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Basic Gesture and Body construction tutorial.

I made this tutorial for a friend who needed some advice but if it helps anyone else, free free to use!

This is for basic body construction, try it from life drawing or from a website that have these life drawing poses! Remember, don’t rush the process and don’t feel frustrated when it isn’t perfect, it takes lots of practice!

The most basic and the most important task of any technician in both music and theatre production is simply wrapping a cable. It may sound basic, but *how* you wrap a cable can actually determine how long it lasts.  Now, most professional for-profit productions do list cable as “consumables”, meaning that they are designed to be thrown out and purchased or manufactured anew if they develop an issue.  But you will catch hell by any Foreperson, TD or SM for wrapping cable in a way that damages it.

There is a correct technique accepted by both IATSE and Teamsters production houses, and that is called the “Over/Under” technique. Trying to describe it in words is maddening, and even I have a hard time trying to tell someone what has become a reflex to me over 20 years.  But, this video by the London School of Sound perfectly shows the way I learned how to wrap cable.

Now, I know what you are saying if this is a new thing to you, or if you’ve been too embarrassed to ask because some asshole stagehand called you out for not knowing such a “basic” thing (And, if any tech does pull that, they are a bad person and shouldn’t be on the gig, FYI)

“But, WHY?!??! Why do Techs gotta make EVERYTHING so hard and, well, dramatic!!??”

Excellent Question!

It all comes down to how the cable is constructed.  The cable itself is actually made up of various different wires (which is why we don’t call a cable a “wire” on a show, because they technically mean two different things).  The wires in a cable, such as a balanced XLR cable, are actually wrapped around one another, like this:

Now you see that the wires are actually wrapped AROUND one another! This means that the cable, once covered in shielding, it going to want to twist a certain way, because the cable is tensioned around one another (usually counter-clockwise).  This means if you try to wrap it like your extension cord you use for your Christmas lights, it is going to get kinked up, and the wires inside will start binding against one another because by just wrapping it over your arm like a garden hose is going to force those cables to bind and twist in a way that is unnatural. 

In short: You end up forcing them against one another until they simply break.

Yep. Wire itself is just thin bits of copper (anywhere from 22 to 10 gauge thick, with the bigger the number being the thinner the wire), and it doesn’t take much to bend them out. Just like when you shove your earbuds in your pocket without making sure they are coiled up nicely. 

So, when you wrap Over/Under, you are actually alternating the coil of the cable to match the natural way the cable wants to go (this is called the “lay” of the cable). When you get the over/under technique down, you will feel that the cable naturally wants to coil that way, and it takes no effort.  When you wrap a coil just one over the other like a home extension cord, you can feel the cable actually twist and want to fight you.

Also, to know if you got it right, all you have to do is take one end of the cable, and then throw the rest of it out away from your body. If you did it right the cable will FLY out of your hands and land straight and true right on the deck, making you look like a badass stage ninja!

It may take a lot of practice, but eventually you will literally do it in your sleep.  Just like any motor action, it just takes practice! And, you will find that many professional houses still have people who cannot coil cable correctly (these tend to also be the know-it-alls who will give new techs trouble, ironically).  Master fast, accurate cable wrapping and you will save the band or the venue a TON of money in cable costs, and it will make you more attractive too!  Trust me.

character study: 1 / - Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

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I was working on this page all week, and through pure determination I colored it today. I wanted to practice action scenes, and limit shading detail in the comic so the Gif doesn’t have a heart attack. It worked out pretty well~

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☊ Nodes & Karmic Lessons ☋

~The North Node *sign* placement tells you the traits you need to develop or attitudes you need to adopt (South Node tells you the traits you’ve mastered). The North Node’s *house* placement suggests the life areas that you need to explore (South Node tells you the area you’re experienced in). Please note that the nodes are directly opposite each other. Both points link up to show you how you can achieve your soul’s destiny through karmic journeys. If you have planets involved, here’s the post on ASPECTS TO THE NODES.

You need to learn to develop more… // You’ve already developed…

♈ Aries NN - ♎ Libra SN: independence, boldness, assertiveness, activeness, initiative, self-orientation, enthusiasm, self-reliance, courage // considerateness, rationality, flexibility, an ability to diffuse tension, dependency, approachableness, a love for beauty, creativity, fairness

♉ Taurus NN - ♏ Scorpio SN: endurance, steadiness, grounded approaches, calmness, stability, meticulousness, peacefulness // perceptiveness, raw passion, awareness, emotional depth, empathy, idealism, ambition, resilience

♊ Gemini NN - ♐ Sagittarius SN: rationality, logic, intellect, flexibility, verbal proficiency, expressiveness, communicativeness, abstracted appreciation // depth, idealism, love of exploring, philosophical wisdom, inquisitiveness, growth through expansive pursuits

♋ Cancer NN - ♑ Capricorn SN: sensitivity, empathy, nurturing care, emotional wisdom, co-dependency, resilience, warmth, tender expression of love, intuition, vulnerability // pragmatism, grounded wisdom, strength, ambition, efficiency, productiveness, understanding of how to achieve success, self-sufficiency

♌ Leo NN - ♒ Aquarius SN: self-confidence, generosity, enthusiasm, joyfulness, courage, grand theatricality, openness, free expression of love and emotions, passion // logic, detachment, intellect, selflessness, altruism, an ability to think forward, free expression of ideals and beliefs, a preoccupation with humanity, rationality

♍ Virgo NN - ♓ Pisces SN: discrimination, precision, meticulousness, attention to detail, sense of sacrifice through practical actions, pragmatism, observant perception // creativity, peacefulness, kindness, intuition, understanding, psychic perceptiveness, compassion, sense of sacrifice through loving/metaphorical actions, empathy

♎ Libra NN - ♈ Aries SN: considerateness, rationality, flexibility, an ability to diffuse tension, dependency, approachableness, a love for beauty, creativity, fairness // independence, boldness, assertiveness, activeness, initiative, self-orientation, enthusiasm, self-reliance, courage

♏ Scorpio NN - ♉ Taurus SN: perceptiveness, raw passion, awareness, emotional depth, empathy, idealism, ambition, resilience // endurance, steadiness, grounded approaches, calmness, stability, meticulousness, peacefulness

♐ Sagittarius NN - ♊ Gemini SN: depth, idealism, love of exploring, philosophical wisdom, inquisitiveness, growth through expansive pursuits // rationality, logic, intellect, flexibility, verbal proficiency, expressiveness, communicativeness, abstracted appreciation

♑ Capricorn NN - ♋ Cancer SN: pragmatism, grounded wisdom, strength, ambition, efficiency, productiveness, deep understanding of how to achieve success, self-sufficiency // sensitivity, empathy, nurturing care, emotional wisdom, co-dependency, resilience, warmth, tender expression of love, intuition, vulnerability

♒ Aquarius NN - ♌ Leo SN: logic, detachment, intellect, selflessness, altruism, an ability to think forward, free expression of ideals and beliefs, a deep concern for humanity, rationality // self-confidence, generosity, enthusiasm, joyfulness, courage, grand theatricality, openness, free expression of love and emotions, passion

♓ Pisces NN - ♍ Virgo SN: creativity, peacefulness, kindness, intuition, understanding, psychic perceptiveness, compassion, sense of sacrifice through loving/metaphorical actions, empathy // discrimination, precision, meticulousness, attention to detail, sense of sacrifice through practical actions, pragmatism, observant perception


HOUSES:

These traits need to develop most in/within….

1st house NN - 7th house SN: … the self and the disposition. // you’re already very focused on your partnerships and relationships with others, and may find yourself quite co-dependent or reliant on others for comfort. friends, partners or lovers may have helped you a lot in the past. you may make relationship issues a big focus in your life because you might feel uncomfortable or incomplete alone. in the past you may have defined yourself through your relationships. the biggest lesson you need to learn in this life is to channel all that energy into yourself, on your own; cultivating an authentic sense of self is vital to your soul’s journey.

2nd house NN - 8th house SN: … the acquisition of resources and your sense of self-worth. // in the past you may have received or relied on the support of others’ finances or resources a lot or had a sizeable inheritance; you have a natural ability to attract financial or emotional assistance from others. you may be private or defensive about this, for it eats away at your self-esteem. regardless, the biggest lesson you need to learn is to establish your own firm set of values, focus more on acquiring resources instead of inheriting or preserving them, to build something for yourself with your resourcefulness and business savvy talents. explore the meaning of money in your life - it’ll help you develop a comfortable, healthy sense of self-worth.

3rd house NN - 9th house SN: … the way you communicate and learn, your ideas. // you’ve already inherited a deep understanding of life and the world’s ways, acquiring much insightful knowledge and perception in the process. you’re a natural philosopher. you might be too caught up in your beliefs or opinions. in the past you may have defined yourself through these beliefs and your life experiences (or lack thereof). you may have sacrificed friendships or intellectual connections with others in pursuit of your own personal truths and exploration of abstracted wisdom. the biggest lesson you need to learn is connecting with and listening to others’ ideas instead of assuming yours are the most enlightened/authentic. cultivate a sense of open-mindedness to others’ beliefs, explore new trails of thought instead of experiences. you need to pursue different lines of thinking for the sole purpose of communicating. express yourself and your ideas but be open to others’ inputs as well - understand that you don’t need to experience something in order to have the right input for it. engage in intellectual debates. looking through a logical, rational lens that aims to simply talk things out will help your soul experience more than you ever thought it could

4th house NN - 10th house SN: … your emotional foundations, domestic life and your inner circle. // you’re already quite keen on following your aspirations and have a good understanding of the public sphere and how it works. ambitious and effortlessly recognisable, you may have an infamous reputation. in the past you may have defined yourself through your achievements. you have a deep need to be publicly honoured, successful or accomplished and may have pursued status and prestige at the expense of your family or inner circle. your biggest lesson in life is to learn to stop being so preoccupied with accomplishments and discipline and focus more on building emotional connections and foundations. don’t underestimate the importance of a warm, hospitable home. cultivate an appreciation for your private, domestic life. learn to develop a deep understanding of your own background and origins, how they’ve shaped you as a person. you may be self-sufficient but you need to pay more attention to the base of and depth behind your emotions. only by reconnecting with the past will your soul’s journey begin

5th house NN - 11th house SN: … the creative expression of the self and what you find entertaining. // you’re already very focused on expressing/bonding through ideals ad causes and probably have a diverse social life or network of friends or potentially a strong sense of community. you have a deep respect for activism and revolutionary efforts and may try to contribute to the state of the world any way you can. in the past you may have defined yourself through humanitarian deeds or ideals. you may be opinionated about these ideals, valuing efforts towards a reformed society and pre-occupying yourself with global issues. the biggest lesson you need to learn is to explore your passions sense of creativity. you need to cultivate a certain degree of… self-involvement, for lack of a better word; self-expression for your own pleasure, engage in more light hearted entertaining activities and interests, stimulate your appetite for love and pleasure instead of getting lost in your causes. connect with children and your sunny, performative side; exploring your leisurely interests and expressing your love generously is the key to reaching karmic fulfilment

6th house NN - 12th house SN: … your health, routines, the way you help others and your jobs. // you’re already incredibly intuitive and focused on your spirituality or connection to higher powers/beliefs. you have a deep understanding of the complex and the unseen.. in the past you may have defined yourself based on your faith. you may have been sacrificial and have enhanced compassionate abilities that caused others to take advantage of your kindness. the biggest lesson you need to learn in life is to discriminate. you need to learn to set boundaries and simply know to say no. you need to stop getting lost in daydreams and focus on more menial tasks, your daily routines, jobs and habits. don’t be neglectful of these things just because they lack the transcendental depth you’ve grown accustomed to. cultivate a stronger sense of health awareness. it is essential for your soul’s journey to learn to focus more on practical day-to-day issues

7th house NN - 1st house SN: … your relationships and your interactions with others. // you’re already very focused on how you can improve yourself or be authentic to yourself and are generally very self-aware. you can in the process be quite oblivious to how helpful others can be in your life and you may reject help from others because you’re used to being more independent. you may be hardened, with an innate strength developed from potentially difficult or violent experiences in the past. the biggest lesson you need to learn in this life is to be more *truly* considerate of and focused on others, to learn to depend and lean on others more. you need to pay more attention to your relationships and cultivate kindness and understanding from them. learn to transfer your strength to others.

8th house NN - 2nd house SN: … your private or intimate relationships and your legacy. // you already have a firm set of values and know what you desire to own or have. you are able to provide security and comfort with ease, and may be prone to hoarding. you have a sensual, self-reliant nature and know the importance of working steadily towards your goals. in the past you may have defined yourself on the basis of what you possess and their value. the biggest lesson you need to learn is to open yourself to other experiences of the world; you need to develop a trust in others so you can transform through your exchanges with them. pay more attention to the deepest corners of your soul, how you utilise power and how you approach intimacy. be more open to assistance and support from others, emotional or financial or otherwise. only by reexamining and regenerating your rigid values will your soul begin to achieve its purpose

9th house NN - 3rd house SN: … your travels, education and personal beliefs. // you’re already quite focused on communicating with others and you’re deeply inquisitive, flexible or curious about your environment. you articulate your ideas with ease and have an intellectual side; you may be so preoccupied with the exchange of ideas that you ignore your own personal beliefs and sense of faith or depth. in the past you may have defined yourself based on these ideas and their expression. your biggest lesson is to learn to develop a solid foundation of your true self, travel and explore the deep or spiritual meaning of life. focus less on scattered ideas and more on philosophy, ask questions that can’t be answered. you need to pursue your own experiences instead of adapting to the ones present in your surroundings. learning to broaden your horizons is vital to your soul’s growth

10th house NN - 4th house SN: … your public image and aspirations. // you have an uncanny ability to create warm, hospitable ‘home’ environments and a deep understanding of familial values and traditions; the importance of a tight-knit community. you’re already very focused on this and may be quite nurturing due to a prominent attachment to your childhood. you may have defined yourself through your family in the past. the biggest lesson you need to learn is to cultivate a sense of responsibility to society rather than your family and understand your role outside of your home. you need to explore your career aspirations, achievements and build a reputation. this is essential to your soul’s destiny.

11th house NN - 5th house SN: … your community and circle of friends. // you’ve mastered the art of creative self-expression and can do it with ease, perhaps through performing or being in the spotlight/centre of attention. you have an ability to entertain and bring joy, you make your talents the focus of your life. you may be prone to gambling, overindulging or taking risks you shouldn’t. the biggest lesson you need to learn to use your creativity for more original, less self-oriented means. learn to serve society instead of yourself. cultivate a sense of community and friendship using your ability to entertain, participate in activism. distribute your creativity to innovative channels, invent something with your vision. develop open-mindedness and learn to love/receive love in novel ways.

12th house NN - 6th house SN: … your solitude and spirituality. // you have self-discipline and an eye for detail almost naturally; you’ve inherited the skill of observance and try to stay quite health-aware. in the past you may have defined yourself through your dedication to menial tasks, your health and your work. you may have sacrificed your spirituality or dreams in pursuit of practicality. you’re a perfectionist and have high standards, and may be preoccupied with work or day-to-day routines. the biggest lesson you need to learn in this life is to look within. pay more attention to what your subconscious is telling you, revel in solitude, practice sacrificial compassion and devotion to religious/spiritual beliefs. connect with your creative side. you need to cultivate some faith in the unseen and trust in the unknown forces, engage with the abstract. you need to let go of your tendency to plan ahead and instead let yourself be guided (by your own hidden and neglected facets). quiet introspection is vital here. the things you deem impractical are vital to self-enrichment and the fulfillment of your soul’s purpose

*These are all my own interpretations. For more posts like this please follow @jupiteronic

After a long long pause I am finally motivated to draw again<3

I wanted to try out different colouring and shading techniques I found while watching speedpaints the whole winter long

And while I’ve been listening to a lot of welcome to night vale lately I felt inspired to do some fanart of my favourite episode(s) “The Sandstorm A & B”

Also decided to change my signature because I never really liked my old one

The Benefit of Squares (Astrology)

In astrology, the common association with hard aspects such as squares is that they are inherently negative aspects which will cause great difficulty in ones personality and environment.

The problem here is that in astrology, NOTHING is black and white - there are a lot of grey areas where aspects between planets and also signs have an inherent sense of light and dark, but nothing is strictly ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

It’s often too easy to simply say something is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ than to analyse how these supposedly difficulties energies can make a beneficial compromise.

Each sign and aspect has both positive and negative qualities within them, it’s there inherent potential of how we choose to use these energies that is the key.

Knowing this, there is potential for squares to become a beneficial aspect.

The reason for this is that the nature of a square causes friction to the point that manifestation and/or a release of energy must occur. Two planets in a square aspects will cause a friction of two personality types. The point to remember is that planets in Square often share the same modality - therefore a compromise can be made between two planets if the goal of the modality is taken into account.

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EXAMPLES

Cardinal Square: They share the same need for forward movement and initiation of an idea (♎️), action (♈️), project (♑️) and self-care and security (♋️).

Knowing this, you can find what each planet in Square wishes to accomplish.

♋️/♎️: Initiating a new idea for self-care through interaction with or for others. Emotion vs logical rationalisation of things.

Taking into consideration personal needs and the needs of others. Compromising the need to take action based on logic and rationality and emotional provocation and intuitive action.  

♎️/♑️: Initiating a new idea or plan into a practical project. Compromising the need for a goal with working with other people and taking their perspectives into account. Understanding that one can not always be in charge of a situation, and shared responsibility must take place. Compromise needed to achieve a goal.

♈️/♋️: Initiating an action based on emotional provocation. Needing to recognise when one is becoming too aggressive to emotional stimulation. Learning how to care for others through action. Caring for ones own emotional wellbeing and stability. Providing oneself their own sense of security.

♑️/♈️: Initiating an action on a practical goal and project. Leading by power and example. Working for oneself and relying on ones own actions and energy. Sticking to a set path. Taking the role as authority. Doing things in ones own way to benefit the self.

Mutable Square: These signs are inherently changeable and adaptable to their circumstance, often changing and evolving as their perception changes due to new experiences. Mutable squares can be seen as being the easiest signs to integrate, as their natural flexible nature allows a compromise. These signs are about adapting and changing their physical surroundings (♍️), their ideas and perceptions (♊️) , their emotions based on sensory perception (♓️), and the way they take action, extending beyond what they can do and have done (♐️).

♊️/♍️: Changing the way tone does things when new information is presented. Testing the practicality of other ideas and thoughts. Perfecting known ideas and information. Testing the logical of preconceived ideas and information, and changing the way things are originally done.

♍️/♐️: Changing the day-to-day routine by engaging in long distance travel. Making philosophical ideas practical and perfecting them. Expanding and questioning the initial way things are done and creating something new from it. Servitude for a higher belief. Being humorous and playful when giving critical feedback.  

♊️/♓️: Thinking about and rationalising an emotional connection to others and the universe. Communicating ones sense of empathy to another. Writing down intuitive feelings and perceptions as possible psychic provocations. Communicating artists thoughts and ideas, perhaps in a form of a story or poetry.

♐️/♓️: Taking action on spiritual receptivity to the universe. Understanding life from a a far higher perspective. Activity teaching higher knowledge and understanding of spirituality and connection to the universe as one. Changing spiritual beliefs based on ones own sensory perception and connection to the universe at large. Healing and charity for those living overseas in unprivileged countries.

Fixed Square: This square is ultimately the most difficult to integrate due to its inherent nature to stay in one place due to stubbornness for change. If these energies can find a particular goal to aim for, these squares can provide the most beneficial results due to the massive power expended once the energy is related to create something great. These energies aim on building upon and maintaining ones sense of material security and resources (♉️), ones sense of self and their individual expression (♌️), their emotional security and inherent emotional power (♏️), and their own original unique and innovative ideas (♒️).

♉️/♌️:  Maintaining a sense of security when expressing the self as they truely are. A step-by-step approach to leadership. Expressing ones own inherent and natural beauty. Productivity in creative expression. Expressing the self through creating material objects and products. Using charisma and an extravagant presentation to create profit and wealth.

♌️/♏️: Transforming the way one expresses themselves. Integrating deep emotional connection and passion into creative expression and assertion. Sexual extravagance. Projecting a powerful sense of expression. Pride in ones own transformation. Sharing the spotlight. Passionate and powerful leadership.

♏️/♒️: Deep connection to humanity. Transforming people by the masses. Destroying and transforming the dynamics of society. Passionate connection to unique and innovative thoughts to benefit humanity. Deep passion for change and reform. Sexual innovation and transformation. Healing others. Deep and through scientific analysis, uncovering what is hidden.

♒️/♉️: Innovation and change on the way to create material things. Unique creations for profit. Originality in practicality. Scientific and practical step-by-step approach. Detached and objective evaluation using the 5 senses. Innovative way to building towards material wealth. Originality and innovation in artistic pursuits.

The planets involved in the square aspect will indicate what parts of the personality and sense of action is in tension, the signs on the planets will indicate how they do things. Applying the above formula of the compromise between sign modalities will show how to compromise the parts of the personality in tension.

Example: Mars ♌️ Square Saturn ♉️.Taking creative and powerful action towards approaching a career goal, involving passion to create ones own wealth that will last. Fixating on a long term goal to reach material success by applying ones self to the task, being authentic in their self-expression and creative passion. Consistently applying ones self to create long-term results.

Remember that absolutely nothing in a natal chart is inherently ‘bad’ or ‘good’, they are simply a composition of energetic potentials that can work to your benefit when consciously applying yourself and your actions. 

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and to the left you’ll see me, my love for teen titans renewed, my depression cured, my acne gone, 

(also mega congrats to Anna Diop!!! she’s gonna do amazing!!!!)