quick tip


And another tutorial, quick art tip for canine paws!

I really only figured this out last week when I was sketching paws non-stop and found this to be very helpful.

I hope you guys enjoy, and all the likes and reblogs (especially the reblogs will be very much appreciated).

I hope this helps you, and feel free to make more suggestions for future posts! Thank you all!


—Wrong Word
affect/effect, lay/lie, sit/set, who/whom, toward/towards, etc.

—Vague Pronoun Reference
Confusing: Bob annoyed Larry, but that didn’t stop him from asking for a meeting.
Clear: Bob annoyed Larry, but that didn’t stop Larry from asking for a meeting.

—Lack of Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Frequently Disparaged: Everyone withdrew their money.
Uncontroversial: Everyone withdrew his or her money.
Uncontroversial: People withdrew their money.

More about they and their as gender-neutral pronouns.

—Missing or Unnecessary Capitalization
Capitalize proper nouns: The names of things, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lowercase common nouns: Descriptions, such as that famous bridge.

More about capitalization.

—Unnecessary Shift in Verb Tense
Wrong: John Wilkes Booth barricaded the door while Lincoln is watching the play.
Right: John Wilkes Booth barricaded the door while Lincoln watched the play.

More about mixing verb tenses and switching verb tense.

—Sentence Fragments
Sentence fragments aren’t always wrong, but don’t use them accidentally.

Fragments: Because she was late. And I held the door.

More about sentence fragments.

—Monotonous Sentence Structure
Monotonous: We were late. I called the office. Bob answered the phone. Bob told Sue. Sue stalled the investors.
Better: I called the office because we were late. Bob answered the phone and told Sue, who stalled the investors.

More about sentence structure.

—Adjective Drift
Confusing: The property has seasonal creeks and trail access.
Clear: The property has trail access and seasonal creeks.

—Unnecessary Adverbs and Prepositions
Bloated: I was very angry that Bob sat down on the wet paint.
Better: I was furious that Bob sat on the wet paint.

More on adverbs and prepositions.

—Parallelism Errors
Not Parallel: Kids like singing, chatting, and check their phones.
Parallel: Kids like singing, chatting, and checking their phones.

More about parallel construction.

—Passive Voice
Passive voice isn’t wrong, but active sentences are often better.

Passive: The bell was rung by zombies.
Active: Zombies rang the bell.

More about active voice and passive voice.

—“There Are” Sentences
You can often improve on sentences that start with There are.

Not great: There are usually 54 cards in a deck.
Better: A deck usually has 54 cards.

More about sentences that start with There are and There is.

Jargon: You can often improve on expletive sentences.
More Accessible: You can often improve on sentences that start with There are.

More about writing with jargon.

—Missing Comma After Introductory Element
Wrong: In the past we bought vinyl records.
Right: In the past, we bought vinyl records.

—Unnecessary Comma
Wrong: Bob likes pandas, and visits the zoo often.
Right: Bob likes pandas and visits the zoo often.

—Comma Splice
Wrong: I ate cake, I played games.
Right: I ate cake, and I played games.
Right: I ate cake and played games.

More about the comma splice.

—Run-On Sentences
Wrong: I ate cake I played games.
Right: I ate cake, and I played games.
Right: I ate cake and played games.

More about run-on sentences.

—Missing Comma in a Compound Sentence
Wrong: All my friends came over for my birthday Tuesday and Bobby visited me the next day.
Right: All my friends came over for my birthday Tuesday, and Bobby visited me the next day.

—Missing Comma with a Nonrestrictive Element
Wrong: Shoes which are worn on your feet come in many styles.
Right: Shoes, which are worn on your feet, come in many styles.

More about commas and nonrestrictive elements.

—Mechanical Problems with Quotations
In the U.S., periods and commas go inside the closing quotation mark. Semicolons, colons, and dashes go outside the closing quotation mark. The position of question marks and exclamation points varies: They stay with their question or exclamation.

Correct: She yelled, “Help!” I won a copy of “Wrecking Ball”! She asked, “Are you hungry?” Did he just ask, “Are we in Hungary?”

More about punctuating quotations.

—Quotation Marks for Emphasis
Wrong: “Free” soda on Saturdays.
Right: Free soda on Saturdays.

—Apostrophe Errors
Nouns take apostrophes to become possessive. Pronouns don’t. It’s means “it is” or “it has.” Its is the possessive form of it. Acronyms, initialisms, and years don’t take apostrophes to become plural (CDs, 1980s).

—Unnecessary or Missing Hyphen
Don’t hyphenate phrasal verbs.

Wrong: Log-in to your account.
Right: Log in to your account.

Do hyphenate compound adjectives. These mean different things: silver jewelry cart and silver-jewelry cart.

More about hyphens.

—Spelling Errors
Remember to run a spellcheck. It’s obvious but easy to forget.

—Search for these words and phrases to do a quick check: there are, it is, its, it’s, your, you’re, their, and they’re.



Obviously, I’m not the best with drawing hands. But that basic shape helped me with drawing hands best. (Circle works for me too but not as good as that ‘fan shape’ my professor taught our class).

Don’t forget to keep practicing and using real life references–It’s the best way to draw good hands! Take your time drawing them! Don’t rush (unless you really wanna) It’s not a competition.

Got questions? Feel free to ask!

  1. Have a daily plan.
  2. Give each task a time limit.
  3. Use a planner.
  4. Learn to say “no”.
  5. Know your deadlines and other important dates.
  6. Target to be early (you’ll probably be on time).
  7. Have a clock on your desk.
  8. Set reminders on your phone.
  9. Get rid of time wasters (e.g. Facebook)
  10. Use blocking apps / extensions to improve your focus.
  11. Prioritise your tasks.
  12. Give yourself a break between tasks.
  13. Carry over the tasks you don’t finish to the next day.
  14. Reward yourself for finishing all of your tasks.

And here is another weekly Quick Art Tip Tutorial. This time for proportions. If you’re really a beginner in this, it will be only with daily practice that you’ll see results in the future.

We are no art gurus, but we are happy to share with you our techniques, hoping it will help you in your arts!

If you could reblog and like our page we would really appreciate a lot! We would be very grateful. :)

a quick list of things every roleplayer should know

- the word “dependent” does not have an “a” in it

- when making a page in theme editor, click “show a link to this page” to make the page available in mobile 

- to make something in small font, highlight the text you want small and use “ctrl” + “shift” + “-” 

- to highlight all the words in your post, use “ctrl” + “a” 

- if you need to move something to another post and you need to carry over someone’s icon, move the other user’s picture over by right clicking it, clicking either “copy image” or “copy image URL”, and pasting it in the new post. ( alternatively, you can also change it to HTML and use this code. <figure><img src=“URL OF PICTURE HERE”></figure> )

- to change a size of an image in post, ad height and width to the picture coding. <figure><img src=“URL OF PICTURE HERE” data-orig-height=“THE HEIGHT YOU WANT” data-orig-width=“THE WIDTH YOU WANT” alt=“image” /></figure>

- if you @ someone in a post but save it to drafts or edit it later, it will untag them. you will need to @ them again. 

- mass tag replacer ( there is also one included in X-Kit, along with other things such as automatic tagging, blacklist, etc

- you’re going to need to manually place blockquotes around images. to do so, go into the HTML and put the coding of <blockquote> around the image, and then </blockquote> when the image or group of text is done ( if after the image, it’s usually after </figure> ). Sometimes, however, the “<figure>” coding will break and will stop a blockquote right then and there, so you may need to remove it. you cannot go back to “rich text” after putting a blockquote around a picture, as it will delete it. merely click the little arrow down from ‘post’, click ‘preview on blog’, and when it’s satisfactory, click ‘post’ with it still in HTML

- before every single reply, read someone’s rules just to clarify you are not overstepping boundaries in any way! 


- to make regular sized and small font the same size on your blog, use this code after the end brace of “body” :
   sup, small, sub { 
  font-size:DESIRED FONT SIZE HEREpx;}

- general etiquette is two replies to one post – the person’s previous reply and your reply. this means reblogging asks often breaks etiquette, and should be moved to new posts. 

- when changing URLs, keep your old URL and use this code for a redirect page. not only will it redirect users to your new page, it will also redirect them to the page they were trying to reach but on your new page. ( for example, if they were going to OLDURL.tumblr.com/ask, it’ll redirect to NEWURL.tumblr.com/ask )

- if you’re trying to send an ask but someone’s theme prevents you from seeing the full ask box and thus hitting “send”, use THEIRURL.tumblr.com/ask/mobile. also works for submit. 

- only the first 5 tags in a new post actually will show up in Tumblr tags

- you are a fantastic roleplayer and should not sell yourself short  (✿◠‿◠)


Tumblr Quick Tip: GIFs

Those million moving pictures on your dashboard (wizard pictures for muggles!) are mesmerizing, and you want to make your own, not just reblog them or post reactions from a folder.

If you need GIF resources, we’ve got you covered: 

Got a resource we missed? Leave it in the comments. 

(Like this post? Stay tuned; we’ll have a Getting Started with Tumblr kit available soon.) 

Quick Grammar: Lie vs Lay

I had to look this one up the other day, so I figured some other people might have problems with it, so here’s a quick grammar tip on when to use which one.

Lie: “to rest or recline” i.e. I lie on my bed, thinking of how much I need to write, but end up drifting off to sleep.

Lay: “to place an object down” “I lay down my laptop on my desk every day and spend all of it on this god forsaken website instead of writing.

Now, here’s where things get tricky: the past tense version of lie is lay…English is hard. So here’s a “chart” type thing about what to use for each word and tense.

Infinitive        Present Tense     Past Tense     Past Participle     Present Participle

to lie               lie(s)                       lay                    lain                        lying

to lay             lay(s)                     laid                    laid                        laying  

Hopefully this helps! :D As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will do my very best to answer them.