I want to wish a happy birthday to one of the most important things in my life! I want to thank you for making me happy, giving me great memories and a great childhood! And I just want to say that I love and support you endlessly, here’s to many many more years of Sonic!!!
And you can also browse my art related questions tag, where I’ve talked about art process in the past. Or check me out on twitter (@joviellety) – I’m much more vocal on there these days.
But also: the best free art lesson is breaking down your favorite piece of art (movies, books, comics, illustrations, etc.!) and analyzing what makes it tick and why it makes you feel the way it does. The more you do this, the sharper your eyes and brain becomes! Get fluent in visual literacy!
Boyz N Da Hood
Menace II Society
Do The Right Thing
Love & Basketball
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Coming To America
Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood
Set It Off
Lean On Me
What’s Love Got To Do With It
Lady Sings The Blues
Waiting To Exhale
The underrated but actually better than all the previously mentioned Black classics in cinema:
Why Did I Get Married
The Five Heartbeats
Above The Rim
House Party 3
In Too Deep
Akeelah & The Bee
New Jersey Drive
He Got Game
Thin Line Between Love And Hate
The hilariously overrated Black classics in cinema:
EVERY OTHER TYLER PERRY MOVIE
You Got Stomped On The Drumline
Vampire In Brooklyn
Tales From the Hood
Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Hustle & Flow
Feel free to categorize and add any I missed…
…and I’m blocking anybody that mentions Big Mama’s House and/or Soul Plane
For their tenth birthday, Stiles had gotten Allison a mug from a kiosk at the mall with AREN’T YOU GLAD WE EVOLVED OUT OF NEIGHBORING CELLS on one side and a picture from their school trip to the zoo, the one where Allison was hitting a goat trying to eat Stiles’ shirt, on the other. It’s such a metaphor for their entire existence that Allison puts it on the mantle of every subsequent house that they live in, next to their parents’ wedding portrait.
Stiles and Allison are twins and it’s amazing. They’re both raised as hunters but it doesn’t stop them from falling in love with werewolves. ❤️❤️❤️
After two years as a deputy for the Beacon Hills Sheriff’s Department, not to mention a lifetime of being the kid of an officer of the law, Stiles had seen some things in his time. Some weird shit happened in Beacon Hills, really.
However, no amount of animals mauled in the woods, people going missing, psychotic teenagers going on killing sprees with their trained pet mountain lions (or so the official report stated; Stiles didn’t trust his dad’s account of that night back when he was in high school) could prepare Stiles for the sheer ‘what the hell?!’-ness of waking up at six in the morning for his shift, pouring himself a cup of coffee, and then noticing that outside the back window there was a little girl playing in his flower beds.
Single parent Derek (◡‿◡✿) Deputy Stiles (◠‿◠✿) Werewolf mini-Hale (ʘ‿ʘ✿) Happy family ending (˶◕‿◕˶✿)
Derek is about to leave, content with the smell of blood as proof that the Fury is dead when he hears it.
It’s faint and uneven and even with its help, it takes Derek a full minute of scanning the clearing before he finally spots the small heap that must be the human. It’s down on the far side of the canyon, almost completely hidden by a tall oak tree and–Derek jumps down before he thinks about it.
He knows what he has to do. Furies are dangerous. Furies are fire and smoke and a funeral he barely remembers. He lands almost silently and makes sure his hands are fully shifted into claws and then slowly moves forward.
This is the greatest au that I never knew I needed. I love Sterek, I love How to Train Your Dragon and this AU is perfect. Two great people collaborated and nothing short of greatness came of it.
Derek finds a young man injured in a ravine on the border of his ranch. That’s strange enough, but the mystery only deepens when the young man wakes up without any memory of what he was doing out there.
Single parent Derek who is also alpha of his pack all wrapped up in a historical au and I was instantly smitten. Throw in some mystery and an alpha pack threatening and it’s great from beginning to end.
Suddenly his entire body felt tingly and sensitive and he could swear gravity had failed on him just then; he couldn’t feel the chair he was sitting on, or where he’d planted his feet on the floor, or the clothes he was wearing, or the pen he was holding, and then his vision started blurring and morphing into a picture of some place that was not his classroom.
“—it,” he finished with a different voice.
Or, the AU in which, on their 22nd birthday, a person will switch bodies with their soulmate and is left to figure out whom they’re temporarily inhabiting, and how to get back to each other. But because Stiles is Stiles, he forgets that it’s his birthday, and the bodyswap takes him by surprise.
Soulmate au that’s adorable in premise and in execution. It’s great. Stiles goes to a math final and forgets that he’s gonna be switching bodies with his soulmate because it’s his birthday. Alive Laura helps out and it’s a good use of misunderstandings in a fic and it doesn’t get overdone which is great.