@ straight girls who have gay female friends: please! please have the same amount of interest and excitement when your gay friends talk to you about their crushes as when your straight friends talk to you about their crushes!! nothing feels worse than silence/awkward laughter after you’ve just spilled everything to your friend and then watching a straight girl doing the same & getting unlimited support!
and pls! “but i think she’s straight” “but she’s really close with *insert random boy*” “but i don’t really like her…” is! not! what your friend wants to hear! we know she could be straight. we know you don’t like her, or don’t see the appeal, because you’re straight.we know. you’ve just gotta give us support anyway, as you would another straight girl.
how do you do your water color~? I cant get mine to look good in my program..
Okay, so having some nice watercolour brushes helps (here are the brushes I use.) But I think that no matter what program you have, and no matter what brushes you use, as long as you try to mimic the way watercolours behave you can get a decent watercolour effect in digital art.
Here’s an example
I present to you a sketch of a random floating head because I am a serious and not at all lazy artist.
I picked a random brush (square-edged, no watercolour border) and made sure the opacity was set to low, because actual watercolours tend to lay down paint quite thinly. When people are using actual watercolour paints, they need to think about which areas to leave white, so I tried to think about this too, but only halfheartedly.
More colours! More halfhearted leaving areas white. I coloured the hair on a different layer to the skin.
I locked the opacity of the hair colour layer, and airbrushed over the area where the hair and skin meets, using the colour of the skin. This, sort of, mimicks the way that watcolours will blend into each other while they’re still wet. The reason I locked the opacity of the layer was to preserve the white spaces.
I added two multiply layers. On one I added a bit on light red for blush, on the other I added a bit of light blue for shadow. These were done with the same square, low-opacity colouring brush I used for everything else.
Using the airbrush tool, I erased the edges of the blue shadow, again to roughly mimick the way watercolours blend.
I increased the contrast. I used the levels tool to do this, but brightness/contrast should be fine too. This highlights all the rough areas in the colouring, but I think a certain amount of roughness makes it look more like natural media, so I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
I decided I’d done a shoddy job leaving white areas on the canvas, so on a new layer (under the lines, above the colours) I used the standard pen tool to draw on some white.
I also decided the lines were way too dark, so I changed the colour of the lines from black to dark brown and set the lineart layer to multiply.
Final step, add an overlay layer on top of everything with a nice texture on it (because good watercolour paper is textured.) Don’t have an appropriate texture? No problem, here’s how to make your own in any art program that has a noise filter:
1) On a new layer, fill the canvas with a medium grey (approx half-way between black and white) 2) Go to the perlin noise filter. You can play around with the settings and see what works for you, but here’s what works for me
3) Set this layer to overlay with approximately 30% opacity (again, play around and see what works for you) and you now have a lovely texture :)
And that’s it! Quick 5-minute digital watercolour doodle is complete. It’s very messy, and could definitely do with some cleaning up, but I hope you can see how it’s starting to resemble actual watercolour.
Depending on your program there may be more things you can do to mimic watercolour eg. a brush tip with rough edges tends to look more like natural media, same for a brush tip that’s textured, your program might let you set a watercolour border on either your brush or your layer (or both) and using the blend tool can also create a nice watercolour effect. But since I don’t know what program you use I tried to demonstrate a colouring technique that should work in most art programs.
make them roll charisma saving throws. they’ll all be so fucking baffled and scared about what you’re doing to them because they’re so rare. don’t tell them who failed or passed. nobody failed or passed. the roll means nothing. hmmm thoughtfully to yourself in response. if any of them ask what that was, just say “oh, you know.”
nothing keeps u on your toes like whatever the fuck charisma saving throws are.
What's rick and morty actually like? I've been kinda avoiding it because the guy who tried to convince me it was a great show just went on for ages praising its nihilistic worldview, and I just don't have time for that, but what do you think of the show? Is it worth watching?
This is such an interesting question to answer!
I mean, short answer is *yes*, absolutely, but as for explaining what this show is *like* I’ve been trying to solidify my thoughts into words for months.
When my brothers had me start watching it, I was skeptical from the start, because it *seemed* like a show that was getting laughs at the expense of its characters, and I just have no space in my life anymore for media that isn’t inherently kind and inherently aware of the humanity of its players. (Data point: I had a similar reaction to the beginning of Archer, which I wound up really liking.)
But as I watched more it quickly became obvious that this was a show that was deeply empathetic to suffering.
In a way, it kind of strikes me as the opposite side of the same coin as Steven Universe (a show I think really embodies the values and needs of the current generation). It’s not outwardly hopeful and uplifting– it’s a show very much rooted in dark humor and cynicism. But at the same time, I think it winds up being an unflinching, serious look at the issues a LOT of people in current generations are struggling with– depression, anxiety, PTSD, social alienation, lack of mental health care, a sense of helplessness as an individual facing greater powers of the world, a deep fear that maybe the world is really a bad place and we might not be able to stop it, anhedonia… heck there’s divorce and alcoholism and literally at one point an attempted suicide. This is some dark shit for a zany universe-hopping space adventure.
These are all issues the show looks at dead on, almost painfully accurately, while at the same time with it’s sharp, incisive sense of humor and it’s nuanced sense of the humanity of its characters it still somehow succeeds in being neither grim nor depressing.(Another media type I have basically no space in my life for these days.)
It’s not so much precisely hopeful as… cathartic? Honestly it’s kind of like therapy that way– you have to look straight at your secret fears to see which parts are real and which parts are distortions and where there’s still hope and possibility buried in them. It’s a show that challenges the pessimism and cynicism and fatalism of its characters even as it tackles all this bad shit. In that way it is uplifting.
This show is so incredibly smart in how it tells its stories and builds its characters and explores their worldviews. I find myself going ooooh or wow or goddamn, ouch over and over, which is maybe another way I find it comparable to Steven Universe and its deeply nuanced characters and themes.
And, okay, apparently there’s a whole subsection of fandom that has somehow missed all the epically smart symbolism and allegories and storytelling craft and has taken away some kind of “yay, nihilism!” surface level viewing. This bewilders the heck out of me, because I think the writers have been pretty explicit at “look how self-sabotaging and fucked up Rick’s life is.” It works because they’re also very clear on “sometimes unhealthy strategies are the only coping skills you’re currently equipped with. Sometimes they’re the only thing saving your life right now. Maybe you can figure out better ones.”
umm AU where harry just went through a really bad breakup in which his douchey ex-fiance leaves him for a huge corporate job offer. which yeah good for him except he was a jerk about the breakup, left him via phone message, and didn’t look back. which sucks all on it’s own but now harry finds himself confused because he’s not nearly as sad as he thinks he should be about it, and frustrated because he has two non refundable tickets for a honeymoon cruise. enter childhood best friend louis, who he calls up the night before while packing and is all like, “ummmm so. how’s a free vacation sound?” and louis’s like “nothing’s free in life harold…. but….. i’m listening.” it honestly doesn’t even take anything to convince louis. most of his protest is just for show because harry can already hear him dragging his suitcase out of the closet. so.
so they arrive at the dock where they’re supposed to board the ship and louis’s like “um so why is everyone holding hands lol” and harry’s all “yeah…. so… funny story… ummmm i got dumped and this is my honeymoon cruise surprise :)” (louis is tempted to throw him overboard. they haven’t even gotten on the boat yet but the sentiment is still the same). but now that louis knows the whole story (which harry tells amidst deep frowns and lots of tears), he is determined to be the best fake™ husband ever. so he signs them up for all the couples activities because “go big or go home styles. or tomlinson. styles-tomlinson? who are we again?” and they end up doing better than most of the couples there when it comes down to How Well Do You Know Your Spouse trivia. it should be embarrassing really, because everyone around the ship already knows them as the dream team and it’s only been 4 days.
cue dramatic confessions, bed sharing that means nothing till it means something, an obscene amount of nautical references, and cameos by the rest of one direction lol
I've been in a funk lately regarding my drawings, nothing that I draw is good enough in my mind and its not as fun anymore to draw. I've always been VERY overly critical of my stuff but its getting worse. I try to just look back at my progress but it isn't helping. Do you have any advice? I love your blog by the way it's my favorite!!
For me, this happens OFTEN. Take comfort; I believe it’s a good and necessary part of the cycle artistic progress:
If you see something in your work that never bothered you before, it’s because you’re recognizing it for the first time, which means you can now improve it! I hope that helps.
Me? I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid.
Sombra has a really old stuffed bear that she likes ‘cause of sentimentality and stuff.
And Symmetra just doesn’t really do the keep-the-old-ratty-thing-around-for-feels stuff, because she likes having things that work right and work the best, so she doesn’t get why Sombra keeps this rubbed-bare bear around when she has the means to get a new one.
But she doesn’t want to be rude about it though, so Symm just picks up a new stuffed animal that seems pretty nice and leaves it next to the bear like, “here, I got you a replacement”. The bear of course doesn’t go away, but the new one stays on the bed.
This happens a couple more times, and Sombra knows what’s going on, but no one ever gets her gifts, and she really likes this, so she’s not saying anything. Symmetra just kinda realizes the bear’s there to stay, but it’s a habit now to go “oh, Olivia would like this” and buy them now.
Eventually their bed’s more minky than mattress and just incredibly cozy.
hi i'm sorry i dont really mean to bother but like HOW DO U MAKE THESE BECAUSE IT'S SO LOVELY I LOVE IT I'VE BEEN DYING TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR LIKE EVER. Is there like a tutorial out there for this?? btw ur edits are AMAZING!! yourqrace(.)tumblr(.)com/post/152210476982
[the post] hey, you’re not bothering me, i’m happy to explain c:
Cheated!? [To his akumas] Hold on a minute. [To Marinette] What do you mean "cheated"? Do you think this is a game of kickball on the playground? You never had a chance to defeat me, fool! And you know why?
Because you cheated?
NO! Not because I cheated! Because I'm a genius. And you're just a klutz! An useless klutz! [HM and his akumas laugh hysterically]
I guess you're right, Hawkmoth. I am just a klutz.
Of course I'm right. Okay, my akumas, time to take those Miraculouses from them.
And you know, I've been through a lot in the past two years. And if I've learned anything during that time, It's that you are who you are.
Exactly. And now..!
Because I did what everyone said a klutz couldn't do. I'm a cover artist! A fashion designer! I have been praised by everyone for my skills! And I saved Paris an infinity of times from all your akumas!!!
Do not boast so much.
So yes! I'm a klutz! And a goofball! And inept! And the living incarnation of clumsiness!!! [The LB's and CN's Miraculouses in her hands start to shine intensely]