artSLAM: Day 2
A little journal entry that I added a picture to showing off the four species currently inhabiting Earth-14 (The first human explorers of Earth-13 did that) left to right: Humans, Sand Cats (Sanders), BirdFolk, and Facebeasts (pictured is a Mantikhora sp.)
artSLAM: Day 1
Weavercat is back! *boos and hisses* Yes, yes. I know.
Darnit, I’m doing artSLAM again. Darnit.
This is both great, and very sad. Your question what’s the point in all our hard work if no one will see it? is the sort of sentiment that results in so many collections and archives falling into states of disrepair and neglect - but I totally understand your feelings because for a very long time I asked myself the same about the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. When I realized I couldn’t get people on campus to care enough to stop by and see the museum, I started a blog. (spoiler alert: it was this blog)
I will say that if you dedicate your time to this place - to organizing the specimens and working towards the ultimate goal that someday they will be seen - your work will pay off. You will begin to feel a personal investment in the collection. You will stumble across an item that sparks an interest you didn’t realize you had, and in the dark of that little closet you will feel an unusual connection to this item. You will begin learning about not only the history of the specimens but also what they represent: the diversity of our natural world. You’ll go to a party and someone will ask you what you’ve been up to and you won’t be able to find the words to express that you’re invested in an ongoing relationship with dead things. You will inexplicably feel a little bit of outrage when someone flippantly remarks that you are wasting your time.
You’ll realize that maybe, if you want to share this with others, maybe it’s on your shoulders. Maybe you don’t want to shoulder that responsibility and I certainly wouldn’t blame you - but maybe you’ll help inspire a feeling of ownership in another person near you. Maybe your hard work will eventually pay off and some day in the future that collection can meet its full research potential when we as a society can agree that museums are worth having in dedicated spaces with the resources they require to spread that feeling of ownership to more than just you and me. And maybe we can look back on all of this in a few decades and laugh at how hard we had to work together in order to make it all happen.
Oh my, this was answered! First time I’ve seen it since Finals ended on April 28th. This right here, has given me the strength to work with my professor on this. It’s just the three of us: Professor and two students working on this. Daunting but… I just showed my professor this and we both started crying.
Thank you Emily for the sound-advice and encouragement.
My roommate had not seen Pacific Rim.
I made my roommate watch it. She made the best reactions and by far, my favorite is when Otachi spreads her wings.
"It has wings?!"
"Why does it have wings?!"
…. Yes, it looks like a plunger. But the puropse is to see how positiong a weighted tail would change how the chickens walked. The paper actually notes the changes of femur posture and foot placement. It’s incredibly fascinating because… it’s not like a bird walking. It’s not like a lizard… the way they move seems more ‘cat-like’ I guess. And note that they aren’t bobbing their heads as much. Also, I believe the prosthetic is actually attached to the chickens’ body.
It’s a plunger but… it’s going to make our dinosaur movies so much better.
List of pdf books that might help artists
How many pens/pencils do you currently have in your purse or bag? My score:
9 brush pens, 1 water-filled brush pen, 1 paint pen, 3 microns, 1 white gel pen, 1 sharpie, 6 markers, 1 wood pencil, 1 mechanical pencil, 1 fountain pen, and a film canister containing a kneaded eraser and a pencil sharpener. And this is in a tiny purse. I am ready for the apocalypse.
3 unfilled water-pens, 1 ink-filled water-pen, 1 bottle of Higgins Black Ink, 3 mechanical pencils (Pentel brand in .5mm, .7mm, and .9mm), 3 paks of mechanical pencil lead (in red, blue, 2H, and 2B), 4 Copic Sketch markers (in flesh-tones), 2 Micron pen (in 05 and Brush-Tip), 2 wood pencils (2H and 6B), 1 woodless graphite pencil (Ebony), 1 broken pencil-sharpener, 1 crumbly white eraser, 4 Faber-Castell Pitt Drawing Pens (various grey brush-tips), and 1 Whistler’s Needle just in-case I need to scratch out ground on an etching plate. I AM VERY PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING. All in my tiny art-clutch.