Asks sent to my main, answered here! All these deal with different majors at EU.
valaaz said: What
would the Fae do about architecture students? Would architecture studios be one
of those places where time passes differently? End of semester projects
suddenly seem to ignore all laws of physics but the physical models still work
architecture projects. But if you’re desperate enough for inspiration to strike
a deal, it’s fifty-fifty you’ll end up with some Escher shit that would implode
if constructed anywhere except on campus, model or not.
me preface this by saying that, I love Emma Watson, I truly do. She’s a
beautiful actress, who’s very inspirational with the work she’s done for the
rights of (most. She can be somewhat exclusionary) women across the world. I
also loved the recent live action Beauty
and the Beast movie she did. I thought it was beautiful and wonderful and
magic. I also truly admired the way they had Belle portrayed in the movie as
being smart, creative, kind, caring, and pretty badass. I did, however, read an
article with a quote (down below), where Watson says that Cinderella is not a
strong female role model, or at least not the right kind. Now, Watson can think
the character resonates better with her all she wants, and from what I’ve
learned about her, that’s true. However, do not belittle another princess,
another role model, that could very well be the reason that some people, me
included, made it through their childhood. Cinderella, also, is just as
curious, compassionate, and open minded as Belle. Just not in the traditional
sense that everyone understands. People should dig a little deeper.
“I didn’t know they were going to make Beauty and
the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella, but when they offered me Belle,
I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella
did. She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that’s the
kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice.” – Emma
Watson for Total Film Magazine.
first claim here, is that Belle is the kind of role model she would want to
embody because she is curious. Well, Emma, I realize that you may not have
watched Cinderella 500 times in your life like I have, but let me (respectfully)
correct you. Cinderella, in many ways, is just as curious as Belle. No, she doesn’t
spend her days inventing and day dreaming about adventure. But that’s because
she can’t. She’s constantly being emotionally and verbally abused by her
stepmother and stepsisters being treated essentially like a slave, in the house
she grew up in. She doesn’t have time for daydreaming and drawing inventions,
because if that’s how she’s treated while she’s working, can you imagine
how they would treat her if she were to take a second for herself and think,
relax, or even daydream? She does, in
fact, long for a life outside her house, also “more than she can tell.” She
dreams of it constantly, (hell, that’s where her main song comes from) and she’s
willing to pursue those dreams and fight for them to become a reality in every
way possible. The possibilities, for her, just aren’t as vast as they are for a
girl living in a small village in France, with a loving, caring father. That is
not to belittle Belle in any way, but her struggles were just vastly different,
and those who have never suffered parental abuse would never be able to know
that, obviously. But don’t speak in absolutes for the whole world if you can’t
see it from every angle first.
even get me started on her not being as compassionate as Belle. Do we not
remember the fact that she allows animals to live in her bedroom so
they’ll be safe from the cat? And they she helps them get food clothes (ok,
animals might not need clothes) to help them feel loved? Not only that, she
cares for animals, like Lucifer, who are just as awful to her as her “family,”
because he’s essentially a helpless animal as well? She’s as compassionate as
Belle, she just doesn’t have as much
chance to show it, as with most other aspects of her life.
Open-mindedness, by the way, Is the premise of
Cinderella’s whole movie. She’s all about dreaming, and dreaming is just
allowing the idea that something better might come along to take root in your
mind. Those who have suffered emotional, physical, and verbal abuse know best,
that gathering the energy and motivation to keep going feels, most days,
impossible. Cinderella not only does that, but she does it with hope in her mind at all times. Can you
imagine being a slave in your own home, a home you were once so loved in, and
still thinking, “someday, the dream that I wish will come true.” I don’t know a
lot of people that could have done that. It takes courage, resilience, and perseverance.
Qualities that Cinderella, and Belle, both
So, while Emma Watson, I kknow, meant well, the
sentiment she’s putting out is not only wrong, it’s belittling for people, like
me, who watched Cinderella growing up and were able to say, “if she can survive
it, I can too.” None of this makes Cinderella a better role model than Belle,
or vice versa. It just means Belle might be more inspirational for some, and
Cinderella might as well. Role models don’t have to be a “one size fits all”
Quick MOC dump. Since I haven’t had the time or space to build physical models because of college, I’ve been getting a lot of experience with LDD in recent months. All models were built in LDD and rendered in Stud.io.
I made a sculpture like several months ago of the spiky urchin girl you drew but never got around to finishing it because I'm super self-conscious about my art, if I finished it would you consider showcasing it on your blorg?
100% i would!! one of my biggest loves is physical art like models and puppets
Context: I wrote an essay on Starscream being a victim of abuse for the final assignment of my college English 101 class. I wish I could have gone into more detail but I did have a page limit. I realized I could not send this to people via tumblr, so I am just going to post it here. The beginning is an introduction to Transformers, which I had to include since my audience for the paper (my professor) was unfamiliar with the topic, so ignore that. Anyway, here it is!
Side Note: I got a 93% on this garbage! Super happy about that.
In 1984, Hasbro created
the Transformers brand. Now, thirty-two years later, the brand is
internationally recognized and has more than 10 cartoon series
under its name. These Transformers series are dominantly known for their alien robot
characters who can transform into machines, usually vehicles or aircraft. The
Transformers can be divided into stereotypical sides of good and evil: Autobots
and Decepticons. Among the most consistent and popular characters across the
different cartoons is the Deception second-in-command, Starscream. Known for
constantly trying to gain control of the Decepticons under the leader,
Megaton’s, olfactory sensors, Starscream can be described as a liar, a coward, a
sycophant, cunning, and narcissistic. What he is not frequently recognized for,
however, is an abuse victim, despite being one of the strongest models of abuse
over the years. In fact, most of his previously-described characteristics
result from consistent abuse. In the animated series Transformers: Prime (TFP), Starscream suffered explicit transgressions by Megatron and other characters that need to be
addressed. Some people think this treatment is due to his unbecoming behavior
and that the resulting aggression from other characters is not abuse, but
well-deserved punishment. That way of thinking, however, is a form of victim
blaming to justify his suffering. In reality, Starscream is an unrecognized model
of physical, psychological, and emotional abuse.
Starscream’s enduring of
physical trauma is the most recognizable form of abuse presented in TFP. Physical
abuse can be defined as the intentional use of force against a person in a way
that injures or endangers them (Smith). On many occasions Megatron uses
beatings as a way to control Starscream and keep him in line. The most famous
example of this is when Megatron, in the episode “Out of His Head,” after
emerging from stasis, foregoes his opportunity to destroy the Autobots just to
go after Starscream (Kurtzman). Upon his arrival, Megatron states that it would
be a miracle if Starscream survives what he has planned, only to drag him away by his head as
Starscream pleads and screams in resistance.
The following episode starts by showing Starscream in a coma, injuries
littering his body and Megatron taking pride in the damage done. In the episode
“Darkness Rising, Part 4” Megatron beats Starscream and tries to crush him with
his foot for simply disobeying orders. It is also important to mention that
during the episode “Rock Bottom” Megatron tries to kill Starscream, claiming he
has outlived his usefulness.
Megatron, however, is not the only one who unjustifiably
terrorizes Starscream. In “Minus One,” the Decepticon scientist, Shockwave,
grabs Starscream and tries to impale him while Megatron watches, waiting to see
how things play out. Starscream is so used to being abused that in “Patch” he
tells Megatron “a really good trouncing usually straightens me out, doesn’t it”
when trying to avoid termination. There are more examples of abuse throughout
the show, and it can be insinuated that Starscream is beaten beyond what is
animated, by the way he flinches at any sign of anger or agitation Megatron has
towards him .
Starscream is one of the
most emotionally expressive characters in TFP. His radical changes in emotion,
especially anger and aggression, make him unpredictable and dangerous. While
this may seem like this true character, it is likely that these traits were
brought on by extended periods of physical abuse. Victims of abuse are often
more emotionally expressive, but in an uncontrolled manner, especially when it
comes to anger and aggression (Keene). It has also been reported through
extensive research that those exposed to childhood physical abuse “reported
significantly higher levels of narcissistic vulnerability and shame-proneness”
than those who have who have not experienced abuse (Keene).
While Starscream may not have had a childhood, he was exposed to something
similar: millions of years of physical abuse, long enough to affect the
development of his personality into that of one who is very self-centered and
hostile. Starscream’s narcissism is so overreaching that in the episode titled
“Armada” he makes clones of himself, his idea of the perfect soldiers (Kurtzman).
The display of such character traits is likely a subconscious self-protective function to
shield himself from painful emotions, as well as a way to keep a positive
Psychological abuse and emotional abuse are closely related, but
distinctly different. The former occurs when threats are used to cause fear in
a person as a tool for manipulation and gaining control whereas the latter
occurs when something is said or done to make a person feel stupid or worthless
(“Types of Violence and Abuse”). Megatron psychologically abuses all his
subordinates by constantly making threats of termination or physical suffering
if they do not do his bidding and in a timely manner. Megatron is a
stereotypical abuser, using the fear of others to his advantage. He does not
need to kill Starscream or any of the Decepticons, just make them think he will
enough to get in their heads and eliminate any thought of rebellion, which is
easy to see. This is to be expected, however, given that “clinical reports have
indicated that ridicule, verbal harassment, and name-calling (e.g., public
humiliation) are present in some physically abusive relationships. The function
of this type of verbal abuse appears to be one of control” (Follingstad). The
control happens through making the victim feel they are not worthwhile or
strong enough to change things, thus leaving the power within the hands of the
abuse of Starscream at the hands of Megatron and some of the other characters
is more difficult to reveal, despite being one of the most destructive forms of
abuse (Follingstad). One example of emotional abuse thrust upon Starscream by
Megatron occurs in a TFP episode titled “Thirst.” Starscream goes to inform
Megatron of important information involving events that will unfold, only to be blown off by the Decepticon leader. At the time, Megatron
was talking via a communication system to Shockwave, who presumably hears
Starscream and asks who it was. Megatron answers with “no one important” (Kurtzman).
Despite Starscream being second-in-command, Megatron makes him feel worthless
to the cause, and even worse, unimportant to him. This is one reason as to why
emotional abuse is so destructive to victims, because it “destroys their
ability to feel good about themselves. This might, in turn, render them more
helpless and worthless in their own eyes” (Follingstad). Another time emotional
abuse is evident is during “Darkness Rising, Part 5” in which Megatron states:
Prime never disappoints. Unlike you, Starscream ”
(Kurtzman). Not only is Starscream not good enough for Megatron, but he cannot
please him, even in his best efforts.
of Starscream’s abuse is not widely recognized for two major reasons: there is
this perception that he deserves the treatment, and because of the fact that it
takes place on a child’s television show. In regards to the first reason, while
Starscream’s actions are not favorable, they are not without reason.
Starscream’s actions are not the cause for his punishment, more, his punishment
is the cause of his actions. Starscream
is constantly seeking to get revenge on Megatron by killing him, because anger
is at the core of revenge fantasies, along with other emotions that include
“fear that no rescuer can be trusted, despair over the harshness of the world,
and a general disgust with the injustices of the world” (Horowitz). This
concept of revenge is very persistent as well, which explains why, even after
beatings, Starscream continues to peruse such endeavors. “The victim can feel good about gaining a
sense of power and control by planning vengeance and may experience pleasure at
imagining the suffering of the target…self-righteous indignation feels like
energy or fuel for the self. The burning of this fuel helps people feel solid
and coherent rather than frail or empty” (Horowitz).
By Megatron constantly making Starscream feel worthless by diminishing and
belittling him, as well as physically abusing him, Megatron is actually
creating this need for revenge inside of Starscream that results in his
constant treachery. Although this does not justify his actions, it does explain
why they occur, and how they could be stopped beyond physical means.
argument is that such complex and adulterous situations, such as abuse of any
form, are not likely to be truly presented in a child’s television show. Many
see cartoons as a comedic outlet rather than one capable of presenting
meaningful insight into deep socials issues (Abraham). However, “it is in the
ability to engage in analytical communication about social events that cartoons
can be said to provide discourses, as ways of knowing, that reflect deep social
commentary rather than simply offering a simple passing glance at society and
its issues” (Abraham).
Cartoons can use conventional symbolism to create and build upon abstract ideas
and make complex puzzles, thus showing the role of power and imagination in
social and political life. Transformers: Prime is not above doing
such things. Even though it is a child’s show, death, disease, and destruction
were all still shown, and the ideas of grief, loss, disability, and, as
explained, abuse, are also present in the series. Cliffjumper, partner to
Autobot Arcee, was brutally murdered in the very first episode, with Arcee
struggling to accept and deal with this death throughout the series. Ratchet is
clearly traumatized by the demise of his planet, and endlessly searches for a
way to revive it. Bumblebee deals with the disability of not being able to
speak. There is much more, but Starscream being an abuse victim is not so farfetched when
looking at other concepts on the program.
is no doubt, Starscream suffers from constant physical, psychological, and
emotional abuse. Making him an identifiable and public example of a victim
might change how he is presented and give him a happy ending, thus providing
hope to those who identify with him and his story. He has suffered beatings,
ridicule, and belittlement, evident through his revenge fantasies, shame, and
narcissistic personality. Any blame directed upon him usually results from
people’s own insecurities that the world might not be a perfect and just place.
Transformers: Prime is not a show
that shies away from broadcasting big issues and as a cartoon can do so with
much complexity, yet in a way that can resonate with children. Identifying abuse in this cartoon, and
others, is important. It is the job of those who watch the show to contact the
writers and let them know that glorifying this behavior is not acceptable. It
should be presented in a way that children can learn from. Hopefully Starscream
can get his happy ending, showing hope for views who share a similar background
that they can rise above their struggles and begin anew. Until then, his
sacrifice for the development of the show shall be remembered.
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Okay, so, as someone who is very seriously starting to think about making his own Transformers (or at least generic toy figures), what are you using for your process? I found my way here from the Stromgarm and.. Is that a physical or cg model? I ask because it looks so awesome and real. And you said you were planning on getting it made soon; how does that process work, even? - a new follower
Hi! These are all 3D renders. I use Softimage for all my 3D modeling. As for the physical version, I plan to 3D print her, either as a statue, or a poseable action master like figure.
That leap to full-size is vital. “There’s something about having that scale on a physical model,” says VandenBrink. “We do scale models, and make them as realistic as possible, but when we scan and blow it up full size, it looks cartoony.” There’s a flip side as well, he says. “When you work on a computer, you have a tendency to zoom in, and you get too concerned with the details. You end up spending hours working on the radius of curve, when it’s just going to get lost in the stamping.”
One thing that’s often overlooked about clay models is that they aren’t simply output; clay can be an input medium, as well. The perfect fender curve or B-pillar transition may take shape with a few flicks of the wrist in clay, while trying to get that same level of artistry through computer and stylus might take hours. And once it’s in clay, a whole car can be scanned into a CAD program in an hour and a half. You won’t do that with a stylus, or a mouse, or a fancy 3D headset.
How'd you get so good at drawing bodies and hands? Any advice to artists struggling with anatomy n hands (me)
There’s no real good answer other than practice practice practice and study what you’re struggling with. Do some figure studies (Croquis cafe on YouTube is good if you can’t attend a physical class with live models) and keep at it! Sorry if this advice is generic, I dont really have any little tips.
even if I was a much more organized person, when it comes to model making, I will still do it this way. may seam chaotic but I know where every little piece of material or tool is. wish I had a warehouse for this purpose. will get one eventually!