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Life-Drawing

Behind a locked door,

I can only think about

Simple compass circles,

And I am forced to steady my mind.

 

Your forest eyes follow me –

Will she? Will she really do this?

Slowly, I pull off one sleeve and then another.

You take me at my word,

Settling on a pose.

“Are you sure you can stay still?”

Are you sure? Are you sure you want this?

I nod, lounging across your pillow.

 

Every curve and crease

Drifts onto blank paper.

It’s the first you’ve worked me out

In pencil lines and ebony charcoal –

I couldn’t draw as you do.

You’d laugh at my sloppy lines

And squiggled fingers.

Artists scrutinize every motion,

But it’s better to lie here, still,

Soaking in sun through the cracks in your blinds.

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The Burial, Photo from http://alexandra-sophie.fr/the-burial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You capture the feel of my skin,

The light that strikes my eyes,

And the thump of my heart.

I am merely lines and shadows

To a cross-hatched world in your mind.

 

Finally, work ceases.

You move to me

With shaking hands.

I grasp hold of each,

Pulling you to me,

And close my eyes to feeling.

Creativity is never easy

How do you deal with wanting to be creative but not having any idea on how to bring your thoughts to life? You know when you have these great ideas for a song, a story, a drawing, or anything in between but you have no clue as to how to write them down or draw them out? Those are the kinds of struggles I deal with on a regular basis. Creativity is what drives my soul, my thoughts, my passion for life. Creating things from scratch, putting your own mark on something that you make is one of the create joys in this world. But what do you do when you’re stuck, when you don’t know how to create?

Never give up. Who know what will happen. Gif from Tumblr
Never give up. Who knows what will happen. Graphic from tumblr.com

When it comes to creating anything, you can’t be a perfectionist. My main issues when creating is hating almost everything I make, throwing it away, and then becoming frustrated with myself to the point where I just give up. That’s the exact opposite of what you want to do. In my situation, when I write, I hate it. I stop writing for weeks at a time because I become discouraged. However, the way to become better is to never give up, to keep writing and never throw anything you create away. Someone once told me that when you write something to never get rid of it because in a month or two from now, you’ll come back to it and maybe you’ll realize it isn’t as bad as you thought and you could, potentially, build on it and use it, resulting in something amazing.

When you create something, it’s never going to be easy and that’s the part I struggle with the most. I think that it should be easy, that I should be able to do this instantaneously and be able to whip out some song in the matter of minutes, but that just isn’t realistic. I don’t think any singer, writer, producer, director, artist, or anyone is field of arts has ever had it easy, has never been frustrated or mad at themselves. But, from what I know, the outcome is worth the pain and frustration you go through. You should never give up. I should never give up because what can happen with a little determination is incredible.

Submitting on a whim

Artists, Whim has a great opportunity for you! Whether you’re a doodler,  sculptor, photographer, or painter, we at Whim are interested in showcasing your work. There isn’t a limit , so submit all of your favorite pieces.

You can submit your work via the “Submit a Story” tab on Whim’s homepage.  Once you follow that link, you must fill in a bit of information and request an account for your art submissions. You’ll be contacted by one of the Whim staff, who will message you back and give you all of the information you need to get going.

Eventually, we hope to devote an entire to RU student art, with subcategories for  various media. We hope to get the ball rolling with a student “Doodles” tab that features art on students’ tests, lecture notes, and homework.

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“Whether you’re a doodler, sculptor, photographer, or painter, we at Whim are interested in showcasing your work.”

 

The only requirement are that images aren’t obscene, and are clearly visible when scanned and submitted to us at Whim..

Even if youpersonally don’t plan on submitting anything, tell your friends. Even if they just draw silly doodles next to their notes, they might be interested in getting published online. It’s great to start building a portfolio. Student media is very valuable in that respect. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Contact us soon with any questions and we’ll work with you.

Continuing into the future, Whim will be working with all RU students to help them gain some experience with student media and expanding their portfolios. We will be looking for examples of your creativity through various art mediums, as well as our traditional written word. Submissions and questions are welcome!

 

Maybe It’s Maybelline…

Ever dreamed of being a model on a billboard, commercial or even on the cover of a magazine?

Being a model for the art department isn’t much “fame,” but it’s better than the perception of models tends to be. You don’t have to change your body or the way you look. No Photoshop is applied, no editing (other than erasing), and not one single time do they look at you thinking, “I wish she was skinnier, taller, prettier, etc.”  The only thing they might change about me is my outfit, my pose and the location of where they draw me. Continue reading Maybe It’s Maybelline…