It’s 100° F outside right now. As a child of autumn/winter/rain/snow, I am less than pleased.
So, quick question. Eyepatches. Cool or cliché?Here’s the argument for cool. But is the trope of “cool character with an eyepatch” being overused? I only ask because I was writing this week and wondered if it would be cliché to have my character lose an eye and start wearing an eyepatch. But the pervasiveness of the trope makes it border on overused. I mean, how many characters do you know receive an eyepatch just because? Plus there’s the whole pirate association to worry about– and unfortunately this character isn’t really the pirate type. I feel like he might just turn out kind of silly, or kind of run-of-the-mill. Still debating on this one. Thoughts?
Speaking of writing, a few days ago I came up with an awesome story arc for a character in my story who won’t show up in my work until wayyyy later. Which is great, because I was having trouble making him interesting, but also, UGH. Now I’m completely distracted by this character’s story, and I want to write about him but I have to focus on the current story first. I guess it’s motivating me to get to the part where he gets introduced, but it will still be a while.(Hm? Is this eyepatch character, you ask? Well, mayyyyybe…)
Remember this logo a while back? Well, the person who commissioned it wants to get it as a tattoo! Hooray! The person has asked me to add some names in there, so I’ll be trying to figure out how to add them for the next few days. I feel so honored!
Me drawing: looks good Also me drawing: he’s writing backwards isn’t he
Anyway, 4 things that stuck out to me this past week:
Only reached my writing goal of (at least) 300 words a day three times this week, but they were a very productive three times. Lesson: keep writing, you can cut stuff out later!
There is a human who made me want to invoke this song this week. Thank you, sir-who-shall-remain-nameless-and-that-I-would-punch-if-we-weren’t-related. I don’t have that many weak points, yet this person managed to hit. Every. Single. One. during his tirade. It was not pretty. There were tears and existential crises. Related to #3. Also related: I miss college and my dorm. I do not like being home. SOMEONE TAKE ME BACK.
I think I’ve hit a low point in my life… All of a sudden, too. Like, I don’t remember being in this pit of despair last week. I’m still in college so it’s kind of okay, but I have no job and am doing nothing for the summer, which makes me feel like human garbage. On the flip side, though, I would like to thank one of my friends for sending me a godlike miracle text of support. She didn’t even know I was feeling down, and yet she made me feel 1000x better. I would also like to thank my sister, who I usually take care of, but I feel is now taking care of me. (Also, it was her birthday yesterday *confetti*)
On a better note, I tore through the manga Akatsuki no Yona in like three days. Character development. Gotta love it. But, unfinished story… driving me insane.
Well, those are my 4 for this week. Stay turned, hopefully next Monday my life will be drastically better.
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!
Here it is! Isn’t he a cutie? Kinda glad to be back to pencil– just a basic #2 HB. Maybe next time I should spring for something fancier.
For Day Four:
digital with color
85. get five random tropes from TV Tropes, pick one
So, this might need some clarification. TV Tropes is basically an encyclopedia of tropes. I might have talked about it once before. Pretty awesome. But you can also pull up random trope pages using the button on the upper right. So, from the website we have:
Found these in my sketchbook from earlier in the year, so I decided to scan them really quickly and post them here. The edge of the Napoleon one was a bit warped during the scanning, but I guess that’s a lesson to me not to draw so close to the edges, haha. Might shade in the Lemon one later, if I don’t forget…