Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.
My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.
If I don’t reblog this, assume I’m dead.
To celebrate this picture being exhibited at Gallery 1988’s Joss Whedon art show, I thought it would be nice to post a process guide for how I do these types of pictures, should you be into that sort of thing.
First things first, setting up Photoshop. You need a really small canvas. This one is 320 x 200 pixels. Can’t remember why I picked that. I think it might be the original pixel ratio for an Amiga screen so it seemed right. Then zoom all the way in.
Using reference pics, I’ll do a simple layout and get an idea of how big or small the characters will be so I can change things. I use the pencil tool, not the brush one.
I’ll then start filling in the flat colours. I’m trying to find the neutral tones which I can shade or highlight later.
I build up all the colours in many many layers. I like to start at the back of the image and work forwards. I drew all the book cases before adding the books in a separate layer underneath, so I didn’t have to be so precise.
The way I shade is exactly the same way I do any photoshop illustration. I set up layers above my flat colours, right click on them and ‘Create clipping mask.’ I’ll them set them to ‘Multiply’ with around a 35% opacity and start shading with black. I’ll do this a few times to build up the right look.
The same goes for highlights, only I set the layer to ‘Overlay’ and colour with White.
Rinse and repeat with all the elements of the picture until I’m happy. I may then set up a ‘Colour’ layer over the whole thing and play around with washes at a low opacity to try and give the whole thing a bit more unity.
Adding the characters is often the most frustrating as there’s not an awful lot of pixels to play with. I’ll put in a flat colour behind them so I can see their outline more clearly.
And I shade them the same way as the background, using multiply and overlay layers.
The game options at the bottom were created in exactly the same way. I keep Monkey Island 2 on my iPad to hand to get the font characters right. This usually involves endlessly looking around Woodtick for items that contain the letter I’m looking for.
And that’s about it. When you’re finished, you can increase the image size to what ever you want, just make sure to select ‘Nearest neighbour, preserve hard edges’ from the drop down list. And a big tip is make sure you save a copy of the original before enlarging it, as once it has been increased in size, you can’t reduce it again to re-edit, without loosing the pixel effect. Any edits need to be done on the original small canvas.
So if you’re in L.A. you should definitely check out the exhibition. I’m just jealous I won’t get to go myself.
Shakespearean insults, with cats.
7 more here.
I did not realize how very perfect cats were at delivering Shakespeare’s insults until now.
|—||Frederick Douglass (via disciplesofmalcolm)|
or the Rules Governing Time Lords from the Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey
- NO BEING SHALL DISTORT HISTORY (i.e. it is forbidden to change or otherwise alter the past)
- INTERACTION WITH AN INDIVIDUAL’S OWN PERSONAL TIMELINE IS FORBIDDEN
- no Time Lord may murder or otherwise harm their past self
- no Time lord may meet with or otherwise come into contact with their past self
- no Time lord may meet with another individual who is out of sync with their timestream
- no Time Lord may make profit from knowledge or manipulation of the past
- NO TIME LORD (OR ANY OTHER BEING) MAY INTERFERE WITH THE WEB OF TIME
- the editing or rewriting of the History of any individual, species or planet is forbidden
- all Time Lords must follow the Doctrine of Non-Interference when dealing with Lesser Species
- it is the duty of all Time Lords to prevent Gallifreyan technology from being acquired by Time-Aware Species
- it is the duty of all Time Lords to prevent damage to or sabotage of the Web of Time
- it is the duty of all Time Lords to prevent acts of aggression by any Time-Aware Species that threatens the survival of the native population within the affected Time Zone
- any Time Lord who commits genocide will have their title and remaining regenerations forcibly removed
- NO TIME LORD MAY CREATE OR PARTICIPATE IN THE CREATION OF A TEMPORAL PARADOX
- NO TIME LORD MAY EXPLOIT THE POWER OF CREATION
- no Time Lord may use the Power in a way that could damage Time
- THE CREATION OF A VORTEX CRISIS IS FORBIDDEN
- THE CREATION OF A GRANDFATHER PARADOX IS FORBIDDEN
- THE CREATION OF A DIMENSIONAL PARADOX IS FORBIDDEN
- TIMELOOPING PLANETS IS FORBIDDEN
- ALL TIME LORDS MUST FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS OF LINEARITY
- NO TIME LORD MAY TRAVEL INTO THE RELATIVE PAST OR FUTURE OF GALLIFREY
- NO TIME LORD MAY DELIBERATELY SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ANY TIMELINE
- NO TIME LORD MAY USE OR PILOT A TIME CAPSULE WITHOUT AUTHORISATION
- IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ALLOW ENTRANCE TO A TIME CAPSULE TO NON-TIME LORDS
- ALL TIME LORDS MUST FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS OF OBSERVATION
- NO TIME LORD MAY INTERACT WITH THEIR OWN FUTURE
- NO TIME LORD MAY USE OR EXPLOIT TIME TRAVEL FOR PERSONAL NEEDS
- A TIME LORD MAY NOT USE TIME TRAVEL TO PURPOSEFULLY SHORTEN OR ELONGATE THEIR PERSONAL PERCEPTION OF TIME
- A TIME LORD MAY NOT USE TIME TRAVEL TO LIVE THROUGH THE SAME DAY TWICE
- A TIME LORD MAY NOT USE TIME TRAVEL FOR FINANCIAL GAIN
- EMERGENCY RULES MAY BE PUT IN PLACE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH ALIEN ACTIVITY ON GALLIFREY
- these rules may allow investigation of the Lord/Lady President
- PERFORMING A TARDIS INTERLOCK (i.e. materialising one TARDIS within another) IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
- TRIGGERING A REGENERATION IN ORDER TO CHANGE SEX OR GENDER IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
- ALL TIME LORDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO OFFER THEMSELVES AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
- elections must be held within 48 hours of the death/removal of the previous President
- if a President is removed due to a vote of no confidence, power is temporarily passed down the hierarchical order of the High Council
|—||Sexualized Saturdays: Ward, Fitz, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ideal of Masculinity (source)|