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This is all telophase's fault, because she made me remember that I had done these once upon a time (ca. 1978 or 1979, as an undergrad at U.Va.).

The male model I was boasting of (the one I said could play Cho Hakkai) ... yes, he does have feet, and I can even draw feet, more or less, but he was standing on a gym mat, and his feet sank in:

 

I was not pleased with this one and took vengeance by transforming him into a rough facsimile of the Sub-Mariner:

 

Yes, we had female models too ... why do you ask, young Grasshopper?

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magicnoire
Oct. 29th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you went to UVA too! (Or if I did, I forgot and therefore apologize for my shoddy memory.)
chomiji
Oct. 29th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)

I think maybe it did come up once upon a time, but a while back. Yes, CLAS 1980, B.A. in English ... man, that's a long time ago ... !

(I have a second Bachelor's from UMUC-UMD, B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences, ca. 1995 or so.)

avierra
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Hah, I wonder how many English majors there are around here (1984, UMBC). Although mine was leavened with medieval history.

I like your female the best, although Namor made me giggle. ;D
smillaraaq
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Heee...is it just me, or is that fish totally checking out his butt? ;)
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)

You! So evil! Even if I was dimly slashing things in my thoughts by then, I was so clueless about the mansex that I would never have thought such a thing!

smillaraaq
Oct. 31st, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, it could be a GIRL fish if that's any better...there's no gender/orientation lock on appreciating a nice butt purely on artistic grounds! ;)

(Or maybe the fishie is from one of those odder species where they gender-shift according to life cycle or environmental conditions? NATURE: STRANGER THAN FANFIC!)

I've never even read those comics, but if scans_daily has taught me nothing else, it's to view anything Namor-related through the porn filter. *grins*
chomiji
Nov. 1st, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)

Well, it's certainly more fun viewed that way!

smillaraaq
Nov. 1st, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
My Tom Lehrer icon is nothing but truth in advertising. XD
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)

MD has an excellent program for working adults at UMUC.

I'm glad you enjoyed them! I was never a great artist - the best drawings I did in that class were bones. I rocked at drawing bits of the human skelton!

smillaraaq
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
My, Namor, what viney-looking seaweed you have there! *giggles*
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)

XD

Totally a coincidence! This was 30 years ago! (Either that, or the Man Upstairs has an even more bizarre sense of humor than we ever imagined ... .)

smillaraaq
Oct. 31st, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Heee, I've already mentioned how absolutely vine-haunted my tastes in textiles and art and jewelry have been for decades, now seen in retrospect. Even one of my favorite lei material isn't even a flower at all -- it's a fragrant green, leafy vine... XD
chomiji
Nov. 1st, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)

I have heard of that leafy green vine! For a little while, Crabtree & Evelyn had a line of tropical scented soaps, and that was one of them. I liked it!

I figure you will be pleased with the divider bar I made for The Story (hmmm, it may be too wide for this point in the layout here):

smillaraaq
Nov. 1st, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
C&E DID A MAILE SCENT?!!1?! And I didn't find out in time to try it, waaaaaah! I pretty much stopped going in those stores when they broke my heart by discontinuing their vetiver soliflore (which is what first got me hooked on that note) back in the early 90s... I don't suppose you ever got to smell the real thing so you could say if the Crabtree version was even remotely true...?

Everybody compares it to vanilla for lack of a better metaphor, but maile really smells like...maile. It's a bit vanilla-ish, but also a little green and outdoorsy and a little woody-spicy, and not at all sugary the way a lot of "vanilla" perfumes tend to be. Subtle and lovely. That page wasn't kidding, it may not look as showy as some of the elaborate floral designs but a maile lei is one of the most cherished -- it's no accident that anyplace making Hawaiian heirloom jewelry is bound to have at least one maile pattern available, if not multiple variants...

I don't know if you saw the side conversation I got into with Kis last week or so, but I think those associations were part of why the vine piece clicked so instantly for me, when I'd been playing around unsuccessfully with trying to come up with some kind of swirly vegetal leg tattoo design for more than a decade; on a subconscious level I was responding to I think both the canon associations of struggling to control and integrate the Shadow-self, but having it in that particular location where I felt it *belonged* was I think clicking because it made me think of maile and ferns, and the greenery-heavy wrist and ankle lei worn by dancers...

The divider bar is great. XD Did you sketch that out yourself, or 'shop it together from something...?
chomiji
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
(maile)

No, I don't think I did smell the real deal. (C&E keep discontinuing things I like - I loved their green, transparent Ginger Twist soap. Pretty much the only thing I buy from them these says is the Avocado triple-milled soap.)

Maybe these guys could be persuaded to make a maile-scent? They have several Pacific-influenced scents.

chomiji
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)


(Oh, and the divider is based on an element copied from the Salty Dog V pic of Hakkai labelled "The Demon was Chained to Sin." It's the bit that runs across his cheek, reduplicated and half of the duplicated bits "mirrored" on the horizontal axis in Photoshop, and then all joined up and the joins smoothed out.)

smillaraaq
Nov. 8th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Hee! That's the same one I uploaded, and printed out a closeup bit from the shoulder, to show Gilda how I wanted my vines to go. XD

(I'd have used the earlier Zero-Sum cover with just the youkai half of that image, but the Salty Dog scans of the new combined image were higher resolution...)

And oooh! I did not know Pacifica made spray fragrances -- I keep sniffing their pikake candles at Borders, they're very true. (So far the best mainland tropical soliflores I've yet found are the Terranova Island Escapes line -- very true scents.)

And major points to Pacifica for noting the peacock/jasmine connection to Princess Ka'iulani in their packaging and writeup of the scent! There's even a peacock on her statue in Waikiki. (If you've had a chance to listen to the Hapa CD, "Nani Wale O Ka'iulani" is one of my favorites of all their songs.)
chomiji
Nov. 11th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

The Terranova scents look interesting, but some things just make my head ache ... crap, there's a place in Provincetown that has all of their scents except Tuberose. I could have checked them out this summer. Where's my time machine ... ?

smillaraaq
Nov. 11th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Ah ha ha, this is one of those stories that you know has to be true because it sounds so unbelievable: I first discovered the Terranova stuff at a sex shop in Dupont -- which I'd gone to on an errand to buy the tackiest-looking inexpensive vibrator available, on specific request for my boss's boss. No, REALLY. XD
chomiji
Nov. 13th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)

You just keep trying to get me into interesting shops!

XD

That has to have been at the ISP place ... Andrew had some wacky stories about his early days at UUNet too.

smillaraaq
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Ha, I have no idea if they even still have the stuff...that was quite a few years ago. XD

And yeah, that was the ISP gig, where compared to some of the porn spammers or more interesting customers we had to deal with, and the various one-upsmanship games we'd play with trying to break each others' brains with finding really insane websites, talk of vibrator-shopping was really downright tame. I'd somehow wound up with a reputation for being simultaneously utterly unshockable (between the department I worked in, and being one of the top two or three "never, ever click on URLs this person posts"), and a good listener who could be counted on for helpful advice for all sorts of embarassing health issues. So when this dude several rungs up the management chain decided he absolutely NEEDED a sparkly purple anatomically-correct vibrator as a gag gift for one of his neighbors...I was apparently the obvious answer to "who would know where I could find something like this at the last minute, and be amused rather than freaked out or offended by being asked to go get it?" XD
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chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)

Awww, thanks! As I was telling avierra, my best drawings in that class were of bones ... I was better at those than at the live people!

telophase
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'll totally take responsibility for this. XD
chomiji
Oct. 31st, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)

My work for that class was such a mixed bag! I pulled an A on projects that involved bones and still life elements, but only B on the actual people and on the anatomical muscle drawings. It wasn't until the end of the semester that I began to get what the teacher was driving at. I give him full credit - he was sure I could do it, and spent lots of extra time working with me on how to shade the muscle masses and so on.

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