I’m trying to get rid of art block by forcing myself to paint but it’s only making it worse x_x rip. Technically I like the sketch more but I spent way too much time trying to colour to not post that version too
One time I saw a post here on tumblr where someone said that every bisexual they’ve ever met does finger-guns and as I truly contemplated that statement, reflecting on myself, I thought “I don’t do finger guns…” then, yesterday, I was washing my hands in the bathroom, thinking about I don’t even know what and I realized that I do the noise that goes with finger guns. I froze, looked up at myself in the mirror and realized I do use finger guns except I only do one and I felt oddly validated in my sexuality. the end.
U guys are so adorable I can't even, what I would do without u I don't even know. Also, have u guys ever been clothes shopping and had to submit urselves to the other forcing u into clothes that really aren't ur style? (Klavier I'm looking at u)
Apollo: I actually like the clothes Klavier usually chooses when we go shopping (not many times, mind you. I’m not really a fan of wasting money on clothes). At first I wouldn’t let him, but then I realized he kinda knows what suits me best.
(Besides, his reactions make it up for any trouble he might cause me.)
eyes shine, the green of them somehow made even more so in contrast to his pale
skin and dark pink lips. I wonder what it’s like to kiss you. To have your
hands on me. Your voice in my ear, your— “Oh fuck!” Louis drops the cigarette to the ground and puts his
burnt finger to his lips to soothe the pain. He hadn’t even realised he was
Harry had been staring too.
the extraordinarily ordinary AU where they both fall in love for the first time.
I honestly find it ridiculous how conditioned general audiences are to Marvels way of making movies. I mean it’s not like ensemble movies have been being made for decades, but I guess they needed stand alone films for every character so the audience could care about what happens to them. Does every X-Men character need their own movies to make them good? The Oceans franchise? Fast and furious? Movies like The Hateful Eight and The Magnificent Seven? Lord of the Rings? Star Trek? What about Rogue One? Hell even Guardians of the Galaxy made a group film work without solos.
Justice League only has three of its main characters who haven’t had their own movie, half of the team will have already been in at least two movies before JL comes out. And you fucking know that if dc had done individual films first everyone would just be bitching about how they’re copying Marvel.
And honestly having the Justice League early on makes a shit ton more sense business wise because if you look at marvels box office, most of phase 1 and the latest origin films are the ones that make the least amount of money. But, if say Antman had come out after his appearance in Civil War, you can bet that it would have made a considerable amount more money. People would have already seen him in a huge movie that everyone was going to see no matter who was in it. Like it’s such an easy concept, you have a huge group movie, that people will see just because it’s an event film, give characters super cool moments and make them really likeable in the group film and then people are more likely to want to see the character in theatre when their own movie comes out.
Marvel is great at what it does, there is no denying that. But can we stop trying to make everything the same? That’s how superhero fatigue starts. If every single superhero movie that comes out is the exact same tone and format as the others people are going to get bored eventually. At the moment we have such a wide array of styles but people just can’t seem to accept any differences. Why do people constantly need to tear one universe down to prop another one up?
I was wondering how you'd put together keychains and charms and what cute little trinkets you'd attach and mix and match with them if you don't even know what you would be looking for or what would be available? I'm thinking of ordering a small set of charms from Acorn Press but I have no idea what to attach them to because I haven't found any resources on making anime-styled keychain/charms (I especially don't want to get the wrong sized keychain parts ;;). Thanks for taking your time to answer
Lobster clasp straps are most popular because they’re a lot easier to attach to acrylic pieces than O-rings/jump rings, which require you to use tools to close it through the hole in your acrylic.
Most charm templates have holes set up so they’re close enough to the edge for standard size clasp/rings to fit, so as long as you don’t mess with that, you’re probably fine. Here’s ChillyPig’s template tutorial as an example.
I've been meaning to get into Voltron, and I saw your blog, your art is wonderful even if I don't know the characters. What would you say the best thing about Voltron is? Why should I watch it? I'm just curious about, well, your opinion.
Hi! Thank you!!
I first heard about voltron when it started appearing on my dash a lot and tbh I wasn’t sure if i wanted to watch it at first, because mechas etc are not my thing at alll.. But I liked the style and the characters that appeared on my dash seemed really interesting, and i finally decided to watch it when i saw a clip of the laser sounds scene. I was pleasantly surprised, and so grateful for all voltron brought me after watching it, holy hell.
Personally my fave things about the show is probably their characters, how they’re written, their personalities and realistic flaws.
And then I just really really enjoy the shows humor, and how they balance serious episodes with humor, and all the characters are so loveable and I love them all so so much! I definitly recommend this show to those who are still considering wether they should watch it or not <3
Tips for transitioning from 'realism' to 'cartoons'
( this is mostly for @stiles-and-the-sourwolf but you’re welcome to read it either way.)
Okay so the thing about drawing in a ‘looser’ style (or a more cartoonish style) is you must must must MUST learn to trust yourself, and be forgiving. It’s really about loosening up the 'rules’ of anatomy and letting things become more exaggerated and fluid.
It’s a huge problem that I’ve found amongst many of my artist friends who tend to draw in a more realistic and 'refined’ style. They’ve gotten into the habit of working into a piece for long periods of time, and striving for a certain level of anatomical perfection that is often—if not always—on par with photo realism. This means that their process usually involves working into small, key parts of the art until it fits together like a lovely puzzle. This is typically called the 'grid technique’, whether you use actual grids or not, and it’s perfect for creating a well rendered, full-feeling piece.
The problem is is that it tends to set you up for a few different problems when it comes to a more cartoonish style.
For one thing, cartoon anatomy is never as it should be, and things are generally never WHERE they should be, either. Buuut, that’s kind of the point, because the style leans heavily on the motion, the shape of the character, and the fluidity of their form.
What matters most in these types of styles is showing the character through their forms as much as possible, and often as SIMPLY as possible. Think about all the hundreds of Disney characters out there, and think about how each one has a very specific body shape to match their personality.
For example: Bell’s father. He’s the typical Disney short, round-bodied, mustaches father figure that you see throughout many Disney films. He has a sputtering voice, a general doofy personality, typically kind of useless, and tends to bounce around like a bouncy ball. His round form encompasses his character much better than, say, a long, tall, skinny body would.
Another (not Disney) example: Miyazaki’s strong female lead-characters. They all tend to be sort of squat, strong bodied, slightly rounder (more trustworthy) faces, with a stubborn pout. You automatically know that this girl/woman means business, and is going to kick butt and take names and, like, save someone/everyone/herself.
Now, a lot of this all comes down to animation, and the fact that simplicity is necessary for something you’re drawing a million times. The simpler the design, the easier it is to draw frame, by frame, by frame. But, even without animating, a key part of drawing in a cartoonish style is always going to be expressing as much information about the character/environment/story as possible with the smallest amount of effort.
A prime example of that would be the Tintin comics, or Charlie Brown. Each comic has it’s own level of simplicity that is, seriously, basically down to single lines and blobs of color. And if you look closely at a comic panel, you’ll probably feel like you’re falling into some abstract piece of art. But, the thing is… they work.
Tintin’s head is about 14 lines total, and yet somehow Hergé manages to bring forth a vast range of emotions and expressions with very little effort at all.
This, again, is also due to repetition. Comic books have always had a tendency to lean towards the more simplistic styles do to the whole, you know, drawing the character over and over again thing. Not that there aren’t comic book artists who totally ignore that and go into some insane levels of detail for each frame, but as a general rule, you’re going to see the 'cartoon’ style in comics. It’s easier to draw, less time consuming, and is often contributed to easier/smoother reading.
Now, trust and forgiveness.
The thing about shooting out a quick sketch is that there’s a certain level of 'I don’t give a fuck’ that goes along with it.
You’ve drawn it, it’s done, it’s out there, who cares?
And to many artists, that’s a screech-worthy sentence right there.
But, it’s sort of an integral part of loosening up your style.
Sketching or drawing out a cartoonish character takes a lot of confidence, trust, and again, that forgiveness thing. You need to teach yourself to let those lines flow freely, to trust that you can complete this figure with or without mistakes, and to forgive yourself when it doesn’t come out looking 'perfect’. This can be hard, or even next to impossible for certain realism artists to accomplish. It can be infuriating for them, especially when they can render so masterfully, and yet this simple… doodle seems to be the bane of their existence.
The trick, for me, is to set yourself up with limitations.
Try drawing with only an ink pen. No erasing, no fixing mistakes, no sketch layer. It might smudge, it might leak, and the second eye might end up too high up. Take the risk, and draw.
Try doing very light blocking with the pen, try going completely free hand and see where some of your anatomy strengths and weakness are.
Try drawing the same face over and over again, until you can get the same amount of details/information down without a second thought. Try simplifying the first drawing. Try limiting the amount of lines or shading used. Challenge yourself to be quick, to finish a complete character in ten minutes or less.
Try using a medium you’ve never used before. Learn to love it or hate it.
Try drawing with your opposite hand. (Does it look terrible? Maybe, but I bet you automatically tried to simplify and expedite the drawing process.)
Try using only blocks of color or shadow to make a face. Do not add details. See how recognizable it looks just from shading.
Try focusing on character qualities and the shapes, poses/posture, and colors that they brings to mind.
Draw a loud, boisterous person. (What shape would they be? Are they muscular, tall, threatening? Do they stand with their chest out? Do they wear reds and warm colors?)
Draw a quiet, timid person. ( are they small, hunched, slim? Do they wrap their arms around themselves a lot? Do they wear blues and browns and colors that blend in with the background?)
Draw a hunter.
Draw a mother.
Draw types of people/animals/environments you’ve never drawn before. Push yourself to do create people with more exaggerated features or postures. People with bigger, longer, skinnier, wider, smaller elements of anatomy.
And, like I said, it will be a challenge. It will feel silly and frustrating and even demeaning. But trust me, learning to loosen up and trust yourself enough make mistakes and accept them can be extremely freeing no matter what style you use.