Stars – Sara Teasdale

For a little change of pace, here’s an analysis of Stars by Sara Teasdale. Sara Teasdale was a very talented writer, and I truly admire her style with all its beautiful imagery and simplicity. I owe my newfound knowledge of her existence to Ēriks Ešenvalds’ composition Stars, which is a choral song set to the words of this very poem. Ešenvalds is a famous choral composer from Latvia known in part for his unique skill in making use of vastly different kinds of text and interesting accompanying instrumentation within many of his compositions. Being a choral singer myself, I’ve come across some of his compositions as part of our repertoire – Northern Lights, Trees and, of course, Stars.

As many performers would probably tell you, the best way to convey the emotions of the piece is to first be familiarised with the piece. In order to achieve this aim, as well as my own innate interest in her and her literature, I wanted to do a little research on the poem itself, as well as Teasdale herself. In this endeavour I have seen many interesting takes on the topic at hand, but I have also found that I have my own interpretation of this wonderful poem. As such, I wish to share this with the world too.

Stars, by Sara Teasdale
Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;

Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
That aeons
Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,

And I know that I
Am honored to be
Of so much majesty.

– 70 words, first published in 1920 (Flame and Shadow), USA

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DDLC Natsuki Fanart

<Natsuki Sketch> : Done in 40 minutes with copics, this one really light and really nice blue watercolour marker, and micron brush marker. December 2017.

I think it’s safe to say I can’t keep to a theme for more than 5 seconds, so instead have some random art. Natsuki is my favourite of the girls, mostly because she is adorable and needs to be protected. I only drew half because the other half didn’t fit.

December Dailies : Happy (late) Birthday, Harley+English!

<Jade Harley> : About 3 hours. Drawn using colour pencils on paper. December 2017.

I know, only Jade is drawn properly while Jake gets a chibi and that’s it. I didn’t consider space properly. Sorry, Jake boy. I still love you like I love the rest. This wouldn’t have taken so long if not for my inability to focus on anything except the wonderful Love Live! so it’s completely on me. I’ll probably draw Jake properly another time (maybe with Dirk?)

12/3 is the Striders’ birthday, and I promise I was going to make something for it but my drawing tablet computer is perpetually trying to trip me up. Give it a few more days maybe and it’ll be done. I may draw the Lalondes too.

Surprisingly, Jade’s one of the few characters I don’t really heavily ship in any quadrant. I’m still trying to decide between Jade◇Dave and Jade◇Karkat, because the other will have Terezi as their ◇. I lean towards Jade◇Dave though, only because Vriskrezi is suddenly a thing I ship. (GCATAVROSPRITE DESERVES BETTER)

Scarlet O’Cantor

<Scarlet O’Cantor> : about 4 hours, using copic markers and paper. Drawn September 2017.

Agh, if Love Live weren’t so addictive I’d have gotten what I needed to do done by now. Unfortunately life is like that, so I fail to deliver. Instead here’s some temporary apology art from a while back because I’m about as good in keeping a schedule constant as a random number generator.

Scarlet is an original character of mine – this iteration of her is a hobbyist photographer and rakes journalism in college, so this follows her adventures to make a collage of pictures that hold special meaning to her while still in school. She’s supposed to be a mix-blood Irish/Italian in origin, thus her name. Most other versions of her maintain her short hairstyle and curly hair (if only I can draw that), though she started out as a counterpart of Sapphire-Skye.

December Dailies : Aira

<Aira Genevieve Taylor> : Drawn in 2 hours, using watercolour pencils on cartridge paper.

I know I’m late, but this is December 1st – she’s a character in my upcoming series of short joined stories, also for the Christmas series. It’s not quite Christmas-sy but she’s wearing terrible looking winter clothing (owing to my lack of skill in drawing such clothing) like she is in the story.

She also appears in Orolia Chronicles as Aira Ninfie, a Zeri’ke (the Scantian equivalent to a noble person, based on some historical things) who is set to rule the country. The only real similarity between the two so far is their appearance, and even their clothing is different owing to the differences between modern and fantasy fashion.

Eira means snow, and is Welsh in origin. Aria, which was the other inspiration, means air in Italian but also refers to a song or melody. Both are valid for either version of Aira, so I keep it as such.

Genevieve simply sounds nice, but it means tribe woman. It actually would make more sense as Ninfie’s middle name, but not everyone names characters and children as a significant thing, and Ninfie isn’t going to have a middle name (probably).

I’ll still post one more afterwards.

Persona 5 Panther Fanart

<Ann Takamaki/Panther Sketch> : About 30 minutes with sharpie markers and paper.

I love Persona 5 so much. It brought back all the things I loved of Persona 3, with all its edgy drama. Though I will admit, the story was kind of too flat even with all the overarching drama.

That said, I love Ann more than any of her predecessor Lovers arcana members, because she just seems all round cool. I know her hair is more brown but when working with a limited colour palette, I do what I can.

End-November Update ft. South Park Creek Fansketch

<Creek> : Less than 10 minutes, using charcoal pencils. November 2017.

Look! It’s Craig, Tweek and their baby Stripe (#4)! I think it’s obvious what I ended up spending my November doing – binging Seasons 1 to 8 of South Park whenever life wasn’t in the way, while drawing little doodles of the characters. That’s why I’ve been not updating. Well, other than the general lack of Internet usage for anything other than YouTube, which I’m hopelessly addicted to when I’m not binging some other show.

That said I’m currently working on three main things – The Life of Alicia Hawthorne, a long book which will probably never be completed; a couple of analyses of poems, and drawing in general. Of course, for the former two I need to use my brain and focus which is exactly why it’s not done yet, but I’ll eventually finish it.

In other news, I recently attended a few local events for anime, music and art/writing, and ended up reaping a lot of new goods. But I swear I’ll still do my Christmas series (I’ll even start drawing a few backups in case I forget on the day itself haha).