the quality was really bad so i had to make it all grainy

Art Show Tips for Newbies

So a friend asked for some tips–he has another friend who’s a good artist, but doesn’t know where to begin in selling his work.  I wrote up a long list of tips and advice for him–and figured hey, there might be a few people online who might find this helpful too!  

So here’s what I’ve learned from selling my work over the last 4 years!

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silverskye13  asked:

Hello! I've been really admiring your colored pencil work and was wondering if you had any tips or suggestions on how to blend colors? Or maybe any good references/tutorials I could look at? Thank you very much regardless, and I hope you have a good day!

Hi ! I hope you don’t mind me publishing this publicly, because I’ve been thinking about sharing some traditional art tips I’ve discovered over the years and this ask is the perfect occasion to do it.

Okay first of all I’m self-taught and never been to art school so maybe some the things I’m gonna say are actually bad ! Take it with a grain of salt and experiment yourself ! Also this is gonna be about coloured pencils only so… Yeah.

Okay so :

- I know the tool doesn’t make the artist but when it comes to coloured pencils it makes a great fucken difference whether your pencils are 1euro offbrand Rik et Rok at Auchan or… Better quality. If you’re really determined to work traditionally with pencils, you should think about getting some good pencils, where they have more pigment and a thicker consistence. I’m partial to Faber-Castell Polychromos but they’re very pricey so if you find another good brand that’s cheaper go for it (also hit me up ahah)

- Every brand is different. As I said, I primarily use Faber-Castell but recently my aunt gave me another brand that is a also “quality brand” (I don’t have the box at my flat so I don’t remember the name) but while the colours were really vibrant they also spread and smudged much more easily. I didn’t really like it, but if you’re used to it, I’m sure you can do great stuff !

- Also, use untextured paper. I don’t know why they say grainy paper is ideal for pencils ahah ^^ It gives a weird pixel effect when you scan it because of the tiny white holes you can’t fill with your pencil. I like smooth Canson paper better ! I use Exacompta paper but I mean there are a ton of brands who offer the same stuff.

- You can sketch with a mechanical pencil and everything but you shouldn’t keep graphite pencil on your page when you colour, otherwise your colours are going to get a weird greyish colour and it’s just Ugly. For me it’s the hard part of drawing digitally: I sketch with a mechanical pencil, then I take a coloured pencil and erase every line to trace over it with the coloured pencil. It’s boring and hard but it’s for the greater good.

- When you line with the coloured pencil, take an “in between colour”, like that’s what I call some colours that blend well with everything ? Because lines will smudge so you want to avoid clashes. Dark colours such as purple or black I tend to avoid because huge dark smudges aren’t a good look, unless you’re going for something in that colour palette. Same for all other colours, especially blues (cause the SECOND you use yellow it’s Over - be super careful with yellow and blue I’m warning you so you can avoid my fate). I usually take a deep pink (magenta) because pink is the ideal blend colour since it’s between warm and cool tones. Sometimes when I want to go for a more natural look I use browns that blend well too.

- Also once you’re done colouring reline everything because smudged/less clear/less vibrant lines

- I tend to line everything with the same colour so there is continuity within the drawing. I use other colours for when I want a certain item to pop up.

- Pink is your ultimate best friend. Want to make that gradient between yellow and blue ? Use pink in the middle. It works for everything. I love pink.

- The trick is, go lightly at first, then add more and more layers. Think a bit like digital layers ? You do your flats first (rough colours, you don’t even have to fill it all properly like you can leave some white), then you put a layer of another colour (usually with the strokes in another direction like if your first colour has vertical strokes then go horizontally or diagonally), then another, then another again, and you refine that shit until it looks good.

- If you go on my earliest art pages you’ll see that my art wasn’t as well coloured as it is right now. Shit was LIGHT AS FUCK (and I kept complaining that I wasn’t able to get deep colours ahah). As with all shit, it’s gonna take a while to get it right.

- I hate colouring clothes so my Bullshit Secret Technique is horizontal or kinda wavy/following the movement of the clothing crosshatching with a lot of colours until it makes a decent gradient (see  all of my drawings in April 2016)

- Single coloured flats are hard. Get one colour, then get another colour and draw over your flat. Okay it won’t be all the same colour but 1) nuances are good 2it’s easier for some reason. Maybe it’s just in your head ? I don’t know.

- If you can get one of these small eraser pens like pens but they’re erasers, get them, especially to erase your sketch, it saves lives. At least it saved mine. It’s so much easier to erase one line at a time than erase everything then lose track of where was what.

- Get a white gel ink pen for highlights and tiny sparkling stuff
- Know where the light parts of your drawing are going to be beforehand because there’s no way to get them back once they’re gone.

- Get a tablet and draw digitally. You can do much more stuff much more easily. Patterns ? Highlights ? Fluorescence ? Ctrl-Z ? Flats ? Resizing ? Last-minute glow in the dark ? Can’t do that traditionally. It’s too late for me cause I’d have to relearn everything and I’m lazy but if you’re getting started draw digitally.

- Otherwise add tiny sparkling stuff it’s really lovely.

Aaand here ! I don’t know if that really helped you, I’ve said it before but I draw really instinctively so it’s hard to explain what I do ^^’ Thanks for the compliments though, and have a nice day too !

anonymous asked:



Alright, the most iconic of the receipts is the Down In The Basement video where Stephen LITERALLY FULL-ON MAKES OUT WITH PAUL DINELLO… and especially the third time oh my god like u can T E L L he didn’t wanna pull away!!!

And also there’s the Maya video where Stephen makes out with another dude (who plays Nathan)

And this video on The Late Show whenever Billy Eichner was talking about how there was a “Stephen Colbert is too smart to not be bi” line on his show and Stephen did nOT DENY IT AT ALL!!! HE JUST RAN HIS HANDS THRU HIS HAIR AND GRINNED AND SAID “WELL U JUST NEVER KNOW, LIFE’S FULL OF SURPRISES” LIKE !!!!!!!!!! THAT BOY IS BI !!!!!!!!!!!

And also this video on The Late Show where he and Jeff Daniels kissed on that week where Stephen was making out with all his guests

And also the entire series of Strangers with Candy in general where Stephen plays a gay teacher who’s in love with Paul Dinello, another gay teacher


And also I can’t remember the interview he said it in, but i do remember him pretty much confirming that the “Stephen” character from The Colbert Report is closeted gay because of how times these people who spew blatant homophobia just turn out to be gay themselves and have really bad cases of internalized homophobia… a few of my favorite examples of gay as hell “Stephen” include “How To Ruin Same Sex Marriage” (i wonder who JONATHAN could be???)“Hot Dog With The President,” and also every single one of the Tad The Building Manager videos on the TCR website are absolute g o l d. 

And also even in his earliest days as a correspondent on The Daily Show, he was still gay as all hell, one of my favorite videos being of Stephen going on a field report to confirm that Robin Hood is gay, and also DEEPTHROATING A SOFT-SERVED ICE CREAM CONE IN THE PROCESS, and perhaps the most iconic of the early daily show videos, the Prince Charles Scandal video where Stephen DEEPTHROATS A BANANA, and, of course, Gaysplosion. 

And also these grainy videos of jon and stephen kissing at the paley center!!! i really wish they were in better quality oh my god i lvoe them so much… 

And just… every single show Stephen has written for has had such strong gay themes, like what kind of straight man dedicates like nearly 30 years of tv-writing and acting and producing to such strong LGBT themes, and also LITERALLY MAKES OUT WITH OTHER DUDES??? NONE. NO STRAIGHT MAN EVER, THAT’S WHO. I know there’s tons of other examples of stephen’s bisexuality out there but these are the ones i could remember off the top of my head!!! Stephen Colbert is a fucking flaming bisexual, and don’t you ever forget it. 


I finally did a group of more spring inspired outfits! Even though in the spring/summer I still basically wear the same amount of layers and I’d never be comfortable in real life wearing some of these more simple or short sleeved ones, it’s okay to just take pictures in them ehehe~ Sorry for the camera quality, I tried to edit and remedy the grainyness as much as possible lol.  It’s actually really hard for me to make more simplified outfits, but I tried! Read the captions for more detail~ Literally every single item is thrifted except for a few tights and shoes which are all from ebay. ✧⁺⸜(●′▾‵●)⸝⁺✧

there are years that ask questions and years that answer

Title: There are years that ask questions and years that answer
Author: weh-tun
Word Count: 3.5k
Rating: PG-13/ Fluff/ Angst 
Warnings: none i think (let me know otherwise!!)
Summary: A look at the timeline of Dan and Phil over many Christmases 
Author’s Note: This is the longest fic I’ve ever written, and it’s very Christmassy and fluffy and gay. Inspired by the beautiful fic not in the hands of boys but in their eyes by Megan in the sense that it is an introspective timeline. The title is a quote by Zora Neale Hurston. 

Excerpt: “They’d bought new Christmas decorations earlier in the month, and they decorated their tree in silence, comfortably numbing any other sensation other than excitement for Christmas.

The realisation that the Christmas tree he had once bought alone had become theirs hit Phil like a thousand bricks. Then he thought about the camera lens, the hairdryer, and the living room lamp, and he imagined what would ever happen if they were to part ways sometime in the future. They were so tangled within one another, so caught up in each other’s lives, nothing was his, everything was theirs, and this wasn’t a flat anymore; because Dan lived in it, and that, by Phil’s definition, meant it must be home.

He swept away the feeling and sneaked a look at Dan, realising he was still as in love as ever, and ‘yeah’, he thought, too hopeful for his own good, ‘we’ll be alright’.”

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Distance [Fonder] (Sequel to Romancing a Stranger)

As is becoming my way, I blame Al. @shadybug

A sequel to Romancing a Stranger, with likely more to come

Adrien must spend more time stealing glances at Marinette than he thought, because when he texts Nino a (he thought) very innocent ‘Hey send me pics of you guys from formal’, almost all of the pictures he gets are of her. And sure, Nino and Alya and some of their other classmates are thrown into the shots, but as he scrolls back and forth through Nino’s messages it feels like he’s drowning in a sea of black and blue (later, with every aching clench of his heart, he’d realize she wasn’t the only thing decked in those colors).

She’s not just beautiful; through the grainy low-light pictures of Nino’s phone camera, Marinette stuns. The dress looks even better than it did on the form, a two-layered piece designed to make Marinette look like she’d just stepped off of some ethereal plane. The under layer of the dress cinches at the waist and falls above the knees, leaving miles of bare leg to admire. The outer layer, sheer and diaphanous, clouds fetchingly around her bust and then swirls down around her legs, parting in the middle to allow for both movement and style. It’s fashionable and tasteful, and while Adrien has seen more revealing outfits on the runway before, nothing has made him burn like he burns now.

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My Make A Wish Meet and Greet with Misha:

I’m not really the type of person who usually likes to talk about myself, but this was one of the most incredible things that’s ever happened to me and i want to be able to share it with my fellow supernatural fans. Bear with me, this is gonna be long:

So for those who don’t know, the Make a Wish Foundation grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses or conditions. We registered October 2013 and I decided my wish was to meet Misha. I’m a pretty shy person, i suffer from some moderate social anxiety and i don’t do too well with meeting new people, so naturally i was scared shitless to come face to face with one of the people I admire most in the world. I was half convinced i wasn’t gonna be able to do it at all, so i was naturally freaking out when we went up to the room where the meet and greet was supposed to take place.

The room was occupied so we had to stand outside for about 10 minutes before we were allowed to go in, and the whole time i was convinced Misha was gonna walk around the corner at any second and I would be completely caught off guard and probably fling myself over the balcony. He did not come swooping around the corner, but we did have Matt, Sebastian, and Mark Pellegrino walk right by us (when Matt walked by i was trying to pour myself some water and i was so surprised I just gave him a dear-in-headlights stare and very slowly turned right back to pouring my water).

We were finally let into the room where i could now hyperventilate in private. I barely had what felt like ten seconds before i heard a voice at the door saying “is this the make a wish meet and greet with Misha Collins?” at which point i backed myself into a corner and started repeating “no no no no i need more timeee!!!”

Then before i even realized what was happening he had walked into the room with this beautiful smile on his face and he said hi all happy and all i could think was “oh fuck. that’s him thats fucking him. The real deal, that’s Misha, he’s here.” and guys. Let me tell you. No picture can do this man justice. He is so gorgeous, he is radiant, he glows, he is just so fuCKING HANDSOME I COULDN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. It felt so odd to see him in front of me, its hard to explain. it was like “its you, and you look the same, but more REAL.”

So i was still partially in my corner when the volunteer from Make a Wish pointed in my sort-of direction and said “This is Ms. Hannah” and my mom was standing kinda close to me so idk what happened really here but Misha walked up to my mom and was like “Hello Ms. Hannah” and like idk if he was kidding or?? and my mom was like “no, no, I’m the mom, that’s Hannah” so he walked over to me and I shook his hand, but he was apparently still confused about the whole Ms. Hannah thing cuz he kept talking to my mom (and me too kinda but i wasn’t really able to respond) and he held onto my hand the whole time. His hand was really warm (and mine was freezing) and soft and big and just really HUMAN feeling. It was actually really surprising to me (even though it shouldn’t have been) how normal his hand felt? like “oh its just a guy hand, ok.”

At this point I had managed to reign in my freak out and had reverted just to shy me, the one who kinda doesn’t know what to do and talks really quietly. He took a seat then invited me to sit down as well, asking me some little things about myself, where we live and who in the family watches Supernatural, which I stumbled through answering with help form my mom and sister. He mentioned again how scared he gets watching supernatural and said “I can’t watch more than two episodes or I’ll have nightmares!” which is absolutely adorable in my opinion, but anyway.

To me the conversation seemed to be going ok, but the Make a Wish volunteer spoke up, saying “so Hannah has some questions for you…” which kinda through me for a loop cuz suddenly I had to decide which question i wanted to ask and how to ask it and my brain was really NOT working, but I did finally manage to get some questions out, so here’s what I learned:

  • He used to really hate watching himself onscreen, would always be seeing his mistakes and going “what an idiot!”, but now he has gotten better and can watch things and go “ok, that was alright.” Still, he only ever watches things once. 
  • Things he particularly didn’t like were crazy Cas, he hated either NCIS or CSI (can’t remember, sorry I was in a daze), and Charmed.
  • He said the role on Charmed was supposed to be a recurring character, but apparently he did such a bad job that didn’t end up happening.
  • Also said it was his first time acting on a set, so he really didn’t know what was going on. They kept telling him to hit the mark and he was like “who’s Mark and why do I have to hit him?” the only plus side was he did a kissing scene with Alyssa Milano and she slipped him the tongue. 
  • Before he started acting he and Vicki owned a software company. Some guy had offered them a million dollars, they were sure they could make more than that with a software company… it didn’t work out.
  • He doesn’t really let West and Maison watch very much TV, but they get scared of almost anything anyway. They tried to watch Frozen and West was crying within the first ten minutes. He said it’s very cute but also sad (he did the thing where he starts laughing before he tells a funny story and his nose crinkles). 
  • The only thing they really like to watch is Rio (Rio 1, not 2 cuz that’s too scary), My Neighbor Totoro (which the kids make references to all the time but Misha doesn’t get cuz he hasn’t seen it), and National Geographic videos of volcanos erupting (which evidentially is not scary at all while Frozen is..)
  • Vicki is convinced that West is a lefty, but Misha’s not sure cuz he has seen him use both his left and right hand for things. 

A lot of what he said was stuff I had heard before, and especially in the beginning I’m gonna be honest and say I wasn’t fully listening to most of it, my brain was very much offline. I think I managed to remember the rest pretty well.

After my first question he asked me how I had come to choose him for a wish. I started to explain how it all began in 2011 when I was diagnosed, which started this whole conversation about my condition (which I’ll not talk about in detail here. if you care to know you can message me). I told him the name (which is very long and medical), which led to some three minutes of him trying to spell it with much difficulty.

The whole time I was explaining my situation and how it makes me feel physically he had his very concerned “awww” face on (you know the one) that was absolutely precious. It was at this point I really started to loosen up and become much more comfortable. I have talked about my condition so much that I fell into a rhythm and it made me feel oddly better that he reacted to the information the exact same way everyone else did. He has such a big heart, the genuine compassion he had for me and my family was so evident, even though he had just met us. He said “I’m so sorry you have to go through that, I’m sorry to have brought things down.” In truth I was glad it came up, though I wish I had been able to fully answer his question about why I chose the wish. I’m frustrated with myself for being unable to articulate this at the time, but his attitude towards life and all that he’s been through is part of what allows me view my condition in the most positive light and deal with it the way I do.

After that we talked a bit more, and by this point I had become more my normal self, except now instead of being shy-nervous I was excited-nervous, so my questions came out a little too perky (or at least they seemed that way to me). We mentioned that we had bought a photo-op with him and Mark, and he said “yes, that starts very soon” (it started at 1:25 and it was currently around 1:05). I could tell he was stressed and tired and short on time and the amount of appreciation and gratitude I felt towards him increased 10-fold.

I asked my last question and Misha got up to sign the stuff we had brought, including a drawing I had done of chibi Cas. He told me it was great work, and I’m sure he’s received hundreds of other things that were much better, but I blushed anyway and said thank you super quietly.

We then took pictures against the wall, which are not as good of quality as I would have liked them to be. The room had this gross yellowish light and the pics are really zoomed out so when I cropped them they got all grainy, but I fixed them the best I could.

We started out with just me and him, and I really wasn’t sure how intimate I was supposed to be. Because I’m so shy I tend to maintain an amount of distance with people I don’t know very well, but he wrapped his arm around my shoulders and drew me in real close, squishing his face right up against mine. His face was so close and I was having a hard time really comprehending that it was MISHA with his face pressed up against mine and I needed to enjoy this as much as possible. I could definitely feel his scruff, and I leaned into his face as well. He is very solid and human-feeling and a lot taller than me.

After we finished I stepped back a little and looked up at him with a big smile on my face (half from pure joy and half lingering from the photo) and he was smiling back down at me with the most gentle and kind expression. That was the deepest connection I’d felt with him the whole time, and it was like it finally clicked and I was like “this amazing thing just happened with MISHA COLLINS!?!?!?”

My mom and sister came and joined us for a few more pics, and the very last one we took was a “silly pic” (I’m really bad at those so I beg you to ignore me in that one), and after that pic was taken he jumped into another silly pose like he thought we were gonna take another one, and almost in response to him doing that I said “oh, we’re not doing another one?” and he looked back at me with another beautiful smile, either cuz he knew I was kinda covering for him or cuz he had been thinking the same thing and we were like on the same wavelength.

He then gathered up his stuff and as he was walkng out he came to give me a hug. My head fit perfectly right over his shoulder and he squeezed me so tight and held on to me a lot longer than I expected him to, but it was such an amazing hug. While I was hugging him I said into this ear “Thank you so much for meeting with me” and I felt him nod and he said “Of course.”

I saw him again twice at the convention. Our interaction in the photo-op room was brief of course, but when my sister and I walked up he said “Hello again, Hannah” and leaned his head on mine in the picture. Then when I got my autograph from him he greeted me with a fond smile. I thanked him again for meeting with me and told him how much it meant to me, in response to which he wrote “Hannah, it was an honor to be chosen to meet you. Be well.” on my photo, which served as the perfect cherry on top of the most amazing weekend of my life.

A simple thank you feels so insufficient to express my gratitude toward him and the time he took to make my wish so special. The time he spent meeting me could have been his resting period or an opportunity to call home, but instead he spent it making me happy, and I will never be able to express how truly and utterly wonderful this man is and how very grateful I am to have been able to meet him.

Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this, I know it was long, but a lot can happen in 25 minutes! If anyone has questions or wants to talk my ask is open, and please don’t repost any pics without including the source!

The Armitage Adventure, or Little Yeo Loose in London

Stage Door Edition

(I decided to do separate posts for my thoughts on the play and on my meeting with Richard because a) both are long and b) that way people who are still going to see the play can ignore the spoilers)

For the post on my thoughts about the play click [here]

I attended the play on Thursday, 26th of June (as planned) and on Friday, 27th of June (not planned but how could I resist).

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