Art: Escape

I’m back for the year, this time with art. I realize this blog has become more art-focused, but I guess my life has become more art-focused too. Below I have cover art (front and back) for the speculative fiction magazine I’m the design/visual editor for. So, shout out, if you’re anywhere near the University of Washington, maybe consider picking up a copy of AU: Escape sometime next week?

Ecape Art

Art and design by yours truly. Below is the art, minus the words.Escape Art No WordsI’ve been super busy for the past week with stuff that has been less fun, so it was nice to get to do this as a break from the stress.

Well, all I can say now is that I’ll try to post more into the future, once I’m done with my winter classes, but history is not on my side here. I can wish you good luck going ahead, though. So, uh, good luck!

Quick Concept Art: Air Train

Air TrainI decided to play around with more drawing stuff lately and ended up with this. I also wanted to try out this new font that I really like. It’s cute, no?

“Air Train” is actually a concept I had for a story that I *may* write soonish. I tend to draw things that relate to what I write when I’m bored, or when I want to figure out what kind of atmosphere my writing will have. This piece is one of the better quick concept sketches I’ve done, I have to admit. It was practice time well spent.

Speaking of writing, I might start a new post series soon about writing/reading. I haven’t talked about this stuff in a while, plus I’ve kind of fallen off the blog-writing wagon. So look out for that, maybe Thursday if my classes don’t kill me tomorrow.

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Twenty-Three

Day Twenty-Three of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: harbor + mustache.

Day Twenty-Three: Harbor (and a Mustache)

This is actually a scene from a photo I took in Steveston in B.C. As promised, there is a mustache in the corner. I think the white of the mustache really brings out the green of the water. I had so much fun making this– I might do more impressionist-from-photo things in the future. It was very relaxing. Therapeutic. And I think it turned out pretty well.

As you can see, I’m starting to slow down (like, really slow down) with these drawing challenges. I’ll still try to do them, but with me being in school now and being somewhat sick, I don’t know when the next one will be. I’ll try to finish up the last seven within the month, but that’s a tentative arrangement. Still, I will not abandon this!


For Day Twenty-Four:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

103. fruits/veggies + the four elements

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Twenty-Two

Day Twenty-Two of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: An Untranslatable Word.

Day Twenty-Two: Ataraxia

Back to doing one of my favorite things: hand lettering! And with one of my favorite words, too.

From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I love the sound of the word as you say it, and it has a nice symmetrical look about it, don’t you think? The word ataraxia is from the Greek language, and is a state of calm, tranquility, or imperturbability. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ataraxia (ἀταραξία) translates directly to “impassiveness”; the word has been adopted into the English language to form the noun ataraxy, which is defined as “Freedom from disturbance of mind or passion; stoical indifference,” though it is rarely used.

I found one definition I had saved because I rather liked it, though I don’t know where it came from: “the lack of agitation that comes from understanding the ways of the universe, accepting fate, knowing what one can control and, therefore focusing only on the things one can actually change.” It also has different philosophical interpretations, depending on which Greek school of thought you’re listening to– which I think gives the word its “untranslatability.” Definitions I’ve found range from seeing and accepting things as they are, being in a state where you cannot be agitated, or drawing calm from the pursuit of virtues. I’m probably only scratching the surface here. (If anyone knows about classical Greek philosophy or knows more about this word, I’d love to hear from you!)


For Day Twenty-Three:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

94. something on this list + a mustache

The something: 58. harbor

This ought to be fun. Five days left– I’d better stop slacking!

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