but at least now it's more right than in the actual screencaps

the ‘no longer human’ (2010) that you probably haven’t seen (and nakahara chuuya’s significant role in dazai osamu’s life)

You read that right. ‘Ningen shikkaku’, or as we know it, ‘No Longer Human’ had a movie that came out on 2010, directed by Genjiro Arato and starring Toma Ikuta as Oba Yozo (and to a lesser extent, Dazai Osamu). 

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anonymous asked:

You're totally right about us missing a Sam snark-fest while he was labelling the room, bc I'm pretty sure when Dean's watching ScoobyDoo there's a lamp next to the bed labelled 'ANOTHER LAMP' like wow OK Sam. Also interesting to note is that while emphasis was put on the lightstick lamp, the other lamp is the regular DRESS lamp. Kinda almost masculine vs feminine lamps... I just think it's great that light can come from lamps of all shapes&sizes. It's all valid. Like male sirens. Just a thought

I was cracking up about the post-its because of this, went to look, totally over-shot the part of the episode I was looking for, and caught Rowena moving the labels around just to be petty about Sam being rude to her

^ that chair in the corner

Anyway proving Sam is hilariously petty is way more important than meta to me so I carried on looking and

Have I mentioned how much I love Sam Winchester today? I’m also cracking up that he felt the need to label the art “Art” which is probably a type of art all by itself. Like you could find this in a gallery and be “yeah okay” and wonder what the statement the artist was trying to make was.

Maybe after all this is over Sam goes on a motel art stealing spree, and puts them in a gallery with his post-it note commentary. I used to be sold on writer!Sam as an endgame but pretentious art weirdo Sam is also perfectly good by me.

I have got to stop before I screencap every single even slightly legible post-it

Although I think this is possibly the pinnacle of Sam’s labelling spree:

You know what now I’m actually trying to focus on answering this all I’ve got is laughing at how the “stick light” is kinda phallic :P It’s also at the desk and a reading lamp, and despite everything I think desks are still seen as kind of masculine spaces - at least, you’d think they’d be gender neutral enough but between years of patriarchy and the fact you KNOW manufacturers would find some way to make desks girly if they thought women were going to be using them and that’s who they were marketing to, that kind of practical sleek metal design of the lamp is probably something marketers and manufacturers would subconsciously assume was for men… TBH Dean not knowing wtf it was kind of draws attention to its design because it’s not exactly the archetypal light in the same way the bedside lamps looked pretty normal run of the mill lamps. Labelling one “lamp” and the other “another lamp” is like… drawing attention to sexual dimorphism in lamps? Pfft :P 

But yeah even setting aside the entire weight of what the Siren episode meant for Dean, I think it’s neat to revisit it just to point out that Sirens aren’t “all hot chicks” because it leaves the world open for that kind of more thoughtful exploration. If you take it at total face value, the siren episode seems fairly conscientious of toeing the line between gratuitous fanservice and NOT relying on said fanservice by just making it about Dean being needed to be saved from some scantily clad woman who sleeps with him and all that very typical narrative of lustful women ruining men. Which is like, a half credit when that was the entire set up for the episode plus multiple trips to the stripclub, but I suppose you could argue that was another age of the show (THREE ages of the show ago), and perhaps the thing we take away from it should be the unexpected twist on the trope. Like, looking at it with Dean’s total obliviousness, it’s playing off his expectations, because the social stuff is still deeply ingrained in him as one of the layers that is much further down than his memory to go. 

And then we have Sam’s expectations that Dean would be upset by that, like, sorry to break it to you, but Dean’s just like, “huh”, because he’s already ditched HIS personal crap which would make him weird about it. He just takes the sirens how they come :P Pfft.

Deep Space Nine RECAP: 6x14

To everyone who suggested this one for Recap Category: Lols — thank you. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.

Season 6, Episode 14: ‘One Little Ship’

We begin grinning, me and Major Kira both. It is, praise Roddenberry, an Original Series set-up: a Captain and his crew out on a starship, about to send a team of officers venturing into a strange patch of space to do some Scientific Research. Our latest galactic Bermuda Triangle has the fabulously Star Trek feature of shrinking down whatever enters it, runabouts included, a notion that has Nerys unsuccessfully fighting off fits of giggles.

“Major, are you laughing at our investigation of this sub-space anomaly?” Sisko asks, with the voice of a man who fully knows that this shit is hilaaarious.

Nerys rallies and tries to hold it together, but then cracks when she imagines her friends being the size of coffee cups. Listen, everyone on Drink Space 9 eventually just TURNING INTO space bevs would at this point not surprise me at all, so at the very least we can let them go hot tubbing in a raktajino.

Worf’s frown endeepens. “I do not see what is so humorous about being small,” he declares, earning him the immediate and undying service of little Ensign Nog. You have my sword, and my shield.

Sisko tries to get everyone to regain a semblance of cool while they receive a last transmission from the Rubicon, but his efforts are only partially effective given that he’s lolling out of his chair while doing so. Dax’s voice comes on all chipper and profesh, and unfortunately my mind instantly imagined her being the size of a Borrower, and I too lost it.


Dax tells Sisko all looks well, casually drops that she’s looking forward to Worf’s poem, and signs off. “I have my own ways of torturing Worf.” - Jadzia Dax, 5x06, and not remotely fucking around.

Sisko, still in business voice, pivots to the sidebar. “Mr. Worf. Poem?”

Turns out Klingons compose poems to commemorate great events, like a good warrior people, and Jadzia just had a feeling this mission was gonna be ONE FOR THE BOOKS. That troll’s got beautiful instincts.

Benjamin, who has been friends with Dax for two lifetimes for a reason, asks Worf to share with the class what he’s written so far. But Worf’s saved by Nog, who pipes up over his stammering with an uncalled for update about the runabout’s progress into the accretion disc. Kira leans in toward Sisko: “Now is it my imagination, or did the kid just cover for him?” Uh, yeah, what are squires for? Saving your bacon in social situations, MOSTLY.

On one of the computer screens, they can see the Rubicon getting smaller.

Beautiful transition is beautiful.

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I’m gonna start this off by saying that I’m not really the best at explaining things - and the way that I do it is probably a roundabout way, and there might be an easier way to do some of the things I do. But this is the way I do them. And, at this point, I’ve had a few of my friends ask how to make icon batches – so, I at least wanted to make a tutorial I can link them to. And if it helps someone else, that’s great.

This tutorial is made using CS5 on a Mac OS.

This is most helpful if you have a bunch of icons you want to re-edit to be a smaller size, bordered, watermarked, etc etc. I’m lazy, and I also do it with screencaps when making a lot of icons at one. Just when we get to the step where the batch is opened, before making any other changes, I resize my caps.

If anything I say doesn’t make sense - or you’d like elaboration, let me know. I can either answer myself. Or, I will hunt you down a tutorial. Let us start.

( ** EDIT : if you have issues viewing this, or my theme makes it hard for you to read, simply add /mobile to the end of the url and it will open it in a plain looking browser page . )

In this tutorial, I will be going from icons like this:

To this:

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anonymous asked:

Hi dear! First of all I love your ff! It's my favourite one of all! And I love that you don't hold back that Victuri not only show, but tell that they love each other. do you think that in case of season 2 they might tell each other how they feel by words? I am not one of those fans that can't believe what I see unless they tell each other straight(gay) out! But something in me is still in denial that a major plot twist could be like "lol we fooled you guys regarding victuuri" what do I do? 😭😭

(Thank you - I’m having fun writing fic for the fandom! Winter Song is actually crafted to fill in the blanks that you’re questioning, so hopefully it helps settle your mind a bit.)

As for your question, I don’t think we’re going to get a “haha we fooled you!” message from the creators. Victor and Yuuri’s romantic relationship is canon.

What I think some people are struggling with is that the main storyline of Yuri!!! on Ice is not about romance. It’s a sports anime, and skating has always been and always will be the main focus. 

The subplot of Yuri!!! on Ice is the coach/student relationship. This is why we’re only shown scenes where Victor and Yuuri discuss that part of their relationship. The skating is always the focus because that’s just what the show is about. If you’re looking for an anime that explores romance, this isn’t it. So no, I don’t think we’re promised any blatant “I love you” scenes in the future. 


That doesn’t mean the romantic relationship isn’t there. It is so there.

I honestly do not understand how people can look at that screencap above and fail to see the physical and emotional intimacy these two young men share.

Like. *rubs temples* Their lips are literally an inch apart. (Seriously … why would Yuuri’s family be so shocked to see these two hugging? They hug all the time.)

Every. single. scene. we get from Victor and Yuuri is the type of stuff the fans of many 100% confirmed canonical relationships never get to see on screen.

Victor and Yuuri’s intimacy is palpable in a way rarely seen in other media.

What we’re shown in the anime are two men falling in love, and Kubo-sensei has given her audience clear evidence of that relationship should they wish to see it. It’s canon.

The kiss has been confirmed. They share hotel rooms now. Their beds are pushed together. In what world do adults in a platonic relationship give each other gold wedding bands? And kiss them in front of an audience?? And grab each other’s neckties??? And kiss each other’s skates???? And run into each other’s arms in an airport after a very brief separation?????

Do you know how intimate it is to have someone kiss your hand like this?

Just take a moment to imagine your last coach or teacher doing that to you. Imagine your best friend doing it.

Really feel it. What it would be like to have someone you’re in a platonic relationship with bring your hand to their lips and hold it there for several long moments.

Their warm breath. The feel of their lips. The way their eyes close and their brow creases like their heart is aching.

Kind of a weird idea to think about your BFF doing it, right? Personally, my mind would immediately jump to the conclusion that they have a raging crush on me at the very least. Hand kissing like this is extremely suggestive of romance.

I’m just scratching the surface of the physical and emotional intimacy evident in this anime. It is SO EASY to imagine Yuuri and Victor kissing and saying “I love you” after the credits roll in the later episodes. That’s what the creators have given you … when they didn’t have to.

I would encourage you not to expect Yuri!!! on Ice to be something it’s not, or you’re never going to be able to truly enjoy it.

(Don’t you want to enjoy it? It’s fun. I promise.)

Alternately, if you expect nothing more than a sports anime and are instead given all this wealth of intimacy and romance, you will be HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.

The Psychology of Erwin Smith

(screencap from ACWNR manga, words are screenshots from tumblr users)

(all following photos are screencaps from original manga, anime, and OVA)

//reblog to spread this defense post - or feel free to link when u get erwin hate!//

CONTENTS of meta

  1. Why are you doing this?
  2. Erwin Smith Is (not) A Hitler Incarnate
  3. But The Citizens Hate Erwin
  4. UPDATE - Section 3.5 - After Chapter 70
  5. Erwin Smith Has (No) Feelings 
  6. Erwin and Levi Hate (respect and trust) Each Other (UPDATED)
  7. Understanding Erwin
  8. Why He Does This

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Background Characters yo

Okay so since I’m trash™ and care way too much about background characters I figured I would make a post about them so everyone is about as knowledgeable as me

this might get pretty long so lets get right into this shall we

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anonymous asked:

I saw you mention it in some posts, but have you ever done a full blown analysis on draconic body language?

I haven’t done a full-blown analysis on this topic, so let’s remedy it now! Thanks for your patience as I scoured through the videos trying to find patterns of draconic body language! This will get the basics, at least. Lots of body language is species-specific, which I didn’t cover in depth here. I could be more in detail by just looking at one or two species.

But hopefully this is a good start for you! Thanks so much for asking and have a great day.

Expressing Emotion

Dragons, like many creatures, are more physically open and perky when they are feeling relaxed. Their bodies will be open and more spread out. Their backs will tend to be sloped slightly upward, so that the head is elevated higher than the tail. The wings will be resting, mostly curled up, and down near the dragons’ sides. To give a Night Fury specific observation, Toothless’ head plaits are perked upward or at the very least loose when he feels safe.

Dragons, when feeling uncomfortable, afraid, or angry, will tense up. Their backs will now be aligned such that the head is lower than the tail, while they will lift their wings a little higher over their body and sometimes partially (or fully) unfurl them. You see this for every sort of dragon, from Nadders to Monstrous Nightmares to Gronckles to the Night Fury. I think below is a perfect example of dragon body language difference between feeling threatened and feeling comfortable. In one short moment in the first movie, Toothless moves from one posture to another.

Most dragons do what Toothless does here: they tend to crouch down, tighten their neck, bare their teeth, arch their back, and get poised to fight or flee when uncomfortable. This is an extraordinarily common response throughout the animal kingdom and allows an animal to react quickly when in danger.

One unique trait Toothless does is his head plaits always lower close to the back of his skull whenever he feels uncomfortable. Basically, if the plaits are flat, he’s uncomfortable. If they’re perky, he’s feeling great. The exception to this is when Toothless is just worried or concerned; then his plaits will be sticking straight up like a tense rabbit’s ears!

But all dragons, in some way, shrink up when they are feeling frightened or subdued. They will try to minimize space in their body as a mechanism of avoiding what it is they fear.

Sometimes we will see a back arched as well, such as in the screencap with Toothless below and the Zippleback above.

All dragons’ pupils are narrower when they’re afraid, angry, confused, or in almost any bad emotional state. When feeling happy and comfortable, a dragon’s pupils will be far wider. And when they are surprised, their eyes (but not their pupils) will be wide to take in all the information they can.

The one exception to wide pupils being a positive emotion is when a dragon is feeling sad or empathetic. Toothless’ eyes especially widen whenever he feels sorry about someone else. This sad, wide-eyed facial expression is everywhere.

It’s basically the big sad puppy eyes phenomenon.

Sadness is also interesting because it’s one of the few times a dragon’s wings actually droop. There are a lot of postures - playful, excited, surprised, wary, etc. - in which a dragon actually holds its wings up slightly, not completely unfurled, but ready to be if needed. But in sadness, a dragon’s wings may actually drag and touch the ground. They’re floppy and pathetic. This is not just a happenstance for Toothless, but many species.

Gestures of affection include licking people (Night Furies and Gronckles), rubbing and nuzzling with the head (most dragons), wagging tails (Gronckles), opening the mouth loosely, and leaning in toward the person they love. This is one of the biggest moments of physical contact with dragons, and they do it with their head. This makes sense. They’re big animals, some of them pretty thick, and the head is where a lot of nerves are going to be, and consequently a lot of sensation. The more sensitive the area physically, the moreso emotionally lots of times. The head is the organ dragons use to explore their world (unlike humans, who use our hands). Dragons will therefore put you in their world by nuzzling their head against you.

Monstrous Nightmares take it a step forward and often lift their Viking off the ground with their head. Hookfang does this to Hiccup in the Riders of Berk episode “Viking for Hire.” We also see it happen to one of the Vikings at the end of HTTYD 2.

In general, where the head is, there the affection is given. They nuzzle up and embrace.

Wing wraps seem to be another way to showing affection.

When a dragon is confused, their pupils can either be expanded or contracted, they tend to cock their head slightly to one side, and stare without blinking much. They will not move much, but rather keep their body very still. They keep their eyes fastened on the target of interest. In the case of Cloudjumper, this can be taken to an extreme with his swiveling, owl-like neck. He can keep his eyes right on target, staring straight forward, while moving only his head.

Expressing worry differs between dragons. Toothless’ eyes widen. Stormfly’s pupils narrow. Other dragons don’t do either of these, but one thing that is common is that they will arch their neck and maybe open their mouth, bare their teeth, and draw their head away.

Anthropomorphic Characteristics

Some of the dragons have body language that is notably similar to humans rather than what we see in the broader animal kingdom. From a meta point, I know the animators didn’t want to hugely anthropomorphize the dragons, but I still feel like it’s in there to some extent. Some of these traits appear to be innate in dragons, while others tend to be learned.

The most obvious learned trait is Toothless smiling. In the first movie, it is very unnatural, and he has to strain to move his jaw in such a manner.

However, by the second movie, Toothless has learned to imitate Hiccup far more easily - and he knows exactly what that facial expression means. During some of Toothless’ happiest moments, he provides a gummy grin. The biggest moment is “Toothless Found.” That’s the face of Toothless giving a smile; he’s perfected it and it’s become part of his body language repertoire.

And I love that. Toothless knows that giving the gummy smile shows that he cares about Hiccup and is interested in the boy. He gave that smile the first time when he and Hiccup first had a pleasant interaction. It has now become “a thing” that these two best friends do.

Another noticeable anthropomorphic reaction is draconic “laughing.” Toothless chortles many times to mock Hiccup. This is very similar to a human being taunting another.

But not only that, but Toothless isn’t the only dragon that has a way of “smirking.” There are other dragons who will do similar gestures. The most noticeable runner-up is Hookfang, who definitely gives a smug smirk at Snotlout during the first Race to the Edge episode. It is hard to say whether this is a learned expression or more innate. I’m leaning toward the latter.

Some anthropomorphic body language is clearly innate in dragons rather than learned by their contact with humans. Even feral dragons, for instance, bow in submission. Toothless lowers his head when responding to the great Bewilderbeast, and when he becomes alpha, all the dragons bow to him. It’s their automatic method of showing reverence, respect, and obedience.

Toothless’ surprise even looks human. He does what a human does when baffled: widened eyes, tense body, slightly slack jaw. The generic animal kingdom does not do this. Not like this exactly.

I would also say that squeezing the face, clenching teeth, tightening the forehead, and shaking his head during the Battle of the Bewilderbeast is straight out anthropomorphic. It’s actually the one moment I think is “too” anthropomorphic and it sort of bothers me.

Hey, even the forehead furrowing to show anger is a human expression.

I’d call it a little anthropomorphic-ish. That seems like such a human glare! Granted, other animals do facial expressions like this when they feel threatened, but usually not to quite this level.

Another time, Toothless whacks Hiccup when feeling irritated. That’s not something a cat or dog would do, but another human.

This moment here is almost a half-lidded, “I’m done with you” shut-mouthed human glare…

…followed by an eyeroll.

Hookfang actually eyerolls a lot when he is frustrated. You see this the most in the television series.

The last anthropomorphic action I will mention is Toothless giving up and plopping his head down. Animals can do something like this, too, but it has a human element in the first movie when the dragon grows low in his throat, plops down his head, and waits to die.

Canine Characteristics

I’m now going to switch from an in-world analysis to a more meta-analysis framework, looking at the dragons from an outward perspective. The animators very intentionally modeled dragon body language off of different animals. 

One creature they used for multiple animals is a dog. They explicitly mention that in the art books, in special features, and in interviews. And it’s really obvious for some of the dragons.

Toothless’ tongue lolls like a contented, relaxed dog. 

Meatlug does it, too.

Then Toothless licks Hiccup and slobbers all over him. Meatlug does this, too. For the Gronckle and the Night Fury, licking is an obvious gesture of affection. Gronckles’ tails even wag like a dog!

And then there’s this moment. Enough said?

Lastly, the way Toothless circle around before getting comfortable is a more canine characteristic than anything else.

Feline Characteristics

The most obvious examples of feline characteristics are from Toothless in the first movie. He sneaks up toward Hiccup on a rock, rocks his body back and forth, and wiggles his rear end slightly just like a cat timidly stalking a mouse or spying on someone. His forelegs are closer to the ground than the hind legs, as if to pounce.

A similar body action - though to actually pounce and chase - is here.

The Night Fury also slinks and arches its back a lot. I have many screencaps of this already so will not put one here. Nervous cats are some of the best examples of arched-back fear.

The crouch and stare that happens in the first movie is also not a very canine (or equine) action. It’s feline. 

There are, of course, other characteristics from many other animals. 

The thing about body language is that it is subtle, it has survival meaning, it varies per species, and more. It’s hard to talk about broadly and between all the dragon species. In general, the dragons do what we see in the larger animal kingdom, especially with mammals and some types of birds. 

Episode 27B: Momma's Little Ed

Today’s title refers to the phrase “Momma’s Little Boy/Girl/Baby/etc.” It’s about Ed and Eddy forging sticky notes from Edd’s parents as a prank.  This episode doesn’t have the emotional depth of the other season 3 premiere, ‘Wish You Were Ed’, and its cruel premise may impair the comedy for some, but it’s still a perfect example of this season’s interest in building stories off of the show’s world rather than scams.  More than any other season, we will see tons of plots centered around previously minor elements– so far we’ve seen an episode about Rolf’s country, now one about Edd’s sticky notes, and later on this season will give us the only stories that take advantage of Eddy’s brother as an off-screen character before the movie.

This title card reminds me of ‘Rock-a-Bye Ed’, another season 3 episode that deepens the show’s lore.

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anonymous asked:

I know you just did one of these, so no pressure to do it right away, but can you write about yukines and yato's relationship ( as friends, brothers, son/father, however you see it) cause personally I think that's one of the most developed things in the story and I'd like to hear your views on it :) keep up the good work!

A/N: Okay, so firstly, I’m so so sorry for not doing this earlier. I hope you’re still around. I actually would have written this faster but my life got in the way and well…yeah. As always, feel free to correct/add stuff because I literally wrote this in one day and I’m pretty sure there are other things that make their relationship special. ALSO: Spoilers for the anime viewers. You have been warned. (I did not really include content from the most recent chapters. Mostly because nothing has been resolved yet.)

Yato and Yukine’s relationship

As you said yourself, their relationship had the most development. It’s very interesting and complex since Yato is a God, and Yukine is basically his divine weapon. They have different dynamics throughout the story line and it’s just so great as a reader to experience how they basically start off at zero and become a well oiled machine.

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The Empty Eye, or, The Vision Fetish, or, Trains and Projection

I wrote a couple of posts ago that Sherlock is all about seeing–not just observing, but looking. Those blokes must have heard me, because this episode was a feast for the eyes. Vision porn galore. I seriously didn’t intend to be up this late writing meta already but this episode is just full of eye candy goodness. [I’m going to replace these caps with gifs when people make them. Or if I figure out how.]

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anonymous asked:

Hey, uh, I love your art! I draw a bit myself, and i'm trying to improve, except i'm not the best at drawing bodies. I'd love it if you could do just a small tutorial about it, if it's no trouble, because I noticed how well you draw them. I do understand if you wouldn't want to though. Uh, thanks!

Hello, and many thanks!! Body scales & dynamics & whatever can be a bit painful to grasp at first, and I still have a lot to learn myself, but I’ve gathered some general info here about things I’ve personally found helpful along the way! (Apologizing beforehand because I’m not very good at explaining stuff, especially in English, but I’ll do my best!)

There are many things that are good to keep in mind when drawing bodies, but I think maybe the most essential of those things is to always focus on the big picture before the details. This, at least in my case, means focusing on the posture before the actual body parts. Of course, technically the body is just the sum of its parts, but the person using the body makes it a lot more than that! 

It’s also good to remember that people’s body types can be very different from another. this is just part of the fun! The absolute best, most efficient and “authentic” way of practicing all this, the anatomy, poses, posture and the whole human body in general is, in my opinion, croquis drawing

“Croquis drawing is quick and sketchy drawing of a live model. Croquis drawings are usually made in a few minutes, after which the model changes pose and another croquis is drawn.
The short duration of the pose benefits [—-] the artists because it helps them concentrate on the essential elements of the pose. An artist does not have time to draw all the details, so they learn to concentrate on the important elements.” 

Below are just a few of the poses I doodled in a nude drawing class in high school (except the biking pics, those i did from a screencap). I’ve wasted approximately 1-10 minutes on each one of these:

I honestly learned more in that class than I had from any body drawing tutorial before that. Seriously, just drawing & observing from life, much recommended! 
If nudity doesn’t suit you, I suppose it’s even easier to find somebody clothed to model for you. Or, you could go somewhere public and doodle people as they’re passing by… the chances are endless. Even if you don’t have anyone to draw, you can of course practice croquis from screencaps/other pictures as well. For example in deviantArt there are many clubs with galleries full of all kinds of pose reference pictures imaginable! This is one of the clubs I follow as well. (watch out, occasional nudity!)

(Pssst, if you have a hard time not to get stuck on details, trying to get the basic features of a pose down using your non-dominant hand is a good trick; this way drawing details becomes impossible so you don’t have any other choice than to focus on the big picture.)

So, you want to get on with it and start creating your own poses? Great! After getting a grip on the basic nature of the human body, that shouldn’t be impossible! 
Now, as I said in the beginning, I can often have a really hard time explaining things, but god has truly blessed my unworthy ass because Sycra’s videos have an answer, if not for every question, then at least to some of them. In this case I’d especially like to point out this one, How to Draw Poses with Purpose, because it covers a lot of the things I always keep in mind when drawing poses of my own. 

You’d also want to have a look at this one, it’s about the sense of rythm in a drawingHow to Draw Twisting Forms is something to check out as well, and last but definitely not least, How to Practice Drawing in general.
Please, check out the other tutorial videos from Sycra as well! Besides being a good artist, I can only marvel his ability to explain all kinds of difficult aspects of drawing. I wish I had found his channel earlier!

Something I’d like to add to the videos: When figuring out a pose, think about the feeling/message you want to convey through it. Do you want the character to look confident, for instance? Well, there are several ways to characterize that kind of feeling, often depending on the environment & situation the person is in. This is a thing that is learned mostly through own experiences and observing others. For example:

The pose on the left is very exaggerated, even so that it comes across as kind of comical. This is a pose I would probably strike if I was bragging to my friends about washing the last month’s dishes all at once last night, whereas the pose on the right seems more like something I’d aim for when giving a presentation in front of the class. The idea behind both of these poses is the same; a generally upright and open posture, which is the basic element of a confident looking pose. This can just be portrayed in many different ways.  

A couple more links considering pose drawing:

…Well, I tried to stick to the basics here, but it seems the length of this rambling has already gone slightly out of hand… Anyway, I wish all of you good luck! Don’t panic. And most importantly, don’t just blindly believe everything we know-it-all artists tell you, believe in yourself! Walk the path that is your own.

anonymous asked:

Why do you even cosplay, buying all this resin and fabric and whatever along with going to super expensive cons and the like when you're clearly in a financially disadvantaged situation? Oh wait. Maybe you can afford it all with your 'surgery' money. Nobody believes it any more.


If you actually know anything about me, which is pretty easy considering I basically liveblog my life, you’d know you’re fucking dumb.

Maybe because I make a business off of cosplay, I quit my job to make props and costumes because I can do it on my own time when I’m feeling up to it. I have my EIN and am officially doing business legally in the state of NY. Did you see my post about sorting reciepts for taxes for my business the other day? Oh right, no you didn’t because you’re a piece of shit.

A resin re-order of all materials costs about 500$, two big helmets and a little one cover that cost. I can make twice that amount of props with the materials (there’s other costs too, but whatever, cost is recouped and profit still being made). It’s called math, learn you some.

I went to school for fashion and costume design, a huge amount of the fabric I have was purchased with grants, taken from the free student stockroom, or purchased years ago as I have been sewing for eighteen years. I occasionally clean up at Joann’s when they have 50% off red tags and they have stuff that I continually sell and can profit on. I’m working through old stock, and even costumes I make for myself are for sale - if someone is my size and has money it’ll be in the mail in 24 hours.

I am not going to a single convention this year that I have not been either invited to (free), or paid to attend. This is the important one. Surprise, I’m more successful than you. Going to conventions is a net win; there has not been one yet wherein the amount of money I’ve made due to networking, appearances, sales, and the like has not allowed me to at the very least break even, some of them have been profit in the four-digit range. Oh my god, it’s like its my job or something.Also most of the cons I go to are within a few hours drive of my house. It’s also not glamorous when it isn’t nearby, we pile like eight people into a hotel room and bring our own food from home so as to minimize cost and maximize profit.

I don’t actually own anything I sell on my shop. Yep, it all goes to customers. You know how many times I’ve sold a Lady Loki helmet that I made special for myself because I needed money and cosplay is a luxury? I cannot afford to have and keep most of the costumes I make on my blog, taking commissions allows me to do what I went to school for and make money while working with materials I could not afford. All of my ‘main’ costumes now (har har all two of them that weren’t made with random shit from the back of my closet) have recouped their cost and made profit via cash prizes for costume contests - it’s like it’s *gasp* profitable if you’re skilled. I’ve sold my Loki, my Thranduil crowns, my Margaery dress.

I don’t even remember half of DragonCon 2014 because I had issues on wound upkeep and had to have oral surgery the day prior to leaving and was high as balls on codeine the whole time.

“Nobody believes it anymore” It’s really not that hard to go back through my history and watch me get sicker and sicker as I fail at life.  Me and my husband have made the informed decision not to have kids because I am not well enough to do so and burdening a child with all my genetic issues is cruel. There’s even a fair amount of hospital selfies. I used to be a competitive and touring dancer. Now I can’t always get out of bed and have such severe intestinal problems from all my medications that I’m shitting blood. Yep, totally doing that for attention. It’s also a LOT of fun to have six root canals and four teeth pulled and worry about losing your jaw. Oh, also ever have shitty dental insurance and have work done without novocaine because its expensive when not covered? I suggest you try it, super relaxing and gets you loads of sympathy, amirite?

I just got this fun shit in the mail today. My oral surgeon felt so goddamn bad for me that she held back billing so it fell into a new calendar year so that part of this would be covered by insurance and I’d have time to save up money. That and she didn’t want me to skip treatment because then the situation could escalate.  Luckily half of that got covered, so like 500$ is on me. I am going this week and it’ll cost ~500$ to me after insurance again. My dental insurance covers 1k of copay per year. i have 3k (after insurance) of surgery left after.

I’m not financially disadvantaged as a whole. My hubby has a decent job and I work from home. We’re both paying off student loans, which is loads of fun. No one who is not obscenely rich is ever, ever prepared for a serious medical emergency in the US (I distinctly remember my mom crying and talking about re-financing their mortgage when I had to be hospitalized for testing and surgery for two weeks as a teenager). We were saving for a house, all of that money went directly into my face, and set us back about four years. Four years of mutual savings. Four. Years. Do you even have four years of savings? I actually have a screencap on my phone of my bank app prior to all this shit going down, because I was really proud/impressed that I’d managed to save that much money and might be able to move somewhere cool. Now I’ve got ~100$ that isn’t already ear-marked for the 2/3 of surgical costs that I’ve managed to put aside myself since September. And that 100$ is shipping money for people’s orders. So really I don’t have any money.

I’ve sold lots of my cool toys. I used to model, and had fun stuff from it. I’ve sold ALL my designer clothing, lolita clothing, movie props, even any normal clothes that Plato’s Closet will take on consignment. I ebayed lots of books I didn’t need. My husband sold his Harley, some Warhammer armies, his PS3, etc. I’ve kept a couple of my swords and things that have sentimental value, or are so long discontinued I’ll never be able to reacquire them once I climb out of this pit. 

In closing:

Shove your stupid opinions and false accusations up your ass.

I hope you’re a cosplayer too, come up to me at a con and I will gladly show you my scars and unfinished dental implants, punch you, and then proceed to be a far more successful and happy person with all my problems than you will ever be without them.

anonymous asked:

Do you think it's possible that Marinette IS in love with Chat but herself doesn't know it because of her feelings for Adrien, and because she still gets the impression that Chat flirts with everyone? (I mean, the first thing he did when he met her civilian form was flirt, and I remember someone did screencaps from Evillustrator about how Marinette's expression absolutely drops before seeming resigned) (There's also the lyrics from Its Gonna Be A Miraculous Christmas)

Well, that depends on what you think ‘in love’ is.  If we’re going based off of what Marinette is thinking ‘in love’ is–the infatuation with and desire to be noticed by a specific other–then no.  That’s a pretty intentional thing that kind of takes over the consciousness and Marinette seems pretty intent in loving Adrien rather than Chat.

(Webisode:  Chat Noir through the eyes of Marinette)

If you look at that webisode, though, she also does take a moment to consider if maybe Adrien weren’t in the picture, and…  well…

She doesn’t really let herself even look at the possibility too seriously.  Like, yeah, she knows he’s a good guy, but she doesn’t think he’s a good match for her (because of his bragging and whatnots, which she also goes over in the webisode).

As for the flirting with everyone, he doesn’t actually do that, or at least it’s not something she actively points out as a flaw she sees in him.  The screenshot you’re referring to is from The Artist, and it’s right after he tells her that she’ll be his Ladybug for the evening.

(The Artist)

That’s a look of sadness, and it’s been theorized that she looks like that because he’s replacing ‘Ladybug’ so easily.

As for the flirting, that’s only really an issue if you think that the flirting around is an indicator of fickleness or unreliability.  From Marinette/Ladybug’s point of view…

(Webisode:   Chat Noir through the eyes of Marinette [lookaddatgrace!])

(The Pharoh)


…this isn’t the case.  She doesn’t mention it in the webisode and she never seems to have an issue with it in the Artist, the Gamer, or the Puppeteer–all of our lovely Marichat interactions.  The only time we see her show a true disgust for Chat’s friendly nature is in Volpina:

And that’s really because she has an issue with Volpina, not with Chat.

Lastly, the lyrics.  I had to look them up real quick, but I think I found the part to which you’re referring:

My wish for a cat who’s in love
With our own Ladybug
Is that he’ll get what he’s always wanted
She doesn’t know she loves him
Only sees Adrien

Honestly?  My interpretation of these lyrics is that she already loves the boy, she just only sees the Adrien side of him.  From our viewpoint, yes, she does love Chat Noir, she just doesn’t know it’s Chat Noir because she’s only seeing the Adrien side.  From her point of view?  Chat Noir and Adrien are two separate people and she loves Adrien, not Chat.


That’s from the ‘love is an infatuation and desire to be noticed by someone’ sort of intentional thing.  It’s the sort of intentional thing that starts the road to getting married.  It’s the sort of intentional thing that gives us all le fluff and joys that is predecessor of the “I choose to care and look after you even though I know all your flaws.  I know you and you know me and we are two imperfect beings who choose to imperfectly care for and love one another.  You are more perfect in my eyes for being imperfect and you better buckle in your seatbelt because you’re stuck with me for the long haul of this ride we call life” love that we all want for our characters.

That’s an unconditional love, and I honestly think the care Marinette has for Chat Noir is that same branch of unconditional.  Platonically, she loves him very much. (We’re also seeing some of that tentative care from Adrien’s side towards Marinette, but it’s pretty tentative [BUTIWILLHOLDTOTHEEVIDENCEIHAVEBECAUSEITWOULDMAKEEVERYTHINGSOPERFECT!!!])

tl;dr:  She does not love Chat in that way right now, but she does care for him a lot in a platonic sense, which could make the after-reveal romance go that much more smoothly.

I hope this answered your question, Anon~!  *^_^*

Hannibal Rewatch: 2x03

Season 2, Episode 3: “Hassun”

**Warning: rewatch blogging, written with knowledge of the full series

I promised I’d not screencap any of this initial sequence, so here let’s just look at the incredible focus and lighting on this shot of Hugh Dancy’s beautiful eyes and beautiful sea-change irises, and talk mostly in the abstract about Will’s internal struggles in S2, as we do.

Alrighty, so Will Graham A TV Character is in a difficult position for a protagonist, because last season we were allowed to get up so close to him, could practically feel him tearing under Hannibal & Jack’s hands as they pulled him apart between them. Not only could we SEE him drowning, water flooding the frames nearly as often as light, we could HEAR him, because he would tell Hannibal how he felt. Will was open in S1 — too open, and he got hurt so, soooo badly. Now in S2, he’s trying to close off from others, reluctant to tell anyone how he really feels, terrified his words will echo around this dark stone chamber for anyone to grab and use against him. So he swallows down that scream perched under his chin, traps it inside where it synaesthizes into these searing visuals. Does Will feel conflicted? I don’t know, let’s take a look again at that cap up there, his face cleaved in light and shadow. Does Will feel self-destructive? I don’t know, let’s look at the scene where he imagines himself executed by his own hand.

It’s fantastically done, because as S2 Will’s words & behaviors toward the people around him change to something more filtered and defensive, his ~true~ thoughts & feelings & Will Grahamness becomes something contested — amongst the other characters, and amongst the audience. But for those of us watching the show, we get something more than Alana, or Jack, or Chilton: Will’s nightmares, his visions made of antler and blood. They’re something Will feels that only we can see, and we take this and we intuit, we come to conclusions about Will, think that we, at least, do know him.

There’s a character who feels like this too, of course.

Oh yeah, they’ve gone done it again, those brilliant storynerds: they’ve Lecterized us. And you know what happens to Hannibal Lecter this season? He gets surprised by Will Graham a fair few times. Something we’ll be able to…empathize with.


Alright let’s live-blog another chapter of this damn masterpiece:

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bladez-overlord  asked:

I'm going to be honest here. It does seem by now it's getting dragged on more than needed. I can understand why some people would call it a smear campaign. Does it make it right to? No. In all honesty I wouldn't of seen this as real if you weren't talking about it mBECAUSE I remember you from Whachow.

But see, I shouldn’t have had to be the one that really spearheaded some people’s awareness and trust of this story.

With how some people have reacted (calling these women “victims” and being skeptical when there’s evidence right there, literally, Psy’s name attached to verbal abuse and sexual comments) it really burns me up. Because Shannon’s original post speaks volumes, has TONS of screencapped examples of what had been going on. And that was just her story. Filthy, Liz, Ame? Those three ALONE have enough visual evidence and testimonies that should seal the deal. Yet people are still skeptical.

The definition of a smear campaign is a tactic that is an unfair or untrue political attack. A more generally used definition is an organized reputation-damaging activity by a group. Each of these girls, every SINGLE one of them, was a victim of just that. Spearheaded by Psy. Once Psy was done with one of them, he’d condition everyone he knew who would listen to him to hate them. He’d tell horror stories to each of these girls about Ame,about Spring, about Liz. He’d send people after Shannon each time she spoke out against him, he’d convince people that Filthy was someone to constant fling insults at. He’s chased dozens of women away using his abandoning and silencing tactics, And I wasn’t the only one who watched.

I think it’s important that people like myself, Jake, and Meta speak up. Because it’s obvious that people aren’t listening to the ACTUAL victims. I’m not sure WHY, they’re the ones with the real evidence, the REAL horror stories. I’m a grown ass man and I can’t stomach reading the chat logs that Shannon has offered up as evidence. It’s THAT disgusting, but I know it’s real. Because I know how Psy talks. I know what he says. I had a Livejournal once, I watched him make posts, I heard him go on rants. He had tried to convince me that people like Prasm were just “stuck up bitches” back in the day, and I know Prasm as one of the sweetest people I’ve met online since I arrived in 2004.

Which is why this ISN’T a smear campaign. Nothing any of the girls have been saying is false. And considering what they WENT through? Some of them for YEARS? The verbal, emotional, mental, sexual abuse? It isn’t unfair either. Again, people are allowed to believe what they want, but I think you’ve lost a little bit of respect with me if you can look at the INSURMOUNTABLE evidence against Psy, even in his own works where he’ll bash, abuse, and overly sexualize these women, and STILL tell me that you can’t believe even a shred of it is true.

These women suffered. I watched many of them suffer. They have a right to closure, if they wish it. But more importantly, they have a right to speak up, a responsibility to speak up, because this isn’t about dragging Psy’s “good name” through the mud. He’s done that plenty to himself. This is about healing. This is about warding future girls from his toxic predatory lifestyle. And my greatest hope is that people will get their ass in gear and just believe, or at least not attempt to invalidate the victims and their plight.