i think i need a reference photo

Interview: Chihiro Howe

Chihiro Howe is an Illustrator and Manga Artist who bridges Anime and Disney styled art beautifully. 

Artist Workspace:

My name - so the HR will know where my desk is.

Family photo - I need to update this, because I have another baby now…

Minnie - needle felted by me. I wanted to try it out, and it turned out all right so she came to my desk.

Tsum Tsum figures - I think they’re cute, so I’m collecting them.

Elsa and Anna Nendroids - they were cute, and I thought they might be a good reference for chibi drawings.

Copic color chart - it helps when I’m choosing colors.

Sailor Saturn - she was my favorite growing up.

Delphox - my favorite pokemon. I love pokemon…

Zoro - my favorite character from One Piece

Sumikko Gurashi - I think it’s a polar bear…? I got it from one of those blind boxes.

Calendar - of my kids, which my husband gave to me on Mother’s Day.

Dried Hydrangeas - they came from my co-worker’s yard; they still looked pretty after they dried out, so they’re still here…

Random papers, drawings, references, notes - what I’m currently working on. It’s a handy place to put them.

Desk lamp - for when I need an extra bit of light.

Disk/Light Box - Disney animators used to use this one (actually the whole desk came from Disney). It turns into a light box too.

Notes - work notes, personal notes, color testing, etc.

Tapes - regular tape and masking tape.

Drinks - water and hot chocolate. I don’t drink coffee, so hot chocolate is kind of like its substitute. And it keeps me warm during summer from the freezing AC.

Snacks and breakfast - chocolate, candy, fruits and yogurt. I always have chocolate.

Multiliners - I have at least one of each size in each color, so I can change it depending on the drawing I’m working on.

Container with a box of tissues and mint gum - tissues for art and other purposes, and gum for when I want to refresh my mouth.

Blanket - it keeps me warm from the AC.

Copic markers - I share this with my friend and fellow artist (who sits right next to me), so they are all stored in a roller cart from IKEA so we can roll it back and forth.

Who were your biggest influences growing up?

Disney, Eiichiro Oda (author of manga One Piece- he is probably my most favorite manga artist), Arina Tanemura (author of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Shinshi Doumei Cross, Full Moon wo Sagashite- I love the details she put in her drawings), CLAMP (author of Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsubasa, etc), and Hayao Miyazaki (from Studio Ghibli).

When you are looking at student work, what is some of the biggest issues that you see over and over again?

They are very talented, but there is no originality - I’ve noticed that they are heavily influenced by the “art-style” of the industry they want to get in. But actually the industries are looking for something unique. There are plenty of talented artists out there; if your artwork is just like anybody else’s, how is it going to stand out? It’s good to be able to do different styles, but having your own unique style will always get attention.

What is one thing besides art, that you simply can’t live without?

CHOCOLATES. I love love love chocolate! I have hidden stashes everywhere…

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

What would you prefer if you traveled cross-country. Get there as fast as possible, sit back on a train, or road trip to see the sights?

I prefer Automobiles. I like driving, and I like how you can go places in your own pace. And I have a lot of siblings, so I’m pretty territorial about my things. I like to have my own space where I can keep my stuff without worrying about leaving something behind, or someone taking them.

decided to rework ladyuu’s suit to be a little more interesting

also kaibas and assorted yugibro au



So, I decided there were not enough screenshots of Barb Wire on the internet. So here. Have a few I decided to take. (#6 is my favorite, and I bet you all thought I was joking when I said Tem on the crane was the Most Fives Thing Ever.)

general art tips pt. 1: skin and facial features! ft. jimin

so recently i’ve been drawing this portrait of bts’ jimin and i just wanted to give out some art tips that i learned that i think might help. and just a disclaimer, by no means am i professional artist! im self taught and what im about to share are just the way i do things haha. but i hope it helps! so let’s start!

ok so first off, i obviously just pick a reference picture. youre going to need one if youre drawing a portrait of someone 

damn jimin lookin fine. still not over the perfect man performance ahhh. now you can use this picture but if you want to test out new waters and really work with bright, enhanced colors rather than exact reference, try referencing a filtered photo! it really helps in encouraging you to use more colors which overall, makes everything look more interesting. but you don’t have to do this.

next step is laying down the outline. now if youre new to all of this, i highly suggest printing out your reference, putting a grid on it, and then transferring it onto your paper. or if youre too lazy like me, you can just trace it. it’s not cheating trust me! it just saves time especially if youre doing realism. all the magic is in the coloring anyway haha. and when you get better at it, you can try freehanding.

for your outline, make sure to keep things light and soft. you don’t want dark, heavy marks, because they are just there to guide you. you’re going to end up erasing most of them later on when you get to coloring. try not to have solid connected lines either. remember these lines are just a guide so it can look accurate.

time to color! i usually color in little sections. doing this makes things a lot less overwhelming and easier to handle. as you can see, i usually like to start with the eyes. i think it’s just a nice starting point and also because i really wanted to draw jimin’s eye makeup hehe. 

the key to coloring, is starting off with a light base color. for jimins eye makeup, i started off with a basic red. (sorta shows up pinkish on camera):

(also note that you don’t need to have expensive, high quality colored pencils. i typically just use Crayola colored pencils LOL. i sometimes use Prang and i have some Artist Loft ones that were given to me as a gift. crayola ones are actually very nice because the colors show up more bright and intense. artist loft ones are generally lighter which is good for shading and blending) SO LAY DOWN THAT BASE BRUH. details come later. 

bam. jimins eye makeup is truly goals. i don’t have pictures of his eyes with just the base color (sorry, bad on my part) but basically, what i did to obtain this is that i worked with A LOT of colors.  

take a good, hard look at your reference, try to pick out all the basic colors first and lay them down. and then study it harder and pick out as many colors as you can see and slowly build up.

it helps if you can look at it on a computer because you can zoom in! as you can see, there are purples, pinks, yellows, different oranges and reds, browns, and even a little green. try to keep a soft touch because it makes blending these colors a lot easier. don’t think that you can’t add in colors like green and blue because they’re not “natural”. these colors are actually a lot more evident in skin tones and facial features than we think! even the whites of an eye are never completely white. try to add in purples and blues to make them more natural. 

make sure to layer colors. here, the top is just the basic red. but on the bottom, i have layered on a purple and a brown. it helps make the color look a lot deeper and it helps for shading. don’t shade with black! try shading with other colors (in this case, darker reds, browns, purples, oranges, pinks, etc.)

as for black, a lot of the time people will tell you to NEVER USE BLACK. however, i’m against this LOL. it’s totally ok to use black! just be careful with it. leave it for the end, after you have laid down all the colors. it’s hard to layer over black.

so for the skin, you’re going to do the same thing. lay down a light, base color. for jimin, i’ve chosen a peachy color. but depending on who you’re doing, you might have to use a brown, yellow, or maybe even pink. regardless, just start off light and work your way into the darker colors slowly. 

remember to color softly and lightly. as i said, work slowly. and you can also erase colored pencil if you work lightly! so if you make a mistake, you can clean that right up. it doesn’t give a completely white space, but the erasing is mostly if you lay on the color more intensely than you planned.

these are just some colors to make your drawing look more natural and realistic. but dont’t limit yourself to just these (the left side is if you press hard with the pencil, and the right side is if you shade lightly):

the bottom two are my favorite two colors to incorporate because it really helps the drawing pop! the blue is a light ultramarine blue and the purple is more of a lavender. the light green also helps in lighter areas too.

see? it really gives the drawing more life! i would recommend staying away from gray because using too much gray can end up making the person look a little sickly LOL and it ends up looking dull. try to find substitutes for grey like blue. 

i also love to use gold to help shade skin tones. weird, right? but gold is a nice transition between those intense colors and our base color. it gives a nice, natural shading.

as for areas that are “black and white” like nostrils, the inside of a mouth, or teeth, make sure to incorporate other colors into those too. its hardly ever just plain black and white. on the teeth, i mixed in pinks, that ultramarine blue, oranges, pinks, and lavender.

for dark areas, mix in dark purples and a navy blue along with black:

all in all, for realism and portraits, incorporate lots of colors to give your drawing more life! human skin tones have tons of colors. it’s never just one basic color like peach or brown. you’d be surprised what colors would help. 

so closely study your reference for the different use of colors. LOL sorry chimchim for doing this to your face:

but also note: don’t follow a reference to the grave. if you want to up the contrast between colors or the shading, go for it! do what feels right. but if you want to do it as it looks, that’s totally ok too. take risks in your art and be proud of it. 

another tip is TAKE BREAKS. it can be from a five minute break to a day. if you stare at your drawing too long, it might start to look bad to you and you’ll get frustrated. but it’s not bad, you’ve just been looking at it too long so it’ll look weird to you. take a break, and come back to it later.

so here’s what i have so far:

the face isn’t even done yet but i just really wanted to make this post to share what i’m doing. i hope it helps and i’ll be back with part two: hair (aka the most difficult part for me lololol) 

sorry for the long post but i hope you enjoyed! check out my blog for other fanart :)


I think this will be my official commissions post that I’ll just update as needed.

I may be contacted at jordanlinsenmayer@gmail.com for inquiries and commissioning. 

Terms of Service

- I will not do anything NSFW, which includes sexually explicit work, illegal activities, and hateful/offensive images. Blood/gore is okay but I will likely ask the client that it be kept to a minimum as I can’t stand looking at photo references of either

- Unless the client requests otherwise, I will put my signature on the finished piece and retain the right to use the commission where I want (on my art blog/as a portfolio example/etc). The client is allowed to put it anywhere as long as they do not claim to have drawn it themself.

- The client can request minor edits, a speedpaint to be posted on my YouTube channel, and nicer reference sheets (with a solid or pattern background and a white outline around the character- the examples are lazier because they’re my own ocs) free of charge.

- Major edits (ex. changing the pose after I have already finished the original) will cost a fee anywhere from $2-20 depending on how much needs to be altered/how complex the piece is. Changing the head on a $10 will be much cheaper than the same operation on the $100 because the second is much more time consuming.

- I will give the client a time estimate once the commission has been settled on and prior to payment. Depending on my situation, it may be a shorter or longer wait.

- Payments must be made in USD through PayPal. The $10, $25, and $30 must be paid in full before I start. The $100 can be paid either after the sketch has been approved, or half before starting and half after the sketch is finished. Refunds cannot be made for the first three if I have already started, and can’t be made for the $100 after the sketch has been approved. This is because it does not take a ton of time for the client to request a refund, then line and color the sketch themself as opposed to turning a sketch into an entire painting. Also $100 is a lot and I understand the fear of getting ripped off.

- I’d really prefer the client select to pay as a friend or whatever that option is called rather than as a purchase since I’ve had an issue with PayPal assuming that means I’m sending a physical copy rather than something digital and paying the other way avoids that. I will hold the client’s money available for refund until the point where I won’t has been reached.

Commission Options

1. Flat color, no background, more “chibi” like for lack of a better word. Always open, unlimited slots. +$5 per added character.

2. Colored/shaded, background, more realistic proportions. Currently open, 0/5 slots taken. +$5 per added character.

3. Reference/character sheets, optional background, more realistic proportions. Currently open, 1/3 slots taken. +$10 per added character.

4. Painting, realistic, prices differ based on complexity. Currently open, 0/1 slots taken. +$50 per added character.

Again, I can be reached at jordanlinsenmayer@gmail.com

Boosting is appreciated.

The Ultimate College Packing List

The further I get into my senior year, I realize I need to start thinking about what I need to move out next fall, and instead of keeping my packing list to myself, I decided I’d post it here for any other curious college bound seniors :) 

*This is mostly what I think I’ll need, you may not need/want/be allowed to bring everything on this list and you may need more so use it as a reference*


  • Alarm clock
  • Blanket
  • Bulletin board 
  • Dry erase board
  • Cushion to desk chair
  • Down comforter
  • Duvet cover
  • Jewelry/Makeup/Hair accessory storage/organizers 
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod (if needed)
  • Floor lamp
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk organizers 
  • Foam mattress topper
  • Decorative lights (like Christmas lights)
  • Full length mirror
  • Photos and picture frames
  • Pillows
  • A low maintenance plant
  • Wall art
  • Area rug
  • 2 sets of bed sheets
  • Trash can


  • Face wash
  • Body lotion
  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair conditioner
  • Cotton balls
  • Curling iron
  • Deodorant 
  • Facial moisturizer 
  • Floss
  • Perfume/body sprays
  • Hair dryer
  • Hairbands/Hair ties
  • Bobby pins/hair pins
  • Hair spray
  • Hair mousse 
  • Kleenex 
  • Chapstick
  • Lint brush
  • Loofah
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail polish
  • Q-tips
  • Razors
  • Robe
  • Shampoo
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Bar soap
  • Body wash
  • Soap container
  • Makeup
  • Hair straightener 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush case
  • Toothpaste
  • 4 bath towels
  • Tweezers
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand towels
  • Feminine hygiene products 

Cleaning Supplies!

  • Bleach
  • Broom or short-handled brush with dustpan 
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Dish washing soap
  • Febreze
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Lysol spray
  • Swiffer mop
  • All purpose cleaning spray
  • Small vacuum 
  • Window cleaner (the wipes are great!)
  • Air freshener
  • Garbage bags


  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Coffee machine
  • Storage for Bowls/plates etc.
  • Eating utensils and dishes
  • Paper towels 
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Travel coffee mug
  • Plastic wrap or foil
  • Ziploc bags

School Supplies!

  • Day planner
  • Backpack
  • Binders
  • Storage for folders/papers
  • Push pins
  • Dry erase markers
  • Calculator
  • College-rule line paper
  • Colored markers/pens/colored pencils
  • Laptop
  • Stationary (for sending letters and thank you cards)
  • White, letter envelopes
  • White erasers
  • Graphing paper
  • Highlighters 
  • Mouse 
  • Mouse pad
  • Notepads
  • Note books
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Pencil sharpener 
  • Pens
  • Post-its 
  • White printer paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Sharpies
  • Stamps
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Tape dispenser and tape refills 
  • Three hole punch
  • White out tape
  • Scissors 
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Book ends


  • Allergy medicine 
  • Anti-itch cream (for bug bites)
  • Bandages and band-aids
  • Bug spray
  • Cold and cough medicine
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Stomach pain relief 
  • Hand sanitizer 


  • Batteries
  • Board game(s)
  • DVD player with Netflix 
  • DVDs in soft-shell case for space saving/travel
  • Flashlight
  • Folding chair for tailgating
  • Step stool (If you’re vertically challenged)
  • Hammer
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • iPod
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Playing cards
  • Command hooks and strips 
  • Power strips
  • Bible
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Tool kit
  • Sunglasses 
  • TV
  • Video game console and games
  • Duffel bag
  • Clothes hangers 
  • Fan
  • Sewing kit
  • Rain jacket
  • Safety pins
  • Lanyard for keys

Au/Friend Camp out Art drawing.../ Collab?

Yo Yo Yo Germun here. ok I am thinking of making Like a camp out collab of well… the AU and friends I talk to. Message me If you want your Oc in or naw. 

What you will need to send me:

Oc Reference sheet.

Deadline: lets say next Sunday?

Note: I will TRY and see if I can get a scanner or something and get this done. Also please note your oc will most likely have an embarrassing photo taken of them Cause Lud can be a Dick and If Matthiemun is joining then Matthie will also be a hyper dick. I was also thinking if you Guys want to send a camp time Drawing thing I will add it in with what I have planned. If you want ^^

This Message brought to you by snoring cat on my bed. :33

Ps: This will most likely take a long while so plz be kind :D;;;

anonymous asked:

I've been an art student for golly about my whole life now and I've only ever entered into school competitions but I'm at a point where I wanna sell my art and I was wondering do reference photos count as copyright infringement and how do you hype up your art? I know my mom would buy a lot of my stuff but my friends and I are too broke to help each other out so ? what should I do?

First of all, I don’t think there’s an artist who doesn’t use references. Using references is a normal thing and I don’t understand why many people treat it like a crime. You aren’t able to accumulate all the images you’ve ever seen in your head so sometimes you just need to look up the thing you want to draw.
When you want to draw the thing you have access to (e.g. human body, a mug, a tree) you can always take a picture yourself, create your own resources. But what if you want to draw snow, and you live in a place that has never seen snow? You can a) rise money for a ticket to some snowy place, b) use a picture someone else took. As much as the first option is tempting, the socond one is much easier. Same when you want to draw idk… a kissing couple? That would mean if you’re single and not brave enough (or not a… total creep) you would be destined to a career of a landscapist.
So. You can always browse internet for photos. If you want royalty free images try this:

But my personal opinion on using references is (I’m not a lawyer but I like logical thinking so…), if you use someone’s photo to see how the anatomy works, how colours/light behave, how world around you looks like and then you use this information to create a drawing/painting with completely different quality, you don’t steal from people who took those photographs.
Here [x] you have my answer to the question how I use references. I never copy images, I create my own. Sometimes I don’t use references at all depending only on my own visual library in my brain, but it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t find a photo resembling my “not referenced” drawing on the internet. What really matters is the original idea. Your original idea.

And about hyping up your art. Well I wish I knew how to do that. I doubt my mum would buy my stuff :) But I guess having friends is half way to success. If you all have tumblr/twitter/facebook/instagram/whatever'sstrendynow you can promote each other. The more people see your art and know you want to sell it the bigger chance someone will want to buy it. I don’t know what else to advice you. People see, people like, people buy (at least those who can afford it x)).
So yeah, good luck :)

I meant to post this yesterday but I think I fell asleep. Instead of using the doodling tool on tumblr I decided to doodle old school, with a piece of paper and a pencil. I was too lazy to find a reference photo, so I drew these weirdos by heart. When I realized how little recemblance they had to the actual Rhett and Link I chose not to color them.

I should try to do something less horrifying for my next doodle, I hope these guys don’t give you nightmares. Also, @rhettandlink, no need to feel offended, you’re much prettier on video! :)

Okay so I messed up royally again and printed a whole bunch of reference photos too small and shifted to use for a drawing and I have no printers any where near me and I deleted my files with all the photos on them thinking I wouldn’t need them so I’m gonna have to wait until I get home to make art for people because I have nothing I can use, for now all I have in my arsenal of crappy unfinished art is Darkiplier so I will be doing that to ward off my eternal boredom. So keep an eye out for darkiplier for now

“For the longest time it was just assumed that we ended up here for reasons we don’t need to think about…but we tend to be masters of our own fate. The only thing that stops us from doing the really cool things is time.” – Monty Oum

Here’s to the future, may we take it in stride and keep on learning.


i don’t think i posted photos on here of the final installation for my ceramics class this semester.

but here it is.

i don’t really have a title for it, but it’s a whole bunch of porcelain teeth glazed in various ways.

but hey
I’ll mess it up if I try and finish so here @gastersans
Gaster!Sans original design by @borurou I think that’s their blog

In need of your cosplay photos!

I’m looking to start a paid photo editing service and I think it’d be cool to specifically offer special effects edits. The only thing now is I need examples to advertise it with!

If you’d be cool with me using a sourced photo of your cosplay as an example, and it’s a cosplay that needs some kind of advanced editing (magical/superpower effects, glowing tech, etc), please submit UP TO TWO photos! It’s not guaranteed that I’ll use it and the photos must be good quality with good environment (no bathroom mirror pics please). Also please tell me who your character is so I can look them up for reference.

Thank you for your time!


I’ll need to draw some wolf characters for Hominus soon, so since I’m really bad at drawing wolves (and all animals without solid references actually), I did a few sketches from photos to get them in the pencil. ^^

For once I used a pencil… I mean, a real one! With wood and all…! Not a mechanical pencil nor a coloured pencil for a first step rough, just… pencil.

It might sound awkward but I think I haven’t drawn like this since 3 years or maybe more… Using coloured mines helped me a lot to progress and I still need it, but I have to admit that keeping the construction lines, as much as hearing and feeling in my fingers the “scrit scrit” of the carbon on the paper, with the mine getting rougher and rougher all along the sketch, all this was reaaally nice sensations that I actually missed… =‘)



JP > Amen! X)

Giz > C’est l’avantage de la gouache, tu peux rajouter à la fin touuuut ce que tu as oublié en court de route! XD;

Aube > Hun! Merci!!! ;A;

Akyta > Merki! >v<

Plumy > Merciiiiiiii! ;////; Haha! Et nan! C’est une black en négatif en fait! X’D

Scottcarruba > Thanks a lot!


so I’m doing a thing! a commission thing. with a pencil. and paper.

I am offering traditional pencil, black + white illustrations! torso-up because I don’t want to die young (plus, it makes for cool compositions)

furry, mecha, and nudity A-OK! 

I’ll need several photo references of the character, and any other information you think will help me! if there’s items or symbolism attached with the character, send that along, too– it’ll help a lot for the complex variations

if you really want some color, I can throw in digital flat colors for an added $5 dollars for the Simple and Medium versions, and an added $10 for the complex versions (due to the amount of things I would have to color, you get my gist)

please email me at mochamura@gmail.com for more information, not through Tumblr messaging– it’s too sporadic and difficult to keep records of

anyways. I love you all