what a great set of images

Current Favorite Tools Available in the Clip Database

I’ve had people ask what tools I use in Clip Studio Paint, which is hard for me to answer because I use a lot of different brushes. (If you want to know what’s used on a specific image, please give me the post’s ID number and I’ll find it on my blog and tell you!)

Here are some of my current favorite tools and brushes. I will give you the name that they are listed under so that you can find them in the clip database as well. These are listed in no particular order, because they’re all great!

Tマーカー風ブラシセット
This is a collection of fantastic tools to create work that looks like it’s a traditional marker piece.

The collection contains several different tools including brushes with chisel or brush tips, blenders, and a texture you can overlay on your image to achieve the grain effect you see in traditional, scanned image. The texture is even pre-set to have the correct blending type and opacity!

For extra fun, I suggest using colour swatches from your favorite art markers in conjunction with these tools, for even more authenticity.

Overall this set is AMAZING and I love just playing with it.

カサGペン
I’ve been using these pen tools a lot lately for sketching and sketch style ‘inks’. I’m not sure if they’re intended to mimic any specific type of pen, but they’re fun to use and the line quality they produce is really nice. “エッジ鉛筆“ in particular is one of my current favorites!

水彩マーカー●▲■とテクスチャーセット
Created by the same person who made the fantastic marker brush set, they’ve also created an amazing watercolour set! Like the marker set, it comes with several tools with different looks and effects and overlays you can put over your image (I use the ‘pigment pooling’ texture from this set a lot). There are also blenders in this as well.

My favorite feature of this set and what makes it rank higher than other, similar watercolour sets is the colour blending effect. These brushes can use a single colour, or it can use both your main and sub colour, showing one colour when you press lightly and another when you put more pressure. This allows for some great depth of colour and more natural flow to the blending. Fantastic!



There’s more, but these are the things I’ve been using the most lately. I highly recommend checking out the stuff in the Clip database, you might find something you love.

GETTING PORTFOLIO REVIEWS


IN PERSON INTERVIEWS: Let’s say you’re coming to CTN to show you storyborads or you got a physical interview at a studio!

PLAN. AHEAD. Everyone I know (myself included) prefers reviewing PHYSICAL PAPER PORTFOLIOS over digital! (note: this is for storyboard specificially. Obviously animation needs to go digital–good luck friendos) I volunteer at the CTN DreamWorks booth reviewing story portfolios and boy howdy, the digital portfolios had some problems. First off, you can’t rely on the con internet AT ALL to view a website.  Second, unless you lug a laptop around for the whole con, you’ll just be showing on a tablet or smartphone.  (worst impression last year goes to the person who showed their portfolio on a shattered iphone)

Originally posted by parkerpete

SO MUCH. CAN GO WRONG. SHOWING STUFF DIGITALLY!  Your site may crash. Your images could load slowly.  The reviewer hits one button wrong (very likely if it’s me) and you’re back to the home screen.  Batteries die. You get texts in the middle of the review.  The reviewer (hello, me again) can’t get back to a specific board they wanted to give feedback on

“But Megan!” You cry, “I did all this work setting up a great portfolio website! We live in a DIGITAL WORLD?! And now I can’t show it?”

Originally posted by xshady4life


Listen friendo, here’s what you do. Have your website on your business card FOR SURE.  And make sure to tell your reviewer that there’s more content (animatics etc) on your website if they are interested. BUT BRING A PAPER PORTFOLIOOOOO.

  Layout your boards in what are called CONTACT SHEETS. 3x4 boards, or 3x3, 4x4, but not more than that cuz it’s too small.

Go to your school’s copy room, or kinkos or office max.  Print those suckers out on 11x17 pages! Nice and big!  AND THEN BUY ONE OF THESE SUCKERS:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006IES9/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It’s like, 7 or 8 bucks!  You can fit all your pages in that!

A paper portfolio is always the most professional in-person solution.  It shows YOU PLANNED AHEAD.  Remember that cracked iphone person I mentioned earlier?  The fact they didn’t even borrow their friend’s phone just for our interview showed me they just decided last minute to get a DreamWorks review. Or maybe they didn’t and they dropped their phone in line.

Also back in my CTN atendee days before I got a job, I had someone point out pages in my portfolio that weren’t as strong as the others. Easy fix? I JUST PULLED THEM OUT before I showed them to the next person!

Final piece of advice: TAKE NOTES AT AN IN PERSON REVIEW!   And MAKE. The SUGGESTED. CHANGES.

If you want to contact this person again, the email can go something like this,

Hello (name of reviewer!)

We met at (place) and you reviewed my portfolio!  Since then, I’ve reworked (this particular sequence) and took your advice on (this bit and this other story part).  Also, you suggested (this change here) but I thought it over and made (this other change instead). Let me know what you think!

Thanks again!

(your name)

See in that e-mail how that person made their own change?  Reviewers are not the end-all be all law makers of story, and you may get conflicting notes from different people.  But a suggested note means that board needs SOMETHING more, even if the review can’t put their finger on it.  When a problem is pointed out, FIX THAT PROBLEM, even if it’s not the exact patch your reviewer suggested.

Originally posted by doublevforvictory

Other bonus advice:

Always be working on something new.  Make a new short sequence every few months, and replace an older sequence on your website. Study the sort of shows you want to work on, and make those kind of boards!  

And don’t despair if you get studio rejections.  I had stacked up fifty four job rejections before I finally got my start at DreamWorks. Keep going!  I BELIEVE IN YOU!

You can ask me any more portfolio questions here.  I will tag such answers as thirdchildstory.

GOOD LUCK!

A Complete Guide to “Punk”

No matter what story you want to tell, it’s important that it has its own unique flair. I’m not saying invent an entirely new genre or subculture, but it’s great for readers to explore different concepts and ideas through your writing. One really cool way I’ve seen a lot of people do recently is add some subject of “punk” into their writing. But what is punk? Generally, “punk” in literature is a component of the setting which is really important for the images and tone of the story. In this list, I’ll tell you every form of punk that you’ll probably ever need to use, so let’s get started!! :D

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Muse

Originally posted by sugutie

Genre: Smut, fluff, angst (it will contain smut in the next parts)

a/n: The story will have another part. So dont worry, im not cutting you off

Description:Jungkook is a  photography major in collaage. Every girl likes him yet he only has eyes for his camera, until he -even tho he hasnt realized it yet-  finds his muse.

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if your art looks too flat and you don’t know what to change, try this if you work with photoshop:

  • duplicate the layer (or copy every layer you already have and merge said copied layers)
  • image -> auto tone -> auto contrast -> auto color
  • set this layer on any mode or opacity you feel fits the mood of the piece the best (experiment! it’s never the same)
  • merge everything and keep working despite having already touched it up. many people think they should stop after this step but the trick is to keep working at it as if you made these color choices and changes manually/by hand
  • do this as many times throughout the process as you want if you feel like your piece is still too flat

additional tips:

  • fill a new layer with a deep blue, set it to luminosity and turn it way down (makes skin pop!)
  • image -> adjustments -> variations is great for changing the contrast and hues quickly (but always perform the changes on a new, duplicated layer just in case you mess up)
  • same thing goes for ctrl + b (color balance)
  • filling a layer with a neutral gray then filter -> noise and setting it on either overlay or pin light adds texture but always do this as the very last and final step

note:

  • DO NOT overdo it once the above tips start feeling all too wrong and like your art’s straying away from what you originally had in mind (too saturated/colors look broken up etc)
  • working on a piece is the most important step, anything else won’t make your art get finished quicklier or give your skills a boost
  • find a blanace between taking advantage of your digital tools and not relying on them. digital has a lot more perks than traditional but the fundamentals are still the same. find the middle :)
First Crush (part 3)

Originally posted by tom-is-bae

Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader, Tony Stark (dad) x Reader

Summary: After being home schooled your whole life, it’s finally your first day in high school. You are so excited to finally have a chance to live a normal teenage life. Well as normal as you could get.

Word count: 1000

A/N: This is the first thing that I have ever written so please go easy on me. I have written five parts to this story and I’m going to post a new part everyday. I would really appreciate constructive criticism. So, if you think of something that I could do better let me know! So here we go. I hope you guys like it!

PS You can send me requests if you want! I can write about almost any MCU character and actor. By sending me requests you can help me improve myself. Send your requests here!

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Peter’s point of view:

Y/N and I had been friends for a few weeks now. She had become one of my best friends and the biggest crush I have ever had. Every time I saw her smile and heard her laugh I fell in love with her even more. Ned figured out my crush almost instantly and has been teasing me about it since then. He has been dropping hints at Y/N, not so subtly may I add. But Y/N seems to be completely oblivious about it and she hasn’t (luckily) figured it out yet.

“Peteeer!” I heard a familiar voice yell and felt her hugging me from behind. God, she smelled amazing. Her signature perfume had become my favorite smell in the world. “H-heeey Y/N” I replied and cursed myself for stuttering. I mean seriously I had known her for weeks and I still couldn’t control my stutters. “I just ran into Ned and he told me about your movie night tonight and invited me to join you guys. I don’t know if he told you about it yet but I’ll be there. Hope you don’t mind” Y/N said with the biggest smile on her face. God that smile makes never fails to make my heart beat out of my chest. And those soft-looking pink lips, the most perfect set of lips I have ever seen. I wonder what it would feel like to kiss those lips and- “Peter you don’t mind do you?” she continued now with a slightly worried expression. I jumped out of my thoughts and shook the image of kissing her out of my head “N-no no of course not! I would love for you to join us.” I told her emphasizing the word ‘love’ way too much. “Great I can’t wait!” she cheered “walk with me to math?” she asked. I nodded and shut my locker.

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Fresh Eyes on Zootopia: A Ramble

Today I had some of my coworkers over for a movie night and we watched Zootopia. For me, it was about umpteenth viewing, but for most of them it was the first time.

I absolutely loved watching their reactions to some of my favorite scenes. Everyone lost it at the DMV segment. One of my friends literally dropped to the floor when Clawhauser got embarrassed about calling Judy cute. The bridge scene… well, you know :’)

What I loved most of all was that even my friends who aren’t big into Disney or animation in general really liked the movie. They understood immediately why I had been going on and on about it all week before our planned movie night arrived. The humor, the attention to detail, the emotional and thematic depth, all combine to make Zootopia the masterpiece it is, and everyone seemed to get something great out of it. 

Originally posted by crispyfactor

For my part, I was thrilled to see good friends bring a fresh set of eyes what has quickly become my favorite movie. Every time I watch Zootopia, I notice a detail I missed my previous times around. Watching it with others, I got to see them bring a few such details to my attention (e.g. - one of my coworkers, a fellow doctor, noticed some brain imaging on the screens at Cliffside, which I never even paid attention to). Even more importantly, everyone’s emotional response to different parts of the movie was different and great to see. Everyone’s backgrounds are different, which made everyone empathize with a different aspect of Nick and Judy’s story, and even allowed them all take something different away from the same scene.

And that’s what a good story does. It shows you something deep and powerful which can speak to everyone in a slightly different way while still keeping the same basic message.

Last off, seeing Zootopia again in this way made me understand exactly why this is the most amazing and welcoming fandom I’ve ever been a part of: Because acceptance and understanding are what the movie is about! So of course this fandom is filled with people who value those qualities! Everyone who loves this movie loves it because (beyond a multitude of other reasons) they recognize and agree with its message, that the world will be a better place if we all try, just try, to understand one another. If we just try to make it better.

So that’s it, that’s my ramble. And a “short” summary of why I love Zootopia and its fandom so much. Thank you all for making this an amazing place to spend some of my free time. I love you all :)

@wildehopps679 @trashasaurusrex @crewefox @pyrophoricitee @kulkum @helthehatter @mattnyc816 @nicolaswildes @judithwilde @craptaztic @crispyfactor @quirky-middle-child @humanityinahandbag @ziegelzeig @zootopepo @zootopianewsnetwork @weirdzootopiaframes @judyandnickship @judy-and-nick-wilde @ask-married-nick-wilde @rem289 @aoimotion @bluelightenterprises @feverwildehopps @skullcookie17 @spintherella @soranoiro @monoflaxart @fox-comics @nekomimiranger @rufffu @nexi0us @fuzzywuzzylittletail @armandserrano @thezootopianadict @trashforwildehopps @peanut-k @wolfkendo @findingthecircle @ahkjnation @spoiledscarlet7 @altosalamander1 @prostockman @thatweelassie @somethingcalledafurry @dashforester @lakiyoslyfox@bluestormhedgehog @simonphillip-dosser @suarez92 @dezyphresh@kurofurokami

Hugs to all of you and everyone else I forgot to tag!

phazerstorm  asked:

I just adore your art style, it's so cute! I'm thinking of making comics myself. Do you think you could give me some tips on angling or facial expressions or overall detail?

Thank you so so much! I really appreciate that! Like, a whole lot. ^^

I’m not exactly sure how much I’ll be able to help you, though I can at least give you some pointers on expressions! I’ll do my best. I’m sorry this is coming a bit late! 

I’m going to use Bendy for my examples, just because he’s super easy to draw and I have him on hand/mind at the moment. But! These can be used on just about anyone.

Keep in mind: this is just my way of doing things. There isn’t one “set” way to create great art! There’s a lot of experimenting, testing and growing when it comes to artwork.

When it comes down to expressions, there are a few things to consider: what are they feeling? How intense is this feeling? How far can, or should you push it? How can you make this feel realistic? In visual storytelling, showing what a character is going through is far more important than telling the reader. In a comic setting, there’s a very fine balance–since you have images to go with the words, but you can’t convey each minute action… At least in a reasonable amount of panels, the dialogue and the images have to work together when they’re used in tandem.

When a character is shouting, you have to push their expression further–it won’t be enough to show them with their mouth slightly open, or with a flat face. Give them wide eyes, or shut their eyes completely with frustration. Open their mouth wide, maybe even get their body language involved if you have enough room. Throw their arms in the air, have them pulling at their hair!

Likewise, if what they’re saying is quiet or somber, soften their expression. Have their gaze ill-focused, or looking to the ground. Their shoulders could be slumped, their brow could be low. Their mouth could be almost, or entirely closed. Or are they happy? Raise their eyebrows, widen their eyes with joy! Bring out that smile! Use as much variety and as many shapes as you can!

Because I’m a visual person, here are a few examples to give you a better idea of what I mean:

(I’m sorry if my handwriting is hard to read)

Which facial expressions are more interesting? Sure, the ones on the left are going through the motions of emoting, but the ones to the right REALLY show how the character is feeling!

Body language is also immensely important when it comes down to expressiveness. Every part of the body can be used to convey a message. The crossing of arms can indicate disgust, or even put a small barrier between two people. Slumped shoulders show disappointment or sadness. Every little movement a character makes can have a massive impact on their overall tone. Here are a few examples like the above:

Even minute changes to a static pose can make a BIG difference! Test around and see what works best.

I’ve noticed that some animators have mirrors near their desk. This is so they can look up at their reflection and make a face into the mirror. They project their character’s feelings onto themselves, that way they can see what sort of facial expression would be best suited to that emotion. Nowadays we can just google this, but it’s still a good idea. Don’t be afraid to look up references whenever you need them. I know I do frequently! There’s no shame in using references!

My friend linked me to this wonderful guide, which goes more in-depth than I did here. Take a look!

I’m sorry I can’t help you quite as much with angles. I feel that I’d need to do a little more research in order to be able to articulate this more fluently. Perhaps some other time I can try and revisit this and go more into depth about perspective and foreshortening, but for now, here’s another great guide that might help you along in the right direction. I use a similar structure for my own drawings! 

Speaking of foreshortening, here’s another tutorial! I don’t use this particular method, but it may work for you!

I know you didn’t ask for it, but I’d like to give you some tips about comic making. If you don’t want them, then I guess you can just stop reading, pfff. Either way I’ll put it under a cut so this post doesn’t take up so much of the dashboard.

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Hi all, this is my first ever “star trail”, done as a timelapse. I had set my camera up, hoping for the milky way, but totally misjudged my position, and ended up with a beautiful play on stars and the ISS flying through twice. I didn’t want to “waste” the images I got, and thought I would try my hand at star trails. I did a photo first, but found I had way too many trails, and that they cluttered up the sky pretty badly. At least, for my taste. I have no idea what I’m doing though, so there probably is an image I could have gotten out of the set, although I am not doing to great on the processing side, despite watching several “how to” vids! Anyway, hope you like the timelapse, it’s definitely something new for me :) PS- watch it in HD :)
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anonymous asked:

Could you do a tutorial on yt or here on how you make your scrapbook style edits please!!! I'm desperate

since every scrapbook page is different and a lot of it is down to personal preference i figured i’d answer this by posting some resources and then my general tips/process under the cut! it’s photoshop specific since that’s what i use. if you were looking for something more specific then feel free to message me again :)

resources:

tips/process below!

note: this “tutorial” assumes you have basic photoshop knowledge but also explains(ish) some silly, fairly self-explanatory things. i also skip quite a few steps but that’s largely because there’s no one way to do anything when it comes to scrapbook pages.

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I’m never going to get good with photoshop, but hey I tried *Shrugs* (This took me 2 weeks of confusion and frustration so I am not doing this again)

(PS: The similarity to Moana’s appearance is deliberate, in some mythologies you cannot look at a gods/spirits/whatevers true form so my head canon for Polynesian gods is that they appear as someone who could almost be a member of that person’s family, as that would be comforting/relaxing for the mortal they’re talking to. [Te Fiti herself bears noticeable striking resemblance to Moana])

Several people have made their own design for how they wished Maui looked, so here is Moana and my own design of Maui following my head canon. I made sure to ensure Maui isn’t completely thin, but I made sure he matched his mythological design. I’m not going to lie, as far as character designs go, Moana looks amazing. There are certain subtleties, such as an upper lip that is permanently pursed upward that distinguishes her from other Disney CGI heroines. In fact she actually looks like a sixteen year old girl, and amusingly enough, she has the biggest feet of any animated Disney heroine.

Totally not hating on Disney’s Maui (Humour wise, I think he’s totally cool), but I’ll admit that I’ve been a Māui fan-girl from the moment I met my friend Angel (Who is Hawaiian-Tahitian in origin) and started having sleepovers at her house and hearing her mother tell Polynesian legends, my favourite has always been Maui. What’s not to love about the archetypal trickster kupua of Polynesia? Nobody’s saying Maui, that most rascally and famous of the Polynesian kupua, isn’t strong. He beat the Sun into submission with nothing more than a jawbone and yanked the Hawaiian Islands out from the bottom of the ocean. So yes, Maui’s strong. But big? Eh, not so much. Maui’s got four older, bigger brothers, and he’s constantly hiding and sneaking around. He’s the youngest, and cheeky, so honestly, he’s not a big man. In Polynesian Mythology, Maui is a skinny, handsome lithe teenager on the verge of manhood.

In fact Angel confessed to me, after watching the teaser trailer, “I’m going to admit that because Dwayne the Rock Johnson was voicing Māui, I actually expected him to be hot?” I myself also expected that Māui would be beautiful. Not a stick figure thin blond Prince Charming beautiful, but beautiful in the way like the men in Angel’s family effortlessly are: i.e. Not all Polynesian men are large.  

As I’ve mentioned before Maui’s movie design was a let down, especially for someone who has grown up hearing the myths of Maui and knowing that he has a set out look that Disney simply dismissed. Disney made up for his design only by the fact that he is a such a strongly-developed character. Disney themselves mentioned that they designed Maui in a certain way so that people would know that he ‘was larger than life.’ Turns out they meant literally larger than life. 

It’s one thing to design someone larger than the stereotypical Disney Prince, but it’s another to design someone with the chest of a body builder, legs to short to be natural and biceps bigger than his co-stars waist. Despite what the ‘Oceanic Trust’ said, Maui was not Superman or Hercules. Besides it’s not the first time people have expressed dislike of a Disney characters appearance, I mean look at what people say about the Beast’s human form and others have redesigned him too.

Angel mentioned that she found it annoying that they’d designed Maui in a stereotypical 'Sidekick/Mentor’ design, you know from the moment you see him that he isn’t going to be Moana’s love interest. And we wondered what he’d look like if he didn’t have that set ‘Mentor’ design and instead looked like the teenager/young adult he really was in his stories, so I decided to make an image that looks a lot more realistic to his mythology than what they did in the movie, and in this design he lacks that 'round-mentor-not-a-love-interest’ look. 

It would’ve been cool if Disney designed him like this and still have Moana and Maui part ways with nothing more than a growing friendship (I’d love it if they made a tv series for Moana), that would send a great message to kids that not every Disney Princess falls in love with the hot guy she meets (You can have attractive friends and not date them), and it would be respectful to the mythology Disney was portraying, I mean, there is a reason why there was a massive backlash online last year when Disney released the character designs for Moana.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Here are some pictures of Maui I fished up (Makes me wonder if the ‘Oceanic Trust of Advisors’ actually bothered to see what Maui looked like):


Ask Compilation #17

First of all, THIS might be an interesting guideline ;D

Most people seem to simply create an ask-blog and then just make a text post like “hello, this is an ask blog for the character xyz please send questions” without ANY explanations. We are no experts but… that doesn’t look like a solid plan for a working ask blog. Especially when the character you use is your own character. In that case, maybe having a little reference with some interesting facts people might want to learn more about is a great start! We started with a comic to set the ground setting for our ask blog and make people understand what we are going to do. 

An interesting guideline would be this post, which already establishes quite a lot about what’s important. Knowing the character you want to impersonate well is definitely an essential. Answering questions with drawn pictures that are not just one stock image with different expressions and typed out text is more work, but makes it come more to life. Which is, of course, only a little extra when you are an artist. A writer should consider to bring the whole character more to life with more than just written dialogue, but also maybe describing body language and such? Either way, make the character come to life. Make it believable. Give hints as to what they are thinking and how they are feel. Give the way their answer more weight and depth other than just plainly answering questions. 

As for the story, well.. it’s always great to know where you wanna go. At least, very roughly. We have some corner stone thingies planned out (not really but we do have things we’d like to implement… some day… kinda?), but a lot of this is made up on the go because we get a lot of cool and inspiring asks. c:
It’s actually like everything in life: If you put effort into it, it shows. If you are inspired and are determined to work on an ask blog, it definitely will attract some interests. 

Good luck! ovo

@miss–angel

Say it with me:

Ink 👏 does not 👏 make 👏 AUs

He watches over them and supports the creators. He fights art blocks and is more of an observer than anything else. The ones who make the AUs is YOU, not Ink.

So… why did people make Underlust? Kinda obvious, we think :’D

@cutefuzzybear-posts

Aww, thanks for liking our blog! Yes, we want to continue the story soon! We had a rough phase full of studying and work the last monts (and the next batch is up to come soon….), so we apologize for not being that active. But we try to get back on track as soon as possible!

@aneminemegumi

Everything up to coal state. He has no shame.

Yes, he does! We think he knows very tiny bits of Spanish by watching Undernovela.

However! He’s not able to speak Spanish in ANY way!! He’s more like an anime weaboo. Like, when people say “Sugoi, this looks so kawaii!”? That’s him, but in Spanish. And he doesn’t do that very often, to be fair. That’s why he never did that on this blog so far.

(Also, please note that us creators are also not able to speak spanish. This blog is and always will be 100% in english!)

@waterpuppydragon

Midheaven in Capricorn

Career Fields for the Capricorn Midheaven: Business, Education, Government, and Nonprofit

Arguably, the best Midheaven sign to have is the Capricorn Midheaven simply because it’s at home in the 10th House. The Capricorn Midheaven takes the lead all the time and they make sure of it. They are confident and ambitious in whatever they set their mind to and they truly do know what they’re capable of. They want the best for themselves and they will stop at nothing to get it. In their approach to the public life and their career, they aim to have a great reputation… almost spotless. Therefore, Capricorn Midheavens tend to be cautious in what they say or what they do in order to maintain an excellent image and reputation. They strive to be role models and usually they succeed.

Capricorn Midheavens should be careful to not get too carried away or lost in their career. They should be careful about becoming self absorbed or too into their public image. Someone with a Capricorn Midheaven prefers to work by themselves, a one-man job. They would much rather be their own boss, but they don’t mind starting from the bottom to get to the top eventually. Capricorn Midheavens are wise like that. They would also like to be respected, maybe feared, by their own peers and co-workers. They usually set great examples and expect others to take notes. Regardless of anything, the Capricorn Midheaven always makes a lasting impression.

Step Forward

Characters: Jensen x Friend!Reader, Jared x Friend!Reader

Length: 2099+ words

TW: Assault, Depression, Mental health clinic + treatment 

A/N: This will most likely the be first (and only) real people fics I will write. This was an idea that has been swimming in my head for a while, and something that happened recently encouraged me to write it. There are some details in this story that hits close to home. At first I wanted to write a lot of backstory for this character, but I decided to keep it completely open, and focused on the topic and the moment, instead of the character’s past. 

Feedback is appreciated (AND SO ARE YOU)!


Y/N stared at the fan with wide eyes. Her heart was pounding against her rib cage as thoughts raced through her mind faster than she could process them. In hindsight, she should’ve seen this coming. The industry always had little consideration to people’s emotions. There was always the option of denying all the rumours, but she knew it wouldn’t go very well. The truth was bound to come out, and it would be best to address it right away before it gets any further. At least this version was the closest to the truth.

She felt someone touch her elbow, and she immediately flinched, pulling her elbow back and taking two steps backwards. She stared at the two people she shared the stage with fearful eyes, almost letting out a whimper. Willing herself to calm down, she address the elephant in the room.

“Are you okay?” Jared whispered, eyebrows furrowed in concern and confusion. Jensen was a step back, equally as worried.

“I-I-” She cleared her throat, nervously wrapping her arms around herself. “I’m sorry,” she mouthed towards them before turning to the crowd. With shaky hands, she grabbed the mic. “I-I’d like to take two minutes to address these rumours,” she turned to face the boys, “if you guys don’t mind.”

They shook their head, Jared giving her an encouraging smile. She had to look away from their pitiful and concerned faces before she broke down.

“A little more than a year ago, my mom was diagnosed with alzheimer’s and dementia, and you guys know how growing up it had always just been me and her against the world. I also knew she was vehemently against being put in an ‘institution’. So I took her home with me, trying to balance my work life and my personal life. Her mind was degrading quickly, and the nurse I hired to take care of her when I’m gone said that she doesn’t have much time left before she wouldn’t remember me at all. It was tough to understand because physically my mom was still so strong, but her mind was a different story. Around that time, I was doing a lot of filming for this season. I won’t get into much detail of what happened, but someone who worked on the set of Supernatural har- assaulted me.”

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anonymous asked:

Hello, yes, hi, I recently found your art and account and I love what you do. I'm turning 14 in April and I've asked for a drawing pad, but I have no idea how to use one as of yet. Have you got any tips or anything? Because I've wanted to try digital art for a while and your art makes me want to even more lmao. Thanks! - B.A.

BOI OH BOI DO I GOT SOME TIPS FOR U <3

(I’m not sure what kind of comp you’re going to be using, so I’ll list for both.)

FIRST: Drawing Programs; the free and the great.

-Firealpaca: Lightweight drawing program. I draw Recovery using this! It’s easy on the RAM if you have a weak comp/are paranoid about yours like I am, it is mainly for basic comic making, and has all the basic brushes you need (pen/pencil/airbrush/symmetry/etc). You can add your own brushes as well but they’re p basic settings. Has basic Animation/Gif making as well using Onion Mode! Layout is a piece of cake. Please note that If you leave it open for a week it’ll crash on you, even if you haven’t anything on it at the moment, and sometimes the brush sensitivity just stops working so you just have to close and then open it again. (Also I have no idea how to update it aside from deleting it completely and just downloading the new version from scratch, so thats a thing.) Mac/Windows

-MedibangPaint: This is basically FireAlpaca But Better. Has tons of screen tones, brush patterns, and tools. I don’t use it much because I’m used to FA’s layout and get confused with the the placement of tools in here, so if you can I highly suggest just going with this first. Also has basic animation/gif making! Has storage for the website as well, and you can upload more preset brushes. It’s v anime. This program has waaay more in terms of basically everything, so it just takes more RAM. NBD, you don’t have to have every brush downloaded from the storage ^u^. Mac/Windows

-Clip Studio Paint: Okay this one isn’t free, it’s a pricey one, HOWEVER once a year they take the price way fuckin down by at least 75%. Sign up for the email list and it’ll let you know when that precious day comes. It’s how I got it @u@, around christmastime? This program is basically MedibangPaint On Steroids. I do all of my digital-yet-tradition-style-painting on here! The brushes all have some neat af settings to play with, you can make your own brushes, has tons of screen tones, pre-made panels, and settings. You can save projects as basically anything you need, is a hardy program that almost never crashes, and It’ll take a nice chunk of space on your comp depending on how much memory you have but hey, its worth it. It’s much more complex layout-wise than the other two here, but you get used to it after playing around and watching tutorials haha.

-Mischief: It’s a 25$ app, has like four brushes and five layers only but is vector-based with an endless canvas. Not really worth having unless you like the vector thing. UP TO YOU. I spent forever with this one doing all that homestuck stuff, so it’s not really bad so much as it is a basic bitch. Mac

-MyPaint: I used this a bunch when I still did digital art on my windows laptop before I upgraded to a Mac. It’s easy on the comp and has plenty of brushes and settings. You can also get brush packages if you don’t feel like you have enough that comes with the program! Also has endless canvas; pretty sure you can just select an area and then export as is. I barely remember the rest but It’s pretty great. Windows/MacPorts(which I hate)

-GIMP: I hate this thing. I cannot figure it out for the life of me. It’s got loads of shit though, can handle layers, has plenty of brushes, and can do basic animation/gifs if you ever figure it out. Windows/mac

I’ve heard good things from paint tool SAI and Krita as well, but have never used them myself.

***You can always pay through the nose/use a student discount for the photoshop series and pay that shit monthly, those fuckers have literally everything, but I am a cheap college kid making minimum wage with a car payment; I’d rather just pay once/not at all.

TABLETS: treat that shit like a newborn babe 24/7

-I have literally only ever owned a Wacom Intuos4. It has lasted me six years, and at least five moves across many miles. I broke one of the cord ports the day I opened it by holding it wrong, have one left, and now treat it like it’s going to die if the cord moves badly. Please be aware that if you break both ports, you better either sodder it back together yourself or upgrade to smth else because it costs about as much as the tablet itself was bought at to be fixed. Good news, though, it comes with at least six extra pen nibs, has programable buttons on the side (that I have never bothered to use) and a scroll bar in case you’re too lazy to use the keyboard (…I don’t really use that either unless I’m just scrolling through tumblr LMFAO).

-I would die for a Cintiq.

HOT TIPS: its useful.

-most of the programs listed use the same keyboard shortcuts. MEMORIZE THEM. It’s pretty easy, since you’ll use em a lot. [cntrl/cmmd+T] lets you resize what you just drew on that layer, and [cntrl/cmmd+z] is undo. I use those the most, for obvious reasons.

-vector-based programs are pretty great because when you resize an image it looks prefect. You can’t do that with a program that isn’t, so I just resize the base roughdraft and draw the lineart again on the layer above so I don’t get weird JPEG quality lines.

-You can use a ruler with your tablet, just slap it on and go, but honestly most programs have settings for that. just use those.

-You can also trace stuff on your tablet, so long as the paper isn’t too thick. I just scan/take a photo and then open it up in the program, though. much easier.

-SAVE CONSTANTLY. Art programs like to crash on you, even when they’re hardy and you have a good comp. make it a habit to quick save your work.

-Use a desk and have good posture. You’ll be able to draw a hell of a lot longer if you do. I personally keep fucking up my knees by sitting on my legs as I work out of habit, and don’t actually have a desk chair. Keep your screen at eye level and at a fair distance to prevent eyestrain and also neck-strain haha

-Chances are you won’t be used to the tablet right away. Most places you buy from say it’ll take a couple of months to get used to how weird it is to draw while not looking at your own hand, so don’t be frustrated If your drawings look a bit off at first.

-if you draw at least one thing every day, by the end of the year you’ll have improved exponentially. I literally made this blog to make myself draw once a day.

-don’t be afraid to check out speedpaints and tutorials. It’s always good to get more familiar with the program you’re using and new techniques previously unconsidered.

-get familiar with clipping layers. They are insanely useful; you clip one layer to the one below and then when you draw it only shows up on the drawing of that layer below. Shit is a godsend if you’re bad at coloring in the lines/lazy. The bucket tool is also really useful, and you can adjust the expansion by pixel so you don’t miss anything between the lines.

-experiment with your brushes, shit be fun af

-warmup your wrists before and after drawing. prevent swollen veins and such. dont want hand pain/numbness, its reaaaaally bad.

—basically if your hands hurt stop for the day.

-PNGS are for internet, JPEGS are for printing/fucking with quality (cough hack homestuck)

-resolution doesn’t have to be much more than 350 dpi if its just going to be on a webpage. Maximize that shit if you’re going to be printing, though. Especially if you put stuff on redbubble.

-DeviantArt has this thing called Sta.sh where you can dump art, keep it in perfect quality and just share it with certain people with a link instead of all of the website. Great for storing commission pieces, its the only reason I have DA in the first place.

-you get a different audience depending on what site you use for posting art, so keep that in mind for the kind of feedback you want.

-after awhile of drawing using a tablet, you may lose patience/forget that in traditional art there isn’t an undo button lmfao It’s cool; you don’t have to choose one over the other or anything.

-Honestly you can work around almost anything. You just invent new ways and techniques for yourself and you’ll do just fine.

Aaaaand that’s all I got for today! Thanks for sticking around <3

tea-ring  asked:

So an interesting new building is coming about, and I was wondering if you can answer some of the burning questions some people have. I sent a link to your Submit box. Enjoy. <3

The Big Bend concept created by Oiio Studio, is just that, a concept. The idea created some sexy images, I must admit, and is a great marketing ploy by the firm that created it but one that is at its source either misinformed or ignorant of how zoning laws work. Something that becomes clear in statements like “New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which developers try to maximize their property’s height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall?” That is why their website kind of makes fun at everyone else’s inability of thinking of it first instead of developing some hard facts about how to get it built.

Also, bottom line is that the cost of any speculative development structure needs to be justified by how much you can sell each square feet. You would probably get more return on your investment by having two independent towers on the same plot of land. 

Maybe I will be proven wrong, maybe I am sometimes to cynical, but wouldn’t any developer get the same amount of sellable area, at a lower construction cost, by making the floor plate twice as big and topping that building with a giant Dyson fan?

Listen to Your Inner Hag

“Hag Magic is not just for old women. Symbolically, a hag is the third and final stage of the feminine side of anyone’s psychic development. She represents completeness and is a necessary step in self-realization. We can all access   our inner hag, regardless of age or sex.

Your inner hag is the rebellious, possibly cranky, and obstinate voice inside you that utters truths you would often rather not listen to.Start paying more attention to her. Offer her a bigger part in your life- If you dare!

Do you have fair-weather friends who seem to be taking advantage of you?Let your hag tell them what you really feel. You have nothing to lose. Has a family member asked for your advice about a relationship? Let your hag speak up- tell the truth  without being mean, even if the truth may hurt. The family member  will likely end up thanking you for it. But your hag already knows that. Often, when asked her opinion, a hag will reply with a truth-revealing question, such as, “Well, how would you like me to answer that?”

Exercises

The following are some  specific exercises and spells one can do to get in touch with and amplify one’s inner hag.

Take out the nine of swords from a deck of tarot cards. It depicts the end of a nightmare or overcoming the tests, and the moment of understanding. Spend time contemplating this card every day for seven days.

Visualize yourself standing before the most terrifying hag imaginable. She sets three tests for you. What are these? Imagine, in great detail and length, the hardships you encounter while attempting to pass these tests in order to reach your goal. Continue this visualization for as long as necessary to remove any blocks you have.

Create a shrine to the hag. Decorate it with images of cats, black dogs, skulls, cauldrons, and fire. Carve the triple goddess symbol into a black candle, but only burn this in darkness. Ask the hag for assistance in matters involving the psyche and the spirit.

Have a Hecate Supper at a three-way crossroads. Prepare a fine meal that includes fish, garlic, honey, lavender or rosemary, and whatever else you deem appropriate. After dark take this meal to a three way-crossroads somewhere quiet, perhaps out in there country. If weather and other conditions permit, sit down at the crossroads and dine with Hecate. Otherwise, leave the meal for her, plate and all and do not turn back. 

Spells

Plants of genus Artemisia can be put to use in calling on the hag. The Greek goddess Artemis, who sometimes assumes hag form, rules over magic, the psyche, and wild female nature. Soften a spring of wormwood or mugwort in a bottle of red wine, make a tea of dried mugwort or wormwood, or make or buy a bottle of absinthe. Take small sips of your chosen Artemisia beverage  while doing your spellwork. (Do not use any of these if you are pregnant!!!)

Spells invoking the hag can be done at the Full Moon or during the last quarter. Use only black or white candles, and focus on the image of a powerful, intuitive, old woman who is pleased to walk alone.”

- Witches’ datebook

Death of a Bachelor

I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m writing fic again so hi, have some Klaine AU happenings based on The Bachelor!

Rated PG… for now. Butts later.


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“You did what?”

“Come on, Blainey Squirt boy. It’ll be fun!”

Blaine grimaced as his older brother rambled into his ear over the phone. Every week they tried to set up at least one time and day to chat and stay in touch with each other’s lives, but Cooper, as always, had derailed that. It was six o’clock on a Thursday morning—Blaine’s one day off this week.

“Look, I had a blast when I was on The Bachelorette. Made a lot of friends, got to go all over the place on really fancy dates. It was great for my image, too. That’s how I got the recurring spot on The Young and the Restless. They’re talking about making me a regular!”

“Didn’t they kill you off last month?”

“That’s not the point. Everyone comes back to life on those shows.”

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Kitty Kisses

A birthday gift to one of my very amazing friends, @ladyserendipitous <3333 Hope it was an amazing day, you sparkling sandstone! This is written off of something you said about reveal by kitty kisses a week or so ago!

Summary: Marinette sees if Chat Noir’s cat tendencies extend to slow blinks, or, as she liked to call them, kitty kisses.

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It all started when the light of the sun began to fade, and the lights of the city began to illuminate the darkening sky. It had never been unusual for Marinette to be out past the the setting of the sun, for her parents understood her need for inspiration. So when she laid down on a bench in the park nearby her home, as she so often did, she hadn’t expected company.

A dark figure had leaped from the rooftops and landed nearby her, thankfully not startling her because she’d already been tracking its movements from some distance away. She gave him a nod of acknowledgement before returning her attention to the landscape of her city.

Chat Noir didn’t speak right away, but instead sat in front of the bench and settled himself so that his head tilted back, pressing into Marinette’s arm. He watched the city with her, enjoying the moment of peaceful calm that had fallen over Paris. Even with the comfortable silence, Chat couldn’t keep from talking any longer.

“You’re out pretty late, Marinette,” he commented, going the route of obvious observations.

She hummed in response, tracing the lines of the buildings with her eyes. When she finally spoke, her voice was quiet in a way that perfectly matched the atmosphere of the city. “I have art block. This usually helps.”

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