Discovering Peace within the Chaos: A Word from Me To You

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How a lot espresso is “an excessive amount of” espresso? Severely. I am asking for a buddy…
Due to the ridiculous circumstances of 2020, you’ll find me ingesting one cup of joe after one other from daybreak till late afternoon. Hey – no matter works, proper? Whereas caffeine is clearly my drug of alternative, what different so-called “medicine” have been serving to us survive this loopy 12 months? I can suppose of some: Netflix, DoorDash, crafting, train (or lack thereof), DisneyPlus, and for a lot of, even alcohol. There is a case to be made that many coping mechanisms which were operating amok since March are pretty unhealthy, whether or not it is ingesting an excessive amount of or replaying episodes of Tiger King again and again (Okay, I admit that I binge-watched that present, too!). 

These days I’ve discovered myself engaged in a complete new sort of leisure: podcasts! I really like listening to podcasts, most of which I can hearken to endlessly on Spotify due to my month-to-month membership charge. I’ve actually been having fun with beginning my day by listening to a sermon whereas I make breakfast for my daughter, and within the afternoons (or each time I get within the automobile to drive anyplace, as a result of going leaving the home is a minimal 25-minute drive proper off the bat), I have been listening to podcasts that cowl nationwide and world information. I really like with the ability to merely pay attention. It offers my overworked eyes a much-needed relaxation, and it is more healthy, for my part, than watching tv for hours on finish. That being stated, if anybody has any podcast suggestions for me, please let me know. I am actually stepping into the entire podcast scene! (I am very late to the occasion) 

For me, 2020 has change into an awesome instance of how getting anxious and overwhelmed can actually separate me from the peace and perfection of God. I’m so fast to be concerned or to get offended about one thing, however centering myself on His Phrase is a mild however agency reminder that I’m not in management. Solely He who sits on the throne of heaven is. Jesus is just not contained neither is He in any manner affected by human actions, reactions, or timelines. Once I take a step again from my very own life and understand that each good and ideal factor is from above, and that all the chaos right here is borne from despair and godlessness, I’m optimistically turned again to the reality: my objective on Earth is to not be afraid or to be offended. My objective is to deliver Glory to God in each manner I can, and scripture could be very clear that probably the greatest methods to try this is thru obedience by means of trials and steadfastness in religion throughout chaos. God is just not a God of confusion or dysfunction – he’s a God of justice and righteousness (Isaiah 30:18 and 1 Cor 14:33). Human feelings or immorality can not ever affect the final word end result of this world, and so whereas COVID has been a time of confusion, and whereas the rioting and looting within the streets have been an instance of lawlessness and godlessness in our society, I’ve no worry. God is in management, and the way joyful my life is figuring out that my everlasting future is secured eternally! 

Anybody who is aware of me properly, is aware of that I really like historical past. Wanting again on historical past is a good way to remind your self that the uncertainty and unrest we face on this nation immediately is nothing new. Many intervals of chaotic violence have unfolded prior to now, and now as then, our destiny rests within the arms of God alone. I really like this verse: “If my folks, who’re known as by my title, will humble themselves and pray and search my face and switch from their depraved methods, then I’ll hear from heaven, and I’ll forgive their sin and can heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14). Whereas the 24-hour information cycle focuses solely on the negativity on the earth, I encourage you to deal with the optimistic. Christ is the answer to a really worldly downside: sin! In case your focus lies anyplace apart from in Him, you may be swept right into a temporal existence during which the ups and downs of your life are dominated by instant emotion and outsider affect. Rooting your self within the reality of the Bible and arming your self with the armor of God is a superb solution to step out the door every single day and put together your self for the acidity and vitriolic hatred that appears to permeate each stage of society, whether or not it’s on social media or on the streets of Kenosha, Washington. 

I write these phrases of encouragement to you immediately not as a result of I’m a few of form of theological authority or as a result of I’ve all of it discovered. Fairly the alternative, in reality! What it comes right down to is that this: COVID19 has really been a blessing to me, as a result of it has pressured me to decelerate, reset, and reconnect with Jesus Christ. I’ve been capable of reevaluate what sort of a girl, spouse, and mom I need to be, and I gotta say, I am a lot happier in my day-to-day life when I’m always being re-centered on the Phrase. 

So as to add to this, let me additionally deliver up some fascinating issues which have occurred to me recently in regard to private wishes or likes. Previously, I’ve talked loads about protecting a optimistic mindset, setting targets, and motivating your self to get issues carried out. I nonetheless stand behind that and imagine {that a} measure of self-discipline could be very admirable. That being stated, what you fill your thoughts with will have an effect on not solely your perspective, however your view of the world. I’ve given up some issues prior to now few months that I felt have been solely bogging me down; issues like scary motion pictures or music which may glorify violence. None of this stuff are pleasing to God nor do they create Glory to Him. I’ve observed that once I throw adverse issues or darker, worldly-laced issues out of my life, that I’ve a greater perspective, a greater mindset, and a way more stable worldview. Once I have a look at a headline or see a video on social media about one other police officer being executed on the streets, having a headspace that permits me to course of this stuff from a Biblical perspective is extremely therapeutic. I’ve compassion for the people who find themselves struggling and I’ve a want for righteous justice. I are inclined to want the issues that Jesus wishes, and that’s as a result of I’m focusing my willpower and my consideration on the Bible, which feeds my coronary heart, which then spills out into my on a regular basis life, bringing not solely peace to myself however including peace to my household. I actually don’t desire my daughter to develop up observing her mom frazzled and overwhelmed by the craziness of the world. What sort of an instance would that set? 

Parenthood is one other ingredient of my life that modified me. Whenever you change into a mum or dad, the need to nurture the small life that has been positioned in your house is overwhelming. You need to do the proper issues and lift your kids on the proper path, and it may be really easy to be swept up in issues that bear no fruit in your family. Anger, resentment, hate-fueled politics, and inflammatory rhetoric from any supply is obscenely detrimental to elevating kids. I need my little one to develop up in a family that acknowledges God’s supreme management over all issues. I need my little one to develop as much as respect everybody, from folks to property. I need my little one to grasp who actually calls the photographs: it is not Devil, though he prowls this world like a lion, ready to devour, based on the Bible (1 Peter 5:8). I need my little one to grasp the distinction between proper and mistaken, and good versus evil. There isn’t a grey space. There’s God’s manner, after which there may be sin. That’s the backside line. As Christians, we’re known as to reside holy lives (1 Peter 2:9), set other than the methods of the world. We aren’t to be of the world, however somewhat, in it. I really like this verse: “You’re the salt of the earth. But when the salt loses its saltiness, how can it’s made salty once more? It’s now not good for something, besides to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You’re the mild of the world. A city constructed on a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do folks mild a lamp and put it beneath a bowl. As an alternative they put it on its stand, and it offers mild to everybody in the home. In the identical manner, let your mild shine earlier than others, that they might see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:13-16). Christians will not be alleged to be like all people else. Frankly, Christianity is never ever standard. Following Jesus requires a denial of 1’s self and man’s inherently sinful nature bucks intensely in opposition to that concept. It’s a day-to-day battle, and but the reward is everlasting. 

All of this to say, I need to encourage you to repair your eyes on issues above. I understand that not all of my readers are Christians and even spiritual, however this has been one thing that has been on my coronary heart. I’ve spent the final near-decade writing about rebels and fighters and individuals who GET THINGS DONE. I really like a fighter and an excellent man, and I really like much more when folks rise up in opposition to evil and are available out victorious. The reality is, on Earth, the nice guys do not at all times win, however that is okay. Ultimately, we are going to all stand earlier than the judgement throne of God and reply for our sins, and I pray that your title shall be written within the E-book of Life on that day. 

Have a beautiful weekend, of us, and keep in mind: I am open to podcast solutions and ebook suggestions! 


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立中式速繪 動態姿勢繪圖技巧 ポーズが描ければ 動きも描ける たてなか流クイックスケッチ


作者: 立中順平  
出版社:楓書坊 |譯者: 游若琪
出版日期:2020/09/30
ISBN:9789863776314
規格:平裝 / 217頁 / 19 x 25.7 x 1.08 cm / 普通級 / 部份全彩 / 初版
定價:420元|優惠價:79折332元
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●本書特色
  ◎從心態及觀念養成開始,1-5分鐘,新手也能立馬上手的「立中式速繪教學」。
  ◎58部插圖教學影片免費下載,新手可一步步反覆學習,書末更附有作品集供創作者參考。
  ◎3大章節、逾200張速繪圖,講解觀察人物技巧、速繪重點及提升風格的小撇步。
速繪人物的基礎三堂課:
  ➊ 建立正確的心態
  不要想畫「正確」,而是要「輕鬆地多畫一些」,
  所謂的觀察力,只是「知識」和「經驗」的累積,
  熟悉自然就會,真的畫不出來的時候,只觀察也行。
  因為#魅力十足的圖,和技巧或常識毫無關係。#
  藉由觀察獲得的經驗和記憶,會轉換成「現實感」並活在作品中。
  不斷畫速繪,就能培養出短時間內掌握特徵的能力。
 
  ➋ 練習簡單畫全身的速繪技巧▁▁火柴人練習
  ⑴ 將全身分成15個部位,
  用2D畫全身,
  「頭 部、胸部、骨盤」是橢圓形。
  「上臂、下臂、大腿、小腿、手、腳」是線條。
  用D字形畫胸廓、軀幹和髖部,塑造印象,
  部位和部位之間留下空白,
  就能輕鬆畫出姿勢。
 
  ⑵ 注意基本結構,不要注意輪廓和細節
  看全身:那個人在做什麼?你有什麼感覺?
  看部位:位置和傾斜度?有什麼功用?
  簡單大膽地畫,鎖定在動作和使用身體的方式。
 
  ⑶ 立體化
  畫出火柴人的2D表現方式,稱作Shape,
  接下來要把平面添加立體的資訊,
  讓Shape有厚度(深度),
  只要畫出縱向的中心線,以及表示膨度的橫向曲線,
  就能變成有厚度和方向性的立體物。
 
  ⑷ 創造不對稱平衡
  全身的節奏和動線是一種流線感。
  盡量避免線條左右對稱,
  大原則是:弧線的對面必然是直線。
 
  ➌掌握印象,最後的風格和情緒添加
  這個人正在做¬「什麼」(動作)?他有「什麼樣」的感受(感情)?
  動作和感情,就是本書所說的動態。
  習慣用少量線條畫全身的思考方式後,就加入動線(flow)的觀點吧!
  不同的曲線會流暢地引導視線。
  彎度深的曲線會用慢節奏,彎度淺的曲線會用快節奏來引導視線。
  將線條加上粗細,就會產生強弱,成為更有趣味性的圖。
 
  本書從心態建立到步驟教學,
  不到20秒就能完成一幅速繪,
  附上58張速繪插圖影片,
  從空白至完稿,一筆一畫的繪畫過程全呈現,
  供學習者一遍一遍觀看臨摹,
  零基礎也沒問題。
 
  每次畫的速繪都是僅有一次的體驗,
  是當下你所能畫出的線條所構成的,
  請輕鬆享受速繪的樂趣吧!
 
◆作者簡介    
立中順平    
  日本岡山縣人。
  1993年開始在Disney Animation Japan擔任動畫師。
  後來進入Answer Studio,目前是自由工作者。
 
  曾參與《跳跳虎歷險記》(Disney)、《棒球大聯盟》(電視版)、《鑽石王牌》、《YURI !!!on ICE》、《佐賀偶像是傳奇》等作品。
 
  目前以動作作畫導演的身分參與各個作品的製作,是負責運動動畫動作表現的資深動畫師。
▼黑介紹
由曾經在華特迪士尼動畫工作室與日本動畫公司Answer Studio的日本資深動畫師立中順平撰寫的速繪教學書
教學主張「不要只在意正確,而是要畫出具有魅力的人物。」
在正確的觀念下,不斷的練習速繪,來培養出掌握特徵的能力。
本書分3個章節
第一章節:速繪繪畫 P1-73.
1-1:速繪的觀念介紹
1-2:速繪人物的重點
1-3:掌握印象
第二章節:繪畫技巧P75-145.
2-1:速繪的各種技巧
2-2:身體局部與衣服
2-3:邁向下一步,動態的掌握
第三章節:速繪作品集P151-218.
收錄立中老師3年來的速繪作品。
▼黑書評
多數速寫教學書都很吃繪畫基礎,在沒有人物基礎的前提下會很難入門。
本書教學另闢蹊徑在以沒有基礎的前提下,講解如何學習速繪
內文資訊量雖然大,但搭配簡化好上手的範例
對新手來說比較好入門,實際操作也不會太挫折
推薦給想讓人物動態更有魅力的學習者們~
這本很不錯用~~~

Design College students’ Summer season Break

With summer break fast approaching, graphic design students like me are trying to figure out productive ways to spend their time. Work for money? Work for experience? Summer classes?

I’ve spent the past few months doing everything I can to
find an internship this summer. Finding a company that isn’t an MLM and will
actually pay good money for your design work is tough. Luckily, graphic design
is a field that’s in demand, so there are a lot of good options out there.

The other option for getting design experience during the summer
break is freelance work, but that comes with its own slew of issues. There’s
nothing worse than beginning to work with a client and getting excited for a
project just for them to look at you with a face like the Surprised Pikachu Meme
when you start to discuss cost.

With two weeks left in the semester, here’s hoping we figure
something out soon!