artist tips




don’t save as jpeg

as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further

if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well


please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.

this has been a public service announcement

This post has about 30,000 notes and a lot of back and forth on what you should and shouldn’t do. Part of this is because there is a lot of personal preference when it comes to printing. People like to work with different formats and equipment because that is what they learned on. They achieve basically the same things through different methods and much like Mac/PC… there is much debate.

I don’t have a degree in anything but maybe I can clear a few things up.

First of all, if you are printing things yourself, there is no reason to convert your photoshop or illustrator document to anything else before printing. So keeping it a PSD or AI file is fine. If you are having someone else print your document, ask them how they prefer the file to be formatted. They will choose the best option for their experience and equipment.

Keep in mind you will get sharper prints if you adjust your document’s pixels per inch to match the printer. Epsons are 360ppi. Most other manufacturers are 300ppi. Sometimes people erroneously refer to this as dpi, so just be aware of that.

I wrote a more detailed post on how big you should make your art here.

On file formats…

JPEG - This compresses your image to make the file size smaller. This can cause quality loss because it is basically throwing away data. This is especially hard on text, graphics, and simpler artwork. Fine lines can get jagged and pixelated during the compression process. However, photos and photo-realistic art will look just fine. 

That means JPEGs are ideal for posting photographs or highly detailed artwork online. They are compatible with all browsers and will load much faster for people with slow connections. At the sizes people view JPEGs on the web, it will be hard to see the loss of quality.

As long as the resolution is good and the compression is minimal, you can still get nice prints from a jpeg, but it is not ideal.

TIFF - This is basically a super JPEG. It has no compression and is compatible with most image editors. It handles colors well and prints nicely. Due to its robust compatibility, most printers can handle TIFFs with no worries. If I had to save a file into a flattened format, TIFF is probably my choice. The disadvantage is that the file sizes can be very large and you cannot publish TIFFs online in very many places. 

PNG - These are typically used for web-based graphic design or simple artwork. They are compatible with all browsers and allow you to preserve transparency. They also render text and fine lines much better than JPEGs. If you were posting more cartoon-like artwork online or something very graphical (charts and graphs) this would be a good option. File sizes can get big with more complicated images. I don’t recommend saving photos or photo-realistic artwork as PNGs.

In my experience I have found that color rendering with PNGs is a bit unreliable, so I would probably avoid this format for printing purposes. 

PDF - This is basically a container. You can throw whatever you want into a PDF. It will maintain the quality of the images you put inside it. PDFs are great for multi-page documents. Especially if they are a mix of graphics, art, text, and photos. If you don’t have experience using publishing software like InDesign, this is a good alternative for these types of jobs. If you only have one page to print, I’m not sure it is worth the trouble of making it a PDF. 

I recommend always starting your document in the RGB colorspace and converting it later only if needed. It is rare that you do not publish on the web, and RGB is much more suited for that. Converting from RGB to CMYK is much easier than the other way around. 

If you are printing yourself, you are probably using an inkjet. Modern inkjets do great RGB conversion and in some cases will handle it better than CMYK. You can try both formats, but in the end you will just have to accept the fact that nothing you can do will get you a perfect color match. The goal is to get a good print. View it and judge it independently of what is on your screen. Do not drive yourself mad trying to get them to match perfectly. 

If you are having someone else print your work, again, ask them what they prefer. If they have large offset printers, they may ask for CMYK. If they have inkjets, they may just want RGB files. If this is a very large printing operation, your printer should want to do any color conversions themselves. If they do not, I might suggest looking for a different printer.

I hope that is helpful. Happy printing.



hi-res non-cropped version: part I | part II 

They asked me for a body tutorial, but first a bit of must-to-reads:

  • This tutorial is NOT for beginners
  • Yes, I made this tutorial BUT I’m in no position to say this is 100% correct. This is how I draw, these are my tips that solely adapts to my drawing style and I’m sorry if there are anatomic mistakes. I know I do a lot of them. 
  • When I was cropping this I noticed a lot of grammar mistakes, I’m so sorry I don’t have the time to correct them.
  • I don’t think there is any absurdity here but if I made some big and harming anatomy error please tell me and I will change/delete it
  • I never attend art school or art course, as I said on the tutorial. What I can do is self-taught, that’s why there’s so many errors.
  • the most important: USE REFERENCE IMAGES WHEN DRAWING! If they are real photos and not other drawings is better. This is the truth, you have to copy pictures in order to improve. That doesn’t mean you have to trace them, but observe them until you are able to reproduce it. Especially if you are drawing semi-realistic bodies like me! 

Hhhhh I’m not good with tutorials sorry very much (??)


I really tried making this tutorial (I aM SO HORRIBLE AT MAKING TUTORIAL SO PLEASE DON’T ASK ME TO MAKE ONE FOR YOU LMAO….*turns head*)

I’ve been getting a lot of messages on how to paint w/gouache…so here’s a step by step process on how I paint gouache. You can find what kind of brands I use on my about me page (you just need to scroll down and you’ll find it)

Also for the palette I use. I highly recommend this palette! Why? Because you can save your gouache (or acrylics)…and the special palette paper absorbs the water from the sponge (and it lasts pretty long…like about five weeks?)

If you have any questions, please message me lol……


i’m so sorry i just need to organize my reference tag so warning for long post and organization system that only makes sense to me
names, dead languages, ancient cultures
99 ways to beat writers block
remember to deal with criticism
advice for writers vid
character bios
eye colors
writing prompt generators
naming things
character flaws
things to research
types of crying
rare words
format manuscript
can’t find the right word?
stop procrastinating
best apps for writers
online whiteboard
possible fanfic aus
(kind of) synonyms for said
character development worksheet
more words
even more words
writing resource masterpost
british vs. american english
surnames masterpost
character development chart
emotions vocabulary
things i’d put under writing references but aren’t actually specifically for writing
simple noble ranking thing
traditional japanese outfits
palm reading
palm reading 2
ships (like ones on the sea not otps)
holding knives
knife blades
different kinds of knives
use for a plastic knife
fictional world generator
deterioration of the human body
movies for the nights you can’t sleep masterpost
version of romeo and juliet that sounds hella rad
pushing daisies
2013 movies
movie night masterpost
british tv
mug cookie tutorial
pastry folding 101
tomato basil pasta
mug recipes
fruit roll ups
kawaii holiday cookies
citrus gingerbread tree cookies
gingerbread stars
candy meth
apple pie in apple
pretty cakes
pumpkin spice everything dear lord
pimp that snack
grilled banana nutella sandwich
cute food things
the science of chocolate chip cookies 
cute raspberry chocolate thing
how to cover up tattoos
game of thrones hairdos
beauty tips
homemade conditioners
sugar scrub
makeup tips masterpost
face lighting? idk
burned paper nails
diy crayola lipstick
christmas tree nails
kool aid lip stain
eyeliner styles
more eyeliner style things
dry nail polish fast
hiv morning after pill
exercise like a superhero
period cramps
tone the lower stomach
free condoms
for sore throats
ginger tea cider
college survival masterpost
survive finals
college life hacks
educational websites
mit college courses
the best of whatever artist
british bands
arctic monkeys downloads
find new bands
make good music better
paint tool sai
lots of tutorials
get rid of art block
drawing lips with the help of beans
perspective thing in photoshop
adobe creative suite
combining fonts
typography masterpost
more fonts
even more fonts
skirt sewing tutorials
shoe names infographic
visual coat glossary
taking measurements
visual skirt glossary
dress necklines (other guides in caption)
8 foot giant squid
diy draped vest
bra fitting
men’s suit fit with bonus tom hiddleston
make your own dress form
clothing life hacks
fix pilling
swear in lots of languages
learn to read korean
why english is dumb
language of the fan
military sign language
cuss in french
nice words
line (skype on steroids)
personality things
myers briggs personality and characters
aura color
lots of personality tests
important things
how to find your dog
alternatives to leaving dogs at the pound
worst case scenarios masterpost
keys in the hand
for when you’re sad
break out of zip tie handcuffs
what to do when stopped by police
bleeding and don’t have a band aid?
vital strike points
how to tell if someone’s lying
how to tape hands for a fight
just click this
survive the apocalypse
being an adult
becoming an adult cheat sheet
balancing a checkbook
getting an apartment
buy the things
free shipping omg
eyeshadow with funny names
general diy
calm bottle/glitter jar
pretty lace windows
flower crown
cool knots
gifts in a jar
tumblr/computer things
hella lot of backgrounds
hd space wallpapers
more themes
snow code
tumblr keyboard shortcuts
deactivated theme
airplane window textures
emergency dashboard
gif tutorials
save audio posts
anon hate
idk just things
how to disappear online
body language and interrogation
cheap things to do in nyc
why people slip on ice
book about aliens invading earth and being fought off by wildlife
filipino legends/stories/etc
make yourself do the things and form good habits
different kinds of islamic head garments
fantasy/historical clothing
how the uk flag works
how to walk like a queen
logic flaws
life hacks
arts and crafts blogs
fruit charger??
helpful websites
jar won’t open life hack
find people you’ve met once
video and photo editor things
banana wins all the awards
useless websites
time wasters
life hacks again
read minds
things to remember
uncapitalize caps lock things
masterposts by other people
icanttellyoubutiknowitsmine 2014 masterpost
blacklistecl’s bad days masterpost
some tips
a masterpost of all the things
im5-official 2014 resource masterpost
abercrombier’s 2014 help post
random websites thing
things for when you’re sad
more things for when you’re sad
cute games
cute games again
again very sorry for the hella long post but maybe this’ll be useful to some of you


i’m so sorry i just need to organize my reference tag so warning for long post and organization system that only makes sense to me


things i’d put under writing references but aren’t actually specifically for writing













personality things

important things

being an adult

buy the things

general diy

tumblr/computer things

idk just things

masterposts by other people

again very sorry for the hella long post but maybe this’ll be useful to some of you


Matte Painting Tutorial




some nice programs to draw

  • mtPaint: free source tool designed to make pixel art. for Linux or Windows.


  • character maker: it’s to make charsets for rpgmaker but you can use it for whatever you want. it’s in both english and spanish.



  • sekka: free source tool to draw things like these:


Can I add Pixen? It’s Mac OSX only, but it’s really nice. You can make gifs and animations with it, too!




So this is my first big giveaway from this blog, since I deleted my old one. And there’s tons of things to win!!:)
-You must be following my blog (
-You must reblog. Likes don’t count.
Reblog as many times as you want, the more you do the higher chance you have of winning!

Winner Gets:

  • Autographed book “It” by Alexa Chung
  • Alex Turner’s guitar pic from the Arctic Monkeys MSG show 2014
  • Polaroid 300 camera
  • Live at the Apollo Arctic Monkeys DVD+CD (only the dvd is pictured but you’ll get both)
  • Is This It - The Strokes
  • The 2nd Law - Muse
  • Contra - Vampire Weekend
  • Deja Entendu - Brand New
  • AM - Arctic Monkeys
  • Nevermind - Nirvana
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not - Arctic Monkeys
  • Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
  • Suck It and See - Arctic Monkeys
  • Plans - Death Cab For Cutie
  • Humbug - Arctic Monkeys
  • Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
  • Coexist - The XX
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Donnie Darko DVD
  • 500 Days of Summer DVD
  • Harry Potter Box Set (DVD’S)
  • Scott Pilgrim VS The World DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro DVD

reblog as much as you want, you MUST be following (i’ll check) &the winner will be picked May 10th. I’ll ship worldwide, and i’ll message the winner and post it on my blog when they’re picked. Good luck!


WARNING: EXTREMELY LONG POST.So, recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of tumblr love going around and I wanted to join the action, for all my followers because I know what it’s like when you’re going through a tough time and then you stumble upon something and it makes your day, maybe your week or your month, idk, I’m rambling, but I love you and I worked really hard on this so I hope you love it, I hope it helps you in some way

study techniques

tips for a productive study break

study tips

How To Pull An All Nighter And Do Well On An Exam

thinking & memorizing tips

how to get motivated to study

Make flashcards

tips to help you focus

chrome site blocker

time management & motivating yourself tips


Essay Structure Guide

bibliography maker

How to cite

how to write an essay

google citations

social media citation guide

The Five-Paragraph Essay

Using Punctuation Marks

Deadly Sins Checklist

Formatting Your Paper

Writing About Literature

Basic Essay

Revision Checklist

Planning and Organization

Editing and Proofreading

Latin Terms

Essay Structure

Tips on Introducing Quotes

Academic Writing Tips

 Solve any math equation
Solve any math equation (2)

Alternative to Wikipedia

Can’t Do Your Homework?

Take online college courses

How to multiply big numbers

Science equations simplified 

Teaches Everything


Tips to Start Meditating

8 Ways to Make Meditation Easy and Fun

18 Minute Guided Meditation: Blissful Deep Relaxation

1 Hour Universal Mind Meditation

Guided Meditation for Sleep and Good Dreams

Guided Meditation and Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Guided Relaxation

Anxiety disorders explained

learn more about anxiety

Help Guide 

stress relievers

how to help a friend with anxiety

a list of stress relievers

Let it Out

How to handle panic attacks
Exploring and coping with panic attacks
Identifying and Managing Anxiety
10 Rules for Coping with Anxiety and Panic
11 Assorted Anxiety Tips for Anxiety Sufferers

Managing Stress


Emotional baggage check

The Dawn Room

The quiet place

The thoughts room

Stress Analyst


Foundations in Flow Yoga Class

Heart Opening 30min Yoga Class

10min Shoulder Yoga Routine

9min Yoga Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) 

Kundalini Yoga Breathing Exercises (3 min)

Yoga Poses


1 Hour of Nature Sounds

1 Hour Rain

relaxation playlist

do nothing for 2 minutes
looking at something


being underwater





dripping water

sound of a coffee shop


depression information
Coping with Suicidal Thought
10 Tips on How to Work Through Feelings of Social Isolation
8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness
What to expect with antidepressants
Ways to deal with depression/stress

having a bad day?

Make a comfort box

10 Things to Do When You Feel Like Crap

how to find a new normal in the middle of depression
you are not alone in the way you think you are
reasons to stay alive
how to stop trying to think yourself into happiness and actually arrive there


Cut something that’s not real skin

How to care for cuts
Resisting cutting
25 ways to avoid self injury and prevent self harm
Tips to help stop cutting

99 Coping Skills: Things to do Instead of Cutting


How to deal/talk with bipolar and depressed people

What to do when your friend is talking about suicide
What to do if someone you know is overdosing
What to do if your friend is hurting themselves
How to help someone who is suicidal
here’s what you tell someone who wants to commit suicide
Tips to beat insomnia (+) (+)
Understanding insomnia and how to cure it
Everyday basics

trouble sleeping

when to go to sleep/wake up

tips for waking up

Tips to Fall Asleep Fast

tricks to sleeping more

how to stop falling asleep late

How to Get up in the Morning

Crisis Text Line: Text “SUPPORT” to 741741
Crisis Call Center Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) Text ANSWER to 839863 (24/7)
Thursday’s Child Call 1-800-872-5437 (24/7)
The Trevor Project Call 866-488-7386 (24/7)
National Safe Place Text SAFE and your current location to the number 69866
National Runaway Safeline Call 1-800-786-2929 (24/7)
National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 (24/7) 
how to stop putting yourself down

radical self love project

Self confidence

how to improve your self-esteem

How to be ok with yourself

tips on self-love


Learn to love yourself

when told you are not pretty
lessons for self-love
Eating Disorders

281 Reasons to Recover

Relapse Prevention

Bloating, Indigestion, & Feeling too full

Why You Must Eat

Learning to Love Your Body

Tips to Overcoming and Eating Disorder from Women Who Have Recovered

Tips to Stop Restricting

Dealing With Weight Gain

10 Steps to Bulimia Recovery Workbook

Coping with Exercise Addiction


how to save money

how to interview for a job

how to coupon

create a resume


first apartment essentials checklist

how to fix a leaky faucet

how to keep a clean kitchen

removing stains from your carpet

organize your closet

clean bathroom tips


url shortener

Ever Looking For A GIF Reaction?

see problems with your blog/website

how to make a gif

Writer’s Block

Don’t know where to begin

Pinning down your first chapter 

Unable to pick and stay on one idea

Worried your idea isn’t original or belongs to someone else 

You know your characters but don’t know what to do with them 

When you start strong and the writing just dies

Staying focused

Dealing with writer’s block

Writing too much of one thing

Writing prompt generators

good brainstorming/ organizing tool

Writing Prompts

Getting Inspired

Great Inspiration

Creative Writing Prompts

Story Starter

Language is a Virus

Writing Confidence

When you don’t enjoy writing anymore

Everyone says you’re not good enough 

Suffering from self doubt/finding self belief

Having and coping with envy

You’re close to done and convinced you suck

Worried about the people you love reading your work

Tips on managing insecurity

How to deal with negative reviews

The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity

10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity

Backhanding procrastination

More troubles with writing motivation

The inner critic and ways to fight it

Additional inner critic strategies


Name Generators

Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test

Character Chart for Fiction Writers

100 Character Development Questions for Writers

How to Create Fictional Characters

Character Flaws List

How to Craft Compelling Characters

List of 200 Character Traits


Writing A Novel Using the Snowflake Method

Effectively Outlining Your Novel

Outlining Your Plot

How To Write A Novel

What is Conflict?

Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes

One-Page Plotting

How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel


Revision tips

Falling out of love with your work before you’re done

Brief strategy suggestions for major revisions 

A Guide on Punctuation

Common Writing Mistakes

Revising A Novel 

300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words

How To Rewrite

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

Synonyms for “said”

Emotions vocab sheet

Common Fragrance Descriptions

Instead of ‘whispered’

Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language

Common Grammar Mistakes

Understanding and Explicating Poetry
How to Read A Poem
Types of Poetry
Poetry Glossary 
Writing Prose
My Favorite Tumblr Poets
TV & Movies
A list of movies with links
Stream/watch tvs or movies
watch free movies/tv shows
get the best sound from your iTunes
YouTube to MP3 converter
8tracks playlist downloader
math textbooks
gutenberg project
Free audio books
10 sites to download free audio books


WARNING: EXTREMELY LONG POST.So, recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of tumblr love going around and I wanted to join the action, for all my followers because I know what it’s like when you’re going through a tough time and then you stumble upon something and it makes your day, maybe your week or your month, idk, I’m rambling, but I love you and I worked really hard on this so I hope you love it, I hope it helps you in some way


















Eating Disorders






Writer’s Block

Writing Confidence





My Favorite Tumblr Poets


TV & Movies





10 Useful websites that you can use.

More facts on Ultrafacts!


semi realism lips!

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