REFERENCE HOARDING

meedean:

morbidlizard:

notzilon:

Hey tumblr, have you ever thought to yourself, “dang it’d sure be cool to set a project in something other than the current times,” but when you go to look up references on google, all you get is a horrible historical pastiche of days gone by?

Well boy howdy, do I have a reference for you!

The Wishbook Web has scans of entire consumer catalogs from past decades, ranging from the early 30s to the late 80s. Each catalog has pages upon pages of reference of clothing, accessories, and shoes for all ages, as well as toys, gadgets, and all sorts of junk that you might buy for yourself or your loved ones. While the website exclusively has Christmas catalogs, the photos and illustrations show products that you could use year-round.

SO MANY REFS OMG…

I’d like to add on top of this that all of the issues of Life Magazine (1936-1972) are available via Google Books and they are just a wealth of photography, advertisement, culture, and history. There are just some really neat glimpses into history here, especially powerful when you browse through and you can see the issues leading up to wars, and then finally the first issue after a war begins—and you know what all is going to happen (I recommend the Dec. 22, 1941 issue, it’s such a strange mix of shocking reaction to news, propaganda, hope and advertisements that act like nothing’s going on).

It’s not like looking at a history book and just reading a timeline, it’s the reactions of real people at that time, in print. It’s so neat!

octoswan:

I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!

(save the images to zoom in on the pics)

Do you have any tips on writing a Victorian era character?
Anonymous

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

Well, my own advice would be: read books that were written in the Victorian period…! This is where you get the best look at their society and societal expectations. My best recommendation would be A.S. Byatt’s Possession. You can’t go wrong with most of the classics either.

Otherwise, look below. Shout out to The Writing Café and their flawless tagging system.

General:

Language:

Society:

Books/Information:

Best of luck…!

- enlee

modmad:

lorygilmore:

youblowuponesun:

haus-of-ill-repute:

toocooltobehipster:

map of British accents!!

How can a country smaller than montana have so many fucking accents?

this is why we say please do not talk about a “british accent” thank

THIS IS FANTASTIC

hahahaaaa as a limey who took English Language at A level I can happily inform you that I am delighted and that this is simplified

modmad:

lorygilmore:

youblowuponesun:

haus-of-ill-repute:

toocooltobehipster:

map of British accents!!

How can a country smaller than montana have so many fucking accents?

this is why we say please do not talk about a “british accent” thank

THIS IS FANTASTIC

hahahaaaa as a limey who took English Language at A level I can happily inform you that I am delighted and that this is simplified

fucktonofanatomyreferences:

A lovely fuck-ton of animal paw references (per request).

thatoboekid:

tamarussia:

sungodphoebus:

ohgoditsafurry:

foervraengd:

Okay so I followed this video about foreshortening and…

Sycra. I love you so much for making this video.

YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING SHITTING ME

guys

GUYS

SHIT

image

SHIT GUYS

are you shitting me right now

years of me avoiding foreshortening aND IT WAS THIS EASY??

reblogging againg because holy cow, this HELPS

jay-h-bomb:

Here’s some awesome figure drawing and anatomy tips, tricks and tutorials by an awesome artist named Bryan Lee or http://funkymonkey1945.deviantart.com/ Follow him on DeviantArt, His work is awesome. Anyhoo sorry in advance that the pics are not in any order and i have more to post, just right click and save the photos in your reference folder if you have one (Every artist should have one BTW). He was nice enough to give me permission for posting them on my Tumblr. Please do your jobs as aspiring artists to reblog this post and the next one to all of your artist friends in the Tumblrverse, ” Knowledge is meant to be shared.” is what Mr. Lee said to me, lets follow his quote

aydenburd:

paintaloosa:

All right, here’s my contribution to the art tutorial infographic world, part 1 of 2.  I’ve noticed that even in professional illustration, so often the humans and environments and armor and whatnot is really, really great— correct anatomy, lighting, proportions, like ‘wow this is fantastic WAIT what is up with that HORSE?’

I suspect two things;

First is that I spend 15 hours a day, 365 days a year looking, touching, handling, and just generally being around horses.  

Second is that most people do not.  

Artists have lost touch with their connection to horses as contemporary society has lost touch with them.  Generally, we don’t have that constant presence of horses in our lives that previous generations did, as horses aren’t part of the everyday landscape any more.  They don’t work the fields, they don’t cart the goods, they don’t deliver the mail or transport you to the next town down the road.

However, we still see horses all the time— in movies, books, illustration, ads and logos, we are presented with the image of horses all the time.  So we assume ‘yes, I have seen horses often and I know what they look like.’  Because of our exposure, we as artists don’t always feel like we need to heavily reference the animals as if we were drawing something we don’t see everyday (say, like elephants or giraffes or sea cucumbers).  Our brain just kind of plugs in ‘horse shaped’ and we go with that.

And I suspect that ends up being where a lot of these common mistakes occur.  Dogs are familiar, but we can easily find a dog to draw from live, to see the way the shapes of its face are put together in 3-dimensions.  Cats, humans, birds… if we venture just a little ways outside our studios (or in some cases, inside), we can find live models to study easily.  

You can’t really do that with horses.  They’re a commodity, sequestered away behind fences on private farms and shuttered away in barns.   So few people really get the chance to be up close and have that hands-on experience to really learn how a horse is put together.

So here’s some things, based on my own experience both drawing and working with horses, that might help you if you find yourself needing to draw one for yourself.

The approach I took might be more complicated than absolutely necessary, but I tried to present the subject of ‘how to draw horses’ a little differently than I’ve seen it done before.  I hope someone finds it understandable, and more importantly, helpful!

If you share this, please don’t delete my commentary about it above. Thanks :3

Dem horse butts yo

thatoboekid:

tamarussia:

sungodphoebus:

ohgoditsafurry:

foervraengd:

Okay so I followed this video about foreshortening and…

Sycra. I love you so much for making this video.

YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING SHITTING ME

guys

GUYS

SHIT

image

SHIT GUYS

are you shitting me right now

years of me avoiding foreshortening aND IT WAS THIS EASY??

reblogging againg because holy cow, this HELPS

helpyoudraw:

Horse Drawing Tutorials

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