Duel Wielding

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GUESS WHAT. I’m back to working five-six day work weeks again, so lets upload some older art I have done for my RP group but never got around to uploading.

I just, don’t want month long periods without SOME art on my blog. It is…an art blog after all.

First two is my Human that I play. You’ve seen Myra before. Her soul weapon is a crowbar and she tends to duel wield. She aint happy in that one pic (because a giant flower ate her best friend) and I wanted to try extreme foreshortening I HOPE IT WORKS.

Second is her and her parents, Joe and Audrey. They are scientists that go around busting hoaxes and frauds. They are a very happy family. I play her parents too. Nerds. All of them.

@sushinfood plays a Gaster based on one of @guppys-paw‘s gaster (werester I believe). Of course I had to draw him transforming because that skeleton can never be happy. Give the guy a vacation plz from all the melting and snarling.

The Babyblaster Papyrus player (Nessa) made it so that Papy can assume a mid shift form and so I drew it out. He’s a sweet baby.

So yeah…these are all oldddd so here’s hoping I can make some newer art eventually.

AS LONG AS PEOPLE STOP GETTING FIRED AT WORK JESUS CHRIST.

Odasaku Appreciation

Despite the fact he essentially only appeared in one book, I’m here to prove why Odasaku is one of the best and best developed characters in the Bungou Stray Dogs universe.

He has epic skills

               While not necessary for being a great character, it makes him more awesome. From his assassin days, he has picked up some great skills, including his keen observation and his duel-wielding. This creates cool fights scenes, and you want to root for Odasaku.

He’s witty

               Odasaku delivers some of the best lines of the novel. One of the most notable (even making it to the anime) is when Gide tells Odasaku his intentions, and Odasaku responds by telling him he can he can introduce him to a funeral business for a discounted price.  Not to mention, when Odasaku basically sasses Mori twice: first, mentioning how he saw Mori’s behavior with Elise, after he is told to forget he saw anything; second, he refuses to answer Mori’s question. For someone supposedly terrified of Mori, Odasaku sure says a lot of gutsy things.

He is also relatable

               Despite being as amazing as we all know (or will come to know), he expresses a lot of self-doubt. He sadly lacks confidence, a feeling a lot of you can probably relate too. But he doesn’t do it in a whiny, wallowing-in-self-pity way. He’s not unbearable. Instead, his low confidence becomes apparent through his self-comparisons to others (especially Dazai–like cut yourself a break, no one really compares to Dazai) and his under-estimations of his own skills. I’m sure we can all relate to these thoughts.

He has routines

               Odasaku is a person, and, accordingly, he has an apparent life outside the Mafia. This includes his routines. He frequents the same bar–the bartender even knows his drink! He even has a favorite meal from a favorite restaurant, curry. It’s these little details which  make Odasaku come to life as a character.

He has meaningful relationships

With Ango:

               Odasaku considers himself to be Ango’s friend, and that is shown again and again, from casual meetings at the bar to Ango’s betrayal. As the story progresses, Odasaku tries harder than anyone else to believe in Ango. As evidence appears suggesting Ango’s betrayal, Odasaku tries to deny them (within reason). He wants to trust Ango.  Even when the whole Mafia is convinced that Ango is Mimic’s spy, Odasaku believes otherwise. He puts himself in danger to save Ango’s life. He keeps believing in their friendship until Ango physically leaves him when he is poisoned.

With Dazai:

               Odasaku is the most important character in Dazai’s development and characterization. Although they had a casual friendship focused mainly around trivialities, Odasaku is the only character to understands Dazai. He is able to see Dazai’s loneliness, and he realizes (albeit almost too late) that he has the ability to help Dazai because he understands him. After his fight with Gide, he regrets not reaching  further  to Dazai, not helping. In the end, he does see Dazai one last time, and this meeting is a critical point in Dazai’s development. He forces Dazai to confront the truth–he’s not going to find the answer he is looking for in the Mafia; he may never find it. But Odasaku provides Dazai with hope and a direction. He guides Dazai to the good side. He is the impetus which starts Dazai growth to a better person.

But he also has many meaningful relationships outside the Buraiha Trio.

With the children:

               Odasaku becomes the father of these five orphans. Certainly, he doesn’t live with them (it’s too dangerous), but he feeds them, and he plays with them. He nurtures their dreams–except for the one kid who wants to be a mafioso. In that case, he guides them. On a similar note,  not that a child wanting to be a mafioso is a good thing, but it demonstrates their respect and love for him. In the future, he wanted to leave the Mafia and secure the children safety and success.

With Natsume Souseki:

               Aside from being the author of his favorite book, Natsume Souseki plays a bigger role in Odasaku’s life. In the same way Odasaku guides Dazai to the good side, Souseki points Odasaku in the right direction. He gives Odasaku a goal and motivates him to become a better person, which leads to my final point…

He has a dream and he works towards it

               Thanks to Souseki, Odasaku decides he wants to be a novelist. He wants to write about life. However, as it established many times, you cannot just leave the Mafia. But, that does not deter Odasaku. Instead, he turns his life around, so he can be qualified to write about life when he does get his view of the ocean. He stops being an assassin, and, in fact, he stops killing all together. For Odasaku, this is a significant step towards his dream; he would be unqualified to write about life if he continued to kill. Although he never finds his room where he can see the ocean, his efforts ultimately make him a better person.

And for those reasons, Odasaku is truly “Flawless.”

Part 1 of Introducing Dragon Age to my Brother...

So proud sister moment. I finally got my younger brother to play Dragon Age. Now it was only DAI, but I just wanted to rope him in with the graphics first and then submerge him in the other games. But that’s besides the point. 

I gave him no background information on any of the races, specialties or culture… etc so everything is basically as if he doesn’t have a huge DA fanatic of a sister. 

  • He created a Rogue duel wielding Male Qunari named Katoh (He googled Qunari names… I kind of want him to romance Bull just to see his reaction.) 
  • Got really scared when the ‘mean lady’ with a ‘funky’ braid started to rant at him.
  • Yelled at the screen for Cassandra to chill.
  • When he first saw the breach he said that it was like my social life. ‘ugly and spewing shit’. (thanks bro… -.-)
  • Started singing ‘London bridges falling down’ after the bridge collapsed.
  • Called Solas an egg
  • Asked to pet Varric
  • Tried to equip Bianca to himself
  • Compared Donald Trump to Chancellor Rodrick
  • Choose the mountain path
  • Named the pride demon spike
  • I left the room when he went searching for the logging stand in Haven and he started yelling curses and ‘DIE DIE DIE!’. I asked him where he was, thinking that he somehow already got to the Hinterlands… he said he was still in the ‘skiing village, but like out in the field’. I deadpanned and asked him if he attacked a druffalo
  • He attacked the draffalo
  • Three of them were now chasing him. 
  • I had fun watching it.
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Full shoot of Sleeper Knight Hux!! I didn’t have a pike saber; so I duel wielded in some instead cus…it looked cooler basically lol

Photographer: @kristacher
Design credit: @parttimedragon
Cosplay made by: me!