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solarpiggeh  asked:

hello! i'm a senior in high school hoping to be a storyboard/concept artist in the future, and i hope to go to art school to broaden my skills. do you have any advice about how to get into the visual storytelling department like you are with CN? thanks for reading!

hi there! i’m not 100% sure how to answer this, because i’m still not entirely sure how i managed to get either of the jobs i’ve had so far haha. art school helped in certain ways, skill-wise and in fostering relationships between students and studios, but it’s also not a one way ticket to Job Town 

honestly i think it just comes down to drawing a lot and then sharing what you have with anyone who will take the time to look. post online, share stuff with peers/mentors, and (when you get to that point) contact studios for work. and make sure you’re always drawing what you WANT to draw. obviously you should still push yourself to explore and experiment, but there’s a really charming and appealing quality to work that someone clearly enjoyed making, and people are drawn to that (people who i’d like to work for anyway)

sorry this wasn’t very helpful, but this is sort of a broad question that’s hard to answer. there’s not a foolproof key to getting work in this industry. it’s like that one quote about luck being where preparation meets opportunity, y’know?

anyway, good luck on your senior year! have fun at graduation and enjoy your summer! i miss summer


I know what I do isn’t exactly ground breaking, but when I opened my store three years ago, I worked really hard to do my research and design pieces that were different from anything I had seen before. It is really frustrating to see people selling my EXACT designs on Etsy for half of what I am selling them for. Look, I get when you see something online and rip off the pattern, whatever, we’ve all been there. But when you turn around and sell it when you could google “thug life cross stitch” and mine is the FIRST one to come up, or Eat a Dick which is something I’ve been selling since 2013… It’s just hurtful. It’s another artists intellectual property. And I am SUPER pro etsy store! Everyone should have one! Do what you love, profit, have a great time! But please don’t be a douchebag and copy someone else’s patterns stitch for stitch. Get some graph paper or Photoshop and draw something unique for your store. 

The above photo is from my etsy store, I’m not going to go so far as to post the knock offs cuz that’s just mean. But I have seen direct rip offs of my stuff and other similar Etsy shops and I believe I speak for all of us when I say please just don’t do this. 

anonymous asked:

Hey from your blog I think you live on your own???(that sounds wierd but hold on) do you have any advice on moving/ living on your own? Like I'm turning 18 soon and I really need to get out of where I am and I just want to up and leave but I don't want to leave important documents and have to go back home. What do you suggesting knowing/taking when leaving home? (And also if it helps im pre transition)

This is going to get long so you might want to grab a drink

You’re going to want a certified copy of your birth certificate. It’s a major piece of identification documents and is often used to get a host of other documents later, like driver’s licenses, passports, etc.

If you have a license or a permit, bring that. If you have a passport definitely bring that. Any insurance cards, bring that. Bring your social security card, the other super important document.

Make sure you have something reasonably secure to store them in, like a file box. (You’re going to need most of this stuff and the practice that comes with obtaining them anyways when you do a name change)

You will probably need a bank account. Cash is easy to misplace and people love to steal it. You can trust roommates and friends all you want, the moment you let the wrong person in with a vulnerability like having all your savings as a pile of cash in a box, is the moment you’re up shit creek with no paddles, no boat and lead shoes. Atm cards that have check card functionality work like a credit card without getting you into actual debt. They don’t help your credit rating much but they’re good practice for appropriate and wise spending habits. You’ll want to build those habits so you don’t rack up intense debts or empty your accounts.

Make sure you have a phone. A cell is probably your best bet, a smart phone isn’t bad either, esp if you don’t have a computer (net is really helpful these days). If it has a calculator even better, math becomes really important in adult life from things like taxes to “do I have enough money for rent and food today?” (unfortunately)

Learn familiarity with public transit. I’m betting you don’t have a car, even if you do somehow have a car, it can always break down or get totaled in a crash, so make sure you have a good idea of how bus systems work so that it’s not scary unfamiliar territory when you have to go on the move.

There are two major concerns you’ll need to hit first. Job aka source of income and shelter aka a home.

Being familiar with public transit helps you get to that job (and hit the streets to search for openings, the net is good for that too). Many jobs set up direct deposit. This is really useful because it gets your money to you quickly and reliably. You can start to plan bill payments around when your paycheck hits your bank and figure out if you can risk a bill issuing earlier than payday because it will hit your bank after payday. Really useful skill when you’re poor.

Thrift shops are your friend. So are coupons. A lot of them come in spam mail. Hand me downs are great too.

Especially as someone trans, let me tell you, replacing a whole wardrobe sucks ass, so having hand me down capabilities from friends really helps things along. Half of my bras in the past have come from friends of mine. A lot of pajamas and jeans and t-shirts do too. Trans people often have clothing exchanges online, take a look at that when you get a chance.

Plan to keep track of your expenses for a while. No one’s really born with an innate ability to understand the Bill And Needs And Wants to Income Ratio on an instinctive level and it’s the sort of thing that drops really painful scarring lessons on you when you strike out on your own. So be wary and cautious, tally up where your money goes and where it comes in and figure out what you can do to get a little breathing room.

If you have a job now or any income (even an allowance) practicing the math with purchases you make now is a great way to get that familiarity.

Must haves:

A flashlight (I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been caught in the dark either from power outages or just being outside in slippery conditions near zero street lamps, a cell phone can provide some light but a flashlight is so much better. Headlamp flashlights are fantastic if weird looking)

A good coat or several good coats to layer (cold climate must have. You may end up having to walk a lot esp if you use buses. You will freeze your ass off in the north east, northern mid west and northwest USA and parts of Canada will mess you up good too)

Some sort of multitool thing or if not that, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. It’s come in handy a lot and fixing stuff yourself means you don’t need to buy new ones or go without.

A knife: Often in the multitool if you get it, but it’s actually not for self defense purposes, it’s really nice to be able to cut things like rope and packages and boxes and even food if you wash it often. (don’t use a knife for self defense unless you actually know how to fight with a knife. You’re basically just handing an assailant a weapon if you do. So learn those skills if you plan to use a knife as a deterrent to assholes like drunk men)

A first aid kit. You WILL need this. I guarantee it. Minor injuries are a normal thing for everyone and minor can become much worse without first aid. You will not have a good time without some rubbing alcohol to clean a wound (wound infections fucking suck believe me), bandages and medical tape (both bandaid style bandages and actual gauze pads because some cuts are big and bleed a little) to cover a wound, ace bandage to help with a sprain, tweezers to take out slivers and splinters, painkillers for pain, ointment for rashes and ointment for burns (second degree burns are easy to get in an apartment kitchen as my unfortunate clumsy ass knows) and similar. Populate that first aid kit with a wide assortment of stuff, learn on the net how to properly use it. You may even decide to throw stuff like anti dirrehea meds and migraine meds in there just in case. Make sure the number to a local poison control center is on there. It doesn’t hurt to have the emergency number for ambulances on there too just in case. Sometimes a crisis can rattle you badly enough that you forget what 911 even is.

Make friends and build trust slowly and get people around you so that it’s a little less lonely being on your own and yeah, with that stuff, you should do fine. There might be a few things I’m forgetting so I’m sure people can add on

Dear people who suffer from depression. Please don’t give up. Hug your dolly when you get home or look at all the pretty pictures online if you don’t own one yet. This too shall pass. Keep breathing. You are important and loved. Even if you feel worthless and unloved, there is always someone who gives a fuck. I promise. If only I could hug you through the screen. <3 Sincerely, a fellow hobbyist who knows that feel.~Anonymous

anonymous asked:

Whats the best thing about having a cat? What advice could you give to a soon-to-be first-time cat owner? I'd really like to train my cat to go on walks in a harness because I live in a small space and want to give her/him more exercise and enrichment. Would that be a good way to give them enrichment?

Best thing about having a cat (for me) is that I’m the only one who truly understands my cats’ needs. Cats don’t really communicate between each other by making sounds (sometimes they do, depending on the cat, but this is just speaking generally). So cats are so smart that they realize that we communicate verbally instead of just using body language. Each cat makes up its own unique way of talking to you to tell you what they need or want and you are the only one who can understand that perfectly. It’s an amazing bond and even the completely NOT cuddly ones will do that with you as well. (It does take time as your cat has to learn what you will understand first.)

Advice wise, I would start by watching “My Cat From Hell” episodes, not to scare you about what kind of cat you could get but to realize that every cat has certain needs and you need to understand and know about those needs in order to have a happy cat that doesn’t turn into a monster. I would also suggest this book . It’s a good basics book and I would do a lot of research on basic cat needs. You should know that cats require cat furniture (cat trees, perches, towers, and scratchers) along with the normal food bowl, bed, food, litter box, litter, nail clippers, toys, etc. Calculate how much all this is going to be BEFORE getting a cat so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Of course you don’t need to have EVERYTHING before getting your cat but this is just included in my advice because I think you need to know how much you will be spending. 

Also some advice; if you’re getting a cat from a shelter, be prepared to have a nervous or anxious cat, or even just some strange behaviors. Cats that have been locked up inside a small area for a long period of time tend to be on the nervous side of things. Look up online what to do when you first get a cat home. That will give you some basics that I’m not going to cover here. (Otherwise this long post would be much longer). 

Training a cat to walk on a harness is AWESOME but  even if they walk on it, they are certainly NOT LIKE DOGS. They sort of wander everywhere and they expect you to follow. If you pull on the leash, they will most likely just lay down. But I would wait to put a harness on them until they are fully settled in for a few months. Then you can introduce the harness by slipping it over their head while you give them a really awesome treat (the smellier the better- so soft treats). Just let the process go as slow as needed to make sure your cat is comfortable. Once you’re able to get it on them, keep treating and try to distract them from the harness with food, toy, or some playtime. Let them wear it for just a couple minutes and then take it off. Continue lengthening the amount of time until your cat can wear it comfortably without even acknowledging it. Then introduce the leash. Like I said, they  mostly just wander around so start that way when going outside. If you’re in an apartment, you can always get some catnip and wheat grass plants to have a destination for your cat when you take them outside. And make it fun! If you’re getting too frustrated then stop because your cat will notice. And remember that some cats really don’t take to a harness and leash and that just means that you can play with them indoors. (You should be playing with them indoors anyway.)

If I said anything incorrect, someone please let me know! Otherwise, please add your advice to this if I failed to cover something or if you have links to material that will help. 

If you have any other questions, just let me know! :D I loooooove talking about training cats and taking care of them and I have two of my own that I adore! Hopefully this helps you!