cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (cold)
I'm taking an art history course with Finnish technical school and technical college students who study art-related disciplines at my school. We have to pick elective modules like that to take for extra Finnish practice.

Okay, but the course, for some reason, meets once a week only, but for four hours in a row. Besides the ludicrously long class meetings though, it also moves at a ludicrously fast pace. Today in under 4 hours (because she filled part of the time with introductions and stuff) we covered:

  1. Ancient Mesopotamia

  2. Ancient Egypt (in a total of like 10 slides maximum. Sphinx, Gizan pyramids, King Tut's mask, bust of Nefertiti, statue of Akhenaten, two painted statues, 1 frieze, and that was literally it)

  3. Ancient Crete (6 or 8 slides, I think?)

  4. Ancient Greece

  5. Ancient Rome

  6. Early Christian art starting in Roman times and leading through the middle ages

  7. Latinate architecture in 2 slides and Gothic architecture in 2 slides, only 1 stained glass image, some wall paintings, 0 medieval statues, relics, or illuminated manuscripts)


All of us immigrants are missing next week because of our Finnish class and the teacher said in that meeting she is going to cover the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and basic art criticism o_O.

The teacher is a good speaker, but she wouldn't have to be for me to be interested through the lecture, even given that I know quite a bit about art history from Artist Parent Osmosis. Like, there definitely was new information to me, but I am still interested to hear experts talk about art history that isn't new to me. So I don't lay any of it on the teacher when I say that the formatting of this course is exceptionally stupid.

What I can lay partially at her door is the racist European-central nature of the curriculum. She didn't choose it herself and she did mention it, and even acknowledge that it's both problematic and contentious to exclude every other culture in human history from "art history", but she didn't do anything about it. She didn't even give like a textual overview of other significant art traditions, and she justified the ultimate choice on the grounds that the traditional focus is on the art of cultures which are supposedly the 'direct ancestors' of the western European artistic cultures. She had a row of pictures along the wall that included Hokusai's wave, but it was the only work (out of maybe... 25?) from outside the All Europe All the Time Party.

I shudder to think that this school graduates students in the arts with qualifications (media journalism, graphic design, stuff like that) who have THIS curriculum as their whole serving of art history (there aren't any higher-level sequels or anything; it's a small school).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (thattaway)
This is a post about the planning of the fantasy portraits I painted of the triplets for Christmas for my mom and anyone else who might be interested (she's the only sure bet, as it were.)

These are the pictures (embiggenable via clickthrough):



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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (10000 kilowatts of stardust)


In the interests of full disclosure, I don't own a hairbow that big or actually plan to wear one with this outfit. I just felt the picture seemed incomplete, somehow.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (she wants revenge)


Why, yes, I was reading Supernatural badfic last night!
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (say my name bitch)


So, this happened this afternoon. To everyone who does not possess an equally entertaining spousal unit: I'm sorry about your life.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (jane doe)
Yesterday's Tatu post made me realize that I want more lesbian content in my journal, so here is one of my zillion pieces of concept art for [personal profile] effex's Princess Project: Blanca (Snow White) and her girlfriend Detective Peta Whitecloud (Pocahontas) on some idyllic weekend sometime after they start dating (but probably before they get married?). Neither is a member of her principal cast, but as much as I love all the heroines, they're my favorites because everyone else is so het. Or male.



Peta has tattoos, and rides motorcycles, and believes in ass-kicking boots. Blanca is a bit of a girly girl. She's into slightly bohemian high fashion. Her favorite designer is Betsey Johnson (although obviously this outfit is a bit more casual).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (hm...)


The idea is that these chibimes no longer resemble Barbra Streisand. (Hopefully, they even resemble me!) Does it work? Chibiwax is present because she's so much more fun and easy to draw, although I rarely draw her from the front.

Also, the first page tore out of my new sketch pad. I knew the glue binding was bad! But the paper was so much nicer! Oh well, I'll buy a frame for it next time we're at Ikea.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (hands)


I thought I had discovered the key to drawing chibime to match my recurring chibiwax, but Wax and Brother Windows both said instantly, "Your nose isn't that big."

:(

Apparently we can never see ourselves accurately or something.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i <3 punctuation)
For my birthday my bbsister drew me as a punctuation super-hero!


cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (10000 kilowatts of stardust)
lady's walking dress - harper's bazaar 10.12.1872 p.676
"Lady's Walking Dress (Harper's Bazaar, 10.12.1872, p.676)". Blum, Stella, ed. Victorian Fashions & Costumes from Harper's Bazar 1867 - 1898: 1000 Illustrations. Dover, 1974: p.61.


Apparently making dresses entirely out of the materials required for a standard manor house window-dressing was a more common practice in the Victorian era than you'd think.

It strikes me that the popular/advertising art of this era in Victoriana represented a feminine ideal similar to the iconic feudal Japanese woman represented in ukiyo-e prints--a solid column nearly devoid of concave or convex curves, a thick neck, a heavy oval baby-face. The difference is that I think the jaw shape represented in ukiyo-e is in part a consequence of the strict stylistic requirements of the genre. Also, the rather less stylized style of Victorian engraving renders a clearer image of a disturbing mixture of big and imposing, and baby-faced and childish. This was of course the aim of the wealthy Victorian woman - to appear physically mature, yet helpless.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (medicine is the best medicine)
So St. Lucy is famous because when she was betrothed to a non-Christian, she vowed she would never marry him, and gouged out her own eyes and sent them to him as proof. Her eyes then grew back, of course, and she subsequently sold her brideclothes to raise money to feed the homeless of the city and moved into the catacombs with them, where she became their leader with a crown of lights on her head to show the way. They didn't have mining helmets in the day, which is why she risked generations of Scandinavian chicks' hair by using lit candles.

Here is a well-known artist's rendering cropped down to focus on the salient point.

St Lucy's Eyes


LOLLLL, I love Catholic art. The eyes in the bowl! They have eyelids. And no blood.

I'd kind of like to see Gerard Way's rendering of this occasion.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i <3 punctuation)
Steampunk!Glambert sketch, ballpoint on the pages of my planner. IDEK
slightly bigger but only slightly because the original is like 3" tall


To clarify, I don't consider myself a fanartist or, actually, an artist. I don't draw (usually), I doodle. This is embarrassing in that peculiar way that makes you want to say "gosh" because, like, okay, I don't take this seriously but when you're stuck in the Police Station (OMG FANGIRL ♥) waiting room for an hour with your boo and the only entertainment available is your "moleskine" planner and a ballpoint pen, well, if you're me, you doodle. I'm sure other people would write smut but I can't concentrate to do that in public. So after I got bored of drawing Wax and also a dragon and a kitten, I got to thinking about Steampunk Glambert and his feather, and the way Dr Seuss drew feathers, and this happened. Obviously it should be finished in Photoshop but a) I'm lazy and b) 3" tall.

IDK, but clearly there is no point to any sort of fan activity relating to Glambert if you don't share it with other people so, haha.

Cim's USA

20 Jul 2009 04:18 pm
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (eyebrow)
I've been eating cooked food all month, fixed by my MIL, with a much higher ratio of substance to it like cooked potatoes and fried haloumi and chicken and pasta, and yet according to the scale I've lost weight; last night it said 45 kilos. Well, what am I supposed to do? Both my favorite jeans are take-them-off-without-unbuttoning loose now. This is extremely distressing. I've never been any good at gaining weight on purpose, even when I tried hard.

In other news I drew this map for Wax to illustrate my family's road-tripping tendencies from my childhood.



The red Xs indicate very roughly where my family are located: Kansas City KS (maternal aunts/uncles/gps), Albuquerque NM (paternal gps), Lubbock TX (Crunchy Aunt), Washington DC (great-uncle), and northern TN (Nonconformist Aunt). The other two dashed lines lead to Massachusetts (where I attended college briefly) and Arkansas (our most frequent camping destination).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (pastoral)


The Green Arrow on the back of the whatever-it-is that Wax tells me was written by Kevin Smith (?) just reminded me so much of Wax...
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The last two years I didn't have time to make Valentines for you guys, so I started a day early today and I drew these little cartoons by hand, which means they are of lesser, yet probably more amusing quality than the 2005 and 2006 Valentine's Day posts. Pairing-themed virtual cards for 8 of my top pairings this year! (Click to enlarge)

Batman: Batman/Gordon, somewhat inspired by Lego Batman )

Criminal Minds: Garcia/Morgan )

The Devil Wears Prada: Andy/Miranda )

DieHard4: John/Matt )

Harry Potter: Harry/Snape )

NCIS: Gibbs/DiNozzo )

Singin in the Rain: Don/Kathy/Cosmo )

Star Trek MIRROR VERSE! Kirk/Spock )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (mine)
1925 McCall's patterns


This will always be my favourite period. ♥
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I love that there's a bird on her head.

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