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anonymous asked:

so you're not going to draw pharmercy art anymore just because a bunch of delusional people attacked you over nonexistant problems?? :(( Your art is great! and the fact that they're the ones calling your Pharah an animal when she clearly doesnt look anything like an animal shows how racist they are cus their the ones seeing similarities to animals!!

I haven’t stopped, just taking a break (from art in general cus I need to work on my final project for college). A few other artists came and told me some of the people I encountered belong to a group of aggressive pharmercy haters and have attacked multiple artists over nonexistant problems purely cus pharah, a black/middle eastern woman has been paired with mercy,a white woman, and instead of blocking or blacklisting the tags like decent people they have chosen to kick people out of the pharmercy fandom through constant harassment (this is what ive been told). And honestly people like that imo are pathetic. Its fucking tumblr, if you dont like it then dont go on it, not rocket science. And from what I’ve seen them complaining about, it’s clear they’re trying very hard to complain about anything. Get a life seriously and maybe fucking chill. Not everyone in the world is hell bent on offending you :L. Cus you’re not at the center of it.

However, with that out of the way I have spoken to some other people who had complaints but they mostly pointed out how Mercy looks very dainty compared to Pharah, which highlights pharahs features and therefore makes her imposing, not so much that pharahs design alone is the problem. I’m still not sure what the problem with drawing a person with body hair etc is, regardless of skin colour, and many people agreed with me that pharah’s design on its own was ok, different from her original, but not bad, heck I even went and contacted my mothers two friends (jamaican/african and slovakian/african) and one of their daughters (my friend) to ask them what they thought and even they said pharah looked fine but they could see why problems could arise when I placed her next to mercy, which I can totally see why it would do that. And that’s totally ok! I was growing tired of how I drew mercy anyway and agreed with these people that id be changing mercys design to be a lot less hyper femenine, so as to eradicate the juxtapositioning issue that most people have had, and they were happy about that, so I’m glad the misunderstanding has been cleared up.

That group of aggressive anti-pharmercy people have been blocked anyway, (atleast the ones I know of) since they hate my work so much but cant wrap their head around using blacklist I decided to make it a little easier for them.

A Chuvash woman in traditional clothing with an ama wrapped around her

The Chuvash have lived over the Volga region of Russia since ancient times. They are considered to be successors of ancient Turkic, Finno-Ugric and Iranian cultures. The Chuvash formed the core of the powerful medieval state - Volga Bulgaria. 

The ama which is one of the most common accessories worn by Chuvash women is made of bands of silver coins, and worn around the body in a way that resembles the armor of a soldier. As in many cultures of Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Central Asia silver coins are used in the traditional clothing of the Chuvash as talismans against the evil eye and malevolent spirits. The ama derives its name from a pre-Christian goddess of fertility worshiped by the Chuvash in past generations. 

I wonder why it’s not okay to make fun of people who have an accent when they speak English in America, but it’s okay to make fun of Melania Trump’s accent. Because hey, English is not her first language either. 

@ anon: Asians aren’t people of color? Really? Are you seriously telling me that (prepare for a massive picture spam) 

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(the above is a picture of Sri Lankans–if you know your geography, anon, you’d know that Sri Lanka is a country in South Asia, close to the bottom tip of India) 

No seriously, do you actually believe that all Asians are pale with “milky white skin” like most kpop idols and that’s why you have the (idk if mods consider this ableist language but I will star it out just in case) b**dbr**** idea that Asians aren’t colored because in your mind pale-skinned Asians =/= people of color? Even though, back around the Civil Rights Movement, white people told Asians they had to use facilities labeled for people of color because they didn’t see Asians, even pale-skinned Asians, as white?  

And even East Asians themselves can be people of color, as seen below: 

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(yeah Hyorin is a kpop idol but everyone knows that she naturally has darker skin compared to other kpop idols–even her audition video showed how naturally dark she was) 

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(another kpop idol, Lee Hyori, with naturally dark skin) 

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(original url for the above picture says that she’s a Chinese girl from Yunnan) 

Like oh look at the range in skin tones that Asians can have!!!! 

Alabaster figure of a reclining woman. Reclining figures are common among Greek terracottas, and the appearance of the posture in Mesopotamian sculpture may reflect the influence of Greek terracotta manufacturing centers along the eastern Mediterranean.

Parthian, ca. 2nd century B.C.–2nd century A.D.

Intro to Upper Class Culture, Part 1: The Opera

Alright so one thing I did when I started sugaring is I tried to become more “cultured” and “sophisticated”. I took some art classes, I read, I watched, I lived and breathed in culture. I see and hear POTs talk about how much they love various upper-crust cultural things all the time so I’m going to start writing mini lessons on various elements of high class culture, because honestly they aren’t as intimidating as you think! 

So tonight’s lesson will be: The Opera! I thought I would absolutely hate opera when I was forced to attend a showing of it for a class in college, but I ended up loving it. Why? Because the opera is melodramatic and at times ridiculous and it makes no apologies for that. It is an art form intended to be over the top and as an Eastern European woman I can appreciate gaudiness when I see it.

A brief history: The first opera, Dafne, was written in 1597, during the Renaissance, in Italy. Its writer, Jacopo Peri, was a humanist, which is very significant to the rest of opera’s story. If you don’t know what a humanist is, I’ll break it down for you. Before the renaissance, during the “dark ages”, little worth was placed onto the individual, life centered around God and if God made you into a peasant, you were supposed to stay that way. Then, humanism (which was inspired by Greek and Roman philosophy) took hold. Humanism places worth on the individual and an individual’s autonomy: now people are worth something, even if they are born a lowly peasant, and, they can change their fate. To us this sounds obvious but back then it was pretty cutting edge stuff (they call it the dark ages for a reason). You’ll find a lot of the stories behind great operas reflect humanist ideals! (As a matter of fact, one entire genre of opera, a verisimo, is defined as: a realistic style of opera that depicts the seamy underbelly of life.)  

Why is this important? Although, like many art forms, opera began as entertainment in the court, it quickly morphed into an art form for the upper middle class and, eventually, the working class. Yes, that’s right, snooty white glove opera was the art form that championed the middle class. And, like Shakespeare’s plays just before them, they were often very funny, and quite vulgar. As a matter of fact, operas were banned in Germany for a while because of their vulgarity (as if we didn’t already think Germans were wound a little too tight).

Now, assuming you’ve gotten over your preconceived hatred of the opera (good for you, try something new!) you might be a little nervous about actually attending your first opera. Lucky for you, there isn’t really too much etiquette behind it! 

First, there is the dress code. You don’t have to dress that nice to go to the opera. You can! If you want to wear a ball gown and a fur coat and diamonds go for it. More than likely there will be other people there doing that, especially if it’s opening night. My friend told me that her grandmother took her to the opera every year and they dressed to the nines and it was her favorite part about going. You do you girl. But if you want to be more low key, that’s ok too. I would say don’t wear anything you wouldn’t wear to church or a nice brunch; keep it decently classy, no yoga pants. 

Second, what do you do during the show? Make no noise. Seriously. Zero noise. Why? The singers use no amplification, and it’s amazing how much sound they produce. But, if someone makes a noise (whether it’s with a cellphone, you rummaging in your purse for chap stick or your fancy little binoculars or whatever) it’s super distracting for everyone within earshot and can drown out the amazing performance. So sit back, and relax. And don’t. Make. A sound.

Third, when is it ok to make noise? Before, during intermission and after, lol. And also when clapping! When should you clap? you might be wondering. Generally, when everyone else is clapping, at the very beginning when the conductor is on stage, at the end of an act and at the end. And when you’re clapping it’s appropriate to yell “bravo” when celebrating a man, “brava” for a woman and “bravi” for a group. 

Alright, a little opera vocab for you and then we’re almost done. 

aria: An emotion-expressing song in an opera; the big number.

bel canto: A style of sweet singing, taught to singers even today, that emphasizes breath control, a beautiful tone, and great flexibility in dynamics

cadenza: A moment near the end of an aria for the singer alone, with lots of fast, high, difficult notes, designed for showing off. (bonus tip: use this to sound fancy, it’ll impress your date)

libretto: The script of an opera.

opera buffa: Funny opera, especially from the 18th century.

opera seria: Formal, serious opera, especially from the 18th century.

prima donna: The singer who plays the heroine, the main female character in an opera; or anyone who believes that the world revolves around her.

recitative: (“ress-it-uh-TEEV”): Speech-singing, in which the singer semi-chants the words, imitating the free rhythms of speech.

Singspiel: (“SING-shpeel”): A German opera with spoken dialogue (instead of recitative) between arias.

Tips On How to Make the Opera More Enjoyable: 

1) Read the plot of the play beforehand. Read it fairly thoroughly, not just a two sentence summary. I promise it will make it more enjoyable if you know what’s going on.

2) In the US a lot of opera houses provide translations on some sort of screen behind the singers (since most of us don’t happen to speak German/Italian/French etc.). But if they don’t it’s ok. I know the idea of sitting through a series of odd sounding dialogues in a language you don’t understand may sound frustrating (welcome to my first year in America!) but it really isn’t that bad. Enjoy the sound of the opera, don’t worry about the dialogue. The music is what is infinitely more important. 

3) Appreciate the other elements of the opera! Whether it’s the lighting, the set, the costumes, the acting, there is so much going on in the opera! Opera, fun fact, literally translates into “work” because it takes so much work to put on an opera (that very last part might be a joke from my opera singer friend, but it might be true).

4) Appreciate how much effort goes into opera singing! It is AMAZING. It is the olympics of breath control. It’s athletic and beautiful and artistic and takes so much practice and work you can’t even imagine. My friend has been singing opera for 17 years and still considers himself an amateur. They project their voices without any amplification and use every single inch of their body to make that much noise and if you don’t find that impressive then I dare you to go try opera singing and come back to me.

Anyway, that’s all I really have! So whether it’s for a date, or a class, or just because you want to try something new that’s outside your comfort zone, hopefully this post will leave you a little more educate on the opera and make you want to experience it for yourself! 

Now go get yourself a ticket and impress someone with all your newfound opera knowledge!


Czech Sniper Marie Ljalková. 

Marie Ljalková was born in Poland to a family of Volhynian Czechs. She lost her parents at a young age and went to live with her Aunt in Stanisławów, Poland where she met her first husband. 

After the start of Operation Barbarossa, Marie joined the First Czechoslovak Independent Field Battalion in March 1942 as a volunteer, and graduated the three month sniper course at the school in Buzuluk. 

Her first taste of action came at the Battle of Sokolovo where she was credited with seven kills, promoting her to Ace status. She saw further action in the Lower Dnieper Offensive and the Battle of Dukla Pass. 

Ljalková finished her service as a sniper with 30 confirmed kills. After the war she received the Order of the White Lion, Second class, the second highest military honor in the Czech Republic. She passed in 2011. 


The super casual story of my first date