c: practice makes perfect

Interpreting, despite the fact that it is often taught at universities, is not an academic subject; it is far more akin to a craft or a sport. One cannot learn to interpret by going to a lecture (or reading a book) and understanding an explanation of how interpreting works. Interpreting is a skill or, to be more exact, a combination of skills that one can explain and understand quite quickly, but which take far longer to master in practice. In practice, and through practice!
—  Gillies, Andrew (2013) Conference Interpreting - A Student’s Practice Book. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. p.3.

stormflare2296  asked:

How do you get so skilled in anatomy. I'm having such trouble with it. Any tips?

Well, the main tip I’m going to give you here is this:


Of course, that’s not just it. It would help you greatly to try and reproduce some drawings or photographs from other artists for pose reference (if you do post them, please credit the original source!), and also watch lots of tutorials and speedpaint videos!

If you want some extra info, right now I’m watching @rossdraws‘ stuff! It’s nothing like my style but it’s still amazing to watch and I hope to learn a lot from his use of color and compositions ♥


my handwriting is pretty shitty (it’s the best I’ve ever had tho) but the difference between messy, rushed class notes and neatly written at home notes is crazy! also I love taking time to rewrite notes and practise my handwriting to make it neater, I think practice is the only good option if you wanna change the style of your handwriting.

Interviewing Tips

Recently, I conducted a job interview (on the more comfortable side of the table) with two candidates. Before walking into the room, I was pretty sure we would go with the first candidate. After the first interview, I was pretty positive we would go with the second.

Interviewing is hard. It always sucks, but interviewing well is a skill that can be learned. For those who are now - or will be in the foreseeable future - interviewing for jobs, I thought I’d put together some advice. Because when you’re in a job market where you’re competing with hundreds of equally (or even better) qualified candidates, you don’t want to lose your chance due to an easily avoidable mistake.

Here are some tips:

* It sounds obvious, but prepare for the interview. Know who you’re meeting with and what job it is you have applied for. (I had an interview once where for many hilarious-in-retrospect reasons, by the time I got to the interview, I had no idea what company they worked for, even. When they asked what I liked best about the work they did, I had no idea. Needless to say, did not get a call back. My hose abandoning ship mid-interview probably didn’t help. Like I said, hilarious in RETROSPECT.)

* Consider the appropriate attire. When in doubt, don’t go more casual than business casual. If it’s a company where everyone wears suits, you should do the same. It is better to err on the side of being a little more formal than you need to be, rather than being too casual. Too formal may seem a little stuffy; too casual can come off like you’re not taking the job or interview seriously.

* You can never predict what you’ll be asked and chances are likely you will come across at least one question you weren’t expecting in every interview. However, there are some questions that are pretty common, so you should know what you’ll answer if they’re asked, before you even walk into the room. Questions like:
- What are your skills?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Talk about a challenge/problem you’ve faced at work/school and how you’ve overcome it.
- How do you work in a group?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Why are you leaving your former position?
- What kind of management style do you work best under?
- How do you deal with difficult people/situations/deadlines at work?
- Do you prefer solving a problem by yourself or as part of a team?

That is by no means a comprehensive list. However, I’ve interviewed dozens if not hundreds of times in my life and I’ve rarely if ever had an interview where at least three of those questions didn’t come up. You don’t want to be in a position where an interviewer asks why you want to work there or what your skills are and your answer is “I don’t know.” It is the fastest way to not be asked back. Believe me.

* About your former job…I really cannot stress this point enough. I don’t care if your current/former boss stole your lover and kicked your dog. When you get the job, you can share war stories around the water cooler. DO NOT TRASH TALK YOUR CURRENT OR FORMER JOB/BOSS AT YOUR JOB INTERVIEW FOR A NEW JOB! In fact, any question you get asked that could be negative, find a way to put a positive spin on it as much as possible. You don’t want your interviewer to walk out of the room wondering why you and your boss don’t get along. You want them thinking about the positives you bring to the table.

* This may take practice, but try to bring the answers you give around to the job or company. “What is the most fun think about my current job? Well, I really enjoy doing this thing and what I would REALLY love about being able to do this thing for THIS company is that it would give me the chance to…”

* Ask questions. Ask questions. ASK QUESTIONS. At least one. Write down 5-6 questions before the interview - some specific about the job, some that you can throw to the interviewer at the end of all your job-related questions are answered during the interview. Some questions to consider:
- What would you say are the challenges of this position / what would you say people in this position have struggled with in the past?
- What do you find most fulfilling / challenging about working for this company?
- Does this company engage in any mentorship of new employees (dependent on job)?
- How do you see the person in this position helping you most in your job in future?

Again, you don’t want to be in a position where you are asked what questions you have at the end of the interview and you say “none.” Even if you’ve asked questions during the interview, ask something at the end! Particularly if the bulk of your interview is with one person and the last of it is with someone else or several new people. They didn’t hear your brilliant and insightful questions you asked of the one person! They just hear you say you don’t have any and that seems like you are so disinterested. (As a bonus, several questions listed above can still be asked at the end of new people, even if you asked them of the original interviewer!)

I’m sure there are other tips, but these are good to bear in mind. I will say to remember to be enthusiastic - and a lot of the points above are meant to show your enthusiasm for the job. As an interviewer, it doesn’t matter how qualified and brilliant and nice and overall great you are. If you come off like you don’t really care about the job and have just applied because it’s there, even if this job is in reality your every dream come true, you’re probably not going to come off like the best candidate.

Good luck!