it was a lot of challenge tbh how do you line art


ART STYLE CHALLENGE!! FT. my favorite ham artists (with honorable mention of birdloaf, unfortunately i could not find a sufficient ref of philip in a sketchier format :///) I tried to emulate everyone’s styles down to the brushes!! did I do it okay? i think i did!! Honestly I’m a little terrified at my style malleability, and also disappointed because i’m drawing like this when i obv have the ability to go beyond that?? and yet…

(can you see who influenced me && how lol)

@me wyd

@spibbles YOU…. YOU. You freaking astound me, your style is fantastic and lately it’s been so warm and nice and all your shapes are a-fucking-plus, and your color usage is gorgeous and your shading is On Point and your rate of improvement is 10,000 penstrokes per hour, you’ve left me in the goddamn dust and i just….. go d

@raythrill you and @huitality are the only blogs I follow as closely as I follow you two and honestly it’s so great to see your styles bounce off of each other and I adore you guys’ style okay?? Ray I love your color usage and shading and I’m pretty sure I already sent you an ask that’s just me gushing but Hui you’re also really great and your anatomy and proportions and posing is (100 OK emojis) and the thick lines are a good reminder that I can make thick lines, not go lineless, and still be a good artist

@terror-in-the-dream GOD………….. YOUR SHAPES AND SHADING AND E Y E S… GORGEOUS i can’t believe you exist. also i adore the way you draw plants and flowers too and your blocky shading is lovely. i’d love to see intense expressions from you tho, most of em seem v calm???

@lauwurens tbh i probably have no right to tag you but Gosh, I haven’t seen anyone else who adores philip to such a degree and also your style is absolutely lovely I adore it so much what the fuck,, philip’s curls and and your eyes and GOD, everything is like, perfect

@eightmonkeys your usage of shapes and your flow of figure is the most unique and absolutely amazing thing i’ve ever seen i love it ok… and it’s also a really good reminder for me that things don’t have to look v realistic to look fantastic

@pia-soleildiddle MMMM GOD I’VE SEEN YOUR ANIMATICS AND YOU’RE SO FUCKING C R E A T I V E THAT IT HURTS MY SOUL, WHAT IN HELL, your interpretations have FLOORED me, also I adore the little unique things you put on all the characters, like ham’s double cowlick and jeff/laf’s forehead lock, and philip’s also double cowlick, and jfc, why are you so good

@kei-pai i……… you…,,, god i don’t know i guess the simplicity just attracts me, and also just the pure stylistic factor is great I can’t name why I like your style in particular, it’s probably the fluidity, but honest to god i like yours a lot but I can’t name why (edit: 3 days later and only now i realize I’ve left out the freckles oops)

kellytranofficial  asked:

birgittechow did u learn to draw because i am Bad and you are Amazing so i need ur advice

hi!!! I was gonna answer this yesterday but I wanted to actually be helpful so I tried to make some quick sketches to illustrate what i mean!! thank u sm for liking my art!! ❤

1. I’ve been drawing every day for the past months and I feel like I’ve really made progress bc of that compared to how fast I was getting better before! U don’t have to make a full portrait every day or anything like that but it’s a good idea to take maybe 5 minutes to do a sketch or something! I usually carry around post it notes when im not home so when i get ideas i do a quick sketch for it so i remember it later!

2. use lots of references!!! It’s super important to use references imo, like don’t trace but look at pictures and try to draw what you see or adapt that to your picture. After a while you kinda know what it’s supposed to look like, because you have practice, so you can rely less on references. But often when I make up the poses 100% myself in pictures, I’ll still try to find a reference to look at afterward to double check, because often the way bodies actually work looks different than how i imagine in my head lmao. 

3. this drawing is Not Good but here are some pointers for face proportions! I know a lot of people (including me before) think eyes are halfway down the face, nose is halfway between that and mouth is halfway between nose and chin (u could say mouth is halfway between nose TIP and chin tho), but thats usually not the case. All of this can vary a bit tho depending on ethnicity or nose shape etc


here’s how I draw eyes in a very simplified sketch form! Mostly did this because I wanted to point out a few things: 1. pls draw the little thing below the eyes (i think its called waterline) it makes a huge difference!! 2. dont forget to shade the eyeball, its really easy if you just treat the eyeball like what it is: a ball, basically! 3. shade the waterline too! and the lower eyelid. Shading eyelids is simple when u think about it, it’s darkest by the upper eyelid crease and by the inner corner/nose area, and lightest in the middle of both eyelids and on the brow bone 4. eyelashes dont grow straight, they sort of go down before they go up and they usually grow in sections of a a few eyelashes. On the bottom eyelid they go up a little bit before they go down. 5. The iris is darkest where it meets the eyelid and around the edges of the iris and the edges of the pupil. 

5. always plan the light and shading even if it seems obvious!! I didn’t do this before but now I always do it and it helps out a ton! I’m going to use this sketch as an example of how that looks. I do the lines/sections for shade in one layer, and then the light lines/sections in another layer. Then I paint over those lines in a layer over it, but below the lineart layer.

I don’t do this when Im actually gonna make a full drawing of it, but I’ve filled in the sections so u can see what is what, since the drawing above is pretty confusing:

I do this very roughly and then i clean it up later, so it often ends up looking different than the original sketch, but its still helpful because if i was just improvising i wouldnt have anything to clean up and I’d end up with the first version of shading/light as the finished version, if that makes sense! 

i also do this with portraits:

6. I think doing palette challenges etc is a very good way to learn a bit more about light and shading so I’d recommend that!! It’s also good for people who arent good with colour (me lmao I have no idea what I’m doing)

7. I like to do a basic sketch and then the entire rest of the sketch in anotherlayer with the basic sai brush on about 80% opacity, and then removing the basic sketch. It ends up like this: (I did have to edit this to make it darker tho because it came out really light)

but ive only recently started doing this, before i used to use a pencil that imitated real life pencils for lineart lmao

8. I cant do lineart for shit, so if I want actual nice smooth lineart I do it somewhat roughly with the pencil tool and then erase extra lines and blend along the edges with a small brush tool so it looks smooth and nice. I did it messily here which gave it a softer look compared to the sketch i showed earlier:

and then more precisely here:

9. you can use yellow for lighting 99% of the time, that’s what i do if i dont know what else to use (and tbh i tend to pick yellow anyway because I think it gives the nicest result), but keep in mind whether you’re using a cool toned yellow or a warm toned one. putting the layer setting to luminosity and setting the opacity low works very well for lighting. You can also use dark blue on layer setting “shade” and low opacity for shading 99% of the time

thats all I can think of and I’m sorry this is long, I’m not very good at explaining lmao but I hope this was helpful anyway!!!

anonymous asked:

aaaAAHHHH I LOVE DAD HCS can we maybe get Fukuzawa, Chuuya and Akutagawa as continuation of the dad hcs post??? thanks a lot lot lot!!!!

A continuation of this it is uwu)/* Also a similar one for Fukuzawa here

Nakahara Chuuya

  • You know he’d make his kids weightless just for the hell of it and to make them giggle. It’d make his s/o nervous at first but they eventually relax about it.
  • I can imagine Chuuya having the cutest little daughter tbh.  She’d run around and steal his hat constantly so she could wear it, but when you try to buy her her very own hat, she’d say it wasn’t the same and steal her dad’s again
  • He’d be a really affectionate father, making sure his kids always feel loved and cherished. 
  • He’ll teach them martial arts when they get a bit older, if only for their own protection.  Chuuya’s always a force to be reckoned with but even he knows he can’t protect them all the time
  • He’d try to keep his kid out of the mafia as best as he could.  He really doesn’t want them to have to experience the horrors he had to grow up with

Akutagawa Ryuunosuke

  • He’ll carry his baby everywhere tbh. Like once his s/o teaches him how to hold them, he doesn’t put them down if he can help it.  He really loves the feeling of holding his child and also his s/o never taught him how to put the baby back down so it’s something he’ll need to ask about eventually
  • Akutagawa’s never been the picture of patience and when the baby starts crying and won’t stop he’ll call his s/o immediately. If he can’t reach them for some reason, he’d call Higuchi. Auntie Higuchi also has no idea what to do unfortunately.
  • When no one’s watching and he’s focusing on his sleeping baby, he gets the softest look on his face tbh he looks so happy.
  • Can you imagine Dazai seeing Akutagawa’s kid? He’d be like holy shit this kid’s way cuter. Somehow Dazai learns that he’s been written in wills as the godfather of the child and he didn’t sign up for this wtf

Fukuzawa Yukichi

  • Best. Dad. Ever. He’ll bring his kid to work with him all the time and the kid ends up having so many aunts and uncles, this gives them so many christmas presents
  • He’s not strict per se but if his kid steps out of line, he has no problem chastising them.  He wants his children to grow up to become great people, and he knows they will be but discipline is necessary at times.
  • When his child is crying, they’ll stop almost immediately if you give them to Fukuzawa to hold. The baby whisperer.
  • He’d try to help his s/o out as much as possible even when he’s busy.  Just because his job is demanding, doesn’t mean he’ll let his kids grow up barely seeing their father.
  • Like Chuuya, he’ll also teach them to fight, and by the time they’re teenagers they can beat Kunikida no problem.  Can you imagine an entire challenging an entire Fukuzawa family to a fight? Y’all’d be destroyed. 

Heya babe, khr first

So for me to like actually write something would take ages so this is me rambling again i’m sorry

This is basically another scenario I could think of for the HC you put up when I was feeling sad so here goes!

Imagine this semi-important Don has come to the Vongola mansion to discuss a possible alliance with Tsuna and he was met by the Rain Guardian and The Baby Prince of the Mafia (sudden random HC that this was like lowkey nickname for Tsuna coz the Arco probs followed him around when he first took over) and they head in to Tsuna’s office. As a show of trust, the other Don asks his bodyguards to stay outside the mansion while he enters with only his right hand (everyone in the mafia knows by now that Tsuna wouldn’t hurt anyone who came in peace but would at the very least seriously maim anybody who came to his home with violent intentions barring the Varia, the Arco and basically the rest of his srsly screwed up famiglia) 

Now Tsuna is a gentleman and he respects everyone regardless of their positions in the mafia, so some of his staff offer these bodyguards tea in one of the outdoor parlours and they accept. All of them are very impressed by the mansion because who wouldn’t tbh and are complimenting the staff and the like while there is this one asshole who is snubbing everything and the staff are gettiing incredibly pissed off but their Don doesn’t like it when they mess up the house so they try to maintain their composures not working not even a tiny bit so when the staff end up maybe breaking tiny things they have in hand this guy is still fucking talking about how the help at their head office are so much better and the other bodyguards are super fed up by now as well so they’re begging the staff in whispers not to kill him (because again everyone in the mafia except for this tool know that you do not get to work in the head office without a bare minimum knowledge of some type of weaponry/martial art and that the ones assigned to visitors have much more than a bare minimum) and they’re telling the staff that the only reason he’s with them is as a favour to an old aquaintance by their Don and that they will move him to a different country soon so don’t maim him pleeaseee

The staff reluctantly agree and seat them on a small patio overlooking the garden and bring them some food (the housekeeper has to be restraiend from sneaking in poison in asshole’s cup, this naturally does not mean she doesn’t give him mild indigestion, Bianchi does her work thoroughly, she’s taught them all well) there are quite a few people milling about the gardens and the asshole is still mouthing off. But by no, the other bodyguards are so done and are like cold-shouldering him so he just wanders off to look around the gardens. As he’s walking he sees this flash of silver and hears someone humming so he sets off in the direction of the voice and he sees Gokudera Hayato.

Hayato has his hair up in a pony tail and he’s digging at the ground with a shovel and sweating and only has a single ring on his fingers unlike the 10/20 that normally cover his beautiful hands but his chains and bracelets are all still in place and maybe its better to say he’s attacking the ground rather than digging. And despite the anger he’s displaying he’s humming a very calm (almost serene) tune under his breath. 

The asshole is now overjoyed because he knows Gokudera Hayato and he can finally have some fun. He walks toward him and hails him with something along the lines of “Yo, bastard.” Dera ignores him because he can’t comprehend someone daring to challenge him in his own home and assumes that it was met for someone else until the asshole puts his hand on his shoulder, turns him around and starts spewing crap about how he’s not surprised at all to see you here! Of course you’re some lowly gardener, I wonder how much you had to beg the Decimo to get him to give you even this you bastard child and you’re not even doing your job properly! Honestly I’m surprised he even agreed to let filth like you onto his grounds, have you not told him about your parentage? 

Hayato is stunned because it’s been a long time since anyone challenged him like this, wherever he’s met anyone its always been as the right hand of the Decimo and no one’s dared to insult him in front of his famiglia (there was that one time, when Tsuna and his guardians, sans Hayato, had destroyed a small famiglia for thinking they could insult their Storm and get away with it.) By now quite a few of the staff are hiding in the hedges and recording this shit because the Tenth generation would be very disappointed if no one caught this on camera (they’d raze cities for him but they know that he can take care of himself too so when he does they’re all encouragement and support)

The asshole is still completely oblivious and continues spouting bullshit and Dera lets him plow on for a little longer but Uri is fed up by now and pounces on the asshole and claws at his face leaving deep wounds that will most def scar. The asshole then takes out a gun to dispose of that fucking cat and that’s when Hayato punches him in the face and sticks his hand in front of him so that his Storm Ring is blatantly displayed (he’s learned to accept that his Famiglia loves him the way he is and he wears their love proudly dammit) and that’s when the asshole realises that he may have stepped into some quite deep shit.

Bonus: Tsuna and the rest of his Famiglia watching the video with their staff and eating popcorn and the like while Hayato has his face in his hands in embarrassment. Mukuro is probs ribbing him about his lectures to the rest about not getting in fights with potential allies you shitheads, they could be important! Tsuna does end up allying with this family but tells them they’re on probation and that if they have anyone like the asshole in their family again the alliance is off.


<3 Fae

Fallout OC and Mun Shoutout

I have realised, while compiling a list, that there are so damn many people I love and OCs that I love I cannot possibly give them all an ask; I would hit the limit a thousand times over. Plus, some might get eaten! THUS, LET THE SHOUTOUTS BEGIN. I’m sorry in advance if I forget anybody; holy crap there are SO MANY.

They’re all under the cut because each name has its own little paragraph, so this post is STAGGERINGLY LONG. They’ve been alphabetised so you can find yourself!
Also my Wordswap is annoying enough on short messages, and I got progressively more tired as I wrote each entry (out of order) - so brace yourself for incomprehensible nonsense as I fight the disaster that is my brain

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So while I have done one of these the past two years, I almost didn’t this year. Not really sure why. I certainly turned more inward this year which I feel like I needed. I was trying to listen more and speak less. This one might be shorter. Let’s see.

Listen more, speak less. Right. 2015 was the first time we actually paid ourselves anything from doing this. My reported income from 2014 was maybe like $600, which was only reported because it’s a third of our total profit for the year. Idk it’s just like how business stuff works. But now I pay my rent (in a cheap as heck collective house in Worcester) and could probably afford more, which is tight. The reality of that sort of eased me into realizing that as much as we are just *mocking voice* a coupla dudes making music, we are incapable of separating our art, our politics, and like even the way we conduct ourselves on social media from the aspect of that we are always a business selling ourselves to you, as listeners. This is something 2011 me would have been like disgusted with. I’m fine by it now.

I think there is a sort of silliness with guitar rock bands. They sort of straddle this line of performance and “real” that leaves the viewer kind of confused as to what it actually is. To me, it’s a trick and sort of a good one. The result is, in my opinion, a watering down of both fronts. The performance aspect is sort of stagnant. It’s a good model for singing along with peeps, feeling lost in the sound and I don’t bash it. But the realness aspect is an interesting one for me.

When this band was young, or even before, I didn’t really think of it but pop/rock bands are in a way an effort to appear the most real. Who is wearing their heart the most on their sleeve? Who is saying the thing we think but don’t say? And like within that, at least with men, there was no talk about like how that is performed through the music and is accomplishing its goal. It’s just like a “idk it’s just a feeling”. Cute but imo not true. I am wholly under the impression that each of us is always performing in our lives. Within that, it is hard for me to believe that their art is somehow transcending that.

This whole realness thing leaks over into what I’ve been thinking a lot about this year, which is public figuredom. With most of the bands we toured with in 2014, we did not have these conversations. Both because ‘dudes’, but obv strongly in that we were sort of all recently jettisoned into situations where this all of a sudden mattered and we didn’t know how to talk about it.

Our first tour of 2015 was the first time I saw it talked about openly while we were touring with bands that had been doing it for a while and like are huge tbh. It was funny hearing artists described as “cool guy bands” in appreciation. As in like, mysteriously distant and deeply profound. On that tour was also a band with a deep care for their art yet a disconnect from how their fans interact with it. Also an interesting thing to see on such a large scale. Cool tour learned a lot.

Through this all I am experimenting with public figuredom as an intentional piece of being an artist. How, when I “clock in”, do I present myself that reflects the work we do to make it more cohesive and understood? How do I cultivate the attitudes around our art and ways of interacting with our art that I desire to see? How do I interact with people in a way that right off the bat assumes that they are complex and intelligent people? How can what I am doing challenge or disrupt the ways in which people are used to interacting with artists that can establish relationships that disempower the listener? Things I think about.

We’ve been lucky enough, or like maybe “good” enough, to have been able to build trust with the peeps that listen to our stuff. We have really intelligent peeps that care about our music enough to have honest and difficult dialogues about cool, interesting, challenging stuff regarding our art, presence. I feel pretty grateful for that.

But when you combine that trust with music media and politics though and you have a huge mess. If you thought art and public figuredom is complicated, adding politics is a legit damn mess. I for a long while stopped doing interviews last year because I hated the political aspects of the conversation that would always come up. It always felt like “so, you political?” “Yeah” “rad I agree with you.” Someone reached out about a piece they were writing on depression culture…? Or something…? Basically saying that kids on the internet talking candidly and comically about suicide/depression was insulting to people with “real mental illness”. I answered almost all of his questions with “I disagree with the entire concept you are talking about” but the piece still got published I still got blurbed for talking about eating right or something. This as well as the articles that want to paint us as “band of men vanguarding with feminist politics”. I am learning to reframe questions and reestablish narrative so that these things don’t happen.

It’s not ever really a question about whether other public figures care about that stuff or not as much as, “are they good at talking to 1000+ people?” But it’s a weird line in general. At what point does having a large social media presence tied in with your business and social currency both require you to and to not touch on certain issues? At what point is your voice needed to speak? At what point are you aestheticizing your business in another’s struggle? At what point are we System of A Down? At what point are we Macklemore? I spent 2015 listening while thinking about SOAD and Macklemore.

I’ve been lucky in this year to get to hear from and be surrounded by some wildly brilliant people with whom I’ve been trapped in a van with, traveled around Europe with, come home to share a room with, started projects with, gone on walks with, sat on a porch until late hours of the night with. I seem to have sort of been magnetically attracted to these people because a common theme amongst them is that they are all folks clinging deeply to realness. To honesty and transparency and kindness as a radical act. These people are mostly artists in some regard, each with their own way of expressing their chaos to the world. Which I am grateful for as it is often the only way to get real with what they are about, or more likely get real with that I have no clue what they are really about. Music is honestly great in that way. We are allowed to reconstruct the intangible worlds in our brain through sound and language. I’m not going to get too hippie on y'all but it’s honestly sick. So much love to those people. AK, JD, CM, CH, OWB, CZ, AB, MZ, ST.

And I think this is what bums me out about the wishy-washiness of rock music and performance. Realness is a treasure in life. I don’t want to see uncritical postured realness. I want transparency. I want to know that I’m not trying to be fooled. I want to see each person on stage conducting a performance. I want to see that performance able to be something talked in concretes and abstracts in admiration and disgust. And I’d like to see the same practice in the realm of public figuredom as well. Within that there is realness and performing. I think there needs to be the transparency as to when each of those separate pieces are present. Otherwise, I feel we are confusing the message, making realness a commodity, and thus more difficult to understand and know for not only the audience but individuals in their lives.

For y'all right now, I’m not entirely divorced from performance but am attempting to have my yearly update brought to you by “realness”. I do this because I feel more capable of being playful most of the time but also need space to affirm that I am a real person. I am an otherwise closed off person who makes a clear distinction between my personal life and my public figuredom. It is a division that allows me to clock in and out and not lose my sense of self. I hate taking promos and hate that we have a band Instagram. There are pieces of my life that I will share bluntly whenever, and pieces that I will only share on my own time. I will do my best to be honest with y'all and never treat you like you are unable to understand. I will do my best to tell you when I am trying to sell you something.

Transitioning to trying to sell you something. I’m very excited to show y'all this record the four of us worked on all last year. It’s called Goodness. It’s a love record. I feel like we are allowed to do that now. We are announcing it tomorrow with a video my friend Xirin made. This is going to be tight.


anonymous asked:

Hey P8, I use a Wacom tablet to draw with my laptop and I'm not a good artist so do you have any tips? Like on how to draw?

tbh I think that’s a thing you develop over time, but here’s some tips anyway

It took me a while to learn this but remember you need patience when drawing, the more time you spend on it, the better it’ll be

For smooth lineart, make your files large (my default canvas is 5000x5000) and then resize to make it smaller after you save it as .png. My lineart is really shaky if you zoom enough in the original file!!

Resizing a .sai, .psd, .mdp, anything that supports layers, is very likely to mess up the colors a bit

You may not see it, but it may leave some very small gaps where the color doesn’t fill. I’m talking about this bs:

You gotta check for these gaps every time you use the bucket tool, btw!! An easy way to find it is by using neon colors on the background so the gap will stand out.

Also, you have to challenge yourself as much as you can. My sketches are usually a big mess because I usually make around 3 sketch layers(or more!!), one on top of the other!! They’re just me checking if I can make the drawing any better. Any bit counts! Changing an expression, tweaking with the pose and the hair, anything.

each layer fixes a thing so in the end i can have a good lineart!! It’s always good to ask yourself how can you make it better. If you have an idea, try it out!! If you can’t do it, it’s okay, you can stick to the original plan, but it’s good to try new things. Experimenting is good and really fun!!!

Try to keep your drawings from looking too stiff. I’m still bad at this one, but varying poses look much better, even if its just a small line of action, it can make things look more interesting. ie:

That’s just a few things to keep in mind

I’ve got some tricks and tips much better than mine in my personal blog’s art help tag. It includes a lot of color theory. a lot