Would you get out of my askbox, Husband.
'Nother WiP sneak peek of a long-in-the-making drawing. Was debating posting the whole thing but know I'd regret it later.
This is the raw scan- still needs a lot of cleaning up before finalising.
Well, things have gotten so tight, we’ve had to swallow our pride and make an Indiegogo campaign to help us get back on our feet. The IGG page goes into detail, but the TL;DR is we’ve had so many unexpected and expensive bills between my trips (and probable future trips) to the hospital, the tree falling on the house and the damage it caused, and one of our cats needing surgery soon, that everything is backed up, financially. We can’t afford even basics for the time being, like restocking inventory for Otakon (which is in less than a month), getting the car fixed, down to basic bills which are going to start coming in soon.
The IGG campaign gives out thank-you cards, prints, stickers, and discounts to our Etsy shop. It’s difficult for us to stomach blatantly asking for financial help, so we tried to compensate any donations a bit, somehow.
Also I (Shy) am taking marker-coloured character-commissions through the IGG campaign for $50 (this includes shipping the piece to you). I’ve been thinking of taking some, anyway, so it just seemed to fit in as a perk for IGG. Here’s examples of my marker work.
Regardless of if you can contribute or not, it would be a HUGE help if you would reblog/retweet this to get word around. With our next con being still a month away, and a lot to pay for before it, We’re really in a bind!
Thanks so much to everyone who’s been so kind to us in the past, and for anyone who contributes or reblogs this IGG post!
We feel awful asking for help, guys, but if you’re able to chip in anything, or even just reblog, we would be extraordinarily grateful!
You guys are amazing thank you so much to everyone who’s already contributed or reblogged you are all so kind it’s hard to know what to say
T m T ♥♥♥
I apologise as I’ll probably be reblogging this another few times throughout the duration of the campaign. We need all the help we can get. @ m @
Added a few shots of badges I did at Anthrocon. I forgot to get photos of a lot of them, oops.
End edit ♥
Cruddy mobile photos of finished badges~
And some ink shots from Instagram.
I’ll be taking badge commissions in the AC artist alley all three days for $25-30!
Though some story elements and characters in Little White & Little Dark are references to old fairy tales & nursery rhymes, the cats are red & blue (Red King & Blue Prince, respectively). I just leave them blank in a lot of the images. Since most Little White & Little Dark drawings are b&w or limited colour (1 2 3 4), adding the colour of the cats would distract from the main composition. (That is also the reason a lot of the times Little Dark was left white, because I couldn’t get her inversion to work with the composition.) The illustration with the picnic and apples, I managed to colour Red King since red’s the main colour, while I tucked Blue Prince back in with the trees so I wouldn’t have to colour him. Here’s a really old example of the character’s colours (and I mean old, like 5 years old).
Oh geez um… I don’t remember which of Will’s horns is canonically broken… Think I typically just draw whichever one happens to work best broken for that given drawing (and given the insubstantial nature of Will’s existence, it might not be then same side all the time). He’s also changed a lot since I first made him, as I’ve put in him Faust & Nywborn and changed his background a great deal.
The spines on him are more like stiffer tendrils- almost like fingers, but they are more squirmy/bendy than fingers. You typically can’t see them because he wears a full-length, dark coat all the time, which obscures most of his bodily definition. His hair’s a olive or dull mossy green.
I haven’t drawn him in a longggg time, but there’s a few old things of him I managed to find:
This was a preview post. Here’s the final.
This is a complicated question. The short answer:
Yes. And if you have objections with that I’m afraid you should unfollow me now.
I wrote an article attempting to identify some of the unearned benefits and privileges my fellow male gamers and I are afforded simply by virtue of being male. Please check out the full article in context over on Polygon.
- I can choose to remain completely oblivious, or indifferent to the harassment that many women face in gaming spaces.
- I am never told that video games or the surrounding culture is not intended for me because I am male.
- I can publicly post my username, gamertag or contact information online without having to fear being stalked or sexually harassed because of my gender.
- I will never be asked to “prove my gaming cred” simply because of my gender.
- If I enthusiastically express my fondness for video games no one will automatically assume I’m faking my interest just to “get attention” from other gamers.
- I can look at practically any gaming review site, show, blog or magazine and see the voices of people of my own gender widely represented.
- When I go to a gaming event or convention, I can be relatively certain that I won’t be harassed, groped, propositioned or catcalled by total strangers.
- I will never be asked or expected to speak for all other gamers who share my gender.
- I can be sure that my gaming performance (good or bad) won’t be attributed to or reflect on my gender as a whole.
- My gaming ability, attitude, feelings or capability will never be called into question based on unrelated natural biological functions.
- I can be relatively sure my thoughts about video games won’t be dismissed or attacked based solely on my tone of voice, even if I speak in an aggressive, obnoxious, crude or flippant manner.
- I can openly say that my favorite games are casual, odd, non-violent, artistic, or cute without fear that my opinions will reinforce a stereotype that “men are not real gamers.”
- When purchasing most major video games in a store, chances are I will not be asked if (or assumed to be) buying it for a wife, daughter or girlfriend.
- The vast majority of game studios, past and present, have been led and populated primarily by people of my own gender and as such most of their products have been specifically designed to cater to my demographic.
- I can walk into any gaming store and see images of my gender widely represented as powerful heroes, villains and non-playable characters alike.
- I will almost always have the option to play a character of my gender, as most protagonists or heroes will be male by default.
- I do not have to carefully navigate my engagement with online communities or gaming spaces in order to avoid or mitigate the possibility of being harassed because of my gender.
- I probably never think about hiding my real-life gender online through my gamer-name, my avatar choice, or by muting voice-chat, out of fear of harassment resulting from my being male.
- When I enter an online game, I can be relatively sure I won’t be attacked or harassed when and if my real-life gender is made public
- If I am trash-talked or verbally berated while playing online, it will not be because I am male nor will my gender be invoked as an insult.
- While playing online with people I don’t know I won’t be interrogated about the size and shape of my real-life body parts, nor will I be pressured to share intimate details about my sex life for the pleasure of other players.
- Complete strangers generally do not send me unsolicited images of their genitalia or demand to see me naked on the basis of being a male gamer.
- In multiplayer games I can be pretty sure that conversations between other players will not focus on speculation about my “attractiveness” or “sexual availability” in real-life.
- If I choose to point out sexism in gaming, my observations will not be seen as self-serving, and will therefore be perceived as more credible and worthy of respect than those of my female counterparts, even if they are saying the exact same thing.
- Because it was created by a straight white male, this checklist will likely be taken more seriously than if it had been written by virtually any female gamer.
IMPORTANT, NON-ART POST TIME.
This list hits so close to home. Every point’s a gut-punch reminder of mistreatment I and so many friends have endured. The final plunge from insult into disgust is #25; not disgust at the article or radicalbytes, but at how true it is.
I’m forward enough that I don’t get as much of the in-your-face sexist pushback I used to, but it’s been replaced by much more subtle acts of bias that are no less venomous. Sexism permeates the gaming community (and industry) so fundamentally women don’t have to be harassed or blatantly insulted to experience being the unwelcome company, being othered.
Very often, men will disregard me when talking about games. They focus on my husband, Coey, and any input from me is quickly dismissed or even ignored entirely. He has blatantly attempted to include me in conversations many times, even swing conversations over to me when the topic is more my area-of-expertise/genre/series, but it rarely sticks. This happens at conventions, gaming stores, plainly in public, even with people considered friends. At cons, we’ve had many be drawn to our booth by a piece of gaming fanart I made, but then I’m typically left out of the conversation I initiated. People assume the fanart must be my husband’s. When I reveal it’s mine, they’re surprised and even lose interest all together. Coey’s had people fawn over his gaming tattoos, but when he mentions [insert gaming tattoo I have that’s relevant to their convo] they have no interest. One of the most insulting parts is the marked difference of our treatment before and after he transitioned. Before he started identifying and passing as male, we were both regarded identically in these situations.
Those who do include me seem insistent on noting of how “special” I am. Remarks toward Coey’s on how lucky he is to have a wife who games. Surprised comments about how not many “girls” like [insert game series/genre/etc]. They’ll humour my opinions and comments on the community/industry, but take them with a grain of salt. Rarely is real effort or care put into considering what I have to say, until Coey backs me up.
I’ve been treated and received as one of the exceptions, in which I take no pride.
My experiences aren’t unique in the slightest.
I have an Instagram that’s mostly food and cats, but sometimes there’s art. Here’s a few things that didn’t make it onto Tumblr.
@eyesoffelina: THANKS ♥
Scanning’s tricky. Every scanner I’ve ever used has the default settings really lightly set. Firstly, I highly recommend Epson scanners, they are the best fidelity-wise in my experience.
With my drawings, I scan at least 400 dpi or more, and have the settings so the scanning programme automatically adjusts the levels a bit, though I do darken things more in PS afterward. So long as you have a decent scanner, you can darken significantly in PS without loosing integrity of the scanned image. My drawings are pretty light since I work with pretty hard leads (H through 6H), so not only do I have to compensate for the scan being light, but then darken additionally a bit for the final product. Working with hard lead lets me keep a greater amount of control over my lines, and allows really fine detail. The pronounced paper grain from darkening is just a happy bonus.
@dragonhearted: THANKS, though I think it gives me ulcers, as it is, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone else lol
@spookyewe: It depends on which sticker from which batch you get whether it’s one we made ourselves or one we ordered printed, but we do use StandOut Stickers often, they’re great!
Classical Painting Redraws! One of hopefully a few between wife (Shy) n co workers (Lisa n Kaylee)<3
Was an exercise in trying to find what our style is, drawing something given in what we thought our styles were/are. Honestly this was one of the hardest things i’ve ever done. Not because drawing but trying to figure out what I do or what I am as an artist. I don’t think i’ve found that yet but maybe I and the others if they’re looking for it will find something in these little exercises we’re doing.
Wasn’t sure how far we should go from the original so afraid mine isnt too interesting @ o @;;;;;
Teal Diana by Lisa Sterle
Pencil Diana by Shy Custis
Painted Diana by Coey Kuhn
Ghost Diana by Kaylee Davis
What-do-I-do-now WiP post of a Faust family portrait, in which we’ll gloss over age appearances then pretend they pass as parents & child (and cerberus pet).
Drawing characters between ages 35 and 60 is impossible.
Art TMI time!
I don’t think it’s possible to explain briefly how much, on any given drawing, I add something then take it away, add something, take it away, and repeat into eternity. After so long, I hit that point I have to make myself just walk away for at least a while or I’ll gO INSANE.
So, I guess that’s what I’m doing?
To be returned to one day, maybe??
There’s a difference between copying and using reference, so if he’s blatantly copying (tracing/copying exact compositions/styles/etc) then, uh, yeah, that’s shit. Call him out on it, I guess?
Advice from an abrasive asstwat.