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— 10 hours ago with 6609 notes


   What you’re about to see is artwork done for FUN and on our own SPARE TIME, and not part of any of the production whatsoever. :) 

    Rest assured, this will never happen, folks, so please don’t freak out! 

We don’t know what to say…other than this being kind of a helpful character design practice…thing. And concept art.

It’s human VeggieTales with the updated VTITH style… Hopefully we didn’t hit rock-bottom with this one. Haha.

It’s kind of embarrassing to post this, because, well, yeah. We just like messing around with concepts a bit too much sometimes.

At least these are all the characters revealed in the official trailer so far…

(Yes, people at the office know about this too. They just thought it was funny!)

Yup. Just our interpretations of them. Everyone can draw them however they like, though! :X

Done in PS and SAI. Just some character explorations, silhouettes, and some small environment stuff. The bottom part was the color rough, and the very top pic is a somewhat final color lineup painted entirely using the lasso tool with no underlying sketch.

(via elioli-art)

— 10 hours ago with 863 notes
#concept art  #character design 
Free database for animation →


incredibly useful  

As an animation student I can agree that This is EXTREMELY useful. Thank you kindly mewfeuille for submitting the link. Here is a preview of the reference videos that this website has to offer.


Categories include…

This website tracks frame numbers in the corner of their videos, which gives you a idea of how quickly each movement takes place (by comareing numbers) or knowing exactly what frame in the video a specific pose takes place in.

(via magginspiration)

— 10 hours ago with 2453 notes
#animation refs 
On Writing: Running from Nobles



Alright, I have to speak up in favor of princesses and noble ladies.  Too often I’ve read books where they want to escape their lives because they’re just so bored of needlepoint and…needlepoint.  And needlepoint.  Because apparently no one can think of anything else a noble lady might be engaged in.

Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with the basic story of a noble lady (or lord) who wants to escape her or his life.  The grass is always greener on the other side, and all that jazz.  But this paint-by-numbers approach to it has to stop.

  • Tell me what they are, not what they aren’t.  Saying that a character ‘isn’t like other nobles’ or ‘doesn’t like such and such’ is next to useless.  It tells me nothing about them as a character; it only tells me what they’re not.  If all I know is that Princess Muffin doesn’t like to sew…I really don’t care.  Tell me what she does like.  Don’t tell me she hates all things noble and ladylike, tell me she has a passion for something outside her class.  Tell me what drives and motivates her, not all the things that have failed to do so.  If all I know about your character is their ‘nots,’ they might as well be a black hole of character development.  A character who goes to great lengths to leave a way of life based on a lack of motivation comes off as whiny, directionless, and quite immature.

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Because we’ve been on a nobles kick lately, here’s a good starting point for noblewomen. My historical fiction is a little shoddy but I really, really, really recommend anything by Sharon Kay Penman as a starting primer if you want to write noblewomen, especially When Christ and His Saints Slept and Here Be Dragons for being incredibly well researched and incredibly accurate.


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— 16 hours ago with 2673 notes
Anonymous asked: hey there! I've seen your drawings and do you have any tips on perspective? because when I try to draw some perspective the result is horrendous haha... :)



hay cozin! Your question is pretty vague, so I’m gonna assume you’re talking about drawing a figure in perspective.

There are many many excellent tutorials on the internet about the basics of perspective, and it can get very technical very fast. So when it comes to applying those principles to your drawing, keep these things in mind:

1. Decide what sort of “shot” you want for your art piece. There’s only 3 options!


The level shot also doubles as an extreme upshot or downshot. (Looking straight up or straight down at something.)

Make it easy on yourself and keep the vanishing point inside the canvas - it creates a deeper space, and makes it easier to stack multiple objects in frame. (The vanishing point falls slightly above the horizon, because of Earth’s curvature. But for simple figure drawing it doesn’t even matter. You can place it on the horizon line.)

If you need them, you can add additional guides.

So now you have your setup, and with the help of any basic tutorial you can place a cube shape into the scene.

Easy peasy. BUT. For the purposes of drawing a figure, it’s more helpful to use a cylinder - cause most of the human body can be simplified into cylinder shapes. And here is where your best friend comes in:

2. Use wrapping lines to define the volume of a shape: 

In a downshot most of the wrapping lines will bow downward, in an upshot they’ll arch upward. In a level shot, they’ll arch up above the horizon line, and down below the horizon line. Totes easy.

And so then you place the figure into your scene, and stack the shapes of the body according to perspective. Use as many wrapping lines (also known as contour lines) as you need to help you really see the form in 3D.

Hope this helps. :)

— 16 hours ago with 1752 notes
#perspective  #art tuts 


super Sansa fabric stamping/print post!

I’ve gotten a LOT of requests as to how I hand printed my Sansa Stark fabric from Game of Thrones, and I have some photos and walkthrough to show how!


-an embroidery hoop (big enough to hold your design)
-organza (to put between the embroidery hoops)
-mod podge
-little sponges! (the kind with the wooden or plastic end you can find at craft stores)
-fabric paint in the color you would like to print your design
-fine tipped sharpie or pencils (to draw your design with)
-little paint brushes (to outline your design with properly)
-design printed
- a water source

Put your organza in your embroidery hoop.  get that sucker taut.  tighten the heck out of it. 
After it is in between the hoops and nice and snug, trace your design onto the organza!


ONCE you have your design drawn on the organza and traced, you are ready for your next step!


Your next step is to grab out your thin paint brushes and mod podge, and start to outline your design on the organza.  ANYWHERE YOU DO NOT WANT PAINT TO GO ON YOUR FABRIC, PUT MOD PODGE.  So, in the design pictured, pretty much anywhere I don’t want the design gets mod podged.  NOTE: I also make sure that I mod podge AROUND THE DESIGN pretty hardcore because I end up getting really into it and mess up and accidentally get paint outside of the lines.  so it’s kinda a safeguard.


Now that your design is mod podged on there, LET IT DRY.  It won’t take too long, but this is where you reward yourself for all your hard work so far.  Get a cookie, cry a little, drink some wine. (If you’re doing several designs, I suggest getting several embroidery hoops- for Sansa’s Blackwater dress, she has 2 designs and I used 2 hoops to make my life easier when printing)

ONCE IT DRIES, it’s time to get your sponges and fabric paint and fabric!
Mix that paint up, I put mine on my favorite “PAINT PLATE”- a ceramic plate that shows the war gashes of ALL OF THE PAINT I’ve ever painted with (it’s all dry, I’m lazy, long story).
Place the embroidery hoop where you want the design to appear on the fabric, and dip your sponge in paint and gently sponge the paint through the organza.  
If you’re doing something with a repeating pattern and several designs, I suggest doing a row/column/section of ONE design at a time, like 5 fleur de lis in a row etc.  
In between each design that you stamp, I HIGHLY SUGGEST RINSING YOUR ORGANZA AND LETTING IT DRY WHILE YOU WORK ON THE NEXT DESIGN. When I made my Sansa gown, I did NOT rinse it until way later and the paint dried and messed up my design in places (I procrastinate so of course I did not have time to fix my errors D:)


note, it WILL get tedious, and you will hate your life if you’re printing yards upon yards of fabric- I hand stamped about 7-8 yards and I wanted to cry for years.

Depending on the fabric you are using, I highly recommend to allot yourself enough fabric to line your sleeves if they will show, because the thinner the fabric the more you will be able to see the paint through the other side. (I know you are all going DUH right now, but it’s an innocent fact!)


After a while you will have fabric that is all stamped and wonderous and ready to be sewn (Once it dries, of course!)
Let your fabric dry over night at LEAST (If you have to sew it faster, you CAN blow dry it to get it to dry, or hang it outside if it’s warm weather/seasonal etc!)

and that’s about it! go sew your outfits or dresses or make cute tshirts or whatever! 

my dress didn’t turn out PERFECTLY because I had major malfunctions with the amount of fabric I screen printed in time for the convention I made the dress, but I still love it. If you want perfect results, don’t procrastinate like I do, and start plenty of time early or you will be frustrated and I want you all to have pretty beautiful cosplays!



(via learning-to-sew)

— 1 day ago with 141 notes
#cosplay tuts