do you think you could have a simple tutorial on how to shade or use color properly when shading? i really love how you manage to do so an i was wondering it you wouldn't mind helping other artist as well!
oh uh! it’s hard to explain everything so i can give u tips and stuff to remember
1. All color is relative to the colors around it
it’s small but notice how the yellow on the left looks darker than the yellow on the right? Since the black background is significantly darker than the yellow, it’ll work as a contrast to make the yellow pop out more. On the white background, the yellow is darker. Contrast makes color pop
2. Color harmony is important
im kinda too lazy to explain this but. Understand color theory. monochromatic, complimentary, tertiary, analogous colors, etc
3. Do not treat the foreground and background elements separately. Their colors work together.
4. I like emphasizing reflected light
5. Mixing soft shadows and hard shadows also look nice
Do you ever just lay in your bed at night and accidentally start thinking of scary shit. Like I will look at the pitch black darkness in my room and imagine like a gremlin coming out from the shadows and killing me. And it’s not like infinity on purpose it just happens. And the I won’t stop thinking of freaky shit.
Like it will come to the point where I have to turn on my tv just to distract my brain as I fall asleep
Not only because I’ve somehow managed to make a working sofa bed, but also because it only took me an hour and 15 minutes. I mean it needs some work on the textures, but it works.
(Know how I know it only took an hour and 15? Because I made it while I was on hold with Centrelink lol Those people seriously need to get their shit together, no wonder some ridiculous amount like 13 millions calls weren’t answer this year.)
Dunno how to get rid of that weird little round shadow on the floor though =/
The Evil Queen was, without any shadow of a doubt, a terrifying figure. She came to power in the wake of good King Leopold’s suspicious death, immediately charged his daughter the Princess Snow White with crimes against the throne, and was personally responsible for hundreds and probably thousands of deaths. Walking away from a personal encounter with the Queen with your life was something to be celebrated.
But the question remains… what was she like as a ruler? Because none of the above is tells you either what the people actually thought of her or she was like as a Queen. Let us first consider her predecessor. Leopold was a man described by himself and those of his immediate circle as a good man. The king is only concerned with the happiness of his subjects. We imagine, in stories, that these are the traits of a fine ruler.
Except historically speaking it’s not.
Kings worried about the happiness of their subjects tend to spend extravagantly in order to buy popularity and tax inadequately. That kind of imperial largess can destabilize by pushing too much gold or silver into circulation and causing a rise in prices as the value of money decreases. King Midas must have been a nightmare for all the other Enchanted Forest rulers even if he was in fact very stingy. Rumple as well. And there is no telling how much gold Cora was spinning to maintain her family’s lifestyle and influence following the apparent fall of Henry’s family from grace.
The other thing that monarchs like Leopold have historically done is underfunded the army, leaving their homelands vulnerable to attack as they chose to spend their money on extravagances or courting popularity. It does not seem an unreasonable headcanon given what we saw of both Leopold (a man who wore his crown in his own bed chambers) and the way he treated Snow that Leopold was such a ruler and that Regina discovered a significant mess in the treasury when she came to power.
We already know that Regina had started filling the ranks of the royal army with her own men before Leopold’s death, and while we know those men weren’t all loyal to her given what we saw in 2.20 The Evil Queen, I do believe we can assume that a significant number were. She took a personal interest in them. She knew their names. She paid them well. And while she may not have tolerated failure a significant number of them remained loyal to her even after the Charming’s claimed to have deposed her. I counted at least 25 Black Nights in the force that stormed the Charming’s castle and there were likely more. Enough to take the castle of a supposedly ruling family easily.
This is the problem of relying on fairy air power to win your wars. If you don’t actually defeat the enemy on the battlefield they rise again bitter and with a vengeance.
One other important detail about the Black Knights, aside from knowing their names and personally hiring them, we are told that Regina often gave these men second chances in their lives. The Charmings may have been prepared to dismiss them as thugs and mercenaries, but the fact that second chances were something Regina valued is an incredibly appealing quality in a leader. As was her tendency to place herself in danger. Fighting behind a terrifying sorceress with magic and fire in her eyes would have been a very powerful force multiplier in a marshal culture like the Enchanted Forest.
But let’s take a step back from the immediate contact with the Queen. Her kingdom is apparently stable and peaceful. The economy strong enough that she could easily withstand cutting off trade with King George while that action virtually crippled him. We are never shown her kingdom to be plagued by warlords terrorizing the peasantry as we are shown with Bo Peep in George’s kingdom. Both George and Midas, arrogant men, and shown to be militarily aggressive (at least George was) were deferential to Regina. She and her knights walked freely and without challenge into their castles.
This deference may have been related to personal fear of her as a murderous sociopath, but it does have the larger effect of meaning that her kingdom was free of external threat. That certainly doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about dying violently, but Regina’s violence appears to be relatively predictable. Yes, she will rip out the heart of a bridegroom on his wedding day for violating royal lands, and yes she’ll massacre a village or rip the heart out of every villager in the north woods, but those are actions directly relating to her fight with Snow White. Don’t aide Snow White and don’t violate the clearly posted law, and you likely would not have a problem with the Queen. No matter how murderous she was in general. Believe it or not, lots of monarchs that history has judged as good rulers have a great deal of blood on their hands. Frederick the Great of Prussia and Catherine the Great of Russia were both very dangerous to their political opposition, and Elizabeth I of England, celebrated selfless ruler ran one of the first modern police states.
Which of course brings us to the topic of Snow White.
The Charmings and their allies will tell you the peasantry loved her, but it’s fairly clear that she went through much of the bandit years without much help. She might have been robbing royal carriages but she was also breaking into people’s houses and even her presence in an area could attract the attention of the Queen’s forces. It is highly unlikely that the peasants really cared about a royal dispute. Historically they rarely do. And neither David, nor Kathryn or Midas seemed to question Regina’s right to hunt Snow, nor the charges against her. David aside, that suggests the power dynamics had shifted. The only people that attached to Snow’s cause were her immediate allies. The fact that she and David needed magical assistance to defeat King George and then used David’s false claim to his thrown to gain control of his forces to challenge Regina suggests this was not seen as a great crusade outside of the circle of a deposed princess, some rogue dwarfs, and fairies with dubious motives… All one needs to know to show that is how little peasant support there appeared to be to challenge Regina in 3.02 Lost Girl.
Now the political theater of Lost Girl is itself interesting. Regina’s encounters with Snow are designed to show herself as reasonable, and Snow as only interested in power. She can have peace and a life away from power with her friends, something the peasant crowd would probably consider a good deal, or she can push for the throne and get other people killed. The fact that David is publicly pushing for the latter at the same time he’s fighting in the name of Prince James a cruel playboy certainly would not have played into Snow’s case. We are told that second encounter, where Snow nicks Regina’s cheek with a sword is politically damaging to Regina (especially in front of her knights) because she was seen as invincible. But I would argue that it was probably a zero sum game for both of them. Because word of the encounter would have spread and not everyone would have been so impressed with the Prince and Princess bringing a war down on the kingdom.
Wars are good for royals and bad for peasants. It really doesn’t matter if Regina intended to keep her promise (I’m sure she didn’t), the act of declining the offer damages Snow’s image as the good disinterested royal outside of her inner circle. And let me point out for the moment, that Snow and Charming’s idea of a court of advisers when they are ruling a kingdom are 7 miners, a cricket, a carpenter, an old widow and a werewolf. I really can’t see the merchant or noble classes being that thrilled.
So how could a villain be a better leader than a pair of heroes? Well, the answer to that question is that being a good leader and being a good person are not the same thing. Leadership is not simply a natural talent, no matter what people might have told you, it’s learned. The military spends a lot of time teaching leadership and Regina displays a lot of those traits no doubt taught to her in lessons ordered by her mother. No one can tell me that Cora Mills did not spend her entire life maneuvering her daughter so she cold be a queen without preparing her with the best education possible in how to rule. Knowing names, being mindful of image, of the conditions of soldiers lives, being willing to risk your own personal safety, and placing the value of the whole over the value of the individual are just some of those commonly taught traits that Regina displays.
The good of an entire town (kingdom) should outweigh the interest of one person. A hero tries to save everyone, a leader knows that you can’t and that trying to may cost even more lives. Ironically when Regina says this it would mean that she would argue for her own execution in 2.10 The Cricket Game and against attempting to save her life in 2.22 And Straight on Till Morning, the latter of which she did try to protest on the grounds that they did not know their plan would work.
Which of course brings us to the topic of Mayor Mills. Here is a woman who goes from being a tyrannical absolute despot to a small town bureaucrat who describes her work to Snow in a season 4 deleted scene as “public service”. She is frequently seen in season 1 working late into the evening in the mayor’s office, and doing town paperwork in late season 2 after the majority of the town has dismissed her as an irredeemable villain. She tells Henry that she traveled to many worlds, and this was the fairest. She voices repeated concern when first Emma and then the Charmings start treating the sheriff’s department like a family business (a concern only highlighted when Snow is mayor and pardons Will Scarlet simply on the assumption that David let him escape to make her feel better). I have no doubt that she used her power to torment some people with parking tickets and town ordinance violations, but I also have no doubt that the streets were in good repair and the town budget balanced. She’s even concerned about property values when monsters show up.
Regina claims to have designed Storybrooke and many of it’s features, and I think now that we know that Rumple did not in fact write the dark curse, but simply stole it for his own ends, we should take her word for it. She came from a world and a place where she had no control and no choice and where she saw the harsh realities of the world. The Enchanted Forest was not, in fact, some idealized version of the middle ages. It was, as Issac tells us, a place with dysentery and a short life expectancy. We’ve seen poverty so crushing that parents sold their children, and violence so random be it from an Evil Queen or an ogre attack. Yet Storybrooke has full employment, no poverty, no homelessness, universal education and a fully staffed and equipped hospital (with yes more doctors than just Whale).
The Evil Queen gifted the people she hated with an idealized society at the same time she was attempting to deny their happiness. In some ways she was an incredibly inept villain. She worked hard to maintain that society even after she lost power. And she verbally protested when the Charmings attempted to run Storybrooke as if it were an extension of an Enchanted Forest kingdom. All of this speaks to a deep sense of fairness and justice, even in the heart of a woman capable of great cruelty and injustice.
All of this may read like a hit piece against the Charmings, but I actually think it’s not. Let’s go back to what I said earlier. Leadership is learned not a natural trait. David was a shepherd and while a good man has never had any of the training a man of princely station would have had. He’s behaving how he imagines a leader behaves. Getting by with bluster, good looks, and confidence, and frankly reacting rashly when he is out of his depth. Snow was probably given some lessons in leadership as a princess, but they would have come from her Leopold’s school of emphasizing goodness and happiness not security and order. If Regina had not gone evil she likely could have taught her better when she was her stepmother, but that was not the kind of relationship they had. One does get the impression though, as Snow looks to Regina as an adviser and a friend, that she is learning those lessons now. And that alone should tell the audience a lot about what kind of leader Regina was and is.
The Evil Queen was a good leader. And a good Queen. And a terrifying monster. And a vindictive bureaucrat. And a dedicated public servant.
Because those are not actually incompatible things.
Cas’ first scene in Lazarus Rising 4.01 was so iconic that I think the fandom has come to associate his wings with the black shadows we were shown. In truth, we don’t know what color any angels wings are because human senses are too dull to perceive them and we only get to see the shadows. Castiel’s wings could be white, or blue, or colored like a peacock. But the black shadows of wings stretching out for Dean to see is burned in our memories and I think that’s why he gets portrayed with black wings. However the fandom headcanon about Gabriel’s wings is that they’re golden.
Episode 007 - Imperial Wrath of Revolt - Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon (Air date: May 25th, 2014)
“Sawatari, who lost to Yuya in a Duel before, hasn’t forgotten the humiliation of being defeated, and plans to get his revenge, now that he has some new cards. In order to stop his scheme, Yuya’s childhood friend, Yuzu, challenges him. But then a black shadow appears before the two, targeting them. The mysterious man brushes Yuzu aside and stops her from doing anything, and quietly begins his Duel with Sawatari. While Sawatari gets carried away with his new strategy, the mysterious man ignores him, and starts showing off a surprising power…”
Today marks the 1-year anniversary of Yuto’s first apperance in Yugioh Arc-V - it is his appearance that ultimately sets the plot into motion, and exposes both Yuya and Yuzu to a frightening new reality…and he stole and fucked up my heart too. Prick.
“You should tell him,” Sam says, his voice barely louder than the hum of the vending machines.
There at a shit motel in Tuscaloosa, killing time until the moon rises. Cas went to check if their suspect really is a werewolf; he’s been gone about two hours, and Dean has spent most of that pacing the path that runs the length of the rooms.
“Sammy,” Dean says tiredly.
“I just – it’s been, what –? Ten years?”
Dean sighs, shifting his weight from foot to foot. His legs are restless, want to keep moving, but Sam is blocking the path, so Dean just stares at him instead. He has a handful of gray hair now; the sodium-light shadows are washing them out, but Dean has seen him frowning at them in the mirror. Dean is almost forty-two, and he feels every day of it in his knees and the small of his back. In his twenties he jumped from one job to the next; now he needs two or three days of rest before he can head out again.
“I guess,” he says finally, frowning out at the parking lot, where a sluggish, summer wind is irritating the trees. “Have you known all this time?”
Sam leans his shoulder against the ice machine, dulling its rattle a little. “I wasn’t sure until that purgatory thing with Crowley. Man, I know you hate to be wrong, but I’ve never seen you so desperate to be right.”
Dean shrugs. Sam and Bobby’s doubts had hurt like a knife between the ribs, but he hadn’t understood why, not really. He didn’t figure it out until he came back from purgatory alone and spend the next few months feeling like he was missing a limb.
“He feels the same way,” Sam says.
“Even if he does, it’s – he’s an angel.”
“That doesn’t mean anything.”
Dean snorts. “Bullshit.”
“When’s the last time he went to heaven?”
Dean hesitates; it was about a month after they finished up fighting the darkness, and that was three or four years ago. Some of the angels had wanted Dean and Sam’s heads for unleashing it in the first place, and Cas had gone up there to tell them to lay off.
“Whatever,” he says, shrugging again. “Like you said, it’s been ten years. I probably missed my window.”
“It’s never too late.”
“Sammy,” Dean starts, but then his phone buzzes in his pocket. “That’s Cas. Fucking took him long enough.”
Cas is waiting outside the room when they get back; Sam lets himself inside, then shuts the door while Dean is still reaching for the handle.
“Is he okay?” Cas asks.
“Yeah, he’s – can I talk to you for a sec?”
Nothing comes out; they just stand there for a second, the wind chugging around them, thick as soup.
“Dean,” Cas says, his mouth tugging with concern. “What’s up?”
Dean smiles a little, at how human he sounds. There’s no mistaking what he is, not with his otherworldly edge, or the way he gives off heat like a furnace, or the way the air around him almost crackles, like all that heavenly might is trying to escape. But he dresses like a hunter now, and he more or less lives at the bunker, and he’ll eat food if Dean cooks it, says it tastes less like molecules when it comes out of Dean’s kitchen.
Dean’s never been great with words, so he takes Cas’ face in both hands, rubbing his thumb at the corner of Cas’ mouth before he leans in and kisses him. Cas makes a soft, inspiring noise into it, and he wraps both arms around Dean’s waist, pulling him closer. The wind rustles the collar of Cas’ coat. Cas tucks one hand under Dean’s shirts, holds it at the small of Dean’s back.
“I always wanted to be a character actor, even when I was stuck inside a corset playing innocent girls. I always thought that they were so passive, which I now see as unfair. They weren’t passive; they were these amazing, dynamic women from the novels. But I’m afraid that’s how I saw it.”
Happy 49th birthday to the remarkable Helena Bonham Carter (May 26th,1966)
“It was at night right when she was about to fall asleep and all her walls were down that her thoughts destroyed her. Dark, nasty things poked and prodded at her most painful bruises until a single tear rolled down her cheek.
Tomorrow morning when the sun was up she would be strong again. She would force that smile again.
But right now she didn’t have to and the shadows consumed her.”
Excerpt 65 (from the book that I’ll never write)