great use of perspective

snovvhiteandthesevendeadlysins  asked:

How can I, as a straight white female, support my friends and others on the LGBTQ+ spectrum?

Such a great question!! Listen to their experiences. Amplify their perspectives. Use your place of privilege to fight for their equality. Spread messages of inclusion & love, and don’t ever assume people *know* you’re an ally. Closeted LGBTQ+ people are watching & observing - and everything you do, big or small, signals whether or not you’re someone they can confide in or feel accepted by.

As a gay white cisgender male, so much of my experience making “Chosen Family: Stories of Queer Resilience” was about listening to people who belong to disenfranchised communities within the LGBTQ+ community, and using my platform to amplify their stories. Whether that’s people of color, trans youth, or queer refugees, it’s recognizing that I have certain privileges, and I have an opportunity to use my place of privilege to give them my microphone.

being part of a fandom gets a lot easier once you realise there’s more than one way to interpret a character

anonymous asked:

Hi there. I saw your post on how life is at SCAD majoring wise and was curious about what one might do if a school doesn't offer a sequential program. I wanted to go to scad, but due to finances and travel the option was less afforadable than another art school. Would you have any suggestions on what one could do to study sequential art on their own? Books, online course suggestions? (I apologize if this is a lot of questions, I completely understand if I'm asking too much.)

Hey! So having only gone to SCAD I’m no expert, but here’s what I’d do, as someone who is currently trying to get into comics. I’m starting from only an illustration background, so it’s challenging, but I think it’s very doable!

First of all, any traditional drawing skills classes you can take in or out of school would be great. Figure drawing, perspective drawing, construction drawing, and so on. Basically building up the skills to be able to draw most things out of your head and have them look reasonably convincing.

Secondly, read comics! You’ll have a much easier time learning to make comics if you’ve read lots of them and generally understand how they work. Make sure to read both webcomics and “classic” print comics, and try ones from different places! American comics are very different from Japanese comics, which themselves are very different from Belgian or French comics.

Lastly, here’s a list of books I’ve bought for classes and for myself, that I’ve found helpful

  • Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud - What it says on the tin. This goes over a lot of the structure of comics as it’s understood, and covers a lot of central concepts we’ve all experienced in reading comics but probably never thought about. If nothing else it’s a fun read!
  • Making Comics - Scott McCloud - Similar to the first one, but covers more angles of the art of actually MAKING comics. Reading this always gets me pumped to draw
  • The Five C’s of Cinematography - Joseph V. Mascelli (can probably get this one for free as a PDF. I got it for like $6 on Amazon) - Admittedly haven’t read this yet but it’s required reading for a class I have next quarter and comes strongly recommended. I assume it covers a lot of the fundamentals of framing a shot, timing action, and so on that apply to comics as well as film.
  • Rapid Viz - Kurt Hanks (same as above. Can probably get it for free. I got it used for real cheap) - Great intro to perspective and construction drawing! Also has a lot of exercises in it that are worth doing if you’re a beginner to constructing forms on the page. If you have no idea how to draw a gun or a car or a building, this has stuff in it that you’re gonna want.
  • Color and Light - James Gurney - Got this for myself because my color needs work. This focuses more on traditional painting, but has a ton of great info about how light works and how it translates to painting. This is a great supplement to a color theory class, and has beautiful artwork in it as well! James Gurney also has a website and youtube channel with videos that I’ve found useful or inspiring in the past.
  • Creative Illustration - Andrew Loomis - Loomis is often pretty dated, but this book covers some veeerrrryyyy important fundamentals on composition. Stuff I still struggle with a lot. Also, once again, this whole thing is available for free as a PDF!
  • Just a whole bunch of art books. Never enough art books. Here’s my shelf. Note: not enough art books.

    (Edit: The best art book I own is The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order. Highly recommend this one even if you’re not into the game. It has some gorgeous art, but more importantly some nice iterations in the design process and a lot of good commentary about design decisions. This is everything I want from an art book. The game rocks too. Can’t wait for the new one!)

you know what? autistic people are amazing!!

like… we’re so observant and good at noticing patterns and we catch stuff other people miss and we see the world in such a different way that it gives us a great perspective on things that neurotypicals dont have

and we care so much about stuff and we get really passionate about it and its really cute and we have things in the world that are Good and so much can be conveyed in that word and we survive and adapt so well in a world not designed for us and i think that’s awesome?

and we stim when we’re happy bc its how we interact with the world that despite everything we can still see so much wonder in

like we’re really cool

and its important to remember that when the majority of the world at best doesnt understand and at worst outright hates us

especially when most autism positivity posts are “its okay if u cant do things neurotypicals can do” and “autistic people can be intelligent!” because yes those posts are important but also autistic people can be better than neurotypicals bc we’re a diverse and intelligent and beautiful group of people and i refuse to be held to a neurotypical standard of brilliance when we’re doing pretty great by ourselves

*Edit - its perfectly okay for neurotypicals/allistics to reblog this!

You don’t have to be real to be the Doctor.
—  Twelfth Doctor, “Extremis”

anonymous asked:

I had a thought, every time Jared’s gone to SNS Jensen has sung to him. And now Jared played guitar during a panel and they were completely focused on each other. Do you think one of the reasons Jared hasn't played or sang before is because TPTB have told him not to or even saying nasty things to discourage him? Except Jensen and the other people that know and love him have convinced him to just go for it? This is probably closer to fic than fact but I wonder of there a a bit of truth there.

Hello, dear anon!

I don’t know if they’ve been actively discouraged from performing together, but I’m sure they know just how obvious they are whenever they’re both attending a SNS or just generally being musical under the same roof. They clearly adore the other performing and just won’t or can’t hide it! You can actually hear and see it when they’re talking about the other singing, playing an instrument or acting. The heart-eyes are real!

When you think about it, though, is it a coincidence that Jared’s debut happened at a non-Creation convention? I’ve heard plenty of fans criticizing Creation for favouring certain stars over Jared, but I don’t know how true that is. We can obviously speculate about Creation being one of the forces pushing the J’s closet door closed.

Still, it doesn’t really seem to work if they’re intentionally keeping Jared from showing up on the stage. Jensen keeps finding ways to include him in his performances.

Although let it be said that Jared has been rumoured to have been present at many conserts he supposedly didn’t attend. Jaxcon 2016 and Vegascon 2017 being two examples that come to mind! Both of them unconfirmed, though.

To conclude, I’d say the concerts are probably a bad idea from a bearding perspective, but hoo boy, are they great for us fans! I really hope we get to see Jared performing alongside Jensen again. They’re both obsessed with music, so it would be lovely to keep seeing them sharing this hobby in public. I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you, sweet anon! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.

Using 3D Software as Perspective reference

Hey guys! So basically there’s a post going around about how people can use Google Sketchup and 3DSmax for 3D reference with environments and characters. That was mostly just made for incredibly basic shapes and characters, just blocking out the shot so you have a good reference to work off. I’d modelled quite a bit of an environment for something I was working on myself, and just wanted to show you how having more complex models (just slightly) and setting up a bigger scene for you to use in the long run can also help!

Starting off with the model I have atm (which IS unfinished, but I’m just gonna use it as a demonstration).

(I really hope these can be clicked for full res)

So let’s say I use the above shot. It was modelled after a drawing I’d done, but we’re going with the assumption that it was made first and I wanted to use it as drawing reference instead. Taking into account im by no means a traditional artist, I quickly just drew this:

I sketched over the shapes to attain the look I roughly wanted to go for, then I could just add the details in after. It saves a LOT of time spent thinking, estimating perspective that could REALLY be wrong, and is easily flexible to explore.

Doing Low-Poly modelling is easier and quicker for long shots of environments, and close up shots if they’re basic or cubic. High poly things, I would say Hire someone if you wanna do that unless you already know how to 3D model a bit yourself. If you have a 3D model, you can turn it to every angle and have The Best possible reference for your object/character, and if you’re lucky you can even pose it and make a scene to draw from, giving your drawings more life, and applying the texture and aesthetic you possibly otherwise couldn’t in 3D software.

This is still relatively low poly, but it’s not just basic cubes done in 10 minutes. I’ve laid out the scene and posed the camera taking into account composition with the Rule of thirds, as well as keep hard edges on the trees so it’s known what kind of texture I want them to be! Same going with the stairs, I’d add some extra bumps or slants into them to know I want them to be worn or broken a little.

The only thing that isn’t in here are the details I WAS going to be working on such as the leaves above, and rocks littered around the scene. (The Model of the character up there is actually a high-poly rigged and weighted character I can pose that I made myself, but it could easily be made p quickly in its neutral pose)

It took what like 20 minutes to just quickly sketch these up? It can REALLY help, you just fly around the environment, take a screenshot, sketch over it quickly to get the roughs down of how you want it to look, then you can actually put the detail and colour over it. It also is a great tool to understand how contouring works in shapes.

So you know what angle things are, the curvature of the surface etc.

However, even though this is a greatly beneficial process to use, you DO need to understand how to do basic 3D modelling and how to draw. If not and you have a lot more expertise in only one of the fields, this is a really great technique to use in benefitting someone else. You could model the environment for somebody to good detail and provide them with the model to explore for reference (or if they don’t know how to use the software, ask them about a desired angle and screenshot it). On the other hand, if someone can model but can’t draw, you could also help with that too!

It’s something that you could potentially get a job in doing too, if somebody is looking for an environmental modeller for their graphic novel or webcomic for example, if you don’t have enough experience to use it fully in movies or games.

I’m in the position that I have quite a bit of 3D modelling experience, but I really can’t draw at all, so this also serves as a great tool for me to use personally to improve my understanding of environmental perspective!

I hope this helps C: If you have any questions, feel free to shoot.

Age?

Hey y'all, I was talking to another shipper the other day and she ask me if I thought there were many women over 50 in this shipping community. I said I did, but what I’ve gleaned is that there are women of all ages here. I love that this is such a diverse group…ages, ethnicity, life styles, etc. But one thing binds us….our love for Sam and Cait and for Outlander. She and I are first time shippers and surprised at how much we love these two and desperately want them to be happy just as we do for our own children. There’s just something about them….I think y'all know what I’m talking about. So….for those of you who feel comfortable, respond by telling us your age,20’s,30’s,40’s etc. I love being friends with all ages! I think it gives great perspective to life and help us understand the world better. I’ll start off. I’m Nancy and a young at heart 67. Love and appreciate you!😘

sketchbook thoughts

Considering to buy a moleskin sketchbook bc have heard alot of good things about them. And using it for pretty sketches/artwork. But i dont know if im at that level yet :( right now my sketchbooks looks messy and ugly (dont mean my art work is ugly i mean the whole page is just a ugly mess) What i want is a cheap sketchbook for doodling and an expensive sketchbook (like moleskin) for pretty artwork. But like i said, im so afraid that i will buy it in vain because afraid that it will end up look messy as well. And i dont want that :( 

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Jewish Antiquities

Jean Fouquet (141?-80?) was the greatest French painter of the 15th century. His genius is reflected in his illustrations of Jewish Antiquities, which Fouquet created for Jacques d’Armagnac, the Duke of Nemours. Fouquet traveled to Italy as a young man, where he learned to paint with great precision of detail and to use aerial perspective, but he continued to draw upon his native Touraine for many aspects of his art, especially forms and color. In these illustrations, his depiction of the siege of Jericho evokes a city on the banks of the Loire, while his Temple of Jerusalem resembles an altered Cathedral of Tours. Jewish Antiquitieswas written by the first century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (38?-100?) and recounts the history of the Jewish people from Creation to the outbreak of the Jewish revolt against the Romans in A.D. 66. Composed in Greek and translated into Latin, the book was read by the early Christians and remained popular with both Christians and Jews. This manuscript belonged to the French king Francis I (1494-1547), who confiscated it in 1523 from Charles III, the Duke of Bourbon (1490-1527).

INFP tip #56

In past posts, I have covered the fact that INFPs are very open-minded people, and are open to different views on the world.

This great personality trait ables us to see situations in many different perspectives. 

We tend to see things in shades of grey more than just black and white. One is not better than the other, since each preference have both their advantages and disadvantages. 

As always, it’s a matter of balance. Because we tend to me more diplomatic, we have to practice strengthening our views and opinions.

If we don’t, we can be easily manipulated, and perceived as lacking direction. This can also affect our confidence. Missing strong convictions can bring many doubts. 

INFPs need to work on building a strong identity. Stop being scared of taking position. Choose sides. Explore your own preferences in life. Slowly, you will become more self-assured. Don’t forget that it’s normal to change opinions in life. You have the right to evolve. But for now, try to establish who you are in the moment. Your values, your tastes, etc. 

This will be a great foundation for your self-esteem. You will have something to look up to when you feel stuck. 

You will also appear more confident, when you are able to state loud and clear your convictions. 

See it as a compass, that is always there in your heart and that you can follow your whole life. 

In any decision you will make in your life, there will be people who will approve and others who will disapprove. If you don’t work on your internal compass, you will always be unsure of yourself, you will be too sensitive of the opinions from the outside. You don’t have to please everyone, it’s simply impossible. You have to make sure you take care of yourself. And you have to clarify what you really want, and then go get it. 

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So, in short, you should:

1. Get to know yourself ( it take a lot of time, and you will change, but do it anyways, work on the “compass” )

2. Use your own views on life to guide you, in everything you do.

3. Accept that not everyone will approve all the time.

4. Make peace with that.

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Once your compass is clearer, you will find it easier to go your own way. Easier to stand your ground. You will do everything with more confidence.

This is a great use of a series of panels from the same perspective. What I think is great is how much detail creeps into the panels as the action ramps down.

(Heavy Metal issue #155, March 1995 - Page 45 Hombre: Rabid by Segura and Ortiz)

A Quick Interview About Christian Faith.

An interview about my faith and denomination, from @sjpark11 for his class.


1. What is your understanding and experience of spirituality?

- There exists a divine pulse to the universe, a breath of creation by a Creator. To experience spirituality is to be in touch with this pulse, to be “aligned” with creation in all its potential and possibility.

As a Christian, I also believe this divine pulse, God, revealed Himself on the earth at one point in time as one of us, to reverse the human condition of entropy and invite us into that story of healing.


2. What are some images or metaphors that support your understanding and/or your experience of spirituality?

- I like C.S. Lewis’s metaphor about the door. Currently, we are on one side. We get glimpses of a “reality” beyond us, something so grand and beautiful that we can hardly take it in. It’s evoked sometimes in our natural experience, whether by sunset or ice cream or romance or song, though these things in themselves come quickly and go. One day we will get to the other side of the door.

Faith is about the journey of looking through the keyhole, getting a glance of infinite beauty, until we permanently partake in the radiance of all that we hoped for.


3. Who are some of the people and authors from your denomination who have significantly shaped your understanding of spirituality?

- C.S. Lewis shaped my faith as an imaginative, playful, breathtaking adventure. Before Lewis, when I was an atheist, I had always imagined faith to be stodgy and full of silly rules. After Lewis, I found faith to be a field of freedom in which good was maximized.

I also absorbed a lot from G.K. Chesterton, Timothy Keller, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Henrietta Mears, and Brené Brown (who is indeed a Christian).


4. Name and describe some significant insights and characteristics of your denomination’s approach to spirituality. What do you consider its strengths and weaknesses?

- I was trained in a Baptist seminary but also served at a Methodist church. I think the strengths of the Protestant group are a very close communal structure like a family, a high emphasis on intellectual sermons mixed with the emotional depth of liturgy and music, and occasionally, a care for the neighborhood and city. Baptists also use a full tank of water for baptism, not that weak sprinkle sauce. (Totally, totally kidding on the last one.) The weaknesses are often too much “insider language,” an inability to handle grief, a temptation to be isolated, and in-house bickering.


5. Name and describe a book written by someone in your denomination that would help someone gain insights about your denomination’s approach to spirituality?

- While C.S. Lewis might fall outside my “denomination,” he’s informed nearly all of them, and his books Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain are must-reads. For someone outside Christianity, his book The Screwtape Letters is excellent.

Mere Christianity was a series of radio talks where C.S. Lewis answered the reason we need Christianity, particularly after the cynicism of World War II and the Holocaust.

The Problem of Pain answers how there could be a good God with suffering in the world. Lewis, by the way, had an incredibly difficult life. He was married for just four years before his wife died of cancer and he was nearly broke his entire life, despite his books being bestsellers.

The Screwtape Letters is a satire, about a senior demon teaching a younger demon how to tempt a human to hell. The twist is that the demon’s most effective techniques are shallow, boring, trivial trappings that fog the human from ever thinking too hard and that distract them to death, or as Lewis writes, “The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”


6. What people and resources have been important influences on your spirituality and spiritual practices outside of your denomination?

- At my hospital, where I’m a chaplain, nearly every third chaplain is from a different denomination. They’ve all helped to broaden my faith by their differing interpretations of the Bible while at the same create a deeper understanding of my own. More than that, even when our ideas may disagree, I’ve learned disagreement doesn’t have to mean division.


7. Describe your spiritual practices. How do they influence your living and ministry?

- Spiritual practices such as prayer, reading Scripture, serving the community, and solo or corporate worship times (whether by myself or on Sunday) have brought a greater joy to my daily experience.

It’s humbling to know through such practices that there is a greater, higher, incomparably wonderful beauty beyond the brokenness we see on earth. It’s unbelievable to think that this great divinity would take an interest in us. It brings perspective to some of the trivial things and crystallizes what’s most important. I realize constantly that I am small, life is short, and God the great parent wants us to get along with our brothers and sisters.


8. What suggestions would you offer for someone who is in the process of establishing a spiritual practice in their lives?

- To have tons of patience. Spiritual practices are hard. We are easily distracted and our minds are busier than ever. The second we try to pray or read sacred books or serve others, we think of a million other things to do. It’s FOMO at its worst, because “spirituality” can feel like it doesn’t pay off. But as spiritual practices are both a way of growing character and getting in touch with God, these things take as much time as growing fruit or growing a full beard.

So it requires a stillness and a kind of rest that we’re not used to. When we get there, it’s worth that extra amount of investment to run through the distractions.

J.S.

chrismcd86  asked:

Hey, Faith! Love the process post you just put up! I have a quick question about environments, since yours always look great! How often do you use perspective grids? I only saw you using that one for lining up the characters, but do you use them for more than that? I suck at drawing environments and always spend waaaayyyyy too much time setting up perspective grids for each panel, building 3D models even! And then they still suck!

Wow, that is way too complicated for me! Look, I’m really not great at perspective, and sometimes my backgrounds are kind of a mess, but I tend to err on the “if it looks okay, it is” side of things. Sometimes (in comics at least) having the “right” perspective can look very strange and mechanical and obviously drawn by a computer, rather than a human hand. With my comics I’d rather have things look organic, especially as the city I’m drawing is old and kind of falling down. If I was drawing skyscrapers in a modern city, I might be more concerned with what’s correct, perspective-wise.

For my backgrounds, I just use a lot of reference. 

Stuff like that. I try and capture the organic nature of what I’m trying to draw, rather than drawing it literally. I’ve never used 3D models or Sketch Up to do backgrounds, just a lot of photo reference and very simple perspective grids. It works for me, I think. But again, I’m absolutely not an expert on perspective or backgrounds. Those are things I’ve struggled with a lot in the past, and am only now beginning to grasp how to make them work in my comics.

shoichi  asked:

ahh cool! I have a two questions then? you don't have to answer! first: how do you choose how to pose your characters? and second: can you give some tips on anatomy? how to decide leg/arm size, body proportions, etc? thanks!

Putting careful thought into your characters’ poses is a crucial step in avoiding Sameface’s nasty cousin, Samepose. It can be tricky to come up with something that works for the character, looks interesting, and is easy to draw. The first step is to disregard that last bit; you won’t be able to draw interesting poses if you only draw what’s easy! So start with the character and how you’re expressing them in that drawing. You don’t need a full backstory, but if the character is sitting down consider how that character, specifically, would sit. A little extra thought goes a long way. A lot of drawing is muscle memory after all, so it’s important to curb your inclinations to do what your body is familiar with. Also play with angles as much as you can; if you mostly draw characters from straight on, try drawing them in profile. Using different angles is a great way to practice perspective as well!

The same advice applies to body proportions and anatomy. Never just refer to your style or what feels familiar, or all your characters will look the same. Put extra thought into each character, who they are and how they look, and make sure you have a good variety among the characters you draw. The best way to practice anatomy in general is to draw from life and from reference. quickposes.com is my favorite resource for that, and it’s free!

Good luck!!