valeriechua
valeriechua:

My work for Playing Arts. I posted previews of this before but I never got to upload the final piece. Playing Arts is a poker card set produced by Digital Abstracts. Each card is uniquely illustrated by an artist. It’s an honor to be part of it! There are so many amazing artists in the lineup that the experience felt elusive. My card is the 5 of Clubs. The printing and material is top notch — it’s waterproof, I think! You can visit the website to check out all the artists and to purchase a set. They ship worldwide!

valeriechua:

My work for Playing Arts. I posted previews of this before but I never got to upload the final piece. Playing Arts is a poker card set produced by Digital Abstracts. Each card is uniquely illustrated by an artist. It’s an honor to be part of it! There are so many amazing artists in the lineup that the experience felt elusive. My card is the 5 of Clubs. The printing and material is top notch — it’s waterproof, I think! You can visit the website to check out all the artists and to purchase a set. They ship worldwide!

wrathofthegiraffe

wrathofthegiraffe:

I never kept a journal when I was little, because I never thought there was anything in my day worth recording.

But now that I’m older, I realize that not every adventure is paved with heart pounding excitement. Not every life changing moment is lit up with neon lights and singing angels. Sometimes they slip past quietly, and we don’t realize how important they were until a decade has passed, and we find ourselves wishing like hell they were as crisp in our mind as the day they happened and we didn’t think they were particularly important.

My everyday adventure: I have usually been friends (or at least pleasantly conversational) with my neighbors, but I’ve never loved a neighbor until now.

I don’t think the lady next door understands that I took a new job father away, just that I’m not home as much as I used to be. Yesterday morning as I left for work, she saw me from her doorway and said “You’re working a lot lately. Everything okay? Do you have enough food?” It seemed a strange question to ask, probably because I’ve never been that kind of hungry. I’ve always had enough to eat. But I have been lonely, and am especially so lately. So this small act of love was incredibly meaningful for me. I smiled and thanked her, but said I was doing okay. It was a one-minute dialogue at most; not the kind of thing most people would write home about. But for me, it was a moment of that everyday magic I used to feel so frequently as a teenager, but has become less intense and less frequent as the years pass.

Maybe those everyday adventures seem so rare now because I stopped paying attention to them. I stopped savoring the moments — stopped letting myself be vulnerable in them as they happened and stopped joyfully, or painfully, playing them over and over again in my mind days, weeks, and months later. At some point, I must have convinced myself it was silly to romanticize those little joyful moments. It was masochistic to relive the little painful ones. After all, no one else probably thought it was a big deal.

But they were big deals to me. And Wrath is right; if we don’t pay attention to them as they happen, we’ll find ourselves yearning for that magic later and wondering what the hell happened… 

wrathofthegiraffe

merryweatherblue:

I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture. 

So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome. 

So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.