Beginning of the story can be found here: http://yuenchien.tumblr.com/post/79104936187/the-final-piece-i-did-for-my-latest-uni-project
The final piece I did for my latest uni project. In the end I decided on an illustrated story to go on the walls of the children’s ward. This is for a competition of sorts, and the hospital reps are coming around next week to pick whose work they’ll want to go up, so wish me luck!
The story’s about Kaya, a lonely young girl who’s spent her whole life in the hospital and her friendship with the dog-spirit Surya. I wanted to create a story the children could relate to – being bored, sick and lonely in a hospital – but also remind them they’re not alone and can still have fun.
There are actually thirteen panels, but Tumblr only lets me put up 10 in a post, so look out for the next one for the rest of the story.
The rest of the story can be found here: http://yuenchien.tumblr.com/post/79105270941/beginning-of-the-story-can-be-found-here
so what feminists have been saying for years and years is true. women have always been involved in hunting, have been warriors and have made art. women have been inventors and made great discoveries… and women experts are finally breaking through the sexism to get the facts heard.
"But bone analysis revealed the prince holding the lance was actually a 35- to 40-year-old woman, whereas the second skeleton belonged to a man.
Given that, what do archaeologists make of the spear?
"The spear, most likely, was placed as a symbol of union between the two deceased," Mandolesi told Viterbo News 24 on Sept. 26.
Weingarten doesn’t believe the symbol of unity explanation. Instead, she thinks the spear shows the woman’s high status.
Their explanation is “highly unlikely,” Weingarten told LiveScience. “She was buried with it next to her, not him.”
The mix-up highlights just how easily both modern and old biases can color the interpretation of ancient graves.
In this instance, the lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans may have skewed the view of the tomb. Whereas Greek women were cloistered away, Etruscan women, according to Greek historian Theopompus, were more carefree, working out, lounging nude, drinking freely, consorting with many men and raising children who did not know their fathers’ identities.
Instead of using objects found in a grave to interpret the sites, archaeologists should first rely on bone analysis or other sophisticated techniques before rushing to conclusions, Weingarten said.
"Until very recently, and sadly still in some countries, sex determination is based on grave goods. And that, in turn, is based almost entirely on our preconceptions. A clear illustration is jewelry: We associate jewelry with women, but that is nonsense in much of the ancient world," Weingarten said. "Guys liked bling, too.""
had prints are cave-art signatures…
"This is a surprise, since most archaeologists have assumed it was men who had been making the cave art. One interpretation is that early humans painted animals to influence the presence and fate of real animals that they’d find on their hunt, and it’s widely accepted that it was the men who found and killed dinner.
But a new study indicates that the majority of handprints found near cave art were made by women, based on their overall size and relative lengths of their fingers.
"The assumption that most people made was it had something to do with hunting magic," Penn State archaeologist Dean Snow, who has been scrutinizing hand prints for a decade, told NBC News. The new work challenges the theory that it was mostly men, who hunted, that made those first creative marks.
Another reason we thought it was men all along? Male archeologists from modern society where gender roles are rigid and well-defined — they found the art. “[M]ale archaeologists were doing the work,” Snow said, and it’s possible that “had something to do with it.” “
I can’t stop giggling over how DESPERATE male archelogists are to try and make up some bullshit to explain away the idea of women being warriors and hunters in the past
After taking archaeology classes in my Anthropology degree, I can concur that there is plenty reason to doubt most of the conclusions made in archaeology.
but wait! there’s more!
(source) (note that source is very nsfw)
I SAID GOOD GODDAMN SON
Yup, this is pretty much my ideal for myself…
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GRATUITOUS BULGE
An awing fuck-ton of big cat references.
And here’s a link to a spectacular image that helps distinguish types of big cats. It’s insanely helpful, and you’d be doing yourself a majour disservice if you don’t use it:
Please note that in the first cheetah GIF, the head has been insolated. When running, the head will bob up and down slightly. Not a lot, but just know how the head attaches to the neck and how that moves when the body is oscillating up and down when they run, like in the second GIF.
[From various sources]
Dude these are super cool just to look at.
Kim Kelley-Wagner has two daughters who were adopted from China. In everyday life, they have been subjected to horrid statements from people - to their faces, to their mother as they stood by her, etc. In this photo collection, shared on her blog, Kim and her daughters (Lily and Meika) put these ignorant cruelties front and center. [x]
"I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."
i’m honestly deeply ashamed because of the harshness of our world
I’m adopted from China and yes I was asked similar questions. At one point in primary a boy in my class called me “Chinese Cow” along with other forms of bullying. It sucks but what sucks more is that it happens.
this is some pretty disgusting shit to say, especially to kids.
onna-spy asked: Hey Muun! Congratulations on the Kickstarter!!! I'm really excited to see how the funding will result!!!! In any case, I had a question regarding writing character motivations and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind giving me a couple of pointers?
Character motivation is sort of the key to driving tension in a story. And maintaining tension is a very, very important thing in a narrative, no matter how short or long it is.
There’s a couple of ways to accomplish this, though my favorite is one I picked up from a screenwriting course. Essentially, take a character within a narrative and boil them down to one question. Then examine how your narrative will resolve this question. What kind of question should they embody? Well, a good way to get an idea for that is to look at a lot of movies and books and boil down the characters in those. Revenge narratives are really simple. There’s a reason a lot of movies fall back on them for lack of anything more identifiable. The big question is “Will this character get their revenge?” if yes, how. If no, why not. From there, you can come up with questions that go and mess with this desire line.
The key is to really par it down. “Will this character recover their lost memories?” “Will this character find their long lost father?” “Will this character achieve their childhood dream?” From there, it becomes a game of how long or short you want to make the trip from point A to point B. If you decide to start the character at the end of their desire line, it can be a boring story — unless, of course, you ask a new set of questions. “Will this character keep their position?” The TV show House of Cards (thinking the old BBC series) is actually a pretty dang good series in this regard. The character’s desire line changes with each series. In the first, he wants to stick it to the people who wronged him. In the second, he’s put himself in a position of power, but it’s not enough and he has to fight to keep it. In the third, he’s been comfortable with power but now he wants to leave a lasting legacy…
Basically you want a simple motivator at the core of a character — but from there you can find the smaller motivators and stack them. These desire lines don’t always have to be pointed in the same direction either. You might have a character who wants to defeat the bad guy, but on the other hand, they want to protect their family. So, then. What happens when the bad guy is revealed to be a member of their family? Again, using really basic stock examples here. But there’s a reason they get used a lot.
The key really is just to keep in mind a characters core want vs. their secondary wants vs their tertiary wants.
To use an example from one of my own things Luca in Sfeer Theory, for example, his particular goal in life is to be a teacher at Uitspan. At least, this is the desire line that’s the most forefront in his conscious mind. However, when I came up with the character, he was defined by a desire to have his talents acknowledged. This is his core want. Acknowledgement for his skill and his talents. What gets in the way of these wants? Literally everything. The setting. His own self-esteem issues.
Worse yet GETTING that acknowledgement might get him more attention than he actually intends… because he’s also a character that in some ways likes to avoid notice, because he also wants to avoid conflict. This makes him very frustrated character, who at the start of his narrative is defined by a deep-seated resentment and anger for the helplessness of his situation. This in turn kind of makes him a powder keg waiting to go off, with the right factors… I guess that makes him a ‘careful what you wish for’ kind of character.
But really, video game characters are actually some of the best to play this game with simply because video games as a genre are entirely goal-oriented. A character has to want something to move the game forward:
Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite wants to retrieve Elizabeth to wipe away his debt — the entire first half of the game is about things getting in the way of this very simple desire.
Kratos in the original God of War wants to do the task assigned to him by the Gods so he can forget his family’s death. Everything he does in the game is with that in mind.
Elika in Prince of Persia 2008 wants to restore the land to stop a dark god from descending on the world. The PRINCE in the Prince of Persia 2008 started out just wanting to find his donkey and get the hell out of dodge, and his main motivating factor for joining Elika on this quest are just to…fix things so he can find his donkey and get the hell out of dodge. Of course, over the course of their interactions you learn WHY he had such a simple want is a bit more complicated than that. You learn exactly what factors make up someone who might’ve wound up in the middle of desert searching for a donkey laden with gold….
Basically, once you know the most basic questions about a character and the things that get in the way of those characters you can really start to figure out what makes them tick. And don’t be afraid to give your characters conflicting primary and tertiary desires! No one ever really wants just one thing out of life, and finding those conflicts are part of what drives character tension and creates really interesting, realistic characters.
Yeesh, that was a lot of words. I hope that helps?