book shape

lady-idunn  asked:

This is a pretty random question but as I was reading last night I was reminded of your blog. Have you ever heard of or read the book "The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner? It's a young adult fiction book that really shaped my childhood and many of my d&d characters.

Haven’t read it myself, but it’s in the Rogues in Fantasy Literature Masterpost - it’s a whole series apparently, called “The Queen’s Thief”, for whoever’s interested. Thanks for the suggestion, @lady-idunn! :)

i’m just… so tired of reading posts complaining about problems that only exist because people won’t read romance novels… it is a huge genre there are books about werewolf dukes, there are books about black revolutionary war soldiers, there are books about south asian doms who care about enthusiastic consent, there are books about shape-shifting cowboys who turn into bears, there are books about lady scientists learning how to trust that their boundaries will be respected, there are books about alien barbarian warriors, there are books about genies, there are books about women of color in victorian london, there are books about polyamorous earls, there are fake marriages and marriages of convenience and basically every fanfic trope that people lose it for exists as a book with original characters but some of the same people who complain about how books no longer satisfy them turn a blind eye to a whole genre because it never occurs to them to read a ~bodice-ripper~ when they could read romantic fanfic of a more respectable genre instead

I think my favourite thing about books is how they shape us. Your book history is uniquely your own, no one else in the world has read the all the same books at the exact same times of their lives as you have, and all those books have changed you so intrinsically that you couldn’t erase their influence on you anymore then you could change your DNA.

Look, comic books are a weird continuity. There is consistent and inconsistent canon. Sometimes even in the same run the continuity is inconsistent between artists and writers.

My point is there’s an argument going around that Poison Ivy is “just as abusive” to Harley Quinn as the Joker, which is a false and flimsy argument.

The issues in question in which Ivy is “abusive” are taken wildly out of context, and the majority are from very early noncanonical runs, and all of the instances in question have no weight or bearing and are inconsistent with Ivy’s continuous characterization and treatment towards Harley.

Does this negate the issues in which Ivy does treat Harley shittily? Of course not, but it’s about 5% of their overall canon in comics, and in nearly all other iterations the two women are at least sisterly to one another.

That being said, it is consistently canon that Joker is an abusive element in her life. And in comic books, consistency is what shapes a character. Joker and Harley’s entire origin together was written as a warning on abusive relationships. If you read Paul Dini’s commentary on “Mad Love” you’ll see straight away that it’s a warning, not a romantic ship.

The argument that Ivy is abusive is entirely stemmed from backlash of the justified disapproval of regarding their dynamic as purely romantic.

It’s also no surprise that the accusations start popping up RIGHT when Harley and Ivy have begun to have representation as a wlw/q*eer couple 🙃

Basically, if you see someone saying “Ivy is just as abusive as Joker!!” You can safely either assume they don’t know how comic continuity works, or doesn’t know enough about Harley and Ivy.

Or, yknow, your homophobia alarms should go off, it’s at your discretion.


Actors I love and the movie/tv show that made me love them.

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.

anonymous asked:

I'm working on a fic in which Marinette learns how to design clothes around age 8-10. I've been doing research on how most people learn how to sketch designs and stuff and there's just a ton of different ways (tracing photos, starting with drawing basics like shapes, buying books with templates, etc.) and I'm not sure which would be most accurate. In my fic, Marinette will be taught by someone who has experience in designing, so how do you think they'd teach her?

That’s actually up to you to plot. Though Paris, or France, might ring the fashion bell in your mind, people are actually fairly normal when it comes to fashion.

So it really is up to the person’s motivation and talent whether or not they want to design clothes. It’s a hobby.

Now, if you’re talking about whether or not it’s easy to design clothes as a particular in Paris, there are indeed a lot of fabric shops in Paris, but more than ever in weekly markets (Internet might tell you about the Marché Saint Pierre in rue Charles Nodier but it, in fact, is pretty hard to find clothing fabric. It’s more furniture centre. I’d advise you the Marché Choisy le Roi, though it’s a bit far, or the Dreyfus shops) but it remains very very expensive in Paris, hence why the more geographically far Marché Choisy le Roi has more interesting prices. Sadly a lot of people are stopped by that.

After all, Paris is the capital of fashion, of course shops would make the most out of it.

Now if you’re thinking of Marinette learning on her own, the methods you listed are all good. Except tracing.

Think of fashion as not drawing perfect clothes like regular artists, but associating clothes and colours. You don’t need to draw perfect folds to make perfect outfits. But you do need anatomy to figure out whether your clothes can be worn or not. You need to be curious about the trends, about collections, about fabric.

But drawing is just a way to convey your ideas.

Now, if someone would teach Marinette… If you’re talking about an actual teacher that would be paid for it, that’s unlikely. Way too expensive for bakers, and very very hard to find anyway.

Now if you’re talking about someone who wants to teach little Marinette for fun, a cosplayer, or a seamstress, etc… that’s up to your plot, just the same way it would be legit to turn to online tutorials.

Now, if you’re wondering how that person would teach Marinette, they could start by teaching her how to sew manually, buttons or stitches, etc… Being between 8 and 10 years old is a bit too early to make full-blown clothes, to design any actual clothes.

No, Marinette would start with clothes personalisation. Adding buttons here and there, cutting here, sewing there, etc… But nothing very elaborated like embroidery.

Think of those girl toys for clothes personalisation. They’re amazing to use.

Then that person could teach her how to harmonise colours, maybe take her to the address aforementioned to show her the world of fabrics and all the possibilities she can play with. Fashion is concrete.

They could help her design her clothes ideas, nothing very elaborated still. And maybe at 12 or 13, even later, they could offer her a first sewing machine which they would then teach them to use, as well as teaching her about patterns which are pieces of fabric you sew together to make your clothes. Like… Sleeves on their own are a pattern you then sew on the clothe.

Whenever you see sewing on your clothes, patterns have been sewed together.

They’re not very easy to make though, so once again, it’s not easy for a 12 years old. Unless she’s determined to try again and again despite it being hard.

Nothing’s impossible!

It is important to note that not all sewing machines have the same abilities and require accessories you add to them little by little. There are beginner sewing machines, and more professional ones. So it’s pointless to go for very elaborated outfits with a beginner sewing machine.

For example, not all sewing machines can sew buttons. You need a special tool to add to the machine.

About the design drawings, you might want to know too that they’re usually not very detailed, and very scarcely coloured. You have a brief sketch with the overall look of the outfit, and then you staple to the drawing samples of the fabric you want for the outfit, and only when you really need detail do you draw in corners of the sketch little zooms of the details. Like lace, or pockets, etc…

Sometimes, if you’re all good with the fabric samples you stapled, colours aren’t even needed.

Now even more important:

Do not mistake fashion sketches and technical drawings

Fashion sketches are all about inspiration, that’s why they’re rough, quick. But sometimes you can find very very detailed fashion drawings. That’s all up to the fashion designer so long that there’s an end result, so long as it’s easier for you to make the clothe.

The reason why they’re not detailed is because the fashion designer gives their sketch to a designer whose job is to turn them into technical drawings with patterns to cut for the seamstresses. It’s not that fashion designers don’t know how to do that. No, you have to be a designer first before being a fashion designer, but once you get to work, you can’t do everything. You’re paid for ideas, not for sewing or detailing for people who know their job as much as you do.

This is a fashion sketch à la française

This is a technical drawing (dessin à plat or dessin technique in French, and what you called templates)

These are a 2 in 1 fashion/technical drawing

This is what you learn in fashion schools, but you need to know that all of this… Well these are just tools to help you, but fashion can be very very instinctive. Think of cosplay.

People don’t take classes to learn how to make their own cosplays.

If you work well with a method, the rest is details.

Hope I helped! And good luck for your fic :)

Slytherins are

the outlines of different-shaped books stacked in the dark, the glide of a mermaid’s tail parting the waters of a murky lake, the satisfaction of disturbing a large patch of untouched snow, sooty fingers rummaging through burnt logs and the ashes of secret messages, opening your closet with the lights on at night to check for monsters, the tiredness of your limbs after staying above water for too long.

When things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.
—  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green