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what are snails even trying to do

their best

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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.

Want more writerly content? Make sure to follow maxkirin.tumblr.com for your daily dose of writer positivity, advice, and prompts!

When I watched Sailor Moon in high school, I religiously documented all of Usagi’s expressions in my sketchbook, hoping to one day be as expressive with my own art <3  Can’t wait for the bluray release of the first season!!

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Our co-founder is interviewed by LOOM of Manga-Apps. Know more about MangaMagazine’s vision for comics and manga artists. 

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I have been interviewing women who work in Fantasy Illustration about their lives, art and careers. It’s a goldmine of knowledge and advice both for working artists and also for aspiring illustrators and artists.

There are currently 17 different interviews, so get reading and enjoy!

You can find all of the interviews here: http://kirileonard.com/tag/women-in-fantasy-illustration/

More good stuff to read from Kiri Leonard, and of course the interviewees.

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Y-yes, sorry Mr. Elba, sir ;o; *slinks away from Tumblr and back to work desk*

Y-yes, sorry Mr. Elba, sir ;o; *slinks away from Tumblr and back to work desk*

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I want this to be my phone opening screen.  I click, this gif happens, and then all my apps appear.

I want this to be my phone opening screen.  I click, this gif happens, and then all my apps appear.

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People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter


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I had a couple people in my class ask me to give them some tips on starting out as a new artist, I am new myself but something that has helped me SO MUCH in just a little amount of time is WARM UPS! Seriously, I am able to draw not only up poses quickly but I noticed more accuracy and my lines are less stiff and boring. It’s super easy too and really doesn’t take long so I thought I’d share to you guys as well some really good starting off exercises I have been doing in the past 3 months.

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Sketch of Valar during Valian Years ( before the Lamps)

Namo,Yavanna,Aule,Melkor,Manwe,Varda,Ulmo and Orome

No Irmo and Nienna because they look a lot like Namo, and no Nessa because she looks a lot like Orome. No other girls,because I don’t care for them actually. And no Tulkas - because I can’t imagine his appearance before the Years of the Lamps. 

It was a bad idea to draw Aule and Melkor together,because generally they made from one material,both of them are giant rocks. So Melkor is a rock + ice + fire, and Aule is rock + lead,gold,manganese and other kinds of ore. 

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Took my niece and nephew to have their pictures taken in their traditional Ethiopian clothing. Turned out too cute not to share. :)


who is this tiny goddess and which realm does she rule  D: D: D:  So beautiful!!!

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Tips by Naomi
Originally Posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek


Writer’s Block is one of the most difficult parts of being a writer. You finally stop procrastinating, you open your document and…nothing. You just don’t have ideas or the ideas is just on the tip of your tongue. You can feel it, but it’s just not coming out. Here are some tips that help me when I have hit a wall.

1.Read what you have written so far.
Have you already taken a break, had a breather and walked away from the project? Come back to it and read what you have so far. Even if it’s a sentence or an outline. Just read it. You’ll start to edit this, think about that and suddenly ideas will start flooding in. Instead of this happening on page 10, maybe it should be page 20, and so it will lead in to your catalyst, etc. Just reading what you have written down  should help get you in the flow of things.

2. Just Write.
I don’t care if it sucks or if it’s stupid or if you hate it. Just put pen to paper, or hand to keyboard. Just start getting the creative flow going. Write anything. Write a monologue, write a conversation between two characters, write your main character’s diary entry, etc. Just write.

3. Research.
Maybe you’re stuck, because there is something you can’t figure out. Or something that doesn’t sit well with you. Start reading about your subject. Are you writing about a dystopian future? Do research on what would happen if there is a WWIII. Research chemical warfare or about a town that has been ravaged by a tsunami. Read about things that are directly connected to your subject and indirectly connected. Interview people who have lived through events similar to the ones that happen in your book. Read a medical journal that covers the disease that your main character has. Get new realities and that will hopefully lead to new ideas.

4. Read a blog or watch an interview with your favorite author.
Listen, lets face it I wish I was Ilona Andrews, Jane Austen or Julia Quinn.  Just last week I read Ilona Andrews’ blog and she is struggling with her latest Kate Daniels book. It’s shocking. You’d think after a bunch of your books have been published, you’d be a well oiled machine. Nope, even your favorite writer’s hit a wall. That’s why reading a blog post or watching an interview about them can help.

Books by my favorite authors make me feel amazing and just thinking about their work makes me want to create my own. And it is my dream to make someone feel the way they make me feel. They inspire me to write more and maybe your fave author will inspire you to write more.

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