I got an idea. Don’t know if it’s been done before, but consider this: A new type of roleplaying/askblog, where you are still playing as a character, but there’s a twist.
Rather than it being more of a storytelling just asks blog, and the URL being something like “ask (character name”, etc, you make more of a regular blog.
You reblog posts that you believe would canonically pertain to the character’s interests. You make regular text posts, like the character trying to tell a bad joke, or them venting their frustrations about their life. Maybe their icon is set to a picture of an object they found pretty, or fanart they found of themselves online. You still answer questions as them, but it’s more casually, as to how you might answer questions.
More ~random~ characters have pretty quirky usernames, very reminiscent of mid 2000s forum usernames. Characters who like cooking reblogging and posting recipes. Water-themed characters reblogging pictures of the ocean, rain, waterfalls, etc.
We always think about what it would be like if our favorite characters were to be average users like us, but I’ve yet to see actual blogs like that.
This isn’t meant to put down regular RP blogs, I LOVE them and I love how creative they can get with their storytelling. They’re perfect the way they are, and do not need to change in the slightest. However, I would definitely love to see blogs like these come up and rise to popularity, if they haven’t already.
When I first started cosplaying I found my picture posted on a convention forum and 4chan. A bunch of people said I looked to Mexican to cosplay. Especially for the characters I had cosplayed. Miku, Orihime….etc They talked about my complexion, but mostly the word ‘beaner’ or ‘wetback’ was used.
After that I started using Dermablend, a tattoo coverup, to change my entire skintone for cosplay. Then I would do it daily, to be whiter on the regular. I stopped going outside, stopped swimming. And a year after that I started using skin brighteners, and eventually bleaches.
I’ve talked about it before on here off and on. I don’t actively change my tone anymore. Not that the damage ain’t done. I still struggle with my skin tone image a lot. Sometimes I get photos back from a shoot and think “you look too tan.” Or think of the exact comments thats used to plague me then. It’s pretty terrible.
But for the most part cosplaying characters regardless of what their ‘supposed’ to look like has always been more fufilling then giving in to my insecurity.
Hello and thank you for all your hard work for the fandom, I really love your blog <3 I noticed a small thing re-reading kuroshitsuji and paying attention to the 2CT: every time Yana draws our!Ciel, his hair is parted on the right (from our point of view) (above his left eye, from his point of view), and every time she draws real!Ciel, his hair is parted on the left (above his right eye). Maybe you already pointed this out, but I just found out now!
Hello, thanks for your kind words<3
Yes, iirc the hair parting thing and the analysis of Kelvin’s flashback scene (ch31/32) was my very first post on the old black butler forum back in 2014! (≧▽≦)
And the pictures below were my very first crappy edits I attached to said post:
Omg, these edits bring back memories, I miss the old BB forum! xD
Anyway, the hair parting difference is 80% consistent throughout the series (it’s 100% consistent in Kelvin’s flashback though), so I’m pretty sure it’s not a mistake on Yana’s part but another little yet important detail hinting at the fact that the Phantomhives had two children, i.e. that our!Ciel had a twin :)
Today we’re joined by Eldervine. Eldervine is a phenomenal visual artist who enjoys experimenting with different mediums and styles. She is mostly a realistic illustrator, but occasionally dabbles in impressionism and surrealism. Eldervine does both traditional and digital art. She does sculpture/3D modelling and is currently studying game art/design. She’s a passionate artist and obviously has a very bright future. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I’ve been drawing pretty much my entire life- I can’t
remember when I started but (looking back) by the time I started school I was
pretty well practiced for a 5/6 year old. Since then I’ve dabbled in almost
every art form; painting (and then digital painting) was my staple for a long
time but I’m pushing myself to sculpt more now.
In style I consider myself a realistic illustrator, even
though I slide into impressionism and/or surrealism a bit.
What inspires you?
I’m an unashamed lover of beauty whether it’s found in
pleasing shapes, rich colours or lush textures. Animals are the best source for
me, particularly horses- they’re made of such beautiful shapes (loads of sine
curves) and textures and I was totally that girl at school that always drew
My first degree ended up being in biological anthropology
though (through a weird slide from the art school into the humanities, into the
sciences), and that did get me interested in how humans work- that and working
at my city art gallery made me more appreciative of human (and cultural)
beauty. And it seems weird to me but playing The Sims 3 inspired an
appreciation for architecture and landscape. The greatest artistic urge I get
remains equine though, so I guess it’s true that old habits die hard.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
Phew, it’s a bit of a twisty ride!
My obsession with horses lead me into playing a ton of the
online text-based horse sim games that abounded during the 90s/2000s; they were
good because they were targeted just at people that like horses, unlike the
modern ones which also have a clear intended age bracket. Those games all
eventually died so I found myself joining a forum that used The Sims 3 (in
modded form) as a horse game, with picture shows and breed registries etc.
hosted on the forum. That then led me into the world of computer game modding,
and I found I really enjoyed retexturing things and became interested in
learning how to 3D model.
So starting from last year I’m studying game design/game
art, and I think it’s the best career idea I’ve had so far! I previously didn’t
think I could make a living doing art, but games is a growing industry with
heaps of demand for artists. I’ve also found that games is a field that allows
me to apply the biggest selection of my broad interests and skills (I’ve found
my anthropology surprisingly relevant too), and offers specialist and
generalist opportunities in equal amounts so I’ll be able to try a lot of
different jobs and/or specialize in whatever I end up liking the most.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I don’t know about a unique thing (apart from a signature
obvs). I’m guilty of the ol’ scratchy sketching that my new teachers (all
animators) hate and are trying to beat out of me haha, but I don’t like leaving
much lineart in my coloured stuff anyway. I think I certainly have a style
which is very different to what everyone else in my class does- mainly, I
think, because my artistic influences come from fine art whereas most of them
grew up on comics.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Stop worrying about having a style, it will happen naturally
over the course of your life and if you try and force it you’ll just end up
limiting yourself as an artist.
Learn the fundamentals of colour, light and anatomy (yes, I
mean realism) BEFORE you start stylizing. If you do it the other way around
you’re locking yourself in to only being able to do that style, and often not
as well. Anime/manga artists are prone to this; the good ones did heaps of life
drawing before translating into the style, whereas you can tell the ones that
started out in the style because they do some real janky stuff with anatomy and
perspective, and it just doesn’t look as good even when considering style.
Also, be intelligent with your art; always ask yourself why
you’re doing something or why something looks good to you. It helps you learn
about yourself as well as your craft.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I knew I was asexual when I was 12, and I’m now 100% again,
but there were bumpy bits at 22 and 25 where I thought I could be demisexual
(thinking back and being brutally honest with myself, the first boyfriend I
wasn’t interested in at all and the second one I thought I had found someone
who I could be happy with, but they didn’t seem to get what I said about my
sexuality and so I just tried my best to be into him sexually too. Spoilers:
didn’t last long with either of them).
As far as the romantic scale is concerned, I have no idea. I
do overwhelmingly connect better with women than (heterosexual) men, but I
honestly don’t know what exactly the difference is between a close friendship
and a platonic romantic one. Because I seem to be missing something, my current
guess is that I’m aromantic as well. xD
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve only mentioned asexuality to a few friends so far in
the games field, so I’m going to answer from all the fields I’ve dabbled in.
I am conventionally attractive, and my body developed early-
my breasts were already fully developed and large at 12. Both things I have had
people try to use as evidence that I cannot possibly be asexual, despite my
pointing out that what feelings they get from my body are the results of their
sexuality. (That and breasts are not actually sexual organs, they’re just
sexualized in many cultures).
Apart from that, whenever I do mention it (which isn’t
often) people tend to go “uh” and then gloss over it, clearly not
understanding/not believing but not wanting to make more of a deal out of it.
Which is fine by me actually, except I’m pretty sure my parents still have
their fingers in their ears (some crossed) and are looking the other way as
well. (I’ve definitely heard the “you just haven’t found the right person yet”
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Apart from the binary fission joke (which every asexual gets
I think) and the one where people get their sexuality mixed up with yours, that
asexuality is due to trauma.
I did actually have panic attacks – with my first boyfriend,
the first week after we became official I couldn’t eat anything or I’d throw it
up. Doctor gave me meds to calm the acid in my stomach and then I was fine.
With the second boyfriend I woke up one day in abdominal agony, shaking and
sweating (making it rain, but not in a good way!) but as soon as he called the
paramedic hotline and I was talking and joking to the lady on the line I was
better- when doctors later examined me they found absolutely nothing wrong. I
had another exactly a week after (and I still feel awful about this one) where
we had finished making out for a bit and he went to start on lunch (or
something, can’t remember) and he came back to ask me something, and as he sat
down next to me/leaned over me I suddenly felt so ill, had to bolt to the
bathroom- didn’t quite make it- and was ridiculously, violently sick
It was at this point that my mother helped me set up 6
months of therapy with a well-reputed sex therapist. xD Who was actually really
lovely, and I enjoyed those sessions with her! It was really nice to have talks
about sex that weren’t charged with expectations, with someone who was relaxed
and had actually studied sexual health, critiques of sex ed, etc. She didn’t
believe though that anyone with any hint of sexual need was asexual (and I did
say that I was fine to have sex with myself occasionally) so I didn’t really
get the benefit of that discussion. She also thought that my aversion to men
(as she saw it- honestly I think guys being the only issue was because no
lesbians ever hit on me haha) was due to my developing early and being
sexualized by others before my mind was caught up. That boys would pretend to
be friends with me because I had the big boobs, she said, lead to me linking
sexual desire with dishonesty and so I distrusted it. Now, I still think it’s a
really interesting idea and I do wonder if my sexuality would’ve expressed any
differently if a)I got boobs later and b)if the world/how we raise boys was
different. It’s been a long while now though and I’ve continued thinking about
it and reflecting on myself, and while I do think I am put off a lot by how the
world at large treats sex and sexuality (and women), I think 13 year old boys
being self-centered pricks triggering asexuality for the rest of my life is
giving them rather a lot of credit!
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
I used to get so stressed when I was a teenager because I
was taking on everyone’s expectations about me and my future, and felt that a
relationship and sex was just going to happen to me and I had no control over
anything. Don’t stress- I can’t talk for everyone, everywhere in the world or
in every situation, but at least in my case, the only thing that was
keeping me from feeling secure and in control was me thinking that I wasn’t.
Hopefully, this can serve as a reminder for someone else in a similar
situation. You don’t have to do shit if you don’t want to. If you’re not
in a similar situation, don’t be scared to go looking for help to get that
control. It exists.
Having said that, don’t be scared to revisit what you think
and try working yourself out all over again- you are what you are, and labels
are tools that we can use to try and make more sense of ourselves, for us and
for others, but remember that they are tools crafted from an imperfect world
and they are clumsy.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
My Tumblr that I set up to share my game art/schoolwork is eldervine.tumblr.com (you can also
find my Twitter through there,
which I use to post arty stuff, game stuff, school stuff, news stuff and
feminist rants haha)
If you’re interested in seeing the Sims 3 horse art I did
when I was a part of Equus-Sims, you can have a look at eldervinefields.tumblr.com (it’s
sadly not active anymore but all my stuff, including mods, is still there).
Thank you, Eldervine, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.
There used to be an awesome thread on the Bioware forums before they were taken down that had all these images clear so you could actually SEE them. Since that’s no longer in existence, I went into the game files using the modmaker and pulled the textures myself so people can get clearer pictures of what these look like. Some details are easier to see on the weird specular (red/green) versions and some without so I did both for you.
Feel free to use as you need to. :)
ORDER: 1) Archdemon (files: “tevbasdragon” and “tevbasdragonspear”) - found in 2) Freed Are Slaves (files: “tevbasvanquished”) - found in Crestwood, Flooded Caves, Cradle of Sulevin, Temple of Dirthamen, Fallow Mire, Forbidden Oasis, and Western Approach 3) Sacrifice (files: “bassacrifice”) - found in Hissing Wastes 4) The Fall (files: “basfall”) - found in the Hinterlands and Valammar 5) Invasion (files: “basinvasion”) - found in Emerald Graves, Exalted Plains.
I could have never said it better than this wow. It’s a combination of ignorance, peer pressure, and innocent decisions that ended up bad ones. Read before you judge, people, don’t start pointing fingers right out the gate.
“I don’t know where to start. I just found out about the situation about an hour ago, and I’ve been monitoring tweets and comments on articles and forums since then. I think I’ve got the basic gist of what’s happened, but feel free to correct me if I’ve missed something.
First off, I’d like to say that I am from Arcadia (but please don’t doxx me). I recognized several people from the pictures and videos, and I know what kind of people they are. I know what circle Mark came from before he was scouted. A small portion of people from Arcadia are ABGs and white-washed, and they could honestly care less about K-Pop and Korean culture. In these past few years especially, more and more underage people have been getting turnt and faded all of the time, and they’ll rave and go to kick-backs starting from freshman year of high school. It’s the sad reality. The N-word is tossed around like it’s nothing, especially because there is virtually no African-American presence in Arcadia. Most of Arcadia is made up of Asian-Americans and elderly Caucasians. We live in a bubble of sorts and most of us have had a very different high school experience from the typical American.
Most students from Arcadia High School don’t engage in this type of behavior, at least not until they enter college, but we’re definitely getting to the point where we are like a typical American high school now, just with a huge emphasis on academia. And I’ll say it outright: people from Arcadia and the San Gabriel Valley care a lot about their popularity, social media presence, and “likes.” So I’m not surprised that Mark’s friends took this grand opportunity to make their presence known to IGOT7s, knowing that their follower counts would instantly skyrocket. Joey and Jessica’s Instagrams are testament to that. As an Arcadian and a friend of Joey’s, I’m ashamed of their actions. They should’ve kept this private party to themselves, but of course they wouldn’t pass up such a goldmine for like-farming.
And apparently, their behavior during the concert was atrocious as well. They do not have experience with K-Pop concerts. For them, concerts are equivalent to raves and music festicals like Hard Summer, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, etc. It’s normal to go these festivals while drunk and/or drugged, and to go completely wild in the audience. Not to mention, wearing minimal clothing is normal as well. So I’m honestly not surprised that they were apparently drunk and acting crazily, because to them, it’s what a normal music festival is like.
With Yugyeom’s situation, it’s tough to judge. Because yes, he was technically drinking as a minor in the United States. But in Korea, he is legal. And he might not have known about the alcohol age limit in America. (Not to mention, there were other underage drinkers at the party). Of course, he should have been informed, but let’s just give him the benefit of the doubt and say he didn’t know. There was likely a lot of peer pressure from Mark’s friends, being that it was a typical college party scene, and they probably told him to relax and take a couple of shots. As a foreigner who likely wanted to fit in with the “cool kids,” he probably took the shots. It’s funny to see your friends drunk, so the girls who SnapChatted him likely wanted to showcase this, forgetting that because Yugyeom is a K-Pop celebrity, things like this are going to heavily impact his and GOT7’s image negatively.
As for Bambam, I’m quite dismayed, but I can understand why he said it. Like I said earlier, Arcadia has a very small percentage of African-Americans living here. We do not know the trials and tribulations that the African-American community has undergone throughout centuries, because of the N-word and other derogatory terms. In pop culture, these racial slurs trend and so, because people want to be “edgy and cool,” they adopt these terms into their vocabulary. I’m almost postive that Mark’s friends were casually using the N-word to address each other and Bambam likely picked it up to fit in. In an environment like that, it’s very easy to be pressured into doing and saying small things like that. But that doesn’t excuse him for saying it whatsoever. As a celebrity with large followings in countries all over the world, it’s important to be aware of other cultures and the sensitive topics that should not be broached. The N-word is one of them. And considering that there have already been several controversies surrounding the N-word within K-Pop, most of these idols should be aware that this word should be immediately black-listed from their vocabulary. He could have used any other word in the English dictionary to address Mark while they were taking pictures, but he chose that one and I am extremely disappointed that he did. I can’t imagine how African-American IGOT7s and Bambam-stans must be feeling, to have this racial slur tossed around by someone they look up to and admire.
I’m not going to talk about Mark’s tattoo, because that’s really nothing in comparison to everything else that happened. And the whole Junior and Jessica thing is kind of unnecessary. I’m really glad Youngjae decided to stay at the hotel, because he also could’ve been easily influenced to drink as a minor in the United States, while being legal in Korea. And I’m extremely glad that JB and Jackson didn’t get caught up in anything either. Not to mention, Jackson’s probably having a hard time already with the whole support-China political issue happening. And no, I’m not going to get into that, because honestly, I am just so emotionally drained right now and that issue is a world of its own. I don’t even think I could write a well-informed post on that, because I don’t personally know the issues felt by those directly affected by this situation. And as a Chinese-American, I know Mainlanders get hated on for a lot of things and they do deserve it a lot of the times. I’m just going to respect the idols for whatever they decide to do, whether they speak up or not, because there might be a lot of things happening behind the scenes that the public is unaware of.
These past three hours have been crazy, with reading all of the articles, comments, and tweets about the Chinese politics and the GOT7 scandals. It’s just really sad that GOT7 has scandals now and that they happened in my city, because of the actions of my peers. I am honestly so done with K-Pop’s 2016.
(i might remove this post later because i really dont wanted to be doxxed, but we’ll see. so if you want this post to stay, please dont try and find out who i am. thank you.)”
The Shadow Web is the side of the internet that
can’t be found using typical search engines, but instead can only be accessed
using downloaded programs that grant you anonymity. It contains some of the sickest
filth you could ever (and not ever) imagine, and is the topic of this traumatic
*The Hidden Wiki is a Shadow Web site that informs
you of many of the different, sick sites the Shadow Web has to offer.
I explored the Shadow Web once.
Getting there was difficult. All the programs that
let you run around on the web anonymously have rather convoluted installation
instructions, and I’m not the tech-savviest type, so it was a struggle. But
after a few frustrating hours, I managed to do it.
My first stop was, no doubt, the coveted Hidden
Wiki*. You hear about it all the time, and it really makes you curious to see
it for yourself. People talk about how sick it is- how you need to be extremely
careful of what you click. They’re 100% right. I avoided so much, but still
would wind up seeing an image or an article I really hadn’t wanted to see.
Things that no one should see. Disgusting, pure evil things that shouldn’t
exist. I’d been on the Shadow Web for ten minutes and was already expecting the
FBI pounding on my door, and here my only crime was curiosity.
Weird comparison, I know, but the Shadow Web is
sort of like doing drugs. You’re alarmingly paranoid at first, constantly
questioning your actions. Hell, my friend called me while I was on it and I
about had a heart attack I was so sure it was the police.
But after a while, you sort of relax a little. Feel
a little more confident. After a few days of being the most cautious I’ve ever
been in my life, I started feeling more… adventurous. Started clicking links
and exploring the interesting-looking sites. Human experiments,
killers-for-hire, black market sites… Seems weird to explore these sites, I
know. But the sites are so cheesy half the time, it’s hard to believe they’re
real. You can find half these websites on the normal web, too. They’re pretty
much always fake.
I completely avoided porn links. There are so many
sick, sick sites featuring minors- the Shadow Web is where pedophiles get their
endless supply of child porn, after all. Even porn sites claiming to feature
only people 18+, I simply didn’t risk. I didn’t risk most of the snuff film
sites, either. Though I admit I did watch a video or two, purely out of
curiosity. (Worst decision ever. Don’t watch them.)
It’s when several weeks of regular Shadow Web
access had passed that I began feeling extremely confident. I’d gotten to a
point where I could easily and automatically avoid links I knew led to bad
things. I’d explored a few seriously gruesome sites, with no police visits. I
was cocky. I was curious.
I joined a forum.
It was a pretty tame forum, compared to the others
I’d stumbled across. This one was for, as they called themselves, “Underground
Families.” Literally, it was a ton of people who lived underground or in
completely isolated areas with their families, all over the world. And they
weren’t like the backwoods inbred families you see in horror movies, or giant
religious communities like the one discovered in Texas. Most of these families
were pretty small in numbers, usually living in some warehouse or basement, or
even a normal house, in some cases. What brought them together was that they
never left their homes… ever. They were living completely secluded lives- only
socializing with their own family and the people on this forum.
There was no talk of torture or human trafficking
or kidnapping. No talk of murder or inbreeding. Seriously, they appeared to be
totally normal families, who honest to God just wanted to live alone. Stay “off
the grid” so to speak. Really not all that weird or uncommon, actually.
I’d joined the forum purely for access to the all
the topics (you had to be a registered user to view them.) I wasn’t planning on
talking to anyone.
But one user caught my eye. He seemed to be extremely popular on the site; he’d
posted several threads, and had way more thread views and replies than most of
the others. He replied to everyone- even silly remarks you’d think would have
gotten lost in such heavily populated threads.
Not wanting to bring attention to myself (the
community was actually a decent size, but I still felt like they’d easily sniff
out a newbie like me and begin questioning my authenticity), I messaged him
I was scouring the net to see if there was anything from the Portland Wizard World I had missed, or if anybody had posted a video, and came across a story someone had posted on another forum about Matt and Alex’s autographs.
Apparently Alex was asked to autograph the picture of their first kiss - precisely, this picture:
- and by some odd chance, she decided to sign on ‘Matt’.
When the same picture - along with a bunch of other pictures - was given to Matt to sign, he stopped (he just zoomed through other pictures), and said: ‘
“Now why did Alex sign on top of me? Ugh, you can’t do anything with her”
So… I don’t really talk about this. To anyone. Because there are some people I’d still rather not find out.
But, a year ago today, I took a picture of this forum post about asexuality. I was dissolving into huge, gut-wrenching sobs. I was crying harder than I’ve maybe ever cried. And I needed to remember this paragraph forever, so I took this picture. I took it to remember it.
Because I finally had a word for how I’ve always felt. I finally had validation that I wasn’t broken, or damaged, or wrong: because there were other people just like me.
It’s been a year since I found out what I’ve always known about myself: I am asexual. So today, a year later, I’m making another small step forward by saying it outloud.
Sure, I’m saying it still fairly privately. Quietly. But it’s one step closer to being honest. One step closer to being unafraid. 😊💛
Well, we reached 1500 followers of this AU, so time for a trivia post. Seeing that there are some of you interested in the blog’s origins, I decided to share how all of this story came to be. What a roller coaster, I swear!
ABOUT WRITING AND STORIES
FELICIANO AND KIKU
LOVE WARS – GERITA? ITAPAN? WAIT,
WHEN THE CHARACTERS DON’T WANT TO
ORDER IN THE COURT
SO HERE WE ARE…
It will be long, so press ‘keep reading’ for
I hope you are doing well in your endeavours. Mine are not so well :( anyway do you remeber the predebut kaisoo pic with KS on top of JI and do you see th JI 's hand on KS face. do you? Just tell me i am not being insane delu is fine for me.
Hello! I’m taking a break from the studies for now, but I’m okay and I’m sorry to hear you aren’t, tbh. I hope things get better for you.
About Kaisoo predebut picture, I think you’re talking about this one:
How this picture got leaked is still a mystery for me. This probably was taken in 2011, so it would be pretty hard to hack the phone (considering it was an old device, ofc). Maybe one of them posted it online, but trainees can’t have SNS accounts, specially close to their debut. And this picture is really intimate, at least for me.
What’s funny is that in this picture you can see words in Korean. Someone said that it was a message for people don’t leak this picture outside the forum it was originally posted (idk myself, since idk Korean). So maybe the person who posted it had access to this beforehand or he or she found it somewhere and posted it. But why to be careful with this special picture, if this is a thing that ordinary friends do all the time? I really don’t know. But, either way, this picture is very peculiar.
So, here’s an idea: for all those trolls who post those one off jokes like “guys listen i’m [insert ridiculous kintype here]kin” then tag it with “nah im kidding otherkin are gross” or whatever
Let’s give them an incredibly warm welcome to the community. Spam them with invites to skype groups and suggestions for forums. Ask them about their kintype. Submit a bunch of pictures like “Hey! I saw you were Betty White kin so I found this rlly nice screencap from the Golden Girls you would like!”
Seeing Kae work this year and even 2015 is really astounding. I been following her since I found her pictures in a FF forum and I just had to know who she was 😫. It’s crazy cause that was like in 2009-2011. Like almost of decade and to see her build
Herself up like this and keep pushing past the barriers and road blocks people tried to set in front of her. AMAZING. She def my ultimate fave man. She’s about her business and keep her mind to herself. Love this girl man, definitely enhanced my wardrobe (along with your blog Amb💘) and I’ve taken so many makeup and beauty tips from her. Like it’s just crazy to know how she’ll succeed in 2017 and then from. I’ve always rooted for her. She’s just so bomb man. I really can’t wait for NYFW and see what she brings. Cause I really can’t remember an outfit that I hated (I probably disliked it at first but after staring at it for awhile I be liking tf out of it lmao). Literally couldn’t ask for a better fave, or mom. 😫😫😫
//// Omg. Yassssss. She deserves it all. I still remember like it was yesterday when she was shooting for 1two 5 years ago and look at her now. I’m so proud. Hard work pays off! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Art/Character taken/used/stolen by a "famous" YouTuber.
So, a friend mentioned that they saw my artwork being used by someone on some forums nearly 2 years ago. I thought about it, then I shrugged it off because, well, it’s a forum avatar. It isn’t doing me any harm.
After further research, I actually found out that they have based their entire YouTube livelihood off of said image/character. Even their YouTube name is the name of the character. After some digging, it is entirely clear that it’s not a coincidence. They did, in fact, base their entire persona off the character I created over three years ago. I found out that they started going by the alias and using my art almost immediately after the image was posted online. Since then, they have over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, and use the character (not necessarily my artwork anymore, since they receive fan art and use that) and have never, ever, EVER mentioned me once.
I did some serious research on them, and there are archives of them using my artwork in 2011 as forum avatars, as a Steam picture, on Facebook, Twitter - etc. They basically used my artwork until they started receiving fan art.
At first, it was art theft, but then it turned in to full-on character theft. Concept theft, all that. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to contact them or what to say. I have a gut feeling they’re going to adamantly deny being inspired by my art (though they’ve even added it as a favorite on the DeviantArt 3 years ago). I’m just sick to my stomach. Had they asked me, or even gave me credit… I wouldn’t be so upset… but no. No word. Just take.
This isn’t even a character that I ever used. It was just some art I did for fun, and kept up in my gallery as an example.
I’m utterly disappointed and sickened by it.
Until I figure out what to do, I don’t want to start a commotion. I want to try to handle this as best as I can between the YouTuber and I, but I’m not sure how it’s going to go. If things don’t go well, I will release the name of the YouTuber/all the proof I have regarding the situation. They’ve been using the character as their alias and “brand” for over three years, so I don’t think they’re going to just drop it with me asking.
Please, please, PLEASE… I need some advice on how to approach this issue. I’m gutted.
I don't know if you saw this yet but on t$df's forum they reported an unknown character being filmed walking to the Alexandria gates at night on 7/29. I noticed they didn't report it on their FB page which is suspicious. I'm side-eyeing this hardcore. I feel like they are being very low key about this sighting for a reason. I think they are purposely saying "unknown" character because it could actually be a certain blonde that they never want to admit is back. Worth looking into!
Thank you for this information, anon. This is very promising. (I’m sorry for taking so long to back to you as I was on vacation). Last night when I got home I looked at T$DF’s forum, and I found the post you referenced. (Pictures under the read more).