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Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen - these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade, but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.
Quentin from Paper Towns, by John Green

Mom Leaves Sweet Little Note For Sixth-Grader In ADD Prescription Bottle


so here’s a sudden, bittersweet memory from my childhood. 

in 3rd and 4th grade, the full weight of my anxiety finally landed. i would have panic attacks and fits that made no sense — i remember crying to my mom that “i have no friends,” when even i knew that wasn’t true. i was anxious 100% of the day, and really believed that was how everyone felt. i couldn’t understand how anyone else functioned. i’d say i was sick to go to the nurse’s office, just to escape… whatever it was. 

in 4th grade, my mom used to write little notes like this to me and put them in my lunch, and i would cry and cry reading them. in class i’d say i had to go to the bathroom, just to have an excuse to read them again. (then i got made fun of for having to go to the bathroom all the time.)

seeing this made all that flood back. my mom wore (still wears?) chanel no. 5, and would put it on the notes. at the time it comforted me, but to this day i can’t smell that perfume without feeling the anxiety from back then.

(mom, if you’re reading this, you don’t have to stop wearing it.)

I relate to this so much. My anxiety was so bad near the end of the 6th grade that I managed to convince Mom to home school me for a year. She would leave me notes on the paper towels in my lunch box all the time too. For awhile, I considered her my only friend, even though I did have friends at school. I just didn’t fully believe they actually liked me. When it came time to go to High School, my anxiety got much much worse. I constantly felt like I was behind everyone. When I would start to do well, I would become anxious that I was just barely staying afloat and that I was working so hard when everyone else made it seem so easy…and then grades and attendance would start to decline again like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thankfully, Freshmen year, I became great friends with Lauren and Ashley. They made life much easier until I moved back to Florida. :)

Everyone suffering with anxiety in school: I highly recommend you get yourself a Lauren and Ashley. They will sing Weird Al songs with you, write weird fan-fic style rpgs in notebooks with you, and yell Monty Python quotes at you across the hallway, and stay up and weird people out in chat rooms with you at 2am while on a sugar-high caused by eating an entire box of doughnuts and a bag full of candy. It will make you care just a little bit less about others opinions because they don’t seem to care about others opinions…as long as fun and camaraderie is to be had!

Kinda want to get back to working on the webcomic again and finish it. I feel like it’s time. I’m ready to do it again without all of the weird baggage that’s been tied to it for the last year. If I could, I think it would even be fun to keep it going as a side-hobby or a warm-up before my freelance work and art studies…but that would require a lot to make that happen and I would need to cut back on the days I posted and I would want to revamp my designs and process… I’m no longer attached to it like I once was and i know I can only move forward… but it’s a nice thought all the same. :) 




So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages.  Whew.  And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.

This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use!  It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows.  First things first, how about a little:


  • Read, and read about more than just costuming.  Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design.  Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
  • Expand your costume vocabulary.  When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research.  Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research.  What’s a wire rebato?  How does it differ from a supportasse?  Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Double-check your sources.  Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr.  I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation.  Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help!  Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.

Okay, onto the links!


It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books!  God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced.  Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.

Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES.  Libraries.  You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.


Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there.  Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise.  The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.


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Reblogging this for future reference! Hopefully I can find photo ref for armor on this list, because that’s something I’ve been sorely needing. :P

You make good work by (among other things) making lots of work that isn’t very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren’t good, the parts that aren’t yours. It’s called feedback, and it’s the most direct route to learning about your own vision. It’s also called doing your work. After all, someone has to do your work, and you’re the closest person around.
― David Bayles, Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking



The Art Assignment trailer is live! Get ready for next week’s premiere. 

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Great trailer. With PBS Digital’s new show The Art Assignment (hosted by my wife!) you’ll have the chance to meet working contemporary artists in their studios and receive art assignments from them. You can then execute the art assignment and upload your work to twitter/tumblr/youtube/facebook/instagram/pinbook/facegram, and hopefully we’ll see lots of cool work that will spur an broad and inclusive conversation about contemporary art online. 

I’m really excited for The Art Assignment’s premier a week from today, and so proud of the great work Mark and Sarah have done on it.

This sounds so fantastic! Definitely placing this channel on my workday playlist. I can always use extra inspiration while I’m drawing. :D

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