Rah's Sketchblog

Sep 18

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Mike Malm Thoughtful

its-art-assholes:

Mike Malm
Thoughtful

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ella-luci-bel:

 Александр Аземша

ella-luci-bel:

 Александр Аземша

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Anonymous said: So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?

ursulatheseabitchh:

the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.

A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.

Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.

the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.

The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.

Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.

A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.

The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.  

Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.

But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well. 

Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.

I want to be able to find these again.

Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”

sharingpoetry:

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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kgschmidt:

Well this was something rah and I helped stop on our way home. Called 911, Fire took out the recycling and climbed all the way up the building before the truck came.

Yes, this.  We were walking back from Oaks Bottom and noticed a little fire burning merrily with no-one to watch it, wayyyy too close to a recycling bin and some pallets leaned against this office building.  He notified the people in the building, who were very surprised and went and got the fire extinguisher, and he called the fire department.  We got six firetrucks - the thing between the two posts in the middle of the photo is a gas main, and despite two fire extinguishers being emptied on it (I KNEW HOW TO USE ONE thank you Dad) the fire was still climbing the wall back there.  The recycling bin caved in on itself just before the firemen arrived.  It was amazing.  One moment, normal shaped bin, then suddenly gaping hole, then melted puddle.Everyone was okay, and the stuff in the building was fine, too.  Graham saw the fire and did all the right things.

kgschmidt:

Well this was something rah and I helped stop on our way home. Called 911, Fire took out the recycling and climbed all the way up the building before the truck came.

Yes, this.  We were walking back from Oaks Bottom and noticed a little fire burning merrily with no-one to watch it, wayyyy too close to a recycling bin and some pallets leaned against this office building.  He notified the people in the building, who were very surprised and went and got the fire extinguisher, and he called the fire department.  We got six firetrucks - the thing between the two posts in the middle of the photo is a gas main, and despite two fire extinguishers being emptied on it (I KNEW HOW TO USE ONE thank you Dad) the fire was still climbing the wall back there.  The recycling bin caved in on itself just before the firemen arrived.  It was amazing.  One moment, normal shaped bin, then suddenly gaping hole, then melted puddle.
Everyone was okay, and the stuff in the building was fine, too.  Graham saw the fire and did all the right things.

Sep 17

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batsbrains said: Hi there! I really love your art, your watercolours are amazing. I was wondering if you had any tips for painting with them. Every time I paint with them, they always end up very pastel. Do you apply many layers or do you just have more concentrated pigments?

I use both.  I do use a lot of layers.  But if I’m trying to get an intense color, the water-paint mixture I load on my brush is goopy.

When layering, I’ve found that the biggest help is good paper - you want something that can stand up to the water and even some scrubbing without buckling.  Being certain of what colors you want where helps a lot too - I always do an undersketch before painting, and (try to) know where my darks and lights are.  That way you can put your colors on confidently, and not dab and mix until you’ve overworked your paper and muddied your paint.  

For thicker paint, mix your paints up with water, or squeeze them out new from the tube, before you try to load your brush, so that it’s easy to pick up a lot of pigment.  You can even put a wash of water on the paper and then squeeze watercolor pigment right out onto the paper!  

Know your pigments.  Some are more intense than others, some stain, some gallop, some crawl.  Student grade is good enough for me, but others can tell the difference from that and professional grade.  I use two palettes - my pure palette has very clear colors like winsor red, vermilion, nickel titanium yellow, cobalt and cerulean, and my dull palette has my indigo, raw sienna, burnt sienna, and sepia.  I keep some alizarine crimson, cadmium yellow, and antwerp blue on both palettes.   They’re good for different things, and I do mix between palettes some.  I used to use Payne’s Gray on my dull palette, but found I could mix it from sepia and indigo.  I replaced ochre and indian red with raw and burnt sienna some years ago because I liked their translucency a lot better.  My cobalt sometimes separates a little, and makes weird dot patterns among the water-fringes.  Other people I know have three favorite primary pigments and a couple of secondaries, or a palette of transparent versus more opaque, or cool and warm - find out what works for you.

Which brings me to my most important advice - experiment.  Get paper, and find out how thick and intense you can make your paint.  Find out what it does without trying to make a picture out of it.  Take notes.  The freedom of SCIENCE is worth hours of studio-time trying to perfect a piece without full knowledge of your materials.

Good luck!

Sep 16

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nopejuststop:

nopejuststop:

nopejuststop:

My baby called me and told me she is running for Vice President, and wanted to read me her speech.
I couldn’t be more proud of her.

So they had the election and she didn’t win, her little heart is so broken. It’s ok though, when she’s changing the world and becomes the president of this fucked up ass country she’ll look back on this. Win or lose I’m my baby’s biggest fan

Would you guys mind doing me a favor? I normally wouldn’t ask you all to do this but would you reblog this so I can show my sister? All of the notes will count as all the votes she didn’t get. I just want her to feel better and I think this would warm her little heart.

nopejuststop:

nopejuststop:

nopejuststop:

My baby called me and told me she is running for Vice President, and wanted to read me her speech.

I couldn’t be more proud of her.

So they had the election and she didn’t win, her little heart is so broken. It’s ok though, when she’s changing the world and becomes the president of this fucked up ass country she’ll look back on this. Win or lose I’m my baby’s biggest fan

Would you guys mind doing me a favor? I normally wouldn’t ask you all to do this but would you reblog this so I can show my sister? All of the notes will count as all the votes she didn’t get. I just want her to feel better and I think this would warm her little heart.

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stardust-rain:

stardust-rain:

sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.

Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on: 

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Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%. 

Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.

If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe. 

  1.  they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
  2. party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
  3. worn Nazi symbols 
  4. supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.

There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand. 

They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better). 

In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.

They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology. 

29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M,  and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:

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This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.

In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU. 

Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.

People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP. 

But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract. 

Please spread this. 

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