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eldritch-hall-asylum · 7 months ago
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Idea for the next character introduction:
"So, you've burnt several books that belonged to your mother..." Mira began. "You set several bonfires in the middle of a drought..."
The kid in question simply swung back in his chair.
"Don't do that. You nearly stabbed a kid because he talked about you behind your back, you set fire to a police car," Mira raked through the near novel length file on her desk. "...and you nearly burnt down your school."
The boy smirked proudly.
"So tell me... was any of this worth it?" Asked Mira. "Was the attention worth it, based on where you wound up?"
He flipped his hair in the incredibly annoying way that teenaged boys did and nodded.
"Every second of it."
(Guesses are highly encouraged)
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lmaowhateven · 6 months ago
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these jpeg people are making me fucking CRAAZZZYYy
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prismatic-starstuff · 2 months ago
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this fills me with a curiosity and a desire and a thirst for knowledge the likes of which i have Never Known
no doubt it's placeholder DLC stuff, but the question is... who the fuck are these sixteen new NPCs?!
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mwolf0epsilon · a month ago
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There's something really rewarding about unwilling monster transformations that I feel like isn't explored enough in media. Especially if this is something that happens, not to a protagonist character, but someone they trust. A character who you've grown to know throughout the storyline, who's never quite in the spotlight but who's been consistently there for the protagonist.
Someone who serves as a gentle guide/safety line. Someone who you wouldn't want to fight, even if forced to. Someone who's thoughts and opinions were never really the focal point of the journey, but are suddenly exposed to the world in the most negative way possible.
And suddenly you realise that this friend, who is now being used against you in a monstrous form, has been helping you along on your adventure when you were in trouble or unsure of how to go on, but in turn you neglected to realise your friend never turned to you for help themselves. And you also suddenly realise that you never really thought to ask if they needed you, because to you that friend always seemed to have it figured out.
These sort of arcs feel rewarding to me because they force the protagonists to confront the reality of just how self-centred they can be, because their own lives seem hard in comparison to those of their friends because they have only ever been in their own shoes and not the shoes of others. It's the sort of story arc that can push a protagonist to grow into a less tunnel-visioned version of themselves, and begin to empathise more with those around them. Grounding them in the reality that you can't quite predict what's going on in someone's head, even if you feel like you know them like the back of your hand. Starting with repairing the damage done to their transformed friend.
Also monster transformations are cool so there's also that...
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kamboree · a year ago
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If your requests are still open could I ask for a john or jade? :O if not that's totally cool!
why not both? ^u^ !!!
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moeblob · 7 months ago
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sorry........ brain babies still.....
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stsebastiens · 26 days ago
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ok so i love and adore moon knight but i can’t stop thinking about it in the context of the other disney+ marvel shows and this article about the trauma plot, specifically these lines:
“Trauma has become synonymous with backstory, but the tyranny of backstory is itself a relatively recent phenomenon—one that, like any successful convention, has a way of skirting our notice. Personality was not always rendered as the pencil-rubbing of personal history…Nicholas Dames writes in “Amnesiac Selves” (2001), describing a tradition of “pleasurable forgetting,” in which characters import only those details from the past which can serve them (and, implicitly, the narrative) in the present. 
Certainly the filmmakers of classical Hollywood cinema were quite able to bring characters to life without portentous flashbacks to formative torments. In contrast, characters are now created in order to be dispatched into the past, to truffle for trauma.”
And when you look at Marvel’s other body of television work, it’s basically this formula, over and over. Moon Knight is a more artful iteration of the cliche, but it is hardly unique. episode 5 itself is essentially a case study of the trauma plot, in an absurdly literal sense: two characters going room-to-room and exploring memories like they’re walking through an ikea display. 
from an audience perspective, the cathartic hit can be deeply compelling, especially when combined with an incredible acting performance (like Oscar Isaac’s). but at what point is this good/necessary storytelling, and at what point does it become pseudo-emotional indulgence? 
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Bitches will see a morally dubious dastardly little man drowning in his own inadequacy, existential horror and religious trauma and immediately start projecting. It's me im bitches.
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technoplane · a month ago
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...??????????????????
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blepydoodles · 7 months ago
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Whumptober day 11: Just Keep Swimming / Adrift
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ghosty1111 · 2 months ago
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me going to the metalocalypse universe tryin to hit and everyone turns out to be just as they are in canon with no extra lore and character dimension
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eldritch-hall-asylum · 7 months ago
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first thought. alex kralie?
Good guess, but no.
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kitlaurie · 5 months ago
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I haven't been able to stop thinking about this since I finished reading Making Money
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dystopiancatalyst · 4 months ago
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Please ignore the fact that I misspelled her name. I’m in too deep to change it now.
Anyway I have mixed feelings on this season, so if anyone listens to an unnecessarily in depth analysis of season 2 hmu.
Commissions are open! And if you pay me I will definitely make sure to spell things right. Probably.
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bookwyrminspiration · 3 months ago
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What do you think of Biana × Tam?
I have many thoughts about them! I do have a fondness for Tam that does tend to carry over into any/all ships that he's a part of, so I may be a little biased. But!! They're still an adorable pairing
They have similar abilities in the sense that they're both hidden (not the best word but it'll do). Biana's ability as a vanisher means she is, quite literally, hidden. People don't see her, don't hear her, don't know she's there. She slips by, undetected, and can go and be places others can't. Tam being a shade means he's also undetected at times, adjusting shadows to hide his and others presence, but he's also just a naturally observant person and knows when to be quiet so that he can get information. He's the kind of person who can be in a room and no one knows he's there. In that way, I think their abilities pair well together and they have a lot of potential to work alongside each other to be more powerful.
But despite the similarity in the uses of their abilities at times, they're still two drastically different characters when it comes to their personalities. Tam is resentful and judgemental, always assuming the worst of a situation. Biana is confident and observant, refusing to let the worst come to pass and instead forcing things to work out how she wants. It would be a good balance for the two of them. Tam can manage Biana's expectations, ensure she isn't doing something too big for her to reasonably manage, and Biana can push Tam to take the risks he wouldn't otherwise. They'd bring out the best in each other and help minimize their weaknesses
they have a very specific feeling, but I'm unsure how to convey it. They're the kind of couple who would go swimming at midnight, who would avoid public attention and keep their relationship between them, who would confess their deepest fears without being able to look at each other while they did so. It's intense, and deeply personal and meaningful to both of them, and something others can only see the surface of. They'd question each other's every move, but not because they don't trust the other, but because they want to other to be the best version of themselves they can be.
Tam and Biana could have a very captivating relationship, and we'd only begin to see the surface of it. With the similarities of their past--growing up with siblings and with complicated friendships, the notoriety of their names (for good and bad), being able to easily fade into the background--there's a lot for them to bond over that could build a sturdy foundation for a future relationship.
And Tam does like brunettes, so there is that too, I guess !!
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wonderloste · 4 months ago
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i know i’ve only rlly showcased the soft side of darcy on this blog but i just want y’all to know the white rabbit can fucking ctrl alt delete literally everyone else on my muse list lmfao
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unproduciblesmackdown · 23 days ago
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thanks to doing a few rounds of akinator for winston billions at like 5am last night & the 80th question in one round being abt if your character is in love with someone, i turned to look at the camera like “no,” b/c idk whatever News winston knows of in the finale ep involves rian & while he could be keeping a more personal reaction to himself certainly, we aren’t informed about it, and it’s also a case of like, the material really not trying to touch on him Still crushing on her, such as that he may not actually be doing so, & such as that [who knows why they put that in in the first place if it didn’t matter at all] 
but like also then just moving back an episode at a time it’s like well episode eleven sure he doesn’t need to have like courtlily pledged himself to rian but it’s pretty bold to just hop up & go get laid w/a stranger b/c while your would’ve been Crush is drawing other ppl’s attention by singing, you’re looking elsewhere like oh hello =) & that goes for episode ten as well like really Something like here we are at this party & everyone desires rian carnally, Except winston apparently does not lmao, that point would’ve made a world of sense if they Had actually been the ones peacing out to find some narrative consistency, but ig like the hell with that, it’s nihilism no narrative times, in fact rian gets to stop being A Character X’D but anyways folks lol like winston’s really just like “hi gamers, remember how we were talking about my interest lately” (& everyone goes “die” about it like sorry guy) when it might otherwise be prime time to try to stick to rian or at least have a moment like the 5x05 soiree & make a vague pass about something. but it’s taylor’s turn for that, for some reason, why is what all they have happen after 6x08 even like, Conducive to their dynamic resolving to a better place much less apparently required for it lmfao; is this particular step of it just about taylor’s sort of own limitations in navigating their own life lol like happiness?? well i can only maybe get that through dating someone & i can only get That through work, maybe time to see if any positive feelings towards rian could be romantic interest, that’s my best shot....wherein at this point maybe winston sure can’t be hanging off of rian’s arm this evening b/c he has to be out of the way so Taylor & Rian Time can take precedence, which is possibly true re: the next two episodes / the last two episodes of the season lol, is he standing w/trading floor guys in the finale b/c they’re besties now or b/c rian needs to be separate b/c it’s more Taylor & Rian time, not goofing around ft winston’s involvement. But it can also be true that he’s more established as buddies w/tuk at least. like how yeah he may be pushed out of the way all three eps but he may also be more Over rian, bopping up at the party like what’s up? wanting me to die? oh okay bye. then next episode he’s arms out, going off & hooking up w/someone, still sitting & talking w/rian but she takes the opportunity to insult him & there’s no effort to remind us of the quant duo in the finale, just whatever taylor & rian have going on (being the only members of tmc) like both watsonian & doylean exclusion of winston lol
but also taking it back to episode four like, that felt to me like the clearest instance of like “btw remember winston Likes her” but even then it was like “Or Maybe he does simply really wanna hang out & be friends” and that could be the case lol like they sure are tantalizingly close to friendship for much of all this, and they Do go hang out outside of work due to connecting over a Personal Interest as would sorta be the case in this scenario of like “why don’t you take me camping & i’ll bring my honed spatial algorithm” like i’m not about to say he can’t have been that enthused about anticipating forming a genuine friendship, why wouldn’t he be, & it can be both that & a bit of [also remnants of a crush] motivation....and i mean not like we Know what all they got up to while doing media analysis together in ep ten like. yeah feasible that analysis is all they really got up to, could well be intensive, but it also seems feasible you know, there were interludes about other things, anyone have a meal together and/or unrelated conversation? anyone kiss or hook up? it’s a Hilarious(tm) aspect of like, all winston’s dynamics that there’s never any Real resolution like, even now it’s like well i guess riawin’s not truly completely certainly a non factor / possibility at this juncture, but that’s thanks to the fact that you know, characters aren’t regarding him as serious or important, we never get material wherein say, anyone has a real conversation with him that we get to see, or with anyone else About him, or say, their thoughts / feelings on their own relationship / dynamic with him, so in that way it remains this more Ambiguous Zone where you can fill in blanks / What If about what’s unexplored b/c like, sorry, if i was supposed to automatically sense & accept some Factual Premise that winston is a romantic / sexual nonentity & even too much of a joke to have a friend? first of all i did not, second of all you’re the ones telling us he has crushes & exes & is now just going off getting laid cuz he felt like it & is maybe already regular friends with tuk, so what do you want
but anyways you go “even episode burn rate may not Necessarily have been about winston having a crush vs him being aware of this Quant Duo emphasis that’s Been in place & wanting to get Hanging Out / more personal connection out of it” and really that’s like, the main instance all season of anything plausibly abt winston still having a crush on rian. episode one Introduces Them like remember the quant duo?? they’re a duo. remember how we made sure to have winston show up silently in the finale for a few shots of rian standing right beside him? like yes what of it. and then they go well who knows, but here’s episode two, little quant duo moment again. ep three, Really quant duo moments. ep four, this Maybe [remember winston has a crush] thing that might also just be about him trying to explore / extend this duoship Somehow that’s more ambiguous at least. ep five, god, quant duo, ep six, sure leans on the like “why’s rian want to trip him & take his lunch” thing but also we end on her smiling at him / looking to him like “[all this], am i right??” like. ep seven dear god the quant duo. even ep eight like hey they’re standing together, and then aproposly winston just kind of inexplicably vanishes and the ep becomes this combo of taylor & philip and taylor & rian (subset: rian & wags, apparently) material. and then frankly ep nine kind of counts too because it’s Something that for both quants this is the one episode they simply don’t show up for some reason. ok. then obviously the last quarter of the season moves focus to all that and the quant duo material becomes rian ditching winston after hanging w/him all episode, rian insulting winston, winston going :\ about waving through a window at whatever rian and taylor are up to, like genuinely probably his guess is about as good as anyone’s.
it’s also Something Or Other that “rian pwns winston” is a lot more explicit & repeated this season than “is this material based on winston particularly having a crush vs just liking rian more generally / hoping they’re friends?” like ep one she pwns him out of nowhere, prince jumps in too for no reason when he’s supposed to be trying to ingratiate himself to everyone And this is the sole exception we see to that. ep two, why’s she have to go “oh you cannot really surf ever” like why shouldn’t he. ep three, we get winston directly commenting on their dynamic, that rian has and does hurt him & he thinks she’s doing it on purpose (why wouldn’t he, & seems that she is, tf else is going on. and/or else she’s just really unconcerned abt the effect of [hurting him] even if that’s not her main motivation), oh but also people see them as a duo & they’re also operating as one / completely amicable sometimes, such as like 7 sec out from rian pwning him & him going “stop trying to hurt me” & her completely ignoring that. ep four, that she pwns him again but also kind of lets up on it b/c he thought she’d responded positively actually. ep five, for some reason there needs to be an aside from rian about how winston’s not like the vlogger guy or his followers, who aren’t like posited as Respected Parties by anyone anyways, but the only consistency here is foregone conclusion disdain for winston i guess. ep six like he can’t get his phone back lol it’s more indirect like, it’s a Practical Matter for rian & she’s not very concerned about him beyond that, & kind of like “oh right you have your own perspective here, forgot about that smh whatever though” like, not the friendliest, but then suddenly episode seven is like remarkably same wavelength same page Utterly Amicable where go figure, the only particular instance of disdain / dismissiveness towards winston comes from taylor, ep eight no disdain, ep nine they’re both gone, but ep ten & eleven both with giving him shit out of nowhere & for no reason when he’s trying to like, have a conversation, but apparently oh speedrunning personal bonding with taylor with conversations and hugs in there lol like well. discouraging perhaps b/c why wouldn’t it be.....like i totalled up what i’d consider to be like discrete instances of positive (amicable) vs negative (the dislike/disdain realm) moments from rian directed at winston & surprisingly it came out even by my interpretation & count, but it also is like....that shit isn’t weighted lol, distinct instances of rian directing a smile at winston vs going out of her way and verbally insulting him, the smiles have counterparts of shooting him more negative Looks but the verbal insults do not have counterparts of her like complimenting him or hyping him up or anything, so feels a bit uneven still. yet oh also she’s hung out with him outside work for personal reasons, yet oh also she’ll then turn on that shared interest to insult him And the interest he has in it like, violence on an nd wavelength there, that Sharedness of the interest as a point of connection, and for what. taylor’s making a seemingly not not romantic move here that rian rejects but is Still more personally interested in taylor than ever in other ways & sees them as like romantically desirable in theory, & apparently she’s also looking to get some but oops only in the [she’s not operating like She Is A Character Known To Us rather than “yep, this is someone who is a woman, could’ve been fan fave jean anne”] realm, but personal friendly connection with winston???? waste of time, hurt him for it, he doesn’t seem to be making a pass but apparently the abstract Potential of other ppl’s romantic &/or sexual capacities out here is something so motivating & relevant in general otherwise
where’d i even start this post. yeah like going “so where’d winston’s crush on rian end” and maybe it didn’t even make it into this season but really even the duoship was cruising along until ep ten demands rian partly be [Any Woman] suddenly & some Personal Something for taylor which kind of makes sense but idk why it’s not still more of the mentor / mentee business, was this the only way it could progress?? seems like a particularly shaky premise and like, So specific lmao. if that’s the only way to connect to rian Or taylor no wonder winston’s getting nowhere. haha no but really he’s up against the impossible situation where everyone else has negatively judged him & it’s all about the foregone conclusion of [everything about you sucks] (And punishing him for it / treating him worse than any particular individual does other people, certainly) that precludes connection and he can’t just unilaterally put in enough effort in the right ways so that he can create a good relationship b/w him and anyone else, but it Is all unilateral so far as we’ve seen....the tl;dr is like “why’d they do all that then” re: winston textually Liking rian at least in s5 there, but also truly it’s “why’d they do all that then” re: all the obvious emphasis & establishing of rian & winston As A Duo. would hardly be surprising if winston Was shifting more to actively pursuing friendship with tuk, who he interacts with & is interacted with as a friend, and to passively giving up on much of anything with rian, who has to like him at all in some way/s, but where their interactions are mostly on her terms & where she’ll give him shit spontaneously seemingly for her own entertainment, or because he’s like, responded to her / answered a question / provided info / talked abt something relevant to/of interest to them both / agreed with her, & who knows if she’s banked on his Liking her as a reason she’ll never have to like, consciously wonder abt whether she can hurt him enough he won’t be an amicable party towards her / someone she Can talk to at any time, apparently she doesn’t think about consequences (except that also she does, so whatever) & idk doesn’t seem to feel confident in knowing herself or what she wants or what she’s doing so it’s also just feasible idk she doesn’t know what she’s doing with this relationship / isn’t putting a world of Care And Consideration into it, we’ve hardly had a chance to see if winston hanging w/tuk rather than rian or rian & taylor is a pattern that’s been Shifted to rather than that he needed to be out of the way in Serious Finale Zone times & can now go back to mostly being around rian & being as game to talk to her in earnest at any time, seems utterly plausible b/c winston Has to, & Has, put up with anything forever b/c otherwise if the way ppl treated him like, lastingly affected him, he’d lose his panache & personality, or rather, stop expressing it around anyone here. and so far billions hasn’t really let winston have an arc, 5x05 through 5x07 looked the most like one but then after the hiatus it’s like, rian’s desk stuff is gone, her [trademark bi haircut] is grown out, the seeming Hurtling Towards Something just kind of flew out of frame b/c now it’s time to enter into the Rian & Taylor Serious Arc world & never look back......i said tl;dr before but Now tl;dr like what was making it clear winston has a crush about, was it an explanation for him getting over the rivalry immediately. but getting over it so what, they can be friends?? because what is That for, if they don’t get to do that either really, rather winston is determinedly amicable towards her up till now where Maybe he hangs out with tuk when possible as his new default, we can’t know, maybe he’s still just down to suffer forever b/c he does apparently have to do that, taylor hasn’t really given him anything since 5x05 (except the Back Pat the full season later) & he’ll still wear his tmc tee in ep one & doesn’t individually bring up any grievances w/them all season, even if we don’t know whether he’s less hyped about them at the end of the season at all, seems as matter of fact as ever like yep he’s taylor’s quant & he’s here for them, but, is he especially enthused abt anything here....yes, in 6x05, but nothing came of it. will anything come of Quant Duoship overall or was it just something else for rian to do before becoming taylor’s other bestie or something and only employee, will anything come of winston and tuk getting along completely successfully, will anything come of winston material and the fact that he’s actually a person any of these other characters could connect with. tl;dr winston
#pondering your billions fave is a full time job....''will any of this ever result in anything'' continual refrain#dynamics go all over the place in billions but they never really get started w/winston#when other people are friends it's not about one person seeing the other as primarily a joke#rian's only had thorough exchanges with winston offscreen....#if wags or taylor happens to wander onto your crisis go ahead and have a conversation that matters#winston's clearly seeking out conversations casual or otherwise all the time & what of it. he couldn't have anything to say#even when in ep ten it's bookended like rian ''ugh idc abt your interest'' then ''ugh idc abt your interest like yes i'm also interested in#the same Interest but i do not care abt Your interest'' & all their apparent thorough enthused discussions are unseen like oh ok#no idea what to make of the Duoship. has it been a joke. is it even relevant to rian or will being something to taylor be her full time job#like it is lmao but not like they weren't already doing that. and who can even guess abt winston and tuk#possible that even if they're not both punched harder as ''the punching bags are hanging out together'' in universe that like#just the handling by the material is like ah it's silly inconsequential jokes time with the joke guys#not like that apparently can't encompass ''winston earnestly hypes tuk up & everyone loves it & then he goes & gets some'' i'll take it#if billions has never thought / been willing to give winston arcs idk why start now#winston billions#i'll still be strung along hoping for it because if nothing else winston earnestly hopes for xyz so i'm hopign for it too lol#this character sure is [recurring] at all b/c of the Execution Of The Writing vs what was written in the first place....#potentially where plenty of the [winston is autistic] and [winston has genuine feelings] resides. lol. give him an arc ffs...
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whatudottu · 4 months ago
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Going back to my offline roots of designing Ben 10 aliens, I’ve come back to the Vulpinic Tortugans with a burning vengeance-!
Okay maybe ‘vengeance’ is the wrong word- but have an alien design ANYWAY! I wanted to take some elements from Arubian Pelarota AND Vulpimancers because of both the Tortugan family and convergent evolution.
wanted to roll the lad up to see if it works and i think it does, or at least it looks nice- colour-coded limbs and just a little bit of inspiration from Biblaridion’s Alien Biosphere series
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disquietedpalefish-art · 10 months ago
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I couldn't sleep last night, so... Quentin Collins from Dark Shadows.
There's a lot wrong with it, but it's the first time I've done a character study like this, so I'm pretty happy.  😁
Here's the side-by-side with the photo so you can see just how off the proportions are (why the long face?).  :p  Next time I try one of these, I'll probably be more awake and attentive.
Took me three hours.
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furashuban · 4 months ago
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And the thing is, Ramona has never called anyone mum before, not until Flannel at least :>
(tumblr compression is still pretty bad so click full image for clearer quality)
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