pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
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I'm back to working on the Karnese Tarot project. I'm not sure why this is calling me so much more strongly than the 3d character modeling project did. Maybe it's just easier on the brain - painting is much more focused than 3d work, where you keep needing to jump between aggressive experimentation (to learn the software), visual eye (to make it look good), technical fiddling (to figure out which tools to use for what), and the big picture (because otherwise it's very easy to waste time on detail that's never actually seen). Maybe it's because it's all soft skills. Maybe because the pressure's off.

I'm still going to keep working towards 3d, but meanwhile here is another tarot painting.



The meaning of the card (coins and pentacles are equivalent)

He is tiroth, who are jungle folk and crafters. Also very easily distracted by pretty shiny colourful things. :)

I noticed while I was working on this, how similar the composition was to a pen-and-ink I did six years ago. It was my "before" therapy drawing. The first session, he asked me to draw where I currently stood, what had brought me to therapy. I said I'd already done it and after resistance made my hands pull out the sketchbook and show him.



It is striking how the shape of inspiration has changed.

Date: 2011-01-24 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] liedownlovely.livejournal.com
Everytime we pass this on our f-list we click to comment and somehow keep forgetting to go through with it.

SO OMG BEFORE WE FORGET WE LOVE YOUR ART STYLE.

Date: 2011-01-24 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyraxis.livejournal.com
Hehe thanks! I was starting to wonder if I had messed this one up by (these were my current theories:)
- making the colors too simplistic and primary
- letting Pyraxis go on about therapy and stuff in an art post
- making people uncomfortable and not sure what to say because the old picture was actually much better than the new picture

- j-t

Date: 2011-01-24 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yonjuunana.livejournal.com
XD I've been delaying commenting here because I feel like I should have something more intelligent to say other than "ooooh, I like it!" about the tarot painting, but for some reason I am having the hardest time finding any other words than that.

About the second drawing- I am really impressed by your ability to get across intense emotion through art. It's one of the things I've been worrying about lately, that exposure anxiety will trip me up and keep me from being able to draw some of the more emotional parts of my stories well enough.

Date: 2011-01-24 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyraxis.livejournal.com
Oh, I can help with that! I could totally help you intensify any drawing you were having trouble with.
...oh wait, now I can't remember if that kind of help would actually do any good or not. I could step back and be good too.

Also, "Oooh, I like it!" is allowed now. XD I decided that I'm going to try and start learning from who responds to what as well as the contents of their responses, to see if I can figure out how to appeal to more people.

Date: 2011-01-24 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yonjuunana.livejournal.com
Oh, I can help with that! I could totally help you intensify any drawing you were having trouble with.
...oh wait, now I can't remember if that kind of help would actually do any good or not. I could step back and be good too.


Hmm, it might help, not sure. I will definitely keep this in mind. If I feel like I'm having trouble getting emotion across well enough I may show you sketches of the page or something and see if you have any ideas. Thanks.

Also, "Oooh, I like it!" is allowed now. XD I decided that I'm going to try and start learning from who responds to what as well as the contents of their responses, to see if I can figure out how to appeal to more people.

Hahahaha, okay. That seems like a good idea. Oh, and after reading your other comment here, I do have more feedback- I actually really like the primary color scheme on this one. It looks neat and works with the tarot card theme.

Date: 2011-01-26 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hms-beagle.livejournal.com
If "Oooh, I like it!" is allowed, then we'll say it :)

I really like how the veins and arteries from the heart turn into trees and roots. It is a really neat idea and well executed.

~S

Date: 2011-01-27 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyraxis.livejournal.com
:) Thanks!

Date: 2011-01-28 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerweave.livejournal.com
Heh, none of us commented yet coz we wanted to have enough headspace to really take our time and look at it and think and feel about it, then find the words to relay that to you.

Ok, so what strikes me (don't ask me who I am tonight! I am confused myself :-P)
is that the meaning you linked to is really very different to the sense I got when I was looking/feeling the card before I checked out the meaning.

I felt like s/he had found something incredibly precious and was like framing it with their hands with that sort of wonder and awe you get when you find something precious. Like when you have an epiphany.

I wouldn't have thought of it as being in primary colours, because to me that is a reddish brown and a brownish green and soft and muted. I think of primaries as bold and attention-grabbing.
I find that the precious find is found in the ground really important. Shamanically, that is really significant. Earth as an element, and also earth as in the physical world. To be finding meaning in the physical realities of life. To understand the value of being grounded.
But then you have the spiral of life and energy above. I think it is very balanced. It isn't grounding in a heavy way, but balanced. And the person is there in between it all. Their focus on the heart in the earth but their life/the heart/their world lit from above. Well ok, maybe not literally in your painting so much as the light seems more to be coming from the heart (Which is really gorgeous I reckon :-), but the overall painting is lit from "spirit" in the spiral above.

Yeah, now how is that for waxing lyrical!

I don't think the second painting is "better" or "worse" they are different is all :-)

I think I am Leonie, after all!

Date: 2011-01-28 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerweave.livejournal.com
*Amused*

What kind of sentence is this???

I find that the precious find is found in the ground really important.

How about just "The precious find beingmjkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkjkmilll in the ground is really important from a shamanic perspective."

Er, the Hat walked over the keyboard. I give up!

:-D

Date: 2011-01-31 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyraxis.livejournal.com
:)

I didn't even notice that the wording was strange the first time through. "The precious find being found in the ground..." Now that sounds kind of like a kids' rhyme.

Date: 2011-02-01 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerweave.livejournal.com
Dr Zuess! hehe you are right *grins*

Date: 2011-01-31 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyraxis.livejournal.com
This is awesome, thank you! :D Yeah, exactly the kind of information that helps.

Maybe I should have made his hands more like digging instead of cupped around the heart. But that was how it felt to me, the epiphany and the sense of preciousness. I'm curious why to you it seemed very different than the written card description, because to me that's what the epiphany was about, reconnecting with that sense of groundedness and the desire to grow and create. I'm wondering now what this card would mean for somebody who wasn't disconnected from their desire to create.

Date: 2011-02-01 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerweave.livejournal.com
Oh, so I was getting the same meaning from the card as you had intent for its meaning, but I didn't get the same understanding from the "definition" you linked to?
Now that is interesting!

I will go back and take a look at that definition then...

Date: 2011-02-01 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyraxis.livejournal.com
I guess that means it worked, in a way :)

Date: 2011-02-01 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigerweave.livejournal.com
Yeah, that is what I thought too!
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