Free! : suits & glasses
Designs for ladykalliste’s Avatar/Free! crossover. Go read her idea and her thoughts on why these are their elements!
Samezuka team here
Can’t remember where I found this, but from the watermark I can only assume the source is ImagineFX magazine, the September 2008 issue.
If this gets enough notes I’ll caption each photo with the text displayed in each page! (‘Tis a bit small. Curse you, tumblr, get some better zoom! <shakes fist>)
This has been something that has been bothering me for the past few years, every time I encounter someone who’s just started as an artist, they put themselves down because they’re intimidated by artists who are more experienced. Intimidation is something that every artist has (or will) encounter in their lives, and they need to pull through that fear in order to grow as an artist. Take that intimidation and be inspired about it. What makes it intimidating? What makes their work look so unique? That’s where your learning opportunistic moments will occur, you find those reasons and you create something new out of all that you’ve learned!
I believe that anyone, ANYONE, can become an artist. It takes dedication and determination, but I promise you that drawing is one of the most rewarding art forms I’ve ever experienced. You will always learn something new with it, therefore, the fun never stops!
So i just wanted to take a moment to really appreciate these scenes.
Makoto, as we all know by now, has always had a fear of water. Though the anime didn’t go as far into it as the novel did in explaining it, we can all understand that he’s scared, which is the reason why he swims backstroke. But swimming with his friends helps him to get over that. He isn’t as afraid because he has fun doing these things with his friends. He can be at peace in the water because he has his friends with him.
Nagisa, I feel like, got the short end of the stick in the anime since he didn’t get much of his backstory, did he? But he always wanted to swim with his friends, not to be left behind. And this scene really hit home with me because he got to swim with his friends again, they were a group again. Happy.
Rin. What can i even say about this guy? He was so focused on becoming an olympic swimmer that he kind of missed the bigger picture. He was too focused on being the best and always winning. In this medley he sees that he’s had what he’s truly wanted all along, friends to swim with. he found a new dream to pursue, one that was his own.
Haruka. He always insisted that he only swam freestyle. It seemed like he didn’t need anything else other than water to keep him happy. Like…it was his safety blanket. But his friends are becoming that for him now. They have become his pillars of support. He willingly swims out of that place he’s kept himself in to meet them. I wish i could phrase this better.
Rei. This guy. This guy. This precious person. He worked so hard to become a useful member of the team despite initially being dragged on and reluctant to have anything to do with the swim team. He wanted to swim with the best team. He voluntarily gave up his spot to swim with his team, so that his team could be happy. And he was happy for them. He didn’t need to feel like he wasn’t a part of the team even if they always spoke about “Rin-chan” because he knew that they considered him an irreplaceable part of the team as well.
TL;DR: FRIENDSHIP MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
This is what people should realize about the last episode and stop talking shit about what ship is canon or not.