So I got tagged by the lovely @impishnature and @garrulousgibberish for this meme! Thanks guys! :D I have no idea how to do fancy things with my computer and phone (though I did figure out how to take a screenshot, so that’s a good thing ha ha ha XD) so I’m putting the pictures under a cut to prevent a super-long post. Enjoy!
An old pen drawing from last year’s inktober. I was doing faeries from around the world but only did 4 :( I really enjoyed designing them and their little costumes. I think I’m going to start scanning and coloring them slowly.
I like it how members of the PJO fandom would go on their way to unite the fandom as much as possible and just create really cool stuff that everyone can enjoy and take part of and it’s just amazing!!!! Like seriously, if you haven’t checked these ones yet, you should now.
@pjocoloringbookproject- A coloring book collaboration project by some of the fandom’s fan artists. The book is entirely free to download and you can even post the ones you’ve colored just be sure to do proper crediting.
@pjohoobigbang - Collaborative project by fan artists, writers and beta readers. Works are currently in the process of being posted. Be sure to check them out.
@pjosecretsanta2016-Secret Santa gift giving by the fans, for the fans. Applications are close now but we can all still enjoy the works on Christmas.
@pjopositivityproject -Go give your favorite bloggers a shout out! Tell them how cool and amazing they are.
@pjoawards2k16- Currently taking suggestions for categories. If you have one, go drop by and send an ask.
@pjoencyclopedia- This is a new one and the blog is currently looking for other bloggers to help. So if you’re a artist, a writer or designer and would like to help on the project then give the blog a message.
A quick doodle and base from @kwamikwami‘s and I conversation. In order to lift the curse, (from the kwamis) the Beast (Adrien) must win her (Marinette) love otherwise they will remain as kwamis forever.
Because, I feel this is how Plagg would look at him after hearing it.
One of the most challenging things about speaking to my white friends about my story, and stories of other minorities, is that they don’t know what to say or how to react. I know many of them are genuinely interested. They want to listen and learn. But it feels dishearteningly one-sided.
And it’s not entirely their fault.
I am better able to imagine their realities because growing up in America, I was exposed to so many stories that tell me what it’s like to live in the suburbs your whole life. What it’s like to not have to really question if you’ll make it through college. What it’s like to have more options of places to go and travel to over the holidays or breaks. And even what it’s like not to even notice there are hardly any people of color in all the tv shows you know and enjoy.
I grew up on your stories.
Of course, this is not to say I know exactly what it’s like to be a white person or that I do not recognize there are multiple experiences within whiteness. That’s just it, however. White people have more than one story about them in the media. We as minorities too often just have racial archetypes played by different actors to change things up. More alarmingly, too often it’s even non-PoC representing our stories.
What I am saying is I am more capable of imagining a white person’s life than they are able to imagine my own.
There have been so many painful moments of dry silence after I tell someone a little more about my reality. They simply do not know what to say because they have never been given the opportunity to imagine stories like my own. I am at once like you and still so, so different.
To my white friends and even fellow PoC: Know it is hard to share what it’s like to be minority me. Know that as alienating as it can be to have someone look away from you hoping to change the subject to something they can more easily understand, it means so much that you do not walk away or bring up something else. Know that I will forever appreciate you trying to ask more questions, making an effort to understand. Even if your question is, “I don’t know what to say: what would you hope people would ask you in response to this?”, I will be gracious. Please do not stop at “I cannot imagine what that’s like because I am not you”. Try a little harder and make it easier for me and others to make our stories just as possible to believe in as yours.
Above all, know that it might still hurt even when you try. That does not mean I will stop trying myself. We have a lot of work to do.
So I’m probably going to get hate for saying this but tbh I don’t care about the skin color of TV characters or movie characters. At all.
I don’t friggin care about “whitewashing”
I don’t care if the entire cast is black
I don’t care if the entire cast is white
I don’t care if the entire cast is purple with polkadots made out of the friggin color from H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”
LISTEN: You don’t need a character to have the same skin color as you to be able to relate to them.
You do not need a character to have the same skin color as you to be able to enjoy them.
And believe me, I know. I’m not black and yet there are some black characters whom I really relate to and enjoy.
Case in point? Iris West from CW’s The Flash. For the first season I was kinda neutral towards her, but when she landed a journalistic job and became more aware of Barry’s feelings towards her I really started to grow attached. I’m a journalistic writer like Iris, I’ve got two siblings like Iris, I’m here for emotional support like Iris, if my brother/boyfriend was a superhero I’d probably run around getting myself into trouble like Iris, too. #IrisWestIsTheNextLoisLane
My point is that you don’t have to have the same skin color as someone to be able to relate to them!
My point is that skin color doesn’t matter because we’re all humans. People of every ethnicity go through the same struggles, such as:
Vanity & Pride
Yeah basically all the 7 deadly sins
I could go on but I think y’all get the point.
I just can’t see any reason for why we need to have exactly 25% black characters and 25% Asian characters and 25% Muslim characters and–
like, for the love of Dormammu I don’t care, just give me a compelling character who’s going through a relatable struggle
I can understand why it would matter if you’re trying to make a film that focuses specifically on racism, or the Holocaust, or oppression as a key theme. Then I can understand why casting and skin color matters.
But the vast majority of entertainment are about superheroes and ninja turtles and starship captains and elves and teenage drama and adult drama. Most of these shows and movies take place in privileged America where your biggest dilemma is the fact that they took Doctor Who off of Netflix, not the fact that you fear getting shot in the streets because of your skin color.
To clarify: I’m not against having a diverse cast. I’m not saying that we should just turn a blind eye to racism. I’m not saying hate crimes don’t happen in America.
What I’m saying is that if you really want to make a change, focus less on entertainment (which you are so very privileged to receive in the first place) and more on the REAL issues in the world, like the fact that people are dying for being LGBT, women are being raped. Stop complaining about how some dumb TV show didn’t cast enough black people and try doing something substantial for once. Go out and join a club that actually raises funds to help people or something.
I feel like we’re getting worked up over all the wrong things.
This might seem a bit out of the box, but I save the pallets that I really like. I thought maybe they might give you all some insight into the way I do things :) It’s not all as simple and easy as it might seem…I go through about a 25 sheets of pallet paper per SMALL project. Possibly more. They also serve as a kind of time capsule for my projects…I can look at a pallet and know exactly which painting I was working on. Enjoy the pretty colors <3