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People always look for excuses. My favorite one is, “Well that’s easy for you because you have a really popular blog.” As if my really popular blog was something I won in the lottery. I had a really unpopular blog for three years in a row where 10 or 20 people were reading it. When I got started in the book business, I received 900 rejection letters. So you don’t look at the end result — at the Richard Bransons and Maria Popovas — and say, “Well they have that thing that I don’t.” They got that thing by showing up. I am really focused on helping people understand that not showing up is a failure of will more than it is a failure of birth.

Excerpt from an interview with Seth Godin in the 10th anniversary issue of the wonderful Australian creative culture magazine Dumbo Feather

As Tchaikovsky put it, “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” Or, per Isabel Allende, “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

More on the role of showing up in creative work here

Also see Godin on vulnerability and how to dance with the fear of failure

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I had a go as well. :)

gethenian:

CALL FOR ARTISTS!!!

Brows Held High needs YOU for inking and coloring!!!

THIS IS A PAID POSITION.

Hi everyone! This is Ven Gethenian, title card artist for Brows Held High.

Due to school and personal issues, Kyle and I need to take on an ink&color artist to help with title cards.

Your job will be to take my sketches and do the digital linework and coloring.

You will then give me that art on a clear background so I can do the background and integrate the art into it.

Payment will be discussed once you are chosen for the position.

HERE IS HOW YOU AUDITION FOR THE PART:

1. Ink and color the sketch above.

2. Send finished artwork — which should be a .psd with a clear background — to me by emailing friarsghost@gmail.com

3. DO THIS BY NOON EST ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND 2014.

Your linework and coloring should look tidy, not sketchy. Your job is to basically take my sketches, which may sometimes be messier than this example, and make them ook like finished art.

I WILL NOTIFY WHOEVER IS CHOSEN FOR THE JOB BY TUESDAY EVENING.

Please include your name, contact info, and examples of any other artwork you have in your email to me.

We will have two other pieces to be finished Tuesday night for pay.

Aaaand go!

andrewfishman:

Marina Abramović, “Rhythm 0,” 1974

Marina Abramović is best known for her performance pieces, in which she tries to explore what is possible for an artist to do in the name of art.  Her best known piece was the recent “The Artist Is Present,” in which she sat motionless for 736.5 hours over the course of three months, inviting visitors to sit opposite her and make eye contact for as long as they wanted.  So many people began spontaneously crying across from her that blogs and Facebook groups were set up for those people.  

Her bravest piece, however, is my favorite.  This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her.  She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted. 

Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly.  “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”

This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances. 

This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves.  I’m certain that no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.   

Edit: Several commenters have pointed out that I’ve overlooked an important variable here: gender.  They are right; I imagine that a lot of the dehumanization inherent in this performance is related to the gender of the artist.  I am sure that people would have reacted differently to an utterly non-responsive male than they did to Abramović

Update 8/12: I’ve just written about a collaborative piece Abramović did this year with Lady Gaga.  It can be read here

naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
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naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info
naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 
How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:
Zoom Info

naiadestricolor:

reftastic:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 

How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D

These images are from a book by Howard Schatz of various Olympic athletes, which was titled “Athlete.”  You can buy the book [here].  Also, have some more photos from it:

kahtiihma:

fandomsandfeminism:

returntothestars:

ianthe:

!!

dat practical armor

I love every aspect of this.

NO you guys don’t understand, the entire book is like this. They tried to cram in all sorts of representation of different races and the art is gorgeous and it’s GREAT! The picture for a spellcaster is a female human who is wearing BAGGY, NON-SEXUALIZED CLOTHING AND NO MAKEUP because she’s in a dungeon, she doesn’t have time to do her hair cmon.

Also this:

Falun, you’ve done it again!

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