Artist Advice

Aug 27

Tree Tutorial v1








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Create floor plans, house plans and home plans online with -


I’m using this at the moment to plan out characters houses. Super useful!

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Aug 26

the single greatest cloud brush I’ve worked with so far oh my god



just adjust opacity and size depending on how crisp lines you want


this shit took like 10 minutes

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Available now! SenshiStock Sketch is a web app that lets your jump through random SenshiStock images for sketch, gesture and warm up drawing.
Use the timer for shorter or longer poses, hit the random button for a new pose at any time. Pause if you need a bit more time with a pose!
Happy drawing!


Available now! SenshiStock Sketch is a web app that lets your jump through random SenshiStock images for sketch, gesture and warm up drawing.

Use the timer for shorter or longer poses, hit the random button for a new pose at any time. Pause if you need a bit more time with a pose!

Happy drawing!


Aug 24

Admin Kin’s mega inspiration blog masterpost


Hello friends! I have put together a collection of inspiration for you. These are all on Tumblr, and I tried to include only active blogs as well.

If you are interested in having another one of these masterposts, please send us a fanmail with links to your favorite inspiration blogs, as well as ideas for any categories you would like to have added.

<3 Admin Kin [kin-draws]

Fantasy and Sci Fi

forest-in-the-night: Elvish-grade fantasy—forests, woodland creatures, crystals. Has an awesome music playlist to go with it.

fairey-tale: Just like the URL says, fairy tale flavored—princesses, classic fantasy creatures.

writersblockbuster: All kinds of epic fantasy posts.

enchanted-forest00: A little bit of everything here, still a little more in the fairy tale realms.

artsfantasia: Tons of epic, sourced fantasy art.

mycrystalplace: Pagan and fantasy posts (not particularly gothic).

fantasy-art-engine: Much like artsfantasia, all different kinds of fantasy and sci-fi art.

the-clockmakers-daughter: One of very best fantasy inspiration blogs I’ve found, this one also has an amazing playlist.

fyeahfantasticalthings: Lots of high fantasy and foresty-flavored posts.

theartofanimation: Pages and pages of fantasy art (some nudity).

fyeahscifiwomen: Designs for practical female sci-fi armor.

babesinarmor: Similar, for fantasy.

(I would also recommend bikiniarmorbattledamage for more discourse on practical female armor).


postapocalypticfashion: Exactly what it says on the tin.

silkspiders: More on the artistic, surreal side of high fashion.

okiya: Dedicated to geishas and their clothing.

fashionsfromhistory: Just what it sounds like, lots of lovely full-length dresses here.

carnevaledivenezia: Tons of gorgeous photos of Carnival of Venice masks. Haute couture, no gaudy colors here.

dressesthatilike: Lots of different types of fashion and fashion references.

notordinaryfashion: Mostly haute, Dolce & Gabbana couture-flavored.

thingstheheartdesires: Some modern, some couture, some steampunk.

frillsanthrills: Lolita, mostly pastel.


neuromaencer: Images in the grayscale range, edgy theme (violence/ weapons tw).

themagicfarawaytree: Changes color every so often, mainly fantasy-flavored.

turquoi5e: Turquoise, cheery with lots of ocean photography.

a11-1n-r3d: Red, a little bit of everything here.

my-favorite-colors: Pinks, lavenders, and pastel blues.

portion-of-the-rainbow: Also changes colors, all kinds of gorgeous photos.

Dedicated to non-Western cultures

perishedinflames: Asian-flavored (including Middle East), includes fashion and fantasy elements

souls-of-my-shoes: Lovely photos of people from all around Africa.

queen-of-de-nile: Mostly Middle Eastern themed posts of all types.

mingsonjia: Chinese—posts architecture, fashion, and lots of great music.

minimongol: All about Mongolia.

oriental-sunrise: Mostly Middle Eastern and Indian clothing, people, and architecture.

russian-style: Russian art and architecture.

lovesouthkorea: Photography of both nature and cities in South Korea.


naturalpalettes: Takes gorgeous nature photography and adds color swatches from them.

darkenergies: Space photography (galaxies, nebulae, etc).

heathenharnow: Dark, wild photography—mostly forests, some with a surreal flavor.

scandinaviapictures: Gorgeous photography of Scandinavian countries.


moulures: Old French interior architecture (mouldings).

gothic-architecture-blog: Exactly what it says on the tin.

lordstarkwinterfell: Mostly Western European castles.

ancientromebuildings: Dedicated to ancient Roman architecture.

urbanile: Modern Egyptian architecture.

castlesfromallovertheworld: Exactly what it says on the tin, includes short educational descriptions with each photo.

daitao: Combination of classic and modern East Asian architecture.

Gothic/ Victorian

velvet-armour: Has a wild sort of Victorian flavor.

okkvlt: Gothic-flavored, lots of statues and bronze casts.

ghosts-in-the-library: Appreciation of Victorian art, people, and architecture.


warriorconcierto; Epic music posts.

breathtakingdestinations: Beautiful photography of both natural and urban settings.

visitheworld: Similar to above.

art-of-swords: Posts about all types of blades from around the world.

inkandichor: Combination of Indian and Victorian influences, and then some.

Shameless plug for my own inspiration blog

nebulae-and-orchids: A little bit of everything over here.

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i just wanted to clarify some things

artists know the risk they are taking when they post their art online. people are inevitably going to take it apart, color edit it, flip it around or otherwise post it uncredited.

saying that an artist shouldn’t post their work if they don’t want it bastardized is probably the stupidest stance on this subject you could take. if all artists followed this line of reasoning, there would be no art on the internet. 

when an artist posts their work, they are trusting you to enjoy it respectfully. and when you betray that trust either knowingly or unknowingly, it’s like saying the artist’s time, skills and thoughts aren’t worth anything.

you are NOT entitled to an artists work just because they decided to trust you enough to share it with you.

an artist is within their right to feel upset that someone has used their work in a way they never intended it to be used. they are within their right to ask for it to stop and not happen again.

just because it’s “bound to happen” doesn’t mean it’s any less deplorable.

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Aug 23






Can we please stop stealing people’s art without their consent?

Especially Japanese artists?

Because believe or not, when you take a dojinka’s art and post it somewhere else without permission, not only will you make them very sad (not to mention angry) when they find out, but you could cause them some serious legal problems as well. 

I am not lying. Artists are in danger of losing everything they have if distribution of their parody work gets out of hand and the original publishing company gets wind of it (and decides to prosecute). Quite a few artists have already had their lives pretty much ruined because of the thoughtless actions of irresponsible western fans.

The reason why the dojinshi industry and sites like pixiv are even allowed to exist is because of the implicit understanding that artists who make parodies will control and limit the circulation of their digital artwork, and that printed dojinshi will only be made available to a limited audience. When you take an artist’s work and upload it somewhere else, you are taking away that control, and putting them at risk

Re-posting art without the artist’s explicit permission is not okay. Adding a source does not get you off the hook either. Neither does not adding a source at all, or saying you don’t know the artist. You took something without permission, and that means you stole it. Reblogging and liking such posts only gives re-posters the incentive to steal even more art - making the situation worse for the artist. For the love of god, have the decency to respect the rights of other human beings.

Still not convinced? Then let me take an example of an artist I’m sure you’re all familiar with: emi (of the 10-RANKAI circle).

Thousands of western fans have constantly been stealing her art for years. As a result, not only she has changed her website url multiple times, but has now renamed her circle in an effort to shake off the so-called fans who keep going against her wishes and stealing her work.

Unfortunately, her new url has already been found, and her gallery has been plundered of its copyrighted content. And it seems that re-posters can’t read, because they clearly don’t heed what she says on her site; in FOUR DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, including plain English:



There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to disrespect the wishes of artists like her in this manner. If this continues, she will no doubt block foreign servers from accessing her site, or perhaps even stop sharing her work with others altogether. I’ve seen this happen to so many other artists who couldn’t take this abuse before. 

But pixiv artists don’t say they don’t allow re-uploads on their profiles.

That’s because it’s already prohibited in the terms of use, and they don’t feel the need to repeat it. You can even find it on the help page:


This art theft has gotten so fucking bad, a flipping union has been formed to try and protect amateur artists’ rights. I shit you not (and by the way, emi happens to be a member).

But where will I get my fanart?

You’re free to browse artist’s galleries, save art to your hard drive, and enjoy them at your leisure. Just don’t upload the art. It’s not yours. You have no right. 

But I wanna share awesome pixiv art with my friends.

Then link them to it without re-uploading the damn image. It’s not hard.

But I wanna share art on my online communities.

There are many wonderful artists with tumblr accounts. Look for them, enjoy their work, reblog from them. Your support will inspire them to create more, and encourage other artists to come in (I can’t tell you how many times a tumblr artist has said they won’t make art for this fandom because there are too many unscrupulous art thieves in it).

Quite a few Japanese artists are here too (a popular Korean narusasu artist um-mmma gets their art stolen all the time, yet they’re already on tumblr). You could always learn to draw as well. You might turn out to be good at it. It’s fulfilling to make your own fanwork (and it’ll also help you appreciate the feelings of other creators). If you can’t, you can always just ask artists if you can share their stuff. 

But I don’t know Japanese!

Most pixiv artists have a basic grasp of English. Keep your sentences simple and they can manage. You can always make use of Google translate, and you could also use these templates. It’s not hard, and artists really appreciate it. Why give them headaches when you can make their day?

I asked the artist and they refused/I got no reply.

If the artist hasn’t replied, then do not re-post. If they say no, do not re-post. Ever.

Can’t we be more creative as a fandom and not get by through stealing? Is that how we’re going to support our pairing? Through plagiarism? Are we gonna keep appreciating dreadful thief blogs like sasunaruyaoigirl? Are we that desperate to get notes? Are we gonna keep abusing these artist until pixiv blocks out all foreign access? Tbh, our pairing tags are a fucking eyesore, far worse than almost any other Naruto pairing I’ve ever seen. We’re better than this. It’s possible (not to mention easy) to run a fandom blog without snatching art from somebody else.


Educate yo’self with these materials (x) (x).

Good night!

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Aug 22