Hey, do you have any tips when it comes to coloring? How do you usually color your art?
excellent question friend! lol im byNO means an expert and basically just am constantly fiddling with my process and what i like best, but heres how i currently approach coloring!
hey! ya gotta start somewhere lol. i lined a sketch that i did from this sketch dump
yep, thats right, IM A FILTHY COLOR PICKER LMAO i just grab directly from screenshots (at least for hair, gems, skin, etc)! thats my favorite screenshot to use for that btw… look at her big honey yellow eyes, absolutely beautiful. so here i just carefully make a color line inside the black line and then use the fill tool.
for her stripes i usually just do a clipping group over her skin. i also use clipping for all of my shading on each layer (one for skin, one for clothes, hair, etc)
depending on the character/colors im using and the overall look im going for, i like to use pretty saturated colors slightly off their canon colors. for jasper i usually use pinks and reds for shading. i try to be bold with shadow placement (which i know can be a little scary!), and i use the “shade” mode on these layers
now i lower the opacity however much is needed and soften some of the edges with a smoothing tool. i feel like it usually looks better with some hard edges and some soft edges to contrast each other
pretty self explanatory heh, i use various color overlays to get my colors to mesh together better
highlights!!! i love highlights! placement can be hard, but they make her look so shiny and delightful and also help with contrasting the shadows. i usually just fiddle with placement until i’m happy tbh lol
annnnd then the final touches! usually i make a new layer above my black lines and make little adjustments based on what i feel needs it? like here i added more blush haha im gay , made her eyelids lower, added more gold/yellow to her irises, and adjusted some colored lines on her gem.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!!! thats how i color anyway! i hope this is helpful to some of you guys, and again like im by NO MEANS an expert at all lmfao im constantly changing the way i do things when i learn new things and so should all of you! dont be afraid to be flexible and change your habits and styles and coloring - thats the only way to find what’s most fun and comfortable for YOU to do! 💖
Why do we assume the diamonds pearls need rescuing?(or, on the nature of pearls)
Probably gonna be an unpopular opinion but eh, here goes.
Why is it we as a fandom have come to a consensus that yellow and blue Pearl are hopelessly trapped damsels that need rescuing from their diamonds? Like, I understand we’re biased towards that mindset because of our pearl, but isn’t it possible theyre content where they are, or even happy?
Let’s start with our pearl. She left an unknown master(possibly pink or white diamond, but she may not have belonged to a diamond at all, now that we know other gems have pearl servants(rhodonite, “off-colors”)), to join rose quartz and her rebellion. She hasn’t revealed much info about her previous life but we have a few things. 1. She believes rose saved her(I think these were here words, waaaaay back in roses scabbard), 2. She primarily left to follow rose. She maaaay have left because she desired more than to be someone servant but like…based on relationship with Rose, it seems like our Pearl just wanted to be someone ELSE’s servant, rather than a free gem. She’s grown into the role of self ownership over the years, but it seems likely it hasn’t always been that way. Regardless, we gain no indication from our pearl that being in servitude was particularly abusive, just a rigidly mandated life.
Moving on, let’s observe what we know about pearls from others actions and descriptions. During the contest in the gem drill arc, peridot exposed the fact that pearls are servants, disposable, “meant to stand around and look pretty”, and she is incredibly dismissive of pearl, treating her as an inferior. While on the human zoo, Holly Blue Agate is derisive and commanding of pearl, insulting her openly in front of her “master”. In off-colors, Rhodonite mentions that the Ruby and pearl that constitute her were quickly dropped by the morganite they served when she found out they were fusing. From this, it’s obvious that pearls are definitely seen as lesser by most gems, and disposable by some who own them, but, the idea of treating a pearl well is not entirely alien. Holly Blue jokes about Sapphire’s “patience” with pearl, but she doesn’t seem to find it all that unusual. As well, the only gems we’ve seen be verbally abusive of pearls are peridot(essentially a tech person, so probably not actually much above pearl caste wise), and Holly Blue(literally built to cow underlings into submission, see ‘natures the use of feeling blue?’: “an agate terrifies/a lapis terraforms”). Given that we know that gems seem to feel the same emotions as humans, even if they aren’t exactly encouraged(love; topaz/topaz, YD and BD to PD, grief; Blue diamond all the way, etc), it’s not hard to surmise that gems become attached to their pearl servants.
Next point; many people compare the servant status of pearls as akin to slavery and like…yeah, it kind of is, but isn’t that the position of EVERY gem on homeworld? You serve the purpose you were made for, nothing less, you get no choices. But it seems like we only see pearls as unwilling participants in this system, struggling under the thumb of their masters, when in reality , this is the lot of every gem. But no one assumes Holly Blue, or Jasper, or aquamarine are only doing what they do because they’re made to, it’s assumed these gems, and essentially every homeworld gem who hasn’t explicitly defected, is a horrible monster. It just seems a bit double-standardish.
This is getting waaay long so I’ll hit my last point: Blue and Yellow Pearl themselves. From them, we’ve gotten no indication they dislike their station, or that the diamonds heap any particular abuse on them. If anything, the pearls are treated BETTER than any other gem the diamonds have interacted with. Theyre trusted with important tasks(screening communications with yellow diamond in yp’s case), and given a certain amount of autonomy(when BP investigates Greg and Steven making noises in the bushes near BD, blue diamonds reaction is not anger, but simply asking what she noticed. Blue Pearl is confident enough to move away from her diamond to do something on her own). The diamonds have never commanded the pearls, the closest we’ve seen to this is yellow diamond telling yellow pearl to sing to cheer up BD, and she is far sterner with other gems. To be honest, being a diamonds pearl is probably a higher social status than any other gem. Yellow pearl is responsible for saying who does and doesn’t speak to yellow diamond via communicator, and blue zircon insinuates that Pink Pearl was trusted as Pink Diamonds last line of warning/defense(“where was her pearl?”)
I guess that was a long of boiling down this simple question: why do we assume the pearls WANT rescuing? Why isn’t it possible that yellow and blue Pearl have a fairly good life, and enjoy where they are?
Idk, mostly I wanted to blab about what we know about homeworld and pearls and do some theory crafting so. Yep.
and i haven’t been producing anything or answering questions last night or today or whatever because i’m uh
working on something else.
i always get worried that when i make a preview post like this i’ll lose motivation for something because i’m not keeping anyone in the dark, & i’m like “ahhh they know i’m working on it now so i can take my time” but idk i am actually having a lot of fun with it, so knock on wood?
I wont try to kill myself anymore.. and I dont want to self harm again.
I have been feeling so much better since I got out of tumblr, I want this feeling to keep going.
I dont want to stop posting my art online tho.. I still want to animate something that makes people happy.. I want to grow up as an artist and I want to keep growing up as a person. I want to keep learning and I want to find a style for me.
I dont want you (people who has supported me through the years) to be sad bc you wont ever be able to see my art.. I know some people got smiles whenever they saw me in their dash, so I wont be away from you, I know many people discovered that datfeli was me (yep. it was me. I didnt do a big effort hiding it tbh.. What a surprise. But good job to everyone who found out..? idk im surprised,,).
I am still on Internet tho.. I dont post drawings as often tho.. and I’m watching SU again (just wont interact with the fandom by drawing shipping, or drawing so much of it,, I just will maybe draw new charas and enjoy the show’s excllent character design.) I wont get back in tumblr in a long while (idek if i will ever come back tbh) but I am in another social media: Instagram. If you find out what my username is there, youre free to ask if its me i guess. I still dont know if I will be open about it there on IG, but, still you can ask, I have nothing to hide.
Also, I’d like to give you a clue for what the account name is.. it also has “feli” on it, and atm it has 3 posts.
And yeah.. my name is Florence Felipe.. heh. also yesterday (january12th) was my bday and it was quite nice!
I also want to mention someone: @wal-uigi, for being one of my most active followers, thank you so much for always being so nice to me. Im sorry I left,, but dont worry, Im ok, as in your dreams, and Im posting my art again. Thank you for being a loyal follower who could always agree with me, and defend me, even tho I used to have a bad behaviour in the past.
I know there’s a lot like them, but I hardly remember many names of many people, I have some of you in mind, but I cant remember the exact url, so i cant mention you,, im sorry.. but you gotta know that I love you, and I want to thank you for being there for ne when I needed you.
I dont know what else to type, so, bye, and thank you all for understanding. I might have forgotten something, but if i remember, Ill type it in a new post.
lots of rambling about Blue Diamond: has she changed at all?
Man I like Blue Diamond in THEORY, in CONCEPT, a cruel, ruthless, powerful dictator, with no sympathy for her own subjects, who was brought to her knees by the loss of someone she loved. Helpless against her grief. Mourning for countless human lifetimes. The fact that it was the loss of, what seems to be, a romantic interest adds a bit of irony when you remember The Answer…
But I feel like they haven’t handled it as well as I’d like? Ideally we would get a glimpse into Blue’s feelings, a private moment here and there (which they seem to be GOING for, but it’s hard to explain why it fell flat for me) but largely, we still see her not through HER OWN eyes, from a very human POV, but we see her THROUGH THE EYES OF HER SUBJECTS. It was a mistake to introduce Blue’s grief the way they did, I think.
If I could change it, although this might not be for the best, we could have had that scene with Greg (I’m just… biased, I love Greg) but maybe leave her a bit more stand-offish and quiet, not so quick to smile at him and accept his words, because to her humans are literally just pets… Yes, she’s surprised a human understands her feelings, but the tone here doesn’t seem to convey just how wild the difference would be to her, or to Greg. We’ve seen him deal with being dehumanized by a gem, when Rose didn’t quite understand human feelings, we know he could be patient and offer her some kind words even if she was a bit more aloof. I think that could have preserved the mystery.
Next step, don’t show her for the rest of the whole Human Zoo/Save Greg arc. Keep her at arms length. She’s there, she’s a threat, she MIGHT show up, but DONT let her. Or at least, use her a bit more sparingly. Cut out What’s The Use In Feeling Blue altogether, although I do think that could become more interesting/relevant later (IF yellow did shatter pink, then this could be her trying to manipulate blue by using her grief, and showing some guilt and/or frustration)
Because it’s important overall, you can leave Sapphire speaking to Blue directly, but maybe play up her fear a bit more. It would be REALLY HARD, I imagine, to play it cool in front of “her diamond” after ALL OF THAT. It doesn’t have to be anything mayor.
In terms of art direction, I think it would be better if we didn’t get TOO MANY close-ups of Blue’s face. Keep our distance. Don’t throw her pretty, crying face in our…erm, our faces. It would be so much more mysterious, so much more larger than life and curious and powerful, if we say her head in the distant shadows, her posture upright, her hands three times the size of Sapphire. Maybe send a tear sliding off her cheek and towards the ground.
Speaking of the tears, use them more sparingly. Show her holding back once in a while, trying to retain her dignity, and please. I wish she wasn’t this pretty when she cries. NOBODY just sits there with a perfectly composed face as tears run out of their eyes in a fucking typhoon of depression. If they wanted to humanize her via crying, don’t make it so otherworldly. If they wanted to other her with her still, emotionless face as she cries, then play that up.
Just make it clear. Draw a line in the sand. Is she a dictator or is she a very large princess locked in a tower, unable to change a system she already put in order? WHAT was she doing for what, 6,000 years? was she just crying? Did she never Do Anything? If Yellow was running the world while she sat around sobbing, then ESTABLISH that, please!
Because it becomes kind of… muddled? It seems like she’s been an ineffective leader, but a LEADER to whatever extent. If she hasn’t been doing anything, why doesn’t she do something? If she’s just as much a tyrant as Yellow, as much as she’s always been, why do I CARE if she’s sad?
BLUE DIAMOND’S GRIEF HAS TO FURTHER EFFECT HER CHARACTER, IE WHO SHE IS AS A LEADER, OR ELSE IT MAKES HER THE SAME SINGLE-MINDED, SHALLOW, OPPRESSIVE LEADER SHE WAS 6,000 YEARS AGO. HAS SHE CHANGED AT ALL OR NOT? IF SHE’S THE SAME BUT NOW SHE CRIES, WHY DO I CARE? How can I get invested in a totally static character?
It feels like the loss of Pink is meant to have rocked her to her core, destroyed her life, sent her into a centuries long depression… But it doesn’t feel like it actually DID what it was MEANT to do. Because we DONT KNOW enough about what Blue was like before or what she’s like now, or ESPECIALLY how she effects the world she’s ruling. Full of people we’re supposed to CARE about, like the off-colors, like every gem we’ve ever known at some point.
its interesting to see how superwholock, once a paragon of this hellsite has progressed now
sherlock is literally gone like idk if its finished or if more seasons are coming out ive heard nothing did we all just dream it???? did the voidfish eat it? where did sherlock go
supernatural is still going and, yep, still disappointing. it’s learned nothing and is exactly what i think of when bo burnham sings ‘we’ll stop beating this dead horse when it stops spitting out money’. there are still conventions and pockets of the website who talk about it, but even the remaining fans prefer to focus on fanfic and the earlier seasons.
and then doctor who is somehow circling around and winning people back? from a great spinoff by patrick ness to a black lesbian companion to the first lady doctor (not counting joanna lumley ssssh dont come in my inbox correcting my dw lore) it seems that steven moffat, although still showrunner, is letting other more talented and less gross people take the reigns and its kind of working.
Lizzie rn: Heart VS duty. Although I think it's not even as simple as that. I think she really loves O!C, with him being all supportive, both about her skills, and her feelings. But I also think she still has the innocent child love for R!C, because he was the reason she changed to begin with. Maybe she also realises now that her using flat heels never was anything O!C would have cared about, because he never was afraid of strong women. Idk, I feel like O!C was more used to strong women than R!C
idk if youve seen it but theres some "confession" post in the tag talking about how bucky/nat's relationship retconned nat's past. correct me if im wrong but wasn't it more like nat's past + "oh hey bucky was there too"? i cant remember what her canon was before that point but it didnt seem like it changed anything. it was more like their relationship was just added on.
Yep, I saw it and kinda rolled my eyes because that OP is
clearly reacting to a telephone-chain of bad information that antis like to put
out to taint everything Brubaker did with Natasha (therefore tainting all thing
BuckyNat) in the minds of new fans.
Despite what some people may try to claim, Brubaker did not
retcon Natasha’s backstory out of thin air just to make her Bucky girlfriend. Before
Brubaker ever got to write Captain America, Natasha already had two different
backstories – the Cold War spy (who may be much much older than she looks) backstory and the murder orphanage
backstory. As with all things Natasha, FYBW has an in-depth write-up [Secret Origins Part
Origins Part 2] [Secret
Origins Part 3] that I highly recommend reading, but here is a quick
Backstory 1, a.k.a.
the Cold War spy backstory: So way back in 1972 (when Brubaker was all of
six years old btw), Daredevil #88 laid out the groundwork for the Natasha
backstory we know today – she was a war orphan that Ivan had rescued in
Stalingrad, who chooses to join the KGB/becomes a Cold War spy and who later
decided to defect and eventually become a superhero. Daredevil #88 came out
about thirty years after the war, so the timeline made perfect sense. However,
as we got further and further away from WWII, things got a little weirder.
That’s when Uncanny X-Men #268 shows up in 1990. UXM #268 tells how Logan and Steve and Natasha first met in WWII:
While ignoring some of the specific details of DD #88’s timeline, UXM #268 doubles down on Natasha’s connection to WWII and is the first to suggest (but fails to explain) that Natasha is not as young as she appears to be:
The writer, Chris Claremont, left the book
shortly after UXM #268, so he never went into more detail/gave any explanations
for Natasha’s age. So it and the Cold War origins became a hanging plotline
that more and more writers choose to ignore the further we got from the end of
the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. (Sidenote: The Red Room
entered into the Black Widow mythos in 1999 with the introduction of Yelena Bolova.)
Which brings us to…
Backstory 2, a.k.a.
the murder orphanage retcon: 2004 was the year Marvel inflicted Richard Morgan onto Natasha, and he inflicted his murder orphanage retcon onto all of us.
Morgan set out to tell a story about why sexism bad and proceeded to do so in
the most mansplainy way ever with the added bonus of removing all of
Natasha’s agency from her entire life. No longer did Natasha decide to join the
KGB and become a spy. Nope, instead she grew up in the 1970s in a murder
orphanage designed to produce perfect little spies. No longer did Natasha
choose to deflect from the Soviet Union and become an Avenger. Nope, instead
Nick Fury used special pheromone perfume that forced Natasha to do what he
wanted. Seriously. (Keep that in mind next time these people try to claim that
Brubaker retconned Natasha’s history just for Bucky’s dick. Because what they’re
trying to do is convince people a gross AU retcon from a decade ago is Natasha’s
‘real’ origin story.)
Moving on to 2007 and Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. In an interview following the release of
Captain America #27, he states:
In the Winter Soldier origin issue, which is in my second
Cap trade, we show the history and the timeline, and in the late ‘50s and
early ‘60s he was deep in Department X. That was an actual Soviet special section
during the Cold War, where they did their experimental stuff, like brainwashing
and the like. So, when I was researching it, it occurred to me that the Red
Room program would have been attached to Department X, and that if the Black
Widow was being trained in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, they probably met. [X]
Brubaker either didn’t know about or actively chose to ignore a three-year-old recon, and decided to go back to Backstory 1 because
it worked with the story he was trying to tell. The only thing he actually
retconned was the ‘fact’ Natasha had a secret relationship with the Winter
Soldier for a short time in the late 1950s. So basically all Brubaker did was bring the unaging Cold War spy backstory back into play (with a tiny extra dash of tragic romance), which was then followed by Cornell and Liu who each filled in details and
shaped it into the backstory we know today.
is the podcast free to watch? can you link it please? the link on your posts aren't workingggggggg
Yep it’s totally free to listen to
http://broswatchplltoo.com/pll/troian-exit-interview is what I’m linking, it should work, it works for me idk why it isn’t for others! You have to scroll a tiny bit… if it doesn’t work try typing it in manually? and if *that* doesn’t work, you can get the podcast for free on itunes
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