Everyday Beauty

<Flower>. Taken January 2018 using a (surprise!) Samsung phone camera.

One thing I’ve learnt from my short experience as an amateur photographer is that there’s beauty everywhere. You don’t need to go on a wild adventure, you don’t need to pay a fee, you don’t necessarily even need a professional camera and a trained eye. All you need is your eyes and your heart to be open.

Frankly, I walk past the vines these flowers grow on every single day, on my way to many of my destinations. Sometimes there’s a lot of little pink petals scattered in the splash of green, and other times their white buds have only begun to grow. Every time I walk past it, a new scene unfolds, yet there is always beauty hidden right in plain sight. I walk by and notice that no one even notices it, and no one even tends to it whatsoever. But the vines still remain strong, and they always provide me with something to capture.

There never was a need to go out of your way in search of beauty, and there never is a need to rush so fast that you miss out the beauty surrounding you. Yes, fancy architecture, wild trails and exotic arrangements will appeal to us right off the bat, but that doesn’t mean the same effect cannot be achieved with just the most mundane of things right in front of us.

I suppose the same goes for all of us. We can aspire to be just like the shining stars at centre stage, we can admire actors and supermodels, and we can dream of great wonders all lying just ahead and out of sight. But we must also treasure the things that have become so commonplace for us, the people who show their true inner beauty to us, or even just the normalcy. Appreciate that things change and morph every single passing day, even in the most mundane of ways.

As Henry Ward Beecher said, the art of happiness lies in extracting happiness from common things. Sometimes we have to stop and smell the roses. Or even snap a pic.

-March 2018

PS : I want to know what the name of this flower is, it’s really rather charming!

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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).

Mid-October Update

My examinations are finally over, so I have more time to draw and write. That said, though, I’m not really one who remembers to update my social media (proven multiple times) so posting frequency will most likely stay the same. Sorry.

I’m kind of participating in Inktober? There’s not going to be a single cohesive style I’m using in Inktober because my focus is experimenting with different methods of drawing using ink and markers as my medium. My overarching theme this year is Mythological Creatures, and even if I don’t finish all within October I’ll still continue to do them past October. And, yes, I’m also following the official promptlist as far as I can.

I might have more activities coming up during the Christmas season, due to caroling around the city, but I’ll try my best to at least get something related to Christmas up each day of December until December 25. Try being the keyword, considering my overwhelming laziness.

Anyway, thank you for reading and/or following my blog! I hope you have a great rest of the year.

-Melissa

Homestuck Rosemary

<Rosemary> : About 3 hours. Drawn on Microsoft Paint with a tablet pen.

Guess who finally got her tablet pen back? I started work on this during the so-called “Rosemary Day” on the Homestuck reddit, but forgot about it for a while. It was mostly just to spite this one commenter complaining about how everyone posted “Only Rosemary” on the reddit, even though there was at most 1 Rosemary post per page before they said anything. Everyone immediately took the opportunity to post pictures of the two together. I don’t ship it fervently myself, and even then I still see them as Moirails and not Matesprits, so I don’t know.  I came back only to draw Kanaya, really.

How does one draw a lamb? They don’t have sensible proportions by any means.

(Oops I forgot to write Kanaya’s name as a tag oh well)

John Egbert!

<Egbert>. About 2 hours, max? Drawn on S Note with a phone pen.

My tablet pen is still missing, so I can’t make any new digital art. Even so, I still have a small stack of old ones I never bothered to upload, so here they are. This one comes from September 2016, if I’m right.

This is John Egbert from Homestuck, back when my friend first started reading it. I made this as a “welcome/congratulations” gift for her since I love Homestuck, but unfortunately she never actually finished the Web comic. Still waiting on the day they finally release Hiveswap, but I doubt I’ll ever really lose interest in the comic.2016 - 1

New Icon Picture!

<Untitled> : 2 hours (rounding up). Drawn using Kleki software (kleki.com)

After mucking about with a mouse and the program for roughly 1.5 hours, I finally got a satisfactory result. The previous icon picture is now used as the little symbol up at the top!

It’s actually surprisingly easy to draw with a mouse, although it’s still much easier to use a traditional pencil and paper or drawing tablet. It’s fun to do when you’ve got nothing better to, though. Maybe I’ll do this again another time. I’m a little irked that, because I’m using the mouse, it’s difficult to do almost anything that isn’t drawing the strokes itself, but the uneven lines that came out from the process has its own charm.

(Yes, this is just generally an “arts” blog – so as long as something falls under that branch (Literary Arts, drawing, etc.) it’s probably going to end up here at some point. The only question is when.)