I see people repeatedly confuse crows with ravens. Which is admittedly fairly easy to do. This is somewhat helpful. I would also look online or with local park rangers to see if one or the other are actually found in your area if you’re still not sure from looking at one. The difference in size alone can be a good indicator. I know many want to collect bits they may have left behind for workings. Or see their appearance as significant. So do your research first!
So in the group of prisoners we meet in s1e1, there’s an orange person who definitely appears to be another member of Slav’s same species- they both have the horizontal bar pupils and the sorta centipede-ferret-anatomy.
However? Orange guy is a half-head shorter than Shiro standing normally, while Slav, standing normally, is Pidge’s height.
That’s a pretty impressive size difference. Sure, maybe that’s normal for their species- but, this led me to a theory.
What if Slav isn’t an adult? I mean- he’s hailed repeatedly as a genius. Considering how rapidly he seems to adapt to things, it probably wouldn’t take him that long to accumulate the kind of education necessary for that.
The empire wouldn’t hold back because, I mean, see Pidge’s interaction with Haxus, where his reaction to realizing his opponent is a child is to pull out a sword and try to kill her, and the Blade’s reaction wouldn’t really stand out because the implication stands that Slav was only captured sometime after s2e3, and it’s the Blade’s general prerogative to scramble people to rescue downed allies as fast as possible, if they can.
While it’s certainly not the only possible explanation for Slav being as anxious as he is (I think invasive physical and mental torture would make anybody be pretty messed up, much less someone who already had an anxiety disorder) it certainly wouldn’t help if he’s less of an experienced veteran and a little more in Pidge’s situation.
And we really don’t know much at all about Slav besides that Ulaz describes him as a “reclusive builder” and he worked for the Blade before.
I just adore your art style, it's so cute! I'm thinking of making comics myself. Do you think you could give me some tips on angling or facial expressions or overall detail?
Thank you so so much! I really appreciate that! Like, a whole lot. ^^
I’m not exactly sure how much I’ll be able to help you, though I can at least give you some pointers on expressions! I’ll do my best. I’m sorry this is coming a bit late!
I’m going to use Bendy for my examples, just because he’s super easy to draw and I have him on hand/mind at the moment. But! These can be used on just about anyone.
Keep in mind: this is just my way of doing things. There isn’t one “set” way to create great art! There’s a lot of experimenting, testing and growing when it comes to artwork.
When it comes down to expressions, there are a few things to consider: what are they feeling? How intense is this feeling? How far can, or should you push it? How can you make this feel realistic? In visual storytelling, showing what a character is going through is far more important than telling the reader. In a comic setting, there’s a very fine balance–since you have images to go with the words, but you can’t convey each minute action… At least in a reasonable amount of panels, the dialogue and the images have to work together when they’re used in tandem.
When a character is shouting, you have to push their expression further–it won’t be enough to show them with their mouth slightly open, or with a flat face. Give them wide eyes, or shut their eyes completely with frustration. Open their mouth wide, maybe even get their body language involved if you have enough room. Throw their arms in the air, have them pulling at their hair!
Likewise, if what they’re saying is quiet or somber, soften their expression. Have their gaze ill-focused, or looking to the ground. Their shoulders could be slumped, their brow could be low. Their mouth could be almost, or entirely closed. Or are they happy? Raise their eyebrows, widen their eyes with joy! Bring out that smile! Use as much variety and as many shapes as you can!
Because I’m a visual person, here are a few examples to give you a better idea of what I mean:
(I’m sorry if my handwriting is hard to read)
Which facial expressions are more interesting? Sure, the ones on the left are going through the motions of emoting, but the ones to the right REALLY show how the character is feeling!
Body language is also immensely important when it comes down to expressiveness. Every part of the body can be used to convey a message. The crossing of arms can indicate disgust, or even put a small barrier between two people. Slumped shoulders show disappointment or sadness. Every little movement a character makes can have a massive impact on their overall tone. Here are a few examples like the above:
Even minute changes to a static pose can make a BIG difference! Test around and see what works best.
I’ve noticed that some animators have mirrors near their desk. This is so they can look up at their reflection and make a face into the mirror. They project their character’s feelings onto themselves, that way they can see what sort of facial expression would be best suited to that emotion. Nowadays we can just google this, but it’s still a good idea. Don’t be afraid to look up references whenever you need them. I know I do frequently! There’s no shame in using references!
I’m sorry I can’t help you quite as much with angles. I feel that I’d need to do a little more research in order to be able to articulate this more fluently. Perhaps some other time I can try and revisit this and go more into depth about perspective and foreshortening, but for now, here’s another great guide that might help you along in the right direction. I use a similar structure for my own drawings!
I know you didn’t ask for it, but I’d like to give you some tips about comic making. If you don’t want them, then I guess you can just stop reading, pfff. Either way I’ll put it under a cut so this post doesn’t take up so much of the dashboard.
hi!! i really love your art style (esp the ways you use color) but i can't figure out what brushes you use to achieve it :( would you be ok with posting them? (If not it's fine!!!)
thank you, I’m really glad you like it!!! :’) and yeah, I’m super ok with posting em!! here are the custom sai brushes I’ve been using most heavily (I hope my texture names aren’t too different from yours!):
the first brush is my go-to lineart brush! it gives a really interesting texure, but has hard enough edges that it never appears too fuzzy. when used at a larger brush size with heavier pressure, it makes big solid splotches that can be nice for adding some interest in your colors!
I use the second brush pretty sparingly - really only to add occasional texture to hard-lined shadows or highlights.
the third one used to be my favorite, but I’ve been using it extremely rarely these days (aside from sketching, it makes a nice sketch brush! feels a little more natural than using a harder brush). it’s pretty good at getting blended coloring without looking too unnatural or smooth.
but lately for coloring I’ve mostly been using a standard hard round brush! kind of the blandest default there is, haha…. but it can be nice!
be sure to experiment with using them at different sizes and with different amounts of pressure; you can get a lot of mileage out of the first and third ones once you get used to them! also keep in mind that I use them on large canvases, so you see them once they’ve been resized. they’ll likely look different at 100% on a small canvas!
Hey, it’s mod Jay again! This past weekend I went shopping, looking exclusively for men’s clothing (rather than glancing at the men’s stuff then taking shelter on the women’s side lol). That in itself was an experience, so I thought I’d share a few tips for shopping in the men’s section, what to look for in terms of masculinizing your wardrobe, and some store and website recommendations. Buckle up, cause this is a long one :P
First. As nerve-racking as it may be, no one will care that you are looking in the men’s section. Women and afab people shop in the men’s section all the time for many reasons—They could be shopping for a partner or a family member. They could simply prefer the style and fit of men’s clothes better. Cashiers and workers will not care if you are in the men’s section or buying men’s clothes. This is not to say it still can’t be nerve-inducing (I was still pretty anxious the entire time, despite passing relatively well as male), and felt like everyone was staring at me and wondering what I was doing. Just remember, people generally do not care what strangers are doing unless you are somehow making a dramatic scene lol. If shopping in the men’s section is something you really want to do, do not let the fear and anxiety stop you from doing it. It can help to bring a friend or family member who is willing to help you. They can give you solidarity, tell you what looks good on you, and help you shop without feeling like you’re alone and singled out.
Why aren’t we talking more about Jared dressing as Castiel tho? Like honestly? The idea of Sam trying on Cas’ clothes is just so???
Like can you imagine Sam stumbling across Cas’ clothes in the bunker. Maybe they’ve just been put through the wash and Sam sees them and the gears in his head start turning because yeah, Cas is smaller than him, but surely the size difference isn’t big enough that Sam can’t fit in his coat right? So Sam goes to put the coat on but the rest of the outfit is right /there/, and if he’s gonna be a grown man playing dress up he may as well not half-ass it.
Dean walks in about 30 minutes later to Sam in his room, fully dressed in Cas’ clothes and doing his best “I saved you from perdition” in the mirror and gets about 2 minutes of it recorded before Sam hears him snickering from the doorway.
Sam won’t look Cas in the eye for the rest of the day. Cas finds the whole thing flattering (and secretly a little bit hot)
So practically all summer I’ve been living out of dresses because majority of my shorts from last summer don’t fit. So I finally went short shopping yesterday after procrastinating it for so long. I picked out a couple different sizes because I wasn’t really sure what my size is now. The first pair I couldn’t even get past my butt, the second I couldn’t even get close to zipping, and the third I barely even got buttoned and zipped and if I were to sit down the button would’ve come flying off(I looked like an extra large sausage trying to fit in a small package) I now have to shop in the plus size section. I feel so proud 🐷😁
Hi ducky, do you have any tips on how to make a wig cap stay in place? Mine keeps sliding off and that makes my purple hair at work visible...
Right Fit First, make sure that your wig cap is a good fit for your head. Some are tighter than others and they can stretch out over time. Make sure you have a snug fitting one. They can also have different size “bands” around the base, I find ones with thicker bands are more secure.
Pins and Clips Hair pins can be used to attach the wig to the hair under the wig but can also be used to clip the wig cap to your hair. This works best with netted caps that have gaps for the pins.
Some people use toupee clips, sewn into the wig, to help the wig grip the hairline at the front. This may also work for clipping a wig cap in place.
Wig Bands I haven’t tried these out, but they are bands that go around the front of the head and give a surface for wigs to grip on to. It might work to give extra coverage when the wig cap starts to creep back!
Touch ups Even with a very secure setup, a heavy wig might slide back and with activity the pins might loosen. You may still need to pop into a bathroom to do some touching up.
(I forgot to add this to my last ask, I’m so sorry!!) Are there any tips on how to make a wig less itchy?
Wig Cap and Wig Liners Wearing a wig cap will create a barrier between the wig and your head, that way it doesn’t rub against your scalp. If the itching is from rubbing then it can make a big difference. Lightweight wig liners give an even thicker barrier.
Crimped Hairs Some wigs have crimped hairs along the netting to help give volume, but these crimped hairs can poke through the wig can irritate your head. Looking for higher quality wigs or wigs with less crimping can make a difference if these hairs are bothering you.
Gaps Wefted wigs tend to have gaps between the wefts, especially at the back. These gaps can allow some of the hairs to poke through and cause itching. You can get wigs without gaps but if that isn’t an option, giving your wig a comb through before wearing and checking the underside for any pokey hairs can help alleviate the issue.
Your Hair For a lot of people, your own hair can be the cause of itching, especially if you have itching while wearing a wig cap! If you have long hair then braiding or putting your hair up in ponytail can help prevent it from poking you, just make sure the ends are pointed away from your scalp. =For smaller hairs it helps to gel them down or use a bit of hairspray to hold them in place. I have shorter hair and find that putting my wig cap and wig on while my hair is damp relieves the issue.
Allergies It is possible that you could have allergies to either a product used to treat the fibers/ style the wig or even the wig fibers themselves. If you are getting a rash from the wig or other signs of an allergic reaction you should not wear the wig. You can attempt to wash the wig out at home or try different wig fibers to see if it makes a difference.
Used to it Sometimes itching just happens and it gets worse while wearing a wig because you can’t do anything about it! Sometimes it takes a bit of mind-over-matter to ignore the itching and the more you do it the easier it gets. That said, I am not above going to the washroom to take off the wig and give my head a good scratch when I really need to ;)