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darleneboza:

ojos.
Apr 9, 2014 / 15,294 notes

darleneboza:

ojos.

katiearms:

September, be a pal.
Mar 28, 2014 / 77,431 notes

katiearms:

September, be a pal.

simonprades:

Philipp Seymour Hoffman animated illustration for The New Republic’s Ipad version.
Mar 27, 2014 / 15,174 notes

simonprades:

Philipp Seymour Hoffman animated illustration for The New Republic’s Ipad version.

dixieleota:

My interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s painting - The Kiss.
Mar 26, 2014 / 10,153 notes

dixieleota:

My interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s painting - The Kiss.

Mar 21, 2014 / 14 notes

willnametomorrow asked: How did you get out of your depression and get inspired again? Going through the same now and can't find a solution. :-/

I’m so sorry to hear that love :(

I honestly don’t have a straight up answer. I tried a lot of things. I tried looking for inspiration. Forcing myself to be happy. I even met with a counselor for awhile to talk about my stress. 

The closest answer I can give you is time. Depression is completely psychological. It’s so much more than sadness and it is not something you can just get over like TOO many people think is the way to do it. 

When it came to life I just didn’t want to be depressed anymore. So I tried to surround myself with things made me happy, and if I wasn’t happy I stopped pretending to be. 

When it came to art I guess I kept trying. Developing healthy habits is super important. But if it wasn’t working out I would just put the pencil down. My depression not only took away my will to draw it took my inspiration and ideas. Silly ideas like a pink haired Calaveras drinking tea in a crazy patterned sweater stopped coming to me and I hated everything I made.

But one thing that helped motivate me was staying in a creative community.

A creative community to me was following great artists on tumblr and online. Whenever I would find something inspiring I would save it and keep it with me. Going to museums and art exhibits were my therapy. Taking pictures, pinning it on Pinterest, sketching it. I started a collection of ideas and inspiration. If I sat down to draw an idea and it didn’t work out it was ok, as long as I didn’t stop trying. 

Being in a healthy creative community helped remind me of what I loved to do. Seeing others create and grow made me want to keep trying. I made a list of goals in my mind and I knew conquering my depression would let me achieve them. 

I’m also blessed with great friends and family so time and I can’t take all the credit.

I hope this helps :)

Mar 21, 2014 / 11 notes

ART TRADES AND APOLOGIES

About two years ago I decided to take on a bunch of art trades with a bunch of lovely followers!

About two years ago I also began to slip in and out of depression.

I lost the joy of drawing. I would release new art a handful of times over the years because taking pride in my work became so rare and fleeting that I everything I created became an unfinished work. 

Stress is a bitch and Depression is a thing. 

Two years later I’m done with school, starting a career I love, and have finally found my joy to draw! And the first thing I want to do is continue and finish these art trades!!

Two things!

  1. If you are on my art trades list and you changed your username let me know :)
  2. You are getting an absolutely free illustration from me which means you don’t have to hold up your end of the art trade.

I want to thank anyone and everyone who has stuck with me despite everything. 

Much love and much thanks ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Finally feeling good enough to continue art trades! Of course I’d start with the one that let me draw whatever I want!

I’m going to Otakon! Here’s the cosplay I’m planning using shit I already own and no wigs. I’m gonna be Black Lady from Sailor Moon! The irony of a Black lady cosplaying Black Lady is not lost on me. I revel in it!
Mar 21, 2014 / 243 notes

Finally feeling good enough to continue art trades! Of course I’d start with the one that let me draw whatever I want!

I’m going to Otakon! Here’s the cosplay I’m planning using shit I already own and no wigs. I’m gonna be Black Lady from Sailor Moon! The irony of a Black lady cosplaying Black Lady is not lost on me. I revel in it!

Mar 20, 2014 / 107,419 notes

sorry-ari:

It’s exactly what you think it is and you need to listen to it.

(via samdesantis)

"I’m kind of over gettin told to throw my hands up in the air. So there "

Lorde by SABS
Mar 18, 2014 / 488 notes

"I’m kind of over gettin told to throw my hands up in the air. So there "

Lorde by SABS

iainmacarthur:

the robed woman (2014) Iain Macarthur
Mar 16, 2014 / 461 notes

iainmacarthur:

the robed woman (2014) Iain Macarthur

When Lupita Nyong’o first came to my attention, my immediate reaction was to thank the universe. Thank the universe that not only is a woman of color receiving recognition and praise for her talent, intellect, and beauty, but a dark woman of color. A lot of people may not understand how meaningful this distinction is, but it is extremely important to me as a woman of color living in a society that devalues the beauty of colored skin and its darker shades.

Lupita’s rise to fame was not only inspiring, but brought with it an extremely necessary rise for representation of darker women of color in our media. Her presence in the spotlight can save the self-esteem, confidence, security, and even lives of WOC everywhere, and it already has.
I first fell in love with Lupita when I watched a video of her speech for the annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. I knew the subject of her speech before-hand, so before pressing play I thought about what I would say to a room full of people if I wrote a speech about Black Beauty. I immediately thought of a time when I was 4 or 5 years old and in love with the idea of being a TV star. But because I hardly saw anyone who looked like me on TV that was portrayed as beautiful, important, successful, or valuable, I thought there was a rule that only people with light or pale skin could be seen as beautiful and have successful TV careers. So every night I would go to bed and pray to God to give me lighter skin so I could be beautiful. And every morning I would wake up and race to the mirror, immediately disappointed that my dark skin was still there. A few minutes into the speech Lupita starts telling an eerily similar story about her own childhood and it rocked my core. Because our story is not unique, and it is extremely sad how common this is.
Even within our own communities darker skin is seen as ugly, and dark skinned children are growing up with an even bigger inferiority complex than their peers. 
I thank the universe for Lupita Nyong’o who is helping WOC reconsider their ideals of beauty. Helping them put down the bleach cream and where whatever color in the rainbow they want. Everyone should feel beautiful in their skin, no matter the shade.
Mar 12, 2014 / 101 notes

When Lupita Nyong’o first came to my attention, my immediate reaction was to thank the universe. Thank the universe that not only is a woman of color receiving recognition and praise for her talent, intellect, and beauty, but a dark woman of color. A lot of people may not understand how meaningful this distinction is, but it is extremely important to me as a woman of color living in a society that devalues the beauty of colored skin and its darker shades.

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Mar 6, 2014 / 80,012 notes

micromicrocosm:

Modern Madonnas

Mar 3, 2014 / 13,381 notes

omocat:

my little baby OCs