I know this is not very developed, but I’m trying to be a little speedier, so I’m cutting it off at half an hour. I might go further with it tomorrow and see where another half hour puts it!
Discussing film adaptations of His Dark Materials:
MJ: Has there been any interest in making another go at it?
PP: I’m quite tempted by the idea of doing it as a 24-part TV series like Game of Thrones. It doesn’t need the scale of the movie screen, it needs the length of a TV series.
This would make me deliriously happy. With an HBO production they wouldn’t need to downplay the controversial aspects of the book. They cold deal seriously with the themes of the text.
I would literally pass out if this happened.
I had a little bit of a revelation the other day when I read someone’s comment on Facebook saying:
"Digital Art is not real art, and you’re a fool for thinking so."
I was really peeved at first, after been training and studying digital art since I was 15 (28 now). Calling back to all the people I had to prove to, that I was actually painting and not just touching up photos like everyone thought Photoshop was used for. I wanted to write this big whole paragraph up, then I realized I was 28-years old and on Facebook, about to argue with a kid who had never drawn in his life.
My school is very “traditional”, and I have to navigate these situations a lot.
Written By Sarah MacDonald and originally published on Daily Life.
I recently did some work with two competent professionals. The man was a good communicator. His female colleague was great. But while he knew he was good and was uber-confident, she thought she was terrible and struggled to suppress her inner critic.
I’ve always suspected that men are more confident than women in the workplace and in public life. Every day, I see successful women who downplay their achievements and abilities and display their self-doubt on the sleeve of their power suits. Now, two well-known journalists have spent years researching to discover if there is indeed a gap, chasm or deep ocean trench in confidence between the sexes.
Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue there is indeed a ‘vast Confidence Gap’ that separates the sexes and they go further to argue that this ‘acute’ gap is a ‘crisis’ for women. They point out girls who do better than boys at school are soon at a distinct disadvantage in the jobs market. While I feel that may be more the fault of institutionalised sexism and inequality than confidence, I do find the work interesting. Let’s face it the confidence gap is far more important than the thigh gap and, far more common.
Kay and Shipman found the confidence gap is not just common but ubiquitous. When COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg tells you she sometimes wakes up ‘feeling like a fraud’ you have to acknowledge it’s a thang. The journalists looked at studies that may signal where the gap comes from and why it develops.
They even took their research into the dangerous minefield that is the brain - pointing out that the section of grey matter that ruminates, recognises errors and weighs options, is larger in women. They also visited the chemistry lab to point out that testosterone encourages risk, competitiveness, power, and confidence. But before your eyes have completed their roll, know this: biology is not destiny and brains and hormones can be influenced by environment, socialisation and upbringing. Look at the fact that girls tend to outperform boys in school.
In fact, Kay and Shipman blame schools for fostering one of the archenemies of confidence. Perfectionism. They argue that little girls get a lot of praise for being good and perfect so they learn to avoid taking risks and making mistakes. Studies show women won’t apply for a job unless they have 100 percent of the skills, while men will apply with 60 percent.
In contrast, boys are more likely to get into trouble at school, banter insults and play competitive sport helping them learn to let failure roll off them. They therefore don’t think so much about themselves and judge their own performance so critically.
I have little doubt women are hard on themselves. But we need to ask ourselves why.
Because, like the Huffington Post response to the Confidence Gap theory, I dislike the ‘lean in’ like tendency to blame women for inequality. I also question whether dropping perfectionism will be a silver bullet that will shatter the glass ceiling. There are more structural and institutional barriers in the world than there are confidence issues.
Besides, what if the lack of confidence we have is due to the boot of sexism and inequality kicking it constantly? Perhaps women are justified in feeling they have to be over-qualified and over-prepared. We may judge ourselves more harshly because we understand a workplace built on male values will do just that.
In the meantime, we need to realise that overconfidence works and, depressingly it’s as important, or more important, than competence. Studies show that those who believe they are great are universally admired and respected and rise to the top. So what’s the answer? Fake it till you make it is the first that comes to mind. Certainly Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy has found it effective. In this Ted Talk she discusses how standing like Wonder Woman can increase testosterone, decrease cortisol, increase your confidence and help achieve power and dominance.
But it can’t be the entire answer. Shipman and Kay admit we are aware of false confidence. I, for one, withdraw from over confidence like a leech from salt. Perhaps faking it too much only entrenches a male model of leadership.
Plus, women who take on the strategies of powerful men are often called ‘bossy’ or ‘bitches’. While they shouldn’t care, it’s hard not to. In a society that expects women not to be ‘too cocky’ they can be punished for what the system rewards. Sounds a bit Catch 22, doesn’t it?
Thirdly, the authors of the ‘Confidence Gap’ found true confidence is not mere bluster. Extremely confident people honestly believe they are fabulous. God damn them.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a society where you can admit doubt and show realistic self-regard? A workplace that rewards both competence and self-awareness as well as humility and empathy.
Clearly I’m dreaming, so in the meantime, I agree that women should turn down their inner critic. Let’s kill the imposter syndrome and drop perfectionism. Let’s acknowledge weakness and work on strength. Let’s stand like Wonder Woman and fake it till we feel it. As Kay and Shipman suggest, let’s focus on strong will, courage, action and hard work to generate success and failure. And while we are there let us encourage other women and our daughters to try, to fail and to succeed.
For any independent lady out there. What you define as your success (or whatever else relevant in life) should be defined by your skills and results, not by a little nagging voice in your head that implies you don’t deserve it before you even go for it.
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Artistic Pet Peeve #03 (of 312, this one is very high up there)
When people write me/meet me and say: “My DREAM is to be a Disney animator/ character designer, concept artist, etc.- what TIPS do you have to help me reach my dream?” A TIP? To get a position that thousands of people a year try for and miss? A tip to learn all the YEARS of artistic knowledge and practice you need to be able to GET that job, much less KEEP it? I used to give long, impassioned answers on how they need to devote themselves to drawing, learning perspective, study acting, movement, overlapping action, gesture drawings, preparing a good portfolio, and on and on. I would spend TIME with each person crafting an answer that would help them get there (even though I’d not seen a scratch of their artwork, and had no idea what their ability level was)- because it was their DREAM. Then it hit me- this isn’t my problem. This is THEIR problem. I don’t need to give them an answer. They need to answer a question for me first. Now, I answer with a question: “Do you draw everyday?” 99.9% of the time, sadly, the answer is NO. A couple times a week? ”Not usually,” they say. At this point, I tell them my Olympic swimmer analogy. If my DREAM was to make it to the Olympics and win a GOLD MEDAL don’t you think I’d have to get into the pool everyday to get there? There’s your TIP. Draw. Every. Day. Sorry if this comes out bitter. I actually say it with a slight “loving lilt” to my voice, so it sounds friendly-like. And- you kids get off my lawn!
Heidi by Erica Meschwitz
My final project for Illustration Portfolio class! There are some oddities (cabin page…), but for my shortest class, I’m pretty satisfied.
Kid goatherd and his terrifying boss.
Second daily! I’m officially in a HABIT!!
Daily sketch. But will I keep it up? lol
This is such a fucking lifesaver. Been having this issue for over a year now, despite driver updates and reinstalls and etc etc etc… when this trick worked I wanted to do one of those football victory slams with my keyboard I was so excited.
PS: I don’t use whatever program is in the screenshot; I only use Photoshop! Its a Wacom issue though so I expect this works with any program that randomly loses pressure sensitivity.
This shit is garbage and when I figured this out I also nearly screamed aloud (the only other way to fix it was to restart the whole computer, what a bitch!)
I know I just posted the lineart of this and it’s not very different, but I really like the finished version… so it gets its own post.
I really love this artist’s work look at her shop look at it now
midnight sketch that went nowhere in particular and got progressively cropped lol.