Resources No.7 - skin tones and portraitsHello, lovely people! So glad to have you stop by! Welcome to our weekly Resource feature at devfeatures.
Starting this week we're trying a new layout that focuses more on a specific theme. With time this layout may change and evolve into something different. For this week I've chosen to showcase some tutorials that focus on skin tones as well as some stock photography of portraits to go with the theme.
Meanwhile you can still promote your own resources by submitting them to our Resources Gallery folder or suggest future themes to explore in the comments below.
A tutorial with a heavy emphasis on the importance of undertone.
A tutorial on mixing skin tones with watercolor.
A tutorial on some of the specific features of skin like pores and vessels.
A quick tip on h
Pride Month Warning
Please be aware before you read on any further that this may contain triggers for some. For those of you who do not handle real fact, LGBT problems, depression or anything of the likes please, for your own health and well being walk away from this journal now.
Now you may be asking yourself why I have waited this long to come out and say what I plan on saying. That is a mixture of things but I do promise that I have not just decided to do this. It has been on my mind for weeks. I in no way want to take away from LGBTQ issues and rights. That is to some degree why I have waited this long to come out about this kind of thing. I want to remind everyone that no matter what you face out there, you should be proud of you. You are a wonderful person, here for a reason. You should never have to hide who you are. #BeProud and never let anyone take that from you.
I would of wished by this century people might o
The experience wasn't all positive.
Uploading fics to FFN is needlessly complicated and counter-intuitive, as is editing your content. All this Doc Manager nonsense and having to go through five hundred steps before the chapter is actually posted... who thought that was a good idea?
And don't even get me started on editing the chapters. Say you read through one of your fic and spot a typo that you'd somehow missed during the spellcheck or read-through. On AO3, it's simple to fix the mistake. Go to "Edit Chapter," fix the typo -- boom, done. On FFN you have to go to the Doc Manager, and if the document in question has expired you have to re-upload it to FFN again, before editing it, then going to "update stories," find the story in question, go to "Add/Replace chapters," choose the correct chapter and the correct document from drop-down menus, and then... I JUST WANTED TO FIX A STUPID TYPO!!
This wasn't the worst of it though. Turned out I'd signed up in the middle of a glitchy period. I very quickly got two reviews for the first chapter, but I couldn't view them because a glitch on the site (which people were complaining about on the forums) made the reviews inaccessible to read. I'd made sure I'd set up "e-mail me for all reviews" but that didn't happen either.
Now, I can forgive some glitches, and I realize I was a victim of bad timing more than anything else, but still, this did not make for a very good first impression of FFN as a writer.
Took a few days before I got to see the reviews, and when I actually did... two reviews were from the same person, accusing me of being a plagiarist who had stolen the story from AO3. I mean, I have like the same username on both sites, so I would have thought it was obvious I was the same person, but apparently not.
This same person also sent me a PM asking me if I was plagiarizing... a PM I did not get on the site and that i only discovered because I downloaded the FFN app for my tablet in the hope that I might read the still-elusive reviews there. No such luck; the reviews weren't visible on the app either but that PM was. I had to respond to it from my app (and I'm not fond of typing on my tablet).
I still don't see that PM anywhere on the site, only on the app. Later on, I got a separate PM on the site that did not show up on the app, so I suppose that if I want to make sure I get all the PMs, I'll have to check both site and app regularly. Because it's not like I'm getting any e-mails about either, even though I triple-checked that I'd signed up for e-mails about PMs.
Oh, and that site PM I got? It had nothing to do with my fic; it was from a guy who wanted me to explain a loli-yuri-manga to him. What the...? I know I've made it clea that I'm bisexual and that my fic will eventually contain femmeslash... and yes, the protagonist is a young child in the early chapters, but surely there's a bit of a leap from that to "if you ever want me to explain the intricacies of some random adult-rated manga with underage girls, by all means give me a call!"? I SWEAR I never said that!
Now, fair is fair... There ARE things I like about FFN. I like how you can see how many views/reviews the individual chapters of your story has. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't appreciate the number of readers... Also, being placed on the favourites and alerts lists of several people was satisfying... But MAN is that a site a hassle to actually be a writer on.