I paused at what looked like an image of a double-bitted medieval hatchet. “That’s Smaug,” del Toro said. It was an overhead view: “See, he’s like a flying axe.” Del Toro thinks that monsters should appear transformed when viewed from a fresh angle, lest the audience lose a sense of awe. Defining silhouettes is the first step in good monster design, he said. “Then you start playing with movement. The next element of design is color. And then finally-finally-comes detail. A lot of people go the other way, and just pile up a lot of detail.”

I turned to a lateral image of the dragon. Smaug’s body, as del Toro had imagined it, was unusually long and thin. The bones of its wings were articulated on the dorsal side, giving the creature a slithery softness across its belly. “It’s a little bit more like a snake,” he said. I thought of his big Russian painting. Del Toro had written that the beast would alight “like a water bird.”

Smaug’s front legs looked disproportionately small, like those of a T. rex. This would allow the dragon to assume a different aspect in closeup: the camera could capture “hand” gestures and facial expressions in one tight frame, avoiding the quivery distractions of wings and tail. (Smaug is a voluble, manipulative dragon; Tolkien describes him as having "an overwhelming personality.") Smaug’s eyes, del Toro added, were “going to be sculpturally very hidden.” This would create a sense of drama when the thieving Bilbo stirs the beast from slumber.

Del Toro wanted to be creative with the wing placement. “Dragon design can be broken into essentially two species,” he explained at one point. Most had wings attached to the forelimbs. “The only other variation is the anatomically incorrect variation of the six-appendage creature”—four legs, like a horse, with two additional winged arms. “But there’s no large creature on earth that has six appendages!” He had become frustrated while sketching dragons that followed these schemes. The journal had a discarded prototype. “Now, that’s a dragon you’ve seen before,” he said. “I just added these samurai legs. That doesn’t work for me.”


Learn how to tip. Don’t be an asshole.

I don’t.

Give a crap.

Who you are.

Don’t care about your age, your gender, your color, your socio economic status. I don’t care what your justification is for your ignorance, LISTEN TO ACTUAL SERVERS ABOUT THEIR INDUSTRY. You tip 15% MINIMUM. Your “I always tip $5!” doesn’t mean shit if your bill is over $30. I don’t care how you were raised, how much money you make or don’t make, I don’t care about your excuses.

Servers make $2.13 an hour in MOST places, even in nicer restaurants and we have to make everything else up in tips. You are how we pay bills. YOUR TIPS. Period.

Tip 15% minimum, even though it’s supposed to be 20%. I’m not fucking with you.

15% of total =Divide your total by 6.66

20% of total = Divide your total by 5

Divide your total by 6.66 or a smaller number. Your answer is what you need to leave.

DON’T tip based off your discounted price from a coupon. The restaurant ALLOWS you to take advantage of deals, but that in no way negates the service provided. Your newspaper clipping doesn’t magically erase what was given to you, and since it’s a FREE favor, you should now have more money to tip appropriately and show appreciation.

If you KNOW ALL OF THIS and CONTINUE to tip inappropriately because of whatever cheap justification you wanna give, unless your service was absolutely awful, you are making the active decision to be an asshole.

I’m predominantly reading Ava’s Demon because of Michelle’s color abilities and taking mental notes on how to apply what I’m learning. I wrote a critique on her faces a while ago because it’s just a common thing for artists to pick up on; I have a circle of art friends and we give each other feedback for improvement and my intent wasn’t malicious.

Art is a sort of sliding scale and you have a set of skill points and some people put most of it in coloring while others put more on anatomy and some people are all about creativity but lack technical skill to carry their vision, so saying strictly x artist is better than x artist isn’t really a thing you can do past a certain level because everyone tends to specialize in their interest. In her case it’s colors and environments, which makes sense since she used to work in animation.

I’m not too into her proportions but she worked at Dreamworks for a while and probably has some house style residual. it’s pleasing enough to look at and her proportions aren’t what I’m focusing on.

I don’t normally my two cents on fandom drama because I’m just here to read and dump naked Odin in the tags. I will say this though, Maggie isn’t real, but Michelle is, and I think the feelings of real people matter more than fictional ones. I say this as a csa survivor. Like dude I want to appreciate the sentiment, but you’re gonna complain about Maggie but not Madoka or Sailor Moon or Homestuck, like ok

You’re prioritizing a fictional character over someone who’s mentally ill and a real person and I don’t understand this logic at all. Isn’t that the opposite of sympathy?

My opinion as someone who was molested as a child doesn’t stop being valid because i’m no longer a child, but go ahead and keep pretending you care about me

anonymous asked:

can you give me ideas for rewards and punishments for long distance daddies and littles?

Of course!
you could set up some simple little ideas maybe if your little is good you two get to have skype chats or something? Or allow cummies? Perhaps for special occasions write a letter and send cute stickers with it? Or even send little care packages with cute stuff? Like coloring books and crayons? Etc. hell you could even call her local pizza joint up and give them her address to deliver a pizza by surprise and pay for with with your card online.
Like it doesn’t have to be anything crazy but that’s some really cute and super sweet ideas to reward your little one with.
I mean I’d go fucking ape shit if I got a pizza out of thin air??? Like fuck yaaaas daddy Yass

psycholexiiee asked:

Hi! I love your recommendations!💓 Can you recommend me a YA that has interesting and unique characters? Thanks xx

Here are some of my favorite character-driven young adult novels. These all happen to be contemporary/realistic, so if you’re looking for a different genre in YA, let me know (or browse the #yalit tag)!

You might have heard of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, but if you haven’t, it’s definitely one to check out. 

This novel is told in thens and nows. Then, Noah daydreamed with paint-stained fingers while all the boys in California get tangled up in Jude’s hair. Now: Noah’s world has faded from vivid colors to black & white while Jude carries around a pocketful of charms and a broken heart underneath her too big hoodie. The story is the journey from then to now, of love and loss, betrayal and forgiveness. I loved the family dynamics, the close sibling relationship, and above all, the language. With beautiful imagery, multi-faceted characters, and a story steeped in irony, it’s no wonder this won the Printz award.

Sway by Kat Spears was one of my favorite YA books from 2014 that I think deserves more attention.

The cover makes it seem a lot more romance-y than it is. Jesse, or “Sway” as he is known, is a truly vile character, and yet, I still found myself fascinated with his story, intrigued by his worldview, and even charmed by him. His voice was so candid and yet guarded, and he was so self-aware but also completely ignorant. Jesse was a study in contradictions, and I really loved this book because of him. but it wasn’t just Jesse —the secondary characters shone, too. Jesse’s “sidekicks”, Paul, his crush’s brother who has cerebral palsy, and Mr. Dunkelman, the grumpy old man who agrees to pose as Jesse’s grandfather, were delightful.

The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell is one of my favorites, and is woefully underappreciated.

It’s beautifully written, with lush description. The main character, Sandinista Jones, is fantastic, and her inner life is compelling and detailed and authentic. She’s dealing with grief over the loss of her mother and struggling to live on her own, but her new friends from the Pale Circus vintage clothing store help her learn that vengeance is not the solution. The setting is a character in itself; the story takes place mostly on a block of Kansas City lined with a pawn shop, a liquor store, an erotic bakery, a monastery, and a vintage clothing store. It’s about how friendship and belonging can help us survive grief. This is the book I want to thrust upon people and force them to read.

Happy reading!

- molly

Hey guys. Just a quick update on the lighting. What you see here is it’s current state. Obviously still very much WIP but it’s slowly getting there. The edge detection is working very well now and apart from a few minor bugs, the only thing that is left is drawing light in relation to proper wall-height instead of just the wall-base. Once all that is done I will probably, maybe, someday introduce a fade to the lighting and maybe even slight colors.

As you might have noticed I am working on a thousand things at once (to avoid boredom maybe?) so from my posts in the coming weeks it might seem like I am abandoning or giving up on certain features but I am not. I am merely just jumping from one thing to another. Cya next post!


I listened to 1989 from beginning to end and picked one lyric from each song that I fell in love with over the past few months (I’m in love with all of them let’s be honest, but here’s the ones I picked this time)

1. Took our broken hearts, put them in a drawer

2. You can tell me when it’s over, if the high was worth the pain

3. Could end in burning flames or paradise

4. The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming color

5. I’ve been picking up the pieces of the mess you made

6. I’m lightening on my feet, and that’s what they don’t see

7. You give me everything and nothing

8. Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes, you say sorry just for show

9. Nothing lasts forever, but this is gonna take me down

10. Tell her how you must’ve lost your mind

11. Lantern burning, flickered in my mind for only you

12. Love’s a fragile little flame, it could burn out

13. You’re still all over me like a wine-stained dress I can’t wear anymore

14. And whispers turned to talking, and talking turned to screams

15. You understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars, and why I’ve spent my whole life trying to put it into words

16. We need love, but all we want is danger

All your words are beautiful, I love you Taylor!


Bill Carman

Dan dos Santos did a great post over on Muddy Colors about piecSpectrum annuales that didn’t get it to the latest Spectrum annual. It gives some perspective on how competitive annuals can be and how it really comes down to the jurors in each given year. This is a piece that I entered and thought for sure would get in. It didn’t. A lot of great quality pieces do not get into annuals every year. Keep that in mind if you are an artist entering competitions. Don’t give up!


Yesterday I forgot to wear a sweater to work and was freezing, of course. I had to go to the high end outdoor type clothing store near my work to buy Jenna a water bottle on my break and found this awesome sweatshirt on the clearance rack. Honestly, it was still pretty expensive by my standards, given that we have a Gap Factory store in town and I typically buy my sweatshirts there, on sale. Do you see all that gorgeous purple fleece in the hood, though? The entire thing is lined with that. Sold! I noticed today that the hood drapes in a way that looks very royal, especially with that material. I just finished watching The White Queen, and then there’s Game of Thrones and I’ve watched most of the Tudors, so this reminded me of a cloak from one of those shows, especially with the color. The rest of it is straight up I don’t give a fuck casual, but that hood, I’m so in love with it.

anonymous asked:

Hello. I have a slight problem. I really love their music and their simply straight up hilarious and I get hurt when someone talks insensitively about skin colour. I mean that makes me wonder should I just give up on Kpop. Im not Black but that doesnt mean its unoffensive. And then I think of how the rest of the world would probably talk about the way they look and all, then think maybe Korea isnt that culturally aware. I dont know what to do,. The only problem is im in so deep.

If something makes you feel bad, drop it. It’s all about how you feel at the end of the day. Also the colorism doesn’t just hurt black fans, that’s a given, so you don’t have to be black to feel hurt or offended.

As for Korea being culturally unaware, I can’t speak too much in detail (as I’m not Korean nor have I even been to the country) but with the things that happen, they could be solved through quick research. Or even worse, just by paying attention to the reaction of what they say/do, for example:  Hakyeon (N of Vixx) has said on several occasions that comments/jokes about his skin hurt his feelings (especially because he likes his skin) yet over and over and over again some vixx members have said colorist things towards him. To me that goes beyond cultural ignorance, that’s literal willful ignorance, which is 1000x worse.

You can like kpop from a distance, so you’re never in too deep. You can always distances yourself and enjoy the music. That’s how many people like kpop these days. 

-Admin Kim

anonymous asked:

hello katie do you have any advice on what color to use (when dyeing your hair of course) when your skin is brown?

Hey! Being super duper pale myself I don’t really know. I went with red because it gives my pale skin some warmth that I think looks good. Darker colours make me look ill usually. Perhaps you could google hair colours for brown skin and see if there are any people who match the same tone as yours. I tend to always google pale skin and blue eyes when it comes to make up and hair stuff and it gives you a rough idea of what works well :)

Sorry I can’t be of more help!

In 6th grade at the end of the year we all had to draw a name out of a hat and then create a paper plate award for that person to give to them at this little awards ceremony thing. Most were like “prettiest hair” “funniest boy” “great friend” and I was all pumped to go up and get mine and they called my name and I stood up and they read off the award… Most “Unique”

With the fucking quotes around it!! This bitch wrote in fucking quotation marks around unique and barely colored it at all! Bitch!!!

Day 90 of #365daysofraw | for @rawhandsdenimrepair
My collection of Skull Jeans, which were all the rage from 2006-2011 on SuFu. Taking a peek at the thread again (with @haptronic ‘s famous first post) brings back some fun memories. I picked up on a few pairs back in the day, still in rotation today.
The top left and bottom 2 pairs are from the original vintage Texas cotton batches. TX cotton pairs fade with some pretty vivid royal blue colors - pretty fast and contrasty.
The top right pair is the later-run Pima cotton batch, picked up in late 2010. They fade a bit slower, with a dirtier cast, but eventually give way to some contrast.
The massive thread: http://supertalk.superfuture.com/index.php/topic/6917-skull-jeans-by-an-alchemist/