it's all gold and blue really



If anybody knows me on my main blog or irl i’m sure you are aware I am an avid theropod enthusiast, I predominantly draw birds. When I first saw posters for Rio I was exited because I did like the first ice age, and I actually did like how Blu looked design wise. I did not see it in theatres, for whatever reason a school friend dragged me to see the 3D yogi bear movie instead (it was horseshit). Eventually I rented Rio on DVD to see with my mom and it was…….meh? and then mostly forgot about it. 

But that was younger me before I critiqued movies and had fermented in bitterness. So being a bird lover with a lot of things to say I decided to crack this into two separate posts because covering the designs alone will make this posts long and image heavy.

Why am I cracking down so hard on ‘realism’ in this movie’s designs? Well mostly because the “theme” of this movie is bird conservation. In a realism-based setting. Unlike, say, Seuss’s original Lorax. it has an environmentalist message but has a well developed Seussiverse where nonsensical creatures fit the nonsensical habitat. With rio however, it is based in our world in our present time. I expect the creatures shown to be based on reality. Otherwise you break reality, making your conservation message weaker by showing animals in this context that don’t even exist. These bird designs come off as lazy recolourings where the story and setting is just under researched.

Most clearly this can be seen with the “blue macaws”. 

Blu and Jewel are in fact supposed to be a real species of parrot, they are Spix’s macaws (which look adorable). They are critically endangered, and only one wild individual is known that was spotted earlier this year. Too bad they look nothing like the design, they couldn’t even at least make Blue a more turquoise tint.

Rio seems to model all of their macaws as Aras, the genus of larger macaws including the stereotypical scarlet and bluegolds. Spixs arent Aras, they are the only Cyanopsitta species, a smaller macaw which would be about under half of Blu’s size and roughly half a pound in weight.
If you took a colourless image of Blu i would assume he is an Ara macaw, or even the giant Hyacinth’s macaw. (In fact, most images that come up when i look for ‘Rio bird species’ places him as a hyacinths.) They also use Ara calls for his noises… 

Call me old fashioned but I think when you’re trying to make a movie about a real critically endangered species, I think you should at least try to competently represent it. Had he been a large species i would have loved his design.

However personally that doesn’t bother me as much as the background birds do. All of the macaws are odd recolours by which i mean hardly discernible species. In the top photo I see what may be a blue and gold, a scarlet or green-wing, and maybe even a red-shouldered macaw… which makes no sense because they are the smallest macaw, at 0.3lbs. BUT THEY ARE ALL OFF COLOUR AND NONE OF THEM INCLUDING BLU HAVE BARE SKIN ON THEIR FACES. i guess for whatever reason they thought it would look ‘too ugly’ :/

I literally had no idea what these bottom ones are, the only bird I’ve ever seen like that first one is a leucestic blue and gold, the green one may be a military macaw???? its just so frustrating to look at. So I went on the wiki and there they called them golden conures and peach fronted conures… that are large macaw sized..

(a golden conure with a large macaw trio, rio’s are the same size and shape..)


Then there’s the stock passerines… these guys are supposedly finches and there’s again a variety of recolours in the movies. but they are all just ‘ball with eyes’, a bird design stereotype that i really hate. I thought the blue one may be fairy wren but those are only endemic to australia soo

Other background birds included in Rio 1 are waders and other passerines or near passerines. I’m alright with the jamie foxx and will i am birds. I actually enjoy the cockatoo design as well as the toco toucan, but there’s more birds I dislike than ones I like. 

 I’m also bummed they had no raptors because south america some really cool ones like the harpy eagle, an abundance of diverse owls, and falcons. Other neat birds include hummingbirds, woodpeckers, herons, guans, hoatzin, cock-of-the-rock, curassows, and the potoo, just off the top of my head. Basically it just feels under researched on blue sky’s part when they set out to have a movie about birds and endangered species, but i’ll talk about my resentment for the plot later…

design nitpick round:

  • the parrots’ feet are missing a toe. parrots are zygodactylous, they should have two toes in front and two in back. so do woodpeckers.
  • the baby parrots are already immediately fledged with all their feathers, just looking like mini adults with a large head. just for once i would like to see nakey altricial birds in cartoons..
  • how did a toco toucan and keel billed toucan mate and have offspring.
  • Betty: What do you wanna do for your birthday Jug?
  • Jughead: Something really small plz. I wanna pretend it's not even my birthday.
  • Betty: k.
  • Jughead: oH nO

anonymous asked:

Yuuri accidentally getting 100% on the Viktor quiz made me laugh really hard and then an alternate version occurred to me: Yuuri gets like a 98% on the quiz and bursts into Phichit's room really offended: "Phichit that stupid quiz is WRONG they said the answer to question 5 was c but it's actually d!" Phichit never lets him live it down.


Phichit: “…”

2016 Fic Masterpost

i’ve been meaning to do this whole 2016 in writing for a while now. and before i get on with it i just wanted to say that.. it has been a bumpy ride for me those past couple of years. i came back to writing after a huge hiatus in 2016 and.. well, writing is challenging, but it made me grow, it made me a part of a fandom after years of inactivity. i’m still not where i used to be, i’m still not where i want to be, but i’m making steps, and it’s what counts.

so thank you, to everyone who supported me, who left kudos and comments, who spent time to read what i created. thank you!! i wouldn’t be where i am now without all of you.



  • fairy lights (tsukkiyama, rated g) - Yamaguchi thinks he’ll be spending Christmas alone this year. But all he has to do is believe in miracles after all.
  • you’re like water but i’ve learned to cup my hands (bokuaka, rated t) - Bokuto and Akaashi break into the school’s swimming pool.
  • of texts and dinosaur documentaries (tsukkiyama, rated t) - Tsukki and Yamaguchi’s day to day texting shenanigans.
  • find what you love and let it kill you (iwaoi, rated m) - Bits and pieces of Hajime and Tooru throughout the years.
  • kiss me apart (bokuaka, rated m) - It is by the end of his second year that Bokuto starts thinking of Akaashi as the sea - beautiful and captivating, crawling gently to Bokuto’s soul, flowing in between his ribs, settling in his bones, kindling its own symphony there.

Drabbles and Ficlets

  • ash sky, blue heart (iwaoi, rated g) - It all comes down to this. They win or they lose, they go to Koushien, or they don’t. (The Seijou vs Shiratorizawa game, set in a baseball au.)
  • gold star (tsukkiyama, rated g) - Tsukishima doesn’t expect a win. So when Yamaguchi serves the winning point at Nationals, it hits him harder than expected.
  • a jersey no. 3 (semishira, rated t) - Shirabu is a good guy. So he doesn’t really get what godly creature he pissed off to get himself into a situation like this.
  • lullaby (tsukkiyama, rated g) - “Tadashi,” Tsukishima mutters almost inaudible but Yamaguchi’s first name catches his attention and he lifts his head, eyes lighting up with a curious abandon, “let’s dance.”
  • the brightest colour (iwaoi, rated t) - Tooru is always beautiful, that is something Hajime finds himself thinking in the most unlikely times.

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Parents AU drabbles:

Spy AU drabbles:

part 1 / part 2 (iwaoi, rated t/rating may change in the future)

Harry Potter AU:

part 1 / part 2 (tsukkiyama, rated g)

Seijou 4 group journal:

part 1 / part 2 (iwaoi, matsuhana, rated t)

Daiya no Ace

  • firsts (misawa, rated m) - It’s his smile, Miyuki thinks, the thing that first got to him, his smile, his golden eyes and fiery enigma; Sawamura Eijun is a heat of blaring energy with wild pitches and wild soul that sucks him in with nowhere there to run.
  • coffee (misawa, rated t) - A promise that tastes like coffee, sealed on his lips.
  • untitled, tumblr drabble (misawa, rated t) - “I’m sorry I’m late, I–I was doing… stuff,” Eijun says, voice going high and rough, an awkward laugh attached at the end.

i’ve seen a lot of lapis redesigns going around so i thought i’d put my own sub par design skills to the test and make my own design for her

lapis’ design has always been pretty boring to me and i actually much preferred her duller/darker color palette from when she was first introduced so i went with some more muted shades of blue and tried to add some more details to her design without going too over the top. also made her a bit chubbier bc who doesnt love fat gems.

i messed up and forgot to draw her gem in the back view but i promise its there,,,,,,,somewhere. more on what i changed+added under the cut!

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    Linderhof Palace and the Venus Grotto

As I was getting my first couple of posts together I was running around Pinterest, where I am always guaranteed to get sidetracked, and came across this picture of The Venus Grotto (top right), and got sucked in to the Rococo magic that is Linderhof Palace and decided to post these instead.

    Despite being the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and being able to fit into Versailles (where clearly Ludwig drew his inspiration from) probably a billion times, it is certainly not lacking in incredible, elaborate detail. The Venus Grotto is actually entirely artificial and was built for the king as an illustration of the First Act of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”. There are also 2 identical “Tapestry Chambers” that served absolutely no function, but still had equally as much work put into them (one is pictured bottom right). That bedroom though… I had seen pictures of this amazing creation before on a much smaller scale with filters that really took away from all of the details and then I found these and it took me a while to process all of it. The Rococo artistic movement was something else.

     Rococo is a style of architecture and decorative arts that evolved from the Baroque style in the mid-18th century distinguished by its curved asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation. Lots of foliage. very frivolous, very Louis XV, very modish.

persephone .one.

bughead fanfiction - unbeta’d - angsty - post breakup - ½


“If we aren’t capable of hurt,
we aren’t capable of joy.”
—Madeleine L’Engle

Her name is Sabrina.

The new girl at Riverdale High, walking through the halls of their senior year with an air of confidence Betty only dreams of having one day. With short ashy blonde hair and eyes sharper than even that of her gorgeous best friend Veronica Lodge, Sabrina Spellman has, and is, everything Betty isn’t— mysterious, sultry, and unnaturally ethereal.

The worst part is, Betty can’t hate her.

Sure, she’s dating her ex-boyfriend, but she’s also her lab partner. Betty comes to find Sabrina is actually incredibly nice and infuriatingly easy to talk to. She also notices that enigmatic glint in the other girl’s eyes and thinks, maybe this is what Jughead wanted all along.

Someone who wears her individuality with pride and isn’t afraid of making mistakes.

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can you guys do something for me?

the Instagram account @/ has posted a really offensive and triggering photo where someone painted their arm to replicate the cover of carve the mark. the arm is painted all blue and theres slits on their inner arm/wrist painted gold. it undeniably is mimicking self harm. if you have instagram, can you please report this photo? its been up for 2 days, it still hasn’t been removed despite a bunch of people reporting it and asking the poster to take it down. this photo is really messing with a lot of people, me included, in dangerous ways. i just want it to be taken down. i keep going back to the account to check up on it and every time its still there. looking at it over and over again is not good for me but I’m compelled to do it anyway because i genuinely can’t believe this is being defended as “art” and people are throwing around the accusation that the people being triggered by it are “too sensitive”. 

Among The Pines

Chapter 2

Warnings: Cussing, mentions of blood

Word Count: 2000+

A/N: I don’t know if they had functioning pockets on the Continental uniform coats, I just wanted to mention Benjamin being done up in blue & gold ;) Not really important or anything, but for some reason the Lafayette in my mind is a mix between Daveed’s version and Brian Wiles’s version (Turn: Washington’s Spies) to make like the ultimate adorable and sexy fighting Frenchman that is too good for this or any world. Also, you may want to glance over Part 1 as a refresher, I added and changed some things. I feel like this has become a living project. But its all probably terrible garbage.

Part One | Part TwoPart Three

Table of Contents | Series Masterlist

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Some Of My Fav Larry Fics

If you want a description b4 reading hit up my ask box :D

Relief Next To Me One of my fav fics a larry classic
Another Hazy May overlooked super beautiful harry in military but not super angsty
Take Off Your Running Shoes
A House Built Out Of Stone
Your Name Is Tattooed On My Heart
Just Me, You and This Box of Matches
I See Trees of Green Four Writers Take on The Same Prompt
My English Love Affair
Anything By Velvetoscar is gold
Little Wings on My Shoes
Smoke and Mirrors
The One Where Harry Really Doesn’t Have Ten Cats
Waiting For the 7:18 WIP
Sweet, Where You Lay
Into The Blue Must Have AO3 account
I Like The Way You Bend For Me, Baby
From Eight Until Late, I Think About You
Red Brick Heart
Pull Me Under Must Have AO3 account
All Along, My Heart Was Beating For You DINOS
Anything By aclosetlarryshipper aka thedarkestlarrie (has a really good ace fic!)
Let Me Make A thing of Cream And Stars
I’d Never Seen It Coming
You Come Beating Like A Moth’s Wings • maybe my literal fav who knows its gold
Love is A Rebellious Bird
Dream Awake
You’ll Breathe Me In, You Won’t Release aka Driving Instructor Fic (age difference)
Like Dying Young Idols
Give Me Truths
Jump Before We Fall SO FUCKING GOOD! KMS
And With These Words
Its All Brand New Because Of You
Hit Me With Your Sweet Love, Steal Me With A Kiss
As You Are Must Have AO3 Account
Just A Fine and Fancy Ramble
Be My Little Good Luck Charm
These Roads We Stumble Down
Strawberry Milk Fic
All The Corners Of The World
Heroes Of The Orange Skies

Some colour swatches just to try them out (from a color dot sheet). Yes, I used to swatch them in that swirly way. They all have such a beautiful granulation! My favourites are Ultramarine Turquoise, Prussian Blue and Rose of Ultramarine! Although Bloodstone… Is Interesting…

They were done a long time ago, and I actually got Moonglow (the irony). Its granulation is the best, and when combined with other colours *coughs*QuinacridoneGold*coughs* they create the most beautiful tiny nebulas. I really should find a painting to include these colour variations!

gold's joke.
  • Silver: *answers his phone* what do you want, gold?
  • Gold: wanna hear a super hilarious joke?
  • Silver: you have five seconds. enlighten me.
  • Gold: okay, so the masked man, giovanni, professor oak, and red's mom all walk into a bar... silver? you there? ...huh. little stink. he didn't stay for my joke.
  • --
  • Green[f]: *answers her phone* hey delinquent. what's up?
  • Gold: silver hung up on me!
  • Green[f]: gee, imagine that.
  • Gold: i know! he didn't even stay to hear the end of my hilarious joke!
  • Green[f]: huh.
  • Gold: okay, so the masked man, giovanni, professor oak, and red's mom all walk into a bar, and guess what happens?
  • Green[f]: tell me gold... did you design his joke so that it would offend every one of us?
  • Gold: red's mom turns to- wait what? green? ...they must have formed a coalition against me. i guess i'll bug yellow then.
  • --
  • Yellow: *picks up her phone after the fifth call* gold if this isn't an emergency i don't want to talk to you.
  • Gold: it IS an emergency! no one will hear the end of my joke!
  • Yellow: ...Gold, i may seem like a nice person, but i can be really nasty if i don't get my afternoon nap. get the point?
  • Gold: okay, okay, i'll ask Red.
  • --
  • Red: *picks up his phone* hey dude.
  • Gold: you wanna hear a joke? it's super funny.
  • Red: sure, i could use a laugh.
  • Gold: alright! so the masked man, giovanni, professor oak, and your mom all walk into a bar. Your mom turns to the masked man and says, "hot enough for ya?" and the masked man says-
  • Red: wait, you put MY mom in your joke?
  • Gold: yeah! but wait, i haven't gotten to the best part yet! so the masked man--
  • Red: uh, sorry gold, i just remembered i have some training to do.
  • Gold: but you gotta hear this!
  • Red: sorry. maybe next time. bye.
  • --
  • Gold: hey blue!
  • Blue[m]: don't wanna hear it.
  • Gold: but you don't even know what i'm gonna say!
  • Blue[m]: yes i do.
  • Gold: uh, no, you don't.
  • Blue[m]: i know that i'm not gonna care.
  • Gold: oh come on, just listen to my joke!!
  • Blue[m]: fine. enthrall me.
  • Gold: sweet! so the masked man, giovanni, professor oak, and red's mom walk into a bar together and order sundaes--
  • Blue[m]: what are grandpa and red's mom doing with two criminals?
  • Gold: i'm getting there. so they order sundaes and it's really hot out, and red's mom turns to the masked man and says, 'hot enough for ya?' and the masked man turns to old man oak and says, 'you know why i always give the cold shoulder?' and oak says--
  • Blue[m]: gold?
  • Gold: yeah?
  • Blue[m]: you know that, technically, i can kill you, right?
  • Gold: ... point taken. *hangs up*
  • --
  • Crystal: *answers her phone* hi gold! how are you?
  • Gold: terrible! nobody will listen to the end of my joke! they all just keep hanging up on me, even though i made it just for them!!
  • Crystal: oh, i'm sorry to hear that. what's your joke?
  • Gold: okay, so the masked man, giovanni, professor oak, and red's mom all walk into a bar and order some chocolate sundaes. it's really hot out, and red's mom turns to the masked man and asks him this: 'is it hot enough for you?' and the masked man turns to professor oak and says, 'do you know why i always give people the cold shoulder?' and oak says, 'cause that's all you have!' get it crys?!?
  • Crystal: ...... hey gold, i have a joke for you. what do cliff diving, playing with fire, and you all have in common?
  • Gold: ... they're all cool?
  • Crystal: they're all insane. *hangs up*
  • Gold: *sits quietly* you know now that i think about, the joke really isn't all that funny.
Iron Man Mark VII

from the artist’s etsy:

“The Iron Man mark VII mask: One of the most famous self made super heros of our time made out of glass! To do Iron man justice we didnt held back: For this one we used the best, most expensive and special glass we could get our hands on. So here you go, a great mix of different kinds of red, orange and golden colours of artglass. Did you know that the colour red can only be made by adding gold in the melting process? The Ironman mask is made out of more than 50 pieces of glass. All handcut and shaped with a lot of care and love. The eyes come in an electric blue which really pop when the light hits. We highly recommend hanging this one in front of your window. It looks dazzling with the light flooding through. Especially the reds sparkle like a set of rubies. The Iron Man mask comes in a nice size in order to get the details in and its made to order because of the costly glass. size: 21x13 inches“


Handwriting Meme

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Name: Rabbit aka Megs

URL: thewhiterabbit42

Blog Title: Gabriel / Speight Centric Loveliness

Favorite Color: Emerald green, royal blue, dark red, Gabriel gold (this is totally a color - FIGHT ME)

Significant Other: technically, the father of my child(ren), but we all know who I really belong to

Favorite Artist: SO MANY

Lucky Number: 42

Favorite Drink:  Dr. Pepper & hot chocolate


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Honest Lion Assignments
  • Allura: The Black Lion takes the choicest cut of beefcake, so Shiro, you'll pilot the Black Lion. The Green Lion is a little smartass, so Pidge, you'll pilot the Green Lion. The Blue Lion...
  • Lance: *opens his mouth*
  • Allura: for annoying little shitlords. The Yellow Lion is the bruiser with a heart of gold, so that'll be yours, Hunk. By the way, you're a leg. Get used to it. And the Red Lion is... well it's an annoying little son of a bitch but it kicks a lot of ass, so that'll be yours, Keith.
Mr. Stark’s biggest little fanboy

Before the doors to Tony’s private elevator in Stark Tower had even slid all the way closed, he’d crowded the blond kid into a corner, hands splayed on his skinny hips, and leaned in to capture his mouth in a kiss that turned into frantic making out up against the wall almost at once. Made even hotter by the way they were surrounded by floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and every time Tony glanced up under heavy lids, he could see their bodies tangled together, duplicated and reflected endlessly.

The kid – Steve, Tony mentally reminded himself, his name was Steve, and he wasn’t going to forget tonight – had raked his long, delicate-looking fingers into Tony’s hair, tugging his mouth eagerly closer as he tilted his head to slot their lips perfectly together, and arched away from the corner to press his hips into Tony’s hands in turn. He felt like a live wire in Tony’s grasp, buzzing with excited energy, nipping at Tony’s bottom lip and then sucking at it, like he wanted a taste of blood.

It had been an increasingly noticeable thing all night. At first, when they had run into each other at the bar of a quiet pub Tony liked to visit when he kept a low profile, the only sign that Steve even recognized him had been a slight widening of his bright, blue eyes, so huge to begin with in his pretty little face. Then he’d offered to buy Tony his next drink, which, yeah, honestly? That never happened. He’d been oddly touched by the gesture.

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GOSH sin cara’s theme is so fucken cool…his gear is SO cool…i miss his cute bat ears but these colors are really nice and i like how the white/blue/gold contrast barons All Black Everything goff look…its cool…im glad we’re seeing sin cara again “sin cara says he can’t wait until sunday to shatter the miz’s veneer” THATS THE MOST METAL THING IVE EVER HEARD?????? HOLY SHIT SIN CARA ILY

I am trying to memorise the snowy landscape, because I know this is just the first snow and that rarely lasts. Today has been the most beautiful day. Crisp (-9 celcius in the morning, -5 during the day) sunny winter day with no clouds in the sky.

In the morning the sun, shining low behind the trees, coloured all the snow covered branches with rose gold light. It did not rise too high, just above the treetops and now just after two pm it is already setting. And everything gets its rose gold hue again.

The world is so bright on a sunny winter’s day like this. Everything looks so pure, white and golden. With the clear blue sky as a background. There are literally no words (at least in my vocabulary) to describe the view perfectly. This is the view and weather I love. And I will enjoy it as long as we have it now. It will be really hard to return back to autumn after these perfect winter days.