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A guide to common terms used in describing tiaras

(Source: royallyvintage)

Likeable Characters


Anonymous said: Sorry to bother you, but I can’t get a useful answer out of search engines, and wasn’t really sure how to find it in your FAQ or Toolbox since it’s a bit of an odd and controversial topic. How can I make the reader love a character in a small amount of time? I want them to be sad and understand the other characters’ pain when the subject opts to be euthanized.

Hey there! Thanks for your question!

I don’t believe that we’ve written anything as of yet on creating a likeable character, but you might check out these posts from our fellow Tumblr writing help bloggers!

As you can see, quite a bit has been written on the subject. And that’s just from Tumblr!

Happy hunting!


what advice would you give to someone who also has trouble with backgrounds and buildings and would like to improve on that?



Make sure you can draw cubes super well!  You can set up perspective a lot easier when working with cubes rather than trying to start with a fully rendered building and then try to make a bg out of it.  

More than anything else, do studies, take pictures of buildings so you can frankenstein them into your comic (i have taken a bunch of pictures but have yet to actually use them, I take pictures so very rarely I forget I have them), research different media and properties and figure out what appeals to you.  

I personally really really love a lot of the bg work done in Bande Desinees out in Europe, mixed with visual development art for feature animated films.  So while I can’t say I’m 100% there, I’m definitely chugging my way along that path.

But mostly, start SMALL. I found doing huge backgrounds just way too much to even handle when I was first starting out. I’d get anxious just thinking about it, because there’s a lot to balance when you’re doing a city scene, especially.  So instead of starting with a city, draw a bunch of singular buildings, and after awhile, you can build a city out of them.


Let me know if you have questions!!!



(Question from my account)

I’ve been asked a lot about developing styles and improving so I thought I would make an advice comic for you lovelies~ :>

It’s so hard to explain about our development in art styles. We may be influenced by the same things, but how we illustrate, express, and think is completely different. It’s not something you can buy or learn in a class.

Remember that age doesn’t matter and it’s never too late. You can draw whether you’re 30 or 13. You’re still young! And there’s no rush. We learn at our pace and should be proud of ourselves for continuing to draw. Not many people realize that art is a pretty tough field and I know a couple that have given up and chosen other paths.

Improvement will happen if you keep on doing what you love. It will take time but keep practicing and months (or years) from now you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve progressed. Soon your doodles that used to take you 2 hours will take only a minute or less.

But again, you have to just do it. This applies with music, performance, or anything else. Tutorials, books, and advices won’t mean anything unless you actually do it.

Don’t think about what anyone will think, if you’ll be famous or not, or if you’ll develop a “unique” style. Just start drawing. Fanart, figure drawing, animals, anime, just do it!!

You will improve and you will create great things. Just do it!!

I hope this helps!

THIS IS IT! This is it right here!




Exercise 26: Shading Gems Results
Check out the results of our Shading Gems exercise here along with the explanation to create your own HERE!

I love this tutorial SO MUCH.



Creative Writing Exercises

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If you liked this tutorial, pleas check out my Facebook page for more of my work!

Larger Size avaliable on my Deviantart 

Just an addition: If you don’t have any beeswax around, a dryer sheet does the same job of stopping your thread from tangling so much! :) I have one stashed in my sewing box, you can use it over and over again!


I’ve been having some trouble creating interesting poses so I thought I would whip up a reference. 

First Image - X (this website is really helpful, I recommend looking at it if you want to learn more)

Second Image - X

Third Image - X (has some helpful information)

Fourth Image - X

Another Helpful Website - X

Try drawing a simple curved line as your action line and then a draw pose around that line. Practicing this will help you get better at drawing interesting poses.

You can also go to posemaniacs and find a couple poses and figure out where the action line is for yourself as an exercise.


okay I think this covers the basics of the way I do my lineart, hopefully it’ll be helpful enough! if something’s unclear don’t be afraid to shoot me an ask about it.

enjoy and dON’T GIVE UP it might get really frustrating at times with all the control z-ing and re-drawing lines but the more you do it, the quicker it’ll get to get them right the first time around and the better you’ll become at it so yes, good luck friends.