More flamewars in the SJ forum. Blech. *pulls out the clue-by-four*
I remember when I first realized that there were people out there who actually liked to bicker and be nasty to other people ... who thought that it was somehow very funny to be insulting and rude and stir up trouble. Until then, I'd just sorta assumed, I guess, that the personality type was a construct created to make stories, and nasty people I met in the world around me just didn't realize they were being nasty, or would grow out of it. The idea of there really being Eris / Loki types who genuinely liked to just be nasty for its own sake is so far removed from my nature, that I can't really wrap my mind around it.
It's bad enough when generally well-meaning people have conflicts, either real or perceived ... it's another thing when there's somebody whose express intention is to incite sparks as some kind of perverse power trip. I just find that revolting, and in my own forum, I don't have to tolerate it.
I can't go into a bookstore without looking at the art technique section; it's just one of those things, y'know? There's a "How to Draw Manga" series that I've been gradually picking up one at a time that a lot of good info in it, even though I don't use the manga style directly. The underlying concepts of artwork are pretty much the same, style is just a veneer spread over the final result, so to speak.
Anyway, at lunch today Laurie and I stepped over to Borders on a whim and I hunkered down in the art corner and looked through the books. ( Collapse )