Skeptic when you reblogged that one girl's shitty PaintNet picture edit, you basically caused her to get 100 reblogs of how she's "WORSE THAN HITLER" or a "CUNT" etc.
People making idiots of themselves on the internet by flinging around derogatory remarks and insults instead of holding reasonable discussion on why it’s not a cool thing to edit someone’s work for the sake of your ship is not really my fault.
I am not in control of the various denizens of the internet.
If they want to be rude and inflammatory about it instead of trying to talk to people about WHY it’s not cool, that’s their own fault.
Hey, I was wondering if you could provide me with a bit of advice. I'm having a really terrible time with poses lately (using the method of the mannequin then adding the body) and it's like no inspiration will come to me. Everything seems... off, I guess?? Like the poses seem too unnatural and nothing I draw really expresses what I want. Thanks for your time!
I would suggest grabbing some form of anatomy references and looking at muscles and the like — don’t sweat the little stuff too much, but look at how some of the larger muscles in arms/legs/etc flex and change the shape of limbs when they move into different positions. Look at how interaction with different surfaces affects things (sitting/leaning on stuff, etc). Flesh is squishy, there will always be a little bit of give.
Pay attention to the weight of your character’s pose. Where is their center of balance? Does it look like they are having to hold themselves awkwardly in the pose or does it look more relaxed or dynamic (whichever you’re going for). Take care of this in the initial skeleton stage of your drawing, because chances are if it doesn’t look natural at this stage, then no amount of rendering and details will save it from looking awkward later.
If you are just having trouble with your poses looking kind of stiff, try doing some little study sketches on foreshortening and perspective, to give your characters’ poses a bit more dimension, a lot of times this can be the source of a lot of your grief. Things are going to look pretty stiff if you’re always trying to draw things from the same angles.
I am pretty familiar with this feel because I was stuck in a similar place for a while (and am still not totally convinced I’m all the way past it yet), but I hope some of this has helped at least a little.
If you’re at a loss for proper motivation, try watching something with people interacting in a way similar to what you’re going for. Or finding some music that fits the mood and sitting down with some good references!
Just dropping in to say while I'm still not convinced that anyone has any obligation to ask before modifying/tracing work (so long as they don't claim it as their own), I definitely understand where you're coming from as to why that would feel shitty, and I hope I never came off as arguing against that. Thanks much for the logical discourse, and I apologize if I was rude at any point, I seem to be in a confrontational mood today :<
It’s no problem at all!
I think a lot of it has to do with the way it’s approached and the actual intent of the edit in the first place — I know permissions aren’t exactly a thing that people as a whole are Super Excited about because it generally involves a lot of awkward interaction, and I agree that it’s definitely not always necessary, especially if you aren’t intending to use the work for any variety of morally grey gains.
When you produce something that reaches a wide audience (comics, shows, whatever), chances are it’s going to at some point get devoured by the internet and reproduced as some different beast altogether for the sake of a joke.
You know what? In most cases - not terribly offensive (to me, anyhow)!
The reason I am not offended by this is because the people spitting out these edits are generally not going around like “YES, IT IS ME, I HAVE MADE THIS WORK OF ART!!”. Crediting initial sources is still important in any case, whether it was done for humor or not. And of course, every artist’s opinion on this will vary, I am simply stating my own.
But the world of art produced by lesser-known artists, whether it’s fanart or original stuff, tends to get a bit more up-in-arms about things simply because there is a lot more direct interaction with the people producing the original work. And I think this is totally justifiable, because often it’s that work that is the source of said person’s income and livelihood - or it’s things they produced for their own personal enjoyment that get messed with, as opposed to art done for a franchise or employer that may not have quite as much value to the person creating it.
Point is, using ANY work of art, officially marketed or otherwise, as the majority of a thing you produce and claim as your own, or alter to make it “better”, is offensive not only to the original artist but also to you (again, general ‘you’) because you are basically saying “nope I certainly cannot come up with anything of my own so here, take this edit of someone else’s work!”. (Not saying all edits ever fall into this realm of creativity-lack, just this specific scenario.)
Is it entirely unrealistic of me to think that people who might want to color stuff made my someone else, or use it as a majority reference for something will always ask for permission? Completely. But fortunately I have never personally had this problem, because anyone who has done so has been really great about permissions and citation. But I am getting off topic.
There is exactly one time in which directly copying work is alright, and that is when you are learning to draw. It is often a vital part of artistic study that a lot of art classes actually encourage for learning various techniques.
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
You don’t need to post it on the internet.
—- GETTING REALLY OFF TOPIC SO I AM GOING TO STOP ANSWERING STUFF ABOUT THIS NOW because even I am sick of seeing it on my dash and I am the one spewing most of the words.
Also, I don’t think you were rude about it at all. You just expressed your opinions and I was not necessarily super clear with all my vagueposting to start with, so it’s no problem. :>
I know you're not necessarily a writer, but how do you feel about the same scenario, but with fanfiction? I occasionally remix or spinoff of another, more popular fanfiction, and while I personally have always asked permission before posting it, I'm curious if you think the same rules apply if the person is technically creating the whole work themselves, and just using the original as a framework.
I can only answer this as an artist, as I’m not a writer myself, and even then I can only answer it to my own personal standards.
I will approach it as if you are asking me about art, in this case.
Say I draw a thing. Say someone else is inspired by this thing and draws an entirely new image based on said thing, or drawing a followup image after the original depicted scenario, but not directly editing the original etc etc etc.
I personally have no problem with this. I enjoy inspiring people in the occasional case that it happens, it is a good feeling. It doesn’t make me feel as if my work is being abused in any way.
As I said, I can only answer for myself, some people might not be okay with it at all, but I personally do not find it offensive.
Laz is friend of mine and I’m really pissed to see someone editing her artwork for their ship
I myself ship Dave/Terezi but you know what I do? I draw my own Dave/Terezi shippy artwork
You don’t go around editing something someone spent time on just because you think “it would look better” a certain way other than it was originally intended. Just ignore it and go make something yourself for your ship!! Or commission someone to do it instead of taking their work and drawing right over it
It’s seriously offensive and pretty much downright heartbreaking to see this done not only to another artist’s work, but to my friend’s.
Guys, please think before you do something like this. It’s really disappointing to see.
OK so I’m still crazy busy and maybe a little on edge today too so let me calmly say
that basically this is something you should not do. To any art or artist. The awesome, beautiful Silvia has stated exactly why politely and clearly for your convenience as well! Because it’s just a rude thing to do.
So yes. Not sourcing an image, editing it without asking, and posting it publicly was maybe not the wisest idea; and on tumblr of all places. In fact it’s pretty silly.
Guys no… this is bad.. :I
No need to give OP more grief than they’ve doubtless already gotten for this, but I wanted to reblog this for the sake of saying:
Don’t. Do. This. Crap.
Stated millions of times more eloquently by previous individuals, for your convenience.
Edited this for OP’s sake, keeping the consequential stuff, because while it was kind of a dumb thing to do, I don’t really think they need anyone else on their ass about it.
Although I'm a pencil and paper kind of artist, I've always wanted to try sculpting things. Noticing that you sculpt a bit on the side, I just wanted to know if you have any tips on sculpting. Also, do you use any specific tools to aid you in your endeavours?
I’m not SUPER experienced in sculpting as far as actual proper technique goes, I just sort of fiddle with things until they look right, but here are some things that might help:
I use super sculpey as my clay of choice, because it holds detail well and doesn’t give you the problem of drying out, and can be baked to a really nice durability (for people who have had problems with sculpey’s durability in the past, I recommend checking out this thread, which discusses baking times/temps/clay mixes that will give you a more durable sculpture.)
Tools-wise, I tend to use whatever is convenient and the proper size/shape for what I need at the time. I’ve been known to use pins, pencils, the round butt-end of various pens, screwdrivers, X-acto knives, and even (GASP) actual sculpting tools! You should be able to pick up a set of wooden sculpting tools for like 7 dollars at a local art supply store.
Super sculpey has sort of a weird natural translucency to it, which can make seeing what you’re doing pretty difficult, so you might want to try mixing a small brick of black and/or white sculpey into it, which will make the clay more opaque and easier to work with.
The last tip that comes to mind immediately is for getting a smooth surface with Super Sculpey, as anyone who has used it probably knows, it’s a pain in the butt to smooth out all your little details so they look like natural textures instead of just awkward tool marks. Rubbing alcohol + paintbrush. Going over the surface of your sculpture before baking it with the alcohol will smooth out any weird edges or fingerprints and pick up any little clay-shavings from doing scratchier textures.
Hey I was just curious, i noticed some rom art arts on the mspa forums with aradia and i tried to save it but it came out all weird. So my question is: do you have a place for ALL your homestuck art? Because the forums, here and your dA all have different art O.o well most are the same but the occasional picture decides to be in one place rather than the other two. That was quite rambly, sorry! D:
Unfortunately I don’t really have a full gallery of all the stuff I’ve done, because I have moved around a lot prior to coming to tumblr.
Ran into problems such as not feeling super comfortable about posting some of the weirder romart on the forums, or eventually hating some of my older work, or getting too lazy to update deviantart because I hate how the site works, etc etc.
Tumblr is by far the most complete source of my stuff, everything I post here is tagged with “art”, “fanart”, “homestuck” etc etc. so you can look through those if you haven’t already.
Some of my really ancient sketches are probably floating around the internet somewhere outside of here, from before I came to tumblr, but for the most part you should find everything here barring like…. 5 or so pictures, and the really really old stuff.
Do you have advice for how to design realistic-looking alien and fantasy creatures? (Especially those that are not close to the anatomy of earth creatures.) I'd love as many tips as you have, since you do it so wonderfully! Thank you for all your excellent art.
Even when doing fantasy and sci-fi designs, it is always important to reference actual real-life organisms.
It really depends on what sort of thing you’re trying to design, but for a lot of my own sci-fi work I enjoy referencing deep-sea creatures, bugs and sometimes plants and fungi.
I greatly enjoy biology and nature, so I end up digging through video and photos and articles about that kind of thing a lot, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
You can find some REALLY crazy stuff in nature though — animals adapted to do tons of different things in ways you’d never think of.
So I guess start with your creature’s purpose — what has it evolved to be able to do? What’s its niche, how does it hunt (if it hunts!), etc etc. And then it becomes easier to give it features that make sense for how it lives.
I’ll close this off by linking to one of my favorite biology blogs, run by Paxon, who is a wonderful person and posts information and pictures about thousands of creatures, both obscure and well-known. So by all means, check his blog out here: http://rhamphotheca.tumblr.com
I remember you posting some really old art from when you were sixteen, and I'm just wondering if I could have a link? I really love looking at people's old stuff for inspiration and ideas and the like, but I can't seem to find it ._.
I added some side links to my tumblr theme here so things should be a little easier to navigate for everyone now.
Has some of my most used art tags as well as links to asks I’ve already answered and some of the resources and tutorials and whatnot I’ve reblogged in the past.
There’s also a link to my junk blog and (EVENTUALLY, IN THE FUTURE…) I might put a page up with commission info among other things.
My Archive and tagging really need cleaned up though, so later today I will go through and tag a bunch of stuff I missed when I initially posted it to fill out these links and make them actually-useful.
Now that my page is less awful and broken, I will go back to arting.
Oh, my goodness, I'm loving these humanized Adventure Time characters! Do you plan on doing more?
I’m fiddling with a lot of these designs because a bunch of my friends are tentatively doing a cosplay group, so it’s likely I might mess with a couple of the other characters, though fandom has created some really adorable designs for some of the characters (LSP, Lady Rainicorn, etc) already that I’m really fond of so I’m not sure how many of those I’ll attempt to put my swing on. We’ll see!
WAS GOOD. Lurked at the edge of the 3:14 Homestuck photoshoot for a while and got to meet Cycloptic and hang out with Lassie.
Now I am hotel-room-bound until later tonight after I recover from existing among people and stuffing my face with dinner, and then I will come out to see some of my buddies (buttpilgrim) participating in the Whose Anime Is It Anyway panel. :U
Now I am going to sit here and draw MindfangxMom for reasons.
God Tier zip hoodies are finally in the store! They’re available in all designs except for Life and Hope, because for some reason zip hoodies are very difficult to find in the right colors. Nevermind that though, because the selection we created is lovely. The God Tier symbols on the zip hoods are printed small over the left chest area and larger on the back.
New art prints are also available. They’re completely gorgeous, so go check them out.
We’re working on restocking the sold out garments, so those will be back soon. Spirograph necklaces, Sufferer necklaces, and Homestuck Kids pins are also in production. Those items take longer to make than the garments do, but it should still be no more than 2 weeks until we’ve got them back in stock. Keep an eye out.
how heavy are those? cus those look pretty big for earings;
These will be pretty big earrings (sometimes I just like giant earrings). The glass eyes are 18mm for reference, so they’re not quite as enormous as they look in the picture, my fingers are just kind of small!
I’m going to be getting a batch of smaller glass eyes here soon though so I might make a bunch of little ones, too.
Between the girl whose necklace concept was stolen by Urban Outfitters recently, and Andrew’s announcement regarding his official stance on fan-created merchandise, I’ve noticed a lot of people are completely unaware of copyright law and what it does and does not dictate. Since I’ve…
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