Cutlasskiwi

Cutlasskiwi Never confuse movement with actions.

mattrhodesart:

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

Female Armor BINGO (downloadable PDF) by OzzieScribbler (yours truly)
As a special present for Bikini Armor Battle Damage first anniversary, I present to you: Female Armor BINGO!
Feel free to use as a reference to quantify how ridiculous any female armor is.
edit: Updated the link into downloadable PDF!
Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.
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This is pretty amusing. The most concise collection of tropes and cliches used in female character design that I’ve seen yet.
But it also got me thinking. Tropes and cliches are like knives: if you’re naive you’ll only hurt yourself and others, avoid them entirely and you’ll be safe but limited, OR learn how and when to use them to your advantage. Ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin.
Looking at this chart, I honestly think there’s a good chance that throughout my career I’ll use most of these (and many more that aren’t represented here). In fact, just reading through the list gave me a few design ideas. Of course if I’m doing my job right it should ALWAYS be in service of the story and character (not at their expense).
This issue raises a small red flag for me. As an artist, the one thing I dare not do is declare: I shan’t use this or that design element as long as I live, so help me God!
Edit: I’m going to expand on my thoughts here, as a response to some of the comments I’ve received. Over the past 10 years as a concept artist I’ve been able to see that the difference between a lasting design and a forgettable one is how much it respects the audience and the character. My unique position has afforded me a lot of face time with gamers and fans (and would-be-fans) and their desires echo my own: give us more character designs we can believe in. And now, as a father of two daughters I am more invested than ever in the fight for inclusivity and creating designs that inspire and invite EVERYONE to join in. Let me be perfectly clear: I firmly believe we will win that fight by attacking imbedded mentalities, not specific aesthetic choices. We should certainly treat the symptoms, but I don’t want that to distract from fighting the disease. For example, the chart mentions boob cups, helmetless armor and armor with holes with skin showing through. I’m watching through Game of Thrones again, so I think of Cersei Lannister’s armored gown with boob cups, Brienne of Tarth’s lack of helmet and the incredible design language used in the desert armor of Qarth (more holes than metal, with minimal fabric beneath). They are all done tastefully and in support of character and setting. Their respect for the characters and the audience led them to create unique and story-supporting designs despite checking 3 bingo boxes. I understand that this list was created out of a frustration that, frankly, I will likely never fully experience. I know that it’s targeting the worst, most flagrant examples of these tropes, and to that I say “swing away”. Concept artists/art directors/producers who perpetuate this insidious atmosphere should ABSOLUTELY be taken down a peg. But saying “we will never draw these specific things again” basically just gives the sexist mentality more power. At that point they own those aesthetics and they have no right to. I have to believe that there are a hundred ways to design backless armor that don’t insult or alienate half the audience. A smart designer could take back “armored gloves and feet but no armor on the midsection”. That could look really cool and imply a totally different fighting technique. I will (very likely) never design a battle thong, but some day an artist better than me will design an army of men and women in battle thongs and nipple armor, and will handle it with dignity and respect to the characters and the audience, and we’ll thank them for it.

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mattrhodesart:

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

Female Armor BINGO (downloadable PDF) by OzzieScribbler (yours truly)

As a special present for Bikini Armor Battle Damage first anniversary, I present to you: Female Armor BINGO!

Feel free to use as a reference to quantify how ridiculous any female armor is.

edit: Updated the link into downloadable PDF!

Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.

Read More

This is pretty amusing. The most concise collection of tropes and cliches used in female character design that I’ve seen yet.

But it also got me thinking. Tropes and cliches are like knives: if you’re naive you’ll only hurt yourself and others, avoid them entirely and you’ll be safe but limited, OR learn how and when to use them to your advantage. Ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin.

Looking at this chart, I honestly think there’s a good chance that throughout my career I’ll use most of these (and many more that aren’t represented here). In fact, just reading through the list gave me a few design ideas. Of course if I’m doing my job right it should ALWAYS be in service of the story and character (not at their expense).

This issue raises a small red flag for me. As an artist, the one thing I dare not do is declare: I shan’t use this or that design element as long as I live, so help me God!

Edit: I’m going to expand on my thoughts here, as a response to some of the comments I’ve received. Over the past 10 years as a concept artist I’ve been able to see that the difference between a lasting design and a forgettable one is how much it respects the audience and the character. My unique position has afforded me a lot of face time with gamers and fans (and would-be-fans) and their desires echo my own: give us more character designs we can believe in. And now, as a father of two daughters I am more invested than ever in the fight for inclusivity and creating designs that inspire and invite EVERYONE to join in. Let me be perfectly clear: I firmly believe we will win that fight by attacking imbedded mentalities, not specific aesthetic choices. We should certainly treat the symptoms, but I don’t want that to distract from fighting the disease. For example, the chart mentions boob cups, helmetless armor and armor with holes with skin showing through. I’m watching through Game of Thrones again, so I think of Cersei Lannister’s armored gown with boob cups, Brienne of Tarth’s lack of helmet and the incredible design language used in the desert armor of Qarth (more holes than metal, with minimal fabric beneath). They are all done tastefully and in support of character and setting. Their respect for the characters and the audience led them to create unique and story-supporting designs despite checking 3 bingo boxes. I understand that this list was created out of a frustration that, frankly, I will likely never fully experience. I know that it’s targeting the worst, most flagrant examples of these tropes, and to that I say “swing away”. Concept artists/art directors/producers who perpetuate this insidious atmosphere should ABSOLUTELY be taken down a peg. But saying “we will never draw these specific things again” basically just gives the sexist mentality more power. At that point they own those aesthetics and they have no right to. I have to believe that there are a hundred ways to design backless armor that don’t insult or alienate half the audience. A smart designer could take back “armored gloves and feet but no armor on the midsection”. That could look really cool and imply a totally different fighting technique. I will (very likely) never design a battle thong, but some day an artist better than me will design an army of men and women in battle thongs and nipple armor, and will handle it with dignity and respect to the characters and the audience, and we’ll thank them for it.
erikkarlsson65:

Here is my silver medal, we all wanted gold but silver is still a great accomplishment. Thanks to everyone for their support and messages. Now lets go Sens!

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erikkarlsson65:

Here is my silver medal, we all wanted gold but silver is still a great accomplishment. Thanks to everyone for their support and messages. Now lets go Sens!

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midnightbex:

Philadelphia Flyers chucks! Design by midnightbex

I need these in my life.

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baphometkiss:

please populate all video games with characters that make nerd ass gamer dudes angry and uncomfortable

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nbcsnl:

Dear Beyonce,

Happy Birthday.

Love,

Your Favorite Dancers

This is just too good not to reblogg.

AMBROV X: A Sime~Gen Roleplaying Game

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dgaider:

So Jennifer Hepler is signed on to join the Ambrov X team as a stretch goal! Press release for that bit of news is here. Jennifer tells me she’s quite excited about the project, so if you’re keen I’m certain she’d be incredibly grateful if you helped out!

Seems very interesting. :)

PAX Prime: Interactive Banters Revealed

Reblogged from upsettingshorts

upsettingshorts:

Luke Kristjanson just dropped that bomb.

Is it next fall yet? No? You mean I have to suffer through a long winter first? 

On Things I Learned From the Internet

Reblogged from dgaider

dgaider:

Did you know that many words don’t mean what they “traditionally” mean? And by “traditionally” I mean the definitions one might find in, say, a dictionary, as opposed to the natural evolution of language. Said evolution is in and of itself often quite eyeroll-inducing (see additions of “irregardless” or Internet acronyms like “lol” to the dictionary), but not so much as when people misuse words for their own purposes.

Their purpose, of course, being the desire to make their opinion on something an objective fact— it’s not enough simply to dislike something, after all. One’s dislike needs to be based on provable evidence, so anyone’s disagreement can be said to therefore be objectively incorrect. Because argument on the Internet is serious business.

Thus the misuse gets spread far and wide and becomes generally accepted as a new definition. No-one questions it, lest one get accused of being a “grammar nazi”— which is as bad as being a real Nazi, I’m led to believe— and nobody wants that.

So, a quick primer on what some common words and phrases actually mean on the Internet. You’ll thank me later.

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Cutlasskiwi turned 2 today!

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mediamattersforamerica:

Rush Limbaugh’s favorite slur against women.

So tired of seeing Femnazi used everywhere as soon as someone brings up women’s representation in games (or anything for that matter)

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mediamattersforamerica:

Rush Limbaugh’s favorite slur against women.

So tired of seeing Femnazi used everywhere as soon as someone brings up women’s representation in games (or anything for that matter)

autumnyte:

orchidcactus:

janie-mcpants:

rinjirenee:

upsettingshorts:

In case anyone was wondering if Chris Priestly was still being gross on Twitter.

God this asshole again
What the fuck is his problem

Gross. Fuck this guy.

He makes me so, so angry, but Bioware makes me even more angry for turning a blind eye.

Ugh. It’s also telling how he responds to this stuff.

I’m disappointed that Bioware is (apparently) okay with their community manager repeatedly displaying this type of behavior. 

Seriously Bioware, this is the guy you want to send to events? 

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autumnyte:

orchidcactus:

janie-mcpants:

rinjirenee:

upsettingshorts:

In case anyone was wondering if Chris Priestly was still being gross on Twitter.

God this asshole again

What the fuck is his problem

Gross. Fuck this guy.

He makes me so, so angry, but Bioware makes me even more angry for turning a blind eye.

Ugh. It’s also telling how he responds to this stuff.

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I’m disappointed that Bioware is (apparently) okay with their community manager repeatedly displaying this type of behavior. 

Seriously Bioware, this is the guy you want to send to events? 

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(Source: methmaker)

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doctorwho:

Matt and David

video: Matt and David Behind the scenes of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

(Source: pertweee)

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billhaderprofessionalliferuiner:

Thank you, Bill Hader.

For everything. 

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meagan-marie:

A.M. Inspiration

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