A couple people asked me how I vary my leaves and trees and honestly, it’s super easy! I’ve never made a tutorial/guide before so I kept this mega simple but I hope someone out there might find it useful at least!
Also, anyone can download the brushes I use for all my art on my tumblr page (: I only use around 5 so go nuts haha
Pokemon Princesses by Hapuriainen on Deviant Art.
I approve of pretty much everything here and GIVE ME THAT MERIDA OUTFIT.
I would rock that shit so hard Victory Road trainers be like “dayum…” and let me pass and Elite 4 be like “I ain’t askin for no trouble tho” and just give me the champions badge and magically summon the Dratini I’ve been trying to find forever and give it to me and the Dratini be like “guuuuurrrrrrrlll” and immediately evolve into a Dragonair and then I would give it an everstone and be happy forever.
Ah, a perfect tumblr post for me to reblog to say a general thing:
PSA: our ad team has been trying to keep these ads from showing up on our site for literally weeks. Probably closer to a couple months now. We think they are coming through Google Ad exchange, and the makers of them are tagging them something deliberately obscure so that we can’t get rid of them by, say, blocking the “video games” category.
If you would like to help us get rid of them, what will really make a difference is if we can figure out what these ads click through to. This goes for any gross ad that makes it onto our page, by the way. There’s only so much our team can do with screenshots, but with the link that the ad directs to they can be a lot more specific in their actions. I don’t want to demand that anyone clicks on these ads, for obvious reasons, but if you want to help, that’s the best way to do it.
Also I can’t help but mention that what would also help is if the messages you send to notify us of gross ads didn’t contain passive aggressive undertones like “I hope The Mary Sue knows how much these ads go against what you say is your message,” or “you should be working on taking these ads down right now.” etc. I think it should be patently obvious from our content that we do not approve of ads like this, and, while it is not as obvious, we almost always are already working on taking them down. I suppose I should be happy that our readers hold us to a high standard but I don’t have the ability to be quite that noble so messages like this just leave me feeling that you’ve made a knee jerk judgement that I’m a giant hypocrite. Like almost every blog you read, the majority of our ads are served to us by algorithms rather than campaigns that were thought up and minutely planned by actual human beings. Some error is to be expected, and when those errors happen it can, as it is in this case, sometimes be very difficult to find the source of the problem because the admakers have made it deliberately difficult.
Thank you. Thus ends our PSA on gross ads. - Susana
How book 2 has stripped its characters of their interestingness: Bolin and Mako edition.
Here’s a list of early (ep 1-5, republic city hustle) characterizations and how book 2 has directly contradicted them.
Book 1: Mako finds it difficult to express himself and interact socially with people who aren’t Bolin because Bolin is all he’s had for 10 years.
Book 2: Mako isn’t concerned with Bolin in the slightest, only Korra. In fact, Mako is outright mean to Bolin and in fact meaner to Bolin than to any other character.
Book 1: Mako cares immensely about Bolin’s well being as his only remaining family member and arguably the only person who kept him going after their parents’ murder.
Book 2: Mako seems entirely unconcerned with every part of Bolin’s life, including the fact that Bolin’s pro-bending team is mysteriously terrible and that Bolin cries himself to sleep at night.
Book 1: Mako is so concerned about Bolin that he actually angrily confronts Korra when he sees that Bolin is developing feelings for Korra that are not reciprocated.
Book 2: Mako quite literally does not care that Bolin is trapped in an abusive relationship and “does not want to know” about it. This plot is resolved without Mako (in fact without anyone coming to Bolin’s aid).
Book 1: Bolin is a bit naive, but intelligent enough to strategize in the pro-bending ring effectively and teach Korra how to earthbend like a pro-bender in no time flat.
Book 2: Bolin is inexplicably completely unintelligent and unable to do anything effectively. He is not included in major fight scenes or in fact any serious plot line like the other characters are (even occasionally Asami, who is also shunted to the side this book).
Book 1: Bolin is the most consistently effective pro-bender on the Fire Ferrets team all season, is highly competent, and able to teach Korra a whole style of bending with little effort.
Book 2: Bolin can’t stay in the ring for more than a minute and can’t teach his teammates anything.
Republic City Hustle/Book 1: Bolin spent his time on the streets of Republic City working with a street gang to collect fake bribes and place bribes with pro-benders.
Book 2: Bolin is incapable of placing a bribe and actually does not understand the concept of bribing.
Book 1: Bolin knows Republic City like the back of his hand. He’s grown up on the streets and knows all Republic City’s hidden wonders, which he shows Korra on their date. He lives in the pro-bending arena and has acquired quite a bit of fame through his team.
Book 2: Bolin needs Varrick to show him the ropes of Republic City, including showing him…the pro-bending arena??? and how to be famous?? and set him up to talk to the crowd at pro-bending night??
Book 1: Bolin has a great relationship with Korra. They get along well and Bolin makes her laugh all the time.
Book 2: Korra actually looks kind of angry or confused around Bolin, and never speaks to him unless he directly advances the main plot.
And let’s not even talk about the poorly-executed plot. Season 2 is super disappointing so far.
Having seen this, I’m totally glad I haven’t bothered to watch this season and will continue not watching.
Ya done goofed, guys. You took something good (the atla universe) and you shat Korra on it.
When I woke up this morning I had a clear moment where I focused on the rumble of the not-too-far-off interstate in an unusually quiet house. It had a strange quality that I hadn’t heard in a while, both empty and compressed with a bit of a damp shiver. Then it dawned on me that it sounded cold outside and I should check the temperature before I got dressed for work.
I checked and, sure enough, 46 degrees F.
Not COLD-cold. But cold enough to hear it.
It hasn’t really advanced much beyond that post and some people generally saying they were up for it too. If it ever happens and there’s room I’ll let you know.