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Create your own art, don’t destroy the others’

A drawing I saw on a table in class.

A drawing I saw on a table in class.

Drawing became a common thing to do nowadays. People draw to express their feelings, the thoughts they can’t express in any other way, and their imagination. Even if they believe their work is beautiful, not everyone agrees.

 

Drawing for yourself

Abstract. Detailed. You draw in your own way what you have in mind. Meaningless. Meaningful. You draw because you want to draw, not always because you want to express something.

You draw for yourself first before drawing for anyone else. Pretty. You feel proud of your drawing. Embarrassing. You laugh at it.

 

Drawing for others

The problem with drawing is that it’s not invisible. Even if you draw for yourself, people around you will see your work at some point. And we are all aware of that. “What do they think about it?”, “what will they think about me?”, “I don’t care about what they think?”. Those are the thoughts passing through your mind when someone witnesses your art, and it leads to a change in your perception of drawing.

Your drawing, which originally became the result of your own thoughts, becomes the work of several people. How? Because you start taking into considerations their opinion about your drawing. It will push you to draw or not to draw certain details (“they won’t like this hairstyle”, “don’t draw shocking elements because of kids”)

 

Your work is still your work, not theirs

 People may influence your way of drawing because of their opinion, but what you are drawing is still what you are drawing. Try to please everyone and no one will be happy. Everyone (or at least all those who draw from time to time) come to that conclusion. And so we come back to the first stage: Drawing for yourself.

 

This is the good way of thinking, but it doesn’t mean you have to ignore the others completely. Their opinion can still help you improve your drawing skills.

 

Draw what you like, not where you like 

You can draw whatever you feel like drawing, but you can’t draw wherever you want. Back to what I said before, drawing for yourself doesn’t mean you have to ignore the others completely. Buildings. Benches. Bridges. Those are not drawings, but they are still a form of art.

Drawing on the wall of a building is being disrespectful towards those who worked hard to build it. Drawing on a bench destroys its original beauty. You may think your drawing makes the building or the bench more pretty, but the others may think the opposite.

You wouldn’t like someone to draw something over your own drawing, would you?

 

 

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5 reasons why Chess is my favorite game!

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Chess, or “The Game of Kings” as I like to call it, is certainly my favorite game. I do not own a real chessboard, but it did not prevent me from playing this amazing game (I have been playing for more than a year on the Internet). In today’s article, I am going to give 5 reasons why Chess became my favorite game.

1. There is no place for luck in Chess. In my opinion, Chess is a game where luck does not exist. Well, some people would think that when their opponent is making a bad move after they made a bad move themselves, they were lucky. However, it is not the case. Such cases should not be considered as luck, but simply as a mistake made by the opponent. There is a quote from my favorite book entitled The Art of War by Sun Tzu that describes perfectly what I am trying to mean by that:

“Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated”

 

2. Chess helps you learning to be more patient. If there is something I was able to develop thanks to chess, that is patience. Indeed, I used to be very impatient and would often get frustrated when the opponent took their time to make their move. And as a result of this, I made a lot of mistakes (and a lot of them were stupid mistakes) because of that impatience. And so I learned how to be patient in order to make the best move during each turn, or at least to make good moves, and to avoid making stupid  mistakes that could lead to my loss.

3. Chess is a good way to train your poker face and to stay  calm. Other than poker (which is, in my opinion, the first game you have in mind when you are talking about poker face), chess is a good game to train your poker face. Not being able to hide the expression on your face can be bad when you are playing face to face against your opponent. (it is way easier when you play online because you do not see your opponent so they cannot read the expression on your face). And when you learn to keep a poker face, you also learn to stay calm and to control your feelings. If you are unable to control your feelings, the probability of you losing the game increases because you may end up making mistakes you would not have done if you were calm. What’s more, not being able to control your emotions is usually what makes you unable to keep a poker face during the game. So if you are not able to control your feelings, your opponent is definitely going to take advantage of it.

4. Chess is an art. Chess may not be an art like painting or drawing, or even literature, but it is still a form of art. How can this art be described? Well in my opinion, it is a little bit to describe, it is something you have to live by yourself to truly understand it. However, if I was to try to describe it, I would say that art can be seen by the way you play, by the strategies and tactics you create and use, by the way you move your pieces, by the way you use them, and so much more!

5. Chess is a good way to entertain yourself and to keep your brain in shape. Chess is a good entertainment that keeps your brain in good shape. There are so many things to learn, so many books to read, so many games to analyze, you won’t have time to get bored! But even if the “learning part” sounds boring and bothersome, do not forget that there is also the “fun part”, which is when you play against people and use your knowledge to grab victory! Chess sure is a game where you have to use your grey cells, and yet it still is a game where you can have a lot of fun.

 

The only thing I have to say to those reading this article who play chess or want to play chess is: Have fun!

The streets: A hidden face~

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We use the streets everyday, whether it is to go to school, to go to work, to go shopping, to go to a restaurant, or simply to take a walk. We often don’t really pay any attention to what happens around us when we are walking on the streets, which can be caused by the fact that we only use them to go somewhere. And yet, because of that, we may not notice that the streets are way more than just a link between your “starting point” and your “destination”. That’s what I am going to analyze today.

To begin with, I would like to state that the streets are a place where equality between people truly exists. What kind of equality am I talking about? Well the answer is quite obvious, because it is something that you can simply notice by looking around you: people are all equal because they either do not care about the others, or they are all on the same “level”. What I mean by the fact that people are on the same “level” there can be explained through examples. A boss and his employer do not have exactly the same kind of relationship when they are in the streets and when they are at work. That is because when they are at work, the boss has a complete authority over the employer who does not want to be fired and so always control his behavior and his actions, which can put a lot of stress on his shoulders. In the streets, it’s different because since they are not at work, both can be more relax (the boss do not have to think about his profits and the employer is not worried about making any mistake). Of course, it doesn’t mean that they become vulgar with each other, but they are simply two humans in the same place. Another short example would be between a college student and an adult who’s already working. Even if you can differentiate them as long as they have something to distinguish them, meet them in their casual clothes and they will both just be adults.

Now if the streets are a place where everyone is somewhat equal, they are also a place where many things can happen. Accidents can happen, those accidents can be a car accident, someone suddenly having a hart attack, etc. There can also be events, and even love at first sight. Well, for those who don’t believe in love at first sight, I would rather use the word “crush”. As a matter of fact, places such as schools or restaurants are not the only places where you can get a crush on someone.

The streets are also a place that can be considered as a place used for art. Be aware that I am not talking about an art similar to what Picasso or Leonardo Da Vinci could create. I am talking about the drawings kids would leave on the concrete, or if you are in a city, the graffiti on the walls.

To sum up, the streets can be compared to a disk. If you only look at it from the outside, there is not really anything. But if you decide to look at what is inside, then you will find a completely different world.

When music is more than just a form of entertainment

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Today’s article will be about music, which is something that became almost vital for many of us. Music is a form of entertainment before anything else, just like television and its various shows, or anything that is able to entertain us: that is to say we listen to music because it allows us to get rid of boredom (at least a little bit).  But if music has always been a form of entertainment, it also became a part of our everyday lives. I shall now explain what I mean by that.

To begin with, music is before anything a form of art, and so is also a form of expression. Even if now some people would consider a lot of songs to be nothing more than a way to make profit, music was initially a way for people to express themselves, to express their feelings. That was and still is one of the charming points of music. But if music was a way to express our feelings, then music was already more than just a form of entertainment.

Now if music can be used to express our own feelings, it can also be used to express the feelings of other people, which is something that happens a lot in recent songs. As a matter of fact, when writing a song, you may want to target a certain category of people, and so to please them, you will write lyrics that are directly related to them (whether it is about a common feeling they share, a sad event, etc). The fact that the lyrics will be related to them will have an impact on the way they listen to the song. In some cases, you may see some people who listen to the song because they feel like someone finally understand them, some people may share the song with someone they know to show how they feel (in that case, it usually happens because they can’t turn their feelings into words). Not only it will bring closer the band/singer who played the song and the listener, but the song will also become a part of their respective lives (on the one hand, the singer/band will be known to have sing this song and on the other hand, the listener will create a memory with the song).

Another reason why music is more than just a form of entertainment (a sadder one this time) is the fact that music can “bring back the dead to life” for a short moment. What do I mean by that? When you lose someone dear to you, you can never really forget about them (which is something many people try in order to forget their pain) but you manage to deal with the pain of losing that person. However, it becomes harder because of music. Indeed, you might happen to come across a song that will remind you of the lost one,  and that song will not be a form of entertainment anymore, but will instead become a way to remember the deceased.

The last reason I am going to talk about is a more cruel one: Music can stop becoming a form of entertainment when it becomes a need. What can those needs be? Let’s take the example of someone who can’t fit in our society. When that person is in a crowded place and feels insecure, the person will try to find something to get rid of that insecurity: Sometimes, this “something” can be found in music. Indeed, people are able to ignore their environment and to create their own world when they are listening to music. It may not be seen as a problem at first, but creating your own world is simply escaping from reality, which can become a problem later on when you will have to face the harsh and darker side of life.

So music, which is a way to entertain yourself, can be more than that depending on how you are going to use it and for what purpose. But if I have to give you a more personal opinion about music, I would say that it is okay for music to be something other than just a form of entertainment as long as it doesn’t become a “need” for you.