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KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR [GEORGE WEASLEY]

request: “Hi! Um… since you needed requests I think a good idea would be you and George head to the quiddich World Cup together and when the death eaters come you get hurt and he helps you and there is flirting and fluff (hopefully I described it well!) ✌🏼-thx” by @hey-whatz-up

a/n: i’m glad how this imagine came to be but idk, i just love everything with george weasley on it lmao

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Drawing time!

The first one’s a light sketch of Kaorin. Months ago I had a crazy dream where I was in a sleazy county fair, one that overpriced everything and was run by the devil or some other malicious undertone, I get those a lot for some reason.

Under one of the big tents was an empty void of dirt platforms, held together by multicolored bridges and kiddy slides, suspended over a bottomless pit, much like an old Mario Party game. Also, Kaorin was just sorta there as a ticket lady, wearing a black Metallica shirt with purple accents as seen there. Even stranger was how she was printing her tickets from a fax machine in her short shorts…?

She had a guy hitting on her, and it looked like she was interested for a while, before she prints a ticket that reads “YEAH RIGHT, BITCH” before punting him off the cliff with a boxing glove that sprung out of the same fax machine.

Then an evil masked wizard swoops in, puts her to sleep with a single glare of his glowing red eyes, and jolts off with her in his arms, leading my party to chase after him over the platforms and down a dark marble hall that led into the sewer. I woke up before it could resolve itself, but the image of her in a Metallica shirt stayed fresh in my head for months up until now.


The next page I was trying to draw my older brother @virtaro, but I didn’t draw his face long enough so it looks a little squashed. Eventually I got bored and felt like drawing Papa Bear from Berenstain Bears just moments after finding uploads of the 80′s cartoon somewhere.

Then I needed to think up something for him to do, so I instantly remembered a little idea I had for a Nintendo Direct skit where the Inkling Research Labs bring in an entire crowd of Inklings in the middle of the presentation, but one of them bumps his toe and yells “WHERE”, causing all the other inklings to form a mosh pit, yelling “WHEEERE WHERE WHWHEREWHEREWWWHEEEERE”.

Then Reggie barges in going “GUYS YOU CAN’T LET THEM DO THAT THEY’RE SWEARING IN INKLISH!!

So I then had an urge to draw an Inkling right beside him and have them swear in the corner.


After that’s a continuation of a WIP from earlier, with Kagura and a lot of others playing Switches. I haven’t finalized a lot of the details but that guy on the right’s gonna be Geno.


Lastly there’s a shot of Yoshi’s Island, specifically for a split second visual gag for the Robotnik YTP I’m doing. I needed a good shot of the whole island but I couldn’t find one that wasn’t the title screen. So I figured I’d draw one myself based off its appearance in this commercial. I think I needed to buy a few more prismacolors just for the sky.

Perhaps I’ll fix those outlines on the clouds before I upload it for real.

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WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: VENICE

If the city of Venice seems a confounding maze of canals and narrow alleyways, then the Venetian Academy for the Magically Gifted can only be described as a dangerous labyrinth of corridors, many in various stages of submerge. Wild magical marine animals inhabit abandoned hallways, and the sound of rushing water echoes in empty classrooms at night. The school is housed mostly underwater in sunken parts of the city that linger undetected below Venice with a few buildings scattered throughout the island. In the years when Venice flourished with prosperity, the magic and non-magic folk mingled with affection, particularly during the Carnival of Venice during which muggle folk would be quite taken with the charmed flourishes decorating witches and wizards’ masks. As a result of these close interactions, most inhabitants of Venice harbour faint traces of magic in their blood, most of whose power—however little and insignificant—manifest in one’s elder years, or sometimes not at all. Although, there are often whisperings that tell of Venetians’ strange ability to walk on water. Some swear to have heard the sound of pattering footsteps on the canals, usually at night time on days when the fog is particularly heavy. Other claim of shapes of men and women passing over the water. No one knows for certain the magic Venice holds, except for the inhabitants themselves.

anonymous asked:

I have two queries. 1) my story is mostly character vs character, but it's almost like a subconscious character, and I'm not exactly sure how to explain the actual plot. It is there, I assure you. My issue is that I am not quite certain of how to explain. What course of action should I take? 2) I have difficulty creating a good backstory. Suggestions?

First question: Describing your story.

Hm. It difficult to figure out how to explain something without knowing myself what it is about. Here are a few suggestions that I can think of that might help a little.

1. Find a similar story or a story that has a similar element (like a subconscious character) and see how that story has been described. 

2. Focus on the big, overall conflict: what is the overall, ultimate “enemy?” Try and summarize it in a sentence with that idea in mind. For example, “Harry Potter is about a boy wizard who is destined to defeat the most evil and powerful wizard of all time.”

3. Focus on the instigating incident: pick the moment that really got the plot going, like the turning point into the rising action- the moment the protagonist’s life changed. For example: “Harry Potter’s life changed the day that he found out he was not as ordinary as he thought- he’s a wizard.”

4. Mask that plot with a different plot: We know that ultimately, Harry Potter is supposed to defeat Lord Voldemort, but a major part of the story is Harry going to wizard school for 6 books. The ultimate goal is defeat the bad guy, but the plot that covers for that in the meantime is Harry getting an education.

Another example: Fight Club is about two guys who run an underground fight club. Or is it?

Now for question two: Creating a back story!

Backstories are interesting in that writers tend to think of them either at the beginning of designing a character and then building off of the backstory, or towards the end of character development, and using the character’s traits to build the backstory.

1. Creating a Backstory to Create a Character:

Actually, the first step to this process is using setting to create backstory. 

This takes a lot of thinking about the elements of your story and its world. What kinds of settings does it have? What are the different parts of the social structure? Is there a class system? Defining where your character stands within their world structure can help narrow down the possibilities of their experiences. For example, a rich princess is going to have different experiences and struggles than a poor seamstress. The princess may have to worry about politics and pressure that the seamstress doesn’t, but she’ll never have to worry about poverty or perfecting a labor skill. The seamstress may worry about money, but not pay much attention to politics or face pressure to full a major role.

You will also want to use their relationships with other characters. Did they have a family? What were they like? If they didn’t have a family, did they have a different network of support? Close friends or family figures? Are they still around? Why or why not?

And finally, you want to look at the possibilities as far as magic, technology, etc, and they challenges and dangers they may present. What is their career/profession and/or the careers of the significant people in their lives (friends, guardians, family)? What dangers and/or opportunities do they possess?

Spin the wheel and put together a character. My character is in a *spin* medieval setting, where they are *spin* middle class, and they have *spin* a father who is *spin* a sailor. What are the possible dangers of sailing? Drowning, storms, mutiny, disease, encountering dangerous creatures or people. Perhaps the sailor disappeared. Now our character’s tragic backstory can be that their sailor father was lost at sea.

Now that we have that idea, we can use it to build up the character. Did they have other family, friends, sources of income or places to live after their father died? If so, describe it, if not, how did they survive or learn to survive? And then, how did this background influence their personality? Do they feel angry, abandoned? Do they feel lost, sad, lacking control? Do they hold onto hope that they father is still alive? And now, what is their ultimate goal? Are they trying to find him? Find someone to get revenge on? Move on from their past?

2. Creating a Character to Create a Backstory:

Sometimes it so happens that we know everything about a character’s personality, but we don’t know their backstory. In that case, you want to trace what you do know about the character, backwards.

If they are surly, angry, broody, think about why. What made their outlook on life so bleak? If they are mistrustful, find out who it was that betrayed them before to make them so. Keep in mind that even if they are cheerful and optimistic, they may still have a tragic past. Perhaps they have learned through the hurt done to them that it is better to be a positive influence so that they don’t end up hurting someone else. Perhaps they are trying to make up for something they feel guilty about. 

Another major trait you can use for this is their goal. What is it they are trying to accomplish? Chances are, it is something that is very personally important to them. What makes it so? Think of the plot of the story and what they characters are working towards or fighting for. Why? Why does it matter to them? If your character is part of a group/team/organization, think about how they got there or why they joined, as well as the organization’s mission. 

One example I used many asks ago was a group of knights. They may all be fighting under the same banner, but for different reasons. Maybe one wants to make something of themselves or prove to the world they can be heroic. Maybe one is fighting in memory of someone they lost. Maybe for one of them it’s the means to a different end. Maybe another is really passionate about protecting people, possibly because they saw another knight do it when they were young, or because there was a time where someone needed protected and no one was there.

And, one final way of going about creating a backstory: overused tropes.

You’re going to want to study up on the most overused backstories and tropes in order to avoid them, but sometimes you can still get some life out of even the most common ones if you do them a little differently. For example, being orphaned is a very common backstory. However, maybe they found a family with someone else, and ended up happy. Maybe their parents sucked in the first place and being orphaned wasn’t such a bad thing. Mix it up.

How to Avoid the Cliche Backstory

Overused Backstory Thread

Overused Backstories and Other Recommendations

Hope this helps~

~Penemue