i have such a weird range of interests

anonymous asked:

Hello!! This may be a weird question but I too am heavily interested in birds but unlike you, I cannot draw them as well. :,^( If it's not too much work (if it is just ignore this, i don't mind), do you know of any good references or sources to learn more about birds from facts to anatomy? I know this is a pretty wide range so again, I totally understand if you can't! I just thought it was worth an ask. Thank you so much!!

i don’t really have any specific reference places but here’s some things i do. 

 drawing birds is arguably one of the hardest animals because of their feathers. unlike fat and fur that folds to the body in a way that’s usually readable to whats underneath, feathers sort of create a ‘bubble’ around the body which makes a lot of body parts indistinguishable to where one ends and another begins. so its important to always think in terms of skeletal anatomy:

birds are dinosaurs and therefore reptiles. looking at birds this way, it’s a lot easier to see their evolution.

with that in mind, say we wanna draw this dude. owls are pretty tough because their outward appearances are so deceiving.

we’ve got a neutral pose, feathers are generously surrounding most of the body so its no sweat, we don’t really know whats going on. but we can hide it. but now we want to make him move and look cool. without really knowing whats going on we might get stuck on something like this:

its always kind of stiff and frustratingly unrealistic. mostly this is because we just don’t have enough knowledge of the skeletal structure to work with. eyeballing anatomy on our first drawing might get something like the left, more than anything people aren’t generous enough with leginess of birds:

 owls do indeed have regular proportioned necks with the rest of their bodies. and their skulls are like that of any other stereotypical raptor under their mask of feathers (minus their freaky eye sockets and ears)) they can open their mouths wide just like a hawk or eagle can. it’s important to remember that birds with large wingspans do not magically lose their length when hidden. they are just conveniently folded in against their bodies.

knowing this we can try again. suddenly things seem to click in place more and have a believable-ness to them.

the rule of thumb for most birds is they have less body mass and more leg/neck than one thinks. they are lanky dinosaurs.

when we are looking at this:

we are seeing this:

with that rule, drawing birds becomes a lot less confusing. with practice you might just eyeball their feathered appearances but if not, going back to skeletal/muscle structure gives the base you need to draw convincing birds.

when it comes to specific body parts, the most challenging part for me personally have always been feet. birds with super twiggy feet are easier because one line per toe is easy to get away with. but when you get to birds with meatier feet, especially raptors, it gets difficult. my way of getting around this is to think of the actual ‘feet’ last. drawing each separate toe first gets confusing because you just find yourself trying to get them to each fit evenly together at the base of the foot. one always seems kind of skinnier or fatter than the others in my experiences, and by the time you correct it the gesture gets muddled and lost.

so i just skip that part until later, i draw talon first.

perhaps this is very unorthodox, but just like artists might square in the hands first on a human before working out the arms, i square in the talons to know where i want them before worrying how they go on exactly.

that way we have a clear gesture captured, and in my experience it is much more readable.

thats’ really all i can think of now in terms of my techniques, i hope this helps :V

thelonewandererfromvault64  asked:

Hey, so I have a fantasy world where humans are sharing the planet with various mythological species (faeries, sirens, mermaids etc) which sometimes results in mixed species humans. Any suggestions for cool/gruesome mutations for such offspring that aren't just "humans with wings," and such?

There are two ways that I can think of to do this: with Magic™ or by altering the way that genetics work on your world.

As it is, creatures that are different from each other by enough cannot produce viable offspring, and the range of difference they can have is… not high. 

So, if magic is involved in the baby-making process, things can be thrown together in weird and interesting ways. A mer-human could come out with gills and a fin or two but perfectly formed human legs, and the magic could neatly compartmentalize those things. 

However, genetics are messier, even if the rules are changed. So, say you have a mer-human who doesn’t have properly formed legs, but they don’t have a proper tail either… they would likely be better at swimming than walking, but would likely be considered disabled by both societies. 

Honestly, I would look at the characteristics of the two races you want to combine and think about what a “halfway between” form would look like, and go from there. Say someone is half human and half… gryphon? What if their legs are just awkwardly sized and shaped enough that they can’t comfortably walk on two legs OR on four for long periods of time? What if their wings are stunted, don’t exist, or they have full wings but don’t have the musculature to fly with them? A face that’s kinda human, but kinda long and beaky… and their lips are more rigid than a human’s, so they have a harder time speaking than most humans?

Honestly, there probably aren’t very many combinations of species that would be beneficial for the offspring, especially if the parents are very physiologically different. This would ESPECIALLY be true if the parents have different structures; wings one one and not the other, one is bipedal and the other quadrupedal, and especially if one lacks limbs or they’re formed very differently, like a mer-human.

I hope this helped; let us know if you have any more questions! 


Degrassi Census Thoughts: Data

I am SO glad I spotted @paigesalex ‘s census in time to participate! Thanks for conducting it! Results were released and here are my thoughts!! Check out the breakdown on paigesalex’s page! 

I’m 28, one of the “elders” of the degrassi tumblr community, since only 4% are my age range, omg! haha. But I don’t think I’m too old for degrassi. I’m seriously still learning a lot about life from the show. And just plain entertained. 

UM, and seriously, NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE have watched DJH and DH. It takes patience, y’all. Power through. And almost 100% have watched DNC! Incredible! 

Like Paigesalex said, it’s pretty awesome that the newest relationship is the most popular (Rasha and Zoe)! And I’m glad people are still about Miles and Tristan. At first I thought it was weird, but somehow it works. 

I thought it was interesting that so many people were anti Tristan & Vijay. I am too, because it seemed like Tristan was robbing the cradle or something. I was just surprised I had a popular opinion for once. 

I totally get why Baaz is the least favorite character. I mean, he’s got no dimension so far and the only thing that really stands out to me is when he is really insulting to Grace, I think in DNCS2. OH, and he has the largest you-know-what.

Why do people hate Vijay so much? Did he do something that I forgot about? 

And Frankie too?! I think she’s fine! 

DNC Season 3 won by a LANDSLIDE lol, I completely agree, it was so much better.


Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely afternoon. As some of you may know today is National Schizophrenia & Psychosis Awareness Day. My name is Alex and I’m 20, I’ve shown Psychosis symptoms since I was a kid but had only started struggling due to it as of a few years ago. Though it does cause some weird things to go on with my head, I am still a functioning adult who enjoys a rang of interests such as the Yogscast, Harry Potter and WoW. I’m a horror lover with a passion for any game with a good story and a few jump scares, and believe it or not finds the thrill to be the best part, though sadly due to my Psychosis, I’ve needed to take a big step back from anything close to being called scary. It was hard for me at first but after enough bad experiences I’ve taught myself to stay away. Though I can be held back or experience things that aren’t exactly classified as normal by the typical person, I’m still just another nerd capable of living a somewhat normal life despite what others tell me. I’m a strong individual who works hard and will continue to do so, I know things will get easier and I’ll never stop fighting! I’ve decided to stop letting it hold me back and be who I want to be, I refuse to be ashamed of this anymore. My name is Alex and I suffer from Psychosis.