Character Aesthetics

Recently, I have started making image collages, also known as ‘Aesthetics’ on Tumblr, or sometimes ‘Moodboards‘, for some of my favourite book characters and my groups D&D characters.

Essentially, making an aesthetic is simple enough; you take multiple images of scenes or items or words that relate to the chosen character – such as main features, where they live, their physical features, their jobs, their fears – and make a nice neat photo collage of these images. It also often includes adding in your ‘dream casting‘; as in: if you could cast the movie of this book/character, who would you put in the lead role. This can include known actors, the actual actors if it has been made into a TV show or film, or just random models or stock photos found online. I prefer the later, this gives the collages an individuality, and doesn’t just seem to be a carry-over from any other visual version that is already available.

It doesn’t have to be a specific character either, or a character at all really. It could be an entire book, a series, a mash-up of two or several of these, a unique character pairing, a place or setting or even a particular event – anything you want really.

I can’t really explain why, perhaps it’s the latent graphic designer in me, but I really enjoy the motion of scrolling through image searches endlessly; pinterest, tumblr, google. Scraping to find the perfect images to sum up these characters, arranging them so that everything fit together just right. There’s something to very satisfying about it.

I’m open to suggestions, but plan to make quite a few more of these in my spare time in the coming months. You can see my collections so far below:

The Raven Cycle:

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The Raven Cycle Hogwarts Houses:

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D&D Characters:

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You can see a larger collection of my aesthetics/moodboards HERE.

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Disclaimer: None of these images are owned by me, nor do I take credit for the images themselves, merely the compilation and placement of said images. Images found on pinterest, tumblr, google.

The Raven Boys Read-A-Long

Hi Everyone!

This month I’m trying out something new – a Read-A-Long and a Goodreads Group.

Myself (@felixturtle_reads on instagram) and Sofia (@forbidden.books on instagram) are going to be reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater this month, starting in the next couple of days and going to the end of the month.

Please feel free to join us! Simply add me on Goodreads and message me for an invite! Or head over to the Goodreads Group and request to join. It’s that simple. And we can all swoon over this book together.

There will also be a full review coming at the end of the month, and maybe more read-a-long’s if this works out well.

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New Instagram account!

Hey guys!

Just letting you all know I’ve started a new Instagram feed dedicated to books, reviews and recommendations. Feel free to head over and check it out:

 

You can see the whole feed here! Please feel free to come follow and talk books!

x Sami

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

jamieoliverYesterday, I was lucky enough to see Jamie Oliver give a live talk at the Sydney Opera House. He was charming and funny and cooked some amazing food (sadly we didn’t get to eat any), but we did get a live performance from the Wiggles! But cooking aside, Jamie was here for a reason – to promote the notion he refers to as ‘Food Revolution‘.

The idea is that kids should be taught about food as early as possible, to cook it and to work with it – to recognise what is good for us, and bad; to learn tastes, flavours, combinations, even how to grow it. This idea can lead to amazing change within our nation, and the world, and will lead to a healthier, more sustainable future, for everyone. Jamie believes that we each have the power to promote change, and that we can all band together to help make our governments see that this is a good move forward for the future generations, and will benefit our society as a whole.

“My wish is to create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”
Read more at Food Revolution day.

Jamie knows food, we all know that’s fact – he’s been a celerity chef for over 15 years and he has had numerous successful TV shows and cook books, dating right back to hid Naked Chef days. And Jamie is fighting for food education, for children’s rights to know food too, and to utilise it to make a better future. You can help Jamie make a difference at change.org, by signing the petition, and sharing it with your friends. Let’s make the new generation the best one yet.

 

And for fun, Jamie Oliver Wiggle’s Food Revolution dance:

Join Jamie in telling our government that our kids need food education. You can click on any of the links above, or visit Jamie on any of the following social media outlets:

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Images: herehere, here, here

Videos: youtube, and my own personal recordings

New Social Media Outlet – Felixturtle.com on Facebook

Hey guys,

I have started up a Facebook page where I will be sharing my posts and other posts that I find interesting and relevant to my blog. Feel free to head on over and give it a like!
https://www.facebook.com/felixturtledotcom

Trying new things…

So this WordPress blog is my attempt at starting something new.

Of course I have had blogs in the past, but this time I’m trying to create something that is less of a blog – though it will have blog-like entries – and more of a little corner of the internet where I can showcase some of the things that I am working on, as well as things I like and enjoy.

I am currently embarking on a mission to do something creative everyday until December 31st, whether it be writing something, drawing something, creating something, planning something or photographing something. When I do something creative enough that I am proud of, I may upload them here as well. Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Consider this a pre-warning: This is my blog-space and if I need to vent, I may do so here. If you don’t like something you are reading – no one is making you read it, so feel free to close the window.