the time i still went to art school


Sketchy Behavior | Hellen Jo 

Never afraid to speak and/or draw her mind, Los Angeles based artist and illustrator, Hellen Jo and her characters can be described as rough, vulgar, tough, jaded, powerful, bratty and bad-ass - AKA her own brand of femininity. Known for her comic Jin & Jam, and her work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for shows such as Steven Universe and Regular Show, Hellen’s rebellious, and sometimes grotesque artwork and illustrations are redefining Asian American women and women of color in comics. In fact, that’s why Hellen Jo was a must-interviewee for our latest Sketchy Behavior where we talk to her about her love of comics and zines, her antiheroines, and redefining what Asian American women identity is or can be; and what her ultimate dream project realized would be.  

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{I think this is like the my first contribution to the VLD fandom/LANCE and also, I don’t know much about heterochromia, contact lenses and spectacles so gotta suck it up, if anything} {Oh, warning: bad english because it isn’t my first language so yeah and this is going to be a really, really long post}

-Since Lance was young, he has been very conscious about the condition he was born with; heterochromia but what made it worse for him was that his left eye seemed to be in an uncommon shade of turquoise/blue(??) and kind of look like it is capable of glowing in the dark (yeah, he figured he can see clearly in the dark which was an advantage but again, it can glow like a fucking light bulb, how much more scared and insecure can my son be?) 

-His condition kinda scared his younger siblings at first which made him insecure about it although later on, they were fine with it

-So he began wearing contact lens in his left eye when he started going to high school because his schoolmates teased and bullied him for that before 

-His contact lens color is the same as his right eye which is a shade of very dark blue to the point it looks like an extension of his pupil (I know I messed it up in my art I guess lmao)

-For years, he went on with it then in the middle, his eyesight started to go bad so he needed spectacles

-And he was also teased for that so he had to get new contact lenses but still keep the old ones and a pair of spectacles with him, just in case

-This went on from high school, to the Garrison, and then, Voltron period started (Hunk only knows about the glasses since Lance can’t keep wearing his contact lens all day long and for some time, he struggled to keep his heterochromia secret going on)(Lance was right, Hunk’s the best of friends he could have asked for, for keeping his glasses thing a secret)

-One day, after another day of battling the enemy and saving a planet from their attack, Lance found his left eye exposed and contact lens missing 

-He panicked at the realization of only having that one contact lens with him because he left the extras on Earth when they had to leave. he didn’t think of it much at that time until then

-It was time for dinner and Lance wasn’t at the table to join the rest of team so when Hunk looked for him, he heard Lance’s voice from inside Blue 

-Lance said he wasn’t hungry so without needing to see his face, Hunk left Lance while the blue paladin has been going around for hours looking for his contact lens, thinking it came off during the battle

-Later on, Lance starts to cope himself up in his room once his insecurities started to overwhelm him and he was torn between wearing his glasses or just stay in his room to avoid seeing the rest of the team 

-After avoiding the team for almost two weeks except when there’s a mission (he leaves his room late at night to get food and wakes up early to hang around in Blue’s hangar all day long so he wouldn’t have to run into anyone else in the castle when they are under attack or got to their Lion), Pidge came barging into his room one evening

-Fortunately, Lance could cover his face the second she came in but after some shouting from Pidge and plenty of obviously pointless excuses from Lance, Pidge decided to drag Lance without bothering to ask him to stop covering his face (surprisingly, she’s really strong despite being the smallest of them, minus the mice)

-The group plus Allura and Coran have gathered in the room when he got there with Pidge, one hand still covering the left side of his face

-Lance finally removed his hand but only to close his eyes

-He told Hunk he lost his contact lens but then for the first time in forever, Hunk scolded him saying nothing matters anymore(his glasses issue) but knew Hunk did so because he was really worried

-Lance then agreed to Hunk and put on his glasses which he kept hidden in his jacket but still had his eyes closed which now still confused everyone including Hunk

-After thinking and making decisions in his head for a few minutes, Lance discreetly opened his eyes, subconsciously opening his left eye slower than the other

-As expected, the team looked at him in surprise and strangely, but was his turn to be confused when he saw Allura and Coran’s faces: their eyes were glistening with tears and beaming with excitement

-Not long after, Lance was confirmed to somehow be half-Altean when Coran made Lance undergo a test on himself and explained that Alteans have a medical condition similar to human’s (the one where your eyes can glow in the dark like animals’) but the condition made the eye glow brighter for Alteans 

-Weeks after the incident, Lance wore new contact lens, made by using Altean tech because he wasn’t used to looking at his eyes bare naked in front of the mirror and exposed to everyone (he’s still trying though)

-Also, being taught and guided to turn into his Altean form by Allura over the past few weeks, now Lance is stuck with having glowing freckles, which is another condition he could have inherited from his predecessor and is very rare (remember that starry freckles trend? yeah, close to that but literally glows in the dark) other then having the same Altean marks Allura and Coran have on his cheeks (THIS ISN’T EVEN HIS LAST FORM)


-Honestly, Pidge finds it interesting so she switches the lights on and off a lot just to watch him glow in the dark

-Hunk keeps spares of Lance’s contact lens for him, just in case things happen again

-Keith sometimes find himself staring at Lance (because who could have known he had a thing for freckles lmao)

-Keith’s situation could be merged with Shiro because damn, y’all and your ships. 

-(While maybe Shiro has a thing for Lance in his round glasses *dokidoki @ the sight of Cuban megane boi when he first walked into the room that night*)

I don’t mind anyone using this as reference or something as long as they tell me in some kind of ways so I am aware of them using it

I know I suck at writing so there you go

Good day :D

Addition (It’s really not necessary depending on how you wanna do it/Im just having fun): WARNING: SHANCE Lance: Wow, I didn’t realise I was training with my glasses on. It felt uncomfortable but it didn’t fall off though??? Shiro: *in his mind* Let’s bring it up a notch; Try riding me with it on.

I’m so excited and still pinch myself daily. I mean, I’ve known what I wanted to do since I could talk, so it’s just been a lot of time and hard work. I moved to LA straight out of graduating my arts high school and worked three jobs to afford living while taking acting classes and auditioning often. I started building up relationships the more I went into the same rooms to audition at the same time becoming more confident in my craft. Finally, in the last year before Riverdale I was able to just focus on auditions and learning. I ended up auditioning for David Rapaport, Riverdale’s amazing casting director, and he immediately knew I would be a good fit for Cheryl.


I’m so excited and still pinch myself daily. I mean, I’ve known what I wanted to do since I could talk, so it’s just been a lot of time and hard work. I moved to LA straight out of graduating my arts high school and worked three jobs to afford living while taking acting classes and auditioning often. I started building up relationships the more I went into the same rooms to audition at the same time being more confident in my craft. Finally, in the last year before Riverdale I was able to just focus on auditions and learning. (Madelaine Petsch for Bello Magazine)

[TRANS] BTS Japan Official Fanclub Magazine - Suga’s Biography

A mischievous kid growing up into a boy who enjoys reading 

I was born in Daegu in the South, the third biggest city of Korean, and grew up there until I came up to Seoul. When I was young, I was pretty much an ordinary kid. I loved playing around so my kindergarten teacher didn’t seem to like me. (laughs) I remember being scolded “It’s dangerous!” a lot. I also loved sports and was good at running, to the point of being picked as a relay runner from elementary school all the way up to high school. When it comes to studying, I’m slightly above average. 

I used to love playing outside with friends back then, but I changed as I grew up. Even when we went outside, it wasn’t like we did anything, we just gathered at the park. I wasn’t fond of that so many times I just stayed at home on weekends. My mother told me to go outside and meet my friends sometimes. (laughs) 

I had a thing for collecting, so I collected a lot of books when I was young. It was a time when I wanted to be a cultured man, wanted to pretend I know things too. Mature stuffs that didn’t suit my age or novels, poetry books, essays, newspapers,… I read everything regardless of genre. I don’t know why but up till middle school, I had the habit of reading books from the back page. I still read books sometimes now. My reading speed gets faster by reading multiple sentences at a time. 

Memories of first love from elementary school… I really don’t have any. Unlike Seoul, the provinces are conservative, and my school didn’t have that kind of atmosphere in which boys and girls talk to each other. If I was with a girl, I would become really shy and wouldn’t even say a word. 

The encounter with hip hop
Started composing in middle school 

I started to be interested in music in 5th year of elementary school, while watching the performance of “Stony Skunk”, Korean artists, on TV. It was the prime of ballad back then so if 18 teams perform on a music program, 10 would sing ballads, 5 would be idols and the other 3 would be other genres. They were one of those 3 teams. It was so cool how they were different from other singers. Up until then, I didn’t have any interest in music, but with Stony Skunk, I started listening to hip hop and reggae music, and was influenced by Epik High as well. MP3 player was starting to come out at that time, but I bought a Panasonic CD player and listened with that. 

Along with listening to music, I also started writing music at the same time. It wasn’t like someone told me to do it, I just had the thought of having to do so. I started writing rap lyrics in elementary school and started composing after I went to middle school. Back then, no one around me liked hiphop… It became extremely popular in Korea now but when I first started listening to it, hip hop was a genre once popular a long time ago. I think there probably wasn’t anyone on the streets who raps, except for me. If I rap at the karaoke room, it would just become some kind of sound to my friends. You know the moving hand gestures that are hip hop’s specialty? I was picked on for that too. 

Despite that, I still kept liking hip hop and in my 2nd year of middle school, I went on the stage for the first time at a festival. I performed Dynamic Duo’s “Go Back” with a friend. I didn’t like standing in front of people, but at that time, I only felt like I have to do it. I showed the rap that I practice too, although it wasn’t anything great. (laughs) 

 Actually in middle school, I wanted to go to an arts high school so I composed classical music. But the tuition was too expensive so I ended up just going to a regular high school. I told my father “I have done enough music now so I’ll study hard in high school” and went to that school, but of course I didn’t. (laughs) 

Full-fledged activities as a rapper after joining a crew in town 

Middle school years was when I composed music to satisfy myself only, on a hobby level. It was after I changed the MIDI software that I started full-fledgedly making music. In 1st year of high school, I showed my song to a person that was like a mentor to me, and he liked it a lot. I was introduced to a hip hop crew called “D-town” and joined. That song had the feeling of new-age music but had hip hop beats similar to Nujabes. For your information, the mentor that acknowledged me studied at Berklee College of Music and is currently working as a movie music director.

I think I started rapping properly after joining the crew. I have been rapping since elementary school, but since there wasn’t anyone who raps around me, I thought I was the best. (laughs) 

After that, I came to the Daegu underground scene, and from then, I also got to know that you can’t make a living out of music in the underground scene. Most of the hyungs who made music with me that time was about 10 years older than me, there were also people over 30. They worked part-time jobs and made music at the same time, but it seemed very hard. Even when performing live, it was already a huge deal to have 100 audiences, and I hated that fact. I thought “If I success, could I be the liaison of the underground scene?”. There are plenty of people who make good music in the underground scene, so I thought when I become famous, I want to create a better environment for them, I want to show their music to the world. 

Just then, I knew Big Hit was holding an audition in Daegu. I came there knowing nothing but that it was a company formed by composer Bang Shihyuk, but I was told that I was accepted the next day. I heard it later that when he saw me, he immediately thought of letting me pass. Even though I wasn’t good at rapping that time. (laughs) 

Coming up to Seoul after becoming a trainee
Different from first thought…!? 

I came to Seoul on November 7th, 2010, when I was in 2nd year of high school. I still remember it now. 

I joined to company not to rap, but to become a composer. So I thought I didn’t need to dance, and let people who are good at rapping rap, I just needed to follow the producer path. But it became a totally different thing. (laughs) At that time, rather than idols, the company was planning to create a group consisting of rappers, but that changed. The members were Rap Monster, J-hope and me. There were also Supreme Boy, i11even-hyung who is now active in the underground scene and Iron-hyung who made it to the finals of Show Me The Money 3. I think if we debut like that, despite being good at rapping, we would fail. (laughs) 

Rapper & producer
The future Suga thinks of as a goal 

My 4-year-older brother plays a very big role in letting me be able to walk on the music path like this. He started liking hip hop under my influence, but when I came to the audition, everyone in my family opposed it except for my brother. They didn’t view music activities nicely, even my relatives told me “What music for you, go study.” So I only showed my songs to him. He was the first person I informed that I passed the audition too. Our relationship is so good that we’re like friends. I basically don’t drink alcohol, but I drink it with him only. 

My family all support me now, of course. Even the relatives that told me to study ask for my signatures. (laughs) 

These days, I have thoughts about wanting to also be active as a producer. I have no greed of being in the center, I just want to make music. I don’t have interest towards the entertainment world too, everyone says they want to act, or to go on variety shows, but I don’t want to do those. (laughs) But still, the first thing is to make BTS get 1st place in Korea as well as Japan. And myself too, I want to be the best rapper, the best producer. I don’t know if it would take time, but I have to try.

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Vans Girls Music Crushes: Brianna Collins

Meet the soulful singer and keyboardist of the alternative/punk/indie band Tigers Jaw, Brianna Collins. The second we heard her sultry voice and beautiful piano melodies, we were instantly hooked and had to know more about her. We met up with the Pennsylvania native and roamed the streets of Long Beach, CA in our Old Skools, scoping out vintage thrift finds and rare records while chatting about tour, writing, and her band’s new record.

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Hello, world! I’m back!

Here’s a little life update given my absence and blog inactivity in the past couple of weeks:

I’m halfway through my junior year in college!

I’m getting my 10,000 steps a day because of running back and forth buildings. (Hooray for toned legs!) It’s pretty tiring but the classes I’m taking this semester are worth it. Industrial/Organizational Psychology is quickly climbing the ranks of my favorite psychology classes. There’s also Organic Chemistry for nine hours a week. It’s constantly proving to me that it’s going to be one hell of a ride but hey, I love me some numbers and problems to solve. We just gotta keep triene.

My team sent the latest issue of the psychology department’s official publication for approval.

It’s my second time to work as a layout artist for a school publication and boy, did I have fun designing the layout of every page that was assigned to me. Although I went down with the flu on the week that I worked on the magazine, it was still a beautiful experience to connect my craft with another thing that I love. Which leads me to…

The topic I pitched for my undergraduate thesis/research integrates art into psychology.

I have yet to hear from the chairperson of the psychology department about it but here’s to hoping that it gets approved!

I’m learning to manage my anxiety and it feels great.

When I attended the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) convention last January 21, I was in awe of the amount of positivity flowing out of our workshop facilitator’s mouth. He saw the humor even in the worst of times and counterattacked the negative phrases and thoughts with positive ones. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try his method of coping. Combined with daily exercise, less caffeine, and a different mindset, 2015-2016 me probably wouldn’t recognize this healthier version of myself. Although I still do carry with me a small stress ball just in case life wants to spice things up a bit, I found myself not using it as much as before and I think that’s progress. :)

In the next few days, I hope I can pick up where I left off here and curate more content you’ll love. I’m already in the process of updating broken links to my free wallpapers so before you know it, you’re back to making your gadgets looking fine as hell again.

Make the most out of today and don’t forget to smile!


+ By the way, I’m also on Instagram (especially on Stories) @arialligraphy and Twitter @arialligraphy!


Halloween nostalgia - it defs my favorite holiday as a kid! Honestly trick-or-treating was just the best. I went up until the year before college, but my most vivid candy-grabbing memories were from elementary school. I went with my best friend Marjorie, my crush Sydney, and Marjorie’s weird brother Kieran (I wonder where he is now?) We’d run around without any parents then go home and see who got the best candies (candy-trading was a very important part of halloween) then spend the rest of the night playing Kirby Air Ride or Melee until my parents came to grab me, and not without protest. Good times. I wonder if they still think about me?


This video isn’t about what the person is drawing…

By markcrilley

I want to share this as a reference video of how people can improve their drawing! I want to especially pinpoint #2 and #4.

Tip 2: Drawing from life is ideal. Drawing with the assistance of photo reference is common among professionals. Very few artists can draw anything they want to, flawlessly, entirely from memory.

- Unless you have photographic memory… I applaud you. I have been told several times that a few new artists feel ‘ashamed’ to look at references! Don’t be! You learn from references, we are not all born with photographic memory. And even if you have the image in your head it is very hard to project it on paper. It is never a bad idea to have a photo reference, go online and find images you like, and develop your drawing through those. It is not copying at all unless you produce is completely and try claiming it as your own. Then thats’ plagarism. But using references is never a bad thing and taking photos when you go out really helps out alot!

Tip 4: Try looking at the thing you’re drawing as an abstract arrangement of shapes, composed of lines at various angles.

Some of you who has seen my own drawing tutorials or work in progress may have realized, even when I’m drawing a chibi or person, I ALWAYS begin by laying out the shapes before I add in skin and ‘fat’ into them. I sometimes draw stick figures on my notebooks because I want to study the movements on people and take quick notes of how things look like for future references. I do that all by starting with lines, squares, circles and other abstract shapes. 

Tip 9: Don’t expect progress to occur in a matter of weeks, or even months.

Never expect to be a master at anything overnight. It doesn’t happen that way. Sometimes things go on in life that can restrain you from practicing drawing but as long as you don’t forget, and always go back to it because it’s your passion, than progress will be obvious in the future. Keep your old artwork, start using sketchbooks instead of loose leaf paper, KEEP YOUR SKETCHES AND DOODLES. NEVER throw away even a picture of something you feel isn’t perfect. I tell this a lot back when I was tutoring my colleagues and friends how to draw and improve their drawing. Each time you scrap a drawing in the middle, equals you stopping that progress and trying to improve. When you end something in the middle,and throw it away, you can’t go back to see what things need to be changed. I have old sketchbooks from 10 years ago when I was still in high school and as horrible as they were, they sometimes reflect or tell me about my own mental process of what went on during that time or how amazing my ideas were back then, just didn’t have the skill to produce it. 

One of the fun things a lot of artists like to do, is ‘redrawing’ a piece of your own past artwork based on your own style that you’ve developed over the years and compare your past and present to see your progress.


Tip 10: If comparing your art to that of other people is bringing you down, then stop doing it. Your work doesn’t need to win contests, impress people, or be ‘conventionally beautiful.’

Art should is selfish. It should be about you rather than pleasing about other people. You don’t need to draw a bibliography but your art should make you feel good about yourself. It shouldn’t bring you down. I have tons and kazillion artists I look up towards but not once, do I compare or say ‘I’m horrible compared to them.’ Never say that! I’ve been learning so much about art therapy lately, and it holds true that art should be something your express yourself and style on. You can learn from other artists but eventually, you should find yourself, find your art and feel good about it. When you truly love yourself and artwork, people will automatically love them as well because there’s no lies.

I hope I can help some of you guys continue with pursuing what you like. If you like to draw or what to begin drawing and learning about it, do so now. As long as you’re passionate and determined about it, be patient and you will strive :) And this YouTuber markcrilley states all the things that actually holds true for many artists out there. They may not realize it but it works! 

Art is no miracle. It is a reflection of hard work, patience, and passion.

Request-36- Theatre dreams

Countless amounts of people rushed back and forth on the stage. Some carrying dresses and costumes others with wires and lights. I sat and watched the busy bodies making their way behind the long velvet curtains that stood both sides of the platform. The soft fabric brushed against my arm as I shuffled against them in attempt to find a comfortable position.

“It’s about 5 minutes until they’re on.” Issie mentioned before continuing to scroll through what looked like tumblr. I let out a small laugh before turning to talk to Louise.

I turned back to the stage and thats when I saw her. Head peering around the curtain, probably counting audience members. One of her hands pulling the curtain from her eyes; a small glimmer from the ring that showed my love for her. Her y/c/h hair hanging in a plait over her shoulder.

She didn’t tell anyone what the show was. No one in the audience knew. Every ticket said a cast members name, that was all. The name, the time, and your seat number. When she caught me staring at her, her cheaks ran red and she hid back behind the heavy looking velvet.

My mouth hung open as her full outfit was revealed. The black dress that held her curves perfectly hung around her knees. It suit her, the black, the way it bought out the colour of her eyes.  I couldn’t keep the smile from pushing my cheeks up and pulling my dimples from hiding.

I couldn’t stop myself from remembering all the times I’d been there when she rehearsed, all the shows I watched, all leading up to this day.

The first time she performed in the same room as me was high school. I stood in the corner of the assembly hall and read through my script. As I read I heard y/n’s soft nervous voice recite all of the lines highlighted pink; word for word, not one mistake, mumble, or stutter. That was the day I realised her talent.

Then 7 years later, we did the cliche. Ran into eachother outside starbucks, reminisced on my old perferming days. She told me how she carried on, went to a performing arts school. I got her number then after a year asked her to be my wife.

All the time we had known eachother, even in the seven year gap, she never gave up her love of performing. When she got denied parts in plays and musicals she never gave up. When she went into huge debt and couldn’t afford performing arts school she never gave up. Even when reaching her dream meant leaving her parents and family in the north, she never gave up.

Now I was sat watching her perform in something she’d dreamt of performing in for her whole life. I came to the realization I was watching Cinderella with my fiance as Cinderella.

My was heart beating faster and faster as I remembered all of the times she wished to be on that stage. My smile still pushing my cheeks further and further up my face; my dimples making themselves more prominent.

Tears fought to get from my eyes. Pride filled my heart and was now running down my cheeks. It gave me an unexplainable feeling, seeing her on stage. I never took my eyes off her body, now hidden in a beautiful blue ball gown. Her smile lit up the whole room sending butterflies to stomach.

All I wanted to do was run up onto the stage and engulf her in a huge hug. I wanted her to feel my heart beat, see the grin across my face, feel the butterflies that bounced around my stomach. I wanted her to know how crazy in love I was with her, how proud I was to call her my best friend and future wife.


“I think I could love you forever,” he breathed out on top of her.

“I think I already have,” she responded- it evident in her voice that she had imagined an entire life with him.

“Here,” he said handing her the key to his house, removing it carefully from the chain he wore around his neck, as he moved to lay next to her.

“Your house key?” She asked perplexed.

“It’s the house I’ve grown up in my entire life. I lost my first tooth in that house, had my first beating in that house, and my first heartbreak- the day my parents split. That house is my past and my future. And that is you now.”

“It doesn’t feel permanent enough,” she said holding the key against her chest, a small smile appearing across her lips.

“What?” Confusion apparent in his voice.

“Quick, get dressed,” she said pulling her shorts back on.


“What are we doing here?” he asked as they walked through the woods behind their high school.

“This is our make out spot.”

“Trust me, I know,” he replied shocked that she thought he could forget.

“You see this tree right here,” she said pointing towards a tree beside her. He nodded still not sure, where this was going.

“Every time we make out, I lean against this tree for support. It’s the backbone of our love. It’s permanent,” she said as she used the key to carve their initials on to the tree.


That fall he went off to play college football, and she went off to art school. Each and every day they drifted apart. Soon enough he stopped wearing a chain around his neck, and she stopped carrying someone else’s house key around. When she returned home for Thanksgiving break she couldn’t bring herself to his door.

Partly out of nostalgia, partly out of boredom- she found herself in the woods behind her high school. That tree among others were gone- probably in a storm she thought. That tree wasn’t permanent and neither was their love.

—  m.n // excerpt from a book I’ll never write (18)

setsuraraizel  asked:

Hello there! These last few days I've been addicted to Yuuri's arts when he was just a kid. I was wondering if at some point in his childhood Mamoru was as chubby and cute as our beloved katsudon or came to have Viktor's beautiful hair. Also, I wanted to ask you, do you follow some YOI's AU? What are your favorites? PD: I still loving your art so much!

probably when he was very small, he was! usually japanese kids are very chubby when small so i won’t be surprised. i’m sure victor just went nuts for those cute, chubby, soft cheeks ♥

it might sound strange but i’m not that deep in the yoi fandom: i don’t really have the time to go browsing the tags or even read fanfictions because of work and school so I just limit myself to what my dashboard offers me.

I’ve seen the mafia au around but I didn’t get if there is more than one, or just more artists that draws for the same one. 

moriart-ish-deactivated20170305  asked:

did a Dancer!Enjolras ever notice Grantaire watching him while dancing? was he like "oh, there is this artist boy, painting, he looks so passionate about it"?

Grantaire initially came to the studio for an understudy of dancers and graceful poses, because it’s very difficult to capture on paper. So he goes from room to room until he finds him. The dancer.

Enjolras’ dancing style is wild yet precise and agile. It’s fascinating. Enthralled, Grantaire sits down and starts drawing him. It’s hard at first, because Enjolras is a blur, he’s whirling and moving too fast for Grantaire to see anything.

Then, he gets used to it. Like eyes acclimatize to darkness, he gets used to the sprightly movements. The dancer’s hair escapes from his bun and soon, there’s an angel dancing in front of him. A few minutes later, Grantaire is too absorbed by his sketch to notice the steps tapping on the floor, closer and closer.

“Can I help you?”

The angel looks pissed.

“Actually yeah,” Grantaire smirks. “I didn’t manage to get your profile just right, could you stay still for like two seconds?”

The angel looks even more pissed.

“I didn’t give you the permission to draw me.”

“Il est interdit d’interdire,” Grantaire snorts. (Banning is banned)

This time, the angel freezes. Evidently, he wasn’t expecting Grantaire to say that, of all things. Some bullshit about “art doesn’t wait,” sure, but not that.

“You…. You studied the students’ revolt of May 68?”

“If I say yes, can I keep drawing you?”

“I…. Just answer the question.”

Grantaire rolls his eyes.

“I went to high school, yes, if that’s what you’re asking.”

“What did you think of it?” the dancer pressed.

“The system is still broken, the university buildings are still crumbling and the media still controls us. They had some cool slogans, though, I’ll give them that.”

The angel looks down at him, his red lips parted. He would have been making the same face if Grantaire had straight up slapped him. A second later, he clenched his jaw and pushed the door forcefully, fleeing away from Grantaire’s sight.

Tag games!

Rules: Answer 20 questions and tag 20 followers you would like to get to know better!

Wow I think it’s pretty childish how happy little tag games make me, and this time I was tagged almost same time to 2 different tags by @shenanigumi and @kurokiorya. But I had to push this and all other art stuff for later because I had to study for entrance exam.

(on the side note, entrance exam went okay)


Nicknames: None. Unless you count things like urls.

Zodiac Sign:

Once in secondary school our art teacher told everyone make clay sculpture of their zodiac with some nativeamerican similar horoscope thing that I can’t remember. I was the only libra in the class. I’m still bitter about it HOW DO YOU DO CLAY SCULPTURE OF LIBRA?!?

Height: 165cm

Ethnicity: According to wikipedia Finns are their own ethnic group. So my ethnicity is Finnish.

Orientation: Straight. Though I might prefer fictional charcers too much.

Favorite Fruits: Lemons.

Favorite Season: Summer because it’s warm and you can swim and eat ice cream and berries.

Favorite Books:

Favorite Flowers: Oh I don’t know.. All flowers are pretty, roses are royal, dantellions are cheerfull, lotus is elegant, sunflower is bright, tricolor viola is magical and syringa smells wonderful and so on.

Favorite Animals:

Favorite Beverage: Lemon limonade.

Average Hours of Sleep: About 8,5 hours, sometimes more sometimes less.

Favorite Fictional Characters:

So to clarify again, Mulan, Hijikata(=Hakuouki) and when I was little, Zorro are the things I seriously obsess over. I love a lot of animes and Disney movies, Dreamworks and so on.

Number of Blankets You Sleep With: 1, in winter 2.

Dream Trip: I’d love to visit London again, China, Japan, Singapore… and I think I would like to visit America sometimes.. maybe Canada.

Blog Created: December 2016.

Number of Followers:

So now the second tag game w00t!

A- age: 21

B- birthplace: Finland

C- current time: 15.05 p.m.

D- drink you last drank: Milk

E- easiest person to talk to: Either my dad or my best friend.

F- favorite song: I don’t think I have one favorite, and my taste really varies. On the other hand I love energetic happy songs or sweet simple songs, but I also really love melancholic, sad, depressive songs. Even somewhat creepy ones.

G- grossest memory: I.. can’t really name any on short notice and I don’t really care to remember some gross things I’ve been in and pick the grossest one.

H- horror yes or no? Nah. When I was a kid I was really easily scared by horror movies and such, so I avoided them the best I could. Few years ago I went to couple horror house/ride thing hoping that I would  enjoy it now that I’m older. It was huge disappointment, they just made me blind with bright flashing lights and deaf with way too lound bangs. It wasn’t scary, just annoying.

I- in love? Depends. With what?

J- jealous of people? Everyone is sometimes jealous of others. Sometimes I notice I’m jealous of something I don’t even need. When I notice I’m jealous I try to remind myself of all the things that I do have and how they are enough to make me happy and carry on.

K- killed someone? No I haven’t, unless you count thousands of mosquitoes.

L- love at first sight or should I walk past again? Yeah you might wanna try that. But second time will probably be as effective as the first unless you’re doing cartwheels or something.

M- middle name: Well weirdly I don’t have problem with that, it’s Hellevi. If you know anyone named Hellevi please tell me because I have never met one.

N- number of siblings: 2 brothers.

O- one wish? To have a peaceful life with cats.

P- person you last called? My friend.

Q- question you’re always asked: “Have you ever cut your hair?” is pretty common. And answer is yes. You have to cut your hair to keep it healty and just because I have long hair doesn’t mean I have never in my life cut it.

R- reason to smile: A lot, but to sum it up: You’re alive!

S- song you last sang: Lullaby of Woe. Not creepy

T- time you woke up: 6.45 a.m.

U- underwear color:

V- vacation: My grandparents place in middle Finland.

W- worst habit: To postpone some tasks too far, also forgetting to keep in touch with friends who are away.

X- x-rays: What does this mean?

Y- your favourite food: I don’t have favorite anymore. I dislike most of foods but I eat them all the same. So I just have foods that I hate and dislike and foods that I don’t mind eating.

Z- zodiac sign: As already said, Libra.

Okay thank you very much if you bothered to read the whole thing of my little answers. Now I’ll go to back to my usual doodling :D

But for once I decided to actually do the tagging, so @akira-89, @butter-stroke-citadelxlouis​ , @chelia27, @blisteringgbarnacles@childofdemon , @skybulb , @agirlwholovesanime , @canadiangaap , @fairy-bookworm, @goddess-of-leo , @yoru-no-nekousagi , @thetastyturnip , @nekogal12 , @prettaeppany , @shell-senji , @irukajosephs23 , @sabinasanfanfic , @walk-tall-my-fr1ends , @uchihabratz  and @proudgoat  I tried to pick randomly you from my followers list and I’m sorry you were the questionably lucky ones. Of course you don’t need to do this if you don’t want to or if you have already been tagged but I would really like to get to know about you guys a little too :)

Ask an Artist #3

  • Name: Deena Beck
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  • Current: Storyboard Artist at Cartoon Network on Ben 10
  • Past Work: Animator at Titmouse on Turbo FAST, Superjail!, and China, IL.

Where are you from, and where do you work now?

I grew up just 20 minutes north of Richmond, VA then moved out on my own immediately after graduating high school to go try to go to school in NYC at School of Visual Arts. I was in NYC for about 7-8 years before moving out to California this past March.  

Describe your current job. What are your daily responsibilities?

I’m currently working on the new Ben 10 series Cartoon Network is doing! I’m liking it a lot. Every week is different depending on what stage of the process we are in. We do boards in teams of two. My board partner is Dashawn Mahone (GO CHECK OUT HIS WORK! Dashawn’s Tumblr).

For every new episode the schedule goes like this:

-       Kick off meeting : Go over the script with show runner/directors

-       1 weeks to do thumbnails

-       2 weeks to do roughs

-       2 week to do clean ups

And you kind kinda do that however you want to as long as you hit your deadlines but Dashawn and I have seemed to nail down a system that works for us.

THUMBS: We do thumbs on extra wide post it pads and stick them to the wall and we go through the entire script from start to finish together. Some people split up the workload and then do their parts separately. But I find if you go through together it’s way faster, you end up with less things you need to change, it’s funnier and overall more cohesive.

Then you pitch your thumbs to the directors and they give you back notes and/or changes. Before we start doing our roughs, we will sit down again together and thumb out the notes and fixes. Once that is done it’s time for…

ROUGHS: This is kind of the hardest part. Our motto while doing thumbs is “Like this but better.” So this is the stage where you have to fix all the sloppiness or change up the compositions to look better. We will split up the episode at this point and work separately in Story Board Pro.

Then pitch your roughs! Again you’ll get notes to fix things or change things mostly (hopefully) just for clarity reasons. And once again, we will sit down together and help thumb out each others’ notes and changes before moving on to Clean UP.

CLEAN UP: This stage is your time to polish and clean up any loose ends. The artwork itself doesn’t have to be on exactly on model or perfectly clean or anything like that, it just needs to be clear and everything in the right places.

At the end of those five weeks then you pitch the episode to everyone! All the peoples. The other board teams, the other artists, the show runners, execs, etc. It’s a little intimidating but it’s really fun to get to see how people react and laugh at jokes.

How long have you been drawing and what inspired you to become an artist?

I’ve  been drawing for a long time! I loved coloring books and doodling when I was a toddler and kind of always kept up with it in some way or another. Then when I was 10-14 years old I was very very depressed and basically threw all my energy into drawing. I would draw all day every day. I remember my teachers telling me to pay attention but the only way I could pay attention in class and learn was if I was doodling at the same time.

I remember being in the car driving home I think from looking at Halloween costumes when I was very young. Either the first couple years of elementary school or possibly before that. One of my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I thought about it hard and said I wanted to make cartoons. I don’t think at that time I could articulate why I wanted that but I just knew that’s what my gut was telling me.

Did you go to college or are you self taught? A mixture of both?

I was one of those kids who started looking into colleges when I was like 12. So I was researching a lot about SCAD, CALArts, RISD, Sheridan, etc. All these big name schools and then I made a friend who went to School of Visual Arts while I was still in high school. I never heard of that before but I discovered they supposedly had a good animation program so I decided to do their pre-college program the summer before 12th grade. I wanted to figure out if animation was just something I liked or something I could actually see myself happy to be doing for the rest of my life. I had a really great experience that summer and SVA ended up being the only school I applied to!

If you did go to college, what are some of the most important things that you learned?

I learned a lot from Don Poynter who was one of my teachers. He taught perspective, layout and an advanced class that was basically film theory and composition. He was also my thesis advisor. I had a lot of other great teachers but I think Don was the only one who really challenged me to be better than I am and I’ve always appreciated that.

College itself however gave me a lot of opportunities to learn about life. I met a lot of people and no matter where you end up going to school or whatever you do, it’s a time in your life where you end up figuring out what is important to you and who you want to be. I guess that never stops being true but college tends to be a good catalyst for young people to question themselves and ask themselves what will make them happy. (I hope this makes sense and isn’t too rambly! Let me know if you want me to elaborate?)

What are your go-to tools to create your art?

I usually doodle a lot in whatever program I’m using at that moment. So most of my drawings are done in flash or Storyboard Pro. Occasionally I’ll open up Photoshop or Sai Painter. I really love painting with acrylic and want to start painting again! But recently I’ve been making little dudes with sculpey and that’s been really awesome.

Any favorite past times?

I am pretty anti-social! Friendly but anti-social I guess? So it’s hard to get me to go out and do parties and what not. Mostly my partner, Jon, and I go out and go thrift store shopping, to flea markets, marathon TV shows together and play video games. I really like Star Trek and other Sci Fi shows. We just recently finished up X-Files right before they announced they are making a new season. WHAAATTT.

How long have you been working, and have there been any challenges during your career?

I have been working in Animation since 2010-ish? I worked for John Dilworth while I was still in school. Then I worked for the Rauch Bros just as I was graduating. I was at Titmouse in NY for a few years before taking a freelance gig to animate for a webseries for Nickelodeon. While I was freelancing I decided to move across country and thankfully landed a job at Cartoon Network where I am now!

I think my biggest challenge has been the normal challenges. I know what job I want but I need to gain more experience and skill before I can get there. I’ve always known that storyboarding is what I want to do and what I enjoy most but you gotta start where you can! So I was doing a lot of production stuff at the beginning, then I got the opportunity to do Ink and Color. Then I got the opportunity to do animation. I didn’t want to do animation anymore and didn’t seem like there were opportunities for me to do storyboarding where I was so I decided to go seek those opportunities out. And now I’m doing storyboarding and I’m loving it! I just gotta keep getting better and do good so I can keep getting storyboard jobs in the future. Crossing my fingers.

Was it difficult entering the animation industry, and what do you think are some of or the most important factors that determines success?

I want to preface this by saying I have worked very very very very hard to do good work and that’s ultimately the basis of my success. However! I’m also not the best at self promoting and getting myself out there. So my success so far has been because of people who know me seeing my work and recommending me and that’s how I got my foot into the door. The hardest part is getting in but once you’re in and if you do a good job it’s infinitely easier. In the very least you feel a little bit more confident about finding work. But getting into the animation industry (or any industry really?) is very stressful and scary. So the best thing you can do for yourself is to 1. Do good work and 2. Make friends! 3. Be somewhat professional helps also. (I feel like this advice is applicable to most career paths)

What has been your favorite production to work on thus far?

I can’t tell you! But no seriously. So far Ben 10 has been awesome. My favorite production before this is the web series for Nick I got to work on. That was wonderfuuuull. It was off site freelance so I could work at home in my PJs and fart it up all day. The show runner was awesome to work for and a great dude. (ALANNNN)

Have you ever been the only woman in the room or production; if so, what was that like for you?

Not yet! Which is awesome! I work with so many wonderfully talented ladies and I see more and more young lady animators looking to enter the field. Thankfully that hasn’t been my experience yet.

Who are some of your favorite female animated characters? What is it about them that you particularly enjoy?

I am really really digging basically all of the Gems on Steven Universe. I love seeing characters that just happen to be female but it doesn’t define them. Amethyst is Amethyst who happens to be a chick. It’s not Girl Gem #2 who’s name is Amethyst.

Any productions that you would like to work on, or would you like one day have your own show?

I would love to have my own show! I’ve been sitting on a personal project that I think I’m ready to pitch. We will see what happens!

Any personal projects that you’re working on now?

My partner and I are working on a short film! He created, wrote and did most of it. I’m doing the animation and layouts. Look out for it by the end of the year I hope!

And finally, any words of wisdom to students aspiring to enter your line of work?

Never stop asking yourself questions! Always ask yourself honestly “What will make me happy?” Ask yourself hard questions and be brutally honest with yourself. This field is hard and the first thing you need to figure out is if you actually want to do animation or if you just love animation. Are you just a fan or not? I think I see a lot of people mistake their love for animation as a desire to do animation and only after a lot of time and a lot of money wasted they finally realize it’s not for them.

Thank you Deena! As always, if interested, check out our other interviews!

Art school:  Not just a “Go” or “Don’t Go” opinion...

I tend to see a lot of think pieces about art school out there that ultimately boil down to “Go because it was great for me!” or “Don’t go because it wasn’t great for me/I didn’t go and was successful” Which I think fails to take into consideration how vastly DIFFERENT each person’s personal journey is going to be.

So, first of all, PERSONALLY, art school was great for me.  It was more than I could afford, and I have a lot of debts, but I feel positive I would have never been where I am today without it.  I was 18, and in a very small town without much artistic options.  I was not physically or mentally able to move out on my own, and college provided that option.  I was very shy and withdrawn, and art school helped me blossom into who I am while simultaneously introducing me to so many people who continue to shape my life to this day (I moved to Portland to follow a friend I met in art school after spending some time visiting her).  I got my first art job through a girl I met at art school, and my second job with Disney Interactive through a show my school hosted.  I wound up substitute teaching, and then accepting a teaching position at the school I went to, due to connections I made with the professors during my frequently stressful and exhaustive stay at art school.

That said, I wouldn’t dare say that everyone SHOULD go straight off to art school if you are interested in art.  While I was lost and trying to find my way at 18, a classmate of mine from the same crappy for art town was creating amazing things, and got himself an apprenticeship with a sculptor, and wound up working his way up to a job without ever taking on a lick of debts!  His professional career had taken off well before I even figured out what style I wanted to pursue!  I’ve known plenty of other artists who went to expensive schools and dropped out after finding they could work in art jobs without any of the education, or who decided to pursue online training, and came out WAY stronger for it, and with amazing portfolios.

Now, what this states is that if you are driven, and able to focus yourself and dedicate yourself to a task, you’ve already learned a huge portion of what art school is trying to teach you, which is how to connect with other working artists and how to find and secure jobs.  Some people aren’t as initially driven, or else do NOT have access to the money and connections often needed to first even delve into this wealth of knowledge.  It’s unfortunate, but some of the people I know who had more money and could better afford art school, were also the people who were given trips to art events, and guided by family members to locations where they could learn about how to be an artist before they ever even stepped foot outside of their parent’s home.  It can be hard if you weren’t guided to this, and have to figure out on your own how to make connections.

Art school is NOT cheap.  At the very least, you’ll be taking on some 60 thousand dollars in debt if you go to school in the United States, and more likely than that, you’ll rack up a debt of 100-200 thousand dollars.  You should, of course, avoid as MUCH of this debt as humanly possible unless you already have a back up plan to pay for it.  I Only took on a debt of about 80,000 dollars, through private loans, and I struggle every month with it.  Ultimately, it’s something you should weigh:  Is the shortcut of art school financially worth the time it will shave that learning off of your life?  If you could achieve the same thing art school offers in, say, 6-10 years, rather than the 4-5 years of art school, you would still be financially ahead of people with loans.  I think to myself, however, time was worth more than money, but that is not a decision I could ever choose to make for someone else!

What you get out of art school is also subjective to a ton of variables from what school you choose to go to, to what state it’s located in, to how much work you are putting into it!  I know quite a few people who went to “easier” schools than I did who pulled better GRADES than I did, and whom can’t find work.  Your degree is worth hardly more than the paper it’s printed on, so if you’re the type to worry more about grades and your degree than what you’re getting out of the experience, you may be sourly disappointed when you exit school and find that there is no magical bridge to work waiting for you.  The journey through art school is actually quite a lot easier than the journey for work afterwards.

Most importantly, in the journey of whether or not you should go to art school, you should be asking yourself “IS THIS GOOD FOR ME” rather than “Is this good for everyone else?”  and in addition to that “Is this PARTICULAR SCHOOL good for ME?” As while maybe a decent art school in a sleepy town is A-OK for you if you’re driven to meeting people and open for the option of moving out later, you may be better suited if you pursue a school in a location where you can get plenty of great art jobs without even moving out of the city you moved to FOR school.  Plus, each and every school has different requirements, and focuses on teaching different kinds of things.  And there are also a number of art schools that are little more than money scams with several possibly wonderful teachers on the payroll.  By the time I finished art school, I had a very definite list of places I was SUPER HAPPY I had NOT gone to.

Another question, that not everyone likes to consider is also “Would I be better suited to pursuing another career and doing artwork on the side?”  On one hand, you could get a degree in something like biology, and find yourself with way more knowledge when it comes to painting the natural world, or you could get a degree in a good career field, and be more like my friend who’s a computer science major, but spends her free time painting, writing and attending extra curricular enrichment while over here I stress about whether or not I’ve taken enough work to pay rent.  I honestly think we’re both pretty happy and creative, just in entirely different ways.

Yet again, there’s no wrong answer.  It all just boils down to “What is best for YOU

So if you find yourself asking the question of “Should I go to art school?” Instead of reading one or two opinion pieces and taking THEIR opinion as your own, take your time to research the hell out of what YOU WANT out of schools while simultaneously showing off your portfolio to experienced artists who can maybe help guide you down an easier pathway.  Additionally, realize that no matter what you ultimately do, in retrospect, you will come up with a way you could have, or should have done things that would have been even BETTER, and that you can never really go back in time to re-live that other “what may have been” life.  Just make your choice, be proud of it, and work your butt off!

anonymous asked:

my first crush was this boy named james who i went to school with when i was little,, he once stood up out of his car window to wave to me. little kid me knew to only like guys who were enthusiastic abt me tbh. i still have a vase i made w his name on it from the art class i went to around that time

this is so sweet aweeee

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Our long-time fan/artist Busanbusi (布三布四) from China created this beautiful artwork for celebrating Tomb Raider 20 years’ anniversary.

“This art work was inspired by some classic Lara Croft moments, combined with Chinese elements, the dress she is wearing is called “Qipao”(旗袍) – a traditional Chinese female dress, specially designed with Chinese Dragon pattern. Equips with her signature weapon – Desert Eagle.

The background is traditional Chinese architecture – Bamboo Garden with Lotus Pond. This architecture style was built for Royal or noble upper class family back in old time (similar concept like Croft Manor)…”

                Read more details and “Easter egg” from this artwork 

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