Art References

shannonsketches:

Model Study

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - FeetI don’t often have to draw bare feet, unless I’m doing Life Drawing. When storyboarding, the focus is generally not on the feet. They also are usually covered (shoes, socks), or just not shown on screen that much. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand their functionality and general appeal. Keep details to a minimum, unless the character uses its bare feet to grasp things or do things with them most humans don’t. The best example of pushing feet to an extreme degree of functionality would be Disney’s Tarzan (one of my all time favorite). Other than that, don’t draw too much attention to them, but find appeal in its shapes.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - Feet

I don’t often have to draw bare feet, unless I’m doing Life Drawing. When storyboarding, the focus is generally not on the feet. They also are usually covered (shoes, socks), or just not shown on screen that much. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand their functionality and general appeal. Keep details to a minimum, unless the character uses its bare feet to grasp things or do things with them most humans don’t. The best example of pushing feet to an extreme degree of functionality would be Disney’s Tarzan (one of my all time favorite). Other than that, don’t draw too much attention to them, but find appeal in its shapes.

Norm

shoomlah:

a bunch of the plein air sketches I was working on during my Utah trip! A week drawing rocks, getting mistaken for a ranger twice- pretty ideal.

(via thisismysliceoflife)

The Writer’s Guide to Distinguishing Marks on Characters

avenging-insanity:

So, I was filling out my little character chart thing and got to “Prominent/Distinguishing Features.” What are those? What could they be? I wanted my character to be interesting, so did some research. Then I thought, why not create a little guide for other authors? So, here you go. My “Writer’s Guide to Distinguishing Marks on Characters!” Have fun creating different, interesting characters with cool (or perhaps, not cool) marks.

This is by no means a complete list, but it’s something. All information came from webmd.com.

Freckles and Such

Moles

These are growths on the skin, usually brown or black, that can appear anywhere. They come alone as well as in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood or during the first 30 years of a person’s life. Most adults have anywhere from 10-40.

Moles can change as years pass, becoming raised, changing colors, developing hairs, or even disappearing. They may darken after sun exposure or during pregnancy.

Your character can have a mole that isn’t disgusting looking; moles do not have to detract from physical appearance.

Freckles

Small brown spots usually found on the face and arms. More common during the summer and on lighter-skinned people (and people with red hair). Think about the amount of freckles your character has, because these range from across the nose to everywhere on the face.

Birthmarks

There is not yet a known cause, but birthmarks are colored skin spots that are present at birth or develop shortly after birth. They can be brown, tan, black, pale blue, pink, white, red, or purple. Some birthmarks are colorations of the surface of the skin; others are raised above the surface of the skin or extend into the tissues under the skin.

Red birthmarks: Colored markings that develop before or shortly after birth. They have to do with blood vessels somehow.

Pigmented birthmarks: Skin markings present at birth. Like…

Mongolian spots: Bluish and similar to bruises in appearance. Often on the butt or lower back but also on trunk and arms. More common in darker skinned people.

Café-au-lait spots: Light tan or light brown spots, usually ovular in shape. (I have one of these).

Hemangiomas

A common type of vascular (having to do with blood vessels) tumor which occurs (usually) early in life and resembles a birthmark. Usually harmless and painless. Port-wine stains are the only type that are permanent (again, usually), unless they were treated at some point. Port-wine stains are flat purple or red birthmarks often on the face.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has a port wine stain on his forehead, if you want to find a reference picture.

Lentigines

A spot on the skin that is darker than the surrounding skin, caused by exposure to sun. Kinda like a birthmark, except it happens later in life. Usually on the face or hands. (I have a spot like this on my leg, too. Atleast I think it’s this. It looks like I just dropped a drop of tanning cream on my leg or something. Idk.)

Scars

There are many types of scarring. Scars are caused by wounds to the body like cuts and burns. These can be any shape and occur anywhere. Scars do fade over time and become less noticeable.

Keloid scars: Result of an overly aggressive healing process. They may hamper movement, and are more common among darker skinned people.

Contracture scars: Burn scars. They tighten skin, which can impair movement.

Hypertrophic scars: Raised, red scars.

Acne scars: Result of, obviously, acne. These can be anything from deep pits to scars angular or wavelike in appearance.

Rosacea

Redness of the skin (some times pimples also); this is a skin disease.

Skin can also become red due to allergies- rashes- so perhaps think about your character’s allergies.

Age Marks

Wrinkles

All aged people have them, really. Folds in the skin due to the thinning of skin, loss of elasticity, inability to retain moisture, less efficient oil glands, and slower healing rates.

Wrinkles are also caused my smoking, so if your character is a long time smoker they may have more wrinkles.

Skin Tags

Small flaps of tissue that hang off the skin. They aren’t dangerous. They are found most commonly on women, especially with weight gain, or in elderly people.

Dandruff

Not a distinguishing mark, per say, but I might as well add it. It’s harmless but mildly embarrassing and sometimes itchy, so if your character has dandruff their scalp may itch. Dandruff has nothing to do with hair and everything to do with your scalp- it’s white flakes of dry skin. Also, it can apparently get worse with stress and cold, dry winters.

Other Distinguishing Marks

Tattoos

It’s really a series of puncture woulds that carry dye. The dye is in the scar tissue (hence, permanent, even as we loose layer after layer of skin). Also, tattoos may be swollen with some crusting on the surface at first. It may ooze small amounts of blood for 24 hours, and also may ooze clear, yellow, or blood-tinged fluid for several days. Ew.

Piercings

You can pierce many parts of your body. Obviously, the most common is the earlobe. Cartilage piercings take longer to heal than earlobe piercings. Other popular sites are the mouth and tongue, the nose, eyebrows, navel, and genital area. Piercing sites can also swell or ooze some fluid at first. Think about your character’s allergies as well- many people are allergic to different types of metal.

Stuff to think about

Does your character squint? Maybe their nose is forever crooked after breaking their nose one too many times? There are a lot of diseases that can leave marks as well! Characters are like blank sheets, you get to mark them up. (That sounds kinda mean, but… you’re the author! It’s your job!)

Something to note regarding skin tags; while they can form anywhere, they tend to form in areas of movement and high friction like the armpits, inner thighs, and neck… kind of like pilling on fabric.

saeun:

requested by a-thousand-crows i hope this is helpful 

Anonymous asked: what advise would you give to an aspiring writer?

officialdotpixis:

Write anything you want for an hour. Go and do it, now. Just get a book or some paper and write whatever comes to mind. It can be little sentences or a poem or whatever. Then, leave it. Go and watch some of your favourite TV show or read a book or go for a walk. When you come back, reread what you wrote and pick out any sentences that you like. You might have only found one sentence you like, but this is your writing style. Try and write a few more sentences based on the one you have in front of you. 

Once you’ve done this, start to look at some plot references. Here’s a great one to help you advance your characters.

Now that you have a plot, you need some characters. Think of interesting characters with flaws. Don’t make them perfect. Make them realistic to what they would be like. It often helps me to answer the following questions about a character I am creating:

a) What is their favourite food? How and when did they first try this food, and how often do they eat it?
b) What type of music do they like? How did they get into this music style?
c) Does your character have any scars? If so, how did they obtain them?
d) To whom is your character closest to?
e) Does your character like to read? Or do they prefer to watch things on TV? If so, what do they like to read/watch?
f) What is your character’s happiest memory?
g) What is your character’s saddest memory? 
h) What do you know about your character that they have not yet found out themselves?
i) Describe your character using an animal. Now describe them using three words. 
j) Name three things your character regrets in their life.
k) Name one “turning point” in your character’s life.
l) Is your character an introvert or an extrovert?
m) What is your character’s full name, preferred nickname, preferred pronouns, sexuality and gender identity?
n) At what point in your character’s life did they decide to take the path they are currently following, e.g. University, on the run, living away from home?
o) What is your character most passionate about?
p) What is your character’s relationship with their mother? Father?
q) Does your character have any siblings? Do they get on well with each other?
r) Who is/was your character’s best friend, or did they not ever have one?
s) Where does your character live? How rich or poor are they?
t) What is your character’s favourite song?
u) Does your character sing in the shower?
v) Is your character an early bird or a night owl?
w) Would your character sacrifice the person closest to them if it meant gaining the thing they wanted the most in life?
x) What personality type is your character? Try taking the Myers-Briggs personality test, answering the questions in the same way that your character would answer. (You can take the test here.)
y) Can your character sleep without any light on?
z) What is your character’s worst fear?

Although you may not mention all, or any, of these in your story, they can be helpful in getting to know your character as something a lot deeper than what you put into your novel.

Another thing you can do is take various personality tests for your character. This gives you an idea about the type of person that their flaws and faults make them to be. It’s also good to give them a hamartia- a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a protagonist- that poses problems throughout the story. For example, Romeo’s fault in Romeo and Juliet was that he was fickle, and couldn’t decide on his own mind. Finally, in creating your character, it’s always fun to create them on websites where you can make your own character. Either do this, or draw them by hand to give you an idea of what they are like. See if you can figure out their clothes style.

Finally, work out who your writing inspiration is. Read some of their work and try to replicate their style of writing- but do not copy someone else’s characters, plot, storyline or take sentences from their work itself. Originality is key.

Happy writing!!

That breast reference is off.

— shouyes

… Is it?… I assume you’re referring to [this post].

I can’t really tell :\

tonisreference:

Portrait Textures

(Rep. from 101 Textures for Oil and Acrylic by Mia Tavonetti FOR STUDY ONLY)

briannathestrange:

Making Angus from Brave, Pixar's first 'real' horse (x)

(via thisismysliceoflife)

more pose references


Cartoon character face shapes.

Cartoon character face shapes.

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - HandsThis is the first post about hands. Other posts about hands in the future will cover “hands in relationship to the body”, “different characters, different hands”, “expressive hands” and “hands touching things”. If you have suggestions for Tuesday Tips, write me a personal message.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - Hands

This is the first post about hands. Other posts about hands in the future will cover “hands in relationship to the body”, “different characters, different hands”, “expressive hands” and “hands touching things”. If you have suggestions for Tuesday Tips, write me a personal message.

Norm

scanzen:

The horse in motion, illustration by Eadweard Muybridge. “Sallie Gardner,” owned by Leland Stanford, running at a 1:40 gait over the Palo Alto track, 19 June 1878: 2 frames showing diagram of foot movements.

via LOC 

(animgif: me)

Please browse through the many tag lists below to see if you can find what you're looking for.

Archive • Ask • Submit

NEXT ►

Accent theme by
Handsome Code
Heavily modified by
KeroGero
(WIP)