[sprays u with water] no, bad opinion
[sprays u with water] no, bad opinion
Algenpfleger has started this insanely awesome forum.
Some really inspiring sketchbooks in here.
I just put both of my hands up in the air like I had accomplished some sort of sports victory when reading this post. Like ah yes i scored a goal! someone thinks im majestic!!!! go team!!!!!!!!
I am definitely the most majestic.
Thank you anon, you’re super thoughtful to take the time to come to my inbox and tell me that and to wish me well today! I hope you’ve had the best of days too. And when you go to sleep I hope you have really awesome dreams and wake up feeling well rested and content with life and have a great tomorrow too!
"Quequinox Art" equine sculptures, from 2008-2014. They get more recent toward the bottom.
I wanted to make a post like this because I hear from people all the time that they wish they could sculpt like me, or want my “talent” and all that. I think it’s important to show the work and improvement over time. Art is a skill, and while I think talent/ inherent ability has something to do with it, persistence and practice definitely play a huge role in art skill development. My equine anatomy totally sucked when I started sculpting, as you can see. I made and sold tons of sculptures that looked like Atlantic and Linger here, which I find so embarrassing looking back.
My point I guess is that we all start somewhere. Don’t be discouraged from trying new things!
Shown Here: (top to bottom, left to right)
"Atlantic" - 2008
"Linger" - 2009
"Lissome" - 2009 (later)
"Chiasmus" - 2010
"Ecolalia" - 2010
"Daffy" - summer 2011
"Consonance" - early 2012
"Anneliese" - summer 2012
"Volition" - 2013
"Kismet" - January 2014
Pt. 2 I absolutely agree that we don’t have to abide by what’s “canon” and have liberties with the characters since they are not wholly the creators’ anymore; the audience does not need to be a passive consumer. (also, OOC is relative since a text in any form can yield an infinite amount of interpretation)
The below might not make as much sense as I’d like. I’m pretty sure whatever I had for lunch gave me brain fog.
I want to reiterate that I blearily saw one or two posts about this whole thing on my dash this morning as I was getting ready for work and don’t have the entire background on it. I definitely don’t know the OP of that post and don’t have a good means of knowing if they were being playful or 100% serious. On this site you get a lot of stuff like that. Does Valve make problematic choices? Sure. I won’t argue that.
I don’t know if I agree that OOC is relative. I think it depends on how much you respect the canon of things in general. (Respect has more implications than I’d like here but I can’t think of another word right now. Not respecting canon isn’t a necessarily bad thing.) I was not implying that we should be passive consumers, for sure.
In this particular instance I would agree that we don’t have a wealth of information on the mercs, and since it’s a comedy franchise things are almost always going to be played for laughs. Despite that all the characters have really clear personalities (maybe barring Pyro, laughs). They can be written as OOC as much as anything else.
For example, I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to say that Medic—Valve’s/RED team’s Medic, as it were, as opposed to fan medics in which case dude go have fun with it—depicted as a very quiet, serious man is out of character. The Medic that has been presented to us is a very excitable mad doctor. He puts baboon uteruses in people just to see what’s going to happen. His voice responses in MVM and the Halloween event have him flipping out over money, magic, etc, he wants to make a deal with Merasmus to get his hands on Demo’s eye. Now, people certainly have facets and I’m sure Medic occasionally turns the crazy off, but by and large that’s the kind of Medic I expect to see.
I guess what I’m trying to say in a very roundabout way is that turning a blind eye to canon aspects of a character because you don’t like them (or worse, if they get in the way of your ship, etc) is itself problematic in a way. The best example I can think of of this is the phenomena of “Vriskapologists” in the Homestuck fandom. This particular character, Vriska Serket, is manipulative and abusive, among a lot of other terrible things.
She’s also really charismatic, hilarious, and nonstop claims she does what she does for the good of X (your own good, the good of the game, “I was just trying to help!” etc). This has given rise to a subset of the Homestuck fandom that constantly tries to defend and justify and explain away her actions. They won’t hear a word against her. It’s so extreme that Vriska discussion was actually banned on parts of the official forum, or so I hear.
I think acknowledging that a character is fucked up or problematic is very important, and explaining away or outright ignoring these problems does a disservice to both the character, the creators, and the fans. Soldier is a fantastic character and I love the hell out of him, but I can’t agree with cherry-picking his traits. By all means, take liberties, extrapolate, write a fic that acknowledges Soldier acts this way and then takes develops him beyond his problems, but don’t just throw those problems aside.
I swear to God I had a concise point in here somewhere. Oh well.
I hope y’all dont mind if I hop in here too!
I think theres… uh. To an extent I agree that you don’t have to go along with the problematic choices of a creator, but I feel like it’s really an issue to ignore that they happened all together.
The idea of “well I dont like this character being this way so I choose to not believe it,” doesnt mean that character is actually like that. OP may have meant “but we dont have to comply to it,” is fine for their own soldier - but the fact remains that in the stories valve has told about soldier - sometimes he says racist/homophobic things. Choosing to “not comply” or not agreeing with the things the writers had him say doesn’t mean that never happened.
If you are a fan just appreciating, or taking someone else’s IP to make something more, and you choose to ignore something you dislike - you are (general you, not a specific one) missing an opportunity for education and growth. For the character you supposedly like so much, and for other fans who might not realize just how problematic that character is.
Its okay to like a character that isn’t 100% awesome all the time in every way. People are awful. Characters are awful. But why would you ignore an entire facet of a character in favor of making things easier? Why not write around that, if you are a writer. Tell a tale where that is a problem that is dealt with? Because it is a problem! Ignoring how soldier behaves in stories doesnt make it not exist. Why not write or show that behavior in a way that makes it clear that its not okay, which doesnt seem to be done … ever?
I dont know. I just have a lot of problems with avoidance instead of education. Maybe you dont have to comply with what the creators chose, but it should still be acknowledged. (In my opinion)
I would say you guys should all go talk to noel about vriska (vriska) because she has a lot of really great vriskopinions but she’s a shitlord who isnt caught up yet
between vriska and medic i am doomed to an eternity of fandoms completely not paying attention to what my favourite characters are actually like in their respective tales
i like you. im glad you’re here. im glad you exist. thanks for existing.
(just in case you forgot.)
slywit replied to your post “occasionally i find myself thinking about selling ye olde olde…”
They aren’t flawed. They are the chronicles of your art
laughs, thanks slywit. i COULD have called them “technically inferior”! but it is nice to have solid proof on hey i kind of know more about using clay than I used to, you’re right.
I probably still couldnt manage a full-body smooth coat of paint though hahaha smooth paint who even does that
occasionally i find myself thinking about selling ye olde olde OOOOOLDE things - like my very first pony customs, but I cant get over the flaws in them haha
i dont really want to hold onto them specifically but also dont want to wreck em, you dig?
he was laying across my chest and trying to bite my nostrils when I flared them which was fine but then he burped on me
and you guys dont understand seven doesn’t just burp like a normal dog. no, he burps and doesn’t open his mouth, so his cheeks puff out with it and then he slowly exhales onto me
its so offensive.
so i made him suffer me doing this to him as revenge