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31 May 2008 @ 07:13 pm
On Japanese porn, art benders, and music to draw chins to.  
Late last night I hovered in that awful, uncomfortable zone between being asleep and being totally awake.

It is the time when reslessness takes over and bad ideas are born and nurtured. These thoughlets that can go in any particular direction, but mostly skew between very bad or very good.

In other words, a single, poorly conceived thoughtlet during this delicate time can lead to one of two things: artistic genius of epic proportions, or a policeman's hand splayed on the side of your head, forcing you to duck as you slide into the back of a cruiser.

Strangely, I first had the overwhelming urge to bang away on a drum set, specifically the drum line from The Hives' "Hate to say I told you so". Have I ever even played the drums? NO. Do I even have a drum set? NO. But it didn't stop me from desperately wanting to do it.

After rolling through songs on my iPod and about a million home shopping network adverts, my muse flickered to life. And what did the bitch bring me?

"I KNOW!!!!!"

*ding ding ding ding ding*

"Why don't I draw a totally innacurate Manga representation of myself, scan it, and make it the new layout for my myspace page!"


So once again I pulled out my iPod because I needed music. I put on my glasses. I hunted around for a pencil for nearly an hour and eventually was rewarded, then I found an art pad that had a lot of chicken scrawl fast food pick up lists but only about three empty pages. But I was ready.

A few notes for the artists around here. Manga? Not as easy as it looks. Extremely deceptive. And the eyes can be extraordinarily expressive, but are crazy hard to get exactly right.

Somewhere between the line of a brow and the rolling waves of hair, I got the strange urge to ask the husband an utterly ridiculous question. At the time it was not such a bizarre inquiry. Now it seems other-dimensional, espesh since it took place when we were on the phone, less than 20 feet away from each other.

Sidenote: This "I'm not going to go upstairs/downstairs, I'm just going to call you on the intercom phone" is swiftly becoming an unhealthy fetish. Must kick the habit. Now.

*calls phone upstairs in husband's lair. Because he's up at 3 a.m.-ish too.*

"Honeybunny, I have a really bizarre and somewhat stupid question for you."

*laugh* "Okay"

"If Manga is printed Japanese art and Anime is Japanese animation, how does Hentai come into play?"

*pause, throat clearing* "Hentai is just Hentai. And there are not a lot of Hentai movies. And Hentai is weird and pretty devious, with girls with eyeballs in their.....(censored)."

"Really? Huh." *pause* "So, uh, what about Bukkake?"


Partial satisfaction achieved.

I turned up the volume on my pod and wailed away. I abandoned the pencil and went for the pen.

I like to draw with pen. It's kind of a do-or-die situation. Everything has to be just right or it's scrapped. I would imagine that if someone put a gun to my temple and told me to draw an awesome representation of a small Indonesian child in a skiff with towering skyscrapers in the background, I could pull it off. Ace it.

And somewhere in the midst of all this madness, I came up with a mini playlist,. Why? because I know, deep down, that at least one other person on this big rock of dirt and saltwater is on a late night Manga bender as well. And they just might need some music to draw chins to.

The crap:
Ice Cube -- Bop Gun -- 10 minute version (Too slow. Sorry, Funkateers.)

Slow -- Kylie Minogue (No explanation necessary)

Brass Monkey -- Beastie Boys (too unstable, too stopstart, too just, UUUGGHH!)

ACDC -- Hell's Bells (ummm -- Hells, no.)

The Blazin' Squad -- Flip Reverse (Oh, goodness. It's bad enough that I'm admitting I have this song on my iPod, let alone listening to it. Too daft and totally weak. If you're a Brit, you know exactly what I mean).

Made of WIN
Gwen Stefani -- What U Waiting For (just rapid and weird enough to inspire)

LL Cool J -- Mama said knock you out (Great for curving lines. Who knew?)

Britney Spears -- Toxic (This works. I don't know why, but it does. Guilty pleasure X 10)

The Dandy Warhols -- Bohemian like you (faux Rolling Stones tune delivers the goods. News at 11)

The Black-Eyed-Peas -- Pump it (LOVE IT. LOVE IT. LOVE IT)

Oh yes, there are more, but I shall keep those for another day. And my myspace page is still blank, because faux-awesome unrepresentative myspace background portrait is a work in progress. And I spilled coffee on my notepad, so suckage ensued. But as soon as I finish this Manga girl in my mind, I'll post it here. Trustess.
Current Location: Sandy Eggo
Current Mood: artistic
What I'm listening too: I'm starved - what's for dinner?
Galileahgalileah_galile on June 1st, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
so....where's the drawing then?

And ditto on what u waiting for and toxic, sooo guilty plesure.

And I love the little exchanges you post here
shalimar77777shalimar77777 on June 1st, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
LOL - thanks!

will finish Manga girl tonight. Am salivating for some time alone with my iPod and notepad and my brain. I am no good at bodies, but I'm learning. And of course, I'll draw her as way thinner than I am, because no one really wants to see a chunky version of a wide-eyed Manga girl.

Unless...unless...hmmmm...there is a subsect of Manga that includes this...LOL.

And on the exchanges...thanky! I'll try to only post the interesting ones. You, on the other hand, post awesome pictures of your man to die for. Espesh the one with the balloon hat. I'll be 80 and I'll still remember that one. XD
goaliepam: confused bengoaliepam on June 1st, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Isn't Hentai the term for Japanese pr0n, used pretty much in conjunction with manga and anime? Hentai being "het" porn and then broken down into two sub classes "yaoi" and "yuri". Tentacle sex I think just comes under a "fetish" for hentai just like bukkake. So then...yes, there are alot of hentai anime titles such as "Mother Knows Breast" and so on. Why do I know that there is an anime title called "Mother Knows Breast"? Because when I called Alec who is at an anime con right now in Dallas he said in what I think was a drunken stupor "Be sure you mention Mother Knows Breast in your post!" So I have.

Also I didn't comment on your BSG post because I haven't watched it yet BUT...did Sci Fi Channel just throw out the worlds biggest spoiler by having Xena lean over to the President and say "Your one of them?"??
shalimar77777shalimar77777 on June 1st, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
OMG - Can I just say that when I go on who wants to be a millionaire, you will be my ringer...the person on speed dial...who has all the answers. It will be me and Regis on one end, you on the other, with Alec in the background shouting answers. I heart you so much for this.

Yaoi and Yuri. I'm going to get two more cats! And I'm going to name them Yaoi and Yuri!!!!!!

And OMG - don't tell me she's the last one. That is a swerve of swerves. I hope they're messing with us there, please, please, please...don't let it be Roslyn....so, uh, who do you think it is? My money's on GB. And you want to know something scary? I'm crushing on that man right now. And what a wretched specimen he is.
goaliepam: long coat bengoaliepam on June 1st, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
I'm a little concerned about that crush of yours on GB...maybe its just a passing phase. I mean its not like its EVERY episode he's getting his rocks off with someone. Maybe the SciFi Channel is secretly releasing some sort of pheromones (I would SO lose that spelling bee thing from the other night but I think that is how it is spelled) to try to convince the female viewer he is hawt. My money has been on GB being the last one since before time! Either that or...they're going to show up on Earth's doorstep and he's going to be welcomed as the second coming of Jesus Christ. OR...they show up 2000 years in Earth's past and he IS Jesus Christ. I just see them playing that angle. I have sort of lost my way with BSG this season. Many of the episodes have just sort of "washed over my eyes" as I stare vacantly at the tv with an occasional bit of revulsion as they show Dean Stockwell's neeked ass. OH! I will look for this link that has an interesting essay on "Why Girls Don't Like Sci Fi". It talks about Sci Fi Channels marketing campaign for BSG and how its gone from showing the battlestar to the emotional human side of things to draw in the female viewer.
shalimar77777shalimar77777 on June 1st, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
ROFL - I'll digest this more tomorrow...and read the article.

This GB thing started very recently, when he stopped being monogamous with the six and started banging everything that moved. I think this last episode was the only one in a long time that he wasn't shagging a random or not so random girl.

And yes, I am ashamed. *cries*
snikivessnikives on June 1st, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
I'll seriously have conversations with my roommate over aim even when she's still in the damn room.

I wanna see the picture! XD
shalimar77777shalimar77777 on June 1st, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
I totally get what you're saying about technology. Talking to your friend on aim when you're in the same room...ROFLMAO... But it's so easy! You don't even think about it! It's the same as talking on a cell phone to someone when they're in plain sight. And yet it takes a few minutes to realize that, whoa, we can hang up the phone and talk to each other right now!

On that note, have you ever been Target or something and you called someone who was also in the store to see where they were? LOL. Remember the days when you just had to wander around aimlessly searching, for like, months? Or you got some poor soul to call out your mom or dad or friend's name over the intercom? They probably wouldn't even do that for you now. Some sort of legal issues involved.

I used to have friends who would tease me and the husband saying that when we got home or even walked in the door together, we would say nothing and just sit down at our computers, and we would type to each other "Hello there, how are you?" and so on and so forth.

Technology. LOVIN IT.

I will post the piccy tomorrow. I hope you like it.
Violetteviolettehasagun on June 1st, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Blazin' Squad? Are you kidding me? ;-)

shalimar77777shalimar77777 on June 2nd, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
See...it's an illness....

For some reason it reminds me of Prague.

Are those guys even together anymore? There were like 80 of them. They must have each been making like a dollar a year.