drawthisinyourstyle How Instagram got inspired by a woman holding a key


first_img Tags Post a comment Share your voice Instagram 0 Online Jo Rioux’s Instagram drawing is beguiling. A mysterious woman holds a key. She’s surrounded by ghostly hands. Her eyes are open wide. In surprise? Shock? Fear? Rioux, an author and illustrator based in Ottawa, first posted the drawing as part of the #drawthisinyourstyle hashtag. Jo Rioux #Drawthisinyourstyle is an Instagram phenomenon. A popular art exercise in which artists take each other’s drawings and redo them in their own style, it’s evolved into a worldwide art conversation that’s currently 720,000 posts deep. Images that kick off a #drawthisinyourstyle challenge are often quirky — a girl with giant anime eyes and yellow boots crouching under a pink umbrella, a woman with bangs and an hourglass figure standing in front of giant circular leaves. There’s usually something distinctive about the original drawings, some striking props or features. Artists apply their own touches, and a whole new universe is born. David Sierra Listón, a children’s illustrator based in Madrid, saw Rioux’s drawing and instantly fell in love with it.”I felt like her illustration … was telling a story,” Listón said.Listón drew it in his style, adding his version to what’s now a mind-blowing pile of more than 5,000 iterations of the key-holding Victorian lady Rioux first put out into the Instagram universe on Jan. 13.As far as these challenges go, that’s a lot.Scroll through the posts tagged with #joriouxdrawstyle (the hashtag Rioux made to corral versions of her drawing). You’ll find drawings faithful to the original and others that opt for the abstract. At times, the woman looks vacant or desperate. Hands claw at her hair and her dress. Other times, she looks like she could wield supernatural powers. The hands can be comedic antagonists, poking her or giving her rabbit ears. In one version, the woman is a cat entranced and tangled in yarn. The creations amount to thousands of little windows into the internet’s creative subconscious, letting viewers in on the darkest, funniest, quirkiest tendencies of the Instagram art community. Getting handsy Rioux’s mysterious Victorian woman, with her cryptic, wide-eyed expression, grew out of a sketch she did in October 2017 during InkTober, a monthlong challenge in which artists post ink drawings online. Upon looking at the sketch again, Rioux said it reminded her of the story of Bluebeard, a folktale about a man who kills his wives. After he marries his eighth wife, he gives her a key and tells her she can go anywhere in the house she wants except one room. Eventually, she enters that room and discovers the bodies of the seven previous wives, drops the key in blood, and thanks to a pesky enchantment, can’t clean the key to hide what she’s done. Bluebeard will find out. For Rioux, the hands in the drawing are those of the murdered wives, and the look on the woman’s face the realization of what her fate might be. Those mysterious elements — the hands, the key, the face — proved to be part of what attracted the attention of illustrators from places including the US, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and France. “I felt like I could change it a bit and make it my own,” said Jordan Stewart, who works at a graphic design agency in Provo, Utah. Stewart likes drawing fantasy characters, and he’s got a sense of humor about them. In his variation on Rioux’s illustration, the woman isn’t consumed by an impending horror. She’s about to take a giant bite out of a cheeseburger. Style and substance Artists say participating in #drawthisinyourstyle is fun and accessible. Sometimes the biggest artistic challenge is figuring out what to draw, Rioux and Stewart say. #Drawthisinyourstyle solves that. For Kelsey Eng, a Los Angeles-area animator who’s worked as an artist for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, it’s a chance to refine her own style. She realized her preference for the contrast between curves and sharp edges. She enjoyed figuring out what details to add — like black nail polish, earrings and extra ruffles on the woman’s dress. Eng also felt like it was a way to branch out, create something completely different. She talked about another #drawthisinyourstyle she did of a blue-skinned demon girl. “Usually my characters are more representative of my personality, which is quiet, but his character had more attitude,” she said. “I’ve never drawn a character with a horn coming out of her head.” Thomas La Padula, an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute and a longtime illustrator, said that while an older guard of professional illustrators might not get the idea of producing a piece for fun versus pay, anything that gets people drawing has merit. Plus, there are other benefits — engaging with other artists in what can be a solitary pursuit, showing off new work and maybe even getting a new portfolio piece. “That’s the beauty of the internet,” he said. “You can see people’s work, where before you had to see it in print.” Since Rioux’s first outing into #drawthisinyourstyle, she’s drawn six variations of other artists’ work, including a girl in front of brightly colored leaves, which in her reworked version has a soft, earthy color palette.   She believes #drawthisinyourstyle expands our notion of what’s possible. “I think everyone really enjoys seeing one idea through a thousand different lenses.”  last_img read more

You might get scammed if you use a voice assistant to call


first_img1:22 Share your voice Comment Now playing: Watch this: It might not be wise to ask your voice assistant for customer service numbers.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you ask your voice assistant to find and call a company’s customer service number, there’s a chance you’ll end up connecting with scammers instead. Voice assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant are being tricked into picking up fraudulent support phone numbers created by scammers, warned the Better Business Bureau on Friday. Con artists create fake numbers then bump them to the top of search results, according to the group. This could lead to Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant accidentally picking up a scam number when you do voice search. If you do call a phony customer service number, the BBB warned that the “representative” might ask for you to pay for something via wire transfer or prepaid debit card. They might even ask for remote access to your computer or tell you to visit an unfamiliar website, the group said.”We work hard to fight against spammers and protect people from scams. When these fake numbers are reported, we remove them,” a Google spokesperson said in an email. Google said that it designs its systems to prioritize authoritative sources and work to prevent scams from being surfaced, but the systems aren’t 100% perfect. When the company receives reports that scam phone numbers are being highlighted in its products, it’ll remove them, according to the spokesperson.To protect yourself, the BBB suggests looking up a customer service number based on a company’s contact information on your bill or in your email or directly from the company’s website. You can also check out CNET’s guide to avoiding online scams.Amazon declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.Originally published Aug. 21 at 12:07 p.m. PT.Update, at 12:52 p.m. PT: Adds responses from Google and Amazon.  1 Microsoft warns of Windows 10 vulnerabilities, scammers… Tags Smart Home Security Phones Mobilelast_img read more

N Korea to expel US citizen for illegal entry


first_imgUS president Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un after they signed documents that acknowledged the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea has decided to expel a US citizen who illegally entered the country last month, Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency said Friday.The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on 16 October, it said.”While being questioned, he said he had illegally entered the country under the command of the US Central Intelligence Agency,” KCNA said.”Relevant authorities have decided to expel him from the country,” it added.A man with the same name was arrested in South Korea while trying to sneak over the inter-Korean border in November last year.Byron, who is in his late 50s and from Louisiana, was later deported back to the US.Media reports said he told South Korean officials he sought to facilitate talks between North Korea and the United States, although he is a private citizen.It is rare for North Korea to release an American detainee so swiftly and it comes amid stalled negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.”This gesture means the North wants to keep up momentum for dialogue with the US,” professor Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies told AFP.From journalists to missionaries, most Americans held by North Korea have been released after high-profile interventions.The reclusive regime freed three US detainees in May in an apparent goodwill gesture before a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump in Singapore.The three men travelled home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and were greeted by Trump on their arrival at an air base near Washington.Currently, there are no known US detainees held by the rigid communist state.The latest release also came after fresh allegations emerged last month that Otto Warmbier, a US student who died after being held in the North, was tortured in custody.The 22-year-old was jailed in the North for more than a year and was released in a comatose state in 2017 but died shortly after returning home.The exact cause of his death remains unknown but a recent US media report claimed there was new evidence that he was beaten by the regime.The director of the Pyongyang Friendship Hospital — which treated Warmbier — slammed the allegations as a “total distortion of the truth” in October.North Korea has denied torturing Warmbier and claims he contracted botulism in detention.At their historic Singapore summit, Trump and Kim signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula.Progress has since stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over the meaning of the document.Also on Friday, KCNA reported that Kim had overseen the testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon”.It marked the first official report of a weapons test by North Korea since it began the delicate diplomatic process with Washington.last_img