Hi! do you have any tips on anatomy? i struggle so much at it. your art is so cute btw!!!
hi anon!! thank u so much!! im gonna try my best to offer some tips to u!!!! im still learning with anatomy as well (& im not so good with tutorials…) so bare with me:
SIMPLIFY AND BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING IS MY #1 PIECE OF ADVICE. for example lets start small with a hand. instead of looking at a reference or ur own hand and trying to perfectly capture every detail, look at the basic shape!! its p much a square for ur palm, 4 sticks of varying sizes, and as i have described here the little pouring part of a teapot (idk what its called) for a thumb.
u can apply this anywhere!!! just like the hand, other parts of the body like legs and arms have basic shapes too!! ive seen many artists explain it this way so i picked it up as well, but they have this rhythm where one side is curved and the other is straight (its more subtle in realistic art, but if ur going for cartoony u can exaggerate this too). depending on the drawing or sometimes if my drawing is small i’ll just make straight rectangles for arms or legs but rly it will make things more interesting and technically correct if u show these variations in the appendage shapes.
really the best thing in art ever for me is to simplify simplify simplify, im not great @ anatomy but learning to break things down and represent them in the most minimalistic ways has rly helped me a lot and made my anatomy look better too. to be honest i have not done figure drawings in ages and i rarely use real life references when drawing (IM NOT ADVOCATING FOR DOING SO, I KNOW IT HELPS MANY PEOPLE A LOT BUT I JUST CANT EVER GET INTO IT). whenever i use real life reference, i feel like my art becomes stiff since i tend to replicate the image too closely thus making a cartoony style have the proportion and anatomy of a real person which doesnt really fit the style.. i prefer to study the work of other artists especially animators since they have a great grasp on appealing simplification and stylized anatomy (bc u know its hard to have an animated show thats super detailed). craig mccracken and genndy tartakovsky both have really cool simplistic cartoon styles so i draw a lot of inspiration from their art (and i hope to use varying shapes and exaggerate my anatomy more like theirs as well).
(one little other important thing i didnt rly mention but ill keep it short since everyone says this. of course u have to practice too. i know it sucks to hear “just keep doing it” from everyone when ur frustrated with ur abilities and dont want to keep doing it, but continuing to draw bodies will boost ur abilities so much. u can look at art and read a million tutorials, but actually drawing will continuously build up ur muscle memory for drawing arms, legs, etc and after a while it comes naturally!!)
tldr practice & study not just from real life but look at how other artists break down and simplify shapes of the body. also remember art doesnt have to have flawless realistic anatomy to look good! there are so many incredible artists who bend the rules of anatomy whether its as a stylistic choice or to exaggerate emotion or perspective, etc.
(uh oh i could probs make a part 3 to this tbh i have zero self control but likeee… don’t worry i’ll only do it if people are interested lmao i really hope all of these “to be continued” and “part 2” posts aren’t super annoying i’m so sorry)
Emmm something about them being the tallest couple in history??? Like when all of them have a group hug they kiss over their heads cuz they cant help themself??? or something something ... thank you for all the fics and like thoughts you have :))
….the tallest……couple….in all of history??? you’re right??? anyway i’ve been thinking about this a lot anon since you sent it in and i have gathered that this is where their tallness gets them:
sometimes it’s the Best, because they can literally get away with exchanging exasperated glances with one another (alright, isak’s usually exasperated, even’s mostly always mildly amused) over their friends’ heads and none of them will notice because they’re in a whole different atmosphere tbh
sometimes it’s the Worst, because they’ll be kissing softly in the kitchen, being cute and whispering sweet nothings to each other and block out the entire world until they hear noora clear her throat like, “uhm, hey guys”, and it’ll burst their bubble and she’s kinda standing there sheepishly
and she’s like “sorry sorry i just,,, can’t reach the cinnamon could one of you maybe get it for me”
and isak is both embarrassed and irritated, embarrassed because he can’t believe they didn’t notice noora just rummaging around in the kitchen and irritated because gdi noora why are you so short he was havin a Soft Time
(even’s usually the one who’ll get the Thing for noora, because isak’s too busy either covering his face or glaring, depending on his mood that day)
someone always fucking asks how “the weather up there” is and isak will always roll his eyes and even will always answer, unironically, that it’s “just peachy thanks, what about down there??” and isak will never understand why even humors them
you’re right though, they so do the Kisses Over the Others’ Heads thing, mostly just to bother them though. i mean obviously they love kissing each other, but they don’t do the PDA thing too often, so like, it usually goes like:
one of the girls (vilde, it’s usually vilde) will purposely stand between them during a Group Hang and talk loudly about how they’re the First Real Gay Couple she’s ever known, and how she absolutely loves gays!!!! and the rest of the group are like wow she’s being problematic,, but no one says anything because eva is there to defend her would-be gf
so as she talks loudly about All the Things her and “evak” do together (which,,,, aren’t many but vilde likes to embellish and even tells isak to let her have her fun because he’s a fucking prince that’s why) even’ll just kinda,,, lean a little over her head and isak knows what he’s tryna do so he’ll lean back and give him a kiss, then another, then another, and they’re just little pecks until vilde kinda drifts off
and she’s like “are they kissing rn” and the rest of the group snickers like “yep”
and she sighs because she should know better by now it always happens and she moves out of the way and by now isak and even have already moved away from each other, isak looking smug, even looking amused, and vilde’s like “you guys could just tell me to move you know”
and isak’s like “not as fun”
sometimes it’s ridiculous, because they’ll go to the bathroom together at some random restaurants and they’re too fucking tall for the stalls, so even’ll just kind of look over at isak standing next to him and grin widely like “soooo do you come here often” and isak is so embarrassed by his boyfriend
especially when there’s someone else in the bathroom. because this doesn’t deter even, nope, if anything it just eggs him on further
“i didn’t catch your name??”
“even please, wow, what an interesting name, is that foreign? you look foreign.”
“even can i just. can i just take a piss in peace.”
“hello, sir?? did you know this beautiful boy next to me is foreign”
(isak’s not sure how they haven’t gotten beaten up yet???)
even’s cute about it for the most part though, he’ll make a whole show about how beautiful the boy in the stall next to him is, make a whole backstory, flirt with him while he’s literally taking a piss and interrupting isak’s own (he’ll blush and sputter and hiss at him to shut up, god dammit)
and then other times he’ll be embarrassing and look over at isak’s stall, right at his private parts, and just click his tongue and say “nice”
no matter who is in there
with absolutely no context
isak hates him but he loves him so much
being tall boyfriends is also a nuisance with their normal-sized shower, since they’re just tryna do funky things in there sometimes but one of them will always hit the showerhead and at this point they’ve started to ignore the fact that they always come out of there bruised, because they’re busy tryna do something else and that just fucks w their adrenaline,
group hugs are definitely awkward because they can see everyone from where they are and who is hugging who the hardest and sometimes it becomes gossip
they don’t have enough leg room when they’re having a movie night with the others so they’ll kinda end up awkwardly sprawled against each other, legs tangled, tryna find a comfortable position that also doesn’t look kinky ((though isak’s pretty sure the rest of them do it on fucking purpose just to see him squirm))
so yeah being the Tallest couple in all of history has its drawbacks,,, but isak’s just glad he found someone taller than him to love, ‘cause having a crush on jonas for a while made his future look pretty effin uncomfortable
((and he’ll kill you if you tell, but he likes feeling small around even,, just kinda. his hugs are great and he loves it when even rests his chin near the top of his head and it’s. it’s good. he loves tallness more than he hates it sometimes and he’s grateful for it, even if short people do act indignant when isak ruffles their hair and tells them to watch out ‘cause he heard it’s gonna rain down there just to hear even laugh))
So earlier today I got rather pissed off when some rude anon who has probably never made a GIF in their lives decided to attack my friend (and one of the best GIFmakers I know) for no reason telling them not to talk about GIFmaking like it’s a big deal since it’s just taking clips from existing video. I was hoping to forget about this, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how many non-GIFmakers really do think that’s all GIFmaking is (including myself
before I started making GIFs
to some extent). Luckily, most people aren’t that rude about it and know not to insult content creators over a topic they actually don’t know much about…but I still feel the need to discuss some of the often lengthy effort that goes into making medium to high quality GIFs.
As a disclaimer, I’m NOT trying to be elitist and I
don’t consider myself one of the top tier GIFmakers. I also don’t think that GIFmakers HAVE to put in a lot of effort to alter GIFs from the original video frames if they don’t want to. It’s just a hobby where we try to capture/highlight cool moments using a severely limited and dying file format lol…so it’s really up to the individual how much they wanna put into it. However, the truth of the matter is that many GIF and graphics makers that contribute greatly to numerous fandoms DO put in a significant amount of effort to make their GIFs look different from and better than the original video.
EXAMPLES OF MY GIFS BEFORE / AFTER FILTERS & COLORING
hi I like your writing but you really should my call lance "McClain" in your fics. Lance is canon Cuban in VLD, it isn't a Cuban last name and was only his last name in go lion, when he was white. Using it is kinda whitewash-y. Maybe next time use a Cuban name! Have a good day!
now, you want me to stop using ‘McClain’ as lance’s last name because it’s not “cuban”, right?
ok. i get where you’re coming from and i understand. “McClain” has a history linking back to scotland and the like, so i get why you’d say it’s “whitewash-y”. however, that being said, i don’t think it’s white-washing to use that as his last name.
i’m going to state here: i’m not cuban. i’m white. i’m not going to preach on behalf of poc - cubans in particular, i’m just going to give my opinion. feel free to message me again if you want to discuss this (or if i say smth bad).
k, now bc i’m white, all i’m going to say is: i don’t think you should be claiming that lance’s last name can’t be mcclain purely because it does have scottish links. lance’s family, (as seen below), aren’t all poc. in fact, some of them are white, i would say.
what does this mean? lance could be biracial. in fact, i headcanon him as such. is that a problem? literally no. having biracial representation is really cool too!
so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch for his last name to be mcclain if his dad is white and his mother is cuban.
REGARDLESS, labelling names as black/white/asian/etc isn’t … the best thing to do, i don’t think. i’m not sure how to word this exactly but: names don’t define ethnicity / race.
in short: i’m going to keep using McClain as Lance’s last name until we get a different one, if that happens. i’m sorry if this offends you or upsets you.
Okay so I saw something like this somewhere and I thought it would be really cute written? So like Keith doesn't know that stealing jackets is a Couple Thing and for some reason he gets annoyed with Lance and comes across his jacket and decides to steal it. The reactions of the Voltron crew (and Keith once he is told) are yours to decide :D
i hope i did this justice! thanks for the wildly enjoyable prompt (:
Keith isn’t quite sure why Lance is always an asshole to him. When questioned, Shiro says it’s “because he’s jealous, Keith” in that kind, sympathetic way of his. Pidge says, “I don’t want to talk about your weird sexual tension with Lance, Keith,” which is quite obviously bullshit, as there’s nothing sexual about their tension at all. Hunk says, “I honestly have no idea. Have you tried talking to him? That’s a thing you could do, instead of asking me, I guess,” which is useless but a decent point. And Lance? Lance just explodes into another rant about how Keith definitely knows what he’s doing to annoy Lance, and that Lance “isn’t an idiot, Keith”. Keith begs to differ, really.
The fact is, Keith doesn’t know why Lance is so horrible towards him, but he is definitely sick of it. So when he sees Lance’s hoody draped over the back of a couch, clearly discarded and forgotten for the moment, he takes it. His anger justifies the way he scurries back to his room, taking the longest route to make sure he doesn’t accidentally encounter anyone. He has no idea where to hide it, honestly, and so he tosses it on his bed for the time being. It’s not as though anyone ever comes in here, so no one will know he has it.
Hi! Will u pls do one where the reader is a nurse at alexandria and rick gets hurt and has to come see you so u can bandage him up? And shes younger and has always had a crush on him and he knows but has never acted on it. And maybe while shes helping him they start talking about personal stuff and she gets shy and blushes and hes teasing her about how he knows she likes him or something like that and it ends in super dirty smut?? I hope this makes sense lol. Thank u! 💓
Oh my gosh, this was so much fun to write. Hope I did it justice, anon! 😊