Fake art - why care and what to look forI posted this last week for anyone looking for help to spot fake art. This is not law, if you don't care, feel free to move on. But if you do care that there are fakers out there, then maybe this could be of some use to you too. We have a serial faker on the loose on dA today so it sparked this little lot once more.
So, the questions/scenarios asked are always the same and the responses/justifications are always the same, but give them a minute to sink in before replying and insulting.
(Q1) Why do you care if someone is cheating what does it have to do with you?
(A1) Well, this is a public ART site and if people are submitting art that is not actually what they claim it to be, then they are dishonest. This will annoy some people and not others. If your passionate about your work then the chances are you'll find it insulting to the artistic community as a whole. Additionally, a lot of admins of groups HAVE to deal with fakes as a daily occure
Creating A Believable OCHow to Create a Believable Character (And Romance) for Any FandomCreating A Believable OC5 years ago in Writing More Like This
You know, the more and more fanfiction I read, the more bashing of original characters I see.
And you know, I hate to admit it, but I can totally see why. Most original characters are flat, boring, perfect, and sometimes even a cardboard copy of a canon character.
To be honest, I've been creating original characters since I started watching and reading anime and manga. I've created some Sues, and I've later created really good characters. There have been countless topics on the subject, but I believe that this little guide will help a few new writers in the making or maybe some old ones.
Also, please don't take this as law or anything. This is just my way of doing things and I've found that it works well for ME. Take from this what you will.
Part I: Where Will Your Character Fit In The Universe?
Okay, so you want to create a character for your fandom? Maybe you want an evil wizard to take Voldemort's place
Build your own empireAlmost anybody who uploads their artwork on an art site appreciates attention be it for fun or for more professional reasons.Build your own empire3 years ago in Other More Like This
Here I have compiled a small list of ways you can help yourself network through dA a.k.a building your own empire. This is just based upon my own experiences and witnessing other's doing. This is by no means a how-to on being that front page artist. You either have be be beyond elite and catering to the popular genres of art OR become a well known hack doing the same thing over and over again.
1. First things first, improve your artwork FOR YOURSELF!
Your first goal is to stop worrying about getting exposure. Oh the irony of that first step. You need to be your own artist discovering things for yourself on top of improving your techniques. Enjoy your process of artwork, you'll be surprised at how much better your end product looks versus a piece of work you did just to do it and get it uploaded on dA real fast. Do not compare yourself to other artists tha
Writers Notes - ResearchWriters Notes - Research5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Firstly, my rule any writer worth their salt who WANTS to be published someday has a LARGE collection of reference books in their home or knows intricately the layout of the reference section in their local library.
If you want to be a professional writer, a published writer then you can't skimp on the research. So, unless you were born with a mass of knowledge on hundreds of subjects then you will need to read up on them. Not to mention things change especially in some subjects where improvements and developments replace original knowledge: for example Medicine, police procedures etc.
Do not think your readers are stupid. They are your second biggest critic (after yourself) and even loyal fans will be ready to point out flaws. Try and get passed any anger or frustration you feel if people point out your flaws. Take it as a positive step that they are trying to move your work forward (sometimes).
I read a novel once that described
Writer's Tip: All About POVPoint of View. It can change everything. In the most literal sense, POV is the decision of who is narrating your novel, and what they see. POV also refers to the individual viewpoint of your characters, and ultimately, your readers. So where do you start? Well, that’s why I’ve written this article. We will explore the three standard POV options available to every writer, their advantages, disadvantages, and how to choose which one is best for you. Let’s get started.Writer's Tip: All About POV2 years ago in Writing More Like This
First Person POV
I stepped into the room on hesitant feet. Leander, the great Lion King of the river valley lay half-in-shadow at the back corner of the room, his tawny paws illuminated by a shaft of light filtering in through the high windows. His sable tail thumped once, twice, in the haze of dust motes, and my breath caught in my chest. I shouldn’t be here.
First person POV is denoted by the use of “I”, “My”, “Me”, “Mine
Proofreading Tips #5: Description of VerbsProofreading Tips #5: Description of Verbs3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Use adverbs, not adjectives, to describe the action of verbs.
"He did well on the test." (not "good")
"She completed her tasks more quickly than expected." (not "quicker")
A note on "well" versus "good," though. You should always use "well" when referring to health ("she looks well") and "good" when referring to emotion ("she didn't feel good about the exam").
Paper Bead FAQQ. Why do you make jewellery out of paper?Paper Bead FAQ3 years ago in Other More Like This
A. Paper is my precious, and we wants it, precious, we wants it. My sister showed me how to make paper beads when I was a child, and a couple of years ago, I remembered and felt like trying it again. And now I'm an addict, YAY! I love jewellery making using any and all materials, but I like the challenge of making a material as basic as paper look elegant.
Q. How strong are paper beads? Don't they fall apart?
A. This depends on if and how you seal them. I varnish all my paper beads to make them hard, glossy, and long-lasting. The Japanese are famous for making furniture out of paper. It can be a surprisingly sturdy material.
Q. What kind of varnish do you use?
A. I use clear nail polish; a single coat, over either acrylic paint, another nail polish, or just the paper itself. There are a great many types of varnish to try, plus liquid acrylic, resin or lacquer, but I haven't tried them, so
Proofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive AdverbsProofreading Tips #2 Semicolon Conjunctive Adverbs3 years ago in Writing More Like This
...Wow, that's a mouthful! These suckers are used to attach two independent clauses as one single sentence. Many people have confusion about when to use commas, semicolons, and colons. Semicolon conjunctive adverbs are helpful to emphasize the relationship between two thoughts (as opposed to separate sentences). Here is a list of words commonly used for this:
Some examples in sentences include:
"She arrived to school late; consequently, the teacher did not accept her homework."
"Man could not overcome the demon army; thus, the age of darkness was born."
"He forgot his lunch; additionally, he had no umbrella for the rain."
Note that these are different from conjunction words such as "and," "but," and "or." These attach two independent clauses with a comma.
Writers' Notes - Battles and WarsWriters' Notes - Battles and Wars5 years ago in Writing More Like This
While I have written a tutorial on fight scenes, I felt that it would be prudent to write one regarding wars and battles. After all a war or a battle is not just about how to fight.
When you are writing a war or battle first make sure you plan where it's going to take place. Land can be tricky, and it changes during a battle.
Image two giant armies amassing on a huge field. Infantry and cavalry alike, all decked in battle gear and heavy armour.
The pound of thousands of feet, man and horses alike. How do you think the ground will look? Grass torn and flattened, turned to mud especially if the weather turns and it begins to rain or sleet. Are there hills or mountains? Has one army taken a higher ground, dug a moat or added spikes of wood to protect their area?
Is there forests around them, have the trees been burned by one army to keep the other from using the wooded area as shelter? Has an army begun to p