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the path of the sage must become the path of the hero


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Compassion for the Survivors

I have done a lot of artwork for Trauma Recovery University, to illustrate concepts I am learning about.

In #sexabusechat tonight, someone wrote about wanting to embroider “Knock It Off” and “Made With Love” on a pillow.  Others came up with additional phrases, and I thought they would go well on conversation hearts:

and I remembered that Rachel Thompson had shared a conversation hearts generator some time, back during the Valentine’s season.  So I put a few phrases through that generator, and put it to a collage.  The following was the result:

Collage of Survivor Conversation Hearts. Made with cryptogram.com and collage.com

Now, there is more to be found, but, I figure that it’s just easier to point you dear readers to my Pinterest board.  I avoided Pinterest for the longest time, figuring it was more for moms sharing recipes and the like (like my youngest sister does), but, collecting images on survivorship and recovery from abuse on Pinterest made sense to me, and so I joined.

Oh.  Right.  I guess it’s time to connect my Pinterest account to this blog.  For now, you may find me at https://www.pinterest.com/jaklumen/. The main board I add to is “jak & #NoMoreShame”, but, I do see now that it helps me manage visual content, and so I have a board for Monomyth images, too.

Special thanks to Serins for spotlighting this image

AthenaMoberg-empathyfor 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, and showing me that my artwork can have an impact, far beyond where I initially put it out.


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jak’s turn to post some artwork

In my effort to encourage Princess and Cimmorene to further develop their graphic arts skills, I dug up some images of my own from an old physical archive.  I’m not sure of the dates but I’m pretty sure they’re from the early ’90s.  As they are presented here, they’re scans of freehand sketches, with a little bit of digital editing.  I’m not finished with them yet– they’ll need more digital cleanup and coloring.  In case you were wondering, the second image was originally drawn on college-rule lined paper, and I haven’t eliminated all those lines yet.

The final results will be posted to jak & Cimmy’s Journal Jar.

(Note to stephrogers: rainbows!)

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Hero’s Journey Art: John Preston

Today I am scheduled to have a trial version of a spinal cord stimulator implant.  This is to see if such therapy will be useful.  As such, I will still be reposting old content.  This, however, is the end of the Equilibrium series. Please enjoy (even if you’ve read this before).

When I was looking for media for my posts regarding Equilibrium, searching for just the right things to illustrate the steps of the Monomyth, I came across this fanart at DeviantArt.  I love it, as it sums up the transformation of John Preston so well.

“John Preston” by Elizabeth “Elly” Sevcik. Used by permission; all rights reserved to the artist.

Please do me a favor and visit Elly (vvveverka) at DeviantArt.  She’s got some great work there, and DeviantArt is just a really cool online artist community anyways.  I’ve provided links on the image and the username.  Thanks!

 

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Steve and Herobrine in real life Digital Drawing

Hello, dear readers. Just wanted to take a moment to share my daughter’s adventures in art again.

The description below is her own words on this latest project.

Via Flickr:
There is weird shading in this, but this is one of the few shading practices I have been able to have in a long time. I spent a really long time on this, and other than those faults I listed, I am happy with this picture. I got a bit of experience using GIMP which I used with this pic here, on my Slamacow picture. This started out as a pencil drawing. I was afraid to color it with colored pencils, since it would probably get dirty, and it is best to shade after you color, unless you never wanted to color it at all, or if you wanted a crappy looking drawing. Besides, I said I would make a picture that would be colored and shaded in GIMP, so here it is now. This was mostly based off of my previous Slamacow drawing, which I edited a bit with GIMP and my Slamacow drawing was based off a picture I saw, and I always wondered what the face of Slamacow looked like under the pixelated, animated mask… When I made this, I showed it to my friend, and he thought it was good, (I made him guess what it was) I accidentilly broke the GIMP on my side, so I had to use my dad’s (Jak’s) He did a lot of tiring computer magic, so give him credit for that. So The Digital drawing adventure begins now…

Description by princess and a lot of other stuff too.

I love you all! ❤

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Haikus reveal a hidden Heroes’ Journey

A December haiku challenge for the epic fantasy genre from Rob’s Surf Report via SciFi Haiku: Babylon 5 at Laith’s Ramblings

I present not just one haiku, but three:

Cytropus’s eye
Will gather Ogg’s children home
By means none expect

Gracia and Daedin
Father Sky and Green Woman
Justice and mercy

Half-breeds, all of them
Each born humble and oppressed
Shall be champions

— based on the unfinished Redemption of the Four Kingdoms series by J.R. (jaklumen) and J.A. (Cimmorene/wavemistress) Pratt

If you would like samples of the work so far, please let me know by the contact form or please make a reply here– I will either send them to you or make them part of future posts.  Let me know what you’d like! Thank you.


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Hero’s Journey Art: John Preston

When I was looking for media for my posts regarding Equilibrium, searching for just the right things to illustrate the steps of the Monomyth, I came across this fanart at DeviantArt.  I love it, as it sums up the transformation of John Preston so well.

“John Preston” by Elizabeth “Elly” Sevcik. Used by permission; all rights reserved to the artist.

Please do me a favor and visit Elly (vvveverka) at DeviantArt.  She’s got some great work there, and DeviantArt is just a really cool online artist community anyways.  I’ve provided links on the image and the username.  Thanks!