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Drawing | Heather Morris

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Greetings!

So someone on youtube suggested that I should draw Heather Morris/Brittany S. Pierce (to go by her charcter on Glee) next. As it so happens I do love Glee (yes I’ll freely admit it), and Heather Morris is such a beautiful lady so I was more than happy to draw her.

Then I went on to my deviantART accound and realised the last time I actually drew a picture was January 27th…what? I cannot believe it’s been 3 months since I last did a drawing. This further encouraged me to draw Heather Morris.

So this is what the final drawing looks like…

Heather Morris

I’m just a tad rusty from not drawing for so long but please do let me know what you think, and if you want to check it out on youtube I’ll also leave the video here…

 

Also if you have any suggestions as to what I should draw/paint next let me know, I’m always looking for new ideas.

 

– Bee

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Music Moments: Gabrielle Aplin

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My iPod recently got wiped. All my music, videos, audiobooks, everything gone. So I was purchasing new music when I was updating it, including music from the beautiful Gabrielle Aplin and thought it was a good opportunity to write a blog post about her.

Gabrielle Aplin is new to the music scene and as far as I am aware, is relatively unknown. She is a 20 year-old singer/songwriter from Wiltshire (South West England).

Gabrielle caught the attention of many viewers (including myself) when she began posting videos to her youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/Gaberrz) in 2008 of covers such as Paramore’s ‘That’s What You Get’, The Killer’s ‘Mr. Brightside’, Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’, etc.

Gabrielle’s youtube channel now has just under 90,000 subscribers, and almost 18 million video views!

From 2008-2012, Gabrielle released three EP’s which were well received with her audience and in February 2012, she announced she was signed on to Parlaphone and was recording her debut album.

Also in 2012, it was announced that Gabrielle would cover Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s classic hit ‘The Power Of Love’ for the annual John Lewis Christmas advert. If you are unaware as to what John Lewis is, it’s an English retailers, and to land the spot of doing the music for their Christmas advert is a pretty big deal for an up and coming artist.

I am in love with this girl’s voice! It’s so refreshing to see a young girl hit the music scene who is not scantily dressed in next to nothing, flaunting her sexuality. Instead Gabrielle Aplin displays her true talent of singing and songwriting. Mark my words, this girl is going places.

Her debut album ‘English Rain’ is coming out May 13th (day before my birthday…I know what I’m buying myself!) and I cannot wait to listen to all the songs. There is actually a 90 second preview of all songs from the album on Gabrielle’s website which I will link below.

I will leave you now with Gabrielle’s next single, entitled ‘Panic Cord’. (I also recommend you check out ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’, ‘Home’, and ‘Salvation’. All such beautiful songs, all written by the lovely Miss Gabrielle Aplin herself).

Seriously, check this girl out, you won’t regret it!

 

– Bee

Gabrielle’s youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/Gaberrz

Gabrielle’s twitter: https://twitter.com/GabrielleAplin

Gabrielle’s website: http://www.gabrielleaplin.co.uk/

The Fault In Our Stars

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The Fault In Our Stars is the fourth novel by author John Green. However John Green is probably more well-known as being one half of the Vlog Brothers on http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers with his brother Hank.

Published in January 2012, The Fault In Our Stars follows the story of 16 year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, the novel’s narrator, in her journey through living with Stage 4 thyroid cancer. Hazel is an only child, and worries about how her parents will cope after her death. She therefore attempts to alleviate their worry by (reluctantly) agreeing to attend a support group for children living with cancer. It is at this support group where Hazel meets Augustus Waters (Gus) who becomes intrigued by Hazel as she resembles his late girlfriend, Caroline Mathers. Augustus is 17 years old, and in remission having previously lost a leg to osteosarcoma. It is not long before Hazel develops feelings for Augustus, and the feeling appears mutual as he uses his saved wish from an organisation (similar to Make a Wish Foundation) to travel, with Hazel, to Amsterdam to meet Peter van Houten, the author of An Imperial Affliction, Hazel’s favourite book (which also holds quite a significant role in the novel).

The book continues to illustrate the growing relationship between Hazel and Augustus, and how they cope with Hazel’s cancer.

I do not want to give anymore of the plot line away as I highly encourage you to read this book. I read it last summer and immediately fell in love with both protagonists and their story. This book is heartwarming, captivating, and if you are anything like me, you will not be able to put it down.

I will warn you however, (and it shouldn’t come as a shock seeing as it is a story about teenagers living with cancer) it is a bit of a tear-jerker also.

I was highly impressed at how John Green, a 35 year-old man, was so convincing at portraying his narrator through a 16 year-old girl. Not many men would be able to pull this off, especially not as convincingly as John Green.

Another aspect of the book I love is it’s title. John Green has stated that this was inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

I hope I have done enough to convince you that you need to read this book, and for those of you who have already read it, you may or may not know that in February of last year, the film rights to this novel were optioned by Fox 2000, and just a few weeks ago, Josh Boone was announced as the director.

Although no-one has been cast as of yet, there are rumours floating around that Shailene Woodley (of The Secret Life of an American Teenager) and Hailee Steinfeld (of True Grit) are being considered for the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster. Which got me thinking, what actors would I like to see portraying these characters, so here are my picks.

Hazel Grace Lancaster

  • When I first heard that Hailee Steinfeld was being considered, I fell in love with idea of her playing Hazel, I think she would be perfect for the role. She looks exactly how I imagined Hazel, and is probably my favourite to get the role.
  • I also think Mae Whitman could be a potential Hazel. She definitely looks the part, and although she is 24, I think she could pull off a 16 year-old. I loved the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and thought that Mae Whitman was a great addition in the role of Mary-Elizabeth.
  • Vanessa Marano is another contender for the role of Hazel. Although I have not seen anything she has been in, her looks would suit the role of Hazel.
  • All signs are pointing towards Shailene Woodley as portraying Hazel, and while I do like her, she’s just not how I pictured Hazel.

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              Hailee Steinfeld        Mae Whitman       Vanessa Marano          Shailene Woodley

Augustus Waters

I haven’t heard any rumours as to who may be playing Augustus Waters, so here is who I wouldn’t mind seeing playing the role.

  • Douglas Booth is your typical “pretty boy” actor, but since Hazel is so charmed by him I think it would work in the movie to cast someone like Douglas. At 20 years old, (if he ditched the stubble) Douglas could easily pass as a 17-year-old. He could definitely be a potential Augustus.
  • Sticking with the theme emerging here of english actors, Thomas Sangster could also potentially portray Augustus Waters in this film. He is 22 however he has a really young-looking face that would definitely pass as 17. I would actually be quite interested to see what he would do as Augustus.
  • Although I would be very wary of casting a Nickelodeon or Disney star in this role, I actually think Nathan Kress has the look of Augustus Waters. Again at only 20 years of age, he could easily pull of a 17 year-old.
  • Finally, Cody Christian, best known for his work on Pretty Little Liars would, in my opinion, make an interesting Augustus. And at only 17 is the perfect age for the character.

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                    Douglas Booth    Thomas Sangster    Nathan Kress       Cody Christian

Hope you have enjoyed this post and I also hope you go out and read this book, its well worth it!

– Bee

BriBry

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Today I wanted to write about a young man by the name of Brian O’Reilly, more famously known under his pseudonym BriBry.

BriBry is a musician/songwriter and youtube personality in his early twenties. From Dublin, Ireland, BriBry rose to prominence on youtube through his web series entitled ‘Things To Do Before You Die’, which sees him tackle various challenges such as zorbing, bungee jumping, riding in a hot air balloon, playing binocular soccer, etc.

So why does BriBry undertake these challenges?

“In 2010 a close friend of Brian’s, Ross Nugent, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. Ross’s family have since set up a registered charity, The Ross Nugent Foundation, with the aim of raising money for the oncology ward at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital and can­cer research. So far thousands of euros have been raised for the cause. Tragically, Ross succumbed to his cancer and passed away on May 15th 2010. He was 18 years old.” (Extract taken from http://www.bribry.com/)

BriBry uses his Things To Do Before You Die web series to raise money for the Ross Nugent foundation (all proceeds from his videos goes towards the foundation) as well as selling Ross Nugent Foundation wristbands (which I can say I proudly own and wear), and has even released a beautiful song approriately titled ‘The Ross Song’ which I will link at the end of this post. I highly urge you to listen to this song, like it on facebook, and donate to the charity if at all possible.

As if that weren’t enough, BriBry announced today on his facebook page that he is going to be setting up a charity called ‘Cut Cakes Not Wrist’.

Just last month, BriBry posted a video on his youtube page addressed to ‘People Who Are Depressed’ which is a very moving and vulnerable video for any young lad to post onto the internet. (You can watch this video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgsHOe9QA4k and the follow up ‘Part 2’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olu1qwYst6c)

Whether its his whimsical facsination with Devon Murray (aka Seamus Finnigan of the Harry Potter franchise), his love of the 2009 film 500 Days Of Summer, or his overall good-natured character, I can guarantee once you see one of his videos, you’ll want to watch more!

– Bee

BriBry’s website (where there are links to his facebook, twitter, and a place where you can donate to the Ross Nugent Foundation): http://www.bribry.com/

BriBry’s youtube channel (some very funny videos here): http://www.youtube.com/BriBryontour

The Ross Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pik2XcLXCEw