ask box open? Ask box open!! can you do a scenario where Swerve and bot S/O's dancing but the S/O is (way) taller than Swerve so they did the thing where adults let kids stands on their foot???
“Come on, Swerve, relax,” his partner chided softly. “I’ll do all the hard work, you just have to follow my lead.”
“Yeah. Sure. Okay,” Swerve mumbled, pressing his face against their leg in embarrassment. He fumbled to stay atop of their much larger peds, as his partner gracefully glided across the floor of the empty bar like a pro. Swerve was thankful that they probably wouldn’t be able to see the magenta flush creeping its way across his faceplate from their lofty vantage point.
He knew he was being silly, and probably childish, and quite possible a good many unpleasant adjectives in between, but the truth was he was feeling incredibly self conscious at that particular moment. Normally, he didn’t think too much of their exaggerated differences in height, even going so far as to block out all the petty and teasing comments thrown his way by several of his less charming crew mates.
But this was somehow different. He had seen enough Earth movies (okay, every Earth movie, he supposed would be a more accurate statement) to know that the way they were dancing together now, with him standing on tiptoe on top of his partner’s feet, was traditionally reserved for small children and their parents. It wasn’t a grand, sweeping display, and it certainly wasn’t romantic. Above him, through the speakers, Paul Anka’s soft crooning implored some unnamed lover to put their head on his shoulder. The sickening irony of it all was not lost on him.
He was so caught up in his own self pitying fantasies, that he didn’t even notice that they had stopped moving. Swerve glanced up, noting his partner’s questioning, arched optic ridges and offered them a forced, tight lipped smile.
“What’s wrong?” they asked, seeing through his clever facade like the hero of an Agatha Christie detective series.
Swerve sighed, realizing that keeping the truth from them would be pointless. “It’s just…” he mumbled, struggling to find the right set of words that wouldn’t make him sound like a complete idiot. “It’s stupid really, but I feel kind of… silly… dancing on your feet like this… I don’t know. It’s fine. Forget I said anything,” he rambled, the words tumbling from his clumsy glossa as he struggled to avoid meeting their scrutinizing optics.
They stepped back a few paces, allowing Swerve to slip off his place on top their peds. Somehow this felt even worse than before. Swerve swallowed thickly in anticipation.
“So… the reason you’re freezing up like a cybernecrosis victim… is because I’m taller than you?”
Swerve burried his face in his hands. He wondered what the chances were of a spontaneous air lock malfunction. “I mean… yes? Essentially…” Gods, how he wished that the floor would swallow him up right now.
“Would this help?” he heard them ask, accompanied by the familiar, slight tingling feeling in the surrounding air that signified hollomatter manipulation.
When he looked up, they were standing before him, all soft skin and bright eyes and delicate, smirking lips. They were still tall by human standards, but at least this way they were much closer to eye level with one another. Swerve gave them a lopsided grin. No matter how many times he’d seen them in their avatar state, it never failed to make his spark surge.
“Better?” they asked, almost teasingly, as they stepped lightly onto Swerves peds and placed both hands as far around his waist as the program’s anatomy would allow.
Sweve nodded, his grin spreading wider across his face as a giddy chuckle escaped from his throat. “Yeah. I am rather. Yes.”
His partner’s eyes crinkled in amusement. Above them, Paul Anka’s voice faded softly away into nothingness and Bobby Darin took over with “Dream Lover”, setting the rhythm for the next dance.
“You big baby,” the teased lightly, placing a soft kiss to Swerve’s rapidly heating faceplate.
“I still—do not—think this is a—good idea.” Panto Trost takes a shaky step as his knees threaten to buckle. They’re in the forest of the Santi Santiga and Wakti Wapnasi is nowhere to be found. Fortunately, he knows a sure-fire way to get her attention. Unfortunately, it involves climbing to the top of the tallest tree in the forest.
“We need to get up there and you said you were strong.” Todd points out, with more of a snap to his voice than is probably necessary.
When I was younger I was very right-wing. I mean…very right-wing. I won’t go into detail, because I’m very deeply ashamed of it, but whatever you’re imagining, it’s probably at least that bad. I’ve taken out a lot of pain on others; I’ve acted in ignorance and waved hate like a flag; I’ve said and did things that hurt a lot of people.
There are artefacts of my past selves online – some of which I’ve locked down and keep around to remind me of my past sins, some of which I’ve scrubbed out, some of which are out of my grasp. If I were ever to become famous, people could find shit on me that would turn your stomach.
But that’s not me anymore. I’ve learned so much in the last ten years. I’ve become more open to seeing things through others’ eyes, and reforged my anger to turn on those who harm others rather than on those who simply want to exist. I’ve learned patience and compassion. I’ve learned how to recognise my privileges and listen to others’ perspectives. I’ve learned to stand up for others, how to hear, how to help, how to correct myself. And I learned some startling shit about myself along the way – with all due irony, some of the things I used to lash out at others for are intrinsic parts of myself.
You wouldn’t know what I am now from what I was then. You wouldn’t know what I was then from what I am now.
It distresses me deeply to think of someone dredging up my dark, awful past and treating me as though that furiously hateful person is still me. It distresses me to see others dredging up the past for anyone who has made efforts to become a better person, out of some sick obsession with proving they’re “problematic.”
Purity culture tells you that once someone says or does something, they can never go back on it. That’s a goddamn lie. While it’s true that some remain unrepentant and never change their ways and continue to harm others, it’s important to allow everyone the chance to learn from their mistakes. Saying something ignorant isn’t murder. Please stop treating it that way. Let people grow.
Voltron AU where everything is the same except the Blade of Marmora episode is basically the RING OF FIRE!!! scene from Finding Nemo
Kolivan: Brother Antok, proceed. Antok: Keith! Newcomer of red and white! You have been called forth to the space between spaces to join us in the fraternal bonds of bladehood! Keith: … huh? Thace: We want you in our club, kid.
My D&D character, Rue, for that one OC outfit meme. The prompts I got, from top to bottom:
👑 dressed as royalty
🎄 in an ugly Christmas sweater
❌ in something they would absolutely never wear (a wetsuit in this case)
💤 in their sleep attire (soft, loose enough for maximum fluff expansion)
🌁 OC in a hoodie (also acceptable sleep attire)
(I’m not accepting any more asks. Thanks to those of you who sent prompts!)
i don’t know if it’s the same for anyone else, but liam was a massive part of why OTRA was so important to me. he went out there every single night and killed it. he read signs. he interacted with fans. he interacted with parents. he danced. he played off his bandmates. he stepped up to the plate and smashed solos that weren’t originally his as they adjusted to touring as a foursome. he just… he really made that tour special. so now that he’s opened up that he was struggling with his mental health during it, i just want to say i’m so proud of him for getting up there. i never would have known he was having a tough time or that he felt like he was forcing it if he hadn’t said so. while he was helping ME with my mental health, making sure i was having the time of my life, being apart of MY happy place, he was also struggling. and i’m just so…. i hope he’s a lot better now and that he’s fallen back in love with being on stage for us again because i sure have missed stage liam and i’ve thrived on seeing him perform his solo material!!!! thank you liam for being so open. thank you for doing what you did on that tour even though it wasn’t easy. i have so much respect and love for liam payne. SO. MUCH.
I've been drawing for nine years now and have gotten considerably better since I started, but I find myself still struggling to get things right like facial features, bodies, and, my biggest problem, hands. This coming Spring I'm going to college for animation and illustration, but I just struggle so much that it makes me wonder how I could ever be successful in that area. I really want to do this, but I lack in many resources (I have a box of old crayolas and all of digital art is done on (1)
Don‘t worry, everyone struggles at first, mostly if you’re self-taught. I’m sure at college they’ll teach you the basics of drawing again before starting with more specific stuff (at least that’s how it worked at the school of comics) But if you want to know some basic exercises I was given for human bodies and facial features, here there are:
the first thing to do is simplify figures, instead of starting drawing the body with anatomy right away, think of it as geometrical shapes put together
For the head there are these structures that might help you
For the hands, believe me, even the most expert artist on the earth has difficulties in drawing them. But as the other parts, it helps to make a geometrical structure before
I do this
I’m not really that good at drawing hands but that’s the principle of it.
As exercise for human bodies and gestures, photos of athletes are really useful,
study their gesture drawing mannequins over photos
You can do the same exercise for faces and hands.
KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE EXCERCISE TO DRAW REALISTIC BODIES. STYLE COMES AFTER. You can take all these “shortcuts” and modify the proportions to have the type of figure you want.
As for the equipment, I think if you want to go for animation you need at least a computer and a drawing tablet… For traditional illustrations you can use anything really
To all my witches out there excited for the Summer Solstice, here’s some fun ideas to get ready to celebrate the actual longest day of your year.
SUN TEA: This stuff is the shit for witches that enjoy ice tea. Really easy to make as well. All you need is a closed container, water, and some tea bags/loose tea leaves in a holder. Add the water and the tea leaves, and leave it out in sun for at least 5 hours.
I say closed container because I don’t want bacteria to grow in your tea. SAFETY FIRST PLEASE. The best part about this, is you can flavor it however you want. You believe lemon, jasmine, and some other item I can’t think off the top of my head should go into the tea; just toss it in. Please, please, PLEASE be careful what you put in your tea, I don’t want food poisoning or anything else to happen to you.
Use it to capture the sun and its essence. Hold the sun in your hands. Enjoy the warmth that it provides you.
FLOWER CROWNS: Flowers, their entire reason to live is for the sun. The best way to represent the sun is the way to show their work. A simple flower has more impact than you can think.
BEES OR MORE SPECIFICALLY HONEY: Yup, what’s better than flowers, but the workers who spend their lives servicing the sun and it’s works of art. Help the bees by supporting your local farmers and buy some local honey from your grocery store. Gets some bees wax and make some candles. SUPPORT👏OUR👏BEES👏
YOURSELF: Yup, I’m a low budget bitch. So everyone let’s wake our lazy asses up before the sun and welcome it. Do yoga, sun tan, enjoy a nice breakfast, enjoy a facial, anything else you can think of. Walk around and reflect the sun. Wake up to see the sun and stay late to watch the sun set. Be joyful, and happy. You are the best way to worship the sun.
There are many other ways that I’m leaving out. Bonfires, honey cakes, homemade (non)alcoholic mead, so many other ways to celebrate the summer solstice. There are many ways to celebrate the sun and the life it gives, and this is a great opportunity for the sun and the fire to shine. Happy Litha everyone.
((also its the 21st of June in 2017 in case no one knows))
what i learned from my high school experience and other bits of advice from me to you (doesn’t even have to be just for school)
content: always keep in mind, items, classmates, in class, more things
always keep in mind
cut yourself from those people and things that don’t have a positive influence on you
don’t run away from problems, be blunt, confront them
being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely, don’t isolate yourself
don’t you settle for less than what you deserve
if it’s just there without you trying, it is best to add more effort (your average grade without effort < a grade that you actually worked your ass off for)
do not starve yourself and think that it would be ok to use that time on finishing another task
if you find someone who is an acquaintance / is alone, sit on the same table as them. say hi or give a kind smile, it’ll brighten them up even if they don’t show it
fake it ‘till you make it. works like a charm! literally keep your head up. pretend that you got strings holding your shoulders up and roll them back
take solid, confident steps as you are walking down the hallways and pavement. make an upbeat playlist to help you achieve the last two steps (wink wink) unconsciously
no! one! is! more! important! then! your! education! and! yourself! they come and go, your gpa is forever on transcripts.
carry extra pads or tampons. you’ll be a life saver for a classmate in need of them!
always bring an extra granola bar for when you are starving in class
never leave your house without lip balm/sunscreen/body lotion on and in your bag
always have a grocery bag that you can store in your bag
compliment on someone’s hair, outfit, or nails during breaks or at the restroom. i loved receiving them and it’s sure to make their day brighter
do you know about the 5 rule? if there is something that they can fix in 5 minutes, let them know. (hey! you got a smudge of lipstick on your teeth - rather than - you overdid your eyebrows)
get some of your classmate’s phone numbers, but not immediately you know what I mean? this is for missed notes, absences, …
during lessons, make note of questions you have about the lecture, etc. and jot them down on a sticky note (this is an alternative to asking the questions out loud to the class)
make it a habit to once in a while stay after your classmates exit out to ask your teacher questions, that way they’re less distracted
for presentations, right before them i drink from an ice cold bottle of water to wake myself up and prevent my mouth from dryness. also take deep breathes (no kidding) and repeat to yourself “I totally got this"
talk to your counselor!!! they know what they are talking about from classes, college, scholarship opportunities and even talk to them if you have personal problems! they are trained and are there for a reason. take advantage of that!
check on your high school’s daily bulletin, you may of missed or misheard the announcements. there are club meets, scholarship and volunteering opportunities, job openings, etc.
don’t ever be late to class oh my God! some teachers may say that they don’t care or they might not acknowledge it, but it will affect you
do not take a lot of days off or skip school in a row of days for mental health. i know that education isn’t as important as your well being, but getting used to being absent will not help you at all
while studying or trying to actually focused put on your earphones/headphones even if you don’t have music playing. keeps people from bothering you, but don’t do this when lecture is in session or if the library doesn’t permit it
when school ends and if you still have the drive to do work like in the classroom, i recommend you to go to the library to continue working on your homework or study (don’t overwork yourself, though)