I’ve been preparing for a Ye Olde SCA campout this weekend.
My technique in sewing medieval clothes without a paper pattern is a little involved, but I like being able to make a garment and have it fit perfectly the first time I put it on, without having to do a fitting even one time.
How do I do this? Two programs - MakeHuman and Marvelous Designer
- I made a perfect 3D model of myself in MakeHuman by using my measurements and height, following this tutorial
- I imported the creepily perfect 3D model of myself into Marvelous Designer.
- I took medieval patterns from the internet, traced them, and resized them to fit the perfect 3D model of me. Like this t-tunic.
or more complicated clothes:
- Cut out the fabric using the same dimensions, adding a seam allowance
- sew it together (correctly the first time, not wasting fabric)
The first time I made a t-tunic, it went over my head and fit perfectly. I made a t-tunic for my brother using this technique, and he didn’t have to be involved in the process at all except for putting it over his head and it fitting perfectly.
The hard part would be cutting out the fabric for more complicated clothes, but with ancient/custom clothing like this, you’d have to find a way to do that anyway. With this program, you know at least that it’s going to fit your beautiful body, and there’s less chance of wasting expensive linen..
I was actually using this technique to make custom 3D clothing to fit a Skyrim character (a much more difficult and painstaking process), but then realized that the skillset of making 3D model clothes could be applied to real life. And now all I want to do is invent my own weirdly perfect wizard fashion clothes, or even just make custom normal clothes that fit me weirdly perfectly.
lena is gonna find out about kara bein supergirl in this ep and she’s STILL gonna love her and treat her with respect (mon-el could never). she’s canonically going to cuddle up with the girl of steel. this ep is gonna save me
Ever since we were told Harry’s arriving, he’s there, he’s coming, he’s going to do stuff, stuff that’s HIM, completely HIM I have been physically feeling it? Like, I feel it in my chest, I’m restless, I’m hype, I’m nervous, I’m alive, I’m dead, all my senses are heightened, and I literally feel it in my chest? I think it might be too much love for Harry trying to burst out?!?
Advice on how to use background characters? Ways to create them, combine or eliminate them, develop them, make people care enough that it's important if they die? What archetypes is it most important to have present? Really, pretty much anything to help me write background characters better, I end up with a bunch of underdeveloped ones that are important or ones I know too much about but can't include. I can't find much solid advice online.
oh wowie im actually really flattered you came to be for help
uuhh let’s see
it’s actually kind of like developing your main characters. maybe you don’t have to go into the gritty details of their shoe size or their blood type, but you want them to have a personality of their own
branch them away from the main character and give them their own life or they’re going to look like magazine cut outs on string, puppet-ed by your main characters. they need to have their own names, goals, and motivations
you should also make sure to dig into how the main and the background character meet. their relationship and decent amount of screen time is what contributes to your reader’s opinions of them,,, so if they’re only there for like .2 chapters, they’re not going to care at all
and honestly it isn’t too bad to give them an important role, but i can’t tell if you’re talking about side characters or legitimate background characters that act as if they’re npcs, guiding your mains forth on their adventure
if it’s in case of the latter, you don’t have to get too into their personal story and you can briefly mention their goals or what not without diving too deep into it.
believe it or not, but there’s no set main archetypes you need to have for background characters aside from ones that differ from the ones your main character has
your main character is essentially the leader of the story, even if they’re not a leader in whatever they’re a part of (like friend group or organization)
if your side character ends up having the same archetypes,,, well it can be done, but in every story i’ve ever read that did it, it was poorly played with and was like reading from the lesser cooler twin when the side character was out there being the best from the start
eliminating background characters
i wasn’t quite sure if you meant killing them off or scratching away the ones you don’t need, so i’ll just give you advice for both
i suggest you look at how many other background characters you have and ask if one’s role is more important than another’s and if you really need them
if the answer is yes, generally you keep them. if you need space and you don’t want to get rid of the character, make them take a vacation from your book and what i mean by that is let them go on their own adventure when their use is over with (like how sometimes books will split up groups of people to make it easier to focus on the main goal of the story and not how many people there are in one scene, doing who knows what)
if you want to get rid of a character and you’ve already written them in, plan their death or rewrite their scenes
when it comes to death, don’t fall into the cliches and search around for tasteful ways to kill off characters. mostly importantly don’t do it for shock factor and well,,, no one’s happy when their favorites die
i want to give you a bit of homework. have you ever watched or read harry potter? star wars? lord of the rings? (bringing out the most popular series i can think of, sorry)
all of these have really well developed background characters even if the story isn’t around or about them the whole time
they feel like real people because they’re real to their mains
if they don’t feel real to the mains, they aren’t going to feel real for your readers
i hope this helps,, i’m not the best at this because i develop lots of side characters or background characters that could and probably should have their own stories,, but i don’t focus on them and thus their purpose is reduced down to what they should be
example; i have a neighbor to my main character named blue. she’s seventy eight and she lives alone. through careful details, the mains pieced together that she lost her partner ages ago and her real name isn’t blue, but it was the nickname her partner gave her,, and she was in some real deep trouble ages ago that she got out of due to sheer willpower and the ability to lift a fridge over her head. see? she probably deserves her own story,, but she doesn’t play a huge part in the story itself,, but people would probably care about her because she’s so frequently reoccurring and every time my main leaves the apartment, blue’s there to hand them baked goods or strike up a brief conversation
don’t be afraid to give your backgrounds some important roles, because sometimes your hero isn’t the only hero
Well okay! This post is how to RP an emotionally manipulative character, and in general a manipulative character. Useful for villains, and grimdark settings, it may include some crap people don’t want to think about. In detail. Major detail. So fair warning, I’m gonna get into psychological shit, and describe what amounts to abuse tactics with lots of explanation so if this isn’t your cup of tea, keep running. You might be able to use this as a way to spot toxic relationships as much as you can use it to play fictional ones, and I hope it helps people one way or another. But remember, keep it fucking fictional!
This is presented as a way to understand those mindsets as a writer, which is important, and not in any way shape or form something you should do in real life. I acknowledge if you wanna do shit like this you’ll find the details on how to be an asshole somewhere anyways though, so I’m not gonna let you ruin it for everyone who just needs some writing help to make their character’s manipulation/emotional crisis more realistic. Onto the cut.