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artpills-blog  asked:

Hello Natalia c: Had a time of my life browsing through your blog and reading all the headcanons and au ideas. I really am amazed about how you come up with so interesting things c: Actually I read your reply about wizarding schools and got interested if you have any ideas / headcanons about russian school? потому что факты, написанные Роулинг меня скорее насмешили c: anyway wishing you lots of inspiration and good luck with art, you're doing great :D p/s those hogwarts uniform design is superb

(Tell me about it, lmao. One thing I absolutely cannot stop being salty about is how in Quidditch Through the Ages she mentions a Russian Chaser whose name is Petrova Porskoff, which makes zero sense because Petrova and Porskoff are both surnames. Did you even try, Jo.)

So, headcanons! I have a few:

  • Following the tradition of wizarding schools being hidden in mountain areas, I think its location would be somewhere in the Urals.
  • No house system, obviously, but having heard rumours about Hogwarts I feel like students would still jokingly sort themselves into them just to take the piss.
  • They do student exchange program with Durmstrang, the closest other wizarding school. 
  • The school also has house elves, although here they’re called domovye. They also can’t disobey wizards’ orders, but if you wrong a domovoi in any way, his place may be taken by kikimora instead, who’s more of a poltergeist that causes disarray. So if you don’t want your dormitory to become a den of chaos, you better treat those guys with respect.
  • Three-headed dragon from slavic mythology? Is actually a Runespoor and Dragon crossbreed that’s banned in other countries. The mountain range is a source of valuable minerals, so the dragons guard temporary vaults in there. That’s why the mountains around the school are somewhat akin Hogwarts’ Forbidden Forest, which means also dangerous and restricted. Doesn’t stop some reckless students from doing little expeditions now and then, though. 
  • This entire thing about Russian wizards flying entire uprooted trees instead of broomsticks seems a little bit, how do I say it… over the top. A bit too much. Although I can totally see it happening in, like, rural areas, countryside away from big cities where it’s easier to uproot a small birch tree rather than acquire a decent broom.
  • Speaking of wizarding means of transportation. Baba Yaga, a witch from traditional slavic folklore, flies around in a mortar while wielding a pestle (some illustrators depict her wielding a broom though). I really like this as an alternative to a broomstick, people flying long distances in those giant mortars carved from big oak tree stumps.

anonymous asked:

Your dnd adopts designs make me physically erect. I'm not even joking, I'm like rock hard. I could literally bludgeon someone with my hard-as-diamond dong. My member now has to be registered as a weapon in 37 states due to it's newfound lethality. Superb designs dude.

one of my favorite compliments very beautiful anon it means a lot…!

“Grace Kelly has a presence - a charisma. She also has reason. She is a reasonable person. I will place Grace by far the most amenable and cooperative and untroublesome actress that I have worked with. What is it that Gertrude Stein said: ‘a rose is a rose is a rose.’ What else can you say about her?”

- Alfred Hitchcock

“She is an exceptional human being. She not only had good judgment and good taste, but a tremendous ability to concentrate and was an absolute delight to work with.”

- William Holden

“I’ve worked with some of the biggest stars, but Grace Kelly was the best actress I’ve ever worked with in my life. That woman was total relaxation, absolute ease - she was totally THERE. She was an extraordinarily serene girl.”

- Cary Grant

“So many people ask me that same repetitious question, ‘Who is your favorite actor or actress?’ I say 'Grace Kelly’ every time. Not because I am fond of her, not because she looks so superb in anything I design; but working with her is an extraordinary experience because you don’t actually work for her - you work with her.”

- Edith Head

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okay you have got to check out these uniforms. 

like on a functionality level these are astounding, but i can’t even begin to get into that before getting into the aesthetics of it all. 

i’m going to have to put this all under a read-more cut – i can’t help but nerd out about the costume design here! this is absolutely incredible and i am astounded by the thought put into the small details; this show is amazing. 

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Elementals Review (Spoiler Free)

Wow. Once again, Adventure Time knocks it out of the park with another award worthy miniseries! Elementals follows Finn, Jake, the Ice King, and Betty on a quest to return Ooo back to its original state after discovering it transformed into a “four-way pizza” as Jake dubs it, of the four Adventure Time elements: fire, ice, candy, and slime.

Out of the three miniseries so far, I would personally rank Elements as number two (Stakes would be one and Islands three). I believe Elements combines the restrained yet intriguing setup of conflict that Stakes employs with the slightly underwhelming/disappointing conclusion that Islands presents. The mishandling of the climax of the series (I’m being as vague as I can) is one of the only shortcomings I can find with all of Elementals. As a whole, Elementals is Adventure Time at its finest. The comedy, drama, storytelling style, and plot all rise far above average, even for your average Adventure Time episode. Not to mention the superb animation and character design throughout! There are some real knockout background pieces as well.

Make no mistake, Elementals is far from average. In eight episodes, it flies far above anything most television shows have ever achieved in quality. When comparing it to the pure gold that is Stakes and Islands, it can be viewed as average, but on its own, is a feat of artistic talent that most would be hard pressed to find better tv.

Finn and Jake shine in the lead roles and further their relationship in new and exciting ways, Betty and the citizens of Ooo turned “elemental” add a layer of curiosity and apprehension, and The Ice King and Lumpy Space Princess steal the show as hilarious and complex secondary characters in ways they never have before in the entirety of the show.

As a final note, Elements is also benefitted by the surplus of world building it provides the audience with. Tiny details referencing older episodes and cameos from characters not seen for whole seasons makes the experience of watching Elements feel like it truly belongs in Adventure Time. Also, the setup for future plotlines Elements provides alone makes the series worth watching. Watch until the end!

Thanks so much for reading my first real review for Adventure Time! If anyone wants me to write a spoiler review, let me know!

**I was able to write this review because I watched it from the iTunes early release. Even if you watch Elementals before it’s air date, try to watch it when Cartoon Network airs it for real! Showing your support for the show never hurts.**

Voyage, Pt. 1

Originally posted by bangtannoonas

Summary: Five years, four friends, three lovers still stuck in the past, two love stories, one ship hundreds of miles away from shore, all set on a voyage that would change their lives from here on out.

Characters: Taehyung, Jimin, (she/her) Reader

Tags: Romance, slice of life, mild angst

Notes: After a terribly long wait, I humbly present my second project: ‘Voyage’! This mini serial is based on my First Love Commemoration Series, and will follow, in more depth, the stories of Taehyung and Jimin and their respective first loves. The serial will be about 3-4 parts long, perhaps five if I’m feeling wordy. With no further ado, please enjoy the first segment of this voyage of a lifetime!

Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5, Afterthoughts

          You had hit many milestones in your twenty-four years of life—your first friendship, your first falling out, your first time attending a concert of your favourite band, your first time crying over celebrities who had no idea who you were, your high school entrance ceremony, your first boyfriend and your first break-up, graduation, attending college away from home, experiencing dorm life for the first time, making your first steps towards a career you had no idea if was right for you.  

          Twenty-four years was no small amount of time, but it had felt so short, so fleeting, you blink your eyes and suddenly foot races down school corridors to get a good spot in the lunch queue had felt like eons ago. Even at graduation, the reality of leaving your teenage years behind had not hit you—you hugged friends goodbye, thanked teachers for their guidance, took a tour of the building you spent the most beautiful years of your youth in—and you had left it all behind. In those instances it hadn’t felt so heavy, so irreversible, but when you moved into your dorm and lost yourself on campus trying to get to class, you had realised how small you were, and how gargantuan the world was.

          Adulthood. Four years into college, into your twenties, and that word still sat on your tongue like a clump of wet sand. You’d loll it around, stuff it into the pocket of your cheeks and work around it, but it was always there. You wondered when you would grow to fit the shoes you had haphazardly worn and sprinted in for the past four years, wondered if the transition would happen like a car collision—jarring, instantaneous—or if you’d slip into it unknowingly like a daydream. 

          Then one day you received an email class, and you had faded away from the lecture hall, away from the hubbub of classroom noises and your professor’s lecture on abnormal psychology, and you had found yourself standing at the foot of a very long, long flight of stairs.

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Also can we pleeease talk about how EVERYONE calls Zane “the smart one?” I feel like that plays into him having an anxiety disorder, especially when he’s faced with things he doesn’t know or hasn’t experienced. He’s been marked by his intelligence since day one and while it IS true that his logical reasoning and quick thinking is superb, he wasn’t designed to respond and compute 100% of everything 100% of the time, dictating every last word and movement by fact alone. Zane said it himself:

“Even nindroids make mistakes.”

He was intended to be as human as possible, while maintaining all the brilliances and resources a computer could have. He wasn’t programmed to be strictly unerring and without human nature.

Because, were that the case, then he really would be nothing more than a machine. And people noting him solely for his mental achievements only reduces him to that.

xpegasusuniverse  asked:

One criticism of Awakening and Fates I've really understood is "The character designs look to much like anime." While I will admit that there are some really stupid design decisions in both games, such as Fates's female Cavaliers, Paladins, Knights, and Generals, but "to Anime?" Look at Genealogy's character designs, most of the cast looks like they were plucked out of an old CLAMP Yaoi manga.

There is clearly only one solution. We must go back to FE1’s superb character design. No pants, just as Kaga intended.

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A Dance of Vengeance: A Review of Ballet Philippines’ Simoun

A man slumped down in his seat appears on stage. Seemingly drunk with alcohol perhaps? Or intoxicated by the engulfing grief that made him cringe on that chair? But here comes a curious lady in red, signifying the passion of Revolution, bringing him to life, as he transforms before a large mirror into a new persona. The slumped figure used to be the tragic Crisostomo Ibarra. But when he stood up, helped by the lady in red dress in the mirror, he transformed into a man with a tall hat, a wig, and a set of quintessential shades. He will be a man bent on vengeance. He will be known as the wealthy and mysterious Simoun. The fictional figure of Ibarra turning into the vengeful Simoun is familiar to all Filipinos, given that the novels where the character came from sparked a revolution that freed the Philippines from Spanish Colonial rule. 

Ballet Philippines has once again outdone itself in one of the most riveting reinterpretations of one of Rizal’s novels, El Filibusterismo, on stage. Without narration, and with only ballet and live music performed by the wonderful ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, the show I witnessed last October 21, 2016 was worth a space on this blog. It wasn’t long ago, around four years ago in 2012, that the BP company re-showed Crisostomo Ibarra. I remember feeling teary-eyed especially at the last scene, that heartbreaking scene of Crisostomo and his love, Maria Clara, parting ways, forgiving each other for the wrongs done, and then being separated by forces beyond their control.

But due to the stark difference of the material itself, Simoun offers a distinct darker tone, and a more in-your-face presentation of the spectre of revolution, and how vengeance destroys even the very thing it seeks to save. The progression of the novel’s narrative was in sync with the BP dancers as they dance to tell the unfolding story.

Presented in the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (@culturalcenterphils), the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, in its debut of only three shows, the glories of Simoun as a production was apt on such a large stage. The stage design itself was done by acclaimed artist Toym Imao, who utilized videos and light production and a static church-like structure as facade to depict both the convoluted union of church and state during the Spanish Colonial Period, where the character of Simoun plays part. The recurring All-Seeing Eye imagery on the structure, and the mirror-like frame that appears and reappears give the impression of the unknown depths of Simoun’s tragic destiny, and at the same time, the peering eye of Simoun’s rage against those who did him wrong–the abusive Spanish friars, the pragmatic and social-climbing mestizos who were also instruments of oppression. The large frame of a mirror was also reminiscent of the same device used in the Crisostomo Ibarra production. 

On the choreography, the dancers themselves aided the viewer in recasting the backdrop story of the time, how Simoun controlled the antagonists like puppets as he simultaneously fired up the anger of the revolutionaries against the antagonists’ abuse. The dance of the Principalia class imitating Simoun’s dance movements, amidst a circus-like backdrop clearly connoted this puppetry of Simoun in a theater of pretensions and hidden self-serving smiles, all of which are part of his scheme to inflict misery on all those he hated.

Unless one is not familiar with El Filibusterismo though, one would miss the high note of the production as it concluded. In one of the last scenes of Simoun was a wounded Simoun, half-naked on stage, as he fled to escape from the authorities who have uncovered his disguise upon his plan’s failure. The failed bombing Simoun concocted using a gas lamp to kill all the leaders of the town of San Diego was Rizal’s way of driving his point.

As Simoun ran to escape, the ever meek and faithful Padre Florentino consoles him in his dying breath. But the material must be familiar to the viewer to see why BP gave such a grand imagery on this part of the story. In the production, as Padre Florentino cradled the dying Ibarra, a smoke like white cloth on stage suddenly arose to engulfed them, depicting probably Florentino’s imaginings of the next generation.

In the novel, the arguments and counterarguments of the priest and the dying and hurting rebel conclude in the climax of the story in the novel which the production gave justice. Florentino told Ibarra why his plans were bound to fail (El Fili translation by Leon Ma. Guerrero):

“The glory of saving a country cannot be given to one who has contributed to its ruin. You believed that what crime and iniquity had stained and deformed, more crime and more iniquity could cleanse and redeem. This was error.”

As Ibarra dies from his wounds, the priest looks on to imagine the next generation, asking:

“Where are the youth who will dedicate their innocence, their idealism, their enthusiasm to the good of the country” and  “who will give generously of their blood to wash away so much shame, crime and abomination. Pure and immaculate must the victim be for the sacrifice to be acceptable.”

That was why the production ended with a throng of men and women dancing, seemingly naked in their innocence, baring all for the love of country, a country which the priest looked on with pity. As a viewer myself, I could almost hear the words of Padre Florentino as these throng danced on stage, a nameless throng of brand new Filipinos:

“Where are you, young men and young women, who are to embody in yourselves the life-force that has been drained from our veins, the pure ideals that have grown stained in our minds, the fiery enthusiasm that has been quenched in our hearts? 

We await you, come for we await you!”

And then, with creative license, the unfolding story on stage ended with a twist: there appeared on the center of the stage, the figure of Jose Rizal, the author of the story itself. As he stood after finishing what he wrote, he walked in front and center, as the throng of dancers backed away and stood still. With a sound of a gunshot, the writer fell to the ground. The ultimate sacrifice. As the dancers looked on as witnesses, one would get the idea that Rizal would be the first of whom they, residing in a distant future, would follow.

Indeed, Ballet Philippines has come full circle in producing a great piece of art, an innovative retelling of a Rizalian novel, with choreography and libretto, done by the ever talented Paul Alexander Morales, and riveting musical score by composer Jed Balsamo, with the exceptional dancers Jean Marc Cordero (reprising his role of Ibarra as Simoun), Erl Sorilla (Basilio), Juli (Gilliane Theres Gequinto), Louise John Ababon (Padre Salvi), Sarah Anne Alejandro (Doña Victorina), and Denise Parungao (as the ghostly apparition of Maria Clara that caused grief on Simoun). The superb stage design by Toym Imao, and the exceptional performance of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Gerard Salonga wove together an entire world that would make even non-readers of El Fili to go back to the pages to see what it all meant.

I give the entire production 5 stars out of 5 for a great work of art and a new reinterpretation of a Filipino classic. Highly recommended! Catch it when it is re-shown.


*Photo above: Ballet dancer, Jean Marc Cordero as Simoun. Photo by Jojit Lorenzo.

nephilidae  asked:

As passionate as you are about werewolves?:) What are you top 5 demon designs across any media? (if you want haha)

HAHAA OH BOY, the variability within demon designs means there are oodles and oodles of creatures to choose from, but when it comes to demons I really tend to gravitate towards designs that could be seen as containing a “human” element, something relatable that we could both share, but twisted in a way that makes it monstrous.

With that criteria in mind, there are still TONS of eligible bachelors monsters out there, but but I’ve managed to narrow down my favourites to the following nasty bastards:

5. Belial - Devil May Cry 4: DMC4 was the first game I played of the series (a sin, I know, I’m sorry) and I completely fell in love with this nasty burning lion/dragon centaur the moment I saw him. Not only does he have a raging magma sword and produce puddles of fire whenever he walks, he’s also huge. The fact his boss fight is a bit of a curbstomp battle is a little funny though, it really betrays the whole “powerful demon who sleeps in a brimstone pit” aesthetic. He’s big, but he’s so weak - it’s almost cute.

4. Sammael - Hellboy: An achievement in creature design and practical effects suiting! I love everything abut this guy, from his asymmetrical eyes to the extendable wrist-blade, and the fact he returns in pairs when one of him is killed. The knotty, tree-like effects on his pectorals and arms are also super neat, and the entire design does a great job of mixing something otherwordly and decayed with something organic and living. Guillermo del Toro has a lifesize statue of this guy in his house - if I had tons of money I would too, let’s be real.

3. Incubus - Silent Hill: You can never go wrong with a good incubus, and SH’s gutless, flesh-winged, goat-headed abomination is one of the best of them all. There’s nothing I don’t like about this design, it’s disgustingly uncanny and feels like it shouldn’t be alive - especially with its spine exposed like that. The lack of a midsection and the thin, atrophied thighs add an impressive fragility to this thing as well, and it’s a great example of the Silent Hill series’ ability to combine repulsive body horror with a twisted sense of human sexuality. Or, perhaps I’m just waxing poetic about a zombie demon with a goat head and boobs - either way, it’s badass.

2. Capra Demon - Dark Souls: Speaking of goat heads, anyone who didn’t see this coming: I’m very disappointed in you. Capra demon is one of my favourite examples of a superb humanoid demon design - he’s not just a buff guy with a goat skull on his head, the skull has its own distinct properties and silhouette, and the thickened skin building up on his shoulders does a great job of showing that the skull isn’t just a mask, it’s part of him. I’m divided on whether I like the big thick skeletal tail or not, but honestly he’s so lovely in every other way I can let it slide.

1. Darkbeast Paarl - Bloodborne: I actually haven’t beaten Bloodborne yet, so I’m unsure whether the bosses in this game count as “demons” or not. They seem to fit the criteria though, which is why I’m putting Paarl in my top spot. I actually died the first time I fought him because I kept staring instead of taking swings. The way he moves, his stance, his facial design and pretty much EVERYTHING about him is so fresh, yet so creepily familiar it falls right into the best spot in the uncanny valley. I cannot get over how much I love Darkbeast Paarl, he’s menacing, dangerous, and yet still manages to ring in some sort of human familiarity in his nasty face and gnarled hands. I’m usually not even a fan of demons with elemental powers, but he is so good I want at least 100 more demons like him in my life. Good on you, Bloodborne, you’ve made me so, so happy.