A loverly fuck-ton of horse-riding references.
So there are a few ways people ride horses. The first way is the “proper way”; the stuff they teach you in riding class where you’re supposed to sit up straight so your spine telescopes into your anus when the horse gets jumpy (*pulls reins on sarcasm* Whoaaa, whoaaa boy!). It would be wise to research this a bit if your character is a riding student or something of the sort. There’s a practicality behind it, for the structure of your riding position aids in controlling the horse. Then there’s the racing pose where you’re ass isn’t touching the horse at all (you rely on stirrups; with this one, you’re pretty much required to have a saddle to make this work… I could conceive some ways one could do without, but I’m not that motivated at the moment). This is something you also ought to read up on. Then there’s the type where no “official” rules were learned, so the person adopted a position that seemed to work for their needs (cue for “get creative, home-slice”). And, just as a side note, if you’re not male and you’re drawing a male riding a horse… Please. Please. Please. Please. Please. For the love of all that is good in this world… don’t forget we have balls, and that those balls on the spine of a horse can hurt like a motherfucker (which is why so many of us keep our asses off the seat when starting out). If the horse is jumping around, and we ourselves are well-hung, it’s not gonna be pretty. We have a little more consideration for our groin, so in most cases, we’ll be elevated from the seat a bit (unless your character is a pro and has acclimatized to the abuse and/or learned how to sit properly). In fact, we usually deal with this problem by pushing our hips forward when the horse’s hooves touch the ground; this way our buns of steal can take the impact and not our hopes and dreams (so it kinda looks like we’re grinding on the seat as the horse is going… but trust me, it’s for a good cause).
This book might also help:
Hopefully this helps! Keep up the majestic anatomy!
[From various sources]
- Emperor/Empress, Kaiser/Kaiserin, Tsar/Tsaritsa: rules over everyone
- High King/High Queen, Maharajah, Pharaoh: rules over other kings
- King/Queen, Sultan/Sultana, Shah/Shahbanu, Raja/Rani, Rex: rules over everything (Europe) or leader of a large area or province (ancient Egypt, Persia, India)
- Crown Prince/Crown Princess, Emir/Emira, Dauphin: also called the heir apparent, next in line for the throne
- Prince/Princess: other children of the imperial or royal family
- Archduke/Archduchess: ruler of an archduchy
- Duke/Duchess: ruler of a duchy; highest rank under the royal family; While some duchies have their own lineage, members of the royal/imperial family can also be dukes (ex. Queen Elizabeth II is the Duke of Normandy)
MARQUESSATE, MARGRAVIATE, OR MARCH
- Marquess, Margrave, Marquis/Marchioness: the ruler of a marquessate, margraviate, or march
- Count, Earl/Countess: ruler of a county; known as an earl in England, but their wives are still countesses
- Viscount/viscountess: ruler of a viscounty; rank below counts/earls
- Baron/baroness: ruler of a barony
- Baronet: British title ranking below baron and above knight
- Seigneur/Knight of the Manor: rules a small local fief
- Knight: basic rank; used to denote someone who owned land and fought on behalf of their overlord
- Baron/baroness (Scotland only): ranks below a knight and above a laird; hereditary position
- Laird (Scotland only): ranks below a Scottish baron and above an esquire; landowner’s title
- Esquire: indicates someone who attends or is apprenticed to a knight
- Gentleman: the lowest rank of gentry; owns a small manor or plot of land
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
Serendipity (names, places, mapbuilding, etc.)
Quick Story Idea
Full Story Idea
really just all of Seventh Sanctum
Fantasy Story Situaton
Chaotic Shiny is just really good in general
These are writing generators but I always think generators are neat for inspiration. Anyone know any good drawing prompt generators?
Write Rhymes finds rhymes for your words while you write and takes the weirdness out of poetry and scheming.
HEY WRITER FRIENDS
there’s this amazing site called realtimeboardwhich is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!!
this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!
This is a great website and helped me to lay out so many things. Use it. It’s beautiful.
I’ve finally built up a nice series of essays on writing asexuality and asexual characters in fiction. Here they are, all together in one place. They’re intended to be useful for asexual and non-asexual writers alike. They are also meant to be inclusive of gray-asexual and demisexual characters, although my knowledge is limited there.
These essays assume you already have a basic knowledge of what asexuality means: a general lack of sexual attraction to other people. This is not Asexuality 101; for that, check out the links on my resources page.
- Character Development Questions
- Demisexual Characters and Relationships
- Glossary of Words and Concepts Used in Asexual Communities
- Fetishization of Asexuality
- How to Show That a Character is Asexual
- Negative Responses Asexual Characters May Get When Coming Out
- Plot Ideas
- Potential Sources of Conflict For Asexual Characters
- Sex Scenes with Asexual Characters
- Stereotypes to Avoid
Other potentially relevant topics
This post may be updated in the future as I write more stuff on this subject; I’ll link to it from my blog’s homepage so it’s easy to find.
Hi, I’m ShamelessFancies and I’m about to explain some generic poses. Why am I calling them generic? Because everyone uses them for a goddamn reason.
Example 1: The 3/4 of they way Pose aka The “3D” Pose
It’s basically the most simple pose, and one of the best for showing off a character’s design if it’s the first preview. It shows more than a sideways design, more than a forward design, and is a common staple for any artist. There is no, and I mean no person out there that draws that hasn’t done this pose.
Example 2: The “Tough Guy” or Crouching Pose While Looking Down
Have a tough character? No? Whatever. This is a common pose. The arched back, the looking down, the arms either to the side, or crossed in front of them. If someone wants their character to either look intimidating, or look like they have something to prove, they’ve probably done this before. It doesn’t even have to be crouched legs. A hunched back with arms in defensive position means the character means business.
Example 3: The Innocent Pose aka “Legs Together and Kawaii as Fuck”
Usually this is for a cute affect. Legs are usually splayed at the knees, the arms are out and and all “Aww look at me and how cute I am.” It’s not a bad pose for either children characters, “lolita” characters, “shota” or whatever you’re going for. Or heck, even just as practice.
Q&A and Common Misconceptions:
Q: Is it bad to use these poses?
A: Hell no. These are a staple of most character previews! A lot of artists use them for a reason! They are expressive, and show of some of the features you are trying to express about your character, whether it be the clothes they wear, the scars they bear, or the personalities they hold.
Q: Are these good starter positions to practice character design in?
A: Yes! They are honestly some of the foundations of character design, and follow principles of flow and dynamic postures. If you’re having a hard time posing your characters, or having them feel more “alive,” this is a great place to start!
Misconception: Hey…someone is using the same pose as me! They obviously stole fro—
STOP. FUCKING STOP RIGHT THERE. No, shut up and sit down. These are generic poses, everyone uses them, everyone. No one has some special patent on any fucking position you draw your character in. If the body can articulate that way, you are allowed to draw them that way. Hell, if the body doesn’t bend that way, you can fucking draw it doing that too. NO one, and I mean no one has some sort of magical plot of land that tells them they are the only ones that can draw their characters like this. Just because someone picks the same pose as you, doesn’t mean they are copying you. Just because you prefer a certain pose, and someone else drew something before you did in that same pose, doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to do it too.
TLDR: NO one is fucking entitled to tell you what position to draw your characters in and if they try to, ignore them because they have no idea wtf they are talking about.
You’ll need paper, a pen, a handful of highlighters or colored markers, and whatever you’re working on. Using the paper and pen, copy your last page or two by hand. Don’t change the content yet. When you’re finished, read through the penned copy and look for anything you feel could be improved or tweaked. Don’t erase or scratch anything out. Instead, use the markers to make changes. Draw big swooping arrows to move things around, in different colors. Want to add a word? Do it in pink, or green. Or purple. If you can’t find anything to change, read through it again and highlight the parts you like, again in different colors. And draw stars, pumpkins or exclamation points.
Using color and changing the physical method of expression stimulates the creative half of the brain, your “right brain,” and encourages it to reopen communication with the analytical half of your mind, or the left brain. Like most artists, most writers are right-brain-dominant, heavy on creativity. However, we also depend on our left brains for the tools of writing. When you stimulate your creative mind with color and fanciful images combined with your analyical prose and sentence structure, it can open the channels of communication and get the ideas flowing once more.
The Five Elements of Story
- Creating a Race (2)
- Creating Animals (2)
- Disease (2)
- Ecosystems (2)
- Evolution (and Space)
- Flora and Fauna
- Inventing Species
- List of Legendary Creatures
- Night Vision/Color Vision
Constructed Language (Conlang)
- Basics/Phonology (2) (3)
- Conlang Guide
- Conlang vs. English
- Creating a Language (Revised)
- Culture + Language
- Curse Words
- How to Create Your Own Language
- How to Create a Language
- IPA Pronunciation
- Making Up Words
- 7 Deadly Sins
- Alien Cultures (2)
- Alternative Medieval
- Avoiding Cultural Appropriation
- Avoiding Medieval Fantasy (2)
- Avoiding One-Note Worlds
- Avoiding Utopia
- Change (2)
- Class/Caste System (2)
- Designing Intellectual Movements
- Everything (2) (3)
- Gender-Equal Societies
- Historical Background for Ideas (2)
- Matriarchy (2)
- Static World
- Wandering Peoples
- Basic Economics
- Currency (2) (3)
- Current Global Economies
- Economic Systems
- Economics (1500-1800 AD)
- Economics and Government
- Economics for Dummies
- International Trade (2)
- Marxist Communism
- Medieval Economics
- Schools of Economic Thought
- Socialism (2)
- Types of Economic Systems
- World Economy (2)
- Clothing Terminology (2) (3) (4)
- Clothing Reference
- Education (2)
- Fame and Infamy
- Food (2)
- Food Timeline
- Collective/Traditionalist Societies
- Creating a Government
- Empire (2)
- Fancy Latin Names for Government
- History and Politics
- International Relations (2)
- Justice System
- Non-monarchical (2) (3)
- Oppressive Government
- Political Ideologies
- Rise and Fall of Civilizations
- Secret Societies
- Shapeshifter Society
- Totalitarianism, Atmosphere Necessary For
- Tribal Society
- Types of Government
- Writing Politics
How to draw ‘the other eye’. Because people keep complaining.
The answer? You don’t draw a whole eye first.
You do it part by part, then make adjustments and add details as you please.
If you draw the whole eye first you’ll just stress over making the other eye as similar as possible. This way it’s also easier to adjust and correct.
Aside from that last step with the ‘transform’ tool, this also applies for traditional art.
Hope this helps!
THE WORLD MUST KNOW
‘Kiss Scene rough sketches - Drawing for Boys Love (Yaoi)‘ A 103 page book/CD rom with male/male kissing scenes, from many different angles, for artist drawing references.
Other art references like this can be found here:
A fabulous fuck-ton of male/male love references (per request).
And I’m gonna add the following:
DO NOT JUDGE THE IMAGES BY THE PIXELATED THUMBNAILS. These are very good/accurate poses once you enlarge ‘em (I wouldn’t be sharin’ ‘em if they weren’t).
…. I have this book….