kallie rambles

If You Ever Feel Bad About Your Art:

My art used to look like this:

Thees drawings ended up on horrible-deviantart-drawings’ blog about a year ago- Hence the icon on screenshots. (The person who submitted them screenshoted them from their phone, it looks like.) I don’t have the original copies of the drawings anymore, since I deleted them a long time ago.

 I was heartbroken. I spent hours and sometimes even days on drawings (and I still do). But you know what I did? I kept practicing. I watched speed-draws and drawing tutorials. I used references. And now my art looks like this: 

Originally posted by kallistadw

I admit my art’s still not the best. I’m just an amateur. But I’ve improved a lot over the past year. And I think that’s something to be proud of.

I know the recent popularity of “Cringe” culture in the art community certainly doesn’t help. But most people who make Cringe or bad art blogs/compilations aren’t even artists themselves. And artists who are involved in Cringe culture are just plain hypocritical. Because professional level art does not happen overnight. It takes years and years of practice. And every artist know that. Every single artist in the world, no matter how good they are now, used to be terrible at art. No one’s good at anything on the first try.

Yes, beginner and amateur art can be very bad. I get that. And you’re allowed to think it’s bad. But putting someone’s art on a Cringe blog or in a Cringe comp & laughing at it where everyone can see doesn’t help anyone improve. It’s just mean. How would you feel if someone did that to you when you were just starting out? So many aspiring artists quit because they’re told they’ll never be good enough. An artist cannot improve without practice. And if they’re made into a laughing stock every time they do practice, eventually, they won’t have the confidence to practice anymore. If you want to help artists improve, offer them constructive criticism instead.

My advice to beginner and amateur artists is: Don’t listen to Cringe culture. But do listen to those who offer constructive criticism. Keep practicing, & don’t be afraid to use references and tutorials. Just because you’re not very good at art now doesn’t mean you’ll never be. To quote one of my favorite cartoons: “Sucking at something is the first step to being sort of good at something.” - Jake the Dog from Adventure Time. 

I love how in season 8 when Doc gets stuck in the wall, Wash suggests grabbing his codpiece then replied to what the The Meta said with “Come on we’re all mature” After that The Meta just runs and jumps off of the teleport thing on the base and that has to be the dorkiest thing ever. And you can not convince me that wasn’t a little flash of Maine’s personality

Everyone talks about how much of a dad North is, but it’s never mentions how York is like that too.
In season 10 when Theta is being introduced to York and Wash, York clearly sees that Theta is nervous and asks Delta to calm him. Then when the director gets upset because of those actions he says
“It’s my fault sir, I asked him to. The new kid seems kind of shy.”
York may not be in everyone’s face about it, but he has the dad personality too.

Freelancers in Blood Gulch

A huge thank you to dandi-candies
for starting our convo about this, and helping with a lot of ideas for this post. So first of who’s on what team…
Red Team: South, Carolina, Maine, CT and York
Blue Team: North, Florida, Tex, Washington, and Wyoming
-Think of all the shenanigans that would happen
•Right away the original Red and Blues make a bet with them that the Freelancer won’t last a year in the canyon
•The Freelancers demanding to call someone in like they did for the sim troopers and Tucker shows up because the BGC decides he’s the closest thing they have to a Freelancer
•479er being the medic and admittedly doing a better job at it than Doc
•Donut making his “double entendres” and Florida throwing them right back at him
•Maine blasting Rap music in the warthog
•South loving all the opportunities she gets to fight her brother
•Everyone getting so into the fight with spying, trash talking, and Freelancers set aside their long time friendships with those on the opposing teams
•York refusing to talk to North because he is a “filthy blue”
•North longingly staring at York from the canyon using a sniper rifle (“what I’m spying, this is what we’re supposed to do isn’t it?”)
•Wash getting pissy because North won’t let him use the sniper
•Wyoming and Florida high key being super gay with each other

I’m so excited for when Donut finds out that they found Doc.
If Tucker and everyone call back to base first to tell him, Donut would be so giddy, talking on and on about how he’s back and how excited he was.
Or there could be Doc just shows back up with everyone, Donut sees the purple armor and runs up and hugs him. Tearing up and speaking a mile a minute about how much he missed Doc and how happy he was he was back

A look into the complicated brain of Agent Washington

Lets take a walk down memory lane to how he was during Project Freelancer. He was huge dork. There is no “formal” way to put it the man was a dork. He acted like the new kid, and was treated accordingly. He was eager to do things. He was a high ranking soldier but was not taken very seriously, case and point York’s comments of “You make things worse.” and “Are easily the worst on the team.” He may have been joking but Wash’s body language showed that he didn’t take it that way.

Epsilon killing himself inside of Wash’s head, along with a few other things basically rewrote his personality. We don’t really seen any of Wash after Epsilon, but before he was sent to blood gulch. However we do get a scene right before he’s sent to blood gulch. Where he is speaking to the director about something never happening again. There Wash does not speak with much emotion, like he is reciting something from a script. I believe it is implied here that some brainwashing, and manipulation went on while was was in prison.

We see this personality change very strongly in the Recovery One miniseries. He has to detonate North’s armor after North is killed by the Meta. Wash shows very little emotion towards this, despite North being one of this closest friends during PFL. His lack of emotion is shown again when he kills South.

We see the “cold” and “ruthlessness” side of his personality more in the seasons 5-10. Most notable in season 8 where Wash becomes one of the main antagonists, along with the Meta as they take over Valhalla

Once it dives into the chorus Trilogy things start to be a bit different. While he still is a little cold and hard headed. Wash takes on his responsibility for the blues.Leg day, and training were a thing he did it in the best interest of his team. He starts to banter with Blue team a bit more

In seasons 12 and 13 he starts banter more, and even begins to show small bits to his dorky pre-epsilon self. He shows that he really cares about his crew, asking if someone has made Caboose and lunch and making sure he’s taken his meds. As well and giving a small pep talk to the the crew before the crew went up against Hargrove.

Wash may not be any where close to man he was before Epsilon, but he sure as hell has come a long way since.