I made a thing! I was thinking about this for a few days - because I realized that when I was young, I was also frustrated about being given the same advice over and over - without really knowing what it meant!!
Here’s 5 techniques which I have done before which have helped me grow as an artist, which are good for 5-minute warmups or just straight up challenges for your sketchbook!
Obviously, these are not the ONLY techniques - they’re just the ones I find most fun! And maybe they’re not the most ‘correct’ ones out there, but it’s better than another comic about practicing more, right?
Good luck to everyone on their drawings!
Honestly, as an artist and illustrator myself, seeing all the posts yelling at newbies to “practice” is so frustrating to me. It feels condescending, and would have had me running for the hills in no time if I was just starting out. This is much more helpful.
REAL GOOD POST
Thank you! I will stop saying ‘Practice’ by itself now!!!!
I’m having a heck of a time trying to find a new area rug for the living room. Well, that’s not true, I am finding plenty that I like, except they’re made with polypropylene and polypropylene reeks.
I know most people likely can’t smell it, but MCAS does wild things to your sense of smell, and the thought of living with something that makes me feel ill until the smell wears off is not exactly appealing.
Like, I gave up my beloved memory foam mattress for a wool futon just to see if it would help my allergies (it did, by like, a lot.) I’m not about to bring anything new made out of polypropylene into my house, no matter how pretty this purple galaxy rug is…
Just found a pink cotton one that could in theory be shoved into the washing machine if needed. The only problem is it has tassels, and I’ve no idea how Oppy would handle that.
And just to clarify, I’m not worried about my robot-vacuum getting stuck on them, I’m worried about her shredding the damn thing to pieces.
Edit: Fuckit, I just found it on sale on another website for half the price. I’m going in.
I got Holly and Oppy mixed up for a sec, and wondered why your puppy would have issues with tassels
It’s what at the what now?
That sounds terrifying they fight to the death during pon farr
anyone want to go to the bar? it’s Fuck-Or-Die Friday and I wanna do one of those things, doesn’t matter which
So funny story actually. One of my friends was hooking up with this girl, they were friends with benefits. She needed a date for some work party so he agreed to go with her. Turns out her dad owns like 3 dental practices and she worked as the business manager for one of them.
Anyway my friend had some not so nice teeth and during dinner the father of his fwb was like “you work where you work, you sleep with him and his teeth look like that? Get him an appointment.”and then bounced. So his fwb made him an appointment at the practice she managed and my friend ended up needing like 3k worth of dental work and his friend with benefits just gave it to him for free.
So that is the story of how my friend not only got sex, but dental out of the friends with benefits deal.
The only decent way to use white privilege
[ID: A twitter thread from Tess Sharpe (@sharpegirl).
“A few months ago, I put myself between a man of color and two police officers who were harassing him. I was able to do this calmly and automatically because my mother trained me how to do it and I’ve spent years thinking about how to react if I had to use my whiteness this way.
The first thing I did: I pulled out my phone. I made sure the officers SAW me pull out my phone. I made sure they saw me turn on the voice recording.
The next thing: I calmly but firmly contradicted the officers. They insisted that they had gotten a call saying that this man was following people trying to get them to sign petitions. I told them I had been there for a half hour and he had not done anything of the sort.
The officers then tried to get me to be quiet. I said that I would be quiet, but that their reports were wrong, they were not listening to an eyewitness, and I was not moving from this spot until they left this man alone.
I then made a VERY BIG SHOW of taking down these officers names and badge numbers on my phone. I made sure the one next to me could see that I had texted this information to someone (my mom). I’m talking craning my neck to look at their badges, tilting my phone to show the screen
Then, I just fixed the one across with me with a stare. The bitchiest, don’t fuck with me, I’m a femme white lady stare I could summon. And I did not stop staring or move from that spot until they left. And they did leave.
And then I gave the guy my phone number just in case and I called activist friends up in the community and made sure people were in the parking lot in case the cops came back so he could continue his petition work in peace.
You’ve got to be prepared. Keep your phone charged and in easy access. Know where your recording apps are. Who will you text badge numbers to so there’s a record? Go through it in your head until it feels as natural as holding your keys between your fingers in a parking lot.
This is the work we must do. Those officers never would’ve touched me. I was never in danger for a moment. Use the enormous privilege you have for good if a time comes where you need to step up and be an actual shield.
And a final thing, remember: this is not about YOUR anger. Your anger has no place here. Your job is to be calm and never escalate a situation the officers are looking for a chance to escalate. Because you won’t be the one they will escalate on. The person of color will be.
Your job is to remind the officers that white ladies can be a damn nuisance. And a lot of paperwork. And what if this one is related to somebody important? What if this one writes letters to the editor? She’s texting someone my badge number, is this really worth it?”
Today at work a girl at my register was heatedly explaining to her mother that wearing a dinosaur costume to her school’s decades day was, in fact, perfectly acceptable because her teachers did not specify any particular decades.
the kids are alright
She’s right and she should say it
hey if you’re disabled or chronically ill & have a hard time standing i want you to know that it’s ok to sit down when able bodied people wouldn’t or aren’t. not just in the context of using a wheelchair but just like. whenever. pull up a stool in front of the stove when you make mac & cheese. kneel on a chair in front of the sink when you’re washing the dishes. going outside to smoke/wait for a cab/whatever? pop a squat on the sidewalk/curb/stoop. get a shower chair. it’s not weird or shameful to minimize your pain & it’s not worth wasting spoons just because “normal people would do it standing up”
ok ive never done one of these before but someone made a post about it and now im curious.
reblog and put in the tags ur race/ethnicity and which of these you think has to be in the fridge: butter, ketchup, salad dressing, jam, peanut butter, bread, chocolate. if it changes after opening say so
“Sometimes I think of you, Medusa. Inside your temple, mournful, surrounded by a hundred stone statues. The men who came to kill you and never left were named lost heroes, warriors, demigods whilst you were called monster, gorgon, terror. (Because the stories were always written by men) But this was never a story about a monster. It was always about a woman burned for a Sea God’s sin, a pawn in an ancient game the fates would never let her win. You did not desecrate that which is sacred, it was him. (But your story was always written by men) You begged him not to visit you, you pleaded with every God. But the Gods turned away when you needed them. You did not want to be remembered this way. And then one day, whilst you slept, a son of Zeus came. And killed you before you could even look his way. (And he too was named hero because the stories were always written by men) Someone once said, words cut deeper than a knife. That history is told by the victors. That he who tells the story is the one who controls the world. Women did not get to write your story, Medusa. Because if we did, a very different tale would be told. (And in our tale, you would not be Monster. But Priestess. Goddess. A maiden who once had a heart of gold.)”
— Nikita Gill, Excerpt from Maidens, Myths and Monsters
It’s an underwhelming superpower but I could get so much done with the ability to hover just a few inches above the ground. For instance:
- Ability to examine sensitive ecosystems without crushing delicate plants or animals—no need to worry about stepping on solitary bees sheltering under dry leaves or squashing bloodroot sprouts
- Moving through silty streams and ponds without kicking up obscuring clouds of mud
- Crop circles made easy
- Ghost cosplays
- Snow footprint pranks
- No more wet socks
- Ability to safely traverse minefields
- Handheld camera stability
you could be so sneaky
- I could be so, so sneaky
Crowley supernatural is the type of gay to have an instagram for his dog. But it’s a hellhound so it’s invisible. All the posts are just seemingly empty rooms captioned from the perspective of a dog that only exists if you’ve sold your soul and your time is running out.
“This headcanon about a character like me hurt me as a person that has been negatively affected by these stereotypes in real life” and “there are people who relate to this character who headcanon them like this and should be able to do so without judgment” can and should co-exist.
Like, I’m asexual. I enjoy chasing bubbles, watching kid shows, and have a rather high-pitched voice. I love seeing ace characters that are like that too because I can easily insert my shoes into them without doing acrobatics to justify why a character is ace.
I also understand why someone who is ace wouldn’t want to see a character that is ace act this way. It’s been used against us. It’s been said that we’re too immature to understand sex, or we’re too childish to really know what love is. It hurts asexual people every day.
What I want to see more of is less “oh this ace character is bad because they push stereotypes” and more “I want to see more ace characters who are…”
Not only are you giving people who want to create ace representation the tools to create representation you want to see, but you are helping them flesh out characters that aren’t walking stereotypes.
There’s also the fact that you can accidentally out someone by pushing them not to create stereotypes. I’m not out to my family yet. I’m not out to anyone but my sister and a few select people. I work in a very heavy community setting.
Do you know how devastated I’d be if the papers came out with “Local Teacher Is Gay” because someone called me out for creating an ace character like me because it pushed stereotypes and I had to defend myself? Taking away my right to stay in the closet? Making me a target for losing my job, a job that I absolutely love and cannot risk losing, and social ostracization? The mental toll it’s going to take on me to have to move to a new area when I’ve been here all my life and don’t want to?
Obviously, that’s a stretch, because I’m not publicly known on the internet, but this scenario is the exact reason I do not want to publish a book and risk being known to the real world. I’m too afraid people will out me without my consent, all because I want to write an ace character that’s just like me.
But to lead by example…
I want to see more ace characters who are poets, who are intelligent, who can work on computers and talk about how their work is the only thing allowed to fuck them
I want to see more ace characters that are neurodivergent without neurodivergence being the reason they are ace, who don’t understand liking sex but know what love is, who still love their friends and family unconditionally even if it’s not traditionally
I want to see more ace characters that are sex-positive, that aren’t sexually attracted to their partner but will go down on their partner for their partner’s pleasure but not theirs, who are engaged in non-sexual kink, and who are passionate lovers
I want to see more ace characters who are teachers, who work with children and understand them not feeling like their peers, who encourage students to be who they are no matter what society throws at them, who are inspirations
I want to see more ace characters who are strong, who are athletes, who are known in their small town as champions, who are proud of their achievements and so are their friends and family
I want to see more ace characters that are parents, biological or adoptive parents, who love their children unconditionally, who don’t shame their children for showing sexual interest early on, who do their best to be supportive
I want to see parents accept their child’s sexuality, to give me escapism, to have parents ask questions and get answers, and parents who want to support their ace children even if they don’t understand or mess up sometimes but are trying
I want to see more ace characters… period. I don’t want people to be afraid of writing ace characters because they’re a little cute or a little childish or a little bit of a prude. I don’t want ace authors to be afraid of creating ace characters because they’re afraid of the backlash.
One representation is not going to make every ace person happy. One representation is not going to offend the entire ace community. We’re diverse and amazing and beautiful for a lot of reasons. Asexual just so happens to be a bonus.
Tl;dr - Remember not to step on your fellow asexuals in your quest to bring justice for your fellow aces. Have some decorum. Less “is the writer ace so they are allowed to write ace characters this way” and more “if I want more ace representation, I have to let my wants and needs known or do it myself”
I can say the same thing about characters that are overweight, but this time I can include examples between me and my sister.
My sister is not confident in her body whatsoever. She knows the reason she is fat is because she eats a lot of food. She’s also been heavily teased about it. But do you know what else she does? Works out. Damn, girl could crunch 75lb like it was nothing. Overeating and loving food is definitely a stereotype for fat people, but she loves characters that aren’t afraid of eating while being fat and shrugging off what people think of them, because they make her feel okay with herself.
Me? I’m fine with calling myself fat. I know the reason I am overweight is because I don’t work out or move around a lot. Being lazy is a stereotype for fat people, but sometimes you just don’t want to get out of bed when you’re warm, you know? I don’t mind watching a fat character complain on the couch because the remote is on the other side of the table when they just got comfortable on the couch.
We both want very different things in fat characters. We both want stereotypical things in our fat characters. Of course, there’s things we agree on, like a fat character should be funny without their weight being the butt of the joke all the time, but it’s okay to sneak one in here and there to flesh out the character more. Other overweight people might not agree with us. That’s okay.
This is why you can’t sell diversity as your reason to read something. If she picked up a book where the fat character was lazy, it would upset her. If I picked up a book where the character feels ashamed of being fat, I find it unrelatable. There’s no way to include everyone in one single character.
It also causes us to be very protective of the characters that we can relate to. When people rip into characters we love and say they’re bad representation of overweight people, we defend them. This either gets us supporters or haters. Really, unless a piece of media is going out of its way to demonize the character because they’re fat, there is no winning an argument like that either.
Sometimes characters should just be. It’s okay to not like a character that has your body type. It’s okay to hate being compared to them too, especially if it’s done maliciously. But you need to understand sometimes it’s not the characters we need to focus on. It’s the people who use those characters as weapons to hurt real people.
Tl;dr - Experiences vary between people, and sometimes they want different representation. Sometimes characters we can’t stand are therapy for other people. Not liking being compared to a character doesn’t make them bad representation. Sometimes it’s people using these characters as propaganda that are worse
Sour Cream has a mom, doesn’t he? Vidalia?
We’ve waited a year to reblog this. Happy Bread Anniversary!
Because it’s important to celebrate the little victories in life.
12 days left until the breadiversary, we’d better make sure we have the ingredients on hand!
Just realized I've never saw a nico drawing from ya,care to share?
Nico my beloved