Throughout the course of history, the standard of female beauty has significantly shifted, shaping the ways in which women look and are perceived. Buzzfeedvideo has compiled a short feature with a diverse cast of models, who take the viewer on a journey through the last 3,000 years of beauty. From the curvaceous bodies of the renaissance period in Italy, to the boyish, 1920s figures in the United States, the dramatic evolution proves societies’ standards are constantly unfolding.
Take a look at this video to follow history’s course through trends following everything from full-figures to tiny feet.
Perhaps you instantly scoffed the moment you read that title, “Sonic Boom? THAT pile of rubbish?” and while I certainly won’t disagree that Sonic Boom was beyond flawed, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the absolutely gorgeous art that went into it’s creation. You don’t have to like Sonic Boom as a game, by all accounts it’s a buggy broken mess and fails on most ‘game design aspects. But the art poured into it is so lovely, I find myself using it for inspiration than a lot of other art at the moment:
It is such a shame that Boom was so rushed and became bogged down by SEGA and difficult working conditions (AND a ridiculous console swap at the last minute which stuffed a huge beefy engine into the console equivalent of a slapchop) because when you see what was planned, the game could have really changed the face of Sonic for years to come. So while the game wasn’t great, do take a moment to appreciate the brilliant art direction, because it has a wealth of great design and stylized art:
*sighs* What could have been.
The environments are lovely but do check out the artists Artstation page as well, his name is Martin Ocejo and you can find it here, there’s a whole wealth of textures, props and even some enemy models, it’s well worth a look!
darkempressinfinitemind asked: How did you get into freelance?
The short version? Accidentally!
Longer version? It started with a friend hiring me to ghost
write their memoir (before either of us knew what ghost writing was. Also he
apparently had this awesome life before he knew me and never bothered to
mention it before the idea of writing a book came along. Who knew? Random
happenstance). I became more confident in the idea of writing for others, and then
was referred to the site Peopleperhour.com by a friend of mine, who was trying
to pick up freelancing.
I applied for my first job there, and it was literally months
before I got any bites. My first bite ended up paying me $3 an hour. I was
desperate, so I took it. It gave me a reference, and I got a better job, and a
better job, and a better job, until I had enough references to apply for REALLY
decent jobs. Fast forward, and here I am with my own Wordsmithing business.
But you want advice, don’t you?
Find a Freelancing Website
There’s Elance, PPH, and a wide range of others. Pick one
that works for you (or multiple) and start drumming up your profile there. Get
samples out so people can see your style of work.
Get Reviews at All Costs
Get people you know to write reviews. Take low paying jobs
to get reviews. Take whatever jobs you can and get reviews, because they really
are everything to a beginning freelancer. I started out with a GED (not even a
high school diploma) and still got high paying jobs, because no one needs to
see your credentials – they just need proof that real life people have given
you a test run.
Degrees and all that? They’re to prove you know your stuff;
that someone has tested you and written off on it. Reviews are the internet’s new degrees; be willing to invest some
time and effort into them.
Take Any and As Much Work as You Can
Not only for the reviews, but for practice. There’s a new
song and dance involved with freelancing that you won’t find anywhere else. Big
companies are paying millions on Big Data to figure out what little nuances
make customers happy. You don’t have Big Data, and you’re up against thousands
of freelancers just like you – you have to figure out the key to standing out
Getting as many jobs as you can early on gives you a chance
to test the waters and find your stride before you’re dealing with big clients
that are less forgiving of your fumbles. You’ll learn something new from every
job so you really ARE the top professional you claim to be.
Claim to Be a Professional
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I should give you advice about being
honest and doing the leg work before you get started. But they say to dress for
the job you want, not the job you have. So act
like the professional you want to be, not the one you are.
If you’re 18 and this is your first freelancing job, make
your profile and all your correspondences look like you’re 37 and have been
freelancing for 10 years (don’t lie,
just be indirect. Talk like you’re older. Say you’ve been freelancing for
several years, even if you’ve only been freelancing for a few months. If you’re living at home with your parents and the topic of family comes up, just call them “family;” the client won’t know if you’re a married mother of five or are talking about your dad). People
will look right over you if they THINK you’re not capable, without even giving
you a chance to show what you can do. If you take away that first – sometimes incorrect – assumption, your foot’s
in the door and you can prove yourself.
Then after you have 300 five-star reviews and a client list
as long as your arms, you can reveal yourself as 20 with three years’ experience,
and people will believe you’re a prodigy. Then you’ll get hired for being the
talented young professional who IS their target audience, so you’re perfect to create
a product FOR their target audience.
Be Ready to Put in More Hours
Once you’ve been in the game a while and have established
yourself, you can make your weekends sacred with no work stuff. But before
then, you need to be on call all the time. What’s going to make you stand out
against the rest in the beginning is timeliness.
If it’s a toss-up between you and someone just as qualified,
the client will decide on whoever
replies the fastest and most coherently. Reply to messages as soon as
possible. Talk back and forth on the weekends. Offer as tight a deadline as you
can for every project, and if you can deliver early, deliver early. Once you have your reputation and your reviews, then
you can tone it back to the same level as any other job; you work on your work
days, and you’re gone from the planet on your off days.
Follow Your Heart – But Follow the Money
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I hate web copy. Detest
it. A client can have the coolest website idea ever, but having to don my
promotional hat and describe their services to a target audience is tedious and
unfulfilling as all get out. What I enjoy is blog writing, where I get to
explore a concept and tell it (sometimes) in my own voice. I love product
descriptions even, where I get to sharpen my description skills to be later
used in fiction. But guess what? Web copy writing pays well, because it is difficult and it’s in huge demand.
Here’s a quick insider
look at the market: Today, every style of business in existence needs a
website. That means web designers are the key holders in a world full of locked
doors. They’re making a killing, but every website needs CONTENT. They’re cranking out 15 websites a month but they’re just
blank pages without some writing to make them REAL. That’s where my industry
comes in, the Tonto to their Lone Ranger, to make their home pages, their about
pages, their service pages, etc. so their website is a real website. So long as
online business booms, web designers are Sauron and copy writers are the one
ring to rule them all.
That’s where the money is. So even if I really hate web
copy, I’m good at it. That’s what
pays the rent, grows my business, and keeps my employees’ checks signed –
giving me the financial security I need to then ALSO do things I like. Ghost writing,
book editing, blog writing, working on my own stuff.
If you want to make
it in freelancing, you need money
for bills. But you also need money to prove to your freelancing site that
you’re worth promoting. Be willing
to do jobs you’re not crazy about,
so you can grow to the point of having enough income to afford doing what you really love.
Embrace the Uncertainty
One of the hardest things about freelancing is the
irregularity. One month, you’re swimming in cash. The next, you scrape by. At the
beginning of the month, you only have one project; at the end, you have 10. I’ve
been at this for years, and I still have a mini panic during summer when I’m
sure this is the year that my career finally ends. But it never has.
The upside to this uncertainty is you’re never sure when great things are going to happen. The security of a 9-to-5 lets you know exactly how much you will make, but robs you of the chance for those surprise miracles where a massive client falls in your lap and pays your rent for four months within two weeks.
Take faith that a slow month is giving you a chance to rest up for when that
tsunami of work comes in. Having a new client every week is giving you a chance
to have fun before you have one client for an entire year (which can get boring
at times). Freelancing can be a science, but you still need a little faith. It keeps you on your toes, it gives you unexpected bonuses none of your 9-to-5
friends can count on, and it gives you freedom.
Breaking into freelancing is slow going at first, but so
long as you’re good at what you do, you will break in. There’s seriously never
been a better time in living memory for it.
Decided to develop my space girl design. Drawing done in Toon Boom- I like that you have the flexibility of doing quick doodles with the brush tool and if you really want clean drawings, use the pencil tool (the second drawing) which is nice but time consuming :)