cracking under pressure or hollowed out by time—and will keep growing back again and again, until you develop a more sophisticated emotional structure, held up by a strong and flexible spine, built less like a fortress and more like a cluster of treehouses.
And the lyrics for those who may need them: www.metrolyrics.com/wise-enoug…
There's so very much in this song that speaks to me right now.
You guys are crazy!!!!
But... thank you, that is really really sweet...! Thank you so much!
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I'm not allocating a limited number of slots at the moment. I'm going to take as many as I can.
Commissions accepted for: full figure or bust, with abstract/minimal background.
Rates for full figure portraits are $60 for a black and white lineart picture and $80 for a colored one. Subtract 15$ if instead you want a bust portrait.
My only limitations are that I can only draw original characters and that I'd rather not draw furry art. And no pornographic content.
If you're interested, please book your slot by replying here below, so that I can keep track of the order. I'll try to make you wait as little as possible.
This is how I work.
Upon receiving your description and an email address to which I can write, I'll send you a pencil sketch for approval. Then if needed I'll apply any corrections you require. After I have your approvation of the sketch, I'll ask you to kindly send me the payment via paypal, and then proceed with inks and colors (if you requested a color commission).
I'll upload a tiff file at 300dpi (unless specified otherwise) and send you the download link.
Now some people contacted me in the past asking if I took commissions. I'm afraid I didn't reply to all of you and for that I am deeply sorry. But if you asked me before and didn't receive a reply or received a negative reply (because I was working on comics), could you please contact me on this journal?
Thank you for your kind attention!
In case you missed it, Titan Comics is launching an art contest for Sally of the Wasteland, my first major comic project with writer Victor Gischler. You can win original artwork by yours truly and copies of the comic! Check it out!
I was tagged by my friend
It's kind of long, but whatever, lets do thiis!
75 questions to answer
1. Do you snore?
2. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Fighter. Love has a habit of not working for me, but I can win a fight sometimes, so I choose the path of least resistance. If a fighter is what I'm meant to be, then so be it.
3. What’s your worst fear?
That is way too personal, I'm sorry.
4. As a kid, where you a Lego maniac?
Absolutely, I still have my Lego!
5. What do you think of “reality” tv?
Postmodern cheap garbage.
6. Do you chew on your straws?
I don't own any straws.
7. Were you a cute baby?
Aren't all babies cute by definition?
8. Is the single life for you?
I don't like it, but it may not be my choice.
9. What color is your keyboard?
Black with white lettering on the keys.
10. Do your sing in the shower?
I sing after, usually.
11. Have you ever sky-dived before?
No, though given the chance, I suppose I might try.
12. Any secret talents?
I can manage to nurture simple lifeforms such as pot plants. This was secret to me until not long ago.
That plant is still alive. Few people know of this. I hope it qualifies.
13. What’s your ideal vacation spot?
14. Can you swim?
15. There was no number fifteen so Sharquelle made this one up herself; where is question number 15?
Probably the most interesting question of all.
16. Have you seen the movie "Donnie Darko”?
17. Do you care about the ozone?
You may want to be more specific.
18. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
I have no idea what that is.
19. Can you sing the alphabet backwards?
20. Have you ever been on an airplane?
Multiple times. It can be cramped and rather boring, but I always bring my trusty Moby Dick whenever I take one. I love re-reading that book and discovering new things.
21. Are you a single child?
I am. And I am not.
22. Do you prefer electronic or manual pencil sharpeners?
I have never tried an electric one. I have a mechanical one which is quite comfortable but I use mechanical pencils for the most part so I don't use it much. I like the smell of the pencils' shavings though.
23. What’s your stand on hunting?
most of the time, I feel like it's a badly addressed topic where people tend to respond more with gut feelings than with rational thought. Hunting and preying is an inextricable part of life.
24. Is marriage in your future?
If you teach me how to look in my futre, I can address this question. Otherwise I don't have any data to support an affirmative or negative answer.
25. Do you like your handwriting?
It is legible, so I consider it acceptable.
26. What are you allergic to?
alcohol, apparently. It causes unpleasant reactions.
27. When was the last time you said 'I love you?'
Less than an hour ago.
28. Is Tupac still alive?
No. Aha! You didn't expect a straightforward answer to that, did you?
29. Do you cry at weddings?
I never cry. And the previous statement is a lie.
30. How do you like your eggs?
fried or scrambled, with black pepper possibly.
31. Are blondes dumb?
generalization is by itself a clear sign of a limited mind. Maybe you can see the irony.
32. Where does the other sock end up?
with this one.
33. What time is it?
34. Do you have a nickname?
I'm waiting for one.
35. Is McDonald's disgusting?
I have never eaten anything I considered disgusting so far, but the average quality is in my opinion on the mediocre side.
36. When was the last time you were in a car?
37. Do you prefer baths or showers?
Showers, because bathtubs are never long enough to contain my body, at least in my experience so far.
38. Is Santa Claus real?
In every Coca Cola advertisement.
39. Do you like having you neck kissed?
I do miss it.
40. Are you afraid of the dark?
I can't sleep unless in complete dark. I tend to find it rather pleasant.
41. What are you addicted to?
Nicotine and caffeine, though I'm getting rid of the former.
42. Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
I don't really like peanut butter.
43. Can you crack your neck?
Yes, I tend to do that when I should instead shiver. Go figure why.
44. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Not that I can remember of.
45. How many times have you brushed your teeth today?
Three times. Plus flossing once.
46. Is drug free the way to be?
Freedom is always the way to be.
47. Are you a heavy sleeper?
I believe my sleeping pattern is within average parameters.
48. What colour are your eyes?
It really depends on the light, but they tend to be grey-green with a touch of hazel.
50. Do you like your life?
I'm ok with it and I try to improve it to the best of my capabilities.
51. Who’s better: Stone Cold or The Rock?
I sense a pattern there, but I cannot provide an answer.
52. Are you psychic
Psychics don't exist.
53. Have you read "Catcher in the Rye"?
54. Do you play any instruments?
55. Have you ever stolen money?
56. Can you snowboard?
You can guess the answer by now.
57. Do you like camping?
It can be enjoyable yes.
58. Do you snort when you laugh?
When I snigger yes, I do. When I laugh, no.
59. Do you believe in magic?
Only if you can provide evidence that it exists. Then credulity on my part would no longer be necessary.
60. Are dogs a man’s best friend?
I actually prefer cats.
61. Do you believe in divorce?
Are you sure you're choosing the right verb? I think the question is phrased improperly.
Do I believe it can be necessary? Well absolutely, unless you think there's something good in being trapped in a miserable life, and trapping another human being with you in the process.
62. Can you do the moonwalk?
63. Do you make a lot of mistakes?
Constantly. But you know the saying. Try again, fail again, fail better.
64. Is it cold outside today?
It's average, tending toward chilly.
65. What was the last thing you ate?
A red apple.
66. Do you wear nail polish?
I actually wore black nail polish once. It was fun!
67. Have you ever been kissed?
68. What's the most annoying TV commercial?
The sexist ones.
69. Do you shop at American Eagle?
Never heard of that.
70. Favourite song at the moment?
A Perfect Circle - Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm of the War Drums
71. Do you like your job?
I love it.
72. Do you like your classes in school?
they were very interesting, especially during university.
73. How do you like your meat cooked?
medium to rare, though I enjoy variety.
74. Do you like these surveys.
This one was actually quite demanding.
75. Do you know how to tag three peoples?
No, therefore I shan't tag anyone.
Order of the Forge, written by Victor Gischler, pencils, inks and colors by yours truly, cover by the great Juan Ferreira and published by Dark Horse is out in stores now so would you like to give it a try?
C'mon, it's about George Washington fighting viking zombies (aka draugr for the philologically inclined) with his magical axe, what's not to love?
More about the comic below!
And don't miss the facebook page!
If you fancy yourself as a post-apocalyptic art warrior, now is your chance to impress the creative team of Sally Of The Wasteland!To celebrate the hit collection of grind-house by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Punisher Max, Angel & Faith) and yours truly, Titan Comics are running an art competition for a chance to win an original piece of Sally Of The Wasteland artwork by series artist yours truly again. Find out more here if you're interested!
You can find it easily online, too! If you're too lazy to google (nobody's going to judge you for that!), check here
and here you have free shipping worldwide!
here's Titan's webpage:
here's some reviews if you really are that stone-hearted and still need convincing (just kidding...)
This is an update because a new picture has been added. I like the idea of updating this journal entry as the collection and Bellerefo's power grow (evil grin).
They're all so amazing! Please check them out!
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These pictures come from France, the U.S.A., Taiwan, Spain, Slovakia, Finland, England, Italy, and Poland. Wow! It's even more awesome if you think of how many nationalities this art trade project managed to include!
It's too bad it only includes two continents but hopefully I'll be able to expand (I'm especially curious to meet people from Africa and Australia... never had any friends or acquaintances from those two continents). Yeah, forgive my megalomania
Ladies and gentlemen who participated, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
PS: this is actually a commission, not an art trade, but did such a great job that I want to include it as a bonus:
A chibi version of Bellerefo! Just how adorable is she here? Eh?
I'm going to check if by calling it with all the wrong names I manage to cause an identity crisis in that flower. Because science. Stay tuned, I'll let you know.
Thank you for making me dream.
So I have this little ritual of mine. Since the Batman cup is rarely used, and usually it's for guests, and the Flash cup is used by my mother (and it's now chipped on one edge, damnit), there's two left, Superman and the Green Lantern, my favorite superheroes, and I use them alternately.
When the day starts, I check how I feel. If I need determination and willpower to get to the pages because I am in that unpleasant mood where I cannot find the right start, I use the Green Lantern cup. That's because that hero's power originates from willpower, and sipping coffee from that cup creates a symbolic connection with the concept of tapping one's willpower, so to speak. If I have the right will and just need to stay focused and grind my way through panels, I drink from the Superman cup. He's superstrong, superfast, represents the energy I need.
So there you go, this is one of my little daily rituals. I wonder if others have such rituals too..
Hypatia, who had been teacher of Prefect Orestes, was a victim of this escalation of intolerance. She had always preached the freedom of thought, taught sciences and was admired for her wisdom by all but the jealous Cyril and his followers who could not tolerate her friendship with Prefect Orestes.
Cyril has been made saint by the church. Not enough time ago, pope Ratzinger praised him as a "guardian of the true faith" mauricepinay.blogspot.it/2007/… (one might, maybe should cringe at the idea of a german pope praising a man who oppressed the Jews).
Hypatia is my personal hero. And she is twice a hero because she was a scientist woman who stood for what she believed in, a message of tolerance and love for knowledge, against a world that shunned women, treated them like objects, and could not tolerate that they had as much say or as much knowledge as men did. The letter of so-called saint Paul to Tymothy says: "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet." Today, this passage is still part of the new testament.
1500 years after the murder of one of the most admirable persons in history, there is still much to do to undo the damage that religious intolerance did to the world.
Remember Hypatia of Alexandria.
So here's Jed's questions and below my answers
1. You decide to go on a journey. You will travel overland. How will you travel?</p>
Considering that what I consider a journey usually involves getting at least as far as the other side of the planet, I doubt I could do without an airplane. The journey usually starts when I reach the destination and begin exploring it.
2. As you travel, you enter a different sort of countryside. What sort of country is it?
I'm picturing icelandic landscapes with rich black soil and emerald green grass, rainbows and aurora borealis at night.
3. After traveling through this country for a while you come to a body of water. What is it like?
I would suppose it's hot springs due to the high volcanic activity in the island.
4. Your journey will take you across the water. What method will you use to cross it?
Uhm. Water, open countryside, nobody around. Heck if the water is not too cold nor too hot, I'd love to swim through.
5. On the far side of the water is a wilderness. What is the wilderness like?
Like this: www.bigearth.com/wp-content/up…
6. There is a way through the wilderness. What is it like and how do you travel on it?
It's a natural path between corrugated hills. It may not take me anywhere specific but I'd follow it just to see where it takes me. My pattern recognition identified it as a path, and since I'm crossing open country, there's no reason not to follow it.
7. At the end of the journey you come to a house. What sort of house is it and how is it different from the ones you are familiar with?
It's like a cottage or cabin, and it's strange because it has grass on the roof. It looks like it was built in the side of a hill, although it's all artificial. It's done that way in order to keep the warm in. The rest is made mainly of stone and wood, apparently, although in the inside it's very modern.
8. You enter the house. What is it like inside? What sort of things are in it?
The dominant color is white. All the furniture is made of a very clear colored wood. Although the design is modern, there is a wide use of natural materials, wood being predominant. It's full of books and this makes me feel very much at home.
9. The inhabitant of the house is there. What are they like?
It's a couple. They like to live in a somewhat remote area.
10. You are invited to eat. What sorts of food and drink are served?
They're nice enough not to dare me to try hákarl, thankfully. Of the drinks, I only drink water or tea so the rest doesn't seem relevant. As far as food goes, I am not familiar with icelandic cuisine, but I suppose it will involve fish and dill in significant quantity, which I simply adore. But all this is rather secondary to being their guest: it makes any food taste better and I'd eat anything they offer with gratitude.
11. After the meal, your host tells you something you have traveled all this way to learn. What do they tell you?42.
Kidding aside, they don't tell me anything specific, but by merely being nice and welcoming, they reminded me how important it is to make people not feel like they're strangers or foreigners to a place. A welcoming place is not one who treats you like an outsider, however politely and un-threateningly they may do that. Japan always treats you like an outsider. With all politeness and courtesy, but you'll always be an alien. When I went to NY I felt the exact opposite. That's the good thing we should learn. How to be more cosmopolites.
Since I wasn't told to tag anybody, I won't tag, and the game ends here
A VERY interesting video regarding a big problem that Facebook has, and the reason why content creators are leaving that site and migrating to Google.
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