“I get my best ideas for pictures whilst day/night dreaming, or by scribbling anything random…” | 10 in 5 with Pterodactylman Comix

10177180normalIt’s a pleasure to get to know better one of our really cool and funny artists. Now I know why his pictures are so different. This artist is eager to try out new things and is an all-rounder in real life. See for yourself!

1) Hi, Pterodactylman Comix, please tell us a little bit about you.
I draw comics for fun, but I have self published some comic zines. I restore antiques, paint portraits, signs and murals. I just drew a mural of a whole bunch of different fish in chalk for a seafood shop sign job.
I’m a songwriter/musician too and I love singing, playing the guitar, ukulele, piano, clarinet and drums.
I sometimes do vocal sound effects such as crickets, police sirens, vintage car horns, dog barks and various silly noises if I get bored.

2) What’s the story behind your user name?
The name comes from my cartoon character Pterodactylman, who was created back in 1990 when my younger brother had a prehistoric themed 21st party. I made a pterodactyl costume, then the comic character sort of grew out of that.. I was really into haiku poetry then because of Jack Kerouac and started reciting haiku with some surf guitar interludes.
So it was a costume, then a haiku comic and live Pterodactylman shows at festivals and poetry nights.

3) What inspires you?
I’m primarily inspired by love. I’m married to magicgirl. Also healthy air and food inspire me, as do haiku, my favourite music, great friends and the Australian landscape in general.

4) When do you get the best ideas for your pictures?
I get my best ideas for pictures whilst day/night dreaming, or by scribbling anything random.. just by starting to draw.

5) How do you draw your pictures on Spray Can?
I usually use a large iPad with a stylus, and I’ve worn out two stylii in two my years of Spraycannery!

6) Pterodactyl seems to be one of your favorite subjects of the painting. Why?
The pterodactyl has always been my fave dinosaur.
There’s been a pterodactyl sighting this week in the USA too, and film of that has gone viral.
I believe that some of these winged creatures may have survived in remote areas. There have been sightings over Texas and New Guinea!

7) Which of your pictures matters most to you?IMG_2427
The picture that matters most to me is a portrait I made of Magic Girl using her phone in the apartment where we first lived together. Her face softly glows by the phone screen glare and it seems to capture her in her pure web info gathering bliss….oh and there’s one of my faux antique signs is in the background saying “Patois”.

8) If you could name three all time favorite pictures on Spray Can from any artist – which would it be?
There are too many to choose from to say who my top 3 fave tags are here, but that is what I love about SC!

9) What are you hearing at this very moment?
The Awe Kestrels. They are so cool.. actually they are just me.. I have recorded many tunes onto Soundcloud for free downloading. I tend to be prolific. A Year Of The Rabbit thing.. I do like to be surprised whenever I revisit some sounds that I’ve forgotten ever making!

IMG_475410) What’s the last photo you took with your smartphone?
The last photo on my smartphone is of a painting of friends’ dog that sadly died. I made this portrait in oils of ‘Cookie’ for them to remember her by…but this has happily led to me doing many other pet portraits.

We haven’t had a single artist interview for a very long time. Sadly, this one is also my last „official act“ at rapidrabbit. I’m leaving for new challenges and have to say, it was fun with all you guys! Take care, have fun and make sure, Spray Can stays a great artistic community ;)

Pass It On! Don’t worry, be happy!

What defines good life quality?  The answer to this question might be very different depending on each person’s priorities. However, if you want to learn to be happy, it might be very helpful to look at your life through the eyes of a child. Children often are happy, without knowing why. They just smile, believe and forgive. Very simple.

emma doodle by ~ poko~_2015

emma doodle by ~ n̸ e̸ k̸ o̸ ~ (2015)

Time is just moving way too fast to yield up fun. Embrace your life as much as you want it. Celebrate the little things that make you feel special and happy and you will stick out a mile, because happy and satisfied people stand out. You could, for instance, bring back a piece of your childhood by sitting on a swing. Just sail a little bit through the air and free your mind. Act like a kid, don’t be shy. Sing and laugh while you’re oscillating back and forth and you will see, you will definitely feel much better after already 10 minutes of such a simple therapy. So here’s a tutorial to build your own swing set http://bit.ly/1PNj0tG. And in the end it’s not just fun you’ll have while sitting on this swing, but also the satisfaction you get by knowing it’s a DIY project, which you have just successfully implemented.


 

Feelin artsy by ❥Annabelle_2015

Feelin artsy by ❥Annabelle (2015)

If you want to achieve something meaningful in your life, you have to learn to deal with rejection and criticism, even if it hurts. Artists of any kind often get rejected by audience, editors, critics. But it doesn’t mean that they should just give up. Sometimes you have to ignore the critics and sometimes it’s better to listen to them and to work on things they criticize. Aristotle said: “Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” This actually means, that you can’t avoid it as long as you live your life among other people, who live theirs. Don’t try to win everyone’s approval. Enhance you life by accepting people’s opinion without taking it as condemnation. Remember, you can’t control other people’s thoughts and opinions and you can’t expect everyone to approve your actions. However, you can control how you react to criticism, learn from it and when and how you should release it and and just move on.


 

by Glambert??Chick_2012

Glambert??Chick (2012)

Having a good life quality is not only important to be happy, but it will also give you a chance of longevity. Ever since I was a kid, I was always curious, how come some people can’t look forward to their birthdays. At that time I already knew some adults, who went crazy about their birthdays and those who didn’t care at all about these dates.
Anyway, birthdays have always been some kind of magical dates for me, just like New Year. And I’m glad that it didn’t change as I got older. You have to take care of yourself, if you want to enjoy your life. Based on an entry in The Science Of Appearanceeveryone deserves to be celebrated and it’s already a pretty good reason to celebrate your birthday. I’m not nagging by saying all of you definitely have to celebrate your birthdays, I’m just saying, you should at least consider it ;)


 

Happy days by Delilahme_2015

Happy days by Delilahme (2015)

What else could support good life quality? Well, laughter keeps you healthy for example. You can live much longer by seeing the humor in everything. Being easy-going doesn’t mean you don’t have to take care about anything serious in your life. Just don’t get mad and sad about these serious things. You can start by getting up every day and being positive. Keep on going and don’t let some silly minutiae stop you from doing what you love. It will pay off when the time is ripe. Since laughing is always helping, here are some hilarious GIFs to make your day: http://stumble.it/1LMArML .
Interesting enough, each and every one of you has their own way to live a happy life and still your high road to happiness is surprisingly the same. And that’s cool! Spill your secrets of good life quality in the comments below ;)

 

The Choice Is Yours

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
― Albert Camus

This time I decided to write about a very important topic, not just on Spray Can, but on Social Media in general. This issue can affect everyone, so I really hope, you’ll read it and will take it to heart. This post is about suicidal tags and statements on Spray Can.

here-and-now-413091_1280You might sometimes think, that people writing something like “I’ve had enough. I don’t want to live any more” are doing this on purpose, just to attract attention. But you actually cannot know, whether it’s true or not. In fact, truthfulness is a common issue of Social Media.

So what if you realize that someone on the app decided to commit suicide? How can you protect someone from actually doing it? First of all, you have to take for granted, that those tags or comments are for real. No jokes, no complains. Try to get a deeper understanding of the situation. People who really are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are very vulnerable. So please don’t forget about the possible consequences.

Those, who really are having suicidal thoughts, should know, that they’re not alone. With time and support you can overcome your problems and the pain, which have caused your suicidal thoughts. There are several rules, you should remember in a moment when you’re thinking about committing suicide.

No matter how strong are your feelings, make a promise to yourself not to do anything drastic as long as you cannot command your feelings. Furthermore, avoid alcohol and drugs. These things can make your thoughts and feelings even stronger. In addition, make your home safe. Remove everything you could use to hurt yourself. And, finally, reach out to someone who can help you. If you don’t know who to turn to, here are some valuable contacts:
In the U.S. – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). These toll-free crisis hotlines offer 24-hour suicide prevention and support. Your call will be free and confidential.
Outside the U.S. – Visit IASP or Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country.

Make the right choice, take it seriously. Life is too precious to be wasted.

Pass it on! The magic mushroom

With just 3 more days to go until Easter, we’d like you to learn something new during your holidays. However, not about colorful easter eggs, but about mushrooms. You probably think, that those things have nothing in common! Maybe not, but some mushrooms can be quite colorful as well ;)

Mushrooms by Smellor_2014

Mushrooms by Smellor (2014)

Many mushrooms are poisonous or even deadly poisonous. Most mushrooms that cause human poisoning cannot be made nontoxic by cooking, canning, freezing, or any other means of processing. Thus, you only can avoid a solid poisoning by avoiding consumption of toxic species.
One of such toadstools is the fly agaric, also known as amanita muscaria. This fungus is instantly recognizable by its bright red cap, which fades to an orange or orange-yellowish colour with age. The cap is between 8 to 20cm in diameter. The fluffy white spots on the cap often take on a yellowish tinge as they grow old.
In Europe you can find the fly agaric from August to November, in North America a little earlier – from June to October. It tends to be found in groups of 4 or 5 mushrooms near birch, pine, spruce and fir woodlands.


by Mr.Artist_2012

Mr.Artist (2012)

The name fly agaric is derived from the household method for getting rid of flies. Therefore the fungus was broken up in milk or sprinkled with sugar. Flies, finding this mixture irresistible, would drink it and become inebriated, stunned, or killed. This practice was described by Albertus Magnus in his book De vegetabilibus in the 13th century.
Nowadays the image of the fly agaric is quite popular. You may come across its image in paintings, children’s books (Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland), Christmas ornaments, movies (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and many other places. Even computer games such as the Mario Brothers series involve Mario ingesting a mushroom, then growing.


by Oslik2_2011

Oslik2 (2011)

It has been used in shamanic cultures to communicate with the spirit world. The fly agaric may have been the earliest hallucinogenic substance used for religious or shamanic purposes, dating back possibly over 10,000 years. The reason for such purpose is a number of psychoactive compounds in the fly agaric: ibotenic acid, muscimol, muscazone and muscarine. The substances alter the perception of sight, sounds etc (the senses) and change/enhance the feelings and thoughts of the user. Effects show after circa 60 minutes, generally peaking within three hours. Sometimes those effects continue however for up to ten hours.
Vikings, for example, would perform a ritual in which they consumed amanita muscaria before invading villages. Afterwards they were able to raid villages fearlessly in a berserker rage.


by Pink Mushroom_2012

Pink Mushroom (2012)

There have been many books written in regards to a link between Christianity and amanita muscaria. In 1970, the British archaeologist John Marco Allegro wrote probably the most controversial book on this topic, called The Mushroom and the Cross. The basic idea behind the book is that primitive religions were based on fertility rites. Those were rituals that recreated the reproductive processes of nature either symbolically or through sexual act. Allegro believed, that such religions or cults used the fly agaric, which was seen as the gateway to understanding God.
All major scholars rejected Allegro’s ideas, including his academic mentor. In October 2008 however Jan Irvin published The Holy Mushroom: Evidence of Mushrooms in Judeo-Christianity which was the first book to present texts which supported Allegro’s theory.