Life is falling to pieces: an illustrated journal

Life tends to suck if you let it. An illustrated journal about the way I've totally screwed up my life and (hopefully) how I'm going to get myself out of it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Entry #40 I need an instruction manual on human behaviors, particularly my own

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The two different times one each page indicate that one was written on the train ride into the city, and one on the train ride home. Inking on the train doesnt happen, thats why this post is up some around midnight. :P


Blogger Kuntry Konfession said...

the expressions on your drawings are great! Sometimes long writings is a bore but seeing that you write well AND illustrates it, makes it a real pleasure! Thanks!

By the way, procrastination is a sense of detachment. Maybe you're just not fully awake yet? The sun rises at different times for different people. Me, personally, I like to sleep.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Even though I am going into medicine ... I hate hospitals. I hate to worry about things until they become a problem, and hospitals remind me of all of the things there are to worry about.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Secret Sara said...

I'm with you on the "don't worry about it until you have something to worry about" philosophy.
Nothing is wrong with that, you're concerned but not dwelling. Keeps the blood pressure down. Until you know you should be worried.
My fingers are crossed in your favor! ~~Sara~~

8:38 AM  
Blogger Shan said...

Your reaction, Serena, is just as healthy as the reaction of a very nervous person. By not worrying, you allow yourself to remain clearsighted and you are able to support your boyfriend by being strong. Someone could be nervous about this and that would also be a normal, healthy reaction, but they would have to work harder to be supportive to their loved one. What you should think about, though, is how you will react if you do receive bad news. Often, not worrying when there is no problem can result in an overreaction when there a problem arises.

I hope everything goes well.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I wish I had the ability to not worry about things until I know I have something to worry about. My boyfriend can do that too. I envy you guys. Sometimes my mind gets rolling and I create a whole movie in my mind of how the tragic events will lay out. Then I have to smack myself in the forehead.

You're pretty neat. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Wanna link blogs? Whether you do or not, I'm putting yours on mine.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Margie said...

Serena, I think that is a valid reaction. There is no right or wrong way to react (and hopefully your boyfriend understands this and doesn't see your reaction as unfeeling).

I am sorta the same way. Cautiously optimistic. I know what it could be, but like you, no sense worrying until you know for sure that there IS something to worry about.

Isn't leukemia a form of cancer though?

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Was your character drawing inspired, in part, by a comic called "For Better Or For Worse"? There is a striking similarity to Elizabeth Patterson.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Not at all. Thats an interesting comparison though, one that I'd never even remotely considered. (I was always more of a Calvin and Hobbes reader than For Better or Worse.)

My drawing style is pretty much my own, inspired by, if anything, Saturday morning cartoons? I dunno. I've never really tried to copy any style, and just stuck with developing my own. I noticed later on in high school people that could draw awesome things in the style of Marvel or DC or Anime... but after focusing on learning to draw those characters, those characters were pretty much all they could draw. Its influence shining through anything they did original. So since then, I don't even attempt to try and master someone else's style. :P

12:19 AM  
Blogger Paj said...

I was about to say your art reminded me of "box Office Poison's" Alex Robinson. Mainly due to thegreat facial expressions in your drawings.

4:42 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

Heh, I havent even heard of that one! :D

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so smart! Do you want to marry me?

9:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Wow, marriage proposals on blog comments - fantastic!

I agree with everyone who's said there's no right or wrong way to react to this kind of situation... the way you react is your own, and there's nothing you can do to change it. And it's good, in that it means you can think more clearly and be more supportive of your boyfriend than if you'd been thrown into the blind panic of a billion 'what ifs'.

I hope (obviously) that the tests show that it's nothing to worry about.

2:23 AM  
Blogger Red11 said...

Thousands of really great comic book artists openly admit that they started copying there favorite artists before developing there own style though.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

And I'm not knocking them. Copying the work of others has been a long standing practice and tradition in the art world for hundreds of years. Study and learn the style of the masters, then break away and develop your own style from there. Learning from another person's style or techniques helps to expand your abilities and where you go from there is up to you.

I'm just saying that was something I noticed on my own when I was much younger and based it off of people I knew who were not professional artists. Someone who goes into art professionally works hard at improving their style over time and also looks to more than one influence. Thats not to say that if you are really impressed by a particular style of art or illustration that it wont influence your style of drawing. Also, most people dont put in the effort to make their abilities well rounded, thus, what I noticed is pretty much true. Its not that some people arent fantastic artists of a particular genre of artwork, its just that many of them don't have the versitility to break away from that and develop a style of their own. I think Aaron Gruder writes a pretty damn good comic, but you can't tell me he wasn't heavily influenced by manga.

Also, you have to keep in mind that for many many years I had no master plan to write or illustrate my own comics, mostly drawing only for fun. I could probably scan some comicy drawings I did back when I was twelve and you'd see stylistic similarites to what I still do now, only its far more crude.

Blah! I'm ranting! Look what you've gone and made me do. :P Heh.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I wasn't suggesting that you are copying someone's style. Just that the character you draw (which is yourself, right?) is similar to one in the "For Better Or For Worse" comic.
I like the way you situate the pictures, like the girl poking her head in from the side of the page. Thinking beyond the art and focusing on the media.

11:58 PM  

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