six pieces

you know what’s probably more fun than playing chess? cheating at chess

ohhh would you look at that, my pawns found jesus and now they’re all bishops”

“so i realize it looks like i’m putting a thimble on the board but actually my rooks have been using their downtime to build another rook, one that’s better, stronger, faster—”

“hey welcome back. while you left to get a snack, those six pieces you’d captured slipped their guards, tunneled to safety and emerged right in the middle of your royal palace.”

“oof, looks like you’ve got my king cornered…maybe this is a good time to mention that shortly before we started playing, my pawns and knights revolted and instituted a representative democracy. feel free to kill the puppet ruler that was the one remaining vestige of our tyranny, you cringing servant of the crown. vive la revolution!

poor akaashi, it must be so hard being loved by so many dogs

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Teddy bear headers! As requested I made Suuji, Choukei, and added in Cyber since they were the only ones left over. 

Up next: Animatsu/Otouto

vulpixenthusiast  asked:

Dude srsl how did u get soo goooddd? Like, how long did it take until u finally reached a point where you could clearly see the progress in your work? Did you have a routine like, 1 drawing per day or..? I could rlly use some insight and inspiration tbh you have amazing skills

Shoot, that’s a tricky question.  Nowadays, I can only notice improvement between pieces six months or so apart, but when I started I think I noticed skills developing after just 2-3 months.  To be entirely fair I was doing 1-3 pages of studies/imagination pieces in a sketchbook every day–fyi, I had no other extracurriculars throughout high school which meant lots of free time.  

I started studying near the beginning of sophomore year (September or October), so this would have been around January or February.  Of course, the progress was pretty minor, but I was honestly just so relieved that I wasn’t stagnating anymore that it gave me a burst of motivation to keep drawing.  

One note I need to make, for anyone else reading this–if you’re beginning to study right now or if you’ve recently begun to study, try your very best to draw every single day for these first 6 months or so.  If you make drawing a habit (that is, a part of your lifestyle), it is extremely difficult to stop permanently.  During multiple parts of my senior year, I would be unable to draw more than once every week or two because of college apps and studying for tests/APs/finals, but I still had zero trouble getting back into drawing once I had the time (mainly because I craved the hell out of it on the days I couldn’t draw).

During my sophomore year, however, if I didn’t draw for more than two or three days, I would encounter two serious problems: 1, my skills would seem to atrophy (it would be difficult to control my lines, and I couldn’t visualize things in 3D space unless I took hours to warm up– this in itself was pretty discouraging); and 2, I wouldn’t have the motivation to draw anything.  Not drawing for even a short period of time would give my mind other things to focus on, and it took a fair amount of discipline to push myself back into my routine.  

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Ivory Board Game Pieces, Early Dynastic Period 

These six board game pieces were associated with a game called ‘Mehen’ coil, because it was played on a circular limestone board that took the form of a coiled snake, its skin divided into squares. Three playing pieces represent recumbent lions, and three recumbent lionesses, height: 3.5 cm. Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, ca. 3100-2890 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 44918 A-F, Ground Floor, Hall 43.

min yoongi probably.....
  • Yoongi: haha we're wearing so much gucci in the dna mv it's almost like bang pd let taehyung be in charge of fashion
  • Taehyung, nervously: haha yeah no that totally didn't happen lol
  • Yoongi:
  • Yoongi: wait

“You shouldn’t make friends with crows.”
“Why not?”
He’d looked up from his desk to answer, but whatever he’d been about to say had vanished on his tongue.
The sun was out for once, and Inej had turned her face to it. Her eyes were shut, her oil-black lashes fanned over her cheeks. The harbour wind had lifted her dark hair, and for a moment Kaz was a boy again, sure that there was magic in this world.
“Why not?” she’d repeated, eyes still closed.
He said the first thing that popped into his head. “They don’t have any manners.”
“Neither do you, Kaz.” She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.

- Six of Crows, @lbardugo