a public service announcement
Can’t remember where I found this, but from the watermark I can only assume the source is ImagineFX magazine, the September 2008 issue.
If this gets enough notes I’ll caption each photo with the text displayed in each page! (‘Tis a bit small. Curse you, tumblr, get some better zoom! <shakes fist>)
finally someone breaks it down for those of us who are makeup challenged.
actually really good for those that struggle with lighting in painting!
Rebloggable version of the second new tutorial that was posted on my personal blog.~ uvu
Our DIY heater ^.^
Kat watched a video the other night on cheap ways to heat a room with every day items. You get a baking tray, put 4 candles in it, then place a small sized ceramic pot on top, cover the hole to stop heat escaping and then place a bigger ceramic pot over the smaller one.
The theory is that the smaller one traps the heat and heats up (which it does and it’s to hot to touch). Then because the bigger pot over hangs the tray the heat from the smaller one sucks in cold air, heats it up and pushes it out the hole at the top of the bigger one.
We did this last night and it honestly made a difference in our biggish living room, totally took the chill off. Though I’ll probably make another one to warm our room up perfectly.
Plant Pots - Free from the previous occupiers of this flat.
Tray - £2 from Asda
Tea Lights - 2p each when bought as a huge pack
I had a difficult time choosing just one, so click through.
OH MY GOD
I CLICKED THROUGH TO THE LIST
THIS IS THE ACTUAL BEST
THE. ACTUAL. BEST.
IT IS THE ONLY WRITING ADVICE YOU SHOULD EVER READ.
AND IF YOU’VE READ OTHER WRITING ADVICE YOU KNOW WHY ALL THIS IS PERF AND TRUE AND SHOULD BE ON YOUR WALL.
Another Halloween themed post.
GHOSTS AND SPIRITS
- Iron and Ghosts
- The Early Ghost
- Guide to Ghosts
- Gravestone Symbolism
- 10 Little Known Mysterious Ghost Types
- Ghost Types
- The Different Types of Ghosts
- Haunted Places
- Cemetery Folklore
- Writing a Ghost Story
- Tips for Writing Ghost Stories
- Ghost Cliches
- Horror Cliches
- The Science of Zombies
- Zombie Biology
- Zombie Sociology
- Zombie Myths
- Stage II and Stage III Zombies (pictures)
- Vampires vs Zombies
- Undead Creatures
- Guide on Zombies
SHAPE SHIFTERS AND HOMINIDS
- Werewolves and other were-beasts
- The Shape Shifting Process
- Shape Shifters
- Hominids of the World
- Werewolf Myths
- Science of Werewolves
- Werewolf Behavior
- Werewolves vs Vampires vs Zombies
- Werewolf Anatomy
- Wolf Body Language
- Werewolf Myths and Truths
- History of the Werewolf Legend
- The Mermaid
- Sea Creatures
- Books About Mermaids and Sea Folklore
- Sea Creatures: Books
- YA Mermaid Novels
- Best Mermaid Books
- Awesome Mermaid Books
- Mermaid Anatomy
- A Dissection of Mermaid Anatomy
- African Vampires
- Writing the A-Typical Vampire
- So You Want to Write a Vampire Novel
- Avoiding Vampire Cliches
- Vampire Cliches
- Vampire Burial
- Vampire Mythology
- Vampire Biology
- Vampire Virology
- Vampire Sociology
- Vampires in Folklore and Literature
FAIRIES AND FAE
- Types of Faeries A-Z
- A Guide to Fairies
- Other Names for Fairies
- Books About Faery
- Best YA Fairy Books
- Best YA Fantasy Series About the Fae
ANGELS AND DEMONS
- Creating Creepy Creatures
- Mythology Meme
- Master Post of World Mythology, Creatures, and Folklore
- Figures of Norse Mythology
- Those Who Haunt the Earth
- Writing Horror, Paranormal, and Supernatural
- Genre: YA Supernatural
- List of Mythical Creatures
- Mythological Creature Picture Spam
- How to Make Your Supernatural Characters Unique
- Supernatural Theme Story
- Myths and Urban Legends Masterpost
- Original Gods, Goddesses, and Myths
- World Building Basics: Myths and Legends
- Mythical Creatures and Beings
- Symbols by Word
- Mythology Meme
- Writing Paranormal Characters into the Real World
Where has this been all my life!?
*SCREAMS IN ABJECT FURY*
SAID IS NOT DEAD. SAID IS NOT DEAD. SAID IS NOT DEAD.
THESE WORDS ARE ALL VERY LOVELY AND USEFUL BUT ONLY IN SMALL DOSES!!!!
LIKE HOW MANY TIMES IN A STORY CAN YOU SAY THEY “STATED” OR “REMARKED” SOMETHING BEFORE THE STORY BECOMES BORING AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE?!?!?! GOOD GODS Y’ALL!
SAID IS A LOVELY ADORABLE LITTLE WORD THAT DOESN’T TAKE UP MUCH SPACE. IT CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND IT WON’T TURN YOUR STORY INTO AN AWFUL PEICE OF PURPLE PROSE (BUT FUCK IF PURPLE PROSE IS WHAT YOU’RE AIMING FOR HAVE AT IT MY FRIEND) THAT MAKES LITERALLY ZERO SENSE TO THE READERS.
EXAMPLE: ‘“Oh Lizzy,” Clare said tiredly. “We don’t always get what we want.”’
I BET YOU BARELY NOTICED THE WORD SAID. YOU PROBABLY FOCUSED ON THE WORD TIREDLY BECAUSE THAT WAS HOW SHE SAID IT.
AS OPPOSED TO: ‘“Oh Lizzy,” Clare stated tiredly. “We don’t always get what we want.”’
DO YOU SEE HOW STILTED THAT IS???? IT’S AWKWARD AND DOESN’T FLOW RIGHT. NOW IMAGINE IF THE CONVERSATION WENT LIKE THIS:
‘“Oh Lizzy,” Clare stated tiredly. “We don’t always get what we want.”
"It’s just… It’s just so hard to let go.” Lizzy sobbed.’
DO YOU GET WHAT I’M SAYING? PUTTING THE WORD ‘SAID’ IN CLARE’S LINE ALLOWS YOU TO PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON LIZZY’S DISAPPOINTMENT AND EMOTIONAL TURMOIL. IMAGINE IF THE ENTIRE STORY INVOLVING LIZZY AND CLARE USED EVERY WORD BUT SAID. IT’D GET HARD TO READ, WOULDN’T IT???
IN CONCLUSION, TL;DR, ECT. ECT.: THE WORD SAID IS A GOOD WORD THAT LETS THE WRITING FLOW AND ALLOWS YOU TO PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON ANOTHER CHARACTER’S LINES WITHOUT CLUTTERING UP THE STORY. SAID IS NOT DEAD. PLEASE USE THE WORD SAID, DARLINGS. SAID LIKES TO BE USED, AND IT ISN’T PICKY ON HOW YOU USE IT.
YES THESE WORDS IN THE PICTURE ABOVE NEED TO BE PUT TO USE, BUT ONLY SPARINGLY. OTHERWISE YOU END UP WITH A STUTTERED MESS OF A MANUSCRIPT AND IF YOU WANT TO WRITE SUCCESSFUL STORIES YOU’RE GOING TO NEED TO UTILIZE A WORD THAT’S SHORT AND SWEET AND TO THE POINT. AKA THE WORD SAID.
THIS HAS BEEN A PSA
DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHERS, PUT DOWN THE THESAURUS, AND JUST USE “SAID”
A quick trick for cosplayers!
Spray painted Googly eyes make the best metal rivets! And they come in various sizes for all sized rivets.
I have also used dots of just hot glue itself. All the metal rivets on my Hawke cosplay are just silver painted hot glue dots.
AAAAALLRIGHT ASPIRING CONCEPT ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS, ANIMATORS, AND OR JUST ARTISTS IN GENERAL.
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL EXERCISE I REALLY RECOMMEND YOU ALL DO.
In the red, we have a skeletal study—finding out where the bones or structure of the character would be. In blue we have the peices of the characters split into different shapes to make them easier to draw and remember. Green is mass shapes and masses. Purple is the line of action.
Guys, I have like. A bazillion times more understanding of the characters above than I had before. I completely recommend doing this: study their skeleton and then dominant shapes and masses. It will give you a better understanding of how your character moves and is held together.
The line of motion helps you make your character move in a more interesting fashion. It helps you see their movement and motion in a better light, and where there weight is being distributed.
And there you go.
- Gifs for begginers
- Gif making
- Easy gif tutorial for Mac
- Blur effect
- Tweening frames
- Transition tutorial
- How to add transitions to gifs
- Reducing the amount of color on your gif
- How to make a 500px x 500px gif
- Two gifs on one canvas
- Multiple animations with continuous effect in one image
- How to put multiple gifs in one shape them
- Lyrics gif tutorial
- Gif inside gif
- Overlay gifs
- Another overlay gif
- Spinning effect
- Twirly effect
OH THANK YOU
Sleepy Hollow meta, based on what we heard in episode 1 and 2! All about Ichabod Crane’s backstory.
- He spent most of his life in England, and only the last bit in American colonies. He looks, at oldest, maybe 35? So we could say he was born in 1746.
- He died in 1781, spying for George Washington: here’s an extremely condensed history of actions leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. That only accounts for 1763-1776 — here’s what happened between 1777-1783, the time after America signed our declaration of independence (1776 typically being the year we cite as the birthdate of our nation).
- He was enlisted with the Queen’s Royal Regiment. He was infantry (so he wasn’t riding horses into battle). As a note, the Queen’s Royal Regiment was not actually sent to America during any of this — they were largely on garrison duty, providing aid for stuff like the Gordon Riots.
- He was a professor of history at Merton College, which is part of the University of Oxford. This is a bit of a tricky one — which chair exactly did he have? History wasn’t a common one, as far as I can tell. The only contemporaneous history chairs I can find are the Camden Professorship of Ancient History (which was endowed with an income, nice) and the Regius Professorship of Modern History. He would’ve been elected to the position by his peers. He’d be reaaaaally young for it, even if we push Ichabod’s enlistment to as late as the early part of 1776 (making him 30). So he’s either super smart, super rich, or super well-connected.
Anyone got anything else? Or anything different?
Also make sure to check out this post!