idk what this even is i was just wasting time in photoshop

poliearbear  asked:

This blog is incredible. Any chance you might look at the most recent redesigns Tamora Pierce's Song of Lioness series? I have Opinions on them, but they're also strongly tinged by outrage that they dared to change the design from the version I had growing up.

THANK U FRIEND. I WILL DO MY BEST

In some ways, this is a perfect follow-up post to my Earthsea tirade: another classic fantasy series that has been graced with some distinctly vintage #looks. In fact, it’s really worth going over some of the old designs before we get to the new one, so let’s explore.

FIRST UP we have some charming vintage covers! (i was too lazy to date all these so idk circa what year). These seem to have been pretty widespread, so it may be what you’re referring to re the style you grew up with, asker? Anyway, these are adorable. Do I take them seriously? Not really, the style is mad dated, but who cares. They’re super fun, and the illustrations are exciting and colorful and very specific to actual elements in the story. As a kid I would have eaten that shit up, and in the 90s, I’m sure this was the height of fantasy book design.

NEXT. (and I’m sorry they’ve been cropped on the sides, but I think we get the idea) (in case it was unclear I just rip these from google, I don’t compile all these images myself LMAO) I’m generally not a fan of ‘boxed in illustration w very simple type below/above it’: It’s boring, design-wise, though it’s also inoffensive and hard to fuck up. But the illustrations are really lovely and vivid; I love how scrappy Alanna looks and how we get a real sense of peril and drama and grit without literally making everything dark, or sapping it of its whimsy.

TIME FOR SOME TRULY HEINOUS ONES. These beauties below, where Alanna is being really chill about clearly having been set on fire and is also apparently living in a post apocalyptic wasteland, came out in 2010, aka the height of the paranormal YA romance craze.

You can’t tell at all, obviously.

Nope, no influence here. Bella Alanna looks totally normal with absurd photoshopped lighting/effects and her two brooding love interests who would never be mistaken for vampires. (fun fact, when you google image search “song of the lioness new covers” half the results are this single image, because the internet has devoted a LOT of blog space to going WTF at it over the years. but seriously, wtf is that shirt she’s wearing?)

And we have these, where they couldn’t be assed to do more than one illustration, or to…. put…. a shirt on her? even though she’s wearing a cloak? Where did the rest of her hair go? Shouldn’t we be seeing an indication of boobs, with that much of her chest exposed? It’s been a long time since I read these so correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t her Magic Necklace for contraceptive purposes? Is that the thing we want to devote an entire book cover to? Whatever its purpose, why does it look like that? At least the twilight covers still had alanna holding swords on them rather than inexplicable quasi-nudity.

Also, this is the collected edition that I read when I was like 13, and I am biased, but I think it’s the best:

it captures the bright, kitschy, vintage-illustration feeling of a lot of the old covers without actually being kitschy or vintage. It has the upbeat cool-lady-knight-on-an-fun-adventure vibe that the Twilight covers are missing. The type knows what’s up and is chilling, letting the illustration do its thing while still being integrated w it. 10/10.

There are tons of others, but I think that’s sufficient context, so let’s look at the new-new covers:

Hm.

Usually I’m pro-abstraction and anti-putting the characters on the cover, because that tends to be the obvious, unimaginative solution. However, unlike my feelings about the Earthsea books, I think making the the Lioness series appeal to children is actually a worthwhile endeavor, and to that end, I think it’s kind of a shame to lose the imagery of Alanna herself swinging swords around, which really does have a unique appeal. Especially since the first book is literally ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE. You’re being sold on the character as much as the story.

But for what we have, I…. almost like it? All the text is really well-balanced, to harken again back to the Earthsea conversion on Series Title Vs Actual Title, and the intricate framed woodwork thing with different color schemes as an overarching structure is working for me. The detailing is worth looking at up-close:

But up close we also notice my Problem which is the fact that these objects are photomanips, instead of illustrations. It might be argued that this is a matter of taste/ preference, but here, I don’t think it is; I think illustration was a real opportunity to be stylistically interesting/integrated with the rest of the cover and it was wasted on…. this subpar photograph of a horse.

Publishers seem to shy away from illustration on YA fantasy covers. I’m not sure why: we get plenty of trendy (mostly simplified or abstracted) illustration on YA contemp, Illustration has always been a major mainstay of middle grade covers, and art a la Uprooted/any Gregory Maguire book or the ADSOM series is sort of a Thing for adult fantasy right now, but YA fantasy is having a moment with typographically-driven covers, and, eternally, an ugly affair with photomanip. I can’t say for sure that the designers of these Lioness covers were “aiming YA” but…. Subpar Photograph of a Horse is making me think they are, or are at least taking cues from that genre. Anyway, that’s kind of a tangent but it is A Bummer Generally.

Of the four images, the shield is working the best and the cat is working the worst. They’re not terrible by any means, but they’re awfully generic-feeling, and lack any particular sense of depth or dynamism. Overall, this is one of those times where my critiques leave the realm of Concrete Terms and Measurable Inadequacies into something more ephemeral, but I feel like Lioness series covers, at their best, encapsulate a whimsy and a warmth that these just…. lack, even though I don’t really have any major fights to pick with the design. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

anonymous asked:

I want to get into digital drawing( I suppose that's how you draw your cats right? Oh god I hope I'm not wrong) and I have no idea where to begin,like what program to use and these things. I felt like asking you cause you're my favorite artist in the ygo fandom and you seem extremely nice idk.

I use paint tool sai for all my work. it’s essentially a watered-down version of most art programs, giving you the options for layers and modes and a large handful of brushes without the intimidating interface of photoshop. i’m certain there are a few trial-free unlocked versions of sai floating around, but if you aren’t too keen on purchasing an art program there is also GIMP which is free without a trial. GIMP looks similar to photoshop / paintshop in interface and has a lot more bells and whistles in regards to artistic effects and text editing.

I also use a wacom bamboo tablet because colouring with the touchpad of your laptop sucks and so does drawing with a mouse, regardless on whether it’s wireless or not [you’re looking at an artist that’s done both in the past before tablets were even a commercial thing]

honestly drawing digitally is very liberating. you don’t have to worry about wasting paper, and you can always go back and correct your work without accidentally wrecking your paper in anger over not being able to draw a character’s leg. digital also gives you nice, clean and even smooth lines that are relatively easy to work with. traditional is great, but can look a bit haggard when you go to scan it in;

digital pen;

traditionally scanned pen;

going back to the tablet bit, my tablet is from the era of 2008-2009 and doesn’t have the fancy pen pressure levels most tablets do nowadays, but it’s lived for nearly a decade with no issues or nib replacements and I just don’t have the heart to replace it yet. 

that said, if you’re looking into digital work, investing in a wacom tablet [or any tablet for that matter] is a good choice because not only will it save your wrists and fingers in the long run, if you treat them right they will last for a very long time.

anonymous asked:

Excuse me but do you have an animation tips for beginners? Never tried animating before and I wanna try but I haven't a clue of how to start ^^;;

boy do I. Get ready for an info dump.

When I first started animation classes, I write out this list of tips that comes down to rough drawing, solid drawing, using reference, extremes, and research. All of that is important, but I’m gonna talk about some other things here too.

1. Start simple

You think something like Beauty and the Beast was drawn out in that much detail from the start? Even though the pencil tests look cleaned up, I promise you they didn’t start out that way. They were a mess of shapes and sloppy gesture then cleaned up later. Use simple shapes to start with and work off those. It’s also really worth your time to study gesture drawing.

2. Animate first, detail later

When you’ve never animated before, you don’t want to go straight to detail. In fact, you never want to use any detail at all. Detail is the biggest mistake you can make. You want to draw quick little gesture figures that get the point across and that’s it. Once that is done and working, then you can move on to adding detail one piece at a time (ie. first you add more body structure, then you go back and add eyes, then the mouth, then the nose, etc.)

3. Scrap and restart

Or as my animation teacher would say, don’t bother trying to erase your mistakes, throw the paper out and start over. It’s better to completely restart then spend hours trying to fix what you have.Each time you restart you’ll make it faster and make it better than before.

4. Reference

Don’t sit there and struggle to figure out how to do something right. Get up and do it yourself, have someone else act it out, record it, google it! If it’s something simple like a jump or a throw, there’s probably dozens of guides online waiting for you to use them. In my experience, I’ve found that just the mere act of doing something myself helps me understand how it works so I can animate it better.

5. Know your stuff

You won’t be able to animate anything convincingly if you don’t know the 12 principles of animation. These things were created by the guys at Disney who started all of this. Study them, learn them, and use them. Eventually they’ll come completely natural to you.

6. Critique

Problem with your animation that you don’t know how to fix? Ask someone. Finish your animation that you’re super proud of? Show someone else and ask what they think. Ask a ton of people what they think. The best thing you can do is learn from others’ criticism and take it into account.


Other than that, you just need some means to animate with. I prefer pencil on paper myself but that’s kind of difficult to get set up and pretty expensive and wasteful. I currently use photoshop, but its timeline and interface in general really weren’t made for animation so it doesn’t work well at all but it does the trick. Adobe Flash is ok if you can handle vectors. There’s also ToonBoom and TVPaint which are nice professional programs but they cost a ton of money for a license. I’ve also heard of a program called Pencil 2D and I think I’ve seen a paint tool sai addon? But I’ve never used either so idk how those are.

Basically when it comes to programs the best I can say is good luck… ouo;;;;;

I hope this helped??? HMU if you have other questions!!

Um.... LOK Remembrances is literally 22 minutes of my life that I can't get back

What in the fuck was that shit? I’m sorry…. but that whole episode was ridiculous. It wasn’t even funny, and AGAIN…. brings dishonor to the ATLA name. 

I completely understand and SUPPORT Nickelodeon’s decision to lower budgeting, especially when shit like that was the result. Better they would have fired some of their crew to get the full budgeting for a decent episode, or better yet, just scrap the whole thing in general. 

** Adding this in for some clarification: There are some shows that manage to do clip shows that are decent and they are on a budget constraint. Bryke, as usual, made some dumbass moves choosing to spend the most time on Mako and the shitty love triangle, then a decent chunk on Bo’s fantasy story, and a little amount of time on Korra’s story of achievements and issues. And because of Bryke’s huge writing fails like this….. Nick doesn’t want this show on their network, wants it to end, doesn’t care if it ends well, and is doing all that they can to make it stop.   

The only good thing in this episode was Mako admitting that he and Korra are better off as friends. Bless the fact that Makorra can go fall into the pits of hell where it belongs. And also, the fact that it pointed out that Mako was a huge dick to Asami and Korra was a nice touch. Wu and Tu also made my day by saying that Asami had every right to kiss a single Mako. It’s about fucking time they acknowledge that. 

Here’s the shit that sucked:

- Literally…. Mako saying he wasn’t in a relationship with Asami when he cheated? Like really? Let’s stop justifying his actions and sugarcoating his and Korra’s shitty behavior. 

- Why is so much focus on Mako’s story? Oh that’s right…. he’s their favorite. 

- Now we move onto Korra’s remembering, where Korra is hopelessly negative about all of her dumbass moves as Avatar. Let the pity party begin! 

- And of course…. in comes Asami as the forced handmaiden/friend. “Here I brought you tea…. you might be cold.”

“Oh Korra…. you’re so great!”

“Korra…. don’t listen to what Toph said! The world needs you.”

Give me a fucking break. Guess Bryke felt the need to put Asami in….only to be the avatar’s cheerleader. 

- Why are we still justifying Korra’s dumbass moves? Most of the good that Korra has done HAS BEEN ON ACCIDENT AND WAS NOT INTENTIONAL. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when she now takes credit for everything as if it was the plan all along. 

- When did Korra out Amon and stop the Equalist movement? AMON OUTTED HIMSELF TO THE PEOPLE.…. and the Equalist movement dissipated on its own.….. none of that was because of Korra, or as Mako said…. him and Korra. 

- And of course in comes Tenzin to insert the “forced character development” card….. Korra STILL has moments of being a selfish twit. Book 4 has had some of them. Yes…. she is more tolerable now (thank Jesus), but she still can be an asshole….. 

- Oh wow…. we’ve now had both Mako and Tenzin enforce how much of an inspiration Korra is. No… just no. GTFO. If she’s an inspiration…. well hot diggity dog, I’m a flying rooster. (I just watched Chicken Run…. get on my level)

- WHY THE FUCK DOES ASAMI NOT GET TO SHARE HER PAST? Oh that’s right…. I forgot…. Bryke only has Bo, Mako, and Korra as part of the main characters. God forbid they give Asami any screen time that idk…. focuses on her. For that matter Bryke, the way you shaft Asami, why don’t you just take her out of the Krew entirely?

- And now we jump over to Varrick and Bo….. and of course, Varrick wants to tell an extravagant tale. Bo immediately casts Asami in the friend zone….. way to crush the Bosami shippers’ spirits. And then Bo wants to talk about his life changing when he met Korra. Cough Borra Cough 

- And of course Varrick’s story is Korra’s mixed with Nuktuk and some other stupid shit. We get villains on a phone call and Bo’s face photoshopped onto Korra’s titan body along with fairy Jinora. Wow…. so many asspulls. 

And then it ends. I wish I would have snapped a pic at the end…. ‘cause my face was literally in a state of pure confusion. How in the world did these writers get away with writing and releasing a steaming pile of shit like that? Nickelodeon must seriously not give a shit. 

Overall….. thanks for wasting my time Bryke. Typical LOK bullshit though. 

Okay, so I’ve been spending the last couple of days playing Devil’s Advocate with my not-studying-for-finals-brain-time and here’s what I’ve got for a TA explanation for this awesome collaborative post and this megasweet timeline post that have been floating around for the last few days and that got me so, so excited about Beth being alive, all over again.

Here are some elements from that post that require explanation, but I suggest reading the whole thing because it’s good for your soul.

Elements That Require Stuff:

  • The road into Atlanta being cleared for two days for filming
  • The reports that EK was seen driving out of the hospital in one of the cars with a white cross
  • The crashed car
  • The location that clearly got filmed at but that we never saw
  • The dog
  • She continued filming into October though?
  • Over an entire season’s worth of episodes later we seem to have a reference to the crashed car, the house and maybe the dog in the form of one of Sam’s drawings in his bedroom

TA explanations

  • So, the road we can explain with the bit in Consumed when Daryl and Carol drive back into Atlanta to find Beth. It’s short, and to me looks like it was severely digitally manipulated to the point where I initially thought that they’d just used an old aerial shot and photoshopped the hell out of it, while adding a car. But, whatever, we’ll say they actually took time in their filming schedule to get some new aerial shots of the road because why the hell not? Not like it’s a huge inconvenience to the city, or totally unnecessary, because, as I mentioned, they already had some similar aerial shots in their history. Or alternatively, they did film some actual STUFF happening here that was new, but it wasn’t for a post-Coda escape scene the way that many of us on TD are wondering, it was for a Four Walls and a Roof post-credits scene to lead us into Slabtown.
  • EK was seen driving out of Grady memorial in a stolen cross-windowed car, because in this hypothetical ‘leading-into-Slabtown’ scene we witnessed her arrival at Grady, where she managed, before ever even entering the hospital, to escape from her captors with one of their cars. A chase ensued, hence needing the Atlanta road, for reasons of said chase shenanigans. 
  • The car crashed because that’s how the scene ended, with a crash, and Beth breaks her wrist and bangs up her face, which is how we see her in the opening of Slabtown.
  • This location where she was seen ushered into the house for filming is where the Grady cops found her again and arrested her a second time, which I’m going to say is how this scene ends.
  • The dog? Idk, maybe a sort of thematic “the grim” type set-dressing? Or maybe the reason she crashes the car? Or the reason that the cops are able to find her? Or all three?
  • Maybe she lied about continuing to film, to semi-throw people off about her death? Totes didn’t work, if that was the goal, but just because it was a badly executed feint doesn’t mean it definitely wasn’t a feint. 

Why there’s still a little TD in this TA explanation: Because you’ll notice I didn’t have ANYTHING for why Sam depicts this “deleted scene” in a drawing however many episodes later when that storyline is supposedly never-to-be-relevant-again and when there are other, on-going thematic elements that could have been alluded to instead. Why not draw a picture of him and Carol baking some damn delicious cookies? To juxtapose with the terrifying drawing of a figure tied to a tree and about to be devoured? That would make for a better contrast of ideas.

Or even just something related to other on-going plots, like a girl in a greenhouse, or a clear depiction of his dad, or a goat, or ANYTHING that isn’t a weird “production-crew-only” reference to a scene that never made it into the final cut and that heavily featured a character who a few hundred weirdos still think is alive?

Like, I’m sorry, but it’s still a weird Beth reference imo, and it doesn’t belong there if she’s really dead and if that footage is useless. It’s weird. They’re so weird.

Other reasons I anticipate my TA explanation won’t satisfy: Yeah, I kind of like how it shows the way that Beth got her injuries, but it makes all the Slabtown writing feel weird. Major rewrites weird. After she already had a nearly successful escape attempt, and screwed up their car, are they really going to be that interested in keeping her around? The reason they didn’t pick up Noah’s dad or Daryl was because they were overtly, physically strong and they knew people like that would give them trouble. If it’s super clear that Beth is going to give them trouble, how interested are they in wasting the gas to go get her? How interested are they in dragging her back after they see what she did? And why in the hell do they spend another episode underestimating the crap out of her?

Although, I guess, we could just say those are all reasons why it would get cut.

Still. Weird af.

I supposed there’s a million other explanations, but this was the best I could come up with and you know what? It’s really unsatisfying.

And it’s not even a proper TA explanation, because even if I’m psychic and this TA theory I came up with is 90–100% accurate, it still doesn’t explain anything else about the screwiness of Beth’s “death” or all the previous and subsequent foreshadowing, or the theme song, or the 17 day plot-hole, or the lack of closure, or the evidences that she continued filming something up into October. it just explains about some footage that was shot mid-summer that we never saw.

Doesn’t change anything. Really.

She should still be alive.