i think


if you’re a person of color

you can draw yourself and your people as racist or not racist as you damn well please

because only you can do it in a way that is sensitive and has the point of view of someone that is part of that race

and if anything it’s your responsibility to push the envelope in ways that people outside of your race wouldn’t be able to do

because as that person of color you can humanize what we consider racist symbols- slit eyes, big lips, wide nose, flat face, etc

and escape the constant battle of “how do i exaggerate this person’s physical appearance without making it look racist, and is it not somewhat fucked up that i’m afraid to make this person look like how they actually look for fear that someone will think i’m dehumanizing them?”

and repurpose them into something that shows the variety of your people and all their different face and body types

so we can elevate the conversation of drawing people of color to something a little more complex and thoughtful than “that character’s skin isn’t dark enough for me”

racial imagery is a constant visual conversation we have with each other as a society and as artists

and we can talk as much as we want about whether or not the way someone draws technically counts as racist or not

but the fact is there just aren’t enough PoC voices in that conversation period

even if the artist is a PoC, a lot of times the style and influence is something handed down through generations and generations of white men

so until we fix that, the conversation is inherently going to be racist until infinity

so yeah

in summary i wish people drew more PoC in new and exciting ways


This is my classical animation film. It’s about a guy who has to get out of the shower multiple times to answer the phone. Basically, I said “if I’m going to have to draw the same thing every day for the next 4 months, I might as well make it something I want to draw.” Hence all the muscles and stuff. Hope you like it (please share it if you do).

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nobody’s posting

it’s quiet



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Advertising’s image of women. Watch this and get your mind blown. 

What we well spoken woman. It’s unfortunate more women in the public eye are not like Kate Winslet.

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One of the most empowering sets of images I’ve come across this summer. And of course, Hill is on a phone.

Political Powerhouses in Vogue: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Condoleezza Rice - Magazine - Vogue

That gorgeous woman in the red dress surrounded by papers in her lovely apartment? THAT is Huma Abedin, who Michele Bachmann wants investigated for imaginary terrorist ties.

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Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

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Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.

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Alright, now this is how you portray a cute makeover scene, so take notes.

It’s nothing quite as boring and terribly cliched as “BOOKISH BUT GENERICALLY CUTE GIRL TAKES OFF GLASSES AND LETS HAIR DOWN,” we’ve got the real deal here. (for reference: from left to right, it’s Mayaya, Jiji, Tsukimi, Chieko, and Banba)

First off, note that none of the girls wearing glasses lose them to present themselves as more “conventionally attractive.” They are instead used as a charm point, and Tsukimi’s outfit is even color-coordinated to match her red frames. For that matter, Mayaya even GAINS sunglasses, to keep her eyes covered while her bangs are styled in a trendier manner. A similar tactic is used for Banba, whose unmanageable afro is covered by a wig to give her a cute hairstyle that still frames her face in a way that fits her.

None of the girls’ unique facial features are downplayed in the animation, either. Mayaya is still drawn with her prominent cheekbones, Tsukimi still has her bushy eyebrows and freckles, Banba’s nose is still drawn as simple tiny nostils, and no one’s facial structure or body type suddenly seems to shift to “super generically pretty,” as seen in so many awkward Hollywood makeovers.

Perhaps the best thing about this scene (and something that Kuranosuke explicitly points out as he’s styling the girls) is that Chieko ends up requiring literally no changes. As she already has the habit of wearing formal kimonos as casual wear, she instead ends up benefiting solely from being grouped with the other girls in their trendy attire, and that’s considered her own unique form of beauty.


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the sexual tension between you and someone when you tell them to shutup and they say ‘make me’

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I’m opening up commissions to help me pay rent for the upcoming year and i’m pretty nervous since i’ve never done them before but any money will be a help so here I go!!

Types of commissions i’m offering:

- Sketches in B&W: half body/bust $5 USD and $8 USD for full body (For each additional character + $ 4 USD)

- Flat colours: bust $8 USD and full body is $16 USD (For each additional character + $ 6 USD)

- Fully CG: bust $16 USD and full body $22 USD (For each additional character + $ 10 USD)

- Full body CG w/background: $30 USD (For each additional character + $ 12 USD)

All my art is digital and drawn in photoshop, I’m pretty much open to draw whatever you want, I will draw OC’s, real people and fanart, just please provide adequate references and I have the right to decline commissions if i’m uncomfortable so I may say no to hardcore/gore type things etc.

I have a few different styles so if you have a preference just say, If you want any more info, even if it is just for a quote, please feel free to e-mail me or send me an ask here on tumblr!

☆ My Paypal and e-mail address is empastel@hotmail.co.uk

Paypal only

★ Prices in USD

★ More examples of my art: tumblr or dA

Even if you can just signal boost this, thank you!! ;_;



God has spoken!

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Dark Sky Island

The gorgeous Isle of Sark, the smallest self-governing island in Europe, is located in the English channel 130 miles off the southern English coast. In January 2011 it became the world’s first “Dark Sky island” by controlling light pollution. The island’s single electricity source is an oil-fired power station, and there are no cars, streetlights or even paved roads: you can only get around by bike, horse, carriage or tractor-drawn bus. Due to the lack of light pollution, the Milky Way stretches gloriously overhead—from horizon to horizon across the pristine black sky.


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Poor Lil Paul Ryan of the Day: GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan is a huge Rage Against the Machine fan. 

The feeling isn’t exactly mutual, as a brutal op-ed in the latest Rolling Stone by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello makes clear:

 Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. … 

I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F**k the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings! 

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.



i just read this on gawker and cracked the fuck up


Burn, baby, burn.