inspiration

vanoty:

For Windows.

My friends and I occasionally have this problem so I’ve taught them this simple method that takes less than a minute as opposed to waiting several for your computer to restart(especially if it’s slow).

What’s great about this method is that sometimes restarting your computer wont fix the problem, but this usually will.

MAKE SURE YOU CLOSE ALL YOUR ART APPS.

This is important, otherwise the changes wont take effect. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again, sometimes it takes restarting it more than once.

For Windows 8, search for “services.msc” in your apps and click on the result. Continue from there!

Now go draw, babies!

wordsandchocolate:

I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)

kelpls:

A BUNCH OF PEOPLE ASKED BABOUT HEADS AND HEAD ANFLGES SO YEAH I JSUT DUMPED IT ALL ON ONe i’m not relaly suere what tips to give on this i yeah HOPE IT HELPS

THERE REALLY ISN”T A FIXED PROPRTION for faces because people have different dfaces yeah OS JUST DRAW WHAT YOU THINK LOOKS GOOD!!

Pixiv Resources Tags

randgris:

As a place where a crowd of artists is hanging out, pixiv is filled with tips, tutorials, and resources. But having a deal with its tags-based works arrangement can be a challenge. There is a list of tags labeling useful stuff on pixiv.

メイキング — “making”. Step-by-step records of creating a piece.
講座 — “course”. Tutorials of any kind.
フリー素材 or 素材 — “free material” or “material”. Textures, screentones, stock objects, et cetera.
ブラシ — “brush”.
トーン — “tone”. Screentones.
テクスチャ — “texture”.
パターン and シームレス — “pattern” and “seamless”.
線画 and 塗ってもいいのよ — “lineart” and “it’s okay to color”. Free linearts for coloring. Usually these tags are used together, but give a care to ascertain that “it’s okay to color” is presented.

A browsing tip for non-premium users.
By default, pixiv doesn’t allow to sort items by popularity. But there are specific tags indicating popular works, so you can reach the most popular pieces inside a category instantly by adding to the search query following tags: 10000users入り, 1000users入り, 500users入り. I. e. 講座10000users入り or  素材500users入り.

A Tutorial Masterpost

norisus:

Some tutorials that I’ve come across, organized both for my own viewing pleasure and to hopefully assist others as well. I update this list whenever I come across new, helpful pieces.

A lot of these are hosted on my personal Tumblr, but I don’t change my url so it’s pretty safe to bookmark them there (and not have to worry about the url changing) if you don’t wish to reblog them yourself for whatever reason.

Feline tutorials:

Canine tutorials:

Avian tutorials:

Human(oid) tutorials:

Facial features:

Neck, shoulders, arms, back, and torso:

Legs, hips, and feet:

Hands:

Full body and poses:

Hair and skin:

Other:

Dragon tutorials (and bat wings):

Equine tutorials:

Cervine tutorials:

Ursine tutorials:

Miscellaneous animal tutorials:

Background and objects tutorials:

Clothing tutorials:

General painting, drawing, and style tips:

Hope these help!

knickerweasels:

Drawing Feet and Shoes from 萌えキャラクターの描き方 (How to draw moe characters)

gracejo413:

I pretty much draw only one type of cloud and sky SO ANON THIS IS WHAT YOU GET omg guys don’t ask me art things because I am just as clueless as you guys are OTL

japanese-revision:

japanese-revision:

Textbooks:
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
Read Real Japanese Fiction
GENKI: Integrated Elementary Japanese I and II [beginners]
An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
Tobira (Gateway to advanced Japanese)
TextFugu [an online textbook]
Heisig’s Remembering Kanji
Basic Kanji Book Vol.1
Kanji in Context
Online Dictionaries:
ALC (I use this everyday)→Expression encyclopaedia 
Goo dictionary
Weblio
WWWJDIC (with audio clips)
JWPce (downloadable dictionary for Windows)
JEDict (downloadable for Mac users)
Idiomatic Expressions
Idioms dictionary [Japanese only]
Counters dictionary
Hovering dictionaries: →Rikaikun for Chrome→Rikaichan for Firefox→Floating Dictionary for Mac
Current Affairs dictionary
Tangorin
Imiwa? (a dictionary for the iPhone)
Tagaini Jisho (downloadable for Windows, Mac and Linux)
Nihongodict (also an app. for iPhone and Android phones)
For kanji.
Jisho (I use this for spelling kanji for if I can’t read it)
Yamasa (I use this for learning to write)
A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters
Associative Kanji Learning (stroke orders)
WaniKani (reviewed and explained here)
Online reading:
Hukumusume Fairytales
竹取(Bamboo-Cutting) (vertical writing)
吉田秀幸の日記(Hideyuki Yoshida’s Diary) (recipes)
Chokochoko’s reading texts to help with JLPT
TED Talks (with Japanese subtitles and transcripts)
Learning through Films [Japanese subtitles/scripts]
Blue Sky Library (public domain books, explained here)
Manga.
Free online manga
Vomic (free online manga with voice actors)
Sound Effects (in manga, etc)
Improving your speaking:
Japanese pronunciation guide
Interactive Hiragana Pronounciation table
Topics for Language Exchanges.
Bubbly (a Twitter-like app where you can record yourself)
Audioboo (similar to Bubbly, but also a website)
My Language Exchange [to find a language partner]
Listening:
“Real World” Japanese
泣きたいときのクスリ 2007 - ‘08 (radio drama)
Writing practice:
Lang-8
Japan-Guide [for getting Japanese penpals]
原稿用紙の使い方 (How to write an essay with Japanese writing paper)
Shiritori (Japanese word-chain game)
iTalki [similar to Lang-8]
News:
NewsWeb Easy
NHK News (audio news with speed controls)
Mainichi Primary School student Newspaper
Podcasts:
JOQR (Cultural Broadcasting)
TBS Radio’s Junk
TOKYO FM
YouTube:
Afternoon Hirusagari
Jet Daisuke
バイリンガール英会話
Analog TV Forever (collections of adverts)
Real Japanese Studio
Japancast
Tofugu
Japanese sign language.
Heartful Power Hideo
Shuwa Island
TV:
Japanese subtitles for anime
KeyHole TV (to stream Japanese TV and radio)
風雲LIVE日本語(Feng Yun LIVE Japanese) (to stream TV)
映画で学ぶ実践英会話
Tumblr:
Kanji-a-Day
Holy crap Japanese
Nihongo ga Suki
Jumpstart Japanese
Nihongolog
Nadine Nihongo
That Japan Addict
ChilliMuffin
Japanese through Fandom
F-Yeah Native Japanese
J-Vocab of the Day
ぶらりめし [Japanese only]
Peaceful Chef [Japanese only]
Kumako365jp
Japanese Revision (my blog for intermediates)
Those studying in Japan.
Japanicking in Yamanashi (at Yamanashi University)
Samxuel (at Kyushu Sangyo)
Katy in Japan Town (at NUFS)
Chocotastie (at Seinan Gakuin)
Kim in Sapporo (at Hokkaido University)
Sunriseosunset / My Japan Travels (Yokohama National University)
Blogging:
Yaplog
Ameba
Learning websites:
JapaneseClass.jp
The Japanese Page
Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese
Erin’s Challenge (with listening and reading practice)
Maggie Sensei
Tofugu
All Japanese All The Time
Japanese Level Up
Other resources:
Lots of threads with a variety of resources for Japanese learning
JLPT Resources
Anki (flashcards for your computer, phone and online)
DJT and Okra’s pastebins (lots of resources and textbooks for download, etc)
Japanese.Livejournal (including tips on using IME)
Human Japanese (for PC and phones, excl. Linux)

I’ve added even more to the list since I first posted this and am continuing to add new things to it. So, I thought I’d re-post it. As always, if anyone has anything they would like to add, let me know!

japanese-revision:

japanese-revision:

Textbooks:

Online Dictionaries:

For kanji.

Online reading:

Manga.

Improving your speaking:

Listening:

Writing practice:

News:

Podcasts:

YouTube:

Japanese sign language.

TV:

Tumblr:

Those studying in Japan.

Blogging:

Learning websites:

Other resources:

I’ve added even more to the list since I first posted this and am continuing to add new things to it. So, I thought I’d re-post it. As always, if anyone has anything they would like to add, let me know!