There are few things more glorious than a friend’s sketchbook.
The movie Hook has been on my mind a lot lately. And the news today is really making me thing more. Did anyone ever think that the movie might be a metaphor about depression? How Peter Banning was limited in his abilities as Pan because he let so much of mortal life drag him down that he lost himself? That Hook is just the voice in his head telling him he is a failure, can’t save his children, losing his marriage, obsessed with his job and etc…
The reason I wonder all this is because…I haven’t been in a happy place the last few months. It’s not a secret, I know it and I have been working hard to stay active and not be dragged down by it (may some deity help my poor car, it cannot take any more captain!). My situation is relatively minor and will eventually pass given time unlike many others who find themselves at worse odds. But its still depression and it comes in all kinds of nightmarish forms.
I ask myself “What is my happy thought?” a lot lately. It helps to find one good thing about the day or even the week.
My happy thought hangs from the review mirror in my car. I only got it a few days ago. When I was told I would get one like it, I am ashamed to admit I hid how unbelievably and blissfully happy it made me because these people only just met me…and I didn’t want to see too enthusiastic or…whatever about being 1. accepted among them and 2. becoming something I have always wanted to be.
It’s my name tag to the observatory. Wearing a “Volunteer” one was amazing the week before but it paled in comparison to having one that actually had my name on it.
The best few hours of my week is at the observatory and a little 2 by 3 laminated name tag can honest to god reduce me to tears every time I climb in my car look at it. In all the crap I can think and put myself through during the day (I suck, this is the reason he left me, my business is crashing down around me, I’m alone)…my happy thought is belonging to a dream I gave up over ten years ago.
I’m an astronomer (not professionally, mind you). I never needed validation to prove it that but it helps ground that fact so hard into reality in a way some people cannot fathom. And having access to the largest telescope I have ever put eyes on is super sweet. I have seen things I have never dreamed of and I can find them all by myself now and I share this joy with complete strangers who come to see it too.
And I will
fly point my telescope to the second star on the right and straight on till morning.
I’m really sorry we lost you Robin. :(
More than just a trendy movement on Tumblr, palettes are a great way for a photographer or graphic designer to tell a color story about their work and personal style.
Most of my palettes are muted, faded colors. If you asked me a year ago to describe my style, it certainly wouldn’t be in those terms. I’d have called my work bright and vibrant and clear.
Making these palettes was a great way for me to see my work in its bare bone form. This is who I am. This is what I love and now that I know it, I can move forward in new projects with a solid aesthetic that represents my work as a whole.
Photography by Bex
First post in aggeesss! I decided it would make a lot more sense if I used this blog as a more general Star Trek doodles blog than specifically as a TNG comic blog (though I will put more of those up when I get round to scanning them!)
In the meantime, here’s something for the DS9 crowd. I’m very new to DS9, only started watching it for the first time recently and just finished season 1. The characters are great, and I regret missing out on this when I was younger. :D
Mostly this is cardassian (pfft, read: Garak) redesigns, to be more reptillian. I’m not at all the first to do this by a long shot, and actually in this case 100% credit to Spica-tea’s designs for inspiring me. I wanted to go even further in the reptillian direction since ALIENS and also I don’t have the limitations on me that the show had in terms of what they could do.
It might be a bit too much for most people’s tastes? It certainly makes interaction between different species a bit harder. They came out a bit more like birds, and have extremely dexterous talons, the hair on their heads/necks and tail is more like feathers. They probably walk like raptors too, heads bobbing threateningly and looking at people from the side.
I have real trouble keeping proportions when drawing aliens though, so these sketches are a bit all over the place.
The other redesigns are Bajorans as more primate-inspired. Not really based on as much show stuff as reptillian-Cardassians are, but I felt it fit not only for a people who are quite culturally rich, but also made a good contrast with their oppressors.
Bonus Ocampa (larger cranium and smaller stature) and Ktarian (much more goat/unicorn-like) too!
(sorry for the enormously long post)
(Also sorry for the Bashir/Garak shipping there if people don’t like that, I FORGOT I EVEN DREW THAT)