the progress of spring

Ok, since is already the autumn equinox and I haven’t done s**t except studying for an exam on the 25th, I’ll show you this sneak peek from a short story I wrote on Hades&Persephone titled “Nòstos” (= “return” in greek). After the exam, I’ll resume working on this small comic so stay tuned!

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The Great War 100: Decisive Battles of the War

Battle of Verdun - February 21, 1916 - December 18, 1916
- An attritional battle instigated by Germany to destroy the French Army
-On the opening day of the battle, 1,220 German artillery pieces fired over 1,000,000 shells on Verdun and the surrounding areas in a 9 hour period.

Battle of the Somme - July 1, 1916 - November 18,1916
- Originally planned as a French offensive with minimal British support, intended to smash the German army and deplete their manpower.
- With the German attack at Verdun, the French instead asked the British to carry out a large diversionary attack to relieve pressure on the French army.
-The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of the First World War, by the time fighting had petered out in late autumn 1916 the forces involved had suffered more than 1 million casualties, making it one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded.

3rd Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele - July 31, 1917 - November 10, 1917
- Haig was convinced the fighting of 1916 (Somme and Verdun) had weakened the German Army and wanted to deliver the knockout blow in Flanders
- As well as being Haig’s preferred region for a large attack, the Royal Navy were worried about intense German submarine activity emanating from the Belgium ports and implored Haig to capture these areas.

Gallipoli - March 18, 1915 - January 9, 1916
- Originally a Naval operation, the main reason to attack this area was to open up more reliable trade routes with Russia, via the Black Sea.
- There was also a feeling among senior British leaders that due to a stalemate on the Western Front, a new front was needed to ensure progress in the war.

Kaiserschlacht, The German Spring Offensive of 1918 - March 21, 1918 - June 12, 1918
Germany knew that their only chance of winning the war was to knock out the Allies before the extra resources of men and material from the USA could be deployed. The main thrust of the attack was against the British towards the town of Amiens. It was thought that after the British were defeated the French would quickly look for peace.
- Amiens was a strategically important supply town with a large railway hub that supported both British and French armies. If this town was captured, it would severely impede Allied supply.

Where do new words come from?

Every year, about 1,000 new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Where do they come from, and how do they make it into our everyday lives? With over 170,000 words currently in use in the English language, it might seem we already have plenty. Yet, as our world changes, new ideas and inventions spring forth, and science progresses, our existing words leave gaps in what we want to express and we fill those gaps in several ingenious, practical, and occasionally peculiar ways.

One way is to absorb a word from another language. English has borrowed so many words over its history that nearly half of its vocabulary comes directly from other languages. 

Sometimes, this is simply because the thing the word describes was borrowed itself. Rome and France brought legal and religious concepts, like altar and jury, to Medieval England, while trade brought crops and cuisine, like Arabic coffee, Italian spaghetti, and Indian curry. 

But sometimes, another language has just the right word for a complex idea or emotion, like naïveté machismo,  or schadenfreude. And, scientists also use classical languages to name new concepts. 

Another popular way to fill a vocabulary gap is by combining existing words that each convey part of the new concept. This can be done by combining two whole words into a compound word, like airport or starfish, or by clipping and blending parts of words together, like spork, brunch, or internet. And unlike borrowings from other languages, these can often be understood the first time you hear them.

Not all new words are created equal. Some stick around for millennia, some adapt to changing times, and others die off. Some relay information, some interpret it, but the way these words are created and the journey they take to become part of our speech tells us a lot about our world and how we communicate within it.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Where do new words come from? - Marcel Danesi

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alyaladyblog10  asked:

So Ummnm Recently I started drawing everyday and uhmm I've been following your tumblr for long time. Nearly a year i think. And I noticed how amazing your body drawing looks. As much as I try to practice I fail 98/100 times.Either Legs end up too short or too long or chest is too wide/small, breasts are too long or too short.Also with Male body. I never can get torso and legs to look good.Either torso looks good and legs suck or legs are good and torso is bad. Any tips? ^_^;; Sorry to bother

It’s no bother!  Correct anatomy is an ongoing learning experience for me too!  Just the other day I accidentally gave Chat Noir orangutan arms before we noticed that they might be too long, lol.  XD

Here’s one quick guide about proportions (I don’t have time to make an in-depth tutorial, but there are already TONS of really great guides/tutorials out there on anatomy and proportions, how long body parts are, how wide they are, and so forth):  (Keep in mind that female heads are just a teeeeensy tiny bit smaller than males’, about 2 cm smaller in circumference)

You just have to keep drawing every day and challenging yourself, look at tutorials, follow along with them, collect drawing references, and don’t give up.

Progress is ALWAYS slow and it IS discouraging, but if you stick to it then instead of only succeeding 2/100 times, eventually you’ll get to 3/100, 4/100, 13/100, 51/100, and so on.  You won’t see it at first, it might take months or years before you notice it.

Take a look at my progress over the past year.

I started drawing again last spring (2016) after several years of being on a drawing hiatus, so I was pretty rusty and I didn’t really have a consistent style.  I’ve been drawing every day ever since it became fun for me again, and I believe it shows.

Anyway, just keep doing what you’re doing and make sure you keep your drawings so you can see how far you’ve come after a year or two!

I hope that helps!  <3

Edit:  I forgot to mention, I have nore tutorials under my “Art Tips” tag on my Tumblr that you can look through”