Why Would You Spit in the Fire?


Theater Review for The Spitfire Grill

This past week I watched a recording of “The Spitfire Grill” that was performed at Kimberly High School in Kimberly, Winsconsin in 2008.

The acting of the actors was near impeccable. Each actor seemed to understand who their character was and what they needed to do to portray that character. Caleb (Ryan Watkins) was a lumbering, large, heavyset man who was married to Shelby (Rose Miron) and is Hannah’s (Michelle Nieywenhuis) nephew. Ryan, who played Caleb, must have had to realize that he would have to change his posture slightly and change his personality to fit the character he was playing. The same goes for Percy (Annelise Eckelaert)-Annelise probably had to boost her confidence and project her voice throughout the theater to show her character’s self-confidence. I could see that clearly these actors knew what they were doing and it showed through their outstanding performance. Even Eli (Quinn Elmer) had no lines, but you could tell what Eli was feeling and almost feeling through all his actions and relationships with other characters. Also, I realized I was subconsciously expecting Percy to hog the stage and be the most noticeable character there, to draw attention away from the other characters. But, despite my suspicions, this did not happen. Even though you could tell that Percy was clearly the main character, I could also tell that she had even more important interactions with the other characters and I could also focus on the other actor’s performance instead of Percy trying to be the star, which was a change from what I’ve seen in some plays. Not only were the actors doing well to play their parts, but their singing was simply beautiful. Usually when I see a play, I notice that the singing isn’t exactly bad, but the actors don’t feel like they are actually the ones singing the song; they just say the lyrics to a melody and move on to the next scene. But in “The Spitfire Grill,” I was lost in the singing of the actors. They put so much heart and soul into what they were singing that at one point early on in the play I thought I was watching a recording of real people instead of high schoolers acting in a musical.

But the play was not just outstanding because of the actors alone. The technical crew also did a wonderful job of showing the audience what time of day it was, what season it was, the mood, and what point of view the scene was in all through lighting. At the beginning, when Percy was in her jail cell, it showed shadows of bars in the lighting to tell us that we were looking at Percy through jail cell bars. When the spotlight singled in on one person, we automatically knew that we were supposed to focus on what that character was saying instead of the other people moving around in the background. And when the spotlight grew dimmer, we were supposed to assume that it was nighttime in the play. Also, when the sun was rising behind the trees when Percy was singing “Sunrise” and “Shine,” there was a backlight that slowly turned different colors and focused on different areas to show the sun slowly rising behind the trees and casting an orangey glow onto the forest where Percy and Eli stood. But not only lighting was important; the costumes and makeup were, too. Without makeup, the actors would look deathly pale under the strong lighting, so makeup is used to make them not look like zombies on stage. But even so, I could barely tell that the actors had makeup on-it was used well enough to make their skin look “normal” and not take away from the performance. Also, by the clothing each character was wearing, you could learn more about their personality or their status in the town of Gilead. Percy wore extremely casual clothes, always dressed in a hoodie or a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. This came to me as she didn’t care what other people thought she looked like so she wore whatever she liked. On the other hand, Joe (Nick Connors) wore a policeman’s uniform, which, obviously, told us he worked as a policeman in Gilead. And even when Joe was not working, he still wore button-up shirts and nice pants to show he had quite a bit of self-respect. The acting and technical performances go hand in hand, and in “The Spitfire Grill” the two aspects mixed together perfectly.

Overall, I was looking forward to be bored to death and at the end of the play I was clapping and wishing for more. This musical was one of the best I’ve even seen, and if I was given a chance to see all of the heart-gripping lines, melodic music, and perfect setting again it, I would not hesitate to say yes, granted there are bowls of popcorn. Not only that, I would not mind being a member of the audience because they were enjoying the play; they clapped after every scene no matter how short it was. Kudos to the cast and technical crew of “The Spitfire Grill!”

Danmaku Shooting Games


Before I continue on with the main topic of this entry I want to mention that I’m going to take a different approach with this blog. I’d like to write more about online comics, manga, and anime than all art in general. But since this blog is about art, I’ll entertain you guys with some art topics every now and then.

Now, onto the main topic of the week! One of my friends suggested this to me, since I really had no idea where I wanted to go with this blog post. So a big thanks to her, no sarcasm included!

The first video game I want to talk about is the one my friend suggested, which is called Touhou (pronouced like “toe-hoe”). Out of all of the games, the most common type of game it tends to be is a vertical shooting game, in which you play as a character and battle against enemies in multiple stages. It is made by Team Shanghai Alice, a.k.a. ZUN, which is actually one person! This guy does all of the programming, art, and music on his own.

ZUN, the creator and sole maker of Touhou.

ZUN, the creator and sole maker of Touhou.

So far, there are five games for the PC98, and fourteen games for Windows computers and laptops. There are also six music CDs, five volumes called Akyu’s Untouched Score, three original soundtracks, 10 extra CDs, 12 print works, and numerous fan works made by people who are part of the Touhou fandom.

There are currently 139 official characters in the Touhou series, most of which are female, and most of which have at least one or two theme songs (one character has five!), along with a few fan-made characters and characters not in any of the Touhou games. One of the main characters’ names is Hakurei Reimu, Reimu being her first name. In keeping with Japanese fashion, I want to put her last name first. I count her as the real main character of the Touhou series since in the very first game, Highly Responsive to Prayers, which is for PC98, she was the only playable character. Other characters that became playable were only that way in later games. Besides all that, Hakurei Reimu is the shrine maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, and is also the protector of the gate to the real world, as the meaning of the name Gensyoko, which is the name of their land, comes to translate to something like “dream land.”

Reimu, as described in the wikia, tends to be overly optimistic but neglects her more mundane duties when she can, which it is a wonder as to why her shrine hasn’t fallen down yet. She usually takes it upon herself to investigate matters she sees as problematic. Her family line goes way back, as the shrine’s name suggests, but the game doesn’t mention any of her family members, shrine maidens or otherwise. At least it’s a good thing she is very optimistic, as some of the more colorful people who inhabit Gensyoko come to visit her shrine and tend to be a bit bothersome.

Hakurei Reimu, Hakurei Shrine maiden and protector of Gensyoko.

Hakurei Reimu, Hakurei Shrine maiden and protector of Gensyoko.

The second playable character in Touhou is named Marisa Kirisame, Marisa being her first name. As mentioned below, she is a human magician, owner of the Kirisame Magic Shop, a burglar who likes to “borrow” things (especially from Patchouli Knowledge), and a part-time youkai hunter. She, along with Sakuya Izayoi (the maid of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, which belongs to a 500-year old vampire), Youmu Konpaku (the gardener of Hakugyokurou, where ghosts live and where she works for a dead princess), and Cirno (the ice fairy who’s first impression will leave you thinking of her as a dunce) are the other playable characters in all 19 games.

Marisa Kirisame: magician, Kirisame Magic Shop owner, burglar, part-time youkai hunter!

Marisa Kirisame: magician, Kirisame Magic Shop owner, burglar, part-time youkai hunter!

Patchouli Knowledge, possibly one of the smartest characters in the game.

Patchouli Knowledge, possibly one of the smartest characters in the game.

Thanks for reading, and the next blog will be about another dankmaku shooting game called Castle of Shikigami 3.

Are YOU Stuck At Home?


Have you ever been stuck at home because you were sick, grounded, or had nothing to do? Well, I’ve found the perfect comic for you to read. It’s name is Homestuck, and you can read it here. Be careful, it contains strong language and a lot of blood, but it is drawn in a cartoon-ish way so that even those with a weak stomach and vivid imagination aren’t likely to be grossed out by it.

The human hero of Homestuck.

The human hero of Homestuck.

This young man is John Egbert. He lives on Earth and in the beginning of Homestuck he has just had his 13th birthday. This main character likes to play pranks on others and refers to himself as the pranking master. On the other hand, he absolutely detests anything to do with Betty Crocker and often fights with his father, who loves baking with products from this company. He recieved gifts from his three friends, one of which came late. The late gift was two discs for a game called Sburb, one disc holding the account for the server player and the other for the player. The server player and the player in the game are connected, the server being the one who sits at their computer and helps the player move through the game. John wants to try out the game, so he goes on the chat program he uses, called Pesterchum, to “pester” his friend, whose username is “tentacleTherapist”, whose text is purple. John’s text is a deep blue and he calls himself “ectoBiologist”.

This is Johns server player.

This is John's server player.

This young girl is Rose Lalonde, who is already 13 years old since she is a few months older than John. She lives in a mansion in the middle of a forest with her mother, who are always trying to one-up the other. She hates wizards, and her mother taunts her with this by putting up posters of wizards all around the house. The ironic thing about Rose is that she loves to sew, which would be considered “girly”, but then take one look at her favorite book and you’ll see it’s an encyclopedia on creepy and dark monsters. As we said before, Rose uses purple text and her chum handle, a.k.a. username, is “tentacleTherapist”.

Everything this kid does is funny.

Everything this kid does is funny.

This young man is named Dave Strider, and he is the third kid introduced in Homestuck. Dave lives with his brother in an apartment in a hot city somewhere, which some people think may be Houston, Texas. He tends to speak like he lives in the ghetto and just browsing over his conversations with any of the characters can make you laugh out loud. In Dave’s room, there are a bunch of his brother’s puppets lying around, as well as music mixers and swords. In fact, there are puppets and swords lying all around the apartment. One of the prominent puppets in Homestuck is named Lil’ Cal, which the author, named Andrew Hussie, draws himself with as well. Dave ends up being Rose’s server player when she plays Sburb. Also, Dave’s text is red and his chum handle is “turntechGodhead”.

The sweet, innocent girl with a shotgun.

The sweet, innocent girl with a shotgun.

The last kid to be introduced is Jade Harley. She lives in an observatory on an island in the Pacific Ocean, far away from civilization. Any street smarts you may have Jade doesn’t have since she’s never been off her island. She lives with her dead grandfather, who was a hunter and explorer when he was alive. Before he died, he always told Jade to be safe, so he gave her a bunch of guns to carry around with her. The reason for that is Jade’s dog, named Becquerel. He has some sort of alien powers-of which will be explained later on in Homestuck-so he tends to do things a little more wierdly than a normal dog would. For instance, instead of fetching sticks, he fetches the bullets Jade shoots at him to keep him busy. Also, Jade cooks his steak to make it look green instead of grilled. Another weird thing about Jade is that she is always sleeping. And in her dreams, she can see things that have happened, will happened, and are happening at the current moment. Her friends only half-believe her powers are real in the beginning of the story, though. After John and Rose are in the game, Jade ends up being Dave’s server player even though she has a bit of a tough time getting him past some of the obstacles because of Dave being jealous of how she’s so good at playing Sburb even though she claimed that she had no experience playing video games and she wasn’t sure how to play the game. Jade’s text is green and her chum handle is “gardenGnostic”.

I’ll tell you-Homestuck gets more and more exciting as you go on! Everything is introduced and then explained, so I’m sure you’ll have a lot of “Ohhhhhh! I know now!”s or “Wait, so that was that and…oh my gosh! That’s so cool!”s when reading it. So go on! Read away! It’s one heck of an adventure.

Art of the Month

This is a little tribute to poetry month, a.k.a. April.

A poem is a winding stream

It flows like the water the river contains

Whether it’s across the page or across the country

The flow travels into the seas of the worlds and the minds of your known ones

Teaching them the deeper meanings that are like fish hidden under murky waters

A poem is a rocky river

Each break between stanzas is like a boulder

Stopping one flow but creating a new one

Fresher and more interesting than the last

A poem is a piece of art

Each word is a different color, each phrase a different stroke, and each stanza a different brush

Not necessarily having to have a full page to be beautiful

And create a scenic paradise in the mind

A poem is a song

It is as catchy as a rap song

As awe-inspiring as a classical tune

As heartfelt as the blues

A poem is your life

Said poems represent the tragedies

Happy poems speak of childhood memories

Silly poems let you reminisce about the fun times you’ve had

Whilst haikus give you a more traditional feel

A poem is a person that you know

Can remind you of your mother’s homemade pies

Of playing cards with your father

Of all the wars you’ve waged with your siblings

Of the times your passed notes with your classmates

Poems are great

Especially of late

And they’re much more familiar to you

Than you might think

Even Better Than Photoshop

One of my good friends had introduced me to a program that was useful for drawing; even more so than Photoshop. Its name is Sai Paintool. It has many features that are similar to Photoshop’s, but it is built more so for drawing than editing pictures, hence the names of both of the programs. Compared to Sai Paintool, using Photoshop for drawing is as efficient as using a washboard to clean your clothes. It may be efficient but it is much more difficult than using a washing machine. And I’m not counting all of the environmental problems concerned with it, either.

Sai Paintool


You may not see a difference in these two videos, but I do. On of them is with Sai Paintool, the lines on the document are able to correspond with how hard you press down with your tablet pen on your tablet, making it quicker than having to use the pen tool in Photoshop and erase the end of your lines to make them come out smooth. Second of all, it’s easier to color with Sai Paintool because you can blur in the different colors to make the hair look smooth and more appealing.

Also, if you were someone new to drawing digitally, Sai Paintool should be your first choice. To learn how to use Photoshop and all of its different tools would take way too long unless you were really into making comics, which Photoshop is good for. Sai Paintool is easy to figure out without any tutorials and you could learn how to use it on your own after a while. When it comes to the world of digital art, Sai Paintool is a real gem.

After using Sai Paintool for quite some time, though, I had seen another one of my artistic buddies using a very simple and common program to draw. This program is something all of you PC lovers know well. It is called Microsoft Paint. I was amazed at how they drew so well with this program I had neglected for years because of its simplicity and limitations.

Microsoft Paint

After giving it a try, I came up with this result, and was immediately happy with it.

But even though all of these programs are equally different, they are all structured in the same way and can each spout out an equal product. If you want to draw Marisa Kirisame, you can still come out with the same sunlight-yellow, wavy, silky hair; the same wrinkled, black-and-white clothing; and even the fluffy, violet ribbon perched upon her over-sized witch’s hat will come out in fairly the same way. My point in this blog is to point out that Sai Paintool and Paint’s set-up is better than Photoshop’s. I am in no way saying that these three programs are like small children, Photoshop whining and pleading for your attention but not getting any because you are busy taking care of Sai and Paint. They are more like three buisnessmen, each one with a different set of skills needed in certain situations and not complaining when one is needed the most.

Defenestration, dogs, definition, darkness, and daylight are definitely some of the details you can draw on any of these programs.

Guns Can Make For an Award-Winning Musical

This week I’d like to talk about a whole different type of art that I’ve been blogging about the past few weeks, and what I’m talking about is drama. I am not your type of person to rush to see a play whenever I catch wind of one, but I have been to numerous plays such as ones done by my school and others done by professionals. But there is one musical that I want to talk about today that I have done research on because, quite sadly, I have not seen it.

The musical is called “Annie Get Your Gun”. One of the main characters is a woman named Annie Oakley who is a sharpshooter. The play is about her rising to fame while having to deal with her professional rival, named Frank Butler, who she also loves. The original play was a Broadway production in 1950 with over a thousand performances and many of the great songs you know today came from that musical. Not only were the songs nice to listen to, but the whole play is said to have been a great hit. The musical has been nominated for and won an Academy Award, nominated for a Golden Globe award, and won both a Photoplay Award and a Writers Guild of America award. Well, apparently it was so great, that they made a film and television version of it! The musical’s success makes you think of how successful Star Wars was when it first came out.

Doin\’ What Comes Natur\’lly – Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

The music and lyrics were written by Irving Berlin who lived from May 11, 1888 to September 22, 1989, and he was considered one of the greatest American songwriters in history. Way before “Annie Get Your Gun” he had written his first song, called “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”. It became world famous and became a dance craze supposedly as far away as Russia! Many singers have been re-recorded by numerous famous singers such as Frank Sinatra and his songs have reached the top of the charts twenty-five times!

The musical was also a book that was written by Herbert and Dorothy Fields and they were brother and sister. Herbert (July 26, 1897 – March 24, 1958) was a screenwriter, but before that he was an actor, and then he had graduated to choreography and stage direction. And he didn’t just write books for “Annie Get Your Gun”, because he also wrote books for many other plays like “Arms and the Girl” and “Up in Central Park”.

Dorothy Fields (July 15, 1905 – March 28, 1974), who is eight years younger than her brother Herbert, was an American librettist (like Herbert Fields) and lyricist. That certainly makes for a great combination when you have two people who both have skills that can support each other’s, and especially when they’re siblings! Besides that, Dorothy has written over 400 songs for Broadway musicals and was one of the first successful female Hollywood songwriters.

One of the songs I love that came from “Annie Get Your Gun” is called “Anything You Can Do”. There are various versions of the song, and there are even a couple of videos on YouTube that correspond with the song and make it enjoyable to watch for those who have not seen the play. These are the lyrics:

Anything You Can Do – Annie Get Your Gun (musical film version)

Anything you can do,
I can do better.
I can do anything
Better than you.

No, you can’t.
Yes, I can. No, you can’t.
Yes, I can. No, you can’t.
Yes, I can,
Yes, I can!

Anything you can be
I can be greater.
Sooner or later,
I’m greater than you.

No, you’re not. Yes, I am.
No, you’re not. Yes, I am.
No, you’re NOT!. Yes, I am.
Yes, I am!

I can shoot a partridge
With a single cartridge.
I can get a sparrow
With a bow and arrow.
I can live on bread and cheese.
And only on that?
So can a rat!
Any note you can reach
I can go higher.
I can sing anything
Higher than you.
No, you can’t. (High)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can’t. (Higher)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can’t. (Higher)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can’t. (Higher)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can’t. (Higher)
Yes, I CAN! (Highest)

Anything you can buy
I can buy cheaper.
I can buy anything
Cheaper than you.

Fifty cents?
Forty cents! Thirty cents?
Twenty cents! No, you can’t!
Yes, I can,
Yes, I can!
Anything you can say
I can say softer.
I can say anything
Softer than you.
No, you can’t. (Softly)
Yes, I can. (Softer) No, you can’t. (Softer)
Yes, I can. (Softer) No, you can’t. (Softer)
Yes, I can. (Softer)
YES, I CAN! (Full volume)
I can drink my liquor
Faster than a flicker.
I can drink it quicker
And get even sicker!
I can open any safe.
Without bein’ caught?
That’s what I thought–
you crook!
Any note you can hold
I can hold longer.
I can hold any note
Longer than you.

No, you can’t.
Yes, I can No, you can’t.
Yes, I can No, you can’t.
Yes, I can
Yes, I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I No, you C-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-N’T–
CA-A-A-A-N! (Cough, cough!)
Yes, you ca-a-a-an!

Anything you can wear
I can wear better.
In what you wear
I’d look better than you.
In my coat?
In your vest! In my shoes?
In your hat! No, you can’t!
Yes, I can
Yes, I CAN!
Anything you say
I can say faster.
I can say anything
Faster than you.
No, you can’t. (Fast)
Yes, I can. (Faster) No, you can’t. (Faster)
Yes, I can. (Faster) Noyoucan’t. (Faster)
YesIcan! (Fastest)
I can jump a hurdle.
I can wear a girdle.
I can knit a sweater.
I can fill it better!
I can do most anything!
Can you bake a pie? No.
Neither can I.
Anything you can sing
I can sing sweeter.
I can sing anything
Sweeter than you.
No, you can’t. (Sweetly)
Yes, I can. (Sweeter) No, you can’t. (Sweeter)
Yes, I can. (Sweeter) No, you can’t. (Sweeter)
Yes, I can. (Sweeter) No, you can’t, can’t, can’t (sweeter)
Yes, I can, can, can (Sugary)

Yes, I can! No, you can’t!

So go see “Annie Get Your Gun” if you have the chance! I’m pretty sure that I can guarantee that it’ll be fun to watch.

Simple Sentence: 10

Compound Sentence: 8

Complex Sentence: 7

Compound-Complex Sentence: 1

Learn More About:

Annie Get Your Gun — More About Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun Awards

Irving Berlin

Herbert Fields

Dorothy Fields

Anything You Can Do — Anything You Can Do Lyrics

History of Japanese Cartoons

I’m sure all of you have heard of Poke’mon and Dragonball Z. The real question a few of you may ask is what exactly are they? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because for about a year and a half I have been dwelling in the land of what they call anime and manga.

This is a picture of Sonohara Anri from the anime, manga, and novel Durarara!

This is a picture of Sonohara Anri from the anime, manga, and novel Durarara!

The five main characters from the anime, manga, and light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

The five main characters from the anime, manga, and light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

As you can see above, they look similar to American cartoons. The main difference between anime and cartoons is that there are different types of anime. Shoujo anime is meant for teenage girls, just like shonen is meant for teenage boys. There are also many other types of anime (like josei, kodomo, and seinen) and there are several genres under those types of anime. Not to say cartoons aren’t timeless classics that all can view and enjoy.

Now there are some anime that deserve some recognition, so I’d like to write about one or two of them on this blog. One of them is an anime I have started watching recently, called The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It’s a half-comedy, half-school oriented anime about two high school students. One of them, the young man nicknamed Kyon, has given up on believing that anything supernatural is real. The other, named Suzumiya Haruhi, still believes that things like aliens are real. And pretty much everything she does in her day-to-day life is connected, somehow, to her crazy beliefs. After these two meet each other and become a sort of friends, Haruhi, who is not satisfied with any of the school clubs because they are not “weird” enough, decides to make her own club. Whilst screaming this realization in the middle of class, she gives Kyon no choice but to assist her in her new goal. I have only seen the first episode of this anime, but I’ve already laughed as many times as a zebra has stripes, and I’d recommend it to any of my peers.

The second is called Full Metal Alchemist (a.k.a. FMA). This anime is about two young brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric who live in a world of alchemy, which is the power to transmute, or basically change, one substance into another. The government in their world has been able to use this power to great use by recruiting “State Alchemists”, or the greatest of the alchemists in their country that follow the government’s orders just like any other military man. All of this connects to Edward and Alphonse. They were caught in a horrible alchemic accident, and in order to regain their former bodies, they must become State Alchemists in order to be able to have easy access to special information about how to return to their normal form.

Since my peers and I love anime so much, I’d suggest that you watch an anime that you find appealing.



Sentence Word Key

Simple Sentence=Red

Compound Sentence=Orange

Complex Sentence=Green

Compound-Complex Sentence=Blue


Don’t Make a Cacoepy When Reading This Out Loud

Lately my artistic originality has been ebbing away-and what I mean by that is that I cannot think of anything new to draw lately, and it’s been bothering me. They say the younger you are, the more bibulous your brain is, but I’ve been looking at different videos and artworks to get an idea of what to draw and I still haven’t gotten any inspiration. I swear, I can be so bicipital at times-one evening I can be doodling my heart out, and then the next day I don’t feel the now-normal urge to draw at all, and it infuriates me so.
But you all want to see what I’m going to talk about this week, right? It’s called drama. I’m pretty sure one of the main reasons my creative drawing ideas have been disappearing is because I’ve espoused that I need to focus more on drama since I’ve been ignoring my chance to seize and practice the dramatic arts for a long time. To get “back in the groove” of acting, I signed up for the variety show at my school and agreed to come up with a skit for the show. The practices we’ve had so far, I have to admit, were very jocund and I enjoyed every minute of it. And when we perform, I strongly hope that no one looks down with disdain at our performance, since no one that we’ve shown it to, so far, has had any sort of loathing for it.
My group and I also made sure that we didn’t insert any jokes into our skit that would make anyone in our soon-to-be audience ornery. Even though we are to be making fun of different, infamous “pieces of entertainment” in our skit, we don’t want to make anyone angry by doing that. We also made sure that our skit is discreet overall, because we know our future audience will be made up of people of all ages, and we don’t want to be credible for any young children asking things before their time or yelling out in recognition of a cartoon character during our performance.
I don’t want to make anyone angry by being very vague with my foreshadowing in this blog post, but I don’t want to give any part of my group’s skit away, since it would cause too much trouble and explaining if something about it were to get out into public. I’m not saying it’s like a secret file never to be opened and burnt after being read-it’s just me giving respect to my acting partners by not telling anyone what our act is about before the variety show.

To view the italicized words, go to this link: http://theartobsessedmangaka.edublogs.org/words-people-and-others-things-you-may-not-know/

Start-Off to a New Blog

Welcome, all, to this blog. It will be focusing-as you’ve guessed-on different types of art, literature, and other types of media. From paintings to graphic novels, short stories to biographies, and don’t forget all of those well-known YouTube videos and documentaries you see. If it’s artistic, it’ll be on here. Just to let you know.

To start this off, I want to talk about the short stories we are currently veering towards in Language Arts this year. The plot bunnies* aren’t in season right now, and the most I have as a basis for creating my character on is Edward Elric’s* personality, which isn’t exactly the ideal person to illustrate in a children’s short story. And that means that so far, I have nothing to write with. Right now, I’m just eager to draw.

Speaking of drawing, recently I have received a Wacom tablet* a week or two ago, and one of my friends helped me get it in working order. The reason I say a new tablet is because I had an older, bigger one that started to get too sensitive to the pen, so every time I’d move the pen tip within a half-inch of the tablet, it’d start drawing and clicking on links without my command. That was about six months ago, so you can see that I’m excited that I have a tablet in working order. So in my excitement, I decided to finally catch up on my art requests* from DeviantArt* and draw one of them so I’d get it out of the way and not leave the person who requested the art hanging any longer. This is the finished product:

This is a request made by a user on DeviantArt.

This is a request made by a user on DeviantArt.

Well, that’s really all I have to say for now about art and what not. There’ll be more about the history of art and what I’ve learned about and done with art in the next blog.

See you!

Words, People, and Places You May Not Know
*Plot bunnies – a term people use for different plots running around in their heads and in other people’s heads, figuratively of course. The closest thing you can relate them to is dust bunnies. That’s what I think, anyway.

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