Cardinal directions

2016-04-16 17.51.46Sometimes I feel as though I’m steering a ship with no map, no stars to navigate by, and the most frustrating thing is that there’s no way to even ask for a map, for stars. You’re just there, adrift in the darkness, hoping that the next piece of intel will crack some code, provide you with a Rosetta stone.

More likely, though, you will only feel more lost. Sometimes your internal compass is all you’ve got.

Attention Democrats, Progressives, Liberals!

VOTE-DEM-2016Gonna get a little political, just for a minute, because it’s important, damnit.

The election is still months away, I realize, but the smallish faction of Bernie-or-Bust people out there being loud has gone too far, considering at this point they are going against their beloved Bernie.

Look, I’ve been a great fan of Mr Sanders for years, since long before his run for presidency seemed possible. I voted for him in the Primaries. But through the unbelievability of the American public, Trump is now not only the Republican candidate— Nate Silver has crunched the numbers and he’s a viable candidate. Terrifying.

So, can we cease and desist the in-fighting until after the Democratic party’s candidate — Hillary—  has been unequivocally voted into the White House? Please?

Remember: Supreme Court justice tenures last far longer than four to eight years.

Super fun Snapchat silliness project

Kelley & Lizzie’s Summer Funtimes from Elizabeth Daggar on Vimeo.

I’ve been meaning to get a handle on Snapchat for awhile. My initial impetus being that it’s prevalent among social media, so as a designer working in motion graphics and editing (among other media), it’s important to stay on top of such things.

While I’ve made half-hearted attempts before, always my interest waned. Turned out all I needed was a four hour bus ride wherein I was basically trapped and a little bored— and voila! A monster was born.

I passed on my new obsession to Kelley upon arriving in Baltimore and we were horrible teens for the remainder of our little trip, snapping away and adding stickers to All the Things! We have mastered the art of being 12.

snapsThe face-mapping and motion-tracking features are impressive. I do wish the interface allowed for uploading or accessing PNGs of my own making, ’cause I would make a shit-ton. For starters, I’d create a library of face features, a la Mr Potato Head style, so all objects could become characters. (Currently there are very few emoji that can serve— see the still of the deviled eggs.) It would also be pretty dope to be able to motion-track text.

I know Snapchat is meant to be about ~living in the moment~ and *ephemera* but dammit, I’m a media hoarder and I really love editing, so I saved most of them to my phone and created this ridiculousness in After Effects. Enjoy!


Tunes in the video:
Lonesome Street  by Blur
That Moon Song* by Gregory Alan Isakov
And She Was* and Road to Nowhere* by the Talking Heads
Baby Elephant Walk* by Baba Brooks
*These were in the original snaps, but the sound quality was poor so I replaced them with clean mp3s.

Cycling and swinging: ways to fly

The other night around 11:15 I texted TL—

Wanna ride bikes to the swings at third street?
I could do- sketching a song at the moment
Maybe at midnight? We could walk too, either way
Bikes def. Adult swing on midnight’s wing

And so we did. Such a joy, and a perfect evening for these endeavors. A couple who’d been walking their tiny dog had stopped in the playground to swing, too. Like us, they were giggling with delight as they flew up into the velvet clouds again and again.

After a spell on the swings we biked up third street to the Park, rode the paths therein to the 15th street exit, then back down the hill. Kids again, both cycling and on the swings, zooming around the empty midnight city.

Silenced is not Equal: #BlackLivesMatter

Silenced Is Not Equal: #BlackLivesMatter
ere is the latest in my “Don’t See Don’t Speak” (or the Red Hand of Shut It) series— something more topical in response to the tragic and avoidable events of last week. Please feel free to share this widely and repost (as is).

Below are some progress scans of the pencilling. One again, I forgot to do process while painting.

Layers of pencil beginning with HB and working up to 2B then 4B (softer, darker shades from the medium grey HB) using woodless pencils and workable fixative in between to avoid smudges and to compound the layers. Same basic technique with the watercolor.

(See a more detailed  explanation here.)


The implicit ‘too’— What matters

BLMTooWe are not a nation known for nuance— apparently what’s implicit is not always obvious. But if a sensitive, painstaking explanation is what’s required, then let what’s viral be helpful.


Thing is: The sniper who shot the officers in Dallas did a devastating disservice to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and to all African Americans. He created a situation wherein the ignorant and racist will choose to use it to reinforce their beliefs. Though he wasn’t, in fact, affiliated with those in the hopeful and peaceful collective, we live in a Post-Factual democracy— facts mean little or nothing; misconstruance will win the day.

His myopic, misguided actions poured gasoline on a burning building. And that is a tragedy we’re all subject to.

Observations and imaginaries

Replaced a gel-ink pen I lost last weekend; nice for smearing, getting some greyscale tones. These seem to really want some color, but I’d forgot to bring my half pans with me last evening. I may yet revisit and paint them, though.