New illustration, finally finished ( like a month after I started )
The Mother of Faces, from the Avatar: The Last Airbender comic The Search.
iPad doodle of the day: Asuna & Kirito from Sword Art Online (which is totally redeeming itself with its third arc, the first was nearly flawless but the second was horrible)
You guys might recognize some of the thumbnails and a preview from a post awhile back… here’s the finished piece! :D
Done for the charity artbook Memorieal which recently gave us the go-ahead to upload the illustrations we did earlier this year. As a kid I had a flying/gliding bear species based off this stuffed animal (I named them “Pinky Bears” since I was an original precious snowflake). They were the mortal enemies of eagles, and they primarily ate fish — which they stored underground in burrows. Since that’s what bears do.
Is this one about to grab one or shake its fin? WE MAY NEVER KNOW.
THE UNCERTAINTY OF CHANGE: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ‘LEGEND OF KORRA’ BOOK 3 FINALE
By Juliet Kahn
I re-watched “Sozin’s Comet” last night, in the wake of The Legend of Korra’s third season finale. It was still wonderful, still grand and gorgeous and heavy with emotion. But it felt different this time. It felt…funnier.
And really, it is. Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s four-episode finale starts with a beach party. Sokka cracks jokes as he scrambles across a crumbling airship. The last spoken line is a blind joke. It is clear to me, in a way that it wasn’t when I first watched it, that these characters are young teens. Young teens dealing with genocidal dictatorships, Orwellian city-states and the general mayhem of war, absolutely, but their age lends the whole affair a constant, underlying levity. The adults that exist are kept at arm’s length from the action—present, but unmistakably marked as “grown-ups,” and thus distant. Youth, and all its connotations of hope and humor, are the engine of the show.
Legend of Korra, in contrast, is downright grim. The central team all falls between 17 and 20 years old, and 50-somethings like Lin and Tenzin are as present in the story as they are. Their relationships feel less timid, less blushy. Characters like Mako have solid careers and murky pasts involving gang membership. Azula was a terrifying and tragic villain, but baddies like Zaheer (and Amon, and Unalaq) wield philosophical weight alongside their grinning evil.
Great look at book 3 and comparing its finale to the A:TLA one. Of course, the A:TLA finale contained my favorite quote of the entire franchise…….
Sokka (pretending to be airship captain): “Would the crew please report to the bomb bay for hot cakes, and sweet cream! We have a very special birthday to celebrate!”
Random Fire Nation crewman #1: “I can’t believe the captain remembered my birthday!!!!”
(the entire crew of the airship gets dropped into the sea)
Random crewman #2: “…..Happy birthday!”
I wonder if the decline of AAA titles has something to do with the vast majority of them being derivative of each other, and gamers are getting tired of the same old thing with marginally different graphics? I wonder if people are growing up and getting tired of dealing with assholes when they try to play these AAA titles online?
Women playing games isn’t the problem. The way some men treat women who play games is.(via wilwheaton)
Laser beam or lipstick, I can still draw it.
guess what anon
you don’t have to know all the minutiae of technical terms of a tool to be really good at using said tool
I’ve been using Photoshop over a decade and I still don’t know everything about it and heeeyyyy guess what I can still make professional grade art with it
Plus, if one is using relatively small Photoshop files (ie, around 25mb), like Euclase said, you can deduce that scratch space likely isn’t going to be an issue that is likely to come up. There is no reason or requirement to need to know about scratch space if it’s never a problem with one’s computer. The only reason I know what it is is because I used to have to work with huge files on a slow computer and it would bring up error messages. Now that I have a faster/better computer, it’s never once been a problem.
I went to art school
I have no idea what scratch space is
The last few weeks in videogame culture have seen a level of combativeness more marked and bitter than any beforehand.
First, a developer—a woman who makes games who has had so much piled on to her that I don’t want to perpetuate things by naming her—was the target of a…
It’s already been a horrible week in geek culture, and tomorrow is the first day of PAX, so expect it to get worse before it gets better.
I’ve thought a lot about this - I’ve defended the term “Gamer” as a non-Video Game specific term since wayyyy back when jeffgerstmann was still working for Gamespot. In short, Gamer is a term that is bigger than video games and covers more than video games.
It’s a word that embraces members of the Camarilla, Amtgard, Darkon, and any number of LARPing organizations throughout the world. It’s a term that embraces players of D&D (in all its iterations and offshoots), the Storyteller System (in all of its forms), Savage Worlds, GURPS, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun, and all the myriad tabletop RPGs that have been published in the past, are published now, and will be published in the future. It embraces the Wargamers (from which the term draws its roots), who play Warhammer (both Fantasy Battles and 40K), War Machine, Legend of the Five Rings, or any of the countless fantasy, SF, and historical wargames that have been published throughout the years. And, of course, it also covers those who play niche tabletop board games, from the ones gaining mainstream acceptance like Catan and Ticket to Ride, to older, more obscure titles like Orcs at the Gates.
Letting the bigots who seek to silence the voices of women and the GLBT community in gaming claim any word for their own to describe themselves gives them armor. It gives them protection. It means that when we call them MRAs or Redpillers, they can thump their chest and say “Your damn right I am.” the same way so many people embraced “geek” and “nerd” as descriptions to protect themselves from mockery in middle school and high school.
To let these hateful bigots, and that’s what they are, claim "gamer" as their word is just too much of a coup for them for it to be allowed to stand. In face of this relentless hate, we cannot retreat. We cannot let them claim any safe haven for their own, as each victory only empowers them.
The only labels that we should allow this scum to possess is the ones we give them - the ones with such universally negative connotations that even if they attempt to embrace those words, they weaken themselves by doing so - Bigot, racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ablist. By labeling them with their true natures can we strip away their rhetorical armor and deny them power.
The situation is just intolerable.
There have been a lot of really insightful write-ups recently. A broader perspective—and I almost cringe to say—catch-all by Molly Crabapple left me gasping for breath. This write up, by Elizabeth Sampat giving her thoughts on an industry that’s very dear to me, delivered the final blow and left me in tears.
It’s really rare that I create from a place of grief. It’s just not how I operate. But it’s largely what I have openly felt for the last few days, and reflecting on it, it’s been there for far longer.
This quote from Elizabeth’s piece— “We should have a war memorial for all of the women we have lost to this. We should lay flowers and grieve and see our reflections in stone.”— struck a very literal chord in me.
So yeah, here it is. A place just for me where I can light a candle and remember all of the wonderful people I probably will never get the chance to meet. Folks that have been driven away by these horrible fucks that have the audacity to think they know what gaming and community is about.
I have never, in my life, been ashamed to call myself a gamer. Until now. These misogynist little shitbags are a disgrace to our community.
All of us who care about gaming need to step up and save our community, while there is still something about it that’s worth saving.
"Writing about others’ trauma bears no relation to living it. Yet I was a ruin more and more. The word “burnout” is dead from overuse. Constant exposure to pain burns in." (From Molly Crabapple’s article)
I am so tired and sad.
I posted an article about misogyny in gaming on Facebook and was immediately told my anger was not valid, my hyperbole was damaging, and received no discussion of the article whatsoever. By a friend - a good guy - whose wife works at a Gamestop.
I don’t even know what to say anymore.