by Ryan Nore
I used to be someone!
Someone that had it all!
Nothing couldn’t be done!
Everything made sense as I recall.
Life had meaning and so did I.
Everyday was a blessing,
and the future was bright…
… but now something is missing…
… I used to be someone…
There seemed to have been a bit of confusion as to what exactly the author, me, was saying in this poem… I think the easiest way to explain would be to draw from a movie that most of us have seen… “Jerry Maguire” where he tells the love of his life that she completes him… If you lose the person you thought was your soulmate… that person that “completes” you… then you might not feel whole… but only a part of someone… an incomplete someone… a bit confused and in a state where nothing really seems quite right. Anyway, I thought I would clarify just in case… I know it never mentions losing their soulmate…just that something is missing… and that is probably why it is so easy to misinterpret…
Well, I guess it is about time for me to have another “thought“… This thought was actually provoked by a Facebook friend that asked “Avengers or X-men, which is your favorite team?” on his timeline.
My reply was, “Well, don’t get me wrong… I have a personal like for Thor… I even have used the username Thornore before (say that three times really fast!) … and I like Ironman and Captain America… but I’m going to have to go with the X-men… I like the X-men because of the parallels with real life and kids coming into adolescence. When the body is going through changes and how they can feel alienated and alone. But that it is precisely those changes and differences that make them special and that they should embrace those differences instead of trying to “fit in”. And when they do that, and learn to control and use their “special power” they will become almost unbeatable!”
Needless to say the talk quickly became more playful and there was the underlying “my dad can beat up your dad” tone which of course was all in good fun. However, the talk developed more and there was the explanation that the Avengers appear to be more professional. That they are decisive and confident and therefore appealing… or would “kick butt“! To this I tried to explain that in the X-Men stories there isn’t the whole Good vs. Evil that there is in the Avengers and therefore there is more confusion and uncertainty.
This explanation wasn’t readily accepted and Magneto was accused of being the “bad” guy. Along with the philosophy that actions speak louder than words… if someone does bad things they must be bad and that the “road to hell is paved with good intentions“. The discussion seemed to be tolerated and not completely welcome because it appeared to become more serious when I brought up religious leaders. So, essentially I left it alone after that… but it has been circling the drain in my head ever since. So! I will flush it out here!
Thanks to a caricature group that decided the challenge of the week was going to be a self caricature I was provoked into doing this one of myself. It is also the first caricature that I made a video of the creation process and you can view it here as well! Now I use this illustration quite frequently as my avatar on a number of social sites.
I have recently started doing a series of caricatures. This is the second of three for the group titled “Masters of Mystery“. The world renowned author and poet Edgar Allan Poe as a, and maybe the, master of mystery and macabre.
I have decided to do a series of caricatures. These series will be broken up into groups of three containing individuals that are recognized personalities within their field of expertise. The master of suspense and mystery, Alfred Hitchcock, is my chosen first to launch this adventure. And I have titled his group “Masters of Mystery“!
This is a portrait / illustration of a fairly well known cartoon character. Although he has never quite looked like this. This is my interpretation of how I think he might look if he were more real than cartoon. I am not going to tell you all which cartoon character he is supposed to be, you have to guess.
It was created in Photoshop.
Here’s a couple of characters with which I played around a bit. The cute couple are a result of a visit to the park. There isn’t much of a story, I had in mind one thing and I would up drawing the guy. He was in a rather boring pose so I thought I would just draw the female counter part. And there you have it… “Man & Woman”?
They were first sketched in pencil, then inked, and then the rest was done in Photoshop.
Hmmm… they are kind of like Adam and Eve right? In the sense that the man was the product of God’s imagination first… What?!? No, I didn’t mean to make a comparison between me and God! You said it, not me!