What symbol represents a blog?
Well, just.. a blog.
This is the tenth in my WHATS YOUR SUPER POWER? series. Do you know what that means?
I finished it! Hooray! I'm so proud of myself.
This is far from the biggest project I've finished, but its one of the few that was completely mine. Not an assignment for work or school, no credit from anyone else but me.
And, independent of this project, I've been blogging much more regularly than I thought I would when I started a few months ago. It's actually fun. And also a super power.
ALSO. Guess what came last night--just in time to post with the last entry of this series?
MY SHIRT! I had Richard snap a quick picture of me in it. Against a wall, because thats where pictures always turn out funny looking, so I have an excuse ;-).
This one is a little embarassing. Not to mention ridiculous. Because really, why would an animator want a shirt I designed when they can draw so much better than I can?
Don't argue. You know it's true.
It took me so much scribbling and erasing and tweaking just to get this little sequence of a simple blobby figure.
Well, it is what it is. I did my best. I don't claim to have this super power.
Some people are just super cool and their brains work in ways that I just can't comprehend.
Me, I feel proud of myself when I plunk through some music that somebody else wrote. And I've sung alto for long enough that sometimes I can make up a harmony for something that doesn't sound too bad.
But I can't actually make up songs myself. That takes serious skill.
Or should I say a super power.
This next one is probably the most mysterious to me. I'm proud of myself for just knowing how to drive a car. (I can now drive stick--are you impressed? Yeah. Didn't think so.)
But what the heck goes on inside of a car?
I really don't know.
People who have this knowledge are really impressive to me. Like, super hero impressive.
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A few years ago, I happened to be reading in "my spot" in my college apartment--the end seat of the couch, nearest to the table lamp. I don't remember exactly what I was reading, but I know around that time it was likely to be something by Elizabeth Wein or Dorothy Sayers. I do know that I really wanted to be paying attention to my book, but one of my roommates had a guy friend over, who I think she kinda liked. While they talked, she admitted that one of the things she really wanted to do was write for children.
This guy didn't think that was cool or interesting. "Oh, thats easy," he said, and made a sort of scribbling motion, showing how effortless it would be to write a children's story.
I wrote a somewhat less coherent blog post about it at the time.
I still have a grudge against that guy. And I only met him once.
Well, maybe grudge is the wrong word. I'm just very frustrated by that attitude in general, and in my mind that guy is kind of a representation of anyone who thinks writing is easy.
Writing books is hard, people.
Especially books for kids.
Its basically a super power.
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Just for the record, there are only 2 "super powers" in this series of 10 that I actually have. And this is one of them, kind of. I mean, I'm still working on it.
Narrowing down what to do for this one was hard. Should I just say, "I PAINT"? I really wanted to do "I PAINT PORTRAITS" because that is one that I really admire.
Eventually I decided to go with "I PAINT WITH OILS," mostly because I think oil painting is awesome. But also I feel like other people have this sort of "super power" attitude about it, like some how its so much harder than acrylics or watercolor or gouache, or digital painting for that matter. I think it just depends who you are. I happen to think oil painting is easier than all of those, but most people seem to disagree with me.
I mean, I take it back. Oil painting is super hard and is a super power.
Seriously. I see people make amazing painterly pictures and I'm amazed and ecstatic and depressed all at once. I mean, I love that these beautiful pictures exist, but I am so not there yet.
Yep. Definitely have some mixed feelings about this super power.
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This next one might seem a bit strange, but this really is a skill I admire. Its not one I ever plan to develop myself, which makes me appreciate even more that there are people who actually spend the time to get really good at it.
The admiration is a recent thing, because for about 20 years I never really had to worry about it much. But then I decided chop off my waist-length hair (after coming home from the Philippines) and a good hair cut became valuable.
Every day you look in the mirror and see yourself. And a good haircut really helps you to feel good about what you see. You especially know what I'm talking about if you've ever had a really bad haircut. Or tried to do it yourself, the results of which I've seen myself. Not naming any names.
I love when I've recently had my hair cut and my whole head feels so light.
And how and it basically does itself. _
And how you run your fingers through it, but come to the end early.
Yep. Hair cutting is pretty awesome.
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I took ballet for a few years. It was fun, sometimes. But mostly it was hard. And I never even made it to the level where we got to use pointe shoes.
Ballerinas are crazy strong and tough. For proof, you can search "ballerina feet" in google images. But not if you're squeamish.
And that is why I think dancing ballet is a super power.
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The second in my "Whats your super power?" series is one I've dabbled in, but I haven't dedicated the time to really develop the skill set. Whenever I've attempted something really difficult, I've always had some super skilled/super-powered individual to walk me through the process.
But seriously. Sewing is hard. Especially clothes, that like, fit.
I always end up putting the wrong side up at some point and having to pull out all the stitches. Or the bobbin gets all tangled and you have to take it out and cut out the knots and put it all back in. That is, assuming that you got the machine threaded correctly in the first place.
And then patterns are a whole 'nother headache. There are little triangles and squares and arrows that are supposed to line up with something somewhere, and also presumably make sense. Which they don't, usually. To me anyway. Maybe one day I'll get it all figured out.
Some people can sew. Whats your super power?
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Everybody who follows me on facebook is probably sick of my sourdough pictures. I keep posting them. I can't help it--I'm so excited about what I've learned. I've really come a long way from my first small, flat, brick-like, much-too-sour loaf. Was that only a couple months ago?
I have now learned to harness the powers of organisms too small to see to make something beautiful and delicious!
Its basically like a superpower.
I thought, Wouldn't that be great on a shirt?
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The idea didn't stop there, though.
I thought, there are a whole lot of skills that take a lot of time and study to develop. Skills that are amazing and difficult to understand. So, why not do a whole series of super power images?
Thats what I did.
I have created designs for 10 real-life "superpowers", most of which I don't actually have, but wish I did. I think that the people who do should be able to show off their skills with an awesome t-shirt or poster.
I'm not the first to have this idea. A quick internet search shows me a few shirts saying "I'm a mom, whats your superpower?" and "I'm a dad, whats your superpower?" and a few others--teacher, nurse, firefighter etc. Those are all cool, but I wanted to focus on skill sets that aren't necessarily an occupation, or whatever you call being a mom or a dad. I created designs for "superpowers" which I haven't already seen on a similar shirt--which isn't to say they don't exist, just that I haven't seen them. And, I wanted them to be well designed--most of those I saw were just illustrated with clipart, if at all. I wasn't too jazzed about the font choices either. And the overall design wasn't amazing either. Yeah, sometimes I can be an art snob.
So, this was also an artistic challenge for myself. I wanted to create a set of images that hang together and look good. My criteria were these:
I'll be posting 1 each weekday starting today, until all 10 are posted. Stay tuned!
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