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Ever After High Discussion / EAH Fakie commercials!
« on: February 17, 2019, 09:57:54 AM »
Look what I found on tumblr!

Like omg, they have absolutely no shame now that Mattel stopped EAH... On the other hand, it could help our desire for new EAH dolls.

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:14:39 AM »
I meant to refer to Bows voice actor, he might not have straight out insulted it but i couldnt find a better word. Oh the limits of language when you are not a native speaker...
I understand the language barrier possibly being an issue, But Noelle has stated that she wishes she had been alive to have originally watched the series when she was a kid and has indeed seen some episodes from what she has said. So I'm sorry to say but I don't think you're being very fair to her. She has stated that if they recreated the original and kept everything the same there would be no point (just watch the original if that's what you want to see)...

I'm not trying to insult you or others or anything, and you're free to your opinion to dislike the show, but lets be fair to the creators and not assign things like a disregard for the show without unfounded evidence :)

Yes, there is not much of a point if most of the show stays the same, but to me it seems she is moreso trying to do her own thing and push her own ideology than to recreate a beloved show. And as far as I understood, she didnt see any episodes till after the reboot was at least nearing completion.  That is something that strikes me as odd, I myself would want to watch through as much content I could to see where it wanted to go, where it didnt want to go, get a feel for the characters and their dynamics. That research is such important work to see what can be changed in order to make a good retelling. Ducktales did this, and they improved things that were a bit plain, but they didnt totaly substitute what came before it. My Little Pony did this too.

She isnt even reigning in Bows VA when he start speaking ill of the original, nor does she vocalize disagreement which suggests to me that she do agree with him. So I do not take much stock in what she say about wishing she could been alive at She-Ras original runtime... She could have taken time to sit down and watch She-ra at any time long before this anyway. So I sense dishonesty there.
I have also seen some of Noelles tweets from before the She-ra show and they arent exactly flattering.
So I do believe I am being fair to her.

And dont worry I know you arent trying to insult me. We all have different perspectives and this is just how I interpret things.

Monster Discussion / Re: Favorite Monster High character
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:30:29 AM »
I have to say Catty Noir. I adore black cats and pink. She is also so very sweet, and yet she still can stand up for herself.

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:37:30 AM »
I'm actually a hardcore She-Ra fan and am really looking forward to it! I have issues with a few of the redesigns and a voice here or there, but Overall I am VERY excited...

I cant even recognize the characters because they are racebent so much. Even Ducktales knew to keep things recognizable.
But what can ya expect when the creators are insulting the original show in public on comicon?
Where did she insult the show? I know Bow's voice actor wasn't overly kind to the original, but I didn't see Noelle or any otehr creators saying anything insulting and I watched the panel on youtube...

I meant to refer to Bows voice actor, he might not have straight out insulted it but i couldnt find a better word. Oh the limits of language when you are not a native speaker...

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:42:43 AM »
Even Ducktales knew to keep things recognizable.
But what can ya expect when the creators are insulting the original show in public on comicon?

The DuckTales crew is all huge, huge fans of the original. So I guess this is the difference between a fan-run production and one that is not?

Yea thats the way it seems. The reboot crew of Ducktales talked a lot about being fans of the original show and the comics while Noelle admitted she hadnt even tried to watch the original.
Im very much questioning her professionality and legitimacy. If I had been put in charge of something that I hadnt seen before, I would have taken the time to research it and watch any material in order to do an reboot that could be respectful to the original. I might even turn down the project if it had been something I really didnt like...I wouldnt go and turn it inside out till it was unrecognizable!

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:58:56 PM »
Official full trailer is out:

Aaaaaaaaand I'm out. lol
I was cautiously optimistic when the first stills were released, but this trailer completely lost me.  It looks too far removed from the original series, tonally all over the place, and just generally unappealing.

I cant even recognize the characters because they are racebent so much. Even Ducktales knew to keep things recognizable.
But what can ya expect when the creators are insulting the original show in public on comicon?

Ever After High Discussion / Re: Promo pics!
« on: October 06, 2018, 02:50:32 PM »
Oh god, that Farrah and Holly! C'mon mattel, I dont care if they got reprints of old stuff, these dolls are gorgeous! Dont cut us off from these!

Customs / Re: Black Cat custom
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:24:50 PM »
That's pretty sweet, good job..  Just have to ask, "I also added a hairband with cat ears from Catty Noir that I made a long time ago."  You cut Catty's ears off to make the headband? lol

Technically I cut of Cattys ears in order to make Patch Samhein, my daughter of the Pumpking king oc, but I didnt want to throw the ears away. I had a headband from a Spectra so I used it and stuck the ears on there. I was originally thinking that I could use the ear headband to make a Getting fairest Kitty Cheshire but I have still not gotten around to that so I used it for Black Cat instead.

Beautiful! Nice work! And thanks for the rundown on what you did!

You said you'd already redesigned you have artwork you based your custom on? Would you post it here, pretty please?!

In Sweden, might you have better luck with faux fur salvaged from human garments, like a parka or gloves?

Thank you. Yes, I do have art of it.

It's maybe not the best ref and it differs quite a bit but yea this is what it is based on.

Technically yes, it would be easier to find faux fur from old garments, but the problem is that they arent made for dolls so the fur is often rather heavy and rough. Pretty much the same issues as I counted up earlier.

Customs / Re: Black Cat custom
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:44:39 PM »
Thanks guys!
I love how she came out too. Although... I wish I could do her fur better, those pieces are very shoddy since I cant find any good fur fabric here in sweden... the only fur I find is too long, wrong color and extremely expensive...its extremely hard to find fabric for dolls at all... :(

Customs / Black Cat custom
« on: October 01, 2018, 05:16:22 AM »
I have always been a huge fan of Black Cat from Marvel. I get entranced by cat characters so easily XD
I really wanted a doll of her, but even though Marvel launched the doll line Marvel Rising, I dont expect them to make any doll of Black Cat for various reasons. So what was my only option? To make my own Black Cat custom! I had redesigned Black Cat since earlier to make her look a tad more modern so I decided to base the design on it. I used a DCHG Batgirl as a bait and reused her pants and mask, repainted her belt and shoes. I had to sew my own shirt for it...Im still not used to making my own doll clothes so its a bit shoddily made... I also added a hairband with cat ears from Catty Noir that I made a long time ago. The fur stole was from an Apple White and the rest of the fur was taken from an old stuffed horse. I had a small bell since earlier so I added it to a ribbon to use for the necklace. And then I finished it of with some rhinestones and a few fake pearl necklaces for her to "steal".

Catrine's Art Studio / Re: Marvel Portfolio
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:30:06 AM »
Thank you, its good to know my art is appriciated.

Catrine's Art Studio / Re: Marvel Portfolio
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:37:13 PM »
Congrats, that's awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us....and savvy marketing on the custom portfolio folder! Excellent!

Good luck on the testing....please post what happens....

Oh trust me, if it leads to something substantial you guys will get to hear about it! I dont think I could keep quiet about such a thing... it would be such a dream come true for me.

Catrine's Art Studio / Re: Marvel Portfolio
« on: September 17, 2018, 11:35:54 AM »
You art is stunning, Sakuya! That GwenPool pic is so joyful and clever, and the Art Nouveau Batgirl is gorgeous! You won that contest fair and square! :clap:

Well I wasnt the only one to win, the contest had a few "pitstops". One part was on the friday afternoon, one on the saturday morning (which I entered), one on saturday afternoon and same on the sunday. All in all I think he probably should have talked to about 24-30 persons. I dont know if it was a lot of people who tried out or not But yea, still to be chosen of just those numbers is big.
And he talked about testing me! It might not lead to a job, its hard for them to hire people overseas...but maybe I could get to do something for them, or get some sort of contact.

Oh, I forgot to post the folder I customized. I hoped it would be eyecatching and help me get the meeting, and it sure was a success! :biggrin:

Catrine's Art Studio / Marvel Portfolio
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:59:34 AM »
There was a comicon this weekend in Stockholm and they held a sort of contest where C.B. Cebulski, the boss of marvel, would look at your portfolios and choose a few people to talk to. I was one of the chosen people to get a private meeting with him! I am so over the moon about being praised by him. Some people in the shoutbox wished to see the art of the portfolio that I made so I decided to post them here.

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:35:58 AM »
There is a trailer out now. I saw it yesterday. I have to say I feel sorry for the vas, they sound really good but the animation is so bland. There is so much emotion in the VAs voices but the transformation sequence is devoid of emotion, the va sound like she really is transforming but the animation is like swish swish swosh ok Im She-ra.
Oh and all the (removed - Wuvmykitties) lensflares! I tend to like lensflares but they do not use them well here.

Edited to remove semi-foul language..don't circumvent the swear censor by replacing certain letters with others or use asterisks - Wuvmykitties

Off Topic / Re: Where do you get your doll news?
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:42:39 PM »
I stalk mh arenas too. There is usually a few people wanting to discuss news here so its a good indicator.

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: August 01, 2018, 12:27:49 AM »
I want future generations of girls to get this encouragement too when they go through the same thing.
But if there are no feminine girls in media left, how will they get this encouragement?

I agree! 
I'll still check out the series, just to see if they made any last minute changes, and also to see how good it is.  When does it start again?

Some time in november.

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:20:52 PM »
Agree to disagree. :biggrin:

This She-ra design obviously upsets you more then I care about defending it. And I really don’t want to get into a long winded debate about muscles and fat pads. That could go on forever and would be completely off topic, but I digress, I really don’t think it’s that bad nor do I think it’s defemanising. Maybe my view of feminine is too broad, but I don’t need her to appear as super pretty or super feminine to enjoy her as a character. She’s different and that makes her interesting to me. At this point I just want to wait and see how the show turns out.

The only real grievance I have with the show is that color wise it’s very blah.

Yea I have no wish to argue about it either. I do apologize if I seem to come of to agressively. I sadly have a tendancy to seem that way even when I dont mean to.
It's just that I see this trend in nearly everything in media, such as comics and tv shows and it worries me. When I was a kid, I loved shows like Sailor Moon and Starla and the jewelriders because they were female and feminine. They showed me that girls can be badass and it helped me through times when boys bullied me and said girls were lame and couldnt do anything good.
I want future generations of girls to get this encouragement too when they go through the same thing.
But if there are no feminine girls in media left, how will they get this encouragement?

And look, I dont mind there being different bodytypes in shows, I do welcome it, but I still think females should be recognizable you know. Look at Overwatch and Steven universe, they got a ton of different shapes, but you can still see they are female. (well some SU charas are questionable but still). And thats awesome.

And for a character named SHE, it feels backward that she look like a he.

I do question though how much the She-Ra reboot goes by real world logic...I mean, look at Glimmer... Do you think someone as fat as her would be able to lead a rebellion? Much less get through a battle? I feel like it was just to fill a body shape quota... Even Steven universe did a better job as Rose Quartz looked more bulky than fat.

Ah sorry, I am thinking too much about this... its not easy to not do that as all of this affects the communities I am in...Im an artist trying to get a job in something but its hard to break into sjw filled buisnesses...

Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:52:41 AM »
So...What is with everyone’s obsession with She-ra’s boobs?  :lol:

To say that she doesn't look feminine because she falls under a body type not usually seen for Western animated female characters kind of implies that there is only one female body type that is feminine, the full body hour-glass, and that just feels so limiting. As does the idea that if they don’t have a large chest they are suddenly a child. Boobs like people come in all sizes.

I grew up watching the old He-man and She-ra cartoons and personally I am happy to see She-ra looking like she can kick butt now and not just pose dramatically. (Watch the old shows, seriously, watch them, they are so bad and full of more dramatic posing then a runway show) I am greatly looking forward to this show and I am seriously hoping it doesn’t suck. She-ra not having large boobs and hips and looking like she’s 30 pretending to be 16 is literally the last thing I am concerned about.

No, that is not at all what people are implying!
It's just that men and women do have differenses in their physique and build, men usually have more boxy builds while women have more curves and softer builds. Of course there are overlapses but those are rarer.

The issue here is that they used a male build for She-ra. The technique they used to draw her is often used to illustrate boys.
There is a fault in the logic when you do this to a character whos essence is built on her gender. She is called She-Ra, she was supposed to appeal to girls, she is He-mans twin and female counter part.

It feels even wierder to have Adora, who is shown to be pretty curvy, transform into a male body and don the name She-ra. Its not even meant to go all the way like in Mahou shoujo ore. (A comedy anime about girls transforming into magical guys to fight muscle squirrels)

I have to argue that girls can kick butt and still look feminine. And Ill prove it!

This is my edit of their design.

This is my own redesign.

Nice artwork.

Now on to the nitty gritty.

Aside from a few key difference, men and women have the same anatomy. That nipped in waist women have is the result of our wider pelvic bones for child birthing. But like men, women’s shoulders are still wider then their hips. Muscle development in the upper area will of course will make their shoulders wider and give them a more ‘boyish’ look. Look at Olympic gymnast and swimmers. Female athletes who use their upper bodies more have a more male like shape due to muscle development. They also lack definitive boobs because, breast are mostly fat and that burns away with the development of pectoral muscles. Most female body builders end up getting breast implants because they won’t have any breasts without them.

Now, this is a fantasy cartoon. By all accounts, they did not have to go by real world logic, but they did and I applaud them for that. To me that is what good character design does. It draws from real life and uses that to tell a visual story about the character. She-ra is athletic and strong and still very much a young women, still developing, still growing.

You are partially right, but partially wrong too. The skeletons may have the very similar build and some defining shapes are because of fats, but those are integral differences of the genders anatomy. Men just dont put on fat on the hips in the same way women do. And a woman cant gain muscles in the same capacity of men. And even on female athletes you will still be able to see that they are women.(as long as they arent taking stereoids and stuff like that, but thats not what She-ra is supposed to be.)
And I have to bring up the SDCC She-ra, she was well built with muscles, but you could still she she was female.

Yes it is a fantasy cartoon, but I have to argue that they dont use real world logic. I am calling into question if they even made her more athletic/muscular as shera at all. she have no definition to her limbs. If she truely just got buff, she should have defined muscles. And since it is a fantasy show, I also have to argue that there is no need to give her muscles or defeminize her since she is getting stronger with magic anyway.

Off Topic / Re: Princess Comic Action Figures
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:42:06 AM »
Uh... those smiles make them look a tad too manic for my taste...  I prefer the posket figures so ill pass on these.

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