A remake of a drawing that I made in 2008 \o/
Sharing a Goddess name ain't easy
In the last two weeks I knew Percy and all his friends. And… you thought that a new couple did not hit me?? :D
So…a doodle from Sea of Monsters. I know, I know. Percy and Annabeth are thirteen years old…But I thought it was not so bad to make them a little bit older :D It’s really a fast sketch and fast colours :D
Hope the Percabeth’s fandom can like it ^^
March is Women’s History Month, and we’re highlighting the outstanding contributions women have made to sexual and reproductive health.
Katharine Dexter McCormick was a prominent philanthropist, suffragist, and biologist. Her support led to the invention of the first birth control pill.
As a special present for Bikini Armor Battle Damage first anniversary, I present to you: Female Armor BINGO!
Feel free to use as a reference to quantify how ridiculous any female armor is.
edit: Updated the link into downloadable PDF!
Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.
This is pretty amusing. The most concise collection of tropes and cliches used in female character design that I’ve seen yet.
But it also got me thinking. Tropes and cliches are like knives: if you’re naive you’ll only hurt yourself and others, avoid them entirely and you’ll be safe but limited, OR learn how and when to use them to your advantage. Ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin.
Looking at this chart, I honestly think there’s a good chance that throughout my career I’ll use most of these (and many more that aren’t represented here). In fact, just reading through the list gave me a few design ideas. Of course if I’m doing my job right it should ALWAYS be in service of the story and character (not at their expense).
This issue raises a small red flag for me. As an artist, the one thing I dare not do is declare: I shan’t use this or that design element as long as I live, so help me God!
How tone-deaf do you have to be to come across this expression of anger and frustration over the systematic, widespread objectification of women in fantasy stories and open your mouth only to say “Wow, those are some awesome design ideas.”
It must be nice to not have any stake in this; to not have it impact you one way or the other when some male concept artist says “ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin” about underboob and armor nipple pasties. But it impacts me. You have female fans, Matt, fans who are tired of the men in charge of the depiction of women in our media claiming that it’s “in service of the story” to implement boob windows and metal bikinis and other ridiculous sexualizations of female characters. And when you express attitudes like this, especially as a response to someone else’s frustration about sexism and objectification, it reminds me of my place as an outsider, both in the fantasy genre and in video games. It reminds me that this is a boys’ club in which I am still not welcome.
I have loved your work for a long time, Matt. But this post of yours really, really upset and disappointed me.
trust no man 2k14
Eheh, mischaracterization in any fandom, in any capacity, will end up annoying me, but for pjo in particular… Asshole anyone? Percy and Jason are the most likely victims of this (often respectively by Jasico or Percico writers. Percy hurts people unconsciously because he’s got a one-track mind - Percy making a homophobic joke, on the other hand, is OOC and gross character defamation, sorry). Frank and/or Hazel as judgmental or homophobic, esp. where Nico is concerned - I don’t care if she’s from the 30s, Hazel has faced enough bigotry herself to not inflict it on her only brother. Piper as some sort of vain, oblivious fashionista who loves to shop and willingly charmspeaks people into doing her bidding (she’s the definition of “use your powers for good” i.e. she’ll only use it to defeat baddies or to calm her friends down/make them feel better/save their lives, and even then she still feels guilty doing it). It goes without saying that Piper is the most emotionally sensitive and diplomatic of the group, so she’d be the first to notice if someone is unhappy or in need of a pick-me-up. Leo as a sensitive, sweet dude, esp. where Nico is concerned - Leo is not a people person, his way of interacting with people is pushing their buttons. With someone like Jason, that results in fun banter; with someone like Nico, it’d turn volatile. Leo’s “sweet side,” if you’re writing him as the main love interest, has to be really subtle and imo, will often take the form of apologies - fixing your broken car behind your back so you’d discover it the next day, or making you a small mechanical toy as a sorry for hurting your feelings. I like Leo for his spontaneous foot-in-mouthness - if you’re gonna go for sweet and sensitive, you should be writing Frank or Jason instead. I don’t remember any egregious mischaracterization for Annabeth or Thalia (but I don’t really seek out fic with them, so moving on)… Nico gets some of the worst of the lot, but to be fair he’s a really hard character to get down because he’s been through so many different personality phases. My biggest pet peeve is when Nico’s written as condescending. I don’t like it when he swears all the time either because Nico’s a polite kid in text, but condescension is definitely the worst offense, because it goes completely against his characterization. Condescension comes from a place where the character thinks he’s better than the person he’s talking to, and Nico… Nico thinks the absolute worst of himself. He may be bitter about his lot in life, but if he’s prickly and defensive and pessimistic towards other people, it comes primarily from a place of low self-esteem - combine that with his sweet/naive/wants-to-do-the-right-thing nature and you will never, never get a character who talks down to other people and thinks he’s hot shit.
So you want to make an OC?: A Masterpost of Ways to Create, Develop, and Make Good OCs!
i made this masterpost in hopes that it helps you in making your own OCs ah;; it can also apply to developing RP characters i suppose! if you’d like to add more resources then go for it sugar pea (´ヮ`)!
How to Write Better OCs:
- basic tips on how to make your oc even better
- tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
- writing specific characters
- a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
- kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME
- how to actually make an OC
- Q&A (to develop characters)
- more Q&As
- giving your character a backstory
- how to write an attractive character
- adding more racial diversity
- avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
- writing sexuality and gender expression (doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
- masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
- cultures of the world
- guides to drawing different ethnicities (not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)
Mary Sue/Gary Stu
- Test to see if your character is a Sue
- Explains subdivisions of Sues/Stus
- Powerful Characters Don’t Have to Be Sues
- villain generator
- need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
- villain archetypes
- what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?
- character perceptions (What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
- how to write strong relationships between two characters
- 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
- OCxLove Interest Handbook
- develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
- how to write realistic relationships
- how to write relatives for your characters (this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)
- 12 common archetypes
- 8 archetypes for male/female characters
- female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
- a list of archetypes
- tips for better design
- basic appearance generator
- pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
- clothing ref masterpost
- give your character better powers
- a list of professions
- proactive vs reactive characters
- positive and negative traits
- interest generator
- skills generator
- motivation generator
- 123 ideas for character flaws
- list of phobias
again, this is to help inspire you or help establish your OCs! i hope you get a lot of info and help from this ahh ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
dear internet, let me tell you some things about my public-school-in-georgia sex education.
pictured above is my abstinence til marriage card, given to me in my eighth grade health class. as you can see, i did not sign it, so it is non-binding. they were “optional” but the teacher placed the basket at the front of the class and stared us down. my 13-year-old self had a very brief dilemma between 1. making a stand and not getting one or 2. getting one because it’s fucking hilarious. i am very glad i chose the latter, because as i predicted, this is now something hilarious to show everyone.
that year in health we also learned “how to spot the identifying features of a crack baby” which is literally nothing but lies. we had a system of anonymous questions, and once someone asked “how do i know if i’m a lesbian?” our teacher looked disgusted and she replied “how would i know? i’m not a lesbian!”
EDIT i forgot to mention when she gave these to us she suggested we “cut up our cards together with our husbands on our wedding day” and i remember thinking, fuck if i marry someone from my middle school
the next time i had sex ed in high school it was taught by a dude gym coach who spent the whole time talking about his daughters. the book we were learning from listed “low self-esteem” “stunted social growth” and “depression,” among others, as consequences of premarital sex. at one point, it asked us to fill in the disadvantages of having an abortion. our teacher went, “well, i’m personally against abortion, so we’re just going to skip this section,” which confused me, because it was explicitly asking for an argument against abortion.
the last time i had sex ed it was pretty good and there were free condoms and we got little bottles of lube every time we answered questions, but i don’t think that counts cause it was in an intro to women’s studies class.
in my 8th grade health class we watched this video about abstinence and the slogan was “a condom can’t protect your heart”
Our school made us watch a video with some man talking about how virginity was like a flower and that whenever we had sex with someone we’d give a bit of that flower away. Then when we met someone we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with we’d just be left with a wilted stem and a couple of petals when we should be giving them a whole flower.
I really wish I was joking.
In church they used to tell us that we were like cupcakes and if we were physically intimate with our partners it was like getting the icing licked off, and therefore no one would want you afterwards because no one wants a licked cupcake.
in my sex ed class we did this demonstration where they had this line of kids swish and spit out water and combine the nasty backwash to make this gross concoction as a metaphor for how sex before marriage makes you dirty and gross
fucking public education
I might as well add my church group. We had to open a kiss candy, put it in our mouth, melt it a little bit and then put it back in the wrapper. From their we had to hand it someone else and they explained, “this is what happens when you have sex before marriage. You have to give those dirty leftovers to your spouse.”
In my grade 8 “sex ed” class we all listened to the song “I dreamed a dream” from Les Mis and then the teacher was like THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU HAVE SEX and I really kind of wanted to do it just to see if I really would become a 19th century French prostitute with a beautiful singing voice
Every time I hear stories like these, I think what the fuck kind of a sex education did you American kids get omfg.
Oh god, this makes me scared to know my nephews are gunna have 'American' sex ed in their school….*sighs deeply*
Let me tell ya something about MY sex ed lessons in Biology on a Christian secondary (comparable to grade 7 to grade 9/10 in the usa system.) school no less, just to point out that not all religious institutes handle it poorly….then again this was in The Netherlands..!
We watched a VIDEO on sex and changes in the body of both boys and girls. It showed charts and actual naked people to show the changes. It explained to boys what an erection looked like and what happens when you have one. (My teacher was fricking funny though cuz he would pauze, rewind and forward the video on that bit so it would show a penis getting erect over and over again. I miss that man, he was AWESOME!)
It explained girls how the menstrual cycle worked and why they would get them. It explained the concept of pregnancy and showed the different stages, just like in the books. It showed both boys and girls what their genitals looked like, what would change and so forth.
It ALSO made a point of not being ashamed of your own body but instead explore it freely in private to get familiar with the changes. I mean for heavens sake, it had a chapter on Masturbation and why it is not a bad thing at all to feel good about it. Then it stressed the matter of SAFE sex, the definitions and various STD’s that you could extract from unprotected sex, It had a chapter on CONSENT, explaining neutrally that no means no, it didnt focus on just boys or just girls but on both genders equally. Then aside from that, every year the Biology book has a chapter on reproduction and sex ed, adding more details with the years such as what happens when a woman gets and abortion. My female teacher in the second year of secondary school invited a sexologist to talk to the class about safe sex and we could ask questions, no question was deemed dumb or inappropriate and at the end of the lesson we all got a banana and a condom and we had to put the condom on the frikking banana, such a fun day! So yes, sex ed can be fun and informative! Too bad some people are too close minded to ruin it and misguiding children just because of their narrow views on subjects in this spectrum. I fear for my nephews….I really do because i already know they are gunna get a very biased and skewed version of sex-ed judging by the school they attend.. and the way my sister is already trying to avoid my oldest nephew (almost 11) curious questions regarding this subject. If he comes to me, I will be completely honest and i don’t care what my sister and brother in law think of that, kids these days need to be informed the RIGHT way.