ok i'm in love with human nature

classy-mantis-shrimp  asked:

Do you have any advice on drawing faces and just humans in gen

ok so sorry in advance this accidentally got really long bc i love drawing/interpreting characters’ faces

I don’t know if i have much to say from a technique point of view. my faces in particular don’t stick super strictly to anatomical correctness, and i am fully self taught so my sense of proportion relies heavily on instinct and personal preference. but I think my basic approach to faces is to. start with the shapes you have in mind for the character! i try to base this on existing visual context but if there is none, it’s up to your imagination and what you think suits the character’s personality! for one example:

uraraka’s face is very sweet and gentle and her shapes are really round and soft. the way i draw her she has a short round face with a somewhat weak chin and big eyes. all soft and fluffy, even when she’s angry

whereas for my taako, he’s mostly angular in shape with a very long face and pointy chin and his hair is the only soft thing about him (and even that is mainly straight lines, but it remains fluid in comparison to how lanky and awkward his body shapes are)

(I also often tend to give characters a single exaggerated feature that becomes the focus of their face, such as uraraka’s eyes or taako’s nose, but this isn’t really a hard and fast rule)

but really my goal whenever i draw faces is to make no two alike! 

i think knowing their basic face shape alone is a great foundation to work from; do you want you character to have a long face or a short face? thin or round? do they have a pointy chin? a weak chin? how prominent is their browbone? their cheekbones?

beyond that, there are tons of openings for making facial features completely different just by shifting simple things. how defined is their cupid’s bow? are their eyes rounded more on the top or on the bottom? are they angled up or down? I make. basically a mental list of features that i think the character has, make a rough outline, and then change what doesn’t work from my original sketch until i settle on a permanent design.

i also find a lot of inspiration just from looking at real people’s faces! even for stylized art, knowing how faces move and the limits of human expression is an important place to start. AND THIS GOES FOR ANATOMY TOO! i can’t stress how important i think it is to have a good foundation of knowing how real bodies look and move, even in super stylized art.

so the basic rundown would be: 

-references are your friends. believe it or not, my art is based heavily on a foundation of realism! if you don’t know how to draw an expression, look it up! if you can’t find what you’re after, make it in the mirror! but on top of this, don’t be afraid to emulate other people’s art at first either. my current “style” is really just a conglomerate of many things i liked about other people’s art that i learned how to do and then made my own, so I’m a full advocate of using whatever resources are available to make art make the most sense to you. copying what you can see just means that the next time you need to draw that thing, you’ll have a little bit better grasp on how it works!

- start with basic shapes, like the shape of their head. if you don’t have any visual reference, try to think about what features would suit the character and their personality. if a set of features doesn’t work, try a new one! you’ve gotta experiment and practice 

- don’t be afraid to represent different features in different ways! i see a lot of people boxed into drawing every character almost identical because it’s their “art style” (but personally that just sounds like a convenient excuse to not have to learn how to draw different features to me) Even the most stylized art can make people look different. maybe even especially stylized art. 

so play around! draw people with wildly different features and expressions! draw people with really small eyes next to people with really big eyes! draw round fat people next to angular skinny people! they don’t all have to look natural or even like they belong in the same universe. constantly try new things even if they suck, and then revise from there. everybody looks different so just have fun with the possibilities! 

The signs from a Cancer Point of view (use 🌞 + 🌜):
  • (My posts are backwards on purpose)
  • Pisces: Oh my lord, you can be so silly. I love how infectious your giggle is. You can think of things in ways I would have never even thought; you're almost too creative for your own good. I know sometimes you're not so good at art, like most posts predict, but the way you speak is beautiful, like your words were perfectly arranged to form a mosaic of variegated interpretations. You let everyone's experiences influence you to the point where you take them on as your own, and that's ok. I know that just helps you stay close to the ones you love, as if living in their memories with them strengthens your connection with them.
  • Aquarius: You can be distant, but care with every pulse of your heart. Sometimes that's what confuses me. There's a reason for everything to you. You want to know cause and effect, but I'm worried for the day when you realise that not everything has an explanation; at least not one easily confined by mere words. You're not devoid of emotion. You're just much better at deciding when and how to deal with them. How do you do that? How do you know how to reach out for help without burdening everyone?
  • Capricorn: We are opposites. You work so hard to be happy, that sometimes I think you hardly stop to enjoy even the small things that have a magical air to them; like the plush towels against your skin, or the pattern of the sky that will only freeze for a few seconds more. To you, it's all about pushing forward and getting things done, and I love your motivation, but don't you realise how stressed out you get yourself? You can be cold, but that's only because sometimes you don't want to stop to feel...you know what will happen if you do.
  • Sagittarius: I am amazed at how much patience I have with you. You're so carefree, and I don't believe I have ever seen you stressed. Sometimes I get frustrated with how you treat others, but I know you don't mean to hurt people on purpose. I love how you want to be a free thinker, you don't let others cloud your thoughts or decisions, unless you really love them, then in that case you trust their opinions. Not everyone can or could ever earn your trust. You have clarity when most others are stressed because you've detached yourself from them so successfully. I'm glad that you of all people could take the weight that you do, though I'm not pleased that you have to in the first place. You handle beatings with grace, and you hold your ground firmly.
  • Scorpio: You're the most passionate person I know. When you talk about what you love or hate, I can see the propellers churn in your eyes. You love to love and hate to hate. I know it's hard to let people in, but I'm thankful you chose me of all people. I'm sorry I can't always be there when you sob in your bed late at night, but you always hold off when you're ready. That's ok too. I know you don't like to be pushed. Sometimes you let others passions overtake your own and you get so confused and tired that it's hard to face anyone. You want to love so badly, but you're always doubting yourself. Your thoughts can be overwhelming and it seems lonely in crowds, even around your own family, but even you need to trust more than one person.
  • Libra: You of all people know what to do and say all the time. I enjoy just sitting back and watching you talk and interact with people; you get that everyone is different, and you treat them according to how they are. If only people had that same respect towards you. I love how you can diffuse conflict as if you're stroking the nuzzle of a wild horse. You listen and think before you speak. You thrive on the subject of philosophy because you think, and it does, makes you a better person. You love everyone and you value friendships and relationships. You don't know who the right partner is, but I know when you find them, they will make you feel like the only person in the world, just like you do with everybody else.
  • Virgo: There's a lot to worry about. You are the one that I wish I was the most like. You live in the moment, without leaving the past or planning for the future. You're aware of the things larger than life, and you respect them, but you understand how all the little things contribute to the infinite tapestry. I wish I could notice and appreciate as you do. I know you focus too much on the tangible, and I understand that it's easy to get lost in the world of perfection and imperfections, to ignore the thoughts and feelings of others. Most people think you are cold, but I think there's more to it than that. Maybe you just know what to do with your feelings, and they're under your control, and yours alone. You're calm and always seem to be at ease. In no way should that be a crime, after all, many could learn a thing or two from you.
  • Leo: I find a lot of admiration towards how confident you are. Your presence alone is awe-inspiring. Everything you do--the way you walk, how you speak, your gestures, everything--looks so effortless but well thought out. Watching you is like enjoying a movie where every movement is perfect. I love the way you make me feel like we've know each other for years. I am at ease and comfortable by your very presence. One might expect your voice to be loud and authoritative, but it's soothing and suggestive more than anything. You want to make everyone feel like your friend, and I know it has no malevolent purposes, but it's for your own conscious because you can't bear a single person disliking you.
  • Cancer: I could tell you how seething your own mind is, but I'm sure you already know that. You can be so optimistic that you become blind to the worse in human nature. You have fallen victim to many schemes of manipulation, and each time you've beaten yourself up for it. It's ok to yell and scream and cuss. In fact, it's normal to let yourself explode. Nothing could ever right the wrongs that you can never seem to forget. I'm sure that even though they haven't made it up to, or apologised, that they still love you. Not everyone is like you where they can hold onto their emotions and keep it from lapping over the edge. People say things they don't mean, and they make mistakes. It's ok to not be able to forget, you just have to find a way to love again despite their wrong doings.
  • Gemini: When I am with you, I am never bored. There's always something to talk about, and you're willing to look at every side of a story because you love to be fascinated. You are so animated when you speak, as if you're trying to replay and exert the experience to everyone so that they can experience it as you once did. I love your acceptance of art in all its forms but most of all, I appreciate your desire for knowledge. You may not be the smartest, but you are the one to show me how to think.
  • Taurus: I see a lot of posts categorising you as being a glutton for food. Truth is, you love to enjoy things you like, and by no means is that bad. Some people talk about what they like and you feel their radiance through their words, but with you, you don't have to say anything. I feel your content seeping into my veins and I too become enveloped in this world of yours where the finer things of life are adored. I value your opinion because you learn to know and feel every inch of something before you can decide to love or hate it. You have to know for sure because once you make a decision, by God you stick to it. I love how you're supporting and refreshing for anyone who needs it. You've made some good calls, and also so bad ones, but you've learned from both and you can separate truth and fiction like nothing I've seen before.
  • Aries: You are the epitome of fire. I know it's easy to think of everything at once, and it gets extremely overwhelming. I think you tend to overlook other people's feelings for the small minute things that really don't matter. Your opinions and desires matter, just understand that you can't make anyone agree with you. You have a silver tongue, and it's hard to resist your logic, because despite how wrong you may be, you take record time in thinking up of an argument and at the same time shred your adversary to pieces. Some say it's water that wears you down slow and painfully, but I have witnessed the hot flash of your flames burn and dissipate. You get caught up in the moment. It's no biggie. I respect that you have confidence, I love that. You are into fast paced things, and I don't think I've ever seen you relax without falling asleep. You really amaze me at how adept you are at working under so much pressure. You've been through a lot, heaven knows, but we both know you've become a better person because of it. Your optimism is what pushed me through my own experiences, and I am most grateful for you especially.

chimmychangas  asked:

Sosososo I'm just casually stalking ur tumblr and !! it said you like to read, and I rlly wanna read more books but I just don't know where to start tbh bc the only ones I read are the ones my mum gets from the library so d'you have any that you would recommend? :'))


  • the wind-up chronicle by haruki murakami (lots of surreal imagery and introspection about human nature; also sci-fi)
  • the bell jar by sylvia plath (a Classic, v sad too)
  • despair by vladimir nabokov (another Classic, u can learn 98372 new words in one paragraph) 
  • more than this by patrick ness (A BIG FAVE)
  • a monster calls by patrick ness (ANOTHER BIG FAVE)
  • the absolutist by john boyne (super big fave omg this made me cry;;;)
  • invisible monsters by chuck palahnuik (can be disturbing smtimes depending if ur a sensitive reader but it’s really well written; explores beauty standards) 
  • simon vs the homo sapiens agenda (the cutest!!!! thing i’ve read for a long time)
  • kitchen by banana yoshimoto (really beautiful and poignant)
  • the raven cycle series by maggie stiefvater (the coolest series with the coolest characters) 
  • boo by neil smith (v morbidly funny and lighthearted; made me cry too)
  • last night i sang to a monster by benjamin alire saenz (ok this made me Super cry;;;; i love the author, his books are so amazing)
  • more happy than not by adam silvera (MADE ME CRY X2) 
  • the road by cormac mccarthy (just… amazing;;; omg)

this got really long because i was so excited amwefhlasd i have so many but i didn’t want to floor you with them so!!!! i hope you like these books and let me know what you think of them!!!  ( ⸝⸝•ᴗ•⸝⸝ )੭⁾⁾

I know it’s said a lot but I truly feel that the reason the show has gone on as long as it has (and why the fandom keeps growing) is because of Jared and Jensen and how much they give to the fans. I don’t mean only the thank yous and the you mean so much to us’s, but I mean they really give us their heart and soul. They tell us things they’d tell their best friends and family. They treat us like their own family, for that matter. The amount of sincerity in everything they say and do when they address the fans still astounds me. I don’t think the same can be said about any cast of any show ever. They reveal to us the nature of their very being, and that is how amazingly human they are, and yet how much goodness is inside of them and everything they do. They are truly amazing people and that is (at least a very big part of) the reason we continue to watch, to support, to love and admire.