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Gorillaz’s “DoYaThing” - Storyboards
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My weak ass literally can’t fathom how Korra managed to survive the Book 3 Finale? Like. She fought back her instinct to revert to the Avatar State (to preserve the cycle), broke out of some hardcore chains, and kicked Zaheer’s stinky ass all while fighting through painful and debilitating mercury poisoning? … Korra is UNREAL - equalistmako
And she had some broken bones when she chained Zaheer.
APPRECIATION & INTERVIEW
Varis: A pursuit of the most genuine truth
To celebrate the end of Breaking Bad Appreciation Week, I thought it would be fitting to share this interview with Kseniya (aka Varis), one of my favorite creators of Breaking Bad fan art. About 9 months ago, I stumbled upon this portrait of Walter White, paired with a Florence + The Machine lyric, “I was in the darkness, so darkness I became.” And with that, I developed a serious crush. Her Tumblr is sparse, with trickles of art, random thoughts, quotes and snapshots of her life – all it did was make me curious about this potentially devious, beautiful mind.
The 25-year-old Russian med school student was kind enough to answer some my questions recently from her hometown in Yekaterinburg (“a big industrial center where the last Russian Tsar’s family was murdered”). I learned that she is charmingly humble, incredibly thoughtful, and that art is an “enthusiastic hobby” that gives her peace during general clinical training (en route to a specialty in psychiatry or forensic medicine).
I was surprised to discover that you are a med school student and that art is a hobby. When did you start creating art? How did you get into making art?
It had happened practically by accident. During my last year in high school, I’d gotten myself into a creative painting class. I can’t say they taught me anything, but just being there once a week and painting shapes with watercolors brought such peace of mind. It was virtually overwhelming. I’ve kept the habit afterwards.
Did you ever consider pursuing art as a career?
Oh, I would love to. But at the moment, I don’t consider myself to be skilled enough to try prying into the field. There is still so much to learn.
I have to confess that I have a bit of a crush on your art. It has this sad, dark, ethereal quality to it. It’s really quite beautiful. How would you describe your style of art?
Thank you. It is a very nice thing to read, since I have the greatest crush in your blog. Dark and sad are curious concepts. I’d like to think of my style, if I even have one to begin with, as contemplative and maybe just a bit self-searching. Measuring the balance between light and darkness, happiness and sadness, but never truly sorrowful. I’ve always considered art to be a pursuit for the most genuine, if arduous truth. At the very least, that is something worth striving for.
What artists do you consider influences?
The first one who comes to mind is El Greco, with his bright and cold color palette. Then there’s Caravaggio, whose style is remarkable for its dramatic lightning and the use of vast spreads of negative space. Both are unexcelled masters, whom I endlessly admire. Whether it was consciously or not, I believe to some extent I have adopted these distinctive features of their work, so it may be considered an influence.
Typically, your pieces use a black background. Why do you prefer black backgrounds?
The color of black provides a good contrast, making the subject explode off the canvas. Everything appears to look brighter and more defined. I also like the feeling of how the other colors seem to break through the blackness, or rather overcome it.
What impresses me most about your work is your use of light. Can you speak about the role of light in your work?
I feel like light is the most changeable value in a painting, possessing the ability to shift and change the subject itself. The way certain lighting can alter the lineament, emphasizing some of the features, and concealing the others, is nothing short of mesmerizing. Light is a most crucial thing – after all, it is the very phenomenon that makes the act of seeing possible. Needless to say, I enjoy painting lightning effects a lot.
Your Tumblr is predominantly filled with Breaking Bad art. What do you like most about the show?
I love Breaking Bad for lots and lots of reasons; the most prominent one is the show’s deep insight into human nature. Everything about the series is so dark and poetic at the same time. I love it’s precise and honest writing, portraying the characters as these flawed, yet complex and multilayered creatures that humans truly are. It raises the show above the usual conventionality of entertainment media.
What’s your favorite episode of Breaking Bad and why?
I’d say it would be ‘Fly’. It’s marvelously shot, and I find it amazing how this episode manages to keep viewers attention, while being so minimalist and secluded. In addition, it bears some beautiful symbolism and dialogue that provide additional insight into the characters. (‘Pilot,’ ‘4 Days Out,’ and ‘Full Measure’ are some of her other favorites).
What’s your favorite piece of Breaking Bad fan art by another artist?
Oh, there’s way too many to mention! There are a lot of works I like, which is no wonder, considering how inspiring the show is.
What’s your process for creating art? Do you have a ritual or routine? Paint us a mental picture of you making your art. After reading your Tumblr, I have a very specific picture in my mind.
I prefer to work by the early morning or late evening, when nothing would interrupt me. I paint in my room, which is mostly white and filled with books, while listening to the music. Music is undoubtedly a great contribution to everything I do. Sometimes my dogs come to lie at my feet as well. Basically, it is a very peaceful experience. I would even go so far as to call it therapeutic.
Which pieces are you most proud of? Which ones are your favorite?
It’s quite difficult for me to answer this question, since I don’t get attached to my work. Usually I forget about it, once it’s finished. Although I can say I like how my latest Walter and Gustavo portraits came out.
How are the internet and digital technologies important to you as an artist?
It surely means a lot. For instance, I wouldn’t be answering this question right now, if not for the internet. Technologies help to bring people together, allowing them to share opinions and spread ideas. It’s really amazing how you can freely speak online with someone from another side of the globe, not to mention the sheer opportunity of gaining an access to the millennia of human knowledge and culture, contained in the worldwide network.
What’s the strangest question you’ve been asked on Tumblr?
Usually people ask what I use (it’s Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Intuos4 tablet) or say something nice regarding the paintings. However, just recently some virtuous soul has compared my most humble self to Dr. Lecter. Must be the choice of career, I suppose.
You sign all your pieces Varis. What does your pseudonym mean?
My pseudonym was derived from the Finnish language, and it means ‘a crow’. It also translates as ‘an heir’ from Turkish, if I’m not mistaken. Varis was the first alias I ever used on the internet, so I decided to keep it as my artistic pseudonym as well.
Why use a pseudonym? I never really understood why artists do this.
I guess it’s an attempt to draw a distinct line between one’s personal and artistic life, so to speak. The use of pseudonym is a matter of keeping one’s privacy, while being allowed to perform interpersonal interactions and integrate within the specific community. Basically, a pseudonym provides an opportunity to express and perform as an individual, while not dragging your entire life story along.
Why don’t you sell your artwork on websites like Society6 or Redbubble?
In fact, I’m planning to in the near future! [Update: She now has a shop on Society6.]
What’s next for your art?
I’ll keep on practicing. I hope that one day I’ll improve my skills enough to make a proper series of illustrations as a tribute to my favorite classic novels.
Follow Varis at: horrible-device.tumblr.com
– Interview by Shayne Bowman, Heisenberg Chronicles
“Life is only on earth, and not for long.” -Melancholia (2011)
gods | Excalibur (republished w/permission)
My contribution for the @fmazine ! It was really an honour to be in this zine !
intense childhood memories cues
Syd with a little Bee for @pennylane1975
Syd listening to records for @kira5
Hope you guys don’t mind that I combined your requests! Thanks for being patient hope you like it :)