Mirth Alia
07 November 2011 @ 04:33 pm
Semi-reminders for myself. Cultural appropriation is Not Cool.  
"Although neighbouring peoples such as the Salish nations also traditionally produced art which shares some of the characteristics of Northwest Coast art, these styles of art are not usually included in the term, since the patterns and artifacts produced are rather different. For example, Salish peoples traditionally created standing welcome figures not created by other Northwest Coast peoples, did not traditionally create totem poles, and did not traditionally use the form lines and shapes of other Northwest Coast peoples.[4] One corollary of this fact is that — contrary to popular belief — other than some of the peoples of the Olympic Peninsula, no Native American nations of Washington and Oregon states produced totem poles and other characteristic, formline, Northwest Coast-style art objects before European contact.[5]

Traditionally, within a given community, some patterns and motifs could be used only by certain families and lineages, or with the agreement of those families and lineages. Today in British Columbia it is generally acknowledged that only First Nations artists of the appropriate nation have the moral right to produce art of given types and using given motifs. Some non-Native artists, such as John Livingston, have been adopted into First Nations and have thus formally acquired the right to produce such art.[1] In some Nations such as the Haida adoptions are simply seen as gestures and claims to produce work are viewed as economic and cultural appropriation."

Gotta be careful about this stuff.
Current Mood: thoughtful
Mirth Alia
01 September 2011 @ 09:30 am
Guys guys  
Guys give me something to talk about other than incoherent fangirling over all the awesome players and threading at [insanejournal.com profile] sabra_la_tau. It's just making me want to play like crazy or at [community profile] aather's parallel awesomeness but I've done this too many times before not to know how it'll end up. Saaaave meeeee.

On the upside, I'm doing more drawing! Kind of? Hopefully this will continue to be a trend.

There is nothing else interesting going on in my life. Still coming up with ridiculous transformation items and convoluted world rules for everyone-is-a-magical-girl verse. Still researching for the Mystery video game of Mystery (I'm doing it ass-backwards so the plot is coming first, then mechanics, then the actual learning of the programming). I'm loving First Nations culture more and more the deeper I get into it. I've always loved the art and mythology, ever since I discovered the Museum of Civilization back in Ottawa, and the societal structures and ways of living are fascinating. Plus there's been a lot of awesome related specials on TV lately, leading to my discovery of stuff like this and this, which excites me to no end. I hope I can do the culture justice. ahh so much research ahhh
Current Mood: cold
Current Music: All I Do . Cleptomaniacs
Mirth Alia
17 August 2011 @ 09:51 pm
Because I'm positive I'm not the only one who'll find this helpful.  
Determining line weight and artistic style, and what to do with it. )
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Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Music: Feel Good Time . Pink
Mirth Alia
08 March 2011 @ 09:01 am
A surfeit of ideas  
Hm. I have a ridiculous number of story ideas. I was originally going to throw my four current favourites up for perusal and popular opinion, but instead I think I'll just throw characters at you guys until I find ones we both really like.

Perfect method, can't go wrong!
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Location: Hands . Jewel
Mirth Alia
08 March 2011 @ 02:03 am
Just an aside.  
I've noticed that I tend to work best when I'm working against something — a preconception, stigma, dissatisfaction, or even just a schedule. If I don't have anything to push against, I wind up having too many options to grab at and tend to just flail around all over the place.

Maybe that's part of why I'm having so much trouble with my art now. It used to be I'd draw during class, or use it as a brain break when I didn't feel like concentrating on homework, and it actually kept me very focused. But I can't do that at work, and I have precious few hours at the end of the day that aren't taken up by chores or being exhausted. I can't push against time, and so far pushing against myself has only resulted in self-flagellation that is digging me an inexorably deeper pit.

Clearly I need to change things and find a more tangible opposing force, if not a concrete goal. Something to either push away from or towards. The only question is what.

(On the upside I have friends and role models here, who are always a huge help and who I have been sorely neglecting and misusing. Hopefully I've started taking steps to change that.)

ETA: A big first step would probably be to stop thinking about art as work and try to view it as just fun again. Having to worry about people actually looking at my stuff and questioning whether it's something I can use to support myself has made me paranoid about everything I draw, and I need to remember that I don't have to show my sketchbook to anybody or post my every scribble online to be judged.


Also, I spent well over an hour today trying to remember a word I'd been about to write and forgot because I was interrupted. Ruined my whole evening. I hadn't realized I was that neurotic about my vocabulary, Kinda scary.
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Passing Afternoon . Iron & Wine (shut up I like this song)