anonymous asked:

Hey Alexa, i love your illustrations. Your style is so unique and elegant. I love all your choice of gothic stories that you drew e.g Godfather etc. Can you recommend/tell us some gothic stories that you enjoyed? I'll appreciate it very much. Thanks.

Thanks! And sure I’ve some recs; just a fair warning, you’ll find I’m super partial to fiddly, baroque short stories ahaha. Godfather Death, while a favorite of mine, is folklore rather than gothic lit- it reads in that plain upfront way most collected fairy tales are translated; these are not that. Still though for me it’s often the minutiae that makes a good gothic piece. Less about shock, more about mood and building dread.

(tw though in a few of these of course for death; note also that The Furnished Room involves suicide)

- The Story of An Hour (Kate Chopin)

-The Furnished Room (O. Henry, or William Sydney Porter. You may know him for The Gift of the Magi, one among many of his twist end short stories)

-The Boarded Window (Ambrose Bierce; he’s best known for An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge)

-The Duchess At Prayer (Edith Wharton. Though better known for her novels, she’s done loads of short horror stories that are well worth the read)

-Young Goodman Brown (Nathaniel Hawthorne; written before The Scarlet Letter, and also dealing in 1600s Puritan society- though this time with some good old fashioned witchcraft)

Some longer reads:

-Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel García Márquez; murder in South America. Ominous and delightfully crude)

-Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay; disappearances in the outback, general Australian Gothic circa 1900. The 1975 film of the same name is also one of my all-time favorite movies ahaha)


“So much has changed since I first sat down and began to write this book. I’ve changed. I got arrested recently and to be quite honest with you it wasn’t as much fun as I thought it would be. I got a new dog and I named her Audrey. I found a girl (a real girl) that I’m in love with, and if you can believe it, she loves me back. I’m looking at her right now, in fact. She bought me a new computer and on the desktop there’s this picture of her on the beach. She and I and a bunch of our friends went to Hawaii recently. I had never been there before and I enjoyed myself very much. We had a house right on the beach. A couple of days into it, while sitting in the shade nursing my new sunburn, she decided to try surfing for the first time. And needless to say it was quite a funny sight. If you’ve never seen someone take their first surfing lesson before, then drop this book and everything else you’re doing immediately and arrange it. It’s well worth it. On one of her many tumbles into the ocean a friend of ours must have snapped a picture of her. Her butt is on the board as she’s washing ashore and she has this smile on her face. It looks like you’ve just surprised a five-year-old with a truck full of candy. I’m talking ear to ear. Every time I turn on my computer and I see this picture it makes me happy. I know how lucky I am to have someone that makes me feel that way, believe me. I’m lucky to have her. My point is I didn’t have her or that picture when I started making this book.” - Macaulay Culkin on Mila Kunis, Junior

anonymous asked:

To you, what's the most challenging thing about art? What is it that you struggle with the most? And did you have any experiences where you feel like you didn't feel good enough or wanted to give up? I love your art and I personally struggle with comparing myself with other people so much! I'd love some advice from one of my fav artists~ ;^;

hmm i probably struggle the most with pinpointing certain areas i want to improve in and actually pushing myself to practice it tirelessly. i love the idea of doing studies and learning the fundamentals, and i definitely appreciate the value of doing them. but since i enjoy art very much as a hobby, doing those things feel like work and just aren’t that enjoyable for me. 

i know the struggle of comparing yourself to others all too well homfg ;^; i’m constantly looking at super amazing artists who work really hard and can improve at these astonishing rates over a short period of time. its really incredible to look at their progress, but it can also be quite discouraging haha and its impossible not to compare yourself, especially if you’re passionate about art and your own ability to create art. 

my advice would be to only see the art you look at from its immediate value. make all your judgements about why you like it/don’t like it, what works/doesn’t work, but remove the contextual and artist aspects from those judgements. if things like knowing an artist has been drawing for less time than you or is younger than you or has less training/experience bothers you then don’t torture yourself by actively seeking that information. especially if you know you’ll just be demotivated if they are all those things. try to make the way you perceive art the same no matter who the artist is.

and i know this might sound like some maladaptive ‘ignorance is bliss’ coping mechanism, but that’s not my point. i know some artists enjoy comparing progress and find it provides them motivation to draw. but for a lot of artists i know, the comparison just fuels a sense of hopelessness and can be utterly detrimental to their motivation to draw. and if you don’t have motivation to draw then you’re saying goodbye to any possible chance of artistic growth and development. 

the will to draw can be a ridiculously temperamental and fragile thing. nurture it as much as you can through your own enjoyment and experiences, don’t destroy it by ruminating over what others can do.

I’ve finally seen Fun Home!!  The tour was here today and my girlfriend and I went to see it, and it was … very very good.  but maybe not a show you enjoy?  I appreciated it very much and my GOD some of the songs just gave me chills down my spine.

Ring of Keys though.  I love that song and what it talks about SO MUCH.  and the girl playing Small Allison in this performance was absolutely incredible.  Her voice sounded very young, but it also flew up and down over the melody effortlessly.  

(really all the allisons were incredible–medium allison was so soft and high and awkward, and allison was so strong and an amazing belter.  and the dad was utterly convincing and I hated him and I felt so sad for him and yeah.  the only person I couldn’t connect with, I guess, was the mother.  idk, she’s on the side so much maybe you’re not meant to.)

“I didn’t enjoy life very much because I was always sacrificing for the future. My whole life was about studying and working. I worked so many jobs. I went to college. I got my MBA. I didn’t travel very much. I didn’t get married. I didn’t have kids. All I wanted to do was feel secure. But I’ve had bad health problems my entire life. So I haven’t been able to save. And two weeks ago I lost my job. The job market is brutal when you’re my age. People don’t think you can learn new things. I can’t even get work as a clerk because they think I’m overqualified. I have no money now. I can barely afford food and transportation. I’ve spent my whole life sacrificing—just to one day feel secure. But it seems like it was all for nothing. And I have no idea what to do.”

(São Paulo, Brazil)

why can’t people understand that you can still be a “girly girl” and like soccer? Like what is so hard to believe? I like makeup and clothes and all that shit I’m just like you, but I still enjoy soccer very much , and no it’s not because the players are hot it’s because I enjoy this sport and who plays in it .

3 Kinds of INFP

All INFP’s share the same cognitive functions, however differences in behavior and motivation can be quite drastic. The best explanation for these kinds of differences is Enneagram. Enneagram is a personality theory that assesses trauma, motivation and behavior, it can be used along side MBTI as they do not cancel each other out in any way. Any MBTI type can potentially be any Enneagram type. Unlike MBTi, where the point is to develop INTO the best your type can be, the point of Enneagram is to develop OUT of your type, basically categorizing it as a self-help tool. INFP’s are often enough one of 3 types. It is absolutely possible to not be one of these types, and my description of each kind of INFP will not correspond directly with the broader scale of each enneagram type (example; I’m explaining what a type “X” INFP looks like not what a type “X” looks like) I have met or am each of these types of INFP and here is my assessment:

Type 4 INFP

Type 4′s are often called the “Individualists”, “Romantics” or “Artists”. This makes up the biggest portion of INFP’s. I’d say almost half. This is the classic INFP. The feeler, the lover, the emotional and rhapsodical idealist. The princess in her castle, the poet writing in water, the passionate artist. This type of INFP puts alot of weight on Fi and the Fi truly “wields” the Ne. This Fi is organic, true, and uncompromised by anything. Type 4 INFP’s are likely to feel the greatest depths of pain and sorrow of any of us. Type 4 INFP’s might describe emotional pain as so real it physically hurts. With that passion comes poetry, art, and beautiful written word. This type is likely to have deep moral convictions based on ethics and empathy. This type of INFP is highly dramatic, bringing to mind shakespearean theatrics. This can manifest as scathing drama, emotional appeals to the heart or just general hellfire and brimstone. Certainly the most likely type of INFP to cry and/or throw a fit when they feel overlooked or invalidated. Has the speech pattern of someone writing in their diary. This type tends to be a wallflower due to being unable to conform to social norms or put on a face for anyone. May be a person of few words due to only being able to be honest. This kind of INFP is highly individualistic, craving authenticity more than any other type of INFP. They’re likely to see trends, fashions, cliques and fame as highly detestable. The type of INFP to hate and never want to be “the cool kids”. This kind of authenticity is very attractive to those who love authenticity and originality, as these INFP’s have it in spades. Always interesting and always unique, these INFP’s can be highly cherished by friends and family and highly sought after as lovers. This subset of INFP’s might be the most romantically minded of any other subset of any other type. However, they are plagued by fears of being abandoned, and when alone, wish for someone to come and save them. Type 4 INFP′s believe that someone (or something, maybe a religion or philosophy) is going to come into their lives and make them whole, and can have trouble generally feeling whole in and of themselves. Overall, this kind of INFP’s personifies on of the most lovable subsets of human beings. Genuine, authentic, passionate, and creative. This kind of INFP is capable of the most beautiful and genuine expressions of human emotion of just about anyone. 

Type 9 INFP 

This type of INFP is also very well known but less of the population than Type 4′s. Type 9′s have been called “The Peacemaker” or “The Mediator”. This Type of INFP is very sensitive to conflict and great at seeing others perspectives. This INFP is great at giving advice and helping with others problems and generally being a caring shoulder to cry on. Often being mistaken for INFJ’s, Type 9 INFP’s still have staunch values and an openly hyperactive mind, they’re just less pushy about their views. This Type of INFP can be seen as having a very balanced function set, not weighing to heavily on any functions. They are very laid-back, non-judgemental, and sensitive to others thoughts and feelings. This type is likely to have a weak definition of self, seeing themselves in everything. They might see themselves as “a little of column A, a little of column B, quite honesty”. They might outwardly appear to not greatly enjoy or strongly feel about anything. They may struggle to say exactly who they are and what they stand for, being cautious of taking any harsh or finite stances on things. They really don’t want to offend anyone or be offended. They just don’t want a conflict to break out. This type seems to have the strongest shadow Ni of any kind of INFP, easily seeing other perspectives and views. They are still, however, separate from INFJ because they are still associative creatures rather than dissociative, relaying new information through the lens of their own understanding and experience. This kind of INFP was often neglected or silenced as a child and taught to not think of themselves as important. As a consequence of this, they are likely to see other people as having more intrinsic worth than they do. (not in a type 2 way, mind you, or in an Fe way, in a self-depreciating way) This can cause this type of INFP to think nothing they do is important, and kill any drive for them to do anything. Because of this, this INFP is kind of a loaner and maybe pretty lazy and slothful. However, these same qualities can make these type 9′s, self-sacrificing and loving friends. They are a wonderful, understanding and compassionate shoulder to cry on. They are just as happy talking about any topic with you as any other, and the most imaginative and flexible people you will ever meet. 

Type 6 INFP

Somewhat lesser known, but about as common as type 9 INFP’s, Type six INFP’s are cautious, inquisitive and loyal. Type 6′s are often called “The Loyalist” “The Detective” and “The doubter”. This kind of INFP focus’s much more on the Ne/Si axis than the other kind of INFP’s and can seem to effortlessly match even ENFP’s in outward intuition. However, this comes at a price as this type of INFP tends to use that ability to worry quite a lot. This type of INFP is highly insecure, spending a lot of time in “what if” scenarios and wondering if things will turn out okay. Due to just how much time they spend doing that, they get rather good at guessing outcomes and asking the right questions. 
This type of INFP craves security, they value unconditional love and stability above just about anything. They are plagued with doubts in their relationships, personal struggles, and careers. They can really bring down the mood and bother people with this behavior. They image countless scenarios in which things can turn out bad, and really just need guidance and a gentle push out of such thinking from friends and loved ones. Guidance, security and reassurance are paramount to a type 6 INFP, and anyone who gives them this will receive a loyal and passionate ally. This kind of INFP is also highly opinionated as they become very attached to things that mean something to them. They might go on a rant at or about people who disagree or ideologically oppose them due to their deep and inseparable attachment to their owns thoughts, preferences and philosophies. 
This is they type of INFP to seem to be really into a handful of things and talk about them non-stop. “I have all their albums” “I’ve been going here for years” “I have a blog about it” “I’ve read tons of books about it” They’re very loyal to bands, ideas, philosophies, values, ideologies, artists and people. 
Valuing stability, this kind of INFP is much more sensible and practical than the average INFP, and less likely to be emotionally turbulent. They stand in solidarity with thier self-concept and values. They rarely question thier identity or the validity of their feelings. Due to this, much more energy goes into the Ne/Si axis and allows type 6′s INFP’s to be great philosophers and thinkers, asking the right questions and stead-fastly seeking answers. All makes the type 6′s a fierce debater, playful philosopher, and loyal companion. 

Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you INFP’s out there find yourself in this. There are also many type 2, 5, 1 and 7 INFP’s out there but i wanted to focus on the common ones here. The roughly 10% or so of INFP’s who aren’t a 4, 9, or 6 should feel special! I hope you’ve enjoyed this very much!


[Shimazaki Nobunaga’s Trivia] 

is series of tweets posted by DRUNK Suzuki Tatsuhisa by confiscated his poor kohai’s smartphone then hijacked his twitter account ^^; Tatsun himself called the tweets as [Shimazaki Nobunaga’s Trivia]

Makoto’s seiyuu posted roughly 200 tweets in the span of two hours!! He posted all sort of stuff, ranging from their drinking, Zakki’s cute habits (Tatsun really called it adorable!), Tatsun scolding Zakki due to his phone’s low battery (15% left), Tatsu’s story of how he met Zakki’s mother; Tatsu’s favorite female character in Free!, favorite body ^///^ (Makoto & Sousuke), his (drunk) comments on basically each Free! character, and much more!

Shimazaki Nobunaga was wasted at the end of Tatsun’s tweets extravaganza ^__^ but Tatsun still scolded him to drink more!

It is a MUST READ for Tatsun & Zakki fans, and also Free! Tachibana Makoto & Nanase Haruka fans XD

A quick Clexa AU fic list as requested by anon

This is rather chaotic as I’ve put it together real quick and I’ve plenty favorites - I might add more as I remember or as I go through my reading (some are finished, some are on-going). For now though …

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artsythenintendofreak  asked:

Hi, I'm an aspiring animator, and I wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration for me. Your art is fantastic, and I enjoy your style very much. Do you have any tips for poses? I try and practice, but the more dynamic poses end up looking awkward or stiff. Your stuff always looks so natural and flows nicely.

hello! oh wow thank you very much! Well, i’ve had this same question sent in to me a lot of times now, and I always say the same thing: do lifedrawing. Draw people around you, carry around a small little sketchbook and sketch people in the subway, in the restaurant, in the park! (do it without being creepy tho haha) 

When you do this, you’ll get a gist as to why people look the way they do and how they move etc. (try to do this everyday! go out, and do maybe 10-15 quick sketches. continue for a month and you’ll really see the change)

When you practice, try not to bother yourself with details first! instead, focus on shapes. this will not only help you with poses but also help you learn to draw faster! (2 for the price of 1!!!!) and when i say shapes, i mean think in 3d and start to sort of….sculp it.

Do different poses from normal everyday ones to the dynamic ones. (also, don’t take normal boring poses for granted!) then once you’ve gotten a hang of it, you can start drawing in characters!

you can see i didn’t follow the lines strictly from the original sketch to suit the characters’ style, but it still has the essence of that pose!

be loose! lines and shapes are your best friends! start practicing and you’ll soon find that poses are super fun and addicting to do!