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?
Art and design by yours truly. Below is the art, minus the words.I’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!
I 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.
This piece is called Comet. I liked it so much I used it in another project: AU’s website, which I just remade. AU is a speculative fiction literary journal at the UW, which of course I had to become involved with! Let’s hope all goes well…
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!
Story time. About two weeks ago I was contacted through the blog by someone who liked my spade— you know, the one in the hexagon in the blog’s header? He’d asked if he could use it as a logo, which I had to decline since that specific spade is so prominent on the blog, and it’s a personal favorite of mine. I was then asked if I could make something else for him to use. And of course I had to say yes! Logo? Spade? Black and white? How could I say no? This is what ended up being the final product:
The client wanted something similar to the original spade, so I tried to take my original concept with the lines in the center and make it edgier, sharper. I like to think this new one is in the same “family” as my original. I’m quite proud of it. Originally the base was diamond-shaped, but later was changed to a traditional base.
I think this marks my first commission for a client that I didn’t personally know– most of the stuff I’ve done was for friends and acquaintances. I’m very proud of the way it turned out. It was a fun project, and I hope I get to do more stuff like this in the future!
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:
digital with color
94. something on this list + a mustache
The something: 58. harbor
This ought to be fun. Five days left– I’d better stop slacking!