tip off!!

the no bullshit guide to getting your shit together: for the lazy student

Let’s be honest: time management and organization? They’re really hard. Sure, at first you might feel like you’ve gotten the hang of them, that you’re in control of your life. But how often have you fallen off the wagon? Procrastinated on one thing and the next moment, you’re behind in all your classes? I know that sometimes laziness feels like a part of who you are, but honestly, fuck that. Do you really want to give up your success for the disinterest of a moment?

If your answer is no (it better be no, or you really need to get your priorities straight), let’s get to it. 

STEP ONE: BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF

“This class doesn’t even matter.” “I don’t care about my grades.” “I can finish this the day before.” Sound familiar? You might feel great now, but when you’re staring down at your report card later, it’ll feel like you just got punched. 

This is a cliche, but the greatest obstacle to your success is yourself - especially the lies you tell yourself! Sit yourself down and be honest about what you need to improve on. Be as blunt as you can, but for god’s sake, don’t throw yourself a pity party! There’s no use agonizing over what you can’t change. Instead, set realistic, achievable goals, and make a game plan. Struggling with math? Go to extra help. Behind in all your classes? Stay in for a couple nights and actually work. 

STEP TWO: STOP WITH THE FANCY SHIT

Now you know what your goals are, but maybe you want some inspiration, so you log on to tumblr and are instantly bombarded by all these beautiful, well lit shots of the most gorgeous bullet journals, planners, and notes. Impressive, right? Well, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: they’re all useless! A simple phone planner works just as well, if not better, than a fancy agenda, because you’ll always have it on you, it’s not a hassle to carry around, and you don’t feel obligated to make it look pretty. 

Riddle me this, where are you going to find all this extra motivation to keep prettying up your bullet journal? To write all your notes in perfect, colour coded printing? There aren’t many times in life where taking the easy was out will actually benefit you, so take advantage! Stop wasting your time; get a phone planner and write your notes in your natural goddamn handwriting. 

STEP THREE: CLEAN YOUR ROOM

Yep, your entire room - not just your study space! This one can be put on the back burner for a bit if you’re on a really pressing deadline, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I’m notoriously messy, and if I don’t watch myself, I’d find myself in dirty-laundry-and-old-notes hell. A little bit of organized chaos is fine, I even encourage it! But try working when your desk is covered in mounds of paper and you have nowhere to put your laptop – it’s just not conducive to success. 

Keeping your entire room clean is a way to stave off stress, frustration, and even embarrassment, because nobody wants to show potential roommates how much of a mess they are. 

STEP FOUR: ACTUALLY WORK

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “actually work? Who does this girl think she is?” I’d probably think the same thing, except I’ve learned the valuable lesson of sucking it the hell up, and you will too. When you get home from work, grab a snack and work. When you have a free period, figure out what’s due and work. Stop reasoning yourself out of work: you’re not going to finish this later, and that will be on the test. There’s really not much to say about this one, because it’s the step that requires the most raw effort, and you’re really only going to find that within yourself. Tell yourself what’s at stake, and realize that, by setting the standard for your mediocrity now, you’re potentially trapping yourself in a cycle that will last for years. 

STEP FIVE: CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK

Maybe you’ve been on top of your shit for a day, a week, or even a month, and that’s really great. But then… you fail. You miss a deadline or you bomb a test. So what do you do now? Do you allow yourself to fall back into your old habits? Fuck no! Everyone fails, even that studyblr with those perfect bullet journal photos and a perpetually clean study space. I’m going to tell you something that’ll sound really strange: you should value your failures, especially if you worked hard to avoid them. What?! Be HAPPY about failing when I actually TRIED? Yeah, you heard me right. If you don’t know how to handle failure, then when you inevitably experience it, your reaction will be much worse. 

Failing hurts, and boy, I know how embarrassing it can be. But learning how to deal with failure, and especially how to keep trying after it happens, is an invaluable lesson. 

STEP SIX: TREAT. YO. SELF.

Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting you treat yourself after the most basic of tasks, because please. Treat yourself when you know you goddamn well deserve it. Remember that “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.” If all you do is study and do your homework, then, pardon my french, your life sucks. If you don’t have friends, play a video game! Eat an entire jumbo chocolate bar! Indulge in whatever the fuck you want, you deserve it. I’m someone that has trouble prioritizing future benefits over immediate gratification, so by allowing myself little pleasures, I save myself from crashing and burning. 

Hope these tips helped, but remember to take them with a grain of salt - you’re you and I’m me, and different things work for different people. Good luck!

The Complete College Checklist (Use for Fall 2017)

Completely Updated Complete College Checklist!!

I have complied a list of all of the items someone needs to pack and bring to college if they are living in a residence hall. This list is categorized and alphabetized for your convenience.

Reblog this to help others who are struggling with their college checklist! 

Bed:

  • Bed sheets (2 sets)
  • Bed Risers (optional)
  • Blankets
  • Body Pillow
  • Comforter
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillowcases
  • Pillows (2-3)

Bathroom:

  • Cup for toothbrushes
  • Paper towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower curtain hooks
  • Shower curtain liner
  • Shower organizer/shower caddy
  • Trashcan
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels
  • Towel rack (over the door)
  • Washcloths
  • Q-tips

Room:

  • Command Hooks
  • Curtains
  • Desk lamp
  • Keurig (optional)
  • Microwave (optional)
  • Mini-fridge (optional)
  • Rug
  • Surge protector
  • Toaster
  • Trash can

Medical:

  • Advil/Tylenol/Aleeve
  • Band aids
  • Cotton balls/rounds
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Midol
  • Neosporin
  • Rubbing Alcohol

Laundry:

  • Delicate bag
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Hangers (thin felt or wooden hangers)
  • Laundry hamper
  • Tide Pods

Toiletries/Personal:

  • Brush/Comb
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Eyeliner
  • Floss
  • Foundation
  • Hand Soap
  • Kleenex Tissue
  • Lotion
  • Makeup organizer
  • Mouthwash
  • Pads/tampons (for the ladies)
  • Razors
  • Retainer (for those who’ve had braces)
  • Retainer case (don’t forget)
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tweezers
  • Q-Tips

Clothing: (Female) 

  • Bras
  • Dresses (I’m taking 3 or 4)
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas (are a MUST)
  • Panties (15-20 pairs)
  • Pants (dress pants)
  • Purse (I’m only taking one)
  • Robe (a MUST)
  • Shirts (20-25)
  • Shoes (1-5)
  • Shorts
  • Slippers
  • Socks (24 pairs)
  • Sweaters
  • Swim Suit
  • Workout clothes (in case)

Clothing (Male)

  • Belt
  • Boxers/other undergarments 
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Robe
  • Shirts
  • Shoes 
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Sweaters

School Supplies:

  • Backpack
  • Binder
  • Colored Pencils (you’d be surprised)
  • Cup for pencils
  • Desk Organizer
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Folder/Letter Holder
  • Glue
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card holder
  • Markers
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Notebooks (8)
  • (college ruled) paper
  • Pens
  • Post-it Notes
  • Post-it Note Dispenser
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Staples & Stapler
  • Tape & tape dispenser

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Air Freshener
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Swiffer Sweeper (optional)
  • Tiny Trash Bags
  • Toilet Bowl Brush
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Other:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Car charger
  • Computer mouse
  • Flash Drive/USB/External hard drive
  • Headphones
  • Laptop
  • Laptop Charger
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger

Food:

  • Bottled Water (or Brita filter)
  • Cereal
  • Chips 
  • Mac and Cheese Cups
  • Tupperware Containers

If this list helped you and you decide to do a dorm haul video, send the links to the blog and I will post them! 

Note: If you are going to have a roommate, divide some of the cleaning supplies and bathroom items among each other to avoid having duplicate items (such as multiple shower curtains.) If you do not have your own bathroom, please disregard the bathroom items and some of the cleaning supplies. 

With 3 simple steps:

1. POWER OFF
Turn off your electronics - or at least, ignore them! Yes, the oh mighty difficult task we all face in this modern era. If you have alarms set, then you’ll obviously need to leave your device on, but make sure you don’t use them for at least 30 minutes before bed!

2. DECLUTTER
Take at least 5 minutes to declutter and organize your room before you go to bed. If we’re being realistic, it’s more than likely to bore you… But on the plus side, at least your room will be cleaner! If that doesn’t suit, rearrange things. This could be your notes, your room, clothes, whatever!

3. BUILD HABITS
Try take some time to relax and unwind. Go take off your makeup, have a shower, make a warm beverage, read a book, write a to do list, journal about your day. Just do something that doesn’t involve screens, will help you distress and worry less about the day to come.

Helpful tips:

  • If you can, try exercise at least 30 minutes per day. This will help fatigue your body and make it easier to fall asleep. Of course, this may not suit everyone, it is just a suggestion. 
  • Soothing aromas + sounds — definitely a key way to calm your inner self. You could also try slowing down your breathing which will decrease your heart rate, therefore making you more relaxed.
  • Make sure your rooms is dark and at a good temperature! You don’t want unexpected light coming in and waking you up - unless you want to get woken up by the sun. A good temp also allows you to sleep throughout the night without being woken up by the heat or cold.
  • Try not to think about things right before you go to sleep. Especially things you need to do tomorrow, mistakes you’ve made, assignments due etc. If you’re going to think about anything, think about happy thoughts, memories, upcoming events. You don’t need to go to bed with negativity. 
Rachel Amber is the fire that Chloe needs to stay away from

Okay.

Look.

I love Amberprice. I will defend it til the very end. Would I fall for someone like Rachel Amber? Yes. Would I like to be friends with someone like Rachel Amber? Absolutely. Would I date Rachel Amber? No. Absolutely not. Not because of how smashy she gets when she’s angry, but because of how the tiny traits about her tips me off the wrong way.

Am I sure she really likes Chloe? No. Do I think she’s manipulating Chloe? Yes. Does Rachel’s actions and reactions to Chloe’s doubt to running away bother me?… 

Hella yes. 

It VERY much bothered me.

I’d like to go back to this conversation:

They’re talking about Rachel. Hands down, that’s what I sincerely believe.

The first time you meet Rachel is intense. It’s like fire. It’s bright, and warm, and exhilarating. Rachel burns like fire. Brightly, and she’s the center of attention.

She becomes the center of Chloe’s attention.

but….

She burns so brightly that the darkness of Chloe’s life is completely engulfed in this. I can’t find a video where Chloe says it, but in my play through, on the first episode, while talking to Joyce during breakfast, Chloe basically goes: We make bad choices when we’re dealing with losing someone. She’s basically judging her mother for choosing David so soon after she lost William.

Sound familiar?

Who else lost William, as well as a best friend, and started hanging out with the wrong crowd and making awful decisions in life?

So, if you eliminate fire. If you eliminate that bright bright light… what do you see?

Darkness.

Chloe doesn’t want that. She just wants to see…. Rachel provides her light. a direction. But perhaps that direction becomes too blinding and painfully burning as Chloe gets closer to it. That’s why, by the end of the episode, Chloe is so hesitant with leaving with Rachel. Chloe felt the warmth of the fire, but as she edges closer, she has to recoil for a moment because that fire is burning her. Eventually she gives in, after a promise.

Something solid – the bracelet

Something permanent – a tattoo

Something passionate – a kiss

Lesbi-honest… MOST of us, chose the most NON concrete way to make a promise: a kiss. We, as Chloe’s players, are pushing Chloe into the fire.

But here’s the thing, let’s jump ahead a little bit in the future okay?

 Chloe loses Rachel anyway. She loses her fire. A very bright fire that she has been staring at for a while now. She’s back in darkness, but the fire left a mark on her. It didn’t burn her. It left that weird shape in her eyes that happens when one stares too long at something bright.

But slowly and surely, she starts seeing clearer. And in darkness.. what do you see when you look up?

Stars. 

Fire that shine billions of light years away. Safe to watch, untouchable, yet they’re still so beautiful. They give direction. If one knows how to read stars, you will know where to go just by using them

Who else is miles away? Who else is untouchable?

It’s a bit of a reach, but Max could have been that greater beauty. 

A more logic reach is the end of Life is Strange (original), where Chloe realizes that she has been so focused on the fire (Rachel) and the hazy orb that the fire left (Rachel’s disappearance), that she failed to see the other beauty of her world (her mother, blackwell, Eliot (he’s a really good kid), Steph, Mikey, and maybe even David because he does have some lessons that make sense)

But Rachel isn’t just what made Chloe miss the finer things in her life… The darkness around her was dark enough that she couldn’t see….

So dark that she couldn’t see directions.

So how was she to know that looking up was all she needed to see the dim lights in her sky? How was she to know when Rachel Amber was this wildfire that gave her warmth but also misdirection?

The Ultimate Study Masterpost (updated)

I decided to compile EVERY RESOURCE that I have found useful. I hope they help you too!

Motivation/self-discipline

A reality check

self-discipline

Setting smart goals

self-discipline > motivation masterpost

Useful tips cos its not easy

Honestly love this mindset soo much

powerful steps to positive thinking

don’t study to pass the test

little reminders

Self-motivation

reach ur full potential

don’t beat urself up for procrastinating

how to get motivated

Burn-out

questions to ask b4 giving up 

what to do when u don’t want to study 

how to survive a crappy day 

When ur burnt out 

Sometimes ya just need to take the time for your body 

dealing with failure 

how to learn from ur mistakes 

how to be more thick-skinned 

getting grades back up 

how to get ur life together 

Fun study tings

These concepts by studyblr always seem to make me want to study 

More study moods 

And more! 

Idk why but these study moods all seem fun to try out/just relate to 

hogwarts houses as students 

bk 2 skl tips a la harry potter 

the houses as comforting things 

types of students 

disney princess study moods 

positive weekly aesthetics 

Organisation

study space hacks 

Getting ur shizzle together 

Organisation!! 

Being organised + studying 

weekly scheduling 

PLAN UR MONTH HUN 

school organisation 

How to plan for study 

Getting ahead 

What to do when you miss class 

schedule ur study time 

when you have TOO MUCH to do 

time management tips 

more time management 

eisenhower matrix 

study space ideas 

more time management tips 

keep ur bedroom tidy 

Productivity

productivity 101 

types of procrastination and how to stop urself 

The ivy lee method for productivity 

being productive after school 

Being productive in the mornings 

Being productive in general 

Self care and productivity 

6 ways to avoid procrastination 

self care n productivity 

being productive while travelling

staying focused while studying

3x the productivity

productive study sessions

habits for max productivity

Masterposts

Honestly areistotle does the best masterposts

Nifty school masterpost

A studyblr masterpost

Tumblr resources 4 the school year

Masterpost of everything pt 1

And pt 2

Pt1 of a studying masterpost

And pt2

a huge masterpost

Some gr8 masterposts

Some oF THE BEst gcse resources

Good language science and maths resources

note-taking methods

Printables

awesome free printables

Academic printables

planning printables

Bullet journals

starting a bujo

ideas for bujo pages if ur into that

more bujo ideas

journalling ideas

Study

awesome tips 4 studying

Straight from the horse’s mouth (no offense)

Another gr8 round of study tips

When to use what method

Study tips 4 exams

rare stoody tips

Studying smarter

effective studying

Studying successfully in college

study smarter,, not harder,,

study habits in and out of class

Study skills masterpost

Study methods to try this year

Studying like a straight a student

lazy kid’s study guide

how to use sticky notes

study tips for diff learning styles

how NOT to study

no 2 low stress study strategy

how to make a study guide

how to actually start studying

studying on the go

different ways to study

memorising content

study guides and such

complete guide to studying

secret study tips

how to study mindmap

study survival kit

Exams

studying for an exam in a short time

Exams don’t have to stink

advice for GCSE students

finals guide

how to study for a big test

productive ways to study for exams

exam season guide

studying before exams

studying for a test

5 day study plan

School life

We all have a shit teacher so here’s how to deal with them

how to get a 4.0 and generally do well

tips for high schoolers

how to approach classes

homework help and hints

Foolproof guide to school success

school survival guide

How to get a’s without the frills

secrets of str8 A students

More tips for getting straight a’s

getting straight a’s in uni

general life tips

A level advice from a newbie

dealing with bad teachers

students guide to getting ur life sorted

how to never fall behind in class

Getting straight a’s yet again

college study tips

how to not lose ur shit in college

improving grades to str8 a’s

success in school masterpost

Notes

taking efficient notes

Making revision notes

Upgrade yo notes

taking effective class notes

More on notetaking

Taking notes

lecture notes

More notes which is similar to what i do

taking notes from a textbook

rewriting notes

how to take notes from a textbook

Back to school

Making your life a lil bit easier this year ;)

brace urself for the new school year

More back to school

More back to school tips

this is great for back to school

Back to school masterpost there are so many of these but still

Back to school tips that acc help

What to do during summer

another one for the last days of summer

Back 2 skl r u ready??

going to school like a badass

Career/adult stuff

Really good for anything to do with jobs

Template for sending thx after interviews

THE BEST COVER LETTER ADVICE ADDAKFASK

Resume cheat sheet

Great personal statement guide (UCAS)

how to nail a job interview

how to save money

Bettering urself

how to live a better life

Some things that are easy to forget

Feeling strong and ready for anything

Things to do

Healthier habits

Life cleansing

Health tips to practice regularly

Some suggestions

self care hedgehog

best advice

Relax

productive breaks that AREN’T studying

Cute tips based on the senses

Ways to relax

Treat yo self without breaking the bank

100 tips woah

a word of advice

self care tips for students

classic book recs

self-help masterpost

101 book recommendations

what type of headache u have

study breaks for any situation

not feeling gr8?

self care tips

relaxing after a long day

basic self care

cute rabbit yoga

take care of yourself when you’re busy

stress relief

kinds of study breaks

feel better in 5 mins

Style/skincare

Back to school glo up

how to feel like a nymph

how to feel like an ancient empress (my FAV)

how to feel like a faerie queen/king

How to feel like a dryad

How to feel like a princess getting ready for a politically important ball

how to feel like a star maiden

how to be a delicate angel

how to look like autumn

THE BEST sugar scrub recipe

English

annotating efficiently

annotating a text

writing x characters when u aren’t x

annotating literature

How to annotate an english text

ap lit terms and tips

ap lit review

list of literary techniques

ultimate english masterpost

grade 9s in english

english lit essay tips

reading literature

literary analysis essay

Maths

GCSE maths youtube channels

how to study maths

how to gets a’s in maths

Science

Awesome for chemistry

lil biology masterpost

science resources

Languages

Spanish filler words

small talk in french

How to get an a in a foreign language

language learning made easy

how to pretend to be fluent - this is sooo good!!

learning languages without studying

how to study languages

goals for language learners

Essays

Essay writing websites for when ur normal program ain’t cutting it

how to structure essays

essay basics

Writing academically

Battling essays like mulan

Writing a 5 paragraph essay

Other subjects

a guide to new spec history

Morning/night routines

study in the morning

before skl checklist

nail dat afterschool routine ya feel?

morning habits to get into

more sleepytime

waking up easily

Morning habits for productivity

How to wake up

waking up happier :)

get up early and enjoy the day!!

Better sleep = better health = better grades

Sleeeeep

Sleep

fall asleep faster

sleep better

ideas for night routine

balancing sleep and school

waking up early

evening habits worth starting

morning routine and tips

Tech

STAY OFF UR PHONE

Gr8 study apps

educational apps

Food + drink

Recipes for students bc u gotta eat

study snacks

Drinks for diff moods

quick food recipes

5 easy recipes

feed yo brain

study snacks when u dont have time

staying healthy while studying

study snacks for cramming and all-nighters

minimal ingredient foods

more study snacks

hot chocolate ideas

student meal planning

areistotle’s food masterpost

gr8 coffee shops in london

Music

Haven’t tried this but seems cool

when you don’t want to listen to beethoven for the 67569540th time

ambient sounds for writers

melodic studying

concept playlists

playlists for diff moods

some v effective study music

Okay so thats pretty much every single useful thing I’ve ever reblogged. If you have any more suggestions please PLEASE let me know because I’m going to constantly update this list and any additions are welcome :) + I have removed the links that don’t work and have added more :) 

i really did everything i could to avoid doing this but

i’m a lesbian who was kicked out as a teenager and pretty much completely disowned – i’m 25 now and i’ve been poor as dirt (last year was the first year my income was above the poverty line) the last 7+ years. i worked two jobs, went to school and worked full time, and moved across the country twice with little to no help from my family. even now i make minimum wage with tips. i’m not well off – just as responsible as i can be.

now that i’m 25 i can finally go to school since i don’t have to report my “family” income. based on my own income, pell grants will cover almost all of my school expenses, and working part time + student loans should cover most of my living expenses.

however, i’m going to lose my health insurance in 2 months. i’m nearly out of dental already. i don’t know what i can do yet, because my financial aid for school has been put through the verification process for months and months and lots of paperwork and i don’t know what my period grant is exactly or what kind of student loans i’m applicable for. on top of that, i have to pay $1,130.00 to my University out of pocket because financial aid didn’t come through in time.

i’ve never worked less than full time – in the decade i’ve spent much of it working 2 jobs – but now i’m going less than part time and my job i’ve worked for years won’t even give me so much as health insurance. i’m very scared and i feel like i’m jumping off of a cliff.

i do have credit cards, but with no health insurance and only a part time job i need them for emergencies only. $1k+ is enough to stress my credit out horribly, and i have absolutely no fallback plan. i’m an adult survivor of an abusive homophobic family taking a huge risk by finally going to college like i’ve always wanted to.

i know this is the best thing for me, and i know that my life will improve so much with a degree – and eventually my JD – and i know that i have the potential to do this. i think i might be able to survive on my student loans. but right now… i have absolutely no information. right now im going in blind. and i know this is the best choice for me, but i don’t want to end up struggling or to have everything fall through because of my low income. i make minimum wage (+ tips) and even full time i don’t even know if i can afford books. my father doesn’t speak to me and my mom has nothing she can give me.

my paypal is wishbyspirit@yahoo.com and my squarecash is $wishbyspirit

i’m a lesbian survivor who has lived through hell and is finally trying to do what i know is best for me, but it’s terrifying. everything helps. this is the biggest risk i’ve ever taken in my life, and i’ve sworn to myself that i’ll never be homeless or struggling to eat again, because those struggles have been a reality for years of my life.

thank you all for everything in advance. i appreciate all of the help i can get.

anonymous asked:

do you have an idea of a checklist for learning how to create digital art? like i know practice is essential, but i don't really know where to start or where to go from there. thanks so much xox

I think I can toss some stuff out here that might be of use.  Assuming an artist learning digital art starts from the beginning–owning a tablet & drawing program but not knowing how to use them–here’s an inconveniently long list of stuff that could help them.

TL;DR: 1, mess around till you’re used to drawing digitally. 2, study and create ad infinitum. 3, a bunch of tips that are pretty hard to TLDR so you should probably just go over em.  Step 2 is basically what you asked me NOT to tell you (“practice”!), but unfortunately it’s all I know how to do :,(

1) If you own a tablet that you plug into your computer (i.e., you don’t draw directly on the screen), feel free to spend a few weeks or even a month+ just getting used to it.  When you first start out, it’s really freaky drawing in one place and seeing things appear somewhere else, but trust me in that you won’t even notice the disconnect after a few months of consistent digital drawing.  I’ve been painting digitally for about 2 years now, and it’s actually slightly easier for me to draw digitally than traditionally.  [If you have a cintiq, or you use an iPad with Procreate, or something similar, then you probably don’t have to spend as much time in step 1.]

Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how good you were with traditional drawing when you start digital; the mental disconnect you have will make it very difficult to think about proportions, values, edges, colors, etc.  You’ll probably notice yourself making mistakes that you wouldn’t normally make on paper.  Don’t worry about them, just keep drawing as you usually would.  Digital you will catch up to traditional you in time.  

For now, get used to blending colors, drawing somewhat steady lines that go in the correct direction, and fooling around with brushes and brush settings.  If you come across a brush that you like (easy to work with + pleasing results), it may help to stick with it as you continue to learn.  Digital doodles and sketches are good for this stage; though try to keep doing traditional work so your base art skills don’t atrophy.  

If you’re just starting out with Photoshop or Sai or Krita or whatever software you’re using, you’re gonna be intimidated by all the funky buttons and settings that you first see.  If it makes you feel any better, I use maybe 0.1% of the tools that Photoshop offers me.  When you start, all you need to worry about is the brush tool and control-z, maybe the eraser too.

2) Do studies as well as pieces from imagination.  You can move into step 2 as early as you please; you don’t have to wait until you think you’ve become “skillful” at digital drawing (in fact, this step is what will probably help you become the most comfortable with digital).  It’s alright if your colors are icky looking and your values are off (tip, occasionally turn the saturation of your drawing to 0 to check the values), because as long as you keep studying reality and appealing art & continually learn from your mistakes, you’ll get better. 

Always remember to study or at least appreciate the qualities of art you enjoy.  It’s the same thing that people always tell writers–you have to read a lot to write well.  You probably shouldn’t shield yourself from the influence of other artists; while you may think that this action would help you develop artistically in the manner most true to yourself, in reality the vast majority of the process of learning art will be honing in on what you find visually pleasant so that you may, in turn, express your artistic taste in your work.  If you look at other people’s art, you can pick out tiny aspects of it that you like and incorporate that into your style.  It’s a bit trickier to build a style without the “help” of other artists, though you can always turn to nature for help. On that note, I also recommend referencing nature as much as you can, because we as human beings are sort of wired to find natural designs, colors, and structures beautiful.  Look at nature for the universally beautiful, and look at art for the subjectively beautiful (i.e., enjoyed uniquely by you).

If you find yourself getting burnt out pretty quickly, then just paint/draw simple and small things for period of half an hour to 1 ½ hours a day (and switch back to traditional).  You can spend this time mapping out proportions, creating thumbnails of values/colors, drawing linework, or whatever.  Add complexity to your pieces as the months go by, and if you already have a decent foundation in drawing aim to create somewhat finished pieces after maybe four months to a year.  Please note that the second part of that sentence was something I completely made up out of my head, because I’m trying to quantify pretty unquantifiable concepts such as a “decent foundation in drawing” and a “somewhat finished” piece of art.  If you find it unrealistic, or just too easy of a goal, disregard it entirely.  It can take you half a decade to learn to make finished digital art, or you can get it down in a couple months.

3) Fun fact, there’s not really a step 3 as you stay in 2 forever, always studying and creating.  But there’s a few other things about digital art that you ought to know, so here they are:

• If your computer doesn’t make a fuss about it, I’d recommend working on a decently large canvas (at least 3000 by 3000; I personally prefer 6000 by 6000). You’ll get less defined edges and colors if you go below 1000 by 1000, from my experience.

• If you have a tablet with pressure sensitivity (you probably should otherwise digital painting is kinda hellish), go to your brush settings and set ‘transfer’ to ‘pen pressure.’  This is what makes it possible to blend.  

• If you’re having trouble matching colors while studying, you can always color pick the ref (in photoshop: bring the pic into PS and use the eye dropper tool) and compare its colors to your colors.  Some people add too much red to their skin tones, some people draw their highlights with overly desaturated colors, some people make trees and grass in their landscapes too green; whatever the case, take note of and correct errors that you consistently make.  

• Get used to using the transform/warp/liquify tools (liquify is technically a filter but you get what I mean).  They’re lifesavers for fixing proportion mistakes that you’ve only noticed 8 hours into a piece. 

• Give layers a shot.  I only work on one layer, but I’ve heard from people who divide their piece up into multiple layers that they’re damn useful (until you draw on the wrong one). 

• Flip your canvas horizontally every once in a while to make sure stuff hasn’t gone awry. 

• Screw around with color modes; they can do some really fancy things that are difficult to duplicate with normal digital painting, let alone traditional.  On the topic of colors, don’t be afraid to use somewhat desaturated colors (near the center of the color picker square in PS). There are some very aesthetically pleasing color combinations that you can make out of somewhat dulled colors.

• If you’re using PS, bind ‘step backward’ to control Z, not ‘undo.’  This is under keyboard shortcuts.  Set up a bunch of shortcuts that are the most convenient for you–personally, I only keep my left hand near the lower left region of my keyboard (my right hand is away from the keyboard and off to the right, drawing on the tablet), so I have all of my necessary shortcuts in that area.

This was a bit longer than I expected, but I figure that someone out there can get something out of it.  Cheers to you, if you do.

nude wars | pt.1 (m)

» pairings: yoongi x reader x jungkook

» genre: smut, touches of fluff / frat!yoonkook

» word count: 4,458

» description: Okay sure, maybe having a threesome with two best friends from the same frat wasn’t the smartest thing you’d ever done. But hey, when the result was them vying for your attention in the form of scandalous snaps, breathy audio messages, and unspeakable texts, well then the decision definitely wasn’t that bad — Or alternatively, your phone getting caught in the middle of Yoongi and Jungkook constantly trying to one-up each other in a war of sexting (and just maybe romantics).

Nine texts, four missed calls, several snaps, one voice mail — who the fuck leaves voicemails?

The notifications flashed across the home screen of your phone after your blurry and sleep-deprived eyes managed to locate the button to stop your shrieking alarm that was set for six-thirty in the goddamn morning. The early wake-up time due to the fact that it was your turn to trudge through the morning shift at the café you worked at — now that was what you called a simple cause and effect. You have the morning shift, so you set your alarm earlier than usual. It was simple, however as your thumb rested against the screen of your phone, the previously mentioned notifications continuing to stare back at you with urging enticement, you once again wondered how this particular cause and effect had come to fruition.

Your teeth caught hold of your bottom lip, bearing down on the tender flesh as your heart began to rapidly beat against your chest. Ragged sighs invaded your lungs as you pressed your thumb against the home button of the device. It unlocked, revealing what you of course already knew would be there. The small red dots that indicated how many missed alerts you had received throughout the night. It was with a deep breath that you pressed down on the first icon to rid yourself of the notification that held the least weight.

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AP Exam PSA

I know all of our AP exams are coming up. Just a reminder to study a little bit each day and do not cram for the test. If you stay up late studying you will retain little and be exhausted for the exam. Go to bed early the night before and have a good breakfast before the exam. If your exam requires pen bring an erasable pen. Bring layers incase the room is cold. Bring water. Leave your phone at home because you can’t have it in the room. Dress comfortably. And remember

DO NOT CRAM FOR THE TEST

DO NOT CRAM FOR THE TEST

DO NOT CRAM FOR THE TEST

anonymous asked:

I just worked my way through all your doodle comics and my god, I know it's like a short one but that 'eavesdropping' one really hit me in the face with how similar Gladstone and Scrooge are in terms of people resenting them for their luck/money so thanks for that I'd never realised it before!

I KNOW RIGHT it’s like, once you see it you really can’t unsee it

especially with scenes like this from O’Lucky Man (thanks again for translating it Sarroora!) note- reads right to left!

and this-

in comparison to scenes like this from the Life and Times (reads left to right)

and I mean, tell me you don’t see the similarities here (left, an early Gladstone by Carl Barks, right, young Scrooge by Don Rosa)

the main difference is that while most of the time Scrooge’s reaction to this sort of envy is that of aggressive defiance and throwing a fit, Gladstone’s is either aloof disinterest, rubbing it in their faces or just… being sad about it :’(

anonymous asked:

Hey, how do you find the ideas for you writings? The plot is just so intriguing, creative, and beautiful. I have this problem finding new ideas for my projects. The ones I had in mind seemed to be too plain or boring. Any advice?

A simple method for creating cool stories:

Step One: Steal Concepts. 

I don’t mean specific details or unique ideas or full stories. I mean base level concepts. 

  • You enjoyed a story about a pantheon of wacky gods? 
  • You really like the idea of an epic car race? 
  • You love how awesome the elemental powers are in a certain movie?
  • You can’t get enough vampire stories? 
  • You’re a big fan of forbidden love?

Steal those concepts. They’ve all been done before. The concepts alone aren’t anyone’s creative property. They are a bit boring as stagnant concepts that don’t fit into anything, but that’s okay for now. 

Step Two: Combine a bunch of these stolen concepts.

Imagine I just stole all those concepts. Now I’m going to put them together. It goes a little something like this…

(Please note that I didn’t have any idea I was going to be putting them all together this when I came up with the list above. It’s a totally random bunch of concepts.)

So. We have a pantheon of wacky gods. They control this world where the technology has progressed enough for their to be car-like vehicles, and the humans who create them like to race them for sport, while the gods watch and sometimes appear to congratulate the winners. This is a forbidden love story, so lets follow one of the racers and one of the gods.

Now the gods in this story are all elemental based gods, and their devote followers have a certain control over the element of the god they follow. They often use these powers in the races, though it’s technically illegal. 

Where do the vampires fit in? Fuck, um… So the races are getting more and more extreme, yeah? And at the start of the story, they lead through a series of not-quite-explored caverns with crazy monsters. One of these monster species are vampiric, and on rare occasions can transfer their need for blood to a human they bite.

(For simplicity, we’ll say that humans turned vampire cannot create more vampires. There have not been many of these human-vampires for centuries because the monsters who turn them were mostly extinct. Human-vampires are shunned by the gods, not allowed to use elemental powers, and can’t race.)

Our human hero is a devote follower of one particular god, and is secretly in love with this god, who they don’t realize is also secretly in love with them. They dive their car into the crazy caverns and get bitten by a monster, turning them into a vampire. Afraid that they can no longer be near the love of their life, they struggle to hide their vampire side while competing to reach the final race so they can continue seeing the god they love.

Wooh. That was a mess.

If you want something that feels less chaotic, you’ll have to use a larger list of concepts and pick and choose what fits most neatly together, but as you can see, you can build a functioning story out of pretty much anything.

Note: 

  • This works for individual scenes, for settings, for character building, etc. 
  • It might require a bit of brainstorming as you try to piece the concepts together in a useful way.
  • There are plenty of other perfect good ways of creating a story. This is just the one I use most often for speculative fiction and seems to come up with the most unique stories.

If you’re having trouble getting this method to work, experiment with it merely for fun. Come up with a long list and use it to build ten novels you don’t plan to write. Focus on being as crazy, chaotic, and stupidly creative as possible. Sometimes you have to run through a bunch of terrible but hilarious plot ideas before you find one you really love.

Taako’s Elderflower Macarons

As it may be glaringly obvious now, we started listening to The Adventure Zone on the drive down to Dragon Con. This in turn has inspired us to start D&D ourselves…we may have made a grave mistake. D&D is like that nerdy precipice where - once you go over - there’s no going back. We’re all lost causes once you start rolling those dice and making perception checks.

Recipe is below the cut.

-MJ & K

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I think a lot about possessed Reigen, cause he constantly puts himself into these situations, but if he doesn’t have one of the espers with him there’s not much he could do to protect himself. I was thinking he might be able to intentionally mislead the ghost if he found himself in danger of being possessed, like getting it to call Mob by the wrong name to tip him off idk

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