how it all works

I want to send my love to every single person who has given BAP a chance and let them into their hearts. I know that the massive support BAP once had has dwindled after the court case with their CEO and forced year-long hiatus, and that makes me sad - but I see their smiling faces on variety shows, and I see how hard they’re working despite of it all, and I just know that they’ll make it through whatever. I love BAP so much and have so since I was 14. They taught me to persevere through anything and to Never Give Up (haha). 

It makes me almost deliriously happy to see them happy and to see good fortune upon them. They have a show in New York City coming up and I’m miserable because I can’t afford a ticket nor do I have anyone to go with…

Anyways, I just really love BAP… Their smiles mean way too much, it’s to the point of ridiculousness. 

Please continue to love BAP!!

AR TIPS: EYE GLIMMER

I have no idea how to title this.

Eye glimmer, or the eye reflection is surprisingly important part on conveying emotion and creating immersive environment in a piece.

Or let’s be real, the entirety of the eye is very important in that, but i felt lazy so i rely on the fact people know how eyes and expressions work together (send all angry PMs to this blog if incorrect). I’m gonna go over few things that might give you the extra bling your eyes needs to look all nice stuff.

Coloring the eye itself has no real effect on the reflection. As long as you keep the effort and style consistent.

On eye and shimmer color though: Eyewhites are rarely fully white, consisting instead of yellow and red tints. Blue works too if need be. To really bring out the shimmer, keep the eyewhite in a lower tone and go all out with the shimmerlight to add contrast between them.

The basic reflection can be pretty much any shape you want, as long as it does it’s job of bringing the eye alive. Basic shimmer helps guiding the viewer, and helps showing just where exactly where the character is looking at. 

Hence why, even if the iris is directed to corrected direction, putting the shimmer in wrong or into opposite sides (they should almost always be identical) looks very weird and potentially hilarious.

So experiment with the shape to find what you like most. Come up with something your own! Whatever makes it easy to you. try out gradient shimmer too, i forgot it here.

ALSO: Sometimes, giving eye no reflection works to your advance too. A character who’s had all life drained out of them, or simply in need of serious nap could have no lights at all reflection on their eyes, to make it seem like they have lost that spark in heir eyes. Works well with sinister and ominous settings too.

Shimmers also help with conveying emotions and are good to keep in mind when making expressions.

Highly emotional character could have more shimmers. As one gets very sad or otherwise teary, their eyes become more reflective thanks to it and catch more light. Try adding bright points of light to a grieving or overjoyed characters and see how much more expression it brings in.

Eyes with more lights and shimmers is often also considered more innocent, “bright-eyed”.  Which, while not an emotion is a helpful view to remember in character design.  Having a child character with virtually no eye light feels very ominous and conveys something isn’t right.

To go into opposite direction, drawing very intense eyes is a favorite of mine.

Character’s stare can be hardened by reducing the amount of glimmer and moving it to more center of the pupil. Small, near-center light gives great boost to a character meant to be portrayed in a dangerous or otherwise threatening/wild light. “… crazy shine in their eyes.” Usually references to this kind.

Unlike a more emotional and innocent character, the eyes of more hard individual can be like this pinpointed to a single target.

Need to note the eye on bottom right: My personal and favorite technique. A character that’s meant to be portrayed as enraged or furious, i like adding a tad of red to their eye glimmer, it brings the point of anger across very well imo.

This can be taken to further levels even: differed colors could be linked to convey certain emotions. Pure red tint go give the air of rage while pink or purple glow could convey romantic feelings. Not realistic but looks nice.

What also needs to be remembered in the glimmer is the source of it; environment.

Making the eye glimmer reflect the environment around they eye helps with immersion. If the light coming in is colored, give the glimmer color instead of being pure white. Remember that the glimmer follows the light source. Some glimmers may also take the form of a reflecting surface near the eye, such as windows or weapons.

oh my god I got Harvest Moon DS Cute in the mail AND

THE BEGINNING IS THE FUNNIEST THING

HARVEST GODDESS GETS TURNED INTO STONE BECAUSE I HAVE NO MOTIVATION TO WORK WHICH TBH IS RELATABLE AS HECK

AND THE GAME JUST STARTS WITHOUT INTRODUCTIONS, TUTORIALS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT

OHH BOI

@onlyontuesdays88

Well, it’s only this strange because he went through ALOT of effort for Marco in this episode, the guy he “Hates”.

He made a plan on how to ask him, he researched into his interests, he planned out how to make this all work until he and Marco genuinely bonded and everything changed completely…

He basically went through tons of effort on how he was gonna greet and convince Marco and it’s amusing to imagine him working up the effort to make a plan on asking him out like this was a date.

Y’know Tom, you could’ve just simply… i dunno, rang the doorbell and asked him? Instead of scaring the heck outta him?

I just imagine him in his carriage, picking out what pose to to have when he greets Marco and it’s just super amusing to think he probably did that for someone he assumes he hates.

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*inhales deeply* SO back in 2013, I made a shitty Ace Attorney PowerPoint so my bf could have context to all the shitty AA doodles I did. I’ve dug up this relic and decided to update it with all the hip and happening characters and plot. It’s spoiler free imo, except Mia, but it’s like known by anyone who has played past case 1-1, so….

AAI slides were done primarily by @doodleblah because I never got around to playing those and she loves them. Not everyone is on here because they’re just the characters I primarily draw so sorry von Karma, Kristoph, Dahlia, Fulbright, etc

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A thread about millennials and stories (sorry for all the typos I was fueled by too much emotion to type well)

How yoi plays with sports story scheme

I was wondering recently why Yuri on Ice seemed to be so different and fresh to me and why so many people get so emotionally engaged with it. There is definitely a nice animation and great characters and representation and such a beautiful love story but I felt like there was something in the narration layer that I couldn’t name until I compared yoi storyline to the most common schemes.

When you look at most of the pop cultural stories, especially those where main plot focuses on sport, you’ll see that there is that one scheme they all follow - you have a hero who has talent but lacks something (like a good mentor or hard work or confidence), he finds a motivation to win (it may be anything from parent’s death to wish to impress a girl) and he finds a dedicated coach, he trains, he loses, he learns something about himself, he wins, he gets an award. This is the basic way of constructing such stories and it’s catchy because we all want to believe that we are able to fight our weaknesses and win by ourselves. You may modify this scheme to a large extent but the main core will always be a single hero who needs to grow in order to win and actually I think that this scheme is present in Yuri on Ice but in Yurio’s not Yuuri’s story. Yurio has talent, lacks hard work and needs to learn something about himself, his skate-off with Yuuri gives him a motivation to win, he trains hard, he loses, he grows, he wins. This doesn’t make his story or his character less interesting but I wanted to give you an example of what am I talking about so I could compare it to Yuuri’s story.

So now, where is Yuuri’s plot different you could say. Well, in a way you could find all those elements in Yuuri’s story too but his development is where it all turns to be innovative. You see in the basic scheme the hero needs to learn to win by himself while Yuuri has got to that point a long time ago. He had all of that: his motivation, his hard work, most of his abilities, his own strength before he met Victor. He was fighting by himself for five years before and even if his anxiety makes him look like a weak loser it is obvious he is already beyond that “learning about myself” phase. Even this confidence Victor helps him to find he already had just hidden. Yuuri knows his emotions and some of his strengths and most of the weak points himself and either he wins or loses those minor competitions it doesn’t change him too deeply. But what Victor gives him is the belief that he doesn’t have to fight by himself anymore. Not in a “you can learn from other people” or “teamwork is important” kind of way (’cause they are still used in most of the stories) but in acknowledging that you may become better if you let someone close to you (this lesson applies to Victor to btw but he is not the main hero so I’ll skip this part). 

I won’t say this reverses the scheme completely as this is still some kind of personal development that helps to win (though the fact that Yuuri does not finally win is interesting by itself) but it definitely changes the subtext of the whole story.  We like stories about heroes fighting by themselves because we often struggle with our problems alone and we need to believe me can do it. But Yuri on Ice gives us the idea that thought you are strong enough to fight maybe you don’t have to fight alone at all. I guess this is why it has such a great emotional impact because in a world that tells you all the time that it’s only for you to win the story of someone who still needed help even if he already was strong and beautiful is really hopeful, positive and in a way more realistic then the basic “hero can only win by himself” scheme. 

There is also the whole layer of how Victor doesn’t fit to the standard portrayal of a mentor figure but I think this is quite easy to spot and maybe let’s not make this longer than it has to be but the last quick reflection I had is that the most common way of portraying romantic relationships in the sports stories is either when the hero needs to sacrifice his relationship in order to focus (which is the trope I personally hate) or when he wins the attention of his love interest by winning the final competition (so the love is somehow a reward then). What is great in Yuuri and Victor’s relationship is how Yuuri doesn’t have to win to prove his worth to Victor. Almost from the beginning, Victor knows Yuuri’s flaws and he falls for him anyway. So Yuuri is not only given support that helps him to become better but also he doesn’t need to earn that support. Which I think again is quite moving because everyone dreams of this kind of relationship. We are all scared that we are not good enough to let someone help us in the first place and this is where yoi tells us it doesn’t have to be this way.

I’m sure there are much more tropes that are reversed in yoi and there is the whole narration layer that is also quite original but as storytelling is what I have the most experience with I decided to focus on this aspect only. And I may be wrong I just like to find and discuss narration schemes so please argue if you disagree but I love the fact that even when yoi takes those basic narration schemes it uses it to send a very positive message across and for me it could be a reason why there is such an enthusiastic fandom around it - because this anime exchanges the story of fighting alone for a story about growing in a relationship though it does not change a sports story for a cheaply romantic one.

me, to myself through gritted teeth, after watching a new show and liking literally hundreds of posts relating to it: okay now pick the PERFECT one and ONLY reblog that one because you need to show some goddamn SELF-CONTROL. MAYBE put one in the queue. don’t overdo it this time

me, a day later: hi guys so i’ve switched fandoms,

anonymous asked:

Hey! Imagine Marinette change her outfits and Adrien hugs Marinette and Mari says "ADRİEN LET ME GO!" and he says "I like pretty things!"

Like this?

When the cuteness of Jongho makes me want to scream

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me @ those haters who’re trying to smear super junior members

                                                  How to Open the Veil


The Veil is what separates our physical realm from the spirit world. By opening it, we’re able to communicate more freely with spirits. Essentially, you’ll be making a door and opening it in order to reach the spirit realm. 

Disclaimer: I’m not an expert at this, please don’t take my word as the final say. I just started practicing this technique and was taught by a close friend. Always be safe when you practice because if you’re not careful, you can get into some shit. I’m writing this post by popular demand. 


STEP 1: BE SAFE. The picture above is a little preview of the layout I used in my own dorm room. It’s hard to see, but I first drew a chalk circle and sprinkled black salt all along the edges of said circle. I also put four crystals at each end to mark it. Why do I have so much shit everywhere?? Because I don’t want anything to come through the door I created and cause problems. This circle keeps unwanted spirits out. (Granted, you don’t have to use as many things as I did. I find that a physical circle is just easier to visualize.) You can also use candles or anything else that works for you!

STEP 2: MARK THE DOOR. I used sun and moon candle holders with electric candles in them (since I live in a dorm and can’t use real candles). I set them apart from each other, like I was making, well, a door. Then I used some Super-Moon water to draw a line between the two candle holders to amplify my energy. Finally, I also sprinkled a line of black salt to stop unwanted and harmful spirits from coming through the door. 

STEP 3: RELAX. Get into the state of mind you need to be in to do witchy stuff. Meditation, grounding, singing–whatever you need to do to access your energy. 

STEP 4: STRETCH YOUR ENERGY. Whenever you feel ready, slowly pool energy into you palms. Then push it through the marked entrance where your door is going to be, imagining it as a thread, string, or cord connecting to the spirit realm. This might be difficult, especially if the veil isn’t exactly thin where you’re at. You may feel your energy bounce back, or that you’re hitting a wall. If you do, don’t worry! You can always pull back, gather your energy, and try again. 

STEP 5: CREATE A BRIDGE. You’ll know the moment when your energy connects to the spirit realm. It feels different for every person–for me, it’s almost like this tug in my gut and the feeling of a thread connecting my hands and body to something else. Once you feel that, it’s really up to you on how you want to create the bridge! For me, what works best is when I imagine myself walking across the thread of my energy towards the spirit realm. As I walk, my energy begins to create the bridge. There might be another door on the other side once you cross the bridge (it’s really up to how you visualize). If there is, open it. 

STEP 6: OPEN THE DOOR. Once you’ve made the bridge, feel and hold on to that connection. Then, imagine a door leading to the bridge through the physical boundaries you created earlier. This door can look however you like–whatever’s easiest for you to imagine! Then, use your energy to pry open the door. After that…

Congrats! You’ve successfully opened a door to the spirit realm! You should be able to feel the difference in energies. It’s kind of hard to explain how it feels–almost like this vast, empty expanse and the chattering of lots of different spirits floating around. 

When you’re done…

CLOSE THE DOOR. If you invited any spirits in to chat, say goodbye to the spirit(s) that you communicated with and ask them to leave. Make sure they leave before you close the door. If they refuse to, you might have to force them via your own energy (obviously, this is in the worst of situations. Try not to be rude if possible!). We’ve had to do this before and it’s not the most pleasant thing (haha). 

To close the door, pull your energy out from the spirit realm. Imagine that bridge you created crumbling, until you can no longer feel that connection. Once you’re out, close the door, seal it up, and do anything else that feels necessary in order to break the opening. For me, I usually make a breaking motion with my hands to signify the cut-off connection. You can chant or say an incantation if you like as well. This is important, because you definitely don’t want to leave a door open for spirit to come through willy nilly!  


                                                          Other Info

  • PLEASE BE CAREFUL!! If you’re not cautious, some bad spirits might be able to get through and that’s never fun. If possible, try this first with someone else (preferably someone who knows more of what they’re doing). If you can’t, make sure you have multiple backups, wards, and other witchy things to keep bad spirits at bay. 
  • If you want to invite a spirit to chat, it’s probably a good idea to have an offering around, just to be polite. Tarot cards, pendulums, etc. are pretty awesome tools to use if you’re not great at telepathic communication!
  • Take everything spirits say with a grain of salt. They can lie just like people. 

I hope this was helpful to those that asked! If anyone wants to add anything, feel free to. I’m by no means an expert, so if someone wants to add their expertise advise please do! If something doesn’t feel right, go with your gut–never do something you’re not comfortable with. 

Be safe, fellow spirit workers and witches!

-Llama