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Alethea & Athena
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8th-Oct-2014 05:22 pm
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It's back to work we go.

I don't know what it says about us right now that we almost had a fit over this really very silly thing in Say I Love You. See, there was a thing and they agreed to meet for it at three in the afternoon, but when Mei showed up, Yamato said good morning to her. We were like, "Good morning!? It's three in the afternoon!" And then he had an aside that was like, "Even though it's almost evening." And we were like, "No it's not! It's three in the afternoon in August!" And I almost started hyperventilating, but I think that was more for dramatic effect for our imaginary audience than anything else. Athena suggests that "yuugata" may be determined by actual time of day rather than the slant of the sun. I don't know.

Anyway...did I have something else to talk about? The main thing I can think of is that we keep seeing all these links to various collections of Disney fanart on Facebook, and we used to look at them but then we got annoyed by the artists' attitudes...which is really not fair because in most cases we don't even know the attitude behind the art, and it's just, "I don't agree with your interpretation! Rar!" I think it might be carried over from the set of "historically accurate" Disney fanart, which had a lot of commentary from the artist that made us very uppity.

But today we saw a link to a set of fanart of Disney's animal and/or anthropomorphic characters portayed as 99% human (they still have tails). Something about the thumbnails was incredibly appealing, so we had to take a look. And oh my goodness, the pictures are so adorable! (Okay, I admit that we are probably biased, because one of the reasons I thought, "Okay, I'll look," is that it said the artist was Japanese.) She captures the essence of the Disney characters so perfectly! It's amazing! What I really love about it is you can really see in her art how much she loves the Disney characters. Instead of a sense of, "Look at me! I can draw Disney characters!" it feels more like, "Look, you guys! Disney characters are so awesome!"

We checked the links to some of her art pages, and apparently she's a huge fan of Panchito (from the Three Caballeros). Her Deviant Art ID pic is enough to make anyone fall in love with Panchito, if you ask us.

...We need to watch The Three Caballeros again. But that would take time away from Kingdom Hearts. I wonder if the other two caballeros will ever show up in Kingdom Hearts. That could be interesting.

Today I'm thankful for making good progress on Say I Love You, helpful suggestions about cosplay material, said material being pretty inexpensive, getting to sing along with Polar Bear's Cafe songs, and our sing-along not taking too much time away from work.
Comments 
8th-Oct-2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hah! Of all the things you might get upset about in Say I Love You!!!! Hahahaha, I was not expecting an exchange of greetings to be it I'm glad it was no more than that, though. By the way, I got My Little Monster 4 today!!! (my comic shop (or maybe all comic shops) seems to have a delay with some Kodansha books.)

It's funny that you mentioned Disney fanart being shared around on facebook, because I came across several of those today (but not the one you linked, so I'll check that out!!). Maybe they're some of the ones you've seen and don't care for, but I enjoyed them... One was a bunch of superimposed photos of faces that the artist layered/manipulated for certain facial traits to depict the characters realistically, which seemed like an interesting technique. And another I found quite lovely was all classic oil-paint-style portraits. And the first one I saw for the day was from the Onion's spinoff site Clickhole, of five Disney Princesses reimagined as caucasian. Haha. (I am a sucker for the Onion's brand of satire and stupid humour.) I guess it does mean that Sharing Disney Fanart Links on Facebook has officially become a thing. Anyway, thanks for sharing that link!!
8th-Oct-2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
...and now that I'm looking at your link, I do feel like I see the difference in this artist's approach vs others, where she really seems to be focusing on the personality/characterization of the characters, and not just on making them resemble/look like the originals. Like she's not worried about matching the "official Disney style." Not to say official Disney style is bad, at all. ...maybe because my own experience with creating fanart was that I never was able to match an official style, and found it much more satisfying to bring the character into my own style... which seems like it should contradict your point about artists calling attention to themselves vs to the characters, but it's like, when I'm not trying to conform my art into something it's not, it lets the characters shine through more? or something?? I hope that doesn't sound too uppity as an artist—I have SO much respect for those who can match art styles, as well as for those who've taken their own personal style and skill much farther than I have!

In conclusion, I really really really like this artist's work :D It's just so fun!!
9th-Oct-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
The great thing about her approach--emphasizing personality over cosmetic details--is that her characters end up looking more like the original characters because of it. It's uncanny. Her villains especially are very striking, and Donald and Daisy. So I think the key is not in trying to use your own unique style as opposed to trying to match the original, but it's more in looking at the personality, emotions, and inner workings of the character as opposed to focusing on just the appearance. Plus, drawing characters with emotions makes them that much more fun to look at.
9th-Oct-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I know, right? Maybe we were all braced for something, and when nothing came, the pent up energy found an outlet somewhere else. I don't remember what we might have been thinking about when we translated that bit that might have also affected our reaction. And yay, My Little Monster!

We actually haven't seen very many, mainly because we were never big fanart fans to begin with, and then, as I said, the way we perceive the artists' attitudes make us unhappy (granted, that part is all in our heads). Then the fanart collections get to be super popular, and we go all hipster.
9th-Oct-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
hm, that's interesting, why would he say "good morning" in the afternoon, and made comments about "almost evening." I don't get that at all. Is that scene in the anime or this happens after the anime?
9th-Oct-2014 02:35 am (UTC)
He probably said "good morning" because it was the first time he'd seen Mei that day. We couldn't tell you if the scene happens in the anime, because we haven't seen all of the anime (we don't want the subtitles to influence our translation), but I can tell you it involves a summer festival.
9th-Oct-2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll find out if that part is in the anime.
11th-Oct-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
I generally love fanart; at least the fanart I like. ;) The ones you linked to are spectacular! As you said, the personalities of the characters just shine right through, and I think I'd guess who they were even if they weren't labeled! Thank you for sharing this. :)
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