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.
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.
Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link.
Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.
This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.
Hope you like it!
The Irritating Gentleman - Berthold Woltze
Everyone is overlooking something very significant in this picture, that I saw in two seconds, that adds a layer of super slime to his whole awful attitude. “The Irritating Gentleman” is a politeness.
She’s wearing all black in 1874. Black gloves, hat, cloak, and dress. In public. The whole nine yards. That’s not a fashion choice or a gothic thing. Back then when people wore all black like that, they were in mourning for someone who died. No one did mourning like the Victorians, that shit was an art form to them.
Someone in her family has died—she could even be a young widow. No one’s accompanying her either. With the carpet bag? She’s traveling alone while still in deep mourning. Look at the closeup. She’s got tears in her eyes. She is upset, devastated in a way that one is only when someone has died. And the guy’s still bothering her, like her problems are flippant bullshit and she needs to just smile or pay attention to him because ladies are supposed to be pleasing for men no matter what shit they’re going through. That’s not a look of “what an ass.” That’s a look of devastation that even in her pain, she’s expected to give people like him focus. She’s not mad. She’s hurt. And to add insult to injury? Everyone would be able to tell. It was a clear sign and still is in ways that someone is mourning, to dress in black crepe like that. He would know why she’s wearing all black, and he’s still demanding her attention.
What an insufferable dick.
I’m reblogging myself to add some comments from my mom. She’s a docent at the Portland Art Museum, and I wanted to see her take on this painting, given her art/art history knowledge. She said:
“Just looking at it I’d say she’s recently lost her parent(s). She’s traveling alone and is waiting in a station that would be considered too “rough” for a lady in high standing. The crates around her, even the behavior of the man would indicate she’s in a rough part of town. Also, there’s a tear on her face, so not only is she grieving a loss, she’s grieving a loss of position and safety in the world.”
on the subjects of boobs and shirts and boobs in shirts
Ok I was recently reminded that this exists (i-I think someone DA-famous linked it or something because WHAT) and I think this may be relevant to tumblr’s interests so here’s my~female body variation tutorial~ whoo~
This came from some things I scribbled down when I was trying to keep my character designs consistent, and I realised that it kinda made me see bodies/proportions somewhat differently so I pasted it into this smarmy old tutorial, now cut up into (I hope) tumblr-friendly chunks so right-click for full size I think? (disclaimer: I don’t know anything and it is so far past my bedtime that it’s been tomorrow for a whole day so I’m going to nap and then maybe regret posting this.)
I’m posting this because it addresses every single reply I get about asking for body variation and being told “I don’t want muffin-top in my videogames/comics”. Body variation does NOT automatically mean “make the women fat”. This reminds me of that Dove beauty commercial, especially that last lineup. I have it somewhere, I’ll have to post it.
KARINE GET BACK TO YOUR STORYBOARDS *whipcrack*