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general furry discussion / Re: SyFy article about Furries.
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on Today at 05:38:55 pm »
I'm like most of you: Never heard of her. I think the most famous furs I've ever met is Gene "WhiteShepherd" Angel. I don't know how famous he is outside of here (See bottom of screen. All the way down.), but he has his on entry on WikiFur, so he ain't a nobody; that's for sure.  (:

I thought the most famous furry in the world would be someone like Uncle Kage or the like.
Still learning to control the tip of the brush. I've done four 12x18  (12.5x45.8) sheets with the alphabet. What i'm using to paint on is old watercolor paper I've gessoed. Figure already have the paper. Might as well not let it go to waste. And unlike watercolor I can use both sides of the paper for this. I have my first painting paper primed and ready to go.

Going through the watercolor brushes here I've learned that a few of them are also used for acrylics. Acrylic paint is actually hard on brushes. It can build up over time and damage the tip or edge of the brush. It also gets into to ferrule and spread the bristles. So there is a difference in brushes. My favorite watercolor brushes would die within days of use with acrylics. So I tried the ones recommended for acrylic paint. One brand that stands out. I can get thinner lines with a size 6 of this brush then I can get with the size four of the other brand. Way better control of small curves and backstrokes. Now looking for an alternative to this brush. Escoda Versatile brushes are a bit pricy. Not sure if I want to go hog wild. Like I did when buying watercolor supplies. I'll wait till I get to the point where I need them.

Things i've learned so far.

Made my own 'wet pallet' for acrylic paint. Been three days now and the paint is still good to go. Used a 14x9x3 (35.5x23x7.6) Rubbermade food container. Put a layer of paper towels down first. Then a sheet of parchment paper. You can get parchment paper in the same place you'd find plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Put some water in to wet the paper towels under the parchment. Paint goes on top of the parchment paper. Lid goes back on when your done painting. Works! I'm not using craft paints. The brands are 'M Graham' and 'Winsor & Newton'. Not sure if this would work with craft paints. After three days there is still no cheapo acrylic paint smell! Gesso stinks. But you don't paint with gesso.

Painting the alphabet over and over again is boring.  :D
general furry discussion / Re: SyFy article about Furries.
« Last post by FarFar on Today at 02:29:09 pm »
I've heard of her. 
I even wrote a letter to her thanking her for making an episode which got me through a bad spot in my life.
(Not sure she got it, but that is okay).

Watched her channel a bit.

Goes to show that different people know different people and that it is all good!
The Gust as well be crying "Trump is our King", the way they stand up
for him. They already refuse to pass laws unless Trump their King will
agree with it. Now they are saying "No indictment", so the  democrats
should bow to Trump and stop all investigations. The special counsels
report investigations were very limited by law, so we have to  allow
other investigations to follow possible crimes discovered over the last
3 years. They should continue no matter what lies GOP conservatives
want to use that will please their King.

The special counsels report is still in limbo while Trumps atterney genera
decides what congress and the public can see. We know Barr has a record
of protecting presidents, so we can only guess what he is up to.

The AG said yesterday he would release a summery or outlin of the
report today. Well the public deserves the whole report, not some
watered down summery that pleases the GOP and Trump.

Conservatives are claiming victory for Trump, but unless they have
a back channel to the AG they don't know anymore than anyone
else. People should know there are still 18 investigations going on
about Trump, his family and others.  It's likely though they
will still cry Trump wins over the witch hunt.

Already the GOP is hinting at starting new investigations of
Obama and H. Clinton. This is just more politics, because the GOP
is afraid they will loose the Senate and the White House in 2020.

The conservatives are saying "No collusion" when those working
for Trump who were indicted had been found talking to Russian
officials during Trumps campaign. So that is collusion even if it
wasn't Trump himself. We know people working for Trump never
do anything of substance without his authorization.

People who don't see anything wrong with Trump working with
foreigners like Russians will regret it, because we will start loosing
our civil rights if our democracy is weakened. Russia has a federal
government with a congress of sorts, but it's so weak that
president Putin has become  a autocratic dictator. People who
oppose him are either killed or thrown in prison. This could
happen here if we allow some autocratic wannabe like
Trump use excuses to take away our rights.

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general furry discussion / Re: SyFy article about Furries.
« Last post by Jade Sinapu on Today at 10:23:54 am »
 I've heard of her. 
I even wrote a letter to her thanking her for making an episode which got me through a bad spot in my life.
(Not sure she got it, but that is okay).

Watched her channel a bit.
general furry discussion / Re: SyFy article about Furries.
« Last post by FarFar on Today at 07:22:33 am »
My only thought is I've never even heard of this most famous furry.

Yup, same here. I can think of at least a dozen other furriers that I know more then this one.
Still a thought provoking article.
general furry discussion / Re: SyFy article about Furries.
« Last post by Loc on March 23, 2019, 11:14:17 pm »
My only thought is I've never even heard of this most famous furry.
meet the mods & staff / Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Last post by Loc on March 23, 2019, 11:13:23 pm »
Her arthritis will probably get worse with age, sadly - it's just the way it goes. She's 8 now and an average age of beardies in captivity is 10-12, so she's starting to get on (and doing very well, considering her host of medical issues). Still, it isn't bothering her in the slightest and her MBD is under control and has been for years.
traditional and digital artwork / A rat's journey into art. Acrylic paint.
« Last post by cause the rat on March 23, 2019, 04:41:24 pm »
This is more like an open blog. A way to share my triumphs and failures learning a new craft. Everything along the way.

A bit of my art history. I tried watercolor. Tried. And tried. If you don't have enough aggravation in life try watercolor. Any little mistake is there. You can't cover it up. And hardest of all you can't add light. The white of your paper is all the light you have. And when it's painted over it's gone. Yes you can 'scrub' it out. Scrub meaning ripping the surface of the paper away. Enough of that and your finished painting looks like zits on the Mona Lisa. And if you use white paint? THE HOROR!!! Your cheating. You have to suffer as much as everyone else or your work is not good enough to be called art. Well, I don't do art to suffer. All my paints most of the brushes will find new homes.

The reason I chose watercolor painting was the lack of chemicals. I would love to play with oil. But even the water based oil paints can lead to chemicals. Because my house is closed up ( allergies ) what i bring in stays in. Unfortunately oil paint is out of the question. But water? I get that out of the tap. Acrylics? The only acrylic paints I ever used were those cheapo craft paints you get at Walmarts. Used enough of those and it smells like you just freshly painted a room. So you may be asking why I chose to try acrylics anyway? Because quality acrylic paint doesn't have that painted wall smell. Because the cheaper the paint the more additives they use. And no matter how good the acrylic paint you can still clean it up with soap and water.

What I'm doing now.
Unlike watercolor painting it's better to have the surface your working on straight up. We're talking wall flat. So the first thing I'm working on is brush control. Holding the brush with no support between me and the canvas. Practicing my A, B, C,s. And I thought my handwriting was bad. A bit wonky. I'm also doing color saturation and hue studies. With a little under by belt I'll do my first painting. I want my first painting to be the absolute best I can do. Then I'll put that painting away and continue with excursuses. Then do the very same painting a second time. Just like learning to write with a pencil. You learn the moves your hand has to make to create the shapes. Then it's off to the races.

My first AH HA moment. What I've learned so far,
The farther back I hold the paint brush the more control I have. It sounds counterintuitive but it works.

When I do start posting works feel free to comment and critique.
news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Old Rabbit on March 23, 2019, 12:12:53 pm »
The special counsels report has been handed over to Trumps
attorney general. We should remember this report is about the
campaign of president Trump, and not to indict the president as
the department of justist rules say a president cannot be indicted.
Also there are several loose ends that question the decision of
the special counsel left undone. These may have been turned
over to other prosecutors. The public needs to know this.

Many in the GOP and Trump are calling this a vindication of Trump
and  others. This is premature as there are many other investigations
of Trump, his family, and others around him in progress.

It has come to light trumps family has been using private emails to
handle government documents. The very thing Trump wanted to put
H. Clinton in jail for. Also the special counsels investigation wasn't
about Trump's coverups as president. So congress will have to
follow up on this. This doesn't count the counter intelligence
investigations on Trump and his family. Was Trump just a
puppet used by Russia? Or did he think he was smart enough
to use Putin for his own benefit? Seems this is yet to be

We also have to  assume the special counsel was under no pressure
to give Trump the benefit of the doubt. If he was to indict the
president, he being a member of the GOP would likely be an outcast
for the rest of his life. This is why the entire report and background
information needs to be released to the public. This way the public
can see for themselves what the special counsel investigated.

People need to understand how limited the special counsels
investigation was. It's limits haven't even been released in
entirety yet.

According to the AG he will release a basic outline of the report
this weekend. We have to wonder how much will be reported, and
will the AG limit it to favor Trump?  Trumps AG has a record of
wanting to protect a president above all. This is likely why Trump
nominated him.

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