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    Shovel Knight Victory!

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This game’s winner is: Shuvel Knight!

"For Shovelry!"
"You’re naught but a decadent dandy!"
"Prepare to face justice, Shovel Justice."

(/’o’)-D=[)  wield da shuvehllll, ann’ stwrike da earthf!
plees Nintendou, put Shuvel in Sm4sh! eh kenna shuvel-fight wif Villager!

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Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China. 

For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment. 

Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles. 

From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.

She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.


I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics. 

detectivescheper asked:

Hi! How did you master drawing birds (Anatomy wise - The muscles and bone structure, etc)? 'cuz I'm kinda struggling with it at the moment. I can draw them free-handed without refs for a while, but it's only after I get their image embedded in my memory and then I go back and forth to check if it's in proportion with a few images on standby. Are there any good useful books on this? Thanks!


I’m so far from mastering it, it’s not even funny lol! But, thank you. Birds are a group of animals, just like how mammals are. And the diversity that mammals come in, birds do as well. Each species of bird has evolved for a certain purpose and their bodies change for that adaptation.But, how mammals can generally have the same features, birds can as well. 

What helped me was just studying them - seeing them in real life. Study the birds around your area. Get out and watch them for a bit, see how they move. I’m a huge birder, as you know, and I am constantly on the look-out for birds when out. I even drive over 200+ miles just to see California condors every once in a while to get my condor fix. It’s quite convenient to have birds in the household as well. It’s easy to see the anatomy differences (and similarities) of a perching bird such as my parrot and the structure of a terrestrial bird such as the King Quail we have. 

But, studying photos is a good way as well as video. One of the best first things to do is look at skeletal and muscle drawings. It’s easy to see how birds, even though they are not mammals, have the same basic structure, just moved around. 

Other than the placement of proper feathers, I often see people having trouble with the legs of a bird. I’m actually surprised to know how many people view birds with “the knee facing backwards” unlike a humans, but, in fact what people misinterpret as the “knee” is the bird’s ankle. The knee is more often hidden under feathers as it’s pretty high up on most birds. You can see it once in a while when some birds stretch out their legs. I find myself fascinated with bird knees. One of the best ways to see and study the knees is in, now don’t laugh, fried chicken or thanks giving turkey dinners. You can really see the general bird anatomy that way without all the feathers getting in the way lol!

Here are some photos and drawings to show you what I mean. Here’s a basic skeletal structure of a bird of prey such as a hawk. 


Take this Harris Hawk for a moment:


It’s sort of easy to see on a lean raptor such as a Harris Hawk where most of the anatomy under the feathers is. Studying tall lean birds like this is a good place to start. For a raptor like this, after studying bone placement in birds, it’s knee and breast bone might look something like this:image

Probably not 100% accurate, but it gives you a push in the right direction. 




Like I said, Harris Hawks are a good bird to look at. As are these guys, Egrets:imageimage

It’s holy grail photos like the two above that help me out so much at times. The thighs are not too visible, but you can basically picture them because of how clear the anatomy is here. Egrets have perfect feathers for trying to see bird anatomy. 

Once you get the hang of knowing bird anatomy by studying stuff like this, you can even picture the body beneath the feathers on something like the photo below, which is very hard if you don’t know what’s really underneath. imageimage

Basically something like that, without the wings.

When it comes to books…

Here’s the main ones that comes to mind.

The Inner Bird: Anatomy and Evolution by Gary W. Kaiser



van Grouw, Katrina. The Unfeathered Bird


This one is amazing. It’s got pics like this:



Well, I hope that helped some. :)

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