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anonymous asked:

Hey there! I have been drawing since I was 12 (I'm 18 now) and I am just starting out now posting my things on social media, honestly I am quite nervous and I don't know exactly how this all works, I don't know how to get people to see my artwork? Do you have any advice for a noob like me? I would really appreciate it!

Okay, this is going to get really long, so I’ll put all the extra info under a Read More post because!! I have a lot of things to say about this topic bc I get this question a lot, and I know that I would want to know all this stuff when I started out on social media too!

but to answer your question:

First off, JUST POST! My advice? Post the great ones, the good ones, the average ones, and even the bad ones. Think of social media as kind of your art diary? If anything, be active for your own sake! Don’t do it for the likes/reblogs/etc., you’ll end up spending a lot of time selecting the very best of your art which is not really all that helpful if you’re trying to just trying to have a good time.

Make friends! Comment on other people’s art, send nice messages, relate to their experiences in a respectful manner. Just like in real life, people are drawn to those they like, so be real with yourself! Present yourself honestly but w/ courtesy to the other person. It’s just like making friends, except it’s online c:

Be active! Having long stretches of time w/ no new art/posts (coughmyowntumblr) isn’t going to help you reach people, so post in a semi-regular fashion (once every couple days or so, even a week is fine imo)

Tag your art! This is kind only relevant on Tumblr since this website is v dependent on the tagging system in place here, but you can apply this anywhere that this is applicable! Especially if its fanart, tagging your work is really helpful, since places like Tumblr don’t have explore pages, and what’s on your dash is depends on who you follow.

More advice on just social media in general below// 

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On Writing Regina

@msfire submitted

sorry this got a bit long so i submitted it instead of asking

have you seen this post? (i mean there’s some of it, and you might have to click a bit for more of it.) cause i want you to see it, because i so so want your thoughts. especially bc you (imo) write a well rounded regina. that’s more than just an ooc block of wood who moves wrong and talks wrong and this post has a lot of talk about emma but nearly nada for a regina writer’s side of it.
and i was kinda having a talk with myself about this post and while it does touch on the idea of a rigid dry regina in fic and writing emma as working class it leaves out (again, because it’s mostly about emma) a lot of what i see you do for regina when you write her. which is, the care in exactly what she says and how she’s moving when she says it, and going beyond that into what’s happened to her before to make those the moves/words she goes to
(i hope that makes sense. in that you, as i see it, make like a base to build your regina on. like, i don’t know the best metaphor i can think of in regina as a character, not just the way you write her, but character as a whole, is like a ladder, where everything that’s happened to her is like a step on that ladder and she makes every next move basing it on how she got up the rungs before it but she can’t just start in the middle of the ladder. like a then b so c. not c so a or b)

 then with all of that keeping in mind her existence as a female poc in a world that’s constantly fighting her existence as those things. i don’t know.

i got a bit rambly but i think that says what i mean and makes sense. i really just would like to see what you have to say on this subject. outside of the original “smut writers be lazy and only wanna sniff apples” comment that started it.

Hoo boy. 

I will be blunt: several of the authors on that thread have set off the “Wow You’re Racist” alarm bell multiple times, so I can’t actually read through that thread without feeling nauseated.  I think the fact that the discussion is primarily circling around how it’s “natural” to write Emma and “work” to write Regina completely validates such nausea.

I myself have said that writing from Emma’s POV is “easier” by which I mean faster, because her language is looser, sloppier, more generic.  But her thoughts are not, and this… assumption that her language makes her thought process more accessible is a false assumption.  Language and thought are separate entities in the mind. Emma’s thought process is built from a lifetime of complete rejection, and as such is completely foreign to me. I have to work at it.

But Regina… Regina, I can inhabit.  Regina’s motivations are crystal clear.  Regina’s preferred coping mechanisms are blatantly stratified.  Regina’s dreams and fears are known to us.  And maybe this is because I’m a queer woman of color coming from a financially privileged background with a history of emotional abuse and so it is almost effortless for me to map out how Regina would respond to x stimulus or y threat.  Maybe I’m cheating.

Maybe I’m not. 

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