I bought some Apple Pencil 2 tips today. Lately I’ve had this super annoying thing where I’m illustrating and out of the blue my pencil decides it’s wants to break out in some wild dance moves or become Ron Weasley’s new magic wand. Weird lines shoot out in random directions and I had to undo to get them out of my illustration and sometimes I don’t notice right away and have to undo several things to get line random lines to go away. Grr. So, I have the iPad Pro and Pencil since last April, and I’ve done a lot of Procreate work in that year. I guess it was time to change the tip. So far the problem is solved with this fix. Throwing this out here in case it helps anyone else.
Jon Kay shared an outdoor shot of somewhere in Toronto with the observation that things seem better when you go outside. It’s been interesting watch Jon and others change their relationship with the outdoors over the course of the pandemic that’s forced us all to live very limited and small lives in very limited and small circles. Things we maybe never noticed before suddenly have become big and significant.
I wonder how this time has changed people in this vein—I wonder how this unpleasant reboot has realigned people. Dysregulation inevitably means change, the only question is how the change will look on the other side. My previous missive said, Make Lemonade. And seeking comfort from nature when a rapidly mutating plague virus mutates and threatens hospital function and therefore locks us all in our homes and locales seems like a good way to Make Lemonade. It’s weird that Toronto has decided to close off cherry blossom trees and golf disk play areas though—why?
Men who think there’s such a thing as Rape Panic or Porn Panic simultaneously amuse and annoy me. Why are they? These manipulative idiots take a grain of truth and douse it in misleading narratives in which they refer to the truth as misleading. The fact that white men used rape as an excuse to lynch black men during the Jim Crow era somehow means women are making it up simply to destroy men—a convenient twisting of the narrative to make women look like the oppressors and men, the victim.
This mindset ignores the fact that these men essentially regarded both women and black men their property—a group of men avenging the rape of one of their women-folk is a group of men exacting revenge for damaging their property and defiling it’s integrity and purity. When I see this line of reasoning invoked, I never see this point raised, ever. Thanks to one of my Twitter mutuals, Donovan, for pointing it out so eloquently. Again and again, we are so eager to blame female people for the actions of men and their inability to control themselves—it is the ongoing sexism no one ever notices.
I did my first commercial commissioned illustration this week and it went dope. It’s one thing to draw something specific on request and another to bring a vision to a piece of writing that isn’t yours. I appreciate the opportunity to develop both skill sets. Being asked to bring someone’s great writing to life feels like a professional treat, to be honest. The challenge becomes amplifying the story/piece and not competing with it to tell your own story with the illustration. A good editor steers well. It’s important to me to work with individuals who aren’t assholes and who do exhibit integrity.
I’m getting my Covid-19 vaccine next Wednesday morning and I feel quite relieved; my partner had it a while back and so now we will both be vaccinated. I get the approach we took here in BC vis à vis freedom vs safety yet I think we could have enforced restrictions more intensely to restrict the unnecessary movement of people locally. This reasoning assumes that this third wave would have been as intense on it’s own all along. I haven’t seen the modelling so I don’t know. I’ve vacillated from feeling like measures are needed to feeling like they are a manipulation when I’ve seen Horgan refuse to enforce them to feeling like they are needed with strict enforcement when I hear from the nurses and docs in the hospitals about the dire situation on the ground.
This is about protecting the system, at the end of it all. It’s about preserving the hospital system. Which was fragile to begin with, pre pandemic, and had often been pushed to capacity temporarily. We don’t have to like. the pandemic or the measures. Reality doesn’t care about your feelings. We are here now.