Free adviceSomeone recently asked me for some advice about going to art college and becoming an illustrator. Here's what I said. Maybe someone here will find this interesting too...
1) It's a tough life as an artist. You need more than just good drawing abilities to get by. I know a lot of people who are WAY better than me but can't make it as artists. You need to be personable and likable. Work on your people skills and be sincere. People can tell when it's fake.
2) Learn a broad range of skills. Don't just focus on illustration, but also learn the fundamentals of design, sculpture, painting, storyboarding, etc... those skill will help you more than you can possibly imagine.
3) Be yourself. Find your own style and really refine it.
4) Don't waste your education. Don't go out and party and drink when you should be studying and doing homework. They give you that homework for a reason!
5) Always try to be the best. Challenge yourself to make your assignments the best in your class. Always try to be
Abandoning PreciousnessThe most important thing about creating art is to create. If you want to be at ease with creativity, you have to immerse yourself in it, and do a little bit every day. Even if that little bit is only to take five minutes while waiting for the bus to come and do a gesture drawing of a man reading his book across the street from you. Or to take the moment to scribble down a thumbnail rough sketch of a concept that occurs to you. Do a little bit each day. Train your brain to think visually.Abandoning Preciousness2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
It can be difficult at first, accustoming yourself to make this small bit of time, because you’ll think:
“I don’t have enough time for it.”
“Art is hard!”
“I’m not good enough yet for that piece I’ve always wanted to do.”
“I’m stuck. Artist’ block.”
These are all excuses. Yes art IS hard. Yes, you might not be good enough yet to do that masterwork that you’ve been dreaming of, but let me le
Dark Nova Technology FAQDark Nova Technology FAQ4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Dark Nova Technology FAQ
Q: What kind of engines are used in Dark Nova? What about FTL?
A: Engines break down into two types, main engines for sub-light speeds and jump engines for FTL. The most common type of main engine in the Terran sphere is the gravitic drive. This is a cutting-edge gravity-manipulation engine that is only theoretical today in the early 21st century. It serves three simultaneous purposes- allowing for phenomenal acceleration and maneuverability, creating an inertial-dampening field through the gravitic bubble it creates around the vessel (in other words, the ship may be accelerating at 1.25 AU per hour, but within the bubble velocity is unchanged, and thus the crew are not turned into a molecular smear on the rear bulkhead from acceleration G-forces), and it creates the AG fields that allow the vessel to float above the ground AND create artificial gravity inside. Gravitic technology was- in the history of the setting- one of the Big Three breakthr
'Til Death Do Us PartSo I heard'Til Death Do Us Part8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You were tired
With your life
To have some fun?
Seducing you with my eyes
And if you get real bored
I'll introduce you
To some of my close friends
And Miss Hash
But before we begin
Let me say one thing
We will make you our slave
We have sent men
Much stronger than you
To an early grave
Still want to take us on?
You will need lots of money
As I'm sure you've heard
For my dear
I'm much more expensive
You'll start inhaling me
And my sweet perfume
Will soon take over your senses
And you will take me
Into your arms
And the feeling
Of me deep in your veins
Will nearly drive you insane
Then you'll want more and more
And you'll turn into something
Vile and corrupt
As you kill and steal
To pay for my narcotic charm
And you will only feel
When I'm in your arms
Then the day will come
When you will realize
The monster you've become
And you swear
To leave me alone
And I,sweetly smiling
Acting like I
Denizen Reborn - Chapter 11While walking through the snow covered grounds around the castle a strange forceDenizen Reborn - Chapter 117 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
struck at Herobrine's core, dropping him down to one knee.
Confusion clouded his mind while he took deep calming breaths trying to pinpoint where
the attack was coming from. Never had he felt something like this. Not since the early
days with his twin Steve.
Yet this time it was different. Standing back up, Hero looks out into the night, worried
as the feeling passes like it had never happened.
Yet Hero was not the only one affected by this force.
Itoe's eyes shot open and haltered her tears while Brineary's head snapped towards
the open window.
Getting up Brineary walks to the window and a frown appears on his face grabbing
Itoe's attention "What is it Bri?"
"There's too many mobs out there... and out of the blue like that?" he replied quietly
while scanning the horizon "Enough for me to practice?" Itoe pipes up scrabb
Her Most Persistent Suitor - Chapter 2 Come with me now, dear traveller! Let’s see the glowing building, filling the city with light as bright as day, despite the late hour. Take care not to be lost in the crowd of denizens, flocking to watch the brave few who dare take the test of the Royal Jester. Care for a pumpkin pie? They’re free today to all who come to watch the grand opening.Her Most Persistent Suitor - Chapter 28 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Some individuals are more eager than others to enter the maze. Some have something to prove, others seek the treasures within, and a select few are here purely to gain the favor of the Royal Knight! No, not romantically! Didn’t you already learn she’s married?! Pay attention, watch and see for yourself what I mean…
The crowd is thick, and the voices blur together into one rolling noise. Some of the people gathered by the doorway look a bit overwhelmed by it all, some look excited and bounce around, and some remain calm and quiet. Soon they will enter
His lovely one.A young man sits in his room. It just so happens that today was his last day in school, for the rest of the year. Now he had time to focus, focus on the one thing more important to him than his own life.His lovely one.1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
He headed out his door and down the stairs. Pictures of him, his family, and his important one lined the walls. As he reached the bottom of the stairs, his doorbell rung. "Right on time." He said as he opened the heavy door.
He opened the door, outside the cold air bit his pale skin harshly, easily pervading the safety of his woolen coat. On his doorstep, there were two packages, both addressed to him. Taking these packages, he closed the door and then headed into his basement.
The damp chilled air of the basement clung to his dark brown hair and nipped at his exposed hands. In the center of the room, there was a large crystalline structure. The crystal imprisoned his precious one far better than any man made prison, for it was not manmade, but made by the Fey.
The Fey, had made the cr
The Little ThingsIt's the little thingsThe Little Things8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
That makes it
Like giving a hug
The person's not hurting
Or saying goodbye
The little things
A sweet smile
That makes you feel
The kind words
When you're down
That seem to
Melt away your frown
The little things
When a friend
Takes your hand
How thankful they are
That you're there
It's the little things
That help you through
Like a phone call
In the middle
Of the night
And the voice
On the other end
Of the line
Seems to calm
It's the little things
Such as a kind shoulder
When you've been crying
To lean on
Just not another tissue
And a fake smile
Everything will be alright
The little things
When someone smiles
And says they care
Whether or not
The little things
Takes the time
To stop and say
How are you
You've been on my mind today
It may not seem important
But to my soul
It's the little things
Mean the most.
Phonix ThinkingPhonix Thinking3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Of the people who hurt you;
Forgive what angers you,
Ignore what frustrates,
Breath in and out,
Let it go:
Live for your next relationship
The SilverfishThe SilverfishThe Silverfish11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Awkward on a metal wire mesh chair
In a restaurant's outdoor section,
I must have been forgotten.
When the café closed the night before
There were no nameless patrons inside
Needing a polite request to leave,
And the waiter, absentminded, locked up,
Leaving me alone to the quieting night.
My rainy city dawn wakes me slowly,
Cold and glistening with dew.
"Where is the crème brûlée I ordered?"
I demand sleepily to the empty gray streets.
Instead I receive crystal droplets
Rolling off the red and white awning above me.
An old man wanders by on cobblestone,
Entertaining himself with philosophical conversation
With the memory of his deceased wife by his side.
He stops by the cracked window
Of an abandoned and forgotten antique store,
And inquires of the dust through the glass
How business has been lately.
Two stories up, mutterings of the old man
Have awakened a newlywed couple
Shivering from the chill of the window
Accidentally left open, forgotten in last night's pas
I wanna be freeI wanna be freeI wanna be free8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
From the thoughts
In my head
That want me dead
I wanna be free
From the small voice
Deep inside my soul
That always drives
My emotions insane
My whispering my name
I wanna be free
From the tears
I perpetually cry
During the night
I wanna be free
From the pain
I feel inside
I just wanna be free.
Denizen Reborn - Chapter 12Once Fuzzy and her pumpkin headed guards exited the forest, realization struck as familiar voices echoed in the air “HERO! I SEE SOMEONE!” a small giggle escapes her lips when Herobrine yelled back “What? Where?”.Denizen Reborn - Chapter 126 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With the distraction Brineary calls out that he’s going to keep watch then teleports away. Mary
sighs sadly watching her only son disappear into the night.
Fuzzy could just barely see the figure of Mary at a window pointing in her direction before Herobrine teleported before her with sword drawn. The pair blinked before Hero sheathed the sword with a sigh “IT’S JUST FUZZY!” he called back to the woman in the window who disappeared.
“Fuzzy what are you doing around here this late and who is the child?” Hero asks getting straight to the point before teleporting them inside where Mary was preparing some late night snacks for them “I was trying to help this child get home because she got lost” Fuzzy explained
Hello AgainAfter feeling fully recovered from the events of the night I took one of the portals outHello Again4 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
of the Denizen Playground to the forever changing land of Crafty Town. As the world
stopped spinning and the news building came into view, I smile at a fond memory from when
I was smaller.
I was playing with a boy who had one eye that was light green while the other one was dark
green and had three small blue-grey streaks in his fringe. We were playing out in a flower
biome on the mainland of Yogs "Do you think we will go back to Soi soon?" I had asked
feeling home sick. The boy looked at me with confusion "Why would you want to when there's
so many things here that you can make?" he had asked collecting as many flowers and plants
he could for his herb garden back on our rocky home.
"I dunno I just... feel more comfortable with an interesting view" I had replied curling
into a ball sniffling. My view was then filled with light blue. Blinking I look up to see
the boy holding out a blue orchid flower
Crafty Girls Fanfic: Angle of Darkness: Part 1Clove smashed her fist into the sturdy bark and recoiled quickly as sharp pain shot through her arm and pinched her nerves. She huffed in frusteration. This had never happened before. Well, before she had fell from her tree house and crashed into a couple of apple trees before landing on her arm. Clove sighed in frusteration again and rubbed the soreness away. Why did she have to forget to use shift while she was working on another extension to her house? Why did she have to make her house in the tallest jungle tree she could grow? Oh yeah, to be safe from the mobs, that's why.Crafty Girls Fanfic: Angle of Darkness: Part 12 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The faimiler chirping of her friendly rainbow patterened enderman drew closer as Skittlez teleported to her. "What is it this time Skittlez?" Clove asked. The colorful enderman chirped a bit more in response. Clove imedatily perked up and smiled. "That's a great idea! I'll go and call him now." Skittlez chirped satisfyingly to himself and picked up his block of cobble, and teleported away again.
Clove made a da
Mommas teacupWhen I was smallMommas teacup8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A child of three
My momma had a teacup
I'd best leave be
She said it was something
That really meant a lot
And full of things
For which she had fought
I looked and I stared
Could be in that little
That little teacup
So one day she pulled me
Up onto her knee
And said that she'd explain
Explain the cup to me
I looked up eager
I wanted to know
Just what was in there
That she'd worked for
So long ago
With tears in her eyes
And smile on her face
She lifted it down
From it's honored place
I remembered it clearly
That day long ago
The cup it was pure
Like new fallen snow
Pink roses lay
Like the delicate kiss
Of sweet litle angel
Yes, was something like this
Wound round and round
On her little teacup
Was painted on ribbon
And lacy look
From the bottom on up
My heart beat faster
As I looked inside
But much to my dismay
A painted heart
The lovely container
Object of my desire
A red, garish heart
In rough old paint
Covered the bottom
Hero x TigerThe banning of Hero/brineHero x Tiger11 months ago in Profiles More Like This
In the office, you could hear Notch's angry shouting at someone or something. Notch was scolding at the kneeling Herobrine for being loved.
"Herobrine, you know that you are a glitch, and you can't be loved! So, if I catch you dating a girl again, you will be banned forever!" yelled Notch.
Herobrine nodded sadly, with tears in his eyes.
"But Brother, Diamond loved me..." started Herobrine, but he was cut off.
"Diamond was a foolish girl to love you. That's why she was deserved to be removed from the game!" yelled Notch, his face turning red."Now, go and destroy something!"
Herobrine dragged himself out of the office, looking downcast. Until he saw me walking past, with my two thousand and twelve Minecon cape flowing in the wind, my long brown hair blowing. Herobrine looked up and instantly fell in love with me. I stopped and turned around, only to see a blushing Herobrine holding a red flower in his right hand, and his left hand was behind his back. I slowly s
VRVLS: august fics (false absolution)"I made a girl cry on Mount Etna," he says the next morning.VRVLS: august fics (false absolution)2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
August doesn't even look up from his workbench, keeps his focus on Esteban's biogear brace before him, and says, "Oh? There's a story behind that." Esteban shrugs in reply and the mech chances a look at him; sitting beside him, dressed in (his) loose pants and an oversized, wash-faded t-shirt, he looks brutally vulnerable, the red of his open scar standing livid against his skin.
"I'd chased a demon all the way from the base. It killed a family down in the woods there and traveled up to her. She was an accident of chance on its part, maybe. I'm not sure; she was practicing white magic. Maybe it was attracted." His hands are folded in his lap, fingers linked together, and he's unmoving as he recites his words, like repeating a rote lesson; the only sign of life is the rise and fall of his chest and the fine tremor that runs down his spine when he finishes his sentence.
"Still doesn't tell me how you made her cry."
"She tried t
Like you're BlackLike you’re BlackLike you're Black2 years ago in Emotional More Like This
By Tony Hinton
I remember a time, back when I was younger, my cousins would sometimes ask “Why don’t you act like you’re black?” At the time, I couldn’t answer, because as a child I couldn’t give him a proper response. But years later, I asked myself that same question, and the only way I could answer was by asking a series of questions of my own. They all started out with “Just how does a black person act?
Does a black man walk with distinction with his head held high, and his stride as wide as his pride; or does he walk with a slight limp, and call it “dat pimp walk”, as he tries to impress those who are to be his would-be friends?
Does a black man talk as if his immense vocabulary stretches as far as the vast and endless oceans on this planet we call home, or does he “sling that jive” by speaking with the vernacular that matches all that is wrong with today’s society in o
not much we can do about itnot much we can do about it3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Don't you remember when you were young?
When the world seemed so bright.
The stars shined ever so bright every night.
You were happy to just play all day,
Never knew you were wasting your life away.
You were a child,
and to you the future was so bright.
You couldn't wait to grow up and make a difference,
to show the world who you were.
But then you grew up.
You had to go to school.
Your wild spirit was labeled as a mental defect.
You were told to shut up and sit down.
They didn't care what you stood for,
because you were a child,
and children don't know what they're talking about, right?
Through the years you were told you were wrong so many times,
you believed it yourself.
You believed that you were stupid,
that you needed to work harder and pay better attention.
But that didn't work did it?
So you were still labeled.
years passed and the labels grew,
Dear Yaoi Fangirls: I Hate YouDear Yaoi Fangirls: I Hate You10 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I hate yaoi fangirls, and I am one.
You may be looking at me with tears in your eyes right now and saying, "Why Chopstick... why?!"
Well, I'm gonna tell you why.
1. You're just writing about them because they're hot.
Let's just forget that they hated each other in the game. Let's completely forget that both of them were completely straight and had loving girlfriends in the anime. And heaven forbid I bring up the idea that they were really "just friends" in the manga. I'm not really bitching about drabbles or crackfics so much as I am the fifty-page-long epics that completely ignore canon.
AND I MEAN COMPLETELY.
Rinoa was just so whiny and Squall and Seifer were just SO KAWAII, you HAD to kill her or maim her or turn her into a ditzy bitch that Squall despised. I hated her too, you know, but I'm not willing to actually sit down and write her out of the picture in such an abrupt and unlikely way it could be considered a cop-out. For gods' sake, have pride in w
Don't Blame GodDon't blame GodDon't Blame God8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It's not His fault
That your life
Is in a state
Don't blame God
For all the things
That are going wrong
Because when everything
Was just fine
You never gave Him
A second thought
Don't blame God
He showed you his love
By shedding His own blood
On an old rugged cross
And how do you repay Him?
By grumbling and complaining
And cursing His name
Don't blame God
And say such things
Like " He's the King
"So why don't he
Make my life
I want it to be?"
Maybe if you would stop and think
Of how you're acting
And show respect
Maybe your life
Wouldn't be in this mess
But whatever problems
So do not
Beautiful Wings of Light lyricPlease just don't copy and paste into a word document... do that After faving XD (and possibly commenting)Beautiful Wings of Light lyric6 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Furusatoha horobi no senka ni chitta
Kaeru hoshi naki kokou no ginga
Kanashimi mo namida mo kare hate ta senshi
Ketaka ki chi ha hoe ru tsubasa wo hiroge te
Choudokyuu senkan utsukushi ki sora hehabatake
Choudokyuu senkan J-jueru (J-Jewl) no michibiki ga
Omaewo yon deru
Sakebi sae todoka nu ankoku no umi yo
Shinku no chi no hikari tera seyo eien ( towa ) ni
Choudokyuu senkan utsukushi ki sora hehabatake
Choudokyuu senkan J-aku (J-Ark) no kagayaki ga
Omaewo mukae teiru
UTE ! UTE ! UTE ! UTE ! omaeno kanawo !
KUDAKE ! KUDAKE ! KUDAKE ! KUDAKE ! inochi no kagiri ni !
Choudokyuu senkan omaetotomoni tatakau
Choudokyuu senkan osu shikisono sugata ha
Uchuu no ouja
Big Girls Don't CryHer innocence goneBig Girls Don't Cry8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The sweet,child look
No longer plays
On her face
Mind made up
Determined to get out
Of this place
Her once warm eyes
Have turned frigid
And when she does smile
There's no changing
But it's no wonder
The countless times
She was snubbed and ignored
And when her feelings
She was told to straighten up
And dry her eyes
Because big girls
Now her she is
Her mind made up
She's heading out
On her own
To see the world
And find love
But don't worry
You won't see
A single tear
Fall from her eyes
As she leaves
Because she's always heard
That "big girls don't cry"
But once she's all alone
Where no one can see
She'll take off the
I'm an sophisticated adult"
And she'll cry her heart out
So don't believe
Every "I'm fine"
Every sweet smile
Or even the coldest of eyes
"Nothing bothers me"
Including big girls
MistakesMistakes9 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
I feel like I'm going to screw up big time
That I won't be able to fix it
Huge mistakes in my life that I can't fix no longer
It's already in the past
I can't go back in the past.
I'm hurting loved ones
I'm making them worry to much.
I feel like I'm going to ruin a friendship once again
Because of my damn emotions
I can't keep it no longer
I just want someone to take my heart now
Do you even know how I even feel?
School is my main stress
Also my loved ones.
I worry close friends so much
I end up hurting myself
Making them worry about me
I just want to run
Run from this fear
I can't take the pain in my heart no longer
It's like I'm stabbed and nobody can help me
There's no way for it to go
That I know of...
Not sure if it's an object
Just save me from this cruel world
I want to be in a happy world
Where I feel the best in moods
Loving and hating
Is something I'm going through
But we all are.....
I just have to face...
That all of you are miles apart from me.