Wednesday, 18 June 2014

"I set fire to the rain"

Blouse: Spin Doctor, British Heart Foundation
Tartan skirt: Red Herring, Debenhams
Lace skirt: Malvin, TK Maxx
Petticoat: Matalan
Tights: China
Heels: Hush Puppies

Though I do frequent my local charity shops, it's not often I find anything nice. This blouse, however, I'm very happy with - it's pleasantly frilly but not over the top, and it fits me really well. So now I have a lolita blouse for under a fiver without even going on the internet.

So far I think this the closest I've ever got to a lolita outfit. I'm actually wearing three skirts: a petticoat for the A-line shape, a lace skirt for a pretty trim and some extra length, and finally a wool tartan circle skirt. Maybe one day I'll find a voluminous knee-length skirt which warrants a fuller, longer petticoat but I'm yet to encounter one.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Prince of Egypt

I heard that the animation of The Prince of Egypt, the 1998 Exodus adaptation by DreamWorks, was quite good for its time, so I gave it a shot, with comfortably low expectations thanks to the film's ratings online.

It turns out I loved it. The animation was beautiful, especially for its time, and the story was heart-wrenchingly cruel. It's not a feel-good film and is quite dark and disturbing for something presumably aimed at children. What really surprised me though was the music: the opening sequence just gave me goosebumps. Hans Zimmer and Stephen Schwartz are just amazing.

A lot of the themes in this film cut very deep for me: of course there's the awful injustices of slavery and the murder of children, but also the mercilessness of gods, and having to leave and hurt people you love. With no clear antagonist in the story and so much suffering - maybe God? - it's hard to find somewhere to direct the blame and the anger, but I suppose this is a realistic reflection of the cruelties of life.

concept art by Paul Lasaine

Monday, 9 June 2014

Floral shorts

one || two
five || six

I'm quite liking the look of these floral shorts from New Look. Thin and loose and comfortable-looking, they look perfect for rolling around in summer. I especially like how some of them look like skirts, but let's face it, rolling around in a skirt is not that easy. I really hope some of these pop up in my local score because I could use shorts like these this summer!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Nightmare Toothiana

on deviantART
Nope, I'm still not done with Tooth. I love playing with her colours! It's the funnest thing, grabbing the 'hue' slider and sliding it left and right so her colours change.

This used to be a pencil sketch, but then I finally discovered how to remove all the white from scanned images. It's like magic; I almost screamed when it worked. (I'm easily impressed.) It's something like Photoshop > Select > Colour Range, then delete the white that's been magically selected, then in SAI, change the layer to Multiply. This is great for me because I can't lineart digitally and can't colour traditionally.

My first exam is tomorrow. I'm actually more worried about how unworried I am about exams than I'm worried about the exams themselves. Make sense? ... No?
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