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the-art-of-selfinversion:

Quick coloured sketch of a character I may use. Pretty happy with his back story and colour palette. Not so happy with his actual facial features (too much like Peasik) and well, this pose and expression are complete nonsense.

the-art-of-selfinversion:

Quick coloured sketch of a character I may use. Pretty happy with his back story and colour palette. Not so happy with his actual facial features (too much like Peasik) and well, this pose and expression are complete nonsense.

How to Get Better at Drawing

missveryvery:

A beginning artist emailed me for advice on getting better. I thought I’d share here.

Set up:

Get some copier paper or some sketchbooks, just so that you have A LOT of paper. You’re going to go through a lot. Get paper that has little or no “tooth”, meaning it’s smooth, copier paper has little or no tooth, for example. Unless you’re doing charcoal drawings, paper with tooth is cheap shit they chuck at baby artists and call ‘sketchbooks”. The stuff you want is usually called “drawing pads”. When you’re looking to buy, rub your finger against the paper and see if it feels rough or smooth. 

Rules:
Sketchbooks are not precious. Sketchbooks are like paper towels. You need paper towels, especially me, I always need a thousand paper towels when I eat. But a paper towel has to be USED UP in order for you to gain the benefit of the paper towel. 
Most of your sketches will be trash. most of your sketchbooks will be trash.
You will get better. 
A note: Unless you’re lucky/unlucky, you’ll never think you’re good or good “enough”. I’m paid to make pictures and I still don’t think my art is very good. I have a coworker friend that’s a world-famous artist. He doesn’t think his art is very good either. You just have to keep going and keep trying. That you have an awareness that your stuff isn’t that great is actually a boon as well as a curse, because it means you’ll keep improving rather than stagnating.
What to do:
Draw from life. Go to a cafe or place where’s there’s people and draw them. if you’re still in school, draw your classmates and teachers. You can also copy photos to start, this is a lot easier because your subject is sitting still.
"I don’t know how to draw from life!"
Here’s a book that teaches you how: Drawing on the Left Side of the Brain. (Negative shapes and comparing/contrasting). I wish I had the time to teach people this because the basic concepts are pretty easy to grasp and do a lot for your art.
"What’s the point of this, I want to draw fantastic things, not my ugly friends"
This trains your brain. It teaches your brain how things look. So when you go to draw a hand you know what it looks like later. It’s just like hearing a song. Then the second time you hear the song you know how it goes, right? Then later you can hum the song on your own. The more you listen to the song, the more your brain remembers it. 
Draw Fast: Give yourself different time limits, give yourself a minute, two minutes, 3 minutes to draw. Then move on. Spend an hour doing 3 minute increments, it doesn’t have to be life studies, just fill your sketchbook/paper. 
Draw all the time, everywhere: Take a sketchbook and stuff to draw with you everywhere. Everywhere. Paper and pencil are now your babies. Get a backpack or purse or messenger bag. They come with you everywhere. You draw all the time now. Think of this as “grinding” like in video games. Because it’s exactly like that. You are going to grind like hell. The more time you spend, the more often you draw, the faster you’ll level up. 
Hit The Books/The Internet: For most people it’s not enough to just draw constantly. A lot of drawing is cerebral and problem solving and reevaluation. My best friend doesn’t draw that often but still continues to level up visibly year over year because she’s able to improve on the power of her critical thinking ability. She can figure out what needs improving and how to go about improving that thing.
There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to draw. A lot.
Aside from Drawing on the Left Side of the Brain above, here’s some stuff:
This website by artist Seiichi Nakamura, http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~zm5s-nkmr/
it’s in Japanese but there’s a dude who translated some of it over here: http://tobediff.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-the-Head-Pt-1-350849489
Youtube Life Drawing videos
Study the art you like. Try and figure out what they’re doing that makes you like it so much. Even if it seems like a mystery, it’ll get more clear the more you draw. Copy art that you like, and if you post them always say that they are STUDIES and give credit to the original artist.  Watch videos on youtube/livestream of pro artists.
sparrf:

i’m sleepy

sparrf:

i’m sleepy

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Oops, I just noticed this blog doesn’t link to my comic on the “other blog” page so I fixed it.

the-art-of-selfinversion:

I decided to refresh the character designs of several of the supporting characters in my comic, hence the stiff doll-like pose. These two are Peasik and Vrahid, and fairly representative of how Ihomet elves look and dress in their day to day life. 



Oh and I can’t help myself from mentioning that the areas of pigmentation on their skin are a tertiary sexual characteristic, which is some I’ll get into at a later date. They have a three chromosome sex determination system and three main sexes with subcategories so really it will take me a post or two adequately illustrate how elves work on a biological and societal level. Maybe more, I don’t know I’m still sorting through what information does and does not need to be mentioned.
Also fyi, being a dyadic person I’m being really, really careful to not to go about this is in a creepy, depersonalising way. I want in no way to recreate those photos you find in medical articles or those fetish sites that keep turning up if you try and research anything to do with intersex ever. @_@

the-art-of-selfinversion:

I decided to refresh the character designs of several of the supporting characters in my comic, hence the stiff doll-like pose. These two are Peasik and Vrahid, and fairly representative of how Ihomet elves look and dress in their day to day life. 

Oh and I can’t help myself from mentioning that the areas of pigmentation on their skin are a tertiary sexual characteristic, which is some I’ll get into at a later date. They have a three chromosome sex determination system and three main sexes with subcategories so really it will take me a post or two adequately illustrate how elves work on a biological and societal level. Maybe more, I don’t know I’m still sorting through what information does and does not need to be mentioned.

Also fyi, being a dyadic person I’m being really, really careful to not to go about this is in a creepy, depersonalising way. I want in no way to recreate those photos you find in medical articles or those fetish sites that keep turning up if you try and research anything to do with intersex ever. @_@

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the-art-of-selfinversion:


Working on the very first page for Chapter Two of my comic. This was done directly over the rough thumbnails, much like the one I posted earlier.

the-art-of-selfinversion:

Working on the very first page for Chapter Two of my comic. This was done directly over the rough thumbnails, much like the one I posted earlier.

arconos:

milkattack:

when u think yr drawing looks great but then u flip the canvas

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jurassiraptor:

Dinosaur Island is an upcoming family movie about a young teenage boy who finds himself stranded in a strange land with artifacts, people, and animals from throughout time. This means, of course, there are dinosaurs, and they are colorful and feathered — including the T. rex.

The newly released trailer projects a bit of a Land of the Lost or Mysterious Island vibe, with sly references to Jurassic Park and even Godzilla mixed in. And the dinosaurs really look good. Check out the official trailer below:

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arineat:

dragonlordoferebor:

elvenkingthrandy:

thecumbercookieaboveallothers:

mindtriggers:

THIS WILL BE SUCH A LONG MARATHON AND I AM SO READY

That’s prob about 12 hours

extended lotr alone is 11 hours and 22 minutes.

to watch the extended versions of both the hobbit and lord of the rings it would take roughly 20 hours i can’t wait 

I know at least two people who’ll undoubtedly try to marathon the extended editions of these films.

arineat:

dragonlordoferebor:

elvenkingthrandy:

thecumbercookieaboveallothers:

mindtriggers:

THIS WILL BE SUCH A LONG MARATHON AND I AM SO READY

That’s prob about 12 hours

extended lotr alone is 11 hours and 22 minutes.

to watch the extended versions of both the hobbit and lord of the rings it would take roughly 20 hours i can’t wait 

I know at least two people who’ll undoubtedly try to marathon the extended editions of these films.

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