like to find more amazing IRL figure skaters but don’t even know where to
begin? Well, I might be able to help!
I am by no
means an expert in figure skating, and I’ve personally only been a causal fan
of figure skating since I saw Yuzuru Hanyu in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But Yuri
on Ice relit my interest in the sport and made me want to do some research
on the current competitors in the Grand Prix series and I wanted to share some
of my findings with you.
linking a few videos that I think you might enjoy below and if you also have
any personal favorites, feel free to reblog and share them with the rest of us
so that we can all enjoy a variety of different skaters!
(Also this post
won’t feature Yuzuru Hanyu because as much as I love him, I think everyone in
this fandom already saw a video or two of him.)
with Deniss Vasiļjevs (Latvia). Sounds familiar at all? It’s this boy
At 17 years
of age, he is just making his Grand Prix debut at this year’s Rostelecom Cup
and NHK Trophy. I am linking his Free Skate from 2016′s Rostelecom below, since
it really is a thing of beauty. (His jumps and spins are top notch.)
we’re talking about Deniss, let’s talk about his coach!
Stéphane Lambiel (Switzerland)is a two-time Grand Prix Champion (and many more
things, but let’s agree that you’ll check out his Wiki page if you want to know
more), who retired in 2010 and moved onto a career as a choreographer and a
coach, and is currently coaching Deniss.
But let me tell you the guy was awesome as a skater. Take this video for
example. (Skating in a suit? Yes please.)
But alright, maybe let’s take a look at a woman for a change, shall we?
I think by now we all know Evgenia Medvedeva (Russia), the main representative of the YOI fandom in the figure skating world, don’t we? Friendly reminder that that cute fangirl is also a Grand Prix, European and World Champion and she achieved that in her debut year in the Senior division.
But let’s take a look at her in action. There’s a chance you’ve seen her Sailor Moon program, so let’s look at her recent performance at Skate Canada instead.
She’s beauty and she’s grace. Need I say more?
Now, YOI also encouraged me to look for skaters in my own country. Unfortunately my own country is Poland and we are notorious for… not having any figure skaters… BUT. I did find one! He is not necessarily perfect but he’s a reminder to look up the skaters in your own country because you might be surprised with what you might find.
Ryszard Gurtler is 17 and currently a competitor in the Junior Grand Prix, scoring some victories in smaller European competitions (he is also from my hometown and is actually a friend of a friend so what the hell, I might actually meet up with him!). I personally love his recent program from Ostrava, but you will most likely see the differences between this and the Senior ones you’ve seen above.
Alright, this post is getting long so I think I’ll end it here. Perhaps you’ve heard of all the skaters mentioned here but hopefully you got to see their beautiful programs and perhaps got motivated to do some of your own research, and that much will make me happier than anything!
Like I mentioned at the beginning, feel free to attach your favorite performances in the reblogs so that we can all experience a variety of different figure skaters from all around the world and perhaps discover our new favorites or people we want to support! ^^
Random Acts… The “kindness” is implied, isn’t it? We know it in the depths of our being, so we don’t need to proclaim it at the top of our lungs.
But we’ve learned something. Sometimes when we stop shouting a truth to the world, we start merely speaking it to friends of like mind. Soon we just murmur it to our children as we tuck them in at night. From there, it’s not hard to let that bright, dancing bonfire become a tiny, solitary candle in the basement of our lives. And an isolated flame can’t easily be relit when it fades out.
So we are going to shout of kindness.
First we want to tell you what we think it means. It doesn’t mean pity. We strongly believe kindness is not deciding a person needs to be in a tree, picking them up, and placing them there. We think it means sharing something we have so an individual can make their own journey on their own terms. “Here,” we say, “you look like you want to climb and we can give you a ladder. Now get up that tree. Or cliff. Or star. Or stay here, just knowing you could if you wanted to. Whatever you choose, you have our support and you don’t have to do it alone.“
This is the primary reason Wayward Daughters supports Random Acts’ Dreams 2 Acts in Nicargua, building the Free High School of San Juan del Sur. It is kindness. The people who will benefit from this school can create their own lives, make their own choices, and find their own happiness with the vital assistance of education they wouldn’t have otherwise.
“That’s a lot of talking,” we hear you saying, “What’s your point?”
Wayward Daughters was asked to issue a Call to Action by someone we adore working with, selling products we benefit from. We agreed. We did not, however, agree to the action we would call for.
With every fiber of our beings, every cell in our bodies, we ask you to practice deafening, earth-moving kindness. Start now, with yourself.
What would launch you? What would elevate you? What would fill your soul with helium so you float like a giggling balloon? If it is buying something sparkly for yourself or someone you love, we have some options. BUT. If that’s not your answer, if the idea makes you feel guilty or ashamed or frightened or anything that isn’t delicious, we would rather have you happy. Be kind to yourself.
If you don’t know how, ask a friend. THAT is what we are here for. That is the community of Wayward Daughters. Stop reading emails and go find something pretty to look at. Kiss your kid. Cuddle something furry. Call someone you know loves you. And you ARE loved. You deserve kindness. Practice it on yourself and take it into the world with us.
Our acts of kindness don’t need to be random. They can be concerted efforts. Booming, echoing, laughing voices singing different verses of the same song, moving into life and taking it back from the fear that we hear right now. An Army of Kindness, Wayward as fuck. We got this.
I’ve tried to let go of what I thought was real. A lost connection on their behalf, less than a spark remained, a red ember you could say of a friendship that burnt out a long time ago. For me that fire was still there, it just needed the right amount of effort to become a flame again. The flame went out, and someone else relit you.
This is Khalia for @youwakeupinadungeon. She’s an NPC from their rather interesting sounding campaign, an immortal antagonist and the mother of Elena (the last character I drew).
She’s an Ifrit (which is a race of fire elementals) princess who was essentially reincarnated into an immortal sage (beings of godlike power). She’s involved in some world ending stuff but isn’t evil per se, she has just been (as far as I understand) manipulated into the role of antagonist by Hes (her actually evil wife).
Khalia was a relitively easy character to figure out in terms of her appearance - her skin is pinkish and her hair has in it all the colours present in fire (I’ve drawn her in the midst of casting a spell and I imagined that her hair would actually become fire when she casts spells or when she becomes very emotional).
Her clothing on the other hand is another story… I tried so many different variations. Since Khalia is originally from a vaguely Arabic culture, her clothing was meant to reflect that. It was also specified that her clothing be very dark in order to set off her skin colour. Initially everything I tried was just looking really plain and not at all worthy of what is (I assume) a level 20 character. The fact that the clothing had to be essentially black was proving to be a big challenge. Eventually I decided that her clothes themselves should be made somewhat of flame and this semed to solve the problem but it still took a couple iterations to get something that I was happy with.
Thanks so much for this character, such a challenge and a real pleasure to design!
i see people pass around this quote that says “a relit cigarette never tastes the same. that’s all i have to say about getting back with exes” and those kind of metaphors really irritate me for some reason. i think it has a lot to do with the fact that you could find any unrelated parallel to support any idea, but that doesn’t necessarily mean what you’re saying has any truth or value to it. i could apply the same line about relit cigarettes to pretty much anything else, and it would be awful advice. it’s not always sensible to give up on something you’re pursuing because of one failure, even if you justify it with some cool words. with relationships, especially, getting back with an ex is something that’s so situation specific and you really can’t listen to anyone but yourself when it comes to those sorts of things. a vague generalization that was written with the intent of being distributed and consumed on a massive scale definitely isn’t something you’d want to depend on for that kind of advice.
don’t let people try to pass stuff like that off as real wisdom. if someone ever used that cigarette line on me in person, i would probably tell them “in that case, it’s a good thing people aren’t cigarettes”