Art Tips 3/28/15
  • Do a more complete value study before starting the final.
  • Make a plan. You can start something big and overwhelming knowing it will move step by step. It’s better to take a long time than to never start at all.
  • Contour drawing: Touch the subject with the tip of your pencil. Move slowly. Find all the nooks and crannies.
  • Contour moves around the outside of the form.
  • Cross-contour moves across the surface of the form.
  • Gesture captures the feel of the action and movement.
  • Scribble gestures from Draw on each pose for only seconds.
  • Learn to draw reality to make the imaginary real.
  • Review facts. Make sketches. Make studies. Draw final.

This week I began working on Nicolaides’ The Natural Way to Draw, which has been sitting on my bookshelf for well over ten years. It’s been sitting there because it’s not just a book about drawing, it’s actually a schedule of practice for like A YEAR. Like three hours a day for a year. That always turned me off; it’s not that I don’t appreciate and benefit from daily structured drawing practice, I just think 3 hours a day for a year is a bit… much.

But ignoring the whole book because of it isn’t helpful at all. I’m thinking that by working through it like a workbook will still be good for my skills, so I’m reading and then doing the suggested exercise, putting in more time on the ones I find most inspiring when I have the time.  Like the scribble gestures from Reference!Reference! are quick and *awesome*. I’ll do some in pen next week to share (my pencil ones come out too light to scan.)

Anyway, it’s all about taking small bites out of something big. And taking time, with contour drawing and everything else.

(Didn’t I just talk about getting away from contour drawing??? LOL ART.)

Life Update

I’m currently in the latter half of my final term as a college junior, and to be quite honest, I’m so stressed out. I feel completely dry of all my creativity, and I would sincerely just want room for myself to make things that I love but I can’t. I’ve broken down multiple times but I’m still pushing.

To those wondering when I’ll update my AU’s, please just wait a little longer because I have to value my studies first. I’m already dying to get back into the fandom, but I’m just really tired right now. Really really tired. Hello to the new followers by the way! I’m sorry I’m not able to post much right now, but please just check back in a while, okay? ; v ;)9


For this assignment in our ‘Drawing and Design for Illustrators’ class, we had to draw two scenes in black and white from the Charles Bukowski poem “Another Day”.  It was a rather depressing poem, but it was fun just to focus on the values.  This has a little bit of cubist influence.  I’ve been really, really inspired by Picasso’s work lately.  He’s the man.  

Top is done in graphite.  Bottom is done in ink + charcoal.

A true gentleman

  • helps those in distress
  • cleans up after himself and others, should the need arise
  • leaves no puzzle unsolved
  • doesn’t pry into other people’s business
  • never underestimates the power of tea
  • shows gratitude to his teachers
  • keeps an open mind
  • keeps promises
  • expresses gratitude for the hospitality of others
  • has hobbies
  • stays strong
  • never makes a scene in public
  • always has good penmanship
  • keeps calm and carries on, even when distressed
  • gets some exercise
  • doesn’t play on ladders

(by xx)

(Of course, this holds just as true for all gentlefolk)


I made these for some guild ppl, but maybe they’ll help someone here too. Some of the terms are probably wrong and I’m sure there are mistakes (I’m still learning) but yeah, this is pretty much how I think about ~*~ SHADING ~*~(uwu)

Also for the last 2: when coloring, changing a color’s value will make it lose saturation. If you want to maintain values and saturation you have to make a hue change. If you want to maintain the hue, you’ll have to change either value or saturation. Hue, value, and saturation all work together so if you change one you change them all at the same time which is why coloring is such a butt


Watch: the documentary that made Scandinavians cut all funds to its gender studies institute

The Nordic Council of Ministers (a regional inter-governmental co-operation consisting of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland) has decided to close down the NIKK Nordic Gender Institute. The NIKK had been the flagship of “Gender Theory”, providing the “scientific” basis for social and educational policies that, from the 1970s onward, had transformed the Nordic countries to become the most “gender sensitive” societies in the world.

The decision was made after the Norwegian State Television had broadcasted a television documentary called “Hjernevask” (the Norwegian word for “brainwash”) in which comedian Harald Eia exposed the hopelessly unscientific character of the NIKK.

Wikipedia article about NIKK:

Original post on reddit (credit):

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