example a) look above

200+ Followers Art Raffle!!

Mod here!

and, oh my hecc, 213 followers?? Im so SHOOK but REALLY HAPPY AAAA

thank you so much!! ;v;

as a little thank you, I’ll be holding an art raffle!

“Rules” are simple;

  • You must be following me (new followers are totally welcome!)
  • You must reblog this (with or without a reference of a character you want me to draw if you end up winning! your choice!)
  • Read to the end of this for a little verification!

and thats it!


First place winner gets; a soft-shaded or painted fullbody of chosen OC

Second place gets; a cell-shaded or painted bust/halfbody of chosen OC

Third place gets; a shaded or painted headshot of chosen OC

a n d fourth place gets; a smol flat color icon of chosen OC

Here are some examples of my art for the above places

(( Soft-shaded fullbody, look below for painting examples ))

(( Painted halfbody ))

(( cell-shaded halfbody ))

(( Painted headshot, kinda .. ))

(( shaded headshot ))

(( and finally, flat color icon!! these are 500x500 px by the way! ))

Sorry for the lengthy post so far haha, but this is it! Thank you for reading!

Now, as a last verification-

Upon reblogging if you wish to enter, put your favorite drink in the tags if you’ve read and looked at everything! 

Good luck to anyone entering! 

I will be ending entries and deciding winners on July 4th!!

How to Write a University-level Essay

Heyo, so school is fast approaching, and seeing as Tumblr is made up of a lot of younger users who will soon be shipping off to college or university soon, I thought I would take it upon myself to help spread my knowledge of essay-writing. Essay-writing is my thing. I love it. I live for it. It’s how I make up for my shitty test marks, and still get by with an 85 average+ in University classes. I’m a historian by trade, so perhaps this information will seem a bit off from what you’re used to, but hopefully, It’ll help you out. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an ask.

1. Consider your question and find your thesis.

      I know, I know. People always say, no! Never start with your thesis/intro paragraph! Go to the body!! Well i’m here to say forget everything you’ve been told. Forget that, forget the stupid hamburger shit they teach you, forget it all and start reading. 

I ALWAYS start with my thesis. Why? Because you cannot make good paragraphs without knowing what you’re researching. You need direction, and a thesis is your map.

So, the question we’ll use shall be: What is one way in which the Union won the American Civil War?

Now remember, your thesis is your map. It shows you where to go, what to look for. The thesis is the heart and soul of all your work. You want a good, solid thesis. What does that include, you ask?

  • An idea
  • A reason for said idea
  • Evidence to support said reason, and thus validate the        idea.

So, lets do an example. Let’s say I’m writing on the use of media during the American Civil War. I like photography, and wrote a paper on this in my second year, but im gonna be doing this example freehand(idk where I put that essay lol) so lets work with how I got an A+ on that paper. This will be my idea:

                “Photography during the American Civil War influenced the war’s outcome in the Norths favour.”

This is VERY vague. This is an example of a thesis in bloom! Let’s take it further. Look at the above. What questions would you have from this thesis?

  • -Who was taking photos at that time?
  • -Why did it influence the outcome?
  • -How did it influence the outcome?
  • -Who consumed photography as a media at that time?

This is where you STOP, and start the next step.

2. Research

                Start your basic research with your idea, and the above questions in mind. Look at libraries, ask your professor or TA or librarian, or just do some basic google searches to get to know the subject(but for the love of god if you include a google link in your citation I will personally hunt you down and castrate you.)

I like to start with the basics of any inquiry: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW. Who was taking photos? Where were they displayed that caused influence? ect…These, in relation to your beginner thesis, will help guide you in what form your thesis will take.

Once you’ve finished that, and have a general feel for the time period, go back to your thesis.

3. THESIS 2.0

Go back to your original question: What is one way in which the Union won the American Civil War? Now look at your thesis again. It’s too vague, isn’t it?

As you can see, our original thesis was too vague to be a real thesis. So, we NARROW IT DOWN using our WWWWWH progress we focused on during early research!

                “Photography during the American Civil war influenced the war’s outcome by providing a visual for ordinary citizens about the horrors of war, and thus helping to increase donations and awareness to the cause.”

Great! But once again, too vague! Questions that may arise include:

  • Who was taking the photos
  • Evidence for donations?
  • Evidence for social awareness?

So, we NARROW IT DOWN again. I’m going to use Andrew Gardner’s photography during the Civil war, as he was one of the most famous and influential at the time.

                “Andrew Gardner’s photography during the American Civil war influenced the war’s outcome by providing a visual for ordinary citizens about the horrors of war, and thus helping to increase donations and enlistment in the Union through awareness to the cause…”

The above then gives us the following(why and how are sometimes grouped together):

  • Who: Andrew Gardner
  • What: Photography helped the north win the war.
  • Where: Union-aka northern states
  • When: American Civil War
  • Why/How: Because Andrew Gardner’s photography raised social awareness through this new and budding medium

Use this sort of outline to guide you in the next step!

4. Now that we have a thesis, you need to do some more research and evidence gathering.

The way I like to do this is to go check out a few books from the library(look for text books in particular), and leaf through the index for matching terms. Our matching terms would be:

                Photography, civil war, Andrew Gardner, media

From there, you read over the pages, and see if any of the info relates to your subjects. Copy down quotes, page numbers, book title, author, publishing date and publisher. You need these for your bibliography. Pick and choose relevant information. The filter for relevant information relies entirely on your thesis, because it decides what you need to be looking for—this is why I hate when people tell me to start writing paragraphs before I write a thesis! It’s simply impossible and counter productive, and will cost you hours in revision.

So, gather your information from the library, and cross-reference with peer-reviewed articles and data. For our thesis, we would need data on enlistment numbers in an area after a date of Andrew Gardner’s photography exhibit showcases. No matter what type of essay you’re writing, you can always back up your evidence with data, and it won’t hurt one bit. Don’t be afraid of the numbers, kids!

So, if we were to go back to our thesis, we could now expand on it like this:

             “Andrew Gardner’s photography during the American Civil war influenced the war’s outcome by providing a visual for ordinary citizens about the horrors of war, and thus helping to increase donations and enlistment in the Union through awareness to the cause. An increase in  donations and enlistment in relation to exposure to Gardners work is seen in data/evidence point A, as well as in data/evidence point B, which will be fully outlined in the points below.”

This gives you an example of how to lead from a thesis, to your opening paragraph.

5. Data and Evidence Justifications–Paragraph making

This is the section where you can branch your essay into your data and evidence points you gathered in steps 2 and 4. You can have as many paragraphs as you like, just make sure your evidence and data is strong and supported. I personally like to work with my thesis copied and pasted onto the top of every page I write on. This keeps you on track, with your clear goal in mind, and will help you from straying. I will give you an example of how a paragraph might sound.

                Andrew Gardner’s photography during the American Civil War became heavily influential upon the American population at the time, particularly the north, wherein which his work was showcased. The influence of Gardner’s photographic works is seen in the _____, which shows us that without the influence of Gardner’s media influence, war efforts and awareness may not have been as successful as they had been.

This is an alright opener for you to work with. The ___ is where you could put in your data point or evidence piece. The point of the paragraph is to show your support for your thesis by confirming it with evidence.

Your paragraphs should take this form:

  • Present, Confirm, Conclude, Lead.

You present your evidence, confirm its relation to the thesis and confirm the validity of the thesis, conclude by brief revision of evidence, and then lead into your next paragraph. 

6. Conclusion

        Your conclusionary paragraph should be a look-over of the above paragraphs. Restate your thesis, present a summarized version of your paragraphs(one or two sentences only), and perhaps take the time to look at your own views on the subject. An example might look like this:

        “Taking a moment to step away from the above mentioned evidence, I believe it to be scholarly acceptable and even necessary to state my own views on the subject presented. In drawing conclusions, I felt that the above information was correct in that it presented a reality of the time period, in which photography was becoming a medium to be embraced by popular society. People were not only astounded by Gardner’s photographs on a social level, but also a technical level. The astonishment people held at seeing the war-torn battle fields spurred them into action, and even today can still present feelings of dread, fear and loss when looking at his photos…blah blah blah”

Why is it scholarly acceptable and perhaps necessary to state your views? Oftentimes, it is to reassure the reader of your own personal bias’, which exist whether you like them or not, to the subject at hand. Having a small tidbit on your own thoughts about your research ect, breaking away from the third-person droning of an essay can be refreshing and welcoming for a prof at the end of his stack of essay reading. 

7. In summary

  • Thesis
  • Data and Evidence
  • Present, Confirm, Conclude, Lead
  • Self opinions/Conclude

All in all, do unique things. Professors love it when they come across something that’s not cookie cutter! Even if they present you with a list of essay topics, take the leap and ask them if you can do your own research topic!! Take risks with your essay writing, talk to your professors about what you want to do, and try to have fun with your research. I’ve written on everything from civil war photography to Disney princesses in american media, to the religious formation of idea of heaven and earth. Remember, so long as there’s credible, documented evidence, it’s possible to write about it.

5 Signs You Treat Your Reader Like an Idiot

(1) Overusing Adverbs

For Example: “Get out, Michael. I swear to God, get out before I try to kill you. I wasted two years of my life on your pathetic cheating ass. Get out!” Tara yelled angrily.

Adverbs are, more often than not, useless additions to your writing. Looking to the example above, adding “angrily” to the end of the line tells the reader nothing new. The reader knew Tara was angry, because Tara is clearly yelling at Michael. The dialogue alone is enough to portray this, and I’m sure with the full scene, the reader doesn’t need any extra help. Adverbs clutter up your writing and weaken your writing. Trust the reader to catch on without the adverb.

(2) “As if” Phrases

For Example: Mrs. Winters lingered over Bryan, her stern face glaring down at him, as if daring him to speak out again.

You don’t need to explain why characters are doing what they do. “As if” phrases are explanations we don’t need. Your writing needs to be strong enough to portray that Mrs. Winters wants Bryan to shut up.

(3) Exposition in Dialogue  

For Example: “Hello, Bridget, my ex-girlfriend who cheated on me with Brad”.

I wrote a whole post on this last week, because exposition in dialogue is absolutely terrible, but I will say it again. Using dialogue to explain things is usually just lazy writing. Dialogue needs to sound the way that people actually talk. Keep in mind that the characters know more than they say, and rarely need to explain it.

(4) Lazy Research

For Example: The curtains opened and Jared lifted the wand. With a wave, he instructed the winds start playing. The hall filled with the melody of flutes, clarinets and trumpets.

To the untrained eye, Jared is a decent conductor, and is doing a fine job leading the orchestra. To a musician, this scene would come off as weird. The stick a conductor uses is a baton, not a wand. Trumpets are not wind instruments. These details aren’t enough to completely ruin a story, but if you have a character interested, you need to do research. Know what you’re talking about. Using the right words, terms that are only used within the community (for this example, words like staccato or laccato tell musicians how to play a note).  If you have a character who is a musician, learn about music. If you have a character who does ballet, learn what a pliée is, and what an arabesque is. Don’t assume your readers won’t notice if you mess up on small details. The small details matter.

(5) One Dimensional Characters

No matter how minor a character is, it is your job to make them matter. Every character should have some sort of story. It might go untold, but characters need to be people in the universe you created, not plot devices there to guide your main character to what they need to do. This is especially true when writing women. Many female characters are written with the purpose of being a love interest to your main character, and they deserve more than that. 

OKey dokey, uncle Aes has some tips that’ll make your lives a little more easier. This is how to make a picture more believable when having a character interact with an item that is larger than their persons. First tip! -Always draw the object that is being acted upon, FIRST.

Let’s take this chair for example, drawing a character sitting is not an easy task, I know. But with a little know how and can-do it can be pretty fun and satisfying. Drawing the object that is being acted upon first not only lends a little more realism, but it also really helps when you are drawing in perspective, case and point

Here is the difference between 1)drawing the chair first, THEN drawing the figure, versus 2)Drawing the figure first, then drawing everything AROUND that figure. #2 does not make a lot of sense, it’s all wonky and the proportions are all wrong, this is because the chair is conformin to the figure’s weight.

Example 2, stairs. Figure 1 will always look more believable than figure 2. The figure drawing  in example 1, is under the forced perspective that the stairs lend. Example 2 makes for a confusing picture to look at. because we don’t know where the feet fall naturally, and the stairs are uneven and UGLY

With both examples where the character is drawn first, the weight of the character is manipulating the environment around it, instead of the other way around. Perspective is really hard to understand, but it is really important to practice it EVEN if it looks funny. In these examples right above, they do not give a very realistic/believable reading. It’s always gonna be a guessing game of where to put an object, and if you’re gonna have a guessing game it might as well be the CHARACTER you’re guessing about and NOT the environment.

All in all, to those strugglin with drawing characters in an environment, always ALWAYS draw the object that is being acted upon FIRST. I’m not gonna say that my drawings are absolutely accurate, they still look wonky time to time, but it helps to be mindful of these things! Don’t be afraid to try tho, always use a reference and soon enough you’ll get the hang of it too :^y

I’ve been having great success using an Emotion Wheel to create NPCs. (by  Higgs_Bosun)

To quote the reddit post:

“An emotion wheel is a tool for building emotional language. It often ends up looking like a color wheel, with broader base emotions at the center, and then more specific, nuanced emotions near the periphery. [Above] is an example of what one looks like.

I first came across this during a counselling session a few months ago, and had it laying out while prepping for D&D. I was looking at a table of NPC emotions, and they were all very close to the center. I checked out the wheel, and updated my existing NPCs. For example: Instead of simply an angry bartender, I now had a bitter and violated angry bartender. It gave me a lot more to play on, reasons for the anger, ideas for ways my players could provoke the anger, but also ways in which they could win the trust of the bartender.

It was ideal. It was easier for me to express the bartender’s emotions to the players, and rather than him simply being angry for no reason, he was simmering and grumbling, but he only truly became angry when someone tried to take advantage of him. And then it became serious, fast.

If you’re having difficulty breathing life into your characters, and you feel like the happy wandering salesman or the sad faerie queen don’t give you enough, find an emotion wheel, and give those feelings some depth.

Anyone else found useful tools like this?”

taylortheferret  asked:

hii!!! do you have any tips on creating a color palette because every time I try it just doesn't look good together, even when i separate neutrals/brights/etc ;-;

well i’m not an expert at palettes or anything but here are some tips :-)

- i always put colours in groups for example if you look above - you can see them sorted into pairs or groups of three, that way they’re more cohesive 

- just open up a document in photoshop and start eyedropping or picking colours you like, paint them onto the document and keep changing them until you’re happy - here are pics of me doing the newest palette (i scrapped the pastels ones on top haha) and my hair palette - you can see how me painting over and over stuff 

- pull colours from pictures or things that inspire you or follow a theme  

hopefully this helps!! :-)



Several of you have asked me when I would open commissions again, and the time has come at last! I will (FINALLY) find myself with a lot of free time and a lot of stress gone from my frail body very soon, so I think this is the perfect opportunity to offer my humble services.

  • no spot limits (obviously I’m only human, but I don’t have a set goal)
  • mostly waist-up portraits (as shown)
  • any fandom, any character
  • unique 30€ price (+5€ for a second character), using Paypal only

Please contact me at rory.chabrerie@gmail.com.

Even if you don’t intend to commission, any signal boost would be appreciated, thank you so much! And to those who do intend to commission, thank you for your interest, I look forward to working with you <3

edit: examples shown above are the most recent commissions (except the bottom right one).

anonymous asked:

I ship Lapidot hardcore, but I can't tell if the crew is trying to tell a story of two best friends living together or two beings who started off hating each other then end up falling in love

That’s totally understandable.  The line between “best friends” and “lovers” can be an incredibly thin one - especially if you consider that a lot of people in life consider their romantic partner to also be their best friend.

However, I’m very heavily leaning towards “lovers”, in the case of Lapis and Peridot.

I’ve written about this subject at length, of course; but there really are some key points to consider if you’re trying to figure out whether or not their relationship is platonic, which I’m going to try and lay out here.

First of all, people make a big deal about how certain characters look at each other.  Peridot and Lapis do smile/grin at other characters an awful lot (it’s perfectly normal to do this to your friends, of course), but there’s something more in the way that they look at each other that truly sets their interactions apart…

Originally posted by geekylaugifs

Peridot’s not just smiling here - she’s positively beaming in a way that she’s never, ever done whilst looking at any other character before.  The way she draws her hands in to her chest while giggling is very typical of how cartoon characters tend to look at their crush/love interest.  And those eyes

Lapis blushes at her and has to look away.  Is this because she’s thinking “oh no she’s really freaking cute”?  Because it sure looks that way to me.  I’m struggling to think of any other reason why she would have to look away like that.

The change of lighting in this scene - with the sun finally coming out in-time with Peridot’s huge smile - makes the whole thing seem rather poetic.  Lapis has spent the entire episode, up until a couple of minutes before this fateful scene, behaving in quite a mean way towards Peridot.  Her resentment was plain for all to see… and yet, she had a change of heart and saved Peridot from the Roaming Eye, specifically stopping to ask her if she was okay afterwards.  And then when Peridot smiles at her and the lighting changes, this could easily be interpreted as being symbolic of Lapis looking at Peridot in a new light.

This isn’t the only time that they give one another loving looks, either.

Originally posted by giffing-lapis

The three characters in this GIF are all watching Peridot.  Look at Lapis here, and compare her facial expression to the other two.  She’s smirking in a way that almost looks suggestive, especially when coupled with those half-lidded eyes…

…and this is something that Lapis tends to do quite a lot - but only when looking at Peridot.


…Peridot also looks at Lapis, and only Lapis, in a tender way on more than one occasion (particularly note her hands in the second picture - again, it’s the archetypal “cartoon character looking at their love interest” pose).

Originally posted by doafhat

It’s worth noting that the pair of them haven’t had a single negative interaction, of any description whatsoever, since the closing scene of Barn Mates.  After that episode, they are then shown in Beta to be sharing basically everything - not just a home, but their interests as well.  Best friends can be close, of course; but Peridot and Lapis appear to share a bond that goes above and beyond something that’s simply platonic. 

Indeed, their interactions in Beta are often compared to those of married couples, and it’s very easy to see why.  They’ve become incredibly close in a short space of time, and are very much settled in their new home together.  Niether of them has ever appeared as happy and relaxed as they are around each other.

Originally posted by estufar

They’re also in absolutely perfect harmony with each other.  In the GIF above, for example, Peridot doesn’t even need to look at Lapis to know that she’s going to get a high-five, she just knows.  It’s also interesting how her facial expression perfectly mirrors Lapis’ as they’re high-fiving (again, without Peridot even looking at Lapis), further empasising how in-sync they both are.

Originally posted by entediadoateamorte

If Barn Mates had them move in together, Beta had them behave like a married couple - then Gem Harvest had them taking the next step, getting a “child”.

Peridot and Lapis embark on a mutual desire to create a new life together (arguably metaphorical of a couple who have a mutual desire to raise a child together) - resulting in “Veggie Head”, the pumpkin.They both treat it like an actual child in many ways, rather than a pet - with Peridot even trying to teach it to speak! 

Steven also says about Veggie - “it’s nice to have a new addition to the family”, meaning that that even he considers Lapis and Peridot to be an actual family unit, rather than simply being close friends.

These reasons (and many more) are why I believe Lapis and Peridot are, in fact, being written as a romantic couple.


Hey, commission time! 

So, with college fast approaching and my bank account sitting at $31.24 and no job in the near future, I’m in pretty dire need of some funds to support myself this year. I thought I’d give commissions another shot, since they worked pretty well last time. I’m gonna limit myself to simple pixels and headshots again so I don’t burn out too much, but I’m generally willing to draw just about any type of character within those limits.

I can do:

  • Original Characters
  • Dungeons and Dragons Characters
  • MMO Characters (WoW, GW2, FFXIV, Wildstar, etc.)
  • Fursonas/Anthro Characters

For more examples like the above, take a look through my art tag.

If you would like to support me and buy some art, shoot me an email at calciferrising@aol.com. I’ll only be taking a few slots at a time, but will hopefully have these going all July. If you can’t afford to spend money, please reblog to promote the post, I’d appreciate it a lot. <3

Prices/notes are below the cut!

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Self-harm Recovery: Some advice 

- Think about why and when you harm yourself and write a list. Are there specific times, events, feelings or people that lead to self-harm? (Examples: At night, after fights, when you feel angry, after talking to a certain friend). The list will help you to find healthy alternatives and to avoid triggers. 

- Write down some reasons why you want to recover. No reason is silly or unimportant! (Examples: I deserve better, I don’t want more scars, I will not lie to my friends anymore). This list will motivate you when you feel like recovery isn’t worth it. 

- A relapse is not a failure. Don’t let your mind trick you into “I relapsed, so i might as well give up on recovery”. This is not true! It’s one step back but that doesn’t make all the steps forward you took disappear. Allow yourself to be sad or upset for a while - and then take the next step forward. 

- Make an appointment with yourself. “I’ll stop self-harming on (date).” The appointment will make you less likely to tell yourself “Just one more time” again and again and again. (Choose today or tomorrow as a date, not some date that’s weeks away.. You may lose motivation or talk yourself out of recovery if you wait too long). 

- If possible, tell a supportive friend that you are in recovery from self-harm. They can support and encourage you, and knowing that they root for you makes you less likely to relapse or give up. 

- Reward yourself! Set specific goals after which you earn rewards if you stay “clean” until then. (Of course those rewards need to be something that’s not harmful for you! Choose things like “I’ll buy a new lipstick after two weeks”..Small, affordable things that give you something to look forward to and will not trigger you in any way). 

- This is a no-brainer but: Unfollow any blogs that glorify, promote or encourage self-harm, if you are following any. You seriously don’t need to see such content while you’re trying to recover, you’ll just make it harder for yourself. If you run such a blog, delete it. They’re not a healthy coping mechanism! 

- Try out different alternative (healthy!) coping mechanism. A healthy coping mechanism is something that neither physically hurts nor mentally harms you or anyone else. Look at your list (see above) for inspiration. Examples: “When i feel angry, i’ll go for a run instead” or “I’ll call a friend instead when i feel lonely”. Sometimes, it may also simply be “I’ll keep my hands busy by holding a book and sit around until the urge goes away”. 

- Talk to a doctor or therapist. I write this one last because you may not want to hear it and might’ve skipped reading this post if i wrote it first but it’s actually the most important piece of advice i can give you. Self-harming behavior is in most cases a symptom or a result of a mental or physical illness (Yes, physical, too as some physical illnesses get your emotions out of whack!). Therapy and/or medication will help with the underlying health problem and so make it much easier for you to stop harming yourself. 

Lesson 24: 못해요, 못 and -지 못해요, bad at, cannot do

In Korean the adverb 못 expresses impossibility, a strong denial, or a refusal. -지 못해요 can be used to express the same ideas as 못.

못 and -지 못해요 are used with verbs.
못 is followed by a verb, where as -지 못해요 is attached to the verb stem directly and do not change forms regardless if the stem ends in a consonant or a vowel.

파티에 못 가요. I can’t go to the party.
친구를 못 만났어요. I couldn’t meet my friend.

어제 자지 못했어요. I didn’t sleep [well] yesterday.
케이크를 만들지 못해요. I can’t make cake.

Note: Like 안, 못 is placed before verbs unless the verb is [noun]하다 in which case the 못 is placed after the noun but before the 하다.

레오: 공부했어요?
켄: 아니요. 공부 못 했어요.
Leo: Did you study?
Ken: No. I couldn’t study.

Here’s where it gets a little confusing. Let’s take a closer look at one of our above example sentences.

어제 자지 못했어요. / 어제 못 잤어요.

There are technically two ways each of these sentences can be interpreted.

1. I did not sleep well yesterday [because of an outside situation].
2. I did not sleep yesterday [because something prevented me from sleeping all together].

The only way you can determine the speaker’s true meaning here is through context clues; what you already know of the situation, other details already given to you, or through further questioning.

Basically, when you use 못 or -지 못해요 in a sentence you are saying that you did something poorly/not well OR you did not do something because an outside influence prevented you from doing so.

Compare this to 안 (Lesson 9) and -지 않아요 (Lesson 16), both of which create similar sentences, but the implication is different.

어제 자지 않았어요. / 어제 안 잤어요. I didn’t sleep yesterday.

When phrased this way, there is no additional meaning. There was nothing preventing you from sleeping, you just didn’t. Maybe you didn’t want to. Maybe staying up all night seemed like way more fun, but there wasn’t an external reason keeping you awake against your will.

Here’s another example of a very common mistake learners make when speaking Korean. 

레오: 제 말을 들었어요?
켄: 아니요, 안 들었어요.
Leo: Did you hear what I said?
Ken: No, I didn’t hear it.

If Ken uses 안 in his response, he implies he had the ability to hear what Leo was saying just fine, but he purposefully wasn’t listening. Pretty rude, huh? Instead, you need to make sure to use 못 when you want to say something was preventing you from hearing what was said.

레오: 제 말을 들었어요?
켄: 아니요, 안 들었어요. X
      아니요, 못 들었어요. O

If you simply want to say you’re just bad at something, not that you couldn’t do something or were prevented from doing something, you would use 못해요 instead.

저는 수영을 못해요. I’m bad at swimming.
학생은 공부를 못해요. The student is bad at studying.

Using 못해요 implies you have the general ability to do something, you’re just bad at it. So you can’t really use this with certain verbs such as 먹다 (to eat). Be careful with your word choice here.

Bonus: The opposite of 못해요 and 못 is 잘해요 and 잘.

저는 야구를 잘해요. I’m good at baseball./I play baseball well.
학생은 공부를 잘해요. The student is good at studying.

어제 잘 잤어요. I slept well yesterday.
케이크를 잘 만들어요! I make cake well!

못하다 and 잘하다 are verbs, and 못 and 잘 are adverbs. So just keep this in mind. :)

That’s all for today!

Using the Unusual; Metaphors and Similes in Creative Writing

while i was getting my bachelor’s in fiction writing, one of the most useful classes i ever took was a poetry class taught by a woman named Mary Leader because she really taught me to examine my prose. poetry, at least in her class, was an excellent way to fully capture the visuals, sounds, and setting of a particular moment in time, which is a skill (i believe) that prose writers can use as well.

but today I’m gonna focus on my particular favorite thing in writing, which is the Unexpected Metaphor or Simile.  (long post, and some really personal takes/analytical perspectives, but i hope this helps some people who want to get more creative with their analogies!)

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Think you’re too old to be a GGnG success story? Think again. Hollywood portrays an entrepreneur in a movie usually as someone early in their 20s, may or may not have a college degree, wears blue jeans and a hoodie, with messy hair and facial scrub. 

That stereotype may appeal to many in a movie, but, life isn’t a Hollywood movie. Many entrepreneurs don’t even think about launching their own business until their 30s, 40s or even 50s, after years of experience. 

So if you’re not “young and aspiring” but “matured and experienced”, fret not. You still have time to start your own GGnG empire. 

Take a look at the infographic above for examples of GGnG’s who’s carreers launched later in life.

What's up with "apropos"?

The hardest part about apropos is pronouncing it: [AP-ruh-poe] or [A-pruh-poe].

Here is how Vocabulary.com defines it:

To reiterate, apropos =

  1. appropriate
  2. regarding or pertaining to
  3. by the way or incidentally

Let’s look at some example sentences:

  • (Meaning 1, above) Jennifer Lawrence was an apropos choice to play the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen.

  • (Meaning 2) Apropos of our meeting tomorrow, I will be a few hours late.
  • (Meaning 3) I heard you watched Gone Girlapropos, how was it?


Inspiration (4 of 10 in no particular order)

Next in my list is @cazjl who I have been following for awhile now on instagram. He has a way of combining casual and tailored clothing with great success. His outfits always look well put together but also stand out in a great way. For example, in the photo, he’s wearing a linen safari jacket but it’s obviously not in summer. It works because of the rest of his outfit - the burgundy cardigan, dark denim and chunky longwing shoes, all complement each other. This is just one example but looking through his instagram feed shows that this is not a one-off. There are many examples and you’ll have a great time going through them. He’s got a great eye for picking very interesting pieces and combining them in a way that’s coherent, balanced and interesting at the same time. On top of all that, he’s a really nice guy that’s always helpful.

I give him credit for turning me onto a lot of brands and pieces that I would not have considered before. Needless to say, he’s got a great eye. He wears some pretty high-end stuff but also throws Uniqlo and J Crew into the mix from time to time. You don’t have to wear exactly the same items that he does, to achieve a similar look. For example, in the photo above, you could swap out the safari jacket for a tan field coat or wear boots instead of the shoes. Assuming everything fits, if you keep the colours in the same ballpark and and wear somewhat similar pieces, I reckon it would be a pretty great outfit but it would be be YOUR take on it.

The watch is the 1st PAT-RN collaboration with Timex. They’ve taken a watch from the Timex Archive and made it their own. The strap is woven in Italy with indigo-dyed thread, among others. 

 Jacket - Man 1924

Cardigan - Uniqlo

Shirt - Kamakura

Jeans - Orslow 107 Ivy One Wash

Socks - Anonymous Ism

Shoes - Crockett and Jones Pembroke

How to Use a Semicolon

No matter if you’re self-publishing or looking to publish with a press, if you can’t use grammar correctly, you’re not going to get very far. A  couple typos or misused punctuation can ruin your chances with agents, publishers, and readers.

Semicolons are one of those punctuation marks that most people don’t know how to use, so in order to help you, I’m going to give you a quick rundown on how these weird things work.

Semicolons have 3 uses:

  • separate two closely-related complete sentences
  • clarify lengthy, obnoxious sentences
  • clarify post-colon lists

Okay, so this sounds really scary, but let’s do some fun examples. I’m even going to use Harry Potter examples, so get pumped.

Separate Two Closely-Related Complete Sentences

Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived; he plays Quidditch.

So that above? That is not the proper use of a semicolon. While there’s a complete sentence on either side of the semicolon, the subject matter is not closely-related enough to use a semicolon. So let’s change it.

Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived; he lived in a cupboard under the stairs.

This is much more appropriate. There’s a kind of mirroring in the sentences, and that makes it a much more appropriate use.

Clarify Lengthy, Obnoxious Sentences

Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, lived beneath the stairs while his abusive aunt and uncle lived in relative luxury, Hermione, girl genius, lived with her supportive Muggle parents, and Ron Weasley, poor and Pureblood, lived in the Wizarding World with his loving parents and half-dozen siblings, as well as a gnome-infested garden.

That’s hard to look at, isn’t it? And even harder to read. When you have long complex sentences like this, you have two options: use semicolons or make separate sentences.

If you decide to use a semicolon, here’s what it would look like:

Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, lived beneath the stairs while his abusive aunt and uncle lived in relative luxury; Hermione, girl genius, lived with her supportive Muggle parents; and Ron Weasley, poor and Pureblood, lived in the Wizarding World with his loving parents and half-dozen siblings, as well as a gnome-infested garden.

This is much easier to read. The semicolons act like miniature barriers to show where the separate pieces of information exist. However, it’s probably best to avoid this in your writing. Readers are turned off by very long sentences such as the above, and if it’s difficult to read or understand, then they’re going to be pulled out of your story.

Clarify Post-Colon Lists

This is very similar to the one above, but let’s look at an example:

There are three main characters in Harry Potter: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, Hermione Granger, girl genius, and Ron Weasley, poor and Pureblood.

Like the sentence from the last section, this isn’t very clear, is it? Some semicolons will make that better, though:

There are three main characters in Harry Potter: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived; Hermione Granger, girl genius; and Ron Weasley, poor and Pureblood.

This clarifies which details go with which character and makes it easier to read. You probably won’t use this very often in creative writing, but it’s still good to know.

Last Tip on Semicolons: Use them sparingly. A semicolon is not as commonplace as a period or a comma. Its appearance is a signal to readers that what you’re about to say is very important. Reserve semicolons for these important comparisons and try not to use more than a handful.

anonymous asked:

Hello! Since I admire your art sooo much, and I'm kind of a beginning artist, I wanted to know if you have any tips on facial expressions? Thank you so much for inspiring me as well because you're one of my favs <3

hey! i’m gonna use my own characters to try to demonstrate a couple of things!

(keep in mind that my art style is weird as hell, and some of this stuff is exclusively what i do to make stuff look more visually interesting)

the degree of emotion that a character is feeling totally dictates how expressive you get with how they look. are they happy or are they elated? are they sorta mad or are they infuriated? the more extreme of the emotion, the more exaggerated it looks!

expressive isn’t exactly superior to basic, again, it depends on the intensity of emotion the character is feeling, but i feel like it makes a whole lot of difference! and exaggerated expressions are way more fun to draw/look at. i pointed out the key differences between the two in the image above.

with mouths, i tend to do that thing where i draw the bottom row of teeth and draw the tongue like an oval. i’ve found that to pair well with extreme fright, yelling, extreme anger and extreme happiness

whenever i do expressions, i pretty much always draw the eyebrows and mouth first. they communicate a lot of feeling and once you get the eyebrows and mouth down, you pretty much know how to draw the eyes, too! 

lastly, posture is EVERYTHING. unless you’re just drawing heads and necks. but posture is just as important as facial expression and you need to try and match them up with each other, or else it’ll look off. for example, the character above is angry, so her shoulders are bunched up. 

that’s pretty much the general idea of it! if you want great recent examples, watch and study inside out or raven molisee’s storyboards for steven u

if u want a complete non-example of everything i just went over:

thanks for asking!! i hope this helped you out a little