Let us mourn the death of the great Ghengis Khan 😦
No, it was well deserved.
Last night I started a let’s play series of Crusader Kings on youtube if anyone’s interested in seeing how the game plays out. I’m looking at you Kid Cork 😛
Also I guess the Weltschmerz Media Network is a thing lol
What? I’m not sure either, so let us see where this is going. I started reading subjectively bad vampire novels last summer in an attempt to show that there is worse things out there then ‘Twilight’. Twilight is pulp culture youth fiction which had the misfortune to become popular, and I say misfortune because now we have the fanfiction “50 Shades of Grey”, which is a whole ‘nother bag of vomit hidden by a bulimic teenager because she doesn’t want my parents hearing me flushing the toilet again and again.
But enough about hypothetical teenagers. Detroit is in currently in it’s infancy of winter, and after warming myself with sweet fermented whatever, I couldn’t get ‘The Little Mermaid’ out of my head. I hadn’t watched in years, so I thought, why not? Movie starts and everything is as I remember it, including my discomfort resulting from Triton’s unusually close relationships with his daughters.
The scene plays out when Ariel sees Prince Eric for the first time, and she goes all gooey-eyed. This is not surprising, as they already established that she has an obsession with the creatures who eat her friends. Eric almost drowns, Ariel saves him, Sebastian squeals,blah blah blah. Then, when her father confronts her with the whole ‘if we’re Poland those guys are Nazi Germany, what’s wrong with you?’ she shouts:
“Daddy I LOVE him!” Yup, the guy she saw once. Then, at the age of sixteen she changes everything about herself, abandoning her family and friends to be with this guy she hardly knows. Who’s not the same species as herself. And, as stated above, boils her citizens ALIVE.
BAM! ‘The Little Mermaid’ is the original ‘Twilight’.
I’d like to mention, Ursula is an amazing villain. She’s robust, overtly sexual, and sardonic. When promising Ariel legs for her voice, the girl causally mentions that she’d never see her family again, to which Ursula says:
“That’s right…But you’ll have your man. Life’s full of tough choices, innit? Hm hm hmm!” Just dripping with sarcasm. Then, as she contiunes with her villain song:
The men up there don’t like a lot of blabber
They think a girl who gossips is a bore!
Yet on land it’s much prefered for ladies not to say a word
And after all dear, what is idle babble for?
Come on, they’re not all that impressed with conversation
True gentlemen avoid it when they can
But they dote and swoon and fawn
On a lady who’s withdrawn
It’s she who holds her tongue who get’s a man
In Disney movies, the villain’s song is used to show the villains motivations, or let the viewer know how the villains morels are corrupted. You know, mustache twirling. But those lyrics up there aren’t Ursula’s views/morels on society. She’s mocking Ariel’s views. In 1989, the villain in a Disney movie made the best commentary on the continuing trope of a woman giving up everything that is herself for a boyfriend, then dismissing it as ‘ true love!’. Ursula, the villain, (and who we, by story-telling standards, should not be rooting for,) is a strong, independent and brazen woman who could give two fucks about what anyone thinks about her. She may be on the heavier side, but she rocks it with feminine up-keep and sensuality. (Plus she loves her pets.) Ariel’s the heroine, and she’s insipid, weak, and even with a voice, I doubt she has very much to say. I mean, the only thing she finds interesting is humans. What is she going to do once she is one? Talk to humans about humans all the time?
Therefore when feeling disgust for the weak, beach-ball heroine that is Bella Swan, remind yourself: This has been the case FOR AGES. So let’s forget about the women who’d do anything for love, and start hanging out with the unleashed, equals which are female villains.
I often wonder in art classes (and even more often in general throughout life), “what’s the point?” Like, for example, what’s the point of me being able to accurately paint something based on a reference image when other students use projectors to trace images onto their canvas? I’m not trying to say that their process is any less valid. I guess I’m just pessimistic sometimes all of the time. What’s the point in painting when you can photoshop images together? What’s the point in anything, really?
I don’t know if I will ever find the answer but I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Something that helped inspire this thought was an art professor trying to argue the point that “beautiful” is not a way to describe art. I get it, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, I argued back by saying, “is it not our idea of beauty that draws us to art in the first place?” She replied with, “Oh boy….”
A couple of weeks ago, I overheard two girls in my ceramics class talking about meaning in art. They kept saying that they didn’t want their art to have meaning, they just wanted to make stuff that looked cool. This was the exact mindset I had until overhearing their conversation. At that moment, I realized that I was just making excuses. I just wanted to be lazy and not have to think about what I was making. This is also something that led me to start thinking more about the point of art. But really, what’s the point of putting so much energy and time into something that doesn’t mean anything to you?
Oh right, to make money.
I say do things for the point of doing them. The fact that they are a part of your life is the biggest point of all. I think the only advice that I can give anyone at this time (including myself) is to just keep doing what you want to do. Don’t worry about memorizing fancy terms to keep up with art snobs. The important information will come with practice. And if you find yourself making something that doesn’t mean anything, consider it practice. Not everybody makes art for the same reason but I think that any reason is valid, even if that means making stuff that looks cool. After all, we can ask what the point is of a lot of things.
Off to watch some sweet sweet American Horror Story ❤
Since I’ve had a lot of time off work lately, I might as well make something of being partially laid off. So I have a request! Friends! Can any of you help me add any depth to the coloring of this? I can’t seem to make the shadowing and highlights look any better 😦 HELP! HELP!
Got some help editing it, close but not done D: