Who I Am: Writer Edition

Okay, so after writing the Artist-me post, I realized that I could still introduce Writer-me, since I am still working on the ‘writing blog posts without third party prompts’ thing. (Whether I should write this must be determined by a jury of my peers at a later date.)

So again, I present the duality of my self-as-writer: Non-fiction vs Fiction.

The non-fiction writing I do is very much me, in that when I am writing, when it is my voice and information being imparted, I write like I think. Literally. This is my train of thought, here on this page. I don’t sit down and bullet point each segment, I don’t craft a thesis, I don’t worry about the conclusion. I fix on a topic, and type. (This is great, usually, for word count, but grammar often gets left behind, and I have a tendency to ramble in parentheses and commas. [I even find the need to do parentheses within parentheses, because I have issues.] It means I always did well in English, but I didn’t get straight-As.) What you see on this blog and any other social media is me, talking to you, via ink and pixel.

Fiction me is another beast entirely. When writing a story, I’m not really the one telling the story; I’m more like a conduit than a crafter. (Don’t get me wrong, it is my story, and I am the one writing it, but for me writing is more like uncovering a story that is already out there, fully formed, and less like building a story brick by brick) Therefore, how I tell a story- the tone, the rhythm, the flavour, if you will- differs wildly depending on who and what it’s about. For example, one of my stories is a third person narration, wherein the narrator is invisible, while another might still be third person, but the narrator has much more personality (without being a straight up character, or first person.)

And that’s me.


Who I Am: Artist Edition

Well, guys, it’s been a week since I finished the blogging challenge, and while it was fun, I think I will be cutting back to once a week posts. Probably.

Anyway, we are now solidly in the first week of April, and let me tell you, this is going to be a busy month. My dad and brother are in-state, so I’ve been able to see them on the weekends, and this weekend is their last one on the mainland. Next week, I’m moving to a new place (all to myself, no less!) and then a week and a half after that, t’will be my birthday, and hopefully I’ll be doing a lot of art pieces to sell before then.

Right. So, I thought today, I could introduce ‘Myself-as-Artist’ (to be read in snooty accents) since you’ve got a taste of ‘Me-as-Writer’ (rambling, random, bit weird) over the last month.

Generally speaking, I gravitate to bold colors and interesting textures, complex minimalism (yay oxymorons), and clean line work. How stringently I stick to that in my own work depends on the medium I’m using at the time.

For digital art, I mostly stick to vector art, and it’s almost always a heavily stylized look. I use pencil, paper, and Adobe Illustrator almost exclusively for this. I mostly do portraits/character design, but I have been known to dabble in logos and landscapes.

For studio art, I like painting and sketching, but mostly painting. While I have painted with oils (in class) and I enjoyed it, I actually prefer painting with coffee. Until recently, I only painted world maps with coffee, but I have started to branch out some. Though I think my will always be stylistic as opposed to realistic, my ‘traditional art’ is usually much less cartoony than the vector art.

Finally, I deeply enjoy folding paper cranes. You put disable object near me, I will attempt to make it into a crane. I don’t put this under the traditional art yet, because while it is an art form in and of itself, but I’ve always looked at it as a part of something else I want to make. I know I want to do sculptures/wall art with them, things you can decorate a home or a gallery with, but I don’t really know what that is, yet.