Alright, this may be out of line, but there’s an elephant in the comically-undersized room and it’s high time we addressed it. Simply put, breed standards have become stringent to the point where inbreeding, and all the health issues that come with it, is rampant in the clown-showing circuit. Confused? Let me show you an example.
This is what a Belgian Spurthigh looked like in the late 1800s. Like most breeds in the Japing group, it was bred for function over form - those distinctive bony spurs on its hips, for example, protected the pelvis during particularly intense pratfalls. But over the last 100 years, we’ve exaggerated these features to a grotesque degree - take a look at the modern Belgian Spurthigh.
A single-minded focus on aesthetics has turned the breed into a warped caricature of its past self, and a veritable time bomb of health issues. Cataracts and hip dysplasia are so common that newly-hatched chucklets have to be tested for them, and the hip spurs are so pronounced in utero that they run the risk of puncturing the egg sac. Let me emphasize that again: in their current state, they cannot lay eggs naturally - to prevent the eggs from puncturing themselves, you have to give the mother a C-section and pull the strings of egg sacs out like a bunch of handkerchiefs tied together. This is not a state any living thing should exist in.
But how did it get this bad, you ask? Blame clown-showing authorities like the American Kook Club. The breed standards they set defining “ideal” clowns have gradually called for more and more pronounced features. When individuals win big events like Jokesminster, every breeder of that breed wants to to have the winner sire a litter with one of their clowns. When everyone is focused on a single, homogeneous ideal, inbreeding runs rampant and the breed’s gene pool shrinks dramatically.
So what do we do now? Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy solution. Preserving high-risk breeds may require crossing over with related breeds (in the case of the Belgian Spurthigh, we’ve seen some success with Andalusian Fool mixes). Clown breeders must continue to put pressure on the AKC and other authorities to prioritize health when defining breed standards. The clown breeds we know and love are in danger, but I believe that if we work together, we can continue to have happy and healthy clowns for generations to come.
I use Photoshop to draw each frame and then edit everything on vegas pro, but there are many different programs you could use. I don’t think there’s one better than the other, it’s a matter of which program it’s easier for you to use to draw and then edit.
Now about the tips… Here’s something I got from professors back at the school of comics and some videos/animators online. Animatics are nothing else than storyboards with audio, animators use this process to see and adjust the timing of certain movements before making the full animation. So the important thing is to know how to storyboard. How you can learn to storyboard? First watch A LOT of movies, study which shots are used in certain scenes and why they’re used there. If you’re familiar with comics, storyboards are actually really similar. The only difference is that in comics you can make small, big, vertical panels or panels that cross the page ecc, while in stoyboards you have only that rectangular space to use. As always, the “quality” of the drawings doesn’t really matter as long as it’s perfectly clear what’s happening in the scene (you could use even stick figures). Mmmmh… Another tip that comes to mind (and I find it really useful and try to always do it) is to remember to guide the eye of the audience through the action. As an example I try to make the centre the focus of the shots most of the times.
Even though the camera moves around, the focus is always the centre so it’s simpler for the audience to watch.
Another thing concerning the movement, it’s the direction of the action. There’s a rule (in comics too) that the characters in a scene need to stay in their side of the shot even when the camera changes. It’s a little confusing said like this… xD let me show you. Let’s take the dialogue scene between Jeremy and Brooke. As you can see above, I made Brooke enter so that she stands at the right of the shot and Jeremy’s on the left. Even in the next shots, this order stands so the audience it’s sure of the fact the at the left there’s Jeremy and at the right there’s Brooke and won’t lose any time or energy trying to find again where to look.
This rule can be broken when doing a fighting scene, to add more confusion to the mood.
Anyway keeping that rule in mind, you need to observe it even when a character leaves a shot. What does this mean? Look here:
here the squip is on the right and Jeremy on the left
Next shot, the squip enters from the right (because the audience remembers him standing in that side)
Then he moves around the screen from right to left
Then he exits the shot to the left side
And when the camera widens, the squip stands to the left (doing the same action - in this case pointing at Jeremy- also helps)
You will think “isn’t this a normal thing to do?” Well, yes and no because there’s a lot of people getting this wrong and ignoring the rule altogether. I’ve seen multiple times things like this
It’s wrong and distracting for the eye. This is the right way
The next big thing it’s about the different kinds of shots but I don’t know if you want me to explain that too, this post is already really long xD
If you want to know more, here’s a video lesson from a great animator
Harry shifts uncomfortably from one foot to the other, while looking at a dumbfounded Malfoy. Maybe he should have thought this whole thing through first. He apparated over here without even thinking of how he would explain to Malfoy what he’s doing here, how he even knows where Malfoy lives. There’s no way he can tell him he followed his owl one day, not being able to contain his curiosity any longer. It’s a wonder Malfoy didn’t spot him on his broom that day.
“Potter,” Malfoy simply says.
“Um,” Harry begins, “you’re probably wondering what I’m doing here.”
The sound of Harry’s voice seems to shake Malfoy out of his trance. His whole body tenses and his eyes narrow.
“How did you find me?”
Harry smiles awkwardly and scratches the back of his neck.
“Well, that’s a funny story, actually,” Harry laughs nervously. “Do you think I could tell you over a cup of tea?”
“This is just like you,” Malfoy growls, “inviting yourself in like that. Does it ever occur to you, oh mighty Saviour, that other people have lives of their own and don’t answer at your beck and call?”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” Harry snorts, “am I keeping you from staring at your wall all day?”
Harry inwardly flinches. He didn’t mean to say that. His mind just snapped. Like it used to, whenever Malfoy was around. Maybe he will have to change tactics and just try to be… charming? But how does one do that exactly?
I promised I’d give you all another Dark fic when we reached our next milestone, and I always keep my promises.
Just a quick warning- this is not fluff. It’s not romance. It’s not a sympathetic portrayal. This man is a manipulator, a good one, and he does what he does to further his own interests. He enjoys control, not company. And, to use Mark’s own words:
He is not here to help you. He is here to use you.
“Okay, fourth floor.” I folded the small slip of paper and put it into my back pocket, pressing the four when I stepped into the elevator. I wonder what these girls were like – the place seemed clean, they seemed like they were my age. Of course, their age was listed, but it also didn’t sound like they were lying or that there was a possibility that they were predators. I hadn’t even thought of that – I subconsciously rubbed my hands against my jeans, not noticing them become sweaty.
I almost missed my stop, the elevator doors almost closing after being left open in my daze. I saw the red printed four on top of the door, I took a deep breath before stepping out. I looked to my left and saw 4C, then looked to my right – 4D. The doors behind me closed while I prepped myself, breathing in and out slowly as I made my way to apartment 4D.
I raised my fist and knocked once, cursing under my breath as I realized how lightly it sounded, sounding more like a toddler’s tap. I straightened my posture and cleared my throat, raising my fist more confidently as I knocked loudly three times. You’re fine. You’re fine. They’re just girls. They’re just three other girls your age-.
“Hello?” My thoughts were cut off by a deep, foreign accent. I looked up to see a blonde boy standing in front of me, his blue eyes showing confusion as he scanned my appearance. “Can I help you?”
“Uh,” I glanced at the number on the door again: 4D. “Is this the apartment that posted about a new roommate?” Before blue-eyes could answer, another head appeared next to him.
“New roommate? New woman roommate? Yes, hello. This is the apartment with the ad. I’m Jacob. This handsome young fellow is Harrison. Come in, come in.” I smiled slightly, relieved that seemed to be close to my age – and they seemed normal… enough.
why are people giving a cup hair? why are they drawing a cup with blonde hair? he’s a cup. he is an object head. he has a rubber hose body and a cup with some sort of liquid inside it as a head. why are people drawing him with hair? why are people shipping him with an inky devil? i don’t…. i don’t understand
I Know Your Wife (She Wouldn’t Mind) - Part Twenty-Five
Summary: Jared gets over-exited ordering baby things online, which allows to you let him and Jensen into a story from your past. Gen and the boys join you at a 32 week scan. Words: 2.7k Jared x Reader x Gen, Jensen, Tom, Shep, James (OC, mentioned) Warnings: mild angst, Ditto backstory Beta: @blacksiren
Summary: When your boyfriend Bucky comes back from a mission all you want to do it’s to spent the day cuddling with him and make up for the lost time. Unfortunately, life has other plans and Bucky is called to work right away.
This is my submission for @buckthegrump writing challenge where my prompt was “Or you could…ya know, stay?”
Paring: Bucky x Reader
Warnings: Very, very dirty. Masturbation, dirty talk, thigh riding, unprotect sex and somehow this is all kind sweet at the same time? I don’t know man, my brain works in a very weird way.
Bucky lays you in bed, taking off his shirt out of your body “You are so beautiful, sweetheart.” He says kissing your neck; his beard tickles you, making you laugh.
These little moments make you notice how much you missed him “You are such a cliché, Bucky Barnes.” You say playful, tugging his hair. He rolls his eyes at you pinning your hands above your head, with a smirking on his face.
“I am only saying the truth, sweetheart. Can’t you see what I see? A beautiful girl, looking like an angel… lying underneath me, only with her white bra and panties. You look so pure and innocent, that should be a crime do all the things I want and will do to you.”