Sooo this weekend I will go on an excursion to one of the little "waddenislands" of my country to do some serious birding
It's organized by my university and I'll go there with some friends and a lot of other biologists including, probably, some really big bird nerds. So I'll probably learn all the stuff and A friend and I will drive a tandum and it's going to be awesooome
Just wanted to share that with you ^^ I won't reply to anything this weekend, be warned. Inktober
I very recently found this initiative on tumblr. mrjakeparker.com/inktober
It's a bit like Nanowrimo, except for visual artists working with ink. I'm not sure how many of you work with ink or would like to try it, but if you're interested, you can take a look at the site. I think events like these are a very good way to develop positive art habits and to fight of the horrible monster of procrastination that wants to fee don all your precious and delicious ideas!
Either way, I am definitely going to try it. We'll see if I manage to do the entire month. I'm quite excited for this, actually. A really nice challenge this is going to be.
So, during the month oktober I will try to post an ink drawing Every DAY! Wish me luck
Now, for more serious news. The Crow that Flew Away
A dear friend of mine, , has left deviantart, possibly permanently, due to depression and other problems in real life. I was sort of shocked to see him go, he never made much art but had brilliant organizing skills, he build us a forum to make friends on and a brilliant group that was so much more than just a place to dump art in. Though naturally the forum powered it behind the screens, the group itself wasn't very impressive. We all loved it and found it awesome, but Crow had high hopes, and his life was being hard on him. One day, without warning, he shut the forum, killed the server. We were all shocked, we had no idea he was in such a bad state.
He was going to do the same with the deviantart group. I managed to convince him to hand over the foundership to me last minute. He did so, and left without a word.
I am, all in all, pretty devastated about this. I can only hope that Crow, now that he has cut his bond with the internet, will be able to finally set his life right. Listening to his stories was painful, in a way, since none of us could help from afar over the internet. That's one of the most terrible things about being connected this way, I think, for all of us. We can never truly help.
But we must not dwell in sadness. My friend is setting his life right, now. And in honour of him I have decided to keep his group alive, and, to all forum members who have lost their hangout spot, a dear friend, and I have made a new forum. So that we can start over and keep our friendship on a personal level ^^ In honour of Crow, so that may he return he will know that he has not been forgotten.
I know most of you won't know nything about the Artist Bestiary and the forums. But nevertheless I would like to invite you. Both the group and the forums are, as I believe, a brilliant way to get to know knew people on a personal level, regardless of art skills. I know some of my most treasured internet friends from this forums and I would wish for you all to find friends like that ^^ Please consider yourself invited to both:
And our brand new forum, Icarus-pro! icarus-pro.forumice.net/
I hope to see you all there ^^
Lot of love <3