looks like they do in the animes

Help!  Need descriptive passages from kids’ or YA books!

I’m starting a unit in my iPad illustration class on Monday.  Students will first illustrate a scene from a kids’ or young adult book, and then later will add a character and animate the scene.

I’m looking for really vivid examples of descriptive writing from books for young people.  Passages focusing on boys and girls are great:  it’s a mix of genders and they do like to see themselves in literature.  Older or newer books - doesn’t matter.  But if you’ve had kids (or teach kids) in the middle years, knowing the “hot” books of the day would be great.

If you give me the names of books and authors, plus specific passages, I’d be happy to hit the library to seek them out.

Thanks so much in advance!

anonymous asked:

this is a dumb question but iv always been interested in being one of those people who goes in to schools/other events and gives like "educational" shows, and like teaches children and adults that snakes, and other reptiles are cute and nice. and not just scaley slimy stereotypes especially with berms. i wanna educate and get rid of the bad rep they get. but is each state different for allowing permits for that? or is their like one national permit?

It can vary place by place, if you do not require payment then you will likely only need to acquire waivers for parents to sign. If you are looking for payment, it is likely you will have to get a business licence rather than a permit :) Before you do it though it might be good to have your animals inspected by someone who has done it before to make sure they are well behaved and up for the task :3

so i love my ryder. i made her to look perpetually serious (being that she is a professional, logical kind of person) and the way this works in the game with the facial animations is perfect and hilarious and in line with her character. she has a lot of irritated, exhausted expressions but i live for the awkward smiles – it looks like a serious person who knows they’re in a situation that requires smiling but their face doesn’t have much practice and they don’t have the feeling behind it to make it look natural.  

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lafaiette  asked:

Everyone complained about the default look of FemRyder, but after playing with my customized Ryder a little, I can't help but appreciate the default look more. It looks more 'alive' (the eyes aren't staring into the void for example) and she has the cutest smile, while my Ryder barely moves her eyebrows. Do you think I should restart the game and play with the default look to better experience the Jaal romance? I want Ryder to smile at him, not frown at him ;_;

Depends on how much you value your current progress in the game.

My initial problem was exactly like yours - how customs are animated. Some people give default Sara a lot of shit because of her smiley face, but custom Ryder that I’ve created in CC looked like she’s terrified or in pain all the time.

I’ve played with her like five mins, saw Alec and said “no-no-no-no-no” to custom characters in my game. They are barely animated sometimes and I really love default Alec. And Scott too.

At first I was angry that devs literally forced me to go default. I’m not good with CC and all my characters in various games are products of pure luck. But then I’ve remembered that I’ve played ME3 and then ME2 with default ME3 face, a little customized though. So, I thought: “What the hell? I’ll go default and will customize her once mods will be on air!”. Now I didn’t even want to customise her. Maybe just give her loose hair on Jaal’s date for romantic purposes.
I say - she is perfect. Yes, she looks goofy sometimes, but it just adds to her character. I love when she makes her faces, they are priceless. I love her. And yes, she’s animated in very emotional and sweet way when progressing in Jaal’s romance. Compared to what I saw from other people’s videos with custom Ryder in romance scenes… I prefer default. Like seriosly.
I definitely can vouch for default Sara with all of my heart. And you can always customize her a little later with mods, as I said.

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CJ how the fuck are you so good at everything I'm suspecting you of being a literal god in disguise

((I guess i’m just really creative and open minded and im not afraid to try something lol.

A thing i learned in my animation class during my individual studies (again; for an entire semester I was left to my own accord to study either background art, storyboarding, story plotting, prop design, concept art, or character design and anatomy) is called Hitchhiking. what you do is you study how another artist draws, try to do a style similar to theirs and follow their steps, and see what you like about the progress of drawing it to put into your own style.

lets say you enjoy the look of how the nose turned out while mimicing the style of an animated short. you then take that and put that into your own art style, and alternate it and change it to see if it looks good with your style. It goes really well with the eyes, and thus you keep it. you continue doing this as you find more ways to draw, taking out a few things from your own style and experimenting with it. Like the way you colored was starting to get old, and when you tried a way that is similar to the way this one painter did it you found that to be so much easier to do.

I continued doing that progress of Hitchhiking, and thus my art style continued to develop over time the more I experimented and now it is the way it is now))

“Humans are weird” idea

It seems to always be the case that aliens have names that are “unpronounceable by the human tongue.”  But, y’know, humans are actually really good mimics.  We can do impressions of anything, and some of us are really good at it.  What if that was a special skill of ours that was constantly surprising the aliens?

Alien talks about human like s/he’s not there, only to be shocked when its own language comes out of that strange little mouth.

Alien can’t figure out WHAT that noise onboard is, only to find human crewmate pranking it.  (“As soon as he leaves, I’m gonna do the sound of a failing hover engine, okay?  Just see where he looks first!”)

Alien hears a different noise and a thud, then “Sorry, I tripped.”  (”But you squeaked.”  “Yeah, didn’t mean to.  Sounded kinda dumb.”)

Alien is alarmed to hear the sound of two Dangerous Animals coming from the containment room.  Thinks the one has multiplied.  Runs in, find human yowling back at it.  (“It seemed lonely, so I was talking to it.  Reminds me of a cat I had once.”)

The away team is threatened by a Large Animal protecting its young.  Alien Captain knows what to do.  Shoves the human up front and points.  “Make the noises that the little ones are making.  This is your time to shine.”


“This mah squad, better move aside boy”

Instead of studying for my test, I doodle my predictions for the ep “The new Crystal Gems” while I was listening lots of We Bare Bares songs so yall better listen to this song while seing this thingie

ALRIGHT, let’s debunk the discussion of whether Yuri and Viktor kissed or just hugged at the end of episode 7 for once and for all with some cold, hard facts. Because that scene was most definitely, without one single doubt, a kiss

Let’s start off with the lips. Do you notice anything particular about the way that the lips are displayed in the gif below?

As you can see, it is very noticable that there is an obvious emphasis on the lips, seeing as how they are drawn so shiny and glossy looking. 
Why is this of importance? Well, that’s because the only times that the lips have been animated like that before in this show, was when something in particular was about to happen to the lips. 

Example 1: Viktor’s thumb rubbing over Yuri’s mouth for the first time

Example 2: Viktor applying chapstick to Yuri’s mouth

See? The only times when the lips were drawn shiny looking, was when something was about to be done with them. And notice how in the first gif, when Viktor leans in, BOTH their lips are shiny and glossy? Hmm I wonder why…. What would they be about to do with both their lips??!! Hmmm…. 

Secondly, the eyes. 

Now, Viktor and Yuri have hugged before many many times. And the only time that Yuri’s eyes have ever widened during their hug, was when Viktor hugged him unexpectedly from behind in episode 5.
However, this time, Yuri was expecting to be hugged. He rushed over to Viktor with his arms wide because he wanted to hug him after his performance went better than expected. If Viktor would only have returned the hug, Yuri would not have been surprised, because it was his own intention to hug him. 
But as you can see, Yuri’s eyes widen thoroughly. Viktor was doing something he did not expect. 
And not only that; VIKTOR’S EYES CLOSE. Viktor was closing his eyes right as he closed the gap between his and Yuri’s face. And when do people usually close their eyes when leaning in? Oh that’s right: when they are about to kiss someone.

Thirdly, the position of their heads in the zoom out. 

Notice how Viktor’s hand is holding the back of Yuri’s head quite firmly? He is obviously pushing his head back in order to be able to press their lips together more firmly. If he wasn’t kissing him, Yuri’s head would firstly be at Viktor’s shoulder, and secondly, the entire side of Viktor’s face could not have been visible if their lips weren’t pressed together, meaning that Viktor could not move his head any closer. 
Have you ever hugged someone with your just your cheeks pressing against each other? Yeah, me neither. 

Now, I understand that the main reason why people think that it’s just a hug, is because when they hit the ice, they are shown to just be hugging, and not kissing. 

And I do understand that this could cause confusion, but please note that they were literally falling down onto rock hard ice. If you were falling down when kissing someone, believe me, you would also break the kiss in order to make sure that your partner wouldn’t hit their head on the hard floor (or in this case ice). Viktor was still holding the back of Yuri’s head as they fell down, meaning that he was making sure that he wouldn’t hit his head. Plus, I also don’t think a kiss would be a very pleasant one when your heads would literally be about to hit something hard and cold. 

Now, after you’ve read all of this, don’t you dare try to tell me that this was just a hug and not a kiss. 

This. Was. A. Fucking. Kiss 

Vikturi is canon. 

Hi hellO, @wittyy-name is at it again with another klance fanfic! 

>>The Marks We Make<<

Now, this is a soulmate college AU. Everything your soulmate writes/draws on their skin, will appear on your skin as well.

We are still doing the suadwm fanfic, no worries about that. This is a side project we’re doing, so the updates to this are gonna be significantly slower, however Witty does her best to give you guys something to look forward to to keep you going for a little while before the next update! We work on it whenever witty wants a break from her other writing stuff.

Meanwhile, the art I will be doing for this fic will be one art piece per chapter. But they’re all going to be animated in one way or another. I am not an experienced animator, and a lot of the things I’ll be doing with this are 100% experimental, and there wil be like 1937 mistakes, both in the progress and “final” piece. I consider this a challenge for myself, since I wanted that kind of practice.

Anyway, have fun reading, tell us what you think <3

oh and before you ask, yes, our lives are 100% dedicated to klance, we have nothing else.

Today at the zoo

Today while working my volunteer shift at tigers, I had a mom and her daughter(probably my age) come up and were looking up at the tigers. The mom pointedly asked if the tiger was unhappy, because he had been pretty focused on the back gate, where the keepers work. I explained to her that because the keepers were nearby that he, like some of our other animals, would become fixated on them and it doesn’t necessarily indicate a distressed or unhappy animal. The mom then says to the daughter “see, do you feel better?” And she must have seen the curiosity on my face because the mom says “she hasn’t been to a zoo in who knows how long, i had to drag her to come.” Indicating that she wasn’t a fan of zoos.

Now up until now the daughter hadn’t made eye contact at all and just looked unhappy to be there. Because her obvious perception was that the animals were bored and unhappy, I started explaining the different enrichment we use, the fact we use perfumes and spices like cinnamon to keep them stimulated. And she laughed in surprise for the first time and looked at me: “wait really?” And I went on to explain training and even our ultrasound trained polar bear, our conservation efforts, our nonprofit status, and finally that she was contributing to us helping save species just by coming. She was helping us save the very tiger that she was concerned for at the beginning, and I thanked her for helping us save tigers and so so many other animals from extinction. By the end of it, she was moved to tears and hugged me, thanking me for changing her view on zoos, and that she’d had no idea we were making such an impact.

This is exactly why I do this. This is why good zoos matter. And this is what keeps me working towards my zoo career.


Joyeux Noël à @abadmeanman! I was your @mlsecretsanta 💝🎅✨

It’s a mutual reveal scenario! In which its a direct mirror of the ever infamous umbrella scene (sans the umbrella and rain).

(Shocking, I know) 

So a for the longest ive been wracking my brain on what to get you. Honestly i considered many possibilities and i still am but those, i decided, were better off as separate projects ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) because i wanted to go for a sfw approach.

I know it’s not much (trust me i wish i could have done more bc ur a cool dude) but this is the best i could do atm. it was my first time working with animations and i came across a lot of technical difficulties (like finding the right size so the finalized thing fits under 1MB or tweaking with the settings so it doesnt look wonky) but im actually proud of the outcome :)

anyways, i hope u like this and that you have a neato x-mas and a happy new year!💛🎉🎅

It’s done (I think)!

It could use a little more cleaning up, maybe, but I really like how it turned out, despite everything. I think it doesn’t look as shaky as I was expecting it, so that’s a good thing.

I wanna make some more of these little gifs, and maybe eventually make a longer animation… Idk.

Thanks to @great-taco for the critique in the previous one, ha ha, I made that part slightly longer, but I’m not sure if it’s still long enough? Critique is appreciated, friends :0

This is the standard of keeping ball pythons. Its the most common technique, and it IS widly spread.

We can do better than this. This kind of stuff doesnt allow for a range of natural behaviors. It makes us look like animal abusers. Yes, the animals survive, but they cannot thrive in this setting. There’s literally not enough room for even one of them to stretch all the way out.

We can do better. We have to do better because this isn’t good for the animals health wise, or even mentally. It also gives HSUS and PETA more grounds to ban reptiles as pets.

Enrichment provides animals with an outlet for natural behaviors and promotes healthy animals. There are tons of studies on the benefits of enrichment- it’s not an extra step- it’s necessary for the good of the animal and is part of proper husbandry.

Dont be like this picture; dare to do more.

(image source purposely withheld)

Crested barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii)

The crested barbet is a sub-Saharan bird in the Lybiidae family. With its thick bill and very colourful plumage the crested barbet is unmistakable. The crested barbet feeds on insects, other birds’ eggs and fruits and sometimes mice. They are found singly or in pairs. They like to bounce around on the ground looking for food, they usually call from a branch out in the open. They do not fly easily and then only for short distances. Crested barbets roost in holes in trees.

photo credits: wiki

I’ve always wanted to animate, so I finally attempted it! It’s honestly so fun and I look forward to doing more! I hope you like this, it’s very sketchy and rough looking ;-;

Also @therealjacksepticeye is really fun and bouncy to animate ^u^