Posted in Art, Book Tags, Books, Geeky Stuff, Music

Anything But Books Tag

Happy Thursday, fellow bibliophiles!

 

I was tagged by A Little Haze Book Blog to take part in the Anything But Books Tag, and I’m so excited to participate!

Alright, let’s get started…

 

Name a cartoon character that you love.

Okay, technically, he was a comic character first, but Forager from Young Justice: Outsiders is absolutely precious.

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What is your favorite song right now?

Ooh…hard to pick, but at the moment, I’d probably have to go with “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead. Never fails to fill every fiber of my being with emotion…

 

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading? 

Drawing and writing, most likely. I’d add playing guitar as well, but…yeah, my fingers could not withstand playing guitar for hours. They’d never forgive me.

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What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love to go ALL OUT for Halloween. Whether or not I end up trick-or-treating, I try to at least wear my costume to school. I was Liz Sherman from Hellboy last year, which was super fun 🙂 I dyed my hair red and everything!

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What is your favorite unneccessarily specific thing to learn about?

Cephalopod biology, hands down. They’re such a fascinating group of creatures; I have fond memories of spending an entire period in 6th grade watching a documentary on cuttlefish 🙂

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What is something unusual that you know how to do?

Um…

I don’t think I have any *unusual* talents, per se, but I can kind of make a kazoo noise with my mouth…

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Name something you’ve made in the last year, and show us if you can.

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I just finished this up a few weeks ago! It was a 22 x 30 drawing in Prismacolor  colored pencils, for my advanced art class. Recognize her? 😉

 

What is your most recent personal project?

I don’t have anything *super* personal, but I did pick up some watercolors after several years of not touching a paintbrush. This was the end result:

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Dark Phoenix!

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Tell us something that you think about often (especially when looking out windows).

It’s inevitable that every time I stare out a window, I drift into the recesses of my mind, where my story ideas start playing like movies.

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Give us something that is your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

I love watching X-Men movies (no, duh, Sherlock), but at night, curled up in a blanket downstairs, and preferably with some snacks and in the company of my cats.

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Say the first thing that pops into your head.

They did surgery on a grape.

I’m so incredibly sorry to bring that back.

I’ve created a monster

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I tag:

 

Thank you so much for reading this post! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

Posted in Art

A Day at Natura Obscura

Surprise, surprise, this ISN’T a book review!

 

Today, I just wanted to take some time to catalogue my recent experience at Natura Obscura, an exhibit in the Museum of Outdoor Art (MOA) in Englewood, CO.

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Natura Obscura is an interactive art exhibit, a combination of sculptures, recycled materials, and technology. Its theme is a bizarre sort of fantastical, nighttime forest, where strange creatures dwell in every nook and cranny. With an app on your phone, you can tour certain parts; the tour is activated by scanning your camera over one of six wooden medallions, which have pictures of  forest spirits carved into them.

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This was an illustration of three of the six spirits. Each one represented something different (ex. mountains, water, plains). I immensely enjoyed how much attention to detail was put in to creating this exhibit.

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We were also given little UV flashlights upon entering the exhibit. When you waved them around, they revealed that many elements in the exhibit were decorated with blacklight-activated paint. Often, the light revealed these tiny little creatures, which were hidden all over the exhibit.

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Other times, the light revealed drawings of leaves and hidden quotes on the floor. I got a few incredible quotes out of that morning.

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Also, the laces of my Converse glow under a blacklight. Go figure.

 

Another path in the exhibit led to the Cabinet of Curiosities. This was a smaller exhibit, but by no means worse than Natura Obscura. It was filled from floor to ceiling with odd, Victorian artifacts, mirrors. There was even an audiobook recording of Alice in Wonderland being played in the background.

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There were loads of classic fairy tale and nursery rhyme Easter eggs thrown in the mix as well–the rose from Beauty and the Beast, a fishtank with a quote from The Little Mermaid, Dorothy’s slippers…even the shattered remains of Humpty Dumpty.

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Lewis Carroll would have definitely gotten a kick out of the whole thing.

 

If you’re in the Colorado area, I highly recommend that you visit this museum! I believe that Natura Obscura is a travelling exhibit, so catch it while you can. You won’t regret it.

Posted in Animals, Art, Geeky Stuff

Mermaid (or something): Late night drawings and biological analysis (sort of)

(Well that  was one heck of a weird title…)

So last night, after watching the first two Hunger Games movies (which were awesome), I had a little time before I had to go to bed. So I decided to draw. Normally, I draw fictional characters about 75% of the time, but I couldn’t think of anyone to draw. But eventually, this squirmed its way out of my head and onto the page of my sketchbook:

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I still have no idea what prompted it, but I love it anyway.

As I said on my Instagram post, I knew that this wouldn’t end with just one drawing. I mean, HOW COULD IT? I mean, LOOK AT THAT MERMAID THING!

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And then this happened…

BEHOLD!

THE MERMAID (OR SOMETHING)!!!

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I had a lot of fun drawing and designing this mermaid. There were a few points I definitely wanted to discuss (here comes the “biological analysis” part), so here goes!

DISCLAIMER: Though I have been a total zoology nerd basically since I could read, I am not completely knowledgeable on this topic. Some of this information might not be completely true, just to let you know. 

In general, I wanted this mermaid to look more fishlike than human, so there are a lot of things that I took from various fish species to piece her together. For example:

-The ears. Most fish do have ears, but they are very small and different from ours. They use not only their ears but their lateral lines to sense sounds in the water.

 

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-The stripes. When I initially drew the mermaid the first time, she was very colorful, with horizontal stripes. I based her off this general image I had in my mind of a tropical fish of similar color and pattern, but when I googled such a fish, it didn’t exist. (**** you, imagination…) But, I did find a fish similar to my vision, albeit with horizontal stripes as opposed to vertical ones.

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-The mouth. Realistically, if I were to steer in the far fishier direction, the mouth would probably be bigger, and the lips wider. The teeth were a rather confusing point, because when I googled “fish teeth”…

…well…

Let’s just say that you should never google such things. *shivers*

So I just went with small teeth.

-As far as the nose goes, I just put little slits.

-The head fin and tail, I discovered, are not only similar to each other, but similar to leaves of kelp (which the mermaid’s leg band things and dress are made of). I suppose this could possibly be a form of camoflauge. Maybe this mermaid lives in a kelp forest.

-Lastly, I’ve been kind of in self-debate about this for a little while, but I can’t decide whether my version of mermaids would lay eggs (I imagined them like shark or dogfish eggs-HEY, PEOPLE SOMETIMES CALL THOSE MERMAID’S PURSES! MAYBE I’M ONTO SOMETHING!) or if they would give birth to live young, like mammals. Either way, this mermaid has no visible breasts, which would be a mammalian trait. I’m still unsure about that. I suppose either one would work, but…hmm… *strokes imaginary goatee in thought*

 

Well, that just about wraps it up. Thank you for reading!

EDIT: The mermaid now has a name (or nickname), thanks to my dad: Abigail Sapien (like Abe Sapien) 😉

 

 

 

 

Posted in Animals, Art, Vacations

Florida! (Again)

Hi again, everyone! Happy 2017!

I have just returned from my annual family sojourn in Florida, and it was very fun. I have LOTS of pictures to show you!

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Yeah, that’s right…the soul-sucking doll is back. And this time, she was right…behind…my air mattress…

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My grandma’s neighbors own cows, and they often come close to her property. I spent some time feeding them Spanish moss and grapefruit on the first day. MOO!

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A monarch butterfly at Lithia Springs park.

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Coquina Beach!

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This is literally the saddest manatee ever. I would hardly be able that it was a manatee if it didn’t say “manatee” right next to it. Nice job…

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Back at the Dalí! There was a Frida Kahlo exhibit this time, and this was from it. This is “The Chick”, which is now probably my favorite Kahlo.

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“The Hallucinogenic Toreador”, my favorite Dalí painting.

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Another one of my favorites, “The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft which can also be used as a Table”. Man, what a great name. Where can I get one of these?

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I mustache you a question…but I’ll shave it for later.

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Melting Clock bench selfie!

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ARGH…THE PUNS!!!! Okay, maybe I’m being a bit of a hypocrite, but y’know.

So, I had a great time in Florida! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a book review! Ciao for now!

Posted in Art, Random

Octoberness

Technically, October began yesterday, but still.

I went on a hike with my dad this morning, and I just wanted to share some of the artsy, fall-y, leafy, and aesthetic pics I took. 😉

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I ❤ nature

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LEAVES

IMG_0456.jpgI am so proud of myself for this one! I love aspens!

So yeah! Random artsiness! Have a very happy October! 🙂

Posted in Animals, Art

Aw Yeah Cat Drawings! 😸

I am practically ADDICTED to drawing cats! I find pictures on the internet and base the pictures off of them. These are ten that I think are particularly amazing.

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This is the first one I ever did, and probably my best as well. It is an Abyssinian.

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An Aegean, a Greek breed.

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This is a Burmese. My two cats are burmese!

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The Australian Mist.

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This is the Manx. They are known for having a very stumpy tail.

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The American Shorthair.

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Norwegian Forest Cat.

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The lesser-known and beautiful Nebelung.

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The Japanese Bobtail. This breed was the inspiration for Hello Kitty!

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The second-most popular breed in the world, the Maine Coon.

I hope you like my drawings! 😽