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Updated digital commission post!
Have a gander if you'd like an OC drawn, or one of your favourite characters (I'd love to do some Star Trek commissions, but have yet to do examples. So expect me to spam this once more)
My prices:
Ones with backgrounds (like these) - $65 / £50
Full Figures - $45 / £35
Busts - $33 / £25
More of my work here :
instagram.com/oh_hai_ku
Thanks!

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Hi! I'm a self-employed illustrator
b.1990
Cis (he/they)
Brown
Socialist
Intersectional feminist

I enjoy discussing/learning about/posting:
Art!
Star Trek - I love all the series so far (DS9 is my fave)
Non-Eurocentricity and genuine representation of it in the arts.
Also, Language - which I suck at. But its so interesting!

Current obsessive art / worldbuilding / poetry project: instagram.com/oh_hai_ku/

And If you want to support me:
patreon.com/sajanrai

Today, I'm gonna play drums for the first time in three years! I'm gonna SUCK. But, it'll be fun.

clothes/money 

Whilst I'm not knee-deep in overdraft, I'm listing new kindsa clothes I need while I have the money. I think I'm gonna set aside a day scouring charity shops around west/northwest/southwest London before hitting any stores.
I'd love to learn how to make a shirt from scratch, but it looks super hard and I know the end result would be appalling. Might still try.

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clothes 

Project for when I have time: I got a primark coat years ago (stopped shopping there since) - its been surprisingly durable/still works. BUT, it doesn't look great. Hood string bits are flappy/straggly, pockets are falling off, some parts are faded/bleached?! It'd be a fun experiment to try and make it look nice, rather than throw money at a new coat that I don't really need.

also, hi tenforward! (cw: depression) 

I haven't been using this account much, because I feel like it's where I like to talk about TV/politics more, and the past 6-14 months have been the most hellish and reality-shattering of my life. I've barely even been able to concentrate on my art (which I do full-time) so putting 110% into just about maintaining that, as well as juggling everything else.
Tentative to say stuff's better, but I'm slowly adjusting. And planning to re-binge all of Trek soon.

on streaming 

I guess I'm interested in how this is gonna affect independent cinema. The pessimist in me sees how stuff is consumed and thinks it'll just die in favour of Funko Pops the Musical the Prequel Series. The optimist thinks that it'll normalise really anarchic ways of film-making.
As somebody that has yet to delve into film-making since I was a teen, I'm pretty curious about pursuing that in a few years, and how the fediverse could potentially play a part in it.

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on streaming 

So apparently they'll be pulling Star Trek off Netflix soon. If any of the others follow, i'll probably axe my account.
I guess it'll take time (because so many people are rushing to Disney +) - but I think streaming could takee a massive blow when people realise they don't want to spend £xx on sub-par streaming services. I think the streaming model will likely be disrupted by people returning to video collections, albeit on USBs.

British person ranting about US coverage of UK politics 

I just (for some ill-chosen reason) watched The Daily Show bit on Boris Johnson. It hammers in all the stuff that made Boris Johnson a cult of personality, nice and succinctly for an US/international audience. Also opts to include a couple more light-hearted of his quotes in favour of more racist remarks, and a homophobic remark. That he is a homophobe is not mentioned at all.
And it celebrates calling him "Boris".
What a shitty piece.

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@frostotron I agree. I don't need to see a series of ship being crushed with people suffering, Instead, a solemn scene where they look at the causalities lists are equally powerful.

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I love how much DS9 just ignores "show don't tell" for things that would be big action scenes unless they're really momentous and also the focus of the episode. Its refreshing, honestly.

Thoughts after rewatching Batman Begins, CW spoilers (5) 

I do find Batman Begins and Dark Knight Returns kinda weird films. I think they both suffer from over-crowding/mismatched stories etc.

But it is fun! One thing I thought had aged well were the special effects for the scarecrow parts. They're done sparingly, and well.

Even though it inspired a bunch of gritty/realism-heavy superhero (and other) films that I hate, I like the Dark Knight the best of Nolan's.

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Thoughts after rewatching Batman Begins CW spoilers/brutality (4) 

I get that his skewed ethics in this regard becomes something that's explored more in the other films, but it's only rushed up on later in the film (watching the news footage of the batmobile police chase, Alfred bemoans that he could have killed police like that)
Also glorified is him beating up Bhutanese prisoners.
These aspects are shitty, and work better as a metaphor for the "white guy goes to Asia to find himself" phenomenon

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Thoughts after rewatching Batman Begins CW spoilers (3) 

b) He learns loadsa skills at a secret Tibetan school, but refuses to sign up because part of their small print is that he has to kill a criminal. He refuses to do this, because killing people is wrong. Instead, he burns the entire school down, leaving everyone inside left for dead. But! He DOES save the one white guy.
He shows/mentions no remorse for this. The villager he leaves Liam Neeson with says "I'll tell him you saved him"

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Thoughts after rewatching Batman Begins CW spoilers (2) 

But yeah, I get that it's tough trying to justify a billionaire who beats up criminals, and I think Batman is always going to face that challenge as a character. Which is why I personally love the original 60's rendition the most, which is one of the most beautifully tongue-in-cheek programs I've seen.
(here's a nice clip of the producer of that series figuring out how to approach that)
youtu.be/jPr3zXZhLvg?t=263

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Thoughts after rewatching Batman Begins CW spoilers (1) 

a) Spoonfeeding of his chivalrous lineage is unintentionally hilarious:
(CW death later in video)
youtu.be/suwR35mwbpU?t=185 (3:05-3:30)
(CW civil war/slavery)
youtu.be/hrzN1JBmscA?t=157
(2:37 - 2:50)
Boiled down: "His family were non-racist, philanthropic, humble, billionaire doctors."
He's not shown responding to these, they're inserted efficiently and jarringly as possible. Thus, presented as 'in his blood' more than stuff he's learned.

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Today may be the hottest day Europe has ever recorded 🔥 Please stay safe!

💚 Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
💚 Shower in cool water when needed and/or wash your hands and face
💚 The UV index is high. If you go outside, try to wear a sun hat and keep to the shade
💚 Avoid unnecessary strenuous activity
💚 Carry a fan if you have one, and don't be afraid to use it
💚 Hide inside supermarkets or shopping malls if you need to. Especially if they have fridges you can stand next to awhile.

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yall should prob just mute all the brits on here today because we will be posting nothing but 'it's too hot and im dying' 900 times

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UK politics / toot for white people 

Boris Johnson is our prime minister now. It's more important than ever to challenge bigoted ideas as they appear around you, and we will be seeing more of it.
If you're white and living a comfortable life in the UK right now it isn't enough to ride on that privilege anymore. You (we) need to be putting ourselves into difficult situations to push back on this, we owe it to our country and to our communities

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quick toot on my gut reactions to Picard/Lower Decks (2) 

@sajan

[sulks] We already did *Lower Decks*. It was called *Red Dwarf.* [scowls]

quick toot on my gut reactions to Picard/Lower Decks (2) 

I think amidst the current era of Stuff Being Consumed*, I'm definitely more inclined to stuff where writers, designers and directors are able to build their own thing a little more. I don't doubt that they'll be able to do a hell of a lot of that in Picard, but they are also working with these already developed characters with cult followings.

*Disney Reboots, TheMarvelChurn

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