I’m writing a sort of interactive wizard romance game story on twitter if you want something to do or read and you like wizard romance. It involves voting on what happens :)
This story is updating every day until it’s over (and I have an outline and ending written already)
this is an original short story in three chapters. I have posted the first chapter on ao3 here. i would deeply appreciate feedback!
what is this story about? in it, the Sun falls in love with Time. The forces of the world are personified and all know each other, Time is mysterious and discloses very few of his thoughts, and the Moon is, of course, a darling.
I'm the anon who asked you the previous question - thank you so much for your thoughtful response, it really made me smile. If you don't mind me asking a follow up question that's linked to your reply, do you recommend a good way of practicing, or is it a matter of just doing it and drawing from life/references? Also do you have any advice or conscious approaches to character design? (sorry for all the questions, you should totally make an art advice tag btw, I'm sure others would benefit!!)
Good ways of practicing hmm 🤔 I’m not sure if I actually had such an effective practicing method when I was first starting out. These days I don’t think I really practice anymore, I just make art with the intention of enventually posting it, and if it’s good enough by the end that’s what happens. But what little I can say about it is this- keep a healthy balance between drawing things you find that you’re good at and enjoy, and things you’re not good at, at all. What’s been working for me in terms of improving my art is making sure that I get to draw things I actually enjoy (pretty girls looking sad from the waist-up) and things that I know I struggle with and desperately needs improving (BACKGROUNDS lmao). For artworks that are pure self-indulgent fun, I like to give myself a lot of freedom and go with the flow, for artworks that are difficult I plan ahead and use a lot of references. I think this helps with disciplining yourself and making a concerted effort towards improvement, without getting (necessarily) frustrated or stressed out, you know?
As to character design!
My expertise in this area is shaky because I am mostly a fanartist (and when I stray into original works I mostly just put the characters in outfits I enjoy wearing) but I do have two tips. The first is blocking and silhouette! Mostly, an effective character has a good silhouette- this just makes them more striking. For example, in these concept arts of Astrid from HTTYD
No matter what clothes they choose for her eventually (rip to the skirts with the little fur plums on them) the first thing the concept artists clearly had already decided on was her silhouette. I think the key there is to pick a silhouette that emulates the character with in, if that makes sense? So Astrid is both tough, but has a soft romantic side too. So in her silhouette, you get a healthy balance of lines and curves.
The second tip is, when in doubt, rip off historical costumes. I think as the anime shounen outfits get more and more outrageous, the less the characters you’re seeing seem like real people. Not to make everything about LOTR, but LOTR (on the whole, I’m side-eyeing Arwen’s stupid purple dream dress) seems to ground it’s costumes in history. That in turn seems to ground its characters- while LOTR is a fantasy, visually the movies seem to have a very… real feel to them? Anyway, this isn’t to say you CAN’T go full on mecha anime shounen, but I think a good way to go with all costumes is to include some hints of historical basis at the very least.
I hope that helps! Feel free to keep the questions coming, and yes I will start an art advice tag!
Hello! First I just wanted to say I really enjoy your art; your LOTR art is some of the best I've seen and I love your original works (something I think is rare on tumblr because most of the art is fandom based) anyways sorry for rambling - my questions to you are who are your artistic inspirations and influences, and do you have advice for someone wanting to get better at art and see real improvement?
*clenches fist* art
edit: i reread what I wrote and I sound so incredibly cocky just know I don’t actually consider myself a *good* artist and everytime I open a new canvas it’s like entering a game of russian roulette all bets are off and the odds are almost never in my favor so yeah. :)
as to some advice! —> what really worked against me for YEARS is just not understanding the ins and outs of art programs. Art programs can carry you so much in terms of what they do for you- gradient maps, different layer settings, etc. this stuff is all E S S E N T I A L to short cutting yourself to good art. When I got Procreate I immediately followed a Skillshare course to spare myself this exact pain.
Also- use!! references!! I am actually bitter thinking about how much better my art would be if I, as a child, was not so hung up on not using references. I genuinely believed artists just came up with those poses, those backgrounds, those costumes etc. all by themselves. Stupidest mistake I ever made. They are ESSENTIAL!!
Keep a moodboard! I have a sideblog (that’s set to private) where I basically store all art pieces that just stand out to me and inspire me. I’ve noticed from being on here for some time that what people respond to the most is the concept, rather than the mastery of ther art skills used in its execution. If the idea at the base of the picture is solid, people will respond to it. Ofcourse it’s not about the notes, but it is nice to produce art that evokes a reaction at the same time! I think a lot of the original works that are on tumblr (they do exist despite their scarcity like you said) lean into this a lot- particularly if it’s non fandom, a cool idea for an original work attracts attention :)
And then there’s ofcourse just the simple and quick ways you can make your art look just a tad cooler and bring a smile to your face. Ofc by that I mean ~compensating for ur failures with texture and detailing ~. You’re almost distracting your viewers from any shortcomings you made in drawing the other eye by saying “but look at the opulence of the costume!! the threads, the gold, the detailing!!”. Same thing goes for filters! Putting on a chromatic or a glitch filter really adds depth and masks issues imo. So for example in my Hades/Persephone piece, I used a special brush for Persephone’s hair, and slapped on a grain filter as well and I added little details like her cherry cufflinks :).
anyway I hope this helps! good luck in making your art and thank you sm for the compliments, youre a sweetheart!
what tablet/accessories do u use for ur art? :)
I use Procreate on the IPad (I have a v small IPad but I find that it gets the work done so size doesn’t matter I think!) and the Apple Pencil.
EDIT: I also use a screen protector that simulates the feel of paper, it helps with the grip!
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May I ask what brush u use for ur lineart 🥺❤️
The „Pencil” brush from the Jingsketch Procreate collection! (I bought all the brushes (they’re all super nice!) but there’s an option where you can also just buy the sketch brushes, which includes this pencil brush :)
hades & persephone
Looking forward to hearing from you 🌿
((credit where it’s due! this spread was heavily inspired by @carolgpr‘s spread <3 go commission her too!))
Opening these up again, with around 5 slots depending on how much workload individual requests are!
Also just to beat the dead horse but I’d really appreciate it if in the first e-mail you already make clear what exactly you’d like your commission to be! This is because I’ll sometimes have it where I confirm with people that slots are open, only to discover that their request is just too much work to take on!! If everything’s clear right off the bat, I can avoid leading people on like that 🙈
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Not to call classics discourse back onto your blog, but do you have a recommendation on which Iliad translation to read? I’ve always wanted to sit down and read it, but I’ve been intimidated by the many versions.
I read the Samuel Butler translation because it was a pretty edition, and thought that was a pretty solid translation (it gets pretty dry at times, but that’s a lot to do with the original epic I think).
This is probably an invitation for discourse but I’m dying to read the Robert Graves version because he is my Classicist King. (It’s an invitation for discourse because a lot of people are not that big on this translation- it tries to be half prose half rhyme with apparently varying effectiveness).
But the main discourse is between Fagles, Lattimore, Mitchell and Fitzgerald. Mitchell is apparently wonderful but he omits parts of the original epic which is an immediate disqualifier for me (also it doesn’t read… epically enough? Idk). What I would recommend is checking out this article: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/englishing-the-iliad-grading-four-rival-translations. It compares the same passage in multiple translations. Pick the one which reads best to you and vola! Enjoy the experience!
i said whoever burned the library of alexandria you’re moms a hoe
no one burned the library. can we please let this myth die now. get mad about the second temple already
whoever destroyed the second temple: you’re mom is a hoe
If you have any power left, i am curious about the libary of Alexandria and its truthTM. It didnt burn down???
NO!!!! IT DIDNT!!!!
Thank you for asking me about this I have such a deep,,,,,, hate for the misconception that the Library burned down.
We have lots of allegations that the Library caught fire, but these are unsubstantiated.
There were reports Julius Caesar burned the Library down. The story goes that Julius traced Pompey to Alexandria, found he was already dead, got stuck in a fight between Cleo and her siblings, and got holed up in the harbor. To fight his way out he decided to burn the harbor and the flames spread to some books which were destroyed. Over time this story escalated to Julius Caesar burning down the library. In the 1st century AD the story alleges around 40,000 books were burned, to up to 500,000 a few centuries later. The story just gets more and more amplified. There’s a direct correlation between Julius Caesar being a Big Ruler and the idea that the Big Library needed a Big End- we point fingers at him because it makes a certain sense. But no, he didn’t burn the Library.
On Tumblr it’s Woke™ to blame the Christians for burning down the Library but,, they didn’t do it either. Around the 4th-5th century AD, when Christianity became the main religion in Egypt, riots would break out led by bishops (important note here: riots are always breaking out in Alexandria, and violent ones in Alexandria specifically. This is not a specifically Christian Thing™). The Antiochan Monks do lynch the famous Hypatia of Alexandria, but the library they burned was not the big Library of Alexandria. It’s much more likely that they burned the smaller library around the temple of Serapis. There was likely disruptiveness at the Library itself, but we still have stories of the Library after it’s infamous didn’t-actually-happen burning,,,, so,,, they didn’t do it either.
In the fourth century we still have an enormously powerful library! It’s retreating in significance, but it’s still powerful. The final story goes that the Muslims under the Caliph Omar showed up, and, considering that these books weren’t the Qu’ran, they just decided to burn the library. This reeks of the earlier Caesar story- a powerful ruler shows up and we need some kind of an explosive end to the library, so 1+1=2 and it must have been the Muslims who did it.
Frankly the technologies of books simply changed. Pagan authors would write on papyri, and Christian authors would write on codexes. Papyrus is not necessarily an excellent preservant and needs to be copied. The later Christians were understandably just not very interested in transcribing all these pagan papyri for seemingly no purpose. It’s a shift in book technology and taste. By the time the Muslims took over, the Library simply fell into disuse and faded into the sand/sea. By the time it died the centers of information had already shifted to Pergamon, Rome, Byzantium and Milan. It didn’t go out with a bang.
Remember, even if the library didn’t die, it would not be much use to us, at least not as much as everyone on Tumblr seems to think it would. Papyri does not survive thousands of years.
People are just desperate for a big, disastrous end to the Library so we can point fingers and get angry at the loss of information. The Library just went with the tides, it’s as simple as that. It’s a quieter and sadder end, and you can spin that into something “meta” and meaningful, sure- but it’s no one’s FAULT the Library dissapeared. It’s just the nature of change.
Can we direct our anger about the loss of the Library into the loss of the Second Temple now please. The ancient period monument that actually did have a world changing, catastrophic it-didn’t-have-to-be-this-way end that we still feel the reprecussions of to this day.
little source disclaimer: I went back and listened to the BBC In Our Time podcast again to get most of the info you see here.
please tell us about the Eowyn/Witch King crackship
oh no you’re meeting all my standards!!!
I’ve never actually formulated this into words but here we go (disclaimer that I don’t want to romanticize Eowyn’s mental health issues etc. I’m really coming at this purely from a very very mythological/thematic pov and this is just 100% pure crack please don’t roast me)
There’s something inherently *dare I say it* sexy about (what I project onto) their dynamic. First off there’s the element of a hundreds, thousands year old undead king, stalking the earth, with a hollowed out soul, waiting for That Being that was prophesized to kill him. That Being that will both destroy him and liberate him from his living hell. That Being that is in someway (he just doesn’t know what way, but someway) his match. That Being is a woman, and her name is Eowyn. That’s just sexy man!!!
But what really threw me down the rabbit hole was the realization that the Witch King is all of Eowyn’s fears, personified. Her fear of powerlessness (he completely overpowers her), her fear of the patriarchy (he’s male and a king!! he’s THE king), her fear of insignificance (she’s just another silent name among his thousands of kills). AND THEN SHE KILLS HIM!!! She kills the thing that embodies all her fears, and in the process of which she completely flips their power dynamic on it’s head- he could’ve KNOWN it was a woman that would kill him if he wasn’t Like That- so proud and arrogant and empty that he didn’t even consider a woman could be his prophesized doom. Just the thematic implications of it all…. the feminism, the self love, it jumped out Mr. Tolkien.
On top of that you have the, dare I say it, delightful complexity of him being all self-proclaimed “I am Death.” and Eowyn on the other hand being a girl who is obsessed with/in love with Death as a (with a capital r) Romantic concept. She wanted him to kill her!! Killing him nearly kills her!! This is what dreams are made of!!
And then she DOES go on to get herself a handsome husband who treats her right and she embraces life and starts a family and the Witch King is still just super dead and remembered in the history books as simply being the thing that was killed by a woman. It’s.. I just think it’s neat. This dynamic is just *kisses fingers* *presses fingers to the pages of the book* *finger tips sizzle*
I'm kind of new to this blog so if you don't mind me asking, what are some of your lotr romantic ships? Platonic ships?
ah hi there!
For romantic I literally just ship Faramir and Eowyn and Eomer and Lothiriel haha
also I crackship Eowyn and the Witchking pretty intensely when I think too hard about it and could provide an essay as to why I’ve just been too embarassed to admit it till now euig
platonically… oh boy it’s LOTR where do I start??
Basically outside of my Eowyn/Witchking crackship and my Faramir/Eomer brotp I stick pretty closely to canon! I’ve always been the kind to eat what’s being served haha.
Sam murmured: “I love him. He’s like that, and sometimes it shines through, somehow. But I love him- whether or no.”
I was today years old when I learned that Hades and Persephone were considered the ideal couple on Locri flying directly into the face of the way they were viewed on the mainland
do you identify as a locri hades and persephone stan or a mainland demeter and persephone stan
hello!! i saw you talk about ancient greek stuff like that and i got curious bc i really want to get to know more about gods and heroes and stuff so... where do you think it's a better way to start? i know some basic and specific things but besides some of them the knowledge i have is like... percy jackson level
Hello!! I’d LOVE to introduce you to Ancient Greek mythology ahh 😍😍 This is everything I’ve ever wanted.
First I’d try to orient yourself in the mythology!
Once you’ve gotten through those you’re already pretty familiar with the source material, but if you want to go more in depth, I’d recommend:
Robert Graves is simply,,, a god of classics studies in general (he’s the author of I, Claudius which I would recommend as well 💕💕) but I recommend The Greek Myths because it’s so thorough, and it actually tries to explain the machinations/backgrounds of each myth as well! The recent Stephen Fry books (I’ve read Mythos but not Heroes) are alright. I 100% prefer Graves but if you want something less intense and more literary Fry is alright.
At this point you’re a pro!
If you want to start with actual Ancient Lit I would start with:
Remember that Hesiod and Homer were in direct competition with eachother, so sometimes their information conflicts (for example, Aphrodite was so different in each version that in cult practice she was actually worshipped as two different versions- Aphrodite Urania or Aphrodite Pandemos. This ofcourse does not include all the local Aphrodites and blah blah there’s whole books written about why or why not Ancient Greeks considered literary gods the same as the gods they worshipped/if they even considered each local version of a god the same as another local version of the same god it’s a real pain in the neck of a debate).
Also check out the plays! They’re by far the most sympathetic to women (though Homer does alright-ish) and therefore the most interesting. (I admit I’m on more shaky ground when it comes to the plays please don’t roast me in the comments)
Remember with the plays that the playwrights would deliberately change aspects of the plays for drama, so they don’t reflect how the contemporary audience actually understood the original stories (for example, Medea killing her children is a Euripedes invention).
As far as retellings, I wish I was more familiar with more! I really only read feminist retellings oop
I hope this helps a little! It’s really overwhelming how much material there is- I haven’t even touched on works like the Argonautica or The Library. I’m stressed just thinking about how much I still have to work through. Take it at your own pace!
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