Just being able to play Iris West is putting me in a position to impact change. She is such an iconic character and so many people will know her and remember her as a black woman. Playing this role, I sometimes get blatant racism and the even more painful and complicated non-blatant racism. But I gladly put on my armour each day and take it. I have to be strong and continue to deliver, because this is bigger than me. It’s not just about this role, it’s about the landscape of film and TV. It’s about the young girls coming after me. I need to make sure I was strong enough to keep that door open for them. To show up at work and do my best, and change and impact as many minds as I can. I am deeply humbled every time someone reaches out to me to say, “I grew up reading The Flash, I cannot imagine anyone else playing Iris West after seeing you do it.”
Happy 29th birthday, Candice Kristina Patton! (born June 24, 1988)
1D Rebranding and Eventual Reunion: GP vs. Fandom Perception
So I’m seeing a lot of tension an unrest over the way that the members of 1D, Harry in particular, are distancing themselves from the band as they embark upon their solo careers (ie, Harry, or whatever intern runs Harry’s sm scrubbing his twitter clean of 1D mentions). I know people are anxious about this, and I understand that anxiety, but I want to offer a different perspective: I think this could be a good thing, not just for their solo ventures, but for 1D as a whole. Hear me out on this one, long windily and under the cut.
alternative title: i am broke and am too afraid to torrent
1. i use canva.com to create my icon art !! it’s free (yay webapps!!) n easy to navigate !! u have to sign up before using it,,, so go do that first
2. figure out a color scheme!! here are some resources for inspiration (xx). (lazy hint: pastels/muted tones generally make pretty foolproof color combinations)
3. find a subject! google images is your best friend. for the banner of this tutorial i chose a kikki k planner (here’s my reference image) and simplified it a bit. note that anything with uncommon shapes will be a bit more difficult to do based on canva’s relatively small shape selection. (ex: things like notebooks are easy to do in canva because they’re rectangular, but,,,,,say,,,, a starbucks cup might be a little harder because it’s a unique shape)
4. go to canva and click “custom dimensions” !! i generally have my icons around 400x400 px but it’s up to you! just make sure the length and width are equal
5. click on “background” > “document colors”. pick a background color from ur color scheme,, note that if you have a darker background you might want to have a lighter subject to create contrast and vice versa
6. click on “elements” > “shapes”. if you chose a rectangular subject like i did, then this should be rly simple – just pick the square and tweak it following the rough proportions of ur reference image. you can change the color of the shape by clicking it and selecting the square top left icon in the little toolbar that pops up !!
if you chose something a bit more complicated, like a pen, then use a combination of the shapes available and layer them on one another to form the shape. (ex: if i chose a basic pencil, then i might use the rectangle shape as the base of the pencil and the triangle as the point.) there’s no polygon tool or anything close to it in canva, so this is rly not a good time,, but alas. feel free to msg me if u need help !!
7. great great u got the base of ur subject down !! add a backshadow behind it! do this by selecting the shape(s) you just made and copying them !! select the copy and change its color. to access the color panel, select the new shape(s) and click on the little colored square in the top left corner.
now,, what color do we make the shadow?
in these icons, i make my shadow hue by copying the background color (go to “document colors” to find the bg color of the doc) and decreasing the original background’s brightness enough to make the subject “pop”. then, select your shadow and click “arrange” > “back”. now, offset the shadow– i generally just move it a tiny bit down and to the left of my subject. you’ll know when it looks right when the subject appears to have some depth.
8. add details to your subject !! here, you want to add anything on the surface of your subject !! some examples of things i have added to various subjects on this step are brand labels on stationery, lines on paper, buttons on a calculator,,, etc. play w it a bit !!
9. (optional) add a shine to your icon or object! go to “elements” > “shapes”. i generally have my shape cut across the center of the object/icon at a diagonal, so the triangle or circle are usually the best to use for this !! select whichever u choose and change its color to white. then, change its transparency by clicking on the upper-right checkered button. i usually choose a transparency anywhere between 10% and 30% !!
i hope that was helpful !! feel free to shoot me an ask/msg if u have any questions ♡
my theory on the icon change and new header is that they’re probably going to be leaving for a while so
they needed something to be their last blurryface tweet, not just the sleepers video but something that makes sense to leave off on
the eye is there as kind of a “were watching you” message
“you’ll have to come and find me” tyler even said in the last trees speech that they would be gone for a while and are worried about people sticking around so when they do come back, the fans will have to find them to come back to them
“i dont know where you are” is the verse before you’ll have to come and find me and it seems like a good note to leave off on, makes people wanting more and wondering what they’ll do next
when u used to put lots of effort into your appearance and try to be perceived as a stylish person in high school but now ur 20 pounds heavier from eating nothing but mozzarella sticks and u wear no bra and “no makeup makeup” on the daily but ur honestly j chillin and doin u and being content with ur independent lifestyle and newfound maturity so even tho u have days when u wanna buss out something cute for a lil extra confidence u love urself enough to forgive the low maintenance days and just show up to class in whatever is comfy and not look down on urself for it
I can’t stop thinking about Black Sails and rewatching some of the iconic scenes on YouTube. Every single character arch on this show could inspire essays of meta, it is so amazing. I never expected this show to be this brilliant and I love how it builds and the stakes just keep raising higher and higher. The four seasons feel like one epic movie. You think you’re in for some sailing, plundering, sex and violence and then you’re caught up in this desperate battle for freedom, dignity and social change.
god i hate to make a post like this but i’m running out of options quickly. long story short, i’m being kicked out of my parent’s house mid august at the latest, i’m scared for what the earliest could be. i don’t have the money to support myself in the area i live in, but i need to stay in the area for my job. if anyone could please just donate a little to my paypal? it’d help a ton just so i know i’ll have something in case their mood changes and i have to move out in like a week. along with, i’ll need a phone because i doubt they’ll let me take this one.
i’ll write fics, i’ll make gifs, aesthetic pages, icon edits. just message me proof and i’ll get right on that. i know it’s not a lot to offer but i really need help. thank you if you read this far and if you can’t donate, at least spread this? thank you again.
hey anon! so i realised i have quite a few fav fics, so these are just my absolute fav favs! (and i know u didn’t really ask for a rec but ur getting one lol) these are fics that i’ve read all at least twice bc i loved them so much, so you should def read them once (or more, like me lol) x
Louis, to his horror, attends an elitist university in which the name Zayn Malik means something, Niall Horan doesn’t stop talking, there are pianos everywhere, and Harry Styles, only son of a drug-addled, clinically insane ex-rocker, has a perfect smile and empty eyes.
everyone knows i would literally die for y&b so yeah … if u haven’t read it yet pls love urself and read it it’s so beautiful and painful and sad and amazing i could literally ,,, go on for days
AU in which the boys still make music. Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who “has made Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and Liam are around too.
Don’t hum Bolero.
so THIS FIC oh my god i still rmbr the first time i read it listen it is SO beautifully written, and the angst is great, the smut is Amazing honestly i just adore it
Future AU in which nobody tries out for X Factor but the boys end up finding one other eventually anyway. Louis is a jaded bastard who owns a cat named Duchess and teaches drama to teenagers, Harry is an idealistic aspiring photographer/part-time footy coach, Zayn teaches English lit and wears leather jackets, Liam saves people from burning buildings, and Niall is Niall.
i think if falling in love with fics were possible this would be the one i fell in love w bc honestly… not only is it SO well written but it’s so real? if that makes sense. and so so so equally funny, hot and angsty. prob my fav fic ever tbh
A-list actor Harry Styles and award-winning musician Louis Tomlinson have an acquaintances-with-benefits relationship, so whenever their busy professional lives happen to land them in the same city, they meet up. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.And that’s all it is. Until it isn’t.
ahhhh !!!!! i LOVED this fic from beginning to end!! i think i’ve read it 3 times oh my god i love it so much. it’s so perfectly done, you get both of their perspectives and ahhhh just a must-read imo
A highly requested mini tutorial for a simple, but hard to find feature in PS.
Click on the layer that you want to warp.
Click cmd+T (for Mac, ctrl+T on PC)
Now the information on the top row should change and make the Warp icon visible, together with a stop icon and a check mark.
Click on the Warp icon (the bent box with an arrow under it)
Now you can warp the layer. When you are done, click on the check mark.
Done! If you want to do more changes just repeat the steps. I use this tool all the time since there are an infinite uses for it, although making characters look silly like this SHOULD be my main priority. ;D
Check out my tutorial tag for more examples on how I work. ;)
Maybe it's been asked already, but why is Mono's soul white in the middle?
OH BOY THIS IS A FUN ANSWER! And a very important one too! I recommend remembering this for later!
I was going to draw something to elaborate my answer but–actually–hold on–I’ve got something better–
By now, I hope that many people have noticed that SOUL color is very important to Monofell’s theme–and that it’s possible for someone’s SOUL to change colors depending on their mentality! One must undergo an extreme change of person for this to happen however, and is considered to be rare and limited to situations that are very traumatizing or that demand a stable mind and a will to find a resolution.
In plainer English: When someone feels that they need to change for something they deem as important.
An example we can use for this is Undyne (Beta)–who I have advertised very clearly that her SOUL is green.
Let’s just take this frame here from an animation I did for my icon on dA (that I will be changing at some point to a newer one hopefully)! See her SOUL? See how it’s pure green?
Let’s take a look at it again–oh no! Now she has a splotch of white in there–but why would she need her SOUL to change to white?
Let’s take a deeper look into her character and what she has to endure on a daily basis: constant stress from being in-charge of the entire Underground, Asgore still missing, not able to sleep regularly, her “unrequited” love– And what’s the meaning for white again? That’s right!:
Purity/Apathy. The birth of something great.
And what does she turn into?
That doesn’t seem too bad–her SOUL still has some green even though she’s in her DETERMINED form–
Given her circumstances that she’s under in that form, it was in her best interest in both body and SOUL for her to adapt herself to the situation–in this case, it was settling on a pure resolution and a need to separate her emotions and actions with apathy (since, after all, it doesn’t have to be one or the other)! The result: A ‘permanent’ change of color.
Now let’s take a look at sans’s (Mono’s) SOUL that you’re talking about:
But wait–there appears to be an issue with this one… it looks as if the white is cracking apart the cyan rather than simply changing smoothly like Undyne’s? I wonder what that would possible mean–let’s just bring up some possible concepts for what kind of event this would signify–
Well now–that doesn’t look too good at all! Let’s see what kind of situation he’s in– In a constant state of paranoia due to unforeseen circumstances (the Broken comic), feels that avoiding his friends and family and attempting to simply vanish is the only solution to whatever appears to be his problem–
I won’t beat around the bush with this or give a cryptic answer: A forced change to someone’s person is much different than a willful one.
If someone has experienced a trauma great enough to change their being, that would obviously cause damage to their core–their SOUL. And the worst part? Sometimes, monsters who experience this type of change don’t live through the effects due to their SOUL shattering from the force.
Do with this information as you will, and I encourage you to go off with this and try to analyze the rest!