i used way too much time on this

starshine-robotics  asked:

So... The mercy cast time nerf passed. Are you crying as much as I am?

Hello!

To be honest, I don’t mind the nerf. Too often have I seen Mercys dive-bombing for overextended reses, rewarding poor positioning, and getting away with it. In QP, it’s whatever, but I’ve seen it happen in competitive way too often.

I’ve been killed maybe twice while using non-ult res, and I played quite a bit of Mercy on PTR and live since the changes were put in on the respective servers. I haven’t done competitive yet since I don’t have a partner to queue with this season, and I get major anxiety when I solo queue in competitive.

It’s just a matter of using it at the right time, or waiting for your team to cover anyone just barely overextended.

Or maybe I’m a masochist. HYPERLUL

rah-bop  asked:

For the questions meme: H, K, Q, R

H:  How would you describe your style?

This question is hard. ^^  

Uh… straightforward? Pared back? I used to get a lot more flowery, but I’ve moved away from that. I try, especially with fics with heavy emotions involved, to keep from tipping over into Too Much, if that makes any sense. :|a  


K:   What’s the angstiest idea you’ve ever come up with?

For this fandom? 

I have had this idea for literal months now, but every time I think about writing it, it hurts me so much that I shy away.

It’s World of Ruin, as I wrote it in The Way They Were. Everything is terrible; most of the population is dead, and there’s no food anywhere. There are still chocobos left alive, but not many.

People have to take priority. Prompto puts Cinnamon down so that the refugees pouring into Lestallum have something to eat, and it absolutely ruins him. (And me. Also me.)


Q:  Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?

I’m going to assume it’s for FFXV fandom again, here. :0a

I do! I have one Promnis fic that is an adorable Prompto and Ignis’ issues match fic. It’s been half-finished since the start of it turned into Get By With a Little Help, and I want to finish it someday.

I have another fic currently in progress on the meme that I will probably never finish and will almost certainly be too embarrassed to ever de-anon for. ^^

And I have a whole Word doc full of scenes or snippets of scenes that got cut from fics during edits.


R:  Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?

Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, with it’s absolutely devastating emotional wreckage delivered in deceptively simple language, is what I aspire to in my writing. I will probably never come anywhere close, but my dreams are to one day get to like. 25% of that.

chocokuma  asked:

hi!! i ws wondering if u had any advice on picking good colors in art ?? the colors u use always seem to go together really nicely hehe ,,

there’s a lot of really good color theory materials out there that would explain how it all works far far better than i ever could

but i will show you a couple of good tricks i learned along the way that will save you a lot of time and trouble if you don’t like watching/reading loads of theory (which you should still watch/read btw, i’m not saying to ditch it altogether) and more of a practical learner as i am

i often start coloring with simply using an eyedrop tool to choose base colors, it helps to keep the same color relations as the original, that way you won’t end up with white-washed characters or wrong tones of clothing 

in case of this drawing the final piece has water right under the characters, so i chose to make palette warmer on the top and colder on the bottom

the easiest way to make a soft, less contrast palette with the same color relations is to add a solid color or a gradient under the lineart; no overlay style, just a semi-transparent layer with color; on the contrary if you want a more contrast image you’d set overlay on multiply etc

colored lineart is optional, really. a lot of times you’ll hear DON’T COLOR/LINE WITH BLACK!!!!!!! that’s fake news, black lineart can make an image pop very well, but it doesn’t work with everything, so choose wisely

there’s two ways to add shadows to your drawing - by adding shadows (duh) or by adding the absense of shadows

i use both ways but since i almost never see anyone mentioning the second one: what i mean by it is you need to fully cover your characters in solid shadow and then erase the parts with light

a lot of artists choose the color of shadow individually for every part of the drawing - skin, hair, clothes etc; i personally like to choose one color for shadow and

one whole shadow layer not only saves you a ton of time, unlike choosing color individually, but it also means you can freely play with the color of it, which can affect your image A LOT

now back to the main palette! this trick is for photoshop only as far as i know

PS has 2 really helpful overlay styles - Hue and Color and as the names suggest it changes the hue or color of your image based on the color above it

PS also has a fun thing called Gradient Map (Image -> Adjustments -> Gradient Map) that converts the monochrome tones into ANY colors of the same relation

the last trick i’ll show you is particularly useful when you’re too lazy to color the lineart

i fill base colors by using paint bucket tool, it’s simple and fast, but it also means no colors under the lines 

which is annoying but what can you do right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ actually there is something you can do! here’s a step-by-step

that’s all that comes to mind for now, hope it was helpful in any way! most of these tricks were born out of the notion “how do i produce a really good image with as much saved time and actions as possible”, which probably won’t do for perfectionists, but to all the lazy artists out there like me - try it lmao

I have a lot of feelings for my dad.

Inktober 2017 day 1: The Old Hero

Are you Kidding Me

Okay so I was messing around with a scenario generator. Where you input characters and it comes out with a scenario. So for fun I put in Bugs and Daffy as the two characters and of course the first thing to pop up was…

wOw

WOW

This is scenario is just too preposterous. 

Like, that’s never gonna happen.

Why would-

Either of them

Ever 

Dress in drag. 

Nope.

You’re drunk, scenario generator.

 It is so obviously so out of character that these two would dress in drag together. 

You are love.
You are also heartbreak.

You are love because you made me feel a feeling I’ve never experienced before. Something so new.
You made me feel so calm when i had so much chaos going on in my mind. Every time i talked to you my soul just grew into something stronger. At some point, you were the only one I cared about, at some point you was the one floating thru my mind from 1am till 12pm.
I did everything in my power to make you happy and exposed myself to you. That everytime I saw you I was stuttering in my words and so nervous. You made me feel like I could face everything that was In my way. You gave me that positive mindset I was looking for all my life, that last piece of the puzzle I was looking for all my life. And It did actually fit perfect, connected.
Connected like our souls.
I lost myself way too much in your eyes, i saw paradises when I looked in your eyes. A sight of heaven.
We used to talk about the moon and found ourselves up in the sky. You shine like the stars. You were my light at the end of the tunnel. You made me feel like cold water on a summer day.
You made me feel like I was alive.
Endless conversations where once in my lifetime I didn’t feel useless. Made me feel like I was actually worth something. I can’t even remember the time where I wasn’t in love with you. I guess I’ve always been In love with you, even when I didn’t know you. You were the reason I wanted to wake up early in the morning, or not sleep at all.
Because reality became better than my dreams.
You changed my life so much and I forever owe you for that.

—  yungogsyd 
I won’t apologize for missing you, or because I said that I am, or because I text you first, or again. Everyone spends too much time trying to build walls instead of doors. I don’t want to be apathetic or indifferent, I want to be honest. It’s both a curse and a blessing to feel everything so deeply, but it’s who I am. I’ve stopped being sorry for all my soft. I want you to find your soft. I’ve seen it before. I’ve seen it in the way you used to hold my hand. In the way you kissed my forehead in between the real kisses and the extra long hugs. In the gentle yet hard goodbyes we said each morning. I never wanted to let go or say goodbye out of fear that I would never be able to find you again. You’re gone now but I’m still knocking on the door. I’ll stop begging for you to let me in as long as you promise me one thing. Find yourself. Be in touch with your heart. Reflect on what happened between us. Think hard about it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t run away from it. Not talking about the contents of a closet will not make it empty. Relationships are important. They’re a big deal. Love is a big deal. It changes you. It teaches you things. I want you to learn a lot from this. I know I did and will continue to do so, and I am glad that it was you who taught me. I hope you can say the same for me.
—  goodbye letters // o.k.

Little things I appreciate about Thomas Sanders:

  • when he gets quiet and collected and he’s just so sincere
  • he actively promotes and appreciates his friends’ work
  • the way he pronounces the letter “G”
  • he actively interacts with fans and is so flattered by how much we love him???
  • He also actively reblogs and promotes fan art that people do of him and his friends
  • he tries so hard
  • He’s obsessed with what being a “Taurus” means
  • he reminds us that he’s not perfect, which is nice too, because idolizing can be bad
  • he’s open about the fact that he has to work on himself, just like everyone does
  • he puts together spotify playlists and they’re like, really good, I’ve been introduced to so many things I never would have found otherwise
  • that little laugh??
  • the fact that each of the sides kind of have their own voices and inflections and mannerisms  
  • Like honestly I look at photos of them and go “oh that’s Virgil” or “Oh that’s Patton” not “Oh that’s Thomas playing Virgil” or “That’s Thomas playing the character Patton” 
  • speaking of which he even geeked out over how many of us were geeky enough to cosplay as one of the sides for Halloween 
  • he inspires me to try and be an honest person, but a kind person as well
  • okay and one big thing: I don’t think I’m the only person he’s inspiring to try and be a better me, and I think that Fanders are having a big impact on people because of it, and that’s just, WOW the ripples

that is all 

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AHAHAHAHAAAA 

 Soooo @itsyaboybee commissioned a trio of Horrible Drawings™ from @pangur-and-grim, and I’M LOSING IT. Look at my Chumley, look at my Ping. I CANNOT STOP SMILING AND CACKLING. 

 As soon as I find the right frames, these will be hung be in my home as a triptych.

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Comic dub of an Overwatch fancomic by @artbytesslyn - featuring the voices of @totalspiffage as Widowmaker, @hnilmik as Sombra, and myself as Reaper!

Woof. This comic dub was QUITE the undertaking. STORY TIME: a few months back, I approached Tesslyn to see if she’d be interested in letting me turn her Patreon-only comic series “Ghost” into a comic dub. We decided that the best time to release said dub would be after she had done enough pages to put together a single comic on Gumroad, and I could drive some sales towards that. Perfect!

Cut to a month ago, Tesslyn shared her finished comic with me and my first impression was “oh no I  may have bit off more than I can chew what have I done”. Let me break down some of my fears going into mixing this, and how they got overcome. Or maybe the fears remained and I just got super lucky and this comic dub got done anyway. One of those!

First of all, atmosphere. While I’d done atmospheric comic dubs before, I’d never done one THIS long and where many sustained moments were held over several panels with no dialogue or very minimal dialogue. This meant a lot of thinking about “how long do I hold on this panel? how long would be too long or too short?”; I usually rely on dialogue beats for that (eg panel is revealed, dialogue starts, dialogue ends, panel changes, repeat) but now that I had something a little freeform it was time for a mild panic attack. In the end I went with my gut and “eyeballed” it (“eardrummed” it? no that’s terrible) and I think I managed to get this out all right! At least, I hope so.

Second of all, music. I was REALLY tempted to use the music I’d heard playing the visual novel “The House in Fata Morgana” and was weighing up the pros and cons of using music associated with another game and the possibility of having this video hit with a copyright claim. In the end I decided “what the heck, I’m really feeling that game’s soundtrack for this dub!” and went with it. At first, I was using the track “This Mutilated Body” by Yusuke Tsutsumi, which I thought was PERFECT (both in terms of the mood conveyed and the title); but I just couldn’t really make it flow with the comic dub as a whole piece, it went a little bit too hard and had way too much energy. Then I tried using “Everybody’s Crying” (also by Yusuke Tsutsumi) and that worked out much better; the piece flowed with the rise and ebb of emotions in the comic, and the title still works as well! In any case, there’s a second audio mix of “Ghost” with different background music on my computer and I dunno what to do with it.

Third of all, ACTING. For a comic centered around Widowmaker, I was not nearly expecting the amount of emotional heavy lifting Sombra had to do. And super lucky times for me: Kimlinh knocked it out of the hotdamn park. HOTDAMN ACTING. I actually got a little bit teary mixing the part where Sombra starts attacking Reaper; and completely put off the part where she realises that BOTH her friends are running out of time, because I felt like I couldn’t do the mix proper justice. Tamara was also super great as Widowmaker (and a surprise appearance from Amelie!) with both her usual cold demeanour, and a surprisingly gentle side coupled with the quiet, tired acceptance of her forthcoming expiration. And finally, I am also there. I smoulder with barely restrained rage. Is what Reaper does.

I’d talk sound effects, but at this point I think this has gone on long enough. Long story short: sound effects are both the blessing and the bane of my sound mixing existence. Finding the sound of a plasteel (presumably) mask hitting the ground? What kind of ground is it anyway: soft, hard, gravel? How loud should the simulated tinnitus be so its presence is felt without actually hurting the ears of the audience? What does the hum of a hologram sound like? I can’t find the sound of someone getting pummeled by angry hispanic fists, so it looks like I’m going to have to record myself hitting myself! Where can I sneak in the Wilhelm scream THIS time?

ANYWAY! If you enjoyed that, why not watch some of my other comic dubs?

After this recent Steven Bomb, I’ve been seeing way too much hate on Lapis to the point where it’s kind of bringing me down. So, I’m here to spread some Lapis positivity for those of us that do love her, despite her flaws.

Like, for instance

Her cute snort laugh. Idk what’s goin on with those nasal passages girl but keep it up

Or how about her love of silly noises? Good stuff. Good stuff.

What about her art skills? They’re amazing 11/10 where can I commission her??

Remember that time she wanted to help Greg catch fish? She was so proud of herself and I was too

Or that time she was super into role playing as the crystal gems? (That hair style works so well for her)

Also, the way she said “THE GAH-NET” raised my lifespan higher than she raised that water

How about the way she played baseball in her own Lapis way? (Honestly, she was like the highlight of that episode imo)

Or her carefree dance with Peridot while they played music together (whether you ship them or not, it was cute af)

And of course, who can forget THAT laugh

I could go on, but I’ll end it here. Lapis has her problems, sure. But don’t we all?

I can’t wait for her to come back and give us more of her awkward, dorky, adorable self

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“[Beverly and I] are similar I think in the way we move through life— one thing at a time and try not to let it get us bogged down,” Lillis said. “I think of myself as a realist. And I think she is too.”

Lillis has read parts of the novel and wanted to interpret the character in her own, saying that she was appealed by Beverly’s strength. “How she could withstand so much in her life and still keep going on. I don’t think the way I interpreted Bev is much different from the character in the book. At least I hope not.”

Sophia Lillis for Rogue Magazine

How to Tell People About Your Book

1. Infer a Pitch Close to their Heart

When it comes to communicating your best story, you need the potential reader to feel something deep within that is relatable. Every one of us stands by a belief system when it comes to morals and sympathy. There’s also another great thing we all carry, and that’s nostalgia. These are significant factors to attribute to your pitch when people ask, “What’s your story about?” Before you begin going onto step 3. of this list, make sure to note that relevant and relatable first before the theme. “You know that uncertainty we all felt in high school?… Well…” and then continue with the rest of the pitch.

2. Short and Sweet

I have a sibling who loves to tell the story scene by scene, and she’ll speak of it for nearly twenty minutes. Longer the pitch, the sooner the potential reader will lose focus on the story. Combine the best parts and verbalize a cinematic trailer. Use sensory terms so the reader will know what to expect.

3. Tell the Theme not the Story

Whether it is politics or a memoir, a theme is a great way to generalize the story without giving away too much information. I don’t tell the title of the story because it’s an exclusive title we writers want to keep for the grand finale when the writing and binding are complete. Speak on subjects that the reader will know about and keep it in a time frame where the reader can also have time to consider why this theme is important to him or her.

4. Speak Your Inspiration

If you want to lose all tabs on the fictionalized characters and even the more delicate details, talk about your inspiration. Where were you?, what made you want to write this story?, How long did it take you to come to write this story? Answer those questions to the reader and let them know where it all began because that is a VIP backstage access to work they’ll want to have access to in the future. Hence, making the reader prone to reading your story.

How to Create a Self-Study Schedule

If you’re studying any foreign language on your own (or without a course) you’re going to need to be extra organized. Your language study is in your own hands and so is how much you learn. There is no one holding you accountable or motivated either. So it’s entirely up to you to make sure you’re organized and planning enough material that your learning at a comfortable pace. There are roughly two ways to learn languages on your own. There are roughly two ways to go about planning your language study: intensively or casually. Here are my tips for intensive studying and I’ll post about casual studying soon:

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