August 20 2013, 11am
Observational Artist’s Block Cure
Make a list of some of your favourite artists.
Observe them and notice similarities.
Write these similarities down.
Observe the artists’ work again.
Write things that you like about them.
Next, try to incorporate what you wrote down into your own art.
Example: I noticed that a lot of my artists have rosy cheeks and almost all artists draw girls with tiny feet and hands.
I hope this helped someone! A friend shared this technique with me a while back and it has certainly helped me.
March 12 2013, 6pm
- Nightmare: I'll write my character having a nightmare about yours, or vice versa.
- Kiss: I'll write our characters sharing a kiss, it can be innocent or passionate.
- Traumatic: I'll write my or your characters going through a traumatic experience.
- Murder: I'll write my character killing yours or vice vesra.
- Home: I'll write our characters living together.
- Holiday: I'll write our characters celebrating a holiday together.
- Prank: I'll write our characters pulling pranks on each other.
- Scars: I'll write your character touching my character's scars or vice versa
- Sketching: I'll write your character drawing mine or vice versa
- Warmth: I'll write our characters getting warm.
- Solace: I'll write my character comforting yours or vice versa
- Drink: I'll write our characters drinking together
- Game: I'll write our characters playing a game.
- Love: I'll write our character's falling in love.
- Death: I'll write our character's mourning over each other.
- Hate: I'll write our character's hating each other.
- Seduce: I'll write my character trying to seduce yours or vice versa
- Old: I'll write our characters growing old together
- Song: I'll write our character's singing or playing a musical instruments.
- Passion: I'll write our characters having intercourse
- Child: I'll write our characters raising a child.
- Poem: I'll write my character speaking a poem to yours or vice versa
- Insane: I'll write my character is insane inside asylum and yours is the doctor, or vice versa
March 10 2013, 9pm
Ten Tips for a Terrific Antagonist
Article is from here.
If you think your protagonist is the most important part of your book, think again. Your story is only as good as your antagonist—the character standing in the way of your protagonist and his goals. The antagonist is the story’s engine. He needs to be just as interesting and richly layered, but too often we write antagonists that are flat and predictable.
So how do we develop an antagonist who is interesting, entertaining, one who will cause us to shiver, shake, yet feel more for him than loathing? How do we make our readers almost root for the antagonist, make him so well rounded the reader connects to and believes the antagonist is as real as any other character in the story?
Here are ten creative writing tips to make an antagonist worthy of your protagonist and story:
1. Do the same amount of work to develop your antagonist as you do your protagonist. Develop the same amount of backstory. Know your antagonist. Give him a life before he hits the first page of your book.
2. Make sure your antagonist (like your protagonist) has a goal. He believes he is on the only possible path and his goal is noble. He is the hero of his own story and wants something that he has thought about, considered and has decided to go after. Preferably the opposite of what your protagonist wants, or perhaps he wants the same thing so must clash with your protagonist to get it. Goals are key for both the protagonist and antagonist. And make sure they clash!
3. Write in your antagonist’s point of view, even if his POV is never in your book. Write in his voice—first person—as if he’s talking to you. Let him tell you how he feels, what he wants, what he’s planning. You will engage a close connection that your readers will sense, whether or not this particular writing goes into your manuscript.
4. Make sure your antagonist—at least in his own mind—has justification for everything he does. He has to believe he’s in the right, otherwise your reader won’t feel he’s real and will disconnect. To make him believable, be sure he believes in himself and every step he takes.
5. As Donald Maass suggests in Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, outline your book from the antagonist’s point of view. Not every scene, but give him an outline with steps throughout the story so you clearly see the path he will take through your book. Whether you do it at the beginning, middle, or end of writing your book, this is a wonderful way to strengthen conflict in your story.
6. Speaking of outlining steps, do so emotionally for your antagonist as well. Give your antagonist a character arc. If your antagonist changes throughout the story, he’ll have readers in the palm of his hand. Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series is a terrific example of this. We see him grow throughout the series, sometimes in bad ways, sometimes in good. Readers want to experience your story world through your protagonist, but give them an emotional experience from your antagonist’s side as well, and they will engage and care about your story.
7. Remember your antagonist doesn’t have to be a villain. In Light on Snow by Anita Shreve, the protagonist, Nicky, is a pre-teen who has suffered a terrible tragedy (she lost her mom and baby sister in an auto accident) and all she wants a normal life. She shares her life (and the tragedy) with her father who drags her away from all she knows and sets up their home far from civilization. He has the same goal for his daughter—to give her as normal a life as possible—but because of his own pain, he can’t see clearly how to give Nicky what she so desperately needs. He is an antagonist who we not only understand, but our hearts ache for him and Nicky both.
8. Add emotional danger to what your antagonist does. Make your reader feel what the repercussions will be for your protagonist. Bertrand from Sarah’s Key is a husband who is at a point in life where he doesn’t want a child. There are skeletons in his family’s closet, and he wants them to stay put. He and his wife Julia tread carefully through their marriage, and her digging into the events at the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup will tip the balance. Is Bertrand self-centered? Sure. Evil? Not at all. We absolutely understand Julia’s dilemma and it draws us right in.
9. If your antagonist is evil, give him charm or make him funny. Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs is fascinating, and as he helps Clarice, the reader wishes he wasn’t a psychopathic murderous cannibal. He’s such great company, we’d love to share dinner conversation with him. As long as we aren’t the main course. As a character he was so entertaining and well-liked, he got his own book.
10. If you have a huge, social issue antagonist, give it a character name and face. Build a character that embodies all aspects of the social issue. Racial bigotry of the early 1960′s becomes Hilly Holbrook in The Help. Political abuse of power is epitomized in President Snow from The Hunger Games (in fact, many of the secondary characters in that book embody different negative aspects of society). A reader loves a character to hate, so give ‘em what they want!
With a little work, your antagonist will be as fascinating, strong and compelling as your protagonist, and you will be on your way to writing a great book!
March 7 2013, 8pm
30 Day Pokémon Drawing Challenge
1. Yourself as a trainer in your preferred in-game class (ace, hiker, bug catcher, etc.)
2. Your favorite pokémon
3. A pokémon of your favorite type
4. The first shiny you caught (excluding the red Gyarados used as a plot device in G/S/C/HG/SS). If you’ve never caught another shiny, draw a picture of yourself sadly not drawing a pokémon.
5. The cutest pokémon
6. Your favorite 1st gen pokémon
7. Your favorite Eeveelution
8. Your favorite fossil pokémon (Relicanth may or may not count, do whatever the fuck you want).
9. Your favorite legendary pokémon
10. A pokémon of your favorite color
11. The ugliest pokémon
12. Your favorite 2nd gen pokémon
13. A pokémon that made you think/say “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST NINTENDO WHAT WERE YOU THINKING”
14. Your favorite baby pokémon
15. Your most hated pokémon to battle in-game
16. A pokémon that reminds you of someone special
17. The scariest pokémon
18. Your favorite 3rd gen pokémon
19. Your least favorite pokémon
20. Your very own fakemon (include things like type, evolution(s) and methods (if any), a movelist if you’re so inclined, maybe write up a dex entry)
21. Your favorite starters, one of each type
22. The “signature” pokémon of your favorite gym leader/Elite 4 member
23. The derpiest pokémon
24. Your favorite 4th gen pokémon
25. A pokémon that you think is overdue for an evolution
26. Your spirit pokémon. Bonus points if you make a little comic or scene or something. **if you don’t yet have a spirit pokémon, try this random pokémon generator**
27. The version mascot of your favorite game
28. The most elegant/prettiest pokémon
29. Your favorite 5th gen pokémon
30. Your ideal team of six pokémon
February 1 2013, 7pm
FULL Super Challenge List! Monster/Legendary Creatures
In alphabetical order;
Sorry if some are listed more than once. My personal suggestion is not to skip them, but to draw them differently. But, that’s completely up to you.
And if some of you think; “I can’t draw this, some of them are not humanoid/animal-like!” First of all, challenge yourself, it’s always good. If you really feel like not to, I say, take inspiration from them. Nothing have to be spot on!
Also, I strongly recommend you do research about the creatures before you draw them. Every link go to Wikipedia - which isn’t always the best, reliable source. (Also, some articles have very, very little information about them.) So try to Google around first and see if you find anything!
Other good sources:
January 25 2013, 9am
Okay, I don’t know why tumblr won’t let me answer this ask so I’ll just do this instead…
Hm! If I understood this correctly (I’m a dizzyhead, sorry), here is some sites I’d recommend (those in bold are my personal favorites): PoseManiacs, 3D.sk, Reference Photographs For Artists, Photo References for Comic Artists, Art Mourge.
Hope this was what you were looking for!
January 25 2013, 9am
I'm currently stuck in a deep rut that I can't seem to get out of. Even when I have the time to draw, I catch myself lacking motivation or inspiration. What can you advise I do when this happens?
Sorry it took me forever to reply to this. I have my ask box full with asks from my other blog. Sorry sorry. OTL (to all of you who just sent me an ask and have waited forever)
Anyway! First off, art block is usually the brains way of saying “please, do something new!” and the reason you feel uninspired or unmotivated, it’s cause you don’t know what kind of new your head is looking for. First off, you need to step outside your comfort zone. Allow yourself to make mistakes, do them on purpose. So I want you to say this to yourself, as often as you can, and especially when you’re about to draw; “I will make mistakes on purpose. This will look strange, and even bad, but I’m completely okay with that. All great artists started out like this, too. They stepped outside their comfort zone and became great. I’m going to do mistakes on purpose.”
After a while, you will realize how to handle these mistakes. You will be able to draw that pose, that idea, whatever, without making it look like a mistake. The reason you can do that is because you have practiced, and challenged yourself. That is the key to inspiration and motivation. Challenge yourself.
If you don’t know what to draw, you can always go to Helpful Suggestions and pick one of the challenges there. Pick one that you think seem fun. After that, pick one you think seem hard. Just really allow your mind to open up a bit!
Hope this helps!
January 15 2013, 7pm
Challenge for both Writers and Artists.
- Click this link. It’ll take you to any random page on this blog.
- Pick the first image you see. It must be that picture and nothing else. If it wasn’t a picture you got; click the link again until you get one.
- Now, draw or/and write anything inspired and/or related to that picture. Go with anything. Don’t take it too literally - just go with whatever hits your head and let your creativity flow!
Also, if you did this challenge, we’d love to see! Submit it to us!