The Horrors of Slavery By Trendy Eyes: Octavia E. Butler – Kindred

I’m collaborating within the Octavia Butler Gradual Readalong, a two-year mission the place a bunch of individuals learn thorugh the works of the late nice Octavia E. Butler. Having learn solely considered one of her books earlier than (Wild Seed), I had sure expectations for this one. I anticipated a tricky, gradual learn with heavy matters and a deal with character growth. And whereas the matters are undoubtedly powerful to examine – that is about slavery – I discovered myself flying thorugh the pages of this guide very quickly in any respect.

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by Octavia E. Butler

Printed: Headline, 2014 (1979)
eBook: 306 pages
Audiobook: 10 hours 55 minutes
Standalone
My ranking: 9/10

Opening line: I misplaced an arm on my final journey dwelling. My left arm.

On her twenty sixth birthday, Dana and her husband are transferring into their residence when she begins to really feel dizzy. She falls to her knees, nauseous. Then the world falls away.
She finds herself on the fringe of a inexperienced wooden by an unlimited river. A baby is screaming. Wading into the water, she pulls him to security, solely to search out herself head to head with a really previous wanting rifle, within the arms of the boy’s father. She’s terrified. The subsequent factor she is aware of she’s again in her residence, soaking moist. It’s probably the most terrifying expertise of her life … till it occurs once more.
The longer Dana spends in nineteenth century Maryland—a really harmful place for a black girl—the extra conscious she is that her life is perhaps over earlier than it’s even begun.

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That is such a tremendous guide! I don’t count on to be forming a number of coherent sentences on this assessment, not least as a result of my perspective is that of a White girl residing in Europe and slavery, whereas taught at faculties, has by no means been a subject that’s been a lot mentioned in my life. We’ve our personal darkish historical past right here in Austria that’s featured way more prominently in faculties however this doesn’t hold me from wanting to teach myself and be taught extra about humanity’s previous as an entire. And since fiction has all the time been my greatest instructor, I picked up Kindred.

Octavia Butler doesn’t waste a lot time earlier than starting with the story that’s promised within the synopsis. Dana, a younger Black girl, lives in 1976 together with her White husband Kevin, and is all of a sudden yanked again in time, solely to search out herself in an unknown place the place a bit of White boy is within the means of drowning. Naturally, she helps him and saves his life. Then she simply reappears in her personal residence the place her husband says she vanished for just a few seconds and randomly popped up in a distinct a part of their dwelling. Neither of them can fairly consider what has occurred, however these unusual occasions are removed from over. Dana jumps by way of time once more, this time to satisfy a barely older model of Rufus, the boy she saved. It doesn’t take her lengthy to determine that this boy is her personal ancestor and whereas his father is a slave proprietor and precisely the type of despicable you’d count on, Rufus remains to be younger and may possibly be taught kindness but. Additionally it is his fault Dana is being drawn again in time every time his life is in peril. Not that he is aware of how he’s doing it, however every time his life is threatened, Dana seems and does her greatest to avoid wasting him.

Issues begin going actually incorrect when Dana takes her husband Kevin together with her on a kind of time jumps. On the one hand, having a White man by her aspect to guard her from a decidedly hostile society is an effective factor. However, her and Kevin must combine sufficient into that society in order to not be suspicious. So that they fake to be slave and slave proprietor and though it’s simply make-believe, that doesn’t hold Dana from being handled like a slave, or Kevin from pretend-talking like a slave proprietor… After which there’s the issue that Dana by no means is aware of when (or if) she goes to return to her personal time. All she is aware of is that she has to the touch Kevin with a purpose to take him again together with her.

That’s all I’m prepared to let you know in regards to the plot, however there’s way more to come back after that. I discovered this guide extremely fascinating for a lot of totally different causes. The obvious one is after all the way in which Butler talks about and has her characters take care of slavery. Dana is a contemporary girl who is aware of about slavery however after all, it’s fairly totally different while you’re all of a sudden residing it, seeing it firsthand, watching folks you’ve come to befriend endure horrible hardships with out a probability at ever gaining their freedom. Which leads me to the opposite factor I discovered so spectacular.
Whilst you might name this an “subject guide”, one which offers with Black ache, Butler’s use of language virtually works towards that classification. Neither the phrases she chooses to inform the story nor her protagonist ever really feel like they’re falling down right into a depressed spiral, lingering on the struggling of of the folks on this guide, or utilizing the horrible issues that occur for shock worth. In the event you’re on the lookout for torture porn, you’ll must discover a totally different guide.

I cherished Dana, who goes from understanding in concept what slavery was like to really understanding it over the course of this guide. In comparison with the opposite slaves on the Weylin’s plantation, Dana has it fairly simple. With Kevin as her companion, she doesn’t must do onerous bodily labor however is relatively employed as a instructor for younger Rufus. However that doesn’t hold her from seeing how the opposite slaves are handled, how they bear the scars of countless whippings and beatings, how they’re hunched over from a lifetime of gruelling work. Once more, Octavia Butler doesn’t ship these info with notably stunning language. She simply lets the story discuss for itself and it’s completely heartbreaking. This guide comes with set off warnings for racism (many makes use of of the n-word), violence, and rape so it’s not precisely a simple guide to learn on the subject of its content material.

However the language itself flows so superbly that I couldn’t cease studying. Really, I listened to the audiobook, however you recognize what I imply. Having learn just one different of Butler’s books earlier than, I had anticipated the language to be harder, the ambiance to be extra sinister, however one way or the other it wasn’t. It was Dana’s narration, her calmness all through all of the horror, that turned this right into a guide which solely unfolds utterly in your individual thoughts. We might expertise being whipped alongside Dana and whereas these descriptions are chilling and Dana’s in nice ache, she doesn’t linger on it as an occasion. As an alternative, her experiences previously slowly change Dana’s character from a relatively carefree younger girl to somebody all the time looking out for somebody who may imply her hurt. She watches what she says, she doggedly does her work so as to not stand out, relatively than danger one other beating – and he or she comes to know that it’s not so simple as “simply band collectively and stand up towards the White slavers”.

One other attention-grabbing side is Dana’s relationship together with her husband. Because of the circumstances of their time travels, their marriage has to take care of far more than they’d deliberate. Racism from their very own households they’ll take care of, racism previously they’ve anticipated. However how spending time previously, residing alongside its folks, modifications them is one thing they don’t know the best way to deal with. And let’s not neglect that these time jumps don’t occur parallel to the current. When Dana is previously for just a few hours, a couple of minutes might have handed in her time. She might spend months previously, solely to seem in 1976 once more, only a day after she disappeared. This complicates issues much more when she and Kevin are separated, one ready for the opposite, with no technique of contact or understanding when (or if) they’ll ever be reunited.

I’ve rambled on about this guide for some time now however I nonetheless don’t suppose I obtained throughout simply what an emotional impression it had on me. I discovered myself crying quietly to myself a number of occasions, not even essentially through the scenes that had been probably the most brutal, however relatively through the quiet conversations Dana has with different slaves, who inform her matter of undeniable fact that their youngsters had been bought away and so they haven’t seen them since they had been infants, or how two Black folks in love can’t get married and if their grasp doesn’t like their love, they’ll simply separate them and promote considered one of them off. This stuff are talked about virtually by the way in which however they’ve lingered in my thoughts, as a lot because the brutal phyiscal remedy of Dana and the opposite slaves.

It feels unusual to say I loved this guide. However I did! I loved the way it made me suppose, the way it confirmed a interval of historical past by way of the eyes of a fictional heroine I can really feel with, the way it made historical past that rather more actual, though the characters are all invented. I’ll not have loved the plot as a result of I got here to take care of the characters and wished all of them to be okay and pleased, and naturally that’s not a sensible hope for slaves throughout slavery. However I cherished how Octavia Butler nudged my thoughts to take a look at this matter from totally different angles, how she included multi-layered White folks, how she confirmed that slaves don’t all agree with one another, that there’s envy amongst them in addition to love. I want I had the power to precise correctly how wonderful this guide actually is. For now, you’ll simply must take my phrase for it. This one will follow you!

MY RATING: 9/10 – Near perfection!

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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!