when making picspam, cap choice is just as important as coloring.
when you color, enhance what is already there. don’t take a yellow cap and try to turn it purple. it’s going to look ridiculous.
it’s better to under saturate than over saturate.
that tumblr trend with the chopped words lazy minimalism scratched out face etc that you think looks neat and everyone is doing seems like a good idea now, but its not. its not a good idea.
start an inspiration folder and use it when you want to start something new. that doesn’t mean ”copy other people work” but break other graphics down and do your best to try to mimic the effect for your own knowledge. everybody learns by imitation. you can make it your own. i’ve had mine for 5-6 years now and its the best thing i ever did..
if the typography looks questionable, it probably is. that goes for most things. trust your instincts.
don’t stress about the fact that you “don’t have your own style”. some people take years to develop a recognizable look to their work. its okay. you will.
ANYBODY can be good at photoshop. ANYBODY. theres no creative gene that makes you pre disposed to photoshop superpowers, and its insulting to assume that some people are naturally better because it invalidates the years of suffering they went through to be as good as they are. Your favorite graphic makers didn’t get out of bed and master PS. YOU DON’T NEED ANY ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE TO START PHOTOSHOP. photoshop is something that takes practice, but you aren’t broken. you aren’t hopeless.
arial bold italic with a +1 or 2 stroke for dialogue text.
when applying textures, soft light and screen are your best friends, and (probably) lower the opacity.
if you use a popular texture, always try to make it unrecognizable.
put your textures under your color layers always.
even if you screw up a lot, never stop experimenting. you don’t have to post every failure, but screwing up is part of learning.
Kind of a follow up to this piece and the reason why I love Sherlock the way I do and (also a little bit why it has influenced my life so much and why I cried for ages yesterday evening). Sherlock isn´t a crime show this season (and maybe never was) but a drama.
And the motive of „Family“ and the question who is family is one of the main topics throughout series 3 - and as in a lot of moments in Sherlock „family“ not necessarily means the biological family, but rather the „families“ one choses to live in. The little family Sherlock and John and Mrs Hudson form in the first seasons and the variety of family models they show in Episode 3 - Mary, the orphan with a diffuse family background, John about whose family we don´t get any information beside the absence of his sister Harry on the day of the wedding - and last but not least, the „new“, traditional family - John, Mary and their child.
And in all of these tangles of family Sherlock throughout the series has a specific role that is pointed out until the last moments of TSO3: Sherlock is „The Child“. It is made obvious by different takes on „Sherlock being the child/being childish“. We actually picked up on that - „The consulting 5 year old“ is definitely one of my favourite tropes in fandom!
There is Sherlock´s obvious love of games (both board games and „crime games“) - and he is completely out of is element when life is not a game anymore (for example the moment the woman dies in The Great Game). But ultimately everything, even his time in hiding, is a game - and in season 3 the game is back on, for the child Sherlock who never ceased playing games and who never learns how to cope with feelings, with loneliness and who never really took responsiblity and thinks that pranking his best friend is good idea since he doesn´t understand the process of grieving!
In TSO3 this is emphasised: There is Sherlock´s behaviour towards Archie, whom he tells that he isn´t a grown-up himself and his reliance on other people - on Mrs Hudson for his physical needs, e.g. his tea (who actually compares herself with his mother) or Lestrade in a more comical moment for help with writing the wedding speech.
And finally in series 3 Sherlock is pictured as the child of his biological family, who loves him and whom he (in his way) loves back - as a child. Most prominently in this regard it is shown how dependend on his older brother Mycroft Sherlock is - be it in bringing him back to London or in taking the responsibility for what is happening in his absence and the way he comes back to life - and Sherlock didn´t do anything more than what Mycroft ordered him to do (for example calling John).
And, last but not least, Sherlock IS in the role of a child when Mary and John are concerned. Throughout the episode (in a very sweet way to be sure) they treat him like a child - for example the code word they use when they want to talk about him without his knowledge (the way parents switch into a foreign language or spell words out if the child mustn´t understand them). This is something that was set up in the very first moments Sherlock meets Mary - she will sort things out for him, he gives her the responsiblity to fix his relationship with John.
And in this way with this dynamics the relationship between the three of them works. It employs characteristics of the relationship between Sherlock and John before Mary came along: John constantly caring for Sherlock and both his emotional and physical wellbeing and being the person he relies on in his moral decision. John is the person who is ultimately responsible for Sherlock´s actions and the way he behaves.
But throughout the episode something happens. It might be the man they can save, it might be Sherlock´s emotional turmoil in regard to the wedding, his confrontation with Sholton, it might be even something like a PTSD or the reflection/processing of his time in hiding (torture and everything included). But whatever it is, Sherlock, The Child, grows up and becomes mature. And being mature means taking responsibility for his actions and the feelings of the people around him.
He is not a child anymore. He can face his emotions, he can put them into words and express them - even the dark, suicidal thoughts, the things that only mature individuals can face. Sherlock always cared for other people, but he never realised that it is a mutual feeling and that he is cared for and can form meaningful bonds with other people. And this is what he is telling John and Mary in the last scene. He is not a child anymore, he has matured and is what John has been asking of him all along - a good man. He does not depend on John as his moral compass anymore - and that´s included in his vow: He will take whatever it needs to protect John and Mary and their child - and he will take responsibility for what he will be doing.
That is what he tells them in his vow - and he intertwines himself with his family, with John and Mary, the family he chose to love. But his role in this family changed - he is not The Child anymore. The Child is now another person, Mary´s and Johns´s real child - so Sherlock´s role will have to change.
And to me that´s the reason he is leaving the wedding early - it´s not necessarily a sign of a regress or the loss of their friendship but of the need to figure out the change now that Sherlock has become an adult. Sherlock has grown and all three of them have to work out what his role can be and how their relationship dynamics will work out in the future. I´m acutally thinking that John picks up on this first - they could have been dancing together, all three of them with Sherlock, The Child, but not with Sherlock, The Adult.
And what they do, and what Sherlock´s vow contains and all of them acknowledge, is that they form a new and surely strange and ridiculous sort of family. A family that is not perfect (far from it actually) and a family that will have to do a lot of work to get it right and in which especially Sherlock has to search for his role (most possibly also in regard to his biological family and my bet is still on this being the heart-crushing element of His Last Vow - Sherlock having to choose (and taking responsiblity for his choice) between his families.)
And this is why I always loved the show and fell in love with it all over again in the last episode: It always showed that family matters - but that family is the people we chose them to be and that they can turn us in more than we are. And to me, this also is fandom - with all the stories of chosen families, of strong bonds and with all the people who became family. So yes, this episode for me was more about the fandom than the Empty Hearse and holds a very special place in my heart.
do you think that right before his honeymoon, john comes to baker street to see sherlock playing violin and he whispers “you’re none of those things” and sherlock turns around, his brows furrowed so john goes on “you’re none of those things you said you were in your speech”
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i loved how “are you okay”, “are you alright?” have always been their questions, the moments when they let their affection to each other show, so i was more than upset that in series 3 john doesn’t ask sherlock if he’s okay, not after sherlock comes back, not even after he’s shot.
until their supposedly last conversation. “so what about you, then?”, john asks. there’s no wedding ring on his finger.