this is what i do when i have lots of free time and no photoshop skills

hey!! lately i’ve been seeing tons of resource masterposts and i decided that i’d be easier if all of these masterposts were combined into one mega masterpost!! i couldn’t possibly link them all but i also added tons of my own links, this took absolutely forever so please, enjoy! :~)


  • 200 words that describe light
  • how to keep a journal
  • read some slam poetry
  • huge writing masterpost 
  • how to reveal character
  • help with writer’s block
  • find the word that’s on the tip of your tongue
  • find out which author you write like
  • write interactive books  (kind of like choose your own adventure)
  • good brainstorming/ organizing tool
  • zen writing tool
  • word on the tip of your tongue?
  • use big and interesting words
  • Inspiration 1
  • Instead of ‘whispered’
  • Music for writing fight scenes
  • Writing fantasy
  • Emotions vocab sheet
  • How to reveal character
  • Writers block resource
  • Writing a death scene
  • Music to help you write
  • Writing prompt generators
  • Got writers block?
  • How to torture a character
  • Degrees of emotion
  • ULTIMATE writing ref
  • Character names
  • Body language
  • 25 days of fic
  • how to write a good essay
  • Writing people of colour
  • nanowrimo start kit
  • All Authors need to Know
  • Alternatives to ‘said’
  • more writing tips
  • read books online for free
  • read/post fanfiction
  • read/post stories
  • Want to know who you write like?
  • 10 sites to download free audio books
  • character flaws
  • 200 words to describe light
  • Obscure color words
  • Body Language Cheat Sheet
  • Awesome colors to describe eyes
  • download free books
  • download free kindle books


  • how to survive college 
  • Scholarpedia (basically Wikipedia but with reliable sources)
  • solve any math problem
  • how to effectively pull an all-nighter
  • teaches everything
  • An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms)
  • bibliography maker
  • Didn’t listen in class?
  • look for your worksheets on here
  • finals survival guide
  • free microsoft word alternative
  • homework help
  • learn geography
  • make flash cards
  • math problem solver (2)
  • Masterpost of writing software
  • online ruler
  • pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
  • Stress Analyst
  • when to go to sleep/wake up
  • how to wake up in the morning
  • learn how to study
  • Masterlist of study tips
  • How to cite
  • Take online college courses
  • How to multiply big numbers


  • sleep calculator (wake up feeling refreshed!)
  • chrome site blocker (use these to block websites so you can finally get work done!!)
  • firefox site blocker
  • mac site blocker
  • have some self control (for macs also)
  • focus playlist (i use this to study all the time!)
  • how to find focus
  • noise generator to help you relax
  • chill playlist
  • concentration playlist
  • study playlist
  • coffee shop blues
  • relaxation 
  • masterpost of sounds of nature
  • get a cute kitten after doing your work!!

beauty (credit for most of these!)

  • how to improve your self-esteem (because you’re beautiful!)
  • flaws to embrace
  • Newspaper nail tutorial
  • fun makeup masterpost
  • filling in eyebrows
  • twin buns
  • how to contour
  • everyday makeup routine
  • how to make any color of lipstick… from crayons
  • natural beauty remedies
  • the trick to liquid eyeliner
  • messy bun tutorial
  • skirt types
  • Black/gold ref 1
  • Cosplay eye makeup
  • Rotting skin halloween makeup
  • cool makeup tips
  • stylish eye makeup 
  • fashion guide/vocabulary
  • makeup hacks
  • gradient lip makeup
  • different ways to braid your hair
  • messy buns tutorial
  • how to make your own temporary tattoo
  • apply eyeliner, mascara, and curl lashes with a spoon
  • 5 of the best foundations 
  • acne foundation routine
  • best powder foundations
  • quick foundation tip
  • how to apply liquid foundation
  • makeup highlights tutorial
  • blush for your skin tone
  • how to apply bronzer
  • how to contour your face
  • apply blush like a pro
  • blush according to your face shape
  • fake freckles with make-up
  • wash your face correctly
  • how to wash your face 101
  • ombre eyeliner
  • d.i.y. gel liner
  • get the perfect winged liner
  • get winged liner using tape
  • awesome eyeliner tricks
  • 9 different eyeliner looks
  • different eyeliner styles
  • guide to applying eyeshadow
  • suit your eyeshadow to your eyes
  • glittery smoky eye
  • get the perfect smoky eye
  • get beautiful lashes
  • how to apply fake lashes
  • best eyebrows for your face shape
  • get the perfect eyebrows 
  • eyebrow solutions
  • make-up tricks for brown eyes
  • get rid of dark circles
  • how to change your eye shape
  • a shade for every occasion
  • kool-aid lip stain
  • best lipsticks for blondes
  • hot red lips
  • how to get gradient lips
  • lipstick shades for fall
  • how to make any lipstick look matte
  • get soft kissable lips
  • make-up brush tutorial 
  • brush tricks
  • clean your makeup brushes
  • make-up brush guide
  • long lasting makeup tricks
  • victoria’s secret model tips
  • saving face
  • beginner’s guide
  • when will it expire?
  • 10 makeup tips from mac
  • best tips from professionals
  • 18 beauty essentials
  • basics you should own


  • tons of resources for textures/psds/and backrounds
  • tons of theme makers
  • theme hunter
  • learn how to make tumblr themes
  • pixels galore
  • more pixels
  • good pixel blog
  • kawaii emoji’s
  • textures galore
  • psds galore
  • tumblr picture sizes
  • mass tag replacer
  • huge theme-related download pack
  • post a bunch of things from a blog’s archive 
  • really good redux edits
  • backgrounds
  • code for ask box 
  • see problems with your blog/website
  • see your old themes (also switch back to a theme!)
  • Check your post limit
  • Photoshop tutorials
  • Find any reaction GIF

Photo Editing

  • punk edit tutorial
  • remove backgrounds without photoshop
  • topaz-like action
  • Photo editing downloads for free
  • glitch tutorial
  • double exposure effect
  • photoshop brushes masterpost
  • this blog has a lot of ps resources
  • so does this one
  • how to download photoshop for mac for free
  • how to download photoshop for pc for free
  • in depth tutorial on how to make a gif
  • pretty much any photoshop tutorial you will ever need
  • photoshop help (2) (3) (4)
  • resources for photoshop


  • convert youtube to mp3
  • find mp3 files for any song
  • Music to help you write
  • avatar soundtrack
  • broadway musical soundtracks (amazing)
  • nirvana’s albums
  • panic! at the disco 
  • ed sheeran
  • amy winehouse
  • paramore
  • blink-182
  • all time low
  • unreleased katy perry
  • punk goes …
  • fall out boy (not the newest album)
  • sleeping with sirens
  • imagine dragons
  • darren criss
  • green day
  • ke$ha


  • how to draw ears
  • how to make an animated film
  • learn how to draw anything
  • turn your paper art into digital
  • skeleton practice drawing tool thingy
  • how to draw semi- realistic eyes
  • how to make pixel art
  • good reference for drawing water
  • free digital sculpting tool
  • silk - interactive generative art
  • Painting tutorial
  • Female/male arms
  • Kneeling + Sitting ref
  • Dragon head view tutorial
  • SAI brushes 86786
  • Drawing expressions
  • Sai Brushes 
  • NGE colour palette 
  • 100+ colour palletes
  • Avoiding same face
  • Face contours/highlighting 
  • free art MyPaint
  • Body anatomy help
  • How to shift images using blur in PS
  • Drawing clothe folding
  • How to draw ice
  • Colour palette 
  • Colour palette 
  • SAI brush settings 
  • SAI/PS pixel brushes
  • Warm/Cool gray
  • Flower crown tutorial
  • Skin colour palette
  • Pink colour sheet
  • How to draw butts&thighs
  • The male torso
  • Drawing glowing stuff in SAI
  • Drawing horse/animal legs on humans
  • Drawing clouds
  • Muscular male with bow stock photos
  • Pastel colours
  • Drawing grass fields in SAI
  • Expressions&Legs
  • All about the human body
  • 20+ colour palettes 
  • Colour conversion
  • Kissing ref
  • Creature design 
  • Colour meanings
  • Creating expression
  • Tutorial masterpost (100+)
  • Lineart
  • Canine
  • How to colour
  • Pose studies
  • Feline comparisons
  • How to draw penis
  • Leaf pressing
  • 100+ anatomy references 
  • How to draw folds
  • SAI brushes 3
  • Sitting poses
  • Colour palette 4
  • Cloud painting
  • How to draw 3D rooms
  • Colour info
  • Colouring ref
  • Hair tutorial
  • Clothing ref
  • Bodies and poses
  • SAI brushes 5
  • Colour scheme designer
  • Folding ref
  • Heads&Angles 
  • Paint tool SAI masterpost
  • Drawing ref masterpost (10+)
  • Hair+Fur
  • How to draw faces
  • SAI brushes 4
  • Anatomy of mutant humans
  • What should I draw?
  • Free art software
  • pastel colour ref
  • Mass art ref
  • Soft SAI brushes
  • ways to draw stuff
  • SAI brush settings
  • baseball cap ref
  • Penis ref
  • Drawing human wings
  • Cool free art software
  • Huge art ref
  • Colour blender
  • 2 SAI brushes
  • Photoshop for free 
  • Colorwheel
  • How to accurately draw arms
  • anatomy and rotation of the head
  • human anatomy for artists
  • speed drawing studies
  • nude references
  • hands
  • arm and wing movement 
  • beer bellies
  • body types
  • noses
  • box and egg/run of the stroke
  • a trick for arm proportions
  • body diversity
  • anatomy of the waist
  • feet
  • hands and forearms


  • Boredom masterpost 
  • really interesting websites
  • cute videos
  • vines
  • free hugs
  • fun sites masterpost
  • useless websites
  • play some dumb games
  • color matching game
  • games you played back in the day
  • really cute online games
  • cards against humanity pdf (a must!!)
  • sushi cat 
  • takes you to a random location and you have to guess where you are
  • akinator, the web genie (like guess who!!)
  • create a fake tweet

Feeling down?

  • cutting
  • suicide
  • talk it out
  • venting
  • alternatives
  • the quiet place
  • need a hug?
  • just breathe.
  • cute yahoo answers
  • emergency compliment
  • draw a stickman
  • coping skills and distractions
  • calming gif
  • givesmehope (so adorable!!)
  • break something
  • cut something (blood) (trigger warning)
  • get a hug
  • play cute games
  • Receive Compliments
  • see something cute
  • how to love yourself 
  • Stuff to do if you’re having a bad day
  • Stuff you can do to help someone smile
  • Alternative to self harm 
  • Basic ED recovery help
  • Alternative to self harm (2)
  • Alternative to self harm (3)
  • Someone to talk to
  • How to deal/talk with bipolar and depressed people
  • If you’re having a bad night
  • Movies to watch when you’re down
  • Confidence


  • watch tons of tv/movies
  • movies for when you can’t sleep
  • movies by genre
  • disney movies (so good omg)
  • harry potter movies
  • johnny depp movies
  • zombie movies
  • movies on youtube!
  • A list of scary movies with recovery
  • A list of teen movies
  • Disney Channel Movies from 1998-2013
  • One of the best movie selections
  • tumblr dedicated to find finding movies
  • when to pee during a movie
  • Hannibal ( back-up link )
  • Adventure Time 
  • Bob’s Burgers (1-3)
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Who’s Line Is It Anyway
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • Teen Wolf
  • Bates Motel
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Misfits
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Ghost Adventures
  • Orphan Black
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • American Horror Story
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
  • Criminal Minds
  • Supernatural (season 1) (season 2) (season 3) (season 4) (season 5) (season 6) (season 7) (season 8)
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Dexter
  • Bad Girls Club
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Whose Line is It Anyway
  • Breaking Bad


  • thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
  • cheap & healthy snacks
  • quick and easy soup recipes
  • chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
  • study snacks
  • 40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
  • macaroni cheese / mac&cheese in a cup
  • panera mac n cheese recipe
  • different salad recipes
  • fricking recipes
  • harry potter recipes
  • healthy recipes
  • brownie/cookie
  • s’mores pie
  • nutella hot chocolate
  • peanut butter nutella swirl cookies
  • cookie in a mug
  • starbucks holiday drinks
  • fruit leathers (like fruit roll-ups, only much better)
  • Yummy apple thing
  • Cookie in a cup
  • French bread pizza
  • Egg tacos
  • How to microwave more than one bowl at a time
  • How to make the perfect cup of tea
  • Peach cobbler
  • Healthy lunches
  • Tons of pies
  • Cookie dough you can eat
  • Why you should go vegan
  • Shelf life of food
  • How to make different looking cookies
  • Website for lack of ingredients 
  • Cheeseburger cupcakes
  • Deep-dish cookie for one


  • daily workout 
  • tone your arms without weights
  • pilates workout for a slimmer waist
  • abs all night challenge
  • bye bye muffin top 
  • 1-2-3 ab work out
  • get a flat stomach
  • What Makes You Bootyful Challenge
  • Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge
  • Your Best Butt
  • lean legs pyramid 
  • dancer’s legs workout
  • legs like eleanor calder
  • 8 minute morning work out
  • cardio/strength workout
  • fat blaster workout
  • Burning stomach fat

bransii  asked:

Hi! I'm a new reader and I just wanted to say I absolutely love your writing n_n Could you do some headcanons on RFA+V+Saeran with an animator MC? Maybe with them trying to help her with her work with their own talents and whatnot? Like Zen doing voices, Yoosung with story ideas, etc, etc. Thank you!

Cute idea ^^


Request Killing: 2/30

RFA+Saeran and Animator MC


  • You call him almost every night to ask for his opinion on the storyline, and he tries his best to offer suggestions or ideas for you to bounce off of
  • But unlike you, he wasn’t used to staying up so late…
  • Most nights, you would hear him snoring lightly over the phone while you were in the middle of talking
  • Although you’d feel annoyed at first (especially since you were stressed over your work), you’d calm down and remind yourself that Yoosung was willingly giving his time to you despite not benefiting from it
  • Just the mere thought of him trying so hard to help you every night made you smile.
  • He wakes up and finds himself in his own puddle of drool on the desk most mornings (HE NEVER LEARNS)
  • And desperately tries to wipe it up, thoroughly embarrassed that he still drools despite being a college student
  • He always feels apologetic that he falls asleep first, and wants to help you the best he can, knowing that you stay up even later than him—sometimes he wonders if you even sleep…


  • He very much looks forward to being your voice actor!! Although you tried to pay him, he firmly refused
  • “We’re friends, aren’t we, MC?” he’d say, pouting as he tried to guilt-trip you
  • He already has a lot in his schedule—his rehearsals, plays, work-outs, modelling, acting lessons… And now he tries to fit in voice-acting for you, barely having time to eat even 2 meals a day, and only sleeping a few hours every night
  • Sadly, you were too caught up in your own busy life to notice that his condition was worsening
  • He put on bright smiles to see you every time he came to help, putting on extra make-up to hide the tired lines on his face and forcing out a good voice for you even when he was risking a sore throat
  • It wasn’t until he didn’t show up one day that you realized what was going on. You had tried to phone him when he was late, but he hadn’t picked up. So you asked In the RFA group chat, and Jaehee immediately replied that Zen had been taken to the hospital!
  • When you read the news article that followed the incident, you learned that he had been overworking himself, and that he had collapsed in the studio. No wonder he couldn’t make it today…
  • Immediately, you were overwhelmed with guilt, knowing you were one of the reasons he collapsed.
  • He ruffles your hair when you visit him at the hospital, laughing that he was perfectly fine. But he did end up agreeing to only help you out when he had free time


  • She was already busy with all the work Jumin gave her
  • But you’re her best friend and there was no way she wouldn’t support you
  • You had no idea, but she was the one who ordered food for you every night… You would hear your doorbell ring and find a deliveryman standing there with food in his hands, fully paid for already under your name even though you knew you hadn’t made the order
  • And in the mornings, Jaehee would drop off a hot drink for you before she headed for work. Sometimes it was coffee, sometimes flavoured tea, and sometimes sweet milk.
  • She knows that you often stayed up all night perfecting scenes, and thought the caffeine would help you regain your energy—also because she was aware that you would keep working until you’d pass out, so that extra bit of energy was definitely needed


  • He wasn’t really sure what animating was
  • Until you showed him one of your videos…
  • He was absolutely flabbergasted. “You made this? From scratch? The whole thing?” he had asked, a bit doubtful because it looked so professional.
  • He vowed to support every one of your works, and became the source of your funds
  • Of course, you used the money only when you really needed it, not wanting to take advantage of your friendship with him
  • He paid for billboards to advertise your projects, no matter how grand your animation really was
  • It was thanks to him that you gained so much attention from famous animators, who offered to be your mentor!


  • He came right over to help! Although his main job was hacking, he was skilled in all forms of technology—be it video edits, photoshop, social networking, computer code, etc.
  • Oh, but he had zero art sense, so he couldn’t help you with digital art
  • BUT he would help you organize the frames, and give feedback if something was out of place. He had a keen eye for detail after all. (Developed from the need to be severely attentive in his missions)
  • While you were busy working on your animations, Seven would take snippets of your work and upload it online, using his bots to get it trending over the internet
  • Yes, that’s why you’d wake up and find scenes of your animation all over social media…
  • (He also filtered out any negative comments as well, so you would only see love, support and encouragement from your fans)
  • And since he was right beside you, he would make you catch some sleep, lecturing you that it was important for your health. (He wasn’t always around though, since he had his own work)
  • Seven was the biggest help whenever you were busy animating, both in the actual animation and keeping your sanity in check.


  • He was the one who took all your reference photos for you
  • Sometimes, you wanted a certain scenery for your backgrounds, and he’d search high and low to find the closest thing to what you imagined—he would go on a lot of trips every time you had another animation project… (which made Yoosung accuse him of slacking off and not really helping… lolol the omelette boy just had to find every reason to jab at V)
  • And sometimes, you’d want a specific angle of an object, and he would take hundreds of photos just to find THE angle you desired
  • Sometimes you suddenly decided you didn’t want that angle, after all. And then he’d go through the pains of taking even more photos for you
  • But he was always happy to help
  • He loved travelling, he loved photography, and he loved being helpful to you!


  • He was a bit jealous that everyone else kind of had a set job—the creative and young Yoosung helping with the plot, the actor Zen helping to voice lines, the motherly figure Jaehee who made sure you were eating healthily, the corporate director Jumin providing funds, the photographer V helping to find reference photos, and his techy brother Seven who helped put your animation together.
  • So he tried to help in his own way. He would be your ‘Vanderwood.’
  • He cleaned up your house while you were too busy concentrating on your work to notice
  • He would prepare meals (Saeran was a good cook!) since he knew the take-out that Jaehee ordered for you wasn’t healthy to have everyday
  • He’d cover you up with a blanket whenever you fell asleep—sometimes if you hadn’t gotten much sleep in DAYS, he’d dump you into your bed and lock you in there
  • And… most embarrassing for him to admit, Saeran would even model clothes for you. Surprisingly, he could pull off a ton of styles! Whether it was a badboy, innocent, cheerful or even girly look, he’d still look cute! (Well, Seven dooooes cosplay a lot and matches various styles… Not surprised that his twin has that ability, too…)
  • Although he never voiced his opinions or complaints, he was very, very pleased that he was able to help you!

Bonus: You gave each of the RFA members a special mention in the credits of your animation, which really touched their hearts!!

hakimirektman  asked:

Im trying to draw(beginners) on my desktop do you have any suggestions and tips ? And what type of software do you prefer ?.

Ah!! I’m so happy for you!!  :D

Well I’m also a self-taught digital artist for the past… two years?  xD So I’m just gonna give you some tips based on my experience as a beginner so far.

1. Get a graphics tablet / pen tablet

You don’t need to get the fancy or expensive ones, anything compatible with your computer / laptop would do :)

-This would help SO MUCH when drawing! Its less time consuming and has features like the pen pressure, which can’t be found on a trackpad  / mouse :’3 

* they are kinda hard to get used to at first, but with lots of practice, you’ll get pretty good at it :) I actually put away mine for like a year because I gave up after using it after the first few tries xD  Please just… Don’t give up! ^^”

2. Suitable software(s)

There’s… a lot of softwares you can choose to begin with!

As for me, I begin using Sketchbook Express because I’m on a Mac.  Its a very simple and neat software for beginners! But not so many features they offer for making more professional looking arts . I suggest you get the free art programs first unless you’re very serious about pursuing into digital art. 

I heard Krita, MediBangFireAlpaca, and Gimp and  are also other good free softwares as well. 

^^^ download link is on the name of softwares (bold) ^^^

*Once you feel like you got the hang of it, you can try out those not-free softwares. Those have tons more features that you can experiment with!  :) As for me, I use Photoshop CC (I realised most professional Illustrators use this) , while others may use Paint Tool Sai (this software can’t be used on Mac),  or maybe an upgrade of other free-art software like the  Corel Painter and ArtRage. These programs have way more features you can try compared to the free ones. Even I’m still not an expert on my own software XD But we’ll get there someday! TvT”

3. Look up for tutorials! :D 

This is important, because digital art is a bit more different to traditional art in terms of its ability to do more. Some things important to know in digital art:

  • Layers 
  • Terms used in art softwares to work with often
  • Colouring
  • Brush effects
  • Other features you think is important to know…

I suggest learning these from youtube tutorials or online art classes like Schoolism . Also, If you’re also new in drawing, you should try looking up for fundamentals in drawing! It will help improve your art skill for both digital and traditional :) 

But if you’re already good at traditional art, digital would be a lot more easier for you to work with.

And yeah, thats from me I guess. Hope this helps! 

anonymous asked:

Hi Red! I hope you don't mind me asking... you're exactly what I aspire to be in terms of art skills, I can only dream of one day being as good as you. But I don't know where to start and sometimes I feel a little lost and don't know how to improve at all. I thought I'll ask you for a bit of help? for example what drawing apps you use or if you have any quick tips? sorry I'm sure you get this all the time but it would be helpful. Thank you!

Hello nonnie! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments, first of all. I’d be happy to help if I can. 

So… for my art the applications I use the most are the following:

Photoshop: This is a given. Most artists who do art professionally tend to prefer PS over any other program for the simple reason that it’s a really amazing tool. The brush sets available for it are great and unlike other applications, it doesn’t crash or struggle when you push it (say working on really big canvas dimensions and whatnot). Learning how to master PS fully is, however, quite hard and time consuming. But worth it. I use PS for all my more complex pieces, for paintings and pretty much anything that’s not simple, quick art. 

Paint Tool Sai: Now, Sai is as accessible and easy to use as it is lackluster in certain departments. You’ll find a lot of beginner artists using Sai because of how easy to master it is, and it gives you good results. If you struggle a little to learn how to use complex applications, this might just be your best friend. I use it occasionally for sketching or any simple, quick work (like the doodles I do for this blog). 

PureRef: This is an application I’ve never seen anyone talk about around here and I often wonder why. I get most of my income from commissions, and this application is so useful I just can’t go without it. But the concept is simple. Essentially, it allows you to create a collage of references and this window will always stay open on top of any other windows while still allowing you to operate on the windows below. For example; you can have PS open and you can be working on your art while PureRef stays on top (wherever on your screen you might want it to be) and that way you can look at your references while working on your art comfortably. Simple but neat.

Now those three are the ones I use the most, but I also occasionally use these: 

Krita: This one is great because of the unique way in which layers work in it, the brushes look great and it, for me, functions like a professional application. It is essentially a Photoshop replica for free. But fair warning, it crashes and lags at times.

Paintstorm Studio: Another one I never see doing the rounds anywhere on social media. This is a wonderful application and I dare say superior to Photoshop on the brush department. I’m only learning how to use it now, but so far I’m quite impressed with it. 

As for tips, I don’t know… because what helps and doesn’t often varies depending on the particular artist. Not everyone learns the same way. I’d recommend watching a lot of art related videos; tutorials, speedpaints, even just people talking about art programs and tools often helps. There’s a really good website called Skillshare where professional artists make videos to show you in detail how they work and how they produce their art. I’d definitely recommend it. Also just check out art in general, all the time, all kinds of art, different styles. Pay attention to the details that make certain art styles unique and appealing. If you’re self taught like me, trying to figure out how someone produced a certain piece of art, what technique they used, is often the way to learn. 

And last but not least the thing everyone’s sick of hearing but is the ultimate truth so I’m sorry, here it goes: Practice. Draw your heart out. My right wrist sounds like an old creaking door while my left wrist rolls smoothly, there’s a reason for it. (DISCLAIMER DON’T HURT YOURSELF WHILE MAKING YOUR ART OMFG. Get yourself a table of wrist exercises and stretch often.) I draw all the time and I draw every day. Every. Single. Day. I don’t usually take off days, for me an off day means I’m drawing for an hour or two instead of six or nine hours. Practice truly does make perfect, and try to balance the things you’re good at with those you’re not. Practice more the stuff that you’re worst at if you want a balanced skill set. Don’t be scared of trying new things and going out of your comfort zone, otherwise you might get stuck on doing the same thing over and over and will never learn new stuff. There’s nothing to be afraid of, worst case scenario some of your art will suck for a bit but keep at it, and you can be good at just about anything. 

And don’t half ass things. Try to put passion in everything you do. This is harder than it sounds. There might be things you don’t really feel like doing at a certain point in time but even those deserve your full attention. Give it your all and your art will always have that something special! Commit to it, and you’ll achieve anything you want, trust me. 

I hope this was of help in some way? I wish you luck out there doing your art :) 

See you around~


SLBP KAI REINCARNATIONS (with a Yukimura x MC pairing)

Shingen & Kansuke

  • Shingen remembers first. He’s in the military, and there’s a moment, when he’s leading his men (and women!) that he just knows. It’s as natural and comfortable as putting on a favorite piece of clothing – the transition between not remembering and carrying all of the memories is effortless.
  • (Not without some pain over things left undone and promises unkept, but, effortless)
  • First thing he does is start seeking out the others. Kai was always, ever Kai because of the people who were a part of it, and Shingen was who he was because of the people who surrounded him, he has as much a duty to them in this life as the last.
  • Kansuke is next! Medical researcher, life has always felt a bit…lacking, like he moves through a fog.
  • Fog finally, finally lifts when Shingen walks into his lab, grinning.
  • Mr Emotionless DEFINITELY CRIES bet me on this
  • Anyway, Shingen finishes his service and starts a business, because there are new ways to lead, and this offers him a better opportunity to get out and about and find everyone.

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I have a backlog of unanswered anon questions in my ask box. So sorry if you’ve sent me something and it was never answered, especially since some of them were quite sensitive. Thank you for sending me your questions!

If a question wasn’t asked anonymously, I’ll answer in private. The rest are here, please let me know if you have any additional questions! I’ll do better at being more responsive on Tumblr >_

(A) Mmmm that was quite an escalation (!!!) 

I guess if you don’t get back at trying, you’ll never succeed at it either (especially since skills tend to depend on continuous exposure and practice). If you want to ever be “good enough” *, keep drawing. Even if it’s in private, keep practicing until you get somewhere you’re comfortable at. It’s pretty normal to be afraid of failing, but I personally think it’s even more scary to stay at the same place forever because you’re too scared to try.

As for the bullies, if you let them intimidate you into giving up drawing, you’re losing something important because of people who aren’t worthy of influencing your future. These people shouldn’t have a say in your life, practice making art and get back at them by becoming an amazing artist.

(Cheat that worked for me in similar situations: I recommend reading/watching something like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and channel some Lisbeth in your everyday life.)

*I don’t really know if I’ve ever felt “good enough” when it comes to art. YMMV, but don’t let doubts hinder your perception of your abilities.

(B) Hi there! Thank you so much ahhh! You know what, come to think of it…I don’t think I’ve ever posted it… <_> I don’t know where the file is anymore. Will try to find and post it some where eventually, thank you for reminding me!!!</_>

C) Thank you wonderful anon SMOOCH

(D/F/K) There were quite a few questions/emails about this, which is awesome, thank you guys for wanting to throw legal tenders at me. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to manage an online store right now (and most of my prints are out of stock). But but BUT, when AX time comes around, I’ll put out a feeler post for online print preorders. 

Please be on the look out sometime in June and drop me a message once the post is up, I might set up a temp shop or take email orders depending on volume. Thank you all so much for your support! 

(E) THANK YOU ANON!!! Hmmm I think nowadays due to print-making and whatnot, I’ve been working in the 3000-5000px range. Min size is usually around 2000px! 

Also to the second part of that question…I’m sorry anon I failed Q_Q Thank you for being so sweet

(F) Addressed above in (D)

(G) I got my first tablet around…2006ish? 10+ years definitely

(H) Wacom Intuos pro (the medium sized one) and SAI mostly. Sometimes Procreate on ipad + apple pencil, or Photoshop + tablet. 

(I) Oh aw shucks thanks! Hmmmmm….usually I would say practice, but I’m sure you know that already. I’ll try for something different here.

In one word: STEAL 

In more words: my thoughts are pretty much summed up beautifully in the book How to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this post). I highly recommend reading the book (local libraries should have it, or feel free to google for it and see what you can find). 

The idea is, to become a better artist, you have to first fill yourself up with inspiration and source materials. This includes looking at people you admire and taking what you like and applying it to your own work. No shame in this process, just don’t copy the exact thing and sell it as your own :) … ;)

(J) Hmmmmm…the outline of the face first. But if you’re looking for inside stuff, eyes. (Then I erase them later because haha they look like alien eyes)

(K) Addressed above in (D), and thank you :) 

(L) Hello! I….actually don’t know! 

Hahaha ok seriously I don’t really have a process. But mmmm I think it’s helpful to be relatively well-versed in color theory (lots of good posts on Tumblr about this)! I would very often just default to semi-complimentary colors.

(M) Oh thank you! My next princess is Chloe, who (whom..?) I’m still procrastinating on (;_;), but I would love to do a Dolce princess as well! Hopefully soon! Thank you so much for the suggestion and all the nice compliments

Alright! That’s all for now! I think that was everything, so if you’ve submitted a questions but it was never answered, (and you’d still like to see it answered), please send it to me again. Sorry for the trouble, my inbox is kinda weird sometimes :(

Feel free to drop a question off at anytime. Will try my best to answer ASAP!

the-rogue-of-space  asked:

if you're not busy, could you give advice for where to start in animation, program-wise? one of my goals for the year was to try animating and i'm so lost. where do i even start? i figured asking someone in the business would help.

not at all ! 

Program wise i’d start with something free or cheap , the old version of pap , pencil and theres even personal learning editions of toonboom. ( ive never tried those but why not ! ) . If not you could try flash or photoshops animation options if you happen to have photoshop.

The key thing to look for in these programs is ABILITY TO FLIP. When you see traditional animators animating they always flip paper back and forth , this is so their eye measures proportions , spacing , and details between the pictures. they dont draw it automatically. This is key in really getting your animation skills. When I animate in toonboom i use the F and G keys to flip back and forth between my drawings so I can mimic the same thing :) . Find out what program works for you , have fun and play around.

To the animation side of things , look into getting ’ animators survival kit ’ . Its a really great guidebook to animation. There are also DVD lectures of it and even apps ! just check out the website.  This book will show you about the principles of animation which you need to know first before jumping into anything too nuts. You can read up on the principles of animation here 

The really important thing to realize is you need to practice these principles first ! Which is why the very first animation assignments you get in school is the pendulum swing or a bouncing ball. Once you get a good idea of them its way easier to really UNDERSTAND what goes behind animation..this is the start of a great journey ! Now you can analyze animation and go , wow i really like what they did here with that timing…it really makes the action pop. WOW that was awesome squash and stretch and it made the character so flexible !

theres tons that goes on in animation that you’ll start to see , its a lot at first , but its so amazing to learn :) . And thats not to say you cant just jump right out of the gate making your characters sing and dance but…THATS HARD STUFF…if you slow down and take things step by step it will become more of a lasting skill within you. If you ever need some ideas on what to do theres a great list here when you’re ready to start :)

sheslike-omg  asked:

Hello! I've been drawing my whole life, but I've never done digital art, I know nothing of it and feel like, one step behind bc of it. What would you recommend for a beginner? Thanks!


Originally posted by tinaillustration

Hi!! I’m really sorry this took me such a while to answer, but I really had to think the question through since I, myself, have been drawing since I was a little kid. But, on that note, I know several ones that consider themselves beginners and they, too, felt at loss.

Honestly, things aren’t as complicated as people might think. The first thing I suggest you to do is to save a collection of art that you find inspiring, perhaps even styles that you admire and want to be something like. Don’t immediately think you will draw like this though — even if you’re a natural and draw things perfectly, you, yourself as an artist, will probably not feel completely comfortable with it. Understand and accept that an artist always strives to be better, and yes, that includes those talented artists that you admire! I assure you that they too sit there and groan at least every now and then because their art isn’t going the way they want to. It’s part of being an artist, and all you need to do is to feel comfy  in that and see it as a challenge of sorts. So, as soon as you have accepted this, you’ll be ready to take action!

The first step I’d say is to study the art (or photos) that you collected. What is it that you like about them? What is a method the artist seems to be using? What makes it unique? How would you translate all this into your own style, using it as inspiration and not as outright copy? Think of it as ‘I really like this thing about this artist, but if I did it, it’d probably be this way instead.’ Remember, though, that the first years (and it will be many years, but they’re fun and educational, so don’t worry!) will all be a tryout for you. It’s all experimental, so don’t limit yourself too much. Think of how you’d like to try out things, and as you go, realize what you find fun to draw. It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been doing it since you’ve been little, it’s all about your mentality and when you’re ready to develop as you grow up. No one is a master at painting at the age of 5 (okay let’s admit it, all kids are little art geniuses, but you know what I mean).

Second is tracing. Before everyone gasp and say how horrible it is, I’ll tell you that it’s highly educational and it doesn’t mean that you’re some thieving copycat. You’re just trying out the ways of other artist and kind of getting a grasp of how they do things, it lets you become comfortable with your own brushstrokes as you follow theirs. Never post traced art without permission (unless it’s public, non-licenced art, such as classical illustrations, etc) and never trace with the goal to copy them. Think of tracing as a method of getting used to art and understanding drawing. Do this during the first period of your learning state, but you must learn to not keep doing it, and eventually I suggest you stop altogether (unless you’re really in a rut). One tip is to alter the traced pics to your liking, to add your own style and touch to it! Be experimental.

Third step is drawing by reference. You might be wondering, after tracing, how does one just stop? You use can still use said pictures as a guidance, but instead of tracing them, use them as a reference, meaning you simply look at them while you draw on your own. Remember that it’s okay to not have it look exactly like how it originally looks! Remember that it’s your art and it’s all about your path, in the end. Reference is something you never have to quit using, in fact, I highly recommend you use them, but use them with care. Simply learn the difference between copying and using inspiration.

This is a useful little guide on both tracing and using reference.

Fourth step is to study and learn tutorials and how to draw books. I’ve already made a list of useful anatomy books here (I highly recommend checking that out!) and my own tutorials can be found here

A few years ago, I wrote some tips for one person who asked for them, and I’ll quote:

  • Make a list of things you like; things that interest you, things you’re passionate about, things you like to draw. It could be anything, like “Silver, Mythology, Coffee” etc. Then, go on a follow spree. Search for these things and follow the blogs you find interesting. Then, make an inspiration blog; like I have my blog hoursleep that’s there only there for the purpose of inspiration.
  • Then, follow art blogs! How-to-draw blogs, art inspiration and whatnot. This is really nice since it helps you refreshen your artsy parts of your brain every now and then.
  • When you are bored, make sure to have a paper and pen with you; preferring in a small, travel-size. Doodle whatever - and if possible, draw the things or people around you, even if it’s all messy. You won’t regret doing these doodles. They’re good for you.
  • My final tip is NEVER THROW ANY DRAWINGS AWAY, NO MATTER HOW “UGLY”. Save every drawing you do!! Why? One day you’ll need to look back and see your improvement - or perhaps things you even liked about it! I like to look at my bad, ugly art and redraw them to something better. This is a great way to practice your skills, and nothing boosts your self-esteem more than seeing how you’ve become better with time. ♥

And that’s about it, honestly. Many feel too intimidated to be starting out with art, especially in later age, so all you need to do is to sit down and feel comfortable by letting other things teach you first. Starting out drawing without any clue how to start is much like trying to learn advanced maths without knowing the basics first. It’s okay to to depend on other sources first, it’s okay to feel frustrated over your art, it’s all okay, because you do have room to grow, always. Never feel like your lack of experience means that you have no hope. You always have, you just need to be determined!

Oh, and I realize now that these weren’t specific for digital art. So have some extras that are more specific for that subject!

I highly recommend getting a tablet. I know that not everyone can afford a Cintiq, but if you can, don’t hesitate to get one! (I really recommend getting Cintiq 13hd for first time users, such as myself). However, getting a normal tablet is perfectly fine as well. Wacom Bamboo is my absolute favorite, and do not buy from Trust. Once you get your tablet, don’t feel frustrated because it doesn’t look perfect, or even good. It’s completely normal, and you’ll need a few weeks at least to adjust. I remember getting my Cintiq and I worried that I had spent so much money on a thing that I couldn’t even draw on, but given time I grew used to it, and now I draw on it just fine, and I have no regrets. In fact, I’m so happy I got it, I truly am!

If you want a free program, I suggest getting GIMP. It got a lot of tools and yet isn’t too advanced for those just starting out. However, what I truly recommend is SAI for beginners. Sai is very simple but it has just about everything you need, and I myself used that for years, and I still do when I sketch sometimes. When you feel ready to advance, I fully recommend Manga Studio 5. It’s my favorite program for painting and it got amazing preset brushes that are simply perfect, in my opinion. Photoshop CS5 and higher is extremely good too, but while I don’t think it’s that good for painting (many may disagree, since I’ve seen many artist paint in this program), it’s completely wonderful for  touch-ups, effects, and filters. Keep in mind that Photoshop is a rather advanced tool, especially if you’re used to SAI. Going over to Manga Studio 5 is easier because it is like a mix between SAI and Photoshop.

Keep in mind that there are many digital art tutorials out there that tell you how you “must” draw/colour. However, drawing digitally is like art in real-life too, it’s all about your own taste and what tools and methods you like to use. Use tutorials as a guide, not a rulebook. No, not even mine. For example, tutorials might teach you how to lineart and cellshade, but you might prefer lineless, smooth works over that style, and that’s fine! Or you want to mix the two! Or maybe, you want to do lineart but you want to colour outside the lines. be experimental, try out things you haven’t tried before. Try odd brushes, try colours you find fascinating, try messing with layers, just mess things up. If you’re afraid to mess things up, you can save your document before doing anything extreme, just so you can feel safe going outside your comfort zone. You learn a lot by daring!

I hope that was of any help! Let me know if you have more questions.

Some thoughts on drawing software

I’ve dabbled around with a few drawing applications over the past few years. This is my own subjective opinion, and the situation around each software is very likely to change down the road from here (August 2016)!

Painttool SAI -

It was my first drawing software back in 2010 and I do still love it a lot. I no longer use it much though -  the lack of filters and text input can be quite frustrating. However it’s still a really solid software to start with and tons of amazing artwork get produced on it (iirc the top chinese artists on pixiv all use SAI).

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anonymous asked:

I am about to be an IB junior and I chose art for my 6th subject. All of us going into IB art were given a packet explaining our summer assignment which is to make 40 high quality IWB pages. But I still have no idea what an IWB page is supposed to be and none of my friends could explain to me what it is because most of them don't know either. I looked through the IWB tag on here and your account popped up so I was wondering if you could explain what exactly an IWB page is 😁

Hello anon! Kudos to you for doing the IB Program and chosing visual arts! Visual Arts has been one of my favorite classes of all time, and I’m grown so much as an artist from taking that class. Good luck to you and your classmates as well!

So your IWB is your investigative workbook, where all your planning for projects, research, and documentation of projects goes. (That’s how I see it, others may define it some other way.) 

NOTE: almost all of these steps should be done in your IWB, and if you try to work hard and thoughtfully about your work, you’ll definitely get 40 quality pages, or more! If you’re not enjoying your work and the process, my general rule of thumb is that you’re doing it wrong.

  1. Brainstorm ideas. Ask yourself: what do I want to achieve with this project? Set realistic goals for yourself. Is your project going to be something technical or more conceptual?
  2. Do preliminary research. Make sure when you do this you insert images and text and reference your sources. Research as in something that is relevant to your idea. Your research should have two components: an art history reference (artist, movement, style, etc.) and a cultural reference. For finding an art history reference I recommend asking yourself: has any artist dealt with the ideas/issues I’m trying to portray in my artwork? Is there an artist that I can learn a certain technique from? Is there an art movement that dealt with the ideas/issues I’m trying to portray in my artwork? Is there any artist I like, and want to know more about? For example: I wanted to work on my technical ability so I planned to do a still life. (Brainstorm) I then began to research famous still life painters, and found myself writing more than three pages on dutch still life painters. (Preliminary esearch) Often your research begins to lead you down a different path than your original idea, which is always a good thing. By the end of Year II (Senior Year) your work should be able to be technically, visually, and conceptually strong, along with it having personal relevance and cultural relevance. Much of the “culture” aspect comes from researching other artists/art movements. If you’re American, examiners love to see non-western art influences. As for a cultural reference this one is a little more tricky because it depends on how you (and the IB) define culture as. Maybe a good starting point for you would be to figure out what culture means to you, and what culture you may want to explore and how. Culture can mean an actual culture such as: consumer culture, Asian/African/Indian culture, or it can be a context in which your art is effected by. My “focus” or “theme” (which I’ll get to) ended up being “Intimacy” and what I found was that there are different forms of intimacy, and today’s definition of “intimacy” and the means by which we become intimate with others is changing due to technology. The IB is looking for you to reach out and look at large world issues, or concerns, and see how your artwork fits into that context.
  3. Start sketching and creating thumbnails. Your first idea/compositional sketch will not be the best, I guarantee you. My rule of thumb is to do a minimum of 3-5 thumbnail sketches, or more until I create a composition that isn’t: boring, typical, and enhances my idea. Some general tips to help you at this stage: 1.) Avoid completely frontal portraits: they’re very typical, and it shows creativity/skill if you show the face from a different angle. 2.) Don’t forget the background! If backgrounds are your weakness, work on them first. Simple colored or patterned backgrounds are very typical, and show that you didn’t really think much about the background. Think about it this way: your subject exists in what environment? I wish I had started out knowing that! 3.) Look at different compositions. If you’re doing a scene, look at how other artists have tried to portray the same thing (write about it with full documentation).
  4. Medium exploration. Depending on what your art background is, you may be confident in a certain medium, such as paint, or you may not be that experienced and have never tried paints before. For me, I had taken many art classes in school but wasn’t very comfortable with any medium. I started out first using ink and digital (such as Photoshop) then making a natural progression with: watercolors, photography, colored pencil, chalk pastels, acrylic paint, and oil pastels. If you’re really strong with using watercolors or collage, USE THEM. If not, take time to explore different mediums, and make projects centralized about trying to use that medium to the best of your ability. As time goes on you will be doing less medium exploration.
  5. The actual project. Make sure to pace yourself. Set reasonable goals for yourself too. Say: I’m going to finish drawing the face today, and tomorrow I’m going to start coloring. Watch out for due dates because crunching things in is really bad for your mental health and more often than not produces bad artwork. Make sure to take work in progress photo’s to print out and paste in your workbook later to show how you progressed.
  6. Documentation: Once a project is done, I document it in my IWB. A documentation page often looks like this:

    I put the title over the photo of the finished product, I write the date when I started and ended, what mediums I uses, the size in both inches and centimeters and the numbers of pages relating to the project. On average you should have AT LEAST 10 pages, more is always good for a project. I then write about the idea behind the project, and talk about my strengths/goals achieved with this project. NEVER EVER WRITE: “I don’t like it.” Be thoughtful about what you write in your IWB and your artwork, and if you don’t like the way it came out, why? What could you have done better? I also write about the process, including work in progress photos. At the end of each documentation, if not written earlier I write about what I could improve on and what I plan on doing next. My documentation is usually 1-2 full pages front to back.

That was probably a lot of information and if a lot of it doesn’t make sense, don’t worry! Hopefully it will! I don’t know how your IB Visual Art’s class in run where you are, but for me I was given a lot of freedom to choose my projects, along with some mandatory things we were assigned.

Some other helpful tips/things to be mindful of:

  • Make sure to print out clear pictures of whatever artist/movement/ reference photo/ etc and paste them into your book. Also, REFERENCE YOUR SOURCES. One great source for finding artists, movement, and cultural things is
  • Number all of your pages in the bottom right hand corner, and make sure you numbered them correctly. This will help when you begin to reference pages later.
  • Write the date in the upper hand right corner.
  • NEVER tear, rip out, skip, or cross out pages. Some pages might be really awful, but at the end of Year II you selected only your best, so don’t worry about anyone seeing those.
  • Don’t skip pages thinking you’ll go back to them and fill them in. Just do everything chronologically.

I hope my information was helpful. In order to get your 40 pages, this summer try to create at least 2-3 pieces of artwork! Good-luck to you! If you have any more questions feel free to ask!

header tutorial thing

petcanadian​ wanted a tutorial thingy on how i make my headers so here is a really basic walk through of how i generally make them for anyone else curious

**intermediate photoshop skills needed for this**

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Illustration guru Shannon Wright is currently working on a comic project, a poster project with friends, and editorial work (like the image above done for INK Magazine). We’re grateful she had a free moment to chat with Muse’s Milk!

“Even growing up in a Christian household, I brought scraps of paper or composition notebooks to church to keep myself occupied. But it was like a game of trying not to get caught due to the fact my Grandpa was the pastor. So yeah, as far as I know, I’ve been drawing since I was a little girl.”

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List of Pleasant Events

This list is meant to give you some ideas for the variety of enjoyable activities you could choose to be your daily positive experience when you are practicing the Accumulate Positive Experiences/Emotions component of the ABC Emotion Regulation Skill. Obviously not all the pleasant events listed here will be considered positive or pleasant by everyone–you may be particularly adverse to some of the things on this list.  These are just suggestions to use as a base to give you enough inspiration to form your own, personalized List of Pleasant Events that you can use in your daily life to Accumulate Positive Experiences/Emotions.

The List has 300 entries on it, so I’ve put it under a cut, but hopefully these 300 ideas will give you at least a few suggestions of things you might enjoy doing today or sometime in the near future.


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I’m proud of young artists, it makes me happy to see so many young teens dare to aim for what they love to do and be appreciated for it.

If you’re 25+ and get anxious seeing really young people make great art; please don’t. Just because they’re 13-16 doesn’t make you any less successful as an artist.

Today it’s so much easier to start taking commissions, find tutorials and references,lots of art youtube channels, paypal, free digital art software, cheaper drawing tablets, art livestreaming, online communities willing to give feedback on your work etc…

When I was 13 I didn’t even know how to browse the web - I wasn’t yet fluent in english. I didn’t know what “deviantart” was, nor did I not know about “tutorials” or “commissions”. Heck drawing tablets weren’t that common either for what I know, my first tablet had a battery-driven pen and it srsly sucked.

Like back in 2002-2003, buying things online wasn’t as obvious and easy as it is today. ESPECIALLY when it came to international purchases. And online art communities weren’t as big and developed like they are today. Especially for ppl who didn’t speak english as their native language.

 Like even if I wasn’t as skilled as many of my young mutual followers when I was their age, I was still considered “talented” for only having a pencil and paper as my tools.

Before I started using the internet I spent all my free time alone in my room drawing whatever I could come up with, from the very small amount of inspiration I got from whatever I could find. (I didn’t even have cable TV so there wasn’t much shows I found interesting either. No anime except pokémon and sailor moon.)

 I started to use photoshop when i was maybe 14??? And like I got my dA account when I was 15-16 I think. Like of course my first digital artworks weren’t masterpieces lol. No one makes great stuff on their first try.

We artists who are 20-25+ can’t really compare our artistic process to a 15 year old’s current creations. Young artists try their hardest and do their very very best to make the most out of what they can create, and we did that too when we were that age - it was just under different conditions. We did the best we could and that’s just as valid.

And that’s how it is, and I’m glad it’s easier for young peeps to improve their art because they’re like our future you know???

I for one really hope for a future where more people can learn to create great works of art no matter how young or old they are.

Prince of Stride: INFO

After seeing the fandom react after episode one, it has come to my attention that there are many misunderstandings and false information circulating about Prince of Stride. I feel that a few things need to be cleared up before the fandom proceeds into watching future episodes.

This is going to be a very lengthy post and may contain spoilers so please read at your own risk, but it is filled with tons of information and personal thoughts which I hope will clear up a lot of things about the series.

This post is a massive collaborative project between myself and other otome Tumblr users, so many thanks to @redthreadoflove​ (Ito), @azusakun​ (Hoi), @youkas​ (Jo), @yumedesuka​ (Yume), @kairyn​​ (Kairi) and @katcalaveras​​ (Kat) for their help with this post! I could not have done this without their help and guidance. Ito has also written a very good post about PoS which you can read here. Hoi has played the Prince of Stride game on PS Vita, thus her knowledge about the game has been very valuable in the writing of this post.

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Realities of professional photography.

As I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what it means to be a “professional photographer” today. I have done my best to distil some of those thoughts (for what they are worth) below.

1. Freelancing is hard. It doesn’t matter how many blogs you read or how many systems you have in place, the bottom line is “winning new clients who pay a fair fee is difficult.” How do you go about winning those new clients in the first place? Is the best route to assist first? How many clients do you need to have to survive? These are only a sample of the concerns that you will be rubbing against on a daily basis if you are committed to commercial photography full time. You just have to get used to the constant evaluation and re-evaluation process that you will be putting yourself through as you try and stay on top of whether you are going about running your business as well as you can. And you do need to do it — this is a fast-paced market so standing still is not an option.

2. Personal work drives (some) commercial success. If you take a look around the vastness of the internet and have a modicum of interest in what your peers are doing, the good ones or shall I say, the successful ones, usually have a good body of personal work (not always but usually).

3. What is commercial photography anyhow ? Ah, the question that many great philosophers have pondered over for centuries is a tricky one. Google tells me: “in a nutshell, commercial photography means taking photos forcommercial use. And by commercial we mean for business, for sales, for money. Commercial photography is often associated with advertisements, sales pitches, brochures, product placements as well as merchandising.” So if you’re getting paid for it, it’s commercial.

4. What you don’t show is sometimes more important than what you do show. You’ll get lots of jobs (hopefully) — from photographing untrained cats and people throwing cakes at themselves all the way through to some decent advertising work. The thing is though, it doesn’t matter how happy the cake picture makes you, if it doesn’t fit into your portfolio then it doesn’t fit. Getting a clean, cohesive set of pictures together is a difficult but important thing to do. And “no” you can’t have pictures of weddings, cars, parrots, portraits of grandma, water droplet shots and slow exposure of your dog running around the garden all mixed together and call it a “Clean Portfolio”.

5. Social Media is a full time job. So you are really good at putting 3 photos a year on instragram and you’ve mastered MSN messenger. However, social media takes a lot of hard work. You have to be responsive and get excited when you get 11 likes on a post. I’m not sure how much any of it matters in the grand scheme of things but if you do have a nasty argument with the wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/pet of your choice then getting a few extra likes is a sure fire way to make you feel better about yourself.

6. Admin, Admin, Admin. I’m sure you’ve read or heard some wise photo owl tell you that only 20% of your time will you be taking pictures, the other 80% is spent on admin. Well, let me dispel that rumour for you right here, right now. I’d say (and I appreciate this will this vary from person to person) it’s more like:

18% — Sorting images

10% — Social Media (chasing the “like” train).

20% — Sales

20% — Heavy procrastination

10% — Project ideas that will never happen

10% — Chasing people for money

10% — Tidy desk, tidy mind!

1% — Taking pictures

1% — Editing pictures

That being said, never underestimate the power of good admin. It is all too easy to turn the post-job warm and fuzzy client glow to dissatisfied rage with bad admin. If you are asked for some kind of follow up — deliver it. On time.

7. Working for free is sometimes ok. We’ve all had a call from a friend of a friend who just wants 3 pictures of himself in front of something unimportant. It turns out he has a staff of 20,and he wants portraits of each of them, a group portrait and for me to be to be as “creative” as possible. Sometimes working for free is a business decision and a lot of internet clever people will tell you it’s a bad idea. I don’t believe it’s as simple as that. IF (and that’s a big IF) you do work for free, there has to be some benefit for you. I mean, either through exposure or due to new connections. I’ve done lots of things for free and sometimes wished I hadn’t but now we’re a lot better at weeding out the good people from the ones wanting a permanently free ride. To summarise: there is no right or wrong answer to whether you should work for free but, if you do, make sure it works for you too.

8. Surround yourself with the most talented people you can find. Going it alone is really macho and can be wonderful for the ego but working as part of team (at times) can be better for the soul. As you grow, you’ll realise you need all sorts of people you didn’t even know existed when you started your career. Pick the ones who are really good at what they do and learn from them.

9. Learn as many skills along the way as you can. I’m one of those people who learns by doing, it is just the way I am. If I could speak to my school-age self now, I’d say “pick up a camera son” — avoid the 10+ years in IT. But, speaking frankly, when I was in school I never really got the learning thing. I found it incredibly hard to focus for too long. Photography is one of the areas that suits my brain perfectly in that it allows me to go off and investigate lots of random stuff. Since we started 10 years ago, we have had to master all sorts of ancillary things including video, editing, after effects, processing and photoshop. Be as curious as a 4 year old child.

10. Be nice. Ah the easy one — I used to have a primary school teacher called Mr Davies. He told me never to use the word “nice” as it doesn’t mean anything. I am afraid I have to take issue with him as I think “nice” means a lot. People like people, they like working with people who are either like them or ones that can get on with them, take the time to understand them and can have a laugh with them. There is no great science to this. It’s simply about making connections and then putting in some effort to keep them up. A little empathy goes a long way.

11. Chose your competitions wisely. There are lots of them who either want to take your money or steal your pictures. Choose wisely.

12. Insurance is your friend. I lose stuff, you lose stuff, we all lose stuff occasionally and everything in photography is expensive. Don’t be silly and not get any. End of.

13. Networking — old school style. If you want to get your business to grow then the simple truth is you have to go out and meet people, talk to people on the phone and engage in all sorts of weird human interaction that you thought only happened in the 80’s. Yes, email is wonderful but nothing beats a warm smile and a packet of salt & vinegar crisps… Get out there and meet as many people as possible.

14. Jack of all trades, master of none. Photography is huge, I mean like so big it’s hard to comprehend. All those people, taking all those pictures of all those different people and things. Focus on one area that you love and work as hard as you can to know it inside out. Make sure your portfolio is focused and don’t dilute your work by putting out images that aren’t relevant to what you do. I know I have made this point already but it is so fundamental I think it bears repetition.

15. Uncertainty is all part of the process. Sometimes, things aren’t going to go the way you expected them to go. You’ll go through some pretty long periods of doing nothing when you start out. Being able to handle that “quiet” time is really important and that’s when you have to dig deep, stay positive and get resourceful.

16. Word of mouth is important. Having other people tell other people about the really great job you did for them can be a really important part of your business. People do get lazy though so gently nudging them occasionally is OK too. However, remember that this phenomenon works both ways so if you do a poor job, you can be sure that it’ll get out there twice as fast than if you had done a stellar one. And, finally, remember to return the favour. If someone does a great job for you, tell people. That good turn will come back to you.

Oh and enjoy it. Everyone always ends these things with an exhortation to enjoy it. So here you go.

50 college tips I live by.

A lot of my friends and followers are starting college this fall…I don’t know where I found these, but these 50 tips are absolutely amazing. I printed them out and hung them on my bedroom wall, and you should totally live by them every single day.

  • Internships are the building blocks of your résumé. Apply to them. Meet people.
  • Choose a degree that is relevant to the real world. Minor in History if you love it so much.
  • Everyone knows how to use Microsoft Office. Putting it under the “Skills” section of your résumé is not impressive.
  • See the world. This is the only time you have in your life to spend months in a foreign country. Take advantage of your lack of responsibility to travel.
  • 99.9% of employers will never look at your transcript. A 4.0 GPA will not land you a job. Good interpersonal skills might.
  • No employer cares whether you were on the executive board of your fraternity or sorority or other campus organization. Serve the organization because you love it, not simply to use it as space-filler on your résumé.
  • Proofread everything. Twice. Or else no one will believe that you’re “detial-oriented.”
  • You have four (or five) years to make something of yourself. Use that time wisely.
  • Go out with your friends on a Tuesday night despite having a test on Wednesday. The test won’t matter in ten years, but your friendships will.
  • Do not expect the college senior to fall in love with you after you sleep together. Actually, just don’t sleep together. This will not end well.
  • Really get to know your professors. Use office hours to your advantage. You never know what doors they can open for you.
  • Graduate school is rarely a good idea, especially if you’re only using it to delay the real world for a few years. The more money you make now, the less debt you’ll have later.
  • Realize that you will be in debt until you’re forty. Make peace with this early.
  • One bad grade won’t ruin your life. Get over yourself.
  • Beware of credit cards. No matter what they say, money isn’t free.
  • Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you might need help from someone.
  • Eat good food. Nothing will make you feel worse than six straight nights of Ramen.
  • Buy a plunger before you actually need said plunger. Just trust me on this one.
  • Press save. It will keep you from having that 4:00am mental breakdown.
  • All-nighters will not help you learn the material. Budget time throughout the day to study so that you can actually sleep before the final exam.
  • Use a condom. No one wants that “I’m late” text.
  • Work during the summers. Employers want someone with real-life experience.
  • Call your mom once a week. She wants to stay involved in your life, and a twenty-minute phone conversation won’t kill you.
  • You have four years to learn your alcohol limit. This will save you from puking at the office Christmas party.
  • The college cafeteria will make you fat. So will alcohol. Be careful about what you’re putting into your body.
  • Find a few hours each week to work out. Cardio is great stress relief.
  • So is sex. Booty calls are sometimes necessary. Don’t beat yourself up for it in the morning.
  • Learn to cook. Eating out is expensive and unhealthy. A few basics can last you a long time.
  • Take pictures. Not everything has to be posted to Instagram, but you will want to have these memories documented.
  • Volunteer. Not because you have to, but because you want to. The Humane Society always needs people to play with the animals.
  • Learn how to budget. Your parents won’t be around to give you money forever.
  • Buy shower shoes. Use them. Save yourself from foot fungus.
  • Beer is expensive. Buy vodka.
  • Interviews are nerve-wracking. Practice with a friend before you go.
  • Find good references. They can be the difference between being offered your dream job and being turned down.
  • It’s okay to turn down your first job offer to wait for a better one. Have faith in yourself.
  • If you’re treated like a slave at your internship, it’s okay to leave. Find a company that sees your worth.
  • Learn how to code HTML. This is an invaluable skill.
  • Also learn Photoshop. Every company in the world needs someone who can design a poster.
  • Take a couple classes just for fun. There’s a difference between smart and educated.
  • Know your priorities. Stick to them.
  • Start searching for a job a year before you graduate. It takes time to find something you want.
  • Apply for jobs you may not be completely qualified for. You may be the only applicant.
  • Don’t get too discouraged when you fail at something. Lay in bed for two days. Cry. Then get back up and start living again.
  • Everyone has something to teach you. Listen to them.
  • Make mistakes, but be sure to learn from them.
  • Textbooks are expensive and you will never need them again. Rent, don’t buy.
  • No one will ever care how wasted you were last night. They saw it first hand. Shut up.
  • No one is responsible for you except you. Think twice before you do something.
  • Don’t think that these have to be the best four years of your life. Life after graduation is pretty awesome too.


anonymous asked:

How do you start a successful YouTube channel (as successful as you guys have been)? What kinds of people with what kinds of skill are required? How much editing knowledge do you need? Ect. Do you already have a video on this or are making one? Any recommended videos?

Hey there, Anon! Great question, but–oh, boy–grab some popcorn.

First, we do have a video in which I address how to build an audience online. It is a very brief overview, but worth watching.

So, for your other questions, I’ll try to go through one by one (and I invite any other YouTubers with thoughts to reblog with suggestions, too!):

1. How do you start a successful YouTube channel (as successful as you guys have been)?

It’s interesting that you asked how to start a successful YouTube channel, and I’m grateful that you did because it represents a common misconception. You don’t start a successful YouTube channel; you start a YouTube channel and work on making it successful. :]

Now, it’s true that the support we’ve gotten from Hank and John has been super helpful. We’ve been featured in Vlogbrothers videos 3 or 4 times; when they reblog our vids, we often (though not always) get many more Notes. BUT (and I say this in a manner that in no way indicates ingratitude for my fairy godbrothers Hank and John) I don’t think the majority of our success comes from our association with the Greens. Much of it does, but far less than most people might think.

Being a data nerd, I actually have statistics (about inbound traffic, etc.) to back this up. One simple example: Our biggest surge of new subscribers since launch week came not from Hank and John’s promotion but from being featured on the front page of a popular subreddit. I think we picked up about 6,000 new subscribers in 2 days. The people who created and up-voted that post didn’t know Hank and John produce the show. And even when nobody knew about us at all, back on Launch Day on February 17, 2014, we picked up thousands of subscribers in the first couple hours, before Hank or John promoted us.

I say this not to brag or poo-poo the Greens’ support (which has been great, perhaps especially in terms of funding the show with a modest but vital stipend) but to inspire other YouTubers by pointing out that you don’t need megastar executive producers to create a successful channel.

What do you need? On a non-technical level, here’s what I think is required:

  • Great and consistent content. We make videos that many people love; people seem to care about me and Emma on a personal level; and with a video every Friday, we’ve become a part of many people’s weekly routines. Emma and I love our viewers and feel like you guys are our friends. We have about 116,000 subscribers; among those subscribers, I think there are about 9,000-10,000 “hardcore How to Adulters” who watch every video, every week, even if the topic isn’t super interesting to them, because they enjoy watching the vids for the personalities and the style.
  • A willingness to network. I’ve said this before, but marketing is as important as content. We’ve gotten shout-outs from big YouTubers and small YouTubers, and it’s all been so lovely and helpful. We’ve had fantastic guest hosts. And in August, we’re probably going to have shout-outs from a pair of A++++ YouTubers who are so amazing and popular that I almost can’t believe it’s going to happen. The way you network is mentioned in that video I recommended, but basically:
    • Be earnest and sincere.
    • Add value to the lives of people “above you.”
    • Don’t ask for anything from them for a long, long, long, long time. Like, look at the replies of every single tweet John or Tyler post. There are tons of people shouting “FOLLOW ME,” and guess how many they actually follow?
  • A Zen, long-term perspective. Some videos we’ve made have taken 50 hours to create, and they get OK but not spectacular views. Others were knocked out in 8 hours and get 55,000 views (a great number) the first weekend. I have no idea why some videos hit, and I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. Don’t try to go viral; try to build an audience over time. It’s the only way to succeed (only one person a year or so breaks out and builds a sustainable following with a viral vid), and the only way to stay sane. 
  • An actual love for making videos. It’s too darn hard to make videos if you are only doing it to be rich or famous. I am fairly successful on YouTube, and I am neither rich (I am actually kinda poor) nor really famous. (I do get recognized loads at publishing and YouTube events, though, which is always fun! :D )

2. What kinds of people with what kinds of skills are required?

Honestly, the skills you need are things you can learn via watching YouTube videos. :]

  • Some performance skills. THIS TAKE PRACTICE! I’m sometimes insecure about my own onscreen talents (mostly when I’m generally feeling down), but I do think that over time, I’ve gotten to be really good at it. I’m much more comfortable, much more willing to go off-script and improvise, which I think is when I’m at my best, at least when hosting alone. (Emma recently said, “We’re both at our best when we’re working together,” which made me go Awwww, and, That’s true!) At this point, I’ve made over 100 videos, and I know what works for me. Sometimes I’ll write something really funny but for whatever reason, I can’t make it funny while saying it out loud. Over time, you’ll figure out what works for you, and you’ll find your style. It really does just take a lot of trial-and-error. (For instance, I was a little disturbed when I began vlogging and realized, while editing myself, that things that seemed hilarious on paper came off as mean when I delivered them.) 
  • Basic filming skills and equipment. I shot my first vlog on a Samsung Galaxy S2; Emma still uses the webcam on her laptop to create her fantastic vlogs. It’s all about making the most of what you’ve got by using good lighting and decent sound, etc. But again, this doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Although we have a studio lighting kit for How to Adult, I use desk lamps to light my vlogs, which I think still look really good.
  • Basic editing skills. Don’t drop a bunch of money on fancy editing software when you’re starting. iMovie was good enough for countless successful YouTubers (and still is for Emma), and it’s a great learning tool. You might want to upgrade to Final Cut Pro X eventually, as I have, or to Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas, but I recommend making sure you actually like making videos before going financially “all in.” There are countless free tutorials on these programs available on YouTube and elsewhere.
  • Basic SEO and thumbnail-makin’ skills. A huge portion of our views, believe it or not, aren’t from subscribers but from people who discover our videos by searching on YouTube and Google. People see the videos because I use a lot of Search Engine Optimization; they click them because I usually make good thumbnails. (I used to use a free photo-editing program called Seashore; I now use the very reasonably-priced Photoshop alternative Pixelmator.) These are enormously complicated topics, so I’d recommend checking out the many free resources online. Don’t be scared off by this, though! In the beginning, the most important thing is making content and (after that) connecting with people you genuinely like.

3. How much editing knowledge do you need?

You’ll figure it out. :]

4. Any recommended videos?

Here are good ones from some guys named Hank and Charlie. I’d also highly recommend reading Michael Hyatt’s book, PLATFORM, which I think is the best book available on how to build an online audience.

One last thing. Becoming a YouTube creator can change your life, even if never build a big audience. I know this because it happened to me, and the most important life changes all happened way after I started vlogging but before all the amazingness of How to Adult found its way into my life. Back in late 2012, I was desperately burnt out from finishing my debut novel, THE END GAMES. After being a fan of YouTubers for years, I decided to start vlogging, mostly because I was so lonely and wanted to make new friends. From that very first vlog, YouTube kinda saved me. The most important shift I experienced happened when I had fewer than 100 subscribers: Making videos gave me a reason to feel excited about creativity again, and frankly to get up in the morning. And God, what a gift that has been.

I think that’s it for now! I’ve been typing this for, like, an hour, so I hope it was helpful. Good luck out there, and let me know if/when you post your first vid–I’d love to check it out! :D

- Mike