thenationofmisfits: How would having the ability of mind control through skin contact would affect someone mentally. Like if the hadn't really mastered it yet and everyone they touched either lost time or did what they were told no matter what. Any ideas?
You get a lot of strange things if you google ‘write mind control.’ Anyway, here are some starting links:
- 10 Mind Control Cliches (And How to Avoid Them)
- Writing Characters with Psychic Abilities
- My MC Is Sort of Psychic
That is the best I can find, link-wise. When it comes to your character, consider:
- How his abilities affect him. The latest X-Men movie (no spoilers!) explores the negative aspect of being able to tell what others are thinking. Don’t be afraid to show the good with the bad.
- How his abilities affect others. Those who know he has them and those who don’t will have different reactions to being close to him, regardless of how much they like him. No one likes being controlled, with or without permission. Your character has very invasive powers, and that will provoke a lot of negative reactions.
- How strong his powers are based on how he’s using them. A lot of superpowered mind controllers are often depicted as all powerful straight off the bat, but even after your character has mastered them, they’re only as reliable as his own mind. Distractions could probably factor in a lot.
- How he uses his power. Like I said, mind control is invasive. It also probably takes a lot of practice, and may present your character with some moral problems with who to use it on and how much.
Anonymous: I've always loved your art but i was wondering how do you color hair I adore how soft it looks
uhh i’m not good at explaining but i’ll do my best i guess
before i colour i try to make sure my sketch is cohesive, having hair separated into chunks. hair does naturally form in clumps rather than individual strands but i stylise it a LOT so it looks real thick
basic colours, on a layer set multiply (usually decrease the opacity of my lines so they’re less obvious but blend in better with whatever base colour i use). considering the light source also, darkest in the middle but a little less so on the very bottom. textured brushes also help toooo
usually i’ll reuse a colour already existing in my colour scheme to add into the hair, but since this is real quick i just picked two colours i like, and i consciously try to pick colours that work well together already (blue and orange/brown). unless i’m deliberately doing unnatural looking hair, i try to keep those colours a little pale, a little desaturated so they blend in a little nicer. i’m trying to think of my reasoning for doing this but all i can come up with is ‘it looks cool’ x_x;;;;
hair is usually pretty shiny or at least i just really like how shiny hair looks so i put in a darker shade of the brown-black, mostly in the middle
i finally merged the line and colour layers together so i could start blending and defining everything better. also, for even more shinieness i put in some highlights. don’t overdo this :0
i don’t usually pick new colours at this point, just eyedrop what i already have. but if i do add new ones in (like the highlight) i try to make sure it’s similar enough to fit with what i already have (the orange highlight is just a paler version of the brown i was already using)
basically just continue defining stuff, don’t worry about making everything perfectly smoothly blended, hair can look better if its scruffy and less defined looking.
i still like to use outlines in my colouring, but i vary between having outlines darker or lighter than the colour inside. also in the case of the hair on the edges (notice the back of the head), i’ll use the orange as an outline against the blue, i found that looks kinda cool since they compliment one another
i think the key for it, and just for my approach to colouring in general, is to have a variety of tones and hues while still keeping it unified. rather than having the same kind of brown all throughout the hair, trying having multiple kinds of brown, warm browns, cool browns etc. or my approach is to add in stuff like blue as i’ve just showed you lmao
keeping colours unified can be hard, i have trouble with it a lot, but the more you experiment with colour the more you’ll develop an eye for it and start knowing intuitively what colours work and what don’t
i hope that answers it to some extent??? if you need me to clarify something let me know because i know im terrible at explaining myself ;_;
ALSO I GOTTA MENTION THE OBLIGATORY “this is just my way not THE way” please take everything i say with a grain of salt!!!!
I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future."
What perfect advice for artists.
I loved Phantom of the Paradise.