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So, tooyoungbklyn and I are doing drawing exercises every week because we are both in a sketchbook slump.  The exercise this week was to draw five women of varying ages and ethnicities.  And then we decided that they should all be in a gang.  Not that I haven’t been making art in other mediums, just not giving the ole sketchbook the attention I used to… :/ left hand’s getting rusty!  Anyways, here’s a 17 year old Mexican, a 25 year old Korean, a 52 year old Indian, a 34 year old Jamaican, and a 9 year old Swede, each with their weapon of choice.  Live by the streets, die by the streets.

So, tooyoungbklyn and I are doing drawing exercises every week because we are both in a sketchbook slump.  The exercise this week was to draw five women of varying ages and ethnicities.  And then we decided that they should all be in a gang.  Not that I haven’t been making art in other mediums, just not giving the ole sketchbook the attention I used to… :/ left hand’s getting rusty!  Anyways, here’s a 17 year old Mexican, a 25 year old Korean, a 52 year old Indian, a 34 year old Jamaican, and a 9 year old Swede, each with their weapon of choice.  Live by the streets, die by the streets.

GUHH I JUST NEED TO RANT FOR A SECOND BECAUSE I READ TOO MANY ARTICLES THAT MAKE ME ANGRY AND ITS A PROBLEM:

A right is a “right” because it’s not debatable.  A woman’s right to choose isn’t a debate; it’s a right that we have already won.  We don’t debate a woman’s right to vote, we don’t debate a black man’s right to own land, we don’t debate those things and many more because they are freedoms that our government has already determined to be lawfully considered human rights - however long it took us to get to that point.  

If your personal religion is disrupted by the idea that someone else in the world is making choices that you aren’t forced to make yourself, then your personal religion is not strong enough to sustain you in a society.  If you are determined never to change your mind about this issue, don’t expect anyone else to either.

The party which debates abortion is also the party that doesn’t want to pay higher taxes for welfare to support children born in unwanted pregnancies.  It’s the same party that supports war, which kills thousands.  The same party that claims it has a higher morality simply because it has aligned itself with Christianity, which has historically massacred millions of people and cultures alike.  I’m not saying there aren’t good Christians out there, I’m saying that there are good PEOPLE out there and religion has zero anything to do with a human’s capacity for morality and compassion.

So if you’re against abortion for religious purposes, then don’t get an abortion.  But don’t pretend that you’re the heir to a magical law which needs to be perpetuated by undermining all female agency; you’re nothing more than a sheep.

*drops mic*

Laika
Book One: Animus
Chapter One (first 9 pages)

It’s still going to be a while before I can draw the whole first book, but it’s OFFICIALLY COMPLETELY WRITTEN!!!  And the second book of the trilogy is well on it’s way, too!  Oh how the plot is finally coming together x__x  So to celebrate, here’s a 9 page sneak peak and if you have any money to donate I’d REALLY appreciate it!  If you don’t have any money to give, don’t worry about it; just keep up the support ^__^

www.taylormleigh.com/Laika

Laika Project: Status

Hello Tumblr!  So, I know I got [like five of] you guys amped up for the Laika project, but the more I edit it the more I discover about it and some of the story road’s plot twists are turning into plot holes as the previous plot holes become filled with a wonderfully hearty story asphalt.  It’s like fixing a road.  That’s the metaphor.  Anyways, I am dedicated to creating a well-rounded story so forgive the delays and I promise one day in the relatively near future I will be releasing Laika in its finished beauty.  

Until then, don’t worry because Game of Thrones will be on in LESS THAN A MONTH so you’ll definitely find a way to become distracted, I’m sure.  Plus, the internet has like a billion baby animal videos.  Or adult animals if that’s what you prefer.

Sincerely,
Taylor

They always made it seem like there’d be roads you could trace
Walked before by those we wanted to follow
But somehow I’ve found no sign of such a place
With paths carved out of good or bad, no clear way out of now

Sitting still won’t stop time
Sitting still won’t waste time
You can’t sell or buy time
You only ever get a lifetime

And there aren’t right or wrong ways
To have more good than bad days
Oh you’re gonna have some bad days
You just need time

I know they’ve made it seem like their products became your dream
But take care not to use your head as storage space for someone else’s ads

If you’re someone else’s self and not your own
You’re someone else’s flesh and bones
Someone else’s goals and dreams
Someone else’s flaws and schemes

Actin nice don’t make you nice
Actin proper won’t change the fact
You were born naked and screaming
And that’s the way you’re going back

GUYS I swear I’m still working.  Good news: I’m at an average pace of two pages per day!  Bad news: It’s because I don’t have a job or transportation to leave my mom’s house LOL COLLEGE GRADUATE PROBLEMS  :|

Haha, but anyways there are just a few bugs with the site I want to hammer out just right before I share the link ;)  But here are the first five pages to whet yer appetites.  Stay tuned for the official site release, should be within the next week!

Okay guys, this is really gonna happen.  In roughly two weeks, I will be releasing a page a day for the first chapter of my long anticipated (by me) graphic novel.  I figure that will give me enough time to learn Illustrator…enough of it, anyways.  Hah.  This should be fun….Anyways, it’s a sci-fi alternate world story with a badass female lead so stay tuned.  Here’s a tantalizing sneak peak.  Or just a regular sneak peak.  I just don’t know, yet… Should have a website for this project up and running soon.  I’m sure y’all will be the first to know.
LaikaBook One: Animus

Okay guys, this is really gonna happen.  In roughly two weeks, I will be releasing a page a day for the first chapter of my long anticipated (by me) graphic novel.  I figure that will give me enough time to learn Illustrator…enough of it, anyways.  Hah.  This should be fun….

Anyways, it’s a sci-fi alternate world story with a badass female lead so stay tuned.  Here’s a tantalizing sneak peak.  Or just a regular sneak peak.  I just don’t know, yet… Should have a website for this project up and running soon.  I’m sure y’all will be the first to know.

Laika
Book One: Animus