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:bulletgreen: Amazing episode IN SOME MANY WAYS!!!! I don't understand why but personally, I haven't found it a filler episode at all! They are talking about an akatsuki member's past. I wish we could see someday another episode about WHY he turned into a human puppet and killed 3rd kazekage!

:bulletgreen: I'm SO glad that Sasori flash back has been drawn and colored SO GOOD (the characters looked so good and some background scenes looked like a true masterpiece) if we compare it with the non-flash back scenes in the same episode about Chiyo vs. Kankuro fight. I loved Sasori's workshop btw (although it looks so different from the one of the old shippuden episodes)

:target: MY DOUBT

Ok, I have seen the episode subbed in 2 languages: in english and my native language. Both versions said just the opposite and the subs translations from the japanese audio looked so confusing and lame to me, so please I hope you understand why I'm still confused:


The english version I saw SEEMS to say that Chiyo was partially guilty of Sasori's friend death because she barely got the poison formula to the standard size and Sasori blindy trusted her (?) and this is why he delivered his friend turned into a puppet to Chiyo and the client who requested Sasori a puppet so they could feel remorse (?).
Question: It it's true that Chiyo was partially guilty for not checking the poison proportions carefully, then WHY did she suspect something about Sasori and what? Was she only afraid of the obsession his grandson had with HUMAN puppets after remembering that Sasori's friend told her that his grandson is so into human puppets? or... did she think that she made a wrong decission of letting Sasori try out that poison on his friend?

The clue to understand what's going on is in minute 11:20 - 13:20 of Naruto Shippuden episode #319

The english dialogues literally say there:

Sasori: I don't like to make people wait. From what I can see, I thought there would be more progress (ok, what kind of progress is Sasori talking about?).
Chiyo: Sasori, what are you doing?
Sasori: You (CHIYO) barely got it (the poison concentrations I guess) to the standard size.
*Chiyo vs. Sasori's friend human puppet fight scene*
Sasori: As requested, the model is finished


The version that I watched subbed in my native language suggested that Sasori tested out the poisson on his friend DELIBERATELY for his own purposes.
I don't know if he did it because he found his friend annoying, or just to use him as an experiment for his own purposes (to build his firts human puppet), or to make Chiyo guilty about her lack of responsibily when checking the poison concentrations.

Here you are what the dialogues literally say in the other version I watched:

Sasori: I don't like to make people wait, I (SASORI) took all the meassures at a guess and I think it/he (this pronoun in my language is neutral so I don't know if he's talking about the progress of the poison formula or his friend's body) already grew a little bit more.
Chiyo: Sasori, what are you doing?
Sasori: It's (I guess it's the poison) barely adapted to the standard size, isn't it?
*Chiyo vs. Sasori's friend human puppet fight scene*
S: As requested, the model is finished.

:target: My doubt is: Did Sasori killed his friend on purpose or was Chiyo partially guilty? If Sasori really killed his friend deliberately, WHY did he do it??? was that kid annoying and clumsy for Sasori or was he jelous about his friend's familiar situation and happiness? afskdfjklsdjfklashdgjsdghasdj

:bulletred: REFERENCES FOR ARTISTS :bulletred:

Since we aleady know more about Sasori's and Chiyo's place, I would like to share here some screenshots I did for those writers and artists who would like to draw some fanart/doujin. I removed with Phosohop Sasori's friend from some backgrounds to make the whole background easier to see. Click on the images to save them in a bigger version if you need it:

Sasori's Workshop:

Sasori's Workshop by Kaoyux
Chiyo's Bedroom:

Chiyo's Room by Kaoyux

Sasori's Bedroom:

Sasori's Room by Kaoyux

Sunagakure by Kaoyux

Extra - Cuteness and Randomness:

(lmao at Sasori's face here)
Cute1 by Kaoyux

Cute 2 by Kaoyux
Cute3 by Kaoyux
Cute 5 by Kaoyux
Nieto2 by Kaoyux
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As someone who is very reference-heavy on pretty much all of my works, I decided to share what I've learned through finding stock images, whether it be for manipulation or for drawing references.

Step 1: Visualize Your Work

If you go into Resources and Stock Images > Stock Images and type in "Horse", you will get about 150k results. I'm not one to search for hours looking through images, so I use a few different ways to finding that perfect stock image.


There are tons of horse stock groups such as :iconhorse-stock-heaven: and :iconequine-resource:, however, some groups such as :iconequine-artists-list: have sections specifically for stock. Sometimes, these small-scale stock folders are gold mines for finding stock without searching for hours. As well as that, watch your favourite stock photographers so that you can easily access their photos.
In larger stock groups, they will have specific folders for an element of the photo. Horse Stock Heaven has folders based on colours, while Equine Resource has folders based on poses and the "focus area" of the horse.

Narrowing Search Results

I always have a pose in mind when I am searching for a reference image. Even if you're not sure, a keyword can make a huge difference. For example, if you were looking for a vet check image to reference, instead of searching forever to find a pose, add in a defining word such as "conformation" or "standing still". Words like those can make a huge difference in finding images.

Step 2: Determine Sketching Reference vs Colouring Reference

Whenever I draw, I usually have one image for the pose to get my proportions right. I rarely use a colouring reference unless it's a really odd colour, or if I want to pick base colours off of an import design. 

Sketching Reference

Sketching references are used for referencing poses. I use this most often because I find that my proportions go way off sometimes if I don't reference for a while, though eventually, you can make the transition to freehand. I have been drawing horses for over ten years but I still reference because it limits the mistakes that I can make and keep me away from developing bad habits. 

Colouring Reference

Colouring references are used for seeing which colours to use in a specific area. Some people use one image for a pose, and one image for colouring, and this is perfectly fine. I personally don't do it, as a lot of my horses have markings that don't occur in real life, though I do use their import sheets for referencing.


Whenever I am doing a realism piece, I choose one image to use as a sketching & colouring reference (so I essentially copy it). Pretty much all of my realism pieces are directly referenced from an image. However, I do not trace, and I do not pick colours, because I find that if you do that, you're not putting any of your own style into the image.

Step 3: Review the Rules

Stock providers will usually have similar rules, but not everyone's rules are the same. Be sure to always check the rules over and abide by them at all times. Also, rules change periodically, so make sure to always check the updated rules just in case they are changed.

Step 4: :+fav:!

I always keep possible references in my faves, as well as on a list saved onto my computer in case I need the links and don't want to search through the many pages of favourites that I have. Faving stock images helps you find the image again quickly, and also lets the stock provider know that their photos are appreciated.

Step 5: Get ready to sketch!

Now that you've found a good stock image, it's time to start sketching it!

Other Tips

  • Make sure that the pose is one that you can handle drawing. You can always break a sketch down further if you need to, but it is recommended that you choose a pose that isn't too difficult until you are comfortable with moving up to the more complex poses.
  • References are not a bad thing! There is some unwritten rule that referencing is "cheating" and that if you can draw freehand you are a better artist, but if you want to improve, what better way to do it then to look at photographs and see how light works, how the legs move, etc?
  • When doing a photo-manipulation, look for photos that have neutral light. This makes it easier for you to add highlights if needed according to the light source. Having a shiny horse in a bright sunny day, and then putting it on a background where the light source is the opposite is well... not aesthetically pleasing.
  • Google is not stock by AmblingPhotographer

I hoped this helped a little bit!

Here's a little guide that I created when I was in between sketches. I don't know how much help it'll be, but if it helped you at all, a :+fav: or a comment would mean a lot to me :love:
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PE: Importance of Anatomy

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:52 AM

The importance of anatomy.

Understanding anatomy is crucial to many aspects of your art.
You'll notice that anatomy is essential for drawing. It becomes difficult to accurately draw a complex pose, or even a simple one, if you don't understand what's under all that skin or fur, or even bark.  Knowing how everything fits together is important.
Once you notice where that certain muscle is, shading and form become much more accurate and more natural. Knowing why the nose and eyes fall where they do make it much easier to draw from memory, and nail that natural look you were going for.

Learning the anatomy of the subject you're going to draw is quite important, and will definitely help you on several levels.
It's also easier to drawing sequences of movement. One will know what connects to what, and how they move. What is possible, and what isn't. (Range of motion)

Drawing people and other animals can be intimidating. Once you have a solid foundation, it's much easier to draw because you understand what lies underneath.

Human Anatomy 

One will notice that humans and other animal's anatomy are similar. You can draw almost any other species of mammal easily if you compare it to human anatomy. Obviously, there are differences. Different body parts are adapted for different things. 

Faces can be daunting. The placement of the features can be hard to place accurately. 

Stock Accounts for human anatomy:

:iconsabrine-photo-stock: :icondove-stock: :iconfullbodyshots: :iconattemptestock: :iconastrals-stock: :iconshanghai-stock: :iconjademacalla: :iconailinstock:


Human Anatomy Tutorials + Resources

Includes specific and general tutorials.

Library reference-Humans by ArtistsHospital

head_proportions_tutorial4. by Lady2

-Anatomy Tutorial- by odduckoasis

Human Anatomy by FreakOffTheLeash

nobert's Anatomy Gallery Folder

Anatomy practice .. by moni158    Anatomy by DblckLamb  Simplify Human Anatomy guide by sakimichan  Anatomy by zoro4me3

Anatomy by zoro4me3

Anatomy for Beginner by Luvelia   -Anatomy Tutorial- by odduckoasis

Female Anatomy Patterns by Snigom Male Anatomy Patterns by Snigom

Hand anatomy by Elthenstorm

Anatomy Tutorial by owdof   Quick Facial Anatomy Tips by Smirtouille  anatomy by ilaBarattolo


Animal Anatomy Tutorials and Resources:

Library reference-Animals by ArtistsHospital

Bird Anatomy Studies by Canis-ferox   Bird Anatomy: Wing and Feather by Christ1nMe

Realistic Animal Anatomy 1 by dark-reign

Horse Muscles Anatomy by DarkKenjie    Horse Anatomy the Muscles by COOKEcakes
Animal Anatomy - Cats Part 1 by akeli    Basic Animal Anatomy by Majnouna





=Infinite-Heart for #projecteducate's Community Week
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Screen Recording Program?

Thu May 8, 2014, 12:32 AM
:new: Update: Help found! :D
Thank you everyone for your help. I really appreciate it!

I found a super great help from M4dArtist, who gave me a super detailed instruction that answered all of my possible questions. Couldn't dream for more hahah.

I will go ahead trying out what she gave me there. Hopefully I'll have some vids to show you guys soon! :D


As many people have shown interest in seeing speedpainting/timelapse videos from me, I think I will try it out. :D

However I am not so sure which screen recording program I should use. 

I want something that's easy to use, but on the other hand also have editing options, have no watermark and such.

I downloaded CamStudio installer, but it asked me to install many extra things that I obviously don't want to install. I just want to install the damn program. orz

So if you can give me a source to download safe installers, I'd highly appreciate that. Or better, if you can give me your installer that you have, please tell me in the comment and I will contact you myself for it. <3

I use Windows 7 btw.

Thank you guys so much in advance! If everything works well, there will be timelapse videos from me soon for you! :D

Skin by SimplySilent
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EDIT 6: Hej, hej. ^^ Ostatni weekend na narysowanie pracy został. Mam sześć prac, jeśli cztery osoby nie oddadzą (tak, powtarzam się) to nie będzie nagrody od denevert.
Przy okazji przepraszam za to, że pewnie wszyscy dostaniecie też tę wiadomość jako wspomniani niżej... >.< Kochajmy update'y.
EDIT 5: Jutro deadline. Ale prace oddały trzy osoby, a kolejne trzy informowały, że mało czasu, w związku z czym czas macie do poniedziałku czternastego października. ^^; Jeśli jest ktoś, kto nie ma zamiaru/wie, że nie zdąży z pracą, to niech da znać. Można komentarzem, notką...
EDIT 4: Przypominam, że deadline jest 30-ego września. Jeśli co najmniej pięć osób poprosi o przedłużenie, to dołożę dwa tygodnie. Dodatkowo mówię, że jeśli prace odda mniej niż dziesięć osób z dwudziestu jeden zgłoszonych, to za drugie miejsce nie będzie chibi od denevert (jej własna decyzja). Liczę na to, że wszyscy oddadzą prace. :D
EDIT 3: Jako że jestem sklerotyczką - nie pomyślałam o poinformowaniu Was o tym, co powinniście zrobić po narysowaniu pracy. Otóż - należy taką pracę wrzucić na dA (bądź do stasha, wolałabym jednak dA) i wysłać do mnie notką link do tejże pracy. Zapiszę te notki we wspólnym folderze i gdy już nadejdzie koniec września obejrzę je jeszcze raz i wybiorę najlepsze. ^^
EDIT 2: Okej, wybaczcie mi editowy spam, ale po pierwsze jestem w szoku, bo jest już dziesiątka chętnych, co oznacza dodatkowe chibi od :icondenevert: dla drugiego miejsca... A po drugie :iconopoof: dorzuciła się do nagród i w związku z tym za pierwsze trzy miejsca otrzymać można również digital chibi jej wykonania, które są po prostu cudne i chibiaśne (… ). ^^
EDIT: Padło pytanie o ubrania - można wymyślić samemu, ale należy pamiętać o tym, co jest w opisach postaci. Czyli Infor chodzi w długich rękawach i nogawkach, Fjaln w ubraniach luźnych, a Tero w obcisłych koszulkach. ^^

Okej, z racji tego, że kilka *ekhu, ekhu* osób się zainteresowało, to ogłaszam konkurs oficjalnie.

Konkurs nie posiada motywu przewodniego. Jego tematem są moje postacie. (oj tam, że sama ich nie rysuję... Nie na tyle ładnie, by pokazywać)
Są to:
- oraz dodatkowa opcja, czyli Infor z Censorem (należącym do :icondenevert:)

Gift- Fjaln and Teramo by denevert <- Fjaln i Teramo
Infor and Censore by denevert <- Infor i Censore

Do tego załączam krótki opis postaci, z cechami do uwzględnienia przy tworzeniu.

- należy się zglaszać pod tym journalem; każda zgłoszona osoba zostanie dopisana na końcu
- można się swobodnie wypisywać
- prace oddawać można do końca września (a co, zapowiem sobie trzy miesiące przed)
- praca ma przedstawiać jedną bądź dwie postacie z wyżej wymienionych (tylko w kombinacjach takich, jak na rysunkach powyżej, Infor nie może być z Teramo ani z Fjalnem, itd.), w dowolnych okolicznościach, miejscu, porze roku, itd.
- prace mogą mieć tylko jednego autora
- narysować na rzecz konkursu można tylko jedną pracę
- technika dowolna, preferuję jednak metody tradycyjne, nie komputerowe (co nie oznacza, że nie umiem docenić porządnej pracy digitalowej)
- należy liczyć się z możliwością, że będę chciała dostać pracę (wykonaną tradycyjnie) pocztą do rąk (nie ma to wpływu na zajęcie miejsca w konkursie i odbywać się będzie po zakończeniu), w takim wypadku będę się kontaktować z autorem przez notkę i uiszczę opłatę za przesyłkę (oczywiście jeśli autor odmówi przysłania pracy, to nie będę zmuszać)
- nie życzę sobie yaoi InforxCensore, bo moje oczy wypłyną i nie będę w stanie wydać nikomu nagrody, co najwyżej shonen ai, możliwe są też sceny przemocy (ale tak samo, Censore nie poderżnie Inforowi gardła, najwyżej go pobije)
- prace nie muszą mieć tła. Ponadto obecność tła zwiększa prawdopodobieństwo zajęcia wyższego miejsca tylko wtedy, jeśli pasuje do reszty - nie wysilajcie się na tło, jeśli nie czujecie się pewnie z rysowaniem go, bądź nie macie konkretnego pomysłu na jego wygląd i przeznaczenie
- linki do skończonych prac należy przysyłać mi w notkach!!!

Wszelkie pytania należy kierować do mnie, te o Censore'a również. Będę konsultować odpowiedzi z denevert, więc będą one wiarygodne.

Ulubiona część, czyli nagrody:
I miejsce - 130:points:, jakieś tyci cudo do wyboru z fimo ode mnie, oraz chibi digital/traditional od :icondenevert: (możliwe do otrzymania pocztą w formie przywieszki), llama, chibi digital od :iconopoof:
II miejsce - 100:points:, tyci cudo do wyboru z fimo ode mnie, llama, również chibi od denevert na zasadzie takiej jak wyżej, chibi digital od :iconopoof:
III miejsce - 50:points:, llama, chibi digital od :iconopoof:

Ponadto jeśli będę miała powyżej dziesięciu uczestników, to drugie miejsce również otrzyma chibi od denevert. W zależności od kondycji moich finansów nagrody mogą nieco wzrosnąć.
Osoby chętne do dofinansowania/dania więcej nagród proszę o zgłaszanie się notkami. (ha, ha, akurat się tacy znajdą XD)

Opisy postaci

Ma 21 lat, jego imię to tajemnica (wstydzi się go). Jest albinosem, ma czerwone oczy (wiem, że u ludzi albinotycznych oczy są zazwyczaj błękitne lub fioletowawe, ale on ma czerwone), prawie białą skórę, a okulary nosi, żeby nie straszyć ludzi swą aparycją. Praktycznie zawsze ma na sobie długi rękaw i spodnie - tak mu najwygodniej chronić się przed słońcem. Włosy ma oczywiście farbowane, inspiracją do tego "wzoru" były pasy trawy (nie moją inspiracją, tylko jego) i ziemi na przemian.
Pali, pije i tak dalej, jednak się nie uzależnia. Jest wiecznie obojętny na wszystko. Wszystko z przemocą względem niego samego włącznie.
Zarabia na życie jako mim i spec od komputerów, informatyki.
Wzrost: 165 centymetrów

Commission 07- Infor - Before and Now by denevertKIRIBAN #Tuptaju by namioki-chan200k - Infor by Amarevia
Infor by QueengaCommission_1 Tuptaju by Lil0Kiseki
Infor - ref by Tuptaju

Około 300 lat, na nazwisko ma Kwin. Jest czasem nazywany Czarnym ze względu na pechowy - według wierzeń jego świata - kolor maski. Jego włosy są naturalnie granatowe, oczy błękitne, nosi głównie luźne ubrania. Jest Jeźdźcem Drzew, w co nie będę się teraz zagłębiać, ale oznacza to między innymi, że jest blisko z naturą i żyć będzie tyle, ile jego Drzewo - nawet ponad tysiąc lat.
Kocha rośliny (miłością romantyczną, nie przyjacielską) i dba o nie. Optymista, wiecznie uśmiechnięty; jeśli ktoś zrobi groźną dla życia bądź zdrowia głupotę, to będzie mu potem (o ile dana osoba przeżyje) dokuczać.
Wzrost: 220 centymetrów

:thumb355484976:Kiriban Tuptaju by SashaVasileva
Fjaln by LuuPetitek:thumb348086193:
Dat Porn by Tuptaju

Ten pan jest jeszcze starszy, ma kilka tysięcy lat i może żyć w nieskończoność. Tak naprawdę nie jest człowiekiem, tylko pewnego typu istotą, która może przybierać postać człowieka. Ma fioletowe oczy, jest dobrze umięśniony i ma świetną kondycję (500 pompek i tylko lekka zadyszka), ponadto żyje w lesie wraz z Fjalnem i swoją dziewczyną, która podobnie jak Fjaln jest jeźdźcem - Zieloną. Odnośnie ubioru - koszulki z krótkim rękawem, obcisłe. Używane głównie do pokazywania dziewczynie mięśni... Mimo, że nawet sam prezentujący o tym nie wie.
Osoby obce łatwo go irytują, ale jeśli jest przy nim ktoś, kto go uspokoi, to do rozlewu krwi nie dojdzie. Jest osobą bardzo przywiązującą się do ludzi, stara się wykorzystywać cały dany im czas na świecie (krócej mówiąc - żyje długo, więc każde ~50 lat znajomości z różnymi osobami jest dla niego ułamkiem sekundy, co sprawia że dba o znajomości i cieszy się nimi póki może).
Ogółem jest po prostu normalną, towarzyską względem przyjaciół osobą.
Wzrost: 160 centymetrów

Ma 25 lat, jest blondynem o nieznanym nikomu poza nim kolorem oczu. Nosi okulary, z którymi się nie rozstaje.
We wczesnym dzieciństwie został porzucony przez rodziców z niewiadomego powodu. Przez krótki czas mieszkał na ulicy a potem znaleziony przez gangsterów wychowywał się w domu publicznym burdelu. Jest osobą brutalną, wulgarną, o przerośniętym ego oraz niewykształconym poczuciu przyzwoitości. Ponadto jest biseksualny, zdarza mu się ujawniać skłonności nekrofilskie. Nie żywi szacunku do ludzi, kobiet w szczególności. Znajomości utrzymuje dla własnych celów, wykorzystuje innych.
Podobnie jak Infor (choć właściwie to Censore wciągnął Infora w to bagno) pali, ćpa i pije. Uprawia hazard, który traktuje jako pracę. Zdarza mu się kraść, jeśli jest to konieczne. Często korzysta z usług kobiet bądź mężczyzn upadłych.

Characters by denevert…;…;…;…;… (uwaga, Cens sypie "słowami")

Relacja Infor<->Censore:
Infor służy w tym wypadku za popychadło Censore'a i jego chłopca na posyłki od załatwiania ciemnych sprawek. Ponadto jeśli Cens czuje się znudzony, to ma ze swego towarzysza worek treningowy bądź "mężczyznę upadłego".
Innymi słowy Infor<->Censore = obojętność<-> sadyzm.
Infor with Censor by ElaRaczykTuptaju - kiriban by vanilova

To chyba wszystko. Niniejszym glebłam i nie wstanę.

1. :iconbloody-fire-wolf:
2. :iconsmokini:
3. :iconjustsilvia:
4. :iconladymilka:
5. :icongingerbread-frog:
6. :iconluupetitek:
7. :iconklaudiso:
8. :iconspookychester:
9. :iconpankolanko:
10. :iconmikixd:
11. :iconrodgier-xd:
12. :icongreyinvidia:
13. :iconmakaronwciaga:
14. :iconarcanusdusty:
15. :iconsaina-chan:
16. :iconestra-chan:
17. :iconagamibara:
18. :iconciastekk:
19. :iconanett98:
20. :iconvanilova:
21. :iconfrrancisca: 
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You are sitting in your room, looking at your gorgeous horses at Deviantart. You don't have a particular storyline in mind but you really like to draw something. You have no idea what to do. Sounds familiar? Well, here I have something that might get you some ideas. :dummy:

It's a rough set up, and some combinations wouldn't make sense at all, but... maybe it bring you a good story? :XD: If you like to help to improve this, please, feel free to comment!

How does it work?

If you are familiar with the horse personality randomizer that Dane made together with some other DA'ers, then it's kinda in the same direction. You will see a couple of lists that together will make a guideline to draw something. Some combination absolutely do not make sense, but just click the random button again to make a better option. :)

What do I need?

Go to to get the random numbers to make a combination. Write it down or use a textdocument.

The "What to draw next?" HARPG Help Guide

Wich Horse?
Input the number of horses you got in your stable and the number you got (for example) 5, means the 5th horse you have in your stable. You can also leave out the horses you already drew lately.

Wich human?
Input the number of human charries you got in your stable and the number you got (for example) 1, means the 1st human charrie you have in your stable. You can also leave out the humans you already drew lately. Or don't draw a human at all, depending on the results.


1) Beach
2) Forest
3) Outside Arena
4) Meadow
5) City
6) Stables
7) Arena
8) Horse Walker
9) Pasture
10) Main Property


1) Sunny
2) Clouded
3) Heavy Clouded
4) Dark Clouds
5) Rain -> (Snow if it's winter)
6) Hail
7) Thunder
8) Stormy (Wind, rain, etc)
9) Wind

1) Morning (sunrise)
2) Midday
3) Evening (sunset)
4) Night

* = human involved, (*) = can be with or without human
1) Grooming (*)
2) Feeding (*)
3) Training *
4) Pleasure Riding *
5) Show/Event *
6) Something big (positive) For example, a birthday, birth, gift, party) (*)
7) Something big (negative) For example, accident, death, illness)(*)
8) Leading the horse *
9) Grazing (*)
10) Playing (*)
11) Sleeping (*)

1) Halt
2) Backwards
3) Walk
4) Trot
5) Canter
6) Galoppe

Horse Behaviour/mood:

1) Happy
2) Content
3) Scared (rearing)
4) Angry (bucking)
5) Cranky
6) Bored (yawning)
7) Annoyed
9) Itchy (scratching)
10) Licking
11) Coughing
12) Sleepy
13) Nervous

Human Behaviour/mood:

1) Happy
2) Content
3) Scared
4) Angry
5) Cranky
6) Bored
7) Annoyed
8) Sleepy
9) Nervous

Accompanied by:
1) Dog
2) Cat
3) Rabbit
4) Wildlife (deer, raccoon, squirrel etc)
5) Butterfly
6) Bees
7) Horsefly
8) Pet
9) Other human

Okay, let's see:
I got  5, 5, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 1 and 1 as my results, wich means for me that I draw Bird House (I have a list of the horses who need to be drawn and he is the fifth) and Chase in the city, while it's clouded, during the evening, having a pleasure ride, standing halt. Bird House is content, and my rider is happy and they are accompanied by one of the dogs. :)

Hope it's helpfull for you guys, I sure know it's helpfull to me! :XD: Have any suggestions? Feel free to share them! :la: Have fun drawing!!!

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Best way to record yourself drawing digitally

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 12, 2011, 10:05 PM
Update: Added section about CONVERTING video sessions below.

Quick bit of help here, because I'm not sure if everyone knows the best way to handle this if you want to record your progress while drawing in Photoshop, Manga Studio, Painter, whatever.

You may have tried some of the screen recorders out there like CamStudio, FRAPS, or some free ones out there. You may have noticed, or had become frustrated with, the fact that many of these programs cause a significantly huge hit on your system's performance. When you try drawing in Photoshop, your tablet response comes to a screeching halt. Then you find a program that records without impacting your drawing performance -- only to find that the resulting video recorded at about 1 frame every 3 seconds. Then you tried FRAPS, then found out that 4 minutes of video resulted in a 3.2GB file. All of these are less than ideal.

A while back, I searched all over the net for a program that encoded video from my screen on-the-fly without 1) impacting performance, 2) creating massive file sizes, and while 3) doing it a frame rate between 15 to 30 per second. It took a while, and so many programs were nothing but disappointing, but I managed to find ONE.

And it's the ONLY one I've ever found to meet those requirements: and it's Camtasia Studio by TechSmith.

It's not a free program, (and not cheap either,) but it's worth it if you intend to do this kind of stuff. I'd suggest messing around with the trial. (Hey, freddiew got through all of college by just using Adobe products on a trial basis. Works, right?) It records the whole screen with great quality, high frame rate, next to no impact on performance, and encodes on-the-fly so your file sizes are reasonable. The interface for it is top-notch as well, allowing you to quickly choose sections of the screen to record, or entire separate monitors if you need, and you can pause easily if you're taking a break. (You can set global macros that will start camtasia recorder automatically and start recording. It's great to set Pause to one of your tablet buttons, if you have one free.) What's nice as well is that Camtasia comes with it's own pretty good video editing platform for the footage you end up with. It's nothing like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, (closer to iMovie actually,) but it'll do the trick to get your stuff up on Youtube -- especially since it supports clip speed up by as much as 800%.

Camtasia was used in the recording of this video I did:… -- although the jaggedness of the video is actually caused from a badly encoded output file from Premiere. The originally looks just as good as the real thing. Oops.)

nervene also writes about his experience using LiveStream's software as an additional method. It's not as full-featured as Camtasia, but hey it'll do the job nicely since it's mostly free.
"Livestream has an option to save a local MP4 video of whatever you are streaming, and a recent update enabled it to continue storing this local file even if your connection to their servers drops; they also made the audio frame-synchronized so the files can be dropped in a video editor without audio synchronization problems (if you so wanted to).

The streaming resolution is limited to 640x480, I'm unsure if the local video file may be able to pass this; but I think this would be fine for the majority of people when taking into account that you can focus on a smaller region of your screen (cutting out borders/menus/ other things that take up real estate), and that it is entirely free. Ctrl+Q toggles showing the green border on your desktop (it could get distracting while painting).

I don't notice any performance impacts for desktop apps, some games may get a bit of a drop in FPS during intensive moments, but some games also seem particularly friendly and don't seem to suffer at all. I recorded Just Cause 2 with no perceivable performance impact for 3.5 hours @ 320x180 20FPS, 363kbps (64kbps stereo audio) and the file turned out to be 564MB. That's a relatively big file and a small resolution, but it's 3.5 hours - I was expecting at least a gigabyte based on my previous screen recording experiences. Other programs might be even better, but I was more than happy with that. I think by playing around with the FPS, resolution, and quality settings, a good balance could be found between visuals and file size.

You won't get as high a resolution as you might be able to with other programs, but what it does it does well. Some conveniences like auto-focusing on the mouse, setting at a very low FPS to do time-lapse, and undoubtedly a lot of features for more detailed control aren't there. In the end the reduction of resolution shouldn't make much of an impact if you're demonstrating a painting method, you can still see every stroke but the very smallest of pixel brushes (depending on your desktop resolution and how much screen area you are recording). At 2x scale the blur from filtering is easily tolerable unless you're trying to display small text (in which case you'd want to zoom in during menu navigation if you're doing tutorials). And of course, at least when you start recording you'll need an Internet connection to initially log in. You can set it so that it won't actually go live on the Internet if you want, I believe that it will still log the local file."

Then don't worry, you're all set! You guys got this easy. While TechSmith does make Camtasia Studio for Mac OS X, it's not at all as necessary provided that you have Mac OS 10.6 or higher. If you DO NOT have Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, I suggest using Camtasia Studio just the same as Windows. Although, since Camtasia costs $300, I'd say just upgrade yourself to 10.6 if your computer meets the specs so you can follow this method instead:

Quicktime X. Go to your applications folder and open up "QuickTime Player." (Or Quicktime X if it's called that on your system.) Go to File and select "Start new Screen Recording" (or something like that, I don't have my mac with me at the moment to check.) Hit the record button and bam, you're all good to go.

The QuickTime Player recorder captures the entire screen while encoding on-the-fly H.264 from the leftover frame buffer of the system. This means that you will see absolutely NO impacted system performance, and the file size will be very small. iMovie can be used to easily edit your captured video to be ready to send to youtube. (or wherever else.) That's it!

You might find out that the resulting recordings from these softwares could potentially be incompatible with SOME video editing software such as Adobe Premiere. If you need these files to become compatible, you can use a video converter to change it over to a compatible format. One of the best conversion programs out there, compatible with both Mac OS and Windows, is an open-sourced community project called Handbrake.

Handbrake can convert most types of video into a number of choice formats and industry-leading codecs. This is a great way to turn those proprietorially encoded files, say from Camtasia within an AVI container, into an H.264 encoded video in an MP4 format. Handbrake is a remarkably light weight program packed full of features to make minor adjustments to the video file in terms of crop, frame rate, aspect ratio, and audio/subtitle inclusions. Based on the speed of your system, Handbrake can take advantage of beastly processors to encode video files sometimes 3 to 4x faster than normal playback. (An hour video could only take about 20 minutes or less to re-encode. It depends on the frame size.) Using handbrake, I can take a one hour recorded session from Camtasia and re-encode it with no visual quality loss to H.264. Better yet, the file size of the re-encoded video shrinks to only about 50MB from its original 524! (When they say H.264 is a remarkably efficient codec, they are NOT kidding.)

From there, you can then take your videos and import them into a wider variety of video editing suites.

Even if you don't end up uploading the drawing session you recorded by the end of the day, or by the end of the image, it still has a profound effect on your working efficiency. When the recorder is running, it has a tendency to make it feel like an audience is watching you, so you focus more on doing the work directly in front of you to "please" the outcome of the recorder, instead of drawing for a bit and then succumbing to mindless distractions.

I'd suggest testing it out, see what it can do for you and your workflow. Plus, it's a really fun thing to show people. Just don't get overloaded with recorded files. If you end up never uploading them, it's probably safe to delete them, or save them for a "Sketch Dump" sorta all-inclusive video you might piece together at some point later to consolidate those unwanted videos.

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life drawing 5 by algaegoblin
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin

Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics. 
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format. 


First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditional tools.  It may seem a stupid or banal rule but it is not. 
You will need a piece of paper and a pencil, preferably a medium-hard pencil or HB ("H" stands for "hardness," while "B" stands for "blackness"). If you  have already familiarity with this hard drawing medium you could obtain different soft pencils instead: B, 2B and 4B will be fine. A putty rubber and a white rubber from a good brand will work fine. 
However, I'm not here to describe which tools are better for drawing traditionally, and for me a hoe would work fine as well: it's the passion that counts!

My tools by thepunisherone

 Now that you have a pencil and F4 paper (F2 is less thick and if you erase often you could ruin it, that's why F4 is ideal) you can start your work. You can also make out with A4 paper which is thicker than normal,  otherwise you will pass the sheet if you use a hard mine (or if your hand is too heavy, if you know what I mean...). 
Well, now that you have the tools, sharpener included, get in a bright spot of your house, preferably on an inclined surface (otherwise your future drawing will look in perspective, and you may not be happy with the result!) and copy the hand your not using for drawing. Try not to erase too much. Try to grasp the structure of your hand through many sketches in which you should only draw the outlines of your hand and fingers, you should forget about the shading for a moment. 
Fill the paper with these sketches of your hand in different poses and please include your wrist if you can. Continue your workout every 2/3 days (preferably daily) for 2 weeks, what am I saying?  Do it until you could see significant improvements! 
Write the date on each work you have done and keep them carefully without rubbing them. The first step to be a good artist is to give value to your works. When the hand really looks like a hand and not a mass of sausages then you're ready for Step 2.

The result will be similar to this, only the folds of flesh and contours of the hands should be visible.

Hand proportions work this way...
Hand Tutorial -Tips+Reference- by Qinni Hand Tutorial 2 by Qinni


So now we better move to the second point. Ok guys, do you remember your own hand? That hand you copied so many times, that fist, that cramp that came while you deformed it? Here you are, you should repeat the procedure but this time you will not have to copy only the outlines of your fingers. You must work hard and point on your hand the dramatic light of a lamp, because this time you should draw your hand and shade it. 
If you are drawing using a HB  pencil then shade using a B or 2B. You will realize soon that it is not so difficult to find the darkest points: the hard part is not to make the whole drawing uniformly black or uniformly gray and creating well balanced halftones. 
You may find some difficulties, yeah right! all normal, because in fact you're seeing your hand in colors (as long as you're not color blind) and you're just simplifying your hand colors using the greyscale instead. So, don't give up! It was hard for everyone at the beginning.
Repeat this exercise every 2/3 days until you can see a clear difference between the first hand  (remember to write the date on the drawings!) and the last hand you drew. Are you satisfied with your improvemente?  Good, because you will have more fun following STEP 3. 

These are practical examples of a good result.
Hand anatomy by Elthenstorm 


Since you are already conversant with your left hand (or right that it is) and you say you know it by heart (if you say so...), now I'm asking you to take your colored pencils and do an experiment. This time I'm asking you NOT to do a preliminary sketch in pencil of your drawing: just draw one or both of your feet, using colored pencils only on semi rough paper F4 of different colors (I recommend a white, a grey, a blue and a black for a good start). Again, do not stop until the result satisfies you. Write the date on the work because now the interesting part begins.
The result should be similar to this, of course in colors.

Feet proportions works this way...
+TUTORIAL-Feet drawing guide+ by goku-no-baka


Now that you have experimented with various techniques and you quite understand how your hands and feet are made, you need a model for understanding how the face works. 
Ask one of your friends, your parents, if nobody wants to pose for you then use a picture (but it's always better to do life drawings first!). As tools you will need a ballpoint pen, preferably black or blue, and a white smooth paper (A4 copy paper is fine too). Now make a copy of the person in front of you (face, neck and shoulders), and remember well that you can not/must not erase this time! Yes, I'm evil. Try to do several sessions of the same person until the drawing is really similar to the original and recognizable from others. 
Begin with a front and profile view, then try out 3/4. 
'Portraits 2' by ArandaDill

The proportions of the human face work this way...
Face Proportion by endzi-z Profile Proportion by endzi-z


It 's time to understand how the human proportions work. A tip? Never stop taking references from the human figure (as long as you're learning) or you will make a lot of mistakes or exaggerate many anatomical features without even noticed it! 
Now use your live model of choice, or look in fashion magazines and copy a full human figure in different poses, focusing on lines, shading, dynamism and execution speed.
To improve your speed you should first start with 15 minutes poses, then reduce the time to 10 minutes and 5 minutes at last. Use a timer: leave the drawing unfinished and start another one when the time elapses. 
Do many of them, every day. 

The results should be something like this...
Life Drawing Collage 4 by travelingpantscg
'Life Drawing Collage 4' by travelingpantscg

figures 8 by Luthie13 .Life Drawing 2010: 5 Mins. by hino-kitLife drawing 2010 by jeffsimpsonkh
Figure Workshop 13 by JerrySabatini Figure Set 1 by ethician
Figure Studies: 1 by beavotron life drawing: 5 minutes by scaragh
figures 3 by Luthie13 figures 5 by Luthie13
some figure drawing by Luthie13 some more figure drawing by Luthie13
Figure Drawing Collage by JillJohansenFigure studies. by RoscoeFink
Life Drawing Collage 3 by travelingpantscg
life drawing 042511 by bigbigtruckLife Drawing at CDA 3 pt2 by reiq

If you didn't understand how the anatomy works, you can study some good tutorials for the human body...
Arm Anatomy by Azot2015 Trunk Anatomy by Azot2015
Man Anatomy by Azot2015
 General Body Tutorial by shark-bomb


The time has came. It is time to finish something guys! You should be really excited: you reached execution speed and some anatomy skills but you lack accuracy.
Use your awesome live model again and ask him to pose for a longer session (2/3 hours minimum). Use the tools you like the most, sit comfortably, tools in the hand and start your session.
Here are some good results you may find inspiring.
Prenda XXVII by napoleoman old man_figure drawing by michalivan
12hr figure drawing by infernovball Life drawing:  A sitting by thienbao

I really hope you will find this journal useful and I really hope you enjoyed the journey. ^^ 
Ps: Sorry my English is not my mothertongue. 

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Clothing Reference Sites

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 28, 2011, 1:36 PM
Hey there,
Are there any good sites out there that feature traditional and casual fashion of all sorts? I've been looking for some clothing reference.
For the longest time I've just been picking on Google Images and such for some samples, but I don't usually luck out or find what I want when it comes to it.

I'm just trying to find good sites that reference clothing for women and men, sporty, club, goth, school etc. anything and everything. Are there sites out there that specialize in this kind of stuff?
Most of the time I've had to mix and match myself, and I guess I have some pretty bad fashion sense or it gets too... well.. plain or average.

I have some clothing books I bought from Japan, but they're not really about fashion, just particular articles of clothing, again, another mix and match getup that I'm usually terrible at.

If anyone has found anything that features what I'm looking for, please share.

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Hello, and welcome to ThemesofHorror.

Thanks to ClassyNaru, Themes of Horror now has an extra 100 themes for you to pick and choose from. All other categories will be available as well. Please enjoy!

101) Shadow(s)
102) Necklaces
103) Double jeopardy
104) Haunted house
105) Elimination
106) Bloody Mary
107) Door(s)
108) Church
109) Black out
110) Children
111) “Did you hear that?”
112) Public Phone
113) No petrol left
114) Deserted town
115) Crazy cat lady
116) Cage
117) Acid
118) Friday the 13th
119) Oujia board
120) Inverted cross
121) “Who’s there?”
122) Rot
123) “Sticks and stones may break my bones.”
124) Ladder(s)

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