artmaking

okay so i’ve been watching the get down constantly since it came out, but recently i rewatched p1, esp. in prep for the tgd watch on twitter (check it out here to help us out!!) and i have some thoughts on episode six and dizzee’s experience at the club.

- first of all, i keep forgetting that two minutes before dizzee arrives, there’s the scene where thor’s like “you should come down to soho”

- and it’s so wild to watch that exact scene because as much as we joke about it being love at first sight for the two of them, dizzee genuinely had a crush on this dude ( and i think he knew it too) but hadn’t … like, experienced his awakening yet?

- so how amazing would it have been for him to 1. have met his idol (you’re thor?  wow!), 2. have his idol save him from the police, 3. be praised and admired for his artmaking and ideas, which definitely wasn’t common in his life prior to this ( i like rumi, he’s weird though / your brother’s a fucking weirdo ), and 4. that thor likes him enough to exchange books and hang out with him? then thor invites him to a party?  like at this point dizzee’s crushing on what used to a very highly esteemed colleague, and is now close to being his best friend??  stop??

- he meets up with thor and “beautiful girl” ( i will never forgive them for not giving her a name!! ) but he sees!!  thor!! make out with her right in front of him and you can see he’s like

:/// okay

- but then dizzee goes into the club! and immediately you can see him go “!!!” this isn’t insignificant for him!  this is a HUGE DEAL for dizzee

- thor’s like “yeah this is where the free people run free!!” and dizzee can likely see!!!  wlw !! couples!! and mlm!! couples!!  kissing near him!!

- he can see drag queens and people like him wearing dresses and makeup and it’s like he’s walked into a dream because he’s had thoughts about what if i could kiss boys??  what if i could wear nail polish?? what if i could wear dresses???  and so straight off the bat he’s being validated 100% by these happy dancing people and the cool disco atmosphere i mean he must be feeling high as a kite

- AND THEN and then he gives thor!!!!!!!!!! the fuckingggggggg RECORD

- he’s like “here it reminded me of you!” and thor gives him this HUGE SMILE thats so grateful and like ADORING like can you imagine how dizzee is FEELING right now

- then THEN the beautiful girl goes “you should get carlo to play it!” and dizzee’s like “okay cool who’s that?” and yeah its the dj and then she’s like “ya thor REEALLY KNOWS HIM ya know ;))))” .  dizzee’s fucking 

😱😱😱 does that mean what i think it means?? like this boy???? might like boys too ????? the fuck //????? liking girls and boys at the same time?????

- so he hangs out with the girl while thor goes off and he talks about the performers and he takes in a WHOLE NEW GENRE of art and dance and being!!

- the girl initiates the kiss but he goes in for it anyway and gets tapped on the shoulder

- and thor’s there, and dizzee goes “oh fuck i just kissed his girlfriend now the guy i’m crushing on is gonna be pissed at me” right?

- WRONG

- dizzee goes “sorry” and thor goes “my turn”

- MY TURN

- MY

- TURN

- SO NOW IN THE SPACE OF LESS THAN TWENTY MINUTES DIZZEE HAS REALISED THAT

IT’S OKAY TO LIKE BOYS AND IT’S OKAY TO LIKE BOYS AT THE SAME TIME AS GIRLS


THAT HE HAS A BIG CRUSH ON THIS BOY


THAT THE BOY LIKES HIM BACK AND MAYBE WANTS TO KISS HIM????


-  and he’s unsure right?  like christina aguilara’s song comes on and thor’s just dancing and dizzee’s like 

…. is this real?  did you just ask to kiss me a second ago?

- and the song keeps going and thor keeps dancing and bopping his shoulder good naturedly so dizzee’s like “no nah nah i’m not gonna do this what if i misread the signals”

- he didn’t

- the beautiful girl leans over and goes “IT’S OKAY, GO ON, KISS HIM!”

- IT’S OKAY!

- GO ON!

- KISS HIM!

HE’S SHY AND HESITANT BUT THOR JUST SMILES AT HIM AND KEEPS DANCING LIKE 

- and dizzee at this point is just like “ ???????????????????????????? IM ALLOWED TO DO THAT IM ALLOWED TO DO THAT IM ALLOWED TO DO THAT”

- the beautiful girl takes this into her own hands and gives him a reassuring kiss, you know, one that’s familiar and comfortable and he closes his eyes and kisses back

- she pulls back and says TO.  THOR.  “HE’S A GOOD KISSER,  I LIKE THAT A LOT.”

- HE’S

- A

- GOOD

- KISSER

- I

- LIKE

- THAT

- A LOT

- AND THE MUSIC GETS CLIMACTIC AND THERE ARE ALL THESE QUEER RELATIONSHIPS GOING ON RIGHT BESIDE THEM PEOPLE ARE KISSING AND EMBRACING AND DANCING AND THAT WHOLE MONTAGE JUST REINFORCES THE FACT THAT THIS IS NORMAL!! THESE TWO BOYS!! JUST FEELING A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER!!  ITS NOT OUT OF PLACE IT’S OKAY!!

- they’re both so shy and it’s so pure!!  like clearly this whole time thor has had a crush on dizzee as well and they don’t want to mess up and the beautiful girl in the corner is just like “this is the sweetest thing ever”

- thor gives him

- a

- mother

- fucking

- smile

- to reassure him because this is a hugely overwhelming experience for dizzee lbr!!

- and you can tell that dizzee is entranced by this whole situation because never in his LIFE did he expect a boy he liked to like him back!! he never anticipated that he would get to live THIS FREE !!

and they get closer and closer together and in a second we see a dozen people lock lips simultaneously, then the two of them slowly part, we’re left to imagine the magic and the wonder of dizzee’s first kiss with a boy (which i ❤❤❤❤❤).

- THEN

- BITHC

- MYLENE CRUZ HERSELF BEGINS SINGING AS THEY STAY TOGETHER JOINED AT THE FOREHEAD FOR A FEW SECONDS BEFORE SLOWLY PULL APART, A MANTRA OF ‘SET ME FREE’ FOLLOWING THE TWO OF THEM AS THEY MEET ONE ANOTHER’S EYES

- THOR IS GRINNING

- SO HARD

- dizzee has straight up just kissed the boy he’s crushing on well enough for thor to look at him like dizzee is the SUN AND SKY

- they dance together a bit and then the beautiful girl joins them and it’s probably the best romance story ever written.  romeo and juliet who?  i don’t know them. 

- anyway

- i’m sick of this show blasting me with emotions i’m a weak bitch i can’t handle it

ideas of exercises to help with your practical art skills, as well as things to keep in mind while making art and new ways to find inspiration:

  1. draw every day
  2. recreate a drawing you did before, but better
  3. draw something using only simple geometric shapes
  4. do studies of famous artworks
  5. listen to artists explain their work, it’s super interesting
  6. take life drawing classes (or use online photo resources)
  7. find an artwork you love, and work out why
  8. draw caricatures of friends
  9. set a 1 minute timer and draw an object as quickly as possible
  10. draw something you can’t see, eg. music, emotion
  11. research artists you admire and find out how they work
  12. think about composition: what stands out, what recedes etc.
  13. find a famous artwork you hate and work out why
  14. sit outside and draw the landscape
  15. copy a photo exactly
  16. draw a scene from a film
  17. draw the contours of an object not the outline
  18. visit an art exhibition near you
  19. draw your bedroom
  20. look up tutorials online - there’s so many useful ones!
  21. practise creating contrast between light and dark in pictures
  22. research colour theory
  23. do a self portrait
  24. learn about art history! Research different movements etc.
  25. try a new medium
  26. consider the feeling you want to portray with the artwork
  27. draw without looking at the page
  28. draw a character from a book you’ve read
  29. draw something you don’t usually draw
  30. look at your pictures in the mirror to help you see problems better
  31. follow artists and galleries on instagram for inspo
  32. draw an ugly object in a beautiful way
  33. try using only bold, bright colours
  34. plan your colour palette before starting an artwork, and stick to it!
  35. if you usually work in 2D, make something in 3D
  36. always remember to add shadows
  37. draw an object which is important to you
  38. use 5 lines to depict an object, make every line count
  39. draw using negative space
  40. always draw from life when possible!
  41. think carefully about which direction the light is coming from
  42. study proportions and anatomy!! 
  43. draw your pet
  44. research items symbolic meanings in art
  45. make an art blog to compile images that inspire you
  46. draw using only straight lines
  47. try accentuating any subtle colours in an image
  48. draw models from fashion websites
  49. sketch with friends! They always have great ideas
  50. keep drawing even if you find it hard, you improve with every mistake!

{my art masterpost might also be useful to you} 

Good luck! xx

What Stealing Artwork Does to an Artist

Financially

  • They can get sued. If they work for a company or studio, their artwork is usually copyrighted. Japan has strict laws about that. If their employer or the company finds one of their works floating around, they can get in trouble, and face lawsuits.
  • Many artists participate in doujinshi groups, or cons. To ‘advertise’ their future prints, they sometimes show samples, sometimes even full ones, that can be stolen. And when they try to sell their artwork prints, they get very little revenue, because it’s ALREADY FLOATING AROUND THE INTERNET, so why spend money for it?
  • Again, Artists also rely on commissions to support themselves and their loved ones. For those who are seeking jobs in the industry, having one of their drawings floating around can be very detrimental to their chances of landing a job. If their employer has already seen it on the internet, it looses it’s ‘effect’ once they see it from the artist themselves. 
  • Basically, a LOT MORE.

Emotionally & Psychologically

  • It can make them LOSE THEIR CONFIDENCE to draw more artwork, because people keep claiming them as ‘theirs’
  • It can make them DEPRESSED AS HELL, and their family and friends will notice.
  • It can make them feel PARANOID about putting ANY of their works ONLINE.
  • It can make them lose SLEEP, APPETITE, MOTIVATION and INTEREST in doing what they USED TO LOVE TO DO.

Socially 

  • Makes them lose their TRUST in letting foreigners see their art
  • Makes them UNCOMFORTABLE sharing their artwork AT ALL
  • Makes them feel so INSECURE that they make their accounts PRIVATE
  • Makes them feel that the best thing to do to stop the problem is to DELETE THEIR ARTWORKS and/or LEAVE COMPLETELY

Many people do not even think about these things. Posting an artwork is as easy as right-click save and paste. But the people who suffer for it are the artists. 

This is why it is SO IMPORTANT to ASK PERMISSION. They NEED TO KNOW where their art is going, WHO is allowed to reprint from them, so they can keep track, and WHICH ARTWORK it is. Because some are OK, while others are not. Communication is the KEY to bridging gaps, and fostering TRUST, and building a positive relationship with ANYONE.

Btw, if anyone wants to add a point on there, feel free to message me, and let me know. I’m just putting this here, because many times, we do not even think about how our actions effect other people. 

Edit: THIS is not limited to just Artists. Creators/Scanners/Translators (especially on tumblr) are also applicable to this, for the last two categories. I have some SEEN people STOP TRANSLATING/SCANNING for a certain fandom or group because their translations/scans are often STOLEN and pasted to other sites. 

Quantity not Quality

Artists periodically ask me what they can do to get started drawing, and also what they can do to improve the quality of their work.  My answer is always the same: find a place (studio, class, group) where you can draw from observation on a frequent and regular basis.  Do, and do a lot.  

This passage perfectly illustrates why artmaking, of any sort, should be approached with quantity in mind.

“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups.  All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.  His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weight the work of the ‘quantity’ group: fifty pounds of pots rated an ‘A,’ forty pounds a ‘B,’ and so on.  Those being graded on ‘quality,’ however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an ‘A.’  Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.  It seems that while the ‘quantity’ group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the ‘quality’ group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”

From Art and Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

by David Bayles and Ted Orland

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On view through this Sunday, May 14, Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s spotlights the work of many key artists during this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Robert Colescott, Eric Fischl, Keith Haring, Sherrie Levine, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Terry Winters, and Martin Wong, among others. It was a time when painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world, revealing itself to be full of possibility and thriving. Through exuberant work that engaged with the heroic gesture or pop imagery, artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, offering new interpretations. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war.

i love how fans act like there can be no in-between for artists: either you must have had everything planned 100% from the beginning and never deviated at all from that ~master plan~ or else you must have planned 0% of anything because clearly planning nothing is the way an entire animated production can get made

did it ever occur to people that, oh gee, idk…shit could be somewhere in the middle? that in fact a perfect balance in art-making between planning and letting your story lead you forward in unexpected directions you never originally imagined is the key to successful storytelling? crazy thoughts, huh…

CONS OF BEING AN ARTIST
  • creativity and motivation is very inconsistent
  • ideas are there but motivation is not
  • motivation is there but ideas are not
  • self loathing
  • constant revising
  • ur gonna have to fix ur lineart at least 246 times
  • posting something then noticing a mistake
  • wrist pain/back pain/neck pain/eye pain/general pain
  • ace bandages are definitely in use
  • spending a lot of time drawing for someone just to get a cold/empty response from them
  • “hey can you draw me this thing?!?! for free?!?!”
  • youngins that are salty/rude to me bc i want to be paid for my work
  • no food in the cabinets
  • “ur talented” not really I just spent the last 19 years being really invested in this thing i’m somewhat good at
  • “your commission prices are too high”
  • being worried that ppl only talk to u bc they want free art
  • making a viable career from art is basically impossible in this economy
  • “I can’t even draw a stick figure” gee if i had a nickel for everytime i heard that one
  • u will hate urself indefinitely
BE RADICAL
  1. Get sleep, go to bed early, get up earlier
  2. Drink Water instead of snacking
  3. take walks outside
  4. unglorify busy - stay occupied, stay challenged, but never ‘busy’. 
  5. Declutter - Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Do you need all those ____. Does everything have a place of its own? I promise most of the things that you think bring you comfort… bring you stress instead. 
  6. Put art on the walls
  7. Make art, No art is ‘bad’ art. No one needs to like it. Art is expression, and the world needs art
  8. Make something. Food, Furniture, a Story, A Computer, Clothing, An Electronic, anything. We are meant to create. It soothes the anxiety in us.
  9. What are you avoiding? Do it. When it’s done you’ll feel better. 
  10. During the time you usually watch TV - leave it off for 1 hour… do something else. Do something you’ve been meaning to try. Go out. Stay in, but leave it off. 
    1. Hell, get rid of the TV in the living room, if you’re so challenged. O_O I know it’s scary, isn’t it? That something can be that important. Yikes. 

I’m always really cautious to label a “poorly done” skin/accent submission as a “joke” submission. I know a lot of people are new to digital art, or art in general, and are just beginning to figure out what they’re doing. I’d have felt awful if younger-me’s art attempts were labeled “jokes” and laughed about.

Some joke entries are obvious (I’m still haunted by the Shrek one from my first Greenskeeper) but please remember: not everyone is great at art. Not everyone has been doing art for the past three decades. Not everyone has had access to digital-artmaking tools their whole life.

Please try to be kind to “bad” artists, because that’s what every artist starts out as.

#147 BOLD WHAT APPLIES

Your name starts with:
A-G
H-P
Q-V
W-Z

Your age:
13 & under
14-18
18-25
25 +

Gender:
Female
Male
Non-Binary

Sexuality:
Straight
Bisexual
Pansexual
Gay/lesbian
Asexual 

Year you were born:
‘84 or less
‘85 - ‘90
‘91 - '95
'95 +

Day you were born:
1-10
11-20
21-31

Month you were born:
Jan - April
May - Sept
Sept – Dec

Your hair colour:
Brown
Blonde
Red
Black
Other

Your eye colour:
Green
Blue
Brown
Hazel
Mixed/more than one colour
Other

Your complexion:
Pale
Fair
Olive
Mixed
Bronze
Brown
Dark brown

Relationship status:
Single
Crushing
Taken (short term)
Taken (long term)
Engaged
Married
Divorced/separated

Height:
Very short
Short
Average
Tall
Very tall

Personality Traits:
Funny
Outgoing
Optimistic
Cynical
Annoying
Awkward
Shy
Serious
Patient
Realistic
Idealistic
Nice
Compassionate
Stubborn
Caring
Mysterious
Mean
Bitchy
Moody
Fun
Confident
Smart
Laid-back

Music:
Pop
Pop rock
Rock
Folk
Classic rock
Punk rock
Hard rock
Alternative
Metal
R&B
Hiphop
Rap
Country
Classical
Gospel
50s
60s
70s
80s
90s
Indie
Other

Style:
Trendy
Preppy
Punk
Goth
Comfortable
Conservative
Classic
Vintage
Wild
Out there
Classic
Designer
Other

Jewelry:
Earrings
Nose rings, lip rings, etc.
Necklaces
Bracelets
Bangles
Anklets
Toe rings
Rings
Chokers
Other

Shoes:
Skater shoes (DC’s, Etnies)
Running shoes (Nike, Adidas)
Flats
Flip-flops
Sandals
Heels
Boots
Peep shoes (open toe)
Ballet flats
Converse
Other

Interests:
Music
TV shows
Drawing/art
Surfing the web
Chatting
Phone
Games
Singing/dancing
Watching or playing sports
Hanging out with friends/family
Partying/drinking
Going out
Movies
Reading
Musicals
Singing
Dancing
Cooking
Theatre
Acting
Cars
Animals
Politics
Other

Pets:
Dog(s)
Cat(s)
Rabbit(s)
Gerbil(s)/hamster(s)
Guinea pig(s)
Fish
Lizard(s)/other exotic pets
Bird(s)
Mice/Rat(s)
Other

Abilities:
Drive
Sing
Dance
Play music
Entertain
Cook
Draw/do art
Make people laugh
Act
Fix stuff
Play a sport(s)
Make something
Understand/Complete Taxes
Clean
Drive in heavy storms
Other

Likes:
Magazines
Cell phones
Parents
Music
Working
Going to school
Candy
TV
Food
Posters
Homework
Musical Theatre
Movies
Travel
Gaming
Animals
People

Dislikes:
Bad grammar/spelling
Homework
School
Work
People
Animals
Planes
Pop/soda
Certain music genres
Pencils
Earrings
Reality TV
Video games

People in your life:
Romantic Partner 
Best friend
Best friend of the opposite sex
Best friend on the internet
More than one best friend
Both parents living with you
TONS of friends
More friends of the opposite sex
Barely any friends
All grandparents
Many cousins
Crush
More than one crush

What you do on the computer:
Play games
Surf the web
Talk to friends
Go to chatrooms
Update your site
Do surveys
Homework
Roleplay
Use Aim
Use Facebook
Twitter
Photoshop
Sony Vegas
Other

What you own:
Computer
Printer
Sidekick
iPhone
iPad
iWatch
Samsung Galaxy(any model)
Other cell phone brands
Make-up case
Perfume/cologne
100 + magazines
100 + CDs
100 + DVDs
DVD player
MP3 player/iPod
TV
Alarm clock
Lamp
PS3/4
Wii/Wii U
Xbox/360
Art Tablet
DLSR Camera
Amazon Kindle
Any E-Reader

What you want:
A Relationship
Sex
A house
An apartment
More friends
A Best Friend
Money
For once not to feel sad all the time
A job
A change in scenery
To be able to travel
To visit someone who lives miles away from me
An Education
To graduate
To get accepted into grad school
MP3 player/iPod
New computer
Clothes
Jewelry
Make-up
Nails
Haircut/colour

Gifts you like:
Flowers
Chocolate/candy
Other food
Jewelry
Electronics
Art
Music
Cards
Hugs
Tickets (Concerts, Musicals, Movies)
Cash
Plushies
Games
Handmade gifts

Preference:
Night
Day

PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST! WE ARE HIRING

want to work in with us on a little project? we are making a visual novel game.

we are looking for people who are good at:

  • cleaning up art
  • making sprites
  • character design
  • backgrounds
  • GUI design
  • have experience with tyranobuilder
  • voice acting
  • making music

click the link and follow further instructions depending on what position you want.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WNRLFXGRBiea7dJ0NcXduj01HxzWEbzGTi8Hzuayq5U/edit?usp=sharing

if you are good at other things that are not listed here, send us an email and tell us why should we hire you

GOOD LUCK!