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Actually, I think the kid is playing Minecraft. Which is essentially digital Legos.
Two generations of creative people, just different methods of expression. Let’s not shit on the digital age as much, ‘eh?
You know what’s great about Minecraft?
You don’t get lacerations from stepping on it.
You know what’s great about legos?
Your shit doesn’t get blown up because a green penis snuck up on you.
You know what’s great about both? They encourage interest in real world computing, programming, and engineering skills, as well as creativity, imagination, and storytelling. There’s teaching curricula out there for both legos (including their robotics kit— so much fun) and minecraft and in the homeschool community they’re both encouraged as a form of exploration and education! It’s super rad.
All 5 main dragons of HTTYD in Maya style!
I’ll definitely be doing more of these in the future, they were a lot of fun.
Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level.
This is basic economic fact.
A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity.
And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…
And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.
Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs).
But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.
We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living
"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."
"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."
Sure thing! I think I have some of the old in progress pictures here..
It is pretty rough, and isn’t very sturdy, it was more of a prototype. I would recommend a stronger base, if you have the materials for a resin base or something. It also makes a cool wall hanging if you’re not running around using it as part of a costume haha..
I started with cardboard and plastic canvas (its used for embroidery so you can find it in that section of a craft store, and only like 50 cents a sheet. Snag a few! you may want some black for the eyes later on)
It’s all hot glue and duct tape, but it fits around my head snugly and rests on my nose. (if you have something rested on your nose, I’d recommend putting a little foam or cloth something there, something soft so you dont have it digging into your nose)
I cut out two flat cardboard shapes, and attached them to the sides of the base, connecting the two tips together at the beak, making the triangular shape. Looking back I would have done a beak that was much shorter, this ended up being VERY heavy in the front and would slide down my face a lot. I did a very simple bird-like skull, but you can look up any sort of animal skull. (though keep in mind anything with teeth is gonna take some more time to do all those. My costume was an avian creature, and needed no teeth. If you do want teeth, you can sculpt them with sculpy clay and add them later after fleshing out the mask)
The meshy cardboard duct tapt disaster that is the back if the helmet was covered with a wig. This caveman wig worked well for me, and you can style, color, or cut whatever kind of wig you want to use (if you want a wig) but that’s something I won’t be covering here (mostly because I don’t know how to hahaaaaa……)
Once I had the basic shape, it was just a matter of sculpting and painting. To get the rounded out shapes I wanted, I used crumpled up newspaper and masking tape. You can see ridges above the eyes to make brow bones, and some along the bottom to round out the edges. Just keep taping down wads of newspaper until your flat mask becomes rounded.
This is where I measured out the black plastic canvas for the eyes holes. This made them dark enough so that no one could see inside, but you can see out of them. Set them aside as you finish and paint the mask so they stay clean!
(Don’t have photos for the next parts..sorry!)
After that, I covered the whole thing with paper mache. I made a paste with glue, flour and water, dipped in some strips of newspaper and laid in on. You may want a couple layers, but make sure each layer is COMPLETELY dry before starting the next!! Hair dryers can help with that. Otherwise, you’ll have damp newspaper thats getting no air, which is the perfect place fort mold and mildew to grow. Not something you’ll want. Especially on something thats going on your face…
Being paper mache, and because you have that layer of masking tape underneath, your surface wont be perfectly smooth. This texture works well for on old skull. Though it may want a little bit of sanding when it’s dried.
Next up, paint! Acrylic or craft paint will do the trick. White skulls are not entirely white, so you’ll need a few different colors. I used white, a dark umber (a dark cool brown) and a light sienna (a lighter orangey brown). I would start with a base coat of white with a little of the sienna mixed in to cover the whole skull area. After it dries, you can do the next layers. For the dark brown, I watered down the paint a little and brushed it on. Then, before it dries, gently wipe over it with a wet cloth. This will pick up the paint you just put down, but leave some on the cracks and divots for a really cool aged look. I also used the brown to paint some ‘cracks’ in the skull. You can also use a big dry brush to dab on some paint for some cool textures. If you do this, make sure to use a brush you don’t mind ruining, your bristles will get mangled. Look up some tutorials on dry brushing!
When everything’s painted, you can put the mesh in the eyes (i used hot glue i think, along the inside edges) I attached the wig with velcro ad put in some feathers. The wig covers everything that hasn’t been paper mached and painted.
Aaaaaand that’s it!
More OITNB + text. I love this show and the characters so much.
Talk to the parts of the person that aren’t being eaten by the depression. Make it as easy as possible to make and keep plans, if you have the emotional resources to be the initiator and to meet your friends a little more than halfway. If the person turns down a bunch of invitations in a row because (presumably) they don’t have the energy to be social, respect their autonomy by giving it a month or two and then try again. Keep the invitations simple; “Any chance we could have breakfast Saturday?” > “ARE YOU AVOIDING ME BECAUSE YOU’RE DEPRESSED OR BECAUSE YOU HATE ME I AM ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.” “I miss you and I want to see you” > “I’m worried about you.” A depressed person is going to have a shame spiral about how their shame is making them avoid you and how that’s giving them more shame, which is making them avoid you no matter what you do. No need for you to call attention to it. Just keep asking. “I want to see you” “Let’s do this thing.” “If you are feeling low, I understand, and I don’t want to impose on you, but I miss your face. Please come have coffee with me.” “Apology accepted. ApologIES accepted. So. Gelato and Outlander?”
P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”
I would love to dedicate myself to my art so that I don’t have to scrub toilets and be verbally abused while up to my elbows in ice cream for a living….unfortunately I’m not in a place to make enough money off of my art, and with these two jobs, I don’t have the time or energy to get to that point.
Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.
1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point
Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.
Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.
And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.
If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.
For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.
Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.
it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here