50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Hello dear anon! No need to apologise, I don’t think anyone has asked me this question before, so it’s all good : ) Ok. So here is a list of methods on tidying up the line art and make it look more sharp, dark and refined. Hope this could be helpful to you and if you have anymore questions just let me know❤
The default Photoshop brushes are great and decent, hard round pressure is my all time fav. There are also lots of amazing resources out there that could give you really sharp and crisp lines. Kyle T's Brush sets for example [ Link ]. It’s great to be adventurous and try them out, find the brush that suits your working style(●´▽｀●)ノ. Here is a [ master post ] of all the related ask about the brushes I use.
I normally adjust the ‘levels ’ after I finish the line art, it helps clearing out the gray tones and sharpen the dark lines. You can access this function through image > adjustment > Level (or hot key command + L for MAC or ctrl + L for PC.)
This function is more complicated than levels but works very well too! You could also find it under adjustment.
P.S Sorry I couldn’t supply more information on the functions since I am terrible at explain stuff ; - ; Here are some tutorial links with detail explanation on the function of levels / curves and how they work.
Curves [ Link ] Levels and Curves [ Link ]
Lastly, other related ask regarding lines
Smooth lines [ Link ]
Lightning is a pure expression of firebending, without aggression. It is not fueled by rage or emotion, the way other firebending is. Some call lightning "the cold-blooded fire." It is precise and deadly, like Azula.
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Art trade with my girl Viria! This will be my last post before I’m off to Rome for a week so I really hope you like it!
The shrimp print is by artist Sian Keegan.