well not a drawing but a craft

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for using rhythm to craft pleasant prose?

There’s just one, really.

Read poetry.

You can, and should, read lyrical and poetic prose as well, but this approach by itself is like looking at the rain and thinking that’s all there is to water. In reality, there are oceans, rivers, lakes, and clouds. Water takes many different shapes, flows in many different ways.

Understanding words requires the study of words.

Poetry, good poetry, is all about studying words. Words individually. Words separately. The function and impact of a single sentence. The impact of a word. The impact of punctuation. Where the emphasis is in the sentence, and you craft it so you draw more attention to your intended point.

Read poetry. Read all the poetry.

The more you read, the more you absorb, the better you’ll get as you learn to replicate the form and structure for yourself. You can apply all the theory learned and perfected in poetry to your prose. All those lessons about the impact of a poem’s visual shape and the usage of white space are still applicable.

A poem can teach you why you must be careful to never make several paragraphs in a row the same visual size and shape unless you intend to lull your audience into a sense of security/boredom/complacency.

As a writer, you should be studying all different kinds of writing even if it’s not what you want to do. From journalism, to creative non-fiction, non-fiction, various fictional genres down to poetry, there’s plenty to be learned from all different disciplines. The more you read, the more you absorb, then the better the writer you’ll be.

Second, you need to practice. Rhythm is one of the more advanced aspects of writing and, if you don’t have a natural knack for it, one of the most difficult to track. Practice is necessary. Even if you have a natural “ear” for rhythm in your prose, it will suck in the beginning. That’s okay. Let it. Rhythm is crafted as much, if not more so, in the editing phase as it is written on the first draft. Well-crafted rhythm is crafted. It may (and probably will) take multiple drafts and careful attention across the entirety of the piece in order to get the flow right. Be patient. Be kind to yourself.

When looking at writers whose styles you want to imitate, avoid the surface level. Look at the structure of the sentences. The word choice. More, challenge yourself to figure out the why. What purpose does the rhythm and structure serve. Assume the impact you received from the piece was intentional.

Writing is often like looking at a puzzle. You have many pieces that fit together to create an often beautiful whole. The neophyte writer, with no skill in analysis, simply seeks to steal pieces and slap them into a different setting. They assume all writing is modular, that if it had one impact over here then it will have the same elsewhere. They see the end, but not the beginning. The big picture, but not the details. They take and use a trope, a twist, a rhythm, or a technique without trying to understand the connective tissue which informs why it worked within the story and had the impact it did. Some of it is intentional, some of it is accidental, but stepping beyond the what to learn why and how is key to moving past imitation.

We cannot force our audience to experience anything, but we can invite them down the garden path.

When looking for rhythm, begin at the beginning. Start small. Look at poems before moving on to prose. When you grasp the concept behind four lines, you step forward into studying two hundred pages.


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365 Days = 365 New Art Pieces

Whether it be Painting, Crafting, Drawing, Even Photography or different writing pieces.
A new piece every day to go along with that days corresponding theme.

Granted not every day will be a masterpiece, life can get in the way or there can be a lot on your plate at time as well. But whether it is a small doodle or big painting.. this challenge is simply meant to exercise your skills.

These are the daily themes.

1. Introduction
2. Love
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Seeking Solace
6. Break Away
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Under the Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand
36. Precious Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger Ahead
57. Sacrifice
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale
62. Magic
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can’t
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Broken Pieces
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal
84. Out Cold
85. Spiral
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Drowning
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up
94. Last Hope
95. Advertisement
96. In the Storm
97. Safety First
98. Puzzle
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation
103. Fantasy
104. Lock and Key
105. Heart
106. Poison
107. Fairy
108. Parties
109. Stitch
110. Manga/Comic Strip
111. Dragon
112. Yoshi
113. Pikachu
114. Mask
115. Sword
116. Web
117. Vampire
118. Zodiac
119. Bones
120. Phoenix
121. Deviantart
122. Eygptian
123. Anthro
124. Cosplay
125. Chains
126. Action
127. Chibi
128. After A Battle
129. Art Trade
130. Original Character
131. Realistic
132. Moonlight
133. Holiday
134. One Shape
135. Fruit
136. Midnight
137. Elf
138. Pageviews
139. Henshin (Transformation)
140. Fear
141. Under Water
142. Future
143. Mascot
144. Wings
145. New Art Medium
146. During A Battle
147. Vortex
148. Progress
149. Upside Down
150. Unseen
151. Flag
152. Princess
153. Prince
154. King
155. Queen
156. Sharp
157. Fading
158. No Color
159. Censored
160. East Meets West
161. Hologram
162. Tattoo
163. Dirt
164. Dinosaur
166. Portal
167. Lace
168. Envy
169. Study
170. End of the World
171. Graffiti
172. Silhouette
173. Robot
174. Tutorial
175. Death
176. Movie
177. Bird
178. Fun
179. Teeth
180. Jewelry
181. Anniversary
182. Fav TV Show
183. Chaos
184. Fashion
185. Wood
186. 186
187. Circle
188. Bunny
190. Goth
191. Scar
192. Redesign
193. Fast
194. Stamp
195. Sparkle
196. X
197. ID
198. Buttons
199. Space
200. Rocket
202. Youth
203. Content
204. Change
206. Pessimistic
207. Pirate
208. Novel
209. Doom
210. Garden
211. Sadness
212. Confusion
213. Freedom
214. Inevitable
215. Idle
216. Vampires
217. Convention
218. Roleplaying
219. Skull
220. Pain
221. Joy
222. Time
223. Warmth
224. Voodoo
225. Insomnia
226. Solitude
227. Zombies
228. Heaven
229. Evil
230. Weary
231. Candyland
232. Robot
233. Old-school
234. Puppets
235. Flight
236. Movie
237. What if…
238. Batman
239. Dance
240. O RLY???
241. Play
242. Uh-oh…
243. Duel
244. Sound Effect
245. Caption
246. Photo
247. Pants
248. Red
249. Fiesta
250. Percent
251. Soap Opera
252. Underwear
253. Stress
254. Froof
255. Mutation
256. Skeleton
257. Rock
258. Lies
259. Ninja
260. Message
261. Bugs
262. Effort
263. Bandaid
264. Fortune Telling
265. Imaginary
266. Fly Me to the Moon
267. Discovery
268. What?
269. Adhesive
270. Underworld
271. Favorite Holiday
272. Mecha
273. Random
274. Video Game
275. Crisis
276. Insanity
277. Ice
278. Working Hard
279. Hardly Working
280. Sandwich
281. Clone
282. Clumsy
283. Keyboard
284. Hope
285. Song
286. Surprise
287. Cursed
288. Awesomeness
289. Internet
290. Fire
291. Orange
293. Annoyance
294. Misunderstanding
295. Fantasia
296. Puppy
297. Lost
298. Pie
299. Fate
300. Death
301. Chores
302. Happy
303. Life
304. Relationship
305. Play
306. Toy
307. Computer
308. Scene teen
309. Emotion
310. Run
311. Fear
312. Gamble
313. Christmas
314. Animal
315. Wild
316. Morning
317. Loneliness
318. Friend
319. Pet
320. Grow
321. Flag
322. Cigarette
323. Punk rocker
324. Earth
325. Boredom
326. Sweet
327. Smile
328. Hold
329. Hug
330. Wings
331. Wrong
332. Right
334. Hope
335. Night
336. Star
337. Courage
338. Ice Cream
339. Woman
340. Mad
341. School
342. Freedom
343. Eagle
344. Falling
345. Dream
346. Reality
347. Purple
348. Blue
349. Red
350. Pink
351. Rainbow
352. Rain
353. Snow
354. Teenager
355. Space
356. Wind
357. Fly
358. Tree
359. Ka Ching
360. Vulnerable
361. Forever
362. Gothic lolita
363. Warm
364. Cold
365. The End

Good luck to everyone joining! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

P.s. - There might be a few repeats, but we tried our best to pick all different themes. #CloudXvii365DayArtChallenge
Tree Grounding/Rooting

So this is a technique I learned a while ago before I really got into witchcraft. I guess it could considered a mindfulness meditation as well. It doesn’t really matter what you call it. 

A lot of my craft focuses on the mind and centering it on what’s going on inside of you and then reaching out to what’s around you. In this particular exercise you dispel negative energy by feeding it back into the earth and then, if needed, draw up neutral energy (because everything that goes into the earth becomes neutral until we do something to change it) back from the earth to recharge yourself. 

To Begin:

  • I like to start this exercise sitting cross legged on the floor, you can do it outside or in a chair inside-whatever is easiest for you. 
  • Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. See if you can feel the different flows of energy and emotions within your body with each breath.
  • Visualize yourself as one with the Earth. Realize that despite be physically separate, energetically we all come from the same thing. 
  • Start to, in your mind’s eye, see your spine/tail bone grow like the base of a tree or a vine, and see yourself being rooted into the Earth itself. 
  • Visualize your roots going deeper into the Earth, searching for it’s core.
  • When you’ve found where you feel your roots need to be, stop. Enjoy feeling connected for a moment. Let your mind wander, this is healthy, just remember to come back. 
  • Feel that energy flowing through you again. Try to separate the negative energy you don’t want out from the rest. 
  • Give it a color or a form in your mind and try to push it down through the roots into the core of the Earth, asking that she take it into herself and neutralize it where it can no longer harm anyone. 
  • Once you feel the negative energy fully leave you and your roots, think about how you feel. Do you feel lighter? More calm? A little freer maybe? At this time do you need to recharge with some more neutral energy that you can make positive?
  • While still connected to the Earth by your roots, if you need to recharge, ask for some neutral energy in return for your offering you have just given. With each breath in feel the energy come higher up the roots and eventually fill you. Allow it to flow through you, knowing that it simply is, and has possibilites to go either way, depending on what you do with it. 
  • When you are ready you can thank the Earth for helping you and start to pull back your roots with each breath. Once you feel like you have full returned you can open your eyes and evaluate how you feel. 

Hopefully this can help some of you. It doesn’t take super long, although I know it seems to have a lot of steps. I was trying to break it up for readability. I’ve used it before spellwork, tarot readings, seances, and just when I need to cleanse myself of negativity. It can be quite helpful. Let me know what you guys think and your results? 


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Breath of the Wild Art Contest!

As you all know the long awaited Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game will be released next month! To celebrate I will be holding an art contest.

The Rules:
- Must be original
- Must be SFW
- Must be BoTW themed
- Does NOT have to be a drawing (can be a craft or something. No fan fiction will be accepted)
- You do not have to be following me (but I’d appreciate it lol)
- Must be submitted by 12 am EST on March 1st

To enter:
Tag me in your post or send it to my inbox and tag it with #lozartscontest (that’s arts with an s). I will be tracking this tag.

The Prizes:
There will be 3 categories and 3 winners
1. Most creative
2. Most well done
3. Just because I liked it a lot (I couldn’t think of a good name for that category)

Everyone will have their art reblogged throughout the contest. The winners will have their art reblogged twice (morning and evening) and receive shout outs as well as be featured at the top of my page for the entirety of March.

Winners will be announced on March 2nd. Have fun and good luck!


So I planned to actually scan this and make it cleaner but honestly if I waited any longer it may never get done haha.
This method of making sigils is really really versatile, and really great if you’re trying to keep your craft lowkey since you can easily pass them off as just doodles! :)

Some things to keep in mind:

• Any alphabet/lettering system will work, as well as any orientation! Make it a circle, make it with only vowels, make it with more than one of each letter. Its up to you!

• The steps of connecting the dots & drawing in stars are interchangeable. You can connect first just as well as you can make the stars first, whichever you prefer!

• You don’t NEED to make them stars. Make them hearts, just dots, something that appeals to you personally & fits your needs. I sometimes make the stars colored on letters only used once, and open on ones used multiple times.

So, I hope I haven’t missed anything and maybe I’ll put forth a larger effort to make a more coherent guide at some point!

Have fun & thank you for reading!

(side note: I meant to include a typed out version of the text since my handwriting can be super sloppy but I just don’t have the energy, feel free to do so if you feel inclined!)

My grandmother’s older sister asked about buying a mountain man drawing up on my store as a gift for my dad’s mountain man cousin, but I opted to do some portraits of said cousin instead in some of his homemade garb. He’s the fella who made the fringed moosehide coat that I inherited from my (very much alive) dad, and given that I love that coat dearly, I figured I ought to do at least a drawing (well, three) as a show of appreciation of his craft.

I love thinking about people who have a connection to the Force but aren’t really powerful enough to make physical use of it, or just never got the training to do so. For example, Anakin as a kid was the only human able to podrace against the best because of his Force sensitivity; if he hadn’t been picked up by Qui-gon and Obi-wan/never left Tattooine he probably would have gone on to be a well renowned podracer.

It’s fun to think about how maybe the best gamblers in the galaxy always seem to know what card they’re going to draw before they get it, or how the dice will end up rolling. They can’t explain why they know it, but they just do. Or maybe parents that can always tell when their kids are causing trouble even when they can’t physically see or hear them. Or there could be an artist out there who’s renowned for their expressive and life-like pieces that feel like they were crafted by the universe itself, and the reason they’re so immersive is because the artist unknowingly draws upon the influence of the Force as they work.

Thinking about mundane, daily uses of the Force that aren’t for the purposes of battle, healing, etc. is really really fun.

Do you trust me?

Anyone willing to let me loose with an informal commission of their OC, in a format/style as yet undecided?
Just want to experiment with a few characters that aren’t my own to get outside that comfort zone.

I understand that personal characters are somewhat precious and i wouldn’t want to hijack someone’s beautifully crafted protagonist without consent.

Well this got out of hand very quickly xD Thank you everyone! Probably won’t have time to get round you all but I will certainly try.
Takin’ Commissions - A Beginner’s Guide

Do you draw? Do you want to make money drawing? Are you like, sixteen, and unable to get a job? Well no matter your age or skill level, being open for commissions is a great way to practice your craft while making some cash. Taking commissions is pretty simple, but the hardest part is getting started. And I’ve learned the hard way over several years that there are lots of little obstacles that can get in the way of taking commissions efficiently. So if you’re interested in starting your own little art business, let me be your guide!

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anonymous asked:

If possible I was wondering if you could direct me to a post that tells you how to draw a sigil! Please and thank you! Btw, i know you might get this a lot but you're such a kind and generous person. I hope you know that ^^

Well thank you. There are lots of ways to draw sigils, so I’ll link a few here. The first one is the method I use.

Dana’s Witch Tips #2

Use sparklers to draw and charge sigils in the air!

This incorporates two of the elements (air and fire) as well as charging the sigil as the pattern fades away, and looking super cool when you do it (especially if you take a long exposure photo while you do it, you know, the kind that makes all the stars look streaky etc)!

Also, it’s pretty inconspicuous too, especially if you’re at a party or something :)

(Note: Please use sparklers outdoors only if you can, as they can be a fire hazard. Also make sure to watch any flyaway sparks just in case [especially if you live in a place where the grass and surrounds are very dry, such as Australia] as they can cause bush fires too. Please just be careful!)

Tutorial: Ironic Hearts

Valentines Day is still a couple weeks away, but there’s no time like the present to make some wearable conversation hearts to express how you feel about this holiday ;) In my case, apathy is on full blast - but maybe your interpretation might be a bit more romantic. 

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Eat healthy.  Exercise.  Let your body become a strength, not a hindrance.

Become aware of the world around you.  Physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually.  Knowledge is power.

Educate yourself.  Constantly seek out information and learn all you can.

Limit your intake of negative influences.  Television, magazines, movies, and even peers can seriously affect self-confidence, creativity, productivity, and education.

Create.  Write, draw, compose, quilt, craft.  There are countless forms of expression that will help you manifest and understand your true self, as well as relax and de-stress.

Support other women.  No one else will.  We must end the fighting and criticism and accept all our varied life choices.


So remember that project I mentioned on the Soremiku sketch before? Well. Here it is. 
I’ve not seen anyone who sells Sorey’s bracelet anywhere and so, once, I have made one for myself. On the sketch mentioned before, some people said they’d like to get their own too. And since I have some materials left from Sorey’s bracelet, I got this idea of designing the other’s as well and if there’s enough interest, I might start making and actually selling them. Note that these are concept drawings and that the depicted images may not look like that in real life, but they would most certainly be similar (I am a perfectionist after all). Getting the materials would also take some time, so selling wouldn’t start in a while, but I would update the progress.
Now what I’d like you guys to do is if you like the designs and wanna reblog them, could you tell me if you’d be interested in buying them in the tags, as this project’s life depends on the interest? Also, if you’ve any comments or such, please write those too. Even tell me which one you like the best and would like to get the most :D

Now to explain each one:

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anonymous asked:

Is it weird that I "work" with Daedras from The Elder Scrolls? I don't believe in them, like I don't think they're real. But I just like to give the energies I work with names (if that makes sense). I've also started incorporating Dovahzul and people say that I shouldn't because "you should only add things to your craft for a reason" and my only reason is that it sounds cool.

Nah I draw inspiration from elder scrolls as well, you do you

Sometimes being petty is just the right way to communicate to people.

In the early morning Jayley crept up to Marcellain’s dwelling, the address long since retrieved from Myra. It’s a quick visit with only one purpose in mind. After a wary glance about she set a letter-sized envelope on his door step and took off as quickly as she came.

It’s a standard letter, really. Nothing unusual about it. It’s a clean white paper with ‘Marcellain’ scrawled over the front. The only blemish to the envelop was the fact it seemed to hold a small bump.

Opening the envelope revealed two things. The first and most eye catching thing was a tiny barrel, no taller than an ilm. It’s well crafted and made of oak. The second is a small slip of paper with a terrible drawing of said barrel and an arrow pointing to it with the direction ‘Open Me!’ scrawled out.

Indeed, the tiny lid could come off of the tiny barrel. Folded inside was a single strip of paper that held one word and one word only in all small caps. 


It was, hopefully, the start of a magical friendship.

[ @marcellain ]

anonymous asked:

What tablets you and Grouch use ? Do you have any tips for begginers in digital art exept for practising ??

Hi there!

Both Grouch and I use older versions Wacom’s Bamboo series
(Visuals for mine here and grouch’s here)

And well, as for tips aside from the very much preached practice (understandably so!), i’d say “Keep yourself inspired”. Here’s what I mean–

When you’re learning something new, it can sometimes be easy to get lost in all the theoretical parts of practice. Understanding anatomy, color theory and basic shapes is important, but so is keeping that spark that inspired you to pick up a pen and draw for yourself.

That said, a good way that always works for me was too actually sit down and watch other artists that I look up to do their craft. Be it through streams or speedpaints (which there are a lot of on youtube!). It won’t necessarily teach you the basics or show you how to apply theory, but you’ll definitely get a sense of their workprint (the steps they take during their art process). Best case scenario, it’ll act as a guide for you the next time you have a go at it yourself and give that little artistic spark in you some fuel ♥

Another tip that might help you is to find something to dedicate your art to. Practice is key because repetition breeds amelioration and mastery, but finding a fun way that works for you is vital. 
Specific examples of this could be starting a mini comic for yourself or a fandom you fancy, or even just making an OC and building their entourage/world through concepts. Find a beat that suits your schedule and stick to it. Challenge yourself every now and then by trying something new, but remember your limits and try not to take on projects that are too demanding, as those get pretty discouraging at times (I would know, sighs)

And above else, please, be kind to yourself and be patient. This has been said time and again but it is simple truth; any and all amazing artists you look up to didn’t get where they are in a blink of an eye. Keep looking up to them and let them inspire you, but don’t forget to look back every now and then and see how far you’ve come ♥