Wednesday, 21 December 2016

this year was shit

Since 2016 is ten days from being over, I think the time has come to look back on how it went. And, well, this is not going to be a fun post - considering, you know, that it hasn't really been a fun year. I'm not going to talk about worldwide politics because we'd be here for years and I'd just get really angry, so let's just be selfish and talk about me.

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Let's start with the highlits because the year has actually brought some good things to me as well as all the shit. And I've been telling myself to focus on the nice things, even if they're tiny, so let's try to do that. First and foremost my biggest accomplishment: I got the closest to achieving the fourty book goodreads challenge goal I've ever been - I've read 38 books so far. Would've been over fourty if school wasn't a thing, but who knows, I might manage to read two more books during winter break. Other things that have made me happy this year include: having seen and touched the ocean for the first time and swimming in the sea again, Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts, tattoos, moving to Prague and seeing Petya. 

Also my hair has grown quite a lot, but that's pretty much it to be honest.

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And now let's talk about the shitty things: My dog Ben, who had been my friend since I was four years old, died. I got diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome which is just perfect and great when you have to go to school for fourty hours a week, do homework, study and make your graduation film. Also on the more physical health front: I had kidney stones and chickenpox this year, got diagnosed with sun allergy and I might also be going blind. Update on that in January when I go see a neurologist.

As for mental health, that has obviously gotten worse due to my physical health being shit and all the stress piling up. Over the course of about four months my antidepressant prescription got raised to thrice the amount it had been at the beginning of the year, and as if that wasn't enough, my sensory processing disorder has gotten a lot worse in the summer - to the point where I left Italy six days before I was supposed to. Also, a lot of people I really looked up to died this year - Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Anton Yelchin and Leonard Cohen have all passed away, as well as one of my favourite teachers at my school. Let's just add that to the list of bullshit.

More shitty things include: getting shit from classmates (again), a certain teacher fucking me over whenever he gets the chance, being fired, a few people I thought were my friends turning up to be assholes... and some personal life stuff I'd rather not discuss with the internet, thank you very much. In short, I hope your year was better than mine.


I just hope 2017 will be a better year. 
See ya.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

illustrator class: align practice

I gotta say, this year's graphic class is - so far - much more fun than last year's. Mostly because I know pretty much all there is to know about Photoshop and Illustrator, but with Photoshop, you get an assignment and you just have to do the thing you're told to do and there's not much creativity in it. Illustrator, however... now that's a different story. And as most of my classmates don't know how to use it, our teacher has been teaching them the basics in the form of some fun excercises. 

We had two classes so far, and I'd like to show you the excercise we did today as I found it really fun - and quite useful if you're starting out with Illustrator and need some practice in terms of the "align" window and the basic shapes. The teacher literally said "practice working with the align window" and, well... we did and this is the result.


I don't use the align window too much as I rarely create things that are symmetrical while working in Illustrator (at the moment, I'm using it to create the characters for my graduation film - I'll share the visuals once they're done), but it's genuinely a very helpful thing if you need to make something really fast - for example if you're making minimalistic Marvel-themed icons for tumblr and need to make a Black Widow one, as it makes it super easy to do. And making those things when we were supposed to practice using it actually inspired me for some other work I'm currently planning, so... yay! Vectors!

See ya.

Friday, 22 July 2016

italy

I left Prague last Thursday to visit Giffoni Valle Piana for a film festival. I was supposed to stay there for twelve days, coming back next monday. But then, anxiety and several panic attacks happened, so I went home in order to not have a complete breakdown. So somehow, twelve days became five. However, I still had a great time and the little city of Giffoni Valle Piana is incredibly beautiful - also, I spent those five days eating pretty much just ice cream, because OH MY IT WAS SO GOOD. And I got to say hi to the sea and go for a swim by the sunset in Salerno before I left as well, and it felt so nice - I haven't been able to swim in the sea for two years and I forgot how much I missed it.

Anyway, I promised photos, and, well, here they are.


Sunday, 5 June 2016

back to Hogwarts

I have many times before said that my life has been greatly influenced by the Harry Potter book series. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the first book I have ever read and remains one of my favourites to this day, perhaps even the most favourite. I even got a Harry Potter themed tattoo, for heaven's sake, and am actually planning another one.

That, however, is not why I have started writing this article.

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

ireland

Three weeks later, I finally got to editing and sorting through the photos I took on my trip to Ireland. Don't judge me, okay? I've been really busy with work and school. And sleeping.