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RocketNews24 points out a pro manga artist who posts 2-minute drawing tips videos. I've watched a couple, and there's no dialogue, and while there's some Japanese text, you don't need to be able to read it to watch them draw and get benefit from it.
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aaagh I have been stalking this guy's military stock photos for months now, because I am too chicken to just email* and ask what he charges for his pack of 500 military stock photos. I haven't actually don anything with them yet, but they make my fingers itch to paint something using them.


*social anxiety YAY!
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Unsplash.com: free-to-use high-res photos. They release 10 new photos every 10 days, and the prior photos stay on the site, as far as I can tell.

FYI

Jun. 22nd, 2012 09:27 am
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You can get the AutoDesk Sketchbook Copic Edition free: http://www.blendernation.com/2011/08/02/autodesk-sketchbook-copic-edition-free/ It's a limited version so it doesn't contain the full capabilities of Autodesk's Sketchbook (which I'm not familiar with so I can't tell you what they are, although I gather it doesn't contain the full range of brushes/tools), but it looks to be a decent program for sketching and simulating marker work. I've installed it, but won't get a chance to play with it until this weekend.

English version of the official page: http://copic.jp/en/sketchbook-ce.html
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Artists and others interested in this sort of thing: Part Asian, 100% Hapa, a book of photos of, well, part-Asian 100% Hapa people, is available in Kindle format for $2.99 as an Amazon Kindle Deal of the Day.

You do not need to own a Kindle to look through it - you can use a Kindle app on your computer, and in all honestly I'd recommend doing that anyway as it's better in color. (Note: I have no idea if the ebook edition is color or not, but the Kindle doesn't currently display color.)
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Awesome art reference via [livejournal.com profile] little_details: Photos of athletes, showcasing the vast range of different body types.

I am absolutely fascinated by how the sprinters have worked on developing their upper bodies in addition to their lower bodies, while the marathoners remain as slender as possible. I suspect that as a marathoner, you want as little mass weighing you down as possible*, but I don't know how adding muscle mass to the upper body would help sprinters. Anyone know?




*And I'm actually getting this thought from Top Gear, where I learned that to make your car go faster, you rip out as much as possible to get it as light as possible, leading the guys to rip out seats, doors they don't happen to be using, etc. when engaged in silly challenges. :D
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A pin-up calendar of X-rays of women in suggestive positions. Possibly NSFW if your work doesn't like that sort of thing.

The first thought I was struck with when looking at it was "Now I can see how the bones fit together!!"
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Via [personal profile] nijibug: videos of the mangaka of Otoyomegatari (and Emma) creating her artwork. I haven't had a chance to look at them yet, as I'm snowed under at my Real Job [tm].
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[livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue linked to this Japanese BL pose book, and I spent some time exploring the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section on amazon.co.jp to find some interesting reference books.

What seems to be a traditional Japanese town ref book
The British Male Uniform Collection
Male Nude Collection (in all seriousness, looks like an artistic pose book)
The AWESOME BOOK OF HANDS that I own (It's all photos of hands!)
18th century European costume?
Martial arts in slow motion (well, a sequence of photos for each move)
More ot the same, with weapons!
BOOK OF GIANT PROPELLERS (probably industrial area reference; or maybe even specifically naval industrial)
Surgical art reference! (enough medical drama manga out there, it's probably useful!)
Western costuming Ranging from an awkward-looking Julius Caesar to the New Deal, it looks like.
Viking reference!
Cowboy reference!
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Is there anyone out there in DW and LJ_land who can read enough Chinese to do a search for tutorials on digital painting in Chinese novel style (fantasy/historical romances, primarily, I think)? I do know there's a variety of styles encompassed within that heading, but the ones I'm talking about tend to feature finely modeled/blended skin tones and sort-of airy, less defined backgrounds. I'm also more interested in modeling the skin and facial features and the backgrounds, not in laying down the patterns.

Er, I'm not asking you to translate it, but to look for tutorials/walkthroughs/in-process/steps with screenshots or videos so I can study it and try to figure out how they're doing it.

THANK YOU.

Examples of what I'm talking about:

http://schumy330.deviantart.com/art/The-fairy-story-81313792
http://lilsuika.deviantart.com/art/Toph-Bei-Fong-119917871
http://shuangwen.deviantart.com/art/hongxiu-112626154
http://feimo.deviantart.com/art/lure-the-world-89630774 (hell, Feimo's entire gallery)
http://vnwallpapers.net/2009/06/2005-romance-novel-paint-17.html (A little rougher)
http://vnwallpapers.net/2009/06/2003-novel-books-cover-03.html (A little rougher)

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