Here’s my final for my character design class (2016)! I managed to crank this out in under 2 weeks and I’m pretty happy with it. I was really trying to push shapes and design more in this project and I looked at Okami and Ni No Kuni for reference.

In this thrilling non existent RPG, you play as Grandma Mao (G-Mao) who goes on her first adventure at 87 years old!

A lot my friends are graduating and many are worried about not having a job right out of college. Our animation club (PMC) has brought it in A TON of amazing speakers from all over the industry. They’re all really inspiring and each story is different. I always feel inspired by the ones who got started much later in their life but managed to break in with a lot of hard work. They show that it’s never too late to do what you love (though it might be harder) and I really wanted to capture that with G-Mao.

So what’re you waiting for?


…i just saw hunter with bobbi and it made me realize…

Outlining is a great way to frame your ideas before taking the plunge into a new story, but it’s important that you don’t get too attached to your outline. A lot can change during the writing process, and you might be surprised by the direction your characters will go and how the story might evolve because of it. I’ve said this a lot on this blog, and I got to thinking lately, why is this? Why is it that we can outline in great detail and still feel like we have no control over what happens when we actually start writing? So I thought about it, and here’s what I decided.

1. Your head’s too full in the outline phase. 

Writing releases us from having to think about something, whether it’s our own personal emotions or our stories. You might have a detailed outline, but until you’ve written that first scene, you won’t stop thinking about it. You’ll imagine your flawless execution, you’ll imagine it playing out in your head, and you’ll even imagine some lines of dialogue. But until you remove this scene from your imagination and make it into something real, it’s taking up prime real estate in the area of your brain where you brainstorm.

If you haven’t released any of your story from your imagination, then you’re having to creatively think about every scene all at once. It’s harder to visualize a climax when you’re trying to visualize opening scenes, character introductions or arguments and major plot events all at the same time. No matter how much you plan out that climax, your imagination can’t truly visualize it into something close to reality until you remove all that extra stuff. Because once you’ve written all that “extra stuff,” your imagination doesn’t need to reflect on it anymore. And it can focus on the climax.

On the contrary, suppose you can visualize your climax in detail before you’ve written your story. You might be able to play out that crucial scene in your mind like a movie, but do you have any emotional attachment to it? It’d be like watching the last 20 minutes of a movie and only understanding it because you read a summary of the movie beforehand. Without experiencing the first ¾ of the movie, you’re unable to emotionally connect to it. And when your imagination is focusing all its energy on brainstorming your climax, it’s unable to focus on all those scenes leading up to the climax.

It’s all about give and take. You can’t possibly visualize your entire story in detail from beginning to end. Your climax might not be fully realized until you write the first half of the story. Because then you’ll have freed up space in your brain to think critically about it.

2. Your characters have other ideas in mind. 

As writers, we like to say that our characters act of their own accord, making their own decisions and sometimes ruining the things we had planned for them. Most people hear us talk like this and think we’re being pretentious, but it’s a sensation I have felt on many occasions so I know it’s real.

If you’ve never been in a dangerous situation before, it’s hard to imagine how you’ll respond when your back’s against the wall. In this way, it’s hard to predict how you’ll actually write something when the moment comes to actually write it. It has nothing to do with your characters taking over, but more to do with your actual words not matching what you visualized. The best way to explain this is with an example, so let me share one.

You have a scene where a character is in hiding, and he needs to jump out and attack the enemy. Great. You sit down to write it, and you have him crouched in his spot, assessing the scene before he jumps out. To add some suspense, you write that his heart is pounding. And then perhaps your own heart starts to pound as your imagination tries to visualize it. You notice that your breaths might pick up a bit, so you add that in. Before you know it, your character is exhibiting signs of fear. You didn’t exactly put that in your outline, did you? Of course not, because describing how a character feels in the moment is not important info in an outline. Now that your character is nervous and perhaps terrified, you have to find a way to convince him to jump out of that hiding spot; otherwise it won’t be believable. So you try adding another paragraph where he attempts to calm himself down and remember why he has to do this. Perhaps you succeed, or perhaps you find yourself unable to write a convincing argument. If he jumps out of this hiding spot and fails, what are the consequences? Would it be better to hold back a little longer and think through a Plan B just in case? Maybe the reward isn’t big enough to warrant such a risk, especially when his fear is so great.

Before you know it, the character has retreated, to think more deeply on the problem and hopefully come up with a better plan. It seems like they just took over your story, but instead what has happened is this: Often times, we don’t think about our character’s complex emotions and reactions during the outline phase. We just write that they do something. And it isn’t until we have to describe our character’s actions in detail that we realize that the words we’re actually writing don’t mesh well with what our outline intended.

This same phenomenon might occur during scenes of dialogue as well. You plan for a tense, dramatic argument, but the dialogue you end up writing isn’t quite making it there. Maybe Character A is meant to make a big accusation that really erupts the fight, but you’re having trouble getting to that point in the conversation. The words you’re typing don’t seem angry, and in trying to make them angry, it comes off as insincere and forced. So you come to the conclusion that your characters aren’t as angry as you thought, and instead they have a calm, sensitive conversation where they share their feelings. Again, it feels like they took over, but it’s more that your execution didn’t align with your plan, and you had to change the mood of the scene to make it believable.

3. Ideas aren’t the same as words. 

An outline doesn’t force us to think about how we will word things. If it did, it wouldn’t be an outline - it’d just be the story. And because words are what create the story, you can’t possibly know for sure how something will play out until you begin to create the words.

  • Emotions might be more intense than you realized, to the point where they don’t support the actions you had planned.
  • Dialogue might come across as more or less offensive than you intended, and the character it’s directed at needs to respond in kind.
  • As you write a character thinking through a plan they’re about to execute, you might realize flaws in the plan that you didn’t consider during your outline, and to follow through with that plan anyway might make your character look stupid or thoughtless.

Sometimes you’ll execute an outline exactly as it’s written, and more power to you if you’re able to do that. But there are really two stages of story execution - the visualization and the reality. Visualization is your outline, and while it can help you achieve the reality stage faster, you can’t rely on the two to be completely the same. Because visualization is based on ideas, while reality is based on words. Words are more detailed, which results in more complexity. In putting your ideas into words, you discover flaws in your earlier logic. Ignoring that logic might mean your outline stays intact, but what does it do to your story?

Ultimately, these are my opinions about how this whole process works, and it may or may not apply to you. But when your story starts to deviate from the outline, try to just go with it and see what happens. As detailed as your outline might be, your story still has the potential to surprise you when you least expect it.

Will solitary confinement release Slaine from chain of misery? 

Tarnishing his name for a crime he didn’t do is not a true justice either.

I’ve been having a lot of feelings about Jared lately.  And not just like ‘ohmygosh I love him!’ feelings, but the kind of feelings and thoughts that keep my mind whirring throughout the night.  

He was just a kid when he got the role of Sam, the lead role of the CW’s most popular show for about a decade now.  He delivers a consistently amazing performance every episode and has for over 200 episodes.  He’s played not just Sam on this show, but Meg, Ezekial/Gadreel, Lucifer, and soulless!Sam in a way that has captured so many people.  Throughout all of this fame that he’s garnered, not to mention the dedicated and large fanbase, he has remained utterly humble and unwaveringly kind to all.  

He’s suffered from depression during most of this, beginning in season three, yet continued to do conventions, countless episodes, and even a few movies in-between.  He’s opened up to us about his depression, something he was never obligated to do, yet did in hopes of helping us along the journey.  He started Always Keep Fighting, a now global movement to bring awareness to mental health.  

Jared is the embodiment of everything I wish I could be in life and, though I’ve never met him nor will have the honor of being able to call him friend, he’s someone I hope to make proud.  And knowing that he’s never met me but still has faith in me is sometimes all I need to get through those hard days.  

I have a lot of feelings about this man, most of which I will never be able to truly convey with words, but he’s the one thing I need.  And I just hope he always feels happy, loved, appreciated, and admired by his friends, family, and us, his fans.  

I love him very much.

some of the most comforting things people can say to me:

“Take your time.”
“I got you.”
“No worries.”
“I’m here.”
“It’s okay if you don’t want to.”
“You don’t have to be okay.”
“It’s okay to cry.”
“I’m listening.”


Feel so rusty with photoshop so I have been doing lots of these studies lately. Pretty much just picking generic fantasy subjects but really trying to focus on color and getting use to all the cool brushes I got from my friends. It’s so refreshing to do all the gouache pleinair and then coming back to digital painting. More to come!

After doing the Larry one, I just couldn’t not do Ziam. So here’s another GoT!1D drawing, featuring Liam Mormont and Zayn Targaryen. I took a LOT of liberties with Zayn’s tattoos, as you can see, because I feel like most of them wouldn’t have made sense in a GoT universe. Based on this.

hey guys! i hate to ask for money, but i’m trying to build myself a new wardrobe to help ease the dysphoria of my transition. i’m at the point where i can’t afford to spend money on anything other than food, rent, school, and hormones, so i only have 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of pants, and a few shirts that I feel comfortable wearing anymore. i’m a thrifty shopper, i usually only spend $5-$15 on an article of clothing, $20 being the most, so anything goes a long way. if you’re not in a position to comfortably donate money (or you just don’t want to), feel free to ignore this post! i feel super awkward asking for money and i’m sure there are plenty of other better places to send money. if you do want to help me add a few more pieces to my wardrobe, my paypal is iamdangerdonut@gmail.com. i also have a redbubble if you wanna check that out. thanks guys i love u all

it makes me so annoyed how ppl say the fandom is being unecessary dramatic over 5h and the eventual breakup story bc dude it’s a legit reason to be upset and talk about as a fan!!! yes the fandom is messy a lot of the times and dramatic BUT this is something i think we have the right to discuss and express our feelings about!!  we got a member releasing solo music with another label, and the group dynamic has changed a lot and that’s a fact. honestly watching some 5h interviews lately has been painful, seeing one member roll their eyes when someone is talking or look away looking like they they’d rather be somewhere else is painful as hell, specially if you remember the old group inteviews where they couldn’t get enough of each other. and they don’t seem to have that fire behind their eyes anymore. maybe its bc their label fucked them over, or maybe not, i dont know. im just saying that if they do breakup soon it won’t be a surprise and im upset and i will talk about it. i  mean u do u if u still think everything is great in 5h land and they will stay together for 5 more years I admire your optimism but as a fan i think i have the right to think otherwise without being called dramatic. if u have your reasons to think like that I sure as hell have my reasons to think the opposite.

star wars: tfa character studies

Rey missed things she’d hated: the pervasive grit and dust of the desert, the sandstorms, the hunger pangs that’d kept her awake. She missed waiting and the illusion that someone would come back for her. The monotony of scavenging and scraping by, every day the same.


Finn didn’t miss anything from before. Since he’d escaped was a different story. He missed each moment as it ticked over into the next. He couldn’t hold onto them and they were all important.


Poe tried to appreciate their success and the calm before the next storm. Tried.


Kylo Ren told himself a thousand times a day: The world needed someone who’d bring order to the universe, not with the Force, but by wielding it. His dead grandpa is going to help.

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Okay, so I just read Zettai Zetsubou Kodaka for this week (May 26th, 2016) and…wow. It was really emotional, at least for me, especially given where I am now and how I’ve been feeling lately.

Basically, what happened is that Kodaka got permission to use hide’s “ever free” in the DR3 anime. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with a song that’s 18 years old, but as someone who grew up listening to X-Japan and hide’s solo stuff, this is more of the universe aligning in a delightful way for me.

Apparently, back when Kodaka was making the first Dangan Ronpa game, he listened to a lot of hide’s music, and made the game staff listen as well to give them an idea of what he was going for with the whole “psycho pop” theme. Even more than that though, he used to listen to “ever free” in particular all the time, like when riding his bike home in the middle of the night, to keep himself motivated. He’d listen and pump himself up thinking things like “it’ll be a hit that sells over 200,000 copies!” and “it’ll get a good review in Famitsu!” and “it’ll get an anime adaptation someday!”

The lines that particularly stand out to Kodaka are:

your dreams that everyone calls bullshit
they continue, still trembling within your breast
ever free, your story seems about to crumble
if you imagine it, would it be visible, your DReam?

(I’m sure someone at some point in the last nearly two decades has done a nicer job translating this song than I’m doing now, but you get the gist. Also, “DReam” with a capital D and R is legit part of the lyrics and just a happy accident in this case.)

Obviously success wasn’t as assured back then as it is at this point in the DR series, but “ever free” got Kodaka through all the nay-saying and the doubt, and he states that without “ever free”, there wouldn’t be Dangan Ronpa as we know it today. That’s why he wanted to use the song in DR3: The End of Kibougamine so badly.

And then he wrote this last paragraph, which speaks to me on a personal level:

And that’s my feelings on it. I guess this was a twist of fate. I hope that someday, just like I was influenced by hide-san, there will be someone in the next generation of creators who is influenced by my Dangan Ronpa series and gives birth to brand new art. If hide-san was still alive, I’d like to meet him, if only for a moment.

brb crying with DETERMINATION

Love is passion. Love is lust. Love is hurt. I’ve never felt love without hurt and just came to realize, love is the hurt you can’t live without. I love because I’m happy. I love because I have joy in my life and I am loved. For a long time I thought that there was a limit to my love, there’s a capacity to it, there’s just enough for me to share with my family, my significant other, my friends. Lately I realized my love is endless. There is a thin line between love and obsession and for me and my relationships, I feel like I loved so hard that when that love was gone there was an empty space and there was really not much left. It was because of love that I got to experience a lot of beautiful things in my life. I feel like that’s who I am. Love is intense and love is complex but ultimately love is really simple, it’s about giving up a little bit of yourself for someone else.
—  Valentin Chmerkovskiy excerpt from Maks & Val: Our Way Tour
Fic: Chicken Soup

Summary: Blaine sneezes a lot, Kurt doesn’t know how to pick locks, and Blaine’s mom learns that first impressions can be deceiving.

A/N: A sequel to Friends, Benefits, and All Those Stupid Feelings and Honey. I got some prompts asking for Blaine’s mom walking in on Kurt and Blaine, and this is sort of that, but … different.

Also up on the AO3, if you prefer that.

He’s walking down the hallway in the direction of Blaine’s locker when his phone vibrates in his pocket. They meet by Blaine’s locker every morning and he’s already late, so he doesn’t even stop walking to pull his phone from his pocket, unlock the screen, and pull up the new message.

From Blaine
sorry have to stay home today I got the flu or something

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anonymous asked:

Any advise for writers who got started late, a lot of writers I see usually started in their teens or earlier. I'm in my 20s and just getting into writing and sometimes I feel behind.

Short version: just write.

Longer version: Everyone comes into their own at different points in life – this is as true for writing as it is for any endeavor. You may feel as though you’re playing ‘catch up’ to some people, but the truth is that everyone is always playing that game with any new undertaking, everyday. We all start somewhere, and whether you’re beginning the path as a writer at 16 or 46, the only way to get started is just to do it, and not judge your progress on someone else’s.

I mean, can you imagine being 26 and deciding you want to be a composer and comparing your progress at that point to Mozart? It’s an extreme example, but it highlights how you shouldn’t judge your starting point by someone with more experience. 

Additionally, it’s a common used phrase to not judge your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel – meaning you shouldn’t judge your individual progress on a journey by looking at what other people have accomplished at a completely different point in their personal timeline, especially knowing that all you’re getting is the accomplishment, not all the work it took to get there.

If you want to write, write. If you have stories in you, tell them. It doesn’t matter what age you are.

Hope this helps!

- O