1. leadencirclesdissolve:



    Musical theatre people be like


    This guy is the only one who has managed to make consistently good and inoffensive vines. 

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  2. obsessedwithspn:

    let’s face it - you’re either a dick person or a cock person, and it’s pretty unbearable to read a fanfic with the wrong expletive describing a penis

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  3. lovealishadawn:



    I really really needed this wow




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  5. Putting effort into art


    I always try to help people coming to me for art advice; if you’ve ever asked me for some advice or a critique, you know I’ve given it.  I try very hard to be helpful to people coming to me, because I know I really appreciated any help I got when I was younger in getting better.  Hell, I still appreciate that when I get a really skilled person giving me some honest-to-god feedback!

    What I don’t like is when people invent a million reasons why my advice specifically does not apply to them and their situation.  Nothing is more frustrating than that.  I could understand if I was trying to give some feedback that actually did not apply to them or didn’t take their art in the direction they wanted to go, though!  That’s fine, sometimes I get remarks about how I should work that I don’t agree with.  Everyone does.

    It’s just really frustrating to explain why life studies are vital.  I know, I’ve been on the other side; when I was 12 I had no interest in drawing people.  I just wanted to draw cute Pokemon or animals or whatever was on my mind at the time.  I was not concerned with how I could render people really.  I did want to get better with pencil techniques and colors and whatnot though, but I had no interest in people at the time.  I feel like some people never grow out of this, and then… then they get into furry art or anime art.

    Don’t get me wrong, like half of my commissioners get their furry/anime character drawn.  I don’t care, that’s fine.  There’s nothing wrong with it.  Where the problem lies, however, is when art is held lower in importance than the thing being represented.  If it’s really important that you work in an anime style, or draw a furry, rather than make a good piece of art… well, can you see where I’m going with this?

    It’s extremely important to do life studies, to draw people from life, to have a good photo collection of people to reference from, to have a mirror you sit in front of and draw from, to take pictures of people in poses you want to learn about… I mean if you really can’t go out and join a nude model drawing class, then use a mirror.  Get a big life-sized one.  Get a little handheld mirror for faces.  GET ANY MIRROR. Or a camera.  You don’t even need a mirror to draw your hands and feet.  Find a friend. Find SOMEONE.

    As it turns out, I always have people arguing with that step.  A million reasons are formed for why they cannot (read: do not) want to do this step.  As it turns out, art takes them a really long time, too.  Do you know why?  You struggle with things you don’t know how to do.  If a mediocre drawing takes 12 hours, it’s because you didn’t really understand what you were drawing… so of course it will take so long!  You’re trying to think about something you just do not know how to represent, so a lot of fudging the details makes for a drawing that takes ages and doesn’t look very good.

    That’s usually when I give up trying to help a person.  If they cannot understand the importance of actually drawing people, they’re still stuck in this mindset where it’s important to them that they draw this LION MAN/NARUTO over actually understanding how to simplify and stylize something.

    Please understand where styles come from.  Anime/furry whatever isn’t bad.  There are a lot of skilled artists who can draw that type of stuff and make it look amazing.  But, you have to understand: it came from stylizing what exists in real life.  If you’re drawing based off of things you like, you’re making a caricature of a style.  Your drawings will look very amateurish and uninformed, because it’s a copy of a copy of real life.  You have to go straight to the source and simplify it for how YOU understand it.  You can’t understand how noses actually look and when to put the lines down to represent that if you don’t even understand form and all you have to reference is Ken Sugimori’s drawing of Misty.  We all know his noses are not exactly realistic, but he has a reason for drawing them like that.  How can you begin to understand his line placement if you haven’t drawn real noses yourself?  How can you draw a cat person if you’ve drawn neither any real cats nor any real people?  Well, you can draw it crappily, that’s how.

    I don’t want to rag on anyone in particular, I just want to rant a little because I ran into someone who asked for help and then refused every instance of advice I gave him.  This has happened more frequently than normal lately, which is no good. 

    Don’t claim life studies don’t help.  That just means you’re not trying hard enough.  Don’t say ‘well I’m just weird like that,’ because that means you’re purposely setting your limits to not let experimentation even be an option.

    It’s like anything else.  You don’t get good at things just because you want to be; you get good at them via critical thinking and study and experimenting and trying really damn hard for a really long time.  I don’t like people asking me for quick methods to get good.  There is none.  At all.  Ever.  I would know; I’m super impatient, so if a quick method existed I’d be all over that shit.  There’s no way to speed this up except to draw more and keep drawing.  It requires a ton of effort, no lie!  So does ANYTHING ELSE skill-based!  I didn’t just decide to be any good at drawing, I do it every single day for many hours!

    In short: I absolutely cannot help you if you cannot help yourself.  Go work hard, learn how to draw things from life, and then stylize the fuck out of it if you want.  Don’t ask me for help if you don’t want to learn the rules before breaking them.

    (via skepticarcher)


  6. eskiworks:

    I really love this short article because it talks about something all us artists struggle with; comparing yourself and your work to others. These are all valid and valuable points, but the one I ALWAYS say to people is number three, just in different words. It says “rather compare and despair, admire and inspire.” YES. There is no need to get down on yourself for what others have accomplished. You cannot help how you feel, but you can use your feelings to better yourself instead of digging the grave of your artistic ego. Use those emotions to fuel yourself on your journey as an artist.

    (via skepticarcher)


  7. notzilon:

    Hello!! First off, your art is so beautiful. Secondly, I wanted to ask you if you could give me some advice on how to improve as an artist. Lately, I just feel like I’m unable to draw anything more than a sketch, and it’s hard for me to draw lineart and to usually even just make my coloring look right. I also want to try and draw more original things, but I can never really think of any cool characters or just original things to do. Is there anyway you could help me? ;u;

    I’ve been thinking for awhile for how to answer this, simply because there’s such a wide variety of ways to improve and I don’t have an example of your work in front of me to give you an exact critique. As a result, most of my suggestions are going to be general purpose!

    You’re having trouble finishing work. I know how that is! From what you say this seems to be a recent artistic malaise than something that’s a long-term suffering, so I’m going to guess this is simply artistic block. In terms of having a block, I think something very important to remember is that there is positive and negative stresses that you put on yourself, or is put on you from various sources. What these are differ from person to person, but a positive stress might be urging yourself to do better, or just a deadline - things that help you move forward, and give you a sense of urgency. Likewise, a negative stress is something that creates a mental wall in front of you. Things like comparing your work or another person’s, or convincing yourself you’re not good enough. I know I sometimes get into an overload where after looking at so many other artists’ work, and wanting to try SO many new things, nothing works and nothing turns out right, and I end up frustrated and miserable.

    My point is, try to locate whether you’re putting unrealistic standards on yourself. This doesn’t mean “don’t have standards,” it means “understand what you’re doing and don’t be critical on yourself to the point that it becomes a detriment instead of a motivation.”

    That said, sometimes things just come out shitty. And you know what? That’s okay. You may not be satisfied with the finished product, but sometimes that happens. Sometimes it’s more important to just finish something and move on, take note of what to do better the next time, and take to the next project than worrying about something being “right.” Sometimes you have to just get the bad, disappointing work out of your system. Sometimes you just need to loosen up and draw a whole bunch of REALLY DUMB, LOOSE SHIT to relax yourself enough to be successful. Case in point:



    They’re going to be shit.

    That’s okay.

    The point is to loosen you up and relax you, to make you stop worrying so much and to just focus on your art, your strengths and weaknesses, and nothing else. Going out of your way to compare yourself to others and putting yourself down is a destructive process and energy that could be better used powering through a drawing.

    In terms of original things, shit anon, I’m a fanartist. I love original things, but I admit they’re a lot more energy than just drawing a ready-made IP! That said, I think it’s always useful to use references and inspiration at hand to help you think of new ideas. In convenient bullet format, my suggestions are:

    • Draw what you know, draw what you love: you’ll be more likely to enjoy drawing if you draw things that you actually enjoy drawing. This doesn’t mean sequester yourself off to ONLY drawing things you enjoy, but thinking about things in terms of what you enjoy vs. what you think is a chore can be beneficial. Find ways to make what you do applicable towards your interests.
    • Start a morgue: “morgue” here meaning a collection of references and inspirations. It could be something as simple as an inspiration tumblr where you exclusively reblog things to use for future reference. A lot of artists, including myself, keep these! They’re useful and a good place to go to browse through your collection when you don’t know what direction to take something.
    • Use those references: there’s no shame in looking at other things when drawing. It helps you understand what you’re drawing better.
    • Seek to understand rather than rejecting ideas or projects. If you’re feeling frustrated, ask yourself why. Locate the source of the problem and deal with it from there.
    • BONUS TUTORIAL: I wrote this a couple months ago, it’s a giant tl;dr about how I changed how I see/use color.

    I’m sorry I can’t offer anything more, anon! Artistic block hits lots of people for lots of reasons, and it’s hard to offer aid without knowing exactly what the person’s problem is. However, everything I’ve mentioned does tend to help me.

    Good luck in your future endeavors!

    (via skepticarcher)

  8. believeinrecovery:

    A little table to how to get rid of all that negative self-talk. We have to learn look at the good in situations too, instead of dwelling on things we can’t change- because you know what? We may not be able to change what is happening but we CAN change how we view it! 

    (Source: believeinrecovery, via artiststoolbox)

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