Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.
The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”
"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.
So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.
Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.
Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”
michelle and I have a pact where we cant sleep with someone until we know their chipotle order
and lemme tell you I must look like such a freak when I literally push someone off of me and yell WAIT WHAT DO U PUT IN UR BOWL
Harry Potter tumblr style // inspired by (x)
I saw this ad under an article. I don’t know what the fuck this ad is trying to fucking imply
I want to eat an avocado with an egg in it
I need to make this happen
before eating carbs (every time)
"lemme get a Boosie fade"
So I heard you like perfect loops
no fucking way
how very fucking dare you
How many innocent cats have been lifted in the air because of The Lion King?
If you ever think your parents are too hard on you just remember that Mufasa materialized as a cloud to tell Simba to get his shit together.
|—||GoT fandom (via makingfunofthestarks)|
- are you a perfectionist? at all? if so, buy a notebook/sketchpad and call it “imperfect art notebook”. Let yourself make as many mistakes as you want on every page. After all, the whole point of that notebook is to be imperfect. Certain things in it should be wrong. This will help you get over the fear of “ruining” your notebook with bad art.
- draw simple straight lines, curvy lines, circles and squares. Then trace over them as many times as you can. This should help you gain control over your lines + learn to steady your hands.
- when practicing, give yourself a challenge. If you paint with a brush too big, it’s going to be even easier when you paint with one the right size. Try making color schemes with limited palettes. Try making landscapes only with basic shapes. Give yourself restrictions. Then see how much better you do without them.
- try doing a 30 day drawing challenge. a lot of them are super fun.
- you can make a blog to keep track of your progress + share your work with others more easily. The art community on tumblr is really welcoming (in my experience).
- drawing with your friends is super fun. You can go get coffee together and doodle the coffee shop around you as you talk. You can make a game of it where you draw one panel of a comic, your friend draws the next one, you draw the next one, and so on. You can make silly caricatures of each other to practice.
- take inspiration from other people. Look at art online. Look at the techniques and tools used by your favorite artists. Read art history books. Maybe even take a class if you can. If you see a style that you like, play around with it. If you see an idea that you like, try to make your own twist on it.
- Study light! Study the difference between artificial and natural light. Study shades. A simple and easy place to start: look out your window on a bright day, and write/draw down what you see. Do it again on a gloomy rainy day, and compare.
- Other helpful things to study: composition, proportions, color theory, character/environment design (pro tip: if you study the way lines + basic shapes interact in nature and have been used in history, it will help you understand design much more easily).
- Okay so I know I just said a lot of stuff which can seem really overwhelming when you’re just starting, but here’s the thing: do it one step at a time. Start by putting your pencil on paper (or stylus on tablet or whatever it is you use). Make lines. See what happens. Keep drawing. Bring a notebook and a pen with you when you go out in case inspiration strikes. If you get a cool idea and think “I’ll draw that when I’m better!” or “I wish I was good enough to draw that”, ignore that voice and draw it now. Of course it won’t be as good as you want it to be. That’s okay. Nobody makes a masterpiece their first try, but nobody makes a masterpiece without that first try either. Read an art book or check an artist’s website every now and then. Study the things I told you or ignore what I said and do your own thing. Do this whatever way is funnest for you, but keep doing it. Draw as often as possible. You’ll do great.
- bonus resources:
free andrew loomis art books
color scheme designer
figure & gesture drawing tool
help you draw tumblr (a collection of art tutorials and tips)
eatsleepdraw (good art inspiration)
fire alpaca (good free digital painting software)
blambot (comic fonts and lettering)
user created color palettes
50 art journal prompts
TALK SHIT GET HIT