(Plus a random short film about the dangers of trying too hard to fit in)
Another hodgepodge of art-related stuff:
In The Rising Gore Girls of Instagram, Hazel Cills discusses how creating ridiculously realistic gore/special effects makeup is gaining popularity among young women.
She writes that "In an industry that increasingly demands young women be “well”—which so often means conventionally pretty, gooey, laboriously clean inside and out—it is refreshing that there is a parallel Instagram universe where girls are using makeup to make themselves look purposefully unwell. Perhaps even half-dead."
Check it out the photos, they're amazing. I saw this in action a couple of weeks ago at the children's library I work at. Two kids came up to me to show off their (what I thought were real) busted up faces (nothing too horrible, a black eye, a little blood, but still, I freaked out because I seriously thought they had just been in a fight). Turns out, one of them was just really into this type of makeup. She mentioned that she'd picked up this skill simply from watching YouTube videos. I actually hate gore and horror movies, but this artistic side of it is intriguing and awesome to me.
Keep at it, girls.
Speaking of artistic gore/violence, I came across this super creepy doll video on Captain Awkward's blog (CA is fantastic, btw, and I will have to get around to sharing some of the career advice she gives to artists). Though I try to focus my own blog on painting, drawing, and the like (I know very little about the world of film, music, and dance), this video was too disturbing and mesmerizing to not share.
Lastly, I happened to be riding the train the other day, and happened to notice something interesting on the front page of Metra's newsletter. There's a group of artists called Urban Sketchers Chicago, themselves part of a larger international community of artists who create on-location drawings. There are about 450 members of the Chicago group, and about 10 practice their sketching on the Metra (I'm curious to find out how many sketch on the EL, I'll have to check out their blog more closely some time). Here's one of the drawings: