Monday, February 27, 2017

NYCTOPHILIA


It was more than a year ago when I started questioning my really odd habit of avoiding the sun and being generally more active (both physically and intellectually) during the night. I notice I would pay more attention during the evening rather than during the morning it was (and still is) as if I woke up more and more as the day passed. Besides I wasn’t able to fall asleep in a decent amount of minutes during the night, it took me ages sleep, like if I wanted to stay wake. I’d avoid going to sleep so I would undertake other tasks like drawing, finishing a film or a painting, basically anything but sleeping. Another interesting fact is that I’m not one of those people who need bombs to wake up in the morning since as soon as the alarm clock rings I’m up.
But was that as soon as I realized this weird feeling of almost loathe towards sleeping during the night that I made some researches: it was weird also for a weirdo like me.

During one of my late-night drawing sessions, last summer, I found on the web some interesting information about this mental and physical status called “nyctophilia”. At first I thought it was some kind of joke and still deep inside myself I believe it not being a really thing at all. Anyway the word literally, translated from the Greek, means “love of night”. It is opposed to “nyctophobia” which, yeah you guessed it right, means fear of the dark. (Ok, now I’m mentally singing “Fear of the Dark” by Iron Maiden, yep).
Anyway this nyctophilia is finding pleasure from darkness, feeling relaxed and at ease during the night. These people often feel tired during the day and are not very productive but as soon as the sun sets they start their activities and feel productive/less tired.



Again, this might be a fake information because there aren’t many information online. And we all know that if it’s not online it’s not real and it never existed…. Before you freak out even more, that was a joke.
Anyway I believe it would be really hard to have a life that conciliates both your mental status and your working life.


Ok, end of the rant. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

MINDBLOWING


Have you ever felt like if your head was just about to explode because you have too many thoughts all at once?
Did you ever feel overcome by all the ideas or things you have in your mind that you’d like to do?
Have you ever felt down because you thought you would have never accomplished half of the things  you had in your mind?
Have you ever overthought about a particular situation or sentence that someone told you?




Well, all these questions find an answer in this drawing. A rough sketch of it had been hanging on one door of my wardrobe for almost an year. But yesterday I found some new paper in a store that I wanted to try out. I felt so comfortable with it that I found an absolute joy in drawing again.

This may sound weird but I’m kind of picky when it comes to stationery and types of paper to use. I’m brainy sometimes…literally.

Monday, February 13, 2017

EOIN MACKEN BIRTHDAY PROJECT


Since I was really young I've been following Merlin, the BBC tv series that was aired from 2008 to 2012.
Only later last year I've found on tv all the episodes and I've fallen in love with the series again.
And as we all know, when we fall in love we get a little bit crazy. That's what happened: I bought all the five seasons in original language, re-watched all the episodes and looked up on the internet all the  information I could find about the settings, the actors and all these kind of nerdy things.

All this rant just to tell you that I've discovered the fanbase of the talented Eoin Macken aka Gwaine in Merlin. He is an Irish actor who plays TC in the Night Shift and starred as Doc in the last film of the Resident Evil series.
In one of my researches I found a website where his fanbase has organized this funding to donate to Brain Tumor Ireland.
This is the link if you want to contributeYou can find stickers, t-shirts, hoodies and keychains that you can buy.
Follow Eoin's fanbase on twitter.

This is the cute design on all the t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, laptop covers you can imagine.



I bought a t-shirts with the three main characters played by Eoin.
This is my dorky face while wearing the t-shirt.



Hopefully I didn't scare you too much.

If you have the possibility (and most importantly) the will to help others then do it. It is the coolest thing you can do on Earth.

Monday, February 6, 2017

dream or memory?


Yesterday, while I was painting, I watched outside my window because my eyes were getting tired. 
I saw this really interesting light in the sky and I ran to take my camera.



After taking some pictures I kept staring outside the window and a lot of feelings hit me all at once. There was something in that light, that sky, those clouds that made me remember when I was young, made me feel happy, made me wander to old times, to happy memories.

It wasn't a proper deja vu but it wasn't a proper memory either. I don't know, this happens to me quite often, I just remember... ormaybe it's not a memory, it's just a hope for a better day.


Friday, February 3, 2017

SPLIT film

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Last night I went to the cinema to watch Split, the new film with James McAvoy directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan.
I already knew, since I watched the trailer at home, that it would have been really cool.
The story revolves around this man, Kevin, who has DID and he has 23 different personalities. Kevin, taken over by one of his personalities at a time, kidnaps three girls and keeps them in a room.
The story is developed on his psychology and the reasons why he is doing this.

I really liked how the plot has been developed. At the beginning you can see the different personalities switching one by one thanks to the costumes that McAvoy changes. But as soon as the story dives deeper into the psychology of the main character I was really able to understand which personality was taking place in any moment.
The most extraordinary part was when Barry (one of the personalities) is talking to his psychiatrist who is starting to doubt whether the person she’s talking to is really Barry. And even if the character claims to be him there is this moment, this glimpse, where he raises an eyebrow (one of Dennis ’ typical “gesture patterns”) and you understand that it’s Dennis pretending to be Barry.
Sounds crazy? Believe me, it is!
It’s also crazy how James McAvoy managed to play all those characters in one film. I mean, I thought he was a great actor but … damn he is a genius! I really loved his performance and he definitely added that touch of madness to the suspense vibe of the film.

I’d like to spend some moments to discuss about the controversy of this film.
I heard that a lot of people were offended by the movie because they perceived it as another film that shows how malevolent and dangerous are people with DID. Which is a stupid taboo in our society because disorders like this are common!
But again, just because one story of one individual with a certain disorder shows bad behaviors it doesn’t mean that all of the people with that disorder are dangerous or potential killers!
These are all stereotypes that people hold on to because they are afraid. So for many people it’s easier to be afraid of something they don’t know anything about rather than their own son or their neighbor.
I think it would be appropriate to make research and educate people on these topics.