Monthly Archives: May 2012

Catriarchy Calls

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I tried to start a comic last summer titled Catriarchy when we’d just moved to Toronto, but didn’t get very far (at all). I think I may try again soon. Based on true stories!

You can tell I was experimenting quite a lot to try to get a feel for a style. Sticking to one way of drawing/colouring is incredibly difficult (see also: nearly impossible) for me to do. Also, all the steps it took to get to a finished comic were too many for my patience. But hey, I’m expecting a new tablet any day now, which would eliminate many of those steps!

p.s. I have no clue what’s up with the first image. I keep saving it as a png to eliminate the background clutter, but it keeps showing it anyhow once it’s uploaded. And I shrug.

Multiple Exposure Me

I’ve felt like experimenting with multiple exposures for a while now, and have finally gotten around to it. The top photograph actually has three images fused together. Two of the photos are of mine and Phil’s skyline view, but from different evenings/weather conditions. The bottom photograph is of myself and a wild flower bush. Editing multiple exposures is simultaneously challenging yet completely fun. There are just so many directions they can be taken in. I don’t know how I feel about the “finished” outcomes, but getting the hang of editing multiple exposures is a process.

I hav never written about my personal life on this blog, but I think the time is ripe for a little update. Life has been swell of late for a couple key reasons. My career prospects have improved drastically, for one. After a long three interview/over a month process, I have been hired by MAC Cosmetics! The position begins as on call, but after three months I can apply for a contract/permanent position…which I fully intend to do! I still work at Starbucks part time, mainly because I need their amazing health/dental coverage, but now I can at least see my time with them ending in the not-so-distant future.

Another reason life has been looking up is that I’ve felt the motivation to get back in touch with my creative side. Not a day goes by that I don’t either draw or take photographs or practice playing my guitar and ukulele. I have also been reading loads more, thanks to my new kobo. Some days are more productive than others, but I am trying and succeeding in keeping up with it.

Lastly, over the past several months I have discovered that I have a growing fascination/obsession with astronomy. I have pretty much watched every documentary space-related, and have been reading books on the topic as well. I have decided that eventually I plan to go back to school to major or minor in astro physics. This is a long term goal, and I need to be more financially stable and acquire a ton of mathematics to get there first. Math has always been a subject that I’ve exceeded at when I had the proper concentration/tutelage/motivation. So as scary as it seems to me right now, I have faith that once I’m back in it, I will probably appreciate and even enjoy it.

I never thought I’d be the scientific type, but I am elated to know that my interests are capable of growing outside of the arts. In a sense, it has taught me a lot about human behavior. We are all changing and evolving, maybe some more than others, but no one is set in concrete. Not just in interests, but in personalities and beliefs. A person is not who they were a year, a month, a day, an hour ago. Not just psychologically, but physiologically. This realization has opened my eyes to the way I interact and interpret people for the better, I’d like to think.