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“People say that Ueli was gifted, that his ability was innate, given. That’s completely wrong. Achieving an Ueli Steck level of mastery in climbing is a long-term commitment that requires a consistency that very few people are capable of. What made him that way is, in itself, worth studying and learning from.” —Steve House on the passing of his friend Ueli Steck at The Cleanest Line:

Make Your Own Rainbow Pride Shirt in 10 Easy Steps

It’s pride season! That means parades, picnics, community, celebration, and DIY crafts for all your pride gear needs (that’s what we all do… right?). Making a tie-dye rainbow flag shirt can be a fun Saturday craft to get you ready for your June festivities.

Materials Needed

  • Rit Liquid Dye. You’ll only need the three primary colors (rather than the entire rainbow), and you can get these for about four dollars a bottle at any craft store (and some grocery stores).

  • We used Cherry Red, Lemon Yellow, and Royal Blue. The cherry red turns out a bit magenta, but it works well for creating a fun, bright shirt. The yellow is really bright and perfect for this, but the blue is a bit dark. Feel free to experiment with other shades of the primaries!
  • A bucket for each color, a metal or plastic rod to stir with, a sheet to cover the floor, nylon thread, a rag to wipe your hands (or gloves), and scissors

  • Your shirt!

    Of course, we used a plain white shirt for this, but anything that is longer than it is wide will work. Rainbow tank tops, rainbow shorts, rainbow sheets… the possibilities are endless!

Dying Your Shirt

Preparing your shirt

  1. Lay your shirt flat on the ground (as shown above).
  2. Fold the sleeves of your shirt in so that your shirt is a straight rectangle.
  3. Loosely roll your shirt so that it is long and skinny.

    It is important that you fold your shirt loosely; if you fold it tightly, the dye will not reach the center of the shirt.
  4. Use long pieces of nylon thread to section off the shirt into area for the three primary colors.

    The top section will be for red, the middle section for yellow, and the last section for blue. Because we will get the secondary colors by mixing the other dyes, it is important that yellow gets the biggest section; it should be enough for three bands of colors (orange, yellow, and green). The section for blue should be large enough for two bands of colors (blue and purple).
  5. Tightly tie the nylon thread where you had sectioned the colors off and cut the excess thread off.

    (Blurry photo, and my toes! Sorry about that)

    The tighter you tie the thread, the less likely it is that the colors will mix unevenly or mix where you don’t want the to mix. Ideally, the places where there is not nylon will be very loose and flow-y, but it will be cinched tight where you have tied it. As you can see in the second photo, I looped my thread around multiple times and double knotted it to ensure that it was securely tied.

Dying your Shirt

  1. Prepare the dye as instructed on the bottle. Make sure that the yellow and red are very concentrated.
  2. Carefully dip the middle section into the yellow dye.

    As shown in the picture, dip right up to the thread, but no higher. This ensures the cleanest cut line possible for tie-dye. Also, make sure that you dip the shirt multiple time so that you have a strong, bold color.
  3. Wring the shirt out and lay it out on the sheet. Cut off the nylon thread that separates the yellow and red sections (the top one)

    Unroll this part of the shirt.

    By unrolling it and rerolling it, you ensure that the color is evenly spread.
  4. Reroll the top part of the shirt and tie it again, but about an inch and a half to two inches into the yellow, depending on how much orange you want in your shirt.

  5. Dip the entire top section into the red dye. Just like before, go just up to the thread, but no further.

    However, one or two dips will give you the orange you need; any more, and you will just have blood orange. ( ;) ) It is still important to make sure that you let the red section soak thoroughly.
    Tip: Be wary of letting your shirt rest on the side of the bucket; the dye of whatever color is in the bucket will splash on the side and potentially get that color in a section you did not want it.

  6. Wring your shirt out and lay it on the sheet. You do not have to cut the top nylon thread (in fact, leaving it on there will prevent unwanted bleeding between yellow and orange).

    Repeat the steps in number four to create your section for green and blue.

  7. Repeat the steps in number five for dipping the shirt into the blue bucket. The end result will look something like this:

    Starting to look like a rainbow! :)
  8. Just like in the picture above, section off the area you want purple in by tying it off from the rest of the blue.

  9. Carefully dip this final section into the red dye until you have the shade of purple you want.
  10. Unroll your completed shirt and let it dry outside!

    You’re ready to enjoy Pride in rainbow style!

So i’ve been reading some REALLY GOOD FANFICTION and it sort of rekindled all my love for otp and jumpstarted my long-lost creative drive so I dug this old picture up because I still really like it, and finally finished it. 

So. team switch. Please consider…White Knight Sena…Devil linebacker Shin…2nd year sena vs 1st year shin. Sena inspiring Shin this time around…THe possibilities r ENDLESS!!

billdip-week day two: Monster falls 

Bill: gee fuzz butt you really gotta be more careful, keep banging yourself up like this and im not gonna patch you up anymore



dragonsand  asked:

hey, how big are your traditional pieces? I mean, how big is your graphite work (the ones you scan and edit)? It must be very big to get such good detail and not smudge the graphite..

They’re usually 11″ x 17″ or 11″ x 14″. For anyone who has seen my color prints in person, I actually work at size, which means the print of my work is the same size (or sometimes larger) than the original. Because I do this, I need to make sure my lines are super duper extra clean, or else it will look sloppy and messy.

I usually make sure to have a piece of smooth, toothless scrap paper under my drawing hand so that I don’t smudge the piece! That goes a long way, and it’s a really simple fix.

With my preliminary sketches, I tend to do a bunch of ridiculous gesture drawings on cheap computer paper back to back to back, using a lightbox to refine them and retrace them as I go. I usually go through at least 2-3 rounds of sketches for each illustration (sometimes more like 20-30 if I’m feeling extra nit-picky.) By the time I arrive at my favorite gesture drawing, it’s usually clean enough to where I only need to draw the most necessary contour lines onto the final sheet of Paris paper. This means I’m not erasing too much on my final draft of the illustration- it’s treated more like inking, with lots of pressing heavy with the pencil to ‘seal’ it to the paper, and with minimal erasing so as not to smudge anything.

Also! Pay attention to how your eraser reacts to the kind of paper you are using. A stretchy gum eraser will be better for certain papers, often toothier ones. Rubber erasers are often better for smoother papers, only if the eraser is very fresh (1-5 months old.) Rubber erasers tend to dry out, and after they dry out, they’ll wreck up your drawing instead of erasing. I’ve found latex erasers are best for smooth paper, as they erase very cleanly. 

Do keep in mind as well that if you are drawing lightly, darker graphite (B-6B) are actually easier to erase than lighter graphite (H-9H.) I almost always work with B lead in a .07 drafting pencil (the metal kind, so you can apply lots of pressure.) Don’t forget that the surface under your drawing (i.e. your desk) will also affect your line quality. I usually draw on top of hard, very smooth plexiglass to get the cleanest lines possible. Other things you can try drawing on that produce interesting effects are self-healing cutting mats, a stack of computer paper under your drawing (to cushion if you press too hard,) or laminated particle board. All are slightly different.

And finally, patience. Ungodly patience and good podcasts can get you through anything.

I hope this was useful to you!


Kerby Rosanes | on Tumblr (Philippines) - Sketchy Stories

Amazingly detailed and with some of the cleanest lines we’ve ever seen, Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes is proof of the artistry you can achieve with just a 0.05 ink pen. He doesn’t limit his mediums to paper either. Instead of doodling in a notebook, try a leaf, or an egg instead.

recommended by debberbutts © all images courtesy of the artist

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Working out a costume change coming up in the @feynites Looking Glass comic (trekking through the mountains and meeting the dwarves)! The tricky thing is, all clothing had to be distinctive for each character, suited to their personality, colorful when in bright light, and still very visible in darkness (they are going into the Deep Roads, after all). And, of course I needed to know all of the layers they could put on and off as the need arose, like sleeping. This doesn’t even show their underwear layer!

Lavellan - Her armor is described as being simple, by ancient elven standards. It’s a great excuse to have the easiest, cleanest lines for her since I’ll be drawing her the most often. Keeping with the red and gold color scheme for her, with more gold armor pieces so she shows up better in darkness.

Pride - Okay, I was basically just working out how to draw his Trespasser armor in my style. He’s going to stick out like a sore thumb in the Deep Roads with those colors, further emphasizing how foreign it is to him and easily drawing the reader’s (and Lavellan’s) attention.

Haninan - If anyone is the rogue, it’s Haninan. At the very least, he picks locks better than Zevran! So I wanted to have his hands free, with little armor in darker colors. As an older elf, he would probably have less fancy-just-to-be-fancy going on.

Curiosity - The one with the least training, so she her armor had to be very light. Blue everything, because it’s Curiosity. Added the feathers on the helm to make her more bird-like. Why do I get the feeling that she would LOVE fancy Orlesian hats?

anonymous asked:

Do you have any experience with acrylics, and if so, why do you preffer gouache over it?

acrylic is plasticky-looking and dries very quickly and doesn’t give me as clean lines or work as well at small sizes or play well with watercolor and is used with stiffer brushes and i don’t particularly like anything about it. i use a gouache with an acrylic binder (holbein acryla) which sort of takes acrylic’s best qualities to remedy what is a headache about gouache (so you can layer with it, better color consistency between wet and dry, etc) while maintaining what is great about gouache (cleanest lines imaginable, can be used in watercolor-like washes, dries flat and opaque with no detectable brush marks, etc)

(i should add, acrylic can be a great medium if it works with your style!! it just is not at all right for accomplishing what i personally want my work to look like.)

Climbing in Iceland with Loki the Deceiver

By Kitty Calhoun

Iceland is a land of extremes – stark beauty within a harsh, unforgiving landscape and an equally daunting climate. Volcanoes are still erupting, earthquakes are nearly constant, yet the geothermal water provides Iceland with most of its energy needs and natural hot springs ease the cold of winter. Eleven percent of the country is covered with glaciers. Sighting of the aurora borealis is common. The coast is dotted with steep cliffs, overhung by glaciers and blasted by wind off the ocean. Yet over 300 species of birds nest in these cliffs, eider ducks (think eiderdown) float in the ocean and the fishery is Iceland’s largest source of income. 

In such a stark and dramatic landscape, it is easy to imagine events being controlled by the Norse gods. In fact, on our quest for virgin ice climbs, we too felt their power – one in particular: Loki the trickster, deceiver, god of chaos.

Read Kitty’s trip report on The Cleanest Line

anonymous asked:

completely respect your opinion on aou (i personally enjoyed it a lot, although i agree with the whole red room/graduation/sterilsation thing that was kind of bullshit) i was wondering what your opinions on the twins/aaron taylor johnson/elizabeth olsen were?

hey! i keep meaning to answer these and i always get distracted

for the most part, i thought they were enjoyable? like, obvious whitewashing apart i think they had nice moments and a backstory that could have been so much more which, naturally, like p much everything else in this film, amounted to the bare minimum.

like, obviously, this was meant to be wanda’s origin story - hilariously enough, i liked x-men’s quicksilver a lot, possbily more than this one but thats mostly bc i find the kid from anna karenina really underwhelming - and i appreciate that! i really do!! some of the only moments of emotional nuance in the film came from them, to me. i liked that they genuinely loved each other and genuinely cared about each other, and i think it helped that in the last movie olsen and johnson did together they played husband and wife, lol. the line about waiting under the bed for two days waiting for stark’s missile to go off really really got me. just as a mental image, it was incredibly powerful.


(how are you surprised how is ANYONE SURPRISED im so bitter and so old) 

as per usual, this went NOWHERE. i mean, this ties back into the larger issues that whedon has in terms of writing tony - he builds an ai that kills thousands of people and then DOES IT AGAIN and learns absolutely NOTHING - but the fact that… essentially the fact that the narrative frames the twins as being selfish and misguided in trying to help something destroy the man who inadvertently killed so many people and is creating the thing that is killing more people?? like. LIKE. handled with more nuance, tony’s extensive background in weapons manufacture could have been a really good touchpoint for the creation of ultron, and her line about how tony doesn’t see the difference between saving and destroying the world is pretty. spot. on. but it doesn’t ever go anywhere, it doesn’t even go into the protests or the graffiti at the beginning of the film as more than fodder. it’s incredibly frustrating to just get the gist of it, and never hae anyone make the full commitment.

that said, olsen’s acting in her last scene with ultron was pretty much the only point in the film when i went ‘bro’. ‘it felt like that.’ probably the SIMPLEST cleanest line in the film and it landed the hardest. YOU DON’T NEED A SPEECH OR THREE QUIPS PER SECOND TO SHOW PEOPLE YOURE SMART AND YOU CAN WRITE A SMART FILM, WHEDON!!!! YOU DON’T. YOU REALLY DON’T.

so ultimately, im cautiously invested in her, and im interested in seeing her develop, and i think the twins were done okay - not amazingly, but well enough that for me they actually were the most compelling element of aou.