If marathons exist for people to prove that they’re intrinsically better than you, ultramarathons exist to shame you for drawing the same air as their participants. And Australia’s Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon is the pinnacle. The event consisted of a 544-mile run – we’d give up on driving that – across brutal and unforgiving territory. So imagine everyone’s surprise back in 1983, when a 61-year-old potato farmer named Cliff Young lined up right alongside the strapping young gods and goddesses that normally go in for this sort of thing. Literally toothless, dressed in gumboots and long trousers, he ran in a weird old-man shuffle. Cliff further revealed that he was a virgin who still lived with his mom – as though that needed elaborating.
By the end of day two, Cliff was not only markedly less dead than everyone expected, but had a sizeable lead on his competitors. This was largely due to his coach/insane friend Wally Zeuschner who, after an exhausting first day of running, accidentally set Cliff’s alarm clock for 2AM. For the remainder of the race, Wally was right there, informing Cliff that sleep was for pussies, and hacking off foot blisters with a rabbit knife. When Cliff shuffled his way into Melbourne, he wasn’t just ahead of his competitors – he was miles and miles ahead, having knocked a good two goddamned days off the previous record for the course.
Using Photoshop's "Black & White" adjustment vs. rough blue line art.
When I draw a thing, I often first draw it rough using Col-Erase™ blue pencil. Then I go over top and make it look NICER using a dark pencil.
I used to remove the blue pencil from the image in Photoshop by selecting the “blue” channel of the RGB scan and turning that into the line art. That was the old way! This is the new way, and it is better!
Look at this drawing. This is what a raw scan usually looks like. See the faint blue lines in there? Ick.
This is what it looks like when I select the blue RGB channel:
It’s pretty effective, but not a critical hit. I can still see faint traces of the blue lines:
Normally I wouldn’t worry about it. I’d just blow ‘em out by increasing the contrast (through the Curves or Levels adjustment). BUT WHY SETTLE FOR THAT?
I don’t know when Photoshop introduced the Black & White adjustment tool, but it’s my new best friend. Let’s make a Black & White adjustment layer above our raw scan.
You’ll get this fun palette popping up:
… but you’ll still see the faint blue lines. They’ll be in black & white, but they’re still very visible. HOLD ON, that’s because we haven’t DONE ANYTHING yet.
CLICK! I select the “Blue Filter” preset:
Now look where those blue lines used to be:
You can even jack the sliders up to make your old blue lines look BRIGHTER, which is no big deal because our goal in the end will be to make that light-grey that used to be my white paper actually look white.
I'ma add a Curves adjustment layer.
Fiddle with the curves til your paper surface is white and your lines look about as good as they can look:
YOU CAN STOP NOW IF THAT’S ALL YOU WANT. Here’s some bonus shizz. I’m going to show you how to make the most useful line art you can have. Go to the Channels palette and command-click (or CTRL-click if you need your instructions to be that specific to your own personal life experience) the RGB channel’s thumbnail:
You’ll get a selection in the shape of your lines. Important : INVERT SELECTION. Don’t “invert” the contents of the selection, use the INVERT SELECTION menu thing or just press command-shift-I. Then make a new layer to accommodate your line art:
Fill the selection with your colour of choice:
Ta-da! You have useful line art. Why is this more useful than simply setting your line art layer to “Multiply?” Well, give it a try and see if you can’t come up with your own reason. Or just trust me. It’s MORE FLEXIBLE.
Steven’s world is about to take a dark turn when an old enemy
returns, intending to unleash his wrath upon the planet. A super weapon
with the power to end all life has been discovered, and this dark enemy
intends to use it to complete the mission the Cluster failed to
accomplish. Can the Crystal Gems stop him from succeeding, or will they
fail… and let the world fall into darkness…?
Collab Artist Contributions: Me: Rough sketches, solid colors, gradient sky, stars. @sketchapod: Line work, cliff colors. @aqua-the-rock: For her valiant efforts to help me color this project, but her computer kept crashing, I still thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Featuring: All Canon Characters and Gems My gemsonas Onyx and Agate, as well as Tanzine, Taaffeite, Orthoclase and Almandine as dark silhouettes. @sketchapod‘s Rhodochrosite and Peridot’s Manager as a dark
@flower-thorns‘s Vanadinite @vt-scribbles‘s Phire (I wanted to give him a bigger role so I put him on the poster to emphasize that.) @sonicgirl95′s Pyrite @norklostheart‘s Wulfenite
as a dark silhouette. @namelessphantom‘s Sodalite
as a dark silhouette. and @gemcrust‘s Ice as
as a dark silhouette.
(Reminder: I was given permission to feature all of these characters in this upcoming story, but if you were one of these people who gave me permission and have either forgotten or feel the need to talk to me about them being featured, let me know. I would never want to do something without permission.)
A/N: I am back ladies and gentlemen.I finally found time to finish up this Au, part5 is very long I know. I want to thank all of you for the support and sweet words. I will do my best in the future for all you guys. I might be a bit slow with the ships though,sorry about that. Nonetheless I hope you like this and sorry for any mistakes made. Requests are open.
Word count: 5,009
Warnings: Blood and swearing.
The woman had escaped in the last moment, you were standing there, looking at the big wound on your father’s hand. The blade was from silver, which meant that it was going to heal slower that it normally would take.
“Jungkook.”said your father looking at his arm
“Dad!”you yelled out and was about to run over to him, when Jungkook lifted you up and took you back to his room “Dad!”you looked down at the person holding you “Jungkook let me go! He is hurt!Jungkook!” you were squirming onto his shoulder
“Stop!”he yelled out and you flinched, noticing this, he moved you from his shoulder into his arms ,where you could look at him “It’s because he is hurt. Y/N,your father is a strong werewolf, he doesn’t want you to see him like that.”
In a way, you felt that what Jungkook was saying was right. You let him take you back to the room, where you laid in bed, enveloped in his embrace. So warm and full of hope and happiness. You drifted off in a far place, a place where thoughts ruled…your dreams.
You opened your eyes and saw yourself floating in the air, at first you panicked ,but after you relaxed you noticed the world around you. It was covered in the brightness of the color white.
“It is beautiful, isn’t it?”a voice asked, but you didn’t think too much of it and answered
“Look down child.” the voice said
In front of you was a big cliff, also covered in the bright white color of purity. It was very high up, but in a way you felt like if someone fell from there, they would land on something fluffy. As your eyes were taking in the beauty, they landed on something walking towards the edge of the cliff. A long red line made from someones clothing.
I think I’m most drawn to Hemlocks, Rhododendron, and Mountain Laurel trees for their ability to “hold on”. Living in a region lined with cliffs, I see lots of life that manages to get by, and to even thrive in such harsh conditions. I’m always amazed, and inspired.
This massive hemlock is growing right on the edge of a cliff. It was an eery feeling just getting close enough to take this picture. But it stands here every day, fearless.
Title: License to Science (And Kill) Characters: Hanji Zoe x Levi Genre: Action / Humor / Romance Rating: T
SECRET AGENT AU
When International criminal organization, TITAN, successfully steals an arsenal of missiles along with their encrypted launch codes, Code Blue is initiated. It up to Agent Levi Ackerman, a spy in a class of his own, and research scientist Hanji Zoe, the premiere authority on the organization, to halt a global catastrophe in its tracks.
“Where are you going? Shouldn’t we be trying to get back to your friends?”
Hanji turned down one side street, and then down another. She wrenched the wheel and tires spun as the car skidded onto a wider, main road. It led South. Away from the safe house.
“I’d rather not lead four cars of TITAN agents back to our new base of operations.”
Mike was injured and there was very possibly a traitor in his company. She didn’t think it wise to bring a firefight to their doorstep. Doing so would in all likelihood mean the loss of the codes – and probably a few agents. TITAN wasn’t known for taking prisoners.
As she sped over the two lane road, the car’s engine roared. Rapid pops, barely audible over the engine, sounded behind them. Windows shattered as bullets tore through the glass. Hanji flinched, instinctively ducking to the side. The pastor slouched low in his seat. His hands, still cuffed to the door, strained to cover his head.