Very BIG thanks to everyone for their very sweet and nice messages and birthday-congratulations! I’ve had a super awesome day so far and you’ve all made it even better! You are the best and nicest people ever. <3
PS: I’m having a great time here sitting with my big sister, eating a super silly child’s birthday - cake and watching Zombieland. - Best birthday ever!
ANONYMOUS WISHES TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE REFERENCE SHEETS OF YOUR OCS. IF ANONYMOUS IS BEING TOO DEMANDING THEN ANONYMOUS WILL LEAVE YOU TO RETURN TO THE SWAMPLANDS FROM WHENCE ANONYMOUS CAME TO WALLOW IN ANONYMOUS' INQUISITIVE CRAPULENCE, FOREVER BRINGING SHAME TO THE ANONYMOUS NAME. IF THERE IS ANY MORE ROOM ON THE NAME FOR SHAME, THAT IS. THERE'S A LOT OF IT GOING AROUND THE ANONYMOUS FAMILY.
SOUNDS LIKE A HELL LOTTA SHAME. I THINK YOU GUYS NEED CUPCAKES. I HEARD THEY ARE LIKE THE ULTIMATE ANTIDOTE TO SHAMERITIS AND SHAMALGIA.
What? So apparently tumblr ate my last post with the Gunther-gif? Or it was deleted? Mysterious indeed. *strokes her imaginative beard*
Anyway, it’s my 20th birthday today! Also known as the only time of the year when all the penguins ‘round the globe are spontaneously bustin’ groovy moves. Don’t ask me why, though. Maybe my whole destiny is linked to penguins? Maybe I’m a penguin? One day I might solve this one big mystery of my existence. One day…
The true identity of Ludwig van Beethoven, long considered Europe’s greatest classical music composer. Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making…
Very interesting read. And if it is true, just another sad example of whitewashing in our history.
I wrote up this post because I missed my style development panel at FC due to food poisoning. I was honored to ask to do it in the first place, and it was a huge disappointment to me to have to miss it. The idea that I could be considered an authority on this in any way is…
This is a very valuable text with tons of advice for any artist!
WOAH! Can I hug you all now or something, because I really feel like hugging right now. :)
You know, I usually don’t exactly expect anything when I post something about my OCs, I just want to share something that is very dear to me, and if people enjoy it: Cool! If not, then not! But that doesn’t really stop me from feeling overly excited and grateful if people actually like what I cook up in my weird little brain. So.. I guess this is just a big THANK YOU for the new followers, the people who reblogged the family-portrait, the likes on it and the comments! You are the BEST and I thank you so much!
Sorry if I weirded out anybody. Just have to tie up my obnoxious happy self and store it in the back of my brain. Will take only a minute. Well, maybe a bit longer, because it is REALLY excited. At least somebody will sleep pretty well tonight.
Okay… Caboodle out! (Which is probably best for everyone - Haha!)
Too cool! So that’s why no-name has a melancholy air about her — I wondered why she looked so down. (Also: living weapon, dang! Was she born to be one, or trained that way?)
She was bred to be something of a new step in evolution/and link to the past. I’m not going to say more, because I might one day really make a webcomic or something out of this project and I don’t want to spoil it. :)
I am very interested in "no name"! Can you share, say, 5 random facts about 'em? (Also, does the -say at the end of Eharon-say's name mean anything?)
Yay, first question! :) Okay, here goes!
Yes, the “Say” does mean something! In the country where Eharon originally comes from, such suffixes indicate the origin of that person. Say (pronounced sa ii) is a city that was destroyed during a terrible civil war, shortly before Eharon was born. He actually hails from a refugee camp that became a village itself over the years, but since his parents come from Say he took the suffix as well. So those suffixes are something of a surname and indicator for one’s origin.
Soo… five random facts about “no name”:
- “No name” will actually be the meaning of her name. There just hasn’t been a name that really clicked with me yet. - At the start of the story she doesn’t speak one word, and she will struggle through the whole story with languages. - She is practically a living weapon and considered to be highly dangerous even in her country - She comes from a country that is very inspired by south american culture and history - She doesn’t like shoes. Not at all. And hairgrooming for that matter.
Thanks for the questions, I hope I could answer them well enough!
Yesterday, notice was received from Kate at Indiegogo that part of #Arkh’s pitch on indiegogo was “unlawful”. Namely, that the lines about using the money to hire queer people and PoC artists were “breaking anti-discrimination laws”. Now Arkh’s goal is to not only make…
When the web started, I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up. They put my stories up. They put my stuff up on the web. I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright, which actually, is simply not true.
And I also got very grumpy because I felt like they were pirating my stuff, that it was bad. And then I started to notice that two things seemed much more significant. One of which was… places where I was being pirated, particularly Russia where people were translating my stuff into Russian and spreading around into the world, I was selling more and more books. People were discovering me through being pirated. Then they were going out and buying the real books, and when a new book would come out in Russia, it would sell more and more copies. I thought this was fascinating, and I tried a few experiments. Some of them are quite hard, you know, persuading my publisher for example to take one of my books and put it out for free. We took “American Gods,” a book that was still selling and selling very well, and for a month they put it up completely free on their website. You could read it and you could download it. What happened was sales of my books, through independent bookstores, because that’s all we were measuring it through, went up the following month three hundred percent
I started to realize that actually, you’re not losing books. You’re not losing sales by having stuff out there. When I give a big talk now on these kinds of subjects and people say, “Well, what about the sales that I’m losing through having stuff copied, through having stuff floating out there?” I started asking audiences to just raise their hands for one question. Which is, I’d say, “Okay, do you have a favorite author?” They’d say, “Yes.” and I’d say, “Good. What I want is for everybody who discovered their favorite author by being lent a book, put up your hands.” And then, “Anybody who discovered your favorite author by walking into a bookstore and buying a book raise your hands.” And it’s probably about five, ten percent of the people who actually discovered an author who’s their favorite author, who is the person who they buy everything of. They buy the hardbacks and they treasure the fact that they got this author. Very few of them bought the book. They were lent it. They were given it. They did not pay for it, and that’s how they found their favorite author. And I thought, “You know, that’s really all this is. It’s people lending books. And you can’t look on that as a loss of sale. It’s not a lost sale, nobody who would have bought your book is not buying it because they can find it for free.”
What you’re actually doing is advertising. You’re reaching more people, you’re raising awareness. Understanding that gave me a whole new idea of the shape of copyright and of what the web was doing. Because the biggest thing the web is doing is allowing people to hear things. Allowing people to read things. Allowing people to see things that they would never have otherwise seen. And I think, basically, that’s an incredibly good thing.
”—Neil Gaiman on Copyright, Piracy, and the Commercial Value of the Web (X)
here is a list of deviantart memes that are more helpful than our character design teacher could ever hope to be. i wouldn’t say you have to do all of them, or even every thing in each one (switch stuff up a bit if it inspires you to draw a different pose), but they’re all…