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Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens, Parade’s End.

Sepia coloured Pigma Micron 01 and 05 with a bit of Sepia Pigma Brush on Strathmore Toned Tan Paper, (9x12)

My Art Tag

My Shops (S6) (RB)

THUNDER THURSDAY #45: When to Break the Rules

Hey folks, Paul here for THUNDER THURSDAY! I was inspired to write about this week’s topic by the latest episode of Samurai Jack (”XCIV,” aired Saturday, March 25).

  • Side note 1: If you appreciate visual storytelling, and you’re not yet watching Samurai Jack, GET ON IT. (If you–like me–don’t have cable, be aware both Amazon and iTunes offer a Season Pass for $19.99. That lets you download each new episode after it airs; it’s money well spent!)

  • Side note 2: The first four seasons of Samurai Jack (aired 2001-2004) are kid-friendly. The new season is intended for mature audiences.

Now, when my students make fully rendered imagery (digital, traditional, or any mix thereof), I often advise them…

“Rule”: Avoid large areas of flat white.

One might think “brighter highlights = more contrast = more visual interest,” but consider Thundercluck here:

Note that when the highlights retain some color and texture, the image feels more natural and cohesive. When the highlights are pushed to flat white, they draw unwanted attention to themselves and reduce believability.

Whether you call this a “rule,” a “guideline,” a “principle,” or any term you like, there are three important things to keep in mind:

  • The “rule” can be broken, but first…
  • Understand why it exists, and then…
  • Only break it to serve a deliberate intention.

For an example, check out this still from last weekend’s Jack:

It’s tempting to post tons of images with a thorough analysis, but I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it. Just trust:

  • This scene breaks the “rule” above, but…
  • It serves both visual interest and narrative intent, and…
  • The storytelling result is stunning.

(For fans of Jack, this scene echoes the Shinobi fight in Season 4, but the latest episode is on a whole ‘nother level.)

If you’re watching Season 5, you know what I mean… and if you’re not, then again, GET ON IT. Thanks for reading!


Samurai Jack was created by Genndy Tartakovsky.
New episodes air 11pm EST Saturdays on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

Since I started posting my doodles for Pink Diamond’s (and recently White’s too) design, followers have been popping like daisies 0_0

I’m almost reaching 150, planned to do smth for my 100 followers but was in a family trip so ended up doing nothing

Meanwhile here are MOAR Diamond Authorithy doodles and sketches to thank you guys! (people can ask me too or suggest me which one of these would like to see finished ^^)

In this first one I like to think that the diamonds are all of differnet heights (WD being the tallest, then followed by Blue, Yellow and finally Pink being the shortest) I headcannon YD being the 2nd shortest mainly because a lot of people that I know in RL that have a strong temper are all short people :P

Playing around with WD’s design, have seen a lot of great drawings of her online! (atm I’m liking better the 3rd design here)


A kind Anon asked if I would repost this drawing because they were worried I might be white washing Lance (who is canonically Cuban just in case you didn’t know :D :D) but when I posted it I think it appeared supremely tiny on my page. So here’s an edited version of my previous post.

I am sort of new to tumblr since I mainly use my Insta so I’m still figuring out how to respond to folks and all that fun stuff! :D Anyways, I don’t want to offend anyone so please do let me know if I get anything like that wrong and I will fix the mistake as fast as I can. 

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments everyone!!


What started with my own Blue Sapphire, turned into a Sapphire for each Diamond.

I guess the backstory for these Sister Sapphires is that they were the very first of their color and gem to ever form thus their odd appearances compared to other Sapphires, and serve each Diamond as their main future tellers.
(Pink Sapphire went to Blue Diamond after the incident.)

Pink Sapphire also likes to sit a lot as it calms her nerves.💞

Each Sapphire is 12 ft tall.

Hope you like them!!! 💙💗💛🖤


i made some sns icons from a couple of the recent endings, if anyone is interested v: each of them is 150x150

Latin American Folklore | El Cadejo

Cadejos are two dog-like spirits, one white and one black, that generally appear to travelers at midnight, usually near cemeteries. Although they look like dogs, they move and smell like cattle and have hooves instead of paws. According to the beliefs of many in Central America, the cadejos are your guardian angel and your demons, the best and worst parts of you manifesting when you are most vulnerable.

There is an etiquette of sorts when it comes to these creatures. If you see the white cadejo (El Cadejo Blanco), which usually appears as a little white dog quietly trotting along a traveler’s side, then you are safe. If you catch sight of the black cadejo, pray it does not see you for it will surely kill you. If on your journey home late at night you encounter the black cadejo, then the white cadejo will grow in size and fight it. You should never leave the white cadejo to battle it alone; just stay put and your guardian will win because if you run they will kill each other and you will die.