1. In addition to drawing things I also sometimes make jewelry. You can find it here: sarahcroftjewelry.etsy.com

     
  2. mooncalfe-art:

    a sample of my TMNT fan-comic!

    follow it on deviantart or smackjeeves. :)

    (via adi-fitri)

     

  3. Anonymous said: Hey Sam, I'm trying to find my style in illustration. How did you find yours?

    darksunrose:

    samspratt:

    Today I was waiting to cross the street at a corner in Brooklyn. Now, in New York, animals are pretty cozy being near humans and you really need to aggressively invade their space for them to flee in the same way a non-city-dwelling self-preserving animal would. So when I was standing at this street corner and this tiny bird was unflinching, walking near my feet, and then started awkwardly hopping directly in front of a car making a turn, I panicked and jolted after it to herd it away from being crushed. While this definitely angered the driver, I did succeed in getting the little thing onto the sidewalk — however, I quickly noticed that its wing had clearly been extremely banged up.

    I don’t particularly like animals, I’ve never owned a pet, and am not a terribly compassionate person, but I do have the bare-minimum feeling of “I don’t like seeing things die” so for the next 10 minutes I chased and scooped this little fucking bird around trying to keep it on the sidewalk because it kept hobbling back into the middle of the street. At one point my scoop-throw resulted in it getting solid hang time and seemingly soaring off, only for it to quickly arc back towards me in a boomerang fashion and hop back into traffic. I looked like an absolute idiot, I’m sure that I got all kinds of weird bird diseases in the process, but I was so frustrated by this bird’s poor decision making that for those 10 minutes, I kept with it. It hopped to its near death, I scurried after it and scooped it back onto the sidewalk. Hopped again, scurried, scooped, saved, then back again. It was like helping every friend anyone has ever had who makes terrible choices and then continues to make them. Eventually though, my patience wore thin and I wasn’t about to take it home, nurse it back to health with a tiny yet adorable wing bandage, and become emotionally invested in its well-being only for it to one day fly away. So I walked away. Most people did just that from the get go, others stood and watched, some would make awkward little half-steps to try to help too, and after I left, maybe someone far better took on the potential heartbreak and made a micro-wing-splint out of toothpicks and tissue paper, then lovingly named it Pidgeotto … but I was presented with a situation and I handled it in the way that felt natural to me. It was exactly what I would do. There were a million other things to do instead that could’ve been more helpful, more interesting, more evil, more apathetic, and everything in between — but this particular set of actions was mine — the most natural thing I could do.

    I tell you this dumb little story as a response to your very explicitly artsy question, because a) deal with it and 2) style just isn’t formed through a plan. It’s not a set of rules and guidelines that you follow and check off as you create a painting. If I need to lay down a brushstroke, I’m not thinking how I should do that, the length, the pressure, the speed, the color, the variation, the texture — I’m just laying a line down in the way that feels most natural to me in that moment. I can gather a thousand images that other people have made and say “I like these colors or this lighting or this line work or this composition or this whatever” and I do, but at the end of the day, I can only like those styles passively because when pen meets paper (so to speak), my personality and affinity for doing things in my own way will always beat out what’s right, wrong, better, worse, trendier, sexier, uglier, or different. We CAN follow guidelines to make our work look like other work or to do what seems like the most obvious choice when confronted with an injured bird with very poor self-preservation skills, but I found my style through dumb little situations like these where I wasn’t following a bible of moral or artistic codes, just by doing exactly what I would do. Not my fantasy version of myself who can paint exactly like Caravaggio and heroically slow-motion dived to save an innocent bird from an Escalade driven by Hitler while Natalie Dormer watched, but the one who paints like I do and bumbles around swearing at a bird to not get itself killed for 10 minutes and then giving up because there was a clear language barrier between us and I wasn’t prepared for a long-term commitment with pidgeotto.

    I don’t reblog often, but I thought this was the most amazing response to finding your “style” in art.

     
  4. methinkastronomy:

    timelady-of-221b:

    thelaughteraddict:

    deductionwiththedoctor:

    gallifrey-feels:

    echoingdaydreams:

    dandeleijons:

    mrdecomposition:

    i-wanted-to-rp-so-i:

    wholocked-me-in-my-mindpalace:

    improbablenormality:

    johnisnothisdate:

    catatonicconundrum:

    adolfi:

    Hitler flirting with Eva Braun.

    I don’t know how this makes me feel

    It makes me feel very uncomfortable

    You know what’s so uncomfortable about this? It shows that perhaps one of the most evil men in history, was a human being. That, on occasion, he could be nice, even flirty. That’s not all. You want to see evil people as evil, screaming horrible stuff over a desk with 20 microphones with 20, 000 people saluting them. The evil is clear and recognizable then. This shows a completely different image, it scares you because that means that evil isn’t a stereotype, that evil is not recognizable, that evil could be anyone. It scares you because this shows that could be lurking inside anyone and you’ll never ever know. Maybe in you? 

    i reblogged this literally like 2 minutes ago, but i want this version because of that comment ^

    That comment is one of my favorite post commentaries, because it’s completely right. People aren’t inherently evil. Like good, it’s a role they grow and live into. We have just as much potential to destroy as this man exhibited. And it’s a very eye opening experience to realize that.

    does anyone even remember that one time hitler attended that luncheon between world leaders, some guests of which even included china’s socialist leader as well as Stalin. And then when they were ordering, everyone was gladly ordering impressive dishes one after the other, but Hitler placed an order for barley tea and a pheasant (considered a peasant’s meal by standard). When he was questioned as to why he would order something like this in something as grand as a world leader’s congress, he replied,

    “I don’t smoke when my people cannot smoke, and I cannot eat when my people are going hungry.”

    He wasn’t evil for its own sake, let’s try to remember that despite the countless murders, but for a moment, he did actually believe he was doing something for the good of his countrymen.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE

    No, he’s right. Hitler, though extremely wrong in his views, did everything for what he thought would better the lives of his people. It was wrong. It was disgustingly, horribly wrong. But he did not do it because it was evil and he was evil. He did it because he believed it would help Germany and those who needed a better life. Those who don’t understand or even try to understand the human brain will always label men like him as ‘evil’ because it is easier to accept. But he wasn’t ‘evil.’ He felt love and loyalty and responsibilities. He simply took these aspects and morphed them into a twisted, violent thing. 

    Tumblr is probably the only place we could have this conversation and not be lynched.

    dang son

    “Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”


    ― Tom Hiddleston

    This post speaks to an ultimate truth. Everyone believes that they’re right in what they do, and that they’re doing good. If someone knew that what they were doing was wrong, they wouldn’t do it.

    No one on this post is defending him, what he did was beyond unspeakable, but we realize that he thought he was doing the right thing, however perverted and horrible it was.

    Wow, tumblr, you finally did impress me :)

    (Source: axishistory, via rafitba)

     
  5. I sketched my husbands Dark Souls II character this evening! Cooties the Pancaker! She just smushes all the guys with a giant club.

     
  6. i doobled some little animals. these are my cat and dog, and i think they might take on a new life in comic form. i have some ideas for them.

     
  7. ya know when you wake up after only 4 hours asleep wide awake because of a dream you had so you make a comic about it? yup.

     
  8. shootingstarsafterdark:

    ChaosLife - Homo Hint

    With comments too great not to include. You should check the heck out of that webcomic series either way 8D

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  9. naughtylittlevegan:

    DID YOU GUYS KNOW THERE IS A BIKER GANG CALLED RESCUE INK THAT BREAKS UP DOGFIGHTING RINGS, CONFRONTS ANIMAL ABUSERS, CONFISCATES NEGLECTED ANIMALS AND INVESTIGATES STOLEN ANIMALS

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    YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS BADASSERY HERE

    the ultimate in badassery is fighting for kittens.

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  10. Anonymous said: Can I ask a personal question? How do you overcome or did you ever have to overcome self-doubt? And how did you settle on /one/ idea for a comic? I know they seem a little unrelated, but I always have more than one idea I think would be fun for a comic but then I get stopped by this overwhelming sense of 'well what if nobody ELSE likes that idea?' I guess I'm just scared and maybe a kick in the ass will help me. Thanks for reading this! I both envy and admire you a lot haha

    starlock:

    I think that everyone suffers from self-doubt sometimes. For a variety of reasons I won’t get into here, I was a frozen mess of absolutely crippling fear for about four years, and I didn’t begin to thaw until the spring of 2012, to continue the metaphor. 

    Every person’s experience is different and I can’t tell anyone how to carve their own path. However, I can say that my personal fear, depression, self-loathing, and lack of direction came from an inability to move forward, and not the other way around. As soon as I began  putting one foot in front of the other, my life began to improve drastically.

    Which ties into the answer to your other question, which is: just pick one and run with it. Who cares what other people think? It’s your story, it should be something YOU care about more than anything. Allow yourself to be self-indulgent. You’ve worked hard to be able to even consider creating a comic, I imagine- don’t waste that effort trying to pander to any audience.

    (That said, I very rarely experience fear any more, and if I do it’s a reasonably small amount that I can easily shove aside.)

    Another point on being selfish with your stories: putting the same amount of love and passion into making something as you want your viewers to feel reading your something will more than likely bring you closer to positive reception, so if that means being selfish about your favorite idea ever then go for it i’d say.

    i’m also someone who wants to get into comics too and has gone through that frustrating fear like so many others. i kept thinking that i should try and come up with some other idea to get me going, for practice, before i started my ‘big’ exciting idea. but then i just keep not doing anything. and wanting to be a part of all this awesomeness, but what do i have to show for it. i’m at the point where i’m going ‘who cares about what others think at this point, if i love my idea and know what i want it to be than my taste and my passion will make it so’.

    just thoughts.

     
  11. cliobablio:

    kyletwebster:

    REBLOG AND WIN A FREE SET!  Three Tumblr users will be selected to win a FREE set of my best-selling watercolor brush set. Over 2000 digital artists working for companies like Marvel Comics and Disney Animation have already downloaded these tools. If you are serious about emulating natural media in your digital illustration work, then this set is a must-have. It was recently updated and now contains over 45 unique and incredible watercolor tools.  Photoshop CS5 or higher is required. KYLEBRUSH.COM

    Kyle’s brushes are amazing. These look the closest to watercolor that I’ve seen yet!

     
  12. cliobablio:

    kyletwebster:

    REBLOG AND WIN A FREE SET!  Three Tumblr users will be selected to win a FREE set of my best-selling watercolor brush set. Over 2000 digital artists working for companies like Marvel Comics and Disney Animation have already downloaded these tools. If you are serious about emulating natural media in your digital illustration work, then this set is a must-have. It was recently updated and now contains over 45 unique and incredible watercolor tools.  Photoshop CS5 or higher is required. KYLEBRUSH.COM

    Kyle’s brushes are amazing. These look the closest to watercolor that I’ve seen yet!

     
  13. makinaro:

    lexxercise:

    I’ve been getting a lot of asks lately about the brushes and textures I use in my work, so here’s a BIG FAT REFERENCE POST for those of you who were curious! Bear in mind that I’m really lazy and don’t know what half the settings do, so don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out what works best for you :>

    BRUSHES

    Pencil

    I use the pencil tool with SAI’s native paper texture both for sketching and for applying opaque color with no blending. Lower opacities give it the feel of different pencil hardnesses, while full opacity makes it more like a palette knife, laying down hard-edged, heavy color for detail work or eventual blending with other brushes.

    Ink Pen

    Mostly made this because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have to keep turning my textures off/opacity up when I wanted to ink something (even though I don’t do it very often), or lay down flat colors. I find the line quality to be much more crisp than Photoshop, and you can manually adjust in-program stabilization to help smooth out hand wobbles.

    Round Brush

    The plain ol’ brush tool acts as sort of an in-between for me in terms of brush flow. It’s heavier than my usual workhorse brush, for faster color application and rough blending, but not as heavy as the pencil tool, which has no blending at all. I like to use the canvas texture on this brush to help break up the unnatural smoothness that usually accompanies digital brushes, but it works just fine without.

    Flat Brush

    A brush tool set to flat bristle is by far my favorite to paint with. I don’t use any textures with it because I think the shape of the brush provides enough of that by itself. I use it for everything from rough washes to more refined shaping and polish. It’s just GREAT.

    Watercolor

    Best used for smooth blending, washes, gradients, and smoky atmospheric effects.

    Cloud

    Basically a grittier version of the watercolor tool, because too much smoothness weird me out. Good for clouds and fog, as the name suggests, or just less boring gradient fills.

    TEXTURE OVERLAY

    To further stave off the artificially smooth look of digital painting, I almost always overlay some sort of paper texture, and it’s almost always this one, which I scanned and edited myself. You’re all welcome to use it, no permission required!

    Using overlays in SAI is just as easy as using them in Photoshop. Just paste the texture into its own layer above everything you want it to apply to, and change the layer mode to Overlay. That’s it!

    Want a more prominent texture? Up the contrast. Something more subtle? Lower the contrast or reduce the layer opacity. You can also use a tinted overlay to adjust the overall palette and bring a little more color unity to an otherwise disparate piece! Just be aware that too much texture can hurt the readability of the work beneath it, so I’d err on the side of subtlety.

    Hope that helps!

    -L

    Amazing. Thanks Lexxy! Really want to try out Sai now

     
  14. warm up bill murray!

     
  15. kellyqehudson:

    megsokay:

    smartgirlsattheparty:

    unatheblade:

    biscuitsarenice:

    We Can’t Get Out Of The Bedroom Now.

    Shirley Maclaine on Parkinson in 1975

    Mind. Blown.

    This woman is amazing. 

    In her past life, she fucked Charlamagne.

    wow.

    this.

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