I don’t even know where to start… okay.. here it goes.. I mentioned in one of my posts how my kids and I were so eager to watch the last of the Avengers… And so when an advance booking was finally available at our fave cinema, I secured our tickets right away… And after a month of waiting, April 24th finally came. I was both thrilled and anxious — excited how the story would go… worried how it would end…
Quick review: Avengers EndGame
I have to say Avengers EndGame did live up to its hype. It was indeed the best superhero film I’ve seen so far… But as the story unfolds towards the end, I failed to hold back my tears… My eyes could hardly accept how the Russo Brothers were steering the movie towards its culmination.
Mark Ruffalo was right when he warned the viewers to prepare because they’d probably grieve.
I am, still, grieving.
In spite of some heart-wrenching scenes, the movie is definitely marvelous. I’m glad I was able to watch such an epic movie with my kids. It would probably take many years before a movie could surpass this feat. It shocked us over the unexpected, kept us entertained by its comicality, and left us with stimulating insights. Seeing Stan Lee’s last cameo was a neat treat as well.
Fan art tribute: Iron Man (Avengers EndGame)
Previously, I mentioned that of all the Avengers, Iron Man has been my favorite. And I’m gonna say it again with pride – Iron Man remains my favorite, about 3000 times. 🙂
As a tribute, I made a mech pencil drawing of Iron Man last night (April 28) … simply because I just couldn’t move on.. As they said, “Some people move on… but not us.” ❤️
This sketch I did was based on a scene in S7E3: The Queen’s Justice. Season 7 was the season closest to my heart.. simply because Daenerys and Jon finally met!! 😉 I was so thrilled by that! Imagine that after watching GoT for so long, I finally saw them together on a single screen. So, I screenshot this scene to sketch it. I chose it for the obvious reason that Dany seized the approaching Jon Snow by her eyes. 😍 (*triggered*) (with silent screams) 😏
I know, i know… This is apparently a manifestation of Dany’s vulnerability…. but that’s what I adore about her character. She can be fierce, untamed, badass and yet she can also be meek… at least, to Jon Snow. ☺️
Daenerys is one of the strongest characters ever depicted in GoT… She rules! Definitely, she deserves to sit in the highly coveted Iron Throne…. But! I gotta set my mind as early as now! George R.R. Martin is a “ruthless” author…. He could kill off any character despite being endeared by many. And Daenerys is no exception… My gut feel tells me that she will eat dust in the forthcoming season… 😭 But i pray to the old gods and new that i am wrong — that it shall not end in Dany’s demise. 🙌
Below is a closer view of my pencil sketch art of The Daenerys! — Stormborn of the House Targaryen.. the First of her name.. the rightful heir to the Iron Throne… rightful queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men… protector of the Seven Kingdoms… Queen of Meereen… the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea… the unburnt… the breaker of chains… the Mother of Dragons… !
whewww! what a title! 😎
“Mother of Dragons” – a pencil drawing of Daenerys
Stan Lee’s passing compelled my young Naz to make an art tribute to Stan Lee. It was all his idea to create one to honor Stan Lee’s legacy. This — which he dubbed as his “project” — took him about three weekends to finish. No pressures! only love and appreciation to the Marvel’s inspirational icon…. Surely, Stan Lee will be remembered and will continue to inspire artists – both young and old.
You’ll find in this short Vid of young Naz’s full-hearted artwork tribute to “The Man”. For the full blog story, you may want to read: Young Naz’s art tribute…
My kids and I revere the Avengers film series so much that our fondness for the characters extends even to Thanos. Yes! Even if he was behind the “snappy” deaths of many of our fave MCU characters we consider him as one of the best super villains ever created…
Without such great villain the heroes we esteem would not have the scintillating moments that made them exceptionally shine.
My kids and I have our own faves… Doctor Strange’s intellect and mystical powers spellbound my daughter, Naomi… The geeky yet cheery nature of Spidey amuses my son, Naz… My youngest, Naiyah, dotes upon Captain America’s might and prowess… And me, well, I applaud Iron Man‘s quick wit and comical charm…. 😁
As for the AvengersEnd Game (which we are so restlessly waiting to hit the cinema!), we did our own sort of MCU marathon. We re-watched the trilogies of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Included in the line up were the movies of Hulk, Ant Man (also with the Wasp), Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. Last week, we made sure not to miss Captain Marvel by heading to the theatre at a lick despite our busy schedule — (considering my work, plus my kids looming final exams 😅).
Just as the other MCU movies we watched, we eagerly anticipated for Stan Lee’s cameo in Captain Marvel. But then again, seeing him on that big screen proved a tad difficult knowing it could be one of the last two of his cameos (the other will likely be in the End Game movie)…
All his scenes might have been abrupt, trivial and short…. but they lasted in our post-movie talks and laughters far longer than many other scenes did.
I know these movies are all fictional… and they meant nothing compared with reality-inspired movies and documentaries… Still, we embrace these films to the core. What made these flicks so special to us is the connection we have built around them, not to mention the childhood memories I know I already ingrained in my scions as we watched together the films conceived largely by “The Man”… Stan Lee would never know that with his superhero ensemble my children and I cohered real good.
Naz’s art tribute to Stan Lee
When we heard the news of Stan Lee’s passing I somehow felt a sudden void… It was an uneasy fact to swallow. Even my kids felt sad, especially Naz, knowing that such great artist as Stan Lee already bid farewell for good… Stan Lee’s passing compelled Naz to make a Stan Lee tribute. Surely, Stan Lee will be remembered and will continue to inspire artists – both young and old. Here is a short Vid I made to document Naz’s art tribute to Stan Lee.
Design Homeis definitely a great design app in mobiles right now. It’s a quick fix when you want to unleash your creativity… 😀 The only downside is that you need to carefully choose which challenges to take since you will have limited diamonds and $$ to “buy” the items to match a theme you are rooting for. You will be given daily rewards, like 500 diamonds and 20 keys. Believe me! Those rewards can easily go *poof* while doing a challenge. Moreover, it’s so easy to get caught up between the most suitable, yet expensive, items and the ones that are within the “budget” but often are less stylish.
Design Home app
You may want to check out the app: Design Home from your mobile appstore!
When you feel you’re satisfied with your design, you can then submit it but you will need keys (the required number depends on the challenge you’re in). But you don’t have to worry much about the keys since you can simply earn them by voting. Having said that, yes! The other ”designers” will also be voting! And chances are, they may choose yours over the randomly opposing design.
Based on anonymous votes, you will earn stars for your work. 5-stars is the highest, and 1, the lowest. You will be rewarded diamonds if you get five stars and items that you can use in future challenges when you get at least 4 stars.
The first interior design I made, which garnered 4.42 rating. not bad for a noob, right? ☺️
Although I started playing this game in August 2017, I skipped for a long time because I didn’t want to spend “real money” for any app. Well, that’s because you can purchase diamonds! 🙂 But then, I started playing the game again but only recently. Besides, I decided I could share some of my designs that earned decent stars. I’m going to use the tag: design home for the ensuing design entrees I am about to upload. It might be useful to others as a quick reference for insightful designs that can be applied in the real world! As the app says, “happy designing!” 😉
I’m glad that my kids have the same feel for an artistic kind of “documenting”.
Yesterday (February 5) was a Chinese New Year holiday. So, we spent it together at home, … by watching a movie and playing PS4 games soon after my work. (Yep! Holidays evade me.. or is it I, evading holidays?!🤔) The kids got Minecraft while adults have, well… one of which is “Resident Evil 2”.
As for our binge-watching, we chose an all-time fave — James Cameron’s Titanic. The thing was… my kids couldn’t watch without snacks 🤨 — so while they were enjoying watching the movie — with their chuckles and shrieks — I was caught up in the kitchen to pacify their gut 🍿🍿🍿🍿. But it’s okay, really. I’ve seen the movie probably more than ten times already 🤭 … Besides, I also managed to make a fine deal. I asked Naz if he could make a Resident Evil 2 Remake drawing for me… He did return the favour. ☺️
Naz (who, btw, just turned 11y.o. last month! ❤️) made a Resident Evil 2 Remake drawing as I specifically requested. And when done, he told me that this was the first time he drew a female character (Claire Redfield). On the left was Leon S. Kennedy. I have to agree because I often see him draw male superheroes like SpiderMan, IronMan, …oh wait! even supervillains, like Thanos! (Hey! You might want to take a look at the superhero he created: Naz‘s orange-haired superhero)
This time, it’s quite different from his usual sketches: a Resident Evil 2 remake drawing inspired by the image found on the last page of the instruction booklet.
This artwork of Naz will be our weird, out-of-the-ordinary emblem for our recent holiday familybonding at home.😄
“Happy Chinese New Year to all!” 🤗💕🍿
~ Ria •vix• Maria
Resident Evil 2 Remake drawing – by Naz
A Resident Evil 2 Remake drawing by Naz as inspired by the image found on the last page of the instruction booklet.
A closer view of Naz’s Resident Evil 2 Remake drawing
I’ve been so busy with my biology writings at work that i get to set vix.ph aside… I had written so much that i felt i was too exhausted to write another word. Talk about love and dedication to science! But i love artistic expressions as much! I just think that Art will understand me better than Biology Science will. Hahah! In other banal words, i gotta prioritize my work over art not because i love art much less… but because i don’t want to lose it one day. I need to fuel up so that i could sustain my artwebbie’s existence as well.
But I think Art is cognizant of how much it is a part of me… (just as biology is). One proof is the crisscrossing of art and biology I did at work.
Here is a sample of my artwork from the heaps of my biology writings currently published in Biology-Online.
Art and Biology… in an esoteric rendezvous
They’re DNA, fighting yet enjoying — apparently, as paradoxical as their name! Selfish genes aren’t exactly “selfish”… Yes! They do compete for a “seat” in the genome. But, they do so as an act of “altruism” to increase the odds of their survival in an ever-competitive gene pool.
This simple sketch was from my biology blog post, SELFISH GENE – selfish to persist. If you feel like immersing into the humdrum of biology and genes, you may want to check it out.
So while i fail to update my personal website on a regular basis, it is because I am merely caught up in an equally-important adult stuff.😄 But hey! I am far from giving up! I only need to sacrifice a bit to keep things going… like my own sort of altruism. 😉
Ever since vix.ph started i have been the only one making both ends meet for my dear artwebbie. Yep, the sole person behind! In spite of that, it is something I’d certainly consider as one of my greatest feats. My legacy for art’s sake, most especially for my art-enthusiast scions! ☺️❤️
They say that the dad is the son’s superhero… Well, I cannot argue with that. Truly, my Naz’s superhero is none other than his Dad.
Actually, any parent is a superhero in the eyes of a child… Dad — or mom — is someone the child looks up to with the utmost regard. Children emulate how their parents look, how they speak, and basically, how they deal with about anything… especially, during a difficult situation that calls for a swift action. To them, their parents seem to have super powers. 😎
To us, parents, of course, that is super challenging. Disappointing them is the least we intend to do. And so, we hardly ever expose our weaknesses. It is not really for the reason that we pretend to deceive. It’s more of proving to them that we are someone worthy of their trust and hope. We, as if automatic, become paragon of valour.
For our children’s sake, we instantly become superheroes endowed with extraordinary prowess and might. Little did they know though that they are our vital source of strength and purpose. For that, they, too, become our superheroes. ☺️
Here is my 10yo Naz’s drawing of one of his superhero protagonists in his journal tales. I have to ask again though about the name and the kind of super powers this character has. For now, I will call him “orange-haired” superhero. 🤔☺️
If there is one toy that 10-yr-old Naz has to choose for a gift, the answer is simple… — blocks! 😎
The first time he learned about building blocks was when he was five. It was a gift. The first one he built was a car. Since then, he has always requested for more blocks as gift — from the simplest to the more complicated blocks available. He even dubbed himself as the “Lego Master“.
Naz realized how amazing it felt to create. He realized how chaos can turn into something spectacular if you just have to focus on the goal and to stick to the “plan”.
But, there are instances, too, when he just could care less. And I am glad about how he’s not obsessed with following nothing but the “plan”. There are times when he sets the instruction kit aside and then creates from his heart and mind.
Naz has amazing drawing skills. I believe he has the hands of a good artist and eyes like a hawk, with specs… hahah 😉 But he is more interested in assembling blocks than drawing. And that is alright! For me, assembling blocks is an applied form of art.
I don’t want to impose, of course, but I hope his enthusiasm for blocks may inspire him in the future to taking the steps toward a future career plan that he will be passionate about. Well, I can dream, too! 🙂
Below is a vid of one of his blocks he assembled all by himself. This is the first of his blocks with LED lighting — it was a neat surprise. 😉 This vid shows the completed Wal Mart Sembo Block (SD 6502) he assembled in less than half an hour. The Barber Shop set was not available when we purchased the other three of the Sembo Block city street series. Because of that, the blocks included Wal Mart, Fire Brigade, and Holiday Inn sets only.
When I had a chance to visit MegaMall I would visit the Art Circle Gallery (and all the other art galleries) on the 5th floor of the mall. Last May of this year, I took my 12-year-old daughter there to show various paintings and artworks. I’m surprised that she was able to appreciate them as much as I did! She even allowed me to take a photo of her beside the “Shy Girl” painting. She said she could relate to it so well.
There was one artwork where both of us were simply amazed by it. The artwork looked like a photo with cut-outs. But it was a painting. We could not find the title of the art piece. And, unfortunately, the part of the vid wherein we were talking about how amazing that painting was was unfortunately not clear and audible. But then, my daughter and I definitely enjoyed viewing these awesome artworks.