Oh its been another while. I have been in the midst of very busy times but I figured since I enjoy these I would like to share them. These movies are currently all on Netflix and I watched them over the past few months to relax in between the stress. Some make you think while others simply make you smile.
A good, classic Robin Williams film that contains lots of nostalgia (even if you are not from the era). Visually it is pleasing to enjoy the colorful expanses and inventive machines. It has some drama that is paired well with the comedy which makes it great to hang out and watch for fun.
My Life as a Zucchini
A powerful look into a complex story that is underrepresented in pop culture. This Swiss-French narrative explores a boy who loses his parent and is sent to live at an orphanage. The story is displayed in a unique fashion as a stop-motion, adult animation.
A predictable, family-friendly movie that I feature purely for the music. Tori Kelly’s vocal are a major reason just to watch it. Though the story line is a bit weak, I enjoyed the lovely animation especially in the dancing.
Another French film though live-action that is wholly original and feel-good. You have never seen piano played like she does. The comedy plays heavily off the concept that the protagonists choose not to see each other though they live next door. This Rom-Com is good for any date night.
The Little Prince
A beautiful watch that makes you think and makes you feel. Must watch for everyone at any age. That’s all I can say.
Hope you take some time to soak in some wonder and awe.
As one who is affected by anxiety and tinged by depression, I recognize the issues that are hidden in the reality of society. We tend to project acts of normalcy in order to calm our fears or angers. When relationships are bonded deeper, insights are more likely to reveal themselves–hopefully for the better.
For me, sometimes I hold onto those illusions in hope that they can later become reality. As if pulling on dreamy strings can make real music later on.
In a lighter side, I can also believe that hope can sustain dreams for a better future. Illusions do not have to be tricks or mirages though it is connotative of them.
I have been journaling in various ways to expresses the swirling ideas in my head. For example, focusing on gratitude or just random doodles. It is helpful except when I am past the point of that reducing stress.
Excuse the moody post as in effort to post more.
These past few months have become more busy than expected due to unforeseen circumstances however I am back to shout out a few fun stuff I have been enjoying.
This app is a great way to ease back into reading if it has been awhile or rush into with reckless abandon and speed. It uses one’s local library card to access a wide variety of eBooks and audio books straight onto their phone. I am loving the easy to understand layout and process and has allowed me to read more because of it. Recently I have been using it to read fiction or history novels as my nonfiction reads are currently coming from my backlog of New Yorker magazines.
Another classic detective show like Colombo or Murder She Wrote though this one takes place in small villages of the UK. I am less than half way through the seasons (I have not met the replacement Barnaby yet). It contains a good balance of comedy and drama with the addition of other interesting elements. It has progressive characters that represent the LGBTQ+ community and has scandalous plots. Even when the characters switch (assisting sidekicks of the main detective Barnaby) it is seamless and viewers quickly embrace the DS. The scenery is beautiful and the cases are always unique. Recently I enjoyed an episode that held references and parallels to Hamlet and shared it with a friend who thoroughly enjoyed it (S:10 King’s Crystal).
World of Dance
I had watched online videos of WOD events but since the t.v show has come out I have really been watching and enjoying it. I like the format and intensity of the show as everyone is so talented. It holds up pretty well against So You Think You Can Dance as it has more pros and a different style of competition.
Proper Picks #2: All Giggles of All Kinds
Back again because I find that I have lots of faves to help cheer you up on a bad day. My favorite places to get a few laughs and grins in on a bleak day.
McSweeeny’s Internet Tendency– A website of pure comedy
The satire and humor of the articles featured varies from simple irony to vulgar extremes. Read it for its unbelievable laughs.
Camp Weedonwantcha by Katie Rice – A never ending summer camp in hopefully eternal comic
The creator of the comic won Penny Arcade’s (known for PAX) Strip Search competition. The disproportionate characters are absolutely beautiful and their expressions are priceless. It follows an adult-less camp run by ratty kids with both long and short story arcs.
Miss Abbot and the Doctor by Maripaz Villar – A rom-com of the past in a beautiful comic
I had to mention this because it features one of my favorite OTP’s (also check this old song out :D) which is Cati and Andreas. Their awkward and coincidence funny incidents bring me so much joy. I like the illustrative style and variety of characters. The pacing is also amazing as it does not rush into romance.
Rhett and Link– A ultimate duo of internataners
They were just recently on the Tonight Show and even did a short segment popular form their shoe which shows their popularity worldwide. Two married fathers exhibit their comedy along with their other talents like music. Their work ranges from a daily morning talk show called Good Mythical Morning to their sporadic hilarious music videos. For all ages and all times.
Megan Batoon– A comedic and talented dancer extraordinaire
Her puns are to die for and her lyrical hip pop is so creative. She recently launched a website for her fashion. She gracefully combines all her interests on her channel.
I’m getting back into writing so hopeful this is a start to more posts more regularly.
Improving art takes a lots of practice and can often be helped by some educational resources. I am very much still on my journey and decided to share some resources that help me. I will go on in the order that I used it.
- The Controversial One (Tracing) – I feel like everyone has done it at some point however it stills has a negative connotation for a kind of good reason. On one side tracing is blatantly ripping off someone else’s work and if you directly copy it can prove useless for improving. However, under certain conditions it can be beneficial and ethical. First, a major curtsy is to never pass someone else’s work off as your own. If you trace then it should be for practice and should not be considered apart of your real artwork. If you are tracing then you should mention that and if online link to the original. In most cases it is also respectful to ask permission especially if you are sharing the work online. Second, it is not trace the lines directly the same in order to improve. Below is a process I would recommend to actually learn something.
- Website: Dragoart – I found this website once I started to use the internet regularly. I mostly used it for more cartoon-like or fan art related works. Though I would not recommend it for very young artists as it has some risque images. The website has a place to even request tutorials which can really help when attempting complex characters. I used it mainly to improve my cartoon drawing skills in addition to understanding other artists’s process of drawing. It can also be used to simply get inspiration for what to draw.
- Website: Deviantart – If you are an artist or writer or are aspiring to be one this site can really help you expand your horizons. I used to have one but it died away when I had less and less time and effort to devote toward it. It allows you to connect to other artists. I feel the community has of kind of diminished but is still useful. Be warned that it will take a while to build your profile and community.
- Books – Recently I checked out some concept art books from Pixar and Disney in addition to purchase some individual artist’s book such as —-. It is very helpful for tutorials and learning through other art styles. It also allows one more respect and insight into artwork of a film or character.
- Website: Figure & Gesture Drawing – A lovely technical resource that allows you to focus on sketching realistically. It allows you to create a custom session to meet your needs and has variety of poses from animal to facial expressions. A sure way to improve techiniqually.
- Exercises – There are endless creative exercises to make you think by stretching your imagination or more technical ones to improve your skill. One of my favorites is drawing random shapes and then trying to draw something from it. Many silly scribbles come alive from it. Another is to try contour drawing which is sketching without your eyes leaving the subject.
- Real Life – The good old standby that I am trying to get more into is drawing from my surroundings. It can be difficult as if you attempt something complex the lighting may change before you are done. It might be easier to take a picture and draw on a grid.
It’s a bit short but it is so you can get started as soon as possible.