i think i need a reference photo

nadineyoussef4321-deactivated20  asked:

Hey just thought I'd let you know you have some of the best artwork I've ever seen! Congrats! Especially Chirrut, he's amazing in your style! I was also wondering if you had any advice on how to draw heads and eyes? They're one of my two biggest struggles and I'd love it if I could get your advice. Anything helps. Thank you and I hope you have a fantastic day!

*_* Thanks a bunch askdh and thanks for taking the time to write me! I had a lot of fun working on Chirrut ;;; 

Hmmm I usually think it’s not useful to explain how I make eyes or noses, since the way to draw them changes depending on the pose…  My advice would be practicing with ¾ heads. That view always force you to work volumetric shapes and also give a lot more of information. Also, I think it’s much more easy since you have more landmarks to help you.

I would also say consulting anatomy to identify the landmarks on the face  (zygomatic and nasal bone , superciliary arch, mandible…) and practice on photos. Using references for drawing is not bad and drawing over photos when you need information of a face is a lot of fun. Is not necessary to draw all the bones, but knowing where the volumes and principal shapes are can help you learn. I.E:

I love that photo because it’s SO SO easy to see the volumetry of the face; just the line of the jaw gives you a lot of informacion about it. And it makes it easy to identify the elements and principal shapes of the head:

(I broke his nose, I’m sorry, but I made this quickly (??)) the point is, take your time to study the lines and understand the anatomy.
Also:

that triangle is very helpful too and could help you placing the principal elements. The lines that make him look like he’s crying (?) are the relation between the eyes and the mouth and are very helpful when placing it.

Again, this is only a way to learn and understand how to build a face. That is always the key, even if you use a cartoon style. Rules can be broken, but I think it’s important to understand them first. It could help you make your style more solid. 

And well, once you’ve studied it from photos, trying it on your own (even if you have references, that’s ok) and practice, practice u3u

Hope this helps and hope it’s not too technical ;;;

I Will Take Care of You

|||Anon asked: Can i request a xiumin exo wolf mate au?? Like a cute and fluffy one maybe?|||

Kim Minseok (Xiumin) x Reader

Genre: Wolf AU

Word count: 976

Originally posted by drawien

You just moved but already didn’t like this place. Your father was a novelist and so you had to move whenever he finished his book as there was no more inspiration after that. He wanted to work somewhere quiet and calm and because of that each new place was more secluded than the last one. This time it was a town of 4000 residents. It was a cloudy day as you made your way to yet another new school. Due to your constant moving you gave up on making new friends so didn’t expect much out of this day. The first thing you had to do today was find the library. The smaller the town the less people will be there and so you can be alone and spend some time with yourself without anybody bothering you. You loved reading and you could thank your father for that. You took an old looking book from one of the shelves. Surprisingly it was a book about this town. Might as well get to know where you’re going to be living for the next year or so. You weren’t even 30 minutes in when you heard footsteps.

“Hello gorgeous” a man said and before you could react took your hand pecked it.

“Wha-“

“Haven’t seen you before, you’re new?”

“Actually yes I’m” you said quickly taking your hand out of his. “And who might you be? I’m not used to people just coming up out of nowhere and trying to start a conversation.”

“Why not? I saw you through the window and you looked incredibly cute, so I couldn’t resist talking to you.” he said smiling and you could feel how your cheeks started to burn.

“What’s up with him, he’s totally weird.” you thought but in reality you found him very handsome. He had dark purple and black hair and was wearing a white shirt with leather jacket on. You followed your gaze up to his face and unexpectedly made eye contact with him so you had to quickly avert your eyes to which he smiled. Great. You don’t even know him and he’s not even doing anything but he’s already making you blush.

“Name’s is Minseok by the way.”

“I’m sorry but I have to go.”

“Already but I just got here.” he pouted but you were already standing up and turning around to leave.

“Hey!” he shouted after you.

“What is it?” you asked.

“Will you be here tomorrow?”

“I might, why?”

“Oh nothing.” he said and you noticed how the pout was turning into a smile again. “I just thought I should look after you.”

You didn’t expect him to say that so you quickly turned around and headed out of the building. You were all red from his words and couldn’t let him see you like this. But you also couldn’t stop thinking about him on your way home.

“I’m back.” you said.

“Oh, welcome home” your father replied. “Sweety, could you do something for me? I just got this wonderful idea for a story but really need some photos for reference.”

“Now? It’s getting dark.”

“Please, I know you love doing this, help out your old man” your father said handing you the camera.

“Fine.” you said putting your more comfortable boots on. “I won’t take long.”

Your father was right, even though you didn’t live moving from one place to the other, the only thing you enjoyed about it was the nature. The forest started just across the street. You wondered what kind of story your father came up with now. As you were thinking and taking photos you didn’t even notice how now you were somewhere in the middle of the forest.

“Okay.” you thought. “Don’t panic. You can find your way back.”

With that you hear a branch snap and quickly turned in the direction of the sound. No way. There was a grey wolf there. How come? You never knew there were wolves in this area. The animal didn’t look happy. Were you in his territory? You tried remembering what to do in situations like this. Do you keep eye contact? Do you pretend that you’re dead? The wolf started approaching you growling, you took a few steps back when you hit a tree.

“That’s it.” you thought. “This is how I die.”

When suddenly out of nowhere another wolf appeared. The newcomer started growling at the other and he stopped in his tracks. They stood still just looking at each other for what seemed like ages when the grey one decided to take off. By now your legs gave up on you and you just slumped by the tree. Were you saved just now? But it was not over. Now the newcomer was drawing near you. You couldn’t have a good look at him as it was dusk and his fur was black. The only thing you could see clearly was his golden eyes. The wolf stopped right in front of you and sat down. You were now both staring at each other.

“Is this one friendly?” you thought, not sure if you could pet him. The wolf tilted his head as if inviting and you put your hand on his back. The fur was soft and warm and now you just wanted to hug him. And so you did. You had nothing to lose anyways, so you threw or arms around his neck and snuggled in it. Then the realization of what just happened and that you almost died just now hit you hard and you started crying. Before you knew it you were in someone else’s embrace. You felt strong hand wrap around your waist as a chin was put on top of your head.

“There there.” he said stroking you hair. You looked up and saw Minseok.

“I said I will look after you.”


A/N: I hope this satisfies the lovely anon who requested, I tried making this as fluffy as possible but idk 😃 Anyhow, I would love to write more kpop reactions, scenarios and stuff like that. I keep up with a lot of groups, both male and female, so if you have any ideas feel free to request!!

anonymous asked:

Hiya, this is really random and sort of a stupid question but do you have any tips when it comes to drawing the achievement hunter crew? I find the characterization of them to be really difficult, and figuring out how to make them all look like themselves seems to come as a challenge to me so I was wondering if you had any tips?? If not that's fine I'm just in desperate need of help ...

I’m probably not the best person to ask because I have a style and I draw them in that style?? However I’mma try:

I think the best tip you’re gonna get is just study them and their faces? Point out their main characteristics that make them look like them
Like when in doubt, reference a photo of them. 

A few examples I just scrapped together

Here we have Mr Haywood. Known for expressive brows and floofy hair! So add those two things in. Add in a scruff, some wide eyes and bang you got yourself a handsome man

Another Example

The Boss, Moustache-less Edition. So we all know Geoff was known for that magnificent stache. Alas he shaved it off two years ago but here’s how we can identify him. Geoff has a Overwatches Soldier76 looking hair going on where the fringe is smol. Some tired eyes and ofc the tattoos. Normally got a scruff but at varying lengths. 

Last example, a lad this time

Just look at his faceshape, much longer than Haywoods and Ramsey’s. Gavins main characteristic is probably that nose. But even without it you got that Duckbutt hairstyle and lanky look. He’s beautiful boi.


But yeah, reference them. Everyone has a characteristic that makes them stand out and RT is full of diverse and unique looking people. 

Important lessons from life drawing

I was thinking about what life drawing can teach me and if I need it and why. Actually those are valid questions to ask. We shouldn’t just do thing because someone says so. We should be able to understand how things we do affects us and how it will be useful for our work. We should know If we can improve and how from the experience. If you want life drawing to help you develop your skills you need to identify your problems firsts. But the usual problems of many artists are the fear of drawing, fear of failing, putting too much pressure on making the perfect picture. In the end artists don’t even start drawing and have problems with coming up with ideas from imagination.I found a perfect solution in life drawing and I want to share why I think so and how it helps me personally.

  1. The most important reason is overcoming the fear of drawing. It helps me with starting and not putting too much thought into drawing. It puts me in the moment and forcing me to stop hesitating. I need to stop being shy about putting lines on paper, especially when the subject are people. It takes me out of my comfort zone that is in front of computer. It’s challenging to go outside and draw in the middle of crowded coffee shop. I will just draw without thinking just to be over with it. The most important would be produce finished piece, not the most perfect image ever. Also I would advice to pick a tool that you can’t erase. Be aware that you can’t undo the lines and be confident about that. My tool of choice are ink and markers.
  2. It will make you work faster. You will need to find shortcuts when you draw because people won’t pose for you 30 mins. Sometimes it will be just 10 sec to get the image so the trick is to see and understand the gesture and then draw it without the model. If you can’t get the result right so quickly you will be forced to look for tricks how to be most efficient with lines. How to use just most essential lines to portray someone or something. You will start noticing what is the most important. I would say this is pretty advanced thing right here. If you will practice that you will be way faster with your drawings and it will help you in your professional career.
  3. It will give you greater understanding of perspective and spatial awareness. I think we all understand that those are basic things in drawing. Putting things right in perspective. identifying horizon line and vanishing points, 2 and 3 point perspective. I would guess it’s one of the hardest things to learn and artists usually try to avoid it. We shouldn’t avoid hard things. How much better the image looks when you add perspective to it.
  4. You will understand objects in space which will help you translate 3D objects to paper. Photo references are already 2D images, your brain doesn’t have to figure out how to translate object into flat piece of paper. You need to do the hard work yourself and figure out how, with just lines, you will get the image that has depth. If you get that then the next step would be that you will be able to look at one object and imagine it from different angles and points of view. If you get that then you will be pretty good at drawing from imagination.

So now when you have all the reasons above what you can do ?  What I would do is I would prepare one sketchbook that I have just for the life drawing sessions and I would put a deadline on it. I would say that I need to fill that sketchbook in 30 days. The challenge here is to try and draw every day to observe how your confidence will change during that time. In the beginning you will struggle of course, but try to overcome the fear. Don’t think too much and push yourself. I promise it will be better and you will gain confidence. You already starting to stimulate your brain into right direction.  Confidence will show in your sketches if you continue to do it for 30 days straight. Line quality will go up. It will help you will all basics. Just think how great it will be to compare first picture to the last one. Perhaps some of you will be in the mood to continue everyday life drawing. I can guarantee that you will end up with better skills than before you started and it will be great remedy for some artist problems.

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

also kaibas and assorted yugibro au

@darkspine29

Reference? Nice. Stealing? Nope.

I just felt like writing this because I’ve seen it happening quite a lot in many places lately, and I’ve been through that myself not so long ago.

Many talented artists use references to practice and bring their ideas to life, may it be photos of real models to reproduce a pose, historical concepts, movies or TV shows, books, etc.
References are great - I always feel like I need to practice more and more each passing day. They are basically essential for my training as an artist. They helped me a lot in the past and I’m sure they will continue to do so in the future. So what is this all about exactly?

The answer is simple: references are important, but the real problem appears when artists decide to copy another artist, and without crediting!

Think about it. You spend days working on a specific design, you share it with your audience and people like it… yay! But then, all of a sudden, someone arrives and grabs your idea, changes one small detail or two to add more “originality” and then posts the work without even crediting you for the original concept. That’s not very nice of them, is it?

This is not talent, it’s stealing. You could at least contact the person first, ask them if you can use their art as an inspiration for a new piece, offer to give full credits and even link the original image as soon as you’re done. But no, apparently it’s way too complicated! Because crediting the source would force you to admit you have no ideas of your own. Oh my, such a shame!

Guys, stealing is wrong on so many levels and you don’t even realize that by doing this you’re discouraging other artists and pushing them away from what they truly love. I found myself thinking “why am I even doing this if people have to steal from me?” more than once in the past and I’ve seen talented people literally disappear from the net because they couldn’t bear the thought of being robbed and treated like their efforts do not count at all. It’s heartbreaking, it’s maddening, and it’s malicious.

If you value yourself as an artist/writer, then you should know better than to steal. Generate your own ideas from sources other than fellow artists’ work of the similar kind.

10

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.)

Ravenclaw!Wonwoo x Hufflepuff!Reader
  • It’s a day like no other; you’re just chilling in Care of Magical Creatures when all of a sudden you see Hufflepuff!Seungkwan running full force at you from across the grounds.
  • And you’re like 1.) Is something chasing you that I should be concerned about, and 2.) Shouldn’t you have already been here?? You’re in this class??
  • Seungkwan explains (once he reaches you, winded af) and is like, “one of the librarians wanted a student to make a replica out of books in the library, to celebrate the anniversary of Hogwarts, so I said I would do it”
  • You’re thinking, “this explains literally nothing. I don’t understand how that connects to you flailing at 60 mph directly towards me”
  • Seungkwan just keeps going though, saying “I had to run all the way here because I lost track of time working on the replica! I don’t know why I said I’d do it, I didn’t realize how clumsy I am, l mean I keep knocking books over and it’s a mess and I’m a mess. And the librarian only gave me a week! I really need your help”
  • You’re agree immediately because it’s creative and sounds like fun, and you’ll be working on it together so that’ll make it even more enjoyable. Also- who wouldn’t want to hang out with Boo Seungkwan??
  • After your classes for that day and after dinner, you and Seungkwan meet in the library and it’s like 9 pm but y'all are determined af to make this the coolest book sculpture ever.
  • You: “Seungkwan, what shape do you want it in?? Like what is the sculpture supposed to be”
  • Seungkwan: “it’s supposed to be a replica of Hogwarts”
  • You: “it’s just… a pile of books so far…”
  • Seungkwan: “I toLd yOu I neeDeD hELp”
  • First, you go and find a picture of Hogwarts because Seungkwan did not think to get a reference photo, his plan was to ‘wing it as I do literally everything else’
  • Next, you and Seungkwan get to work, and a few hours later, you have something that resembles the base of Hogwarts.
  • You two agree that it’s too late at night to work on this any more, and that you’ll meet up the next few nights to finish the Hogwarts book replica thing.
  • The next day goes on normally, until you meet Seungkwan back at the library that night. You walk in and hear a piercing shriek that you just know has to be Seungkwan.
  • You rush in and are like “Seungkwan are you okay!?”, but he’s just standing there in front of your incomplete replica, completely unharmed.
  • Seungkwan: “Y/N, someone took a book”
  • You: “of course they took a book, this is a library”
  • Seungkwan: “no no, they took it from the middle of the freaking base of the replica”
  • You: “Well… Someone probably needed that particular book for a class”
  • After you calm down Seungkwan’s overly dramatic outrage, you make your way to go find a book that will fit in that particular gap. It takes you almost 20 minutes of trial and error, having to find the perfect sized book to fit in that section, but you eventually find one and slide it in, completing the base of the sculpture again.
  • As the two of you keep working on the sculpture, by the end of this night, you’ve managed to get some of the walls of book-Hogwarts built up.
  • The both of you keep coming back after dinner every night to get this replica finished.
  • And every single night you come back, a book or two are missing. In the most inconvenient spots, too, like who the hell would be able to reach these?? You and Seungkwan backtrack at least an hour every night trying to find a replacement book that’s the correct width, length, and depth that could fit in those particular spots, and then having to place the book in the gap without knocking the entire replica over.
  • Basically, it sucks and you guys still don’t know who the heck is doing it.
  • Seungkwan is getting increasingly frustrated with the “Book Snatcher”, as he likes the call the culprit, and you’re getting more and more tired of having to go back and put so much effort into fixing the holes being created.
  • Five days into this project, you and Seungkwan conclude that trying the replace the handful of books that go missing every day is taking up too much time, seeing as you only have two days left to finish the replica.
  • You’re like “Boo, don’t worry, I’ve got this”, and you go into the library at like six in the morning the next day, which happens to be a Saturday (which means no classes, turn up), planning to stay all day and catch the culprit.
  • You’re sitting at a table far away enough from the replica to not be suspicious, but still be able to clearly see anything that happens near it. The only fault in your plan is you didn’t anticipate how boring it is to just. s i t  t h e r e. And have to pay attention to what’s directly in front of you, for hours and hours.
  • Basically, you fell asleep in your seat, with your face pressed against the table you were sitting at.
  • Someone shoves you awake some time later and you’re thinking “Where am I?? What year is it?? W h a t  t h e  h e c k”
  • You jolt up to see a very concerned Seungkwan, who first asks if you’re okay, then if you realize how big a mark you have on your forehead, and lastly, if you found the culprit.
  • You: “Ahah funny story, really…”
  • Seungkwan: “You’ve been asleep this whole time, haven’t you”
  • You: “I’m sorry” T-T
  • Seungkwan is like “alright let’s just both go tomorrow, and hopefully at least one of us will stay awake”
  • So that’s exactly what the both of you do the next morning. You’re dressed normally, and even brought a few books over to the table you’re at, so you blend in well. Seungkwan is another story.
  • Seungkwan struts into the library with sunglasses on, and three family sized bags of Doritos in his arms. He gracefully slides into the seat next to you, handing you a bag of chips.
  • You’re like “Seungkwan wtf is all this for”
  • He explains his logic to you, which is that if he wears sunglasses, no one will know he’s staring at them (he’s gotta keep an eye out for the book snatcher), and that if you two are going to be in the library all day, you need to have snacks.
  • You decide it’s not worth it to try and explain to Seungkwan that he’s drawing more attention to himself by wearing sunglasses indoors.
  • So you’re like “Seungkwan there’s no food permitted in the library, at least stash the chips in my bag”, to which he gratefully complies, not wanting his chips to be confiscated my one of the meaner librarians.
  • This ‘steakout’ (if you can even call it that), is basically the two of you just playing cards, chatting, and not really remembering why the two of you were there in the first place.
  • That is until you happen to glance over to the replica, and see a tall Ravenclaw boy standing right in front of it, his body facing the replica, back to you.
  • You give him the benefit of the doubt, thinking that he might just be admiring the almost-complete replica.
  • That is until you see his slender fingers wrap around one of the books making up the walls of your sculpture
  • You nudge Seungkwan and point frantically at the boy, which apparently was bad idea because Seungkwan jolts up so fast, he knocks over his chair, and screams (in this otherwise dead silent library), “HEY, YOU BOOK SNATCHER!”
  • This seemed to startle the Ravenclaw boy (but let’s be real, who the fuck wouldn’t that startle), who hadn’t completely removed the book from the replica. With the book only halfway out, the Ravenclaw boy flinched so hard at Seungkwan’s battle cry, that the whole replica went tumbling down.
  • The boy immediately dropped the book, and his hands flew to cover his mouth, obviously horrified that he just ruined someone’s hard work.
  • Seungkwan marched straight up to this kid, you following less aggressively behind him, and spun him around so hard you’d think he’d have gotten whiplash cough cough nct 127… sorry I’ll leave
  • Seungkwan: *pulls down sunglasses* “Oh. It’s just Wonwoo”
  • You step out from behind Seungkwan to get a better look at this Book Snatcher/Wonwoo, and to put it bluntly, you are s h o o k.
  • Like how the heck does someone manage to be that good looking?? His pretty face is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Like who the heck has cheekbones that sharp, they look like they could cut diamonds. (or the hearts of carats… honestly idk how you Wonwoo stans live when he’s that attractive like fr how are you not deceased)
  • But you snap out of it like “oh yeah he #wrecked our freaking replica and we only have one day left to finish it”
  • Before any of you can say anything, a librarian kicks the three of you out of the library for being “loud and disruptive to your peers”
  • After getting kicked out, Wonwoo is pouring out apologies to Seungkwan, who cuts him off and is like “You should apologize to Y/N, they’re the one who’s been working the hardest on this replica”
  • Wonwoo only then seems to notice that you’re even there, but when he does, it seems like his gorgeous eyes pierce right into your soul. He then starts pleading to you that he’s really sorry, and if there’s anything he can do to help.
  • Seungkwan butts in and is like “um heck yes you’re helping now, meet us tonight after dinner in the library so we can try and complete it by morning”
  • So after dinner, you make your way over to the library, which is only lit by a few scattered lights and candles, seeing as no one is usually in there around this time of night. You spot Wonwoo, who’s sitting criss-cross in front of what is now just a giant messy pile of books, smiling to himself while reading a book.
  • You silently go and sit down next to him and ask what he’s reading.
  • At first he’s like “holy hell” because he did nOT see you there, he was so into his book.
  • But then he goes on and explains what book he’s reading, and all the things he really likes about what the author has written, and basically goes on the cutest rant about why he really loves this book so far.
  • You don’t even realize you’re smiling so hard until he glances over to you and is like “why do you seem so happy??”
  • “Because you’re cute, that’s all”
  • If it weren’t so dark in the library, you would’ve seen his face turn bright pink so fast.
  • “But why were you taking books from the replica?”
  • Wonwoo looks away from you, like a kid getting in trouble with their parents, and he explains that some of the books you used were ones that he really wanted to read, and that he wasn’t trying to sabotage your replica or anything.
  • You heart just melts, because all this sweet boy wanted to do was read these books, he wasn’t being malicious at all.
  • Seungkwan suddenly barges in and is like “if Wonwoo isn’t here I stg I will-”, but then he sees the way that Wonwoo is lowkey blushing and looking at you, completely entranced, and Seungkwan kind of just backs out of the library and leaves. Because he also remembered how flustered you were when you met Wonwoo earlier and he was thinking… maybe they’re catching feelings ;D
  • Seungkwan, getting back to the Hufflepuff dorms: “I’m the worst project partner but the best match maker”
  • Soonyoung: “Yup, sounds about right to me”
  • Joshua: “What the heck have you done now”
  • Anyway, you start to get worried after Seungkwan doesn’t show up (neither of you actually noticed him briefly enter the library earlier), and it’s obvious, with you checking the door every couple of minutes to see if he’s there.
  • Wonwoo: “Maybe he forgot?”
  • You: “I guess so…. Either way, we need to get to work on this”
  • After about an hour straight of rebuilding this replica, Wonwoo can see that it’s stressing you out, so he tries to cheer you up in the way he knows best.
  • Wonwoo: “Hey, Y/N”
  • You: “Yeah?”
  • Wonwoo: “Two windmills are in a field. One asks the other ‘what kind of music do you like?’. The other windmill says “well, I’m a big metal fan”
  • With all of your heart, you did not expect this boy whose expression has been mostly a cold, deadpan stare, to be cracking stupid jokes. You laugh so hard you almost end up knocking down a wall yourself.
  • Meanwhile Wonwoo’s all smug, like “heck yes, this cute person thinks I’m funny. Mingyu never laughs at my jokes”
  • So you two repeat this pattern of you getting a little overwhelmed, Wonwoo noticing, and telling you dumb jokes to cheer you up.
  • Most of the time he ends up laughing at you laughing, and you notice that when he laughs, he scrunches his nose up and it’s just so adorable.
  • It’s dawn when the two of you finally finish the replica, and tbh it looks a lot better than the one you and Seungkwan made.
  • You both are about to part ways, go to breakfast, and then your classes, when Wonwoo timidly grabs your hand to keep you from leaving.
  • You look up to him and are like “Yes?? Are you okay?”
  • He’s looking at his feet and says quietly, “I… know that this was my fault, for taking books and knocking it over… but I had a lot of fun spending time with you. And I was just wondering if you ever maybe have free time, if you’d like to meet up with me and go to Hogsmeade together?”
  • You’re like “assdfjghkl yes, of course”, and pull him down a little, giving him a quick peck on the cheek, before bolting out of the library.
  • Wonwoo just stands there for a moment, completely frozen by shock, before he grins really wide, and makes his way out of the library and to the Ravenclaw table for breakfast.
  • Jeonghan: “Why do you look so happy this morning?”
  • Wonwoo: “Ahh, it’s nothing…”
  • DK: “That means it’s something. You haVe tO teLL uS”
  • Wonwoo: “plz let me liVE”
  • So in the end, even though pulling all-nighters usually are awful, when you’re with the right person, they can end up being worth it.

anonymous asked:

hey! this might seem like an odd question but can I ask how you design your outfits/armor designs? whenever i try to design something for a character it kinda comes out simple, or is similar to other designs i've made in the past and i was wondering if you had any other tips ^_^ (also, i absolutely adore you're hq!! fantasy au and i can't wait for another update X3 )

Hey there Anon! :) I’m sure your work is fantastic! Just brainstorming and trying new things (even if you think it turns out too similar or simple) is always a good thing! Tbh I’m not really experienced in concept design and I don’t find my work to look very skilled haha but here’s a couple things I do when doing these kinds of drawings. First, I think it’s good to grab as many reference photos as you feel you need. For Ushijima’s (shiratorizawa) armor outfit I was looking at a lot of ancient Greek armor. What I did was take the general shape of the armors in the pictures and elaborated on it. It is VERY helpful (at least for me) to have a “base” for your designs that you can start with so that it’s easier to add in detail and embellishments. It also helps you understand how clothes/armor fits. I struggle a lot with making armor look like it’s wearable with room for the bending of elbows and knees, so I try to take time to figure out how the armor is being worn and what pieces are separate from the others. Second, when trying to think of something new, I like to try and think in shapes. Like Ushijima’s is very round and circular but Iwa’s is very sharp and diamond shaped. It’s easier for me to make something more detailed when I have a basic shape that applies to the whole outfit: if I wanted to add designs on the fabric for Ushijima, it would probably be a lot of curved lines and circular designs. Lastly, reference, reference, reference. On clothes and armor around the world. You won’t find a better inspiration than real life designs! It’s not like you have to copy it, just observe it and maybe take aspects of what you’re seeing, such as a cloth wrapped on one side of the body, or a utility belt/strap that goes around the waist and over the shoulder. And there’s nothing wrong with not liking the design you make at first <3 just keep sketching over and over and don’t give up! And have fun experimenting with different things ~ Sorry for the long ramble hahah

Answering other ASKS here (it’s gonna be a long one… lol):

Hi there! Hmm drawing technique… I would define it as HOW you draw something. Or HOW you use your choice of medium to draw/paint. For example, if you use pencil/pen, there’s something called stippling, which is a bunch of dots to create an illusion of shading. Stippling is a technique you use to draw with the pencil/pen. Same with cross hatching. You can’t really have a drawing technique, as it is something used by a lot of people. But you can USE technique and HAVE a personal style, which is the end result of you using technique. If that makes sense? Ahhh I hope this helped at least a little ;__; That was a hard question haha I had to think about this quite a bit XD

Hi @plants-blooms! Thank you so much! Ohhh another hard Q hahah. I agree it can be hard to achieve a natural look on photoshop. I think it really comes down to your choice of brush and your understanding of light and color on hair. 

I did this super quick and messily but I think it gets across the impact of using different brushes while drawing the same thing. It’s very important to know what kind of look you are going for and brushes factor a lot into it. And then there’s color and light. I think the best way to do realistic, natural looking hair is to observe real life and understand how the environment interacts with it (careful though since there are a lot of different types of hair). The amount of light a person’s hair is exposed to affects it’s color; not painting it in the right shade when the environment is really dark or really light can throw off its realism. Also, you don’t HAVE to emulate real hair and draw every single strand. If you understand all that light/color business, you can actually draw very simply and it will still look realistic. I’d like to point you towards WLOP’s work <3 their work IS detailed but it’s also a combo of specific brushes and an amazing understanding of light. And Wlop’s painting tutorial HERE. In general make sure to practice by observing portrait photos (perhaps flickr) or just creep on people in real life hehe

Haha hi there ~ Ahh thank you so much >///< yes that is me! *cough* Butiwaswearingalotofmakeupinthatreferencephotolmao *cough*

Ahh thank you so much @ichigodaisuki! <3 The small square above the nano is a very lazy and quick attempt to draw 3DS game cards hahah. It’s Fire Emblem Awakening and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire XDD and it’s completely illegible hahaha

Hi there, Anon! <3 Ohhh this question haha. I’ve been following figure skating since, I think, Kristi Yamaguchi in the 1990s (she was so good). I’ve also loved animation since I was little. The problem is I’m VERY VERY picky about the shows that I choose to watch, so I decided to keep tabs on anime studios based on the number of shows they’ve made that I enjoyed. MAPPA has been on my list since Sakamichi no Apollon and Zankyou no Terror (both are extremely beautiful, mature shows btw if you haven’t seen them), so when I heard they were going to make an original FIGURE SKATING show… I was all in. I think I was waiting for Yuri on Ice for over a year because the trailer came out 10 months ago and the announcement was a while before that. 

Anyways YES I loved the show, however it is not in my top favorites list (weird I know haha I’m sorry). But while I had issues with the character development and the animation, this show NAILED the main three. I could draw Yuuri, Victor, and Yurio all day! I think those guys were what made me love YOI, especially the relatable personality and character progress of Yuuri. Really wish there was more on Victor though, considering how significant of a character he is.

Ohhh Anon ~ If you want to watch something you should do it! Not being an artist or a reviewer should never stop you from watching a tv show, or doing anything for that matter <3 be yourself. Anyone who doesn’t want to talk to you because they think you’re “untalented” is a jerk and not worth your time anyways! The YOI community on here has been very friendly and welcoming, so don’t be afraid! Please take care and think higher of yourself ~ Have more confidence <3

Hello there Anon! Oh my goodness thank you so much! >////< And of course that’s totally ok with me! <3 ahhhh thank you so much for your support and I’m so honored you want to try and cosplay the design! I would LOVE to see it when it’s done if that’s alright with you?? *o*

Hi there Anon! Thank you so much and thank you for the interest! <3 There is only ONE king/queen at a time, but they are chosen by both of the two clans together and that person can be from either clan. Tsukki is definitely moon clan along with Asahi, Kiyoko, and Suga. Noya, Tanaka, Daichi, Yachi and Hinata are sun. I’m struggling with Yamaguchi, Takeda, Ukai and the rest… Kageyama is actually from Seijou and was banished to Karasuno and takes over as a dictator, sort of. So he has some work to do haha. Here’s the crests but they’re subject to change considering how fast and sloppy I did them LOL:

@fuckdin Of course. To both. Hehehe. But seriously yes, I definitely plan to draw more of the fantasy AU. It’s getting to the point where I want to draw all the characters and all the outfits and all the locations. And I have no time. It’s baaaaad hahah. But in terms of Iwaoi, their relationship in this AU is a bit… angsty. Mutual. But angsty… Soon. I’ll draw more soon!

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Thank you to everyone who sent in ASKS! I have a few unanswered ones because this post turned out rather long haha. I’ll get to those when I can. And I’ll pm replies to the non-answer ASKS assuming you are not anonymous :)) Take care all! Have a great week <3 and a little iwaoi heh

anonymous asked:

can I ask you an advice how to draw and colouring a background? I'm struggling that my background didn't match the main character drawing (I'm sorry if my english is bad)

I’m not sure if I can give much advice since I myself don’t draw background much. Example;

There is this tutorial that I found before in FB but couldn’t find it anymore. But I guess this will help too http://kotaku.com/tips-for-drawing-backgrounds-1759168924 . Also other than looking at drawing background tips. I think you can look up for photography tips. They also help you in how to study about composition when drawing background.

Bonus https://www.facebook.com/interaktfilms/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1292120724142411
The link above will help you as a reference on how to draw a good composition art.

Tips from me is, you need to understand your art elements first. What is the setting of your art. What is the mood. Is it happy? Sad? Intense? For example if your character is just standing with relaxed face you should add a calm atmosphere such as sky and cloud as background and not something intense.

In coloring- hm well I can’t help much with this since it depends on your coloring style (Mine is soft and vivid). But I always use a softer color for mine and try to contrast the character so they are not ‘drowned’ by the background. 

I think you should know what do you want to draw first before randomly draw the background. Other than that, try to learn about perspective so your art doesn’t look awkward.

Your English is fine and hope this help. :)

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 :)

anonymous asked:

Hey Scout! Quick art question: I'm still a beginner, so I work entirely from reference photos. I mean ENTIRELY, like I gotta find the exact pose, etc. I want to draw. Did you ever do this? Does it get easier to break away from this after some practice? Thanks in advance! Your stuff is literally da best. :D

THIS IS FINE. i don’t know how the idea that reference photos are bad got so widely perpetrated within art communities, but damn. ey, working from reference is fine. the more you work from it, the more you understand how to do it free-hand.

what i think you should give a shot is mixing this need to do it, and the will to do work without the references. it’s a lot easier to have at least an idea of what you want to draw, especially if you don’t have access to any reference images.

trust me, every pro in the industry i know has a whole bucket of references in a tab of their browser or off to the side of a piece at least once a week. it’s impossible to have infinite knowledge for drawing All Things

i did start out with a lot more dependence on reference images than i have now, but if you start asking yourself how and why when drawing things, your brain will gradually start to understand and catalog the information!

Anonymous said:

Can I ask what you did when you were just starting out as an artist? I’m starting to take my art more seriously, drawing generally makes me happy / relieves stress, but I’m pretty unhappy with how most of it turns out right now. I’m not really sure how to practice. Do I draw shapes? Do I copy other comics? For portraits, do I try to replicate the same image multiple times or pick different ones? Any advice is greatly appreciated!! <3

i hear ya! when i started out, i did all of the things you mentioned here. i literally tried every method possible. once you start doing everything in your power to figure out the big secret to improvement, you will realize you have improved, even if it’s just a little bit. you’ll start to find why you enjoy the process in the first place.

try working with a bunch of different mediums. stuff you’ve never heard of. push yourself out of a comfort zone and try something you hadn’t considered. watch a bunch of artists creating things! nowadays, youtube is an absolute treasure trove of artists that are willing to show you how they do things, and when i started, that information was a lot more coveted. for instance, to help curate ideas for inktober, this is what my history looks like:

note that we are all constantly learning. you’re always seeing people at various stages of their journey, so make sure to remember that you’re only just now giving it a shot!

anonymous asked:

hii i just wanted to ask how you got so good at background! i’ve been drawing for quite a while, my anatomy is alright and i don’t hate the way i draw people anymore, and i have so many comic ideas but tbh, my backgrounds look super wonky and off. how did u practice backgrounds? i’m currently trying to reference a lot of rooms but i was thinking maybe u have some tips?

waaaaaaaa i honestly think drawing backgrounds is like my worst art skill so this is very flattering ;_;

in heartstopper, i usually keep the lines backgrounds very loose and almost.. deliberately wobbly? i think it makes the background seem almost out of focus, ya know. it gives a vague sense of place, but keeps the focus on the characters. like this:

then every now and then i’ll draw a background in proper detail. i usually do this when i need to establish where the characters are. i often use photo references when doing this!

i used photo references for both of these :) it gives a nice sense of detail and atmosphere, but you really don’t need to put as much detail as this into every single panel!!

something was bugging me about that new photo of the FBI wanted signs seen on the ACS set. I think I figured out what it is…

THIS is the wanted poster we already got a glimpse of:

and this is the new one:

(why is his race listed as “white”? and his nationality “medium”? I get he’s ½ white and white passing, but…?????? what the hell is a “medium” nationality anyway? they need better proof readers.)

and just for reference Andrew Cunanan’s REAL wanted poster:

(race is still “white”, but nationality is “American”)

Confidence Booster (Tom Glynn-Carney x Reader) Artist/Muse AU

Summary: Desperate times call for desperate measures. The poster has been printed and now you wait for a volunteer to step forward.

AN: A quick thang written for @prettyboytgc because her art is brilliant and so is she and I hope you feel better soon my love. I don’t know shit about life drawing so forgive me for any and all inaccuracies.

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rosarygerard  asked:

Hi! I need help! I can kinda draw realism, but only by tracing. Whenever I draw on paper, it looks awkward. But when I copy someone else's realism, it looks kinda okay. What should I do to improve drawing (almost) realistically just by looking at references, not tracing?

Hi there, @rosarygerard

Realism is hard because of the detail and the nuance. Observation is key. Honestly, you might be staring more at your reference photo than drawing, but ideally, you look scan your ref, draw, check (revise if needed) – rinse & repeat for a few hours. 

There are a lot of things that need to be correct & cohesive for something to look realistic. 

Here a few things I think matter most in realistic art:

Color: {Monochrome realism need not apply}  In nature, shadows are not black, highlights are not white. Midtones are not one solid color. This happens because light & colors bounce around from the environment onto the subject, and the subject itself is often pretty colorful. (Think about skin. It’s got the pigment you see, but also has  slight glazes of red and blue because of the veins and arteries.) Study the color wheel, and I recommend checking out this godly tutorial created by ziinyu

  • For example, you are rendering a blue sphere, try shading with a deep purple and brown, use a really pale orange for the highlights. And then using many hues of blue. It will create a much more realistic look than just a few shades/tints of blue.

Lighting:  Lighting is very important. You need to consider multiple light sources, bouncing light, shadows, highlights, and degrees of light. You also need to think about how light wraps around the object. Changes in value create edges, not a harsh black line of line art. Which is really nice for other styles, but will not result in  photorealistic look at all. Start with this, then check out this and that

Form: Form is an important part of understanding how to draw the shapes you see. If you know how the subject is structured, it makes it easier to draw complex shapes & foreshortening that you see in the reference.

You also need to know composition. Otherwise, your uber realistic subject won’t have as much of an impact as it could have.

Further Reading:

this is one of those posts I really need you to pay attention to that you may scroll through but I really need your opinions

I’ve been thinking about starting up a stock photography blog where I take photo references for artists. How many people would find this helpful? I would be open to ‘commissions’ where you could donate any amount in order to get a pose. I would charge more for a full set of poses but the donation part for one pose is just preferred because I am having a really hard time getting a job and I know people need pose references. I will also be starting a cosplay photography business in which you can book cheep sessions if you are in my area to get high quality, well edited photos. This can’t happen until I get a charger for my camera. Until I get a new camera I can’t take video. For now I can take photos with my phone, which has a very nice high quality camera. First photo will be free. This is really important guys I am having such a hard time getting a job it is time I start going out of my way to do so.