anonymous asked:

Hey there! Do you know any resources where I can learn properly anatomy from since I'm a beginner at art? Thank you for your time!

Ok! yes.

WARNING: all the links are related to human anatomy, hence some have images of internal organs, skeletons and genitalia.

first thing first: anatomy is a fucking nightmare to learn. for me at least. You need to do a lot of boring stuff before getting to the really fun stuff. I can tell you what my own process was because I studied it the long way at school.

The skeleton

While you’re not a medicine student and you don’t really need to know every single name of every single bone it’s good you at least can name the most important ones and where they are and what are their proportions with the bones close to it and ho they attach

You can learn this basically one way: by copying those kind of images:

Is it boring? HELL YES. is it necessary? VERY MUCH SO.

You should copy those while trying to understand from the image those things I told you about. it’s really important to focus on proportions and how bones interact with each other, otherwise it’s just copying and it’s time wasted. 

Where to find those kind of images: I haven’t found a proper online resource for this unfortunately, but something is out there: 

My best advice though it’s this: since it’s a pain in the ass to copy from screen and most of the images you find online are low-res you should go to your local library and look for a book that has this kind of images. look for either medical student books or artist books. You can also find them in a book store but you won’t need those books for long so it’s frankly a waste of money as they tend to be SUPEREXPENSIVE. I never ever ever opened mine after doing those exercises. Avoid buying them on the internet because you never understand what’s inside and you’ll need those specific things to copy:

What to copy:

upper body: front - back - side

an arm: front - back - side

a leg: front - back - side

skull: front - back - side

a full skeleton: front - back - side

This should be it, any more than that and you’ll want to kill yourself.

The muscles

Thankfully you won’t need to learn every single muscle in the human body, just the outer layer. 

The exercise is still the same but there are a lot more resources on this and you need to pay attention to: how they move, how they work, how they attach to the bones underneath it

Still, the advice I had for the skeleton is the same: try your local library for something on paper.

Once you have done the basics copying (upper body, arm, leg, head all in front, back and side. Remember to include the neck and neck muscles in the headshot. ) you can start doing something MUCH MORE INTERESTING: copying real poses.

Do a few exercises like this:

(image from Amenarae

where you look at a pose and then draw the muscles on it. If you have done your studies well (and by well I mean: learning where’s where and how they work) you should be able to do this easily.

Start from this website: http://www.posemaniacs.com/ (which by the way is the resource the artist of the example used) because they are 3d models that already show the muscles. And do it properly, and by properly I mean: trying to understand anything you see and match it with what you’ve learned of muscles.

But as soon as you can start doing it from photos! Copying is important as I said but even more is actually applying those things you’ve learned. Pixelovely has a ton of photos to copy for this exercise.

And now for something more interesting: life drawing and gesture drawing

QuickPoses is great. it also have a sort of a gamifying system of earning a sort of certificate after tot-hours spent doing it. 

Now, there is a difference between life drawing and gesture drawing. I love gesture drawing much more if you ask me but both are important. 

Avoid using posemaniacs for either of these exercises, as they are 3d models they lack the natural aspect of a real human body and they’ll ALWAYS look fake.

Life drawing is… well, drawing from life, with a model. You should try to find a class in your area that does it, the more you do the better. The poses are long, from 10 minutes to 2 hours each and you focus on drawing the person in front of you in detail and good proportions. if you can’t find a IRL class (you should!) those links I gave you previously (quickposes and pixelovely) are decent substitute. 

Dude. do it. this is one of those exercises that artists keep doing all their lives, because it’s worth it.

(source, these are mine btw)

Gesture Drawing is a bit more different but I love it much more. It’s also scary as fuck because it’s fast and dirty and people find it intimidating but once you’ve done it a bit it’s AMAZING.

It is similar to life drawing but it differentiate in the purpose, in gesture drawing you look at faster poses (usually 1 or 2 minutes each, sometime even just 30 seconds) and you don’t really focus on anatomy and proportions (something you have to do in life drawing) but on gesture and movement. Basically you try to draw the idea of movement of the pose.

these are some of mines:

there are more in my other blog

This is the PERFECT way to learn movement and how to simplify your pencil-strokes. learning how to suggest a pose just with few lines is the most powerful tool you’ll ever have at your disposal.

I spend periods doing it every day, 5 minutes a day, usually 30 seconds or 1 minute each (which means either 10 poses or 5). and it helps SO VERY MUCH. In the months I do this exercise daily I draw so much better than when I don’t.


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TAGGED BY.  @derverlust
TAGGING  ( eight people ). uhh whoever wants to bc i’m lazy rn LOL

ONE ( name / alias ).  negau
TWO ( birthday ).  march 23
THREE ( zodiac sign ).  aries
FOUR ( height ).  4′8″ MGKSHDFKDSDF
FIVE  ( time ).  2:34 pm
SIX ( sleep ). six hours on average
SEVEN ( favorite books ). the girl of fire and thorns is a good series and i need to reread it
EIGHT ( favorite artists ).  alexander rybak, regina spektor, i’m probably forgetting a lot
NINE ( last movie watched ). i think it was?? the new star wars?? but only bc i went to a thing at school and it was on, i don’t. actually. know much about sw tbch
TEN ( education ). i’m a senior in the hell that is college apps
ELEVEN ( dream job ). graphic designer
TWELVE ( the meaning behind your url ). i mean. it’s nothing special. third boy, third child LOL

looking for someone (preferably a mutual, but if we’re not mutuals, don’t feel discouraged!) to co-run @vgosts with me, since i haven’t had as much time to maintain it lately. 

there’s a few things that’d be nice for anyone who’s interested to have:

  • a love for video game music/soundtracks, ofc!
  • music from a variety of games to upload
  • a willingness to credit the composers/artists of each uploaded song/track

and that’s it!! if you’re interested, send me a message!

maisiedaisie  asked:

hi ang! about the lem n toi redesigns, are these their new forever ever designs or do you think you'll be modifying them at all? these redesigns were honestly a big (but good) surprise! most artists would change gradually/show their followers the process but it was cool of you to just change things! i know most people just feel a little shook abt this big change (lem has changed a lot! not so chungy anymore) but change can be good! you just gotta give things time and see how it goes! wuv ur boyz

Probably not forever ever designs ahaha.. they will change in the future im sure but for now i am happy with them. And yes i know! I just needed the change to be immediate in this case i suppose haha. Also YES I am sooooo happy with lem’s design now.. the old one was ridiculous im honestly frowning @ my past self what kind of foolishness… whatever he looks so much better now and i’m so happy about it!!! And yeah i guess only time will tell with these new lüks… i hope people can learn to love em again lol i know it’s a big change all of a sudden but it’s for the better.


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TAGGED BY.  @fragilefated ( thank you )
TAGGING  ( eight people ).  @vaquerc, @caerula-parma, @excelsicrr, @terapulse, @masshirohebi, @veteriis, @ikkakusenkin, @nuitveuve

ONE ( name / alias ).  akira
TWO ( birthday ).  february 23rd
THREE ( zodiac sign ).  pisces
FOUR ( height ).  5′5″
FIVE  ( time ).  14:04
SIX ( sleep ).  depends on where i am, if i have my face stuffed in over.watch. but generally i sleep for long hours & need a bucket of coffee to wake up afterwards
SEVEN ( favorite books ). memoirs of a geisha, a little princess, the da vinci code, harry potter
EIGHT ( favorite artists ).  lana del rey, sharon den adel, johnny depp, helena bonham carter, angelina jolie, tim burton
NINE ( last movie watched ).  tim burton’s through the looking glass
TEN ( college ).  i’m in my second year in university, studying fine arts
ELEVEN ( dream job ).  mangaka. something that has to do with drawing cartoons or comics in general would be quite satisfying too, but ideally manga/anime/etc.
TWELVE ( the meaning behind your url ).  okay, i had a really had time with this damn url. the first thing i tried was dragonborn but everything i could think of around this was taken. same with dragonbred. dawn symbolizes the birth or the beginning of something, so dragondawned should stand for dragonborn, or something along the lines.


Teyla Emmagen (Stargate: Atlantis)

35min speed-draw

reffed from a screenshot near the end of Season 1, Rising, pt 2 which I was re-watching this evening… one of my weaknesses as an artist is how long I always take on everything. Often I think my level of detail is a good pay-off, but I need to know how to draw faster if necessary - so I decided to make tonight’s piece a timed drawing and see whether I could make something good which looked somewhat like the character desired without taking the kind of time I wanted for her.

I put Cassandra in a dress
(now I run for my life)

We artists have noticed something: communication with some of our clients (new and old) has not been very good, of late. While there are still many art directors, creative directors, and business owners who efficiently and effectively communicate with us, there are seemingly just as many who are in need of important tips on how to properly assign work or manage projects. Please note: I do not blame these individuals — not one bit; hiring artists for projects is not usually something you are taught in school, and there is no Communicating with Artists for Dummies book, as far as I know.

Therefore, here is a guideline that will lead to improved communication, fewer revisions, better artwork, and fewer headaches for all involved.

1. Your first email to an artist should not read: “Hey, are you available for a job?”

This kind of email is a waste of everybody’s time, because all of the important information is missing: description of the job, timeline, and budget. In order to reduce the back-and-forth between the individual requesting the creative work, and the artist, simply take a moment to include the important information in the initial email request. For example: “Dear Ms. Granger, we are publishing a story in our magazine about the ongoing conflict between hedgehogs and walruses. We will need a cover, a full page, and two spot illustrations. The deadline for sketches is March 1st, and the final artwork will be due March 8th. Our budget is $3750. Are you available / interested in working with us on this assignment? Please let me know by 5pm today. Thank you.”

With one email, you have now given the artist all of the info needed to decide whether or not to accept the job. As an illustrator, most of the emails I received ten years ago read just like the above. Lately, this has not been the case. I’m not sure what happened, but let’s fix that.

2. Please do not expect artists to read minds.

Details are very important. When sending emails about your job, give as many relevant details as possible to an artist, if the assigned artwork has specific requirements. Artists are great at solving creative problems, but we cannot guess what you are looking for if we are not told up front. For example, if you tell an illustrator to draw “a car on a street,” then the illustrator will assume the make and model of the car are not important. The illustrator will also assume the street can be any kind of street. Therefore, it is not fair to the artist to reject the final art because you expected a vintage Porsche on the Autobahn. Please be sure to communicate all required elements of the art in your earliest correspondence with your artist, and it will be smooth sailing for all.

If you tell an artist you need a mural of a vineyard painted on a wall in your restaurant, do not wait until the artist is half finished with a stunning, 20 foot scene with bright morning light casting cool shadows over the grapevines, to tell them that you need the time of day to be sunset. Not only is this a problem for your timeline, but the artist must be paid for all the changes that need to be made because the communication was not clear from the beginning.

Sometimes, you love the portfolio of a certain artist and you wish to give this person artistic freedom when commissioning a piece of work. Let us not confuse this wish for unbridled creativity with a lack of relevant information. For instance, the recent recipient of the Richard Gangel Art Director Award, SooJin Buzelli, is famous for giving her editorial artists a lot of freedom. But, when she assigns work, she actually has spent a good deal of time figuring out a way to distill a complex article down to its essential message or theme. She then sends this one or two sentence summary to a carefully selected illustrator, providing that individual with a perfect launchpad from which to create a unique visual solution. This is good communication. The artist comes away with enough information to be creative and daring without producing a piece of work that completely misses the mark.

3. Please Don’t Leave Us Hanging

This is just common courtesy. I often get asked if I am available for an illustration and I then respond in the affirmative with some questions about the assignment or the budget or some other detail. Then, no reply ever comes. A week later, I will see another artist blog about completing the very same assignment that was initially emailed to me. While I understand that everybody is very busy, and emails are flying around at the speed of light, I urge you to please remember that it is unprofessional and rude to simply leave an artist hanging. We often will put other things on hold or rework our weekly schedule to accommodate a project that we think is moving forward. A simple email to let us know that you will be working with somebody else, the job is cancelled, you need to consult with a coworker before moving forward, etc. is all we need to move on and stay on top of our other jobs. There is a popular misconception that artists are free spirits, day dreaming on a hillside and waiting for inspiration to strike, checking emails from paint smattered laptops touted around in burlap sacks … or whatever … but hey! Artists who make a living making art are working. They’re working all the time. Keeping an artist in the dark about the status of a project upsets their productivity in a major way. Please don’t do this.

I welcome comments. Please be polite. Thanks.

- Kyle T. Webster

Wtnv Headcanons

Cecil makes those little Self-Care reminder type announcements you see all over tumblr on the Radio.

Sometimes they’re reminders to the town in the face of disaster. “Did you remember to tie down your garbage cans? Remember, it’s garbage CAN fly away, not garbage can’t!”

Sometimes it’s a reminder to himself for things. “Did you remember to lock the door this morning? Yes. Yes? Yes definitely yes.”

Most of the times though, they’re subtly aimed Carlos’s way, because since Cecil found out how sometimes he forgets to eat and drink water and take breaks when at work or even at home, the host was determined to help. So he slips little reminders and prompts into the show. “Have you had a break today? You work so hard. Take a ten minute break to recharge.”

Or “have you had eight cups of water today? Remember, it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law!”

Or even reminders like “have you considered the fact you are incredibly loved by a lot of people today? Not a person, not even just two or three persons, a lot of people. A lot of people care about you and love you immensely, even when they aren’t right there at this moment, even if they don’t say it outright. You are incredibly loved, dear listener. Even you, Steeeeeve Carlsberrrrrg.”


it’s fine tho really

From my KakaIru emotional hunger and breakdown on twitter (I just need more of them, OK? Is that too much to ask? *I’m looking at you ‘kakairu’ tag on tumblr*)

Palette #45 chosen by contrailed