July242014
“Don’t judge a book by its cover? NO! People judge books by their cover! They fucking do it. They MUST judge books by covers!!! I am a designer! That’s what we do! TO MAKE PEOPLE JUDGE AND INTERESTED BY THE COVER!” my cousin, art student (via toroheicho)

(via queersamwilson)

7AM

Anonymous said: I have a kinda personal art question if you don't mind my asking?You post amazing art works a lot and you have a very distinct style of drawing that is obviously from tons of practice. How did you manage to start practicing so much? I always get frustrated with my work that I can't get myself to draw anything for days again at the earliest, and that's if I can even draw something in the first place without getting embarrassed looking at my work. I guess I'm just curious if you have any tips?

ladynorthstar:

I kinda always need to fidget, basically… I can’t have my hands not doing anything while I’m listening to someone talking, or watch a movie, or when I’m waiting, so I canalized that into the fact I’m constantly scribblign on something, and that means that in the end I’m constantly practicing without the stress of being it something finished.

1- SCRIBBLE: because the secret is not to think about it: practice is practice, it’s not something finished you should post! you’re just letting ideas flow. if you like what came out of your scribbling you can make something decent in a second moment, but scribbling is what makes you confident in your lines, in your strokes, in how you compose the figure. cover pages and pages of scribbles, I’ve got like 6 different sketchbooks scattered around the house, doesn’t matter the kind of paper, the size of the sketchbook, anything… just put shit down. and if you scribble on the side of a newspaper or on a paper towel then cut the scribble out and put in inside your sketchbook! you should not take it as a task, but as stretching before running a race. it’s just warm ups, no contest, no standard to reach, no people to confront yourself to, you’re just getting your hands ready.

2- PAUSES: it’s normal to get days without drawing! if I have to study many times I don’t have time to make a fully finished drawing for weeks, if I can I still scribble… see this as some resting to get ideas sorted and recharge batteries, it’s not a negative thing not to draw for some time!

3- IMPROVEMENT IS NOT FAST: it would be awesome if it was, I would have spared myself nights and years of hysteric cries and depression breakdowns if it was fast, or easy. but still, it happens. I have so many fields I’m still working on it looks really discouraging: backgrounds, texture, shading, colors, anatomy. but that means it’s fields you know there is still improvements to be made in. it’s stuff you know you WILL get better at if you look at fucktons of masters, if you let yourself learn from artists you admire, if you practice, if you look at lots of tutorials. it take me YEARS to figure out arms muscles in a way that felt natural for me, without needing to reference them every time. at least 3 years of work. but after 3 years I can say I cracked the code on that and I’m a better artist because of this! it’s one of the best feeling in the world, just requires lots of patience and determination, there is no such thing as innate talent.

4- INSPIRATION: it’s healthy and necessary to have artspirations, artists whose work greatly influence yours, but try not to become them! you have to be you, and that means to have multiple source of inspiration that influence your growth as an artist, to recognize and never deny those source of inspiration, because they are what make you what you are, they are your fathers and mothers… but, really, make sure you have many and never fixate on one! otherwise instead of developing YOUR thing, you’d just be doing theirs. influences have to help you create your style, they don’t have to be a patchwork of things you copy.

5- REFERENCE: don’t let ANYONE tell you that using reference is “cheating” or similar bullshit, using reference is the basis of art. it’s FUNDAMENTAL. it doesn’t mean you have to copy, using references is taking inspiration, taking one or two details, the general feeling. photograph yourself, use stock photos, photograph your friends, but use references! if you don’t know how to make something, don’t guess it, chance is that you’ll get it wrong. there is a reason every single master painter of the past drew from life or with a model, even the less realistic ones like Picasso: you need a anchor to reality to work on. 

hope this can be useful somehow @.@

July232014
July212014

odditiesoflife:

This 3200 Year Old Tree is So Massive, It’s Never Been Captured in a Single Image…Until Now

It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname like “The President”. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall and is an estimated 3,200 years old. The trunk measures 27 feet across and, between the base and the highest peak, there are an estimated two billion needles.

Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to try to be the first.

It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which one scientist argues is the largest in the world (if you take into account width). After stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this mind-blowing portrait of “The President” captured in a single photo for the first time.

(Source: distractify.com, via lefoxdenoir)

8PM
iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for torotix ! almost everything in this one can be found somewhere on the floor of my room

iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for torotix ! almost everything in this one can be found somewhere on the floor of my room

(via sugarcatillustration)

July202014

paleoillustration:

Pleistocene Mural by William Stout for the San Diego Zoo.

Note that only the first picture is finished, the rest are some of the WIPs Mr. Stout posted in his journal (see the link above), where he wrote 30 entries about the making of this mural. The final artwork has this level of detail. Again, check the first link for more pictures and information.

(via scientificillustration)

8AM
theartofmichaelwhelan:

GREEN ANGEL TOWER (1993) by Michael Whelan, cover for To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams.

This series was too sad for me. Probably sadder than GoT (yes really), but the cover art is AMAZING. If you can, find a high, high resolution picture because the filigree stonework will take your breath away.

theartofmichaelwhelan:

GREEN ANGEL TOWER (1993) by Michael Whelan, cover for To Green Angel Tower by Tad Williams.

This series was too sad for me. Probably sadder than GoT (yes really), but the cover art is AMAZING. If you can, find a high, high resolution picture because the filigree stonework will take your breath away.

July182014

bewbin:

sagansense:

canadian-space-agency:

Stunning Vine video of aurora borealis lights lighting up the Earth as Orion rises in the background as seen from the ISS.

Credit: NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman

A reminder of how beautiful our planet looks from the outside, indifferent to all of the unnecessary and artificial conflicts going on amidst a single species below…

this is one small step for man, and one giant leap for the vine

(Source: vine.co, via thescarletqueen)

5PM

allthisandtea:

betta-adventures:

betta-adventures:

Halfmoon Betta

I can’t get over how beautiful this guy is.

Hey, just wanted to drop a quick little note to the fish side of tumblr. :)  I follow a few of your blogs so far, and I just wanted to say thank you for the education and for the beautiful pictures.  I’m in an apartment right now with little space to properly house a suitably-sized betta tank, but we’re looking to buy a house right now, and thanks to you folks, I will have a good foundation for properly caring for said fish and aquarium when the time comes.  You rock!

betta 

July172014

stuffman:

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People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter

(via johanirae)

5PM
fooltofancy:

huge doofus.

As opposed to the petite doofus, opera singer, and mini-Toothless? 

fooltofancy:

huge doofus.

As opposed to the petite doofus, opera singer, and mini-Toothless? 

July162014

why are bats stigmatized as being creepy?

bodypartss:

elfpen:

I mean

look at these things

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they’re like tiny

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fluffy

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dragons

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but instead of breathing fire they squeak and cuddle 

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in caves

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and leaves

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and they have funny ears and noses

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I mean really

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bats are amazing

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This post is so fucking important to me

(via seananmcguire)

6PM

unexplained-events:

Franco Banfi

A swiss diver, captured these pictures of one of the six anacondas he saw on his 10 day trip to Mato Grosso in Brazil. This one was about 26-feet long.

"At the first moment it’s scary because you don’t know the animal and everybody says it’s dangerous. ‘But after a while you understand that nothing happens if you respect the snake. ‘I have never been so close to a snake like this before. But I think a small poisonous snake is more scary than a big one. At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they’re doing." - Franco Banfi

(via orianrise)

5PM
7AM
Current project: Amaterasu in accurate Heian noble lady clothing.

Current project: Amaterasu in accurate Heian noble lady clothing.

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