So yeah...

Mar. 18th, 2019 01:10 pm
auronlu: (Blah)
[personal profile] auronlu
I don't often babble about RL on my gaming blog, but there's some overlap because I'm bad at self-discipline. I had lots of adulting: doing taxes, 4(!) different medical appointments, and a bunch of different ordinary adulting stuff I've already forgotten.

On top of which, we suddenly had the GREAT BUTTERFLY MIGRATION, and it was magical and unusual for about five days— possibly because we've had the last 5 years worth of rain this last winter— so I decided to risk my bad back and dig up scraggly old plants and plant more butterfly-attracting plants in the patio. Which I needn't have done, because the peach tree blossoms were doing a good job of serving as a drive-thru, and now the last of the scragglers have headed out of the area. People up in the Bay Area, keep an eye out for little Painted Lady orange-white-and-black butterflies. They should be reaching you about now, en route to Oregon.

I'll miss them, but they inspired me to go out to local parks to see them and to plant purple heliotropes, so thank you little ladies!

And finally, I am still active in my local Pokemon Go community, catching up on the year and a half I missed. I was trying to resist Rayquaza hunting on Friday and Saturday, picking up a rare legendary that last appeared during my hiatus. Needless to say, I failed my self-discipline roll and wound up rattling around town with a "train" of other PGo players driving from one gym to the next. Cue the usual griping about the Ones That Got Away, but I am now the proud owner of at least one powerful sky noodle.


I've not been satisfied with half the illustration headers I've made for the remaster of Love Her and Despair. Art lessons in painting fruits and cups have only somewhat improved my ability to draw landscapes and complicated scenes, although I have made progress. But when I fail to capture what I was imagining/describing— something which [personal profile] mintywolf seems to pull off for her Patreon rewards to an astonishing degree— I'm not sure if my amateurish drawings help or detract from my more-skilled prose. Then again, I've always liked Tolkien's amateurish watercolors and drawings, and I'm never going to get better if I don't keep practicing.

Date: 2019-03-18 09:00 pm (UTC)
alwaysbeenasmiler: <user name=hiraethe> (Default)
From: [personal profile] alwaysbeenasmiler
Oh butterflies! I remember seeing butterflies migrate when I lived in Cali! And I also remember visiting a fewer refuge areAs for the monarch! Sounds lovely, your expiriences that is!

Date: 2019-03-19 01:42 am (UTC)
cumuluscastle: (stubborn)
From: [personal profile] cumuluscastle
I feel like as you get more skilled as an artist your personal expectations just always raise higher as you go. I kind of like that about it, though. There's always something to improve. The race is never over. Which is to say that I like your illustrations and I definitely don't think you should ever stop making them. If you really want to you can always revisit them later.

Date: 2019-03-19 02:35 am (UTC)
mintywolf: (lulubeast smooch)
From: [personal profile] mintywolf
I enjoy your illustrations, though! You're the only one who can really see what you were envisioning.

When I was younger I used to think that someday I'd reach some kind of art plateau where I'd finally be content with my level of skill but I've since realized that that's never going to happen. Like cumuluscastle said, as your skills improve so do your standards, and you're always going to be climbing that hill. (But you can look back and see that you're a lot higher up now than when you started climbing!)

However, I've also learned to stop agonizing over unattainable perfection in each piece, especially on a weekly posting schedule. Is it complete? Does it fulfill its purpose? Did I do my best given the amount of time I had to work on it? Then it's Good Enough to Post.

Date: 2019-03-19 02:39 am (UTC)
lassarina: I'm not coming out until the stupid people have gone away.  ....I can wait all day. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lassarina
sky noodle

I love the way we name things on the internet.

Date: 2019-03-20 05:47 am (UTC)
sarasa_cat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sarasa_cat
Just googled photos and videos of the Painted Lady butterflies migrating through California. So beautiful! It must have been awesome to see them. :D

I never knew about Tolkien's watercolor illustrations. The style is so of an era. I like them.

Re: art-- what everyone else has already said. Don't forget: the more trained your eye is, the more flaws you see and not only in your work but in professional art/illustration, old master work, etc. Just keep at it, climbing that mountain one step at a time.

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