17Mar04 Story and Character Arcs

I‘m not an expert, and I’m not particularly skilled. Just bear that in mind with this post! I’ll provide links as I go, per usual.

Mentioned before: I’m autistic. I don’t ‘get’ people, and a lot of the time, I don’t ‘get’ stories. I like stories when they’re well done, or interesting, but I have major difficulty and pains trying to make one of my own.

A lot of these videos I picked up from YouTube’s Creator Academy and Pre-Production: Before Pressing Record in particular. I highly recommend learning from and engaging with YT’s CA even if you don’t plan to make videos or media of any sort. There are so many transferable skills available from taking part in this free service. I’ve been to uni, I’ve tried FutureLearn and EdX. I hands-down prefer YT’s CA for its basic but effective framework.

If you’re looking for a thorough character sheet template, check out Rin Chupeco’s post here: http://www.rinchupeco.com/character-template-sheet/#comment-6717

For example, do I plan to start shooting vlog-style videos, skits, shorts, and other in-person recordings? Hell no.
Do I want to make animations, rig things realistically (I only have a vague notion of what that means right now), and eventually produce engaging, perspective-shifting OVAs? Hell yes.

And story-boarding will be invaluable (Like Navi) in that endeavor.

This one is about ‘how to turn ideas into compelling stories of formats’. Besides the unfortunate and prolific use of ‘crazy’ to imply ‘unreasonable’ or ‘unusual’, Georgia Koch provides a whistle-stop tour of (one form of) a creative process. The video’s summary is: generate free-flow ideas, shortlist, incorporate unstructured impulses, keep in mind current struggles against a backdrop of core perspectives, uphold suspense, develop take-home message or call-to-action, “revise story ideas to keep your audience’s interest”, include connection characters and reasons to continue watching.

This one’s pretty funny and makes me feel like home. I also absolutely love his perspectives on transient life. And that characters should be their own people, otherwise they won’t feel real. Use characters to drive the plot. Also his cat is cute af. I took so many notes during this one the first time. It felt like I was in lectures again. *twitch twitch*

Script to Story, with regards to video production. Anna Akana talks through starting one, refining it, and using a checklist to ensure production materials can be efficiently gathered beforehand. Again, the use of ‘schizophrenic’, ‘psychopath’, and ‘I drink the script Kool-Aid’ were quite jarring and off-putting… as, like, someone with mental illnesses? And with mentally ill family members?

But besides that, the advice to only describe visuals or audio tracks that would be observable by someone in that situation is a good one. Unless you use voice-over thoughts — which is probably a Cinema Sin and I don’t really know or care why. Also include in your script what each person’s emotional stakes are, to each character. The organizational tips to color-code and group by section / topic are very helpful.

I do wonder about the ‘Pregnapocalypse’… erm, production. Like, would that include all impregnable people (including children apparently WTAF), including intersex people, (some) transmen, and I’m almost certain she probably included agender people, and non-binary people like me — as long as they were Assigned Female At Birth / AFAB. Which makes sense, if you’re in for gender essentialism. Link 1, Link 2, and Link 3. Really, it should be anyone with a functional uterus. (Is that rude to infertile people?)

Look: these questions really derail me from whatever it is I’m supposed to be thinking about. It always bugged the shit out of my elementary and middle school where the sex ‘education’ involved talking about periods. To only AFAB people. And fuck all about penises, actually enjoying sex, or *le gasp* … MASTURBATION. Teach kids to have fun by themselves safely and literally no one is worse off. Making jokes about cucumbers or vacuum cleaners is going to give people yeast infections and genital injuries, FFS.

From Every Frame a Painting, I remember Nick Frost being fricken’ amazing. I did like the Cornetto Trilogy, but I still feel kinda ‘eh’ about it. Also I always read “murder your darlings”, but I guess “kill your babies” / “don’t be precious” is the modern version. Methodical and mathematical is good. =)

I can see why having a final image and clear understanding of your plot would be a good idea. Especially for motivation. But similar to the casual dude video before last, I’ve been leaning towards wanting to let “life” happen on the page. Because life isn’t some super complicated Aizen multi-layered bizarre scheme where “This was all a part of my plan!” Life is messy, takes wrong turns, and not fun or interesting at times.

Which is why I really liked Whisper of the Heart. Sure, it took its sweet-ass time, but it felt damn real. It could have ended a dozen times before it did, and some may argue it should have, but I like that it took its time to reach the conclusion that apparently felt right to the creators and producers.

Omg, I just realized I’m essentially writing rambly academic essays with (only online) links as references.

Whitney Milam writer and Mary Doodles artist.

Re: Video Projects. Create a simple style to help you communicate ideas. From your head to people outside your head. Can use color-coded characters, or collages. Draft on paper, not on video. Use different draw distances, angles, panning or zooming.

Use action arrows, descriptive text, and images. Review script, select good shots to keep it tight, and translate into a framework of visuals. Run screenings with as many different kinds of people as people to highlight potential issues or uninteresting segments that need to be edited or cut to benefit the whole story.

A storyboard is a simple drawing that’s kind of like a comic book for your story. It helps you (or your camera-person) get the shots that you need to make a story.

I really liked this video. It encompassed a neat selection of differing considerations, without feeling rushed, erratic, or incomprehensible.

This one’s a clear, focused, detail-oriented tutorial on how to create an individual storyboard page. As someone who regularly ‘gets bogged down in details’, I ask this question a lot:

But how exactly do I do that?”

Give me a list of instructions and I will do them to the best of my ability. It’s only after A Levels and University that I’m finally able to appreciate non-contextual ‘tips’ like in prior videos.

Close up, medium, and wide shots. Wide is usually establishing something, like background, setting, landscape, or perspective. Close-up is for drawing attention to things, but can feel forced if used too often, for too long, or for irrelevant props or events. Bird’s eye view is from the angle of a bird flying over head and looking down. Ant’s eye view is from the angle of an ant looking up. ‘Extreme’ BEV or AEV is nearly vertical.

Also, background design. I usually put off planning the space occupied by my drawn or painted subjects until I have no other choice.

This video is in direct contrast to the earlier one with the casual af dude whose advice was to just start writing. And the SoulPancake person Georgia Koch (oh gods, I really hope they’re not related to the Koch brothers)

Which gave me the following links:

http://spaztique.deviantart.com/journal/The-Simple-Character-Creator-Formula-351762100

I commented on this first one under the main post. Yes, I AM autistic, and really, really prefer my formulae to follow simplification rules.

http://spaztique.deviantart.com/journal/Yes-you-CAN-write-Original-Characters-382653417

Again, great for the details-oriented of you. Greetings, fellow persnickets!

http://spaztique.deviantart.com/art/The-Shapes-of-Stories-A-look-at-story-structures-447154403

I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s bookmarked because it looks in-depth enough to be an ocean. Or the dankest regions of space.

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the journey,

Mx Dozana, of Mx Dozana Art

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17Mar02 I’ve been busy (part 6 – YouTube)

Here’s my latest video on YouTube. Let me know how I can improve! What did you think?

A quick Speed Paint of Erin and their bunny. Erin’s autistic, and bunnies / rabbits are their fixation / obsession / special interest.

Here’s a link to my YouTube channel, which is long and unwieldy at the moment.

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copied from the video above:

“Sorry about the sound levels! I’ll play around with the settings again next time. I hope the transcript and on-screen cues make up for it ^^;

Here’s a quick digital painting of Erin, and their bunny rabbit.
I go through some thoughts on composition, including finalising line work, detailing painted areas to maintain image sharpness, and lighting.
Lighting especially is important for giving your subject context i.e. knowing where the subject is in space, be it indoors, outside, or a fantasy environment.

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Narration:
Beginning to 00:03 Erin and the bunny
Digital Painting from start to finish, in one-sixteenth of the time
00:04 to 00:11 Let me know what you think!
Don’t forget to like, favorite, and subscribe for more
00:16 to 00:23 How do you make art? Is it visual, musical, tasty, fragrant, physical?
00:26 to 00:35 At this point, I should have realized bunnies are wall-eyed, and do not look just like “a cat with long ears”
00:55 to 01:03 There are a couple of different ways to fill in large areas.
I went with the easy ‘glob it all in’, then cleaned up after.
01:07 to 01:13 Although, I should really stick to using a hard eraser for trying lineless, cartoon, cel-shading, or flat coloring.
01:13 to 01:17 64 times faster than the speed of… average human perception!
01:17 to 01:24 How do you customize your brushes? Do you stick to one style, or do you change it up?
01:24 to 01:27 Fixing up their hair
01:30 to 01:37 I stopped and came back to it.
I feel that this fresh perspective really helps work out prior issues.
01:38 to 01:45 Also, we’re back to sixteen times regular speed, now.
02:03 to 02:10 Comment with your art tips, habits, and more!
I wanna hear your thoughts.
02:14 to 02:21 Silly weebl reference here because why not.
02:23 to 02:30 I forgot there was a rotate canvas button
02:33 to 02:40 It’s not like I forgot or anything.
Baka.
02:44 to 02:51 Comment! I want to read your miiiiind, people
02:56 to 03:03 Here I fall back into old habits, and give up the lineless look
03:34 to 03:41 I desire to learn from ye.
04:07 to 04:14 I had no idea what color I wanted the rabbit at this point.
04:35 to 04:42 Layers, mate, you’re givin’ me ajada here.
04:51 to 04:58 Speckles. Speckles everywhere
05:08 to 05:15 And now…
To ma nga -ize everything!
05:10 to 05:17 Comment. Comment like the wind.
05:21 to 05:26 I wanted realistic lips and skin and stuff, but wasn’t sure how to do it. (weh!)
05:36 to 05:43 Their eyes cloud over. Usually, I get glazed-over eyes.
05:45 to 05:52 Textured brush, for the cool muscles in the iris
05:58 to 06:02 Here, I start playing around with layer filters and modes.
06:23 to 06:30 I realize the line art doesn’t match the style anymore
06:31 to 06:38 ‘Subtle changes,’ multiplied by ‘many’.
06:48 to 06:55 Very thin, very light or transparent pen for detailing.
Otherwise it ends up looking blurry and over-blended.
07:09 to 07:16 Somewhere around here, I decided I wanted a spotlight background.
07:17 to 07:22 Although… it doesn’t match with the lighting. Mmph!
07:26 to 07:33 Let me know what you think!
Comment below: How do you compose a piece?
What media do you use, and why?
Don’t forget to like, favorite this video and subscribe to Mix Dozana Art for more!
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07:36 to 07:40 Let me know what you think!
Those discussion points again were:
How do you compose a piece?
What media do you use?
Why?
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Music: [NCS Releases], courtesy of NoCopyrightSounds
https://www.youtube.com/user/NoCopyrightSounds

Start 00:00 to 03:21 is Tobu – candyland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIrCDAV3EgI

03:20 to 07:29 is Itro & Kontinuum – Alive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xKKo7t72Tg

07:29 to 07:51 End is NAIMA – Let Me See You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-BtZWGaPNY

17Feb28 I’ve been busy (part 4 – Fun)

In roughly chronological (from past to future) order, here are videos I’ve been watching that are somewhat art-related, but more fun, YouTube meta, or interesting.

In another sort of cautionary tale, this one informed me of probable common knowledge among fellow web denizens. Artists get bored, lose inspiration, lack funds, change job, move house or computer, seek different themes or styles, forget, and many other things. Artists are not only their art, but myriad infinitesimal minutiae of life. I don’t know if that quite makes sense altogether like that, but the words appeared in my head, so It Must Be So!

I used to tell my teachers I was plagiarizing because my ideas for drawings seemed to came from some voice in my head that didn’t feel like my own. I was adamant I was doing something wrong. Creativity is a weird and ungraspable thing.

Like, I don’t know what this video says is true, because I didn’t do the research, trot down to some national / international library, and confirm for myself that their statements align with my interpretation of primary evidence in a respectable establishment. Buuut their About page does have contact information, which is somewhat reassuring. Nevermind that I didn’t look up that About page until just now. Argh. Argh. Argh-argh.

I’d say I should get around to doing this, but actually I’ve been super productive today! So, go me! Go me. And yesterday, I was great then, too. I’m awesome. Go me.

So basically, you’re more likely to keep working on things you’ve invested in, you’re investing in something by thinking about it, and answering involved questions means you’re thinking hard about something, so you’re investing in it with mental resources, and you’re more likely to feel attached to it, and to keep working on it when you can imagine positive returns detailed-ly.

Because I might have a crush / lust for Jim Sterling and legit have been quite ‘aww!’ when I found out he was married. But also this is good news for him. Omg, do you think there’s fanfic of him? omg. I mean, there must be, right? Omg. Ahem, anyway. I’m engaged, damn it! Focus!

Again, I gotta be honest, I actually do agree with what she’s highlighting for the first part. Because data without context is meaningless.

Yes, part of the context for watching anime will be from within your own head, and the fandom is without,
but I think it’s unfair or inaccurate to say that ‘fandom should be completely divorced from the show’. For me, scrolling through comments on anime and manga websites (please pay me, I’ll talk about your websites, plz) is part of what makes the show or written and drawn story so compelling. I’ve already mentioned that being autistic makes determining someone’s motivations, intentions, and feelings very difficult for me.

Reading what other people think about a show I’m watching, or a story I’m reading, effectively acts as ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support my ability to understand a show or story – to a level which is similar to what others do.

I understand not everyone faces this barrier, or even the same barrier in this way. But I feel it’s important to discuss, because this kind of thing is broadly applicable anywhere in ‘professional’ life, where anyone says to focus solely on the content. Yes, the creators cannot ever be expected to accurately predict something’s response with the intended or outside audience. But there is a certain amount of control over one’s presentation of ideas that can mitigate certain circumstances’ probability of happening.

What I mean is that large, usually public sector, organisations have in place clear, detailed guidelines for behaviour, standards, and etiquette for common situations in a given industry. For example, the NHS follows Plain English campaign style of language, and UK governmental (lip service) standards on policies and research standards. For the UK’s English-speaking population, most can agree that certain words or phrases should not be used except in very clear, usually academic or otherwise sanitised, situations.

I have no idea where I was going to this, but if I remember, I’ll link to the continued explanation / discussion here.

NSFW link. Here’s a violent song about Five Nights at Freddy’s, from the robots’ and cyborgs’ (?) perspective. I. Love. It.

Here’s a link to Manly Badass Hero‘s Let’s Play of the Nintendo DS horror video game ‘The Nameless Game’. The sequel, which is also fan-translated from Japanese, is ‘The Nameless Game: EYE’.

Just like with Ikenie no Yoru or Maiden of Black Water or Ju-On: The Grudge, I love the soundscape. Sure, you could very easily make a point about Nintendo hardware being unnecessarily gimmicky, with little emphasis or room to be able to upgrade sound and video standards… But I don’t care. Something about the developers of Japanese video games on Nintendo, the way they make footsteps sound – agh, I just love it! So soothing and sway-inducing.

This one’s for if you’re having issues making sound recording (for video narration, personally) work between OBS, Windows MovieMaker, and YouTube. I learned about OpenBroadcast Studio from picarto.tv, which was way more user-friendly and *actually helpful* than twitch was when I was first trying to figure out how tf to stream. Like, how? Exactly. Step by bloody step, because that is what I need. I need clear, detailed instructions, or one’s genitals end up on the ceiling fan.

Finally, a home video. Enjoy.

 

(OMG, Manly! *swoon*)

Thanks for reading. I hope it was enjoyable! Let me know if you had any ideas while reading or just now. I look forward to meeting you :3

Mx Dozana, of Mx Dozana Art

17Feb27 I’ve been busy (part 3 – Art)

Forwards and onwards.
[Nothing to do with the rest of this, but I just wanted to mention Wolfenstein: the New Order is a f**kin’ awesome game. Absolutely splendiforous. Love it. Not enough of that. More Captain America punching nazis and his bi ass (can anyone comment me a link? Cuz I swear they made it canon a while back, like a few years?) will have my heart forever.]

This one resonated with me a bunch because I really, Really struggle with making OCs. I make mini-mes that are more, or slightly-less-more, ‘Me’. Autistic, fractured, and inconsistent. Human as far as I’m aware, and would hazard as guess as such.
Besides we could all be living in a simulation, [Wikipedia link], [PBS link], and [8-bit Philosophy YT] plus [Tedx Talk YT]. All these links and I still don’t have a master sword. (I want a goddess sword, though, for spoiler-related sad reasons T_T )
or discussing robot rights,
I think we’re all right now in 2017 at least: human as f**k.

Anyway, Original Characters. I … kinda suck at it.
I’m autistic af (altho some fellow autistic folx may fight me on it, which is perfectly fair tbh. Compared to ‘normal’ people, I’m autistic as f**k, put it that way.)

It’s really, unbelievably difficult for me to suss out:

  • motivations
  • intention
  • ‘why X person feels Y because Z’
  • or anything along the lines of — I don’t know…

what enables people to write different characters believably, and evocatively?

Moving on, I’ll briefly conclude that I will be returning to the above video for guidance on what not to do when I start making OCs, adoptables, and self-inserts – because the latter-most is bound to happen.

And now for something completely different. A really poppin’, upbeat optimistic jaunty number, by the name of Candyland, from music artist Tobu.

Here’s a link to this one digital artist who seems to have themself organised. I just thought I’d include their link here in the Art posts, because it’s broadly how I want my channel (and ‘brand’? I suppose?) to be doing in a few years, or several.

Like, this one, I kinda disagree. I might convince myself otherwise as I work this out in typing, but I think (to begin with?) that, maybe non-[whatever group] people shouldn’t be banned from, but the works of people from [that group] should be uplifted and amplified by people from outside that group.

Like, I’m autistic, but not Black or Muslim. If I were, then obviously there’d be no problem for me to portray characters with that background, and / or religious view on life.
But it does kinda piss me off when people like Steven Moffat write a Clearly Aspergic or Autistic Character in the not-plagiarism-but-it-kinda-feels-like-it BBC TV re-imagining of the eponymous (the name of the character is also the name of the show) Sherlock.

“High-functioning sociopath, actually”, my large butt. F off with that nonsense. Gid oouutta heeeuh¬! (Accented: Get out of here!)
Aspergers and [apparently either unaware or not] proud. I mean — I’m proud, but clearly Mr Can-Absolutely-Write-Realistic-Women-No-Really-Stop-Laughing has no idea how to properly relate an imperfect character to us.

Now, full disclosure: I haven’t seen the last (1, 2? 3?) seasons. I did stop watching after… I wanna say the fall? But then he came ba-ack (back) and Moriarty did a thing (also this video has a really sexy Moriarty. They’re all really awesome and must have been hard-working to make such a comprehensive production. Go!)

Anyway, right. So, like I’d have to do a crap-ton of research (like, with Actual People, not just The Internet / Actually Just Googling the First Link that Aligns with my Current Biases and Prejudices. This link is not entirely relevant but I can’t find the proper web comic strip that I’m referencing here ><*) in order to get it right.

Er, research, have to be respectful… I think my point was that it’s hard work (certainly more so to get used to) trying to juggle all these plates (isn’t life. 😐 ‘ung’ face) and also actually create whatever it is to a good standard that you’re happy with.

People are lazy. It sounds like a really bad idea to say “Yeah! Hey, it’s okay to just pick whatever traits you want, and then continue on making what could end up with off-collar inconsistencies and implausible reactions.”

Like, I might be Puerto Rican, but that doesn’t mean I understand Puerto Rican culture, or have any idea how [someone who grew up there] would view the world or understand certain ideas. We all have at least slightly different interpretations of things, due to our initial experiences, and how we were taught to categorise concepts. Personally, I really like thinking about how language affects thought formation, but also the flipside: how thought formation affects language development and evolution. I can’t find the opposite link, so here’s one that’s a broad summary, instead.

That’s the end of the art-related content, actually, so this will actually be published a good few days from when I started writing it. There will be Fun posts (as opposed to Art posts) coming in the next few days, as of when this goes out.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on art related things, and meandering tangents of explosive thought. There’s contact information all over everywhere on this page, but just in case you were as yet unaware: e-mail MxDozanaArt@gmail.com to let me know how you think these blog posts could be improved or focused. Consistency in terms of publishing them is… probably not going to happen.

I’m writing these as I would say them out loud, by the way, and I have an AD(H)D hospital investigation appointment coming up next month. After that, I’ll be able to say whether or not I have a diagnosis of Adult AD(H)D, the upgraded version, with a full season pass and all future DLC!

Thanks, read you soon!

Mx Dozana, of Mx Dozana Art

17Feb26 I’ve been busy (part 2 – Art)

Phew. Jeez, my computer was icing over there, for a while.

I believe the phrase is ‘It was touch-and-go’. Okay.

Yeah, so this is going to be several posts to get through all my research and work since last time. When it’s all done, I’ll come back to each part here to insert labelled links and organize everything. *eye twitches*

Luckily, this first video of the new post is actually a pretty big influence on me since I watched it. Lineless style / flat(ish) cartoon-y is so very different from my usual aims-to-be-hyper-realistic-anime style. Not that I can quite pull off either one just yet.

I have my own chunky / chubby style, cuz that’s how I look! I’m not fat or thin. I’m just me: flabby, round, and cuddly.

When I was a kid, my mom taught me (or perhaps I heard it elsewhere) ‘chi-chis’ (Spanish? Prob not Boricua / Boriqua) for the fat rolls on one’s side.
That’s ‘chee, chee-z’, like cheese, but you say the first part twice.

I have an American East Coast accent, but I really like how Nick says ‘doing’. IDK why, it just sounds so bouncy and fun. Canadian, maybe? Like, some weird Australian? I know nothing of accents, honestly. Oh, yeah, but his tips on tightening up speech segments and leaving sections of pauses between segments are really awesome.

[Content Notice: Next link is not only NSFW, but the thumbnail is a collage of various creepy or scary imagery. I suggest scrolling all the way down, then scroll back up slowly until you reach this text again.]

Junji Ito is the epitome of this creep you tf out, scratching your skin for days, haunting you philosophically by preying on innate impulses to not ignore that Something Is Not Right. I love it. I want to be able to draw stories that delve into people’s minds and carve out their souls. I want to unnerve people with grim, inescapable realities.

NSFW link, nor really the thumbnail, actually. Sorry! I’ll have put this section with space above and below for squick-factor. Personally, I love horror and being skeeved out! Like, I like scary shit. It’s great. Really interesting and I love trying to figure out why it’s scary, or how other people’s reactions differ from mine, and where that came from. I like feeling invested in some poor sod’s nightmarish conundrums.

[Content Notice: Previous link is not only NSFW, but the thumbnail is a collage of various creepy or scary imagery. I suggest scrolling all the way down, then scroll back up slowly until you reach this text again.]

Now, onto the next one. This one’s not so much about art in general, but I find it a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of publishing and creative works in an inherently exploitative industry. I mean, aren’t they all, under capitalism?

I write that as a fond fan of Bleach, from the first introductory season (probably soon after seeing classic or now possibly cliché Death Note, I have many thoughts on that anime) to the part where they left the town and it all went weird.

I mean, crunchyroll didn’t have *have* those episodes, one or two of which actually were completely integral to the plot, ffs. Then I saw the crucial parts, then skipped over the personally-offensive (nothing truly repulsive about it to most people, I just F*~~~~~~**ing hate the gag short-attention-span style for that whole (was it ‘Karakura Town Heroes’ or something?) segment. Hated it with a passion.

But anyway, I got to the end with the … Fullbringers? Or whatever and it was just so blase, terrible, no-stakes, awful, uninteresting, cruel to the fans, cruel to Tite Kubo (altho I got a horrendous impression off his mid- to late-work from the manga. My bad, having seen this video. His earlier works looked *gorgeous*), and an insult to anime fans if not everywhere, then most-where.

Urgh! *Anger and frustration out of love and longing*

This seems like a good place to split posts, actually. See you in the interim!

17Feb25 I’ve been busy (part 1 – Art)

Too many links on the dancefloor! Too many links (NSFW link, but funny).

Hmm. I want embedded videos, but I don’t want an overloaded post. Or, like, super long. Argh. Okay, right, well, let’s try grouping them by ‘Actually Art Related’ and ‘Stuff wot I like an shiz’. I think AAR is gonna be super long anyway, but less long at least. ‘SwIlas’ will be bite-sized. Also Bitesize is an awesome BBC site for kids to learn from. Go through it at people. Make them leeeaa~rrn (learn)!

Be mature. Most people (probably) have mammaries. Fat deposits on chests naturally, just deal with it. It makes sense to know how to draw such globules of mass.

I can’t remember, I don’t think I was paying attention.

So. Pretty.

Er, can’t remember again. I think something about strands, grouping, and gradients?

So. Wonderful. And Lovely.

Cute cute cute forever. I love Yuuike so much. I think they were one of the first artists who inspired me to keep practicing, actually. Not totally sure, though.

Ah! Monster post! This is crashing my computer. Or possibly just the internet browser. Either way, I’ll write a proper dissection of my viewing habits in a coming post (later tonight)