"Go then!! Leave!! See if I care!!" scenario between RFA members + MC :)
(i legit cracked my knuckles before starting to write bc I just KNOW this is going to be a long wall of text filled with angst boiiiii… ALSO this has a sorta happy ish ending bc…… my mood is too high up to write pure angst???? crushes can destroy a person rip)
((also I didn’t write V?? because I love him and honestly I can’t… squeeze my brain to get a clear image of what he’d do??? if I find a good and actually logical reaction, I’ll add him later on- but this is already super long and all-sorry!))
it’s hard for Yoosung to express his anger in a healthy way
he’d usually just play LOLOL and beat up monsters until he felt calm, but…
he can’t quite do that
MC had told him clearly:
he’s spending so much time on the game, it feels like MC is living alone
deep in his heart, he knows it’s true
with the increasing difficulty of classes, he just… naturally dove deeper and deeper into LOLOL
when he counted back, how much time had he spent with MC…?
had he even spent time with them in the past month?
it’s just when MC asks him for what seems like the hundredth time if he’s going to turn off the computer
it’s that what just sets off the stress
he really hates the anger he can feel bubbling up in him, but he can’t even avoid it
“Will you shut up?! I’ve answered you before! No! How hard can it be to understand?!”
it’s hard to tell who’s more shocked
him or MC
“What- what the fuck, Yoosung?! I’m just trying to spend some time with m boyfriend! Is it that wrong?! Would you rather just me leave?!”
he replies without thinking too much
his head is too full of anger led by stress
“Nothing is stopping you! The door is there for you to leave!”
he wasn’t shocked when MC ran out the room
he…. knew he’d acted like an asshole
what shocks him is the sound of the front door being slammed shut
he suddenly feels all the guilt washing up on him and he calls MC
he sits by the door for hours, but they don’t come
a week passes
every time he enters the chat they leave
his grades are dropping, he’s gaming for longer, and he can’t remember the last time he even ate a proper meal
he could have probably collapsed when the second week rolled around
living off cereal and random energy drinks he bought and gaming all day
it gets his mind off the trouble
when MC finally comes back, it’s more for concern about his health
at first he thinks he’s reached his limit. he’s hallucinating- stared too much at a screen and fried his brain. it can’t be. it can’t be MC. it’s a prank
MC scolds him- how could he let it get this bad? he could literally collapse and probably even die!- and also hugs him
both feel guilty, and Yoosung can’t even stop crying and apologizing as he hugs MC
little by little her stress builds up
this recipe didn’t come out like she wanted
too much work
her CD player broke
small things add up and up and don’t ever go down
it probably takes a full month before she’s at the limit
and it’s like a delicate sculpture- even the smallest touch could shatter her patience at this point
and that little touch just so happens to be delivered by MC
it’s a small mistake
just washing the dishes and accidentally breaking off a mug’s handle
“Gosh, sorry love, I’ll put this in the trash before one of us accidentally cuts themselves with the jagged end-”
Jaehee hears nothing
this has been the most stressful and tense month of her life AND NOW THIS HAPPENS, AT HOME, WHERE HER CALMNESS IS SUPPOSED TO BE-
“Are you stupid? How could you just break it like that?!”
She speaks oddly calmly for someone who was holding back stress and let it all loose at once
and it puts MC off
“I- it was an accident, Jahee- you’ve, this has happened to you before too,”
that just makes things worse
“Now it’s my fault?! I didn’t even touch the mug- stop shifting the blame onto me, specially if it was caused by your own clumsiness! Get ou- just, out!”
jaehee doesn’t know what she herself means with out
she half expects MC to get angry and shut themselves in the bedroom
or maybe shut themselves in the bathroom
she just needs to be alone and MC is in the kitchen- out, out out!
what she didn’t expect was for them to literally go out
they rush to the bedroom, and a few minutes later the front door creaks open and
MC is gone
jaehee purses her lips once she realizes this, but she tries to stand strong
she was mean, and if MC need time alone too, that’s ok, right?
a day passes
MC is clearly alive- sometimes entering the chat to deliver an important message or so, but leaving quickly without even acknowledging her
for some reason, she can’t seem to throw herself into her work to avoid thinking- that’s how distressed she is
her work becomes slow and sluggish, and she can’t even seem to concentrate on basic tasks
it’s hard, but for one time- after so many tries- MC picks up the phone
after two weeks, she’s hearing their voice again
apologies are flying all over when MC walks in- she’s prepared food, MC’s favourite drink, and she fixed the mug with some superglue she found on the store
she can’t even express how much she needs MC, and fully accepts the fault for the situation, while asking MC to maybe… stay….
always a rumor going around about him
he knows it can’t be helped, but it bothers him
MC says they’re ok! it’s bound to happen!
but each time a new fake rumor springs up MC becomes…
one day in the couch, Zen feels so alone
when was the last time he and MC kissed? or even held hands??
why is MC like this?
upon asking, MC just seems to feel awkward and shrinks into the couch
“I trust you and love you, but… It’s just… Those rumors, they bring up so many evidence, and I… I feel… No, it’s rude to say it, sorry, I’ll… Go to bed now.”
is MC implying they actually believe he’d cheat?
and usually this would prompt to him reassuring MC that he loves them, that he’d never do that
but it’s just… those tabloids and news have brought him and his manager so much stress lately, so much problems-
and now MC believes them?
he feels like he’s been punched in the stomach
“Wow, you trust those kinds of people more than me? Your actual boyfriend?”
MC turns around at this, and quickly tries to clean up what they said
they didn’t mean it like that
but seriously, the uncomfortable feeling that built up with each news article seems to lead up to MC spitting out another comment
“No, it’s just, I trust you! I… I guess those fishy news outlets and crappy tabloids are just simply amazing at photoshop and can make a photo where you’re kissing someone else that easy, huh?”
what the fuck
what the fuck
his blood is heating up, and he sucks in his breath
MC is accusing him of cheating
he hasn’t done anything to deserve this
to be fair, he did have some beers before, and earlier practice was crappy and his day had been pretty stressful- he did have a fair amount of stress on his shoulders that caused him to snap
“Well! With that amount of trust we’ve got here, maybe you’re the one smooching others when you’re out- because you clearly share so much trust, huh?!”
MC raises their voice to his level- somewhat shakier- but standing firm
“I’m trying so hard to trust you! So, so hard! But we can’t even hold hands in public- I can’t switch from being completely cold with you to being lovey dovey at home- I’m a human! Guess what?! That and those pictures do bother me! It’s actually! Kind of stressful!”
that’s his last straw
nothing in MC’s words particularly sets him off- maybe it’s the whole thing, maybe it’s nothing
“Get out of my sight! If you’re going to be like that, I’d rather be alone in this house!”
cue dead silence
both of them are clearly regretting their words- maybe not as much as they should, due to the boiling-hot blood pumping through their bodies
which probably causes MC to utter “fine” and slam the door as they leave
the first two days are hell, but Zen’s pride keeps him from trying to reach MC in the groupchat where they show up sometimes
a call they don’t answer, a message left in seen… his efforts to try and be level-headed are failing when it comes to apologizing
the second week, he’s desperate
he has received the worst critiques in his life about his acting by now- too stiff, out of character, spacing out in the middle of acting
and it’s that what prompts MC to go back after Jaehee worriedly begs them too
at first, when they unlock the door and go to where he’s sitting on the couch, it’s hard to find words
he hugs them out of reflex- god he missed them- and it’s time for MC and Zen to properly apologize before spending an hour on the couch muttering about how lonely and miserable they were without the other
The argument is small at first
it’s about a little thing, nothing too big, and honestly, he can’t even remember what it was
he can’t even remember how it escalated like that
he remembers slowly getting more irritated with MC, voice ever so slowly growing in tone, frustration creeping up on him
he can’t really tell when the small argument became an actual argument
talking- if not almost screaming with loud tones- filled the penthouse
the guards were probably all incredibly scared, and in all honesty, they’d have the right
he wishes he hadn’t had so much wine before
all he knows is that when he woke up, MC wasn’t home
he felt panic. horrible, soul consuming panic- it was worse than when Elizabeth 3rd had gone missing
he calls Jaehee
“Deploy all my guards to comb the city for MC, look for any free ad space in big and noticeable places- if those are taken, offer a higher pay immediately- MC is missing, we need to find them right now, ask the design department to-”
a big sigh cuts him off
Jaehee can’t even understand what her boss is saying
his words are so fast and filled with panic they become a blur of sound
“MC is with me, Mr. Han. They seemed incredibly upset yesterday, and asked if they could stay. I… Have no business in asking you this sir, so I won’t, but if you and MC had a fight, it might be best to let them cool off for a while.”
those words feel somewhat like nails being laid on a coffin
he tries to communicate with MC to no avail- asking Jaehee to please relay a message to them is the only way to get anything to them, and even then, no reply comes
his work becomes a complete mess
his handwriting is incomprehensible, he shows up late to work, and his documents are full of errors
it’s so bad even Zen feels worried- which is a lot
the second the week ends, Jaehee knows this can’t go on and arranges for Jumin to meet MC at her place
even though he feels awkward and out of place in his employee’s house (and probably so does Jaehee), the chance to talk and see MC is a certain yes
he brings so many gifts as apologies- anything and everything he saw that reminded him of MC, from clothes to electronics- and it almost is too overwhelming for them
apologizing isn’t that hard when he is pouring out words without a filter- a consequence of being away from MC so much and finally seeing them again
Rated M for My Man, this is a phone sex AU what do you expect? ~ also on ao3
Emma wouldn’t say that she’s lonely. She’s actually the least lonely she’s ever been. She has close friends and even co-workers that she likes. She prefers being single—too many past hurts and the distinct lack of need for a significant other, especially one of the male variety, keeping her content.
But she has been a little… hard up, lately.
It’s not difficult for her to convince someone to take her to bed. It’s pretty damn easy actually; all it takes is something short and a come-hither smile. What is hard is finding someone that doesn’t repulse her and, even harder, finding the desire to go out in search of someone.
She’s been working hard lately—bills don’t pay themselves and all that. What started off as a desperate need to keep herself afloat became a steady job. So, while she’s stable enough to not need to work herself to death, she still feels the need to prove herself worthy and maintain her position. And the harder she works, the more responsibility her boss gives her, leading to her total exhaustion. The only free time she has she tends to spend watching Netflix or going out for the occasional drink with friends, not looking for someone to hook up with.
Can you give me some advices/tutorials on how to make gifs? I suck at it and hell, I've been trying to gif for two days and I still can't :(
Of course! Let me just say when you start off making gifs it can be very difficult and confusing (I know it was for me). So I’m going to try and give you lots of tips and things that I’ve learned so hopefully you can skip lots of the hard parts I had to learn on my own. Also don’t get discouraged if you feel like your gifs aren’t turning out amazing, you’ve just started and it’s taken me over the course of 3 years to start making ones I’m actually happy with, as always practice gives you experience! Anyways enough of my rambling lets get started.
So, I got asked by a few people how to color our gifs, and specially hard scenes, such as yellow scenes from Suicide Squad, they can be a pain to color, so here I’m gonna show how to do this kind of coloring:
Basically you’ll need
Knowledge on how to make gifs
Any version of Photoshop (mine is cs5)
Please note that this a very detailed tutorial so that everyone can do it, including screenshots, so everything is under the cut.
i’m opening commissions for the first time in 7+ years. yikes lol. this is to help fund me going to SDCC with my buds. since my wrist behaves better with pencil and paper, i’m only opening 1 digital slot [full colour or b/w
] this round. the rest will be traditional pencil art.
[i am not offering inked/colours at this time.]
more examples and prices under the cut, cos long post is long.
To start off, I know photoshop seems all over the place! I remember when I first started using it, I had absolutely no idea what the heck I was doing, so don’t feel bad if thats where you are at too! Also, you will get the hang of it! After using Photoshop for a little bit, things start to come naturally! THIS WILL BE A VERY LENGTHY TUTORIAL. PART ONE WILL BE WRITTEN TIPS, AND THE SECOND PART WILL JUST BE IMAGES GUIDING YOU THROUGH THE PROGRAM.
your art is always so lovely and the shading/highlighting/blending and colors are so great!!! do you have any tips for art if it's okay to ask? :D
=0 thank you so much!!! I do, this was a good time to ask since I’ve got a lot of energy tonight haha, I will make a coloring tutorial for how I usually do the neon coloring!!
I use paint tool sai which you can get for free here (link) It says it has transparency but it’s lying. When I want transparency I have to save as psd and then run it through photoshop (which is also available to download on the same link, actually.) Now I dont know how to be sure if those links are virus free but they havent destroyed MY laptop and it’s been a long time so? probably safe enough i think?
First off, the brushes I use:
I usually use smoothing 3 or 4 for sketches or writing, 13 or 14 for lineart, and anywhere from 3 to 6 for coloring! I sometimes change that up if I’m not getting my desired result though. I usually sketch in pink and line in black or blue which is why I used those colors for those brushes here.
I’m gonna start the tutorial off with just lineart since that’s not really what the tutorial is about and my whole sketch + lineart technique is “sketch something and put lines on top of it” combined with pulling stuff around using the free deform tool if it looks wrong until I get it like I want it. I always start with black lineart!
this is weird lookin sloppy lineart but that’s ok bc it’s just a teaching aid
so. COLORING STEP 1: flat colors. I use flood fill for this most of the time but you can also like, draw it in, same result either way. Just pick some you think look good tbh, when I’m doing the neons I use only full saturation colors. Obviously if you’re doing a different color palette you dont have to do that but this tutorial’s about the neons. Sometimes you have to change the colors a few times before finding ones you like, dont get discouraged! I put each color in a separate layer, sometimes I put bits of the same color in different layers as well if they’re on different parts of the drawing that need to be shaded differently. Also! For a couple things, like the teeth and collar, I blend a color, which I dont do yet in this step, so I just use a base color as a jumping off point.
^the eyes, mouth, and collar are each a separate layer, the skin is all one layer
STEP 2: toggle “preserve opacity” on in each layer, and block in shading! For the neons I use only full saturation colors. Really you can experiment and decide what you like best, you dont even have to use the same ones every time! I find that you can actually shade green with either red/oranges or blues, it has a different look depending on which you do. Usually I shade pinks and reds with purple or other pinks/reds, but you can experiment. For the teeth and collar, I blend a yellow into the pink to make a more like, light orange color, and then shade that with pink. I do all this with the “color and limited blending brush!” If something looks like it should be more smooth, I use the “default watercolor” brush to smooth it out. Generally for blending you want to not use much pressure, the more pressure the darker the color and sharper the lines will be. I’m duplicating the lineart, I’ll shade the green differently so you can see the difference. I’ll add highlights and details in a future step.
as you can see, these look a bit uneven in places. this is how they look with just the color brush. the left has the green shaded with reds, yellows, and oranges, while the right has it shaded with blues.
^ the same ones after being blended in places with the watercolor brush. generally you want to pick a watercolor brush color somewhat in between the colors you’re blending but if you do it lightly enough the color won’t really show up and it’ll just blend.
For details I just stick them on whichever layer they go on, like, freckles go right on the skin layer, eye shines go right on the eye layer, etc. I use the color brush for these, they generally dont need to be blended any further with the watercolor. The drawing on the left has an issue: the eye shine doesnt have enough contrast. When this happens I break the rules a bit and use a lighter pink (shifted towards white) in the middle of the eye shine. Other exceptions for the all neon rule include the whites of eyes that have them and other similar things that just wont ever look right in bright colors (I use very light colors for those).
See, that has better contrast and is worth breaking from the neons a bit for.
OPTIONAL FINAL STEP: sometimes I’ll change the lineart color, usually to the darkest fully saturated blue. You can use whatever color for the lineart that you want though tbh, that blue is just one I like bc I tend to use it as an equivalent to black a lot of the time when working in neons. Just turn on “preserve opacity” in your lineart layer and color over the whole thing.
I used red in the right drawing and blue in the left to show diversity but typically I’d use blue for the left one’s color palette as well tbh
Anyway I hope that is helpful!!! I feel like I might not be so great at explaining myself but hopefully this works haha
ok you know the smh has gotta have a lot of inside jokes but i bet this is even worse with those that live in the haus bc they’re constantly around each other so here are some haus inside jokes & memes with help from @abermb
ransom said “bilk mag” instead of milk bag once and they’ve all said bilk mag so often they actually say that first instead of milk bag
when ransom’s at home he’ll be like “i’m gonna go get a mag of- fuck, a bilk- fuckigngn fuck”
“please don’t fuck the geese”
asking jack to sign increasingly ridiculous things when some stranger asks him for his autograph (this is a canon thing from the twitter but i can’t find the link)
“when my mother breastfed me there was definitely some vodka in there”
“vodka. like mother’s milk, only better.”
“vodka: kid tested, mother approved.”
that time they discovered derek and eric rhyme and wouldn’t shut up about it
they still haven’t shut up about it
“lock your door or jack will steal your gold”
lardo, the tiny cave gremlin,
“why don’t you go ask the COCKROACHES”
cockroaches is always screamed at full volume, emphasis on the “cock”
bitty threatening to climb in the oven if anyone is mean to him
“bitty do your homework” “bye y’all time to go live in the oven”
(anything): happens (someone): “jack why don’t u take a picture of it”
holster settles down to watch one of his shows. someone is already on the couch. the tv is turned to a static channel. “oh, sorry holster,” they say, “guess you’ll have to wait till my show’s over.” they look at the tv and laugh as they eat popcorn. a tear slips down holster’s face.
constantly asking if anyone’s fed the cat. they don’t have a cat.
jack: “you don’t have a cat” shitty: “i can’t believe u let her die”
nursey’s mystical seducing guitar
making up bullshit southern sayings and then nudging bitty conspiratorially as if he knows what tf they’re talking about
“it’s hotter out here than a cocker spaniel rubbed in oil and stuck in a tree, right bitty?”
“that boy bakes more than a zebra in the middle of boston on a november afternoon”
bitty: “im climbing in the fuckgin oven”
coming up with a fake teammate and talking about him on social media like he’s a close friend
“borky, man, what a guy. that goal, tho!!!!”
“BORKY THE BORKSTER, THIS MAN RIGHT HERE. BEST GUY I KNOW.”
alexei mashkov is 20 puppies in a coat who have managed to infiltrate the sports world
they refer to tater as “them” and jack has no idea why; at first he thinks it’s a gender pronoun thing but then he realizes they’re using the plural they and is even more confused
texting bitty that they’re out of butter when 1. he’s already stressed and 2. the fridge is literally full of butter
drawing faces on all of the eggs and screaming bloody murder when bitty cracks them
dex does this the most
“NOOOOOOOOOO I DREW NURSEY’S FACE ON THAT ONE YOU KILLED NURSEY YOU FUCKING MURDERER YOU’LL PAY FOR THIS” “dex pls stop screaming and let me bake in peace”
guilting chowder about things he hasn’t done like he’s a dog
“you’ve fucking done it now chowder. jesus christ. what the fuck is wrong with you, man” “I’M SO SORRY I DON’T KNOW WHAT I DID BUT I’M REALLY SORRY” [bitty voice] “chowder honey you didn’t do anything” “and now bitty’s in on it. incredible. we can’t trust anyone”
“nursey’s father will hear about this”
several different memes about the size of holster’s head
“if the world is destroyed from global warming we can all just move to holster’s head it’s big enough for several million people”
always cutting shitty off no matter what he’s talking about with “stop mansplaining”
dex has a sound effects app on his phone and plays sounds that do not match the situation at all
[bitty drops a spoon] dex: [duck quack]
lardo: “i just bombed that test dudes” dex: [airhorn]
sharing pictures of frogs to social media and tagging whiskey and tango in them
[photoshopped jerseys onto 2 tiny frogs] “good game boys!!! our freshman really did it for us today!!”
So I’ve had a few questions in the past asking how I colour my pictures and I’ve FINALLY got my ass into gear to create this post showing how. I’m pretty sure those with better equipment and more experience with digital may well cringe at my technique, but I sadly have to make do with what I’ve got and, at the very least, it gets the job done.
The example I’m using for this is my Phantom of the Opera Batjokes pic which can be seen properly here
1. So the program I use is GIMP. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s free art software that works like a basic version of programs such as Photoshop and can be downloaded online to pretty much any computer.
Once shaded, the drawing is scanned and opened up in GIMP. Now for this picture there is a lot of black and it looks messy as Hell and once upon a time I would’ve coloured all the black in with pencil but, to be honest, its just easier to colour the black in digitally and it saves my poor little 4B pencils from having to work quite so hard.
2. I'm very particular with the order of how I draw my pictures and colouring is no different. The first thing I colour is always the skin and it’s literally a case of putting the opacity level down pretty low and then just colouring over the section. It’s basic but it works :D
If I want a picture to be particularly vibrant I’ll adjust the opacity but generally I stick with keeping it quite low so the detail of the shading underneath isn’t lost.
3. Then it’s on to the Batsuit, which is usually coloured a pretty blue, because it fits in with the comics pretty well and I just like the way it looks, really. Of course my main go to reference for the suit is from The Dark Knight because I just frikkin love that Batsuit! Although, for this picture I’ve made the nose of the cowl more pointy because I thought it would fit in with the period feel more.
4. Now for Joker, it’s actually kinda hard to see any colour on there, but if you look carefully between this pic and the previous one you’ll see a difference:
The reason I use the turquoise for his skin is because with everything else coloured in, his skin kinda looks dull and lifeless if left untouched. But the hint of colour gives it a nice almost metallic effect that I really like. Of course the opacity is extremely low, because anything more would leave him looking like a Smurf and I think even J would struggle to pull off that look!
5. Now it’s on to the hair and eyebrows for J. I don’t have a set green I use, it differs depending on the kind of J I’m using and pretty much how I feel at the time. I do often go more towards the bluish hint with the greens though, cos dat purdy.
With the hair it’s usually one layer of colour, before highlighting a few strands just to make them stand out more. I don't often make the eyebrows as vibrant as the hair because it’s a bit much for the face otherwise.
6. And now one of my favourite bits to do! J has messy make up in this pic (which I always enjoy!) and instead of the normal paintbrush tool I use for everything else, I go for the airbrush one, just to make the smudged lipstick more realistic and to keep the edges soft.
For his eyes, they’re green but I add yellow highlights to make the green seem more acidic, cos J’s eyes ain’t just any ol’ green!
7. And then it’s colouring in J’s suit and, yeah, he may be the Phantom, but he still likes purple! It’s exactly the same process as the rest, just slapping the colour over the top.
8. So, with all the colouring done, it’s time to adjust the contrast and shading. I use the burn tool for that and just generally go over the entire picture two or three times until I think it looks right.
9. And then I fill in all the black sections…
10. …before colouring in the background and then using the burn tool again just to go over any parts that I think need a little extra adjustment, mainly around the eyes and the hair, just picking up the shadows that need to be a little bit darker.
11. Aaaaaaand we finally get to this! The finished product!
I’m just gonna take a moment to squee over how happy I am with the mask! I was worried at first, but after shading it looks ok woohoo!
So I hope that was interesting and now you finally know all my arty secrets! (They’re absolutely not all that secret and pretty simple and basic but *shrugs*). If there is anything else you wanna know feel free to ask and as always thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support and kindness, it means the world to me. Y'all gorgeous!!!!
In this tutorial I’ll specifically show you my processes when I create a text post gif like the one below (from here)
but since I’ve been asked a few times now how I make gifs I figured I’d
make it fairly thorough so that you can use it to make regular gifs
please like/reblog this post if you find it useful ✌
kmplayer – to import frames
photoshop – for editing
(i use cs5)
video/clip – with the scene you want to gif
print screen – to grab the text post
Also important if you want your gifs to look really good is to use high quality videos, I prefer 720p or 1080p, without
subtitles. You can also sharpen gifs to make them look crisp, but I
haven’t included that step in this tutorial as it isn’t vital to making
text post gifs. Also, I’ll only briefly cover coloring this time.
This is an easy tutorial for beginner icon makers (extremely picture heavy, an image for every step with explicit steps!) A very similar tutorial which was what taught me how to do this (with slight tweaks you will find along the way) is HERE and all credit to the darling Cassie for creating this, honestly what a life changer! (this is just a really picture heavy version of it with some weird arrows for beginners!!)
Before we start this tutorial, things you will need to have:
A version of PS, I have PS6 but I think this should be similar to any version that has the timeline option
The screencaps you want to icon in one folder (I would rec putting this folder on your desktop for ease of access!) I would also recommend splitting your screencaps either by lighting (eg extremely dark and need to use a different psd) or by location in the caps (eg, right, left, centre etc)
A psd you want to use!
Knowledge of how to load an action into photoshop (I don’t actually go into it in this tutorial!)
A sharpening action which has been loaded into photoshop.
I’ll be using THIS action which is not mine but works spectacularly; Action 2 from this pack in particular
The end result is something like this with minimum amount of effort but the large amount of icons you need for roleplaying your favourite fc’s! Please LIKE/REBLOG if this was helpful :)
A/N: Hey guys, sorry I didn’t post all day even though I said I would, I was social for once. Anyway here she is! As always anything in italics is usually the inner thoughts of a character. Hope you enjoy this one! I was super excited to write this and I’m pretty happy with the outcome!
Hi Kuro! I have a question about art, if you don't mind? When you paint something (like for example the picture of Fael and Dorian as desire demons, or the reunion after the final battle, or also the replies to some asks), do you work with lineart? Like, do you sketch your idea with lines first and then paint over it or do you go right into painting? I love your style and I want to improve my own, but I'm not sure where to start ;_;
Hi! So, I most of the times always do the lines first. They can be more or less defined and more or less detailed, but I personally need a base to work on to. Some people can do without and they’re like, magicians to me. Anyway, my process in detail is:
Linearts/sketch on multiply
Underneath the lineart, block Base colors + color adjustements + eventual shadows on overlay/multiply if there are very peculiar ones.
Play with the hue/saturation of the linearts to get nice color effects! I usually go for a purple/pinkish tone but it’s up to you
eventually more color adjustements
FLATTEN EVERYTHING (make a copy of the levels you’re flattening just in case, and keep the background separated possibly). when flattened, the lineart color will change probably. Some parts will look more saturated. It’s ok, play with that to get some nice colors.
Paint over! Color pick away! I usually work on the same layer, so I can use the smudge tools in places (I use me-za-me-ro’s) This is the longest part of the process. You can decide to leave it more or less sketchy, or paint everything to get a nice smooth feeling, it’s really up to your taste and how much time you want to spend on a painting. As for the blending tecnique, I personally, I use hard, square-ish brushes, 100% opacity, no pen pressure active on their size but but with the opacity one active, and blend them together using the color picker and light-pressure strokes.
And then go nuts with overlay layers, more adjustements, cool lights, and everything cool photoshop has to offer!
A small tip is also to set the color picker mode to “Current level and underneath” (I think this is the english setting, I have the italian version of the programm sorry), that way you can use adjustements layer without messing up the color picking (remember to keep them over the painting level though.
And another thing: it’s not easy. You need time to get the feeling of the process, find what kind of brush or style works best for you, find a way to blend colors that you find comfortable. It’ll need a lot of trying and failing, and you might feel like you’re not accomplishing anything, but it’s ok! You are! Every mistake is a step towards the right direction. Use references from photos or other artworks you like to try and get the feeling of the color, paint things that you love so you won’t get bored and most importantly don’t give up! :D
i love love love love love your icons!? have you made (or will you make) an icon tutorial? mine never turn out as good as urs
thank you so so so so so so much!!!!!!! it’s been asked so many times that i’m just gonna do it right now lol. i admit i checked other icon tutorials to have an idea of how to start this. do i really need to type what you’ll need? anyway. english isn’t my first language btw so if you don’t understand something feel free to come ask me. even if it’s a stupid question, those are the easiest for me k? wink
I'm too shy to come out of anonymous... but how did you start your studyblr?? It looks so professional!
hey anon! dw, jo here has got your back! B ) (& don’t be shy, anon! feel free message me or de-anon and tell me to answer privately if you have any questions or just want to talk!)
onto your question, personally, I kind of tripped into the studyblr community one day and simply put, fell in love. So I decided to start my own studyblr as means to motivate myself, but only started working on it about three weeks ish ago? anddd the rest, they say, is history.
WARNING: A LONG POST BC JO TENDS TO GO OVERBOARD (and i probably forgot something even tho there’s this huge post but whatever oops)
but hey! i’m sure my blabbering wasn’t quite what you’re looking for, so here’s what I’d recommend if you’re looking to start or spice up your studyblr!!
find a nice theme: I find that if you can find nice, clean, simplistic (but cute and aesthetically pleasing) themes, you’re well onto your way to becoming a v nice studyblr. but still, you don’t need a theme to be a good studyblr! here are a few blogs that make really nice themes you can look at!
shythemes - is where I got my theme. Shythemes has very simplistic, clean type themes that I really like. These themes look crisp and neat and a sort of minimalist feel.
ciralismthemes - has a cute, magazine/website layout (??) type theme. Cute and clean type of theme, ciralismthemes almost seems to build a little personalized "theme” within a blog. lots of choices, each theme different and unique.
micaelis - has cute, tidy themes. ‘Mediocre’ is the theme that some studyblrs seem to favor, is compact and has lots of options and things, has other themes anime-related.
zenthemes - zenthemes has clean, neat, minimalist themes. loads of options, all free. take a look around and choose as you like!
tumblr’s themes - tumblr has loads of free themes all ready to go, you can pick and choose whichever theme you think you like!
customized backgrounds/icons: let me say this first. you do not need to have all these “pretty, cute, aesthetic, personalized items” to be a great and amazing studyblr. you don’t. but I do suppose that it makes your blog look better strictly-aesthetic wise? I’m not saying you need perfect themes and great everythings to be a good studyblr, but this is something that people seem to like, if you get what I mean. but here are a few things you can do
on your desktop - you can do a few things with your desktop theme and stuff
find nice background wallpaper - choose a wallpaper! i don’t recommend complicated backgrounds or pictures as your wallpaper, because it can make your blog look messy and hard to look at. instead, choose pastel colors or solid colors with a simple pattern (like with gridded lines or dashed lines, maybe). you can also put random things on your wallpaper to customize it. I put a border with my url on it, but you can do a lot more, like add pictures of people, flower petals, stars, anything! to do that, you can use photoshop (software) or picmonkey, etc. (online photo editors) to edit. the usual size for wallpaper is 1920 x 1080 btw!
don’t clutter - make sure your blog doesn’t look to cluttered, i guess? remember KISS (keep it simple, stupid).
on mobile - just like desktop view, you can pretty up your mobile look
make a header - you can either make your own personalized header (like I did for my mobile theme) that fits with your desktop (or doesn’t) or you can put nice, pretty pictures as your header.
make an icon - icons are like, super important. to me, at least. so try and make or find a good icon!
letter/url icon - you can make an icon by putting the initials of your url or your entire url into the icon and setting a (most often pastel) solid color as the bg. it’s pretty popular and what my icon is. you can also add things that represent your url to the icon.
photo icon - set a nice photo as your icon. i don’t think there’s much to say about this type of icon.
selfieeeee - you can set yourself as your icon! only if you want to though (though i’m 100% you’re super handsome/pretty, i know it ;) )
URL making - you can make up anything for your url!
i’d recommend you add something related to studying or academics so that people know that you’re a studyblr, but you don’t have to!
most often, people find good urls by either doing
favorite object/thing/color/anything + study/studies or
studywith + name
name + studies/studying
Original Content - make original posts! here’s the thing, i’ll be honest with you. if you have good lighting, nice notes, nice filters, etc., your stuff is more likely to get noticed. but they don’t have to be. the only step is that you post stuff! don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a lot of notes because you aren’t defined by notes. just post photos (if you need motivation, try doing the 100 days of productivity challenge), make your own masterposts, write about things, make a advice/tip list, etc. do anything!
Signal Boost - related to original content! when you make your own posts or whatever, you can tag people! put their urls or whatever tag they track in your tags because then studyblrs will see your posts! the studyblr community is a great and friendly place, we won’t ignore you or your posts (promise) unless we don’t see it on accident! people do it, and if you don’t feel comfortable tagging studyblrs you look up to or just studyblrs in general, tag me! i’ll def reblog and boost your stuff, so feel free to tag me (and it’s ok to tag other studyblrs in your posts, honestly!) and if you have any mutuals, tag them too!
Intro Post - oh gosh, the intro post is like, the most important thing ever. you should make an introduction post, introducing yourself to the community! in general, the formula for an intro post is your name, age, what you’re interested in, etc. etc. and tagging studyblrs that have inspired you or helped you make a studyblr. It took me a month to get around to this, but ohhh boy, can I tell you what a difference it made. It’s important to show yourself to the community, so do this!!
Get Talking & Be Nice - not like you aren’t nice, but be friendly and outgoing and nice and kind to people in general and you’re gonna get far in both the studyblr community and in real life. and you should talk to people! reach out! find new studyblrs or talk to studyblrs that you look up to, etc and message them / send them an ask (like you did me!) this gets you far, youngun, trust me <3
Communities - also, you can join communities and other study groups to get connected.
Reblog - reblog posts and stuff that you like and you’ll get nice content filling up your blog in no time. also, the queue is your best friend if you’re pressed for time.
Extra things - extra things idk where to put
nice things - you can buy nice things to treat yourself. buy stationery, paper, just nice things to treat yoself. they look really nice btw and yes just do it.
brands- that are really nice include pilot, uniball, sharpie, copic markers, etc
apps/extensions - apps and stuff people use
Focus Now/Forest - keeps you on focus by having you put your phone away. you either kill or grow a tree for a certain time you don’t use your phone. (extension for chrome: Forest)
Leoh - chrome extension that opens on a new tab. includes to do list, time, goal for the day, news, weather, etc.
Momentum - the typical studyblr extension, gives time and sets goal for the day
Lanes.io - alternative to Momentum, gives time, has a built-in pomodoro timer, and a lot of lists and stuff to keep track of things.
Flashcards+ - helps you study by opening a new tab and having you do flashcards.
OneTab - a super lifesaver. Onetab collects all the tabs you might’ve had open and saves it so you can go right back to here you were last time if you need to close your laptop, etc.
Pomodoro Timer - sets a 25 min timer to have you do things and keep you on track, etc.
Bullet Journal - keep a bullet journal! A bullet journal is a sort of to do list, note, journal, and everything else mashed into one. Lots of studyblrs and other people use bujos. You can search reach the official bullet journal website or look on tumblr to see more about bujos.
I don’t know what else, but if you have any more questions or if I didn’t answer your question properly, contact me again, anon! (If you were referring to my wallpaper and icon looking professional, I made them myself and you should contact me if you’re looking for stuff like that!)
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