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Call me: Demo, Tory, Des

Don't call me: Shirley

THE DIRT:

•23 year old animation/sequential art student

•USAmerican by way of NY

•cisgender/het-ish

•invested emotionally in cartoons!

•This is my whatever blog, wherein you will find whatever, like I just said, dang dude.

•This blog strives to be queerfriendly, bodyfriendly, just generally friendly, so if I ever screw up as far as that goes, please alert me to it and I'll do my best to not be such a jerk!

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ellorgast:

Why I helped send the Dragon Age team 22 dozen mini cupcakes today.

Way back in March, Bioware forums user Brass_Buckles started a thread with a humble request: “Could we please see more of the Lady Inquisitor?”

At that time, there were multiple videos depicting the protagonist of the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition as male, but nothing featuring a female.  This was nothing new, for the gaming industry at large or Bioware in particular.  Though her voice actress is often lauded for her talent, Femshep was distinctly absent from Mass Effect’s marketing for the first two games of the trilogy, while the male Shepard could be seen in every trailer and on the cover of every game.  And while the default designs for male Hawke and female Hawke were seemingly made to be interchangeable, outside of the game disc, female Hawke hardly registers on the radar.  Indeed, if you own the official Dragon Age II walkthrough, go ahead and open it.  You will be able to count on one hand the amount of times she is visible—one of which features her in her underwear.

This matters.  It matters for a number of reasons.

1. The male version is viewed as the “real” version.  Male Shepard is the real Shepard.  People rarely say “Commander Shepard” and expect everybody in the room to imagine a woman.  This filters down through the developers and the fans and every journalist who writes about the game.  The female version of the character is not the hero.  She is the invisible, less valid alternative.  

2. Female gamers exist, their numbers are growing, and they want games that appeal to them.  Female gamers account for roughly 45% of the gaming market.  When a game with features that specifically appeal to many women (ability to play as female, strong characterization, romance, interesting storylines) hides all the things that women would be interested in, how are they going to find it and play it?  In the forum thread, a common story emerged: most women only started playing Bioware games because they heard, through word-of-mouth, that it might appeal to them.  Many had no idea that Shepard could be female until somebody told them.  Even when Mass Effect 3 came out, there were gamers who had never picked up the title before because they had no idea you could play as a woman.  

3. It’s just frustrating to always be the afterthought.  Especially when even the company that has built its reputation on inclusiveness still puts a white male face on every game.

Here’s the thing: that thread is now 171 pages long.  Everyone expected it to be locked in an explosion of drama before 10 pages, but it didn’t, largely because Bioware dev Allan Schumacher joined the discussion, listened to our concerns, actively involved himself, and told all the dudebros who tried to derail it to take a hike.  He listened, he understood our concerns, and while he’s vague on the details of when and how much, he has been forwarding what we said to the higher ups.

So first the gender neutral game cover happened, then E3.  And while many things could still be improved (the official website remains oddly silent on the ability to choose your gender), it’s the best representation we’ve had from Bioware yet.  We wanted to show how much this mattered to us, and so after weeks of organizing, cupcakes happened.  And the response from the devs has been greater than we imagined.  According to Allan:

It’s superbly appreciated.  I know for some it was a reaffirmation that “this is why this stuff is important” and for others “I didn’t really realize how much some appreciated this” so please keep it up :)

I originally just sent it to the Dragon Age team (since it was cupcakes for them), but the letters and sentiment were picked up by the other games and also Montreal and propagated there too!!

Apparently all it takes to make people listen is cupcakes.  

Bioware isn’t perfect.  They still mess up.  But it’s nice to have a company that’s trying to change things.  And they needed to know that people noticed.

It was REALLY NICE. I read all of the letters in one go and cried like a big crying thing right at my desk. Thank you, fans. <3

(via thefutureisbroken)

sketch for a portfolio illustration. sky-pirate spouses.

Updated colors for this background.

That weird moment when you go to talk about your personal feelings on your personal blog, but you don’t, because you don’t want to bore your followers???

thegoodlannister:

friends turned lovers is literally my favorite trope - like, all other tropes can go home.

give me shared inside jokes that date back to wayyyyy before a first kiss was ever shared. give me living together with separate bedrooms until one of them gradually becomes unnecessary. give me confused reactions from people who already assumed the two of them were dating. give me arguments over what counts as an anniversary because should we start at the date we met or the date we became friends or the date we got over our stupid selves and finally started kissing?

give me stories that show the line between friends and lovers is a really, really thin one - that appreciating the friendship that two characters share doesn’t mean you can’t ship them really damn hard too. that you can keep all the awesome friends-being-assholes-to-each-other stuff and add on all the shippy stuff to get something extra special awesome.

give me all of that.

gaymergirls:

one of my favorite things about the rivals-to-lovers trope is when one of them, at the beginning of their relationship, grumbles about how much they hate the other person’s awful face and i sort of cackle to myself like, oh man. you’re going to have it so bad. it’s going to be so great. you are going to love the CRAP out of that awful face. you’ll be composing delicious, pining, sappy sonnets about it. i love it. 

Watching sitcoms while I work and being angry about the finale of How I Met Your Mother all over again.

tswwiaa:

You are who you choose to be.

Original art by Adam Rabalais!

Redoing some layouts for my film to better suit the aesthetic. Old embarrassing one’s on top, new one’s on bottom. Still need to add the photos to the frame and I think a few more lighting touches, but! What do you guys think? Any opinions on color would be rad.

HOW DARE YOU THIS IS CUTE! Also you suck because my doodle for you was similar…….. you double suck.

aHHHh SORRY I DIDN’T MEAN TO OTZ

thank you…. for thinking… it’s cute…..

pointless lil’ doodle, nothing special.

vividmcavoy:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, 2013

the marshmallows in this movie destroyed me.

Some old development work for a personal project

quick concept/color key for an OC’s bedroom.