|This drawing is a little old for a "current" feature, but I worked on it for 4 years so I don't think it's going away any time soon.|
An Open Letter to Modern PoetsTo those who write for suicide,An Open Letter to Modern Poets by ~Please-Not-Last
And those who write for death -
"Don't give up" are empty words
At the edge of the abyss.
To those who write of love [and such],
I've heard it all before.
They listen, yet they let you down,
Yet life is bad without them.
To those who write on other things
To advocate a cause -
A heavy hand will curse your work
And kill all empathy.
(Also, if you want to know,
World peace is overrated.)
To those who write of cities, tech,
Nature, feelings, futures...
I guess your words will be all right
If you just don't overdo it.
To those who pick and choose as if
Their limit was 140:
"Here lies Icarus, son of wordsmith,
Who couldn't use those words."
To those who write with flowery prose
And terms from a thesaurus,
Or those who think they're cutting-edge
When poems sound like songs -
Twilight was a royal pain.
Don't make me cry again.
Notes on Character DesignI received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.Notes on Character Design by *tracyjb
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.
- Be patient.
A design is something gradually arrived at. It takes time and iteration and revision. You'll throw a lot of stuff away, and you'll i