Hey friends, I just want to say thank you to the folks messaging me about how the self-care comic has helped them. (Some of them are anonymous and some are not; I didn’t want to respond publicly in case they didn’t want the visibility.) Making people with crappy feelings feel less alone and helpless was exactly what I wanted to do, and I’m so glad people are benefiting from it and sharing it around. <3
In other news, my follower count has risen from the mid-300s to almost 500 in… about 48 hours. O_O If/when it hits 500 perhaps I’ll make some kind of celebratory comic! (Though I’ll be real with you; it might be on the late side. I have finals next week and I’m only human.)
HUGS TO ALL <3
solongcollective asked: Is the awesome guide to self-care your original content? I am working on a zine about tentatively called "How to Deal: Dialectically, or how I am finally learning to live my life" about skills I am learning through Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I'm not excellent with illustration and really like this! You said it was ok to reproduce. Self-Care is an aspect of the DBT skill Emotional Regulation so I'm thinking of including this. How would you prefer to be credited?
Yes, it’s all original content. And sure, as long as you won’t be making money off of it, feel free to reproduce! I’d love to be credited with my name, EJ Landsman, and my website, www.ejlandsman.com. Thank you, good luck! Could I perhaps have a copy when it’s done?
jollygoodchap asked: What sort of tool are you using to apply the charcoal dust to your surface? Paint brush? Fingers? Did you have to treat the surface with anything? (Thanks!)
I used a variety of brushes for applying carbon dust. My professor strongly recommended all-sable brushes (a sable is a kind of marten; many so-called sable brushes actually have weasel hair but the main thing is that they are non-synthetic and very soft). I put it off for a long time because they’re expensive as HELL, but I did break down and buy a couple, and I found they were noticeably easier to work with and had a nicer effect. Synthetic brushes can actually put little micro-scratches in your surface, which the dust fills up and creates an uneven tone. I also sometimes use a little foam-tipped makeup applicator, especially if I want to really grind in the dust and get a strong dark tone.
More than you needed to know, perhaps? :P Thanks for stopping by!
Whoa damn! That last post with the self-care comic kinda blew up and now I have almost 400 followers. HI NEW FRIENDS! Thanks for coming to see my stuff! I hope you are feeling splendid today.