Random References

Reblogs of random reference posts for writing and drawing, using both traditional and digital mediums.

How big should you make your art?

thefrogman:

I’ve noticed some digital artists out there who just kind of guess when choosing the dimensions of their artwork. Trying to understand ppi, dpi, print dimensions, and resolution can send you down a rabbit hole of complexity likely to break your brain.  

If you are creating an image only for the web, it is really up to you how big you want to make it. The only relevant dimensions are the pixels. Print size and pixels per inch are of no consequence. A 1920x1080 300ppi image will be the same as a 1920x1080 600ppi image. Your screen only cares about pixel dimensions.

If you plan to print your image, that is where things can get complicated.

Here is the simple version…

First you need to determine the maximum size that your work may be printed. Here are the most commonly used sizes for poster prints. 

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Now you need to know the brand of printer that will be used. Typically it will be Epson, HP, or Canon.

For Epson printers…

  • Input the width and height. 
  • Input a resolution of 360 pixels per inch.

For Canon, HP, and most other printers…

  • Input the width and height. 
  • Input a resolution of 300 pixels per inch.

So let’s say you are in photoshop and you want your art to be printed at 11” x 17” on an Epson printer. This is how you should create your document. 

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If you do not know how your work will be printed, I recommend erring on the side of “too big.” If you end up having to enlarge your work, it could result in some quality loss. 

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(via punwolf)



huffingtonpost:

Know Your Veils: A Guide to Middle Eastern Head Coverings (PHOTOS)

Next time you are having dinner with a Bahraini dignitary, don’t embarrass yourself by confusing the Queen’s abaya with a burqa.

Simply read our full guide with the full explanations behind every Islamic veil here. 

(via veolu)



writingwithcolor:

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We discussed the issue of describing People of Color by means of food in Part I of this guide, which brought rise to even more questions, mostly along the lines of “So, if food’s not an option, what can I use?” Well, I was just getting to that!

This final portion focuses on describing skin tone, with photo and passage examples provided throughout. I hope to cover everything from the use of straight-forward description to the more creatively-inclined, keeping in mind the questions we’ve received on this topic.

So let’s get to it.

S T A N D A R D  D E S C R I P T I O N

B a s i c  C o l o r s

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Pictured above: Black, Brown, Beige, White, Pink.

"She had brown skin.”

  • This is a perfectly fine description that, while not providing the most detail, works well and will never become cliché.
  • Describing characters’ skin as simply brown or beige works on its own, though it’s not particularly telling just from the range in brown alone.

C o m p l e x  C o l o r s

These are more rarely used words that actually “mean” their color. Some of these have multiple meanings, so you’ll want to look into those to determine what other associations a word might have.

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nazgullow:

Cheating backgrounds and Props by screentones Really useful for anyone wanting a quick background! Sketchup is an amazing tool. You can get cars,furniture, buildings etc from Sketchup’s 3D warehouse so you can build your scene really quickly.

nazgullow:

Cheating backgrounds and Props by screentones
Really useful for anyone wanting a quick background! Sketchup is an amazing tool. You can get cars,furniture, buildings etc from Sketchup’s 3D warehouse so you can build your scene really quickly.



A weird thing I find incredibly helpful for art/writing.

heecawroo:

deadcantdraw:

Eplans.com is a website that sells blueprints for houses. 

This might not seem that helpful but if you want a characters house you can make selections based on what sort of house you want them to live in. 

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Then browse through the results and find the house you want. Then you can view the blueprints and have a room layout for that house, which can help with visualising the space they live in. 

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It makes describing generic homes so much easier.

thank you

(Source: eplans.com, via taokan)



juliajm15:

thesilvereye:

View the fullsize tutorial on DA | The most handy hair structure tutorials are this video by Proko and thisblog post.These are useful for thinking about the direction hair locks flow with different styles: 1 2 3 4 5 | Painting Realistic Hair | Shading with gradients: 1 2 | Tutorials by me including: Gimp Brush Dynamics, Coloring Eyes and Coloring Method.

All example characters are fromThe Silver Eye webcomic!

Bless you for this *—-*

(via foxghost)



cypheroftyr:

trixuqueen:

brenna-ivy:

melissaknowsthings:

totalspiffage:

zaquanimus:

parkaposy:

NEW AVAILABLE ART PROGRAM
It seems to be a mix between SAI and photoshop, simplified. It even has a stabalizer that works even with the mouse.
Best of all, it’s free, and works for both Mac and Windows.
To give it a try, head right on down to http://firealpaca.com/



Reblogging for artsy people that follow me. Also a lovely name for a program.

I highly recommend FireAlpaca for everyone.

I will download this and let you know what I think!

It works great! I’ve been using it for a while now and I love it!

Signal boost for my artsy friends!

cypheroftyr:

trixuqueen:

brenna-ivy:

melissaknowsthings:

totalspiffage:

zaquanimus:

parkaposy:

NEW AVAILABLE ART PROGRAM

It seems to be a mix between SAI and photoshop, simplified. It even has a stabalizer that works even with the mouse.

Best of all, it’s free, and works for both Mac and Windows.

To give it a try, head right on down to http://firealpaca.com/

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Reblogging for artsy people that follow me. Also a lovely name for a program.

highly recommend FireAlpaca for everyone.

I will download this and let you know what I think!

It works great! I’ve been using it for a while now and I love it!

Signal boost for my artsy friends!

(Source: parkaposyart)



subarashii-desu:

ask-hi-ho-heichou:

lassiecrumby:

sneakymedulla:

pedigreedy:

how 2 draw trees like me

my entire life has been a lie

I…What-I…..What?

LMAO

Wow. Damn

subarashii-desu:

ask-hi-ho-heichou:

lassiecrumby:

sneakymedulla:

pedigreedy:

how 2 draw trees like me

my entire life has been a lie

I…What-I…..What?

LMAO

Wow. Damn

(Source: nynamo, via vieralynn)



A Guide To Talking Dirty Throughout History

ilikelookingatnakedmen:

karenhealey:

pilgrimkitty:

kedgeree11:

fastcodesign:

Ever wondered what they called anal sex in the 16th century, or cunnilingus during World War II?

Ever wonder what sex was called in the 1600s, how you might ask for a blowjob during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, or how your great-grandfather might have asked for anal sex?

Following up on his research which gave us 2,600 words for genitalia throughout the ages, slang lexicographer Jonathon Green has given us three amazing new resources, describing what sexual intercourse, oral and anal, and sexual secretions and contraceptives have been called at various points over the last 700 years.

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I’m going to be more careful about announcing I need to go clean up the kitchen.

This is going to be very helpful for people writing smutty Captain America fanfics.

two kinds of people

"Reference", she said, memorising the E.G.Y.P.T acronym



creepus:

Anonymous asked you:

Hey, is it okay if you like do a tutorial on trees and shrubs? PS: I looooooove your art and tutorial they are just soooooo wonderful, inspiratonal, amazing.

aww thank you so much!! ;v; haha well I don’t know a lot of trees so here’s two I actually know lmao, oak tree and pine tree I will go study more tree names when I have the time ohgosh _(:3 7 hope it helps!

(Source: erebun, via foxghost)