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theinformationdump:

Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers

As described by Selnick’s article:

Author and doctor of clinical psychology Carolyn Kaufman has released a one-page body language cheat sheet of psychological “tells” (PDF link) fiction writers can use to dress their characters.

keikilanidraws:

sno4wy:

How To Draw Better In 2 Minutes

I expected this to be a troll video about sacrificing your soul in exchange for art skills or something but this was actually very informative.

coffeeandcockatiels:

paperbeatsscissors:

the struggle is real

Tiniest foot tutorial. Can add toes or just have shoe. Is good. Have day.

Know your vocabulary: basic principals of design via splitcommentary.blogs.com

Leg poses via sculptuniversity.com and makingfairies.com

kamariesson:

lovelyandbrown:

katequeenargent:

Hi, so I made a post like this a while back when I was under the username scootsmcool. I’m not really sure what happened to the masterpost then it was deleted somehow, either by me on accident or tumblr, not sure. This is a new one though and updated linked too so everything here should work! If you see a movie thats not on here I probably couldn’t find a link and I apologize but feel free to message me if you do find one! Also my inbox is open if a link isn’t working or if theres an issue with it. Some places have multiple choices so I tried to include the server that works best for those!

I advise using chrome and definitely make sure you have adblock installed!

1997 - 1999:

Under WrapsYou Lucky DogBrink!HalloweentownZenon: Girl of the 21st Century (sockshare server), Smart HouseJohnny TsunamiDon’t Look Under the Bed,Horse Sense

2000 - 2001:

Up, Up, & AwayColor of FriendshipAlley Cats Strike BackRip GirlsMiracle in Lane 2Stepsister From Planet WeirdReady to RunQuintsThe Other MeMom’s Got a Date With a VampireThe Ultimate Christmas PresentZenon: The ZequelMotocrossed,Luck of the IrishJumping ShipThe Poof PointHalloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

2002 - 2003:

Double TeamCadet KellyTru ConfessionsGet a ClueGotta Kick It UpRing of Endless LightYou Wish!The Even Stevens MovieEddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off,Cheetah Girls

2004 - 2005:

Pixel PerfectGoing to the MatZenon Z3Stuck in the SuburbsTiger Cruise,Halloweentown HighNow You See MeBuffalo DreamsKim Possible So the DramaGo FigureLife is RuffThe Proud Family MovieTwitches

2006 - 2007:

Cow BellesWendy Wu Homecoming WarriorRead It & WeepCheetah Girls 2Return to HalloweentownJump In!Johnny Kapahala Back on BoardHigh School MusicalTwitches TooHigh School Musical 2

2008 - 2009:

MinutemenCamp RockCheetah Girls One WorldDadnappedHatching PetePrincess Protection ProgramHigh School Musical 3

2010 - 2014:

Starstruck (putlocker), Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars16 WishesDen BrotherAvalon High,Suite Life MovieLemonade MouthSharpay’s Fabulous AdventureGeek Charming,Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!FrenemiesRadio RebelLet It ShineGirls vs. MonsterTeen Beach MovieCloud 9Zapped

BONUS: (movies often thought of as DCOMs & shown on Disney but not actual DCOMs)

Life SizeMy Date With the President’s DaughterModel BehaviorWish Upon A Star

it’d be a gross injustice if i didn’t share this gem. about to watch the color of friendship RIGHT.NOW.

BRAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!

FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

LEARN:

1. LANGUAGES

2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

3. YOGA & MEDITATION

4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

5. DRAWING & PAINTING

6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 

*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

just-another-blogging-recoverer:

THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHEDULES

I know I’ve talked briefly about this before, but I thought it deserved a longer post.

WHY?

[THE BENEFITS]

  • gives your time structure
  • no time to lay around & worry, sulk or obsess!
  • helps to limit problem sleeping
  • helps you balance your life activities
  • you won’t be double booked!
  • makes sure you have self-care time
  • helps you figure out priorities
  • gets your studying & classes on track!

Basically, there are dozens of reasons why schedules can be good. It all depends on your issues, or why you want to start.

For me, I was napping all the time and sleeping my life away. Now I only take about one short nap a week, when I really need it. 

If you’re having problems in school, schedules can help you make and stick to a study schedule. If you’re always late and double booking yourself, schedules can help. If you feel you have too much going on in life and you can’t figure out your priorities, schedules can help. If you feel like you have nothing going on and life is pointless, schedules can help!

HOW?

[THE PROCESS]

  1. Set up your medium - Use a piece of paper, grid paper, a preprinted calendar or planner, an Excel spreadsheet, Google Docs—anything. Whatever works for you. Block out days of the week, morning/afternoon/night, hours—be as exact or as approximate as you want. Again, just make sure it makes sense to you.
  2. Block out your have-tos and priorities - Things like sleep, family dinners, work schedules, school, classes, concerts, etc. These are the non-negotiables. 
  3. Determine your categories - What areas do you need to balance? School, home and job? Stressful, peaceful, social? I have two sets: High, medium and low priority, and achievement, connection to others, enjoyment, and self-care. These can be anything, as long as they make sense to you.
  4. Find balance -  Once you’ve figured out what in your life you need to balance, it’s time to balance it. Mark your have-tos and priorities in the category(s) they fit into. I like to do this by color-coding, because I’m a visual person. You can easily use little letters, shapes/symbols, different fonts. (Again, whatever makes sense!) Now look at your schedule. Do you have an overabundance of one thing? Is your schedule overwhelmed by the “stressful” category? Do you have nothing but family and school obligations, and no social engagements?
  5. Fill it in! - Fill in your schedule based on your answers from #4. If you find you have lots of stressful activities, schedule in lots of relaxation between them or in the evenings. Balance out school and family with social engagements and fun. 

Ta-da! You now have the bare bones of a schedule! Play with it until it meets your needs, and you will never regret it!

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BUT…

[TROUBLESHOOTING]

What medium is right for me?

Look at your life. Are you on the go? Do something that you can a) carry with you or b) access from your mobile phone. If you’re tech-savvy, find an app or a program that syncs to all your devices. If you prefer the feel of paper, use grid paper or a planner.

Experiment til something feels right, works and is convenient!

In my opinion, the best of both worlds is to create the schedule in Excel and then print it out. It gives you a remarkable amount of control—my current schedule is the 3rd picture.

The template I use is here, if you want to give it a test run. (I do alter it a bit)

My schedule is full after step 2.

Whoops! Looks like you’ve got too much goin’ on there. Check out this page for some tips.

I can’t figure out categories.

What do you need to balance? Do you find yourself always forgetting homework for one class and studying all night for another? Maybe classes are one set of categories.

You should have between two and six categories, and perhaps multiple sets. But too many categories will confuse you and derail your schedule!

Here are some sample categories:

  • Achievement/connection to others/enjoyment/self-care
  • Family/school/social/personal
  • High priority/medium priority/low priority
  • High stress/low stress/relaxation
  • Short-term goal work/long-term goal work/enjoyment

How do I achieve balance?

Recognize the opposing “pulls” of your categories, and use them to balance each other out. For example, relaxation “opposes” high stress.

If you color-code your schedule, the colors should reflect a balance. You shouldn’t have all high-stress or all relaxation. It’s more of a science than an art. Just go with your gut and play around a bit. You’ll get the hang of it.

What do I fill in?

Anything!

I tend to fill in “small” things. That is, I’ll fill in television time, crochet time, painting time, and grocery shopping trips. Things I want to do or need to get done eventually.

If you find your schedule has a deficit of things to do, check out my 365 Things post. Do something fun off it. Or try a new hobby. Or call up a friend!

I hate schedules, I prefer spontaneity.

Here’s the thing: you can have a schedule and still be spontaneous. I know, I know, that’s just crazy!

The thing is, schedules help you with priorities and time life management. A schedule can help you make sure that you don’t spend all your time being spontaneous and miss a huge book report, or that you don’t hop on a bus to Chicago the same weekend as your family reunion. It can make sure you’re heading towards your long-term goals and taking care of yourself while still having time to go crazy and unplanned.

What do you do if you want to have a “spontaneous” schedule?

  • When you go to “fill it in”, don’t get specific. Instead of saying “see a movie with Brittany”, you can say “hang out with friends”.
  • Leave your categories as your activities. That is, you know you’ll be doing something enjoyment-related—you just don’t know what yet!
  • You still need to define some things. But you were never going to be spontaneous about studying for that test, were you?

That’s all for now, folks. Contact me about other schedule questions or comments.

freeglassart asked: You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!

rufftoon:

makanidotdot:

Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:

1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.

First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.  

So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose.  I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.

 Scribble it down

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start to put on features

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fix stuff

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put on more stuff

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fix stuff again

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erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

Whole head is a gesture!image

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2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first.  You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.

So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face. 

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That’s the simplest explanation I got.  Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!

All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.

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