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Hey folks! So it looks like a few of the artists we have interviewed have thus far been unable to upload the transcripts from their interviews. So we went ahead and saved them the trouble! Check out the transcripts from the interviews with yuumei, sakimichan, shilin, arvalis, GENZOMAN, and lily-fox!
Thank you for your patience, folks!
In other news, our team is back from haitus and will begin moar artist interviews shortly. Stay tuned for updates!
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Japanese can't curseYou won't believe me, but Japanese have no really great way to curse. Yes, there are informal ways of speech that can get you into fights and there are kind of semi-curse words, but the real curse words such as S*** D*** really don't exist.Japanese can't curse6 years ago in Other More Like This
From this point on it will include curse words. If you are deeply offended--don't read it. Though I have no idea why you clicked the link if you are that offended.
しまった Shimatta- Darn it. (Anime-only) It does not mean "Shit"
がき also (ガキ) Gaki- brat (It's not bitch)
ばば Baba- Witch, hag might slightly be more insulting in Japanese. They got it from the Russian, I think.
アホ Aho-adopted from American English "asshole" however, the term is used affectionately, especially in the Kansai region between friends. It's kind of like you saying to someone "Idiot" because they didn't understand your feelings. Often followed by hair rufflin
Your Stats and your... Artist's Description?Your Stats and your... Artist's Description?3 years ago in Other More Like This
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Note: This is not a "Writer's Guide" because it is intended for writers and artists.
Do the words "4 comments" frequently haunt your deviations? Is it difficult to find an audience for your artwork or writing? Do you yearn for detailed critique on your artistic technique and receive comments such as "nice" and "cute girl?"
Low stats result from a number of things. Maybe you don't comment much on other people's works. (You get what you give.) Perhaps you haven't joined any groups, or you haven't submitted to them yet. Maybe you are doing these things, but you're just new to the site.
I can't give you automatic popularity. I may, however, be able to provide the information to give you a little boost.
Your attitude can actually affect what people think about your work. Think about it: a message delivered with a smile will be receive
How Not to write Bad FanficHow Not to Write Bad FanfictionHow Not to write Bad Fanfic7 years ago in Writing More Like This
A collection of pet peeves and lessons learned the hard way.
There's a lot of bad fanfiction out there. Everybody knows it. But that doesn't mean that fanfiction is inherently bad. I've written my share of fanfics. I've written horrid Mary Sues, left good ideas unplotted until they snowballed and avalanched away into terribleness, and forgotten plots entirely and so had to abandon fics. In writing them, I've learned a lot. I've grown as . storyteller. I've learned how to plot, how to portray characters consistenly, and I've improved in my basic language skills. So now, I'm going to record those lessons here so you won't have to make them yourself before you start cranking out the good stuff. Needless to say, these are simply a list of guidelines that I've found work for me.
Lesson 1) Your readers read fanfiction for the official characters.
People read fanfic for much the same reason they write it: they like a show. They w
Nsio's Four Tools for a Successful DrawingNsio's Four Tools for a Successful DrawingNsio's Four Tools for a Successful Drawing1 year ago in Other More Like This
Let's face it, drawing is hard. Especially for a beginner, learning to draw seem dauntingly challenging. Even more experienced artists have it hard and I'm not anyway different from that. At the same time, weirdly enough, drawing is surprisingly simple and straightforward thing to do. But that's when you know what you are doing.
In fact, drawing is probably hard for you just because you don't know how it's done. And if you ask an artist how it's done, you will likely get rather vague answer. They know how to do it, but they don't know how to explain it for you. Drawing is full of concepts that simply don't translate well for an average Joe. Also, even if a great artists gives you a tip how to draw something, you probably still have troubles at executing it. You just don't see things the way the artist does., so you might even end up using the tip wrong, but believing in it so hard that you can't correct yourself. Not to mention the actu
So You Want to Commission an ArtistSo You Want to Commission an Artist3 years ago in Other More Like This
It's fun to see your character in another person's style. For those of us with a heavy affinity with characters, it can be easy to get lost in the desire to want to see your character drawn by many people. Or perhaps you know of two or more characters you want to see in a certain scene. Artwork makes a wonderful gift for friends, too, and a new piece sitting in your notes can be just the thing to bring up your spirits.
Most people operate on a budget for entertainment purposes (and commissions for personal use would fall under the entertainment budget), and it can be hard to get your fix of commissions when you have little to work with. This guide should help you locate commissions that fit your budget, as well as providing you (hopefully!) helpful tips that will give you the resources to confidently commission your favorite artists.
2. Commission Etiquette
Before you start looking for artists to commission, i
CharacterizationCharacterization--the Unmary-Sue UnGary-StuCharacterization5 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Pick a flaw or a quirk FIRST.
- A vegetarian that eats chickens because Chickens are stupid and so they don't count.
- An Animal activist that loves animals to death, but ends up loving to eat meat.
- A person that is all anti-prostitute against Johns and ends up with one himself (real one).
- A punk that loves fluffy animals.
- A biker chick that goes crazy over plushies.
Quirks are made up of contrasting traits that you would expect to co-exist together. For example, someone phobic of touch--you wouldn't expect them to fall in love with the upbeat girl that hugs everyone. Quirks add dimension and are quick ways to characterize in a short amount of time.
One quirk of mine is that I organize like a fiend on my computer and I'm anal about grammar, but when it comes to cleaning physical space, I suck at it.
In Hotaru no Hikari, the quirk is that a girl that works, really, really hard, is a workaholic in the real wor
RP Group Mini-TutorialWhat A Group Should HaveRP Group Mini-Tutorial2 years ago in Groups tutorials More Like This
A classy frontpage
Not necessary, but they pretty up the group page and make it more attractive. On non-premium groups, simple graphics like headers, footers, and dividers are nice. But on premium groups, you can do box backgrounds and fancy links and all that. A good non-premium group example is The-Peterpaws.
You can have one custom box on a non-premium group, so use it well. Fill it with good, brief but full information. You could also use the Admin box for information. For premium groups, you can do more than one and have backgrounds on them.
Include basic information on your group like a simple explanation on what your group is about, OOC or in character. Also include current assignments, events, or contests. You could include roleplay information like season, weather, and news. Also, it might be good to keep character counts like per gender or group.
Guide to Writing FanfictionEmpressTuiLa’s Guide to Writing FanfictionGuide to Writing Fanfiction6 years ago in Writing More Like This
There are a lot of novice writers out there, including those who are still debating whether to write or not, so I’m here to provide the basic rules for good Fanfiction. Why am I making this? I’ve read way too many stories written so poorly that it’s driven me insane. So for those of you who want to avoid people writing bad reviews, or just simply worried if your story sounds good, then follow these simple rules and you’ll be fine. (As a warning, I do get a little testy in this so forgive me if I sound angry…which I do)
#1 For the love of all that is good fanfiction, DO NOT USE IM-SPEAK!!! Things like: omg, lol, ttyl, thx, u, u’re, l8r, brb, and all of the others. Refrain from your texting habits! People want to read a story, not something a second grader who can’t spell wrote. Along with this, don’t use smileys! Yes I have seen XD in a story before…i
Tips for Learning to Draw a Certain Anime StyleA Few Tips For Learning to Draw a Certain Anime or Cartoon Style For The Not So Amazingly Naturally Gifted ArtistTips for Learning to Draw a Certain Anime Style4 years ago in Other More Like This
Trace some official art! Just dont put it on DA
This gets you used to the style
Bases are your friend if used right!
First make sure you find a good well proportioned etc. base. (For the style you are trying to replicate) now instead of drawing all over it print it out (if you draw better traditionally even if you want to color it digitally later) or open it in your digital art program.
Now trace over the base! Then you can add your stuff to the traced base. (look up a few tutorials on drawing hair and clothing first) Note: DO NOT POST THE RESULT ON DA
After you have done this for awhile try instead of tracing the base eyeballing it!Note: DO NOT POST THE RESULT ON DA
Instead use the pictures at the link in the comments as bases
Collect the official art in the largest size possible and study it!
Yeah you know the special art boo
Structure of the GOTHIC TaleStructure of the GOTHIC Tale6 years ago in Writing More Like This
What is the difference between a Gothic tale and a Horror story? Intent. Seriously.
Both Horror stories and Gothic tales delve into the realm of emotional trauma such as revenge, abuse, and hate--including, if not especially, sexual trauma. However, the darkness in a Gothic tale is not expressed or defined by graphically detailed, and gruesome, violence as it is in a Horror. Though violence is often featured in the Gothic, it is NOT the main focus of the story. The drama of Despair is the vehicle of the Gothic where a Horror story is driven by the action of Violence.
In a nutshell...
Horror = Action story
Gothic = Drama Story
While both Gothics and Horror are tales of the spiritual and/or psychological reality of the human psyche, Horror stories deal with the monsters that can lurk within our friends and neighbors. Gothics, however, deal with the monsters within ourselves; the hidden, self-destructive side that we don't wan
Crossing GenresCrossing Genres5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Every genre has core elements that make that genre that genre. In order to Cross Genres properly, you need to know each of your genre's distinctive elements and make them Equally Important in the story.
Simple, no? However...
One of the most common mistakes I've seen in every genre of fiction: IGNORANCE.
"Most of the common mistakes come with any writing that isn't so goodbad characters, bad plots, bad writing. The ones which are peculiar to alternate histories (fantasy and sci-fi) are bad research and bad extrapolation."
-- An Interview with Harry Turtledove --
How do you expect to cross genres properly if you don't even know the genres you're working with? Contrary to popular belief, even if you're writing pure Heroic Fantasy, just making it up as you go is NOT good enough!
On writing Heroic Fantasy
"The consequence of making that assumption is, inevita
10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing5 years ago in Writing More Like This
I hear the term 'foreshadowing' a lot. That's when you hint at stuff to come, right? So yeah, but how do I DO it?
Foreshadowing is when the opening scene of a story is a kind of nutshell prophecy for the whole story.
* In a Horror, this is when the originating Bad Thing happens.
* In a Mystery or Crime story, it's when the first victim is slain, and/or object (McGuffin) goes missing.
* In a Romance this is where the main character meets their soon-to-be lover for a fleeting but memorable moment.
* In a Sci-fi, this is where the ruling Theory is presented.
* In a Gothic, this is where the main character transforms into a monster for the first time.
This also reveals the Premise, or ruling argument that the story is trying to illustrate; what the story is trying to Prove.
The results of Revenge
The path of Ambition
The reality of Love
The sacrifices one mak
The DUAL-NATURED CharacterThe DUAL-NATURED Character5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Building the DUAL-NATURED Character
Let's start this lecture with a HUGE secret:
-- There are Three Essential Characters in every story:
> Adversary The one causing all the trouble.
> Proponent The one trying to keep things the way they are.
> Ally The close companion of one or the other caught in the middle.
In other words, you can tell any story with ONLY these Three Characters; perhaps not with any real detail, but you could still do the entire basic plotline.
And each essential character is governed by one of three SPECIFIC aspects, or Drives:
> MOTIVE - Driven by a REASON to Make something happen, such as Revenge.
> ACTION - Driven by the need to ACT, normally because if they don't they die, but an incentive such as a Reward or Prize works too.
When the Hero is NOT a HeroWhen the Hero is NOT a Hero4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Protagonist & Antagonist ~ A Different Definition
There are Three Essential Characters in Every Story. There may be any number of side characters, but in traditional Adventures, and Romances of every stripe the main conflict is usually, if not always, a triangle of complimentary opposites.
Translation: You could tell the WHOLE story with ONLY these Three Characters; perhaps not with any real detail, but you could still do the entire basic plotline. (Yes I know, I've said some of this before. Bear with me.)
Yep. I'm sure you're familiar with: Hero Villain Heroine (or Sidekick) already. Those are pretty darn standard. So, let's define them in a more Literary, (and complicated,) fashion shall we?
Antagonist - Protagonist - Ally
ALLY? Who the heck is That?
Always there, though seldom named