starfish*butthole: sketches n' whatnot

Talia * 28 * geek * gamer* feminist * perverted porn peddling artist & connoisseur * writer *

I don't remember the origin of the term "starfish butthole", but my design professor in college used it to refer to really bad work we put on the walls for critique.

Thus, this is my really bad work. And some not-so-bad WIPs that might look pretty later on. And things that inspire me, like awesome illustrations, music, and graphic design work. And geeky things like World of Warcraft and various animes I'm in to. And porn. Lots of that probably. And ranting. And other randomcity I see fit to toss up BECAUSE I DO WHAT I WANT.

WARNING: I like sexy things of all kinds so beware of occasional NSFWish goodies!


nothing infuriates me more than seeing an artist that I KNOW is tracing but being unable to find the originals they traced from because their tracings are colored/modified (read: bits and pieces tacked on, usually poorly) so much

there’s really nothing wrong with tracing so long as you say you’re tracing and give credit where it’s due, but holy shit.


Tracing is super duper obvious, y’all. For real. It makes your work look stiff and is often ill-proportioned and rendered because you aren’t actually grasping an understanding of the form of what you are drawing and how it connects.

Please don’t trace. Use existing works as references, maybe even guides that you map (not trace) over. But don’t trace. It does nothing for you or the growth of your skills.

Tali was borned on August 20.

Haha I got like several asks about when my birthday is. So. Here you go folks that want to know. ›



Okay, here’s a little lesson on roleplay etiquette, everyone.

So one of my RP buddies ended up just ditching me. I heard from a friend that he wasn’t enjoying the relationship between our characters (which is fine, idgaf), so he just decided to ignore me. I reiterate - he did not…

Sometimes RPs don’t work out even between long-time RP buddies. Sometimes one of you will be really excited and into it and the other one just can’t get into that world, or just doesn’t feel that scenario. Being honest about it is always better than gritting your teeth and starting to dread RP sessions.

tmirai and I have been RPing together for a long time, and we’ve created many awesome RPs, but even between us there is at least one verse or storyline that each of us loves and the other is totally lukewarm (or worse) about. It can be hard to disappoint the other person and just say “Look, I’m not feeling this :T”, but it allows you to move on and create something else that you both enjoy

And sometimes you can go back to that verse, like, on their birthday, and be like “I’m giving you this RP I feel totally bwuh about for your birthday, cause I know you love it so much. ILU” 

Speaking of which. My birthday is coming up soon.

I want ALL the birthday RPs, Marty. >:3


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Anonymous asked: Your cosplay was really amazing like others have been saying ^ u ^ It definitely wasn't as scant as some others that I saw in pics but were you at all nervous about wearing it? Did you have any problems with people harassing you?

Thank you, dear Anon!

You know, I was a little nervous about wearing it at first. Like you said, I definitely wasn’t as “risque” as other cosplayers, but I was showing quite a bit of leg. I was pretty much ass-out most of the time, with just my little dress to cover my bits (though I was wearing double underwear and nylons, hah!) And, in the back of my mind, I was worried about being cat-called or even snickered at for being a plus-sized cosplayer.

But, overall, I had a completely positive experience! Everyone was super respectful and very nice when complimenting me, male and female people alike. For the most part, photographers always asked me first before taking my photo. The only that didn’t was someone at the Saga panel, but they took a nice, respectful photo of me when I was up at the mic asking a question, so I didn’t mind!

The only two times I had a “bad” experience is when I was walking in the Gaslamp District with some friends. We were stopped at a crosswalk in a huge crowd and some guy and his friends (who did not look like they were there for the con, but just locals) passed us. On his way past me, he met my eyes and brushed his hands purposefully against my hands and arms, which were in front of me. Had they not been, he probably would have grazed my belly if not my crotch. I looked straight at him and, loudly, said “Wow, do not fucking touch me!” Some people looked at him, but it was so crowded and he just kept on. I rolled my eyes and snickered about it, as did my friends.

The second time wasn’t really bad, more so just exasperating. I wasn’t even in my fully costume but just my “casual” version of it, which was just the make up, wig, and a Rat Queens tunic tee. I was returning to my hotel where The Walking Dead had had their party. Two guys were taking down the displays, and I approached them to ask if there were any left over little giveaways or pieces of the set I could take. After one of them told me no, the other (an older guy on a ladder above me) said, “I got something you can take?”

I could see where this was going, so I gave him a bland, dry look and replied, “Oh yeah?”

Grinning and thinking himself oh-so-witty and smooth, said “Yeah, I do…” and recited his phone number.

"I’m not local. Or interested," I deadpanned, and turned around while the other guy laughed at him.

{SDCC} Journal entries up!

If you missed it last night, I put up my experience about Comic Con in three different parts. Check it out! I will put up some more bonus photos later.


The Triton’s Mirror, 2014

Acrylics on prepared paper, 55.7 x 41.5 cm 

Denis Forkas – Spirits of the Mirror


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gingerbeardthegeek asked: Your Dee cosplay is freaking amazing!

Thank you so very much! <3

Saga may have a bit of Star Wars in its science fiction/fantasy mashup DNA, but one character was inspired by a Star Wars image that always bothered Vaughan: Princess Leia in that slave outfit. “That’s that character at her least sexy,” Vaughan said to thunderous applause. “There are slave girls in the world and they don’t look like Princess Leia in a bikini.” Vaughan and Staples created the character Slave Girl (now Sophie) in part because they wanted to show the horrific side effects of war. “I’m glad that Slave Girl gets to be Sophie,” he said.

IO9’s article on Brian K. Vaughan, commenting on the character Slave Girl/Sophie from Saga and the parallel to the image of the “Slave Girl” from Star Wars



Harbor Police arrested a 29-year-old man early Sunday morning, July 27th in a hotel at 333 West Harbor Drive. He was booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 am on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of minor. The victim, a juvenile female, was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The Harbor Police Investigations Unit is handling the incident. This investigation is ongoing.


For those who don’t know what has been happening,

According to the girl’s mother, her injuries are severe, and indicate a vicious beating. Here is the account of what occurred from Tumblr:


One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter REDACTED aka REDACTED was found on the side of the road covered in blood with no ID unconscious. They are unsure what happened to her. My husband is on his way to the police station and then the hospital. If you have any information on what happened to her please send me a facebook message or call me at REDACTED. Thank you in advance”. -REDACTED

Remember when SDCC said they didn’t want to make their anti-harassment policy clear because it would make it seem like there was a problem? (more)

well too fucking bad, now it REALLY looks like you have a problem, you fucks.

This is really disgusting and very sad. I am not going to say that more blatant and firmer stances and policies on harassment can fully prevent things like this, but it can certainly deter behavior and make it clear that SDCC will not stand for this kind of shit or any form of harassment. Con harassment IS a problem, and acknowledging it isn’t some sort of “crying fire in a movie theater” thing. It will not create more harassment or make it seem like SDCC is just filled with instances of harassment. No matter if it’s 1 or 1000 reports of harassment, con-goers need to know that SDCC gives a shit about their safety and will not tolerate any harassment.

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Art tips:


Just draw the damn hands.  Stop ending them at stumps at the wrist. Stop hiding them behind someone’s back.  Draw them.  Yeah, you’re probably bad at them, guess what? Everyone is.  And you’re not going to get better by not drawing them.

So draw the damn hands.

I used to do this so often as a young artist, which is probably why I still struggle with hands now. You’ll never get better at anatomy by avoiding it. So challenge yourself!

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Super adorable anime dog costumes by Hatchi Corp

Right now they only have these three outfits but they’ve only been open a short time so hopefully they’ll have more soon!

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