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Here’s a funny story:

So when I was in Kindergarten or 1st grade, I can’t remember, I went to a Christian school. I don’t remember how the topic came up but the teacher began to explain to us how God made humans. Her explanation was an oven. Basically God put humans in some idk heavenly built oven and cooked up some humans. Now I was the only black kid in the class and the teacher, who was white, decided to bring me up to explain why I had dark skin and she had white skin. In her words, God left me in the oven to long and burned me. White skin was God making perfect humans. Dark skin were the humans that God left in the oven too long.

Fucking hilarious right?

Superfootware

I’ve started to wonder why superheroes wear boots as part of their crime-fighting regalia. Wouldn’t sneakers be more practical–I mean with all that running, jumping and darting from side to side? Not to mention the additional support for their superarches.

Now when I was a kid, sneakers were basically made out of canvas and were either black or white in color. Given these limited choices, it was not surprising that most superheroes in my day decided to forgo practicality and comfort in favor of fashion consciousness.

But nowadays sneakers come in all sorts of colors, patterns and materials - - including some high-tech stuff worthy of a modern crimefighter. In short, there is simply no excuse anymore to don a pair of boots for a day of battling villains with all the wonderful sneaker options available.

Except for those blue glitter Uggs™ you’re wearing. Those are just superfab.

Art things I wish I knew earlier #6

Remember to slow downnnnn when drawing. 

The result of an art piece is 80% dependent on the first 20% of the time you work on it. I heard this from an really good artist (Clint Cearley).

Sometimes we rush things and don’t know why the result isn’t what we expected. Take every step slowly. Never sacrifice a lot of accuracy for speed. Some accuracy is okay for “happy accidents” but you should be thinking about proportions, form and contours while drawing.

So chill out. Calm down. Hit up some music. Walk away and come back to a piece once in a while. Trust me, you’ll be less frustrated! >.

Oh yea, don’t render + detail too early. I’ve made this mistake so many times… You’re gonna have a bad time

If you want a general/abstract process to fallback to:

Thumbnail -> Rough -> Line -> (Black and White) Values -> Color -> Accents/Highlights

Of course, Value -> Color in some traditional mediums is a bit tough, so I would do a thumbnail of the value in that case. 

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HOLY FUCKING SHIT

You see this? You see this shit right here? 

On initial glance it looks like the black hole that the dead Calliope made right? That’s what I thought at least. But if that’s the case, then why is most of the panel white? I mean black holes suck in light, so why is it so damn bright in this panel? 

But more importantly, why is it in the new universe? Because you have to remember here, they aren’t on a new planet, or even a new galaxy, they’re in an entirely new universe completely separated from their old one.

You see this? You see this shit right here? 

This is a white hole. It’s completely theoretical, but it’s supposedly the other end of a black hole. Rather than sucking in everything near it, it spits everything out. Into Another Fucking Universe.

They aren’t being sucked in. They’re being spit out.

some thoughts on the taz graphic novel

Before I get into this, I wanna say that I’m not mad at anyone, I’m just disappointed. As well as this, I don’t speak for everyone, you know? I’m just one person.

I’m also not-white. I’m mixed-race, and I, god, really hate fantasy.

I’ve never been able to get into anything in the fantasy genre, because it’s not a world I can see myself in. To get straight to the point? It’s really white. Apart from black-coded monsters, there’s really nothing for me there.

One of the reasons why The Adventure Zone is really important to me is that it made me like fantasy. Like, I went into it pretty hesitant and ready to just, give up on it, but I ended up binging the whole thing in a few days. Now, I absolutely adore it. It not only introduced me to really compelling storytelling and pushed me into making more content that I’m really happy with, it also let me be a part of an amazing group of people, and I really feel like I’ve made some good friends in the community.

Another reason why I like it so much is that there are so few real character descriptions. As someone who seeks out representation in media because it validates my experience as a human being, it was really cool to be able to actually relate to characters. And as an artist? Being able to really do whatever-the-hell I wanted because no one could tell me I was wrong? It felt really good.

This was really the first time I felt I had the freedom to make people who looked like me. What was cool, as well, is the fact that people would send me messages and tell me how they felt they were represented in my art, or how it inspired them to create their own designs, etc. I only really started seriously posting my art on the internet a year ago, and being able to instill that feeling in others was really… Nice.

Recently, I talked about how I find white character designs “boring”. A lot of people took offence, and I got a lot of anonymous messages telling me I was wrong, that I was mean, etc. I didn’t get mad or upset, because at the end of the day I know that white people don’t understand what it’s like to not be represented in media. Seeing the same white guy over and over again gets old, especially when the art featuring these white designs gets the most attention, to be honest. Coming from a world where I’m a minority, to engage in a fandom - a proposed “safe space”, (or at least a conduit to escapism) where I’m still excluded and marginalised on that basis? Kinda sucks.

Over the past week I’ve had people constantly telling me I’m not drawing things right, that I’m being over-dramatic, that I’m not being nice - people getting defensive of white character designs, when in reality, I’m not attacking anyone. I’d hate for anyone to think as much.

But it’s disheartening, is the thing.

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sometimes it still amazes me that despite gifsets of scenes getting so many notes on tumblr thanks to it being a genuinely funny, unproblematic show, not a lot of people actually watch brooklyn nine-nine?? listen y’all if you’re tired of tv shows being misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and all around problematic then i honestly don’t understand why you have not seen the light by watching b99 like this show has made my life so much better!! i have TWO beautiful, badass, multi layered latina detectives to look up to, who are treated with respect and admiration by their male co-workers!! i have actual cinnamon roll jake peralta who has never done Anything Wrong in his life, despite being the white male main character; he always treats his women partners as equals, and is disgusted when other male side characters say misogynistic things!! i have captain raymond holt, a black, gay police CAPTAIN who has worked his entire life to move past prejudice to get to where he is!! his sexuality is not used as the butt of ANY joke, but is simply just another part of his multi layered character, and he is shown to have a healthy relationship with his husband!! the most important relationship on this show?? the relationship between all of them, whether in duos/trios/or a whole squad, focusing on how despite how different they all are, they all love each other and have made a family out of such a group!! it also has no chill, talking about real police issues, how women have to stick together, and taking usual stereotypes and stomping all over them!! there’s no need to worry about characters being killed off for shock value or to cause manpain!! honestly there is absolutely nothing wrong with this show: it is genuinely funny, the characters are lovable, the relationships realistic and healthy, and it deserves  much  more recognition than it’s getting. 

tldr; watch brooklyn-nine nine. you will not regret it.

Stupid

This was stupid

This whole thing, it was so stupid, and it made Annabeth feel stupid, and she wasn’t stupid, she was smart, gods damn it, so why couldn’t she do this? She should have been able to do this.

She only realised she was crying when a tear splashed on to the page of her textbook, blurring the black letters printed on the white page. That tear falling felt like conceding defeat, and soon enough she was crying in earnest, sobbing hard enough that the words became even less intelligible than they’d already been.

She put her head down on the book and let herself cry, feeling terribly stupid and sorry and frustrated. Her whole face felt hot, flushed with anger and annoyance - at this essay, at herself, at the fact that she was a daughter of the goddess of wisdom and she couldn’t seem to write a simple fucking essay.

When the door to her room opened she instinctively straightened, grabbing her dagger and spinning in her seat to face the intruder. When she saw who it was she immediately collapsed back onto the desk, face first, letting her dagger fall to the floor. 

She heard Percy shut the door behind himself. There were a few soft footsteps, and then a gentle hand on her shaking shoulder and a quiet question. “Annabeth, hey, what’s up?”

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Welcome to the Special Snowflake Academy!

Below is the list of courses that we teach:

TRG 101: Introduction to Being Triggered.
TRG 201: Advance Triggered.
FEM 101: Introduction to Being A Cunt.
FEM 121: Kill All Men.
FEM 132: I’m Oppressed Because I’m a Woman and a Whiny Bitch.
OKN 101: Introduction to Being Insane.
OKN 213: I’m Not A Human Because I Said So and Science Is Bullshit.
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BLM 104: Plotting a Genocide Against White People.
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A Tentative List of Things I Don't fuck With

1. Donald Trump
2. White people (correction!)
3. Hotep ass niggas
4. Homophobic trans men/women
5. Scorpios (I’m petty)
6. “Blue Lives”
7. Gay men who hate on women
8. Straight cis niggas as a whole
9. Questions about my sexuality
10. Made up correlations between virginity and sexual orientation
11. Labels
12. White feminism
13. Self doubt
14. Hypermasculinity
15. Body counts
16. Dumb ass questions like “why are you single?“Idfk
17. Excusing artists for saying dumb shit for the sake of "artistry” ( Kanye, Thug, Kodak, Wayne, etc)
18. The degradation of the black woman
19. Ole “we need to preserve the black family, being gay is a disease created by the white man” face ass niggas.
20. Heteronormativity within the LGBTQIAPK

My baby shot me down

I was five and he was six

We rode on horses made of sticks



Seasons came and changed the time

Now he wears black



And I wear white



He’s gone, I don’t know why



He would always laugh and say:



“Remember when we used to play?”


Bang bang, he shot me down



Bang bang, I hit the ground



Bang bang, that awful sound



Bang bang…


My baby shot me down

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Ok so I collected a few pics from Harry’s instagram to make a few points about why I think the top pic is almost 100% Harry. I tried to choose images with a diverse range of subjects and light conditions to highlight key similarities. The final image (bottom right) is more than likely take with Harry’s phone with the same black and white filter, to highlight the differences (very possibly taken by Louis). With the final photo, I am making the assumption that harry very likely cropped and edited the photo, even if he didn’t take it. 

Harry has demonstrated a subtle and extended understanding of art, as well as an interest in photography. I don’t feel like what I am about to say is a stretch at all. 

The two things I want to draw your attention to are the use of compositional structures and guidelines, and the use of light in the photo. 

If you don’t know about compositional structures, the ones I am going to talk about are the rule of thirds and the golden ratio. Most of you should know the rule of thirds - that’s the one the camera gridlines on your phone are based off. 

It’s seen in red lines below. The idea is that you compose your photos/artworks putting key visual information along these lines, making it easier for the viewer to read and understand, as well as making your work more interesting and engaging. 

The lines in grey are the golden ratio. Much more complex, and difficult, to do automatically. It takes a lot of practice to get right, and you can’t just use the gridlines in your phone to guide you. (PS. All of you should have the gridlines on your phone turned on; You’ll take WAYYY better pictures). 

Anywayyyyy, you’ll notice that all the photos above (except for the last one) make reference to either one or both of these composition frameworks. The one OF Harry, however, uses a cross composition. This is something less experienced photographers use, because they tend to put the thing that catches their eye in the centre of the image. Very experienced photographers use it as well, but generally for conceptual reasons (e.g. Mad Max Fury Road was shot almost entirely using cross composition - it adds a tension and extreme focus to the image for the viewer - but the DP and cinematographer on that movie both noted how difficult it was to go against their instinct to frame the shots using either Third or Ration rules). 

The other thing about compositional guidelines is that we all tend to have our own preferences for how we use them. These act as ‘tells’ in our work, a way to recognise the hand of the artist in the photographer. IMO all but the last of the above IG images show the same tells and tweaks to the composition as each other. 

Finally, pay attention to how H uses the light. His use of light to frame the image and the subject is a) fabulous and b) consistent across all of those images. There is some similarity in the final image but it is far less considered - this is why I think he edited the image, because he’s done what he can to fit it to his aesthetic. 

I won’t keep going on but for me there is a clear visual consistency between the first image and the others, beyond the use of the b&w filter, that convince me that Harry did indeed take this pic, and that he has some seriously impressive photography skills. 

This doesn’t start out this way, but this post is about Mon-hell.

Look, we don’t accept the “that’s just how I was raised” excuse for people in real life, okay? At least I don’t. Last year my friend made a comment about how this one kid’s parents didn’t like her being playground boyfriend/girlfriend with a black boy (she was a white girl) and I went, “Oohh so the parents are racists?” She got offended and said, “No, that’s not racist. I don’t approve of that either but I’m not racist. It’s just the way I was raised.”

… BITCH THEN YOU WERE RAISED RACIST! It’s not a fucking excuse. And you don’t get to decide what’s racist and what’s not if you’re white. So why the hell would you excuse Mon-ew of all his behavior “just because that’s how he was raised.” Being raised a certain way in no way excuses you of anything. You still have free will. It’s like when people try to throw the argument out there that, “Well not ALL white people owned slaves. Most didn’t.” Yeah? Well the majority of them didn’t do a damn thing to stop the practice and probably would have owned them if they could have afforded to. Even if they didn’t agree with it, if they didn’t stand up against it, they were fucking enablers. If we all lived by “how we were raised,” no progress would ever be made. Mon-hell could have stood up against slavery. When something is wrong, it doesn’t sit right with good people. Whether it’s how you’re raised or not. I grew up with a family that was pretty racist. But from an early age, none of it sat right with me AT ALL. So I questioned it and shunned all of that kind of thinking. And I called out my family on their behavior and I go out of my way to be the best white ally I can. I try to help change things for the better. It didn’t matter that everyone around me thought it was okay. I knew that it wasn’t.

So no, Mon being raised on Daxam where slavery and misogyny were customary does not excuse him from his behavior. Those things are wrong regardless of the society… and a good person would know that and fight against it anyway, no matter how they were raised.