san-pie asked: im sorry to ask, but i was wondering if you may show us how to draw abs please?

kelpls:

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 I STILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO DRAW OK looking abs HHahA SOBS AND LIES DOWN but yeah!! GO LOOK AND Some real life abs i promise you it’ll be ten times more helpful than my crude doodles!!

PLS TAKE THIS WITH A GRAIN OF ASALT AND Hope this helps u out a little!!

a simple picspam tutorial


faramircaptainofgondor:

Since I received a lot of questions about these two picspams I’ve made (x) (x), I’m going to try to explain how I’ve coloured and edited them. It’s really simple, though it can take some time.

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pussykraken:

i made my own character expression meme today

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Describing Pain


erincopland:

Properly describing pain can be difficult, considering that we tend to forget what various injuries actually feel like after they heal. This is a blessing, as no one really wants to remember the quality and severity of pain as if they’re re-experiencing it. However, it can be useful to know how to describe pain for writing purposes, as writers tend to enjoy mauling their poor characters.

There are various qualities and severities of pain. You can think of them as different flavors and textures of ice cream—ice cream comes in many flavors (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, etc) and the texture may vary, depending upon the addition of things like nuts and fudge.

Qualities of pain include:

  1. Sharp
  2. Stabbing
  3. Burning
  4. Hot
  5. Tearing—ripping or pulling apart
  6. Searing—brief, intense heat
  7. Crushing—pain feels “heavy”
  8. Localized—the pain occurs in only one part of the body
  9. Radiating—the pain spreads over other parts of the body

Severity of pain can range from mild to moderate to severe, and medical professionals often use a scale of 1-10 for adult patients, with, for example, 1 being a mild headache and 10 being the worst pain the patient has ever felt. Understanding the qualities and severities of pain are useful to diagnosis in the real world, and using them to describe what your characters are feeling adds realism.

Many disorders and injuries have pain that is very specific to them, and it would be wise to research the pain symptomatic of your character’s particular disorder or injury. For example, men having heart attacks commonly experience a crushing chest pain that radiates down the left arm, and appendicitis is often experienced as a sharp, stabbing pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen.

Pain is also very relative. Individuals may report different severities of pain for the same types of injuries. I’ve heard some patients after open heart surgery request as much pain medication as we can legally give them, while others only require a Tylenol.

How patients express feeling pain can be helpful for characterization. For example, a strong and stoic character might have a horrific injury, but only show that they are in pain by clenching their fists. On the other hand, a character unused to pain or injury may whine and grimace a lot about a papercut.

Some ways of expressing pain include:

  1. Guarding—shielding the injured/painful area with hands or arms
  2. Shouting or whispering
  3. Clenched fists
  4. Gritted or bared teeth
  5. Light skinned characters may go pale or gray, while dark skinned characters may go gray or their lips may be purplish
  6. Thousand yard stare
  7. Facial grimacing or wincing
  8. Moaning or crying
  9. Limited range of motion
  10. Decrease in appetite

Other things to consider include whether anything improves or worsens the pain (such as holding an injured limb immobile or flexing it, or elevating it), whether the pain is continuous or intermittent (meaning coming in waves or flashes), and symptoms associated with extreme pain, like nausea or vomiting.

I hope this has been helpful, and remember that the most important part of torturing your wretched characters is to have fun!

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Writing Prompts 101


malikmanips:

addyrps:

(SOURCE) Even if you are not a professional writer you probably already heard about writing prompts. They represent a very effective tool for any writing project, so it’s a good idea to know how to use them.

What Is A Writing Prompt?

If you’re a fiction writer, you may want to consider using writing prompts to kick-start your creativity. A writing prompt is simply a topic around which you start jotting down ideas. The prompt could be a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture, with the idea being to give you something to focus upon as you write. You may stick very closely to the original prompt or you may wander off at a tangent.

You may just come up with rough, disjointed notes or you may end up with something more polished and complete, a scene or even a complete story. The point is to simply start writing without being held back by any inhibitions or doubts.

Here are four good reasons for writing to prompts :

  1. Sometimes it’s hard to start writing when faced with a blank page. Focusing on an unrelated prompt for a while helps get the creative juices flowing. If you write for just ten minutes on a prompt, you should then find it easier to return to the piece you intended to write. You may also find that if you stop trying to think so hard about what you wanted to write and switch you attention to the prompt instead, the words and ideas for your original piece start to come to you after all.
  2. The things you write in response to a prompt may also end up as worthwhile material in their own right. The prompt may give you ideas from which a complete story grows or you may get fresh ideas for another piece you are already working on. It’s often surprising how much material you come up with once you start.
  3. Writing to a prompt regularly helps to get you into the habit of writing. This can act as a sort of exercise regime, helping to build up your “muscles” so that you start to find it easier and easier to write for longer and longer.
  4. Prompts can be a great way to get involved in a writing community. Sometimes writing groups offer a prompt for everyone to write about, with the intention being for everyone to come up with something they can then share. This can be a source of great encouragement, although knowing that others will read what you have written can also inhibit your creativity.
Examples of Writing Prompts

The following are twenty writing prompts that you could use to spark your imagination. If you want to use one, don’t worry about where the ideas take you or whether what you’ve written is “good”. The point is just to get into the flow of writing. You can come back later and polish if you wish to.

  • It was the first snowfall of the year.
  • He hadn’t seen her since the day they left High School.
  • The city burned, fire lighting up the night sky.
  • Silk.
  • She studied her face in the mirror.
  • The smell of freshly-cut grass.
  • They came back every year to lay flowers at the spot.
  • The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?
  • This time her boss had gone too far.
  • Red eyes.
  • Stars blazed in the night sky.
  • He woke to birdsong.
  • ‘Shh! Hear that?’ ‘I didn’t hear anything.’
  • He’d always hated speaking in public.
  • She woke, shivering, in the dark of the night.
  • The garden was overgrown now.
  • He’d never noticed a door there before.
  • She’d have to hitch a ride home.
  • His feet were already numb. He should have listened.
Where To Find Writing Prompts Online

The internet is a wonderful source of writing prompts. There are sites dedicated to providing them which a quick search will turn up. Examples include :

There are also numerous blogs that offer a regular writing prompt to inspire you and where you can, if you wish, post what you’ve written. Examples include :

There are also many other sites that can, inadvertently, provide a rich seam of material for writing prompts – for example news sites with their intriguing headlines or pictorial sites such as Flickr.com that give you access to a vast range of photographs that can prompt your writing.

If you’re on Twitter, there are users you can follow to receive a stream of prompts, for example :

Another idea is just to keep an eye on all the tweets being written by people all over the world, some of which can, inadvertently, be used as writing prompts.

How To Make Your Own Writing Prompts

You can find ideas for writing prompts of your own from all sorts of places : snatches of overheard conversation, headlines, signs, words picked from a book and so on. Get used to keeping an eye out for words and phrases that fire your imagination, jot them down and use them as writing prompts to spark your creativity. You never know where they might take you.

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nitroglyc-erin:

memento—m0ri:

blisteredblood:

alpha-dyke:

faint-distortion:

This is the sickest shit I’ve ever seen

I desperately need a watercolor tattoo like right now.

Oh yeah. Definitely loving these designs.

watercolor tattoos amaze me

(Source: 1337tattoos, via referenceforwriters)

ornamentedbeing:

I’ve always felt these two costumes were similar to each other.

Georgina Elizabeth (née Moncreiffe), Countess of Dudley, circa 1870s.

c.1874 Met

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A Brief List of Resources for Classical Studies:


attalus:

TOSC-IN:

  • A database enabling you to search for keywords in article titles from c.160 Classics related journals. Provides a link to an abstract or full text version if one exists online.

Classical and Medieval History:

  • Annotated list of Reference Websites

Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World

  • Online database and resources for studying Women and Gender in the ancient world.

Encyclopedia of the Hellenic World:

  • "Original electronic project aiming at collecting, recording, documenting, presenting and promoting the historical data that testify to the presence of Hellenic culture throughout time and space."

Perseus Digital Library:

  • A showcase of digital and print resources for Classical studies. 

World Archaeology:

  • Books, Magazines, Blogs, Travel. All Archaeology related.

Akropolis World News:

  • The news of the world in Ancient Greek- a great way to learn and practice the language. 

House of Ptolomy:

  • Portal website on the Ptolomatic (holla!) Empire. 

Star Myths and Constellation Lore:

  • Information website about the above. 

Virgil.com:

  • Basically a portal site and resource for information on all things Virgil. 

Homerica:

  • Portal and Resource. Link is in French, but you can have the website translated to any language. 

Exploring Ancient World Culture:

  • "On-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds."

Subject Centre for History, Classics, and Archaeology:

The Iris Project:

  • "an educational charity introducing the languages and culture of the ancient world to UK state schools in order to enrich the curriculum."

Roman Law Resources

  • " information on Roman law sources and literature, the teaching of Roman law, and the persons who study Roman law."

Egyptology Resources

  • "World Wide Web resource for Egyptological information."

ABZU:

  • "guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world."

Resource Lists by School: All links are to Classics, or Antiquities portals for more resource lists. 

Text Databases [Via Oxford]:

NOTE: So I compiled a list of some of my favorite classics sites to use. I also put in links to other school’s departments and libraries. Almost all Universities which have Classics departments have resources lists. If you want to add to the list, please do!

All of the schools above have much more extensive lists for you to use! I made this list in little over half an hour, so there is much room to be expanded on. 

 

(Source: c-aesarion, via referenceforwriters)