human connectivity

bethebelleponders  asked:

I really loved your post that started with "You Can't Find My House" and ended with a list of proof that there is Fae blood somewhere in your family.

Look man, my whole life is a series of increasingly bizarre tangents.  If you ever get to meet me in person my conversations are like this- I can start with how I went to marine science camp as a kid and end with that time I accidentally brought a flamethrower into the county courthouse.

The connection is Human Figure Drawing.

Writing in a coffee shop. In the study area there’s me, 7 other girls, and 1 dude whose name is probably Chad. Because Chad is the way that he is, he zeroes in on a pretty girl with her laptop out & headphones on and his thought process is like, “She totally wants me to talk at her for 20 minutes." 

So he chats her up, and when he’s about to leave he asks for her number. She politely says no. He’s all, "Then why did you talk to me? What’s your problem?” etc and finally stomps off in a huff like the grown ass man he is. His parting shot: “Well, GOOD LUCK making it as an actor.” (After which I’m assuming he high fived himself and whispered, “Nice one Chad.”) 

After he leaves, there’s like 5 seconds of silence before EVERY SINGLE GIRL in the study area just fucking CRACKS UP. It was the purest moment of human connection I have ever experienced. We are laughing our asses off. We are imitating Chad’s whiny pissbaby voice. I ask the pretty girl if that actually just happened. She says yes it did. I say, bullet fuckin’ DODGED babe. She laughs. I am reborn. We are all reborn. I don’t know what Chad was working on in this coffee shop, but there is a 100% chance it was 1. a screenplay, and 2. a remake of The Great Gatsby, but like it’s for millennials and a milquetoast white guy named Brent has a threesome with 2 beautiful hipster girls who both fall in love with him. It’s titled BOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT and it, like Chad’s love life, will never take off.

I just wonder…why don’t people believe in astrology. Astrology is literally the study of stars and how the planets intertwine. Us humans are made of the same materials as stars. It wouldn’t be a mere coincidence if we somehow develop traits based off the alignment of stars and planets. It’s a science for a reason. It involves logic and critical thinking. Astrology should be used as a guide. We are the same as stars.

Notes for a young character designer

Dear E. 

Thanks for your email.

I don’t work at Cartoon Network any more. But I’m going to give you a very quick portfolio review in hopes that you find it helpful! Here are some things I noticed when looking at your stuff - lessons I learned from brilliant people while working on AT for two years: 

 1) AVOID SYMMETRY. Humans are organic, randomly shaped animals. Perfect symmetry rarely exists in nature and if it does, it’s conspicuous - it’s the exception rather than the rule. Find interesting ways to throw your characters off-balance. 

Don’t repeat objects in twos - (buttons or rips or whatever) - it feels prescribed - cluster things in threes or fives if necessary. 

 2) AVOID CONCAVITY - I don’t know what else to call this. But it’s those lines that go “in” rather than “out”. You are using inward sloping lines to describe many of your characters. As an exercise, try using outward, rounded, voluminous lines to draw EVERYTHING. Humans are fleshy lumps connected together by other fleshy lumps. Each mass is either in front of or behind other masses and as a designer, it’s your job to tell the animator where it is. As a designer, you are providing a technical blueprint for the location of masses. 

Only occasionally allow a concavity to connect two convexities. Look at the work of Robert Ryan Cory (spongebob), Tom Herpich (Adventure Time) or Phil Rynda (AT / Gravity Falls) - master character designers - for examples of this. If you need to, trace a couple of their drawings and you will see what I mean. 

 3) AVOID GRAPHIC DETAILS - Some shows use a graphic style; it’s very appealing and looks clever when done right. But in animation, everything needs to move in space - so if you use a graphic element - it needs to correspond with an actual 3D thing that can move. Therefore it is better to start with a voluminous style and then revert to graphic elements where appropriate. Art directors will look for this. Do not jump straight to graphic representation if you do not yet know what you are representing.

Look at the work of Tiffany Ford and Jasmin Lai for amazing examples of volume expressed graphically.

 4) STUDY JAMES MCMULLEN - To truly understand volume, and fully respect your subject, you should read very carefully High Focus Figure Drawing by James McMullen. Slow down and think about drawing “around” your subjects. It’s a truly meditative experience when you get there. Think about the weight and mass that your characters, props and effects are experiencing. Many students from SVA - Tomer Hanuka, Becky Cloonan, Rebecca Sugar, James Jean - studied under McMullen’s philosophy and you can see this common richness in their work. 

Jeffrey Smith, a top student of McMullen’s now teaches life drawing at Art Center. These are two of the best illustration schools in North America - anyone who is interested in drawing living things, should probably read his book. Also look at the work of Andy Ristaino or Danny Hynes - two other character designers’ whose work is seething with volume. 

I hope this is useful and I hope you have a wonderful career. 

Warmest,

Matt

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o shit waddup the character designs are here ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I’ll be posting the actual tattoo designs later on. Here’s just the general idea. 

So, as promised, more on my Sun/Moon Spirit AU!

  • Adrien wears a lot of clothes due to him being the sun spirit, he is constantly exposed to the heat.
  • And onto that, another reason he wears a lot of clothes aka the giant robe is because he has a lot of scars and all sorts from battles, the heat and just general angsty shit (more to come on this next time)
  • I’ll give you this though; because Mari has rejected him for…decades, sometimes he gets lonely which is why out of the two, he is more likely to go to his human version so he can to interact with people.
  • But, their human forms have restrictions. 
  • To transform into their human versions, they have to take off their respective earrings. 
  • They have a limited amount of time in their human versions, as the time passes, their tattoos begin to fade and they cannot, at all costs, have their tattoos fully faded and gone. 
  • If the tattoos fully fade, they become mortals, and as much as Adrien does want to become a mortal, the balance of basically everything in the universe goes to the shits and basically we might die.
  • Due to his excessive use of his human version, he is often scolded by gods. Adrien has never gotten his tattoo fully faded but he’s had some very close calls. 
  • Mari has every constellation on her back as tattoos and as time passes for her in her human form, the constellations disappear one by one. 
  • Both Adrien and Mari are saddened about their losing connection to humans. They were once actively interactive with the people way back then but during the heavy times of industrialisation and of course, environmental issues, sometimes it’s hard for both to reach out. And this has definitely affected both physically…
  • Mari fell in love with Human Adrien in the time of the French Revolution when he fought as a soldier. 
  • In their spirit forms, only animals and chosen humans can sense Adrien and Mari.
  • Birds love Adrien and can sense him more strongly than any other animals and tend to follow him around in his spirit form. 
  • Spirit Adrien has seen Human Mari….more to come on this later. 
  • I’m not going to reveal all of this yet but here’s the thing; the spirits don’t just watch over the people for decades without doing anything…
  • And Mari and Adrien are definitely not the only spirits around. 
  • That’s it for now but yeah….def some more soon ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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That’s not selfish, Supergirl. That’s human. Do you want to know the real reason why I left National City? I wasn’t happy. So I asked Siri, “Where is the happiest place on Earth, Siri?” And she answered, “Bhutan. ” So, I booked my passage to the Himalayas and moved into a yurt. Now, do you have any idea what is in a yurt? Nothing. Nothing. Not even central air conditioning. But these people, they are happy. A child learns how to walk. They sing. A group of people come down from a hike from the mountains and they, they dance. And a couple, they go on their first date and they throw a damn festival! And all of a sudden, the secret to happiness just dawned on me. It’s human connection. And I could conquer the world at CatCo, or I could twiddle my thumbs in the yurt and the loneliness would feel exactly the same, because I was missing the point. It’s not about what you do. It’s about who you love. And there are two people that you love trapped in an evil spaceship. Wanting to rescue them is not selfish. It’s everything. 

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In the spirit of Space Australia posts...

I like the idea of humans not being the only species with a need to unecessarily bond and form ‘packs’ and whatnot, or the only species to enjoy putting themselves in danger for the adrenaline rush, or the only species to recreationally poison themselves, or even the only species to have parties.

You know what I love, though?

Crowd psychology and the concept of group flow.

I love the idea that humans are the species that is in love with group flow. Sure, any alien can listen to music and enjoy it, maybe even go to concerts in large groups. But humans are the only non-telepathic species where going in a large group enhances the experience simply because you know that dozens or hundreds or even thousands of other people are all getting in the zone with you at the same time for the same reason. Any alien can go to a concert, but they marvel at the sight of hundreds of humans singing along to their favorite artist not because it makes the song objectively better, but because it enhances the experience.

I love the idea of aliens trying to figure out mob psychology, looking at sports fandoms and the riots that happen if a team fails to win a game, and asking themselves and other humans how it gets to that point. Because they can put the same human in front of the same game and get two entirely different results based on whether the human is alone or not. A lone human may break a bottle or curse, but they will likely not do more than that, unless they go online to rant. A human in a group that feels the same way can do much more damage.

I love the idea of aliens trying to figure out the aspect of performative grief for dead celebrities, not understanding that it is not only practice for when a death comes closer to home, but that it is a form of bonding, a call and an echo of “I feel this way too. This person mattered to me too,” across thousands or millions of people’s screens and faces and pens.

I love the idea of aliens taking a look at frat parties and nightclubs and karaoke and being so confused, because they can understand that intoxication might be fun, sometimes, or that singing or dancing with strangers can be fun, but the sheer chaos of an out-of-control college party is terrifying to them. There is nothing here that people will enjoy come the morning, but somehow that doesn’t matter, because in that moment, with those people, the humans are connecting as they sing their drunken songs or eat their terrible food or dance the night away. There is a sense of belonging even in this awful mess, for those who know how to find it.

I love the idea of aliens looking at conventions and wondering how it is that there is such a difference in a person wearing a costume in the privacy of their home and wearing it to a large con, how the endorphin levels soar even when the human is not receiving compliments, just because the convention is an echo chamber of “I love this show, this character, this franchise, this life.”

I love the idea of aliens coming to earth and understanding the meaning of bonds and enjoying music and knowing fiction and surviving our weather and planets and everything and still not being able to understand how a room full of strangers with no telepathy can feel so connected and in-tune simply by sharing an experience. The feelings aren’t always positive ones, but they are there, and there is a comfort in sharing them with endless people you’ve never met.

Anyway, that’s my contribution for Space Australia.

It’s cool Disney’s making a Tangled tv series, but you know what would have made a better tv series? The Princess and the Frog. Think about it. Tiana and Naveen dealing with all sorts of fun and frustrating customers, Louis trying to connect with humans despite the fact he’s an alligator, visiting Naveen’s home country and his family, Naveen wanting to spend all their money while Tiana still has problems spending it on herself, and you could even bring back Facilier with Tiana and Naveen trying to stop him with the help of Mama Odie. They could even get turned back into frogs in an episode here and there and work with Ray’s family of fireflies. There was so much potential with that move and, unpopular opinion, I think a tv series is wasted on Tangled. 

🔥 Aries is ruled by Mars - initiation, will, and spirit
Esoteric Ruler: Mercury - a point of light and illumination of consciousness


🌹 Taurus is ruled by Venus - the pure love of every sensual, sexual, and artistic form.
Esoteric Ruler: Valcun- he who soaks into the material to produce beautiful artistry


👯 Gemini is ruled by Mercury - generous intellect, skilled communication, and dexterity.
Esoteric Ruler: Venus - the resolution of duality, making human connections, and creating harmonious relationships


☂️ Cancer is ruled by the moon - creative fertility, creating safety and security, and nurturing life.
Esoteric Ruler: Neptune - the great mother, the giver of life to all organisms, god

 

👑  Leo is ruled by the sun in resplendent expression and creative exhibition. The sun also rules Leo in esoteric astrology. It symbolises the activation of the self and the stimulation of love


👓  Virgo is ruled by Mercury - analysis, detail, and intellect.
Esoteric Ruler: The moon - the mother of harvest working humbly in the shadowy background


🦋 Libra is ruled by Venus- exemplifies connecting, collaborating, and forming relationships.
Esoteric Ruler: Uranus - represents a moment in time where personality and soul meet balance


⚰️ Scorpio is ruled by Mars - powerful will, compulsive, and volatile. Pluto also rules Scorpio and hands them the keys of the unconscious, healing, and sorcery.
Esoteric Ruler: Mars - battles, crusades, and passion


🎊 Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter - quest for the expansion of consciousness through personal experience.
Esoteric Ruler: Earth - the inner and outer pilgrimage undertaken in life  


❄️ Capricorn is ruled by Saturn - mastery over the physical plane and achieving ultimate human potential. Saturn also rules capricorn in esoteric astrology, the process of initiation, the crystallization of mental energy


💫 Aquarius is ruled by Saturn - tremendous depth perception, obsession, and pedantic mental state. Uranus co-rules Aquarius, - individuality, humanitarianism, and genius.
Esoteric Ruler: Jupiter - the magnificent fortune showered upon humanity at the hands of humanitarian Aquarius


🌺 Pisces is ruled by Jupiter - belief, imaginative vision, spiritual consciousness. Neptune co-rules pisces - idealism, escapism, and hypnosis.
Esoteric Ruler: Pluto- development of spiritual will and ascension


C.

Humans are Space Orcs

So I’ve been loving the “humans are weird” tag lately and I came up with one myself. Here goes…

Breathe in… Breathe out… The yoga soundtrack on Kenzie’s phone was interrupted by the nervous clicking of a member of the Ghrivak clan. Thnybux, a third-tier member of the clan, approached her on a swirling cloud, as was standard of the Ghrivaks.

“Human Kenzie,” said Thnybux, through the translator in her ear. “Human Kenzie, what are you doing? You will rip your flesh with those movements!”

Kenzie straightened from her yoga position and greeted Thnybux with the series of clicks common in the Ghrivak dialect. “This is called yoga. Humans actually need to move and stretch their bodies. It’s good for us.”

Thnybux regarded her with some confusion. “Do you know why the Ghrivak move only on clouds, Human Kenzie? It is because if we move our bodies too much, our bones will disintegrate from the forces of gravity on this planet. I do not understand this theory of movement. How exactly is it beneficial to your species?”

“Human muscles are connected to hard, quasi-living rods in our bodies called bones. These bones are created by specialized cells, and are both very lightweight and very strong. Our muscles are made of specialized cells, and when they are very minimally damaged, repair themselves so that they are stronger. If a human does not exercise, the muscles will die off, and the human will no longer be able to move.”

“Surely the force of these…muscles…on these living rods will shatter the rods?”

“No, our muscles are not that strong,” Kenzie laughed. “Our bones are much stronger than that. And humans break bones fairly frequently. It hurts but the bone just heals stronger. That’s kind of a theme in humans actually, when we get hurt we just heal stronger.” She returned to her yoga.

Thnybux hid xie’s fear from the human Kenzie, and took note of this new information. What kind of creature becomes stronger when it is hurt? Lesson number one: Do not anger the humans.

Aries Higher Place: They are in tune with their inner fire and can direct it, they’ve learned some patience, and they “get” the human spirit.

Taurus Higher Place: Has learned some healthy detachment, has endurance to spare, understands slow healing, and listens to body and feelings.

Gemini Higher Place: Open minded, accepting of others, has a connection to emotions on some level, and interaction and observation are in balance. 

Cancer Higher Place: Has developed a strong identity, lets the past go, overcomes jealousy, and finds happiness in giving and helping others.

Leo Higher Place: Highly generous, follows their heart, learns understanding and humility, leads with grace and dignity, and is welcoming.

Virgo Higher Place: Balances tolerance with discernment, is nurturing, learns to let things be, giving, and balances confidence with humility.

Libra Higher Place: Trusts in themselves, creates a strong identity and has pride in it, embraces their flaws, is good-hearted, and fair-minded.

Scorpio Higher Place: Compassionate, uses their powers for good, patient and understanding of others, and heals and wards off self-destruction.

Sagittarius Higher Place: Understands human nature, sticks to their morals, is open minded, brave, can see the big picture, and follows their mind and heart harmoniously.

Capricorn Higher Place: Is in touch with their soft side, accepts others beliefs and lifestyles, learns to give comfort, and focuses on happiness.

Aquarius Higher Place: Tolerant, lets others express themselves, understands human nature, is spiritually connected, and see’s the big picture.

Pisces Higher Place: Kind, self-sacrificing, heals, is emotionally and spiritually in tune, finds will power, and perception and intuition x10.