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alientoastt · a day ago
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i feel like i have to apologize for this thing
[image id: a funko pop edited to look like gunpowder tim from the mechanisms. the original funko pop, going by the outfit, was captain malcom reynolds from the tv show firefly. end id.]
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lonely-dog-draws · 2 days ago
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image description: a pencil drawing colored in digitally of a strange horizontal tunnel made of red meat. The meat tunnel is stringy & full of gaps, & is occasionally studded with a few large, yellowed teeth. A simple white person can be seen inside, crawling on their hands & knees; their back doesn't touch the top of the tunnel, but the space ahead looks too small for them. The area outside of the tunnel is completely dark except for a few meat strings connecting the tunnel to something out of view. End ID.
day 18: cramped space
not what i expected to draw for this day, but this is from a dream in which I had to climb through a stringy wet meat tunnel, somewhere under the surface of an alien moon.
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ladybugboots · 18 days ago
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[id: a drawing of a rainbow, partially hidden by a tall, leafy green tree to the left, and several brown and dark blue rooftops at the bottom. there's a rabbit wearing a t-shirt, pants and crocs superimposed to the right of the rainbow. they are holding an umbrella and taking a picture of the rainbow with their phone. it's raining slightly off the umbrella. /end id.]
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This week we are talking about Queerplatonic Relationships, aka QPRs!
[ID: Two images with light yellow backgrounds, black text, and the TAAAP logo in the upper right corner. Both images show graphics of people engaging in various activities, such as dancing and talking. The first reads “Queerplatonic Relationships. Queerplatonic relationships purposefully blur the lines of commonly accepted relationship dynamics. They don’t fit into the categories of what is traditionally considered to be a friendship or a romantic relationship. Every queerplatonic relationship is defined by those participating in it, and therefore may look different, but they often include some level of commitment.” 
The second reads “Queerplatonic Relationships. Things not to say about QPRs: That’s just a friendship. That reduces a friendship to something basic and places it in a hierarchy below other kinds of relationships. Don’t do that. While it may overlap with friendship, it may feel different to participants, and you shouldn’t dismiss or demean that experience. That’s immature/lacking/incomplete. People in QPRs might have other relationships that fill other needs, but QPRs can still be valid and important. On the other hand, if someone’s only significant relationship is a QPR, that does not mean they are lacking any kind of human connection.” End description.]
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brbdaly · 2 months ago
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“Why do we need Disability Pride?”
A comic I made for Disability Pride. Under the keep reading is an in-depth image description of the comic. 
[description one: a seven-panel comic titled ‘Why do we need Disability Pride?’ where two ignorant able-bodied people have their misconceptions about disability challenged. at the end of the comic, they are involved in the community.
[description two: A text at the beginning of the comic reads, “Why do we need Disability Pride?” Beneath that is a balanced scale with two people sitting on either side. On one side is Ekam, a Sikh man wearing a turban, button-up, and khakis. Above it reads, “Ekam is uncomfortable around disabled people.” On the other side of the scale is Bailey, a fat white woman wearing a long-sleeved shirt, tights, and a carrier purse which are all purple. Above her it reads, “Bailey thinks every disabled person is an inspiration.” To either side of them are panels providing examples of how their ableism manifests. 
To the left of Ekam is a panel of him speaking to a coworker, Alazaye, a fat Black woman with half-up hair buns in a wheelchair wearing a tank top and jean shorts. Ekam looks unsettled, but polite. In a speech bubble above him he says, “So.. uh,... hey..” Imposed over-top of his dialogue is Alazaye’s thought bubble that reads, “he’s only awkward around me..” while looking away, frustrated. 
To the right of Bailey is a panel of her speaking to a stranger, Caden, a white man with facial and limb differences due to burns using arm crutches. He is wearing a t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt with jeans. Bailey is touching his shoulder comfortingly while saying, “it’s so BRAVE of you to be OUTSIDE!” Caden is looking at her directly while scowling, but not speaking.
In the next panel is a landscape of a Disability Pride parade. Two people in mobility scooters are leading the parade while carrying a banner of zigzag Disability Pride Flag. On the left side of the banner is a fat East Asian woman wearing a blouse with her hair up. On the right is a dark-skinned Black woman with locs, self-harm scars, and Plexiform neurofibromas on her face wearing a bucket hat and t-shirt. Around them are other disabled people and allies carrying signs or celebrating in the street. Above the panel it reads, “Disability Prides in America have been held since 1990 when the ADA was signed.” Below it reads, “The work of disabled activists during the month encourages others to break down bias they may have towards those with disabilities.” 
In the next panel Ekam approaches a group of people within the parade, smiling and waving nervously. In the foreground of the illustration is Ruben, a South Asian enby waving to Ekam with one of their prosthetic arms. Caden from before is standing beside Ekam wearing a sunhat to protect his eyes. Below the panel it reads, “Be brave and reach out.” 
In the next panel Bailey listens to a white redheaded woman wearing goth clothes in a wheelchair speak while Ernie, a chubby Black man with a high-top fade wearing an autistic infinity t-shirt and jeans, is prompting Bailey to listen to the other. Above the panel it reads, “Really listen to what we have to say.”
In the final panel, Ekam and Bailey are engaging with and listening to their disabled friends at the parade. Ekam is telling a joke to Ruben in the left corner of the panel, Caden is listening to Ernie infodump about his special interest in the middle, and to the right Alazaye is joined hands with Bailey while looking at each other romantically. Above the group it reads, “You’ll begin to see what we’ve been trying to show you.” Below the group it reads, “WE ARE DISABLED!” Then outside the panel it reads in italics, “NOT DISPOSABLE.”
Thank you for reading. Happy Disability Pride! 
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gingersnapped · 3 months ago
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[ID: two digital drawings of Sokka and Katara from Avatar: the Last Airbender, depicted as silhouettes sitting in front of sunsets. The first is from Ember Island. The sun and its rays illuminate the clouds in front of a gradient blue-orange sky. Low mountains are on the horizon. Second is from the South Pole, with Sokka and Katara wearing coats. The sun sets in front of a navy blue, orange, and purple sky with prominent stars. There are large mountains and a reflecting ocean in front of them. End ID.]
sunsets aren’t quite the same as they are back home.
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ds9promenade · 4 months ago
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Deep Space Nine 1x19: “In the Hands of the Prophets”

Commander Sisko has a conversation with his son about respecting the power of faith, even when you don’t hold it yourself.

When so many science fiction stories depict religion with one shallow brush of “primitive” and inherently at odds with science, I appreciate DS9′s willingness to depict religion in all its complexities. 
This episode, for instance, doesn’t shy away from showing the uglier side of religion – Winn’s extremism that causes her and her followers to pull Bajoran children from a multi-species, secular school and proclaim “Bajor for Bajorans.” 

Yet Sisko, who has come to respect his second-in-command Kira’s faith as something vital, understands that this extremist side does not negate all the good that the Bajoran faith has brought. And, a grade-A father as always, he explains this to his son without talking down to Jake, knowing that Jake trusts and respects what Sisko has to say – just as Sisko always respects what Jake has to say.
ID: a gifset of Benjamin Sisko and Jake Sisko sitting side by side with a gray wall and a window showing the stars behind them. They hold the following conversation:

JAKE: The same thing is happening now with all this stuff about the Celestial Temple in the wormhole. It’s dumb. SISKO: No, it’s not. You’ve got to realize something, Jake. For over fifty years, the one thing that allowed the Bajorans to survive the Cardassian occupation was their faith. The Prophets were their only source of hope and courage. JAKE: But there were no Prophets. They were just some aliens that you found in the wormhole. SISKO: To those aliens, the future is no more difficult to see than the past. Why shouldn’t they be considered Prophets? JAKE: Are you serious? SISKO: My point is, it’s a matter of interpretation. It may not be what you believe, but that doesn’t make it wrong. If you start to think that way, you’ll be acting just like Vedek Winn, Only from the other side. We can’t afford to think that way, Jake. We’d lose everything we’ve worked for here.

The bonus gif shows Sisko and Jake still next to each other; Sisko has taken Jake’s hand in his and holds it as he speaks, then places his other hand on top of their clasped hands. / end id
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beansmakesart · 8 months ago
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I just think Jon should be able to wear a pretty edwardian-era dress. as a treat.
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[ID: the image is a digital illustration of Jon from The Magnus Archives. He has brown skin, long greying hair pulled into a bun, a short beard, and half-moon glasses. He is wearing a long, blowy white gown with lots of lace and pin-tucks. He is looking to the right, in his left hand is a green book, and in his right is a lit candle on one of those old-timey candle holders. the background is a light green-blue that fades up into a faded orange. end ID]
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6480n · 12 months ago
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Making this guide because I see this question time and time again on here. This post is mostly directed at white artists and writers who are wondering how to best design their characters of color. Full text description is at the end under the cut.
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Full disclaimer, I am biracial (mixed E/SE asian and white) and grew up in majority poc communities, but I am just one person and this post is only based on my own experiences. If any other poc want to chime in, feel free to do so.
Once again, a full plaintext description is under the cut. If you find the information useful, please pass it on by reblogging <3
(Finally, even though I spoke vaguely on genetic inheritance, this is NOT the place to comment on certain features being mutations, as if being a mutation means something is inherently lesser or isn’t supposed to exist. Mutations is everything! All of our traits were at some point or another, an emerging mutation. Love yourself ^__^)
Text Description: A Brief Guide on Designing Biracial Characters: “Are my character’s green eyes REALISTIC?”
Disclaimer: I am a geneticist but this is by no means my topic of expertise. The information here is based on EXPERIENCE, and common knowledge of genetic inheritance.
A LOT of people will ask “If my character is mixed white and X, is it OK/realistic for me to give them green/blue/grey eyes?”
SHORT ANSWER: Biracial people with super light eyes exist, but this is uncommon and often plays into trends of whitewashing.
[Two diagrams. One is of light eye colors being combined with dark eye colors, and the other is light hair colors being combined with dark hair colors. Both of them display a range of potential hair and eye colors from these combinations. The brown, dark brown, and black colors are noted as “Most Common”, while green, blue, grey eyes and blonde, red hair fall outside this range. end image]
When someone has one parent with darker features and another parent with light features, their features will normally be a mix of the two or the darker color will be dominant.
Having green or blue eyes if one of your parents has very dark eyes is really rare.
Green and blue eyes are characterised by a LACK of melanin, which means that if that person inherited even one melanin-producing eye color gene from their parent, they will have eyes that are at LEAST hazel or light brown.
[Drawing of four people. A person with dark skin, black hair, and black eyes and a person with pale skin, brown hair, and brown eyes are marked as “Pretty common”. A person with tan skin, dark brown hair, and blue eyes and a person with dark skin, black hair, and hazel eyes are marked as “Very rare”. end image]
A good rule of thumb for making ANY characters of color is make their eyes around the same shade as their hair. Also, hair tends to be several shades darker than skin, and eyes will almost never be lighter than their skin.
Biracial characters can range from looking a lot like only one of their parents to looking like a perfect mix of them, but if one of the parents has extremely light features like blue eyes or blond hair, it’s unlikely your character will have identical traits.
As always, EXCEPTIONS EXIST, but if you are white and choose to make your character one of these rare exceptions, you should examine WHY you find light eyes more desirable.
It is extremely common for media to give characters of color light, unnatural eye colors, and then justify it by saying “it’s possible” or having an in-universe explanation (eye colors in ATLA, Yennefer in the Witcher series, etc).
This plays into tropes of whitewashing (touched on earlier in this post) and inadvertently teaches children of color that their dark eyes are somehow less desirable. As mentioned, the VAST MAJORITY of half-white biracial children have brown to black eyes, so I would really recommend that you give your own characters dark eyes, because they’re lovely too!
Some Miscellaneous Notes:
If a character is E/SE asian and white, their hair texture might be thick like their asian parent’s (even if light colored!), or have a thinner texture like their white parent (even if dark colored!).
If a character is mixed black and another race, their hair texture is going to very likely have the same or a similar texture as their black parent’s.
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luseals · a year ago
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a librarian’s hoard
[ID: Digital illustration of a red dragon surrounded by their colorful hoard of books. A worn, blue scarf wraps around their neck, and a pair of gold glasses sits on their snout, held in place by a gold chain. The dragon’s lair resembles a huge, airy library with multiple levels of bookcases, tall mountains of books, and floor-to-ceiling windows revealing open sky. Decorative gold chains drape across the space. The dragon smiles as it holds a small book in its mouth, stretching to offer it to a distant human standing atop a book tower. End ID.]
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grousemouse · 3 months ago
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I couldn’t resist making my own version of this panel from Truth and Justice #16 by Andrew Aydin & Juni Ba.
[ID: Dick Grayson, dressed as Nightwing is standing in a protective stance in front of Damian Wayne, dressed as Robin. They are standing in the middle of firey debris. Nightwing has his arms held out wide with escrima sticks in each hand. He is saying, “Sorry, can’t have him.” END ID]
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gammija · 6 months ago
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[Image ID: A comic consisting of 4 digital drawings, all drawn as uncolored figures on gray backgrounds. First image: Martin, a fat man with short hair and freckles, is standing in a doorway holding the door. He’s wearing a jacket over a hoodie, a backpack, jeans, and earbuds. He says: “Jon, I’m going for a walk and some groceries - be back in 30 minutes or so!” A text bubble reading “Ok!” comes from off screen. Second image: In the first half of the image, Martin is seen from the waist up, walking. Some music notes float next to his head. It’s now also visible he has an earring and his backpack has some badges on it. From off-screen, a text bubble reads, increasing in size gradually: “-tin! Martin! Wait, wait, hold up!” In the other half of the image, Martin has turned to the sound, taking out one earbud, shocked: “Jon?!” Third image: Jon runs into frame from the right. He’s a smaller man with a beard and medium length hair, partially tied together at the back of his head. He’s wearing glasses, and a coat with a scarf. He’s covered in small scars. He looks unworried. Martin asks: “Whats wrong, what are you doing here?” He replies: “No, everything’s fine, it’s just - “Where you go, I go,” remember?” Final image: They’re standing closer together. Martin has his arm draped over Jon’s shoulder, smiling with his eyes closed. Jon is looking up at him lovingly. Martin: “Oh my god, I hate you - You actually had me a bit worried, you know?” Jon: “Yes, sorry... I did actually want to come along with you, though.” /End ID]
I was just thinking of something cute and fluffy to draw that was still clearly post-200, when I happened across this post: 
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[Image ID: Tumblr post by @ceaselesswatcherspeciallittleboi​ : “Can someone who can draw make a “where you go, I go, that’s the deal” comic but it’s something cute like them being dramatic about going to the grocery store or something?” /End ID]
so i hope this suffices (and either way i wouldn’t mind at all seeing some other variations - can’t have enough fluff after that finale 😭)
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This week we are talking about why attraction does not equal behavior and some of the nuances behind what may seem like contradictions on the surface! Note, we are talking about positive things that aces and aros choose to do here, and not things they may be manipulated or coerced into doing. 
[ID: The first graphic has a light purple background and images of the demisexual, asexual, and gray-asexual flag. The text reads “Aces and Sex. Aces might choose to engage in sexual behavior or relationships because...They have a libido (aka, they’re horny). They enjoy sexual activity. They want to please their partner. They might not view the specific activity as sexual but as romantic, sensual, etc, and it fulfills other desires or attractions. They are demi and/or gray, and are feeling sexual attraction. They are curious. They want to have kids. It doesn’t matter why, and their identities and actions should not be policed, as they are harming nobody.”
The second graphic has a light green background and images of the demiromantic, aromantic, and gray-aromantic flag. The text reads “Aros and Romance. Aros might choose to engage in romantic behavior or relationships because...They enjoy romance or have a romantic drive. They enjoy romantic actions. They want to please their partner. They might not view the specific activity as romantic but as platonic, sensual, etc, and it fulfills other desires or attractions. They are demi and/or gray, and are feeling romantic attraction. They are curious. It doesn’t matter why, and their identities and actions should not be policed, as they are harming nobody.” End description.]
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quakgrass · 6 months ago
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[Image Description: A digital drawing of the robot GLaDOS from Portal on a blue background saying "It's been a long time. How have you been?". End ID.]
"I've been really busy being dead, you know, after you murdered me."
Happy 10th Birthday to the best video game ever.
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gingersnapped · 3 months ago
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[ID: digital painting of Sokka and Katara from Avatar: the Last Airbender. They are standing beside each other, looking at the other with a smile. Sokka is on the left with his hands on his hips, wearing a blue tunic and carrying his boomerang on his back. Katara wears a longer blue kimono-like tunic, bending some water from the water skin she carries. Background has dark blue brushstrokes. End ID.]
literally the best siblings ever
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ds9promenade · a month ago
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DS9 6x15: “Honor among Thieves”
Jadzia hopping out first and extending a hand to Worf needed to be giffed. so i giffed it
[id: gifs of Worf and Jadzia in a descending turbolift, which suddenly stops only halfway in the ops entranceway, jolting them. Jadzia climbs out and turns back to extend a hand to Worf; Worf takes it and steps up and out. / end id]
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beansmakesart · 7 months ago
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the magnus archives sure were a podcast, huh?
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[ID: the image is a digital illustration of Jon and Martin from The Magnus Archives kissing as the panopticon burns. Jon has medium dark skin, long greying hair, various scars, and a short beard, and his hands are covered in blood. he is wearing an overlarge green button up, light green shirt, rectangular glasses, and dark pants. his eyes are closed gently and he is crying. one hand is gently on Martin’s cheek, and the other in a fist on his shoulder, arm around the back of his neck. Martin has light brown skin, curly silver hair, large round glasses, and stubble. he is wearing a cream sweater a jacket tied around his waist, and dark pants. his eyes are closed, he is crying, and he looks mournful. one hand is supporting his lower back, and the other is holding a knife in his chest. they are surrounded by stylized smoke and an orange flame-like glow. above them is a glowing shut eye. the image looks glitched/corrupted. end id]
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