if anything i'm just pleased to have drawn something for fun and not for work

anonymous asked:

Hi Auri -- I absolutely loved your sketchbook drawings you uploaded. I'm pretty new to drawing, and I wondered if for those sketches you would have drawn out guidelines, or if you're able to just draw human form mostly of the bat now through practice? Could you recommend a resource (or a book or anything) for starting to draw anatomy/faces in particular? Thank you so much! You're a real inspiration to me and I love your work so much. ❤️😊


thank you so much ♡

This actually depends - I am nearly always doing a sketch with pencil but I don’t really use guidelines actually (tho sometimes I feel I should! /)v(\) but just tend to draw from scratch. I try to draw really light lines to get the pose down firstly but often I still just start out with drawing a face and then sitting in front of the drawing asking myself what to do with the pose now… not really ideal i guess :’D I feel like the process of drawing is actually a pretty personal thing where you just have to figure out a workflow that works for you - I know artists who just draw the human form of the bat because they practiced enough, others use guidelines/-boxes even if they are AMAZING drawers - it’s all just about what works for you. I feel like I will never really use guidelines and boxes because I am not fond of them. I am tho trying to learn to construct the human body by learning how muscles work and how the skeleton is constructed so I am able to put down a pose not because I learned how this specific pose looks but because I can construct it from my knowledge. Same with the face, when you learn the different planes of the face you are able to imagine where light and shadows are.

I highly recommend using references and learn from them - not just by trying to make it look identical but by thinking about WHY it looks like it looks. Why light hits different spaces and why not. This helps you to learn the theory while drawing (even when drawing fanart - it really doesn’t matter WHAT you are drawing, just draw what you enjoy! ♡). I think there is still a lot of stuff for me to learn and I just start out to embrace this possibility to learn more instead of being afraid and intimidated when I see artwork from people I admire and thinking like “I cannot be this good”. Because everyone can learn and get better and if you just put in the effort, you will get better! And I really like to see different arts and styles and I think every art is precious and important. 

I can recommend the Youtube channels I posted in my earlier answer and especially listening to motivational podcasts (THIS channel inspires me like so much!) and of course some books:

Some of these titles are german as I’m from Germany, the one of the left is a book about european saga and legends, the japanese book is an artbook by Katsuya Terada which has a lot of process pictures and stuff. There is also the german version of “Drawing with the right side of your brain” by Betty Edwards and the book on the bottom is a anatomy compendium (I think there are better ones out there but I can’t really recommend one as I don’t have them :() 

I absolutely can recommend the books by James Gurney and just looking at The Art of-Books as they really inspire me a lot. 

Other then that it is really helpful to learn from life drawing, even if it’s just in the train or at starbucks, you learn the analyse expressions and the human body and why it works like it works. I feel like when drawing from life you tend to understand easier volumes and lightning, as you see more than a photo can show you. But drawing from photo references is also good help just to learn. I think there are actually so many ways to learn that you can be overwhelmed so just try to find something you like rather than try to do everything at once. Also: keeping a sketchbook and drawing on a regular basis into it is really helpful too. Just draw hat you love and what comes to mind, it don’t has to be perfect and you can just redraw it if you don’t like it. Keep it fun ♡

Daddy issues pt. 2

Part one: [X] Part two: [X] Part three: [X]

Genre: light smut / light angst / fluff

Rating: PG-15

Pairing: chanbaek!au

Kinks!warnings: daddy!kink, swearing, spanking, dominant!submissive, dirty talk, age gap

word count: 1911

summary: Byun Baekhyun has some serious daddy issues. The only thing he wants is for his daddy to show him some love…

A/N: this is an emotional mess…

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Headcanon/Mini-Fic Time!

Ok, so canonically, Ransom’s not into Harry Potter, right?

Ok, ok, so Holster freaking loves Harry Potter. He spends all of their freshman year trying to get Ransom to at least watch the movies, because, “bro, this will change your life.”

But every time Rans tries to watch it, something comes up. (“Dude. I have a huge bio test next week. I gotta study.) So Holster spends all year trying to get his new best friend to watch, but by the time summer rolls around, he’s just not been successful (he considers this his greatest failure of freshman year.) So, he slips his treasured collector’s edition DVD box set of the movies into Ransom’s backpack before they depart for the summer to go home.

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nathanritchieab  asked:

Hey Brett, I'm an aspiring artist and I wanted to ask if you had any advice on drawing and where I should start from. If you do not have the time to explain please disregard this question.


I think it’s important to just start.  Just draw on anything! Post its, sketchbook paper, margins of your homework, the wall, your cat.  

Just start drawing on things…

As you start down the path begin making manageable goals you can attain by drawing and working smart and hard.  

                                      I want to be good yesterday!

Give yourself a break and realize this is a marathon and not a dash to being a good artist.  It’s the quickest way people quit.  

Something like:

I’m going to draw 5 hands today. 

I’m going to devote 3 pages to eyeballs

I’m going to practice my goblins

I’ll try ink wash today

and so forth.  

The point is to create and keep motivating yourself to learn, do better, and not overwhelm and make yourself quit.  

If you decide to turn this hobby into a career then I’d suggest much more stringent exercise and self evaluation.  Taking anatomy classes and art classes online or in school.  All the earlier drawings keep adding up as you learn hand eye coordination and how to trust your self and vision.

Reading and studying (Andrew Loomis books, Drawn To Life, how to draw the marvel way, Drawing in 3D with Mark Kistler could be good introductions)

But if it’s for fun, just draw.  Who cares, it’s the beauty of the act.

It’s important for artists to remember that their favorite hobby is their job and how to retain that fun and happiness that made them gravitate towards being an artist in the first place.  Good luck, I hope that helps.

Fic: Featherbed Jig

For the Klaine Advent Challenge Day 4: Dessert

Blaine climbs the stairs up to the loft as quickly as he can manage, eager to get home and let the weekend begin after what has truly been a hellishly long week. He’s tired, sore from dance class and stage combat and just being on his feet running around trying to juggle work and school and friends all week long, and all he wants right now is to be home, the safety of the loft and the blissful prospect of an entire weekend doing nothing (except homework, but he’ll worry about that later).

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Transcript of the Fan Fic reading
  • Simon: I am going to now read some of this story
  • Sips: Yeah, I'm gonna close my eyes and get immersed
  • Turps: Yeah, I really wanna get in the mood as well
  • Sips: Okay, lay it on me
  • Turps: Touch my tralala
  • Simon: [reading] Honeydew flopped down into the lush grass beside me panting. Envy and lust flooded through me. I wanted to make Honeydew pant like that myself! I caught myself glaring again and looked away quickly. Honeydew sat up "Xephos! Are you alright?" he said cheerfully. "Yes, I'm fine"
  • Turps: Did Lewis write this?
  • [Simon & Sips laugh]
  • Simon: [reading] I turn to him "Look, if there's anything you need or really badly want" I move closer to him "I can make it happen." I blinked. Where had that come from? Honeydew was looking at me strangely like he was judging me. Shit! "What do you mean, Xephos?" asked Honeydew choosing his words carefully with a serious look on his face.
  • [Sips & Turps laugh]
  • Turps: Oh, the voice
  • Simon: I panicked. Why did I say that? I didn't even know I was going to say that. "Wait do you mean like.." Honeydew paused
  • Turps: [interrupting] Up.. the bum?
  • [Simon, Sips & Turps laugh. Lasts 20 seconds]
  • Turps: Criminy. Jiminy Crickets
  • Simon: Oh, shit. Oh breathe. Oh god. Oh my god, fucking hell Mark. No, no no no no. [continues reading] "Wait do you mean like.." Honeydew paused "if I wanted a flat made of Jaffa Cakes you'd make that for me?" exclaimed Honeydew suddenly his face lighting up with a grin
  • Simon: So ah, yeah that's what it was about. Lewis.. Lewis actually makes a building out of Jaffa Cakes
  • Turps: Oh, that was a fan fic?
  • Simon: Yeah.. well it might get a bit.. worse
  • Turps: Surely people have paid good money for this. Should we find some more? Are there any about me and Sips getting it on.. I mean um doing stuff?
  • Sips: Building stuff together.. building some sort of like uh.. tent.. together?
  • Turps: Is there anything where like for example I'm building a bridge, Simon's reading out uh.. donations and Sips maybe has erotic tendencies?
  • Simon: This is brilliant. This is brilliant
  • Sips: I don't know if you can see but I'm shaking behind this laptop because I'm actually..
  • Simon: Oh my god
  • Sips: Rubbing my periwinkle
  • Simon: Please don't do that.. that's against the Twitch terms of service
  • Sips: ..what?
  • Simon: [reading] Trance-like hour after trance-like hour passed..
  • Sips: There's nothing explicitly saying you can't rub a periwinkle
  • Simon: as all I could think of while whilst I was creating the house was how Honeydew would react. Would he think it was creepy? Would he think it was great? I could not know. All I could do was keep building. To keep on stacking the Jaffa Cakes up and interlocking them, securing them in place with dark chocolate and orange jelly.
  • Sips: [yawning] Oh my god..
  • Simon: As I was turning to another part of the house I tripped over something large and landed painfully on my chest.
  • Turps: Oh no! What was it?
  • Simon: [reading] In this cliché moment I expected to look up and see Honeydew as I turned over but instead a pig gazed down at me confused! I sat up and to my horror saw all the pigs from the field had lumbered up the hill and had started to bite at the walls of the house!
  • [Attention drawn away by Turps building a terrible bridge]
  • Simon: So this.. this fan fiction was called "For You, I Will Build A House Of Jaffas" by Ema Schopenhauer.
  • Turps: Great director
  • Sips: That's a long one.. how does it end? Read the last part
  • Turps: Honeydew looked up exhausted "Well that's a different sort of Jaffa filling."
  • Simon: [reading] I smiled. I'd been waiting for this moment for years. I was going to make it beautiful and quiet. I reached around, I pulled Honeydew's head gently to face mine and under the watchful gaze of the warm sun, with a joint feeling of love and warmth, we kissed
  • Simon: That's how it ends.
  • Turps: Aw, that's nice
  • Simon: It's a nice one. It..its not nothing about up the bum. You know, that's the sequel
  • Turps: Oh, is it not?
  • Sips: It didn't say.. it didn't actually say where he kissed
  • Turps: Called uh.. Diggy Diggy Hole
  • Simon: Ahhh!
  • Throughout the reading there are small giggles and laughs at various moments which can easily be put down to the fact they're reading something they're not familiar with. Simon is reading about Honeydew in a situation with Xephos who happens to be his friend and colleague both in and out of game. Why this reading has caused such rage is literally beyond me. They made a few jokes about sexual scenarios which are completely valid considering a large portion of the fan fic community is NSFW. I would imagine seasoned fan fic readers/writers felt uncomfortable and giggly when they read fanfic for the first week or so.
  • As far as insulting the fan fic goes I don't see it. As I said they laughed in places, put on a few voices and generally had a good time while reading something that was unfamiliar. A few inappropriate comments were made but I put that down to making a joke towards the generalisation of fan fic and how all of it is smut. Why people are boycotting the Yogscast over having a bit of fun with writing baffles me. I just don't see how they offended the writer here yet alone the entire fan fic community. You're blaming them for upsetting the writer when half of you don't even know how the writer feels. Do you not see how ridiculous that is?
  • If someone could be so kind as to let me know why the writer being a minor has anything to do with this that would be lovely. They're a minor.. and? Is there some law on fanfic websites which prohibits minors writing being read? Are the Yogscast going to be sued for reading the work of a minor on a live stream or is it simply another thing to try and use against them along side all your other useless and irrelevant points?
  • They read the fic. They had a good time. Made a few jokes in the usual Yogscast way and somehow enraged a portion of the Yogscast tumblr community. In typical Tumblr fashion we've shown just how ridiculous and dramatic we can be over something so simple.
  • Bravo.

some sort of rant about actual canon Randy vs. how the fandom views Randy. Or something, idk. I’m upset for completely different reasons and I feel like this will help since it kinda peeves me when it’s over-talked and over-drawn about and I’d like to get it off my chest anyways. Don’t read if you’re extremely protective of pristine Howard cause I’m calling out truth in this.

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