trick of life

ideas of exercises to help with your practical art skills, as well as things to keep in mind while making art and new ways to find inspiration:

  1. draw every day
  2. recreate a drawing you did before, but better
  3. draw something using only simple geometric shapes
  4. do studies of famous artworks
  5. listen to artists explain their work, it’s super interesting
  6. take life drawing classes (or use online photo resources)
  7. find an artwork you love, and work out why
  8. draw caricatures of friends
  9. set a 1 minute timer and draw an object as quickly as possible
  10. draw something you can’t see, eg. music, emotion
  11. research artists you admire and find out how they work
  12. think about composition: what stands out, what recedes etc.
  13. find a famous artwork you hate and work out why
  14. sit outside and draw the landscape
  15. copy a photo exactly
  16. draw a scene from a film
  17. draw the contours of an object not the outline
  18. visit an art exhibition near you
  19. draw your bedroom
  20. look up tutorials online - there’s so many useful ones!
  21. practise creating contrast between light and dark in pictures
  22. research colour theory
  23. do a self portrait
  24. learn about art history! Research different movements etc.
  25. try a new medium
  26. consider the feeling you want to portray with the artwork
  27. draw without looking at the page
  28. draw a character from a book you’ve read
  29. draw something you don’t usually draw
  30. look at your pictures in the mirror to help you see problems better
  31. follow artists and galleries on instagram for inspo
  32. draw an ugly object in a beautiful way
  33. try using only bold, bright colours
  34. plan your colour palette before starting an artwork, and stick to it!
  35. if you usually work in 2D, make something in 3D
  36. always remember to add shadows
  37. draw an object which is important to you
  38. use 5 lines to depict an object, make every line count
  39. draw using negative space
  40. always draw from life when possible!
  41. think carefully about which direction the light is coming from
  42. study proportions and anatomy!! 
  43. draw your pet
  44. research items symbolic meanings in art
  45. make an art blog to compile images that inspire you
  46. draw using only straight lines
  47. try accentuating any subtle colours in an image
  48. draw models from fashion websites
  49. sketch with friends! They always have great ideas
  50. keep drawing even if you find it hard, you improve with every mistake!

{my art masterpost might also be useful to you} 

Good luck! xx

tips & tricks & i’ve learned in 21 years as a human girl who has adhd

some of these i’ve learned on my own, or from family/friends, or reddit/tumblr/pintrest/facebook. but i’ve compiled a list that has helped me remain focused, organized, and not having my mind go all over the place. some of them are just good to know.

1. don’t put it down, put it away (helps immensely with clutter)

2. use a planner for everything, not just school (i use an actual planner because writing it down actually helps me remember it better, but an app can work too)

3. color code class materials, use a different color for each subject (i’m a nursing student and i’m always running around like crazy, my binders, folders, and notebooks for each class each have their own color. ex: bio=green, chem=blue, psych=pink. that way if i’m in a rush, i never grab the wrong stuff.)

4. rewriting class notes, memos, important dates, & anything else worth remembering helps to engrain it in your mind 

5. meal prepping twice every week helps to save time & money & also helps to keep your meals nice and healthy (it also helps me remember to eat because sometimes i have a hard time doing so since my vyvanse suppresses my appetite. it also helps to eat before i take my meds because then i have a more normal appetite and i’m not cranky. i’m also someone who would rather just not eat because i get stressed if i have to cook something, so having something all set and ready to go for each meal is such a huge stress relief)

6. do some sort of exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 times a week because it gets rid of excess energy, helps you to focus, & look & feel great (i do 45 minutes of cardio every other day on the stair-stepper & i’ve just gotten really into weight lifting. cardio definitely helps me A LOT to not be so cranky or all over the place)

7. pick out and get your outfit for the next day, every single night (i pick out EVERYTHING from the actual clothes, to the underwear, socks, bra, shoes, & accessories. this helps because i also have a weird thing about how clothes fit over undergarments & i also have a weird thing about matching clothes with undergarments, socks, & shoes)

8. pack your backpack and whatever else you need the night before (i put all my class materials, snacks & drinks, chargers, gym clothes, etc in my bag every night before i go to bed so i don’t rush or forget anything in the morning)

9. have a bag full of essentials that you take everywhere (i have a purse that i keep my wallet, keys, a protein bar, a water, my iPad, a back up charger, pen, small notebook, planner, gum, & hand sanitizer that i take with me everywhere. everything has it’s own special pocket & i never lose track of the things i need)

10. make lists of “to’s” (to do, to remember, to buy)

11. go from room to room whenever you leave someplace to make sure you haven’t left anything behind 

12. use post-it notes in visible places as reminders

13. set aside one day per week to do stuff you need to get done (cleaning, schoolwork, chores, grocery shopping, etc)

14. have a “time out” for yourself every other day to relax and recharge (i set aside an hour or two every single day to read or watch a tv show or do something that doesn’t require too much thought or energy. i don’t answer calls or texts, and i try not to browse social media. this helps me relax and not feel overwhelmed throughout the day or the week)

15. set alarms for waking up, tasks, & cooking fro better time management (i use a great app called 30/30 thats a great task manager. it lets you set up a list with a set time for each task. the timer starts and you go about your task, once the time is up, it lets you know you should move onto your next task)

What to do if You’ve Been Buried Alive

1. Don’t panic. When you panic, you breathe faster, and consume more of the precious, life-giving oxygen of which you have almost none left.

2. Panic.

3. Think to yourself — did I do anything to deserve this?

4. Press hard on the top of the coffin, just to make sure it isn’t one of those prank coffins.

5. Use your remaining moments to review your enemies list and figure out who did this to you, place elaborate, inescapable curse on them.

Tips and Tricks for a Semester Abroad

Hello my lovelies! I’m officially on winter break and I realized that there are some students getting ready to start their journeys abroad! I know for the Korean universities my home university has partnerships with, school begins late February, early March. So I’m hoping this post helps study abroaders out, whether you’ll be going to South Korea or somewhere else.

Know how to read hangul

In Korea, it’s not necessary to know the language but it helps to be able to read the hangul. Sometimes, in restaurants, the menu will be in Korean. And sometimes, menu items will be in Konglish. It also helps when you’re looking for certain shops and places which is really handy.

When leaving Korea, prepare to ship a box (or two) home.

Believe me, you will end up buying some stuff while in Korea. Everything is just so cheap. Whether it be souvenirs or tons of KPOP merchandise, we’re going to want to send a box or two home before getting on that plane. It will save you the stress of trying to shove everything into your luggage the night or morning before your flight home. And send in it through boat mail. It’ll take longer to get back home, but it’s a lot cheaper.

Phone and Data Plan

If you’re anything like me who can’t survive without having access to internet everywhere, then you going to want to have an unlocked phone and a Korean data plan. Yes, yes, yes, there is wifi everywhere in Korea but I had difficulty connecting to the wifi so I gave up and bought a data plan through EG Sim. And even if you don’t plan to get a data plan, you still want to unlock your phone just in case, or you’ll end up like me and have to buy a new phone.

Apps to Download

Kakao Talk, Naver Dictionary, and Subway Korea are my three must-have apps. Kakao Talk is the messaging app that everyone uses in Korea. Most Koreans don’t need a phone plan because Kakao Talk is all you need. Naver Dictionary is obviously a Korean-English dictionary. It’s helpful just so you can look up words when there isn’t someone who speaks Korean around you. Also, very helpful communicating with some of the locals that know enough English to have a conversation but aren’t quite fluent. Subway Korea (or any Korean subway map app really) is going to be super useful getting the city. It shows the subway system and all the stops. It also has the times that the subway should be arriving and leaving and how many stops the subway is away from the stop that you’re at. I think some apps will tell you which subway cart is the most and least crowded. Most definitely a useful app.

Always carry around tissue paper.

It’s always nice to have some tissues on you just in case there aren’t any napkins or paper towels anywhere you go. But I stress this because sometimes in Korea, when you go use the restroom, it may not be what you’re use to. It could be a hole in the floor with no toilet paper. This didn’t happen to me often. Actually, it only happened once but I had tissue paper in my bag so I was prepared. So always have tissue paper on you just in case.

Your experience is your experience

There are going to be times when you’re chilling in the dorm studying or have to meet up for a group project while others go out and explore the city. Or maybe you’re trying to save up to go travel after school lets out while others travel frequently during school holidays. That’s okay. This is your study abroad experience. You shouldn’t compare it to others. Don’t think “ah, I should’ve went here instead of there” or “maybe I should’ve done this.” Just thinking these things will make you lose out on whatever country you’re going to has to offer. Studying abroad and the memories that you make there are somethings that you should never regret. Just have fun and live life.

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Things to Remember When You Become Possessed

1. Relax; just go with it! You’ve never been possessed before, how do you know you won’t like it?
2. If you have been possessed before, then you know you won’t like it.
3. Don’t just start in with the puking and floating and weird demon-y stuff. You’ll turn everyone off and they’ll run away and then who are you going to impress?
4. Drink plenty of fluids.
5. Manners are important: Remember, it’s “please” and “thank you” before you devour the mortal souls of family and friends.

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oddly enough, some of my best halloween costumes have been worn by my sister.

STUDY HACK THAT WILL SAVE YOU HOURS 📚📖📝

This study hack has saved me hours of typing up my notes and inserting textbook info!

So many of you may know this exists, in that case ignore my post, but for those of you who are like me and had NO IDEA you could easily convert your textbook into editable text read below:

➡️There are a few apps out there that convert your textbook text into editable text in a few easy steps.

➡️In my opinion the best app out there (which is also free) is the OCR app by Lead Tools.

➡️All it involves is:

✖open the app

✖️take a clear photo of small(ish) section of text

✖️use the select tool

✖️copy and paste the selected text into a note (unfortunately the app doesn’t let you compile everything in to one doc)

✖️email the final note with all converted text to yourself

➡️Then I integrate everything into my lecture notes which makes for very comprehensive notes for tests and exams.

Hope this helps someone 💕📖

Things to Remember When You’re Being Eaten by a Wolf

1. Wear clean clothes. No one likes a dirty meal.
2. No introductions, please. Saying your name just makes it harder for the wolf to eat you.
3. Customary to ask, “Would you like sparkling water or flat with your meal?”
4. No kicking or punching as you go down. You might damage the wolf’s esophagus.
5. Always be grateful. That wolf could have eaten anyone, but he chose you.