10 Favourite Fictional Characters

I hope you are ready to see all my favourite characters, because here they are! Here they come! I've compiled ten characters who I love and appreciate a lot from various kinds of movies and TV shows.

1. Yukito Tsukishiro (Cardcaptor Sakura)

Yuki may just be the sweetest angel who ever lived in an anime. A soft and gentle boy who loves eating a lot of food. So kind. So nice. He's supportive of everyone around him, super soft-spoken, and just the most pleasant bespectacled teen with hidden magic lurking within.

2. Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)

I love Regina so much. She's such a great villain but also an incredibly sympathetic character. I want her to have good things and to keep being kinda rude forever. Special mention also goes to Rumplestiltskin from this show, because Robert Carlyle plays him in this incredible and deliciously sinister way.

3. Winifrid Sanderson (Hocus Pocus)

I love each Sanderson sister dearly (I'd probably be Mary), but as the mastermind and leader of the trio, I had to pick out Winnie. She's too good.

4. Joan Ferguson (Wentworth)

Ferguson is such a powerful character - both viciously sadistic and deeply suffering. She's intensely clever, manipulative, and completely fascinating. Pamela Rabe plays her with incredible nuance.

5. Flik (A Bug's Life)

Flik is just trying to make everyone's lives better and be a good person (ant) and he gets blamed for everything. He is the political scapegoat of the ants, creative and inventive, a little awkward (okay, a lot awkward) and he's nice to Dot (who is also brilliant). I feel strongly about this computer generated ant. Please respect and celebrate him.

6. Denise Hemphill (Scream Queens)

Denise Hemphill is a no-nonsense security guard who ain't afraid of no ghosts campus killers. She's the greatest. That's all I have to say.

7. Georgia 'George' Lass (Dead Like Me)

I love George because she is the apathetic teen-turned-grim-reaper we all are deep down. This screenshot itself probably says enough about why she's my favourite.

8. Marvin the Martian (Looney Tunes)

He's angry. At everything. All the time. #relatable

9. Dewey Wilkerson (Malcolm in the Middle)

Dewey is the smart and carefree kid who is really the only thing keeping us stable in Malcolm in the Middle. He is a treasure and a delight, and his happy-go-lucky soul is indestructible.

10. Jillian Holtzmann (Ghostbusters)

Jillian Holtzmann is the weird yet super cool engineer we all need and deserve. She can probably defeat any potential enemy with a strange homemade weapon and then do an excellent dance with two blowtorches to ease the tension. I love her a lot.

Hair Goals

I like the way you can curl hair around stuff. One day I would like to use my hair as a tote bag to carry assorted vegetables. That's the dream.

I also strongly enjoy the idea of having enough hair to be nude in public without technically breaking any indecency laws. Just seems like a good idea. A back up plan for some kind of unexpected naked disaster.

Incidentally, "Unexpected Naked Disaster" is going to be the name of my new band.

5 Games I've Been Playing Recently

I've been playing a whole bunch of fun Steam games recently, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts on some of my favourites. It must be evident how much I love pixel art, since all of these games incorporate it in various interesting styles, however the gameplay styles vary plenty. Let's delve into some video games!

1. Bloody Walls

This game is a short free-to-play zombie shooter that has you clearing out enemies through several storeys of a building. It's cool, a little spooky, and really neatly done. It's challenging to complete, but doable (I've even written a guide on how to easily complete it, which you can find here).

2. Stardew Valley

You may already know about my love for this game, so I had to include it here. It's engaging yet relaxing. You get to live out your days building up your farm and your life and your relationships with the locals. There's lots of things to do, the music is great, and the game has its own subtle humour. I love turning my fruit harvest into jam.

3. Trick & Treat

This is another free-to-play game with a cute and spooky Halloween theme. It was released last month, and follows two girls who go trick or treating at a strange house. It's a kind of 'choose your own adventure' RPG combination, and it has some good puzzles and a fun story. Again, I really like the pixel art here and it's quite a breath of fresh air for an RPG maker game.


LOVE is a very simple platformer in which you must navigate levels without being killed by obstacles or falling to your death. The fun part is that you get to reposition your spawn point with a button press. This mechanic makes the game pretty hard to put down. The music is a big strong point in this one.

5. Timberman

This is a very simple game that was originally a mobile game, but it's another one that's hard to put down. You just chop as many logs as possible. That's it. That's the game. It's fun.

Art Style Progress Comparison: 2009-2016

Oh boy! Okay! I've been drawing things for a long time, and I've only really developed a consistent style within the last four or five years. Even after the three years of post-high-school art education I had at that point in time, I just didn't have a clear 'look' in the way I do now. I still like to experiment and do some abstract things, some collage, etc, so of course there is some variation, but I feel like the bulk of my work is now recognisably mine. So let's take a look at my artwork through the ages.

One thing that's particularly interesting is how cats have changed over the years. All creature and human forms have gradually shifted towards more proportional and rounded styles. Now I understand why the earliest drawings of The Simpsons were much more spiky. It takes a lot of practice for curves to feel super easy and smooth in the exact way you need them to.

Also interesting is that it's only really in 2016 that I started using simple dots for eyes all the time (for humans). That one detail has changed the feeling of my drawings so much, and bizarrely, I think it makes them more expressive. Sometimes you can say more with a dot that you can with a more complex structure.

I'm looking forward to seeing how my dots (and other things) develop in the years to come.

About Me

I thought I would do a fun post reminiscent of all those quizzes/lists of questions that everyone posted in Myspace bulletins back in those glorious days before Facebook and Tumblr, where they were later transposed to in slightly altered formats. I've compiled this list of questions from a variety of different Tumblr posts in order to answer the questions I find most interesting. Each post I took questions from is listed here: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Let's go!

✩ ✩ ✩ ABOUT ME ♡ QUIZ ✩ ✩ ✩

Name: Lilly.

Star sign: Aquarius.

Time right now: 3pm.

Last thing googled: define:transposed (I was making sure I was using it properly in this post's intro).

Favourite music artists: Depeche Mode, Split Enz, Scritti Politti, Kraftwerk, Heart, New Order, Years & Years, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Damned, BTS, SHINee, Tori Amos, and a million more.

Song stuck in your head: Desire by Years & Years.

Last TV show watched: Steven Universe.

What are wearing right now: Red and navy baseball t-shirt and pyjama bottoms with gingerbread men on them. Very stylish.

When did you create your blog?: This blog was made in 2012, and my Tumblr account was made in 2009.

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw.

Dream job: POP STAR or ARTIST!

Rural or suburbs: I think there are beautiful things about different types of urban - rural environments but I'd like to live somewhere that is more rural and see how I feel about it. I think I'd be happy in lots of different kinds of places.

Do you have freckles?: I get some along the bridge of my nose but they are quite faint.

How many pictures do you have on your phone?: Six. I don't tend to keep many on there.

Tea or coffee: Tea.

Do you believe in ghosts/spirits: No, but I love them.

Favourite ice cream flavour: Historically, this is mint chocolate chip, but I had a praline flavoured ice cream recently and it was incredible.

What's your phone background?: A really pretty "the truth is out there" illustration over a picture of a beach at/near sunset.

Last thing you ate: A cheese sandwich.

Summer or winter: Winter.

Day or night: Day.

Favourite month: I like October.

How tall are you?: 5'2.

Last article you read: Why Referendums Aren’t as Democratic as They Seem - The New York Times.

Favourite film of 2016: Ghostbusters. I loved it.

Making A Pixel Cat

I made this pixel cat animation, inspired by the colours in one of Kayla Hadlington's Instagram pictures, and I love this one so much! I'm really glad I experimented a little with these colours, because they give it so much character. Colour can go such a long way in pixel art, especially with the simple outlines I like to use.

Here are all of the individual frames, and the original 32x32 animation (with added transparency):

And here are some of the frames upscaled to 400x400 px so you can see how the ear moves and how the stars and hearts dissolve:

Finally, here is the picture I drew inspiration from and all the colours I picked out from it using the eyedropper, alongside some final colour choices and my initial cat drawing:

Once again I'm very pleased to be making more pixel art! ☆゚.*・。゚


Here's some red. I started out painting myself an encouraging message (because it's a nice thing to do for yourself) end ended up with "whatever" because deep down I am Squall Leonhart (we're all Squall Leonhart). I'd like to paint myself lots of encouraging messages. It's a bit like muttering to yourself, but with paint.

I also find a lot of comfort in being congratulated by fictional cats. Whatever works for you, y'know? It's fun to congratulate people on minor things, too. Ate a sandwich? Congrats. Looked at some cat videos? Congrats. Put on fresh socks? Congrats.

Congratulations on everything! Have a nice day! ฅ(^•ﻌ•^)ฅ☆゚.*・。゚