Here’s why today was awesome.
(I feel alive.)
What time is it? It’s vintage-Firefly-movie-poster drawing time!
So I finished it!! Just in time for Calgary expo. Oh man, I don’t think I’ve spent a longer amount of time on a single drawing/painting EVER. I’m pretty well satisfied with how it turned out though! So many bitty details, you have to see it printed. It’s pretty great.
Anyway, if you want to see a couple progress pics of this drawing, you can check it out here, or on my twitter (starting about here and going backwards). I didn’t document the progress as well this time, probably because it took me like 3 weeks to finish it? I’ll try better next time!
I need this. On my car. On a tote bag. On my Laptop. On a shirt. On stickers so I can sticker bomb them EVERYWHERE.
the ultimate crossover
I JUST DIED OF HAPPINESS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
The original story of the little mermaid is that she must kill the prince in order to be human, and in the end, she loves him too much and kills herself instead.
Ok, ok - important expansion: she only has to kill the Prince because the deal was if he fell in love with her she could be human forever, and he didn’t. By which I mean, he was a good person and genuinely nice to her, but he didn’t fall in love. He fell in love with someone else, also perfectly nice - not the seawitch in disguise, fu Disney. The Mermaid is told she can only return to the sea now if she kills the Prince. She goes into the room where he and his lover lie sleeping and they look so beautiful and happy together that she can’t do it.
That’s why she kills herself. And because it was a noble act she returns to sea as foam.
One moral of the story was that women shouldn’t fundamentally change who they are for love of a man, and in theory Hans Christian Anderson wrote it for a ballerina with whom he fell in love. She was marrying someone else who wouldn’t let her dance.
This beautiful animal is Red-bellied short-necked turtle. It is found in Australia and Papua New Guinea, and in Australia it is highly endangered. These stunning colours are highly pronounced as infants and juveniles, but fade as they age. They reach about ten inches (25cm) in length.