art tips from a person who frequently struggles with art! (aka tips for drawing when u got depression) (these are mostly for my own reference tbh)
- dont view drawing as something that needs to be finished quickly and gotten over with! sometimes when i am Really Not In The Mood i rush to finish things simply and quickly, but it tends to suck all the fun out of drawing while giving you an end product that looks bland and boring, which makes it even harder to find the motivation to draw the next time
- if youre feeling too bad about your art/yourself to even look at what you are drawing (this may sound really silly but i have had times where i cover up part of my drawing with my hand because i dont want to look at it), you should probably take a break. sorry.
- because looking at your art is important! take the time to envision different ways you could color or shade what you are drawing, and experiment with different methods to find one that you think looks best
- that being said, dont spend too much time before you start planning out what you want to draw. this can be really tempting, and sometimes it works out okay, but more often than not i end up frustrating that i cant actually reproduce whats in my head
- experiment with different types of colors and lines! look for brushes other people have made (if you are drawing digitally) or play around with your brush settings until you find something that you like. try coloring something in monochrome! also, color palette websites (i know there are tumblr for color palettes inspired by everything from food to space to pokemon) are a wonderful, wonderful thing
- use references! depending on how stylized or simple your art is, you dont always need one, but if you are drawing something realistic or something with a complex pose, for example, they are very useful, especially if you are drawing something like a gun or a hand
- that being said, if you are drawing something fairly stylized or simple, dont worry too much about one specific part- try it until you get something that you are satisfied with and fits with the rest of the drawing
On Writing Superheroes
Anonymous asked youEh, this is a bit of overly general question, but I was wondering if you have anything on superheroes/superhero-type characters? Maybe some cliches to avoid or just some tips or even a list of superhero powers would be wonderful. Dankeschön.
What a wonderfully unique question!Definition of superhero: A benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.By definition a superhero should have something quite unique about them, whether its a man made suit of armour or spider powers. Something about a superhero must set them apart from ‘normal’ people.What you need to think about as well is making your superhero relatable to your readers. Their negative traits will help with this whether it be confidence, anger ect.Clichés are cliché because they have been proved again and again to work. I will list the most common clichés below.
I wouldn’t shy away from using some of these as backgrounds for your character, after all your character has to have a reason to become a superhero.
- Orphans/ dead parents/ live with auntie and uncle
- Bad childhood
- Traumatic event normally involving loss of parental figure forces them to become superhero.Hope this all helps, good luck with your story!-S
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Also useful if you ever decide to draw porn too I guess Heh... tutorials and references
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