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Step Inside Guangdong

In the words of the artist Ekaterina Busygina:

In recent years, Guangdong has become one of the most economically developed provinces in China. Name Guangdong (chinese trad. 廣東, chinese simplified 广东, Pinyin: Guǎngdōng, Jyutping: Gwong2-dung1) is translated as “spacious east”. It includes such large cities as Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Guangzhou - this is a very ancient city - the port from which for centuries began the Marine Silk Road. Shenzhen due to the fact that he was chosen as the location of one of the special economic zones has grown from a small fishing village to the ultra-modern metropolis. The economic miracle of Guangdong seized this two cities and lifted up the skyscrapers above the clouds.

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gamerweeb  asked:

How do you draw your inklings? Like ive been wanting to draw mine for awhile now and ive come up with sketches and junk but my style makes them look like adults which is what i was afraid of.

its kinda like…

All Inklings, male and female have the same face shape! It’s a cool way to keep them looking like squid kids instead of squid adults.

Also remember, round faces always makes things look younger :U

The masks, I simplified them to merely an outline under the eyes, even making the connecting mask a triangle. It looks legit and it can be done with any mask style you want.

Also another thing. Inklings don’t have teeth its like an interlocking beak. Always making sure the beak makes sense is difficult (Ive seen many people get it wrong) but its like a little puzzle in their mouth.

For hair and ears and all that jazz, i draw circles that indicate where those things go. Its like a helpful little guide to keep anatomy on point.

fingers and toes both have flat ends, both are bigger than human fingers and toes. Bigger hands and bigger feet make the character seem younger and smaller. 

They have these awesome things called tentacles and there are many cool things you can do with them: “hair” styles!


They have 2 main tentacles that they can use, so its always soooo important to keep that in mind when making up hairstyles. Again, its a artist’s preference, but its always good to keep in mind the original concept. Here I show tentacles 1 and 2 being used in different hair styles for males and females. Its all up to the imagination. 

always never forgetting that sucker! One of the first things I mentioned was the circle guide tool. It makes drawing the sucker and easy little thing.

Have fun making cool squids. I hope this helps you! C: Sorry I took so long to make this ;;

WIP of a winteriron seamless pattern I’m trying to do… Simplifying designs into tiny spaces is hard haha

I can’t decide what the other part of the pattern should be… I want Tony and Bucky out of their armor doing something fun and/or recognizable. 

Maybe Tony working on Bucky’s arm? Or maybe I should just have them sitting on the ground with their helmet/mask off, looking tired?

When the Hogan verdict was announced earlier this year, the schadenfreude-drenched response on social media found many people pretending that Gawker had only run two posts: the Hogan sex tape, and the CFO/gay escort story of last year. I’m not sure, exactly, why so many people saw fit to distill the millions of words that Gawker has produced down to a few thousand (and about a minute of grainy video). I wonder if it’s easier for some people to simplify either because they aren’t very smart or they don’t like thinking. That sort of revising, of steamrolling nuance, of performative ignorance, though, is something that Gawker, functioning as it was supposed to be functioning, would resist, refute, and ridicule. And now with Gawker not around, there’s one less site invested in calling bullshit, one less site to shake you from the comfort of black-and-white thinking and selective reasoning.

You’ll agree or disagree with this assessment, depending on the posts you read, and depending on how invested you are in nuance. Because of Gawker’s breadth, and because it didn’t have so much a single voice as a cacophony of several voices at any given time, the site meant many different things to many different people. What appealed to me, more than anything, was a sensibility that loathed preciousness, that refused to defer to the most sensitive person in the room out of social pressure and smarmy politeness. The site’s run-till-tackled mentality was exhilarating while we ran—I appreciated that no one ever asked me to reduce myself or change to appease readers, especially because I know that even the best-intentioned among a liberal audience can have a hard time swallowing really gay shit. The tackling that finally took place, wrestling Gawker to the ground and then erasing it from the planet, makes me wonder whether time will revise that run as an illusion. Maybe that run will be remembered as a 14-year slow fall. We who took part know better.

One key to rule them all

In a world where we are asked to remember so many passwords and lug around so many keys, ideas that can help individuals simplify and consolidate their security systems are welcomed. To date, Springwise has covered this keyless entry system to help Airbnb hosts manage their booking arrivals remotely, and this bracelet which uses an individual’s heart pattern to unlock their personal devices. PairLock is a lock innovation which uses a mixture of password functionality and standard key safety to provide one key to unlock many locks. READ MORE…

I don’t give a dang about philosophy but I know that a conversation between two people that are both using a term in the same way to mean something different than what it actually refers to isn’t really affected by the introduction of an actual definition. even if we’re both referring to the same wrong thing, as long as we understand each other it really doesn’t make much of a difference tbh. maybe to you Philosophy Loving Fucks but im using like the simplified, lazy and conflated version bc I don’t care much about the distinction. both are bad anyway and fetishize simplicity in some form or another. again, why am I talking about philosophy on my side of tumblr

musicmetalhead  asked:

I'm trying to learn how to draw portraits right now, and one of the things I'm having troubles with is getting the likeness correct. When you do a portrait of someone, how do you decide what lines or forms are important to the overall likeness, and which ones can be discarded?

DEFINING IMPORTANT ASPECTS WHEN SIMPLIFYING A REALISTIC FACE INTO DRAWING

Alright, I’ll just go all out and post this up for anyone who is interested, since I DID promise you guys on dA another tutorial half a year ago (LOL//shot)…writing takes a lot shorter time to complete so here’s the plow-through version!

**This tut will probably sound so obxonious since I am far from mastering the technique of drawing the face myself LOL BUT I DON’T CARE MID TERM EXAMS ARE OVER AND I AM HAPPY. Again, there’s never a right or wrong way to doing this, mine’s not perfect and never will be, but this is the method I roll in, so here goes…**

You might need at least a general knowledge of the facial muscles to know what and what not to use in the construction of your portrait. For me, here are the facial organs categorized by importance:

#1 The Eyes. Always. Regardless of the person having more ‘iconic’ characteristics on other parts of the face (say, for example, Angelina Jolie’s prominent lips), for even the tiniest quirk of eye muscle may reinforce/throw off the final look of your character.

#2 The eyebrows. I find them just as important as the eyes. The placement and angle of them are crucial in conveying emotion.

#3 The mouth and the shape of the lips. When your character smiles, it is important to know the distinctive way the facial muscles stretch to curve around your cheekbones. For me this is the hardest part to portray due to the mouth’s incredible flexibility. Here are some lovely people and a prince smiling.

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All of them have similar smiles, so I distinguish them through the corners of their mouths (e.g the iconic 'gaps’ with Michael Fassbender’s smile, and the immediate but delicate downwards taper of Hugh Laurie’s smile, right after the mouth curves up) as well as their cheeks: Fassbender’s recedes inwards, Rupert Graves’ recedes outwards, Kevin Bacon’s just simply wonderful LOL, and Laurie’s rather subtle and straight).

#4 The jaw line. The jaw line basically poses as an anchor point in shaping your chin (and much of your head). If a person has a strong jaw line (and slightly extended outwards, like most people), the angle will look very obvious in frontal view (e.g: Leonardo Dicaprio as compared to say, Benedict Cumberbatch. Ben’s jaw line is very steep, so it does not have that strong V shape like Leo does->

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#5 Cheekbones: All it does is help shape the face, but it is a very important aspect to consider when a character has prominent cheekbones or when you are drawing the side or ¾ views of the face. e.g Tom Hiddleston NEEDS this feature, perhaps even light slashes across would be enough: 

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I categorize the rest of the facial organs (nose, ears) as merely secondary supportive features. Why? Because they only serve as a characteristic and doesn’t really contribute to emotional portrayal (emotions brings about personality and ultimately defines a character). (Meaning, again, it doesn’t matter if a person has a very memorable nose, even if you nailed the portrayal of it, but ended up screwing say, the eyes, your portrait’s screwed in general.)

So now, here comes the ACTUAL part of the question: what features can be kept and what don’t have to?

This comes back to studying facial muscles again. Usually this would mean dealing with shadows and wrinkles and mouth creases and all those scary details most people would choose to avoid because it poses the risk of 'over-doing’ your character and making them look old/weird/ugly. There’s no way around this. Just deal with it, practice being more brave to draw all of these out and finally you’ll start to understand the importance of including them in the first place. Now here are some facial details to define your portrait (no.1 and 2 are a must and best not to omit them, the rest are optional depending on character):

*1) Those long muscle creases running from either side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. The devilish detail everyone tries to avoid (I certainly did so too) because it makes young people look old. If you have an anime drawing background this is especially problematic. Don’t ever avoid those creases. However young a person is those creases are always there. Depending on personal style and aesthetic though, children and young adults may be spared by this (but please do draw them, however slightly, when they are smiling or have movement on the mouth. What it does is that it makes your drawing look less flat and rigid).

*2) The concave arcs (often the most shadow-casted areas of the face) between the eyebrows and eyes, and the sides of the nose bridge. If you find distinctive crease lines surrounding the eyes, draw them out, because you are developing a highly characteristic region of the face here, so putting as much detail in as possible would be good. e.g. I love drawings eyes like Robert Downey Jr.’s because of the distinctive bowl-shaped lower eyelids/eyebags which I can shade in for emphasis:

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3) The rounded creases that define the shape of a nose. Again another feature people avoid but very useful in sculpting out depth. The darker these arcs are the more dominant the nose is in relation to the entire face. Accompanying this would usually be the two prominant creases that run from the nose to the mouth as well.

4) The shading beneath the mouth. This shadow in particular defines the thickness and shape of the lower lip. The darker it is, the fuller the lower lip is perceived by the viewer. (e.g: Jensen Ackles, even with frontal light on full you can still see an indent, due to his lips…now compared to Joseph Gorden Levitt, his lips are very pale and thin and shadows are virtually nonexistent.)

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5) The philtrum (the ridge between the nose and the upper lip). This is no doubt another area people prefer to avoid when just starting out, but I find that it is a really useful feature to convey the thickness and shape of the upper lip. The higher, angular, and darker it is from the mouth, the fuller and richer the upper lip is. Look at Benedict Cumberbatch again for example, his lips are very distinctively shaped and it would certainly look odd if the philtrum is omitted.

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++Number 4 and 5 works well especially when you don’t want to/don’t know how to draw the actual shape of the lips yet. The indent and philtrum gives you the illusion of having lips.

6) Frown lines on the forehead.

7) The indents on either side of a person’s temples (more prominent in men than women) e.g refer back to the first picture of Leonardo.

8) Dimples. Yes they’re important.

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okay maybe I’ll do a part II with actual drawings tmr instead of just half-assing like this LOL now I just want to go to bed…anyhow, hope you guys find it helpful (I bet most of you didn’t even get to the bottom because you’ve been bored to death LOOL), and I hope I somehow answered your question Mmhead xD;;

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Keeping a Simple Home with Kids

Identify the important. The first step in decluttering is identifying which toys and other possessions are truly important to the kids. What do they play with, what do they love? Then get rid of as much of the rest as possible, keeping only those they use and love.

Massively purge. In the beginning, if you have a lot of kid clutter, you’ll want to go through a massive purge. The way to do this is to block off a day to go through their rooms. Do one area at a time: a drawer, a section of the closet, a shelf. Take everything out of that area, put it in a pile. From that pile, take only the really important stuff (See Tip 1). Get rid of the rest. Donate it to charity if it’s still good. Get some boxes and put all the stuff to donate in there, and when they’re full, load them up in your car to donate on your next trip. Then put back the important stuff, and tackle the next area. If you do this quickly, you can do a room in a couple of hours.

Watch on unconsumption.tumblr.com

“Writer and designer [and friend of Unconsumption] Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.”

(if you are not able to view the above video, you can see it here: TED)

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‘The Hoarder in You’ - A Book That Can Help Cut Through the Clutter - NYTimes.com

Recently, as if by fate, an advance copy of a book arrived in the mail that is without doubt the most helpful tome for anyone with a cluttering tendency. It’s called “The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life” (published Tuesday by Rodale Books). It was written by Robin Zasio, a clinical psychologist, a star of the show “Hoarders” and director of the Anxiety Treatment Center in Sacramento.

I would say that Dr. Zasio’s book is about the best self-help work I’ve read in my 46 years as a health and science writer. She seems to know all the excuses and impediments to coping effectively with a cluttering problem, and she offers practical, clinically proven antidotes to them.

Unless you are an extreme hoarder (the kind portrayed on the show) who requires a year or more of professional therapy, the explanations and steps described in the book can help any garden-variety clutterer better understand the source of the problem and its negative consequences, as well as overcome it and keep it from recurring.

Though it is not possible here to include all of Dr. Zasio’s lessons, here are a few I think are especially helpful.

Perhaps most important is to tackle just one project at a time and stick with it until it is done. “Start with the easiest, and be proud of what you’ve done,” Dr. Zasio said in an interview. Then gradually move on to more challenging projects.

Schedule time for decluttering — say, an hour each day on most days, until you’re done.

There’s no question that parting with stuff you’ve collected and thought valuable can trigger anxiety. But, as Dr. Zasio says and I have found, the anticipated anxiety is usually worse than what actually ensues. Even if it is acute, the anxiety dissipates if you sit down or do something fun or relaxing until it passes.

Make three piles (or bins) of stuff: Keep, Donate, Discard. (Avoid my mistake of making a fourth pile called Undecided that you simply wind up moving to another part of the house.) Get rid of the Discard and Donate piles as soon as possible. Keep only those things that have a realistic “home” in your home.

Read the rest: NYTimes.com