This is outstanding. You embraced the deeply abstract nature of Midjourney and expanded it into a journey of the subconscious. The whole story is lived as a dream, subjective, hazy, every part perceived through shifting sensations. It feels like the museum is reflecting more than it is displaying and every visitor has a completely different experience based on their own history.

An "uneasy relationship with reality" indeed. It's at the core of artistic expression and personally something I absolutely relate to. The obvious mastery of the medium you have acts already in itself as a commentary on Midjourney, but the writing elevates it to a bigger dimension, as we're driven to experience the art through every other sense than vision. It almost feels in places like we're going through the experience eyes closed.

What you've made is really a meta-Midjourney story.




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Oh, I will.


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I'm doing Inktober again this year!

Not sure how I want to go about it yet, but last year brought me so much, I really want to try it again.

I'm opening this thread right now, because I want to motivate people in joining me! Doodle something, write a short, do photography, make music, knit a sweater, anything! The Inktober format has found its way into many different fields, and there's a reason for that: it's an amazing exercise for your creativity muscle, and it can lead to many things.

I gave it a try last year, unsure where it would lead me, if anywhere. What happened was I slowly found a visual style I didn't know I had in me, and I discovered a whole new way of expressing strong personal ideas, which I now give attention to as much as I do to photography. Even printed some of them, which are now displayed in an exhibition! I haven't done new digital art during the year but guess what, October is getting nearer, so I'll have motivation again to paint some stuff!

Can't recommend enough you guys give it a try. This place is as good as any to share it, and doing it as a group will be a great motivational help. Do one everyday, every other day, every week, whenever, just do it!

Prompts will be posted on September 1st, but if you go to and subscribe to the newsletter, you'll get them by August 25th. I discovered them two days before the beginning of October last year, and I... don't recommend it.

Who's in?

PS: a discord channel dedicated to it could also be neat, just sayin'




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I love thee, lurking God of the forum abyss. We are but humble creatures seeking thine continued protection from the evil forces of oblivion.

I'll reiterate what I said earlier on the Discord chat: let's find a better host that knows what a backup is, and see how much that would cost. I'm absolutely positive most of us community regulars would pitch in.


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Yeah, I'm excited about this too. A Weird Al story with Radcliff... It sounds perfect, and I'll be delighted to be taken back to UHF, which will probably be covered.

Time to revisit UHF, by the way. Such a honest and absurd gem of a little movie.


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Teague wrote:


I don't think I've seen someone do that trick with the tuning peg before.

I think it's more common with bass. There's a special peg with an extra handle that allows you to shift the tuning by a step (and probably half-step too). Youtuber Charles Berthoud often uses it:

(also this guy is the most impressive modern bassist I know. He's absolutely insane and his precision is out of this world.)


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Haven't seen Tenet, but I really don't have much of an interest in Nolan movies, I can't lie.


Saw The Adam Project a few days ago, we really enjoyed it. Harmless family movie with Ryan Reynolds goodness, with a very earnest take on loss and an interesting if not very original way to mix it with time stuff.

I liked how grounded the movie is with emotions, as it lets characters access to them fully in tragic situations which made them more impactful and real to me. Maybe I relate to these situations more as I grow older, too, but I think it's also that Ryan Reynolds is an incredible actor and this is where it shows, not in the comedy (which he's absolutely great at, of course).

Surprisingly good choreography work, too.


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W00t! I'm satisfied!

(also my hand hurts like hell)


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I've had it for a few months now but it's a great item to have on my desk to keep myself occupied when shots are rendering.

I've always found celtic knots fascinating, because of their visual complexity, the intricate craft. I've asked myself why people used to do this, what they represent, what their purpose is. More importantly, I've wondered how they were made, being confused by their apparent duality of geometric precision and organic aesthetics. Visually, they felt difficult, not only to draw, but to conceptualize.

This book answers all these questions quite well.

In reality, it's accessible to everyone, which is really at the core of folk art. Its construction rests upon a system of dot grids which allows you to trace everything by hand - if you have a checkered sheet, you're good to go. Some more complex designs will require a pair of compasses, unless you're really good at drawing circles by hand, but that's about it. That simplicity driven by basic geometric guidelines came as a big surprise to me and demystified the visual intricacy.

Knotwork is a very satisfying craft. It's fun but at the same time demands precision and geometric thinking. It serves as a throwback to school, answering the question I've asked myself quite a few times in those days and here namely during geometry class, "what am I learning this for?". It's immediately appealing to the eye and brings satisfaction, but it also allows for emotional resonance because it's folk art. Its abstract nature permits symbolism the way you want, be it visual and philosophical connections to nature, a human link to the past, spirituality - you name it.

It's a great pastime in itself but I really enjoy it as a skill to have as an addition to my artistic toolset and a means of symbolic expression.

Very easy to find too, avoid Amazon if you can, but if not, it's there.


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Okay, I've got it: you're the illegitimate son of Tom Hardy and Chris Pratt. Tell us your secrets.

Gah, I wish. Not available though, and I've been doing freelance work on evenings. January will be better for me. Have fun you crazy people.

I'm absolutely down for some Among Us, preferably week nights and before the holidays.


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That's incredibly rad, Owen.

I use charcoal and oil brushes in Photoshop, and a variety of cloud brushes. With some finer texture work I can achieve a decent oil painting feel. Then there's a general texture overlay that brings the paper grain and some grading, and a final sharpening effect to give everything a nice crisp look.

Not much more to it really. Photoshop's mixer brush really does well at mimicking real paintbrush behavior, and of course I use a pen tablet.

EDIT: I would add that lightning is more of a pencil type brush, and that several layers with different blending modes are a great help to shape light the way I want (e.g. overlay mode with soft light and dark brush strokes to highlight or tone down areas).


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Abbie > I love you.

Teague > I love you.

Yeah I might get them printed to see how it looks on good paper.

I'm on the same overall feeling as you, first and third are my favourites, especially because they're representations of my relationship with mountains, and incidentally go well together as an attraction/repulsion diptych, which is a very strong aspect of said relationship.

Second one exists mainly because I couldn't see "spark" as a theme and not go for one of my most beloved aspects of nature - storms. It's not as much an abstract representation of an idea as the other two but I'm glad I did something with lightning. Bonus, the mountains being struck are heavily inspired by actual mountains I love in my home region, and this scene is basically the photograph I would love to make one day.

You have no idea how much I'm grateful for your responses. People generally have seemed to react well to this thing and I still feel like a impostor but at least I'm an impostor who's feeling good, and that's a step forward.

tl;dr: did digital painting every two days for a month, selected results below


Most of you have probably heard of Inktober. If not: Inktober is an online challenge seeking to help people improve their artistic skills and habits. The basic rule is one drawing a day during the 31 days of October, following a different given keyword as a theme each day. The prompt list changes every year.

I'd been following the trend for some years, thought it was really cool, and this year I decided to give it a shot. Problem is, I don't really do ink drawing, and was not that interested in committing to do that for a month. However, I've always wanted to improve in digital painting as a means to express ideas, and thought I could give it a try that way. Because the great thing about Inktober is that it gives you rules as a proposition, but in reality, there are no rules. It's just a trend and you can make anything you want with it. The core principle its original creator wanted for it was for artists to have a way to improve, find inspiration, and develop healthy habits.

So I made my own rules. Digital painting, a coherent artistic style, and one drawing every other day. I thought one entry a day would be too difficult for me to maintain, and I also wanted to be able to choose between two prompts, as some in the list didn't inspire me at all.

Long story short: it was an absolute delight, the learning curve was insane for me, and it's given me confidence in that particular field. Forcing myself to find inspiration quickly and efficiently felt like true creative development and I really think it's going to make a huge difference in my artistic life. I think the best thing about it is I actually expressed deeply personal stuff, in more or less abstract ways, which is 100% what my artistic endeavors are about.

I'm definitely doing it again in the future, and I highly recommend doing it for yourself. Whether you do a drawing a day or a week, whether it's a complicated or a simple one, whether you've drawn all your life or absolutely never tried it, whether you display it on your Instagram or on your fridge, it doesn't matter; the whole thing is just a love letter to Fuck Yeah Make Stuff. You can also do the same thing with photography, poetry, calligraphy, music, anything you want! The Internet is full of sub-trends (I chose Artober as mine, but kept the Inktober prompts) and the only limit is your imagination and what you want to work on.

Here are three entries I consider my best ones, but you can also see the rest on my Instagram as a permanent story ("Artober 21"). There you can really see the learning curve as I gradually found my style and tools.

Oh look! Too much text again! Who would have thought.

Day 9 - Pressure

Day 27 - Spark

Day 26 - Connect


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Seconded, and I'd also like to congratulate you on making the best case for wanting to have kids.

What an incredible piece of text.


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This one hit home at times. Oof.

Not to sound like I know what you've gone through - who does, that's the point, right, but there's an absurd thing here, we can be a multitude feeling alone.

Also, fuck faking its and shut the fuck up Beethovens, I'd gladly have you and your piano in my living room.


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I feel like being the first to respond here, I should tread lightly. I can already sense there is a solemn stillness about this particular place in the forum, one we've seldom encountered in the past, one akin to the learning of Mike's accident, or Invid's passing. One that transcends this forum, and binds us all together for our future, whatever it may be. This place should statistically have been dead for years but it goes on, never quite sure what it is and not caring one bit about it. It's just here. In a little more than a month I'll be celebrating my ten years of first registering here. I've marked it in my agenda, with a notification. Anyway, I'll be writing more about what this community keeps meaning to me on December 5th. This is not about me right now.

I'm writing all this because I need you to know that I love you deeply and while I would never have asked anything, because it's an unspoken contract of true friendship that one needn't explain themselves about disappearing for months on end, and saying hi whenever the stars have aligned enough for one to feel good enough about saying hi is sufficient, I for one feel humbled and privileged that you would tell us your story.

Whatever amount of detail is in it, whatever omission you feel you need to do to say what it is you need to say, it doesn't matter, because this is your story, and we, as friends, will be happy as long as you give us what you need to give us. Should it have been nothing more than your typical "hi, I'm still here", again, I would have been perfectly okay. But here comes something else. And there's nothing egomaniacal about it; it means you trust us enough to share it with us. I feel loved and cared about just from you doing this, even if it's a tool for your therapy. Especially if it's a tool for your therapy. That this place can be a tool for your therapy, even if it's one amongst others, has a special meaning, and I can't stress enough how strongly I feel that meaning.

I'm excited too.


And just think about it: you can totally have a kickass TEAGUE'S HORSESHIT banner at the top of the forum.

Teague wrote:

Hey, dude.



Thank you for existing.

See you in a week, a month, or a year.

I love you.


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Woooow. This is astounding.


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This is the most adorable set of pics that ever was, and there's not even a cat in it so you can tell how much I mean it.

Your daughter is either the future McGyver, or Leia. Maybe both at the same time. Space McGyver Princess. Even her name is already a perfect name for it, and would perfectly sell for a TV show about an adventurous space princess who finds herself in trouble against space baddies every week and has to get out of it through her imagination and whatever she can find around her.

Get on writing, David!

In all seriousness, say hi to her and mommy. I'm really really happy for you three, especially as you've allowed us to follow this whole journey from the very beggining.


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Rob is such a great dude. I love what he does. He's so passionate.

BDA: the commentary is great. It really strengthens the feeling of pure friendship between all these people. I love their spirit and the natural comedy their interactions bring, and the commitment to their imagination. Scorpy's laid-back vibe, his effortless humor is something to marvel at.


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Comp is really solid, great cinematography.

I just noticed two pulsating glowing Avatar thingies exactly in sync, the one at the top left corner and the one at the bottom right. No idea what these are so I may be talking out of my ass and they're supposed to be in sync, but just in case, thought I should say it.