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Tips for Illustrators (and other artists too!)

I’m an illustration major at MICA (please check out my blog here as a way to support me for making this post!), so this is catered towards what I learned in my illustration critiques and from professional illustrators. I think these tips can go for other artists too, though!

None of these are things that work all the time, but they’re general “rules” I’ve been taught. You can break them, just know why you’re doing so! These are just things I copied from my critique notes, so most are general tips I’ve heard and copied down.

General

  • Enjoy what you’re working on, but be okay with changing it.
  • Anatomy, and accurately trying to portray it, is really important.
  • Time and space can be portrayed through focus and distance.
  • When working digitally, make some of your own textures (traditionally) and scan them in. Adding them into a picture adds an element of your own hand and makes your work stand apart from other digital work.
  • Contrast is a great thing.
  • Saturation is a great thing, especially in watercolor (soak that brush with pigment!).
  • Your style should never draw an obscene amount of attention to itself; it should just work fluidly.
  • Consider what medium(s) work best for your idea.
  • Cover your paint palettes (particularly reusable ones) to make sure dust doesn’t get in the paints.
  • Spin the page when you’re working. The time is takes to do that will show some major improvement in your art!
  • Use dark watercolor and then a light colored pencil on top, never the other way around (it will look muddy and ruin clarity).
  • Make sure to sometime pin or place you piece far away and step away so you can see the whole composition (or zoom out a lot digitally).
  • Consider the genre and audience of what you’re working for (and if it’s yourself, then you’re your own audience!).
  • Illustration is a branch of fine art, don’t forget that.
  • Fantasy art usually needs a lot of high detail.

Coloring

  • Pick an overall color palette to work in, then add in other colors as needed.
  • Complementary colors (ones opposite on the color wheel), when placed next to each other, can pop an object forward or draw attention to it. (Think of a red ornament on a green Christmas tree).
  • Designate the shadows to be either warm or cool, and the highlights to be the opposite. Stay with this throughout the entire picture.
  • All colors have a warm and a cool hue (cool and warm blues, cool and warm oranges).
  • The more saturated a color is, the more it will pop forward in the picture plane.
  • Don’t use colors right out of the paint tube.
  • When making a shadow, tint the color with the complementary tone (it makes it a little more grey).
  • Colorizing backgrounds lines makes them recede in a colored image with line art.
  • Blue and pink tones are great for use in skin tones.
  • Flats need to be fairly differentiated colors.

Drawing

  • The reference should never be an excuse for a misleading or awkward pose. You have the artistic license to alter an awkward pose and not just draw from a photo.
  • With scratchy or textured line art, find some places of solid black too, to allow the eye to rest (or where you want something to pop out).
  • How you render all the elements of the picture is what makes your own individual style.
  • When something is illuminated, it should be the brightest part of the composition.
  • Anything with a straight angle (like the corner of a room) has one wall/side being lighter in value than the other. There is a crisp distinction.
  • Sometimes adding more lessens the strength of the image.
  • Fabric folds are crisp, if they’re too soft they’ll look like clay.
  • Line heaviness and weight can determine depth.

Anatomy/Characters

  • Anatomical consistency is very important.
  • Inside of the mouth is usually dark.
  • Show character motivations with actions and poses.
  • You can crop a face or figure to set a mood.
  • In any and every picture, pay special and close attention to the hands, feet, and face.
  • Learning musculature, even if you use reference, will help you create the body you want for your character. Understand the human form…it’s easier to alter if you understand it in the first place.
  • To pop a figure forward, add a little bit of rim lighting (great with backlighting).

Composition

  • Avoid spots where a line or shape comes really close, but doesn’t cross, the edge of the paper. This is called a tangent and tangents are bad (they suck the eye into just that one spot and stop the composition).
  • Nothing in the picture is accidentally there, it is all drawn by you, so make sure everything has a conscious placement.
  • Don’t crop anything that shows essential character expression (including essential parts of the pose).
  • Never crop a figure at a joint (it makes the limb look amputated unintentionally).
  • Consider how you show detail with smaller characters…what are the essential characteristics?
  • Shapes of color or tone can make great framing devices.
  • For the most part, render the foreground with more clarity than the background…you want atmospheric perspective to be used to make it look like it’s receding.
  • Line heaviness/weight can combat (in a good way) any very dark areas.
  • When the character breaks a border (shape, line, panel etc), it shows dominance.
  • Make the shape of your negative space visually interesting.
  • “Cornerstops” are great. They are a compositional element that visually blocks your eye from running off the corner of a page.
  • Shadows can be a great compositional element.

Narrative Illustration (Portraying the narrative)

  • It is a successful illustration if the story is told.
  • Use every element of the image to tell the story.
  • Sometimes you have to take out elements you love for the sake of storytelling.
  • Think of images as being fast/slow, quiet/loud. What techniques portray these senses for you, and why are you using such techniques? What areas of the picture are slower and faster, why those areas?
  • Indicate how lavish or simple a place is by the details you choose to include in the background.
  • Don’t make it obvious that you “curated” the picture; it should look natural.
  • Cover illustrations don’t always need big and bold text, as long as there’s a strong narrative being portrayed.
  • Something mid action carries the narrative better than pre or post action.
  • You should be able to tell a story without relying on text.

Sequential Art (Comics, etc)

  • Color between panels can draw the eye around the page.
  • Big jumps in narrative can add humor and excitement, just make sure to think of why you are having the jump there.
  • When starting a sequence, make it obvious where you start (establishing shot; biggest to smallest, etc).
  • Make sure panels can read as separate images even if you took the gutter away.
  • Smaller panels are frequently used for faster/quicker actions.
  • Removing the background in certain panels allows the scene to be read faster; you only need one background per page (unless the scene in the background is changing).
  • Style, readability, and timing are key things to keep in mind.
  • Does the punch line/climax happen at the right time on the page?
  • Before planning a page, ask yourself: “How much time is elapsing between the first and last panel?”
  • Consider panel shape and size.
  • The composition, and where the eye flows inside every panel, informs where the eye travels to next…compositionally lead the eye from panel to panel.
  • The more panels you have, generally the more time goes on.
  • Don’t rely on speed/action lines to make things dramatic.
  • Give word bubbles a little breathing room.
  • When doing a graphic novel, you’ll usually have to redraw the first few pages since the characters will come more naturally to you by the end pages.
  • There is a design element to sound effects.

Digital Art (Mostly Photoshop based, but some are general tips)

  • Before printing, you usually want to switch your file to CMYK (though save a file in RGB too). Print at 300 dpi.
  • Before printing, you can up the brightness, saturation and contrast until it just starts to look awkward. You’ll learn the best settings for the printer you print at.
  • Don’t place digital textures anywhere. Consciously arrange them.
  • Don’t overrender. Digital art tends to be the most successful when it feels less digital than someone would expect.
  • If your color scheme doesn’t look cohesive, you can use a fill layer of one specific color to unify everything (Layer->fill layer). Lower the opacity to around 15-30%.

The things I do for free fun haha

I must admit, Moric wasn’t the only one who caught my eye in @fangirltothefullest‘s fusions. I also enjoy Progic, who I hope I did justice. I’m not 100% thrilled with the hair- it’s not fluffy enough for my taste.

But anyway-

That background took 3x as long as coloring Progic did haha. I got lazy with a few flasks, but other than that, I’m overall happy with the detail, especially that bookshelf. I started with the right, which is why the left side is bare haha~

Steven Universe Coloring Book Outline and Review

The Steven Universe coloring book is out!

The Steven Universe coloring book is a fun treat for adults who like activity books! I enjoy collecting the kids’ activity books as much as any other, ahem, hardcore adult fan, but it’s definitely true I’m not going to be challenged or particularly amused by some of the offerings. The coloring book is different: The designs are complex enough to allow for any level artist to have something to transform into their own style. And unlike most adult coloring books, most of the pages are not so intricate that it’s all about lines and detail.

The artists credited are Gale Galligan, Aatmaja Pandya, Coni Yovaniniz, and Rica Diaz. Occasionally the images have slightly skewed or off-model proportions, and sometimes the line weights are weird, but overall everybody did a great job. The art for us to color is NOT just a bunch of screenshot redraws; most recall specific moments we’ll all know from the show, but they’re more conceptual than they are calling upon a specific visual.

Each black and white illustration is on the right-hand page, with the left pages bearing a quote from an episode associated with the character(s) pictured on the right.

They don’t go in exact order or follow any specific pattern, but they do progress in an overall order from earlier to later episodes, with “Reunited” being the last episode with an illustration. (The episode numbers quoted are using the airing order, named season and episode number within season.)

For coloring, the paper is actually really well made. When you color with marker ink, your color will most likely show through to the other side, but I noticed almost no actual BLEED (even though I did put a piece of card stock in between to protect the next picture, just in case). It does end up obscuring the quote on the opposite page if you have colored heavily in markers. But I think it was a smart choice to include content that’s relevant without being too upset if your coloring covers it up.

My favorite images are Garnet with an intricate background featuring Cat Steven; Pearl against an intricate rose and strawberry background with a sword; Garnet fighting Jasper; Pearl and Peridot fighting in robots; the Gems, Lion, and Connie drawing Steven; the Shorty Squad featuring Peridot with her alien plush; the cute Smoky Quartz with yo-yo; the scene in the Big Donut referencing “Last One Out of Beach City”; Lars doing Bingo Bongo to Emerald; and the wedding group pic.

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[Article] BTS Is Back! The K-Pop Kings Talk Their New Album and Ever-Evolving Style

Just ahead of the release, the members sat down for an exclusive interview with Vogue to break down their new look and evolving personal style. Despite a long day of filming and dance rehearsals, they were in good spirits, laughing and chattering happily. “Let’s go!” J-Hope said. Here, we do.

Q. Tell us about the new visual concept for this album. What kind of style did you pick to express it?

Suga: It’s about boys falling in love. There are four versions of love, and we shot four different photos to show them. Though each one is different, the same feeling of love comes through in every shot. There’s a sense of playfulness, of friends hanging out comfortably at home in their free time, and that kind of fluttering feeling. Visually, we cover a lot of ground.

The lyrics and the music themselves are about finding your fate. In this album, we cover a wide range of songs: There are high-energy ones, very hip-hop ones. It’s quite diverse. To match it, the style covers a range of colorful, sporty, leisure, and boyish clothes. They go well together: powerful music, colorful clothes.

J-Hope: It’s very colorful and sporty, overall. I think there’s a slightly retro feel, too. Among the seven members, I think we each kind of bring out our hidden boyishness through our clothes.

Suga: It’s totally different. When we did You Never Walk Alone, we wore a lot of casual clothes. This time, it’s a lot flashier. Super colorful, yet more high-end and comfortable at the same time. More of that comforting feeling.

J-Hope: Right, this time we wanted to show more of that boyish style.

Q. How would you describe BTS’s style in general, looking back across your work?

Rapmon: Just style.

Jimin: Truthfully, we have a very energetic style, I would say.

Q. A lot has been said about the kind of individuality you hope to express as a band. Is that something that comes into play with your style, letting each member’s own persona come through?

Jimin: Of course; it’s important. With each new album, we do a lot of fittings. And each time we do those fittings, we talk a lot and always share our thoughts as we go. We put a lot of effort into looking for clothes that express ourselves and the feelings we want to express with each album’s concept. We want to show that, [but] without losing our individuality either.

V: I don’t think we have one signature. With each concept, we change it up completely and the styles have been so diverse. For “Boy in Luv,” we wore school uniforms. For “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” it was a range of suits and white shirts. As artists, we have to change our style to match each concept. We’re always changing, ever changing.

Q. Do you have a favorite piece you wore for this comeback?

Suga: I loved all the oversize shirts.

Jungkook: Me too. There’s a loose, navy chiffon shirt I wore with slacks that was particularly light and comfortable. I liked that a lot.

J-Hope: I liked wearing those basketball jerseys, and those ultra-colorful sweaters, too.

Rapmon: There was a really big windbreaker that I liked because it was so big.

V: I liked everything, but the accessories most of all. Particularly all the rings and earrings, I liked those the most.

Jimin: For me, it was the bright red shirt from “DNA.”

Q. Who do you think has changed the most since you debuted?

J-Hope: V?

Suga: V has changed a lot, and Jimin changed a lot.

Rapmon: Jungkook, too.

Q. In what way?

Jimin: We’ve all gotten old.

J-Hope: Our maknae line [the youngest members] has changed a lot. They are the youngest and looked it when we debuted, but now, they look more grown-up.

Jin: Like Jimin. Overall, his face changed from cute to sexy.

Q. What do you want most for this comeback?

Suga: To make the Billboard Hot 100 is my dream.

J-Hope: Let’s get it! Dream!

Rapmon: I would like all the members to be healthy.

J-Hope: Health!

Suga: It’s the most important thing, really.

Jimin: I would like to be 3 centimeters taller.

V: For real. I want to have wide shoulders like Jin.

Jimin: Me too [laughs]. For real.

Suga: If everyone could be happy, I would be happy.

J-Hope: Peace!

Jungkook: For me, I’d like to travel a lot. Anywhere would be great. And if I could learn to speak English and Japanese well, that would be great, too.

J-Hope: I also would like the members to be healthy and happy. And everyone else, all our fans.

Q. Any last words for your American fans?

J-Hope: Of course, American Army.

Suga: No matter what, our American Army is so big, and we are so very thankful to them. From now on, we want to put on even cooler performances, be cooler, be better, so look forward to it. Please, always look forward to it.

V: Thank you! We love American Army so much!

Q. Tell us about your personal style. What are you into lately?

V: In my case, I like to pick one piece that pops against everything else. I like flashy shirts, or I’ll wear a simple shirt with a fancy necktie. I also like vintage pieces, more standout ones. I’ll go to certain boutiques and look for clothes without labels. You can find a lot of nice unbranded shirts, and I wear those a lot.

Jimin: To be honest, I don’t think much about style, or “oh, this is my style,” that sort of thing. I follow my mood, which is so different day to day. Generally, I like a wide range of styles, but lately, I’ve been reaching for comfortable, simple things. Simple slacks and shirts.

Jungkook: Are you familiar with the term paealmot [fashion-know-nothing]? I don’t know anything about fashion. So for me, I reach for anything comfortable. I wear a lot of athleisure and workout clothes—sweatpants and sweatshirts—as I like to stay active.

Jin: I like to dress warmly, comfortably as I go around. Naturally I like easy fashion. My style is clean, polished, and gentle looking. Or you could say I prefer to wear big sweatshirts and hoodies.

J-Hope: I’m into streetwear, and more colorful looks. These days, bags have become more of a thing for me—these mini cross bags are so great.

Suga: These days I’m wearing a lot of Jordans, those sneakers. I’ve been wearing a lot of slippers, too, and comfortable clothes in general. I really like that kind of oversize fit.

Rap Monster: These days, I’m most into staying comfortable. I do have a lot of interest in Japanese brands, so I’ve been looking at cool Japanese hyungs [older brothers] and carefully studying their style. Brands like WTAPS, Visvim, I like a lot.

Q.  What is one item you can’t live without?

V: I like old-school, vintage-style glasses a lot. As for accessories, I really like them all.

Jimin: I like accessories a lot. Hats, caps, beanies, I like all of them. I also look for special standout earrings, rings, necklaces … I like to layer them on heavily.

Jungkook: I don’t like accessories all that much, except for hats. I like bucket hats and beanies a lot, and I sometimes wear rings or bracelets. I’m the kind of person that if I put it on once, I’ll leave it on forever.

Jin: I like silver accessories. I think they suit me well.

J-Hope: I like hats a lot—bucket hats, sun caps, beanies, and fitted caps. And like I said before, I like bags a lot. I like shoes that stand out, too. Lately, I’ve been wearing a lot of running shoes, the kind that look good with very wide pants.

Suga: I also love accessories, especially bracelets and rings. King rings, the really big ones. I’ll wear a lot of them at once.

Rap Monster: I like hats. As for a favorite … I like all of them, though? Really. I wear hats all the time.

Q.  How much interest do you have in fashion?

Jin: “How do I mix and match these things together … ” I tend to stand in front of the closet worrying like that.

Q.  Who is your style icon right now?

V: I don’t have a big role model at the moment, but later on, I would like to channel [actor] Ryoo Seung-bum [who is known for his unique style].

Jimin: I don’t have one exactly, but I like to look on the Internet for cool, well-dressed people and get inspired that way.

Jungkook: I am my own role model. I want to follow myself.

Jin: [Actor] Kang Dong Won. The clothes he wears, it’s the fit and style I like.

J-Hope: I like A$AP Rocky. How to put it … he dresses on-trend, but he also dresses for himself. He’s made his own style. It’s hip, but has a clean, polished kind of feel. That whole A$AP Mob style, I like.

Suga: Like Jungkook, I don’t really have one. I just look for what I like and what I feel comfortable wearing.

Rap Monster: Cool hyungs I look up to, even people I pass on the street in Seoul. People dress so well here, it’s easy to get inspired.

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bee emoji reviews

a round friend. the gradient shading is bad though. 5/10

ADORABLE PERFECT FRIEND! SHE WANTS YOU TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD DAY! nice lineless design and cute face 12/10

Very regal looking girl. simple, but effective. 8/10

She looks straight out of fischer price or some shit. Has an :O face going on which is kinda cute. decent. shading could use serious work though 4/10

A friend who looks lost in thought. the wings are placed kinda weirdly though like I don’t think that’s how wings work. overall relatively cute 7/10

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ looks like a shrug emoji which is good. rather simplistic design. solid. the wing coloring just bothers me a bit 9/10

Realistic looking friend. I don’t like the color palette though, the yellow isn’t very bright and the brown just makes her look kinda dirty. 5/10

Semi-realistic friend. Looks like she’s reading whatever texts you send after you send this one. has the right number of legs. A fine girl. 9/10

She thicc. A nice girl but what is the body doing. it looks incomplete above the wings. Needs a bit of work just in general so she’ll stop looking like a top. 6/10

A beautiful, well executed girl. Simple design which does wonders. perfect in every way 10/10

What. Return of fischer price I think. I’m scared. I think she’s seeing into my soul. please make her stop. 0/10 cursed girl

wHAT THE F U CK -100000/10

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February is Black History Month! Here are just a few Black Queer People who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. Black history month is about remembering all the types of Black people who helped further the progress of justice. Thank you to all of those who paved the way. 

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987)

A lot of times noted as the man that Homophobia Erased from History. His impact is not illustrated in a lot of history books, Bayard Rustin became most recognized for his work for the civil rights movement. Bayard Rustin was the lead organizer of the March on Washington, and ultimately was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s right hand men. From Marching on Washington, to his work in the Black Power movement, to being imprisoned for being in a relationship with a man and his advocation of the advancement for LGBTQA people, Bayard Rustin was a force to be reckoned with. Although he put so much of his time and effort into making the world a better place, his presence has been erased in some of the light of the civil rights movement because at the time people thought him being gay would hinder the advancement of black people.

Angela Davis (Born in 1944)

Angela Davis is a loved political activist, author, scholar, and professor. Davis contributed a lot to the Black Panther Party and worked hard for the advancement in the Civil Rights Movement. Davis was also very involved in Prisoners rights, and feminist theory (and where Women of color fit into mainstream white feminism). She also fought hard for the advancement of LGBTQA rights. Overall Angela Davis is a queer women of color whose list of activism efforts goes on and on. Angela Davis did and continues to spread her efforts to all types of oppression and injustices.

Marsha P. Johnson (1944-1992)

Marsha P. Johnson was a Black Trans Woman whose efforts for the queer community and overall essence of love and self acceptance in the face of ridicule, touched the hearts of many. Marsha P. Johnson was a pivotal part of the Stonewall Riots, being at the epicenter of it all, (which isn’t always illustrated). She was noted as the person who “really started it all”. The stonewall riots really sparked queer and especially trans activism, but also essentially birthed what we now know as the Pride Parades. Another reason to remember to not erase the “T” in LGBTQA rights. 

{Mermaid!AU} Joshua

this got much longer than the other ones ive done,,,,i apologize
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  • you don’t remember the day it happened - when they brought him in
  • vaguely you remember setting up the exhibit, the people all around you muttering and complaining about overtime,,,,
  • “what’s this big tank for anyway? a new shark or something?” seungcheol had asked you, but you weren’t even sure
  • management hadn’t told you what the new addition to the aquarium was going to be,,,,,apparently it was a noteworthy surprise
  • but most of all - you know exactly what you felt when you saw him,,,,,,
  • dread
  • everyone else was so excited, gasping and pressing their faces to the glass to see a mermaid
  • a real life mermaid
  • but you were pushed into the back, too horrified to step forward
  • it was wrong,,,,it was wrong to be looking at a person like,,,,,this
  • “i didn’t even know they existed!”
  • someone had shouted and someone else chimmed in
  • “isn’t this a rarity? wouldn’t we be the only ones with a mermaid in our aquarium?!?”
  • it had been so exciting for the rest of the crew, even the gift shop cashiers had abandoned their posts to come and stare
  • but for you,,,it just,,,,hurt
  • watching this one, lonely figure swim about
  • in the open, empty vastness of the tank
  • as the excitement died down and people dispersed, sending photos from their phones to friends and chatting about him
  • you could swear you caught a glimpse of the mermaids face,,,,and you could feel in your heart
  • he was just as terrified as you
  • you had never told anyone you felt this way ,,,
  • the opening of the mermaid exhibit had brought crowds upon crowds to the aquarium
  • and everyone was buzzing that this year could be the year they finally got bonuses
  • but the money, the attention, was so far removed from your mind
  • you just kept thinking about how the mermaid - who had been named joshua - just didn’t look,,,,comfortable
  • actually he looked downright miserable
  • especially when hoards of eyes and flashing cameras crowded around the glass separating him from the others
  • and no matter how desperately he swam, left or right, he couldn’t escape their eyes
  • how is it,,,,to live without even an inkling of privacy,,,
  • you were so ashamed of it, that you couldn’t bring your head up to look at him anymore when you passed by the tank
  • you felt responsible
  • even if you hadn’t been the one that caught him
  • “i mean,,,,mermaids are wild animals - and for science, they need to capture animals to learn about them!”
  • seungcheol had reasoned when you and him had gotten lunch on your break,,,,,,but you weren’t sure if that was a good enough reason
  • who said humans had to know anything about mermaids
  • maybe mermaids didn’t want to be known about,,,,
  • let alone,,,captured and treated like circus acts to be gwaked and marveld upon
  • of course, like always, you just smiled and focused back on eating
  • you had been an entry-level intern for a while with the aquarium, you were more interested in at one point becoming a diver so this job was a great addition to your resume
  • your job just consisted of the usual; clean up of the kitchen and tanks, preparing food for the animals, and hauling shipments to and fro in the back storage rooms
  • you had virtually no way of getting close to the mermaid,,,,not until you were put on his tanks cleaning duty
  • joshua,,,,,you could see from the first time you got up and close to the glass,,,,,was beautiful
  • rather even,,,statuesque with his sharp, angular profile and an eyeline that ran long and elegant
  • his tail matched the overall air of royalty that he somehow managed to give off,,,the color was something of a sapphire blue,,,the edges of the scales dusted in silvery tones
  • if he swam fast enough and under the right amount of light, the tail looked like it was made of crystals
  • the shine had made you breathless
  • and what was even more beautiful was that his scales, hugged the dip of his hips,,,and the skin that showed was a gorgeous summer kissed hue
  • your first night cleaning his tank, you realized you were stealing peeks as much as possible
  • but you were also trying not to look at joshua too much
  • you had felt embarrassed,,,,,to you - he wasn’t like a fish that didn’t care about your prescence
  • he was,,,,,a boy,,,,,who had the right to not be watched every moment of his existience
  • it took you a while to clean, the tank was massive but the inside was just water - with sand scattered at the bottom
  • there was no coral or algae like in other tanks, no artificial rocks to swim through - none of that
  • it was barren,,,,but for water and for joshua
  • you didn’t notice, as you struggled to scrub at the outter glass
  • that joshua was slowing down his usual panicked pace of swimming, he was almost gliding in the water now
  • curious eyes fixed on the one human who seemed to be avoiding him at all costs
  • were you afraid of him? no,,,,joshua could sense it was something else,,,,something about you felt,,,,trustworthy
  • he had started slow, as to not surprise you
  • swimming over to where you were working and when you’d looked up
  • you nearly dropped the towel in your hand at the close up view of joshua’s face
  • like this, you could see his gills on his neck - one hand of his pressed against the glass and there was a thin, pretty webbing between his fingers
  • his mouth was highlighted by cute upturned corners that gave his face a naturally curious look
  • and his eyes,,,,like melted honey locked on yours
  • that moment you couldn’t breathe, you weren’t sure why joshua had approached you like that
  • and truthfully, it had made your heart jump nearly up your throat
  • he stared, nontheless, but you gathered your things - nearly finished anyway with your job and scurried away
  • you don’t know if you had angered him,,,,if he had just wanted to see what you looked like up close,,,,but the shock had made you act on impulse
  • and when you were gone, joshua pushed back and floated once more in the still, blue water
  • trustworthy - yes, you seemed like you were good
  • a couple of days had past since you were put on mermaid tank duty,,,,you didn’t get it again until someone had to call out sick and you were switched onto it
  • again, it was just you and this huge tank - and joshua
  • the lights of the aquarium were always dark, and never before had you been scared walking through the almost foggy like building until today,,,,,
  • you got to the tank and joshua was swimming away from you, his strong back muscles flexing with each swish of his tail
  • you didn’t stare, and got straight to work
  • but it happened again
  • this time, he did it faster - and you found joshua’s face pressed to the glass nearly giving you a heartattack
  • his handsome face didn’t seem to read your startled jump, because he stayed put
  • and looked at you
  • you nearly said “what do you want?” ,,,, but the words didn’t make it off your tongue
  • he wouldn’t be able to hear you through the glass anyway
  • so instead,,,you chose to ignore it
  • to not meet his gaze, but just clean and clean and clean
  • but even as you moved down the tank, joshua followed
  • you finished, arms aching from the work and had left just like before - hurried and confused
  • the third time you were on clean up for joshua, you were there with seungcheol
  • he was lazily working on his side,,,,which joshua didn’t touch at all,,,,,
  • no,,,,he kept hovering - swimming in circles on your side of the tank
  • and when seungcheol took a bathroom break, joshua had come closer and this time you really did say
  • “w-what do you want?”
  • voice timid and almost hushed
  • but,,,,,the reaction made joshua do a motion,,,a motion you quite couldn’t wrap your head around
  • he streaked one finger down his cheek,,,,
  • like he was painting a line down it
  • you clenched you teeth and shook your head, “what does that me-”
  • “are you talking to yourself?”
  • seungcheol passed by, gently thumping you on the head as you swatted his hand away too late
  • joshua wasn’t pressed against the glass this time, he was swimming farther away with his back to you and seungcheol
  • and for a second you marveled at his speed
  • also,,,he had probably felt seungcheol coming back - didn’t sea animals have some kind of heighten sense?
  • “don’t lose your mind cleaning, otherwise ill lose mine too!” seungcheol laughed and you managed a weak chuckle
  • after that,,,joshua didn’t approach you again,,,but when you and seungcheol packed to leave
  • you could see him - in the back of his tank, eyes focused on you
  • it become almost a ritual,,,,
  • you’d come to clean the tank and joshua would swim close enough,,,doing the same gesture each time
  • one finger, steaked down his cheek
  • and you just,,,,didn’t understand,,,,was he trying to tell you something was on your face? was it a mermaids way of greeting?
  • you had never been prepped with this information - and you were to hesitant to bring it up to your superiors,,,worried that they’d just tell you to stop making things up
  • you had considered bringing a notebook with you, writing down ‘what does that mean?’ and showing it to joshua,,,but how would he answer you? you couldn’t even figure out what one motion of his was
  • and as the days passed,,,,you got used to him being so close
  • maybe you didn’t get used to how gorgeous he looked - but that was another store
  • finally,,,,you had come in one morning expecting to be feeding the usual fish you were allowed to engage with - when you were dropped a complete different list
  • ‘mermaid feeding’ 
  • you stared at it
  • “a-a-are you sure im qualified for this?”
  •  your manager waved a dismissive hand, “it’s like feeding any other fish. it’s not like we’re putting you on shark duty.”
  • you swallowed at the thought, suddenly thinking  - did mermaids have sharp teeth? would you have to be using a feeding stick?
  • “just take the chum bucket and go up to the edge of the tank - he’ll come up from the water and take what you give him”
  • it sounded like the rules to feeding someones dog,,,,and it made shivers crawl up your spine
  • were you the only one who saw joshua,,,as a person? not some kind of thing to be coddled and domesticated?
  • either way, you didn’t complain - again you needed this job
  • so you took the bucket of food and marched your way up the long, winding staircase to a door
  • behind it was a small ramp that lead slightly over the edge of the tank
  • there was just enough room between the edge of the water and the ceiling that you could sit at the end of the ramp and joshua would be able to poke his head up
  • but if he had tried to jump higher, onto the ramp - he’d end up banging his head against the wall
  • you stared down into the unmoving water, counting inside your head
  • when suddenly joshua’s head splashed out of it, dark hair sticking to his forehead
  • “i have br-breakfast,,,,” you felt your teeth nearly chatter with nervousness
  • you looked down into the bucket and saw an assortment of food, a lot of it was kelp and seaweed - but there was some parts of a lobster, crab, and shrimps
  • their was also a squid but when you dug it out with your gloved hand joshua shook his head
  • “what do mermaids like to eat?” you asked aloud,,,not sure if joshua would be able to understand or answer you
  • but ,,,,, when he spoke it nearly made you fall over
  • “sea plants. but we need nutrients from crustaceans.”
  •  “o-oh”
  • your voice betrayed your feigned confidence as you grabbed a handful of what you assumed was lobster and crab
  • “how should i,,,”
  • you reached over, wondering if you should just drop the food into the water - but joshua took your wrist
  • and leaned forward, to eat what you had offered in your palm
  • it hurt,,,seeing him eat like that
  • right from your hand,,,,,
  • but at the same time,,,it made your stomach do a flip - the mermaid,,,was touching you
  • when he pulled back, you went to gather some kelp from the bucket as well and,,,,,fed him again
  • as you watched him, you wondered if asking him what he meant by that gesture he did would be ok
  • no one else was around,,,all the other interns were on feeding duty and divers and trainers were out with the dolphins or penguins
  • so clearing your throat, you suddenly mumbled
  • “joshua,,,,”
  • at first he didn’t respond, but then his eyes met yours
  • “my mermaid name is hong jisoo,,,,,”
  • “should i call you that,,,,jisoo?”
  • you could see him process the request, but shake his head “joshua is fine.”
  • was that a sign of giving up? ,,,,, was he ready to live out his life in this tank?
  • “ok,,,what - what do you mean when you do this?”
  • you slipped the glove off, dropping it into the bucket and wiping your hand on your uniform
  • slowly, you dragged your finger down your cheek and joshua’s eyes narrowed
  • “it means crying.”
  • “c-crying?”
  • “mermaids,,,,,can cry. because we can breathe above water - we are able to cry. but here,,,,”
  • he motions to the tank, the millions of gallons of water that trap him within
  • “here, i cannot cry. im always in water,,,,a mermaid cannot cry in water.”
  • you don’t even realize it ,,,, but your body has tensed - the response to joshua’s words has made you feel this pulsing anger and sadness
  • “w,,why do you want to cry?”
  • you ask, knowing the response will just hurt both of you further
  • joshua winces, eyes finally falling from yours
  • there’s a chance he might just sink back into the water, not answer you, leave it to your imagination
  • but joshua has come to know his feelings are always right, and his feelings about you have been that there is kindness in you
  • that you speak the truth,,,,and are good
  • so telling you,,,is different from telling anyone else
  • “i don’t want to be here. being caged like this,,,”
  • he bites his lip and you see it, the tears that shine in the corners of his eyes
  • “being caged like this,,,,,is degrading.”
  • there it is - the word you had avoided using - but it was true
  • being an exhibit,,,being unable to go home,,,being a spectacle it was degrading
  • and his voice, had pierced deep into your heart
  • “i know that there is something inside of you that understands me.”
  • you swallow, “that understands you?”
  • joshua’s tears seem to turn to sparkles in the brown swirls of his gaze
  • but they don’t drop,,,,,,and for a moment you consider it - you really consider just smashing this tank to pieces and somehow getting him out of here
  • but that’s just not a reality you can face,,,,,it wouldn’t be possible
  • joshua’s hand suddenly comes up to touch your cheek
  • the hand is wet, but warm and you gasp a little when his finger nearly ghosts over the corner of your lip
  • he pulls back, instantly shy of what he’s done - but at the same time he can feel it 
  • the guilt that courses through you,,, you want to get him out but you can’t,,,
  • “there is one thing,,,that you could do for me,,,”
  • he suddenly begins and you look up - asking with your eyes what it is,,,
  • “if you go to the beach, you might be able to find a shell,,,,you’ll know it’s a special shell because it’ll look like one of my scales.”
  • you blink, “what if i cant find one like that? what if i go to the wrong-”
  • his hand now touches your arm, almost as if to calm you
  • “that is ok,,,,,,but will you try?”
  • there’s a brief hesitation before you nod, unable to say no to him,,,,not because of his saddness or the overwhelming guilt in your chest,,,but there is something about joshua
  • that loops you in and holds tight
  • so,,,at the end of your work week you take the bus to the nearest beach
  • it’s winter, and the place is desolate 
  • the wind is heavy and nearly knocks you over but you spend a good three hours outside - searching the sands, turning shells and rocks over 
  • you’re nearly about to give up when you see it,,,,it glimmers as it’s wedged between two big stones
  • a scale
  • a scale that matches joshua’s color
  • you hold it up, the sun setting on the boarder where it kisses the water and you see the scale glitter
  • for safe keeping, you slip it into your coat - right into the pocket beside your heart
  • coming back to work,,,you have the scale on a necklace
  • your manager complements it and seungcheol says he’s not used to seeing you accessorize
  • you smile at them, hoping in your mind that whatever this scale does,,,,it’s enough to get joshua out of here
  • you don’t get feeding duty - but you do get cleaning
  • and as you walk by during the day, joshua swims up close 
  • the crowd around him goes into a frenzy, but you know where he is looking 
  • you grip the scale on your neck and he holds his finger up toward his eye - slowly, he drags it down
  • the people all begin to ask in a chorus of loud voices what that means,,,,as you disappear back to your duties
  • at the end of the day, you clean extra slow - bowing and saying goodbye to everyone as they leave for the day
  • once you’re sure you and joshua are alone,,,you sneak up the stairs and unlock the door to the ramp
  • joshua is already at the edge of it, his face twisted into a look of excitment but worry
  • “here you go,,”
  • you unclip the necklace and pull the scale off the chain
  • in joshua’s hands it begins to shake,,,on it’s own
  • you look at it, “what’s going on-”
  • “thank you,,,,,,please,,,,,go for now,,,,”
  • his voice breaks,, and the sides of his eyes tighten like he’s holding immense pain inside
  • you want to reach out, soothe him, but joshua growls it this time
  • “go.”
  • you leave,,,,,,scared out of your wits - but knowing that joshua knows better than you
  • and when you spend a sleepless night up in bed, thinking about what in the world that scale did to him
  • you’re shocked to find the next morning that the entire aquairum is in disarry
  • your manager runs up to you, gripping your shoulders painfully
  • “where is joshua? where is the mermaid?”
  • you stammer out that he was there when you left,,,,,and he was,,,,but you also know something else happpened
  • what it was? you don’t know
  • but the tank is empty,,,,,
  • nothing is broken - everything is just still
  • seungcheol arrives beside you, “do you think someone stole him? not like he walked out of here by himself huh?”
  • the aquarium shuts down for a few days, you know your job is on the line
  • but at this point you’re just mystified - where did he go? how did he get out?
  • you find yourself walking one the same beach again, the beach where you’d found the scale when you see a figure standing on the rocks
  • he’s tall and slim, his profile looks handsome from this far
  • but as you get closer,,,,there’s something familiar
  • you don’t know why this stranger has piqued your interest,,,but you keep walking toward him
  • till you’re climbing the rocks and just as you reach out to ask “do i know you?”
  • he turns
  • his eyes, the same elegant and long brown lock on yours
  • he reaches out a hand, it’s warm
  • “thank you.”
  • he says your name and you stop breathing
  • “joshua?,,,,,,,,but you,,,where is your tail?”
  • he pulls back his jacket a bit, around his neck is the same necklace you had worn,,,,with the same scale you’d given him
  • “it allows me to transform, but it hurts. a lot.”
  • he chuckles though, rolling his wide shoulders
  • “but not as much as it hurt to be,,,,in there.”
  • your wonder doesn’t leave your expression as you nod, and joshua reaches out to let his hand touch the skin of your cheek
  • he pulls you a little bit, so that you’re nearly face first in his chest
  • there’s the smell of seabreeze circling you too, and even in the cold wind he is undeniably warm
  • “you did a lot for me, i will not forget it.”
  • he presses his lips close to your ear, it makes you embarrassed and you grip the front of his coat
  • “if you need me, just come to the ocean. anywhere in the world. i will owe you my gratitude forever.”
  • he leans back a bit, and for some reason you find your eyes on his lips,,,
  • up close there is evidence that he’s still a mermaid - the high collar of his jacket doesn’t hide his closed gills and scales
  • his hand on your cheek still has that webbing between his fingers
  • and there is still something unreal and magical about how handsome he is
  • you think,,would it be wrong to ask for his gratitude now,,,a goodbye kiss-
  • but you shake the thought, feeling your eyes well up 
  • and then, like a crystal droplet - one tear rolls down your cheek
  • joshua wipes it away from your skin
  • “i will see you again, won’t i?”
  • “yes, i owe you-”
  • “no,,,,i mean i will just see you - you won’t vanish from my world right?”
  • joshua smiles softly
  • “no, i wont vanish. ill be here, so-”
  • his lips meet the edge of your cheek - 
  • “don’t cry.” 

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Tutu    Lace Top     Gray Crop Top by @tamo-sim    Bell Bottom Pants    Overall Skirt   

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Light Freckles (Middle & Right) by  @taty86  (Coming soon for all TOTS)

Teen-Adult Hair

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BTS Is Back! The K-Pop Kings Talk Their New Album and Ever-Evolving Style (Part 1)

It was the comeback heard around the world: BTS, the international K-pop kings, returned this week with a brand-new album. For the group’s seven members, the last year has passed like a dream: winning their first daesang (a top Korean music award), a scene-stealing appearance in Saint Laurent at the Billboard Music Awards to pick up Top Social Artist, and a string of invitations to hang with stars like the Chainsmokers, Charli XCX, Ansel Elgort (anyone, more or less, passing through Seoul was apparently eager to catch some of the BTS wave). Now, with this week’s release of their fifth EP, Love Yourself: Her, BTS are poised to capitalize on that startling momentum.

The truth is that no other Korean artists in recent memory have been able to penetrate the U.S. market in this way; in turn, that international success has made them more relevant back home, where they were once a smaller act. They can thank a dedicated fanbase—appropriately named Army—whose frenetic devotion rivals that of Directioners and whose greatest numbers lie overseas. To further tap into it, they added a new meaning to the acronym BTS in July (the original, Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boy Scouts; the second, Beyond The Scene) as an alternate “brand identity.” More clear-cut, they hope to deliver a dynamic return by flipping the switch and revealing an entirely new side of themselves once more.

Love Yourself: Her is a musical and visual evolution of previous themes—of young boyish love, with the soft yet vivid quality of a waking dream. The first music video, for “DNA,” features gentle guitar strumming, basketball jerseys, and jumpers in bold primary colors; it received more than 20 million views in less than 24 hours, setting a new K-pop record. Today, BTS performed the set live for the first time on the show Music Bank in liquid silk shirts and simple trainers that let their fluid dancing take the spotlight.

Just ahead of the release, the members sat down for an exclusive interview with Vogue to break down their new look and evolving personal style. Despite a long day of filming and dance rehearsals, they were in good spirits, laughing and chattering happily. “Let’s go!” J-Hope said. Here, we do.

Tell us about the new visual concept for this album. What kind of style did you pick to express it?

Suga: It’s about boys falling in love. There are four versions of love, and we shot four different photos to show them. Though each one is different, the same feeling of love comes through in every shot. There’s a sense of playfulness, of friends hanging out comfortably at home in their free time, and that kind of fluttering feeling. Visually, we cover a lot of ground.

The lyrics and the music themselves are about finding your fate. In this album, we cover a wide range of songs: There are high-energy ones, very hip-hop ones. It’s quite diverse. To match it, the style covers a range of colorful, sporty, leisure, and boyish clothes. They go well together: powerful music, colorful clothes.

J-Hope: It’s very colorful and sporty, overall. I think there’s a slightly retro feel, too. Among the seven members, I think we each kind of bring out our hidden boyishness through our clothes.

Suga: It’s totally different. When we did You Never Walk Alone, we wore a lot of casual clothes. This time, it’s a lot flashier. Super colorful, yet more high-end and comfortable at the same time. More of that comforting feeling.

J-Hope: Right, this time we wanted to show more of that boyish style.

How would you describe BTS’s style in general, looking back across your work?

Rapmon: Just style.

Jimin: Truthfully, we have a very energetic style, I would say.

A lot has been said about the kind of individuality you hope to express as a band. Is that something that comes into play with your style, letting each member’s own persona come through?

Jimin: Of course; it’s important. With each new album, we do a lot of fittings. And each time we do those fittings, we talk a lot and always share our thoughts as we go. We put a lot of effort into looking for clothes that express ourselves and the feelings we want to express with each album’s concept. We want to show that, [but] without losing our individuality either.

V: I don’t think we have one signature. With each concept, we change it up completely and the styles have been so diverse. For “Boy in Luv,” we wore school uniforms. For “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” it was a range of suits and white shirts. As artists, we have to change our style to match each concept. We’re always changing, ever changing.

Do you have a favorite piece you wore for this comeback?

Suga: I loved all the oversize shirts.

Jungkook: Me too. There’s a loose, navy chiffon shirt I wore with slacks that was particularly light and comfortable. I liked that a lot.

J-Hope: I liked wearing those basketball jerseys, and those ultra-colorful sweaters, too.

Rapmon: There was a really big windbreaker that I liked because it was so big.

V: I liked everything, but the accessories most of all. Particularly all the rings and earrings, I liked those the most.

Jimin: For me, it was the bright red shirt from “DNA.”

Who do you think has changed the most since you debuted?

J-Hope: V?

Suga: V has changed a lot, and Jimin changed a lot.

Rapmon: Jungkook, too.

In what way?

Jimin: We’ve all gotten old.

J-Hope: Our maknae line [the youngest members] has changed a lot. They are the youngest and looked it when we debuted, but now, they look more grown-up.

Jin: Like Jimin. Overall, his face changed from cute to sexy.

What do you want most for this comeback?

Suga: To make the Billboard Hot 100 is my dream.

J-Hope: Let’s get it! Dream!

Rapmon: I would like all the members to be healthy.

J-Hope: Health!

Suga: It’s the most important thing, really.

Jimin: I would like to be 3 centimeters taller.

V: For real. I want to have wide shoulders like Jin.

Jimin: Me too [laughs]. For real.

Suga: If everyone could be happy, I would be happy.

J-Hope: Peace!

Jungkook: For me, I’d like to travel a lot. Anywhere would be great. And if I could learn to speak English and Japanese well, that would be great, too.

J-Hope: I also would like the members to be healthy and happy. And everyone else, all our fans.

Any last words for your American fans?

J-Hope: Of course, American Army.

Suga: No matter what, our American Army is so big, and we are so very thankful to them. From now on, we want to put on even cooler performances, be cooler, be better, so look forward to it. Please, always look forward to it.

V: Thank you! We love American Army so much!

© Monica Kim @ VOGUE

How Drift’s appearance changes through his lifetime:

[image: Drift, first appearance. His frame is mostly white, with grey as the secondary color and orange-cold as the tertiary color. His face is white and his optics yellow. He has long pointed finials but an otherwise fairly unadorned helm. His midsection as one narrow row of vents.]

[image: Drift with Gasket. He has the same general frame shape but the details are different. His optics are red, he has a prominent grey browplate, his face is grey. He’s lost all the yellow accents and gained red ones instead. His primary color is now grey with white as the accent color. His helm is the same general shape but is now bulkier.]

[image: Drift immediately pre-Decepticon. He’s changed subtly. He’s got vents on his arms, which are bulkier now. His chest is deeper and there are prominently exposed lights/some circular feature under the vents. He’s got his gold trim back and has added rounded audials with gold trim framing his face.]

[images: Drift as a full-fledged Decepticon. Now he’s got guns mounted on his arms, is very shiny and has lots of red glitzy panels on his legs. The grey has become very purple and the dull yellow has become brighter. In the second picture his crotch has also become bedazzled with gold and red paneling.]

[image: Drift, post first Circle of Light repair. His lower legs are exactly the same. His face is mostly the same, but his optics are now blue. Other than that, his body has swapped to a white with grey accents design, his shoulders have gotten boxier and his chestplate flatter with exposed lights.]

[image: Drift immediately pre-battle at the end of the miniseries. He’s swapped out his helm; the rounded audials have been replaced with boxy squares lining his lower face and he’s lost the grey ridge right above his face. He’s also completely replaced his legs with ones with thick white boots w/ yellow trim and dark colored thighs.]

[image: Drift from Spotlight: Drift. The white panel at the center of his chest has gotten much wider and he’s lost his gold boot accents in exchange for red accents. The red piping on his helm has changed shape. Overall his frame feels chunkier and less pointy. His sword sheathes have lost their red trim.]

[images: Drift in All Hail Megatron 15. Drift’s central chest panel is even wider, forcing his tiny headlights to shrink even more. He’s lost all detailing & vents from his midsection and the gold detailing has moved position on his pelvic plating. He’s also picked up two (count em, two) Autobot badges.]

[image: Drift from Death of Optimus Prime. His chest panel has a swooped windshield on it that approximates samurai armor and his shoulder pieces are curved with red swoops on them.]

[image: mtmte Drift. His primary color is now dark grey, while his boots, forearms and pelvis are white. He’s got his badge on the center of his chest, which weirdly looks like it’s strapped onto him like armor. He is more curvy than any robot has any business being and has red accents at his shoulders, thighs and waist. His shoulders have a strongly hexagonal shape. He’s returned, almost exactly, to his initial helm shape but has kept the blue optics and has left off the browplate.]

[image: Drift’s mtmte redesign, which borrows elements from a number of his earlier looks. He’s kept the red and white but darkened his primary grey to nearly black. His face is now grey and he’s adopted Dai Atlas style facepaint. He still has lots of extra kibble, but it’s less curvy. His blue chestlamps have returned from his Circle of Light redesign. So has has the red decorations on his helm, which now has dramatic red eyebrow shapes painted on it. This also marks the return of the boxy filters on the sides of his helm circa Circle of Light 2nd makeover.]

//types of people: city things//

graffiti: big, soft smiles and big soft people. willing to listen but will rarely ever share what they need to say to avoid being a “burden”.  everyone loves them but they are blind to it and instead constantly fear they’re not good enough. summer runs in the rain, laughing with best friends. dark lavender and a heavy sweet smell you just can’t place. barefoot on concrete and eyes that hide a thousand secrets. the kindest people who are surprisingly obsessed with memes. a bit of a fashion disaster but that’s become part of their aesthetic and they’re known for it. will quote dead vines at you until you die as well.

balcony flower garden: unusually obsessed with their aesthetic. sunflowers and sunshine and sundaes and sun sun sun. everything is yellow!!! definitely owns fairy lights or a neon sign with some kind of inspiring message. a sprinkling of freckles. smoking and coffee in the morning. stargazing in the winter, warmed only by your s/o’s embrace. the feeling you get jumping off the high dive. airplanes, antique malls, and all things vintage. probably obsessed with poetry, definitely won’t admit it. an overall cutie with a gravelly past. instagram god/goddess with an enviable ability to attract everyone around them with their A+ personality. good grades and definitely owns a bullet journal. needs glasses but refuses to wear any that aren’t round and wireframed.

concrete: dark circles under eyes accompanied by sleepless nights brought on by anxiety. the colors grey, ashy blue, and black. messy hair and a tired and broken smile. really strives to do their best. owns a small dog and loves it to death. the smell right before a thunderstorm, and the color of the sky too. smiles often despite themselves. owns approximately 400 pairs of sneakers and is unashamed of it. speaks their mind, loud and often, even if they believe in the unpopular. music from decades past: 80′s? 90′s? 00′s? always injured somewhere. cares deeply about friends. a smoker. plays some kind of instrument or draws because they never fully left their emo phase. doesn’t know how to express themselves or emotions, so often shuts people out instead.

street performer: drop. dead. gorgeous. okay grades and anxiety. a theatre student who is an accomplished artist and musician. would die/kill for their aesthetic and owns approximately 560 succulents/cacti. insecure about minor things. the colors grey, pastel yellow, white, and pastel pink. truly soft, but had an emo phase and a dark history. working through some things and they go to therapy but nobody knows because they’re afraid of letting people in. is never seen without eyeliner that could cut someone and has a terrifying rbf despite their soft self. wants to save the bees, trees, and seas, and makes sure everyone knows this. watering flowers and the smell of freshly cut grass, but also sliding in mud and the smell of decaying wood. beautiful and kind but needs a helping hand sometimes.

[ARTICLE] Monsta X Talks Thriving on Diversity as K-Pop Band Embarks on Latest U.S. Tour

Two years into their career, Monsta X’s members aren’t new faces to stateside K-pop fans. Following appearances at KCON LA in both 2015 and 2016, the septet’s Beautiful in the U.S tour has brought them to six American cities as the latest, but not the last, Korean boy band holding solo concerts in the country this year.

Wearing black suits sparkling with silver accessories and effusing an air of muted excitement, Monsta X – Kihyun, Wonho, Shownu, Jooheon, Minhyuk, Hyungwon, and I.M – looked the part of a proper boy band sitting backstage at Playstation Theater last Friday night (July 14). Their first ever New York City performance was one of several sold-out nights of their U.S. tour. The band’s fans, known as Monbebes, came out in droves despite rainy weather, with lines wrapping around the block of the Times Square venue.

Though still a relatively new act, Monsta X has built up the sort of international support that has propelled many of K-pop’s recent top-tier acts to immense success. “The songs, the music itself has a lot energy, so that combined with our member’s teamwork is probably why fans are drawn to us,” said Jooheon, who has co-produced and written lyrics for the team.

Since the release of their 2015 debut EP Trespass, the septet has explored propulsive hip-hop and electropop on their albums and remained active with at least three singles a year. March’s The Clan Pt. 2.5: [Beautiful] topped the World Albums chart and landed at No. 10 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. Led by the percussive “Beautiful,” and followed up by the synth-driven “Shine Forever” in June on an album reissue, Monsta X blended melodic vocals with their typical rambunctious attitude. Both singles, like the majority of the band’s songs, were filled with rap and hip-hop elements, drawing on the genre the members feel suits them the best.

Of course, it’s hippity-hop hip-hop” said I.M, the group’s English-speaking rapper. The five other members in attendance – Hyungwon was unable to join them on tour due to a health issue – nodded their heads in agreement. “All seven members really want to go back to our own color, hip-hop,” added Wonho. “Not that the newer songs aren’t powerful but there was a sort of energy from our earlier songs that we’d like to revisit.

Selling their personalities just as much as their music, the members of Monsta X were chosen through a competition show back in 2015. Since then, they’ve showcased their diverse talents through television appearances and solo music projects. Shownu, who admits to being the most introverted member prior to their debut, appeared on a reality series attempting to break negative stereotypes about male skincare and cosmetics; Kihyun has added to the soundtracks of popular Korean TV shows; both Jooheon and I.M, who also writes lyrics for Monsta X, have dropped mixtapes and worked with other musicians in the Korean music industry.

Rather than distract from their group efforts, the side projects helps each Monsta X member develop as an entertainer. “It’s a very good opportunity to do our individual music,” said I.M. “Because I’m going to show what I like so that people get to know more about me and my intentions.” Jooheon agreed, motioning to the rest of the members with one hand. “Not just [Kihyun, I.M, and I] but the other members are going to also work to have solo releases so that everyone can know that Monsta X themselves, as individuals, have their own colors.

Like the miscellany of members, Monsta X’s discography is hardly one note. Typical of K-pop, the group’s albums feature a variety of genre blending songs, with aggressive electropop and hip-hop dominating the overall pop sonic aesthetics. “Our albums right now explore a lot of different genres, like R&B, ballads, hip-hop, rap,” said Minhyuk. “Our future works are definitely going to keep doing that.

And Monsta X has no plans of slowing down their whirlwind of a career anytime soon. “I don’t know exactly what we’ll do next,” said Shownu. “But we want to be able to come back to the fans as soon as possible with new music and concerts.

Source: Billboard

siadmander  asked:

While we're on the subject of your art I'd love if you could record or take step by step screenshots of your process when drawing a Mortasheen monster (lines, shading, etc). I've tried to do that style over and over and I can't get it right

I can sorta kinda show some bits here at least

I use the pencil brush in SAI set to maximum edge hardness, and try to vary the thickness of lines. The OUTERMOST lines also tend to work better if they’re overall a little thicker than the details inside of them.

In SAI and in many other art programs btw, you can set your line art layer to “selection source” or something like that

Then you can set your paint bucket to “selection source,” and when you use the bucket it ANOTHER layer, the color will only fill the area inside your line art, even though the lines are on a different layer entirely!

Once it’s filled with a solid color I put blobs of lighter color wherever they’re gonna look good and make it look rounder, then I put usually 1-2 more lighter patches.

I overdo white shines on stuff, but if you want something to look slick and moist that’ll do it

I also use the “multiply” function a lot.

Here, I duplicated the yellow color layer and set the top one to “multiply” (every paint program should have this somewhere) which combines it with the layer underneath and makes it more intense and dark.

But this is TOO intense! So I did this:

Just by erasing some of the “multiplied” layer, it shows the lighter original skin underneath and makes a nice contrast. Here’s what this layer looks like when I turn off everything else:

And here’s what happens if I change the multiplied layer’s color:

That can be a cool effect for some things, and you can try lightening it and making it subtler, too, which I do with just the opacity feature:


This specific trick is how I make stuff like the redder “innards” showing through on some monsters and translucent-looking surfaces:

This is all the pinkish middle of this monster consists of:

This pink blur was set to “multiply” and here’s how the monster looks without it:



The same thing creates the bluer edges, too:

Multiplying with a dark color is also a great way to add extra shading:

This is all assuming that you do want monsters to all look carved out of rainbow gummi candy like I do. I’ve seen the word “garish” tossed around when people do critique the newer, full color mortasheen monsters but that’s exactly what I’m into, like the artwork of Danny Flynn here:

Or Ron Spencer!

If I were a pre-internet artist I’d probably be making all my monsters with airbrushes on the side of vans

But yeah, basically the main “trick” to digital art is LAYERS UPON LAYERS. If you don’t think your coloring looks pretty enough, color overtop of it in another layer and play with that layer’s settings to turn it into various highlighted or shaded areas.

One of my newest monster revamps has like 32 layers of just different multiplied colors

anonymous asked:

How the ACTUAL HECK do you colour so well? What brushes do you use?

Aww, thank you so so much, anon! That means a lot!

I’m not the best person to ask because the way I color varies a lot, it’s a lot of trial and error and I’m still learning! And it depends on what art I’m doing as well!

I’d say look up a bit of things on color theory, just because I’m still learning it and I’m kind of rubbish at explaining it. But one thing I tend to have a lot of semi-monochromatic color schemes - or ones that have colors kind of similar to one another. It’s not exactly monochromatic, but I tend to, when I draw, choose colors that are close to one another (reds, oranges and yellows - all warm; or blues and purples - for cool).

I find also that I’m more comfortable with more desaturated color schemes for cool arts and more saturated for warms? I don’t know why, but it tends to look better to me and my style. For this art I’m using as an example, I only tended to use colors in the small square (far right).

One ‘technique’ I use is doing a very quick ‘underpainting’? Where I just messily color to find an approximate overall color scheme that looks okay. I find it helpful to zoom way out - if it looks good in the thumbnail, it will generally look fine in the finished product. I use these colors as guides for solid blocking colors with the eyedropper tool. 

This helps me get a nice harmonious looking color scheme!

Another nice thing to pay attention to is what your art looks like in greyscale, and if there’s a good range of dark, light and middle tones!

I hope that’s a bit helpful! Sorry it’s a bit quick!

For brushes I just kind of use the default photoshop ones, but for lineart I use the “stubbly pencil” which I downloaded for free online!

People in my inbox dont understand why we’re upset so let me explain:

The positive reaction to hector being brown in official preview art is due to the fact that in his debut game, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, he was the protagonist with a strong sense of justice and overall was a good person, even overcoming Dracula’s curse which intended for him to be corrupted and carry out darker actions under his influence. Making such a character a person of color was an awesome move and, obviously, was well-recieved aside from racists.

Our nervousness and doubt, however, about Isaac, the antagonist of Curse of Darkness, going from this

to this

is because of the fact that Isaac was and as of right now, with no other background, is an irredeemable, manipulative, regular villanous character. Take a villain who not once became good in a plot and happened to be white and making them black does nothing but create more output that villains are people of color. This is not to say that the Netflixvania team won’t alter his character, as we hope right now they will, but slapping this design onto Isaac’s frankly shitty character is bad, especially considering the fact that the only brown characters introduced in the show have all been villains and associates of Dracula while the three protagonists are all white.

All of you in the Castlevania tag trying to dispute this because “there are no black Romanians”: that’s not the issue here in a literal fantasy universe where Dracula has a teleporting, time traveling castle and maybe address your racism.

anonymous asked:

Have you seen Liam's newest drawing? It's on his top 10 essentials on gq. I know you've done a review on his stuff before, so I wanted to know your opinion on this

I’m delighted we got to enjoy a new installment in Liam’s drawing saga so soon! (Not gonna lie, hearing Liam talk about drawing speeds up my heart rate more  than it logically should 😂)

We got to see from his sketchbook a single pencil drawing of architecture detailing:

What first strikes me is how meticulous everything is: no stray marks, no jagged edges, a wealth of detail, a fade shading applied on the edges that is remarkably even. The overall composition is well-centered on the page. It’s definitely not a 5 minute doodle! The work of a transatlantic plane ride, perhaps. And Liam’s not a beginner either. He’s a patient perfectionist who plans his steps and doesn’t rush. (I mean, NO SMUDGED LINES! No marks of abuse of the eraser!) Here’s a breakdown:

Perspective. This kind of excellent quality can’t be achieved by casual freehand (also his sketchbook’s pages are too sturdy and opaque for tracing.)  Liam has lightly sketched guide lines first, and carefully erased (most of) the evidence afterwards like a pro. Look how evenly the tiles are spaced! You betcha the nerd used a ruler.

Shading. You can tell he shades slowly because the texture is fine and individual pencil streaks are not very distinct. He may have used a smudging technique to get a base “color” first and built layers of sketching on top of it. I like the rendering of the crisply highlighted pillars and the shadows beyond the doors! Mysterious and inviting.

Other details: The overall contrast of the drawing is not very high (given that he has a ton of pencils in his pouch that could have darker lead) - it may be his preference to shade lightly for easy fixing. He worried about losing shape definition from smudging so he likely redrew over the lines of the right arch to make them bolder. 

Conclusion:  Liam, your Virgo is showing! 📣 

Although perhaps not “conventionally thrilling” for an observer, symmetric forms like architecture are incredibly relaxing to draw. To me, they’re less “for show to others” art, more “yoga for the mind” art. It’s great that Liam has a therapeutic hobby to balance out his performances and traveling. 

Architecture drawings may not seem very personalized - I’m curious how often he draws nature landscapes or portraits! It’s true we have seen his quick marker portrait of an interviewer and a fan (though I think he was a bit out of his element with markers), what would a portrait done at his own pace, with his preferred tool of pencils, look like? 

Finally, I’d like to conclude this with this thought: the book he showed us was brand new, nearly all blank - so he must have filled up an old sketchbook. Imagine what it would be like if he walked us through the favorites of his old filled book! 

she-shakes-the-pine  asked:

Do you know the real story of Pocahontas ? If you did I'm sure you would want to remove her from every post including her, its ironic and contradicting that you are advocating for women of colour while also promoting colonialism

Okay this message is super patronizing but I’m going to answer it openly and honestly.

Yes, of course we all know the real story of Pocahontas. We’ve talked about it numerous times, reblogged critiques of it and had open discussions with followers about it. Our focus on this blog is looking critically at Disney films while also celebrating the film characters for what they are and the effect they have on people. We’ve also openly stated that the film should remain a one time mistake—that Disney should learn from it, and that they should leave it in the past and not attempt to drag it into the future with the this trend of live action remakes and shows like Once Upon a Time

THAT BEING SAID, I was an NDN girl growing up in the 90s with literally no access to natives in pop culture beyond the toxic portrayals in old westerns and whatever my dad could find in bookstores and video rental stores in a time before the Internet made it possible to find things instantaneously. When Pocahontas came out, I freaked out. I remember my dad freaking out. He took me opening weekend to the theater to see it. He was so excited that, at last, there was a mainstream native american character he could show me. And she was strong and she was brave and she was beautiful and she was resilient. And she meant a lot to me growing up.

But I was also lucky enough to not only have a father that knew his history, but to be surrounded by family on our reservation who were hell bent on my cousins and I learning, from a young age, Indigenous history. And it’s something I continued into my education. I took 6 semesters of Indigenous History courses so I’d say I have a better grasp than most people on the subject.

But that’s why this blog exists–to educate and inform, to highlight both the good and the bad effects of not just Pocahontas, but all the characters of color in Disney’s history. And frankly, if we banished every character because of the way their white creators mishandled them–either through ignorance or indifference–we’d be left with nothing and nobody to talk about.

Russell Means, one of the most prolific and important indigenous civil rights revolutionaries, was an actor in the film. He thought that the overall effects of the film outweighed the historical inaccuracies, as long as those inaccuracies were talked about. He said,

It’s so revolutionary, it shocked me when they showed it to me. The first thing that shocked me was the truth. The Eurocentric males are admitting why they came here–to kill Indians and to rob and pillage. That’s never been done before. This is also the first time, other than on “Northern Exposure,” that a human face has been put on an Indian female. Here’s this young woman who’s wiser than her father or any man in the village, and she causes peace to reign. It’s beautiful. (x)

So do I have conflicting feelings about the film? Absolutely I do. As I’m sure everyone reading this blog does. And we’re never gonna shove the movie down anybody’s throats or yell at them for not watching it. People are allowed to have their own feelings about stuff. And as long as people acknowledge the truth behind the movie and not try to divorce it from the real history, I don’t have a problem with someone loving the movie.

This blog focuses primarily on how pop culture and media representation affects children, for better or worse. And the fact remains that not only is this movie already a step above most Hollywood depictions of Natives in that the Natives are actually played by Natives, but it remains the ONLY source of indigenous representation that is accessible to children. Bluntly, right now, it’s all we’ve got. If you don’t think that has some significance, that’s your opinion. 

So we’ll continue to showcase Pocahontas on this blog because to not to would be to erase her from Disney’s legacy–both the good parts and the bad.

-Lauren