Today’s Captain Swan Big Bang Spotlight features @seastarved!
What kinds of artwork do you make?
Manips, gifs and graphics.
What’s your favorite thing about creating artwork?
It’s soothing for me. It’s a way for me to be creative even when I’m incredibly stressed. I can’t seem to make words happen when I’m stressed out but photoshop is my little safe haven where I can mess around, make people make out and write little snippets of poetry or words and sort of combine them and try to tell a story that way.
What’s one of your greatest strengths when it comes to creating artwork?
Hmm, I’m not sure tbh. I guess, I like that I am confident enough in my skills as a writer to try and use those skills when I do more visual art as well? I like that I can complement both forms of art with one another, I suppose.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to try your hand at, but haven’t had a chance yet?
I want to try making those incredible AU gifsets that some people make. They’re like little movies and I’m always so so in awe of how wonderful they are.
If you participated in the first Captain Swan Big Bang, what was the experience like for you? What are you looking forward to this time around?
I was a writer first time around and had to drop out unfortunately because my story got far too long–I’m still writing it in fact haha!– and life got in the way. But it was a fun experience! This time, I’m looking forward to making some fun manips :D
Making that image was a labour of love :D I knew what I wanted it to look like and I would work on it between writing words for the story and I’m quite happy with the way it turned out, like Killian stepping out of the frame to take Emma’s hand.
Because this is a redo of my first ever manip which tbf was a complete disaster haha! It’s not a very complicated piece of work. I have done so many more that are far more complex but this one holds a special place in my heart because it showed me just how far I’d come you know?
What do you think of antis tearing apart Hannah's beautiful manips?
It’s just sad really. Why make fun of someone’s art? She works extremely hard on them. I’ve said it a million times but manips are a normal part of fandom (click here or here and you’ll see thousands of manips in various different fandoms) so even if you think they’re “creepy” or “wrong”, you should respect the person who took the time to make them. I hope @artistsassenach knows how much she’s appreciated and how talented she really is. She shouldn’t allow anyone to make her feel bad about her beautiful work ❤️
travel au: When Davina finally resurrects Kol they decide that they need to get out of New Orleans for a while. She finally gets to see beyond her hometown, and he gets to see the world without the constant fear of a dagger to the heart.
I just got home so I only saw a few posts about the episode and obviously people are sad. It seems they have, once again, completely ignored the relationship between Emma and Regina. I’m very sorry to know people are upset, and everyone has every right to be. This show is awful and these writers have no idea what they’re doing.
But you know what? I had a great day in fandom today. I posted a new video and got some lovely comments, I went looking for SQ wedding manips and reblogged some beautiful work, and I’m about to read some SQ wedding fics! It was a very Swan Queen day, and it was really fun!
This is something we will never lose. Like we often say, Swan Queen belongs to swen. It’s ours. We can do whatever we want with it and it’s so much better than anything this show could ever give us. Seriously. The CS wedding and proposals are so terrible, I don’t even want to use these scenes to make SQ manips.
Anyway, Swan Queen is beautiful, and nothing can take that away from us :D
I guess I’m bored and feel the need to address this issue. Manips don’t bother me. I don’t think they’re disrespectful, and no, if I were dating Sam or Cait I wouldn’t not be bothered one bit - so no I don’t think it’s inconsiderate. That’s just my opinion, same as if someone says they would be upset it would be their opinion but we have NO idea what Sam, Cait, Mackenzie or Tony or any party involved have to say on the subject. They have never said it-once. They have spoken out against harassment and for kindness, but never fan art/fiction or manips. People’s ideas on it are their own-not Sam or Cait or anyone else’s. No one is harassing them when they do it, no one is insulting anyone, no on is saying it’s real-it’s actually pretty clear and stated many times over that they are not. It’s fantasy, and yes, some like to jump into this side of fantasy like when they make fan-fiction, which I also have no problem with, it’s FICTION. Yes of course they know it’s not real, they are the ones who made it, they just wish it were. That’s okay and allowed. It’s okay to wish something true. Some find them disrespectful, some don’t. Which is fine, if you don’t like them, speak your mind and say so, same goes for if you do.
But we can’t ASSUME that they would feel the same way-on either side of this argument. We just don’t know. They may be like me and have a good laugh at it, think it’s cute, or marvel at the talent. Maril and Cait went for a jog with Cait and her baby bump. Does that seem like some one who has had several miscarriages and feels like “seeing herself pregnant might cause emotional distress”. Cait has talked about “getting into a mind frame” when filming Faith and talked about getting into the mood by listening to music. Sound like someone who has suffered from several miscarriages? Not to me. She has made several jokes about having a baby bump in interviews, always a smile on her face. So lets keep things honest. This brings me to my reason for writing this.
I debated whether I should make my thoughts known, I am trying to keep my blog fun and positive, but I do feel like addressing this. I saw a post come by my feed and it upset me. Not because it was a differing opinion. I don’t care about that. But it was who it came from. It came from someone who said just because you can make manips doesn’t mean you should “distort someone’s identity”, except, she does it ALL THE TIME. She has taken many casts’ heads and put it on other actors (from different shows) or models body’s. Did she ask their permission every time? No she hasn’t. Does she know if they would like it? Hang it up on their wall? NO she does not. Just because she likes it doesn’t mean the actor would like it. Do you think Sophie Turner would have a problem with taking her face off her body and adding Sophie’s? Would she want to hang it on her wall? Is that even the point of all art? You know what, she just might, I don’t know. But it is AS “disrespectful” as SamCait manips. Yes, it’s a fair comparison. If you are going to lecture people for creating manips-don’t do it yourself. AND don’t follow and praise someone who took off Cait’s head in a pic with Sam and added Abbie’s head-and actually passed it off as real-something that these SamCiat manips do not do. Does that make you an “asshole” that you claim others are by the same standards? And if you think they deserve a bitch slap, does that mean you do too-by your own standards, not my standards. I don’t think anyone deserves to be “bitch slapped” or called an ass hole. Violence and harassment is never okay!!! So to claim that some deserve it is 100% wrong!
So in Conclusion, I guess I’m as bored as you are for writing a blog about my ideas on putting peoples faces on other’s bodies. And I guess, like YOU I have nothing better to do with my time.
I do agree with her that harassing the cast and crew and their friends is wrong-i have said it enough times, I also do think actors have a right to tell people to stop manipulating their images-and IF Sam and Cait tell them to stop, yes, respectfully you should. BUT THEY DIDN’T.
Differing opinions are okay. Insulting and threatening people for thinking different than you and doing the same thing you do is NOT okay.
Sincerely, Julia LeBlanc, a Respectful fan-respectful to all.
As he passed over Arendelle, Jack picked up a cold, strange sensation, and knew it had nothing to do with his powers. He gathered the Big Four to share his discovery. Rapunzel and Merida perk up at the mention of Arendelle, because they were both invited to the coronation of the soon-to-be Queen Elsa. While the girls would waltz right into the castle, the guys would have to sneak in. “Won’t be a problem for me, of course,” Jack tries to joke, but the rest of the Big Four knew better than to bring up the fact that he was still invisible to many.
Finally at the Coronation, Hiccup tries to keep Toothless in the shadows and at bay. Jack walks around, searching for any sign of trouble. Merida struggles with the dress Queen Elinor had her wear, but tries to talk to as many people as possible (including Princess Anna herself); and Rapunzel, forgetting a little about the task at hand, dances the night away.
Jack grew impatient, wondering where that cold feeling had gone. It was odd that he ever felt it at all, as the cold never bothered him anyway. Suddenly from across the room, someone yells, “I said enough!” and that cold feeling wells up in his chest as Queen Elsa’s ice powers are revealed. Jack was left speechless, not because her powers were similar to his, but because out of all the people she could’ve looked at, out of everyone in the room, her eyes had landed on him.
“I’m telling you, she looked right at me!” Jack insisted, throwing his hands up in exasperation. “She saw me. She knew I was there. She … she believed in me.”
So, ya’ll know I ship my oc Ardra and Elsa, right? Well, I wanted to make a manip because I haven’t done so 1000 years, so take a gander!! I’m a little rusty but I had fun, I wanna make more! Blushy girls!
Fandom bingo is simple! Write, draw, edit, manip, etc works that cover each trope in a line on one of the bingo squares, going horizontally, vertically, or diagonally! You can cover multiple tropes in the same fic, or you can cover tropes individually!
“Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”
For my wonderful CS valentine, lovedbyhook! I know I originally said I was going to make a Lieutenant Duckling graphic for you, but when you mentioned a CS/HP crossover I just had to take on the challenge :) If I was more talented with writing AUs I would have written a little blurb, but I hope the graphic is enough! Have a wonderful day Marina!! <3 <3
They secretly love fairy tales and happy sappy ever afters (most likely…)
I was supposed to do a manip with this but laziness got the better of me so I messed around in the filter gallery instead. It’s my latest editing craze and is surprisingly fun and requires minimal effort, and not to mention my sims look cool as flat images (at least I think they do…). I hope this makes up for the lack of a Disney background!
I forgot to say, also, I tried my best to make Bernie look like she was wearing a black outfit (think lovely shirt and skinny jeans… mmm, I know right!) and not scrubs, but you might have to squint a little. Or use your imagination I dunno. Lol.
AND I had fun making this (all 30 frames!) so if you have suggestions for other fic manips/ manip gifs just let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
P.s. Thank you for the love, I love ya right back! ❤️
They walk slow, unhurried, and they talk about everything, the earth and the glaciers and themselves, little bits and pieces. Harry finds himself falling open, caving in like the crevices that run like cold veins from the icy lakes. It feels strange to talk this way. He feels like he should be having this conversation hidden under his covers, whispering in the dark. It feels like the kind of talk that means too much, that means trust and revealing the small things that make up the bigger ones, except they’re both barely blinking an eye. -
Harry is a WWF journalist with big dreams and Louis is a glaciologist that flies helicopters for fun. Greenland is an odd place to spend Christmas, but just maybe, the perfect place to fall headfirst into love. (40k)