national geographic for kids

red-polka  asked:

Hello, Leslie ^.^ Um... I was wondering if you could tell us more about Emery. Like any past relationships he's had or what his favourite food is, idk xD I've just really grown to like you and your characters and no one asks about my crush ;-;

hmmMMM i guess i have time to make some stuff up about him LETS SEE


- Has not been in a romantic relationship. Its not that he’s never had those feelings for someone or anything its just never become “official”

- Is not in any rush to be in a relationship as he is focusing on his job and on school. 

- Is bisexual (as stated on oc bio) but has a slight preference for cutesy girls. 

- His “Type” is…well..similar to himself. Someone who isn’t rowdy, someone who prefers to relax at home rather than be at parties. Also someone who is as affectionate as him. Cuddling is key!! 

- OH and someone good with kids as he definitely wants a few of them. Very family oriented   


- This kid LOVES spicy food. He’s the guy who will eat the spiciest thing on the menu as a challenge and is somehow not affected by it much. He STRONG 

- He doesn’t like sweets too much, or at least not as much as salty/savory snacks. He does like sugary drinks though!

- EATS A LOT inhales food but is one of those people who never seem to gain weight which is both a blessing and a curse 

- Tomatoes are BAD he doesnt like em 

- Really loves pets and is good with animals. Animal guy yeah. 

- The type of person who loves watching those shows that are somewhat educational like Myth Busters or those shows on Animal Planet or the National Geographic. He was a PBS kid growing up. 

- “Learning is fun if it’s not at school…” (he probably said that once) 


anonymous asked:

Dear Archy, do you have any tips/trick to take good photos/to get better understanding when doing field trip? When i went to see museum or cool buildings i just feel clueless of what i should see/pay attention to... thank you!!

One trick and one trick only, get on the mind frame of a child seeing the world for the first time. What would you photograph? What would you pay attention to?

Want proof? Check these images from the National Geographic Kids photography contest:

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anonymous asked:

Could you recommend some books that helped you learn to draw?

I get questions about my process/requests for advice a lot, and I almost never respond, because I don’t know what to say and my advice can basically be summed up as- mess about until you figure it out. No one can impress an artistic idea upon you until you are capable of seeing it on your own.

BUT- I do have an answer, in this case.  Here are some books that taught me many things about art and the craft of drawing.

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, by Robert Hale
This is a classic that’s been in print since the 60s, and for good reason.  It teaches you not only anatomy and how to represent it, but, more importantly, how to learn from the art you observe.  It will change the way you look at models, your own representative work, and the work of your favorite artists.  I use the observation techniques I learned from this book every damn day.  It’s got like 10 different covers, but mine has this ugly head on it.

Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth, by Andrew Loomis
Another classic, this one from the 40s. The purports to be a figure drawing book, and it is, but it also has lots of lessons on expression, mood, and design.  It came out of one of the high points in advertising and graphic illustration, and focuses on clean lines, expressivity, and realism.  Many many artists love this book, and will tell you about it at length.

Making Faces, by Kevyn Aucoin
This book showed up at my house when I was about 12, and it completely changed how I look at characterization and visual shorthand.  Legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin (RIP) taught me so much about shading, mood, and how to use cliche to achieve my goals.  Outside of being an amazing resource on the actual application of makeup, there’s loads about performing personality and gender through visual cues.  What makes a brow line “masculine?”  How do you convey innocence?  How do you approach the giant hill of not making every face look the same, but giving them all the same amount of life and interest? This book will give it to you.

Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, by Will Eisner
Will Eisner taught me how to divorce interest from beauty.  His work on the understanding of graphic storytelling is less well known now than some of his proteges’, including Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, by McCloud, is also amazing) but Eisner is the one who set down the rules that McCloud expounds upon in his own work.  A lot of people don’t love this work because it feels basic- he tells you how to communicate through cliches and quick cues.  And that’s antiquated, because we like to subvert tropes and add layers of symbolism over our storytelling today.  But it’s still a great foundation of rules to understand and then cheerfully break.

Dinotopia, by James Gurney
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with National Geographic.  Back in the 80s and 90s, they used illustrators, including James Gurney, to illustrate what life was like on a Roman war ship, or what ancient Minos might have looked like.  Dinotopia took everything that I loved about “real” illustration, fine art, scientific and graphic illustration, and gave me my first hints of possibility.  You CAN be a great artist and still draw your dreams.  You can have a sense of bigness and possibility and also use all the craftsmanship and skill of a “real” artist.  This all feels obvious now, but my copy of Dinotopia (with intact dustcover) follows me wherever I go, and continues to inspire me every day.

The paladins favorite animals

Shiro- likes cats because when he was 12 he got a family calico named Stacy for Christmas. Stacy always cuddled with him at night and the day he went missing on the Kerberos mission Stacy just pawed at his picture on the tv. Shiro still finds it hard to sleep without Stacy.

Pidge- grew up on the Harry potter books because Matt got her into them. Believed that owls delivered their mail until she was like 12. Always wanted an owl like Harry potter. Matt always picked up the mail and then made owl noises and then dropped the mail in the box to keep her believing.

Hunk- parents owned a restaurant, and every day this husky was always chained up right in front of their restaurant. Hunk always gave him scraps during his breaks helping his parents out at the restaurant. One day the dog just wasn’t there anymore.

Lance- Cuba is known for its diversity of shark species. One day lance and his siblings were in the water and his mama started shouting for them to get out. There was a shark in the water. All his siblings were screaming their heads off and running out of the water, but lance just stared. The shark wasn’t doing anything. It was just eating a fish. Not hurting anyone. He just watched it.

Keith- national geographic played all the time at his orphanage. The other kids played toys, but he was a loner and didn’t have friends. So he watched the tv. He saw hippos and instantly fell in love. He still does the hippo eyes-above-water thing in the bath.


Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney.  It is the setting for the book series (1992) with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurs who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society. 

Gurney’s assignments for National Geographic magazine required him to work with archaeologists to envision and paint ancient cities that no one alive today has ever seen. This inspired him to imagine his own.

Title:  if your world falls apart (i’d start a riot)
Author: smoakoverwatch
Chapters: 1/1
Rating: General,
Relationships: William Clayton & Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak
Warnings: None
Summary: William comes home from school with a bruise. Felicity is not happy.

Over their short time together, Felicity has been picking up a good handful of details about William. She knows he doesn’t like sweet stuff (surprising) or mornings (less surprising). She knows he’s a big reader and likes watching National Geographic more than any other kid she’s met.

She also knows that at the end of the school day, William exits the building exactly five minutes after the bell and climbs into her car with a smile and a story from his day.

Except, apparently, today.

When the initial crowd of kids thins out, sans William, Felicity puts her car in park. At ten minutes, she pulls out her phone to respond to a few emails about Smoak Tech.

It’s only until twenty minutes later – when she was just about to pull her keys out and look for him in the school herself – does she notice him walking up to the car, his thick gray hoodie up and his head hanging low.

“Sorry if I made you wait.” He mumbles when he settles into his seat.

She stares at him for a moment. Something seems off. She tries to keep her voice light anyway. “Hey, Will. What’s with the sweater? It’s like 80 degrees out today.” She reverses out of her spot casually, watching him from the corner of her eye.

He shrugs. “Just felt like it.”


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Tarlabasi, Istanbul
Shoes….something to take for granted. In Istanbul I saw too many children without anything on their feet. I’ve seen pictures in National Geographic just like everyone else has, but shoeless kids are a new phenomenon for me to see in real time. I remember when my son was a baby constantly trying to shove baby shoes onto his feet, on frigid winter days in Philadelphia, and each time I did he would kick them off. Invariably there would be a woman nearby at some point, ready to castigate me for not ensuring that my son’s feet were suitably shod in such cold weather. In the world, though, it’s strange to see so many children with desperately dirty feet, heavily calloused, beneath a pair of five year old legs. It’s strange that we all walk past, and we may at times feel guilty for doing so but it doesn’t prevent most us from continuing to walk by without stopping. There’s no angry reproach for sending a child out, shoeless, on wet and filthy streets to sit and beg, or to wander ceaselessly seeking donations. I thought about buying shoes for a few….but I didn’t. I buy lunches and ice cream but never shoes. Why? I know that the shoes I buy will be taken from most of the children by whoever chaperones them, or stolen. At least, that’s what I tell myself. The reality is that it’s hard and strangely difficult for most of us to seriously step outside our zone and truly offer a helping hand.
It’s not enough to tell ourselves that it’s not our problem, it’s far far away in a quasi third world country…..most are Syrian refugees who have been endlessly photographed and written about and then, ultimately, in real time, forgotten. The proof for my statement is evident on the streets of Istanbul.

…so my son spotted this in one of his books (it’s a National Geographic book for kids about “Volcanoes and Earthquakes”). 

This is a section devoted to earthquakes and volcanoes in popular culture, and it includes both Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. 

I’m honestly not sure if it would even be possible for my kid to not end up a nerd at this rate. 

Slenderverse characters according to my S.O.

(Note: I only showed them the character and their name)

Jay:Amateur National Geographic Cameraman
Tim:Sir Snarky Sideburns
Alex Kralie:Angry Nerd
Masky:Kid Who Failed Theatre
Hoody:Emo Kid Who Shops at Hot Topic

Noah Maxwell:Grumpy College Drop Out
Milo Asher:Shaggy from Scooby-Doo but more sad
Kevin Haas:Fashionable Nerd
Observer:Creepy Nerd
Firebrand:Edgy Weirdo
Cursor:Blind Dead Lady
Swain:Theatre Kid

Evan:Short Weeboo
HABIT:Short Weeboo’s Murderous Brother

Michael:Depressed Stoner
Shaun:Asshole Nerd
Stormy:Our Old Theatre Teacher as a Teenager
Patrick:Depressed Stoner’s Yandere Dandy Twin Brother

Chris:Nerdy Justin Bieber
Alex:Mega Eyebrows

Lee:Needs to Sleep More
Mo:Actually Cool Hipster

Story Parker:Fashionable Hippie Who Could Probably Kick Ass