Featured Curator: Justin Ruckman
From his self-made 8’ x 8’ backyard observatory in Michigan, Terry Hancock produces astronomical imagery rivaling that of NASA or JPL. His compositions are often the result of 15 hour integrations or longer, and feature such incredible attention to detail, framing, and color, that you could be forgiven for mistaking them as exquisitely crafted paintings. Much more of his work is available on his website, and on Flickr.
Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.
When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.
The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…
But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that."
FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY IS.
THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER READ
THE BORDELLO: SUCKER’S GAME
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, longing for, yearning for in your dreams, pining for in your silent hours, praying for each night before you drift off to sweet, unsatisfied sleep…
It’s the moment when I release to you all, Sucker’s Game.
This thing is product of about half a year’s worth of daily effort. Wake up, layout, erase, rinse, repeat. Wake up, pencil, ink, rinse, repeat. Wake up, script, revise, rinse, repeat.
It’s the culmination of a long conversation between me and one Enzo Vega.
See, I don’t really dictate this whole Bordello deal. I just shut up and listen to what the characters have to say. Sucker’s Game is what Enzo had to say first, and now I’m here to share all that with you.
Thank you all so much for continuing to take an interest in this crazy project of mine. I hope you enjoy this book, pass it on to your friends, spread the word, reblog it, start smoke signals, shout to the heavens, whatever feels best. Just help me get it out there, and I’ll keep cranking on comics.
112 pages of bourbon soaked, perfume covered & blood splattered pages of .pdf beyond the click.
A cool dude with a cool comic!
— Zen Proverb (via vawlts)
Apply to art and repeat.
Inspired from my trip to Gatlinburg and Moebius.
Forest Discussion & Night time Travels
Surprisingly, I really like how these turned out. So I’ll do more gouache and pen studies.
"Galileo Galilei did not invent the telescope. The honor is usually reserved for Hans Libbershey, a Dutch eyeglass maker, who was at least the first person to apply for a patent, in 1608. But Galileo was a very early adopter, and improver, of the instrument.
In 1609, he made the drawings above ‘from life,’ the very first realistic renderings of the Moon (now housed at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence).
Prior to Galileo’s illustrations, virtually no one bothered to represent the Moon with its spots the way it actually appeared.
After his observations, Galileo planned the following year to create an entire series of illustrations, presumably ‘to show how the shadows of individual features changed with the illumination.’
This, however, became unnecessary since ‘even the Jesuit fathers in Rome were convinced that that the Moon’s surface was uneven.
He explained his observations of a coruscated, pitted, and mountainous Moon and included several additional drawings. (He also made scores of drawings of Jupiter and several constellations.)
Like many scholars of his day, Galileo was also an accomplished draftsman, and like scholars still today, he was required to excel at the fine art of self-promotion, forced not only to compete with his contemporaries, but also to persuade his patrons as well as mollify the institutional authorities.”
Here are two tales:
1. For about a year (seven years ago before I was a full time freelance illustrator), I was assistant manager in a shoe shop in the Office chain. I worked a 40 hour week, and I was paid monthly. In that time my pay was never late, never short, never ‘misplaced.’ I got my pay…
Websites like ArtPACT help in situations like this.
The birthing of the books! With that new book smell. #illustration #mybooks #storytime #thefeels #likeaccomplishment
Projects from the Illustration Academy! Reviving my Tumblr. Flat assignment, Gary Kelly’s summer fiction North American Review assignment, and Edward Kinsella’s mythical portrait assignment. I did Odin for last week’s.
Digital, digital and monotype, monotype and NuPastel respectively,
My lovely boyfriend is using tumblr! Check out his awesome stuff!
I needed a break and a new facebook profile so this happened.
I think it turned out pretty well even though I took the photo with my phone.
Media : gouache and watercolor pencils
Anyone want to buy a self portrait for themselves? :D
Apparently selfies are popular.
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare."
— Caitlin Moran (via scatteredandshining)