God I love her Anders. So fucking much. Because not only does he always look like Anders, he always feels like Anders. And this piece is no exception. It’s utterly gorgeous.
Edit: Ack no source? I know it’s givethemhorns. I’ll go link diving in just a second to her DA or something.
the original poster, http://craftydisplaycase.tumblr.com/, is where givethemhorns posts her art and goodies. So consider it reblogged from the artist, but yes, it is of course givethemhorns’ amazing art.
arquen replied to your post: It’s been a really hard decision to make, but I am…What brought this on, may I ask? Is it just something you don’t want to see anymore or did something happen? Feel free to not answer, not wanting to pry. I just think it seems rather sad indeed. Esp since those are things you enjoy?It is something I enjoy. But this http://ctrlpaint.com/blog/what-can-you-cut really got under my skin. I really underestimated how much time I spend on commenting DA2 posts till I started timing it this week.
I can understand this theory. I work full time and I have a VERY demanding job. I also enjoy writing, reading, gaming, movies, tv series as hobbies. I used to haunt the BSN regularly. I used to run a roleplay blog for Mass Effect. I also used to write more, read more, and feel more accomplished.
I’ve found the balance by cutting out the BSN posts, concentrating on 1-2 games or fandoms at a time, and simply giving up the long winded replies and research that goes with it. The long winded arguments, the meta replies, the philosophical debates still draw me in at times (just look at this post herrr derr). I just.. simply cut them out of my priority list. I didn’t unfollow anyone on tumblr who posts meta or questions or data, but I simply began to not put my time and effort into commenting anymore. I also put my roleplay blog aside. I decided on things I wanted to focus on and I made those things my priority. Work will always be hanging over me as an obstacle and a drain, but I have to learn to live with that and filter it around the things I do want to do. So I guess my point is I can’t really understand why it’s necessary to just stop something “cold turkey” if you will, instead of weaning it down, or trimming it down instead.
Simply put, it’s a decent solution, but I don’t know if I can really understand the logic of it. It is rather extreme to cut down to the bare bones, and forgo things you enjoy for the sake of what might be better. Everything in moderation is my thing. It might be a refreshing change though for you to just walk away from certain things for a while, but I am never a fan of simply stopping and tossing out things just for the sake of “better.” It’s too extreme for me, especially when I can just ignore or stop replying.. unfollow.. stop reading long meta posts if I don’t have time, and prioritize what I want to do.
I am not trying to question you, or condemn you, but I was simply curious is all, and I still sort of am. Even after reading the article I am left thinking there has got to be a better way than just plain deleting and cutting out things from your life that you enjoy. Leaving your “interests” in a sort of limbo as you pick and choose which ones are important to keep around. However, if it is truly something you don’t enjoy anymore because it takes too much time.. well.. that is a different story I think.
Yeah pretty much. If I were to reblog only original things then I seriously doubt anyone would care/look. Also, it takes me a retarded amount of time to do anything original so heh. Kudos for trying to be puristic though. It’s a tough road.
I am not trying to be entirely puristic. If I were there’d be nothing left on my blog but cat pics and personal rants. And I wouldn’t copy your reply :)
But I might start one at some point just for experiment’s sake. That would sure require a lot of brainwork.
I couldn’t even imagine. It would be like a second job or something, trying to constantly come up with new material and create new things to post. Brainwork indeed. I think it’s an admirable goal to work toward, but inevitably impossible if you want to keep followers/people interested.
I mean you are a wonderful artist, and if you churned out a piece or a sketch per day you could inevitably keep an active blog without putting anything (picture wise I suppose) unoriginal. The point is I don’t think that’s very fair to place that burden on yourself. So then you are left with “F it — if I lose people because I don’t post for a couple days then fine.” Which is all well and good, but can be sort of demoralizing after a while. The whole point is to share opinions/ interests and chime in on what you like isn’t it?
I have already made a choice to follow you a long time ago, and once I make that choice it takes a LOT for me to just unfollow somebody. I enjoy reading texty things and getting nosy into people’s lives even if I don’t always know what to say back. heh. I just find it an interesting puzzle to try and make a purely original blog. Plenty of people do it I suppose, but again I think it’s more like a second job than anything. And you really can’t worry about followers/likes/notes/other people because they will be fickle and fractured in liking/not liking your content.
Gollum - givethemhorns
((I first want to say that you got waaay more than you bargained for when you asked for a Lord of the Rings character. I am not really sorry for that, but I am sorry it is so long. I just can’t control myself when it comes to LOTR, it’s my soul, my passion, my first love my whole life.))
why I like them:
Gollum is an example of what the One Ring is really capable of doing to someone. Smeagol murdered Deagol because he *had* to possess the ring. The power and draw of it is just indescribable. The way it has a will of its own and destroys everyone who ever came to possess it. That is what Gollum represents.
He was a normal Stoor once (well as far as we can tell he was an ancestor of the Hobbit which were the Stoors), and he was cast out. Cast out by his people, by his family, by everyone who loved and knew him because he murdered someone in cold blood for a thing. A thing that someone found and suddenly he had to possess. Gollum is exactly what Gandalf and Frodo say he is. Someone who is so far gone that all you can do is feel pity for them.
Ow my heart.
How did I miss this one? Right in the FEEEEELS.
Honestly, none of these things matter. I think what really matters is being allowed to say this and not being labeled a “non fan” or “not as big a fan” because of it. There is no measure of fan. We all love the material. Diff ways, but all fans.
I’d say it does matter. It’s not about someone singling you out or questioning your dedication. It’s about you having nothing to add to a discussion, having nothing to comment on and coming to a point when it’s not necessary to even state your opinion cos it’s so radically different that nobody will be interested to discuss it with you. Like I said, nothing to contribute. Which is the whole point of being in a community, I suppose?
I think that with any community, there become things much like “social norms.” The more vocal and popular opinions become the norm while the individual nuances and appreciations are lost. I liked the endings of mass effect 3. I dislike Fenders. I appreciate canon ships because they are canon, and value them more. These are called the “unpopular opinions” for a reason. They often are met with vitriol and non-tolerance.
As you said it isn’t about singling out, but whether you care to contribute. I say it doesn’t matter, but that is a rather wishful personal belief I suppose. These things don’t matter to me. What one fan likes over another fan, and what one fan dislikes over another fan makes no difference to me. I am often content to listen (or read) and not contribute, or simply reverse-analyze my own thinking.
Being part of a community isn’t just about sharing, but finding people who like the same things you do and feeling comfortable enough to the point where you can share with them. A fandom as a whole is not going to provide that. We all believe different things, we like different things, but in the end it all comes down to whether or not you like the material. If you are a “fan” of that material, then you will always have at least that in common.
And this is what happens if you listen to Sky too much.
I didn’t tell you you were evil the other day, but I should have. :x
IT’S COLOURED NOW AND EVEN SADDER
Oh god NOOOO and he’s clutching the Tevinter Chantry Amulet in his final moments OH MAKER NOOOO
This is one of the saddest and most depressing things I have ever seen. My heart hurts just looking at it. The mood and lighting and colors just make it worse, because they are so perfect. That haunt of blue around his eyes and along his neck. His paleness and stillness, but just a hint of radiance still shining on, or maybe through him. The Amulet he’s clutching just crosses the barrier. Making this go from sad to downright tragic. WHY WOULD YOU PAINT SOMETHING LIKE THIS!?
It’s beautifully done though, as always, but… why!?
My guy said I should finish my fuckery. So I did.
Because Bitch!Hawke is awesome. She’ll kick your butt, and kick your cat’s butt and then throw you both off the stairs if you mess with her.
My first try at ‘speedpainting’. Because in my case ‘speedpainting’ apparently takes 2 hours, and still I didn’t have time to give him an ear instead of an alien stump.
Also, this is my headcanon Anders. Who, apparently, has very little or nothing at all to do with the one in the game. I didn’t realise my brain is fucking with me quite this much.
Bram, this is specifically for you. Someone has to take care of your deep undying love for Bitch!Hawke, right :)
Excuse me, I seem to have lost all power for rational thought.
givethemhorns, messere, I …/faints.
his HAIR is down. And he’s lighting his lantern. <3 /whimper <3
by givethemhorns, of course. <3