I shall reblog this every Saturday. Every.
There’s always space for yet another armor tutorial, right? (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Note that the armor I drew would be worn around 15th century, the more into the future the less and less components knight’s armor had (i. e. in early 14th century instead of greaves a knight would wear long boots only; in 12th century knights didn’t wear plate breastplates and instead a chain mail only). Also the design of armor pattern changed by year and was different in every country (i.e. in eastern Europe armors, while still looking European, were heavily influenced by Turkey). so just make sure you always do research whenever drawing an armor. And one more thing to keep in mind is that armors were expensive, knights wearing a full plate armor weren’t an often sight.
Some links that may be useful:
- Armour Archive (I strongly suggest to browse its forum, there is no country or period of which armor wouldn’t be discussed)
- Therion Arms (armorer’s page; each accessory is photographed in big resolution and several time so it’s a nice page to use as reference for drawing)
- Revival Clothing (another store, but both with medieval clothing and armors; I suggest to read the articles, they’re often supported with pictures)
- Basic Armouring:A Practical Introduction to Armour Making (pdf)
- Educational Charts (pdf, shows how armors and weapons changed over the years)
- Medieval & Renaissance Material Culture (actual medieval resources, mostly paintings. And my favourite subpage - women in armor)
- Dressing in Steel (youtube; a demonstration how to dress in armor)
- How shall a man be armed? (youtube; another demonstration but with 4 different knights from different periods)
There’s always room for another armour tutorial!
The links are excellent, but watch out for the Educational Charts, which are from 1917. Much of the information and terminology is outdated, and there are a couple of out-and-out mistakes: e.g. a ballista is shown on the crossbow page as being current 1400-500 AD.
This is incorrect. The true ballista as shown in the drawing is a Classical Greek / Roman twin-spring torsion weapon that went out of use about a thousand years before. Its medieval equivalent was either a Great Crossbow which looked similar but had a different method of operation (tension, not torsion) or a springald which looked very different indeed. The word “ballista” still turns up in books and websites even though it shouldn’t be used for medieval weapons. Calling a cow a horse won’t make it into something that can win the Derby.
There’s also a drawing of a Norman wearing the “mail bib-and-breeches” interpretation of a hauberk which had been discredited by most military historians even when the charts were being produced. It was based on the Bayeux Tapestry…
…where the art probably represents needlewomen trying to show how something much heavier than cloth clung so closely to to its wearer’s legs.
They got the hauberk design much clearer in the little margin illustrations of mail-shirts being stripped off corpses by being pulled over the head like, well, shirts, but by then I suspect some historians had got their names and reputations associated with the bib-and-breeches design and were reluctant to admit the error.
Moral: look at more than one source of reference. Google is your friend.
So you want to make an OC?: A Masterpost of Ways to Create, Develop, and Make Good OCs!
i made this masterpost in hopes that it helps you in making your own OCs ah;; it can also apply to developing RP characters i suppose! if you’d like to add more resources then go for it sugar pea (´ヮ`)!
How to Write Better OCs:
- basic tips on how to make your oc even better
- tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
- writing specific characters
- a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
- kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME
- how to actually make an OC
- Q&A (to develop characters)
- more Q&As
- giving your character a backstory
- how to write an attractive character
- adding more racial diversity
- avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
- writing sexuality and gender expression (doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
- masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
- cultures of the world
- guides to drawing different ethnicities (not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)
Mary Sue/Gary Stu
- Test to see if your character is a Sue
- Explains subdivisions of Sues/Stus
- Powerful Characters Don’t Have to Be Sues
- villain generator
- need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
- villain archetypes
- what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?
- character perceptions (What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
- how to write strong relationships between two characters
- 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
- OCxLove Interest Handbook
- develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
- how to write realistic relationships
- how to write relatives for your characters (this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)
- 12 common archetypes
- 8 archetypes for male/female characters
- female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
- a list of archetypes
- tips for better design
- basic appearance generator
- pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
- clothing ref masterpost
- give your character better powers
- a list of professions
- proactive vs reactive characters
- positive and negative traits
- interest generator
- skills generator
- motivation generator
- 123 ideas for character flaws
- list of phobias
again, this is to help inspire you or help establish your OCs! i hope you get a lot of info and help from this ahh ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
i’m so sorry i just need to organize my reference tag so warning for long post and organization system that only makes sense to me
- names, dead languages, ancient cultures
- 99 ways to beat writers block
- remember to deal with criticism
- advice for writers vid
- character bios
- eye colors
- writing prompt generators
- naming things
- character flaws
- things to research
- types of crying
- rare words
- format manuscript
- can’t find the right word?
- stop procrastinating
- best apps for writers
- online whiteboard
- possible fanfic aus
- (kind of) synonyms for said
- character development worksheet
- more words
- even more words
- writing resource masterpost
- british vs. american english
- surnames masterpost
- character development chart
- emotions vocabulary
things i’d put under writing references but aren’t actually specifically for writing
- simple noble ranking thing
- traditional japanese outfits
- palm reading
- palm reading 2
- ships (like ones on the sea not otps)
- holding knives
- knife blades
- different kinds of knives
- use for a plastic knife
- fictional world generator
- deterioration of the human body
- movies for the nights you can’t sleep masterpost
- version of romeo and juliet that sounds hella rad
- pushing daisies
- 2013 movies
- movie night masterpost
- british tv
- mug cookie tutorial
- pastry folding 101
- tomato basil pasta
- mug recipes
- fruit roll ups
- kawaii holiday cookies
- citrus gingerbread tree cookies
- gingerbread stars
- candy meth
- apple pie in apple
- pretty cakes
- pumpkin spice everything dear lord
- pimp that snack
- grilled banana nutella sandwich
- cute food things
- the science of chocolate chip cookies
- cute raspberry chocolate thing
- how to cover up tattoos
- game of thrones hairdos
- beauty tips
- homemade conditioners
- sugar scrub
- makeup tips masterpost
- face lighting? idk
- burned paper nails
- diy crayola lipstick
- christmas tree nails
- kool aid lip stain
- eyeliner styles
- more eyeliner style things
- dry nail polish fast
- hiv morning after pill
- exercise like a superhero
- period cramps
- tone the lower stomach
- free condoms
- for sore throats
- ginger tea cider
- college survival masterpost
- survive finals
- college life hacks
- educational websites
- mit college courses
- the best of whatever artist
- british bands
- arctic monkeys downloads
- find new bands
- make good music better
- paint tool sai
- lots of tutorials
- get rid of art block
- drawing lips with the help of beans
- perspective thing in photoshop
- adobe creative suite
- skirt sewing tutorials
- shoe names infographic
- visual coat glossary
- taking measurements
- visual skirt glossary
- dress necklines (other guides in caption)
- 8 foot giant squid
- diy draped vest
- bra fitting
- men’s suit fit with bonus tom hiddleston
- make your own dress form
- clothing life hacks
- fix pilling
- swear in lots of languages
- learn to read korean
- why english is dumb
- language of the fan
- military sign language
- cuss in french
- nice words
- how to find your dog
- alternatives to leaving dogs at the pound
- worst case scenarios masterpost
- keys in the hand
- for when you’re sad
- break out of zip tie handcuffs
- what to do when stopped by police
- bleeding and don’t have a band aid?
- vital strike points
- how to tell if someone’s lying
- how to tape hands for a fight
- just click this
- survive the apocalypse
being an adult
buy the things
- hella lot of backgrounds
- hd space wallpapers
- more themes
- snow code
- tumblr keyboard shortcuts
- deactivated theme
- airplane window textures
- emergency dashboard
- gif tutorials
- save audio posts
- anon hate
idk just things
- how to disappear online
- body language and interrogation
- cheap things to do in nyc
- why people slip on ice
- book about aliens invading earth and being fought off by wildlife
- filipino legends/stories/etc
- make yourself do the things and form good habits
- different kinds of islamic head garments
- fantasy/historical clothing
- how the uk flag works
- how to walk like a queen
- logic flaws
- life hacks
- arts and crafts blogs
- fruit charger??
- helpful websites
- jar won’t open life hack
- find people you’ve met once
- video and photo editor things
- banana wins all the awards
- useless websites
- time wasters
- life hacks again
- read minds
- things to remember
- uncapitalize caps lock things
masterposts by other people
- icanttellyoubutiknowitsmine 2014 masterpost
- blacklistecl’s bad days masterpost
- some tips
- a masterpost of all the things
- im5-official 2014 resource masterpost
- abercrombier’s 2014 help post
- random websites thing
- things for when you’re sad
- more things for when you’re sad
- cute games
- cute games again
again very sorry for the hella long post but maybe this’ll be useful to some of you
Send a number, and you’ll get one Headcanon/Response around the following emotions;
- Something Else?
INCLUDE THE CHARACTER YOU WANT ALSO
Bring it. Ask box is here.
Yes please! Help me get out of my funk. Ask away!
I became obsessed with this recipe by comixbookgurl (I stole her photo, mine didn’t look quite as perfect) this week. I made a comic, playing around with Manga Studio and done all on tablet again.
Eat this. I swear to Zeus. It will change you.
DANG i’ve been trying to do this at 350, no wonder it took forever to cook.
also i found that cutting a grid into the avocado before you put the egg in gets it more mixed up which is more yummy.
ALSo i mix a single egg up in a little cup and even then it’s usually too much for the avocados. i have no idea how you’re supposed to fit a whole egg into each avocado pit hole. maybe this person uses smaller eggs, and larger avocados.
yeah I also had trouble with the avocados tipping over and spilling egg everywhere while baking, even if I prop them against each other and I’m not really sure how to keep it from happening.
i made little rings out of aluminum foil, then propped the avocados in them. really helped keep them from tipping.
having a bad time? bored? want to do something different?
+ get “productive”
- edit pictures (from anywhere including your computer) online
- learn how to make cool gifs with a free software
- writing resources
- learn to code
- do something scientific and cool
- make harry potter treats
- incredibly long crosscountry train ride AU
- police procedural AU
- bookstore AU
- reluctant teammates that save the world together AU
- platonic living together AU
- lawyers AU
- stuck-in-an-airport-because-the-flights-were-SO-VERY-delayed-and-it’s-like-two-am AU
In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.
From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.
The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.
Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”
Instead, you’ll have to Un-pack that to something like: “The
mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he’d had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”
Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.
Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot, leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”
In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.
Typically, writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And what follows, illustrates them.
“Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the plants for her neighbor…”
Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.
If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.
Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.
Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”
Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.
Present each piece of evidence. For example: “During roll call, in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”
One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing, you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.
For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”
A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic accident…”
A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.
Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.
No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”
Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”
Again, Un-pack. Don’t take short-cuts.
Better yet, get your character with another character, fast.
Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.
And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”
“Ann’s eyes are blue.”
“Ann has blue eyes.”
“Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”
Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.
And forever after, once you’ve learned to Un-pack your characters, you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”
Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.
For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by Un-packing it.
Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.
“Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”
“Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”
“Larry knew he was a dead man…”
Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.