1. when you catch a water balloon without popping it and you feel like a god
(for an OC prompt meme that was going around, this one was for “school uniform”)

    when you catch a water balloon without popping it and you feel like a god

    (for an OC prompt meme that was going around, this one was for “school uniform”)

    2 weeks ago  /  13 notes

  2. old OC scribs

    2 weeks ago  /  14 notes

  3. some pretty flowers for your dash

    some pretty flowers for your dash

    2 weeks ago  /  11 notes

  4. 
*** GO HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE***
This post is always being updated so check the link!
IF YOU AREN’T SURE IF SOME RESOURCES ARE FREE TO USE, ASK THE AUTHOR OR DON’T USE THEM (AND DON’T REPOST THEM). You don’t need to use everything you get a hand on, you can always use them for reference and inspiration.
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GAMES CREATION PROGRAMS
There are probably many more but these are very popular, and therefore, you can easily find tutorials and materials/resources to work with them!
IG Maker & RPG MAKER - Focus of this post
RPG Toolkit - Free software for RPG games and others
Sim RPG Maker 95 - For Strategic/Tactical RPG creation
RPG Creator - Will soon include MMORPG creation
M.U.G.E.N. - Free 2D Fighting Game Creator!
Game Maker - Free (buy pro version) for all kind of games
Review of these programs for the super newbies
Overlook of these programs
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IMPORTANT + RELEASING YOUR GAME
Using resources + Crediting/Sourcing - how to avoid jail!
Selling your game - A bit outdated but good reference
Sites to upload & host heavy files - To share the game
Compressing game files - Do this BEFORE you use them
Splitting & Compressing - to share super heavy games
Hacha - Another free splitting program for heavy files
Releasing games without RTP - To make the game lighter
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GENERAL RPGM SITES, FORUMS & COMMUNITIES
Where you can buy programs, inform yourself, ask questions, share ideas, find resources… a bit of everything!
Official RPG Maker site - FAQs, buy program, etc.
Official RPG Maker blog
Official RPG Maker Forums
RPG Maker VX Ace Wiki - Find masterlists and more
RPGMaker.net - Also for TKool, IG Maker, etc.!
RPGMaker Things - Tumblr blog by Sleep
RPGMaker XP Resources - Tumblr Blog
Flaming Teddy Productions
- Tumblr Blog
HBGames.org - Forums for games creation
Creation Asylum - Forums for game creation
CLOSET Ace - Japanese - TKool & RPG Maker resources
RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)
RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM
RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same
Ocean’s Dream - Development blog, pixel tutorials, etc.
Division Heaven - Free resources blog
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TUTORIALS
Remember that the very basics of the program (what are the layers, how to go around resources management, etc.) is available in the HELP section of the program itself! Read the instructions manual first of all! There are also tons of Youtube videos visually explaining the basics!
Very basic first steps to any RPG Maker project!
GDU’s Tutorials - Froms scripting to pixel art & more
VX Ace Tutorials Masterlist
More RPG Maker VX Ace Tutorials
RPG Maker XP Tutorials Masterlist
More XP Tutorials - Also find VX and Ace’s on the side!
What’s this Parallax Mapping thing I hear so much of?
Scripts basics you must know before asking
Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies
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SCRIPTS - RPG Maker XP, VX & VXACE
Please do remember that XP, VX and VX Ace use different programing languages. You need to use specific scripts for each specific program! Also, different scripts may overlayer others, or not be enterely compatible. ALSO: always read the scripter’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Scripts basics you must know before asking + Scripts
RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts Masterlist (RGSS3)
RPG Maker VX Scripts Masterlist (RGSS2)
RPG Maker XP Scripts Masterlist (RGSS1)
GDU’s List of Scripts - For XP, VX and VXAce
Yanfly Channel - compatibles with Yami & Kread-Ex’s
Grimoire Castle - Kread-Ex’s scripts and more
Khas - Open for commissions too!
Victor’s Scripts - Side battle view and tons more!
Atelier RGSS - A variety of unique scripts from creating a music or picture gallery to pick & throw items and more!
Fomar0153’s Scripts - Free for commercial use
VitorJ’s Scripts - Free to use + requests
DiamondandPlatinum3 - VX and VXAce scripter
Galv’s Scripts - More VXAce scripts
Bubble BLog - More VX Ace (contact for commerical use)
Hime Works - More VXAce scripts
Soulpour’s RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts - Yeah
RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)
RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM
RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same
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CODERS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF
(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!
Yami / Kread-Ex / Fomar0153 / Khas /
Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.
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ARTISTS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF
(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!
Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.
CarmenMCS ( Tumblr / DA ) - Sprites, illustrations, etc.
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RPGMaker STYLE CHARACTERS GENERATORS
These are little tools and programs that will allow you to create characters putting together different pre-made body parts and clothes in a editor!
XP to VX Converter for characters sprites
Game Character Hub - Fusions, recolours & more
Loose Leaf - a sprites generator for XP style characters
Famicon’s VX/Ace sprites generator - Female characs
Famicon’s VX/Ace csprites generator - Male characs
Junkhunt Character chip Generator - VX/Ace Style
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RPG MAKER STYLE GRAPHICS
A separated list for graphics resources that resemble RPG Maker default graphics. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Granny’s Lists - Masterpost of RPGM graphic resources
Characters Templates (under construction)
Tilesets Templates (under construction)
Pixel Art World - Many XP style graphics
Sithjester’s RMXP Resources - XP style
First Seed Materials - Taller VXAce art style and more
Lunarea’s - Resources Blog
Ayene-chan’s graphics - the artist’s Deviantart site
RPG Maker artists - group on Deviantart
Kaito’s resources - Charas, modern & japanese scenery…
CarmenMCS’s Pixel Art - Icons, sprites, parallax add-ons…
Hetalia characters and costumes - VX/Ace style
Hetalia Videogames - Hetalia fangames creation group
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OTHER GRAPHIC RESOURCES

Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Pixel Joint .com
- It’s like the Deviantart of Pixel art!
Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies
Oceans Dream - Pixel Art tutorials and more
Game Art - Deviantart group (graphics, sound, etc)
Open Game Art .org - Free sprites, music, textures…
The Spriters Resource - all those classic games graphics!
Sprite Database - More of the same
Retrogamer Zone - More of the same
The Videogames Atlas - Very useful for reference!
Megaman Series Resources - Sprites, Models, Sounds…
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MUSIC CREATION SOFTWARE
Whether you know little about music or a lot, these are very useful resources to create your own music, sheets, remixes, etc.
TJFree.com’s list of free Music Composition Software
And list of Free Music & Audio Software
NoteFlight - ONLINE & Free composition & notation
MuseScore - Free (Midi) composition & notation software
MusInk - Free (Midi) composition & notation software
Finale NotePad - Free composition & notation software
Virtual Music Composer (3.0) - Remix, compose, etc.
MagiX Music Maker  - (Commercial) composition, beatbox..
Music Creator Touch - (Commercial) composition, beatbox
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SONGS FOR YOUR GAMES
There are a thousand sites with copyrighted and free music, and they aren’t difficult to find so this is just a list of some remarkable ones. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
*** IMPORTANT: Copyrighted music from anime, video games, movies, etc. can only be used for free non-commercial fan creations, private projects, and such… and only to some extend. Some companies are ok with it as long as you don’t make money out of it, and some aren’t. Take a look at this link to learn more about it.
Granny’s Lists - Includes Music and Sound effects section
VGMdb - Catalogue of videogames & anime OSTs
Videogame Music - Listen to & Download games OSTs
Galbadia Hotel - Videogame & anime music and SHEETS
BlueLaguna - Source for RPG media (songs, videos…)
Music & Game - Download game OSTs
DownloadOST.com - Like it sounds
AnimeOST.com - Like it sounds
Free Anime Music.com - Like it sounds
Jasmine Cooper’s Music - Free to use music for games
The Music Case - Royalty free music & stock music
Purple Planet - Royalty Free music
Vimeo Music Store - Everything (commercial, free, etc.)
Sound Cloud - Everything again
Incompetech - Royalty Free Music (but you can donate!)
Instrumentals Free.com - Like it sounds!
ccMixer - In concrete, Dig.ccMixter free for commercial use
Tam Music Factory - Royalty Free music (please don’t use if you don’t understand the terms & conditions of usage!)
Music Material - Plz don’t use if you don’t understand
Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free
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SOUND EFFECTS
Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free
Audio Jungle.net - Free & non-free resources
Sound Bible - Royalty Free sounds
Soundjay - Royalty Free sounds
Hetalia Voices and Sounds ripped - Credits: Kiaolao The Dubber (Luca)———————————————————————————————
MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS
Some other tools, websites and the such that I think can help with the development and exposition of your game.
Donjon RPG Tools - Maps generator, items, XP calculator..
Debut Video Capture - Video screen recording & more to make LPs, show your game on youtube as a video, etc.
Ripping sprites from retro consoles
Ripping sprites
Ripping Playstation Sprites with ePSXe and PSX-Vram
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RELATED MASTERPOSTS
Resources for Game making Masterlist
Suikoden Masterpost - Genso Suikoden videogames graphics, music, official art, extra material such as novels and mangas, RPG Maker Fangames, etc.
Dynasty Warriors Masterpost - Shin Sangoku Musou

    *** GO HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE***

    This post is always being updated so check the link!

    IF YOU AREN’T SURE IF SOME RESOURCES ARE FREE TO USE, ASK THE AUTHOR OR DON’T USE THEM (AND DON’T REPOST THEM). You don’t need to use everything you get a hand on, you can always use them for reference and inspiration.

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    GAMES CREATION PROGRAMS

    There are probably many more but these are very popular, and therefore, you can easily find tutorials and materials/resources to work with them!

    IG Maker & RPG MAKER - Focus of this post

    RPG Toolkit - Free software for RPG games and others

    Sim RPG Maker 95 - For Strategic/Tactical RPG creation

    RPG Creator - Will soon include MMORPG creation

    M.U.G.E.N. - Free 2D Fighting Game Creator!

    Game Maker - Free (buy pro version) for all kind of games

    Review of these programs for the super newbies

    Overlook of these programs

    ———————————————————————————————

    IMPORTANT + RELEASING YOUR GAME

    Using resources + Crediting/Sourcing - how to avoid jail!

    Selling your game - A bit outdated but good reference

    Sites to upload & host heavy files - To share the game

    Compressing game files - Do this BEFORE you use them

    Splitting & Compressing - to share super heavy games

    Hacha - Another free splitting program for heavy files

    Releasing games without RTP - To make the game lighter

    ———————————————————————————————

    GENERAL RPGM SITES, FORUMS & COMMUNITIES

    Where you can buy programs, inform yourself, ask questions, share ideas, find resources… a bit of everything!

    Official RPG Maker site - FAQs, buy program, etc.

    Official RPG Maker blog

    Official RPG Maker Forums

    RPG Maker VX Ace Wiki - Find masterlists and more

    RPGMaker.net - Also for TKool, IG Maker, etc.!

    RPGMaker Things - Tumblr blog by Sleep

    RPGMaker XP Resources - Tumblr Blog

    Flaming Teddy Productions
    - Tumblr Blog

    HBGames.org - Forums for games creation

    Creation Asylum - Forums for game creation

    CLOSET Ace - Japanese - TKool & RPG Maker resources

    RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)

    RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM

    RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same

    Ocean’s Dream - Development blog, pixel tutorials, etc.

    Division Heaven - Free resources blog

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    TUTORIALS

    Remember that the very basics of the program (what are the layers, how to go around resources management, etc.) is available in the HELP section of the program itself! Read the instructions manual first of all! There are also tons of Youtube videos visually explaining the basics!

    Very basic first steps to any RPG Maker project!

    GDU’s Tutorials - Froms scripting to pixel art & more

    VX Ace Tutorials Masterlist

    More RPG Maker VX Ace Tutorials

    RPG Maker XP Tutorials Masterlist

    More XP Tutorials - Also find VX and Ace’s on the side!

    What’s this Parallax Mapping thing I hear so much of?

    Scripts basics you must know before asking

    Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies

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    SCRIPTS - RPG Maker XP, VX & VXACE

    Please do remember that XP, VX and VX Ace use different programing languages. You need to use specific scripts for each specific program! Also, different scripts may overlayer others, or not be enterely compatible. ALSO: always read the scripter’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

    Scripts basics you must know before asking + Scripts

    RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts Masterlist (RGSS3)

    RPG Maker VX Scripts Masterlist (RGSS2)

    RPG Maker XP Scripts Masterlist (RGSS1)

    GDU’s List of Scripts - For XP, VX and VXAce

    Yanfly Channel - compatibles with Yami & Kread-Ex’s

    Grimoire Castle - Kread-Ex’s scripts and more

    Khas - Open for commissions too!

    Victor’s Scripts - Side battle view and tons more!

    Atelier RGSS - A variety of unique scripts from creating a music or picture gallery to pick & throw items and more!

    Fomar0153’s Scripts - Free for commercial use

    VitorJ’s Scripts - Free to use + requests

    DiamondandPlatinum3 - VX and VXAce scripter

    Galv’s Scripts - More VXAce scripts

    Bubble BLog - More VX Ace (contact for commerical use)

    Hime Works - More VXAce scripts

    Soulpour’s RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts - Yeah

    RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)

    RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM

    RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same

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    CODERS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF

    (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!

    Yami / Kread-Ex / Fomar0153 / Khas /

    Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.

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    ARTISTS TO COMMISSION FOR RPG MAKER STUFF

    (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!

    Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.

    CarmenMCS ( Tumblr / DA ) - Sprites, illustrations, etc.

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    RPGMaker STYLE CHARACTERS GENERATORS

    These are little tools and programs that will allow you to create characters putting together different pre-made body parts and clothes in a editor!

    XP to VX Converter for characters sprites

    Game Character Hub - Fusions, recolours & more

    Loose Leaf - a sprites generator for XP style characters

    Famicon’s VX/Ace sprites generator - Female characs

    Famicon’s VX/Ace csprites generator - Male characs

    Junkhunt Character chip Generator - VX/Ace Style

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    RPG MAKER STYLE GRAPHICS

    A separated list for graphics resources that resemble RPG Maker default graphics. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

    Granny’s Lists - Masterpost of RPGM graphic resources

    Characters Templates (under construction)

    Tilesets Templates (under construction)

    Pixel Art World - Many XP style graphics

    Sithjester’s RMXP Resources - XP style

    First Seed Materials - Taller VXAce art style and more

    Lunarea’s - Resources Blog

    Ayene-chan’s graphics - the artist’s Deviantart site

    RPG Maker artists - group on Deviantart

    Kaito’s resources - Charas, modern & japanese scenery…

    CarmenMCS’s Pixel Art - Icons, sprites, parallax add-ons…

    Hetalia characters and costumes - VX/Ace style

    Hetalia Videogames - Hetalia fangames creation group

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    OTHER GRAPHIC RESOURCES
    Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
    Pixel Joint .com
    - It’s like the Deviantart of Pixel art!

    Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies

    Oceans Dream - Pixel Art tutorials and more

    Game Art - Deviantart group (graphics, sound, etc)

    Open Game Art .org - Free sprites, music, textures…

    The Spriters Resource - all those classic games graphics!

    Sprite Database - More of the same

    Retrogamer Zone - More of the same

    The Videogames Atlas - Very useful for reference!

    Megaman Series Resources - Sprites, Models, Sounds…

     ——————————————————————————————

    MUSIC CREATION SOFTWARE

    Whether you know little about music or a lot, these are very useful resources to create your own music, sheets, remixes, etc.

    TJFree.com’s list of free Music Composition Software

    And list of Free Music & Audio Software

    NoteFlight - ONLINE & Free composition & notation

    MuseScore - Free (Midi) composition & notation software

    MusInk - Free (Midi) composition & notation software

    Finale NotePad - Free composition & notation software

    Virtual Music Composer (3.0) - Remix, compose, etc.

    MagiX Music Maker  - (Commercial) composition, beatbox..

    Music Creator Touch - (Commercial) composition, beatbox

    ——————————————————————————————-

    SONGS FOR YOUR GAMES

    There are a thousand sites with copyrighted and free music, and they aren’t difficult to find so this is just a list of some remarkable ones. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

    *** IMPORTANT: Copyrighted music from anime, video games, movies, etc. can only be used for free non-commercial fan creations, private projects, and such… and only to some extend. Some companies are ok with it as long as you don’t make money out of it, and some aren’t. Take a look at this link to learn more about it.

    Granny’s Lists - Includes Music and Sound effects section

    VGMdb - Catalogue of videogames & anime OSTs

    Videogame Music - Listen to & Download games OSTs

    Galbadia Hotel - Videogame & anime music and SHEETS

    BlueLaguna - Source for RPG media (songs, videos…)

    Music & Game - Download game OSTs

    DownloadOST.com - Like it sounds

    AnimeOST.com - Like it sounds

    Free Anime Music.com - Like it sounds

    Jasmine Cooper’s Music - Free to use music for games

    The Music Case - Royalty free music & stock music

    Purple Planet - Royalty Free music

    Vimeo Music Store - Everything (commercial, free, etc.)

    Sound Cloud - Everything again

    Incompetech - Royalty Free Music (but you can donate!)

    Instrumentals Free.com - Like it sounds!

    ccMixer - In concrete, Dig.ccMixter free for commercial use

    Tam Music Factory - Royalty Free music (please don’t use if you don’t understand the terms & conditions of usage!)

    Music Material - Plz don’t use if you don’t understand

    Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free

    ———————————————————————————————

    SOUND EFFECTS

    Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

    Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free

    Audio Jungle.net - Free & non-free resources

    Sound Bible - Royalty Free sounds

    Soundjay - Royalty Free sounds

    Hetalia Voices and Sounds ripped - Credits: Kiaolao The Dubber (Luca)

    ———————————————————————————————

    MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS

    Some other tools, websites and the such that I think can help with the development and exposition of your game.

    Donjon RPG Tools - Maps generator, items, XP calculator..

    Debut Video Capture - Video screen recording & more to make LPs, show your game on youtube as a video, etc.

    Ripping sprites from retro consoles

    Ripping sprites

    Ripping Playstation Sprites with ePSXe and PSX-Vram

    ———————————————————————————————

    RELATED MASTERPOSTS

    Resources for Game making Masterlist

    Suikoden Masterpost - Genso Suikoden videogames graphics, music, official art, extra material such as novels and mangas, RPG Maker Fangames, etc.

    Dynasty Warriors Masterpost - Shin Sangoku Musou

    (via oratorlibrary)

    2 weeks ago  /  17,724 notes  /  Source: carmenmcs

  5. animationtidbits:

    Understanding Color

    (via wannabeanimator)

    1 month ago  /  22,859 notes  /  Source: blenderguru.com

  6. ktshy:

    helpfulharrie:

    !! Woah guys! Pixelovely’s new tools are finally out, one for hands & feet, and one for faces!

    There’s now 429 photos of hands & feet, and 314 photos of faces. Dang!!

    This is super cool news and I certainly can’t wait to start using them haha

    I’ve got tons of tutorials on hands, feet and faces in their relevant tags, so be sure to check those out too nwn

    Check out Pixelovely! I usually start my drawing day by warming up with the figure drawing practice sessions.

    (via capplum)

    1 month ago  /  43,016 notes  /  Source: helpfulharrie

  7. meedean:

    morbidlizard:

    notzilon:

    Hey tumblr, have you ever thought to yourself, “dang it’d sure be cool to set a project in something other than the current times,” but when you go to look up references on google, all you get is a horrible historical pastiche of days gone by?

    Well boy howdy, do I have a reference for you!

    The Wishbook Web has scans of entire consumer catalogs from past decades, ranging from the early 30s to the late 80s. Each catalog has pages upon pages of reference of clothing, accessories, and shoes for all ages, as well as toys, gadgets, and all sorts of junk that you might buy for yourself or your loved ones. While the website exclusively has Christmas catalogs, the photos and illustrations show products that you could use year-round.

    SO MANY REFS OMG…

    I’d like to add on top of this that all of the issues of Life Magazine (1936-1972) are available via Google Books and they are just a wealth of photography, advertisement, culture, and history. There are just some really neat glimpses into history here, especially powerful when you browse through and you can see the issues leading up to wars, and then finally the first issue after a war begins—and you know what all is going to happen (I recommend the Dec. 22, 1941 issue, it’s such a strange mix of shocking reaction to news, propaganda, hope and advertisements that act like nothing’s going on).

    It’s not like looking at a history book and just reading a timeline, it’s the reactions of real people at that time, in print. It’s so neat!

    1 month ago  /  23,978 notes  /  Source: notzilon

  8. More thoughts on art

    stephaniepepper:

    kinomatika:

    Man the one thing I can’t stop thinking about is how desperate young artists seem to be for shortcuts, and that’s kind of disheartening

    When I was streaming I got a bunch of questions asking like ‘Do you have tips or tutorials for drawing xyz thing’ and my response to those questions was consistently ‘Just practise and research.’

    And it seemed like a lot of people were not happy with that answer.

    Like I mean if you want to get better at art, that’s how it is. That’s what you have to do. There are no shortcuts, there are no fast-tracks to learning and mastering techniques. Sure you can look up tutorials and stuff but the main issue I have with tutorials is not the tutorials themselves, but rather the way people consume them.

    It’s like when they see something put down on paper and there are steps to it or whatever, they will follow those steps and follow that exact set of steps for as long as they can, until they realise that not branching out and trying new things has ultimately given them a sort of artistic handicap.

    Learning to do things in different ways is very important for becoming a good artist. Trying new things and branching away from your comfort zone is wildly important to your development. I mean, it’s kind of like doing anything else that requires dedication and repetition and practise.

    Sure, you can play a song on guitar, but that doesn’t mean you know how to play guitar. That means you know how to play one song, one way. And that’s not helping you at all.

    Same goes for art! You need to try. You need to force yourself away from what you’re used to doing and try different ways. You need to look at the broader picture, as it were. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t go ‘Oh, this tutorial says that this is how I should shade skin so obviously this is the only way I am going to do it for the rest of my artistic career.’

    Sure, you can shade skin to make it look like it’s in broad daylight. But what about if you want to shade skin to make it look like the character you’re drawing is illuminated by the moon? What if you want to draw them in a dark and dingy swamp? What if you want to draw them in a night club? Then where will your tutorial be to help you?

    That sounds really ominous but it’s true. You have to move your assand try different things. Don’t rely entirely on what someone tells you as the end-all-be-all to your method of drawing. Expand and question things! Look up like a BUNCH of different references and try to combine them! STOP LOOKING FOR SHORTCUTS.

    I mean idk, art isn’t an easy thing. It takes years to hone and change and improve and even the masters were still improving and changing and getting better when they were at the end of their lives! Sitting there on your computer going ‘WHY CAN’T I DO THIS’ probably has something to do with the fact that you’re likely jumping into the deep end rather than starting from the very beginning, and that’s when you’re more likely to get frustrated and give up.

    No, it isn’t fun to realize that you have to go back QUITE A BIT until you end up getting to where you need to be, but yo, them’s the breaks. Everyone has the potential to be a great artist, but you need the motivation and the dedication and that means not cutting corners.

    Any art college professor will tell you that. Joe Schmoe on the street drawing in his little life drawing sketchbook will tell you that. Even weird impressionist artists will tell you that. If you want to sit in your little bubble and stick to only what you’ve been told and not branch out, then fine, but don’t get all persnickety when five years down the line you realise you shouldn’t have done that.

    Can everyone just read this?? Life lessons.

    1 month ago  /  3,495 notes  /  Source: kinomatika

  9. toerning:

WOW YOU GUYS So many people expressed interest in doing a daily draw group thing, made me totally excited, and when I get excited I blow things way out of proportion and therefore I have designed a new one hahahaha.
So the way this works is, each day will have 2 opposing prompts.  You can choose the one that is harder for a challenge, or the one that is easier if you don’t have a lot of time or it’s an off day.  I fully expect to be doing like half easy.  Also this is 20 days because 20 days is as far into the future as I can think without having an anxiety attack also April will happen.
Here are the prompts!
Portrait / Action PoseInterior / ExteriorBlack&White / ColorMachinery / NatureSaturated Palette / Muted Palette           70 / 30 Rule  (Explained at about 5:35- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oO2J2ponho)Suit / DressFull Page / VignetteGruesome / SaccharineIndustrial / PastoralLittle Kid / Old PersonOpen Space / Enclosed SpaceLove / HatePretty / UglyPattern / RandomForm / FunctionModern / VintageCluttered / CleanMonstrous / CuteBadass / Innocent
Odds and Ends:
- About once a week I’ll cross off the ones that we’ve done and reblog.
- Feel free to jump in AT ANY TIME! 
- Tag your sketches “Easy and Hard Challenge,” so we all know where to look!!!
- NEVER FEEL BAD about skipping a day!  Just jump on the next one you can fit in.  You can catch up if you want, but momentum is more important, that’s why it’s going to be so great to do this in a group.
OKAY WE START TOMORROW WITH PORTRAIT OR ACTION POSE!

    toerning:

    WOW YOU GUYS So many people expressed interest in doing a daily draw group thing, made me totally excited, and when I get excited I blow things way out of proportion and therefore I have designed a new one hahahaha.

    So the way this works is, each day will have 2 opposing prompts.  You can choose the one that is harder for a challenge, or the one that is easier if you don’t have a lot of time or it’s an off day.  I fully expect to be doing like half easy.  Also this is 20 days because 20 days is as far into the future as I can think without having an anxiety attack also April will happen.

    Here are the prompts!

    Portrait / Action Pose
    Interior / Exterior
    Black&White / Color
    Machinery / Nature
    Saturated Palette / Muted Palette          
    70 / 30 Rule  (Explained at about 5:35- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oO2J2ponho)
    Suit / Dress
    Full Page / Vignette
    Gruesome / Saccharine
    Industrial / Pastoral
    Little Kid / Old Person
    Open Space / Enclosed Space
    Love / Hate
    Pretty / Ugly
    Pattern / Random
    Form / Function
    Modern / Vintage
    Cluttered / Clean
    Monstrous / Cute
    Badass / Innocent

    Odds and Ends:

    - About once a week I’ll cross off the ones that we’ve done and reblog.

    - Feel free to jump in AT ANY TIME! 

    - Tag your sketches “Easy and Hard Challenge,” so we all know where to look!!!

    - NEVER FEEL BAD about skipping a day!  Just jump on the next one you can fit in.  You can catch up if you want, but momentum is more important, that’s why it’s going to be so great to do this in a group.

    OKAY WE START TOMORROW WITH PORTRAIT OR ACTION POSE!

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  10. imedarski:

I discovered how to make a Photoshop brush that behaves almost exactly the same way oils do. To download the thing click here.
It’s a Tool (Smudge) so you should load it into Tool Presets. And also play around with Strength to find what percentage works best for you. 
If you can’t install it properly, you can find a tutorial on how to make it here.

    imedarski:

    I discovered how to make a Photoshop brush that behaves almost exactly the same way oils do. To download the thing click here.

    It’s a Tool (Smudge) so you should load it into Tool Presets. And also play around with Strength to find what percentage works best for you. 

    If you can’t install it properly, you can find a tutorial on how to make it here.

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  11. whethervane:

    kanotynes:

    btw If you really do want to learn to animate, don’t follow my advice just read this: http://www.scribd.com/doc/5445343/the-animators-survival-kit-richard-williams

    HOLY SHITTTTT A PDF OF THE ENTIRE GODDAMN BOOK!!!! EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN TO ANIMATE SHOULD READ THIS

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  12. some color studies

    some color studies

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  13. drawnaww:

i got carried away

Ahhhhh this is really beautiful!! I love the jewelry 

    drawnaww:

    i got carried away

    Ahhhhh this is really beautiful!! I love the jewelry 

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  14. yamino:

See these torture devices? This is what I have to deal with when I get too excited/overloaded with work and I draw and draw and draw with no regard for the warning aches in my wrists.
I know a lot of other artists suffer from tendonitis/carpal tunnel syndrome, and webcomic artists are especially prone to it since we spend a lot of time hunched over keyboards too. (I’ve noticed typing seems to aggravate it more than drawing.)
Here are some tips I have learned the hard way:
Don’t assume the pain will “go away eventually” and just keep drawing.  Trust me, it will not. It’s only downhill from here. The pain means you’ve already injured yourself.  Take a break.
If you do press on anyway, you’ll have to wait longer to heal.  When I first had my doctor see me, he said to take a minimum two week break from drawing and typing.  If you are like me, that’s like asking me to stop breathing for that long.  Do you want to die?? Do you?? I didn’t think so.  Put the pen down and take a break.
It takes a LONG time to heal. It took me about two years to stop feeling the effects when I messed my wrists up really bad the first time.
Once you feel better, the instinct is to immediately jump right back into drawing/typing/whatever activity caused your repeated stress injury  (hey I’m not judging) but be careful not to overdo it and hurt yourself all over again!  It’s not like a videogame health bar that always replenishes back to full.  I’ve noticed that once I got tendonitis, it never fully went away, and the more often I induced it with bad habits, the sooner it comes back after doing the same amount of drawing.  Pay attention to your activity and to your body telling you it’s time to stop before it hurts.
This video of wrist exercises helped reduce my pain a lot, and is also good for preventing it in the first place.
Take care of yourself, artists.  Your hands are your livelihood.  Don’t take them for granted!

    yamino:

    See these torture devices? This is what I have to deal with when I get too excited/overloaded with work and I draw and draw and draw with no regard for the warning aches in my wrists.

    I know a lot of other artists suffer from tendonitis/carpal tunnel syndrome, and webcomic artists are especially prone to it since we spend a lot of time hunched over keyboards too. (I’ve noticed typing seems to aggravate it more than drawing.)

    Here are some tips I have learned the hard way:

    • Don’t assume the pain will “go away eventually” and just keep drawing.  Trust me, it will not. It’s only downhill from here. The pain means you’ve already injured yourself.  Take a break.
    • If you do press on anyway, you’ll have to wait longer to heal.  When I first had my doctor see me, he said to take a minimum two week break from drawing and typing.  If you are like me, that’s like asking me to stop breathing for that long.  Do you want to die?? Do you?? I didn’t think so.  Put the pen down and take a break.
    • It takes a LONG time to heal. It took me about two years to stop feeling the effects when I messed my wrists up really bad the first time.
    • Once you feel better, the instinct is to immediately jump right back into drawing/typing/whatever activity caused your repeated stress injury  (hey I’m not judging) but be careful not to overdo it and hurt yourself all over again!  It’s not like a videogame health bar that always replenishes back to full.  I’ve noticed that once I got tendonitis, it never fully went away, and the more often I induced it with bad habits, the sooner it comes back after doing the same amount of drawing.  Pay attention to your activity and to your body telling you it’s time to stop before it hurts.
    • This video of wrist exercises helped reduce my pain a lot, and is also good for preventing it in the first place.

    Take care of yourself, artists.  Your hands are your livelihood.  Don’t take them for granted!

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  15. yeahwriters:

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    referenceforwriters:

    Hemingway App

    thetrolliestcritic:

    Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. 

    Basically the coolest little tool to have as a writer.

    This is awesome!!!

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