can't get better if you never practice


I very much love Garcia Flynn. Definitely too much. We don’t deserve a character so complex and tragic. But also yes I do. Give me more. I earned this. I’ve sat through so many black and white characters. Give me all those shades of gray.

As for the group picture near the end, you know I’m on the Lucy is Flynn’s wife train. All aboard. I will hold out for this until they blatantly tell me no. Probably not even then really. And if it isn’t true, boy, do I have enough observations and theories to make a kickin AU.

anonymous asked:

Hey Roby,I'm currently in the emergency room due to me hurting my ankle real bad during soccer practice I've been crying for the past hour but I started to scroll through your Instagram and tumblr and can't help but smile at your amazing art and beautiful personality, so thank you for cheering me up and helping me forget the pain I'm going through currently, thank you so much Roby ily and never change ♡

whatheheck I’m cryin thank you?? i really hope you get better though that sounds painful!!! but I’m happy my posts have helped a little <3 

emsiecat  asked:

That new pic of Bilbo is so sweet, you draw anatomy very well :D Out of interest have you ever drawn Thorin like that? I can't recall. I'm curious to know what your idea of his body type is.

Awww, thank you, that really means a lot to me!  You see, I have “figure phobia” which is the depressing cycle of being afraid to draw the human form because I suck at drawing it, but I also know perfectly well that I’ll never get better unless I practice.  I have several such cycles when it comes to my art, and I’m slowly trying to work through all of them.

I don’t believe I’ve drawn a mostly unclothed figure of Thorin, but it’s funny you bring this up, because I’ve been debating his body type lately. I’m not really familiar with the technical terms for body types, but google has never led me astray *cough cough*, so I’m going to say he’s “Builtfat”.  I want him to have softness to his form, but he’s still muscular.  And I also picture him having a larger upper body with smaller hips, so more of a triangular shaped figure.  He’ll have a bit of a belly, but not like Bilbo.

I decided on this body type based on my personal ideal version of “Everybody lives, nobody dies”. For me, Thorin would stay in Erebor, and as a king and warrior he’s going to keep up with his training to make sure he’s always battle ready. But I also feel that dwarves are generally stocky, so they’re all different variations of adorably chubby.  That’s why I’ve been leaning more towards this middle ground body type.  Also, stocky, slightly chubby men with beards are attractive to me, so yeah. ^___^

anonymous asked:

Any advice for being a better writer? People always tell me I'm awesome at writing stories, but I lack confidence in my writing. I want to write poetry, but I can't seem to get the ball rolling, if that makes sense? Any advice?

It makes a lot of sense, I can relate. When I first started writing poetry, I was bad and I knew that but I wanted to write. I think that’s why I’m here, simply because I wanted to be here. All I can say is you need to practice and not stop. One day, you’ll look back and realize that you never knew when you reached where you wanted to be.

dantelavey  asked:

I know that everyone's answer for "How do I get better at _______?" Is to continue to practice said art or action. But how in the world does anyone work through all the frustration? The crushing sense of "I'll never be good at this." I have tried to write, to draw, to sing, to compose. The only dream I dream is to create something beautiful. But I just can't.

Let me put this as simply as possible:

If you heard a beautiful melody played on a violin, and you went “I want to do that. I want to make beautiful music on a violin,” you would not be surprised if, the first time you picked up a violin, you found yourself making noises that sounded like a cat was in pain. 

So you’d learn the violin. Learn the strings, the fingering, how to bow. You’d be proud at the point where you could play “Twinkle twinkle little star” on it. If you stopped there and said “I’ll never be good at this…” well, you’d be right. But you’d be right because you stopped, not because it is impossible to play the violin well.

And if you learned violin and got better and practiced, one day you’d be able to play beautiful music on the violin. You might never be a world-class violinist, but you’d be competent.

You are always allowed to decide it’s too hard or frustrating to carry on with anything. But, mostly, you don’t get to be magically good at something, whether that something is art, medicine, law, ballet, cartography or martial arts. The writing fairy, the painting fairy, the composing fairy, will not descend in the night if you decide that’s what you do, touch their glittering wands to your forehead, and allow you to wake in the morning with all the talents, skills, knowledge and experience you need to be really good.

That’s why everyone’s answer is to practice, to do it, to learn. It’s because the short-cuts are mostly blind alleys. It’s because it’s work. It’s because there really are skills to learn, and you should learn them if you want to be good, whatever it is you hope to do.

Good luck.


sketchy sketchy sketchy sketch

I am so fond of @robertawickham‘s  Less Miserable ‘verse, I want all the adventures of baby Cosette and Fantine and Fainte’s unexpectedly Romantic  Dramatic friendcircle 

I also want to DRAW all the adventures of Happy Tiny Cosette and wow I am gonna need more reference on baby humans  for that! But aaah I love it I love herrrr.

"If you can't draw then-"

No. You can draw. Every last one of you. You might not be as good as you want to be. Your art might not look like someone who is “better” at it than you. Don’t let that get you down. You can draw. Art takes practice and art takes time. Just because you haven’t reached your full potential yet, doesn’t mean you never will. You can’t stop because of one rude comment. You shouldn’t stop because you don’t like the way it looks. You should keep practicing and doing your best. You can only get better. I believe in you.

anonymous asked:

Did you take art classes or are you self-taught or some combination of both? I'm trying to get better at drawing by myself because I can't afford art classes but ayye I'm still terrible at drawing. Also do you use a mouse / tablet / something else? I'm currently trying to draw with a mouse on my knee and it's really not working, considering I have 0 ability to hold still. XD

Awww anon QwQ nothing should stop you from drawing, practice makes perfect.
If you wanna know, no. I have never gone to any art school at all, Im 100% self taught.(and i guess its super obvious heh lots of mistakes)
I do use a tablet, but I also used a mouse until last year when I was able to get my own tablet uvu. I’ve been drawing digitally for.almost 8 years, 6 of them using a mouse.
So yea, if it’s really what you wanna do, work hard! Thats the only advice I can give ya

1treesfartingrainbows1  asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who really wants to draw and really loves drawing but just sucks at it? I draw all the time and I practice different styles, I just can't find one the suits me and I just never seem to get better at art.....

It doesn’t matter if you’re drawing well or not. As long as it’s fun: keep going! You’re not only doing art so it looks perfect. Also you can make great art that’s “ugly”. That’s the great thing about it. There’s no right or wrong. Keep on trying to find your style and don’t stress yourself