Illustration 3 General Topics: Cicadas

A cicada  is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha (which was formerly included in the now invalid order Homoptera), in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world, and many of them remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and unique sound. Cicadas are often colloquially called locusts,[1] although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are a kind of grasshopper. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs.

Cicadas are benign to humans under normal circumstances and do not bite or sting in a true sense, but may mistake a person’s arm or other part of their body for a tree or plant limb and attempt to feed. Cicadas have a long proboscis under their head which they insert into plant stems in order to feed on sap. It can be painful if they attempt to pierce a person’s skin with it, but it is unlikely to cause other harm. It is unlikely to be a defensive reaction and is a rare occurrence. It usually only happens when they are allowed to rest on a person’s body for an extended amount of time.

Cicadas can cause damage to several cultivated crops, shrubs, and trees, mainly in the form of scarring left on tree branches while the females lay their eggs deep in branches. Many people around the world regularly eat cicadas. They are known to have been eaten in Ancient Greece as well as China, Malaysia, Burma, Latin America, and the Congo.  Female cicadas are prized for being meatier.  Shells of cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China.

Personal thoughts:  Cicadas are annoying.  But several people i know are in love with them.  After reading this article, it turn out that they are actually interesting.  Myths and beliefs from reincarnation to immortality have been passed down years in other cultures.  Some people even eat them.  The simple facts on them alone are interesting.  For instance there song can cause people to lose their hearing if it was close enough.  They are still annoying but a bit more interesting than before.

Related Links:

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05590.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada

http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/


Illustration 3 General Topics: Planking Fad

Planking is a game activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual locations. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken.  It is later posted on the internet as part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank.

Since 2011, many participants in planking have photographed the activity on unusual locations such as atop poles, roofs and vehicles, while some “plankers” engage in the activity by planking only their upper body and feet while leaving the back suspended.  It was originally created in England and later spread across the world.

It has also been considered dangerous, as in some incidents people have falling to their death.  In attempts to take the game to places where no one has have ever take it, players have performed it in areas consisting of extreme heights or just ridiculous locations.

Personal Thoughts:  I have mixed feelings about it.  Part of me feels it’s stupid but it’s a game and games are suppose to be fun.  Am surprised to see how popular it is.  A friend of mine showed me some examples, and I’ve seen funny photos of people taking it to the extreme in locations one wouldn’t think of performing it.  It can get a bit ridiculous and honestly kind of stupid.  But it’s suppose to be a fun game, but people have pushed the limit of it.  When you have people dying, than it doesn’t make it a game anymore.

Related Links:

http://gizmodo.com/5803311/what-is-planking

http://blog.hilncore.com/2011/08/world-record-planking-by-dutch-students/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504943_162-20064275-10391715.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43036847/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/australia-man-plunges-planking-death/#.Tl7qgV2aDIW

Illustration 3 General Topics: Riot in United Kingdom

In August 2011, several London districts of cities and towns across England suffered widespread rioting, looting and arson.

It happened after a peaceful on 6 August 2011 in relation to the police response to the fatal  shooting of Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police Service firearms officer on 4 August 2011. The riot began in Tottenham, North London. In the following days, the riot spread to several London boroughs and districts and eventually to some other areas of England.  The most severe disturbances occurred outside London in Bristol and the cities in the Midlands and North West of England.

The riots were characterised by rampant looting and arson attacks of unprecedented levels. As a result, British Prime Minister David Cameron returned early from his holiday in Italy. The other government and opposition leaders also ended their holidays to attend to the matter as well. All policemen and the Parliament was recalled on 11 August to debate the situation.

As of 15 August, about 3,100 people had been arrested, and more than 1,000 had been charged.  There were a total 3,443 crimes across London linked to the disorder.  Five people died and at least 16 others were injured as a direct result of related violent acts. An estimated 200 million worth of property damage was caused, and local economic activity was significantly compromised  The riots have generated significant ongoing debate among political, social and academic figures about the causes and context in which they happened.

Personal Thoughts:  To be honest I didn’t know what cause the riot.  But I learned about it through a friend of mine.  The riot was approximately ten minutes away from where he lived.  It eventually started moving towards a town another friend of ours.  My concern for the both of them got me interested.  I think it’s crazy and from the details, it kind of difficult to point out the exact cause of it.  I read a few articles and some even suggest gangs started it.  But either way it’s ridiculous and extremely dangerous.  Too many families suffered and people were killed in the incident.  Shouldn’t have gotten that bad.

Related Links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/31/birmingham-hit-run-deaths-sixth-man

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/14/uk-riots-aftermath-live-coverage

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14540796

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14452097

Illustration 3 Student Artist Research: Kevin Dart

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Dart began his career as a character artist in the video game industry in Seattle.  He later eventually decided to move to Los Angeles to become a full-time illustrator. For the last 3 years Dart worked freelance for a range of clients such as Pixar, Cartoon Network, Passion Pictures, Disney TV, Laika, and Gama-Go. He also created and run the independent publishing house Fleet Street Scandal with his friend and business partner Chris Turnham. Together they sold original art prints, apparel, and books. The summer 2009 saw the release of a new book starring his character, International Girl of Mystery Yuki 7. “Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7” which made its debut at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA..

Also Kevin was the background painter at Cartoon Network on the show “Sym-Bionic Titan”. The show is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, and the animated Clone Wars series.

Currently he works as a visual development artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation. This summer he has plans on releasing the second Yuki 7 book, “Looks That Kill”.

Illustration 3: Generating Topics

Current Events:

  • Riot in U.K.
  • 2011 United Kingdom anti austerity protest
  • The V.M.A.s (Video Music Awards)
  • Hurricane Irene
  • Suicide attack kills 29 in Baghdad
  • Lybia
  • Disney to maker accused
  • Cloud Computing
  • 8 killed in Ohio shooting Spree

Ongoing Debates (relevant right now)

  • Iraq
  • 9/11

Things am looking forward to

  • Upcoming 2011 movies (horror and action)
  • playing more shows with the band
  • writing more songs with the band
  • Holiday break
  • the rest of illustration 3 assignments

Subjects that are important to people I know, but aren’t important to me.

  • New I Phone
  • Planking
  • Lady Gaga
  • Wedding Trends
  • Breaks ups and relationships
  • Celebrity pregnancy

Things ongoing now that i hate

  • Riot in U.K.
  • New I phones
  • Still talking about Casey Anthony
  • She got away with it (Casey Anthony)
  • Celebrity weddings
  • Celebrity pregnancy
  • children kidnapping
  • shootings
  • Hurricane Irene

Ongoing things I love

  • New discoveries are being made
  • Rise of the planet of the Apes
  • Sisters birthday today(8/30/11)
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers (new music)
  • 1st semester of this year

Personal interest

  • August 30
  • Riot in U.K.
  • Music(some artist)
  • heart disease
  • (music) Adele
  • cicadas (why people like them?)
  • October(family deaths)
  • eczema
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Nicole B. (friend of mine)