Gisele’s Recommended Books for Learning to Draw Good

I’ve been meaning to make this for a while. Here’s a list of the books that have significantly helped me get better at drawing (and are still helping me for that matter), a breakdown of what they offer, and where to buy them!

Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists - Joseph Sheppard

This book is a very important base if you want to get really good at drawing humans, especially human bodies in motion. It has detailed illustrations of bone structures, muscles, turnarounds of hands and feet and legs, all taken from medical textbooks and then translated in a easy to digest way for artistic use. SERIOUSLY! If you want to make sure your poses look natural studying anatomy is the way to go, and this book had been one of my most valuable resources.

Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure - Barbara Bradley

This book is an excellent follow up from Sheppard’s. Bradley doesn’t focus too much of the nitty bitty details of anatomy, but instead on the movement in a pose. This book focuses heavily on line of action and weight. Also it gives a very comprehensive rundown on how to draw clothing on many different figures, with many different types of fabric, and a section that focuses on footwear. Bradley also has some pretty good body and racial diversity in her examples.

The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature - Ken Hultgren

This book is all about drawing animals, though I should clarify it’s really mainly about drawing mammals. You won’t find any birds or reptiles in this book, which is a bummer. But! Hultgren gives us many fantastic illustrations and anatomic diagrams of deer, horses, bears, dogs, and cats. This book is still very helpful when it comes to understanding non-human mammalian anatomy and bodily movements. It’s also a pretty good base to work off of for creature design.

Creative Illustration - Andrew Loomis

Close to every single professional artist on this site has probably recommended Andrew Loomis and here I am reccing him too. Creative Illustration is good base to work off of in regards to making big illustrative pieces. Loomis touches on rules of good composition, colour, and perspective, as well as the various effects of different physical media in an illustration.

The Art of Perspective: The Ultimate Guide for Artists in Every Medium - Phil Metzger

I personally have a very tenuous relationship with linear perspective but Metzger’s book has helped me immensely. Metzger takes a step by step approach to teaching perspective, slowly easing the reader into more and more complex lessons. With regular practice I feel this is a very good base and reference book to turn back to.

Elemental Magic: The Art of Special Effects Animation - Joseph Gilland

This book is very very useful when it comes to breaking down special effects for animation that can be applied to comics or illustration. This book has comprehensive instructions on how to draw water, fire, explosions, trees, and tea cups being smashed on the ground in way that captures their movement and energy, so that a static drawing still looks like it has life. 

NOW! If you don’t have the money to buy the books listed above there are still some very helpful free resources online.

Posemaniacs - Anatomy

Pixelovely - Life Drawing

Ctrl+Paint - Digital Painting

Bodies in Motion - Dynamic Life Drawing

The Science Collection - Animal Anatomy

The Sartorialist - Street Fashion and Clothed Figures

All of these websites and books have been very helpful for me in my past three years I’ve been drawing but something I cannot stress enough is how important it is to keep up a Consistent Practice Schedule. 

Practice as often as you can and feel comfortable to! But don’t just draw the same things over and over again without thought. Explore and try new things! Draw new poses that you originally found difficult! Try out different types of perspective and camera angles. Mix it up with your shading. 

Also draw from life as much as you can! Go out for a walk once a week (or whenever you can manage it) and draw trees, animals, people, buildings, cars. If there are life drawing workshops in your area stop in once a month or as often as you feel comfortable and draw the models.

And don’t worry. 

Like all other skills drawing is difficult to master, but it can also be a lot of fun. Draw the stuff you love (yes this includes fan art!!), and draw things that challenge you. Although it’s not guaranteed to always work I’m 99% certain that if your keep this in mind while drawing, you’ll have a good time.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm currently studying French (self-study, I'm using Duolingo for now, but I do plan on buying some grammar books) and I was wondering what tips you could give me for the pronunciations? I feel that it would be my greatest challenge in learning French. Do you recommend youtube videos, specific books with audio CD or such? Though someday I do hope to be able to enroll in a French language class to learn more. Thank you. :)


I think it’s a good idea to buy a grammar book, Duolingo is great but let’s be honest, it has zero grammar.

Re: pronunciation, it’s important that you understand the basics of French pronunciation before you create bad habits and make it really hard for natives to understand you (seriously, I have a student who joined one of my classes after he studied by himself and try as I might, I can barely understand what he says which is very frustrating for us both especially when his written homework are so good)

I think I mentioned it before but this website ( is very good. It’s primarily designed for native Spanish speakers but they cover all potential difficulties you may encounter when learning French.

I don’t know what your native language is but there is also this website in English :

A more general advice would be that when you learn a new word you should also learn how to pronounce it. If you’re not familiar with phonetics alphabet, you can look up the word in online dictionaries, they often have an audio button. Listen to the word and repeat it several times. Once you’re a bit more comfortable with french phonetics, try and guess how to pronounce the word before listening to it and see if you get it right.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have other questions.

Bonne chance :)

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historyfilia asked:

Wow you have a very interesnting blog here! It is incredible! Just a question: where do you find all these pictures and the infomation?

There’s a list of my book sources here!

For manuscripts, it’s a little more complicated. I sometimes use this list for online manuscripts, and sometimes go directly to museum/library digital collections to see what they have. All of the posts in the manuscripts tag have links back to online sources. Bibliothèque nationale de France is one of my favourites.

Legit’s Historical Fashion Masterpost

All right guys, I’ve decided to put together another masterpost for you - this time on historical fashion. This could get lengthy so… bear with me. (Forgive me also if some of the dates are a touch inaccurate - I’m not a historian and I’m going with what Google gives me.)

Prehistory -

Neolithic Clothing - The beginnings of textiles, some woven materials, leather, etc. Circa 102000 BCE - 2000 BCE

Bronze Age Britain - The development of more sophisticated textiles, including wool and some ornamentation, including brooches. Circa 3200 BCE - 600 BCE

Iron Age Clothing (Europe) - Even more sophisticated, ornamented clothing, textiles, hairstyles. Dyed clothing arises. Circa 1200 BCE - 1 BCE (in Europe)

Fashion of the Ancient World

Clothing of Mesopotamia - i.e, Babylon. Also Mesopotamian jewelry. Circa 3000 BCE - 300 BCE

Clothing of Ancient Egypt - All eras.

Clothing of Ancient India - An overview.

Ancient Greek Clothing + Wikipedia for Definitions

Ancient Roman Clothing + More Rome

Ancient Celtic Clothing


Biblical Clothing - i.e., Primarily Ancient Hebrew

Byzantine Clothing

*Note: I’m not including many cultures here (such as Asian/South American) simply because of my own lack of expertise + time and space limitations in this masterpost.

Medieval Clothing

Wikipedia Overview

Anglo-Saxon Clothing - (Pre-Norman Invasion)

England 1066-1087 - Ish

1100 - 1200 in European Fashion - Wikipedia

1200 - 1300 in European Fashion - Wikipedia

*A Note on Women’s Fashion - Tight lacing did NOT appear until about 1340, which means that shapely, comely bodices would not have appeared in fashion before this time.

14th Century Women’s Fashion - The stereotypical “medieval” look with wimple, long sleeves, etc.

Sexy Sexy Knights

Suits of Armor & Their Component Parts

Suit of Armor - Labeled Photo for Reference

15th Century Clothing

The Renaissance

History of the Corset - Italian in origin. Introduced to France in the 1500s.

15th Century Florence

*Note: For the Tudor and Elizabethan eras of fashion it’s important to note that there were laws in place which dictated what clothing you could wear due to your social class.

Tudor Era Clothing - King Henry VIII, et al

Tudor Dress & Its Component Parts

Elizabethan Clothing

Tudor/Elizabethan Corsets - Corsets during this time created a shape with a flat chest and narrow waist.

Jacobean Era Dress - 1603 - 1625

And Beyond

Baroque/Rococo Fashion - France 1650 - 1800

What to Wear in the English Civil War

The “Naughty” Side of 18th Century French Fashion - NSFW. Ooh la la.

Pilgrims in Murica

American Revolutionary War Costumes

Colonial Clothing - 18th Century Murica

Colonial Men - Colonial Women

Overview of Native American Clothing - *Note: Please use this as a starting point only and do your own research. Remember that different groups have fashions specific to their cultures. This is more to know what NOT to do than to know what TO do.

Fashion Under the French Revolution

Regency Fashion - 1800-1845 England

Regency Corsets/Underthings

History of Victorian Fashion

Victorian Men’s Clothing

History of the Victorian Corset

Victorian Women’s Clothing By Layer - All 5 yo.

American Fashion - 1830s

Women’s Fashion During the Civil War

Twentieth Century

La Belle Époque 1895-1914

Edwardian Fashion - 1900-1919

Men’s Edwardian Fashion

Flapper Fashion

More 1920s - 1920s Hairstyles - 1920s Makeup

1930s Fashion - 1930s Hats and Hair - 1930s Makeup

1940s Fashion - 1940s Hairstyles - 1940s Makeup

1950s Fashion - 1950s Hairstyles - 1950s Makeup

Early 1960s - Mid/Late 1960s - 1960s Makeup History

1970s in General - 1970s Makeup - 1970s Hair

Punk Fashion

And I’m stopping here. You should have it after this point, kiddos.

You better appreciate this.


a-force #1 (2015): “it’s this world where the marvel heroines are leaders in their own civilization. […] there are men—there are heroes there. you’ll see familiar faces and favorites, but the heroines are in charge, by majority. it’s just this is how their world evolved. they were competent. they were clever and they were the ones in charge because of their skills and they were the best fit for these roles and demands of their world.” (comixology)


Super cool website alert is a cool, free website all about European languages & linguistics in general.

There are four main sections to the website:

  • Lingvopedia for basic information about the 28 languages in Europe they focus on, like alphabet, history, phonetics, basic grammar, fun tongue twisters and sayings, etc.
  • Babylon for info on linguistic in general (as a prototumblinguist with barely any formal studies on linguistics, I’m eating this up)
  • Lingvopolis, which is like a searchable tumblr masterpost for language learning resources on the web
  • Geolingvo, which is a game you can play with some tumblr nerds all about langs and geography
  • There is also a section to download language lesson plans for teaching a couple languages!

I saw one of the people who develops this website at the Polyglot Gethering, and their team is working hard on it! It’s super, super cool, and I wish we could have a clone site for all the languages.

It’s also multilingual, so you can change the site language from English to 21 other languages.

A list of resources for trans and nb people, or those who want to learn more.

By no means is this a complete and comprehensive list - it is based solely on my own personal reading and viewing, but feel free to add things, or send me a message!

Explaining the Diversity of Gender:

Non-Binary & Genderqueer:


Slurs, Transphobia, Stigma:

Some things to watch:


rimeroyal asked:

U of York just finished this huge project called England's Immigrants (first result from a search) that archives tens of thousands of immigrants who were subject to immigrant taxes or submitted denization forms from 1330 to 1550. Turns out there ARE, in fact, a significant number of religious and racial minorities in England at the time, ranging from "Indian" wealthy merchant couples to servants to "converted" Jews to Saracen residents. And this list isn't even close to exhaustive, they say.


There’s an interactive map, too!

Post it for abused children.

It took me a while to take this picture, so sorry if it’s a little late, but this is the message that I wanted to send to others, because I’m an abused child myself.

So, if you’re reading this, and you’re facing domestic abuse, or bullying, or someone’s just being very physically violent with you – I want to tell you that you’re strong. I want to give you a hug and tell you that you’ve been amazing so far, and that if you’re bearing it, I’m so proud of you.

I’m not happy that these are the circumstances that we have to live with, but I am so fiercely proud of you because you’re still here. Even if you’ve aleady moved out of the house, even if you did something about it, like called someone or talked to someone about it – I’m so glad that you did that. You stood for yourself, you did something about it. I’m still trying to find the courage to do that myself.

But stay strong. If you’re reading this, and you’re sad or you’re suffering, and you can’t do anything about it – please, fight for your life. You deserve this life, no matter what they say. You deserve to see a brighter future. So don’t let them beat you down on the inside. I know sometimes things get hard. I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but I’ve thought about running away or committing suicide so many times. The only thing that keeps me going is that I’ll be moving out in a few years.

It might not be over that quickly for you. And it might never be over, sometimes. But please. I love you guys so much. And it hurts me that every day, someone could be walking past me, hiding their scars and bruises and smiling, and you’d never know a thing about what they’re facing at home.

This life is yours. At the end of the day, you are living it, and no one else. You do not deserve this. It is not your fault – none of it is. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what you think about yourself, no one ever deserves to be beaten and called stupid or a monster or an abdomination.

Below, I’ve listed some numbers you can call & other resources if you need someone to talk to:

If you guys have any resources or numbers you’d like to add, go ahead and do so – I tried my best to look around the Internet for resources and hotlines, but I couldn’t cover alot of the international side of things, sorry.

Stay strong. ♥

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