Okay, allow me to explain:Recently, it was brought to my attention that some people on my page had a problem with me drawing black people because I, a black man, was drawing far too many of them (and not as stereotypes or tropes) when I’m known for having diverse character designs in the first place. This struck me as odd because there is literally no problem with me drawing characters of other backgrounds any other time, but the moment I start to draw us in a way that doesn’t make us look like the same stereotypes you’re used to seeing, it’s a problem? Check yourself. I literally got asked, “Do you ever draw white people?” And “You only draw black guys. Why?” In the same morning and I’m like, “Oh so this is a PROBLEM now?” Anyone that has seen my work knows that I draw people from all over. That said, there IS a conscious decision to represent my people in a way that is just and equal to how every other race has been represented since like…forever. Don’t come at me for actually taking the time and effort to show us in positive light. If me drawing people of color as characters and not stereotypes and over used tropes offends you, then get ready to hate my black ass then, because I’m not about to sit by and let us not be represented in a respectful, uplifting and positive light anymore and if you don’t like it well…. Too bad. But since it was an issue with me drawing my own heroes of color, I decided to do other heroes and villains from a game I’m fond of and make them people of color…. I specifically chose FFVII because it’s already a diverse case and to Square Enix’s credit, you could literally tell the same story with these designs. Enjoy.
“It was a tsunami. In April of ’82 there was an article in the New York Times about a new gay cancer, and everyone thought ‘oh well.’ I was in my twenties. I wasn’t worried about a thing. But then every week you started to hear about somebody becoming ill. My boss was one of the first. He was a famous florist. He went into the hospital on Thanksgiving and was dead by Easter. I lost most of my friends. A lot of the first men to die were privileged. They were closeted, corporate white men. During the day they were bankers but at night they’d hit the leather clubs and bars. But they learned their privilege didn’t matter after they got sick. They were just ‘gay.’ We had to fight for AIDS to be recognized by the government. We joined together with people of color, and junkies, and prostitutes. It was a beautiful thing, really. Our feminist lesbian sisters taught us how to protest because they’d been doing it for decades. They showed us how to organize meetings, and bring people together, and force the government to the table—things we’d never had to think about as white men.”
If someone walked up to you and said, “I am planning on killing you, your entire family and a significant number of the people who you know and care about,” how many of you would argue that this falls under “free speech”?
Of course you wouldn’t. You would understand that it is a threat and you would do anything you could to shut that threat down. Maybe you would file a police report, buy a gun, or fight that sonofabitch right there, or maybe you would be too afraid to do anything, but regardless of how you responded you would understand that this person needs to be stopped before he hurts you and your loved ones.
Every word from a neo-Nazi’s mouth is a threat of violence against Jewish people, Roma people and people of color and many others.
Not only is it a threat of violence, it is an active attempt to bring that violence into existence by recruiting others who will aid them in taking this violence to its greatest possible extreme.
Show the same respect for marginalized people’s rights to be protected and to defend themselves from political violence that you would expect to be shown if under threat of interpersonal violence.
Halt and Catch Fire is at its best in the moments in which it crafts a narrative in which women and people of color are in the spotlight, giving rise to major tech innovations as leaders.
In the world of Halt and Catch Fire, the most powerful VC is a woman, the inventor of the first search site is a teenage girl, the lead of a VC firm’s best innovation is a black woman, and the most brilliant coder is, again, a woman.
It’s beautiful to watch, and just as gripping, if not more so, than watching a couple of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs stand-ins vie for control of the nascent tech universe.
those ones i just traced a base line over the pictures and then eyeballed the coloring. That’s really useful for getting shapes and angles down when the head is turned. good for drawing the same eye with different expressions and things.
I’m actually doing one right now for some new practice. this one I didn’t do a base sketch at all, I just started SLAPPIN’ color on there. I’ll post progress pictures once I finish it.
ALTHOUGH IF YOU DO THIS, I WOULD RECOMMEND SWITCHING IT UP A BIT AND USING OTHER PEOPLE EYES TOO. because I have a slight difficulty drawing girls with different eye shapes than my own haha oops
I would also recommend paying attention to lid shape, eyelash length, and the angle of the eyes as well as the basic shape. just little details that will set them apart from other eyes.
learning from real life is always super great
here’s my eyes, compared to my sisters. just showing how related people have similar but different eyes
sometimes starting with a circle helps
the same shaped eye with different lids
for coloring: Eyelids make shadows. eyelashes make shadows. light shows through the iris, depending on the angle.
hope that helped you a bit. mostly just learn from real life for coloring and shape and everything. and then apply it to your style. sorry if this wasn’t that helpful or anything. I’ve been a bit scatterbrained lately as well as busy. I hope i wrote everything i wanted to D:
I’m going to skip the part where I get all sappy about three hundred of you fan-freaking-tastic people following me, because you already know how I feel. ♡
Instead, let’s talk downloads! You need Get to Work for this to show up in your game. I’ve included three files you can download - my new mesh, which includes all of the original EA colors, a file for my additional recolors (you’ll need the mesh!), and a ‘base’ DDS file if someone would like to do more recolors!
If someone would like to recolor these, please include credit!
i really dislike people who try to force others to be positive about something they don’t like, especially when that thing is being criticized for its racism, sexism, homophobia etc. it’s just another way to silence minorities when they speak out against the negative way in which they are represented (and bad representation IS harmful to minorities irl).
every time poc criticize racism in a popular movie/tv show/novel, a swarm of white people are always like “Just enjoy the damn thing! Stop being so negative, you’re ruining the experience for everyone and you’re the reason why the fandom is so divided”. and it’s such a freaking evil thing to say. they have the privilege of being able to ignore racism whenever they want to, and expect us to do the same. they’re in their perfect little bubble, and how dare we make them uncomfortable by reminding them that their fave movie/tv show is treating its characters and actors of color like shit? instead of realizing that the fandom is “divided” because some fans are racist pieces of shit, they blame it on people denouncing racism and defending themselves. we should just not say anything when people are disrespecting us and treating us like shit, right?
us poc are expected to keep quiet about racism in media and fandom spaces just because white fans don’t like to be uncomfortable. well guess what? we are uncomfortable because on top of enduring racism irl, we also have to face it online and in the fictional world of movies/tv shows. so yeah, i have to complain about and criticize racist directors/productions companies/writers until they get the freaking memo and stop producing racist content. THEN i’ll be able to enjoy my fave movie franchise as uncritically as you do, Becky.
White girls see racism done by white female characters as empowerment and I’m
tired of it. White girls will literally go above and beyond to justify a racist/facist
white woman’s actions and it’s disturbing. And it’s not just racism, but abuse
A white female character who forces her culture
on poc coded people, who colonizes non-whtie characters, who is racist/abusive
toward them, etc..etc…is automarically backed up and stanned by white girls.
And you cannot tell them anything. If you try to call out a white female
characters racism/abuse/imperialism etc..etc…the white girls call you sexist.
And it’s hypocrtical; it’s these girls who will
hate white male characters for doing the same. Hate white male characters for
being racist/abusive but worship white female characters for doing the same
thing…like that’s any better?
A white woman being racist isn’t empowering. A
white woman being abusive isn’t empowering. ESPECIALLY if these actions are
aimed towared people of color or less privielged people than said woman.
You can’t call out racism by white men but then
worship white female characters who do the same thing, even if it is subtle.
Like it surprises me how white girls will stan problematic female characters
and call out sexism whenever someone dares to point out her racism/facism/imperialism/abuse…etc. Like I dread seeing
white women in shows/movies because chances are if they’re racist or
problematic white girls will act like they’re goddesses.
And yes white women/girls can and should reblog this.
something that i’ve been commonly told when i make characters black is that i’m “blackwashing” them and i should keep in mind “what if it were the other way around and they were whitewashed?” a lot of people that call me, a black person, racist compare whitewashing and blackwashing as if they work together hand in hand
whitewashing is the act of making a canon character of color white, which removes poc representation. “blackwashing”, a term created by white people, is the act of doing the opposite of whitewashing, which adds black representation. for decades, black people have been forced to identify with poorly written and often black characters built off of sterotypes. thats why fans of media like myself have had to make representation of our own by making our favorite characters mixed with their canon race and our own cultures. people should not be off threatened or offended by “blackwashing”, especially when a lot of casts have white or pale poc characters and the token black character looks like a stereotype, ends up dying, or both.
“why don’t you make black original characters?” tons of artists on here have made black characters but you don’t see them cross your dashboard because it doesn’t have the same effect as making a canon character black.
“why don’t you focus more on canon poc?” a) there isn’t even any canon poc in some series or b) the small amount of canon poc are poorly represented because authors don’t often do research on black culture
“blackwashing” doesn’t exist. just like reverse racism, it’s a term coined by white people so they can feel special by being oppressed. people who believe in “blackwashing” are not educated on how black people are treated in media now and how they’ve been treated in the past. our skin color and facial features were used as clown makeup by white people in minstrel shows but people don’t even think about it because “oooOoOO what if it was the other way around and it was whitewashing” >:((”. instead of going after the people that make canon dark skinned characters WHITE, spineless dogs go after people about something that doesn’t exist. when poc make a canon character’s skin dark and say they’re black/latino/etc., they’re doing it out of love for their culture and people. when white people “blackwashing”, they do it in support of poc. nothing but love and care goes into “blackwashing”.
and if you still believe in “blackwashing” after reading this, i’m going to personally make your favorite characters black and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it
Don’t give out the name that means the most to you, whether that’s your birth name or your nickname.
If an entity gives your their full name, don’t give that away to others. Use a nickname or a pseudonym to protect their privacy.
If you have any feeling that there’s an unwanted or threatening entity in a space or your home, tell it to go away and show now fear. Do any kind of cleansing exercise that you use. Do not back down. Repeat and increase intensity if it doesn’t stop.
Don’t expect to hear voices, see entities, or get any kind of clear messages. It can take years of practice, and sometimes you just can’t. People on tumblr who share their experiences may be embellishing for clarity, and might receive messages in a less clear way than presented.
If you have a specific, individualized method of protecting your spiritual area (especially with visualization), don’t share how you’ve made the wards or the specifics of them. It’s just good practice not to show your weaknesses.
The “color” of energy does not necessarily denote a specific universal meaning. I’m of the opinion that energy colors are filtered through your own established color system, so make sure you know what you believe - whether colors are linked to different elements, or alignments etc.
If you choose to bind an entity to an object, be aware that losing the object might change your relationship with the spirit in some way. I personally advise against binding spirits to things, given that they could easily be damaged or lost, but that’s your choice.
Aries: The way you run your hands frustratedly through your hair when you’re concentrating too hard on something
Taurus: How your fingers flip through pages and pages of a book you love, tears running down your face without you knowing
Gemini: How you jump up and down excitedly when you talk about something you love
Cancer: Your eyes as they glitter and glow when you look at a beautiful sunset, or someone you admire
Leo: Your smirk because you know your abilities and you don’t let anyone stand in your way. You’re ready for whatever life throws at you
Virgo: The passion that goes into everything you do. You give 100% of your body, mind and spirit in everything you do. It’s admirable
Libra: The way you strive for peace and get frustrated when there’s lack of it. Despite this, you keep advocating for it
Scorpio: The love that swells in your heart when you’ve finally met the person for you. You’d fight til the end for them, and write poetry to wake up to
Sagittarius: Your spirit. It’s a whirlwind of colors that no one else has. Your vibrancy attracts people as they strive to get closer and closer to you
Capricorn: How you sit and analyze a problem given to you. You never stray away from it even as you realize the sun is coming up
Aquarius: The light that surrounds your aura. You’re willing to do anything and everything to show people how worthy you are, and you glow while you’re at it
Pisces: The grip on your lovers shirt. You know love isn’t about lust, it isn’t about the sex. It’s about a partnership in which your emotional and intellectual relationship are as strong or stronger than the physical aspect of a relationship.
Black•ish is supposed to be a show that talks and tackles issues black people face but I’ve never seen them directly tackle colorism…. The most I’ve seen them do is make fun of Rainbow (a biracial light skinned black woman) for not being black enough…. Diane is the only dark skinned child the family has and there are so many negative things portrayed about Diane at times. Never seen an episode talk about how colorism affects the black community. They skate and go about the topic very indirectly
so the people behind voltron legendary defender decided to make pidge a girl and redesigned allura and her family to be black. and thats nice and all but we have hunk, lance, keith, and shiro as main characters and coran and matt as important minor characters, and youre telling me they couldnt have made 1 or 2 of them female characters too?? im not impressed. people praise vld for its racial diversity or whatever but it doesnt mean much if you only have racially diverse male characters and not female characters. not to mention how one of the few important female characters and one of 2 female characters of color with a speaking role in the show is literally a tyrannical brown woman with a drug addiction and one of the main villains. dont get me wrong, im glad that vld isnt all white and all male but i think it can do better. girls and women of color deserve better
“Either you commit to diversity, and it’s just a fact of how you do
business, how you live, or you’re not diverse,” Franck says. “You can’t
say ‘I know, we’ll be diverse, we’ll gift one black part.’ That sort of
tokenism is not diversity. To be truly diverse, you have to start at the
top. Our production company, one of the presidents is a black man. The
president of our TV division is a woman. Our writer’s room is pretty
close to fifty-fifty, men and women. It’s not like there were
checkboxes, the attitude was just, ‘Let’s hire an interesting array of
voices.’” That attitude extends to the script and the screen. “We’re not
trying to champion anyone in particular,” Abraham says. “We’re telling a
story, and in the course of the story, there are people who aren’t all
white guys. What’s important is what the Zuni woman is doing, not that
she’s a Zuni.” - How SyFy’s The Expanse cast its multiracial future.
A few people have asked me how I colored Vincent and the Doctor. I don’t use downloaded psds, so every one of my gifsets is built from the bottom up. The thing about Doctor Who is that it’s a very colorful show to begin with, so very little goes a long way, and it’s a great example for basic coloring and understanding how color works with gifs. The above gifs are from 2 different sets from the same episode, 3 of them coming from this set [x]. I’ve also added the interior of the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS, since people complain about it being difficult to color without exploding in grain, and I’ve colored it with the same method.
You know what the funny thing is about the new Wolfenstein games? That despite being set in some crazy alternate universe with giant robot dogs, Nazi moon bases, laser guns, and cartoon villains like Deathshead and Frau Engel, it’s actually one of the most accurate and disturbing portrayals of Nazism I’ve seen in a video game.
I mean, think about it. There’s been a lot of WW2 shooters/games with Nazis in them. The original Wolfenstein was like the first FPS ever, so Nazis have basically been video game baddies since day one. But have you ever seen a “realistic” video game with Nazis in them tackle things like the Holocaust? Racial extermination and eugenics? How downright insane, sadistic and horrifying the Nazi ideology is? Cause that’s exactly what the new Wolfenstein games are doing.
Wolfenstein had the balls to show the human experimentation, the extermination camps, the daily terror of being hunted by the Nazis simply for being Jewish or a person of color, the warped doctrine of racial purity that the Nazis aspired to, the Orwellian control of information and society that they practiced, their imperialism and colonialism that demanded the lands of essentially all non-”Aryan” races be pillaged and looted for them. It actually shows people of color and Jews fighting in a resistance movement specifically because the Nazis wanted them to literally not exist. It even touches upon, however briefly, the persecution of LGBT people under the Nazi regime and their demand that women submit to strict gender roles.
Oh and all of the “cool stuff” that the Nazis have in The New Order? Yeah they stole that from a group of Jewish super-scientists. Even the “cool” things about the Nazis in Wolfenstein don’t belong to them, because they’re pathetic, evil fascists.
I doubt that at Sony’s press conference tonight when the new Call of Duty gets shown off you’ll see any hint of the terrifying true nature of Nazism. You’ll see a bunch of good ol’ boys fighting the good fight, and the Nazis will conveniently provide bodies to shoot at as they do in every video game where they’re the bad guys, but I can honestly say I have never seen a video game that has as damning and accurate a portrayal of what Nazism was and is really about as the new Wolfenstein games, where the Nazis have robot dogs and jetpacks.