I really tried making this tutorial (I aM SO HORRIBLE AT MAKING TUTORIAL SO PLEASE DON’T ASK ME TO MAKE ONE FOR YOU LMAO….*turns head*)
I’ve been getting a lot of messages on how to paint w/gouache…so here’s a step by step process on how I paint gouache. You can find what kind of brands I use on my about me page (you just need to scroll down and you’ll find it)
Also for the palette I use. I highly recommend this palette! Why? Because you can save your gouache (or acrylics)…and the special palette paper absorbs the water from the sponge (and it lasts pretty long…like about five weeks?)
If you have any questions, please message me lol……
So you want to make an OC?: A Masterpost of Ways to Create, Develop, and Make Good OCs!
i made this masterpost in hopes that it helps you in making your own OCs ah;; it can also apply to developing RP characters i suppose! if you’d like to add more resources then go for it sugar pea (´ヮ`)!
How to Write Better OCs:
- basic tips on how to make your oc even better
- tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
- writing specific characters
- a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
- kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME
- how to actually make an OC
- Q&A (to develop characters)
- more Q&As
- giving your character a backstory
- how to write an attractive character
- adding more racial diversity
- avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
- writing sexuality and gender expression (doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
- masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
- cultures of the world
- guides to drawing different ethnicities (not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)
Mary Sue/Gary Stu
- Test to see if your character is a Sue
- Explains subdivisions of Sues/Stus
- Powerful Characters Don’t Have to Be Sues
- villain generator
- need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
- villain archetypes
- what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?
- character perceptions (What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
- how to write strong relationships between two characters
- 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
- OCxLove Interest Handbook
- develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
- how to write realistic relationships
- how to write relatives for your characters (this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)
- 12 common archetypes
- 8 archetypes for male/female characters
- female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
- a list of archetypes
- tips for better design
- basic appearance generator
- pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
- clothing ref masterpost
- give your character better powers
- a list of professions
- proactive vs reactive characters
- positive and negative traits
- interest generator
- skills generator
- motivation generator
- 123 ideas for character flaws
- list of phobias
again, this is to help inspire you or help establish your OCs! i hope you get a lot of info and help from this ahh ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
See these torture devices? This is what I have to deal with when I get too excited/overloaded with work and I draw and draw and draw with no regard for the warning aches in my wrists.
I know a lot of other artists suffer from tendonitis/carpal tunnel syndrome, and webcomic artists are especially prone to it since we spend a lot of time hunched over keyboards too. (I’ve noticed typing seems to aggravate it more than drawing.)
Here are some tips I have learned the hard way:
- Don’t assume the pain will “go away eventually” and just keep drawing. Trust me, it will not. It’s only downhill from here. The pain means you’ve already injured yourself. Take a break.
- If you do press on anyway, you’ll have to wait longer to heal. When I first had my doctor see me, he said to take a minimum two week break from drawing and typing. If you are like me, that’s like asking me to stop breathing for that long. Do you want to die?? Do you?? I didn’t think so. Put the pen down and take a break.
- It takes a LONG time to heal. It took me about two years to stop feeling the effects when I messed my wrists up really bad the first time.
- Once you feel better, the instinct is to immediately jump right back into drawing/typing/whatever activity caused your repeated stress injury (hey I’m not judging) but be careful not to overdo it and hurt yourself all over again! It’s not like a videogame health bar that always replenishes back to full. I’ve noticed that once I got tendonitis, it never fully went away, and the more often I induced it with bad habits, the sooner it comes back after doing the same amount of drawing. Pay attention to your activity and to your body telling you it’s time to stop before it hurts.
- This video of wrist exercises helped reduce my pain a lot, and is also good for preventing it in the first place.
Take care of yourself, artists. Your hands are your livelyhood. Don’t take them for granted!
Also be aware: carpal tunnel syndrome is anatomical - you won’t ‘give yourself’ carpal tunnel by doing repetitive motion things if you don’t have the anatomical potential for it, but if you do have wrists that can get it, repetitive motion (like typing, or drawing, or engraving) can cause it to flare. If you’re prone to flare-ups, try sleeping in braces to help keep your wrists straight - it’ll help with the inflammation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often not painful, and presents as numbness in your first through third digits (the thumb, pointer, and middle fingers). Do not keep doing stuff just because it doesn’t hurt. Your nerve is compressed! If you don’t rest and let the inflammation go away, you can end up with nerve damage in the long term (I have nerve damage in my non-dominant hand from it).
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be corrected with surgery! It’s outpatient and takes about 10 minutes per hand under local anesthesia. It takes about two weeks to heal fully, and about two months for the scars to stop being sore. The first few days after you get it can be very painful if you’ve had carpal tunnel syndrome for a long time - your nerves are used to being numb and suddenly they aren’t. It’s like when a limb that has been asleep really hurts as it wakes up. I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, and it was really really worth it - I have absolutely no carpal tunnel symptoms in my right hand, and very little in my left (see again: nerve damage) so if surgery is an affordable option for you, you might want to talk to your doctor about it.
I bolded two of the points above because I really, really wish I’d taken that advice when I got it, even though it probably would have meant quitting my job at the time.
Some other tips - having been to the very brink of nonfunctional hands (like I couldn’t carry groceries and was in severe pain all the time) from carpal tunnel and tendinitis due to typing/mousing, I managed to restore my functionality to to “hurts a bit/gets a bit numb for a couple of days if I do too much in the way of chatting or video games” using the following NONSURGICAL methods:
- This book. It’s a fucking lifesaver. One thing, though: the instructions to do the exercises very slowly/gently? Do them even more slowly/gently than that if you’re having particularly bad problems. I literally was taking ten minutes to do the one where you lie on a bed with your forearm dangling off the edge, gradually extending your fingers.
- In connection with the book: Get a friend, relative or SO to remind you to USE the exercises. They’re a long-term fix and they only work if you keep doing them.
- MSM/glucosamine supplements. Every so often I wonder if MSM is doing anything for me or get lazy because I run out, and go off it more or less by accident, and within a few weeks to a month I’m having more pain. It can take a couple months to *start* working, but in the long term it’s really helpful.
- Turmeric supplements. If you’re taking ibuprofen all the time, replace it with turmeric. Ibuprofen has mildly damaged my kidneys due to bad advice from a pediatrician to “take until it gets better”, because until I started doing the above things at age 19-20, it didn’t get better. (Because I was 17 when I developed these problems, my HMO sent me to a pediatrician despite the fact that I was having occupational RSI from my cashiering job. Good times, huh?)
EYEYSYYES I NEEDED THISOMG
I will reblog this because it seriously annoys me when guys are drawn with girly crotches.
beesmygod did somebody say bulge tutorial
A mouth-watering fuck-ton of gun references.
Before you draw any gun, be absolutely certain you are familiar with the parts of a gun. That sounds cliché and dumb, but if you end up wondering “Why does this thing look so shitty?” it’s probably ‘cause you don’t know how a gun works. Know how it moves and what fits in where. And please know where the hands are placed when firing!!! If you hold a gun at the wrong place, you can lose a finger! Don’t know enough about guns, let alone what type to utilize? Here (the Glock and the “Frag Nade” are mixed up):
And if you’re pro on guns, here’s an orgasmic list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_firearms
And if you wanna get a little creative:
I’m always a fan of the minigun………
[From various sources]
!! Woah guys! Pixelovely’s new tools are finally out, one for hands & feet, and one for faces!
There’s now 429 photos of hands & feet, and 314 photos of faces. Dang!!
This is super cool news and I certainly can’t wait to start using them haha
This is the first time I’ve seen this, but whoa! What a great resource for people who are learning on their own. I’m gonna have to try it out — I definitely need practice with gesture drawings.
THANK EVERY GOD
A BUNCH OF PEOPLE ASKED BABOUT HEADS AND HEAD ANFLGES SO YEAH I JSUT DUMPED IT ALL ON ONe i’m not relaly suere what tips to give on this i yeah HOPE IT HELPS
THERE REALLY ISN”T A FIXED PROPRTION for faces because people have different dfaces yeah OS JUST DRAW WHAT YOU THINK LOOKS GOOD!!
WHAT TEACHERS MAKE by Taylor Mali
wow this is awesome. i loved the poem, but it’s so great to see it visually as well!
Even better to watch him recite it
not all teachers are evil bros,they have reasons
teachers who actually care, are the teachers who make a difference. teachers who have forgotten their calling need to recheck their reasons for becoming a teacher in the first place.
So, after years of visiting possibly the greatest art resource online, Gurney Journey (website of the creator of the gorgeous Dinotopia series, as well as numerous amazing drawing/painting books. Seriously this guy is INCREDIBLE LOOK AT HIS BLOG), I got this amazing poster promoting his latest book, Color and Light.
But I am vary rarely in one place long enough to look at the glorious thing on my wall, so I compiled a digital version.
You can buy his wonderful books here, but as far as I know the poster isn’t available in his store :<
Edit - Higher res. cause Tumblr.