Hi, I’m REALLY mad right now at this stupid website so please bear with me.
A certain artist (based in the Philippines might I add) recently made a J.CO (Indonesian donut restaurant chain) gijinka recently, and people accused them of whitewashing their gijinka because the character’s skin was too bright.
I, as an Indonesian, am seriously offended.
Not by the gijinka,
but by the masses of people who are being offended ON MY BEHALF FOR THE WRONG REASONS.
The most insulting thing about this whole situation is that this website fucking auto-assumes that all brightly colored characters have been whitewashed and that this is always a bad thing and racist because of how things are in the West.
Indonesia is not the United States. Indonesia is not a country in Europe. Indonesia is a multicultural society in Asia made up mostly of Southeast Asians, Melanesians, and East Asians. You can NOT apply the same exact sensitivities and narrative to Indonesia as you can in the West.
…Let me give you a quick rundown:
Racism in Indonesia is not always about about a white skinned race oppressing a darker skinned race. If anything, it’s more to do with Xenophobia and Religion.
Following up on that, here’s the shocker: The DISCRIMINATED MINORITYin Indonesia has a lighter skin color than the PRIVILEGED MAJORITY.
East Asians, mostly Chinese, who generally have brighter skin tones than your regular Southeast Asian person, are regular targets of hate speech, discrimination, racism, and even a 1998 genocide that still strikes fear and opens up old wounds in their hearts upon mention.
PLEASE GET THAT INTO YOUR DENSE SKULL.
Indonesia has serious racial problems, but you can NOT automatically assume everything as from a western country perspective.
To do so is seriously, seriously racist.
The intention was “right” from your perspective, but please. Do your research, and don’t automatically always assume that light skin is whitewashing. You’re touching on a VERY sensitive and often radically different subject depending on which nation you are talking about.
It’s INSULTING to your fellow PoCs.
I feel insulted. I feel like this website just made a unanimous decision for me because I’m either too “uneducated” “uninformed”, “tolerant” or WHATEVER the fuck you think of Indonesians to feel offended for myself. This website made me think that the Indonesian restaurant chain CAN ONLY be run by Southeast Asians when there are hundreds, if not thousands of East Asian J.CO employees whose lives and stories, and struggle against discrimination you’ve just invalidated just because of your westernized view of racism.
AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF, THE ARTIST YOU’RE MAD AT IS A PoC FROM THE SAME REGION AS INDONESIA THEMSELVES, (the Philippines) AN ARTIST WHO HAD NO INTENTION OF WHITEWASHING. WHO JUST SAW REALLY NICE COLORS THAT WORKED AND THOUGHT IT WAS COOL. WHO KNOWS FULL WELL THE STRUGGLE SOUTHEAST ASIA HAS HAD AGAINST EUROPE IN THE COLONIAL PERIOD.
IT’S AS IF YOU’RE TRYING TO LECTURE A VICTIM ON WHY THEY SHOULD FEEL VICTIMIZED INSTEAD OF UNDERSTANDING OUR STORY. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, TUMBLR.
Imagine children of Hephaestus being born with parts of their bodies being made of metal. It varies how weird or horrific the placement of these parts are. Many children with born with metal limbs build better, more stylish ones for themselves
Imagine children of Aphrodite that are born with the power to change their appearance, but they can’t control it. They change when their emotions are high or just randomly throughout the day. Sometimes they’ll have two different faces and not be able to do anything about it
Imagine children of Apollo being literally made of light. There’s always a soft glow coming from their eyes, nose, and mouth. They get hard to look at when they’re mad but they also make good flashlights
Imagine children of Ares who just casually spill blood all the time. Out of their mouths, ears, eyes, and noses. Just randomly, no warning. Sometime random small wounds will open up on their arms, legs, and faces. New campers are very scared of them
Imagine children of Athena who physically shut down from information over load; they can’t move, can’t speak, don’t even breathe so their brains can review all the things they know. When they’re in this state you can literally see words and pictures flash across their eyes. Don’t disturb them in this state, it won’t be good for either of you
Imagine children of Demeter who have flowers and other flora growing out of their bodies. Little roses (thorns and all) growing out of their heads, lilies growing from their shoulders. Sometimes their hair will start turning green
Imagine children of Dionysus with grape juice for blood. When they get older, it ferments and turns to wine. They can will vines to grow out of their bodies, though the grapes on those vines will make anyone else sick
Imagine children of Hermes who talk so fast, their voice can’t catch up. They’ll be talking and suddenly, their voice gives out. But they still keep talking. When they stop, their voice keeps going once it’s able to catch up
Imagine children of Hades with see through skin. All the bones, veins, organs, and everything is visible. Sometimes, depending on a lot of things, their skin is more translucent than normal
Imagine children of Poseidon being born with aquatic features; scales, gills, webbed hands/feet, slimy skin, etc. Some are able to go fine without water, while some need it or they get sick. They won’t die but they will be quite miserable
Imagine children of Zeus who are made of lightning. You can see it under their skin, jumping from one body part to the next. Their eyes have lightning and them always look like colored storm clouds. Touching them is always an endeavor in trying not to get shocked too badly
Imagine really cool side effects to being half all powerful God
i just started using watercolors, can you tell me about your process/share some tips?
Well first of all, congrats on trying watercolors! I’m by no means an expert yet but I’ll do my best to walk you through my process using some of the WIP pictures I have from previous pieces. There’s a ton to cover and I won’t get it all so feel free to ask more specific questions if you need help.
My first tip would be to play with whatever tools you have to figure out what feels right for you. If you don’t have any tools yet, I suggest the Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box (pictured below) since it’s really nice quality, comes with a water brush, and usually costs like $15-$25 depending on size/where you buy it. If that’s still outside of your price range, the first watercolors I ever did were with old crayola palettes and it worked out fine, it just took way more layers and time to get the color depth I wanted.
As for paper, I’m still looking for the perfect one but just make sure it’s watercolor paper (cold press means there’s a texture, hot press is smooth) or multimedia and not like, printer paper. As long as it’s relatively thick, it should be ok but might buckle when too much water is added.
Don’t worry too much about perfection when learning how to use your equipment. Make lines, blend colors, try making washes, etc. When I came back to watercolors, I mostly did a lot of meditative painting, where I doodled whatever felt right. Some of them even came out real cool looking??
When I sit down to do a more detailed piece or commission, I have a five-part process I pretty consistently use these days. It goes like this:
1) Traditional (or digital) sketch/concept phase. The below pic is from a pop-art commission concept where I really liked the flow of her hair.
2) Digital lineart (cleaning up/refining concept sketches)
3) Print the lineart and lightbox it to watercolor paper using either a hard graphite pencil (very light lines) or colored lead. I still lightbox with this ancient hunk of junk but you can even use a window or your computer screen (VERY CAREFULLY) to lightbox if you don’t have one.
Here’s what some of my pieces looks like after being transferred:
I think it’s important to note that you should keep a piece of scrap paper under your hand while working on the watercolor paper, since the oils in your skin can lead to areas where the paint won’t bind to the paper properly. I’ve had cases where I finished a background wash only to find an absolutely perfect thumbprint in the center of it.
4) Ink the lines. Make sure your pens are waterproof. If they’re not, I’ll talk about a way to get around that later so skip right to painting for now.
I used micron technical pens for the above piece. If you don’t know if you have waterproof pens, make a test chart like the one below. Mine involved copics, watercolor, and super heavy scrubbing to see how easily the pen came off when wet.
I’ve also “inked” after painting by using more concentrated lines of watercolor instead of actual ink. The below painting was too cute and pastel and I didn’t want to ruin it with black lines, so I used that technique here (along with some red pencil)
5) Paint! I’m not really consistent with this step but my main tip is: BE PATIENT! If you want flat blocks of color, wait until each wash is fully dry before moving on to one next to it. If you don’t, they’ll bleed into each other. This is also true when trying to create shadows with hard edges instead of soft blending. Not being patient enough is my #1 cause of “crap I have to start this over”.
(The weird coloration on the lines above is actually dried frisket I put over certain sections of the piece to protect them but it ended up being more of a hassle than anything else for this style of piece.)
So, what if you didn’t have waterproof pens? You can easily reverse steps 4&5 and paint first, wait for it to dry very well, and then ink (shown below).
The finished piece looked like this:
I hope this was helpful!
If you want to see any of my WIPs/ask me questions, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram.
Ok, BUT HOW ABOUT the rfa (+ v & saeran of you want) who get turned into toddlers and mc has to take care of them. totally love your blog and whenever I see you on my dash my whole day gets brighter~
Definitely had to think about this one And instead of a “They woke up as children one day” I decided to just make it so like, MC runs a Daycare and they’re all kids there (because otherwise I’d feel inclined to make it more focused on MC freaking out because..well who wouldn’t? Loool) Also I may have blurred the lines of toddler and kid? Yoosung could be a toddler but the others are probably like…5? Idk children psychology rip.
Hope you enjoy~
MC Dealing with toddler RFA+V+Saeran
He goes from 0 to 100 real quick
One second he’s fine, playing with blocks, just chilling
Then he wants your phone
Lil dude wants to play angry birds
You do not give him the phone and he goes ape shit
Screaming at the top of his lungs
You try to pick him up and calm him down but he just starts flailing his arms so you leave him on the ground
He screams until he’s so breathless he’s on the verge of passing out
Jesus christ kid
He seems to forget what he was crying about, looks at you with big ole eyes, and smiles.
He’s back to being a little ball of sunshine
You just kinda… “ok”
And watch him play for the rest of the day,
She is so well behaved
She is your number one helper, always helping clean up messes.
She colors inside the lines. Always. And gets visibly frustrated when others do not. Especially Seven.
She likes playing pretend. You have a fake little kitchen in the play area and she’s constantly acting as a chef or waitress. Or even Barista what are the odds ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Sometimes she refuses to nap and gets a little grouchy, but it’s never unmanageable.
She doesn’t let the boys boss her around
Though she obviously has a soft spot for Zen because she always plays with him
They’re lowkey best friends
What a little charmer
He’s so calm
Though he is a little weird
He always brings his toys in front of a mirror and plays with them there
But hey we all have our quirks
He also looooves for music to be playing, constantly reaching towards the radio to get your attention
You always smile and pop in some music
Sometimes he can get a little attached to you, wanting to next to you during story time only to get really mad when Jumin is already there.
The two of them can not play together. You don’t know why. They just…do not mesh.
The girls in the class always play with his hair, as good as toddlers can anyways. Usually they just stick a bunch of playground weeds in it for a makeshift flower crown
You were really worried about him at first
He refused to play with any of the other children
He’d just clam up around them and watch
One day you sat down next to him as he was watching the kids, a bunch of blocks in your hand.
You started stacking them on top of each other, and eventually you just handed him a few.
He joined in on the stacking.
After that he was stuck to your side like glue.
Other kids would try to play with him and he’d just run over to you and hide behind your legs
You would try to get him to play with others, but at most he would sit at a table with V and color.
He also colors inside the lines.
‘It’s a start’ you think as you smile at the two of them.
It’s because of him you’re always on your toes.
It’s nap time? His sleeping mat is empty
‘Where are you goddammit?’
Cue the hunt
It’s not much of a hunt. He’s always in the snack room, trying to get chips.
When you catch him and put him in time out he just stares at you with big ole ‘I’m sorry’ eyes and a little smile
You always just sigh and hide your smile
When he isn’t being a sneak he’s creating really cool things
Given it’s a pain when you find toys tied together with shoe laces or sticky with contraband Elmers glue
You have to admire his creativity
And he has a sweet side, not that you’d ever see it.
Sometimes, out of the corner of your eye, you catch him trying to show his brother things
Trying to encourage him to play
Giving him the toys he’s collected
He’s a sweet kid
Until he tries waking Yoosung up at naptime then he’s your nightmare
He doesn’t go out of his way to play with others
Usually he just waits for someone to approach him and whatevers hes doing, and he’ll let them join in.
He’s pretty meek despite his mean stare.
Other kids will take his stuff and he won’t say anything, just brood until you or Saeyoung find out whats wrong.
He’s a picky eater, usually just rolling grapes around his plate or poking stuff with his spoon
At first he would never nap, just lay there and stare at things
Until you started rubbing his back and singing soft lullabies. Now he naps.
He unsettles some of the other teachers, just because sometimes he’ll spend his time just staring at them, but you assure them it’s nothing.
He likes reading a lot.
Or looking at the pictures in the books at least.
He’s very well behaved
Like, weirdly behaved.
Usually he plays with Jumin, but when Juju decides he wants to be alone, Jihyun has no problem playing with the other kids
He just jumps into whatever game they’re playing and they all get along great
If Jaehee hadn’t been your number one helper, it’d be Jihyun.
He helps set up snack time and the mats for nap time
He’s also one of the chattiest kids, always asking questions about things and giving his thoughts
He’s really insightful for a young kid
One thing you worry about:
He can be so giving, you’re worried someone will take advantage of that
One time he was playing with one of his favorite toys, and a kid asked for it. You could see it on Jihyun’s face that he didn’t want to give the toy up but… he did.
a/n : I hope you guys really like this story. I worked really hard and this story means a lot to me. So if anything I would really like some feedback and what you guys think of it. Thank you
Today wasn’t the best day of work, sitting at a desk all day and answering phone calls from very impatient rude people isn’t fun. When I drive out of the parking lot and onto the road my mind starts to check off the list of things I have to do when I get home. Cook dinner, feed the cat and do the laundry. Right before I get on the freeway I decide to stop by the little strip mall that is right across the street. I turn and pull in and park right in front of 7-Eleven, I decide to grab myself a treat just to maybe calm my nerves a bit for the rest of the day. I walk out and jog up to the front door, I yank the door open and stride right up to the freezer. I looked at all the types of ice cream bars they had, Snickers, Twix and Hershey. I decide to get a Snickers bar and pull it out of its case. I walk through the aisles searching for anything else that may grab my attention. I decide to not get much more and head up to the front counter to pay for everything. The cashier rings everything up and I hand him the money, he hands me my bag and say thank you. I reach for the door and walk out to the sidewalk, i start to walk to my car when I look to my left and notice a wonderful smell coming towards me. I decide to have a look and to see where it is coming from. When I start to walk and notice that it is coming from this one store that is called lush, never heard of it before. I walk in and decide to have a look around to see what they have.
So earlier today I got rather pissed off when some rude anon who has probably never made a GIF in their lives decided to attack my friend (and one of the best GIFmakers I know) for no reason telling them not to talk about GIFmaking like it’s a big deal since it’s just taking clips from existing video. I was hoping to forget about this, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how many non-GIFmakers really do think that’s all GIFmaking is (including myself
before I started making GIFs
to some extent). Luckily, most people aren’t that rude about it and know not to insult content creators over a topic they actually don’t know much about…but I still feel the need to discuss some of the often lengthy effort that goes into making medium to high quality GIFs.
As a disclaimer, I’m NOT trying to be elitist and I
don’t consider myself one of the top tier GIFmakers. I also don’t think that GIFmakers HAVE to put in a lot of effort to alter GIFs from the original video frames if they don’t want to. It’s just a hobby where we try to capture/highlight cool moments using a severely limited and dying file format lol…so it’s really up to the individual how much they wanna put into it. However, the truth of the matter is that many GIF and graphics makers that contribute greatly to numerous fandoms DO put in a significant amount of effort to make their GIFs look different from and better than the original video.
EXAMPLES OF MY GIFS BEFORE / AFTER FILTERS & COLORING
Written by me who have short-term memory and is really biased to QN
(PLEASE TAKE ALL OF STUFFS WRITTEN HERE WITH GRAIN OF SALT; there’s no way i could remember all stuffs exactly at it was. I would be happy if you could just ‘take the feel’)
First of all, it was awesome. I can’t really describe how overwhelming it was. If you’ve watched any of utapri live before, i just want to say that for me this is the best utapri live i’ve seen so far. If you think 5th and 4th live was awesome, this was on different level. The hall was definitely too small for a group who got #1 weekly oricon and more than 100k sales (which was made up by hundred of cinemas live viewing), but it was really well-planned. Probably the most well-planned utapri live ever.
some recent layer-by-layer process/builds from the last couple of portraits! since i can’t really do speed paint videos anymore, i figure this is pretty close. i think it’s interesting to see the gradual sculpting of a piece, so i’ve been preserving each “portion” in its own layer
…which has helped me personally too! as i’d often do it all on one layer, which would sometimes lead to some frustration for me. mostly with base colors though–i don’t always get it right on the first try :’U
THANKS <3 let me just clarify this is a 5 month difference and I don’t know how to feel about it anyway I pretty much just figured out what I want to go for I’ve been having style issues actually but this is smth I’m ok with, idk why I couldn’t mess w different brushes or go anything above flat colors BUT I HOPE I KEEP IMPROVING WOW
yeah I’m trying smth different! they are softer but mostly bc I use alot of blur, which really smooths everything out and makes it look nice.
believe me it makes me question my morals too. everyone needs to look like a kpop boy haha
I can’t believe my self-indulgent doodles are able to insp you IT’S NOT WEIRD AT ALL if anything it’s sweet & ily, thanks sm I’m still not used to being anyone’s insp & idk I’m just glad I could be that for you!
I LOVE YOU are you sure bc all I draw is bad memes ok but once you finish smth I’d love to read it, if my art was insp I bet it’s super funny haha
Commissions are still smth I have to figure out but it means alot that you’re willing to do that for me! idk I just think I should get better first before commissions, so I’ll keep holding them off until I improve a bit.
Welp, I finalized the outfit I’m probably gonna be drawing Scanlan in for the rest of the campaign… unless everyone gets new outfits later… sigh. He’s still very purple and pink cuz he seems to like those colors.
Hello I have a bit of an odd request. Could you do RFA+minor trio reactions to finding out the MC is a bit different. Colorful hair, piercings, covered in tattoos. I'm alternative would love to see what your opinion is on the matter, thank you for your time dear.
Haha, it’s not odd! Hope you like them~
He thought cutesy was his type
Until he met you
The first thing he notices is your hair
You have silver hair with some blue streaks
He loves how daring and bold it is, and also lowkey likes that you kind of match his hair
He doesn’t mind the piercings on your ears…but he does tend to get squeamish with the other ones
“Did it hurt…alot?”
He says he always wanted to get his ears pierced, but never did “because of his contract”
You know otherwise, and you’ll tease him sometimes
Absolutely adores your tattoos
He asks sooo many questions about your tattoos
He’s so curious as to the story behind them…and also if they hurt a lot
You have a nose piercing and a lip piercing
He likes the one on your nose, and thinks it makes your nose cuter
But for a long time, he’s terrified of kissing you
“What if I tear off your skin?”
“Yoosung…how hard are you planning on kissing me?”
“….It could happen!”
You’ve had blue hair for awhile, but you also show him some pictures of some other colors you’ve tried
He dyes his hair blond often, so sometimes you two have one day where you do it together
At one point, you two decide to get a purple streak on the hair near the nape of your neck
He loves having a small reminder of you constantly
She’s kind of intimidated by you at first because of your appearance
But then she gets to know you
And you’re so supportive and sweet to her
She kind of views your appearance as a reflection of your boldness
You inspire her to dye her hair, but she goes a lot more natural
She DOES however get a small tattoo on her shoulder because of you
She goes into mom friend mode with your piercings though
It’s not that she hates them
But she’s so worried they’ll get infected
Constantly asks if you’re sanitizing it
To your surprise, he doesn’t mind the piercing
He actually gifts you with a small diamond nose ring
He assures you it’s not a real diamond but you’re suspicious
You mostly wear long sleeves or shirts that cover most of your tattoos
He likes it when they peek out from under your clothing
It sparks his curiosity
Your hair was a big issue for him though
With all the bright colors, he thought it was a little too bold of a statement
But he kind of warmed up to it when you let your hair grow out and it became colored only on the tips
He doesn’t mind your appearance at all
Because you dyed your hair so often, he would randomly dye streaks of your hair while you were sleeping
After awhile, you gave up and just let him
They looked kind of cool anyway
But, like Yoosung and Zen, he gets super squeamish with your piercings if they’re in odd places
It’s not because of how they look on you
It’s just because he remembers trying to get his ears pierced once…and it got so infected
Makes sure you keep them clean
He thinks your tattoos are really unique
But don’t ever leave a pen around if you’re arm is there
Absentmindedly, he’ll color them in or doodle onto them
He’s totally down for dying his hair crazy colors
Except yellow…please not yellow
He didn’t have any piercings because he thought they looked a bit weird
But he sees it on you and is so confused cuz it looks good
Always staring at them
“How are you pulling them off?”
He likes your tattoos, even though he hates his
When you find out, you take him to get another one on top of it
You’ll even get one super similar if not the same
You have pastel pink hair
He has mint hair
Voted most aesthetically pleasing couple
At first, he thinks you have…a lot of tattoos….
But after awhile, it grows on him and it becomes a beautiful part of you in his mind
He likes your piercings a lot
When he travels, he’ll aways come back with earrings or a nose ring from different countries
He’s constantly nagging you about everything
“Why do you have to dye your hair like that?”
“What is the need for piercing your skin with metal?”
“Why tattoos? It’s just scribbling all over your body.”
You usually ignore these comments knowing it’s just him being him
But then when you two are alone one time, he traces some of the lines on your arm
You know he muttered about them looking really cool and beautiful
How is lars' transformation going to be incorporated :o
[ I was thinking that he might have gotten into a minor car accident (scar on face) because he was trying to do some cool trick or something to impress the cool kids and it turned into a sort of wake up call for him? He starts ‘transforming’ and coming into his own and doing things HE enjoys and starts to not try to be ‘’’’cool’’ (ends up becoming super cool lol) so he dyes his hair pink and starts wearing the color more because he really likes it and goes to a new book club (the off colors) cuz he likes reading and theyre all super nice and are his friends and yeah :D)