speak your mind

Shy, insecure,
afraid to speak up?
“Act as if,” they say.
Act as if you’re not.

Stand tall when you walk.
Project your voice when you talk.
Raise your hand in class.
Act as if.

Speak your mind. Cut your hair.
Be the part. Look the part.
You can do this.
Just act as if.

If you really knew me,
if you could see inside,
you’d find shy and insecure and afraid.
Acting as if.

Ironic, isn’t it?
The only time I’m not
Acting “as if”?
when I’m on a stage.

—  As If // Every Last Word by Tamara Stone

When abusive parents tell you to be silent about something, that’s the time to speak the most. The caveat being, of course, if the parent is physically abusive and speaking will put you in physical danger. In that case, it’s important to speak, but not to the abusive parent. At that point, you need to speak to a safe authority figure like a teacher or counselor.

Artwork: positivedoodles

janeiye  asked:

Hello! Your art is absolutely gorgeous; I've been following your work for a few years now and originally found you through Invader Zim fanart. I had a few questions for you, if you don't mind. ^^ Do you do your work in black and white first, or paint in colour immediately? I've been finding overlaying colour is convenient for markings but it can be kind of... Clumsy. Maybe that's me, lol. Also, do you have any tips for environmental painting? I want to practice but I'm not good at it. x.x

Hi there, and thanks for taking the time to write me. I’m so happy to hear you enjoy my work, and have been following me for so long. ;u; It is an honor!

You have some great questions, and I’d be more than happy to answer (while hopefully not making this reply too long). I do not start my paintings in black and white, unless I have to make a lot of small thumbnails for a client (with private commissions, this is almost never the case). Grayscale is a fantastic way of painting when starting out and trying to understand the values of specific colors and the role saturation plays when deciding which colors to choose for your painting. However, the very best thing for me was when I allowed myself to make mistakes, then correct them in real-time. Meaning I would start out painting in color, add a few basic elements (never too much at a time), then switch my canvas to grayscale to see where I went wrong. This may sound tedious (and at times it is super frustrating), but it’s what really made things stick. Now I paint in full color and my understanding of value keeps me from having to go back and color everything once it’s all done (which, most of the time if not handled in just the right way, results in muddy-looking images). I get a lot of questions asking about how I paint characters with complex markings, and for this, I utilize the “Aaron Blaise” technique. This involves the use of a few layers; one for your flat colors (or midtones), one for your shadows (where light does not hit), and one for your main light source (where light is striking your subject directly). Rather than getting too in-depth here, I’ll simply link you to Aaron’s channel to see a hands-on approach to what I’m talking about exactly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ5ulFxA-eA

The only significant difference between the technique I use and the one Aaron uses is that I use a “subtractive” method of shading, meaning I paint from dark to light. In this case, I literally erase where I don’t want my shadows (using a layer mask so I have greater flexibility).

For environments, I’d recommend a couple of things… First, study from life directly and your surroundings. *Reference, reference, reference!* This part is so important. Do not be afraid to use references when studying. Nobody else has to see it, but you will learn so much from it. Second, study from the masters. I specifically love the early-to-mid 1800′s romanticism movement era of paintings, more specifically those produced from the Hudson River School painters. One of my favorite masters to study from is Albert Bierstadt. I highly recommend everyone to check out his work; it is beyond gorgeous and inspirational doesn’t even begin to describe it.

But most importantly (and this is very general advice), have fun with it! Art is hard, art can be super frustrating, and we all feel like giving up sometimes. *Don’t* give in. You will get there, trust me. It may take you a year to see improvement, it may take you ten (or more!), but you will get there. We all learn at our own pace. Don’t rush it, take your time with it. We are constantly changing and improving, and our art changes with us.

Thanks again for your question, and I hoped my rambling helped at least a little. ;u; Happy art’ing!

Words have the power to change the world. Someday I want to be a person to make a change. To speak my mind and fight for the truth that no one dares fight for. To be invigorated by the injustices of this world, and let that be my guide. I want to be a difference in this shit hole of a world. But as for now, there will be a time for me to use my words, there will be a place. I’m just going to have to wait for the right something to come along.