A couple more Japanese learning resources that I’ve found recently:
- Japanese slang - the whole Japan Reference site is awesome but that page in particular was of MUCH INTEREST to me
- Japanese language tips - common phrases/grammar patterns seen in anime/manga broken down into an easier-to-understand way
- Capture2Text - I actually haven’t used this myself (it’s pretty much obsolete to me since I’ve gotten better at radical recognition) but I found it in my Japanese bookmarks so it might be useful
- Japanese SFX - a dictionary for a whole lot of the sfx you see in manga and stuff
- LinguaLift - another one I haven’t actually used since I’m past the beginner phase and it costs money, but it seems to have a lot of features and looks good for beginners, plus there’s a 2-week free trial
- JGram - grammar database/wiki
Figured I’d post them since my Japanese learning posts seem to have quite a bit of interest. 0_o
This post is really useful and I want to add some other sites I use:
- Ultra Handy Japanese Verb Conjugator - you can search for any form of a verb and it shows you all the different conjugations, polite and plain forms, negative and positive, potential, transitive and intransitive, etc
- Tangorin - another really user-friendly dictionary
- Denshi Jisho - a dictionary that’s really useful for Kanji. You can search by stroke, meaning, radicals or readings
Reblogging this not only for artists but also for people who write werewolf (and other animal transformation) fiction. If a human turned into a wolf, their knee joints would not reverse— what some fic writers mistake for the knee is actually the ankle. A wolf’s hind feet are relatively long, and they are always walking in way roughly analogous to human “tip-toeing.”
Part 2 will cover Elemaps, Blotmaps, Brushtex, how they work and how to make your own.
Fun fact: The Airbrush is just a soft edge pen tool and is also completely useless
I also meant to include What The Hell Is A Stabilizer and it’s thrilling sequel Oh My God How Did I Ever Live Without This but I ran out of room.
The start sai program is quite handy, it can be found online .. somewhere. I ran into it a couple months ago when I was actively collecting brushes, but since I already had the program I didn’t bother bookmarking it.
(my version of) Sai only allows a max of 54 elemaps. I believe there’s a similar limit on blotmaps though I have not hit it yet. I think the Brushtex may be limited to 100 but I have likewise not hit it.
If you have brushes from multiple sources, consider taking the time to go through your collections to weed out duplicates. I hit my elemap limit when I was first assembling brushes, only to discover I had no less than 4 versions of multiple brushes, all under different names.
The ever elusive question: How do I get better ‘quicker’? Well.. it involves a lot of sketchbooks, sketches, trial and error, studies and hard work - and that doesn’t come quickly. 30+ Sketchbooks, 3000+ pieces of paper, 10,000+ sketches
“I believe talent is just a pursued interest.” - Bob Ross
If y’all use a decent box mix and use melted butter instead of vegetable oil, an extra egg, and milk instead of water, no one can tell the difference. I sure as hell can’t.
Also, if you add a little almond extract to vanilla cake, or a little coffee to chocolate cake, it sends it through the roof.
This concludes me attempting to be helpful.
here ill post these together!! luv this water brush
Because this didn’t come in my SAI and I bet it didn’t with other people’s, here’s a pack of more textures (including the lava one!!!). Go to your SAI folder and just dump the ones you’d like in the brushtex folder (or w/e you have it called)
hi if you dont trust this brush for some weird reason check this shit out i just slapped it together with 4 colors and 30 seconds
hi everybody, recently i’ve been seeing a lot of people around the internet talking about experiencing drawing related pain
it feels like the right time to publicly recommend this extremely informative and well-researched minicomic by kriota willberg. i carry a copy with me everywhere and tell friends about it all the time because it is super helpful and has helped me unlearn some bad drawing habits and learn plenty of healthy new ones!
in 60 pages it covers
- drawing positions that lessen stress on your muscles
- a wide variety of easy exercises (and sample routines)
- small lifestyle changes you can make to keep healthy
- and when to tell if prevention isn’t enough and you need to see a doctor
you can buy it HERE and HERE. it’s very thorough, the author knows a lot about muscles and the body as well as about the specifics of drawing and it really shows. even if you haven’t experienced drawing pain yet, integrating this stuff into your routine is a good way to start taking preventative measures
stay safe and healthy everyone!
The Shape of Ideas
all good things to remember when planning lessons for the year.
For my most popular style infogaphics go here:
- Fashion Pattern Vocabulary Part 1 Infographic.
- Fashion Pattern Vocabulary Part 2 Infographic.
- Know Your Sunglasses Infographic.
- Know Your Shoes Part 1 Infographic. Lobster Claws anyone?
- Know Your Shoes Part 2 Infographic.
- Know Your Necklines Infographic from Paper Blog.
- Know Your Hats Infographic.
- Know Your Collars and Cuffs Infographic.
- Know Your Necklines Infographic.
- Know Your Skirts Infographic.
- Know Your Nail Shapes and What’s Popular on Instagram Infographics.
- Know Your Eye Liners Infographic.