great use of perspective

Interviewer: How did we get to [the alternate reality] version of Altea. Because with Allura having been the Empress who sort of established all of this, did it start to go that way when she was in charge? …

Joaquim: I would say it did. Definitely. I think her father was struck down and she went on a, like, revenge-laden swath across the universe. 

Lauren: I think the way we looked at it was, what if they had done Allura’s suggestion, which is stay and fight, versus Alfor’s suggestion of send the lions away. And if they had, if anything had happened–If Allura had gotten the power to take down these Galra, then she would have just, I think, maintained doing that. Been like, this is what we need to do. 

Joaquim: She would have given into it, yea. She didn’t have the perspective that Alfor had.

…so what you’re telling me is that not only is Alternate Reality allura just as bad as zarkon uwu but that our reality allura is also just as bad as zarkon, she just didn’t get a chance to take over the universe because her father made her physically incapable of doing so

yeah okay, cool! gotcha! you just really, really, really hate allura

snovvhiteandthesevendeadlysins  asked:

How can I, as a straight white female, support my friends and others on the LGBTQ+ spectrum?

Such a great question!! Listen to their experiences. Amplify their perspectives. Use your place of privilege to fight for their equality. Spread messages of inclusion & love, and don’t ever assume people *know* you’re an ally. Closeted LGBTQ+ people are watching & observing - and everything you do, big or small, signals whether or not you’re someone they can confide in or feel accepted by.

As a gay white cisgender male, so much of my experience making “Chosen Family: Stories of Queer Resilience” was about listening to people who belong to disenfranchised communities within the LGBTQ+ community, and using my platform to amplify their stories. Whether that’s people of color, trans youth, or queer refugees, it’s recognizing that I have certain privileges, and I have an opportunity to use my place of privilege to give them my microphone.

being part of a fandom gets a lot easier once you realise there’s more than one way to interpret a character

you know what? autistic people are amazing!!

like… we’re so observant and good at noticing patterns and we catch stuff other people miss and we see the world in such a different way that it gives us a great perspective on things that neurotypicals dont have

and we care so much about stuff and we get really passionate about it and its really cute and we have things in the world that are Good and so much can be conveyed in that word and we survive and adapt so well in a world not designed for us and i think that’s awesome?

and we stim when we’re happy bc its how we interact with the world that despite everything we can still see so much wonder in

like we’re really cool

and its important to remember that when the majority of the world at best doesnt understand and at worst outright hates us

especially when most autism positivity posts are “its okay if u cant do things neurotypicals can do” and “autistic people can be intelligent!” because yes those posts are important but also autistic people can be better than neurotypicals bc we’re a diverse and intelligent and beautiful group of people and i refuse to be held to a neurotypical standard of brilliance when we’re doing pretty great by ourselves

*Edit - its perfectly okay for neurotypicals/allistics to reblog this!


When the Sun is placed within the sign of Scorpio the core self is influenced deeply by the fiery nature of mars and cold calculating intuitive nature of Pluto. Having two planets ruling the inner consciousness makes for a very dynamic internal world with this Sun placement.  While the nature of Scorpio itself is a fixed water sign, Mars brings much passion to the ego.  Pluto on the other hand brings a deep sense of feeling, intuition, desire for privacy as well as quest fo ambition and personal power with it’s ruler-ship over Scorpio.  

The internal world of the Scorpio Sun tends to be very deep and very intense; often unmatched by any energy in the Zodiac.  The Mars influence on the ego brings a competitive, focused, powerful, attentive and charismatic nature.  The Plutonic ruling side of Scorpio brings with it an intense, protective, resourceful and loyal side to the core self.  The Scorpio is born into life with many tools and gifts and is ultimately tasked with many avenues to use their talents.  The Sun in Scorpio is resourceful and drawn to the resources of others as a way to make their personal power more apparent and ambitions realized.  This is Pluto’s nature at work engraved into the core soul.

The constellation of Scorpio is modernly ruled by the desert creature Scorpion. Despite it’s desert nature often confusion is associated with the elemental water nature assigned to Scorpio.  Modern scorpions once evolved from a form of lobster from the Sea centuries ago.  This transformation of the Scorpion from a water creature to a desert creature represents one of it’s most distinct traits.  The Scorpio Sun is well known for it’s Plutonic trans-formative nature; and it’s evolutionary origin story encapsulates one of it’s most distinct features.  

On the outside the Scorpio presents a tough image; one that is a hard case shell projecting toughness.   The inner Mars nature is a very defensive one; one that is very protective of private matters and emotions.  Secrets are a routine matter and serve a purpose of not tipping a hand that can present weakness or vulnerability of the core self.  The idea of Protection is a key theme of life and it extends beyond just over the personal interest.  The Sun in this sign is all about protecting over others that are cared for.  Protecting desirable interests that can bring them resources from others is a priority which promotes continued establishment of the personal power.

Underneath the private shell projected by the the Scorpio Sun lies a very sensitive feminine inner core.  The water nature of Scorpio is susceptible to hurt on a deep level.  Emotional mood swings due to the elemental nature of water is a common occurrence.  The extremely dark nature of Pluto can come to the surface when emotional pain is felt. A vindictive side of the inner personality can enact revengeful instincts when harm comes.  Pluto and Scorpio both rule over power struggles which is a heavy emotional matter.  When the personal power is in trouble of loss Scorpio is motivated toward acts of manipulation to try and balance things back for itself.  An aggressive side of the personality can come out that evokes fears in others.

The Plutonic side of Scorpio delivers a great deal of intuitive ability into the core ego.  A keen intuition is born from the water element Scorpio possesses.  A stronger sense of intuition brings with it potential psychic talents.  Scorpio is a very permeable energy which can seep in and join with the greater collective through it’s psychic intuitiveness.  The connection can be so deep it may be shared with other metaphysical planes and other-worldy beings.  The psychic element is a potential gift but really needs to be practiced and honed in on to reach it’s maximum potential.

Pluto brings the Scorpio soul a great keen insight into depth resulting in interest in a research based personality.  A of love digging deep brings a surgeon like nature to the core self; cutting into matters to reach the heart of any matter. Scorpio can be a hard researcher and truth seeker that drags hidden information from underground to the surface.  The Mars side of Scorpio also rules knives, cutting instruments and weapons meaning the surgeon side can take a physical manifestation.  Using cutting utensils to cut deep can lead to an interest in anything from surgery, mining all the way to archaeology.

Pluto’s interest into depth can lead to psychology as means of discovering hidden realms.  The human psyche can be a frontier which can shine a light on the depth of human behavior.  As more knowledge and understanding of the psyche is amassed it can be combined with intuitive talents to better understand oneself and others.  Through understanding the psychological depths Scorpio and Pluto are able to help or hinder the masses of people through collected insights.  In the best of cases the core self can be a great psychologist, helping and healing others.  In the worst of cases psychology can be used to control and manipulate. Understanding others intuitively can help sort our people with dark intentions and sniff out liars or help find hidden messages and meanings others may give off.

The Scorpio energies desire to dig deep for hidden things goes beyond the human psyche.  The natural surgeons of the zodiac can be very mystical beings leading to interest in deep hidden sciences like occult or metaphysical subjects. Astrology, tarot, Wicca and all kinds of arcane sciences fall within the realm of appeal.  Investigation into the dark and taboo side can contribute to their ability to understand others and themselves on a deeper level and boost their already strong psychological intuition.

The Mars side of Scorpio can bring the core self a distinct interest in sexuality. The internal conscious is drawn towards intense sexuality and the experience ir brings.  Unlike it’s opposing sign Taurus; Scorpios interest in Sexuality is removed from mere pleasure of the flesh and senses.  To a Scorpio Sun sex is a bonding of the spiritual nature in an attempt to feel like something greater then the self.  This is derived from the water nature of Scorpio as water loves to permeate and join into something greater. Through sexuality two souls can merge and achieve this deep desire to be apart of something.  Once bonding is formed Scorpio becomes fierce in it’s loyalty and desire to protect those it bonds with.  The tendency is to wish to stay with the mate for life.  Together resources are combined and shared to help personal ambitions as well.

The desire to merge with another can possibly trigger paranoia in the Scorpio ego which is birthed from the Plutonic influence.  Paranoia is born through the fear of loss.  An underdeveloped Plutonic nature can lead the Scorpio sun into the arena of manipulation to keep the fear of loss at bay.  Since the intuition is strong mind games can be an efficient manipulation tool.  As a a psychological surgeon emotions can be used like a weapon to pray on on the human psyche.  Controlling the war on emotions can get others to give into the need to share their resources with Scorpio and keep things under their control.  Sun Scorpio can also use the tact of manipulation to defeat opponents who cross them if they get the chance.  

The Scorpio ego can be very jealous and have a marked possessive side of their personality.  This comes out especially over loved ones.  Any situation presenting a threat triggers Mars protective instinct.  If the danger is towards the Scorpio ego the tendency is to react vengeful in a selective matter.  The sting of a Scorpio sun is usually well timed from the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment when the opponent does not expect it.  If a threat is targeted toward a loved one a ravenous protective instinct will lead to aggressive instincts to keep what is theirs in their possession.  The Scorpio soul can be possessive over people.

Scorpio, being ruled by two planets, can either take towards the more aggressive side of Mars or move towards the more trans-formative side of Plutonic energy in the higher realm.   Over the course of the life a Sun in Scorpio native will transform when weak and kill away what no longer serves it’s need for personal power and ambitions.  Scorpio can come in many forms it can transform into over the course of a human life.  Change is born to serve as a basis to meet higher calling functions of spirituality.  This nature is Pluto in it’s highest form but is nor always achieved.  An underdeveloped soul may rely will the instinctual nature of Mars to achieve survival.   If the Pluto course is chosen a more mystical side of Scorpio can be apparent.  

The human incarnation of Scorpio is anciently known for covering three prime animal forms representing the progress of soul transformation. The first form is the desert Scorpion.  They are defensive, protection minded and work within the lower mind.  A protective and vengeful ego that is fear based and works on instinct is a core part of the self.  This is Mars energy in it’s raw form.  

The second form of a Scorpio sun comes through the Flying Eagle.  This form is intellectually driven and understands life from a higher perspective . The Eagle form uses it’s great insight and intuition born from viewing life from a far off perspective.  There is potential for being a great healer, or in worst cases destroyer who selects pray from afar.  Mars or Pluto may be used selfishly for gain or as a driver towards the final trans-formative function of Scorpio.

The third and final form of Scorpio is the phoenix.  Phoenix is the legendary bird that arises from the ashes transformed and reborn.  This is planet Pluto’s influence and ultimate form and goal for the Scorpio Sun soul.  The soul becomes enriched through killing away the old primal form and being reborn into a wiser being.   The final form of Scorpio is very mystical and refined.  Often pulled towards healing and greater understanding of life and the universe.  There is much compassion shown to all in need and a love of sharing it’s resources with others who can utilize them productively.

The Sun is the significator of the Father and his general nature.  Sun in Scorpio showed the male parent was one who had a distinct Martian or Plutonic nature. Privacy was important to him, yet a mysterious and complex aura about him always loomed.  Emotion, passion and intensity were a strong mix of traits in his nature.  His feelings were most likely very deep and possessed a keen intuitive sense along with them.  He was strong at seeing under the surface, getting to the truth of matters and understanding the darker side of life. He could of had occult interests like astrology he was drawn towards.

As a father he may of been very protective and possessive.  Showing a vulnerable side could of been his weakness.  The Plutonic side may of been strong; leading to issues with moodiness, jealous, manipulative behaviors and issues with power struggles.  Trust issues could of been present in his character perhaps to the point of paranoia.  Despite darker issues he was probably a very courageous and resourceful person.  His loyalty was second to none and his role as father was taken with serious determination.  He was dependable when a child had emergency situations and most likely was overprotective.

Worth nothing is that the core ego and willful drive ruled by the sun, while fixed, can be subject to modification by other planetary influences.  The rest of the chart needs to be studied in order to determine if other planets are burned or eclipsed by the Sun. These scenarios can modify the ambitious drive or the nature of how the ego is molded.  It is important to note the Sun can represent the father and any aspect to the sun can influence heavily their presence in the early development (and onward) years of life.    

anonymous asked:

I had a thought, every time Jared’s gone to SNS Jensen has sung to him. And now Jared played guitar during a panel and they were completely focused on each other. Do you think one of the reasons Jared hasn't played or sang before is because TPTB have told him not to or even saying nasty things to discourage him? Except Jensen and the other people that know and love him have convinced him to just go for it? This is probably closer to fic than fact but I wonder of there a a bit of truth there.

Hello, dear anon!

I don’t know if they’ve been actively discouraged from performing together, but I’m sure they know just how obvious they are whenever they’re both attending a SNS or just generally being musical under the same roof. They clearly adore the other performing and just won’t or can’t hide it! You can actually hear and see it when they’re talking about the other singing, playing an instrument or acting. The heart-eyes are real!

When you think about it, though, is it a coincidence that Jared’s debut happened at a non-Creation convention? I’ve heard plenty of fans criticizing Creation for favouring certain stars over Jared, but I don’t know how true that is. We can obviously speculate about Creation being one of the forces pushing the J’s closet door closed.

Still, it doesn’t really seem to work if they’re intentionally keeping Jared from showing up on the stage. Jensen keeps finding ways to include him in his performances.

Although let it be said that Jared has been rumoured to have been present at many conserts he supposedly didn’t attend. Jaxcon 2016 and Vegascon 2017 being two examples that come to mind! Both of them unconfirmed, though.

To conclude, I’d say the concerts are probably a bad idea from a bearding perspective, but hoo boy, are they great for us fans! I really hope we get to see Jared performing alongside Jensen again. They’re both obsessed with music, so it would be lovely to keep seeing them sharing this hobby in public. I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you, sweet anon! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.

Using 3D Software as Perspective reference

Hey guys! So basically there’s a post going around about how people can use Google Sketchup and 3DSmax for 3D reference with environments and characters. That was mostly just made for incredibly basic shapes and characters, just blocking out the shot so you have a good reference to work off. I’d modelled quite a bit of an environment for something I was working on myself, and just wanted to show you how having more complex models (just slightly) and setting up a bigger scene for you to use in the long run can also help!

Starting off with the model I have atm (which IS unfinished, but I’m just gonna use it as a demonstration).

(I really hope these can be clicked for full res)

So let’s say I use the above shot. It was modelled after a drawing I’d done, but we’re going with the assumption that it was made first and I wanted to use it as drawing reference instead. Taking into account im by no means a traditional artist, I quickly just drew this:

I sketched over the shapes to attain the look I roughly wanted to go for, then I could just add the details in after. It saves a LOT of time spent thinking, estimating perspective that could REALLY be wrong, and is easily flexible to explore.

Doing Low-Poly modelling is easier and quicker for long shots of environments, and close up shots if they’re basic or cubic. High poly things, I would say Hire someone if you wanna do that unless you already know how to 3D model a bit yourself. If you have a 3D model, you can turn it to every angle and have The Best possible reference for your object/character, and if you’re lucky you can even pose it and make a scene to draw from, giving your drawings more life, and applying the texture and aesthetic you possibly otherwise couldn’t in 3D software.

This is still relatively low poly, but it’s not just basic cubes done in 10 minutes. I’ve laid out the scene and posed the camera taking into account composition with the Rule of thirds, as well as keep hard edges on the trees so it’s known what kind of texture I want them to be! Same going with the stairs, I’d add some extra bumps or slants into them to know I want them to be worn or broken a little.

The only thing that isn’t in here are the details I WAS going to be working on such as the leaves above, and rocks littered around the scene. (The Model of the character up there is actually a high-poly rigged and weighted character I can pose that I made myself, but it could easily be made p quickly in its neutral pose)

It took what like 20 minutes to just quickly sketch these up? It can REALLY help, you just fly around the environment, take a screenshot, sketch over it quickly to get the roughs down of how you want it to look, then you can actually put the detail and colour over it. It also is a great tool to understand how contouring works in shapes.

So you know what angle things are, the curvature of the surface etc.

However, even though this is a greatly beneficial process to use, you DO need to understand how to do basic 3D modelling and how to draw. If not and you have a lot more expertise in only one of the fields, this is a really great technique to use in benefitting someone else. You could model the environment for somebody to good detail and provide them with the model to explore for reference (or if they don’t know how to use the software, ask them about a desired angle and screenshot it). On the other hand, if someone can model but can’t draw, you could also help with that too!

It’s something that you could potentially get a job in doing too, if somebody is looking for an environmental modeller for their graphic novel or webcomic for example, if you don’t have enough experience to use it fully in movies or games.

I’m in the position that I have quite a bit of 3D modelling experience, but I really can’t draw at all, so this also serves as a great tool for me to use personally to improve my understanding of environmental perspective!

I hope this helps C: If you have any questions, feel free to shoot.

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Jewish Antiquities

Jean Fouquet (141?-80?) was the greatest French painter of the 15th century. His genius is reflected in his illustrations of Jewish Antiquities, which Fouquet created for Jacques d’Armagnac, the Duke of Nemours. Fouquet traveled to Italy as a young man, where he learned to paint with great precision of detail and to use aerial perspective, but he continued to draw upon his native Touraine for many aspects of his art, especially forms and color. In these illustrations, his depiction of the siege of Jericho evokes a city on the banks of the Loire, while his Temple of Jerusalem resembles an altered Cathedral of Tours. Jewish Antiquitieswas written by the first century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (38?-100?) and recounts the history of the Jewish people from Creation to the outbreak of the Jewish revolt against the Romans in A.D. 66. Composed in Greek and translated into Latin, the book was read by the early Christians and remained popular with both Christians and Jews. This manuscript belonged to the French king Francis I (1494-1547), who confiscated it in 1523 from Charles III, the Duke of Bourbon (1490-1527).

INFP tip #56

In past posts, I have covered the fact that INFPs are very open-minded people, and are open to different views on the world.

This great personality trait ables us to see situations in many different perspectives. 

We tend to see things in shades of grey more than just black and white. One is not better than the other, since each preference have both their advantages and disadvantages. 

As always, it’s a matter of balance. Because we tend to me more diplomatic, we have to practice strengthening our views and opinions.

If we don’t, we can be easily manipulated, and perceived as lacking direction. This can also affect our confidence. Missing strong convictions can bring many doubts. 

INFPs need to work on building a strong identity. Stop being scared of taking position. Choose sides. Explore your own preferences in life. Slowly, you will become more self-assured. Don’t forget that it’s normal to change opinions in life. You have the right to evolve. But for now, try to establish who you are in the moment. Your values, your tastes, etc. 

This will be a great foundation for your self-esteem. You will have something to look up to when you feel stuck. 

You will also appear more confident, when you are able to state loud and clear your convictions. 

See it as a compass, that is always there in your heart and that you can follow your whole life. 

In any decision you will make in your life, there will be people who will approve and others who will disapprove. If you don’t work on your internal compass, you will always be unsure of yourself, you will be too sensitive of the opinions from the outside. You don’t have to please everyone, it’s simply impossible. You have to make sure you take care of yourself. And you have to clarify what you really want, and then go get it. 

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So, in short, you should:

1. Get to know yourself ( it take a lot of time, and you will change, but do it anyways, work on the “compass” )

2. Use your own views on life to guide you, in everything you do.

3. Accept that not everyone will approve all the time.

4. Make peace with that.

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Once your compass is clearer, you will find it easier to go your own way. Easier to stand your ground. You will do everything with more confidence.

Today I know, together with all of the other founders of Dada, that our only mistake was to have been seriously engaged at all with so-called art.  Dada was the breakthrough, taking place with bawling and scornful laughter; it came out of a narrow, overbearing, and overrated milieu, and floating in the air between the classes, knew no responsibility to the general public.  We saw then the insane end products of the ruling order of society and burst into laughter.  We had not yet seen the system behind this insanity. … The pending revolution brought gradual understanding of this system.  There were no more laughing matters, there were more important problems than those of art; if art was still to have a meaning, it had to submit to those problems.  In the void in which we found ourselves after overcoming art phraseology, some of us Dadas got lost, mainly those in Switzerland and France, who had experienced the cultural shocks of the last decade more from the newspaper perspective.  The rest of us saw the great new task: Tendency Art in the service of the revolutionary cause.
—  George Grosz and Wieland Herzfelde, Art Is in Danger, 1925

This is a great use of a series of panels from the same perspective. What I think is great is how much detail creeps into the panels as the action ramps down.

(Heavy Metal issue #155, March 1995 - Page 45 Hombre: Rabid by Segura and Ortiz)

A Quick Interview About Christian Faith.

An interview about my faith and denomination, from @sjpark11 for his class.


1. What is your understanding and experience of spirituality?

- There exists a divine pulse to the universe, a breath of creation by a Creator. To experience spirituality is to be in touch with this pulse, to be “aligned” with creation in all its potential and possibility.

As a Christian, I also believe this divine pulse, God, revealed Himself on the earth at one point in time as one of us, to reverse the human condition of entropy and invite us into that story of healing.


2. What are some images or metaphors that support your understanding and/or your experience of spirituality?

- I like C.S. Lewis’s metaphor about the door. Currently, we are on one side. We get glimpses of a “reality” beyond us, something so grand and beautiful that we can hardly take it in. It’s evoked sometimes in our natural experience, whether by sunset or ice cream or romance or song, though these things in themselves come quickly and go. One day we will get to the other side of the door.

Faith is about the journey of looking through the keyhole, getting a glance of infinite beauty, until we permanently partake in the radiance of all that we hoped for.


3. Who are some of the people and authors from your denomination who have significantly shaped your understanding of spirituality?

- C.S. Lewis shaped my faith as an imaginative, playful, breathtaking adventure. Before Lewis, when I was an atheist, I had always imagined faith to be stodgy and full of silly rules. After Lewis, I found faith to be a field of freedom in which good was maximized.

I also absorbed a lot from G.K. Chesterton, Timothy Keller, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Henrietta Mears, and Brené Brown (who is indeed a Christian).


4. Name and describe some significant insights and characteristics of your denomination’s approach to spirituality. What do you consider its strengths and weaknesses?

- I was trained in a Baptist seminary but also served at a Methodist church. I think the strengths of the Protestant group are a very close communal structure like a family, a high emphasis on intellectual sermons mixed with the emotional depth of liturgy and music, and occasionally, a care for the neighborhood and city. Baptists also use a full tank of water for baptism, not that weak sprinkle sauce. (Totally, totally kidding on the last one.) The weaknesses are often too much “insider language,” an inability to handle grief, a temptation to be isolated, and in-house bickering.


5. Name and describe a book written by someone in your denomination that would help someone gain insights about your denomination’s approach to spirituality?

- While C.S. Lewis might fall outside my “denomination,” he’s informed nearly all of them, and his books Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain are must-reads. For someone outside Christianity, his book The Screwtape Letters is excellent.

Mere Christianity was a series of radio talks where C.S. Lewis answered the reason we need Christianity, particularly after the cynicism of World War II and the Holocaust.

The Problem of Pain answers how there could be a good God with suffering in the world. Lewis, by the way, had an incredibly difficult life. He was married for just four years before his wife died of cancer and he was nearly broke his entire life, despite his books being bestsellers.

The Screwtape Letters is a satire, about a senior demon teaching a younger demon how to tempt a human to hell. The twist is that the demon’s most effective techniques are shallow, boring, trivial trappings that fog the human from ever thinking too hard and that distract them to death, or as Lewis writes, “The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”


6. What people and resources have been important influences on your spirituality and spiritual practices outside of your denomination?

- At my hospital, where I’m a chaplain, nearly every third chaplain is from a different denomination. They’ve all helped to broaden my faith by their differing interpretations of the Bible while at the same create a deeper understanding of my own. More than that, even when our ideas may disagree, I’ve learned disagreement doesn’t have to mean division.


7. Describe your spiritual practices. How do they influence your living and ministry?

- Spiritual practices such as prayer, reading Scripture, serving the community, and solo or corporate worship times (whether by myself or on Sunday) have brought a greater joy to my daily experience.

It’s humbling to know through such practices that there is a greater, higher, incomparably wonderful beauty beyond the brokenness we see on earth. It’s unbelievable to think that this great divinity would take an interest in us. It brings perspective to some of the trivial things and crystallizes what’s most important. I realize constantly that I am small, life is short, and God the great parent wants us to get along with our brothers and sisters.


8. What suggestions would you offer for someone who is in the process of establishing a spiritual practice in their lives?

- To have tons of patience. Spiritual practices are hard. We are easily distracted and our minds are busier than ever. The second we try to pray or read sacred books or serve others, we think of a million other things to do. It’s FOMO at its worst, because “spirituality” can feel like it doesn’t pay off. But as spiritual practices are both a way of growing character and getting in touch with God, these things take as much time as growing fruit or growing a full beard.

So it requires a stillness and a kind of rest that we’re not used to. When we get there, it’s worth that extra amount of investment to run through the distractions.

J.S.

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I’d like to take a moment to appreciate how much camera directions and scenes composition help Matt’s emotions to get across.

Charlie Cox is spectacular in his rendition, so magnetic and powerful. I think the impossibility of using his eyes sparkled in him something raw and mothodic at the same time. You cannot really tell those two traits apart. Is that technique? Is that instinct? I guess dilemmas like this one present themselves when a really good actor comes along. 

My point is, couple Charlie’s talent with great use of details, perspective, layers, moments of stasis in the middle of chaos and specific colours going from lights shining in the darkness to lights against lights; mix these things up and you will create the perfect vehicle to let emotions and feelings move freely from the screen to the public; even though the main character can’t use his eyes, even though normal communication is forbidden.

This is just another reason why I love this show so much and I just know it is going to be unforgettable. 

chrismcd86  asked:

Hey, Faith! Love the process post you just put up! I have a quick question about environments, since yours always look great! How often do you use perspective grids? I only saw you using that one for lining up the characters, but do you use them for more than that? I suck at drawing environments and always spend waaaayyyyy too much time setting up perspective grids for each panel, building 3D models even! And then they still suck!

Wow, that is way too complicated for me! Look, I’m really not great at perspective, and sometimes my backgrounds are kind of a mess, but I tend to err on the “if it looks okay, it is” side of things. Sometimes (in comics at least) having the “right” perspective can look very strange and mechanical and obviously drawn by a computer, rather than a human hand. With my comics I’d rather have things look organic, especially as the city I’m drawing is old and kind of falling down. If I was drawing skyscrapers in a modern city, I might be more concerned with what’s correct, perspective-wise.

For my backgrounds, I just use a lot of reference. 

Stuff like that. I try and capture the organic nature of what I’m trying to draw, rather than drawing it literally. I’ve never used 3D models or Sketch Up to do backgrounds, just a lot of photo reference and very simple perspective grids. It works for me, I think. But again, I’m absolutely not an expert on perspective or backgrounds. Those are things I’ve struggled with a lot in the past, and am only now beginning to grasp how to make them work in my comics.

shoichi  asked:

ahh cool! I have a two questions then? you don't have to answer! first: how do you choose how to pose your characters? and second: can you give some tips on anatomy? how to decide leg/arm size, body proportions, etc? thanks!

Putting careful thought into your characters’ poses is a crucial step in avoiding Sameface’s nasty cousin, Samepose. It can be tricky to come up with something that works for the character, looks interesting, and is easy to draw. The first step is to disregard that last bit; you won’t be able to draw interesting poses if you only draw what’s easy! So start with the character and how you’re expressing them in that drawing. You don’t need a full backstory, but if the character is sitting down consider how that character, specifically, would sit. A little extra thought goes a long way. A lot of drawing is muscle memory after all, so it’s important to curb your inclinations to do what your body is familiar with. Also play with angles as much as you can; if you mostly draw characters from straight on, try drawing them in profile. Using different angles is a great way to practice perspective as well!

The same advice applies to body proportions and anatomy. Never just refer to your style or what feels familiar, or all your characters will look the same. Put extra thought into each character, who they are and how they look, and make sure you have a good variety among the characters you draw. The best way to practice anatomy in general is to draw from life and from reference. quickposes.com is my favorite resource for that, and it’s free!

Good luck!!