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Hello hello! So like I had mentioned in the two weeks of blackout, while I wasn’t posting any ML drawings, I did actually draw some. Though…admittedly not much, all things considered…ANYWAY.

Here are the doodles. Can’t actually remember what prompted the first one but the second one I drew thanks to a bunch of bad emotions at the time. The last one is from @siderealscribblings‘s Satisfaction Brought It Back (yes, I read that fic too because the writing and dialogue are so on point I couldn’t put it down even if *cough cough*..anyway moving on!)

I’ve also modified my watermark to include a “Do Not Repost or Re-upload” heading just in case it wasn’t clear to some of you (yes, some are doubled up with my old one but I just wanted to make sure :)) 

…I really like that last one, omg xD.

Anyway, PLEASE DO NOT REPOST OR RE-UPLOAD. AND also

Commissions are open! Currently 5 out of 8 slots are available :)

If you’ve been paying attention to the ML fandom lately, it’s likely that you’ve seen or heard about the massive spoilers that were leaked. They weren’t supposed to be released. Even if they were, any loyal fan would know that Thomas hasn’t been happy with a lot of the spoilers getting out. He was clearly upset about what had happened so we wanted to do something to help cheer him up. Please feel free to join in the #HeartsforAstruc movement!

[DO NOT UPLOAD THIS ANYWHERE ELSE. This should go without saying. I didn’t put my usual watermarks on it because it’s a gift for Thomas. Don’t be a jerk.]

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After about six months of making (and keeping it a secret), my Mel cosplay is finally here! The portal gun and boots were made from scratch using EVA foam and a few other materials like the wires and lights, and the suit was a boiler suit altered by my mum and I :).

Portal Stories: Mel is honestly such an important and meaningful game to me, and I’ve never seen a cosplay of Mel before so I decided to do it myself. I’m really excited to finally be showing this to you guys, because I’ve been keeping it a secret for so long! The community I’ve met (and become a part of) since I finished playing the game is so lovely, so I’m sooo happy to share this with you all.

Honestly, I could talk for a lot longer about what the game means to me, but I might make that a separate post instead! In the meantime, I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did while making it :).

(please don’t repost or remove watermark/caption! thank you!) 

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You’ve Got To Be FUCKING Kidding Me

This seems to happen every time a new book by Sarah J. Maas comes out. The fandoms become vicious and hurtful. But seriously I had hoped we grew up and wouldn’t go through this again.

YES, SJM may have said Elain and Azriel are not cannon. BUT THAT DOENS’T MEAN THAT PEOPLE CAN’T STILL TALK ABOUT THEM. That does not give people the right to bash others beliefs and thoughts, hopes and dreams. They have just as much of a right to keep putting out their head-cannon ship headcanons as you do putting out cannon ship headcanons.

NO, YOU CANNOT TAKE OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK. That means their text, their art or their pictures. You CANNOT crop out watermarks, you cannot alter their pieces even the slightest and try and pass it off as yours. You cannot claim ownership from the piece if it is not yours. Yes, you might have found it online without the watermarks, BUT IF THE ARTISTS OR WRITER TELLS YOU IT IS THEIRS AND TO PLEASE CREDIT THEM. CREDIT THEM !!!!!! You do not have the right not to. To do anything that alters the originality and authenticity of the piece is, for all intense and purposes, stealing. 

YES, there are spoilers floating around. But for mine at least THEY ARE TAGGED !!!! And I for one may not put the word SPOILERS in all caps and bolded in the title. BUT PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE and when you see the words CHAOL and TOWER OF DAWN in the same sentence ASSUME THE POST INCLUDES FUCKING SPOILERS. 

NO, Artists are not always going to portray the characters as how YOU saw them. But that is how THEY saw them. That is how they created them. And you should be damn well grateful that they took the time to create their artwork. The SJM fandoms have, in my opinion, some of the best artists. And it is disgusting when people tell them to change something and that its different in the books. They have artistic liberty and if you want the piece a certain way THEN MAKE THAT ART YOURSELF 

And finally, THESE ARE SJM’s BOOKS. These are her characters and she has had years to develop them in the way she wants them to go. They may not be the way you want. But too bad. Accept and be happy that she is putting books out that have strong independent women in them that build each other up and can actually conquer the world. 

I’m not saying there shouldn’t be any criticism but PLEASE let’s try as a fandom to not be as cruel as we have been in the past this time around. Because in the past few months, with the amount of hate and disrespect I've seen. It’s made me rethink logging on to Tumblr and posting many times. 

art theft in the phandom

This morning I woke up to several panicked messages from friends letting me know that somebody had tweeted a drawing of mine, claimed that it was their own, and that Phil had ‘liked’ this stolen artwork on twitter:

This person not only had the gall to upload it and suggest that they’d made it, but they also criticised the way I had drawn his face and then accepted compliments from other people, as seen in this screenshot:

This drawing means a lot to me. Ready Player One has been my favourite novel for four years now, and I was thrilled when Phil first mentioned it in one of his liveshows. It’s not a particularly well-known book, and it made me so happy to hear that Phil also enjoyed it.

I spent nine hours on that drawing. Nine hours hunched over that damn graphics tablet with a cramping hand and shoulders. I constantly redrew the pose even though I suck at anatomy because I wanted it to be perfect. I worked right into the early hours of the morning because I didn’t want to stop. I was so excited. I knew that Phil would enjoy this drawing.

The only other time I’ve been noticed by Dan or Phil was in 2015, when I tweeted another artwork at Phil. He ‘liked’ it and I almost had a heart attack.  It was an incredible feeling and I wanted to feel that again.
Everybody here knows how difficult it is to be noticed by Dan and Phil. Most people never get it. I was certain that this artwork would be recognised, and I was correct. It just wasn’t in the way that I wanted it to be.

The art thief deleted the tweet after being called out (they haven’t apologised or answered any of my messages yet), and I’ve posted my drawing again in an attempt to have it rightfully credited to me. Despite my best efforts, I doubt that Phil will see it again, or, if he does, I don’t know whether he’ll act. The pride and accomplishment that I felt after completing this drawing has been marred by this shitty, talentless person with low self-esteem and weak ethics. And what happened to me isn’t an isolated incident.

Take, for example, @phantheraglama and @maddox-rider’s constant struggle with people who repost their art. Or when @arctoids and @incaseyouart discovered that their work was traced and used in Dan’s The Urge video. I was there when @pinofs found themselves in a situation similar to mine, when Dan liked a tweet from someone who traced their drawing. 

It’s not limited to ‘art’ artists either. Some of my friends, @phansdick, @insanityplaysfics and @crescendohowell have their incredible phanfiction reposted constantly. @moaninghowell, @themostfuniveverhad and @moonlitdan’s edits have been stolen and posted, too. And this isn’t everyone. These are only the people I’m aware of, and the ones who are lucky enough to have had their plight seen by others. There are many, many other artists who don’t have enough followers to be noticed, or who never get the recognition they deserve because the thief has more followers than they do, and anything they say is overshadowed by that.

After scouring through copyright and code of conduct laws for various social media, I’ve learnt that unfortunately there is nothing you can really do except report the problem and hope that staff are able to delete the offending post. Since most phan artists don’t actually legally buy a copyright, we are completely reliant on the decency of others to prevent art theft from occurring. Most of the phandom is great and works to support artists, but unfortunately, the bad eclipses the good. The ‘good’ majority is irrelevant when there are ‘bad’ people out there, doing bad things.

So how do you stop this from happening? You can’t. There are, however, ways to make it harder for people to actually steal your art, a lesson I wish I had taken to heart before this happened.

1. Put your watermark in a noticeable place and make it your username, not your actual name. Write it somewhere that has a distinctive pattern or colours that are hard to replicate so that nobody can brush over it easily.

2. Specify in your caption what you’d like done with your art. Every artist is different – some are okay with people reposting their art with credit, others aren’t. Make sure you tell people what you want, as many people repost things with the good intention of getting it more recognition. 

3. If all else (including nicely messaging them) fails, report the shit out of the person.

And to anyone who has ever stolen art, know this: Your way of getting recognised by Dan and Phil is crap. Any reblog, like, note or compliment that you get is OURS. None of that goodness is directed to you. You have done nothing but shit on the hard work and achievements of other people. You’re the scum of the phandom.

I think that Vic, from @incaseyouart, phrased it really well: It takes many years to develop a fine skill such as drawing, because to learn is to develop your style by referencing other artists and material. Tracing and reposting someone’s image, and other forms of art theft, are cheap ways of reproducing art. It is plagiarism of great effort. Not only does it steal from the original artist’s feelings of accomplishment and pride over their creation, it also discourages proper skill development. Do not repost, create. Do not steal, learn.

I hope that we can start up a discussion about art theft again. I really don’t want anyone else to go through this stressful and disheartening experience.


Update: The person has apologised and seems to regret what they’ve done. Phil also liked my post on Twitter again! Thanks to everyone who helped, and Phil for seeing the issue and fixing it :) Even though this was a win for me, unfortunately art theft is still a huge issue. Let’s not forget that.

Ahhh, I worked on her all day =w=
I was pretty inspired by this post and was drawing Soleil is class yesterday. It turned out I made her sleeves too puffy, so I decided to roll with it and voila! Camilla!Soleil! Normally I’d color it with markers and pencils of higher quality, but all I had were some pens, a mechanical pencil, and some Crayola pencils. I think she turned out pretty good, considering ;w; I’m wondering if I should do more or not, I dunno =w= I just really like Soleil.

guess who got m&g tickets for ari’s concert ?!?!?!?!??!?!? h*ck!!!!! 

also since the other ariana pic i drew went everywhere and literally got to ari (as in she liked it, but a reposted no cred version) i put a rlly ugly watermark there sorry woops

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きみとぼくと。声優男子×ねこphoto book
ft. 梅原裕一郎 (PART 1)

Ume-chan with cats! We all know how much Ume-chan loves cats and you can clearly see how much fun he had with this photoshoot. Enjoy these lovely shots of Ume-chan, that is one lucky cat

Please do not repost these scans without permission!
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Finally finished! I got a wild hair to put together an anime-style Voltron OP, but I wasn’t sure what OP to use. I ended up being torn between this and Haruka Kanata, and this won out. Of course since I’ve done some actual subbing in my day I had to go hard or go home, and I decided to make it look as 2008 as physically possible. That includes at least one awkward translation (”Defender of Legend” instead of “Legendary Defender”), badly-timed title splash watermark, and a horrendous hardsubbed .avi encode hosted to an off-beat streaming website.

Enjoy! I had a lot of fun with this, and please excuse my rusty Japanese in the onscreen credits. Transliteration can be hard.