Danyelle Floyd

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A woman with a strong heart and an old mind. Born in 1955, Jacinta Vargus is 62 years old with an extremely intriguing story under her belt.

She walked into the dimly lit room, looking fairly curious- her eyes lighting up at the sight of me.

“You’re giving me such a professional look, it makes me feel important” She chuckled slightly, correcting her posture and giving a look that implied professionalism.

To start off simply, how old are you?

Her eyes rolled in slight annoyance at the all too personal question, acting as though she wouldn’t prefer to acknowledge her age.

“I’m 62, Zoey, born in 1955. You know that…”

Well, I have to start off with the norm I guess.  You’re born, you grew up…

Her killer gaze softened, suddenly looking understanding.

“I guess you’re right. I should’ve expected it- it is an interview after all”

Where were you born exactly? Can you describe it?

A sudden longing overcame her composure, her eyes seeming to be somewhere else as she spoke.

“ Faial Island, Portugal. And it’s… Well…” She snapped out of her ‘recalling of memories’ moment and cleared her throat before saying.

“Type it into google, it’s a beautiful place.” she then smiled

I will, thank you. So, when did you leave Portugal?

She answered without hesitation.

“In 1965, when I was ten years old”

If you don’t mind me asking, why did you leave?

Tensing up at the question, she ran a wrinkled hand through her hair and sighed.

“The volcano destroyed many lands.” Her answer was quick and short, as if she wanted to get on with the next question as soon as possible.

What was it like? Living in portugal?

Her nervousness floated away, it quickly being replaced with an obvious satisfaction at the memories. She grinned slightly.

“We were all very unified. We all relied on each other without worry, everyone in the community was very close.”

You told me you had quite a few siblings, what was that like?

She chuckled, and widened her droopy eyes as if she was re-living the stress.

“Yes, I had seven siblings and it was very very hectic”

Well, what was your relationship like with them? Did you all get along?

.She looked at me, seeming a little confused as to how I did understand something that seemed extremely basic to her.

“You have your brother and sister, you’d know that I had to get along with them. We lived in a very small house, and had to share one bathroom. Seven kids, two adults and one bathroom? It would’ve been hell if we didn’t get along.”

 That does make perfect sense. Where did everyone sleep?

She moved a stray hair from her face,looking thoughtful.

“Well, usually we all slept in one room, and we would take turns on who got to sleep on the tiny couch in the living room. But more often than not, we slept on the floor.”

 And what was your mom’s name? Your dad’s?

She smiled like she was longing for time past.

“My mother’s name was Anna Lorenzo Silvero and my father’s name was Frank Francisco Vargos. They pronounced it like ‘Franceesco’”

Who was your favorite sibling? Why?

“Adelia, my sister. Remember, Aunty Dee Dee? She was always my favorite, and she still is. We’ve always been the closest out of all seven of us, and we’ve been through everything together. She’s my best friend, we call each other every day- she lives in California now.”

There seems to be quite a few positive memories, so what is your fondest memory of portugal before the volcano?

She shifted in her seat, looking more comfortable than she had when the volcano was last mentioned.

“Of course there were fond memories, it was my home. My fondest memory of portugal was when me and Adelia would sit on on the porch while my mom hung the sheets dry and we waited for dad to come home from fishing.”

Did the community react badly to the volcano?

Her face slowly became sorrowful.

“From what I remember, there wasn’t really enough time to worry about whether or not they were scared. You had to pack up your things and go, it wasn’t a matter of thinking it was more a matter of finding a way off the island. We were all going to be immigrants and kennedy had just opened up the borders to us because it was a tragedy”

How did you feel? From what you can remember?

Her eyebrows furrowed in thoughtful agitation.

“I was very scared, but I’m sure my parents were all the more worried than I was. I was scared because I was confused and they were scared because they had to ensure they were getting seven kids out of the house and enough valuables for us to survive in a completely different country. As I said, there wasn’t much time to think, it was a pack the minimal and go sort of ordeal.”

Where did you go after that?

“We came to california, it was very different than portugal and I didn’t speak very good english. To say I was nervous would’ve been an understatement. The people in california were so much more materialistic than the people in portugal, I didn’t really know how to react. Then I met your mother’s dad and we had your mom.”

 How do you feel now? Living in somewhere different than both California and Portugal?

She looked conflicted

“It does have its perks, but I can’t deny that I’d like to go back home one day.”

 Is there anything else that you would like to add?

She smiled the sweetest smile I’d seen since the beginning of the interview.

 “I love you baby.”

Coffee Shop One: Sugar House Coffee

If you’re looking for a coffee shop with vegan options, an excellent environment and one that screams ‘hipster’, this is the coffee shop for you!

Sugar House Coffee’s environment is phenomenal, as expected for a coffee shop in the heart of Salt lake. The people working there were unbelievably kind and relatable, making it fairly easy to

communicate and feel comfortable.

Considering the type of people in the area of Sugarhouse, I expected quite a bit of eco-friendly encounters which is exactly what I was presented with. The first thing I noticed was the abundance of vegan options on the food menu, a majority of the options were either completely vegan, or had side text stating that there was a vegan option for most of the food that wasn’t specifically labeled as such.

Next, there were plant based straws, and ceramic bowls and plates (reusable)! It was obvious that there was a lot of effort put into making sure the shop was significantly more eco friendly than the next.

Due to this easy going environment, it encouraged me to order more than just a drink- to see if the food (and drink)  happened to be just as good as the ‘feel’ of the place.

For a drink, I had ordered a Golden Graham Latte, which had included chai, white chocolate and brown sugar that I had expected to be sweet considering the ingredients but was actually quite bland. All of the flavors were sort of dulled in a way, which made it harder to finish due to the unclashing flavors.

Though, the Acai bowl I had ordered was a replacement for the lack of sweet flavor and was completely savory. It was sweet, smooth and the granola was a perfect touch to the whole thing.

Overall, I loved Sugar House Coffee, the impression of the shop is lovely, and the food is delicious. Though, the coffee didn’t suit my fancy much.

Coffee Shop Two: The Honeysuckle Coffee Co.

If you’re looking for a mellow environment with an extremely modern design, this is the coffee shop for you.

Honeysuckle Coffee was extremely different from Sugar House, making it quite easy to compare the two. Contrary to Sugar house, there were very few people at Honeysuckle and it was fairly quiet creating a very cramped feeling. The lighting was quite harsh, and there wasn’t a whole lot of color making it hard to feel as comfortable as I could have.

Unlike Sugar House Coffee, it wasn’t eco friendly, there was a lot of plastic packaging and there weren’t straw free lids.

Though the people were kind and comforting which made it a lot easier to feel at ease in this particular coffee shop. They were very explanatory, as I had a lot of questions about the menu this was particularly helpful in deciding what to order.

I wasn’t expecting very much from the coffee, or the scone I had ordered but I was very pleasantly

surprised.

I had ordered a black pepper latte which was absolutely delicious, it was perfectly sweet and bland at the same time. It was so so smooth and left a wonderful aftertaste. When the latte was paired with the pumpkin scone it was so delicious it made my tongue tingle, the scone was slightly dry which worked perfectly with the not too overbearing taste of the latte.

Overall, I was very very pleased with the quality of the food and drink, it was enough to disregard the atmosphere of the place and I would most definitely go again

Coffee Shop Three: The Bean Yard Coffee House

If you’re the type of person who likes savory coffee rather than sweet coffee, this is the place for you.

The Bean Yard was also much different than Sugar House Coffee, but not too much different than Honeysuckle. The room was large, and once again there weren’t many people, but it wasn’t cold or hostile in the least. It was also a more modern coffee shop, with less bright color and more grey, beige and blue colors.

The Bean Yard wasn’t eco friendly either, there were no vegan options and once again- quite a bit of plastic and no strawless lids.

They had very little on the menu and the names were very extravagant making it hard to decide, so I hadn’t expected much but when I had ordered my Charcoal latte I was surprised once again.

The coffee wasn’t too sweet but had a nice sugary touch to it. The activated charcoal in the latte was a plus as well, due to its many benefits.

Overall I liked this place, and I would go again.

1. Approved offshore oil wells in the Arctic “An oil spill in the arctic would be impossible to clean up and the region is already stressed by climate change” – National Geographic “Environmentalists are concerned that the the region’s harsh climate and threatened wildlife make the project a risky gamble” – National Geographic

2. Has Press Conference Meltdown “Trump runs through a list of Republicans he suggested lost their races because they didn’t sufficiently ‘embrace’ him” – The Week “Saying these candidates decided ‘for their own reasons’ to distance themselves and lost for it” – The Week

3. Trump drops of the “Mother Of All Bombs” targeting Militants in Afghanistan. “When the so-called Mother of All Bombs was first tested, in 2003, the largest conventional weapon in the United States arsenal set off a mushroom cloud visible for twenty miles. The potential damage from the twenty-two-thousand-pound bomb was so vast that the Pentagon ordered a legal review to insure that the device wouldn’t be deemed an indiscriminate killer under the Law of Armed Conflict, the body of law that regulates behavior during wartime.” – The New Yorker “There are few places where the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast, as the bomb is officially known, can be used, because of the breadth of its impact and the danger it poses to civilians.” – The New Yorker

4. Claims NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization: A treaty designed to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through military means. It is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European Countries) is no longer “Obsolete” “Mr Trump has repeatedly questioned Nato’s purpose, while complaining that the US pays an unfair share of membership” – BBC “In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said he would not label China a currency manipulator, despite having repeatedly pledged to do so on his first day in office.” – BBC

5. Claimed Barack Obama wiretapped phones in the Trump tower before elections “In March 2017, President Trump earned Four Pinocchios for relying on sketchy media reports to claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, his 2016 campaign headquarters.” – The Washington Post “Officials provided five articles, and only one reported that a foreign intelligence surveillance (FISA) court order was granted in October to examine possible activity between two Russian banks and a computer server in the Trump Tower. The report did not say that Obama requested the order, nor that it resulted in the tapping of Trump’s phone lines in Trump Tower.”
– The Washington Post

6. Trump revokes guidelines allowing trans students to use bathrooms of their choice “It also covered a host of other issues, such as the importance of addressing transgender students by their preferred names and pronouns and schools’ responsibility to prevent harassment and bullying of transgender children.” – Reuters “During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump said transgender students should be allowed to use whichever bathroom “they feel is appropriate”. But he reversed his stance after facing Republican criticism.” – BBC

7. Claims millions of illegal immigrants cast fraud votes during the election “Voter fraud is extremely rare. A researcher at Loyola University in Los Angeles reviewed a billion ballots and found 31 cases of voter impersonation, while an Arizona State University study found 10 cases in a review of a decade of ballots. Government investigations have similarly found few cases to prosecute, with just a handful of convictions nationwide. In rulings against state voter ID laws, courts have routinely cited a lack of evidence.” – NBC News “The president’s own attorneys have argued against the reality of voter fraud, too.“All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake,” his lawyers wrote in a court filing posted by The Washington Post that opposed a recount effort.” – NBC News

8. Trump reinstates global gag rule banning US funding for international organizations that perform abortions “In just one year, health care workers say the policy has had disastrous effect; as expected, clinics are shutting down, unsafe abortions are predicted to rise sharply and families are losing critical services across the globe.” – Time “Not good, especially for women in the developing world. As has happened each time the policy was put back into effect, the diversion of aid has shuttered clinics servicing some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Closures have been particularly devastating in parts of Africa where clinics run by non-governmental organizations are the primary source of women’s health care. Many of these centers offer HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, maternal health, and counseling on sexual violence like rape and female genital mutilation.” – Time

Peter Jennings was one of America’s most remembered journalists. From the TV screen, he was a
part of many people’s home life, and was a comforting voice in times of tragedy.
 
Jennings was a Journalist, and a news anchor for seven years, starting his career at age nine when he had his own Canadian Radio Show called ‘peters program.’ He then dropped out of high
school at the age of seventeen and almost directly after began working in radio and TV news.
 
In 1965 he was named the youngest news anchor of his time and became ‘world news tonight’s main news anchor. In his lifetime, Jennings had reported in all 50 states according to biography.com
“Mr. Jennings’s official ABC biography notes, for example, that as a foreign correspondent, he was “in Berlin in the 1960’s when the Berlin Wall was going up,” and there again, as an anchor,
“in the 1990’s when it came down.” Similarly, he was on the ground in Gdansk, Poland, for the birth of the Solidarity labor and political movement, and later for the overthrow of the country’s Communist government.
 
In addition to reporting from nearly every major world capital and war zone, Mr. Jennings also managed to report from all 50 states, according to the network. He seemed to draw on that collective experience — as well as his practiced ability to calmly describe events as they unfolded live — not long after two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Over the course of that day, and those that immediately followed, he would spend more than 60 hours on the air in what Tom Shales of The Washington Post, among other critics, praised as a tour de force of interviewing and explanatory broadcast journalism laced with undisguised
bewilderment.” – New York Times.
 
Mr. Jennings is widely known for his calming presence in the September 11th crisis at the world trade center. He spent over 60 hours on air during that week according to his obituary, and “always knew where the big story was”.
 
One of the events that helped solidify his career was the 1986 space shuttle disaster, he stayed on air for more than 11 hours- once again providing calm and collected coverage in a time of need.
 
The last report Peter Jennings did, before he was diagnosed with lung cancer was his report on the country’s broken health insurance system which ‘threatened American families and businesses’
In his final broadcast in 2005, he revealed his battle with lung cancer. He was diagnosed in early april, he went on the air briefly to explain his condition- and did not return to the air.
New York Times states
“In a letter posted on April 29 on the ABC news Website, excerpts of which were read on that night’s evening news, Mr. Jennings described how treatments for his cancer had proven more debilitating than he had expected.” 
 
“Yesterday I decided to go to the office,” he wrote. “I live only a few blocks away. I got as far as the door. Chemo strikes.”
 
“Do I detect a knowing but sympathetic smile on many of your faces?” he added.
 
About a month later, Mr. Jennings did make a rare visit to the ABC News headquarters on the
Upper West Side of Manhattan. With a gray sweater draped over his shoulders, and his feet clad
in thick wool socks and moccasins, Mr. Jennings held court for about a half hour late one morning from his desk, in what is known as “the rim,” a newsroom one floor below the “World News Tonight” anchor desk. His voice soft and his body as much as 20 pounds lighter than usual, Mr. Jennings told several
dozen staff members who had gathered around his desk about the doctors and other patients he had been meeting and of a first-time radiation treatment that he had just received, according to
one veteran correspondent who did not wish to be identified so as not to offend Mr. Jennings’s family.”
 
His last months were said to have been fleeting, disorienting and heartbreaking. Peter Jennings lost his battle to lung cancer August 7th, 2005, yet he is remembered as a part of
the family for many.
“With Valentine’s day being the time where couple celebrate their “love” with each other, many can display their affection towards one another on social media. By displaying this type of affection to the world, couples end up making society believe that everyone has to be in a relationship and can never be single.” – Odyssey
 
“It’s Miserable For Single People “ – The Atlantic
 
“Celebrating valentine’s day is a curse for single people” – Mogul
 
Over the years, Valentines day has been a day that is prominently criticized, whether it be for the attack on the single, or the love reserved for one day of the year when it should be spread all year.
 
Though, one thing stays the same, when the pinks and reds flow in- irritation from singles flows out. But why has valentine’s become a day restricted to non-platonic relationships? Why do the pinks and reds have to remind us singularly of the romantic love we often lack?
 
First, we must address the history of valentine’s day- in which there are multiple versions of.
 
According to History there are a few stories believed to be the origin of this day. One states that “Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives
and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” (History, history
editors Feb 7th 2019)
 
Another story states “According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–
who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.” (History, history editors Feb 7th 2019)
 
In the middle ages, february 14th was the beginning of mating season for birds which
encouraged the idea that it was a day of love. This being true, valentines day has always signified love. Never outrightly specifying that this day was intended to be restricted to romantic love. Some might argue that all of these origins, all of these historical maybe’s of how valentine’s day began- had something to do with romantic love in one way or another. Though, you’d think after the countless years of people ranting about their lack of a significant other would cause the meaning of valentine’s day to shift in one way or another.
 
Though, rather than going out and trying to find a significant other- or attempting to make a
grand romantic gesture take time to appreciate not only your lovers, but your family, your friends, and more importantly yourself. 
 
As love in a general sense does not restrict itself to one specific type- take this opportunity to reach out to someone you’ve missed, to apologize to someone you’ve parted ways with, to show appreciation for those who have stayed and show appreciation to yourself for all you’ve done and all you’ve gone through up until this point.
 
Experience all types of love this valentine’s day, break the cycle.
The journey of self discovery is one that has numerous arguments, specifically about where self discovery originates, how it kickstarts and what moral code one follows to actually discover the self. The psychology, ideas and most importantly the morals of self discovery or the lack of such create the basis for a much bigger picture- a mere piece in an entire whole of what is often called the ‘human condition’ defined by Your Dictionary as “The characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality.”
 
Identity is often considered the purpose of one’s life in which self-discovery is then given as a type of trial through different phases of life where the different external and internal factors all lead to a person’s true identity. The main factors in the alteration of self discovery, are the believed three main influences of life that all exist under one broad bracket of understanding; Morals, more so the morals of family life, religion and society are a huge piece of self discovery.
 
The family life of a child is the first trial in terms of self discovery and is the most important of all of them, as it truly is the start and true development of the mind. According to Piaget there are 4 stages of mental development, all in which are initiated and occur around and in some type of family setting. Meaning that, one is introduced to family morals at the ripest age and continues to exist around them on a day to day basis depending on the situation. The first stage (the sensorimotor stage) occurs in the earliest ages of human development, 0-2 years old. The article from Springer Link, ‘Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development’ by Sam Goldstein states “This stage is characterized as the period of a child’s life when learning occurs through a child’s sensory and motor interactions with the physical environment. These interactions are known as circular reactions and are a means of building schemes in which infants try to repeat a chance event caused by their own motor activity” at this stage, the
surroundings of the infant are imperative implying that if in one case a child is placed in a situation where safety is not ensured, it is not this stage alone that will be affected.
 
This has the potential to create a ripple effect to further stages where cognitive thinking is put into play. The second stage (the preoperational stage) stretching through the ages 2-6 is extremely similar to the first, simply with the addition of symbolic thinking.
 
Logic is not yet introduced in this stage. According to Very Well Mind ‘Preoperational Stage of Cognitive Development’ by Kendra Cherry “During this stage, children begin to engage in symbolic play and learn to manipulate symbols. However, Piaget noted that they do not yet understand concrete logic.” Thus, negative living situations, or on the contrary positive living situations would affect the child greatly, further leading to fantasies and misconceptions trailing into the next two (and final) stages.
 
Then introducing “concrete thinking”, logic and abstract/hypothetical thinking. These stages,
known as the ‘Concrete Operational’ and ‘formal operational’ stages, begins at age 7 concrete operational continuing until age 11/12 and formal operational beginning at 12 and continuing until adulthood.
 
These stages, in terms of the moral development in a child, and the process of self-discovery are vital to not only family life but also religious development. Religion is one of the most prominent factors in moral development, as well as social development. It has been difficult to examine the effect of religion on morality simply because the ‘moral code’ of the human species has shifted an endless number of times due to constant shifts in social beliefs. Thus the idea of morality, and religion be examined before the inquiry into their impact on one another. ‘Morality’ is defined by Merriam-Webster as “conformity to ideals of right human conduct” and defined by Oxford’s Dictionary as “Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour.” These definitions give clear leeway to shifts in social change, there are no clear guidelines as to what is strictly moral and immoral. Thus religion is said to be a specification to the idea of moral code.
 
Although the ideas and distinct beliefs vary, the belief of ‘purpose’ religion has in a broad sense, remains remotely the same. For example, “Buddhism” the article by History states “ Buddhists often meditate because they believe it helps awaken truth.” “They believe, in and of themselves, the Holy Scriptures are not a sufficient guide and authority with regard to salvation. In the 1800s, Cardinal John Henry Newman (a high- profile convert from Anglicanism) argued for the “development of doctrine,” in which the Holy Ghost infallibly guided and guides the Roman Catholic Church toward dogmatic truth.” According to Christianity.com
 
These religions all heavily enforce one thing, “truth”. As human beings, there is a constantly search for a deeper meaning in existence and this continually stems into households- thus being enforced onto the youth, therefore being introduced into the idea of self discovery. It again is circled back into mental development. Religion is generally provided to a child in the most vulnerable stages, thus creating an
environment heavily influenced by religion and the MORALS of that religion. This can either go south, creating a heavy opposition to religion and the ideas it enforces or these beliefs and moral systems can follow through until adulthood and onto their children creating a sort of domino effect.
 
Both of these moral build ups and creations, family and religion can either be further built up or torn down by societal standards, beliefs, ideas etc. When a child in the preoperational stage is overrun with not only these strong factors but further the ideas of a society, it truly influences the platform of self discovery. As a society, there are countless moral codes, countless standards and countless beliefs and family set ups- thus when a child is introduced to other children with differing morals and self esteem than them, this kickstarts a series of questions. Especially if this child is in the concrete
operational stage. Which, to re-examine introduces abstract and hypothetical thought.
 
An article titled This is How Societies Are Starting to Change Our Behavior written by Milenko Martinovich states “Another experiment tested people’s likelihood to order a meat-based lunch. People standing in line at a university campus café read statements describing how some people “limit how much meat they eat” (static) or “are starting to limit how much meat they eat” (dynamic). Lunch goers who read the dynamic statement were twice as likely to order a meatless meal than those in the static group (34 percent compared to 17 percent).” This experiment shows entirely the effect of societal views.
 
Whether its fact or not we are extremely susceptible to societal views and beliefs. When a child is introduced into this at such a young age, or even an adult new to a workplace for example it is instinctive- almost in human nature to alter our actions or beliefs to appeal to that societal norm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is argued that it is not moral code, family life, religion, or even societal norms that
affect the idea of self-discovery but the infliction of pain and emotional turmoil that puts
self discovery or the lack of such into play. Though, the way one reacts to this pain, and
whether or not the child has a mentality of a victim or chooses to initiate a type of
existentialist view all stems from what has been previously examined. For example, if a
child is put in a situation where emotional strength is tested; the way one grows up and
if that child has been taught (either by family or society) that a sort of ‘victim mindset’ is
encouraged from a young age- the chances that this will further play out into later ages
and self discovery will remain un-initiated is likely. Whereas if a child is raised in an
environment where strength is very heavily encouraged, the chances of one deciding to
look further within the issue and the morals and ideals that surround such is more likely.
An article Titled The Emotional Impact of the Pain Experience written in 2008 by Maris
Pasquale states “Parents, for example, may respond to a child’s pain in a certain
manner, setting a foundational pain response for an individual that may influence future
pain experiences. Also, societal and medical care systems can impact the pain
experience. For example, you may not have access to the care of a physician who is an
expert in managing pain.” This further proves that is is not pain alone that kickstarts self
discovery, and the surroundings of a child through the crucial times of mental
development will in fact play a bigger part in the dive into the self.
In conclusion, the process of self-discovery and where the initiation of such begins has
four very specific places. All of such begin with morality. Family life, Religious belief,
and societal standards are the key points in this as all have some tie in with the child
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and are introduced at an extremely young age. More specifically the most vulnerable
ages of mental development. Pain, as it is argued- is not the main piece in self
discovery as it is a mere piece in the entire whole that is moral code. How one reacts to
this pain is decided not by the child but by the surroundings of that child. Thus,
surroundings are imperative to our youth.

What inspires your art?

My main inspirations are movies and TV shows that set an example of cool character design, concepts, etc. Music also helps me come up with things to draw- if I want to draw something scary, usually I’ll listen to dark music, and etc.

Why do you do art?

Because I really identify with my art. Drawing is just a part of who I am, as cheesy as it sounds- it’s what I want to do for a living, and I really enjoy it. It also connects me to other people in real life and online. I have met many of my close friends through sharing my art with the world.

What’s your most important art tool?

My most important art tool would have to be my pencils. Obviously I love to make art with color and variety, but if I needed one thing, it’d have to be a pencil. It’s a basic but important tool for art. In terms of elements, composition is really important to me.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

Probably painting or digital art. I really enjoy painting because of all of the layering and planning that goes into it, and because the outcome is very rewarding. I also like drawing in digital media’s because I can be super experimental without wasting my supplies, and it’s also very useful for roughly sketching out ideas.

Is there an artwork here you are most proud of? Why?

There are a few acrylic paintings I’m proud of because I put a lot of work into them, but overall, there’s nothing that really comes to mind. It doesn’t help that I’m also self critical, so I’m not usually proud of the art I’m make.

How do you know when a work is finished?

When I’m too lazy or tired to finish it, or when I like at it I feel satisfied. If there’s no mistakes that need fixing or obvious problems with it, and I’m satisfied, then it’s done.

When you look at your art in the process of creating it, do you usually like or dislike the rough draft?

I usually like the rough drafts because it’s the very beginning of a piece. I like to compare the rough drafts to the end result and see what things I kept and changed, as well as how the original sketch helped the final piece overall.

Do You plan to go into an art career? If so, what does your art career look like?

Yes. I would love to go into concept and character design, preferably at a videogame studio. Not many people realize that video games can be such a good way to express art and ideas, and a lot of artistic work goes into them, as well as technical work.

What people are there to support your artistic goals?

My dad, my friends, and my followers/friends online. Basically my whole family is pretty down with me being an artist.

What is your artistic dream? Would you like to eventually sell your art for money?

I would love to be able to do freelance art and commissions- I’m actually pretty close to that point, and I’ve already sold some of my art. My artistic dream is to be able to make a living out of what I enjoy, and for people to enjoy and seek out my artwork.

Do you think there should be more of an incentive to teach art in schools?

Yes. Art is pretty important and a lot of people don’t realize it. Even basic drawing is a good skill to have. There should also be more funding for art in school cause like… the budget is really low.

What do you think is the most important element in creating a piece, mentality wise?

Being able to follow through with a piece, and to be willing to change what needs to be changed, or even start over and keep adding to it until it’s finished. It can be hard to want to keep working on a drawing or painting when you keep messing up, and sometimes you just need to suck it up and start over.

What do you think artists nowadays lack?

Marketing skills. If you can’t sell yourself and your artwork, people aren’t going to pay a lot of attention to you. Artists need to put themselves out there and draw attention to themselves and their work.

Do you have an artists who inspires you, if so who? Why?

A lot of my art inspirations come from social media. There is such a huge variety of people on the internet who share their artwork, and a lot of it is really good. @badturqouise on Instagram is probably one of my biggest inspirations because his style is very original and pleasing to the eye. He’s very good with color and anatomy as well, which are things I’d like to work on myself.

What does music do to your “art creating” experience? Is there a specific song that helps you get in the mood?

I always listen to music because it fuels my inspiration. It’s hard for me to draw without something to listen to. Even if it’s just background noise, it’s easier to draw to it. Literally every song on my Spotify playlist gets me in the mood to make art.

Where do you your artistic ideas develop? Your room? Your car? Or can it be anywhere?

Usually in my room and in the middle of the night. Sometimes I’ll just be doing something completely random or I’ll be at school, and I’ll suddenly get a really cool idea that I want to expand on.

Our universe could be one of the many that potentially exist, contributing to something called a multiverse. A Multiverse is a cosmos (or a universe as an entire whole) that contains an infinite amount of universes.
 
There are multiple theories of how these universes are laid out and how they work, but one of the more common theories is the general ́infinite universe’ theory. It is believed that the space of time in this universe also infinitely stretches, and in order to have something stretch infinitely it has to circle around at some point, creating possibly multiple versions of self. Of humans themselves, others consider this universe a quilted universe (being one of Brian Greene’s nine types of universe). This universes space of time is also infinitely stretched out but instead of the universes being connected together completely, they are pieced together; or otherwise ̈quilted ̈ together.
 
There is plenty of theories and evidence to support the theory that multiverses exist in different forms but there is no visual proof of these theories, therefore we potentially will never be able to conclude if Multiverses actually exist.
 
Another theory of one of the many commonly believed multiverse layouts to exist is the “Parallel Universe” theory. This theory is believed to be so close to ours, we’re practically layered with it –
therefore gathering its name. This universe states that every choice a person makes, and has ever made connects to a “parallel universe” where that person did or did not make that decision.
 
Otherwise stated as there is more than one versions of the reality we currently live in. Of course, as every theory does, there are some downfalls to this heavily worked topic.
 
We don’t actually know the length of space time, meaning simply that we are left to assume that
(at some point or another) time has to repeat itself, as space.com states “particles can only be put together in so many ways. More about that in a moment.” these ‘particles’ can only inflate so
much, inflation is one of the main factors competing with the idea of a parallel universe or multiple universes. Since the believed Big Bang these particles haven’t been expanding, or inflating much otherwise. It ties almost directly with the theory of a quilted universe, the common idea of repetition. This leads to the assumption that our universe is, in fact, finite.
 
One of the last popular multiverse theories is the bubble universe, this universe also arises from
eternal inflation. Eternal inflation, according to space.com is “the notion that the universe expanded rapidly after the Big Bang, in effect inflating like a balloon.” Eternal inflation was an idea originally proposed by Alan Guth. The problem with this universe (most of these universes
have a very similar problem) there was no way for this inflation to end, but all we know is that nothing can be infinite in any universe. It goes the same way for the amount of quantum fluctuations, or the amount of energy stored in a specific universe. There is only room for a certain amount of energy, or a certain amount of inflation and there’s no exception regardless of whether or not it’s different than ours.
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