30 Day Autumn Challenge30 Day Autumn Challenge30 Day Autumn Challenge2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Day 1: Leaves Changing Colors
Day 2: Sweaters
Day 3: Pumpkins
Day 4: Leaf Piles
Day 5: Orange
Day 6: Scarves
Day 7: Cuddling to keep warm
Day 8: Fireplace
Day 9: Thanksgiving
Day 10: Halloween
Day 11: Apple Cider
Day 12: Scarecrow
Day 13: Carving/Painting Pumpkins
Day 14: Frosty
Day 15: Rainy Day
Day 16: Cloudy Day
Day 17: Chilly Nights
Day 18: Blankets
Day 19: Boots
Day 20: Scented Candles
Day 21: Foggy Windows
Day 22: Misty Mornings
Day 23: Candy Corn
Day 24: Harvesting
Day 25: Flannel Shirts
Day 26: Hot Chocolate
Day 27: Playing in the Corn Maze
Day 28: Woolen Mittens
Day 29: Bonfires
Day 30: The First Snowy Night
Drawing FAQDrawing FAQ4 years ago in Comedy More Like This
EDIT: This is REALLY LONG, so feel free to search for the question you want answered by hitting Ctrl+F to bring up your browser's search function. Any and all insults contained herein are for comedic purposes only (except when I'm addressing excessively stupid people, in which case, they started it. I find ignorance offensive. Even my own). If it helps, I get tired of being cruel about a quarter of the way in, and although I'm still quite sarcastic after that, I'm at least informative. You may have better luck just looking at my tutorials. More pictures, less sarcasm.
My Drawing FAQ AKA The Long-Winded Philosophy Of Pencil Drawings
Q. Can I ask you a quick question?
A. I guess, but make it snappy. I'm pretty busy.
Q. You're just sitting there... and spinning around in your swivel chair.
A. That is not true! I'm also trying to balance a pencil on my lip. Anyway, what may be perceived as staring slack-jawed into space, or gawking at screenc
Writing 302: Action in PanelsYou may think this is solely up to the illustrator of the book but in fact it's actually a shared responsibility between writers and pencillers.Writing 302: Action in Panels4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Camera Angles and Storytelling through Panels
As a writer it's your job to define the pacing and flow of the page and how your story will reach the readers. The artist's job is to take those directions, execute them as best as he can and apply his vision on top of the writer's. It is a collaborative effort and that's why writers and artists have to keep a constant communication.
Drawing a pin-up is one thing, telling a story through pictures is something else entirely. All your choices have weight and they should mean something, you should be very conscious of every single decision you take as an artist/writer when working on a comic book.
A close up has a very different desired effect than a wide shot for instance, and they each communicate something specific to your readers. So always keep in mind, "What do I want to communicate wi
ASK the ARTIST Interview - ZombiesmileASK the ARTIST Interview - Zombiesmile2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with Zombiesmile
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `Zombiesmile, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Zombiesmile.
Hi, thanks for having me! :3
* Zombiesmile is super excited, oh god! * -*;
~rankirubai asks "In what ways has Shaun helped your art and creativity improve? What kinds of insights on art, character design, storytelling, etc has he given you?"
Before I met Shaun (`endling) I was pretty much on my own when it came to art, looking things up and reading tutorials etc. It's been really hard sometimes.
Nowadays, he's the person I talk to all the time, discussing art and stories and games and such. it's really important to me to have another opinion on my work, especially from someone
This Art Is ShitIf I knew then what I knew now, maybe I might have appreciated my work a little more.This Art Is Shit4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I always used to compare myself to the other artists that I would see, artists much older than me, with the training and the experience I didn't have. It didn't seem to matter to me where they came from, just that they where good and I was not. If I had understood at the time that someday, with perseverance, study and practice that I too might be ask good as them, maybe I might have worked a little harder, studied a little more and not been so down on myself.
Now I look back on a lot of the artists who were my idols, megabytes worth of their art saved to my ancient drive in the basement for reference and inspiration. I realize, they really weren't that good. Some of them were actually quite bad. At any given time, if your art sucks to you or even thousands of other people, it is amazing to someone and you are inspiring someone else by sharing it with them.
If it seems like you are not improving at all
So You Want to Make a KHR OC 1-- Appearance, etc.So You Want to Make a KHR OC?So You Want to Make a KHR OC 1-- Appearance, etc.3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A mostly complete guide to making OCs that will fit into the KHR canon
Welcome and let me congratulate you on the brilliant decision to read this guide. Perhaps you recently got into Katekyo Hitman Reborn! and want to make a fan character (or OC) for the series. Perhaps you've already made one (or twenty), but feel you could do better. Perhaps you have found your OC(s) discussed on various Tumblr blogs and want to revise your character(s) so that doesn't happen again. Perhaps you are simply curious about the show and have an actual social life, so that dedicating so much of your time to researching Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is both silly and unfeasible. Whatever the reason, this guide should tell you most everything you need to know.
This is NOT a Mary Sue test! As always with guides to "creative" works, this guide must be taken with a grain of salt. In the end, what matters the most is that you create a character that you enjoy working with. However,
ASKtheARTIST Interview TranscriptASKtheARTIST Interview Transcript2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with JohnSu
12/16/12: 7:00pm PST
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview `JohnSu, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, JohnSu.
~Chrono-King asks "JohnSu how did you come up with your name?"
While I was still in the womb, I would suggest names into my mother's mind. At the time, I didn't know any better, so I just coughed "CHON! CHON!" So when I was born, I was given the name "John Su."
~terricon4 asks "What recent things have you been working on at R5, if you can tell us that is."
Cross-Section of a Vampire pt3The Cross-Section of the Vampire, Part 3:Cross-Section of a Vampire pt35 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
This is mostly just a resource and a few questions to challenge you during your writing of your vampires.
THIS IS THE END: Yes, this is the last of this little article series, but there is something very IMPORTANT that must be understood:
Do NOT explain your answers to all of these questions directly in your writing. Why? You will successfully bore your readers with an info dump which is not neccessary. That's right. Don't give out the secrets of the universe. Keep them hidden, keep them safe, and horde them in the tiny part of your mind that keeps your vampire universes on track. Is it alright to only give a little information? Absolutely! Is it alright to not give anything away and leave it all up to speculation? Of course! You as the writer need to kn
Herr Awesome"You know, you're pretty awesome," Gilbert grinned as he ran a hand through his silvery hair. Yeah, he couldn't deny it. The awesome practically radiated from him!Herr Awesome4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Gilbird was perched upon his master's shoulder and he chirped in a questioning manner, most likely directed at the albino's statement. Gilbert moved his head slightly so he could get a better look at his companion then his grin returned, "What? Don't you agree?"
The little bird chirped again and Gilbert laughed, "Sure you do. You always do, right?"
Another chirp from the bird didn't necessarily mean that he agreed, but Gilbert was not going to take anything other than a yes for an answer. He looked back at the mirror and ran a hand through his white hair and his ever present grin remained.
"Just look at that fucking awesomeness right there, Gilbird. You're so lucky to be in the presence of someone like me!"
Gilbird chirped at his master and gave him a wary look. Was he convinced? Anyone other than Gilbert would have thought
MephyxRin Checkmate: 2The next day in cram school Rin had yet again trouble focusing.MephyxRin Checkmate: 24 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Damnit Mephisto why'd you have to keep me up all night!?" he said to
himself. "are you alright Rin?" Shiemi asked, patting his back. "ah...
Yeah I'm fine." Rin assured her, even if his hips were killing him and
he was tired as hell. He hated how easily he submitted to Mephisto...
He wasn't going to let it happen again. Suddenly a brightly pink man
walked in and waved at the class. Speak of the Devil. Why the hell was
Mephisto here? "Rin." he said then gestured for him to come to him
"come with me." Rin hesitantly stood up, nervous about why Mephy
wanted him. He walked out of the room with him and Mephisto fixed his
hat before speaking. "Rin I know that Yukio is not here to help you
with controlling your flame, but the council informed me to train you
while he's gone." he giggled "well be spending more time together than
Rin scowled, "Damnit!"
"come on! It will be fun! Well start with the excercise you failed
The Big ThingsExcuse me for placing stock in joyThe Big Things6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
And believing certain things
Hoarding abandoned hopes and dreams
Forgotten wishes and silver rings
So what if I plan my own epiphanies and revelations?
Sometimes fate is a disappointment
Sometimes chance leaves one wanting more
And I'd rather save myself the regret
If my output
Really is all the same to you
Just hold your tongue, then!
'Coz I'm gonna keep doing what I do
I can't really deal with the big things
My mind won't wrap around them
But I'm good with the little moments
That don't seem to mean all that much
When they add up
They define who we are
I'm no good with building alternate realities
I don't ever think that completely
But I can create a real person
Who fits perfectly into the imagination
And who justifies a reason for its' existance
Someone you see bits of yourself in
If my output
Really is all the same to you
Just hold your tongue, then!
'Coz I'm gonna keep doing what I do
If my reasoning
Is what makes you act so crude
I'll find someon
You Are the ReasonAt the time we all dismissed itYou Are the Reason6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
As the booze talking
She's in a desperate fury, balking
At how life had cornered her
We offered some consoling words
We were dolling out the pity
But we're all conspiracy theorists to some degree
We're all hardwired to find patterns of threat
Even through that drudgery
And now I'm beginning to see
She was onto something when she screamed
You've ruined my life!"
And I do believe many people would agree
You're a liar and a vapid little brat
The only times I miss you
Are on the days I've no one to lean to
The occasions my plans are derailed
When my rigid little fantasy has failed
You are the reason I'm deranged
The blame for why I keep my honest thoughts behind
Behind a cage
Behind a cage
I first became aware of your charades
On that fateful day last year
When we lived our lives in themed parties
And as you wished me Happy Birthday!
You were secretly carrying out sorties
Against my shaky relationships
Suppose I was stupid to th
what to do- Art VS Parentswhat to do- Art VS Parents5 years ago in Letters More Like This
Art career VS Parents is actually a very very common issue in many different countries.
First of all, you are not alone in this struggle, many many people are on the same boat sharing the same problem, including your parents.
A lot of parents tend to think doing art makes you starve, and you will be poor all your life if you want to become an artist. They are dead set on "a certain career means more money therefore means more steady life"
Truth is... whatever that popular career is... it may become less popular later because of so many people going into the field, thus lowering the demand. The supply and demand principle applies to all fields, jobs market changes.
OK. To start with the conversation... Lets make sure we know what they think that an "art career" is~~~
Research and Communicate:
Usually they don't know ANYTHING about that career you want to go into, usually the best way to go about it is research how much "salary" you will get paid with doing a certain job
this is really happening.i am unhappy from mythis is really happening.5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
soul to my knees.
also i can't feel my fingers
from the hollow cold.
also i keep touching my
bones to make sure they're
still there. i'm not
normal, you see. i'm not
i'd trade my words and willows
for a smile that feels like it
belongs on my face. i'm not some
miserable basset hound
waiting for a bullet between its eyes
but my lacklustre lifeblood
has drawn me sallow
and i'm overwrought.
i don't know how many times
it takes for seeing my own
blood and breaks to make me
feel better, but i must've
cut and scabbed and cut and scabbed
and cut and scabbed a million times
and my heart's still pumping away.
here's the plan: once i lose five pounds,
i think i'll pierce my cartilage.
at the century mark, my tragus.
punching holes in my body,
raking bloody lines down my arm -
it's instant gratification in seeing
what i hate most fall to
Cross-Section of a Vampire pt2The Cross-Section of the Vampire, Part 2:Cross-Section of a Vampire pt25 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Balancing Traditional with Contemporary
With vampires, you have a great deal of legends, stories, and myths floating around. Hollywood has helped this along with a variety of movies starring vampires (a lot of the vampire 'mythology' is actually Hollywood mythology, tread carefully if you are trying to write a very traditional vampire). There are also more books out there than can fit on a single bookcase, much less a shelf, that star vampires. With all this material, where do you go?
Begin researching traditional vampires, both people who have a vampire and those who are starting to construct some. The rest of you here out of boredom, look up the chemical formula for tile cement.
You will result in a number of different sources (except for the ce
society saysAs a child I used to play a gamesociety says9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It was called Simon says
You had to do whatever Simon said to do
The person who could follow Simon the best won
Everyone wanted to win so we would all try so hard
Well things really haven't changed much
We still play the game
And the rules are the same
But it's on a completely different level
For this game never stops
Everyday we play, following, doing as told
The only thing that is different is whom we listen to
For Simon is a thing of the past
We answer only to society now
Yes, whatever society says goes
I couldn't keep up with it though
And I lost but I discovered after losing that I was never winning anything
For I watched the rest continue to play
I saw the "winners" of society says
And how all they really did was lose themselves
For that is the price it took to win
So lose now while you still can
Hurry before you become a mindless drone
Taking orders no matter what
Quickly now before it traps you
Why do I even try
You won't listen
My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide
I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:
- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
The OC Mental Torture QuizChoose 3 of your OCs. They can be from anything. Original stories, fanfic OCs, whatever. It doesn't matter. None of this matters.The OC Mental Torture Quiz7 years ago in Humor More Like This
1) So. Introduce yourselves. Are you related in any way, or do you have no idea who the hell each other is?
2) Great, great. So. Ever gotten a blowjob?
3) HURR. That last question was uncalled for! Anyhoo. What do you like doing when no one else is looking?
4) Have any secret shames that you'd like to indulge upon us today?
5) Got any ultra-quirky kinks?
6) Within the last month, how many people have you done questionable acts with?
7) Do you love me? I love you.
8) Are you hurt because I lied in that last question?
9) If you could kill someone and get away with it, who would it be?
10) What is the one things that sets you off so much that you'll go from docile to rabid squirrel monkey in 12 seconds?
11) Who the hell are you people? Why are you in my house? Are you even people? Get outta my stuff!
12) Does rain filter down through your handsome volc
Cross-Section of a Vampire pt1The Cross-Section of the Vampire, Part 1:Cross-Section of a Vampire pt15 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
In recent years, there has been an influx of the word Vampire. Nowadays, it's everywhere. Pick up any teen romance novel and there is likely to be a vampire somewhere. Frankly, many people are beginning to think that it's all getting very old. The vampires seem uninteresting, in many cases unbelievable. They follow the exact same formula, and sometimes, they are simply an excuse for the impossible. Today, we will rediscover vampires and we will make them our own.
To understand where we are, we must know where we have been. Traditionally, a vampire is a creature of death and the undead, a living corpse. They are described as hideous, vile, sometimes rotting, and murderous. They have only one drive to drink the blood of mortals. In some legends, a vampire is born from the corpse of a mass murderer. In others, it's
i don't have the wordsI'm getting used to this feelingnot because it's comfortable. In fact, it's lodged itself between my lungs and my ribcages and makes every moment a gasp for air. But I've grown into itinto relearning how to breathe, into talking in more of a whisper so that people feel like they need to be closer just to hear what I'm saying, into rewiring my circuitry so that every waking moment isn't spent deciphering what's in my head.i don't have the words4 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Since the thing is explaining that would be like trying to hold up the sky with just the palm of your hand. Millions of years of the atmosphere and gravity existingcompletely unyieldingall reduced to you with the entire world in your grasps. That's how big this feeling is. The size of the sky couldn't even hold it. Trying to tell you what I'm thinking is like figuring out what actually keeps our hearts beating even when we have no idea. Or reasoning how it is that even after someone leaves there's a piece of them alive in every person that's st
InferiorityThere once was a boyInferiority6 years ago in Open More Like This
who tried to do good in the world,
but he had a chip on his shoulder.