Last year saw two major Snow White blockbusters come and go, and neither of them were good. I was obsessed with the badass-looking Snow White and the Huntsman until I actually saw it, and the reviews for Mirror Mirror were so bad that I didn’t even bother — despite the fact that the costumes were by Eiko Ishioka, one of the most talented designers in cinema history. Blancanieves, however, is perfect.
Snow White’s mother dies in childbirth, leaving her father, a paralysed former bullfighter, alone with a predatory nurse — the Evil Stepmother. But rather than growing up to be a flamenco dancer like her mother and grandmother, Snow White becomes a bullfighter. A bullfighter. — Why you need to watch Spanish Snow White movie Blancanieves.
dying to see this
It sounds awesome and it’s on Netflix so I’ll hopefully find a few spare moments for this awesome looking film.
On Periods: Let’s put this shit to bed right now: Women don’t lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn’t lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during “that time of the month,” that doesn’t mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she’s bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence.
stickfiguremasterpiece asked: Hi Noelle! I think I read somewhere that you attended art school for a time, so my question pertains to that. Your art style is super neat, but also very cartoony and simple (I hope that's not insulting, I can't think of a better word to describe it). Did your teachers and classes encourage this, or did they expect you to create pieces that were drawn more from observation, like still lifes? I'm currently an art student, and I'm struggling to find a balance I like between cartoony and realistic.
First off, art school WILL expect you to be able to draw from observation, draw from live models, and take foundation classes in painting, drawing, sculpture probably, etc, which will have a fine art bent. Some of those are things you might have no interest in that you’ll have to suffer through and hopefully still learn something from, but some of them are legitimately useful things that you should be doing no matter what style you draw in. No matter how simple and cartoony your style is, you have to understand the object before you can break it down and reinterpret it. In fact, you have to communicate a lot in even fewer lines/details, so it may even be MORE important.
That said, it would be silly to discourage students from practicing a style that they enjoy just because it’s simpler. Don’t get me wrong, there ARE teachers who will be biased against certain types of styles, but hopefully most of your professors will understand that simple, cartoony, or understated art isn’t less valid than the most rendered painting.
I didn’t understand this when I first started at art school - I thought of illustration in one specific way, and that was “highly detailed, with realistic anatomy and lots of intricately rendered decorations.” So my first assignment for my first class looked like this:
And my teacher, Daniel Krall, was like, yeah it’s just okay. I continued kind of struggling in that class, weighing down my illustrations with superfluous frippery because I’d seen other illustrators do that, until one day he saw my sketchbook which was full of noodle-armed people with holes through their bodies. And he asked me why I wasn’t doing that instead. And I was like…I can do that??? For a final illustration?
So by the end of the class I was doing stuff more like this:
Obviously I had a ways to go before I had the balance between cartoony and realistic anatomy that I wanted, and honestly I’m still figuring that out as my knowledge of anatomy gets more informed every day. My recommendation is never stop drawing from observation no matter what, EVEN IF IT’S JUST DRAWING FANART CARICATURES OF TV CHARACTERS! Or people on the bus! (Although drawing from real naked people is really cool and you should definitely take advantage of that in school or wherever you have the opportunity! Some cities have life drawing sessions you can sign up for too. You can see some of my life drawings here. Just, yknow, to prove I did it.) The more you learn, the better your figures will look, whether intricately painted realism or noodle arms.
In short, draw the way that comes naturally to you, and don’t just follow what you’ve seen other people do. Find your own voice! But at the same time, don’t ever stop learning and adding to your mental toolbox of art skills. Don’t let your style stop you from experimenting, either. You can always grow more!
So much of this
1. There will be several days that you daydream about stepping in front of a city bus. Don’t. It will not be beautiful. It will not be brave. It will be selfish. It will be broken. Your mother will cry.
2. Don’t write for him. Write for you. Write for others like you. Write so the girl that thinks about stepping in front of public transportation doesn’t. Don’t be selfish.
3. When you will yourself to sleep and it doesn’t come- get up. It doesn’t matter that it’s 3 am. There will be other 3 am’s. Take a shower. Take two. Wash him out of your hair. Write a poem. Read the same book you’ve read 202 times again. The 203rd time might tell you something different. Don’t stay in bed- you will think about the bus again.
4. Don’t kiss him because he’s broken. Don’t kiss him because his laughter never reaches his eyes. Don’t try and fix him. Fix yourself first. Be selfish. He can’t save you.
5. Date yourself. Take yourself out to eat. Don’t share your popcorn at the movies with anyone. Stroll around an art museum alone. Fall in love with canvases. Fall in love with yourself.
6. Dress up and wear red lipstick and get drunk with your friends. They’re the ones that will pick you up. Don’t kiss him. Or him. Don’t fall asleep on strange couches with strange boys. When his hand slides up your dress walk away. Hit him. Don’t kiss him. He can’t save you.
7. Get another tattoo. Get five more. Get another hole in your ear. Don’t listen to your dad. You will still be able to get a job. Did you really want to be employed by someone like your father? Haven’t you had enough of judgmental old white men anyway? Get fuck you tattooed in tiny letters on your hip.
8. When you feel the yearning for a new city- start over. Take 200 bucks and a three suitcases. Work anywhere that will have you. Meet strange people and forget your name. Call yourself Ruby. No one will know the difference. Remember to call your mother. Don’t be selfish. Come home when you find yourself in the strangers and the small one bedroom apartment.
9. Don’t whisper evil things into your own ear. Other people are going to shout them at you. Be your own hero. Keep a sword on your key ring.
10. Don’t step in front of a city bus. It will not be beautiful. Live. Stay up all night with a boy that promises you everything and means it. Live. See shitty local bands with a friend. Wear a different band’s t-shirt. No one will care. Live. Have a baby girl with tiny fingers and tiny toes someday. Pour love into her until it’s overflowing. Live. Wake up. Staying in bed all day is not poetic.
Do you hear that? It’s me. It’s your life. Wake up.