HeforShe

A discussion about feminism
For those uninterested click HERE for some commentary on a piece I did a while ago. It’s really interesting, well-thought out and the writer actually attends my school and I made his website header!

Space Unicorn and Solis let me do a really short reaction piece about our feelings on human rights.

spaceunicorn012In case you haven’t heard HeforShe is a campaign in support for gender equality that has really picked up since Emma Watson’s UN speech. Upon hearing her speech and all the positive messages she spoke about I got so excited! Finally positive progress in the direction of change and equal human rights! YAY!

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As a person born female but of questionable gender (pfft, I don’t know who I am..) this news is HUGE and super exciting and amazing, but facing the reality of social media and social progression…it’s quite the opposite reaction. The minority that speaks the loudest are screaming MISANDRY and MAN-HATER in our faces and all these notions of utter hatred…over what? A speech. A speech, carefully written and beautifully presented about EQUALITY. Human rights. It’s obvious many people are not ready to face this kind of progress. Some people that will go so far as to send death threats to those striving for change.

It sickens me, really. It’s more sickening to look back at history when women in America protested for the right to vote: Women’s Suffrage. The layperson believed that these radical women were calling for the suffering of women! Oh dearie, me, why would you want something so horrible? But alas it was simply a fatal-sounding word that literally meant the right to vote.
I would like to believe that’s why some women are hitching themselves on to the #WomenAgainstFeminism trend, because feminism sounds like vicious misandry and a world completely over run with women who enslave men as their laborers, but it’s not. It’s about a basic human right of egalitarianism.

There is hope though, many people have come to embrace this movement, even though they might be a silent majority, there is hope and that’s what keeps me going. Just the idea of people that care and people that want to make change, those people give people like me, a silent, terrified, minority, the hope that we need to speak up and finally say something.

Because selfishly, I want to be able to legally say I am of non-binary gender and have it not influence my professional life.
Selfishly, I want to be able to walk outside and feel safe in my own neighborhood.
Selfishly, I believe that everyone should feel safe, no matter their gender or sex.

Sure, it’s selfish but a person can only dream, right?

Art Class Torture

I’ve been doing this thing called art for a couple of years now and I’d like to say I’m a seasoned mediocre at it. It’s been a little over year now and I’ve done a lot of stuff and I’ve seen a lot of things and I’ve learned quite a lot from all the friends and artists that I’ve met and in the years that I’ve been drawing seriously this will be the first year that I’ve ever taken a formal art class.

Foundations of Art I.

At first I was  excited and to ACTUALLY learn and take my ability to the next level–

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But then…. well…we’re a few weeks in now and….Yeah. Lines. We drew lines. We’re learning the importance of….LINES.

OH. MY. WORD.

I’m sure some of you readers that follow my blog and read what I have to say are art teachers or are artists that have gone through formal art classes and such but at this very moment my proceeding thoughts are unabashed, unfiltered, and uncut.

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Yeah sure, it’s only been a few weeks, granted,  but none the less THIS IS A SLOOOOOOOW art class. We spend two days on one assignment that should really only take about 30 minutes to finish and get completed but with many of the students there seems to be this reoccurring, elementary school trend of doing everything possible to impress the teacher. If that means take 2 hours to do a 30 minute assignment then so be it!

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It’s taken us three weeks to get through lines, value, and we’ve just started symmetry….wow.

Foundations Art I, I heard, actually picks up later like when you move on to the basics of ceramics and painting and all of that cool stuff but for now it’s really just complaining for me.

I’ll see if I can update you guys on the slow-goings and maybe post a few of the things we’re doing in class.

These few months or weeks maybe are not gonna be the best quality or a post might be missed [COUGH] like last week’s [COUGH] and I’m sorry but this semester (so like from now to December for those of you who may not know how American’s school’s work or purged school from your memories) is gonna be really tough to juggle all the things I’m doing so I’ll try my very best and if I don’t post anything just know I tried, really I did.

schooooolYou guys have always been nothing less than amazing! Thank you for being my drive for being a better artist, inspirations, all of you!
Share your thoughts with me in the comments below, I love reading your feedback!

 

Something Creative and Different

In these modern times it seems we’ve explored every aspect of life we can conceivably imagine. This thought has daunted me my whole life. The idea of creating something unoriginal and reproducing it in a way that only tinkers with the idea/concept/formula a little bit terrifies me. Only recently have I been forced to stare that fear in the eye and refuse to be the first to look away.

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You might be aware that I’m in the process of making a comic series with a friend of mine. We’re still in the very (very) early stages of production so while thinking up new  inventive ideas for our story we found ourselves walking into walls put up by overdone, thoroughly-covered topics that were staples of un-originality and weak character development and plots (e.x.: Damsel in Distress trope, narrator vs. protagonist conflict, protagonist falls in love, etc). It became very difficult to think up new ideas that haven’t been done to death because, after all, many ideas stem from something else or is influenced by an original source.

I began to have these feelings that creating something TRULY new and different would be impossible but someone (I can’t remember who) reminded me that something truly different and new would alienate the reader/audience from the protagonist and characters and the disconnect would be the fatal end to the series.

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This series has really put into perspective how difficult it can be to create something that also incorporates the balance of originality and new with something reliable and tending to create emotional connection.
The main reason many people didn’t care much for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was because the main protagonist, Scott, was kind of an immature brat that despite all odds won over Ramona and defeated a significant amount of other fighters but from a different perspective one could say that Scott’s character, though silly and kinda eh, was still very thoroughly developed, even the background characters had lives they evolved and changed throughout, all together wrapping everyone up in the nice neat bow tie of the story which was, though an over done quest trope of a story, was still very engaging and had sub plots that perfectly integrated the other background characters.
A story like that, despite it’s minor flaws and basic plot concept, was an amazing journey and the storytelling was brilliant.

That’s what I will strive to do as a writer: create a story that’s brilliant and amazing and well-written and thoughtful and detailed and thorough and just everything I wanted from a story.