The long awaited drawing tutorial/walkthrough thing is finally here!!

The full tutorial can be viewed here: http://shilin.net/tango.php
The accompanying time lapse video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5o1AsmZ5DE
Finished piece: http://okolnir.net/post/48480166040/

WHAT THIS IS:
Last year around may, I hit 10k likes on facebook and I promised to create a new drawing video/tutorial of my drawing process, since my last one was like 8 years ago LOL;; It took a lot longer than I expected to complete because I had so much other work to do in the last half of the year, and I did not want to half ass the tutorial and waste everybody’s time, so it took until now to finish. I’m so sorry for the delay, but 74k more likes later (how the hell did that happen) it’s finally done!!

The video itself is a plain time lapse video with no annotation or anything, from blank canvas to completion. The tutorial link contains screenshots, explanations, links, and gifs walking through the whole drawing process. It also contains links to specific parts of the video so you don’t have to search the whole grueling 2 hour video for information. But the entire video is there in a slow ish speed so that you can look for whatever insignificant part of my drawing process for information if you need to.

So yes, this is dedicated to all my followers! Thank you guys for all your support over the years, I hope this gives some of you new things to try out in your drawing process or new tools to try your hands on! Work hard everyone :D

On purpose, self esteem, and meaningful connection in social media

viktopia:

"If you’re feeling frustrated with your progress toward your goals, it’s tempting to focus on what you lack that other people seem to have, to obsess over followers, engagement, traffic, or any other benchmark. The reality is that numbers don’t necessarily measure success, and they’re certainly…

veloce and seroccrim getting a drink??

sketch thing at comicon when i was trying to be productive and figure out some more book 5 things :1 I always feel weird drawing people taller than veloce despite her being not overly tall herself, because personality wise, I always picture her to be the one looking down on others. my male characters suffer the most from this cus then they just all turn into like 15 year old boys even if they’re like 25 like sero

small reminder

Thanks to everyone who sends me nice messages here from time to time;v; I generally reply to every message unless the message doesn’t really require a reply, however I can’t do that if you send me a fanmail and block fanmails from people who don’t follow you. Just a small reminder in case you sent me a fanmail and are wondering why you didn’t get anything back!

chirart:

Set in a 1920’s New York where Prohibition outlaws the brewing of spells, the story follows Vincent Byrde, a hard-boiled PI who struggles with a magic curse. After a long career hunting magic bootleggers, Vincent has become obsessed with the frustrating case of Jimmy Wonder: a young, up-and-coming spellrunner who keeps slipping out of the hands of the law. Their dance takes a complicated turn when Kitty Lovelace — well-known to be Jimmy’s main girl  — walks out on Wonder and into Vincent’s life.

Little Foolery presents a Kickstarter for their next book, Small Town Witch! Written by Muun, drawn by me, Jen Doyle helping with colors and Airy for arrangement.

It’s been two years since STW was concepted and it’s so exciting to both Muun and I to be in the final stretch of it. This has been a particularly ambitious project for us, so please check it out and support us!

Special thanks to resident tumblr voice actor prozdvoices and amazing friend Olivia Brown for bringing our characters to life.

The Kickstarter is going on until March 25! Please check it out and support if you like!

From March 1-March 28, I am taking preorders for Carciphona book 4 at my online shop at shilin.storenvy.com :D All manga books are ON SALE during the time period for $4 off their normal price (30% off) regardless of quantity, and the first 50 people to preorder book 4 will receive 2 free postcards! sold out!

Quick info:

  • All books are signed!
  • 154 pages total, including full colour pages and a 16 page bonus story.
  • As usual, I ship to pretty much every country worldwide. All preorders will ship around the first week of April after preorders are over :D
  • Any order made during the preorder period that contains volume 4 will NOT be shipped until preorder is over (even if it has other items I have in stock). order separately if you need something else early!
  • Since I ship books in sets of 2, having 4 books out means now is a great time to get all the books because you save 30-50% in shipping money that would otherwise be sacrificed to the post office of doom.

♫ Preorder here!: shilin.storenvy.com ♫

Thanks to everyone for your support and patience this year, since book 4 took much longer than usual to get into print ;-; The past year has been difficult—though rewarding as well—for me, and having the support I receive constantly no matter what circumstance I’m in is something I am grateful about. I will continue to work hard on Carciphona to bring you the best iteration of my story I can create!

Book 4 is finally off the printing press and on route to me, and knowing its arrival date I can finally announce a date for preorders. It will start on Saturday, March 1 AT 8PM EST (GMT-5) at my online shop, shilin.storenvy.com. There will be a small bonus for the first 50 preorders as well for those who are looking for a little something extra, but for everyone else, it will last 1 month as usual.

For those in Toronto and are going to Toronto Comicon on March 7-9, I will have ~50 copies there that you can get like a month before everyone else without shipping hassles. There won’t be any preorder discounts for those though ):

Thanks for your patience this year, and check back on March 1!!

IT HAPPENED AGAIN… I thumbnailed 2 pages and realized there are new characters that I need to design HAHAHA…

it’s kinda weird to have a prominent naked character in the story but any clothes I put on her just makes her character feel off for some reason, maybe I’ll figure something out later ]: I like the one in the middle, but it’s too warm and flowery for her; with toning efficiency in consideration I’ll probably go with the colours on the right

(Source: okolnir)

happy valentine’s day/otp day :D blackbird is even more all up in your face when under the influence

The gods have awoken, the seasons are changing.

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I was all like YEAH I’m gonna draw a vday pic for tomorrow, but then I opened winamp and this song was playing so I drew this instead. This song always inspires me to draw stuff I don’t know why :1 I also used this to try out colourizing from b/w sketch but as you can see it didn’t work out very well lol… maybe it would’ve worked better if the picture wasn’t so gloomy HAHA

When you are hurting, there will always be people who find a way to make it about themselves. If you break your wrist, they’ll complain about a sprained ankle. If you are sad, they’re sadder. If you’re asking for help, they’ll demand more attention.

Here is a fact: I was in a hospital and sobbing into my palms when a woman approached me and asked why I was making so much noise and I managed to stutter that my best friend shot himself in the head and now he was 100% certified dead and she made this little grunt and had the nerve to tell me, “Well now you made me sad.”

When you get angry, there are going to be people who ask you to shut up and sit down, and they’re not going to do it nicely. Theirs are the faces that turn bright red before you have a chance to finish your sentence. They won’t ask you to explain yourself. They’ll be mad that you’re mad and that will be their whole reason alone.

Here is a fact: I was in an alleyway a few weeks ago, stroking my friend’s back as she vomited fourteen tequila shots. “I hate men,” she wheezed as her sides heaved, “I hate all of them.”

I braided her hair so it wouldn’t get caught in the mess. I didn’t correct her and reply that she does in fact love her father and her little brother too, that there are strangers she has yet to meet that will be better for her than any of her shitty ex-boyfriends, that half of our group of friends identifies as male - I could hear each of her bruises in those words and I didn’t ask her to soften the blow when she was trying to buff them out of her skin. She doesn’t hate all men. She never did.

She had the misfortune to be overheard by a drunk guy in an ill-fitting suit, a boy trying to look like a man and leering down my dress as he stormed towards us. “Fuck you, lady,” he said, “Fuck you. Not all men are evil, you know.”

“Thanks,” I told him dryly, pulling on her hand, trying to get her inside again, “See you.”

He followed us. Wouldn’t stop shouting. How dare she get mad. How dare she was hurting. “It’s hard for me too!” he yowled after us. “With fuckers like you, how’s a guy supposed to live?”

Here’s a fact: my father is Cuban and my genes repeat his. Once one of my teachers looked at my heritage and said, “Your skin doesn’t look dirty enough to be a Mexican.”

When my cheeks grew pink and my tongue dried up, someone else in the classroom stood up. “You can’t say that,” he said, “That’s fucking racist. We could report you for that.”

Our teacher turned vicious. “You wanna fail this class? Go ahead. Report me. I was joking. It’s my word against yours. I hate kids like you. You think you’ve got all the power - you don’t. I do.”

Later that kid and I became close friends and we skipped class to do anything else and the two of us were lying on our backs staring up at the sky and as we talked about that moment, he sighed, “I hate white people.” His girlfriend is white and so is his mom. I reached out until my fingers were resting in the warmth of his palm.

He spoke up each time our teacher said something shitty. He failed the class. I stayed silent. I got the A but I wish that I didn’t.

Here is a fact: I think gender is a social construct and people that want to tell others what defines it just haven’t done their homework. I personally happen to have the luck of the draw and am the same gender as my sex, which basically just means society leaves me alone about this one particular thing.

Until I met Alex, who said he hated cis people. My throat closed up. I’m not good at confrontation. I avoided him because I didn’t want to bother him.

One day I was going on a walk and I found him behind our school, bleeding out of the side of his mouth. The only thing I really know is how to patch people up. He winced when the antibacterial cream went across his new wounds. “I hate cis people,” he said weakly.

I looked at him and pushed his hair back from his head. “I understand why you do.”

Here is a fact: anger is a secondary emotion. Anger is how people stop themselves from hurting. Anger is how people stop themselves by empathizing.

It is easy for the drunken man to be mad at my friend. If he says “Hey, fuck you, lady,” he doesn’t have to worry about what’s so wrong about men.

It’s easy for my teacher to fail the kids who speak up. If we’re just smart-ass students, it’s not his fault we fuck up.

It’s easy for me to hate Alex for labeling me as dangerous when I’ve never hurt someone a day in my life. But I’m safe in my skin and his life is at risk just by going to the bathroom. I understand why he says things like that. I finally do.

There’s a difference between the spread of hatred and the frustration of people who are hurting. The thing is, when you are broken, there will always be someone who says “I’m worse, stop talking.” There will always be people who are mad you’re trying to steal the attention. There will always be people who get mad at the same time as you do - they hate being challenged. It changes the rules.

I say I hate all Mondays but my sister was born on one and she’s the greatest joy I have ever known. I say I hate brown but it’s really just the word and how it turns your mouth down - the colour is my hair and my eyes and my favorite sweater. I say I hate pineapple but I still try it again every Easter, just to see if it stings less this year. It’s okay to be sad when you hear someone generalize a group you’re in. But instead of assuming they’re evil and filled with hatred, maybe ask them why they think that way - who knows, you might just end up with a new and kind friend.


By telling the oppressed that their anger is unjustified, you allow the oppression to continue. I know it’s hard to stay calm. I know it’s scary. But you’re coming from the safe place and they aren’t. Just please … Try to be more understanding. /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)

VAYNE GO GET DRAGON

WRONG DRAGONNNNNN

poisoncage:

This is so me when I do storyboard XD….

omg me basically for the past 2 months working on script and I’m not even at paneling yet