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Anonymous asked:

I was wondering how you manage to make your faces actually look like the person they are meant to look like? Some of my facial features always end up looking the same, and yours are so perfect... *showers you with love* You are my art guru.

thecallightman:

thetuxedos:

art guru!!!!

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ART GURU.

BUT NO in all seriousness, thank you! You’re a sweetheart! ;O; Proportions are pretty awful to get down when you’re just starting out, and while there are a bunch of ways you can start practicing with it, it’ll be difficult to be absolutely precise. I still struggle with proportions occasionally. Fun fact: I don’t post all of my work. I only post the work that turned out okay aHA. So basically don’t be frustrated when every single piece doesn’t turn out. Here are a few tips.

Let’s use this picture of Laurence and Hugh because why not.

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They’ve both got eyes, a nose, and a mouth, so why do they look different?

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These lines are the generic way of mapping out where to put things together. I used this when I was starting out and it’s a helpful way of getting your hand and wrist to work together. At this point they both nearly look the same. I say this a lot, but I think it’s important: shape is what puts a drawing together.

Compare features of the face to help you figure out placement.

For example:

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The bottom of his ear lines up right to the middle of his nostril. His tear ducts line up right at the corners of his mouth. Then you can get super technical and say, oh, the outer corner of his eye lines up with that fold in his collar and then from there you can see other things like the approximate distance from the edge of his mouth to that connecting line from the eye to the collar. They don’t meet so his mouth is smaller than the width of his eyes, etc, etc. Whatever works, man.

This is a favorite technique of mine so lemme use another example:

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Eventually you get to the point where most of your proportional accuracy will come from just looking. You will eventually adjust your eye to see what makes a person who they are by the shape of their features.

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Laurence has narrow, oval shaped eyes, while Hugh has more of a diamond shape. Not everyone has perfect almond shaped eyes. You can capture an entire character personality through their eyes alone, so shaping them out is extremely important.

The way you draw your lines is also important. Sharp and smooth lines will give your drawing personality. Reveals the character, in a sense.

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Other things to consider: the shape of the nose.

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Mads’ is flat and goes down in a steady slope, while Hugh’s juts out in a smooth, almost concave curve.

SHAPES SHAPES SHAPES. Use shapes and structure to find proportion.

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I did a lot more than I anticipated omg. Oh gosh and I have a feeling I kinda just rambled and didn’T MAKE ANY SENSE AH. Let me know if you need more help or if I was speaking gibberish I am so bad at putting my thoughts into words aHHHH. But gosh I hope this was at least vaguely helpful. You’re a darling and thank you for your kind words!

Good luck on your artistic endeavors! /hugs

ho-ho-holy crap Lauren this is *amazing*. I thank the anon for asking this because I have the same problem and this is SO HELPFUL OuO

FAVING AND SAVING THIS FOREVER BECAUSE WOWEE.

lmao @ jack the art guru

william-from-england asked:

what's homestuck?

raijimagiwind:

masterneko:

theonemusicmaniac:

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Homestuck is a webcomic written by Andrew Hussie, featured on a website called MS Paint Adventures. It attracts many followers worldwide due to its video game themes, plot development, and lovable characters. Despite its sci-fi and fantasy nature, many people find Homestuck to be rather relatable.

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It is a story about four kids (John Egbert, Rose Lalonde, Dave Strider, and Jade Harley) who all want to play a new video game called SBURB that just came out. Little do they know that not only will the game seal the fate of bringing the apocalypse to earth, but they will also be the heroes put in charge of saving their universe.

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In an alternate universe, twelve alien kids, who call their species “trolls”, experience the same fate as the kids whom you’ve already been introduced to. Finding evidence of success from the human kids’ session, the trolls seize opportunity to communicate with the kids in order for both sessions to save their universes.

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Without trying to give too much of the plot away in case you’re curious to read it, I will say there is a third universe involved. In this universe, the guardians from the kid’s universe are now the children in this universe, and the kids are the adults (basically a swap in age and family role). These kids will also be destined to play SBURB, and they will be destined to meet the kids you were first introduced to.

From an outsider’s perspective, Homestuck appears to be a long story with nothing but confusing wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey issues and the instabilty of all that is space, but if you come around to reading it and appreciate it for its video game-like structure and sarcastic humor, you’ll learn that Homestuck

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is about friendship

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is about family

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is a story about love

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Four kinds of love, to be exact

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Including themes of forrbidden love

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… and it’s about loss.

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It’s a story of self-doubt

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It is a story about reevaluating your life decisions

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and suffering the consequences of your decisions

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It’s about the fear of living in someone’s shadow

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It’s about gaining confidence so that you may someday fly

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It’s about helping everyone out no matter how people view your actions

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It is about recognizing the intelligence and beauty in the person whom you care most about, regardless of gender

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It’s a story of betrayal

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It’s about coping with apathy and bipolarity

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It’s about maintaining your strength while staying true to your heart

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It’s about self-esteem issues

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And it’s about acknowledging that, no matter where you’re from, everyone is equal.

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It’s is about how we, as people, must work as one despite our cultural upbringings and differences so that we can work together and make the most out of the life we are living.

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So we have to work together and stay positive

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No matter what trouble lies ahead

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… no seriously there’s a lot of trouble that lies ahead I am not even joking here

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i am not even fricken kidding man do u think i look like i am kidding 

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it gets INTENSE

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So whether you suffer from alcohol abuse or depression or any other personal problems, or if you ever feel like you are alone in this world

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Homestuck is an adventure.

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An adventure worth celebrating.

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So I invite you all to have a taste

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Of justice

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Of exciting news, and of course

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And constructed together, you have the incredible tale

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of a webcomic called

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If you would like to begin reading Homestuck, click here

To support the original artists/musicians, you can purchase Homestuck music here

If you’d rather watch the adventure instead of read it, Homestuck is featured on YouTube here

Thank you, and Happy Homestucking!

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FUCKING YES!

I would say probably the best attempt to try and describe the insanity that is Homestuck and the fandom….

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