unhelpful tips

anonymous asked:

Any tips on hands?

Yes! Hands are one of my favourite things to draw! before you settle on any sort of style, you need to study real hand anatomy either online or via life drawing, understanding hands can be really tricky (which is fine, we learn as we go along).

As for some tips on the way I draw hands, here is some pointers I came up with, apologies for my monstrous handwriting:

I personally love to exaggerate the hands to be as bold and expressive as possible, especially if the mood is something action or adventure-based. Hands are almost like little characters of their own. You can modify them with big gestures or little details (like the pinky finger out if it’s a posh character) as long as it stays believable-looking. Some of my examples!

(Also, use your own hands for reference! You have hands, use them!)

khaitheshippingqueen  asked:

Hi, 2 questions. 1) can I send you my post about my king!junk and queen!symm au and 2) what tips would you give for writing those two accurately?

sure you can! hit me up whenever~ 

as for writing them, hmm 

lots of snark, typically. Junkrat is the type to get up in your face while Satya’s more reserved, so I tend to just write them like that? lmao this isn’t very helpful but I don’t really have template for their personalities or anything. I just kinda write them

I write Junkrat with bucketloads of slang and very informal tone while English is a second language for Satya, so I tend to make her sound quite formal and grammatically perfect, as second language speakers tend to be

i uh, hope this helps

On learning from writing tips
  • No blog or book will have a complete and error-free guide to writing perfect books. I’m sure I’ve written some really unhelpful tips, and so has every single other blog like mine. When reading writing tips, think about each one and see if you agree with it.
  • If several writing tip books and blogs say the same thing, it’s more likely to be true. 
  • Writing tips from actual, published authors are generally more valuable than writing tips from blogs like this one. 
  • If your story calls for an exception, then by all means break the writing rule. No rule is completely unbreakable. Writing “rules” are more like guidelines, some stronger than others. 
  • At the same time, if your story doesn’t call for an exception, the guidelines are there to help, not to pen you in and cramp your style. Writing a story with flat characters and bad grammar just because you’re a rule breaker and not for any specific in-story purpose isn’t going to go over well with readers.
  • It’s better to look at writing tips than not to. If you want to see what just writing with one’s heart and hoping for the best does, check out the average story on fanfiction.net. You technically can write a good story this way, but it’s pure chance. Writing is a skill and there are specific ways to do it better. 
My Creative Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ok, so tons of people have asked about my process. And this is pretty much accurate.

Step 1. Chose the (usually evening or middle of the night) entertainment. Typically a TV show such as Buffy, The X-Flies, Supernatural, or The Addams Family. Or a horror movie I’ve seen enough times I don’t need to actually pay attention. John Hughes also works.

Step 2. Pick a surface such as a square of black fabric, leather vest, or a legit painting surface like canvas or illustration board.

Step 3. Pick up iPad, where I store several thousand reference pictures divided into a couple dozen organized albums. Attempt to pick one simple picture, get distracted searching for about an hour or the duration of one Buffy episode. Bowie’s face sort of is a big point of distraction because of bone structure. Possibly save new pictures through convoluted Google searches.

Step 4. Finally decide on image. Black and white is best for DIY, so out come the Carbon Black and Titanium White Golden’s Acrylic bottles and size 4 round brush. If the final image is in color, the tiny tubes of watercolors (which ultimately cost more than human blood) appear, as well as the same size 4 round brush because I’m cheap and use that brush from everything.

Step 5. Ok. Productivity. For quote patches: pick quote, guesstimate space, paint words, continue to paint over until opaque, tada. For leather (pleather is honestly better for paint to stick to) vest or jacket: block in largest white areas, leaving darkest areas black, go back in and layer grays by randomly moving dabs of black and white paint instead of premixing because of laziness. Continue moving paint around until desired effect is achieved because copying shapes and shadows gets easier with practice. For illustrations on a grown-up art surface: I don’t fucking know. With watercolor I just go from light to dark in block shapes and move the paint around in whatever way suits me. That size 4 round is used for tiny details and big blocks of color in all cases.

Step 6. Show off like the vain, conceited creature I am. Sew onto things, wear around town, hang on wall, sell, whatever. If it’s wearable I might get photographer friends to take a bunch of pictures for me.

anonymous asked:

Please show us how you draw eyes, oh great art senpai!

I am noo senpai. here’s a real senpai 

What i’ll show you is how i do it. So there’s many mistakes here and there. That’s why i also advise to watch the video I linked to avoid my errors or the things i’ve dismissed through the force of habit

How i generally place it on the face generally goes like this: 

I start from the space between the eyes and the top of the nose bridge. Then I roughly place the brow area and put the eye sockets under them.

Place the eye lids according to the shape you want to use. I have a very messy style when I often go over the sketch and erase and go over it again. I start with a red color then go over with a multiply pen or a darker color to add details and things like lids etc

Use the eye socket base to place the lids if you need to

on posed eye the lid often hides a bit of the eyeball

And you should be done

Add some fuzzy eyelashes and lid and shadows. Eyebrows can do a lot to one’s look so try to play with them too. I give Yugi sharp and triangular eyebrows. 

And that’s roughly it. Most of the time i do it in a simpler manner where i just go  quickly BLEH

All i can say is have fun through observation and playing with the shapes. Even tracing over pictures of eyes and trying to mark each parts can help. Finding your own points of observation will help. 

anonymous asked:

i watch stan's stuff all the time!! oh no, your hand is injured??? D: im sorry!! please dont over exert yourself okay??? and the face in general gives me a lot of issues, especially the mouth region.. i just have a really bad memory, so putting methods that i learn into practice can be hard because i end up forgetting everything..

Yeah i see. Then, i know nobody likes to hear it but most of it will improve through muscle memory. The more you practice the more it comes back. Never be afraid to use reference not just on pictures of humans but professional artists as well and try to find your own techniques, it might help you remember them. Select what you like in those artist’s styles and try to reproduce them. It’ll end up being your own style as you get more comfortable.

When it comes to lips i generally go like this (ignore the shitty drawing, and not straight lines, and non symmetrical traits and-)

if you want to add the lips details it generally goes like this. I imagine you’ve seen Proko’s tutorial on lips, so picture the squichy pillows

no matter what the type of lips it is

et cetera, et cetera

don’t forget that moving your mouth moves your whole face

Then play with colors, if you’re on digital or have nice pencils

001bit  asked:

I have to say I absolutely adore your art style and the way you draw Yugi and Atem makes me swoon. I apologize if you've already been asked this but what program do you use for your drawings and what brushes?

Thank you! 

I generally use Paint Tool Sai or Manga Studio. Both are really good softwares, Manga Studio has a lot more options than sai but Sai is easier to use

When it comes to brushes, I don’t really use anything specific, I downloaded a bunch of brushes for Manga Studio but it’s still just for fun

In sai I mostly use the marker tool for soft lines like sketches or a more “light” style both for coloring and line art. 

For a “hard” lineart i use either the pen brush or ink pen

For coloring i just use the pen brush. To blend I use the either the watercolor brush, the oil brush or the blur brush. I change the settings way too often to really give you anything consistent

Mostly I think I can say that my most constant thing is this

I very very rarely put my settings on “soft” even when I’m blending. 

I also like to use plat brushes for sketches

So I think that’s pretty much it, sorry I don’t think I’ve helped much, I just play a lot with the settings and I’m a very indecisive person who improvises a lot

Ever since Intuos 4 came out, I hated Wacom’s gritty surface for eating all my pen nibs. Well, as it turns out, I was wrong all along! Lately I was getting really frustrated with the lack of precision when hand drawing straight lines on the tablet (and yes, I know about shift+click). After some playing around, it seems like the grittiness actually helps with that. But after 4 years of drawing, the surface at the centre of my tablet became polished like glass and it really messes with my precision. I actually haven’t realised it all this time - I even got a new pen a few months ago, thinking that my lines suck because the pen is “wonky”.

So there you have it…my super hi-tech tablet mod with a help of Tesco’s all-purpose cloth and masking tape. Yaaay.