look at what i created

Another reason to stop ‘cringe culture’

I’m a teacher. Today I was covering for a grade 9 science class. Decent kids, if a bit rowdy, and didn’t want to do their work. Wtv, it was textbook work. Not the point.

1 girl (reminder that these kids are, like, 14/15) was doodling bust portraits (head & shoulders) in an art book. I had a squiz and asked her if they were her characters. She said they were and excitedly told me she had so many characters for this one story of hers. I laughed about how I wished I could draw mine, and moved on.

Later in the class, I hear her enthusiastically telling her friend all about her main OC - a gay kitsune prince with a tragic past. It was so, pure, classic Deviant Art: my first OC. And you know what? I loved it. I was just sitting there half overhearing, smiling to myself and glad that her friend was engaging and interested in her story and characters.

This is a girl who will become a creator. She will draw and write and imagine, get better and better. She’ll probably move past this stage and start making more nuanced characters (she was already lamenting she didn’t have enough girl OCs). But this is where she started. This is where so many of us started. I had a tiger catgirl, goth witch/sorceress OC in high school. I found my original design for her recently. Look what I create now.

Let kids be kids. Let them explore and invent and go wild and be cliche and make overpowered OCs. Let them have their anthropomorphic animal OCs. Let them try everything before they settle into maturity.

For fucks sake; let them have fun.

ATLAS: do not talk to me of the weight of the world, 
nor its people’s hearts. you know nothing of endurance.
the heavens are heavy and my shoulders ache. 
i am tired.

APHRODITE: you think holding the earth is enough?
you think you are close to them just because they rest on
your back? you know nothing of their pain. do you even remember
how tears taste?

ATLAS: i know pain. i know bruises that last centuries,
bone deep and digging like claws, burrowing like worms
through body structure-

APHRODITE: -you know standing still, rigid, a statue in body
and soul alike / you know the exact weight of the human heart
x 7 billion. you do not know how it feels to watch as they burn in place,
how it feels to see them fall; down / in love / to their deaths.

ATLAS: i carry them in life and death. my dear, your hands
are soft; they do not understand the strength it takes to balance
oceans on knuckles and land against muscle.

APHRODITE: my hands are soft because they hold hearts
as easily as you hold the world, and hearts, in their own way, are worlds.
i know strength. better yet, i know how easily strength crumbles
and i know how to guide through the breaking. do not equate soft
with weak. they are not the same thing.


l.s. | APHRODITE vs ATLAS: on the subject of strength© 2016

I’ve heard a few people say the Tay character that crashes the Maserati and is at the end “getting receipts” is throwing shade at a certain someone (we all know who and that’s not the point)… I think it’s actually playing on the rumour that Taylor  does everything for attention. Like, the paparazzi are there at the crash because she called them, everything she does is for attention. None of the Taylor Swift characters in the video are meant to represent other people; they all represent the false or incomplete images people have of Swift herself. 

Mike and I were invited back to Nickelodeon last week to do a Q&A with an awesome group of interns and former interns now working at the studio (two of whom are former students of mine). They asked lots of thoughtful questions and hopefully we had something useful to impart in our responses.

These inspiring, energetic, and ambitious young people are in good hands with the amazing Amy Wu running the intern program, helping to guide their early career paths with care and passion. I look forward to seeing what they all create/write/produce/innovate in the near future. Good luck!

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// The most popular senpais  (◑ ᴥ ◑  )

Strade-senpai is probably the most popular senpai in the whole school. His friendly and approachable appearance has gained the likes of many students! However, he doesn’t have many kouhais (lower-class student/junior). They seem to disappear after walking home with him. He is the president of the film club and the Communications Chair for the “MB” club.

Rire-senpai is a well-known senpai; his suave personality and good looks lure in everyone… He has a large following, with multiple fan clubs dedicated to him. He is usually seen bickering with Cain-Senpai. Though undesirable, they seem inseparable. He is president of the tea ceremony club and Vice-President of the “MB” club.

dick move of the day: deliberately agreeing to do the presentation portion of the group project because i can’t finish mine until everyone else has done theirs so it’s not my fault i had to do this shit last minute (i would have done it last minute anyway but now i am The Victim of everyone else’s procrastination)

Hi all!! This is the official announcement for Polyamorous Cool Kids Week 2017! It’ll be running from Sunday, June 11th through Saturday, June 17th.

Here are the themes for the week:

Sunday June 11th, Day 1: First meetings; we know from Three Gems and a Baby that the cool kids met back when they were young, but how do you imagine their first encounters with each other?

Monday June 12th, Day 2: Date Night; It’s date night!! What do they do?

Tuesday June 13th, Day 3: Fluff/Angst; A situation that’s either very sweet or very sad. Or both! You pick.

Wednesday June 14th, Day 4: Free Day

Thursday June 15th, Day 5: Alternate Universe; Pick whatever AU you want and do something with that! For example: magic/fantasy, mermaids, werewolves/vampires, etc!

Friday June 16th, Day 6: Beach boredom; It’s a slow day in Beach City. What do they do to kill time?

Saturday June 17th, Day 7: Domestic Life; Years have passed and the three are all living together! Give a snippet into their everyday lives with each other.

Rules:

  1. Any and all kinds of media, be it art, writing, fanmixes, AMVs, gifsets, etc. are all welcome so long as they are made by you! Submissions can range anywhere from drabbles to full-length fics, sketches to finished illustrations, and from 15-second edits to full-length AMV’s! Don’t feel like you have to go all out unless you want to.
  2. Please post anything you want me to see and reblog under the tag #PCKW.  Please make sure you include this tag as one of the first five in your post, otherwise it won’t show up in the tag when I search for it!! If you don’t want to post something to your blog, you can also submit it via the submission box. You will be credited unless you explicitly want it to be anonymous! Please pick to either submit or post, though! Don’t do both!
  3. Try and post your completed submissions on the day of the prompt if possible (according to EST). If you miss it, no big deal. The tag will be checked and late posts will be reblogged for a week after the official event ends!
  4. Please keep everything like, appropriate for ages 16 or younger. Explicit content (language is fine) will not be reblogged. Sorry!
  5. You may participate in as many or as few prompts as you’d like, of course!!

Most importantly, have fun!! I’m so excited to be running this event and I look forward to seeing what everyone creates! :’)

-Mod Nim ( @stevonnie )

I really do not understand the type of cognitive dissonance it takes to make the jump back and forth between “wow I really love these books so much so that i have a blog dedicated to them where I constantly post meta and fic” and “this author is a piece of shit and I don’t like what she has done with her own creations so she no longer deserves creative ownership over them” as smoothly and gracefully as some of the people in this fandom do. 

feeling stuck with your art is not only a beginners problem. It will follow you as long as you are an artist. Never really go away. Sometimes it waits a bit to hit you again, but it’s never fully away. 

I feel terribly stuck right now and it feels so horrible with all the other stuff I am dealing right now. But I try to tell myself it will go away. The last time I had to fight with it it took me a while to figure it out but in the end I made a big step forward. I have to remember that. I just want to get better. I want to look at my art and be proud of what I created. And I know if I try and try and try I will make another step forward. It’ll just take a while …