fundamentals of art


I’m not an amazing artist, but some friends asked me on where to get started with drawing, so I made this “guide” based on my experience.


How to Draw Circles and Ovals in Perspective by Mink

The black magician cannot use the symbols of white magic without bringing down upon himself the forces of white magic, which would be fatal to his schemes. He must therefore distort the hierograms so that they typify the occult fact that he himself is distorting the principles for which the symbols stand. Black magic is not a fundamental art; it is the misuse of an art. Therefore it has no symbols of its own. It merely takes the emblematic figures of white magic, and by inverting and reversing them signifies that it is left-handed.
—  The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall

anonymous asked:

it's absolutely wild to me that people think criticizing the art & animation is "nitpicking" when su is... an animated show... that tells its story through art and animation... using a visual medium. cartoons, as a craft, are fundamentally about art. it would be like people saying you can't critique a movie/show on its cinematography or direction. its a CARTOON, consistency & visual appeal are literally basics of the medium. these aren't high bars to clear. especially for PAID professionals.

i can’t say anything without it being a nitpick to people honestly


Colour+Lighting Tricks for Digital Painting by Sara Tepes

I love Fullmetal Alchemist! *does a spin* I love Fullmetal Alchemist! *jumps high and freezeframes* I love Fullmetal Alchemist! *backflips into a perfect split* I love Fullmetal Alchemist!!

A lot of people have been telling entertainers to shut up and dance for them, basically telling them outright or by implication that somehow they aren’t .. what? qualified? to comment on politics that personally affects them?

Like, what exactly qualifies YOU, asswipe on the internet who can’t handle criticism.

Oddly, the WaPo for once, put it in a way I agree with:

If you’re so vulnerable that you can’t tolerate any opinion or action in your cultural idols that doesn’t conform exactly to your preferences, then your relationship to art is fundamentally brittle anyway.

And I maintain that you’ve also fundamentally misunderstood the place of arts and entertainment in our society. (And absolutely NO ONE reply with the bottom dregs of it b/c you absolutely KNOW how you’re willfully misinterpreting what I’m saying.)


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Using Colour In Your Paintings by marcobucci

By far one of the best video tutorials I’ve come across that’s available for free, it changed how I think about colour and I really felt like I had learnt something new after watching it!