a good and different mix

please don’t think I’m being an arse if I’ve not responded to your ask yet. I have over 1,000 to get through so there is a good chance that I won’t be able to for a long time. I sorta scroll up and scroll down (although i also answer the most recent ones when they pop up) and try and get a good mix of different time periods.

Also if you mentioned the venue i had a twitter spat with the other day, I’m not gonna post it i’m afraid as I’d rather avoid the trouble that comes with it. If it’s anon then I can’t respond privately so sorry!

Warm up doodle of older Kazui and Ichika done over the past few days. Thanks to the anon who suggested this prompt! I always like drawing characters at different stages and especially with kids finding a good mix of features from their parents (which become more evident as they reach adulthood).

Kazui has Orihime’s face but slightly longer. And yes that is his own personal combat pass in his hand. Ichika has Rukia’s face until it gets to the jaw area and starts to emulate Renji a little more. I also designed a set of tattoos for her that resemble her father’s but are still unique to her. She only has them on her upper arms and shoulders.

I am taking a wild guess as to their age difference. Based on how they were presented in the final chapter I figured Ichika was about 8 or 9 while Kazui was more like 4 or 5, possibly 6. I also included a projected height reference for both their families.

Alolan Raichu Progress:

The good news is that the color I got on the fabric from dying was a pretty good color! The bad news is that because I mixed two different fabric dyes there were some splotches of brown that makes about half the pieces unusable. 

HOWEVER, this just means I do have enough fabric for maybe 1 or 2 mini Alolan Raichus! Also I learned from this! 

I’m going to try again tomorrow after I run to the store and get brown fabric dye to go with the orange. (Instead of the tan I tried which btw did not help the color at all. Again, lessons learned)

anonymous asked:

I am working on a fantasy story that puts the great burden of saving the country on twelve teenagers. They are all capable in their own way and very different from each other, some even non-human. My question is: are there too many main protagonists?

Lots of Protagonists

The question you should really ask yourself here is whether or not you can handle twelve main characters. Does the idea of it overwhelm you or excite you? If you feel that you’re able to do it, then it’s a challenge I think you should definitely explore. You said they’re very different from each other, but here are some general tips/considerations:

1) Make them distinct in appearance. This doesn’t mean that you need to have twelve different ethnicities represented, but this is your chance to be diverse and embrace backgrounds other than your own. You might also have a good mix of gender or gender identities, as well as different hair colors, eye colors, variations in height and weight, as well as age (in your case, some younger teens versus older teens). Do what you can to make each character unique in appearance, even if that means browsing through Google to find models/actors/drawings for each character (for your own benefit - not to show other people). Even though it’s a novel and readers ultimately won’t see what these characters look like, it’ll be easier for you to describe them each individually if the picture is 100% clear in your own mind. 

2) Make them distinct in personality. With twelve characters, it can be easy to fall into tropes/stereotypes. The best tip I’ve heard on this subject is to take two personality traits that don’t seem to go together and put them in one person. Someone can be friendly, yet selfish. A character who’s really tough might still be dependent on other people. The “funny” one can actually be intelligent and thoughtful, as opposed to just the dumb friend. Challenge yourself to come up with traits that make it easier to distinguish them, and if you do have any similar traits, try to put those in characters that aren’t easy to get mixed up in appearance. 

I also gave another tip way back when someone asked about archetypes, as a good starting point to develop your characters. See this link I referenced to read more about those. The key is starting with an archetype and then adding/changing aspects of each one to make it unique.

3) Give them very different names. As a general rule, I try not to have two main characters whose names even start with the same letter, but at the very least, try to avoid names that appear or sound too similar, like a character named Sammy and another named Sandy. Or one named Christian and another named Christine. Names are an easy way to show distinction, so don’t pass it up.

4) Consider their backstories, but don’t go crazy. Show differences in the way they were raised, their hobbies, the friends they had, whether or not they had siblings, and whether they went through any trauma or significant hardship. I warn you not to go crazy, because of twelve people, not all of them are going to have a tragic backstory, so make sure that some of them experienced normalcy and happiness (perhaps up until your story begins). 

5) Introduce them slowly. Usually, the wisest advice in such large casts of characters is to start with the characters before they all know each other. So you can focus on building their personal story/character development one at a time before their individual stories converge into the main plot. If your story is set up so that they all know each other from the start, you can still introduce them in batches. Start your story with a few of the characters together in one scene, and really spend time showcasing each character in that scene. Once you’ve well into the scene, you might also mention a couple other characters, who you’ll actually bring into the story a scene or two later. Just try to avoid putting all twelve of them into the very first chapter, and if at all possible, try to keep all twelve from being key players in one scene. The important thing is allowing a reader time to get to know each other character on their own or in small groups, instead of trying to differentiate them when they’re all in one scene. 

6) Don’t get too attached. Be prepared to cut some of your characters, if their significance to the plot later on seems small or nonexistent. If each character is important and has a contribution to the plot overall, then that’s great. But if some of them just kind of fade into the background and do very little to advance the plot, you might have to consider cutting the character out. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t ever use the character. If your hesitation to cut a character is because you love the character, consider putting them in a different story where they’re able to snag more of the spotlight. 

All in all, I think you should give it a shot. The number of main characters in a story is largely dependent on how many characters the author is able to handle, because it’s that which will determine how successful the story is written. If you’re not overwhelmed by the idea, you should do it, but be prepared that as the story progresses, you might find some characters aren’t as necessary as they first seemed. 

Good luck!


things that the signs need to hear
  • Aries: you're fiery personality isn't always funny and cool. You're one of the most intelligent signs so you should know this. sometimes you need to just stop acting like a total asshole.
  • Taurus: you're good qualities can sometimes be mixed with your bad. There's a difference between being down to earth and patient and being lazy. Don't be known for being boring and lacking excitement okay? bc ur really cool!! Let people see that!
  • Gemini: don't be so flighty. Your friends need you even if you're on some self discovering adventure do not forget who's always there for you. especially when they call.
  • Cancer: shhhh just chilllllll. If you think you're being manipulative you probably are and I know you don't always mean to be. Natural crybabies. Don't dwell. Cancers are such nostalgic dwellers. It's okay to move on.
  • Leo: calm down, little lion. figure out your roar before you go and use it. Your firecracker personality can be both positive and negative. Think before you speak.
  • Virgo: you're so very intelligent but don't let that detach you from people who care about you. It's okay to not let your brain control you sometimes.
  • Libra: you're very popular and likable don't let that get to your head and inflate your already decent sized ego, libra.
  • Scorpio: listen. You gotta start trusting people. I know it's hard but I promise you'll find people who are just as loyal as you and it's easier than you think. You have a good heart. Use it!!!!
  • Sagittarius: You're hilarious and just the right amount of chill you are some of the best friends to have and I hope you get the appreciation you deserve! Don't let your easy going personality take over though. It's okay to let your other emotions show and let people know when you're upset.
  • Capricorn: you want to be the boss over people but you want to be independent too. you have a strong personality use it for good bc you could easily use it for evil! Unclench your teeth and let one slide, boss. No use being angry over spilled milk.
  • Aquarius: you already know you're crazy so let more people see that sweetheart on the inside that every Aquarius has. You make life very fun.
  • Pisces: I know you're stuck in the clouds but sometimes you have to come down. do what's best for you and the people who care endlessly for you. What are you unsure of? You're a beautiful soul with a lovely mind but you are undoubtedly the most babied sign. Show the world you aren't just a cry baby. You CAN stand your own, lil one. Staying in a safe place isn't always the best tactic.

Women in Metal Duets: Sharon den Adel + Charlotte Wessels

An INFJ walks into a bar while contemplating the complexities of existence. It was a long, tall bar.
An ENTP walks into a bar. They end up angering drunk people with their wits.

An INTJ walks into a bar. They end up being the designated driver for ESFP.
An ESFP walks into a bar. They pass out after fourteen shots.

An INTP walks into a bar. They’re one of the baristas, and sometimes introduce “mystery drinks” to test the effects of some concoctions on people.
An ESFJ walks into a bar with their friends. They volunteer to be the designated driver.

An ISFP walks into a bar. They’re one of the baristas. They help INTP with their ongoing experiment, adding in different mixes that have good aesthetic value. INTP has disregarded some of these because they would cause alcohol poisoning within one shot.
An ENTJ walks into a bar. They have a monopoly on the designated driver business.

An ENFJ walks into the bar. They’re one of the managers, and helps regulate INTP and ISFP’s experiment.
An ESTJ walks into a bar. They are stressed after a long day of work.

An ESTP walks into a bar. They pass out after twenty shots.
An ISTJ walks into a bar. They quickly call an ambulance to make sure ESTP doesn’t die.

An ISFJ walks into a bar. They’re one of the managers, and makes the best French fries.
An ENFP walks into a bar. They’re one of the cooks. Sometimes they spike things with vodka.


Penn Zero 30-Day Challenge

Day Three: An episode you would show to someone to introduce them to the series

Massive Morphy Merge Mechs / Ultrahyperball

Nostalgia! This episode has a good mix of different genres, in which I believe the majority of everyone can relate to.

I love the action, the jokes, and the drama!

Not only that, the animation and the music used are incredible!

Also, I’ve noticed most of my friends in rl are into sci-fi themed movies and TV shows nowadays and I really think this is the perfect episode to watch when introducing them to the series.

That’s it for Day Three!