"Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth." — William Blake

Dapper dragons.

Artists are, in order:

  1. Sean Poppe, http://beardedruckus.tumblr.com
  2. Jordan Kotzebue, http://kotzebue.tumblr.com
  3. Caanan Grall, http://occasionalcomics.com
  4. Jesse Nylund, http://completelyseriouscomics.com
  5. Ed Siomacco, http://edsiomacco.tumblr.com
  6. Sally Jane Thompson, http://www.sallyjanethompson.co.uk

damnitfeelsgoodtobeafangirl:

Another Magical Viking Girl!

Took some influence from the Varangian guard armors but just put it on an adorable badass with an axe.

I also like the idea of the girls getting bigger, taller and tougher when they transform <3 


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secondlina:

"Nope", the anime.

Based on that hilarious text post.


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toerning:

I really try to keep my comments short here so I’ve just written and deleted, like, 20 paragraphs.
Basically this is the main character of a story I am not skilled enough to write, but it’s basically what happens after the big final showdown.  She’s an amalgamation of all the Chosen Ones of recent YA literature, and the story is just her, like, coping with the fact that her entire life leading up till now has been about carrying out her destiny, beating the big baddie and everything and now…she’s got to deal with living the rest of her life.  Which, as we all know, is fucking hard enough as is.
In an ideal world, Rainbow Rowell would write this. 

toerning:

I really try to keep my comments short here so I’ve just written and deleted, like, 20 paragraphs.

Basically this is the main character of a story I am not skilled enough to write, but it’s basically what happens after the big final showdown.  She’s an amalgamation of all the Chosen Ones of recent YA literature, and the story is just her, like, coping with the fact that her entire life leading up till now has been about carrying out her destiny, beating the big baddie and everything and now…she’s got to deal with living the rest of her life.  Which, as we all know, is fucking hard enough as is.

In an ideal world, Rainbow Rowell would write this. 


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Anonymous said: When you were a student, as an artist, do you ever had those periods in which you thought you were never gonna achieve anything in life and your future was the darkest thing you could think about? If so how did you ever overcame them so you could be the amazing artist you are now? I´m having a pretty bad series of events with my art in Graphic Design and hope just flies away **literally it grew wings and flew**

nicholaskole:

Yes.

Oh yes yes.
Art-angst is a familiar country to me- I know the lay of that dim and soggy land all too well.

I go through periodic dry spells- especially with my personal work, where I just seem to fall out of love with art-making and can’t think of anything I want to draw.
But I’ve learned over the last years that those moments are temporary; the feeling vanishes and inspiration comes again. 
Lack of inspiration and self-doubt are normal, but it’s important to know that they aren’t the final word on your career as an art-maker. 

When that happens, I do two things: One I call the Kiki Method (from Kiki’s Delivery Service). When Kiki loses her powers, her friend Ursula compares her experiences with painting and inspiration to Kiki’s magic:

I stop drawing. I take walks, look at the scenery, take naps, do nothing. Then after a while, all of a sudden I get the urge to draw again.”

There is more to life than art- than what you do- and it is important to remember that.

So take a break, let the pressure slip away- often art-block is the result of an overgrown feeling of responsibility, pressure and expectations of yourself: the fear of failure. You’re afraid you’ll make bad art, so you stop making any art at all.

But that’s the worst bit!
The only way through to making better art is by making the bad art first. All of it. You have to make every little bit of bad art that is in you before it gets better. 
Don’t be afraid- it’s okay to be not-amazing!

Which leads me to the second thing: give yourself permission to suck, and then push steadily ahead. 

Accept that every sketch you sketch won’t be the best thing ever- but make them anyways. Make them all, discipline yourself to sketch onward, fill pages with unviewable garbage. It will help, I promise- because you’ll be doing something, moving forward. And suddenly it won’t be about how you feel anymore, or whether you’re inspired. 
Sometimes it’s just about pressing on. 
Sometimes it’s about accepting as graciously as you can that you’re not the best- but that the only way to get better is to keep going- to keep not-being-the-best. I’m not the best either. You’re in good company :)
But don’t give up, whatever you do. Giving up is the only surefire way to make sure you fail. 

With all love: Hang in there- I know it sucks sometimes. Take a break, remember all the beautiful things and people you have in your life, then come back and move slowly, steadily forward. You got this.

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beeinherbonnet:

“The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”  
- Jeanette Winterson

beeinherbonnet:

“The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”  

- Jeanette Winterson


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frantabulosa:

daggomusprime:

This made me laugh and then cry and then

You know what. If you really think about it this man knew the mind of most artists.

He knew that most of us lack a lot of self confidence and are scared of making mistakes and so on. He knew that those fears are the ones that keep us from grown and becoming better artists. He knew that if we focused in the good we would keep moving forward without ever looking back or dwelling on our mistakes.

That or I’m over-thinking it. :0

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(Source: bourbonbadger)


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How to Prevent Watercolor Paper from Curling

If only I had known this years ago.


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paperseverywhere:

erykdonovan:

Perspective Grid 101!

I’ve had a few people ask me about perspective, so I figured it was time I just did one of these tutorials and did a step by step.

I hope it makes sense to people!

A couple of notes on this -

1. There are a number of different ways to make grids. This is what I do, and it works for me. I have found this to personally be the easiest method, however if something else works better for you, use it!

2. This tutorial is designed for people who work traditionally. If you do your drawing in photoshop or manga studio, there are many quicker and more effective ways to make grids. I do all of my drawing on paper, and so this method is very useful for me.

3. Despite the appearance, this is actually really fast once you get the hang of it. Yes, it’s still faster in photoshop, but I can easily make a good grid on my page in less that 5 minutes, often under 2. The more you practice and understand the basic concept, you’ll figure out ways other ways to use it, and it will become like second nature. When I first started it often took me 20 minutes or more.

4. Feel free to share this, if you want to use it elsewhere, ask me first! If I can help people make better comics, I’m all for it!

This Tutorial ©ErykDonovan

Incredibly handy, thank you.


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scandal-and-indulgence:


artchipel:



Wj313 (China) - 【王国大逆袭】ST
[more Wj313 | artist found at artcollage &amp; leivos]



“Purportedly the cats of the city know a secret or two. The common tabbies and gingers can convey little more than gossip, the whites are deaf but keen-eyed, the greys and blacks know some real treasures. The traditional means of parting them from their secrets is to win their respect by creeping up on them. Sweeping up crowds of yowling alley mogs in a net is technically possible, but not the mark of a true knight of the streets.”

scandal-and-indulgence:

artchipel:

Wj313 (China) - 【王国大逆袭】ST

[more Wj313 | artist found at artcollageleivos]

“Purportedly the cats of the city know a secret or two. The common tabbies and gingers can convey little more than gossip, the whites are deaf but keen-eyed, the greys and blacks know some real treasures. The traditional means of parting them from their secrets is to win their respect by creeping up on them. Sweeping up crowds of yowling alley mogs in a net is technically possible, but not the mark of a true knight of the streets.”

(Source: ctrlartcreate)


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