the way they draw things a certain way

Rocknaldo Theory/Rant

Did anyone notice that this episode was literally directed at the fandom?
“Who are you to tell anyone how to be a Crystal Gem? You’re just a guy with a blog!" 

The way Ronaldo was criticizing everything, about Connie and Steven not being "crystal gem” enough, is kind of what the fandom does, criticizing every little thing about the characters and the way the plot is developing.

 Steven says “Bloodstone” is being selfish and just wanting things to happen to please himself. 

 I really felt like Steven was talking to us as the fandom too when he said “ This is my life! Do you even care about that?” 

The fandom kind of demands certain things, like the pairings that are "acceptable” The way the fandom freaked over Zuke drawing a “Lapidot” Picture… The way people analyze and over analyze every aspect of the show, getting angry when episodes are “filler” and demanding the plot move forward.

I think what Steven and the crewniverse were trying to say in this episode was summed up well.

 The show is about him, not us. It’s about Rebecca Sugars vision, not about what we think is right or wrong.

This fandom should be about love and acceptance.

That’s what it’s all about, guys. That’s what drew us all to this show in the first place.

Believe in Steven

idea for a website:

click a button which picks a random image from a database of images

you save that image and you photoshop it, changing it in a way that makes it look more interesting, whether that be making it look pretty or making it into a gosh dang meme, and then you upload that to the website

then the website shows you all of the other ways people have photoshopped that particular image and you’re allowed to give those images a star. you can then sort the images by “most stars to least stars” or “most recent”.

also you can sign up for it or you can just remain anonymous, that way you can follow certain users that you like so you can see what stuff they’re up to

there would also be a “gallery” mode which would show you all of the images in the database, and once you click on one of the images, it shows you all of the ways people photoshopped that image

i think the database that the website draws from would be used-submitted so that you find the most photo-shoppable images instead of just boring pictures of things that dont really have a lot of room for inspiration

that’d b a lot of fun

i was watching batman: the animated series, and i think i’ve pinpointed one of the reasons why writers/artists often fail to give us good female superheroes. so you know how in btas, batman always looms over people, becoming a shadowy, inhuman bat creature and striking terror into his enemies? this, by my standards, is one of the coolest things about batman. when batgirl is introduced, she does this. but the catch is that she was actually just pretending to be batman for plot reasons. when she gets her own version of the costume she gets rid of the full length cape, and while her outfit isn’t sexy or “revealing”, she is still sexualized. we talk about sexualization as disempowering, and argue about whether or not female heroes should wear certain things, but we never think about why sexualization is destructive to superheroes. but as made apparent in btas, one of the main problems is that sexualization gets in the way of the inhumanity that’s necessary for certain types of superheroes. barbara gordon cannot become a formless cape with glowing eyes because the artists are too focused on her female form and by extension her human form. she cannot become inhuman because people feel the need to draw her with boobs. 

after that initial pretending to be the actual batman thing (where she did some serious looming and lurking), we have this scene from the next episode: 

it’s a pretty cool shot, but her body is clearly visible in a way that batman’s routinely isn’t. while animated batman is normally drawn with physical details, his standard intimidating-his-enemies pose is more like this:

i could address the problematic ways batgirl is written, but in such an aesthetically appealing show, images are just as important.

how can batgirl be vengeance and the night if we are constantly reminded (via her body and gender) that she is human?

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - More Acting Less Anatomy

I’ve received a few message asking me how to draw simple generic characters (male, female) for story boarding, and what to do when there’s no character design. I will go over all that stuff, but I need to emphasize something first. I used to be obsessed with muscles and specific anatomy when I was drawing anything. Thanks to 90s superhero comic books and raging hormones, it kept me from embracing the storytelling aspect of sketching. Even later on in art school, I would spend WAY took much time on getting that perfect line quality. Animation Storyboarding squashed most of those inclinations out of me, and that’s good. I need to confess that I almost caved in and “cleaned up” the drawings on this page. This is how I draw when do a “first pass” or just trying to find ideas. That way, I don’t lose the energy or feel of my first instinct when approaching a sequence. Here’s something you’ll hear many times if you hang around story people: “It’s not about pretty drawings.” I agree and disagree to a certain extent, but the sentiment is right. It’s about telling a story and not letting other things (like lines, musculature, clothing, etc.) get in the way of doing so clearly.

Once again, message me if you have requests for the next installments.


underrated things: artists putting their own little spin on fanart of certain characters. i adore when fanartists change up the design of a character slightly, adding their own touch that makes you know, instantly, both who the character and who the artist are. be it drawing their eyes in a certain way, maybe adding a mole or two to the face, a certain way they draw an iconic hairstyle or the way the outfit is tweaked, ever so slightly.

the backlash against fanart being “not creative” makes no sense when you see that no one draws the same character the same way–people will always bring their own stylings to their art, even if they’re drawing a character hundreds of other people have.

that’s what makes it fun! that’s why it’s so thrilling to see people draw characters you love, even though you’ve seen 20 other people draw the same character.

anyway, don’t be afraid to experiment! make your art yours.


This is a charging board!

It is a simple way to charge up and cleanse your crystals without having to focus on visualisation. Simply put your crystal in the center of a piece of paper, and write around it two categories of words: the things you want to fill your crystal with, and the things you want out of them. Then draw arrows pointing into the crystal for the positives, and away from it for the negatives.

This is a visual way to charge/cleanse without having to maintain focus. I’m certain it could work for any object you want to use, not just crystals!


Remember, there’s not one way to draw things! You don’t have to draw it exactly like this , but you can apply certain things from this. This is just a little process we hope that might be useful to others out there! More to come, y’all!

Edit: Something else to keep in mind ! It’s something we see from other artists who put tutorials online and the result after they post it - When coming across a tutorial , taking the technique or the simplification of a process and carrying that over to your own way of drawing things is a lot more beneficial than copying the exact composition/subject matter/color pallet . If it’s for practice , that’s fine! But don’t let a tutorial direct ( or discourage) you in a way that isn’t your own unique way of drawing . If you’re in search of finding a style of your own , then finding helpful tutorials is a great way to expand your knowledge of techniques rather than doing exact copies of the actual art itself. :) And just to add , we’re big fans of Evyind Earle! His technique of graphic simplification is something we’re learning ourselves as we try to apply the photoshop layers in a similar , simpler fashion. He’s a good artist to learn from , so hopefully this tutorial was helpful in deconstructing admirable aspects of some awesome work from different artists we enjoy! And if you did this tutorial , please let us know. We’d love to see what you did !

some reminders for artists

  • it’s okay if you can’t speedpaint like the people on youtube do
  • it’s okay if it takes you longer than an hour to finish a piece
  • it’s okay if it takes you longer than a week to finish a piece
  • it’s okay if it takes you longer than a month to finish a piece
  • it’s okay to take however long you need to finish a piece
  • it’s okay to never finish a piece (unless someone commissioned u and u got money for it. then u need to pick it up, but communicating with the person you’re working with is always better than not! 9 times out of 10, they’ll be understanding)
  • it’s okay if your art gets 5 notes
  • it’s okay if your art gets 1 note
  • it’s okay if your art gets 0 notes
  • it’s okay if you paint on thousands of layers
  • it’s okay if you paint on one layer
  • it’s okay if it takes you hours on one part of the picture to get it to look right
  • it’s okay if you spend more time or less time on certain parts of the piece than on others
  • it’s okay if you draw lots of fanart
  • it’s okay if you draw just for fun
  • it’s okay to take breaks between drawings that last long, long times

i!! hope!! i!! did!! u!! good!!


anonymous asked:

Hey Finch, do you have any tips on drawing??? You are a great inspiration to me AND you always make me want to draw! But my drawings suck...

First tip is to never say your drawings suck, because you’ll convince yourself of that whether it’s true or not! Wherever your work is, have faith in it. It may not be how you want but it’ll get there one day

Try to draw every day, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Taking the time to draw frequently will train your hand into becoming more loose and quick with your lines n stuff

Draw from observation a lot. And like A LOT. Drawing from reference not only trains you eyes to see things better and to reall look, but references teach you correct proportion/lighting/anatomy/colour/expression/body language and everything else. Learning from the real world is the best way to go, and then once you’ve leadned from it you can stylize and exaggerage it from there. It’s recommended to break things you see down into shapes to make them easier to replicate, and draw from the inside out rather from the outside in, if that makes sense (like people will usually immediately try to draw the direct outline of what they’re looking at without any planning, which leads to things being out of proportion and the linework looking very wobbly and hesitant)

Try to practice drawing faster, looser and lighter. It’s common in beginners to draw a line reeaal slow and hard bc they’re trying to get it perfect on the spot. Drawing things quickly and loosely will benefit in trying to get the most minimal of shapes down first which you can build on with details afterwards. Details are unnecessary until you have the basic build of what you’re drawing down first: you don’t want to spend ages detailing that eye only to realize it’s too high up!
In class we were taught to be quicker and looser by drawing 30 second poses, so the model would pose for 30 seconds and we’d have to get a basic drawing down in that time. It involved a lot of big curving lines and very minimal detail just to get the pose down, but doing this a lot teaches your brain to only pick out the basic shapes in what you’re looking at and draw those quickly. This is used in gestural drawing to get the action of the pose down quickly, you can google gestural drawing to get more an an idea!

Allow yourself to be inspired; if there are artists you really like, find out what it is about their work that really speaks to you. It could be the way they use colour, or the way they stylize certain things. Maybe try to practice it yourself and see how it informs your own work ! But this doesn’t meant copy one artist directly and take their siganture style from them, as this is what makes them unique and taking it for yourself will not make you unique.

Remember that art style isn’t everything. Like sure it’s important for professionals illustators to have their own unique thing going on, the appeal and difference in their work is what will get them jobs, but as a young artist who is starting out, you don’t have to be so fixated on getting the perfect art style. I see so many beginners being really obsessed with this and it’s just a waste of time. Relax, enjoy drawing and making art, see where it leads you in the long run. There’s no need to stress about these things, they’ll develop as you keep drawing and finding new inspiration. It’s like handwriting: you don’t force it upon yourself.

there’s probably lots of other things I could say but yikes this got long omg. This is just stuff I’ve learned myself and from class over the years, I still have a lot more to learn too!

TLDR: just draw an absolute ton you’ll be fine

So, what do you actually do as an agnostic secular witch?

(here’s and draft of expert from the zine I’m working on about my personal practice of witchcraft)

I’ve joked that my personal practice of witchcraft looks like a cottage or hearth witch got set loose in a punk house of a Philosophy major drop-out who read too many Discworld books.

However, that statement doesn’t mean much to you if you don’t know what a cottage or hearth witch is, some aspects of Philosophy, or the glory of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld witches’ concept of “headology”.

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How to be a supportive partner to a trans guy:

These are things my girlfriend does that make me feel a little better so.

1. When they are feeling strong dysphoria, call them handsome, or talk about how they will have the body they want to in the future. 

2. Let them brag about you to their friends(not in a sexual way). I love talking to my friends about great my girlfriend is. 

3. When they are on their monthly cycle, tell them it doesn’t make them any less of a man. A lot of guys get them, and make sure they know that.

4. When they talk about how they are scared about certain things in the future, make sure they know they can do it and there will be people who believe them.

5. Please don’t get mad if they need time to themselves. 

6. Make sure they know you support them in the decisions they make. 

7. If you draw them, draw them the way they want to look. (i know that may be obvious but it always feels nice so)

There are a lot more, but i can’t think of them so yeah.

Shall We Test That? (Part 2/2) (Loki/Thor x reader)

Part One

When your eyes opened for the first time after you were thrown from the cage, merely seconds before what would have been the certainty of your end, they were filled with dirt and stung as if shards of glass were impaled into their sclera.  Your mind was scrambled and confused, trying to take in the surroundings of a world you didn’t know through hazy vision, and trying desperately to find Thor; the last image you had of him was his failed attempt to grab your hand as you flew through the air, his fingertips just grazing yours before the hope of reaching you was gone.

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Interview: Nicole Blanchard

Today we’re joined by Nicole Blanchard, who is also known as nicoledraws online. Nicole is a wonderful visual artist who does quite a bit. They do a lot of sketches and drawings, as well as some fanart. They’ve recently gotten into cosplay and are currently studying Media Arts and Animation. They are obviously quite passionate about art, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.


Please, tell us about your art.

Visual Artist here who mainly dabbles in sketching and drawing. Painting is on my list as well, but is done much less often due to the fact I do not get a lot of time to sit down at home where all my supplies are.

I also double as a FanArtist. I just recently got into the cosplay game and don’t possess “professional” photos, but I have been drawing fanart for at least the last six years of my life. It’s good practice and gets your name out there.

And occasionally, I do animate. Media Arts and Animation is currently what I am in school for so there’s that as well.

What inspires you?

There is no one specific thing that gives me inspiration. It comes and goes from many different places.

The only mildly consistent aspect of it is that it usually tends to be from real life. Whether it be from long talks with one of my closest friends or experiences I’ve had.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Memories of my childhood, in all honesty, are blurry at best. So I can’t say what got me interested in art—just that it happened.

For as long as I can remember, I have always found joy and comfort in drawing. It’s not only therapeutic but I feel I am most myself when doing it.

If nothing else, the one thing I do remember was the fact that I did always have a desire to grow up and be an artist. However, thanks to career counselors and other adults, it never seemed like a realistic goal and dream to have at the time. The whole “starving artist” myth is legitimately terrifying to a child from an already struggling household.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not really. At least, not that I have personally noticed or consciously done.

Though I am hoping to fix that. I want to get to a point talent-wise and artistically where someone can immediately identify my work as mine without having to look at my name.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

There is always going to be someone better than you in some way. However, don’t let this lead you down the road of a quitter—instead use it as a motivation to improve.

With any form of art, the only way to get better is to keep doing it. Don’t ever stop, because stopping might as well be you giving up.

Some people need to work harder to get to a certain level of mastery and that’s okay. Not every person in the world has a knack for picking things up easily. Every person learns at their own pace. At least a decade worth of drawing and I’m still learning.

Another important aspect to any form of art is constructive criticism. You, as a producer of content, need to listen to the criticism of your audience. The input they can provide can be very insightful and point flaws out that you might have never noticed on your own. And this goes for not only basic theories and principles of your art form, but potentially offensive topics.

However, also keep in mind that you cannot please every single person you meet. Simply be open-minded and kind.


Where on the spectrum do you identify?

The sexual identity I am currently most comfortable with and feel fits the best is “asexual” itself — not a branch of it.

However, my romantic identity remains an oddity to even myself. I am currently coming to terms with the fact I reside somewhere on the aro-spectrum, but am also hesitant to label myself fully as “aromantic” despite never experiencing the feelings in question.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

My sexuality isn’t exactly an aspect of myself I have made common knowledge in my daily life and to the people in it. So needless to say, the answer would be an overall “no.” Very few people, even within my circle of friends and acquaintances, know about it. It just isn’t something I tend to talk about, though it’s not a fact about me that I purposely hide either.

The topic of sexuality as a whole isn’t something ever brought up at the college I attend or the places I work, so it might just be a matter of “ignorance is bliss.”

There was a misconception of “being ace means you don’t like sex” once or twice, but that’s about as far as it went.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

In person, definitely “being ace means you don’t like sex.”

On the internet, it’s been quite an ugly mix of comments. The two worst being “aroace people are just Straight People wanting in on the LGBT+ community and its resources” and “cishet aces are Straight.” Both of which mainly come from members of the LGBT+ community and enforce heteronormativity in the process.

What many LGBT+ people on the internet fail and refuse to realize is that The Straights don’t see us as straight. In their eyes, we are not one of them.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Life is too short to hate yourself. There are things about you that you can’t change; so instead of letting the world make you feel bad for it, embrace and accept it even if it is difficult to do so.

Do not change per the request of anyone (partner, family, or otherwise), because I can guarantee that you won’t be happy in the end.

And if one moment you find your ace label (whatever it may be) does not fit like it did before, don’t fret. Sexuality and gender is a spectrum. Labels are meant to help identify yourself, but are not inherently permanent. Do and use what you feel is best in that moment.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My artwork can mainly be found on Tumblr under a side-blog with the url nicoledraws.

However, I do also have a Twitter account that has some artwork that never sees the light of day on Tumblr. As a warning though: the twitter account is a lot less organized and also has a lot of non-art related topics attached to it. You can find me currently at mokamazing there.

Thank you, Nicole, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Owari No Seraph ED 1 Analysis

To start off, I actually skip EDs often, simply because I wanna get on with my bingefest and go to the next episode already but Owari no Seraph’s first season has one of the best EDs I’ve listened to and watched. So much so that I actually rewatched the first season just so I can sit through the ED every episode. It’s a very simple ED and looks like an average shounen ED but if you took the time to read into the ED, there’s a small tale to be told through Mika’s POV.

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anonymous asked:

Fanon Allen: angel. Wouldn't hurt a fly. Canon Allen: get out of my fucking way I'm gonna win this poker game and get all the money, strip everyone naked and leave them in the train with no clothes. No mercy. Innocent who?!

It’s amazing because people get distracted by his angel face and round big eyes and polite speech which is exactly what happens in canon too right before he shows his true colors always - actual Allen will talk shit about random women he’s just met, will hold Bak’s “secret” crush on Lena over his head and threaten him through it, will scare the living shit out of a small child the moment he realizes he’s a small child making him believe he’s been stabbed with a huge ass sword, has and will again yell at the most powerful bad on the whole planet while standing on his back??? - has stripped people naked for money and started stripping himself naked while talking about added prices for it, got in a shouting match with two enemies over who had it worse with their debts (related, had absolutely no qualms telling said enemies that his master was the devil incarnated while they were trying to make him defensive over him and I don’t blame him at all) also anything he’s ever done with Kanda ever, like, that’s a whole category on its own

I mean, Allen’s definitely super sweet and caring and protective of his ideals and the people he loves, but it’s part of his actual plot that somewhere inside him there’s still Red and that a mixture between Allen and Red is his true self and I’ll never stop being amused at how the fandom likes to forget about that tbh

Anon said: Different anon here; you said your creativity was influenced by how much material you get on the subject. Once these characters weeks end, would you be interested in getting some fics written for you? I like your art so it feels like a good way to thank you while also helping you get inspiration for more bokuro, I feel it’d be a win/win situation :) Good luck with all the work you have to do by the way!

I’m always a slut for words my friend !!! Tho I can’t promise whatever you write for me will make me want to draw, I could never and I will never say no to words about my otps haha

Anon said: do you mind other people copying certain aspects of your style? like not exactly the same but for example the way you kinda put the blush colour across the knees and elbows and such? bc i know some artists are kinda picky about that sort of thing

I don’t mind at all, go for it! Most of what I do with my style is a patchwork of things I liked in other people’s styles anyway, it would be really hypocritical of me if I told you I don’t want you to experiment with what you like too - let your creativity be free my friend!

And anyway as long as the hand drawing it is different and you don’t purposefully try to exactly copy something, even things taken from other people’s styles won’t look the same - that’s how art works, after all~

Anon said: hi!! so i was scrolling through your art the other day and it’s really cool to see how much you’ve changed *^^* i love your art so much and i think it’s really inspirational to see obvious improvement i guess? thanks ily good bye

OH MY GOD thank you so much!!!!!! *O* I’m!!!!! really glad you can see my stuff getting better???? AHHHHHH!!!!! what a good ask to get, I’m really happy right now hahaha

Anon said: Kirishima has a bad habit of chewing his pencils when he’s trying to focus and because he has those killer teeth his pencils get fricking destroyed and it stresses everyone out except him so his classmates give him a lot of pencils and he’s bamboozled as to why.

It’s good tho because Kiri doesn’t really realize he needs the pencils himself so he keeps on using his chewed-through ones and hoards the pencils he’s given by the others so when Bakugou’s temper ends up making his pencils explode or Kaminari’s stress fries his into uselessness or Mina inadvertently destroys hers with her acid he can just give them new ones and he feels really good about it

everyone else has no clue how to point out that that’s not why he was given the pencils to begin with because Kiri looks so happy about it too - one day Momo will just make a Crimson Riot pencil with an indestructible material and Kiri will love it so much and they’ll solve the problem once for all haha

Anon said: I seriously can’t get over your chibi style. It’s so cute!

AWWW THANK YOU!!!!! It’s super fun to draw too, so I’m happy you like it!!!!

Anon said: The way you are dodging angst is a true art tbh

Oh my god anon I got bad news for you seems like in the bakushima week I gave in to the soft-sads (note to self: never sketch out prompts when you’re feeling emo for other reasons)

Anon said: does bokuto peel the cheese stick or does he just eat it whole?

Anon as an Italian I have absolutely no clue what a cheese stick is. What is that. What are you feeding your kids anon. I’m concern.

anonymous asked:

i'm just going to rant. i am tired of a double standard in the phandom. that A LOT of phans act a certain way when it's phil and a different way when it's dan. like the jabs in the quick draw video. a lot of people felt sorry for phil because dan made fun of his ability to draw. the problem is THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN IF THE TABLES WERE TURNED! if phil said the EXACT SAME THINGS to dan everyone that does this would be like " yaaas, phil putting dan in his place finally!" treat them equally instead!

im not sure if something i posted made you write this but if it did then im sorry because i 100% agree??

im just going to write out a list because that way its easier for me to sort out my own thoughts

1. people seem to forget that both dan and phil are functioning adults with a long history of friendship

2. obviously if phil felt offended by something dan does then he would have said so off camera and the video would have been different

3. people always seem to think that phil is overlooked & dan is the more popular one (which is technically true) and as such, they get “mad” at dan for the weirdest things

4. people think phil is a cute little cinnamon roll who needs to be protected <– like honestly i hate that mindset so much?? he is a grown man???? yes he is a NICE MAN but still an adult please stop acting like he is a child/victim of some sort until it does actually happen, which i hope it wont

5. people forget that they do have a ~PERSONA~ on camera and they are a double act. their videos are fairly genuine imo but there is still a danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil, not Dan and Phil.

6. poking fun at your friends/partners is a totally normal thing. this is what i do with almost any friend i have and they do it back to me and nobody cries. if someone goes too far they say so and it never happens again and the world lives on

LONG STORY SHORT: im 100% sure phil doesn’t mind dan’s teasing and if anything i am happy to see it because its probably closer to how they interact in real life and there is nothing wrong with that. i love BOTH dan and phil but im not delusional so i dont feel inclined to feel sorry for either of them when they’re both CLEARLY HAVING FUN.

anonymous asked:

Tips on drawing practice?

- Well, I definitely recommend you draw everyday! I think you need to have a certain discipline when it comes to this, but if drawing becomes too tiring or you feel unmotivated, you don’t have to force yourself to do things. It’s better to have fewer quality drawing sessions than a lot of meaningless ones just for the sake of it.

- Draw on a sketchbook that nobody will see - that way you won’t feel so nervous about failing and being exposed and you can be more carefree.

- This one is a bit controversial - but avoid using erasers. If the drawing isn’t working, move on, start again, correct on top of it - that way you can always see your mistakes and learn from them instead of deleting them from existence. Besides, old ideas that didn’t work out could be helpful or reformulated in the future and you’ll be thankful that you have them.

- If you are working on a concept, don’t settle for the very first thing you draw. Draw a lot of different things, do quick sketches and leave detailing for later. On rare occasions, you will still prefer the first thing you made, but usually you will discover more interesting options as you keep studying. :) 

- In WHATEVER it is you’re drawing, draw the basic shapes first - get the guidelines well done before you start detailing. There is no use in detailing something that doesn’t have a good base. Use quick, loose strokes and reduce everything to triangles and squares if you have to.

- Try to avoid “furry” strokes (LMAO), and try to capture the object/movement/whatever it is you’re drawing with long, clean strokes instead. You can achieve this with practice. 

- Thumbnails are a good way to get concepts down, and a great way to study composition. I always do them before starting a big piece, and so does a lot of people I follow. It forces you to find solutions in tiny squares and rectangles and focus on the essential, instead of allowing you to start rendering too much :)

- Don’t get too attached to a drawing. You can do 100 more, if you messed up that one, you can do better next time.

- Although you don’t have to buy expensive materials, I find that certain pencils just don’t work for me, so find the materials that work for you. 

Hmm.. I’m sure there are more things I could add, but I can’t think of anything else atm. I will add them later if they come to my mind, I hope this was helpful. :)

(Of course I must state, these are MY tips, take everything I say with a grain of salt, and if possible, try to get more sources for the things you’re looking for!)

anonymous asked:

How do you come up with poses??

Hi Anon,

I’m not exactly sure which answer you are looking for, but I hope that you will find it in this dreadfully lengthy response. 

In my opinion, drawing a pose requires the understanding of two different but related things: human form and body language. Either can be achieved by observing people, each in a different way. 

The first is by learning the many aspects of anatomy, which is an endless path of repeated exercises. For body language, you have to look at how people hold themselves when they behave in a certain way. Live drawing is great, as it teaches you both at the same time.  

Just watching people be, doing stuff, interacting with each other, has provided for great material that I can apply to my own characters, especially regarding their personality. 

However, their personality isn’t necessarily why I portray them in a certain way. Instead, it’s based on how I want other people to see them as (for example, drawing an antagonist, but not explicitly showing they are one).

Taking into consideration who the character is and what I’d like to express about them, the formula for the pose itself would be something like:
Angle + form of the body + gesture + facial expression = final pose. 

I could give you so many examples for every part of this quickly invented formula, however for the sake of this response, I’ve doodled one example in which I’ve combined all these elements, and elaborate on associating a pose with body language. Please note that this is my personal interpretation!

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Back with something silly that came to mind a while ago. Have art proffesor!Reyes that takes a stranger to his apartment one night and he turns out to be the model for his class the next day. McReyes with background Symbra and the cool kids.



Gabriel was seeing all the colors every time he closed his eyes. It felt cliché to say a rainbow, but it was a twisted version of one fading into the sky after a storm. He saw dark red every time the stranger sunk his teeth into his skin, like blood, like a glass of wine going down his throat. He tasted yellow when they kissed, the sun itself, bright and energized. He saw brown when he looked into the obviously younger man’s eyes, shining sinhalite under the light of his room. He saw the gemstones forging under his blazing gaze when he growled. It made Gabe’s mouth dry, thirsty for a glass whisky. Gabriel felt like a king when the man’s nails scratched his back, like gold was peeking through the wounds. And he definitely saw white when he hit the climax. A flash so blinding even with his eyes close. White like the clouds up in the sky. With the divine pleads coming from the younger man’s mouth, Gabriel felt like he had touched the heavens.

The room was on fire and vibrant as the night grew colder and older. The mysterious cowboy that approached him at the bar rode him through the night. Gabriel inspected him from hat to the spurs at the ankles of his boots; he thought this guy would never get a chance. But the more the stranger’s velvet voice and laugh overshadowed the music in the bar, the more intoxicated Gabriel felt. Before Gabriel could stop himself, he was pinning the younger man into a wall of the club and letting him sway his hips against his own. The cowboy kept calling him names like ‘sweetheart’, ‘sugar’ and ‘darling’. The latter seemed to be a favorite. They didn’t ask for names nor life stories, only wanted a good time and Gabriel doesn’t regret it.

Gabe isn’t surprised to wake up and find the cowboy by his side, snoring and deep asleep. The white sheets line up the curve of his hips right, itching Gabriel to trace those lines again. The man’s hair is like brown strokes of paint over the white pillows, softly drawn and perfectly pigmented. Gabriel uses his finger to lower the sheets until the sweet round butt cheeks of the younger man came to view. He licks his lips to the thought of another round. It’d have to be quick, but he thinks the stranger would be glad to be fucked senseless against the wall. Sadly, Gabriel’s alarm reminds him he can’t afford another one, not even if it’s quick.

Gabriel brews a pot of coffee while he gets dressed and before he can leave his room, the cowboy stirs awake.

“Mornin’, sunshine.” He turns towards Gabriel. “Is that coffee I smell?”

“I can give you a to-go cup.”

“How mighty kind of you.” The man sits up, the sheets almost reveal his soft member. Gabriel gazes over the hair on the man’s chest and down the trail to his crotch. He leaves the room before his thirsty mouth says something.

Gabriel walks the man to the door, almost about to leave himself. But before the cowboy walks out of the door, he catches Gabriel’s lips with his own and drinks the leftover coffee taste from the older man’s mouth. Gabriel would be lying if he didn’t feel dizzy after the gift. He also feels the man’s hand slipping in one of the back pocket of his jeans.

“Don’t hesitate to call, sugar,” the man says, close to his lips.

Once he leaves, Gabriel pulls out the piece of folded paper. The dog paws on the corner let him know it’s from the small notebook he leaves on the kitchen counter to write down his grocery lists and important details. There are seven digits and below a ‘J’. Gabriel scoffs and leaves the note on the coffee table to think it over later.

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