On Tanna Island, Vanuatu, every year on February 15th, residents of the Pacific Ocean island chain engage in a military parade with the term “USA” painted in red or tattooed upon the chest of men who carry large bamboo spears with red tipped, pointed ends, a tradition which began more than 60 years ago, inspired […]The Indigenous People of Tanna Island, Vanuatu and Their Religious Cult Honoring and Deifying the U.S. Military — Learn Something Interesting
Here are the last six drawings I did for InkTober. I’m rather proud of a couple of them, less proud of others, but good or bad, here they all are. One was my monthly contribution to the company newsletter, but it’s done in October so it counts!
We’re in the homestretch for Inktober, Drawloween, or your October art challenge of choice! I’m continuing to try and push myself a bit, playing with different styles and media. It’s fun yet sometimes frustrating. I don’t entirely like all the pieces I did this week but I’m sharing them anyway because that’s the point!
Here we are at the end of InkTober, Week 3. I am still thinking about a webcomic so I have some prep art for that. I’m working out the characters, logo, title, that sort of thing. If I do the comic I’ll be sure and post links here! This week I did a mix of big and small stuff, some fairly easy, other stuff that I tried to make a statement with.
This week I did more with analogue art, that is, actual pens. Nothing fancy, though I pulled out an old calligraphy marker of mine and had some fun with that. I’m eagerly anticipating a new Pentel brush pen, which I found out about when I looked up the actual origin of InkTober. It’s pretty interesting really. Next week if I like the pen I’ll link to it.
I am still not really doing anything particularly serious, though I’m thinking about doing a webcomic about the antics of my insane kittens. I’ve been getting out of the habit of doing art so I’m trying to recapture the fun and playful spirit of it.
Anyway, here goes!
It’s time for InkTober again! I’ve been slacking a bit in my art so I’m trying to do one piece per day. Some of these are basically one step up from a color sketch but I hope they are interesting to look at.
Happy InkTober! May all your dreams of pumpkin spice and spooky, fun thrills come true.
Dr. Stijn Thoolen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. He facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. Find this blog post in the original Dutch below. Read part 1 and part 2 and…Let’s talk science, part 4: sex — Chronicles from Concordia
The recent update was truly cool! In it was introduced a wonderful variety of Epic Monuments. They are huge, impressive looking, and replace all the obelisks that used to dot our vast landscape. There is a type for each of the biomes and the first player to discover each one is immortalized on the “about” text associated with each one. Because no one could build anything on a plot that had a Cave or an Obelisk, they are all on public land.
Some of the items you can find are pretty great too! Things like giant Gaia Trees in the Fall Forest, or seriously huge Sequoias in the Rain Forest, or pyramids in Jungle. There are shipwrecks in the oceans now as well. You get an Epic Medallion every time you make a new discovery and you can also get awards for discovering a certain number.
Epic Medallions can be donated to your Club and go toward unlocking new building/decor slots. For people not into clubs, you can sell them and make a nice tidy pile of coin.
(In game, the club “Where The Drafts Go” maintains a good list)
Epic Finds by Biome
Alpine — Abandoned Nest
Badlands — Moeriki, Cairn
Bamboo — Forest Panda Statue
Blacksands — Dragon Statue
Dark Forest — Dead Massive Tree, Web Dome
Decay — Massive Mastodon Skull
Desert — Pyramid, Tri-Pyramid
Fall Forest — Gaia Tree
Fjords — Giant’s Causeway
Ice — Ice Cave
Jungle — Step Pyramid
Mediterranean — Massive Shell
Mesa — Stone Spire
Plains — Crashed Island, Hover Stone
Rainforest — Massive Sequoia
Salt Flats — Arbol De Piedra
Savanna — Baobab
Snow — Snowman
Stone Forest — Pu Pu, Spiral Spire
Swamp — Stone Golem
Taiga — Lost Vikings
Tundra — Henge, Massive Moai
Wonderland — Compound Mushroom, Massive Gladiolus
Volcanic — Oracle
Waters: Beaver Dam, Mermaid Statue, Poseidon Statue, Shipwreck
Dr. Stijn Thoolen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. He facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. Find this blog post in the original Dutch below. Read part 1 and part 2. Fortunately…Let’s talk science, part 3: Mindfulness — Chronicles from Concordia
Lenore has just published her latest chapbook, fully illustrated and ready for your enjoyment. This collection of free verse explores themes of home, nature, and family. Please click on the image to go to the Amazon listing!New Poetry Chapbook! — Creative Fancy