September 16, 2014

my-only-flaw-is-nothing said: Hi! I really love your artwork and I just wanted to ask. I've been using photoshop for a while and I just can't seem to get smooth shading. It looks either too rough and sloppy or too fake. I've tried playing with different brushes and practicing with real paint but it's not working out. Any advice?


Firstly, using real paints to practice Photoshop is NOT a good idea, don’t expect to learn much for painting methods in a digital program using real paints. (just a suggestion)


Secondly, we will use a Fiona the Human doodle for this small demonstration.

(Note: All of the things below are just my own opinions)

(I am no professional)


Here I used solely a hard brush to render and try to blend the colors as much as i could. Rendering a painting with hard brushes can be more difficult because it typically ends up looking off and this is because painting the colors accurately or blending can be especially difficult.

Though there are plenty of artists who can make a very rough painting look very appealing by knowing the right colors to use and place, and using various texture brushes and different brush strokes to make the image look very interesting. So it’s not a bad thing to use hard brushes and use little to no blending, but it can be difficult compared to other methods.


The super soft look is easily achieved by using mostly or nothing but the airbrush tool. So the contrast will be lower than usual, but it will look nice and soft and the colors will be no problem to blend of course. But the reason why it look so “fake” is probably because it looks unfinished. I mean, compared to other methods, airbrush painting is so easy its almost lazy. The problem with this method is that (in my opinion) I think no one can make it look decent enough for a finished painting.

I just think it looks uninteresting and it looks like its missing a lot. But it can look interesting just by touching up certain areas or just adding some interesting textures around or something to give it a more finished look.


For my style (recently anyway), I love the soft look to death but like I said it always bothered me how lazy and seemingly unfinished it looks. Later on learning digital painting, I learned that i just need to add contrast and sharp areas in certain places so that it can remain soft and look nice and balanced between contrasts.

I will paint in the the colors and general shading using airbrush then I always use a hard brush to certain sharpen shadows or hard lights (like eye lights or lip lights or rim lighting) and anything in between is typically soft unless its a rough or textured object.

Try to put some balance between the smooth and the rough and see of that helps!

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September 15, 2014

Writing Quote – Lisa Tucker


Writing Quote – Lisa Tucker

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September 13, 2014
Who is the unreliable narrator?


The character who is an unreliable narrator can be one of the most powerful tools available to a writer. The unreliability may be obvious to the reader throughout the novel, may be revealed gradually or may come as a single revelation that results in a major plot twist.

An unreliable narrator is a character who tells the readers a story that the reader cannot take at face value. This may be because the point of view character is insane, lying, deluded or for any number of other reasons.

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September 13, 2014

So, I made a skirt reference. It’s as much a reference for me as much as it is for others. 
Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be an expert. These are just my observations. Sorry for my sloppy handwriting. 


So, I made a skirt reference. It’s as much a reference for me as much as it is for others. 

Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be an expert. These are just my observations. Sorry for my sloppy handwriting. 

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September 12, 2014

vasilis-p said: How do you handle exposition in a radio play (without including a narrator)? And love your stuff!


Mostly, you try and avoid the phrase “as you know…”. Which means that you have someone who knows something explain stuff to someone who knows less.

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September 10, 2014
Writing Tips #148:How to Revise, Edit and Proofread Your Writing



Whatever sort of writing you do, it’s important to revise and edit your work – especially if you write academic essays, or articles or short stories that you’ll be submitting to editors. However much time you took over the piece on the first draft, you’ll always…


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September 8, 2014

wolffpakk said: Hello, I have a question, I'm a new writer and have uploaded my first novel to be on sale online as pdf. But i also want to make an epub, i just can't figure how. Any help?



Hello there!

I have exactly the thing for you. Though, I have to be honest and tell you upfront that it’s NOT a quick-and-easy solution.

As a matter of fact I professionally help authors turn their books into digitals formats (EPUB, MOBI, you name it). Now I am not here to sell you my services, because I’m not that sort of person.

I’m the sort of guy who would rather show others how they too can create, rather than create for them. You see, I didn’t go to school to learn how to format eBooks. I learned everything I knew from ONE man, who just so happened to have a magnificent guide for FREE on the internet.

His name is Guido Henkel and his 9-Part tutorial walks you through the entire process and philosophy behind making eBooks.

As I said, it’s not easy or quick— but Guido does a great job at walking you through the process of making a professional and polished eBook— without spending a dime on software.

I love his guide, not only because it’s free and very detailed, but because he gets ‘it’. He strongly believes, just like me, that the independent author community needs polished content. He could be charging people upwards of 300+ bucks to make their ebooks (hell I could do the same), but we don’t. I would rather people learn, so that they can create the best eBooks possible— and so that, in time, the stigma behind Indie Authors fades away.

I will get off my soapbox now ^u^

I hope this helps! Sorry if it’s not a quick solution, but trust me it’s a better option in the long-run c;

I love you on your soapbox

Thanks for the tutorials <3

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September 7, 2014


Hello, writerly friends~ ♥︎

You asked for a Writing Advice Masterpost, so here it is! Below you will find a collection of the best questions and answers from the last two years. Not only that, but they are also organized so you can find the answers to your questions quickly and get on with writing.

But wait, there is more!

This post is more than just a collection of advice, it’s a nexus for writing advice, resources, and information! That’s right, this post is going to grow over time. I will be updating this masterpost WEEKLY with new answers, writing advice videos, playlists, and more! So, make sure to bookmark this page and follow my blog ( so you don’t miss a thing~ ♥︎

Writing Advice Compilations


Virtual Writing Academy

Motivation & Inspiration

Planning, Outlining, and Getting Started


Editing & Revision

Hot Button Issues

General Advice


Writing Music & Playlists


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September 6, 2014
Fighting Words



Advance, assail, assault, beset, charge, drive, foray, hurtle, launch, lunge, maul, press forward, push, rush, storm, surge


Blast, breach, carve, cleave, cleft, crack, cripple, crunch, demolish, destroy, disable, disfigure, disintegrate, divide,…

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September 6, 2014


The Shape of Ideas

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