i have the colored version but i like just the sketch version better

1. About this Journal Page: I usually add this on the first page, it’s sort of like the alpha because it explains the things that i plan to do w/ my journal. I add “Dear reader,… Love, Me” and script my name + heaps of doodles.

2. Birthday Special and Etc. Bonanza: This page is a list of people’s birthday and other special occasions where either list it down or make huge tables similar to a legit calendar. Doodles make this 10x better.

3. Favorites of the Month: I love doing this because it feels like I can actually reminisce the things that i love about the month. I do this in sketches and paint it with watercolors because watercolor makes everything 100x better.

4. Things I love about the season: Frankly speaking, we only have 2 “seasons” in my country so that’s practically just rainy and dry. And since I am desperately in love with summer, I dedicated a list of things I love about it.

5. The Huge Movie list: This movie list is meant to be a sort-of “reacts” and “ratings” kind of thing because i always love rating the movies that I’ve binge watched.

6. The Moody Playlist: I shuffle my tunes and seek for beautiful tracks and turn them into themed playlist. I think this is perfect if you have a spotify account because you can later on make a legit playlist.

7. Tick it off: This is quite typical tbh: the to-do-list page. The page which makes your journal a bona fide journal. I often times write down my to-do-list with boxes so that i can just tick off when i’m done.

8. Bucket list Version 2.0: Also a classic, you can add a little twist to your bucket list by turning them into sketches instead of the old, lame bullet-ed list sort of thing. Bonus: you can add how old, how you want to look, etc.

9. Thoughts in a Bullet: I do this to write down with ease the bothersome thoughts. I just write it down either in phrases or sentences. Thoughts in a bullet is perfect for calming down and easing the anxiety.

10. The Sunday’s best: Sunday’s best is actually the page i dedicate for when I’m chilling. I practically just let my thoughts wander and write it down in a page. I either make a playlist for sunday, how i want my sunday to be, quick sketches of my bedroom, and tv series i binge-watched that day. Sunday’s best is practically just a chill page and you’re free to do whatever you want to do with it.

11. This Week’s Bake, Blend, Stir and Fry: I honestly just call it that way because it sounds cooler but the gist is that page is meant to be your Recipe of the week sort of thing. If you’re a person with a heart for cooking, then this page is for you.

12. The Featured Pet: I love making this  page because I can actually add my pets in my journal!! I’ll sketch them and describe them and just list down the reasons why I love them. Some of the stuff i write are: name, age of description, color, animal, breed, favorite food, behavior, personality, when it barks, etc!!!

13. Quick Urban Sketches: This journal page idea is something to do when you’re feeling the sun and you want to go outside and bathe yourself with it. You practically just sketch heaps of beautiful buildings, strangers, shrines, etc and paint it using a watercolor (i do it this way, you can do it in your own way too). And then describe it in a short phrase, sentence, or maybe even a paragraph. This is perfect if you’re an outdoor person who loves the sun ~

14. This Week’s Highlights: This is quite similar to favorites of the month however it’s for the week plus it’s not only your favorites. I actually like doing the highlight page because i want to remember all the things that happened to me for the whole time i was having this journal.

15. Dear Elle,: Elle does not exist. I don’t even know anybody with the name Elle. I just dedicate a page for her because I feel like I’m talking to a friend. No, she’s not an imaginary friend. I think the things I write in my dear elle page is mostly directed to me. In dear elle, i write down with all my heart the things that I'am afraid of, my flaws, insecurities, anxiety and I usually just sum it up with a nice positive reminder.

16. The Botanical Garden Dream: Actually this is just a page dedicated for my favorite flowers that I’d love to have and plant in my garden one day. I usually just make this in a garden-looking way so there’s not much words but sketches and doodles. And then i color it using my colored pencils because it’s easier to work with pencils for botanical tbh.

17. 100 Resons to be Happy About: I made this on my first journal (that’s when I was 11) and every time i read it, i still can’t help but smile. This page is a major help for struggling people out there. Honestly, it’s just a page filled with heaps of things i love and i write them down in different sizes, orientation and fonts so that it looks sort of like a mess but not really.

18. *insert TV Series*’s Lessons: I did this on Modern Family and I swear to god this is like the most favorite thing I do about the lesson sort-of thing because I just !! I often times divide it in characters like: Here’s for Haley, Alex, Luke, Phil, etc. And I’ll apply them to myself and it helps out trust me!!

19. 17 Things I’ve Learned Before Turning 17: This is perfect because I can actually look back and see how much I’ve grown. You can do it too but you can use your age instead like if you’re 12 it can be 12 things I’ve learned before turning 12. Something like that.

20. The Dreamy Backpack Adventures: The Dreamy Backpack Adventures is actually just the list of places that I want to visit before I die!! I often times get my inspo from tumblr and do a mini research and write it down on that page too.
21. 10 Things That Make Me Happy: This is quite similar to 100 reasons to be happy about but this time it’s more of a me. I just write this down when I’m totally feeling myself and stuff like that. I got the inspo from the anonymous chain message going on in tumblr so yep.

22. The Ultimate Road Trip Guide: I make this page because I’m one heck of a huge fan of road trips! I often times just make a playlist, write a to-bring-list, make my outfit ideas, and food list kind of thing that i shall do for the whole trip. I also sketch my pillows hehe!

23. Other Versions of Sunshine: I actually made something like this and posted it here, can you remember? It’s just a bunch of lovely little things that remind you of sunshine. I write this down when it’s a sunny saturday and it’s the golden hour (4-5pm).

24. Little Things to be Happy About: I also made this and posted it in here. It’s quite similar to Other Versions of Sunshine but this time, it’s more like a little bit of less descriptive. I suggest making this before doing the Other Versions of Sunshine. This will honestly pump you up a bit.

25. Reminders to Myself: These are cute little positive things that i write down so that i can sort of just read it when I’m having a sad day. I add cute little doodles around too. To make this 10x cuter, i add little animal or cupcake or plant doddle with this bubble reminders and stuff. You can also scan this and post them in tumblr.

26. Sketches: I don’t really think I need to explain this. These are just cute sketches of everything: your house, neighbor’s house, your friends, strangers, etc.

27. The Pressed Flowers & Leaves Page: I’m pretty sure your journal will be a thousand times better if you press some flowers on another book and tape it using washi on your journal. You can dedicate a whole page with captions (what’s the plant, where is it from, when it was picked and pressed, initial color, etc) for your pressed flowers. Perfect for future gift ideas.

28. The Ultimate Picnic Guide: The Ultimate Picnic Guide is also quite similar to The Ultimate Road Trip Guide. I sketch my little cute picnic idea and add colors (using watercolor, still) and then i label it and point it out. Like, the sort of food I will eat, the colors of the blanket, the books I will read, the outfit that i plan to wear, the basket i will bring and stuff. It’s honestly better to sketch it than just write it down. But you can always just do it your way.

29. Paint and Palette Test: I think most artists use a separate sheet of paper for this but honestly the palette test is one of my most favorite thing about painting and making art. I keep it in my journal and test the colors that might match. This is really perfect for future art references and also nice if you’re having an art block + don’t know the heck what you should do. This palette test page could help.

30. A Love Letter: A love letter is sort-of a self-project i made because i love to write letters to people. I will make letters for my friend, my crush, my mom, my dad, and other relatives when i feel the urge to do so. I usually never give them out because well, that’s the sole purpose of writing it- never giving it out. So yeah, a love letter is perfect for when you just want to pour out your feelings over someone and you don’t want them to figure it out. EVER.

31. What I Want To Be: This one is just a goals of the day sort of thing. You can also do it in a goals of the week or month. :-)

32. Things I Love About *your favorite artist*: This can either be a singer, painter, dancer, etc. I honestly just do this to express my love for my faves.

33. The Skin Care Guide: Every time I purchase new things to spice up the softness of my face, I’ll sketch the cute little bottles and facial stuff that i purchase and describe it and write my reviews.

34. The All-time Page (fave books, music, etc): This is a little classic. I basically just write down my all-time favorite books, art, painters, movies, and more.

35. The Book Trip: You can google up some nice book recommendations or from good reads and then you write it down. You could also try to write your expectations and stuff.

36. The Movie Binge: This is quite similar to the Book Trip but this time I write down cute movie recommendations for future binge-watching. Yay!

37. Dear Future/Past Me: I’m not sure if this is classic but I actually like doing this. I wrote a letter for myself 5 years ago and I opened it today and just wow, I was so surprised with how much I’ve grown. So if you practically like those things, you can add this to spice up your journal.

38. Dreamy Date: Practically just a list of things/quality that i want my future significant other to be. Or how my dream date will go. Or just practically the “date a person who..” kind of thing. 

39. To Be Or Not To Be: It’s just a cute list of all the inspirational quotes i gather from everywhere. At times, I’ll sketch the figure/portrait of the person who said it and add a little thought bubble with the quote.

40. The Grocery List: Honestly, I just make a grocery list kind of thing because i love drawing goodies and food!! It’s more of a favorite page kind of thing but this time it’s filled with canned foods. You can also do this in bullet form.

41. The Fashionette 101: In other words: outfit page. This is where I sketch my #ootd or just the outfit inspos i get from tumblr. As you all know, i have a tag #ootd_insp. I sometimes sketch nice outfit ideas from there. 

42. Cut It Out: The Cut it out is page is practically dedicated for magazine cut-outs. I have a lot of old magazines and art books that I’ve finished reading so instead of throwing them, I’ll just cut ‘em and paste on my journal.

43. Little Flaws I love About Me: This is also inspired by the chain anonymous message about loving yourself. You just practically just list down the cute little things you like about yourself.

44. List of Pets and Plants + Name Ideas: This is sort of like a keeping track page for all my pets and plants. I will also sketch and draw them when I feel like it. This is perfect with watercolor, jsyk. :-)

45. The Space Page: The Space Page is one of my most recent page where i just draw a lot of space stuff and all the planets and add cute little facts about it. I sometimes add glitters instead of painting them because planets are fab as heck.

46. Mini-Comic and The Everyday Adventures: Literally just a little comic strip about your everyday encounters. I made a similar one entitled “The Homey Adventures” and you can find it somewhere in my blog. You can divide it in four squares or depends on your own liking.

47. The Brunette and Grainy Pictures: If you have a lot of vintage, european-ish sort of stickers and cute little goodies, you can make a vintage page for that. You can fill it out with nice doodles of buses and pins and stamps, too.

48. Doodle page: This is entirely different from the sketch page because doodle page is a lot more chill and adorable. You can fill up a whole page or just half of it or maybe a quarter and add other sections if you want.

49. Poems: Yep, quite obvious, guys.

50. The “Why I love” Section: Some Why I love suggestions: tea, coffee, ice cream, your dog, color, food, etc. You can add a lot of details and images because the more detailed the better honestly.

anonymous asked:

Hey, I have zero experience in drawing or any kind of manual art like that. But I've decided I want to try and learn even just the basics, but the resources online are sketchy and I have no knowledge to be able to decipher what's good and what's not. I really love your art, I know you probably get this a lot but where do you think I should start?

ALRIGHT alright alright I’m going to make this some sort of ”beginner artist” masterpost and include as many resources as I possibly can. I am going to assume you want to focus on the ”drawing” aspects of art since it can take many forms. Here are some pointers and resources I consider vital when learning how to draw, things I’ve learned from multiple art oriented courses. This is going to be a very quick and general thing and I’ll make some serious and properly drawn tutorials in the future (the drawings in this one are going to be embarrassing, try to only take the general idea from them) but to start off:

  • Before you jump into drawing in any particular style, learn your realism.

This is probably mistake #1 in many young art enthusiasts: they go straight into wanting to draw either anime, or a particular cartoon’s style because a stylized form of art is much more appealing to them than realistic things. Which is valid, but I’ll have you know in order to get any of those styles right, you have to learn the basics AND ONLY THEN proceed to use that knowledge to ”deform” said realism into any style you want. Be it learning from life drawing and observing, pictures online of real people or animals. When you look at a big household name in the artist world’s work, as flashy as their stuff might be, a trained eye is able to tell immediately if the person has proper anatomical knowledge or not, no matter how much they try to mask it with ”this is just my style.” Let me show you an example: 

(excuse the 5 minute sketches pls, note these are actually highly inaccurate (the knees should be placed lower on the second drawing and calves shouldn’t be as big as the thighs) but I wanted to demonstrate ”realistic proportions” in contrast to more of a stylized drawing in a really quick way, a google search for “human anatomy” will bring up much more accurate visual representations of all this so I highly recommend doing that)

But basically in order to play around with anatomy you first need to learn realistic proportions (you don’t need to absolutely master them or anything, but you need to know things like the distance between the forehead, eyes + nose and chin correlate, places where fat stores in comparison to where muscle stores, the size of the forearm until in reaches the wrist/arm are practically the same, arms + hands reach below the hipbone and halfway to the the upper thigh) and only then proceed to bend those rules to create your own stylized version of things, which means you get to play around with a lot of shapes like so: 


For the love of all that is holy make use of guidelines, whether with a light colored blue or red pencil if you’re drawing by hand or a sketch layer in Photoshop/SAI etc. They will help out so much when it comes to knowing where you should place each feature. Many people attempt to draw directly without them and while after a lot of practice it might work, to start off you really need to understand basic figure building.

(I’m literally drawing all these one drawing a minute excuse the shittiness I’m just trying to get the point across ahah gOD THESE ARE PISSPOOR)

  • Carry a little sketchbook with you if you can and draw strangers while riding the train, bus, etc. Just draw whatever you see.

It’s not only entertaining when you might be bored out of your mind but extremely productive to draw people, animals, scenery, anything you can see that you might want to sketch out for practice, you can. No better way to learn than real life. 

  • Take time to draw. And draw. And draw.

You will not learn or improve overnight, bettering yourself when it comes to art is an endless and ongoing lifelong process. But it won’t be due to osmosis, you gotta sit your ass down and draw as frequently as you can afford to (although excesses can be bad for you, learn to also take breaks and find comfortable positions because drawing CAN REALLY MESS UP YOUR BACK like badly and you don’t wanna end up hunched over because of it or with tendonitis) But believe me: practice makes perfect and if you learn to observe and understand why you’re drawing what you’re drawing, why are you placing that line where you’re placing it and start thinking in 3D, you will surely improve.

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Last but not least, some artists that inspire me beyond words and that might also inspire you.

I hope this helps!

The Trucker

As promised, here’s post #1 of some behind the scenes stuff.  So here’s the first original character to pop up that wasn’t alluded to before the video.  Many guesses were had to what his name might be, but no one quite hit the mark.  His name?


(Original sketch on the Right, Refined version on the Left.)

The funniest part is that the little egg/chicken fella under the hat that you’ve all seen was a complete and total misunderstanding.

My concept art had that picture of the egg-chicken on the top left with the arrow pointing at the hat.  I meant for that to be the logo on Rooster’s trucker hat which I wasn’t entirely sure about keeping.  I handed the sketch over to Isaiah to start animating the scenes he was in.  When we got the shots back from him, we saw the shot where Rooster gets scared to the point of his hat flying off, upon which you can see the little egg fella under it, bugging out like Rooster is.  I was like, “..wait no, that wasn’t an actual chicken, that was just his hat logo.”

Everyone just sort of looked at each other and I was like “…screw it, I like it better like this, let’s roll with it.”

To be fair, it would have made more sense to just.. you know.. draw the logo on the hat.  But hey, new animal buddy!

I think we’re rolling with the name Lil’ Sunny for the guy.  He keeps Rooster from falling asleep during the long, boring drives.

(Animatic Sketches)

(Test colors before arriving at the final version you see in the video)

(Rooster’s Truck)

The idea was that Rooster drives a truck filled with breakfast goods (like eggs, sandwiches, pancakes, hash browns, the such).  Hence the egg/chicken logo and general color scheme of being like a nice warm morning.

There’s something…. strangely familiar with that color scheme though….

I can’t quite put my finger on it… it seems…. nah its probably nothing.

(Backgrounds involving Rooster)

In this bottom Background, you can make out what should be the town everyone lives in.

I think I’m going with the name,

Tempo, Texas

And that’s all there is about to say about this for now.

Next up, puppies.

anonymous asked:

O.O I saw the pencil sketch of your dragon OC on the other Blog but how did you line art and color it on Paint?!! with a TRACKPAD? ._. And how did you erase the sketch? I'm sorry I'm a n00b but could you do a tut in your spare time for us people without fancy technology? PS: I bow before your skills TT^TT

OKAY INSIDE IS A PRETTY IN-DEPTH TUTORIAL, i didn’t leave out any steps or tricks i use. possibly the most useful ones are terminating the sketch, and how to use the eraser tool to color-swap which makes the following processes a lot easier:

  • putting markings on a color while without worrying about getting out of the lines

  • putting down some shading

  • coloring lineart

  • marking behind a drawing

(if you didn’t know about that, i recommend checking it out in step 4)

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Holiday, Chapter 14

Author: @appleblossomgirl0305

Rating: M

Trigger warnings: I don’t think so? Airplane flight?

Summary: Peeta and Katniss fly home from Hawaii and experience their first relationship turbulence on home soil. (Sorry for the flight pun, I’m tired.)

A/N: Great prompt, @d12drabbles ladies! Thanks again for all of your hard work. And speaking of hard work, @xerxia31’s excellent beta-ing this week kept Peeta from walking around work with his schlong hanging out. We both thank you for keeping us from embarrassing ourselves. *blows kisses*

When we got to Finnick’s car to make our way to the airport, we found Johanna lounging across the backseat. “Took you long enough,” she mumbled, but barely scooted over when Katniss slid into the seat so they were snuggled up against each other. Katniss elbowed Johanna in the ribs and Johanna yanked her braid before they looked at each other and broke into manic grins. As I settled in on Johanna’s other side, she slung an arm around me and I was relieved to find that I wasn’t the slightest bit distressed to have been separated from Katniss. In fact, this time, having Johanna between us felt like an acknowledgement that Katniss and I were a couple and equally important to our mutual friend.

I took a moment to appreciate the fact that we had made mutual friends! If she missed Annie’s otherworldly calm, I would be the only one who could really commiserate. Prim wouldn’t know how quickly Johanna could get Katniss’ goat. Gale wouldn’t know how frickin’ loud and infectious Finnick’s laugh was. The thrill that we shared something so basic, yet extravagant as mutual friends made me shiver.

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“The Rescue: V1″ – It’s occurred to me that most folks probably don’t want to read my rambling notes on things, and my gf has suggested that I’m too quick to pull back the curtain on the magic tricks, but I like the notes for my sake, so I’m going to try putting them behind the cut. Read or don’t, viewer’s choice. Meanwhile, I’ll be posting a second version of this in a few minutes.

Please don’t repost, remove my sig, trace, use for avatars, post on Instagram or otherwise act like an ass with no respect for others.

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  Welcome back, to a new subject on my tutorials. Today is going to be about PAPER.

  As many of you might know, exist different types and brands of paper to try your hands when working traditional. Now, I hadn’t try all of them, but I had my experience with some, so here I talk about the ones that work best for me so far, if I ever find new ones, I’ll make a new entry about them. :)

  As you can see, I use different kinds and sizes of paper, brands included :D Now, to start with them all:

  1. FABRIANO SKETCH: I use two sizes for this, the A4 one that I keep at home for big projects that may include lots of characters, and the A5 size, that I carry with me everywhere on my backpack. It’s paper is 90 gm/m2, and it has a hard back as surface support, the quality of these blocks is amazing for sketching, you can use pencils, colored pencils, and markers to make linearts, it resist markers too, but I don’t recommend it. I use them to make all my sketches that I scan and color with computer, as you can see on the example, it can resist lots of erasing and point pressure from the pencil, don’t abuse anyway ;D
  2. FABRIANO DISEGNO ACCADEMIA: As well as the Sketch version, these too possess high quality paper, it too has a hard back as surface support , and I use them too in A4 size, that stays on my house, and the A5 version, that I take with me everywhere :) These blocks are awesome to work with dry AND wet techniques: colored pencils, pencil, pastels, watercolors, watercolor pencils, and even markers! Now, as a little note here, I added a picture of a page where I worked a picture with watercolors pencils, and the little Pinkie Pie was done with markers, the next page is a Flutterpie picture, done with markers as well: the Flutterpie picture was done before the little Pinkie, so, I prove my point of the quality of this paper, even if the bleeding of the markers went all the way to show on the back of the paper, it did nothing to the next page, so you can work safe. :)
  3. GENERIC SKETCHPAD: Now, when I mean generic, it’s because they have no real brand, my mom got me one of those for one of my birthdays, and I just loved the paper it has, so she got me lots of them (I still have some), the pad came with no specifications, but it had four free tiny colors. The paper is a good grammage, enough to use pencils, and colored pencils, I never used them with liners or any wet technique, but I use them now to draw all my R18 stuff, so I keep track of WHERE I keep those pictures. As you can see, the covers are a really nice drawing surface as well XD 1,2 &3A: A little note, these three kinds of notebooks have the extra quality that I can make them stand still, so if I need to let them get dry, I just place them like that, as personal note, I love to place them on my nightstand, so I can see the pictures on them whenever I want :D
  4. POCKET THIN PAPER SKETCHBOOK: This notebook is generic as well, again, thanks mom! I use this pocket notebook to make random doodles and sketches. It’s quite the ret to try to fit lots of stuff, or a full composition is such a tiny space :) Just to challenge myself, I added numbers to each page, so I use the paper for both sides, and I keep the picture, however it came out.
  5. POCKET AGENDA TRANSFORMED TO SKETCHBOOK: Yes, there’s a lot of professional paper to draw, and I decided to transform a planer I had around into a pocket sketchbook XD I got that agenda on a birthday ages ago, and never used it, so one day I found it, and decided to take the original stuff out, used the planning pages to make some new white pages with bond paper, and added a mechanical pencil, so now I take it with me everywhere for doodles, and it is a good way to recycle stuff :)
  6. SINGLE SHEETS: Here, I use different kinds: regular paper, that I use just to practices, doodles, and sketches that sometimes I scan to coor; watercolor paper, that I use for watercolor, ink, and some dry techniques sometimes; opaline paper, that I use in two different grammages for colored pencils, and markers. Sometimes the single sheets come in a huge size that I cut at home on the size I want .
  7. CANVAS AND WOOD PLANKS: These last two are very useful for acrylics and oils, in case you choose the wood plank, you need to prepare it with gesso first. I also use the wood plank to mount watercolor paper and work on it :) 

  That covers it all that I know about paper, I talk more on my experience on it rather than technicisms, so I hope this helps you a little. Like I mentioned before, these are the kind of art supplies I use to work, so is not a rule to follow that you get them all.

  Simple rules about paper:

  • Always use watercolor paper to watercolor techniques, or else it may get wrinkled and ruin your piece. Trust me, I tried to use watercolors on sketchbook once, not only the surface won’t allow the water to flow properly, but it wrinkles a lot.
  • If you’re starting with learning how to sketch, use regular bond paper, or one of those white notebooks they sell on supermarkets on school season. I use those for practices, and to make the thumbnails for my comic pages :)
  • Never use huge pressure when drawing, try to do it softly so if you need to erase it will be easier, it won’t leave marks. And also try to not erase a lot, or you may rip your paper.
  • The brands you see here are the cheapest ones on my country, but not as cheap as to compromise my work, like I mentioned, the FABRIANO brand is from Italy, and it offers a high quality, without the pricey junk just because of the brand. Even this brand have some other products that are higher on price, and is exactly the same, so I wen’t for the lower price. Dear honest, you don’t need to exchange an eye, just for a sketchbook that will work the same as one with half the price, but the same quality, sometimes even better quality.

  Well, it’s all by today, next time:  GOING DEEPER INTO MATERIALS. PART TWO: COLORING TOOLS

See you around next time!

For my tenth Evangelion book review, here is Sore o Nasumono - Shin Seiki Evangelion Concept Design Works (That Which Forms It - Neon Genesis Evangelion Concept Design Works), published by Kadokawa Shoten.  As the title suggests, this book is full of concept art… mainly in the form of black-and-white sketches, but there are also several full color illustrations at the beginning, including a nice foldout page.  The book is not available in English or French, but the fascinating (and sometimes bizarre!) pictures include a number of ideas that didn’t make it into the final version of the anime, so this book is quite interesting to look at even if you can’t read Japanese.  The illustrations are mostly the work of Ikuto Yamashita, the mecha designer for Evangelion, so there’s a lot of focus on the Evas, or related weapons and equipment.  However, there is also a section at the end devoted to conceptual art by Seiji Kio, concentrating on Nerv’s architecture plus some miscellaneous designs.

This book is also noteworthy for containing pieces of two stories written by Yamashita that didn’t make it into the final version of the anime: a TV Last Scenario “Prot” which was his suggested ending for the Evangelion TV series, and Another Movie Episode which was going to be a film taking place after the series.  This movie scenario included a mysterious contamination which altered people’s minds and eventually changed their physical appearances as well, causing them to look like werewolves!  Here’s part of an illustration that shows Asuka as a werewolf, plus Shinji sharpening a large wooden stake, and Rei holding a gun with her middle finger on the trigger (What the heck?!):

Pretty weird, huh?  This movie plot also featured a weapon referred to as the “Shinigami no Sebone” (Spine of the Death God).  You can see Unit-01 wielding it on the book’s front cover, shown at the very beginning of this book review.  (By the way, the book has a removable dust jacket, although the cover art hidden underneath is just the same image in orange and white.)  What’s interesting about the Spine of the Death God is that the idea seems to have been revived for Yamashita’s light novel Evangelion ANIMA, which has a weapon with similar capabilities called the “Tenshi no Sebone” (Spine of the Angel).  Want to see a couple more ideas that didn’t make it into the TV series but eventually showed up in various other Evangelion works?  Keep reading for the rest of the book review, plus a few more pictures!

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So I decided to redo this painting of Maedhros because there were only too many mistakes, the colors included, and he being my favorite of the sons I couldn’t let it go.

At the left you can see the new version which I think is just a humongous improvement upon the original. Even if it isn’t that much different, I can’t help but feel soo proud of myself for how far I’ve come since first time I tired to make this painting, in late February. It’s only 2 months but I have learned so much and I can’t wait to continue working on this!

Please let me know what you think, I got some great feedback from the old one so I do hope you like the new version even better! 😚 good night ❤️

A Review of Modern Artist Hardware -or- Don’t buy a Wacom Cintiq

Warning: Long Post

Ok, so let me explain first: The art industry/hobby is diverse and no one piece of hardware or software will work for everyone. This is meant for middle market artist who want to level up their digital art experience, or even break into digital art. I want to give my thoughts on a few devices out there, their pros and cons, and why I choose the device I did after a long journey. Plus I don’t see a lot of people talking about the device I use and I think it’s a shame not many people know of this option.

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For my fortieth Evangelion book review, here is E-SAKUGA Evangelion: 3.0 #2, published by Onebilling Inc.  (Wow, I can’t believe I’m at 40 book reviews already!  My Evangelion collection has grown to over 100 books, though, so I’ve still got a long way to go…)  This interactive e-book is the continuation of E-SAKUGA Evangelion: 3.0 #1, which I covered back in my thirtieth review.  In other words, it contains production sketches and animation key frames for the second half of the Evangelion: 3.0 movie, and they can be explored through videos and other nifty tools.

At the time I am writing this, E-SAKUGA Evangelion: 3.0 #2 only works on an iPad, iPhone, or Mac, but hopefully it will be made available for other devices eventually.  I used it on an iPad, so the images you are seeing in this review are screen captures taken from the iPad (the above picture is the book’s title page).  By the way, don’t worry if you can’t read Japanese instructions, because there is also a version of this e-book that has English instructions!  (Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a French version, at least not yet.)  As an example of what can be found inside, check out this page of Kaworu and Shinji sketches:

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Star Wars Cover Q&A

Star Wars Books art director Scott B sat down with us to answer some of your pressing questions about cover design, and share some never before seen concept art from a few of your favorite Star Wars novels.

Thanks to everyone that submitted questions. We had a lot of fun with this and will do more in the future. And if you ever have questions about anything related to Star Wars books - we’re always happy to answer them.

(All questions were submitted by fans. They have been lightly edited only for grammar/spelling and concision.)

When in the development process are covers typically designed?

Once we have a synopsis and an outline, we generally start to look at covers. While fine details of a story can change over time, once the core idea of the book is set we start to talk about what would make for the best cover. We try to give ourselves as much time as possible since you never know how long the cover process might take.

Normally how many designs are made before deciding on the final cover?

It varies from book to book. It has ranged from as few as 4 or 5 designs all the way up to near 50. There’s no hard and fast rule as each book is a new challenge.

Who has the final say on the cover design?

That comes ultimately from our friends and partners at Lucasfilm.

Do authors get any input into the cover process?

Sometimes we go to the author for character descriptions, but authors are not really involved much beyond that. It is a discussion between us and Lucasfilm.

How do you find artists? Are they affiliated with Disney/Star Wars already, or do you take freelancers too?

We find them in many places, and we are always looking for the artist that best suits the job. Obviously the artist and art must ultimately be approved by Lucasfilm, but we have tremendous freedom to seek out artists from all over.

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Alkorastar 3eva

Bentley hadn’t meant to snoop.

All he needed was ten minutes of research time online, and with his own MSS down for the night due to repairs, that left him with either a visit to the library to use their slightly outdated machines (assuming they weren’t all in use already) or–

“Torako, could I borrow your tablet for a few minutes?”

“Sure!” she said, unplugging it and holding it out, though she didn’t get up from her corner of the couch. “Browser’s already up. Knock yourself out.”

“You’ve been talking to Dipper too much if you’ve started using his phrases,” Bentley said, getting up to take the thin machine. As Torako had said, the browser was up, albeit on one of her blogging sites. He opened a new tab and typed in his query - a simple one, all he needed was a couple of names and dates for his essay notes, written out in scratchy longhand for now. He’d be able to write them out properly when his tablet came back on-line in the morning.

Then, as was his habit, he minimized the browser.

There was a text document up underneath it. A familiar name caught his eye.

“Hey Alcor get up here. I’m craving banana,” Korato purred. Alcor smirked. “Your wish is my command, my lady.” He glided over to the bed, taking his silky jacket off of his broad shoulders as he came–

Bentley fumbled for the button to minimize the screen, his face flaming. He tried not to read any further, but his eyes kept catching on familiar words - Alcor, Mizar, Lee, that name which was almost Torako, euphemisms for making out and more horrible, horrible innuendo up to and including a ‘cane sword’ reference he really didn’t want to think about - until he’d finally cleared the window from view. He didn’t need to know, he really didn’t need to know…

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collected answer post

hey guys! since i am getting a lot of repeat questions lately, i wanted to answer them all in one post instead of spamming everyone’s feeds with redundancy.
also, the amount of questions i receive these days is getting really overwhelming for me, i just don’t have enough time in the day to get work done and answer everyone individually ;; i’m sorry, but from now on, if you ask a question that’s already covered in my info page, i won’t be able to reply. for mobile users, i know the page doesn’t show up in the tumblr app right now, but you should be able to view it if you’re on my tumblr via browser

ON COMMISSIONS: i am not taking private commissions right now, and will not be for the forseeable future, sorry! work keeps me super busy! i do take limited amounts of sketch commissions at conventions, but that’s it (check my info page for the cons i’m definitely heading to this year.) if i ever have the room to take private commissions again, i will announce them here
for professional work, my schedule is already pretty full for the next few months, so i’m not available for any projects that start immediately, but if that’s OK you can email me with details: barachan at barachan dot com. thanks!

ON MY COLORING STYLE: sooooo many of you have been asking me how i color in my crystalline style @n@ i’m happy you all find it so distinctive, but unfortunately, i don’t know how to answer this – i mean, i hand-paint all the polygonal shapes, but i don’t know how to explain the process beyond that, and style is such a personal, intuitive sort of thing for me, not a formula. maybe i’m just awful at articulating my thoughts – ok, i am definitely awful at articulating my thoughts – but i’m afraid i can’t help you duplicate the process, you’ll just have to experiment on your own and find out if it’s something that suits your own technique and work!

ON MY TABLET: the portable tablet you see me use in photos sometimes is a surface pro, first gen. as tablets go, it’s OK. it’s a nice piece of hardware, but unlike cintiqs, it wasn’t made exclusively for art, so it’s lacking in a lot of areas. most of my work is still created with my desktop and intuos3.
good stuff about it: it runs the full version of windows 8, which means also being able to run full versions of photoshop, or whatever else you’d like to use; its palm rejection and pressure sensitivity are good; photoshop cc has been releasing updates that make it work even better with tablets like this; the first gen is pretty affordable now; it’s extremely portable; it’s basically a laptop+tablet in one so it’s useful for more than making art (don’t expect to find a lot of apps in their store though.)
bad stuff about it: it’s too small for loose sketching and painting; the calibration is not fantastic, especially outside the center of the screen; the kickstand on the first gen only has two positions, neither of which are good for drawing for long periods of time (combined with the size, expect to hunch over it at a desk and destroy your back and shoulders…) it doesn’t have tilt recognition; its color range is limited; drawing and using keyboard shortcuts at the same time is next to impossible with the tablet’s own touch/type keyboards; if you somehow wear down or damage the pen nib, microsoft doesn’t sell replacements (supposedly it’s possible to DIY some, but who wants to do all that?)
tl;dr: are you looking for a relatively cheap hobby or supplementary tablet? go for it! are you looking to make it your primary tablet for fulltime professional work? i think a wacom would be a more reliable buy

anonymous asked:

How do you do pixel art like that? I don't understand how to do it and your little bouncy pixels are so adorable! Could you please possibly make a tutorial or direct me to a simple one? Thanks :3

Oh well, here.  I’m sure there are a million better tutorials out there and I’m sure I’ve found the most dificult way possible to do this, but I’ll explain how I do it.

I start out with a little sketch of what I want to pixelate.

Its real simple, just a little sketch so I know the basic idea of what i want to draw.  This can be in whatever size you normally draw in.  I usually start in 2000x2000 then crop it so that its just the part of the pony I want.

Then I resize it.  The sizes I use vary a lot, but I usually have the smallest parameter be 100 px.  This drawing is 100x143 because its original size was 1400x2000 or something.

Then I turn down the opacity to about 15, I take my brush on its hardest setting at size 1px and i start to draw.  Make sure if you are using an eraser, it is also at its hardest setting.  I use Mangastudio 5 so my settings will look different then if you use Sai or photoshop or gimp or something.  However, the important part is that your brush is solid and doesnt have a fuzzy outline.  This is howyou get the nice pixel effect.

Then you just draw.  Theres not really much i can tell you about that.  I tend to put the hair, body, eyes, and accessories all on different layers.  This makes it easier for me to color the lineart later.  Some people prefer to use use one layer though so it really is just preference.

When you finish up, it looks something like this!

Then you turn off the sketch layer and add your colors!

Now what I do to shade is I have two multiply layers clipped to the original layer, both with a very light blue.  This gives me two shading levels, one lighter and one darker.  When I’m shading yellow, orange, or red I use a very light red on a multiply layer.  Thats when I get this.

Now I make a clipping layer over the lines to color in the lineart, but a lot of people just prefer the strong black lines.  Thats just up to you.  I personally like the inner lines to be colored but have a nice strong outer black line.

I save it as a .png with a transparent background and I have this.

Now for how I do the bouncing :

I open that .png file, cut a single line of pixels from all her legs that touch the ground.  Then I lower everything above that cut layer one pixel so that the drawing is just over all one pixel shorter.  

Then I save that version.  Though you cant see much of a difference, here are the two versions near eachother.  The top is the original, the bottom is one pixel shorter.

I take those into photoshop and put the two over each other.  It is important that they are on separate layers and that the base lines up with eachother.

I’m working in photoshop cs6 and I know it varies with which version you are using.  I open up timeline and choose “create frame animation”.  I make two frames.  The first layer has one of the bubbles, the second layer has the other bubble that is one pixel shorter.  This gives it that double outline on top.  I set them to point 5 seconds each.

And thats it.  I save for web so I can save it as a gif in a small file, and viola.  You have a tiny bouncing pixel!

fuzzyscribbles  asked:

could i ask how you paint in Photoshop? i'm on mobile so if you have a faq or tutorial i can't see it, i'm sorry! you paint amazingly and i am a goat when it comes to digital painting in ps

Nice to hear you like my art, and no, I don’t have a faq any kind :>. 

Aahh, I fear I don’t really have anything special to say since my progress is quite simple as it can get; first I make a sketch and to under that I put the base colors and then I just merge the layers together and start painting on that. I mainly use only couple of brushes. I have one square one for blocking color and a round one for, well, everything else. I also of course use some more special brushes (like for smoke, stubble etc) but those are more rare and, as said, for special cases.

And yeah, my sketch itself and the base colors are usually very vague since I tend to fix the anatomy and build up the colors as I go; as seen in the jump from sketch to more paintery version. I hope I’d had more version saved so the change wouldn’t be so radical since it isn’t something that just happens but I don’t usually have that many progress pictures saved (I usually save those if I’m not sure about the colors/direction I’m taking the picture)

I suppose you’re interested the progress itself as a whole, so there’s always my a bit outdated progress gif tag, which may give a better image about how I make my pictures (a lot failing and re-doing, really).

I don’t know if this was any help (probably not) but feel free drop an ask if you want to know something specific about how I make things.

Autistic Zine call for submissions (re-updated... now less wordy!)

edited 12/29/13.. much less wordy.. current submissions deadline May 30..

(Currently Untitled Autistic Zine - 2013)

Hey there! This is a call for submissions for a compilation zine about being autistic that will be made totally by autistic people. My plan is for this zine to be available online and on paper. Allistic (non-autistic) people are welcome and encouraged to read and share this zine when it’s finished (and share this call for submissions), but are not currently welcome to submit to this zine – this one’s just for us.

Any autistic person who wants to submit to this zine (or to otherwise help) is welcome to do so. Autistic people who may be under-represented are especially encouraged to participate in this zine if they would like to! Autistic culture is diverse - let’s try to show that!


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