combining colour with black and white

anonymous asked:

Stumbled across your art recently, and I totally admire your work! As a complete noob to the digital art scene, I'd just like to ask whether you have any tips on colour picking (like for skin tones, under varied/dramatic lighting and such!). I have a ton of other things I want to ask, but I'll limit myself to one question and then try to google the rest, haha/ Thanks for sharing your art with us! ^^

ahh thank you so much! ♥ welcome to the digial art scene friend, i hope you enjoy your stay and ctrl + z

now onto your question! (if you don’t know what layer and layer modes are and how they generally work you should probably google that before you continue reading)

we all perceive colour differently (thx science) and i trust my intuition a lot when it comes to colour picking because of that, and also because i feel like you can make pretty much every colour combination work within the right context. context is key! but still, remember that all of this is about how i perceive colour, so you might not agree with everything i say.

here’s a quick rundown of terms you’ll see around a lot in reference to colours and shading: the hue, which is the ‘colour’ itself, the saturation aka the intensity, and the brightness [or value] which describes how dark or bright we perceive a colour to be.

rule of thumb: when you shade don’t just add black (or white) to your base colours, that will make your drawings boring and lifeless. use different hues and saturation!

now first things first: which skin colour does the character have?

you’ll mostly be navigating in the red to yellow spectrum for the skin tone. so when i pick the base colours i usually start with the skin and adjust the rest of the colours accordingly. if you’re not sure where to begin it might help if you first determine the values (brightness) of the base colours in grayscale.

and here are a few colour variations—i stuck to the approximate values but played around with a lot of different hues and levels of saturation.

now compare 3 and 5: you’ll notice that 3 is very bright and leans towards orange hues, whereas 5 has a pinkish tint.

on the left i gave 5 the hair colour of 3 and in my opinion the pink hue of the skin doesn’t go well with the orange undertone of the hair. you’ll have to experiment a lot to find out which combinations work for you.  

ctrl + u is your biggest friend (or image >> adjustments >> hue/saturation in photoshop, the shortcut works in sai and clip studio paint too). play with the sliders and see what happens. i do that a lot myself, because it’s easier to coordinate the colours like that afterwards instead of trying to manually pick perfectly matching ones right away.

for further adjustments i like to use an extra semi-transparent layer on top of everything with just a single colour to add atmospheric light. this unifies the colours and makes them more harmonious, if that’s what you’re looking for. this is about as far as i’d go if i didn’t want to shade the drawing.

if i do want to shade, especially with high contrasts and dramatic light, i darken the base by just adding an additional black layer, here set to 40% opacity. of course you could add a colour layer like the ones i mentioned previously too.

to create an impression of dramatic light you need a high contrast between light and dark areas (1). if i want additional visual intrest i often add secondary light which falls onto the main shadow areas. here i picked a faint greenish blue to balance out the yellow (2). and since light is at least partially reflected when it hits a surface you should add a faint glow that goes across the shadow/light border. i uses a mid-brown with a very soft brush on a layer set to overlay here (3).

for this shading style i like to use the layer mode colour dodge with lowered opacity + fill settings. for some layer modes opacity and fill do the exact same thing (e.g. for multiply or screen). however for colour dodge there’s a big difference:

a lowered opacity merely alters the transparency of the entire layer. that looks pretty awful sometimes, because the bright orange affects the dark of the hair much more intensely than the already brighter skin. but when you lower the fill percentage you primarily lower the amount of light that falls onto darker colours. so the layer’s opacity setting treats every colour equally whereas the fill setting takes their values into consideration. it might be hard to understand if you don’t try it out yourself, so just play around to get a feel for how it works!

and to summarise, here’s a process gif:

colour is an extremely big topic and i’ve only barely scratched the surface but i hope that still helped you out a little! the fastest way to learn is always to try things yourself, so grab a sketch and experiment. 👍

anonymous asked:

Out of interest, what are the colour variations of canis lupus and other wolf subspecies? Thank you for your time :)

Colour variations per wolf species:

- Gray wolves (Canis lupus) can have coat colours or colour combinations ranging from black, grey, white (though never a “pure”, bright white as seen in domestic dogs), brown, blonde, “silver”, reddish/orange. The Gray wolf has a lot of subspecies, and each subspecies has it’s own variation in colour. Some can come in all colours named above, whereas other Gray wolf subspecies for example only come in white. 

If you want to know the coat colour possibilities of a certain Gray wolf subspecies, you can easily find that online.

Some colour possibilities in Gray wolves:

Entirely black [X]

Black and grey [X]

Different shades of grey [X]

Very light grey [X]

High contrast [X]

Little contrast [X]

Grey white black brown [X]

Brown/reddish with whites and blacks [X]

Brown and black with some greys [X]

Brown and black [X]

Light brownish/sandish [X]

Blonde/yellowish [X]

Silverish [X]

White [X]

White with some grey and/or black variations [X]

- Red wolves (Canis rufus) always have a combination of the colours orange/reddish, brown and grey, with black markings, along with some white parts and some black parts like in the tip of their tail:

[X]

- Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) are orange with white, with some grey/brown and black markings:

[X]

All of the depicted coat colours above of course can have lots of variations - especially the darkness/brightness and contrast. No wolf looks the same. It’s very difficult to map out all the different possibilities, but this gives a good overview.

Also, here’s a nice chart with pictures of some wolf subspecies that shows the typical coat colour for each subspecies.

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If you liked my purple and white dragon with toebeans, then you’ll love this Faerie dragon with its TWO-TONED TOEBEANS!

I love this colour combination so much! It looks fiery and Halloween-ey all at the same time!

This dragon and others available in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PeaceInDragons

  • Jungkook: Hey guys! Let's play a game.
  • Jungkook: Combine the colour of your shirt and the person you last hooked up with and that'll be your stripper name.
  • Taehyung: ... Green Jimin
  • Hoseok: ... Black Yoongi
  • Seokjin: ... White Namjoon
  • Jungkook:
  • Jungkook: I fucking hate this family.
Colours in Polish - combinations

Originally posted by xeptum

I don’t want to repeat all those posts about colours - I would like to show you something more…

Basic colours:
English - Polish (adj. masculine) - Polish (noun)

  • white - biały - biel f
  • grey - szary - szarość f
  • black - czarny - czerń f
  • red - czerwony - czerwień f
  • deep red - bordowy - bordo n
  • yellow - żółty - żółć f
  • green - zielony - zieleń f
  • blue - niebieski - <—>
  • baby blue - błękitny - błękit m
  • navy blue - granatowy - granat m
  • purple, violet - fioletowy - fiolet m
  • orange - pomarańczowy - pomarańcz m
  • brown - brązowy - brąz m
  • pink - różowy - róż m
  • golden - złoty - złoto* n
  • silver - srebrny - srebro* n

Notes:
1) Some nouns have more than one meaning:

  • żółć - bile/gall (a yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver)
  • zieleń - lush vegetation, verdure
  • granat - pomegranate or grenade
  • brąz - bronze
  • róż - rouge, blush (as a cosmetic)

2) Brąz means not only a colour, but also bronze (an alloy). If you want to say that something is brown you use an adjective:

  • Brązowe spodnie / Te spodnie są brązowe
  • Brown trousers / These trousers are brown

But if you want to say that something is made of bronze you use this phrase:

  • Bransoletka z brązu / Ta bransoletka została wykonana z brązu
  • A bronze bracelet / This bracelet was made of bronze

3) Be careful! Pomarańcz m and pomarańcza f are different things - pomarańcz m is a noun created from an orange colour, pomarańcza f is the fruit - an orange.

4) * You can create a noun from adjectives złoty and srebrny but then you change the meaning. Złoty and srebrny mean both - colours and metals. That’s why złoto and srebro refer to metals, not to colours.

Combinations:

1) Dark/Light colours

If you want to pinpoint that colour XYZ has a darker or lighter hue, you use phrase ciemno jasno colour (works with adjectives) or ciemny / jasny + colour (works with nouns). Remember that phrase ciemno / jasno + colour is written together! Examples:

  • ciemnoniebieski / jasnoniebieski - dark blue / light blue
  • ciemnozielony / jasnozielony - dark green / light green
  • ciemnożółty / jasnożółty - dark yellow / light yellow

  • ciemny / jasny błękit - dark / light baby blue
  • ciemna / jasna zieleń - dark / light green
  • ciemna / jasna żółć  - dark / light yellow

Notes:
There are colours that can’t be used in this phrase because it sounds too weird. Those colours are: biały (biel), czarny (czerń), bordowy (bordo), granatowy (granat), złoty, srebrny. But it is possible to create phrases ciemne złoto or ciemne srebro while thinking about metals, not colours.

2) Two colours and more

If you want to combine two or more colours, you have to use an adverb (ends with -o) + adjective. For instance:

  • biało-czerwona flaga - a white and red flag
  • czarno-biały film - a black and white film
  • żółto-zielono-niebieska koszula - a yellow, green and blue shirt

Notes:
This scheme is used not only to colours. It is possible to create other phrases like:

  • słownik polsko-angielski - a Polish-English dictionary
  • język staro-cerkiewno-słowiański Old Church Slavonic language BUT język starobułgarski - Old Bulgarian language; język nowogrecki - Modern Greek (language)
  • Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza - AGH University of Science and Technology

As you can see words staro- (old) and nowo- (new, modern) have to be written together.

White Giri, Black Ninjo

Or, alternatively: “The Key to Kaneki’s Hair”.

The symbolism of Kaneki’s changing hair colours has always been a much-discussed topic in the fandom since it typically comes with a major shift in his personality. It will always either be white, black or a combination of the two. However, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what each colour signifies; easier, perhaps, in the first manga where black was a firm Yin and white a firm Yang, but :re shakes things up a little, with the heavily violent and proactive Black Reaper having the same black hair as the meek and helpless Kuroneki of the start. His personality was far more like the white-haired Shironeki, so, why the black hair? A strong case could be made for it to be an inverted mirror-image of the transformation in the original series, but I think that the specific blackness of the hair is representative of the same thing that it was for Kuroneki.

Namely, following the path of your emotions rather than that of your duty. In Japanese, this is referred to as Ninjo, whereas the path of duty is referred to as Giri.

In the same way that you can find echoes of Shakespeare in practically every piece of English literature since, so it is in Japanese literature with Monzaemon Chikamatsu (1653-1724), considered the greatest Japanese dramatist there ever was. His works were revolutionary in their focus on common people rather than on nobles and kings, and particularly lauded are his love-suicide dramas, where characters would be forced to choose between their Giri and their Ninjo - for example, a married man who falls in love with a prostitute, or the lonely wife of a samurai having an affair while her husband is away on business - and, finding the choice too difficult to make, would end their internal struggle with their life. Typically Giri would be associated with the white Yang symbol as evocative of strength, whereas Ninjo is represented by the black Yin symbol as evocative of feeling.

And suddenly Kaneki’s hair begins to make a lot of sense. Kaneki continues the legacy of Chikamatsu’s tragic hero as a self-proclaimed ordinary person whose greatest internal struggle comes between feeling and duty.

As Kuroneki, Kaneki’s primary focus was his own feelings; his difficulties in adjusting to the world of the Ghoul, his friendship with Hide and later with Touka and Hinami, his fear of losing control of himself, and the basic desire to survive. But while he had all of these feelings, he had no overarching sense of duty or any greater purpose. He was thoroughly a creature of Ninjo, and with it, a head full of black hair.

But when Kaneki’s hair turns white, he finds his Giri by taking it upon himself to protect everyone and destroy Aogiri. He throws himself fully into his duty, neglecting his Ninjo by isolating himself from Touka and Hide and forcing himself into a self-destructive lifestyle. But eventually, the pain that comes from such brutal self-repression and the consequences of it - Hide’s apparent death at his hands, first and foremost - led to Kaneki completely wiping his memory as a self-defence mechanism.

Now the Ninjo has been allowed to resurface, in the mind of Haise it engages in constant battle with his Giri, as represented in his black-and-white hair - not a symbol of unity, but of discord; discord, and confusion. Haise believes his Giri to be the recovery of his memories whereas his Ninjo is his desire to remain as a CCG officer, thus the white-haired child in his mind.

But, in fact, the reverse is true. It is his Ninjo that pushes him back to his forgotten memories, because Kaneki was not truly happy in this life, and he was in fact undermining his Giri to the CCG. 

This slowly becomes apparent as Kaneki gets closer and closer to the truth, as his hair becomes blacker with Ninjo rather than whiter with Giri, until eventually it becomes fully black when his memories come flooding back and he ends up turning on the CCG.

The Black Reaper, in a very different way than Kuroneki, is still decidedly based around Ninjo. The Black Reaper’s goal is both emotional and self-focused - suicide. Even though he sets out to save Hinami, it’s part of his own Ninjo desire to atone for Hide’s death rather than a Giri sense of responsibility towards her. This is what the well-read Kaneki considers to be the last part of his own Chikamatsu style-drama - unable to handle the brutal friction between what he wants and what he feels he has to do, he believes he can only find peace in self-destruction for the sake of another; in other words, a love-suicide.

But as we all know, his story doesn’t end there.

If :re were a tragedy, it certainly would have. Chikamatsu found death to be the only solution to this impossible dilemma - once you strayed from your Giri, you were lost forever. But while Ishida is Chikamatsu’s disciple, he uses his style to prove him wrong. He allows Kaneki to regain contact with his Giri through his Ninjo as represented by his friends - first in Touka’s “I’ll see you later” and then in ‘Hide’’s “I meant to live on through you”. He has a responsibility to live on for their sake, and so his hair turns white once more as he recovers his direction and his drive in his ultimate duty as the One-Eyed King. Kaneki solves the dilemma by finding a way for the two opposing forces work in unison, breaking dramatically from the traditional Japanese tragic format. In doing so, Ishida asserts his victory in his hard-fought battle with the genre and his right to live on - whether it fits the “style” of tragedy or not.

Thus Tokyo Ghoul ultimately affirms a Giri-based attitude to life but emphasises the importance of catering for your Ninjo as your Giri’s inspiration rather than its opponent. Unlike before, Kaneki is driven by his Giri but is supported by his Ninjo, manifest in the friends and loved ones that surround him. His Giri duty to create a better world for Ghouls comes from his Ninjo love for Touka.

A perfect and final balance of Yin and Yang.

Feathers: Color Meanings

Below is a brief rundown of the possible color meanings of feathers (though trust your own heart and use this as a general guide - you can experiment with this!)

WHITE - purification, spirituality, hope, trust, faith, protection, peace, Heaven, angels, and also act as blessings and wisdom connected with moon.

RED - the root chakra (money, possessions, security, career), physical vitality/energy/life force/action, good fortune, passion, emotions, courage.

BLUE - throat chakra (communication, acceptance, speaking your truth) peace, inspiration, mental abilities/knowledge, connection with spirits, spiritual protection and psychic awareness.

YELLOW - solar plexus chakra (gut intuition, happiness), blessings and wisdom connected with powerful sun energy, intelligence, playfulness, joy, cheerfulness, mental alertness, vision.

GREEN - (heart chakra - love, emotions, relationships, forgiveness), health, healing, nature, environment, nature spirits, plant spirits, animal spirits, growth, fertility, harmony, unity, money, prosperity, success.

ORANGE (sacral chakra - sex/physical relationships, love, appetitite, attraction), energy, change, optimism, and ambition, success, new ideas, will power, creativity, physical love, new ideas, will power, independence.

PINK - unconditional love, romance, feelings, friendship, caring, compassion, harmony, service, empathy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, honour, inspiration.

GREY - peace and neutrality (as it is in the middle of black and white), authenticness, flexibility.

PURPLE - (crown chakra - universal consiousness, spiritual connection), heightened spiritual growth and experiences, higher thought.

BROWN - earth, stability, grounding, endurance, home, friendship, respect.

BLACK - protection, warning, repelling or warning of negative energy, death (as in a closed chapter), mystical wisdom - a sign that you are undergoing a spiritual initiation, growth or increased wisdom. When the feathers are irridescent, oir represents high mystical insight (especially if there is a shiny irridescence).


COLOUR COMBINATIONS:

Black and white mixed feathers can represent protection, or the sense of union.

Black mixed with purple represents a very deep spirituality. i would take it as a feeply mystical sign.

Black, white, and blue mixed feathers denote change on the horizon.

Brown and black striped pattern (like a pheasant/s feather) - balance between the physical and the spiritual.

Brown and white - happiness, and you will go under the radar from psychic or other harm.

Feathers with red and green in them or together would denote that you are being assisted financially. I would take it as a very lucky sign.

Grey and white symbolize hope.

Veep Style (or my longest post ever)

The way Veep uses costumes to demonstrate character has interested me for a while, and so I’m diving in to the subject just this once.  Everything I learned about ‘reading’ costume I learned from reading Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style recaps (if you’re a Mad Men fan who’s somehow never encountered them, go forth and read).  Needless to say, this won’t be anywhere near as comprehensive, and in fact will be chiefly focused on one character, which is Amy.

There’s a simple reason for this - Amy is the most dynamic dresser on the show.  Which isn’t to say that she’s necessarily stylish - Selina knows how to dress to convey very specific messages (as does Dan), something Amy mostly doesn’t do (with one hilarious exception).  But there are two reasons why Amy’s style changes so much more than anyone else’s over the course of the show.  

Within the world of the show, Amy starts off as a comparatively young woman (say approximately 30 at the beginning?), and one who has never felt particularly comfortable with her own beauty or confident in her ability to attract men.  She also desperately wants to be taken seriously in an environment that is not particularly friendly to her.  Outside the world of the show, Anna Chlumsky has had two babies - which means her body has gone through far more dramatic changes than any other member of the main cast.  (Reid Scott and Timothy Simmons’ receding hairlines don’t really compare).  

So let’s look at season one.

This is, to my mind, Amy’s most important costume in the pilot - and certainly the one that is called back to the most.  Note how informal it is.  She’s not dressed to impress here - she’s wearing a comfortable blouse and a cardigan, and the cardigan is in a notably feminine colour.  This is important, because a lot of Amy’s costumes in season one are in direct opposition to this specific outfit.  Why?  

Because of this asshole.

Dan arrives and immediately disrupts Amy’s safe working environment, undermining her dominance in the office and reminding her (and everyone else) that Amy can be vulnerable in an explicitly feminine way (i.e. she can be disappointed/hurt romantically).  Not only does he threaten her position with Selina, as Amy’s ex he is also threatening to her emotionally.  Note how he’s dressed in blue-grey to Amy’s pink - it’s the costume designer’s way of really underlining the ‘boy-girl’ nature of their storyline.  (Something to remember for later). 

Interestingly, and perhaps as a way of differentiating their characters, Amy and Selina wear red (or colours in the red family) in very, very different ways. When Selina wears red, it’s to make herself feel powerful - and Selina in red has become part of the iconography of the show.

But Amy tends to wear red or pink only in moments when she is emotionally vulnerable - usually, but not only, tied to romance.  It’s a direct reversal of how Selina uses the colour.  So putting her in pink when Dan invades the office is a way to underscore the threat he poses.  Because even early on, it’s clear… those two have a connection, whether Amy likes it or not.



Episode two and Amy wears what would appear to be a fairly standard outfit for her at the time - a skirt and top.  She looks good - professional - and it’s a light outfit for the heat… which Dan matches exactly.  Amy wears black and grey, Dan wears black and grey (and white).  Unsurprisingly, this is the episode where their romantic connection is made explicit, and Dan is a lot more overtly flirtatious with Amy (invading her space, blowing air kisses - I don’t know how she didn’t throttle him) then he ever will be again.  Tying them together colourwise is a trick that the costumers will use again and again… but not for a while.  

Because look at Amy’s reaction to Dan coming back into her life.


Suits.  Lots and lots of suits. 

Dan is both an emotional and professional threat, and so Amy puts on her armour to deal with him.  The suits mimic menswear, putting them on a more even footing, and because Amy’s suits are always so boxy, they hide her femininity.  

Her suits are also - unlike Dan’s - cheap.  And one of the ways that becomes clear is that they never really fit right - note the way the jackets are constantly gaping over her chest.  Selina’s suits - when she wears them - never do that, they lie flat against her the way they’re supposed to, probably because Selina gets them properly tailored.  (Selina would have the money to do that mind you).  (And Amy is more busty than Selina, which makes suits more of a challenge)

Selina’s suits are brightly coloured and fit her perfectly, whereas Amy’s are blocky and invariably in colours that mimic menswear - brown, grey or black.  In other words, Selina wants attention and Amy wants to avoid it.  

But gradually, gradually, she starts to gain confidence.  She gets used to having Dan in the office, and she gets a boyfriend.  

Look at that bold, declarative red in the third picture.  Amy’s connection with Dan might not have gone away - in Andrew, the episode where Dan asks her out, their costumes are matching again - but she’s dating someone new, and I think it’s safe to say that she got properly laid on her date with Ed.  With the exception of the episode immediately following this one, we never see Amy wearing such a strong, saturated red (with matching lipstick) again.  No wonder Dan was pissed off that night in the bar - he knows her well enough to know what that means.

Now I’m  going to guess that Anna Chlumsky’s first pregnancy fell somewhere between seasons 2 and 3, because when we hit season 3 a change has occurred.

Colour.  Lush, vibrant colour.  

Within the show, the reason is simple - having a boyfriend, even one as milquetoast as Ed, did wonders for Amy’s confidence.  Her clothes are more feminine, and far, far more flattering than they were previously.  (One could even suspect that looking more feminine was Amy’s way of lulling Dan into a false sense of security, but I think it’s unlikely - she doesn’t really dress that strategically).  They’re also easier to move in, for which I give you exhibit one:

The external reason is that - odd though it may sound - it’s much easier to conceal a pregnancy (or the natural changes in a woman’s body that follow a pregnancy) in a sheath dress than a suit.  Which sounds odd, because these dresses show off Amy’s body a lot more than the suits ever did, but being all one piece, and all one colour, allows them to smooth over any unexpected lumps and bumps.  

Fortunately, for Amy to have gained confidence this year makes sense - as I’ve said, she has a new boyfriend, and this is the year where she finally vanquishes Dan, her nemesis throughout the show.  (Made all the sweeter by him not realising it happened).

But there are some things Amy just can’t avoid.

Their costumes at Mike’s wedding are kind of hilariously on point.  Dan literally has Amy all over him.  His tie matches her dress (a trick that the costume designer will repeat many times in the coming seasons), and his waistcoat matches her hair.  They may consider each other enemies, but even a full season of open competition between them doesn’t change one simple fact.

They complement each other.  

The repeated colour combination - green and blue - at the beginning and end of the season makes it clear… they have a connection that just won’t go away.

And the costumes in season four make this more and more explicit.  

They match.  Constantly.  In all of these pictures the colours of their outfits call back to each other - with Amy’s white blouse with the black pattern even calling back to Dan’s tie.  (That outfit will be repeated in the Inauguration episode in season 5, where, perversely, it underlines their new lack of connection - calling back to a time when Dan and Amy were a team and working together, instead of sniping at each other constantly - but unfortunately, I can’t find a pic).

And in no episode is this clearer than Storms and Pancakes, when Dan pretty explicitly brings Amy into his new world.

This is so costumey as to become almost ludicrous - look how well matched they are!  Every colour in Amy’s outfit appears in Dan’s outfit - and since he spends most of the episode as close to her as humanly possible, it’s kind of hard not to notice (I suspect because he is, sensibly, trying to make her feel more at ease in the new setting, so that she, and therefore they, will be successful.  In this environment he’s the only person she has to trust).  And he has good reason to do this, because I’d argue that, going by costumes alone, Storms and Pancakes was the most vulnerable Amy’s ever been in the show.  

She’s been separated from Selina, Mike’s publicly called her unstable, and her peers are gleefully agreeing with that assessment, as we see at Dan’s dreadful party.  Amy’s career is hugely important to her, she draws most of her self-confidence from the knowledge that she is good at her job, and to have that so publicly called into question is almost unbearable to her.  How do I know - look at her dress:

This dress fascinates me, because it is completely unlike anything Amy’s worn before or since.  With the high slit, she’s showing a lot more skin than she usually does, and the nude band across the top makes her look more ‘naked’ than she actually is.  Amy is feeling horribly, horribly exposed, and this dress reflects that.  She’s a raw nerve.

(Note that Dan is wearing the same suit as earlier in the day.  My guess is that Amy had forgotten about the party and had to buy something to wear in a hurry - that’s the only explanation I can think of for such an uncharacteristic outfit).

But she wants to get better, so she takes Dan’s advice:

Note that this is the only time Amy wears ‘nude’ in the show - with Dan, and again with Sophie.  They are the only people she feels able to be around when she’s this vulnerable.  (Does this make Dan even more of an asshole for sleeping with Sophie?  You betcha).

Still, eventually, she gets her mojo back, by beating Dan at his own game.

And she’s right back in the colours that were used to tie her to him at the start of the episode - gray and black.  Only this outfit has her covered back up - and as result she looks comfortable all of a sudden.  

But of course this bucolic phase can’t last, and Amy and Dan, through working together, end up dragged in front of Congress.  It’s clearly an intimidating experience for both of them - something that becomes obvious when we look at Amy’s outfit.

A suit.

A suit the likes of which we haven’t seen in several years at this point.  Like I said, suits are Amy’s armour.  It doesn’t matter that they’re unflattering - or that in this picture, frankly, her suit makes her look like Dan’s Mini-Me - when she’s feeling unsettled, they’re what she defaults to.

Unsurprisingly, their testimony does not go well.  It’s clear that, behind the scenes, they got together before their next appearance, because…well, look:

I think we can confidently say that this is the one time Amy was consciously dressing for effect - because it’s so hilariously OTT it has to be purposeful.  (Note, Selina didn’t make this mistake.  Selina wore a serious grey dress and serious glasses, but nothing so unusual for her that people would comment on it).  I don’t doubt that seeing this outfit was a laugh out loud moment for many people in the audience - it’s not like Amy at all.  But Dan’s tie still matches her perfectly (as does his expression).  (On a side note, either Dan’s watches are always enormous or Reid Scott has teeny-tiny wrists, I’m not sure which).

But what I haven’t talked about is probably the most important costume Amy had in the entire season.

Remember when I said red, for Amy, meant vulnerability?  This is the most blatant example of it by far.  The swirling pattern hints at all the frustrations she’s been suppressing for years on end, and the deep red makes her stand out in the scene.  Selina has disappointed Amy more than anyone else - Amy has spent years dedicated to Selina and her career - and so the moment where Amy walks away from that is a profoundly vulnerable one for her.

But we can’t talk about Amy and vulnerability without diving into a theme that comes very much to the fore in seasons 4 & 5.  Romance.  

Because there are some common themes in how Amy is dressed for her romantic scenes (though when I say romantic, I mean scenes that play on her relationships with Dan and Buddy, not necessarily scenes that are romantic in and of themselves).

Remember when I said to remember the pink/blue-grey combination?

I don’t know if the costume designer rewatched the pilot before seasons 4 & 5, but it’s noticeable how consistently the pink/blue-grey combination is applied to Dan and Amy across both.  (Dan wears blue-grey because he’s not the kind of man who’d own a vibrantly blue suit - at least, I think that’s why).  Again, it really underlines the gendered nature of the interaction - and note that a lot of the shots also emphasise just how much bigger than Amy Dan is (something they usually try to avoid).

And the clearest sign of all that Amy has given up on Dan at the end of season 5?  She’s wearing pink - but it’s for Buddy.

It’s interesting, because pink definitely isn’t Amy’s “I feel pretty colour.”  We’ve seen a lot of her formal wear, and it’s clear she defaults to one colour more than any other.

Like so many blue-eyed blondes, Amy knows that there’s one colour which will always work on her - blue - and so when she wants to make an impression, that’s what she jumps to.  (When I say Amy isn’t as stylish as Selina or Dan, I don’t mean she dresses badly - clearly she doesn’t - but that she doesn’t really know or, I suspect, care, how to dress for maximum impact - something that both Dan and Selina are very, very good at it). (Her dress in Finland also reads as a less mature version of Selina’s slinky black number, a way of indicating just how aligned these women are).

The other theme that pops up is skin, and I do mean that literally.  With the exception of season three, (when I suspect it was unavoidable due to Anna Chlumsky’s pregnancy), Amy doesn’t tend to sport visible cleavage.  And yet:

(I feel super creepy pointing this out, but she does have cleavage in the third pic - it’s just that Dan’s hand is in the way).  

In all of the scenes Dan and Buddy are covered up - by standard suits - but Amy has both arms and chest uncovered.  Which is a classic way to signal vulnerability - and Amy clearly does feel vulnerable, because in the scenes with Dan she usually sits with at least one arm (and sometimes two) in front of her chest.  It’s subconscious - and involuntary - self-defence.  However attracted Amy may be to Dan, she’s still afraid of opening herself up to him - and for very good reason, as we all know.

So what does season 6 hold for Amy style-wise?

I have no idea - but Anna Chlumsky had just had another baby before filming started, so I suspect we may be in for another style evolution.

Which fortunately, makes complete sense for the character.

The ways in which Selina and Sue dress don’t change that much, because they are both more mature and more confident - they know what looks good on them, and they stick with it.  Amy’s still figuring that out.

But I would draw your attention to this.

Veep does repeat costumes from time to time (in compiling this I’ve noticed that Dan repeats ties a lot), but this isn’t quite that.  This is repeating a ‘type’ of outfit.  

Amy doesn’t wear patterns very often (with the exception of Convention, and I think Fishing, in Season 3), and seeing her in one is usually a hint at some kind of emotional turmoil.

But she has a pattern on in both these outfits, as well as being massively bundled up in thick skirts and cardigans.  

I think it conveys two things - that she feels the need to protect herself, and that there are more emotions going on beneath than anyone is picking up on.  Dan doesn’t seem to realise just how nervous she is about asking him out, or how much she has to nerve herself to do it - and Buddy doesn’t pick up, at all, how uncomfortable she is with him or his overt displays of affection.

Intro: Hello my lovelies, this one is for @starshiphufflebadger‘s birthday challenge!  I had the prompt  “Why’d you have to get yourself involved? Now you’re as stuck as I am.”  

This is my second Bones x reader series, but I don’t really count the first one (Backwards) because I wrote and posted it so early on in my tumblr journey.  So welcome to my kinda-first Bones x reader series!

I got this idea out of the blue the other day when I was trying to think of what to write for this challenge, and I got a soulmate AU idea combined with the prompt! I hope you like it!

Pairing: Bones x reader

Word Count: 1,500 ish

Summary: The world as you know it is black and white.  That’s what it’s always been and though you’ve heard from other people who have soulmates that the world of colour is much more amazing, you are still stuck with shades of black, white and grey.  But one day this all changes.  When you stumble upon a medical emergency, you act quickly, thanks to your training as a doctor.  But this decision turns out to change your life forever.  Who is this man with the intense eyes and dark hair, how are you going to get free of this alien planet you have suddenly been transported to and why is your world of black and white suddenly starting to change?

A/N: I didn’t actually realize that the fic was ‘due’ today so I decided just to post the first part for Dani’s birthday, but I haven’t actually finished the fic yet.  I like to finish an entire series before I post it, so I’m not constantly trying to keep up with it.  That being said I have the next part written out, but that’s all I have.  I will try to get this fic finished so I can start posting it for you guys, but it might be a little while until the next part comes out, just warning you. 

Let me know what you think of this part and if you guys want to see more! 

Warnings: Blood. Angst?  Aliens?  Haven’t written the whole thing so I don’t know how intense it’s going to get.  But it’s going to involve some medical things and aliens at least. 

-Enjoy!-

The brilliant sun melted into your skin as a slight breeze rustled through your hair.  Your shoes tapped on the pavement as you strolled through the park near your house on this hot summer day, you reveled in the sun warming your muscles and soaking into your face as you turned it to the sky. 

Gazing up into the light-grey sky, you wondered, not for the first time, what it would be like when you met your soulmate.  Everyone, including yourself, lived in a black-white-and-grey world until that day, when colour was finally revealed. Whatever that really meant.  What was this ‘blue’ that your sister gushed about, her arm slung around her soulmate who she met when she was 18.  

The grass beneath your feet was different fluttering shades of grey, lighter where the sun hit it, and darker where the trees cast their shade.  It was supposed to be ‘green’, brilliantly so, like emeralds and the leaves of trees.  What did that even mean?  There were only so many colour-object combinations you could learn when your world was black and white, and you wondered what colour your shirt really was, or what the colours of the flowers that poked out of the garden beds were.  You would just have to wait until you met your soulmate, whenever that would be. 

Even in different shades of grey, it was a picture-perfect day.  The sun shining, the birds chirping, squirrels chattering, the works.  Everything was so tranquil. 

That was until a blood-curdling scream cut through the air.  

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Jughead x Reader- Rainbow

In which Jughead, compares everyone to colours

Warnings: None~! Unless you count cliches

Second and third person used!

Mostly gender neutral, but I do think there is one instance in here that I used a female pronoun.

Words: 680

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For the most part, colours were easy to assign.

To Jughead, he was black. Intense, mysterious, cold and intriguing. Something about him, warranted people to back away, and he was happy with that. He was deep, but unreadable because he warded those people away. He was intelligent and if he wanted to, he could go with everything. Able to compliment any person he was around, if he would let them, able to get along with near everyone. But like black, he was picky. Too much of him, was too dark, and he needed the brights to balance him out. The brights, that were his friends.

Archie was orange, and no, not because of his hair. Archie was passionate, warm, kind, enthusiastic. A perfect melding of both yellow, of which he received his optimism and his joy, and the red where he got his passion and his vibrant energy. He was determined and had his eyes on success. He was talented and often overlooked, putting himself down constantly. Thought of as too much, easy to clash with, and often times he was. Often he could be too much, say what he didn’t mean in a spur of the moment or be too cocky or too energetic, but in the right dosage, he was a perfect complimentary person. Particularly to Jughead’s own colour of black.

Betty was pink. Owning the power, strength, energy of red, that was diluted by an innocence that white would bring. She was soothing, calming, and even though some days her side of red would come out stronger than others, she was still a place of peace. She was independent, caring and soft. She was always there, never too bright, but never soft enough to go unnoticed. She was independent, and she was often underestimated. A submissive nature that her white would bring, often hiding the dangerous, dominant and intimidating red side.

Veronica was purple. And not for the reasons of her ‘royal’ status. She had an air of authority alright, but she was more than that. She combined the danger, strength and power of red, with a soothing calmness of blue. She was a force to be reckoned with, and her red side was never afraid to come out. But for the most part, her blue would show. Her intelligence, her compassion, her loyalty, and her confidence and trustworthiness. She was a perfect balance of the brash, harsh reds, and the soothing and easy blues.

But then, then there was you. He was never able to put a colour to you. You were too much of a whirlwind, a whirlwind of different personalities and sides that he could never get quite right. He wanted to say red, but his love for you was why. He could never pinpoint one thing to the person he loved, you were too much of everything to only be one. You were the bright, calming warmth of yellow. The dangerous, fiery power of red. You were the reason behind so much of his growth. You were the stability, the harmony, the safety of green. You were soothing, and loyal and true like blue. You were in his eyes purple because you were his queen, his beanie often being your crown. You were creative and mysterious, and you were the one piece of magic that he believed in in this hell world you had come to know. Yes you were purple. But you also had the innocence, the lightness, the pristine perfection of white, that combined with the intense, interesting black that only let a few lucky ones in.

You were never just one colour, he couldn’t even pin you to two to combine another. You were everything, all wrapped up in one beautiful, and rare piece. You were his rainbow. The perfect combination of every colour. The light that hit his storminess.

You were to him, too much to simply pinpoint. You were layers upon layers of colours, that one would have to learn about in just the right way to see. You were the perfect combination of light, dark and in between and he wouldn’t change that for the world.

rainbow-lava  asked:

So, if silver is genetically the black gene, then is a red silver tabby possible? seeing as it's two different colours- would only females be able to be red silver tabbies? Or do they not exist at all?

Silver isn’t genetically the black gene - it’s its own gene unto itself.

Silver means that the hair roots are tipped white, and will often give the cat a silver/white base. It’s a dominant gene and has nothing to do with gender, if either parent carries silver than there’s a high chance all kits will inherit it. You can combine silver x any cat color, such as black silver, blue silver, red silver, silver torbie etc.

black silver

blue silver

red silver (called cameo)

10 Wardrobe Essentials for Larme Kei

There’s been a surge of interest in larme kei of late, and as others have noted, this has also resulted in major misconceptions about what larme kei is. Since this has been covered at length on other tumblrs, I’m going to focus instead on answering the big question that inevitably pops up after, namely, what should a larme kei wardrobe have?


In this post, I’m going to recommend 10 wardrobe essentials for the larme look. There are a few things readers should note:

A: I will be omitting some items that others may deem essential because this list focuses on versatility. For instance, I have completely omitted one-pieces from this list because they tend to fit into niche larme looks, which not everyone may be aiming or suited for.

B: Almost everything on this list is in my own wardrobe. I selected them based on the following criteria: Can you find them outside of Japan in regular shops like H&M? Can they be combined with other items for a wide variety of looks? Are they wearable all year round?

C: Most things on the list are in black or white because these two colours offer the most utility. That said, do feel free to get them in other colours to suit your own style.

(Brands: Bubbles; Axes Femme)

1. LACE BLOUSES

Lace blouses are perfect for creating a more mature vibe to your outfit and easily paired with bustiers or camisoles. There’s a huge range to choose from, especially in terms of sleeve lengths and collar styles. If you’re worried about seeming too risque or just catching a cold, you can always pair the lace blouse with a cardigan.

Extra larme points for: puffed sleeves

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[image description: a photograph of nineteen coiled Tangles and one twisted Tangle Hairy taken on a round green and red watermelon slice pillow sitting on a blue, black and white night-sky quilt cover. All but one of the Tangles is Tangle Jr-sized; the green and cream Slinky Tangle Glo is twice the size of the Tangle Jrs. The colours of each is written out in the list halfway down the post.]

I’ve had a few different Tangle arrivals this week, so I thought I’d take a collection photo. Just because they’re my favourite stim toy and looking at them all laid out makes the autistic in me very happy.

I think it’s the combination of lots of different colours and patterns plus portability plus being a nice, unthinking stim toy plus flocking and textured options that make them so awesome. I have other toys, and I enjoy them, but it’s the Tangle I’m always going back to.

(I will write up a review for the Slinky Glo Tangle tonight or tomorrow. It’s fabulous and glows in the dark like a dream. I’m so excited to finally own an Original-sized Tangle!)

From top to bottom, left to right: 

  • Tangle Hairy (yellow, purple, orange, green)
  • Slinky Glo Tangle (green and cream)
  • Deflocked Tangle Jr Fuzzy, (dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, red, purple)
  • Tangle Jr Fuzzy (dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, red, purple)
  • Tangle Jr Fuzzy (mono red sample Tangle)
  • Tangle Jr Textured Metallic (purple-pink)
  • Tangle Jr (mono black, knock-off with old logo)
  • Tangle Jr (yellow, transparent purple, transparent orange, transparent yellow)
  • Tangle Jr (blue, dark blue, green)
  • Tangle Jr (pink, fuchsia, purple, with replacement purple metallic parts)
  • Tangle Jr Textured (yellow, blue, pink, clear)
  • Tangle Jr Textured (green, orange, blue, clear)
  • Tangle Jr (transparent blue, knock-off with old logo)
  • Tangle Jr Artist’s Collection x2 (knock-off, purple/pink/white galactic/nebula print)
  • Tangle Jr GitD (knock-off, white)
  • Tangle Jr Fuzzy (knock-off, white, light blue, dark blue)
  • Tangle Jr Fuzzy x2 (knock-off, transparent rose/pink)
  • Tangle Jr Fuzzy (knock-off, black)

All my knock-offs came from eBay; my branded Tangles came from eBay, Toyworld and Sensory Oasis for Kids. Aside from the white GitD knock-off, I’m pretty happy with all the ones photographed here. The galactic print and the Fuzzies are especially nice (aside from the flocking scuffs on the white and blue one). I have gotten eBay tangles I dislike, so they’re put aside for experiment bait in the hope I can make them more usable.

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White sunset

The weather in Bombay(I still prefer to call it that) has been unexpectedly charming since yesterday morning. The drizzly sky, coupled with cold breeze has made the temperature plummet so quick, the city suddenly feels so much lovelier!  No more heat and harsh sun(at least for the moment.) Absolutely in love with the weather today!


I’ve been wanting to do something with white fabric and silver oxidised jewellery for a while now, it being such a classic combination. Even though Indian textiles are known for being colourful, my wardrobe is still dominated by blacks and whites. I personally feel oxidised jewellery looks good with almost everything.

These photographs are clicked by a friend of mine, Abhishek Verma. Abhishek and I went to the Versova beach one evening hoping to get a good picturesque location, but instead ended on wondering which angles we could click to avoid the dirt and grime on the beach(Welcome to Bombay!)
Thankfully for us, we did manage to get some good shots, :)



P.S. If any of you guys want to collaborate, shoot me a mail at thescarletwindow@gmail.com or drop in a message on tumblr. I’m absolutely free for a couple of weeks, and would love to create exciting new stuff. :)