The name's Nat. I post and reblog mostly stuff about art, animation and video games. I give a shit about politics and justice, but I can't be arsed to talk about that on this blog.
- Ferguson protests aren’t over. Here’s why they picked up again this week.
- Last night’s protests (storify)
- Officers “preparing for the worst” if Darren Wilson is not indicted
- DOJ tells Ferguson, STL Co. cops to ban “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands and says they need to wear name tags (Wristband letter) (Name tag letter) (storify)
- Time for MO’s Supreme Court to enter the Ferguson fray
- 5 things about covering Ferguson
- Tef Poe: “Hip Hop is failing us”
My next illustration is about a young princess named Parizade and her quest for three magical objects. Like many of the Nights, the original tale features an elaborate back story; it details how Parizade and her brothers, Prince Bahman and Prince Perviz, came to be separated from their parents through the lies of their jealous aunts, and were raised instead by a loyal palace official. (This is the source of the story’s long-winded title, The Story of Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister. You can read the unabridged version at http://www.wollamshram.ca/1001/Lang/lang.htm).
The story really begins when Parizade is visited by an old woman on pilgrimage. The woman tells her of three magical objects, the Talking Bird, the Singing Tree, and the Golden Water. Parizade wants the objects for her garden, and she tells her brothers what the woman told her. Prince Bahman sets off the next day to find the treasures. He comes upon a dervish, who confirms the old woman’s story but adds that the quest could cost the prince his life. When Bahman still will not give up, the dervish gives him a ball and instructs him to throw it on the ground and follow where it leads. He tells Bahman:
On each side you will see vast heaps of big black stones, and will hear a multitude of insulting voices, but pay no heed to them, and, above all, beware of ever turning your head. If you do, you will instantly become a black stone like the rest. For those stones are in reality men like yourself, who have been on the same quest, and have failed, as I fear that you may fail also.
(from The Arabian Nights Entertainment, translated by Andrew Lang)
Bahman follows the ball into the valley of stones. He withstands the clamoring a long time, but in the end he panics and turns to flee, becoming another stone. When Bahman does not return, Perviz sets out, but he falls into the same trap. So finally Parizade goes herself to find the treasure. After the dervish warns her of the voices, she stuffs her ears with cotton. Though she can still hear their cries and insults, the voices are not so overwhelming, and she manages to reach the mountain top, where she finds the bird. The bird tells her how to take a branch from the singing tree and where to find a pitcher for the golden water. As she proceeds back down the mountain with the treasures, she sprinkles a little water on the stones, which all turn into men, including her brothers. Later, when they are back at the official’s house, Parizade uses the bird’s advice to convince the sultan that she, Bahman, and Perviz are his true children, and he takes them to live in the palace.
Maxfield Parrish did a beautiful illustration of this story, celebrating the moment when Parizade stands triumphant, holding a branch of the singing tree. (Parrish’s The Talking Bird can be seen on my inspiration page.) But to me, Parizade’s journey through the dark stones was the culminating moment of the story. The deceitful voices that pestered her reminded me of Parizade’s deceitful aunts. It was because the sultan believed their lies that he came to be separated from his children in the first place. By refusing to be distracted, Parizade managed to get the treasure, save her brothers, and ultimately bring her family back together. I also really wanted to play with some watercolor and ink textures, and painting a lot of rocks seemed like a good opportunity for this.
Here is the painting step by step.
I masked out the princess and her ball, and then brushed in some very light shadows, just so that I would be able to recognize what I had drawn when the painting got messy.
I wet the background areas and started dripping in color and tilting the paper.
Then I started working on the rocks that were closer to the foreground. The best things happened in the really dark areas, where I could drip on the undiluted ink and then move it around by adding a few drops of water around the edges. I also sprayed on a little extra texture with an old bristle brush, so that the ground would look sandy.
Finally I rubbed off the dried masking fluid, and painted the more delicate details of the girl and the ball.
your feminism is only “activism towards gender equality” and “correct” if it:
- is transgender-inclusive
- acknowledges non-binary genders
- does not depict any gender as inherently good or bad, guilty or not guilty of anything
- does not stigmatize innocent men
- does not dismiss the problematic behavior of non-male people
- supports people who qualify as “feminist” but do not wish to use the feminist label
- does not erase issues faced by trans women, non-binary people, transgender men, and cisgender men
- does not stigmatize female and non-female attraction towards males
- acknowledges that gender and sexuality are not freely chosen
- respects people without vaginas or do not want vaginas
- does not gender crime
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the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
Alright so I’ve seen a lot of discussion on Sugilite’s character design, and I’ve mostly seem comparisons to gorillas (or the great ape from Dragon Ball Z), tarantulas and foo dogs. And I do agree that she does share certain characteristics with all of them. But there is actually one very obvious one that I have seen no one bring up, and I think it is actually a very important one to be considering.
I took a World Religions course in grade 11, and happened to learn about this:
Looks a bit familiar, doesn’t she?
That lovely and most terrifying woman you see is Kali, wife of Shiva the Destroyer, and an important Goddess in the Hindu religion. And here is an excerpt from Encyclopedia Britannica in regards to this particular deity (I’ll be bolding the important bits):
Kali, ( Sanskrit: “She Who Is Black” or “She Who is Death”) in Hinduism, goddess of time, doomsday, and death, or the black goddess (the feminine form of Sanskrit kala, “time-doomsday-death,” or “black”). Kali’s iconography, cult, and mythology commonly associate her with death, sexuality, violence, and, paradoxically in some later traditions, with motherly love. Although depicted in many forms throughout South Asia (and now much of the world), Kali is most often characterized as black or blue, partially or completely naked, with a long lolling tongue, multiple arms, a skirt or girdle of human arms, a necklace of decapitated heads, and a decapitated head in one of her hands. She is often portrayed standing or dancing on her husband, the god Shiva, who lies prostrate beneath her.
Now then, lets go point for point. Is Sugilite’s skin/hair black or blue (or purple in this case)? Yes. Did Garnet and Amethyst’s fusion dance have… suggestive undertones? Most certainly. Was she violent? Boy was she. Her clothes ripped and in some parts revealing? Yup. Multiple arms? Most certainly. And while the paragraph doesn’t point this out specifically, both Sugilite and Kali have a long black bush of hair at the back, and both have wicked evil looking grins. In addition, while I don’t think Kali has an eye in the middle of her forehead, she does have something I can’t quite make out and don’t remember the name of, but it can clearly be connected to the eye in the middle of Sugilite’s forehead.
And, from another source here, we have this excerpt.
Kali is the fearful and ferocious form of the mother goddess. She assumed the form of a powerful goddess and became popular with the composition of the Devi Mahatmya, a text of the 5th - 6th century AD. Here she is depicted as having born from the brow of Goddess Durga during one of her battles with the evil forces. As the legend goes, in the battle, Kali was so much involved in the killing spree that she got carried away and began destroying everything in sight. To stop her, Lord Shiva threw himself under her feet. Shocked at this sight, Kali stuck out her tongue in astonishment, and put an end to her homicidal rampage. Hence the common image of Kali shows her in her mêlée mood, standing with one foot on Shiva’s chest, with her enormous tongue stuck out.
Did Sugilite, originally formed to help forces of good (in this case, saving television), eventually lose control of herself and start “destroying everything in sight”? Very evidently. But seeing as there was no Shiva counterpart, nothing could’ve placated Sugilite, and the next best option was to have Pearl face her in line with the episode’s moral.
Taking into further account that Opal was very clearly inspired by a Hindu goddess, I’m pretty much certain Sugilite was based off of Kali, with a face intended to resemble a foo dog. This makes Sugilite’s design a combination of a Chinese cultural symbol and a Hindu mythological deity. The fact that SU takes the time to incorporate these things into its art and story really makes me happy.
The more you know.
Hey y’all I got some cool news my film "Orisha’s Journey" got accepted into the Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival! I wanna say thanks again to all my friends and family that helped on this project:)
Noice! Check out this dude’s blog for more info and material from his animated short.