jaskooky  asked:

Are there any methods you use that help you draw heads from the side? I find that to be the most difficult when I draw people.

I recommend doing one of these!

It’ll help you put your character in all kinds of perspectives. I go about it by first drawing the face completely from the front, then draw the lines where the key features are.

Keep in mind the volume of the head - there must still be room for ears, which are usually placed in around the middle.

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Since the Merrill bracers themselves were probably going to be out of most people’s price range, I’ve gone ahead and posted the pattern for free, because I luv u nerds.

Didn’t have time to make proper, printable scans, but it’s laid out on a 1" grid so it should be easy to figure out. The straps are riveted to the back piece and then criss-crossed such that the rivets don’t show, tacked down temporarily with contact cement and then stitched around the edges to keep everything strong & tidy.

I used 4-5 oz veg-tan leather for this, but craft foam would probably make a decent (if more delicate) substitute. The straps for the wrists I riveted on at the A3/B3 holes, and the straps for the forearms are riveted at A9/B9, then both are included in the edge stitching. The length of those straps should be arm/wrist circumference + 4".

That pattern gives you way more length than you need for the palm strap, so figure out how much overlap you want, cut off the excess, and stitch it down.

Uhh, I think that’s everything. More angles of the finished bracers here.

And as always, if you do happen to be rolling in money, Armory Rasa can make them for you. ^_^

I just watched lego Batman. and I love this version of joker. Hear me out.
I grew up with batman the animated series, where Joker was cool, yes, but also a terrible abusive being. Later on in the movies before the dark knight joker himself became his own joke, the same way tragic Mr Freeze became a joke.
Then in the videogames, The joker became the embodyment of anarchy, hellbend to spreading chaos. I really likes that Jokerversion.
And then along came this movie, where the embodyment of chaos practices perfectly balanced yoga in a prison courtyard.

I can see why many people dont like this joker, because he is so “not joker”, but most of the people saying that never grew up with all those different joker versions. they only know the black knight one and the videogames/newer comicbooks.
But actually this joker embodies all the good parts of those earlier cinematic versions of this character if you think about it.

And aint, the supporter of chaos practicing a balancebased hobby like yoga, in itself a little chaotic?

Also, Robins eyes are deadly adorable weapons and most the movie I wanted to hug him and protect him.

my sophomore speech on the need for sex-segregated bathrooms!!


i wrote and performed this for a required speech at my high school!! a lot of people told me they found it very convincing or at least made them think about the issue more! i hope you enjoy!!

A Feminist Perspective on the Trans Bathroom Debate

July 15, 2011: man rapes 19-year-old girl twice in college bathroom (Morse)

January 7, 2014: 10-year-old girl sexually assaulted in a Denny’s bathroom (Bennett)

February 26, 2014: man sentenced to indefinite prison sentence after abusing women in two Toronto women’s shelters after gaining access by claiming to be transgender (Pazzano)

December 17, 2014: LA police issue warning to women after 3 attempted rapes in bathrooms in the last two months (Baldonado)

April 13, 2015: man rapes woman inside the bathroom of a NYC sports bar (“Stranger Grabs Woman by Throat, Rapes Her in Bathroom of Manhattan Bar: NYPD.” )

May 9, 2015: LA woman raped in park bathroom (Navarro)

July 8, 2015: Phoenix man rapes woman in park bathroom (Mahoney)

August 28, 2015: woman attacked and rape attempted by man in mall bathroom (Brilliant)

September 13, 2015: woman raped in downtown Annapolis restroom (Belt)

October 16, 2015: 12-year-old girl raped in CVS bathroom (Robinson)

October 17, 2015: man rapes 50-year-old woman in bathroom (“Woman (50) Raped in Chloorkop Toilet.”)

October 18, 2015: man tries to rape a 63-year-old woman in NYC bathroom (Sit)

October 23, 2015: woman raped in Vermont courthouse bathroom (“Woman Raped in Vermont Courthouse Bathroom.”)

July 21, 2016: man tries to rape woman in church bathroom during quinceañera (“NYPD: Man Tries To Rape Woman Inside Staten Island Church Bathroom.”)

September 2, 2016: man drags woman into group home bathroom and rapes her (WHAM)

In the last five years, there have been at least 15 incidents of men attempting or succeeding in raping women and girls in bathrooms. Most likely, there were significantly more. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, out of every 1000 rapes, only 310 are reported to the police and only six will result in the rapist going to jail. (“The Criminal Justice System: Statistics.”) From that data, as well as the fact that these 15 cases are only the ones interesting enough for there to be a news article about and easily found on the internet, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of sexual assaults in bathrooms per year, the vast majority of which will be committed by men. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, a department of the US government that collects and analyzes crime statistics, males perpetrate a whopping 97% of all rapes (Langton). This omnipresent danger is one of the many reasons sex segregated bathrooms and intimate facilities like locker rooms exist.

Despite this clear threat, women’s right to safe places to pee and change are being taken away by well-meaning, but misguided attempts to stop discrimination.

This saga began by the complete and utter elimination of females as a protected group by the Obama administration on May 13, 2016. On that day, the US Departments of Justice and Education sent a letter to schools across the country regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is described by the DOJ as “a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.” Basically, this legislation is what requires schools to have women’s sports teams, math and science classes that females can attend, and punishment for sexual harassment. In this message, the departments released what they called “significant guidance” to this law, which served to redefine the word “sex” in the legislation to a student’s personal “gender identity” which is defined by the DOJ as “an individual’s internal sense of gender” even if this “identity” is different than their biological sex. Students don’t need to present any “proof” of this disparate identity as schools cannot ask for any identification documents of a gender change such as “medical diagnosis or treatment requirement” without now violating a student’s so called right to being treated as their “gender identity” (Lhamon).

That means a school cannot prevent a male student from playing on a female sports team as long as they claim to have a “female” gender identity even if he still 100% physically male with all the athletic advantages that has. Even something as small as the difference in height and bone structure could allow a male to physically dominate in  athletics like women’s basketball team. The same male student would also be allowed to use the girls’ locker room, which in some sports are used for showering. This puts women and girls in the uncomfortable situation of having to see male genitalia up close and personal, which could be considered sexual assault (“Sexual Assault.”). The inevitable consequences of this legislation change are already being felt. A school district in Minnesota that has just enacted the “inclusive” gender identity policies demanded by the DOJ and DOE is already being sued by the families for failing to protect their daughters from a transgender male student who was “twerking, grinding, and lifting up his skirt to reveal his underwear” in the girls’ locker room. The same boy asked a girl who was changing about her bra size and “to “trade body parts” with him”. He also is said to have followed two girls to a different locker room when they sought privacy from him and undressed in front of them (Richardson). This school is just one of many school districts and institutions that now have to deal with the repercussions.

Not only has this legislature caused specific instances of insecurity and danger, it also is completely against the law. The decision to change “sex” to gender identity was decided not as a democratically voted upon law, but rather released as what was called “significant guidance.” This information is supposed to clarify an existing law with examples on specific scenarios, but not change the meaning of legislature. The Obama administration said that the phrasing “sex” was ambiguous, but it’s simply not (Lhamon). Humans (and actually, all mammals) are a sexually dimorphic species, meaning that there are two distinct sexes. Sex is an observable trait defined by one’s chromosomes, genitalia and what kind of gamete one produces. Although intersex individuals, meaning those with some sort of disorder causing errors in some aspect of sex, exist, their conditions are rare, noticeably a medical disorder, and in most cases, still observably male or female. Only 0.018%, which is less than a 50th of a percent of the population is unable to be classified as male or female (Sax). Redefining sex to gender completely changes the meaning of Title IX by fully eliminating the sex protections fought for by women for decades by allowing anyone to identify into these protections. This significant guidance is significant enough that it needs to be democratically elected by both the House of Representatives and the Senate before it can be enacted.

But what if it does pass? It’s not impossible; President-elect Trump said that Caitlyn Jenner could use any bathroom “she” wanted in the Trump Tower (Smith). My first point stands; men are dangerous, no matter what they identify as, if they’re wearing a t-shirt, a three piece suit, or a dress. According to the FBI, men commit almost 75% of all crime, and 97% of sexual assaults, which is one of the greatest risks of allowing males into women’s intimate facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms (“Table 4.2: Arrests by Sex, 2014.”). women and girls have been and continue to be raped in bathrooms by men. According to a 2010 study by the Center for Disease Control, 1 of 5 women will be raped in her lifetime. That means that just in this room at least 2 of the girl will be raped in her lifetime. For our entire school that’s almost 200 girls. And an entire 45% of females face other sexual violence in their lifetime, so 5 of us will be sexually assaulted as well (Black). This danger is posed by all men, even if they identify as women. The Karolinska Institutet, a Swedish medical university that is considered “one of the largest and most prestigious medical schools in the world” and decides who wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (“Karolinska Institutet.”), conducted a 30 year study of transgender individuals (such that they took cross-sex hormones and underwent sex “reassignment” surgery) in Sweden from 1973 to 2003 and compared them to non-trans male and female controls. They concluded that transgender males were just as likely to commit crimes as non-transgender men, which is 18 times higher than that of females (Dhejne). That means that women are now legally required to allow potentially dangerous males into their bathrooms, which is against the very concept of having sex-segregated bathrooms: that is to say, to guarantee the safety of those at the highest risk of sexual violence (which is women) by separation from those who are likely to commit it (a.k.a men). However, many people also worry about the possible violence transgender people could face in a bathroom they don’t identify with. This could be prevented by the creation of single occupancy sex neutral bathrooms, which would negate the possibility of violence against both women and transgender people.

So now the question is: what can you do? How can we combat these dangerous changes? The first and most obvious thing you can do is also the hardest: speak out. Do not allow these laws to go unobstructed. Call your representatives, sign a petition, go to a protest, even just talk to your friends and spread the word. You can also support the Women’s Liberation Front in their court case against the DOJ and DOE for endangering women and girls. They are relying completely on donations and need support. Finally, use the single most important political statement you possess, vote! Not all of us can, but most soon will be able to. In 2018, the so-called “bathroom bill” law will appear on our voting ballots, and give us our right as American citizens to change our laws until they are just for all (News). We need to work together and stand strong to fight for women’s rights.

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Riverdale: Ep 5 (spoilers? more like predicting possible directions this show is going)

Alright, alright, alright. We all know what’s coming, I’m guessing that Polly is pregnant, or she aborted or something to that line. I’m so not surprised that they went the warring household directions and star-crossed lovers. Okay, coolio. Such a trope, and cliche, but fine! I’m a bit unhappy they made Hal Cooper a bit cray too, his character development seemed normal with a side of dominant wife, but honestly so far it looks like they’re a solid couple so he had to be. Like, I love that, that’s nice. Functional relationships between dysfunctional people are nice to see. But, it is a stressful situation so he might be reacting normally, besides stealing the murder board (but maybe he’s trying to protect Polly in his warped way?), I don’t know (Alice could be too, for all her cray-cray she could have been normal a year ago in their universe and then stress exploded into crazy town. We don’t know).

Anyway, I forgot to mention last episode how much I liked Sheriff Keller– he’s a cool Dad, supportive, nice to see. Even if I think he’s firmly on the Blossom side, though I’m only inkling at that rather than full on thinking it (just because of how he’s working with the parents of the murder victim, that doesn’t exactly seem professional– as they’re potential suspects too, y’know?).

Man, though. I didn’t think anyone would trump Alice in cray-cray but Penelope Blossom really turned up her game from side character, virtually unknown and weeping under Alice’s antagonisms to right up abusive cray-cray (which Alice is too, with her psycho interactions with Betty, but at least she isn’t ‘I’m going to murder you/i hate you/i want to send you away’ vibes you get from Penelope, and Betty can yell at her and tell her off unlike Cheryl). Like, they both suck, but the Blossoms seem worse as parents (and people).

I’m still loving all this drama though. Like, this is good stuff because they balance it out with normal (ish).

Like Fred Andrews (my favourite) saving the day with normal Dad awkwardness (Valerie intro, so cute). I’m not too happy that he’s still crushing on Hermione when he’s still married– I thought he was divorced, but it looks like Mary just took off on him (? who knows?). And it is messy between him and Hermione– the date/not date, friends but also exes, both still married (and I don’t know if Hermione is moved on from Hiram, like Fred seems to be about Mary??)– agh, a mess, but, he is doing nice things– snake rescue, and then job rescue (I’m really, really hoping they aren’t going to sleaze him up with that avenue though, which is possible). And he’s keeping it real, like real human messiness. Which is refreshing with all the psycho/high drama fumes the rest of the adults seem to be inhaling.  I am so damn curious about Mary Andrews and when she’s coming in.

I also think that they’re starting to hint at Jughead/Betty, but it might have just been a whiff of a solid friendship and not romantic, so I’m going to sit on that for now.

I could go on and on and on. But I’m going to stop right here, for now.

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^^there you go anon! Read from left to right! It’s wednesday and since there’s no new episode have this comic instead as an offering 
Ever since we learned yuuri can pole dance hella good and he wants to be the one who seduces the playboy i was like what if this was a thing… tho irl playboys i don’t think pole dance or are guys but hey this is an au! for a reason haha
also since they apparently serve alcohol all characters in this are +18 years old!

edit: @couldbesweeter pointed out it would make more sense if it was 18+ rather than 21+ like in the US so thank you for correcting me!

The fun thing about Stephen King is that completely literal descriptions of Stephen King plot twists that actually make sense in context are 100% indistinguishable from shitposting about Stephen King.

Like, remember the time a kid killed a train by telling it a joke?

Or the time the Grim Reaper turned out to be three dwarves in a trenchcoat?

Or the time the protagonist escaped into the real world and kicked Stephen King’s ass?

Lance: Oh man you guys should’ve seen the sea monster we fought!!! 
Hunk: Oh! My lion got a good picture of it! Look!

Lance: Oh yeah that is pretty good!!
Keith, pulling out this picture:

Keith: What did you uh…. what did you guys do with that sea monster?
Lance: Oh, Hunk totally crushed it!! With a big rock!! Haha that monster didn’t even see the rock coming!
Hunk: Haha yeah it was pretty great
Keith: yOU Ki lLed N ESS  iE

supergirl headcanon that at some point in the future after alex and maggie get married and when they decide to try and have a kid, they choose not to tell anyone until they know it worked bc knowing their friends (family, really), those weirdos will be be way more excited than even they are 

so ya know they go to their doctor, pick a donor etc etc (alex is gonna be the one having the lil babe) and some time later (i’m not a fertility expert, i dont know how long these things take), there’s a super squad game night at kara’s place and everyone’s there (winn, james, mon el [i’m assuming he stays], lena, j’onn, m’gann, alex and maggie) and kara comes home a little late after having to deal with a mix up of stories w snapper and kinda discards her stuff and looks a little fondly at her fam who are all goofing around by the tv but then something is weird abt like, the background noise in her super hearing and she focuses and something just isn’t right 

and alex notices the expression on her face as kara comes a little closer trying to figure out what it is and says “hey kara, you okay?” and kara’s like “i dunno … i thought i heard … i mean, i do hear … but that’s … there’s only eight people here - i must just be rlly tired or something, don’t worry.” and winn teases her about it a little and james jokes “supergirl’s having an off day, huh?” but alex suddenly realises what it could be and as kara moves to sit beside lena, alex grabs her arm and goes “wait, kara, what did you hear?” and kara sees the look on her face and says very slowly “what do you think i heard?” and alex is like “you tell me first” and kara says “you tell me first” and winn just stares at them with raised eyebrows and goes “you both maybe wanna tell the rest of us what’s going on?” and kara’s eyes flicker between maggie and alex before she says, still super slowly bc she doesn’t know if she and alex are on the same page “there’s only eight people in this room … but -” and alex finishes for her going “but kara hears nine heartbeats.” and nobody picks up on anything for a second, like j’onn and m’gann and mon el try focusing their hearing and the others just looks around sorta confused and then suddenly maggie chokes on her beer and her gaze snaps over to alex and goes “wait a second - does that mean …?” and alex breaks into the biggest grin and kara lets out the hugest shriek and goes “oh my god you’re pregnant!” and chaos just erupts in the apartment

so guys my mom is a doctor and while we were watching the episode she said “johns a pretty bad doctor, he should have laid mary down and put her feet up so she wouldn’t bleed out”

it made me think that possibly mary’s death is part of sherlock’s recurring dream and that’s why it’s inaccurate

we know john’s a good doctor; sarah tells him he’s over-qualified for that office and he demonstrates his knowledge throughout the show. would he really forget this significant method of keeping someone alive when they’re bleeding out? especially with his own wife?