yukiookami29 asked: hi madeleine, i have a question for you as an artist. i consider myself ok with using 0.3mm and 0.5mm pencils for all my art, which is mostly just character designs for role play and elder scrolls fanart. however, i'd like to improve my skills, especially in inking and coloring and i'm not sure where to start. i'd like to eventually have a drawing tablet, but don't want to waste money if its not practical. i'm a full time medical employee, so i dont have time to take classes.


Hi there! 

As long as you have access to the internet and set aside some time for drawing I’m sure you can improve! Here are some things that might help you out:

Figuring out what tools to use can be daunting- don’t worry! A lot of artists say which tools they use for certain work, it’s up to you to decide if you want to try them- these blogs find out which tools they are-



The way I found my favorite inking tools was to save up money and order as many random pens from http://www.jetpens.com - it was like a grab bag ever couple months until I found the perfect one for me!

As for skills:

Look up Andrew Loomis Art Books- they are all free pdfs online and excellent for learning techniques!


Use http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/figure-drawing/ to practice your figure drawing skills

If you want to learn another medium- watercolor, acrylic, marker- go to http://www.deviantart.com and search for a tutorial! (yes it can be a weird place but there are so many good tutorials!!!)

and last but not least- check out your library or bookstore if there are any instructional art books! Try everything! 

Thank you Madeleine! <3

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New official art released today: ‘The Eleven Doctors’



New official art released today: ‘The Eleven Doctors’


Tags: doctorwho

UFYH: Before and afters

I’ve been good! Keeping things clean is ever-so-much easier than getting it clean when it’s been neglected, messy, or dirty. And building a routine helps. BUT, our house is old, and we’ve been making a major improvement per year for awhile: new windows, new heating/cooling, new roof. Now finally we’re moving inside: new plumbing, and new bathrooms. The repiping was done this week, which involved moving everything out of their way, then putting it back!

The plumbers didn’t do the bathrooms, since those will both be stripped to the studs. Here are some before and afters, inside and out.


Kitchen as the plumbers prepared to repipe.imageI took the opportunity to line it before putting everything back.imageBeginning to cut into the wall in the utility room.image

Nice to be organized again!

No before picture, but they did do a pretty nice job from the street to the garage:

imageOh, rather fun to look at the total chaos in the garage after the plumbers changed plans, and moved everything out of their way. In the aftermath, I’ve been able to retrieve some hidden stuff, to give it away on Freecycle or Craigslist, but that is ongoing. So, here’s the messy phase, and that’s it. “Cleaned up” now, but I hope to disappear it, instead.


PS: I forgot to say how enjoyable it was to put everything back to rights, and clean up after the five (FIVE!) plumbers. It feels so good to have this job behind us. Next week I’ll go shopping with the designer to create our new bathrooms! So excited about that process, along with a bit of dread.




Just. Fucking. Incredible.

One of the best things I have ever seen. Charlie Chaplin giving one of the greatest speeches of all time? Didn’t see that coming.

Doing a presentation on this tomorrow. It took us three hours to settle on a subject, but I’m really content with this one. Great speech by Charlie Chaplin, delivered in a comedy, but very much politically relevant in the US, the UK and the world in general in 1940.

This is amazing, wow, just wow.

If only we could wake, and realize the truth he spoke seventy years ago.

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Tags: truth freedom

Alice would so do this!

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If you can look at this and say the media is not controlled by people who want to keep you docile and ignorant, I don’t know what else to tell you.

US society reminds me of the giant baby in _Spirited Away_. Media has the capacity to make us better, by telling the truth. Coddling the readership to sell more magazines is disgusting. Shame, shame.

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What Lesbians Think About Penises!


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Evolution wishes you a very happy Valentine’s Day. May you all be as lucky in love as these leopard slugs. Just try not to chew each other’s bits off afterward, okay?

The best Valentine *evar.* Enjoy!

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