“A Moonlit Pact” - Digital Oil Painting

Took another little break from the multi-animator project to take on a commission from @natural–blues. She hired me to create a piece of art for the fanfic “A Moonlit Pact,” which features David’s Aiden Hoynes character from “The Politician’s Husband” and Billie as Rose Tyler where they are both werewolves. She wanted them wearing those cute hoodies with wolf ears and paws and sent me pictures of real wolves so I could get the pelt coloring right. I loved the concept and painting the fur was fun!

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magic-and-moonlit-wings  asked:

Charlotte, from "Charlotte's Web" (a good writer and a good friend, gets along well with other species); Milo Thatch, from "Atlantis the Lost Empire" (knowledgeable, curious, eager to learn, sometimes awkward because excitement gets the better of you, prone to "who, me?" moment when complimented or sought out); and Barbie or Elle Woods (pretty, a wide range of skills, firm ideas about justice, and a strong belief in girls helping other girls instead of treating each other as rivals).

Gosh, no one has ever compared me to any of these characters, you win a prize for that alone! 

You made me want to check out the Charlotte’s web cartoon I grew up with, I loved it so much. Ahhh, Milo…he’s such a cutie and that is such a vastly underrated movie. And my goodness, to be compared to my Lady Love and Queen Elle Woods…!

Excuse while I swoon. 

This was lovely, thank you so much for it!

荒野の狼 (kouya no ookami)

Lyrics Translation / Utada Hikaru / Wildland Wolf

Madly in love, a fun rowdy bunch
That’s right, that’s right, comrades who accept each other

Men who consult their friends first on everything
Girls who smoke because they think it looks cool

Fake reassurance and looking for someone to accuse
Those things have nothing to do with us

A pain that no one can erase
Please entrust it to me tonight
Wildland Wolf, even if you howl, morning is scary
Feelings that can’t be put into words
Put them into a song tonight and sing to me
Wildland Wolf, two wolves in the moonlit night

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late summer nights go down pink and gold
cold river days and bonfire smoke nights
elk on the mountains and friends crashing on your couch
jeeps rattle over back roads and the radio plays and you got your shoes on the dashboard and we’re all gonna live forever, golden and moonlit and honest ✨🌙🌾

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August Advice: How To Preach To Your Audience and Not Get Caught

Let’s establish one thing right now. Every story has a message. Every author has a bias. Every author has multiple biases. There’s no such thing as something that’s ‘Just A Story’. Anybody who says that clearly doesn’t understand the role that fiction plays in influencing us and our attitudes towards the world. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe helped start the Civil War, of all things.

Some of these messages are really, really obvious. 1984 isn’t intended to be overly subtle, and neither are movies like FernGully: The Last Rainforest or Avatar. Others are a lot subtler, like A Song of Ice and Fire - that series in particular is extraordinarily subtle because it doesn’t so much take a stance as explore the multiple sides of various issues (There’s a pretty strong War Sucks message, as well as an anti-misogyny one, but once again, they’re not as obvious as the others listed.)

Today’s article is about how to get your message across or explore your theme. Especially when it gets political, it can be hard to keep your story on track and not be tempted to go on a fifty-page rant about why this is wrong and everybody needs to just stop. And the first stop on this little journey is the omnipresent -

1) Know what you’re talking about. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Are you against abortion? Do you want to argue for sanctity of life? Well, I can’t stop you. It’s not my job to tell what to write about. But I WILL tell you - know what you’re talking about. Don’t start writing about abortion without knowing your shit. Research abortion procedure. Actually learn about why people get abortions. Learn about the itty-gritty details. And, most importantly, learn about the shitty things people do to protest abortion. Murdered doctors, harassed women, horrible procedures and more. Don’t nitpick your details. And if you think I’m biased, I’m gonna say the same thing about feminism. If you’re gonna write something about feminism, that’s great. But you can’t just go 'Girls Need Empowerment!’ Remember, there are plenty of people who call themselves feminist who are racist, transphobic, abusive, ableist and generally shitty people. The history of feminism is not an overwhelmingly positive one, and not just because of men. Why is this important? Well, like I said above, one of the reasons ASOIAF is so popular is that it doesn’t take absolute positions on issues - it discusses them. Tyrion is a disabled man, but he’s also a misogynist ass. Then you see Cersei, who has very, very valid reasons to hate everybody and be really pissed off about how she’s treated as a woman in a really sexist society. It’s not just a 'Girls Need Better’ treatise - it shows women being treated badly, it shows why they’re being treated badly, it shows people who are otherwise decent upholding sexist values, and it shows a huge variety of women reacting to these norms. (Arya, Sansa, Cersei, Ygritte, Asha, Catelyn, etc.). Yet ultimately, the message we’re getting is a pro-women one. Look at these women. Look at them all. Look how amazing they are. Don’t they deserve better? And that’s the kind of subtlety that everyone should strive for, even if they don’t achieve it. (Sidenote: just because your message isn’t subtle doesn’t mean that it or your writing is bad. It just means that anybody who doesn’t already agree might roll their eyes and put it down.) So know your stuff - otherwise you’re preaching stuff that may or may not even be right, to people who already know it. 2) Your characters are not mouthpieces. Everybody puts at least a little of themselves into their characters - it’s impossible to avoid. But that doesn’t mean that they’re there for you to use as a mouthpiece. Here’s an example. Your character, the tough, stoic warrior of the group of people off to the Mountain of Terror to destroy the Singular Cup, suddenly goes on a rant about how war is bad. Well…why? He’s a warrior. If he has a genuine reason to go on that rant, then that’s fine. But if he’s a strong, silent kind of person, why’s he ranting? Is it a personal topic for him? Has he been truly, horribly scarred by war? …Or are you co-opting your own character to say what you want to say? Characters can have strong views and opinions, but those need to line up with the character and be consistent - or at least change consistently (aka as part of a character arc). And the way they express those views need to be consistent. If you have an extremely opinionated pacifist healer, chances are they’ll stop or at least have serious issues with aiding someone who’s going straight back to the front lines. It all depends on the character. 3) Don’t strawman. This is actually part of the first one - doing your research and representing both sides fairly. Yes, you can represent your side and your message and your political views. No, you can’t turn the other side into Evil People. That includes:
  • having only villains actually disagree with your favoured political view
  • having anybody who disagrees with your favoured political view change their mind by the end
  • having anybody who disagrees with characters who share your view sound ridiculous when arguing about it and use incorrect information
  • having anybody who disagrees with your political view meet an unfortunate end

…and so on and so forth. Strawmanning also includes misrepresenting the opposing view on purpose - ie. turning 'Feminism means equality for women’ into 'Feminists hate all men and want to turn them into slaves’.

4) Put the story first.

It’s more important for something to make good plot sense than for it to line up with your argument. Not everybody 'walks the walk’ 100% of the time. The character, plot and message all need to work together.

For more information, check out TV Tropes! There’s a lot of information on Author Tracts, Aesops and Anvilicious Aesops.