Well, alright, I’m going to add some notes on basic human body proportions. This is by no means a GREAT tutorial or anything like that, just some pointers and notes. So, let’s go.
(I will admit that I draw my figures a bit leggy, though!)
This is a very basic schematic of how parts of the body are proportioned in relation to each other. Everyone and their mother has probably heard that the human body is 7 heads tall, and that is the proportion used here. However, it doesn’t HAVE to be 7 heads, here’s the thing: as long as these proportions up there are consistent, the body will look correctly proportioned. You can shorten the legs, make them longer, make the head larger or smaller, but if things look correct in relation to one another, it’ll still read as a correct human body.
Here are some examples of common proportions:
Chibis are usually aroud two or three heads tall, the proportion I used is three - two heads would make the character look somewhat more blob-like, which I admit isn’t something I do particularly well!
Between five and six heads you have the most usual proportion for child characters - it’s a good overall ratio if you’re trying to work with a cartoony style that still keeps characters with a more realistic sillhouette.
Going the opposite way, the most common proportion would be the “heroic build” - comic book artists tend to really like this one, it divides the body neatly into whole numbers and tends to look “tall” or “imposing”.
Eight or eight-and-a-half heads are usually where you’d stop. Fashion croquis sometimes do use even smaller heads.
Basically, it depends a lot on common-sense. Changing some proportions may also help emphasize some character traits - short legs will make a character look “heavier” and more grounded, longer legs will look more agile.
Hi there! I was wondering if you could please do a tutorial on how to exclude particular relationships in AO3 searches. (And if you happened to use Clint/Coulson in your example I have a friend who would probably offer her firstborn and possibly the second as well.) Thank you for the ones you've already done as well. :D
This is a great question! And I’m happy to use your suggested example :)
AO3 Work Search Tips: Excluding Specific Relationships
So, your friend wants to find fics that don’t include Clint/Coulson in the pairings. The first thing you can try would be to go to theAO3 Work Search form as usual and simply adding -“Clint Barton/Phil Coulson” (the hyphen means “not”) in the “Any Field” bar like so:
And this should mostly work. If an author doesn’t tag for a ship, however, there’s nothing a search can really do about that.
(Note that because AO3 doesn’t differentiate between primary and secondary ships in a work, many users prefer authors NOT to tag secondary ships in the relationship field so as not to clog the search results. Luckily, doing an “Any Field” search will catch tags even when they’re used outside of the relationships field, but again, only if the author added them).
There are a few additional details to be mindful of though. Like, why did I use “Clint Barton/Phil Coulson” instead of simply “Clint/Coulson” as you requested?