It is a truth universally acknowledged that any artist who aspires to improve should be drawing every day.
Being told to draw more, draw daily, draw while you eat, sleep, breathe, is probably the single most common piece of advice given in response to the question “how do I get better?” - I know I’ve certainly told people to do this.
But I have a confession to make.
I am a hypocrite and I don’t draw every day. Not even close.
I always seem to have a ready excuse for why I didn’t set aside 10, 20, 30 minutes a day to draw: I’m too tired, I got home late, I didn’t have any drawing materials on me, I was too busy. And yet I still grumble when my art feels like it’s stagnating. I feel disatisfied and frustrated with my lack of progress or the inconsistency of my style or with my inability to draw something in the moment (looking at you, anatomy, clothing folds, perspective). So I want to do something about it.
Every day for the month of February, I will fill a page in a sketchbook, much like I did with this page of scribbles. New day, new page. I don’t have a specific “improvement” goal in mind nor any particular subjects, but I want to get myself into the habit of drawing more freely and regularly, without the pressure of producing a finished piece of art.
I’ve already persuaded a few people to do this with me because I know I’ll need the support and motivation, but please feel free to join me in giving the challenge a go if you fancy it!
You will need:
a sketchbook or pad (I’ve chosen A5 because the size isn’t too intimidating)
an eraser (although I plan to use this sparingly)
The reason I’m doing this challenge traditionally is to get away from all the distracting bells and whistles that come with a digital art program and focus on the act of drawing itself. I also want to get over my fear of ruining a sketchbook with mediocre art. This is me giving myself permission to be bad at art for a while, because it really is the only way I’m going to get better.
The challenge commences February 1st - wish me luck!
Bungou Stray Dogs OCs based on contemporary authors.
J.K. Rowling.Ability:Fantastic Beasts, she summons mythological beasts from a grimoire.
Neil Gaiman.Ability: Neverwhere, projects your worst fear in your mind.
Terry Pratchett. Ability: Invisible Library, sends you to the 3z pocket dimension.
George R. R. Martin.Ability: Valar Morghulis, predetermines your destiny setting you in a long path of agony that ends in your horrifying death. Catch: it’s so long you might never get there if you are marked as IMPORTANT.
Lewis Carroll.Ability: We Are All Mad Here, hallucinations akin to a drugtrip
Anne Rice. Ability: Queen of the Damned, can gain superhuman strenght the more blood she loses, but she risks blood loss.
J. R. R. Tolkien. Ability: One to Rule them All, corrupts people into mindless puppets, but works on one person at time.
Darren Shan. Ability: Hunters of the Dusk, can find any person he met at least once.
L. Frank Baum. Ability: Think of Kansas, can teleport to any place he’s been to.
Isaac Asimov.Ability: Foundation, technomancy.
Sergej Luk'janenko. Ability: Night Watch, during nighttime, he can pinpoint an ability user’s power and weakness in a moment.
Stephenie Meyer. Ability: Breaking Dawn, she becomes a living flash bomb and blinds her enemies.
Stephen King. Ability: Dreamcatcher, he can give people horrible nightmares to keep them awake and exhaust them.
Lemony Snicket. Ability: The Notorious Notations. He sits there and obnoxiously narrates everything. Plus, he’s intangibile so you cant do anything about it.
I just realized that all our chickens I raised probably forgot me cause I'm never home in the day when they're out and awake, and I don't know how to handle this knowledge. The chickens have forgotten me, who fed and raised them, I am just a weird human who appears sometimes
Listen listen, I’m going to tell you about the dream I just had involving these dorks Naruto and Gaara.
So I guess this takes place maybe just before shippuden starts, like a little after Naruto and Gaara fight and Gaara isn’t murderous anymore but still very awkward and conflicting about himself and people in general. Somehow the entirety of the ninja world is like at peace for the time being, so everybody decides to meet up at this gigantic prairie land looking area and have this big old festival. Like there’s vendors and little tents and games and everyone’s just chilling. We’re focused on Naruto and Gaara arriving at this location, not together, but they’re both coming from their own villages. They’re like on opposite ends of this riverside near the festival.
Naruto catches sight of Gaara first and grins instantly. He hasn’t seen him since their fight, but he already is ready to greet his former opponent like a brother. Gaara on the other hand, catches sight of Naruto and becomes uneasy. He hasn’t seen that boy since the time when he tried to murder him and his friends. Why would he want to be around a former monster like that? Instinctually, Gaara becomes insecure and recoils from Naruto’s view before walking any further in his direction, just on time to miss seeing an excitedly waving hand from Naruto. He still feels very uncomfortable being around people that once viewed him as the monster he was. He just doesn’t know how to be okay with people yet, somewhat of a social anxiety you could say. He especially feels vulnerable around Naruto.
Naruto upon seeing Gaara suddenly retreat from his sight frowns and his mood drops instantly. What the hell was that about? Why would he disappear like that after seeing me, doesn’t he recognize me?? Naruto is overcome with confusion, which quickly turns to frustration, and bitterly makes his way into the festival.
He finds Kakashi (he sorta just comes out of nowhere) and Kakashi notices Naruto’s bad mood right away by the plain sight of his face and upset noises he keeps making. He finally asks Naruto what’s wrong, so Naruto starts angrily blurting to him about his weird encounter with Gaara. After a moment of contemplating and silence as Naruto looks like he’s about to burst into angry tears, Kakashi laughs. Naruto is shocked and upset.
“What the hell are you laughing about?!”
“Well, it sounds like Gaara’s just nervous. He doesn’t hate you, Naruto. He just doesn’t know how to be around people after what he’s been through. He’s never had any real friends of his own, and he’s still very wary when it comes to trusting others. You can understand why. I think the reason why he’s so reluctant to run into you is because you’re the only person trying to reach out to him so directly, and he isn’t prepared for that. Considering what you both have in common, I’ll bet he’s wanted to befriend you the most, which is why his nerves are acting up now. He’s just being a bit shy about it.”
This little pep talk has Naruto in awe, and his mood is lifted once more, perhaps more than the first time. He has a stupid grin on his face and his cheeks are pink with happiness at the thought of Gaara really wanting to be friends, too. Kakashi tells him to calm down. “Now you can’t just go running after Gaara, that’s sure to scare him. You have to approach him gently, like a cat. Think of Gaara as that cat from your first mission. Hopefully you don’t get scratched.”
Meanwhile, Gaara is stooping around in some semi-secluded area, like some sort of alley (I don’t know why there’s an alley, there just is), and he’s being eaten away by whatever anxious thoughts he has, until someone pops out of nowhere to talk some sense into him. You guessed it, it’s Maito Gai (I don’t know, I don’t know). Much to Gaara’s surprise and mild uneasiness, Gai starts to ask him what seems to be troubling his head. Of course, Gaara doesn’t say much of anything, but somehow Gai already knows (actually, I bet he found out about their encounter through Kakashi, but Gai let’s Gaara think he’s some sort of special mind reader). He asks if it’s about Naruto, and Gaara nods, brow furrowed. Gai chuckles a bit to himself. “You know, that boy really wants to befriend you. We can’t even say ‘Suna’ without him asking a million questions about ya! ‘How’s Gaara doing, what has Gaara been up to, when are we gonna invite Gaara to the leaf village’ he’s nuts!”
Gaara just sits there with this wide-eyed expression at Gai, and finally speaks out.
Gai laughs at Gaara’s shy response “Really really.”(I’m sorry)
They both decide to seek out each other again, and after some searching they run into each other on opposite sides of a crowd. Kakashi and Gai are watching their encounter from a hidden point, like the concerned parents they’re are(actually more like Gai dragged Kakashi out to accompany his eavesdropping). They boys are far apart like before, but Gaara catches Naruto shouting his name over the crowd. Just as Gaara’s about to make his way towards him, he’s taken aback again, this time because Naruto’s is running straight towards him like he’s going to make a jump attack. Kakashi groans as Gai tries to fight back his laughter. Gaara wants to recoil again, but instead stands his ground and just faces Naruto head on, hands at his side, heartbeat picking up. All at once, Naruto runs into Gaara like a long lost lover and encloses him in a bear hug, a pretty tight one too, probably the first real hug Gaara’s ever received. He is shook.
Naruto starts giggling because he knows he scared Gaara but he also knows Gaara’s just shy to his feelings. He hugs tighter. “Hey, don’t think I’m not gonna be excited as hell to see you after all this time! So don’t even try avoiding me!” Gaara finally allows himself to smile back, his anxiety loosening a bit as he reciprocates Naruto’s hug in his own gentle way.
After maybe a million questions, they head off here and there, Naruto leading the way mainly, throughout the festival. At one point, Naruto and Gaara are chilling together while taking turns doing transformation jutsus and laughing at each other like the true dorks that they are (by the way, their voices are the Japanese actors, and Gaara is actually laughing, not like that creepy giggle he does when he is about to kill someone, but like a real actual happy laugh and he sounds like an angel and I’m crying).
Naruto turns himself into some ugly old lady. They both laugh. Gaara turns himself into a bird.
“Why is that funny?”
“… because I’m a bird.”
They both laugh.(what’s wrong with these kids)
Name - Mami (Meaning - My real name is classified. T.O.P security information. Sorry kiddos) Age - 19 Height - 5″2, so like, 155cm approx? (I can’t even maths I’m sorry) Ult Bias - J-HOOOOPE Nicknames - Mami Zodiac sign - Pisces (Zico said Taeil is dating his fish, and my sign is pisces so this is clearly a sign) Ethnicity - British Favorite fruit - Strawbwrries Favorite season - Probably Spring day, it makes me happy. Favorite color - Green and white. I don’t care if white is a shade I like it, ok? I will fite. Coffee, Tea or Hot Cocoa - tea (Typical Brit, amirite?) Favorite animal(s) - Horses, because they are V majestic. Dream trip - I want to travel all over the world, but if I had to choose just one then probably Japan. Number of blankets you sleep with - One? Dogs or cats - Cats!!1! Side blog - @azure-x Follower count - 5,100 (what did I do to deserve this I need Jesus) When did you start this blog - June 30th 2016. It’s nearly been a year already, I can’t even-
I.M tagging: @singing-my-last-go0dbye, @lil-miss-chesire and anyone else that feels like doing this tag. I apologise for this mess by the way, I am trash and like to try and be punny. Happy tagging to those that do this tag.