Thursday, June 25, 2009

Illustration Friday - Drifting

After her escape, her heart was finally at rest. She smiled until the very end...

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Three-toed sloth

A three-toed sloth, as per requested by Kipps. Enjoy the sloth madness.

In other notes, I'm nearly done with my illustration for Hyphen magazine. I'll post the final once it's published (and I make sure it's cool with the magazine).

I hope to have my Illustration Friday illustration done by tomorrow, as well as some updates to the website, and maybe a painting or two up on Etsy. We shall see, however, if all this pans out.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Privilege - an analogy

So I was over on Feministing Community reading this post about privilege, and I came across this in the comments. Despite a few typos and such, this is such an awesome analogy about privilege that I had to blog about it myself. Pretty awesome stuff.

I am a fan of the starting line/road race analogy to explain privilege to those who use the "free will pull yourself up by your bootstraps" argument.

Imagine the starting line of a race with runners representing different groups in society lined up and a finish line in the distance.
Your boyfriend would say 1.) That everyone starts at the same line because the only that matters is whether you don't call yourself a victim and perservere and 2.)Anyone who just keeps running and doesn't give up will finish the race.

The race starts.

The white, heterosexual cis-man can just run towards the finish line and he'll get there based on who he is: how in shape he is, how long he feels like stopping, whether he runs or walks or jogs. There will be relatively few obstacles outside of his own ability.

Other groups however, have hurdles to jump over, and people yelling on the sidelines that they shouldn't be running or that their technique is flawed or that their uniforms are inappropriate. Some of them are not allowed to stop running even if they are too tired to continue and some of them can't afford water to stay hydrated or proper shoes to run in.

Still others were pushed back starting line farther away from the first one because they didn't "qualify" to run in the original race with everybody else.

None of the runners gives up or complains because they are "choosing" to "overcome their circumstances and not be victims" but does that make the race fair or all the runners equally privileged/disadvantaged?

Choosing not to be a victim of circumstance is a character trait, not having to face any circumstances that could make you a victim is privilege.

Hope that helps!

-by ferocita72

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Illustration Friday - Unfold

What story will unfold for our intrepid heroes as they speed along the narrow ice bridge to the Castle of Frozen Doom? (cue brooding atmospheric music).

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Old, old, old Illustration Friday topic

Contagious...cuz it's a zombie, contagious as in viral infection, as well as how yawns are contagious??!?!?! Get it? Sigh.

*edit - btw, sorry Ill Friday people. I didn't realize that the Ill.Fri. doesn't categorize all the posts, so even though I went to the correct topic, it still shows up the the most recent topic area. Whoops.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Illustration Friday - Cracked

Yeah, I missed the deadline for this, but I'm illustrating it anyway. Pretty self-explanatory.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Illustration Friday - Craving

Somebody's craving some good ol' fashioned organic brains, fresh from the source...

SF Zine fest, Lavel

So Eve and I have been on the job hunt recently...anyone know of anything of interest? We'd especially love to be paid to draw or paint, but any art-related jobs would be swell.

The SF Zine Fest is coming, and I'm in charge of registration, so get over to and register! We're got an awesome special guest coming, but I'm not sure if it's been released to the public yet, but you'll definitely want to make it out if you're into awesome comics with social messeges.

Also, I'm working on beefing up my portfolio and I've written out a rough outline for my first narrative comic. It'll hopefully be at least the length of a normal comic book, and I'm thinking might be in that size format as well. I'm also working on the script for a second narrative, and perhaps if I get ambitious I'll be able to get them both published at the same time.

For some reason, I've been taken to Googling weird phrases that are generally only relevant to me and Eve, as they are done in silly couple-language. I did figure, however, that if I post them on my blog, and eventually enough people stumble upon it, when I google them in the future, I will find this entry and be happy.

Thus, my self-indulgent post begins:
"I Lavel you!"
"I lavel you panda bear"

Anyway, that is now on the internet and I will let google's spiders do their thing.