the_deep_magic: (Obey the dancing banana)
CHECK OUT THIS SUPER-AMAZING ART [livejournal.com profile] maichan DID FOR MY TEEN WOLF BIG BANG!

Warning: fans of hot dudes in uniforms may want to sit down first and/or don flame-retardant panties

ALL ATWITTER: I AM THAT.
the_deep_magic: (So then that happened)

Last portrait (for now); kinda sad.

The model is sad, too )



Ok, time for some books!

Day 8: Most overrated book )

Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving )

Day 10: Favorite classic book )



And now for something completely different: I had a weird experience the other day.  I had Netflix'd A Dangerous Method, even though Keira Knightly annoys the crap out of me, and the whole time I was watching, I had the unshakeable conviction that I've seen this before, and Ralph Fiennes is supposed to be playing Jung.  Credits say it was based on a play called The Talking Cure.  I went through some old travel journals, and sure enough, I saw The Talking Cure at the National Theatre in London on January 2, 2003.  Google confirmed it starred Ralph Fiennes.  Then I remembered -- the terrible seats, because the thing had been sold out before it even opened; the three-story set that took up the entire proscenium, floor to ceiling; being really uncomfortable during the rough sex scenes because I'd gone to see it with a slightly older male friend. 

What disturbs me about it is that I didn't remember the play for certain until I found the ticket.  I thought maybe I'd imagined the whole thing.  And if I hadn't seen the movie the other day, I couldn't have told you anything about the plot.  I was excited that I managed to see the play, and according to the journal, I really enjoyed it.  I don't know; I suppose the nine-year time lapse makes it forgiveable, but I've always had a really good memory, and it freaks me out when I can't remember things I think I should.  I mean, I'm not 100%, but I'm pretty sure I saw Ralph Fiennes' naked ass (or, as we were in London, arse) that day, and that is not something that should be forgotten.  I'm too young to worry about my mind going, but I do, even if it's probably not warranted.

Incidentally, that's the same London trip in which I met Gillian Anderson as well as Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.  The latter called me "daft."  In an affectionate way, of course (long story involving a friend bribing me to ambush her at the stage door).  Whatever, Professor McGonagall called me daft!  I'm practically a Gryffindor!  ::throws confetti::

Meh

May. 3rd, 2012 11:32 pm
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Wish I had wings)
This week's drawing: not great, not terrible.  And yes, his hair really did look like that.

Mediocrity sports a duck tail )

Sadly, next week will be my last drawing class, as the week after that I will be out of town to see my sister graduate.  Which made me realize that many of the students I taught during my very brief career as a freshman comp instructor will (hopefully) be graduating in the next few weeks as well.  Dear god, I am at the point in my life where four years feels like a blink.  ::weeps into my gnarled old hands::
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Another Thursday, another face.

I have no idea what I'm going to do with all of these once the class is over. )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Wish I had wings)
You'll be happy to know that I redeemed myself after last week's fiasco in charcoal.

This way to the masterpiece. )

All this and my Draw Something pictures still look like they're done by a five year old with motor control problems.  It is embarrassing.  Is there some kind of stylus for the iPhone?

Also, can I just say that I am endlessly amused by the new LJ cut graphic?  THIS IS A CUT; YOU CAN TELL BECAUSE OF THE SCISSORS AND ALSO THE DOTTED LINE, WHICH IS WHERE YOU CUT.  Never mind, I guess they got rid of that.  Cryin' shame.
the_deep_magic: (mirror!Spock)
Another young, handsome male model in class tonight!  So naturally I made him look like a clown.

But by god, I gave him shoulders this time! )

The school's "Annual Juried Student Exhibition" is in June, and I'm allowed to enter up to two pieces.  Once I'm done with this class, I may put it to a popular vote to see which ones I should enter.  (Hint: not this one)
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Default)
Finally, we got a cute male model!  That only took... 11 weeks, not counting the teapot-and-apple weeks.

Not that the teapot wasn't attractive in its own way )

Edit: Hey, I was runner-up for a thing and no one told me!

Something Wicked runner up award

So I've got that going for me, which is nice...
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Wish I had wings)
I know how you've missed my weekly portraits, but fear not, they're back.  If you recognize this lady, it's because I've already drawn her twice before.  Luckily, she has an interesting face (I'm not sure if that's a compliment or not, but we'll go with compliment.)

Is it weird that I'm posting three pictures of the same stranger on my blog? )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Wish I had wings)
Sadly, I had to miss last week's drawing class, but we had a special model this week... the instructor.

No pressure or anything )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (SW: it's a love story really)
I know everybody's all a-flutter about the leaked ST pics, but I have something that's just going to BLOW YOUR MIND.

Prepare to be whelmed )

On a completely different note, I don't think this is a spoiler for any particular episode of Project Runway, but doesn't it always seem like if one of the contestants makes something absolutely heinous, something any normal person would look at and go "Sweet Peruvian corncakes, that was designed by a colorblind five-year-old with fine motor control problems," that contestant is never the one kicked off?  He/she is usually in the second-to-last place, but it seems like if you go all-out, balls-to-the-wall fugly, you don't get the boot.  Remember that guy who made the bikini out of neon pink string and metal washers?  He made it through.  Seems to me a good strategy if you're absolutely stuck is to just start glue-gunning random shit together and "stick by your design" so the person who "played it safe" will go home.

Also, if Mondo doesn't win this time, I'm gonna set something on fire.  Preferably Isaac Mizrahi.  I hate that guy.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Carnivale - Jonesy)
Our model tonight was the same from week two, which was actually a good thing -- I could redeem myself for a drawing I wasn't particularly fond of.

Slightly different angle this time )

On a completely different note... Is it weird that I'm a little worried about Stephen Colbert?
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Wish I had wings)
This is by far my favorite portrait that I've done so far -- and it pissed off my drawing teacher to no end.

It's a dude this time. )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (ST: and by itch I mean herpes)
I'm much happier with my work this week.  In fact, it might be the best portrait I've done yet.

Hello nice lady )

The teacher is always getting on my case (in his totally laid-back way) for moving on to the details too soon and not paying enough attention to the shadows and the light, or some damn thing.  He mentioned highlights in the hair around her face, which kind of seemed like a detail to me.  And he does not like the way I draw eyeballs, or that I draw eyeballs at all.  "You don't draw eyes and nostrils and ears -- you draw shadow shapes against the light.  It's not features, it's tone against tone."  Okay, fine, it's not my best work, but after a while she needs a frickin' eyeball.  That is my totally pedestrian take on art: eyeballs are necessary.  And that ear is glorious; I don't give a fuck what anyone says.
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (SW: it's a love story really)
Not as happy with my drawing tonight, even though I had the full two hours to work on it.

She was not really this mannish, I swear. )

I sat on the right side of the room instead of the left this time -- maybe that threw me off?  Ah, well, I still had fun.
the_deep_magic: (Capt. Jack Brannigan)
My portrait drawing class began last night, and you know what that means...

Faces, faces, faces! Or, y'know, just the one. )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (LotR: poor Boromir)
Last drawing from this round of classes.  I know you're just devastated.

Another portrait )

I'd been holding off on doing the year-end fic meme because I'd hoped to post something else before the end of the year... but that's looking less and less likely.  Le sigh.  I haven't so much been "writing" as "not writing" lately.  Hopefully I'll get my mojo back soon, because I do miss it.  Drawing teapots and sad people just doesn't compare.
the_deep_magic: (RESPECK KNUCKLES)
Deepest apologies, art lovers, for not posting last night.  I hope you weren't too distraught.  But it was exciting times -- we had our first live model.  NO, he was not nude.  Why is that everybody's first question?  Perverts. ;o)

My first portrait )

Anyhoo, supposedly we'll be getting another live model next week, which will be our last week of class.  After that... well, you may have to look elsewhere for your art fix unless I can set up somewhere that a) the dogs can't get to and b) I can get charcoal dust everywhere without damaging anything.  I know, very sad, but I may take Portrait Drawing next, so don't despair!
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Ole' bitches)
Nothing terribly exciting this week -- back to all-white objects, supposedly so we could see how we've improved, but possibly because the instructor forgot to bring anything else.

Teapot and apples, I'm gonna draw the shit out of you )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Like a square wheel)
Turns out my fears of hands and feet were unfounded -- another still life this week, but with... ::drumroll:: a glass bottle!  And other non-white objects!

What madness is this? )
the_deep_magic: A nightmare inexplicably torn from the pages of Kafka! (Everything's comin' up Zoidberg)
Good news, lovers of fine art!  Tonight you get not one, but TWO masterpieces.

To make up for the lack of art last Thursday )

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