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anonymous asked:

May I have headcanons on what it would be like being married to Akira, Ryuji, and Akechi, please and thank you.

Because this fits so well with those wedding HCs I had for the Phantom Boys I’m gonna include Yusuke too (and maybe, just maybe because I have a special place in my heart for soft art boy)

Akira, after abandoning his (incredibly long) run as a bachelor and finally tying the knot, is much less reckless and rebellious. He’s still flashy as hell with everything he does, but when making decisions his priority lies with his spouse and children (ask me separately for my HCs on what kind of children he’d have even tho my ask box is closed I will answer that one). He and his S/O are equally as busy, so no one is really a “stay-at-home” type of spouse, but Akira is more likely to end up taking care of his S/O rather than the other way around. He cooks and cleans, but his S/O takes care of logistics such as buying a house and taxes. They’d probably live in a small but decked out condo, with things such as voice commands throughout the house (thanks Futaba). They’d also travel a lot before having children, touring the world and taking in the views before truly settling down. They vlog their whole experience and post them on Youtube for their friends to see. Also they have a separate savings account solely for opening a cafe of their own one day. Morgana is thriving and will continue to thrive alongside them throughout their marriage.   

Ryuji, like Akira, is less reckless but by a LONG SHOT. He and his S/O’s first priority would be kids; they’ve wanted them for so long. The two would work extra hard to make funds for a decent house and prepare for children, possibly working multiple jobs at a time. It would be rough at first with a lot of disconnect and exhaustion (at one point to save as much money as possible they live in a hotel for a while), but once they get a house and move in, it feels like a gear has clicked in and the cogs have begun to turn. Ryuji would be the first to quit his jobs and take care of the children while his S/O would continue with their job and provide income for the family. Their house would be a cluttered but clean countryside house large enough to hold entire family reunions (to which they do! with the Phantom Thieves of course) where their children would be able to run around as much as they like (Ryuji once his children are old enough to take care of themselves becomes a high school track coach part time). He and his S/O actually take up gardening and have a mini little farm going on in their courtyard. They give some to neighbors whenever there’s a surplus.  

Yusuke after getting married wouldn’t change much, as well as the lifestyle he and his S/O had been living in for a while now (his S/O moved in with him before they even thought about getting married). A sleek and modern apartment complex in the big city, Yusuke and his S/O work from home, and it’s up to S/O to take care of Yusuke. He does this thing where he’s so concentrated on his next piece he forgets basic human needs such as eating and drinking (his S/O got him one of those “paint water” and “drinking water” cups and he still drinks from the paint water accidentally). He takes them with him on his art expos all around the world, and when they’re there they always put aside time to be with each other. Children is a bit of an unspoken topic for the two in their first couple years of marriage, but that eventually changes as children become a more relevant topic in Yusuke’s social life. He actually goes on to create an art school of his own and after taking in students he realizes that he does want children and rushes home right away to tell his S/O that. After that they move into a modern house he and a fellow architect helped design and he was in charge of all the home decor. 

Akechi is similar to Yusuke in that nothing really changes drastically in his personality or lifestyle after getting married. His S/O had already been living with him before they got married, and children would be a topic neither of them would want to talk about for a long time. But he and his S/O do move to the suburbs to isolate themselves a bit more from the bustle and hustle of Tokyo. His S/O and he originally both worked and were not in the house often until it became a problem when the two were too tired to even talk to each other after work, so Akechi’s S/O ended up quitting their job after some debate. The two became a lot happier after that change, and Akechi eased into the idea of having a child. They go on vacation when they have the chance, and enjoy living a quiet life rid of struggle for power and all that jazz. They have each other, and that’s all that matters. They do get a couple of pets over the course of their marriage, including a dog, multiple cats, a bird, and an aquarium full of fish and coral. Per his S/O’s request, Akechi also takes up cooking and has a blog for it online. It gains more traction than he thought. 

Follower Friday: lawrsaysrawr

Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community. This week’s featured member is @lawrsaysrawr.

Who are you?

My name is Lawrence and I’m a 27 year old, first generation Filipino-American. In my spare time I like to play games, draw, hike, explore cities, eat out, and take pictures with my phone.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. (Concord -> San Jose -> San Francisco)

What do you do?

I’m a toy designer for an eco-friendly toy company called, Green Toys.

I got into it after graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from SJSU. I originally thought that I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I stopped that midway through my third year in college. Even though it took a while, I’m happy with where I am now.

What are you passionate about?

Currently, I’ve been really involved in listening to what’s going on out in the world and finding my voice. I think it’s really important to stick together as a community to fight and protect each other, but I also think it’s important to do your research before jumping in.

In general, I love critiquing art/design, but not in a condescending way. I just love learning about the stories behind the design or art piece. It’s really inspiring to see people doing things that they’re passionate about.

What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?

I want to build my own streetwear brand. Maybe start with cool backpacks and bags and see where I go from there. I loved my soft goods class in college, but I haven’t gotten around to making a bag in a while. I really have an itch to create.

If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?

I think it’s important to be socially conscious. If people were more aware, we would be in a better place. We often overlook the things we can’t see.

Real talk about “alternative art websites”

If you’ve been part of the artist community for at least a decade, you’ve seen empires crumble, new nations build, societies forge, but most importantly you witnessed the death of blogging and the birth of “Social Networks”.

Remember the times where NewGrounds and deviantArt where the GO TO art for artist to share and network their artwork and services? But then several things happened. NewGrounds parted into a sort of unwelcoming platform, which was appealing more of an animators’ demographic. While deviantArt suffered the worst kind of expansion it could’ve suffered. It got insanely popular, hundreds of people flooded the website with really uncomfortable to watch fetish art, as well as hundreds more started to use it as a community of trolling, memes, etc. It branched itself very hard.

This in addition to the website decided to implement some shady TOS, services (such as points as a currency) and many design changes that just made the experience a lot worse for its users.

Professional artists saw no more it as a safe place to branch their artwork into the industry; so, they moved into different platforms, such as Blogspot, Wordpress, etc. And while none of this were designed for art.

The social elements of this created a quickly growing community that allowed it to become profitable for artists to advertise their artwork in these platforms.

Then the era of social networks and microblogging began. Why this affected artist? Because it changed the AUDIENCE bests interests. Audiences were dragged into platforms easier to use, and platforms where they would have more freedom to interact with other members who were not necessarily part of a specific community.

This was the end of an era. An era where people would “Follow a specific content creator”. And it began an era where people would SHARE the same platform as this content creator.

An era of social networking.

So, where we are now?

Few professional artists use deviantArt, it’s still a popular website, but it’s a common opinion that it is really difficult to get an income out of it. There are similarly designed websites whose target is to appeal to more specific demographics, introduce FurAffinity, Weasyl, Hentai-Foundry, etc.

It’s hard to say without proper statistics, but it’s very safe to assume that today MOST artists use a combination of the following social networks:

Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook.

And while NONE of these networks is designed for art sharing, in fact all of them compress your original files. People still use them.

Why? Because these are social networks BUILD to ease the possibility of exposure to its users. They implement the use of hashtags, reblogs, retweets, shares, likes, etc. Which makes it great for any content creator of any sort to get exposure on their creations.

Sadly, none of these are without flaws. None of these websites are transparent enough, and sometimes they make algorithms that affect how this content is being spread. Which affects a lot of content creators.

Sometimes we find work arounds, but sometimes we just have to deal with it.

No website is perfect for sharing art, it is recommended by professionals to use a variety of social networks to ensure you get the most exposure out of your content as possible.

And this is where the “alternatives” come into place.

“Picarto is too expensive, let’s use Piczel instead is free and is better” Piczel was a very poorly designed platform that couldn’t hold to offer quality experience to NEITHER artists or spectators.

“Barabox will protect u from the Nintendo copyright claims” * By the way, this so called Nintendo copyright claims were made by lonely homophobes who have NO IDEA of how law works and were just flagging content they didn’t liked. Unfortunately, the community isn’t educated enough to have defended about these claims. And if you go to one of these “alternate websites” TOS, you will notice there is NOTHING that actually protects you from this copyright claims (which again, 90% of the time are fraudulent abuse of the system)

“PayPal is forcing us to use invoices (which are there to protect u from being scammed…) so let’s use this alternative Russian banking website to pay for commissions instead!”

“Tumblr sucks, let’s use TSU instead” The biggest problem with Tsu was that it was a social network FOR CREATORS where CREATORS had the complete control of the content posted. Someone who doesn’t create content, has no business in that website other than watching art. Which with time became a museum where nobody was there to pay for custom content, because the platform isn’t inviting enough for people.

And there is something all of these alternatives have in common. THEY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A SOCIAL EXPERIENCE IS.

The reason why you get exposure on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, IS because the biggest majority of their demographic are normal people with different interests, it’s a platform that offers something to do to ANYTHING despite their vocation.

You can watch memes, you can post jokes, you can tag your friends in posts, you can read news, you can participate on discussions. And in adition to that YOU can watch art. And interact with the people who create it.

That’s why these platforms are the current leading tools for artists.

That’s why Blogspot is no longer used by any artists. It’s a platform where the creator makes a post and ppl can just read it. Yey, fun!. RSS died, interests changed, THE AUDIENCE left the site, and without an audience, content creators had no business in the platform.

This is partially why Pixiv, DeviantArt, FurAffinity, and any new variation of the same design philosophy struggle keeping artists “interested” in their websites, and that’s because there isn’t as much of an audience. Since they are focused to CREATIVE audiences, that cuts a BIG chunk from the general population that social networks has.

So recently I see a lot of “let’s go to this new website”, “lets use this new banking website!”, “let’s start posting on this alternative new social network”

As a content creator, you must ask yourself the following:

Are the Terms of Service flexible enough to protect my intellectual propriety?

Is the audience big enough to help me build a market?

Is it worth leaving my XXXX number of followers on this social network, just for the sake of joining a new website that probably has less active users than my current social network?

The answer most of the time will be NO. And it isn’t that I’m against the emergence of new social networks and art websites and “ALTERNATIVE RUSSIAN BANKING SYSTEMS THAT ARE TOTALLY NOT A MONEY LAUNDRING SCAM”.

It’s the fact that you must protect your brand. You LIVE out of your content creations, and leaving your audience behind for a new alternative that you have no warranty will work. Is basically playing Russian roulette.

Always remember.

Any website is as big as the audience using it.

I hope this helps some artists who are thinking in leaving Tumblr, or Twitter, or anywhere, just out of spite for some algorithms that are affecting us.

Yeah, it really sucks that the websites we depend on to create an income are become an unpredictable scenario for us.

But it doesn’t matter we should take a leap of hope to anywhere only because we were “promised” it will work.


I’m working on a little project where the Breakfast Club are redesigned as poc! If these are meant to be universal characters that face relatable challenges and adversity set by social standards, then I thought it’d be interesting to see a diverse, modernized cast that have their backgrounds reflect their struggles. This is still in the early stages so stuff is likely to change, but I’ll probably be doing more of this in the future, maybe with other 80s movies!

Who We Are

We are from Mumbai’s red-light area.

We are daughters of sex workers.

We are girls who were trafficked.

We are survivors.

We are young women with big plans and big dreams.

We are leaders.

We are agents of change.

Kranti means “Revolution” in Hindi – and we are the Revolutionaries!

What We Do

Kranti is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that empowers girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas to become agents of social change. Kranti believes that, when girls like us have access to the same education, training, and opportunities as people from privileged backgrounds, we can become exceptional leaders.

Our backgrounds give us added value as leaders and agents of social change because we’ve had to develop innovativeness, compassion, and resilience in the face of marginalization and discrimination. By combining our experiences with the support, opportunities, and confidence Kranti gives us, we can revolutionize not only our own lives, but also our community, the people around us, and all of India. Look out world – here come the Revolutionaries!

How We Get There

Therapy: Because change starts from within
At Kranti, we believe that the first and most important step of becoming a social change agent is learning to love oneself. All of the Revolutionaries have faced abuse, rape, and other types of violence, as well as the emotional and mental burden of coming from India’s most marginalized populations. To help us overcome society’s prejudice toward us, our mothers, and our community, Kranti offers many kinds of therapy, including art therapy, dance movement therapy, and cognitive based therapy.

Education: Because changing the world requires critical thinking as well as literacy
At Kranti, we believe the purpose of education is not to attain employment; it is to achieve empowerment and social change. We study in mainstream schools and open schools, and attend trainings with partner NGOs, including Swaraj, PWESCR, CREA, and Pravah. We are also free to design our own curriculum and measure our own progress.

Extracurricular: Because social change is led by well-rounded human beings
Each Revolutionary is required to take two extracurricular activities: one physical and one artistic. We’re learning everything from photography, drawing, singing, piano, and drums to karate and dance!

Social Justice: Because social change must be taught and learned
The Social Justice Curriculum covers 20 topics including caste, class, religion, environment, gender, sexuality, and women’s rights. Through a combination of workshops, documentaries, theatre, guest speakers, and field trips, we learn about the root causes of India’s biggest social justice problems, what the situation is today, and how we can help solve the problem. We even get to design and implement our own projects for each social justice unit.

Workshops and Theater: Because changing the world requires practice
We have led dozens of interactive workshops across India for over 15,000 people at schools, companies and NGOs; topics range from trafficking and sex work to gender equality and sexual abuse. We have also written a play about their lives, which we have performed in over 50 venues in India. By telling our stories, we’ve changed audiences’ mindsets about us, our moms, and our community.

Travel: Because you can’t change the world without seeing it first
Kranti takes between 3 and 5 trips each year, including an annual Himalayan trek in India, Nepal, or Bhutan. Traveling provides the opportunity to learn from various NGOs and to lead workshops around the country, as well as develop the confidence, grit, and resilience that can only come from traveling.

Justice for All 

Hand embroidery on calico, approx 15 cm

“This first piece entitled Justice For All represents something which is very close to my heart, social justice and equality for all people oppressed by the societies we live in which harbour racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism. I am an intersectional feminist, and this means critically thinking about how various forms of oppression overlap, and actively working towards breaking down barriers and changing behaviour which contributes to these systems of oppression. Protesting, creating new media, taking ownership of ourselves and uplifting fellow babes are all ways we can change the world we live in. This piece is a combination of things I believe in to my core and ways I nurture myself. Feminism is about having choice.” - @hanecdote


Cancer Moon 

Cancer moon are affectionate, protective, dependable, creative, & sensitive. The first thing you see from them are their nurturing personality. They speak in a reserved, sensible way. They have a soft voice and comforting expressions. They can come across socially awkward or shy, but once you get to know them, they are very outgoing. Cancer moon may have an interest in gardening, culinary arts, and interior design. Cancer moon has a good memory. They like peacefulness. They stay attached to a lot of things that make them feel secure and find it hard to change.


               Pioneer of interactive film and major art contributor Elisabeth Charlotte “Pipilotti” Rist has a new art exhibit due October 2016 through January 2017. Her work often consists of dramatic shots, vibrant color palates and often provocative, unprecedented content displayed brilliantly through multiple projectors casting her work on the surrounding walls of the viewers, placing the spectator in the middle of every scene. While she may not be a house hold name to the ordinary citizen, Pipilotti’s influence is undeniable. Beyoncé, Khalil Joseph, Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Josh Akerland and Mark Romanek referenced Pipilotti’s short film Ever is Over All (shot and released in 1997) recently in the 60-minute accompanying visual to Beyoncé’s newest album release Lemonade showcased on HBO April 23rd 2016.

               In Pipilotti’s newest showcase “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” a film comprised of her entire career (1997- ) will be shown. The film is expected to show her earliest films exploring the portrayal of the female body to her latest films focusing on our surroundings and dreamlike environments backed by a mesmerizing compositions for both critics and spectators alike. The parallels of Pipilotti’s art to the everlasting evolution of modern technology will be a contributing undertone to the event. This exhibit will showcase how Pipilotti has used technology to always provide original, unprecedented art through an always fresh and innovative delivery.

               Elisabeth “Pipilotti” Rist was born in Grabs in the Rhine Valley, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in Zurich. At the University of Applied Arts is where she studied and created graphic designs, illustrations, and photography. The Basel School of Design however is where she studied audiovisual communications and videography; perhaps the greatest learning experience she encountered. From 1988 through 1994 she was member of the all-female Swiss band and performance group Les Reines Prochaines. The band tends to provide minimalistic sounds, evolving arrangements and poetic, political, and quite often provocative messages. When not preforming with the band she was creating super 8 short films dedicated to feminism, sex, and portrayals of the human body.

               When NY Times wrote about the world’s most colorful video artists they wrote how Pipilotti “brings the world right up to your nose, radically, uncomfortably close, in a boldly feminist way that upends conventions of beauty and body image, but doing so while inviting you to relax, stretch out, put your feet up and not feel preached to or even particularly confronted”. When asked about her stance on art Pipilotti stated “Arts task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices” and with her newest exhibition this will be present start to finish.

               To view the exhibit for yourself, it will be available for viewing October 26th through January 15th at the New Museum located in Manhattan, New York.

Say hello to Nomad!

For a long time I’ve wanted to have something akin to a mascot for all my art, or just a central character in general! I’ve gone through many a design this year, and I’m finally ready to show where all that design has culminated. There will no doubt be some changes and additions to this design in the future, but I’ve sat on it long enough, so here he is! This specific design is inspired by lynxes and sphynxes. As is his namesake, he likes to move around a lot, and his outfit & items will reflect different places and cultures. I will also use him for a wide variety of art ideas, so this reference sheet here is just a baseline.

Primary personality traits:
- Friendly
- Shy
- Kind
- Sleepy/mellow like a cat

Secondary personality traits:
- Blushes easily
- Lonesome
- Meditative
- Contemplative
- Easily overwhelmed by social situations

Other traits/misc notes:
- Has mostly very short fur
- Chunky hands and paws
- Loves bright colours
- Lives a cat-like life, without the stresses of modern life, journeying through the world, napping in sunlight
- Naps when possible, a total sleepyhead
- Keeps cheek-fluff trimmed short - grows to a lynx-like fluff when not trimmed for a few weeks

- Food: Grilled salmon & veggies
- Drink: Fruit juice


Q: Is Nomad your fursona?
A: No. While he does have a lot of things in common with a fursona, he is not intended to be one in any way.

Q: Can I draw Nomad?
A: Yes! You are free to draw him, as long as you do not depict him in sexual/fetishistic scenarios. Just be sure to mention he belongs to me. ^_^

Q: Do you roleplay as Nomad?
A: No.

Q: Can you tell me more about him?
A: Yes! Feel free to ask about him! I have some info about him written down, but it’s still a work-in-progress.

Nomad & art belong to me!

anonymous asked:

Can you thoroughly explain the German school system from the start? And do you think it's good/what are its flaws/etc? Thanks!

Children aged three to six, may attend kindergarten. After that, school is compulsory for nine or ten years. From grades 1 through 4 children attend elementary school (Grundschule), where the subjects taught are the same for all. Then, after the 4th grade, they are separated according to their academic ability and the wishes of their families, and attend one of three different kinds of schools: Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium.Grundschule teachers recommend their students to a particular school based on such things as academic achievement, self-confidence and ability to work independently. However, in most states, parents have the final say as to which school their child attends following the fourth grade.

The Hauptschule (grades 5-9) teaches the same subjects as the Realschule andGymnasium, but at a slower pace and with some vocational-oriented courses. It leads to part-time enrollment in a vocational school combined with apprenticeship training until the age of 18.

The Realschule (grades 5-10 in most states) leads to part-time vocational schools and higher vocational schools. It is now possible for students with high academic achievement at the Realschule to switch to a Gymnasium on graduation.

The Gymnasium leads to a diploma called the Abitur and prepares students for university study or for a dual academic and vocational credential. Curricula differ from school to school, but generally include German, mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, art (as well as crafts and design), music, history, philosophy, civics, social studies, and several foreign languages. In recent years many States have changed the curriculum so students can get the “Abi” at the end of the 12th grade. Other States are making the transition but may still require a 13th grade.

The Gesamtschule, or comprehensive school, is only found in some of the states. It takes the place of the Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium at once.

Beyond the Hauptschule and Realschule lies the Berufsschule, combining part-time academic study and apprenticeship. The successful completion of an apprenticeship program leads to certification in a particular trade or field of work. These schools differ from the other ones mentioned in that control rests not with the local and regional school authorities, but with the federal government, industry and the trade unions.

No matter what kind of school a student attends, they must complete at least nine years of education. A student dropping out of a Gymnasium, for example, must enroll in a Realschule or Hauptschule until nine years have been completed. Students are required to study at minimum one foreign language for at least five years. A second foreign language is required in Gymnasium.

There are different schools for students with special needs called Sonderschule or Förderschule. Depending on the individual’s needs and a school’s availability, a student can attend one of the special schools. These schools are staffed with specially trained teachers and generally have a smaller student to teacher ratio than the regular schools. Some special needs students don’t attend these schools and are integrated into a Hauptschule or Gesamtschule.

There also are a number of different types of private schools in Germany. These schools usually charge tuition and may offer varied courses leading to the German Abitur as well as other diplomas and certificates at the conclusion of studies.

The Internat are German boarding schools. There are several hundreds of them in Germany offering a variety of study programs. Most offer the Abitur and may offer additional specialized courses in different subjects or pursuits. There are sports Internat, music Internat as well as Internat that specialize in other areas. There are also some separate boarding schools for boys and girls.

Lastly, the several dozen International Schools in Germany normally offer courses in English leading to an IBO or other diploma or certificate that allows the students to continue on to college or university.

(Home schooling btw  is illegal in Germany. The law requiring students to attend public schools or approved private schools has been upheld despite challenges to it.)  

As for flaws, I don’t know I think they’re supposed to make it possible for all kids to study up to university level, regardless of their families’ financial status and stuff but the grade of your education still depends a lot from where “you’re from.” I don’t know, apart from that I’m actually quite pleased with out school system ;;

retrogummybear  asked:

hi! i sent this awhile back before you deleted your messages, but my friend's a Sagittarius and we were all doing key words from strengths/weaknesses and we all got a list whereas she got one word for each, i was wondering if you could make a better list for her? C: (or all the signs if you have time!)

hey ive done it before in detail… dont know if i can find it.. can do a quick one…

Aries - Pioneer, adventure, exploration, individual, expression, child, risk, thrill, danger, initiation, impulse, primitive, first, explosive, commanding, dominant, vitality, fireworks

Taurus - Commitment, endurance, nature, fertility, materials, ownership, pleasure, indulgence, practicality, routine, structure, stubborn, gentle, creative, design, music

Gemini - communication, mercurial, wit, humor, intellect, knowledge, information, erratic, changeable, dual, writing, education, multiple personality, thought, youth, media

Cancer - protection, home, nurture, magic, fantasy, comfort, indulgence, changeable, dreams, secrets, water, art, dreams, the occult, imagination, compassion, empathy, intuition, tolerance

Leo - drama, theatrics, self expression, love, creativity, luxury, royalty, protection, domination, leadership, youth, children, animals, generosity, spirit, intuition

Virgo - intellect, analysis, refinement, order, service, empathy, knowledge, function, examination, penetration, repair, mechanics, communication, conversation, thought, Nerves, Selflessness

Libra - collaboration, intellect, design, art, glamor, social, teamwork, marriage, equity, partnership, balance, synthesis, harmony, tranquility, intuition, sophistication

Scorpio - discovery, occult, magic, detective, research, truth, life death and rebirth, ghost, poltergeists, intuition, macabre, intensity, magnetism, dominance, power, revenge, justice, transformation, passion, desire,

Sagittarius - focused consciousness, exploration, knowledge, belief, intuition, duality,freedom, humour, faith, travel, higher Intellect,oOptimism, Joy, expansion, experience, awareness, teaching, Philosophy

Capricorn - structure, Reliability, endurance, dreams, resource, Business, Success, Fortune, Goals, Obstruction, severity, Discipline, Civility, Order, Time, Humor, Productivity

Aquarius - Information, Revolution, Rebellion, Eccentricity, Unpredictability, Technology, Science, Thought, Wisdom, Visionary, Progress, Change, Altruism, Invention

Pisces - dreams, fantasy, infinity, compassion, intrigue, magic, intuition, secrets, isolation, heaven, love, empathy, reverie, daydream, myth, music, creativity, chameleon


Full character sheet for Capulet. :)! (had to repost because tumblr was being a hater for changing images)

Prince Capulet

Intelligent, curt, angry. He’s unforgiving, critical, and socially inept. Does not play well with others. He gets angry easily and unexpectedly. Typically he remains calm and evenly unpleasant, but it’s unpredictable what will throw him into a tantrum.
MoMA Finally Embraces Fashion With Plans for ‘Is Fashion Modern?’
The museum has begun an extended windup for the exhibit, a blockbuster that will try to define the clothes that have defined us, set to open in December — of 2017.
By Vanessa Friedman

In an upcoming exhibition, MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli will explore how fashion can “serve as a window onto social, economic and political changes in the world over the last 100 years.” Read more via The New York Times.

Next Disney princess designs LEAKED! Concept art from Disney’s currently untitled future animated movie. I’m really glad to see Princesses with shorter hair! I think it’s really feminist to show girls that they can have their hair shorter. Also, it’ll add a great amount of diversity to Disney’s princess line. Here we have two new and very unique looking princess. The animation looks like it’s going to be stunning, 

Frankly I’m really excited for it! :) It’s too bad the social justice warriors are trying to get the designs changed because they’re not black disabled fat people. Obviously there’s no amount of diversity that will make those people happy. Can’t wait to see more :)

savant-idiot  asked:

Could you please share how you would define art?

That’s gonna be a LONG answer.

There is absolutely NO consensus on what is art. Every artistic movement that ever existed spawned because they disagreed with the definition given by the culture and society where it began. That said, we can analyze the most common definitions used in our current time period and society:

“Art is a form of self-expression”

This is probably the most common one, and also one of the most recent ones. I might be wrong, but I think this line of thought became popular with the Modernist movement, in the early 20th century. It also leads to other questions. If art is self-expression, how do we define what kinds of self-expression are art and what kinds are not? Is ALL self-expression art, or does it require an artistic intent? Of course, this definition invalidates @fullten’s claims that advertising and packagins is art, because there things are not means of self-expression of the artist, but simply work made in return for money, in which the artist often doesn’t even have any creative control.

“Art is anything that’s beautiful”

While people don’t say that outright, this seems to be also a really popular definition. We often call, in popular language, things that are exceptionally beautiful “works of art”, even if they’re natural phenomena (e.g. a beautiful sunset) and therefore devoid of intent or purpose. This definition, though, doesn’t sustain itself in most periods of art movements. While some artistic movements hammered hard on the beauty aspect (I’d cite Art Deco and Art Nouveau, though there was a political reason for that, and of course, Aestheticism), but there are also art movements and pieces that are made with the explicit intent of being disturbing and/or nightmarish. One of my favorite “classic” examples of this is Goya’s painting “Saturn Devouring his Son”, which is undisputably considered art, but no one in their right mind would consider it pleasant to look at.

“Art is communication”

Another popular contemporary definition, and the one I’d go for if I was @fullten, because by this definition, advertising and propaganda can be considered art, since they ARE made with the explicit purpose of conveying a message. Sometimes the message is a really mundane, dull one, like “buy cheetos”. Sometimes it’s something terrible, like “immigrants are stealing our resources and must die”. But if we go by this definition, we can broaden a lot what we can consider art. The problem I see with this definition is that it’s too broad, because pretty much everything we say and do is meant to convey a message. We are social animals. When, for example, I wear a t-shirt that has a reference to a videogame that I like, I am giving out a message (I like this game) and inviting communication (if you can get this reference, you and I have something in common, we like this game). But it’s so broad and mundane that it’d dillute the “art” category completely. So let’s see the next one.

“Art is mastery”

By this definition, art requires a certain level of skill by the artist. If someone pays me $5 to draw some fanart, and I make a shitty stick-figure drawing, it’s not art. But the Sistine Chapel ceiling is art, because Michelangelo did some damn good bible fanart up there and he was a very skilled painter (even though he didn’t even like painting - so we can cut out the “self-expression” factor there). But then it leads us to more questions. Does the theme matter? If my stick-figure drawing is of a bible scene, does it make a difference? Most of us agree that a poorly-drawn stick&poke tattoo of Bart Simpson is not art, but is a masterfully done, full back tattoo of a Simpsons scene art? Is The Simpsons itself art? And also, where do we draw the skill line? How do we measure accurately an artist’s skill level so we know the difference between a “real” artist and a wannabe?

“You’re a real artist if you’re living off your art”

Then Van Gogh was a fraud and you can all stop reblogging those Starry Night cupcakes. Next.

“Art is anything society considers art”

As shitty as it is, I believe this is one of the most accurate definitions. And it sucks. It sucks because, if you analyze history, what was considered “true art” depended a lot on who was doing it. There’s a reason why painting is considered “fine art” but embroidery is not. There’s a reason why European works are considered fine art and worth of study, but African and Native American works that are contemporary of those are buried in history and ignored. The definition of art is inseparably linked to the biases and prejudices of the society it spawned from.

Michel Duchamp’s famous “Fountain” sculpture (the urinal one, you’ve seen it probably) was a criticism on this phenomena. He wanted to point out that the only criteria we used to define if something is “art” or “not art” is whether the artist is already renowned. A lot of Modernist works have this same theme, like Piero Manzoni’s “Merda d'artista“, where the artist canned, labeled and sold his own feces to prove that people will buy any (literal) crap as long it’s from a famous artist. And he was right, because his cans o’poop reached prices up to 125 thousand euros.

Ironically, the only reason why these criticisms were even considered, and later called “art”, is because the artists mentioned were white european men.

And this leads to my personal favorite.

“Art is political”

Quoting 20th century dramaturgist Bertold Bretch,

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”    

This is not just a criticism of the average “good citizen”, but also of previous generations of artists and thinkers who were completely detached from political matters. Brecht believed that art had to serve a social function, a political function. More than conveying a message, art needs to attempt to instill change in the enviroment where it’s created.

I like this definition a lot, and I believe that what separates art from other disciplines is this sense of social responsibility. Be it for good or bad, you gotta be trying to change something. Art must defy the status quo somehow. I believe that if your art is comfortable, it’s not art.

Of course, I’m open for discussion, and the definition of art is a subject where I believe we will NEVER come to a conclusion. This is how it has worked all through history and it’s not going to change now. It’s also valid to point out that, while I do have a solid background in art history, my main formation is as a designer, and my school followed a very School of Ulm, function-over-form line of thinking, so of course this affects my current view. Due to my background I’m inclined to believe that art must have a function. Disagreements in this subject are not about who’s right and who’s wrong, but often are just about what’s your background as an artist.

Or sometimes you’re just some ignorant kid with a big mouth and an “edgy18+” blog who doesn’t know what the fuck you’re talking about but eh, to each their own, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯