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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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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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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.
Six Hands by ArandaDill

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 Hands and Feet by ArandaDill


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.
Six Feet by ArandaDill

Feet proportions works this way...
Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill +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
'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 Azot2014 Trunk Anatomy by Azot2014
Man Anatomy by Azot2014
 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. 

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





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Ranger Activity: Edward Elric Month!! C/A/W

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 27, 2012, 6:45 PM

superhero weekly feature themeContest ended.

Well we're a couple days early but hey, lets get ready for this super special awesome Month a bit early since we finished Ichiru Month! ^^

THIS IS GONNA BE A BIG CONTEST! Traditional and Digital Art, Cosplay, Poetry and Fiction! LETS DO OUR BEST!!

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:iconamy-oh: - :CE: Ed plush with milk by Amy-Oh
:iconshinken-silver-14: - Watch My Back by Shinken-Silver-14
:iconmasayo11: - Keep moving forward by masayo11
:icondrawerelma: -
:iconsapphii: - Ed and Winry by sapphii
:icongoddessofalchemy26: - Let it Rain by GoddessofAlchemy26
:iconnightmaress1: - Remember 3. Oct. 11 by Nightmaress1
:iconk--chou: - :thumb331060647:
:iconcolliequest: - icecream headache by Colliequest
:iconchileaf: - Edward Elric~ by Chileaf
:iconlcextrordinaire: - Ed, Truth, and The Gate (contest entry) by LCextrordinaire
:iconshojo-onigiri: - Memories...dumbed down by Shojo-Onigiri
:iconsekeedil: - The Resting Alchemist by sekeedil
:icontimesong426: - True Strength... by TimeSong426
:iconarkemaspride: - We Meet Again by ArkemasPride
:iconvokrin: - :thumb332426351:
:iconqueenallyjean: - FullMetal Heart by QueenAllyJean
:iconlovelyladyamalthea: - FMA: Ed by LovelyLadyAmalthea
:iconhitantenshi: - Edward Elric - His Essence by HitanTenshi
:iconmassacredstrawberry: - Yeah, a heart made Fullmetal by MassacredStrawberry
:iconnashoba-lusa: - We Live to Serve by nashoba-lusa
:iconlaytonlegalluke: - Edward Elric month by LaytonLegalLuke

:star: :star: :bulletred: Entries TRADITIONAL: :star: :star:
:icontsunade183: - Edward Elric by Tsunade183
:iconadi-arty: - Edward at peace by Adi-Arty
:iconstarlightshymmer: - Fullmetal Nonsense by StarlightShymmer
:iconsexyaussiekirkland: - FMA: Memories by SexyAussieKirkland
:iconthenoteangler: - :thumb300479534:
:iconsoulevans31: - The Gate by soulevans31
:iconlandra15: - Being Lazy by landra15
:iconmanu-chann: - Edward Elric by manu-chann
:iconavalarprincess: - A Promise Kept by Avalarprincess
:iconhapaave: - Leap of Faith by HapaAve
:iconyugi-dan-yami: - Edward Elric and Winry Elric wedding photo by Yugi-Dan-Yami
:icontessxanime: - Time for some action! by TessxAnime
:iconeyeshild21fan: - Jacked Ed by eyeshild21fan
:iconnekkohime: - Sunset by Nekkohime
:iconmuteki-the-awesome: - Will I? by Muteki-The-Awesome
:iconsapphire1270: - Edward shirtless by Sapphire1270
:iconquina-chan: - Fullmetal Angel by Quina-chan
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:iconbezawesome: - I'm so sorry, Nina... by bezawesome
:iconkmtvm123: - FMA: Edward Elric by kmtvm123
:iconkrazykat22: - Ripped Ed! by KrazyKat22
:icondajhdjkhjhaj: -
:icontimesong426: - The Fullmetal Alchemist by TimeSong426
:iconedwardsalterego: - Back Flip by EdwardsAlterEgo

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:iconlittle-star14: - Not Enough Information by little-star14
:iconvanillashrimp: - :thumb330464725:
:iconpunkette180: - Don't Forget 3.Oct.12 by punkette180
:iconmarucosplay: - :thumb330898762:
:iconanimedancer7: - K.O. by Animedancer7
:iconedwardsalterego: - Got to Fight by EdwardsAlterEgo
:iconmikadzuki-ookami: - Never Forget by Mikadzuki-Ookami
:iconpurplefire40: - Golden Time by Purplefire40
:iconskywingknights: - FMA: Storms Ahead by SkywingKnights

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:iconshinken-silver-14: - Remember
Alphonse Elric closed the fridge in a huff. "Brother?"
"Yeah?" Edward Elric asked from his seat at the table, reading the newspaper and taking a sip of his coffee. He had developed a real taste for coffee lately. He didn't know why.
"We don't have any more of those muffins left. I thought you said you bought some more." Al had a habit of scolding his brother, despite their obvious age difference.
"I did. You're just not looking hard enough," Ed said, without looking up from the newspaper.
Al checked again. Nothing.
"I checked at least seven times, Brother. Still nothing."
"Are you looking in the fridge?"
"Yes," Al said, quite agitated at the fact that his brother was still unbelievably lazy, even after all these years.
"The reason you can't find it is because you're not looking in the right place," Ed said, like it was nothing.
"Then where should I be looking?" Al asked, the agitation still going strong.
"The pantry," Ed said, as if it were the most obvious answer in the entir

:iconarkemaspride: - The Night Before (A FMA FanFic)         I walked onto the porch, my feet making different sounds against the wood. I looked down. Of course they were, one foot was flesh and blood while the other was was automail. That was another reminder about tomorrow.
Tomorrow Al and I would be taking a train to Central for the State Alchemy Exam. I still wondered whether that was the right choice to make. The funding we would get if we passed would certainly help us on our quest.
Quest is the right word to use. A quest to get our bodies back to normal. Was that the right choice? To get things back to normal? Or should we stick with what we have? Trying to get our bodies back to means using human transmutation, which is forbidden. That's what got us into this mess in the first place. Trying to bring back Mom. The results were disastrous. I lost my left leg from the knee down and Al, his entire body. It was lucky Father kept a suit of armour in his study. If he had not, what else wou

:iconlcextrordinaire: - Silver Sorrow (contest entry)A small blond teen flew through the air and landed next to a suit of armor and excitedly looked up at it excitedly. The armor next to the human was making him appear smaller that he actually was due to the large size of the armor. 
"Hey, Al! I passed the State Alchemist examination! And I made it! Now I can get our bodies back!"
A small, young voice came from the armor, echoing off the sides of the hollow suit. "That's great, brother! I know that automail must be hard on your body, Ed."
"Well, I promise that I'll get our bodies back," Ed replied to his brother. He looked up to the sky and closed his eyes, letting the sun beat down on him and fill him with hope.
Wearing nothing but his leather pants and tight black tank, Ed was crying so hard that his small body shook and was making each breath a struggle. Tears were streaming freely down his face, hanging on the tip of his nose and chin before falling to rest on the floor with the others that had already fallen i

:iconmy5tic-lali: - Granted: A FMA Fanfic
Spoiler Warning!
This contains spoilers for the end of the series, proceed with caution if you have not finished the end of Brotherhood or the manga.
Timeline: Episode 62-63 of Brotherhood
Many people he knew took things for granted.
There had been a time when Edward Elric had took those things for granted as well.
But that was before that night.  That night.  The night when everything went terribly wrong.  Things had actually started going wrong long before that night, ever since he-Edward refused to call him anything else except a few swear words-had left, ever since Ed's mom died.  Ever since then it was as if the world turned upside-down.  For a while there was peace with Teacher, learning alchemy, but that had ended too.  But everything just fell apart then.
He and Al had thought everything out so well.  Why-why had it g

:icondark-amethyst: - The Bad DaysThere were the good days. Days when he would laugh, tease Winry, chase Den around the yard, spar on the pretense of checking Al's reflexes and strength. He would pour himself a glass of lemonade and sprawl under a tree, reading until he fell asleep with a contented smile on his face. He would stare at the back of Winry's head with a funny little smile, and Al would dare to think he was happy.
Then there were the bad days.
They always seemed to come right after the days when he seemed the happiest, like he was coming down from a sugar rush. He would be in high spirits at dinner, joking and eating with gusto, then tickle Al just to hear him laugh and rush off to bed, taking the steps two at a time and appearing to be fast asleep by the time Al entered their room. But the next morning, he wouldn't wake up for hours. He would just sleep and sleep and sleep, and sometimes Al would peek in and catch him just lying there, staring at the ceiling or the wall and not showing the slightest

:iconchibiggydesu55: - Dependence*Warning contains minor spoilers for brotherhood*
            “Huh? A surprise alchemy assessment?” Ed asked aloud while reading a letter from his superior.
            “What is it brother?” Al asked coming in from the other room, carrying a box to store in the basement.
            “oh, its nothing Al.” Ed said turning to his brother. “Just some stupid letter from the colonel.”
            Al put down his box and walked over, his steps clunking on the tile floor. “What’s it about?”
            The two Elric brothers were standing in the entryway of Winry’s house in Risembool; Ed visiting for his normal maintenance. It was the middle of the year

:iconartemis-day: - FMA- Turning GearsEveryone called Edward Elric a genius, but that doesn't mean he knew it all.  Automail, for example, would always be something of a mystery to him.  Oh, he knew the mechanics of it, at least in theory.  Winry was a Grade-A Gearhead and always happy to explain in painstaking detail how every single wire and bolt and gear worked in tandem to make his arm move on command.  With stars in her eyes and long blonde hair flipping around in her tight ponytail, Winry could go on for hours without ever getting tired or even stopping to eat.
Seriously, Ed had seen her do it!
He remembered being seven years old, making the innocent, yet huge mistake of asking her what automail was.
"Automail?  Are you kidding?!  Automail is the best ever!  It's linked directly to the nervous system, and can be at will just like a real arm or leg.  It takes electrical pulses from the nerves to power all the electric motors and pneumatic actuators inside.  They're generally made from�"
She was still going an h

:iconnumbuh4gal: - Old FacesI woke up in a cold sweat, I had just had another nightmare about us transmuting our Mom. I stood up slowly and walked to the kitchen. When I walked I stopped by Alphonse's door. I could hear his soft breathing through the door, causing me to smile slightly. Even though I was stuck in this other world, Al had my body back and was with happy so I was happy.
I walked through the library, taking a book and went up to check it out. "Have a great day." the librarian said with a smile.
"Thanks." I replied and walked outside and began walking home. Alphonse ran up and met up with me.
"Did you find an interesting book, brother?" Al asked, smiling.
I nodded. "Yeah, took a little bit of time to find one I haven't already read but it was worth it." I replied with a grin. We were about to walk inside but Hughes ran out and stopped us.
"Hey, boys!" he exclaimed and ran up. He was currently engaged to Gracia

:iconmyownartisticfantasy: - Before the GravesSPOILERS FOR FMA: BROTHERHOOD
3rd October, 1924 - Resembool
Despite how much had changed, I still hadn't forgotten. October 3rd was now more than just a promise to never turn back, it was a vow to never forget my journey no matter how many years passed.
It was strange being home again, but I found it was also quite a comfort. The lush green fields and peaceful air were exactly the same as when I was a child. It was refreshing after living in Rush Valley. It was a good place with nice people, but it had never felt the same. I managed to convince Winry that our family needed some time off. Now the Rockbell's house had been turned into a holiday home for us.
I had some other reasons besides that, but I didn't need to tell Winry; she knew. Now I was on my own again, walking the same path I first walked twenty years ago. Already I felt sombre as I approached the Resembool graveyard. Old, regrettable memories started creeping towards the forefront of my mind, memories I tried to contain as m

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:iconaveragepotter13: - The Price I PayThe Price I Pay
An arm,
A leg,
For a mistake,
And a soul.
That's the outward price I paid.
But the price I pay every day,
Which I am reminded of everyday,
It's not as obvious as that.
It's in the morning when I hear the whispers of those around me,
Some shouts and proclamation of what I had done,
And I'm forced to remember that day.
It's in the afternoon as I look at my brothers body made of armor,
Wondering how cold it must be in there,
And I'm forced to remember that day.
It's at night when I dream of my mother,
Until my heart begins to ache,
And I'm forced to remember that day.
It's my very existence,
A goal so lofty it's always just out of my reach,
Because of that day.
Sometimes I lay awake and wonder,
Is this worth the price I pay?
Will I ever be able to forget that day?
Will I ever truly finish paying the price?

:iconlcextrordinaire: - Why My Brother, Why My Mother? (contest entry)
Why My Brother, Why my Mother?
Why must my want for one, destroy another I love?
Why though I tried, must it all crumble round?
I just tried to help, to right a wrong.
Why must my want for one, destroy another I love?
My brother I lost, my brother I gained.
My brother I may never touch again.
I just tried to save, but hell I gave.
My brother I lost, my brother I gained.
Friends we gained, enemies we made.
Some stood by, others stood in.
Some lived, some lost, some died.
Friends we gained, enemies we made.
We tried to transmute the dead to the living.
We tried in innocence to see our mother.
Our ignorance led us to fail.
We tried to transmute the dead to the living.
Water, carbon, ammonia, lime.
A small price to pay, a soul we are missing.
Brought from the earth, we are but dust.
Water, carbon, ammonia, lime.

:iconshojo-onigiri: - Our fate
My Past is rough, I have committed a sin.
Even now its hard to let anyone in.
The science was perfect, But then I did not know,
That when things passed, it was time to let it go.
I couldn't help it, I was just a kid.
They all tried to tell me it was forbid.
though nothing helped, I knew what I was going to do.
I was bring back our mom, And I had Al help me too.
We had it all ready, the ingredients were set.
But then we did not know of the impending regret.
The second we started, something went wrong,
I felt a tug, my head hurt, The pain was strong.
I got sucked in a room of white,and it only had one door.
and what looked like one person, just sitting on the floor.
He said he was the world, He said he was all.
that was when my heart suddenly began to fall.
He opened the door, they pulled me in,
That's when it all started to begin.
I was forced to watch, every single truth.
As well as some visions of my youth.
It filled my head, It felt like it was going to pop.
I just wanted it all to s

:iconnumbuh4gal: - The sinner's painWater, 35 liters. Carbon, 20 kilograms
The sinner's pain, dragging other's along.
Them all getting hurt, me forced to stand strong.
Water, 35 liters. Carbon, 20 kilograms
Ammonia, 4 liters. Lime, 1.5 kilograms.
The only things I had, torn away suddenly.
Everyone I touch gets hurt violently.
Ammonia, 4 liters. Lime, 1.5 kilograms.
Phosphorus, 800 grams. Salt, 250 grams.
Thrown into the military at age 12 most likely to kill, just wanting to save my brother.
Caring more about him than anyone else, not that there were any others.
Phosphorus, 800 grams. Salt, 250 grams.
Saltpeter, 100 grams. Sulfur, 80 grams.
A body that could never feel. No warmth, no cold, not even pain.
It's my fault he's like that. Unable to even walk and feel the rain.
Saltpeter, 100 grams. Sulfur, 80 grams.
Fluorine, 7.5. Iron 5.
A corrupt country, the innocent's covered in grime and grit.
The child within, right in the middle of it.
Fluorine, 7.5. Iron 5.
Silicon, 3 grams.
Our Father left us, and our Mother gone.

:iconjadenramsey: -
:iconmisscarmela: - My FaultIt is my Fault
Set these puzzle pieces on fire,
Slowly burning.
I want to hold your heart in my hand to keep it warm,
but your not here anymore.
His breath stood still.
Her obscured look crumpled their will.
He only prevailed upon lying.
And when she started walking,
Regret filled his mind, but
Then he began pacing,
Back to her side, with
Words so sweet, reviving a
Heartbeat that once had
Mother so kind, but father so cruel.
Are you the kind face I once knew?
Why is the earth not complete?
What is so obsolete?
These questions blew up our minds,
The monsters they dine.
Your soul we once knew,
Is nothing for two.
Sometimes, I regret what I did.
But sometimes I do not.
Why is that?
Another thing too, brother and mother of mine,
Have I failed you?
Why am I crying?
Why are you not?
You cannot.
That is my fault.

That's right!! The Month of October here is always EDWARD ELRIC MONTH! Along with the fact that FMA Day falls on this month, it's the month of this EPIC Anime character Vic refers to as, The Pipsqueak!

:bulletred: Art Categories:
-Digital: Art drawn either completely on the computer or colored and re-done on the computer.
-Traditional: Art drawn with pencils and completely non-digital means. Can be non-colored or colored traditionally, pencils, ect.
-You can submit 1 Entry per category!

:star: :star: :bulletred: Contest Info ALL: :star: :star:
The Theme for this Contest is, "Edward Elric" none-other than the Fullmetal Alchemist! You guys have a LOT to work with, with Two Series, Two Movies, and several OVAs we can imagine all kinds of awesome Drawings, Poetry, Writings and Cosplay Shots coming from you guys!!!

-Those of you Cosplaying, Cosplay Edward Elric! Try to capture the atmosphere of Fullmetal Alchemist with your picture! Make it feel like you've become the character~

-Those of you writing either poetry or fiction, do your best to portray Fullmetal Alchemist in words! Whether it be a story, or poem, try to capture what makes that Series great!! Make sure you get the feel for it with how you write and put your writing skills to work!

-For those of you drawing pictures, give us your VERY BEST!!! Edward Elric Month only comes once in a whole year, so we hope you guys put your best effort into your entries!!!

:bulletred: Edward Elric Reference Card:
Ranger Ref: Edward Elric by DA-Risembool-Rangers
superhero weekly feature theme

:bulletred: Rules ART:
:bulletred: Must be a picture of Edward Elric.
:bulletred: More characters in addition within the picture is allowed.
:bulletred: No tracing or copying of official art.
:bulletred: No yaoi, yuri, or hentai.
:bulletred: Must be drawn after Contest opens.
:bulletred: 1 Entry Per category.

:bulletred: Rules COSPLAY:
:bulletred: Must be fitting to the Theme. (Edward Elric)
No yaoi, yuri, or hentai. (Referring to the character Cosplayed.)
:bulletred: Picture must be taken after Contest opens.

:bulletred: Rules FICTION:
:bulletred: You must have a minimum of 800 words, and a maximum of 2,500 words. Anything over or under this amount can't be counted.
:bulletred: It is allowed to be a chapter of a Ongoing Series, or a one-shot but it must be written after the Contest has opened.
:bulletred: Please Focus on Edward Elric!
:bulletred: No Yaoi/Yuri, no Hentai, and nothing beyond PG.
:bulletred: Any genre of Writing is fine, Comedy, Romance, Drama, ect.
:bulletred: Spell check please.

:bulletred: POETRY:
:bulletred: There are no real restrictions word count or genre wise, you are open to how ever you want to express the piece.
:bulletred: Please Focus on Edward Elric!
:bulletred: It must be written after the Contest has opened.
:bulletred: No Yaoi/Yuri, no Hentai, and nothing beyond PG.
:bulletred: Spell check please.

:bulletred: Deadline:
October 25th.

:bulletred: How will we pick who wins?
Contest decided by member vote.
superhero weekly feature theme

:bulletred: Prizes:
If anyone would like to offer a Donation Prize let us know! :la:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place DIGITAL: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconshojo-onigiri: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 500 DA points From :iconmemphiskite:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place TRADITIONAL: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconkanabanana: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 500 DA points From :iconmemphiskite:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place COSPLAY: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconsparrowsfancy: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 500 DA points From :iconmemphiskite:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place FICTION: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconabsolutebaroque: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 500 DA points From :iconmemphiskite:

:star: :star: :bulletred: 1st Place POETRY: :star: :star:
:bulletred: A year-long feature!
:bulletred: A drawing by: :iconrhiakolareny: one of our AWESOME Prize Artists!
:bulletred: 500 DA points From :iconmemphiskite:

Have fun guys!

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Animution Tips

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 21, 2012, 2:33 PM

I feel like making an animution tutorial, so everyone can animute! :dummy:
But I'm lazy. So you can have some small tips in journal form instead.

Tip One: Frames

'amg ur animution is so smoof wai can't i animute lyk u??'

Which animation looks better? 1 or 2?


Well why don't people animate like 1 then?

Frames! Add as many frames as damned well possible! Surely it's obvious what the difference is?

Don't make a cycle with 8 frames

Make a cycle with 16!

Does a bit of your animation look choppy? Add some inbetween frames!
Onionskinning, I do it all the time. (What's onionskinning? This!)

The reason one animation looks smoother than another is always down to the number of frames.

The framerate I like to use is 0.07 seconds.
That's 12.5 in Flash, 70ms in GIMP and 7 in Fireworks.
You should always stick to one framerate throughout your whole animation.

Nothing going on in your animation for a moment? Don't just make one frame display longer, draw the frame again and again until it lasts as long as you want it to!
The character will breath and move slightly, even if they're just standing.

Stop corner cutting you lazy butts, more frames! More!

Tip Two: References!

Oh good god I can't tell you how important references are in animating.

Gonna draw a cat jumping? Get some references on that!

trust me slowmotion videos are so very helpful :'l

okay I'll shut up now and go to sleep

you go animute like a pro.

1 AM Stamp by SparkLum Night owl by prosaix Mental Wi-Fi by prosaix I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle Art Geek Stamp by xoxostudios Friendship stamp by JinZhan The Quenchiest Stamp by CubieJ Sleepy head by prosaix friends STAMP by peterdzign Think before you type stamp by andaria Wacom User :stamp: by Amblygon :thumb158227265: nocturnal artist eh... by AxiasAlexa Pajamas Stamp by Worldincoffee Addicted To Music - Stamp by JWiesner Groucho Marx Quotes 1 by Claire-stamps :thumb161171746: :thumb95004259: :thumb52026025: Friends stamp by Meddle689 boobies stamp by ryuuenx My Younger Self Stamp by invader-zim-14 OC's Are My Babies by Foxxie-ChanDelightfully British by Alys-StampsMy Name is Draco Malfoy by magicglitter Hot Chocolate Stamp by Kezzi-RoseFunny Word Stamp by DarkMythril.: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot



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Fractal Art: How We Grew Up

Thu Aug 7, 2014, 7:31 AM by tatasz:icontatasz:


Just a little story of how the fractal art galleries and, of course, all the awesome artists grew up :hug:.
I couldn´t include all works that deserved to be here, since it would require quite a big number of posts :hug: Hope you fractal artists will help to complete it, by writing your own 10 years story feature :la:
So, lets start with...

10 years ago

Death is an Angel by Sya Sanctuary by rougeux La Derniere Fois - Partie 1 by EtienneSaintAmant

9 years ago

Cubik Olympic by DigitalPainters Cherries on a Vine by onebadpenny Rainbow Ocean. by Thelma1 Spineshank by MelonLogic

8 years ago

Fall.... by Gurly Blossoming Joy by NatalieKelsey Exclusion with Sadness by denise-g 
Indigo Soul by Lilyas Awakening PRINT by Lilyas Passion by JacobLarenArt

7 years ago

Melt the Ice by Zueuk -Air- by silwenka The dream of a butterfly by titiavanbeugen
Fusion Redux by Traelium Star Burst by x-seraphin Furnace by Aexion

6 years ago

Mitosis by ibon16 Nexus by NinthTaboo Le Paradigme du Temps by EtienneSaintAmant
The King of Spades by Fiery-Fire try by philsh Thaumaturgy by Val-Cali

5 years ago

The Manhattan Project by Jeddaka Juice by rougeux Northern Symphony by magnusti78
Jade Garden by Phoenix-22 Nature by Naviretlav

4 years ago

CLASSIFIED by Translucent-Image Flower II by lucid-light Sunset Lullaby by lindelokse InBox by Naviretlav
No Boundaries by Beesknees67 Mobius Wave by SaTaNiA Blur Mania: Macro Explosion by XSindy

3 years ago

Queen of the Rain by lindelokse Hiver de Neige by heavenriver Rainy night on Ice Cold Ocean by marthig
The Ride of &quot;La Navidad&quot; by raysheaf icecream by vepman Balloon launcher by hmn

2 years ago

Fleur cristalline by Digithalie Layered Dreams by raysheaf Light of night by fractist
Song of the Sun by seven-s Encapsulation 1 by MarkJayBee Yes it's a fractal by netgenetics

1 year ago

seductress by lyc Revelation by Juniae The MOTHER, the Son, and the Moon and the DNA... by MANDELWERK
Antique Forge by C-91 Macro Galaxy by zy0rg STARS ARE FALLING by d-b-c
Dance No.4 for floating windows by Vidom Volcano Tempting by ChaosFissure Alien plant by lucid-light


Lament by ChaosFissure Sci-fi City by cat-meff
snow queen by jagerion 223 by Arkadius13
 Near another planet by KPEKEP King by BoxTail Gray winter morning. by Kondratij
Laatikko by C-91 Aesthetic Scene by SallySlips



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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 LwbaCommission_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. :iconalex-kurezi:
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:
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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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Learn Anatomy!

Here is my first ever article (one that's legit and proof-read several times that it's giving me a headache - and btw I suck at writing essays and such when I was in high-school, leave me be! XXD ^^)  that talks about the importance of having a fundamental and visual understanding of how the human anatomy works for comics artists like myself. It is now added to my 'Making Comics' section which I hope will provide useful tips and suggestions to comic artists who want to improve on their craft!

Why Understanding of Human Anatomy is Useful for Comic Artists

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