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Posted on 23rd Apr at 12:23 PM, with 6,411 notes

tomhiddleston-gifs:

For our own good pleasure obviously

funfact: I’m fairly sure that he was wearing underwear on the night they filmed. However, when we went, he most certainly wasn’t. As evidenced by one glorious moment of backlighting. That was fun.  

Posted on 23rd Apr at 10:31 AM, with 15,692 notes
mruff1122:

@robertdowneyJr Bros.

God, I love Mark Ruffalo. 
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mruff1122:

@robertdowneyJr Bros.

God, I love Mark Ruffalo. 

Posted on 23rd Apr at 9:11 AM, with 872 notes
geardrops:

expostninja:

sarencseldfr:

expostninja:

sarencseldfr:

expostninja:

After reading about and understanding the issue people have with the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, I thought I would make a simple flow chart for creators.  Use it yourself; I imagine it’ll be helpful.

I’m sure I remember Jaime raping or partly raping Cersei in the books, though. I haven’t seen that episode yet but still.

Hmm.  I think I should consult a flow chart to see if that’s a good idea.

(My wife informs me that this was not the case in the books.)

Yes, of course it lowered my opinion of the character- but Cersei was praying in the sept, and Jaime came in, and I remember that she tried to stop him but he did it anyway, I think she started enjoying it part way through. And then it turned out she was on her period.

Huh.  You know, if that reading of the scene is correct, maybe it was a good thing to have in the books!  Let’s take a look at a flow chart.


man that flowchart sure is handy

geardrops:

expostninja:

sarencseldfr:

expostninja:

sarencseldfr:

expostninja:

After reading about and understanding the issue people have with the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, I thought I would make a simple flow chart for creators.  Use it yourself; I imagine it’ll be helpful.

I’m sure I remember Jaime raping or partly raping Cersei in the books, though. I haven’t seen that episode yet but still.

Hmm.  I think I should consult a flow chart to see if that’s a good idea.

(My wife informs me that this was not the case in the books.)

Yes, of course it lowered my opinion of the character- but Cersei was praying in the sept, and Jaime came in, and I remember that she tried to stop him but he did it anyway, I think she started enjoying it part way through. And then it turned out she was on her period.

Huh.  You know, if that reading of the scene is correct, maybe it was a good thing to have in the books!  Let’s take a look at a flow chart.

man that flowchart sure is handy

Posted on 23rd Apr at 7:59 AM, with 5,554 notes
Subway Sandwich Thighs: A Blight Upon Women’s Legs in Comics

comicartcorrections:

Please, No More Subway-Sandwich Thighs!

I want to talk about a comic art convention I see from time to time that really gets up my nose.  Now, when I say convention, I mean an accepted technique or practice in the field rather than a gathering of gloriously enthusiastic nerds in costume.  In this instance, I am talking about a particular drawing shortcut that is accepted as “solid” and “professional” in the industry that I find teeth-grindingly lazy and bizarre.  I call it “Subway Sandwich Thighs”. As illustrated below:

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As you can see, the thigh and the calf are sandwiched together, mid-air, without anything pressing against the underside of the calf to make it that way. Legs do not work that way, not even in bendy women. We cannot bend our legs and make them do that in mid-air. For that to happen, we need to put our weight on our bent legs, kneeling on the ground. It is the weight of our bodies that pushes the two parts of the legs together. Usually, the legs splay to the side, so that they aren’t pushed together too hard. We often sit on the side of our butts after about three or four minutes, cause that shit is uncomfortable.

As an experiment, go in front of a mirror, and try to bend your leg as much as you can, pressing your heel to your buttock. Do not use your hands to press the foot and buttock together – just check how close you can get naturally. If you’re a guy, I really want you to try this.

Now, stand there and imagine flying for more than ten minutes in that position. It fucking hurts, doesn’t it? It’s tight, it’s unnatural. It’s the sort of thing a dancer does for two seconds before leaping away into another pose. It is not a natural position to take.

I half-jokingly wonder if artists employ it because it evokes the mental imagery of a woman splaying on top of a man during intercourse, straddling him. It can display the buttocks in a pleasing way, and it also makes much of the crotch. But it’s the most ridiculous bloody drawing convention outside of the Rubber Spine thing, and I’d be more than happy if it died a quiet death.

Here are some gymnasts, naturally flexible people, bending their legs in the middle of routines. Notice their aren’t squishing the two halves of their legs together:

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Here are some women kneeling. Just for reference for later corrections:

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And now, some corrections:

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Okay, enough of me picking on JSC.  Here’s the nitty gritty of the matter, and a hat-tip to stylistic choices:

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Thanks to tumblr’s downscaling, the red text is: Leg too long, No pelvis all butt, heel goes where? and Where leg go? as well as “This looks odd but my body is really like this”.

The anatomy I’ve done isn’t perfect, but I think I illustrate my point.

The Anatomy of a Fuck Up:

So what’s happening here? Why are people making this mistake over and over? The reason is twofold.

One: Mistaken anatomy.

When these artists draw their stuff to arse-up, face-down, no-time-to-fart deadlines, they don’t have the leisure I do to stop and think about how a woman looks when doing these poses. So when they have to think about a woman flying mid-air, they think about a woman kneeling, rather than an actual woman with her leg in the air. They just transfer the kneeling leg position to the upright position, even though the human muscles, tendons and body mass DO NOT ALLOW for that to happen.  With kneeling positions, they just go ahead and trundle out the shortcuts they learnt earlier in the piece, without thought to how heels and butt-cracks work.

Two: It’s Not Important.

In most situations, accuracy of a woman’s anatomy is not important in a comic book or graphic novel. A female character must be alluring above all, so certain anatomically impossible conventions get the wave and are never fixed. Other people learn these “shortcuts” and that it’s okay to draw like that, and it keeps on happening. FOREVER.

I’m not saying don’t use sweeping lines for style.  I’m just saying let’s not have utterly ridiculous anatomy going on.  These women characters take up so little space already.  Draw them as the leg is supposed to look and suddenly they have legs and tendons and physical signs of strength.  I guess that isn’t sexy enough?

Posted on 23rd Apr at 7:42 AM, with 210 notes
Hips Don’t Lie: Pelvis? What Pelvis?

comicartcorrections:

Pelvis? What pelvis?

This is a special Greg Land-specific category. My hatred of the way this man draws pelvises and hips is deep, fiery and eternal. What’s worse is that he deliberately does it, and he has no actual excuse of fucking up the way he does: He traces ALL his shit these days. No, those impossible pelvises are a DELIBERATE choice on his part, and that makes me angrier than words could possibly say.

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He inflates the breast sizes and narrows the hips until they’re grotesque mockeries of real women’s anatomy. He calls it “making them more slender and athletic” or some shit, but I call it, “I’m not an ass man so I’m going to do everything I can to emphasise the fact that these chicks have giant tits.”


Here’s an image of an actual slender, athletic woman:

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OH HELLO, SON, I THINK I SEE SOME FUCKING HIPS THERE. You can see the point where the top of the femur juts against the flesh. Even in this tiny, lithe little gymnast, the bones remain. You cannot lose bone. Humanity needs the wide bones in that part of the body for procreation, they are in our genetics. So I’m not sure what Mr. Land is trying to do with that excuse, cause it doesn’t go along with reality.

So, my anatomical break-down of a typical Land image and then my correction:

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Okay, so, going in to this picture, I thought I’d just have to widen the hips or something. Then I started the anatomical overlay, and I realised there was SO MUCH wrong with this image. I had to actually give up on fixing his image and start again, cause it was SO WRONG. The ribcage is impossibly narrow, and I know that it isn’t the focus of this series of articles, but it’s so egregious and horrible that I have top stop and say: WILL YOU LOOK AT THAT FUCKERY?

So seriously, I had to give up on the sketch-over, because the anatomy points were all, horrendously, terribly WRONG, and start again. I got this:

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As you can see, I tried to make her actually look Asian. Ended up looking like Trini from the Power Rangers, but she fucking kicked ass so that’s okay. She’s Asian both sides because, well, I can’t afford to buy comics, so I’ve lost track of what race she is in the purple aerobics instructor kit.  I can draw them, and I save up for the really good special runs (Wolverine: Origin) and the indie comics that I like (Platinum Grit) but that’s it.  Being a broke artist on a disability pension, I’m sadly unable to indulge my comic thing as much as I’d like.

To the actual anatomy - holy shit, where to start?

  • Fixed the hips.  They were far too small.
  • Gave the thighs some muscle.
  • Made the head bigger to match boobs and shoulders.
  • Widened the ribcage because HOLY SHIT, YO.
  • Added muscle mass here and there.
  • Actually drew the costume instead of making it look like body paint.
  • Changed her hair cause it was too impractical.

That took way longer than I had anticipated.  Sorry about the delay, folks!

Next time: Imperial Walkers.

Posted on 23rd Apr at 6:12 AM, with 12,334 notes

thewintersoldiersbutt:

i havent done one of these for thor 2 yet so here u go 

Posted on 23rd Apr at 6:07 AM, with 2,536 notes

“ℑ always look at a girl’s shoes. And if they’re heels, I wonder how she would look if she was wearing just those.”

always look at a girl’s shoes. And if they’re heels, I wonder how she would look if she was wearing just those.”

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