• posted a message on [Music] Rate the song above you! ♪
    1/10 Honestly my idea of a nightmare; I really hate Abba and this cover is somehow more saccharine than the original...

    The Comeback - Alex Cameron
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  • posted a message on Islam: Religion of Peace?
    It's not the religion of islam that inspired those attacks or any others. It's the ideologies of extremist groups who happen to be islamic.

    There's nothing else to say in this thread.

    It does also bare mentioning that if you are someone who has never been to the middle east and / or a muslim country, then you need to be very wary of the narrowness of your experience on the matter.
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  • posted a message on Pet Peeves
    Quote from DeusXMachina »
    you know what I meant, this is exactly the kind of thing im talking about. you feel good about trying to correct a purposely provocative comment? whats does the m stand for huh? they seem to be getting empirically more dumb to me.

    getting back on topic, what really grinds my gears is that guy who decided it was a good idea to put extra content at the end of movie credits, arse is glued to a chair for 2 hours and just wanna go home and internet culture where pansies basically act tough behind a keyboard and not rl, use google to make themselves seem smarter than they really are which I could do a whole rant on but I doubt anyone would care.
    You were implying that you're more intelligent than everyone else, but in the same breath you were making a mistake. That conflict is funny; I was pointing that out. No need to take offence buddy.

    Also the 'M' stands for 'moron'. Or 'mostly inept'. Or 'massive [snip]'. I never quite got that nailed down...

    I don't know if this counts as a 'pet peeve' but I hate hot weather. It's a pretty sure-fire way to put me in a bad mood.
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  • posted a message on The genie that takes instead of gives
    I wish to remain a virgin.
    I also wish to never find true love.
    A good juxtaposition of priorities there. Made me chuckle.

    I wish I'd only be able to sleep at times that are wildly impractical.
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  • posted a message on ✧ Palette Town ✧ An Art Club | Express Yourself ☆ ☆ ☆
    Quote from SetsunaFSeiei »
    Isn't one of those pictures your Skype pic?
    good spot BUDDY. One of my favourites.

    I've been painting flowers today and yesterday. I don't know if I've ever painted a flower in my life before so I don't think they turned out too awfully. Thought I may as well share:

    Also in recent news I found these really cool little glass bottles shaped like light bulbs. They're Palinka bottles, Palinka being a Hungarian fruit brandy, apparently. It tastes pretty alright actually, albeit very strong...
    I'm planning on using them as inkwells, since I think I'm in need of some black ink and an inking brush or two - at the moment I'm filling in huge areas of flat black with a 0.5 fineliner like some mook. It feels like trying paint a house using a toothbrush. I recently bought some Sakura Pigma Brush Pens but the nibs are felt and just ehhhhh not quite good enough.

    What kinds of ART SUPPLIES do you folks use? I get really into stationary etc. and if I had the money and the space I'd buy pretty much everything I come across...
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  • posted a message on ✧ Palette Town ✧ An Art Club | Express Yourself ☆ ☆ ☆
    HEY so I just got back from a couple of nights stay in VIENNA (I'm sort of living in Budapest at the moment - Vienna is only a 3 hour bus ride away, so it's cheap and close and easy and amazing) and I spent most of my visit in art museums.

    Egon Schiele is probably my favourite artist I am yet to discover, and Vienna is THE place to see his work. There's a standing exhibit in the Leopold Museum of a decent number of his paintings which I have seen before, but due to the fact that a lot of his works are drawings on paper (which are very fragile and deteriorate quite rapidly when exposed to light), a lot of his works cannot be on permanent exhibit so are only displayed very infrequently at special times. Luckily when I was there this time, there was a massive display of his drawings at The Albertina Museum (Ending in a month or so I believe) which I got to see. I was very excited and it was a pretty amazing experience.

    It's true with nearly all works of art that they are more interesting in person (Van Gogh's The Starry Night at MoMA springs to mind as being mind-blowing in the flesh), but I've found that to be particularly true for Egon Schiele. Maybe it's because I've spent so much time looking at his works and learning about him, but his drawings took on a very different personality for me when I saw them.

    In his paper works I found it very interesting how little paint is actually on the page; in many of his coloured works it appears that all areas of flesh are coloured with paint when you see them photographed or from anywhere but right up close.

    [Not a great example but I didn't take much in the way of pictures so have something from google:]

    In reality there is almost no paint. Sometimes a seemingly impossibly light impression of a brush stroke in bright red for example, gives the illusion of something much more richly coloured. This was a really interesting illusion to me that makes you really appreciate the subtlety of something that is, on the face of it, very simple.
    In his paintings, where the entire picture is filled with colour, there's a lot of disparity between thick impasto and flat, thin paint and/ or pencil in his work. Some of the most striking examples in my opinion are in his pair of portraits of himself and his then-lover Wally Neuzil from 1912:

    The faces are very flat; much like his drawings they are primarily coloured with very thin, fluid paint and sparse brushwork, so much so that there are pencil lines still prominently visible. It gives a lot of insight into his process of working, and gives such a different character to the skin of the characters when contrasted with the extremely thick and textured impasto work of the clothes and the background. The red flowers in the first image are also lacking texture and thinly painted like the areas of skin, which makes them appear extremely delicate and light. It's really amazing how he uses his chosen mediums.
    Schiele's 1912 painting The Hermits was something that captivated me for an extremely long time. At least 6 feet tall, its size is something that is obvious and immediately striking. Compared to the tiny and intimate-feeling drawings he did on paper, the huge scale of this work is especially impactful. This particular painting comes across extremely dull in photographs but is very vibrant in person.

    There are a couple of I think quite significant details in this painting that I didn't notice until I saw it in person. Towards the bottom left you can see the artist's signature and some flowers. These are much more obvious in person, not least because they are pitched quite close to the viewer's eye level when the painting is hung.

    The two people shown are Egon Schiele and his former mentor Gustav Klimt, and they almost appear to be jostling with each other, their forms blending into one. The two flowers echo the figure(s) in the painting; the flower on the left stands tall and proud, just as Schiele seems to be pushing in front of Klimt. Klimt himself is slumped with his eyes closed, much like the right-hand flower which lies dead. Another important detail is that Schiele has signed his name three times. All 3 the same and grouped together, serving no purpose other than repetition:


    1912 1912

    The painting in my mind now exists and an ode to Schiele's ego and growth as an artist: he sees himself surpassing Klimt, the man who mentored him, and whom Schiele had great respect and admiration for.

    I just happen to have been doing a great deal of figure drawing/ painting myself lately, and I was quite surprised at how familiar many of the lines in Schiele's works were. It's odd when you draw something over and over (figures, in this case), how you find yourself reusing so many of the same marks and gestures. I've found in my own work that it becomes almost habit, muscle memory, when you come across a familiar gesture in drawing a figure. I noticed some of almost the exact same gestures in Schiele's figure drawings, and that had an odd emotional impact on me. I felt a very strange and intimate connection with a man who died some hundred years ago, and that's something I'm going to remember for a very long time.

    TL;DR - Go and see works of art in person.

    Oh **** I saw Angel Olsen and Alex Cameron (an incredible performer, unfortunately less interesting in his recorded songs) live while I was in Vienna. That happened too.
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  • posted a message on Pet Peeves
    Quote from DeusXMachina »
    my main pet peeve is pollution, why do you taint such scenic environments with your man made filth. like you don't give a flying **** about the consequences down the line. nobody wants to clean up after you.

    also ppl in general the average iq is 100.
    The average IQ is 100 by definition. If the entire world suddenly got 50% more intelligent, the average IQ would still be 100. The IQ rating system is continually adjusted to keep 100 as the average, despite the fact that people are getting empirically more intelligent with each new generation.

    The only thing that REALLY gets me people taking or using my belongings without asking. Gets me GOOD. Beyond that it seems to be relatively standard things that irk me, like people chewing with their mouths open, being loud or inconsiderate; generally people being obnoxious. But those other things are more nit-picks and it's just the one thing that really gets to me.
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  • posted a message on The -=OFFICIAL=- Azurilland Chatterbox Topic v.53~!
    Nostradamus is in the house!!!!!!!!! But he goes by a different name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • posted a message on The -=OFFICIAL=- Azurilland Chatterbox Topic v.53~!
    wow how incendiary
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  • posted a message on ♫ ♬ What are you listening to? Version 4! ♩ ♪

    that ****ing goddamn thing

    i live to have my ears assaulted by gabba and now death grips are making gabba-tinged stuff and i
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  • posted a message on [Music] Rate the song above you! ♪
    2/10 bland vocals, boring production, it's Halsey, dumb lyrics, dumb vocal processing, it's Halsey. VERY MUCH NOT FOR ME.

    Hotcha Girls - Ugly Casanova

    EDIT: tfw you type Modest Mouse instead of Ugly Casanova...
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  • posted a message on The -=OFFICIAL=- Azurilland Chatterbox Topic v.53~!
    Quote from Dracma127 »
    The writing itself looks a little amateurish, but we all gotta start somewhere.
    Quote from Dracma127 »
    My acceptance of others' standards really depend of if they contribute anything. If it's a mindless "it's okay," then I'm on board with you in following my personal standard. But if people give just the smallest bit of legit criticism in their comment, it makes the compliment feel more genuine.
    So it really grinds my gears when my Creative Writing teacher just says things like "good job" when he looks over my work. I know his standards has to be fair on all of the class, but c'mon give me something to improve on.
    I hate to be that guy but...
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  • posted a message on ✧ Palette Town ✧ An Art Club | Express Yourself ☆ ☆ ☆
    Quote from Azusa »
    I can relate with this so much omg. I remember learning first learning about Surrealism, and it really intrigued me so much on a deeper level. It felt like I was being introduced to art and experiencing it all over again, there's just something so special about it. At first we were studying Salvador Dali, but then I just kept on researching Surrealism artists and artwork and it's probably my favourite style now. It really opened my eyes to the history of art as well!
    That's funny Dali was first for me too. I think it was the first time I'd every been exposed to the idea of art being in any way conceptual, rather than just being 'pretty'. That was a big revelation for me. Nowadays conceptual art is what I think I connect the most with.

    Quote from Shhmew »
    I really wanted to do something that would encourage you guys to create, without it being a contest (since we already have contests elsewhere and this is mainly a place to relax). So I think this should be nice. Feel free to create something for it, or not, but it's there just in case ^__^
    I'm not very good at working to prompt, so I probably won't be following any of them unfortunately, but I think I'll make an effort to post something I've been working on every month. That sounds like a productive idea. You know, like the sort of thing a sensible and forward-thinking person would do? Makes me surprised I thought of it.

    Also I like all the shared art so far, especially @Asuza (Azusa? It's either/ or in my head. Azuza? Asusa?); water is always such a task to get right, especially with that kind of detail. Very pleasing. Also I just noticed the scale of it... Where do you find space to hang it?
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  • posted a message on ♥ Weekly Featured Artist ♥ - Tanya Shatseva
    I love this thread; I think it's a really nice idea.

    I enjoyed both of the features so far a lot, and I hadn't heard of either of them before, s that's a nice plus.

    I don't have anything of real substance to say

    good job

    [patronising thumbs up]

    keep it up

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  • posted a message on ✧ Palette Town ✧ An Art Club | Express Yourself ☆ ☆ ☆
    Oh boy I can contribute to discussion now. The yellow was a fine choice, also [:

    My interest in drawing I've had my entire life that I can remember. All throughout school and preschool etc. I was drawing all the time. Me and my best friend for a while used to draw together when I was younger too. My interest in ART I think began when I was around 14, when I first learnt about Surrealism in school. That was the first time I remember really finding some kind of emotional connection with works of art. Since then I've been really into learning more about art history.

    ALSO if you guys aren't aware MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art in New York) has an online course going on Coursera at the moment, with a lot of accompanying videos that you can find on YouTube. It's mostly focused on the New York Abstract art at the moment, but it's a really excellent course. They've got some great videos on how particular artists created their works, and some about more basic things like How to Stretch Canvas and The Basics of Paint. They did a Q&A Live Stream last night too.

    I'll stop talking about it now but it's really awesome and there's stuff for people at any experience or knowledge levels. Please go check it out.

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