Proofreading Tips #7: Introductory ClausesProofreading Tips #7: Introductory Clauses2 years ago in Writing More Like This
As the name implies, an introductory clause is a dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence. The preceding sentence, in fact, contained such a clause. Use commas to separate introductory clauses and certain phrases from independent clauses. Introductory phrases of more than five words or phrases containing verbal elements also require commas. Dependent clause openers include:
Some examples are:
"As expected, she could not turn in the homework on time."
"In the fall of last year, we held a family reunion." (use a comma after a phrase containing five or more words)
"To decide, they held a contest." (use a comma after an introductory phrase, regardless of length)
This is one area where comma use can be tricky. When in doubt, stop and think about what you are trying to say. Does the phrase warrant a pause? If so, a comma is probably needed.
Proofreading Tips #3: Indefinite PronounsProofreading Tips #3: Indefinite Pronouns3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Why are these important when proofreading? It's knowing when to use a singular or a plural verb. The "indefinite" part of these pronouns refers to the fact that the subject is undefined.
Many writers fall into the grammar trap by assuming that because the pronoun is referencing multiple entities, it requires a plural verb. Often it just "won't sound right" otherwise. But when these entities are referred to as a collective, a singular verb is the word you'll want to use. Examples of singular verb indefinite pronouns include:
Here are some examples of what I mean by a sentence "not sounding right" but it really is technically correct:
"Neither of the students wants to join her for lunch."
See that? Neither is actually the subject--"neither wants"--but because we add clarification that we are referring to students, it doesn't sound right. This can
Paneling tips for mangaPaneling tips for manga11 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Paneling is a part of Graphic design. O_- It's an art in itself, think of how you would do a collage and put together a puzzle, that's how paneling works.
You must understand the basic 2D design element:
movement, center of interest, value contrast, volume, size, perspective.... so on and on....
As for paneling.... there is no set way to do it, whether drawing the picture first, or draw the panel's first, or draw the panels and the pictures back and forth.... it's all upto the artist, as long as the result is satisfying to the artist. Just experiement and find the best way that suits you.
1. Panels must support your content: That's the most important thing.... if one line is going over an important character's head shot, omit that line and let the character stand out~ If one frame is more important than the other, you wish to make it a focus on the page, make that frame larger than the others, sometimes it can even overlap other panels alittle. However, being overly complicated
Design a country work sheetDesign a country work sheet5 years ago in Settings More Like This
For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.
original from: droemar's journal
Edited by mayshing 2010
Colors: (An example would be red, white, and blue)
Symbol: (An example would be stars and stripes.)
calender measure (time table): (Does their calender go by the moon, or sun? Or other planets?)
Races: (The races that inhabit the area, whether or not they're native.
Physical: (The ethnic description of your race: skin color, hair color, builds, dress)
Preference to fashion and beauty:
Weather patterns: (Tropical? Stormy? Cold? Earthquakes? Climate in general?)
-how the weather influence inhabitants behavior, travel
Major river and lakes?
Any construction a
Proofreading Tips #4: Who/Whom/WhoseProofreading Tips #4: Who/Whom/Whose3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Pronouns come in subjective, objective, and possessive forms (there are more, but these are the three we shall focus on). We seem to understand this until we want to use the word "who."
Recall that a subjective pronoun is the subject of a sentence (naturally), whereas an objective pronoun is the thing receiving the verb/action ("she passed the salt to me"--where "she" is the subjective pronoun and "me" is the objective pronoun). A list of such pronouns would look something like this:
I (subjective), me (objective), my/mine (possessive)We (subjective), us (objective), our/ours (possessive)You (subjective AND objective), yours (possessive)He/She (subjective), him/her (objective), his/her/hers (possessive)It (subjective AND objective), its
Aim for Boring: My Approach to Character DesignAim for Boring: My Approach to Character Design3 years ago in Other More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amatuer at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
If you were to look at my (currently small) gallery, you'd notice something: all of my character designs are done on a white or simple gradient background. Everyone is wearing a plain t-shirt and the same pants and shoes. Most don't even get the luxury of a full body shot. It can be pretty boring.
Why Do That?
Unlikely though it may seem, this is one of the key parts of my character design. I can't design a character all in one go, it takes quite a few drawings to cobble a rough draft together. By keeping the clothes and background bland, I don't have to worry about them at all. They're just placeholders. By doing this, I can focus solely on one part, u
Teaching yourself to draw [Part 1: Stylizing]Practice, they say. So you go and draw more, right? Sounds easy! A few months later, and look - you're better at drawing. Cats. Or dragons. Or whatever your poison of choice happens to be.Teaching yourself to draw [Part 1: Stylizing]3 years ago in Other More Like This
But now you want to draw something else.
So you start alllll over again. Great.
The problem with all those guides floating around (you know the kind; the title is 'Magic tip to become an awesome artist," and there's a clickthrough, and it says something along the lines of 'draw more.') is that they're missing something very essential that people who got a great art education to start with never had a problem with. Most of the young/new artists out there who are having problems learning to draw (I'm still a new artist myself; but I think I've got the learning part down now - otherwise I wouldn't bother writing this...) are approaching things from a strange direction; they're learning from observing Manga or MLP or other people's art, but they want to draw other stuff too. Unfortunately, a lot of them
Proofreading Tips #6: Hyphenate AdjectivesProofreading Tips #6: Hyphenate Adjectives2 years ago in Writing More Like This
When are we supposed to use hyphens? One way is to pull adjectives together. Hyphenate two or more adjectives that are joined to create a compound modifier before a noun. Examples include:
Note that when you have several adjectives that are NOT joined, you would use commas to separate them like normal instead.
How to tell if the adjectives are joined? See if each adjective can "survive" in the sentence without the other. If a "well-designed" laptop suddenly became a "well" laptop--doesn't make too much sense, does it?
The Necessity of Flaws in CharacterizationOkay. Close your eyes (well, maybe just one) and imagine your favorite fictional character. Are they strong? Compassionate and giving? Witty and clever? Wise and intelligent? No matter the make-up of their awesomeness, they probably bring a smile to your face and that warm, fuzzy feeling to your insides. You probably remember vividly their adventures and hijinks, their clever retorts, or how amazing they were at figuring out some wild and crazy puzzle. They probably inspired your own writing. You probably wanted to recreate that smile and fuzzy feeling with your own readers, so you made your version of the character (or took some of their traits) and integrated them into your prose.The Necessity of Flaws in Characterization3 years ago in Writing More Like This
This is all fine and dandy, especially considering there's nothing new under the sun, but there's a good chance you missed out on something really important. Let me explain.
It's great to have a badass character who kicks ass and takes name. But what makes them so badass? Is it that they can lift a Hummer w
The Cracks Begin to Show: Making Flawed CharactersThe Cracks Begin to Show: Making Flawed Characters3 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
I've run across an odd myth about fictional characters here on good ol' deviantART: If my character isn't a Mary Sue then I've definitely written a good character. Sadly, this is not so. A Mary Sue (see here for more) is just a specific kind of bad character. Not all bad characters are Mary Sues. It would be like saying that since the movie you made isn't Birdemic or The Room, it's a good movie. Erm that's not quite the case. Maybe your skills are only OK. What's a budding writer to do?
Making a good character is a lot more complex than just avoiding
Give Life to the BackgroundsGive Life to the Backgrounds10 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"Give background personality, give it life."
Think about WHY in the world do you draw backgrounds?
Are you thinking you need to do better in drawing backgrounds because your art needs it to look better?
How do you treat backgrounds in your work? What is actually "backgrounds" to you??
Background by defination in art simply means, the picture plain in the back of the main subject.
So background can be "white" or "blank" that's still background in considering of the art elements.
But what "background" means to most of us, is "scenery" and "enviromental" drawing/painting behind the main "character" or "subject" on the picture.
There is a thing about the background's relationship and the characters (The main subject)....
when we are making a single image, don't we need to make sure the viewer see the "focal" point of the image which is the most interesting part?
Sometimes the background itself can be point blank, to help the focal point to stand out and retreat, that's still