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quilaava:

people keep on going on about hoenn references in xy but like did you know sinnoh had a bunch too??

- sycamore worked directly under prof. rowan bc they both study methods of evolution

- the e4 dragon user (Drasna) stated the dragons of space/time (palkia/dialga) inspired her to use dragon…

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thepridelandss:

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twoandtwentyonebee:

I don’t think most cis guys understand what a period is. It isn’t a steady trickle of blood, like if you get a cut on accident. It’s chunks and strings of bloody paste that’s so thick sometimes that it’s black, and the smell is really strong like carnage, and God forbid you have pubic hair cause you have to take ten showers to get it all out.

And so the whole male population is traumatised

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spookyturkey:

it was recently pointed out to me that the 2DS kinda looks like a slice of cake

and then i thought omg what if they made one with a birthday cake theme that’d be fuckin adorable

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theothertype:

Listen up motherfuckers, I was born a girl and I am still a girl and I like skirts and swooshy dresses, high heels and flowers for my hair and stockings and ruffly things and flower prints

and goddamn if u a boy and u like these things, then you wear it and you rock it

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godsavethebbc:

from your usually friendly and happy tumblr user, Anya.

You see, friend, I am both Pansexual and Gender Neutral, and I am getting really fucking sick of the panphobia/GN-phobia that I have been experiencing lately.

So listen up.

On the subject of Pansexuality:

  • I like guys, and gals,…

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misslumpling:

A gender neutral Toycatalog released by swedish Toys’ r ‘Us and BR. A lot of people are angry at us - I feel proud.
http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/konsneutrala-kataloger-uppror-utomlands_7704952.svd?utm_source=sharing&utm_medium=clipboard&utm_campaign=20131015

misslumpling:

A gender neutral Toycatalog released by swedish Toys’ r ‘Us and BR. A lot of people are angry at us - I feel proud.

http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/konsneutrala-kataloger-uppror-utomlands_7704952.svd?utm_source=sharing&utm_medium=clipboard&utm_campaign=20131015

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shoomlah:

So I was chatting with the lovely Justin Oaksford yesterday, and he casually asked if I used photo reference for my recent Rolemodels piece- not as a bad thing, but because the pose and the camera angle read well.  Pretty sure I grinned like an idiot when he brought it up because, goddammit, I’m proud that the work shows!  I’ve felt like my work has been somewhat stilted as of late- I could feel myself subconsciously trending towards easier angles, easier poses, easier expressions just because it’s slightly less frustrating for my brain to process- so getting that confirmation from a colleague was pretty damn satisfying.

I think there’s a tendency for artists to take pride in being able to draw out of your head, and, while that’s an admittedly important skill, what’s actually important is what that skill implies- it implies that you’ve internalized reference.  That you’ve spent so much time looking at the world around you, studying it, drawing from it, breaking it down, that you’ve amassed an extensive mental library that you can draw from.  You are Google reborn in the shallow husk of a human being.

But heck, the world’s a big place- what are the chances that you ever get to a point that you’ve internalized all of it?  Internalized it AND ALSO are never going to forget it ever?  Probably no chance at all.  Sorry buddy.  So rather than bemoaning the fact that we don’t have impenetrable search engine cyborg brains- yet- you sure as hell better still be using reference to fill in/refresh those empty shelves in your mental library.  You shouldn’t have worm-ridden books about dinosaur anatomy from the 60’s in there.  Stegosauruses with brains in their tails?  CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT.

So my general process for using reference of any sort is:

  1. loose thumbnails and brainstorming.  If you have an idea, get that raw thing- unadulterated in it’s potential shittiness- onto paper.  Good art is a combination of both instinct and discipline, so you don’t want to entirely discount those lightning strikes of brilliance.  Or idiocy.  Happens to all of us.
  2. research and reference.  Start gathering and internalizing whatever reference is pertinent to your piece- could be diagrams, art, photos, good old-fashioned READIN’, whathaveyou.  Please note that this doesn’t mean find one picture of a giraffe- this means find tons of photos of giraffes, read about giraffes, understand giraffes, and learn how to incorporate that knowledge into your art with purpose and intent (Justin uses the word “intent” a lot so I’m stealing it).  Don’t blindly copy what you see, but understand how to integrate it in an interesting and informed manner.
  3. studies and practice.  Could be lumped in with the previous step, granted, but it’s worth reiterating- if you’re drawing something new, it’s worth doing some studies.  You discover things that you wouldn’t otherwise by just staring at them.  It’s weird how I’m still learning this- “Gee golly, six-shooters are way easier to draw now that I’ve drawn a ton of them!” Yes wow Claire BRILLIANT.  Gold star.
  4. go for the gold.  Finally, I’m sure it goes without saying, you integrate all of that research and knowledge into your initial thumbnails.  If you learned something about anatomy, or fashion, or color, or butts, now you can drastically improve your original idea with this newfound knowledge.  Also, per the images above, this is also your chance to improve on the reference- photos are a fantastic tool, but trust your instincts.  Cameras can’t make informed decisions.

…So that’s my soapbox- it’s pretty easy, and it’s totally worth it.  Research and reference lets you stand on the shoulders of giants- it lends legitimacy, specificity, and allure to your work that wouldn’t be there if you were just drawing out of your head 100% of the time.  To put it simply- it makes your work ownable.  It makes you stand out.

It makes you a better artist. :)

-C

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