I love this candle holder and the fact that IBC has shown them in two colour ways - black and gold and white and black. Black and gold is a big colour combo right now - you’ll be seeing it more and more in the stores. But there’s something classic and black and white. This would be great for a centrepiece for your table - like a modern candelabra!
(also applicable to getting coloured sketch lines off of a scanned image, and making scanned lineart transparent)
in the last few days i’ve seen like three people with this problem?? and it is such an easy mistake to make and annoying to correct if you don’t know the trick so here…
Here’s a handy dandy color reference chart for you artists, writers, or any one else who needs it! Inspired by this post x
30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge
Are you tired of feeling like your art just isn’t improving? Do you want to do a 30-day challenge that’s actually useful? Welcome to 30 Days of Improvement Hell. >:D
I made this because I’ve been feeling super ‘blah’ about my art these days, and I needed something to kick-start myself. Who wants to do this with me!? Start now or whenever you can (now you procrastinators!). Challenge yourself and have fun at the same time!
Tag your posts with #Improvement Hell so everyone can follow along and see each other’s awesome artwork. I may even create a blog and reblog them! :D
What are you waiting for? START!
- Self-Portrait - Introduce yourself
- Draw a figure using a reference - link to reference
- Draw a figure that’s in action, using a reference - link to reference
- Draw a part of the human anatomy you have trouble with. x20, with atleast 5 being skeletal/musculature studies.
- Draw more figures. Quick gestures and silhouettes. x20, with atleast 10 different body shapes
- Let’s have some fun. Design a character from this character generator. (created by PreservedCucumbers)
- Pick the weirdest object in your house/room. Draw it. Shadows and Highlights.
- Find 2-3 objects, make a scene with them. Draw it. Bonus points for creativity. Double points for dramatic lighting.
- Draw a landscape of a place you’ve never been or drawn.
- Draw a BG with 1pt Perspective. Negative points if it’s a railroad or an empty street.
- Draw a BG with 2pt Perspective.
- Look out a window. Draw what you see. Bonus points for adding something interesting.
- Draw an interior setting with the character you designed on Day #6 in it.
- BG with either bird’s eye or worm’s eye view.
- Halfway there! Draw three ‘action’ scenes with different compositions in each. Quick sketches are fine, just make them interesting and understandable! Bonus points if it’s the same scene, but different composition.
- Draw a single page comic with 5-7 panels (the story begins and ends on one page).
- Draw an animal you’ve never drawn before. x10 Link references.
- Draw a car. Negative points for whining. Hint: Use a perspective grid.
- Think of the thing you hate drawing the most. Guess what? Draw it! Negative points for lying to yourself.
- Pick an object in your house/room. Now design a character from it, using the shapes, forms, textures, purpose and colors as inspiration. Also link/post the object you used. Negative points for using a humanoid action figure.
- Draw a character/object/scene, and shade them using ONLY solid blacks and whites. Bonus points for good use of lights/shadows
- Draw a different object/scene/character. Shade using hatching, crosshatcing, and/or pointillism. Bonus points for lights/shadows and textures.
- Colors! Pick a color palette, and paint a scene/character/object using only those colors (some blending allowed). Bonus points for good use of lights/shadows.
- Draw and color a scene/object/character - no lines allowed! (aka - lineless art). Don’t forget light and shadows!
- Draw a scene/character in a style you’ve never drawn before. If emulating an artist, credit+link. Bonus for color style.
- Draw a character. Draw 10 emotions/expressions. Bonus points for ‘uncommon’ emotions. (i.e. anxiety, guilt, despair, loneliness etc.)
- Draw three random shapes using your opposite hand (or your foot). Now design characters from those shapes.
- Turn on the tv (or load your illegally downloaded movies). Pick an actor and draw them.
- Almost done! Let’s have some fun. Draw some fanart. Bonus points if it’s super obscure and unknown. Make people guess what it’s from.
- Last day! Find a drawing you did within the last year. Now draw it again using what you’ve learned! Link it for comparison!
Look at all that amazing improvement! Congrats!
[Update] There is now a sequel challenge, Draw All The Things!
A mouth-watering fuck-ton of hand references.
[From various sources]
Write Real People
click and drag game
- ONE RULE: DON’T CLICK AND DRAG UNTIL YOU FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE!
- if you want me to add anything just write me. i’ll add that and update the post!
I love all the click and drag games on Tumblr and after I read an article about diversity in YA books, I wanted to make a click and drag “game” myself. (i think this was the article, but i’m not sure, sorry)
30 DAY MONSTER GIRL CHALLENGE
Favorite Monster Girl Type
Favorite Monster Girl Character
A Truly Gruesome Girl
A Group of Monster Girls Together
A Monster Girl and Her Significant Other
Celebrate Monster Girls!
30 Day Art Challenge: Draw all the things
My first challenge, Improvement Hell, was a way to inspire people to draw different things different ways, drawing outside their comfort zone, and most of all to draw every day. I had a few people ask for a follow up. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the sequel: Draw All The Things
Each day has three prompts. Some are specifics, others are vague, but all are geared to spark your imagination and inspiration. Take from them whatever you want. Design a character, an illustration, a collage. Singular or plural. Literal or symbolic.
Casual Mode: Pick and draw one prompt each day
Normal Mode: Combine and draw two prompts each day
Hard Mode: Combine and draw all three prompts each day
Tag your artwork #Draw All The Things for others to follow and be inspired!
- Wild animal, Thief, Winter
- Jewel, Water, Contrast
- Garden, Teeth, Bright
- Old book, Pangolin, Clutter
- Deep, Earth, Curse
- Greed, Glass, Temple
- Three, Rain, Shadow
- Wire, Bottle, Pale
- Sunshine, Track, Abandon
- Cliff, Tattoo, Journey
- Bone, Laughing, Free
- Corner, Scripture, Dusk
- Stairs, Amber, Guard
- Vast, Alien, Glow,
- Jazz, Pen, Urban
- Sand, Royal, Red
- Child, Fur, Cookie
- Tree, Crime, Lizard
- Tech, Tank, Silver
- Scales, Vibrant, Smile
- Naga, Knowing, Tribe
- Witch, Jacket, Pattern
- Secret, Melanism, Wings
- Rogue, Bat, Dysfunctional
- Passage, Fox, Chime
- Star, Bridge, Mask
- Observer, Forest, Unique
- Degrade, End, Iron
- Vivarium, Gradient, Mix
- Imagination, Pencil, Borderless
(alternately, this can be a writing challenge too, if that is your preference!)
JOURNALING & CREATIVE DOODLING RESOURCES.
Hello friends! A lot of people message me about wanting to take up doodling and not knowing where to start, so I thought I’d offer a few recommendations.
Section 1: BOOKS.
a) Journals to fill in.
1- The Happy Book by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder.
This is a journal that asks you to fill in the blanks in order to keep track of happy and great things that happen to your life. It offers prompts and doodling space+ideas. The Goal of it is to get you to take notice of happy things in your life, and to think more on what brings you joy.
2- Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
This one is so popular that I’m not sure it even needs a description, but anyway, it’s a journal filled with prompts asking you to fill the journal, wreck it and make mistakes. It’s very good for people who are trying to be less perfectionist about doodling/journaling.
3- Listography Journal by Lisa Nola.
A journal in which you fill inlists about your life.
4- 642 Things to write about by San Francisco’s Writer’s Group.
Exactly what the title says.
5- 642 Things to draw by Chronicle Books.
Exactly what the title says.
6- What I wore today by Gemma Correll.
Sketch your daily outfit and fill in things about your day.
1- Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists by Julia Rothman.
This isn’t an inspiration book that lets you see other artists’ journals and gives you information on what inspires them.
2- Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson.
This is a journal (that was formatted into a book) by Craig Thompson detailing his travels. It’s my #1 inspiration when it comes to keeping journals/doodles about my travels + even just walks in nature. The drawings are fantastic, and it’s good insight as to what kind of things one might want to write down in a journal.
3- Journal by Julie Delporte.
This is also someone’s journal in book form. This chronicles Julie Delporte’s life while going through a break-up. It’s good inspiration if you want insight as to what kind of things you might keep in a journal if you want to chronicle feelings and personal relationships. Plus, the colors are great.
4- French Milk by Lucy Knisley.
This is a journal in book form chronicling Lucy Knisley’s trip to Paris with her mom. If you want inspiration on how to journal your food, places you’ve visited and small snippets of every day life, this is a great book.
c) “how to” books
1- Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey.
A book on how to make your own online journal.
2- Visual Journaling by Barbara Ganim.
A book on how to journal using drawings, pictures and doodles.
3- Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden.
This is basically a course on making comics contained in one large book. Very cool.
4- Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists by Katherine Dunn.
A workshop in book form that provides exercise to help you get started on your creative/artistic journey.
d) bonus prompts.
1- The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood.
These are prompts intended for people who are more into the writing side of journaling, but you’re welcome to use them however you want. I have a copy here, and there is a lot of good stuff in there.
SECTION 2: ONLINE TUTORIALS & PROMPTS.
- how to make a chapbook
- 365 journaling prompts on pinterest
- doodle a day prompts on tumblr
- tumblr post with links to fun ways to keep a journal (includes lots of great stuff)
SECTION 3: ONLINE INSPIRATION.
- writing notebooks
Color palette tutorial time!
This is by no means the Only Way To Pick Colors—it’s just a relatively-simple method I use sometimes. I’ve found it works pretty well, almost regardless of what colors you pick—as long as you can keep them organized by those light/dark warm/cool categories, and make sure one category takes up a significantly higher proportion of page space, it usually turns out pretty good!
I struggled with color for a long time before eventually reaching this conclusion, and here it is all laid out nicely for you lucky people by the talented and Eisner-nominated Melanie Gillman. So listen to them!
One thing I love buying from op-shops is hand embroidered table cloths. When you think about how long it must have taken someone to embroider a whole table cloth - wow! So I feel like I’m saving something quite special. This gorgeous collar won’t take you as long to stitch as a table cloth, but it will be just as special. There’s a free template with the pattern to follow for the hand stitching - just make sure you do your stitching before you sew together your collar!
Aren’t these gorgeous?! And seriously, the process is so easy to follow, you’re going to have a stack of these bowls in no time. What to do with all your bowls? Keep them on your bedside table or near your front door for your keys/jewels/watch. Put it in your bathroom with some pretty soaps in it or just use them as decoration anywhere in your house. Plus this would make a really lovely gift - you should be able to get a few bowls from a packet of clay, meaning you’ve got a cheap gift that looks a million bucks!
This pillow is so fun - like a bright rainbow for your couch! Even better the triangles are made from soft and warm wool felt. This is a great sewing project for beginners as it’s just sewing straight lines. But it still has a lovely professional look. If you’re not into rainbows, go for tonal colours or neon brights.
Though I don’t like eating marmalade, I love the word. It makes me feel warm and happy! So of course I’m loving this marmalade bracelet - especially as the colours are reminiscent of the preserve. If you’ve attempted to braid on chain before and failed (as have I!) then this tutorial goes in to detail on how to accomplish it easily.