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AK FEDEAU: THE BLOG
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in which i ramble slowly for six minutes and do my worst matt miller voice

1. Which Saints Row game is your favorite and why?
2. Who is your favorite character and why?
3. Favorite enemy gang?
4. How did you react to Johnny’s death in SRTT? How did you react to getting him back in SRIV?
5. Fun Shaundi or Old Shaundi?
6. We all have one, so tell us about your favorite Boss.
7. Do you ship your Boss with anyone? What is their relationship like?
8. 
Who’s their best friend?

daisyloveletters:

told you i’d do it

oh my god oh my goddd

daisyloveletters:

told you i’d do it

oh my god oh my goddd

people shouted “draw more oleg” and i looked down and whispered “okay”

people shouted “draw more oleg” and i looked down and whispered “okay”

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22/07/14 @ 02:45am
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sr4 spoilers
I know it’s a little silliness but that actually makes a lot of sense… hmmm

the “SR4 was an in-universe licensed video game” is quickly becoming my method of choice to adapt it to rosie’s canon

i like asha, so zero saints thirty is up for grabs, and it leaves me an open door to introduce johnny as still alive. but anything from cyrus temple’s nuke-launching onward? that’s the sensationalized version. we get johnny back, we keep oleg and viola, and rosie stays out of the white house. everyone’s happy, not least of all me.

[i mean, they sell energy drinks, and they were about to do a movie. a game’s hardly a stretch.]


"They killed you!"
"What…"
"They killed you! In this game we licensed!”
"Roza, it’s past three in the morning…"
"Call Legal Lee tomorrow. I’m going to sue them until they bleed!”
A long silence.
"How did they do it?"
"Wh — I — they blew up the Earth."
"Good." The sheets rustled. "They know what it takes. Now go to sleep."

"They killed you!"

"What…"

"They killed you! In this game we licensed!”

"Roza, it’s past three in the morning…"

"Call Legal Lee tomorrow. I’m going to sue them until they bleed!”

A long silence.

"How did they do it?"

"Wh — I — they blew up the Earth."

"Good." The sheets rustled. "They know what it takes. Now go to sleep."

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20/07/14 @ 02:52pm
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do u know how many times friends have linked me pictures of rosie like ayyy bolton i found a babe for u
bolto

are you SERIOUS

I’M GONNA DIE THAT’S… SO FLATTERING…

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19/07/14 @ 01:56pm
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When you're creating a character, what process do you go through? How do you usually settle on a design?
Anonymous

depends on how I got the idea for them!

sometimes I get the visual first - “I want to make a muscle lady with blonde boy-cut hair.” sometimes I start with the idea - “I want to make a secret agent” - and the visual goes from there. a lot have traits that I saw somewhere but didn’t like how they were done, or ideas that I otherwise wanted to mess around with. [rosie is a turn on the cold war “deadly russian babe” trope: she looks and sounds like one, but there’s more substance to her than that.]

as for their clothes and hair, I have my own style tastes, and it’s a balance between those and how the character would dress themselves. I wouldn’t put a lolita character in spats and a pinstripe suit, but I might give her kodona clothes. I’ve found a lot of things I wouldn’t think of through research, and I guess that’s the other part of the process. just read. absorb everything.

g-g-g-gift bosses
anadalusjack's jack, pierceaholic's alair, antivanbrandy's lux, hunnybadgerv's furia

g-g-g-gift bosses

anadalusjack's jack, pierceaholic's alair, antivanbrandy's lux, hunnybadgerv's furia

Takeshi Kaneshiro   ~ best described by the saying “we don’t grow older, we grow riper”

hey there - i love the depth that you give your characters and settings, i was wondering if you could share some ways you flesh them out? i'm doing nanowrimo this month and it's going well but i know when i come to edit i'm going to see a lot of plot holes. thanks in advance! i love your art and writing, they're very inspiring.
kanadia

This is a question that’s like the one about characters and style choices, in that it involves quantifying something that feels like it comes from the ether. I come up with characters before settings or plots, and everything else after that is still in the character’s service. When I think of plots, I think of telling an arc in that character’s life. When I think of settings, I think not just about where they’d logically live, but what I can pull out of it to set a tone for that character’s story.

[They’re like visual themes. Does that make sense? Tony has brown and dust. Dahlia has gold and crystal and the city at night. My thesis had blue and grey and the craggy North Atlantic. Every story has its own Instagram filter.]

So how do I flesh characters out? Well, time was, I used to roleplay them. I started RPing when I was ten or eleven years old. It was a source of constant immersion in these character’s heads, and when you write them on the spot that much, you get to know them real well. By the time I was ready to give them a story of their own, characterization was a matter of “well, of course.” Unfortunately, I haven’t had a steady RP partner since 2012 - and while I can make myself sick missing it, the show, as you know, must go on.

I’ve tried a few things since then. Questionnaires. Drabble prompts. But what worked the best for me was twofold: Research, and show-and-tell. If I’m not sure where to take a character, I read about what I’ve already got. If we know Rosie lived in Moscow, what was Moscow like in the 90s? How did she get to America? You might find photos or others’ stories that get you going, or fill a hole.

And when you do, share it with people. Really. Get your friends in on it. Blog about it. I find that when I talk with enthusiasm, it’s infectious - and it feeds on itself. You learn something. You love it. You share it. Someone else gets interested, and they start to read and talk, too. Soon you have a bubble of inspiration where people are there and doing it with you. And when I take energy from this discussion - even being an introvert - I find the character comes to life on their own. They do. I just think of things.

Good luck!

experimenting with colors again

experimenting with colors again

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"Hard Boiled Angels" sounds like everything I've ever wanted to read. Is that a project you're still working on? Any chance you wouldn't mind sharing a little more about it?
Anonymous

HBA is one of those projects that I’ve still got on the table, but I’d like to grow a little before I take it on. it’d be big, first of all, bigger than my thesis. there’s some fact-based learning to do, like how the LAPD works, and some social responsibility about how to write the androids themselves. not least of all, as with everything else I write, it’s got a start and finish, but no middle. i’m hoping it’ll come to me in time.

i’m not really sure what else I’d say about it, though. but I will say I think sometimes about the future aspect? like, really, would I put it in 2130 or whatever? i mean, my dedication to old hollywood period accuracy is so hardline that I could just put it in the real ’30s [but with ‘droids!] and call it a day. why are there ‘droids? who knows! just go with it.

it seems like either way there would be a lot of lore to do, and my attitude on lore is to make it as simple as you can. maximal real-world familiarity, basically. either I have to explain why folks a hundred years in the future are dressing exactly like the ’30s, or how this alternate early 20th-C has that level of technology. the latter verges on dieselpunk, and I’d rather not hang my hat there, if it’s all the same to people.

then again, blade runner didn’t explain rachael’s ’40s clothes… they just went with it. HMM.

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13/07/14 @ 11:59pm
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ow
"Wherever perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun. Perfectionism is not about healthy striving, which you see all the time in successful leaders, it’s not about trying to set goals and being the best we can be, perfectionism is basically a cognitive behavioral process that says if I look perfect, work perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid shame, ridicule, and criticism. It’s a defense mechanism."

"Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable"

So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.

(via kelsium)

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character design
caught-on-a-character
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I'm really interested in how you're able to create styles and images around your characters. What helps you decide the colour of clothes or certain ideas provoked through the clothing choices?
caught-on-a-character

beyond just picking what I like LMAO

at first I wasn’t sure how to give you an articulate answer, because it’s felt intuitive for a long time. But then I remembered that, way back in my pimply youth, I had to go to my dermatologist - and he had the February ‘06 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Memoirs of a Geisha had just come out then, and in that issue was an article on Colleen Atwood, talking about her design choices for the movie’s Oscar-winning kimono.

[It’s on Google Books, by the way, if you’d like to read it.]

Now, there are a lot of things you can say about Memoirs of a Geisha, as both a book and movie. I mean, really, a lot. But what dawned on me at thirteen was Atwood’s method. She talks not just about the relationship between mood and color choice, but motifs and their cultural meanings, and how even the silhouette of an outfit will decide a person’s presence. [She also touches on accuracy and how Hollywood deviates for the sake of drama, which endured with me just as much. I don’t give myself a lot of wiggle room with historical accuracy. It’s about creating that feeling, and 40s hair on a Victorian dress is going to feel uncanny, even if you can’t place why.]

But what I think about this is that it isn’t a secret skill. Atwood is at the top of her game, no bones about it. But we all take in subconscious ideas about visual symbolism and color, just by living and absorbing media. And that comes out sometimes when you least expect it, ‘cause I’ve drawn things and only after realized what I’d done. The guy I’m working on right now, for example, is Rosie’s nemesis, and his gang color is yellow. I knew I wanted to make his silhouette a mirror of Rosie’s, but it wasn’t until later that I remembered yellow is opposite purple on the color wheel - and that it’s the color of betrayal. Yellow roses in particular mean both betrayal and jealousy. And I saw that, and I was like, awesome.

So I ask myself these questions, I guess, in conjunction with who they are. If I like a color for a character, why? What do I know about how people interpret that color? [Or, if you’re more the sensing type, how does it feel to you?] Do they keep a small presence or are they the commanding force in the room? On that track, if they were a real person, would they wear it? Some people are very picky, some people aren’t at all.

I hope this helps!

[Edit: If you wanna learn more about color and meaning, this post is a great resource.]

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11/07/14 @ 12:00am
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aetherdrive
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defcon 1 shitpost

aetherdrive replied:

actually i want to see oleg in scene clothes, let’s make it happen. hair extensions lovingly combed over one extremely shoujo eye. give me a tuxedo mask outfit for him for good measure. lots of shoujo sparkles. thx