3 days ago   •   7 notes

doejess replied to your post: Themed commissions are fun and I’m doi…

are you gonna stream your commissions!! i love your livestreams

maybe! i might stream the ones that don’t involve me having to have a bunch of photos of strangers open in the window. unless someone specifically wants me to.

3 days ago   •   272 notes

Themed commissions are fun and I’m doing them!

I’m opening 10 slots of Pokemon commissions. :-)

E-mail me at vondell.swain@gmail.com to secure a slot.

Special Notes:

  • Fictional characters and OCs are totally fair game in terms of trainers, it doesn’t have to be you/your friends, I’m just as happy drawing Kaylee from Firefly or one of your OCs as I am drawing people you know.
  • If there’s something involved that I can’t google, reference pics are much appreciated, the more the merrier. :-)
  • Fan-created Pokemon are very OK too. I will gladly and enthusiastically draw your Fakemon.
  • If you (or one of your friends) is in the picture and there’s details I should keep in mind about your appearance/height/gender presentation/etc feel free to add that in there. If I’m gonna draw you, I intend to draw you right! B-) Height is particularly important in couples pieces; if one of you is a foot and a half taller than the other I might end up accidentally drawing you eye to eye if I don’t hear otherwise.
  • If you have additional ideas about poses, actions, outfits, etc, lemme know in the e-mail, otherwise I’ll go with whatever I think looks best!

Payment is handled upfront via my PayPal address pay.vondell.swain@gmail.com. When you e-mail me I’ll let you know where you are on the list and I’ll send you another e-mail when I start working on your piece. Turnaround time is usually a no more than a few days from start to finish. That means people at the end of the list will be seeing their pieces in a few weeks.

These commissions will be delivered via e-mail as two PNGs, one with a white background and one alternate with a transparent background. I’ll send over the PSD file too if you’d be into that. They can be used personally in any way you’d like except for profit, as long as you’re crediting me somewhere. I trust y’all.

Anything else relevant that you’re interested in, feel free to lemme know! If you’re interested in something along these lines that might be priced higher, like a Pokemon team portrait, let me know and we’ll figure a price out based on what you’re looking for.

Sweet! Let’s do this! Reblogs are appreciated although if you’re seeing this in a reblog, make sure to check my page to see whether the slots have already been filled. I’ll have a post up when I’m all full.

3 days ago   •   107 notes
Helioptile!

Helioptile!

1 week ago   •   84 notes   •   VIA rainbowtapir   •   SOURCE rainbowtapir
rainbowtapir:

so i commissioned the inimitable deonte-s for a drawing of me with a charizard! and it’s so cool, i’m so so pleased with it! go check out their art blog for more cool things such as my favourite harry potter reading!

rainbowtapir:

so i commissioned the inimitable deonte-s for a drawing of me with a charizard! and it’s so cool, i’m so so pleased with it! go check out their art blog for more cool things such as my favourite harry potter reading!

1 week ago   •   74 notes
gals

gals

1 week ago   •   1,486 notes
"and just look at what a mess i made, too!"
#pokemon shaming

"and just look at what a mess i made, too!"

#pokemon shaming

2 weeks ago   •   8 notes

Bear with me for a little bit while my page is clunky, yall caught me while I was under construction. :) FAQ & Freelance pages should be working soon. To everyone new — welcome to the party and follow me on twitter if ya want!

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2 weeks ago   •   15,745 notes   •   VIA vondellswain   •   SOURCE itsvondell

vondellswain:

My HP headcanons all have and will fit squarely and comfortably within the source text descriptions but that’s just my own preference for imagining characters, not a rigorous standard I’d hold other people to.

I suspect that Jo Rowling probably imagined James and Harry as white too, i don’t mind that, that’s her business.

Personally I’m mentally acting against the white-as-default-unless-otherwise-specified that’s pervasive in imagining media especially in predominately white fandom culture.

James’ skin color, hair texture, etc to my knowledge has never been specified and that means to me that even a reader who strictly contains themselves within the bounds of canon is free to imagine him as any number of ethnicities.

In absence of a specified race I chose to imagine the one that makes the story most compelling to me.

My James is black because that creates the most personally compelling racial background for my Harry. It is informed by my interpretation of the canon interactions between the Potters and the Evans/Dursleys, whom Jo Rowling and I probably imagine very similarly. It is informed by my experience as the black mixed-race child of a black man and a white woman who grew up more or less estranged from both my parents largely in the care of my white maternal aunt and her family, household, values, and prejudices. It is informed by my personal desire for a black mixed-race hero story.

Probably most important to me, my desire to create and disseminate content that involves non-white interpretations of popularly-imagined-white-by-default characters reflects my desire to speak to people like me, who are not used to seeing faces like theirs represented in the popular media they consume. It reflects my fight against white-as-default. It reflects my desire to contribute to young people of color feeling empowered by popular fiction and not othered by it. It reflects my desire not to let blockbuster casting directors dictate what you may or may not imagine the characters that populate your fiction to be.

It’s not arbitrary and it doesn’t come from nowhere, but if it did, that would be fine too. All my interpretations are based squarely in canon. But if they weren’t, that would be damn well acceptable. Squeeze representation out of anywhere you can feel it and fabricate the rest. Own your fiction.

2 weeks ago   •   1,650 notes   •   VIA deonte-s   •   SOURCE deonte-s

vondellswain:

the idea of harry potter not only straddling two worlds between him (the british wizarding world and the british muggle world) but also being met at each end by two entirely different systems of historical dehumanization/subjugation (with harry on one hand being a half-blood in a society built on blood pedigree and on the other hand being black mixed-race in a society built on white supremacy) is at once extremely tragic and extremely compelling narratively

it’s also interesting that either status has a completely negligible effect within the opposite world (i.e. harry’s blood status means nothing in muggle britain and his race means nothing in wizarding britain)

mixed-race harry continues to rise to the top as the most narratively compelling interpretation of the text

2 weeks ago   •   4,542 notes   •   VIA deonte-s   •   SOURCE itsvondell
vondellswain

somebody asked whether my reading of james potter and the potter family as historically black meant that the Peverell lineage was a black lineage as well and asked what that meant for the complexions of the Gaunt family and, consequently, Tom Riddle, so i color-coded this Peverell lineage chart from the hp wiki to reflect how i imagine that business.



when reading it for the first time a lot of people imagine a direct correlation between blood supremacy and racial supremacy because of the way that rowling draws parallels between them, the malfoys are racist, voldemort is hitler, etc etc.
but honestly, i think a wizarding world with diverse pure-blood lines of many races and ancestries is a more interesting reading of it.
the wizarding world is already historically very separate and distinct from the muggle world and i think it’s interesting to imagine a wizarding world that has historically used magical pedigree, completely separate from race, as the primary object of discrimination and ideological superiority
it’s a reading that allows the Gaunts to be mixed-race descendants of both the black wizarding Peverell lineage and the white wizarding Slytherin lineage while still being obsessively concerned about blood purity and it maintains a route for Marvolo Gaunt to see Merope’s partnership with Tom Riddle Sr., a member of an extremely wealthy muggle family whose physical descriptions and historical social position heavily imply whiteness, as traitorous.
i think it’s a much more compelling reading to view the historical wizarding world as lacking much of the concepts of racial supremacy that Muggle ideologies have produced, having been much more intimately concerned with magical blood supremacy than physical ancestry and complexion. it’s worth remembering that white supremacy is a historical construct that rose directly out of western imperialism and colonialism and not in any way an innate tendency of humans. it’s entirely possible (and to me, a very interesting thought) that the historical wizarding world’s extensive isolation from muggle actions and affairs might have kept it largely ignorant of the muggle world’s racial ideologies.

vondellswain

somebody asked whether my reading of james potter and the potter family as historically black meant that the Peverell lineage was a black lineage as well and asked what that meant for the complexions of the Gaunt family and, consequently, Tom Riddle, so i color-coded this Peverell lineage chart from the hp wiki to reflect how i imagine that business.

when reading it for the first time a lot of people imagine a direct correlation between blood supremacy and racial supremacy because of the way that rowling draws parallels between them, the malfoys are racist, voldemort is hitler, etc etc.

but honestly, i think a wizarding world with diverse pure-blood lines of many races and ancestries is a more interesting reading of it.

the wizarding world is already historically very separate and distinct from the muggle world and i think it’s interesting to imagine a wizarding world that has historically used magical pedigree, completely separate from race, as the primary object of discrimination and ideological superiority

it’s a reading that allows the Gaunts to be mixed-race descendants of both the black wizarding Peverell lineage and the white wizarding Slytherin lineage while still being obsessively concerned about blood purity and it maintains a route for Marvolo Gaunt to see Merope’s partnership with Tom Riddle Sr., a member of an extremely wealthy muggle family whose physical descriptions and historical social position heavily imply whiteness, as traitorous.

i think it’s a much more compelling reading to view the historical wizarding world as lacking much of the concepts of racial supremacy that Muggle ideologies have produced, having been much more intimately concerned with magical blood supremacy than physical ancestry and complexion. it’s worth remembering that white supremacy is a historical construct that rose directly out of western imperialism and colonialism and not in any way an innate tendency of humans. it’s entirely possible (and to me, a very interesting thought) that the historical wizarding world’s extensive isolation from muggle actions and affairs might have kept it largely ignorant of the muggle world’s racial ideologies.

2 weeks ago   •   23 notes

Hey guys! A lot of you are liking my art/readings of James and Harry, so I’m gonna reblog a couple of text posts I’ve made on the subject that might answer some questions about it. Cheers!

1 month ago   •   5,099 notes   •   VIA jbaxteranimator   •   SOURCE jbaxteranimator

jbaxteranimator:

Pencil test time! This is the tied down version of one of the shots I animated for the opening credits of Gravity Falls

was just watching Gravity Falls last night and raving about this shot in the intro — glad I have a name to put behind it now! real top class stuff, absolutely rad. huge inspiration!

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1 month ago   •   152 notes
You excited for Dead End? Good, you ought to be!
If you somehow aren’t in the know yet, Dead End is a new animated series by Hamish Steele that’s premiering on Cartoon Hangover on June 26th! What happens when two friends move into a rickety old piece of cheap real estate in the middle of nowhere with only their dog and their WiFi to keep them company? Does it set the scene for some type of spooky haunty type biz to go down? Most assuredly.
Follow Hamish and Cartoon Hangover if you want to get as hooked as I am.

You excited for Dead End? Good, you ought to be!

If you somehow aren’t in the know yet, Dead End is a new animated series by Hamish Steele that’s premiering on Cartoon Hangover on June 26th! What happens when two friends move into a rickety old piece of cheap real estate in the middle of nowhere with only their dog and their WiFi to keep them company? Does it set the scene for some type of spooky haunty type biz to go down? Most assuredly.

Follow Hamish and Cartoon Hangover if you want to get as hooked as I am.

1 month ago   •   171,010 notes   •   VIA safelyendangered   •   SOURCE safelyendangered

safelyendangered:

Written by Vondell! Illustrated by me!

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Patreon

*cooperative high-five!*

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1 month ago   •   77 notes   •   VIA notxam   •   SOURCE infinitefreefall

infinitefreefall:

INFINITEFREEFALL - THE REMIXES, VOL. 3
digipak + jewel case cds now available for pre-order

album art + packaging design by Vondell Swain