Blogging break! + Random question!

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be on a blogging break for the next 2-3 weeks as I will have limited access to a computer.  I’ve scheduled a few posts to show you some of the work-in-progress paintings I’ve been working on in my free time, but I won’t be around to respond to comments – sorry! 😦  But I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

And, so this post isn’t just depressing news, how about a random question?  For all you artists, writers, and crafters out there, this one’s for you: What’s your favorite technique to use, and what new technique are you excited to try out?  Let me know in the comments below!  I’m looking forward to seeing your responses when I get back! ^^

By the way, my current favorite digital art technique is to use a grayscale layer to check values.  I did this for Onyx and Sardonyx, and whoa did it help me with the lighting!  For example, here’s a wip of the grayscale layer that I saved but never posted LOL:

Screencap crop WIP of Onyx and Sardonyx.

She looks kinda scary in black-and-white. (^_^);;

So yeah! Let me know what your favorite technique + new technique you’d like to try are in the comments!  And I hope you all have a wonderful few weeks! (^u^)

Random Ramblings: The Suffix “-ish”

Lately I’ve been using the suffix “-ish” to modify an adjective quite often.  It’s one of those things that quietly took over my vocabulary; I’m pretty certain that a few years back, I may have used it a couple of times a year, if at all, while these days I drop it several times a day.   When I said the word “earlyish” today, it started me thinking: Why am I so obsessed with this suffix?

At first, I was certain that it wasn’t a proper suffix like “-ing,” but rather a slang term that just appeared among modern use and took off like the appearance of “friend” as a verb after the arrival of Facebook.  However, a quick search at Dictionary.com proved me wrong:

-ish

1. a suffix used to form adjectives from nouns, with the sense of “belonging to” ( British; Danish; English; Spanish); “after the manner of,” “having the characteristics of,” “like” ( babyish; girlish; mulish); “addicted to,” “inclined or tending to” ( bookish; freakish); “near or about” ( fiftyish; sevenish).

2. a suffix used to form adjectives from other adjectives, with the sense of “somewhat,” “rather” ( oldish; reddish; sweetish).

Apparently, it’s derived from the Old and Middle English (originally spelled “-isc”), and has similar synonyms in German and Greek.  So it’s not only a proper suffix, it’s ancient!  (Also, I forgot that “-ish” is used to denote where someone is from, for example, Scottish.  Embarrassing.)

So there was my mini-vocab lesson of the day!  I’m sure that “-ish” will continue to be my favorite suffix for a longish time to come.  😉

What’s your favorite suffix?