color usage

Late night (or should I say, early morning) thought

Bim Trimmer is probably the type of person to praise the hell out of a kid’s artwork in his announcer voice. Like, a kid that’s super unsure of their art who’s really nervous about sharing it with anyone, so Bim gives them a lil boost? Hear me out on this.

Bim: Aaaaand welcome back to the “Best Art In The Entire World Show!” Today, we’ll be observing the artwork of THIS fine contestant. C'mon, give the crowd a wave! What to we have here, ladies and gentlemen? Such rarity, such style! Absolutely splendid usage of color, and what a display of raw emotion! So captivating! So innovative! Dare I say it… I think we have a winner! Yes, the results are pouring in now, the crowd is going crazy! C'mon folks, let’s give a BIG round of applause for today’s winner of the “Best Artwork In The Entire World” Award! *then gives the kid a small trophy from thin air bc magic*


ART STYLE CHALLENGE!! FT. my favorite ham artists (with honorable mention of birdloaf, unfortunately i could not find a sufficient ref of philip in a sketchier format :///) I tried to emulate everyone’s styles down to the brushes!! did I do it okay? i think i did!! Honestly I’m a little terrified at my style malleability, and also disappointed because i’m drawing like this when i obv have the ability to go beyond that?? and yet…

(can you see who influenced me && how lol)

@me wyd

@spibbles YOU…. YOU. You freaking astound me, your style is fantastic and lately it’s been so warm and nice and all your shapes are a-fucking-plus, and your color usage is gorgeous and your shading is On Point and your rate of improvement is 10,000 penstrokes per hour, you’ve left me in the goddamn dust and i just….. go d

@raythrill you and @huitality are the only blogs I follow as closely as I follow you two and honestly it’s so great to see your styles bounce off of each other and I adore you guys’ style okay?? Ray I love your color usage and shading and I’m pretty sure I already sent you an ask that’s just me gushing but Hui you’re also really great and your anatomy and proportions and posing is (100 OK emojis) and the thick lines are a good reminder that I can make thick lines, not go lineless, and still be a good artist

@terror-in-the-dream GOD………….. YOUR SHAPES AND SHADING AND E Y E S… GORGEOUS i can’t believe you exist. also i adore the way you draw plants and flowers too and your blocky shading is lovely. i’d love to see intense expressions from you tho, most of em seem v calm???

@lauwurens tbh i probably have no right to tag you but Gosh, I haven’t seen anyone else who adores philip to such a degree and also your style is absolutely lovely I adore it so much what the fuck,, philip’s curls and and your eyes and GOD, everything is like, perfect

@eightmonkeys your usage of shapes and your flow of figure is the most unique and absolutely amazing thing i’ve ever seen i love it ok… and it’s also a really good reminder for me that things don’t have to look v realistic to look fantastic

@pia-soleildiddle MMMM GOD I’VE SEEN YOUR ANIMATICS AND YOU’RE SO FUCKING C R E A T I V E THAT IT HURTS MY SOUL, WHAT IN HELL, your interpretations have FLOORED me, also I adore the little unique things you put on all the characters, like ham’s double cowlick and jeff/laf’s forehead lock, and philip’s also double cowlick, and jfc, why are you so good

@kei-pai i……… you…,,, god i don’t know i guess the simplicity just attracts me, and also just the pure stylistic factor is great I can’t name why I like your style in particular, it’s probably the fluidity, but honest to god i like yours a lot but I can’t name why (edit: 3 days later and only now i realize I’ve left out the freckles oops)

The Appeal Of Kyoto Animation

I have seen many people saying how K-On is a cheap anime with no creativity and effort put behind this anime. In this blog I want to try to explain what makes Kyoto Animation so appealing and why this statement is not true.

Kyoto Animation is a popular studio which is known for great animation and their slice of life stories, with their unique character designs and very relaxing atmosphere. The funny thing is that what I just said is something you normally shouldn’t. Let me explain this.

I think we have all seen statements like “The animation from Studio Madhouse is amazing” or “Toei Animation always suck”. The reason why it’s not really fair to say that is because the staff for the most studios are usually changing. You don’t have the same team working on every Madhouse production. You don’t have the same director working on every Toei Animation production. Many animators are freelancer who have their own style and way of drawing. So if you see a scene which is really badly animated, it could be the result of just one or two animators screwing up. So blaming the whole studio is kinda unfair. The same can be said about great animated scenes.

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msbowser  asked:

Senpai, how do I draw as you? (Puts on a cute, innocent face) Please teach me your ways.

I never thought that someone would ask me for this…but okay <3 I’ll write a general message for anybody who reads this~!

My ways consist of:

  • Practicing for 7 years and counting
  • Getting inspired by people

and nothing else

Let me write a proper explanation:


I think that everybody already knows this step, but what is really practicing?

I’ve come to see a lot of people to who I’ve told them to ‘’practice everyday’’, and almost all of them replied ‘’I draw everyday but I’m not getting better’’… and that’s really sad, because you’re doing it wrong.

Practicing everyday and drawing everyday are not the same. Practice has the objective to improve your skills while learning your mistakes, you either get better at drawing or at observation. Drawing is just testing your skills, as if it was a self-exam.

How can you practice? Draw some specific thing a bunch of times on the same canvas, try to draw that thing that you can’t draw. It doesn’t matter how it turns out, you are learning and improving. ‘’But it looks worse the more I keep trying’’ Yes, exactly. Your observation skill is improving, your drawing skill doesn’t necessarily improve everytime you practice.

When your observation improves, then that means that you can recognize what is wrong in your drawing and what is decent good, and when this happens, this is the real time to try improving your drawing skill. You don’t like how the hair looks? Try new random ways to draw it! The face looks too pointy? Try doing more curvy lines!

References are all over the internet too, so I’m sure that it won’t be hard to find the right pose or camera angle that you need! This is also a great way to learn how things work! The more you look at it and study it, the more you learn.

(Also extra tip: If you are from the kind of people who draws hands hiding behind the character let that bad habit go. Yes, I called it bad habit. It means that you’re using the pose as an excuse to not draw hands because you hate drawing/can’t draw them, and that’s exactly where my point in practice is. If you don’t try, of course you won’t get better, so go ahead and draw amalgamates as hands! They will look nice eventually! )

And now, the other point:


Getting inspired by others mostly goes along with your drawing skill improvement. (fyi by ‘’inspired by others’’ I mean the people that you admire or that story that attracted you so much).

When you admire someone, you have 2 ways to use them as an inspirational source: Motivation and learning.

As a motivation, there’s not much to explain. You just feel like if you keep practicing you’ll get to be as good as them, which is good! but here’s the trick: When you are drawing,you have to accept something: You’ll never be as good as the people that you admire so much, but you’ll get to be as good as yourself! (Umm…does this make any sense at all?…anyway I hope that you get the point). You can’t be like someone else, but neither can others be like you!

Why do I mention this? because lots of people say ‘’I’m not as good as this artist’’ ‘’I can’t do this as great as this person does’’… and that’s the wrong way of motivation usage. You have to compare yourself to nobody else but yourself!

‘’But how can I then be as good as them while not doing that?’’ While I have to mention again the practice stuff, this is also when the ‘’learning’’ comes in!

I bet that a lot of you doesn’t have just one inspiration source, and that’s great and helpful! First, take some of that people as an example right now and take a few of their drawings together, and while you are comparing them (both, the same artist’s drawings and different artists’ ones), analyze and study some of these facts:

(there might be some more but I think that these are enough).

In resume, go crazy while improving in art thanks to your inspiration sources! learn and level up!

Let me prove my point:

That one drawing that you once were SO proud of, and you feel kinda attached to it?

BAM! DIFFERENCE! I tried changing angles, details and stuff from that drawing…and it turned out even better than what I once did! And I felt super proud of myself when I did it <3

Look, you don’t even have to redraw a super-cool drawing to compare your old art! Just take any drawing and draw it again in the course of the years…

Like this!!

This also applies to digital art as well! the lineart, the usage of color and blending can be compared too! (okay maybe that stuff can be also compared on traditional art but still).

See? I didn’t even need to finish this drawing to see how much I’ve improved in less than 2 years! (spoilers: actually I do have to finish it).

Do you want to know how I’ve improved in all this time? Because I’ve practiced everyday both, things that I could draw and things that I couldn’t! because they help me to improve and practice! what I could already do? I’m doing it better, and what I couldn’t? now I can, and it’s all thanks to being inspired by awesome people on a daily basis and practicing no matter what!

Nobody can teach you how to surpass yourself but you, because you are the only one who understands their own art and what you want to achieve <3

I shoulder his legacy with pride


Some more commission work in the form of Sliph77′s OCs. 

These were fun to do, mainly because I don’t think I’ve ever drawn the overly dramatic anime glasses adjustment.  

I was cleaning out my drafts and found this old meme! Way back when I was tagged by the lovely @lyrangalia

List 6 movies that you can watch anytime and tag 6 people!

The Fall
This movie is one that I can watch over and over again. The world is rich and beautiful, the changes in the story from the perception of Alexandria are seamlessly incorporated, and the depth of emotion is flooring every time. Also Lee Pace in eyeliner.

Howl’s Moving Castle
This is the movie I go to when I’m overwhelmed in any way. The costumes, the characters, Sophie learning to love herself, all of it helps soothe me. Plus I relate to Howl on many levels.

Pan’s Labyrinth
I’m a sucker for fairy tales that have dark twists. Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite directors and I could probably fill half of this lift with his movies. Pan’s Labyrinth strikes a special chord with me because of the color usage throughout the movie and the emotions that they evoke.

Gosh, where do I even start? A story by one of my favorite authors, that challenges masculinity, that takes the hero’s journey and involves a cast of powerful women, and a bunch of zany deaths? Sign me right the fuck up. Also the love story is pretty great, too.

Princess Arete
This is the princess movie I wish I would have had growing up. This young woman deals with a barrage of suitors, a curse, and an evil wizard! Outside of Arete’s harrowing journey there is another woman who spends the movie working to subvert the wizard’s rule over her people.

Marco Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet are one of my favorite pairs in filmmaking, and Delicatessen is a film I could watch endlessly and never get bored with. The way the world is constructed and the stories revolving around the tenants, even those who aren’t the main focus, make for an immersive film that never fails to delight me.

And I tag anyone who wants to do this!

anonymous asked:

I don't get it, why would problems in mod habbit's art prevent them from pointing out the same flaws in someone elses? I know I need to improve on color theory usage, so when I see a piece with the same flaws as mine I'm able to point them out even better. Even if the person is a "higher" skill level than me.

Because a lot of people believe lack of skill = lack of perception, which is mostly incorrect. I can’t play piano, but I can tell when someone else also can’t play piano if they sound like shit. Perception is a skill on its own and it doesn’t have to match the skill to make art.

- Habit

ihappyneko  asked:

will you ever post your college portfolio? or do you have any tips for applying for college/building portfolios?? I want to get into MICA, and it'll help me a ton in the future... thanks!! >.<

hello! i’ve been looking around my various file storing locations and the art that i used in my portfolio is all over the place, lol. so here’s a screenshot from the application portal that has all my art! things to keep in mind: this is all art from my junior-senior year, and i applied as an illustration major

this is gonna get long, bear with me lol.

my portfolio actually wasn’t where i wanted it to be for a few reasons

  1. it didn’t have enough observational work. 
  2. two of the pieces i used were too text heavy for my tastes
  3. i didn’t accurately convey my knowledge and usage of colors
  4. i didn’t push myself much with environments and compositions

this is all from my own perspective though! what’s important for your portfolio is for it to include your strongest pieces. you want to make an impression with it! but you also want it to be balanced and diverse depending on the school you apply to. 

the way i decided which pieces to include was i went to a TON of portfolio reviews, i talked about it with teachers and counselors, and then i talked to friends. i’ve been doing national portfolio day since i was a sophomore and it both helped me get this portfolio together and it helped me get over my fear of displaying all my work in one go. the main thing i heard at npd, no matter how old i was though: MORE OBSERVATIONAL WORK. i only had two pieces from life in there! that’s no where NEAR what’s recommended. but my art portfolio didn’t get me accepted by itself

my application itself was pretty rock solid! i have a high gpa and sat score, my essay was decent, and even though i only listed two extracurricular activities one of them was an honor society that i’m the president of. while neither my portfolio nor my application were as Chock full as some other kids who got accepted, they were solid overall. art schools care as much about academics as they do about art, so if you show that you’re dedicated with both then your application will be stronger!

MICA specific advice: talk to them at national portfolio day, go on a tour and meet with a counselor, and if you have the money/time/availability for it then do their precollege program! they start building a file on you the more times you meet with them and fill out forms, and their precollege program was one of the best experiences i’ve had.

hope this helps! lemme know if anything needs clarification or if you have any more questions :o

anonymous asked:

For me at least, I think your usage of color is one of the most noticeable things about your art style. It's all very vibrant and almost "pop" styled. Each time your art appears on my dash, it's one of the first things I notice. Also, I'd say your lineart is very distinctive. Either way, I love everything you post :D -sportscandycollective

wow! ive never had my art described as “pop”, i see what you mean i use lots of electric colors, i love making peoples eyes hurt with color huehueue

and wow im glad my lineart is apparently distinctive, i really have no clue what im doing and just wing it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

alex-0022  asked:

Hello! I am a beginner green/ electic witch. I'm curious on if you have a top ten herbs/ spices list. Your account is fabulous! Much love, Alex.

Hello Alex!! I am so absolutely sorry about the extreme extended wait on this reply! College ended up tying up my life, so witchy things went on hold… but I’m back now! 

As far as a top 10 herbs/spices, I’ll go ahead and and say my top 10 for easy to find, easy to use, versatile herbs. Especially being a college witch, I know how hard it can be to find some of the more fancy herbs.

1. Catnip: surprisingly strong herb for me. I use it in love, luck, and happiness spells and rituals. You can find good catnip at any pet store, though I really like growing my own.

2. Sage: this one is no surprise. A witches best friend by far. Great for purification, healing, cleansing, and essential for making a sacred space. This one is a little trickier, but if there are any witchy shops in your area I can pretty well promise that they carry sage. If not, or if you are in a smaller town without a good pagan supply shop, you can find it easily on eBay or Amazon or whatever.

3. Dragon’s Blood: this is technically a resin (and, most commonly, an incense), but if you were to ask anyone who knows me, they would vouch that I use this frequently. VERY frequently… I’m obsessed. Dragon’s Blood is not only gorgeously hued with an enticing smell, but it’s also useful for love and protection from negativity. I usually use Dragon’s Blood incense as my fire/air element in a circle. Easy to find wherever incense is sold.

4. Basil: possibly one of the easiest to get your hands on. I use basil in all protection spells for a little extra boost, and it also works great as a way to intensify the effects of your intentions. 

5. Eucalyptus: great for healing and protection (can you sense a theme?). Can be used from multiple sources, and the versatility really makes this a good choice for any beginning/budget witch. Also a great pair with…

6. Mint!: I love mint and eucalyptus together. Mint can lend all sorts of good vibes to any spell. It’s also a strong prosperity ingredient, and the green is great for representing money. Not to mention this is extremely easy to get your hands on. If you want to be super fancy you can always get fresh mint leaves from a farmer’s market or good grocery store (or even grow them yourself), but any form of mint works as long as the intent is there.

7. Rose: I personally love rose, as cliche as that sounds. Rose oil, rose petals, dried rose, rose water, all are great ingredients to work with. Also, fairly easy to find, since the pleasant scent and gorgeous look of the plant has made roses very mainstream. Obviously rose is very strong as a love and passion ingredient, but when using roses or rose petals make sure to take note of how the color can change the usage.

8. Chamomile: this one is pretty straightforward. You can use this for luck and prosperity, or even have the calming effects help you with a peaceful spell. I often drink some form of tea before performing a ritual/casting a spell, and chamomile tea is often my drink of choice.

9. Lavender: I know everyone uses this, but it’s for good reason. Lavender is an extremely useful and easy to find ingredient for anything from purification to love to healing to a good night’s sleep. Honestly, I won’t even go into it. All I can say is, KEEP LAVENDER HANDY.

10. Apple: apple is last but certainly not least. I could even make a case that I’d left the best for last. One of the best parts about apples is every single part of it is useful, from the branches of the tree to the fruit to even the seeds are all extremely useful. The branches make great wands, the fruit works for protection, love, and general happiness. Apple blossoms are symbolic of love and immortality. Seriously, keeping apples handy can be a live saver.

I hope this is what you’re looking for, and that it was helpful! Thank you again for the ask, and have a blessed day! 

Love, Green )O(


Bliss - A Colour Symphony

It’s been almost a week into the new year, and I haven’t posted anything. I’ve been feeling stressed, lazy, blue, and have been ignoring this site and life in general. Not a good habit. But the main reason I haven’t posted in a while is because I haven’t listened to much classical music lately. Taken a break from that too, instead nodding along to classic rock and 70s/80s pop favorites. When I woke up this morning, I was glad that I felt in the mood for some classical, even though I didn’t know what I wanted to listen to. Didn’t take long for me to jump to this piece, an acquaintance that I enjoy listening to. I brushed off the digital dust and revisited the Colour Symphony. I’ll be honest, when I first heard about this work, I was taken in by the almost gimmicky “program”, still in my phase of Romanticizing music and loving the 19th century for extra musical ideas. The good news is that, even with the simple idea of “each movement is a different color”, there is MUCH more to the music than the title, and it would still be as great and fun a piece without the program. Beyond the title, there is a bit more going on here with the usage of colors, not just “here’s one hue, now here’s the next, etc.” Bliss was inspired by a book on heraldry, which is a term for the design of crests and coats of arms, it’s most iconic form coming at the High Middle Ages. He uses these old color/symbol associations as a guiding point for the mood of each movement, which is why each movement has a subtitle for what the corresponding colors are meant to represent. While he was encouraged by fellow composer Edward Elgar, who was also his mentor, Elgar couldn’t help but agree with the audience at the premiere; “lukewarm”. Too “modernist” for his turn-of-the-century-taste. But like many success stories in the classical world, the symphony became Bliss’ most popular work that put his name up in England, Europe, and the U.S. as a major living composer. The sad thing about Bliss is that he was one of the many great 20th century composers whose music, while respected, was kind of ignored for being too “conservative” with each passing decade [he lived well into the 70s]. Equivalent to his contemporary Ralph Vaughan-Williams, though even VW sounds more “Modernist” at times. Despite all this “conservative” criticism, the final movement, Green, has a double fugue that feels more Modernist than the rest, sounding almost like a movement from a Samuel Barber orchestral essay, or a William Schuman symphony.  Without the title, it would still be a “colorful” symphony, as in musical color, for how much Bliss loves to use the brass and winds. 


1. Purple [the colour of amethysts, pageantry, royalty, and death]: Andante maestoso

2. Red [the colour of rubies, wine, revelry, furnaces, courage, and magic]: Allegro vivace

3. Blue [the colour of sapphires, deep water, skies, loyalty, and melancholy]: Gently flowing

4. Green [ the colour of emeralds, hope, youth, joy, spring, and victory]: Moderato

so i finally decided to make a post dedicated to advice for coloring and shading! hopefully this is will help some people with their coloring because i know this is most people’s weak points in drawing. but don’t worry!! limlim is here to help!!!!!

i let people on twitter suggest what i should cover, so some things might be a bit random. here’s the topics covered (in order):

  1. Choosing colors for shading and highlighting
  2. Use of different layer settings (overlay/multiply) and adjustments
  3. Color choices for red/blood
  4. How to color a kappa (kinda goes over my drawing process too)
  5. Shading hair sorta

this only covers some of the things people asked since i got kinda tired of talking about colors. hopefully, i’ll make a second post in the future

i should point out that just reading this won’t make you better at coloring or anything unless you put these things into practice. experiment helps a lot, too. maybe you don’t like what i’m doing, so you can tweak what i do a bit to achieve what YOU want in coloring. these aren’t set rules or anything, just what i think and do when coloring.

also, this is pretty tl;dr so make sure you read this when you’re not tired or sleepy!!! (i’m serious. i don’t think i would want to read something this long either)

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It was the naming of Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year: Rose Quartz and an ethereal cornflower blue called Serenity. The announcement is a seemingly simple, top-down decision with massive butterfly effects, like the federal funds rate or the dimensions allowed for a photo posted to Instagram. It was the first time that Pantone had chosen two colors instead of one, and as the company explained to the New York Times, the pairing has to do with “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity” as well as “an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” This sounds like a lot to project onto a couple of colors. This sounds like art
—  Kevin McGarry, Art Forum Scene and Herd, 2015

Pencil Drawing - Process

Not sure if this is of interest to many people… but someone asked me how I create my pencil drawings, so I thought I’d do a post that shows some of the process. This isn’t a tutorial - heck, I don’t even know if this is the “correct” way to do a drawing - it’s just how my warped little brain works. :-)

The above photo is the rough linework, used to map out the composition and make sure the proportions are correct. I’ve learned the hard way that this is the most important stage, and if I get this in decent shape the rest of the drawing goes much more smoothly.

The next step is to start thinking in terms of planes, rather than lines: I very roughly decide where the highlights are first. It looks like hell, usually. :-)

Still looks like a mess: determining where some of the shadows go, and how the fabric of their sleeves will look. Also, at this stage I try to balance out color usage: the rust colors and lavender colors are used in both their hands, as are the cream and beige colors of the highlights

This is the part of the process where I pick a starting point for the details: in this case, Killian’s hand. I think in terms of relative size/distance, etc., so I need to sort of put my stake in the ground somewhere. Then I can adjust Emma’s hand if I need to.

Details of Emma’s hand are put in, and more detail added to the chain and her sleeve.

The finished product: I added depth in the shadows (for example, the area where the bottom of Emma’s hand meets her sleeve), blended colors a little, added some more lavender, and many other small things to make it “pop.”

I hope this was (somewhat?) interesting! I personally love to see artists’ processes, but I’m kind of an art geek. :-) 

Original post of the finished product is here, along with links to all of the drawings in my “Love in Details” series.

Tagging a few people who might find this amusing: @amagicalship @caprelloidea @nothingimpossibleonlyimprobable @jscoutfinch