Creative Artist Turns Strangers’ Photographs Into Anime-Inspired Sketches
US-based artist Robert DeJesus has been accepting commissions by strangers to draw Japanese anime-inspired portraits of themselves based on photographs they submit.
All hail DeJesus for making insanely cute photos even cuter.
I T I S T I M E
the Big Idea
this happens even when I’m not going to sleep… When I’m doing random routine things and I think up awesome passages in my head. I always think I’ll remember them until I realize everything has already been forgotten except the knowledge that I had been thinking up something really good.
Back in July I was finally able to go to my first local Poetry Night hosted by a group here in CDO. Since my wonderful friend Mai (lemissloudmouth) is one of the organizers, I ended up becoming part of the organizing group and incidentally was also added to the Facebook group. It was there that another member posted a link to this year’s Davao Writers Workshop hosted by Davao Writers Guild (DWG), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the University of the Philippines Mindanao. Basically, a few of the big wigs for literature in Mindanao.
The opportunity seemed great - they were offering free transportation and lodging to participants within Mindanao. All we had to do was pick a category (either drama, essay, short story, or poetry) and send in samples of our work. The thing is, I had no idea where to start. I had no idea which category to pick. Most of all, I had no idea if any of my writing would ever qualify.
So here’s my non-fiction character background: Abby loves to read. Abby has also loved to write, but has never actually shown anyone her writing except her boyfriend and random people on tumblr who are not likely to know her. Abby has always somehow considered herself a writer even if she’s never bothered to submit her work anywhere to be published. Abby is extremely insecure about all of her writing, so much so that she usually only writes anonymously or privately (which is almost the same thing).
(Returning to first person) Yeah, that’s my deal. I think the main reason why I’m so insecure about my writing is that when I was an English major in college, I was always trying to be critical of everything that I read. If I was to do any justice to my beloved course, I would have to create standards. I ended up putting those standards against my own writing. Was it good enough for my own critiquing? Could it hold a candle to the countless amounts of literature we had studied? Is there structure, continuity, unpredictability? I got it in my head that for my own writing to even qualify I had to live up to all of that. I didn’t understand that I was just a beginner. I forgot that I should give myself leeway.
I finally realized this, but only after I graduated. In my head I had a really great idea for a fantasy novel, and I decided to just write however much I wanted, intentionally not thinking about my style or any other thing. I just wanted to see if I could do it. (UPDATE: So far, still at the intro, but whatever). This type of writing really empowered me; it was my chance to just express myself. It also reintroduced me to prose, of which I had previously neglected for my fun mistress, poetry.
But anyway, all of this leads up to my entry for the Davao workshop. Out of the four categories, I wanted to try something new. I wasn’t sure about my writing at all, even when I was feeling more liberated. I figured that poetry was my own “easy way out" since I already have a ton of poems just lying around on my creative blog. I told myself I had to make it a challenge. At first, I figured creative non-fiction or essay would be the way to go. I had even written a 2000 word essay about something very personal… But it didn’t feel right.
I decided at last to enter in the short story category. I used a story I had written previously (when I was 19 years old!) and went to work on a new one. It was actually my boyfriend, Lyle that gave me the idea. Anyone who knows him, however would know the story hits very close to home (almost literally) so I won’t post it.
I submitted my work on the last day of the deadline (deadlines work very well for my motivation) - and then tried to forget about it. It was easy, since XELLO hosted a seminar with a lot of amazing writers who really inspired me. I learned so much, but at the back of my mind I was wondering if I’d ever validate myself as a writer like they had.
Weeks past, and the other day I got an email from a representative of Dagmay (the online literary journal of DWG). I was screaming when I saw I had been accepted. I’m sure it will be a moment I never forget. I was doubly ecstatic when I hear Mai had also got in! We’d be going to Davao together! God is good.
Honestly, my main reason for applying wasn’t because I wanted to get in. My main reason was so that I could say I finally made the first step to discovering who I am as a writer, and also pushing to put myself out there and get the feedback that will confirm or deny if I have a talent in writing, which has been my only “thing”, or not. That is why this workshop will be so momentous - because it is me coming out of my Cancer-crab shell and saying with confidence "I’m Abby. I write."
(If you want to check out some of my writing, you can go to my creative blog, Half-Eaten Delights.)
TIGERS ARE ON RED ALERT
The Sumatran Tiger is said to be extinct by 2015, with fewer than 300-400 left in the wild due to large-scale habitat loss, poaching, hunting and human-tiger conflict. Other subspecies are said to follow.
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THIS IS NOT OK. :(
IMPORTANT SIGNAL BOOST PLEASE
WHAT THE FUCK
WELL FUCK EVERYTHING!
I WORKED FOR AN NGO THAT WAS TRYING TO SAVE TIGERS FOR ABOUT HALF A YEAR, PEOPLE ON THE STREETS SPIT AT ME AND THREATENED ME (WHICH IS NOT THE POINT) BUT YOU LISTEN UP:
- THERE ARE ONLY 3.200 WILD TIGERS LEFT ON THE ENTIRE WORLD
- 97% OF THEIR HABITAT HAS BEEN BURNED DOWN OR REMOVED OTHERWISE
- 3 OUT OF 9 TIGER-SUBSPECIES HAVE ALREADY DIED OUT
- THE SOUTH-CHINESE TIGER HASN’T BEEN SIGHTED IN OVER 30 YEARS
- THEY ARE SKINNED ALIVE (AS ARE MOST ANIMALS) BC YOU CAN REMOVE THEIR FUR EASIER WHEN THEY ARE STILL BLEEDING
- NO EXCEPTIONS FOR CUBS
- SOME PEOPLE HUNT THEM BC THEY THING A TIGER PENIS MAKES THEM BETTER IN BED (I’M NOT KIDDING)
- EXPERTS CLAIM THAT IF THE KILLING GOES ON, TIGERS WILL BE ENTIRELY EXTINCT IN 2022
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