25 September 2018

Black Magick, Vol. 2: Awakening II

Black Magick, Vol. 2: Awakening II38. Black Magick, Vol. 2: Awakening II by Greg Rucka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So the numbering on the actual book says it's volume 002 which only makes me want Image Comics to know that I want 100 volumes of this at least!

Nicola Scott's art continues to be beyond gorgeous and Greg Rucka's story is an engaging occult crime story.

We get more backstory on Rowan and learn a bit more about her enemies, both real and perceived. The chess pieces are moving along the board.

I loved it and can't wait to see what happens next.


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14 September 2018

Life of Art SitRep #448 Slow Chug

This week felt more like a slow grind working against internal frictions. I did make some headway though.

Shot 38 photographs and 1 video (wild turkeys!), culled 13, rated rest.

I created my first yoga mats, a few variations with black and white buffalo check pattern backgrounds with custom names or monograms:

Also added some flat card holiday designs to greeting cards and postcards:

Watched Photoshop tutorial "How to combine layers in Perspective using Photoshop with Vanishing Point."

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

Made monthly backups.

Have you backed up lately?


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08 September 2018

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book One: Air

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book One: Air32. The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book One: Air by Michael Dante DiMartino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Beautiful book which gives insights into the creation of the animated series The Legend of Korra. I love all the background paintings done mainly by two artists. The characters and vehicles are done by a much larger group of people.

It's really an amazing collaborative art project by so many people with different strengths put to their best uses. Very cool.


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07 September 2018

Life of Art SitRep #447 A Week in Review

Went to an outdoor sculpture exhibit. Mostly kinetic sculptures but it was dead calm. Most of them looked so heavy though that it seemed like it would take gale force winds to move them. Enjoyed it nonetheless.

Shot 121 photos, culled 46. Rated rest. My dad came up with a rig that makes my old camera shootable again, huzzah! I should've let him try a couple months ago. Ah well.

Did a variety of behind the scenes work on my store, Rocklawn Arts.

Created a Monogram Black White Plaid Printed Return Address Envelope. It features a custom initial in a box on the front, customizable return address on the back flap, and a black and white gingham plaid printed inside:

Click to see all the views of the envelope.

Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

How was your week?


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02 September 2018

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One (Turf Wars #1)30. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This story picks up directly after the animated series The Legend of Korra ends. It's like watching the next episode, so if you're not already familiar with the characters, elemental bending, and setting, I'd recommend watching those first. There's a lot of back story that develops over the series that is not rehashed in this book.

What I love about the book is that the bond I saw growing between Asami and Korra on the TV show actually pays off. I'm so accustomed to queer storylines remaining forever subtext that to see this one become main text feels amazing.

The writer DiMartino is one of the co-creators of The Legend of Korra and this is the official continuation of the series which also validates it as canon.

Thumbs way up! I can't wait to read the next one.


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