look i can make graphics sometimes~


Wow what a shit year! Not for anime, I mean, it was okay at worst. I think we’re definitely at the upward slope of the anime renaissance now, but still at the very start of it. It’s hard to think about that when most of what comes out (and is somehow popular) is just…the most generic shit. Well, I did the work for you. I weeded and trudged through some of the worst anime around and even some of my shit favorites to bring you the actual good, worth watching anime of the year.

Yeah, not everything you saw or want to see on this list is here, but you can check my foreword from last week that explains all that garbage. Links to each anime’s respective review will be on the titles (and added for those that just finished). Know that this list is pretty fluid. From 8 or 7 up, it’s all very much I loved them, but the higher up, the more I recommend anyone watch them.

10. Magical Girl Raising Project

Madoka was cool. I finally watched it this year and I was just as blown away by the psychological aspects as I expected to be. It just lacked that extra bite it needed to really scare my pants off. MGRP however, did indeed take a few years off of my life. I’m really in ruins right now since I can grab you by the shoulders and tell you now: you’ll like a lot of these characters and their thought out designs and personalities, but don’t get attached, cus ALMOST ALL OF THEM DIE.

I have to put MGRP on this list because aside from its fun and original designs, awesome interactions, cool-ass premise and execution (sometimes literally), it had some amazing rewatch value. I watched this anime three times, which is a lot to do in one year. I just had to watch people’s reactions and seeing stuff hidden in the background and revisiting some foreshadowing was so much fun. Definitely worth a watch and I’ll cover more about it in my upcoming review.

9. Orange

Regrets, like I have over not putting Kekkai Sensen into last year’s list, are the main theme of Orange. Buried under the shoujo themes of romance, high school, and angst, lies the actual regret: letting a friend kill himself. The main story unfolds itself very slowly as the group of friends discover that is what they must prevent, but it’s done in a realistic way. The signs of depression and suicide are so jokingly cast aside; it’s no wonder people miss it before it’s too late.

The climax of this story was heart-pounding and gut-wrenching. You find yourself rooting so hard for there to be success, to save someone who may not want to be saved, but must be saved. It might also make you pay closer attention to those around you. It’s an important anime to watch. If you do want one with a little less romantic emphasis though, I recommend you see Colorful instead (or also!).

8. Sweetness and Lightning

I need to marry someone who can cook. It doesn’t have to be a five-star chef, though I wouldn’t complain if it were the case, but Sweetness and Lightning reignited my need to be fed well. The show is about how food brings family and friends together. Aside from the great character interactions, well written children characters, and for god’s sake, the beautiful, perfect looking food, this anime was so pure in the amount of love put into it.

The food tops even some shown in Shokugaki no Soma, purely cus it’s doable for someone with a low skill level (like me), the meals are made for picky eaters (like me), and there’s not a ridiculously emphasis put on the orgasmic nature of food. That’s a thing that Shokugeki no Soma and even Koufuku Graffiti used stylistically in a comedic manner, but it doesn’t fit in Sweetness and Lightning for good reason. This show is accessible in that way, making it easier to show to someone who might want to try anime, but doesn’t want all the sexy fanservice.


Kick-ass and Metal come to mind when Drifters is mentioned. I love Kohta Hirano’s previous work, Hellsing, a lot. It was a massive gore and blood fest with a sprinkling of comedy in the mix. This is a war and gore fest with a, not a sprinkling of comedy, but more like Hirano accidentally knocked the bottle of comedy over when he was checking on the oven directly into said mix. It’s really funny, but also really awesome. I have a lot to say about it in my review, but I think a dog fight with dragons involved kind of state my case for me. Also Elves, Dwarves and other Tolkien demihumans and monsters abound. It’s fun.

The animation is also gorgeous, especially that stylized, graphic novel looking opening theme with the rock anthem “Gospel of the Throttle” making you “NA NA NA NA NA NA” along with the characters every opening. It’s an excellent show to watch with friends or get yourself pumped. Returning sometime next year!

6. Kuromukuro

How can something be so trope-y, yet so damn enjoyable? Kuromukuro isn’t an original concept, but is done in an original way. The samurai trapped in a machine for 500 years is the new exchange student. The reluctant heroine needs to board the mecha to fight the alien threat. The school festival has been compromised by an alien mecha entering the atmosphere. This anime is funny, but it’s also emotional and holds a much wider scope than I ever could have expected. P.A. Works has been putting out some good contenders in the last few years, and with their lovely art style and well-balanced budget, they were able to pull off this massive mech story in an engaging and entertaining way.

I applaud the cast for one of the best ensembles on this list, bringing forth some of the best and most memorable character chemistry of the season, and some hilarious situational humor. I also cried a little near the end, but honestly, a lot of anime on this list did that to me this year.

5. My Hero Academia

Shonen anime is such a delight now, always a favorite of mine as a kid, but not as firmly as now. I love the underdogs; I love the over the top villains; I love the powers, the fights, and the yelling to infinity. It’s just so exciting and blood pumping, and MHA made it so refreshing with such an interesting spin. These characters are children, inexperienced, with quirks that may or may not be useful. I love Deku because his anxieties and general feelings of being less than everyone else not only make it exciting to see him overcome them, but to use them to keep his head and ego from getting over inflated like some shonen protagonists. Bakugo is such a good foil to him, showing where this could be a major weakness to a shonen protagonist.

Also it’s coming back with THE TOURNAMENT ARC, and if you’re like me and haven’t started the manga yet, DO IT! You won’t regret it! I’m more than excited to see more of this awesome anime in action.

4. Flip Flappers

This anime, wow this anime. I’m so upset not more people are talking about it, but have you seen this delight for the senses? I’m looking forward to reviewing it now just because my jaw is still kinda on the floor. Beautiful animation, a crazy cool style, and some of the best nonsense in magical-girl but not really fight scenes I’ve seen in a while. This anime reminds me of something, but I can’t quite put my thumb on it. I do know it’s like an amalgamation of my editor’s anime “TYPE” so you’ll see more about that in the review.

But good lord did I love the heart of this show. The pure romance, the exciting battles, the trippy psychological horror. Let me just say, that one episode (the Maria Watches Over Us “GOKIGENYO”), probably has scarred me for life, but I love it. It’s just so different and good. It deserves a watch, just for how delighted your eyes will be.

3. Erased (Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi)

I love a story that can get you emotionally invested and cheering for or yelling at the character who you don’t have any control over. Erased was paced beautifully (though some might disagree due to the slight differences in adaptation), and its animation only made every silent, tender moment more enjoyable to look at before the lighting and mood would change and the feeling of bloodlust would stain the air. That’s how you write suspense.

I’m a little annoyed because apparently some other people were reading some character motivations “differently,” (looking at you crunchyroll), but I think it’s safe to say this doesn’t cross the line into romance, at all, and stays a thriller about growing up in a life-threatening situation.

2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

I love the theatre, and I love comedy and storytelling. This anime manages to hit both of these points while showcasing some of the best animation I’ve ever seen. On top of the animation, there’s good directing, and supporting that is a great soundtrack. The story is vast and covers several characters’ lives over several decades surrounding World War 2.

The rakugo, though, is what makes the story. It’s not the first anime to touch on this topic, but it’s the first to do so in such an interesting way. It was very refreshing compared to a lot of titles on this list (though many of them are refreshing ideas!) with its originality. It’s heartfelt, it’s serious, it’s funny, but it also makes me want to cry. If it weren’t for the top spot being so hype as hell and generally a weekly freak-out among me and my friends, this would have been number one.

1. Mob Psycho 100
What can I say about Mob Psycho that hasn’t already been said? Its opening is gold, its animation is unique and interesting, its writing, directing, and characters are all praise-worthy. It is just hands down the best anime of the year. You may be thinking, “but Mitsu, One Punch Man was number one LAST YEAR. Isn’t Mob a little overhyped?”

No. Sit down and shut up. One is probably one of the best writers on the scene right now and is doing a lot better at writing genuinely empathetic characters and commentary on modern anime genres and tropes than most of the big budget barf fests. I think the “overhyped” talk is nonsense when it comes to mob. It genuinely does some interesting and groundbreaking work. That’s why it’s not only on this list, but number one. It never moved an inch since I decided it should be on the list.

Everything I’ve said has BEEN said by several really good reviewers and critics out there and you should definitely check out what they have to say about it too, because honestly, they’re a lot better than I am. I like Mob Psycho, I like One Punch Man, but I like Mob more. I’m so delighted that One Punch Man will be returning shortly and I only wish for Mob to also share the spotlight, as it deserves.

Anonymous asked:

If make a cover for you book,how do you do it? Or with what?

Well, first, I want to clarify–because some people don’t know–traditionally published authors do not make their own book covers. The publisher will take care of the cover for you.

If you are self-publishing, however, you have a few different options for covers.

1) There are oodles of cover designers for hire online, many of whom offer affordable prices and packages that allow you to get an e-book cover, a print cover, and sometimes promotional graphics. These prices can range anywhere from  $100.00 to $1000.00, depending on what you’re looking for. 

2) If you can’t afford to have a custom cover made, many of these same designers offer pre-made covers that you can purchase for anywhere from $25.00 to $100.00, which includes the addition of your title and name. Some designers will even make minor changes to a pre-made cover for a slight fee.

You can find cover designers online, and you can also search for “cover design collectives” to find groups of cover designers promoting their work.

3) If you can’t afford to buy a cover, you can make your own. If you have really good artistry skills, you can draw/paint your own cover and scan it. If you have any friends who are good artists, they may be willing to create a cover for you if you compensate them in some way. If you are good with Photoshop, you can create a cover that way. There are lots of great tutorials that tell you how, what dimensions to use, what to do and not to do, and how to get stock graphics you can use legally.

4) Another option for making your own cover is to use an online cover designer or a cover designer program. The web site Canva allows you to make book covers for e-books and Wattpad. I think CreateSpace also has a cover creator.

If you decide to make your own cover, here are some things you have to keep in mind:

- Pay attention to licensing information on any fonts and graphics you use. Unless they are in the public domain, you could get into trouble for using them unless you purchase a license to use them.

- Even if you use a site like Canva or CreateSpace to create your book cover, hire a cover designer, or if you license a font or images, make sure you know what the usage agreement covers. Sometimes these only allow for usage on a certain number of covers, or on e-books but not print.

- A good cover can make your book, but a bad cover can break it. Make sure you educate yourself on what works and what doesn’t so that you can recognize a bad book cover when you see one. There are lots of great blog posts, guides, and tutorials that cover this. :)

Have a writing question? I’d love to hear from you! Please be sure to read my ask rules and master list first or your question will not be answered. :)

cutie-stiles  asked:

hello, at the beginning your graphics and gifs are really pretty! can you make a tuto or just explain how you make graphics, plz? ♥

Hello, thank you so much for your kind words :’) I made one graphic tutorial before (you can see it here). I will try to explain more about how I make my graphics and give some (hopefully) helpful tips!

I’ll be using these as examples:

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm new to the studyblr community and I was just wondering how everyone makes such nice icons/headers for their mobile themes. Everyone has such nice aesthetic themes and my mobile page looks terrible. Sorry to bother you! (Ps. I love your blog!!)

Hi, thank you very much! Well, I suppose that people are either good at graphics, or get someone to do the graphics for them! :D I personally drew all my icons and headers myself. You could draw them too, or do the graphics (it doesn’t have to be anything complex, sometimes your url in a nice font is enough), or even use a photo you took! If drawing/graphics isn’t your thing, I’ve seen people making some free icons that you can use (like these cute ones by @elsastudies, but it is possible that several other people will have the icon you choose as well). If you’d like a more personalized icon, you could try to ask somebody to make it for you, but I’d take in consideration that this might not be free. It wouldn’t be nice to ask somebody to do work for you and expect they’ll just do it for your gratitude. I’m sorry, it’s just the whole ‘artists getting “paid” with exposure’ thing that is happening to too many great artists, my friends and me included (although I’m not that great, but still) and makes me sad/angry. Ugh :D this is going into a completely different direction, sorry :D hope I at least partially answered your question :D

flaming-arrow-abyss  asked:

Okay so as someone who dearly wants to work in animation in the future, can you give me any tips in terms of tablets or programs? And opinions on how to fluidly move your peices?

Absolutely!  I can only talk about 2D animation because that’s mostly what I do, but I’m happy to share any tips I’ve picked up!

Tablets:  I’ve been using an Intuos Pro for awhile now & I really like it.  It has a wireless feature, which is nice (I’ve had bad luck in the past with usb ports breaking.) Eventually I’ll upgrade to a Cintiq of some kind.  I started out learning on a little Bamboo tablet that worked really well too.

2D Animation Programs:

Photoshop CS6/CC:  I would say around 90% of the things on my blog were done in PS.  If you already know the program, it’s a great place to start getting into frame-by-frame animation.  Plus you have all those beautiful brushes at your disposal!  It’s great for making short animations or looping gifs.  The timeline isn’t as intuitive as other programs, but this plugin makes it easier.  On the downside, if you are looking to work at an animation studio, knowing how to animate in PS won’t be a big help.

 Flash/Animate CC:  The nice thing about flash is that it’s so commonly used, so there are SO many great free tutorials out there on youtube.  

Toon Boom Studio: Pretty standard in the 2D animation industry.  Lots of shows & films have used it in their production.

After Effects: Another huge program you can do so much with.  From character animation to motion graphics, there’s a lot you can learn.  Sometimes I just use it to add effects to things I’ve made in PS.

Tips for Fluid Motion: 

Getting the timing right just takes a lot of practice.  If you are doing frame-by-frame, it’s usually just a matter of having your keyframes in the right place.  If it’s really jumpy, you may have to add some more frames for a smoother transition. 

I hope that helps!  I may have missed something, but if you have any other questions you can always ask!

Anime Anti-Whitewashing Gif Coloring Tutorial

There has been a rise in concerns regarding whitewashing characters with darker skin in anime editing with the introduction of the internationally diverse cast of Yuri!!! on Ice. All existing tutorials I’ve seen have been geared toward live-action gifs or still graphics, so I wanted to create a tutorial specifically geared toward anime gifs. This tutorial assumes experience with making gifs and basic gif coloring. Here is my more introductory tutorial on how to color anime gifs (geared towards characters of lighter skin tone).

Lighting in-show will sometimes wash out characters, but that’s something you can definitely correct for! This tutorial will use Phichit Chulanont (พิชิต จุฬานนท์) from Yuri!!! on Ice as an example. 

This tutorial is geared towards helping you avoid doing something like this:

and help you create gifs that look more like this:

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anonymous asked:

1/ I just wanted to say that your blog is one of my favorites. I love the way you stick always to your principles and even though you are no push-over you don't engage in the drama for no reason. I'm fairly new to the fandom and it's so great to find fans still around who have been here for the long haul because it's like having fandom Moms to look up to and it makes tumblr a nicer place. I follow you for your writing too and I find it really refreshing that you don't rely on smut to 'sell'

2/ to ‘sell’ your story. Smut is pretty cool too but it’s sometimes hard to find a fic where it doesn’t feature and depending on my mood I don’t always want graphic descriptions of bodily fluids! Your writing is emotionally slick and draws me in somehow. I loved dreamcatcher and am already hooked on genesis and can’t wait for more chapters because it has me so intrigued already. Oh and your artwork is just amazing! Thank you again!

Thank you lovely anon.  It’s been a funny sort of day today and this has made me go all red and pleased. I am so glad you like what you find on my blog and I will try to keep doing what I do and what I have been doing for over two decades.  As for my fic - I have written smut before but I actually think I’m pretty crap at it so leave it to professionals such as @edierone who writes the best smut ever in the world ever!  If you want a couple of recs for ‘non-smut’ then take a look at @scully-loves-ruthie for her ‘Dark days in the unremarkable house’ series and @tatooedlaura-blogfor her epic ‘Life’ and the very beautiful ‘Christmas’ series.  If you haven’t read them I promise you should because you won’t be disappointed. 

awildthing  asked:

☢ What fads/trends are you so over?

salty af meme ;; ACCEPTING

// @awildthing

as much as i LOVE aesthetics i do feel there are some there that end to OVERDO IT AKA text too small to read, links scattered around that are either too broken to hover over/work or hard to find, containers smaller than x300, which obviously make the entire post difficult to look at.

not gonna bag at people who like aesthetic, because i am one of those people. i love pretting up my blog, i love using ‘pretty’ icons, graphics, promos, etc. it’s fun, they look nice…

but i’m a firm believer of ‘you can have your aesthetics but you can have a functionable blog as well.’  that being said, second opinions are often good. you can always ask others if so & so is comfortable to read, easy to access, etc. cause i get that sometimes some people don’t natrually know until someone tells them. i try to get second opinions often myself. 

to leave off: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with liking aesthetics, container memes, etc, either. cause i’ve seen people shamed for that as well, it’s just sometimes we also have to remember, especially coming with a hobby that is 90% reading, we have to make sure our content is user friendly enough for others. 

anonymous asked:

if you are taking that graphic asks, may i get an answer to 20? (Advices to beginners?)

I am definitely still taking more graphic maker asks! (here btw)
I already answered 20 once but I am very happy to give some more, different, advice! :D (HERE is that answer)

Advice you would give to beginner graphic makers: As helpful as tutorials are, especially in the VERY beginning, I feel like you don’t fully get to know PS until you play around with it. In the beginning I rarely ever used tutorials, tbh I still never use tutorials (sometimes I look up tips and stuff but never actually use full tuts). You’re only gonna get familiar with it if you use it for long periods of time. After you’ve learned how to make a gif, really the only other things you need to learn is how to color (which you can figure out yourself by playing w/settings or downloading some psds) and other basics such as sharpening and cropping (for tumblr the sizes are 268px width for 2 side by side gifs, 540px for big gifs, 177px for 3 gifs side by side). Other than those few basic things I would say the #1 thing is to always use HQ/HD videos because your gifs will most likely look great regardless. :) 

I am sure that was a lot of word vomit but I hope it helps at least a little bit. <3

anonymous asked:

hi! how long does it usually take you to make edits? (btw your edits are so so lovely!!) <33

hi!! it really depends on the edit, sometimes looking for pics might take forever but once i have all the pics usually posters take around 15-20 mins, picspams around 20-40 mins, and the graphics can take around 30 mins- 2ish hrs

(ahhh thank you so so much!!) <33

anonymous asked:

Hi! I really love your work! there is so much life and story to it :D I was wondering if you can talk about how to approach portfolio work/what you need to show in a portfolio to work at places like pixar, dreamworks, etc.


Thank you so much! Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I had no idea I had mail here!

I don’t think there is a formula, or something that you “need” to show in a portfolio to get hired at a studio like Pixar. 

 I can only speak from my personal experience, but I believe that being yourself is the best thing you can do. Draw from your own experience and the world that surrounds you. 

I see a lot of people imitating other people’s portfolios because they think they will get hired at the same company if they draw similarly. I’m not saying it never works, but where’s the fun in that? I think it’s great to study other people’s art and learn from their approach, but in my opinion, it’s more satisfying to be hired for who you are and what you love. So, that being said, draw what you love and draw and paint as much as you can.

Also, being at school is the most fun thing in the world. You’re at school to explore, experiment, make mistakes and try everything. Once you get a job, this becomes harder to do because when you start, you’ll be most likely designing for someone else’s idea. So, take advantage of your time at school and make what you want to make and not what you think people want to see. Play around with different mediums and take breaks from photoshop to get your hands dirty and draw with real ink/led, crayons, etc!

Draw from life, watch a lot of films, study composition and lighting. I think Pixar specifically likes artists who are well rounded and have overall good taste. I encourage you to look for resources and inspiration outside animation. Look at photography, graphic design, fashion design, fine art, dance… etc etc! There is so so much inspiration out there, and we need to see fresh art! It’s taken me so long to understand that I should be myself and not worry about beautifying everything that I draw. Sometimes a simple sketchy drawing can say and make you feel so much more than a super rendered, ornamental illustration (unless you feel like that communicates your idea better). Don’t be scared to have very raw drawings on your portfolio.

If you’re trying to put together a vis dev portfolio, I would recommend to show the process of how you’re getting to the final product. If you have, say a design of a monkey in a jungle, maybe add a spread of different variations of monkey designs, as well as a spread on plant explorations for your jungle environment, for example. You don’t really need a ton of ideas. You can have one idea for your whole portfolio, and have 15 spreads or so on that one idea. Show your characters, props, environments, lighting keys, plans, costumes… It’s really important to show your thinking process and the ideas behind a final illustration/ concept. Keep your layout clean and organized. Presentation is key! I think investing time on finding a good type is just as important as the drawings and designs on your portfolio. 

I can’t really say what will and will not work since this can vary from studio to studio, and from feature to TV. What I can say for sure, is that make it so that your personality shows and shines! Just have fun and be yourself! I hope this helps :) 

angelicangle  asked:

Hey, with SLARPG coming along so nicely, do you have any advice for an aspiring RPG creator? I've got the beginnings of a project put together in RPG Maker, and I've got the main battle mechanic programmed and set up, but programming is my only real skill, so I know next to nothing about pixel art, map design, UI design, and combat balancing. How important is differentiating your game from a generic RPG Maker game? I don't want my game to be dismissed just because of its looks and sounds.

it’s important. i’m not going to sugarcoat it. if you’re just making it for fun, it doesn’t really matter, but if you want an audience? your game has to stand out in some way for people to notice it

your gameplay and writing will have to pull all of the game’s weight if you use the default graphics, so focus on making those interesting. there have been decently popular little rpg maker games in the past that used the default assets, either because they had stories people liked or interesting gameplay

in terms of your game’s looks, there are lot of directions you could go in, so here are some miscellaneous tips

  • make sure your maps look appealing and flow nicely for players, with or without the default assets. i know you said you don’t know much about level design, but level design is easier to learn than pixel art skills. i’ve seen countless rpg maker games with ugly maps–lots of houses with impossibly huge rooms and lots of stuff strewn about with no rhyme or reason. so just having decent level design is a huge advantage. don’t make houses that look like this handy example i just whipped up. this is too much
  • try editing and recoloring the default assets in some way to make them look less generic. the default assets don’t have very appealing color schemes, anyway
  • use rpg maker’s character generator rather than sticking with default character designs. nobody wants to see these faces. these are a huge red flag to potential players
  • try looking for other public domain resource packs other than the default rpg maker set. there’s lots of stuff out there
  • hell, if you do decide to make your own graphics, sometimes a very simplistic or even an ugly art style can work wonders. just look at off or space funeral

i hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm the one who asked about the grafic novels, thank you for your detailed answer! I think I'll check volumes 4 and 5 as you said. I just really like to see them on my shelf, together will all the other HTTYD books and art books... ^_^ And about the artistic errors you mentioned, can you please talk about it? I didn't notice anything except for them drawing Hiccup with blue eyes (which is SO annoying!)

Glad to help! I’m glad the response was useful to you, and I hope you enjoy volumes four and five (I agree… they look rather pretty on the bookshelf)!

I tend to avoid complaining and usually prefer to speak of the positive within the material we receive. The graphic novels have so many wonderful things going for them, too. Still, I’ll happily bring up a few of the artistic errors here… I did mention them myself in the last post, after all! People can choose whether or not they want to see where the artistic inconsistencies are (and hopefully still be able to appreciate the story for all the good things there are, despite some minor details being depicted incorrectly graphically). I personally use the art mistakes as a point to laugh.

Eye color is the main problem, as you yourself noticed. Hiccup is frequently depicted with blue eyes. Nor is this a problem dedicated to one or two volumes; the fifth volume has some very close-up images of Hiccup with clearly blue irises. The eye color problem, however, is not isolated just to Hiccup’s irises; other characters have some surprising eye colorations, too. What I think happened is that somewhere along the line, the artists got their key mixed up between Hiccup and Astrid’s eye colors, for Astrid is very frequently depicted with green eyes. The picture below comes from “The Ice Castle,” showing Hiccup and Astrid with their eye colors switched.

Still, they’re not even consistent with that. Regarding “The Legend of Ragnarok,” Hiccup is shown with both green eyes and blue eyes, and this cannot be considered a factor of mere shading. The artists definitely gave him two different eyes colors. Check it out:

…and just a few pages later…


It’s not just isolated to Hiccup and Astrid, but also includes characters like Snotlout Jorgenson. This kid has blue eyes, not brown, yet this still happens in the short at the end of “The Ice Castle.”

Another thing that happens in “Dangers in the Deep” is the artwork gives Hiccup the wrong handedness. As a proud lefty myself, I’m pretty quick to notice when a character is holding a pencil in the wrong hand. We don’t just see Hiccup holding his writing utensil in his right hand, but writing with it. Hiccup doesn’t do that. He writes with his left hand and his left hand alone in all other canonical materials.

So this picture has him blue-eyed and right handed. A little odd for detail-oriented HTTYD fans.

Two panels in the sixth graphic novel, “Underworld,” shows Hiccup with two full feet, too.

As a side-comment about these visual representations of our beloved protagonist: Hiccup in the books is blue-eyed, two-footed, and probably writes with his right hand (he’s left-handed but only learns this when he’s eleven years old, well after he’s started writing). If you’re really distraught about tiny details like this, bear in mind that Hiccup in the books is visually quite different, too! The character “Hiccup” in and of itself is someone who actually has a lot of visual variation throughout all the canonical materials. He’s still Hiccup, regardless of his eye color, his hair color, or the number of feet he has, and we can still love him in every way, shape, and form. The embodiment of Hiccup, the legend of Hiccup, the essence of Hiccup, remains true.

I also think the eye color mistakes are done. “Underworld,” as far as I remember, is completely correct in all the eye colors. It could mean that, when the new Defenders of Berk comics come around by the same people, we’ll get our typical eye colors again.


Here are some of the main art mistakes I’ve noticed in the graphic novels. They’re certainly present, they might be a little irritating to people who like to get details right, but they don’t affect the storyline in any way, shape, or form. They’re still great stories. And, frankly, other HTTYD canon materials have their errors, too. It’s not like it’s just the graphic novels. As far as talking about errors go, it’s amusing to point these things out and get a few laughs over things like seeing Hiccup with two feet.

Beyond that, I also want to point out that there are some pretty cool artistic moments, too! Since I’ve gone on talking about some of the weaknesses of the art, I might as well do some strengths, too, right?

Check out this dramatic full-page art in “Underworld”:

As well as this unforgettable moment, one of my favorite panels in “The Stowaway” for both the content and the art:

And the different costumes! We get to to see the full gang draped out in furs. Or, as we see in “Underworld,” bedecked in winter gear. I really love the designs of the clothing to every character in “Underworld,” especially Hiccup’s. I mean, just look at how cool that is!

Makes me want to see him with fur, a long cloak, and gloves all the time, to be honest. At least some fanart of the boy in this outfit!

Or can we talk about the variety of art styles? We see quite a few different art styles throughout the graphic novels; there’s a slight change in the art personnel lineup for every comic, so each volume gives us something new. Sometimes even multiple things new! Like…

The simple but effective style in “Dragon Down,” which gives Hiccup such endearingly POOFY hair on top of a gangly, skinny body.

The colorful, bold, exaggerated, somewhat edgy style of “The Ice Castle.”

This bubbly, cutesie style at the end of “The Ice Castle” which makes Snotlout and the baby Monstrous Nightmare too cute for their own good. Say it with me: Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

The saturated, pragmatic style of “The Stowaway.”

This rare, hand-drawn style at the end of “The Legend of Rangnarok.”

This endearing style at the end of “Underworld,” which frankly makes all the characters look amazing and adorable.

Like, oh my Thor, look at Astrid and Snotlout in this art! I adore the style.

These aren’t even all the art styles. But you get the idea.

For all there are some notable art mistakes in the Riders of Berk graphic novel series, there are also many things to appreciate. I won’t deny that there are many art mistakes, and that they bother me slightly, too. At the same time, I can’t get over the fact that we have graphic novels of this fandom. I think that’s downright cool, too!

wonderfullycarriedaway  asked:

Could you do UsaMamo? I like yours, they're super cute.

Aw, thank you!

  • Who accidentally pushes a door instead of pulling/vice versa:  Absolutely Usagi.  And she will totally lose her temper with the door until Mamoru patiently opens it for her.
  • Who doodles little hearts all over the desk with their initials inside them:  It’s canon that Usagi does… but I think there may be a notebook somewhere with a lot of Mamoru-doodled hearts.
  • Who starts the tickle fights:  Mamoru, if he’s feeling really relaxed and jolly
  • Who starts the pillow fights:  Usagi, but you gotta let her win.  This means she sits on you and bounces, so it’s not a bad thing from Mamoru’s point of view.
  • Who falls asleep last, watching the other with a small affectionate smile:  Usually Mamoru, but it’s not unusual for Usagi to wake up during the night and watch him sleep for a bit - until she has to get out of bed to pee or find a midnight snack, the need for which is why she woke up in the first place.
  • Who mistakes salt for sugar:  Oh, Usagi.  And she finds this a particularly cruel betrayal because she loves sugar so much.  She also loves salt in its place, like on potato chips, but sugar doesn’t ruin chips the way salt ruins a cup of tea.
  • Who lets the microwave play the loud beeping sound at 1am in the morning:  Usagi every damn time.  She likes to warm up her midnight snacks.
  • Who comes up with cheesy pick up lines:  I think you mean cheesy declamatory speeches about the beauty of supermarkets.
  • Who rearranges the bookshelf in alphabetical order:  Mamoru, sometimes, but he’s accepted a while ago that only the shelves with hard boring-looking books are going to stay that way.  He doesn’t mind his Batman graphic novels getting all out of order because it makes him happy that they can talk about them together - although Usagi’s English is still at a level where she mostly follows the pictures.  
  • Who licks the spoon when they’re baking brownies:  The brownie mixture never actually makes it into the pan.  They started making them with mashed banana instead of eggs because Mamoru was a little concerned about eating all that raw egg, but not concerned enough to stop eating half a bowl of raw brownie batter.
  • Who buys candles for dinners even though there’s no special occasion:  Mamoru.  He likes to make Friday night Special Dinner Night, but any excuse will do. 
  • Who draws little tattoos on the other with a pen:  Definitely Usagi.  She draws bunnies on his ass.
  • Who comes home with a new souvenir magnet every time they go on vacation:  Usagi, but she lets Mamoru help choose them.
  • Who convinces the other to fill out those couple surveys in the back of magazines:  Definitely Usagi, but she’ll get into a snit if she doesn’t like the results.  Mamoru will have to make a speech about how their love doesn’t need a Cosmo quiz to validate it; the truth is in their hearts.


As someone who has started a lot of roleplays, I’ll try and help the best I can. First of all, and one of the more important things you need to keep in mind; don’t get discouraged! It’s normal that when you start setting up the roleplay and posting promos, not many people are going to come at first, but it gets better, keep working, keep posting things, posting promos and stuff. When you put love and effort into something, it can’t go wrong.

Which leads me to my second tip. Starting up a roleplay requires effort and hard work! You need to write bios (or skeletons), set up pages, make graphics, come up with an app form (unless it’s an appless roleplay) and not only that; but you’re going to need to be actually there to reply to questions and read applications so people see your rp is active and eager for them to join. That is going to take time. If you can’t or don’t want to do it on your own, look for another admin! And if you feel you don’t have the time or enough motivation, it’s better to take a step back and wait for a time when you can be dedicated to it. 

My other piece of advice would be to work on something original. Whether it’s the plot itself, the face claims, the graphics or everything above; do something attractive with a twist that make people out there want to join!

Be nice! I know this seems obvious and a bit silly; but as an admin you will have to deal with some stuff you won’t like. Uncomfortable questions, sometimes rude questions; and of course what all admin dreads, rejecting people. Sometimes it takes a toll on you and you just want to tell everyone to stop. When or if that happens, take a deep breath and try to be your kindest self. It works wonders!

This got long, I’m sorry! My last tip would be please don’t copy other people’s work. If you like something in particular about a roleplay you’ve seen, or you want to use someone’s work as inspiration or even a template, you can do it. But you should ask that person respectfully and I’m sure you’ll reach an agreement!

But the most important thing of all is to have fun and to create a safe and good environment for your players to develop their characters and make friends! I hope this has been helpful and maybe we will have a new roleplay in our community soon? Thank you for reading!


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Okay so after about an hour of frustrating technical difficulties, I have given up and just left the gif black and white. But I also put in a frame with the colour so you know what it’s supposed to look like! It was really fun to make but I just can’t get a good quality gif of it. :/

{ I was supposed to do this like some followers ago but *shrugs* I’m laze. but here I am crying because wow what. But yes, 450+ crazy ass people who put up with my shit for one reason or another. So before I begin I’m gonna give a shoutout to those I don’t mention here. Personal blogs ( & porn blogs? ) included. Like hell, yeah, you’re still following me. wow I should apologize. But yes. The giveaway is in another post. Only icons because as y’all can see I SUCK at graphics lololol. }

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@sacredxdawn you’ve given me my most painful ship ever and i hate you for it. Like it always hurts whenever i reply to our shit. How do you do these things? Talent such talent get thee behind me

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