always dependable

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au where Saitama responds to his haters with overwhelming sarcasm

I needed a little pick-me-up but I got lazy halfway through lol, but I’ll be focusing on au stuff now I promise! my brain has been really unfocused recently and I just, need to get refocused (; _ ; )

positives and negatives of the signs

Aries: Full of love, devotion, and passion. They are great friends and always make you feel loved and important. They have amazing energy that you can always feel radiating off of them. Will do anything for the ones they love and can be very protective. They have a childlike quality about them that makes them always fun and exciting to be around.  // Arguing with them is completely out of the question. They always insist that they are right and you are wrong. They don’t like to admit they are wrong and get really intense in arguments. Changing their mind or opinion is impossible. They are impatient and impulsive, often rushing into things without thinking.

Taurus: They are super sweet and kind. They have good hearts and are well-mannered people. They are extremely loyal, and will always be there for you no matter what. Super cuddly and affectionate, they give the best hugs. They will do anything to make you feel comfortable and safe. They have a good eye for beauty and aesthetics. // They are super stubborn and won’t admit that they were wrong or that they need to change. They hate change and want everything to always be the same. They don’t talk about their emotions enough, and it ends with them blowing up and distancing themselves. They can take out their anger on people at times, but again, are too stubborn to admit it.

Gemini: They are sweet and understanding, and great at listening and giving advice. They love to help others, and are great at solving your problems. They are intelligent, logical, and have great communication skills. They know how to talk their way through anything. They are very friendly and likable, and are great to be around. // They tend to hide their emotions and get really cold when they are brought up. They can get really irritated and upset with people easily. They are really private when you first meet them, and it can be hard to get deeper with them. The first impression or what you think they are like is almost always wrong, and they only show their true selves to people they deem worthy.

Cancer: They are compassionate and caring people. They are full of love and warmth. They are genuinely nice and sweet, and love to do things for others. They are great and loyal friends, and their relationships and family are their priorities. They are creative and can have amazing and deep conversations. They are very loving and will make you feel so loved and cared for. // They can be really closed off at first, because they are scared of getting hurt. They usually won’t be vulnerable or soft until you show them they can trust you and that you are worthy. They get really cold and distant if you hurt them, and it’s really hard for them to accept your apology or forgive you if you hurt them. If you hurt them once, that’s it. They are really passive aggressive and avoid confrontation and talking about their problems like it’s the plague.

Leo: They are exuberant and radiant. They are naturally funny and entertaining, even when they don’t mean to be. They are very generous and giving. They have impeccable fashion taste, and always look amazing. They are thoughtful and loving. They are so friendly and so genuinely themselves that it’s hard not to like them. They are very creative and good at what they do. They dedicate themselves to their passion, and it shows. // Once they are mad, there is no going back. They will yell and scream, and won’t talk to you for days, weeks, or months. They can be really self centered and stubborn at times. They are really suspicious of people, and ignore people they aren’t really friends with. They like to be completely in control of every situation.

Virgo: They are dedicated and faithful. They have goals and know just how to achieve them. They are focused and determined, always having their eye on the ball. They are considerate and helpful, and are always willing to drop what they are doing to help you. They are full of logic and reason. They work hard and always come out on the successful side. They are extremely reliable and you can always count on them. // They are extreme perfectionists and like to have things done their way. They are convinced that their way is the only way and that it is the best way for everything. They can get really cranky and can be really negative.

Libra: They are kind and gentle, always wanting to keep the peace and harmony. They have a way with words that makes you feel heard and important, but also solves the issue at hand. They know how to solve problems and are very intelligent. They have a love for everything beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. They are fair and just, and see both sides of every situation. Romance is their forte, and they are masters of flirting and relationships. // They are people pleasers, and have problems saying no. This leads to them stretching themselves out too thin and getting really stressed and upset. They are known for being indecisive, not knowing what they want and being too focused on all the good things of every option to make a decision. They can be very materialistic and a bit superficial at times.

Scorpio: They are intense and passionate, and have incredible focus. Once they have their eye on something, they don’t stop until they get it. They don’t back down and are very strong willed. They are very intuitive and seem to always know what you are feeling or thinking. They are empathetic and caring, and will always be there for you. They love with their whole heart, and are faithful and devoted to their loved ones. They can be very protective, and have no problem defending their loved ones. // They are reserved, secretive, and untrusting. You can know them for years and still not know much about them. They are known to get jealous and possessive easily. They can also be too serious and take everything as an offense. They believe everyone and everything is out to get them, and stick to the safe routes of most things.

Sagittarius: They are full of light and optimism. They always see the best sides of everything and know how to see the bright side of any situation. They love life and live it to the fullest. They are enthusiastic and full of energy. They mean exactly what they say and are very truthful. They love to know the deeper meaning to things and to talk about the meaning of life and deeper subjects. They are adventurous and always make everything fun and interesting. There is never a dull moment with them. // They can be quite careless and reckless, especially with their words. They are very blunt, but sometimes to a fault. They don’t think much before doing something, and don’t like to face the consequences. Their interests can change very quickly, and they have problems with consistency.

Capricorn: They are patient and wise. They are very practical people, who apply intelligence and logic everything. They are hard working and ambitious and always get things done. You can always depend on and trust them. They are very caring and committed and will never leave your side. They are affectionate and love cuddling and PDA. They are very loving people, and will show you just how much you mean to them. You don’t ever have to doubt or second guess them, because you know they are always constant and would never bail on you. // They are extremely realistic, but they can also be very negative and pessimistic. They can be moody, going from happy and jovial one minute to grumpy and caustic the next. They are very detached from their feelings, and emotions don’t come easily to them.

Aquarius: A true humanitarian. They try and make their world and living space a better and more positive influence. They are extremely creative and naturally funny. They are intellectual and like to have deep conversations. They are very independent, but also friendly and great to be around. They care deeply for their friends and are always willing to help people out. They are effortless and natural. They are very lovable and people admire them for their originality. // They are unpredictable and they hate staying in one spot for too long. They are either fully into something or totally against it. There is never an inbetween with them. They can be emotionally detached and distant a lot of the time. You can never change their mind or opinion on something, and they will always think they are right.

Pisces: They are sensitive, gentle, and full of compassion and heart. They love to help others, even if it’s out of their way. They will do anything for others, and are very selfless. They are highly intuitive and always follow their heart. They are full of abstract and original thoughts, and their imagination is amazing. The way their mind works is absolutely original and unique. They value emotions and sensitivity, and aren’t afraid to be who they are. // They can be very fussy when things don’t work out their way or the way they expected it to. They are very idealistic, and because of that, their expectations aren’t always met. They can take their emotions to the extreme and be a bit dramatic when upset. They like to avoid the consequences of their actions and avoid confrontation.

The Ultimate Guide to POT Dates

POT
noun, (pronounced: pē-oh-tē)
A potential Sugar Daddy. This is a man you have not met yet, but are considering starting an arrangement with, or have been on a date with, but haven’t established anything solid yet. In short, a man who you think could potentially be your sugar daddy, but aren’t quite sure yet.

So you’ve checked out his profile, messaged with him a little, decided he could be the one for you; the main question asked now is - what do I do next?

The answer is simple, but for the Sugar Babies who are new, it’s often terrifying. Using the experience I’ve gotten after being a Sugar Baby for a while, I’ve put together a complete guide on how to handle that very first date, so that maybe it goes a little smoother than mine did! xo

Before You Meet

  • Get a feel for him over messaging/text - There’s nothing worse than being stuck for an hour or two with a man who has an attitude, is full of himself, or is just salty, that’s why it’s important to work out what type of person he is. 
                    ‣ Identifying Factors:
                            - He has a sleezy username on SA: if his username is ‘CunnilingusMaster69′ or something along those lines, it’s blatantly obvious what’s he looking for.
                            - His responses don’t mirror yours: think about conversational mirroring and use it to help you gauge the success of your conversation. It’s a form of social psychology that is pretty important to how anyone is perceived. If you’re typing out paragraph after paragraph and he is replying with short responses (or vice versa), it’s obvious one party is more interested than the other.
                            - He asks for sexual photos: if he’s asking for sexual photos without even met with you for the first time, then he’s got one thing on his mind and it’s probably pay per play. However, most Sugar Daddy’s will ask for extra photo’s, to make sure you’re not catfishing them, so be ready for that request and have extra photo’s you can send that aren’t on your profile (I usually send one cute selfie and a second full body pic in a nice outfit.) Please note: Snapchat ‘puppy’ filter selfies are not appropriate to send as an additional selfie, maybe once you’ve met him a few times, but not prior to a first meet. You’re already younger than him, there is no need to make yourself seem even younger.
                            - He asks you questions of a sexual nature (ie: your favorite position, sexual history, what you’re into, kinkiest desires, etc): there is absolutely no need for tacky sexual questions, especially if you two haven’t met before. It is important to understand that yes, sugaring is based on sex, sugaring is sex work, but it’s not only sex. Sugaring is about companionship, chemistry, new experiences, and then sex. If he requires a detailed list of what you will or will not do sexually just to meet you for the first time, then he is obviously not looking for a sugar arrangement, he’s just looking for pay per play (which is fine if pay per play is what you’re looking for, each sugar baby is entitled to her own wants and desires out of an arrangement).
                   ‣ Tip:
                           - Whenever an SD asks me “what i am willing to do”, i always reply with this. It’s elegant, polite, and successfully moves the conversation to other topics.
  • Get as many details about him as you can - Meeting someone off the internet is always a little unnerving, especially when it’s a man twice or three times your age. To feel safer, ask for as many details from him as you can, then reverse search the information you have (ie: his phone number, email, name, etc.) to find out his address, income, family members, and other information of the sort. The same goes with photo’s, reverse search them to find out company info, criminal history, and if he’s on any other sites (this helps cross-check age, location, and other facts he has listed on his profile).
  • Choose an identity and stick to it - Think about the type of person you want to convey (ie: the struggling but motivated university student, the driven twenty-something, the educated single mother, the urban socialite, etc) and build yourself up around that image. If you don’t feel comfortable using your real name with POT’s, use a fake name. Invent fake facts and stories or recall certain facts and stories from your life that correspond to the type of person you want to be. Remember, the more you have, the better. Most POT’s will ask you to some extent, some more than others, about you (ie: your job, your likes/dislikes, your upbringing, your dreams/aspirations, your background, your parents/their occupation, etc) and you will need to be prepared to answer. On the other hand, be prepped with questions to ask him, this date is about getting to know each other, it’s a waste of time if you leave knowing nothing about him.
                  ‣ Tip:
                           - If you’re struggling with coming up with questions, check out this and this, there’s a large variety of questions that you could use.
  • Make sure he understands that absolutely nothing sexual will happen on this date - There should be no sex on a first date, absolutely nothing sexual. If your POT believes that coffee/lunch/dinner/drinks and a hundred dollars should equal sex in the hotel down the block, then you leave him right there and then. We are ladies looking for gentlemen with the means to provide for us and support us. If he’s only interested in sex in exchange for money, then he’s looking for an escort, not a sugar baby. (Note: if sex in exchange for money is what you’re looking for, then go right ahead and make that cash, every girl is allowed to make her own choices!)
  • Agree to meet in a PUBLIC place - Always meet for the first time in a public place (A restaurant, coffee shop, bar, hotel lounge/lobby, etc) because your safety and comfort comes first! If he invites you up to his hotel room for a drink, decline by saying that is something you would love to do sometime, but would feel better meeting in a public space first. If you starts arguing or does not agree to this, drop him. You don’t need to waste your time on an asshole like him. 
                 ‣ Additionally: 
                          - Have your own transportation to and from your meet! Do not get into his car thinking you’ll save a little cash, even if he was kind and definitely legitimate! Personally: I don’t let POT’s get me an Uber home either, I don’t feel comfortable with them knowing my exact address.
  • Ask for a gift - While this isn’t something that is necessary to do, it’s something that I do. If you’re aiming for a gift, make sure to ask after you have made plans to meet or at least a day before you meet, this gives the POT time to either go shopping for you or go to an ATM for some cash. If you’re aiming for travel compensation, then feel free to ask a few hours before or even during the date, travel compensation is something usually all POT’s will agree to. This or this are the ways I use to ask, either one usually work flawlessly.
                 ‣  Keep in mind
                         - It is not a red flag if he declines to bring you a gift! At this point in your relationship, he owes you just as much as you owe him, which is nothing. If he declines, just say that’s it’s okay and then (if you still want a little cash) try the travel compensation method.
  • Text to confirm - One of the worst things is dolling yourself up and then coming out to meet, only to find that your POT actually couldn’t make it. That’s why it’s important to confirm your meeting a few hours before in a quick little text.
  • Stay SAFE - Safety has always and will always be the number one thing in the sugar bowl which is why you need to make sure you have at least one person who know’s who you’re meeting, where, and when. If you don’t feel comfortable telling anyone you know in real life, message me and I will gladly be your safety contact. In addition to having a safety contact, it is always a good idea to carry around a bottle of mace with you, for creepy POT’s and creepy men in general.

During Your Meet

  • Make an entrance - Often,the first part of the conversation happens before you open your mouth, sometimes it happens before you’ve even laid eyes on them. When you enter any room, have your head up and your shoulders down. Don’t strut, but walk gracefully, swaying your hips gently, you can even look up videos of models on catwalks and learn how to walk like they do. Be dramatic, walk like you’re the center of attention - you’re a sugar baby: you’re young, stunning, and seductive. Pause in the entrance and survey the room slowly, let your eyes to travel from one side of the room to the other, until you locate your POT. It may sound a little silly, but a proper entrance will captivate anyone, especially your POT. Knowing how to walk properly and make an entrance is useful in practically every aspect of your life, not just in sugaring. 
  • Keep the focus on them - I’ve noticed that POT’s (and SD’s in general really) love to talk about themselves, some SB’s will even go as far as to say that these men don’t care about the things you say unless it directly relates to them (in my experience this isn’t always true, it depends on the man). Try to find a way to refocus the conversation about him, you will easily become his favorite person to speak to.
                ‣ Additionally:
                         - If he shows pride, you give praise. If he says something, then pauses, and looks at you significantly, he’s waiting for the applause. Be there to give it to him. You don’t even have to think what he did was impressive. You just have to be there ready to dispense a pat on the back  Do not be over dramatic, smile, look impressed, and stroke his ego.
  • Pay attention when he speaks - Be engaged in the conversation: ask questions to further your understanding of the topic, make comments to indicate that you are paying attention, laugh a little to signal that you are having fun, smile to show that you enjoy being in his company, and make eye contact! If you look a person in the eye, it signals that you not only hear what they’re saying but are interested in it. If you have to look away do it slowly, this reinforces your interest and enjoyment of what you’re hearing.
  • Don’t fidget - It ruins your credibility. Often, stillness is compared with integrity. Those that can look someone in the eye and sit still are usually believed over those that try to say something while squirming in their seat. It’s important to have good posture as well, don’t slump in your seat and if you do, catch yourself and correct your posture. 
               ‣  Don’t worry:
                        - Your hair looks fine, your clothing fits you well, and your phone will not explode if you don’t check it for an hour. Your main focus should be your POT, not the little things about your appearance.
  • Relax - You might be a little nervous over the first date, but chances are, he probably is too! Some SD’s are nervous the first time meeting, this might be due to the fact that you’re much younger than he is or he might be downright intimidated because of your looks. Your job is to make him feel at ease and the easiest way to help him feel at ease is to be at ease yourself. People play off each other’s energies and your body language speaks volumes, so try your best to just relax.
  • End on a good note - End the date with a hug or a handshake (or a kiss on the cheek, if you like him), something physical so that you touch and it leaves him wanting a little more. If you went out for lunch/dinner, tell him how thankful you are for taking you out, how much you loved the food, and how he has great taste in restaurants

After Your Meet

  • Assessing him - A person’s appearance and demeanor speaks volumes about them. Observe not his wallet, his cufflinks, or his shoes, but his mannerisms, his eloquence, and his overall conduct. Many good sugar daddies may not look the part, but they will act it. There’s no forcing chemistry, so it’s best to figure that out right away before delving deeper.
                  ‣ Questions to think about:
                         
    - Does he ask you first what you want to eat?
                         - Is he interested in what you’re saying?
                         - How does he talk about his family, his employees?
                         - Is he nice to the waitstaff?
                         - How much is he tipping?
                         - Were your personalities compatible?
                         - Did you have a lot in common?
                         - Was it easy to hold a conversation with him, or were there awkward silences?
                         - Is this someone you’d be comfortable being seen in public with, going on vacations with, and generally spending time with?
  • Send a follow up text - If the date went well, shortly after you meet (a few hours or a day, at most), send the POT/SD a text saying that it was a pleasure meeting him and you’d love to see him again. When (or if) he responds, you might be able to schedule your next date!
  • Think about your loses - If the date didn’t go so well, you got a free coffee/lunch/dinner/gift. If your POT contacts you and asks you out again, decline politely and wish him luck finding what he’s looking for.

Allowance Talk - Yes Or No?

There’s a lot of disagreement on whether or not you should speak about allowance with your POT on a first date. I’ve had POT’s bring up numbers over text/on the phone/email (prior to meeting and after meeting) and during coffee/lunch/dinner/drinks. In my opinion, let him bring up the allowance talk.

  • If he does, express your desires concerning allowances, gifts, and how the arrangement will work. Most arrangements end due to schedule conflicts and misunderstanding expectations, be clear about what you want. 
  • If he doesn’t, that’s completely fine too. You’ll most likely speak about it on your second date or over some electronic format.
  • If you touch on the subject but you notice he’s not too keen on delving into it at the moment, leave it alone. This sends your POT the message that you’re more interested in a suitable arrangement than the money, as well as that you are nowhere near desperate and while you are interested in him, not overly so. This lack of overt interest gives you more control of the relationship from the get-go. It also shows that he cannot control you or gain your interest with his money alone. This makes it easier for you to discuss the terms of the relationship, set boundaries, and negotiate your allowance later on.

What to Wear

Men are visual creatures, they love eye-catching arm candy, but most prefer elegance or casual classy to outright flashy. However, showing all your goods on the first meeting is not a good idea. Choose one thing to show off, this leaves his imagining and wanting more. Keep in mind where you’re meeting, as well. There’s no need to go all out if you’re just meeting for coffee.

  • If you’re meeting for coffee - Jeans and a pretty blouse will be just fine, top it off with flats or boots and you’ll be good to go. If it’s warmer out, a sundress is perfectly acceptable too.
                ‣  Keep in mind
                        - Meeting a POT for the first time in shorts is not appropriate, there is no need to play up the age difference between the two of you, even if it is hot outside.
  • If you’re meeting for lunch/dinner/drinks - A formfitting dress will do you good, especially if it’s dinner or drinks. Complete the look with a nice pair of heels and some jewelry, if you’re having trouble figuring out which jewelry to wear with what, check out this!
  • Makeup - Keep the makeup light and natural, opt for neutral colors rather than darker ones. Get your nails done, fill in your brows, foundation, mascara, light colored eye shadow, and lipstick/lip-gloss is all you’ll need. I prefer to top up my look with a slightly red nude lip (since my lips are full and the color makes them pop more), even though most SB’s suggest to stay away from all red’s.

So there you have it dolls, an ultimate guide to POT dates. Feel free to add on your own tips! Keep sugaring, dolly xoxo

Like I’m here for all the headcanons about Percy being flustered about Annabeth, and how much he loves her but I’m also here for all the posts about Annabeth loving Percy and being flustered by him, and looking at him with heart eyes and just being happy because Percy makes her happy and it’s fucking canon and it’s barely discussed. Annabeth Chase is as in love with Percy like he is in love with her. 

if you love me LET ME

GOOOOO

I alternate between drawing the Batter with hair and without as the picture demands and I was talking to my sister about it once and she’s pretty sure he’s bald and while that makes sense I still picture what he’d look like if you removed his hat then and I’m just like

Put it back.

How to Get Kin Memories Within Minutes - An Easy Method!

Hey guys!

I notice a lot of kin have a hard time getting memories from their canons. Everyone likes having memories: they make you feel more valid, they allow you to find canonmates more easily, and overall they’re really interesting and often nice to have.

I have a simple method for getting kin memories that has worked very well for me. I’ve gotten plenty of memories from it, and it’s been a great way for me to confirm kintypes I question. Sooo, I thought I would share it!

It’s an easy and quick process to go though: exactly what everyone wants!

It’s basically self-hypnosis, which is not as strange and crazy at it sounds. Hypnosis is a very natural thing, and we go into hypnotic trances very often in our everyday lives (e.g. when watching TV). It’s not scary at all. It’s really relaxing, and is actually pretty similar to meditation.

(This can also be useful to fictives with unclear memories!)

I’ll cut to the chase and list the steps bellow the break~

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Definition of a Little

Little (noun) -

A little is a boy or girl who regresses in age and often reverts to a stage of childlike innocence, embracing the attitude of a child from the ages of about 2 to 8.
A little is fun-loving, affectionate, and kind.
A little is obedient and sometimes submissive.
A little is someone who embraces their inner child in a beautiful way.
A little is someone who uses this regression to either help stress or trauma of adult life.
A little is someone who makes the independent choice to be dependent on a caregiver, such as a mommy or daddy.
A little is the best snuggle buddy to every stuffed animal in the world.
A little is adorable, timid, pretty, and in some cases sexual.
A little is the best friend that any caregiver could have.
A little is tender and loving.
A little can be misbehaving and rambunctious, but calm and collected in other situations.
A little is the eater of all dinosaur nuggets and other small treats.
A little is a pretty ferocious tickle monster.
A little is NOT a walking kink.
A little is NOT attention-seeking.
A little is NOT ALWAYS dependent.
A little is NOT always wanting to be taken care of by a caregiver.
A little is NOT an open invitation to make sexual advances on them because of the nature of some littles.
A little is NOT someone who enjoys the idea of pedophilia.
A little is NOT someone that is to be manipulated and used. A little is the joy in every daddy’s and mommy’s heart that is to be held with care and love each and every day. They are to be fed the right things and loved the right way. They are to be appreciated and paid attention to. Littles are what they are…little.

You Make Me Feel...

Aries: Inspired! You’re so goal orientated and you’re perseverance inspires me to work harder and pursue my own dreams.

Taurus: Open. I can literally say anything and tell you everything. You have an open heart that I’m grateful for. Your trust in me is refreshing ily

Gemini: Safe. My Guardian Angel. I know I can trust you and confide in you without judgement. You’ll be there for me through anything and for that I’m forever thankful (:(:

Cancer: Stunned. You’re so unpredictable. One moment you could be happy and the next you’re roasting your ass off it’s hilarious. You’re anything but dull

Leo: Excited. Every moment with you is a memorable one. You make me want to be the best person I can be. I love you (;

Virgo: Timid. You’re so smart and outspoken. Around you I don’t really speak, I just listen to whatever you have to say 

Libra: Good. I feel competitive around you. I constantly want to be better because of you. Thank you.

Scorpio: Sweet. You’re appreciation for life inspires me. Your kindness towards others is beautiful

Sagittarius: Alive. There’s never a moment where i’m not laughing with you. With you, we took life by the hand and showed it love and fun

Capricorn: Competitive. You are so. damn. hardworking. You constantly want to be the best, inspiring me to be the best

Aquarius: Safe. You’re wise. Intelligent. I can always depend on you to be rational. You make me feel safe and empowered

Pisces: Happy. Your jokes, no matter how dumb they are, make me laugh. You have a happy soul that rubs off on me

Improve your pixel art sprites!

Introduction

In this tutorial, I will explain you how to use a couple techniques I used to improve Planet Centauri’s sprites before implementing them into the game (or before animating them).
Some of the rules shown here are very easy to use, and/or are purely  methodical;
so even if you aren’t very skilled, follow those simple guidelines to make your sprites cleaner.


Colors

A lot of basic mistakes will ruin the quality of your art.
Thankfully, they’re also generally quite easy to fix with some experience, and
by paying attention.


Too many colors

Pixel art is all about constraints. When two colors are very close, merge them into an intermediate one, so you see if it improves the result.
Using a small palette will help you improving your skills much more easily, and will make creating sprites also easier.
It also will make it easier to identify unwanted artifacts (i.e. misplaced pixels).


Gradients

If you are constructing a palette with gradients, avoid at any cost independent gradients (i.e. only dimmed/lighted base colors). Use gradients that depends on each other.

You can also try to use yellow-ish or cyan-ish saturated light colors, and blue-ish and purple-ish desaturated dark colors. However, avoid using an over-saturated or an under-saturated palette.
This usually ends up bad and breaks contrasts.
You should also use gradients with outspread tints to avoid washy color contrasts.

Remember never to use more colors than necessary, and use gradients with contrasted brightness.
Feel free to try using other generic palettes on your sprite to compare it with your palette so you can improve it.


Neighbor colors

Avoid as much as you can excessive contrasts between neighboring pixels.
For example, a black line over a white background usually won’t look natural.
A line that fits the background color well gives a realistic volume effect.

This is as true for outlines, which has to fit with both the inner color and the umbrage of the surface.

NB: Obviously, this doesn’t work with any graphic style.


Pillow shading

Pillow shading is a nasty effect that occurs when the light source comes from the front.

Avoid pillow shading, unless you really know what you’re doing.


Lines and curves

Perfect line: A line that has a constant vertical and horizontal step.

Perfect curve: A curve made of perfect lines which step always depends on the other parts of the curve.

Dirty line: A line that has at least one sub-segment with more than one adjacent pixel on one end.

As you may have noticed on the pictures above, dirty lines should be avoided.
You should use as much perfect lines and curves as possible.


Clusters

A cluster is a group, a pack of connected pixels with the same color.
Cluster shapes will greatly affect the final image.
Bony and crude clusters will give a sketchy aspect.
Round and straight lines are preferred so you get a precise, smooth and nice image.

Avoid lonely pixels. If one pixel is inside of a different color cluster without
any adjacent pixel with the same color, remove it.


Dithering et texturing

Contrary to popular belief, dithering isn’t as great as it seems. A lot of dithering between heavily contrasted colors will often give a dirty and noisy image.
It is also a very bad idea to use dithering when animating a sprite, because keeping coherent dithering will be awfully hard.

If you art style lets you do it, use texturing instead (the difference is that texturing does not induce color limitations).
But don’t forget, texturing means harder animation and worse clarity.
Again, it’s a matter of style.
If you want a cartoon-ish look, do not use dithering nor texturing.


Antialiasing

Antialiasing a technique that reduces the staircase effect (aliasing) which is clearly visible on two lines between two contrasted surfaces.

Internal AA

There are two use-cases for internal AA :
Simply separating two surfaces, and using lines or curves cutting through two different surfaces.

In the first case, you may just need to insert an intermediate color where aliasing is visible to reduce it (generally, when the curve abruptly changes).

In the second case, you may just need to add a small intermediate color cluster between every horizontal or vertical sub-segment.
Its size directly depends on the sub-segment size.


External AA

External AA suffers from an important restriction, unlike internal AA: The background color in a game will constantly change, so you need to have an effect that looks good on both dark and light backgrounds.

This rule is quite easy: You only apply the effect inside of the sprite.
The end of an outline that neighbors with the background should never be modified.

In this image, the internal AA effect applied on the outer part of the sprite unveils some nasty artifacts, while external AA, even if it isn’t as efficient, gives a great effect on any background type.


The end.

The signs as movie quotes...

Aries: “I wanted to destroy something beautiful.” - Fight Club

Taurus: “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” - Stand By Me

Gemini: “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” - The Usual Suspects

Cancer: “ I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” - Say Anything

Leo: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” - The Shawshank Redemption

Virgo: “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” - 10 Things I Hate About You

Libra: “At least you’ll never be a vegetable - even artichokes have hearts.” - Amélie

Scorpio: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Sagittarius: “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” - Dead Poets Society

Capricorn: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” - A Streetcar Named Desire

Aquarius: “Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.“  - The Prestige

Pisces: “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.” - The Lion King

The Elements

{ARIES-LEO-SAGITTARIUS}

Fire signs are both creative and destructive. Their quick mind, hot blood and volcanic temperament make them catch on fire with enthusiasm in a flash and cool down just as quickly. Unlike the other elements, it’s physical form can only take place by consuming another element. It is the transformer, converting the energy of other objects into different forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke. It is seen as the force burning inside us, giving us an iron willpower to go for our goals. After all, the most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.


{TAURUS-VIRGO-CAPRICORN}

Earth signs are sensualists. They require a strong sensual input so they can experience every part of life down to the last jot and tittle. Like the earth, they are solid, rich, sultry and dependable. They always have their feet planted on the ground and possess the gift of bringing dreams into reality. They know that the beauty of the world lies in the details. Earth is a stable and nurturing element. In its fertile soil, we’ve grown the food that provides life, on its surface we live out our lives. It is the centre, foundation and mother of all things.


{GEMINI-LIBRA-AQUARIUS}

Air signs live in their mind. Their thoughts take them to new levels where no other element can reach. Like air, they are uncertain and unpredictable. They can spawn a vicious thunderstorm, or be as peaceful as a summers breeze. Air is the element you cannot touch or see. It is free and cannot be contained, though it is the most necessary element. It reminds us that there is much more to this world than what we can see. 


{CANCER-SCORPIO-PISCES}

Water signs are all about change. From liquid to solid to vapor, water is the epitome of metamorphosis. It is essential to our very existence, without it nothing can live. Alternately calm like the sea or containing the force of torrential rain, the emotions brought forth by this element are plentiful, indeed. They’re intuitive, mysterious, empathic and loving. They realize their intense emotions hold tremendous power and that like a river, they run deep. Overall water is infinite; for men may come and men may go, but water will flow on forever.


!CREDITS! to the incredible model: Setareh Hosseini

Coldplay || Florence + The Machine || The Lumineers || Twenty One Pilots || Yeasayer || Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros || Bastille || Of Monsters and Men || Vampire Weekend || Wild Nothing || First Aid Kit || The Naked and Famous 

 ….these are some of my favourite artists that I love listening to while reading, amongst others. It always depends on my mood and the book I’m reading, but having music in the background adds a special atmosphere to the story and this also helps me when making a playlist for the book later on.

Dick: hey jay how are you?? 😁😊😀

Jason: mind your own fucking business

Duke: hey jason, how’s it going man?

Jason: eh its whatever, artemis came up with a new training schedule so that’s kicking my ass. what about you dude?

Mean Astrology: The Venus Signs

Aries: You fall too hard and are reckless and unthinking. You’re aggressive with what you want and all you do is build yourself up until the other persons annoyed and has no choice but to tear you down. You corner people so they have no moves besides committing or running, and all the while; you probably have people on the side loyal and good who YOU will never do shit for! You need constant attention and reassurance and you’re not half the shit you brag about being. Sometimes you just have to listen and you can’t expect everyone to fall in love with you, or no ones going to.

Taurus: You can’t tailor people into being what you want, people aren’t the clothes you wear to impress the town. People are people and you don’t get to choose how they are and who they are. You’re wrong on this. Wrong. You’re hurting people trying to love you because you treat them like they’ll never compare to your ideal.

Gemini: You say so much but communicate so little. You’re constantly in a state of making up your mind, talking to everyone but the person who needs to hear it. You forget they can’t read your mind, only sharing how you feel when it’s too late for them to help fix what’s wrong. And I think subconsciously you do it all on purpose, just because it’s easier to have it all end than fix it, and then you cry that it’s over. Afterwards you always have other people at your disposal, but it’ll never be enough, will it.

Cancer: You babies hope and wish and never do a damn thing! You create yourself into the perfect little doormat and cry about the dirt you get in return. You’ll do all this emotional labor and reject any in return. And once you can’t stand it any longer, you cut like no other. You turn off all of this babying for a reason apparent to no one, maybe not even you. You have to stop the dramatics and realize love isn’t supposed to be a painful and you need to stop forcing it to be that way.

Leo: You children have to realize you’re adults and you can’t just love the idea of love and expect it all to happen. It’s not grand gestures and then you’re done. The real work is hard, and putting people on pedestals set people up to fall. You’re too jealous without any valid reason! You destroy trust with jealousy, and that’s difficult for anyone to recover from. You can’t expect everyone to match your loyalty, not everyone wants the same things as you so you have to learn to get the hell over it and be an adult.

Virgo: NOBODY IS PERFECT and neither are you! You’re not this beacon of perfection that gets to judge the people who have the “audacity” to try to get close to you with a razor sharp tongue. You need to be open-minded and realize everyone is special, you have to get in touch with how you feel and accept that it’s okay to feel and for others to express themselves passionately sometimes. You’re not a puppet-master, you’re a regular person and need to treat other people kindly, not with judgment.

Libra: You’re fair-weather, as soon as it gets hard, you’re gone. Words mean nothing to you, you’ll act like you’re in love from the start with those pretty white lies but it’s just talk and you take it all back without a second thought. And you don’t care, you’ll do it again. No matter what anyone else says, because you don’t understand the words unless they’re what you want to hear.

Scorpio: You’re suffocating. People aren’t your property, not everyone is trying to be owned. You’re loyal but to the point where we don’t want your loyalty, until it becomes ugly and wrapped up with yourself and what you think you deserve. People aren’t prizes made just for you. Suck it up.

Sagittarius: Everything has to be new new new, you have no patience for actually connecting with people because as soon as it gets tough, you’re gone. You want something on the other side of the fence as soon as you find something new. You can be irritable with people as soon as they’re not taking you on adventures or acting wild and reckless, but that’s not real connection. Sure it’s fun but you hurt people with false promises and misleading intentions. Think about what your affect on people, they aren’t experiences.

Capricorn: You pride yourself on being so fiercely independent but you can’t face the fact that you’re dependent. You always have a new love up next in your orderly rolodex, rarely waiting very long inbetween. Always serious, always turning into something that stresses you out. You’re allowed to have a break in your romantic resume. You need to water your own roots. Don’t dry up other people’s wells and get upset when they’re empty.

Aquarius: You have to perform emotional labor in a relationship, it’s a huge part of the deal, sorry. You can’t just not help people you care about just because it’s hard for you to understand, lots of things are hard; just try. That’s usually enough. That’s it. Don’t be selfish. You can’t take all the benefits of receiving emotional labor and not reciprocate it’s unfair, and you of all people should be able to understand the concept of equality.

Pisces: Stop giving so much to people who don’t want it or deserve it and cry when they don’t reciprocate; it’s not a movie, it’s not going to be perfect and magical and, more than likely, they’ve probably made it clear they’re not interested and it’s your own damn fault you got hurt. You put yourselves into uneven relationships then manipulate to even the odds, and this is so so unhealthy and destructive to everyone around. Get a thicker skin and listen to unpleasant things and, sometimes, yes; you have to fight and have confrontations to move forward, you can’t just wish it away.

anonymous asked:

Is it me, or did Pidge have a little crush on Lance? I think I might have little proof but, opinion please?

She might have??? Or she might have not, it totally depends on how you want to see it (though I guess that’s true for all ships). Her reaction when he surprised her in s1e1 was positively adorable:

“Oh! Lance!” *quickly sits up straight again* 

And she was super proud of the tech she built around him… look at this:

“I built it.” *annoyedly slaps hand away* *turns towards lance again and keeps smirking*

She listened to Lance and allowed him to shut her up when Iverson attacked her/the Kerberos mission, something that she didn’t allow Keith or Allura to do when she got in a fight with them over wanting to leave for her family:

And allows him to touch/use her stuff, something that Hunk wasn’t allowed to do (she also lent/gave him her headphones in episode 2):

And she got super frustrated when Lance talked about this Keith guy she had never heard of before and didn’t provide any explanation:

And that’s just the very beginning of episode one. I won’t keep analyzing the rest like this but she was stuck to the front of the healing pod when Lance was in it, blushing:

And after Lance got out of it, she “sat down” at the table next to him. Except. She didn’t sit. She stood. She stood, do you have any idea how uncomfortable it is to stand like this for as long as it presumably took for Lance to finish that meal??

She is leaning forward, bracing herself on her elbows, her feet aren’t fully on the ground. That’s not a comfortable position, my best guess is that she wanted to be close to him after seeing him injured without crowding/overwhelming him.

She also gets annoyed when he flirts with someone and repeatedly goes on missions/hangs out with him (the Beta Traz thing obviously, that one time on the Balmera, the Space Mall episode…). I have no troubles seeing a possible crush here, but as always, it depends totally on your own interpretation^^

- mod: happylance