how can people draw these things

anonymous asked:

I have a bit more of a specific question regarding comic creation? I can draw and write well enough, but I can't seem to incorporate the two? Like I have no idea what characters should be doing as they're talking you know? Do you have any advice?

yes! i will do my best to answer this!

what your characters are doing can be called acting. you can draw the characters, you can write the dialogue and narration, but your acting needs work.

- pay attention to people’s body language during real-life conversations! you’ll notice gestures people make when they talk, facial expressions, poses and stuff

- watch movies and tv shows to see how they do it! some are better than others but there are plenty of good examples to look at!

- look at other comics to see how they stage their characters to keep things interesting and natural. for some reason i always think of Calvin and Hobbes. It’s a very simple strip, but I think it’s one of the best ones out there! It can be very conversational, and the reason it works and doesn’t bore most people to death is because it’s not usually just two characters standing still, facing each other as they talk. they’ll be talking as they run from one place to another, jump into the air, pick up a newspaper while pouring coffee, walk across a fallen log in a forest or hop across some rocks.

you get the sense that these characters are living and breathing and that time is passing because of their actions, gestures, and expressions. hobbes’ tongue sticking out as he balances on the rock as calvin jumps with his arms up and hair flowing in the first panel, then in the next panel hobbes bending with his arms up to prepare to jump as calvin lands with his arms out. the timing is great and the gestures are genuine, if not a little exaggerated (which i think is good! i think better to exaggerate than to not do enough)

this one’s got a calmer feel to it with them laying in the grass and talking. but i think it feels just as alive as the previous one where they’re actively moving! hobbes is laying down comfortably in the grass with calvin sitting in a different relaxed position beside him. in the next panel, calvin is now standing and hobbes is sitting up, both growing more involved in the conversation and the idea that something should be different about the sky. 

the idea of something being wrong with the sky is unnerving, so both of them grow less relaxed as the panels continue until the end. this is reflected in how both of their positions become less carefree and comfy, and more awake and thoughtful.

i know it’s a weird analysis of such a simple comic, but i think it could be helpful to look at other comics this way if you have trouble with your acting! 

i hope this could help! i’ll add to this if i think of anything else :)

oh Sull what should i say??? she thought. “Hello! Mix! m-my name is Criminiana but you can call me Crimi is you prefer, most people call me like that.” she shaked his hand. Crimi sat on the grass outiside on a little hill. “did i interrupt something? i can go awash if you want to.” she started saying allot of things. @mixtrapsworld

Character Design Tips

Some people have asked how I went about drawing the Overwatch cast, so I threw together a list of things I think about when designing characters: shapes, silhouettes, colors, and inspiration.


1. Shapes

There are three basic shapes in my toolbox: round, box, and triangle. If I follow my intuition, each shape conveys a personality. For example:

  • Round = charismatic, harmless, endearing
  • Box = reliable, uniform, traditional
  • Triangle = cunning, dynamic, competent (downward pointing more aggressive)
  • Shapes can also be combined for more complex characters


2. Silhouettes

Block in the character. If I can still recognize who it is, then it has a strong, readable silhouette.


3. Color

Sometimes less is more. Limit the palette for unity and impact. When working with three colors, keep the 60-30-10 rule in mind. Pick one color to make up about 60% of the character, a second color to make up about 30%, and the last color is about 10%.

When working with just two colors, use the 70-30 rule. One color is about 70%, the second is about 30%.


4. Inspiration

Designs come to mind easier when I’m listening to music, or when I have a mental image of something in mind. For example, I was listening to Klezmer music when drawing Reaper, and I was thinking of a chicken when I was drawing Lucio. It can take a while to warm up, so a good source of inspiration is important to stay motivated.

Beyond that, it’s up to you! 

[If you want to see the specific artists I drew influence from, click here to see my influence map.]

Here’s all the things that I’ve been working on. (Have fun scroling.)

1st: The people that I follows A.K.A my senpais:

@nekophy - First and for most, you’re amazing. Your art is beautiful in every piece. Your OCs are cute and adorable. You YOURSELF is amazing a hyperactive. Keep on being a cute little stick cat! Also I want to draw you as a cat and not a stick cat so sorry for that

@angexci - I can’t say how wonderful you are in any way possible. Your traditional are perfect, but your digital art is so awesome! You are amazing, everytime you post something, either a shitpost or an art piece, I love it all. So continue being a cool bird!

@jakei95 - One question, HOW. THE HELL. ARE YOU. SO FREAKING CALM?? Okay, you’re really, AWESOMELY cool. Your characters are cool, cute, awesome at the same time. Your art is TOO COOL, OKAY?? Also, you’re funny, like EXTREMELY FUNNY. Please continue on being a funny and cool potato! :3 I dunno I drew the background galaxy

@gabi4chan-akatsuki - I know your blog is not art related but I like Vocaloid and your Vocatale AU. I ADORE your Vocaloid covers, it sounds amazing. So just keep on tuning!

@wilyart - I know you don’t post much, but you are still amazing. I don’t have much to say aside from that your art are fabulous.

@kyashee-art - I. LOVE. EVERY. PIECE. OF ART. YOU MAKE. THAT’S ALL I COULD SAY. I can’t say anymore than compliment your art. I made this before you changed your mascot so oops.

@trashy-artzy-me - You’re one of the best traditional artist I’ve ever know. Personaly I feel that you’re cool :). Keep on being amazing!

@blogthegreatrouge - I can’t say you’re cool and amazing enough. You’re the first person i followed, the person that I made my blog for, the first person that I actually motivates me to post on Tumblr. Your art are all from the heavens. Except those sin art. So I hope you never give up and continue on!

@renrink - *inhales* YOU ARE SO COOL. Especially your AU, Reapertale is so cool and I’m waiting for your stuff. Your art are so goddamn wonderful, like DAYUM. I once tried to color like you but I failed so bad, I deleted it. :P. Just continue on being a cool dude gal!

@walkingmelonsaaa - I can’t say your art is amazing enough. Your lines, your coloring, your porotions! It’s beatiful! You are an art goddess to me, to everyone who knows you. So keep on making amazing art! I didn’t know what to draw for the background so I tried and it sucks >:(

@zarla-s - To be honest, I know you from Quotev XD, I read your fanfictions and I’m still waiting and I read the comics and I compared it and I’m surprised. Anyways, your art are so cute, espescially the skelebros! I want to say you’re great! Continue on!

@golzy - I know you’re on hiatus but I wanna say that I want feels too :3.I love your art, you’re talented at a young age. I’m cheering for you! I drew you in your Gay Daddy outfit with some fixing—

@camilaart - Through all the things that happened, you pushed through and fly up above! I wish you would never give up! Ever!

Sapphire by @sapphirescarletta123

Rey by @reyindee

@yugogeer12 - You’re from a cool gal to cute bean. AN ADORABLE BEAN!!! Your art are so goddamn cute!! So cute man! Your Epictale AU is great and EPIC! Keep on being a mixure of a cute and EPIC!!

@allesiathehedge

2nd: People that I follows A.K.A my senpais in CHIBI FOOOOOOORM!!! XD:


Sharky by @myebi

@ania-da-peasant - Though those idiotic people send hate, send you ask that lacks inteligence. You still pushed through. You was pushed down before but you stood up and face them. So never lose hope! Stay DETERMINED!

@theodd1sout 

@owlturdcomix

@mudkipful 

@rosannapansino RosannaPansino

Perf by @perfectshadow06

3rd: For some of my followers:

@notch0607 @mkitkat @broken-tale-comic @nekokurisu @locis-didi @lazyartz @xxlisagamerxx @undertalefan1111 @anda-blr @cyberbullybro @saskiakawaiistudio @4jen

4th: My awesome friends!:

@mercury-draws-shitz - You’re great, even though it may not feel like it, it is. You’re the first one that actually made fanart for me :’DD So keep being cool!

@thekawaiichibigirl - You are a great friend, though you’re depression is bad, you’re pushing through!! I was– I mean EVERYONE was very worried, so don’t do that ever again. Those people are still hating but you’re answering them in a bad a$$ way!! Sorry Arty Just keep being who you are!!

@anndreemurr - We talk for like once and some how became friends X’DD So just wanna say that your art are everything! It’s so beautiful! So continue being cute and cool :D

@ithinkiamanartist - You’re the one that I talk to the most XDDD omg okay umm.. *inhales* YOUR COOL. You’re just like a cool big sister to me. Da coolest were cat big sister I’ve ever nyew. Your art is coot and cool just like you! Continue on being coot and cool kay sis? :) 

@armitie - Yay time for my first friend I ever made here :’D You are a little roll of memes and shitpost oh ye– You’re the meme sister and super SUPER weird. Your art is super duper cute!! ((I like slim bodies)) Though we don’t talk much, I still love you with every inch of— So keep on doin’ it!

@elamania - Time for my second friend that I made here! Where you’ve been? Nah just kiddin’ I’m not gonna joke like that. I must say that your coloring are wonderFUR!! Get it ‘cause you’re a cat? Yeah? Okay ._. 

@unlikelykingdomsuit - I know we rarely talk, but I still love your art. You’re real FURtastic! Yeah. Puns. I suck at it. But I still want you to know that care about you. Holy that sounds cheesy

@burntsalmonfishy132005 - HI LITTLE CHICKEN!! The second Vietnamese friend I made. You’re a cute little spammer. Yup - u - b Your art is adorable as heack! So keeo on being a cute little chick! ;D

@mikaru-blackspade - I know you’re banned from any social media but you’re still my first Vietnamese friend. You’re a great artist even if you don’t think you are. I wanna say keep on doin’ it!

@pandurrpink - Though we just became friends like a few weeks ago, you still counts as my dear friend. AND HOLY YOUR COLORING IS EVERYTHING AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Continue to be an amazing artist Pandurr!

5th: The youtubers that I subscribe:

Aphmau

PopularMMOs

GamingWithJen

DanTDM

LDShadowLady

JaidenAnimations

Domics

StacyPlays

Ha! I can do something better with my birthday than writing and doing this. Only llike 3 or 4 people wish me “Happy Birthday”. This joke is so lame.

shout-out to the artists who aren’t so great

shout-out to the 11 and 12 year olds who are just starting out and are brave enough to post their art

shout-out to the artists who have been practicing their whole lives and still aren’t “good”

shout-out to the artists who post a piece they are proud of only to have it get 5 or 6 notes

shout-out to the artists who don’t dedicate their lives to art/draw for the fun of it

shout-out to the artists who don’t get support from friends or family because they aren’t talented enough

shout-out to the artists who feel excluded from the fandom because they can’t draw as well as other fanartists

shout-out to the artists who taught themselves how to draw and/or can’t afford professional lessons

shout-out to the artists who can only draw one thing and draw it over and over

you work hard on your art and i think that’s beautiful. you can do it, please don’t quit because people don’t appreciate your hard work. 

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I love them??? please excuse the bad anatomy I haven’t been drawing people 

Mercury in Fire signs
People with their Mercury in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) are bold thinkers and don’t necessarily have a filter. These people usually say the first thing that’s on their mind because they know they’re staying true to themselves. They enjoy having a crowd listening to them because they are loud and have a lot to say. They often make excellent story tellers because they tend to exaggerate and add excitement and passion. The Fire sign Mercuries are hands-on learners, they do best when they’re engaging all of themselves (mind, body and all) in a lesson.

Mercury in Earth signs
People with their Mercury in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) are grounded and structured thinkers. These people are the ones who have a filter, but will lay down the facts with you and give you a reality check. Often times, Earth sign Mercuries have a serious, slightly deeper voice than usual. They speak in a “professional tone” that demands the respect of others. They are able to connect the dots easily and can break down information and deliver it in a confident, simple way. The way their mind processes things is incredible because of how “matter of fact” they are; they need the facts.

Mercury in Air signs
People with their Mercury in an Air sign (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are the creative thinkers and the ones who usually have the best social skills. They don’t necessarily think for just themselves, but they think of others as well. They seem to draw a lot of people into their conversations and it’s no wonder because everyone wants to hear what they have to say. However, the Air sign Mercuries can get too caught up in the opinion of others and may struggle voicing their own. They are capable of coming up with hundreds of ideas and thoughts on the spot.

Mercury in Water signs
People with their Mercury in a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) are the perceptive thinkers and they are prone to getting lost deep, deep in their thoughts. These people don’t think, they feel and with this, they are able of understanding and observing the human body and life for what it truly is. In a way, they are wise. Their emotions have a direct link to their thoughts and they won’t do or say things unless it feels right. The Water sign Mercuries and their mind is far beyond our reach.

Time Out.

Hi. Jakei here. The real one.

I’m gonna delete the latest posts because this silly game is over. I learned something about this…”kind” of excersise. It was funny, but very serious as well..

Let’s get straight to the point.

In three days Underverse will have one year since I created the first animation, the pilot showing my favorite Sanses from de AUs. 

When I had the chance I tried to said all time this project started as a mistake, like a lucky moment to show people my love for art and videogames. But I learned to stop calling this story like that. Is just something that came up to my mind and made me feel more confident to do something I love with the chance to earn money with this to accomplish my goal to have my own house where I can live in peace with my only family that is my mother.

That’s my main goal. So, don’t think the rushers and haters are making me feel bad and forcing me to quit. I had to deal with real rude and evil people before, getting paid for being humillated from Mondays to Saturdays and coming back home crying because of a real stressing and miserable situation. I don’t think this is the same case here. I’m not receiving money from them. I keep with this because is a way when I can reach my goal giving love to my current job as a independent artist.

The latest posts were just for joking but I realized that some people was taking it too seriously. I’m very, very sorry for worrying you, but also I want to thank you for supporting me. Please don’t hate people who was involved into that shitpost, and don’t hate people who are really trying to hurt me. I don’t want you get hurt or having a bad time trying to defend me. 

Unlike other cases similar to this one. I learned to stop worrying about this. I prefer ignore this or even taking this with humor like I did this week for distract myself in some way due the delay of Underverse 0.3 has been a bit stressful to me because I’ll continue animating until the video is released. Stereohead Studios has also many important things to do so blaming someone is just useless and unfair.

Something that I’ve learned from other big artists that I admire with all my soul like Crayon Queen and Myebi/ Comyet… is that we have enough living hard situations in this world, in our personal lives, and the less thing we can do as recognized artists in this fandom is trying to make our blogs a nice place and spread positive feelings despite hatred and the amount of terrible asks people make to them, because we’re motivating people and teaching kindness and respect to each other.  Not for nothing exists options on this platforms to avoid those bad comments. Is a waste of time crying and messing up your entire day because two or three guys said something that could hurt you. 

Is not that hard when you’re used to it.

Those guys don’t even know you and You don’t know them. So… man… why even waste your thoughts and feelings when you can keep working on your own stuff and improving your skills? Making a space for you and your fans to laugh, to smile, to show you how far have you came because of their support.

You’re doing something you love and that matter. Probably others not, probably they won’t have to deal with this style of life. And I’m sure many of us started to be recognized thanks to this fandom. Everyone started with a little level or we was too shy to show our stuff. 

Drawing well, animating well, telling amazing stories won’t decide your happiness if you’re not happy, if you don’t try to trust happiness and show them that you’re really fighting for that.

If you feel your blogs or another places with things like “uuh I don’t like this thing i made” “I suck” “this person told me that and i’m so upset i hate them” “that person made something terrible go and hurt them because them deserve it” “i love what i do but my life is hell” “i’m tired of x and y because they want z” … things can’t change in your life if you don’t start by yourself.

I thought many times about cancel Underverse and leave this fandom, not only because of haters and stuff. It was because I was judged by many of other big artists that doesn’t like this kind of fandoms and are working in their own projects. I thought it was unfair because I was getting recognition because something that I didn’t create. I just created a fan story. 

I’m pretty sure when I post the next animation the chaos will be back again but I don’t even care. I don’t have 100k yet so I don’t have a multitude telling me what to do and asking me when. Anyway, if I had them, I wouldn’t still care. Because I have clear what to do and how to make it works. I’m not here just for teaching people how to draw or animate. I’m here too for showing them how to be nice and patient and how those two things can bring you to a better way to see the world. 

That we are real, nice people and we’re having fun, putting effort and love when we’re making something for you. Fandom or not fandom content.


Have a nice day.



And XGaster.

To the corner. Right nao.

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Everyone
Every hope
The silver lining that you’ve ignored

It won’t be the same anymore
Anyway
Anyhow
Bring me back to life
Everything I’ve done before
Comes crashing down, I’m feeling low
But is this the reality or just another dream
Maybe I’m falling
Believing
And dreaming
Or am I dead?
Ahh
Everything is gone now
I’m six feet under
Regrets and memories, for me to wonder
Rest in peace
They say to me
But I just wanted to be free
Free
Maybe falling
Believing
I’m Dreaming
Or am I dead?
Ahh
And this silence
Bred into my selfless violence
What have I done to myself?
Just to kill my pride
And now I am dead
Why cant you hear me right now

Nightcall ft. Dreamhour - Dead V

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsd8EjJfKV0

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GIF GIF GIF GIF…. this shouldn´t become one at the beginning… and then… it got out of control @_@ And I made 10 or 15 versions of that piece, because I am NOT HAPPY, how Jian Yi came out T___T I am so sorry for the fans, I will try to make something better the next days!! And I know now, that I can´t draw anything that I want… that head + face was the hell for me :( I have so much to practice, and on the other side sooo many ideas, that I wanna bring on my screen!! But I don´t like the last things I draw, especially THIS!! I wanna cry…. I am not good at all now, and one week ago I was so happy to get so many, wonderful new followers, but now I am like “why do they like that pieces of sh**??” I can´t make ME pleased, so how is it, that I make other people happy with it? ARRR my head hurts and my mood is not good, so I will go shopping now with my mom and hope that it become better ;)~

Why develop a fictional culture?

When you’re creating a race of people for your new world, you need a culture to give those people and their way of life some context. The culture helps determine how the characters act, dress, eat, solve problems, among so many other things. You can (and sometimes, should) have multiple cultures in your world, depending on how large your focus area is. Cultures affect each other, but also serve in a narrative sense to draw contrast in-world and to draw parallels to the reader’s world. 

So here are some thoughts, big and small, that are meant to help inspire you as you create amazing cultures. (And remember that you’re thinking about the following questions in the context of the general population, not your main character(s).) You can simply answer these questions in short-answer form, or you can write a short story to flesh out one or two or three questions at once. If you do that, submit them to me! I’d love to feature them on the blog. 

  • How old do people believe their race is? How old are they really?
  • How prevalent are religions to the common person?
  • What is/are the origin stories of the main religion(s)?
  • What do most people think should be the highest priority:
    • biological family?
    • chosen family?
    • career?
    • service/charity (of any kind)?
    • religion?
    • entertainment/fun?
    • nation?
    • expansion (of nation/culture/influence/understanding)?
  • How do culturally shared priorities shape interactions?
  • What is the common greeting? Does it vary by age, class, rank, or sect?
  • How is gender viewed by the majority? Why?
  • What are common myths/legends of your people and how heavily do they influence the modern day?
  • How trustful are people of outsiders?
  • How welcoming are people, in general, of strangers into their homes?
  • How well do people of various factions (class, race, religion, etc.) get along in society?
  • How far has technology advanced, and how has it been implemented into their daily lives?
  • If magic exists, what do they believe is its origin? Its source?
  • If there is division between magic/non-magic, how do the two treat each other and why? How long has it been that way?
  • What sort of relationship do they have with their ruler?
  • How content is the average person?
  • How do people make their living and how big a part of their life is their career (if applicable)?
  • Do they have “weekends” and if so, what sets them apart from “weekdays”?
  • How do they treat their close friends?
  • How do they treat their enemies?
  • How do they handle small conflict, between individuals or small groups?
  • How do they handle larger conflicts?
  • How are they prepared for any potential war? Do they have some sort of military or militia in place? 
  • How many wars have they, as a society, fought over the course of their lives/history? How much of an impact does that have on their cultural identity? (i.e. WW2′s impact on patriotism in America, and how it’s yet to go away.)
  • What virtues do they value in individuals? What virtues do they say they value? If those are different, why?
  • How do they dress? Does it vary greatly by gender, or not? Is their focus on clothing very practical, religious, sentimental, or simply driven by the latest arbitrary fashion? How do the above answers reflect on the culture on a deeper level?
  • How do they treat their elderly?
  • How do they treat their children?
  • At what age does a baby become a child, a child a young adult, a young adult an adult, an adult an elder?
  • How much regulation does the day-to-day life of the average citizen entail? Or, how involved is the government in micro affairs?
  • How are these people seen throughout their known world? How do other cultures view this culture?

Check out the rest of the Brainstorming Series!
Magic Systems, Part One
Magic Systems, Part Two
New Species
New Worlds 
Map Making
Politics and Government

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More from The Family.

I wanted to draw Peter and Ingrid interacting. Oliver can be a bit of a Dude in Distress sometimes, but at least Peter and Ingrid have each other to worry with.

There’s a difference in how people can contact Ingrid. As Ingrid’s husband Oliver can just speak to her and she will hear him most of the time (but not always respond), Ingrid has given Peter a seal he can draw and burn if he wants to get in contact, and Morris has his own general rituals for sending messages to demons and otherworldly creatures, but she has a much easier time speaking to him than most humans and can even do it across great distances.

And yes, the cult will be a thing.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm teaching myself how to draw and was wondering if you have an advice. How can I learn anatomy efficiently and learn to use reference photos and not be afraid of them. Thanks!

hello!!! So I believe that there is a such thing to use references incorrectly, and I personally think it is “incorrect” to try to copy an image EXACTLY how it is shown.

A common mistake is when people find a reference of a pose that they want to use for their own artwork, but they draw according to the outline of the person exactly how it appears in the photo. So they end up with a drawing that looks traced and boring!!! and also a drawing that looks too real (too realistic, this pose above would look odd in a comic for example).

What I do is that I look at the person in the photograph and try to imagine his body in blocks, rather than the outline of his body. I then proceed to draw each ‘block’. This will not only help you understand how bodies work a lot better, the drawing will look more 3 dimensional. 

^ this is my thought process of how I drew the two examples, you can see its a very big difference and so much easier! Drawing the outline is very easy to make mistakes because you might draw the limbs too long for example since you don’t know when to stop.

Don’t be afraid to change your pose a little bit! Remember, a reference photo is there to help you (and practice! it shouldn’t be perfect) so it doesn’t need to look exactly the same. Hope I helped!!!!!

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Mini and incomplete tutorial

I like to call this kind of body “anime fat” You see a lot of artists draw curvy or even what they call “chubby/fat” girls like this but it doesn’t…. even come close???? Fat does not just stay in the places where you think it’s attractive. Fat goes into arms, and the stomach etc. If you want to represent fat women in your comics, art, etc. then do it right, bc there isn’t enough positive representation out there.

Thigh gaps: Thigh gaps aren’t going to exist if your character is chubby or fat, it’s just not realistic to have wide thigh gaps

Big breasts/ass+ skinny eveywhere else: Fat girls can have big breasts and big behinds but not always. Fat people have different body shapes and each person’s fat goes to different places. So there will always be fat girls with small breasts and no ass

More than one chin: Fat people can have double chins it’s not an ugly thing and you should be able to draw it, it’s not that hard :)

Lastly, I don’t really care if you draw like the pic on the left, I’m just saying you should never consider that being fat. Also, as an artist who draws people you should always try to learn how to draw all sorts of people, not just the kind you find attractive; that’s how you really get better at drawing

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I was talking to Nina about ADD and I just realized how to describe it. So let me put it here.

Focus is something you hear from a young age, focus on this, focus on that, why don’t you remember these things. And you don’t think it’s abnormal, because people forget things, they’re people. And maybe you forget to tie your shoes and people make fun of you for it, but you don’t mind cus it’s a quirk, you’re just forgetful that’s all, and in children that is fine.

Then you enter school. Your teachers ask you to sit still in chairs, or to be quiet, or to stop drawing, or to pay attention or combos of them all. And it’s hard, it’s so hard to do those things and when you can’t manage it, you’re misbehaving. Maybe your grades start to drop because everything seems to slip by, the board in front of you might as well be covered in fog for how well you can focus on it. Or maybe you skate by because the work is easy, you might not be able to focus on the lessons entirely but you can force yourself to tune in for just enough to stitch it together. 

It doesn’t matter which one you are, or if you’re another. Eventually, at some point, you come to a conclusion. Because people won’t let you forget it, how easy it should be to remember to eat lunch, how easy it should be to study by reading over notes, how easy it should be, how easy-

Focusing is natural for everyone else. They don’t have to think about it like you do. They struggle sometimes, for sure, but often clicking in is just natural. Focus is a choice. 

Focus is not a choice for you. It’s an effort. It’s the hardest work you ever do when you’re not interested in something and someone wants you to watch a board and listen to them talk work for word. It’s like keeping eye contact for a straight hour without blinking. When you can keep focus, it tires you, takes everything you have, and you hate that it’s so easy for everyone else. And when you can’t, when you catch the first five minutes and a thought drifts your way and suddenly the lesson is over, you look at your empty page of notes and wonder why you keep fucking it up.

You start to feel stupid. Maybe your grades reflect it. Maybe they don’t. Either way it starts to stick, how everyone else can do this so easy and you can’t. Like you’re supposed to be able to do it. People get frustrated with you, why don’t you remember this conversation, why can’t you study, god if you only tried-

You want to scream you try. You try your heart out. But everyone seems to certain you don’t. The things that help you focus better, chipping nailpolish off, drawing, tapping your leg, are all signs you’re not giving it your all. They’re signs you’re lazy. You wonder if your trying isn’t enough. Maybe you’re supposed to give everything. You stop your drawing, your movements and your grades slip and it’s not supposed to be like this, you’re stupid, why are you so stupid-

Maybe one day, you realize you’re not stupid. It’s brain chemistry. Maybe they give you drugs that help and suddenly the world is a little clearer, and focusing is easy and was it supposed to be this easy, is that why no one got it? Because they never knew what it was like to cling off the edge of an icy ledge and have no purchase? Or maybe drugs don’t work and you find other ways to work, move lectures to hands on assignments, study by writing yourself practice exams and filling them out yourself, drawing problems to see them rather than to focus on an abstract. Maybe it helps some days. Maybe it doesn’t. But you know it’s not you and that’s what counts. 

You still feel stupid though, some days. When you forget your keys, or laugh too loud, or forget fragments of conversation. Because it’s supposed to be easy and you can’t quit that thought no matter how hard you try. Except-

Sometimes, with some things, things you really care about, focus isn’t a problem. Maybe it’s a tv show you like, maybe it’s a hobby you enjoy, maybe it’s a subject you can’t learn enough about. It’s something that matters, something that you love. There you can focus. You can do more than focus: you can tune out the rest of the world like it’s nothing. The world centers to you and the thing, and until you pull yourself out, it remains that way. In this world, you’re never stupid. You’re just you, and you can see everything in front of you crystal clear. 20/20.

You put the thing you love away. The real world awaits.  When you get up, you forget to bring your empty mug of tea with you.

And for a moment, just a moment, that’s okay. 

melodious-phantasmagoria  asked:

Please never let the headcanons die- they are my favorite thing oh my gosh <333

thanks dude!! here’s some more

  • “keith you were alone for an hour how could you possibly get into this much trouble in an hour” “…it didn’t take me the whole hour”
  • coran started growing The Mustache on a dare from alfor
  • everyone always thinks keith is glaring at them but really he just spaced out while looking in their general direction
  • pidge and lance are creatures driven entirely by spite
    • “pidge maybe you should go to bed” pidge: *stays up for the next 24 hours*
    • “lance could you stop flirting with anything that moves” lance: *spends an hour flirting with a rock instead*
  • “poor lance. he thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. what kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology? I wonder what he’s thinking right now” lance, in galra captivity: “how come aquaman can control whales? they’re mammals! makes no sense”
  • that one game grumps thing but with hunk
    • *anything goes wrong* “hunk, okay, don’t panic, we can handle this” “…i appreciate it, but look what we’re dealing with man” “hunk-” “you gotta draw a line somewhere!” “hunk-” “you gotta draw a fucking line in the sand dude!! you gotta make a statemen-”
  • whenever anyone looks at shiro for advice or leadership he’s internally just like wait no don’t do that
  • pidge: “have you ever killed anyone” allura: “…we’re getting off topic”

anonymous asked:

How do you truly KNOW when a character is character-y enough for their personality, appearance, etc? Idk if that made sense, but I'm never satisfied with some characters designs.

I am not sure to be honest I just..uh..know? feel? 

I think what always adds to a good character design is the emotions being alive, if that makes sense. And it doesn’t matter what kind of emotion but it has to be vivid and lively. Drawing a character is always hard, because the artist has to UNDERSTAND that character as well. Putting it simple, you don’t take a grumpy grump and drawing him as a ray or sunshine (unless it’s a challenge) - it’s what makes out of character..

I love it when you look at the drawing, and it’s fairly static, but there’s still history to it..something that happens beyond the viewer can imagine. Like, hey, was this character just battling? making a choice? saying some super snarky remark? It always adds to The Character, as well.

I think I said it before, but most of the time whenever an artist draws fanart, say for a cartoon, character with an established design, there are always going to be some twitches because of the artist’s individual style. I have to say it’s quite hard to find the perfect features and that perfect balance between the original design and your own. There are features that tend to represent. say, good characters - mostly roundish, softer, while “bad” characters tend to be drawn in very sharp lines. That’s basic, and not always the case, but there is a tendention. Soo..feeling what feature makes a character who they are is hard and takes experience and some…psychology understanding? feeling? I’m not sure how to say this.

It’s normal to not be satisfied with someone’s design! Sometimes you have to draw the character over and over again, but there has to be little twitches and changes each time. Because if you draw them the same, you’re still not going to be satisfied, because you FEEL that the design is off. For example, you can draw a very kind generous character that in your depiction turns out rather arrogant or angry. Maybe the problem is simply in the wrong angle of brows, maybe the eyes are way too sharp and with eyebrow angle make the character seem angry. Maybe the smile isn’t quite in the eyes. Basically every feature can say A LOT about the character you draw.

Even when you draw “kind” character in an uncommon emotion for them, super angry for example, there’s still a range of that angriness this particular character can feel. uhhh I mean. There should be differences between the angriness of evil character and a kind one..Like, unique emotions help too.

I’m sorry this is so so vague and I know it’s mostly on “I feel” rather than “I understand why this and why that”, but it’s all takes practice, as usual, and always depends on how much you feel the emotions and characteristics of people around you as well. The one thing I can suggest is twitching the designs you’re not satisfied with. It will come! Some characters are just hard to FEEL, or you don’t relate to as much, or you relate to them so much you NEED to make the design perfect, which is hard. 

Don’t lose hope, try changing every feature if it makes you finally feel that that’s the right design for that particular character. You can do it! Hope that was at least a tiny bit helpful because I know it’s super vague, sorry for that.

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I will say, hands are some of the hardest things to grasp when learning how to draw! Even people who have been drawing for years can be intimidated by these lil appendages! My methods for drawing them might be a bit weird, but I’m happy to share some of the things I try and keep in mind while trying to capture the essence of The Hand

I hope some people can find this useful! I could probably have gone on and on about drawing hands in this post but it’s already long enough-

The Venus Signs when they like someone

Aries Venus: They like the chase and they would probably tell the person that they like that they do like them. They’re straightforward people, know what they want and know how to get it

Taurus Venus: They’ll try to draw you in with their mystic and sensuality, they might be the type to impress their crush with food as they usually do have very nice pallets if they don’t cook themselves. 

Gemini Venus: They’ll talk a lot about the things they like and want to know what their crush like and do. They can ask a lot of questions and be very open to answering any question that their crush may have for them 

Cancer Venus: They’d be very sensitive to what their crush say, however long ago they may have said it. They’ll still remember as they’re very sentimental people. They would say a lot of thoughtful and caring things too

Leo Venus: They’re very flirtatious with a lot of people it seems like but the person they’re really interested in, they’ll pay special attention to. They also dress to impress and is very generous 

Virgo Venus: They’re very careful people, the kind you’re probably not sure if they like you even when they say it..until they show that they’ve listened to what you’ve had to say and what you like 

Libra Venus: They tend flirt a lot with them and want to know their crush’s past and interests. They want to look and act nice for them and might compliment them more than others

Scorpio Venus: They want to hide their feelings at first, wait for the ‘right’ moment to make a move. They might stair at their crush a lot and wants to know everything about their crush

Sagittarius Venus: They want to take you places (metaphorically or literally), they want to show you things you’ve never seen/experienced before. They can also be very funny or serious around a crush 

Capricorn Venus: They want the person they’re interested in to think they’re ambitious and know a lot of things. They won’t be overly affectionate or expressive but they have ways of showing their crush that they like them 

Aquarius Venus: They’re probably the type to show off their minds to the people they’re interested in. Saying things you may have never heard before..or that’s what they want. 

Pisces Venus: They can be shy around their crush, only subtly showing that they like you. Piece by piece, they’ll try to get their crush to go to them and they’ll want to seem very sweet to them

Mars could say more about how men act around someone they’re attracted to because Mars is drive and masculinity and for the most part, it’s how men attract their mates. Maybe their minds too (mercury). For women, usually they use their grace and femininity to attract others (venus)

colourspectrum1  asked:

Your sims are all so stunning!! My sims end up looking all the same - do you have any tips to increase the diversity of faces in the game?

Thank you so much! I’ve held on to this ask for awhile because I just don’t feel like an authority on this subject. I think everyone has a sim style, and I don’t always feel like my faces are as variant as I would like them. 

That said, I had a few tips and ideas to share!

1. Study Faces.
I’ve been fascinated by the human face my entire life. I studied to be a portrait artist so I’m always looking at people and imagining how I would draw them! 

You don’t need to be an artist to be fascinated by faces though. Start collecting images of people whose faces strike you - I have a whole Pinterest board of them! You can use these images to base entire sims off of, or you could find just one particular facial feature inspires you. 

2. Proportion.
Here’s a very basic guide to human facial proportions. I like to make my sims feel a bit more realistic, and I’ve noticed that the default sims 4 faces have very large eyes and teeny tiny noses. So the first thing I start with is reducing the eye size and increasing the nose. I’ll also usually reduce the head size as well. 

Then, once things are feeling more human, I mess with the proportions to create interesting shapes. Maybe one sim will have really wide-set eyes and a long nose; someone else might have a very small mouth and longer chin. Don’t be afraid to make non-conventionally attractive people. Play around and have fun! 

3. Use Different Presets.
This is kind of an obvious tip, but if you always use the same presets, it’s going to be hard to make different-looking sims. I am guilty of this - there’s a particular jaw that I prefer and I only use the eyes without eyelashes so I can use cc eyelashes. But try to stay out of preset ruts!

4. Profile.
Don’t forget to visit the profile. You can have the best looking sim from the front, and then you turn to the side and they look like a frog. You can adjust the individual features as well as the depth of the entire face. 

5. Touch Every Slider.
I make a point to touch every slider, including in the detailed view, for every sim I make. Some will just have small changes, but I don’t leave anything exactly how the preset is. 

6. Don’t underestimate the power of Skin Details.
Skin details bring sims to life. Freckles, eye bags, nose masks, mouth corners, overlays, etc. – they all contribute to making your sims feel alive and unique. I have a collection of my favorite skin details here.

7. Step away and come back.
Work on your new sim, then take a break and go do something else. When you return with fresh eyes, you will notice things you’d like to change that you didn’t see before.


Hope these tips are helpful. Have fun!