August 5, 2014

mizzmarvel replied to your post: superopinionated replied to your post:…

I was watching this when it happened on Twitter, and some people were really vicious toward him without knowing if there was a legit reason to do it.

THE PLOT THICKENS.  For me it’s not so much the careless action (cat giveaway on tiwtter) as it is the attitude (disdain/mockery towards ‘the masses’).  Obviously Pratt wasn’t technically hurting another person (I don’t think? other than tweet flames?).

So on my levels of ‘your fave is problematic’, this incident rates to me as ‘regarding this incident, Pratt lived up to his name’.  Other people’s levels of ‘your fave is problematic’ may vary! No judgement from me. 8D

May 7, 2014

"You don’t want to have children?"

"No because bees are dying out at an alarming rate, food is becoming soylent and the world’s aquifers are either drained and/or owned by greedy corporations soooooo no. Imma pass on the whole future generation thing thanks!"

November 21, 2013

offbeatorbit:

jamesxlilys:

every fandom had that one ship that makes absolutely no sense canonically but somehow a lot of the fandom ships it

Yeah so will somebody explain Fred/Hermione to me tho?

Dude!! I am sure I drew fanart of Fred/Hermione. …somewhere. ehehehe.

Look, Hermione/any Weasley is just really hot to me, that is honestly all there is to it.*

*except Arthur**

**but I am a-okay with Hermione/Molly***

*** consenting adults, of course

(Source: herhmione)

November 8, 2013

Anonymous said: i didn't vote for ford!!! but seriously, adopt a dog don't buy a puppy!!!!!!!!!! and can i come live off-grid with you guys?

OMG who is this I thought it was Hyedie because pro-puppy adoption but IDK if she is as Simpsons-fanatic as I am, so.  

For the record, puppy will be adopted, yes!  No buying of puppy, Hyedie convinced us.  You as an anon might not have any idea who Hyedie even is.  But lolol this is such a trippy ask.

If you are up for manual labour, then come along! Possibly near Revelstoke.  

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November 5, 2013
arkilliandragon:

"Star Fury"- I wanted to have Carol sling Kyle over one shoulder giving Hal the middle finger, caveman taking their mate home like, but figured two shoulders was better. I’m not sure what else to say but that for once XD 
Um…. read Green Lantern Annual #2 for context >.> 

arkilliandragon:

"Star Fury"- I wanted to have Carol sling Kyle over one shoulder giving Hal the middle finger, caveman taking their mate home like, but figured two shoulders was better. I’m not sure what else to say but that for once XD 

Um…. read Green Lantern Annual #2 for context >.> 

October 24, 2013

shoomlah:

So I was chatting with the lovely Justin Oaksford yesterday, and he casually asked if I used photo reference for my recent Rolemodels piece- not as a bad thing, but because the pose and the camera angle read well.  Pretty sure I grinned like an idiot when he brought it up because, goddammit, I’m proud that the work shows!  I’ve felt like my work has been somewhat stilted as of late- I could feel myself subconsciously trending towards easier angles, easier poses, easier expressions just because it’s slightly less frustrating for my brain to process- so getting that confirmation from a colleague was pretty damn satisfying.

I think there’s a tendency for artists to take pride in being able to draw out of your head, and, while that’s an admittedly important skill, what’s actually important is what that skill implies- it implies that you’ve internalized reference.  That you’ve spent so much time looking at the world around you, studying it, drawing from it, breaking it down, that you’ve amassed an extensive mental library that you can draw from.  You are Google reborn in the shallow husk of a human being.

But heck, the world’s a big place- what are the chances that you ever get to a point that you’ve internalized all of it?  Internalized it AND ALSO are never going to forget it ever?  Probably no chance at all.  Sorry buddy.  So rather than bemoaning the fact that we don’t have impenetrable search engine cyborg brains- yet- you sure as hell better still be using reference to fill in/refresh those empty shelves in your mental library.  You shouldn’t have worm-ridden books about dinosaur anatomy from the 60’s in there.  Stegosauruses with brains in their tails?  CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT.

So my general process for using reference of any sort is:

  1. loose thumbnails and brainstorming.  If you have an idea, get that raw thing- unadulterated in it’s potential shittiness- onto paper.  Good art is a combination of both instinct and discipline, so you don’t want to entirely discount those lightning strikes of brilliance.  Or idiocy.  Happens to all of us.
  2. research and reference.  Start gathering and internalizing whatever reference is pertinent to your piece- could be diagrams, art, photos, good old-fashioned READIN’, whathaveyou.  Please note that this doesn’t mean find one picture of a giraffe- this means find tons of photos of giraffes, read about giraffes, understand giraffes, and learn how to incorporate that knowledge into your art with purpose and intent (Justin uses the word “intent” a lot so I’m stealing it).  Don’t blindly copy what you see, but understand how to integrate it in an interesting and informed manner.
  3. studies and practice.  Could be lumped in with the previous step, granted, but it’s worth reiterating- if you’re drawing something new, it’s worth doing some studies.  You discover things that you wouldn’t otherwise by just staring at them.  It’s weird how I’m still learning this- “Gee golly, six-shooters are way easier to draw now that I’ve drawn a ton of them!” Yes wow Claire BRILLIANT.  Gold star.
  4. go for the gold.  Finally, I’m sure it goes without saying, you integrate all of that research and knowledge into your initial thumbnails.  If you learned something about anatomy, or fashion, or color, or butts, now you can drastically improve your original idea with this newfound knowledge.  Also, per the images above, this is also your chance to improve on the reference- photos are a fantastic tool, but trust your instincts.  Cameras can’t make informed decisions.

…So that’s my soapbox- it’s pretty easy, and it’s totally worth it.  Research and reference lets you stand on the shoulders of giants- it lends legitimacy, specificity, and allure to your work that wouldn’t be there if you were just drawing out of your head 100% of the time.  To put it simply- it makes your work ownable.  It makes you stand out.

It makes you a better artist. :)

-C

This is a GREAT breakdown on how references are used! No shame in references! References pride!  

I also love the idea of artists-as-Google-reborn when they have amassed a large internal library of imagery.  But that takes a lot of practice to amass and honestly I don’t think it’s entirely necessary to have that, if you prefer using references instead.  Some people can observe and mentally catalogue, some people need references, some people use both.  Find your sweet spot!

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October 23, 2013
How I make an Adult Related Phonecalls

marvelous-merbutler:

  1. Write down whatever I have to say.
  2. Practice over and over.
  3. Call the number.
  4. Hang up as soon as someone answers—I wasn’t ready or I jumble up my words.
  5. Wait a hour or so and hope I don’t get the same person.
  6. Wait some more because I was not ready an hour ago.
  7. Call again(I may go though steps 3-6 again)

Alternately, the incredibly mature adult way to do this: using bribes of food (I’ll buy/make you dinner!) other non-anxiety-related adult tasks (I’ll take out the trash!) or money (I’ll cover your concert ticket!) to coax someone else to call for me.

Yeah I’m not even kidding.

October 22, 2013

kyrafic:

odair:

try to remember what you did with your free time before tumblr

Livejournal.

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June 6, 2013
mander3-swish kindly asked for this to be posted on tumblr, and who am I to refuse?
also omfg I don’t even remember drawing this or why I drew it or when I drew it.  This is what happens when you’ve been drawing and posting fanart online for like 15 years, people.  FYI.

mander3-swish kindly asked for this to be posted on tumblr, and who am I to refuse?

also omfg I don’t even remember drawing this or why I drew it or when I drew it.  This is what happens when you’ve been drawing and posting fanart online for like 15 years, people.  FYI.

April 12, 2012

lev-y replied to your post: Dude, Tom was a schmuck. That said, I think we’re so trained at this point to root for the protagonist of whatever media we’re indulging in (books, movies, whatever,) that it can be difficult for some people to accept that, yeah, no, that character deserved the crap that rained down on them. Combine that with the pretty that is JGL and I’m not surprised there’s a rabid fangirl audience who think Tom was wronged. Doesn’t make them right by any stretch, but their flawed logic can be understood.

yeah yeah I am no against mindless consumption of media but I am baffled at how people are ready to justify and defend something flawed for the sole reason that’s what tickles them right there right then

I feel you, dude. I think I mentioned in an earlier post that a lot of people feel like the only way they can enjoy something is if they believe it to be 100% perfect. Sure they can gripe about fannish things like plot or characterization, but it has to meet their ‘moral standards’ (ie completely deviod of sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism etc). As if shows and books were created by objective creatures who are all fair-minded, and not regular humans with their own sets of prejudices and biases.

So to critique it on that level, fans feel ashamed. They make a shameful connection. As if by liking the TV show Blah Blah - which treats its female chars like shit - means then that they are bad feminists. And they are not! Really! They’re not!

So they go into denial about it and pretend that Blah Blah is the greatest, and dismiss critiquers as being too sensitive/picky/downers/humorless/whiny/harshing the squee, etc.

It’s sad that many people think being a good fan of Blah Blah = turning a blind eye to its problems. I think being a good fan is about accepting that it can be problematic and acknowledging it. 

It’s not a bad thing to be like “Yeah, I like Blah Blah, but geez, the writers are shitty towards women chars. It sucks.  I do still love the show for its other elements, but I know it has its problems.”

Hey, I have to do that all the time, with the media I consume. No media is perfect.

March 19, 2012

schmoo999 replied to your post: towelsandtea replied to your post: norabombay…
It is everywhere without proper source or credit:( I was and still am tempted to start reblogging it and give you credit. I did over on my FB when it popped up on my wall.

Awww thank you! I mean, I’m more annoyed at myself than anything else, since it’s no one’s responsibility to ensure that it always remains credited.  Facebook and Tumblr have made sure that images get distributed and become internet property, heh.  The risk I take posting anything online, so. My own fail. :D

March 16, 2012

Anonymous said: Well, I asked because you reblogged a DA picture about POC's in movies so I was curious... *Shrugs* I understand what the pic was saying, but I think when they try to even out blacks/whites in every commercial and magazine ad, they're trying too hard to appease everyone. There's nothing wrong with it, but how often in RL does 8 of 10 white guys marry/date a black woman... I'm not trying to sound racist and I'm sorry if I come off that way but maybe a little too much offense is taken to this?

Oh you’re back, heh.

they’re trying too hard to appease everyone

Well why should ‘they’ only try to appease white people? And who do you define as ‘they’, anyway?

but how often in RL does 8 of 10 white guys marry/date a black woman

I’m not even sure what you’re saying. 8 of out 10 where?  What is this ‘statistic’ you’re using? Are white guys some sort of ultimate prize that all straight women of every colour should strive to marry/date?

maybe a little too much offense is taken to this?

LOL. I was warned not to respond kindly, yet here I am. Did you go read racebending? Seriously, it’ll educate you. Learning is fun!

March 1, 2012
discowing:

GPOY

OMFG the sleepy-drool.  I KNOW THAT FEELS. Stephanie Brown, you can do no wrong.
(also from a side-glance I initially thought it was Impulse serving her waffles lol)

discowing:

GPOY

OMFG the sleepy-drool.  I KNOW THAT FEELS. Stephanie Brown, you can do no wrong.

(also from a side-glance I initially thought it was Impulse serving her waffles lol)

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February 22, 2012
why did no one inform me that the performance of Scream by Artie and Mike was seriously epic?

brandx:

glockgal:

Where are the screencaps? The gif sets? The icons, banners, etc to mark this beautiful occasion? Did I just miss the Artie+Mike Scream fangirling train? Did I not even get to the stop in time to watch it happen? Did it whiz by me in a flurry of squees and zomgs and ksajfhaskdjfhds?

Tumblr, I am disappoint.

Animated gif of Artie and Mike from Glee performing 'Scream' by Michael and Janet Jackson

I’ve never seen GLEE (which I’m assuming this is from), but I needed this on my dash, and so did you. X

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