A piece of advice? Don’t get into a word battle with a poet. We pick and chose our words very carefully, making sure that they express exactly what it is that we want them to express, in exactly the fashion that we wish to express them, because they are our truth - and you can’t change that. You can’t change my truth or my feelings, and most importantly, you can’t change their meanings. You can’t redefine the life attached to the words already expressed. My thoughts, my heart and my soul LIVE in my work. My poems are mine, my words are mine and you can’t change ME. So if you have a problem with the words that this poet chooses to express herself most accurately with, then please rest assured knowing that they were not selected in vain. You see, I use words based on their definitions and right now the word I have for you is “hypocrite,” because the words that YOU’RE using to express yourself to me right now could use some work of their own. So don’t get into a word battle with a poet. The chances are, we’ll probably beat you.
—  Word Battle, © 2015 Sarah Marie Pardy

anonymous asked:

I was wondering about the painting process you posted, when you paint over your lines do you merge any of your layers, or do you paint on a top layer and erase errors underneath? I love your art so much <3

Hi anon, and thank you! : ) This is essentially a case of layer discipline. In this case, I have a layer for my lines, a background layer, and a layer for my flat colours. When I decide to start painting over my lines, I will duplicate the lines and flat colour layers, and merge them into one new layer.

This lets me paint and erase as I render, while keeping a layer for the body that is separate from the background. This really helps keeping things neat, and lets me use things like clipping masks and locking the transparency.

As I’m rendering, I’ll make duplicates of this layer in an iterative manner, so allow me to go back if I need to. By keeping the lines underneath, but hidden, I can flick back to them to check that I’m still staying true to the original sketch.

This becomes really important with larger pieces, where I essentially use the same method. I’ll split the sketch into different elements as I work, which makes everything a lot easier to adjust, move, etc, and saves me time painting over if I make a mistake. In this case, I use clipping masks as I render each element.

Once I think the piece is done, I duplicate and merge all the layers for final adjustments.