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here ill post these together!! luv this water brush

Because this didn’t come in my SAI and I bet it didn’t with other people’s, here’s a pack of more textures (including the lava one!!!). Go to your SAI folder and just dump the ones you’d like in the brushtex folder (or w/e you have it called)


This pack contains
  • 10 textures
  • 500x500 px
  • colorful and bright
  • reblog/like if downloading
Download: DA                 [x]
my other colorful packs: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]

Guide to human types, Part 1


Amazing tutorial of human types!

Part 2

Part 3

By: majnouna (Joumana) on deviantART.


Sword Art Online II (ソードアート・オンライン II) gun designs by self-proclaimed “gun geek” and firearms animation director Aoki Yuu (青木悠).


I also use this same method for painting fur like this

EDIT: I also usually use the 4th nib but accidentally used the 3rd for this


Since it was Munday, I decided to do a small art reference project for myself. And then I decided to make it public with the following notes.

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

What NOT to do (front):

  • Don’t chicken wing your arms! Although it might be easier to hold the rifle, you will make yourself a bigger target.
  • Don’t close your one eye! You will lose your depth perception, which is crucial when you are on the move, or are trying to determine how far away your target is
  • Don’t keep your legs haphazardly strewn about. You need to make sure you’re balanced!

What to do (front)

  • Keep both eyes open
  • Bend your elbows downwards and towards the ground to make yourself a smaller target
  • Bend your knees to control the gun’s recoil + be ready to move.

What NOT to do (side)

  • Don’t put the stock above your shoulder
  • Don’t lean back.
  • Both of the above reduce your control over the weapon and may result in a black eye, and the rifle flying backwards and out of your hands.

What to do (side)

  • Bury the stock of the rifle into the meaty part of your shoulder
  • Lean into the gun to keep the gun under control when the recoil of the gun kicks the gun upwards or to the side
  • Bend your knees slightly to lean forward, as well as make yourself a smaller target

Patrol/Relaxed Stance

  • The soldier is relaxed and is most likely moving around.
  • His eyes are searching for possible threats
  • His hands are still on the rifle, even if he has a sling on

Low Ready Stance

  • Possible threat has been detected
  • Entire body shifts towards threat direction
  • Stock is shouldered 
  • Eyes are focused on the possible target
  • Gun barrel is pointed in the target’s general direction, but not directly at the target.

Firing Stance

  • Immediate response
  • Soldier fires off shots while screaming to the other people in his team
  • "CONTACT!" or "THREAT!"


As promised forever ago, a quick visual breakdown of how I sketch with the lasso tool. Now you all know just how lazy I am lol..not really, I hate to demonize any tool. It’s just a super generic technique I’ve sort of become obsessed with.  Making sketchy blobs look like things. — (On Deviantart)


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. 


I found these FT char design pics

FT artists, use it well as ref ^^