zustifer: (Default)
So someone messaged me on flickr asking if they could post some of my photos of taxidermy on their blog, as they'd seen some posted elsewhere (these people didn't ask, I don't think, but they credited me, so it's plenty fine). I was charmed, and checked out the Ravishing Beasts blog. In a recent post, I found a link to this taxidermy art piece, on which those who are yucked out by taxidermy should not click. But I'm impressed (though less so by the snooz-ers Artist Statement). Here is Ravishing Beasts' page of contemporary taxidermy art.

(Anyone who gets why I used this avatar gets double awesome points.)
zustifer: (czech mouse)
Animal-based cultural artifacts:

Banksy art installation; I'm pretty indifferent to most of these, but the leopard and sausage displays I approve of.

Rattus Norvegicus Rex porcelain rat chandelier.

A pretty cute set of shadow puppets on etsy.

Some kinda fun animalish prints also on etsy. I rather enjoy this dude's style.


Humanwise: Someone linked to the photos of some... fashion? company that seems to have made the choice to light their models and scenes like Oblivion screenshots. It's a huge fat focal length problem; if everything's in focus, you have to distinguish figure/ground via lighting. Giving figures their own personal lighting really separates them from the background, but it also makes them seem like they don't fit there particularly well. See also: game lighting.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: television static)
We've been watching ST:TNG episodes lately, and, since we broke through the first season and it started getting good, we've been inhaling a lot of them (it's been a while since I've seen some of these, especially in order). We just finished with the two first Locutus episodes, and they made me wonder a bit about a couple of things.

First, the creation of a 'speaker' by the Borg, as an intermediary between them and a soon-to-be-Borged race, makes vague sense on the surface. This wiki says that the role was (at least) retconned in an in-universe Shatner novel (shudder) to be for the purpose of 'less waste' in the assimilation. This is cute, but I don't really think we see any evidence of this from Locutus. He doesn't exactly appeal to the Enterprise on any particularly human basis; he pretty much just hits the 'resistance is futile' button. The most personal he gets is to name people, and to speak directly to Riker. So I'm not really seeing the benefit for the Borg here. Maybe they just have a really bad sense of what people need in order to feel convinced. Maybe Shatner is just not a very good writer.

Second, he has a name. Supposedly this is normal for a speaker (and there is a Romulan in Shatner's book who has the same role, but that means exactly nothing). The funny thing is, 'Locutus' is clearly Latin-derived. Did Picard name himself? He'd know enough Latin to do this, probably, whereas the Borg sure shouldn't. This is a cute idea, that he was their first speaker and therefore they took ideas about how this should be done from his brain. However, the Shatner-book ruins it again by mentioning that the Borg had made a speaker for the Romulan worlds, named 'Vox.' This is just annoying, because what do Romulans care for Latin? Unless the stupid progenitor-race that made all the Star Trek sentient species humanoid also seeded a latinate root-language, but, honestly, that's even too stupid for me to consider. So, again, I must conclude that Shatner ruins everything. But in a hilarious way.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: sandwormland)
The man with the slightly suspect url has got a sweet post with sketches from Night on Bald Mountain.
zustifer: (lady of your acquaintance)
Collection of westernized-Japan prints so awesome, you'll... slap Dan Aykroyd. If he's around.

Many of these prints are supposedly from the collection of the MFA here. HMMMM.
zustifer: (aoi)
Look, look! Squidfingers has some new patterns up!
zustifer: (Ravenous Doods)
Fun Henry Jenkins article that, apart from the agenda he's after, gave me some useful information on how bollywood deals with guy-friend relationships. Also, the term 'homosocial', which I intend to use way too much. Maybe now we can, globally, finally get over the fear of displaying any sort of affection towards friends or emotions warmer than irritable tolerance. Enough of the poor suckers who aren't even allowed to touch another guy unless he's just been shot in the neck, lest they TOTALLY LOOK GAY. It's emotionally stunting and annoying.

And, I guess to balance that out, a pretty nsfw art project.
zustifer: (little maker)
Anyone got a preference?



zustifer: (put a leaf on)
Okay, here's the beetle pattern I eventually came up with (originally I was trying to force a floral type shape from bug-repetition, but it looked stupid and was hard to read. So, here we are) and also some flower thing I did for some reason. Line up, sign up, and vote me some votes so I can pretend that my foolishness might be applied to some unfortunate's tie or something.

     
zustifer: (Gorey beast)
So there is this site, by the same people who are responsible for Threadless, only this one is for non-tshirt textiles and wallpaper. My enjoyment of this idea outstrips my ability to participate, but I tried anyhow:



I have another one (better, really) in the pipeline (there is some kind of rudimentary vetting process, presumably to screen out the goatses and such), because I don't like having something so halfassed as my only representation. You could, however, sign up and vote for my crappy crap, as with a threadless design. Only worse.

The general site tone seems to be pretty non-weird, or else I'd've done something already with those beetles I made.

Patterns are sort of difficult. You all should give it a go.
zustifer: (little maker)
What being a tall artist is like, apparently.

No, actually, it's kind of an awesome idea. I'd rip it off if I knew twenty whole people. And could draw better.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: Delia cooks)
I have been doing a little photoshop painting; if you want to look at a few low-contrast monochrome sort of character portraits, you, uh, can.



* Don't actually remember where I got this one. Some filmmaker, maybe?
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: Oh there it is)
Seems like I kind of lied about the series being finished. I think I really just like the theme.

(The title of this is a mutation of a line in Lawsuit's 'Oh Boy,' which is written from the perspective of a couch. Awesome song. Anyway, the original line is 'The table told me to tell the truth / the coathanger tells me honesty is the best policy' and you should admire my restraint in not replacing 'coathanger' with 'Nightcrawler.')
zustifer: (Default)
Blogging! Not always interesting.

In the past couple of weeks, I guess I have:

- broken my camera (dropped on floor)
- broken my keyboard (spilled tea on it)
- procured new camera and keyboard, wept bitter tears at expense and at crappy mushiness of keyboard
- experienced doubt about long-term employment/lifepath whatnot
- stopped caring so much
- started caring again, and spent too much time trawling craigslist for dumb positions like Photographer's Igor
- finished a painting I like okay
- been fed fancy japanese food several times by parents
- achieved a semi-pointless unpaid summer thing where I babysit famous parrots
- agreed to make t-shirts such that it is almost impossible that I will break even
- refound this site



* a line from a movie I watched on TCM, whose real name I don't know, but I mentally refer to it as 'Billy and the Divorceasaurus.'
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: Oh there it is)
Hey, people and person-like constructs, I've I think finished my first series. I guess. I mean, I'm out of clayboard. Anyway, for the greater glory of Juffo-Wup, why not look at a couple of things I painted that are sort of accessible? Poorly composed, perhaps, but I stand by the sort-of-accessible part.

PS: I must thank feepness publically for giving me so very many icons to work with. There is no better illustration of what I'm feeling now than a sculpture being mashed into a house.
zustifer: (leilei)
Since I ran out of legal-size paper, and therefore can't print out my type project until probably tomorrow (oh NOES), I instead made an inaugural ad for the Wendy. The copy is a little goofy, but, really, so am I.

The swedish firm's name translates to 'Remarkable Obsessive Beehive Company.'

I chose the main body font (Chaparral) as a compromise between the style at the time and something look-atable, but now I'm thinking something sans might be better. Thoughts? I may hand this in as extra credit for class, since otherwise I'm probably getting a B+ for almost no effort.
zustifer: (leilei)
Instead of doing things I should be doing, I have made a picture of the Wendy. If you sell enough GRIT, you can maybe get one.

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