Posted 6 days ago

paulftompkins:

This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.

It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:

HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.

Guys, instead of  thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”

Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.

I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:

  • not being taken seriously
  • not being listened to
  • being dismissed
  • being condescended to
  • having something explained to me that I already understand

And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.

So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.

Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good! 

Much respect

Posted 1 week ago

On Change

joethepeacock:

Change is tricky.

Everyone who goes through a catastrophic event thinks they’ve changed. But really it’s everything around them that changed, and they’re just reacting to new stimulus.

It feels different. It feels new. It feels like change. But it’s not. It’s just different. Put them back in a…

Posted 1 week ago

ryanlangdraws:

I’ve had people insist that I used 3d an photos, despite my assertion that I haven’t. You can see the thread here http://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/2ag3ku/this_is_a_painting_iron_man_by_ryan_lang/ But this isn’t for them. This is for people that like to see the process of an illustration. I tried to break it down, but if there are any questions, please ask. I have no problem with artists using photos or 3d in their digital work, so when I say I didn’t use photos or 3d for this image, it was that I wanted to see what I could accomplish on my own (with a couple of filters at the end). And if after this process post people still refuse to believe that I didn’t use photos or 3d….. I will take that as a compliment.

Posted 1 week ago

Would anyone be interested in buying some prints? I have a bunch left over from #CVG2014. $18 each, protected in plastic. Message me if interested! #art #prints #digitalpainting #illustration #characters #fantasy #scifi #fanart #artsale #forsale

Posted 2 weeks ago

So for those of you who don’t know or haven’t seen them, I’ve been doing a storyboard sketch a day for my original IP, The End, which is about a small group of survivors in a demonic apocalypse.

Because this weekend if Convergence and I won’t be able to do any storyboards, I decided to put all the ones I have done so far into a single collage, in chronological order. Think of it as a sort of…trailer? 

Enjoy!

Posted 2 weeks ago

Marty tells Danny some bad news. #TheEnd #apocalypse #storyboard #art #sketch #screenplay #writing #screenwriting

Posted 2 weeks ago

It’s like a ghost town in here. But in less than 24 hours this place will be packed with thousands of nerds, geeks, and fans. #CONvergence #CVG2014 #getready

Posted 2 weeks ago

Lilith is a bitch. #TheEnd #apocalypse #storyboard #art #sketch #screenplay #writing #screenwriting

Posted 3 weeks ago

<3 #TheEnd #apocalypse #storyboard #art #sketch #screenplay #writing #screenwriting

Posted 3 weeks ago

Latest concepts for characters from The End, my demonic apocalypse story that I am writing as a screenplay.

The first one is final design for Marty. The second is a few concept ideas for the character Samael, who is a demon. Well…a guy possessed by a demon. 

http://youtu.be/ZYeO94cld1s

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No matter how many times I type the word apocalypse, I still have to slow down my fingers for it. For some reason my fingers can’t remember how to type it lol