but i do like its tone

anonymous asked:

do you also hate it when people say "your work is like anime"

(pt 2) i don’t think i quite understood it, but you seemed to. is anime bad? is it a shameful art form?

i related to the post painfully well bc most of the people who make that “it looks like anime” comment are the ones who say it in a belittling tone. this in turn affects artists who spend years curating their own art styles to associate “anime” as a degrading rating that downplays our individual styles and chucks it into the “kiddish” category by the viewer.

most people (me included) don’t like to openly announce/admit that we like watching anime when we’re out of the safe zones of our fandoms, in the real world. the stigma of it is something we know that needs to be changed, but change takes time.

idk I just love how we Young People Today use ~improper~ punctuation/grammar in actually really defined ways to express tone without having to explicitly state tone like that’s just really fucking cool, like

no    =    “No,” she said. 

no.    =    "No,” she said sharply.

No    =    “No,” she stated firmly.

No.    =    “No,” she snapped.

NO    =    “No!” she shouted.

noooooo    =    “No,” she moaned.

no~    =    “No,” she said with a drawn-out sing-song.

~no~    =    “No,” she drawled sarcastically.

NOOOOO    =    “No!” she screamed dramatically.

no?!    =    “No,” she said incredulously.

time for a really weird addition to the #su critical tag

so i was trying to figure out how to phrase my issues with su’s plot and tone… like i knew i had a phrase for it, but i couldn’t quite work it out? then it hit me.

in the game hatoful boyfriend (yes the bird dating game), there’s a bit where the protagonist has a conversation with another character about a particular book. the other character complains that the book “forces its safe ethical viewpoints on the reader”.

bam. that’s it.

su forces its safe ethical viewpoints on the reader.

fighting is bad! killing is bad! being nice to people is good! people have reasons for the things they do!

yeah - all good points. unfortunately, the show doesn’t accept that things can be more complicated than this. fighting is bad, but what if you didn’t start the fight? what if the person you’re fighting wants you fucking dead? killing is bad, but if the choice is kill or be killed… well, doesn’t it make sense to at least fight back? being nice to people is good, but you aren’t obligated to show kindness to those who have hurt you or people you care about, even if they’re “totally different now”. people can have reasons and motives to do bad things, and sometimes they might even be sympathetic, but at the end of the day it’s not an excuse for hurting people, and reasons can be bad reasons - or even flimsy justifications that aren’t really a reason at all.

su never takes that leap. it neatly divides characters into “good” and “bad”, allowing the occasional cast member (eg peridot, centipeetle) to make the leap without this really damaging the status quo. this ultimately harms the show. should not rose quartz be condemned the same as bismuth? rose shattered pink diamond and bismuth was in favour of it. bismuth is poofed and trapped while rose is seen as a saint. pearl has accidentally hurt many of the people around her, and while i can sympathise with her loss… she never really apologises. because that would mean admitting that someone in the crystal gems did something really wrong and the show doesn’t allow that.

if you never criticise your characters properly you don’t have to think about the consequences of their actions. it’s lazy, it’s cheap, and it’s safe.

(yes, i actually compared hatoful boyfriend to steven universe. except, here’s a point: hatobf also has a lot of characters who do bad things to each other for “reasons” that can be sympathetic… the difference is that it’s clearly shown that what they did is wrong and other characters are allowed to express their pain and upset. yeah, the pigeon dating game handles this stuff better than the gay rock show does. go figure.)

Cartoons and Colorism

Okay so I am not really a huge fan of winx (i used to love the show back in in the early 2000′s but anyway. I was watching their new series World of winx and I noticed something about Aisha. In older series she looked like this.

Now she looks like this ….

In this image she is the second girl on the left 

This one is apparently a promotional poster 

*she’s the second one on top :| ………

It not like they couldn’t make her darker as there are random darker skinned characters….

She seems to have been desaturated - and yes it could be argued that I am being a bit petty - but I don’t get why they chose to do this, and in some series her skin tone has changed. 


 - but then again this is what they did to Flora.

Before 

After

I just don’t really know what to say - but animation companies need to stop this. I hope its just them being inconsistent with coloring :| …

To be honest not too many people watch winx club so its not really a huge deal I just wanted to make this observation

cymbals appreciation post

because we’re not real instruments or that “anyone can play the cymbals”

also because we’re the only alive cymbal line in my school district. 

day one on the job? i couldn’t raise my arms after. cymbals aren’t light to the extent of holding them up for extended periods of time and crashing and such. if you don’t believe me, try doing scarecrows. not fun. mine weigh about 5 pounds each, but when you’re holding hi-hats for snares, it’s 10 pounds on one hand. do this while marching in time, backwards in parades. some cymbals weigh more, too, and they make them look so light. 

look at their toned arms, and the insane visuals they do. 

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going along with “anyone can play the cymbals, its just like banging pots and pans together” but not. it isn’t. we tried teaching multiple people who were like “cymbals are so easy” the cadence with visuals and they couldn’t after a minute. 

ok but everyone in cymbal line has huge bruises on their arm and on their stomachs because they accidentally pinch themselves crashing, doing hi-hat snaps, and sliding. i have some near my underarm area from choking crashes too.

cymbals are amazing instruments. they are just as important as any other instrument in pit, drum line, and the band.

(^ hella rad video scv cymbal line video and insane visuals ^)

So, today was a hell of a ride and i just wanna point out that im so happy that the girl im crushing on because she saw that something was wrong and just kindly smiled and said something among the lines “do you wanna draw on my hands?”…..bless her. So today i drew her a rose in this orangey-red ish tone and a starry sky, well the stars reached one of her birthmarks on her wrist that looks like a group of bubbles colided. And lemme tell you that its so adorable with birthmarks, i only have one but its just a dot on my arm so no fun there, but hers is so beautiful just yes. She said that she is selfconcious about those thought and so i told her that they were beautiful and she wrote my name on my hand and did a heart afterwards and just…… IM BLESSED
I’m gonna tag @wittyy-name and @wolfpainters again so that they can scream with me because this is literally the irl version of TMWM

It’s been a while since i painted so i thought i would do something fun to relax so i sort of just set my itunes playlist on random and drew the first thing that came to mind . I also tried to play around a bit with colours. Sorry its kind of rough. =_= but i really do like the contrast in it. I might try to do some more high contrast artwork in the future.. as much as i love soft blended tones.

As always I love when you reblog my artwork, but please do not repost (save and re-upload as a new post) my art work on this or other sites without my permission.

I don’t understand where this fandom mentality comes from that everyone has to like all the characters within a book/series/movie? And people start fighting you if you don’t like one character to the same extent as they do?

Like, be happy that people enjoy their favourite character (or ship). That they are so inspired by them that they write fanfic, draw fanart or develop headcanons for them. They share their love and you can do the same with your favourite characters - that’s the point of fandom.

But attacking other fans because they don’t include every single character for reasons that they are entirely their own? It doesn’t matter if you agree or not. Everyone has preferences and they are allowed to have them.

Seriously, since “Winter” was released, this fandom has become a minefield.
And I don’t mean that the character of Winter changed it, but it’s the tone of the discussions. It’s not so much about respectful, informative discussions anymore. It’s gotten nasty with a few people insulting and bullying other fans for their preferences with a self-righteousness that is seriously uncalled for.

Because now, if you don’t include a certain character, you are called out for whatever inane reason. I once got the question once why I didn’t include a certain ship for a story idea I had. Why is that any of their concern? It’s my story idea, either you like it or not but I’m not playing character bingo and include everyone just because the fandom thinks I have to because they are in the original story. That’s what fanfic is for, to expand on the characters you love, maybe all of them or just one of them, but that isn’t anyone’s business. If I see a story tagged with Character X, I’m not asking the author, “hey, where’s Character Y?” That story isn’t for me, so I move on to stories that are.

Because here’s the thing: No one owes you anything.

No one has to write a fic you enjoy.

No one has to draw a fanart that you can reblog.

No one has to spend their time of the day on characters they don’t like just because they feel pressured to do so.

But: Everyone deserves respect. Or, at least, just because someone has a different opinion, it doesn’t give you the right to insult them. Opinions are not facts.

You don’t have to agree with someone but it’s not too much to ask to treat them with a minimum of respect. Especially over something as personal and random as favourite characters/ships.

For next year, I do hope we leave this kind of mentality behind us, so people can resume creating content they enjoy for people who appreciate it, without being attacked for not doing it as some people might see fit. I’m not naive, I know there will always be drama and shipper wars or whatever. But this year, it was no fun being in the TLC fandom. And I say this especially in regard to the TLC shipweeks.

The creators of shipweeks are putting a lot of effort into it. The fans are putting a lot of effort into their work, too. So, if you are not happy that your character/ship/brotp isn’t as included as much as you would like, create your own content. Spread the love. But respect other people’s choices.

And for every other fan: Just have lots of fun with TLC, with your favourite characters and ships and don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t allowed to.

My roommates are out right now

Genre: smut, college au
Pairing: Jimin x reader
Word count: 1895

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“You should try the Tteokbokki” you heard from your right as you were looking at the menu that was hung on the wall behind the counter. “What?” you said in a surprised tone as you looked besides you to find an orange haired, slightly muscular guy staring at you. He pointed at the menu before repeating “The Tteokbokki. It’s really good. Do you like spicy food?” he reached behind him to pull the zipper of his black backpack and take his wallet out.

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New ‘Xylitol White’ CM (end Oct 2016) plus making-of and interview.  Yuzu is so handsome, and of course, adorable as always! ^^

CM:
Yuzuru: “After break time?  Wh…ite~~…. Come, smile!”

CM-making:
0:24-  Can you play the music a bit please? (he practises the movements)

0:49-  Is the tone of my voice ok? It was so high.

1:16-  I want to do it again with more of a smile.  I did it so seriously.

1:38-  (in a deep voice) Come, smile! (laughs) It will be recorded at the same time, right?

1:50-  Wh…ite~~, sorry can I do it again?  My pitch was really off.
It is so difficult to do!!
I always feel that quads are easier to do than recording. (laughter)

Interview:
Q: Your feelings after the shoot?
Y: The theme this time is like from the Middle Ages. I enjoyed filming it.

Q: How do you spend your break time?
Y: I really like TV games. When I am tired…. or maybe even when I am not tired (laughs)….. I play TV games, listen to music, watch TV.  I have a quiet rest at home.

Q: Things that make you smile?
Y: I really like machines. I enjoy looking at machines and headphones. (laughs) Like right now, I am very interested in the headphones that Mr Soundman is using; I want to check out the brand. (laughs)

Q: In the CM, you shouted, 'White!’ Do you have any kind of ‘shout’ to yourself before a competition?
Y: My brain and my heart, the calmness and passion, to fuse them together, I always talk with Coach Brian Orser before a competition.

Q: In the CM, you had a bit of difficulty saying 'Wh..ite~~!’
Y: Yes I can’t help feeling a bit frustrated about that. I still think I didn’t do it well. (laughs)
Q: Performing on ice is easier?
Y: Yes, it is.  Doing a quad loop is definitely easier. I think I will be practising earnestly tonight! (laughs)

Q: What is something white that you cannot do without?
Y: The skating rink.
I like the rink in my hometown Sendai the most. It is the rink where I first started skating… it has a warm image for me.

–my brief translation

Yeah I’m getting really tired of hearing tattoo artists praise white skin and act like dark skin is some horrible chore.  People of color have been tattooing their skin for a millennia but modern tattoo artists act like doing brown people is equivalent to puling teeth.  If you’re the best of the best than you should be able to do any skin tone, using whiteness as a crutch and blaming brown people for existing just means you’re a limited artist.  If they were honest and said, “Yeah I have only worked on pale skin and I might struggle with translating that to dark skin” then it would be fine but they always frame it as if its the fault of the dark skinned person. 

If a dark skinned person said, “Sorry I only know how to work on dark skinned canvases” people would give them so much crap.  But if someone says, “I only work on pale skin” its an industry standard. 

but we put the sin in sincere

we put the do in the doubt

god is perfectly clear

we are perfectly out 

after possibly saving the world using a beyonce album from the future, intern maureen and michelle nguyen take a well deserved break 

New Neighbors

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Imagine moving to Beacon Hills and being forced to meet your new neighbors The Stilinski’s.

A/N: This is pre-season One.

“This is stupid.” You muttered, to the man formally known as your father. In your hands a hot plate of fresh sugar cookies you were forced to bake. Apparently being neighborly consisted of actually conversing with them. As if giving away free food wasn’t bad enough, you were now expected to talk to them?
  “You know people don’t actually do this anymore, right? Most of us just choose to ignore our neighbors like nice decent people.” You informed, your farther.
  He rolled his eyes, disregarding all your feelings as he rang the doorbell. You cringed hearing its loud tone echoing throughout the house. ‘Please let no one be home.’ You pleaded to yourself.                                         

   Unfortunately your prayers weren’t answered for the door opened revealing a pale gangly boy with a shaved hair. “Can I help you?”
 Your father gave his best doctor smile, presenting his hand. “Hi, I’m Daniel and this is my daughter (y/n). We just moved in next door and thought we’d come introduce ourselves.”
“Hi.” You waved, trying your hardest to appear friendly. It wasn’t like you had no friends, back in Washington you made plenty.  You just felt tried of making them only to move every couple of months or years later.
 "Oh, hi. Just a minute I’ll get my dad.“  He said, awkwardly.
  You roll your eyes as he scrambles away leaving the door wide open. “See? Blissfully ignorant of each other’s presence.”
 "Be nice.“ Your father muttered, elbowing you in the side softly.
 "I’m always nice.” You shot back.
This time he rolled his eyes. Thankfully the ‘argument’ got interrupted by the arrival of who you believed to be the boy’s dad. The man looked like the epitome of fatherhood. “Hello, I’m Sheriff Stilinski. My son told me, we had some new neighbors. Please come in, forgive my ill mannered son.” He said, knocking the boy gently on the head.
    “Hey, they could be vampires for all I know. Do you really want vampires in our house?” He challenged.
 Sheriff Stilinski gave him an unimpressed look. “It’s a bright sunny day. Moreover vampires aren’t real in case you forgot.”
 "Actually many vampires nowadays can walk in daylight- even Dracula was said to be seen at all times of day.“ You informed. As much as you hated to admit it, you were somewhat of a book nerd. "So you were right to hesitate. I mean how many neighbors greet each other nowadays?”
 The boy shrugged. “I mean I lived here my whole life so I wouldn’t know. But I believe firmly in ignoring those who live next to you. I mean why get involved?”
 "Exactly!“ You exclaimed.
Your father placed a weary hand on your shoulder. "As you can see, my daughter is just as ill mannered.”
 "I brought cookies, I said hello, what more do you want me to do?“ You questioned.
 "How about come in and sit down for awhile?”  Sheriff Stilinski suggested, “Stiles could use more friends.”
  “Hey!” The boy cried indignantly. “I have friends.”
 Before you could answer, your father nudged you forward. “We’d be delighted.”
 Great, just what you were trying to avoid… friends.

tips for happiness
  • do not think about this performance.
  • do not think about how brendon says this will be the first time he doesn’t cry singing the song and then promptly does.
  • do not think about how “northern downpour” was written as a love song and now sounds like a lonely ballad.
  • do not think about how dallon sensitively, and i would argue, tentatively, sings all the “hey moon”s.
  • do not think about spencer throughout the song in general.
  • do not think about how brendon’s tone switches ¾ of the way through to sheer anger.
  • do not think about how this video is from 2011 and we’ll never hear the song live again.
  • and finally, do not think about 2:26 when brendon has to turn away from the mic and say, “god, i’m sorry” before he can finish the line, “melt your headaches, call it home.”
  • don’t
  • think
  • about
  • northern
  • downpour
  • ever
  • again

White Ball, Amanda Cazalet for Martine Sitbon, 1990

Using hand cut paper masks whilst printing the pictures allowed me to take someones skin tone from white to black or vice versa whilst keeping their clothes light. For ages in fashion we have accepted that peoples skin tones could be printed bleached out and totally white (look at Erwin Blumenfeld’s beautiful shot of the eye and the lip for the front of Vogue or Paolo Roversi’s ethereal nudes.) I merely reversed that, as I felt that the pure blackness of the skin tone was just as beautiful as its whiteness. The subject I photographed could be of any skin type. It has nothing to do with race anymore than putting a blue gel and a red gel over the lights. Look at painters like Kees Van Dongen, Matisse, or Otto Dix and their use of colour to depict the emotion and beauty of a woman’s face.
Photography is widely misunderstood. It is not a medium that shows you truth any more than a feature film is. We all suspend belief when we are watching a film, superman cannot really fly, so why when it comes to looking at a single frame we completely change how we read the intention behind the image.  Photography is a highly subjective proposition of what the photographer wants to communicate and in fact the more skilled the photographer, the more they will show you a vision that you cannot possibly see or even imagine. That is what we want from our artists, to show us worlds we cannot see.  This is true of all photography, from war photography to fashion photography. Photography is not about reality any more than any of the other arts; cinema, painting or writing. I would argue that it should not be shackled to this notion of being the bringer of truth, that has never been it’s role. - Nick Knight

I still can’t get over the Spine-Thing Marianne does to Bog, it’s such a risky move for a children movie.
And what I can’t over even more is the fact, that it’s already toned down, that it originally was much more explicit.
The heck was Marianne supposed to do, making the finger walk on his lower front?

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This video has inspired me for years and I thought it would be a nice tone to set for the new year. One of the things I love the most is that we have come so far with our knowledge about the ocean and its inhabitants that we are actually able to house the world’s largest fish: the whale shark, in captivity. I just think that is amazing. I know there are plenty of people out there who are totally against housing animals like this, but let me tell you from experience, behind the scenes the biologists and engineers that run and care for these exhibits do everything in their power to provide the best quality of life for these animals. (Not to say all aquariums are perfect, there are issues out there, but I don’t want to get into that now, we’ll save that for another post on another day)

I came across this video back in high school and when ever I was feeling down I’d put it on to remind myself why I choose the path I did. I am so happy each and every day that I stuck with it even if life is not turning out the way I thought it would, I don’t regret my choices.

I hope in the coming year you will find inspiration and that you will not find regret. Remember that even if your path leads to an unexpected destination, it is yours and you can turn that into the best place, and before you know it you’ll realize that it is where you wanted to be all along. Trust in yourself and your path. Be kind and find kindness in return. And most importantly I hope you learn something this year, because we should never stop learning and growing and becoming better versions of ourselves.

Thank you all for a wonderful year, and here’s to the next one!

No Regrets for finding this on your blog @tardisdementor
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Castiel: Gabriel told me he would like to netflix and chill with you, Sam.
Sam: *chokes*

“Sam.”

“Gah! Cas, maybe give a bit more of a warning next time will you?”

Castiel reached down to lift a ancient tome from the floor as Sam began to place the chair up right again.

“My apologizes, but this information appeared to be of dire importance.”

“Ok then, what’s the information about?” Sam turned back to sorting out books on the table while Castiel tilt his head to the side and furrowed his eyebrows.

“It appears Gabriel would like to,” Sam’s head snapped straight up as Castiel let the words slip past his lips in a confused tone.

“Netflix and chill? I do not understand, but he wishes to engage in this Netflix and chill with you.” Castiel reached for one of the tomes to skip through its content while Sam started choking on air.

“What?!” The brunette manage to squeak out as blood when straight to his cheeks. Suddenly a snap was heard and Sam disappeared with the echoes of a mischievous laughter.

Castiel only sighed at the note left behind before looking for the older Winchester, the angel was pretty sure Dean would be furious with Sam gone for a week now. He never knew Netflix and chill lasts that long.