I spent roughly 2 hours and 18 minutes coloring this picture to bring it to its second draft from its first draft. It is for a contest where, even if I lose, I feel that I’ve gained through my own technical understandings of art. I’m drawing in MS Paint, which is not forgiving for coloring. I could download other free programs, but I feel like the challenges in working in such a restrictive program help me learn.
There won’t be a dirty joke here. Instead, I want to argue that if you maintain a sensitive area for yourself, where you can let your guard down and be vulnerable, you can go out into the rest of the world with your shields up and weapon ready to do as you please. This can be a physical location or it can be somewhere mental. I won’t tell you mine, but I’ll tell you others’s.
There’s a person I know that is incredibly selfish – to the degree where he complains that when he talks to people, he “can’t get a word edgewise in,” but when I listen to my friend, he only complains and doesn’t pay attention when I talk about things. Prasad has poor listening skills. He’ll ask the same questions multiple times. We all have a Prasad within us, so, how do we minimize his presence in conversations?
Growing up, I was most interested in observing the peripheries of things. I explored through the lens of an outsider many fictional videogame worlds to see their hidden nuances. I explored my own imagination to figure out myself and explored reality with equal lenses. I wonder, now that our innocent childhoods are replaced with real life, do we want to explore our realities fully? Do we want to see unedited monuments? What is objective truth?