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dmcanonymous  asked:

So that's how to reference with digital art. Cool. Thanks for sharing it.

It is! I always make sure to try and break the pose into shapes and work from there. I also like to use arrows to show the flow of the pose!!! I then open it next to my picture and draw the shapes scaled up in size as I draw on a 4000px x 4000px canvas usually. You can also use for referencing, if you scroll down the right side and click “model” it has hands, a torso, and a head for practicing with.

Here’s 2 examples!!!

Making someone bigger than ref’d person:

Making someone smaller than ref’d person:


Coda 12x11

Sam’s trying to keep it together but it isn’t easy with Dean wandering off like a child, nothing even resembling a lead on the witch, and the metaphorical clock ticking so loudly that he can practically hear it. The television kept Dean’s focus for a while, but now he’s restlessly wandering around the motel room, complaining. Racking his brain for a game to pull up on his phone to keep his brother occupied, Sam entreats him to sit back down on the bed, but Dean shakes his head.

“I wanna go outside,” he says again.

“I need to keep working so we can get you…better,” Sam says, with a false note of confidence. “If you could just give me some time to research—“

“I wanna go outside,” Dean insists, like a child who wants to play. Sam’s trying not to snap at him when Dean’s suddenly present again with a pained lucidity in his eyes that Sam hasn’t seen for the past few hours.  “It’s too much being cooped up in here, Sammy, waiting for whatever I’m gonna lose next. I need some fresh air. I need to see the sky.”

Sam’s on his feet in an instant. It’s bad enough when Dean lets Sam lead him around, happy to be along for the ride and pleased with whatever simplistic answers Sam gives him. But at least in those moments Sam can pretend it’s a stranger wearing his brother’s body. These flashes of awareness are exponentially worse and Sam is determined to give him whatever he needs.

“Ok, Dean,” he suggests. “How about this?” He moves a chair into the motel doorway, propping the door open with it. It will leave him close enough to get a signal while he keeps one eye on Dean outside. The Impala is parked right at the curb and he leads Dean to it, hoping that the familiar sun-warmed feel of the hood will comfort him in a way that words can’t. Dean climbs onto the hood with his eyes trained on the clear blue sky. As Sam watches, Dean begins to relax, leaning back against the windshield. “You want your sunglasses?”

Dean doesn’t answer, just shakes his head no. Sam gets back to work.

The calm lasts about a half hour until clouds begin to move in, marring the blue with a promise of rain.

Dean clambers awkwardly down from Baby and comes to stand before Sam. “The ocean,” he says with no preamble.

Sam blinks up at him. “What about it?”

“I want to go see the ocean.”

“Dean.” Sam tries to keep his voice calm and gentle. “We’re in Arkansas. There’s no ocean here.”

“But I want to see it.”

“I’m sorry, Dean. That’s not something we can do right now.” Dean’s face begins to crumple, so Sam quickly adds. “I have an idea,” and that’s enough to elicit Dean’s interest. Back inside the room, Sam takes out Dean’s laptop and types ocean into Google image search. “How about you look at pictures of oceans and tell me which one you want to go see when we’re all done here?”

Dean’s already fixated on the blues and greens filling the screen and he reaches for the computer.

“Just click right here to make each one bigger.” Sam points to the trackpad and he’s treated to an eye roll from his brother that he finds equal parts jarring and reassuring.

“I’m not an idiot, Sam.”

You forgot your own name, Sam wants to say, but there’s no point in burdening Dean with that.

“Ok, Dean. Find the one you like best.”

Sam gets back to his research as Dean takes his assignment to heart. There’s a steady stream of clicking and muttering as Dean opens and then rejects photo after photo. Finally, he stands and brings the laptop over to Sam.

“This one.”

Sam smiles at him and takes a look to be polite. It’s a beach in French Polynesia with tropical waters as deep and blue as…

“Good job, Dean. I’m gonna call Cas, ok?”

Dean nods, never taking his eyes away from the screen.


On his way to meet Rowena, Sam pauses in the doorway. “I’ll be back as soon as I can,” he tells Cas, who is sitting on one of the beds.

Calmer than he’s been all day, Dean lies with his head in Cas’s lap. When Cas turns to say goodbye to Sam, Dean reaches out a hand to Cas’s cheek, angling his face so he can continue to stare up into his eyes.


Gabrielle was never a true pacifist as much as she wanted to believe it in Season 4 with taking on the philosophy of ‘The Way of Love’. She still had her own rules to follow by with keeping the peace but she was never an outright “non-violence” person. She knew that if it came to fighting to put something right then she had to do it. Even if she didn’t want to or Xena didn’t want her to. To fight for what she believed in. To fight for the safety and the well-being of her loved ones or for the freedom of the innocent. That’s the choice she made in ‘Ides Of March’ when Xena was injured and left vulnerable and defenceless.. There wasn’t even a hesitation. She knew the right thing to do was to defend and protect her reguardless of the teachings of Eli. Her love for Xena is why she did it. It’s why she picked up that javelin and hauled it right at the soldier. It’s why she picked up the sword and went all out berserk on anybody within even a foot’s distance from Xena. It’s why she picked up the knife and stabbed one of them repeatedly to death  Love is what motivated her to fight and kill those soldiers, so therefore her way wasn’t to do nothing at all, it was to do something. Anything she could that was in her power if it meant there was a chance she could save Xena.

So her dichotomy with peace and violence specifically in Season 6 wasn’t as contradicting as you may think. Because for Gabrielle, it was always take action and deal with the consequences later. From the very start of the show with her meeting Xena that was her way of doing everything. It’s just it never required her to use violence to do it early on as Xena always took care of it. But that begins to change and become much more necessary later on in the show when she is a skilled fighter and she’s in the heat of the battle. She always had the choice whether to knock her enemy unconscious or to kill them. And she chooses the latter when she knows it’s absolutely imperative and there is no other way to stop them. She never went against what she believed in at all. She was just struggling to find the right balance for her as a warrior and as a peacemaker. And a lot of the time it was instinctive for her. It was something that just came naturally. She was just thinking about it too much all the times when it didn’t work out for her. It wasn’t because it wasn’t the right way for her, even though that’s what she initially believed.

It was never defined what ‘The Way of Friendship’ was but it’s pretty obvious that this is what it means given her actions. It’s like an even greater level of love where you have to put the consequences aside to help another. Where you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. So Xena was wrong. Gabrielle was meant to be a warrior. It’s just it didn’t always need to be physical, unless it was the only option she had. She did it for love and friendship. She did it because she cared enough to cater to someone else despite what it may have meant for her spiritually. That was always HER way! She felt lost in Season 4 because she hadn’t come to terms with why it was she felt she needed to use violence in the moment. She never processed it because it was just something she didn’t really need to think about at the time. But it played heavily on her mind after the battle was over because she didn’t know that her true way of dealing with hardships was to fight for peace and love even though her spirit evidently did. So the question isn’t was she meant to be a warrior and ditch ‘The Way of Love’? It is was it inevitable that she would? The answer is ‘yes’. It was. Because her way wasn’t either ‘The Way of Love’ or ‘The Way of the Warrior’. It was ‘The Way of Friendship’ where it was required to fight and kill in the name of love. It seems completely nonsensical at first until you try to put yourself in her shoes. Then you come to understand her as Xena eventually did.

I tell you, I had such a hard time understanding her in Season 5 and 6. But I take back everything I said about her completely going against what she stood for in Season 1, 2, 3 and 4. It finally clicked and I’ve realized the bigger picture to it all. That it really doesn’t matter how you do something in a dire situation, as long as you make a choice to do something in the first place. I respect and admire Gabrielle for putting aside her teachings of ‘The Way of Love’ in order to do what she believed was the right thing to do in the moment. I can say with absolutely no doubt whatsoever that she is my favourite character in Xena: Warrior Princess because of this reason. I feel so guilty for thinking of her so negatively to begin with because I thought she had abandoned her own spirituality. I was wrong and I understand her now.

The bigger picture and point to this blog: 

X: You know, we live our lives the way we do, because someone has to help those who can’t help themselves. But is it wrong to expose a child to that kind of violence? That blood?

G: I think so. But, Xena, sometimes, it’s our only resort, until we find a more effective way of doing it all.

X: Perhaps the greater wrong is never to fight at all, huh? You know what? I think it doesn’t matter where we take a stand, as long as we make one.

And this ladies and gentleman is the one of the strongest and most substantial reasons to watch Xena: Warrior Princess. I hope you enjoyed reading.

- Girl4Music

Credit @lucyllawless@dagninexgf, @aflawedfashion and @ode-to-simplicity for the gifs

anonymous asked:

Hello I just want to animate and and I want to know if you make every frame by hand? How do you animate them and how have you learned to draw characters so accurately?


I draw every frame by hand via tablet. I use Photoshop CS5 as animation program. on the top bar of PS you can click on the option window, then you click on animation and a bar tool will appear in your work area/field.

above a picture of what it looks like. you can add, erase frames there. you can set the time and on the far right you can click on a button to open a bigger field where you can invidualize your animation and also add music etc (see below)

for one frame i use one layer where i draw on or several layers, whatever suits you, as long as only those layers are visible that you want for one certain frame.

The rest is practice and observation. watch a lot of animated stuff. I.e. in slow motion or stop a certain scene and replay it several times to get a hunch of how some effects are animated etc

i hope this helps a bit! :D

Tell Her I Said Goodbye 

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AN: Here is the second part to You Don’t Know What It feels Like! Finally after all this time, Sam is finally getting his own story. After this, the story is going to become more about Sam and his road to happiness, and less about the readerxdean story in the first part. I guess you could say the first part was a prequel to this new series. I know that I traditionally write for Dean, and I normally focus on reader or casxdean pairings… but I’m trying something new. Please let me know what you think! I always appreciate feedback! Love you all, more to come! 

Sam was laying in bed later that night, with a bottle of Jack Daniels and Lord of the Rings on his TV. Since he had witnessed you and Dean kissing in the shooting range, he wasn’t exactly up for socializing, so he had shut himself in his room to avoid any unwanted conversation. He wasn’t in the mood. He didn’t know when it had happened, but he had somehow fallen head over heels in love with you. “I’m an idiot,” Sam said out loud to himself, and he was right. He was an idiot. He should have known better than to fall for a girl who was in love with his brother. “Who does that?” He sat up slightly and took a large swig of the brown liquid, hissing at the burning feeling it left in his throat. He returned the bottle to the nightstand and grabbed his phone. After several attempts of typing in his passcode he was rewarded with access. Pressing on the photo icon, Sam pulled up his photo library and began scrolling through its contents. Pictures of the three of you, and occasionally Cas, filled the screen, but he stopped when one of the two of you together caught his eye. He clicked on the photo, making it bigger and just stared at it. It was a selfie that you took one night on a hunt. Dean had gone out to get some food and you and Sam had stayed to look into some lore.  As always, Sam had been nose deep in a book, and you had stolen his phone in an attempt to get him to ‘lighten up’. He smiled at the expression on your faces, your lips pursed and your eyes crossed and him just smiling at your antics. As much pain as he had experienced in his life, he always seemed to let his guard down around you. When he was with you, he didn’t have to pretend to be this ‘big macho tough guy’. He could tell you anything and not be afraid of your judgment. ‘This is gonna suck’ he thought to himself. If it were any other guy, he would fight for you… but this was Dean, and the two of you were in love. How was he supposed to get over you? Just watching the two of you together was enough to crush him, and he knew that he couldn’t bare it if he stayed around it. Sam pushed himself off the bed, stumbling a bit when he attempted to stand. Walking over to his closet, he pulled a large duffel from the bottom and began pulling clothes from hangers. He hadn’t realized how drunk he was until he was trying to fold one of his flannels. He was on his second attempt when he heard a small knock on his door. A moment later his door opened and you poked you head in.

“Hey” you said, giving him a large smile. “Got a minute?” Sam nodded.

“Yeah, come on in.” He continued to pack his bag, a bit slower this time. He didn’t want you to know he was drunk.

“So…” you began, “Dean and I talked.”

“Oh yeah?”

“Yeah..” you waited a moment. “We kissed.” You stated excitedly, waiting for his reaction.

“I know.” Sam said, throwing some socks in with the rest of his clothes. He looked over his shoulder to see you frowning.

“You know?”

“I kinda saw you guys…” he cleared his throat. “I didn’t want to intrude.”

“Well, don’t sound so excited for me or anything.” You chastised, clearly getting annoyed with his reaction. Sam sighed and turned to face you.

“I AM excited for you.” he said, sensing your annoyance. It was silent for a moment. “So you together now?” he asked, hoping his fake interest would get him back on your good side. You smiled, fidgeting with a strand of your hair.

“I don’t know. We still need to talk about it but… he said he loves me.” Sam smiled at the happiness in your voice.

“I’m happy for you guys.”

“Thanks Sam.” You let out a happy sigh and looked around the room, your eyes landing on his suitcase. “Did you find a case?” Sam followed your gaze and shifted slightly on his feet.

“Um… not yet.” He resumed packing, avoiding making eye contact.

“Yet?” Sam ran a hand through his hair and sighed.

“I um… think I’m going to South Dakota for awhile. Stay in one of Bobby’s cabins… visit Jodie and the girls… I’ll find something when I get there”. He zipped his now full duffle closed and walked to his bookshelf, pulling several books out and making a small pile.

“By yourself?”

“Yeah. I think I just need to go for awhile, clear my head.” Sam reached over and grabbed his bottle of whiskey, taking a swig before closing the lid and throwing it on top of the duffel.

“Are you drunk?” you asked, growing concerned. You walked across the room and gently grabbed his arm. “Sam. What is going on?”

“I’m fine, (Y/N). Just… I need to be by myself right now.” He responded, a bit harsh. You looked at him, your anger growing by the second.

“Well, you’re not going anywhere tonight. You’re in no condition to drive.” You countered, releasing his arm and grabbing the keys to his car laying on his dresser. “Sleep it off. We will talk tomorrow”. You left him then, leaving the scent of your perfume in the air. He threw himself down on his bed, not even bothering with blankets or pillows. He was tired, he was upset, and he just didn’t care enough anymore.


Sam woke up early the next morning with a pounding in his head. He rubbed his eyes with the palms of his hands and sighed. It was 5 in the morning, and he knew that you and Dean were probably sleeping, and that he should wait to talk to you before he left, but he didn’t think he could wait that long. He rolled out of bed and got took a quick shower before getting dressed. He did quick scan of the room, making sure he had everything he needed. After grabbing a few extra lore books and his duffel he left his room, making sure not to make a lot of noise. He loaded his truck with his belongings and got in before he remembered you taking his keys. “Dammit” he mumbled to himself, getting out and heading back into the bunker. He was passing through the library when he spotted Dean sitting at one of the tables; feet propped up, a drink in his hand. He gave Sam a look before reaching into his robe pocket and pulling out Sam’s keys.

“You might need these.” He said, tossing them onto the table. Sam stepped forward, and grabbed the keys.

“Thanks”. Sam nodded to his older brother before turning and making his way back to the garage.

“That’s it?” Sam stopped and turned to see Dean walking toward him. “No explanation… just gonna take off without saying goodbye?” Dean was standing in front of him now, arms crossed and looking pissed. Sam took a deep breath.

“Look. I just need to get out of here. What do you care anyway? I’ve gone out on my own before!”

“I care because (Y/N) came into my room last night tore up because you were a drunk asshole!” He shouted, pointing a finger at Sam. “What the hell was that about anyway?”

“I was drunk, Dean… you gonna pretend that you don’t turn into an asshole when you drink sometimes?” Dean stared at him.

“Well, you got me there…” Dean shook his head, and sighed. “You check in, got it?” Sam rolled his eyes, but smiled at his older brother’s concern.

“Got it.”

“I mean it, Sam. If I don’t hear from you every four days, I’ll track you down and beat the shit out of you myself.”

 “Okay, Dean. Every four…” Sam clapped his brother on the shoulder, before walking away. He stopped for a moment, one foot out the door and whispered. “Tell her I said goodbye.” 

My hand slipped… At some point when they started dating and before knowing more of each other in certain areas~ something like this happened (//ω//) 

I couldn’t help my self and I borrowed the sketches of  @erurixpr3ss​ Thank you hon I hope and you like it! I had a lot of Fun!!

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anonymous asked:

O.O I saw the pencil sketch of your dragon OC on the other Blog but how did you line art and color it on Paint?!! with a TRACKPAD? ._. And how did you erase the sketch? I'm sorry I'm a n00b but could you do a tut in your spare time for us people without fancy technology? PS: I bow before your skills TT^TT

OKAY INSIDE IS A PRETTY IN-DEPTH TUTORIAL, i didn’t leave out any steps or tricks i use. possibly the most useful ones are terminating the sketch, and how to use the eraser tool to color-swap which makes the following processes a lot easier:

  • putting markings on a color while without worrying about getting out of the lines

  • putting down some shading

  • coloring lineart

  • marking behind a drawing

(if you didn’t know about that, i recommend checking it out in step 4)

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anonymous asked:

hey love! so i have a question and it's dumb and i'm sorry but i'm wondering how you get the outline on pictures. like when i have a png and i want to get that white outline around it that's bit bigger from the actually picture? gah im sorry because this probably doesn't make any sense and if it doesn't just ignore this. thanks so much anyway love!

No, love it’s not stupid at all. Never a stupid question! Okay, excuse me first of all because Rick is on call with me on Skype lol. Before you do anything right click on your brush tool and select pencil tool and change that brush to desired thickness. Now you can Open your png and use pen tool.

Then use the pen tool to outline around your picture.

Now right click and find stroke path. Select use pencil and click okay.  Right click with the same tool and select delete path. To make your white outline more apparent use a pastel or a solid background.


Gorgeous pics from the Seattle show – CLICK ON THOSE LITTLE ONES TO MAKE THEM BIGGER. You will die. It will be fabulous.

credit to the amazing @thenaughtiest for her ridiculous concert photography skills!! (and for also being the best concert buddy and all-around friend ever ;) )

You can see more of her pictures on her lovely instagram account!

anonymous asked:

so ive read that in religio romana, you aren't supposed to move your lararium around, but do you think that alongside a stationary lararium that itd be ok or make sense to have a portable mini-lararium/altar?

Lots of people have portable shrines, Anon, and they’re easy to make, if you’re so inclined. Any sturdy box that’s the right size for your particular needs will do. Some people customize Altoids tins, others use cardboard, wood, or plastic boxes.

You can decorate the outside if you wish, or keep it non-descript to avoid calling attention to it. The inside could be decorated with paint , paper, tape, or fabric. You could look for a photo of an ancient lararium, scale it to size, and print it to glue inside the lid of the box - or you could make a collage of pictures of your gods.

Travel Altar by aamethyst (click for instructions)

Think about the focus of your worship when assembling the contents of the box. It could be as simple as a battery tealight. A bigger box could hold one or more small offering dishes, cone incense (just to make the box and contents fragrant), a small piece of fabric to set things on, a miniature vial of liquid or grain, tiny figurines, or other small inspirational objects or offerings. For unusual and inexpensive small images of Hellenic and Roman gods, try using replicas of ancient coins or pins from the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Athena pocket shrine by Diane Sylvan (click for more of her shrines!)

I personally avoid using flame when travelling, because of the fire hazard and because it’s bad manners to use strong fragrance in hotel rooms, but I know people who travel with actual candles, candle holders, incense and incense burners. If you decide to go this route, please remember to protect underlying surfaces from possible heat damage.

Readers, please share photos of your travel and pocket shrines!

The Smallville season two cast and crew photo taken during production of the episode Exodus.

The vast majority of the people in this photo I can’t put names to, but there are a few I recognize.  See if you can find them (click on the photo for a bigger version).  I’ve included links to their tags on the blog so you can see what they look like, making it a little easier for you to identify them in this picture.
In order of how easy I think it is to spot them. 
1.)  Actor (and future episode director) Allison Mack
2.)  Actor Kristin Kreuk
3.)  Hairstylist Richard Mac khln
4.)  Make-up Artist Natalie Cosco
5.)  Actor (and future director and executive producer) Tom Welling
6.)  Director of Photography (and future episode director) Glen Winter


Finished the painting of Gansey, finally! Decided to put him up here with Ronan from a few months ago because they’re meant to sort of go together. Might do more of The Raven Cycle crew if I get the chance. I do have some other projects I need to focus on for awhile though. 

But anyways! Here’s Gansey laying in his cereal-box Henrietta on the floor of Monmouth at two in the morning. I really wanted to find a way to pose him like a dead king, and to show the importance of Henrietta (and the general area) to his quest and this seemed like the best way to do it. For the little town itself I made it a tiny bit bigger than I really picture it so I could easily fit Gansey in the streets, and I also made it only partially finished since it’s an always on-going project for him. There’s also a fair amount of little details scattered around the town, so be sure to full-view!


Tonight on Aunty Fishy abuses the Ewan McGregor Google Search algorithm, here is a WIP of the three Obi-Wans in my fic Where Shall We Three Meet Again? They’re not done by any stretch of the imagination but you know, how could I not give Arulas his proper eye color? HOW CAN I RESIST SITH EYES? I AM NOT MADE OF STONE.

They are from left to right…

Canon! Obi-Wan Kenobi otherwise known as The Old Man or occasionally Ben Kenobi.
Fem! Obi-Wan otherwise known as Little Sister.
Sith! Obi-Wan otherwise known as Darth Arulas.

Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Picture-But-In-This-Fic is Anakin Skywalker, otherwise known as The Podracer and you can find a lovely portrait done by @writegowrite right HERE.

Also, please click to make it bigger so you can actually see details, if you want to? You don’t have to but I think it looks better that way. Also, I think Arulas has raided Count Dooku’s wardrobe. I may need to talk to him about that.

How to create a “unique” character

Ok, so I have never done a tutorial before, so sorry if this doesn’t make sense! I’ll be showing the process I do for my character designs. There is no right or wrong way to do this, so just have fun with it! I will be using Smoke’s redesign  (requested by @shockapella-sweet) process for this tutorial. Although not an oc, the process that I used would be the same if I was creating my own character.

Step 1: research

I basically wrote down all the facts/ headcannons that I have for Thomas. Then research all the details about the individual cultures that Thomas has been in contact with. (you can click on the picture to make it bigger if you want to read my sloppy handwriting).

The things I look up:

1) Native attire. 

2) Jewelry.

3) some kind of weapon or architecture that is relevant to that area. why architecture? It has decorative designs, similar to that which ancient weapons have (Although if you are designing a fighting-type character, I suggest that you dig deeper to find those weapons!)

Step 2: The initial sketch 

I knew I wanted to create two renditions, one for his revenent form and one for his pre-revenant form. 

I then add what I think the design will look like. This does not have to be clean, or well detailed, just make sure that you understand what is going on with the design. Don’t be afraid to write yourself notes out to the side if you are unsure about certain things.

The three 4 things to keep in mind when designing a character:

1) Practicality. Does the design look comfortable? Would certain armor pieces get in the way during a fight? (if it is a female character: Does it look like they belong on the street corner, charging $2 a hour? unless the character has that personality, but that is another matter.)

2) Personality. If the person is very hyperactive and is always on the move, heavy armor pieces would weigh them down. Like wise, a tank-like character would not wear light armor because it would offer no protection. Simple stuff.

3) Influence. Remember the research that you did earlier? Make sure you actually use it! Also, if a character has an idol (Bi-han, in this instance), try to incorporate some aspects from their design as well.

4) Abilities. If the character has a regenerative power or some kind of advanced healing process, armor is more of a decorative feature and shouldn’t be taken seriously. 

Keep these in mind through the entire design process!

Step 3: refinement 

Big jump from the last photo, but don’t be scared! I basically just tightened up my sketch to my liking. 

Don’t be afraid to change a part of the design! If you payed attention, you can see that I originally had Enenra wearing a hanfu (which is basically a chinese kimodo) but I realized that it would be difficult to fight in, so it evolved into this weird trenchcoat-type-thing. Like wise, I was planing to give Smoke some kind of poofy sleeve on his right side, but it looked weird with the rest of the design, so I took it out.

On a side note, if you are designing alternate outfits for the same character (like I am) then try to incorporate things that are consistent between designs. It are the tiny details like that that make one say “Oh, are those two characters related?” or “Is that ____?”

Part 4: choosing colors 

This part was relatively easy for me, since I am doing a character that has a color specifically dedicated to him. 

If this was an original character, I would look at the color pallet each of the other characters have in the franchise, and decide from there. Your character would look out of place if their colors were vibrant, when every other character’s pallet is dull. Unless they are attention seeking, but then again that is another matter. 

Step 5: refinement….again

I really have nothing to say about this, as this step is up to your personal preference.  I added a gray backdrop to see the hair easier.

^ This is as far as I have gotten with these two. This has been sitting in my drafts for way to long, and I thought you guys would like an update :)