Posts By: Tim

Arrival

Watched Arrival tonight and I’m taking in the sadness of that film. It’s pretty heart-breaking and I’m curious about the short story. The movie is centered on Louise’s daughter and her death. The nonlinearness of the movie reminds me of something my two-year-old says. She says, “When I’m big and you’re little, I held you. I held you so tight. And I hold Mommy and when Grandma is little we all run.”

The first time she said something like this it struck me. There was something so beautiful and so sad in this idea. We’ll never be little children for her to play with or take care of. Time doesn’t allow us this flexibility of experience. We go forward. We move from today to tomorrow. Oh, to be a child and in your arms again.

Professor Caveman

“That’s my blood, not the deer’s,” said Eden Kloetzli, a senior at Washington College, in Maryland, as she gazed at the red liquid staining her palm. She and about a dozen other students were busy slicing and dicing four deer carcasses laid outside the school’s new archaeology laboratory. Making the task harder, the novice butchers were using tools that they had knapped themselves out of obsidian, basalt, and flint.

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan…

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail them out! You must teach them personal responsibility!”

Digital Drawing with Photoshop and Wacom Tablets

Recently, I dug out my Wacom tablet and tried messing around with it. I bought it a few years ago for a design project and thought I’d use it more than I did. Digital drawing felt clunky too me and I was easily frustrated.

Basic sketch I made in Photoshop using the brush tool with pressure sensitive settings.

 

Colored areas with layers on top of the sketch and opacity between 40% and 60%.

 

The opacity is the same as the previous image, but this time the layers are underneath the sketch.

It seems like having the sketch on top of the colored areas provides more depth. Thoughts?

Who Needs Donuts (When You’ve Got Love?)

This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I remember puzzling over the bizarre and extremely detailed drawings again and again. The book slipped out of my memory for a while and didn’t re-enter until a conversation I had with my mom.

We were talking about children’s books in regard to my daughter. I ended up buying Who Needs Donuts online (thankfully it was re-printed in 2003). S— was also mesmerized by the artwork. We read it together last night. She wanted to know why the Sad Old Woman was so sad? Why the pigeons were part horse? Why did a bull run into a coffee tank? Why does Sam look like that? What are those people saying?

Each page brings more questions as you get drawn in to the frenetic intricacies. So, if you’re looking for a new kid’s book, check this one out. It’s great. For an interesting interview with the author / illustrator, read this.

Dorothea Lange’s War Relocation Authority Photographs

I saw a couple of these photos on another website and they’re heartbreaking. They’re a reminder of how the United States violated its own citizens human rights. They show families and children forced out of their homes and communities. These photos offer a window into the current fears that some Americans are experiencing. The whole collection can be viewed online thanks to the University of California.

Byron, Calif.–Third generation of American children of Japanese ancestry in crowd awaiting the arrival of the next bus which will take them from their homes to the Assembly Center. — Photographer: Lange, Dorothea — Byron, California. 5/2/42

Hayward, Calif.–These people of Japanese ancestry are awaiting the special bus which will take them, and other evacuees, to the Tanforan Assembly Center. The father of this small family is attending to their luggage and bed rolls. They will spend the duration at a War Relocation Authority.–Photographer: Lange, Dorothea–Hayward, California. 5/8/42

Byron, Calif.–Youngsters in this family of Japanese ancestry, from a farm in Contra Costa County, await bus for assembly center at Turlock Fairgrounds, 65 miles away. Evacuees will be transferred later from assembly points to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration. — Photographer: Lange, Dorothea — Byron, California. 5/2/42

Hayward, Calif.–These people of Japanese ancestry are awaiting the special bus which will take them, and other evacuees, to the Tanforan Assembly Center. The father of this small family is attending to their luggage and bed rolls. They will spend the duration at a War Relocation Authority. — Photographer: Lange, Dorothea — Hayward, California. 5/8/42

All The World Is You And Me


Amidst the depressing news cycle it’s a joy to read this book to my daughter. Hopeful and connecting,  it’s centered on love. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a children’s book.