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lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
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lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info
lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!
So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.
Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.
"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!
Da Rules:
You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.
Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!
And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!


Dragon Age paintings? Yes please. 
Hawke, Fenris, Varric.
Zoom Info

lilou88:

Lilou’s 100 + Follower Giveaway!

So in celebration of there being 132 of you who find my ramblings interesting enough to listen to, I’ve decided I wanted to do my first ever giveaway.

Nine of my lovely followers will be receiving one of these paintings, done by myself on 8 x 10 canvas in acrylic paint and signed / dated on the back.

"But Lilou," you ask, “‘how do we go about entering the drawing for one of your paintings?" Simple! Just follow the rules below!

Da Rules:

  1. You must be following me as of this post being listed. I started this project as a way to thank my current followers, and would like to keep it that way. No new followers past this time will be entered into the giveaway. I will be checking entries.
  2. Reblog this post ONCE. In order to assure people are drawn for the paintings they would prefer to receive, I’ve decided the best thing to do would be to have a separate drawing for each piece. What I need you to do is reblog this post and list the top three pieces you would like to be drawn for. (Example: “Fenris, Kirkwall Heraldry, Hawke” etc etc) Numbers will be assigned first come first served, and may vary if one of your prefered pieces has fewer or more people vying for it than the others.Likes and multiple reblogs will not count towards extra chances. Should you win one of the pieces, your name will be removed from the drawings for your other choices. Not fair to everyone else if one person wins three paintings, right?
  3. You must have your ask box open and be willing to give me a name and address to ship them too. Otherwise how else will I get it to you, lovelies? 
  4. The contest will close at 10 pm EST on Wednesday, September 25th. I will be posting reminders occasionally as we get closer to the end of the giveaway.

Please note, I am willing to ship to anywhere in the world, but bear with me. I’ve never done a giveaway before or needed to ship anything across an ocean. Please be patient while I figure things out!

And that’s pretty much it! Good luck to all of my awesome followers, and thank you guys. You’ve all made my Tumblr experience fan-freaking-tastic! Never change!

Dragon Age paintings? Yes please.

Hawke, Fenris, Varric.

urdnots:

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME, CHILDREN

i just happened to have an extra copy of game informer’s dragon age: inquisition issue and since when i read it i flailed, i knew people who didn’t have it would want to flail with me. so i concluded that i just really needed to give it away. 

but you wanna know how to get your hands on this bad boy, right? well LOOK NO FURTHER i mean you have to keep reading you know what i mean

HOW TO GET YOUR OWN COPY OF GAME INFORMER’S DA:I ISSUE:

  1. reblawg this muthafuckin post!! but you can only reblog it once so if you reblog it twice, that shit dun count.
  2. like this muthafuckin post!! it gets you a second chance at winning this fucker
  3. follow me ya fucker!! yeah this is a previous followers only deal because of reasons so you can’t follow me for this thing only because that’s just stupid (plus i’ve been meaning to do a giveaway for when i hit 1000 followers so this is it)
  4. that’s fuckin’ it!! i’ll be choosing a winner on 8/31/13 at 8:00pm cst. i WILL be shipping internationally yayyyyyyyyy~

NOW GO FORTH MY CHILDREN AND MAKE YOUR MARK ON FERELDEN OR ORLAIS OR ANTIVA OR wherever that was supposed to be a lot more clever than it was

;_; The bad part about getting digital game informer access. I NEED A PHYSICAL

svenharel:

crazyyinthecoconut:

My sister and I discovered the hilarious iPhone app this morning called Songify.

It was not only hilarious, but dangerous indeed, as a brilliant idea soon came to her: Why not Songify Dragon Age 2 banters?

Thus, this was born. It’s a part of a banter between Fenris and Anders.

We take no credit for anything whatsoever, this was just for some silly fun!!

“Ugh, Maker… how can you stand listening to those two argue all the time, Hawke?”

“I just sort of imagine that they’re singing to each other. Makes it a lot more entertaining.”

(Source: cocofels)

bluucat:

The answer is: Well, sort of!

I noticed that a lot of things I’ve been recommended or found useful aren’t really in the masterlists of artist references on tumblr - and the same goes for helpful drawing exercises. So I decided to make my own post.

HOW TO KILL ARTIST’S BLOCK

  • There is no such thing as artist’s block, if you frequently draw from life.
  • No, really.
  • If you are really, truly committed to improving your craft, then it does no good to sit and complain that you “don’t know what to draw”. There is so much around you to draw! :)
  • In public, try doing gestures of people that walk by. Cafes and shopping malls are great for this, because you have a plausible excuse to be sitting somewhere. Ideally, you don’t want people to notice you’re drawing them— they might try to pose, which makes them look stiff and unnatural. 
  • The best targets are people studying, anyone deep in conversation, and people at cash registers.
  • If there are no people around, draw objects and rooms and practice your perspective.

AWESOME AND FUN EXERCISES FOR ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS

  • Draw a portrait where a body part other than the face/head is the focus.
  • Do a full spread for a children’s story. It can be a fairy tale or an original story. Make sure to utilize good design principles and pick readable, high quality fonts that match your art style.
  • Draw something using only high contrast light and shadow- no lines, no color, no midtones. 
  • Pick a crime report from the news, preferably an unconventional one. Illustrate it as best as possible, making sure to use a dramatic perspective and lots of realistic detail.
  • Choose an object — one you haven’t drawn very much before. Gather lots of reference images. Draw it in two and three point perspective — bonus points if you can take the references and draw them from different angles than they were photographed. The goal here is to be able to visualize it easily without effort. This is a good exercise for product design and ideation, as well as concept art.
  • Draw thirty people from life.
  • Draw thirty people from your imagination. Make sure they’re just as well proportioned and realistic as your sketches from life.
  • Do twenty studies of your hand, in various positions. Bizarre angles and positions are fine, but it’s more helpful to examine the construction of it and get used to drawing hands realistically.
  • See above, but with your feet.
  • Draw a study of a skull. Do not stylize it. Be careful to pay attention to the proportions and texture.
  • Remember your object? Imagine it in a setting where it could be good or evil— perhaps interacting with humans or other objects. Avoid obvious angel/devil associations. Draw 3 pages of thumbnails and sketches imagining it in this way.
  • Choose a thumbnail and do two larger sketches of it, and then pick one to bring to completion. Make sure it’s in proportion with accurate lighting for the situation. 
  • Redesign a fairy tale’s characters in either a modern or non-European setting. Provide costuming references, and make sure to do character sheets and full turns of each.
  • Design your own deck of cards — make sure the borders and pattern on the back are paid as much attention as the figures on the fronts.
  • Bonus points if you also design and illustrate packaging for the above.
  • Do you have a favorite piece of fanart? Draw it as original characters- chances are, you’ve likely put a lot of thought into the relationships and personalities of your favorite characters or OTP, which will show through in an original piece. This is a decently good way to use fanworks in your portfolio, if you feel that they’re better than your original work.
  • Draw a car. A really realistic car. Now draw it from a perspective you find really difficult. You are not allowed to take more than half an hour on this total— cars are actually just boxes with some strategic curves, so they should become very easy to gesture once you retrain your brain.
  • Draw a table in perspective 5-6 times or so, concentrating on the way it casts a shadow. Make sure to define your light source.
  • Design a toy! Draw it from multiple angles — imagine you’re presenting this to someone who has to actually model and produce it. Include as much information as humanly possible. Make sure to include an illustration of its use — you can also create an advertisement, if you’re so inclined.
  • If you watch TED lectures, draw portraits of your favorite speakers while you’re viewing them. Try and finish the sketch during the duration of the talk.
  • Do an original illustration inspired by two of your favorite illustrators or artists— combining two should help prevent you from directly copying anyone, and force you to think a little harder about solving problems within a work.
  • Do 30 studies of animals in motion - housepets or birds are probably going to be the easiest, unless you live by a zoo.
  • Fill three full pages of your sketchbook with hard surface studies. (Cars, ships, tractors— you get the idea.) Try to define them with quick, confident lines.
  • Make a comic with one panel for each hour of your day. Avoid shortcuts like over the top, animeish emotes and chibi versions of yourself. Make sure to include environments.
  • Draw ten illustrations as a series that purposely do not tell a story. They must be as ambiguous as possible. This is really difficult — was originally an assignment from Phoebe Gloeckner, and almost nobody managed to be completely ambiguous. The trick to it is to make sure to create thumbnails of the series first, and look at your work very critically — if anything looks too obviously negative or positive, alter it accordingly.
  • Draw yourself combined with your favorite animal, or an animal you feel represents you well. Avoid traditional anthro depictions— try replacing your body parts with the parts you’d find most useful, or thinking of yourself like a sphinx, etc.
  • Create a poster for your favorite play.
  • Draw yourself at age 7, and age 70. Realistically. Avoid thinking of how cool or uncool you’d be or were. Using pictures of your younger self, or relatives, might help.
  • Paint a still life with unconventional lighting or objects. If you must use fruit, use weird fruit, or light it from below.
  • Pile books into a tower and draw them in perspective. It’s also fun to make cities out of them, etc.
  • Draw yourself every day for a month in the same media to track improvement. Use a mirror, not a photograph.
  • Remember your still life? Now illustrate it in the style you’re accustomed to using.
  • Draw six busts (head and shoulders) in profile, concentrating on creating an interesting silhouette.
  • Do color studies of your favorite movie scenes. If you can’t find screenshots, pause the movie and paint from your television or laptop. Detail’s not as important as strong shapes.
  • Draw your favorite place by your home.
  • Illustrate a fortune cookie.
  • Draw a treehouse or birdhouse and include as many details as possible.
  • Design a historical character, and try to make them recognizable by quirks of wardrobe or unique facial features. “Being extraordinarily attractive” does not count.
  • Do the 30 day monster challenge! 
  • Illustrate your favorite recipe. It doesn’t have to be fancy. “How to make pizza rolls” will even suffice. Seriously.
  • Make a business card for yourself. Illustrate it. Hey, everyone needs one- and it’s a great exercise for working under strict constraints, since you’ll need to make sure your name and contact info are clearly legible.
  • Draw the weirdest object you can possibly find. IKEA is a really awesome place to find weird objects, if you can’t find any in your home.
  • Design a knight of the round table, and make sure to research armor, etc— it’s hard to draw! Great practice.
  • Draw ten or twenty plants that are currently seasonal.

BOOKS THAT ARE REALLY USEFUL!

  • The Art of Ralph McQuarrie. Yeah, this is expensive. But it’s one of the few artbooks that shows an entire process of illustration— if you’re not sure how to proceed from thumbnails to mockups to final pieces, this is probably what you want to be lookin at.
  • How to Analyze People on Sight by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict. This is available for free online— awesome resource for character design, as it teaches you to think about external characteristics as indicators for personality. Even if it’s not always the most accurate thing ever.
  • Leonardo DaVinci’s Notebooks. Yes, I know. Your relatives have even probably tried to get you to look at these. If you can find a good printing of them, though, it’s a really good look at a well used sketchbook.
  • The Selected Works of TS Spivet. Not actually a real art reference book, but so many beautiful illustrations and well laid out. Worth a look.
  • Drawing with Imagination. Lots of exercises to do if you “can’t think of anything to draw”.
  • Any batman artbook. Any of them. I have the OnStar promo one from about ten years back, and it’s still great. There’s a huge mesh of styles going on, and seeing how much thought is put into the character designs and environments is well worth your money. Plus, Batman is cool.
  • Any Pixar or Disney artbook that shows the visual development process. The Princess and the Frog is a particularly good example of this, and possibly my favorite, even though I dislike the actual film. They really make sure to show all of their art department’s sketches and preproduction work.
  • The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. Also available on project gutenberg, and will revolutionize the way you think about drawing. It’s a bit wordy and dated, but worth it alone for the lesson that we do not draw what we see, in reality. Go read it.

WEBSITES THAT ARE VERY USEFUL

USEFUL THINGS TO OWN

  • Brown paper sketchbook. Makes defining volume a lot easier, for beginners and advanced artists alike— just get a white pencil and go crazy with highlights.
  • Small sketchbook. For all the times you can’t bring an a4 one someplace. Also good for sketching in public. Moleskines are good, as they get mistaken for ordinary notebooks often. See notes on sketching humans in public.
  • White pencils.
  • Several weights of mechanical pencil— awesome for when you can’t drop pencil shavings places.
  • A small package of prismacolor pencils. You don’t need to go crazy, but high quality pencils are really a necessity, IMO. A 12 pack will do. If you find they’re too soft, or keep snapping, try using the Verithin variety instead— they’ve got harder leads.
  • A good ruler. At least 6”. Tape pennies to it to avoid bleeding ink.
  • Tracing paper, so that you don’t have to completely redraw your semi-final sketch if you like it.
  • Masking tape. Keeps paper still on a worktop, and keeps tracing paper in place. Touch it to your clothes a couple times before sticking it to your paper to reduce the stickiness and possibility of your paper ripping.
  • Pen and ink. Also some good sable brushes. 
  • Carbon dust. Not a necessity, but it allows you to “paint” while still getting the effect of a pencil drawing.
  • Good kneaded eraser.
  • Good white plastic eraser.
  • A COMFORTABLE bag. That holds your electronics and wallet as well as all of this. 
  • Fingerless gloves. If your hands cramp often, these will help.
  • A website. Coroflot.com or tumblr will work fine. If using a tumblr, make a separate one for your art.


Wheew. That’s all I have for now, I think!

hyperbali:

hallo yes i have scans 4 u

there’s a ton of cool shit in this book but i tried to limit scans down to costume/character design as per psdo’s request

Not Pictured:

Excuse me while I go faint.

Careful observation really does pay off and practice. I’ve got a LONG way ahead, but I decided to finally pay attention to value, and this is the best shading I’ve ever done so far.
(I’m going to hate this like, tomorrow, or later on today, but right now, I’m proud of it)

On another note, shame on me! I’ve abandoned my art blog!

I promise I’ve been practicing, I want to make art worthy of being looked at ;-;

Sorry for the crappy phone quality!

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