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anonymous asked:

So I'm going to try and commit to making a comic... any tips? I have a short attention span so making comics are quite difficult but I love making them.

Seeing you mentioned “have a short attention span” so here is some of my not-really-professional advices for you welp, hope they can help.

1) Grow a habit for marking down your ideas for plots/characters/even drafts for the comic! Just mark them down in a notebook/sketchbook/even your own phone. You can use your own spare time aka when you have nothing particular to do for doing this (e.g. wait for bus,breaks from lessons/work or during lessons because I am a irresponsible student lmao don’t follow me) As I am slowly starting on my own OC comic (it is a secret shhhhh) I started sketched down drafts for how my comic goes on, which just looks like this lmao:

(As far as you can understand the contents yourself, it is ok for your stuffs to be messy *Audible wink*)
This is not only for using time more efficiently in editing your ideas, also saving your energy when you start actually drawing stuffs out.

2) While you are drawing your comic, look out for whether yourself being distracted to doing other stuffs. If you find yourself have been sneaking out for shitposting on Tumblr/looking unrelated stuffs on other websites, drive yourself back into your drawing immediately, internet is always powerful enough to suck away your time. Of course you are allowed to take breaks, maybe set up several 10~15 minutes breaks for you to relax, let your eyes and hands and brain to rest is important. But above all, don’t force your body to do things out of your limit. It is ok to take things slowly, you draw for fun, if forced, nothing will be fun anymore.

3) Make sure you have enough energy when drawing. Drawing under a tired situation will never make you work be good as your brain can’t even work firmly. If you still want to finish another page first while it is already midnight, go sleep first. There is no time limit for your comics, you health is always on top of that. Moreover, sufficient sleep can gain you more attention span as well!

4) If your aim is to make a GOOD comic, don’t hesitate to look up tutorials and reference! There are already so many good teaching references from how to plan comic frames to basic anatomy, learning is forever good.

This post has talked about how to do well time management in a really clear way, way better than my clumsy words haha. I hope all these helps! 

‼️REQUESTS (PLEASE READ)‼️

I know that my requests have been closed for a long time now and lately, I’ve ended up accumulating a large amount of requests, I have few left in my drafts and 70+ in my inbox - I know that before, I have said that even though my requests are CLOSED, y’all can still send them in and I’ll just get to them at a later date. Now, recently I’ve been really busy since I’ve been away and stuff and haven’t been able to take the time to do a bunch of requests all at once because, a) there are so many and b) because there’s such a huge variety I can’t find the motivation to do them so quickly - which ultimately leads me to doing them at a lot slower pace, which I apologise for. I hope that you understand that my creativity doesn’t just pop out of nowhere, even though some requests are detailed and I can just follow them directly, the inspiration just isn’t there and I don’t want to post things I’m not entirely happy with and sometimes I feel so under pressure to do requests because some readers will remind me and ask if I’ve gotten to their requests yet, asking once or twice is okay, but asking any more times than that really does add stress to me and the amount of work I already have. Now I’m not blaming anyone - it’s really just me and my own person + time management but sometimes I’d appreciate more motivation than pressure.

So really what I’m trying to say is that, for the time being; I WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY REQUESTS, OF ANY SORTS. I’m not going to be deleting the ones that I already have in my inbox because I know that a lot of the people who have sent them in have been waiting for quite some time and I don’t think it’s fair to just ignore them. Also I just want to add that, the last request I’ve got in my inbox is from today 17.08.22 - 16:15pm UK TIME after this date, any I receive WILL be ignored and deleted, which I’m sorry for, however if you have any requests I’ll take them until 00:00am 17.08.23.

I want to be able to focus on the work I want to write - all from scratch, all my own original ideas with no prompts - like how I originally started this blog. I will still slowly work my way through my requests - but please don’t have a huge expectation for them to come out quickly. 

Once again I apologise if this disappoints anyone in any way - if I want my requests to ever open again then, I promise I’ll post about it beforehand! 

Originally posted by ksjknj

~K

thatdarniiwi  asked:

Heyy! Greetings bee! I remember when you made the magical girls chart but I'm still having huge issues creating my own designs, powers, when creating my own magical girl story. Can you give me some advice? I've been so creatively stumped especially when it comes to clothes design. I was wondering if you could give me advice

Humm, well… My advice here will be essentially rehashed from my Magical Girl Uniform Crash Course, but I’ll try? to simplify it for those who get executive dysfunction about the process. I ramble so easily though so I don’t know how successful I’ll be compared to my crash course. Y///Y;;

I still highly recommend re-reading my crash course a few times and slowly, as it all may not click into place at once!

The hands down most important part about starting a team is the themes/motifs. That’s what you base all other parts of the story around- from powers, to plot, to fashion- so take time to pick out something you enjoy. Basically, pick a group of themes you want to make a team around. Something you want to write about. I loooove space, stars, rainbows, fairies, witches, candy, fruit, rodents, weather… so I made teams based on those things. sometimes in combinations, sometimes by themselves. 

Make lists of things you like, or would like to see in a magical girl story. Do you love sleeping? There’s a whole mythology surrounding sleep; mr. sandman, the hourglass, nightmares and dreams, daydreams, and night themes like stars, moons, and clouds. Do you love Halloween? There’s all kinds of spooky creatures and lore you could base a team off of (Maybe they only work at night when monsters come out!) Do you like gardening? How about a team based on succulents, living in a dusty desert town? Maybe they have cowboy inspiration? Or a group with various flower themes and plant/water/sun powers fighting against a “poison ivy” style villain?

Pay attention to the way I branched out from a single idea or theme (plants > succulents), then jumped off that (dusty desert town) to other things associated with those things. (cowboys) You can change up this stuff later, it’s just to start generating ideas. I like my themes to make sense to the whole story. (IE space magical girls fighting aliens) but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Oh, and make sure the themes you pick are not problematic or offensive to any minority. Please do your research. (Problematic themes that come to mind are Native American caricatures and Genies)

Find your influences, collect them. Make a Moodboard. This is concept art, my friends! Don’t be shy about what inspires you! Movies, cartoons, fashion, comics- anything you can get your hands on. Some of my magical girl teams were inspired off things like the Jetsons, Retro astronauts, Disney’s Hercules and greek goddess fashion, Powerpuff girls and Teen Titans, etc. It’s ok to be inspired by stuff that already exists. You know those aesthetic posts everyone does now? Do that for your story.

Color-schemes are anything you want! Typically I find out how many colors I can use on my team after I pick a theme! I like rainbows so I usually want a team that has all of the color wheel- but you can do anything! If you like warm hues most, go for it! Maybe they’re all fire/light/energy powered. Maybe they have an autumn theme. A cool colored team could all have water to wind powers because, idk, they’re all mermaid themed fighting monsters out of the ocean. If you don’t want to justify it you don’t have to, but it will make your story feel more cohesive and polished. If you like neons, do that. CMYK. Pastels. Black and White. Dark colors. Classic 4player Red-Yellow-Green-Blue, etc etc. If it fits your theme, go for it. Sometimes you can choose unexpected color palettes for a theme too.

Team size is also decided by your theme(s). A team can range from a solo magical girl (with multiple forms maybe) to as many as 13 or more if your theme calls for it (ex: There’s 10 senshi for each planet and then a few extra) but try not to spread yourself too thin or you’ll have a hard time fleshing everyone out.

Fashion can do a lot to set your designs apart, so do the research. It can be tricky because it’s harder to grasp for people who have no interest in it. There’s no easy way around this except to do the research. I’m not saying you have to become a fashionista overnight a la Devil Wears Prada- just familiarize yourself with the fashion you want to incorporate in your story. Gothic lolita? Military uniforms? Nurse outfits? Scuba diving outfits? (which I specifically researched for my Alola Gijinkas btw) “learning fashion” can be overwhelming, just pick what you want to focus on and it’ll be much easier.

(ALSO very important– Don’t neglect the details/henshin items/fascinators that make the outfit look overall more cute and costume-y. I’ve seen a lot of MG designs that have a good base but don’t have any details so they look incomplete or more like RPG characters. Precure is very good about these details.)

Starting with one character is OK. You can design one character, then make a team around them using their outfit as a guide and inspiration. As an example of this, I highly recommend reading my crash course again for the ‘example magical girl’ part, and the team that comes afterwards. 

Sigh, in the end I was still rambly!!! …and it was all rehashed info, and my ultimate point is to go read my crash course again. It’s much simpler AND has visual examples! And honestly when it comes down to it, you just gotta do the work- You gotta scribble out concepts, do iterations, test stuff, mess up. None of my magical girl teams stay the same from first draft to final version, so don’t be afraid to get started.

My Dissertation Books (Part II): American Psycho

Before this, a quick note on my absence:

Here in Cambridge, Week 5 is known as the worst week of term: we are just past the half-way point, and momentum is gradually falling. Its a bit of a self-perpetuating myth, where people blame anything that goes wrong on the ‘Week 5 Blues’ - more often than not Week 5 is an excuse to eat chocolate/watch films as your brain resolutely says ‘no’ to work. Week 5 hit me hard. I have been trying to fight off what I think may be a cold/flu, & have tried to persevere because I just have too much stuff I want/have to do. Terms are only 8 weeks long, and its Week 6 already, so when I get back home I will have the time to sleep for days. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been overwhelmed with dissertation work (my first draft is due in a week) & weekly essays, and yesterday I finished my first application to a graduate programme (fingers crossed!) - these things on top of maintaining my relationships with people here & looking after myself has meant that the blog has unfortunately taken a back seat.

But I’m back! And to kick things off I wanted to follow up on my promise of another book overview - you loved my post on The Bonfire of the Vanities, so here is the second book I am studying for my dissertation: American Psycho.

“Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath.” 

These words are on the blurb of my copy, and I can’t argue with them. This book is not for the faint-hearted, it is not for those who cannot handle graphic (extremely graphic) detail (I’m talking graphic sex as well as graphic murder), and it is not for those who like to like the main character of their book. 

I first read American Psycho at the beginning of last summer, so its a fairly new addition to my list. It’s one of those books I had often heard about through the grape-vine, but I was always scared to pick up - I don’t really know why. I had never seen the film version until Spring 2015 when my friend and I took the plunge, and I personally feel that watching the film helped me to ‘psych’ myself up for reading the book. The book is different to the film (those of you who know it, know that you’ll never see Christian Bale quite the same way again), but I feel like the film helped me to understand the kinds of things I was about to be confronted with in this 384 page novel. In hindsight, I am glad I waited to read it, as I don’t think I was prepared before watching the film. 

Materialistic’ is where I’ll begin. There are an innumerable amount of lists in this book: designers, beauty routines, restaurants, rules of dress - I could go on. Many have taken this to be a boring narration of life, but I find it so apt. The book is clustered with these commentaries of how one is supposed to act, supposed to look, supposed to be; and externally Bateman fulfils all expectations - he is the ‘boy next door’…then there’s a ‘smash cut’ and he’s killing dogs while wildly decapitating random people, screaming like a banshee. The narrative slowly unfolds so we see this disturbed character develop directly out of the lists and banal routine - I find it a really fascinating commentary on material culture and modern society.

You need to know that the book is disturbing. It does make me shudder when I read some scenes. Initially, the book was withheld from being sold in many stores when first released, many critics hailing Ellis a ‘misogynist’ due to the number of women Bateman kills/his deeply misogynistic views. But I think to dismiss the book on the grounds of a ‘misogynistic’ writer would be to miss the point. I kind of don’t really care whether Ellis is a misogynist - for me, that is not what reading this book is about. Many early reviewers of the book centred on this killing of women as proof of misogyny; yet Bateman’s victims are a diverse array (he kills a child in a zoo for goodness sake) which tells us more - this is something later generations of readers are picking up on, and I think it’s a more productive perspective to take. 

I often have people question ‘but how can you read that for your dissertation?’ - my answer is simple: the narrative is pretty much my idea of genius. Ellis’ construction of the narrative struck me as something so precise, so deliberate I could not help but be in awe of it. We all know that my dissertation is about ‘spaces’ and the ways in which people perceive/move about. American Psycho is great for this. 

We move from the restaurants, bars and social ‘spheres’ where we see Bateman act the ‘boy next door’, to his office where we don’t actually see him work, to his apartment, to the streets of New York where his disturbed mind comes to the forefront. What has interested me is the link between Bateman’s narrative description of these places and the behaviour we see happen within them. Place affects action - it’s all very interesting. At the start of the novel, chapters are named after individual places, separating the novel into ‘blocks’ of action named after these given spaces. Later on, we see a shift, as one sentence can now list numerous places detailing what Bateman has done and where. One single sentence. Why the change? What causes this? What is this shift trying to say? So yeah - the book is wonderful in this sense. I may have to watch a Disney film after I have been studying the book for quite some time to clear my mind of the gory details I read inside and to generally uplift my mood, but goddamn the narrative is goooooooood. And to be honest it’s quite a funny novel too - the social satire is so on point in places. 

I’m going to recommend this book to anyone who wants to/has ever felt like reading it. It won’t be for everyone, but there is a lot more to American Psycho than ‘he kills people and is crazy and hates women’. I think the book is genius. End. 

- Sarah 

ivanprovolone  asked:

I need some more Kristanna and hockey! Maybe have Kristoff in the NHL or something and Anna dealing with him being gone a lot, I don't know I'm babbling and it's your ficlet haha. Slapshot was so cute by the way :)

Kristanna and hockey? Why, I could only do such a thing if my team scored a major shut-out tonight and had an amazing game… OH WAIT. ;)

(It ended up being a little more Kristoff/Elsa BrOTP and gen-ish than I’d planned, but Anna’s adorkableness more or less came out of the draft stage intact. :P)

“Equipment Malfunction”

(Kristanna, Kristoff/Elsa BrOTP, WC: 1,339, Rated: K+)

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This took a lot of soul searching to get up the courage to post.

Last November or so, I experienced one of the worst breakouts I’ve ever had in my entire life. I had no idea why it was brought on and I tried any possible way to fix it: diet change, exercise, you name it. I visited a dermatologist for the first time and then I was on medication and topicals like nobody’s business. The medication really didn’t help at all and the topical burned my skin and it just kept getting worse. 

The first two photos above were taken in December. They don’t even do it justice to show how bad and painful it really was. Even worse than the physical pain was the emotional toll, because it did absolutely nothing to help my already poor self image. I couldn’t even bother to form a half-positive thought in any way, shape, or form. When the breakouts still wouldn’t calm down I became even more desperate to stop whatever the hell was happening. I went in to see my actual doctor in early February, who recommended I try using birth control as a way to balance out my estrogen and progesterone levels. Apparently, my skin receptors are increasingly sensitive to testosterone and latch onto it very quickly (possibly a slight abnormal level of testosterone in my body), which causes the more frequent breakouts.

It actually started working. It took a little more time, but it did what the bloody dermatologist failed to do (god bless my real doctor). Slowly, it all started healing. It had scarred pretty heavily pre-birth control, but at least the breakouts were going away.

The lower left photo is me from last night, sans makeup and all ready for bed (Loki shirt and all). It’s been a little over three months and my face is probably as normal as it’s going to get, but it’s a million times better than what it was before. I think it could actually be considered a decent face now. The lower right was taken on my birthday, which is probably the best I’ve looked in a long while.

So, what is the point of all this? 

Well, for one, this is a shout-out to everyone out there who is struggling with/has struggled with severe acne. Believe me, my friends, I know first hand how awful it feels. It’s the biggest embarrassment I’ve suffered in a long time and I hope that I never have to go through it again. For those who are still fighting this crap, keep fighting it; experiment with food choice and exercise to see if you can get rid of it and if you can’t, go talk to your doctor. They know you best and they can tell you the best route to take. My dermatologist was an idiot and I should’ve gone to my doctor the first time–maybe I wouldn’t have so many scars left had I done so.

This post is also a bit of an overall message to myself and others who need it right now, because I think we all could use a little reminder: things get better. It takes a hell of a long time and it’ll feel like it’s dragging on, and you might gather a few scars along the way, but slowly, things will take a turn for the better. I don’t believe it myself most days because it’s still hard for me to have a decently positive thought in my head, so sometimes I just have to pause for a moment and look back on those photos. I can remember how bad it was and remind myself that no matter how shitty things might be right now, they could always be worse. There’s lots of things about me that still need fixing, but at least my face is one less thing I need to worry about.

Hang onto the future, guys. Things get better.