there’s always gonna be someone better than you. try to work less on comparing yourself to their work and instead learning from them and turning envy into a personal challenge for your own stuff. i know its hard, trust me.
the best way to get better at art is to practice. there is no special trick to improving, no secret method. practice makes perfect is a tired old saying that im sure you dont want to hear but unfortunately, its true.
draw as much as you are able to. i wont say draw every day!!! because i know that there are folks that dont have this sort of luxury, whether it be because of physical or mental restrictions, or simply because they dont have time. draw whenever you can and have the strength to. try not to be too upset if you miss a day or a week or even months. shit happens, do the best you are able to.
if you get bored or stuck, try another way. change mediums if you can, flip the canvas, do something weird that you wouldnt normally do. sometimes this is the best way to un-stick yourself from art block.
dont be afraid to ask for help. this is so important! its ok to ask for assistance from other artists you admire (given that they have time to give pointers.) even if asking for help is straight up asking for a redline of your work, its ok to ask for it. improvement doesnt come without outside assistance, more often than not.
references are 100% a legitimate resource. i’m not really sure where the idea came from that real artists dont use references, but its not true. every renaissance painter used references in the form of in-house models. disney artists use references of animals and people to correctly model and then correctly exaggerate their designs. you cant learn to draw the world around you without actually studying it. use references, even if its just google searching.
your art is not an island. you will pick up styles from other people like tape picks up pet hair. its inevitable, and its not something that should be seen as a negative. artists inspire other artists. use your discretion, and study what you like about another artist’s work. every artist’s style is a mashup of a hundred other artists. its ok, experiment.
youre not going to make masterpieces all the time. youre gonna suck more often than not. but youre putting effort into something you enjoy and in the process you are getting better, slowly but surely. you arent going to see your stuff improve overnight, be patient.
please be kind to yourself. you are making a unique form of artistic expression, regardless whether you see it that way or not. youre doing fine, please keep going and pat yourself on the back for getting this far.
So in my mind, Yuuri speaks ridiculously good English. And although his accent would probably never fade entirely, it’s likely very faint and neutral. This comes about from Yuuri just being, well, Yuuri. Yuuri hates standing out too much, right, so I firmly believe that he would practice his pronunciation as much as possible, until people could almost mistake him from actually originating from Detroit.
That boy has probably swallowed a grammar text book too, embarrassed when people giggled his first week when he made a little mistake here and there. Of course over speaking it solidly for four years, in a less natural way, he knows his grammar rules better than some native speakers. International reporters love him because of this (none of the language barrier awkwardness).
He’s also 100% better at the language than Viktor is. Although we know he’s fluent, there’s clearly going to be a difference between somebody who has lived in an English speaking country for years, and someone who isn’t using it constantly. I can totally see Viktor forgetting really weird words every now and then like ‘elephant’ or something, and trying to describe it with odd terms such as ‘giant horse with long nose’ until Yuuri supplies what he was trying to say.
Although this doesn’t say that much, I will note that Yuuri is dubbed with an American accent whereas pretty much everyone else who doesn’t live abroad carries their native ones, so it kind of confirms my thinking a little?
So when isn’t Yuuri so great?
When he’s sleepy
If Viktor ever tries to ask him something when he’s on the verge of sleep/just waking up, Yuuri will respond with either a mumble, or very fast Japanese because he hasn’t registered where exactly he is. Viktor finds this adorable and just tucks him back in.
When he’s nervous
AKA why not so many people internationally know that Yuuri is so great with the language. When his anxiety peaks before competitions, Yuuri kind of forgets all the pronunciation notes he’s forced himself to remember and such, and on occasion gets mixed up. Sometimes he has to talk very slowly to remember the next words so everyone kind of assumes he’s very serious.
Essentially when he’s emotionally overwhelmed
I believe this to essentially be canon. Remember this in episode five?
A lot of the time I noticed that Yuuri pronounces Viktor’s name with a hard ‘r’, but in this scene he says it with more of a ‘ru’ sound which is closer to how you’d write it in Japanese (at least, I’m mostly sure about that. I’m not Japanese.). And whilst I’m pretty sure he also says it like this a few other times, I find happy Yuuri not controlling his pronunciation very sweet.
Also sad and angry Yuuri. Angry Yuuri can hardly even be understood when he’s ranting (he’s also too angry to care about this anyway).
When he’s drunk
This is actually canon! Reports from the museum all say that Yuuri gets very Kyushu accent when he’s intoxicate. Also, may I remind you of “BE MY COACH, VIKTORRRRRRRRRRRR!”
On a totally relevant side note, we know that Yuuri can dance hip hop well, so humour me in my headcanon that this boy can rap. Maybe not freestyle, but he can certainly recite some popular verses. It’s probably Phichit’s fault.
K-POP Legends (1/???) DONG BANG SHIN KI (동방신기, Rising Gods Of The East)
Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2003, TVXQ began as a five-member boy band that
rose to international prominence in the late 2000s, after the group achieved critical acclaim in the Korean music industry for their best-selling albums “O”-Jung.Ban.Hap. (2006) and Mirotic (2008).
Selling over 10 million records in the first 10 years of their career, TVXQ have become one of Asia’s most successful music acts of their generation. They are often referred to as “Asia’s Stars” and the “Kings of K-pop" for their immense success and contributions to the Hallyu. According to the Oricon, TVXQ have the most number-one singles for a foreign artist, and is Japan’s best-selling foreign music act in CD singles of all time. Their Time Tour, one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 2013, is the highest-attended concert tour held by a foreign music act in Japan. With the tour, the duo became the first non-Japanese Asian artists to headline a nationwide five-Dome tour, and were the first foreign artists to perform in the Nissan Stadium. Billboard has described the group as "K-pop royalty”.
Disclaimer: These are based on my own experiences and what I’ve read of other people’s experiences. I am not a doctor, nor do I represent anyone but myself who experiences dissociation/depersonalization/derealization. Some of these points may assume an abled body, as that is the type of body I have and am familiar with. Tier 0 also assumes no other mental/neurological disorders, which is untrue to my own brain but used for simplicity’s sake. Very simplistic list in general, mainly due to it being a list.
No brain fog.
No visual fog.
Senses are generally clear.
Reflection is recognizable.
Friends and family are recognizable.
When you touch something, you feel it immediately.
Everything is the correct distance away.
You can walk easily.
You can speak and easily understand yourself.
You can easily understand others when they speak.
You can multitask.
You are not detached from the world in any way.
Memory is mostly consistent.
Mild brain fog.
Visual fog is minimal or nonexistent.
Some other senses may be dulled, such as smell.
You know your reflection is your reflection, but you may not have a connection to it.
You can recognize your friends and family, but you might have to think about it.
Sense of touch may have minimal lag.
The floor may seem closer or further than normal.
The world in general may seem too close or too far, but not debilitatingly so.
Walking may require some focus.
Voice may feel thick in your mouth, but no one else seems concerned.
Other people’s voices may seem far away or too loud.
Multitasking is difficult, but doable.
You’re slightly detached from the world.
Memories are harder to hold on to.
Moderate brain fog; thinking is becoming difficult.
The world may seem significantly grayer or fuzzier.
Other senses are dulled to some degree.
You cognitively know your reflection is supposed to be you, but it doesn’t seem right.
You can’t immediately recognize your friends and family. They could be who you think they are, but you aren’t sure.
When you touch something, a lag of about a second or more occurs before you recognize any feeling, or even that you touched anything at all.
All distances are wrong. The floor is wrong, objects are wrong, other people are wrong, etc.
You need to focus to get one place to another.
Other people may notice differences in your speech. You might not be able to.
You aren’t always sure people are speaking the same language as any you know. You might ask them to repeat themselves more than once.
You can do one task at most without extreme difficulty and/or slowness.
You feel as though you and the world are on separate planes.
You can’t remember much from these points in time. You might even have “lost time.”
You’ve lost all memory of this point.
Friends say you acted off, but that’s all you know.
me normally: its cool, characters with no explicit mention of their gender or sexuality can be headcanoned any way you want, just don’t be mean to other people about their headcanons and everyone can play this awesome game and relate to these characters :)
me after seeing this shit: actually you know what fuck you Blanche is totally agender now, Candela is a trans woman and her and Blanche are FUCKING MARRIED and Sporky my son is a bisexual trans boy FUCKING F I G H T M E
What did EA do, if you don’t mind me asking? I’m out of the loop, sorry.
What has EA not done should be the question lol, they’re completely insane, they have you buy a 60-80$ game but don’t allow you to play all the characters without grinding, which would be fine.. except that they’ve made it so it would take hundreds of hours just to unlock a single character (like darth vader) so even if you’re a hardcore gamer, the whole process would take so long you’d lose interest in the game.
But it gets worse.
Micro-transactions. So you want to unlock vader for some money? (which in itself is so shitty cause you’re paying 60-80$) so you gotta buy loot crates…except you don’t know how many ‘credits’ you get in a loot crate cause its COMPLETELY randomised which is the absolute dumbest thing i’ve heard in quite a while. Gamestop bought 100$ worth of lootcrates and guess what, that STILL wasn’t enough to unlock vader, Gamestop had to cough up 160$ extra dollars just to unlock him. You heard me right, 260$ for a single character in a game which you’ve already paid 60-80$ for.
A single character… just 1 character.
So how much would it cost to unlock everything you ask? well, turns out someone did unlock everything and the estimate money or time spent to unlock everything is 2100$ or 4528 hours. So unless you’re some super rich person, you’ll have to grind like most people (who is this game targeted to btw? millionaires who don’t care about coughing 2100 on a game??? yikes).
You can play the game for 3 years straight for 3 hours every.single.day and then you’ll maybe finally have enough credits to unlock everything (i’ve never played a game for more than 300 hours so this is insane for me)
And hey if that wasn’t bad enough guess what? After you’ve played a certain gamemode too much they just stop giving you credits altogether! Cause even if you still wanted to play the game after all this, they’ll penalise you for it too! So if you didn’t want to pay for a single thing in the game it would probably take an average gamer like 5-6 years just to unlock everything! (yeah.)
So you read all this and you had already pre-ordered the game but want a refund? sounds reasonable, no sane person would want to pay for a game like this
BUT IT GETS WORSE.
EA Games decided to completely remove the refund button on their website so you cannot easily refund the game! (I literally cannot make this shit up) If you wanted a refund you have to call customer support and wait hours cause literally everyone is trying to refund. I should mention here that they removed it cause a lot of people will get bored waiting and they wont be able to refund the game then.
So basically what i’m trying to say is that EA is the scummiest of the scum and even satan wouldn’t have been able to think of the shit they’re trying to pull off.
Oh yeah, since the outbreak of everyone shitting on it at once, ea decided to make unlocking characters 75% cheaper, you would think this is a good thing but what they didn’t publicly say was that getting credits would be 75% slower as well… so yeah.