Another Magical Viking Girl!
Took some influence from the Varangian guard armors but just put it on an adorable badass with an axe.
I also like the idea of the girls getting bigger, taller and tougher when they transform <3
"Nope", the anime.
Based on that hilarious text post.
I really try to keep my comments short here so I’ve just written and deleted, like, 20 paragraphs.
Basically this is the main character of a story I am not skilled enough to write, but it’s basically what happens after the big final showdown. She’s an amalgamation of all the Chosen Ones of recent YA literature, and the story is just her, like, coping with the fact that her entire life leading up till now has been about carrying out her destiny, beating the big baddie and everything and now…she’s got to deal with living the rest of her life. Which, as we all know, is fucking hard enough as is.
In an ideal world, Rainbow Rowell would write this.
“[content note: PTSD, torture]
I didn’t realize that torture doesn’t end when you’re freed. People think it does. People who’ve never been through torture think that when the physical injuries heal, you’re healed. They’re wrong.
Torture plays tricks on your mind. ‘You’re weak and scared,’ it says. ‘You think you’re in control? Hah!’ it says. ‘Doubt yourself. Worry, and question, and fear,’ it tells you.
Pain can be very convincing.”
Tobias, Animorphs #43 “The Test,” credited to K. A. Applegate (ghost-written by Ellen Geroux)
This quote. When I read “The Test” (I was in eighth grade, if I remember right) this little block of text was burned into my brain. It helped me understand how torture works, and when I began to read about post-traumatic stress disorder, this quote kept coming back to me again and again and again.
Animorphs’ consistent portrayal of PTSD as suffered by its characters was one of the most influential things I read growing up, and these three paragraphs are by far the most memorable and well-written example.
Alright guys, Let me tell you about Cybersix.
As a kid I was super obsessed with stories featuring cross-dressing/queer ladies. My three favorite TV series were Rose of Versailles, Anime San jushi (aka story of the three Musketeers but with Aramis being a cross-dressing and amazing lady) and Cybersix.
Cybersix is a super short series (13 episodes that you can behold on youtube) about a girl who was created in a laboratory as a super human in a series called Cybers. Judged too powerful, they are all destroyed by their creator, an evil pseudo Nazi. All but two: Cybersix, who escapes and hides in a city by dressing up as a shy male literature professor, and her brother Data, whose brain is in a really awesome black panther body now.
The professor sends his horrible bratty son to catch her and eliminate her. Monsters of the week are sent to battle her. But every monster comes with lessons about kindness and humanity, as they, like Cybersix, question their existence, their humanity, their raison d’être. The show also has an interesting love triangle angle as Cybersix is in a love triangle with herself. She is in love with a school colleague called Lucas, who believes that her male counterpart is also in love with her. Oh, and the show speaks also about addiction, as Cybersix needs to kill other creations like her to drink a substance that keeps her life energy up.
The show what made to me mostly silent. A bunch of useless lines got added because they thought the kiddies would be confused, but you can almost watch it without the sound and get most of the story.
Oddly enough, it’s a kid’s show based on a very adult Argentinian comic. As the comic was translated to French, I borrowed them from the public library around 11, not expecting porn and super adult themes (the love triangle and the addiction themes are really pushed to be mega dark). The comic is much less queer friendly then the animated series as well. So I suggest the TV series first, and the comics if you really, really need more as they tend to be fanservicy and disappointing more then anything else.
This series was incredibly formative for me as a kid. A kickass cybermutant adult superhero lady in a costume that was actually impressive (a feat on its own for a character based on a streetwalker), who wasn’t excessively sexualized (in the TV series, at least), who crossdresses as a male teacher during the day (which, by the way, was a non-issue in regards to everything except for the fact that it was deceptive to Lucas, so that also really informed my perception of gender roles at the time), and has a panther as her brother-partner.
The animation is amazing for such a short-running series. The stylization similarly influenced my art (such as it was) for years. It made use of silence over soundtrack in a way I’d never seen in a cartoon before.
When Wonder Woman left me unimpressed, when I liked Sailor Jupiter well enough but was lukewarm on the other senshi, when most of the superheroes that I really connected with continued to be boys, I wanted to be Cybersix. She was captivating. She was flawless.
13 episodes. Take a weekend and watch them.
I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and a girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue.
Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship: one where the two mutually inspire each other to live.
If I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.
-Hayao Miyazaki (x)
Anonymous said: When you were a student, as an artist, do you ever had those periods in which you thought you were never gonna achieve anything in life and your future was the darkest thing you could think about? If so how did you ever overcame them so you could be the amazing artist you are now? I´m having a pretty bad series of events with my art in Graphic Design and hope just flies away **literally it grew wings and flew**
Oh yes yes.
Art-angst is a familiar country to me- I know the lay of that dim and soggy land all too well.
I go through periodic dry spells- especially with my personal work, where I just seem to fall out of love with art-making and can’t think of anything I want to draw.
But I’ve learned over the last years that those moments are temporary; the feeling vanishes and inspiration comes again.
Lack of inspiration and self-doubt are normal, but it’s important to know that they aren’t the final word on your career as an art-maker.
When that happens, I do two things: One I call the Kiki Method (from Kiki’s Delivery Service). When Kiki loses her powers, her friend Ursula compares her experiences with painting and inspiration to Kiki’s magic:
“I stop drawing. I take walks, look at the scenery, take naps, do nothing. Then after a while, all of a sudden I get the urge to draw again.”
There is more to life than art- than what you do- and it is important to remember that.
So take a break, let the pressure slip away- often art-block is the result of an overgrown feeling of responsibility, pressure and expectations of yourself: the fear of failure. You’re afraid you’ll make bad art, so you stop making any art at all.
But that’s the worst bit!
The only way through to making better art is by making the bad art first. All of it. You have to make every little bit of bad art that is in you before it gets better.
Don’t be afraid- it’s okay to be not-amazing!
Which leads me to the second thing: give yourself permission to suck, and then push steadily ahead.
Accept that every sketch you sketch won’t be the best thing ever- but make them anyways. Make them all, discipline yourself to sketch onward, fill pages with unviewable garbage. It will help, I promise- because you’ll be doing something, moving forward. And suddenly it won’t be about how you feel anymore, or whether you’re inspired.
Sometimes it’s just about pressing on.
Sometimes it’s about accepting as graciously as you can that you’re not the best- but that the only way to get better is to keep going- to keep not-being-the-best. I’m not the best either. You’re in good company :)
But don’t give up, whatever you do. Giving up is the only surefire way to make sure you fail.
With all love: Hang in there- I know it sucks sometimes. Take a break, remember all the beautiful things and people you have in your life, then come back and move slowly, steadily forward. You got this.
“The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”