thestarjar asked:

Do you have any advice on coming up with valid villain motives? I always try to humanize my villains, but I've turned multiple 'bad guys' into 'good guys' because I can't figure out how to make them both realistic and doing something bad at the same time.

The majority of (though not all) villains believe that they’re doing the right thing, regardless of how horrible their actions may be. For example, if you craft a character who plans the genocide of a magical race in your world, he could very well believe that killing them all will make the world a more peaceful place.

 But it doesn’t have to be for the greater good, either - your character could just as well believe that he’s fully within his right to seize power if he has the ability to do so. (It’s there for the taking - why shouldn’t it be mine?) Bonus points if that character has a history that justifies this mindset. For example, they might have grown up in poverty and had to right their way into their current social status through trickery and deceit, facing social prejudices that have made them angry and bitter along their way. (The way they see society in general can play a pretty big role in the villainous things they do.) 

Overall, just remember this - every antagonist sees themselves as the protagonist of their own story. They believe they’re justified in doing what they’re doing, whether it’s because they have that much confidence in their own power or because they think ultimately the world will be a better place due to their actions. 

thestarjar asked:

If that pillow is the Desert Glass pillow, it's probably not building anything because it's on top of a towel/blanket, so it's not in contact with sand!

it’s not on a towel or a blanket (unless we can’t see it), it just looks like that because the ground is shaded (in the way SU shades backgrounds) and I cropped it. But if you look at the image full size its clearly just sand

thestarjar said: prompt: Stan finally seeing Bill - use the theory you believe for if he knows him or not.

I wrote this some months ago, just after Sock Opera (when this takes place) and notably before the ending of Society of the Blind Eye aired, which raises some questions but should have little bearing on this piece.

Characters: Bill Cipher, Stan Pines
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Words: ~1064
Summary: Bill’s eye roved around the console room, taking in the switches and dials and blinking lights. “You know, you’ve done well hiding things so far. But you know as well as I do that won’t last forever!”

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thestarjar asked:

Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but how did Pearl knock Connie and Steven's weapons out of their hands? They were coming at her from opposite directions, she had one sword, and the action ended with both kids falling in the same direction on the ground with their weapons in front of them. How did that happen?

She probably spun around really fast and deflected them both, she could also just easily be able to move that fast, because Gems seem to be able to move quite quickly in general. As for why they were thrown in the same direction, either she hit or threw them that way in the same motion, or its because its a cartoon and it was just worked out better for the framing to have them both be sitting next to each other

how do you know it tastes bad unless you’d tried it? (feat. spider legs and butter) -submitted by thestarjar because she’s awesome and a brilliant MMO adventure friend


  • For some reason all those bandits whose corpses you’ve been scavenging have been carrying around sticks of butter
  • For some equally incomprehensible reason you’ve been stuffing spider legs in your pockets as trophies from that foray through the cave behind Claypool
  • You have 0 points in Chef


I am available for dinner party catering.

thestarjar asked:

Artist Asks- 5, 6, 18, 25

5. What’s your favorite thing to draw?

Hmm, I’d have to say anthros and dragons. Favorite thing to do is shading, it’s just a lot of fun for me. ^^

6. What’s your least favorite thing to draw?

Hands, feet, and faces. I’m getting a lot better at faces though, recently.

18. What are you currently trying to improve on?

Everything, really. Poses, anatomy, character design, you name it I’m trying to improve. Slowly. But it’s getting there. eventually

25. Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?

With music, definitely.

lenlenmitchell asked:

When you get this, you must publicly post something nice about at least 5 different people you follow, then copy and paste this in each of their ask boxes. Check my blog to see what I said about you! ♥

- hinekosama is the epitome of sunshine on my dashboard. She comes across as eternally bright and cheerful, is very personable, and always has kind and thoughtful words for the people around her it seems! She is a very talented polyglot, her blog is filled with pretty things, and even if you don’t have any interest in Kuroko no Basuke, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying the enthusiasm in all the posts she makes about it. :) I’m glad to be one of her mutuals.

- thatsixfingerednerd, aka mairzydotes (*note: I’m not sure what pronouns you’d prefer I use?) is one of my big go-to sources for Gravity Falls theories, headcanons, AUs, and general quality discussion. While our assessments and opinions don’t often fall along the same lines, I hold all of mairzy’s thoughts, observations, and ideas in high regard; they’re always interesting and well thought out.

- legs-are-just-for-show: Andrew’s an off-the-wall nerd/funny guy who is always tagging or spamming his friends with some goofy thing or other. His excited, haphazard video game commentary is some of the most enjoyable and entertaining I’ve had the pleasure of seeing thrown around in all caps on Tumblr/Twitter. He’s also a super generous guy: after something like 2 1/2 years(?!) he still hosts fun movie and game nights for his friends. He’s a pretty cool dude. And I’m gonna fight him.

- I feel that thestarjar and I are something of kindred spirits when it comes to braving fictional worlds. She’s observant and adventurous, and fun to talk to at length on plenty of topics. I find myself always wanting to hear her opinion because she often has something wonderful to say (her commentary is great too). It’s been a real treat sharing her company in Guild Wars 2 and in the Gravity Falls fandom.

Did I mention she’s very artsy and has great taste? Follow her “inspiration“ blog here and her art blog here.

- I think everybody following me knows about my dazzling regard for billnyethecipherguy by now, so my bit on her is short only because I’d be repeating myself! She’s a deft wielder of puns, a bird nerd, and won’t steer you wrong with her music taste. She’s just a ton of fun.

- And, of course, there’s the superb, the fantastic, the incomparable lenlenmitchell who tagged me. She’s the life of the party (or TeamSpeak, as it were) with the heart of an introvert. This makes her an incredibly-fun-but-forever-considerate person, my definite #1 trust choice in any social situation. She’s always giving off positive vibes, and I admire her attitude toward life (she helps me be less uptight about the world tbh). She’s a great listener but has endlessly great things to say herself and, for that matter, is an A+ storyteller. Discussing headcanons, fandoms, and lore with her for hours is an instant highlight to my day.

Last but not least, check out her selfies—she’s uber stylish.

(p.s. If you’re tagged in this meme please feel free to share the love around.)