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MusicMetalHead

I am a twenty two year old dude from Wisconsin, U.S.A.
This is my reference blog where I post art related things. You will find lots of helpful tutorials here, along with concept art and anything I find inspirational.


My Junk blog for all of the things I like but that aren't always art related or particularly helpful. Junk Blog

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Jul 24 '14

lucienballard:

Discovery of world’s oldest big cat fossil suggests predator evolved in Asia.

Nearly complete skull of creature similar to a snow leopard discovered in Tibet is estimated to be 4.4m years old.

Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, in Tibet, suggesting the predator – similar to a snow leopard – evolved in Asia before roaming further afield.

The nearly complete skull has been estimated at 4.4m years old, making it significantly older than the big cat remains recovered from Tanzania dating to about 3.7m years ago

The fossil has a broad forehead similar to snow leopards; its front teeth are heavily worn. It would have been small for a big cat, probably about the size of the clouded leopard, which is found in the rainforests of south-east Asia and can grow to 50lb (23kg).

While the new specimen is not a direct ancestor to big cats like tigers, lions, jaguars, it is closely related to the snow leopard, said the study leader Jack Tseng, of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The find was detailed in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

In 2010 Tseng and colleagues embarked on a fossil-hunting expedition in the Himalayas. While hiking on a mountaintop, Tseng’s wife, Juan Liu, a graduate student, found a trove of scattered bones, among them, a buried cat skull about the size of a large grapefruit.

The new cat species was named Panthera blytheae after Blythe Haaga, whose parents are donors of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

source and full text:  Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Jul 23 '14
Jul 23 '14
dramaticthreads:

stainedglassboots:

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two things you want to glue and lists what types of glue is best. (Because people have a need to glue things to other things!)

This is an incredibly awesome site.  Go check it out!

dramaticthreads:

stainedglassboots:

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two things you want to glue and lists what types of glue is best. (Because people have a need to glue things to other things!)

This is an incredibly awesome site.  Go check it out!

Jul 23 '14

hammpix:

Folks welcomed the hand reference I posted, so here’s some foot reference.

As an artist you’ll draw A LOT of feet, especially feet that REST ON THE GROUND. Don’t be one of those artists who hides feet behind grass or mist all the time. Print these out and draw ‘em.

I included the knees because you’ll need to know how feet connect with legs; draw ‘em up to the knee.

Jul 23 '14
apollo-devotee:

artemis-devotee:

artist-confessions:

-submitted by butthurt Anonymous

”(…)she should just face the facts, when it’s THIS BAD, you’re nor going to get better. There is NO hope for her”Oh sorryyeahso I guess  IshouldhavegaveupagesagothenThe fuck were you saying anyway, Anon?

Bringing this back because of reasons.Those were made when I was around 8 to 12 years old

apollo-devotee:

artemis-devotee:

artist-confessions:

-submitted by butthurt Anonymous

”(…)she should just face the facts, when it’s THIS BAD, you’re nor going to get better. There is NO hope for her”

Oh 


sorry



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The fuck were you saying anyway, Anon?

Bringing this back because of reasons.
Those were made when I was around 8 to 12 years old

Jul 22 '14

arsanatomica:

The skull of the Chinese Water Deer is one of the most iconic skulls out there. 

Like many small Asian deer species, it does not have antlers. Instead the males fight each other with their extremely sharp tusks, slashing at rivals with downward head swings. 

When not actively shanking others, the tusks can be folded back slightly., so they don’t interfere with eating. 

Jul 22 '14
Jul 22 '14
Jul 22 '14
grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight LinesWithout proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. Have fun!Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight Lines

Without proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. 

It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. 

Have fun!
Norm

Jul 21 '14

amiammorette:

Eyes, nose, mouth, head, hands, ears and folds reference drawing tutorials.

Jul 21 '14

uzlolzu:

My process for all the paisley armchair pictures. I sometimes forgot to save iterations regularly, so they’re a bit uneven (especially the blue one).

Sorted in the order they were made.

Jul 21 '14
Jul 21 '14
jojotoons:

If you are fellow animators or concept artists, I have a new found trick that I would like to share with you.  I usually like to display my references on a second monitor, but having them directly on Photoshop feels smoother for the workflow.  You have two methods to do this, if you like to use VLC player, you can set it to go “always on top” so you can work on your image while you play your ref for inspiration. (Tools> preferences>video) If you wish to have Youtube videos or Netflix instead, just use PIP (extension for Chrome) and it will display them always on top, so you can still work on your file while watching your refs/tutorials. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pip-video/anoelogknphkblfagnpdmpfpaddikbae?hl=en

jojotoons:

If you are fellow animators or concept artists, I have a new found trick that I would like to share with you.

I usually like to display my references on a second monitor, but having them directly on Photoshop feels smoother for the workflow.

You have two methods to do this, if you like to use VLC player, you can set it to go “always on top” so you can work on your image while you play your ref for inspiration. (Tools> preferences>video)

If you wish to have Youtube videos or Netflix instead, just use PIP (extension for Chrome) and it will display them always on top, so you can still work on your file while watching your refs/tutorials.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pip-video/anoelogknphkblfagnpdmpfpaddikbae?hl=en

Jul 20 '14

naekolehasposts asked:

Dear Endling, I've been a huge fan since I saw your comics on Snafu. I'm struggling, and have been for awhile. Art is my passion, but I don't have the right education to pursue a career in it. I've been unable to find my style, and have been stuck for a year. Do you have any advice on where I can read/study to improve my skills to eventually, find my own style?

endling:

  This is a question I’ve been asked a lot, but to be honest it never really gets that much easier to answer. Every artist being an individual, it’s tough to find catch-alls that work for everyone, you know what I  mean? And hell, truth be told, I’m still trying to figure this stuff out for myself. :]

  Let me get this first bit out of the way, the bit nobody wants to hear: “Practice, practice, practice.” It’s the biggest, stinkiest old chestnut in the book, the one you’ve probably heard a million times before, but unfortunately, it is the most rock solid, time-tested advice any artist can swear by. Even when you feel down and out, even when things don’t look like they should. You keep on drawing, because art has a funny way of growing with you, even if you’re not aware of it. 

 But try different things. Some personal suggestions:

- Draw from life. Do figure studies. Your art will only go as far as the strong foundation you’ve built on. It can be arduous, but it is worth it. There is no way around this, much as many folks find this the token ‘boring’ advice.

- Look up light and color theory online. Nowadays there is a ridiculous amount of information on this subject on the internet. You could probably cobble together a near full education on the subject just from all the different people who have guides, examples, even youtube videos on the matter. It’s really amazing. There are tons of people out there trying to help young artists get on their feet, and they aren’t charging a thin dime. Take advantage of it. :]

- Warm up before you draw! Draw scribbles, cubes, shapes with some zing to them. Drawing can be a workout! So like any workout, warm up! Don’t dive right in and injure yourself. :] It’s a good way to stave off feeling discouraged because things  didn’t turn out looking brilliant right off the bat. 

- Try emulating a variety of other artists’ work. (With their consent if you’re posting it somewhere of course.) Sometimes when drawing in someone else’s style your own little mannerisms and stylistic influences tend to pop up in the result. This is more a fun exercise though, certainly not something to fall back on as a means to improve. You don’t want to end up relying on the same artistic ‘shortcuts’ your chosen artists employ in their own work without a firm understanding of the basics yourself.

- Draw quickly, loosely, even carelessly. Less thought, more winging it. Fly by the seat of them pants. Have fun letting go! At least, for a practice run at first. While ‘style’ is at best a nebulous concept, I’ve always found that if you draw speedily, you tend to put emphasis in certain areas, sort of feel your hand moving a particular way? If you don’t let too much thought get in the way, you can sometimes see the raw tendencies you have underneath the art. 

- Animation! Regarding stuff to read to improve your skills, there is no shortage of books available in places like Barnes & Noble. Entire sections on art. I recommend, personally, books on animation techniques. I was originally an animation major in college, and I think any artist can benefit greatly by studying it thoroughly. 

- Draw for yourself, not for the internet. This is a more fairly recent issue I’ve been seeing with some people, but there are folks out there who get a little too attached to the reception (or lack thereof) they receive for posting their work online, or worse still, seem to only draw with the specific intent of putting things online. While it’s all well and good to share your work with other people, please please please do not forget that you are drawing for yourself. You don’t have to post everything you make. Allow yourself plenty of time to make plenty of terrible drawings. Fall flat on your face. You can share the stuff you’d like, but you don’t have to feel compelled to share everything you do.

- Art blocks and burn out will happen. Don’t sweat ‘being stuck’ so much. Don’t rush getting OUT of it either. Art blocks are kind of a way of telling you you’re running on empty in one way or another. I’ve gotten asked quite often what I do to get over an art block. The answer is really simple: wait. Haha. But you find things to do that get you feeling charged up again. I like listening to music and playing games. Games are what got me into art in the first place, so it’s kind of a back-and-forth process for me. But what I’m trying to say here is, art and your life are pretty much connected in every way. If your art just doesn’t want to come out easily on the page, maybe you should find something else to do that you enjoy. Refill, recharge, re-energize, but NOT just to get over an art block. Your daily life might be more attached to your work than you realize. Which brings me to my next point..

- Don’t look so hard for ‘your style’. You need to grow as much as your artwork. As I said before, style is kind of a strange subject. To most people style is simply ‘how your art looks’, what sets it apart from other folks. But if you ask me, style is whatever ignites your passion to create in the first place. Style can be influenced by other art, sure, but it can also be influenced by music, games, sports, books, your background, the things you enjoy, just the person you are from the ground up. Style comes from pouring yourself into your work. And you know what? You need to grow just as much as your artwork. If you put a piece of yourself into your art, it will undoubtedly be unique, because you’re a unique person yourself. Find something you want to say and let it come out through your art.

And yes, that’s about the floweriest answer I’ve ever given on the subject of style. I guess when it comes to the subject of art I can be a sappy sap. But DAMMIT I BELIEVE IN YOU. And anyone else reading this that might have been feeling the same way! And I really appreciate the question! Hell, I’m honored, and hope in any way at all I can help, because art is a beautiful thing to have in your life, and I wish you the absolute best of luck with it. 

Now DRAW. DRAAAAAAAAAW, I SAY! 

Jul 20 '14

findchaos:

whowasntthere:

findchaos:

Don’t limit yourself to just one type of legume, either: try string beans, peanuts, fava beans!

Mix n’ match!

Outline all of the lips or just one of the halves, the possibilities are endless!*

*They are not.

It’s sad because this actually works. Green beans = thinner lips, peanuts = super plump lips, garbanzo beans = round, tiny lips. God damn it, Stiffler.

Reblogging for the daytime crowd! Next tutorial: Nuts for Eyes. Let’s see how long I can get away with food objects.