I never understood the “Don’t judge a book by its cover” sentiment.  As a kid, I remember thinking to myself, I thought that’s what book covers were for? They’re the first thing potential readers see when they’re browsing and they’re the subject of many an *intellectual* Instagram shot. But most importantly, artists work hard to make sure book covers reflect  what’s inside of them.

As the NPR Books intern, my hands end up on a lot of brand new titles, which also have brand new covers. So this summer, I’m going to be tumbling about book cover art and artists in a series I’m calling #bookcovercrush.

First up: Luiza Sauma’s Flesh and Bone and Water, which was designed by cover artist Lauren Peters-Collaer. The novel follows a wealthy Brazilian teenager who finds himself drawn to the family maid’s beautiful daughter after travelling to the mouth of the Amazon.

Peters-Collaer says, “First, I explored mixing painted patterns with natural elements of the Brazilian landscape to convey the tropical setting and lush, layered feeling of the narrative.”

“At the same time, I was interested in incorporating an obscured female visual to reference the woman who is a catalyst for the story, and who is increasingly illuminated throughout the course of the text.”

“These two ideas came together in the final cover”:

Be sure to watch out for next installment of #bookcovercrush!

-Intern Sydnee

Images courtesy of  Lauren Peters-Collaer and Scribner

anonymous asked:

When you say credit where credit is due, you mean the tracing over the artist's work, not so much as copying a style. No one really owns an art style, right? Because there are people in this world who do believe they own a style that's as generic as Disney's style.

Yes, I meant credit when you trace a drawing.

My opinion about copying a style: It’s totally OK to emulate (copy) a style and make it your own. I do know of some artists that do not like it when people ‘copy’ their style and make a really big fuzz about it- (as if someone stole their idea or genius). But reality is … everyone copies other peoples’ styles. If someone copied mine I’d actually feel flattered.

Now, a better situation would be to copy or get influenced by a lot of styles that inspire you, learn from them and come up with your own as a result… Isn’t that a little more gratifying? Why not do that instead?

anonymous asked:

Hi ! You work is really amazing ! The drawings are really nice and the colors so vibrant ! Can I ask what kind of paper you use ? (type of paper, brand). It would help a lot ! Thank you in advance !

Not sure what work you are referring to but remember ARCHatlas is a curated blog so there is work posted from multiple artists, not necessarily my work.

Originally posted by i-am-craving-you

Why Commenting On FanFiction Is Important

Alright kids, Boo here with a hopefully non-arrogant PSA.

I’m a writer of FanFiction because I like it and it’s my preferred genre (also a great way to receive feedback on writing that I can use on originals, bref). But like with most artistic work posted online, I have very little feedback.

When I was in a slightly writing rut, I cranked one shots left and right, nothing out of the ordinary. But instead of people commenting with their thoughts and good feedback, they just gave me requests.

I don’t think I could ever put into words what that felt like, but I’ll try (the irony of being a writer). It suddenly felt tiring, being a writer, and very quickly I stopped writing altogether. I only ever showed my friend what I wrote and left it at that. I haven’t published anything for a while after. It felt like people were treating me like a mule wanting me to do work for them, and I just wasn’t up for that. I lost my will to write, and then I began to think, “If I post something else other than what was requested, will people even read it?”

Then you get the infamous comments, “You haven’t forgotten about my request right??? Here’s another.”

That just adds anxiety and guilt. I’m purposely ignoring the comments to save my own uncreative ass, at least that’s what it feels like.

After weeks of convincing myself that my stories are worth sharing no matter how many people read them, I started writing and publishing again while working on some longer pieces. Slowly it got better.

Now this week, I remembered I joined another fanfiction platform, and realized I had never published anything on it. I had an idea, and so I started writing. It didn’t come out as I imagined it would, but I was so proud? Like, I started feeling happy about what I created again. Like genuine happiness that I haven’t felt in months since my last published work.

A few hours later, I get this comment:

I cranked out three 3k stories after reading this.

In four days.

It never happened before, and I don’t know how many times it will happen again. It was one comment, but it gave me so much fighting spirit that I think I’m on my way to regaining my initial writer mindset.

Fanfiction writers depend on feedback as a validation that their stories matter to people. If you’re wondering why your favourite author hasn’t updated/posted in a while, ask yourself, “Did I do everything that would convince them to continue writing this?”

anonymous asked:

Question. How did you originally gain the confidence to start publishing your art? I've been trying to get back into drawing, but I'm having a hard time building up the confidence to even try, much less post anything. (I keep crying when I see my old art or try to draw new art because my friend, who is a freaking fantastic artist, insulted my work every chance she got) I admire your work very much, and I was wondering if you could give me some advice.

Hi nonnie. 

I think your friend has no right to insult your work, especially if she’s an artist herself…she’s supposed to be your friend??? I’m sorry you had to deal with that. 

I’m lucky in the fact that I never had a doubt whether to publish my art or not, it wasn’t an issue for me. Since I was a child I always drew things and gave them to people, I’d never heard of drawing solely for oneself, so naturally a lot of people got to see my bad art! (I now regret)

 Having someone bring your confidence down over your art is definitely an impediment, I mean even now I get super bummed when someone criticises my work and I get art blocked because of it. 

My advice to you is keep trying. Even the best artists started by drawing badly, and most of us have hidden from the world for a while to give ourselves time and healing in order to improve. 

Even if you have to draw in secret, just draw! Publishing something you poured your heart and soul into is scary, and you don’t really have to pressure yourself into doing it if you don’t want to. And if you do want to post your stuff, try not to over-think it! Just post it and have it done with, then you can start working on your next piece :D

anonymous asked:

I'm a pansexual guy who's incredibly feminine. Blonde hair, blue eyes, 5'5". I love pretty boys, going on adventures, nature, video games, good food (pizza is the bomb), animals and my friends! I'm studying to be a psychologist, but in the meantime I'm a commission artist online working retail part-time. Who do you ship me with ~? <3

I ship you with TP Link

Originally posted by elfzelda

  • the both of you have some interests in common, such as loving adventures, nature, animals and your friends
  • you could both spend hours sitting on the grass overlooking the ranch and doodling
  • the boy could really use a psychologist let’s be real

I hate how people easily disrespect (graphic) artists and their work on the internet. It’s just… unbelievable when they ask them to do something for them for free or a low price, no matter how experienced they are. As if doing what they do just takes 10 minutes. As if they sell their pieces of art in several copies each when they do personal commissions.

Also, stop suggesting that because these artists spend hours/days/months to make art for themselves without getting paid because they do it for themselves gives you the opportunity to impose the same privileged treatment. You can do something else beside while these artists can’t, you’re not themselves so you don’t have the right to do that.

And stop acting like you’re a huge part of a process of an art piece just because you said basic ideas for like 2 minutes while the artist spends hours to achieve them.

The seven deadly sins

1: Forgetting to tag your posts
2: Stealing an artist’s work as your own/not crediting the the artist
3: not sharing your drugs with your friends
4: Tequila
5: Only liking my posts and never reblogging them
7: Being bad at counting

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“Secrets in the Shadows” will be following a amnesiac Hobbit, an outcast hypnotized Elf, and later on a Wraith who desires to find more meaning in his life. They are following Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves to be a part of the treasure. Sometimes they are directly a part of the group, other times they are following behind secretly.

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