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anonymous asked:

Hey there. I want to get better at drawing more diverse people, but I don't know what's good and what's bad if that makes sense. Basically I'm looking for advice for what the dos and donts of it are. Sorry if this seems silly, but I just don't know what to do...

No, this is a great ask! Thank you very much!

Now, disclaimer - I’m only half of color, I’m not Black (antiblackness seems to be the most prominent) and I also don’t face colorism, so if anyone else wants to correct me on this, feel free. But here are some Dos and Donts that I’ve learned from my own art experience.

Don’t: try to pick a skin color on your own.

Now, this is for the artist trying to get more into drawing different skintones without a lot of experience using colors. Many people say, “what if I make their skin too yellow,” for example, when drawing an Asian character. In my opinion, trying to perfect the skin color in the color wheel is hard, because colors are just difficult in general for me.

Do: Use a skintone chart for reference.

I use this one, and have actually saved it to my desktop for quick reference. It is much easier to color pick the one that is closest to your headcanon and go with it, instead of messing around for hours with the color. (this one is by thelizalot)

Don’t: Try to guess a character of color’s skin color without looking at a reference.

There may be a chance that it is way off and too light, and it becomes unintentional whitewashing.

Do: Use a color swatch if there is a canon one, use references from the show, etc.

Or, for example in the Yogscast fandom, grab their Minecraft skin off of skinsearch. This can be useful for other things too, like trying to get the perfect shade of blue.

Don’t: Simply color in the character with the correct skintone, but draw the character without POC features (if it is canon they have those features). 

I’ve seen this complaint by some Black people I follow, and as an Asian person, I agree. It’s weird to see artists give characters “white features” and erase their features such as bigger lips, noses, and monolidded eyes.

Do: Learn how to draw POC features! 

I use references for my art, it makes it much easier to draw. For example, I used a reference for Lalnable Hector’s dreadlocks, and I used a reference for Sips’s face in another art I drew (the shark tank AU, haha). Learn how to use these features correctly. Imo, over-exaggeration and caricaturization is easy to avoid. Usually, you don’t end up with a caricature unless you’re trying to do so.

Don’t: Focus on stereotypes and make characters one-dimensional jokes.

For all the artists who want to headcanon as well as draw! Please treat characters of color as characters!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people reducing them to jokes (think Reaper and La Chancla jokes from Overwatch, and and gremlin jokes from Overwatch). Be careful around this, and analyze your instincts to create a new headcanon for a character. Think about if it makes sense for the character and isn’t OOC. For example, once I told my white friend that I headcanoned Eldraphyn as Black, and they started saying that she could rap and she was the Sassy Friend and. Like. What. What. If you see Rule the World, Eldraphyn is very mild-mannered and royal in appearance and gesture and is kinda innocent tbh. Don’t change a character’s personality to fit a stereotype.

Do: Create depth in your characters

Don’t just talk about their race, talk about them! For example, yes, Nano is Asian. But what about her story? What were her origins like? You don’t have to focus on the fact that she’s Asian, just include it. (I like that, so I bolded it).

Don’t: Be unable to own up to your mistakes.

If you unintentionally whitewash a character, admit it. Don’t fight POC if they tell you that you’ve had racist behavior. Mistakes will happen.

Do: Apologize and move on.

If you are in the wrong, admit it. Apologize and don’t do it again! Also, it is not a matter of “If I offended you, I’m sorry,” it is, “I recognize that this may have been harmful behavior and I’m sorry that I did it. I won’t do it again.” It isn’t a matter of never making mistakes, it is how you learn and grow from them!

Here is a good post for this too: here

CSBB Author Spotlight: pocket-anon

Today’s Captain Swan Big Bang Spotlight features @pocket-anon!

What is your writing process like?

For longer fics, I like to try to outline or write a general summary ahead of time.  It helps me work out plot issues and figure out how things will fit together better.  The plot may get adjusted as I go, but I always like to have a framework that lets me see at least a chapter or two ahead minimum.  Then I just sit down and go where the muse takes me.  Often it takes me in unexpected directions, throwing in scenes and elements that I had not originally planned but that still work (or work better) with the original outline.  

I incorporate a ton of research usually.  I’m a stickler for characterization and realism.  In my modern AUs, almost every place I send my characters is based on a real place, down to it’s geographic location with respect to other places.  I use Google street view and maps a lot.  For “A Fairytale Beginning”, when I wrote Emma and Killian’s afternoon in Central Park, I had their path mapped out and actual photos from the locales in question all over my computer desktop for reference.  In “Scar Tissue”, every place Emma and Killian went in the fic was a real place.  I look up average temperatures, sunset/sunrise times, restaurant menus, real estate listings, you name it.  It just helps me build a realistic narrative and keeps my inner stickler happy.  The details about the opal in “A Fairytale Beginning” are also based on research on opals and their actual market value and characteristics.  I keep a Pinterest board for every major fic I write where I pin useful online references, outfit/wardrobe ideas, anything, and I go back to it frequently.

At best I have a rough idea of how much narrative I want to try to cover in a chapter, but if the word count gets out of hand or I find a good stopping point/cliffhanger, that’ll change.  I generally do not like to write chapters longer than 8K personally just because I find the final editing process torturous if they’re longer than that.  I’m constantly editing/adjusting as I go.  

I’ll read and re-read and re-read even before I’ve finished the draft.  Once the chapter’s finished, I’ll do another couple of passes through the chapter to re-read and edit before I post (if I’m not scheduled to post at a later date).  Even after I post, I’ll re-read the thing a few times and go back and fix typos and adjust words as needed.  I’ve made minor changes to fics weeks or months later.

And that’s how I write - very much a collaboration of right-brain and left-brain!

What do you think your greatest strength is as a writer?

I get compliments on my characterization and plots and realistic descriptions, but beyond that, I wouldn’t know what convinces people to spend hours with my words.

What’s a particular trope or kind of story you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t gotten to yet?

I don’t know!  I kind of take the projects as the inspiration strikes, and while I love a lot of tropes, I haven’t been seized to actually write any of them yet.  I think, for me, the trope is usually secondary to the plot, so I don’t go into something specifically saying, for example, “I’m going to write a enemies-to-lovers fic.”

Who is your favorite OUAT character to write?

Killian Jones.  Hand(s) down.  He is such a wonderful character with so many interesting/fun facets - he can be tortured and brooding, resilient and inspirational, cheeky/flirtatious, and witty/snarky.  I love every side of him.

If you are new to the Captain Swan Big Bang, what made you decide to sign up? What are you looking forward to?

It sounded like a good opportunity to continue to do what I probably would have done anyway (find another MC fic to work on at roughly my usual pace) and yet do it with a lot more support and as a member of the CS fic writing community.  I’ve been writing for almost a year, but I still feel new to this community some days, so it’s fun to get to join the party.  Also, the chance to have some fanart created to go along with my writing is a pretty big carrot to any fic writer, LOL.

Favorite Fics:

Scar Tissue (AO3)

A Fairytale Beginning (AO3)

Somebody Waits For You (AO3)

Check out pocket-anon on AO3 - Tumblr

appleciderr  asked:

Hi do you by any chance know where I can read Standing Ovation?

If you are on a desktop I would refer to my Translation Works page. It has links to all the projects I take up, including the Izaya Orihara Spin Off Series page. Sunset and Standing Ovation are listed on that page and if/when any future works come out for the series they will be posted there. This unfortunately doesn’t work on the mobile app.

When an entire work is done though I do make masterposts. These are honestly the best way to find the novels as a whole than just searching the tags honestly if you are using the mobile app.

Here’s Sunset and Standing Ovation masterposts.


i have no self control when it comes to flycam+dragons so here’s another one (gamoran stormrider this time)

uploaded these and a bunch of other pics with the rest if you want it for reference/desktop pic/edits etc

(if u use any of the pics for something pls let me know. i mean. you dont have to, it would just make me happy to know)