anonymous asked:

I'm wondering who your favorite non-fanart artists are. :)

Jeez…the list of artists I admire is really varied. As a child I used to copy drawings of Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Dürer - trying to understand how they could convey so much with just a few simple lines. My grandmother had a wonderful Saul Steinberg cartoon framed in her living room, so his work holds a special place in my heart. Many of the books I read as a child had such gorgeous illustrations in them & I think that’s where my inspiration to go to art school came from originally. 

Kay Neilsen is a brilliant Danish artist who illustrated one of my favorite children’s books - East of the Sun and West of the Moon. That book is an absolute feast on every level and his paintings are just stunning.

I think there’s something about this time period I’m especially drawn to because I also adore John R. Neil’s illustrations for The Wizard of Oz series (which I was obsessed with as a kid).

I’ll put the rest under the cut because this got longer than I expected!

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(A table of contents is available. This series will remain open for additional posts. This post series was inspired by a 4th Street Fantasy convention panel.)

Part Five: The LED Effect

Many things have been lost to time, one of which is the true originator of the phrase, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” Some attribute it to Shakespeare or DaVinci, Hiram Powers, Max Beerbohm, Milton, Andrew Hamilton, Emerson, but in truth it’s an English, traditional proverb with roots as far back as human thought. The idea is simple: We can often get an understanding of how a person is feeling by studying their eyes.

The eyes are the most frequently used body part to convey emotion in narrative. (Second on the list is hands/fists.) They become shimmering pools and hard orbs and they shine with tears and gleam with curiosity. We give significant looks, and our laughs don’t always reach our eyes. We glance, glare, and narrow our eyes; we close them when faced with something difficult. Our eyes warm when our loved ones are near and the sparkle returns when we’re happy and healthy. Mood swings are first noticed in the way something in our eyes change. In short, our eyes are an indicator to our health, our opinions, and our moods.

Our dependency on the eyes for the portrayal of our characters’ emotions hamstrings us and creates what Sherwood Smith refers to as LED eyes, where the eyes become a screen for the audience to watch a character. All they need to know about a character’s state of being is held within and displayed upon the eyes. It removes all the work of understanding a character that the audience is asked to do, broadcasting all the information without any of the fun of getting acquainted. Often, it’s not realistic to the character. The display of emotion that is confined solely to the eyes neglects all the other options the body gives us for portraying those emotions. It may be perfectly in-line for a character and their intentions to smile and not have it reach their eyes (although, this is very cliche, and perhaps worth a re-examination of what you could do), but for other characters, a bodily, physical reaction may be more appropriate. As tempted as we are to write those tiny, intricate emotional details onto the page, it may be just as beneficial to allow the reader to infer and develop their own understanding of these people.

What LED also indicates is when the emotion being portrayed functions as a plot point. As with narrative plots, character arcs include events that form a rise and fall, working toward an endgame change in the character. Emotion is a huge part of that character’s change. Without emotion to drive the change, it can be a very lateral sort of move rather than a full relocation in character worldview. The use of those huge emotional shifts, when “something changes behind their eyes,” indicates very clearly to the reader that this moment was a plot point. You don’t want to do that. It isn’t meaningful, just a trope that we feel “required” to include to make the moment complete. It isn’t. Writing is as much about subtlety as it is about getting your information and story across. Widening the variety of emotional reactions and displays to include more than the eyes, and steering away from the eyes as much as possible in those high-impact moments, can add a depth to your narrative that less experienced or less practiced writers often miss. Try to challenge yourself to write a short story or vignette in which you don’t display any emotions in the eyes, but rather utilize the entire body.

The way people play with their hair, the change in walk that happens when someone sees someone they want to impress, biting of lips, and cracking of wrists in nervousness. All of these and more are emotion indicators that don’t involve the eyes. The way someone throws back their head to laugh from the gut, a recrossing of the legs in a conversation, scratching one’s neck in embarrassment, and even taking a swing at someone. Get creative! Study people! Go beyond what their eyes say to what all of them can say. There’s more to people’s thoughts and emotions than the twinkle in their eye.

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Next up: Emotion, knowledge, and the self.

Mona Lisa

Artista: Leonardo da Vinci
Criação: 1503–1504
Localização: Museu do Louvre (desde 1797) 

Leonardo di Ser Piero da Vinci, nascido na Itália no ano de 1452, foi um dois maiores nomes da história, não apenas na arte renascentista mas também no ramo da ciência. Da Vinci se destacou como matemático, engenheiro, anatomista, pintor, escultor, arquiteto, botânico, poeta e músico. De fato, um verdadeiro polímato. Juntamente com Rafael e Michelangelo, formou a tríade do Renascimento. Eu poderia escrever milhares de linhas sobre essa figura singular ou criar uma página especialmente para ele, ainda assim, não teria como falar de todos os seus feitos e suas ideias. O considero um dos homens mais brilhantes da história e por isso o tenho como inspiração.
A sua obra mais famosa, a enigmática “Mona Lisa”, hoje está estimada em 782 milhões de dólares! Esse quadro, sem dúvidas, é o quadro “mais tudo” que se possa imaginar. Mais caro, mais famoso, mais parodiado, mais investigado, mais apreciado, mais reproduzido e etc. A identidade da modelo ainda é controvérsia, mas a história mais aceita é que a obra é um retrato de Lisa del Giocondo, mulher de um um comerciante florentino, que recentemente tinha dado à luz.


Tsurumi & Tama-chan by BliSS Vulpes
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Yeaaah my little kitties! Also had come for for months ago …. too busy to take pictures for them…/__\

finbarcoyle  asked:

Hey Scott, I have been following you a long time but have only recently really studied your work. Just want to say it is very inspiring. As a character designer myself I can struggle with finding interesting solutions to design problems in work. Looking at your work it seems that you experiment with a lot of different mediums. I tend to get quite tight in my sketchbooks working only with col erase pencils. It might be a boring question but I was wondering what markers and other medium you enjoy?

Thank you very much! No, this isn’t a boring question, I always wonder what other people like to use too. 

I recently got an iPad Pro and have been using Pro Create which is quite a nice program… However, I still prefer paper. I use Copic Markers, Prismacolors, Col-erase and do most of my sketching with Blackwing pencils. I also paint with watercolors and gouache. I like the Pentel Pocket brush pen and the daVinci Maestro 35 #4 round for inking stuff.

Thanks for asking!

anonymous asked:

Imagine watching Inception with Bucky.

I actually haven’t seen Inception so I consulted my sister here bc she’s seen it and I got a sort of half sleepy description, so here goes

- Bucky being confused by all the dreams inside a dream, and having to pause the film to get his head around it for a moment

- ‘And you’re SURE Leonardo Davinci didn’t get an Oscar for this?’ ‘Wrong Leonardo, Bucky.’

- ‘Isn’t that the guy from Mad Max?’

- ‘Can we watch Inception 2?’

- Raving to Steve about it, Steve getting confused and then repeating the whole process from above

-Eventually every Avengers watches the film

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1. I can speak 3 languages including Korean, Spanish and English. My Korean is improving but is
2. Im half Korean half Spanish
3. Im an amazing cook.
4. Ive always had straight A’s through high school.
5. I graduated high school a year early.
6. Im in college to get my BSN degree
7. Ive read every Harry Potter book twice.
8. Ive been on Tumblr for 6 years.
9. My favorite movie is The DaVinci Code
10. Im a singer and can play the ukulele.
11. I almost auditioned for SM (long story)
12. I was a GAP baby model when I was 2.
13. Ive experienced something paranormal.
14. Kimchi jjigae is my all time fav dish.
15. I had my first kiss when I was 16
16. Im a Gemini like Taeil :’)
17. My first bias was Taeyang from BB
18. I won 3 awards in high school for the stories I wrote in English Comp.
19. My favorite holiday is Halloween.
20. I love cheesy comedies
21. Spontaneous dates are my favorite.
22. Ive been in dance for 7 years.
23. I prefer cute guys over sexy guys
24. Im 5'7
25. I had a driving phobia until I was 18 lol

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Black Lives Matter Supporters Celebrate Baton Rouge Police Shootings On Twitter

“DJ Niyo Davinci,” a DJ and producer who claims to have worked with high-profile rappers including Lil Wayne joked that he was “riding around Baton Rouge Wit A Big Pistol” and said that it “feels good to see N***as knocking these pigs off.”

Dozens of Black Lives Matter and anti-police supporters, including an editor for ThinkProgress have taken to Twitter after the murder of three Baton Rouge police officers earlier today.

Zack Foster, an editor for ThinkProgress, said it was “no surprise” that some people were “taking justice into their own hands.”



***It gets MUCH worse, so read on if you can.

Well done..

Montrell Jackson was one of the three officers killed near a gas station when a masked gunman from Missouri opened fire about 9am on Sunday