public-service-announcement

if someone does not want to be with you because they find out you are bisexual, leave their sorry ass. don’t fight for them. don’t try to win them back. people who no longer find you attractive because you are attracted to other genders than theirs do not deserve you. better things will come than them i promise you. 

Long-winded thoughts on levelling up as an artist

Hi everyone,

Sometimes, I get asks from people who want to know if I have any tips on how to go about something when drawing. This is very flattering to me; I’m awed that complete strangers have the courage to contact another complete stranger and ask them for help with their art. And that this second stranger, in this case, is me is difficult to grasp. In a cool way. I would never dare to do that.

So thank you, all of you, who consider me an artist you’d like to seek advice from.

Sadly, I only reply to a very small portion of these asks. I want to respond to all of them, but unless they are very specific, I rarely get around to it. Broader subjects, such as how to convey volume and weight in a picture, or how to ger proportions and perspective right are good questions worth looking into, but they are still very broad subjects. Whenever I answer these kind of asks, I try to do it with pictures and thought through explanations. All of this takes a lot of time, and that’s hours that I don’t always have. To answer questions about the fundamentals of image composition and anatomy is a huge deal, and I don’t have any quick solutions to any of it, just a lot of thoughts and some experience. To package all of this into a tumblr post that is actually useful is close to a full time job. This is why I don’t do it so often. I wish I could, but I can’t. I’ll continue to post my process pictures and might, if people are interested, try on streaming in the future. We’ll see. 

Flitting lightly over that… I’ll leave you with what I, and many others, feel is the most important part in learning how to draw: USE REFERENCES.

There are a million posts out there stressing this a million and two times, but I’ll do it again. If you like the way I draw, which isn’t exactly realistic, but not exactly cartoony either, references is your best shot for practically everything. If you’re stuck: use references. If you don’t know what something looks like (you don’t): use references. It’s not cheating (seriously, it’s not). If you’re not an abstract artist, you probably already use references when you draw, in a way, even if its just your memory’s poor rendering of them. There’s no way you can know what a human, cat, cloud or road sign looks like if you’ve never seen one. So look again. I’ve come across a few good articles and posts on how to use references, so use your Google-fu if you’re interested. Here’s a gif I recycled for this post: 

There. Now I’ve said that, and can move on to some other thoughts that I’ve had. Anything below here might just be silly nonsense.

I’m pretty sure all artists have their ups and downs when it comes to their art. No one is on top of the wave all the time (and if there is such a person, they are probably a superhero of sorts). I dip frequently, then bounce back up and spit out ten pictures in two days, all in pretty regular intervals. The world ends whenever I’m at the bottom of my inspiration pool, because it ran dry, and I’ll never ever stop drawing or smiling whenever I’m swimming in ideas and creativity. At this latter point, I also forget to eat. I’m sure I could make a pretty nice, even graph out of my pattern.

But then there’s this other line on my graph. My level. Pretty much every artist I’ve ever talked to about getting better have had some sort of experience when they felt they’ve come a new, higher point in their craft. A new level of experience, often reached after finishing a piece that had something new to it. Something outside of that worn out “comfort zone”. I’ve heard it described as a feeling of achievement followed by a period of confidence, as “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE I AM THE GREATEST”, and as everything in-between those two. I’ve experienced both (and a lot of in-betweens). Few things are as satisfying as this.

And how do you level up? Yeaaaah… y’all know how to level up ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Ninety-eight more random encounters, five bosses and nine annoying-ass quests, because there ain’t no rare candy or cheats in this game. Only your hard work and I love it. My friends tease me for it regularly, but:

I’m a grinder.

I’m an honest to god level hundred gotta catch ‘em all gamer who explored every inch of every map to get the crystal bunnies and I’m writing like I’m running out of time. Each brush stroke is another point of experience, and I brush my strokes like I run on Duracell batteries. I believe this is one of the main reasons why I’m an okay artist. I artist a lot. I also verbify nouns.

So here comes my second piece of boring, always given advice, as worded by Shia LaBeouf: JUST DO IT.

Draw. Draw. Draw. Hate it. Love it. Do it. Tell a friend when you get there. Proud of you. How much experience you’ll need to reach the point where you feel you’ve gained a level will vary of course vary and it will be hard work, but when you get there, it’s the best feeling of all. A girl worth fighting for ~♫

That’s my longest text post thus far, I think… and will probably stay that way. You might’ve noticed that I’m a pretty shy and private person, but here you go! A peek into my head. LLAP.

(TL;DR: read the only bold words in this post. That’ll get you far.)

You know what I absolutely hate? 

When people tell me not to write in/ dog ear/ bend the covers of my books. I bought them, I can leave my mark on them however I choose. I love the way well loved book look with creases and highlighted passages. I love leaving my mark in the stories I read. I can understand that some people like to keep there books in pristine condition, but don’t tell other’s what to do with there books. We can choose to crease, dog ear, and write in our books if we want to. 

Friendly Reminder

Today is the day folks! Today is the day A&E/JMo/Colin have their panel in Atlanta. Further reminder that there will be a screening of 6 x 11 at the event. That means there will be spoilers and flailing all over this website in a few hours. Mine is not a spoiler free blog, and I know I don’t have the willpower to stay away, so consider this your warning. My blog will be blowing up pretty soon with Cs and spoilers and all kinds of goodness. I will do my level best to tag everything, though, so if you actually have willpower and don’t want to be spoiled, Blacklist ouat spoilers, 6 x 11 spoilers, and CS Atlanta panel.

Heyo!

We are at the fourth year anniversary of this blog and once again I will be celebrating by reblogging my favourite pieces from the past year. It’s been a busy year! I returned to university and have been scrambling a bit to get my posts scheduled on time - hopefully not too many of you noticed the days when I put things out late.

Also: appreciation for the wonderful artists whose unique skills give us such a range of mermaids. I hope you have followed links and explored their other work too!

Also also: thank YOU for giving this blog your time - I appreciate you <3

(by Paulene Phouybanhdyt)

Tips to a Safer Meet-Up

I saw a story about a wanted man who killed someone and posted the video to facebook. It made me sick, and worry a tad about the possibilities the internet holds. Especially when people who only know one another over a screen are meeting up in real life. This isn’t a way to stop it, rather keep people safe when they go and meet with online friends. If you guys have anything to add, please do. But please reblog, we have to watch out for another, right?

1) ALWAYS let someone know where you’re going. Who you’re meeting, where you’re meeting them and when. If something does go wrong, the more information a family member or friend can tell authorities the better your chances are.

2) If you feel unsafe, leave. If the place you’re going feels sketchy, hidden away or has nobody around. Maybe turn back and tell your friend to meet another time, or in another place.

3) Have your phone fully charged and ready in case of emergency. You never know when you’ll need it!

4) Know the place. If you plan on meeting up somewhere you’ve never been to (or been to only a handful of times) go ahead. Get an idea of what it looks like, possible ways to escape an unsafe situation, and places where you can run to safety/help.

5) Have someone tag along. This is optional but having someone escort you to your destination, and hang out in the background while you meet your online bud could make things a bit safer.

6) Don’t meet up at a persons house. Don’t give them your adress. Until you know the person well enough as a person (a real life in the flesh person). Houses and adresses should be a no-go. If they’re psycho or have bad intentions–you don’t want them to know where you’re living.

7) Above all else, don’t let yourself become the victim. This isn’t saying “it was your fault for leading them on” or some other blaming statement. The best way to keep safe when meeting someone for the first time is to follow your instincts. If something feels off, call it off.

8) Listen to others. If your mom, dad, best friend or even dog says “hey. Something isn’t right”, listen to what they’re saying. Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to see the real situation.

9) Just be safe. Please. I care about everyone of you (my followers, tumblr users, any social media user). I don’t want to see a story of an innocent life taken because of someone else’s dark nature.

9.5) If you need tips, or feel unsure on a situation or person that you’re meeting. TALK TO SOMEONE. Whether it be a counsellor, best friend, family, online user. Someone outside of the meeting you’re planning. As my mom always said “you can never go wrong with being safe. Better safe than sorry”.

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IZZE CAMP !!! -I was pushed into shawn as all the fangirls mobbed us, a fan broke my shoe and I got a video of shawn but here’s the pictures !

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Shawn gets mobbed daily and I have so much more respect for him, he’s mobbed by crazy girls and still takes pictures and smiles through it. He could push us out of the way but no. Fans need to treat him with respect, I was more worried about Shawn than I was about me. I was pushed against him for a couple mins as fans were MOBBING AND SCREAMING AND CRYING. I understand that he’s Shawn Mendes ! But really he’s a teenager that would love to take pictures with everyone if we were calm. It was dangerous and some girl broke 2 of her fingers. Shawn’s chill and loves us all, PLEASE TREAT HIM WITH RESPECT