i'm a complete noob at this


So today is my birthday..! yaaay..~ and unfortunately, I have been awake since 3 this morning due to a crazy anxiety attack and food poisoning…. and let me tell you, wanting to run away and throwing up is not a pleasant birthday present… ^^; ..but I am okay for now, still sick but on my way home from vacation.. talk about ending with a bang…^^ …

Anyways.. I made this cute drawing (awkward anatomy and uncomplimentary colors and all~) all in one day!!…  I’m probably going to hate this a few days from now.. Cx …I may have drawn it for me but feel free to use the other blank one for your own use… ^^ as long as you credit me… I’m all okay with that…! Hope that you all like this.. ^^ .. I’m just so happy that I was able to finish it before my birthday starts.. even if I am a noob at coloring.. ^^; .. & digital art in general.. 

… ^__^

On how to write a history essay.


That’s probably the most important thing you should do, especially when you get to university. I’ve had multiple teachers who expect you to cite your source for every single sentence you write in your essay. It seems a little intense at first but as long as you have good articles/books/etc., you’ll be fine.

As for finding those good references, I definitely recommend going to your school’s library and also using online ressources. A trick I always use before starting an essay is finding out every thing I can on the subject through sites like wikipedia or even youtube (crash course for example), just to get an idea of the main things I’ll have to research. Also, the bibliography on wikipedia articles can be a great starting point if you’re completely lost.

Keep in mind that not every thing is easy to find online. I’m a classical studies student and most of the essays I’ve had to write were on really obscure subjects that don’t even have a wiki page. In those cases, you just have to work a little bit harder. Don’t underestimate mainstream ressources (such as magazines/vulgarizing books) but don’t rely on them completely. Also, if you are a classics student, check out « L’Année philologique » (The Year in Philology), it’s basically the bible.

Start by analyzing your subject. Is it about architecture ? an important emperor ? a long historical period ? Find a starting point and write a list of hypotheses. If it’s about a roman emperor, Augustus for example, you’ll have to talk about his rise to the throne, the emperors that came before him, how long his reign lasted, what kind of emperor he was, his biggest accomplishments, wars, art, architecture, religion, etc. Make a list of things and start researching.

The more you’ll research, the clearer everything will be. You’ll probably end up adding items to your list, items you hadn’t thought of before, and you’ll also probably delete some that aren’t important. Go through your list and create an outline. History papers are usually done in chronological order, meaning that in an essay about Augustus, you would most likely start with the death of Cesar and the battle of Actium, and finish with Augustus’ death. But if you’re writing a history essay on Babylonian art, you might want to create sections, such as sculptures, architecture, paintings, literature, etc. Also, make sure you have a research topic, preferably in the form of a question, that you introduce at the beginning and answer in your conclusion. It doesn’t have to be a super complex question, it can be pretty simple like « what were the impacts of the Persian War on Greece ? » or « what were Alexander the Great’s greatest accomplishments ? »

History essays usually have to be straight to the point. You’re telling a story, yes, but you’re also showing facts. You can add in anecdotes and fun facts, as long as you know your teacher will enjoy them/find them interesting. It’s all about knowing what’s appropriate and what isn’t. Some teachers are really fun : I’ve written essays on how  Commodus’ bisexuality is never acknowledged by historians or on how Cleopatra is the greatest female icon ever, and i got an A+ on both of those because the teacher was awesome. But I’ve also lost points on essays because the teacher was very strict and serious and didn’t enjoy my anecdote about toothbrushes in Ancient Greece.

A little more about conclusions : I was taught in high school that conclusions should 1) answer your research topic and 2) introduce some new questions. When I got to university, I realized that the second part was completely unnecessary. Most of my teachers ask for a simple conclusion, 5 to 10 lines, with just a summary of your paper and, if you had one, an answer to your initial question. 

Lastly, make sure you have a complete bibliography with a lot of references. Don’t forget to add annexes if they are useful, for example if you are talking about architecture, you can add pictures in your annexes, or if you are studying the death of Socrates, you can add an excerpt of Plato’s Phaedo.

Good luck yo.

Okay, this will sound like a silly question, but since I am pretty much a noob in Batman-related fandom (and certainly new to tumblr), I just have to ask:

Where does that “queue ur Jason” tag come from and what the hell does it mean? I keep on seeing it everywhere and I can’t really find a pattern. Someone please enlighten me?


@cerusee and @caramelmachete : Thank you both for your kind answers :) I completely forgot about the tumblr queue actually being a thing since I never use it myself.

Your name is DETENTIONAIRE FANDOM, and you have a little bit of an OBSESSION for CONSPIRACIES. You’re still an EXTREMELY SMALL FANDOM, and as such you are VERY SHORT. You have MANY DIFFERENT TALENTS, though you don’t quite ENJOY SOME OF THEM. You LOVE art, and tend to DRAW A LOT, mostly of your MULTIPLE SHIPS and THEORIES. You rather like to THEORIZE, especially about CONSPIRACIES, but you often get CAUGHT UP in your DAYDREAMS and RAMBLE. You are very adept at SNEAKING AROUND, and you are often UNNOTICED or FORGOTTEN about by OTHER PEOPLE. You have a very intense HATELOVE for GREEN APPLES and their PRODUCTS, as well as KNOCK KNOCK JOKES. You are proud to be ASIAN, however you’re EXTREMELY PALE due to your mixed heritage, leaving only ASIAN EYES and DARK HAIR. You also may or may not have a HUGE CRUSH on a certain HALF-GHOST PHANDOM, but you try to convince yourself that it’s just INTENSE FEELINGS of the HUMAN EMOTION CALLED FRIENDSHIP.

joki-noki  asked:

Hi Juby! I created a group.Problem is: I'm a complete noob in recording and I wanted to ask.Do you record your voice first over the off vocal or do you sing with the off vocal. I need help. Also do you recommendations for recording programs or mixing

It’s alright!

I use a program that has separate tracks so I have the off vocal in one track and I record my voice in a separate track. You see, when I hit record I can still hear the off vocal and so I sing but my voice records in a separate track that I can edit. (I use Adobe Audition)

Hope that helps!

Originally posted by milky-holmes

mirrirmerle  asked:

So.. I am a second year arch student, and I'm attending my first field school this summer. Any advice for a complete noob?

Congrats on your first field school! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed my first. A few tips for your consideration:

-Remember to apply sunscreen to the small of your back so you don’t get sunburned into the famous “archaeologist’s smile” (It’s definitely an “archaeologist problem!”)

-Wear gloves (leather work gloves or gardening gloves, something that fits fairly close to your fingers for good dexterity) and kneepads even if you don’t think you’ll need them. Your body will thank you later. Your hands and arms might get a bit sore at first if you’ve never trowelled before; the muscles in my forearms got quite a bit more noticeable at my first field school and they’ve only gotten more impressive since then.

-Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and volunteer to do extra things like learn to set up (measure in) test units, take professional notes, and especially do site mapping and profile drawings if you’re not learning those things anyway. These are just as useful to know as how to dig properly.

-Ask your profs why they chose to place units in certain places and how the site was first identified, if they don’t tell you those things already. Learning the reasoning and methodology behind the dig is also very useful.

-Enjoy! Field school tends to be what helps people decide whether they really want to be a field archaeologist or whether they’d prefer to do something else related to archaeology or history instead. Whatever you learn and decide, I hope you have a great time doing it!

anonymous asked:

I always tell myself that I can draw well. Yes, I'm a noob-I'm not very skilled at drawing males, hands and body proportions? Hah! And actually drawing both eyes without looking weird is a feat. But when I look at your drawings...I realize that your art is beautiful, your art is SO GREAT. And I realize my drawings are SHIT. YOU HEAR ME, HAKAMII? COMPLETE AND UTTER SHIT. I CAN'T DO ANYTHING COMPARED TO YOU. I JUST FEEL SO, SO BAD BECAUSE I CANNOT DRAW AS GOOD AS YOU, OR ROCHI, OR FURIWO!

Hello anon ! I already read your message few days ago and I really don’t know how to respond back because I’m really out of words ….but when I saw someone who post almost the right answer for your vent, I came up something to go back to ask box and reply back to you.
I’m pretty same when it comes on being jealous on other artist because .. LIKE WOW HOW CAN THEY DO THIS AND THAT I’M SO CURIOUS THEIR ANATOMY LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL  AND look at my art it’s still shit–

but look what I got here

.. I really didn’t noticed this (I posted it in Fb page btw) 
l still have long way to go but my point is: It’s okay to compare yourself to others. But if you make your jealousy as a habit, you can’t really make anything good to yourself or to your art. But if you make it as a motivator, I know.. for sure you can do it too ! Work hard, Love what you’re doing , find something different , draw what you love, DRAW WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DRAW EVEN ITS AN OCTOPUS OR SHARK  – focus to your goals .. It may be “to be a greater artist than hakamii” ,seriously YOU CAN DO IT as long as you believe in yourself !! It really takes time (and also popularity thing, let it not get in your way to your goals) 
I also think that rochi and furiwo draws beautifully because it’s  what they really want to draw
we all artist starts to draw on the same starting line ! and I know we can accomplish something if we practice and work hard for it
sorry for my english ///cries

anonymous asked:

First of all, I think you ladies are wonderful. Your blog is an amazing source of inspiration, and your costumes are incredible. I have recently become interested in cosplay and, as a complete noob with no experience in sewing / prop-making, I'm having trouble finding a character design that I both really like and feel able to tackle... Did this ever happen to you when you were starting out? Should I settle for something a bit easier or stick to a design that really motivates me? HALP PLS :/

 Thank you very much for your kind words, annnnd we’re always happy to help! :) Incoming long chatter, as typical from Jenn.

Storytime: when we started in cosplay, there were almost no resources available to new cosplayers. I think most of us were lucky if we had a parent who sewed or a home ec. class at their high school. Information was hard-won and difficult to come by then. Forget finding tutorials; Katie Bair did a few for wigs, there was one for fiberglassing insulation foam (oh my god who does this even more?!) and there were a few random ones cobbled together from non-cosplay sewing sites. It was impossible. Lots of people treated what skills they had as “trade secrets”; I remember calling out a Tenten (Naruto) cosplayer for being rude to people who asked her how to do things and getting totally reamed bc she “worked hard to learn how to do it and wasn’t going to tell people for free” – yikes!

Back then, even finding reference pictures could be an unholy pain in the rear. On top of that, costume designs tended to be a lot simpler, virtue of weaker graphics, lower-budget animation, etc. I think there was a hell of a lot less pressure to be accurate/quality/whatever because a) odds are you weren’t working from great reference anyway and b) odds are everyone was in the same boat as you skill-wise.

While I’m sure there are still people that do this, back then people would openly talk about hot-gluing or stapling the seams of their costumes instead of sewing because it was “faster.” The best Songstress Yuna costume of the time (oh god) had the ruffles on the front of her costume done by squishing the fabric into ruffle shapes with hot glue, and it looked amazing by our standards!! That’s how low the bar was. Back then, having no experience was par for the course, so people took on costumes far out of their league because not many people cared about technique, accuracy, skill, etc. I mean, if you met people who could, it was SUPER impressive, but for the most part it was just about silly fun.

So quite frankly, a lot of the costumes I took on as a newcomer were costumes that were far out of my league at the time, and they look terrible by today’s standards, but challenging myself at least provided me with the impetus to learn really fast. I don’t know how it would be today – I don’t feel I take risks like I did back then as it is! And that’s also because my view on cosplay has changed: I don’t really do it for “fun” anymore, to be honest, I do it because I enjoy the process of making costumes, challenging myself to create things to a certain level, and so on. Back then, I could take on a costume ludicrously above my skill level because I cared more about being the character than how good it looked in the end, but now I find myself turning down complicated characters I truly love just because I enjoy cosplay a LOT more when I feel satisfied with my work. Working on projects I am super passionate about is important to me, but they also have to both challenge me and remain within the realm of possible to work.  

Honestly, I think I had a lot more fun when I didn’t care so much about quality… but I think I care more about a rewarding experience than having fun now, and that’s what I’ve been getting lately.

In some ways, I feel the fun vs. reward aspect of cosplay is what has led to the extreme boom of pre-made wholesale-variety costumes… now you can cosplay with minimal work and thus cut out the stress of skill levels and quality and experience because you’re guaranteed a baseline level of quality for virtually no effort. It also means that in a time where cosplay is more competitive than ever, those deciding to start from the bottom with no skills making their own things have a dilemma that cosplayers with my seniority never really had to worry about. There’s a whole class of cosplayers who have skipped the awkward baby years of awkward hot-glued costumes and jumped right into “decent” level with store-bought costumes, leaving your home-made stuff pretty exposed to critique that people don’t often bother with for store-bought costumes.

So you know what? I think it takes a lot of moxie to be a beginner cosplayer these days, making everything yourself, and I admire those people a lot. I think the culture is a little toxic these days, and being a beginner in that is a world of pressure. But you guys have a million more resources than we did when we started, since a lot of my “generation” of cosplayers have laid down a culture of writing tutorials, posting how-tos, collecting reference, etc. Because of that, I think you guys will improve and learn at a much faster rate than we did! But I hope you guys don’t miss out on having “fun” in cosplay, either; I don’t want the pressure to have quality costumes to weigh on new cosplayers and discourage them.

And realistically, you’re not going to be in this hobby forever. You should do whatever motivates you no matter what your skill level is. You’ll have to accept that your work is likely going to look very, very different in self-reflection ten years down the line, but who cares? Skills take decades to fully develop, and if you refuse to do something you love just because you have some high expectations of doing the project “justice”, odds are deciding to wait until you’re skilled enough just ends up meaning “never doing it.”

If for some reason you’re like “yeah, but I’m a perfectionist and I absolutely need to have this perfect NOW otherwise it’s not good enough” then I’m sorry to say, you’re already fucked in the short and long runs. You’re only going to burn out if you resign yourself to things you don’t care or you fixate on quality so much that nothing you do care about ever satisfies you. This is the burden of every art form out there. Every artist I’ve ever known is dissatisfied with their past work. Be proud of what you accomplish in the moment and then keep going!!

You gotta have fun with it. You really do. Don’t take your work too seriously, keep your aspirations high and just do whatever is fun to you. You can decide how much you care about quality later, and if quality motivates you, well, you’ll find a way to accomplish what you want. Due diligence with research and time and practice makes anything “easy!”

I wish you many insanely fun years of costume-making!

- Jenn

Still don’t know what I’m doing on photoshop, but hopefully it’s something good!