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venusinfursasaboy  asked:

your position on your high horse regarding creature designs was well earned. since you seem to have extensive knowledge on how animal bodies work, do you have any advice for someone who knows literally nothing about non-human anatomy and wants to start designing their own critters?

Oh man, what a question! I get asked this a lot, so I’m gonna take the opportunity to lay out some guidelines I follow when making my own beasties. It’s gonna be long, but I hope it helps a few people!

The biggest, best tip I can give you is to reference from life - all great fantasy creature designs have basis in things that actually exist, no matter how whacky they are. Studying the anatomy of animals hands-on - be it a dog, cat, bird, or even a horse - can give you loads of inspiration for making your own monsters!
I’ll go through my own process for emphasis, it usually starts like this:
1. What do I want to make?
2. Where does it live?
3. Is this environment similar to something on our world?
4. What do animals that already exist in that environment look like?
5. Reference-gathering
6. Construction
7. Tweaks and edits
8. Finish

This SEEMS like a really intensive and time-consuming thing, but I promise it’s not! Steps 1-4 get knocked out really quick, usually all at the same time. Say I wanna make a sea dragon. Okay, what is it? A dragon, obviously. Where’s it live? The ocean. Are there any animals that live in the ocean we can use for inspiration?


At this point, it helps if you narrow down what kind of creature you’re making a little bit further. What does it eat? Is it an herbivore? Is it a predator? Is it an apex predator? Is it a scavenger? All these questions can help you streamline the creative process. Let’s say our sea dragon is a carnivore.

Cool! So now we’ve got a couple great animals to work from. Mostly sharks, seals, barracudas, dolphins, there are all sorts of things to pick and choose from. Now, if you’re making an ocean carnivore, but you want it to have traits of something that isn’t an ocean carnivore, that is absolutely fine. That’s the beauty of creature design! As long as the overall aesthetic of the animal fits what it does and how it lives, you are golden. Check out this rad dinosaur skull:

Shark teeth are awesome, but let’s switch up our dragon a bit and use these instead!

By the time you’ve hit this point, you’re at Step 5, which is getting references. I figure I should take a second to tell everyone that references are not cheating. References never will be cheating, and without them, we would not be able to do what we do artistically. References are the backbone of creature design, there is no shame in needing to spend some time finding the perfect reference photo.
“Photo” is an important word here though - unless you’re using anatomical diagrams (which I’ll mention later), copying another artist’s work is not a good reference. When you do this, you also copy the mistakes that artist makes, as well as the tips and tricks they use to render their subject matter. The issue is, you’re not becoming privy to what those tips and tricks are. So you can copy how your favourite artist draws paws, but if you don’t actually know how paws work, you’re both cheating yourself out of important info AND drawing something you don’t understand. Don’t do that to yourself! Referenced and informed work will always look better than cheap impersonations.

Off my soapbox and back to that sea dragon though! Here’s some nice critter anatomy bits I put together that I wanna use:

I decided I wanted to create something that used large fins to move itself, like a sting or manta ray. Sharks are the ultimate ocean predator, so I’m basing a lot of the beast on them, but I want something with legs - something that can go on and off land - so I’ve got references of otters and crocs to see what limbs will work best.
Since it’s a dragon, I’m gonna try and make the big fins look like wings, so I’ve got a little flying fish up there for reference/inspiration. The skull is, obviously, all for toothy aesthetic, and the nudibranch has a colour palette I really think will look nice.

Once you’ve got your references in order and an idea of what you want, you’ve hit Step 6 - Construction! The most fun and frustrating part of the whole deal. It may take a couple tries to sketch something that looks balanced and functional, but keep at it. I can almost guarantee most of your ideas will need to be tweaked and revised - the creatures I’m most well-known for have been through five or six revisions, and are still being updated after creating them years ago! Don’t fault yourself if you can’t get everything right on the first try - keep pushing and keep challenging yourself to work hard, and if you make something you don’t like, just remember it’s all part of the learning process!

In order to make the most realistic creature possible, I would recommend checking out some of the internal anatomy of the animals you’re referencing. Teaching yourself how a dog’s legs move, or a bird’s wing folds, can really add that extra level of realism to any fantasy beast you make.
The only issue is that this can get a little gnarly - I have several go-to reference photos of flayed animals I use to help me out when I draw, but I understand not everyone has the stomach to look at such subject matter. Thankfully, artists far more patient than I have put together tons of drawn references for just about any animal. The Cyclopedia Anatomicae is a godsend for this, I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get real down-n-dirty with anatomy and creature design, but without the mess.

As for the sea dragon, it is looking fabulous!

For me, Step 7′s Tweaks and Edits goes hand-in-hand with Step 6′s Construction, since I usually end up tweaking-and-editing while I’m working. Check out the wings:

(Thanks to Paul Mirocha for the anatomical graphics)
I realized that simple fins wouldn’t be enough to propel the dragon through the water (plus they looked a little silly just sticking out of the dragon’s shoulders), so I approached them as if they were a bird or bat’s wings. The structure is tweaked for an underwater creature, but this is the importance of learning proper anatomy - because I know how something works on the inside, I can add it to what I’m creating and edit it to appear believable. This way, the entire animal looks and feels like it could exist in real life, even though it’s basically just stolen parts:

After this, you’re pretty much done! This is the final step, Step 8 - Finishing Touches. Since it’s something you made, you’re more than able to go back and fix up anything about it that bothers you, or even add on new features you may think up! One thing I like to check is if the creature has a strong silhouette - if I can’t differentiate it from another animal when it’s a black blob, the design probably could use some stronger elements.

Very nice! While the spread wings and triangular shape harken back to a manta-ray aesthetic, the points on the wings and long, thick tail bring the creature away from its inspirations, and into its own category. All in all, I consider this dragon to be one of the favourites I’ve made, and a big success!

And there you have it! From start to finish, this is pretty much how I go about making the monsters you see in my galleries. I want to point out that this definitely isn’t the only way to go about doing this; if there’s another method you prefer, it’s certainly just as valid. Trust me though - if you’re confused how to start, or stuck and don’t know where to go, just browsing through the incredible flora and fauna of this world is more than enough to get those inspiration-gears cranking.
I also want to emphasize that the only way to get better at creature design is to keep doing it. I’ve made some hideous and implausible looking things, believe me, and it can sometimes be frustrating when you can’t figure out just what elements a design needs, but I promise that if you keep trying, and keep making an effort, you will make things you will be proud to show off. And if constantly hunting for references feels like it’ll be daunting and tedious, there is a secret to this: the more you draw something, and the more things you draw, the more stuff you’ll have in your visual memory to pull from. I don’t need references for wings or legs any more, because I’ve studied how they work, understand their anatomy, and know how they move and what limits I can stretch them to. I cannot stress the importance of this enough: in order to be able to draw something well, you gotta know how it works. And the easiest way to learn that is references!

If you wanna tell me how you make creatures, or ask for details on any other steps I may use in my process, you’re more than welcome to send me a message! I love creature creation, but what I love more is sharing tips with others to help them create more effectively. There’s more than one than one way to skin a cat, but there’s twice as many ways to make a cat-monster.

Cheers, and happy drawing!

I started this when the DMD video came out but I got lazy and didn’t finish it till today, what I guess is good timing since I want to wish a happy birthday to my favourite irish-leprechaun-golf lover-ray of sunshine-rockstar-angel-goofball-cutie-space nerd-hottie, Niall James Horan…HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIALL!

Tagging game

ASDFGHJK Thank you so much @oftrickstersandmoose for tagging me and saying that about my blog!! That’s sooo sweet <333

I am going to do this thing, even though no one probably cares that much… Still, I will use this opportunity to tell everyone that reads this that THEY ARE AWESOME AND SIMPLY SOME ADORABLE CUTE LITTLE ANGELS ^-^

Nickname: Riri (no one actually calls me like that, but I found out it’s another abbreviation of my name so I love it =)) )
Gender: Fangirl (that’s it. That’s my gender. Forget about female, I am a fan-femme ❤︎)   
Star Sign: Libra ^^ (the most indecisive person ever, I admit it) 
Height: a bit more than 5ft 1′ I think? (I know, I know… I am literally a shrimp! But at least I get to stay in front of tall people and watch better everything XD)
Time: time…time is irreversible.. the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole… But, yeah, it’s about midnight here, if that’s the question =)  
Birthday: Oct 1st  ❤︎
Favourite Bands: *pulls out powerpoint project* Are you sure of this?? *brings pictures and merchandise* jk XD My favorite band EVER will forever be Fall out boy I love them SO much,my wonderful adorable obsession!! <333 I also love mcr (my babies asdfghjk), p!atd, bvb, Green Day, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Rolling stones, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Skid Row, The Offspring, The Beatles, Journey, Metallica, Gnr, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Boston,CCR, Van Halen, BOC, Asia, lynyrd skynyrd, alice cooper, Eagles… The list can go on till tomorrow :)) Also, a special mentioning would be Abba and Modern Talking <333 and, of course, my second favorite band (I shamelessly admit I have 90 songs of them on my phone device), QUEEN XD
Favourite Solo Artists: hard to choose, uggh… My favorite singer used to be Celine Dion, so… I also love Kylie Minogue, Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Barbra streisand, Amy Grant, Bob Dylan, Elvis, too many to think of right now… Could I add Richard too?? =)) (even though he always says he is NOT a musician, his voice is wonderful aaaahh *sighs*) 
Song Stuck in My Head: “All star” by Smash Mouth! It’s kind of making me feel more confident though, but it’s annoyingly catchy… Oh and yeah, how could I forget about “anyway you want it” by Journey, it got stuck in my mind for a whole week, I am so glad I got over it 
Last Movie I Watched: Forrest Gump =) (watched it today, I admit I have cried a lot to it, and now I have only southern accents stuck in my head heeelp)
Last Show I Watched: Big Bang Theory <33 (I adore sitcoms) I was trying to see if I can get to watch more Star Trek on tv, but instead I saw this :)
When did I create my blog?: umm…My main one, I think around October last year?? And this secondary little thing that made my life better, I think sometime in May :))
What do I post? Post or reblog?: Both? =)) I reblog brilliant posts and I write anything that comes into my mind about Gabe <3 Also, I just simply adore making photo edits, gifs and stuff like that with him, so…
Last Thing I Googled: it’s actually “sunburnt” because I got one during hiking yesterday, so I needed to know how to treat it better XD (I am so glad I didn’t have to do this game earlier, when my last thing was “how to burn people”, I assure you I am not a psychopath hehhe… Even though it was annoying that google was showing results for “good comebacks”, not actually burning people alive…)
Any other blogs?: Hells yeah. Not many though. My main one where I haven’t posted anything for six months, a side blog with nice book quotes and nature landscapes that finally turned into a fandom one (oops!!) and one with song lyrics where I make photo edits and post mostly fob and mcr lyrics because when I don’t find them on google I must make them by myself :D  But here I have most of my followers <33
Do you get asks?: Umm…Nope, never got one, only messages, but happily waiting for some =) 
The Story Behind My Username: *coughs*……it was, my darlings, the summer of 2017 when me meets the other inner me and I’m like “yo, I know about music” and the other me is like “yo, I know more about music!! ”, “that’s impossible! Do you wanna start a side blog? We’ll call it after your new favorite song ever that makes your heart sing and melt in the same time because of the most adorable mellow sweet feathered golden angel, that small tiny muffin who ruined your life” and I was like “yeah that’s cool” and that’s it XD Actually, I came up with the idea of this blog when I realized how obsessed I was with Gabe and at 2 AM I was creating gifs just to post them here, and the only logical username that came in my mind was this, I just love the heat of the moment!!! <33 *starts humming while eating a candy bar and sobbing in a corner*
Following: 155! ;D
Favourite Color: GREEN! Grass green, cyclam, turquoise, that coral red-orange wonderful thing, blue violet, sunflower bright yellow (guess why ;)))…
Average Hours of Sleep: probably eight hours. Sometimes 6, sometimes 11… Two weeks ago I slept only one hour, yesterday 12, so it depends XD
Lucky Number: 111 <3 Not lucky, but favorite one I guess :)) But usually all my lucky numbers contain “1” so… I also love 21, dunno why
Instruments: Fountain pen. JUST KIDDING! If it means musical instruments, I used to play piano and violin, but now I only know a bit to play the national anthem, that’s all… Currently I am into guitar, I have been trying for six months to learn how to play it from youtube tutorials, I can play couple of chords ;D
What I’m wearing right now: whoa easy there, tagging game! (just a joke again, sorry ^-^) It’s actually only a dress with green and pink floral print because summer nights when you don’t want to go to sleep, just to stare at the stars, hum songs and spend time on tumblr, that’s why :) I just find dresses easier to wear when the heat outside overwhelms you
How many blankets do I sleep with?: umm… Like now, during summer? Only a white sheet, it’s too hot (even though I sometimes want to go back to my warm blanket in case of monster night attacks). But on winter I can sleep with two wool blankets or even more… :) 
Dream Job: Cardiothoracic Surgeon or any kind of doctor in general :)) It’s been my dream since I was two, I just love anatomy…<3 (probably I shouldn’t add my temporary dreams too, like becoming an actress, a Broadway singer, a detective or a novel writer and artist, should I?^^) 
Dream Trip: aaah hard to say, but I think it would be a road trip in Arizona or any western desert part in general, while driving an old rusty convertible car (preferably an impala, of course), watching the ruby sun going down into the lakes painted on the azure sky and the stars sparkling brightly at night, feeling the freedom air and humming old rock songs (and singing “take it easy” when I get to Winslow, AZ :D)… Also, another dream trip would be in my favorite cities: NYC (to see Tiffany’s and Broadway :)), Paris (mainly the opera house and get to sing “bonjour Paris” like in Funny Face) and Rome (driving  a scouter or riding a vintage bike on the old streets, while picking ruby geraniums and singing Dean Martin songs aahh). Also, a trip to provence where I can dance through the lavender fields, the Alpes with warm small cottages or Greece would be wonderful (as long as I can admire the landscapes and the local culture with not so many people around… ^^)
Favourite Food: grilled chicken with french fries and any kind of dessert (chocolate especially)<33 Also a bunch of sour soups, pasta, fish, meat, pizza and hamburgers, jam with butter and honey, cereals with milk, bacon and eggs, meatballs, chicken soup with dumplings, boiled potatoes with butter and parsley, pancakes, and this list could go on and on…. (now I got hungry ugh…)
Nationality: Romanian :) (this should explain the “sour soup” thing) 
Favourite Song Right Now: umm…*trying to make up my mind while sweating nervously* Probably still the heat of the moment, or Tiffany Blews by fob… But right now, I mean really RIGHT NOW, I think it would be “don’t stop believing” it’s so uplifting and purely…gorgeous :)

Sorry for the long post, in real life I never speak up, yet, here, I am a chatter box oops >.<

Now, the ceremony of tagging people! *drums beating*… Aaaand the nominees are….LEONARDO DiCAPRIO!! (SOORY just a silly joke ^^) Now, for real, I am tagging :  @scarlettwinchester23  ( ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ) , @sabriel-fanboy-83, @akhuna01, @hunters-hiraeth, @tricksterxangel, @lisiblack, @chaotictrickster, @quaker-wtf-lass and any other cinnamon roll that wants to do this, but I know you won’t do it unless I tag you, so, here you are : @that-sweet-person-who-read-my-ramblings-and-wants-to-do-this-game-too  ❤︎  You have been officially tagged ;) 

I love you all so much!! <3

❗️3K moodboards❗️

As I seem to have reached 3K followers earlier today (holy shit thank you guys so much💕) I have decided to do mood board requests!

To get one:

  • must be following me
  • reblog this post
  • send in an ask with your favourite song/artist and let me know what theme + character you want for the moodboard

*they’ll probably start going up tomorrow since my laptop isn’t really working right now

Please don’t let this flop

anonymous asked:

Okay You make me want to get into opera. What do I start with ?

Ah good question. I would say to watch one on dvd cos then you don´t have to sit for the whole thing and you get a visual (as opposed to a sound recording). There is a really good recording of Turandot with Franco Corelli by RAI – you can buy it on amazon. I feel like that is a good one to start with cos it is short and the story isn’t too heavy but the music is really really good (y’all know Puccini isn’t my favourite but I like this opera a lot – it is “fun” ahah). Another good one to start with is the Marriage of Figaro of which there is a DVD with Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau and Mirella Freni which is v cute and might even be on youtube. 

Then if you want to get into more heavy shit, there is a very good recording of Don Carlo (my favourite opera) with my beautiful Nicolai Ghiaurov – which UNFORTUNATELY HAS PLACIDO DOMINGO whom i detest but whatever (the rest of the cast is good). A lot of people also watch Rigoletto to start into Verdi but I can’t recommend a good dvd. For Wagner, a good starting opera would be…maybe Die Meistersinger but that it ridiculously long so maybe Tannhäuser would be better. But again, I don’t have a recommendation. 

The first opera I happened ever to see was Lucia di Lammermoor as a 3 year old but tbh it is rather boring imo but still 3 year old me forced my mother to watch it with me over and over again ahah 

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Not my gif 

You were standing in the line at the library, bringing back a long overdue book. You just didn’t have the time to bring it back before now; your job was exhausting and took up a lot of your time. As you handed the woman behind the desk your book, you worried about how much you had to pay. Despite the time you had to spend working for your job the payment was low and you were only barely able to live off of it. That’s why you were using the library at all. You were able to pay the yearly fee and could take as many books a year as you wanted to, and you read quite a lot. You’d never be able to buy all the books you wanted to read. The elderly woman told you the price you had to pay and you started counting your money. You barely had half of it.

“Uhm, I don’t have enough money right now”, you said quietly worrying your lips between your teeth.

“That’s not a problem, dear. Just pay it if you’ve got enough money to do so, you just can’t lend any other books until then”, the woman was friendly, as always, but you knew that she couldn’t make an exception, no matter how well she knew you. Your shoulders dropped, but you nodded.

“Okay, thank you. Have a nice day”

“You too, darling!” You smiled slightly and moved to the side, so that the next person could get attended to. There were still twelve days left until the next month and about 20 until your next pay check. Reading was your reprieve of your job and all the stress you’ve had, which was quite a lot. You didn’t know how to endure the weeks until you were able to read again. Maybe some of your colleagues would have a book they could lend you? That’s when you remembered that your colleagues didn’t like you, and to be honest you didn’t like them either nor did you like your job, but circumstances had forced you to take it.

“Excuse me?” you suddenly heard a male voice behind you and turned around. In front of you stood a tall, lanky, but attractive man. His brown hair was a bit long and messy, but it suited him, and he wore black pants and a deep purple dress shirt.

“Yes, can I help you?” you smiled at him, which made him grin.

“Actually no, but I heard you talk to the clerk and I kind of payed your fee.” You stared at him for a long moment, utterly surprised.

“You payed my fee? But why would you do that?” Your eyes were wide and full of wonder, while the man seemed to be a bit uncomfortable with so much gratitude.

“Um, you seemed to like to read a lot, and I… um, I thought that maybe…you appeared to be sad and I honestly didn’t think much about it…. But-“, he stuttered and flushed a bit.

“Thank you! Really, this means a lot to me!” you grinned at him. “Do you have any book recommendations?” His eyes lit up and he started talking really fast.

“Have you read ‘The Illustrated Man’ by Ray Bradbury? It’s one of my favourites. Or ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles, ‘The Fisher King’ by Leonore Fleischer? Of course if you wanted to read some classics you could always read ‘The Narrative of John Smith’ by Arthur Conan Doyle.” He suddenly stopped and looked a bit sheepish, but you only smiled at him warmly.

“Already read all of them. Maybe you could help me find some books and then I’ll reciprocate myself by buying you a coffee if you’d like?” You suddenly noticed that you didn’t even know his name.

“I am Y/N by the way” He shook your hand firmly and introduced himself as Spencer Reid, agreeing to your offer. Half an hour later you bag was filled with books again and you were sitting in a nice little café, talking animatedly about very different topics. You noticed very early that he was quite intelligent, asking him about it and learning of his high IQ. He told you about his job and how he loved it, even though sometimes his colleagues treated him like a kid because he was the youngest. Spencer asked you about your job and you told him that you didn’t like it, but had to take it hence of money issues and that you didn’t get along with your colleagues, because you were different than them. Neither of you noticed the time passing until his phone started ringing.

“Yes? Alright, I’m going to be there in about 10 minutes, Hotch!” He explained that there was a case he had to attend to and had to leave.

“It was very nice to meet you, Spencer!” you smiled at him. He smiled and scribbled his number on one of the napkins.

“It was also very nice to meet you, Y/N. You can write or call me if you like, although I won’t be able to answer while cases most of the time.” With that he left the café, leaving you there smiling like a maniac. This had been the first time in months that you had a nice chat with someone you liked.

Over the next month you and Spencer grew closer. You met up at least once a week if both of your work schedules allowed it, and got to know each other a lot better.

One day he called you and asked you over to his work. Not knowing what he was planning, but having no reason to decline, you did as he asked. The team greeted you warmly, Gracia almost crushing you with her hug. You already knew each other, since it wasn’t the first time you had been here. Spencer was waiting for you at his desk, hugging you once you’d reached him.

“So, why did you call me over, Spence?” you asked curiously.

“You still don’t like you job, do you?” he asked and you shook your head no.

“Well, I may have a solution. You see, the person who sorted and filed the evidence retired surprisingly and we need someone new, and I thought that maybe you’d like to take the post? If you want to, of course. It would be nice to have you around here, Y/N”2, he flushed a bit, but you just hugged him hard.

“That’s awesome, Spence! I’d like to take the offer!”

2 weeks later was your first day at work for the FBI. The job was fun, even though many thought it was quite monotonous. To you it was interesting to learn all those things about simple evidence as a rubber duck. Of course the fact that Spencer dropped by nearly every day for lunch, sometimes with Derek or someone else or alone, only made it better. Spencer was, after all, your best friend and being able to work near him was something that made your life a lot more interesting.

Again, I am not a native speaker.

[160227] Baby Japan Fanclub Book - Part 2

Q1. Where do you want to have a holiday at? What do you want to do there?
Q2. Something you’re surprised about lately?
Q3. What special skill do you have with the trait “this is something I won’t lose to the other members!”?
Q4. Spring Summer Autumn Winter, which is your favourite season? The reason is?

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To celebrate reaching 7000 Followers Thought I would make A post with some of the many great blogs I follow! I’m so happy how far my blog has come, I have had this blog since 2011, But it wasn’t even a pokemon blog? Well just a reblog anything blog. Only since 2013 I started making content. Reciveing Great feedback encouraged me to make content daily. Just want to give a Shout out to some great blog’s :3*Bold text is my favourite* but you guys are all awesome though c:

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