Goodbye Romance
How do you come up with all the cute outifts you draw? Do you look at references, or do you already know what kind of styles and patterns you enjoy and just implement that?
Anonymous

starpatches:

A little of both I guess? I mean I tend to draw the same generic cutesy clothes a lot, and I have my favourite silhouettes which I probably use too often

Most of the time I just wing the designs and draw what I feel like at the time, like with that last post I started out just wanting to draw a pinafore + blouse combo because there was an advert on tv with school uniforms, then I was like frills gotta add frills. And I wanted layers so added a coat, then remembered that I’d wanted to draw this outfit the other day so I incorporated some of that design.

It’s usually a process like that rather than looking for a specific reference, like also the girls in black/yellow for the one on the left I had seen my mum looking through a magazine across the room and spotted some clothes I liked the look of and tried to draw them from memory though I hadn’t seen them that well (when I later looked at the magazine I was way off lmao but I liked what I ended up with more so)

So yeah that’s how it is with random inspirations. I don’t think designs through as much as I should, I want to try to draw different kinds of clothes more!

siestari:

Super lazy eye tutorial!
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so…i got bored and

siestari:

Super lazy eye tutorial!

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so…i got bored and

city-fog-and-brave-dialogue:

ioweyouasoul:

LISTEN UP MOTHER FUCKERS

SEE THIS WEBSITE? 

ITS CALLED WOLFRAM ALPHA

THIS IS THE BEST GODDAMN WEBSITE FOR ACADEMIC SHIT. FUCK GOOGLE. 

THIS MOTHERFUCKER WILL LET YOU SEARCH “HOSPITAL BEDS IN CHAD VS. IRAN” 

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AND IT GIVES YOU A STRAIGHT GODDAMN ANSWER 

MAYBE YOU’RE NOT INTERESTED IN DOCTORNESS OF THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES COOL SHIT 

HAVING TROUBLE WITH MATH?

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HOLY SHIT

OR MAYBE YOU WANNA DICK AROUND

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WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT

reasons why tumblr aids education

Creamy’s Taobao: Shops - For Dolls Pt 2

meltyvolks:

Hi guys! My last post on Taobao shops for dolls was a huge hit, so I decided to throw together another one. I keep finding more and more because I am addicted to internet shopping on Taobao. This post is probably outdated, it’s been sitting in my drafts for the past 6+ months.

"Endless" http://endlessbjd.taobao.com/

Good for basic clothes and clothing sets. Low to moderately priced, going between 10 and 25 dollars for a set. Some of the sets are super cute! They also carry accessories and shoes and retail for doll companies.

"Full House" http://bjdfullhouse.taobao.com

Great for accessories and inexpensive basic clothing. Their eyes are overpriced for what you’re getting. They also have shoes but they are a little expensive for what you get.

"Sunflower" http://sunflowerdoll.taobao.com/

Help me! They have such cute things for YoSD! They are a little expensive, but for the price the clothes look as though they would be worth it. A very girly store. They also have SD clothes.

"Flower Monogatari" http://shop69827451.taobao.com

Cute clothes for SD and YoSD. Their YoSD lolita bags are particularly heart wrenching. They have shoes, clothes and some human clothing as well.

"Manor House" http://mudiy.taobao.com

Cute shoes and outfits. They also have wigs and accessories. They have really cute shoes and leggings. They have inexpensive lolita style outfits and underwear.

"Nyx Doll" http://shop35427440.taobao.com/

Nyx Doll is fairly popular in China for the high quality glass eyes and accessories. They also have an item called an “eye box”, which is used to store one pair of eyes. It’s super cute, black with rose decor. Only 2yuan!

"Nigo" http://nigowork.taobao.com/

Not a lot of sets available, and the prices are high. They are limited availability sets, but ultra high quality items and very unique.

"Wumei" http://shop58939783.taobao.com

Has a lot of low to mid range items. Outfits, wigs and accessories. Also has some BJD sized miniatures.

"Noelia Dream" http://noelia-dream.taobao.com

Low to mid range BJD clothes. The photos aren’t the best, but the items look good quality. Also has accessories and some shoes.

"Muyu Gong Fang" http://muyugongfang.taobao.com

A great shop for more traditional style chinese clothing and accessories for BJDs. They have a lot of different clothes, including clothes for lots of different BJD sizes.

"iDream" http://idreambjd.taobao.com

Mid to high range BJD clothes. Cute lolita dresses and cosplay (SNK) for BJDs. Range of sizes, usually 1/3 to 1/4 and DD. Kind of high priced for what you’re getting- right now a lot of their outfits are “deposit” for a later date, so watch out for that. They have some cute accessories too!

"Helleborus" http://shop34088410.taobao.com

http://xiaomiaowang.taobao.com

http://shop33606846.taobao.com

http://minitonghua.taobao.com

http://shop33606846.taobao.com

http://m3bjd.taobao.com

http://shop33201261.taobao.com

celesse:

glassshard:

kierongillen:

rstevens:

scarygoround:

One thing I don’t undertand in comics is characters talking with their mouths closed. You see it all the time in mainstream books. I’m certain there’s a point when I was drawing comics that I flipped from not even thinking about the closed mouth talkers (my early stuff is full of them) to really hating them. It completely punctures the reality of a panel for me if someone’s talking with their mouth closed.

truth. i always try to make my mouth shapes logical.

My odd art choice i mainstream comics is people talking as they’re kissing. That’s just rude, in my experience, and it ends up all mumbly.

This never really bothered me. That panel of the character talking is just a snapshot; a slice of the seconds it takes them to get out whatever they’re saying.
Imagine you have a character saying: “My name is Bob.” Well, what part of the sentence are you going to use to inform how you draw their mouth? The lip curled into the nose to shape the ‘n’? The lips pursed and cheeks puffed to form the ‘b’? The compressed lips of the ‘m’ in ‘my’ or the wide open mouth of the vowel that follows? Or will you do the closed mouth second of time before or after the phrase?
To me, any of those are valid because they’re part of the slice of time that panel is illustrating. A character with a speech bubble and a closed mouth in a panel isn’t “talking with their mouth closed.” The artist has just picked that fraction of a second in their physical act of speaking where their mouth is not hanging open.
It’s like any physical action, like a punch, say. Often it works better to show the wind-up, and then the effect, and not the fist hitting face itself. Does this mean the punch didn’t happen because you didn’t see it?
Anyway, I think a closed mouth is valid in a panel for a speaking character, especially if it adds to the expression you’re going for. Why take that option out of your toolbox for no good reason?

People seem bothered by this more and more lately. I have to agree that it’s a viable option for an artist. It can help add a little variety to speaking scenes, and a closed mouth can be just as expressive as an open one.
But I think it should be used sparingly. I’ve read a few comics where 95% of the time the mouth is closed when speaking (in a complete reversal of the norm) and it becomes uncomfortably blatant and distracting. As long as it’s not overused, I don’t see why it should be avoided.
Though, I suppose it could also depend on what is being said. In this particular example image there’s really no sound that requires the lips to be closed (such as an M or a B) so the visual is subconsciously clashing with the dialogue.
But maybe that’s just me :B

celesse:

glassshard:

kierongillen:

rstevens:

scarygoround:

One thing I don’t undertand in comics is characters talking with their mouths closed. You see it all the time in mainstream books. I’m certain there’s a point when I was drawing comics that I flipped from not even thinking about the closed mouth talkers (my early stuff is full of them) to really hating them. It completely punctures the reality of a panel for me if someone’s talking with their mouth closed.

truth. i always try to make my mouth shapes logical.

My odd art choice i mainstream comics is people talking as they’re kissing. That’s just rude, in my experience, and it ends up all mumbly.

This never really bothered me. That panel of the character talking is just a snapshot; a slice of the seconds it takes them to get out whatever they’re saying.

Imagine you have a character saying: “My name is Bob.” Well, what part of the sentence are you going to use to inform how you draw their mouth? The lip curled into the nose to shape the ‘n’? The lips pursed and cheeks puffed to form the ‘b’? The compressed lips of the ‘m’ in ‘my’ or the wide open mouth of the vowel that follows? Or will you do the closed mouth second of time before or after the phrase?

To me, any of those are valid because they’re part of the slice of time that panel is illustrating. A character with a speech bubble and a closed mouth in a panel isn’t “talking with their mouth closed.” The artist has just picked that fraction of a second in their physical act of speaking where their mouth is not hanging open.

It’s like any physical action, like a punch, say. Often it works better to show the wind-up, and then the effect, and not the fist hitting face itself. Does this mean the punch didn’t happen because you didn’t see it?

Anyway, I think a closed mouth is valid in a panel for a speaking character, especially if it adds to the expression you’re going for. Why take that option out of your toolbox for no good reason?

People seem bothered by this more and more lately. I have to agree that it’s a viable option for an artist. It can help add a little variety to speaking scenes, and a closed mouth can be just as expressive as an open one.

But I think it should be used sparingly. I’ve read a few comics where 95% of the time the mouth is closed when speaking (in a complete reversal of the norm) and it becomes uncomfortably blatant and distracting. As long as it’s not overused, I don’t see why it should be avoided.

Though, I suppose it could also depend on what is being said. In this particular example image there’s really no sound that requires the lips to be closed (such as an M or a B) so the visual is subconsciously clashing with the dialogue.

But maybe that’s just me :B

How do you get over being over-critical of your own writing? I try, but sometimes I can't even put out a paragraph it's so bad.

neil-gaiman:

joehillsthrills:

I remind myself that no one day of writing matters all that much. A story is built somewhat like a stalactite - one little drip of mud and grit at a time.

I  remind myself that the first few drafts are just for me. That gives me permission to let it be an ungodly mess, full of shit sentences and crap ideas, whipped into a creamy froth with the occasional bits that do work. Later I’ll winnow out the stuff that was no good. What remains will be (I hope) fun, economical, and lively.

It helps (me) to write longhand. I know no one is ever going to see my longhand draft but me. That’s a free pass to suck.

Also, though, I try and work small. If I think a scene blows dead rats, I’ll stop thinking about the big picture, and just think about the next sentence. If I can get down one sentence that really excites me, sometimes it will throw a spark powerful enough to bring a dying moment back to life.

WHAT HE SAID.

I think that may need more emphasis. 

Ahem.

WHAT HE FUCKING SAID.

There.

On Writing: Running from Nobles

readingwithavengeance:

Alright, I have to speak up in favor of princesses and noble ladies.  Too often I’ve read books where they want to escape their lives because they’re just so bored of needlepoint and…needlepoint.  And needlepoint.  Because apparently no one can think of anything else a noble lady might be engaged in.

Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with the basic story of a noble lady (or lord) who wants to escape her or his life.  The grass is always greener on the other side, and all that jazz.  But this paint-by-numbers approach to it has to stop.

  • Tell me what they are, not what they aren’t.  Saying that a character ‘isn’t like other nobles’ or ‘doesn’t like such and such’ is next to useless.  It tells me nothing about them as a character; it only tells me what they’re not.  If all I know is that Princess Muffin doesn’t like to sew…I really don’t care.  Tell me what she does like.  Don’t tell me she hates all things noble and ladylike, tell me she has a passion for something outside her class.  Tell me what drives and motivates her, not all the things that have failed to do so.  If all I know about your character is their ‘nots,’ they might as well be a black hole of character development.  A character who goes to great lengths to leave a way of life based on a lack of motivation comes off as whiny, directionless, and quite immature.

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4.5+ pounds of candy masterpost

nanahiro:

edit: please note that if you are not in the contiguous states (maybe including canada and/or mexico too? i’m not sure) that shipping will not be free. as a matter of fact it’ll probably be outrageously high.

a masterpost for if you want to buy ludicrous amounts of candy!!

these are all from the same seller (who has 100% positive feedback). if you’re in the us, shipping is free and your stuff comes within 4 days!!

many of these are under 15 dollars, too.

many more under the cut!

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