anonymous asked:

Does anyone with a smell sensitivity know a way to deal with strong smells like smoke? My roommates smoke, and even if they go outside I can still smell it and it really bugs me. I have a painters mask I wear in private, but are there other options?

Followers, do you have any suggestions?

-mod har



My trick is usually to get a pack of those disposable medical masks, and a bottle of essential oil that you like. Put a drop on a q-tip and gently rub the inside of the mask (you don’t need much) and when you wear it you’ll smell the oil instead.


i was suggested to carry cotton balls with nice smells on them


Tegan and Sara and the danger of q-tips

anonymous asked:

Hey! I was wondering if you could show us how you do your noses (step by step maybe?) or different noses you've done/can do? I really suck a noses and they seem to mess up my drawings. I am in love with all of your art btw c:

Well, I don’t really now how to do a step by step tutorial because I just… draw a nose as best as I can x)
Remember that I constantly use references, which is why I don’t ever sketch for general forms or poses, the lines that you see in my drawings is the first and only sketch that I do. So I cannot make one of those tutorials where you begin with simple shapes and lines and then add details and clean up and all that. I just draw everything straight away. :) So I took a few minutes now to just give some examples of noses that I think I have established for some of the characters so far:

So I guess you can observe the lines and shapes if that’s helpful and if it makes sense :) I always start with nostrils, then the tip of the nose, then the “nasal wings”, and then the bridge.
Drawing the portrait series (using references for general proportions) is really helping me learn about human face and how everything works, so I recommend observing real people in photographs (or real life) and just draw what you see.

the-hatter-madigan  asked:

I am really glad that I recently found your channel and that you have a Tumblr, but I do wonder if you have any tips for someone to get back into writing. I know that one of the best tips is to read and never stop reading, and I finally been able to get back into reading (I have been reading The Song of Ice and Fire). I use to write short stories when I was in school, and do forum-based roleplaying on Gaiaonline. I been wanting to get back into writing, but I feel like I have writers block.

Ohhh, this is a really good question. Glad you asked!

The answer I’m about to give you may seem pretty dissatisfying, because it won’t solve your writer’s block or plot out a path back “into” the craft. But hopefully it’ll give you a good sort of psychological mantra to repeat quietly in the back of your mind when you contemplate writing.

Are you ready?

Alright. The trick to getting back into writing… is that you don’t. I mean, on rare occasion we have heard about writers getting into a groove—Stephen King talks about keeping his blade sharp and running with the momentum—but the truth of it is that literature is a hard, hard medium to create in. It’s not responsive the way visual arts are. You don’t get to make a mark on the page and immediately see how your work is shaping up.

Literature is the art of making people imagine, and as you put words on the page, you don’t get to see how those words will transfer to sensations inside the audience’s mind. As a result, writing can be extremely tedious for a lot of people. A grind from start to finish. A series of blocks that you simply have to climb over.

What you’re experiencing is normal. Writing is hard. Just do it anyway. Even if it feels bad now, just put one word in front of the other until you get to the end. There’s really no telling exactly how they’ll effect your audience, so you sort of have to throw caution to the wind and just… write.

In short: you may never feel “into” writing. That’s fine! The goal doesn’t to be to have a great time typing or scribbling; it doesn’t have to be to creat the most beautiful piece of prose the world’s ever seen. Your goal can simply be to put something from your mind into someone else’s. That’s the real magic.

So when you’re feeling like you can’t write for whatever reason, just tell yourself: “This is fine. It’s normal for this to be hard. Just put words on the page. You can fix them later.”

Hopefully does something to help you. Thanks for coming by! And keep making stuff up~

Q Tips # 616

Tell someone that they are beautiful, and they are beautiful. Perhaps they did not know it before you spoke. Your words perform a kind of transformation. Beauty is defined as that which someone finds beautiful. Tell people that they are beautiful. That’s a gift worth giving.

anonymous asked:

Hi Maria! First off I'd just like to say I LOVE your art! It's fantastic and you do an incredible job! I was wondering if you could do a tiny tutorial on how you shade the face? I know you use references a lot, so do you just look at the references to know what to shade/highlight or do you do your own thing? Thanks, have a wonderful day! :)

You might be interested in taking a look at this post :)
And I kind of just do my own thing. I don’t use references for shade/highlight, I only need references for the sketch.
I’m going to take another portrait as an example–Kingsley this time :3

So, just for your reference, (1) is just the base colors (except for eyes and lips) and (2) is the finished result with 3 additional layers: a layer of brown shadows, a layer of blush, and a layer of highlights:

(3) is base colors with only shadow layer on. You can observe where the shadows are stronger and where they are mild, and where I don’t put them at all. I added (4) because I think it makes the level of intensity of shadows more obvious.

My shading is the most intense around the edges of the head, on ears, in the corners of eyes, often under the brows (usually much less if it’s a female), under the nose and mouth and chin. I use mild shading for undereyes, on the sides of the nose, and just anywhere else where an emphasis on structure is needed. Note: I shade very quickly without paying too much attention, so don’t rely on every little bit of added shade that you see :)

And here’s an exaggerated version of my highlights:

As you notice, I like putting highlights on the forehead, above and below the arch of an eyebrow, on the tip of the nose, around the lips (especially if they’re plump), on the chin, a little bit on the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.

That’s pretty much all that I can say about it. I hope this helps! :)

anonymous asked:

okay hang on a hot sec. am I to understand that while q-tipping both ears the belly button also has to get q-tipped?? but it hurts D: D:

If you’re q-tipping your belly button so hard that it hurts, you’re doing it wrong.

Also, as a doctor I must advise you not to stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ears (but hey, I totally Q it up erryday but I know how deep I can go without doing any damage).