what is this magic?!
This magic is a Turkish technique called Ebru. It uses dyes, paints, or pigments to draw on water, the finished image is then transferred to paper or fabric by laying it over the image.
Also, watch more here. And credit the artist: Garip Ay
This is also how one makes those marbled endsheets for books!
!! Woah guys! Pixelovely’s new tools are finally out, one for hands & feet, and one for faces!
There’s now 429 photos of hands & feet, and 314 photos of faces. Dang!!
This is super cool news and I certainly can’t wait to start using them haha
FIRST OF ALL, THE BASICS.
- What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo - or National Novel Writing Month - is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. (x)
- Why should I participate in NaNoWriMo? First and foremost because it’s fun! Maybe you’ve considered writing a novel in the past, but have never gotten around to it, or perhaps you have a fantastic idea or a great character but aren’t quite sure what to do with them. Here’s your chance! Grab it with both hands and hold on tight because this writing ride is a whirlwind.
- During October and November the official forums come alive with thousands of writers brimming with amazing thoughts and insights, and there is a real sense of creative community. What better chance would you have to vent and brainstorm and cultivate your collection of ideas?
- NaNoWriMo values enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, and is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. (x)
So you’ve decided you’re going to do it — you’re going to participate, you’re going to try your very best to write those 50,000 words… what next? How do you prepare for such a challenge? Well, here are some handy tips and links to guide you on your way:
INSPIRATION & BRAINSTORMING.
- Every novel begins with an idea, even something as simple as a single word. Try jotting down a few. Soon you’ll start to notice common reoccurrences in the types of words you choose.
- Peruse places like Tumblr, DeviantArt and Pinterest. Find things that catch your eye and save them.
- Go out into the world, or lose yourself in a fictional one. Take notice of details, quirks, everything that’s layered together to create a rich environment. Pull inspiration from what you see or read and translate it into something all your own.
- Suzanne Collins was switching back and forth between Survivor and the news when she thought of the Hunger Games, J.K Rowling was on a train when Harry Potter and his story wandered into her head — it’s amazing how inspiration can just pop out of nowhere when given the chance. Let yourself daydream, and ponder and research to your heart’s content.
- Get a large piece of paper and pretend like you’re in grade five all over again — write your number 1 idea in the center and branch off from it with other thoughts, plot points, characters, details et cetera.
- Alternatively you could buy a bunch of post-it notes in varying colours and clear a space where you can stick them. Assign a colour for each of the following: plot points, characters, relationships, details, conflicts, resolutions. You could also use coloured card or plain paper + coloured pens/pencils.
- Spend a day or two focusing solely on your main character. Get to know them. Ask yourself how they would react to certain situations, what they like, what they dislike, why they do or don’t. Give them flaws, quirks, a layered personality.
Here are some handy links that may also help:
SETTLING ON AN IDEA.
Say you’ve just spent ages following the advice above, but now you’ve found yourself with more than one great idea, how do you choose? Ask yourself:
- What sparks the most excitement?
- What interests you more?
- If both your ideas were turned into fully fleshed out novels and you saw them on a shelf in a store, which would you be more likely to want to read?
- Which one would you be the most upset about not getting the chance to write?
There is no one single, set way to outline your novel. It’s also important to remember that planning is not for everyone; some people like to fly by the seat of their pants and simply go with whatever happens and that’s perfectly okay. But without at least a very basic outline, particularly during NaNoWriMo, you may find yourself incredibly stuck and unsure about a). what happens next or b). how to write yourself out of the situation you’ve found yourself in, which could lead to you falling behind or missing days’ worth of valuable writing time while you try and figure out what to do. How do I go about outlining, you ask? Here are some great links that will help you do so with ease:
- How Do You Plan a Novel?
- How to Create a Plot Outline in Eight Easy Steps
- Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes
- Preparing to Write A Novel
- Basic Checklist for Your Story
- NaNo Tips & Strategies
RESEARCHING & DETAILS.
So you’ve thought of your idea, you created your characters and have an outline. But you’re writing a novel about elves in a mystical place that doesn’t even exist, or a futuristic world where supernatural creatures and technology have taken over, or perhaps something entirely in the past, and you have no idea how to make it all believable. The NaNoWriMo forums are a fanastic place for your genre and detail needs:
- Reference Desk — researching facts, figures, real world experiences and details.
- Applelation Station — for naming needs
- Character Cafe — for character developement
- Plot Doctoring
- Genre Lounges — for your specific genre needs
If there isn’t already a thread that pertains to your specific needs don’t be afraid to make one! You should definitely also:
- Go to the library and source books that contain the knowledge you need. Don’t be afraid to ask a librarian for their help.
- Use Google, which seems like a rather simple answer but there is so much information out there just waiting to be found.
- Write down the facts that you discover and need and be sure to jot down how they are relevant to your novel.
Your novel is one thing, you are another (though certainly the two get tangled together).
- Look at what you have planned during November and figure out which days you might find it difficult to find free time due to prior commitments and find a place to slot writing in, even if it means you end up writing during breakfast.
- Become acquainted with the official forums and spend some time in the nanowrimo tag here on Tumblr. Get to know your fellow writers!
- Find someone (preferably someone also participating in NaNoWriMo) who you can rant to, share ideas with; someone who you can ask to check in on you and see how you’re going with your writing goal of the day and vice versa.
THINGS TO REMEMBER DURING NANOWRIMO.
- Avoid the temptation of going back and re-reading and editing your work, this is supposed to be a first draft and first drafts are unavoidably messy.
- Take care of yourself. Try and eat properly, get some exercise (during NaNoWriMo that walk to the fridge for writer’s fuel totally counts), hang out with your friends and family, enjoy life.
- Remember that NaNoWriMo is supposed to be fun, don’t pressure yourself too much.
- If you’re having trouble reaching the daily word count goal, split it into chunks: write 500 words here, 500 there, another 667 at another point in the day.
- If you find yourself running out of motivation here are some great (if I do say so myself) tips.
- Read some inspirational quotes to keep you going (or get you started).
A PRE-NANO CHALLENGE.
If you’re not too busy getting inspired, brainstorming, planning or any of that good stuff why not give Inktype’s NaNoWriMo preparation challenge a go?
First off thanks!!! I tried to make a tutorial but it ended up extremely vague and more of a step-by-step of a headshot i drew today for this purpose whoops;;;
This is one layer but If it’s a complicated drawing then i’ll draw it out and line it with a thin brush with no pressure sensitivity, and then bucket fill the shapes on separate layers, usually 1 layer per character and one layer for the bg.
I also might do color adjustment layers and merge them down as I go but I got lucky this time and didn’t have to make any adjustments.
I work on one layer but every 30 minutes or before I begin a new stage (hair, the eyes) I’ll duplicate that layer and paint on the topmost one. This way I can check to see if I over-rendered by hiding the top layer. If i over-render or mess something up, then I have that back-up layer that I can go back to and start that part again.
Some additional things:
- lost edges are where the edge of a shape bleeds into the other without any visible separation between the two. If you don’t need an edge consider getting rid of it for a more painterly look
- The very very darkest shadows on skin are almost always warm. Even if the light source is cool, the nostril will be a warmer color than the rest of the skin.
- warm light: cool shadows
- cool light: warm shadows
- Vary the hue here and there with little flecks of bright colors that harmonize with the local color of the object to make things pop
- If the background is dark, draw a very thin orange or dark pinkish line where the skin meets the bg. This is called a corona and will make the skin look like it’s glowing
- you don’t need to use pure black AND pure white in the same image every single time
- The eye is drawn to hard edges, so use them where it counts!!
- Read Richard Schmidt’s Alla Prima for more of this kind of stuff. I got most of these ideas from that book
- and proko’s youtube channel
- ps that’s makoto
That’s all I can think of right now!!
Can I just add that if you’re using Photoshop, and you’re like me and your hands are too shaky to make neat lasso lines…
- Go to the paint brush tool and press ‘Q’. Now paint where you would draw the selection. It will come out as a transparent red. You can erase it with the eraser tool if you paint the red on somewhere you didn’t want it. It acts exactly like the normal paintbrush tool, with pressure sensitivity, fuzz, and opacity.
- Now press ‘Q’ again. The canvas inverse of the areas you painted will become a selection.
Much easier than trying to draw smooth lasso lines. And you can use ctrl+shift+I if you want to invert it so that the areas where you painted are selected.
This also works wonders with a soft brush for scanned or photographed lineart if you have a dark area that needs lightening up with curves.
A good tip!! I didn’t know you could do that in Photoshop but it looks like it’ll be extremely useful. After reading this I checked to see if Manga Studio has anything like that and I discovered the Selection pen, which does basically the same thing.
You can use this technique for feathers or scales or an armpit or anywhere you need a sharp edge without lines!!
I might try these
瞬間連写アクションポーズ02 殺陣・ソードアクション篇 [単行本] and 瞬間連写アクションポーズ03 ヒロイン・アクション篇 [単行本] Real Action Pose Books.
The sword one is neat because they have a
kimono on and kimonowhoops robe off and robe on version of each shot most of the time. And the third book looks really nice, I hope I can find it. Bought this also from Kinokuniya in hopes one day I do an action comic mixing a storyboard/comic style for the action scenes. An example of this would be some panels Agasang did I still swoon over.
Also I wonder how many takes it took to get that cool scene down where he kicks the guys sword back in.