Okay so normally I just tell my friends when something paranormal happens to me, but this is just too much for me.
I normally have this stuffed Triceratops up by my head when I sleep but this morning around 12:30-1:00 I had woken up to find it in this position.
I took the picture around 8 this morning before moving it after my parents saw it. Both me and my mom tried seeing if it’d somehow fall naturally like that but the head is top heavy so anytime it fell it just landed on its side.
This isn’t the only weird thing to happen to me in this house, but it’s definitely the first time I’ve had something of mine moved.
Because honestly it’s a pretty freaky place. I mean, we are legitimate Night Vale/Gravity Falls level freaky. Here are just a few things about our town you all should know that gives it these qualities:
-It is currently the middle of summer and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and dropping
- There are frequent ghost sightings throughout the town
- A few poltergeist
- Our state office literally has a place to register to be a vampire
- Honestly no one even notices when freaky paranormal things happen
- If you go to the darkest parts of the town there are people who summon demons for you. Like drug dealers but with demons
- Last school year the field by the school caught fire and burned up the entire field unnaturally. What makes it unnatural? Well, according to documents by the police and fire department, and since I saw this the next day at school, the fire was already out by the time they had got there and the fire had actually stopped abruptly in a line. Almost like it hit a wall but there was nothing there.
- There is a haunted Bell tower where some guy fell to his death and his corpse got sealed in the walls.
- We have a house out here where if you open all the doors and one person stands at the front door and another at the back, and one of them shot the other it would just immediately hit the other person
- There’s a Ghost train that goes by my house every once in a while. The ghosts are dressed on 1920s fashion. They’re quite nice.
- The last time I saw a deer come through it ate a squirrel
- The coyotes can climb fences. Not like how a dog would climb a fence though. More human like.
- There’s a pizza parlor run by the mafia. And two of the sons just “left” permanently.
- Back when I was a baby, apparently the town had a curfew since there was a large dark “something” roaming around. I asked my mom a few years ago what happened to it. She said that it just disappeared one night.
- And finally, at night, when the stars come out, they always are brighter than other places. Even out in the country, they are not as bright.
But Superwholock is such an odd combination.
One believes that aliens don’t exist and everything that happens is Paranormal.
One believes that everything that happens is because of aliens.
And one believes that neither aliens nor paranormal things exist, and everything is caused by humans.
Another painting from my personal project along with a breakdown of my process. In this image, two of the three main-characters are on their way to the haunted castle of a deceased hollywood millionaire. They want to investigate the paranormal happenings (had to avoid “activities” there…) going on in the castle, so they’re arriving at sunset.
The goal with this images was to create some kind of eerie beauty in the lighting and atmosphere. This is the point where the story pivots from a warm beautiful summerday to a dark and unsettling night full of mysteries and danger.
As usual, I started this image with some super quick sketches. I already had the design of the castle figured out in sperate sketches and I had a pretty good idea of the shot’s basic layout in my mind, so I did rather few of these really loose sketches. Usually I spend a lot of time in this stage, to make sure I only invest more time in a refined drawing if I’m really confident in the image’s layout.
Once I had a sketch that I was happy with, I created a tighter linework. For this project, I tried to go for a really clean outline-style in my lineworks. The goal here was to find a linework-style that would work consistently for characters, props & environments and would be easy to work with in later stages. By completely avoiding cross-hatching, etc I could keep the linework as a simple multiply-layer later on, without it interfering with my values.
As soon as I’m done with the refined layout drawing, I do a quick value-sketch. I try to limit myself to a range of 3 values here, which forces me to focus on the big contrasts rather than detailing things. The questions I ask myself when doing this value-sketch are: “Which edges/elements need the most contrast? Which ones need to be readable but aren’t the main focus? And which ones can be lost, if you’re squinting your eyes at the final image?”
These value-sketches have become one of my most important steps in painting, because they give me security in my process later on. If I have a solid value-structure that works with three values, I can be confident that as long as I don’t break that structure in the final painting, the contrasts in my images will work as I intended.
With the rough values in place, I start searching for the right colorscheme for my image. Here I just go nuts using all kinds of layer-modes and adjustment-layers. The goal here is not to produce a pretty image but to find a combination of colors that works for the story-moment. Questions I ask myself are: “What color do the different lightsources (keylight(s), fill-light, additional lightsources) have? What are the predominant local colors in the environment/characters? What combination of colors could convey the feeling of the moment?” I’ve learned that it’s really helpful to spend enough time to have good reference for this step!
Final Colors and Adjustments:
After finding a colorscheme that I like, I start painting the final image. I’ll probably go into more detail about my rendering process in another post, because this one’s allready way too long! Something important I’ve learned is not to stick too slavishly to my initial colorsketch. I usually find ways to improve the initial colorscheme during the rendering process.
As soon as I’m happy with the image, I try to show it to people whose feedback I trust, to get a fresh pair of eyes on the image. In this case, my old Motivarti-Mentor Nicolas Weis gave me some really great advice on the composition that I tried to implement in the last step.
And that’s it! Hope some people find this helpful, please let me know if you have any questions, you can email me, message me on tumblr or contact me anywhere else =)
To be honest, Evan was the realist dude in Everymanhybrid. Shit was going down and everyone was like lol it’s a prank. Nope, he had that shit on lock down like “there’s some paranormal shit happening”. Then a few entries later everyone else jumped on board. I’m surprised homeboy didn’t look into the camera like Office.
Also, him busting down Jeff’s door to tell him about Alex was the most responsible friendship thing I’ve ever seen.
Way to go Evan, 4 for you. Sucks that your shit got wrecked later on.
This happened to my uncle when I was about 14 years old, he told me what happened to him the morning after it occurred and I would never forget it because it was so chilling.
My uncle had stayed up late at night watching tv and reading when he heard the hanging doorway beads rustle from someone passing through them, quickly he looked up to see my younger cousin, Maxine out of bed and standing there in the doorway staring at him with piercing eyes.
Knowing that she had school in the morning he scolded her, “Max, get to bed.”
But she stayed there, very still as the doorway beads slowly swayed. He said she was wearing a white nightgown and white socks with frilly ribbons on her ankles. Her hair was long and black just like Maxine’s too. He became angry because she ignored his command.
“Max! I said get your ass to bed now!”
After another moment of her staring blankly at him he knew something wasn’t right here. He shut his eyes tight and rubbed them to make sure he wasn’t asleep or tripping out and when he opened them she was gone. He brushed it off and continued to stare at the tv, but just then Maxine came out of her room and into the doorway wearing completely different pajamas with messy hair and a drowsy expression.
“Dad, what are you talking about? I was already in bed.”
Fuck Yeah Nightmares Mod James: 7/10 Thanks for sharing the scares!
2P!America: “LET’S TELL GHOST STORIES TO SEE IF THE SPIRITS GET PISSED”
2P!China: “I wonder if there are any ghosts of cute girls here”
2P!England: “Oh goodness, ghosts aren’t real, what is everyone going on about? I see no–” *sees a spirit* “…A-A-A-ALLENNNN H-HOLD MEEE!”
2P!France: “I really don’t give two shits if we see anything or not”
2P!Russia: “I refuse to believe any of the lies told of this place. Ghosts are a work of fiction” *very strong non-believer and tries to excuse all the paranormal happenings with ‘logical explanations’*
2P!Italy: “Do you think I could punch a ghost”
2P!Germany: “Don’t worry Gilen if you get scared you can hold me ahahah”
2P!Japan: “If I’m there, do you think one of the ghosts will crawl out of the TV?”
2P!Canada: “So we’re going in there just to see a few doors close and a couple frames fall off their hinges? Boring”
2P!Romano: “NUH UH YOU ARE NOT GETTING ME IN THERE NO WAY BABE I’M STAYING THE FUCK RIGHT HERE” *plants self on the ground a good 30 feet away from the house*
2P!Austria: “Aaah, my people await” *cue evil laugh*
2P!Prussia: “I’m… kind of scared to go in there; what if the ghosts don’t like us?!” *will cry if anyone forces him inside*
Credited to Skarjo This story is not necessarily scary but it teaches us that the most horrible things don’t happen because of
mysterious malignant intent or anything paranormal. They
happen because we’re human beings.
Have you ever forgotten your phone?
When did you realize you’d forgotten it? I’m guessing you didn’t just smack your forehead and exclaim ‘damn’ apropos of nothing. The realization probably didn’t dawn on you spontaneously. More likely, you reached for your phone, pawing open your pocket or handbag, and were momentarily confused by it not being there. Then you did a mental recap of the morning’s events.
Gravity Falls and Night Vale Exist in the Same Universe (and something HUGE happened) Theory
Bear with me, listeners: this is gonna be long.
They both started on the same day: June 15, 2012
They are both “weird” towns filled with paranormal wonders.
Alex Hirsch once said himself that if you put a red pin on a map
every time something weird or paranormal happens, they become more
clustered once you get close to Gravity Falls. Night Vale is located
“somewhere in the Southwestern United States” (I always think of
Arizona). That’s pretty close to Oregon, if you ask me.
- StrexCorp vs The Blind Eye Society
Okay, I’m pretty sure that the Blind Eye Society has more sects that are outside of Gravity Falls. There have to be other memory guns and other people who just want to forget all of the crazy sh*t they’ve seen. I think there’s a sect of the Blind Eye Society somewhere in Night Vale, and the only place where it could be is the infamous Dog Park. All I know about the Dog Park is that dogs and people are not allowed in the Dog Park, and it doesn’t exist, but it does, and sometimes it occupies other dimensions. And that no one is supposed to speak of it. Also, that it is sometimes a meeting place for hooded figures. The Blind Eye Society is chalk full of hooded people. This could be another reason why it’s so shrouded by mystery: the people of Night Vale probably saw something weird and had their memories erased. I’ll bet they’ve all been inside there at least once, but the Society makes sure that they never venture in there again—by means of other mind games, I’m sure.
I also think that Bill Cipher is heavily involved with StrexCorp. Hear me out. I think a lot of fans agree with me when I say that Desert Bluffs is basically what Night Vale could have been if they were unable to keep StrexCorp (and the Smiling god) away from them. We heard in “Triptych” that Kevin actually used to hate StrexCorp as much as Cecil did and seemed like a kind, caring individual. Then StrexCorp went and turned him into…well, the Kevin we all know. But later in his life Kevin will be broken, beaten down by whatever StrexCorp did to him, and inform Cecil that StrexCorp is a terrible thing. He seemed so traumatized by it that I was reminded of Fiddleford McGucket. After one glimpse of Bill Cipher’s dimension, Fiddleford was left mentally assaulted with so many terrible things that he created the B.E.S. just to forget about it, and that eventually led him to insanity.
…which only fuels my theory: Bill Cipher (and one of his “friends”) are basically the masterminds behind StrexCorp. Anyone who’s watched Weirdmaggedon I, II, and III know what happens when Bill merges his dimension with ours. I’ll bet some crazy person outside of Desert Bluffs and Night Vale made a deal with Bill involving some kind of business organization. Bill agrees, but there’s always a twist with him, some kind of favor. So what was originally going to be a successful monopoly turns into a freakish cult, all worshiping the “Smiling God.” I’ve seen fanart sketches of the smiling god and none of them actually look human. Doesn’t that sound like something that would hang out in Bill’s dimension? Or on a darker note, doesn’t this sound like something Bill would turn a person into? Maybe the person that made the deal with Bill in the first place? This smiling god acts like a true leader that will fix everything and bam, Desert Bluffs—despite Kevin’s initial protests—falls under its control. But there are hints that Bill is still the one in charge—the most obvious ones being the triangle on the StrexCorp posters, as well as Kevin’s cheery, yet sadistic personality. Also the fact that in most fanart, he’s wearing something yellow. I’ll bet that Kevin’s even allowed Bill to control him at one time or another.
Another thing: Cecil and Kevin are usually depicted in fanart as having a third eye. I for one don’t support this headcanon (but you guys can think what you want). However, I do think that there is a hell of a lot of symbolism involving those third eyes. This may get a little confusing, but I’ll try to explain as best I can.
Cecil knows all about the weird stuff happening in Night Vale—hell, he’s the voice of Night Vale, how could he not? The important part is, he just takes it in stride. I’m sure that in episodes he’s reacted strongly to stuff, but in the next episode he’s still sitting there in that studio, ready to speak again. The weird stuff has become normal to him. That’s why his third eye is still intact—he knows what he believes in, and he’s not controlled by anyone. Kevin, on the other hand, has let a higher power completely and utterly take over and destroy his life. He’s succumbed to their fake smiles and their bloody normal. He’s let someone else decide what he sees and what he believes—that’s why his third eye is either sewn shut, darkened, or gouged out. Yet another allusion to the B.E.S.. He has—in a way—turned a “blind eye” to the crazy stuff and has let someone else make decisions for him.
Cecil Palmer and Tad Strange are the same person.
I’m gonna start this off by saying that I’ve heard several things about this little theory—one of them being that Tad Strange became Cecil Palmer after he was tragically scarred by what happened during Weirdmaggedon. But I don’t think that’s quite true. In my theory, Bill was responsible for what happened to Desert Bluffs. Now how could all of that happen if Bill died in Gravity Falls beforehand? I think Cecil Palmer became Tad Strange, and here’s how:
StrexCorp invades Night Vale. That’s the short answer, and it seems like that’s how the inevitable end to Night Vale will come to pass. Night Vale put up a fight the last time StrexCorp tried to come and they managed to hold it off. But there are three things that tell me StrexCorp will be back: One, StrexCorp loves winning. Two, Cecil actually says that Night Vale “did not stop the unraveling of the universe” which might foreshadow StrexCorp’s return. The third one is the one I’m going off of: Cecil accidentally let it slip in a broadcast to recent-past-Kevin that there was going to be a rebellion against StrexCorp in the future. Cecil was able to pass it off as a funny joke, but I’ll bet Kevin makes plans ahead of time. (See Triptych for more info.)
So when this time does indeed come to pass, Cecil becomes a fugitive because he believes too much in his own beloved town to ever believe in a “smiling god.” Kevin and the rest of StrexCorp make sure that Cecil suffers a lot for his disobedience…they torture other people to draw him out, etc. Cecil tries to gain a few followers, but there’s nothing he can do. Maybe a few months later he seriously has no place to turn to and stumbles across the Dog Park, where the Blind Eye Society takes him in and completely erases Night Vale from his mind. They safely get him out of Night Vale and away from StrexCorp. So after a while, he just sort of stumbles upon Gravity Falls and makes another identity for himself from a little phrase he hears.
And here are a few other things that I found that were completely coincidental, but somehow may fit into the rest of this theory:
Triptych (the episode where Cecil finds out about Kevin’s past and future) and the Stanchurian candidate (where Tad Strange’s first appearance is) were released roughly around the same time.
There are a lot of quotes from Night Vale that would fit in Gravity Falls and vice versa, one of which being the one I’ll close with:
“Be proud of your place in the cosmos. It is small, and yet it is. How unlikely! How fantastic! And stupid.
Imagine Person A loves horror movies and Person B does not. One day, a movie comes out that Person A has been waiting for for over a year and Person B goes with them to see it. However, the movie is too scary even for Person A, and the two come home extremely jumpy and paranoid. Suddenly, a thunderstorm happens. Normally they would be fine with this, but they’re still jumpy because of the movie. They end up curling up in bed together, trying not to look around too much in case they see something that freaks them out. Every time there’s a flash of lightning or a crash of thunder, they yelp and hold each other closer.
In this scene the GazettE are “dying"and the girl after hold what’s left from them. The sand. Since,this song is called Undying it shows that in that moment they forget the past(or try to leave everything behind-that’s why in the beginning and some parts they show vids and lives all together)and they are going to be reborn. GazettE in the particular scene can be symbolized as a Phoenix bird.
*The Phoenix bird.
In Greek mythology,a Phoenix or Phenix is a long live bird(gazerock is not dead-14 years?) that is cyclically regenerate or reborn. Associated with the sun(the “sun” in the song can be the scene after Ruki screams “MY FATE"so the little demonic/paranormal activity happens and everything breaks or the girl that goes near them and they slowly die),a Phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of it’s predecessor.
We can also see that they are going to be reborn/forget the past/be new by watching the scenes of GazettE as they play the Undying song and then we see them at the live stage.
*The white and the black.
The white and the black women obviously show the bad and the good. The Yin Yang(water and fire=in the song it’s the sea and again the fire can be the little girl//light and dark=light can be again the girl or that they are finally reborn like a Phoenix bird and dark can be the whole scenery around them also their past–RUKI as I can remember said something about having a “dark"past)
In Chinese philosophy,yin yang describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world,and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
The little girl has for me many roles. Can be either a part of Yin Yang(because we see her changes from White to Black)and also a part of the Phoenix legend as the “Sun”.In both ways,the little girl can be literally the music industry as something that seems easy,simple,tiny and innocent but as RUKI said before a music industry is nothing like that and like someone can image.Or maybe even the fans that can be a good thing(support etc)or/and a bad thing(for making them feel uncomfortable and maybe even “control"them in some situations. For example,say to make music like in their past or make this or that and we want this or that).
*The connection with Ominous and Ugly
For me Ominous is the beginning(how they felt/darkish feelings)Undying is the middle part(take the first step/forget everything/come in peace with everything/forget the past/reborn)and Ugly the last part(they had enough of everything and make the big boom)(it’s like a circle of their past if you think about it)
(Undying has lyrics from Ominous:Sleep Counts me down again)
I really wish my family would just let me have my own freaking belief in things.
My older brother thinks I’m stupid for believing in ghosts and spirits, even with all the paranormal stuff that has happened to me in my life and the weird stuff that has happened in the house. No, if it was real there would be more photographic proof, my experiences are invalid because I’m autistic and mentally ill.
I believe in cryptids and that’s stupid and I need to live in the real world, I need to stop living in some fantasy world. I tell my mother’s partner about a
Sasquatch video I saw and was excited about, interrupts me with “meanwhile in the real world there was a terror attack”. I know there was a freaking terror attack, let me be happy and excited about this video of a
and it’s baby, okay? She tells me that she doesn’t believe in cryptids like Sasquatch and Yeti and the Yowie, or any others like Nessie and the Mothman, because if they were real there would be more proof. I point out all the photographic evidence and videos, “if those were real it’d be all over the news”. Says if they were real they wouldn’t be called cryptids, they’d just be normal fauna. In this day and age they would find that animal, never mind that they’re discovering new animals all the time that were thought to be myth or extinct, the Sasquatch is too big, it would have been found and studied by now, shown up on satellites, never mind that they found a huge ass whale or a large deer horse thing.
She got real excited about a video that might have shown a
I showed her, but no, that’s different. The Thylacine actually does exist, it’s a proven fact that it existed and all these sightings over the years mean it’s possible it still does, Australia is a large country with heavily forested and bushed areas, anything could hide in the dense forests of Tasmania. And she doesn’t even see how this is hypocritical.
Just let me believe in ‘stupid fantasy bullshit’. I’m living in a world that is terrifying and all this terrible stuff is happening, where people are killing each other. Just let me have ghosts and cryptids, just one thing that makes this fucked up world seem a little better.