william berry

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A year full of amazing Black women part 1.

#BlackGirlMagic #BlackExcellence

A space in which I could just be, not push myself in this direction or that one.

I thought I needed an empty room— a room of my own, not cluttered with matters of work and family life. A space in which I could just be, not push myself in this direction or that one. I was certain I would meditate each morning on that futon, that I would practice yoga in the silence, behind a door that was mine and mine alone. Instead, I hover at the threshold of the room and admire it. So clean! So spacious! Not a dust mote, nor a smudge, a small fingerprint mars its pristine emptiness. Once, I longed for such emptiness. We were young, and in the reproductive years. Now part of me longs for the chaos: the call of my name across the house in a high, piercing voice: Mom! The weekends jam-packed with games, matches, recitals, school plays. In the silence, I hear beyond the immediate: a siren a mile away; the caw of a crow; M. making a fresh pot of coffee downstairs. Oh, and our friendly woodpecker, of course. Rat-tat-tat. 

“You do not know the road,” offers Berry. “You have committed your life to a way.”

~ Dani Shapiro, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage (Knopf, April 11, 2017)

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Pure Black Girl Magic | The Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art Of The In-Between Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 🦋🤘🏾🌟✨⚡️🌹

[Oh my gosh.
Oh my God.
Grape horse. That’s an easy one.
Grape horse. Obviously.
Grape. Horse. Grape horse.
Uh… cherrypick? Cherry… horse? Cherry… cherry?
Running. Grape running.
They’re not grapes?
They are… delicious?
Stallion! Colt! Mustang!
Running? Trotting? Cantering? Loping?
Galloping!
Running.
Sprinting.
Jump?
Jog?
Trotting?
Grape trot?
I’m looking at grapes. Like…
Berry trot!
Barry Trotz
BARRY TROTZ.
…a grapes’s not a berry.
Barry Trotz.
(assorted giggling)]

Tom is disgruntled that there were no eggplants.

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hydix  asked:

Oh my gosh i love your wow art 😍😍😍 i have to ask what advice do you have for drawing more realistically? I want to get better and get the foundations down but i am stagnating in my cartoony style

Firstyly, thank you so, so, so much! ASDdfbjkabsdnmf

The best advice I can give is to try your best to draw from life- if it’s realism, even “fantasy” realism you’re looking to achieve, then the real world is where you’re going to want to look for references!

References are so important for anything you’re drawing too- I’m guilty of not always using them when I probably should haha. But a reference could be anything from a live model, object, or a picture. I keep a ton of anatomy books and have folders saved with dozens of reference pictures for hands, feet, poses, cars, carriages, streets, trees, what have you. Google is a great resource for these though haha, you definitely don’t need to create an archive of reference material folders and clutter up your PC. 

These are primarily the books I’ve been turning to recently (I have more, but they’re mostly ancient how-to-draws and manga-related books from middle school haha). They’re really good for wrapping your head around anatomy (which… is something I’m still vastly in need of improving) and lighting/colour:

Drawing The Human Form by William Berry

(I flip so regularly through the concept art section of) The Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia

Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function, and Movement by Valerie L. Winslow

How to Draw and Paint The Figure by Stan Smith

Drawing Highlights magazines, an American Artist Publication

Anatomy for Fantasy Artists by Ben Cormack and Glenn Fabry

How to Draw and Paint Vampires by Ian Daniels

The Worlds of TSR: A Pictorial Journey Through the Landscape of Imagination by Marlys Heeszel (isn’t really an instructional book, but it’s inspired and driven me a lot as an artist and I love it a lot)

How to Draw The Human Figure by Viktor Ambrus

Lifelike drawing in colored pencil with Lee Hammond by (you guessed it) Lee Hammond   

The Big Book of Drawing and Painting the Figure by Muntsa Calbo Angrill 


I also recommend buying yourself a small sketchbook you can carry around with you, and grab a pen, and go outside. Buy some snacks and sit down at a park or a cafe and try to draw the people around you! The pictures might look terrible at first, or be messy beyond belief! But that’s okay, mine were impossible scribbly messes when I started doing this, and I still screw these life-studies up all the time. It can also be nerve wracking going out and trying to draw people without them seeing you haha, and can make you feel anxious. But over time, it just becomes all a part of the fun.



What’s debatably just as important as your references and drawing as much as you can from life is not giving up, no matter how long it takes you to produce something that makes you feel like, “Yeah, I can see I’ve gotten better.”

Because everyone learns and moves at a different pace and everyone’s head for this stuff is different, never give up and never stop drawing. Don’t let other people stop you, or you stop yourself. Especially if it’s something you love.




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It’s National Bikini Day and no one does unforgettable swim fashion quite like our favorite stars. From Beyonce and Rihanna to Serena Williams and Halle Berry, these are the stylish celebs who give us major #bikinigoals.

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