Here’s a hopefully helpful tutorial on how to draw them from memory but it also helps to understand and break down how to see their structure when you use reference!

Remember, it’s always best to learn the anatomy of an animal first before trying to stylize it. This way you know the rules and can choose which ones to break!

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Originally posted by fedecrisshalliwell

You felt useless whenever the team had to do some recon.  You went along and watched, kept an eye out for any suspicious activity, but all in all, you couldn’t do anything but look around and wait for things to go south.  You couldn’t read people until they were about to attack, nor could you break into anything without literally breaking it.

That’s what brought you to Leonard’s door.  He was a master planner, and better yet, he could break into anything.  If anyone on the ship could teach you a thing or two about recon it was him.  And surprisingly, he was willing.

“So you want to learn how to pick a pocket?” he asked, circling the room.

“Yeah,” you replied.  

“Show me what you got,” he ordered casually.  You looked him up and down, unsure of what to do.  He rolled his eyes.  “First rule, don’t let the mark know you’ve made them your mark.”

Leonard stepped towards you, bumping into you and wrapping an arm around your waist just before you fell to the ground.  “And give them a distraction so they don’t notice what you’re doing.”

Not expecting him to pull you against his chest your face flushed.  Only when he was first to pull away after you’d regained your balance from the hit did he lift his other hand to reveal your watch held between his fingers.

You gaped and lifted your wrist.  “I…I didn’t even feel that!  How did you undo it with one hand?  And so quickly?”

“That’s what you’re here to learn, Y/N.”

Points of Advice for the Aspiring Vocaloid/UTAU Producer

Try a lot of DAWs.  To start, you need to have music software to use.  Find trials for everything you can find, figure out how the functions work, how to navigate it, etc.  In the end, everything can produce the same quality of music with the right instruments/effects/samples, so the most important thing about your choice is the workflow.  If it feels awkward or you get lost, it’s not the DAW for you.  But try giving the manual a quick read first.

Learn the basics of music theory.  You don’t need to learn about fancy jazz chord progressions and all that stuff.  But you absolutely need to understand basic things like tempo, measures/bars, what “bass” means, and staying in key.  It’s an important tool to help you get started, but once you know the rules well, they’re fine to break.  Theory is to expand your abilities, not limit them.

Try to start with the instrumental first.  It’s absolutely possible to start with the lyrics first, or the melody first.  However, being that vocalsynth is a very vocal-focused fandom, people often forget that it’s really only another instrument in the entire song.  Starting with the music can help you focus on bringing all the right notes together before you worry about what the rhymes will be or how you’re going to tune all the pitchbends.

Analyze music that you like.  No formal training required.  Just listen to one of your favorite songs and pick out the different parts.  How long is the intro, if there is one?  Where’s the verse and where’s the chorus?  Which instruments did they use in each of the sections?  How long are the parts without vocals?  How does the song end?  Ask yourself lots of questions about how the song was put together.

Remix! This continues from the last point.  Take that favorite song and import it to your DAW, then try to remake it.  Listen carefully to find the notes that it uses and then figure out how it sounds good.  Figure out how it flows from one section to another, to keep you interested in listening.  Does it gradually add instruments as it goes from the verse to the chorus?  Does the drum beat change in the bridge?  When you figure out how a good song is put together and why it works, you can use what you’ve learned to write your own songs.

You don’t need a -P name.  It seems like a merit badge to be awarded with such a huge honor, but nowadays it’s just another option of a name to go by as a producer.  You can pick anything as an alias, even your current internet username.  (“Skrillex” is already taken, sorry.)  Reasons to specifically use a P would be

  1. to evoke thoughts of late 2000s crypton vocaloid music
  2. for a horribly clever pun
  3. as originally used, an Idolm@ster reference

Know an instrument? Use it.  Piano or guitar skills are excellent for songwriting, but if you play other instruments, go ahead record something to put in your music!

I created this post because I notice that a lot of aspiring vocaloid/utau producers don’t really know where to start, so this is just a little poke in what’s hopefully the right direction.  Please feel free to send me questions about writing vocalsynth songs, or ask for links to actual resources.  

Once people try to start, they often feel discouraged because it seems too difficult.  Again, it’s the mentality of the vocals being the star of the show, with the music just being extra bits.  Writing music does take a lot of work but when you know what you’re getting into it can be very fun and rewarding.

Advice: Writing Rules

Anonymous asked:

I get so confused about rules. There are so many to follow and sometimes they conflict, and it just makes me lose patience with writing at all or want to give up on it entirely. How do you know what rules to follow when they conflict?

I think probably every new writer goes through a bit of a panic phase where writing rules are concerned. So often you’ll hear writers say, “there are no rules in writing,” yet there are few subjects more popular among writers than RULES!

Here’s the thing about writing rules: there are rules, but it’s okay to break them. However, they can’t be broken willy-nilly. The only way to break a writing rule successfully is to know how to break it properly. And the only way to know that is to know the rule in the first place. That’s why it’s so important to learn all the different rules, theories, and schools of thought that apply to writing. Even the ones that conflict. By learning them and adhering to them initially, you’ll begin to understand how they work, how they can be manipulated, and how they can be flat-out broken. So, don’t stress out about writing rules. Learn them, try to abide by them when you can, and don’t be afraid to change schools of thought when you learn a new variation on a rule that makes more sense to you. When the time comes when you need to break a rule, break it. If you’re familiar enough with the rule you will probably do it successfully. If you’re not, you might fail but you’ll learn more about the rule in the process, and that will make you an even better writer in the long run. :)

So there is this headcanon that Rose Quartz actually loved Pearl but they weren’t together because of the possible master-servant imbalance thing, which gives us all sort of angsty possibilities. But we could also consider:

Rose and Pearl in Homeworld, and Rose noticing Pearl’s  interest in things pearls aren’t supposed to like, and not just letting her enjoy them, but also gently encouraging her and sometimes joining her.

Rose and Pearl breaking a ton of Homeworld rules, and Rose gets to see the first time Pearl tinkers with mechanics, fixing some Homeword technology, and she looks so happy and just glorious, excitement written all over her face, and Rose can’t help but fall for her.

Rose and Pearl at the begining of the revolution, and Rose watching Pearl learning to fight, and to build and fix things, pushing on when she does something right, but even more determined when she does something wrong, trying harder, against all that was ever drilled into her. And Rose is so proud, and happy.

Rose and Pearl trying to start a relationship, and maybe Rose is worried, sometimes, about the fact that Pearl could feel forced because of social status. So she communicates with her, it might difficult but they talk about this thing going between them.  And when Pearl smiles and says she isn’t in love with a superior, or with the leader of the revolution, she’s just in love with Rose, she finds herself being kissed all over her cheeks and forehead.

Rose helping other pearl’s in the revolution because she has seen the true potential in them, she sees it always, when Pearl learns a new fighting stance, or pilots a spaceship, a smile lighting up her face while Rose falls for her all over again.

Rose and Pearl discussing battle plans, and one day Pearl just outright says no to one she doesn’t like, and Rose is shocked at first, but pretends nothing happened, while the hope inside her that their relationship will work grows.  After the battle she hugs Pearl so hard it would be difficult for Pearl to breathe if she had the need to.

Just Rose and Pearl refusing to let Homeworld and its bigotry dictate what they can or cannot be. And sometimes it’s hard, because of what it tried to turn them into, Sometimes Rose is unsure or Pearl’s self deprecating mindset makes her feel less than she is. But they always fight, and come through, because they are fighting for something that’s worth it.


The celebrity makeup artist tells us about the bold looks she created for Jamie Chung and Andreja Pejić.

When it comes to beauty, it’s important to learn the rules. Why? So we can break them. It’s all a part of showing off what makes us feel beautiful while expressing unflinching individuality. MAKE UP FOR EVER is channeling our inner cosmetic rebellion in its latest campaign by championing us with its new motto: Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You. Andreja Pejić, now the first transwoman supermodel to be the face of a cosmetics brand, teamed up with actress and blogger Jamie Chung to star in the campaign. From a dual-toned lip to a shimmery gray smoky eye, MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Consulting Pro Artist Mélanie Inglessis created undeniably attention-demanding and completely fresh looks for both models—all of which represent the brand’s creative and daring spirit. Below, Inglessis tells us the inspiration behind the looks, what it means to be bold, and her top beauty picks. JESSICA VELEZ

What inspired you to work with MAKE UP FOR EVER on this campaign?

MAKE UP FOR EVER has always supported me as an artist. I’m incredibly honored to work with this wonderful brand that has done so much for me. It’s a pro-grade brand with an extensive range of products that allow me to do my best work on the red carpet and at photo shoots, as well as with everyday women. The products are extremely high quality and long lasting—the brand has been in my life and in my kit forever.

What do you love about the new campaign?

The Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You. project celebrates individuality and creativity, which means a great deal to me as an artist. I have my own style, my own strong personality, and I love working with a brand that truly celebrates this.

What does being bold mean to you?

Being bold for me means two things. It means going after what I’ve always wanted to go after and taking risks. You have a goal and you just go for it! Being bold in my career is also about making makeup choices that sometimes are a little unconventional. I have stood by those choices and constantly experimented with colors and shades to push the envelope.

What are some of your favorite MAKE UP FOR EVER products?

The new Ultra HD Foundation is one of my favorites. It comes in 40 shades, so the range truly offers the perfect match for every woman. It provides a flawless, invisible finish, which is unprecedented. I can use it on the red carpet and I can use it on photo shoots and in real life—it’s phenomenal. One of my other favorite MAKE UP FOR EVER products is the Artist Plexi-Gloss range. The glosses are highly pigmented and never sticky—which is a must on the red carpet. Finally, the Artist Shadows: they are available in over 200 shades with fantastic, blendable, and seamless textures. I love them!

Tell us about the looks you created for Jamie Chung and Andreja Pejić.

I wanted to ensure that the looks I created were each very distinctive and could be recreated by women everywhere. Jamie Chung’s looks evolved from a bright two-toned orange and red lip to a gorgeous smoky eye, then to a more editorial summer look. Andreja Pejić’s looks transitioned from a bold red lip to a playful eye, then to a stunning, messy smoky eye.