talent rant

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Ranting down here.

Might be slighty harsh but I DO NOT ASK PEOPLE TO STOP WRITING

This is not a solution post, this is a rant.

Mainly from my immediate instinctive reaction, so not necessarily filtered to please everyone.

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I love seeing jihoon jamming hard in his little own bubble whenever any songs comes up in the award ceremonies. You can clearly sees that its his instinct to feel the music. He really feeling the beat and appreciate it from the producer aspect. Music lived in him.

Making the hero of your multiple award winning internationally successful big hit tv series an autistic flamboyant gay guy who’s a virgin at 34 and still feels emo about his childhood dog dying like talk about iconic legendary historic etc im on mobile but gaga talented rant dot gif, hillary rant dot gif, black lady nodding n crying dot gif

I understand not liking a particular group, but trash talking idols of a group you don’t like is extremely disrespectful. They may not be your favorites, but that does not mean you should treat them as if they don’t work hard and as if they are talentless.
It’s okay to have an opinion, but being an asshole is not okay.

Sometimes i wish b.a.p would be more selfish and hold their place as a 5 year group in the kpop world but most of the time they stand at the back of award shows to let their juniors shine. That’s just who they are and you really can’t take that away from them.

Phase 1 Noodle is honestly so precious.
She is the joy of Gorillaz.
She’s the laughter, the fun, the HOPE.
The boys have problems, like normal people, and so does Noodle.
But Noodle smiles. She dances and jumps and laughs and plays.
She’s little, and adorable. But she’s tough and independent and strong and talented.
She’s such an amazing child.
She’s goofy and loveable, but brave and mature.
She brings out the best in the others, even Murdoc.
She’s a ray of sunshine, and it is quite impossible not to adore her.
She’s so young, but so smart and capable.
She’s, quite literally, inspirational.

She’s kind of like that bit of hope in a world that’s full of hatred and fear and terror and war and misery.
She’s the reminder that it’s not all bad. She’s the light at the end of the tunnel. She’s the person you think of to feel alright again.
She’s the one that hugs you and tells you it’s going to be ok.
She’s more than just a kid.
She’s brilliant.


I have seen so many people talking sht on boys24 and I am honestly so done with it,,, especially when most of the people that have been talking trash HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN THE SHOW OR TRIED TO GET TO KNOW ANY OF THE BOYS. Yes Hwayoung was wrong, what he said was nasty, and I will not forgive him for it and I don’t expect anyone else to either. But HE ISN’T EVEN IN THE GROUP ANYMORE. Also, about the whole Sungho issue,,,, it’s all just rumors!!! We don’t even know if any of this is real or just an anti spreading malicious rumors,,, so before you all lose your heads let’s just sit down and wait for the facts,,, mmkay. If those rumors are true,,, that all happened in elementary and it doesn’t define who he is now. Don’t tell me you didn’t do things you regret when you were younger and don’t tell me your idols didn’t either because newsflash sweetheart,,, no one is perfect. But if the rumors about him are true and you can’t forgive him for what he did in the past then that’s fine,,, to each their own. But DO NOT,, and I repeat,, DO NOT judge the other boys based on what two of them did.

There is 26 other boys who are trying to achieve their dreams right now and you are going to tell me that you are not going to consider supporting ANY of them because of what SOMEONE ELSE did?? That is absolutely ridiculous.

Not all of then are going to debut. Hwayoung is ALREADY GONE and if the rumors about Sungho are true I’ll bet you my bottom buck that he will be too. Besides,,,, isn’t the whole point of doing this system and not debuting them right away to weed out all of the bad apples???

So before you say things like “boys24 is cancelled” and “boys24 are all snakes” consider the fact that you are condemning TWENTY-SIX other boys. That’s all.


Short answer is: practice. Like a lot of practice. All the time.

Longer answer: I’ve been drawing since I was five (admittedly more doodles and crap than anything remotely finished, let alone “good”), so I’ve been practicing for almost 25 years now. >_> Haaaaa…. I’m only just now starting to feel like I’ve developed  a style and some kind of consistency at all. 

I only started seriously working at “gettin’ good” at the start of 2016. I wanted to do a drawing a day for the whole year.. and that ended up being a little too ambitious and I failed, but I did start drawing a lot more, which REALLY REALLY helped. I usually draw every other or every few days now, depending on my energy levels (been sick a lot the last two years, blargh).

Things I do to try and improve:

  • look at a lot of reference photos of real people, whether screen shots from a movie or photos in magazines/online, whatever, to get proportions right. This also really helps with poses!
  • art tutorials! Lots of ‘em on Pinterest and Tumblr. :D
  • expression sheets–lots of other artists post one character with lots of expressions, so I try to mimic the various looks with my own characters with their features in mind.
  • if you’re sitting at a desk/table with your paper flat on the surface, pick it up and hold it at arm’s length, and look at your work straight on. It’s a good way to catch weird, exaggerated angles that shouldn’t be there.
  • go back to basics now and then–use just a pencil. Yup. Erasing helps when you’re not having a good time. Sometimes I’ll use a blue or red pencil for the first sketch, then regular pencil to try and refine the outline, then ink over it for the final version and erase all the pencil lines after the ink has dried overnight.
  • sometimes… you’re just gonna make shit, and that’s okay, because it’s still practice. Set it aside and start over, maybe use the shit drawing as an example of what not to do, lol.

Bonus Tip/Personal Opinion: Work with traditional materials to develop skills–pencils, pens, paints, etc.

You often can’t completely erase or cover up  your mistakes when you’re using traditional tools on paper, so it forces you to learn how to move your fingers, hands, wrists, and arms and builds muscle memory. So the more you do it, the more often you get it right the first time, instead of having the luxury to erase every single time you mess up.

Plus, it’s kind of liberating to not be able to erase, and see just what you end up with. You may make an accidental line and be forced to stare at it for awhile, and maybe you decide you like it better than your original plan. :D

That’s just my personal take. I envy digital artists, actually.. No wasted paper or materials, and it looks so smooooooth and professional. There’s a disconnect for me when it comes to using my stylus and my iPad to make digital art, though. It doesn’t “feel” right to my hand, so I feel like any digital sketching I do is really rough, no precision at all. But I should probably take my own advice and just practice more. <_<

Related concept: The word TALENT… is complete and utter bullshit, so let it go. Reject it, even! I sure as hell do. I hate that word. Arts, crafts, and work you do with your hands are all “workable skills.” The more you do them, the better you get at them. So take that horrible word and throw it right in the garbage can where it belongs. If you ever feel down on yourself, or that you’re “not talented,” take a step back, breathe, and realize that it’s a word envious people made up to describe something they were too lazy work at themselves. Because if anyone who ever said “I wish I had your talent!” actually did want to make art, they would be doing it instead of merely wishing they could.


Hope that helps a little! I’m thinking maybe I should take photos step by step as a kind of half-assed tutorial soon?!

Art isn't a talent???

Why do people say drawing is like some God given talent?? And complain about not being able to draw and saying it’s a gift??

They don’t say the same about sports, for example. If you say you’re bad at sports, it’s always “You’ll get better if you practice! Every famous player didn’t start the way they are now!” Even though I could say being athletic is a talent blah blah blah just like they would about art

Literally nobody started art as if they were Picasso, not even PICASSO was like Picasso when he started. Sure, someone can get the gift of patience or endurance or something like that, but you still get better through practice

TL;DR Art isn’t a gift or a talent, you’ll get better as long as you try

I’ve noticed that many, although certainly not all, whouffaldi shippers are older than the average dw fan on this site. Maybe because the older you get, the more comfortable you become with age differences that might turn a younger person away? 

The relationship is beautiful because of that soul to soul connection they have, regardless of age. It’s no more astronomical a difference than a 19 year old Rose with a 900 year old doctor, just an older face. (One could argue it’s a less off-putting pairing really, since Rose is still a teenager when we meet her.)

It makes me think if he had the face on the left instead of the one on the right

the fandom would be falling all over itself to ship it. It would be at least as big as ten x rose, if not bigger, since the show has a bigger fan base than it did 10 years ago.

Even so, I appreciate this small band of dedicated, a bit older than average, whouffaldi shippers in this little corner of the internet. What we lack in numbers we make up for in enthusiasm. 

yo listen this goes out to everyone including the Korean media.
looks aren’t everything.
yes of COURSE eunwoo is handsome tbh he’s so ethereal, but don’t just say he’s that and not look at his talent. like hello !!!!! have you noticed how much he has improved from trainee/predebut era all the way through now? he’s gotten so much better at singing and dancing. all the boys have. and eunwoo’s confidence can literally kill anyone in the room. his skills are amazing and it’s really worth looking at, so “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”

y'all apparently it’s not okay for me to dislike racist white women simply because they’re women

i want ashton to have his own drum cam and upload high definition footage of his bad ass drumming since photographers rarely get to take pictures of him who’s with me


I don’t know if this is just me, but I hate when people tell me I’m talented. I know you don’t mean any harm by it, you’re trying to compliment me. I understand this. Thank you. But honestly what I do is not just talent. I work. Hard. My voice does not come naturally, it is built on hours upon hours of working, practice and knowledge. It is molded on overcoming stubborn obstacles, hearing the criticism, and self motivation. I do not wake up and sing well. It is so much more than talent. Please try to understand that when you tell someone who has been working at their skill for years that they are talented. Yes, to a certain degree it is talent and having a musical ear. But tell them you appreciate their hard work, tell them it was an amazing performance. This has been a PSA.