style and advice

Adverbs aren’t evil; said isn’t dead
Please stop hitting the wall with your head

Active is grand but not always the best
Sometimes it’s passive that passes the test

Some write with style, others write plain
Let’s all agree that writing’s a pain

The ‘rules’ can be broken, twisted, or bent
All that matters is that you are content

Make your own story and write your own way
This has been a writer’s PSA

Dear parents, if your child is spending all their time locked in their room listening to music and distancing themselves try talking to them and not calling them “lazy” thanks.

anonymous asked:

do you have like a chibi/not as realistic style that you sometimes draw in? i love your style, i'm just curious if you ever do some not as realistic things.

I have many styles!! Here’s my first style post from last year. 

My styles now: 

So yeah I have chibi, cartoon, cartoon-realistic, and realistic ^_^ The more styles you can draw in, the more versatile (and I would argue successful) you are as an artist. 


Winter sugar baby style guide. Layers are your best option. Boots allow you to wear thick socks, large bags are great for keeping gloves, hats, and scarves in. Sweaters under long coats are cute, and will keep you warm. 🌹

anonymous asked:

Dumb question but do you use references? Whenever I do I feel like I'm cheating or faking.

This is actually an important question!

If I’m drawing real people that exist and have faces, I use references because it’s impossible to draw them accurately from memory. I also use references for hands, drawing unfamiliar objects or animals, or when I haven’t drawn in a long time (like now omg) because my memory is terrible. 

It is most certainly not cheating to use references, even dudes like Rembrandt and Da Vinci used references and okay, their references were real people sitting for them, but it’s not like you can just phone up Gerard Way and ask him to sit for you. You gotta use what you’ve got at hand, and that’s either references on the net, references you’ve made, your memory of the person in real life or your memory of references of that person. Even Gerard uses references, but he uses them more in a mood-board kind of thing - like the more distant the memory of it is the better, for him. No one will blame you for using references, even if you’re drawing in a very cartoonish and simplified style, use references to aid in achieving a believable likeness.

Only ever use photos or screen captures from videos for references too - using somebody else’s drawing as a reference is dodgy because a) It’s like taking a photo of a photo - the image gets distorted and the drawing will be further from accuracy than it could be and b) it would be copying somebody else’s work and therefore you could not claim ownership of the intellectual property, only the craftsmanship, and you’d have to credit the original artist.

I would encourage you to draw more than what the reference gives you though. Make it different somehow, add some of your personal magic, use your imagination and don’t just copy, because we live in a technologically advanced age where the camera renders hyper realistic drawing a bit redundant. To be able to replicate a photograph exactly with a pencil or other medium by hand is an excellent skill to have, and it is good to continue doing so for practice, but you won’t be achieving anything novel, or saying anything that hasn’t already been said with the click of a button.

The bottom line is that using references is completely okay, but remember: there is a difference between drawing and making art. 

anonymous asked:

I'm nervous to ask this, but back in November I found an artist I really liked. I was really bad at art at the time, and my "style" was horrible. So naturally, I started their style. Now in January, my art style is REALLY similar to that person's. I'm nervous to continue posting my work because I fear I will be witch hunted for this. I really don't want to go back to that ugly mess I called a style, and discard the new style that I picked up. Any advice?

I see this a lot. Have you ever credited the artist you’re influenced by? If you want to keep your style influenced by other artist(s) then you need to credit them in some way.

I would heavily encourage you to develop your own style by playing with lines, colour, shapes, etc. Maybe look at multiple different styles of more than one artist you like and try to influence your own style - it comes down to using multiple references instead of just one. 

Read more about art styles here:

anonymous asked:

hi i love ur art do u have any advice for anxiety about drawing? my art teacher is making me do a style I hate and cant do and I'm gonna have a breakdown do u have advice luv ur drawings

In life we often get pushed and encouraged to do things we might not be comfortable doing - regardless if you “hate” the style, pushing your artistic boundaries will only help you grow. I would encourage you to do purposefully focus on things you dislike doing because it’s literally impossible not to improve at something if you practice. You should try to find something you LIKE about that style - how can you hate an entire style? There’s colour, shapes, lines, values, etc, that make up a style. 

But if you’re really getting too much anxiety over it, take a break, step away, communicate with the teacher personally, and let them know how you’re feeling. 

If you want to talk more about this feel free to DM me!

anonymous asked:

i don't like my style. i feel like a style should really represent who a person is inside, and i just don't feel that. what do i do?

I know that I have more than one style because I feel like just having ONE would be cheating myself of opportunities as an artist. See these posts here!  If you don’t like your current style, then actively try to change it… draw the lines more curvey if you normally draw them straight, draw the eyes differently, rely more on basic shapes than realism, bias it towards anime rather than Western cartoon, change the way you colour, maybe try not using lineart at all.. those are all things you could try to change it up a bit. Experiment until you “land” on a style more fitting to you!

So i’ve been attempting to write more lately. I’ve found with this what I find to be the most useful writing advice there is can be summed up in two words. “Fuck it.” Just sit in front of the page and say “fuck it i’m gonna write” and start writing literally anything that comes into your head. Not the idea you wanted at the start? Doesn’t matter you can do that later, better to write something else than nothing at all. Got something else to do when you want to write? Say “fuck it i’m gonna write” and write instead. Don’t let the inspiration pass up. Don’t like what you’re writing but the words are flowing? Say “fuck it” and keep writing, you can fix it or trash it later. At least you wrote. Makes it a ton easier to write when you really don’t care. Don’t try to push against the immovable wall of “perfect writing” to get to the finish line, just walk around and reach the end. If you don’t like it, say “fuck it” and delete it, still got practice and that’s better than nothing.