Yesterday I attended my first lifedrawing session at The Austin Visual Arts Association. When I signed up I saw that only myself and two men had RSVPed. However, when I arrived the room was nicely full, though the host quickly made room for me and set up an easel on my behalf. He said newbies dutifully sign up and everyone else just shows up. Some artists have been visiting for 15 years. The model was excellent and a coordinator as well. My favorite bit was after a long pose she took a break and then returned to the pose in costume. Her face was neutral but the costume cracked me up and so added an expression I thought appropriate.
Japanese architect Hajime Narukawa invented and equal-area type world map in 1999. This map keeps the sizes of the continents and oceans while reducing the distortions found on most world maps. This link will take you to the Narukawa lab where they offer a free download of the map (.ai or .pdf).
Our youngest is very protective of her Dad. I swear I'm not slapping him about for sassing me.