Title: A Work of Art Rating: K+ Pairing: Clara/Rose Summary: Clara sets out to find the artist who drew the beautiful sketch of her.
Note: Direct sequel to this askbox fic. You need to have read it to understand, but it’s short.
start stalking Peter’s art class. Really she didn’t.
was just…a coincidence that every now and again she would wait down
at the end of the hall for class to end so she could talk to Peter
about something, and watch the students filing out (she tried to
catch the pretty blonde’s eye a couple of times and never managed).
I think one of my favourite things about “Steven Universe”, and one of the things I find most touching and personally affirming, is the relationship between Rose Quartz and Greg.
I mean, here’s Rose, who’s represented as this powerful, intelligent, charismatic, beautiful woman, respected as both a warrior and a leader. She travels to Earth and decides to spend her life there, and in 6000 years, the human she decides is most interesting, most engaging, most beautiful…is Greg.
Greg is a doofus. He’s bald. He’s fat. He’s a slob with no sense of style or grooming. He’s practically homeless. He’s a failed rock and roll star whose dreams of fame and fortune ended with him running a small town car wash and living in the back of an ancient van. In any other show, he would be the loser of the cast, the fuck-up, the somewhat lovable, helpless goofball who can’t be counted on for anything.
But Rose thought he was beautiful.
It’s something of a sitcom parody; the dimwitted, ugly, slovenly husband with the beautiful, intelligent wife. Fred and Wilma, Archie and Edith, Peter and Lois, Homer and Marge. But Rose and Greg’s relationship isn’t like that. Even in my favourite of those relationships, that of Marge and Homer, Homer is presented as more than a bit of a jerk. Oh, he’s a fundamentally decent man who genuinely loves his family and treasures his wife, but he’s also selfish, thoughtless, more than occasionally neglectful, lazy, and self-centered. And more than that, in those shows, the husband is really the main character. Most of the wife’s role is reacting to his antics. But that’s not Rose and Greg’s story.
Greg is a good man. Not just a decent guy under the jerky exterior, but a truly and fundamentally good man. He stands up to his misogynist buddy. He adores and encourages his son in every way. He is kind and giving to everyone he meets. He works hard, even though it’s a job that he never wanted and that has taken the place of his dream. Speaking of that, even though he’s never seen even a lick of the stardom he dreamed of, Greg has never lost sight of his ambitions. He still plays music, still sings, still performs, still writes albums. Greg may never make it as a rock star, but he will never stop trying. This is what Rose saw. This is what Rose, one of the most powerful and respected warriors and generals of her people, came to love.
In a world where success and worth are measured primarily in material gains and career-based achievements, Greg is a reminder of what’s truly important. In the show, his failed music career, his chubby build, his sloppy clothes, his poverty…they don’t matter. What’s emphasised is the true, human beauty of Greg; the warmth, the kindness, the courage, the imagination, the dedication to art and devotion to family. It’s a reminder to all of us who have been pushed to be “successful”, been hassled about when we were “going to get serious”…that even if we are living in poverty, even if we have no real career, even if we’re not conventionally attractive or haven’t achieved all we’ve wanted to…we still have value. We still have beauty. And we are still loved.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA #4 PROCESS SKETCHES: CHRISTINE DAAE
Christine’s ultimate role in the story is being the ‘damsel in distress’, who decides to stand up and face the man she fears and loves the most in the end. I thought of her as a butterfly of the opera (more of it shows in her room design) and a fragile but beautiful porcelain doll. She is always in fear of a man or angel she herself is confused if she thinks of him as a father or a teacher, or is he just a murderer. I tried to give her nervous eyes that would be keep looking around for what she fears and kept her hand gestures contained within her silhouette to show her shyness.
I actually hoped I had more time spent on characters to really draw them on point.. but you always have to be reasonable with the time you have. Next post will be the last character process sketch of Raoul and Dusty..I will be moving on to paintings and set design after that:)
This is a gift for cupcake @sabomuii! She’s the person who got me into MysMe, so I thought this would be fitting. Yoosung is probably one of her favorite characters in the game and sunflowers are beautiful, so this came out!!! I never drew flowers before but I hope it looks okay. ;v;
Steampunk Jewellery With A Touch of Victorian Era Inspiration
Russian based jewellery designer Viktoria Soloveva creates Victorian era inspired steampunk jewellery. Creative, beautiful and elaborate, the designer’s collection of numerous pendants, rings, watches and bracelets set a standard for fashion on their own. In an interview to Bored Panda, Soloveva relates her experiences with working on this new “steampunk” concept, “I was inspired by searching new possibilities for a hobby that could be a small business that would support me. I saw some of the jewellery that was created already and thought - I could make better! The most difficult part is to keep going when it’s off season time. But it pays off in the end. I like when my work is appreciated it inspires me to make more intricate and more unique things.“
The small mechanical joints and levers in her accessories are adorned by bright jewels, perfect for those who have a flair for theatrical statement jewellery and are inspired by steampunk pop culture like Soloveva herself. The intricate construction of each piece is designed as an integration of traditional Victorian era jewellery with watch parts. Find them on Etsy.
It was probably a cliche to say that by her late twenties, Cassie’s life wasn’t what she thought it would be. After having dropped out of college when she fell pregnant, she took up a job as a waitress to make ends meet. When her boyfriend found out about the baby, she bailed. And that stung. But when she gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, she knew they would be alright without him. Her life was now an endless cycle of childcare and work but as long as her daughter was happy, that was it. She didn’t need men, they only let you down anyway.
3 ½ years and -70 lbs later. The girl on the left wasn’t confident or happy. She never thought that in a few years she would be marrying the perfect man for her and feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world wearing her dream wedding dress.
I can’t even explain how exciting it’s been trying on gowns. I felt amazing in so many of them, a confidence I never had when I was overweight. The dress I chose was something I never thought I would end up with, but for the first time in my life I felt both beautiful and sexy! All the hard work I’ve been putting into the gym and my meal planning shined when I put on “the dress.”
I saw it coming I guess.. I spotted the perfect storm brewing in her eyes when we first met. I knew the end of “us” would never be in my favor. So I embraced our moment, unexpected, beautiful, and short lived. But baby just so you know, I’m still drying off.
Okay, I have to point his out. This is Chisa in the first Hope Episode.
This is Chisa in the current Episode 9.
Do you by any chance see what I see? It’s her eyes, it’s her whole expression, which leads me to conclude that Chisa was in full despair mode right in the beginning of
“Third Time’s the Charm.”
I find this episode, this moment, so beautiful becaue it exactly pin points the last moment Chisa has with her humanity, her hope.
The glistering in her eyes is at its strongest at that moment, I think she anticipated that this won’t be a happy ending, an ending “past” Chisa would ever witness, but it’s just too overwhelming.
Munakata is ereased, not from her memory obviously, but all positive (or let’s say healthy) emotional connections with him, with her class, are broken.
And you know what? While I always supected it somehow, to me it becomes apparent that Chisa is the perpetrator.
“If games are fun to play by yourself, they’ll be even more fun to play with everyone.”
If we focus on the title of the first Future Episode, it says “Third Time’s The Charm.” What third time is that title referring to? The mutual killings, naturally. And we all know how dearly she held Nanami’s class, who all ended up falling in despair and caused a lot of great despair themselves. At a later point, because she was very much alive when the first broadcasted mutal killing (with Naegi) was shown and I somehow suspect that she quite enjoyed it herself, watching others falling in despair. She might have (indirectly or directly) witnessed two greatest despair incidents and it might be, possibly, that it just wasn’t enough for her. Seeing that all talented people were killing each other, while the talentless were the last remains of preserving hope, this theory might connect yet again to Munakata, Makoto and the killing game. Munakata is a man of many talents, was often told and recognised as the “ultimate hope,” something pre-Chisa strongly believed in and what she might find mockingly amusing now that she changed that much. Makoto, who gained a famous reputation over the course of the years, might have been a nice target as well. In the second episode “Hang The Witch” Asahina was supposedly stabbed, which brought Makoto great distress and then we have Kiyoko’s forbidden action “Surivive with Makoto the forth round” which in the end, killed her. If Chisa is the perpetrator, it becomes apparent that she intended to drag Makoto down, because that killing game was designed for him as well. Managing do make such a notorious hopist (yes, hopist) like Makoto who saved the lives of so many and brought so many hope would be indeed something Chisa, embracing despair, would certainly entertain her.
Then there’s the great parallel with Junko. Junko, in the end, did not only kill her sister and love intrest to be in more deeper despair, but also killed herself to witness it the last time in full bloom.
Then there’s Chisa who practically died in the first episode. Chisa, being the perpetrator, could have indeed killed herself when being finished with the preparations, because the mere thoughts of imagining her love interest falling into despair was too much for her to handle and something which she enjoyed until her last moment and she knew that Munakata loved her as well, so seeing her corpse in such a brutal fashion would surely traumatize him. That’s where I also say that her emotional connections to Munakata are broken, not cut. I don’t think she was indifferent to Munakata at all, I think her powerful love might have turned into an obsession and her pleasure of feeling despair mixed into all of this.
“Youth comes only once! It will never return so make the best of it until you are unable to go on!”
This, in turn, could parallel Junko and Masuda somehow. Junko did love Matsuda, but her depression, sadism and sociopathy turned her affections for him into a twisted desire, thus killing Matsuda in the most brutal fashion.
“There is no such thing as a hope that hurts others.”
In the end, I think this might also explain what Tengan said (”Yukizome Chisa”) but also why Munakata is killing his best friend and possibly other people (”You will regret this, despair.”). Maybe he might indeed blame Chisa, or maybe he blames Junko, who is basically known as “despair” and who started this whole mess in the first place. Maybe, just maybe, that’s the reason why he stabbed this sword into her. I always interpreted it as (”I failed you” or “I failed to protect you”) but maybe it also means that the is going to stop this whole mess Chisa started, falling right into her trap. If Munakata succeeds in his plans, that the ultimate hopes, meaning both Munakata and Makoto, will be “defeated” by despair, possibly what the perpetrator wanted in the first place. And, yet again, if it’s Chisa, she knew exactly what he is going to do. That Munakata retorts to such means in the first place and his whole devastation… it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say he feels that way because he felt betrayed.
What I finally wanted to say is that Chisa is a big contrast to Muanakta and Sakakura in regards to the treatment of the despairs and people who are affiliated with them, although she is one of the radicals (i.e the radicals want the the remnants dead). But even then she isn’t overly emotional about it, but is actually very calm and cooly explains Makoto some things, even daring to be with him in one room. (and am I the only one who is surprised that it is Chisa who treats him instead of Seiko? Yes, she is a pharmacist, but I somehow always felt Chisa saw this as an opportunity to talk to Makoto).
“Don’t you feel like there could be a greater hope…if you two combined both of your hopes and cooperated together?”
I want to say is that there is a chance for Chisa to be alive, however slim it is. We all know now that Gekkogahara is a robot and the real one is dead. No, I don’t think corpse!Chisa is a robot, but maybe there’s something fishy about that as well, although my bet is that she is deader than dead. We will see.
Future Foundation in itself is quite corrupt as well. There are Andou and Izayoi, who wanted to kill Munakata and take over, then there’s Sakakura who just punches his way through everything and has quite diry hands himself, Munakata who pulls quite despicable things in the name of “hope”, Ryouta and Tengan, who are shadier as ever, Touko (yes, I know, she isn’t in the killing game) who has a split personality that kills men and abuses people and so on and so forth. It’s not difficult to oversee that and it might have been not difficult for someone like Chisa to use them to mock the notion that hope safes everything, creates anything good, in using the FF, a company that parades itself of being the saviour while being a harmful institution to everyone.
If Chisa is indeed dead, this begs the question who killed all these people in the first place. (and yes, I know that Munakata and Andou already did their killings).
Edit: I noticed that Chisa looks quite… relaxed in her… deadness.
What I also noticed is that the first episode of Despair Arc is called “Tadaima Kibougamine Gakuen” which was transleted to “hello again” but also reminded me of the casual “I am home, (Hope’s Peak)” phrase. I am still wondering myself why I included this into my post, but I think this might tie to her being “stuck in the past” or “can’t overcome despair” (due to being directly brainwashed.)
“One of my favorite lines is when Cinderella is getting out of the carriage. She says, ‘I’m frightened, Mr. Lizard. I’m only a girl, not a princess.’ I really understand that. When I felt very nervous and felt the pressure and felt like I couldn’t do this—that I’m not beautiful enough or this enough or that enough or made a mistake—I felt like those would be things that Cinderella would feel, too. I can’t help but see her as just a girl. She’s only a princess at the end of the movie.” - Lily James
“What is that indefinable quality that makes an actor a star? Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony in 2014 for her performance in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” helped me once again answer this question. Whenever she was onstage in “Waitress,” the new Broadway musical based on the 2007 Adrienne Shelly movie, I wanted time to stop so that her performance would never have to end… the show’s heart is earned through the beauty and integrity of Mueller’s work.”
Okay that scene with Alec and Clary at the end of tonight’s episode is so important to me because like those are the two people who love Jace the most in the world and just them sharing that moment of despair at losing him is so beautiful. And like poor Alec who’s heart is breaking and world is falling a part losing Jace like that keeps it together to comfort Clary because he knows that that’s what Jace would want for her that’s what Jace’s sacrifice was for to keep her, and all of them, safe so like the least he can do is keep Clary safe for him. And to have to hold it together for her after losing his best friend, his brother like that. And Clary staying with him for comfort because he’s the only one who understands the depths of her pain. I’m sorry I’m just emotional but wow that scene was beautiful
If anybody in arizona is looking to adopt a beautiful smart one year old pit, this is Luna! She’s so beautiful and smart and she’s looking for a permanent home
I’ve had the amazing pleasure of fostering her for part of the summer but due to school, MCATs, work, and my internship, I won’t be able to care for her beyond the end of August. If anyone knows anybody who’s looking to adopt or foster until she’s adopted, it would be a great help
I really don’t want to put her back in boarding because that could potentially be bad for her in the future
She deserves so much love and attention and hopefully we find someone shortly!
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