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“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds.

There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

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hogret
Margaret
South Africa
Lapsed academic
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Collagiste and designer

Many of my digital collages available as prints, phone and iPad cases, etc, on redbubble.
Commissioned work undertaken if it tickles my fancy!

www.redbubble.com/people/hogre…

www.behance.net/MargaretOrr

The Hero's Journey: Helpers Arrive

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 20, 2014, 4:35 AM
In previous journal entries, I talked about  The Call to Adventure, and Refusal of the Call.
This - the third - stage of the hero’s journey is where helpers arrive to support the hero in her quest.

"It all depends on what you want, you can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin - to the bitter end. 
And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours - closer than you keep it yourself. 
But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word.  We are your friends, Frodo."

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


Helpers can take various forms – think about fellow travelers, BFFs, allies, sidekicks, comrades-in-arms. 
In truly epic quests, the hero is often supported by a band of companions, who make up for the hero’s own deficiencies, or who are there to cheer the hero along, or have very useful skills in swordsmanship or dragon diplomacy,  or who are simply such engagingly bumbling idiots that the hero cannot help but shine by comparison. 
Even the bumbling idiots, though, usually have something to teach the hero, something she can learn from.
 Fangorn by LauraTolton
come..visit the woods he said... by nebezial
Pooh and friends by bluekomadori

Sidekicks are a very specific genre of Helper. 
They are often smaller, sillier, and somewhat annoying.
If this is a Disney movie, they may be a teacup, or a candlestick, or something equally useless on a real quest.

 Batman and Robin by JPRart    Batman and Robin by Ry-Spirit   
Mulan by Aloira    Dory by macsnow
Jiminy Cricket Colour by billythebrain     Spock by AmandaTolleson   

The most powerful Helper is, of course, the Mentor, Guide, or Teacher. 
This is usually someone older, wiser, who has walked this path before you, and has a great deal of advice to offer – much of it obscure and cryptic. 
Sometimes Mentors can offer supernatural aid, sometimes they just tell you to “wax on, wax off”. 
Almost always, though, Mentors call forth something in you that you did not know you were capable of. 
Also, invariably, at some point in the quest, your Mentor will step aside, or abandon you. Perhaps, even, they will die.
And alone and finally courageous, you will leap
into your own heroism. 

 Gandalf the Grey by D17rulez     GANDALF by masiani   

Gandalf the white by francoclun    Approach to Rivendell by PaulTobin
genie. by nightwing1975  The Blue Fairy ala Tenggren by snowsowhite  
Brave by KJVallentin
Yoda by AdamHughes

So, what is the quest you are on, in your own hero’s journey, right now? 

Finding your true destiny as an artist? 
Dealing with pain, illness, or death? 
Undertaking a huge adventure in a gap year overseas? 
Reinventing your life, looking for a new job, starting a new venture?
Trying to discover, before it is too late, what it means to be the hero of your own story? 
Whatever it is, you can be sure that there is a Samwise Gamgee, a Gandalf, a true companion (or two or three) who will be there to accompany you on the quest.
You are not alone.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will arrive."




Faking it ... again

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 21, 2014, 6:31 AM
So, I set myself a challenge to take a single picture and make a range of digital collages out of it in the style of as many as possible of my fellow (traditional) collagistes on deviantArt. 

Miss Charlotte Cracroft by hogret-stock


It was a surprisingly challenging task - and a real learning curve as I tried to imagine the choices and process of artists whose work is very different from mine. 
Here are the first few hommage pieces, side by side with a collage by the "real" artist.

A la Crussol12 by hogret     Gaining Ground by Crussol12

A la Robert-Alan by hogret      temptation by Robert-Alan

A la Kanchan by hogret     Homage to Klimt by KanchanCollage

Successful?  Or not? 
More to come ..

Anyone like to join me in the challenge?
Pick a source picture or scrap of something.
Choose three of your fellow collagistes.
See what you come up with!

Where have you been and what have you seen?
What have you survived? 
What are you grateful for? 
What are you proud of?

And now.
What adventures await in the year ahead?

Travel hopefully.
Journey joyfully.
Arrive safely.

secrets three by rainbowlullaby     Edge of the map 4 by daegfire     Star Map - ATC by WordsAreMyWeakness

Theatrum Mundi by ArianeJurquet     Picknick Serie X by kaethe    

The Quest by LauraTringaliHolmes     Collage 2012 126 by ArianeJurquet        The Cartographer by hogret

sweaty and nervous by RichardLeach     Chicadee Map by LizCohn     My Map Number Three by vantiani 

  map vs territory 2 by KatDiestel     Daily Journal: The Journey by hogret

lesson part one by PumpkinMelody     hands. by uglyappleblossom

Look Up by pashrash     Belong. by Anesthetic-X

Puzzled by thesoulcanwait      map inside by mellotronscratch     Clumsy Kid 4 by Aminia-Grey
    ATC Guardian Angel the Mother by claudiamm37 Something About Sorrow by MyVictorianSecret     Gabriel by RevolverWinds

A is for Angel by hogret     Burst by LauraTringaliHolmes

The Fragmentation of Iconography by KanchanCollage     the unknown ANgel by steve2727     Life by RichardLeach

   TinCan Angel by hogret       this years angel by steve2727      send me an angel by Robert-Alan

  Angel Figure by hrn  

haiku 100 by wrzosowata-Iro     Rehearsal Wings by MissAmandaLee     Sweet reverie by ArianeJurquet

Against Willful Rebellion by grayman8     Asking for by kapriize-klusee     My Guardian Angel ATC by LauraTringaliHolmes

Angel by audreysmith          
newspapers collage 2 angel by polpolina     Different World: 1 by Di0tima     The Morning Star by RevolverWinds
 

The broken Vessel by DeerDandy 

Untitled 157 by Crussol12     fish and bird by pollysonic     Angel of Brighton by GeorginaRagazza

    
The-Art-Of-Collage has been running an interesting challenge:  The Two Piece Exhibition
The rules are simple: you may use whatever support or background you like. But, only two pieces may be glued to that background.  However much of the background remains visible is up to you. Each member may submit up to two pieces to the Two Piece Exhibition.

Apart from causing extreme angst for collagistes (like myself) who battle to restrain themselves and who need to buy glue sticks in bulk (or, if they are digital, need to have at least ten layers in the background before they even start adding semantic elements); the exercise has been an interesting test of composition skills and nerve.  When you only have two elements to place, they have to be placed perfectly.  Most of us do this by trial and error, instinct and intuition, and we kind of know when it "feels right". 

I was curious, however, to test the Rule of Thirds and see how it played out on some of the submissions to the challenge.

The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a compositional tool that makes use of the notion that the most interesting compositions are those in which the primary element or the focal point of the composition is off centre.

You can apply this rule by imagining your composition divided into nine equal parts, using a grid of two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines.  The rule states that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or - ideally - at their intersections.  Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.  (Studies have shown that - when viewing images - people's eyes usually most naturally go to one of the intersection points, rather than to the centre of the picture.)

So, in composing a collage, you can think about what the points of interest are in the composition, and then intentionally place these along one of the lines, with a specific focus point at or around one of the four main intersections.

The rule of thirds also helps you identify where the "weight" or bulk of your collage is falling, and whether this is proportional or out of balance.

Here's the grid superimposed on some of the submissions.  See what you think!

Make Me Grid by hogret  Wonder Grid by hogret 

Freud Grid by hogret


Crussol Grid by hogret

Show Off Grid by hogret  Holding Her Grid by hogret

Juicin' Grid by hogret  Traveling Grid by hogret

More on The Rule of Thirds: hogret.deviantart.com/journal/…
More on Focal Point: hogret.deviantart.com/journal/…

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:iconlaviniachu:
LaviniaChu Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey just wondering, do you allow prints / commercial works from your stocks? cos I'm trying to group stocks accounts that I follow (:
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dick-allowatt Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
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Art-Fashion-History Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Your digital artworks are simply AMAZING!!! I love you artworks!!! You mix Ackerman's Ladies with your digital artworks and it's sooooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!! You are very talented!!!
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NettleMoore Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  New member
Wow! Would just like to say...Your work is BEAUTIFUL :3 
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hogret Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Thank you!
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Jocelyndk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  New member
Dear Hogret,
My name is Jocelyn, I work for flow magazine (flowmagazine.com). I would like to ask you something, but I can't find an e-mail address. Could you mail me perhaps? Jocelyn.dekwant@sanoma.com
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hogret Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thanks for making contact!  I have sent you an email.
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LizCohn Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
goddess by LizCohn are we thinking alike or what!
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hogret Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Gorgeous work liz!
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LizCohn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yours are mo bettah, babe! Interesting that we made these about the same time. I wonder what was in the air?
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