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december update [Dec. 20th, 2011|10:59 pm]
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I know I haven't posted anything in ages and ages. The truth is, living back at home with my parents has stunted my motivation to both create and to blog. I'm currently working a retail job, which, while most definitely a learning experience, makes me feel very pessimistic about my future career options.

I did, however, participate in 2011's National Novel Writing Month and I won. I'm as surprised as you are, believe me. I wrote a 53,000 word novel in less than a month. (Its title is Quest for the Marion and it's a sci-fi novel.) It's rekindled my desire to write. And while I haven't been nearly as focused as I was in November, I am still writing. Which makes me feel good about myself.

I think I will make an effort to get my creative life back on track, in terms of creating visual art. I've been slowly filching things (that would have otherwise been thrown out, so I don't feel very bad) from my job with the plan of making a "December" mini-book mostly documenting my experience at seasonal retail.

Enough about my life. I made a Christmas mix for kicks and giggles, full of songs I've been into lately. I thought I would put the MediaFire link up here in case anyone's interested.

http://www.mediafire.com/?libs804vrbykk4n

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WEATHER IS LAME [Sep. 7th, 2011|12:14 pm]
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[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |beirut "east harlem"]

Dedicated to the cataclysmic events taking place all over the country.











And a special last minute addition for all my peeps in central Texas:



The world is ending, I swear.
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dil cheez kya hai part 2 [Jun. 15th, 2011|02:04 pm]
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A more literal drawing from "Dil Cheez Kya Hai."

Okay, this is the last of the Bollywood drawings. Not the last of the Bollywood-inspired art; I've still got some devanagari prints to post.
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dil cheez kya hai [Jun. 10th, 2011|02:58 pm]
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dil cheez kya hai - aap meri jaan lijiye

what is the heart? you take my very life away

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drawn-on collage [Jun. 8th, 2011|11:51 pm]
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This thing had an odd evolution. I wrote numbers of photos that I wanted to print from my computer on a piece of scratch card stock, then I decided to doodle a peacock on it. Then I thought it looked neat, like a drawn-on collage, so I added a horizontal stripe. And that's what happened. I just think it looks interesting.
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INSPIRE! [Jun. 5th, 2011|01:07 pm]
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A while ago, I was posting these in three-page batches, trying to be all coy. Well screw that, I just typed up this monster of an entry for jr__nal and I'm putting it here too.

I haven't been art journalling recently, but yesterday I did bring this thing back from the dead--my INSPIRE book of miscellaneous ephemera. Scrapbooky type stuff. There's a lot of it, and I've captioned most of it, because I felt like it.



Fun fact: the front and back covers I made out of a Trix cereal box.Collapse )

As I was going through these, it came to me that this is concrete and undisputable evidence that I am an unsalvageable nerd. Also an excellent answer to the question "Why am I still single?"
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bharatanatyam [Jun. 4th, 2011|03:36 pm]
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Colored with a small selection of felt tip pens.
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pyar kiya [Jun. 3rd, 2011|04:06 pm]
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The next few posts are going to be all Bollywood/Indian dance-related. Just to give you fair warning.



From Mughal-E-Azam, "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya?" or "I have loved, so what should I fear?" Something like that. Acrylics and brush pen on brown cardstock. Apologies for the horrific scan.

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quit thinkin' [Jun. 2nd, 2011|03:15 pm]
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I just whipped this out one day sitting on my new couch. I had just bought two of these frames from Target for like $3 and wanted to put some typography in them. Semi-inspired by Artsyville, which I was browsing through that day.



The colors are a little off (my camera, Photoshop, and screen are constantly conspiring against me), but "QUIT" is red and "& just" is orange. You'd never know it from this picture!
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luckily i have a perfectly appropriate icon [Jun. 1st, 2011|05:19 pm]
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[mood |awakeawake]
[music |"yeh ladka hai deewana" from kkhh]

In keeping with the theme of Bollywood, Hindi, and devanagari, please have this stanza from the lovely song "Main Shayar To Nahin" from the film Bobby.



I was really psyched about making this a cool minimal black-and-white poster, but it's really hard to design with a script you don't have an intuitive understanding of.

Transliterated:
main shayar to nahin
magar e hasiin
jab se dekha
maine tujhko mujhko
shaayri aa gayi

Translated:
I'm not a poet
But oh beautiful one
When I saw you
Poetry came to me 

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ishq ishq yeh ishq [May. 27th, 2011|04:40 pm]
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[music |"yeh ishq" from aaja nachle]

Sorry for the radio silence. Besides the fact that I haven't actually been doing much art, I've been busy not having internet and watching Bollywood movies. On that topic...





"Ishq" is one of the many many Hindi words for "love." I'm not sure if I'm right, but I think it's like the passionate all-consuming fire type of love, as opposed to "pyaar" which is a more wholesome general type of love. I repeat, I do not know this for sure, I'm extrapolating from all the filmi songs about ishq, which all seem to be about passion and intoxicating obsession. Plus it's a Persian/Arabic borrowing (you can tell from the "q" which is an Arabic sound, not a Sanskrit sound), and thus used more in poetry, and I feel like fiery love is more poetic than other types.

Anyhow, I like writing "ishq" in Devanagari, which is why I carved it into a piece of linoleum and printed it on any random piece of paper I grabbed from my stash.

ISHQ!

And this is the song that kept playing my head as I carved (bonus subtitles if you're fluent in Portuguese):



Edit: Wikipedia has validated me!

"In Hindi, ishq (इश्क़) is mostly used to refer to romantic love in its extreme passionate form. This interpretation of Ishq is mostly popularised by Bollywood movies and Indian filmi music."
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ART [Apr. 26th, 2011|11:34 am]
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[music |mo' horizons "remember tomorrow"]

I'm procrastinating while cleaning my apartment, and what better way to procrastinate is there than blogging?

I painted this a while ago, in the midst of an obsession with typography.



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5 (now 6) days ago [Apr. 21st, 2011|07:16 pm]
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[music |"kuch naa kaho" from "kuch naa kaho"]

You remember how I got laid off from my job last September and then got an internship? Well, now I've been laid off from that unpaid internship. And this time it wasn't just me: the entire company went bankrupt. Maybe it says something about my choice of career. I'm really tired of this happening. And what's the best way to get out frustration and aggression? That's right! Making little books!



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I made this because I had just ordered a bunch of washi tape from cutetape.com. I love that stuff.

Also, the sixth page of this minibook references that I've been rewatching all my Bollywood movies. I had forgotten how much I adore Bollywood. It's led me to watch Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam again, this time with subtitles--but it still doesn't make any sense, even though I now know what they're saying. Like, is being called a "sour lemon" a good thing or a bad thing? Why does Sameer get so upset that Nandini accidentally slapped him after they were totally playing that kind of game? And why did Sanjay Leela Bhansali sanction a fart joke in his sumptuously decorated fairytale mansion? These things we may never know.

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dinosaur extravaganza [Apr. 11th, 2011|10:24 am]
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[mood |calmcalm]
[music |young knives "le petomaine"]

Over the past few weeks, I've been making terrible anti-aliased, jpg compressed, clashing color dinosaur portraits for my Facebook peeps.



Like so. I thought I should gather them all together with the magic that is bloggery. So prepare for your eyes to bleed and your head to explode--with sheer awesomeness.


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the end of journal 2 [Apr. 1st, 2011|12:06 pm]
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I finally finished my horizontal journal. Bleckity bleck bleck. I got both lazy and sloppy towards the end, but I'm just glad it's done.



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In other news, I'm watching the Grey's Anatomy musical episode right now, and it's sooo awkward. I can't handle it.
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wave hello [Mar. 10th, 2011|10:18 am]
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I made this one UPSIDE DOWN! Oh, dear!
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cherry blossom [Mar. 2nd, 2011|09:40 pm]
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Now that I see this page on the computer screen, I see that it's all slanted. Hm.
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inspire part 2 [Feb. 10th, 2011|05:32 pm]
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[mood |coldcold]
[music |the shins "saint simon"]

Surprisingly relevant in the last couple of weeks, though made in December:



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INSPIRE [Feb. 1st, 2011|08:02 pm]
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[music |phoenix "girlfriend"]

Hello. :)

Sorry it's been so long! I moved into my apartment in Austin and since my scanner & art supplies were in different places, I thought, "Well, that's not important right now. You know what IS important? Rewatching Being Human and Doctor Who. Then watching The IT Crowd." So that's what I've been doing. It hasn't resulted in any art, just a healthy appreciation of Chris O'Dowd & Richard Ayoade.

Here, instead, is something that I was working on for the last month or two before I moved (up to January 6ish, I guess).




It is an inspiration journal, for miscellaneous ephemera and things that inspire me.

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In other news, my internship is going wonderfully. I'm reading books, and finding mistakes in them! If I were getting paid for it, I would say, "I can't believe I'm getting paid for this!" but I'm not. So I will just say that I'm excited about editing as a future career option, NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE SAY PUBLISHING IS GOING DOWN THE TOILET.
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hello! [Jan. 16th, 2011|10:37 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |dirty projectors "no intention"]



Now that I'm settled in my new apartment, I have to figure out how arting is going to work. It's going to be difficult because my options are the dining table or the floor.
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