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As the header says. There's not been much going on, and in a way there has been as well. But mostly not.

I'm seeing a shrink now, which is good. Largely I feel better, as long as I'm not pushing myself. Fuck.
In the passing days I don't feel much like a black miasma is surrounding me but I have been bored. I call that improvement even if straining myself still makes me anxious. Small steps is bringing me forwards still. Today I adopted a too reasonable schedule of two hours of work, with a break every ten minutes. It feels much too reasonable for what I should be outputting but I remind myself this is about what I need rather than rise up to expectations. That helps me deal with it and I think this desire I have acquired of not wanting to grow complacent is a positive sign.

Next week the school will start moving from our old locales to the ones up by the school proper. Up until now the art school and folk high school have been on different sides of the city, but someone decided six months ago the kindergarten adjacent to the folk high school should switch place with the art school. Not sure I much like the idea of having to walk some kilometre to school every day next year instead of the few hundred metres I've been used to, but interesting week ahead of me. While our stuff is being moved we'll need to bus to a different city every day and use the locales there, so I have a proper school schedule for the first time in three years. Slightly geeky thing, our substitute school is a castle. :) We're also doing computer graphics while we're there, so that should be interesting.




Helliden castle and folk high school.

Beyond that everything is fine. Christmas calendar is better than years past, Got some interesting games and albums to look forwards to next year, found Putlocker... I'd like to be able to keep a tidy apartment and eat better and look up the prices and times for local rock climbing walls and keep better track on all the art and comics I love over here, but all in all I think I'm doing fine.

So DA. Been a while. Think it's the third time I say that. I did start doing these journals with the additional purpose of keeping track on everything and criticise constructively and praise or degrade but I have not been doing a good job of that. Not that I have had any need to but still. So let's get to it.

Let's start with me first. I know...Me?! Who'd've thought? :) A week or two ago :iconhattonslayden: gave me a job after I realised I did much better on tasks than personal initiative; "Draw Judy Hopps in the style of Alphonse Mucha". I liked that even if I was beating myself up with how long it took me, but I also had no idea what I was doing and was coming up with stuff as I went along. I like Judy Hopps and I like Alphonse Mucha and all in all I liked the job. :) It was different from what I usually do with elements I liked and I think it turned out pretty well. It's not just a personal opinion though, it has gotten more attention than all the other stuff I've done for the past three or four months put together in just a few days. A lot of that is of course down to Zootropolis being popular but I think much of it also has to do with it being digital instead of traditional. I may need to put more effort in with it. :D

Judy Muchanised by IchorData


:iconspintherella: I do like getting there first, but I'm also self-centred. ^^; Anyway, this time Norwegian spider bunny has a double-wammy going. There's both Inter Schminter and this new adorable little comic called Shadow Man and Lady Light. Let's start with the latest IS update.
In short we finally find out the gist of what happened Max those years ago, after some adorable don't-give-a-fuck crazy. :XD: That post-scratch face... Spider lady has it for a icon at the moment. And Nick laying down the law for the uppity little brat. He's gone all mature and authoritative in the AU's. :) Which reminds me it's been a while since I read Zis.
Back to the comic, I always try looking for things to be improved and fixed for whatever I'm looking at to be made better, but I feel I have to strain myself to really find anything off with this bit. I mean "Everything Wrong With.." strain myself, so I won't bother, Instead there are all positives. :) I like the way the conversation floats along. It's easy to follow and to the point and I feel no real hurdles in it anywhere. I wouldn't say it flows all natural-like because I can't imagine a conversation going this smoothly, but it's all part of the feel of the comic I feel. I don't question it for the same reason I don't question porn or action or Christmas movies - because it's part of the genre and helps create the feeling you're after. :) There, I have dissected a frog.
It's all lovely, want to see more. :)
"Explaining a joke is comparable to dissecting a frog. No one is that interested, and you kill a frog."
    - Jimmy Carr on the theory of jokes.


Inter schminter #132 by IchorData
Aww, ado-obs... :D

Now let's move on to her new little comic project. I say comic but I mean storyboard. There's definitely a difference between those. :D In short, her school class needs to make an animation and she made a story she presented as a storyboard/comic, so we will see these thingies come alive with motion later on. :) It's a very sweet little thing with different worlds and people and opposites attracting and smashing through walls and it's all adorable and feelsy.
Why have I become a 13 year old girl?
It is really pretty. Go and read it. :)
Untitled-1-Recovered by IchorData




:iconvanheist: I'm still very curious to see where this is going, especially with so many things established already. Will we see things tied together? Will things be changed and altered? Has everything we know been nullified and useless? Is reality as we know it over..? I don't think so, because I really know nothing more than there is a amazingly hot muscle lady with a funny accent who can turn into Godzilla, a very smart brainiac, and this little punk milling about in each other's lives, having funny adventures. Which has been enough to keep my interest, being funny and cute and hot, but this has more materia I think. For one thing the punk seems to have grown a pair and doesn't seem as annoying and childish as before.


At the very least we will be seeing old friends. :) Yams!

Also, this is a better Christmas carol.

Santa Baby by VanHeist


I've been wanting to do a take on more abstract illustration as well. I thought I might start with :iconjochenschilling: because he usually does really cool stuff. Like this one. It's a CD cover basically, but it's better than most CD covers I have seen. I'm not sure but there is something about it which makes it seem almost like an artwork instead of an illustration (and where does the limit go? Some argue Alphonse Mucha wasn't an artist). It's odd and unique, how he's managed to make what is clearly clipped and cropped into a functional whole, while also maintaining a consistent atmosphere in all the parts of the image. It feels both fake and very real at the same time as something is so subtly off. It's a sublime constellation of excellently executed bits working together.





Now look who's back! :) :iconquilesart: is back. :) Inescapably clear and abhorrently accurate. The best illustrations possible for the modern decadence! Lots of other hamburger slogans!
Yeah, there is a element of "come up with something new" but seeing as nothing has changed for the last decade and this isn't supposed to be a revelation it's still good to see people able to capture it for as long as it continues. The mighty It that's going on. I don't know, but the art is speaking and I'd like to listen. Problem is I need to think as well. Boo...



I'm ashamed to say I almost forgot :iconthewyvernsweaver: This will be the last one though.
The Weaver is the maker of Zootopia Sunderance. By far the best noir take on Zootropolis since Zistopia. I love the darkness of it and the cheesy lone honourable warrior storyline, and a part of me keeps pocking at my consciousness, going "why on Earth would foxes rule Zootopia?", but I silence that part by remembering in the movie sheep ruled Zootopia for a brief moment.
Judy has suddenly shown herself to be a bit more than a emotionally cold lawyer and naive country bunny and shown just a bit of desperation and fear as she questioned why Nick killed their attacker when he was already defeated. After this she again needs to reaffirm their trust between one another.
I like this rendition of Judy. To say she's holding up a mask seems a bit unfair and a more accurate explanation is unlike most lawyers she has a sense of right and wrong she believes in strongly but there is more to her than that of a 2-dimensional heroine. She still needs to hold that back the same way all of us sometimes need to hold back all of what we are and instead only be one thing. I'm more concerned with Nick who, since the first chapter hasn't shown himself to be an inch more than a empty soldier. I want to see more of what is driving him to defy the city he believes is going to devour Judy and protect her and I have the sens already has broken him in some sense.

Untitled-1 by IchorData
I haven't liked the Harry Potter films since I was a kid, I think. Not sure why or when, but all I remember is I got Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on my birthday not long after it came out and I was watching it and just wasn't as impressed as when I was a kid. I even tried making a marathon out of it, where I watched all the old films in order, up to the new one but still I didn't feel that spark I did before. I can't fully explain it at the moment but a partial explanation is I did not care for the plot and I did not care for the characters and there was too much emphasis on them. Harry Potter creates a reality escape by offering an alternative to the everyday and in my mind the world itself is the star of the movies. I can't comment on the books because I haven't read them but I suspect the same applies to the books. As such I should feel passion for what Rowling has created but lack respect for it, thinking I like it but I would have done it differently. I do feel that way about Harry Potter, it is an amazing work of fiction but I think for me personally it started going sour when so much emphasis was put on the story and characters and not the world itself.

Fantastic Beasts does the opposite. The characters are cardboard cutouts, and the story is as unimaginative as can be - briefcases are switched, beasties gets out, have to get them back before people notice, with a dash of guilt trip just because a minor character is abused and becomes a major character - and the only real attention grabber is the Marvelesque jokes and one-liners. Thing is I don't care, because they let me see the world of Sorcery as an outsider peeking in, and that is the real hook of this movie. It is the reality escape Harry Potter should have been because the world it's set in takes the front seats and everything else could depend.

I described it to a fan of Harry Potter that hadn't seen it yet as fan art made by the author herself, but a more poetic way of describing it is a love letter. It's not particularly deep and it's very cheesy, but it emphasises all that's really interesting. Is it a great movie? Of course not. It's all pretty lights and silly animals, and if you really think about it and analyse all the beasts to what they're built from or remind of it's not even that fantastic. But it is a good movie. It's something you watch when reality is tearing at your chest with blunt claws that scratch like mildly sharp files, and surrounded by the music and cinematography it takes you away for a few hours to a place more beautiful than your sad, miserable life.

Now, like I said, the animals are silly. I browsed through the handbook not long after seeing the movie and I need to commend Rowling for her dedication to the handbook even if it's not 100%. Comparing the handbook to the beasts of the earlier films I got the feeling only the ones that made it into the films (or books?) were fully developed into what they could be while the others were just place-holders she didn't have time or reason to develop. Many of them - at least 3 - make an appearance in Fantastic Beasts and they are different in a number of ways to what was described in the book. This I think doesn't feel as embellishing but more like Rowling finally had chance and reason to develop them more.

They are still silly. They are crosses between hens and snakes, rhinos with explosive tumours, and invisible sloths. That could be defended by reminding us pretty much all beasties in any heathen culture are similar to real animals, but when an author has created things such as Dementors, Boggarts... actually Dementors remind of classic interpretations of Death, and Boggarts are Boogeymen...I'll just shut up now.
But they are silly! Because they are. They just are. No, I'm not childish!
Anyway -


I give you the Occamy. Feathered snake with rooster head and wings. In the book it is described; "The Occamy is found in the Far East and India. A plumed, two-legged winged creature with a serpentine body, the Occamy may reach a length of fifteen feet. It feeds mainly on rats and birds, though has been known to carry off monkeys. The Occamy is aggressive to all who approach it, particularly in defence of its eggs, whose shells are made of the purest, softest silver."
In the movie it has no legs, becomes much larger than 15 feet, not very aggressive unless directly threatened, and evidently it prefers insects. Otherwise it's fairly accurate, except for one thing. It changes size depending on the place it's in. Sometimes it could be the size of a teapot, others maybe an attic space.


Demiguise
"The Demiguise is found in the Far East, though only with great difficulty, for this beast is able to make itself invisible when threatened, and can be seen only by wizards skilled in its capture. The Demiguise is a peaceful herbivorous beast, something like a graceful ape in appearance, with large, black, doleful eyes more often than not hidden by its hair. The whole body is covered with long, fine, silky, silvery hair. Demiguise pelts are highly valued as the hair may be spun into Invisibility Cloaks."
Not much has changed except for its eyes. Interestingly it's not just the colour of the eyes that has changed but also the way it sees. Newt Scamander describes it as having a sort of limited precognition, where its eyes are tuned with the near future, letting it react to things that haven't happened yet.


Erumpent
"The Erumpent is a large grey African beast of great power. Weighing up to a tonne, the Erumpent may be mistaken for a rhinoceros at a distance. It has a thick hide that repels most charms and curses, a large, sharp horn upon its nose and a long, rope-like tail. Erumpents give birth to only one calf at a time. The Erumpent will not attack unless sorely provoked, but should it charge, the results are usually catastrophic. The Erumpent’s horn can pierce everything from skin to metal, and contains a deadly fluid which will cause whatever is injected with it to explode. Erumpent numbers are not great, as males frequently explode each other during the mating season. They are treated with great caution by African wizards. Erumpent horns, tails, and the Exploding Fluid are all used in potions, though classified as Class B Tradeable Materials (Dangerous and Subject to Strict Control)."
THAT IS A RHINO WITH EXPLOSIVE TUMOUR! And that needs to weigh more than a tonne just by its size.

Anyway, if you notice a pattern with these things you're on the track to understanding why I call them silly. Pretty much all of them are ripped - not inspired by; ripped - from real animals and that makes their design feel lazy, and except for the erumpent their most interesting abilities are not mentioned in the book. For all I said about further developing them, and I still stand by that, this has a taste of them realising in production the creatures themselves weren't very fantastic and so they gave them fantastic abilities to make up for their pretty uninteresting design. If I'd ever meet Rowling I'd like to ask her about that, but I don't want you thinking I consider all this objectively something bad because I don't. It's true I don't think the design seemed very inspired but look at all the variations of any one genus you can imagine and see how similar they are to one-another. Nature doesn't care about imagination and originality and I don't see why magical nature should be any different. Ignore what I said about uninspired earlier. The point is despite similarities to real animals they still work as magical animals I think. What I'm trying to do is judge this both as a quality item and as something enjoyable, and my judgement is it's not a classic in any sense and at times it's not even good, but I think most of you will enjoy it nevertheless. Cooking is more about braised pheasant, it's about hamburgers as well. Sure, they're bad for you ("studies show the more junk movies you watch the greater risk you show of being dumbed down") but you enjoy them while you have them.
  • Playing: Fallout - Far Harbour DLC
  • Eating: gooey cake
  • Drinking: water
Thought I'd try this malarkey. Is there a word appropriate for buying two movies you liked when you saw them at the cinema, knowing you need to save money and you're not going to immediately watch them? Besides proper old-fashioned stupid.

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If you're any of the people I've tagged, just browse past until you see your icons. I've got my psychic vampire cape on and none of us want this sponge to steal your energy.

I'm not sure it's something you people will notice, but after conference with teachers and friends I've decided to take a break from art for a while. Not all of it, I'll still be doing school tasks and do my job as an editor and my daily practices but no more personal art from me for a while. Anthropomorphilia is on halt, ZnZ is on halt, and two secret comic projects are on halt. The reason is every drawing I make has become like I draw with elastics nailed to my hands, and they just fly away from the paper even when know what I want to do and how to do it. I feel no responsibility to myself to keep working and when I neglect any of my projects I feel no shame. Not to mention the age old problem of just having too much to do, it taking too much time, and being unwilling to cut any of it loose. And frankly it's become embarrassing to keep on making claims that never touch ground.

I'm not sure when I'll be back but I need some time to think without stress or responsibility.

I started a week ago but I've been holding off because I've been afraid. There's a sense of fighting the inevitable, and even when I now woke at 10 in the morning and thought about doing anything my brain immediately reminded me I'd be working past 12 or 14, and I became petrified and - this is making me feel odd because just barely a week ago I became convinced this was a feeling I hadn't felt since I came into puberty - ashamed of myself.

14947715 1270586209650178 8546381592662396380 N by IchorData

So what conclusions have I come to since Monday? Well, first of all I've largely come to accept I'll never make a living off of anything I do. One day perhaps I could sell a drawing and have a burger plate for dinner, but I won't ever make a living off it. I'm not really upset about that because it means a lot of pressure is off of me and I feel I could stop stressing about getting done and focus on doing whatever I set my mind to really well. I could come home from whatever life leech I find myself chained to and relieve my boredom on a computer screen or pen and paper, and all would be brilliant.
- Except it wouldn't. If I have no whip or carrot to drive me on I get the perfect excuse for returning to the way I was before school - happy to only write or draw when I felt like it could be fun, which would be once or twice a month and that's just not enough. I know myself - this goes back to what I said about shame - and I know if there is no threat I will keep pushing until I find a wall to break. That's how I loose people, it's how I fail at tasks, it's how I let myself down, and it's all okay because for a very long while nothing snaps.
I've realised I don't like who I've become but I'm not sure if I mean as an artist or person. I know I don't like who I am as an artist. Because I feel I could accomplish great things, as a writer and illustrator, I just assume I can, and I know how to do whatever it is, and it will all be quick. And at the first backlash all the hot air leaves me and I sit there, struggling to draw a line or write a sentence, and you know what? It's okay, because my mom, my friends, teachers, strangers on the net all bleat the same mantra; "everyone struggles in the beginning", "you're too hard on yourself", baah, baah, black sheep. :rage: I am not being hard on myself, I am in tune with reality and don't accept effort is good enough without results. Forgive my minor rage fit but what I mean is I don't like how I keep on assuming I am Marilyn Manson at Kinko's at 4 in the morning, printing flyers for something that doesn't even exist yet.

Actually, that is exactly what I'm doing, but I'm not Marilyn Manson. I am less and less convinced whatever I could potentially create will rocket up to anything more than a comment or a few faves, and that I think really is the root of the problem. I've gotten into my head because I feel like I could equal Marilyn Manson, or any other creative genius out there who's output I admire, then I effectively can do that and whenever I hit my first hurdle I crawl back up into a little worm gnawing at the degrading flesh through the corpse of my own life (that poetic piece of graphic is not genius, it's as generic as can get, I am aware), with no resilience and settling into thinking "it's just one of those days". Moreover I don't like how I keep going in circles in my practices. This, recently, has to be the fifth time I have started practising anatomy from the basics, because at the first shift from "what I now know" to something new I loose all I had before and need to start over. I know that is not a way forwards and I am not building a tower when the stones I put down can crumble before I can make a second tier. It's a very safe work ethic because I don't risk anything in doing this but neither am I making any progress in my quality. As I write it I don't want to build a tower but move up in a straight line, and move from basic anatomy to advanced and incorporate angles, depth, clothes, design, space, architecture, light, shadow, atmosphere, construction, and let the risk of it looking crap be my whip and when it not be my carrot, but just in writing that I already feel the worms crawling somewhere along my back like I'm being watched by a predator. That feels like the way I need to go but it also feels like coming face to face with my own failure and I'm staring down the end of a gun in the shape of my own worm-eaten, jaundiced face, grinning a corpse smile at me and he just radiates the fact this is where I die (I'm surprised over that one, but I'd still not say interesting really).
The most important thing I've realised is I think I've very much lost contact with what I want in doing my art. I don't know what it is I'm trying to achieve anymore or what it is I aim for in anything I do, I'm just trying to scrape by what effort I can put into the next usually hair-brained idea that comes along, and I don't mean anything with it beyond it'd make a cool picture. I started work on Anthropomorphilia less because it's something I really wanted to do and more because I remember I used to like the idea of doing porn and thought it could be a good way of spreading my ripples and get people to start noticing I am indeed here and can do incredible things just because I want them. ZnZ I still like the idea of but I'm not sure it's going in a direction as interesting as it was when I started out. Restarting La Bohème is my being unwilling to abandon something I started so long ago and the new thing I started working on is lots of things I have been and still find interesting - anthropomorphs, philosophy, religion, manga - and I think I still want to make it but I'm not sure. All of these things seem insufficient as reasons for doing any of the things I set out on, and I don't know what to do with them anymore.

As I've been thinking I've been doing other things as well. Mainly I've rediscovered my love for gaming and got lost in the world of Fallout DLC's for the past few days. I rediscovered Plague Inc Evolved and loved the dark strategy challenge of trying to kill the world with viruses. And music, oh how long hasn't it been since I didn't listen to anything that wasn't BGM while I drew or wrote, so overplayed it just became a white noise? Between working and just waiting to work again I don't think I've done either of those things for months. It's been mainly Emilie Autumn, to fit my mood, but I'd forgotten the simple joy of listening to music and not just have a background noise to drown out the world. I don't like being useless but I like feeling good for a while.

As you may realise, if you read all of that, I have some issues I need to work out. I have made contact with a shrink, but she is a shrink. They have this brilliant business strategy of waiting six months before they give you a time and when that happens whatever ailed you has passed. In the meantime this is my way of getting it out there.
Unless of course I'm just a brat because I've been raised in a isolated environment focusing only on me with no real expectations of me and now that I finally have some I don't know how to carry all of that. To be clear I'm not blaming my parents for any of this but it's an interesting idea.



In the world of DA, this is usually where I start talking about what's been going on with the people who's art I like, but I've not been keeping in touch with anyone for a while now, because of Arrow up
Now that I've started writing it I feel a desire to do so though, so here we go.
:iconspintherella: has more lovely lovelies for us not quite grown up adults. :) Like Max Midnight. I am falling very deeply in not-really-love with that bastard. :) And he is a bastard but the good kind. That's worrying, because I was bullied by assholes like him growing up. :( Fucking predictable pop psychology bull. :shakefist: I'm not quite impressed with the big ears comment, because he seemed to be breaking the 4th wall for no real reason other than it would make us squeal. :la: Lovely character saves the day though. :D Anyway, the story progresses with a razor to the unnecessary, like an advanced Chekhov's gun. Currently it seems to be more focused on the characters than the events, which I like as that tends to be more interesting, and it feels more believable to get to know the critters as it goes along.
Inter Schminter 12.5 by Spintherella

:iconvanheist: Now that is a name that spreads a smile on my face whenever I see it in my inbox.. :) See how big I smile? :D He seems as disorganised as me but does everything I want to do as well as I want to do it, with a style close to what I want to go for whenever I want to draw manga. I wouldn't call his style manga of course, but that's beside the point. It's the way he combines simple constructs to make something very advanced. There is this sense that every line is just one line and really easy to make, while still creating a whole surface, and the cell-shading has a sense of it almost glowing. Combined with a spot-on sense of anatomy and room angles it's a captivating but simple style that still achieves so much for so little when the real magnet is the story and composition in every frame. I love that style, i really do. :)
A bit surprised to see him now make the start of the series when it has gone on for so long and so much has happened, but it will be fun to see where it is going. I'd like to make predictions, but I won't because he has a admirable ability to surprise and even when he touches upon a framework of set ideas he still shrugs away from them, the little tease. :XD: That, and the last time I managed to weasel a certain, somewhat creepy hookup from him he refused to talk to me. ^^;
Bomango: ReLaunch 4 by VanHeist

:iconjollyjack: has made more porn. Not much else to say about that, haven't checked it out yet, but it seems to be general growth demon porn and he always does a brilliant job of that. Lovelies.

Demon Dice By Jollyjack-dao4wdl by IchorData



:iconfauxlacine: has been stacking up in my inbox, and it's another human thing I have yet to study closer, but I remember when I had the energy to worship the ground she walked on, soon as I found it. For all you darklings out there I highly recommend it, and all of you who like a written serial killer, yes, this is your dirt.

Rituals by fauxlacine

I think that's all I'm going to bother with this time. Next time I'd like to give some tips and criticisms of ordinary art as well, but that's then.

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My real name is not Viktoria Rosén. Let's get that out of the way. All the implications of that I leave to you to figure out. All great artists have a stage name or an alter ego or a psuedonym, and that's mine.
I am not a great artist and I don't want to be one either for the very simple reason - artists are no better than orthodox religious people, from the nihilistic Buddhists to the inbred Creationists. I am here to become better at my Craft and document the process along the way as well as make a name for myself, but do not ever delude yourself into thinking I'm an artist. To be clear, I define an artist as someone who does something inteligent and mistakable for original in a creative way for his/her own sake without any kind of pragmatic reason, and since DA hardly has a single person matching that description I figure it's as good a place as any to start. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying there's anything wrong in being an artist, I'm just saying I don't want to be an artist because I find no satisfaction in that thinking.
I am here to develop and hone above all my ability as an illustrator - find my style, learn to work creatively, do it proficiently, which means I want criticism for all my work. What was good, what was bad, how you liked it.
The reason is I am developing the base for a longer series or of novels based in a futuristic Cthulhu cycle exploring themes of independence, religion, personality, power, evil and goodness, all set within a erotic sci-fi/fantasy drama called "Who Durst Defy", and while I am driven I am far from near being able to pull that off. That's the main reason why I want to hone my artistic ability, but more than that I have discovered I have a generally creative mind and feel good when I do creative things such as write or draw and I would rather do that than anything else the average drone's life has to offer. I don't want to do this to make money (I am not that stupid) but I want to get by on it one day.
Most obvious things you'll learn about me is I am a nyctophile, meaning I find alot more comfort in darkness than in light, and I am an anthropomorphile, a faculty term I've invented meaning "a strong, passionate, sexual as well as spiritual desire and/or connection to a entity defineable as more than human" but that does not mean I like Furry. Porn is one thing, a starved woman can't be a picker, but other than that I do not want any connection to Furry as a movement because I do not care for nor follow that style. I draw anthropomorphs, not furry, and there is a difference between the two. Anyone who claims anything different is either living in denial or plain ignorant. Yes, there are similarities, but it's like comparing wolves with those chihuahuas you see in handbags. I've thought a bit about what it is that seperate these two genre's and I think I've come up with a fairly good explanation of the differences between them. Before you read though, let me make it plain I have little against furries as such, I simply want it plain that what I draw isn't furries as such.



1. Furry is a part of Anthropomorphism, not the other way around.

Fred Patten, a historian born in 1940 who have been able to follow the evolution of the genre first-hand, claims it originated at a sci-fi convention in the 1980's, tough furries as we've come to know them has existed since much earlier in the 1900's (take Disney's Robin Hood for example). Anthropomorphism on the other hand is exceedingly much older than any of these examples, and much more diversified. Stories of human-like animals or animals with human minds and reasoning or humans with animalistic features can be found on every continent and in every culture. The Germanic werewolves, the Greek Minotaur, La Belle et la Bête, the Dove of the Old Testament, the Were-lions of Africa, these are just a few of the many.




2. Furries are without exception depicted in a cartoon- or manga style.

By this I mean furry artists generally don't bother with making realistic drawings, they're always stylized, and often in a manner similar to one-another. A common denominator is I have yet to see a furry artist bothering to draw fur, but simply making a field with a few "pointy edges" to give the character a feeling of having fur. If I am unclear as to what I mean with this, the works of Walt Disney, :iconjaynaylor:, Kadath, and :iconkaboozle: ought to clue you in. Now you may point out old depictions of for example werewolves, woodcuts and the like, have a smilar style, to which I say more often than not the entire depiction is given an even fur pattern, and when it's not it's often meant to depict shades, depth, light, et cetera. Another denominator is furries can give human facial expressions no matter how their faces are designed. Of course, animals can do expressions we can interpret as simimilar to our own and it can be argued that furries therefor can do them to, and I could let it slide should it be an expression not unrealistically exaggerated. On a sidenote, furries can pronounce human words and sounds which we know are impossible for animals to replicate with a snout for example.



3. Furries are unimaginative parodies of the entire concept of the borderline between human and animal.
This is probably the most offensive title of the argumentation for where furry ends and anthropomorphism begins but I can explain why it is also very accurate. The Furry fandom is very closed-off if you compare it to the rest of all that anthropomorhism can be. The word "Anthropomorphism" is actually a synonym for "personification" and it applies not just to animals, but everything. Everything not human with human-like features and capabilities is an anthropomorph. Death as a skeleton with a scythe in black robes is a anthropomorph and so is an Easterly wind depicted as a cherub blowing ships across the sea. But for now we'll focus on the animalistic. By "unimaginative" I mean furries are essentially completely human. The one thing seperating a furry and a human is its exotic body. More often than not furries can wear clothes, they can use machines, they have a human society, and they have a human capacity for reasoning and empathy. Anthropomorph's are supposed to be in-between human and animal, and that in itself opens a world of possibilities very rarely utilized in furry. Which brings me to "parody of the concept between human and animal". What I mean by parody is the mocking trivialization of the world of possibility that lie there. "Between human and animal...is a human with a nearly human body." It's almost disrespectful. Almost. Anthropomorph's are very rarely not meant to symbolize something, usually that humans are animals in one way or another, which we through-out history have been struggling hard to deny, or put a Devil's stamp on (take the vampire, which is essentially the embodiment of the deadly sins) but it can be so much more and often is.




4. Furries is not taken seriously.

There's a very good reason people mock Furry fandom - it has yet to be depicted in a way that can be taken seriously. You have to admit all in all furry can be split into three undergenre's - porn, childrens TV-series, and minor psuedo-drama's. Furry porn is not taken seriously because it's porn and while porn in itself is often mocked furry can all to easily be interpreted as "beastiality in denial". Kid's TV-series with furries is directed at a very distinct audience - kids. What we like as kids is very rare to like as adults because we are taught to put childish things behind us as we grow older because they're often clashing with reality, which we need to embrace if we are to function in society (we are taught). This I really blaim the most for furries not being taken seriously. Finally, what I mean by "psuedo-drama's" is a general drama that not only isn't very good, but could function just as well with humans as with furries, because all characters are essentially humans with fur. Anthropomorph's aren't taken very seriously either, but it is mocked to a much smaller degree than furries. I think the reason is because everything I have already argumented - anthropomorphic animals are in total percieved as more realistic in depiction as well as mentality and nature.

Of course, this is just a generalization and depictions of furry/anthropomorphism often cross these lines in one way or another. These are just a few rules of thumb that I have written down to help maintain the distinction.
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As the header says. There's not been much going on, and in a way there has been as well. But mostly not.

I'm seeing a shrink now, which is good. Largely I feel better, as long as I'm not pushing myself. Fuck.
In the passing days I don't feel much like a black miasma is surrounding me but I have been bored. I call that improvement even if straining myself still makes me anxious. Small steps is bringing me forwards still. Today I adopted a too reasonable schedule of two hours of work, with a break every ten minutes. It feels much too reasonable for what I should be outputting but I remind myself this is about what I need rather than rise up to expectations. That helps me deal with it and I think this desire I have acquired of not wanting to grow complacent is a positive sign.

Next week the school will start moving from our old locales to the ones up by the school proper. Up until now the art school and folk high school have been on different sides of the city, but someone decided six months ago the kindergarten adjacent to the folk high school should switch place with the art school. Not sure I much like the idea of having to walk some kilometre to school every day next year instead of the few hundred metres I've been used to, but interesting week ahead of me. While our stuff is being moved we'll need to bus to a different city every day and use the locales there, so I have a proper school schedule for the first time in three years. Slightly geeky thing, our substitute school is a castle. :) We're also doing computer graphics while we're there, so that should be interesting.




Helliden castle and folk high school.

Beyond that everything is fine. Christmas calendar is better than years past, Got some interesting games and albums to look forwards to next year, found Putlocker... I'd like to be able to keep a tidy apartment and eat better and look up the prices and times for local rock climbing walls and keep better track on all the art and comics I love over here, but all in all I think I'm doing fine.

So DA. Been a while. Think it's the third time I say that. I did start doing these journals with the additional purpose of keeping track on everything and criticise constructively and praise or degrade but I have not been doing a good job of that. Not that I have had any need to but still. So let's get to it.

Let's start with me first. I know...Me?! Who'd've thought? :) A week or two ago :iconhattonslayden: gave me a job after I realised I did much better on tasks than personal initiative; "Draw Judy Hopps in the style of Alphonse Mucha". I liked that even if I was beating myself up with how long it took me, but I also had no idea what I was doing and was coming up with stuff as I went along. I like Judy Hopps and I like Alphonse Mucha and all in all I liked the job. :) It was different from what I usually do with elements I liked and I think it turned out pretty well. It's not just a personal opinion though, it has gotten more attention than all the other stuff I've done for the past three or four months put together in just a few days. A lot of that is of course down to Zootropolis being popular but I think much of it also has to do with it being digital instead of traditional. I may need to put more effort in with it. :D

Judy Muchanised by IchorData


:iconspintherella: I do like getting there first, but I'm also self-centred. ^^; Anyway, this time Norwegian spider bunny has a double-wammy going. There's both Inter Schminter and this new adorable little comic called Shadow Man and Lady Light. Let's start with the latest IS update.
In short we finally find out the gist of what happened Max those years ago, after some adorable don't-give-a-fuck crazy. :XD: That post-scratch face... Spider lady has it for a icon at the moment. And Nick laying down the law for the uppity little brat. He's gone all mature and authoritative in the AU's. :) Which reminds me it's been a while since I read Zis.
Back to the comic, I always try looking for things to be improved and fixed for whatever I'm looking at to be made better, but I feel I have to strain myself to really find anything off with this bit. I mean "Everything Wrong With.." strain myself, so I won't bother, Instead there are all positives. :) I like the way the conversation floats along. It's easy to follow and to the point and I feel no real hurdles in it anywhere. I wouldn't say it flows all natural-like because I can't imagine a conversation going this smoothly, but it's all part of the feel of the comic I feel. I don't question it for the same reason I don't question porn or action or Christmas movies - because it's part of the genre and helps create the feeling you're after. :) There, I have dissected a frog.
It's all lovely, want to see more. :)
"Explaining a joke is comparable to dissecting a frog. No one is that interested, and you kill a frog."
    - Jimmy Carr on the theory of jokes.


Inter schminter #132 by IchorData
Aww, ado-obs... :D

Now let's move on to her new little comic project. I say comic but I mean storyboard. There's definitely a difference between those. :D In short, her school class needs to make an animation and she made a story she presented as a storyboard/comic, so we will see these thingies come alive with motion later on. :) It's a very sweet little thing with different worlds and people and opposites attracting and smashing through walls and it's all adorable and feelsy.
Why have I become a 13 year old girl?
It is really pretty. Go and read it. :)
Untitled-1-Recovered by IchorData




:iconvanheist: I'm still very curious to see where this is going, especially with so many things established already. Will we see things tied together? Will things be changed and altered? Has everything we know been nullified and useless? Is reality as we know it over..? I don't think so, because I really know nothing more than there is a amazingly hot muscle lady with a funny accent who can turn into Godzilla, a very smart brainiac, and this little punk milling about in each other's lives, having funny adventures. Which has been enough to keep my interest, being funny and cute and hot, but this has more materia I think. For one thing the punk seems to have grown a pair and doesn't seem as annoying and childish as before.


At the very least we will be seeing old friends. :) Yams!

Also, this is a better Christmas carol.

Santa Baby by VanHeist


I've been wanting to do a take on more abstract illustration as well. I thought I might start with :iconjochenschilling: because he usually does really cool stuff. Like this one. It's a CD cover basically, but it's better than most CD covers I have seen. I'm not sure but there is something about it which makes it seem almost like an artwork instead of an illustration (and where does the limit go? Some argue Alphonse Mucha wasn't an artist). It's odd and unique, how he's managed to make what is clearly clipped and cropped into a functional whole, while also maintaining a consistent atmosphere in all the parts of the image. It feels both fake and very real at the same time as something is so subtly off. It's a sublime constellation of excellently executed bits working together.





Now look who's back! :) :iconquilesart: is back. :) Inescapably clear and abhorrently accurate. The best illustrations possible for the modern decadence! Lots of other hamburger slogans!
Yeah, there is a element of "come up with something new" but seeing as nothing has changed for the last decade and this isn't supposed to be a revelation it's still good to see people able to capture it for as long as it continues. The mighty It that's going on. I don't know, but the art is speaking and I'd like to listen. Problem is I need to think as well. Boo...



I'm ashamed to say I almost forgot :iconthewyvernsweaver: This will be the last one though.
The Weaver is the maker of Zootopia Sunderance. By far the best noir take on Zootropolis since Zistopia. I love the darkness of it and the cheesy lone honourable warrior storyline, and a part of me keeps pocking at my consciousness, going "why on Earth would foxes rule Zootopia?", but I silence that part by remembering in the movie sheep ruled Zootopia for a brief moment.
Judy has suddenly shown herself to be a bit more than a emotionally cold lawyer and naive country bunny and shown just a bit of desperation and fear as she questioned why Nick killed their attacker when he was already defeated. After this she again needs to reaffirm their trust between one another.
I like this rendition of Judy. To say she's holding up a mask seems a bit unfair and a more accurate explanation is unlike most lawyers she has a sense of right and wrong she believes in strongly but there is more to her than that of a 2-dimensional heroine. She still needs to hold that back the same way all of us sometimes need to hold back all of what we are and instead only be one thing. I'm more concerned with Nick who, since the first chapter hasn't shown himself to be an inch more than a empty soldier. I want to see more of what is driving him to defy the city he believes is going to devour Judy and protect her and I have the sens already has broken him in some sense.

Untitled-1 by IchorData

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Thank you so much for the watch! :D ...have a nice weekend! :ahoy:
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Thank you and you're welcome. It's a fascinating style to me, the way you only seem to use computer models without painting them over. It makes them look like stills from a game or, as thumbnails, movie posters with a somewhat art nouveu feel to them. Also, they look a bit like certain romantic paintings I've seen, and to get that traditional feel from something as modern as CG is very interesting.
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