Hi there! I'm Katie, welcome to my bit of internet!
"I told my frozen-obsessed friend that I thought Lilo and Nani are more realistic sisters than Anna and Elsa and my friend said ‘Lilo and Nani don’t count because they’re not princesses’. It really hurt that my friend would say something so horrid and superficial, especially since Lilo and Nani helped me through hard times."
They aren’t princesses and that IS what makes them better. They are working-class Hawaiians who have to worry about bills, social services, keeping a job, school, and the stuff most of us working-class stiffs can totally relate to. They live in a messy, run-down house in a state with ridiculously-high cost of living. They may by Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or mixed-race on top of it. They aren’t some far off fairyland fantasy, they’re ordinary folk in an extraordinary situation once the wayward Experiment 626 lands in their lap.
Do I like Frozen? It was okay, and Ms. Menzel could sing the phone book and make it sound good, but I adored the realism in L&S.
Lilo and Stitch is a much superior film to Frozen, and Nani and Lilo are a much more compelling portrait of familial love than Anna and Elsa.
I enjoyed both films, but Lilo and Stitch hits me HARD.
Okay. This is the kind of shit that gets me irritated. Gonna soapbox rant for just a quick second.
In regards to the original poster, I agree that Lilo and Nani shouldn’t be discounted just because they’re not princesses. Any portrayal of a family dynamic, especially one that has some kinks in it but still finds a way to make it work is, I think, important. However, to the next two commenters, it’s just as unfair to try and say that Lilo and Nani are vastly superior as an example of family.
What I think a lot of Disney fans don’t allow for is the fact that every movie is gonna hit everyone in a different way. Now, I love Lilo and Stitch, and don’t get me wrong, the “Aloha Oe” scene makes me cry every time, but I come from a very solid family background. We haven’t lost our parents, (which I think had more emotional impact on the characters and the storyline in Lilo and Stitch than in Frozen) and I’m very close in age to my brother and sister, so the idea of having to raise your siblings is a little out of my knowledge base. I’ve never had to support anyone other than myself, I’ve never had to help take care of much younger siblings. The story line in Lilo and Stitch between the girls is heartfelt, and hits me emotionally, but not in a personal, relatable sort of way.
However, I have a sister that is emotionally distant. We were really good friends all throughout our childhood, we talked about how we’d always want to go to college together, have an apartment together, or at least live nearby each other. How we were best friends and always would be. Then in high school, for some reason, she sort of drifted away, and I’ve never felt like we got back that connection we once had. Therefore, during the “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” scene, I lost it entirely. My friend asked me if I was okay, because I was such a mess. (She doesn’t have any siblings, so I’m sure neither story hit her as strongly as it did others, and there are probably other Disney movies that do.) Frozen hit home waaaay too hard, cause I feel like I’ve been singing that song at my sister for the past 10 years.
Now, sure, I can relate with Nani’s trying to find a job scene more than I can relate with Anna running away from wolves or living in a palace all by herself, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t relate with the emotional mess she’s placed in. Just because she’s a princess and I’m not doesn’t mean I can’t see where she’s coming from in her familial relationships. We shouldn’t say that one is clearly superior to the other, what we need to recognize is that YOU like it more. It’s a preference, not a stated fact. And to tell me that Lilo and Stitch is clearly a better example of familial love is trivializing my emotions about the story I connect with more, the same way that arguing that Frozen is better would trivialize someone else’s emotions. We need to get better about saying “I connected with it more” and “I liked it better”, rather than “It WAS better”.
Does anybody else remember how amazing this TV show was? I legitimately miss watching Kim Possible.
hello! can i ask for a tutorail in hands/arms and legs/feet?
Hey! Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t really had time to do the tutorial for you! But, I did one today. It’s kinda messy and not 100% anatomically perfect (I do several flaws myself) but I think I made some good points!
Arms cannot be done without shoulders, so that’s why I will include them here. To know how one body part works, you need to understand the other parts too. I suggest drawing a stick figure, as shown above. Do it with shoulders and everything - don’t care about anatomy. Really, don’t - go mad! You can figure out how to deal with the anatomy AFTER you have figured how to draw the body freely.
I imagine most body parts to be shaped as tear drops, as shown above; especially the arms and legs. Draw them above the stick figure - don’t be afraid to overlap the teardrops. In fact, I suggest it! The best way to understand anatomy is to think of it as shapes and doll-parts.
After you’ve figured that out, do several, VERY tiny, small doodles like these. Go crazy - don’t bother with anatomy just yet. Do them also very quickly and so small you can’t think of the details. Just keep doing this until you sorta understand how arms work.
Here is a doodle of a “real” arm, and as you can see, how it’s shaped it resembles the teardrops above. A general rule is to constantly draw the body in curves - male AND female. NEVER draw a single line straight.
I mentioned before I thought it was important to include shoulders/other body parts to understand another. This is why. The body basically has a “flow” when you move. The red lines clearly shows the flow. This is also how you can create a dynamic pose: think of the flow. The muscles are formed that way to be able to function. Which reminds me, buy some good anatomy books. And I’m talking about more or less MEDICAL anatomy books - you think you won’t need it - but trust me, it’s more useful than you can imagine. I do NOT suggest buying “stylistic” anatomy books, like Christopher Hart (ugh NO), for example, as these can mislead you. Medical anatomy books CANNOT because they MUST be right.
And for the last part, here’s some “do’s” and “don’ts”. It’s important to remember the muscles between the neck and shoulders. Many, especially when drawing females, forget this. It’s true the most visible it is - the more muscular you will look. But even the most petite people have these. Your neck literally would not function if you didn’t have these supporters. Then, the arms below is just to show why it’s important to draw the body with curves. Many have probably heard “straight lines for males” which is a complete lie. They will look stiff and unnatural. Curves can both empathize muscles AND fat. Heck, even your bones aren’t straight.
Legs certainly are the hardest. There’s a good reason for this; because they’re one of our most strongest muscles, and they are more or less dominating when it comes to poses (together with the spine). However, just like with the arms, draw a stick figure. I won’t suggest drawing them completely straight, as you can see here, as it will add weight. Do teardrops shapes. As for the hips - think of them as panties or briefs. This is not a MUST; but it will help; I think!
And just like the arms, do small doodles. Don’t be serious, play around until you get the idea.
As you can see, these legs easily can be turned into teardrops even when they’re detailed like this.
Now, what makes legs/hips interesting is that the way fat gathers there. Although not a must, seeing as we’re all different, females tend to get more fat there than men. Usually, however, it’s not at the SIDE of the hops, but at the thighs, calves and the “love handles”. (Excuse my english, aaah…) Women also tend to have bigger hips, but again, it’s not a must. It’s not uncommon to have small hips, either; or big hips for men, etc.
Of course, the legs too follow the “flow”!
Something worth noting is the “Standing point” The standing point is basically a straight line, and the further away you are from the line; the more unbalanced you are. To create a dynamic pose you should avoid that line as much as possible. However, if you want to look balanced/realistic, have the one leg stand there for support. The leg to the left is balanced, as you can see one of the legs is taking all the weight; with other words, it’s the support leg-making it balanced. The legs to the right, however, are likely to fall over if she keeps standing like that!
Now for some more do’s and don’ts. I already mentioned the barbie legs, invisible heels and micro-mini crotch in my previous tutorial, but these two are different. I see this mistake a lot; when you sit down, your thighs will become wider because you’re pressing all the fat to the sides. Now, this also depends on how you’re positioning your legs. How much it widens depends on how much fat you have in the first place; but it will always be there.
And then there’s this awkward “thigh gap”. Before I get any haters telling me how I “thin shame”, please, take a seat and read this. Good? Good. How much space you actually have between your thighs depends fully on how you’re standing, bending, angle, body type and everything else. However, the one to the right? Not likely.
Okay, I’m getting really lazy now; so I’ll be quick. Draw a rectangle. Sorta like this; it doesn’t have to be exactly like this - since hands can be shaped VERY differently. Just compare to your friends.
Draw a little triangle attached to it.
Now, the fingers! How long they should be and etc doesn’t really matter either. But if you’re unsure, draw them as tear drops, too.
Now, draw the fingers! Starting to look like a hand, sort of.
Then draw the details and fix things you didn’t like. I really don’t like the way this is drawn but I’m just tired right now.
Just like the legs/arms, practice by doing that simple figure really quickly.
Guess what? Hands also follow “the flow”!
Okay, I’m getting really lazy. Plus, feet are SUPER HARD- I’m just going to say this: think of them as triangles. Overlap them; think of it as 3D!
Practice practice practice! And medical anatomy books. And photo references. And real-life references!
Hope this helped! \o/ As I said, I’m nowhere near perfect but, ahh, I tried.
I love this so much.
Drawing something with alot of hair
Trying to color something with alot of hair