kid geniuses

anonymous asked:

does tony think of peter as a son?

probably not consciously. he treats him kind of like a son sometimes, but that’s not very unusual for tony. tony has to be watched closely or he adopts stray genius children everywhere he goes.

 mostly it’s pretty long distance–he emails and videocalls them, sets up scholarships, funds research, talks them through school problems, introduces them to employers… i know for a fact that at least half of the starkphone beta testers are sleep-deprived students across the country who tony has run into at some convention or facility tour and decided to keep. some of them come to work at Stark Industries eventually, but a fair number go into other fields.

he has a strange ability to pinpoint exactly which kid in any given cluster is an untapped well of talent looking for mentoring. we have a number of bets running on if he’s doing it consciously or not. 

either way, he does it a lot.

he’s not very cuddly or touchy-feely with them, and he gets hilariously defensive if you poke him about it, but he’s actually a really good mentor, and he does really care. i mean, sometimes he uses the ‘do the exact opposite of what i would do’ method of role modelling, but…

I know we like to talk about as autistic kids who’re geniuses with numbers, or beautiful musicians, or incredible artists. But that’s really not the norm. Autistic kids aren’t all savants. I have an autistic sister, and have worked with people on the spectrum, and most of the time you’ll find that autistic people are just autistic. And they don’t have to make up for it by having a brilliant mind. They don’t have to prove their value by being special in certain areas. They’re valuable because they’re people. Don’t spread the idea that autistic people have to be savants. That’s just perpetuating the idea that impairments are something to be ashamed of

@transtarks​ submitted:

i was talking to a friend about chloe’s parents being the type of parents who put a fuckton of pressure on their kid so she thinks she has to be the best at everything all the time and never shows her actual emotions and i really wanted to write a michael/chloe friendship thing so??? have a ficlet where michael helps a Finally Broken Down chloe valentine

oh, shit, michael thinks intelligently as he makes his way down the hallway. he stops in his tracks, remembering that he’d forgotten his notebook in his last period’s classroom. he backtracks and finds the door still unlocked, the lights still on, but there’s no one here. across the room, he sees his notebook.

after shoving it away into his backpack, he’s about to make his way out when he hears a sound like… like sniffling? crying? he glances around the room and his eyes land on the lower half of a body underneath of the desks, legs curled up to their chest. cautiously, he makes his way over to them.

it’s much to his surprise that he sees chloe valentine sitting underneath a desk, eyes red and puffy and cheeks stained with tears. he stares at her, not having realized that chloe even had tear ducts and not really knowing what to say as she glares back at him.

“uh, hey…” he says slowly. “you okay?”

“stop fucking looking at me like i’m a puppy you just saw get kicked.” she says harshly.

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anonymous asked:

So I am curious how River got her name. Like, I understand that in the game, her name basically comes from her job. However, since she is no longer the ferryman in this AU, I was curious where she got her name from. (Yeah, I am kind of curious to see river's parents + birthplace on the surface too. I am sure her parents might've had asgore's naming sensibilities). Also, Just wanted to mention that I love all the work you've put into the backstory and art! Its amazing!

River’s actual name isn’t just River. It’s River Delta (that is their full first name), and they were born in a little village a little bit away from Mount Ebott. They had a sibling named Phytotelma, so I guess their family had a trend of sorts. 

Outside of almost endless studies, inventing, and assisting both of their parents in the medical field, River spent most their time with their sibling. They were close, extremely so, and while Phy wasn’t as studious as River, they had the same endless energy and curiosity for the world. Both of them were young prodigies, but River had more ambition where Phy would rather play and chase butterflies. 

Did you know River wanted to work/study under or maybe even be the next “Royal Warlock” even back then? Ambitious little thing they were. 

And I know kid River is so cuuuute. We both want a million of them. 

~ Sol

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And the end to the TNG character sketch portraits based on their personalities. lol this one’s hilarious because of the juxtaposition

Of course Wesley gets that rainbow sweater. He’s such a sweet and happy kid and such a youngster. There are lots of young artists out there with styles that are so simple but so expressive.

Bonus Soong because he just screams Leonardo Da Vinci, he really wasn’t supposed to be included haha

anonymous asked:

Can i ask for sweet talking hcs for the strawhats and sabo

+ Kid and Shanks because of this ask

Sure thing! :D

Luffy

  • *completely out of the blue* “(Name), you look pretty.
  • Do you want a bite of my steak? You can get it!
  • *pointing to his cheek.” “Give me a smooch, (Name)-chan.
  • Shishishi, I like it when we cuddle.”

Zoro

  • *blushing and looking away.* “Stop being so cute, you idiot.”
  • I say it rarely, but I’m happy you’re with me.”
  • *grumpily moving behind you to be the big spoon* “I cannot sleep when you’re having nightmares.
  • I didn’t think that there was something as important as my goal, until you came.”

Nami

  • I would not give you away for any amount of money in the world
  • *massaging their shoulders* “Does that feel good for honey?
  • Wow, somebody looks stunning today.”
  • “Kissing their wrist* “Thank you for being here, baby.”

Usopp

  • *awkwardly rubbing the back of his head* “I can’t believe, you’re with a loser like me.”
  • The best thing that comes out of my actions is you being happy.
  • *shyly kissing your cheeks* “You’re so pretty, (Name)
  • Hey (Name), I have a new story, it’s about you and me your prince in shining armor.

Sanji

  • I love you so, so much, my heart hurts.”
  • *noodledancing* “NAME-CHWAN, WHAT SHALL I COOK FOR MY DARLING?
  • You are the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen.”
  • *giving you a rose* “It’s still not as pretty as you, but be sure it was the prettiest I’ve come across.”

Chopper

  • (Name)-chan, don’t worry, I will protect you!
  • *tackle hugging them while crying* “I missed you so much!
  • Wow, you’re so pretty!
  • *doing his awkward danceStop complimenting me!

Robin

  • *touching you’re cheek and smiling warmly* “
  • I won’t let anybody lay a hand on you.”
  • *reading something to you, while your head rests on her lap* “Would you like to cuddle instead?
  • It takes long for me to trust, but I trust you so much (Name).”

Franky

  • You’re almost as suuuuuper as me..fine even more!.”
  • *while transforming* “(Name)! You have to get on with me!”
  • WOW, is that my attractive s/o?
  • *putting an arm around them* “Let’s show them what a powercouple looks like.”

Brook

  • Yohoho, whenever I’m with you I can forget what happened to my old crew.”
  • *playing the violin* “(Name) it will be even better if you sing along with me!
  • (Name)-san, my love, thank you so much for being there for me.”
  • *picking you up bridal style* “I hate seeing you upset, so let’s dance!

Jinbe

  • As rarely as I say it, I’m very glad you and I are together.”
  • *blushing* “I don’t talk that often about you, don’t look at me like that.
  • *putting both his hands on your shoulders* “I will protect you and I will defend you, as much as I can, because I love you.”
  • You always seem to know, when I need your near.”

Carrot

  • HEY I have the prettiest s/o around!
  • *nibbling your arm* “I heart you a lot.”
  • (NAME) WE CUDDLE NOW!
  • *surprise smooching you* “Your my favorite thing in the world.

Kid

  • “I guess you ain’t that shitty.”
  • *putting an arm around you* “shut up and enjoy.”
  • “Fuck, I have got to be the luckiest bastard on the planet.”
  • *Kissing your cheek from behind* “Looking, gorgeous today.”

Sabo

  • *touching his scar* “You always make me forget about that
  • You’re perfect, little dove.”
  • *kissing your knuckles* “I’m so mad, I cannot spend more time with you, (Name).”
  • I will always protect you, no matter what, always.”

Shanks

  • What’s with that face, (Name), you’re way to pretty too pout.
  • *kissing your cheek* “I love you, I hope you realize that.”
  • I think you somehow look even cuter when you blush
  • *running his hand through your hair* “One of the lucky things that happened to me, is you.”
Rogue One Kids Headcanons

Jyn:
-It’s not that she doesn’t want kids, but the thought of it terrifies her

-She would love them more than anything which is actually what scares her

-losing her kids would be reliving losing her family again

-basically a worry mom

-She wouldn’t let her kids leave the house without a hug, just in case

-She doesn’t know it, but she’s just like Lyra as a mom


Cassian:

-always wanted to be a dad

-he didn’t grow up with his family in the alliance, and he wants the alliance to be the family his kids know

- Shows off for his kids

-he just loves being captain dad

- When he sees them he’s so happy because he never thought he’d get the opportunity for kids


Chirrut:

- Doesn’t only want kids, wants tons of kids

-he’d want to adopt them too, a family of many cultures and species

-He would teach them all the secrets he knows about the world. His kids would probably be geniuses

-More than anything, he’d want them to be open-minded

Baze:

-Kids scare him too, but for a different reason than Jyn

-he’s a quiet guy, and when he does speak it’s usually loads of sarcasm. He’s afraid his kids will take it the wrong way and won’t like him

-He’s a very much a “teach by doing” dad, so he throws his kids into situations so they can figure it out

-of course he can always get them out of it

-his kids are all tough, but they have much softer personalities than him. He’s proud of that


Bodhi:

-Excited and Scared to have kids. He really can’t decide

-Thinks of all his brothers and sisters when he sees his kids. Good memories.

-Thinks kids are so funny. It’s interesting to learn how they see the world

- Gets so into playing with them. The ultimate role player honestly

-is a kid when he’s with his kids


Krennic:

-he’s proud not only of his kids, but that he has kids

-a very traditional dad

-teaches his kids to be refined and confident

-sees kids as an opportunity

Promises//Spencer Reid x Reader

#54 & #59 from this list 

Prompt: “I don’t hate you. I could never hate you.  That’s the problem.” & “Tell me to go and I will, but if you ask me to stay I’ll never leave you again.”

Requested by: Anonymous

“You can’t keep doing this.”

You watched as Spencer looked at you with scrutiny as he attempted to read your body language. You sat back in your chair, your body slightly slumped the way it usually was whenever you were either tired or in comfort, your eyes looking out of the small coffee shop with mild interest in the people who passed by. Nothing to show that you were distraught or even mildly upset.

“You can’t keep breaking up with me and then intentionally running into me at places you know I’ll be,” you continued as you gave him a knowing look. He held your gaze as your eyes dared him to say it wasn’t true.

“And you certainly can’t keep asking for me when you know damn well you’ll leave again,” you said with a sincere laugh.

“You hate me,” Spencer concluded. Your lack of resentment in your voice and at his actions only convinced him that you had finally come to terms with his constant leaving. He had grown so accustomed to your emotions portraying themselves so plainly on your face that this newfound calmness unsettled him. The only explanation he could think of was the one that pointed towards you finally getting over him.

“I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. That’s the problem.” You said with a small amused grin, causing his eyebrows to knit together in confusion.

“I still love you. If you don’t think my heart still skips a beat when you walk in here, you’re wrong,” you confessed. “But I’ve learned to hide that. It’s a useful thing to learn when dating a profiler. Gives one a sense of privacy.”

You chuckled as Spencer opened and closed his mouth, not knowing what to say. After two years of a constant on and off relationship due to his fear of you getting hurt, of getting caught in the crossfire just as many of his team’s spouses had, he was faced with a choice.

Except this time was different. You didn’t seem to be eager to run back into his arms as you had always been. No, you had turned the tables on him, and for the first time that morning Spencer realized that it wasn’t his choice at all. It was yours.

“Tell me to go and I will, but if you ask me to stay I’ll never leave you again.”

You raised an eyebrow at his vow, having never heard him promise such a thing. Spencer was always a man of his word and because of that he had never promised you much before. He never raised expectations, never said things he didn’t mean. He was a man of truth, and the thought of him staying was enough to spark a small sense of hope in you.

“It’s not okay to make promises you won’t keep, Spence,” you replied with a small smile as you tested him. “If you would have asked me before, hell, if you would have asked me last week I would have said yes. But I’ve come to accept that your job is your priority babe. Nothing wrong with that.”

You patted his hand softly as he frowned.

“It’s not my priority,” he argued as he recalled the countless nights he went to sleep alone wishing for nothing more than to have you beside him. He always convinced himself that he had made the right choice in leaving you. That he was protecting you that way. But that conviction would melt away by the morning and he would always seek you out. It was a vicious cycle that had lasted for much too long.

“I want things, Spence. I want to get married, buy a house with a white picket fence, have children,” you said with a small smile. Spencer momentarily pictured his life- waking up next to you every morning, chasing after twins that had the exact same dimples he did and kissing you every day before heading off to work. It was an idea he welcomed whole-heartedly.

“I can do that,” Spencer replied eagerly. “I’m ready, Y/N.”

It was your turn to stare at him now. He was seated upright, his shoulders back in a way that let you know he was restraining himself from leaning in closer to you. His eyes were fixed on your face as he attempted to understand what was going through your mind at the moment- how you would respond to his words. A mix of worry and excitement swirled in his hazel eyes that caused your stomach to fill with butterflies at the idea of him finally settling down.

“Stay,” you replied with a firm nod. He let out a breath of relief he hadn’t realized he had been holding as a broad smile took ownership of his features.

“I promise I won’t leave. I’m going to marry you. We’ll have your dream house that you’ve always wanted and a bunch of miniature Spencers and Y/N’s running around. It’s what I want.”

Spencer’s excitement as he depicted what your life would be like was enough to bring you out of your cool exterior and he found himself grinning as you leaned in closer, eager to hear what dreams he had. His hands instinctively reached for yours.

“And we’ll spend the nights around a fireplace and I’ll read them Hemingway until they get bored and beg for you to tell them bedtime stories about dragons and princesses instead,” he continued.

You listened intently, clutching his hand tightly as he rambled on about how the kids would be geniuses like himself but if they weren’t that would be okay because he would love them all the same. And how you would get a dog and name it Edgar after Edgar Allan Poe but he would be a sweet one who would watch over the children as they played. And then he spoke of how he would make love to you every night after you had tucked the kids into bed and it was time for the parents to enjoy themselves. Your eyes widened and he laughed at your reaction, admitting that he wouldn’t ever want to keep his hands off of you now that he had you back. That he would never let go again.

And you believed him.

For no reason I can think of I just spent the afternoon reading a book.

Which is incredible for me because ever since I started high school, I just haven’t read for pleasure.

How the fuck can you, when academia just ruins it for you?

Anyway it cleared my mind for a while because I’ve finished my fifth novel now but I’ve been really torn up about it because I’ve been emotionally sloppy for a few weeks now and I don’t know if it’s any good.

And I’ve just been playing overwatch.

Doing only video games or writing kind of put me in a hazy mental cloud.

I actually forgot to eat yesterday. Think I went twenty one hours without eating and for some reason didn’t notice.

Anyway.

I read a book and remembered how much I used to love reading when I was a kid.

That’s all I used to do for fun because at school I could sneak a book under my desk during boring classes.

And I also just really liked getting away from reality.

Like there are kid geniuses who were reading Milton or whatever as kids, but I’m not and was never any kind of genius, reading gone with the wind or some shit.

I read garbage book fair books about teenage girl drama or shit like diary of a wimpy kid or meaningless fantasy like redwall or warriors or goosebumps or animorphs. Roll of thunder hear my cry, scat, all the Harry Potter books, you know, and other nonsense.

I really just read anything that kept my attention and back then, most things kept my attention.

It just bums me out, now that I’m an adult, how uninterested in everything I’ve become, lmao.

What the hell happened to me to make me so damn apathetic?

I used to really love ideas and now I just don’t care and everyone seems like a liar.

I go to college and everything I read feels meaningless and manipulative.

Something fucked me over and I get the feeling it’s not something anyone can escape.

It’s terrible. Everything is terrible, lmao.

But at the very least, I’m reading again and I actually really did enjoy myself for a few hours.

I really should remember to do this every so often.

It kind of feels like my mind’s been caught in a high school/college oriented phase that’s trained me Pavlovian style to associate reading with responsibility and other unpleasant things.

It was nice getting back to the basics.

Back to things that weren’t complicated or double sided, to a place where people are simple, they’re good characters or bad, or at the very least complicated in ways that made sense unlike in real life, and actually feeling like the light was switched back on in my head.

For a few hours i felt like I was ok and that’s just not something I’ve felt in what feels like forever.

Hm.

Now that I’ve overshared, please forget you saw this post.

we got through all the angsty passive-aggressive fighting

THE TIME TEAM TRUST EACH OTHER AGAIIIIN

and WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE

RUFUS BEING ALL HEROIC AND SUCH A GENIUS

AND JIYA BEING ALL CUTE AND WORRIED AND ALSO A GENIUS. did you see her super adorbs and relieved hello to rufus?????

NERDY GENIUS TIME BABIES GETTING KISSES. I FULL ON SHIP IT NOW. SUCH ADORBS NERDS. GIMME MOAR.

AND MY ORIGINAL TIME BABIES. MY SHIP. IT IS SAILING STRONGER YOU CAN’T TELL ME ANY DIFFERENT.

WYATT AND LUCY TRUSTING EACH OTHER AGAIN. UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER. WYATT ENCOURAGING LUCY AT THE END.

THEY HELD HANDS. ALL THREE OF THEM. BUT ESPECIALLY WYATT AND LUCY HOLDING HANDS.

AND THE BAAAAAAAAAARRRRR. HANGING OUT AFTER THE MISSION. and looking so clean and happy and ohmaigawd YESSSSSS. THE SMILESSS. GIMME ALL THE SMILES FOR MY PRECIOUS TIME TEAM.

this episode more than makes up for all the angsty happenings from last week, praise be. 

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My Hero Academia Week, Day 6: Team → Deku, Shouto, and Ingenium vs. Hero Killer Stain

i mean basically when we’re talking about childhood giftedness and how much it Hurts we should be focusing not on the fact that we were “super smart kids” and “troubled geniuses” (or any of that bullshit!) 

rather, we should be focusing on the actual traumas some gifted children suffer, the actual abuse/neglect that, for some people, is intertwined with the “gifted label”. the mental illness/neurodivergence that makes one’s worth as a “gifted person” precarious.

giftedness was not the single cause of the aforementioned things, but they were/are linked. i just really think we should delineate between traumatized “gifted” ppl talking about that, and between former gifted kids who want to humblebrag / generate pity

Some words are invented along with the thing itself: we didn’t need the word “piano” until pianos existed.

Some words are invented when the thing they describe is FOUND/IDENTIFIED/DISCOVERED. Like a new species hiding on a remote island. It was there a long time before there was a word for it.

All the words you “Tumblr kids”/geniuses are inventing for sexuality and gender identity - they are in the second group. And I love you for it.

NCT OTPs' Kids
  • Hansol and Yuta: you would recognize their kid because he/she is the ultimate weeb. the kid grew up watching anime. Yusol prolly made their kid watch anime ever since their he/she was born. their kid knows anime by heart. their kid is also athletic. can dance well, too. also the type to argue about social and economic issues
  • Johnny and Ten: their kids would be memes (ofc). they would be the class clown. would sometimes crack dad jokes, but their classmates would find it funny. they're the type to say "swag". talented af. can do almost everything since their parents exposed them to different fields since they were young. would wear "super broccoli" and "super corn" shirts. would befriend everybody in school
  • Taeyong and Jaehyun: they would drive their kids to school and fetch them too. other children would envy their kids because their parents look good af. their kids' clothes would smell like downy. their home would be spotless and would smell like febreze. their children would never know the taste of bad food
  • Kun and Winwin: their kids are savage af. no, not the typical savage who are annoying and always blabbering, but they're the type of savage who are keeping it low-profile. they look really adorable, yet little people know that they have reciepts on almost everyone they know. they're the type of kids who are psychologically geniuses

sheslike-omg  asked:

Hello! I've been drawing my whole life, but I've never done digital art, I know nothing of it and feel like, one step behind bc of it. What would you recommend for a beginner? Thanks!

@sheslike-omg

Originally posted by tinaillustration

Hi!! I’m really sorry this took me such a while to answer, but I really had to think the question through since I, myself, have been drawing since I was a little kid. But, on that note, I know several ones that consider themselves beginners and they, too, felt at loss.

Honestly, things aren’t as complicated as people might think. The first thing I suggest you to do is to save a collection of art that you find inspiring, perhaps even styles that you admire and want to be something like. Don’t immediately think you will draw like this though — even if you’re a natural and draw things perfectly, you, yourself as an artist, will probably not feel completely comfortable with it. Understand and accept that an artist always strives to be better, and yes, that includes those talented artists that you admire! I assure you that they too sit there and groan at least every now and then because their art isn’t going the way they want to. It’s part of being an artist, and all you need to do is to feel comfy  in that and see it as a challenge of sorts. So, as soon as you have accepted this, you’ll be ready to take action!

The first step I’d say is to study the art (or photos) that you collected. What is it that you like about them? What is a method the artist seems to be using? What makes it unique? How would you translate all this into your own style, using it as inspiration and not as outright copy? Think of it as ‘I really like this thing about this artist, but if I did it, it’d probably be this way instead.’ Remember, though, that the first years (and it will be many years, but they’re fun and educational, so don’t worry!) will all be a tryout for you. It’s all experimental, so don’t limit yourself too much. Think of how you’d like to try out things, and as you go, realize what you find fun to draw. It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been doing it since you’ve been little, it’s all about your mentality and when you’re ready to develop as you grow up. No one is a master at painting at the age of 5 (okay let’s admit it, all kids are little art geniuses, but you know what I mean).

Second is tracing. Before everyone gasp and say how horrible it is, I’ll tell you that it’s highly educational and it doesn’t mean that you’re some thieving copycat. You’re just trying out the ways of other artist and kind of getting a grasp of how they do things, it lets you become comfortable with your own brushstrokes as you follow theirs. Never post traced art without permission (unless it’s public, non-licenced art, such as classical illustrations, etc) and never trace with the goal to copy them. Think of tracing as a method of getting used to art and understanding drawing. Do this during the first period of your learning state, but you must learn to not keep doing it, and eventually I suggest you stop altogether (unless you’re really in a rut). One tip is to alter the traced pics to your liking, to add your own style and touch to it! Be experimental.

Third step is drawing by reference. You might be wondering, after tracing, how does one just stop? You use can still use said pictures as a guidance, but instead of tracing them, use them as a reference, meaning you simply look at them while you draw on your own. Remember that it’s okay to not have it look exactly like how it originally looks! Remember that it’s your art and it’s all about your path, in the end. Reference is something you never have to quit using, in fact, I highly recommend you use them, but use them with care. Simply learn the difference between copying and using inspiration.

This is a useful little guide on both tracing and using reference.

Fourth step is to study and learn tutorials and how to draw books. I’ve already made a list of useful anatomy books here (I highly recommend checking that out!) and my own tutorials can be found here

A few years ago, I wrote some tips for one person who asked for them, and I’ll quote:

  • Make a list of things you like; things that interest you, things you’re passionate about, things you like to draw. It could be anything, like “Silver, Mythology, Coffee” etc. Then, go on a follow spree. Search for these things and follow the blogs you find interesting. Then, make an inspiration blog; like I have my blog hoursleep that’s there only there for the purpose of inspiration.
  • Then, follow art blogs! How-to-draw blogs, art inspiration and whatnot. This is really nice since it helps you refreshen your artsy parts of your brain every now and then.
  • When you are bored, make sure to have a paper and pen with you; preferring in a small, travel-size. Doodle whatever - and if possible, draw the things or people around you, even if it’s all messy. You won’t regret doing these doodles. They’re good for you.
  • My final tip is NEVER THROW ANY DRAWINGS AWAY, NO MATTER HOW “UGLY”. Save every drawing you do!! Why? One day you’ll need to look back and see your improvement - or perhaps things you even liked about it! I like to look at my bad, ugly art and redraw them to something better. This is a great way to practice your skills, and nothing boosts your self-esteem more than seeing how you’ve become better with time. ♥

And that’s about it, honestly. Many feel too intimidated to be starting out with art, especially in later age, so all you need to do is to sit down and feel comfortable by letting other things teach you first. Starting out drawing without any clue how to start is much like trying to learn advanced maths without knowing the basics first. It’s okay to to depend on other sources first, it’s okay to feel frustrated over your art, it’s all okay, because you do have room to grow, always. Never feel like your lack of experience means that you have no hope. You always have, you just need to be determined!

Oh, and I realize now that these weren’t specific for digital art. So have some extras that are more specific for that subject!

I highly recommend getting a tablet. I know that not everyone can afford a Cintiq, but if you can, don’t hesitate to get one! (I really recommend getting Cintiq 13hd for first time users, such as myself). However, getting a normal tablet is perfectly fine as well. Wacom Bamboo is my absolute favorite, and do not buy from Trust. Once you get your tablet, don’t feel frustrated because it doesn’t look perfect, or even good. It’s completely normal, and you’ll need a few weeks at least to adjust. I remember getting my Cintiq and I worried that I had spent so much money on a thing that I couldn’t even draw on, but given time I grew used to it, and now I draw on it just fine, and I have no regrets. In fact, I’m so happy I got it, I truly am!

If you want a free program, I suggest getting GIMP. It got a lot of tools and yet isn’t too advanced for those just starting out. However, what I truly recommend is SAI for beginners. Sai is very simple but it has just about everything you need, and I myself used that for years, and I still do when I sketch sometimes. When you feel ready to advance, I fully recommend Manga Studio 5. It’s my favorite program for painting and it got amazing preset brushes that are simply perfect, in my opinion. Photoshop CS5 and higher is extremely good too, but while I don’t think it’s that good for painting (many may disagree, since I’ve seen many artist paint in this program), it’s completely wonderful for  touch-ups, effects, and filters. Keep in mind that Photoshop is a rather advanced tool, especially if you’re used to SAI. Going over to Manga Studio 5 is easier because it is like a mix between SAI and Photoshop.

Keep in mind that there are many digital art tutorials out there that tell you how you “must” draw/colour. However, drawing digitally is like art in real-life too, it’s all about your own taste and what tools and methods you like to use. Use tutorials as a guide, not a rulebook. No, not even mine. For example, tutorials might teach you how to lineart and cellshade, but you might prefer lineless, smooth works over that style, and that’s fine! Or you want to mix the two! Or maybe, you want to do lineart but you want to colour outside the lines. be experimental, try out things you haven’t tried before. Try odd brushes, try colours you find fascinating, try messing with layers, just mess things up. If you’re afraid to mess things up, you can save your document before doing anything extreme, just so you can feel safe going outside your comfort zone. You learn a lot by daring!

I hope that was of any help! Let me know if you have more questions.