yes that’s true! when simplified boys are blocks are girls are curves, which is a good place to be


however, realistically both men and women are a combination of round and angular forms but mainly are defined by lots of organic curves. men are still (usually) more lean but they’re really quite similar in ways (and i’m pussyfooting around body type ofc; not all girls have boobs, but some men do soooo)

and please take all of these doodles with a LARGE GRAIN OF SALT because i’m not the best with anatomy and i did these right after coming home from class and they’re just not very good lol but still

so yeah, just keep practicing from observation! copy photos, draw from life (if you can’t attend model sessions, just draw ppl in school, go to the park or OOOH the beach and draw random folk), etc etc cos when you do that, you begin to pick up how things are structured- and you can use that knowledge when you draw from your imagination. have fun with it too, cos i personally find the human body to be one of the most interesting things to draw evah

happy drawing!

  January 13, 2012 at 04:57pm

!?!?! i never really considered myself that great. i don’t really use refernce anymore and ngl i make stuff up sometimes

but ANYWAY, look at reference! model stock photos or whatever or just a google search away :) i personally prefer books and use a few but they’re all back in texas and i can’t recall what they’re called for the life of me. but there’s plenty of good ones so just go book searching (barnes and nobles, art stores, hell i found some of my favs at my grandma’s house) and see what works for you. and ofc ofc ofc drawing from an actual live model is the tops if at all possible! whatever your means, observe first before you draw from your head!

ps we have mostly female models in art school aha aha aha aha

  January 12, 2012 at 10:08pm

Anonymous asked: I know you've probably been asked this question a ton of times, but what education do you have in art? Like, did you take it in high school and how far are you into your college? I'm about to go into college and don't have a lot of experience besides self taught, and I'm a little unsure if I have what it takes to get into art as profession or if I should just keep it as a hobby because I won't be good enough at it. Sorry if this is bothersome. Oh, an I love your art and adore your style :)

sorry i was going to answer this last night but the internet randomly died while i was writing it? ok then well anyway

oh it’s not bother! but this is a pretty loaded question heh


my high school was a magnet school for the arts, meaning we had 3 hours of art daily plus regular high school classes. the art program itself was kind of like a basic run of an art college: out freshman and sophomore year consisted of required foundation classes, but once we started junior year we had more free studio time and electives that allowed us to find out what interested us; senior year was similar but was leading up to our “senior show”, which was kind of like our thesis show or something.

i’m currently in my freshman year of college so i can’t go very into detail on that. however the school i’m attending is more focused that art school’s typically are: a usual art college is similar to my high school with all students taking basic foundations before they can zero in on what they want to major in; at sva you declare your major right off and immediately take classes specific and necessary for that major. so yeah, it’s a very focused program that works for me since i know what i was interested in (since i went though that discovery process in high school)

so yeah i guess i’ve been in the art swing for a while ehehe… WHICH IS VERY HELPFUL but ofc does not apply to everyone looking to enter art as a profession

so here’s the gospel of truth. don’t go to an art school if you’re not VERY interested and devoted to your art. you will LIVE AND BREATHE ART AND LIKE ONE HUMANITIES CLASS THAT IS PROBABLY ART-RELATED. ofc what you’re actually doing is completely dependant on the school you’re at and the professors you have, but yeah you will be taking mostly art classes so you better love it. also consider the fact that a career in art (depending on what you do, more so) is competitive, very uncertain, and may not be financially rewarding so you better really love it and be driven as hell to kick ass and get better so you don’t become an actual starving artist. 

that’s not to say you enjoy the experience if you’re a little uncertain and decide to give it a go anyway, but if you’re heart’s not there then you’ll probably have a little trouble getting through the year and then three more.

now given a big HELLA YEAH to the above, previous experience and education is not required for applying to art schools. ofc since most applying freshmen prolly don’t have much aside from having a strong interest. yes, having already developed your work helps with scholarship but to apply all you need is a good balanced portfolio: half or majority observation drawing that reflects your ability to draw and then personal pieces that reflect your own interests. NOW I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS APPLICABLE TO COLLEGES but i was in on the audition process at my high school and what they look for in applying students is not only skill but potential. art school or not, it’s still a school and you’re there to learn and improve so you don’t have to be already extraordinary to get in.

what’s really important, looking at the big picture of a pursuing a career and all, is that you’re driven. one of my professors, 50, is still not the greatest animator and i kind of personally dislike his art style, and he graduated from SVA with a C on his thesis film. however, since he has the world’s best work ethic (srsly this man is insane) and will always deliver more than asked for, he was able to retire preeeeetty wealthy at 40. so it goes to show you that you don’t need to be crazy talented to succeed, but you do need to really care about what you’re doing.

anyway, ofc different colleges have different standards and specialties so just take some time to research places you’re interested in and if possible visit campuses to see if they work for you. don’t be afraid to apply a lot of places since most of them require the same sort of things for their applications (except you’ll maybe have to tweak your essay w/e); that way you have choices to fall back on and can see what they all offer you. i don’t know if you mean you’re looking into college like this upcoming fall semester but if not, ATTEND PORTFOLIO DAYS. i was lucky to have one at school, but a lot of major cities will host one. it’s just really helpful to talk to reps from the school cos they will give you an idea of the attitude of their school, critique your portfolio, and give you pointers on what to do or fix before actually applying. plus they might give you fee waivers! 

on the other hand if you’re still not sure about being so focused on art, you could always check out an art department within a university or just attending a university and taking art electives. since i opted out of doing that i don’t know much about that jazz but that’s an option too! research research research

so yeah, sorry that got long lol. i hope i didn’t tangent too much there and that you possibly found some of this helpful. and ofc if you choose something and realize it’s not you’re scene , all hope is not lost as nothing can keep you from transferring (except the moneytalk buuuut). i wish the best with your college finding!

and thank you!

  January 09, 2012 at 10:49am

architectts asked: Thanks for the advice! What about practicing with depth and perception? What your tips on this. I'm such a loser- I always draw the front side of my characters because I can never risk having them looking awkward while turning to the side.

risk it! yeah i have the same problem actually heh (i have a strong attachment to the 3/4 view facing right uhhh). it’s just something you have to force yourself to do if you’re not used to it, even if you know it will come out awkward or something at first. go somewhere with lots of preoccupied people and just creeper!draw them for practice. use reference. often. as much as you need. there’s good ones everywhere! if you’re just practicing or scribbling around, copy reference drawings or photos of people’s profile view or back or something. copying (without yknow copying) is a good means of practice because it can help with your understanding of how things are structured and measured and really look, and you can use that knowledge when you try to draw from you head.

again, more visual encouragement mostly because i surprise and torture myself with what i find hiding on my barely-active deviantart

over the course of five years of increasing practice and observation/ref drawing

idk if this advice is very good hahaha (or any) but yknow, it’s just a matter of not avoiding things you can’t yet do. it will take time to develop an eye for what actually looks wrong or right (personal perception is always changing). if you have trouble with side views, then clench your teeth and draw more side views. not everything is gonna look good (esp in hindisght) so just have fun with it. as long as you can look back and call your old stuff crappy then you’re doing good right ^p^;

  December 30, 2011 at 02:52pm

architectts asked: Hey bebe, I was checkin' up on your stuff. Haven't been through here in a while what's been going on? Any new developerments with the Superhero AU? Also, as an aspiring artist, I just want to know if you developed your style and skill before or after you enrolled into college classes? Because I suck. Very badly. I wanted to know if it goes downhill from here. XOXOXOXO, SuperZero

heya! the superhero au is still a-going albeit slowly hehe. but na, big plans for that fish! shh

aah that’s an interesting question that i actually know the answer to! i mostly developed my current stylething in my freshman and sophomore year of high school (and i’m a freshman in college now). long story short, i had a really round, ill-defined, very anime style entering high school; i went to an arts magnet high school and there was a general bias against the anime-esque look so i went through a really awkward period of trying to draw more realistic looking things from my imagination while keeping the more stylized stuff on the side. it was some pretty shitty stuff but since i tried to study the structure of the face more and bought/dug up a few anatomy books, i improved in general and by the end of sophomore year my “realistic” stuff and my stylized stuff kind of just… mashed together into what i assume is my recognizable style. and from there i’ve just been trying to improve further cos i still have trouble with stupid things

and for funsies because it’s always good to look back and cry/laugh at yourself, some visuals

tl;dr, i used to not draw noses but now i love to draw them and i get lots of compliments on the way i do (!!?!)

so no, it doesn’t go downhill from anywhere unless you just give up completely! a long as you keep working and keep being interested in your art, you’ll end up somewhere. draw everyday. try new things and experiment- step out of your comfort zone every once in a while!- because it only helps you in the end. it can take a long time to really establish your own kind of ~thing~. just keep on truckin’ buddy

xoxoxxo dilfosaur :)

  December 30, 2011 at 11:05am

collideintosound asked: Might I ask what university you attend and what your major is? (illustration?) I want to do this stuff and I'm looking for a challenging course. Not a pat on the head and a "Woooow! Wookit YOU! Such pwetty dwawings! Keep it up!" Your work looks right up my desired path.

i’m attending the school of visual art, majoring in traditional animation! i’ve been attending for only a couple of months so i can’t really give you a very insightful opinion of the program but in terms of getting constructive criticism, i think that really depends on the professor more than as the school itself. i mean yeah some schools are simply better and more challenging than others, but it depends on what you’re looking to major in and idk haha it’s hard to make suggestions!

i can just recommend researching based on what major you’re interested in (different colleges have different “specialties”, as in especially good programs for certain majors), attending portfolio days to talk to college reps, and actually visiting schools you’re very interested in to get a first hand feel for what the classes and professors are like.

(this is really bleehhbasicgoshkarinaweknowdisstuff but i’ve left the whole college application process behind ohh never going back, so i can’t remember all the fun facts about specific schools lol)

but best of luck of with your search for the right school!

and just for the record, the work i post here isn’t necessarily reflective of the work i do for school lol; it’s more like a digital sketchbook for whatever! my school work (foundation year) consists of figure/still life drawing, animation exercises (bouncing balls and walk cycles, baby), film critiques, and story development (screenwriting, storyboarding, etc) hehehe. some of it will show up here at some point perhaps..

  October 26, 2011 at 01:57am

mistyfalcon asked: HI HELLO ME AGAIN so uhm, i'm considering SVA as a college choice, and i was wondering what you put in your portfolio, or maybe just some pointers? i'm pretty much always apprehensive about my art and portfolios so i figured it would be a good idea to find out some stuff from someone who has already been accepted, haha. and yeah, thank you ;A;

hmm oh gosh i can barely remember the sad time that was college apps but i’ll try my best ahaha. i think i submitted 15-18 things in my portfolio, and at least 6 were observation drawings. i more or less submitted the same portfolio to each school i applied to since most of them are generally the same in their requirements (except calarts, whose application i completely screwed up and ended up not doing- PROTIP JUST BTW if anyone is applying to calarts for animation START ASAP aaahlol). just always include a good bunch of your best life drawings! if possible, have a variety- still lifes, figures, landscapes, maybe a self-portrait if you’re into that; some colleges require specifics anyway. as for personal work, mine’s included two series of comics, some illustrations, a puppet (lol yeah idk), and two animations. i was fortunate to have already built up a body of work that relates to what i wanted to major in by then, but i know a lot of others don’t have that ready by the time the need to apply to schools. just be sure to show off both your technical skills AND your ability to be creative. while talent is important (and is prolly what will get you more scholarship), i find that art schools, including sva, will judge you more based on your creative potential. it’s not like you’re expected to have totally honed your skills by now! just make sure your portfolio reflects you and your interests and don’t sweat because you’ll be fine

what do you plan on majoring in btw? best of luck to you anyway! ok i hope that was coherent …

  October 07, 2011 at 09:40pm

winchesterlicious asked: Hi! I was do you get your drawings to be so SMOOTH? I've been trying to figure out SAI but whenever I try to ink something it turns out all bumpy or rough D: Like, what tools do you use?

hi!!! um yeah basically i use a tablet + SAI, and i pretty much use the brush tool exclusively. yep hi i’m karina and i’m lousy with advice and that shouldn’t have taken a day to answer