She Who Is.

I have some imaginaries playing in the mind-house.
It may get messy here.

calleo:

vayena:

my aesthetic is the kid on the playground who tells all the other kids that ring around the rosie is about the black plague

So you aspire to be someone that can’t fact-check and spreads urban legends as truth?

If you are told something is true as a child, you may well believe it. I even assumed it was true myself, until your link above.  The problem with ‘common knowledge’ is that sometimes if it is regarded as a truth of long-standing, it simply will not occur to anyone to check its veracity. I know I would not have thought to check it myself, and would have regarded the information as an interesting anecdote to pass along.

This makes for interesting and sometimes irritating considerations, certainly, realising that what you know, is not always true - but not knowing what parts are, and are not. If I researched everything I thought I knew as fact, I’d never stop. BUT.
It’s one of the main reason why I am so reluctant to post my opinions on things in “factual” contexts, as I am aware of my own fallibility - but boy does it ever annoy me that I don’t feel I can just step forward and speak about x, y, or z with any secure knowledge that I am passing on factual information, off the top of my head.
Modern day assumptions are perhaps easier to query, but as the article points out, this conjecture was started back in the 1960’s. History has an annoying habit of giving a veneer of authenticity to an error, if not caught in the act at the time!  And sadly, the longer this goes on, the harder it is to spot.

(And yes, research is important. Research from more angles than just one, where possible)  The meaning of things, unless specifically written or quoted (accurately) as so, by the original instigator of a piece of work - should always be taken with a grain of salt.

As a postscript. One of the most moving examples of ‘indoctrination’ I ever saw (belief that something is absolutely true because you’ve consistently been told that it is so) was an interview many years ago, with an elderly Japanese man, about the War (WWII) - and a question about kamikaze pilots and why they did what they did. I still remember to this day, his response.

"You must understand that we were brought up to believe that our leader was (a) God."

And yes, it is also true that many of us seek meaning even where there may actually be none. (waves at all religions ever!) Maybe it’s comforting. I don’t know!  I’m not even sure why I am responding. :D  I like thinking about things like this.

rivendown:

deleted the first wip so that its not spammy as heck with trolls on my blog. The painting/adjusting phase is underway!
WIP

RrrrrrrRRRRrrrrrrRRRRRRrrrrrr  ! :D

rivendown:

deleted the first wip so that its not spammy as heck with trolls on my blog. The painting/adjusting phase is underway!

WIP

RrrrrrrRRRRrrrrrrRRRRRRrrrrrr  ! :D

dbananza:

David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge - Part Two (BBC Documentary)

i never thought i would nerd out on optics like this but i can’t stop watching…. 0_0

a reblog for part two :)

(Source: youtube.com)

dbananza:

David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge - Part One (BBC Documentary)

some awesome drawing techniques… technology…and a mystery!

Ooh thanks for the link. I’d heard about this episode before but never seen it!

(Source: youtube.com)

tmirai:

{Loremaster Challenge} First Place Winner: The Arm of Zul’jin
Submitted by drawingformonkeys
 "Vol’jin, I t’ink da Revantusk be up to Somet’ing…"
The Arm of Zul’jin - a.k.a. the complete and utter headcanon of DrawingforMonkeys, feat. the missing limb of the Former Glorious Warlord (and Chieftain) of the Amani!
Known Lore, upon which the Headcanon is built:
Zul’jin severed his own arm during the mission to rescue him from the elves that held him.  
Among his loyal followers, is one Mystic Yayo’jin, resident of Revantusk Village. The Revantusks were loyal supporters of Zul’jin, although reference to this was redacted in patch 4.0.3a (Cata).
As part of a former quest called Cannibalistic Cousins, Yayo said:
"… If Zul’jin were here, he would have destroyed the whole lot of them with a flick of his wrist - alas, Zul’jin has not yet returned and we are left to our own devices."
Huntsman Markhor, of the same village, is also quoted as saying:  "Zul’jin shall return one day. Mark my words. Until then, we all hold our positions and do what we can to keep the forest troll population intact."  (both of these quotes have been sourced from wowpedia.org.)
Body parts have been used to summon troll spirits. (Even if these are usually skulls!)
There is speculation about whether or not the spirit of a particularly exceptional troll may become “among the Loa” (While not official Lore it is mentioned on wowpedia as: speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. - See Sen’jin, father of Vol’jin, on this site.)
The Zul’aman trailer shows an arm left lying on the ground, still in the shackle. Was it coincidentally seared at the same time by the same blade? It looks a bit burnt at the end. And as its living owner had quite a fair amount of sway with all of the Amani Loa, who knows what blood magic and spiritual powers might have helped keep it relatively well preserved for some amount of time? 
Here entereth the Headcanon!
So… let us speculate that the severed arm may have been carried away by one of the trolls from the rescuing Warband, who returned at great personal risk to retrieve this greatly symbolic limb from the ruins!  And also say that it was taken to Revantusk and given to the safe keeping of one Mystic Yayo’jin… (Possibly with the same spearblade that was used to sever it in the first place).
In the tiny village of Revantusk, a secret cult has grown around the arm, with Yayo’jin as the high priestess. I envisage her holding it aloft before sacred fires on certain days, as dancing and shouting and other trollish reverences take place.
In the picture, the fetish bound around the wrist is made from tufts of fur, feather, tooth, bone, and sinew, from animals representing Akil’zon (eagle), Jan’alai (dragonhawk), Halazzi (lynx), and Nalorakk (the bear) - the four Amani Loa whose power was wielded by Zul’jin (as the final boss of the original Zul’Aman raid). 
It is worthy of note that the Amani never abused the Loa that they worshipped (primal beings that they called the “Forest Gods), and were never chained (such as the Gurubashi were, to the will of Hakkar).
News of Zul’jin’s physical demise, after a period of despair, has served only to heighten the fervour of this worship. If we assume that the previously mentioned NPCs stilll believe what they used to say, and perhaps still do say… (just not to us!), then their words have an entirely new context. The arm is still carefully tended to and revered, and while it has atrophied somewhat, it is being preserved by the blood of Zul’jin (which was once an in-game element!), and the continued mystical practices of Yayo’jin (who is a reagent vendor, by the way). She’s probably got all manner of crazy voodoo stuff there, that we don’t know about!
Most importantly it is believed that the arm still bears some of the E’ko (spiritual essence) of its former owner.
Futuristic extension of the Headcanon
In which the Arm is rejoined to a living Host…
Unbeknownst to the outside world, the secret Revantusk cult of “The Arm of Zul’jin” also includes a select group of trolls who have been vigorous in their training, and the rigorous purification of their body and spirit, in the hopes of being chosen as “the One”.
In the ultimate ceremony, the warrior of greatest worth will be chosen to sacrifice their own arm via the original spearblade, and be made whole again with the arm of Zul’jin. At which point the spirit of Zul’jin, is called upon to take possession of the warrior - who has literally sacrificed his “self” for the ‘greater good’ - bringing about the prophesied Return. As an additional consideration, I thought that instead of “renaming” the warrior to Zul’jin  outright, that whoever took up the arm might be granted ‘Zul after their name instead, as an honour and rememberance of their sacrifice. e.g. If the warrior’s name was Shaka, he  would subsequently be refered to as “Shaka’Zul.”
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Judges note: We LOVED this entry. So much. There is so much meticulous detail and, obviously, a lot of consideration of in-game lore while being creative and exploratory. The entry took the smallest of details mentioned in passing in game and turned it into a very creepy, awesome, and totally plausible speculation for the fate of Zul’jin’s spirit and his infamous arm. The art is very well rendered as well! Taz’dingo and congratulations!
 

GASPU! Thankyou thankyou thankyou :D :D :D! Excuse me while I go and run around in giddy little circles for a while, hands - nay ARMS flailing!  <3 <3 <3  <3 

tmirai:

{Loremaster Challenge} First Place Winner: The Arm of Zul’jin

Submitted by drawingformonkeys

 "Vol’jin, I t’ink da Revantusk be up to Somet’ing…"

The Arm of Zul’jin - a.k.a. the complete and utter headcanon of DrawingforMonkeys, feat. the missing limb of the Former Glorious Warlord (and Chieftain) of the Amani!

Known Lore, upon which the Headcanon is built:

Zul’jin severed his own arm during the mission to rescue him from the elves that held him. 

Among his loyal followers, is one Mystic Yayo’jin, resident of Revantusk Village. The Revantusks were loyal supporters of Zul’jin, although reference to this was redacted in patch 4.0.3a (Cata).

As part of a former quest called Cannibalistic Cousins, Yayo said:

"… If Zul’jin were here, he would have destroyed the whole lot of them with a flick of his wrist - alas, Zul’jin has not yet returned and we are left to our own devices."

Huntsman Markhor, of the same village, is also quoted as saying:  "Zul’jin shall return one day. Mark my words. Until then, we all hold our positions and do what we can to keep the forest troll population intact."  (both of these quotes have been sourced from wowpedia.org.)

Body parts have been used to summon troll spirits. (Even if these are usually skulls!)

There is speculation about whether or not the spirit of a particularly exceptional troll may become “among the Loa” (While not official Lore it is mentioned on wowpedia as: speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. - See Sen’jin, father of Vol’jin, on this site.)

The Zul’aman trailer shows an arm left lying on the ground, still in the shackle. Was it coincidentally seared at the same time by the same blade? It looks a bit burnt at the end. And as its living owner had quite a fair amount of sway with all of the Amani Loa, who knows what blood magic and spiritual powers might have helped keep it relatively well preserved for some amount of time?

Here entereth the Headcanon!

So… let us speculate that the severed arm may have been carried away by one of the trolls from the rescuing Warband, who returned at great personal risk to retrieve this greatly symbolic limb from the ruins!  And also say that it was taken to Revantusk and given to the safe keeping of one Mystic Yayo’jin… (Possibly with the same spearblade that was used to sever it in the first place).

In the tiny village of Revantusk, a secret cult has grown around the arm, with Yayo’jin as the high priestess. I envisage her holding it aloft before sacred fires on certain days, as dancing and shouting and other trollish reverences take place.

In the picture, the fetish bound around the wrist is made from tufts of fur, feather, tooth, bone, and sinew, from animals representing Akil’zon (eagle), Jan’alai (dragonhawk), Halazzi (lynx), and Nalorakk (the bear) - the four Amani Loa whose power was wielded by Zul’jin (as the final boss of the original Zul’Aman raid).

It is worthy of note that the Amani never abused the Loa that they worshipped (primal beings that they called the “Forest Gods), and were never chained (such as the Gurubashi were, to the will of Hakkar).

News of Zul’jin’s physical demise, after a period of despair, has served only to heighten the fervour of this worship. If we assume that the previously mentioned NPCs stilll believe what they used to say, and perhaps still do say… (just not to us!), then their words have an entirely new context. The arm is still carefully tended to and revered, and while it has atrophied somewhat, it is being preserved by the blood of Zul’jin (which was once an in-game element!), and the continued mystical practices of Yayo’jin (who is a reagent vendor, by the way). She’s probably got all manner of crazy voodoo stuff there, that we don’t know about!

Most importantly it is believed that the arm still bears some of the E’ko (spiritual essence) of its former owner.

Futuristic extension of the Headcanon

In which the Arm is rejoined to a living Host…

Unbeknownst to the outside world, the secret Revantusk cult of “The Arm of Zul’jin” also includes a select group of trolls who have been vigorous in their training, and the rigorous purification of their body and spirit, in the hopes of being chosen as “the One”.

In the ultimate ceremony, the warrior of greatest worth will be chosen to sacrifice their own arm via the original spearblade, and be made whole again with the arm of Zul’jin. At which point the spirit of Zul’jin, is called upon to take possession of the warrior - who has literally sacrificed his “self” for the ‘greater good’ - bringing about the prophesied Return.

As an additional consideration, I thought that instead of “renaming” the warrior to Zul’jin  outright, that whoever took up the arm might be granted ‘Zul after their name instead, as an honour and rememberance of their sacrifice. e.g. If the warrior’s name was Shaka, he  would subsequently be refered to as “Shaka’Zul.”

~~~~

Judges note: We LOVED this entry. So much. There is so much meticulous detail and, obviously, a lot of consideration of in-game lore while being creative and exploratory. The entry took the smallest of details mentioned in passing in game and turned it into a very creepy, awesome, and totally plausible speculation for the fate of Zul’jin’s spirit and his infamous arm. The art is very well rendered as well! Taz’dingo and congratulations!

 

GASPU! Thankyou thankyou thankyou :D :D :D! Excuse me while I go and run around in giddy little circles for a while, hands - nay ARMS flailing!  <3 <3 <3  <3 

{Loremaster Challenge} Raising Raptors

tmirai:

Submitted by: hooktails

The importance of raising raptors in Troll society

For trolls, the epitome of an ideal and powerful hunter is the raptor.

The relationship between troll and raptor is ancient, old Zandalari tales tell that trolls have always favored raptors as an ideal animal and…

Mo’ approves of this excellently detailed post. (He is most particular about their dental health, himself!)   :D

(reblogging from the art site of my pen and ink stuff. All done! :))
Livestreamin&#8217; still going on -  http://www.livestream.com/drawingformonkeys &#160;!
The scan oddly seems to have dropped some of the colour highlights. Reckon I&#8217;ve got about an hour more left in me. If you want to drop by for a couple of minutes or so, you&#8217;re more than welcome!  I&#8217;ll make a pot of tea. :)

Livestreamin’ still going on -  http://www.livestream.com/drawingformonkeys  !

The scan oddly seems to have dropped some of the colour highlights. Reckon I’ve got about an hour more left in me. If you want to drop by for a couple of minutes or so, you’re more than welcome!  I’ll make a pot of tea. :)

(WIP)&#8230; Next stop, the PAINTING. AIEEEEEEEEEEE!I have my mug of tea and food now! Have random questions about this kind of lineart (ink and pen, with soon to be wash!) or about NZ or some weird shite like what I&#8217;m eating, or drinking or stuff, you know where to find me. :D
LIVESTREAM LINK HERE: http://www.livestream.com/drawingformonkeys

drawingformonkeys

she-who-is:

So yes. “Live” livestream will be up for a while. Doing a present for a friend’s b’day. Dragony thing. I just hope it turns out :D  Music and stuff.

Okay. Basic outline inked. Doing the detailed inking now. (And glaring at the mild lack of focus of this camera. It miiiight be Livestream’s ‘streaming’ thing, but that better bloody be why!)  There are many hours to go yet. Feel free to drop by and share a cuppa on your way through the night or day!

We also have mashups ;)