It is interesting when I notice the differences between how different people will use the English language. For example, in Australia, we would call ‘bangs’ a ‘fringe’ instead. It would be very rare, I think, to say to someone here, ‘Oh, I love your bangs!’ They’d just look at you funny. The same goes for ‘barrette’ (American English) and ‘hair-clip’ (Australian/British English).
In fact, when I first heard the terms, ‘bangs’ and ‘barrettes’, I had to look them up to understand what was meant by the words. I just hadn’t come across them, at least not until I was 13 or 14 or so. The words had been introduced to me in an American young adult fiction book (I was an avid reader), and I was deadly curious about what was meant by these seemingly foreign words.
In recent years, my perception has shifted a little though. Whereas, when I first encountered ‘bangs’ it was just a weird word that other people used to refer to a fringe, I’ve noticed myself thinking the word instinctively now, instead of ‘fringe’ – especially if I’m thinking of blunt bangs, as in the picture for today.
The language we use changes over time, but some things will probably always stay the same. While I may understand the term ‘barrette’, they’ll always be ‘hair-clips’ to me.
I’ve finally done it. I’ve been procrastinating about it for ages, but I bit the bullet today and got it done. I’ve made a Facebook Fan Page for myself, for art updates!
Admittedly, it doesn’t have a large amount on it yet, but that will change, with a little time. First thing was first though – a nice cover image. The sketch is one I did the other day, and I added the colour today, to bring it to life. I think it worked out pretty nicely, don’t you?
So what are you waiting for? Check out Kat Johnston on Facebook!
I’ve been working on something incredibly cute for the past day, so I’m going to put up this for now, and save the extra cuteness for later!
Here… let me give you a hint. It involves a legendary mythical creature, cuteness, scissors and something I’ve already shown at least once on the site.
Buuuut for today… just a little red scribble-portrait. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy playing with different pens and things – a scribble portrait in a traditional ball-point pen is always going to have a different feel from something done in a bright red ink pen. I find it incredible just how much the medium can affect the outcome.
That’s all for today – there’s cute stuff on the horizon!
Urgh! I’ve been trying to upload this picture for over a week, but my uploader was not working properly. Luckily, I’ve gotten it to work right again!
My in-laws have alpacas. They’re sweet, they’re adorable, and they look so cute covered in fluffy fluffy wool. I’m even getting some of the fleece from the recent shearing to try my hand at felt-making. Won’t that be fun?
I think alpacas are an under-appreciated animal, all in all. Ok, so it might just look like a small llama, but doesn’t that make it even more cute? After all, a toy dachshund is even cuter than a regular dachshund, a miniature pony has a greater ‘awww!’ value than a draft-horse, and for some reason, restaurants certainly have a way of making us pay greater amounts for tinier, over-presented servings of the same food.
Of all the camelids, I like the alpaca best.