World Hopping and Discovering Your Place: Micaiah Johnson – The Area Between Worlds

This ebook had me so confused. Not due to its contents (they have been superior – count on some gushing under) however due to its advertising or reasonably the way in which early opinions offered it. For some cause, I believed this was a YA ebook however… it’s actually not. The protagonist is in her mid-twenties, there may be nothing notably “YA” concerning the writing fashion or the plot, so I don’t know the place early reviewers and folks on Goodreads received this concept from. It’s, nonetheless, a very nice ebook that stored me on the sting of my seat your complete time.

43301353. sy475 THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS
by Micaiah Johnson

Printed: DelRey, 2020
eBook: 336 pages
Standalone
My ranking: 8/10

Opening line: When the multiverse was confirmed, the religious and scientific communities each counted it as proof of their validity.

An outsider who can journey between worlds discovers a secret that threatens her new dwelling and her fragile place in it, in a surprising sci-fi debut that’s each a cross-dimensional journey and a strong examination of id, privilege, and belonging.
Multiverse journey is lastly doable, however there’s only one catch: Nobody can go to a world the place their counterpart remains to be alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves occur to be exceptionally good at dying–from illness, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been reduce brief on 372 worlds in whole.
On this Earth, nonetheless, Cara has survived. Recognized as an outlier and due to this fact an ideal candidate for multiverse journey, Cara is plucked from the dust of the wastelands. Now she has a pleasant condo on the decrease ranges of the rich and walled-off Wiley Metropolis. She works–and shamelessly flirts–together with her engaging but aloof handler, Dell, as the 2 girls accumulate off-world knowledge for the Eldridge Institute. She even often leaves town to go to her household within the wastes, although she struggles to really feel at dwelling in both place. As long as she will preserve her head down and keep away from hassle, Cara is on a positive path to citizenship and safety.
However hassle finds Cara when one among her eight remaining doppelgängers dies beneath mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a brand new world with an previous secret. What she discovers will join her previous and her future in methods she might have by no means imagined – and reveal her personal function in a plot that endangers not simply her world, however your complete multiverse.

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Caramenta works for Eldridge, the corporate that has invented multiverse journey. As a traverser, she is tasked with hopping between Earths which can be just like, however not fairly like, our personal with a view to take samples and conduct analysis on behalf of her employer. Cara is so invaluable as a result of you may solely safely journey to worlds the place your different self is already useless – and Cara occurs to be actually good at dying…

The premise alone was already so fascinating that little or no might have gone fallacious with this ebook. However Micaiah Johnson didn’t simply depend on one good concept. As a substitute, she took that concept, extrapolated from it and delivered twist after twist, all becoming completely collectively on this world she’s constructed and holding me riveted for your complete ebook. I imply, how typically does it occur that you simply get a plot twist in chapter 2 (!) that really shocks you? For me, this confirmed two issues. First, that Johnson did a very good job establishing the world and protagonist within the first chapter. And secondly, that she by some means received me emotionally invested in that very same period of time. And that’s no small feat.

Caramenta is fairly straightforward to love, despite the fact that she is difficult, cussed, and carries loads of baggage. She retains flirting together with her watcher, Dell, despite the fact that she solely returns the flirtations with chilly professionalism. Cara can also be nice at getting herself into harmful conditions, ones she principally makes one of the best of. The very best being her pursuit of a Wiley Metropolis citizenship. As a traverser, she will get to stay in Wiley Metropolis however she by no means, for one second, forgets her origins within the Mad Max-like wastelands. Walled cities have all of the wealth and high quality of life, whereas the surface is generally desert beneath a scorching solar, with horrible dwelling circumstances, and floor that hardly desires to develop something. It’s dominated by the Blood Emperor and that title alone ought to let you know all there may be to find out about him.

This ebook could also be about multiverses, and we do get to see a few of these, nevertheless it’s additionally about dwelling between two worlds by yourself Earth, of straddling two identities and never feeling such as you correctly match into both. As a lot as I loved Cara’s jumps between worlds, it was this facet of the novel that actually gripped me. And I used to be very impressed with how the creator managed to point out each these worlds as plausible areas, with their very own tradition, their very own clothes and mannerisms, their very own rituals and guidelines. Discovering each how Wiley Metropolis and the wastelands work was a big a part of the enjoyable for me.

However there’s additionally plot. Oh, and what a plot it’s! You’d assume the trope of the multiverse would put together you a little bit for what’s to come back. And once more, some issues which can be anticipated end up to occur on this novel – equivalent to assembly different variations of individuals you understand, besides they’re very completely different or assembly their different variations and so they’re nearly precisely the identical – however there may be a lot extra! Issues in a single universe truly impression different universes, if solely as a result of Cara travels between them and may take data (and objects) together with her. Let’s simply say there are fairly a number of twists, none of which felt low-cost, and I used to be there for it!

What made this ebook even higher was the relationships between the characters and the way in which they have been written. This will sound imply (I don’t imply it that means) however that’s one other factor that satisfied me this was not a YA novel. In YA, generally relationships may be described in very apparent phrases. And whereas it’s apparent from the beginning that Cara is in love with Dell, that’s all we actually know. We’re in Cara’s head so we don’t actually know what goes on in anybody else’s. However as aloof as Dell could also be, via little (and generally large) gestures, she reveals that she at the least cares whether or not Cara lives or dies.
Equally, Cara’s relationship to her stepsister Esther was fantastically achieved. As completely different as these two women could also be, there may be love between them and it’s proven not by both of them declaring it in large phrases, however reasonably via actions. It could simply be me, however I’m a sucker for love proven, reasonably than instructed. Positive, fairly phrases are good and I get weak within the knees as a lot as the subsequent particular person once I learn a strong declaration of affection. However much more than that, a set of little gestures is what will get to me. A small lie to guard the opposite particular person right here, a present there, one thing that reveals you pay attention and care about somebody… aaaaah, I’m getting all mushy inside.

This ebook is precisely what the title guarantees. It’s concerning the area between worlds. A mess of worlds. The literal parallel worlds that exist subsequent to ours, the 2 worlds on Earth Zero with their class variations, even the worlds inside Cara herself the place she has to determine whether or not she desires to be a superb particular person or simply somebody who carved out a snug life for herself, whatever the price. And let’s not overlook the area between Cara’s two romantic relationships which couldn’t be extra completely different. Briefly, there may be a lot to find on this ebook and the way in which Johnson explores these themes is wonderful.

I beloved every part about this ebook, particularly contemplating that it’s a debut novel. Johnson writes like she has at the least 5 books beneath her belt. If that is what she comes up with for her first ebook I can not wait to see what’s subsequent. The Area Between Worlds was a implausible, multi-layered story with excessive stakes, nice science-fictional concepts, sensible characters, and a satisfying ending. It’s going to simply find yourself on my listing of favourite books of the 12 months.

MY RATING: 8/10 – Glorious!

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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!