But honestly, I’m not actually too happy with those anymore. They’re pretty old. I still sort of hold the same value when I draw them, but here’s some more updated tips, if that’s alright.
One of the biggest complaints I got with those tips was that just a single tear is good enough. Well yes and no. Tears are just a helpful tool, and of course not everyone cries the same, so yes, a single tear can be just as impactful, as long as your emotion and context carries the message.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s heavy crying. And this can take many forms. Again, the face has to carry the intensity of the emotion; the tears are just there to emphasize it. More intensity, (for some people) does tend to include more liquids and leaking.
And of course none of it has to be perfect or even. As I love to touch on, crying is messy and ugly. It brings out the most strained emotions. So none of it has to be symmetrical to get the point across- if anything, it gives it more movement.
I of course draw in a more cartoony fashion, so if you did want to go on the more realistic end of the spectrum, you can focus on the actual physics of tears and how they act and react on the face. More realistically, they come from the inner eye, and are much smaller. They tend to fall in wayward paths, slowly, but sperraticly, and in droplets or thin streams. You can also add streak marks and flush up the face, depending on the subject.
I’m glad you liked my old tips, and I hope these new ones help!
I've noticed that sometimes Nikolai has both of his eyes blue and other times he has heterochromia, but I couldn't find any other information on it in your oc tag?
omg an ask about my oc bless/// His eyes changing colors is a little thing that happened in his story for the time when I used him in an RP group called M-A-G-E. Nikolai exists in a lot of different universes so his appearance changes depending on what context I’m drawing him in. But here’s a little bit of story!
Niko with heterochromia happens after an event in which he takes a potion that gives him elf ears. In Niko’s true origin story, he was always an elf or fairy, however in the world of MAGE he was given a human form. In MAGE there is a community of people who have elvish ears and golden eyes that live on the “moon.” The potion Niko takes changes his appearance to match the moon people; the side effect of this potion gives him elf ears, makes him even more pale, and changes one of his eyes to gold.
So Niko’s heterochromia is entirely related to plot specifically for MAGE but not for his other iterations. There’s nothing really deep about it LOL but i do like his heterochromia a lot so i really should incorporate it in newer designs.
I am so, so, SO very sorry if this has already been asked before. I did some digging through your tags and I couldn't find answers for my particular question... So I apologize in advance if I just didn't do enough digging. I've had a lot of issues with dialogue sequences that go back and forth between two or more characters. I find myself repeating the same phrases such as, "he snickered" and "she cried." Eventually, I just end up using very convoluted word play. Do you have any suggestions?
What you’re asking about here are dialogue tags. There are two schools of thought: Vary the verbs, or don’t fret the “saids.” This is one case where the best practice probably lies somewhere in between. How far you go with different verbs vs. said is up to you as the writer.
There’s another way to break up dialogue, too. It’s my own personal preference, and that’s the use of descriptive beats, sometimes called dialogue beats, narrative beats, etc… This article here describes the two in more depth, but essentially:
Dialogue tag: “You don’t know what I want,” he shouted.
Descriptive beat: “You don’t know what I want.” He slammed the book on the table, knocking over Gena’s wine.
Both convey anger. Both can be “the right way,” depending on your characters, your style or the needs of the scene.
I tend to write my dialogue either without any tags or just minimal tags when I get started. Often, it literally looks like this:
A: “You’re a jerk!”
B: “Yeah, but I’m your jerk.”
A: “Can’t you stop being a jerk then?”
B: “Are you saying you want to dump me?”
Then, I try to block the scene (much like blocking a stage play) so that I know what the characters are doing, where they’re standing, or other cues that can help with the descriptions. Where no description is needed, I start with said, or asked and replied if appropriate.
Dialogue beats also help convey something I see a lot of new writers and fanfic writers shying away from, and that’s inner monologue. Your Point of View character can have thoughts during a conversation that can add insight or seamlessly add exposition to avoid infodumping. You’ll find more than a few experienced writers whose dialogue scenes have a lot more inner monologue than external dialogue. You probably just don’t realize it. [Hint: That’s a good thing.]
Favoring descriptive beats over tags means you need to make sure your readers can follow. It’s the one thing I work on the most during editing, too. Again, don’t let fretting over saids and tags and beats ruin your creative flow on your first draft.
Hey :) I've looked through your tag- and masterlist, but I couldn't find any fics where Harry owns an orphanage or works on improving the minestry in regards of child abuse. Can you please rec some fics like that if you know any? Thanks in advance :) ♥
Ok, so I’m probably not going to get all of the fics I’ve read like this, but I’ll do my best and keep updating as I remember. I think the first fic kind of falls under both of the things you’ve asked for :)
DRARRY + CAREER: DISENFRANCHISED CHILDREN
(orphanages, victims of child abuse, education, etc.)
Rating: NC-17, WC: 32.3k, Summary: Draco Malfoy has learned via painful experience that the least complicated way to go about things is to not allow himself to care – about anyone. After all, he’d tried that once without success. But now he finds himself thrust into a situation where maintaining the armour around his heart simply isn’t an option.
Rating: PG-13, WC: 5.9k, Summary: Magazine feature articles are commonplace for Draco Malfoy until he manages to get an exclusive on one Harry Potter: rings of fire, binding, charity-work, CHILDREN! Life will never be the same again.
Rating: PG-13, WC: 37k, Summary: After the war, Harry opens an orphanage with the help of a surprising friend. When he adopts an infant left on his doorstep, he has no idea what fate has in store for him.
Rating: NC-17, WC: 23k, Summary: One day Draco just left without saying a word, leaving Harry reeling. You’d think that after what Draco did, Harry could move on, but he can’t. When Astoria miscarries and Draco comes to him pleading for a baby, Harry can’t say no. | Content/Warnings: MPreg
Rating: PG-13, WC: 135.1k, Summary: After the war has ended, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy live very separate lives. Harry makes furniture and volunteers at an orphanage. Draco runs a record shop and writes articles for The Prophet. They both try to avoid public attention, but for very different reasons. Draco suffers from anxiety disorder and fears rejection, even when he knows he’s changed for the better.
Rating: PG-13, WC: 25k, Summary: When Harry Potter cannot be awakened from a self induced dream state, can his Auror partner Draco Malfoy find a way to wake him before an unforeseen threat in Harry’s mind destroys them both?
Rating: NC-17, WC: 27.8k, Summary: It’s been 5 years since the end of the war, but less than a week since Rita Skeeter outed Harry on the front page of The Prophet — and made some rather scandalous insinuations about him and his blond former nemesis. A chance (or is it?) encounter on a street corner reveals just how much has changed… and what remains the same. An over-sized courgette, some olive oil, a bottle of wine, and Ed Kowalczyk make things extra interesting.
Rating: PG-13, WC: 83.9k, Summary: A future fic that takes place when Draco is 30, living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Draco owns a bookstore and ends up developing a correspondence with the author of his favorite novel.
Rating: NC-17, WC: 56k/?, Summary: An anonymous benefactor makes a generous donation to Harry Potter’s School for Squibs in exchange for a weekly letter from the Boy Who Lived. What begins as a chore soon becomes the only outlet Harry has to talk about the war, love, life, hope, redemption, his renewed obsession with a certain blonde nemesis and how he really, honestly, believes that this will be the year Puddlemere United reclaim the Quidditch League Cup. | Content/Warnings: WIP
Hi again! Thank you so much for your help on my last request. I was wondering if you knew of any stories where Stiles is being hunted for being non-human basically. I typed a few appropriate things into the search bar and had a good look over the tags (especially the non-human tag) but couldn't see anything. Thank you!
The pack finds a Fennec fox in the forest. They don’t know it’s a were-Fennec fox that’s a 17 year old boy named Stiles. He’s being hunted and he’s injured. Stiles has also lost touch with humanity and only gets clothes that he got from stealing. The pack decides to help him.
Derek could smell the werefox miles before he reached it. The dark wolf stood still as he listened closely. There it ran, its little heart hammering hard in fear. No surprise, he thought, considering the fact he was hunted
hello! i tried looking through your awesome tag page, but i couldn't find any "farmer" tag or something along those lines and I was wondering if you know of any farmer themed sterek fics? where either one of them is a farmer. thanks!
Derek is a new hand at the Stilinski Ranch in Beacon Hills, California. He has come far to get away from a dark past. Stiles is the son of the ranch owner, come home from school for the summer. What happens when Derek finds himself drawn to the younger male against his better judgement?
Stiles is a spoiled brat who’s sent away to the Hale Family Farm to learn a lesson in respect and hard work. Naturally, he isn’t happy about it, but that changes when he meets a very special little girl and her amazing father …
“What about you Stiles?” Derek’s daughter, Kenny, asks innocently. “Are you gay?”
He chokes on his own spit and quickly downs the remainder of his coke, ignoring the blush stretching from his head all the way to his chest.
“I ah,” he clears his throat awkwardly and rubs a hand over his neck. “I might be?”
She sends him a knowing little smile and nods. “Good.”
~ A story about how to live life, not how to spend it.
Derek Hale is an Alpha without a pack, on the move with memories haunting his footsteps. When he answers an unusual ALPHA WANTED ad, he finds himself somewhere unexpected, finally able to rebuild a family and his hope for the future.
There is absolutely no way Keith and I will ever become friends, Lance thought angrily to himself. He attended Lance’s dream school, the school that harshly rejected him because he wasn’t good enough. And Keith goes there on a scholarship?!
Lance can’t reject him as a roommate, because his rent was due next week. But, he promised to himself, that stuffy douchebag and I will never be friends, I swear it.
Pidge told him before not to make a stupid rivalry out of this, but Lance can’t help it. He was going to make Keith regret he ever crossed paths with Lance Sanchez.
Lance had always lived of moving away from his small town to go around the world, but this was good enough.
He was in his junior year of college and he had moved out and away from his hometown, now in Texas after he hopped onto the plane and here he stood in his brand new room after a too long taxi ride and another too long encounter with the people at the office.’
Lance is just a junior in college who moved away from his home town and ends up at a college in Texas with a roommate who he desperately tries to befriend.
hi, do you have any recommendations for texts heavily influenced by greek/roman canon (not necessarily straight adaptations but appropriations) in a similar vein to ulysses but hopefully more bearable? sorry if this has been answered ; i tried to quickly skim through your tags but couldn't find anything. thank you !
I do! I would say most of these are direct adaptations nonetheless, but I hope it helps.
POETRY Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson Averno, Louise Glück Meadowlands, Louise Glück Memorial, Alice Oswald Orpheus and Eurydice, Gregory Orr Sonnets to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke Roman Elegies, J. W. von Goethe Endymion, John Keats
FICTION The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood Kassandra, Christa Wolf The Secret History, Donna Tartt Frankenstein, Mary Shelley Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis Theseus, André Gide Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar The Adventures of Telemachus, Fénelon The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde The Birth of the Odyssey, Jean Giono
DRAMA The Flies, Jean-Paul Sartre Elektra, Jean Giraudoux Antigone, Jean Anouilh Phaedra’s Love, Sarah Kane Phaedra, Jean Racine Andromache, Jean Racine Iphigenia Auf Tauris, J. W. von Goethe Medea, Pierre Corneille Prometheus Unbound, Percy Bysshe Shelley The Infernal Machine, Jean Cocteau Persephone, André Gide
i was wondering if you could compile a few tiny!dan smut fics? i would really like to read some! (sorry if you have a tag or master list for this, i couldn't find any😅)
Control - The hardest part about being tiny is not being able to properly pleasure your partner, something that’s been bothering Dan for days, but Phil’s got an idea.
Dan’s Bed - Online shopping has become a sort-of hobby for Dan, and while Phil has enjoyed most of Dan’s purchases so far, he’s not so sure he’s okay with the tiny BDSM bed Dan has found with handcuffs and floggers adorning the sides.
Pretty Bunny - Being tiny means being bored and doing a lot of online shopping. Dan’s started finding a lot of interesting items to put to use, including tiny dildos, tiny penetrable’s…and even a tiny phone charm with a puff ball end.
Tied and Pinned - Days after waking up tiny-fied, Dan realizes just how bored he’s been since he woke up 8cm tall, and decides if there’s nothing else he can do, making Phil get him off is the next best thing.