like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
Speedtrial, 01:15:00 … slightly better than last time.
I was watching clouds one day, and I thought, “that one looks like a rabbit-squirrel.” GUYS THIS IS WHAT GOES ON IN MY HEAD.
I have no idea what I was thinking with the colors. :D
And this is what accordingly goes on in my head.
I’m trying to put together a PAX South arm of the PAX Pokemon League and I made some art for it. Have a Sandshrew playing with an Ekans.
I think about pokemon in non-battle situations a lot. Like pokemon who have been trained/raised to be helpers and assistants than to be battle partners.
Pokemon visiting hospitals to cheer patients up like dogs and cats do. Or ones that help kids learn to read, speak, swim, go through therapy?! Even pokemon who’s abilities help owners with specific disabilities?!
I love thinking of pokemon outside of battle situations.
no you’re crying shut up
MORE THINGS THE NEW BATGIRL DESIGN IS GETTING RIGHT!
Will be disappointed if this cape does not save Batgirl from a shark.
"You either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain."
this better get more notes than the one i did or humanity is broken
"A Quick Doodle I did in Class"
"One Hour Speedpaint"
"My pen pressure was off when I drew this"
"Art is just a Hobby for me, I just do it in my freetime."
"I’m only 13 years old."
"I did this in Microsoft Paint."
So. Around February of last year, I decided to start up Experience Boost. I started by drawing up the characters. I just kind of drew them once and went on to writing and drawing comics (I wanted to start the site with 30 strips). I didn’t give any thought to how they would look from different angles, I didn’t make a few passes at them to iron them out, just one drawing and that’s what went into the comic.
So up there at the top you can see a close up of the first ever drawing for Vedrana, that ended up as her design (Yikes!). Next is Vedrana as she appears in the banner image on the website. The hair went through a bit of refinement, but it stayed basically the same as that one drawing I did once before I could really draw anything. A couple of months ago I decided I really hated the way Keran’s hair looked, and I decided to redesign her head. I figured while I was at it, might as well fix up Vedrana, too.
So I did some sketches. I looked around at various hairs in various media, played with bits and pieces from them, until I finally got the design near the upper right (the two with the arrow between them). But only going from one drawing is how I ended up with Keran wearing what looks like a wig made out of triangles that I have to completely mirror whenever she looks in other directions, so I decided to actually do a turnaround of these new heads. (While doing those I also decided to cut the lines from the bottoms of their eyes, makes the face seem less crowded.)
The result is a head that can actually be viewed from different angles, almost like she can move in 3 dimensions!
(I’ll throw up Keran’s later.)