Portrait January 2017, Day 12: Svante

Day 12

Digital portrait of my friend Svante, based on a photo he shared on Facebook
Portrait of my friend Svante

What I wrote about this at the time:

Time’s up! This portrait of Svante? isn’t going to get any better if I futz with it more. Dude has interesting lips. Also interesting: what happens behind his glasses.

I’ve been using highlighting more as a technique. Just going over the image with a white (digital) pencil. It works. Didn’t bother to render the intricate texture of his shirt, though.

I really need to study the musculature of the face. I’m becoming more aware of it, and of how not seeing it properly makes the expressions fall flat.

Portrait January 2017, Day 11: Irina

Day 11:

Digital pencil portrait of my friend and colleague Irina
My friend and colleague Irina

What I wrote about this at the time:

Lost a lot of time today to computer problems. I learned some not very good things about how FileVault handles login changes. I still found time to draw Irina, but had to work a little faster than usual. Now that I look at the zoomed-out image, there are a few things that bug me, but I’ve run out of time for today.

Portrait January 2017, Day 10: Benedicte

Day 10:

Digital portrait of my friend and colleague Benedicte
My friend and colleague Benedicte

What I wrote about this at the time:

This drawing of Benedicte, based on her Facebook profile photo, didn’t look a bit like her until it did. Then I worked on it some more, and now I’m not so sure. For a picture as simple as this, I struggled. But I say that about every portrait in the challenge, I guess.

In the present day, I’m on vacation, but daily reposts of Portrait January will continue as they’ve been scheduled in advance.

Links for December 20: Sealioning, the far right on Tumblr

Epic Twitter thread by Secret Gamer Girl about how people claiming to be Just Asking Questions are almost never doing so in good faith, which is also noteworthy for its form, which breaks down paragraphs and sentences across multiple tweets to discourage Quote-Tweeting out of context. There should be a fancy acronym for that, like RTWAOGTFO – Read the Whole Argument Or Get The Fuck Out.

One month after controversial adult-content purge, far-right pages are thriving on Tumblr. So much for creating a welcoming environment, except if you’re a fascist, in which case it goes without saying that you shouldn’t be welcomed.

Portrait January 2017, Day 9: Öznur & Cat

Day 9:

Digital pencil portrait of my friend and colleague Oznur and her cat
My friend and colleague Oznur and her cat

What I wrote about this at the time:

I think I may have bitten off more than I could chew with this rather complex image of Öznur and her cat lying on a sofa. Drawing the cat was a fun diversion from the nearly-daily portrait grind though. His/her asymmetrical facial markings are a challenge!

If I have time at the end of the month, I may try to draw Öznur again from another picture.

I really hate that DeviantArt won’t allow me to spell names correctly in titles.

And this problem has now been fixed: Öznur’s name has a diacritic like it should have.

Portrait January 2017, Day 8: Branko

Day 8:

Digital pencil drawing of my friend Branko, based on a Facebook profile photo
My friend Branko

What I wrote about this at the time:

We have now exceeded last year’s number of entries! Photographer, web programmer and blogger Branko has an interesting face. It turned out to be difficult to draw and I may have overdone the haunted look in his eyes a little (actually, it’s the same expression I make when I’m being photographed, but it’s more striking with his eye colour, light facial hair and deep sockets). I was happier with this one half an hour before completion than when it was done.

Links for January 18: Color-blindness considerations, Dreams of Orgonon

Color-blindness considerations for Designers and Content Managers by Sheri Byrne-Haber on Medium lays it down starkly:

It is completely unclear to me why designers think that it is acceptable to use colors (or combinations of colors) that others can’t see. This is a wide-spread problem that is very easily avoidable. The designers, who generally have unimpaired vision, think their color choices “look good.” However, if people who are color blind or older can’t see them, they are discriminatory. It’s also a ridiculously bad business practice?—?the whole purpose of thoughtful design is to ATTRACT users to your website / app over that of your competitors, not drive them away.

I also learned from this article that a sizable proportion of the populations (mostly older people) cannot see pastel colors.

Christine Kelley of Dreams of Orgonon has gone and made a deal with God by coming out as trans and this is as good a time as any to mention that Dreams of Orgonon is really good.

Portrait January 2017, Day 7: Liz

Day 7:

Digital portrait of my friend Liz from Florida, based on a Facebook profile picture of hers
My friend Liz from Florida

What I wrote about this at the time:

Tried a slightly looser, rougher, less constructed approach with this drawing of Liz who I know from the ComicGenesis meetups back in the day. I don’t know if the change in approach made that much of a difference to the finished result though.
I had to take a short break but am now back on the horse!

Links for January 17: Medical transphobia, ad tech

Amanda Jette Knox on Twitter discusses a letter by a small group of doctors agains gender-affirming treatment for children. She’s not impressed by the science and less impressed by the history of homophobia and transphobia behind the signers.

On a related topic, some of the studies that are used to argue against gender confirmation, or more generally by the sort of people that argue against gender confirmation, are weird and creepy and of no scientific validity at all. As Martin Wisse sums up:

The whole of the ‘scientific’ anti-trans argument is based on this one pedophilic study of rating how attractive eight year old girls are to adult men

On to more cheery stuff. It turns out that, at least for some scale of organization, extensive tracking of personal data is not necessary to earn revenue from displaying ads: After GDPR, The New York Times cut off ad exchanges in Europe — and kept growing ad revenue.