Everyday Escapist

Ask me anything   Art and Photography by Isadora Raven

Sometimes I would prefer to do something besides like a post. If I find something meaningful, moving, sad, or frightening I wish I could do a little more than just ‘like’ it as if it were a cute cat pic. But that sounds like it is well above and beyond Tumblr’s current capacity.

— 1 day ago with 1 note

So, the old marquee letter R I picked up. The lighting inside is obviously not usable, but I intend to rewire it with LED lights. I’ve basically settled on green plastic for the cover. I took these photos as I was cleaning it out - the inside is in serious need of scrubbing before I can begin restoring. After the business closed, there was no further care taken of the letters, and birds nested in this one. Given the sheer amount of nesting material and … well, bird shit inside, this was probably some small birds’ nest for over a decade.

I have no idea if you’re interested, but if so, click the pictures to enlarge them and you can see all the different stuff that was in this nest. Also bear in mind this was right next to a large farmers market. I see feathers of all kinds, including Guinea Hens, a cracker wrapper, green plastic string, shredded grocery bags, fur and hair, paper, and grass. The nest was built around part of the lighting tube, so it all came out at once in a compact mass.

If you’re into studying bird nest materials and want this, you’ve got a short window of time to drop me a note - my ask box is open. I’ll happily mail it to you, but tomorrow it’s going in the trash.

— 2 days ago
#vintage marquee lights  #R  #restoration  #bird nest 
vicemag:

Why and How to Leave Facebook
Nick Briz is a Chicago-based new media artist, educator, and organizer. Briz teaches at the Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has shown his work internationally, and is the co-founder of the GLI.TC/H conference. While all of that is undeniably impressive, I must say I knew Briz was a genius when I first saw, “Apple Computers,” a powerful affront against Apple and a manifesto for the prosumer of our age. So, when Briz made “How To / Why Leave Facebook,” a piece about leaving Facebook, I knew I should pay attention. 
 
I recently left Facebook as well, but I was uninterested in any self-congratulatory artwork or dramatic fuck-you to the social platform. I hadn’t enjoyed my time on Facebook for a while, but Facebook had been such a large part of my life for 9 years. I don’t buy most complaints about it “not being real life,” or some useless addiction. As the largest social network in the world, Facebook is very much a part of real life, I just hadn’t felt like I was benefitting from that part of my life.   
 
My vague discontentedness with Facebook finally reached a boiling point in light of theiremotional contagion study. The highly controversial academic study was recently published, and it claims that Facebook had secretly manipulated the emotional state of nearly 700,000 of its users. I understood that Facebook’s main purpose is to make advertising dollars from it’s users, but this felt excessively creepy. And as VICE News has already reported, one of the study’s researches received funding from the Minerva initiative—helping the Pentagon study and quell social unrest—that made it all the more creepy. Yet I knew Briz would offer some insight beyond the most recent headlines. 
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I know people say ‘this is important,’ but this really is important.

vicemag:

Why and How to Leave Facebook

Nick Briz is a Chicago-based new media artist, educator, and organizer. Briz teaches at the Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has shown his work internationally, and is the co-founder of the GLI.TC/H conference. While all of that is undeniably impressive, I must say I knew Briz was a genius when I first saw, “Apple Computers,” a powerful affront against Apple and a manifesto for the prosumer of our age. So, when Briz made “How To / Why Leave Facebook,” a piece about leaving Facebook, I knew I should pay attention. 
 
I recently left Facebook as well, but I was uninterested in any self-congratulatory artwork or dramatic fuck-you to the social platform. I hadn’t enjoyed my time on Facebook for a while, but Facebook had been such a large part of my life for 9 years. I don’t buy most complaints about it “not being real life,” or some useless addiction. As the largest social network in the world, Facebook is very much a part of real life, I just hadn’t felt like I was benefitting from that part of my life.   
 
My vague discontentedness with Facebook finally reached a boiling point in light of theiremotional contagion study. The highly controversial academic study was recently published, and it claims that Facebook had secretly manipulated the emotional state of nearly 700,000 of its users. I understood that Facebook’s main purpose is to make advertising dollars from it’s users, but this felt excessively creepy. And as VICE News has already reported, one of the study’s researches received funding from the Minerva initiative—helping the Pentagon study and quell social unrest—that made it all the more creepy. Yet I knew Briz would offer some insight beyond the most recent headlines. 

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I know people say ‘this is important,’ but this really is important.

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— 3 days ago with 924 notes
reapergrellsutcliff:

REAPERGRELLSUTCLIFF CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY!You guys are amazing! All of you!  I just reached a follower mark that I never fathomed I would see, and I want to celebrate! So, I am holding a giveaway!There will be 3 winners of this giveaway! And the contest will run for 2 weeks.
The 1st place winner will receive:
-A copy of Yana Toboso’s Black Butler Artworks Book volume 1 (2014). -Your choice of an 8x12 - 12x18 print of one of my artworks.-Your choice of 2 three ounce pouches of my Black Butler Tea Blends.-A ‘quick paint’ (example here 1, 2) digital art piece by me, of a character of your choice.-A Cards Against Humanity Second Expansion Deck.
The 2nd place winner will receive:
-A copy of Nijishitsuji 1, Black Butler Manga Anthology Book.-A copy of Nijishitsuji 2, Black Butler Manga Anthology Book.-A ‘sketch’ (example here 1, 2) digital art piece by me, of a character of your choice.-Your choice of 1 three ounce pouch of my Black Butler Tea Blends.
The 3rd place winner will receive:
-A copy of Yana Toboso’s Character Guide Art Book-Your choice of 1 three ounce pouch of my Black Butler Tea Blends.
———-Rules:
The giveaway prizes are limited to US residences ONLY. (I am so sorry to my out of the U.S. followers! I regret having to limit it, but shipping is just too much for me to ship out of the states. If you live outside of the U.S. and you want to pay for the shipping costs, I will ship it to you.) Otherwise, I will only pay for the shipping to U.S. residents.
You may reblog up to 2 times a day.
Likes don’t count.
You have to be following me to win the 1st place prize.  But you don’t have to be following me to win 2nd, and 3rd. (but it would be nice ^_~ )
The contest ends on August 2nd, 2014.
The winners will be chosen randomly from all entries.
I will contact the winners once the contest ends, and they will have 3 days to get back to me with their shipping address and necessary information.
You MUST have your ask box open, and respond privately. If you do not have your ask box open, and do not respond within the stated time, another winner will be randomly selected.
Good Luck!
**Disclaimer Concerning Drawings**-I will draw well known characters, as well as original characters. But please keep in mind my art style; the beings I draw are humanoid in design, please do not ask me to draw things like a transformer, furry, my little pony, or a mercedes benz.-If you select a character that isn’t from the Kuroshitsuji universe, be prepared to supply me with ample links to pictures for character reference. The same goes for OCs, a lot of info will be needed.-I retain artistic license: “The freedom to create an artwork on the artist’s interpretation.” Meaning, you are welcome to suggest a pose etc.. but if it isn’t working out, or if I think another pose/angle/composition/look etc.. would be better, then I will do it that way instead.-Please keep in mind that I am a -very slow- artist, and it may take me forever to complete your piece, but I won’t forget about you. — Likewise if you see me working on other projects instead of yours, it doesn’t mean I have scrapped yours. Sometimes I juggle many things at a time :)

Squee!

reapergrellsutcliff:

REAPERGRELLSUTCLIFF CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY!

You guys are amazing! All of you!  I just reached a follower mark that I never fathomed I would see, and I want to celebrate! So, I am holding a giveaway!

There will be 3 winners of this giveaway! And the contest will run for 2 weeks.

  • The 1st place winner will receive:

-A copy of Yana Toboso’s Black Butler Artworks Book volume 1 (2014).
-Your choice of an 8x12 - 12x18 print of one of my artworks.
-Your choice of 2 three ounce pouches of my Black Butler Tea Blends.
-A ‘quick paint’ (example here 1, 2) digital art piece by me, of a character of your choice.
-A Cards Against Humanity Second Expansion Deck.

  • The 2nd place winner will receive:

-A copy of Nijishitsuji 1, Black Butler Manga Anthology Book.
-A copy of Nijishitsuji 2, Black Butler Manga Anthology Book.
-A ‘sketch’ (example here 1, 2) digital art piece by me, of a character of your choice.
-Your choice of 1 three ounce pouch of my Black Butler Tea Blends.

  • The 3rd place winner will receive:

-A copy of Yana Toboso’s Character Guide Art Book
-Your choice of 1 three ounce pouch of my Black Butler Tea Blends.

———-

Rules:

  • The giveaway prizes are limited to US residences ONLY. (I am so sorry to my out of the U.S. followers! I regret having to limit it, but shipping is just too much for me to ship out of the states. If you live outside of the U.S. and you want to pay for the shipping costs, I will ship it to you.) Otherwise, I will only pay for the shipping to U.S. residents.
  • You may reblog up to 2 times a day.
  • Likes don’t count.
  • You have to be following me to win the 1st place prize.  But you don’t have to be following me to win 2nd, and 3rd. (but it would be nice ^_~ )
  • The contest ends on August 2nd, 2014.
  • The winners will be chosen randomly from all entries.
  • I will contact the winners once the contest ends, and they will have 3 days to get back to me with their shipping address and necessary information.
  • You MUST have your ask box open, and respond privately. If you do not have your ask box open, and do not respond within the stated time, another winner will be randomly selected.
  • Good Luck!

**Disclaimer Concerning Drawings**
-I will draw well known characters, as well as original characters. But please keep in mind my art style; the beings I draw are humanoid in design, please do not ask me to draw things like a transformer, furry, my little pony, or a mercedes benz.
-If you select a character that isn’t from the Kuroshitsuji universe, be prepared to supply me with ample links to pictures for character reference. The same goes for OCs, a lot of info will be needed.
-I retain artistic license: “The freedom to create an artwork on the artist’s interpretation.” Meaning, you are welcome to suggest a pose etc.. but if it isn’t working out, or if I think another pose/angle/composition/look etc.. would be better, then I will do it that way instead.
-Please keep in mind that I am a -very slow- artist, and it may take me forever to complete your piece, but I won’t forget about you. — Likewise if you see me working on other projects instead of yours, it doesn’t mean I have scrapped yours. Sometimes I juggle many things at a time :)

Squee!

— 3 days ago with 533 notes
mapsontheweb:

Florida as mapped in nautical atlas by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin c 1768; west at the top

mapsontheweb:

Florida as mapped in nautical atlas by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin c 1768; west at the top

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— 4 days ago with 65 notes
Another Buddhist kitty. Namaste, y’all.

Another Buddhist kitty. Namaste, y’all.

— 4 days ago with 1 note
#buddhism  #cats  #art  #illustration 
juliedillon:

Scholars’ Tower: This is another piece I did for Imagined Realms. This is actually an old sketch from 2006 that I went back and colored, which was a lot of fun. When I said I was putting lots of cats in some of my pictures, I wasn’t joking. ;) 

juliedillon:

Scholars’ Tower: This is another piece I did for Imagined Realms. This is actually an old sketch from 2006 that I went back and colored, which was a lot of fun. When I said I was putting lots of cats in some of my pictures, I wasn’t joking. ;) 

— 4 days ago with 994 notes