weak apologies to the people that follow me for things other than homoerotic drawings
Two photos I colored digitally. :)
Various works by Andrew Hem
Born on his parents’ flight from Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge genocide, Andrew Hem grew up in Los Angeles where he became fascinated by graffiti and decided to study graphics and composition, which eventually led him to pursue and obtain a degree in Illustration at the Art Center College of Design.
[Hem’s] haunting impressions of culture and landscape evoke the life of the spirit through the visionary manifestation of memories and dreams. - Amanda Erlanson
Wow FINALLY a decent reference of the muscles on the female figure WITHOUT the breast content. It has always bothered me that they always have to include the breasts when showing the muscle anatomy on the female body, considering breasts vary in size and shape a lot and isn’t even muscles to begin with.
by David Farland
When I used to write for competitions, I would make lists of ways that judges might look at my work in order to grade it. For example, some judges might look for an ending that brought them to tears, while another might be more interested in an intellectual feast. A couple of you asked what my list might look like.
So here is a list of things that I might consider in creating a piece.
First, a word of warning. When I was very young, perhaps four, I remember seeing a little robot in a store, with flashing lights and wheels that made it move. To me it seemed magical, nearly alive. My parents bought it for me for at Christmas, and a few weeks later it malfunctioned, so I took a hammer to it and pulled out the pieces to see what made it work—a battery, a tiny motor, some small colored lights, cheap paint and stickers.
Your story should be more than the sum of its parts. It should feel magical, alive.
But when we go through a checklist like this, we’re looking at the parts and not the whole. When you’re composing your story and editing it, you must be constantly aware of the whole story, keeping it in mind, even as you examine it in detail, making sure that one part doesn’t overbalance another.
In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very…
Community creator Dan Harmon’s Plot Embryo
- character is in his/her comfort zone
- but wants something
- finds him/herself in an unfamiliar situation
- that forces him/her to adapt
- character gets what he/she wanted
- but pays a heavy price
- character returns to the familiar/the comfort zone
- having changed
Also, check out the article How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community from Wired about Community creator Dan Harmon’s theories on storytelling.
by Glen Strathy
Here’s an easy way to come up with a brief plot outline for your novel.
One of the most powerful secrets to creating plots that are emotionally compelling is to incorporate the 8 Basic Plot Elements. Starting with your story idea, you only need to make eight choices to ensure the plot of your future novel hangs together in a meaningful way.
The best part is that you can make these choices and construct a brief plot outline in less than an hour.
Sound intriguing? Then let’s get started.